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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-6: Three Men & A Subpoena Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-6: Three Men & A Subpoena Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! 15 minutes with us can save you 15% or more on your car insurance! Yo what’s up University of Georgia? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? We made it!!! We took a really awesome trip through Texas, had a great time, now we are heading back to school! So why are we doing this college trip? Well, we had enough of touring the chuckle huts and laugh factories of the US and we figured that a lot of dems and liberals are in the university sector, so that’s where we are going to be playing for the rest of the year. We have an exhaustive tour coming up through the end of 2019 and taking us through 2020. Do we have time for the thing? So aliens are in the news and they’re in the news a lot this week, and of course we’ve got a whole entry devoted to it later in this edition. But since the military warned people to stay away from Area 51, we’re going to instead tell you other places where you can look for aliens, where you might, I don’t know, not be killed by military gun fire. For instance there’s Ovinpuerto, Argentina where you can visit an alien landing strip built by a guy who was told by a UFO captain to. Not making this up. Or you can go to Aurora, Texas where there’s supposedly an alien burial ground. Or you can go to the Australian equivalent of Roswell, Davenport. Or you can go to Landers, California where they have had alien and UFO conferences near a giant seven-story tall boulder. Again, not making any of these up. UFO people are crazy, I am telling you that. But my personal favorite has to be in Varghina, Brazil where they have a water tower shaped to look like a spaceship and people in this town are obsessed. The truth is out there, people! Yeah cue the X-Files music! OK that’s enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to but first Colbert is back (yay!!!!!!!!!!!) and he asks the question – is Trump a racist? Spoiler alert – probably!



So where do we begin this week? In the first slot after recent developments in the Jeffrey Epstein trial, Alex Acosta (1) resigns! And any time we have a resignation in the Trump administration, you know what time it is. It’s time for the Trumper Games!!! Yay!! In the second slot is the Seth Rich Conspiracy (2). You may have thought this was settled as being complete and utter bullshit. And you’re right, but plot twist – it was Russia who started it! Shocker, I know. Taking the third slot this week is President Stable Genius (3). He invited members of the far right social media circles to the White House to talk about how the real world are big meanie heads. For the number 4 seed this week, after a series of devastating earthquakes ripped my beloved home state of California a new asshole, yeah we’re probably all gonna die (4) but it might be much worse than you think. For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and this week, Bernie Sanders has made the student loan crisis the center of his campaign. But how bad is it? We will find out! Taking the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), and apparently the recent wave of natural disasters including earthquakes and tornadoes are god taking his wrath out on the populace, and our resident pastor will investigate the claims made by the religious right in this matter. For the seventh slot this week we have another “Beating A Dead Horse” and after Trump took sides in a Home Depot boycott, we may have literally beaten our own dead horse here. For the 8th slot this week is an all new “How Is This Still A Thing?” and this week after a huge group of Facebook conspiracy theorists are planning on storming Area 51 about proof of extraterrestrial life, we ask “UFO Scouting: How Is This Still A Thing?”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, we have an all new “People Are Dumb” because of course they are! And finally this week, we get to introduce our brand new segment “Keeping Up With The Candidates”. There are 24 democrats running, and are going to cover all of them! Yes, I said “ALL!!!”. But in the first segment we’re going to cover the first casualties of the 2020 election starting with the “Almost Rans”. Plus we have some live music from our good friends Bastille, they are returning to the show! Really, buy their new album “Doom Days” or you’re no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

Ed. Note: We’re not covering the ICE raids yet, at least not currently, as that goes against the Top 10 policy. We will keep an eye on the subject though! Now on to our regularly scheduled programming!

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Hey everyone I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Of course you know we have to talk about the latest in our long line of departures from this revolving door administration. You know the president promised to “Drain The Swamp” but he lubricated that drain with a heaping helping of some fine greasy lubricants. Well yeah, you just know that the President is into that sort of thing! Nathaniel!!! Bring me the fine champagne! Yes, Nathaniel, my man assistant, has replaced my longtime assistant Charlie, though we won’t get into the reasons why. But anyway the latest tribute to leave this administration’s revolving door? Why it’s Tribute Acosta, from the 5th district, who has been a long favored holdout to win the Trumper Games.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned, a move that comes after furor over a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein.

Acosta has been under renewed scrutiny over his previous role as the US attorney in Miami, during which he negotiated the 2008 plea deal with Epstein. Epstein, a well-connected multi-millionaire, avoided a federal trial at the time and served only 13 months in prison for state prostitution charges over his involvement with underage girls. A Miami Herald investigation published last November described the plea deal, negotiated by Acosta, as the "deal of a lifetime."

Acosta's resignation is effective next Friday. Trump said the labor secretary will be replaced on an acting basis by the current deputy secretary, Pat Pizzella.

Acosta, standing next to Trump outside the White House before the President departed for a trip, said he resigned to remove himself as a distraction.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/12/politics/alex-acosta-donald-trump-labor-secretary/index.html




Yes, anything does in fact go here! So Tribute Acosta from the 7th District… you know for the last time don’t ask me how the districts work because even I don’t know! And I am the host of this thing for crying out loud! So please indulge my while I sip on this fine semi-imported bubbly and comment on the revolving door that is this administration. Because I am a pretentious asshole! My current assistant and my former assistant both know that! Back to business! Why did Sec. Acosta resign? Well it mainly has to do with his role in getting billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein off the hook.

Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday became the latest Trump Cabinet official to resign amid scandal after a fresh round of scrutiny of his role in a decade-old plea agreement for convicted predator Jeffrey Epstein finally caught up with him.

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that his secretary of labor had called him that morning. Trump claimed it was Acosta’s decision.

“I do not think it is right or fair to have me as the focus,” Acosta said, standing at Trump’s side, adding, “I thought the right thing was to step aside.”

The president, still showing his support, told reporters, “I said, you don’t have to do this.”

Trump went on to praise Acosta’s work at the Department of Labor, noting twice that Acosta is Hispanic and that he was educated at Harvard.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-acosta-trump-labor-secretary-exits-over-jeffrey-epstein-scandal-says-its-not-fair-to-be-the-focus




Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… oh that’s good!!! I am so fierce right now. You know remember that movie 3 Men & A Baby? Well think of this as 3 Men & A Subpoena. Only difference is that the baby is more expensive! I mean is there really anyone in the Trump administration who is not facing an indictment or under scandal right now, anyone? Bueller? Well the Jeffrey Epstein case – which forced Tribute Acosta to resign - just gets weirder and creepier. For instance…

An attorney representing Jeffrey Epstein accusers said Tuesday that at least one woman has come forward to say she was abused while the financier was on work release as part of his lenient 2007 plea deal.

Lawyer Brad Edwards said Epstein was allowed to have visitors while he was supposed to be working during the 13-month sentence.

“It was not for some business arrangement and it was for... improper sexual contact,” Edwards said, adding that the new accusers said they were under 21, though they may not have been minors.

“He just wasn’t in jail. He only slept there. He was in his office most of the day and what I can tell you he had visitors, female visitors,” Edwards said.

“All I can say is more than one person that visited him,” Edwards said, declining to provide more details because of ongoing litigation. “They believed they were going there for something other than a sexual purpose.

"Once there, he used his perfect master manipulation to turn the situation into something sexual,” Edwards said. “Not one of the individuals was a prostitute. These were all people who at the time that wanted something. They came over under false pretenses and he manipulated them and now his attorneys have labeled them prostitutes.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-abused-victims-while-serving-time-in-florida-lawyer-brad-edwards-says?ref=home




So prostitution, sex stings and a tribute who went rogue. These are the qualities of someone who should do just fine in the Trump administration. But there’s plenty of tributes who have come and gone, will we be declaring a winner in the 2020 election by the time all this is said and done? Well, hopefully we will finally see the last standing tribute. And if Acosta and Epstein are considered friends of the President, wait until you see who else the President considers to be a friend. Yeah, bad timing to be dining with this guy! But for now, consider Tribute Acosta… ELIMINATED!!!

President Donald Trump dined with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday night, less than five months after the billionaire businessman was charged as part of a South Florida prostitution investigation.

Kraft was among a group of government and business leaders invited to the dinner, hosted at the Treasury Department, to honor the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Kraft sat one seat away from the president, with International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde, who last week was nominated to lead the European Central Bank, seated between the two. Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke was also seated at the head table.

In February, Trump said the episode involving Kraft was “very sad” but pointed out that the Patriots owner had “proclaimed his innocence, totally."

“But I am very surprised to see it,” the president added.

Kraft, 77, was among more than two dozen people charged in a widespread prostitution investigation involving a day spa in Jupiter, Fla.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-09/patriots-owner-is-trump-dinner-guest-despite-prostitution-charge





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We’re going to do something a bit different for this entry. It turns out that… conspiracy theories are bullshit! If you’re shocked by this revelation, you’re in the wrong place, people. Yeah I love that one guy in the back who yells out “WOOOOOOOOOO!!!”. And one conspiracy theory that was being peddled by… *drum roll* Russian meme makers!!! Yes, Seth Rich was a Russian hit job! It was such pure, unbridled, unfiltered bullshit that even Fox News *AND* Alex Jones were forced to apologize for how much bullshit it was (see: Top 10 #3-8 ), and whew, it was quite the steaming pile. But you know what? It worked! It set out to do exactly what it was designed to do – turn the populace against the DNC. And the right wing media bought it hook, like and sinker.

In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.
https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html




Damn right, Bill Nye!!! And it’s a huge, steaming load of bullshit! And come on, we should know better that anything cooked up in the festering boil of the internet known as 4chan is going to be a huge, steaming load. So how did it go from the bottom of the barrel of the internet all the way to mass media and eventually the White House? Well let’s follow the shit train shall we? Worst train ever, by the way.

#HisNameWasSethRich and, no, he did not leak stolen DNC info to Wikileaks. A new report shows how Russian military intelligence fueled a conspiracy around the unsolved 2016 murder of the Democratic National Committee staffer, fooling right-wing talk show hosts, journalists, former NSA and CIA officials — to the point that Donald Trump ordered the head of CIA to investigate it.

The report, by investigative British journalist Duncan Campbell, was published on Monday by Computer Weekly, a professional IT online magazine. Campbell asserts that Russian military intelligence, the GRU, manipulated metadata in DNC files that it stole and then released to the public. The GRU’s goal in doing so: to give the false impression that the files were not hacked but copied from one computer to another by a DNC insider — Seth Rich — and then given to Wikileaks. The con job was good enough to persuade William Binney, a former technical director at the NSA, to conclude last year that the DNC files weren’t hacked at all, just stolen from the inside. Binney’s name and credibility helped to propel the conspiracy onto Sean Hannity’s show and then to the President and the head of the CIA.

To understand how the Seth Rich conspiracy made its way from the backwaters of 4Chan to Langley, you have to go back to June 2016. Cybersecurity company Crowdstrike had just reported that the DNC had been hacked and the culprit was likely Russian intelligence.
https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/08/how-russian-hackers-amplified-seth-rich-conspiracy-until-it-reached-donald-trump-and-cia/150263/




Damn right! So this plot to frame the DNC for a crime it didn’t commit started in the bottom of the barrel of the internet and made its’ way all the way to the fucking CIA! Think of it like the guy who starts out bombing at the Chuckle Hut every night and then somehow makes his way to working full arenas despite saying only a few marginally funny observations. Oh wait, you don’t have to, that guy is Sebastian Manascalo. You know, this guy. So think of Seth Rich as the Sebastian Manascalo of conspiracy theories.

There’s been a lot of pointing and laughing at Hannity and Fox News in the past 24 hours. And it’s deserved. Hannity peddled this conspiracy for almost a year after Rich’s death, though eventually retired the gimmick — reluctantly — some time after Fox News retracted a story on the theory after sourcing fell apart.

But to say Fox News got tricked by Russian trolls, like this GQ headline serves up, is just wrong. Or, at least, it misses the point. Hannity didn’t have the rug pulled out from under him by some foreign trickster hiding behind a screen in a Moscow. He openly peddled a conspiracy without anything to base it on, and does so regularly. This is the world he lives in and the language he speaks.

Look no further than the recently released text exchanges between Hannity and Paul Manafort, which were made public by a federal court during the trial of Trump’s former campaign chairman (of which I read all 56 pages, because I’m a masochist with too much time on his hands).

Here’s one literal word salad the Fox News host threw Manafort’s way: “HRC, E-mails, Obstruction, Destroying emails, bleach bit, devices no sim cards, Uranium one, Ukraine interference… Intel Leaks Unmasking Potus conversations leaked. My God.”
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/enterthefray/la-ol-seth-rich-conspiracy-fox-news-20190710-story.html




That’s about putting it mildly. There’s a lot speculating that this theory of pre-meditated murder was the inspiration for tipping the election in favor of Donald Trump. But as we’ve seen, the bullshit meter is in fact a sliding scale. With one extreme end of the bullshit meter being Pizzagate, and the other extreme end being an actual pile of bullshit. Seth Rich is… somewhere in the middle.

It was one of the first prominent “fake news” conspiracy theories to metastasize from Internet rumor all the way to the White House: In the summer of 2016, stories began to circulate in various online forums that Seth Rich, a fairly low-level Democratic National Committee staffer who died in July of that year, wasn’t the victim of a botched robbery at all, but had actually been assassinated by a contract killer working for Hillary Clinton. Rich, the theory went, was actually the secret source who had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks—a theory that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to lend credence to when he offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identity of Rich’s killer or killers. “Our sources take risks,” he said, even though the DNC emails were actually given to WikiLeaks days after Rich’s death.

As Reddit users, denizens of 4chan forums and even Fox News hosts such as Sean Hannity spread versions of this theory, suspicion arose that there were shadowy forces trying to promote the loony-sounding conspiracy. But it wasn’t clear who exactly these forces were, or what their intentions might be. On Tuesday, Yahoo News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff announced that he had tracked down the original source of the theory: A fake report concocted by the Russian intelligence agency SVR (short for Sluzhba vneshney razvedki Rossiyskoy Federatsii), a unit of the former KGB. The phony “bulletin,” designed to look like an authentic intelligence report, was released just three days after Rich’s death, Isikoff writes.

The idea that the Rich conspiracy theory was distributed by agents acting on behalf of the Russian government is not a new one. When information started to come out about the activities of the so-called Internet Research Agency during the 2016 election—which engaged in a sustained campaign of disinformation and outright propaganda on Facebook and other platforms—the Seth Rich assassination theory turned out to be one of the many pieces of fakery the IRA distributed as a way of destabilizing the Clinton campaign. But the agency was a privately run, arm’s-length entity (albeit one run by a close associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin). Until Isikoff’s report, it was not clear that this conspiracy theory originated from the highest levels of Russian intelligence itself.
https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/seth-rich-conspiracy-theory.php





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Now Mr. President, time to get up in front of the class and explain what you did wrong. You knew inviting ultra far right wing personalities to the White House to complain about social media being big meanie heads would end very badly for you, didn’t you? Yes, he invited members of the ultra far right wing media to the White House, because he’s a dick. And it ended about as well as you could have expected, because, well, they’re dicks. So who was involved in this shindig? And how well did it go and who was shouting at who? Well, these are the questions that we will be answering.

A conspiracy theorist, a meme creator and a plagiarist. Those are just some of the eyebrow raising attendees who will descend on the White House on Thursday for an event that will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias.

President Trump is calling it a "social media summit," but the White House did not extend invites to representatives from Facebook or Twitter. Instead, the White House has invited its political allies to the event.

In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation and Claremont Institute, the White House has requested the presence of far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.

It's perhaps the clearest example yet of President Trump legitimizing fringe political allies.

The White House has repeatedly declined to release a list people it expects to attend, but some of the recipients have turned to social media to boast about being invited.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/tech/white-house-social-media-summit/index.html




So if you haven’t noticed our media is slowly being replaced with meme creators and Twitter posters… hey wait a minute, we’ve been doing that since before it was cool! Where’s our invite? Oh yeah we do this thing at the Wednesday 2:00 crowd, you know – prime time audience! So stop me if you’ve heard this one before – a conspiracy theorist, a meme creator, and a noted Neo Nazi walk into a bar… Well you can come up with your own punchline but there’s no denying Trump is trying to destroy the traditional media. So what did they cover? Well everything from Trump’s hair to the horrors of Democratic socialism!

President Donald Trump stood before political allies and online personalities at the White House on Thursday to talk about social media bias, but he also wanted people to know: Some 2020 Democratic candidates might be supporting communism, a certain celebrity tanked “The Apprentice” after Trump left the show, and the president's hair is “real."

Throughout the afternoon summit, Trump delivered quotes that just as easily could have come from his ranging Twitter feed.
On tweeting:


“I call Twitter a typewriter, that’s what I really call Twitter. Because it goes onto Facebook automatically and it goes onto Instagram. And it goes onto television. More so Fox than it does CNN.”

“I’m actually a good speller.”
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/11/from-his-spelling-skills-to-his-real-hair-trump-goes-on-a-riff-at-social-media-summit-1410433




That is a good question! But Trump is a good speller, really? The guy who brought us hamburders and Covfefe is a good speller? Right, and I’m Elvis. And I don’t think he knows that whatever brain fart he puts on social media, everyone can see, right? Well of course, actual journalists weren’t invited and had to sit outside the doors.

The White House is holding a closed-door social media summit on Thursday that’s short on social media companies and long on fringe conservative voices that back up President Donald Trump’s claims of being silenced online.

While Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. and other internet platforms weren’t invited, several presidential fans, provocateurs, leaders of conservative groups, media figures, and lawmakers have said they’re going -- including some who’ve faced allegations of racism and antisemitism, trolling and conspiracy theories.

“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today,” Trump said Thursday on Twitter. “Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)!”

Trump is scheduled to address the gathering, which was billed by the White House as a way to “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” But the confirmed attendees are primarily conservative tech critics who echo Trump’s own complaints that social media systematically silences conservative voices.
https://fortune.com/2019/07/11/white-house-social-media-summit-guests/




Oh and the after party was a bit of what one might call a “shit show”. Yes, Trump held a press conference in which he gave one of his inane ramblings and it ended with the moron brigade shouting at actual journalists. So you could say… mission accomplished?

A scuffle appeared to break out Thursday in the Rose Garden between far-right influencers and members of the White House press corps after President Trump held a news conference.

New York Times reporter Katie Rogers posted a video the scene, showing former White House official and conservative pundit Sebastian Gorka calling someone a “punk.” Someone off camera could be heard saying Gorka could kick a reporter’s “punk ass.”

A number of right-wing influencers attended Trump’s Rose Garden event, where he announced an executive order to obtain citizenship information about people living in the U.S.

Before announcing his executive order, Trump hosted the right-wing influencers at a social media summit at the White House before the presser.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-press-conference-scuffle-gorka




Yeah, get a bunch of Trump loving conspiracy theorists in a room with actual journalists and you’re going to see a fight break out. It’s inevitable, you know like getting food poisoning after eating a tuna salad sandwich at the gas station. You knew it was bad going in, and it’s going to be a hell of a lot worse coming out. But you were so hungry that that was the only thing available! But guess what? They’re taking the fight to Google, Facebook and Twitter themselves! You know, fool me once, shame on you, fool me a thousand times and you’re a conspiracy theorist!

If anything was discernible from the White House’s social media summit today, it was that President Donald Trump intends to bring representatives from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to the West Wing to talk about platform bias at some point in the future. When exactly? It’s not clear.

Right-wing figures and meme creators including Charlie Kirk, James O’Keefe, the pseudonymous Carpe Donktum, and the infamous duo Diamond and Silk, all came to the White House to promote their argument that conservative viewpoints are being censored on social media platforms. For nearly an hour, the president rambled about his follower counts and Twitter engagement. In between the riffing, he announced plans to begin “inviting the heads of social media companies to the White House over the next month.”

Twitter, Facebook, and Google all declined to comment on the proposed meeting.

From the president’s comments, it appears that meetings with social media representatives will happen separately.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/11/20690992/trump-social-media-summit-facebook-google-twitter





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Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna die!!!! Yeah, the sooner we face that reality, the better off we’re going to be. But it’s not going to be in a horrible terrorist attack. The real terror is coming from Mother Nature. Yeah, she can be quite the cruel mistress! As was demonstrated on the July 4th weekend, when my home state of California was ripped a new asshole by a pair of devastating earthquakes. And while there were no casualties (this time), we need to be prepared for the worst, and cue the horror music!

To live in California is to make a wary peace with an existential dichotomy: breathtaking weather, astounding natural beauty, bounteous food and wine, stimulating multiculturalism and … the possibility of imminent, unpredictable disaster. Depending on where we live, Californians are just one spark, one mudslide, or, yes, one earthquake away from severe destruction—a reality that can be met with fatalism, fear, or some combination of both, but one that is omnipresent, if surprisingly easy to forget.

I can’t pretend it’s quite like living in Israel in the midst of an intifada, or in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, but there is nevertheless a low-grade febrile uncertainty amid the routines of daily life here. When your 100-year-old house shifts and groans with a sound like the straining timbers of a wooden vessel under sail—as ours did the other day—it’s hard not to feel a certain nauseated intimation of mortality.

Twenty years ago, when I first lived in Southern California as the Los Angeles bureau chief of The New York Times, I took the prospect of an earthquake very seriously indeed. The paper’s planning assumed that, in the event of “The Big One,” either the L.A. or San Francisco bureau might be leveled or incapacitated, so I had to be prepared to go to work on a moment’s notice, and perhaps a long way away. I’d been equipped with a satellite phone the size of a suitcase, which I was to power from a car battery using an electric inverter, and then aim skyward at just the right trajectory to establish communications with New York. (I was sure I’d never be able to make it work.) We were urged to keep rolls of quarters on hand because pay telephones would be the first restored to service. (Now, of course, finding a payphone would be next to impossible.)
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/existential-dichotomy-living-california/593902/




Oh come on, we’ve been through worse! A 6.4 is just a scratch! A 7.1 is a flesh wound. If you live in California, if you’re not experiencing earthquakes, we’ve got fires, floods, mudslides, extreme heat, and the occasional police riot for your enjoyment. Wait did I say enjoyment? Nobody enjoys those things! Just how bad was the state rocked by these earthquakes? And plus not all droughts are bad, California was in an earthquake drought! But consider this the calm before the storm!

For some, this year’s Fourth of July was a day of barbeques, celebration with family and fireworks. For residents of Ridgecrest, northeast of Los Angeles, it was a day of discomfort and fear after an earthquake — the largest in decades — resulted in power outages and damaged infrastructure and homes. The same region was rattled by an even larger earthquake the next day.

The two earthquakes — with magnitudes of 6.4 and 7.1 — jolted southern California and have policymakers and scientists concerned over what could follow.

The last time there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 was on October 16, 1999 in southern California, according to The Inquirer. Many fear that the thousands of aftershocks (smaller earthquakes that occur after the largest earthquake sequence) projected to follow July’s two major earthquakes could reach magnitudes of five and up.

“Those earthquakes [could] set off lots of other earthquakes [aftershocks],” said geophysics professor Greg Beroza. “There is a small chance that some of these aftershocks could be big. [The] official probabilities [will] change with time.”
https://www.stanforddaily.com/2019/07/15/recent-earthquakes-could-mark-end-of-california-earthquake-drought-professors-say/




Oh calm down, we’re not gonna die! And come on, if the earthquakes don’t kill us, maybe our improper disposal of nuclear waste will! That’s right, the earthquake ripple from the epicenter outside of Bakersfield was felt as far away as Las Vegas, where there’s a landfill where we dispose of our nuclear waste. Which, you know, storing it there was relatively harmless. Until now!

Recent California earthquakes that rattled Las Vegas have shaken up arguments on both sides of a stalled federal plan to entomb nuclear waste beneath a long-studied site in southern Nevada.

Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said this week his legislation to jump-start the process to open the Yucca Mountain project is based on studies that take seismic activity into account, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .

Spent nuclear reactor fuel is currently stored at 121 sites in 35 states, and Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the earthquakes showed the need to move spent radioactive waste from places where it is currently stored above ground to a more secure repository.

“This doesn’t change my view,” Barrasso said. “We need to find a permanent location for the storage of nuclear waste. I think it’s much safer in Yucca Mountain than in a hundred different locations.”
https://ktla.com/2019/07/13/ridgecrest-quakes-shake-up-arguments-in-nevada-about-the-need-to-move-radioactive-waste/




And hey, I, for one, welcome our new radioactive squirrel overlords! Because that’s one of those things where you gotta ask “what could possibly go wrong?”. Well a whole hell of a lot. But if you’re concerned about earthquakes, maybe consider the currently safest place in California – Sacramento. Yes, Sacramento so far has been immune from even the biggest and most devastating earthquakes California has ever seen.

Reporting from Sacramento —

Want to be safe from earthquakes in California? You’d need to endure summer scorchers, winter flood threats and full-time politicians. But temblors don’t threaten people living in Sacramento.

In the state capital — River City, Sacratomato, City of Trees — earthquakes are seen only on TV. Here, you’ll escape the Big One.

“Sacramento is one of the safer places,” acting State Geologist Tim McCrink says. “We don’t have that many active faults in the area.”

In fact, Sacramento — based on historical records and fault maps — is unquestionably the safest earthquake refuge among all of California’s major metropolitan areas.

The most unsafe? You already know.

“The worst places are the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles,” McCrink says. “They’ve got most of the faults.”
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-earthquake-safety-cities-20190715-story.html





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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has made the student loan crisis the center of his 2020 campaign for president of the United States. Sanders and Warren have both made the loan crisis the underlying issue of their respective campaigns, but how do they plan to fix it? And just how broken is the system that puts new graduates under a gigantic mountain of absolutely crushing debt? Well, there’s plenty of reasons how the system got this bad. If you look at right wing media, they’re blaming everything from the parents to Obamacare, and in reality none of these things are fueling the crisis.

With the growth in student loans continuing to soar, politicians and borrowers struggling with an issue that’s become both a financial and political problem.

Presidential candidates are proposing to cancel student debt and make public college free, state legislators are cracking down on student-loan companies and, recently, government agencies have offered another approach — teaching students and borrowers more about finances.

The Treasury Department recommended earlier this month that colleges should require students to take financial-literacy courses and representatives from the Department of Education told a group of financial-aid professionals this week that the agency is planning to add robust financial literacy tools to the app students can use to apply for financial aid and manage their student loans.

These proposals come after years of colleges across the country experimenting with ways to teach their students good financial habits and provide them with more information about their loans. The idea behind these efforts is to help students manage their finances while they’re in school and once they graduate.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-financial-education-wont-solve-the-15-trillion-student-loan-crisis-2019-06-27




So really you can blame anything you want but in reality it’s a combination of America’s extremely loose business regulation laws, out of control loan interest rates, stagnant wages, and very slim chances of employment once you graduate. In fact if you want to see out of control debt at work, look no further than the state of Florida. Florida has a plan to do something about it, but then again this is Florida we are talking about here.

In the U.S., 43 million people carry school debt totaling more than $1.4 trillion. Student loans are the second-highest debt category behind mortgages. In Florida, 2.4 million Floridians owe $85.5 billion.

That’s largely because tuition hikes have outpaced wage increases and inflation. Between 2006 and 2016, the price of college tuition and fees increased 61 percent, compared with 21 percent for other items, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many students rely on loans to pay tuition bills and other college expenses. Federal Judge Michael Williamson said he often asks young attorneys whether they have student debt, and “everyone raises their hand.”

“That didn’t exist when I went to law school," said Williamson, the chief bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida, who graduated from Georgetown University’s program in 1976.
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Williamson, who signed the order outlining the program, described the country’s debt crisis as “tragic.”
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-ne-bankruptcy-student-loans-20190715-aeti72wcovhuzfczhngeslmstq-story.html


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Yes, it needs to be fixed, but what can be done? Well, private corporations – many of which are blamed for causing this mess – are coming up with unique and innovative ways to fix it. One such solution is to stop risk free loans. And the risk part is what many are blaming for this crisis as it has created a scenario where interest rates are in the double digits meaning that there’s a good possibility they will never be paid back. So let’s cancel it entirely.

After snowballing for a generation, the student-loan crisis has taken center stage in the 2020 race to the White House, at least for Democratic contenders. Candidates are promising everything from tuition-free college to debt forgiveness.

Even President Donald Trump has considered capping payments at 12.5 percent of discretionary income and forgiving loans when they reach 15 years.

None of these proposals, however, strikes at the root: no-questions-asked loans backed by the federal government. Student loans as an entitlement is a dogma harming both the nation and the recipients. Doubling down will enrich bloated university administrations, but it will only make the crisis worse—even if the cost is buried in outlandish federal deficits.

If we ignore the injustice to those who have paid or are paying their loans studiously, the federal government is still in no position to bail out a $1.56 trillion combined debt load, and that doesn’t include future loans. About 44.7 million Americans hold a federal student loan, and roughly half are paying back. One third are in default, deferment, or forbearance, and the remainder are still in school.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/a-solution-to-the-student-loan-crisis-no-more-risk-free-loans_3002623.html




But again while we can play the blame game and blame literally everyone but the 800 pound gorilla in the room, the proposals by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both highlight the real problem: our extremely loose corporate lax of corporate regulations that got us into this mess. Remember – capitalism is not the problem. It’s the deregulation of capitalism that is the problem.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who helped create the federal agency that oversees student loan servicers, has come out in favor of a bill that would let Massachusetts institute its own laws to govern the industry.

Warren last week wrote a letter to the chairs of the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in support of a bill filed by Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and Rep. Natalie Higgins, D-Leominster, to create a “student loan bill of rights” and let the state license and regulate student loan servicers.

Warren, a candidate for president in 2020, wrote in the letter that students today are “drowning in student loan debt.”

“Student loan servicing companies worsen this crisis by making it harder and harder for struggling student loan borrowers to stay afloat,” she wrote.

Warren, as a Harvard Law School professor, was instrumental in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama. The CFPB regulates industries including debt collection, and it has an ombudsman to handle complaints related to student loans.
https://www.masslive.com/politics/2019/07/us-sen-elizabeth-warren-supports-massachusetts-bill-to-regulate-student-loan-servicers.html




That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Austin! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:



My fair congregation!!! You know that our father GAWD is a very finicky being, and has an extremely volatile temper. But with disasters in California, Texas, and New Orleans, can we all agree that GAWD is not happy? Is he in his RIGHT to take his anger out on the populace??? Because apparently our GAWD loves him some fire and brimstone punishment. And it’s not just your grandparents’ fire and brimstone punishment, he’s out to eviscerate Sodom & Gammorah. Again. Because his wrath and vengeance and fury shall not be challenged! For if you do challenge HIM, then you too shall not see the light of day, for it says so in our good book!!

End Times pastor Perry Stone hosted a “Prophetic Summit” at his church in Cleveland, Tennessee, earlier this year, where he prophesied that America will be struck by a tsunami as punishment from God for allowing legal abortion.

“I’m standing here at [Omega Center International], at this year, at a prophetic summit, to make a prediction I am not afraid of,” Stone proclaimed. “One day, you will go back to this DVD and some of you will go back to this television program, and you will say, ‘Perry Stone said it on a Sunday morning, the last night of the prophetic summit.'”

“I am here to announce to you that unless there is true repentance, unless the corporations in America quit supporting pro-abortion mills, unless the American people and their politicians begin to understand that life is sacred from the beginning,” he warned, “we will experience a judgment of water in the United States of America.”

Stone said the judgment will come through “extreme flooding” and tsunamis in which entire towns are wiped out

“I have seen in the spirit,” Stone claimed, “it was an ocean and they were surfing and we were screaming, ‘Get out of the water.’ I saw the wave coming way behind them. Nobody paid attention; they laughed, they mocked. And all of a sudden, the wave came in and the next picture—just like a movie—was people in mud whose hands were sticking out where they had tried to crawl, thousands of people on a beach, lying in mud.”

“God wants to be merciful,” Stone said, “but, at the same time, he cannot allow us to break laws that ancient nations broke and were judged for breaking. So therefore, at some point, if we don’t turn to him, we have to experience the same thing.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/perry-stone-god-will-strike-america-with-tsunamis-as-punishment-for-abortion/




Yes, dare I say that the good LAWRD is pissed? He is angry, my fair congregation. He is angry and willing to take his wrath out on the populace. But why? Did GAWD not get laid again? But GAWD doesn’t just take his wrath out on the populace by any old means, he prefers him some quick and devastating destruction that gets results!

On last night’s episode of his “The MC Files” program, right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald declared that the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, the recent earthquakes in California, and the flooding that hit Washington, D.C., were all caused by the speech that President Trump delivered during the “Salute to America” Independence Day celebration on the National Mall.

“Something shifted in the spirit realm on Thursday, on July the 4th,” McDonald said. “Our president shook the heavenlies with that speech. Something shifted over D.C.and two earthquakes, a flood now in D.C., and this Epstein thing; something is astir in the heavenlies over this nation right now.”

McDonald’s guest, fellow radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor, agreed, claiming that Epstein’s arrest and the upcoming sentencing of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will reveal information that “could literally take down most of D.C.”

“This is not a coincidence that all of this stuff is happening at the same time,” Taylor said. “We now have flooding in Washington, D.C., so what is God trying to say to us right here, prophetically? God is saying, ‘Look, the storm is upon us. It’s here right now.’ And so the flooding is taking place, the old is being washed away and the new is being ushered in. There is a cleansing that is taking place in Washington, D.C., right now.”

Taylor also suggested that the earthquakes in California may not have actually been earthquakes at all, but were rather shakings caused by military operations being carried out against deep underground bases used by pedophiles to traffic, molest, and sacrifice children.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/chris-mcdonald-floods-earthquakes-and-epstein-arrest-were-caused-by-trumps-july-4-speech/




You do know that earthquake faultlines have been around since the dawn of time, right, Mark? They are not some secret underground military bases. I mean really, you have to be a special level of stupid to believe something that off the wall, batshit crazy! Can I get an amen??? And by the way, how great is our gospel choir? Let’s give it up for them!! And if you think it doesn’t get any weirder, oh no, my fair congregation you are wrong! And just why would the almighty GAWD be taking wrath out on one state for the actions of another?

Mark Taylor, a radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet,” appeared on the “Up Front In The Prophetic” radio program yesterday, where he declared that the tropical storm that is forming in the Gulf of Mexico is man-made and was created to punish the state of Georgia for recently passing a radical anti-choice “heartbeat bill.”

A trough of low pressure that has been sitting over Georgia is likely to strengthen into Hurricane Barry and is expected to strike Louisiana this weekend. Taylor, who has repeatedly asserted that the Illuminati creates and controls the weather, said it is “retaliation for the Georgia heartbeat bill.”

“That’s the first thing that comes to mind,” he said, “because when Roe v. Wade comes down, where is [the issue] going to go? It is going to go to the states. And you have states out there like Georgia—and there are a couple of others out there—that have gone as far as making this stuff illegal for abortion. You’ve got to remember, what is abortion? The sacrificing of kids. What does that sacrifice do? Abortion is the food source for Baal; Baal being the strongman over America. That’s what empowers Baal. You’re taking Baal’s food source and he’s not liking it, so this is retaliation from the enemy that I would say is from that heartbeat bill.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-hurricane-expected-to-strike-louisiana-is-punishment-for-georgias-heartbeat-bill/




That folks, is the wrath of the almighty GAWD at work! Mass has ended, may you go in peace… should you survive the wrath of the ALMIGHTY!!! That’s it this week for:




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We may have officially beaten our own dead horse here. Now hear me out… we talk a lot about boycotts on both sides of the argument. We’ve even found the one company that has escaped many a boycott, and that’s Starbucks. They are the one company that is seemingly immune to boycotts! But then Nike came along and said “hold my beer!”. Now there’s a third company that you can add to the list: Home Depot. Which recently found itself at the head of yet *ANOTEHR* boycott – this time from Trump haters who found out that their billionaire founder donated a metric fuck ton of money to Trump’s campaign in 2016, and may do it again in 2020.

Some Home Depot shoppers are calling for a boycott of the retailer after billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus pledged to donate to President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, reports Business Insider.

Marcus is an active supporter of Trump’s, contributing $7 million to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and $7.9 million to Republican candidates, committees, and PACs in the 2018 midterms (outspending any other Republican-endorsing private citizen in the latter election cycle), according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In June, Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will donate more of his vast wealth — estimated at $4.55 billion — to Trump’s reelection effort, saying of Trump’s presidency, “I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”

The hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot picked up steam on Twitter on June 30, the same day the AJC story published and three days after Marcus appeared on Fox News to tell anchor Neil Cavuto, “Democrats, use your stupid brains. You don’t have any brains.”

Boycotters, reacting to one or both of Marcus’s press hits, vowed on Twitter to cut up their Home Depot cards and instead shop at competitors like Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, and Menards. Others took up the issue with one of Home Depot’s most visible advertisers: HGTV. Home Depot sells HGTV Magazine, runs ads on HGTV, and enters paid partnerships with HGTV, with the network running spots “brought to you by Home Depot” and promoting Home Depot’s online tools.
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/7/11/20690382/home-depot-boycott-trump-bernie-marcus




And hey since you know that it affects Trump directly, you just know he had to respond. Of course he sides with Home Depot and calls the people planning the boycott “unhinged and crazy”. Yeah we’re the unhinged and crazy ones? We’re planning not to go to a store. You’re the ones lighting your shoes on fire and throwing your Keurigs out the window. Who are the unhinged crazy ones again? Let’s think about this Donny.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted “the radical left” for using economic boycotts as a political tactic despite his own long history of supporting such strategies.

The president was responding to recent calls for a boycott of Home Depot because of the financial support that retired co-founder Bernie Marcus has shown for him. Marcus said last month he will back Trump in the 2020 election.

“More and more the Radical Left is using Commerce to hurt their 'Enemy.' They put out the name of a store, brand or company, and ask their so-called followers not to do business there,” Trump wrote Tuesday night in the first of three-part tweet.

“They don’t care who gets hurt, but also don’t understand that two can play that game!“

Trump wrapped up his statement with: “Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!“

The president’s rhetoric contrasted sharply with his call last month for his supporters to boycott AT&T for political reasons.
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/09/trump-home-depot-boycott-1404870




Hey Trump, in one post you LITERALLY called for people to boycott AT&T and now you’re mad at people exercising their right to boycott? Wow, you’re stupid. So if Trump does it, it’s for the people, but if democrats do it, they’re unhinged, deranged, and totally crazy. Shouldn’t we be immune to Trump’s childish bullying by now? No, well if you think Trump’s explanation was terrible, wait until you see Home Depot’s!

Facing a backlash, Atlanta-based Home Depot sought to distance itself from billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus after he pledged to back President Trump’s bid for re-election in 2020.

Calls to boycott the retailer took off this week on social media as news spread that Marcus told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late last month that he plans to support Trump’s bid for another term.

“If you plan on buying a hammer, wood, or ANY home improvement items from Home Depot, you may as well send donations DIRECTLY to trump’s 2020 campaign,” read one tweet under the hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot.

Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith said in a statement to NPR that Marcus retired more than a decade ago and is not speaking on behalf of the company. “In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse Presidential candidates,” she said.
https://www.wabe.org/home-depot-responds-to-calls-for-boycott-over-co-founders-support-for-trump/




Plot twist!!!! Bet you thought that I was going to say that Bernie Marcus was going to say some batshit crazy thing about the left, weren’t you? And you think you’re so smart! Well, we are on a college tour so I would expect plenty of smart people in attendance! And here’s why you shouldn’t take sides in a boycott – which ever side Trump takes in said boycott, probably the wrong side.

Ever since Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said that he will donate some of his multi-billion dollar fortune to President Trump's 2020 re-election effort, leftists have been vowing to boycott his home improvement empire. In response to this insanity, President Trump publicly praised Marcus for being a "great, patriotic, and charitable man" on Twitter.

"A truly great, patriotic & charitable man, Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot who, at the age of 90, is coming under attack by the Radical Left Democrats with one of their often used weapons," Trump tweeted on Tuesday night, according to Fox Business. "They don’t want people to shop at those GREAT stores because he contributed to your favorite President, me!"

"These people are vicious and totally crazed, but remember, there are far more great people (‘Deplorables’) in this country, than bad. Do to them what they do to you," he continued. "Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!"

The controversy erupted in late June when Marcus announced that he will be supporting President Trump's re-election while also praising his "businessman’s common sense approach to most things." He did, however, criticize the president's communication skills by taking on every battle.

"[Trump’s] got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things," Marcus said. "Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago."
https://www.dailywire.com/news/49340/trump-praises-home-depot-co-founder-response-paul-bois





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This week – UFO scouting. How is this still a thing? Last week a group with about 500,000 subscribers on Facebook announced a plan to storm the top secret base outside of Las Vegas, Nevada known as Area 51 searching for signs of extra terrestrial life. Yes, this is still a thing. And yes, this is still a thing after the CIA famously declassified a number of documents back in 2013 showing a lot of the myths surrounding Area 51 were in fact, a steaming load of bullshit. But let’s not forget that we are currently living in the post information age, where facts don’t matter and only outrage does. So just how outraged are people about the possibility that extraterrestrial life exists in the base made famous by conspiracy theorists and tin foil hat enthusiasts?

If you've ever wondered whether we're alone in the galaxy, you're no space oddity.

More than 379,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in southern Nevada in an effort to "see them aliens." An additional 396,000 respondents marked themselves as "interested" on the event page as of Thursday night.

"If we [N]aruto run, we can move faster than their bullets," the event description says, making a humorous reference to a Japanese manga character known for running with his arms stretched out backward and his head forward.

The page invites respondents to convene Sept. 20 at the Area 51 Alien Center, a combination diner, convenience store and brothel in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, about 90 miles from Las Vegas.

Though the event is months away, social media users have already begun to speculate about what might be inside the highly classified Air Force facility in the Nevada desert.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/11/area-51-raid-facebook-event-see-them-aliens/1711343001/




Yes, somewhere between 200,000 – 500,000 people are planning on storming Area 51 to look for signs of alien life. But their rationality surprisingly is not wrong – if 250,000 people show up, they can’t all be arrested! It’s true, we heard a guy on TV say that once. And by the way if you are one of those people who plan on storming Area 51, maybe don’t announce your plans 2 months in advance, because it gives the military time to get ready.

They've got a plan to raid Area 51 and "see them aliens." But what will happen if they actually do it?

Over one million people have signed up to a joke Facebook event, calling on users to meet at Area 51, the US Air Force base in Nevada that's long been a source of alien conspiracy theories, in September.
"If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets," the page says, referencing the Japanese manga-inspired running style with arms outstretched backwards and heads forward. "Let's see them aliens."

A pinned post on the page attempts to cover its bases, reading "Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet." But as the event has gained traction -- inspiring dozens of memes and jokes -- the profile of the situation has risen, so much so that the US Air Force has been made aware of the potential impending raid.

And they're not as lighthearted about the situation as folks on the internet are.

"[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/us/area-51-military-warning-trnd/index.html




Yeah maybe the message that they’re sending is “don’t fuck with the military”. Do you hear that alien hunters? Do you? Well they didn’t get that memo. They also didn’t get the memo about how stupid their plan actually is and got mocked incessantly for it. So does the group still plan to go through this very poorly thought out plan? Probably.

Around 400 thousand people have marked "going" on a Facebook event that aims to "storm" Area 51 of United States Air Force and "see them aliens" while more than 411 thousand others from all over the world are interested in the event.

Area 51 is a highly classified facility of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The facility is long subjected to conspiracy theories about aliens and UFOs being stored there, and the theories only get stronger with the high-level of secrecy being maintained by the authorities about the facility.

The Facebook event, which is scheduled for September 20, has become a rage among people catching the attention of hundreds of thousands in just a matter of a few days and is now trending on other social media platforms as well. Hilarious memes are lightening the mood while also giving a reality check to many as the potential "raid" on Area 51 might not be possible.
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/humor/594918-area-51-hilarious-memes-about-planned-raid-for-aliens-go-viral




In fact this event was over a year in planning since Harvard researchers have spotted a comet hurling through space called “Oumuamua”. That reunited interests in scouting for aliens and the planned raid on Area 51. But is it a dumb idea? Yes. Will the military be ready for them? Absolutely. Really people, it’s just a comet. Not something that’s definitive proof of aliens existing. This is 2019 though, facts don’t matter, only outrage does.,

Extra-terrestrial beings have remained shrouded in controversy since the topic of 'other life' or 'other beings' except for all we know on earth being out there was ever thought of. Though so far, scientific evidence has so far, dismissed every theory of aliens existing. Except Oumuamua.

While the science behind aliens existing isn't exactly solid, 'we cannot rule out the possibility of life existing.' The last sentence is something conspiracy theorists will tell you. One particular place and term which remains shrouded in 'aliens are real' controversy is Area 51.

A quick Google search will tell you that this is the Internet's own conspiracy hot-spot, and it involves not just aliens but all kind of 'undercover secret-government cover ups.' One of the searches even includes lizard people.

Area 51 is, in reality, a United States Air Force facility located in Lincoln County, Nevada, the US which is a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The fact that it is 'highly classified' is what makes it the subject of so much speculation
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/more-than-8-lakh-people-are-planning-to-storm-area-51-in-usa-to-free-aliens-2227861.html




Except that it isn’t. So mistaking a comet and carrying out a poorly planned raid a heavily guaraded US military base. That’s enough to make you ask – UFO scouting:




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Oh come on, Athens, remember when conspiracy theories used to be about fun stuff like aliens and Bigfoot? Hey, we remember! And speaking of which - oh that’s right - it’s time for People Are Dumb!



Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I always love these stories because they are batshit crazy and I feel like they could happen to anybody. Well, really, anybody plus a heavy dose of crystal meth. I want to start with this story out of Clay County, Missouri. So if you’re a wanted criminal and you’re trying to hide from the cops. Well, in what seems like an outrageously cartoonish way that he was discovered by the cops. That’s right – he farted! And it was fart that seemed like it was something out of the movie Stepbrothers.

Some are calling it the fart heard round the world.

The viral, wacky story originates in Clay County, Missouri northeast of Kansas City where, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect’s loud fart gave away his position and allowed police to arrest him.

The unnamed, gassy suspect was wanted on a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

“If you’ve got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you’re definitely having a (poop emoji) day,” the department wrote on Facebook.

“We’ve gotta give props to Liberty Police Department for using their senses to sniff him out,” the post, which also includes the hashtag #ItHappened, reads.
https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/07/loud-fart-reveals-wanted-missouri-mans-hiding-spot-leads-to-arrest.html?utm_campaign=grandrapidspress_sf&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR09VyGvld6v4UIXzhkSwuSnX3dKJ-zUs5R_Xu_nbFyyjU1KFndNpY-m6QU




I love that even the cops were having some fun with this one. And speaking of dumb ways that people were found out by the cops, this next story is out of Guthrie, Oklahoma. And I have a lot of questions about this one. I get where they can get a rattlesnake and the Kentucky Deluxe… wait a minute, who the fuck drinks Kentucky Deluxe? I mean was Thunderbird too expensive? Anyway – where do you get uranium from? And what were they planning to do with it? Power the flux capacitor?

