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Alex Jones Compares Drag Queens To Space Aliens

Yesterday, the Infowars network floated conspiracy theories about a liberal plot to use drag queens reading books to children in order to “sexualize” them, leading Infowars host Alex Jones to suffer a complete breakdown and nearly throw his chair across his desk into his camera operators.

Yesterday, in the latter half of “The Alex Jones Show,” Jones made numerous allegations that a series of events where drag queens read books to children at public libraries had sinister intentions. By the end of his rant, Jones became completely unhinged and began claiming that the drag queens “have their way with children” in “space alien” and “demon goblin” outfits, even roping in baby giraffes.

Jones led in, “Imagine if someone in a demon outfit,” referring to drag costumes, “showed up next to a baby giraffe and said, ‘Hi, I’m a demon. Be inclusive. Don’t be mean to me. Let me wear demon horns and come up and look like a complete alien from another planet.’”

“They dress up like space aliens all over the United States of America and all over the world,” Jones said of drag queens, “in horrible demon psychopath outfits that make Pennywise look beautiful. And they show up and they have their way with children, in demon outfits. I mean, if you’ve got men that look like 400-pound goblin demons with your children, there’s nothing you won’t put up with.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-loses-it-over-drag-queens-reading-books-to-children/


Lance Wallnau: Hollywood Scandals Are Gods Judgment On The Entertainment Industry For Attacking Tr

Last night, right-wing preacher Lance Wallnau streamed a video on Periscope in which he asserted that the sexual abuse scandals that are rocking Hollywood are God’s judgment on the entertainment industry for criticizing President Trump.

“God is now visiting Hollywood,” Wallnau said. “We’ve been praying about Hollywood, guess what? God is answering it by going to the strong man’s house and picking off the top and He’s working his way down in exposing those who have reached out their hand and their finances and their influence on a mission to attack the president.”

“Donald Trump is a blessing, not a curse, and the hand of God is on him for this work,” Wallnau added. “Those obnoxious, disrespectful voices that have been assaulting him are, one by one, coming down and Hollywood is having a wrecking ball moment right now.”

“God is dealing with Hollywood,” he said. “They ain’t talking about Donald Trump now, they got their own situation.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lance-wallnau-hollywood-scandals-are-gods-judgment-on-the-entertainment-industry-for-attacking-trump/


Of course they are.

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-18: You Knew The Job Was Dangerous When You Took It Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-18: You Knew The Job Was Dangerous When You Took It Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Hey we're bringing the Top 10 a little early this week! This is a long one, so strap in! Interpret that sentence any way you like! No scripts, no HTML5 auto play videos, no begging to subscribe to our ad-filled newsletter or pay $99 a month! Just good old fashioned idiocy! We are back everybody. Let’s lighten things up and talk about computer viruses for the intro shall we? I mean would you really be surprised that Porn Hub has been targeted by virus programmers? Thank you sir! One guy in the audience going “WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”. And here’s the other thing – it’s… excuse me, it’s a backdoor virus. No, not anal. I’m talking about an actual backdoor virus that you can get on your computer or your laptop. And how the hack worked was it was through advertising. See websites? See why I won’t white list your page in my ad blocker? You can have my ad blocker when you pry it from my cold, dead hands! But getting back to the Porn Hub virus – it would show fake ads that you couldn’t get rid of. I mean let’s think about this here – you have a porn website that’s one of the most popular in America and around the world. You have a backdoor virus that can install itself through advertising. Now that backdoor virus shows fake ads! I mean… how hasn’t this been made for a porno movie? I mean it’s literally the same plot as just about any porno movie you’ve ever seen – only with more backdoor action! So if you go to Porn Hub, you’ll contract a virus that will steal all of your web browsing history! Ain’t living in Trump’s America great? OK enough of the intro. We got a lot of idiocy to cover. But first John Oliver is back and he slams Equifax for profiting off the recent hack, as well as other scammers like Life Lock – who I wouldn’t trust with the combination to my luggage:



Where do we begin this week? Well the first two slots are going to go to our recap of the Values Voters Summit (1,2). Holy fucking shit. In fact we’re going to make this a double dose of our favorite segment “Holy Shit”. These people are off the rails batshit crazy, and even more so with their man Dotard Trump at the hell. At number 3 and 4 is of course President Dotard Trump. He is going rogue and he will probably bring about World War III. In the third slot we’re going to talk about Trump’s (3) Iran speech and my god. I am going to need several adult beverages here to get through this because unlike North Korea, we’re all gonna die. At number 4, we originally had a much different entry going to talk about the Adult Day Care Center at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but then Donald Trump (4) had to go and call the widow of one of the fallen soldiers in Niger and it was a shit show. Really, truly embarassing. At number 5 we’re going to do something different and talk about “That Darn GOP” because they cray cray. And they are so cray cray that the woman who claims she was abducted by aliens is the sane one! Taking the sixth slot, we’ve got a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing?”. This time we’re going to ask – “Newt Gingrich’s Career – How Is This Still A Thing?”. At number 7 we’re going to explore what would happen if Trump were impeached and Mike Pence (7) were to become president. At number 8 – why is Lindsay Lohan (8) on the wrong side of everything? I mean she’s spent time in Moscow, love Putin, and now is defending scumbag Harvey Weinstein. Yeah I am not making this up. But on the flip side, Kevin Smith did something pretty remarkable. Taking the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot we’ve got a new installment of “I Need A Drink”. Actually more like “I Need A Packet Of Sauce” because we are going to discuss in the level of detail that you’d come to expect from this program – the Rick And Morty Szechwan Sauce Craze. Finally this week its’ more of the Top 10 World Tour (10). This time we’re going to do it Gangnam Style as we head to South Korea and visit the De-Militarized Zone! Plus in the spirit of South Korea, we’ll have some live music from one of South Korea’s most popular bands – BTS who actually have a new album out that was on the US charts! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Yes friends! Gather around, friends! Pass the collection plate, friends!!! Yay, during this most troubling of times we once again turn to the holiest among us. But unfortunately we realize that the holiest among us are full of…



Yay, my sons and daughters. Welcome to this week’s mass. This week, the “Values Voters” have proven that they are completely devoid of anything resembling a value at the Values Voters Summit. Values voters. You know those people who will tell you all day long about their “morals and values” when their real value is really money. Yes, that sweet, sweet money! But this year they’re trying harder than ever to push their version of Indiana’s insane “religious freedom” law on the entire country. Yes, in case you’re unaware “religious freedom” has nothing to do with religion or freedom. It has everything to do with Christians being complete dicks to LGBT people. Even our own president has proven that he is full of Holy Shit!

President Trump spoke at the Values Voter Summit today, where he received a rousing round of applause when he bravely declared that under his presidency, people will start saying “Merry Christmas” again.

“We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values,” he said. “As we approach the end of the year—you know, we’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct. You go to department stores and they’ll say Happy New Year and they’ll say other things; it’ll be red, they’ll have it painted but they don’t say it. Well, guess what? We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/president-trump-claims-people-dont-use-the-word-christmas-because-its-not-politically-correct/




Sigh…………. Hey Religious Right… there’s one thing that you need to know about this whole “War On Christmas” thing that you’ve been beating into the ground the last 10 years – nobody giveth thine shit! And this might be one of my favorite stories out of the Values Voters Summit. There was this guy:

At the annual Values Voter Summit (VVS) in Washington this weekend, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, said in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress that Donald Trump is now a “committed believer” of Jesus Christ and a “man of faith” who has “asked God for help and wisdom.”

Attendee Joel Brind of New Hamburg, New York, a college biology professor, explained that Jesus would have tweeted like Trump.

“If there were twitter then, [Jesus] would have used it in a similar way, I think,” Brind said.

I wouldn’t restrict it to just [Trump’s] tweets. His communications in general are tactically [emulating Christ]. I don’t want to be misinterpreted to say that everything he says is equivalent to gospel. I mean, he’s on the right side, and his tactics are more reminiscent of Christ, of the tactics that Christ used when he walked the earth and which he admonished his followers to use also.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michele-bachmann-offers-her-thoughts-on-donald-trump-being-a-man-of-faith_us_59e21416e4b04d1d51821970?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009




Funny – I’ve read the Bible. I don’t remember The Sermon On The Mount ending with “SAD!”. Thank you very much! And then of course you have the inevitable Taliban comparison:

Gary Bauer of American Values spoke during the afternoon session at the Values Voter Summit today, where he declared that the left has become “an American Taliban” and is working to take down Confederate monuments because “they hate America.”

“We’re also seeing the left now turn into an American Taliban declaring war on our monuments,” he said. “It didn’t start with Southern memorials, it started with the Ten Commandments. In the last couple of decades, we’ve see left-wing groups file lawsuits all over America forcing Ten Commandments plaques and monuments to be taken down from courthouses and schools in state after state after state.”

“Then they went after the Southern monuments,” Bauer continued. “Robert E. Lee, we can’t tolerate that, so they started changing the names of schools and streets. Threw Lee into the grave again—well, he needs to move over because now here comes Jefferson and Franklin and Washington and even Abraham Lincoln. Because the people doing this aren’t just haters of the South, they’re not just haters of Judeo-Christian values, they hate America, that’s why they do these things.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/gary-bauer-the-left-has-become-an-american-taliban/


Yay, friends. It don’t get much stupider than at the Values Voters Summit – where the real value is the almighty dollar! Yes, that sweet, sweet green! And then there was ultra far right extremist Roy Moore – you know – the guy who kicked offeth thy bench several times.

As he did during the luncheon held at the Values Voter Summit today, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore closed out the remarks he delivered from the main stage by reciting a poem he wrote, “America The Beautiful,” which warns that God’s judgment will fall upon this land if the nation does not repent.

Moore said that he is often criticized for infusing his politics with talk of God but that he intends to continue doing so because “when you forget God, you can forget politics … For me, it’s a question of freedom or slavery.”

“This is an awful moment for our country,” Moore said as he quoted Patrick Henry. “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time as this I would consider myself guilty of treason toward my country and an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/roy-moore-poetically-asks-how-much-longer-will-it-be-before-his-judgment-comes/




Hopefully it cometh soon, Roy! But we are still noteth done in thine bosom yet! That sounded wrong, didn’t it? Then there was Bill Bennett who offered this choice nugget:

Conservative pundit and former secretary of education Bill Bennett took to the stage at the Values Voter Summit this morning immediately after President Trump to defend Trump against all manner of criticism and to claim that the president is facing enormous media bias.

“If you watch the TV shows other than Fox…you would have no idea how many things the president has already accomplished,” Bennett said, including his “symbolic” victory over the NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

“The president has won on this issue,” Bennett said. “He’s just won.”

He added that the players who are protesting just “don’t know any better” because the schools haven’t taught them about the greatness of America.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bill-bennett-to-vvs-nfl-players-taking-a-knee-dont-understand-american-culture/




Yes it be pretty bad when your own savior does it! I mean really Bill do you not understandeth why God’s children hath protest? If you don’t then it is you who don’t understandeth thine culture. And we’re still not done with thine coverage of all things holy this week. The Values Voters are a seemingly endless pool of anything remotely resembling a value.

The Values Voter Summit kicked off on Friday morning, with President Donald Trump set to be the star of the morning’s session. But early risers who made their way to a breakfast session sponsored by Christian Healthcare Ministries were treated to another “president” in the form of George W. Bush impersonator John Morgan.

Morgan is promoting his book, “War on Fear”—which comes with a foreword by Alan Robertson of the Duck Dynasty clan—and a new podcast. Morgan drew chuckles with his gentle ribbing of Bush’s idiosyncratic relationship with the English language.

Most painfully, Morgan picked up a guitar and sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which he had turned into a praise song to Donald Trump, beginning with “There is a man whose name is Trump, who kicked my baby brother’s rump…” The assembled conservatives sang along on the chorus.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/at-values-voter-summit-singing-hallelujah-for-god-raising-up-trump/





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Yay, my sons and daughters. It is now time to passeth thine collection plate. There beith so much news about thine holy ones that it spilleth over into thine second entry. You know what one of my favorite catch phrases among the religious right is? Well, thine own president spells it out quite nicely for you:

President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees of this year's Values Voter Summit that in America "we don't worship government, we worship God."

Trump was the first sitting president to address the annual gathering of Christian conservatives, and while he has had trouble enacting some of his campaign promises legislatively so far in his term, he has ticked off many boxes with the evangelical voters who helped propel him to the Oval Office.

"We know that it's the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities," Trump said.
http://www.npr.org/2017/10/13/557459193/trump-set-to-address-values-voter-summit-for-first-time-as-president




Yay, what does that even mean? “We worship god, not government”? Does this mean that they pray for recovery in disasters instead of actually help? Like they did for Vegas or Puerto Rico? And then there was this douchebag:

People who attended the Value Voters Summit that President Trump addressed on Friday said they were greeted with anti-LGBT pamphlets that were reportedly distributed at the event.

Pictures of the booklets allegedly handed out at the event appeared to feature insights from the book, "The Health Hazards of Homosexuality," authored by the Mass Resistance, a longtime anti-LGBT hate group based in Massachusetts, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The material included in the booklet, which warned readers of the "public health crisis" created by homosexuals, has earned a swift reaction from Twitter users who have condemned the president for speaking before the Value Voters Summit, despite it also having been deemed a "hate group" by SPLC.
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/10/13/anti-lgbt-pamphlets-handed-out-at-values-voter-summit-trump-spoke-at-hate-groups/23242678/




Yeah, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Yay, and our president supports these far right whackos! Then the paranoid male was on full display courtesy of Fox News’ Todd Starnes:

Fox News radio host Todd Starnes told listeners at the Values Voter Summit (VVS) that mainstream media discussions about “toxic masculinity” are parts of a “war on men” that aims to “criminalize masculinity.”

In his address to VVS, which is hosted by the anti-LGBT Religious Right group Family Research Council, Starnes complained about the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to allow young women to participate in the organization.

Starnes said that Mark Hancock, who runs the Christianity based scouting organization Trail Life USA, told him that the Boy Scouts’ decision was “nothing less than a war on boys.” Starnes elaborated on Hancock’s remarks to him, claiming that “the mainstream media” spread the notion of “toxic masculinity.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/todd-starnes-tells-the-values-voter-summit-that-liberals-want-to-criminalize-masculinity/




Then there was right wing humor on display. Yeah that is an oxymoron if there ever was one, that comes courtesy of Laura Ingraham:

During her speech at the Values Voter Summit this afternoon, Laura Ingraham cracked a joke about Harvey Weinstein, invoking a few high-profile Democrats too.

Ingraham rattled off a list of “enemies” of the conservatives in the room, from Antifa to “the NFL anthem squatters” to “most of the entertainment industry, because we know they are the moral arbiters of our time.”

And when she was done with that list, Ingraham made this joke as an aside:

“Finally, speaking of the Weinstein mess in Hollywood, there’s finally a new law firm that has formed to give Gloria Allred a run for her money––you know, she represents a lot of these women who have been abused and subjugated in the workplace. And it’s just formed, it’s gonna be a big deal, it’s called Clinton Weiner Spitzer & Weinstein.”
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/laura-ingraham-jokes-about-clinton-weiner-spitzer-weinstein-law-firm-at-values-voter-summit/




So we had extreme masculinity. We had the right’s patethic excuse for what passes for humor. How about extreme feminism? There was the NRA’s Dana Loesch, who said the word “dead” an uncomfortable amount of times in a short period:

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch used part of her speech at the Values Voter Summit today to go on a bizarre rant about feminism, declaring that “feminism exists to subjugate men” but that it is now “dead as a doornail.”