Two people were arrested after a traffic stop of a stolen car revealed the two had a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe.

Stephen Jennings is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to carry security verification form. Rachael Rivera is charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

The traffic stop was made at 11 a.m. in a Guthrie neighborhood because the tag was expired. Jennings was in the driver's seat, Rivera in the passenger seat, and in the backseat, a pet Timber rattlesnake in a terrarium.

At about the same time Jennings told officers he had a gun in console, police learned the Ford they were driving was reported stolen.
https://kfor.com/2019/07/10/logan-co-man-allegedly-driving-stolen-vehicle-filled-with-uranium-a-rattlesnake-and-kentucky-deluxe/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5d26b9080ca7240001cb0e8f&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter




Yeah when you power this thing with ridiculously cheap Z-grade booze and enriched uranium, you’re gonna see some serious shit! A lot of stupid people and cops this week. For our next story we go to the land down under – Australia for this one. Yes, stupid people are not just limited to Florida, they are all around us! Well, if you’re just learning how to drive, maybe don’t tell the cops that you’re just blowing smoke – both literally and figuratively!

An allegedly stoned and unlicensed Melbourne teenager, accused of ramming a police car and breaking an officer's leg, has been granted bail.

Benjamin Saurini, 19, previously said he couldn't see the police vehicle because his car windows had fogged up from smoking cannabis after a session with friends on Friday night.

Saurini allegedly took off when he thought he was going to be "jumped" by officers on patrol, but panicked and side-swiped their car.

He is accused of pinning a senior constable against the car, breaking his leg.

Saurini allegedly read a news article about the injured police officer the following day and realised he was in trouble, dumping the car and removing its number plates.
https://7news.com.au/news/crime/bail-for-vic-teen-charged-with-ramming-cop-c-205385?utm_campaign=share-icons&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&tid=1562877108634




Next up, we go to of course the Sunshine State, which never fails to disappoint and they always bring the crazy extra hard. And this one started out as what should have been a good deed but has a really ugly side to it, and it could end disastrously. Honestly, I really hope that this waitress takes these two to court and scores big time. Maybe the restaurant too.

A 24-year-old woman from upstate New York has been charged with grand theft in Florida, where authorities allege she used her boyfriend’s credit card to leave a $5,000 tip for a waitress who’d served her breakfast.

PEOPLE confirms the allegations against Serina Wolfe, 24, through online court records.

Upset with her boyfriend for refusing to pay for her return flight to New York, the criminal complaint alleges Wolfe and her boyfriend argued, leading him to put a hold on his credit card.

Not long after, the complaint states that he had the hold lifted, and Wolfe — who lives in Buffalo — allegedly used it to pay the bill for her meal the morning of June 27.

Wolfe allegedly left a $5,000 tip on a $55 bill, according to the complaint — or 10,000 percent.
https://people.com/crime/woman-allegedly-used-boyfriends-credit-card-leave-5000-tip-waitress-spite-him/




Hey I can’t get a flight home so let’s saddle him with some crippling debt! Really, this story can go straight to hell. Next up, dumb professors! Yes, that may be a first here for People Are Dumb. And this story takes place in Nova Scotia. Yes, that’s in Canada don’t you know? Well, this might be a very strange request and probably should get you fired for it.

A faculty member at Cape Breton University has been terminated for demanding sex, moose meat and lobster from a student who was struggling in his course in exchange for better grades.

In an emailed response, university spokeswoman Lenore Parsley didn’t answer questions about the firing, the nature of the offence, details about the employee’s position and whether there had been other complaints about the employee.

“Cape Breton University is committed to a safe and respectful campus for all of our community members,” Parsley said. “Any and all complaints follow a formal process, as indicated in our respectful campus policy.

“We won’t be commenting further.”

But the student who reported the instructor says the university told her two weeks ago that he was being fired, with the right to appeal.

She said she hadn’t been notified of any appeal as of Thursday.
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/regional/cbu-instructor-fired-after-demanding-sex-moose-meat-and-lobster-for-better-grades-331851/




Ha ha, I love Lego Batman. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – dumb superheroes! Yes, Captain America went full Thor on an unsuspecting victim and I can’t imagine that ending well. At least the Hulk wasn’t there or things might have got really ugly.

A Virginia man wearing a Captain America t-shirt--and not a Thor model--was arrested Tuesday evening for striking two victims in the head with a hammer, police report.

John Jefferson Tuggle, 36, is facing a pair of felony charges in connection with an incident at a residence near his home in Clinchburg.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tuggle “went into another room of the residence and retrieved a hammer," which he then used to hit “both victims in the head.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/assault/captain-america-hammer-729058




That’s it this week for:




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Hey everyone! This is our official Top 10 voters’ guide for the 2020 MOTHER OF ELECTIONS TO END ALL ELECTIONS: THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL!!! So what we decided to do for this segment is that there’s a whopping 24 candidates running to hopefully unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. And we wanted to give you our perspective on all 24 of the candidates running. Plus a few others in other local and regional elections that you need to know about thrown in for good measure and all the ups and downs, the poll numbers, and of course the precious 270 votes needed to win the Electoral College. And by the way, we are going to try and make this as unbiased as possible. Since this is our first week we’re going to tell you about the candidates that didn’t quite make it. The drop outs. But there’s already going to be a whole lot of candidates that are going to dropout before the election and things are already going to get ugly.

Swalwell had previously fueled speculation that he's dropping out of the race after canceling New Hampshire stops at the last minute and announcing a press conference for Monday afternoon, The Hill reports.

This would come three months to the day that Swalwell announced his candidacy for president on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He participated in the first round of presidential debates last month and in a notable exchange urged former Vice President Joe Biden to "pass the torch" to the next generation. Swalwell, who has been polling at 1 percent or below, had not yet secured a position in the second round of debates, as FiveThirtyEight noted. Asked in a post-debate interview about his low polling numbers, Swalwell responded that it's still "early" in the race.

Amid these reports on Monday, Swalwell replied to a tweet from The Washington Post's Dave Weigel, which noted that the rules for the third debate would likely result in many candidates not qualifying but that no one is complaining that the rules are rigged against Swalwell, with the "hands up" emoji.
https://theweek.com/speedreads/853325/el-chapo-gets-life-prison-what-judge-calls-overwhelming-evil




No no, no need to terror vomit just yet. Yes of course Eric Swalwell has said that he’s thinking about dropping out of the election. But let’s focus on why he’s running for a bit. Swalwell was the absolute biggest longshot don’t get us wrong but he definitely had good intentions of running for the highest office in the land.

SWALWELL BOWS OUT — “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good” — That was the campaign motto for Democratic East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell’s longshot bid for the White House. But after Swalwell on Monday became the first prominent Democrat to drop out of the 2020 race, look for that motto — and those red, white and blue campaign signs — to be repurposed for Swalwell’s bid at a fifth term in his CA-15 Congressional seat.

The story from POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White: “California Rep. Eric Swalwell, dogged by fundraising challenges and a failure to register in the polls, is ending his longshot bid for the presidency.

“Two weeks ago, Swalwell, 38, called on Democratic front-runner Joe Biden to ‘pass the torch‘ of party leadership to a new generation in the first Democratic presidential debates. But on Monday, Swalwell called a press conference at his Dublin campaign headquarters to announce that instead of continuing in the Democratic primary, he will instead seek a fifth term representing the strongly Democratic East Bay 15th district in Congress.

“‘Being honest with ourselves, we had to look at how much money we were raising, where we were in the polls,‘ Swalwell told supporters, arguing that he had ‘moved the needle on the debate stage with an issue I was very passionate about,‘ referring to gun control measures. ‘So we’ve achieved that,’ he said. ‘But we have to be honest about our own candidacy’s viability.‘“
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/california-playbook/2019/07/09/swalwell-is-first-prominent-2020-dropout-trump-tweets-hes-working-together-with-gavin-cagops-patterson-protests-bill-requiring-candidates-tax-release-wildfire-bill-passes-senate-gig-economy-demonstration-454554 [




Well, hopefully not! I mean we are just barely beginning the primary season and you just know that someone is contemplating on forming an exploratory committee to join the fray. But what else do we have to look forward to in the election to come? It’s going to be a category 5 shit storm and there will plenty of shit flying at you from every single angle. Especially when there’s that one guy who’s the odd man out.

Washington circles are abuzz with the suggestion that Justin Amash, the ex-Republican congressman from Michigan, may mount a third-party presidential campaign in 2020. In the few days since leaving the GOP, he’s talked about “room for a third party” and refused to rule out running for president. But sources close to Amash and the Libertarian Party deny that a presidential run is in the works—although the door is still open. For the time being, the Libertarian-leaning representative is looking to build a fiscally conservative, pro-restraint coalition across party lines.

Michigan representative Justin Amash has made waves in recent weeks with his challenges to the Republican establishment. He first suggested that President Donald Trump should be impeached, then he contested the president’s authority to attack Iran without congressional approval, and finally left the party.

Amash seemed to send mixed signals about his next move, telling CNN that he’s planning to run for re-election to the House of Representatives, but confirming that he still “wouldn’t rule anything like [a Libertarian presidential run] out.”

In an interview with a local ABC affiliate, he added that “I don’t rule things out in where I might go in my political work. I want to do what is best for our country, and if there’s something I can offer, I’m willing to consider that.”
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/odd-man-out-how-independent-justin-amash-could-shake-2020-presidential-election-67402




And hopefully this coin will land on the right side of history and leave the racists and sexists to the dust bin where they belong. So far even with the first casualty of the 2020 season, which by November 6th, 2020, is going to seem like a complete eternity away, is probably going to last an eternity. But some good news about our friend Eric Swalwell is that he is not backing down:

Chaos continued on the floor of the House of Representatives during the debate on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four young women of color.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) rose to support the resolution, listing multiple instances of racism from the commander-in-chief.

As part of the list, Swalwell noted Trump’s attacks on “sh*thole countries.”

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) complained and got in a back-and-forth with Swalwell.

Collins sought to have Swalwell’s words stricken from the Congressional Record, which would have banned him from speaking for the rest of the day.

“I will withdraw my offensive word,” Swalwell said, after discussions with other Democrats.
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/republican-freaks-out-after-democrat-quotes-trumps-racist-statement-on-the-floor-of-congress/




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Key Issues: Guns, Campaign Finance Reform
Target Demographic: Millenials
Probability Rating: 15:1
Likelihood Of Going Far In Election: Already Dropped Out

Overall Grade: B+

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Next week for Episode 2, we're going to check in with the Alabama Senate candidates, and whew, they have some batshit crazy ones running!


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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Dallas??? We made it! Whew!!! We are done with our Texas roadshow! We have traveled some 1600 miles all the way up and down the great state of Texas to find out… what’s up? And we did. So tonight is a celebration as we are done with this part of the 7th season before heading off to Georgia for the start of our college tour. We had a lot of fun doing this and we will be back soon. Do we have time for the thing? Good. So how about that US Women’s National Team? Can I get a “fuck yeah”???? Well while the rest of sane America is celebrating the amazing victory and the 2nd world cup for the USWNT. That was quite the epic victory and celebrate it ladies, you earned it. Of course some on the other side won’t have any of it. Ann Coulter said it was a “war on soccer”. I mean right. Also, what’s wrong with soccer? Or football as it’s known in the rest of the world? And then there was this guy. Save your boos before I read the whole tweet:

https://twitter.com/JGilliam_SEAL/status/1148005540158722049

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Shut up!!! Come on, she got caught up in the celebration, anyone could have done that. But really you guys protest way too much. Enough with the phony patriotic outrage, why does everything involving the flag have to be a federal case with you people? But really, shut up. So what if Megan isn’t worshipping the flag enough? Stop it with that nonsense already. Although that’s certainly not the worst thing anyone’s done with a flag:



God that is so fucking creepy! And conservatives cheerlead this kind of crap. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first all our shows are in reruns so it’s hard to pull clips so I’ll show this Lewis Black where he discusses the ups and downs of CBD:



So where do we begin this week? In the first slot this week we’re going to do something different and give @realDonaldTrump (1) a history lesson after his ridiculously dumb claim that the founding fathers seized the airports during the revolutionary war. In the second slot this week, we’re also going to talk about our current leader, @realDonaldTrump (2). And this time around we’re going to recap his insane MAGA parade that cost oh nothing much, just 700% over his allocated budget, and imagine how much money that could go to support people who actually need it! In the third slot this week is also @realDonaldTrump. Why does Trump want to alter the census and what could be the impact if he decides to delay it over a racist dog whistle question? Taking the fourth slot this week is the Alt Right (4) and the Proud Boys took their fight against Antifa from the streets of Portland to our nation’s capitol, and well, calling this a “logistics nightmare” is quite an understatement! For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, and this week we’re going to take a look at the latest developments surrounding Boeing’s ill-fated 737 Max-8 and while none of it is good, the problem is becoming a lot more obvious. And in the 6th slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and this week what’s GAWD doing to help our government? Our resident pastor will examine this issue while also maintaining his tax exempt status. At number 7 is our favorite segment “Beating A Dead Horse”. Conservatives, OK, we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike!! What did they do to piss you off this week? Only one way to find out! In the number 8 slot this week, after pulling a dick move that could cost his state millions, we add Arizona governor Doug Ducey (8) to the ever-growing list of “People Who Somehow Got Elected”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week is “I Need A Drink” – everybody’s favorite trash talking playground activity, Dodgeball, is under attack! The people who are advocating for the ban are about as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop. And finally this week, it’s the final part of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries and this week we’re going to take a look at what’s going on at two very different and rivaling campuses – University of Texas in Ft Worth, and Texas A&M in College Station! Plus to cap off the end of our Texas roadshow, we’ve got some live music from the voice of Phish himself – Trey Anastasio will be stopping by! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We got to talk about Jeffrey Epstein for this top spot this week. Now as is Top 10 policy that we don’t joke about things that are too horrifying to make fun of, we will still be adhering to this policy. So out of respect for the victims, we’re going to be replacing all our usual funny memes and clips with pictures of Trump hanging out with people who “are his type” as he famously said about a woman accusing him of rape a few weeks ago. And by Trump’s type – I mean billionaire sexual predators with a messianic complex and a massive ego. So just how bad is the Jeffrey Epstein situation?

Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is due in court following an arrest in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement officials.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody Saturday and is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

One of the officials said Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.

A message was sent to Epstein’s defense attorney seeking comment. Epstein is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
https://www.apnews.com/bb41822a39a147ccb03501acf049b58c




Just so you’re clear – Jeffrey Epstein is a billionaire financier who hangs with the wealthy elite and owns private jets and high rise apartments. But any time he moves somewhere, just like Jesus in the Big Lebowski, must go door to door to inform people that he’s on the registered sex offender list. Now just how bad is the situation? What are the implications? And could he actually do some real prison time out of all of this? Well, we don’t have time to provide accurate insight into all of those questions. So let’s get to the jist of it:

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged Monday with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls more than a decade after he secretly cut a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid nearly identical allegations. Now some of his alleged victims are speaking out.

Sarah Ransome claimed she was recruited and trafficked for sex by Epstein in 2006 and 2007, the Miami Herald reported. On Monday, Ransome said she's encouraged Epstein has been charged in New York.

"The news of my abuser's arrest today is a step in the right direction to finally hold Epstein accountable for his crimes and restore my faith that power and money can't triumph over justice," Ransome said.
Trending News.

Virginia Giuffre claimed Epstein forced her to have sex with his attorney, Alan Dershowitz, and others beginning when she was 16. Giuffre, who is suing Dershowitz for defamation, praised federal prosecutors in New York for showing the case is "being taken in a serious way."

In an interview with the Miami Herald for their investigation into dozens of allegations against Epstein, Giuffre said, "You know, before you know it, I'm being lent out to politicians and to academics and to people that – royalty and people that you just, you would never think 'How did you get into that position of power in the first place?'"
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-epstein-jailed-victims-speak-out-after-billionaire-financier-charged-with-sex-trafficking/




Yes that’s Donald Trump with Jeffrey Epstein. “He’s a great guy folks, truly terrific!”. Of course you know by now that Trump is of course dismissing himself from the fact that he knows Jeffrey Epstein. And you might be thinking “hey wait a minute – what about Bill Clinton???” Well if he’s implicated then that will play itself out. And we won’t get to that this week. But we will get to Alex Acosta, who offered a plea deal for Epstein 10 years ago, and is now coming back to bite him in the ass hard.

President Trump's secretary of Labor is back in the spotlight for his connection to Jeffrey Epstein after the billionaire was charged Monday with sex trafficking.

Alexander Acosta, who as a U.S. attorney oversaw a favorable 2008 plea deal for Epstein, is likely to face growing pressure as new details emerge about the financier’s alleged victimization of young girls in New York and Florida.

House Democrats have renewed their calls for Acosta to step down, and some of Trump's allies view the Labor secretary as a political liability moving forward.

“The president's going to be furious,” said former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg. “I can’t imagine that he’s going to stay there for very long.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/452084-epstein-charges-put-trump-labor-secretary-back-in-spotlight




Yes, that is Donald Trump having dinner with billionaire sex offender Robert Kraft.


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Yes, Trump don’t know much about history. Or biology. Or the French he took. Ever since our president, @realDonaldTrump, got a taste of France’s grandiose military celebration known as Bastille Day, Trump has always wanted him a piece of that sweet, sweet, dictator chic. So of course, he’s throwing a parade the size of his ego, with a budget to match. I mean he originally had a budget of $1 million and it came out to about $93 million. Any director who went 547% over budget would be fired instantly. And of course it was also a total shit show. Because this happened. You know what? Let’s show the clip first.



And come on, even Mick Jagger was taking shots at you. Here’s what he said at Gillette Stadium:



Anyway with that out of the way, how dumb was @realDonaldTrump’s remarks?

President Donald Trump celebrated "the greatest political journey in human history" Thursday in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity.

Trump called on Americans to "stay true to our cause" in a "Salute to America" program that adhered to patriotic themes and hailed an eclectic mix of history's heroes, from the armed forces, space, civil rights and other endeavors of American life.

While the president avoided diversions into his agenda or re-election campaign, his speech, however, contained historical errors. In outlining the history of Independence Day, Trump claimed the Army "took over the airports" during the American Revolution and evoked the battle of Fort McHenry, which occurred decades later during the War of 1812. There was no air travel in America in the 18th century.

"In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York," Trump said. "... Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant."
https://www.necn.com/news/politics/Washington-Fourth-of-July-Trump-Military-512210491.html




I love that graphic so much! OK so Trump says that they took over the airports in the Revolutionary War, but wait a minute – airports didn’t exist in the Revolutionary War! It’s not like the Founding Fathers ambushed the British army during the battle for the LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court. Oh wait, that never happened! But at least George Washington and his men dined on plenty of Long John Silvers afterwards! Yes, the first flight didn’t commence until 1903! But here’s where it gets good. Remember the endless amounts of shit that the GOP threw at Obama for years for reading off a teleprompter? Well…

President Donald Trump said Friday that a teleprompter mishap led to his much-mocked July Fourth flub in which he talked about defending airports during the American Revolution.

"The teleprompter went out," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"It just went out – it went kaput."

During his Independence Day speech paying tribute to the military, Trump sowed confusion when he began talking about air defenses during the American Revolution, which took place more than a century before the invention of the airplane.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/05/donald-trump-faults-teleprompter-airports-revolution-flub/1657077001/


You know what? Don’t blame the teleprompter. In fact let’s show that picture of his view:



Dude, seriously, you're standing behind 4 1/2 inches of bulletproof glass. I would think the teleprompter is the least of your worries! And seriously, you have rooftop snipers and F16s flying overhead and tanks on the streets, paranoid much? And just remember what Sarah Palin said about teleprompters, anybody remember that?



Yeah that happened! Just the sheer stupidity of it… AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! But you know was Trump’s July 4th Americagasm Spectacular a celebration of all things extreme right wing toxic patriotism or was it a chilling preview of what martial law might look like? I’d say it’s more the latter than the former.

Tanks for President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration were seen arriving in Washington on Tuesday morning, just days before the event is scheduled to take place.

NBC News captured video of the tanks — two Bradley and two Abrams tanks — purportedly en route to the National Mall for Thursday’s event. Also in transport are support vehicles, including an M88, used to help recover heavy armored vehicles.

A photographer for the Associated Press also spotted two M1A1 Abrams tanks along with four other military vehicles on a freight train in southeast D.C. on Monday night.

On Monday, Trump told reporters that tanks would be stationed outside of the Fourth of July celebration, but gave no further details.

Two U.S. defense officials familiar with the planning confirmed that Trump's remarks at Thursday's event are expected to be roughly 20 minutes long, with approximately four minutes dedicated to each service of the military.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/tanks-arrive-d-c-trump-s-fourth-july-celebration-n1025786





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We need to talk about the Census. Is it OK to ask if a person is an American citizen? No! And add to the fact that Trump is taking some absolutely scary steps to bring America closer to Nazi Germany, this latest racist dog whistle of an abomination is rearing its’ ugly head once again. So we all know that Trump doesn’t know history. But he also must have skipped the class about the US Constitution too, because SCOTUS shot down the question, but he’s determined to override that decision – which could be dangerous, deadly, and definitely frightening. Add to the fact that he’s got an attorney general with his head up his ass and this could be a Category 5 Shit Storm.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally require 2020 census respondents to declare whether or not they are citizens, despite a Supreme Court ruling that forbade asking the question.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms.

The Supreme Court recently blocked the question, at least temporarily, saying the administration's justification "seems to have been contrived." That was a blow to Mr. Trump, who has been pressing for the government to demand information about citizenship.

The U.S. Census Bureau's experts have said requiring such information would discourage immigrants from participating in the survey and result in a less accurate count. That in turn would redistribute money and political power away from Democratic-led cities where immigrants tend to cluster to whiter, rural areas where Republicans do well.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/barr-census-citizenship-question-sees-legal-way-to-add-it/




Yes so the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants is just turning into a colossal “fuck you” to areas where they don’t have total control over the populace. You know, like those pesky major cities for instance. But some good news is that if this is the hill that they choose to die on (among the thousands of other hills), this could have some serious consequences for the attorney general.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that the House will vote “soon” on a contempt resolution for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents on the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

“Before the break, the Oversight Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to hold the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce in contempt of Congress for defying the Committee’s bipartisan subpoenas for documents that would shed light on the real reason the administration added a citizenship question,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to other House Democrats. “We will be moving forward in the whole House soon.”

However, the Speaker did not provide details on when that vote will be held, or what kind of contempt resolution lawmakers might be voting on.

The Hill has reached out to Democratic leadership for comment.

Pelosi earlier Monday also criticized the Trump administration over the citizenship question, calling it an attempt to "make America white again."
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/452104-pelosi-house-will-vote-soon-on-contempt-for-barr-ross-over-census-docs




Yup, make America white again is probably the most apt description of what they’re trying to do. So what else could possibly be in store if they decide to keep fucking with the census? And that by the way is something you do not fuck with. But of course, like everything else Trump takes a dump on, he leaves a trail of bad decisions, and fired employees along the way. Just look at how many lawyers he’s gone through trying to pull this off:

We don’t know whether the Department of Justice lawyers working on the census case were fired en masse or quit. Either way, Sunday’s announcement was a genuinely shocking development in President Donald Trump’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 count. It’s bizarre to the point of being unprecedented for the government to change horses like this in the middle of such a highly time-sensitive legal process.

The move signals that the Trump administration is very likely on the way to making some doubtful legal claims — claims that will have to be in stark contradiction to what the Department of Justice has already said to the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, in a lawsuit brought by civil-rights groups trying to scrap the question.

In case your long July Fourth weekend was enjoyable enough to lose track of the census saga, here’s a recap.

On the last day of its term, June 27, the Supreme Court held in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts — joined by the court’s four liberals — that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had not given an honest explanation for why he wanted to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census in the first place. Roberts also held — in a section of his opinion joined by the court’s four other conservatives — that, in principle, there is nothing unlawful or unconstitutional about asking people for their citizenship on the census. Roberts sent the case back to the district court in New York.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-08/trump-census-battle-continues-with-new-justice-department-lawyers




And by the way in case you’re wondering what this could mean, what the constitutional significance of this is, well, don’t ask our president, because he doesn’t really know. In fact he doesn’t know that there’s two different types of the Census – a short form and a long form. And the long form questionnaire comes every other decade and switches with the short form every 10 years.

The census has been conducted every decade since 1790 to get a national head count used most critically to decide the distribution of congressional representation. At first it was conducted by U.S. marshals, but later surveys were sent to most American households, with census workers helping those who didn't promptly return their surveys.

The last time a citizenship question was among the census questions for all U.S. households was in 1950. That form asked where each person was born and in a follow-up question asked, "If foreign born — Is he naturalized?"

In 1960, there was no such question about citizenship, only about place of birth.

Sanders mentioned the year 1965 on Tuesday, but the census only comes every 10 years, so it isn't clear what she was referring to, and the White House did not respond to a request for clarification.

In 1970, the Census Bureau began sending around two questionnaires: a short-form questionnaire to gather basic population information and a long form that asked detailed questions about everything from household income to plumbing. The short form went to most households in America. The long form was sent to a much smaller sample of households, 1 in 6. Most people didn't get it.

Starting in 1970, questions about citizenship were included in the long-form questionnaire but not the short form. For instance, in 2000, those who received the long form were asked, "Is this person a CITIZEN of the United States?"

The 2000 long-form survey, sent to a subset of Americans, asked about citizenship. The more widely distributed census short form that year did not.
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The short form kept it simple: name, relationship, age, sex, Hispanic origin, race, marital status and whether the home is owned or rented.
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/27/597436512/fact-check-has-citizenship-been-a-standard-census-question





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Oh Proud Boys, what have you got yourselves into this time? You know if you didn’t see last week’s edition, we asked how the Proud Boys vs Antifa was still a thing. Well you know everybody’s favorite alt right fight club is always out looking to kick some ass. But when you’re looking to kick some ass, don’t be surprised and go screaming to mama when somebody actually does kick your ass. After all, you’re the ones who started the fight. And you know wherever the Proud Boys show up, Antifa is almost sure to follow. Kind of like moths to a bug zapper, it’s inevitable. So before we get into it, here’s my favorite thing about this recent rally – it seems they don’t know how to do logistics!

Organizers of a “Demand Free Speech” rally planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., told the National Park Service that they expect up to 1,000 participants—but wrote that there “could be more or less”—to attend their demonstration. Given the fact that, per the sponsoring group’s permit application, they’ve rented only one toilet, perhaps they’re banking on the “less.”

A copy of an event permit application the National Park Service provided to The Daily Beast shows event organizers’ stated plans for the rally, which is expected to attract members of the Proud Boys, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and followers of far-right personalities including Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Gavin McInnes, who have been removed from social media platforms for violating community guidelines. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports that the application has been approved and that counter-protesters plan to rally across the street from Freedom Plaza.

Event organizers told NPS in their application that they will assemble an event space with 10 chairs, five tables, one tent, and just one portable restroom. Organizers stated they will have space for 50 camera tripods but will not assemble a press riser. They are expecting one bus and 22 speakers, and wrote on the permit that “no marches or parades” will happen during the event.

In a section stating expected disruptions to the event, event organizers wrote “Antifa” and “All Out DC,” which is a coalition of groups organizing to oppose their rally on Saturday. Rally organizers state that they will have 50 event marshals providing “protection and security” at the event who will wear “red stop hate hats.” Those marshals, organizers state, will use 20 handheld radios and 10 bullhorns at the event.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-free-speech-rally-expecting-1000-participants-one-bathroom/




Damn right!!! Pass the butter. That sounds like the worst festival ever. Oh and by the way, just like their favorite president, Trump, the Proud Boys love inflating crowd sizes. Because unlike their actual estimated crowd size, they were far outnumbered by hundreds of counter protestors. So while the Proud Boys shoot their mouths off, they really are a bunch of snowflakes when you think about it.
A gaggle of far-right political activists, members of the Proud Boys, and hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday for a rally that sought to highlight personalities who have been banned from various social media and payment-processing platforms for violating community guidelines, who demanded that they have their accounts reinstated on the grounds of “free speech.” The rally took place on one of the hottest days of the year at the shadeless Freedom Plaza, which is across the street from the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Despite organizers’ estimate, as stated on a permit application, that they expected up to 1,000 people to attend their rally, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes and other far-right speakers took to the stage to address no more than a few hundred people and plug new websites and endeavors they have launched since their social media bans marginalized them in the broader conservative movement. However, The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reported that the “free speech” message from the stage “was often overshadowed by threats of violence from the rally’s other speakers and a booming rival demonstration nearby,” where counter-demonstrators gathered and held a go-go dance party.

Coming on the heels of an altercation in Portland between antifascists and Quillette writer Andy Ngo the prior weekend, tensions flared leading up to the rally. Right-wing social media stars circulated unverified claims that they had received threats from antifascists of acid attacks and other violence ahead of the rally. Speaking of a counter-demonstration taking place nearby, Yiannopoulos warned attendees of the right-wing rally that there were “400 people a block or two away who want you dead;” those allegedly murderous counter-demonstrators, Yiannapoulos said, get their cues on who to attack from journalists. He told the crowd, “There’s every chance that someone will beat the shit out of you on your way home.” Photographs and videos from the day’s events show many rally attendees at the perimeter of the rally, attempting to heckle and goad their opposition.

Scuffles were anticipated, but never materialized; Washington police strictly enforced a barrier between groups gathered at Saturday’s rally and yanked otherwise eager provocateurs out of crowds before situations escalated. Photos taken outside the event did show Washington police officers behaving approvingly toward members of the Proud Boys.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/far-right-rally-sizzles-on-washington-pavement/




Oh, Milo, Milo, Milo. Paranoid, much? Here’s the thing – you can be a paranoid, racist piece of shit all you want in private, but when you take that shit public, be prepared to suffer the consequences! Think of it like trying to bathe a cat – you know you’re not going to simply dunk that cat in the bathtub without it wanting to scratch your eyes out. Just ask Nick Fury. What, too soon? Oh and the hits keep getting worse for the Proud Boys, because this happened.

After posting bail in March for a member of the often-violent, far-right Proud Boys group, Nicholas Carefelle was let go last month from his position at the GEO Group, a private prison contractor that runs immigrant detention centers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reports Willamette Week.

Donovan Flippo, a self-professed member of the Proud Boys, had just been arrested in for an alleged assault against an anti-fascist activist that took place in 2018 when Carfelle stepped up to pay Flippo’s $750 bail.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group due to its members’ repeated use of violence and extremist rhetoric, and are known for expressing anti-Muslim sentiments. Willamette Week’s Katie Shepherd was unable to determine the exact nature of Carefelle’s work for GEO, or whether he had direct contact with immigrants. However, before Carefelle was fired by GEO, she reported:

[Carefelle] performs work for the federal government under contracts with ICE. The GEO Group has access to government information about immigrants and access to immigrant detainees through detention centers, probation services, and transport operations. GEO Group, which specializes in incarceration, runs “residential centers,” or detention centers, where ICE houses detainees awaiting hearings in immigration court.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/proud-boy-member-fired-by-ice-contractor-following-expose/




Holy shit!!!! When you’re too racist for ICE, that’s pretty fucking racist!!! I mean we all know that ICE and CBP are run by some ridiculously crazy people but when you’re too far out there for them, that’s pretty fucking far out there! And of course wherever the Proud Boys go, you can rest assured that what will follow is their usual shit show of police and Antifa. But yeah… how is this still a thing? Oh yeah drugs, you got to have drugs.

A far-right rally scheduled for downtown Washington on Saturday has been thrown into disarray by dramatic allegations centering on cocaine, a love triangle, and the far-right Proud Boys men’s group.

“The Proud Boys? More like the Joke Boys,” Republican congressional candidate Omar Navarro, a key player in the bizarre feud, told The Daily Beast.

The drama has torn apart one-time allies prominent on the pro-Trump internet and cost the so-called “Demand Free Speech” rally at least one speaker, after other prominent right-wing celebrities already cited other reasons for not appearing. While the rally was meant to protest the banning of conservative figures from social media, the surrounding drama has cast a shadow over the event.

On one side of the fight: Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose losing campaigns against the liberal stalwart have become a cause celebre on the right.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-rally-rocked-by-sex-cocaine-allegations





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It’s no secret that the 737 Max 8 has been the most controversial plane in Boeing’s lineup and its’ troubled recent history has had buyers be obviously skeptical about purchasing the plane. It’s also had passengers’ fears about buying tickets on and riding these planes escalated. Which is naturally understandable after two easily preventable crashes stemmed from corporate greed and extremely shady business practices that have since come out in the open. So why is the 737 Max 8 so controversial? Well there’s many theories. But here’s what is actually happening with the ill-fated jetliner.

In the final, harrowing seconds of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the pilots tried desperately to keep their Boeing 737 Max aloft.

Nothing worked. Not pulling back on the yoke to try to get the nose up. Not attempting to adjust the trim, the preliminary report on the crash would show. Making matters worse, multiple alarms, clackers and other audible warnings distracted the pair. The jet crashed in March outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing 157.

The crash laid bare Boeing's shortcomings in having designed an automated flight system that overrode the actions of the flight crew. But it also raised questions about pilot experience — whether mistakes were made in the cockpit and whether foreign airlines require pilots to have enough training. Those questions will be at the fore Monday, when a committee of the United Nations-backed body that sets international standards for air travel is scheduled to take a fresh look at pilot requirements.

In the U.S., 1,500 hours. Overseas, 240 hours

In the U.S., copilots must have a minimum of 1,500 flight hours, the same as pilots, before they can take the right seat in a commercial airliner. Internationally, it's only 240 hours and can include a mix of time in simulators.

While the preliminary accident report in the Ethiopian crash showed the 29-year-old pilot had 8,122 hours of flight time, the 25-year-old first officer had only 361 total hours, having received his commercial airline license three months earlier.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/06/boeing-737-max-crash-grounded-problems-flight-training-pilots-faa/1641781001/




So the rest of the world is way behind the US on the amount of flight time training that the US has to endure before one becomes a pilot. But that’s not the only thing plaguing the ill-fated jet. There’s also that faulty software that could steer the autopilot right into the ground or ocean. And the reason why the software is faulty will make you either wretch or seething in anger.

Sources close to the ongoing effort to recertify the 737 MAX 8 told CNN that flight simulator testing uncovered a completely different way that the plane could suddenly pitch down, and that this one could have been even harder for a pilot to handle in an emergency. According to the report, a microprocessor failure in the 737 MAX 8's computer system could result in something known in the industry as runaway stabilizer trim.

The stabilizer is the smaller, horizontal wings on the tail of the aircraft that normally stabilizes the aircraft in flight, and the degree to which they are facing relative to the wind passing over or under them--known as the angle of attack, or AOA--can lift the tail upward or push it downward relative to the rest of the plane.

Too far in either direction and it is said to "runaway", at which point a pilot is supposed to cut power to the stabilizer using a wheeled lever in the cockpit. This should correct the stabilizer and return it to its normal, mostly forward-facing angle.

This mechanism is at the heart of the MCAS anti-stall system whose malfunction investigators suspect was a major factor in the crashes of Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Those crashes, both 737 MAX 8 aircraft, occurred less than six months apart, prompting the worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX 8 back in March which is still in effect. In the case of the MCAS, if the aircrafts AOA sensors detect an angle that indicates the plane is at risk of stalling, the MCAS is supposed to increase the stabilizer's AOA to compensate, leveling the aircraft out.
https://interestingengineering.com/new-flaw-in-737-max-8-computer-found-that-could-send-plane-into-nosedive




So combine faulty software engineering already resulted in a very toxic and dangerous combination that will be sure to cause a crash or two. And it did. But why, after nearly a year, is the plane still being grounded? Well, this is what happens when excessive corporate greed gets in the way of producing a safe product for the general public consumption. And the problems still continue.

Boeing’s 737 Max problem keeps getting worse. The plane has been grounded for months, after Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 both crashed, killing all 346 people aboard the two aircraft. In the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the FAA eventually mandated that the planes stay on the ground while Boeing worked out a fix. That fix has now been delayed again, due to the discovery of another flaw that can lead to the nose of the aircraft being pointed inappropriately downward. “Government pilots discovered that a microprocessor failure could push the nose of the plane toward the ground,” CNN reports, adding that “it is not known whether the microprocessor played a role in either crash.”

This appears to be distinct from the problem with the MCAS system, which is believed to have been critical to both previous crashes. In these events, the planes — which relied on data from a single, potentially faulty angle-of-attack sensor, without a backup sensor — drove the aircraft directly into the ground, despite pilot attempts to override it. The implication of the CNN report is that the microprocessor failure is separate from the AOA sensor failure, but there’s nothing to identify what subsystem the chip is in, or whether there are redundant parts that are supposed to take over the functionality in the event of a failure.

Once again, this will mean additional delays for the 737 Max’s return to the skies. Reuters reports that Boeing will not conduct a recertification flight until July 8, best-case, but that the delays could stretch on for several weeks more. There’s a bit of uncertainty on whether a hardware change might be required. CNN states: “Boeing engineers are trying to determine if the microprocessor issue can be fixed by reprogramming software or if replacing the physical microprocessors on each 737 Max aircraft may be required.”
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/294128-new-737-max-flaw-keeps-jet-grounded-as-past-boeing-problems-surface




Yes they may actually have to shrink like Ant-Man and go in and physically replace the defective microprocessors in the flight controllers. Except oh wait – that’s not real and the Pym Particle doesn’t exist. So how can Boeing resolve this problem? Throwing money at the problem won’t help and it has hurt their pending sales big time, which could cost the company millions. But don’t expect a fix any time soon.

Boeing's very bad year just got worse. It is now facing the very real possibility that the 737 Max crisis will stretch into next year.

Even after it gets the planes back in the air, it will have to make deliveries of new planes to its customers. Until that backlog is cleared up, its earnings will suffer.

The company, had its best-selling 737 Max grounded in March following two fatal crashes, said this week that it will have to delay its efforts to get the plane back in the air because a new potential problem with the jet has been discovered during testing.

Experts have been expecting that the planes could be back in the air by August. The three US airlines that own the 737 Max -- Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and American (AAL) airlines - had canceled flights using that plane only through early September.

But now a Boeing (BA) official confirmed to CNN Business that the company does not expect to submit a new software fix to the US Federal Aviation Administration for testing until September. "We believe this can be updated through a software fix," said the official. The new time frame was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/29/business/boeing-737-max-outlook/index.html




That’s just one problem

That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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My fair congregation!!! Today we are engaged in spiritual warfare of the highest caliber and it involves our government and our entertainment industry. And with today’s sermon I am going to test the limits of our tax exempt status! Yes, we are a church, which means that we enjoy the fruits of our labor without having to pay Uncle Sam, but that also means that we have limits on the things we can say or not. Well, today I am going to test those limits! How you might ask? Well there’s many ways the good LAWRD intended for us to do so. I mean you know that the White House is a holy land and everywhere we stand on it is holy?

Last month, Paula White, a televangelist who is a key spiritual adviser to and supporter of President Trump, preached at The River Church in Tampa, Florida, which was founded by fellow right-wing pastor and radical conspiracy theorist Rodney Howard-Browne. During her sermon, White proclaimed that she is making the White House “holy ground” simply by her presence.

“The church is Christ’s body in which he speaks and acts and by which he fills everything,” White proclaimed, “including the White House, including government halls.”

“How does he do that?” she asked. “He does that through you. He does that through me. Wherever I go, God rules. When I walk on White House grounds, God walks on White House grounds. When I walked in The River, God walked in The River. When I go in to the dry cleaners, that dry cleaning place becomes holy. I have every right and authority to declare the White House as holy ground because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paula-white-the-white-house-is-holy-ground-because-where-i-stand-is-holy/




Yes, somehow these people still tend to maintain their tax exempt status, and that to me is a good mystery, but how can the LAWRD solve it? Well, he can solve it through the art of spiritual warfare which comes about in so many different ways. Can I get an amen??? Now one way that the LAWRD is working is through the US Women’s National Team. Oh wait, that’s SAYTAN’s work you godless heathens!!

While many Americans were thrilled over the World Cup victory of the U.S. Women’s National Team, some conservatives weren’t so thrilled about the team’s outspoken players, especially standout star Megan Rapinoe, a lesbian who has made her disapproval of President Donald Trump extremely clear. Janet Boynes, who spoke at the recent “ex-gay” Freedom March in Washington, D.C., published a column in Charisma on Friday saying that Rapinoe’s emphatic declaration that she would not visit the White House “proves we are in a spiritual battle.”

Like many Religious Right leaders and activists, Boynes was sharply critical of President Barack Obama. However, during the Trump administration, she quotes Bible verses encouraging people to submit to their leaders. From her column at Charisma, a Trump-promoting media outlet with a largely Pentecostal audience:

I am convinced that we are in a spiritual battle. We need God more than ever. Hebrew 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not complaining, for that would not be profitable to you.” When we say we love God, we should also want to obey His commandments.

Those who do not submit to God will not submit to those in authority. Rapinoe is asking her team to support her by not going to the White House. We get the sense that she feels the need to control everyone around her.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/megan-rapinoes-criticism-of-trump-a-sign-of-spiritual-warfare-says-ex-gay-speaker/




Yes, those people too enjoy their tax exempt status! I mean why don’t I? I’m just a simple pastor here, so the question remains: Why do I still have to fill out my 1040-EZ form like a commoner? I ask you oh LAWRD!!!! I mean I can talk about anything and tie it back to JAYSUS, like the end times (which we have done), like the Dark One (which we do every week), and even like guns (which we have)!

Right-wing “comedian” Steven Crowder interviewed Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton for a “masterclass” on the meaning of the Second Amendment, during which Barton insisted that the Second Amendment grants average citizens the right to own tanks or any other weapon of war.

Barton has repeatedly insisted that the Founding Fathers intended for there to be no limits whatsoever on the Second Amendment and that citizens are therefore entitled to own any weapon they might need to fight off a foreign invasion or even their own government, including fighter jets, and he repeated this claim to Crowder.

“The deal was you have a right to defend yourself,” Barton said. “So, the biggest weapon in that day would have been a cannon—hand’s down, a cannon. You’re allowed, as a citizen, to own cannons.”

“Whatever the government had, you could have,” he added, “because we might have to take on the government some day. We hope that never happens, but in case it does, we defend ourselves from anything that comes after us; whether it’s from foreign or domestic, whether it’s a gang, whether it’s a government, whether it’s a crazy uncle, we don’t care. So, for them, there was no limitation on what you could use or how you could defend yourself.”

“They were OK with cannons and that would be our equivalent of high-capacity magazines or machine guns,” Barton insisted, “or it could be equivalent to a tank.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/david-barton-the-second-amendment-protects-your-right-to-own-a-tank/




And that is true, good reverend! No one is saying those things. Instead they’re saying Dark One this, and guns that, and Fox News that. Yet, they don’t pay any taxes, so why should I? I ask you, my fair congregation!!! Can I get an amen??? But really, apparently GAWD is working through spiritual forces to ensure another 4 years of the Dark One – whose name shall not be spoken in my church, to make sure his reelection happens. Come on IRS!!!

On July 3, right-wing pro-Trump pastor Hank Kunneman held a special “Pray For America” event at his Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha, Nebraska, during which he called for Heaven to release “angelic reinforcements” to protect President Trump and Vice President Pence and ensure that they will control the White House for the next 12 years.

During the service, Kunneman, who brags of being “known for a strong prophetic anointing as he preaches,” spoke in tongues, passionately hugged an American flag, and proclaimed that when the fireworks were shot off during Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall on the 4th of July, it would be a signal that a “myriad of angels” were being released from Heaven.

“May there be a divine protection, angelic assistance, angelic reinforcements for President Trump,” Kunneman preached. “Angelic reinforcements, angelic reinforcements, we call for the command for the army of the hosts of Heaven, we speak to the commander of the army of hosts, more angelic reinforcements for President Trump. Lord, more angelic reinforcements. We call upon the God of Heaven, angelic reinforcements over the agenda that you have placed in the heart of his president, over this administration. More angelic reinforcements!”

“We speak a divine protection,” he added. “Not one hair on your head, President Trump, will be harmed in any way … We break the powers of darkness. Every satanic altar of evil where your name is mentioned, President Trump, we speak and command the fire of God to bring it to ashes.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/hank-kunneman-calls-on-god-to-release-angelic-reinforcements-to-ensure-trump-wins-in-2020/




So, IRS, are we cool? I thought so! Mass has ended, may you go in peace!!! That’s it this week for:




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OK conservatives – we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike! Now I want you to show me on the doll where the swoosh hurt you. Just in your mind? That’s it? Stop it already. What’s the latest conservative beef with the shoe company? Well, Nike had planned to roll out a shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag on it. And well, their boy Colin Kaepernick had some concerns about it. Which of course got the conservatives’ underwear in a wad over who is the more rootin’ tootin’ ‘Murica worshipper than the next guy. Because in addition to hating Nike, they really hate Colin Kaepernick!

Nike pulled an American-flag-themed shoe design after the former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who endorses Nike, said he and others found the specific flag design offensive, associating it with the time of slavery in America, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The company had meant for the Air Max 1 USA to go on sale this week in tandem with the Fourth of July. The heel of the shoe featured a version of the US flag with 13 white stars, which was created circa the 1770s during the American Revolution and is commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.

Citing unnamed sources, The Journal said Kaepernick contacted the company after images of the shoe started appearing online and said that people, himself included, considered the Betsy Ross flag an "offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery."

As The Journal noted, the flag also sparked controversy back in 2016 after students waved it at a high-school football game in Michigan. Some parents and students left the game "unsettled," as the flag was seen by some as a symbol of white supremacy and white nationalism, according to the local news outlet Mlive.com.
https://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Nike-faces-backlash-on-social-media-after-pulling-14065729.php




That’s a good question and I’m sure that conservatives are probably thinking that right now! I mean if you hate them, then you must hate Jesus! But we get it conservatives, you love your flag more than you love life itself. And that’s not a bad thing, but really, lighten up guys. You know why Nike pulled the Betsy Ross shoe? Well if you don’t then you’re part of the problem.

The decision caused an instant backlash among conservatives who accused Nike of denigrating U.S. history, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeting that he is asking the state's Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives promised to Nike to build a plant in the state.

Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the Betsy Ross flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.

The Anti-Defamation League does not include it in its database of hate symbols. Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow for the ADL's Center on Extremism, said extremist groups have occasionally used it, but the flag is most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.

"We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag," Pitcavage said. "It's not a thing in the white supremacist movement."