“We are in a post-feminist era,” she said. “Feminism is dead. It is dead as a doornail, it is dead. Feminism is dead.”

Saying that “third-wave feminism has betrayed” women, men, children and “our culture,” Loesch claimed, “Third-wave feminism exists to subjugate men, period. They have replaced the patriarchy with the matriarchy, and they are not a good master.”

“Third-wave feminism says it empowers women—empowers them by convincing women to commit genocide against the female sex in utero,” she said.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/at-values-voter-summit-dana-loesch-declares-feminism-dead/




Yay, even JAY-SUS thinks you are doing it wrong! It’s JAY-SUS!!!! Hey Everyone Look! It’s Jesus! I get way too much enjoyment out of doing this segment! And then there was this douchebag – Phil Robertson, I tell you – when this guy is on your side, you don’t want to be right!

Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame said he often wonders if members of the Democratic Party "love Jesus" or hate Him and warned that the "whole world" is under the control of the Evil One.

After being introduced by his son, Pastor Alan Robertson, at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Friday, the new CRTV host pulled his Bible from his camouflage bag and talked about how he's dedicated his life to sharing the gospel with those who are "down and out."

He referenced 1 Thessalonians 4:11, which reads, "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands."

Robertson says he strives to live a quiet life and mind his own business - in fact, he's never "turned on the internet and looked at it."

"When I hear about the vitriol and the hatred, just remember I love you," he said. "I really do. You know why? I've identified you as human beings. So, I love you. And God loves you."

"I'm almost tempted to ask the Democratic Party four little words," he continued. "Do y'all love Jesus? The reason I'm asking you, Democratic Party, is I've never heard you say one way or the other. Do you love him? And I'm waiting on an answer."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71490/20171016/phil-robertson-warns-whole-world-under-control-satan-asks-democratic.htm




I’m pretty sure Phil Robertson’s next question is “Hey kids! You want to see a dead body?”. And then an actual reverend spelled it out pretty nicely:

“Actually, from Jeremiah 22 to Jesus and Matthew 25, Christian values for nations and political leaders has to do with love and justice, equality, stopping exploitation of the vulnerable, caring for the poor, caring for children, welcoming immigrants, helping the sick and loving all,” Rev. Barber preached.

“And by these standards, the so-called Values Summit is not about Judeo-Christian values, it’s not about Christianity, but the values of a heretical rhetorical extremism funded by a whole lot of money, perpetrating a fraud on the American people.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/their-values-are-cash-and-not-christ-rev-barber-rains-holy-hell-on-right-wing-values-voters-summit/




Yay, mass has ended, may you go in peace! That is it this week for:




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So if you thought Trump’s going nuclear on North Korea was insane, wait until you see what he has in store for Iran! Trump’s popularity rating is so low that he’s going to get us all killed in a nuclear holocaust with one country or another. We keep showing you how his constant poking of the hornet’s nest known as North Korea is probably going to get us all killed. If man child Kim Jong Un doesn’t, then Iran most certainly will!

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday his decision to disavow the Iran nuclear agreement, threatening to leave the deal altogether if it was not amended to permanently block Tehran from building nuclear weapons or intercontinental missiles.

But even as he delivered a fire-breathing indictment of the Iranian government’s activities around the Middle East, he stopped short of unraveling the agreement reached by President Barack Obama two years ago.

“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more chaos, the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” Mr. Trump declared at the White House in a speech that was intended to define a broad strategy for confronting Iran.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/us/politics/trump-iran-nuclear-deal.html




Yeah so republicans – here’s a little civics lesson for you. And it doesn’t take a Harvard educated history professor to spell it out for you: Not everything Obama did was bad! Preventing a nuclear holocaust between two ultra extremist countries was a good thing!

Long before Donald Trump was mocking “Little Rocket Man” in North Korea, or taunting “fools” in the Republican foreign-policy establishment, he expressed special contempt for one international agreement: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which blocked Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. After the Obama Administration signed the agreement, in 2015, then candidate Trump called it “the worst deal ever,” and vowed to “renegotiate” it once he was in office. In fact, the landmark agreement capitalized on a rare consensus. After years of hesitating, China and Russia joined the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, along with Germany and the European Union, in supporting American pressure on Iran to change course. At a negotiating session in Vienna, the coalition was so large that, for appearance’s sake, Iran stocked its side of the table with additional staffers. Jake Sullivan, one of the U.S. negotiators, recalled, “It was the whole world versus Iran.”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/trumps-irrational-hatred-of-the-iran-deal




Even Jesus would be pissed! So in Trump’s quest to undo everything Obama did – he’s rolled back LGBT rights, he’s rolled back workplace protections for transgendered people, he’s throwing trans people out of the United States military, he’s alienated most of our allies, he’s destroying some of America’s finest institutions – really everything that actually *DOES* make America great, and now he’s threatening nuclear war. Thanks Koch Brothers!

In his speech on the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump made a number of factual assertions. The deal was negotiated by Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China), Germany and the European Union.

Here’s a guide to some of his rhetoric, in the order in which he made these statements.

“The regime harbored high-level terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, including Osama bin Laden’s son.”

The president recounted a long list of aggressive acts by the Iranian government toward the United States since the shah was overthrown in 1979, many of which would be familiar to Americans. This claim — that Iran harbored al-Qaeda terror suspects — might be less well-known, but it was recently documented in a 2017 book, “The Exile,” by investigative reporters Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy.

The book noted that the steady flow of senior al-Qaeda figures into Iran after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was controversial among various factions. The government actually made some arrests and sent some al-Qaeda figures back to countries of origin. But the Revolutionary Guard was more supportive. Trump, in using the phrase “regime,” glosses over the debate within the country.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/10/14/fact-checking-president-trumps-speech-on-the-iran-deal/




Well if we all don’t die from a nuclear holocaust perpetrated by North Korea, perhaps we’re all gonna die in one perpetrated by Iran!

The historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "on life support" and hanging on "by a thread" after the Trump administration plotted a new course for containing Tehran, analysts warn.

President Donald Trump on Friday refused to certify the accord to Congress. He instead asked lawmakers to toughen the agreement, negotiated between Iran and six world powers, by amending a U.S. law. At the same time, the administration will try to convince European leaders to impose new sanctions on Tehran and return to the negotiating table.

Risk consultancy Eurasia Group reduced the odds of the deal surviving from 60 percent to 55 percent on Friday after Trump said he will terminate the deal if he cannot find a solution with Congress and U.S. allies.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/16/trumps-plan-for-the-iran-nuclear-deal-comes-with-huge-risks.html




Oh and if you think the Russian bots have gone apeshit in the wake of a Trump presidency, just wait and see what the Iran bots have in store! Your fingers are going to be mighty sore from alerting all the fake accounts that are going to spring up as a result of this!

On Friday, President Trump announced that he will not certify Iran’s cooperation with the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration. The move doesn't eliminate or rework the deal, possibilities its proponents feared given Trump's longstanding criticism of the agreement. But it does kick the accord to Congress for reconsideration. There, lawmakers could leave the agreement the same, impose tweaks, or go all the way to reinstating sanctions against Iran, effectively ending the deal.

The fulfillment of Iran's nuclear ambitions remain years away even if this deal falls apart, but Trump's actions also raise questions about whether increased tension will in turn lead to increased Iranian cyber operations. Observers say that while the current diplomatic instability likely won't impact Iran's hacking purview, further decisions—particularly around sanctions—could fuel offensive plans directed at the United States.
https://www.wired.com/story/trump-iran-decertify-cyberattacks/




But some good news is that Trump didn’t officially pull out of the deal so we’re safe for now!

Last week began with a bang: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading GOP voice on foreign policy, made startling comments disparaging President Trump, particularly his handling of foreign policy. Midweek, the world awaited Trump’s decision about the Iran nuclear deal. Even some who had opposed the Iran deal in 2015 called for staying in.

The week ended with Trump’s announcement that, rather than scrapping the deal, he would press Congress to amend the legislation associated with the deal to address what he called its “many serious flaws.” As a coda, at the end of the week Corker renewed his public complaints about Trump’s undercutting of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/10/16/president-trump-didnt-pull-out-of-the-iran-deal-heres-what-that-says-about-the-politics-of-foreign-policy/





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Sigh… this is why we can’t have nice things. I originally had a much different entry prior to today for this segment here. But then something happened that is so jaw-dropping, so unbelievable that even we here at the Top 10 are having a hard time comprehending it. And really we can’t make fun of this with memes or anything because it’s too fucking horrible and shocking, so we won’t try. Instead we’re going to use Trump’s own reactions to this story. So there was that shit show in Niger that had 4 American soldiers killed tragically. Any other president would have instantly called the families of the soldiers involved, but we’re stuck with Donald fucking Trump.

A Florida congresswoman said the family of a U.S. service member killed in Niger was "astonished" when President Donald Trump suggested in a condolence call that the soldier "must've known what he signed up for."

Rep. Frederica Wilson told NBC Miami that she heard the president's comment to Sgt. La David T. Johnson's widow, Myeshia, on a speakerphone as they were traveling together Tuesday to meet his body.

"He said, 'But you know he must've known what he signed up for,'" Wilson, a Democrat, recounted Trump saying more than once during the call to express his sympathy. Wilson said the conversation lasted three to five minutes.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/trump-told-widow-soldier-must-ve-known-what-he-signed-n811756




I mean really, what… how… who… what… the… I just can’t… what the fuck!!!! He knew what he signed up for? I mean who the fuck does he think he is? Super Chicken?



Yeah Trump, you knew the job was dangerous when you took it! And of course like all good republicans do, Trump *NEVER* takes responsibility for his own actions! There’s of course the inevitable denial and blame game ensuing.

After facing criticism for not calling the families of four soldiers who died in combat, President Trump reached out to one of the widows Tuesday and said her husband "knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens it hurts anyway," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

The call between Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, lasted about five minutes, according to accounts that Wilson provided to local media.

Wilson, a friend of the family, was in the car for the call, which happened before the fallen soldier's remains arrived at Miami International Airport.

"Yes, he said it," Wilson told the media. "It's so insensitive."

Trump's silence on the deaths of the soldiers, who were killed in combat in Niger on Oct. 6, generated controversy on Monday. When he was asked why he had not commented on their deaths, Trump responded by saying that President Obama and other presidents also had failed to reach out to families of servicemen killed in action.
http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-trump-reaches-out-to-slain-soldier-s-1508296621-htmlstory.html




That also – is the exact same reaction that I’m having to this story! Here we have that good old fashioned republican empathy on display. And by empathy, I mean they’re fucking off the rails batshit crazy. So this is how Trump reacts to the widows of soldiers killed. Imagine how he’s going to react when he’s forced to say something about my state of California, which is still on fire! Or the people of Flint, who don’t have drinking water! Or Texas or Puerto Rico! MAGA!!! But it gets weirder:

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump denied Wednesday the account of a Democratic congresswoman that he told the widow of a US serviceman killed in an ambush in Niger that "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt."
"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!" he tweeted. He did not immediately provide proof to back the claim. CNN has reached out to the White House.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/17/politics/frederica-wilson-widow-fallen-soldier/index.html




That is also another reaction I am having to this story. I mean by the way – do you know how fucking stupid you sound when you call it “The Democrat Party”? It’s DEMOCRATIC. By the way if you want to watch your Fox News loving friends’ heads explode, just simply correct them when they call it “the democrat party”. It’d be like referring to AC/DC as just “AC”. Nobody knows what you’re talking about! I mean how stupid and insensitive can Trump get? Well…

Trump disputes account of his call with soldier’s widow. But congresswoman who heard exchange says it was ‘horrible.’

Wilson told MSNBC on Wednesday that Johnson's widow, Myeshia, was shaken by the exchange.

“She was crying the whole time, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name.’ That’s the hurting part.”

Wilson went on to say Trump “was almost like joking. He said, ‘Well, I guess you knew’ — something to the effect that ‘he knew what he was getting into when he signed up, but I guess it hurts anyway.’ You know, just matter-of-factly, that this is what happens, anyone who is signing up for military duty is signing up to die. That’s the way we interpreted it. It was horrible. It was insensitive. It was absolutely crazy, unnecessary. I was livid.”

“She was in tears. She was in tears. And she said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name.’”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/18/totally-fabricated-trump-disputes-congresswomans-depiction-of-his-exchange-with-soldiers-widow/?utm_term=.ab14a768b6a4




Yes it is, and in case you’re wondering if Trump couldn’t be anymore of a worthless asshole, there is this interesting bit of information from the AP article:

Altogether some 6,900 Americans have been killed in overseas wars since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the overwhelming majority under Bush and Obama.

Despite the much heavier toll on his watch — more than 800 dead each year from 2004 through 2007 — Bush wrote to all bereaved military families and met or spoke with hundreds if not thousands, said his spokesman, Freddy Ford.

Veterans groups said they had no quarrel with how presidents have recognized the fallen or their families.

“I don’t think there is any president I know of who hasn’t called families,” said Rick Weidman, co-founder and executive director of Vietnam Veterans of America. “President Obama called often and President Bush called often. They also made regular visits to Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Center, going in the evenings and on Saturdays.”

Trump feuded with one Gold Star family during last year’s campaign, assailing the parents of slain Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq in 2004, after they criticized him from the stage at the Democratic National Convention.
https://apnews.com/d3bf716591bd49d4a8a86f229efe900f





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Anyone remember the times before Donald Trump where would could just make fun of religious zealots or people who claim they were possessed by aliens, or Ted Nugent? Those were good times. And of course Trump dominates the news right now. So it’s pretty obvious to see that some lesser known republicans and random overall insanity can get lost through the cracks. And would you be surprised to learn that the Miami representative who claims she was possessed by aliens is the sane one in this story?

A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she’s been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials.

Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says. (Sen. Bill Nelson served as payload officer aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986. All seven people aboard were from Earth. As far as is known.)

Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican who is running to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recounted her experience with the ETs during a 2009 television interview.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article178813586.html




Yes really – WTF Lol. I mean come on Rodriguez, the truth is out there, don’t you know? Where’s Mulder and Scully or Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge when you need them?



Thank you sound effects guy! But when it comes to the GOP – one thing you should never, ever do is insert an unpopular opinion into your business. And one guy in Massachusetts got the worst of it when he dared to voice his support of Trump!

HOLYOKE — Business owners in Western Massachusetts apparently associate themselves with the 45th president at their peril.

Just ask Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City, a small chain of shops selling the unlikely combination of pet supplies, birds, fish, and beverages for humans. Ratner attended President Trump’s signing of an executive order authorizing changes to the Affordable Care Act designed to create cheaper — and less comprehensive — health insurance plans. An Associated Press photograph of the event, with Ratner smiling broadly behind Trump, has come back to haunt him, big time.