Nike said in statement that "it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic holiday." The company pushed back against criticism that the decision was being "anti-American."
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-nike-kaepernick-betsy-ross-flag-20190703-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-story.html




Oh come on conservatives, lighten up and have a sense of humor. Seriously, Nike only committed the worst kind of discrimination – the kind against you. It’s not about the American flag – it’s about you personally. Nike hurt your feelings. But your ego is so big that you think that Nike hurting your feelings is hurting America’s feelings.

Nike’s sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag.

Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel. Kaepernick reached out to Nike after learning they planned to release the sneaker to explain that the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and that it has been appropriated by white nationalist groups, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

The person requested not to be named because the conversation was intended to be private.

Nike decided to recall the shoe after it had been already sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the “Betsy Ross” flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/national/report-nike-pulls-flag-sneaker-after-kaepernick-complaint/




OK so white supremacists adopted the Betsy Ross flag as a symbol of modern white supremacy. You know, they’re not like your dad’s white supremacists. They’re the hip, trendy white supremacists you see on social media. Conservatives love to fight weird battles. And they’ll get pissed about a pair of sneakers before they get mad about children sitting in concentration camps. Yeah it’s that fucked up isn’t it? Oh and by the way, conservatives, keep up the Nike boycotts. Because guess what? While you’re complaining and moaning about Nike, they’re busy doing that thing called making money!

Nike's controversial decision to stop selling a patriotic Betsy Ross shoe at the behest of Colin Kaepernick has had a significant impact on the athletic company's market value.

While the company is taking a beating in the public relations department, Nike's market value increased significantly this week after the controversy boiled over, TMZ reported.

As of market close on Friday, Nike shares were up 2 percent in just three days, which added a whopping $3 billion to Nike's market value, which closed at $136.38 billion on Friday.

Kevin O'Leary, an investor on "Shark Tank," told TMZ he believes Nike manufactured the controversy as a marketing ploy.

This is not the first time Nike has capitalized on controversy with Kaepernick.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/nike-market-value-betsy-ross





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



This week – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. How did this guy get elected? Well let’s think of his state here for a minute. Arizona has a long history of electing some absurdly batshit crazy politicians like Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, Kirsten Sinema, Jeff Flake (FLAKEY!!!!), and Ron DeSantis. So how did Gov. Ducey make the list? Well, for starters, Gov. Ducey has packed the Arizona state supreme court with a whopping 7 white male conservative justices. Which begs the question – did Gov. Ducey help the court or did he really help himself? Most would suggest the latter than the former.

As he signed legislation expanding the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey promised Arizonans "swift justice."

Dismissing the critics who had accused him of packing the court — and the justices who had said they could handle their caseloads just fine — he argued that moving from a five- to seven-member bench would result in "more voices" and allow the court to "increase efficiency, hear more cases and issue more opinions."

But three years later, the court doesn't seem to operate in a markedly different way than it did before the expansion — despite costing the state an extra $1 million a year.

The number of case filings has increased, but the seven-member court has decided a smaller percentage of them than in many prior years.

There are new voices on the bench, but they all belong to conservative men.

And while the court published more written opinions in the first two years after the expansion, it's unclear whether that trend will hold.

“I don’t want to create the impression that I’m dismissing the idea that there has been some benefit of increasing the size,” Arizona Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales, who served as chief justice through last month, told The Arizona Republic.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/07/08/arizona-governor-said-expanding-supreme-court-would-bring-benefits-has-it-doug-ducey/2842733002/




Of course who needs to buy things when all you have left to buy is politicians and judges? That’s one way Gov Ducey will pad courts and rig trials. And by the way, just how firmly are Gov. Ducey’s lips placed on Donald Trump’s ass? Well, no one loves getting their ass kissed more than Trump does, and no one loves doing the kissing more than Gov. Ducey does. In fact, he would actually close the Arizona – Mexico border if Trump decided that he wanted to go there.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey softened his stance on a possible U.S.-Mexico border closure after meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying he would support Trump if he opted for a shutdown but hoped any closure would be "as short as possible."

The Oval Office meeting came two days after Ducey had said he "of course" did not want to see the border close. He'd pointed to Mexico's status as "our No. 1 trading partner, times four" and said he wanted "to see us continue to be able to trade," confirming that the White House was aware of his position.

Ducey again called trade with Mexico "incredibly important" after his Wednesday discussion with Trump.

"But, border security comes first," he told reporters in Washington, D.C.

The governor indicated the president had not made a final decision regarding a border closure, despite multiple threats to do so over the last week. On Twitter and in conversations with reporters, Trump had repeatedly said Mexico needed to help block the recent swell of migrant families at the border or face the consequences.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/04/03/after-meeting-donald-trump-arizona-gov-doug-ducey-softens-stance-possible-border-closure/3356708002/




And in case you’re wondering how in bed Doug Ducey is, take a look at what he did when Nike announced that it was pulling a controversial shoe with a Betsy Ross flag design. Rather than look at why Nike pulled the shoe, he simply told Nike to go fuck itself, and may have screwed his entire state over in the process.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday announced that he will ask the state's commerce authority to pull financial incentives for Nike after the company decided not to release a Betsy Ross flag sneaker.

Ducey slammed the move to pull the sneaker, a decision which was reportedly influenced by former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, as the company bowing "to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism."

Nike was planning a "major" investment in Goodyear, Ariz., Ducey said. He said that he has ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives it had been providing Nike to locate there.

"Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ," the governor said in the first of a nine-tweet thread.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/451292-arizona-governor-says-state-withdrawing-financial-incentives-from-nike




And by the way Gov. Ducey, if you’re trashing Nike, a word of advice, maybe I don’t know, don’t get caught wearing the apparel of the brand you claim to despise. So in one sentence you claim to despise Nike because, ‘Murica, and in the next you’re wearing their products? Yeah that is what we believe one would call “utter hypocrisy”.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) was criticized online after he was spotted wearing a pair of Nike sneakers on Thursday, days after the Republican lawmaker announced plans to have the state's commerce authority to pull financial incentives for the brand over its decision to yank a Betsy Ross flag-themed sneaker.

In a photo shared on the official Twitter page for the Coconino County Democrats on Thursday, the governor is seen sporting a pair of black and white Nikes at an outing on the Fourth of July.

“Wow, @dougducey standing on principle wearing his Nikes for the 4th of July,” the group captioned the photo on Twitter, adding the “#nikeboycott” and “#Nike” hashtags.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/451845-arizona-gop-governor-sports-nike-shoes-just-2-days-after-blasting




If you can’t trust Gov. Ducey’s opinions on brands, what can you trust him with? That’s Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, yet another in the long and ever growing list of:




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Ah Dallas, it’s the end of our Texas Roadshow. We traveled nearly 1600 miles to get here, and I really need a drink!



So of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we don’t mix booze and politics, but we do mix booze and comedy! So tell me, bartender, what goes well with dodgeball? Oh a poppy flavored lollipop? Well you’re a doo doo head!! Ah you know I’ll just take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the Double Jack! Folks, one of America’s most time-honored traditions, the trash talking, playground bullying sport known as Dodgeball is under attack. And really, you are just now figuring this out about Dodgeball? I mean just how bad is our favorite playground pastime?

Most people would call dodgeball a harmless playground activity, but a team of Canadian researchers argue the game is a tool of oppression that can unfairly target students perceived as “weaker individuals.”

The group presented their argument Monday at a conference organized by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Vancouver, according to CTV News.

They claim dodgeball — which requires players to eliminate their opponents by hitting them with rubber balls — teaches students to dehumanize each other and creates unsafe conditions in schools.

“Dodgeball is the only game where the human is the target. No other games focus on it,” study co-presenter Joy Butler, a professor at the University of British Columbia, told CTV News.

“It’s tantamount to legalized bullying,” she added.

Butler worked alongside David Burns, a professor at the Kwantlen Polytechnic, and Claire Robson, a professor at Simon Fraser University.
https://wgntv.com/2019/06/09/researchers-dodgeball-is-more-than-a-game-its-legalized-bullying/




Legalized bullying? Seriously, dude, lighten up. Were you the one who always got picked last for softball? Come on, Dodgeball combines two things that are as old as time itself – trash talking and human targets! And I mean come on, if a game of dodgeball breaks out, you should expect to get hurt followed by some trash talking. And I mean really why stop there? Just ban all playground activities while we’re at it. You’re it!

An old State Department of Education document recommending the elimination of “inappropriate” games such as kickball and tag from Alabama physical education curriculums is getting new attention this week.

The state department said it was fielding calls from national media outlets such as CNN and Newsweek on Wednesday after the list was shared by a state department employee earlier this week. As of Wednesday, the document was no longer on the website and the state said it doesn't reflect an official position of the department.

Many of the games and descriptions that are “highly recommended and suggested” not to be allowed in Alabama schools’ P.E. programs also appear to be copy and pasted from one website's so-called "P.E. Hall of Shame," whose director said the recommendations are backed by decades of research.

“Duck, Duck, Goose: A game of minimal participation; the chosen “goose” attempts to get up from a sitting position and try to catch the “ducker” who only has to go about 60 feet and already has a full running head start. Everyone else just sits and screams at ear-shattering pitch and decibel levels,” one item reads.
https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/education/2018/08/29/alabama-recommends-eliminating-kickball-tag-schools-why-old-document-has-received-new-interest/1133618002/




Yeah when kickball is outlawed, only outlaws will have kickballs! Suck on that!! OK I think I might have taken things a bit too far here. Nah, this is the Trump administration that we’re living in here, nobody apologizes for anything! So in case you’re wondering whether or not schools are removing our favorite playground past times, let’s take a look at the list of the reasons why.

Bullying

Bullying has been a hot topic in recent years, as the incidence of bullying and cyberbullying and the resultant student anguish has received national news attention. A closer eye has been taken to the issue of student-on-student harassment. Human target games can encourage students to participate in hostile targeting and can mask bullying under the guise of team sports. Games such as dodgeball can inadvertently promote violence, and it can be hard for authority figures to distinguish what’s a hostile attack from what’s innocent play.

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Individual Capacity

Each student is different, and that means that their physical fitness, strength, and personality are all individualistic. In games like dodgeball, students who fall on the lower side of the physical fitness or extroversion scale become easy targets, typically enduring consistent early elimination from such games. This can weigh heavily on young psyches as some students may be routinely excluded from full participation.

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Quality of Activities

Although some games like dodgeball are old classics, a growing concern lies within the educational aspect of such exercises. Meeting the needs of all children, spurring them to take a vested interest in physical activity, teaching them to work together, and also challenging their brains are all integral parts of a well-rounded physical education program. As the health of the nation becomes a growing concern, teaching children how to become active and participate in sports is part of constructing a framework that can lead them to a lifetime of health and wellness.
https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/fall-dodgeball-why-schools-are-removing-competitive-elimination-games-their-pe-curriculum




Come on, why so serious, guys? There’s plenty of reasons to love competitive elimination contests, and you just listed all the reasons. Did you not see the movie Dodgeball? That was the whole point for the stronger ones to beat up on the much weaker ones! And by the way if you ban Dodgeball, only outlaws will be the ones who have Dodgeballs!

The game everyone from the sports teaching know almost. During Dodge ball, two Teams are formed, which are on each side of the field. Then it comes to the players of the opposing team with a Ball to throw, until only one player is left. For generations, international ball is a part of the teaching of sport in Germany and many other countries. And not a few students have carried on from their time at school, a veritable dodgeball Trauma that has developed for some is also a General aversion to ball sports.

scientists from Canada have engaged in a study of how students perceive the game. They came to the conclusion that Dodge ball can be “oppressive” and “dehumanizing”. These are the findings of a survey of students presented to three researchers at a Congress in Vancouver and the “Washington Post” reported. In North America, is played with “Dodgeball” is often an even more stringent version of the international ball, at the several balls at the same time be used.

especially weaker students suffer from dodgeball

“dodgeball is the equivalent of legalized bullying,” said Joy Butler, one of the authors of the study, the TV station CBC. Butler teaches in Vancouver at the British University of Columbia and has worked long as a teacher. The study will soon appear in the journal “European Physical Education Review”.
https://www.oracleglobe.com/breaking/legalized-bullying-scientists-want-to-ban-dodge-ball-from-physical-education-11758.html





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What is up with Texas? That’s the question on the table. Through four parts we’ve journeyed nearly 1500 miles and talked to all kinds of people through this great state. In part 1, we set out to find the real border crisis in El Paso. In part 2, we took a nearly 550 mile road trip down the border to a town that literally shares roads and municipalities with Mexico, the town of Laredo, to find out how bad the border crisis was (turns out, not really). In part 3, we visited the capitol of Austin, where governor Greg Abbott was more concerned that a fried chicken joint didn’t get a stall at the terminal food court than he was about kids being trapped in cages and separated from their parents. And in part 4 we toured the Gulf Coast to find out what’s going on after one of the worst natural disasters in recent history. Now we’re looking at going to college. Texas is home to two very different and unique universities – Texas A&M and University Of Texas – both of which hate each other immensely. For our last segment, we decided to have some fun and talk about sports. And football and sports life dominate Texas A&M and the University Of Texas. Much like USC vs UCLA, Ohio State vs Michigan State, Alabama vs Georgia. I could go on and on. In fact, outside of the major cities, football is practically a religion in the Lone Star State. But just how much does it?

As the summer rolls on, anticipation builds higher and higher for another college football season.

While most will focus on how individual teams are preparing for the 2019 season, some are even breaking down players individually whose potential performance on the NCAA stage provokes plenty of its own excitement.

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman is counting down his top 50 'freaks' heading into the 2019 college football season, and a familiar face in Aggie-land has made the cut.

Five-star freshman tight end Baylor Cupp clocked in at No. 48.

From Feldman: "Jimbo Fisher's had a good run of tight ends, and this early-enrollee five-star freshman figures to be the next one. Fisher gushed about Cupp's athleticism when I spoke to the Aggies coach right after he signed the towering tight end. 'Cupp is 6-6, 245 pounds, runs in the 4.6s, maybe high 4.5s,' he says. 'He can bend, run, has power. In the state track meet as a junior, he ran 22.4 (200 meters) electronic and then turned around and threw the shot 52 feet.'"
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2019/07/09/aggies-reloaded-five-star-texas-am-recruit-makes-bruce-feldmans-2019-freaks-list




Well hopefully the season wont end that badly! So my quest to know more about Texas A&M football took a rather dark turn. In fact the t-shirts the students were wearing were some very, well, off color shirts, to say the least. And their rivalry with the University Of Texas is something that will stand the test of time. They look like dorks!!! Yes, I got caught up in the moment. And they do too.

Texas A&M football struggled in pass defense in 2018. They finished just inside the Top 100 in yards allowed and didn’t get the pass rush going until about halfway through the season. One person who is aiming to change all that is the 2018 class’ top recruit, safety Leon O’Neal.

O’Neal was the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 8 safety according to the 247 Sports composite. He sat most of the season behind Donovan Wilson, occasionally coming in the game when Wilson got ejected for inexplicable targeting calls. He got his only start of the year in the Gator Bowl, a win over NC State in which the Aggie defense held a Top 6 passing attack to just 139 passing yards and 13 points.

The Cypress Springs High School product had six tackles and his only interception of the year, a crucial one coming in the final minute of the first half with the Wolfpack driving. Even with his high ranking as a recruit and his solid showing in the Gator Bowl, O’Neal feels he is being underrated compared to All Big 12 recipient Caden Sterns, also from the 2018 class.

O’Neal took to Twitter to make his displeasure known in the comparison.
https://gigemgazette.com/2019/07/08/texas-am-football-leon-oneal-triggers-texas-fans-glorious/




One thing is certain – if you live in Texas, whether you are liberal or conservative, Texas A&M, or Texas University, don’t insult the Cowboys. Never, ever insult the Cowboys. While that’s happening, at the University Of Texas, they are having one of those “we almost got him” kind of moments. Because they almost had one of the winningest coaches in college football, Nick Saban. Almost.

Nothing ever completely dies in the misinformation explosion of today’s media. The old, bogus claim Nick Saban almost relocated from Tuscaloosa to Austin keeps oozing out and resurfacing. It happened again over the last few days. Twitter has been full of it. Notice, I did not say Twitter is full of it.

Twitter and other social media platforms are not the problem. The problem lies in the content generators themselves, whether they be major media figures or just misguided fans. In terms of the ‘pros’ in today’s media world, eyeballs reign. A click, quickly leading to another click away from b.s. content counts just as much as a someone who values the content.

Splash anything, no matter how devoid of substance, onto the public consciousness and the tote boards ring with a payoff. Admittedly, many of the tote boards are measuring return in pennies – but buzz-creating, homerun content can gin up more than pennies, sometimes a lot more.

Anything casting Alabama football or Nick Saban in an unfavorable light has an above-average chance of garnering a high number of eyeballs. The sizzle generated requires no relationship to reality.
https://bamahammer.com/2019/07/10/alabama-football-stop-nick-saban-texas-nonsense/




Oh come on, there’s no “whataboutism” in football. Or sports in general for that matter. And why are we talking about sports for the last edition? Why not I say! We took a 550 mile road trip down the border and now we’re having some fun for our last stop. And remember my “they look like dorks” comment earlier? Turns out that if you take sides in this fight, well… it won’t end well for you, like this guy found out the hard way.

Bevo is going to be bummed about this. Sports Illustrated is throwing the penalty flag on the University of Texas Longhorns as one of the most overhyped college football teams ahead of the 2019 season.

In a new piece published by SI.com, four college football writers were asked to opine about which college teams being heavily touted during the offseason might not live up to the hype. Two of the four writers singled out Texas.

“For all the constant talk about how Texas is back, especially after winning 10 games for the first time this decade (there are many that have picked the Longhorns to make some national championship noise), the lack of depth — especially on the defensive end — has to have [head coach] Tom Herman concerned,” observed one of the writers, Scooby Axson (who, we must emphasize, is a University of Oklahoma grad).

Axson cited two particular weaknesses for UT: a lineup with eight new defensive starters and a flimsy contingency plan in case quarterback Sam Ehlinger gets injured. Much to the chagrin of Texas fans, that one-two punch “might have Texas looking up at Oklahoma once again,” Axson wrote
http://austin.culturemap.com/news/sports/06-12-19-sports-illustrated-ut-longhorns-football-hype/






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There is no next week! We are done, finished! Thank you to my staff and crew for indulging this long and strange trip through the Lone Star State!



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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest, you know him best as the voice and guitar of Phish, you can see him on tour this August. Playing the title track from his new album, “Ghost Of The Forest”, give it up for Trey Anastasio!




Thank you Texas! We had an awesome time on this roadshow! We’ll be back soon! We’re off to Athens, Georgia for the first stop of our college tour next! See you next week!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-4: Wheel Of Corruption: The Hidden World Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-4: Wheel Of Corruption: The Hidden World Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Houston??? How you guys doing, you doing fucking good? Great! This is our first time in the HOU, how about that? Well our Texas Roadshow is coming to a close unfortunately. Next week when we’re in Ft. Worth it will be our last stop in Texas before departing for our big college tour! But don’t be sad! We’ll be back soon! Plus we’ve got the Wheel Of Corruption for this stop! First off, congratulations to the Vanderbilt Commodores for winning it all in the College World Series. Michigan, you had a great run and you can rest easier knowing that you don’t have to go to the White House to eat cold hamberders with Trump. And I mean come on no one really parties like Donald J. Trump does. I mean did you see his stint in North Korea? He almost came full on tongue with Ivanka. Oh what? Too soon? But this is where I love the Tweetsphere is because #UninvitedIvanka was trending and Ivanka was showing up in places where she didn’t belong, like the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road or the moon landing. Ah, I love it. And then of course you have your usual Trump fans who don’t get the joke like Joy Villa who said “The only people who are laughing are ugly little trolls at #unwantedIvanka are the kind of men and women who bully and attack others out of spite and jealousy.”. First off, drama queen! Second, someone didn’t get the joke! But really it’s international joke day people! Lighten up, that’s why you braved the humidity to come joke about politics with us! OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back with his season finale and he delves into what it’s like to work at an Amazon fulfillment center – and it’s horrifying!



Hey everybody the Wheel Of Corruption is back!!!! It’s been a while since we dusted off the wheel but we’re glad to have it back! So for the first slot this week we’re going to do something a bit different and talk about what went down in the first two debates (1). Because there was a lot to unpack there and there were obvious winners and losers. In the second slot this week is the NRA (2). Gun control activists scored a *MAJOR* victory in their fight against the NRA and needless to say their long time spokeswoman Dana Loesch is out, as is NRA TV. Thoughts and prayers. In the third slot this week is SCOTUS (3) – and is gerrymandering a bad thing? Yes it most definitely is, and SCOTUS basically said something along the lines of “we’re on our own”. Which is just great. Taking the 4th slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (4). and we’re going to have some fun since July 4th is tomorrow, and we’re going to preview his July 4th Americagasm Patriotic Boner Spectacular that will dwarf (ha!) the official Washington DC parade. For the 5th slot is of course our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, and this week we’re going to take a look at a controversial claim made by the CEO of Hilton Hotels. When is it OK to tip a housekeeper, and how much? The internet outrage machine was ignited by this, and we will break it down for you. In the 6th slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is becoming increasingly alarmed by the number of right-wing religious zealots claiming to be prophets. So who’s really a prophet and didn’t Jesus warn us about this sort of thing? In the 7th slot this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” – really conservatives, what’s your hate with Drag Queen Story Hour? Yeah we covered this before but it’s back in the news and the religious right is having one of their proverbial shit fits. In the 8th slot this week, for another Proud Boys vs Antifa rally in Portland, we’re going to pull back the masks on both groups and ask “Proud Boys Vs Antifa: How Is This Still A Thing?”. For the 9th (NEIN!!) slot this week is People Are Dumb, and while of course people are dumb, we’ve got a doozy of a story out of Alabama that is absolutely insane. And finally this week is Part 4 of our What’s Up With Texas docuseries, and this week we’re heading out to explore the Gulf Coast and find out what the climate is like there after Hurricane Harvey. Plus we’ve got some live music for you from the Mountain Goats! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

**ED NOTE: We are *NOT* going to cover the concentration camps operating at the border, or the threats from CBP against AOC, at least not currently. As is Top 10 policy, we do not cover anything we can’t joke about, and that is something that is too horrifying to make fun of, and doing so would be beneath us. Now on with our regularly scheduled programming!**

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Hey everyone say it with me: It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!!!




Of course you know the rules by now – I spin the wheel and we have to talk about whatever it lands on. Of course if it lands on the guacamole option, you know that it costs $1.50 extra. So here’s what is on the wheel this week:

- Guns
- Abortion
- Crime
- Poverty
- Election Theft
- Buy A Vowel
- Sex
- Clip Without Context
- Greed
- Spying
- Flying
- Food
- Elections
- The Border
- Donald Trump
- Clip Without Context
- Chance
- 5,000
- Bankrupt
- Community Chest
- Top 10 Investigates
- A Random Tweet
- Something Random In The News
- ‘Merica!
- Golf
- 10,000
- Morally Bankrupt
- Guacamole
- Clip Without Context
- Talk Shows
- Holy Shit
- Beating A Dead Horse
- This Fucking Guy
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- Intermission
- 15,000
- People Are Dumb
- Texas
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s do this thing! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy…. And stop!!! Oh it’s a clip without context!



Well I think it’s very clear that your brain has been turned into mush! Spin it again! And it lands on… elections! Folks, I don’t have to tell you that we’re less than a year out from the 2020 election that will hopefully send Donald Trump packing. But then again I can’t get my hopes up after what happened in 2016 because it’s gonna happen again if we don’t stop it. Yeah I don’t want to sound like one of those people who is yelling about the sky falling but then again when the debates are happening and it gets really crazy really quickly, there’s no doubt that 2020 not only will be the longest year ever, it’s going to be a category 5 shit storm. So let’s get it out of the way about the aftermath of the debates last week.

Democrats are not as confident that Joe Biden is the best option to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 election after last week's debates, which showcased the potential rise of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

According to a new Huffpost/YouGov poll, the former vice president's electability decreased 13 percent in just over a month. The survey polled 1,000 U.S. adults from May 9-10 and again after the debates from June 28-29.

In May, 70 percent of voters said that Biden, if nominated, could win the general election. By late June, Biden had fallen to 57 percent though he still led the crowded Democratic primary field.

As Biden's edge over the race dropped, Warren and Harris saw double digit increases as more Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters said the senators were capable of winning the general election. Warren went from 40 to 51 percent in terms of electability, while Harris jumped from 39 percent to 49 percent.
https://www.newsweek.com/democrats-not-sure-biden-beat-trump-after-debates-1446941




Yeah ouch. So Biden went from sure thing to your rejected, crazy friend after prom. What do you mean that Lacy stole my date??????? I am so much better than her!!! It’s kind of like that. So now that our sure thing got downgraded to kind of sure, but not certain thing, it’s time to go back to the drawing board, who will be our savior? Will it be Bernie? Warren? Harris? Buttigieg?

Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have made steep gains after the first Democratic presidential debate, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. shows, with former Vice President Joe Biden's lead over the field shrinking to a narrow 5 points.

The results indicate a significant tightening in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The poll, conducted after the two-night debate, finds 22% of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents backing Biden for the party's presidential nomination, 17% Harris, 15% Warren and 14% Sen. Bernie Sanders. No one else in the 23-person field tested hits 5%.

That represents a 10-point decline in support for Biden since the last CNN poll in May, while Harris, of California, has posted a 9-point increase, and Warren, of Massachusetts, has boosted her support by 8 points. No other candidates have seen significant movement since the last poll.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/politics/2020-democratic-candidates-poll/index.html




Holy shit!!! Even the front runner right now only has 17% of the poll and Biden lost a whopping 10 points in the debate. So how do you climb out of this hole? It’s going to take a monumental effort after having this many candidates, but we’re ready for it. And I could show you hundreds of articles and videos about who owns what issue and there are a lot of them.

Climate activists — and more than a dozen Democratic presidential candidates — have been calling on the Democratic National Committee to host a debate focused solely on climate change. And for months, the top of the Democratic Party has essentially said “nope.”

That might be changing.

During a meeting of the DNC’s executive committee in Pittsburgh on Saturday, party officials introduced two proposals that would put climate change in the national spotlight during the Democratic primary. The party will make a decision on the proposals during their next meeting, in August in San Francisco, a DNC official told VICE News. It would be the first single-issue presidential debate in recent memory.

Asked what they considered to be the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S. during the first round of debates, several candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke, said climate change. Still, the heating climate only got 15 minutes of discussion time over the course of the first two nights of debates among the 20 candidates who qualified.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/evy99z/democrats-may-actually-debate-climate-change-after-all




Come on guys, get the lead out! The entire world is counting on you! We’re counting on you to do something to help stop climate change! Don’t kind of sort of think that you’re going to maybe do it, do it already! And by the way if you’re wondering who the clear winners and losers of the first night are, look no further than this:

Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have made steep gains after the first Democratic presidential debate, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. shows, with former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead over the field shrinking to a narrow 5 points.

The results indicate a significant tightening in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The poll, conducted after the two-night debate, finds 22% of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents backing Biden for the party’s presidential nomination, 17% Harris, 15% Warren and 14% Sen. Bernie Sanders. No one else in the 23-person field tested hits 5%.

That represents a 10-point decline in support for Biden since the last CNN poll in May, while Harris, of California, has posted a 9-point increase, and Warren, of Massachusetts, has boosted her support by 8 points. No other candidates have seen significant movement since the last poll.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/02/poll-kamala-harris-elizabeth-warren-rise-and-joe-biden-slides-after-first-democratic-debates/





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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin, shall we? And it lands on… golf!



Ha ha ha, that is awesome. Spin it again! And it lands on… GUNS! So folks, the NRA is an absolute dumpster fire of an organization currently. It all started when Oliver North attempted to oust Wayne La Pierre in a coup a few months ago (see: [linkhttps://www.democraticunderground.com/100212062949 | Idiots #6-16] ). And since then the organization has literally fallen apart. Of course if you’ve seen @realDonaldTrump’s twitter feed, you’d think that the NRA is doing just fine. But really their woes continue as this happened:

The National Rifle Association has shut down its online TV channel and lost its chief lobbyist, new setbacks for a group that also is the subject of another congressional investigation, NPR has learned.

The NRA has struggled under both scrutiny from the outside for its connections to Russia's interference in American politics and from internal divisions over its leadership and its finances.

The latest developments took place Wednesday when the gun rights group's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, announced that the NRA's online channel NRATV would stop broadcasting live programming.

He cited costs, return on investment and the direction of the content.

LaPierre also blamed Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma-based advertising firm overseeing television production. Despite a decades-long relationship between Ackerman McQueen and the NRA, allegations of financial impropriety have led to a contentious legal dispute.
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/26/736255639/turmoil-at-the-nra-tv-channel-ends-lobbyist-resigns-a-new-hill-probe-begins




Oh that was sweet. Can we play that again? Yeah really I’m not expressing any sorrow or grief over the loss of NRA TV, I will simply send them my thoughts and prayers. Oh and maybe a dose of the world’s tiniest violin playing just for them. But that’s not the only problem plaguing the world’s most powerful gun lobby. Which they are no longer not. The NRA might be a literal circular firing squad at this point. This happened last year:

The nation’s leading gun-rights organization saw its income drop by $55 million last year, after a record-breaking 2016 in which the group and its political affiliates spent unprecedented sums to elect President Donald Trump.

The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016, according to new tax records obtained by The Daily Beast. Nearly one-fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group.

More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior. That decline, more than the drop in direct contributions, appears to indicate a dwindling, if still formidable, base of public support. Asked for comment on the decline, an NRA spokesperson pointed to reporting showing that the organization’s magazine subscriptions have shot up this year, interpreted as an indicator of an accompanying membership surge.

Nonetheless, 2017 did not see a financial windfall for the group. In all, the NRA reported just under $312 million in total income, down from nearly $367 million the year before.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-nra-just-reported-losing-dollar55-million-in-income




Yeah so that happened. I mean when I say the NRA is an absolute dumpster fire of an organization, that’s definitely not stretching it. So of course you know you got to spend money to make money, but the NRA hasn’t exactly been doing that lately. And they are currently so toxic that no one wants to be associated with them. What’s causing the NRA’s money woes?

On the same day that the National Rifle Association announced that they were halting production for their 24-hour live streaming platform, NRATV, their top lobbyist resigned.

On Wednesday, the NRA severed ties with its advertising partner, Ackerman McQueen, and ended programming for the online streaming service. The two have worked together for 38 years, and the ad agency oversaw NRATV’s production and worked to shape the NRA’s public image. It has been a rocky few months for the relationship between the gun rights advocacy group and the agency.

The conflict also brought about today’s resignation of the NRA’s Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox, as confirmed to TIME by NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. Cox has worked with the NRA since 1995 and served as chief lobbyist and principal political strategist for its lobbying arm since 2002. He was suspended for his involvement in a power struggle against CEO and Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, in June before resigning today.

The downfall of an online streaming service and a top lobbyist are connected in a web of lawsuits and threats that has recently surrounded the group.

In April, the NRA filed suit against the ad agency, saying that the NRA felt Ackerman McQueen might be “overcharging for certain items” and invoicing salaries for time spent consulting other companies, the Wall Street Journal reported.
https://time.com/5614707/nratv-shutdown-cox-resigns/




And by the way, Trump had to get involved. You just know when Trump sticks his nose into anything – first of all, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Second of all, yeah, Trump really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I mean when you have your TV do all your thinking for you, who needs opinions? Trump certainly doesn’t! This is the Trump administration, facts don’t matter, only outrage does!

For the second straight day, President Donald Trump vented online about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Letitia James, this time focusing on the latter's investigation of the National Rifle Association.

"People are fleeing New York like never before," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "If they own a business, they are twice as likely to flee. And if they are a victim of harassment by the A.G. of the state, like what they are doing to our great NRA, which I think will move quickly to Texas, where they are loved."

"Texas will defend them & indemnify them against political harassment by New York State and Governor Cuomo," Trump continued. "So many people are leaving New York for Texas and Florida that it is totally under siege. First New York taxes you too high, then they sue you, just to complete the job."

Cuomo responded to Trump's tweets in a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying the president "is in la la land."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-laments-ny-probe-nra-second-day-complaints-about-home-n1025601





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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin, shall we? Wheel goes round, wheel goes round… where does it stop? Community chest!



Woohoo, I will take that $200 thanks! Spin it again!!! Election theft. It’s no secret that the Russians and the republicans are coming for the 2020 election and they want it very bad. So much that they will put up just about any insufferable jerk to get it. I mean we already have Donald Trump in the White House and Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS, how much worse can it get? Well, it can get a whole lot worse if SCOTUS keeps fucking with gerrymandering. And you can bet that in the months leading up to the 2020 election, the GOP will be doing anything they can to steal it from us. You know – fool us once, shame on you. Fool us 20 times… well who’s to blame then?

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that federal courts are powerless to hear challenges to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates.

The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. In a momentous decision, the court closed the door on such claims.

The drafters of the Constitution, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority, understood that politics would play a role in drawing election districts when they gave the task to state legislatures. Judges, the chief justice said, are not entitled to second-guess lawmakers’ judgments.

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” the chief justice wrote.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/us/politics/supreme-court-gerrymandering.html




And yes, they do suck. Rather than make an informed decision that gerrymandering isn’t good for the country, they told us to go fuck ourselves. I mean we all know how Brett Kavanaugh is with this subject, he’s well versed! You guys judge the supreme law of the land, and this is what you decide, you’re going to send it back and let us duke it out for ourselves? I mean holy shit. And it’s only going to get worse from here.

On the last day of its term, the nation’s highest court churned out two major rulings: One concerning the U.S. Census, the other, the future of gerrymandering.

Let’s start with gerrymandering—that is, when a political party shapes the boundaries of an electorate so it favors them—which the Supremes already ruled could not be done on the basis of race. The question before them was whether political gerrymandering, that is, gaming political maps so they disproportionately benefited their parties—was just as unconstitutional.

In a decision splitting the court between its five-judge conservative majority and its liberal wing, SCOTUS ruled that political gerrymandering was permissible, and that federal courts had no business interfering in the will of state legislatures on this matter.

On its face, the decision might seem like one of those “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” situations. After all, this ruling would apply equally to states run by Democrats as it would states where the GOP holds all the power.

But therein lies the rub: Republicans have control over FAR MORE states than Democrats do. CNN, citing the National Conference of State Legislatures, reports that Republicans control more than 30 of 49 partisan legislatures in the country (Nebraska, apparently, does some other shit). Of that 30, 22 also have a Republican governor.
https://www.theroot.com/scotus-blocks-census-citizenship-question-but-rules-po-1835920771




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! What is the GOP going to have control over all 50 states now? Are they going for total coverage like Richmond Valentine’s SIM cards from the first Kingsman movie? What’s the next step in their master plan? Oh and yes I’m aware that I am using the phrase “master plan”. Not a very good phrase but I feel it’s appropriate here. Well I do want to switch gears and talk about the Census decision. Because that was a good one.

The Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being in a major setback for the Trump administration.

The bitter controversy centers around whether the administration can ask all recipients a citizenship question on the 2020 census for the first time since 1950 -- a move that could impact the balance of power in states and the House of Representatives, which are based on total population. Adding the question, critics say, could result in minorities being undercounted.

Writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was sufficient reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question. Roberts had the support of the four liberal justices.

Supreme Court justices issued rulings on two major cases during their final day of the term, both dealing with partisan politics. Roberts split his votes, siding with conservatives on a major decision allowing severe partisan gerrymandering, and then crossing ideological lines to side with liberals on the census case.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/census-supreme-court/index.html




So Trump lost with the Census decision – and you don’t fuck with the Census, and you especially don’t give fuel to white supremacists on it. It was good on the SCOTUS and a decision that should be commnended. But then he had to get involved and as I’ve previously said any time he gets involved, things turn to shit. What, he’s going to rig the census? How is that not an impeachable offense?

The Trump administration appears to have missed its own deadline Monday to start the printing of paper forms and other mailings that will play a key role in next year's constitutionally mandated head count of every person living in the U.S.

As of Monday evening, the 2020 census materials did not appear to have been officially approved by the White House's Office of Management and Budget for printing, according to a website tracking OMB's review process.

In another sign that production has not begun, Justice Department attorneys told a federal judge in Maryland on Monday that the administration has not reached a final decision on whether it will try to make another case in court for adding a hotly contested citizenship question to census forms.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel, who is presiding over recently reopened lawsuits over the question, has agreed to hold a hearing on the issue Tuesday, plaintiffs' attorneys Denise Hulett of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Shankar Duraiswamy of Covington & Burling tell NPR.

The delay in printing 1.5 billion paper census mailings could throw a wrench into a tightly wound timetable of final preparations for the 2020 census. The count is scheduled to begin officially in January in rural Alaska before rolling out to the rest of the country by April..
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/02/737662103/trump-administrations-delay-in-census-printing-sets-up-count-s-biggest-risk





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Now entering the spin cycle! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy stop!!!! What? Bankrupt? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!



Spin it again. Donald Trump. So what are you doing for your July 4th? Hey that’s tomorrow, don’t you know? Are you going to your high school’s poorly produced fireworks show? Or maybe you’re going for a much better fireworks show, like at Disneyland. But maybe you have plans to visit our nation’s capital, on the 4th and why wouldn’t you? it’s certainly the most patriotic thing you can do on the most patriotic day of the year. Or is it? Well, no matter how patriotic you think you are, well you are not patriotic enough! It’s not enough to say you’re a patriot, you have to eat, breathe and shit red white and blue, and nobody does it better than the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. By the way, judging by the quality of his toilet tweets, and his complete lack of a balanced diet, I’m pretty sure his shits are red, white and blue. And yes, he’s got quite the July 4th Americagasm fest to sell you!

On Thursday, the country will celebrate 243 years of independence — but this year's festivities are already setting off a different kind of fireworks.

That's because of President Donald Trump's plan to add more bells and whistles to Washington's usual celebration: music, military demonstrations and — notably — a speech he'll make, likely from the Lincoln Memorial, according to a White House official. The Washington Post reports there may even be an Air Force One flyover.

It's right up the president's alley, and he's encouraging attendees to come with flags in hand, predicting last week in Orlando there will "hundreds of thousands" of people on hand.

Trump was inspired by what he called one of the greatest parades he's ever seen: the march marking Bastille Day in France in 2017. That's when, as a guest of President Emmanuel Macron, Trump marveled at the display of military might.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-plans-elaborate-july-4th-party-d-c-critics-say-n1021276




America!!! Fuck yeah!!!! Ha ha, I love that movie. But speaking of which, no one puts on a bigger spectacle of himself than Donald J. Trump does. And despite the fact that there’s an official July 4th parade, his is going to be bigger and badder! So much that he’s even inviting his most die hard MAGA supporters by ticket! I mean at least Hitler invited his gestapo and SS without needing a ticket.

President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, will include a ticketed area in front of the Lincoln Memorial where he'll deliver remarks.

The perimeter of the restricted area will be "immediately around the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and about midway down through the Reflecting Pool," said Matthew Miller, special agent in charge of the US Secret Service Washington Field Office, in a news conference Friday with local and federal officials on the July Fourth celebrations in the nation's capital.

The White House confirmed to CNN on Saturday that there will be a ticketed area for VIPs, friends, family and members of the military. Those tickets come at no cost, but the White House did not say how it would specifically be allocated. The White House added that the entire event is free for the general public with no ticket requirement.

Miller said the Secret Service will provide security for Trump's "Salute to America" event, but that the White House is issuing the tickets.

Since attending the Bastille Day parade in Paris in 2017, Trump has pushed for a military display in Washington, DC, similar to one he witnessed in France.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/29/politics/4th-of-july-washington-dc-salute-to-america-trump-event/index.html




WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Oh sure it’s free. But if you want, if you have to be that much more ‘MURICA than the next guy, just spring for the VIP section! I mean it will just be like your favorite rock festival, but seriously – how can there be such a festival with no merch booth or beer tent? And at a Trump festival, they got to have the most America beer there is, America: The Beer (see: Idiots # 1-27 ). America, yo!

Plans by President Trump to reshape Washington’s Independence Day celebration now include an area in front of the Lincoln Memorial reserved for dignitaries, family and friends that will be accessible only through tickets distributed by the White House.

The VIP section will stretch roughly from the steps of the memorial to the midpoint of the reflecting pool, according to the U.S. Secret Service. It is in front of the spot from which Trump plans to address the nation as part of his rebranding of the traditional July 4 event into his own “Salute to America,” which includes moving the fireworks from the reflecting pool to two different sites, including West Potomac Park ...

Many people who have long-standing practices for how they get downtown, or where they position their boats for the best vantage points and ease of access, will need to make adjustments. Even travelers passing through the region’s skies will be affected, with all operations at Reagan National Airport suspended for up to an hour and 15 minutes on July 4, the FAA said late Friday.

Local and federal officials on Friday held a news conference to address security issues and deliver updates on the plans still unfurling just days before usually large crowds descend on the Mall from across the region and the country ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/trump-plans-ticketed-access-area-for-vips-friends-and-family-at-july-4-celebration/2019/06/28/005fd56a-99a4-11e9-8d0a-5edd7e2025b1_story.html?utm_term=.c0431c731515




Excuse me a minute… OK… OK. By the way in case you’re wondering just how much America Trump plans to inject into his Americagasm spectacular, he wants a full on military show! That’s right – he wants tanks, he wants Marine One, he wants bald eagles, he wants a mountain lion in an American flag onesie… yeah I’ll let you picture that one for a minute. And think of how hard it must be to dress a mountain lion. So here’s just how much America this will get:

President Donald Trump said Monday that this year’s Fourth of July celebration in the nation’s capital would feature military tanks.

"We're going to have some tanks stationed outside," Trump said to reporters during an event in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon. "You've got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas."

Trump promised this year’s Independence Day celebration would be like "none other," featuring tanks from a factory in Lima, Ohio.

The Washington Post reported earlier Monday that Trump had expressed interest in having a massive display of military infrastructure at the annual celebration on the National Mall. Air Force One and the Navy’s Blue Angels, who were reportedly previously scheduled to be off on the holiday, are also expected to make flyover appearances. Trump will deliver remarks from the Lincoln Memorial in a campaign-style rally.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-there-will-be-military-tanks-fourth-july-celebration-n1025506





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It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is:



Tipping your servers. It’s a very American custom that’s not generally well practiced in other parts of the world. That’s because other countries pay their service, retail, and maintenance people way better than the United States does. It wasn’t until the CEO of Hilton Hotels opened a can of worms that he should not have opened. Yes, a man who makes 1000 times more than your average employee does is lecturing us about when it is socially acceptable to tip your housekeepers.

Hilton's president and CEO, Christopher Nassetta, just noted he does not tip housekeeping when he checks out of a hotel.

During the 41st annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the New York Times columnist and CNBC co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Nassetta how much he would be leaving for housekeeping.

"I typically do not leave a tip," Nassetta said. For a moment, the CEO (who according to Equilar made nearly $19.8 million in 2018) seemed to walk back his statement, explaining how he wasn't checking out of his hotel just yet. But he reiterated that no, he typically does not leave gratuities.

Nassetta had just spent half an hour telling a ballroom packed with more than 2,000 hospitality industry professionals how he had worked his way from "about as low as you can go" — specifically, a junior-level engineering position at a Holiday Inn where he used his plumbing skills to deal with "code browns" — and how the key to Hilton's runaway success has been the company's focus on people.
https://www.businessinsider.com/hilton-president-christopher-nassetta-doesnt-tip-housekeeping-2019-6




That brings up an interesting point. When is it OK to tip? And when should you tip and how much should you tip? It’s definitely a first world problem made painstakingly worse when CEOs make claims such as this when they clearly have more money than anyone else does. But as far as tipping etiquette goes, you absolutely should tip your housekeepers. Because well, they don’t get paid much.

They make our beds, clean our toilets and put out fresh towels, but 70 percent of Americans don't believe hotel housekeepers warrant a tip, multiple studies have shown.

Even the CEO of Hilton hotels said he didn't leave a tip for housekeeping until public outcry in June convinced him to reverse his position. The backlash over Christopher Nassetta's admission has renewed debate over whether housekeepers should be tipped just as the vacation season begins in earnest.

Nearly 100 million Americans plan to take a family vacation this year, and 68 percent of them will do so in the summer, according to AAA Travel.

“The great American road trip is still one of the best ways for families to relax and reconnect with one another,” Stacey Barber, executive director of AAA Travel Information and Content, said in a statement.
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900076679/hilton-hotel-ceo-vacation-tips-marriott.html




And that is true. But as studies have shown there’s not always a time and a place for tipping, and while it may be unwarranted to hear that, sometimes it is the case. Take for instance this study done by the Cornell Institute on hotel maintenance workers:

The national average hourly wage for bellhops was $11.40 in May 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics wage estimates. The average for housekeepers was $10.17, according to survey data. Survey forms issued by the bureau ask for information on tips, but it's unclear how reporting varies between housekeepers and bellhops.

While those who study the lodging business are on the fence about tipping rules, many who give travel advice are fully in favor of tips for housekeepers.

"You really should, especially if you're a very messy guest and if you use all the towels ... and request extra pillows and blankets," said HotelChatter.com managing editor Juliana Shallcross.

"Housekeepers have so much more work to do these days as hotels roll out superplush bedding with six pillows at least and heavier sheets and duvets and everything needs to be washed and cleaned."
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/06/24/hotel.housekeeping.tipping/index.html




Except you need to, sir. It’s not a question of whether you want to or not. However, here’s where tipping can go horribly, horribly wrong. Take for instance delivery company Door Dash. Their policy on tipping was so controversial that they were actually sued by the city of San Francisco for it, and their CEO was forced to reiterate his stance. And well, it wasn’t pretty.

Despite the fallout earlier this month over alleged “tip theft” on the part of Instacart, DoorDash is defending its own policy of using worker tips to supplement their base wage. If this sounds slimy, it is. It’s also a good reason to always tip in cash.

Speaking with Bloomberg on Thursday, the company’s CEO Tony Xu appeared to insinuate the only reason anyone’s upset that DoorDash has this policy in place is because other companies have been called out for similar practices. He told Bloomberg that the company has used the model “for two years now, and it’s unfortunate that the activities of others have mischaracterized what we’ve been doing for two years.”

Here’s the thing though. DoorDash, a food delivery service, relies on the labor of its contractors called “Dashers.” When people add additional tips to their delivery service tab, they reasonably assume they are tipping the delivery person—rather than the company. DoorDash previously told Bloomberg the model “was designed to ensure that Dashers are more fairly compensated for every delivery,” but DoorDash isn’t exactly hurting for cash.
https://gizmodo.com/doordash-are-a-bunch-of-snakes-1832805573




Yeah that’s pretty much the sentiment coming from America’s CEOs. But despite this, while the CEO of Door Dash did not have a change of heart, the CEO of Hilton Hotels did. Yes, just like the Grinch, his heart grew three sizes that day. .