“It was 42 years of building a wonderful brand and having it destroyed in one day,” said Ratner, interviewed Sunday morning after what he terms “the worst two days of my life.”<snip>
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/16/dave-ratner-posed-for-photo-with-trump-now-facing-boycott/dvovCqgtAw1QF9wTxvlqVN/story.html




I think even Trump himself is disapproving of this one! I mean come on when you can take 42 years of your life building one business and then knock it down in a day, doesn’t that say something? It also says Massachusetts is full of smart people, but one guy can be the bad light bulb in a string of Christmas lights. And if you think this was an isolated incident, it gets weirder! Then there was this dolt out of Indiana!

failed Republican candidate was arrested after he mailed both a pipe bomb that injured a pregnant postal worker and a threatening letter with a bullet inside, according to the FBI.

Eric. P. Krieg, 45, of Munster, Ind,. was arrested Thursday and charged with knowing possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch.

Krieg, an engineer who ran for Lake County councilman and surveyor, maintained a political blog which he used to slam the Lake County Democratic Party and Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., according to the Northwest Indiana Times.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gop-candidate-arrested-sending-pipe-bomb-package-article-1.3561785




And it couldn’t be any more disappointing am I right? And if you need any further proof why we can’t nice things like gay marriage, European style paid vacation laws, or even the convenience of being friendly to your neighbors, look at what happened this week when Mississippi pulled the classic book “To Kill A Mockingbird” because – get this – it made people uncomfortable!

“If ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ makes you uncomfortable, you should probably be reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”

The public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi, scrubbed the 1960 novel from its 8th grade curriculum last week, saying there had been “complaints” about the book’s “language.” The move continues a tradition dating back decades of American schools censoring Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-winning classic.

“There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told the Biloxi Sun Herald of the “Mockingbird” decision. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/biloxi-to-kill-a-mockingbird_us_59e4974ce4b03a7be581e2a8?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009




And finally if you need any further proof this nation couldn’t be any more insane, why is it that when white nationalist and guy who fantasizes about being Doug Neidermayer in Animal House, Richard Spencer, draws end of the world like controversy wherever he goes?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida.

The state's Republican governor warned in an executive order Monday that a "threat of a potential emergency is imminent" in Alachua County, in north Florida. Spencer is slated to speak at the campus on Thursday and his pending appearance has already sparked protests in the university town.

Spencer participated in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to deadly violence in August.

Scott's executive order will allow local law-enforcement authorities to partner with state and other law-enforcement agencies to provide security for the event. The university has already said it expects to spend $500,000 on security.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/Florida-state-of-emergency-declared-for-white-12281781.php




And in case you’re wondering if the cult-like mentality of the MAGATs couldn’t be any crazier, I give you this guy out of Philadelphia – who got kicked out of a bar for being drunk and unruly while wearing a MAGA hat, and sued the bar on… anyone? Religious grounds! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Philadelphia accountant who is taking a West Village bar to court for banning his Make America Great Again hat now claims he is part of a “protected class” because believing in the Trump slogan amounts to a religion.
According to the Gothamist, 30-year-old Greg Piatek has amended his lawsuit against The Happiest Hour for banning him over his hat, saying he was “adhering to his closely held spiritual beliefs by adorning the hat in question.”
Piatek previously explained that he was wearing the hat as a ““spiritual tribute” to the victims of the 9/11 attack back in 2001, but now says that he sees the MAGA slogan — popularized as a campaign slogan by President Donald Trump — as a religious creed.
“At the time [Piatek] wore his hat, the election of President Trump was over and therefore [he] had no reason to wear the hat for any political purpose,” attorney Liggieri argued. “Rather, [he] wore his hat to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2011.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/im-a-protected-class-trump-fan-suing-new-york-bar-for-banning-his-maga-hat-claims-religious-discrimination/





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It’s time once again to ask:



This week: Newt Gingrich’s career. How is this still a thing? You remember Newt Gingrich – the classy, thrice divorced individual who led Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial back in the 90s? There’s two sure things – the Patriots will beat your team, and Newt Gingrich will get a divorce. The man got divorced to his wife who had cancer. That’s classy! So why is he still a thing? Why wont he go away? Well in the age of republican celebrity – if you’re in their club you’re in it for life. But if you’re on their shit list, you’re in it for life!

Newt Gingrich says he has no doubt that Donald Trump was the better choice for U.S. president.

Gingrich, a Trump confidant, and the U.S. House Speaker from 1995 to 1999 who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, says Trump is "a stunningly effective president."

The CBC's Wendy Mesley interviewed Gingrich in Toronto, ahead of his appearance at a public debate at the University of Toronto.

"What he is doing to shake up Washington is what America needs," Gingrich tells Mesley.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/newt-gingrich-wendy-mesley-1.4352829




Yes – at one point Newt Gingrich advocated for a base on the moon. He must be smoking some good Covfefe. Even more so if he thinks Trump is an effective president! While the whole world is watching in sheer horror of Trump’s new policy on Iran, Gingrich? Well that’s just fine and dandy!

When the Iranian parliament chanted “death to America" while unanimously voting "to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard," sophisticated diplomats may have pondered the symbolic meaning of "death to America."

After all, our wisest and most sophisticated analysts have reassured us, it couldn't literally mean "death to America." The New York Times has been on a campaign to convince Americans the phrase has lost its original meaning.

Here are examples from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

The same analysts reassure us that when senior Hamas leaders are quoted saying "not a single Jew will remain" in Israel, they are really communicating symbolically.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/15/newt-gingrich-death-to-america-why-trumps-iran-policy-is-right.html




Yes why? They would reduce the entire middle east to rubble if they knew they could get away with it, but you know, international treaties and such. But here’s how Newt Gingrich’s career is still a thing – he loves Trump and he’s on Fox News practically 24 hours a day. Fox News – that channel your racist uncle yells at during Thanksgiving dinner, and reminds you why you only visit once a year.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the Washington, D.C., establishment is enraged with President Trump because he is following through on his promise to "drain the swamp."

"Donald Trump really is draining the swamp, and the alligators are really unhappy," Gingrich told John Catsimatidis on AM970's "The Answer." "This guy is actually doing what he said he would do: We're getting conservative judges nominated. We are getting regulations rolled back."

"We're getting a much more aggressive pro-American trade policy and pro-American foreign policy," Gingrich said. "The other side sees this as the end of their way of life."
http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/355478-gingrich-the-alligators-are-really-unhappy-that-trump-is-draining




So how is Trump draining the swamp exactly? You can’t drain the swamp if you keep reusing the same water and the drain is clogged to begin with. Time to call Roto Rooter! But this isn’t the only reason why Newt Gingrich’s career is still a thing. He’s popular with old, white males. You know – of the Clint Eastwood “Get off my lawn” variety.

SAN FRANCISCO — Newt Gingrich knows who's to blame for America's divisions: text-loving millennials.

The younger generation's preference to send text messages rather than talk on the phone is an indication of the group's inability to talk to people who are different from them, Gingrich said Tuesday during an appearance here at OpenWorld, Oracle's annual user conference.

"You have to wonder at what point have you grown a generation that cannot interact with anyone else," he said.

Gingrich's comments came during a sit-down conversation with former Senator Barbara Boxer before an audience of corporate executives that was moderated by Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd.

The former Speaker of the House and former Republican representative from Georgia started targeting millennials after Boxer, a Democrat, said President Donald Trump rhetoric was dividing the country. Boxer described reading through Trump's inaugural address and discovering what she referred to as "the politics of them." Trump's address included many references to "you" and "them," juxtaposing politics under President Obama with how things would play out in the Trump administration.
http://www.businessinsider.com/newt-gingrich-americas-divided-because-millennials-text-too-much-2017-10




Yes – Newt Gingrich ventured into “Get Off My Lawn” territory. But Newt always gives conservatives the ol’ assist! In fact he’s widely credited with not only breaking Congress, he totally destroyed it to the point where a Ctrl-Alt-Delete simply won’t cut it.

In 1978, E.J. Dionne Jr. was a young reporter covering New York state politics in Albany. That same year, a young historian from Georgia finally won a seat in the House of Representatives, after two failed attempts. His name was Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich’s victory could be attributed to his newly combative style, which he’d revealed at a speech before a group of College Republicans in Atlanta the summer before his electoral victory. “I think that one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty,” Gingrich told the young conservatives gathered at the Holiday Inn. “We encourage you to be neat, obedient and loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around the campfire, but are lousy in politics.”

Nearly 40 years later, Dionne is a columnist for The Washington Post, while Gingrich is a TV pundit and lobbyist, having left public service after serving as the speaker of the House. As far as Dionne is concerned, Gingrich defined his legacy—and that of the Republican Party as currently constituted—with the brand of incivility and intransigence he introduced in that 1978 speech. It is the blustery Georgian who helped Congress reach the approval rating it has today: 16 percent.
http://www.newsweek.com/congress-gingrich-hastert-681653




Yup there it is – Gingrich is not only insane, he’s batshit fucking off the rails crazy. And he’s the guy who can be credited with breaking Congress. That’s enough to make you ask: Newt Gingrich’s career:




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OK everyone is saying “what’s going to happen to Trump?”. The guy is *CLEARLY* off his fucking rocker. And he has gone mad with power. It’s only going to be a matter of time before he goes down. He is the single most dangerous president the world has ever seen. Except of course for the guy who sits in the corner on a voluntary time out, Mike “All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy” Pence. Yes, because this week, Trump was caught saying this:

President Trump once joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, The New Yorker reported Monday.

The publication all reports that Trump has mocked Pence for his views opposing abortion and LGBTQ rights.Trump jabbed at Pence after a legal scholar told the pair that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many states would probably legalize abortion.

“You see?” Trump reportedly said to Pence. “You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.” And when the meeting began to focus on gay rights, Trump reportedly pointed to Pence, joking, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

One Trump campaign staffer also told The New Yorker that Trump used to ask people leaving meetings with Pence, “Did Mike make you pray?"

One source said the president likes to "let Pence know who's boss," according to the report.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/355594-trump-joked-that-pence-wants-to-hang-all-gay-people-report




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Holy fuck! I mean really – what would a dick do? You don’t joke about the other guy wanting to commit genocide in front of people! Although in all fairness, Trump did admit what we suspect the Values Voters are secretly thinking. I mean if you want any further proof that Pence is a Koch stooge, there’s this.

The power struggle between populist hardliners and moderate generals in the Trump White House is well documented. Vice President Mike Pence has largely stayed out of the drama, while quietly becoming one of the most powerful people in the Trump administration, according to a new profile of Pence from the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer.

Mayer’s piece shows that behind the scenes, the vice president has made a huge mark on President Trump’s policy agenda, while putting himself in a good position for his own presidential ambitions. Mayer writes that Pence’s influence has shaped White House policies far more than that of other important members of the administration, including Breitbart executive chair Steve Bannon or Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. In particular, Pence’s longstanding connection to libertarian megadonors Charles and David Koch — former political enemies of Trump — has helped shape the current White House.

Pence and Trump are two very different men. Pence is a devout evangelical who doesn’t dine alone with other women unless his wife is present. He made his name in conservative politics as a talk radio host and enacted hardline policies during his time as Indiana’s governor, mandating burials for fetuses and essentially allowing businesses to discriminate against gay people. Trump is a bombastic billionaire who famously bragged about groping women and publicly espoused pro-choice and pro-same-sex marriage views. Mayer’s piece includes moments where Trump mocked Pence’s socially conservative views and his tendency to pray in the White House.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/16482746/kochs-mike-pence-trump-white-house




And by the way in case it couldn’t be more obvious how much of a Koch stooge Mike Pence is, I mean it really couldn’t be more obvious:

The power struggle between populist hardliners and moderate generals in the Trump White House is well documented. Vice President Mike Pence has largely stayed out of the drama, while quietly becoming one of the most powerful people in the Trump administration, according to a new profile of Pence from the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer.

Mayer’s piece shows that behind the scenes, the vice president has made a huge mark on President Trump’s policy agenda, while putting himself in a good position for his own presidential ambitions. Mayer writes that Pence’s influence has shaped White House policies far more than that of other important members of the administration, including Breitbart executive chair Steve Bannon or Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. In particular, Pence’s longstanding connection to libertarian megadonors Charles and David Koch — former political enemies of Trump — has helped shape the current White House.

Pence and Trump are two very different men. Pence is a devout evangelical who doesn’t dine alone with other women unless his wife is present. He made his name in conservative politics as a talk radio host and enacted hardline policies during his time as Indiana’s governor, mandating burials for fetuses and essentially allowing businesses to discriminate against gay people. Trump is a bombastic billionaire who famously bragged about groping women and publicly espoused pro-choice and pro-same-sex marriage views. Mayer’s piece includes moments where Trump mocked Pence’s socially conservative views and his tendency to pray in the White House.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/16482746/kochs-mike-pence-trump-white-house




Maybe Charles Koch is Emperor Palpatine. I mean if Trump is Darth Vader. But in case you didn’t get the Kochs’ radical agenda, they’re *STILL* touting this “clean coal” bullshit! That’s like eating a “healthy” chimichanga. A deep fried burrito is still a fucking deep fried burrito!

In Virginia’s oddly timed elections for governor, held a year after presidential contests, history has repeated itself: The winning candidate lately has represented the opposite party as the newly elected president.

In 2009, Republican Bob McDonnell’s election followed President Obama’s seizure of the White House for Democrats. Eight years earlier, Democrat Mark R. Warner was elected governor after Republican George W. Bush’s presidential election.

That has added a sense of historical imperative to Republican efforts here, particularly since this year’s Republican candidate, Ed Gillespie, has trailed Democrat Ralph Northam in early polls.

So it fell to Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday to try to rev up Republican enthusiasm in this coal country section of Virginia. It is a place similar to those that helped Trump win states like Pennsylvania and Ohio last year, although he fell short in Virginia.
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-pence-virginia-governor-20171014-story.html





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Let me ask you this – my fair Top 10 fans! Why is Lindsay Lohan always on the wrong side of everything? I do mean always! She famously went to Russia last year (which we covered in Idiots #40 ). She is not shy to admit her love of Vladimir Putin and she’s even dated Russian elite. Now… all the news has surfaced about Lindsay Lohan defending human piece of garbage Harvey Weinstein. We might need the sad Hulk music for this one.

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Lindsay Lohan shared a Instagram story video saying she supported Weinstein after several women made allegations of sexual misconduct against him in stories published in the New York Times and The New Yorker.

While she deleted the video less than an hour after posting it in the early hours of Wednesday morning local time in the UAE time – where she is currently located – social media users were quick to record and share.

“Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan, I’m in Dubai. I’m home,” she said in her now more European accent. “I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on.”
http://www.people.com/movies/lindsay-lohan-defends-harvey-weinstein/




Really? You can’t understand why Harvey Weinstein is such a human piece of shit? Really? And then she tried to clear up what she said – and failed:

In case you missed it, Lindsay Lohan fired up her Instagram Stories earlier this week to share a series of bizarre posts about producer Harvey Weinstein.

Responding to the numerous reports detailing decades of alleged sexual misconduct by the producer, Lohan said she was "feeling bad" for Weinstein and chastised his estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, for announcing that she was leaving him.

"He's never harmed me or did anything to me—we've done several movies together," Lohan said. "I think everyone needs to stop—I think it's wrong. So stand up."

The posts were ultimately deleted, but this is 2017—anything you do or say on the Internet lives forever.
https://www.glamour.com/story/lindsay-lohan-clarified-comments-defending-harvey-weinstein




Oh come on – you know you failed when Sly does it! But then it gets weird – Lindsay isn’t the only celebrity speaking out *FOR* Weinstein’s disgusting behavior:

As we ride out yet another nauseating wave of revelations about sexual predators in Hollywood, we're also getting outrage from the very industry that enabled their abuse.

Many of the predictable, strongly-worded, flack-approved condemnations from Hollywood elites about their shock, dismay, and (alleged) ignorance of Harvey Weinstein's behavior sounds well-meaning.

But look more closely—at the subtle hedging in their language, at the protective coats of phrasing. And you'll quickly see how some of these people just don't get it. Or, even worse, are making condemnations that slyly deflect any would-be charges of accountability for why this keeps happening. So many people knew. Can every person who condemned Weinstein openly this week not have known?

Yeah, right.

Well-meaning statements don't mean much, ultimately, when the people making them keep demonstrating complicit behavior—the same kind that got us here. As if that's not bad enough, so many of these people are focusing on their own traumatic feelings about someone else's horror. Or they dole out justifications for why they're just so much more woke to why sexually assaulting women is bad (I have daughters! I love my mom!).
http://mashable.com/2017/10/12/harvey-weinstein-celebrity-responses-gross/#qRyKJZo0FSqc




And there’s other celebrities out there who are speaking out in favor of this piece of shit. I mean when Woody Allen is on your side, you don’t want to be right!

The small but vocal group of Hollywood celebrities who initially defended movie mogul Harvey Weinstein amid sexual harassment accusations and rape allegations has been forced to walk back its praise in the face of overwhelming social media backlash.

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, actress Lindsay Lohan, actor Tony Denison, fashion designer Donna Karan and director Woody Allen rose to Weinstein’s defense despite a tidal wave of industry condemnation.

The scandal was sparked by a New York Times investigation that chronicled a history of sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein. The New Yorker followed with an investigative report in which three women accused Weinstein of rape.

Since then, the Hollywood titan has been fired by his namesake entertainment company, and multiple Hollywood actresses have come forward with additional allegations of sexual harassment by Weinstein.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-harvey-weinstein-defenders-20171013-story.html




By the way fuck you Fox News – how dare you turn this horrid story into a Clinton bashing story! Your guy won the election! Get the fuck over it and stop spreading bullshit! It’s bad for you!

Somehow, the Harvey Weinstein story became a Hillary Clinton story.

Clinton, who received campaign donations from the Hollywood mogul and attended fundraisers hosted by him, was criticized for saying nothing in the days after the New York Times published an account accusing Weinstein of repeated sexual assault and harassment. And then when she did say something, she was accused of not saying enough.

Weinstein has long been associated with Democratic and liberal politics, hosting fundraisers for Clinton and Barack Obama (also called on to release a statement of condemnation); donating $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee, and more to individual legislators; and publicly championing women’s rights. In the days since the Times’s account (and subsequent revelations in the New Yorker), any progressive or Democratic institution that’s been associated with Weinstein has been expected to cut itself loose quickly, entirely, and permanently. And any Hollywood figure who’s expressed progressive opinions has been expected to do the same.
https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/10/17/16482604/weinstein-clinton-ailes-trump




See? Even Trump doesn’t care! So shut the fuck up! And back to Lindsay Lohan here’s where it gets weird – her dad is apparently defending her comments defending Harvey Weinstein. Is this some sort of weird Inception world I don’t know about?

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been under the scanner for over a few days now and he has been bombarded by accusations from various quarters for his inappropriate behavior and the entire movie industry has come down heavily on him.

But there is one person who has not spoken ill of him and has defended him and she is actress Lindsay Lohan.The 31-year-old actress took to Instagram claiming that Weinstein never misbehaved with her and that everyone should give him a break.
http://www.enstarz.com/articles/197343/20171015/lindsay-lohan-defends-harvey-weinstein-dad-stands-for-her.htm





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[font size="8"]Rick & Morty Szechwan Sauce Craze
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Now it’s time for another installment of:



And man do I need a drink this week – and we haven’t even got to the latest installment of our World Tour yet! I’ll take a Bloody Mary topped with chicken nuggets thanks! Yeah I want it spicy. And a side of Szechwan Sauce from McDonalds. Sigh…………………… really people? This is what we’ve come to? Fucking Chicken McNugget sauce? No wonder we can’t have nice things. Of course I’m talking about the TV show Rick & Morty and the Szechwan Sauce craze that it’s caused. Here’s more.

On its face, it sounded so simple

McDonald's executives must have thought they were reaching for low-hanging fruit when they decided to court the fandom of a show that's ousted "The Big Bang Theory" as the top-rated comedy among Millennials in the U.S.

The company has been pushing a new product: a line of chicken tenders that taste more like something you'd get from the Safeway deli than a fast food establishment. And capitalizing on an obscure reference to the fast food chain's nearly 20-year-old Szechuan sauce during the third-season premiere of "Rick and Morty" must have seemed like a sure thing.

But a publicity stunt meant to push a few thousand chicken tenders quickly devolved into outrageous shenanigans and mob-like stampedes committed by the most obnoxious of "Rick and Morty" fans. And McDonald's employees paid the steepest price.

Minimum-wage workers across the country had to put up with this:
http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2017/10/mcdonalds_employees_victims_in_rick_and_morty_szechuan_sauce_fiasco.html




Ooh I like that one! Yes, there was once a long discontinued sauce from McDonalds that was used to promote Disney’s 1996 film Mulan. But now it’s back and in a way that nobody had ever thought before, and it’s causing people to do insane things.

After McDonald’s disastrous attempt to provide Rick and Morty fans with packets of Szechuan sauce, eBay sellers are coming up with creative ways to get in on the frenzy.

Multiple eBay sellers are offering framed photos of the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce packet. One seller in particular, kevigmh_thjqe, has sold almost 20 photos in their accompanying frames. The photos aren’t of high quality or particularly pleasing to the eye; they’re printed on normal paper with a HP DeskJet 2600. In them, the sauce container is sitting on a wooden table or floor.
https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/10/16454458/szechuan-sauce-ebay-rick-and-morty




So would you be surprised to learn that McDonalds botched their Rick & Morty sauce promotion? Gee we aren’t either! Especially when it has caused this kind of epic insanity – you know – the kind of thing we love here!

Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Adult Swim's smash hit "Rick and Morty," told The Washington Post this summer, only partly in jest, that while writing the show, he has feared angering its millions of hardcore fans.

Perhaps McDonald's should take the cue, because on Saturday, the burger chain managed to do just that.

In April, Roiland expressed his nostalgic love for McDonald's limited Szechuan sauce - a promotional tie-in during the 1998 release of Disney's "Mulan" - by incorporating it into a "Rick and Morty" plotline. In response, the fast-food titan sent the Cartoon Network creator/voice actor an industrial-size bottle.

After Roiland tweeted images of the mailed dipping sauce over the summer, fans of "Rick and Morty" - aka the No. 1 show among millennials - continued to grow a mass hankering for the Szechuan goodness. A Change.org petition to bring back the sauce drew about 45,000 supporters.
http://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20171010/mcdonalds-botched-its-rick-and-morty-szechuan-sauce-stunt-fans-are-not-happy


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Yeah it’s getting weird all right! I mean who would waste $100s of dollars for a packet of McNugget sauce? It’s no wonder we’re all going to hell. And then there was this – yeah. This.

The day’s events do seem to have at least one winner, though: Michigan resident Rachel Marie, who apparently managed to trade a rare packet of the Szechuan sauce for an actual, working car. According to The Drive, Marie originally went on Facebook with her prize, looking to offload it in exchange for some collectible pins; instead, some sauce-loving maniac offered her a 2004 Volkswagen GTI. Faster than you can say, “Oh god, Rick would hate this,” she snatched up the trade, netting a new used car, while the car’s former owner got the warm satisfaction of knowing they’ve now become a new milestone in the fields of obsessive, potentially toxic fandom. (Meanwhile, McDonald’s has said it’s bringing the sauce back, some time soon, so all the food-goo profiteers out there had better be sure to prepare their garage or driveway for all the new wheels they’ll certainly soon be bringing home.)
https://www.avclub.com/woman-trades-a-packet-of-the-rick-and-morty-szechuan-sa-1819424702


Yeah that’s right – someone was that desperate for a packet of McNugget sauce that they traded a car for it! Where’s that drink? Excuse me a minute…




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Part of our mission statement here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is to show you that conservative idiocy isn’t just a problem with America. No, it’s a global problem that is stemming far and wide, and it’s not just America where conservative idiots ruin everything they touch. And if you’re thinking of moving out of the United States just because Donald J. Trump is our current president and our nation is turning to shit, you should know what it is you’re getting into should you decide that you want to leave the country. So if you want a recap of where we’ve been so far, in the last few weeks we’ve discovered that New York has a gambling problem, my home state of California has a Russia problem, and Japan might be the catalyst for nuclear armageddon. Here’s the tour schedule:



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We need some music for this one!



Yeah Gangnam Style isn’t the only thing that is culturally significant about South Korea! We are hanging out in Seoul this week everybody! South Korea is an interesting country. It’s the home of Samsung and LG where 95% of your home electronics come from. They’re also responsible for that smoldering hole in your kitchen where your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 used to be. But South Korea is interesting in that you can see large, sprawling ,ultra modern cities like Seoul and Busan, as famously seen in the most recent zombie movie “Train To Busan”.



I think if you go to Busan now the trains wont look anything like that movie. But what I’m getting at is in South Korea you can see ultra modern as well as ancient. South Korea is also the home of Korean BBQ – you know that place you went with your cousin and got 3rd degree burns on the grill because you don’t know how to use a grill. I kid, I kid. South Korea is also the home of Incheon. One of the single largest airports in the entire world. It’s of course also the southern neighbors to one of the most insane countries in the entire world – North Korea. Because of that there is also the area between the borders of North Korea and South Korea called the “De-Militarized Zone”. But what else is South Korea the home of? Well a huge hacking problem for starters!

Washington (CNN)North Korean hackers allegedly stole classified military documents from a South Korean Defense Ministry database in September 2016, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly.
Rhee, who belongs to the ruling Democratic Party and sits on the Defense Committee, told CNN on Tuesday that he received information about the alleged hacking from the Defense Ministry.
He said the documents stolen included the South Korea-US wartime operational plan and a document that includes procedures to "decapitate" the North Korean leadership.

About 235 gigabytes worth of military data was stolen by the hackers, Rhee said.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/10/politics/north-korea-hackers-us-south-korea-war-plan/index.html




Yeah so holy fuck! Note to self: do not make fun of North Korean hackers ever again! What do you mean they already hacked me? Damn it!!! South Korea is also the home of what could quite possibly be Trump’s most insane stunt to date:

Donald Trump could next month be standing just metres from Kim Jong-un’s gun-toting soldiers during a possible visit to the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

Officials from Washington have reportedly visited the tense border area between the two countries – who remain technically at war – as they draw up detailed plans for the US president’s upcoming visit to South Korea.

Mr Trump is heading to the South as part of a tour of Asia when he is expected to deliver a strong message to Pyongyang over its build up of nuclear weapons.

An anonymous South Korean defence official told Yonhap news agency that an advance team of US officials “looked around Panmunjom and Observation Post Ouellette.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/10/donald-trump-may-visit-heavily-armed-border-area-north-south/




I mean yeah… we’re probably all going to die. Forget the “Train To Busan” – this is the Train To Nuke Busan! Holy shit!!! And by the way let’s take a look at how Trump’s little nuclear war games might be planning out for the world’s economy:

South Korea’s bonds may have weathered missile tests and the specter of a nuclear attack but a new danger threatens to stem inflows.

Annual inflation in Asia’s fourth-largest economy accelerated to the fastest in more than five years in August, sapping returns from fixed-income payments. JPMorgan Asset Management rates South Korean debt last among Asian emerging-market government bonds, while Manulife Asset Management is underweight as rising global yields reduce their relative appeal.

“Korea is one of the few Asian regions where inflation is above expectation, while the growth outlook is also on the strong side,” said Gregory Suen, investment director of fixed income at HSBC Global Asset Management, which oversees $447 billion globally. “We are relatively more bullish on India, Indonesia and Thailand. All three markets have low or lowering inflation expectations, which is supportive of bond prices.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/inflation-joins-missile-threat-as-korean-bonds-fall-out-of-favor




We’re not in Armageddon yet. But there’s much more to this insane story that we haven’t been able to do a deep dive in just yet. And well, thanks to Donald Trump, North Korea has escalated its’ threat to send a nice warm greeting of nuclear weapons to Guam:

SEOUL, South Korea — As the United States and South Korea prepared for next week’s joint naval exercise, North Korean officials on Friday renewed their threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam, an American territory in the western Pacific.

The drill, which involves the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, is scheduled to begin on Monday in waters east and west of South Korea. The 10-day exercise will check the allies’ “communications, interoperability and partnership,” the United States Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.

The nuclear-powered submarine Michigan arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on Friday. American and South Korean warplanes will also join the exercise, which takes place amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s advancing nuclear missile program.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/world/asia/north-korea-renews-guam-threat-ahead-of-joint-naval-exercise.html




And that’s how they all died. But guess what? The US is so eager to start a new war that they actually say they could fight tonight if they wanted to! You know what? Let’s talk about something much lighter for the rest of this entry. In fact 15 pages of Google searching for articles about South Korea was about nothing but our forthcoming annihilation. So that said let’s talk about pirates! Everybody loves pirates don’t they? Ha ha ha ha ha ha?

A member of parliament from the Pirate Party in Iceland was forced to wear an eyepatch for a television appearance following a bizarre household accident.

Eva Pandora Baldursdottir wrote on her Facebook wall that her one-year-old daughter "scratched my eye, which means I have to wear an eyepatch over the weekend," Reykjavik Grapevine reports.

"That wouldn't be an issue if it wasn't for the fact that I'm going to a TV debate tonight," she said.

"Of course be wearing my beautiful eyepatch," she said of her impending appearance on Iceland's Stod 2 channel.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41608341


[font size="6"]The Verdict & Scorecard[/font]

Yeah this was a tough one. The people of South Korea are nice. And it’s a friendly place to visit. But if you want to live here, I would suggest looking elsewhere!

Tourism: A
Culture: A
Political Spectrum: F
Liberal Appeal: D

Overall: C-

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Ooh this is going to be a fun one – we’re heading to a country that Trump has a love – hate relationship with. We’re visiting the land of the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square – China! Or as he calls it “Gina”!



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Folks in the spirit of South Korea, my next guest is one of Korea’s biggest touring acts. They even did a show in my home venue of Honda Center! Their latest album is called “Love Yourself”, playing their song called “DNA”, give it up for BTS!




Yeah how about that?

See you next week! If we still live through this week that is!

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Kevin Smith To Donate Residuals From Weinstein Backed Projects To Women In Film Charity

There are few people in Hollywood who’ve profited more from their association with Harvey Weinstein than Kevin Smith; the Clerks director’s career might not even exist if Weinstein’s Miramax hadn’t picked up his 1994 debut for championing and distribution. That relationship has, of course, now been clouded by the allegations that have come out against Weinstein in the last few weeks, with dozens of women alleging that he sexually harassed or assaulted them.

Over the weekend, Smith expressed his feelings of shock and disgust over his long-time friendship and association with Weinstein, saying on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast that, “I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that’s it…And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.” Smith made it clear that he had no knowledge of Weinstein’s behavior around women, saying, “I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t fucking help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend. I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me.”