Just over a week ago Hilton’s CEO, Chris Nassetta, was interviewed at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. He was asked about whether he tips hotel housekeeping, and he answered that he doesn’t — “I typically do not leave a tip.”

There are a few interesting things to note here:

You’d think a hotel CEO would be trying to encourage tipping as a way of shifting the cost of paying housekeepers from the hotel to guests
Nassetta made about $20 million last year
I do have to give him credit for the fact that he truly worked his way up in the hotel industry — he has been in it his entire career, and started by working at an actual hotel

Suffice to say that his comments were controversial, and he’s now walking back his statement. Hilton’s CEO now says that he will be tipping housekeeping during his hotel stays:
https://onemileatatime.com/hilton-ceo-tipping-housekeeping/




How about that? People can have a change of heart after all. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Actually, Lance, I’d say it’s poisoning the minds *OF* Trump supporters! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Houston! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:



My fair congregation! What makes someone declare themselves to be holier than GAWD or JAYSUS himself? Is it pride? Is it ego? It is a flaming sense of self-superiority? Or self righteousness? Yes, these people are not the righteous beings of GAWD – they are self-righteous smug heathens! There, I said it – they are HEATHENS of the LAWRD and that is blasphemy of the highest order. They actually convince themselves that they are prophets, but we all clearly know that they are not! Of course we know that the highest elevation of talking to GAWD is a prophet. But what’s to stop these people from calling themselves that?

Pro-Trump evangelist Lance Wallnau appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” today, where he was hailed as “a prophet of God that America needs to be listening to in this hour.”

Wallnau, a Religious Right activist and right-wing conspiracy theorist who made a name for himself by being one of Donald Trump earliest and most ardent supporters, was declared to be a prophet by Bakker, as well as by fellow guest, pastor Ramiro Peña, who has been among the right-wing Christian leaders who have been granted regular access to the president.

“You are a prophet,” Bakker said to Wallnau. “You are a prophet, I know that. How do I know it? Because your prophecies come true.”

Peña agreed, claiming that the first time he and Wallnau met was during the Republican primaries and that Wallnau prophesied that Trump would be win the nomination, be elected, and that Peña would become an adviser to the president.

“This is how you know when it is a real prophet, because their words come true,” Peña said. “This is a prophet of God that America needs to be listening to in this hour.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lance-wallnau-is-a-prophet-of-god-that-america-needs-to-be-listening-to/




Ha ha ha ha ha ha… what???? Well these people can’t tell us what GAWD thinks because they support the unholy Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be spoken in my church. And when you support the Dark One, you tend to think that you’re bigger than JAYSUS, and that will not stand! Can I get an amen??? I mean much like our old buddy Mark Taylor, the guy who literally thinks he’s a prophet. And we all know how full of crap he is!

Last week, radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor appeared on the “Up Front In The Prophetic” radio program, where he proclaimed that President Trump should not be taking advice from evangelical leaders but rather should be speaking directly to “the prophets” … by which he presumably means people like himself.

It is no secret that since taking office, Trump has surrounded himself with right-wing evangelical leaders who, in exchange for doing their political bidding, have served as some of his main defenders and attack dogs. Taylor, about whom Liberty University made a movie last year, said that he has no problem with evangelical leaders praying for the president, but warned that they should not be giving him advice because that responsibility is reserved for prophets.

“I believe there is a place for the so-called [spiritual advisory] board that he has, but not in the role that they’re in,” Taylor said. “I don’t have a problem with these guys praying for him, but I think they need to be in a prayer and intercessory role. It’s not biblical to have a pastor in an advisory role like that. It is only biblical to have a prophet, or the prophets, to be advising the king. So these guys are in the wrong role and that is one thing I would like to see the president possibly address.”

Taylor’s assertion that “prophets,” such as himself, should be the ones advising the president is rather concerning, given that Taylor has spent the last several months repeatedly asserting that Trump has been called by God to carry out divine justice by executing his political opponents.

Taylor has complained that some of the evangelical leaders who are close to Trump do not have the strength needed to support the president when he rounds up and executes his enemies and must therefore be removed from their positions, less they weaken Trump’s resolve to do what God has called him to do. Taylor has openly encouraged Trump to impose martial law and has declared that anyone who tries to stop Trump from imprisoning and executing his enemies will be “standing in the way” of God’s will.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/firefighter-prophet-mark-taylor-says-that-prophets-should-be-advising-trump/




GAWD’s will? You think you can come here and throw down some GAWD’s will? Is that what this is all about? All right if you’re going to throw down some trash talking about GAWD’s will, then you know what? I will too! Because it is my right as a human being and in the praises of the almighty, I will defend his honor! Can I get an amen???

Many Religious Right leaders joined President Donald Trump in Orlando on Tuesday for his re-election rally, and others cheered him on via social media. Paula White, Trump’s spiritual adviser, opened with a prayer that portrayed Trump as God’s anointed ruler and his opponents as agents of Satan.

Among those in attendance was Steven Strang, head of the Pentecostal-oriented Charisma media company. Strang commented on the rally in a blog post and podcast, which he also used to promote the two books he’s written about how, he says, God raised up Trump, and the impact that Trump has had in office.

Strang praised Trump for being “a champion for the church” at “a time when the left is waging an attack on Christianity.”

Strang repeatedly declared that he was “surprised” by how many Christian leaders came to Orlando for the event—among them Jentezen Franklin, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, Harry Jackson, Alveda King, and Darrell Scott.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/religious-right-leaders-join-trump-re-election-rally/




Yeah you think you can lay the smack down on what’s GAWD’s will? I will tell you something – the Dark One is not anointed by GAWD! Which is exactly why I do not say his name in my church! And my GAWD does not support this shit! Hell in my church we’re allowed to swear! But we always swear with people, never at them! But in case you’re wondering what their *TRUE* agenda is, why they want to be called prophets and priestesses, why they think there is a war going on, well, I give you this.

On last night’s episode of his “The MC Files” program, right-wing MAGA commentator and activist Chris McDonald declared that he has no sympathy for immigrant children who are reportedly being held in U.S. detention centers without access to things like soap or toothpaste, declaring that “God doesn’t pander to the lawless.”

“This is demonic,” McDonald said about the wave of immigrants attempting to cross the southern border. “This is the spirit of Antichrist. Whether people want to admit it or not, it’s the spirit of lawlessness.”

“I may be a little hardcore about this, but I’m getting sort of sick and tired of the media, and I’m getting sick and tired of these left-wing politicians blaming President Trump for the horrendous conditions at these detention centers,” he added. “I’ve got news for you, my friend: if they don’t want bad conditions at a detention center, don’t come across our border illegally. You’ve got the greatest center in the world at your home. If you’re complaining about not getting toothpaste and soap at a detention center, I’ve got a remedy for that: Go home! Go home and find your toothpaste and soap at your house.”

“We’re not obligated,” McDonald said. “I just don’t feel like God has put it on America’s tab to pander to the lawless. God doesn’t pander to the lawless.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/god-doesnt-pander-to-the-lawless-chris-mcdonald-says-detained-immigrants-are-not-entitled-to-soap-or-toothpaste/




There you have it folks – that’s what they believe the good LAWRD intended. Not hate the sin, it’s “go fuck yourself!” And I would give them the same courtesy! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Admit it, conservatives, you’re just pissed off at Drag Queen Story Hour because you’re not fierce enough to participate! The sooner you face that reality, the better. You might remember we previously reported on Drag Queen Story Hour way back in ( Idiots #5-20). Well it’s back in the news again. After a successful run in New Orleans, Drag Queen Story Hour is becoming a nationwide phenomenon! And Christian conservatives have got their collective panties in a wad all over the country about this now. Yes, I said “panties” to prove a point – they are deranged and if you use that kind of imagery against them, it works! And you might think what happened in New Orleans is just a fluke, but these people are seriously deranged and scary. I mean look at what happened in Pittsburgh for instance!

A threat posted on social media led the Carnegie Library in Oakland and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to cancel “Drag Queen Story Hour” programs this week.

The threat, posted recently on the social media site Reddit, didn’t specifically name the Pittsburgh events but was “alarming enough” to cause the cancellation, said library spokeswoman Suzanne Thinnes.

Ms. Thinnes said the library occasionally receives emails, calls and protests from people who disagree with the program, but they have always been peaceful.

“This is on a whole different level,” she said.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” program, which has chapters across the nation, involves drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools and bookstores. Various branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have hosted the program since 2017.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/29/Threat-on-social-media-leads-to-Drag-Queen-Story-Hour-cancellation-pittsburgh-carnegie-library/stories/201906290054




Oh no, oh no they absolutely didn’t think of the children in this case. Just let ‘em read the damn stories while wearing fierce costumes, I mean what harm could come of that? I guarantee it’s a lot less harmful than a bomb threat. But that wasn’t the only threat plaguing DQSH this week. Take a look at what happened in Seattle after some Proud Boys wearing MAGA hats crashed the party!

Local “Proud Boys” and others opposed to the King County Library System’s Drag Queen Story Hours showed up in Issaquah on Wednesday to voice their opposition to the events. The showing comes ahead of major Pride celebrations and after recent anti-LGBTQ vandalism in Renton that the FBI has started investigating.

At a June 26 King County Library System (KCLS) board meeting, large groups of both supporters and opponents of the events showed up to voice their opinions. This included some who may be associated with the Proud Boys, a right-wing violent street fighting organization.

KCLS spokesperson Julie Acteson said both sides followed meeting protocol, but that so many people showed up to testify, the public comment was split into two parts.

At the Issaquah gathering, a group of about 10 men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and black shirts with Operation Cold Front logos and the words “security” and “press” stood at the front of the room on either side of the audience. Others, attendee Kate Solomon said, wore knock-off Fred Perry shirts — which have become associated with Proud Boys and the alt-right.
http://www.issaquahreporter.com/news/opposition-and-supporters-of-drag-queen-story-hour-make-showing-in-issaquah/




Yeah that will get kids to vote republican! And in case you guessed that the Qanon people are all over this promoting their bullshit conspiracy theories, you might be correct! And note the careful use of phrasing from this dolt. He calls it “borderline pedophilia” – which it’s not under any definition of the words “borderline” or “pedophilia”. I mean really these fucking people are absolutely obsessed with DQSH, and it’s not in a good way, either!

Drag Queen Story Hour involves exactly what its name suggests—drag queens reading stories to children—and right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein wants the federal government to outlaw it on the grounds that it is “borderline pedophilia.”

“This is child abuse,” Bernstein declared in a video posted on Friday. “This is child endangerment and, among other things, I think that this should be illegal. I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but I don’t believe in indoctrinating and confusing and abusing, mentally and emotionally, little children to think that they don’t even know what sex they are. Think of the damage that this will have on these children as they grow up and get older. Many of them will commit suicide because they don’t know which gender that they identify with.”

“This is a crime against children,” he added. “This is borderline pedophilia, in a lot of ways. Now, they may not be touching or caressing these children, but they are mentally abusing these children. They are confusing these children. This should be shut down. I think that there should be an investigation in many of these states; maybe even the federal government ought to get involved by shutting this down. This is child abuse, child endangerment.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/josh-bernstein-drag-queen-story-hour-is-borderline-pedophilia/




Wait, wait, wait, wait. So let me get this straight – drag queen story hour is “borderline pedophilia” and “child abuse” but there’s actual child abuse going on at the border and you don’t care! Shut the fuck up, Josh. And then the Christian right further devolves their obsession and hatred of this idea even further by calling it “rape”. These are some very sick and twisted people spewing this crap.

Earlier this week, anti-LGBTQ activist Peter LaBarbera appeared on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” program to promote the protest he was organizing outside the Supreme Court yesterday to call for the repeal of the 2015 Obergefell decision, which legalized marriage equality in America.

During the discussion, LaBarbera and host Jim Schneider railed against Drag Queen Story Hour, which, as the name suggests, involves drag queens reading to children at libraries and book stores. LaBarbera fumed that those who promote or sanction such events are engaged in the “mental rape” of children.

“The left is now willingly putting these children in harm’s way,” LaBarbera said. “They are not telling them the immense health risks of homosexual behavior. So many issues on just health alone; not to mention morality and where the souls of these children are headed if they’re promoted into this sinful lifestyle. They’re not interested in any of that, they just want to indoctrinate them into the LGBTQ lifestyle.”

“If blackface is wrong,” he continued, “then why is drag OK? You’re teaching these young children—you have these gaudy men who are in this caricature, this stereotypical ugly caricature mocking women—and you’re teaching that to children. The whole thing is so perverse and yet they think this is appropriate to teach to young children, to imprint in their young minds? This is like mental rape, Jim. This is awful that this is the latest cause of the left in this country.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/peter-labarbera-drag-queen-story-hour-is-mental-rape-of-children/




So that happened. Here’s the thing – these children are *NOT* being put in harm’s way, and blackface has really only been around for the last 200 years. Gender transition and role playing have been around since the dawn of humanity and aren’t going away any time soon. And by the way, in case you’re wondering how DQSH really went, here’s how it actually played out in Seattle.

“Find fishes swimming in the water,” he sang, along with Fairwood Children’s Librarian Bernadette Salgado, to which the children responded, “Bubble! Bubble!”

“Those of you who came here against some hatred in our community, I want to thank every one of you,” Thadayus said to the crowd.

He explained to the overflow audience spilling out of the library’s meeting room to the main floor that “drag” is a form of entertainment where people of any sexual orientation dress up and perform in highly stylized ways.

At one point, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht walked to the front of the room and said, that as a member of the LGBTQ community, “it’s inspiring to see everyone out here.”

Outside, competing shouts of “love” and “shame” boomed around the entryway where about 300 story-hour supporters outnumbered roughly 75 protesters.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/drag-queen-story-hours-spark-outpouring-of-support-despite-protests/






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Time once again to ask:



This week: The Proud Boys vs Antifa. How is this still a thing? And how is the city of Portland continuing to allow these shenanigans? You know that they’re going to end as badly as they started, and they’re only going get crazier and crazier. You could stop this before it starts. But then again there’s that pesky free speech issue that would prevent it from happening. So what went down in the latest round of political fight club? And that’s probably the best way of putting it.

It’s that time of year when the sunny days have cautiously begun to outnumber the gloomy ones and the lines for Salt & Straw begin to make a little more sense. In Portland, that can only mean one thing: Protest season is coming.

Recent Portland summers have been marked by protests that appear to serve only as an excuse for two opposing organizations to publicly throw insults and punches.

Here’s how they usually play out: Members of the Vancouver, Washington, alt-right group Patriot Prayer schedule a demonstration in Portland, showing up with rifles, MAGA hats, and sanctimonious smirks. They’re met with disdain from black-clad members of Portland’s anti-fascist (Antifa) groups. Eventually, armored Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers escalate the confrontation with smoke bombs and bean-bag bullets. After hours of cat-and-mouse chases around downtown, serenaded by police loudspeakers’ threats of arrest, the crowds disperse—only to return the following weekend and repeat the charade.

It’s exhausting.

Last summer, numerous rallies—all instigated by Patriot Prayer—ended in mass arrests, serious injuries, and outrage from Portlanders fed up with their city being used as an alt-right playing field.
https://www.portlandmercury.com/news/2019/05/23/26522992/hall-monitor-protest-season-is-coming




Even the city of Portland has had enough of their nonsense and wants it to stop. But here’s where this rally gets really weird. While the Portland alt right group Patriot Prayer got faces full of milkshakes, there was a claim coming from the Portland PB that the cups being thrown were full of cement. Yes, they actually made that claim and passed the conspiracy theory around a few times.

Police declared a civil disturbance in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday afternoon, after a day of duelling political protests culminated in brawls and standoffs between demonstrators and law enforcement.

By 3pm more than 400 leftwing marchers had blocked traffic in parts of downtown. Demonstrators occupied streets adjacent to Pioneer Courthouse Square, where police repeatedly warned them to disperse. Some were involved in altercations with officers in riot gear who deployed pepper spray and made three arrests. Others clashed intermittently with rightwing protesters.

The leftwing march evolved from an early afternoon rally in a downtown park organized as a counter-protest to two rightwing events. The rally organized by local group PopMob began as a vegan milkshake-themed rally and dance party, in response to rallies announced by the Proud Boys and by a group led by Haley Adams, a local rightwing figure. Adams’ event attracted around 25 people.

Milkshakes, recently used around the world as a symbolic weapon against prominent figures on the far right, became a theme of the day. Portland police claimed without offering evidence that some milkshake cups had been filled with quick-drying cement.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/30/portland-police-cement-milkshake-leftwing-rightwing-protests




Yes, milkshakes were used as a weapon. Not cups full of cement. But that was the claim that was made by the PPB:

https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1145106839618502656

Yes they went there and the damage was already done. In fact the scene escalated from political rally to full on domestic civil disobedience. And well, the Portland Police pretty much screamed “All Is Well” and that is about it.

A conservative writer was injured over the weekend at a rally in Portland, Oregon, kicking off a tidal wave of right-wing complaints about violence on the left.

But Saturday’s violence wasn’t an outlier; it was guaranteed. It’s been happening on the same streets, hosted by the same far-right extremist groups, on a regular basis since the election of President Donald Trump.

These rallies are specifically organized for the purpose of violence, with makeshift weaponry and bloodied, tearful faces appearing in Portland with regularity over the years. HuffPost has reported on how far-right extremists who organize them meticulously plan to attack their ideological opponents and then claim victimhood when the dust settles.

We saw the same on Saturday, when the Proud Boys extremist gang hosted yet another one of its street fights in Portland at which there were bound to be injuries.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/andy-ngo-quillette-antifa-proud-boys_n_5d1a1275e4b07f6ca5811e0c




Yes, that escalated quickly. And if you think that Portland was an isolated incident, wait until you see it hit the Capitol! Really, DC you can stop this and save yourself a lot of trouble! And why aren’t these guys getting arrested? That’s something that we will save for another time. But here is what is happening at the Capitol for a planned “Free Speech” rally. Yes, very poor choice of words there.

Organizers of a “Demand Free Speech” rally planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., told the National Park Service that they expect up to 1,000 participants—but wrote that there “could be more or less”—to attend their demonstration. Given the fact that, per the sponsoring group’s permit application, they’ve rented only one toilet, perhaps they’re banking on the “less.”

A copy of an event permit application the National Park Service provided to The Daily Beast shows event organizers’ stated plans for the rally, which is expected to attract members of the Proud Boys, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and followers of far-right personalities including Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Gavin McInnes, who have been removed from social media platforms for violating community guidelines. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports that the application has been approved and that counter-protesters plan to rally across the street from Freedom Plaza.

Event organizers told NPS in their application that they will assemble an event space with 10 chairs, five tables, one tent, and just one portable restroom. Organizers stated they will have space for 50 camera tripods but will not assemble a press riser. They are expecting one bus and 22 speakers, and wrote on the permit that “no marches or parades” will happen during the event.

In a section stating expected disruptions to the event, event organizers wrote “Antifa” and “All Out DC,” which is a coalition of groups organizing to oppose their rally on Saturday. Rally organizers state that they will have 50 event marshals providing “protection and security” at the event who will wear “red stop hate hats.” Those marshals, organizers state, will use 20 handheld radios and 10 bullhorns at the event.

Sommer reported in his Right Richter newsletter that some announced speakers for the rally have started to pull out of the event. Organizers sold tickets to a VIP event after the rally, but were booted from at least one venue they sought to secure.

Tensions around right-wing organizing have swelled since Quillette writer Andy Ngo was injured [by antifascist activists last weekend in Portland, Oregon.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-free-speech-rally-expecting-1000-participants-one-bathroom/




So 22 speakers, hundreds of protestors and even more counter protestors, and one bathroom to share among all of them. That’s enough to make you ask – the Proud Boys vs Antifa:





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Funny I don’t remember that being in the party platform! But we will still continue to mock the shit out of you, Jim! Spin it again! Hey it’s time for People Are Dumb!



Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I always love these stories because it could easily be me, or it could be literally just about anybody. I want to start with this story which I am sure that you’ve all seen the story coming out of Alabama about a car dealership on the 4th of July giving out free flags, guns, and Bibles with the purchase of a new F-150. First of all, way to placate the stereotype, guys! And second, did you really think this one through? And unlike other People Are Dumb stories where we usually just report and move onto the next one, I want to take some time and unpack this one, let it ferment. Because quite frankly it stinks, and Ford laid the smackdown, but the dealer’s explanation is truly beyond stupid.

A rural Alabama auto dealership is giving away a Bible, a 12-gauge shotgun and an American flag with the purchase of any new or used vehicle as part of its Fourth of July sales promotion.

Chatom Ford launched the campaign God, Guns and Freedom last week, with general sales manager Koby Palmer telling USA Today that it helped them sell 5 vehicles in just 3 days.

The social media feed from Chatom Ford states it is celebrating America's independence by offering these gifts in exchange for buying a vehicle. Every vehicle purchased new or pre-owned will come with a bible, 12-gauge shot gun, and American flag!

The post shows a dealership employee standing by a flag draped over a Ford F-150.

The video promoting the giveaway, which was posted June 19 and had been expected to run through July 31, has been deleted.
http://clicklancashire.com/2019/06/27/auto-dealership-offers-free-bible-shotgun-american-flag.html




OK so the story to this point is that the dealer deleted the video because Ford layed the smackdown on the dealer and said “NO, because there was a shooting at a Ford dealership and 3 people died, we are not going to allow this.” Yes, this did actually happen. Of course it’s natural that Ford would want to discourage this kind of thing, so here’s the official response from Ford themselves.

Ford Motor Co. has asked a Ford dealership in Alabama to stop giving out certificates for free 12-gauge shotguns to anyone who buys a new or used vehicle.

The automaker told the dealership late Wednesday that the promotion was inappropriate after three people died Tuesday evening during a mass shooting at a California Ford dealership. There, a man who had been fired from his job at the dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area fatally shot two employees, then himself, according to local media reports.


"So it’s done. They’ve ended our promotion. I’m very disappointed," Colin Ward, general manager of Chatom Ford in Chatom, Alabama, said Wednesday.

Chatom Ford's advertising offered a shotgun, a Bible and an American flag with a car purchase. The offer drew hundreds of calls from across the country, including Michigan, from people wanting to buy cars to get the shotgun.

"Ford said we can fulfill our commitments to the customers that we've made up till now, but we have to cease it going forward," Ward said.
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2019/06/26/ford-dealer-shotgun-giveaway-alabama/1571604001/




Yeah it’s pretty easy to see why Ford wouldn’t be encouraging this sort of thing. Now here’s where this story gets absolutely freaking bonkers. So Ford said “no guns”. What does this guy do? Simply remove the “gun” part out of the equation. Yeah he’s still being a dick, only now he’s out in the open about being a dick.

"They love their faith, they love their country, and they love to hunt," he said.

Prior to the corporate request to stop advertising it, the local dealership received overwhelmingly positive feedback, Palmer said. The dealership has averaged about one sale a day after the promotion was announced.

One of those customers is Josh Lankford of Gulf Shores. He'd already contacted Palmer about what he was looking for when the promotion came up. Lankford said he saw the gifts with purchase as a nice bonus to his new pickup.

"It circles back to the great service and sales team that they have," Lankford said. "It's great that they try to reflect the community's values."

Palmer wanted to make it clear that the dealership wasn't trying to push a political agenda.
https://www.chron.com/news/article/Alabama-Ford-dealer-s-gun-giveaway-is-back-on-14058442.php




Dude, you LITERALLY made it a political agenda! How does “flag, gun and Bible” *NOT* say political agenda? I mean really! OK that’s enough of that story, it’s making me angry. Next up – let’s go to El Campo, Texas. Really, there’s a time and a place for porn, but an empty classroom most definitely isn’t one of those times!

"The 24-year-old substitute teacher fired for recording solo X-rated videos in a Texas high school describes herself as “a bit of an exhibitionist and I want people to watch me please myself or be pleased,” according to her profile on a porn web site.

Elizabeth Ann Schneider was dismissed this week from her post at El Campo High School after administrators received a tip about a Pornhub page featuring a dozen explicit videos of Schneider engaged in sexual activity.

Schneider worked for three months at the school, where she subbed in English classes.

Several of Schneider’s self-shot videos were recorded last month in either a classroom or a teacher workroom at the school in El Campo, a city about 70 miles southwest of Houston.

One video, a 6:27 production titled “Naughty substitute teacher uses dildo chair in classroom,” features Schneider pleasuring herself in a classroom with the aid of a sex toy. The clip includes categories and tags like “MILF,” “substitute teacher,” “Solo Female,” and “School.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/internet/texas-substitute-teacher-749063




So yeah it was kind of like that. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – OMG we did it! We made it through an entire segment without a single story from the Sunshine State! Wow, that might be a first for People Are Dumb. But I did want to talk about this story from Indiana, and this is one of those stories where if you give an idiot a gun, don’t be surprised when they do something stupid with it. Also, fool me once…

In the four months since Mark Anthony Jones shot himself in the genitals, the 47-year-old Indiana man has been arrested four separate times and is now behind bars awaiting trial on narcotics, weapons, and domestic battery counts.

In late-February, Jones suffered an “accidental self-inflicted gunshot injury” while walking on a street in Marion, a city in Grant County. Jones told police that he was carrying an unholstered Hi-Point 9mm handgun in his waistband when the weapon “began to slip.” When he “reached down to adjust” the firearm, Jones told police, the weapon discharged.

Jones, seen in the above mug shot, was subsequently arrested for carrying an unlicensed handgun, a misdemeanor.

Since shooting himself, Jones has also been arrested twice for driving with a suspended license, domestic battery, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine dealing. This mix of misdemeanor and felony charges has resulted in Jones being locked up in the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/stupid/troubles-grow-for-indiana-pistolero-953860


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Let’s give the wheel a final spin this week! And it lands on… T-Shirt cannon!!!! Everyone gets our What’s Up With Texas tour shirt! Spin it again! And speaking of which…



What is up with Texas? That is the question on the table. Part 1 brought us to the city of El Paso where we visited a border detention center. Our quest to find the truth on the immigration crisis took us 550 miles south to Laredo, where in Pt. 2, we explored both sides of the border in one single stop. Part 3 took us to the capital of Austin where I wanted to get down to the bottom of why Texas doesn’t care, choosing to protect fast food instead of actual human beings. Now my quest to find out what’s up with Texas, we’re in Houston exploring the Gulf Coast. So what is happening post Hurricane Harvey? We met up with residents to find out.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill on April 20, 2010, was the largest marine oil spill in United States history. The first deep subsurface spill, it pumped about 700,000 tons of crude oil, plus about 250,000 tons of methane, into the Gulf of Mexico before it was capped, and tragically led to 11 deaths and 16 injuries to people on the rig.

During the spill, available oil spill computer models operated at different scales, but did not interact, and they also did not include many of the shallow bays along the northern Gulf that are of great importance to local fisheries. This spill created a need for an integrated, multiscale, comprehensive computer model suite that showed the behavior of the petroleum fluids on a 3D scale rather than a 2D and operated from the molecular level to the scale of the Gulf.

Texas A&M University scientists have now created such a model suite.

A description of the model suite was published in a recent paper by Dr. Piers Chapman, research professor in the Texas A&M Department of Oceanography; Dr. Steve DiMarco, oceanography professor and team leader for ocean observing in the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M; Dr. Robert Hetland, oceanography professor; and Dr. Scott Socolofsky, professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering.
https://today.tamu.edu/2019/06/24/texas-am-scientists-develop-crucial-multiscale-oil-spill-model/




Yeah so keep in mind that Texas has not one, but two disasters that it is still cleaning up after – Hurricane Harvey and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One might take a year, and the other is probably going to take half a lifetime! We went to the coastal town of Rockport to learn more about what was going on.

You can’t keep a good town down! Rockport-Fulton Chamber officials said they are thrilled to be named #2 in the nation for Best Coastal Small Town in “USA Today” Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

As the only Texas town nominated in the top 10 category for coastal towns with population under 25,000, Rockport’s determined efforts to rebuild their town are paying off. This award is especially meaningful for Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce members. They literally rolled up their sleeves to help rebuild their town.

Remember those horrible TV news reports and photos when Hurricane Harvey hit our beloved Texas coast in August, 2017? My husband and I kept whispering “Please, not Rockport.” But Mother Nature ignored our pleas, and smashed directly into one of our favorite Gulf Coast destinations.

The small coastal village was almost totally demolished by Harvey. We drove down to Rockport as soon as they allowed visitors, to offer support for one of our favorite communities. Since there was no lodging, we stayed 63 miles away at a Best Western in Goliad. We were shocked and saddened to see many of our favorite places, like the Lighthouse Inn on Fulton Beach Road, closed indefinitely. Rockport High School students had to be bussed to another community while workers rebuilt their building.
https://www.focusdailynews.com/rockport-texas-harveys-aftermath/




Yes, while hurricanes and other horrible disasters are nothing to joke about, it’s entirely possible to bounce back from said disasters as the town of Rockport clearly demonstrated. But while disasters can be met head on, there’s some natural phenomenons that you just can’t explain. Like why is the sky in Houston yellow on certain conditions?

Residents in parts of Houston and East Texas woke up Thursday morning to find the sky yellow. Although it may look like pollution, it’s actually caused by small particles of sand that have traveled from Northern Africa. Here’s what you need to know about the Sahara dust, or Saharan Air Layer, as it’s formally called.

What is it?

The dust comes from the Sahara Desert in Northern Africa. Each year, hundreds of millions of tons of soil is lifted from the Sahara into the air, according to NASA. It’s not uncommon for this dust to change the color of the sky several times throughout the summer, while trade winds move north and take particles from the Sahara into the Gulf of Mexico.

The dust itself is composed of sand and other mineral particles, according to researchers from Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, who analyzed NASA satellite images and computer models in July of 2018.
https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/health-science/2019/06/27/337932/heres-why-dust-from-the-sahara-desert-turned-the-houston-sky-yellow/




Yes, so dust from the Sahara Desert can get picked up and travel all the way across the ocean to the Gulf Coast and it’s really quite a site to see. And by the way, while our exploration of the Gulf Coast was quite enjoyable, if you’re wondering if it’s going to be fixed any time soon, well, don’t count on your GOP representatives to come to the aid of Texas any time soon.

At least 43 of the 58 Republican House members who voted against a $19 billion bipartisan disaster relief bill Monday night have previously demanded or endorsed emergency aid funding for their own states, a ThinkProgress analysis has found.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure, which has been stalled since late last month, late Monday, by a margin of 354-58. All 58 “no” votes came from Republicans.

An identical bill cleared the Senate on a bipartisan 85-8 vote on May 23.

The bill provides funding to regions of the United States affected by severe flooding and hurricanes, including places like the Florida Panhandle, Arkansas and Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, and Puerto Rico.
https://thinkprogress.org/43-house-republicans-voted-against-disaster-aid-hypocrites-emergency-funds-home-states-a8b7c5429e1a/




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-3: Keeping Up With The Nazis Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-3: Keeping Up With The Nazis Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Austin? You guys doing fucking good? It’s good to be back! Yeah so you’re probably wondering -what the fuck happened in San Antonio? Well, we had quite a SNAFU with our host venue – and we will make up that tour stop at a later date. We also produced the second part of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries where we visited the border town of Laredo – and we will air that at a later date. But this was our Spinal Tap moment – we basically got bumped for a fucking puppet show. OK moving on . Is anyone really that surprised that Florida is the state who is going all in on autonomous cars? I mean we’ve seen the kinds of accidents that humans ca cause when they’re driving them. What makes them think that this is a good idea? Well let’s think about this here – this is the state of Florida. We may have to do a deep dive on this next week, but is anyone really surprised that Ron DeSantis is behind this? You think that self driving cars are a danger now, wait until they become self aware! Yes, on the day Skynet is deployed and our machines start turning on us, I can say “I told you so!!!”. And I love how the people involved are like “Oh it’s going to be treated like any other car”. Yeah, just wait until some guy in accounts payable who’s had too many vodka sodas at the Hilton bar gets in the car and passes out. You really think that the autonomous car is going to be safe? No, it’s going to be a safety hazard! Gee, Florida, there’s a reason why you’re the craziest state in the union – you’re that stupid and insane to try such tech like this that hasn’t been tested and approved yet, is still in the infant cycle, and has already been proven to be a danger. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back and he destroys the notion of climbing the world’s tallest and most dangerous mountain just to get a selfie for Instagram:



So where do we begin this week? Well in the first slot we’re going to do something a bit differently from what you’re used to. There’s been a lot of comparisons to the Nazis lately and it seems like we’re heading on that path, but how close are we? We’re going to break down some myths and urban legends in a piece that we’re calling “Keeping Up With The Nazis” (1). In the second slot, do we really need 4 more years of these lunatics calling the shots? Yes we’re going to recap Trump’s announcement of his reelection bid, not like we didn’t need that one. In the third slot this week, Congress held a very serious discussion on whether or not reparations should be paid out to the families of former slaves, and of course Mitch McConnell (3) derailed the whole thing, but that’s completely beside the point. For the fourth slot this week, he’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Trump’s long time WHPC leader Sarah Huckabee Sanders has departed the administration meaning that she is the latest tribute eliminated from the Trumper Games! In the fifth slot this week of course is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week, Facebook is launching it’s own brand of Cyber Currency called the Libre. Is this a good idea or a bad idea? We will find out. In the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and the Christian right has once again hilariously stuck its’ head where it doesn’t belong, in regards to the Amazon show “Good Omens”, and our resident pastor can’t wait to revel in their stupidity! In the seventh slot this week is an all new “Beating A Dead Horse” – normally we don’t talk about Trump in this segment but we got to get a hold of why he’s going after the Central Park 5 this late in the game, and I’m sure there’s a lot of reasons why, but we think there’s only one… *COUGH* RACISM *COUGH*. In the number 8 slot this week, is the return of People Who Somehow Got Elected! Yay! This week we’re adding embattled San Diego representative Duncan Hunter (8) to that ever growing list! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is an all new People Are Dumb (9), because of course they are! Finally this week we’ve got the third installment of our “What’s Up With Texas” (10) docuseries and as we figure out whether or not Texas will flip in the 2020 election, we tour the state capital of Austin, and to hopefully score an interview with Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Obviously) as he passed an insanely stupid law regarding protecting "religious freedoms" for Chik-Fil-A after they got banned from the San Antonio Airport. And for putting up with my shit, we’ve got the Viking metal gods themselves, Amon Amarth stopping by! Really, buy their new album Berserker or you’re no friend of this show!Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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It’s very easy to make comparisons to what Adolf Hitler did in regards to what the current American political climate is doing. In fact it’s so easy that Hitler comparisons have become their own logical fallacy. It’s a real thing, in fact go to Wikipedia and look up Ad Hitlerum. Still not convinced that it’s a real thing? Well, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison that the camps running along the border are likened to Nazi concentration camps, And there’s no making fun of this so as is Top 10 policy, we won’t try. So for this piece, we thought we’d take a minute to unpack all the Nazi references coming from both sides. See – conservatives are there to remind you that they’re not Nazis, until they start doing things that are horrifying. Let’s call this piece “Detention camps are not concentration camps”, or to use the parlance of our times, “Keeping Up With The Nazis”. So just how close are we?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused President Donald Trump's administration of running "concentration camps" in its detention of migrants at the southern border.

Conservatives quickly slammed the New York Democrat for her use of the term, which is most commonly associated with Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.

"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are -- they are concentration camps," Ocasio-Cortez told an Instagram Live audience Monday evening. "And if that doesn't bother you ... I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not, that 'never again' means something," a reference to a phrase commonly invoked by Jews about the Holocaust.

"The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it," she added.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/18/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-concentration-camps-migrants-detention/index.html




Holy shit!!! As if that’s not horrifying enough, there was the possibility of SS-like ICE raids that Trump was going to start last week but delayed it because it will allow even more time to blame the democrats on this issue. Yeah I said it – that’s all they care about – owning the libs, they’re not good for much of anything else at this point.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's delaying for two weeks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were planned to take place Sunday in 10 major US cities, saying deportations will proceed unless Congress finds a solution on the US-Mexico border.

The President's pullback was an about-face in a matter of hours on enforcing his signature immigration policy, following deep criticism from the cities' mayors, top Democrats and immigration activists who called the coordinated arrests and deportations on targeted migrant families "heartless."

"At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,'" Trump said on Twitter Saturday. "If not, Deportations start!"

A senior immigration official had told CNN on Friday that ICE was planning on arresting and deporting about 2,000 migrant families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/22/politics/ice-raids-sunday-10-cities-donald-trump-defends-arrests/index.html




Wow, just… fucking wow. In one corner we literally are having a debate about whether or not US detention centers are concentration camps and it’s only because not enough people died in those camps to warrant that status. Now in the interest of this piece, according to the US Holocaust Museum, here’s where we are at right now.

1933–1938

Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as German chancellor on January 30, 1933, the Nazi state (also referred to as the Third Reich) quickly became a regime in which citizens had no guaranteed basic rights. The Nazi rise to power brought an end to the Weimar Republic, the German parliamentary democracy established after World War I. In 1933, the regime established the first concentration camps, imprisoning its political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others classified as “dangerous.” Extensive propaganda was used to spread the Nazi Party’s racist goals and ideals. During the first six years of Hitler’s dictatorship, German Jews felt the effects of more than 400 decrees and regulations that restricted all aspects of their public and private lives.
https://www.ushmm.org/learn/timeline-of-events/1933-1938




So let’s make one thing clear – the holocaust didn’t start with death camps. They started out very much like what we’re seeing now, and AOC is absolutely correct here. So we have round ups and internment camps a very real part of the Donald Trump administration – and it’s absolutely frightening. But why aren’t we doing enough to educate people about the holocaust? You might recall that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. And here’s where that might lie.

Oregon became the 11th state in the nation to mandate that public schools teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides, just last month. As an American Jew who attended public school in the late 1970s and 1980s, I was surprised to hear that learning about a defining piece of world history apparently requires specific legislation. As a resident of Oregon — a state founded as a white utopia, with both a history of structural racism and an all-too-current glut of emboldened white nationalists — I was fascinated to read that the bill was a collaboration between a nonagenarian Holocaust survivor and a 14-year-old public school student.

As a person who has witnessed the sharp rise of American anti-Semitism in the past decade, I worry that the bill is too little and too late.

Yesterday, the absurdist game of Mad Libs that is the national news brought us a Twitter faceoff between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., sparked by the former’s assertion that the Trump administration’s detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border are “exactly like concentration camps” and the latter’s subsequent finger-wagging reprimand of Ocasio-Cortez that the comparison trivialized the 6 million Jews who died in such camps.

Before you could ask “war profiteer’s daughter says what?” Twitter had become a pedantic Hydra of arguments that were less about the actual existence of such camps than about what we should be calling them. (For the record, concentration-camp historians agree that using the general term “concentration camp” to describe conditions at the border is accurate.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/aoc-was-right-compare-trump-s-border-internment-camps-concentration-ncna1019381





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Now that we got the Hitler talk out of the way, let’s lighten things up and talk about the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. And the absolutely insane things he’s been doing in the last week since we’ve been off. Like the fact that he held another one of his insane rallies in Orlando announcing his bid for reelection. I mean when your rally features these guys outside, what’s it like inside?

https://twitter.com/thistallawkgirl/status/1141221743870263297

I think I've found Brett Kavanaugh's side hustle! Worst strip club ever, by the way. And judging by the color of their skin tone and their guts, I think this is the most exercise these guys have got all year. And who are they being the hype men for? DJ MAGAs? I don't know! So here’s how that went down:

President Trump will officially kick off his 2020 reelection campaign with a rally in Florida on Tuesday night. But in reality, he has been running for a second term ever since he took office.

The former reality TV star and real estate mogul — the first president without prior political or military experience — used an unorthodox campaign style to notch an upset win in 2016, with massive rallies to excite supporters. And he's employed that same strategy, with a heavily blurred line between official duties and trying to sell his agenda muddled with outright politicking, since taking office.

In fact, Trump filed his official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 20, 2017 — mere hours after he was inaugurated. And less than a month later, he would hold a rally (also in Florida) that was paid for by his campaign committee. When asked by a reporter if this was too early in his presidency to hold such an event, Trump replied, "Life is a campaign." As president-elect, he also launched a "victory tour" of sorts to battleground states.

So while the Trump campaign may bill this as the official start of the president's bid for a second term, it's truly anything but. Since 2017, Trump has held more than 60 rallies. Nearly three-quarters of those occurred during 2018, where he was often stumping for down-ballot candidates in the midterm elections.
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/18/733505037/trump-set-to-officially-launch-reelection-but-hasnt-he-been-running-all-along




Ah come on, NPR, it’s summer. Everything is in reruns now. Trump literally held his campaign rally giving the exact same speeches he’s given 100 times before. And if you thought the madness was bad outside, just take a look at the trail of destruction that his supporters left behind in their quest to see the MAGAt in chief.

They came, they partied, they left a mess. Downtown Orlando is slowly getting back to normal, after President Donald Trump’s visit on Tuesday evening to officially launch his 2020 re-election bid.

It’s time to take out the trash downtown. After Tuesday night’s party, downtown is feeling a bit hungover but many are happy about the money they brought in at the the "45 Fest" party.

Lots of items and trash were left behind. The city says it’s up to the Trump campaign to take out the trash and pay for it. Meanwhile, businesses nearby felt the effects of the rally Tuesday night.

“It was a pretty busy day. We probably did double the amount of sales than we normally do,” said Chef Eddie’s owner Eddie James.
http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/after-trump-rally-comes-the-clean-up




Yeah really where’s that guy when you need him? I mean is anyone really that surprised by this? Just when you think they can’t sink any lower… fuck it, let’s show it.



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Also something else that’s hardly at all surprising – only at a Trump rally could two guys get arrested for fighting inside while a large group yelled homophobic slurs at both of them:

Two people were arrested Tuesday evening while President Donald Trump was hosting a rally in downtown Orlando to announce that he is seeking re-election in 2020, records show.

Orlando police said the first arrest happened around 7:30 p.m., about a block away from the Amway Center.

Steven Ashley Ingram, 33, was involved in a heated conversation with another man, Gary Snow, that turned violent when Ingram shoved the other man with his left hand, according to the affidavit.

Ingram said in an email to News 6 that he came to the rally to protest Trump's appearance and show support for Orlando's LGBTQ+ community.

He said Snow and a group of about 20 others spewed homophobic insults toward him because he was wearing a rainbow flag pin on his jacket. He wrote that Snow put his hand on his shoulder and made threats.
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/politics/these-two-men-were-arrested-at-president-donald-trumps-orlando-rally




Those guys could use some boundaries but that’s pretty typical behavior and standard operating procedure for Trump fans at this point. And you know here’s the thing – Trump Derangement Syndrome may not be a thing, but Clinton Derangement Syndrome is – and Trump’s got an extremely bad case of it. Really, he just won’t let this shit go.

President Donald Trump revived the greatest political show on Earth on Tuesday night.

Swimming in nostalgia, Trump played all the old hits. He bashed Hillary Clinton, jabbed the "fake news," invoked fear over immigrants and marveled at the glory over his shock election win.
He partied like it was 2016.
Holding forth from the pounding heart of a rapturous crowd, the President spelled out a defiant, demagogic, fact-blurring record of promises kept that could win him reelection.

But Trump's ceremonial 2020 campaign launch rally also reverberated with the unity-shredding grievances that threaten to whip up equal fervor against him and could make him a one-term President.
The rally, in a cacophonous Florida arena, and the first Democratic debates next week will lift the nascent 2020 campaign to a new level of intensity that will clarify a fateful choice that voters must make about the most disruptive, unconventional President in American history.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/politics/donald-trump-election-2020-democrats/index.html





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Really, Mitch, you just had to go there, didn’t you? Amid all the Nazi talk, something that got lost in the news last week was talk of reparations for slavery. We’ve all heard the arguments for and against reparations since the days of Martin Luther King. But this week, Mitch McConnell accidentally opened a can of worms that probably shouldn’t have been opened. So when HR40, which studied the possibility of slavery reparations being implemented – which is still a very real possibility that this could happen in our lifetime, assuming we survive this administration, what could happen? And when did Mitch McConnell have surgery on his middle finger to put it into a fully upright position?

The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor of a resolution to study reparations, put a fine point on the discussion: “I just simply ask: Why not and why not now?”

It was Congress’ first hearing on reparations in more than a decade, and came amid a growing conversation both in the Democratic Party and the country at large about lingering racial disparities in the United States. Once considered a fringe topic, mostly pushed aside in Congress, the possibility of reparations was treated with seriousness by the witnesses and lawmakers alike, though Republicans made clear their opposition.

One of the most striking moments came as writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of a widely read 2014 essay making the case for reparations, challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assertion that no one alive today is responsible for the past treatment of black Americans.

“It’s impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery,” Coates told the House Judiciary panel.
https://www.apnews.com/a0bccbcc80324280aedd58ed401db797




Ah, I miss Chappelle’s Show. So not only did Mitch McConnell completely poo poo this idea for now – which means that he’s probably guilty of it. Well, maybe not slavery directly but he’s guilty of something, that’s for sure! In fact here’s where McConnell goes full asshole – he said that the reason why we don’t need slavery reparations is shockingly stupid and evil.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that he does not support reparations for descendants of slaves, a topic that has become a point of debate in the 2020 election cycle.

"I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none us currently living are responsible is a good idea," McConnell said. "We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president."

McConnell was asked about reparations during a weekly press conference, which comes a day before the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first hearing on the issue in a decade.

"I think we're always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don't think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. ... No, I don't think reparations are a good idea," McConnell continued.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/449136-mcconnell-reparations-arent-a-a-good-idea




Except that McCcnnell’s idea of not a good idea is a bad idea. Yeah let that sink in for a minute – he actually said that reparations were not a good idea. And since we need to know more, he actually doubled down on this claim. Of course McConnell is wealthy himself and doesn’t know what it is like to pay for anything, let alone slavery. In fact he not only doubles down, he literally goes full asshole on this one.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks over the last week have been making headlines, but the latest may be the most controversial.

When asked about reparations for slavery on the eve of a House hearing on the issue, McConnell said reparations "for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible," were not a good idea. Besides, he suggested acts, such as electing Barack Obama president, could be considered a form of compensation.

"We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president," McConnell said. "I don't think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate."

The backlash, as it often happens with McConnell, came swiftly.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/19/mitch-mcconnell-reparations-slavery-compensation-not-needed-after-obama-presidency/1501650001/




Wait, wait, wait… wait, wait, wait, wait. You’re saying that we paid for slavery by electing Obama president? Have you been paying attention to the last 3 years, Mitch? Have you seen how racist and ignorant people have become in that length of time? Oh wait, he’s primarily responsible for it. So of course he’d think that this is a bad idea. Oh well, at least he’s getting called out for his bullshit and it’s very well deserved:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the celebrated and influential author of “The Case for Reparations,” on Wednesday directly challenged remarks made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the day earlier, during which the Republican leader came out against reparations arguing that “none of us currently living are responsible” for slavery.

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. According to McConnell, the historic racism stemming from slavery had largely ended with the Civil Rights Act and the election of the first African American president.

“This rebuttal proffers a strange theory of governance, that American accounts are somehow bound by the lifetime of its generations,” Coates said in his opening remarks at the first congressional hearing in a decade on reparations. “But well into this century, the United States was still paying our pensions to the heirs of Civil War soldiers. We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties.”
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/ta-nehisi-coates-mitch-mcconnell-reparations/?fbclid=IwAR0QzTCie04PXHgVkmg2fIco94jnUW1IwTEI6yBaE9myPKPIVpX4LqBnNzg





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I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!! Yes, my pretties, I am back for the latest installment because people keep leaving this administration so it is my duty to report on it and make fun of it while I imbibe on this freshly carbonated alcoholic beverage! Damn it, Charlie… oh wait that’s right, Charlie left in the last episode that we did this so I must confide in my new assistant Nathaniel. So I say, Nathaniel… bring me the champagne! This week, it was Tribute Sanders from the 1st district who was eliminated, and Tribute Sanders has been in the Trump administration the longest! In fact, Tribute Sanders was at one point considered a lock to win the whole games. What was the final straw that broke the camel’s back? Well it might have been this.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the Trump administration after a turbulent tenure marked by attacks on the media, dissemination of false information and the near-disappearance of the daily press briefing.

“Our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” President Donald Trump said Thursday in a tweet.

Speaking at a White House event later Thursday, Sanders said it was the “honor of a lifetime” to serve in the Trump administration. “I’ve loved every minute -- even the hard minutes,” she said.

Asked by reporters later whether she plans to run for governor in her native Arkansas, she didn’t rule it out.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-13/sanders-to-resign-as-white-house-press-secretary-trump-says




Ah it’s good to be back! I mean can you imagine having to be in her position and having to lie 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for what is essentially the world’s biggest reality show? I know I cannot! So Tribute Sanders has resigned, what is next for her? I know! Let’s put her in charge of running the entire state of Arkansas, I mean how hard could it be?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has resigned and will leave the job by the end of June.

This was announced by President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

Trump also advised her to accept a political role and run for the office of Arkansas governor.

Sarah Sanders has been the press secretary since July 2017. She was deputy press secretary when Trump took over in 2016 and later succeeded Sean Spicer.

Sarah belongs to a political family. Her father, Michael Dale Huckabee, popular as Mike Huckabee was the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.
https://www.ibtimes.com/sarah-huckabee-sanders-resigns-could-run-governor-arkansas-2800572




Now to be fair, Mr. President, that would give Sarah Sanders more political experience than you had when you ran for the highest office in the land. Remember when the republicans said that they didn’t want a “celebrity” running the show? Oh wait, they elected Ronald Reagan and now they support President Trump, whose cabinet is the largest revolving door ever. What poor sap, er, prospect is going to replace Tribute Sanders? I mean the only qualifications are that you have to lie 24 hours a day in an administration that has seen everything from Nazi camps to accidental war. Good luck! Well, meet Tribute Grisham from the 10th District!

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump known for issuing terse but pointed public comments will take over as White House press secretary, the First Lady announced Tuesday.

The former owner of an Arizona public relations firm, Stephanie Grisham has been with the Trump team since 2015, most recently serving as Melania Trump’s deputy chief of staff and communications director. She had been seen as a top contender for the White House press secretary job since Sanders announced her resignation from the position earlier this month.

In recent months, the White House press secretary has been less visible, with Sanders setting records for the number of days since the last press briefing, a question-and-answer period often covered live on cable TV that was standard in previous administrations.

At the time that Sanders’ departure was announced on June 13, she had not held a formal press briefing in more than 90 days.
https://time.com/5613967/stephanie-grisham-white-house-press-secretary/



Wait, there had been no formal press briefings in 90 days? Shit, during the previous administration, we knew what the president had for breakfast. Blueberry waffles with whip cream, light syrup, and a glass of orange juice. But that said, this latest tribute is going to be in for a wild ride as the Trump administration goes full in on Nazism. But for now, consider Tribute Sanders… ELIMINATED!!!

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resign from her position as White House press secretary at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, succeeded Sean Spicer as White House press secretary in July 2017. She first joined the administration as Spicer’s deputy after joining the Trump campaign as a communications aide in the wake of her father’s failed presidential bid in 2016.

The traditional White House press-briefing process broke down on Sanders’s watch. She last held a briefing on March 11, 94 days ago, and earlier in her tenure, when briefings were more frequent, she was routinely accused of misleading reporters from the White House podium and contradicting Trump’s public statements.

Most recently, Sanders was pilloried after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that she had misled reporters about Trump’s motivations for firing former FBI director James Comey.
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/sarah-sanders-to-resign-at-end-of-june/





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Cryptocurrency is currently one of the hottest commodities in the game. It’s also one of the most volatile out there. So naturally when Facebook announced that it was launching its’ own currency, called the Libra, people were very skeptical of what it could bring to the table. It could be the most revolutionary currency since the dollar. But also considering the security risks involved with going in on cryptocurrency, it could be an utter financial disaster. According to actual economic experts, there’s plenty of pros and cons with the world’s largest social media site launching the world’s largest virtual currency.

Are you kidding me? Facebook, the company that thinks privacy is a challenge to be overcome rather than an essential right to be protected, is launching its own currency. Good lemmings that we are, we're all supposed to transfer our hard-earned dollars or euros or rupees or yen into Zuckerbucks?

Okay. Okay. Let's back up a second. What exactly is Facebook doing? Let's break it down.

Facebook has announced it will be launching a new cryptocurrency called Libra sometime next year. The company is going to integrate payment and currency transfer capabilities right into Facebook's mobile app, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Presumably, we'll see it show up in the Facebook-owned Instagram app sometime later.

Libra, according to Facebook, is like Bitcoin in that it's a blockchain-based currency. But it's not like Bitcoin because Facebook claims it's put a structure in place to stabilize the value of Libra.

Libra is also not like Bitcoin because you can't mine Libra. Although cryptocurrency mining rigs are hugely expensive these days, you can still mine Bitcoin. But you have to buy Libra. In that way, getting Libra is a lot more like buying in-game currency in World of Warcraft by spending real money than it is like Bitcoin, where you at least have the option to apply prodigious computing power and get cryptocoin in return.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/do-we-really-need-or-want-facebook-to-reinvent-money/




Yes probably. While there will be plenty of ways to make money off the virtual currency, its’ applications will be very limited, because it will be a virtual currency. Because we all know how stable blockchains are, oh wait, they aren’t. It’s incredibly risky to go blockchain and there’s plenty of ways that such a currency can go very very wrong.

Mark Zuckerberg and friends are going to save the world. They are going to bring a form of capital to the unbanked, most of them residing in emerging and frontier markets. Economies of scale, and all. It's going to be great.

But imagine this: a foreign company, arguable one of the most distrusted names in social media, comes to India and tells its microlenders that they want to compete against them. They have this cryptocurrency called Libra. It doesn't charge banking fees. What are the odds of nationalist Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, sure guys, come in on!

This is not only regulatory nightmare in the U.S., it's not even something microlenders in India are going to want to welcome in.

"Indian regulators already have United Payments Interface and 24/7/365 real-time free payments across India," says Shamir Karkal, CEO at Sila and a pioneer of Simple Bank, a digital bank founded in 2009 and later acquired by BBVA for $117 million in 2014 .
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2019/06/20/facebooks-libra-coin-is-both-vampire-project-and-regulatory-nightmare/#12d098c21067




Yes, this cryptocurrency is so new that it has the potential to be an international relations nightmare, and financiers around the world can’t wrap their heads about how such a plan is going to be carried out worldwide. So how are authorities going to regulate this new currency? There’s many possibilities, it’s still going to be a nightmare, but the Fed is going to be closely watching their new competition.

Facebook’s plan to expand into payments is not expected to be on the agenda of this week’s G20 summit in Japan, but the social media giant’s intentions could lead regulators to take a closer look at crypto assets, a G20 regulatory group said on Tuesday.

Randal Quarles, chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) which coordinates financial rules for G20 countries, said crypto-assets did not currently pose a risk to global financial stability, but gaps may occur where they fall outside the remit of regulators or from the absence of international standards.

Facebook said last week it wanted to expand into payments and launch its own coin, Libra.

“A wider use of new types of crypto-assets for retail payment purposes would warrant close scrutiny by authorities to ensure that they are subject to high standards of regulation,” Quarles said ahead of a summit of Group of 20 countries in Japan this week.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-fsb/facebooks-libra-coin-closely-watched-by-authorities-fsb-idUSKCN1TQ1Z5




This is incredibly risky, incredibly brave, and incredibly stupid at the same time. Think of the ending of the movie Kingsman where Samuel L. Jackson had the entire world going crazy thanks to his freely distributed SIM cards. Any time you add the words “on a global scale” to anything, it gets immensely more horrifying. Facebook… on a global scale. That about says it all. But how can you make money off this new venture? There are plenty of ways.

Since Facebook announced its planned Libra currency June 18, the bitcoin market has gone haywire. The original cryptocurrency surged from $9,000 to $11,000 this past week, as investors perceived Facebook’s crypto initiative as a vote of confidence in blockchain-based assets.

Bitcoin’s price has steadily risen since April, and this week, it surpassed $10,000 for the first time in 15 months—dating back to March 2018.

News of the Libra, and its effect on bitcoin, has understandably piqued the interest of crypto speculators, some of whom may be anticipating a Libra boomlet. For investors hoping to cash in on Facebook’s crypto plans, there are two obvious choices: 1) buy Facebook shares or 2) buy Libra—that is, when it becomes available in early 2020.

Cryptocurrency traders, in particular, might think Libra offers an enticing investment opportunity. After all, unlike most of its crypto predecessors, Libra will be backed by actual reserves, in this, cash and government bonds.
https://qz.com/1651598/how-to-make-money-off-facebooks-libra/




That’s it for Top 10 Investiages. Good day.





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My fair congregation! You know as I repeatedly say that we live in the most troubled of times. And it’s really hard to find joy when the world is going to hell right now. But I must say that I have taken some true delight in the sheer stupidity of what our brothers and sisters on the right have accomplished! You really can’t get much dumber than this. For there is a show on Amazon about good vs EEEVIL that you must watch. That show is called “Good Omens”. Of course we all know that there aren’t any, that title is an oxymoron. So what did they do to deserve this? Well they’re so steeped in their outrage machine that they don’t even know who they are mad at!

Good Omens beam the focus of a petition to have the series removed from Amazon Prime.

More than 20,000 signatures were on the petition set up on Christian campaign site Return to Order.

The petition was in protest at the way the series depicted heaven and hell and even “mocked God’s wisdom”.

Good Omens was also accused of presenting “devils and Satanists as normal and even good.”
https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1143179/Good-Omens-petition-why-is-there-a-petition-for-Good-Omens-Amazon-Prime-series




Of course the DEVIL walks among us! That’s what he does, and we see him literally everywhere, but that’s not what this sermon is about, now is it? But this, my fair congregation, this is where people can get so caught up in being outraged at something that they don’t even know what they’re mad at or who they are mad at. Enter the group Return To Order. So they had 20,000 signatures to cancel the show which went to… the wrong network! That’s hilarious.

When it comes to spearheading a petition drive, the devil is in the details.

Look no further than the Christian group Return to Order which managed to amass more than 20,000 petitioners demanding Netflix give the boot to the supernaturally religious series “Good Omens.”

Unfortunately, the organization was divinely unaware that the show plays on Amazon Prime.

“This type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil,” states the group calling for its cancellation.

It also blasted “Good Omens” as “another step to make Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable.”

The six-episode series about an impending Armageddon stars Michael Sheen as angel Aziraphale who teams up with earthly demon Crowley — portrayed by David Tennant — to prevent the arrival of the Antichrist.
https://themercury.com/oops-outraged-christians-petition-netflix-to-cancel-supernatural-series-good/article_b163a32b-732a-5a2a-91cc-4340e3287a05.html




Yes, I got to say that even SAYTAN himself is laughing at you! Now in doing a deep dive on this subject, I had to look up exactly who Return To Order are. And they are a group of Catholics who, quite frankly have no sense of humor. I mean I have to believe that the GOOD LAWRD has a sense of humor because I’ve been doing this thing for a while and I have yet to be smited! So just who are these humorless killjoys who have to ruin everything?

But what The Return to Order campaign lacks in attention to detail, it makes up for in passion. An offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, the campaign takes issue with the biblically-inspired series on several counts.

The first is that, “An angel and demon are good friends, and are meant to be earth’s ambassadors for Good and Evil respectively.” The second grievance is: “This pair tries to stop the coming of the Antichrist because they are comfortable and like the earth so much.” The third: “God is voiced by a woman.”

The list goes on, deploring the fact that The Antichrist is portrayed as a “normal kid” and that the four riders of the Apocalypse are “a group of bikers.” In short, it believes that the show “mocks God’s wisdom”.

This isn’t the first time that the Return to Order campaign, and its controversial orchestrator, have concerned themselves with policing the world of entertainment.

Using John Horvat II's catchily titled tome Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society – Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go as its sourcebook, the campaign spends a considerable amount of time objecting to pop culture it deems unchristian.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/0/movie-hating-catholic-group-behind-good-omens-petition/




Now maybe that’s in your good book, Reverend. But in my Good Book, it says that we can, and we can also taunt, so suck it!! OK that maybe went a step too far there. So GAWD has to have a sense of humor even if these losers don’t. But if we can’t laugh about the devil, at least Netflix and Amazon can get a good laugh at them. And yes, even the GOOD LAWRD JAYSUS is laughing at you and not with you!

Netflix has moved to assuage religious zealots who mistakenly petitioned the service to stop producing the Amazon Prime Video produced series Good Omens, with a sarcastic pledge not to make any more.

The streaming service mix-up saw Netflix petitioned by 20,000 people angered at the production of the fantasy adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel, which they accused of ‘making a mockery of God’s order and religion’ with its religious overtones.

US Christian group, Return to Order, spearheaded the backlash with a disorganized petition calling on Netflix to scrap the show, having taken issue with the fact that God was voiced by a woman and the depiction of an angel and demon, played by Michael Sheen and David Tennant, as friends.

Partially conceding the error of its ways the religious group wrote: “Due to an oversight by Return to Order staff, this petition originally listed Netflix as responsible for the offensive series Good Omens. Amazon Video released the series on May 31. We regret the mistake, and the protests will be delivered to Amazon when the campaign is complete.”
https://www.thedrum.com/news/2019/06/24/netflix-sarcastically-bows-erroneous-petition-calling-good-omens-ban




So there you have it, Return To Order might not have a sense of humor, but Netflix and Amazon do, and that makes them automatically better! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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At some point you got to tell yourself “just let it go, man”. Of course letting go of a grudge doesn’t apply to Donald J. Trump. Because he doesn’t know the meaning of the word “exonerated”. I’d also be willing to bet that he doesn’t know the meaning to a lot of words. So why does Trump, on the 30th anniversary of one of the most horrifying crimes to happen in New York City, still care? Even after the men accused were actually, completely exonerated? And it doesn’t matter what happened to the accused. Oh man, if Trump holds a grudge against you, oh man, he love it long time! So this whole thing started because of a new Netflix series examining the legacy of the controversial Central Park 5 case, which reignited Trump’s beef with the group. And this is taking “Beating A Dead Horse” to a whole new level of meta here.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to apologize for his role in raising public fury against the now-exonerated Central Park Five, repeating his infamous phrasing that there were people on “both sides” of the case.

April Ryan, White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks, asked Trump if he would apologize for the full-page ads he took out in 1989 calling for the five black and Latino teenagers to face the death penalty for allegedly raping a woman in Central Park.

“You have people on both sides of that,” Trump responded. “They admitted their guilt.”

Despite telling the court that their confessions had been coerced by law enforcement, the teenagers spent six to 13 years in prison for the crime. In 2002, DNA evidence found that a convicted serial rapist had been responsible, and the Central Park Five were exonerated. The city of New York made a $41 million dollar settlement with the men for the ordeal, and the case has largely been seen as an indictment of institutional racism in the criminal justice system.

“If you look at Linda Fairstein and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case,” Trump told Ryan. “So we’ll leave it at that.”
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-central-park-five-no-apology-both-sides




Shut up!!! Of course there’s both sides to every case, that’s why we have cases. I believe that’s in law school 101. At least unlike Trump, the men who were exonerated in the Central Park 5 case are likely to stay that way. I mean this is a guy who won’t let things go! So why won’t Trump admit that he’s wrong here about the Central Park 5? Hey when I’m wrong about something I admit it. I still think I’m right about 7-11 chicken sandwiches though. For $2 there’s no way you can call them “awesome”. But that’s besides the point. What in god’s holy name is he blathering about this time?

President Donald Trump responded to a question about the Central Park Five during his appearance before reporters on Tuesday, once again declining to apologize for his actions following the incident.

When asked by a reporter if he would apologize for his actions surrounding the case -- he took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty that read: "Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!" -- Trump instead asked why the topic was relevant.

"Why do you bring that question up now? It's an interesting time to bring it up. You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt," he said.

The five teenagers who were accused of raping a jogger were pressured into giving false confessions. They were later exonerated when DNA evidence linked another person to the crime. The teenagers sued the city and the case was settled.

Trump insisted that some of the prosecutors believe the lawsuit was mishandled.

"They think the city should never have settled that case. We'll leave it at that," Trump said.
https://www.kmov.com/news/trump-doesn-t-apologize-for-his-central-park-five-ads/article_101cd88e-9294-11e9-8879-4fc517e34d0d.html




At this point, 30 years after the fact – you just got to let this shit go! And let’s be honest here – did you really expect Trump to apologize for his 30 year old ad which is now coming back to bite him in the ass hard? No! Trump doesn’t apologize for anything! Even the director of the series isn’t surprised by Trump’s behavior in this regard.

Director Ava DuVernay didn’t expect President Donald Trump to apologize for urging the execution of the five teenagers known as the Central Park Five, more than 30 years after they were falsely accused of raping a jogger, as dramatized in her Netflix miniseries “When They See Us.”

“It’s expected,” she said at a screening of the show Tuesday night in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. “There’s nothing he says or does in relation to this case, or the lives of black people, or people of color, that has any weight to it. It’s not our reality, there’s no truth to it.”

In the immediate aftermath of the 1989 incident, Trump notoriously took out a full-page newspaper ad to call on New York officials to reinstate the death penalty for the five black and Latino teenagers: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.

On Tuesday, when asked by reporter April Ryan if he plans to apologize, the president declined, using a familiar refrain — claiming there were “people on both sides,” appearing to side with the prosecutors who wrongfully convicted the teenagers.

After the president’s comments, DuVernay also tweeted a clip from the series that briefly references the ad and features Trump appearing on TV at the time.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ava-duvernay-trump-central-park-five_n_5d0a3abee4b0e560b70c8050




So at this point – we’re all not surprised at Trump’s lack of apologizing because he really doesn’t apologize for anything. Hell, conservatives haven’t apologized for anything they’ve done since Nixon got elected. But at least when the Central Park 5 are completely exonerated, they don’t have any other crimes that they may be guilty of. Trump, on the other hand, has plenty! So who’s the real guilty party here?

Trump has previously taken an unrepentant stance on his 1989 ads calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty only ten days after the assault occurred.

"They admitted they were guilty," he told CNN during the 2016 campaign. "The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty."

Trump's 1989 ad proclaimed in bolded, all-caps lettering: "BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY."

"I want to hate these murderers and I always will," it read. "I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them, I am looking to punish them."

After the actual perpetrator of the crime, a serial rapist serving decades in prison, opened up about his culpability in 2002, evidence used to convict the five was retested and they were subsequently exonerated and released from prison.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-claims-people-both-sides-central-park-five-culpability-despite-complete-1444683





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



This week – San Diego, California representative Duncan Hunter (R – Obviously). You might recall Rep. Hunter from when he famously tried to get his pet rabbit a seat on a Southwest flight (see: Idiots #5-10 ) that cost taxpayer money to the tune of $600. For his rabbit. And that’s not all – Rep. Hunter is in some seriously deep doo doo that is costing him big time. And when your wife says “she’s talking to prosecutors”, that’s never a good thing now is it? But for some reason, San Diego not only elects Duncan Hunter, they keep reelecting him time and time again.

California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife Margaret pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with her husband to "knowingly and willingly" convert campaign funds for personal use. She has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Both Hunters previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds to furnish a lavish lifestyle that was beyond their means.

Margaret Hunter's agreement to cooperate with prosecutors was a huge development in the federal case that poses a legal and political threat to her husband, the sitting congressman.

Margaret Hunter appeared alone with her lawyers in a federal district court in San Diego before Judge Thomas Whelan, where she changed her plea in the high-profile case. The congressman did not appear with his wife on Thursday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/13/politics/margaret-hunter-duncan-hunter-california/index.html




So Duncan Hunter may have stolen a small fortune of campaign contributions and used it to live the high life. Who wouldn’t? Oh that’s right, most of us have this thing called “integrity”, which you must lack in order to be a member of today’s republican party. So just how deep does this Duncan Hunter scandal go and how much worse could it get? Well, a whole lot worse. Think of this like Arrested Development.

Margaret Hunter, wife of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), pleaded guilty to charges in the campaign finance case she and her husband were indicted in last summer, saying that she — and the congressman — used campaign funds for personal use, including a $10,000 trip to Italy.

Margaret Hunter, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with her husband to using $25,000 in campaign funds for personal use, according to an agreement she signed with federal prosecutors Tuesday and read out in court on Thursday. She is scheduled to be sentenced in September and faces up to five years in prison for the one charge. Prosecutors dismissed the other charges she was facing.

The plea agreement represents a potentially awkward split with her congressman husband, who has pleaded not guilty to the four charges against him. As part of the deal, she has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as they continue to work their case against her husband, and to testify in any grand jury proceedings or trial that she is asked to. Prosecutors said that the congressman obtained a credit card tied to his campaign funds for his wife, “recognizing that she would spend campaign funds for the Hunters’ personal benefit.”

“I am deeply remorseful, and I apologize,” Margaret Hunter said in a statement. “I am saddened for the hurt I have caused my family and others. I understand that there will be more consequences stemming from my actions but, as demonstrated by my plea today, I have taken the first step to face them.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/13/rep-duncan-hunters-wife-admits-couple-misused-campaign-funds-she-may-have-testify-against-him/?utm_term=.aa1006243527




Well yeah if you have the worst attorneys, you probably should be aware that a husband and wife can be charged with the same crime. That’s law 101. So what would be the implications if Mr. Hunter is indicted for these crimes? Well, Margaret Hunter flipping on her husband could have serious implications for Mr. Hunter himself – and that can’t be a good thing. Remember that Arrested Development episode? Well, she might wind up sharing a cell with him.

Downtown attorney Jeremy Warren had work to do Thursday, but he took time to comment on what transpired in the federal courthouse a few blocks away.

A veteran criminal defense lawyer, Warren opined on Margaret Hunter changing her plea to guilty in the corruption case enveloping herself and her husband, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.

“This deal gives her an excellent chance of not going to jail as long as she continues to cooperate against her husband,” he tweeted several hours after the 9-minute morning hearing.

Federal prosecutors recommended in a plea agreement that she get a far lighter sentence than the 5-year maximum for the single count she admitted. (She also confirmed that the couple illegally spent $200,000 in campaign funds on personal goods and travel).

The deal Hunter signed Tuesday drops her sentencing range into Zone B of the federal guidelines, Warren told Times of San Diego in a phone interview.
https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2019/06/13/flipping-on-congressman-husband-may-spare-margaret-hunter-any-prison-time/




No, no light treason here. Just massive greed on a massive scale. You can’t just steal $250K – that’s a quarter of a million dollars. So Duncan Hunter threw his wife under the bus, and now she got behind the wheel and is driving it. This is what we believe one would call a “circular firing squad”, and things could get that much worse for the embattled San Diego representative.

Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan D. Hunter who was co-indicted with her husband last summer, has agreed to change her plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday morning.

The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket late Wednesday morning without any supplemental documentation.

“Notice of hearing as to defendant Margaret E. Hunter,” the docket entry states. “Change of Plea hearing set for 6/13/2019.”

Both Hunter and his wife were indicted in August on 60 criminal counts related to what prosecutors allege was a years-long misuse of campaign donations to the congressman’s re-election fund. Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges last year.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/story/2019-06-12/margaret-hunter-pleads-out-in-case-against-congressman-husband




Apparently they can. And in case you’re wondering how Hunter repeatedly gets elected in San Diego, yeah, you don’t really need to look far. In today’s republican party all you have to do is talk about how much you hate Islam and you’re in. In fact they’ll elect you to the highest levels of government. It really is that easy – if you’re a republican.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who ran a 2018 reelection campaign rooted in Islamophobia, said Saturday that he had posed for pictures with dead combatants during his time as a Marine in the Middle East.

Hunter was defending Navy SEAL chief Eddie Gallagher, one of several servicemen charged with war crimes who may soon receive a pardon from President Donald Trump.

Gallagher is currently awaiting trial for numerous acts allegedly committed during his time in Iraq, including firing a machine gun haphazardly into residential neighborhoods and killing a young girl and an old man with targeted sniper fire. Gallagher also allegedly stabbed a wounded teenage ISIS fighter who had been taken prisoner, and shared photos of himself holding the dead boy’s head later, boasting that he “got him with my hunting knife.”

“Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too, taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” Hunter said over the weekend.
https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-with-history-of-islamophobia-says-he-took-pictures-with-dead-combatants-as-a-marine-98a38c048063/




So war crimes, fraud, high crimes and other misdemeanors, that’s just a day in the life of San Diego’s Duncan Hunter. Yet another in the ever-growing list of:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. So who might you ask is dumb this week? Well there’s plenty of stupid people out there. And I love all of these stories. And I also feel like they could all come from Florida. Well, most of them do, but a few out there that don’t. I want to start with this story out of Iowa – and really Iowa is giving Florida a run for its’ money. And I am always curious as to the types of things that people get arrested for driving drunk on, but have we ever had someone get arrested for a DUI on a children’s truck? Well, there’s a first time for everything, sir!

A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.

News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication.

They say they spotted her cruising down the road in a Power Wheels electric toy truck after a caller reported a suspicious person on the street.

Officers say she was driving about a mile (1.5 kilometers) from her home in Walhalla when they stopped her.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/no-dui-toy-truck-megan-holman_n_5d040a2de4b0304a120f9645




Yeah that’s not the message that we will give you here. But you get the idea. Next up – the Sunshine State, America’s penis, Florida – never fails to disappoint week after week. You think they’d do something about the sheer amount of crazy in Florida but they have yet to. For this story yeah, I’m not entirely sure that poop is what one would call “protein-diet friendly”.

Court officials say a Florida man charged with burglary defecated during his criminal trial and tried to throw his feces at the judge.

The Miami Herald reports 33-year-old Dorleans Philidor was sitting in a wheelchair next to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh when officials say he tried to throw his excrement at her. It did not reach her. There were no jurors present during Friday’s incident.

"It's protein. It's good for you," Philidor yelled, reports the Miami Herald.

Witnesses say dozens of corrections officers responded and the trial was moved while the courtroom was sanitized.

Read more: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/06/22/florida-man-dorleans-philidor-defecates-court-trial-throw-feces-judge-acquitted-lisa-walsh/1538567001/




Yeah well it’s probably a good thing that the poop doesn’t talk in this case. Next up – sticking with the Sunshine State, when you go to McDonalds, I don’t remember this being on the menu! And this might be the worst use of a playground ever, by the way.

As diners at a McDonald’s in Florida enjoyed their Big Macs, a 62-year-old man removed his clothes and performed a “strange dance” before apparently “trying to have relations with a railing,” according to a police report.

Investigators say that John Morgan was arrested Sunday after his impromptu 7:30 PM performance at the restaurant in Collier County. Charged with trespassing, the homeless Morgan was booked into the county jail on the misdemeanor count. He is scheduled for arraignment on July 3.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the McDonald’s due to a report of “Male taking clothes off doing a strange dance, subject possibly on drugs.” A 911 caller also reported that “it looked as though the male was trying to have relations with a railing.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/florida/strange-dance-at-mcdonalds-739506




Damn right! This is a family restaurant! Our basic freedoms!!! Next up – there is a lot of crazy happening in the Sunshine State. Look there’s only two guys in the entire world who can acceptably wear short shorts, one is Tobias Funke, and well, yeah let’s just leave it at Tobias Funke. So leading by example maybe isn’t the best approach here.

As soon as Jason Hilley walked into the room, the laughter started.

"I feel humor brings more meaning to discipline than yelling and screaming and all that," Hilley explained.

His 14-year-old daughter, Kendall, had shorts that he felt showed too much daughter so he put on his own.

"I will pick you up in school every day with these on you don't put them on," Hilley told Kendall as he convinced her to wear a pair of short shorts with him.

The thinking is that neither would like the other's short shorts.

"She has a pair of short shorts and I need to get my point across. I will wear a pair of short shorts, a kind of little tit for tat on the clothing idea," Hilley said.
https://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Florida-man-sports-short-shorts-to-teach-daughter-a-lesson-511702541.html




Hey did he go to the conference this year too? Finally this week – we’ve got yet *ANOTHER* Florida Man story for you. And this guy is either an advertising genius – or just an idiot. Either way, if you’ve got coke on you, this is probably not the place to advertise, and it’s definitely not in front of the popos.

A career criminal with multiple narcotics convictions on his rap sheet was wearing a shirt with “red lettering on the front that said ‘COKE’” when he sold four crack cocaine rocks to a Florida undercover agent, according to an arrest affidavit.

Terry Leon Simmons, 53, was arrested Friday afternoon at his home in Fort Pierce on a felony cocaine sales charge. He was also hit with a second felony count after arresting officers spotted a marijuana joint and a bag of MDMA in plain view inside the residence.

Cops charge that Simmons sold crack cocaine to a driver who pulled up outside of a convenience store a couple of blocks from the ex-con’s apartment.

At the time of the $40 transaction, Simmons was wearing a “two toned blue shirt with red lettering on the front that said ‘COKE’ on the front.” The arrest does not indicate whether the lettering was in the style of the popular soft drink.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/cocaine/coke-shirt-collar-680513




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What is up with Texas? That’s the question that we have on the table for you in our 5 part docuseries and right now, we’re on part 3. In part 2, we took a 550 mile road trip down the Texas border to the border town of Laredo – a town that literally shares two sides of the city, roads and municipal governments - on the US border with Mexico to find out the real truth behind our nation’s illegal immigration crisis. Turns out the real problem is with Texas republicans. This week, our journey takes us to the Lone Star State’s capitol in Austin to find out what is going on. Right now the state is being led by governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. And when I stayed at the Austin Airport Hilton, what did I see to my amazement when I got my complimentary newspaper and saw this insane headline?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a controversial measure that supporters say provides religious protections but Democrats and critics argue would allow discrimination against the state's LGBTQ community.

Abbott, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 1978, nicknamed the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill, on Monday, according to the Texas legislature's website, after the legislation cleared the state House and Senate last month. The chain has come under fire for its charitable donations to religious organizations, including the Salvation Army, that oppose same-sex marriage.

The measure prohibits the government from taking "adverse action" against any individuals or businesses based on membership, support or donations to religious groups. Before being sent to the governor, the bill was amended to remove language that would have allowed the Texas attorney general to bring action against any government entity or employee that refused to comply with the bill.
Abbott's office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on Wednesday.

The legislation comes after the San Antonio City Council in March approved a new concessions contract for the San Antonio International Airport on the condition that fast food chain Chick-fil-A be excluded. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation that month into whether the city violated Chick-fil-A's religious liberty with its decision.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/politics/texas-save-chick-fil-a--bill-greg-abbott/index.html




I had to know more. So we went to the Capitol building in Austin where my attempts to score an interview with Gov. Abbott were met with “who the fuck are you?” and “no further questions”. After many attempts, the answers that I got from one of Gov. Abbott’s interns was that he feels that Chik-Fil-A’s “religious freedoms” are under attack. Whatever that is. My quest to know more about this went further down the rabbit hole. Really, crappy fast food is the hill they choose to die on?

It’s a red-meat issue, but it feeds on chicken.

San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from its airport continues to resound in political circles. Legislators passed a religious freedom bill that gained steam after it was rebranded as the ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill.’ Gov. Greg Abbott beamed over its success on Twitter.

And Attorney General Ken Paxton, declining to wait for his own department to rule on a public records request, on Monday filed suit against the city to force it to hand over records he wants for his office’s investigation.

“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton wrote in a letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg early in his clash with the city. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”

The decision to exclude the restaurant made national headlines in March after some City Council members said they couldn’t support Chick-fil-A because of its anti-LGBT reputation and Nirenberg cited economic reasons related to its policy of closing on Sundays.
https://www.expressnews.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Texas-Attorney-General-Paxton-sues-city-of-San-13921346.php




That still didn’t answer my inquiry. Further inquiries with the aide who was assigned to answer whatever questions I had only did not give me the answer that I wanted. So they seem obsessed with the religious culture of greasy fast food. My attempts to find answers turned up very empty. Back at the hotel and flipping through the channels, I happened to find this.

Adding insult to injury, the conservative hosts of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends celebrated Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of legislation dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill” by eating food from the notoriously homophobic fast-food chain on-air.

There has been a recent spate of pushback to Chick-fil-A stores opening in airports and on college campuses across the country, but the bill Abbott signed this Pride Month prohibits Texas and its cities and counties from punishing individuals or businesses because of affiliation with or donations to religious organizations (including those that are anti-LGBTQ).

"The bill is to protect private entities from punishment over actions they take due to their religious beliefs," Fox & Friends cohost Steve Doocy said.

“So, San Antonio airport — I used to live there, flew into that airport all the time — and they have obviously restaurants, their food court. And Chick-fil-A wants to move in there,” cohost Ainsley Earhart attempted to explain. “Well, the area lawmakers — the local lawmakers said no because there is some controversy with this restaurant. Whether or not — what their beliefs are on LGBT — and so they voted no. Well, it went all the way to the governor's desk, and he just signed it."
https://www.advocate.com/media/2019/6/13/fox-friends-celebrates-antigay-legislation-chick-fil-feast




Yeah probably. So my quest to seek answers from the governor’s office got nothing. Why are they wasting time on crappy fast food at the airport terminal when there’s far more important matters out there? And all I get was Fox & Friends stuffing their faces with this crap to stick it to LGBT people somehow? What are they proving? Nothing. But I did find out that the State, in their quest for grease and calories, sued one of its’ own cities to protect a bullshit fast food joint. Yes, that is what is going on in Texas at the capitol.

Escalating the fight over Chick-fil-A’s religious rights, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued San Antonio on Monday as part of his investigation into the city’s decision to reject the chicken chain as an airport vendor.

The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Travis County, seeks a court order requiring San Antonio to turn over emails and other internal communications in which council members and city employees discussed the Chick-fil-A contract with each other and outsiders.

San Antonio officials previously rejected Paxton’s demand for the internal documents.

Like other Texas Republican leaders, Paxton has blasted the airport decision as a violation of Chick-fil-A’s religious freedom, particularly because blocking the chain as an airport vendor was proposed by Council Member Roberto Trevino, who cited Chick-Fil-A’s “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior,” including opposition to same-sex marriage by corporate leaders. Trevino’s proposal was approved 6-4 on March 21.
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190603/state-of-texas-sues-san-antonio-escalating-chick-fil-a-fight




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-1: God Save Our Noble President Man Baby Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-1: God Save Our Noble President Man Baby Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! We are back! We are baaaaaaaaaaack! What’s up El Paso? You guys doing fucking good? I hope everyone had a good start to their summer! What? You mean it’s already been summer here since March? Seriously? Damn and I thought the rain season in California went on way too long. It is fucking hot out there, I will give you that, but of course it’s never the right time to talk about climate change. No, I’m not congratulating the Boston Bruins on winning the Stanley Cup. No. Make me. Boston has won every fucking championship ever in the last 15 years and the last thing they need is another one. No, make me again. I’m having a sit in. What? This makes the douchebag fans even more douchebaggy. I mean they are even fighting among themselves! Watch this clip!



Yeah I mean come on do we really want to give these drunk, crazy douchebags an excuse to be even crazier drunk douchebags? I know I don’t! And speaking of fighting, allow me to segue into this next topic. I mean does anyone else really want to see Tom Cruise go full Les Grossman and just beat the living ass out of Justin Bieber? Shit, if this fight were to go down I would actually pay the $49.99 to watch it on PPV. And if anyone knows what it’s like to be punched in the face it’s Tom Cruise – I mean if you’ve seen any of the Mission Impossible movies, you know that dude can take a punch in the face or two. I don’t think Beiber would last two rounds. And hey if Beiber really wanted to put up a fight, why don’t we put him in the nosebleed section of a Bruins game? At least then Beiber might have a fighting chance! Hey o!!! OK enough of the intro this week, we have a lot of idiocy to get to but first John Oliver is back and he delves into the history of the Equal Rights Amendment:



Wow, it’s been quite the last two weeks since we last saw you guys! As always whenever the Top 10 takes an extended break, we like to catch up on stuff we missed (1) and there was quite a lot of it so bare with us as we power through it. In the second slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2) and he had quite the week last week including his trip to England and his disastrous trip to Normandy – yeah a guy who didn’t serve lecturing us about supporting the troops is like a guy who doesn’t drink selling us vodka. Oh wait. In the third slot this week is also Donald Trump (3) and we have to break down his absolutely BONKERS interview on the Piers Morgan show, and really he went full Tracy Jordan on this one. In the 4th slot, sigh… there was another mass shooting while we were off, this time in Virginia Beach, and since the White House says it’s never the right time to talk about gun control ( ), we’re going to show you stories of good guys with guns (4) and we’ve got some good ones! In the number 5 slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week we’re going to take a look at what’s going on at Mt. Everest. Yeah, climbing to the top of the world’s tallest mountain is one of the coolest things a person can do, but is it worth dying for? No! At slot number 6 is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and our resident pastor is back from vacation and he lived like a televangelist, because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens! In the 7th slot this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” and June is Pride month, honoring our LGBT brothers and sisters worldwide, but do we really need a Straight Pride Parade? Hell no!!! And there’s some real winners supporting this idea. Taking the number 8 slot this week, we have a new “How Is This Still A Thing?” and while Youtube is cracking down on the worst offenders including neo Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists, somehow Christian “comedian” Steven Crowder’s channel is still allowed to exist, and we’re going to ask how that’s a thing. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is “I Need A Drink” (9) and this week we’re going to get drunk and tell you about a new start up company that hopes to revolutionize consumer travel by… pogo stick. Yeah no, that is a disaster waiting to happen. And finally this week since we’re touring the great state of Texas, we thought it would be fun to really explore and find out why people either really love or really hate the Lone Star State in the first of a 5 part series “What’s Up With Texas” (10) and this week we’ve got a doozy of a story to report! Plus we’re going to close with some live music from our good friends Blink 182, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic album Enema Of The State! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We took two weeks off. And we should never do that because we live in a world where literally batshit fucking crazy stuff happens on an almost minute by minute basis. So two weeks of time is a long break between when the last Top 10 happened and the current Top 10 happened. Where do we even begin to tackle what has happened? You know what? Let’s start in England where the guy who we currently call president spent his summer vacation. But we’ll get to that in a minute. I want to use this entry to bring you up to speed on Brexit – a hilarious combination of the words “brex” and “it”. And when you think about it – England is about to elect a Prime Minister who quite literally looks like Trump:



The resemblance is uncanny! I mean two elderly, grossly overweight fat men with bad hair and a messianic complex ruling their respective countries? How bad could it get? Really fucking bad if you ask me.

The UK economy could be headed for its first quarterly contraction since late 2012 after uncertainty over Brexit caused a sharp slowdown in manufacturing.

Britain's economy shrunk by 0.4% in April, according to official data published Monday that was even more dire than economists had expected. The data also showed a 0.1% contraction in March.

"The clear message is that underlying growth is pretty sluggish," said Ruth Gregory, a senior economist at Capital Economics, who added that it's possible the economy will shrink in the second quarter.

Manufacturing was hardest hit in April. Three years after the Brexit referendum, UK-based companies still have no idea what their future terms of trade will be with the European Union, which accounts for about half of British goods exports. Recent surveys suggest EU customers are taking their business elsewhere.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/10/economy/brexit-uk-gdp-economy/index.html




Yeah the people who voted for Brexit right now are like the dog in the cartoon – they’ll keep saying every thing is fine with Brexit while the whole fucking country burns to the ground right behind them! I mean as if things couldn’t get any worse the EU gave them an ultimatum. And come on you know everything’s going fine when that happens!

Mr Johnson yesterday used his first interview of the Tory leadership campaign to warn that he would refuse to pay the Brexit deal unless he got a better offer from the EU. The bookmakers’ favourite to replace Mrs May in Number 10 said his threat to withhold cash from Brussels would act as “great lubricant” in persuading the EU to reopen talks on the Irish backstop and the future trade deal. He said: “I think our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward.”

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They added: “First the Conservative party needs to elect a new leader, it’s only logical that they will try to renegotiate.

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The Elysee official said refusal to handover the £39bn to Brussels would represent the equivalent of a “sovereign debt default,”, as suffered by Greece.

It was claimed that the UK’s economy would be downgraded by ratings agencies causing Government bonds to collapse, hitting savers and investors hardest.

The source said: “Not honouring your payment obligations is a failure of international commitments equivalent to a sovereign debt default, whose consequences are well known.”
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1138590/Brexit-news-UK-EU-Boris-Johnson-next-prime-minister-Brexit-bill-latest-update




Of course everything is fine! I mean I’d expect this level of negotiation from a graduate of that seminar that advertises in the back of the airline in flight magazine, not politicians who are trying to decide the fate of the fucking global economy!!! OK I could talk all day about the cluster fuck known as Brexit but we don’t have that kind of time. It is fun to watch from afar isn’t it? Moving on, I want to discuss Trump’s war on tech companies. So while we were off this happened:

The president took to Twitter Sunday morning to yell at the New York Times, CNN, and Twitter and complain about the way he is treated by media in comparison to former President Obama.

Obviously upset over being called out for the way he originally expressed the timing of his tariffs deal with Mexico, Trump tried to reshape the agreement again and blasted the New York Times for reporting the truth.

The problem with the President’s rant is the omissions. Trump initially told anyone who would listen that the agreement with Mexico was based on the tariffs threat from last week and never mentioned that a deal had been, as the Times reported on Saturday, in the works for months.

Trump continued dangerously blasting legitimate media outlets calling them “The Enemy of the People!” while at the same time, showing his ignorance of the meaning of “freedom of speech.”
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-extended-twitter-rant-846071/




Wait, wait, wait, wait. So yeah while we were gone, Twitter went ahead and banned James Woods for threatening to murder members of Congress (HA HA!!!) along with some other prominent conservative voices, and in one angry tweet storm, Trump goes from tweeting about conservatives being banned on Twitter and supporting free speech, to the media is the enemy of the people. Maybe he’s nervous. Are you nervous, Donnie? Especially when this is happening this week:

Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry, but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The slate of televised sessions on Mueller’s report means a new, intensified focus on the Russia probe and puts it on an investigative “path” — in the words of anti-impeachment Speaker Nancy Pelosi — that some Democrats hope leads to impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In doing so, they are trying to aim a spotlight on allegations that Trump sought to obstruct a federal investigation as well as his campaign’s contacts with Russia in the 2016 election.

And they will lay the groundwork for an appearance from Mueller himself, despite his stated desire to avoid testifying.

The House Judiciary Committee plans to cover the first topic at a Monday hearing on “presidential obstruction and other crimes.” The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday intends to review the counterintelligence implications of the Russian meddling. Mueller said there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but he said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/democrats-push-ahead-with-hearings-on-muellers-russia-probe_n_5cfe4116e4b0aab91c08ea65





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Speaking of Donny shutting the fuck up, we got to talk about his trip to Europe. Ooh ooh we need some music for this one!



OK you guys are fucking with me. Wrong Europe.



OK much better! So Trump went to Europe… OK can we stop with the Final Countdown already? Thank you! Trump went to Europe to meet the Queen and to go pay his respects to the our fallen soldiers on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. And neither event went particularly well. For starters Trump channeled his inner Clark Griswold and brought his entire family along for the ride. And like most family vacations, this one became a complete clusterfuck.

President Trump returns to Washington on Friday afternoon following a four-day trip to Europe that began with a state visit to the United Kingdom and culminated with a ceremony in France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The state visit was a family affair for the president, who was accompanied by all of his adult children, and he stirred controversy with his comments about the royal family and British politics.

Trump ended the trip on a somber note, delivering a speech at Normandy in front of dozens of veterans who participated in the June 1944 Allied invasion.

Here are six notable moments surrounding the president's travels.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/447355-six-notable-moments-from-trumps-europe-trip




Yeah so it didn’t start off great. And it proceeded to only get worse from there. I mean come on, how can he fuck up a visit to the queen? Well take a look at him in a white collar tuxedo:



How much fucking weight has he gained since taking the oath of office? All those hamburder buffets cant be good for him. I mean England has “God Save Our Noble Queen”, we have “God Save Our Noble President Man Baby”. Yeah that doesn’t have the same ring to it. I mean how bad could it get?

US President Donald Trump says Queen Elizabeth II had the time of her life in his company during a state visit to the UK this week.

Reflecting on his trip to Europe in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Friday, Trump boasted about his connection with the Queen, who entertained the president at Buckingham Palace.

During the 16-minute interview, Trump said he and the Queen, who turned 93 earlier this year, had such an involved conversation at the state banquet in his honor, that he did not know who else was sat at the table.

"There are those that say they have never seen the Queen have a better time, a more animated time," he said, but did not elaborate on who these people were.
https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-queen-had-time-of-life-in-his-company-2019-6




Seriously, Automatic Chemistry sounds like the name of a 90’s alternative rock album. REM presents Automatic Chemistry! What? You think it would be better as a Pearl Jam album? But then switching gears Trump went to Normandy and that’s where the shit show started. I mean seriously, the GOP doesn’t get to say that we’re disrespecting the troops ever again, because they clearly don’t give a shit!

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took some shots at the White House on Sunday morning when he claimed President Trump’s staff did not serve him well by allowing him to sit down with pro-Trump Fox News host Laura Ingraham for an interview that featured him blasting his political rivals with the Normandy D-Day cemetery as a backdrop.