Smith also said he intends to put his money where his mouth his; according to Vulture, he’s pledged that he’ll donating all future residuals from all of his Miramax films—including Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Zack And Miri Make A Porno, and both Clerks movies—to Women In Films, a nonprofit organization that supports women filmmakers. (He alos added that, if The Weinstein Co. ends up folding, rendering those residuals worthless, he’ll pay $2,000 a month to the group for the rest of his life.)

https://www.avclub.com/kevin-smith-is-donating-his-weinstein-residuals-to-a-ch-1819640109


That's how you do it!

How Fox News Hijacked Harvey Weinstein And Made It About Clinton

Somehow, the Harvey Weinstein story became a Hillary Clinton story.

Clinton, who received campaign donations from the Hollywood mogul and attended fundraisers hosted by him, was criticized for saying nothing in the days after the New York Times published an account accusing Weinstein of repeated sexual assault and harassment. And then when she did say something, she was accused of not saying enough.

Weinstein has long been associated with Democratic and liberal politics, hosting fundraisers for Clinton and Barack Obama (also called on to release a statement of condemnation); donating $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee, and more to individual legislators; and publicly championing women’s rights. In the days since the Times’s account (and subsequent revelations in the New Yorker), any progressive or Democratic institution that’s been associated with Weinstein has been expected to cut itself loose quickly, entirely, and permanently. And any Hollywood figure who’s expressed progressive opinions has been expected to do the same.

The investigatory zeal is different than it was for Republican Party politicians who were friendly to Roger Ailes. The former Fox News head advised President Trump on the debate even after he was pushed out at Fox News in 2016 amid allegations of widespread sexual harassment. For that matter, a year after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, Donald Trump has never been made anyone’s problem — except Billy Bush’s.

The disparity between these two scenarios suggests something perverse but inescapable about the media’s expectations for politicians’ response to scandals. Public figures who talk about a social problem in the abstract get pressured to repudiate their associates who contribute to it. Public figures who weren’t vocal about the problem to begin with get to stay silent when it’s one of their friends.
https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/10/17/16482604/weinstein-clinton-ailes-trump


Fucking scumbags! This is why I have Fux News blocked from my DVR.

Roy Moore: Justices That Voted For Marriage Equality Should Be Impeached

Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama, was the featured speaker at a Values Voter Summit luncheon organized by the American Family Association’s political action arm today. Moore, twice removed from his job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for defying federal court orders that conflicted with his religious beliefs, was right at home among his people.

Abraham Hamilton, one of several AFA speakers who addressed the group before Moore spoke, quoted George Washington’s farewell address, adding his interpretation:

To put it in modern parlance, George Washington was literally saying anybody who would attack biblical Christianity and biblical morality would be an enemy to the United States of America. That is a message that needs to be heralded loud and proudly in our country today, everywhere but especially in this institution we call the United States Senate.

Hamilton praised Moore for having “demonstrated, at great personal risk, his faithfulness to the word of God first, and secondarily to our Constitution.” Said Hamilton, “I believe he is the tip of the spear in what we need to usher America back into its place in submission to our holy God.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/roy-moore-pro-marriage-equality-justices-should-be-impeached/


God fucking damn them! This is why Roy Moore is dangerous. If he gets in the senate there's no telling what kind of damage he can do.

Rick Wiles: The World Is Controlled By Avowed Satanic Luciferian Devil Worshipers

During his recent appearance on Greg Hunter’s program, End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles declared that the government, the media and the business world are all controlled by “avowed satanic Luciferian devil worshipers” and asserted that the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas was carried out by a group of demon-possessed killers.

“I know that sounds extreme and bizarre to people,” Wiles said, “but every day that goes by, the more I’m convinced that I’ve been right all these years that there is a deeply embedded satanic cult that has gained control of powerful institutions in this country and other nations. You can’t escape it.”

Wiles said that “there is no other explanation” for what happened in Las Vegas than to admit that “it’s raw evil.”

“It’s raw evil committed by a demon-possessed group of people,” he said. “It wasn’t just one man, there were several people but those people were possessed by demons. No normal person in his or her right mind would slaughter people like that. You have to be possessed by Satan to carry out such an act.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rick-wiles-the-world-is-controlled-by-avowed-satanic-luciferian-devil-worshipers/


Yeah I believe they're called "republicans", Rick!

US - South Korean War Plans Reportedly Stolen By North Korea

Hackers in North Korea have allegedly stolen a cache of classified military documents from South Korea, according to a South Korean lawmaker.

Lee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party, initially told local media outlets that the documents were taken in a September 2016 hack of the country's Defense Ministry. The ministry would not comment to ABC News, citing national security concerns.

"The way it got hacked was preposterous," Lee told ABC News, confirming what he initially told South Korean media. "It wasn't because North Koreans had advanced hacking skills but was due to negligence on the South Korean part."

He continued, "I don't think the situation is as serious as it may sound but the reason why I alerted this is to push the new administration and the Defense Ministry to quickly find remedies so that this kind of loss don't happen again."

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-south-korean-war-plans-reportedly-stolen-north/story?id=50390068




Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-17: Wheel Of Corruption: At Worlds End Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-17: Wheel Of Corruption: At World’s End Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! You know there’s a lot going on the world this week and it’s an especially dark time with what happened in Vegas last week. So let’s lighten things up and do some comedy shall we? One thing we got to talk about is one of my favorite bands of all time, the Foo Fighters. Right? Who doesn’t love Dave Grohl? To paraphrase Homer Simpson, “He who is tired of Dave Grohl is tired of life.” Well they had their huge and first ever Cal Jam ’17 at the Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernardino. I wasn’t there, I was in Denver hanging out with beer lovers and zombies. Yeah that was a weird scene, I will say! Anyway, during one of the last songs the Foos played that night, they played and sang a cover of the Beatles song “Come Together”. And if you’re going to cover something as classic as the Beatles, even a song like Come Together, where the lyrics are just nonsense (come on, even the most hardcore Beatles fan can admit those lyrics are nonsense!), at least get the words right! Can we roll the tape on that?



Yeah. Liam might want to take a page from Southwest and get away for a couple of days. Although I will say I listened to his new solo album “As You Were” and it is great. I highly recommend checking that one out. And here’s why I love the Foo Fighters – Dave said he was OK with it, getting to jam on stage with Liam Gallagher was awesome enough! OK enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to this week. But first John Oliver is back and he takes a look at how the Confederacy is still a thing:



So where do we begin this week? Well the first two slots are going to go to Gun Nut Apologists (1, 2) because if there’s one sure thing in this country, is that the gun nuts are going to be out in full force actively defending their death toys. I saw Death Toys at the Troubadour last week - awesome band! In the third slot is going to be Mike Pence (3). Because if you watch and love football like I do, you know that what Mike Pence did something is so jaw-dropping stupid that we can’t even comprehend it. In the fourth slot is of course President Dotard Trump (4). So he’s resorting to attacking members of his own party because reasons. At number 5 is also President Dotard Trump (5) because he can’t stop poking the hornet’s nest known as North Korea. At number 6 we’re going to do a brand new round of “Who’s The Snowflake?” and it involves a new video game coming out called “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus”, and the reaction from actual Nazis is well, they’re the real snowflakes! At number 7 we’re going to talk about Harvey Weinstein (7). Wait, isn’t he a liberal? Yes but considering he’s a member of the Pussy Grabber’s Club, we have to talk about it and you can’t escape it in the news. And number 8 is our favorite segment about all the news that is holy with “Holy Shit”. And man you can’t escape how batshit crazy these people are, especially if their plan to unleash Indiana's horrendous "Religious Freedom" (nothing to do with religion or freedom) laws on the entire country goes through. At number 9 (NEIN!!!!) we’ve got a brand new edition of “People Are Dumb” and there’s a lot of stupidity out there. Plus we're going to switch things up instead of our usual "People Are People" routine and I hope it goes well! Finally this week its’ more of the Top 10 World Tour (10). This time we’re back on the road and we’re hanging out in the Land Of The Rising Sun, Japan! Plus in the spirit of Japan, we’ve got some Japanese rock music for you from one of the biggest bands in Japan, I’m talking about the one the only X Japan! They are touring behind a new documentary about their 35 year career that’s seen them become one of the biggest bands in the world called “We Are X”. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Come on everybody say it with me. It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION!!!! Yayyyyyyyyy!!!



The wheel is back everybody! And of course if we had a bigger budget we’d have our own graphics and theme music. Yes just like last time I’ll talk about whatever the wheel lands on. But remember that if it lands on the Guacamole option that it costs $1.50 extra. So this week we’ve got some all new items on the wheel! They will be:

- Guns
- Abortion
- Crime
- Poverty
- Chance
- 5,000
- Infowars
- Nazis
- Go Directly To Jail
- Buy A Vowel
- North Korea
- Lawsuits
- Whammy
- Donald Trump
- People Are Dumb
- ‘Merica!
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- A Random Tweet
- 10,000
- Community Chest
- Talk Shows
- Clip Without Context
- Something Random In The News
- Fox News
- Polls
- Chance
- 15,000
- Bankrupt
- Golf
- Pirates
- Community Chest
- Florida (Obviously)
- This Fucking Guy
- Beating A Dead Horse
- Holy Shit
- Guacamole ($1.50 Extra)
- Double Whammy
- T-Shirt Cannon
- ? (Mystery Item)
- I Need A Drink
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s get this going! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! And it’s a clip without context!





Really – so in one clip Bryan Fischer goes full racist *AND* full batshit crazy. Really, we want violence? You know we’re pacifists, right? Spin it again! Guns! It’s now time for our new segment:



People always say there’s no such thing as a sure thing. Those people are wrong. There actually is such a thing as a “sure thing”. And that is that every time there’s a mass shooting in America – you can bet that the inevitable shit show that the gun nut apologists are going to put on is nothing short of a jaw-dropping horror. I mean the first round of this is always the Christian right coming out saying that the victims deserved it because, their god is a dick. The second is that Alex Jones will call the shooting a false flag.



And that’s not the first time.






See? It’s a shit show! And then there was Ted Nugent, who offered what could quite possibly be the dumbest thing anyone’s ever said about the shooting:

Right-wing rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent thinks more military-grade weapons on the streets could have stopped the Las Vegas shooting.

In an interview on NRA TV, Nugent said that if he had a rocket launcher he could have stopped Stephen Paddock’s gun massacre.

“If we were allowed to walk around with things like rocket launchers this would have never happened,” said Nugent. “If I had one at the scene, I could have taken him out from the street.”

However, Nugent isn’t the only right-winger to engage in delusional thinking about gun violence. FOX News contributor Erick Erickson claimed that gun violence wasn’t a problem in the United States, even though it claims about 30,000 lives a year.
uspoln.com/2017/10/05/nugent-stopped-vegas-shooting-rocket-launcher/




Oh how cute, the gun nuts think they’re Rambo again. Now really… a rocket launcher? Dude, you might take out the shooter, but you’ll level the hotel in the process! And where are you going to get that kind of fire power? Oh wait, I know what country I live in. And then when it comes to beating dead horses in this debate, the GOP will always find a way to blame everything but the guns. Take a look at what former senator and poster boy for a certain “frothy mixture” Rick Santorum did!

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history, there has been renewed interest in increasing gun control regulation. There has also been pushback from conservatives who feel that gun control measures will either not do anything to prevent gun violence or will lead to a slippery slope towards a ban on firearms.

During a panel discussion on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, political commentator and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum waded into the debate by taking aim at the entertainment industry. After finding consensus with liberals on the banning of bump stocks and modifying semi-automatic weapons to shoot like automatic ones, Santorum then said more attention should be focused on video games and films.

“Violence in television and the video games — there is a mountain of evidence out there, psychological evidence, about what we’re doing to our young people with these video games, violent video games, and you never hear the left trying to go after Hollywood or the gaming market,” Santorum exclaimed. “It is never involved in this discussion. Where is the solution? Here we are. Where is the solution?” https://www.mediaite.com/tv/rick-santorum-on-gun-control-debate-why-arent-we-going-after-violent-video-games-and-films/




Dude, Rick – the solution is staring you right in the face! It’s that big black thing with a trigger on it! And there’s tons of other crazy gun nut justifications this week. I mean they’ll blame everyone and everything for this horrifying shooting but their death toys!

Take, for example, Rush Limbaugh, the king of right-wing media, who argued that American media outlets were purposely downplaying the shooter's link to ISIS. He cited ISIS's own news agency which claimed responsibility for the attack. Limbaugh asserts that ISIS had to create their own news outlet because "the American drive-bys do not want ISIS being credited with this stuff" because to “the American left, there is no such thing as militant Islamic terrorism."

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A guest on "Fox & Friends" asserted Tuesday that CNN, one of the largest cable-news networks, was partially responsible for the shooting. Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner accused CNN of demonizing gun enthusiasts. He didn't explain how that induced Paddock to commit an act of terrorism, but nevertheless, the hosts of "Fox & Friends" failed to push back on him.

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Infowars host Alex Jones again battled with the truth on Tuesday, when he claimed that liberals orchestrated the attack to kill conservatives at the concert "Bolshevik-style." “Why does the left bring in the very groups that are trying to kill you?” Jones asked. "Now we see the first Islamist attack on a conservative venue. On Monday, Jones blamed everyone from leftists, communists and globalists, to ISIS and antifa for the Las Vegas shooting.
https://www.salon.com/2017/10/03/right-wing-media-blames-isis-democrats-cnn-anthem-protests-for-las-vegas-shooting/




Yeah this is why we can’t have nice things – because of these fucking lunatics. In a mass shooting, you don’t tell the victims to go fuck themselves. But that’s what the right did in Sandy Hook. In Orlando. In San Bernardino. And now in Vegas. In fact The Guardian put together a handy how to in identifying American gun nut insanity.

Some differences of opinion are permissible in conservative media. Not everyone agrees about wars, foreign powers, terror, or drugs. Some are not fans of the current president. Some even risk unconventional “pro-choice” opinions.

But the second amendment – virtually unrestricted access to guns – is sacrosanct. Across the spectrum of rightwing opinion, from libertarians to the Christian right, pretty much everyone agrees that Americans’ unique access to firearms should continue. We can put this down to any number of things, from the country’s history of frontier settler violence to the influence of the NRA. But there it is.

When a massacre happens, rightwing pundits have work to do: they need to convince any waverers that easy access to semi-automatic weapons has nothing to do with mass-casualty shootings. They also need Republican legislators to remain aware that any moves to restrict access to guns will ruin their career.

Accordingly, rightwing pundits have evolved a series of standard responses to mass murder. Today we’ll look at five of them, all of which have been in evidence this week.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/05/las-vegas-mass-shooting-rightwing-pundits





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Sweet! I get $50! I'll take that thank you! Spin it again! And it lands on… guns! Yes, guns again! Because that’s all the right wing talks about. Is their precious, precious guns. But one thing in particular has been gaining a lot of attention – and that is a device called a “bump stock”. Which is basically a device that makes a giant machine gun fire more rounds at a much faster rate.

Senior Republicans in Congress are considering a bill that would ban “bump stocks” — gun accessories the Las Vegas shooter apparently used to turn semi-automatic weapons into more rapid-fire machine guns.

A handful of Republican congressional legislators have shown interest in a bill that would stop shooters from essentially converting semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic ones by using bump stocks. Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others Sunday at a Las Vegas music festival, had two bump stocks in his possession, officials told the Associated Press.