During a panel discussion on ABC’s This Week, Christie—who served as a Trump surrogate in the 2016 election and was briefly part of the Trump transition team—generally praised the president on his recent overseas visit.

The conversation then pivoted into the debate over Trump lashing out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Ingraham interview, with Christie noting that the president was reacting to Pelosi reportedly telling Democrats she wanted to see Trump in prison.

After saying Pelosi “earned” Trump’s wrath due to her comments and claiming there was no excuse for her to say she wanted to see the president jailed, the one-time GOP presidential candidate tossed some criticism the White House’s way.

“I also think that the president’s press staff served him poorly in two instances in Europe,” Christie declared. “Putting him in front of Piers Morgan and putting him in that interview at that site with Laura Ingraham. That doesn’t serve the president well.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chris-christie-trumps-staff-served-him-poorly-with-laura-ingraham-fox-interview-at-d-day-cemetery




Yes, Trump, there’s plenty of places that you could have given that interview but a cemetery before a major speech honoring our veterans isn’t fucking one of them!!!



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So the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump, thinks he’s Winston Churchill. That’s right -a guy who didn’t serve in the military suddenly thinking that he’s on par with one of the greatest generals in human history. I mean let’s compare the two – one fought the Nazis, the other one thinks that Nazis are very fine people. How did this happen? Well, shortly before Trumpenfuror left England, he had a batshit fucking crazy interview with Piers Morgan that went way off the rails. And well, I would expect Tracy Jordan to give a far more coherent interview to Larry King, if you remember that classic 30 Rock episode. Just how bad was it? Well there’s a lot of things wrong with it and we will point a few of them out.

He quoted Roosevelt and gently greeted frail veterans at a D-Day commemoration, hours after proclaiming Bette Midler a “psycho” and Chuck Schumer a “creep.” He exalted soldiers’ bravery while dismissing his avoidance of service in Vietnam, calling it a country “nobody heard of.” He toasted Britain’s queen at a Buckingham Palace banquet, after calling London’s mayor a loser.

For President Trump, reconciling his impulses with the expectations for an American president has often posed a hurdle. And when he had idle time during his three-day trip to Britain, the gap between the two — which has come to define his presidency — was jarring.

Mr. Trump’s trip to Britain ended Wednesday much as it had begun: as a split screen of a president embracing regal respectability on one side and settling scores on the other.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/world/europe/piers-morgan-donald-trump-interview.html




There we go, everybody, I think we’ve reached Peak Trump here. I mean there’s nowhere it can go but downhill from here, can it? I mean really, the guy who walked in on underage girls dressing in a locker room calling someone else a creep? That’s rich! And why does Trump think that Vietnam was a terrible war? Just… I can’t even begin to comprehend his logic anymore. Of course it was, but we’ll save that for another topic.

Exactly 75 years ago Friday, Allied soldiers stepped on a deadly shore to liberate people they did not know, in a war they did not choose.

President Trump said he would have preferred to serve in that kind of war. One that stirred feelings of deep pride in a U.S. victory and righteousness against a clearly defined enemy.

But his generation got Vietnam.

“I thought it was a terrible war,” Trump told Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain” on Wednesday. “I thought it was very far away, and at that time nobody ever heard of the country. So many people dying, what is happening over there? So I was never a fan — like we’re fighting against Nazi Germany, we’re fighting against Hitler.”

The exchange occurred after Morgan asked Trump whether he “wished” he had served in the military, particularly in Vietnam, which Trump avoided with a string of student deferments and a medical disqualification for bone spurs.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/06/05/trump-is-making-up-not-serving-vietnam-with-increased-defense-funding-he-says/?utm_term=.c8c7352dc511




You tell ‘em, Walter! They’re our basic freedoms, after all! And you know what the irony of Trump’s appearance in Europe was? Not only did he undo the alliance that made D-Day happen in the first place, he’s just becoming more unhinged by the day. I mean really, he gets no, and I repeat no, right to call anyone else nasty. He’s the meanest, nastiest person in any given room. What? Did Megan Markle hurt your little feelings President Snowflake?

In a new interview during his state visit to the U.K., President Donald Trump insisted that the world had misunderstood his recent description of Meghan Markle as “nasty.”

He had not said Meghan was nasty herself, he claimed to Piers Morgan in a sit-down set to air Wednesday morning.

Rather, Trump said, Meghan had acted nastily by criticizing him during the 2016 presidential election.

“She was nasty to me, and that’s okay for her to be nasty,” he told Morgan, according to an advance copy of his quotes released by Good Morning Britain. “It’s not good for me to be nasty to her and I wasn’t.”

Trump also insisted to Morgan, long a sympathetic conservative voice, that he had planned to bring up the matter to Prince Harry when the two met on Monday at Buckingham Palace.

“We didn’t talk about it,” Trump told Morgan, adding, “I was going to because it was so falsely put out there.”
https://people.com/politics/donald-trump-explains-nasty-meghan-markle-comment/




Obviously, Trump is batshit fucking crazy. But then this is where the interview went off the rails. Of course you can’t talk about American politics without bringing up our love of the gun, and don’t worry we’ll get to that in a minute. But really? He thinks a guy with a knife can stop a bullet? Funny I don’t remember that scene in John Wick!


Trump: Unarmed civilians are 'sitting ducks,' don't stand a chance against 'bad guys' with guns
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President Trump in an interview broadcast early Wednesday argued against gun control, saying that unarmed civilians are "sitting ducks."

"When somebody has a gun illegally and nobody else has a gun because the laws are that you can't have a gun, those people are gone. They have no choice, they have no chance," Trump told Piers Morgan on ITV's "Good Morning Britain."

"The people that obey the laws ... those people are sitting ducks," he added.

The president did say he doesn't like gun suppressors, also known as silencers, and would "think about" banning them after one was used in a Virginia Beach, Va. shooting in which 12 people were killed last week.

Trump also argued that a mass shooting near Paris would never have occurred if someone "on the other side" had a gun.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/447018-unarmed-civilians-are-sitting-ducks-dont-stand-a-chance-against-bad





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One thing we love to do at the Top 10 is refute talking points, and one of our favorites comes from that most American of institutions known as the National Rifle Association. While we were off, there was yet another mass shooting. And the response coming from the White House is the usual “we’re not supposed to talk about it” bullshit. Yes, they actually said this. Of course gun nuts are a large percentage of the base, and we wouldn’t offend the base would we? Boy, for the party that loves to “trigger the snowflakes”, they really are a bunch of pathetic snowflakes aren’t they? So with that in mind, we decided that we’re going to flip the script and instead show you some “Good Guys With Guns”. Like here’s a perfect example of the NRA’s dream guy. Just your average Joe Six Pack with guns and a messianic complex strolling through your average Wal-Mart:

https://twitter.com/Paul_VanDerMeer/status/1134856957792333827

Let me see if I can identify what's wrong with this picture. It's not the fact that he's holding what appears to be a single bag of questionable quality microwave popcorn. It's not the Harley Davidson belt. It's not the poorly secured holdster attached to the outside of his belt loop. It's definitely not the fact that he's got a key chain with more keys than a high school janitor would carry. Or the extremely dumb 2nd amendment t-shirt. I know... it's that fucking chain wallet! I mean what kind of grown ass man still carries a chain wallet in 2019??? That shit wasn't even fashionable when it was cool and that was in 1993!!! I know because I had one. and then there was this guy who loaded his store with so much inventory that it couldn’t manage it, and Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

Firearms distributor United Sporting Cos. loaded up on guns ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, expecting a surge in sales would follow the election of a Democrat. Then Hillary Clinton lost.

The miscalculation sparked a multi-year decline that has reached the courthouse steps in Delaware, where United filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.

When Republican Donald Trump emerged victorious in the election, United was left with lower-than-expected sales and high carrying costs for unsold inventory, Chief Executive Officer Bradley P. Johnson said in a court declaration.

United, which sells an array of outdoor equipment, is seeking protection from creditors while it sorts out more than $270 million of debt secured by liens on its assets, court papers show. The company, whose subsidiaries include Ellett Brothers LLC and Jerry’s Sports Inc., reported Ebitda of $4 million on net sales of $557 million last year -- well below its average of $885.3 million in sales from 2012 to 2016.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-10/political-misfire-debt-load-bankrupt-gun-seller-united-sporting?srnd=premium




That story right there perfectly illustrates why your average gun nut is so paranoid of democratic rule that they’ll go out of their way to prove their point. And I mean why use things like facts and logic when we live in 2019 and those things don’t matter? Only outrage does! But before we show you some winners, let’s talk some facts. Just how much money is the gun industry worth? The answer might shock you but it’s not all that surprising.

Gun stores had revenue of about $11 billion, IBIS World said in its 2018 report. Gun and ammunition manufacturers had revenue of $17 billion, but the majority of that revenue comes from the defense side of the equation: arms sales to the U.S. and foreign governments.

These numbers just aren’t that large. A single company, Amazon, had revenue of $178 billion a year in 2017. The GDP of the United States is more than $19 trillion.

What is larger than the revenue in the gun business is the amount of money spent securing ourselves against America’s gun violence problem, though it's harder to separate.

The security alarm business alone, for instance, brings in $25 billion a year. There are 1.1 million security guards employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor. I’m guessing the business of a company like ALICE Training Institute, which provides civilian training on how to respond to active shooters, is probably booming right now. The Washington Post estimated schools are spending $2.7 billion a year on security measures. Government spending on domestic homeland security averaged $65 billion per year from 2002 to 2017.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethmacbride/2018/11/25/americas-gun-business-is-28b-the-gun-violence-business-is-bigger/#602d60843ae8




Holy shit!!! Not only are guns a huge part of the American economy, keeping Americans safe from guns is an even bigger part of the American economy! So with that in mind let’s take a look at some good guys with guns, and why not? And also, why am I not surprised that a majority of these stories come from Florida?

Passengers say their charter boat captain went on a drunken, drug-infused tirade and threatened to shoot everyone on his boat during a nightmare fishing trip.

10News also obtained a police summary and witness statements that paint a disturbing picture of what should have been a 12-hour fishing excursion Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota police say passengers aboard the boat told them Captain Mark Bailey, 36, drank rum from the bottle, had multiple beers, got high from cocaine and ended up in an argument with a 15-year-old passenger who reportedly tried to grab his uncle a drink from the captain's pail.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212165949




GILLIGAN!!!!! I mean if that guy is the guy who is supposed to protect the boat, why does it matter if the other guy has a gun? It’s more than likely that gun used to commit a murder was stolen, because these are some absolutely shocking statistics regarding guns and gun crime. No wonder we have guys like the winner in the Florida story above!

Stealing from people almost guaranteed to be armed would seem like a dumb idea to most, but not everybody got the memo. Firearm theft from licensed retailers including gun stores is becoming increasingly common, according to data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week.

The number of robberies of federal firearms licensees reported to the ATF have increased 227% since 2013 and burglaries of such gun purveyors are up 71% over that same period.

To make matters worse, the quantity of firearms stolen has increased as thefts become more frequent. In 2013, 3,355 firearms were taken in burglaries, compared with 7,841 in 2017, with a steady increase each year. The trend is slightly different for robberies, which tend to leave perpetrators less time to gather up guns: that number increased from 96 in 2013 to 370 in 2016, but fell to 288 last year.
http://fortune.com/2018/01/19/gun-thefts-atf-firearm-retailers/




Holy shit!!! No wonder there’s so many good guys out there. And with people like that and our MAGA friend above, it’s no wonder. And if you wonder where the right wing and their doomsday obsession comes from, this house in LA may provide some clues. I mean it’s in Beverly Hills! Remember the good old days when people used to just grow pot in their garage? This is in my backyard, damn it! Keep this in mind the next time the NRA tries to play down that talking point:

Police have seized more than 1,000 guns from a mansion in California, where photographs and video show guns stacked on top of one another in a line that extends the length of several cars.

The guns were found on Wednesday in the upscale Holmby Hills neighbourhood, where law enforcement described a property resembling a “hoarder’s house” that kept 30 officers busy for 15 hours as all of the firearms were removed from the mansion.

The search was initiated by Los Angeles Police officers and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), who served up a search warrant in the suspicion that someone was manufacturing or selling illegal firearms, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/girard-saenz-guns-mansion-california-holmby-hills-la-police-raid-a8907271.html





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Climbing to the top of the world’s tallest mountain is one of the coolest things you can do – both literally and figuratively. But is it worth dying for? The amount of traffic that can be seen at the summit and the peak of the world’s tallest mountain might be the worst in history. There’s plenty of reasons that you can think of as to how we got to this point. While you can say that you climbed to the top of Everest, what you are really doing in 2019 is waiting in the world’s highest elevated line. And you might be asking how did we get here? Well the answer is shocking, but really not all that surprising.

The reward for climbers who ascend Mount Everest is a view like none other, an expansive vista of the Himalayas from the highest point on the planet.

On Wednesday, those who made it to the top saw something else: Hundreds of other climbers.

The final leg of their journey to the summit was a traffic jam of trekkers enticed by good weather, the route clogged by a single-file march of 250 to 300 people along a precarious cliff that caused delays of about three hours.

“I have had bottlenecks on mountains before but not this many people at such high altitude,” Nirmal Purja, a climber who photographed the scene, said in a message. If the weather had turned, he said, “it could’ve been a real disaster.”

The long, winding line to the peak added risk to what is already one of the most dangerous mountains, raising the possibility of frostbite and oxygen depletion. At least two climbers died after having reached the summit on Wednesday, and their deaths may have been related to the delays.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/world/asia/deadly-everest-traffic-jam.html




So if you’re the country of Nepal how do you do damage control on this? Well they’re probably scrambling to find answers and provide answers to those who wish to complete this most godly of physical challenges. But there does at least seem to be an answer as global warming is causing Everest to melt, and people are being discovered that have long been thought to be missing. And not in a good way either.

A few years ago, Kami Rita Sherpa, a veteran climber and guide, met with a gruesome sight at Mount Everest Base Camp. Human bones poked from the ground, smooth and ice-crusted.

It was not a fluke. Subsequent seasons yielded more remains — a skull, fingers, parts of legs. Guides increasingly believe that their findings fit into a broader development on the world’s highest mountain: A hotter climate has been unearthing climbers who never made it home.

“Snow is melting and bodies are surfacing,” said Mr. Sherpa, who has summited Everest 24 times, a world record. “Finding bones has become the new normal for us.”

In the last few seasons, climbers say they have seen more bodies lying on the icy slopes of Everest than ever before. Both the climbers and the Nepalese government believe this is a grim result of global warming, which is rapidly melting the mountain’s glaciers and in the process exposing bones, old boots and full corpses from doomed missions decades ago.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/sports/everest-bodies-global-warming.html




So what is the solution? Where do we go from here? You could say that bureaucratic red tape got us in this mess and you would be right. Raising the price isn’t going to help. Those same people who can pay the $11,000 fees are going to be paying the $20,000 fees. Something that was once exclusive is now accessible to everybody, and that’s not always a good thing.

Nine people have died on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest so far this year, the most during a climbing season on the peak since a deadly earthquake in 2015. This time however, climbers and guides are blaming a host of other factors for the spike in deaths:

CROWDS

This year, the Nepalese government issued a record 381 permits to climb Everest, costing $11,000 each.

Climbers spoke of traffic jams below the summit, in the “death zone” above 8,000 metres where many deaths occur due to the lack of oxygen.

Some operators have urged the government to cut the number of permits, and raise the price to around $20,000 to combat increased crowds.

“Confident climbers with experienced guides and sherpas would have known about the jam and waited for their chance to go up safely,” said Adrian Ballinger of the US-based company Alpenglow Expeditions.
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/whats-behind-the-spike-in-deaths-on-mount-everest/




When something gets that overcrowded, it can never be a good thing, can it? At least waiting in traffic on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, you probably won’t die. But waiting in traffic in unusually high altitudes with no water or food and you’re surrounded by thousands of other people waiting to reach the summit? Yeah you will most likely die. And you probably won’t be discovered for a very long time.

A British climber too weak to descend from Mount Everest died on Saturday, officials said, the eighth climber to die on the world’s tallest mountain and the 18th in Nepal’s Himalayas during the current climbing season.

Hiking officials attributed most of the deaths to weakness, exhaustion and delays on the crowded route to the 8,850-meter (29,035 feet) summit.

Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the so-called “death zone” known for low levels of oxygen on descent from the summit, Mira Acharya, a tourism department official, said.

He is the eighth fatality on Everest in the current climbing season that ends this month.

“He died because of weakness after a long ascent and difficult descent,” Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivar Treks company that arranged his logistics told Reuters. “He was descending with his sherpa guides from the summit when he suddenly fainted.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nepal-everest-briton/british-climber-dies-on-everest-as-death-toll-of-climbers-in-nepal-reaches-18-idUSKCN1SV09T?il=0




Yes, Stupid Sexy Flanders indeed. So you will probably die if you reach the top of the peak in 2019, because there’s way too many other people attempting to climb the same mountain and it’s almost impossible to get back down. So what’s it really like? One Vail mountaineer gives a much more real portrait of what it’s like than the media does.

A photo circulating social media shows what appears to be a traffic jam on Mount Everest.

One day after it was taken, Vail resident Chris Cobb made it to the summit. He says it was a surreal moment that's hard to put into words.

"You don't have much time," Cobb said. "I mean you got to go or you're going to freeze to death. I was probably up there maybe I don't know -- ten minutes?"

It has been a deadly climbing season on Mount Everest. Eleven people have died so far, which is more than twice the number of people who died last year.
https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/vail-man-shares-experiences-from-mount-everest




That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of El Paso! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:



My fair congregation!!! I have returned from vacation! Yes, I am tanned, I am rested, and I am ready to plow through another 28 weeks of this thing! And what did I do on my summer vacation? Where did I go to relax, you might ask? Well, I decided to live like I am a televangelist. I mean, I got to be honest, as much as I love and support UUC style preaching, there’s no money in it! There’s plenty of money however, in being a televangelist grifter. And it’s not one thing to have a private jet, these guys have all the private jet money in the world! Just how much money does a guy like Kenneth Copeland have? Well a hell of a lot!

Kenneth Copeland, a Texas-based televangelist, was confronted by a reporter who grilled him over his fleet of private planes. The exchange, which aired last month on Inside Edition, recently went viral over the weekend and showed Copeland justifying his luxurious spending.

Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero asked Copeland about why he won't fly commercial as he was getting in a vehicle in Branson, Missouri. He defended it, making it seem to be a vital means to his televangelism. He said, "If I flew commercial, I'd have to stop 65% of what I'm doing."

Guerrero questioned him about a private jet he purchased from filmmaker Tyler Perry, the Gulfstream V. He replied, "Well, that's none of your business."

Copeland, owner of Kenneth Copeland Ministries and a small airport in Texas, then said Perry "made it so cheap" he couldn't help to buy it. He cited a May trip where he traveled to five continents as a reason why he needed the plane. He also admits to using his private jets to travel to his vacation homes.

The journalist wanted Copeland to explain a comment he made in 2015, when he described flying commercial as "flying in a long tube with a bunch of demons — and it's deadly." While pointing his finger at Guerrero, Copeland denied saying it initially, before explaining that it's a "biblical thing."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kenneth-copeland-televangelist-defends-lavish-lifestyle-and-use-of-private-jets-2019-06-04/




Why yes, the devil does walk among us!!! But his name beith Kenneth J. Copeland! I mean is this a Biblical thing? I ask you my fair congregation! You know it does say in the Good Book that JAYSUS hated the rich and grifters, and hypocrites and Kenneth Copeland is all 3! I will say private jets are nice but it does indicate a very sinful lifestyle!

Copeland then added that he has more than three planes, but that he primarily uses the Gulfstream and two Citations, while others in his ministry have access to the planes too. The televangelist who is said to be worth $760 million as of 2018 explained that he needs to jet around the world to help the needy.

He admitted that he is a wealthy man, but said that the money doesn’t come from his ministry alone, as he has vast investments.

“My wealth does not come from offering alone. I have a lot of natural gas on my properties. You didn’t know that did you baby? Isn’t that wonderful?” Copeland said.

Copeland then added that the Jewish people understand that it’s not a bad thing to have money and to be wealthy.
https://www.inquisitr.com/5464178/kenneth-copeland-commercial-flights-demons/




Well they are DAYMON birds if they’re flown by Pastor Copeland. I’m not saying that Pastor Copeland is a DAYMON, but he doesn’t exactly live a Biblical lifestyle. And you can lie. You can lie all you want, but the DEVIL sees all and knows all! So here’s the thing, Pastor Copeland, when you’re already in a hole, stop fucking digging!!! Why yes, we can swear in my church and this is making me very angry, sir! And you do not want to see me angry, for I bring down the WRATH OF GAWD!!!

Brown’s argument is that we’re all presumably okay with Copeland spending more money to fly than take a bus. (I would agree with that. I don’t think anyone would criticize Copeland for flying to various locations if they were far away or overseas. The slightly higher price for a plane ticket could be easily justified.) By extension, then, Brown asks why we’re all mad that he spends more money on a private jet than flying commercial.

Because the drastic increase in cost for a private jet is a luxury he can do without.

Steven Kozar at Museum of Idolatry tried to make sense of it. Even if we’re talking about spending the bare minimum to operate the private jet — which one website said was $700,000 a year for a pilot, staff, maintenance, and other necessities — just think about the bills.

So, using the lowest annual cost of $700,000 and dividing it by 12 months the cost to operate a jet is at least $58,333.33 per month. That comes to $1,944.44 per DAY. A more expensive jet would cost $5,000 to $10,000 per DAY. If Kenneth Copeland bought a new ticket every single day, he would have to spend at least $1,944.44 on each ticket to equal the cost of running one private jet, and that doesn’t even figure in the cost of actually purchasing the jet.
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/06/07/this-is-a-horrible-way-to-defend-a-wealthy-televangelists-private-jet/




Except that it isn’t, sir. You know it is fun to play armchair auditor and those are some pretty alarming numbers that it takes to operate a private jet, let alone a fleet of them! So, the question is, is Pastor Copeland stealing from his collection offerings? I ask you my fair congregation!! But Kenneth Copeland apparently loves his private jets more than he loves JAYSUS, because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens!

A journalist's confrontation with a televangelist has gone viral, bringing televangelism and its most prosperous preachers under public scrutiny once again.

Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland came under fire this weekend for viral statements defending his lifestyle, including his ownership of three private jets.

Upon their first interaction in Branson, Missouri, Lisa Guerrero, an investigative journalist for news magazine Inside Edition, asked Copeland about his planes.

"That's really none of your business," he told her.

Copeland then justified his jet-setting by arguing that he would not be able to preach globally without them.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/06/04/televangelist-kenneth-copeland-defends-private-jets-inside-edition/1337549001/




Yes, god forbid that Pastor Copeland put up with the TSA and frequent flyer rewards programs like the rest of us have to! Now I know in the Good Book, it says judge not lest ye be judged, but really, fuck these people! None of your business? Well we’ll make it our business, thank you sir!! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for;




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June is Pride month and while we’re celebrating and respecting our LGBT brothers and sisters around the globe, some on the right side of things would like to remind you that they’re getting enough respect, you know, like a bad Rodney Dangerfield bit. In fact, they’d like to remind you that there’s an open season on being straight and white in this country. To which we say “HELL NO!!!!”. So let’s examine both sides of the argument here. Why do we need a Straight Pride Parade? And why is it the worst thing in the entire world? And also, why the hell did they choose Boston for this event? That seems like a very odd choice. Does Boston need some humiliation after winning all those championships? Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. But let’s start with the logic behind it before we meet some of the winners organizing it:

Boston conservative activists are planning a "Straight Pride" parade in the city for August -- with their own heavy security in case of trouble -- though both its organizer and the president of the LGBTQ pride parade invited each other to the other's events.

John Hugo, the president of the "Super Happy Fun America" organization that's putting together the event tentatively planned for Aug. 31, said the parade is aimed at protesting "some serious heterophobia" in Boston. He said he asked City Hall to fly the "Straight Pride" flag -- a pink and blue flag with an intertwined male symbol and female symbol -- on its flagpole, but that the city declined.

"We are sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens," said Hugo of heterosexuals. "We shouldn't be treated any differently and we are."
Hugo, who said the causes he's advocating for include preventing doctors from administering sex-change procedures on minors.

But DeMarco laughed after being asked about the opinion that straight people are treated worse than gay people.
"It's ironic because a lot of the people who are going to be at Pride are our straight allies in the community," DeMarco said. "It's a surprise to us that there's a certain group that feels they need to do that."
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/06/05/Straight-Pride-Parade-Boston/stories/201906050184




Oh boo fucking hoo. Gee how insecure are you that you have to have a parade to honor your own massive ego? Wait, I know! They’re conservatives and Trump fans! And why Boston you might ask? Why not? Maybe they all secretly have a crush on Tom Brady? I don’t know! I am just speculating! But the sad reality is that the city of Boston went along and decided to green light it, so now that’s a thing whether we want it or not.

Reports by Complex indicate that the city of Boston has officially green-lit a Straight Pride parade. The organizer behind it all, Mark Sahady, shared that the parade is scheduled to take place sometime in August. "It looks like the Boston Straight Pride Parade will happen. We filed a discrimination complaint and it appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation," shared Sahady via a Facebook post. "The city is now working with us on the parade. We will have the streets closed and be allowed to have floats and vehicles." And considering the numerous ways we could unpack what the parade's significance meant to the LGBT+ community, Twitter users were unafraid to share their outrage.

Users ensured to let Mark Sahady know they were not here for the bigotry underlying these Straight Pride efforts. Political affiliate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the following with regards to the issue: "Will “Straight Pride” be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives? Will people have to come out as straight? What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?" Even Captain America's Chris Evans chimed on the affair. Moreover, the permit was requested by the organizers during Pride month which somewhat serves to disrespect the LGBT+ community. See the ensuing reactions below.
https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/city-of-boston-gives-green-light-for-straight-pride-parade-news.82213.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Well we champion free speech here, so let ‘em have their parade. Just don’t show up for it. Now here’s where politics makes for some strange bedfellows, and none could be stranger than some of people and corporations who have spoken out against this stupid idea for an event.

Following the announcement of a "Straight Pride" Parade in Boston Tuesday, many took to Twitter to express their support or opposition. One tweet, which made light of the situation, gained a lot of attention and triggered a reaction by AXE body spray.

The initial tweet was written by Tony Posnanski Tuesday and listed stereotypical heterosexual and conservative "floats" that would sponsor the Straight Pride Parade. From "Tomi Lahren riding a Swastika" to a bag of Doritos, AXE wanted to make it clear that they did not belong on the list.

"We'll be at the parade that matters and this one isn't it," the official Twitter account of AXE wrote Wednesday.

One woman–under the Twitter handle of @karmatastrophe–responded to AXE's tweet, saying the company was "uninclusive" and "intolerant."

"Good to know you don't support straight people," @karmatastrophe fired back. "How very uninclusive and intolerant of you. My straight son and my straight partner have decided to no longer use your products since you don't support them."
https://www.newsweek.com/axe-body-spray-has-best-response-straight-pride-parade-sponsorship-claim




That’s right – Axe Body Spray, a brand commonly associated with bro culture, is siding with the LGBT community on this one! Yeah, suck it Straight Pride Parade! Although we have to address the name of the group that’s putting it on – what the fuck kind of name is Super Happy Fun America? That sounds like the name of a Japanese game show about American trivia, and we all know how crazy Japanese game shows can get! Let’s take a look at this group of winners! Would you be surprised that they’re far right white nationalists? I am shocked, shocked I tell you!!!

The organisers of a controversial Straight Pride rally proposed for the city of Boston, in the US, are heavily linked with far-right movements and nationalist protests, it has emerged.

Plans for the parade were widely shared on social media this week, despite no date yet being set and no permit being granted by the city council.

Organisers – a newly-formed group calling itself Super Happy Fun America – suggested the event would be a chance to celebrate being heterosexual.

They have already had to remove photos of Brad Pitt from their website after the actor, who had not given permission for his image to be used, threatened legal action.

Now questions have been raised over the past political activities of the trio of men behind the group, John Hugo, Mark Sahady and Chris Bartley.

Mr Sahady and Mr Bartley are both heavily associated with Resist Marxism – a loose ultra-conservative group found to have links to white supremacist organizations – while Mr Hugo ran, unsuccessfully, for congress in 2018 with an endorsement from the same group.

https://news.yahoo.com/organisers-straight-pride-revealed-links-101158404.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb





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It’s time once again to ask:



This week: The Youtube channel owned by Christian “comedian” Steven Crowder – how is this still a thing? In the last few weeks, Youtube has announced an unprecedented crackdown on hate content with many white supremacists, hate mongerers, neo Nazis, and conspiracy theorists finding their channels either being demonetized or permanently banned. Which they are quick to scream about how they’re being victimized because they’re conservative. But that’s not the discussion this week. This week, the discussion is centering on one channel in particular. The one owned by Steven Crowder, a fundamentalist Christian conservative who also claims to be a comedian. In fact here’s how it got started:

YouTube has demonetized the channel of a conservative host after a Vox journalist called him out for his anti-gay and anti-Hispanic comments.

"Louder with Crowder" host Steven Crowder has made a series of disparaging comments about Vox producer Carlos Maza's sexual orientation and ethnicity.

Maza hosts "Strikethough," a show about media in the age of the Trump presidency, on Vox's YouTube channel. But he said his political views weren't what drew Crowder's ire; instead, he said he's been called a series of offensive names because he is gay and Cuban-American. Crowder's YouTube channel has almost 4 million subscribers.

"Watching videos where I am called a 'lispy queer' pass a million views is incredibly dehumanizing and degrading," Maza told InsideEdition.com. "My boss found out about it, which was incredibly humiliating. My family found about it, my younger sibling saw it, which was incredibly humiliating.
https://www.insideedition.com/vox-journalist-slams-youtube-host-steven-crowder-anti-gay-anti-hispanic-comments-53495




No, no you didn’t. Steven Crowder’s channel is so toxic that it’s attracted this kind of attention and we are sure that neither side really wants this. But in reality when YouTube attempted to respond to such controversy, it blew it big time. And neither party is really left with a satisfied outcome and angrier at the streaming service more than ever.

YouTube unleashed massive confusion and satisfied apparently no one with its handling of Steven Crowder’s homophobic campaign against a gay journalist on Wednesday.

The company will “demonetize” Crowder, a far-right performer, for harassing Vox reporter Carlos Maza. The announcement was a partial reversal from Tuesday, when YouTube said it would not take action against Crowder. After a whiplash-inducing series of tweets, YouTube went from declining to act against Crowder, to demonetizing him, to appearing to base its decision on homophobic t-shirts Crowder sells, before finally saying his entire channel is a problem.

Maza said the decision is a cop-out.

“Basically all political content gets ‘demonetized.’” Maza tweeted. “Crowder's revenue stream isn't from YouTube ads. It's from selling merch and ‘Socialism Is For Fags’ shirts to millions of loyal customers, that @YouTube continues to drive to his channel. For free.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/youtube-punishes-steven-crowder-for-homophobic-attacks-on-gay-vox-journalist-carlos-maza




Yeah you can’t please all of the people all of the time and Youtube did exactly that. So rather than telling some people they can make money off political content, they’re simply telling everyone that they cannot make money off political content. But this is what happens when you have very loosely defined rules that aren’t properly enforced enough. And when you have friends like these, who needs enemies?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) threw his support behind Stephen Crowder on Thursday, calling YouTube decision's to no longer permit the conservative commentator, who has been accused of online harassment, to profit from his videos "ridiculous."

"YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing those voices you disagree with. This will not end well," wrote Cruz to his 3.3 million followers.

In a subsequent tweet, Cruz broached provocative comments made by TBS's Samantha Bee and actor Jim Carrey as examples of what he says is a double standard.

"This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee ('Ivanka is a feckless c***.') & @JimCarrey ('look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb') aren’t. No coherent standard explains it. Here’s an idea: DON’T BLACKLIST ANYBODY," he wrote.
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/447264-ted-cruz-throws-support-behind-steven-crowder-youtube-is-not-the-star-chamber




In fact while Ted Cruz didn’t say it well, he’s not wrong. This is not ending well. This is the exact opposite of ending well. In fact a simple “you’re wrong” turned into a colossal clusterfuck that could decide the fate of free speech on the internet as we know it. And that enabled Steven Crowed, who not only doubled down on his attacks, he tripled down.

Conservative commentator Steven Crowder has complained that Vox journalist Carlos Maza thinks YouTube is "queer space" after the video site informed him that his channel has been stripped of advertising revenue.

YouTube stopped Crowder from running ads on his channel following complaints made by Vox journalist Carlos Maza on Twitter about racist and homophobic remarks made by the pundit about him on his show.

Speaking on his show Louder with Crowder, the host bemoaned comments Maza made to the Washington Post that YouTube was hypocritical for branding itself as a "queer space" while allowing Crowder to remain on the platform.

"This guy, Carlos Maza, talked about how YouTube was a 'queer space,'" he said.

He went on to make further references to Maza's sexual orientation, before saying that YouTube appealing to the LGBT community was "corporate censorship."
https://www.newsweek.com/steven-crowder-decries-carlos-maza-calling-youtube-queer-space-after-ad-ban-1442579




Except that it isn’t. And Mr. Crowder not only doubled down on his attacks, he opened up a dangerous can of worms that should have not been opened. In fact Youtube might be reversing their long standing policy on hate speech if it proves a point. Which will open the doors for white supremacy and hate speech to rule the streaming service. While they may have been able to police it before, this policy won’t help things.

YouTube has long had a rocky relationship with its queer users, due to a history of restricting queer content. Those tensions deepened this week when Vox video journalist Carlos Maza called out YouTube and right-wing personality Steven Crowder, saying that Crowder has harassed him for years using the platform.

Crowder is the host of Louder With Crowder, a political commentary show airing on Blaze TV, a conservative broadcasting network with cable, satellite, and streaming assets that hosts talking heads like Glenn Beck and Ben Shapiro. Maza says Crowder has targeted him personally because of his race and sexual orientation.

Maza is the host of Vox’s YouTube series Strikethrough, which analyzes news media’s role in the Trump era. For the past two years, Maza said on Twitter last week, Crowder has taken aim at him through Louder With Crowder, on which he regularly mocks Maza for being gay and Latinx. The effect, Maza says, is that Crowder’s followers have harassed Maza and invaded his privacy.

Maza first detailed his concerns publicly on May 30, illustrating Crowder’s behavior through a video compilation of Louder With Crowder video footage that he shared to Twitter. The compilation features repeated clips of Crowder mimicking Maza with an exaggerated lisp, saying that Maza “sashays” around, and painting him with other homophobic stereotypes, all while referring to him as “the gay Vox writer.”.
https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/6/5/18653900/youtube-lgbtq-hate-speech-policy-carlos-maza-steven-crowder




Except they won’t be. So a simple fight between two Youtubers resulted in a colossal fuck up that could determine free speech on the internet forever. That’s enough to make you ask – Steven Crowder’s Youtube Channel:




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Hey El Paso, we’re already one week in to season 7 and I really need a drink!



Of course you know by now the idea with this segment is that we never mix booze and politics, but we do mix booze and comedy! Because what good is life if you can’t joke about it while getting drunk off your ass? Not a very good one if you ask me! So tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about pogo sticking? Nothing? Really? You’re going to leave me dry here? Well, just like mixing booze and politics never goes well, mixing booze and pogo sticking shouldn’t go well either. But I will take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. But we are going to discuss a potentially new form of travel that could revolutionize the industry. Or maybe not.

The sharing economy has brought scooters and bikes to our sidewalks and streets. Now, an international company wants to add pogo sticks to those ranks.

Cangoroo, a start-up based in Malmo, Sweden, plans to roll out shared, app-based pogo sticks in several cities, including San Francisco, starting this summer.

The company expects its pogo sticks to be publicly available in Malmo and Stockholm by the end of June, with launches in San Francisco and London to follow by mid-August.

“We do know that pogo sticks aren’t for everyone. But our mission and the fact that we’re going to launch them are 100 percent real,” said Adam Mikkelsen, the chief executive and co-founder of Cangoroo.

Mikkelsen said the company hopes to expand strategically to cities known for innovation — including the Los Angeles area, likely in Venice — as well as Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris. Still, the timelines depend on approval and coordination with city officials, he said.
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pogo-sticks-app-rentals-20190604-story.html




And if you thought the giant pile of Bird Scooters was an eye sore and a waste of resources, just wait until you check out the unused pile of pogo sticks! Just picture that as one of the least efficient methods of travel possible. And can you imagine these things going up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco? Just think of what the liability insurance for these guys must be!

If you needed any further proof that we live in hell and everything is meaningless, there is a new tech-less pogo-stick-sharing micro mobility startup from Sweden called Cangoroo that people are apparently taking seriously. Allegedly intended to compete with soul-crushingly popular danger sticks known as dockless e-scooters, this pogo nonsense is eventually coming to American shores.

The system works exactly as the dockless scooters do. You have an app on your phone that unlocks the pogo stick, then you pay by the minute to use the thing. The website currently shows the rates at $1 to unlock and thirty cents per minute after that. Then you can pogo your ass off to your heart’s content.

For one thing, is pogo stick transportation any faster than just walking? It’s a hell of a lot more dangerous, especially on a busy city street. They want you to use these things in the goddamn bike lane. I’m sure already disgruntled cyclists will be happy to share the lane with your hippity hoppity jumping. And they realize San Francisco is full of hills, right? This must be funded by dental prosthesis companies. That’s the only logic I can place behind this.

I can only conclude that anyone with the confidence, talent, and wherewithal to competently pogo stick to work will already own a pogo stick. The plan is to drop a few hundred of these DangerStick+ models on sidewalks in cities all over the world. Are there even a couple hundred people in the country that could safely use these? I don’t want to see a five pound projectile bouncing into some poor unsuspecting pedestrian’s face when an unprepared person falls off.
https://jalopnik.com/pogo-stick-sharing-micro-mobility-company-cangoroo-is-t-1835184447




Ah that’s the stuff!! But guess what? We can make all the fun of this we want and there’s tons of things out there that cell phone apps have brought us like the Bird Scooters that we’d rather forget ever existed, but these guys are serious! I really mean it yo!!!!

The alleged pogo stick rental company Cangoroo wants everybody to know that it’s not a prank. The Swedish startup claims that it will actually rent app-enabled pogo sticks—yes—in five cities around the world, including San Francisco.

The devices are meant to serve as a competitor to e-scooters, at a rate of 30 cents per minute. (A per-hop fee was presumably not practical.)

“Cangoroo and our pogo sticks offer a quicker alternative to walking, a more convenient alternative to having a bicycle, and a more environmentally friendly alternative to cars and e-scooters,” notes the company’s site.

Suffice to say, skepticism abounds. So much so that the first paragraph of Cangoroo’s press release, issued in May, states: “We feel the need to underline that Cangoroo is 100 percent real. Our choice of shared pogo sticks as our first product is a planned out strategy in order to stand out in today’s media landscape and build an engaging brand in the generic ‘last mile transportation’ category.”

When asked about its mission statement, a company spokesperson tells Curbed SF, “We can totally see that some people think it’s a joke as we intentionally branded Cangoroo the same way as existing e-scooter companies. However, we’re serious about our vision to try creating a brand in the micromobility category that stands out from the...generic ones. And that’s one of the reasons we chose pogo sticks as our first products.”
https://sf.curbed.com/2019/6/3/18650710/cangoroo-pogo-stick-rental-company-sf-app-scooters




Yeah, travel by pogo stick makes about as much sense as chugging a whole bottle of maple syrup – sure you could do it, but sticky and feeling weird and will almost always end in a mess! But does it even matter that this is a thing anymore? I mean in the day and age where batshit crazy stuff happens on a day to day basis and the world as we know it is being turned upside down, does it matter that this is happening?

On May 18, the Swedish-based pogo stick rental company Cangoroo clarified that it is, in fact, a real company.

“With a lot of initial questions along the line of ‘is this for real?’, We feel the need to underline that Cangoroo is 100% real,” the company said in a news release. “Our choice of shared pogo sticks as our first product is a planned out strategy in order to stand out in today’s media landscape and build an engaging brand in the generic ‘last mile transportation’ category.”

Cities around the world are now awash in a mix of rental bicycles, scooters, Vespas and mopeds as part of the micro-mobility boom. A variety of smartphone-based short-trip startups — Lime, Bird, Flash, Skip, etc. — have rushed to stake their claim in the new category, with venture capital funding pushing them to grow.

The guerrilla tactics of the emerging industry — companies have been known to dump dozens of scooters on cities without warning, users are offered little or no training on their use and are not given easy access to helmets — have given the sense that anything goes in the micro-mobility scene.
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/pogo-stick-rental-app-real-does-it-even-matter-n1014826





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What is up with Texas? That’s the question that we have on the table here for you. So why the fascination with the Lone Star State? Well, when we were in Austin last year, we got the idea to immerse ourselves in Texas culture. Once you get outside of the major cities – you are in prime MAGA / Fox country. Texas is the single largest state land size in the entire United States of America. It has the second most electoral votes in the country behind California. So we’re starting along the border – El Paso, San Antonio, the n off to Austin, Houston, and final Ft. Worth. And while we are here, we are going to be examining what makes Texas tick. Why do people have such a fascination or hatred for the Lone Star State? Well we’re starting our journey through El Paso – which also happens to be the home of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Now here’s where the ideal plan of Donald Trump’s border wall is coming to a head. In fact there’s a private company that wants to take things to the next level even if the government won’t.

The organization that raised millions of dollars to construct a border barrier on private land over the Memorial Day weekend will be issued a cease-and-desist letter due to a lack of permits needed for the project, a spokesperson for the city of Sunland Park, said Tuesday.

The group, We Build the Wall, used millions raised from a GoFundMe page to fund construction of about a half-mile barrier near the Texas-New Mexico state line across from Mexico. The site is on land owned by American Eagle Brick Co. and is just a few miles from downtown El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso. The site is in the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso sector.

“The city has not provided any permits, it has not approved of the construction that has gone up already,” city spokesperson Peter Ibardo told The Texas Tribune on Tuesday. “They built the structure without authority or any building permits from the city.”

Ibardo added that there were no site plans or recent surveys submitted to the city.
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/28/el-paso-area-privately-built-border-wall-receives-cease-and-desist-let/




And that’s the plan. And is anyone really that shocked that a company planning to do something shady is caught doing something shady? I know that I’m not! Our journey continues further. I needed to know more about why they were doing what they were planning on doing. In fact the do it yourself border wall is such a SNAFU that it already hit a snag across the state border in New Mexico – where a monument already built on the land is complicating things.

The viral “We Build the Wall” GoFundMe campaign has hit a snag in the first leg of its construction. Due to its blockage of a federal monument and construction of the wall moving onto federal property without proper permitting, the privately built border wall is being ordered to indefinitely keep its gates open rendering it effectively useless.

After raising nearly $24 million on GoFundMe, the campaign was able to complete a half-mile stretch of wall near the U.S. and Mexico border in the town of Sunland Park, New Mexico. The campaign’s creator is Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee war veteran who began the project in an effort to combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

In their haste to build the wall, the project organizers failed to obtain the required permits to build on federal land. It was also determined that the wall would prevent the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) officials from accessing a levee and a dam on the land, according to BuzzFeed News. The wall also blocked public access to Monument One, the first in a series of obelisks outlining the U.S. and Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, to Tijuana, Mexico. As a result, the IBWC ordered “We Build the Wall” to keep a gate within the wall indefinitely open.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/gofundme-border-wall-open-gate/




Yeah the last time that someone attempted to build a wall, was in South Park. And really? The name of your group is called “We Build The Wall”? You guys raised the money, surely you could come up with a much better name than that! That’s like an airline that just calls itself “airline”. Or that sleazy prostitute overnight destination called “Motel”. And would you really be surprised that this group simply doesn’t care where it’s building their wall?

We Build the Wall, the crowdfunded, ultra-right group that put up a multimillion-dollar border wall just west of El Paso in southern New Mexico, has said that it only builds on private land. But earlier this month, the group extended its wall onto government land — without asking first for government permission.

The extension is a wall with a locking gate that has closed a federal road next to the Rio Grande, at the intersection of Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico. Beyond the gate is a storied monument celebrating binational cooperation known as Monument One. For decades, it has been visited by locals who’ve enjoyed the area as a park. A We Build the Wall supporter last week said that the only people allowed to unlock the gate would be employees of the Border Patrol, the owner of the adjacent American Eagle Brick Company, and the International Boundary and Water Commission.

We Build the Wall adviser Steve Bannon bragged last month that the private border wall, which now snakes for almost a half-mile up a mountain, had for months been planned in secret, so as not to give protesters or civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union time to mount challenges. Heavy equipment started rumbling onto the property in late May, as land co-owner Jeff Allen forbade the media and the curious from getting near enough to see what was going on.
https://theintercept.com/2019/06/11/private-border-wall-federal-land/




So does it matter to the locals whether or not crime is a problem after the makeshit, non government approved wall reduces crime or not? If anything it’s had the opposite effect of what was originally intended. We will explore this topic as we journey further south along the Texas – Mexico border, and it will get crazier. But what do the locals of El Paso think of this gaudy monstrosity? Will it help or will it not?

A border suburb of El Paso, Texas, has issued a cease-and-desist order against construction of a privately funded border barrier.

A spokesman for Sunland Park, New Mexico, said Tuesday that the barrier being erected by We Build The Wall Inc. on private property doesn't comply with city ordinances. City spokesman Peter Ibarbo says the company had applied for a construction permit but the application was incomplete.

The company didn't immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

In a statement to KVIA-TV in El Paso, the company says it had "done everything they need to do to be in compliance with all regulations." The company calls the stop order "a last ditch effort to intimidate us from completing this project."
https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/el-paso-suburb-issues-cease-and-desist-order-for-private-border-wall/2035992364





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For Part 2 of our documentary series, we are heading to San Antonio, and to even further south to visit the border town of Leandro – a town that literally shares roads with Mexico, to find out more about the issue known as border crossing.

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Ladies and gentlemen, my first guest of the 7th season needs no introduction. They are touring this year in support of their classic album Enema Of The State, and you can see them this July and August with Lil Wayne. Playing their song “All The Small Things”, give it up for the one, the only Blink 182!!!