“An American concert venue has now become a battlefield,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who introduced the bump stock bill Wednesday. “No one should be able to easily and cheaply modify legal weapons into what are essentially machine guns.”
http://time.com/4970720/bump-stocks-ban-how-work/




Apparently they’re never going to put down their guns because I’m convinced the NRA won’t be satisfied until we’re all dead. There I said it. But guess what? The NRA don’t care!

The National Rifle Association ventured into unfamiliar territory last week when it endorsed new restrictions on a device that accelerated gunfire in the Las Vegas massacre. But leaders of the gun lobby signaled Sunday they may draw a line at writing those restrictions into law.

“If we could legislate morality, we would have done it long ago,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief executive, said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Instead, LaPierre said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should review the matter. “I think you want to tell ATF to do its job. It’s an interpretive issue, and they need to get the job done,” he said.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/nra-stops-short-of-supporting-a-legal-ban-on-bump-stocks/2017/10/08/c96c14fe-ac44-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html




And not only does the NRA don’t care, the NRA really don’t care! They already committed Phase 1 of Mass Shooting Justification. The first is spitting on the graves of the victims they’ve created. The second is convincing people guns aren’t the problem and that the evil liberals are to blame. The third is guess what? Obstruction! Bravo NRA! You have officially stopped any progress being made and it will result in another mass shooting! Bravo! Well done! But even the most rabid gun nuts say these things are a bad idea!

RENO, Nevada — Less than a week after a gunman mowed down 58 people halfway across the state, hundreds of firearm admirers filled a convention hall here for a huge gun show on Saturday, perusing tables weighed down with weapons like those used in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

But even as attendees carted home rifles, scopes and ammunition, most of those interviewed Saturday said they supported a federal ban on bump stocks, a device used by the Las Vegas shooter to transform his semi-automatic rifles into firearms capable of shooting hundreds of bullets a minute.
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/07/reno-gun-show-bump-stock-gun-control/




And even the insane amount of gun add ons are pushing the NRA and the ATF to the brink of what’s legal and what isn’t! Aint it a great time to be an American gun nut?

Hundreds of add-on parts that can test the thin line between a legal gun and an illegal gun swamp a tiny office in West Virginia each year.

There, a dozen federal firearms experts are tasked with testing the inventions and splitting hairs over legal definitions in a process that can pit them against well-funded gun industry lawyers, decades-old laws and public safety.

The testing of the devices by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives happens in obscurity, and the agency doesn’t answer many questions about it. But, the ATF system is under scrutiny after the suspect in the worst mass shooting in modern American history is said to have used legal add-ons to make his semiautomatic rifles capable of firing hundreds more rounds per minute.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/06/bump-stocks-and-other-gun-add-ons-testing-limits-atf/740431001/






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Yeah because the best way to solve a gun problem is with more guns! Right. You don’t solve a drinking problem by going on an all night bender, Bryan. Spin it again! And it lands on… ‘Merica! Because if there’s one thing that the GOP loves to flaunt is that they’re more American than the next guy. Take for example the controversy that will never die – the stupid fucking anthem protests. I guess people stopped paying attention to Fox News’ lame “war on Christmas” as part of their culture war against people who don’t care about these things. The anthem protests are not going away, and conservatives are already making things worse. Look at our vice president and guy who is more white guy than thou, Mike Pence.

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying he did not want to "dignify" the demonstration.
"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence wrote on Twitter.
The vice president went on to issue a full statement opposing the protest.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/08/politics/vice-president-mike-pence-nfl-protest/index.html




Really? They’re still beating that dead horse? So Mike Pence shows up at what could be Peyton Manning’s last game in a Colts uniform and basically says “fuck you” to the NFL.

INDIANAPOLIS – North Korea and its nukes can wait. The White House has declared war on the NFL. And on the First Amendment.

Two weeks after President Trump decreed that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday after about 20 members of the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the anthem. The 49ers were in town to play the Indianapolis Colts.

What, you think he didn’t know the 49ers would kneel on Sunday? Pence knew. The 49ers are the one franchise, the only franchise, that have had at least one player kneel before every game since Colin Kaepernick was the first to do it in the 2016 preseason. Kaepernick played for the 49ers, of course. Last week, following Trump’s unpatriotic assertion that he would fire someone for exercising their First Amendment rights, more than half the San Francisco roster knelt.
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2017/10/08/vp-mike-pence-leaves-nfl-protest-49-ers-colts/744478001/




You know Mike, you could have just saved time and money and just given the NFL the finger directly. But this is the Trump administration and we don't have time for rational solutions! Thank you! But here’s where it gets weird – and you know it’s going to. How much did this little “fuck you” to the 49ers cost taxpayers? Never mind that we live in a world where facts don’t matter anymore!

CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak tweeted that Air Force 2 costs the government $42,936 an hour to fly, and estimated Pence’s trip to Indianapolis took about two and a half hours flying time, each way. That would put the flight’s cost well over $200,000.

And that doesn’t include the costs of a hotel room in Indianapolis,where Pence spent Saturday night, and extra police protection in Indianapolis. Fans at Sunday’s game were asked to show up early due to enhanced security at the stadium.

A number of top Trump administration officials have been investigated for wasteful spending on unnecessary flights, although previous criticism has concerned the use of private flights when comparable commercial flights could have been taken. An investigation into the use of private jets by Tom Price last month led to his resignation as secretary of health and human services.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-much-did-mike-pences-nfl-walkout-cost-taxpayers-2017-10-08




And by the way would you be surprised that President Moron put him up to this? Gee, Donnie, give it a rest already!

WASHINGTON — President Trump reignited his feud with the N.F.L. on Sunday by telling Vice President Mike Pence to walk out of a game in his home state of Indiana after nearly two dozen players from the visiting San Francisco 49ers knelt during the playing of the national anthem.

Mr. Pence lavishly documented his early departure in a series of tweets and an official statement issued by his office. On Twitter, he declared, “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

While the vice president portrayed his decision as a gesture of patriotic principle, it had the distinct appearance of a well-planned, if costly, political stunt. He doubled back from a trip to the West Coast to take a seat in the stands in Indianapolis, where the 49ers — the team most associated with the N.F.L. protest movement against racial injustice — were suiting up to play the Colts.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/08/us/politics/pence-anthem-colts.html





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So can I guess? Universal Repeal? That’s wrong? NOOOOOOO!!!! How much did that cost me? $50? Shit!!!



Spin it again! And it lands on Donald Trump. I finally get it! Donald Trump is this guy:



So we already know that the GOP is trying to hijack the narrative on the NFL protests and make it about them. It’s kind of like the Peanuts scenario where Lucy pulls the football from Charlie Brown. Only the Trump administration would spit in Charlie Brown’s face as he’s lying on the ground and kick him in the ribs. But what I’m getting at is Trump is getting extremely desperate. All he wants from his men is their undying loyalty and anyone who doesn't show they're more loyal is not loyal enough! So now he’s attacking members of his own party – especially Senator Corker of Virginia.

WASHINGTON — For nearly nine months, Senate Republicans have watched their new president with a mix of aggravation and alarm. But it took Senator Bob Corker to take those concerns public and confront President Trump with his most serious challenge from within his own party.

In unloading on Mr. Trump, Mr. Corker, a two-term senator from Tennessee, said in public what many of his Republican colleagues say in private — that the president is dangerously erratic and unstable, that he treats his high post like a television show and that he is reckless enough to stumble the country into a nuclear war.

Mr. Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, evidently feels liberated now that he has decided not to run for re-election, while other Republican senators with concerns keep quiet fearing the retaliation of a Twitter-armed president and his allies in the conservative media. But Mr. Corker’s passionate statements reflect growing troubles for a president attempting to govern with a narrow and increasingly disenchanted Republican majority.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/us/politics/corkers-blast-at-trump-has-other-republicans-nodding-in-agreement.html




Hmmm.. yes. Hmmm… yes. Trump is a fucking moron. Mr. Corker is right! But really this falls into more of the “what have we fucking done” category? Because Trump has gone mad with power. Even Kellyanne Conway thought this was ridiculous!

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, on Monday called Sen. Bob Corker's tweet criticizing Trump "incredibly irresponsible."

During an interview on "Fox and Friends," Conway was asked about Corker's tweet on Sunday that referred to the White House as "an adult day care center," with co-host Brian Kilmeade saying it was "a demeaning tweet at the president."

"Well it is, and world leaders see that," Conway replied. "I find tweets like this to be incredibly irresponsible. It adds to the insulting that the mainstream media and the president's detractors ... to their ability and their cover to speak about the president of the United States ... in ways that no president should be talked about."
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/09/trump-bob-corker-tweet-kellyanne-conway-243597




He looks as ridiculous as his oversized ties he wears, doesn’t he? In fact this is so much of an obstruction that Trump is clearly not helping things. But I think Bob might be jumping the gun a bit too soon. Trump isn’t going to be starting World War III. No, that’s Kim Jong Un’s job!

Washington (CNN)Sen. Bob Corker, who engaged in a public feud with President Donald Trump over the weekend, said Trump is setting the country "on the path to World War III."
Trump is a President who is acting "like he's doing 'The Apprentice' or something," the Tennessee Republican said in an interview with The New York Times that was published Sunday night.
"He concerns me," Corker added. "He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation."
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/09/politics/corker-world-war-iii-donald-trump-white-house/index.html




But we’re all not going to die yet. But some good news in all of this madness is that Trump may have cost himself a key policy outlier:

President Trump has his fair share of critics in Congress, but with one Sunday morning tweetstorm, he has risked making a policy rival out of someone who could have counted as an ally for his agenda.

Trump’s Twitter rant against Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) comes just days before Trump is expected to announce that he will not certify Iran is in compliance with the nuclear pact with reached with world powers in 2015, the first in a highly orchestrated series of steps that White House, State Department and congressional officials — primarily Corker, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — have been planning for months.

It also comes as Congress is diving into tax reform, a must-win issue for the GOP if it hopes to check off any bit of its promised agenda in 2017. Corker is one of the Senate’s most committed deficit hawks and outspoken members on tax policy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trumps-tweetstorm-against-corker-may-cost-him-a-key-policy-ally/2017/10/08/4913257a-ac4b-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html




And by the way Senate Majority Leader and guy who fantasizes about stealing candy from babies, Mitch McConnell, is playing the Good Cop / Bad Cop routine in this whole feud.

McConnell's comments on Monday come as Senate GOP leadership will try to pass its fiscal year 2018 budget next week. The bill includes instructions that will allow Republicans to pass tax reform by a simple majority, avoiding a Democratic filibuster.

But Republicans have a narrow path for passing either the budget or ultimately tax reform. With a 52-seat majority they need the support of at least 50 senators, which would allow Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.

Corker has emerged as one of the loudest Republican critics in the Senate of leadership's tax blueprint, saying he won't support even a "penny's worth of deficits."
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/354568-mcconnell-defends-corker-amid-trump-feud





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Spin it again! And it lands on North Korea. You know “going rogue” is the biggest cliché in movies. I mean you had “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”, where Ethan Hunt goes rogue. You had “Batman Vs. Superman” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, where Batman goes rogue. You have “Blade Runner 2049”, where a Blade Runner goes rogue. You have “Jason Bourne” where Jason Bourne went rogue. You have “Spectre” where James Bond went rogue. And you have “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, where the Rebel Alliance goes rogue to steal the plans to the fucking Death Star. Now Trump has gone rogue!

Washington (CNN)Even by the hyperactive standards of Donald Trump, it was a wild weekend.

While most of the country settled in for a Columbus Day holiday break, Trump orchestrated a cacophony of threats, offered dark warnings of military action and waged bitter political feuds on multiple fronts.

No one, not his estranged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his chief of staff John Kelly, European leaders, North Korean dictators, Democrats or despairing GOP senators can temper his shock and awe leadership style.

In a torrent of angry tweets, a TV interview with former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and a back-and-forth with reporters, Trump poked and jabbed, in another mind-scrambling chapter of a reality-show presidency that is threatening to exhaust the nation.

But there was a method in what his critics see as madness: The President is making clear that he and only he is writing his script.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/09/politics/donald-trump-politics-corker-north-korea-iran/index.html




I would suspect that’s what Trump looks like when he’s off camera. “I’m going rogue, OK? Nobody goes rogue better than I do!”. So what does this have to do with North Korea, you might ask? Well…

President Trump took to Twitter early Monday with another warning for Pyongyang strongman Kim Jong Un, slamming more than two decades of U.S. policy toward North Korea that “didn’t work.”

“Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn’t work!” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

Over the last week, the president has made a series of vague and somewhat cryptic comments with regard to North Korea and other global threats.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/09/trump-warns-kim-jong-un-says-us-policy-toward-north-korea-didnt-work.html




I really don’t want to know what that one thing is! I mean is that one thing dropping a nuclear weapon on Pyongyang? Let’s get real here Trump. But if you think it’s not over – it’s about to get worse. We have to stop this mad man! 2018 may be too late!

One could fairly say President Donald Trump is someone tempting war based on his recent rhetoric toward North Korea.

The president's most recent verbal broadside against the Asian dictatorship occurred on Monday morning.

Before that, Trump had alarmed foreign policy observers over the weekend with a series of tweets that, by denouncing a quarter-century worth of negotiations with the claim that "only one thing will work," seemed to imply the prospect of war.
https://www.salon.com/2017/10/09/how-close-is-donald-trump-to-waging-war-on-north-korea/




We might all actually die. But have no fear, Trump Man will save us from nukes!!!

General James 'Mad dog' Mattis warned it is impossible to tell what the future holds for the crisis, but urged US troops to be prepared for a confrontation with Kim Jong-un.

He said while Trump is committed to finding a diplomatic solution, the US Army must "standy ready" to fight.

General Mattis said: "It is right now a diplomatically led, economic-sanction buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path.

"Now what does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say, so there is one thing the US Army can do.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/864204/World-War-3-North-Korea-news-latest-Donald-Trump-general-army-ready-war




Yeah calm down man. We might all not die just yet. At least Russia and China will save us! But when they’re on the side of reason, who isn’t? I know!

Russia and China have called for restraint on North Korea after US President Donald Trump warned over the weekend that "only one thing will work" in dealing with Pyongyang, hinting that military action was on his mind.

The comments followed an extraordinary interview by Republican senator Bob Corker, who told the New York Times that Trump risks setting the nation "on the path to World War Three".

Corker, who was once considered a vice presidential candidate for Trump, told the newspaper he was alarmed about a president who acts "like he's doing The Apprentice or something" - in a reference to the reality television show that Trump had once hosted.

When asked what Russia made of Trump's comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters:
http://www.smh.com.au/world/russia-china-call-for-restraint-after-trump-comment-on-north-korea-20171009-gyxide.html





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Because that’s what they want you to think, Dave! You know the truth is out there!



Spin it again! And we’re going to play “Who’s The Snowflake???”!



So normally we have two or 3 entries for this game. But this time we just have one, and that is Nazis. Who might be some of the biggest snowflakes of them all. Now if you play video games, you might have heard that one of gaming’s biggest publishers – Bethesda Interactive – is gearing up to release one of their biggest games in this decade. I’m talking about “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus” which is out on October 27th. Well, the trailer has riled up a certain group of individuals, and see if you can guess:

All told, Bethesda is quite proud of how it's presenting the new Wolfenstein game, and frankly, politics aside, the game's marketing seems perfectly appropriate since Wolfenstein is essentially a game about killing Nazis.