Thank you El Paso! This was fun! We’re off to San Antonio next! See you next week!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Fan Favorites Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Fan Favorites Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Oh hello again! While we’re getting ready to go hit the backroads of Texas in search of Lone Star Liberals, we figured that we would bring you some bonus content, because that’s what we do. You know last week our editors combed through all 147 editions of the Top 10 and over 1400 entries and selected their all time favorites that as a whole represents what the Top 10 is all about. This week, we’re letting you, the fans, have your crack at it, and we will reveal below what you selected as your favorites. But starting next week the Top 10 is back for good and wow. I can’t believe we’re starting season 7 already. Season 1 was started on a wing and a prayer, and now we’re still going strong 7 seasons in and we have no signs of stopping. So what do we have in store for season 7? Well we have two huge things – the first is our massive university tour which we rolled out the dates for. Yes, the Top 10 is going back to school! We will also be debuting some fresh content to go along with the universities that we’re going to be touring. While I can’t say what we have in store, let’s say that it will be great as usual. But… while the Mueller Report is going away, we’re not going anywhere. And we will, to the midst of my sanity, still continue to be covering literally Trump’s every single move. And rest assured that the rest of 2019 and continuing into 2020, this is going to be an absolute shit show. OK that’s enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he does a deep dive into the medical device industry:

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So here’s what you came up with for your fan favorite entries. The first is what has to be our most requested #1 entry, and it goes all the way back to the first season, to one of the first 20 Top 10s that we did, and Ted Nugent (1) wrote a criminally insane opinion piece that was so insane that the NRA had to apologize for it? And they apologize for nothing! In the second slot, from Idiots #2-4, is of course the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2) and apparently, he has no idea how international diplomacy works, because he could have got China to destroy Taiwan, and those two countries hate each other. In the number 3 slot, from Idiots #2-13 is also Donald Trump (3). Remember when Nordstrom ditched the Trump brand and he went completely apeshit and started a huge tirade of boycotts against various stores? Here’s where it started! Taking the fourth slot, from Idiots #4-6, Sean Hannity (4) along with other conservatives, of course have to shit on everything, and they took a huge one on Obama’s official White House portrait, because, Obama Derangement Syndrome. For the number 5 seed, from Idiots #5-7, is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and Looksmaxxers are a thing that exists. They’re like Incels but with the added bonus of unnecessary plastic surgery! For the number 6 slot, from Idiots #4-9, our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), our resident pastor is going to introduce you to a church where you can marry your gun, yes, that exists. In the number 7 slot, from Idiots #6-6, is “NO!” (7), remember when Delta attempted to introduce creepy pickup napkins? Yeah they shouldn’t have done that. For the 8th slot, from Idiots #3-16, the first “Beating A Dead Horse” segment tells Trump that he’s really got to let the NFL kneeling protests go, just let it go. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, from Idiots #6-5, is “I Need A Drink” – just shut humanity down! Why do we need to know that women think serial killers are hot? Seriously, fuck our lives! And finally from our British Edition, Idiots #5-23, our series that explains how government works to conspiracy theorists, Deep State Diaries (10), hangs out with M:I-6! Plus we also have music from when Slash stopped by! Enjoy! Plus as always don’t forget the key!

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From: Idiots #1-15
Ed. Note: This was by *FAR* our most requested #1 feature. Juan G from Oakland writes:

“The NRA is an organization that apologizes for nothing. Wasn’t there that one time where they actually had to apologize for something?”

Good question! And we think we have the answer, and it lies in this criminally insane Op Ed written by NRA board member Ted Nugent:


The republican argument on gun control is a lot like a bad thriller movie. You know it’s going to suck going in, and there’s a lot of plot holes and bad arguments and dialogue to get to the payoff. But you sit through it knowing it sucks because you want to get to the twist at the end of the argument. Because after all that’s how they keep you hooked and coming back for more. It’s like a bad Jerry Bruckheimer produced movie directed by M. Night Shymalan. And no matter how many times you have the formula figured out, there’s people who are willing to take it to new and terrifying extremes. Look at Ted “Pants Crap Fever” Nugent. Just like Donald Trump went Full Hitler, Ted Nugent is heading down that path, possibly vying for a VP position with Der Trumpenfuror. But here’s where Ted has gone full Hitler:

Ted Nugent Goes Full-On Jew Hater in Facebook Rant. Nugent posted a photo of prominent Jewish Americans to Facebook with the caption, “So who is really behind gun control?” and put an Israeli flag next to each of their faces

There is and has always been an undercurrent of anti-Semitism in conservative ranks. It rears its ugly head from time to time, such as when Ann Coulter claims Jews are “unperfected” Christians who are therefore oh so close to being actual human beings.

Nothing so “subtle” for Ted Nugent, who recently called Obama a Racist Child-Killing Freak. This time the admitted sexual predator and ex-rocker went to Facebook to publicly air his anti-Semitism, posting a photo with the caption, “So who is really behind gun control?”

The problem is that all those pictured are Jewish, like the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and attorney and pundit Alan Dershowitz, to name just a few.

Just to reinforce that point, Nugent got his Julius Streicher on and put an Israeli flag next to each of their faces:

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http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/09/ted-nugent-goes-full-on-jew-hater-rant.html




And of course the NRA is in full “move along, nothing to see here” mode:
NRA Dodges Accountability: "Individual Board Members Do Not Speak For The NRA." After declining to comment to several news outlets, the NRA told The Washington Post on February 10 that "individual board members do not speak for the NRA."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/10/gun-rights-advocates-urge-nra-to-remove-ted-nugent-from-board-over-anti-semitic-outburst/?tid=sm_tw


First off Ted – a word of advice – when you’re in a hole, stop digging!!!

In the ensuing controversy, Nugent has been condemned by diverse voices including civil rights groups, Jewish organizations, and both gun safety groups and pro-gun organizations and writers. Several organizations called on the NRA to remove Nugent from its board of directors. (Nugent was praised by white nationalists, and his support for Ted Cruz is still displayed prominently on the GOP contender's website.)

In a February 11 interview with an unnamed questioner, available only on his Facebook page, Nugent suggested that his critics are "mentally challenged" and said, "To attack me one would have to not only play devil's advocate, one would actually be the devil's advocate or more probably the devil itself." To deny charges of anti-Semitism, Nugent stated, "I admire and love my good Jewish friends even more than usual because of their valiant dedication to 'Never Again!'"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/02/12/amid-anti-semitism-controversy-nras-nugent-atta/208561


But it gets better – he’s actively attempting to justify it by calling himself a “black man” and a “war hero”. Even Robert Downey Jr.’s Kirk Lazarus character from the 2008 flick Tropic Thunder is wondering what the hell Ted Nugent is smoking. Hell, I want some of whatever he’s smoking, because it must be some pretty strong shit:

Ted Nugent has had quite a start to 2016, posting anti-Semitic messages on his Facebook page and ludicrously declaring that he is a war hero, all of which came just weeks after he called for President Obama and Hillary Clinton to be killed.
Nugent, a board member of the NRA, kept it up with a bizarre column for WorldNetDaily yesterday in which he said that he is a “Motown black man” who is intent on freeing other black people from their “modern slave masters known as the Democratic Party.”
As a large, in charge, Motown black man my bad-self, who honed my Sonic Baptizm, soul-cleansing soulmusic on the greasy rhythm and blues of the musical funk and roll gods James Brown and Chuck Berry et al., and who learned and then perfected the fine art of American defiance from my hero Rosa Parks, I continue to celebrate nonstop all things good and black.

My motto has always been: Black is beautiful. Minimal exposure to my killer Detroit guitar playing would immediately reveal why I was voted the No. 1 Guitarist Alltime in Michigan a few years back. No cracker can play like that!

If you don’t like it, well funk you very much.

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-nugent-declares-he-motown-blac-man-who-will-free-democratic-slaves#sthash.j75lxPGH.dxcz6kHG.dpuf






He didn’t just say “funk you very much” did he? There’s only one person in the entire world who gets to say that phrase in a proper context, and that is Bootsy Collins. And big difference between Bootsy Colllins and Ted Nugent – Bootsy rules, Nugent doesn’t. Not by a long shot. Allow me to channel Kirk Lazarus for a minute: “Don’t go full Hitler, kid. Never, ever go full Hitler.”. In fact to get the stink of Nugent out of the room, let’s play some Bootsy:






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From: Idiots #2-4
Ed. Note: Sheila E. from Colorado Springs writes:

“Donald Trump sure thinks he’s the world’s greatest negotiator, but remember that time he failed big time at bridging the gap between China and Taiwan?”

Well, Sheila, our president has zero fucking clue what he’s supposed to be doing, and I think that’s the idea.


If you haven’t seen the current season of South Park, you must. It takes on Twitter trolling and Donald Trump:



Let’s lighten things up and talk about WWIII, shall we? Do I dare ask for some appropriate music?



Thank you!!!!!

Well it’s the end of the world as we know it folks, and I feel fine. Well REM’s song was only 25 years too early. Because the man who will most likely be responsible for the end of the world is none other than our actual future president Donald J. Trump. So before we dive into this head first, you are aware that Taiwan has been in a diplomatic feud with China over its’ independence and control of the South China Sea, right? Plus we have some long standing diplomatic ties to China. So here’s how Donald J. Trump is involved in this whole thing.

When President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, he was wading into one of Asia’s longest-running and sensitive issues: the dispute between Taiwan and mainland China.

Though the call alarmed experts, who say it risks upending decades of American efforts to manage the dispute, nonexperts could be forgiven for scratching their heads about the uproar. What follows, then, is a guide to the China-Taiwan issue: why it is so delicate, what role the United States has in the matter and why the phone call is significant.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/world/asia/trump-taiwan-and-china-the-controversy-explained.html?_r=0




Whoa let’s stop there. Yeah you are wrong there, Donald. So what is the whole controversy between Taiwan and China?

What is the China-Taiwan issue?

Both players claimed, at least formally, to represent all of China — which they considered to include each other’s territory. That created problems, including periodic risks of war, for decades.

The disagreement dates to 1927, when civil war broke out in the Republic of China. The war culminated in Communist revolutionaries, led by Mao Zedong, mostly defeating China’s Nationalist government in 1949.

But the Nationalist leaders fled to Taiwan, which their forces still controlled. Though fighting eventually stopped, both sides continued to claim all of China. The Taiwan-based government considered mainland China to be controlled by illegitimate Communist rebels. The Beijing-based government considered Taiwan a breakaway province.

In this sense, the civil war was never fully resolved. Thus, Taiwan’s formal name is still the Republic of China. Mainland China — controlled by the Communist government in Beijing — is called the People’s Republic of China.




That’s not wrong Donald, that’s exactly what happened. So why does this phone call matter?

Why does the phone call matter?

The call does not in itself change policy, but it implies the possibility of a shift, forcing both China and Taiwan to guess at Mr. Trump’s intentions.

Mr. Trump’s transition team, by categorizing his call with Ms. Tsai of Taiwan alongside calls with other heads of state, implied that Mr. Trump recognized her as the leader of a sovereign state. Mr. Trump also wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to the “President of Taiwan.”

Recognizing Ms. Tsai as a sovereign leader would communicate that the United States considered Taiwan an independent nation.

Such a position would force both Taiwan and Beijing into a difficult choice. Either ignore American policy on the issue — perhaps ending the decades-long American role in balancing cross-strait relations — or confront Taiwanese independence, which Beijing has said would provoke war.




Holy fucking shit! So with one phone call, Donald Trump may have escalated 40 years of diplomatic tensions! By the way, does it seem odd to anyone else that all the world’s problems seem to have started around oh 1980? Maybe Reagan’s election was the nexus of the universe! Of course I’m surprised we didn’t see time travelers on election night. But there’s more!

BEIJING — China warned President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday that he was risking a confrontation over Taiwan, even as Mr. Trump broadened the dispute with new messages on Twitter challenging Beijing’s trade policies and military activities in the South China Sea.

A front-page editorial in the overseas edition of People’s Daily, the official organ of the Communist Party of China, denounced Mr. Trump for speaking Friday with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, warning that “creating troubles for the China-U.S. relationship is creating troubles for the U.S. itself.” The rebuke was much tougher than the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s initial response to the phone call, which broke with decades of American diplomatic practice.
www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/world/asia/china-donald-trump-taiwan-twitter.html




So Beijing has told Donald Trump that he’s treading on extremely thin ice here! So he might be the catalyst for World War III after all! He’s already nominated the other three horsemen – Bannon, Sessions, and DeVos to his cabinet! So what else is coming because of this?

Either Donald Trump misled all of us about his conversation with Taiwan's leader, or his team is trying to rewrite history so the whole thing doesn't come off as a giant diplomatic blunder.

In today's Washington Post, Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Simon Denyer cite inside sources who say the call was months in the making and intentionally provocative in regard to China.

That was apparently news to Trump, who on Friday night, as the controversy erupted, dismissively tweeted as if it were a small matter in which Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen phoned him to offer her congratulations, and he took the call as a courtesy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/05/trumps-team-is-trying-to-have-it-both-ways-on-its-taiwan-controversy/?utm_term=.16a1fca74708


So of course Trump retreats to his old friend Twitter for some angry 3:00 AM toilet Tweets. Like these:




Those are the actual Tweets. Of course making ones up is my job, damn it!



And apparently this whole thing has been planned for a long time:

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews with people involved in the planning.

The historic communication — the first between leaders of the United States and Taiwan since 1979 — was the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump’s advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the Republican presidential nominee, according to people involved in or briefed on the talks.

The call also reflects the views of hard-line advisers urging Trump to take a tough opening line with China, said others familiar with the months of discussion about Taiwan and China.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-taiwan-phone-call-was-weeks-in-the-planning-say-people-who-were-involved/2016/12/04/f8be4b0c-ba4e-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.d3e27a9e9699


Which prompted the White House to do some major damage control:

White House officials say they have spoken with Chinese leadership following President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Federal officials called to reassure the country that the US still adheres to the "One China" policy, which does not recognise Taiwan as its own sovereign nation.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said officials "do not understand why" Mr Trump's conversation with Taiwanese leader took place, but assured reporters that there would be no change in the official US position on the policy.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-china-relations-taiwan-donald-trump-call-white-house-statement-a7457481.html





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From: Idiots #2-13
Ed. Note: Ron F. from Portland, Oregon asks:

“Why do Trump and his crazy followers boycott every product that so much as looks at them funny?”

Well, Ron, that question is probably as old as time itself. But we think we’ve found the origin story.


I love this so much:



As I said in the intro – we’re going after department stores now. Really? So you know by now last week Trump was feuding with Nordstrom after they dropped Ivanka Trump’s line. Can we throw that Tweet up there?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/829356871848951809

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ethics-watchdog-offers-to-help-nordstrom-sue-trump-under-california-unfair-competition-law/

Norm Eisen, co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has offered to help Nordstrom and other companies sue President Donald Trump for improperly using his executive position to hurt their businesses.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump blasted Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s line of products.

“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” Trump tweeted using the official POTUS account. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

Eisen immediately called the president’s tweet “outrageous.”

“Nordstrom, others injured should consider suing, incl. under CA Unfair Comp Law, forbidding ‘any unfair biz act,'” Eisen wrote on Twitter. “I will help!”




But there’s more and the more you dig into this story the weirder it gets:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that Nordstrom's decision to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line is an attack on the president's policies and his daughter.

Spicer told reporters during his daily press briefing that the decision -- which Nordstrom said was a result of poor sales, not politics -- was because of the clothing company's displeasure with President Donald Trump's executive orders and his policies.

"I think this is less about his family's business and an attack on his daughter," Spicer said. "He ran for president. He won. He's leading this country. I think for people to take out their concern about his actions or his executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success."

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump attacked Nordstrom on Twitter, saying that the brand treated his daughter "so unfairly."

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ivanka-trump-nordstrom-line


It’s a direct attack on the president! Oh no! The horror! And of course like everything Trump is doing, this is having a reverse effect:

Nordstrom's stock went up by more than 4 percent Wednesday after President Trump fired off a tweet criticizing it for discontinuing Ivanka Trump's brands of clothing and other merchandise.

Nordstrom’s stock dipped -0.5 percent immediately after Trump’s morning tweet calling it “terrible” for treating his daughter, Ivanka, “so unfairly.”

However, the stock fully recovered within four minutes, and closed out the day up 4.1 percent, MarketWatch reported.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/318597-nordstrom-stock-gains-over-4-for-the-day-after-trump-tweet





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From: Idiots #4-6
Ed. Note: Kendall J. from Austin, Texas writes:

“Conservatives are so disgusting! Why do they have to ruin everything they touch?”

We couldn’t agree more, Kendall. In fact, want to know how disgusting conservatives can get? Take a look at their super creepy reactions to the official White House portrait of Barack Obama:




There really isn’t enough batshit crazy for this one. And it might be a new low for Sean Hannity, and this is in the same month he had that epic clusterfuck (See: Idiots #4-5 ). But Hannity doesn’t just run away with his tail between his legs when he knows he’s been defeated. Instead he’s like Popeye – he downs a can of Covfefe and comes back with twice the batshit! And really? The Obama presidential portrait? That’s what you’ve got to attack? Never mind that our rights and civil liberties are being stripped one by one, Obama has a portrait! Squirrel???

As evidence for this claim, Hannity posted a link to an article on his own website titled, “PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features ‘SECRET SPERM.'”

The article itself details Obama portrait artist Kehinde Wiley’s past use of what the New York Times has described as “rich textile or wallpaper backgrounds whose patterns he has likened to abstractions of sperm.”

The article then zooms in on a portion of the Obama portrait that it believes depicts a sperm swimming on the former president’s head, just around the area of his left temple.

The Hannity article said that the purported sperm in the Obama painting was part of a “shocking” and “widening scandal” about the portrait. In addition to painting the supposed sperm, notes the Hannity article, Kehinde Wiley has in the past made jokes about “killing Whitey.” See the detail of the Obama portrait yourself below.
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/sean-hannity-comes-completely-unglued-alleged-secret-sperm-hidden-obamas-portrait/




In this case, Hannity is *REALLY* making love to the canvas! Excuse me a minute! I feel better! I mean that’s all they got? And why is the first thought “sperm”? I mean are we living in that movie “There’s Something About Mary”? I think Hannity could call this “There’s Something About Obama”, although I do like that graphic! But there’s more to this of course!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Sperm is too.

At least for conspiracy-mongering Fox News host Sean Hannity.

His latest Barack Obama beef revolves around the former President’s official portrait by Kehinde Wiley and “secret sperm cells.”

After a handshake and a hug with the New York-based artist, the former commander in chief applauded the portrait at the unveiling Monday.

“What I was always struck by whenever I saw his portraits,” said Obama, “was the degree to which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/obama-presidential-portrait-draws-secret-sperm-cells-fuss-article-1.3818548




I hear Hannity might be looking for an attractive blonde cohost. And by the way if there’s no band starting tomorrow called “Secret Sperm”, I will have lost all faith in the internet! And we might be picking on Hannity for insane conspiracy theories surrounding the Obama portrait (trust us – we are) but he’s not the only one cooking up crazy theories surrounding the portrait!

The far-right internet spent yesterday hurling faux outrage at Kehinde Wiley, the artist who painted Barack Obama’s presidential portrait, with one internet personality going so far as to smear Wiley as a “white genocide fetish artist.”

Wiley is known for depicting modern-day African-American subjects using the tropes of classical European art. As Media Matters and Upworthy’s Parker Molloy first noted yesterday, the far-right has latched on to a pair of Wiley’s paintings in which he depicts the biblical story of Judith beheading Holofernes—a frequent subject in Renaissance art—as a black woman holding the head of a white man or a white woman.

These paintings were enough to revive the longstanding right-wing meme that Obama is racist against white people and to make Wiley the latest object of the far-right internet’s smear machine.

The Gateway Pundit’s White House reporter Lucian Wintrich claimed that it was hard to interpret Wiley’s prior paintings as “anything other than a blatant statement of racism.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/a-white-genocide-fetish-artist-far-right-trolls-smear-artist-who-painted-obamas/




And our good friend Alex Jones has also repeated this insane theory about the Obama portrait and sperm:

Infowars leader and crackpot conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, contributing to the second phase of the ongoing right-wing smear campaign against the artist who painted Barack Obama’s presidential portrait, claimed that the artist purposefully painted an image of sperm on Obama’s face to fulfill part of a globalist agenda to “have everything be a ritual of abomination.”

Today on Infowars, Jones claimed the artist Kehinde Wiley, who was hired to paint Obama, “is obsessed with sperm” and that “all of his paintings have sperm swimming all over everything.” For some reason, Jones also felt the need to clarify that the alleged sperm shape in question was a “GMO sperm” that was “fully formed.”

“You say, ‘But, it doesn’t make sense, it’s so degenerate.’ It’s a religion of degeneracy. It’s what globalism is. It’s what Satanism is,” Jones said. “So there you go, President Obama covered in sperm in new national portrait, and it’s all part of the joke in your face, because they don’t want upright strength. They want to have everything be a ritual of abomination.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-artist-painted-sperm-on-obama-as-part-of-globalist-plot/




Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…. In this case I don’t want to know what a happy accident is! And by the way I want to introduce to you my new band “Secret Sperm”! And we’ll be playing our debut album “Ritual Of Abomination”! One night only! And Jerome Corsi also took things in a very dark direction, like he does. We may have to profile him in “This Fucking Guy” sometime.

Corsi was online yesterday when the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were released, and like so many others on the Right, he saw something nefarious in the paintings, asserting that the foliage and flowers in Barack Obama’s portrait were a symbol of “the pedophilia that they’re engaging in.”

“That is one of the weirdest presidential portraits I have ever seen,” Corsi said. “It’s a bizarre picture.”

“It’s a reference to the loss of virginity in terms of a physical sense,” he added. “It’s a very physical reference to loss of virginity … This whole elite globalist pedophilia is a major theme that Q continues to remind us underlies a lot of these globalists that we are dealing with. The fact that they are sitting on flowers and the deflowering could be easily an image of the pedophilia that they’re engaging in or the slavery pedophilia, you know, tend your gardens everybody, their slave gardens.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jerome-corsi-obamas-portrait-was-a-secret-symbol-of-the-pedophilia-theyre-engaging-in/


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I don’t know why but Hannity’s insane theory suddenly makes innocent Bob Ross clips sound that much creepier. Don’t try to picture that when you go home tonight! I repeat! Don’t do it! “Yes, just ejaculate on the pallet. Now take your sperm, mix it with some blue paint… and then we want a nice little smudge in the bottom right corner. That will just be our little secret!” Whew, this might be the dirtiest entry I’ve ever done! Now… just to get that image out of your head, here’s an article about a guy on the US Men’s Curling team who looks like Mario!

The Winter Olympics have once again brought in the onslaught of jokes and memes at the expense of Curling, a sport that not everyone (including this writer) understands, but some people really enjoy. At the forefront of U.S. curling this year are siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton, who have arguably become superstars within their sport as well as within U.S. news for their impressive performances on the ice.

This year, after having helped dominate the sport in the U.S. for three years alongside his sister, Matt Hamilton has taken center stage for what might be the best combination of red sportswear and a thick mustache ever. Despite - or perhaps in spite of - their fall at the hands of Team Finland in this year's mixed doubles curling competition, the Hamiltons are enjoying a batch of entertaining posts and edits likening the elder sibling to one very important video game hero: Super Mario.
http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/02/12/olympics-matt-hamilton-super-mario/







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From: Idiots #5-7
Ed. Note: Leon W. from Naperville, IL writes:

“Hey Top 10, what’s up with Incels? I just found out my cousin spent $60,000 on unnecessary plastic surgery to make himself look like a Ken Doll. I mean really… WTF? FML.”

Don’t FML yet, Leon. If your cousin is obsessed with the Looksmax movement, he definitely needs to seek psychiatric treatment ASAP!


St. Louis, it’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



The era of social media has given rise to some very crazy movements, both good and bad, that you might not have heard of. It’s also given rise to celebrities who wouldn’t otherwise be celebrities. In the last two years, and especially in the last six months since the devastating terror attack in Toronto that killed 8 people, you might have heard of a burgeoning movement called “Incels”. These people – primarily young, under 25 males, call themselves “involuntarily celibate”. But recently, the Incel movement has broken off and given birth to a newer movenement called “Looksmax”. Here is how the Looksmax movement is defined.

It’s late on a Friday, and hundreds of men are browsing the forum Lookism.net. A new member logs on and posts two photos showing the lower half of his face.

“What surgeries/implants are needed to fix this?” he asks. “As you can see I have a recessed jaw/chin.”

The replies come swiftly: “It’s not just your chin. Your upper lip is retruded as well. Orthognathic surgery if you can afford it. Chin implant or [genioplasty] if you can’t. You should also look at jaw angle implants,” someone responds. “Start saving.”

It’s a typical exchange on the message board, where new posts continue to pop up throughout the night with men asking other men for physical evaluation and advice.

“Rate my face.” “I already know I’m ugly.” “Dropped 7K on a nose job.” “Candid photo of my profile reveals my subhumanity.” “I don’t even leave the house anymore, I don’t want to be seen.” “No Tinder matches in first 24 hours — is it over?” At one point, someone compares the skull sizes of Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik, carefully assessing which pop star has a more masculine-shaped head.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/incels-looksmaxing-obsession_us_5b50e56ee4b0de86f48b0a4f




Yes unfortunately these people have probably never seen Fight Club. Think of Looksmaxing like the Incel movement but with an added sense of both self superiority and self loathing. But in order to further understand the Incels and the Looksmaxers we must first begin to understand their language.

Michael had never even heard of incels until he accidentally stumbled onto a YouTube video criticizing men whose identities centered on their being involuntarily celibate. The high school student—who declined to share his real name in an article that might portray him as an angry virgin—had long struggled to date women, and the clip had the opposite of its intended effect: he actually found himself agreeing with arguments that were supposed to make him cringe. Suddenly, Michael realized, he had a proper term for what he now calls his "condition," and when he plugged "incel" into Google, he ended up on subreddits that provided an entire vocabulary around which to order his existence.

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"At first, 'low inhib,' [but] I later made the inference that it meant somebody who was shameless, and pretty much acted out with little to no regret," he told me. "'Beta-bux' was extremely confusing, but then I figured out that it just meant some unattractive man [who] literally used his abundance of money to keep a mildly attractive woman by their side, and if the money wasn't even a variable, the relationship wouldn't exist."

The incel world is not unique within the wide array of misogynist and other fringe American subcultures for providing adherents a shared dialect with which to spread toxic ideas. But if you're not already steeped in the primordial muck of the broader manosphere, it can be exceedingly difficult to parse what these people are talking about, and why. As J.M. Berger, an analyst of the intersection between radical ideology and social media and author of the forthcoming book Extremism explained, the incel community is still relatively new, small and understudied. "Another complicating factor is that a lot of different ideological strains are currently consolidated under the alt-right heading," he told me. "Drilling down into the component parts of the alt-right is a challenge, and it's sometimes easier for people to just treat it as a more cohesive group than it actually is."

But given incels' demonstrated capacity for murder, and the broader reality that much of the violence in American life is perpetrated by men against women, it can be helpful to have a general idea of how these people think—and how they talk. What follows is a brief guide to 32 of the most common phrases used across the murky forums and subreddits populated by incels, along with an attempt to grapple with the ubiquity of each term in what amounts to a noxious alternate reality.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xmaze/learn-to-decode-the-secret-language-of-the-incel-subculture




That’s about the most accurate way of describing Looksmaxing that we can think of. But there’s even more method to the madness than a strange vocabulary and way of looking at the world and even themselves. Incels and Looksmaxers live in a dangerous subculture. One where murder and other horrifying thoughts lurk.

Ben, who tweets from the handle @BenIsYourHero and declined to give his full name, found the image in a closed Facebook group called “Incels say the darndest things,” a gathering place where users mock and argue against the work of the “involuntary celibate” community. Soon, his tweet went semi-viral, popping up on blogs, anti-incel Tumblrs, and incel subreddits.

The term incel, a self-adopted label for a group of men who blame women and feminism for their inability to find sexual partners, first gained public notoriety in 2014, when Elliot Rodger killed six people in Santa Barbara, California, in “retribution” for women refusing to give him the sex he believed he deserved. It entered mainstream discourse again in 2018, when Alek Minassian allegedly killed 10 people in a Toronto vehicular attack after praising Rodger on Facebook and declaring “the Incel Rebellion has already begun!”

Incel culture has flourished online, where like-minded men post unsigned messages on Reddit, 4chan, and incel message boards, describing their most sinister fantasies about worlds in which women are collected like tax dollars and redistributed for sex. These insular communities have developed an in-group lingo that’s tricky for outsiders to parse. When a community that’s highly anonymous, decentralized, and often contradictory becomes fodder for memes, which are easily stripped of their provenance and edit history, it becomes extremely difficult for observers to understand and contextualize what they’re seeing. Memes can provide crucial insight into what’s really going on in incel forums. They can also warp the truth. Whether a meme is a bit of primary-source incel doctrine, a hyperbolic riff on an in-joke, or a work of satire can be impossible to determine if you don’t spend hours a day steeping yourself in the native language of incel culture.
https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/07/incel-memes-like-millimeters-of-bone-and-virgin-vs-chad-mask-a-dangerous-and-toxic-culture.html




That is probably the way Incels and Looksmaxers see themselves. But if you want to see what kind of celebrity the Incels make their own, look no further than this.

Incel is shorthand for “involuntary celibate”, a term used to describe (largely) men who are not only serially rejected by women romantically and sexually, but also feel that they are being denied sex that they are in some way owed. Their justification for this entitlement is rooted in the fact that they consider themselves physically attractive, or at least think they are “nice guys”. This has caused them to develop a universal hatred of women for repeatedly rejecting them despite these perceived good qualities. Born in the depths of Reddit and 4chan, the term entered public discourse after the south California shooting by “incel hero” Elliot Rodger in 2014, and re-emerged earlier this year following the Toronto van attack by self-proclaimed incel Alek Minassian.

When it comes to Love Island’s Alex, he fits the perfect archetype of an incel: he’s stereotypically attractive, an A&E doctor who saves lives, has indicated that he feels he is owed attention, and has, generally speaking, failed to secure it. Incels have flocked to Reddit and 4chan to support “our boy” Alex, seeing him as a mainstream reinforcement of their incel beliefs. This fandom was bolstered by the nation’s own (and admittedly waning) Alex fandom – with the Twitter hashtag for the show previously rife with support for Alex. For his incel fanbase, the widespread support became the perfect rationale for their own incel-related gripes: How could the nation’s successful, attractive, loveable sweetheart still not manage to get a girlfriend?
https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2018/07/how-love-island-s-alex-became-incel-icon




There you have it, that’s not only how Incels see themselves, it’s what kind of celebrities they call their own. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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From: Idiots #4-9
Ed. Note: Melissa V. from Coquitlam, British Columbia writes:

“Why doesn’t the Top 10 come to Canada? We have safe, clean cities and a nice environment where you don’t have to worry about getting shot!”

Well, Melissa, your wish is our command. We are working on coming to Canada for the first half of Season 8 next year, as well as a date in Tijuana, Mexico! Yes, we are going north and south of the border. At least we won’t have to put up with nonsense from gun humpers like this.


Gather around my fair brothers and sisters! Time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it is our weekly duty to remind you that the holiest among us are also the most full of:



Now in a time of tragedy and national crisis, I ask you, my fair congregation, what can one do to turn to their loved ones for comfort? Some turn to thine food, others turn to their own vices, none of which the lord JAYSUS would approve of! But would one turn to thy vice for… something other than comfort? Thank you sir!

NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. — Crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday, prompting a nearby school to cancel classes.

With state police and a smattering of protesters standing watch outside the church, brides clad in white and grooms in dark suits brought dozens of unloaded AR-15s into World Peace and Unification Sanctuary for a religious event that doubled as an advertisement for the Second Amendment.

The church, which has a worldwide following, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons. An AR-15 was used in the Florida high school massacre on Feb. 14.

The Rev. Sean Moon, who leads the church, prayed for “a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/28/pennsylvania-church-ceremony-guns/383815002/




And I thought they were against marrying inanimate objects! But there is more method to the gun nutter’s madness. This ceremony was so scary that it was frightening nearby school children. You know – kind of like a moment in a comedy movie.

NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. — An Eastern Pennsylvania school district says it’s canceling classes at an elementary school because a church down the street is hosting a ceremony featuring AR-15 rifles.

World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, a suburb of Scranton, is encouraging couples to bring their AR-15 rifles to a “commitment ceremony” on Wednesday. The church believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the biblical book of Revelation.

The superintendent of the Wallenpaupack Area School District says “there is no direct threat.” But he wrote in a letter to parents that given concerns about parking, traffic and the “nature of the event,” students will be bused to schools about 15 miles away.

The church is a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which has distanced itself from the event and says its ceremonies and theology do not involve weapons.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/02/26/School-scranton-newfoundland-pennsylvania-close-church-ceremony-featuring-AR-15-rifles-World-Peace-and-Unification-Sanctuary/stories/201802260112




Yes – holy shit indeed good sir! For marrying inanimate objects is a SIN!!!! It is one of the most egregious of sins and it says so in the Good Book for I have read it cover to cover! Getting back to other religious wackiness, apparently those who support Trump “taketh thy Bible seriously”! Really?

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager told the National Religious Broadcasters Convention yesterday that President Trump has the support of “religious Jews” and “orthodox” Christians because those people “take the Bible seriously” and know that the important question to ask about a politician is not whether he is a “good” person but whether he is “good for America.”

Prager, who during the 2016 campaign compared the choice of Trump over Hillary Clinton to choosing to ally with Stalin rather than Hitler, told the audience about a recent column in which he had written that criticisms from evangelicals about evangelical support for Trump “are not biblical, moral or wise.”

“There is a reason that most religious Jews, that is, Orthodox Jews, and most orthodox–small-o–Christians support the president,” Prager told the convention. “It is not because they are fans of his tweets or his past behavior or the sexual conduct that he is charged with. It is because they take the Bible seriously. That’s the irony. The more religious the Christian, the more wisdom he gets and the more orthodox the Jew, the more wisdom he gets from the Bible.”

Prager told the story of how God raised up King David, who “makes Donald Trump look like Mother Teresa.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dennis-prager-conservative-evangelicals-support-trump-because-they-take-the-bible-seriously/




No you don’t. I know this, Brother Denis, because LYING IS A SIN!!!! AND ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS OF SINS!!! And only your repentance can be saved by the LAWRD and reading the Good Book, it even says so. Unlike many of you hypocrites, I can name the passage where it even says so that lying is a sin, and I suggest you read it too! But woe beith the most persecuted of Christians for they believe some crazy shit!

Mike Cernovich, a self-described “New Right” pundit who gained notoriety for peddling a variety of conspiracy theories such as “Pizzagate,” warned Christians that the effort by social media websites to crack down on conspiracy theories and extremist rhetoric was not actually aimed at people like himself, but rather at people who declare their Christian faith.

In a live stream video aired this afternoon, Cernovich brought up reports that Facebook had threatened to suspend a Christian satire site after fact-checking nonprofit Snopes flagged its article claiming that CNN purchased an industrial washing machine to “spin” the news. Facebook apologized for the error, but Cernovich used the event to tell listeners that social media companies want to “destroy” Christian ways of life.

“Don’t defend me. I don’t need you to defend me. Here’s what I need you to say: ‘Facebook and Snopes, they hate Christians. If you let them get rid of Cernovich, we are next.’ And that’s the truth. It’s proven now,” Cernovich said. “So rather than let people drag you into the weeds about Cernovich and this and that, just say, ‘They are only going after Cernovich because the real target is Christians like us.’”
www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mike-cernovich-says-social-media-censorship-is-a-warm-up-for-christian-persecution/




Yes, I can’t believe someone could be that stupid! Oh wait, yes I can. These are the same people who gave us Pizzagate and Seth Rich – both inherent LIES!!!! And we all know what the Good Book sayeth about lying! But apparently those who opposeth Trump will not see the light of Heaven, and we all know that is a flat out lie!!

Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson, authors of the book, “Trumpocalypse: The End-Times President, a Battle Against the Globalist Elite, and the Countdown to Armageddon,” appeared on the podcast hosted by radical right-wing commentator and crackpot conspiracy theorist Sheila Zilinsky yesterday, where McGuire warned that Christians who don’t support President Trump will not get into heaven due to their cowardice.

“We strongly believe that God has a plan for America in the Last Days,” McGuire said. “We believe that Trump won miraculously. He took on the invisible government that controls America and they didn’t expect it and he won. And ever since he won, and even before he won, he has been attacked 24/7 like no other president in American history, basically he has been attacked like no other world leader in human history.”

McGuire said that it is “obvious to people that are in the highest levels of witchcraft or Luciferianism and the deep state [and] it’s obvious to the occult globalist elite” that Trump represents a dire “threat to their plan for a global government and a global economy and a new world order,” which is why “all hell is targeted against him.”

“I’m kind of perplexed how Christians can’t get it,” he added. “If everyone who, in many cases, openly hate the Gospel, openly hate Christ, if they’re all in alliance to tear down a man … [who is] a spiritual threat to the Kingdom of Darkness, what’s the problem with God’s people in not recognizing that God is using Donald Trump?”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paul-mcguire-warns-christians-who-oppose-trump-will-not-get-into-heaven/




If your GAWD is using Trump now to do “his work”, I would certainly hate to see what the devil’s work would look like! Thank you! That is it for this week, I hope this sermon has been enlightening for you, this has been:




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From: Idiots #6-6
Ed. Note: Mike L. from Washington DC writes:

“You know sexism has no place in modern society, but remember that time when airlines attempted to be dating services and failed miserably at it?”

Yup, we remember. And hopefully Delta Airlines does!




Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! And you know with the entire country and world taking notice of the victims of sexual assault in the post #MeToo era, what the fuck was Delta Airlines thinking? Yeah we don’t need this right now. I mean yeah you can talk all you want about how Virgin America had that in seat entertainment system where you could buy anyone a drink and that was creepy enough. But do we really need this?

Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola wanted to make the dream of falling in love on a plane a reality. But their approach did not have the intended effect.

As part of Delta’s brand partnership with Coke, the airline handed out promotional in-flight napkins that encouraged passengers to give their number to others on the plane.

On one side of the napkin it read, “Because you’re on a plane with interesting people and hey…you never know.” The other side had space to write down a name and phone number, with the additional text, “Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know…”

Delta passengers apparently did not take kindly to the approach, and dozens wrote to the brands on social media, calling the stunt “creepy.”
http://fortune.com/2019/02/07/delta-diet-coke-napkins-number/




NO!!!!! The airplane is the last place where I’d expect people passing around creepy pick up notes like this! It’s like being on an elevator. You don’t make friends with random strangers on an elevator, you shut the fuck up, stare at the door until you arrive at your destination! Look guys, there’s a fine line between clever and creepy and this definitely crossed that line.

Maybe Delta should stick to flying planes instead of playing matchmaker.
After handing out Coca-Cola napkins suggesting passengers give their name and number to their "plane crush," both companies are apologizing.

It started with 33 words on napkins advertising Diet Coke:

"because you're on a plane of full of interesting people and hey ... you never know," the front teases.

The back nudges further, emitting a shocking amount of peer pressure from a paper square:
"be a little old school. write down your number & give it to your plane crush. you never know ..."
Some passengers, like Terry Pendergist, thought the napkins were "Pretty funny."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/07/business/delta-coke-flirtatious-napkins-trnd/index.html




Yes get a hold of yourself!!! And by the way if you want to be even more grossed out, Twitter’s worst comedian, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, somehow managed to make it even creepier!

https://twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee/status/1093338203732525056

EW!!!!!!!!!!!!! EW EW EW EW EW!!!!! Wait a minute… EW!!I can guarantee that no one wanted to sign up for your daily newsletter, Mike! And you know here’s the thing, it started out like they were thinking it was going to be a good idea, you know, like having a shady billionaire real estate broker with ties to the New York mafia run for president, and well, just like that, it backfired! Big time!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, some would say this is kinda sweet and a little bit funny. But, as expected, there are some who find the notion behind the napkins just plain creepy.

This latest faux pas comes just days after Delta were accused of discrimination by a deaf couple travelling on the airline.
‘Creepy AF’

Although not many passengers were that keen to hand out their numbers (probably none at all), many failed to see the funny side of the promotion.

A torrent of complaints have rained down on social, with users branding them ‘creepy A
https://simpleflying.com/deltas-coke-napkin-sponsorship-backfires-leaving-some-passengers-creeped-out/




And if things couldn’t possibly be even creepier do we really need your airline playing match maker for you? I mean here’s the thing – falling in love in 2019 is a bit trickier than it was in 1970 when it was much easier to get away with this kind of thing. And sure, going “old school” may seem like a good idea at the time, but really. And in the words of the great Jerry Seinfeld – “Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?”

Falling in love on an airplane is the kind of story you only ever hear in a bar or see in a Lifetime movie. But for a brief time this winter, Delta Air Lines wanted to help passengers make it a reality - by gently nudging them to hit on other passengers.

With cocktail napkins.

"Be a little old school," said the small print on the napkin, advertising Diet Coke. "Write down your number & give it to your plane crush. You never know ..."

There was a little space on the napkin where flirtatious passengers could write down their name and another space for their number. The larger print said, "because you're on a plane full of interesting people and hey," again, "... you never know."

But while some found the napkins clever and charming, others thought they were creepy. In fact, evidently enough complained that Delta and Coca-Cola apologized for the marketing stunt Wednesday, saying the napkins have since been removed from flights.
https://www.nola.com/news/2019/02/delta-apologizes-for-creepy-napkins-urging-passengers-to-slip-phone-number-to-their-plane-crush.html





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Ed. Note: Denise J. from Royal Oak, Michigan writes:

“My brother is an idiot. He loves Trump and has a seething hatred for the NFL and won’t stop talking about how much he hates the 49s and Colin Kaepernick, and wears a shirt all the time that says “I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross.” How do I tell him how much of an idiot he is?”

Well Denise, you can!


It’s time to debut our brand new segment:



Remember last week when the worst thing we had to worry about is whether or not NFL players were sitting or standing during the national anthem? Those were good times. Or maybe not . The point of this segment is that there’s no one who’s better at beating dead horses like the GOP. Like the myth that there’s a liberal media out there. Let’s face it – conservatives own most of this country’s newspapers. They own the big 3 TV networks they love to bash and decry as fake news. They own most of this country’s newspapers. They own nearly every local TV station thanks to Sinclair Broadcasting. Nearly 95% of AM radio is conservative leaning talk shows. The American clergy preaches right wing politics. They own Twitter and Facebook. Every political book on every bookshelf is written by a conservative author with the intent of trashing liberals. Fox News is played in more public places than CNN or MSNBC. Even CBS president Les Moonves famously said that Trump isn’t good for the country but he’s good for ratings. Now witness Sean Hannity who continues to beat the dead horse known as the "liberal media" into the ground:

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/915356118536167424

Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I see what Hannity is doing here – he’s channeling his inner Joseph McCarthy. I’ll tell you what Hannity – we can do one better – how about we go after your advertisers and get them to pull their sponsorship of your hate-filled show? Thank you, and I think my audience would agree with me! But the GOP loves to beat dead horses. Like the liberal media and they’ve been peddling that lie for 40 years. And this week – the one dead horse they love to beat is the controversy surrounding NFL anthem protests. But the controversy that will never die, well, is never dying. And Trump trolls are like King Midas only in reverse – everything they touch turns to shit!

The Seattle Seahawks were on the field for the national anthem before their game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, but a group of six players, led by Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, sat on the bench for the duration of the song. The rest of the Seahawks were standing, scattered on the sidelines in a far more disorganized grouping than most teams have chosen, while the Colts were on the sidelines with locked arms. Andrew Luck, the injured Colts quarterback, was shown during the NBC broadcast singing along to the song.

Rather than wait in the locker room, like they did during last week’s anthem, the Seahawks decided instead to create a fund with the goal of building a more compassionate and inclusive society, calling it the Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.

Here is a quick look at what each team did during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/sports/nfl-trump-anthem.html




Yeah I’m using Zoidberg memes because that will make this funny. But it gets crazier than that. Lets’ face it folks – we’re in it for a long four years. And I do mean long. Trump has only been in office… 224 days and I feel like I have already aged four years! But Trump just can’t help himself poking the hornets’ nest!

WASHINGTON — Most Americans say the protests by NFL players during the National Anthem are appropriate, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, and they say, by overwhelming margins, that President Trump's heated criticism of them are not.

Two-thirds in the poll of registered voters, by 68%-27%, say Trump's call for NFL owners to fire the players and fans to boycott their games is inappropriate. That includes a third of Republicans as well as nine of 10 Democrats.

By 51%-42%, those surveyed say the players' protests are appropriate.

"They certainly have the right to express whatever they want," says Ryan Doyle, 19, a college student and Democratic-leaning independent from Manhattan Beach, Calif., who was among those surveyed. "It doesn't call for violence; it doesn't call for pain; it doesn't call for any dramatic act."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/02/usa-today-poll-americans-say-trump-wrong-nfl-protests/721809001/




Yeah this thing is turning into as much of a distraction as the squirrels in Up!. I mean really, are we going to go through this shit every single week now? Are we going to make reporters wear the cone of shame so they stop paying attention to this issue? I mean ESPN now has an Anthem Watch! Week4!

President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge pregame protests, saying in a speech in Alabama on Sept. 22 that he wished those players would be released. He also encouraged fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums. Several players and coaches reacted strongly to Trump on social media, and players -- joined by coaches and owners, in some instances -- across the league knelt, locked arms, raised their fists and even refused to come out of the locker room during the national anthem in Week 3. Trump has continued calling for action against those who kneel during the national anthem, while owners this week scrambled to retain control.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the pregame protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States last season by sitting during the national anthem before a preseason game, then kneeling during the anthem throughout the season.
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/250489/what-every-nfl-team-did-during-the-national-anthem-in-week-4




But again Trump can’t stop poking the hornets’ nest. Someone really needs to take Fox News away from him!

President Trump’s ongoing battle with the National Football League over the “take a knee” controversy has raised new questions about possible criminal violations. At a rally in Alabama and then in a series of tweets, Trump suggested fans should boycott the NFL and that team owners should fire players who protest during the national anthem.

Trump’s actions quickly led to claims that his pressure on the NFL might be illegal. Particular attention focused on a relatively obscure law, 18 U.S.C. 227, which makes it a crime for a public official to wrongfully seek to influence an employment decision or practice by any private entity. Critics charged that Trump, by urging NFL owners to fire the protesting players, may have run afoul of this statute.

It is at least clear that this law does apply to the president. But don’t expect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to add this particular offense to his already hefty playbook of potential charges.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/10/01/trumps-rants-about-the-nfl-arent-criminal-heres-why/





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From: Idiots #6-6
Ed. Note: Dan B. from Fallbrook, California writes:

“Hey Top 10! I love your program and especially when you guys get drunk on stage. My wife and I were at the Stone Brewery and we were having a very lively discussion on Ted Bundy, but why do I have to hear about how hot he is?”

Well thanks, Dan! It’s good to know who the fans are! And if you want to know why women think serial killers are hot, just watch The Ted Bundy Tapes!


Whew, there was a lot to unpack there. Oh well, I need a drink!