Despite the blowback, Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP for PR and marketing, did not back down from the game's anti-Nazi stance.

The video itself is just a few seconds long, depicting orderly lines of Nazi soldiers (the game's main foe) with the text "Not my America" superimposed on top of it. You could say, fighting Nazis is a staple for the franchise.

"Wolfenstein has been a decidedly anti-Nazi series since the first release more than 20 years ago".

Here's what happened. Bethesda, for those who don't know, has started marketing its new game, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, by directly taking on the apparent rise of neo-Nazism and alt-right in the United States. Drawing clear parallels to current U.S. politics, including Donald Trump's presidential slogan "Make America Great Again", Hines spoke up about the criticisms Bethesda had received in the wake of the trailer's release.
http://expressnewsline.com/2017/10/07/bethesda-calls-reaction-to-wolfenstein-2s-nazi-killing.html




So let’s ask this…. *cue reverb* WHO’S… damn it!! You screwed up the reverb again! Let’s try it again. Take two! WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE????? Oh that was good! Well, the snowflake in this case is the Nazis, because Bethesda isn’t backing down.

For so many reasons, Wolfenstein II looks to be a fantastic new addition to the classic game series, and as such, publisher Bethesda has pushed its advertising and promotional effort hard. As the company is quickly finding out, however, even if you think an advertising campaign provides a bulletproof message, you're may still to have to deal with backlash, especially if it also pushes the envelope a bit.

In this particular case, Bethesda published a trailer that held back no punches, stating: "Make America Nazi-Free Again." Blunt? Incredibly. Unfortunately, white supremacist and Nazi-related subjects have been prominent in the US news recently, while some people have related President Trump to that current landscape as well. As a result of this, and because the campaign slogan riffs off Donald Trump's original campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again" for his presidential bid, some folks have taken Bethesda's stance with this advertising campaign to be very anti-Trump.
https://hothardware.com/news/bethesda-defends-its-trump-inspired-wolfenstein-ii-nazi-killing-slogan-make-america-nazi-free-again


Can we throw that tweet up there?

https://twitter.com/wolfenstein/status/916075551382585344

Yes – Make America Nazi Free Again! Assuming Steve Bannon doesn’t get to it first! But the feud between Bethesda and neo Nazi Trump trolls isn’t over. Oh no it’s just beginning! Pass the popcorn!

Wolfenstein franchise has always been about killing Nazis and the upcoming Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will be no different, however, Bethesda’s marketing campaign for the game is being deemed controversial by some and now the studio has come ahead to defend it.

Speaking with Game Industry, Bethesda’s VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines addressed the controversy behind Wolfenstein 2: The Colossus’ anti-Nazi marketing campaign and added that Bethesda doesn’t make games to make political statements.

At the time none of us expected that the game would be seen as a comment on current issues, but here we are. Bethesda doesn’t develop games to make specific statements or incite political discussions. We make games that we think are fun, meaningful, and immersive for a mature audience.

In Wolfenstein’s case, it’s pure coincidence that Nazis are marching in the streets of America this year. And it’s disturbing that the game can be considered a controversial political statement at all.

The controversy more or less started with the game’s recent trailer containing a “make America Nazi-free again” message to which many have made connections with the current political environment while Bethesda’s intentions are only to market the game to a wider audience.
https://segmentnext.com/2017/10/09/wolfenstein-2-new-colossus-defend-market/




But in case you’re wondering who BJ Blazkowicz might be up against, I give you some actual Nazis in our old buddy Milo Yiannopolous. Who got kicked out of a bar after doing this! So… reverb! WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE???? Ooh that was good!

One night last spring, infamous right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and Dallas' homegrown white nationalist, Richard Spencer, walked into a karaoke bar on Abrams Road in Lake Highlands. They left less than a half-hour later after being kicked out by One Nostalgia Tavern's bartenders. Before they did, someone filmed a video of Yiannopoulos singing "America the Beautiful" as Spencer and his fellow travelers gave a Nazi salute from the crowd.

Last night, the Observer talked to one of the bartenders on duty the night the video was filmed about that night and how it feels to be part of what's now the centerpiece of a Buzzfeed feature exploring the connections between Yiannopoulos' former employer Breitbart and the mishmash of white-nationalist, racist and neo-Nazis sometimes referred to as the alt-right.

"It was around 1 a.m. when [Yiannopoulos, Spencer and friends] came into the bar. It was very odd because they all had the same haircut," Amiti Perry says. "I had no idea who Richard Spencer was. I had no idea that was Milo. In fact, I had no idea that was Milo until today."
http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/interview-with-bartender-who-kicked-milo-yiannopoulos-out-of-karaoke-9948271





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Shit. I guess I have to give this next entry from a jail cell. Spin it again. Lawsuits. So we got to talk about Harvey Weinstein for this entry. Wait, what? Harvey Weinstein is a registered democrat! No!!! This week he became a member of a very exclusive club – the Pussy Grabber’s Club. Which includes such highly regarded members as Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, pretty much 95% of the male employees at Fox News (+-5% margin of error), Ted Nugent, and our President Donald J. Trump.



So what’s the difference between Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein? Well the biggest difference is that Harvey Weinstein is an uber-wealthy democratic donor and Donald Trump has the “Magic R” next to his name.

Meryl Streep led an increasingly vocal Hollywood chorus condemning the reported sexual misconduct of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Monday, issuing a carefully worded statement released to HuffPost. She decried the behavior as “disgraceful” and “inexcusable,” yet also pleaded ignorance about it, writing, “Not everybody knew.”

Ms. Streep’s statement seemed to have opened the floodgates, with Glenn Close, Kate Winslet and Judi Dench, among others, soon voicing their own dismay and disgust about Mr. Weinstein.

In recent days, after The New York Times released a scathing investigation on Thursday chronicling accusations that Mr. Weinstein had sexually harassed employees and actresses, many people called for reactions from Hollywood’s A-list players, and especially Ms. Streep, a longtime champion of women’s causes who worked with Mr. Weinstein on films like “August: Osage County” and “The Iron Lady,” for which she won an Academy Award.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/movies/dench-close-streep-weinstein.html




Yeah that’s what the mentality was that Weinstein grew up with. But that’s not excusing his behavior now. There’s no excuse for it. And there’s no excuse for Trump’s behavior either.

In the space of four days, Harvey Weinstein went from being one of the most powerful men in Hollywood to taking a leave of absence and then to losing his job, following allegations of sexual harassment or unwanted physical contact from several women over nearly three decades.

"In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company ... have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately," said a statement from the company's board of directors to ABC News on Sunday.
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/harvey-weinstein-days-ended-career-movie-mogul/story?id=50367785




Trump approves but we don’t. So in case you’re keeping score at home – Trump wins because he has the Magic R next to his name and Weinstein doesn’t. Plus white republican men get a “get out of jail free” card if they pray for their forgiveness and salvation!

Academy Award winner George Clooney, who was given his first major big-screen role by Harvey Weinstein, has become the latest—and most high-profile—member of Hollywood to speak out on the alleged sexual-misconduct allegations against his sometime employer.

“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” he says. “Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible. I’ve known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk Till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior—ever.”

Clooney spoke to me at length about the allegations—as well as charges of Hollywood complicity—during a phone conversation late Monday.

His remarks come in the wake of statements released by Meryl Streep and Dame Judi Dench, two actresses who’ve won Oscars for Weinstein-shepherded films and who took the bullying movie mogul to task for allegedly preying on vulnerable young women for 30 years, resulting in at least eight settlements, according to a bombshell New York Times exposé.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/george-clooney-speaks-out-on-harvey-weinstein-its-disturbing-on-a-whole-lot-of-levels




But he wasn’t the only one who joined the Pussy Grabber’s Club this week. There’s also Andy Signore, who is the creator of the Youtube channel called Screen Junkies that gave us Honest Trailers and other shows. Here’s what happened:

Andy Signore, creator of Screen Junkies and the “Honest Trailers” series, has been fired effective immediately, Defy Media announced Sunday evening. Signore has been accused by several women of sexual harassment, and at least one said he tried to sexually assault her.

Signore’s termination was announced a few hours after the Weinstein Company board ousted Harvey Weinstein for sexual misconduct that reportedly spanned decades. On Friday, one of Signore’s accusers said she came forward with her account of his sexual harassment because several women had publicly detailed Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment.

Defy Media, the company that owns Screen Junkies, said the “scope and magnitude of [Signore’s] inappropriate actions became apparent” with new information that came to light on Friday. Signore could not be reached for comment.
http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/honest-trailers-creator-andy-signore-fired-for-egregious-and-intolerable-sexual-behavior-1202583996/





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Probably? Yeah probably like I’ll win the lottery! Keep telling yourself that, Mr. Snyder! Spin it again! And it lands on… Holy Shit! Yes friends! Gather around, friends! Pass the collection plate, friends!!! Yay, during this most troubling of times we once again turn to the holiest among us. But unfortunately we realize that the holiest among us are full of…



Yay, welcome my sons and daughters to this week’s mass. Last week we discussed how the religious right – the godliest among us – the holier than thou arm of the GOP – said that if you get shot when you are out in public that it’s your own fucking fault, because that’s exactly what GAWD would want! Yay, this week the Christian right successfully blurred thy line between the separation of church and state:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions consulted Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy group that champions conservative Christian causes, ahead of issuing controversial guidance to government agencies and departments on Friday about how to interpret federal religious liberty protections.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group whose stated mission is to “keep the doors open for the Gospel by advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family,” hailed Sessions’ announcement, while a number of leading LGBT advocacy groups condemned the move for effectively offering a religious exemption for sexual orientation discrimination.

In a call with reporters, ADF CEO Michael Farris confirmed to ABC News that Sessions met with the group during a series of so-called “listening sessions” convened by the Attorney General, who says he was “seeking suggestions regarding the areas of federal protection for religious liberty most in need of clarification or guidance.”
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeff-sessions-consulted-christian-legal-group-religious-freedom/story?id=50336322




Next up, you know that case about the Christian right’s right to discriminate against LGBT couples wishing to revel in thine realm of marriage? Well, turns out they may be full of well, holy shit, as it’s a “license to discriminate!”

The Trump administration’s Friday issuance of “religious freedom” guidance and rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate appalled progressives and many other Americans — but members of the religious right are over the moon.

The “religious freedom” guidance, issued by the Department of Justice, assures federal grantees and contractors, and employees of federal agencies, that they don’t have to serve clients who pose a conflict with their religious beliefs — for instance, by being LGBT, a single parent, or a believer in a different religion. It also allows faith-based organizations to discriminate in employment without losing federal contracts or grants, and shapes the stance the federal government will take in court cases regarding discrimination.

The new Health and Human Services rules allow virtually any nonprofit or for-profit employer to seek an exemption from the ACA contraceptive mandate, which required employers to provide contraceptive coverage in group insurance plans at no cost to the employee. Some faiths oppose all forms of “artificial” contraception, while others believe certain contraceptives, such as the birth control pill, result in early abortions, and refer to the pill as an “abortion pill.” The Obama administration allowed employers with an actual religious affiliation to have their insurers fund the coverage instead of the employer, but that accommodation was not satisfactory to some.
https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/10/08/religious-right-overjoyed-license-discriminate




Yay, so “religious freedom” really means the freedom to be a colossal dick to LGBT people, and that’s what the religious right are – a bunch of colossal dicks. As evidenced by Trump’s appointment of one of the worst governors in the country:

President Trump's latest appointee is as dreadful as his earlier ones.

Trump has nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as an ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. Trump has chosen several other religious zealots for contradictory and preposterous posts, like asking foxes to guard the henhouse, as FFRF has observed on other occasions. Brownback's views are similarly antithetical to the office for which he will be nominated.

Brownback has a distorted view of religious freedom — more akin to religious privilege. He has used his power as governor to weaponize religious freedom, changing it from a hallowed protection of the rights of individual conscience into a tool to impose religious beliefs.
https://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/30034-kansas-governor-bad-pick-for-religious-freedom-ambassador




I liketh that one, mine brothers and sisters! But when it comes to “religious freedom”, which has nothing to do with religion or freedom – and is in fact the exacteth opposite, the GOP is going all out.

As the Trump administration announced it would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandates on Friday, the Department of Justice released two memos of its own. The first, titled “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty,” is a 25-page, 20-point document outlining guidance for how various federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services, should operate to preserve religious liberty as much as possible — even when it conflicts with anti-discrimination laws or other policies. The second, “Implementation of Memorandum on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty,” requires the DOJ to adhere to the first.

The guidelines include ensuring the “government may not target religious individuals or entities through discriminatory enforcement of neutral, generally applicable laws.” Those entities include for-profit corporations as well as nonprofits such as churches or synagogues. So for example, according to this guideline, the IRS is required to avoid enforcing the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits from endorsing particular candidates, in circumstances where the amendment would not be enforced against secular nonprofits.
https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/10/9/16447210/doj-religious-liberty-memo-religious-freedom




Another good one! But this “war on religious freedom” may be as faketh as how the religious right worships thine own self, and not the almighty JAY-SUS!!!

When we cut through the rhetoric surrounding our nation’s heated controversies about the First Amendment we often find that controversy was entirely avoidable. Exhibit A is the infamous HHS mandate issued under the Obama administration that spawned two Supreme Court cases in its short five year existence. The mandate required employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to their employees even if the employers had a religious objection to paying for such devices.

On Friday, the Trump Administration issued new guidelines that are broadly protective of employer’s religious freedom. The news was received with the hysterics, but the real impact is not so extravagant as some would have you believe. In fact, if we ignore the partisan hyperbole and focus on the facts, it becomes undeniable that we can protect both women’s rights and religious freedom.

On a practical level, it’s simply not the case that millions of women will lose access to contraceptives. Professor Helen Alvaré of George Mason University School of law filed an amicus brief that really dug into the numbers at issue in both cases concerning the mandate. According to studies from the Institute of Medicine, 89% of women trying to avoid pregnancy already use contraceptives. The mandate was supposedly targeted at closing the gap for the remaining 11%. But the data indicates that many of those 11% have made a conscious choice to go without contraceptives. According to the CDC, cost is not among the frequently cited reasons women give when they abstain from using contraception. Additionally, because the mandate only affects women who are employed with healthcare benefits, it offered little help at all to poorer women who might actually need help closing gaps in their coverage. This was all confirmed when the Guttmacher Institute released another study showing that three years of the Affordable Care Act had failed to change women’s birth control practices at all.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/briankmiller/2017/10/07/the-phony-war-over-religious-freedom/#4447165675e2




Yay, that is a loteth to taketh thine in because the religious right beith that batshit crazy. Mass has ended for this week, may you go in peace! That is it this week for Holy Shit!




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I believe “Jesus wept” was the next verse. Spin it again! And it lands on… People Are Dumb! Hit it!



People are dumb, and they are stupid, because they are dumb. When you’re dumb, you can’t remember anyone’s name… . So by now you know people are people and people are dumb. So this week we’re going to start with the NFL. And specifically my home team – the Los Angeles Chargers who have been at the center of controversy because of their relationship with San Diego. Well, this was an epic fail on Dean Spanos’ part:

Dean Spanos is having a bad few weeks. Awful crowds at the Los Angeles Chargers games at StubHub Center and an 0-3 record have been made worse by a billboard and banners flying over the stadium disparaging him. Well, now the Federal Aviation Administration has reportedly piled onto Spanos’ misery.

FOX 5 in San Diego is reporting Spanos tried to stop the banners being flown above StubHub Center on game days by requesting a temporary flight restriction (TFR). The FAA rejected the request and the reason is delicious. You see, TFRs are only granted for stadiums and arenas that hold 30,000 or more. Spanos’ soccer stadium home only holds 27,000, so the FAA shut down his request.
http://thebiglead.com/2017/09/29/faa-denies-spanos-request-to-block-disparaging-plane-banners/




When you don’t sell out games, you don’t qualify for a no fly zone. Because you’re dumb… you can see banners on planes! And now we go to Pittsburgh for this next story and it’s quite insane. So what do you do when you can’t pay your bar tab? Just call in a bomb threat!

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man has been arrested after police say he called in a false bomb threat to try and get out of paying his restaurant bill.

WPXI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2ycHWuU ) 40-year-old Barry Clapperton faces charges that include threats to use weapons of mass destruction, public drunkenness and false identification to police.

A witness says Clapperton tried to leave multiple times without paying for his meal at Primanti Brothers. Police were called to the scene, and another person paid for Clapperton's bill.

Police say they were about to let the man leave when bomb threat was called in to a nearby restaurant. Authorities say they used a stun gun to subdue Clapperton after he ran from the restaurant.
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-man-calls-in-bomb-threat-to-avoid-bar-tab-20171010-story.html




When you get drunk don’t call in a bomb threat, or you are dumb. When you’re dumb, you cant remember the restaurant name… when you’re dumb… Next we go to Baltimore, Maryland where a school was evacuated because of a “strange odor”. Any guesses to what that strange odor was? Anyone?

Students at a Baltimore high school had gotten a whiff of something weird. ... During class Thursday afternoon, students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School started to smell a “strange odor.”

Some of them began to cough and have trouble breathing, so students and staff members were evacuated from the building, and the fire department was called to investigate the cause. ... “Emergency medical technicians evaluated several staff members and students, some of whom were treated on the scene,” the school said in a statement. “Five members of our community were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure.”

Cristo Rey Jesuit High President Bill Heiser said, at first, some thought the smell was from a burned out lightbulb. ... “It was a smell that they certainly weren’t used to,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “It appeared to be getting stronger.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/10/06/a-school-was-evacuated-over-a-strange-odor-it-was-pumpkin-spice-air-freshener/


When you can smell it, you get evacuated but it was nothing, because you are dumb. When you’re dumb, pumpkin spice smells strange! Next, we go to the Great White North, Canada for this one and really when you escape from one prison, don’t go to another one!

They scaled the tall barbed wire fence and escaped without trace into the industrial park surrounding the prison in Edmonton, Canada. But within 24 hours, the two fugitives – perhaps keen to again try their luck – were found by police in a nearby “escape room” interactive game.

The two women, Kelsie Laine Marie Mast, 23, and Samantha Faye Toope, 20, were discovered missing from the women’s correctional facility on Monday night during an inmate count. Police soon issued a public warning, describing them as violent offenders with a history of weapons offences.

The following day, as police across the city searched for the women, the pair wandered into the escape room, where customers are locked in a room and must solve a variety of puzzles and challenges to get out.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/canada-prison-escapees-caught-escape-room




When you escape from prison, don’t go to another one, or you are dumb. When you’re dumb… you get trapped in a game! When you’re dumb, you cant remember which direction you came! For this next story – time travel! Yes, time travel is apparently a thing! And I mean come on, if you claim you have time travel, can you go back and fix the election please?

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion.

Casper police say the man they encountered at 10:30 p.m. Monday claimed he was from the year 2048.

KTWO-AM in Casper reports that the man told police that he wanted to warn the people of Casper that aliens will arrive next year, and that they should leave as soon as possible. He asked to speak to the president of the town, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) northwest of Cheyenne.

The man told police he was only able to time travel because aliens filled his body with alcohol. He noted that he was supposed to be transported to the year 2018, not this year.

https://apnews.com/8974e25a82c749619066fc777496350f?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Oddities




When you time travel, you get lost in the rain! When you time travel , no one remembers your name! When you time travel, can you stop the election please? Finally this week for “People Are Dumb”, we got to have our old buddy Florida Man and he did not disappoint this week:

A Dunkin’ Donuts patron tried to pay for a cup of coffee with prescription muscle relaxants, according to Florida police who arrested the man on a drug charge.

Richard Bourque, 30, allegedly tried the coffee-for-pills gambit late Monday evening at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Pinellas Park. An employee told police that when she rejected Bourque’s barter offer of “unknown pills,” he walked out with the coffee.

Cops subsequently located Bourque at a nearby McDonald’s. After he reportedly agreed to be searched, a patrolman located eight pills that were later identified as methocarbamol, a drug prescribed for muscle pain and stiffness.
http://thesmokinggun.com/buster/drugs/no-pills-for-dunkin-coffee-740923




When you’re dumb, anything is money! When you’re dumb… you really need some coffee! When you’re dumb… when you’re dumb! That’s it this week for:




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Part of our mission statement here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is to show you that conservative idiocy isn’t just a problem with America. No, it’s a global problem that is stemming far and wide, and it’s not just America where conservative idiots ruin everything they touch. And if you’re thinking of moving out of the United States just because Donald J. Trump is our current president and our nation is turning to shit, you should know what it is you’re getting into should you decide that you want to leave the country. So if you want a recap of where we’ve been so far, in the last few weeks we’ve discovered that Argentina is the center of a murder mystery, New York has a gambling problem, and my home state of California has a Russia problem. This week we are off to Asia!



No not that Asia. I’m talking about the real Asia. ! Here’s the tour schedule:



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Welcome to Asia everybody! And man it’s good to be back on the road! We are in the capital of Japan, Tokyo! We also visited Osaka and Kyoto while we are in Japan. Japan is the home of some of the largest cities in the world – Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kyoto. Japan is home of one of the world’s original natural wonders – Mt. Fuji! It’s also home to Japanese baseball, where such revered players as the LA Dodgers’ Yu Darvish came from. Japan is also the home to a very unique style of rock music called Visual Kei. It’s a style that our guests tonight – X Japan – got their unique clothing and visual style that promoted them to being one of Japan’s biggest bands of all time, and eventually earned them world wide popularity – even 20 years after the death of their founding guitarist Hide – who has his own museum in Tokyo. Japan is also the home of some of the best seafood in the world. It’s also the home of the most insane game shows in the entire world. I’d much rather play the feud over this!



Yeah that’s fucking crazy – and that’s some of the tamer Japanese game shows we can show you, there’s some much more extreme ones out there! So what else is Japan the home of? Well, it might not be the home of much of anything if Kim Jong Un gets his way!

Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA issued a statement yesterday directly threatening Japan, stating the country’s preparations for a possible war could be “destroyed to pieces”.

The statement read: “Should Japan take the advantages of the US war racket, they can not but be a target of the powerful strike means of the DPRK’s revolutionary armed forces.

“Japan can never be safe if a war breaks out on the Korean peninsula. Everything in Japan mobilised for the war can be destroyed to pieces, to say nothing of the US aggression bases there.

“The Japanese authorities are strongly warned that if they go reckless with the backing of the US they can bring irrevocable misfortune to the Japanese archipelago.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/864313/World-War-3-North-Korea-crisis-Japan-Kim-Jong-un-Donald-Trump-Abe




It is so easy to make fun of that guy which might explain why he’s out for world domination. So how is Japan retaliating to this threat?

The hermit kingdom has ramped up fears of World War 3 breaking out in recent weeks by launching two missiles over its neighbour and conducting a sixth nuclear test.

Now Japan has launched a fourth high-precision GPS satellite that could be used to pinpoint potential launch sites set up by the despotic regime and help take out key infrastructure with cruise missiles.

The Michibiki satellite lifted off from Japan’s southern Tanegashima space port aboard an H-2A rocket today, taking just over 28 minutes to reach orbit.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/864605/World-War-3-Japan-North-Korea-GPS-satellites-Donald-Trump




I like that one! Yes – Japan is resorting to a page out of Reagan’s playbook – the Star Wars program, which has nothing to do with the trailer for “The Last Jedi”. Let’s talk about some other news in Japan that does not involve nuclear Armageddon! You know how elections work in Japan? See, we have to pick from 2 candidates. They have to pick from… 1100. Say what????

TOKYO -- Japan's election campaign for the lower house of parliament officially got underway Tuesday, with more than 1,100 candidates, filing applications to contest 465 seats. The election has become a showdown between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who launched a new national party to battle Abe's ruling coalition.

The vote is scheduled for Oct. 22.

The first snap election since December 2014 comes amid continued tensions with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. Among key domestic issues are a possible hike in the consumption tax, nuclear power and contentious constitutional revisions proposed by Abe's government.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Japan-s-election/Japan-election-starts-with-1-100-candidates-vying-for-seats




It’s no wonder many people don’t vote. I mean could you pick 1 out of 1100 candidates to follow? I know I couldn’t! but then again Japan’s prime minister is bragging about a bromance with Trump.

Shinzo Abe has been described as Donald Trump’s “phone buddy” (paywall) and “loyal sidekick” (paywall).

Few world leaders can claim to have such a close relationship with the US president, so the Japanese prime minister is now banking on their relationship to convince voters that he’s the one to lead them in an increasingly dangerous world.

Abe wants Japanese voters to put one thing front and center when they go to the ballot box on Oct. 22—North Korea. Though his decision to call a snap election is an unpopular one, Abe has warned that the country is in a “national crisis,” and that because regional geopolitical tensions will only become more intense, it wasn’t possible to wait and call an election next year.
https://qz.com/1097652/japans-abe-is-telling-voters-his-bromance-with-trump-can-help-protect-them-from-north-korea/




Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… wait… ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Trump will save you? He can barely save himself! Let’s talk about something much lighter in Japan. Is there anything? I don’t even want to get into the Fukushima nuclear meltdown… but if I have to I have to!

TOKYO — A district court in Fukushima, the site of the nuclear meltdowns in 2011 that forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes, ruled on Tuesday that the Japanese government and the electric utility that operated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant must pay damages totaling roughly $4.4 million to about 2,900 people.

The ruling was the largest of about 30 similar lawsuits filed by about 12,000 former and current Fukushima residents, and it was awarded even though the majority of the plaintiffs did not flee the area in the aftermath of the disaster. It was the third case in which a court found the Tokyo Electric Power Company — and the second to find the government — negligent in not preventing the meltdowns set off by a powerful earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

In the latest case, according to Japanese news reports, the court ruled that the government should have been able to anticipate a large tsunami in the region and should have forced Tokyo Electric — known as Tepco — to take preventive measures to protect its plant from catastrophic damage.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/world/asia/japan-fukushima-lawsuit.html




Yeah Mr. Burns must be in charge of this one! But is there really anything fun we can talk about Japan? I did find something! There is one thing Japan does better than anything in the world - school lunches!

When Americans think of the lunch menu at their childhood school cafeterias, they probably imagine a shapeless, tasteless pile of mystery meat—plus some brown mush, to match. But for children in Japan, school lunches are a rich experience where culture, nutrition, and sustainability collide.

'Japan’s standpoint is that school lunches are a part of education, not a break from it,' Masahiro Oji, a government director of school health education in Japan, told the Washington Post.

Fare offered at schools in Japan is affordable, fresh, and made by the students themselves. And Japanese children don’t just eat the food they prepare; they learn about the nutritional and cultural elements of their meals, too. The food is grown locally and includes a balanced menu of rice, vegetables, fish, and soups. As a bonus, each meal costs just $2.50.

'Parents hear their kids talking about what they had for lunch,' Tatsuji Shino, the principal at Umejima Elementary School in Tokyo, told the Washington Post, 'and kids ask them to re-create the meals at home.'
http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/why-japanese-school-lunches-are-the-best-in-the-world/ar-AAth5qQ?li=BBnb7Kw




OK I did find one good thing about living in Japan! Their politics are insane. But every day life appears to be not. I mean even their baby showers are insane!

TOKUSHIMA – An offbeat baby shower gift evoking one of Japan’s most famous culinary exports is a sales hit.

Orders for “diaper sushi,” which combine white nappies as “rice” and pink bibs as “shrimp” topping, are nonstop for seller Wire Mama, publisher of a child-care information magazine in the city of Tokushima.

Noriyuki Monda, the Wire Mama employee who developed the product, said he first had the idea for diaper sushi 10 years ago after hearing about “diaper cakes” being given as gifts for new mothers overseas. “Naturally, Japanese should make sushi” with diapers, he thought.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/10/national/diaper-sushi-baby-shower-hit-japan/


Yeah. Really. That’s a thing that exists. Excuse me a minute…



[font size="6"]The Verdict & Scorecard[/font]

Japan is a great place to visit – there’s so much to see and do in just Tokyo alone, but then you factor in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, I could go on and on. Be sure to visit before World War III happens! And if you’re thinking of living here, I might wait until the dust settles from the election. They definitely fail if Trump is their BFF. They get low remarks for that.

Tourism: A
Culture: A
Political Spectrum: F
Liberal Appeal: D

Overall: C-

[font size="6"]Next Week[/font]

We’re doing it Gangnam Style as we visit the De-Militarized Zone and North Korea’s much friendlier neighbors – South Korea!


[font size="8"]And Now This:[/font]
[font size="8"]X Japan[/font]

Folks my next guest is touring behind their new documentary movie called “We Are X” which is available everywhere on demand. Playing their all time classic song “Rusty Nail”, give it up for X Japan!




Yeah how about that?

See you next week!

Pinpointing The Exact Moment Marge Simpson Should Have Left Homer



True Simpsons fans know the following to be true. A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man. If something’s hard to do, it’s not worth doing. You don’t win friends with salad. And Marge should have left Homer a long time ago. But when? Here is a comprehensive analysis of the Simpsons’ marriage timeline, and the definitive moment Marge should have left Homer for good.

Season 1, Episode 4: “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”

Things get dark very, very fast. Homer is embarrassed by his family’s lack of social etiquette, so decides to take them against their will to therapy where he repeatedly electrocutes his wife and children. Even Maggie gets hooked up to an electric chair. It’s abusive and fuuuucked up – but the whole family seems as bad as each other.

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Season 9, Episode 5: “The Cartridge Family”

After nine seasons of consistently undermining Marge’s hopes of a more independent life, cycles of extreme arguments and weeping apologies, and the constant physical abuse of her son, Homer gets a gun. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE MARGE. This is, in my mind, truly the moment where Marge should have left Homer for good. The preceeding nine seasons show a flawed but essentially loving relationship. However, Homer’s creeping dependency issues and refusal to allow Marge to live a life outside of their family home gives me the willies. Homer has proved himself to be a violent, unstable, controlling, reckless husband – now, he’s a violent, unstable, controlling, reckless husband WITH A GUN. He uses it totally irresponsibly, and lies about his gun ownership – pretending to get rid of it, but hiding it in different places around the home. At the end of the episode, Marge successfully manages to take the gun from Homer, but keeps it herself – truly the actions of a terrorised and fearful wife. THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE TURNING POINT. I’M SORRY MARGE BUT YOU WERE DOOMED FROM HERE ON OUT.

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2017/10/marge-should-have-left-homer-simpsons


Pretty good stuff here!
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