So you know the idea behind this is that we get drunk and talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. Because you know when you mix religion and politics, it doesn’t end well for you. Which is why we generally don’t encourage that. But instead we’re going to talk about a favorite topic of ours on this show – serial killers! And this entry is for the ladies, because really, what are you doing? Tell me bartender – what goes well with a documentary about Ted Bundy? Some fava beans and a nice chianti? Eh, I’ll stick with my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. So last week Netflix premiered “Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”. And well, the dialogue that has come out about this movie isn’t about what a gruesome killer Ted Bundy was. Nope, and I’m sure Netflix didn’t plan for this either!

What's the deal with lusting over killers?
Ted Bundy is back on a lot of people's minds, with two projects on the serial killer in the news.
First up, Netflix is streaming "Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes," a docuseries about the man who confessed to more than two dozen murders before he was eventually executed in 1989.

Meanwhile, a trailer for "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" recently dropped with former teen heartthrob Zac Efron as Bundy, and once again people were talking about the charismatic killer.

"I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy's alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers," said a tweet Monday from Netflix's official account.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/entertainment/netflix-ted-bundy/index.html




Um… I’ll take both! Ted Bundy is hot, yo! And that’s the scary thing. Serial killers aren’t hot. They’re serial killers. I mean did Dexter glamourize the world of serial killers? Yeah probably. Here’s the thing, Netflix, if you don’t want a serial killer to be seen as hot, maybe, I don’t know, don’t case a heartthrob like Zac Efron in the role! But maybe… just maybe they’re secretly loving this!

Netflix says it wants people to stop lusting after Ted Bundy, because that’s what it has to say. But make no mistake, the streaming service is loving all the memes and tweets about the infamous serial killer’s “hotness.”

Bundy, who raped and murdered dozens of young women in the 1970s, was caught in 1978, and executed in 1989, remains one of the world’s most studied serial killers. That’s in part because he looked and often acted (according to some that knew him) like a normal, well-adjusted person. Since his execution, Bundy has been analyzed in countless films, documentaries, books, and songs, as Americans still struggle to understand how a human being could be capable of such atrocities—especially one as classically handsome as Bundy.

So it was only a matter of time before Netflix, in its quest to be the only entertainment platform you’ll ever need, produced a documentary about Bundy. Last week, the streamer released Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a four-part docu-series featuring never-before-heard audio of the killer discussing his crimes in the third person. (For years after his capture, Bundy maintained he was innocent, only confessing to the murders shortly before he was executed.) Joe Berlinger, the writer and director of the documentary, also directed the Bundy film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which stars heartthrob Zac Efron as the vicious killer and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this month.
https://qz.com/quartzy/1537986/netflix-probably-loves-all-the-hot-ted-bundy-memes/




And that’s exactly what I will do! And by the way here’s the thing ladies, you should realize that before you go sexualizing serial killers, be aware that it has consequences. And Netflix, before you go scolding viewers for sexualizing serial killers, you should aware that this is a feature of modern society, not a bug!

You may have noticed that the internet has recently developed a bit of a crush on Ted Bundy—Ted Bundy, as in, one of the world's most notorious serial killers. First Netflix released a documentary, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, that's chock-full of archival footage and audio recordings made while Ted was on death row. Netflix had to literally ask viewers to stop calling Bundy hot. Then a new trailer dropped for the upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which stars Zac Efron, one of the most handsome men to ever grace this Earth.

In other words, Ted Bundy is having a moment. A big moment. And here's why that's f*cked up.

Attraction to the real Ted Bundy started long before the biopics, of course. Back in the days of his trial, hordes of groupies sent him love letters until the day he died. When asked why they did it, these women typically fell into two categories: they either believed someone that handsome couldn’t possibly commit such disgusting crimes, or plainly, they couldn’t articulate why they were so enamored.

It's called Hybristophilia. Think about it like this: Society teaches women to "fix" men, and to provide rehabilitation (and patience! and kindness!) for the very worst ones. Groupie culture around serial killers is pretty much an amped-up version of this relatively commonplace psyche. RJ Parker, in his book Serial Killer Groupies, chalks it up to women's nurturing instincts and a genuine belief that they can change their targeted serial killer through love. Heavy.
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a26131568/ted-bundy-penn-badgley-you-hot/




Yes and if you think you can “fix” a serial killer, just take Dexter’s advice. Ted Bundy was a complete monster. But then again lost in the conversation of whether or not Ted Bundy was hot is the fact that Netflix, in their infinite quest to prove that they can and will sign anything, paid a ton of money to make Ted Bundy great again!

Maybe you just got finished with Netflix's four-part Ted Bundy docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and thought to yourself, "What else can I watch about this fuckin' guy?" Then you searched the rest of the service and found yourself SOL.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that will no longer be the case for true crime buffs, provided you can show a little patience. The streaming giant has apparently edged out STX and Lionsgate and is closing in on a $9 million deal that would give them the U.S. rights (and some international rights) to the Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile centers around Bundy's crimes via the viewpoint of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who in the film refuses to believe he's guilty despite numerous signs pointing in that direction.

For those wondering how Efron and Extremely Wicked fared with critics at the Sundance Festival, here's a roundup, but the (near) consenus seems to be that Efron is great and the overall film isn't. "I think [Efron’s] startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right," Variety's Owen Gleiberman wrote. He went on to say, "Ted is a kind of actor, a maniac playing a role, yet doing it with such sincerity and flair that it’s not just a role. It’s the person a part of him wants to be."
https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/02/netflix-ted-bundy-docuseries-zac-efron-biopic-9-million





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From: Idiots #5-23
Ed. Note: John K. from Norwich, England writes:

“Hey Top 10, my mate and I were at your London show. Any chance you might come back to England?”

Well John, we won’t be able to make it back this year but we’re definitely planning on coming back for 2020, and we may do more than one show. We’re also planning on possibly going to Ireland, Sweden, and France while we are here. In the meantime here’s our piece from our British edition on M:I-6:




It’s time for episode 23 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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We need some music for this one!



Yes for our edition of Deep State Diaries this week we figured that we would pay tribute to our British hosts by talking about the British counterpart to the organization we discussed last week – the Central Intelligence Agency. This week we’re delving into and hanging out with the British counterpart – the Military Intelligence: Section 6. If you recognize who M:I-6 is, that is of course the employer of James Bond from the 007 movies. But what else does the super secret organization do when their agents are not going out on world tours to exotic locales and having sex with some of the most beautiful women on the planet? Well stuff like this. So where did the inspiration for M come from?

The Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6, works covertly overseas to gather intelligence. The world’s oldest intelligence agency was founded by the legendary spymaster Mansfield Smith-Cumming in 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau, and he ran it util his death in 1923. He was well-known and liked for his colourful personality.

Many of his innovations are still part of the lifeblood of MI6, say insiders.

Former secret agents tell all in 2014 Netflix documentary “Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service".

Firstly, “good agents” were his most important tool, explains the documentary.

“From the very beginning, he understood it was all about collecting intelligence and recruiting and running sources," says Sir John Scarlett, who is himself a former MI6 chief.

"From the very beginning, that’s what he did. It’s just in the bloodstream."
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1057318/james-bond-real-mi6-chief-inspired-m-character-mansfield-smith-cumming-spt




Yeah so James Bond was partly inspired by real life M:I-6 agents! How about that? So that said how does M:I-6 take on different agencies like ISIS and Al’Qaeda from say, the CIA? Or maybe one of the big fish of the espionage world, Russia? Well it’s really interesting to get the M:I-6 perspective.

The head of MI6 said Russia broke one of the primary rules of espionage and won't be trusted again after it tried to assassinate a former Russian agent despite giving him away in a spy swap.

Alex Younger said British spies had to revise their assumptions about Moscow after Skripal was attacked with a deadly nerve agent, in an operation which Britain has pinned on Russia's GRU spy agency.

Younger is the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6, and gave a speech to students at St. Andrews University in Scotland, which was reported by the Financial Times.

In the speech, Younger said the UK had partly trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin when Russia pardoned Skripal in 2010 in return for its own agents.

Younger said he and his agents assumed that Moscow's spy swap "had meaning" and would be honored, but he said they revised their opinion in light of the Skripal attack.

He said, according to the Financial Times: "Mr. Skripal came to the UK in an American-brokered exchange, having been pardoned by the president of Russia and, to the extent we assumed that had meaning, that is not an assumption that we will make again."
https://www.businessinsider.com/mi6-head-alex-younger-russia-wont-be-trusted-2018-12?r=UK&IR=T




So I can guess M:I-6 job interviews are kind of like that? Or maybe it’s like Kingsman: The Secret Service, another movie which I am a huge fan of? And speaking of technology how does M:I-6 prepare for the forthcoming technological wars, of which most hated foe Russia, is handling things?

The UK is in a technological arms race with hostile states who are using the tools of the information age to pose existential challenges to Britain’s national security, the head of MI6 warned on Monday.

In a rare speech, Alex Younger said British intelligence agencies had to “innovate faster than they can” as the country’s adversaries turn to cyber-attacks, disguised use of military force, misinformation and political obfuscation to probe and undermine Britain’s institutions and defences.

Though his remarks appeared primarily aimed at Russia, Younger also admitted there are emerging issues over China’s dominant position in the development of game-changing new technologies.

“Power, money and politics [are] going east ... it is all getting more complicated.”

Delivering only his second speech since he became “C” four years ago at the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), Younger attempted to set out how the threat to the UK has evolved in recent years, and how his agency, which has always had agent recruitment and handling at the core of its work, is having to adapt fast.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/03/uk-is-in-technological-arms-race-with-its-foes-warns-mi6-chief




And that is a good question, sir! Why not stay dead? Well here’s the thing when discussing spies and spy technology, it’s probably best not to underestimate what they’re currently capable of, since we currently have spy technology available right in our very own pockets!

The head of MI6 will on Monday highlight the urgent need for a new era of spying in which artificial intelligence and robotics are deployed to combat rogue states hellbent on “perpetual confrontation” with the UK.

In a rare public speech - only his second in four years in the job - Alex Younger, the Chief of MI6, will say that Britain must enter an age of “fourth generation espionage” to keep the country safe.

The MI6 boss - known as "C" - will also emphasise the importance of "strengthening" Britain’s security ties with European allies ahead of Brexit, pointing out that "multiple" Islamic State-inspired attacks on the Continent have been disrupted thanks to the co-operation of intelligence agencies.

The speech to students at St Andrew’s University, where Mr Younger studied, will also warn of the danger of “adversaries” who are “willing to take advantage” of huge leaps in cyber technology to launch attacks on Britain “in ways that fall short of traditional warfare”.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/02/chief-mi6-calls-new-era-spying-using-ai-robots-combat-rogue/




But when it comes to the spy game, Trump is about to do something absolutely terrifying and if you’re not alarmed about this prospect, as I have seen just about every spy movie made in the last 5 years and I know what happens when you get names of agents leaked out in the open! Yeah it ends extremely horribly and Trump is going to do it!

British intelligence chiefs are reportedly desperate to convince the White House not to declassify more of the FBI wiretap application on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, because it would expose intelligence-gathering sources and methods.

According to a piece published late Wednesday in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, U.S. intelligence officials are also against the idea, as are those in Australia, another member of the intelligence-gathering club known as the Five Eyes (the group also includes Canada and New Zealand.)

Carter Page became a foreign policy advisor on Trump’s campaign team early in 2016. The FBI obtained a warrant to monitor his communications several months later, after they became aware that he may have been meeting with Russian officials in Moscow in mid-2016.

Over time, the investigation fed into the sprawling Russia probe that is currently being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. However, it did not spark the Russia probe, as some Republicans have alleged — the wider investigation was instead prompted by contact between the Russians and Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, regarding so-called “dirt” on Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
http://fortune.com/2018/11/22/mi6-trump-carter-page-fbi/




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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Yes, this is our 7th, repeat: 7th season. And when we started this thing we had no idea how long it would go on for. 160 editions and over 1600 entries later, we're still going strong! And we still have 10 fresh entries coming at you each week along with some fresh new content. Because conservatives aren't letting up on the insanity any time soon and are actually doubling down in what is coming to be the final year of the guy who we currently call president's final year of what will hopefully be his only term. So what do we have in store for you this year? Well we will have all of our usual favorites like How Is This Still A Thing?, This Fucking Guy, People Are Dumb, I Need A Drink, NO, and we will also be debuting new segments to go along with our perennial favorites. And also some fresh new sounds for 2019 as well! As long as there's conservative idiocy, we will be there covering it with our armchair Daily Show brand of humor to find some relevance of sanity in the Donald J. Trump administration. So with that in mind here's where we are going with the complete 7th season of the Idiots! Enjoy! And as always don't forget the key!

Edition #7-1: God Save The Nobel President Man-Baby Edition (6/12/19)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212183177

Live from El Paso! As always, whenever the Top 10 is on an extended break, we like to play catch up on stuff that we missed which includes a whole lot of insanity coming from the Trump White House. Trump took a trip to England which was an absolute disaster from the moment he was greeted with a giant penis mowed on a field when he arrived to his children crashing the Royal Dinner. Trump gives a completely unhinged interview on the Piers Morgan show and we will go through some of the juicier bits of the interview. In a new edition of "This Week In Hate", conservatives are cranking up the apocalypse scenario and civil war hysteria way past 11 and we will tell you all of the ways that hate is making a comeback. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at Mt. Everest. Yeah climbing to the peak of the world's highest mountain is one of the coolest things a person can do, but is it worth dying for? No! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor spent his vacation touring around the country televangelist style and he will tell you all about private jets for Jesus, because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens! We also have a new segment of "NO!" and really people, straight pride parades are a thing? Go fuck yourselves. And yes, Smash Mouth did own the internet. We have a new edition of "How Is This Still A Thing" and while Youtube is cracking down on racist and white supremacist content, there's another channel that has gone unscathed and it's owned by Christian nationalist Stephen Crowder and we're going to ask "Stephen Crowder's Youtube Channel: How Is This Still A Thing?". We also have a new "I Need A Drink". There's a Swedish start up company that's trying to make travel by pogo stick a thing, and we're going to have some drinks and tell you why that will not end well. And it won't end well for us either. And since we're in the Lone Star State for a special 5 edition stretch, we're going to take a look at what makes it tick in our special 5 part series "What's Up With Texas?". This week it's Part 1 where we are going to find out what's up with a teacher who thought that she was tweeting Trump privately about border security but those tweets are very public.
Live Musical Guest: Blink 182

**Edition #7-2: Top 10 Gets Bumped For A Talking Puppet Show**

Note: We had things planned for this edition but a scheduling conflict at our host venue caused that to go very south but did manage to get Pt. 2 of our What's Up With Texas docuseries where we visit the border town of Laredo - a town that literally shares roads with Mexico - to find out what the climate is like there in regards to immigration. And that will appear in a future Best Of edition, as will our Holy Shit segment on Weather Warrior and self-proclaimed prophetess Katt Kerr.

Edition #7-3: Keeping Up With The Nazis Edition (6/26/19)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212222188

Live from Austin! After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compares Trump's border detention facilities to Nazi concentration camps and ignites a debate, we examine just how close we are to Nazi Germany - and the comparisons are more inevitable then you might think. And equally as horrifying. Meanwhile, Trump announces his reelection bid while the biggest newspaper in his announcement city declines to endorse him! Mitch McConnell makes some controversial comments about slave reparations and actually sparks a serious discussion in Congress. Now what did you learn Mitch? Sarah Sanders announces her resignation from the Trump administration, making her the latest tribute eliminated from the Trumper Games! In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, Facebook wants to launch its' own, fully financially backed cyber currency called the Libre, but we play devil's advocate and examine all the ways it could possibly go wrong. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is on a quest to find out who really controls the weather? Is it GAWD or is it divine forces or is it some crackpot with a tin foil hat and a cell phone? We'll let you be the judge! We also have a new "Beating A Dead Horse" - what's Trump's beef with the Central Park 5? A new Netflix series has reignited his 30 year old feud with the group and he's doubling down on his attacks. Really, let it go, man. We also have a new edition of "People Who Somehow Got Elected" and this week we're adding embattled San Diego representative Duncan Hunter to that ever growing list. We have a new edition of People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And the next installment of our "What's Up With Texas" docuseries takes us to the largest capitol building outside of Washington, DC where we attempt to get interviews with Dan Patrick and Greg Abbott but mostly get told to piss off.
Live Musical Guest: Amon Amarth

Edition #7-4: Wheel Of Corruption: The Hidden World Edition (7-3-19)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212240438

Live from Houston! We recap all of the 10+ candidates who debated each other in the first of what will be the longest election debate cycle ever as democrats are pit against each other with Rachel Maddow monitoring - it's the GOP's worst nightmare come true! Meanwhile, after a long and hard fought battle from mass shooting survivors and anti-gun activists, we score a major victory as the NRA finally closes the doors on its' 24/7 lifestyle channel, NRATV. The 2019 SCOTUS begins deliberations on a number of cases and we will go through some of the juicier ones including the controversial census question case, and the gerrymandering decision - neither of which are good. We also have a preview of Trump's insane July 4th Americagasm Patriotic Extravaganza!! In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, the CEO of Hilton Hotels claims that he doesn't tip his housekeepers which, shocker, sparked the internet outrage machine - but is he right or wrong? We will investigate and let you be the judge! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor is going to find out who among the Christian right is a false prophet - and tell you exactly what the good LAWRD thinks of them! We also have a new "Beating A Dead Horse" - Madonna and Taylor Swift both have controversial music videos out, and what does the internet outrage machine think of them? We will examine both sides of the argument. And in Portland, after yet *ANOTHER* Proud Boys rally gets crashed by Antifa, we ask "the Proud Boys vs Antifa - how is this still a thing?". We also have a new People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And in Pt. 4 of our 5 part docuseries "What's Up With Texas", we explore the Gulf Coast and what's going on after one of the biggest domestic hurricane disasters since Katrina!
Live Musical Guest: The Mountain Goats

Edition #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition (7/10/19)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212263626

Live from Dallas! Trump's BFF, already convicted billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is arrested again and this may deal a massive blow to Trump's reelection bid as he's outed as a BFF. After Trump royally screws up his speech at his Washington DC July 4th Amerciagasm Spectacular rally, we teach him some basic history after he gets it wrong even reading a teleprompter! We also recap his insane MAGA rally which was more of a stunning admission of what martial law would look like if it took place in the US than anything else. We also talk about Trump's latest war involving the US Census - after SCOTUS struck down the ban, is it possible for him to delay the census? The answer to that may surprise you! Meanwhile in Washington DC, the Proud Boys take their fight against Antifa from the streets of Portland to our nation's capital and it's going to be a colossal shit show! In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at the latest developments in Boeing's ill-fated 737 Max 8 and while none of it is good, tracing the roots of the problem might be easier than we think. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit" - how is GAWD working to protect the government? Our resident pastor is going to examine multiple instances of this and he will let you be the judge, while also keeping his tax exempt status! In the latest "Beating A Dead Horse" - OK conservatives, we get it! You hate Nike, you really hate Nike! So what did they do to piss you off this time? Stop it already! Meanwhile, after screwing Nike and possibly his entire state out of millions of dollars over a dick partisan political move, we add Arizona governor Doug Ducey to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. We also have a new "I Need A Drink" and folks, America's favorite trash talking playground pastime dodgeball is under attack and they are all fatty fat fat losers. And the final part of our "What's Up With Texas" docuseries profiles college life at two rivaling universities - University of Texas in Ft Worth and Texas A&M in College Station!
Live Musical Guest: Trey Anastasio

Edition #7-6: Three Men & A Subpoena Edition (7/17/19)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212287973

Live from the University of Georgia! We take a look at the latest developments in the Jeffrey Epstein case and it's about to get the doors blown wide open, while at the same time getting weirder and creepier. It turns out that the Seth Rich Conspiracy that Trump fans have been hanging onto this whole time was in fact a Russian social media hit job orchestrated by Putin's IRA, and the media bought it and funneled it. Meanwhile, President Stable Genius holds a summit at the White House for ultra far right social media personalities to discuss why the real world is mean to them. As the US celebrates the world champion US Women's National Team, the republicans look for patriotic symbolism in the victory and it backfires on them big time. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, Bernie Sanders has made the student loan crisis a huge issue in his campaign, but how just bad is it? We will examine this issue. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor is becoming alarmed at the fact that god is bringing in his brand of fire and brimstone punishment on the masses, but do we deserve it? Yeah probably. And in "Beating A Dead Horse", when is it socially acceptable to take sides in a boycott? After Trump announces his support of Home Depot after a planned boycott, all bets are off! In "We're All Gonna Die", California experienced a pair of some seriously damaging earthquakes over the July 4th holiday, but just how bad is it? It could be disastrous. We also have a new People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And we end this week by debuting our new segment "Keeping Up With The Candidates" and the first episode is going to explore the almost-rans including rep. Eric Swalwell!
Live Musical Guest: Bastille

Edition #7-7: So I Married A 4chan Murderer Edition (7/24/19)

Live from the University Of Florida! Rand Paul blocks yet *ANOTHER* advancement to the 9/11 First Responders Bill, prompting us to ask: "The 9/11 First Responders Bill: How Is This Still A Thing?". Meanwhile Trump not only doubles down on his racist tweets, they are so vile that they prompt Congress to formally declare and denounce them as racist. Also, Trump narrowly escapes his first impeachment hearing. For now. Meanwhile, notoriously toxic internet message board 4chan is under fire after a teenage social media influencer is murdered by an Incel and pictures of her show up on the forums. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at the status of Planned Parenthood after yet *ANOTHER* CEO is ousted after a very short period. This is fine. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to talk about how GAWD needs money and while televangelists are living the ultra luxury lifestyle, they're going broke! We also have a new "Beating A Dead Horse" - really people, you're mad about casting in "The Little Mermaid"? Come on, we'll give you plenty of other casting choices you should be outraged about. We also have a new edition of "This Fucking Guy" and this week we're going to profile extreme right wing pundit Josh Bernstein. Whew, this fucking guy is CRAZY. We also have a new "I Need A Drink" and this week we're going to talk about a celebrity beef brewing between pop's bad boy from the north, Justin Beiber, and the lead singer of Tool, Maynard James Keenan, and you're really going to order a few glasses of Maynard's wine for this one. And our second edition of Keeping Up With The Candidates is going to take a look at what's going on in the Alabama Senate. They didn't win our Stupidest State Contest for nothing!
Live Musical Guest: 311
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Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Editor's Picks Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Editor’s Picks Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Oh, hello! I know, right? I can’t believe how quickly 2019 has just flown by. We’re already at the end of yet another amazing season of the Top 10 which means that in the winter / spring edition of the Top 10 we’ve crowned our Stupidest State 2019 champion. And amazingly Alabama went from being underdogs to winning it all with their insane anti-abortion laws! Everyone thought that Florida was going to win for a second year in a row, and they were heavily favored. But you got to love a good underdog story and Alabama certainly was the one. And of course the NFFSA will be back for this time next year as we crown another Stupidest State winner heading into the 2020 election. Anyway, normally for our Best Of editions, we go back through the few most recent ones to pick some of our favorite entries. But for this week – Memorial Day weekend, and next week, we’re going through every single Top 10 going all the way back to #1 to find our favorite entries, segments, ups and downs in this insane period called the Donald J. Trump administration. This week it’s our editor’s picks for the all time best Top 10 entries. And then next week, picks for the 10 best will be chosen by you, the viewers! So get out there and vote for your favorites! OK that’s enough of the intro but first we have to play the recent Last Week Tonight investigation about death investigations that features an appearance by the one and only Tracy Morgan:



For the number one slot this week, we go back to Idiots #4-18, where Donald Trump (1) officially opened the US embassy in Jerusalem to the delight of end times apocalypse worshippers and to the horror of death and destruction, because that’s how they roll. In the second slot, from Idiots #2-20, is also Donald Trump (2) and he brags that Mar-A-Lago has “the best cake”, but health reports pertaining to Trump related organizations suggest that something rather horrifying might be lurking underneath that chocolate you’re eating. In the number 3 slot, from way back in the first season from Idiots #1-36, Trump (3) and Pence get schooled on extremely terrible logo designs from when the Trump Pence campaign was first unveiled. In the number 4 slot, from Idiots #3-5, there was a shocking comparison between the merchandise sold at Alex Jones’ Infowars store and the merchandise sold at Gwenyth Paltrow’s GOOP store, and guess what? They might be the same thing! Taking the fifth slot, from Idiots #5-5, we take a look at a ridiculous concept in the world of dating called “micro cheating” after BFs and GFs turn the tables on each other finding just about anything that they can possibly complain about. In slot #6-3, in “Holy Shit”, our resident pastor at the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor asks the question “Would You Kill Baby Hitler?”. In the seventh slot, from Idiots #5-4, “Beating A Dead Horse” explains why the Alt Right has got to let go of the insane conspiracy theory known as Pizzagate, and their excuses keep getting nuttier and nuttier. In the number 8 slot, from Idiots #5-1, “Explaining Jokes To Idiots” take s a look at what happened to popular punk rock band NOFX after they decided to deliver an extremely poor taste joke about the Vegas shooting, while in Vegas. Yeah don’t do that. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week from Idiots #4-6, People Are Dumb takes a look at what happens when a flat earther decides to take his vision of what a flat earth looks like just a little too far. And finally this week, from the 3rd season Idiots #3-15, our stop of the World Tour that week took us to the land of Broadway, the Yankees, and 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City (10)! Plus we have some live music from when 30 Seconds To Mars closed out the 5th season of the Top 10! Enjoy! Plus as always don’t forget the key!

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From: Idiots # 4-18

Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna get raptured! Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Woooooooooooooo! Woooo! Woo. Ok maybe it’s not at all as exciting as it’s made out to be since a whole lot of us are probably gonna die in a nuclear holocaust, and relatively soon. At least the doomsday preppers can say “I told you so!”. Followed by a very childish “neener neener!”. So for the sake of this piece, let’s call it “Left Behind: The Real Life Interactive Version”. Or to use something that might be more popular with the kids these days: “Left Behind: Infinity War”. Yes I’m crossing two franchises here – one has a really bizarre doomsday scenario in which half of the population gets snapped up by a crazy wannnabe god bent on controlling the universe, and the other one has Iron Man.



See you next week! What? We still have the full hour left? And Post Malone is backstage? OK. I definitely wouldn’t want to leave Post Malone hanging. So how are we going to get left behind this week?

The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border.

At least 43 Palestinians were killed in Gaza as deadly protests took place ahead of and during the ceremony in Jerusalem — making it the deadliest day there since the 2014 Gaza war.

President Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, but in a video message broadcast at the event he congratulated Israel, saying the opening had been "a long time coming."

"Today, Jerusalem is the seam of Israel's government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel's prime minister and president. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital, yet for many years, we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem," Trump said in the pre-recorded remarks.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/politics/jerusalem-us-embassy-trump-intl/index.html




It’s good to know that today’s lunatic fringe Christians plan to create a literal version of hell on earth! I will take that one, thank you! So this weekend – the week after the Kentucky Derby – Trump managed to create a trifecta of pissing off three countries at once! And those countries are Isreal, Syria, and Palestine – countries whose bad side you do not want to get on! So how did Palestine mark this momentous occasion?

The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border.

At least 43 Palestinians were killed in Gaza as deadly protests took place ahead of and during the ceremony in Jerusalem — making it the deadliest day there since the 2014 Gaza war.

President Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, but in a video message broadcast at the event he congratulated Israel, saying the opening had been "a long time coming."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/politics/jerusalem-us-embassy-trump-intl/index.html




So of course while patting himself on the back for a job well done of pissing off half the world while pleasing his “base”, Donald Trump seems to forget that he’s going to get a whole lot of people killed in the process. There goes that Nobel Peace Prize!

Israel is bracing for a tense week as the U.S. Embassy officially opens in Jerusalem on Monday — a move that has triggered fierce protests by Palestinians. Protests turned violent in Gaza, where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in clashes along the border fence on Monday, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza, making it the bloodiest day of demonstrations in the past six weeks of protests.

Overall, over 80 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers and more than 3,000 have been injured since the embassy move was announced by President Trump in early December.

Observers of the conflict had already predicted the tensions when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced the move. At the time, the decision was branded “dangerous,” “catastrophic,” “irresponsible” and being “against international law” by countries usually considered U.S. allies, including France, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Here’s a short recap of how we got to this point, which helps make clear why most other foreign governments are opposed to the embassy move.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/05/14/trumps-embassy-move-to-jerusalem-is-controversial-these-3-maps-explain-why/?utm_term=.32cfca59227e



You know it’s a policy here not to joke about tragedy. But when the guy who you currently call “president” is a walking tragedy and everything he touches turns to shit, exceptions have to be made, damn it! It’s good to know Trump has some company in high places because when the rapture does happen, he’s going to need to seek shelter fast!

The U.S. today officially opened its new embassy in Jerusalem amid massive protests by Palestinians.

The move comes five months after President Donald Trump made his blockbuster announcement in December that the U.S. embassy would shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The new diplomatic office, in what was an existing U.S. consular building, was opened in a ceremony led by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and attended by Israeli and American officials.

The day has also been marked by violence, with dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli military forces and more than 1,600 injured in protests at the Gaza border against the embassy move, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/us-embassy-set-open-jerusalem-netanyahu-praises-trump/story?id=55137896




And those men are currently running the show! And when this gets written up 50 years after nuclear Armageddon happens, assuming there’s something left of humanity, historians are not going to be surprised how we get to this point. I mean with friends like these, who needs enemies?

President Trump delivered recorded remarks Monday at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

"Congratulations, it's been a long time coming," Trump said in a video played at the ceremony.

"This city and this entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people," he said. "The United States will always be a great friend of Israel."

The president went on to express his hope for peace in the region in the video message.

"We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, to Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there, and may God bless the United States of America," Trump said.
http://thehill.com/policy/international/387554-trump-delivers-recorded-remarks-at-us-embassy-opening-in-jerusalem




So the answer to world peace is… more war? How does that… oh fuck, it’s the Trump administration we’re talking about here! Attempting to question their logic could make one’s head explode! But it’s good to know those who fantasize about the apocalypse might actually get a chance to see it played out in real life. They do know Left Behind is fiction, right?

More than 20 people in Gaza were dead on Monday before anyone in Washington had had their breakfast. This was pitched to the awakening nation as a series of “deadly clashes,” even though the deadly part only applied to one side. It was a great start to a day in which the president*, who doesn’t know anything about anything, prepared to toss a lighted match into a lagoon of gasoline in the Middle East.

The decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is more unnecessary than it is stupid and dangerous, and it’s pretty stupid and dangerous. There was no overwhelming political support—and certainly no overwhelming political pressure—in this country for such a provocative development. It was solely the desire of that odd mixture of highly conservative Judaism and American splinter Protestantism, of the prolonged slow-dance between the apocalyptic factions of two major monotheisms that very likely will incite the apocalyptic faction of the third. It is religious extremism disguised as international diplomacy.
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a20681623/trump-jerusalem-embassy/





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From: Idiots #2-20

This week on Cake Boss, we’re going to the king of cakes. The sultan of sugar (Sultan Of Sugar, by the way, saw them at the Troub last week, great show!). I’m of course talking about the best cake in the land – the chocolate cake with a very drab scoop of ice cream that’s served at Mar-A-Lago. Why it’s good enough to feed visiting dignitaries and Trump’s fat ass! And we don’t even have to make this one!

Recounting details about his decision to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week, President Donald Trump took several moments during a Fox Business interview that aired Wednesday morning to enthuse about the "most beautiful" chocolate cake he enjoyed at his Palm Beach resort with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump was entertaining the Chinese leader at Mar-a-Lago when he ordered the military strike.

"I was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner," Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. "We're now having dessert—and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen—and President Xi was enjoying it."

Bartiromo then said it was "brilliant" that the missiles were "unmanned."

"It's so incredible. It's brilliant," Trump agreed.

Then Trump appeared to momentarily forget which country the United States had attacked last week, naming Iraq instead of Syria.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/trump-syria-chocolate-cake-mar-a-lago




Because what’s an internet show without some cat memes? I mean come on seriously people! But how good was the cake at Mar-A-Lago? Why it’s good enough to make world leaders forget which country they sent cruise missiles to! Ha ha ha! But how good is a piece of cake really worth? And what does it look like? Well here’s a real, unaltered image!



Doesn’t that look tasty? I mean it just screams class! I’ve made better looking cakes than that, and I’m not exactly what one would call a “professional chef”. But really folks, there’s got to be an underlying motive here, doesn’t there? I mean doesn’t there?

Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets.

Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the U.S. leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit.

Still, the state inspectors allowed the luxury resort's main restaurant and beach club grill to remain open as staff scrambled to make several immediate corrections.

Among the "high priority" problems described as "potentially hazardous" were faulty fridges with meats stored well above the required 41 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, in the restaurant's walk-in cooler, the duck and beef were measured at 50 degrees, while a ham was at 57 degrees.

Other issues included smoked salmon being served without undergoing "proper parasite destruction" and a hand washing sink for employees with water that was not hot enough.

Stephen Lawson, spokesman for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said the violations were the result of a routine inspection and not prompted by any consumer complaints or food-borne illnesses.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-trump-mar-a-lago-health-violations-20170413-story.html




Oh and it gets so much worse from there ladies and gentlemen! Smoked salmon is great, but smoked salmon without proper parasite destruction? WTF are they serving? Mold in the ice machine?

The January inspections were not the first time authorities have found problems at Mar-a-Lago. Over the last three years, records show the club has been cited 78 times for violations that included chefs handling food without washing their hands, dirty cutting boards, a slicer "soiled with old food debris" and an "accumulation of "black/green mold-like substance" in the ice machine.




And in fact there were over 13 violations in the kitchen alone! So if you’re going to Mar-A-Lago, don’t hesitate to bring your own food! Although, I’m sure President Trump would hate that. Because after all, he serves the best food at Mar-A-Lago and Trump properties all over the world! But at least you can have cake, which is what Marie Antionette would have wanted.

Inspectors reportedly found multiple health code violations at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., only days prior to the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

According to a report by the Miami Herald, the inspectors found 13 violations in the resort's kitchen, including undercooled meat and dangerous fish.

The inspectors deemed three of the violations to be “high priority,” which means that they could cause the presence of bacteria on dining room plates.

The state inspectors' latest evaluation of Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 26 revealed that the club's kitchen did not did meet minimum Florida standards.

The inspectors specifically noted the issues with the club's raw or undercooked fish, two of the club’s coolers that were too warm, and other minor violations.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328612-multiple-health-code-violations-found-in-mar-a-lago-kitchen

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From: Idiots #1-36

So for this entry we got to talk about how to *NOT* design a campaign logo. Especially one that will be the butt of jokes of the internet. It didn’t even last a day, people! A fucking day! Of course cry baby Donald Trump is going to remove it when this happens. But before we get into some of the more creative logos, can we show the original please? Let’s throw that up there.



Not too bad until you see that Beavis heartily endorses this logo.





And then wait until you see what Samantha Bee did with it:






Come on even the guy who designed the logo is no fan of Trumpenfuror by any means! I mean come on, and I will post some cringe-worthy excerpts from the Wired article on the Trumppence Logo:

Graphic designers are no more or less biased than any other human being. And that colors how they see things. The trick is to penetrate those predilections. “If I didn’t hate this man with such an intense passion and pleasure, and if I didn’t think this Pence guy was somebody we should never have to hear from, I would say that the logo was pretty distinctive,” says renowned design critic Steven Heller. “It’s not bad. And it’s certainly better than the logo he was using before.”

Vit, too, acknowledges his prejudice, even as he tries to poke holes in it. “I’m not, by any means, a fan of Donald Trump,” he says, noting that it’s hard to disassociate all the nasty things Trump says from this new symbol. “Even if Trump’s campaign came up with the best logo ever,” he says, “I’d find something negative to say about it.”
http://www.wired.com/2016/07/ins-outs-new-trump-pence-logo/




I mean the logo didn’t even last a fucking day! Where’s your sense of respecting our leaders? Oh wait this guy who wants to be leader has respect for um, absolutely nobody!

Looks like the Trump-Pence campaign had a little talk with the graphic designer.

After a logo went out Friday that combined the T from Donald Trump’s last name and the P from Mike Pence’s name in an embrace, a lot of people questioned the positioning of the letters.

On Saturday during a speech introducing the Indiana governor as his official vice president (though it took quite some time for Pence to actually make it on the stage) the logo was noticeably missing.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/16/trump-pence-logo-republican-president-vice-president/87179386/


Can we throw the new logo up there?



Off to a great start guys! Really bravo well done!



By the way, GQ hilariously speculates how that horrible logo could have reared its’ ugly head:

People have wondered how a logo this terrible could happen. I imagine it went something like this:

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: "Okay, Mr. Trump, I have the final logo. It's simple. It takes what works about your current logo and just adds Pence's name."

TRUMP: Great. Just what I asked for.

The designer pulls up a logo.
http://www.gq.com/story/trump-pence-logo-design


“Yeah well… logo designers and graphic artists are stupid losers. See I need a logo that appeals to me, as well as appeals to Fox News viewers. What? You mean Roger Ailes is under indictment for sexual harassment? Shit.”


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From: Idiots #3-5

You know we were on break last week, but I couldn’t love this next story more! Hey everybody! It’s time to open up the Top 10 Home Shopping Network!



Yes thank you fellow shoppers! We go live to the floor! So what do we have this week? Well, a blog based in Australia discovered something shocking about two drastically different websites.
On the left – you have celebrity lifestyle guru Gwenyth Paltrow’s venerable GOOP blog which hawks insane items like the Jade Egg and butthole steaming aimed at well, people with way more money than they do brains. On the right is psycho pundit Alex Jones’ venerable Infowars blog which hawks doomsday prepper merchandise aimed at today’s active deplorables. Let’s explore this further.

Near the end of a profile of Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of the “wellness” brand Moon Juice, the New York Times Magazine noted that many of the alternative-medicine ingredients in her products are sold—with very different branding—on the Infowars store. That’s the site run by Alex Jones, the radio show host and conspiracy theorist who has said that both the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Boston Marathon bombing were staged. Moon Juice is frequently recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness blog, Goop; it’s a favorite of Hollywood celebrities and others who can afford things like $25 “activated cashews.” Infowars, on the other hand, is a dark corner of the American right, heavy on guns, light on government intervention, and still very mad at Obama.

We at Quartz have created a compendium, from Ashwagandha to zizyphus, of the magical healing ingredients both sides of the political spectrum are buying, and how they are presented to each. We looked at the ingredients used in products sold on the Infowars store, and compared them to products on the wellness shops Moon Juice and Goop. All make similar claims about the health benefits of these ingredients, but what gets called “Super Male Vitality” by Infowars is branded as “Sex Dust” by Moon Juice.
https://qz.com/1010684/all-the-wellness-products-american-love-to-buy-are-sold-on-both-infowars-and-goop/




Because GOOP will sell just about anything. Now here’s where it gets weird! As was said in the article – what GOOP calls “sex dust”, Infowars calls “Super Male Vitality”. I mean it’s absolutely insane what they can sell – and anyone will buy it!!! So here’s what is behind door #1:

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz noted in an article yesterday that many of the same pseudoscientific products that are sold on Gwyneth Paltrow‘s website Goop are also being sold on Alex Jones‘ shop at Infowars.

And they said liberals and conservatives had nothing in common…

There are lots of examples of the same useless products marketed to the different audiences. None of them will truly help anybody. All of them cost far more than anyone should be paying for them.

But should we really be surprised by this? When you’re incapable of critical thinking, and you’re influenced by anecdotes instead of evidence, and when you don’t care what scientists and experts have to say, you can be duped into believing whatever people want you to believe. Jones wants you to believe his conspiracy theories and Paltrow wants women to stick jade eggs in their vaginas.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/06/30/infowars-and-goop-sell-the-same-products-because-their-audiences-are-irrational/




That’s right – the website that hawks the jade egg has something in common with the website that sells you body armor, water filters, and other doomsday prepper merch. Hey if there’s one thing everyone has in common is that we get sold the same bullshit, am I right? Well let’s show you just a few of the items you can buy all for low, low prices! All it takes is a phone and a credit card today! Here’s what is behind door number one – brain food!

Bacopa

Also an Ayurvedic herb, said to reduce stress, improve memory, and treat epilepsy, among other purported benefits. Goop uses bacopa in a supplement pack called “Why am I so Effing Tired;” Infowars sticks it in its “Brain Force Plus.” The science, based on animal studies, shows some preliminary—but contradictory—evidence of improvements to memory and brain function. There is minimal support for the claims about epilepsy and anxiety.

Goop: Why am I so effing tired

Formulated with a variety of vitamins (including a high dose of the B’s) and supplements—many sourced from ancient Ayurveda—this helps re-balance an overtaxed system. Replenishing the nutrients you may be lacking may improve energy levels and diminish stress.

Infowars: Brain Force Plus

Top scientists and researchers agree: we are being hit by toxic weapons in the food and water supply that are making us fat, sick, and stupid. It’s time to fight back with Brain Force Plus, the next generation of advanced neural activation.





And here’s what is behind door number two! Immuno bullshit!

Cordyceps mushroom

Another obscure fungus, this one used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is purported to “increase immune function,” act as a natural aphrodisiac, and improve stamina. According to Goop, it’s “an important Yang tonic,” which means it provides “masculine energy.” There is some preliminary evidence for the immune system thing, but other claims are unproven. Goop sells cordyceps as a dietary supplement; Infowars infuses them into its “Wake Up America” coffee.

Goop: Sun Potion

Organic, USA-grown cordyceps mushroom and is [sic] an important Yang tonic. May support the oxygenation of the whole body, mental power, muscle tone, sexual energy, and immune function. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) in warm water or tea 1-2 times daily. Great added to soups, smoothies, raw chocolate, and anytime you are looking to activate fortitude, sensuality, and endurance.

Infowars: Wake Up America Immune Support Blend 100% Organic Coffee

Certain strands of mushroom such as Cordyceps and Reishi have a history of medicinal use spanning millennia in countries such as China, Tibet, and Japan. Throughout history these are [sic] some of the most expensive herbal raw materials in the world. Only recently has western medicine begun to research all the potential medical benefits of medicinal mushrooms. The cutting-edge Wake Up America! Immune Support Blend brings ancient Asian wisdom together with modern technology.


And finally behind door #3 – herbal bullshit!

Eyebright herb

The two sides of our herbal medicine spectrum seem to have come to different conclusions about what “eyebright” does for the eyes. Infowars sells it in a supplement called “Occu Power,” which makes your eyes “healthy.” Goop sells it as an ingredient in eye makeup. There is no scientific evidence for its purported eye health benefits.

Goop: Vapour Beauty’s Mesmerize Eye Shimmer

This is a sheer, modern wash of gleamy color that’s as brilliant all over the lid as it is when used as a translucent, smoky touch of liner. Made with organic chrysanthemum, eyebright, and horsetail herb—the blend is Vapour’s famous Herbal Eyebright complex—the creamy stick is hydrating and packed with antioxidants to treats [sic] the delicate eye area, soothing inflammation and stimulating circulation.

Infowars: Occu Power

Occu-Power by Infowars Life is a new formulation specifically designed to nutritionally assist the natural function of healthy eyes. Arguably the most important sense, sight is the primary input to the brain. Combining key ingredients like astaxanthin, lutein, and Eyebright herb extract, Occu-Power is a long awaited ‘super formula’ now available exclusively through the Infowars Life line.






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From: Idiots #5-5

It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



If you’re in a relationship, whether it’s a short term relationship or a long term relationship, or you’re married or single, you probably don’t think about the number of ways that relationship could end. But as it turns out, it could end way faster than you would think. Because as new science and research has pointed out, there’s plenty of possible ways a relationship could end. This is the new concept and phenomenon known as “micro cheating”. Here’s how this is defined.

Have you heard about the latest trendy term that's sparking quite an uproar on the Internet? It is yet another form of cheating we should all be informed about, no matter your relationship status. And while the last thing I want to be is the bearer of bad news, I encourage you to keep reading so you, too, can be well-versed on the ins and outs of micro-cheating.

So what exactly is micro-cheating?

Australian psychologist and consultant Melanie Schilling recently defined micro-cheating as "a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship."

According to Schilling, this form of infidelity essentially stems from secrecy and deception. It ultimately comes down to trivial behaviors that might indicate your partner is no longer totally committed to your relationship.

Or, as Urban Dictionary defined this term back in 2008: "when someone cheats on a partner, but just a little bit."
https://www.popsugar.com/love/What-Micro-Cheating-44506759




But is it creeping? Is it cheating? Or is it a combination of the above? Most likely it is a combination of all of the above. But you could be cheating and not know it. In fact there’s a whole list of warning signs of the possibility of micro cheating. Apparently you could be guilty of it and not know it.

It's called "micro-cheating": the small, seemingly innocuous acts of flirtation that don't necessary qualify as cheating but might be considered a little sketchy by your partner.

Many of us have experienced flirtatious relationships with friends and never acted on them sexually. Are these friendships signs of infidelity? Should you be worried if your significant other is attracted to someone else? Or could a little harmless flirtation actually be good for your relationship?

Flirtation is normal, sex therapist Tammy Nelson said. "Why shut down your natural feelings of attraction for someone just because you are in a monogamous relationship with someone else?" she asked. "You might be married, but you're not dead."

A flirty friendship could help feed the flames of your relationship, but it depends on the couple. "In some cases, flirting outside the relationship enhances the primary relationship, and in other cases, it siphons energy from the primary relationship," marriage and family therapist Nicolle Zapien explained. The key is to know your partner and to communicate about the friendship before it becomes a problem in your relationship.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/health/flirty-friend-relationship-sex-kerner/index.html




This is where you might start to actually question whether or not this is a thing. Seriously, if you think about it – James Bond is a notorious micro cheater. Especially on Moneypenny. But how do you know, would you believe there are warning signs? Why yes there are warning signs!

We spend a lot of time with our colleagues. In fact, we probably spend more time with the people we work with than almost anyone else. Since you're likely also surrounded by people you have things in common with, it's not all that surprising that people fall in love at work.

Proximity is a funny thing. Research has found it takes around 200 hours for people to become close friends, because the more time you spend with someone, the more chance their positive and attractive qualities shine through. This is fine for people who are single, but if you're in a monogamous relationship and you start having feelings for someone at work, things can get messy.

In some cases, a work spouse relationship is born, where you share the trials and tribulations of the workplace with each other, have lunch together, and emotionally depend on one another. In other cases, the people involved may not have put strong boundaries in place, and they can start to behave inappropriately.

Monogamy is hard, according to Tammy Nelson, a consultant sex therapist for adult infidelity dating site Ashley Madison.
https://www.thisisinsider.com/are-you-falling-in-love-with-your-colleague-2018-7




Yes, monogamy is hard, although somehow we think Ashley Madison may not be the best person to ask on this subject. That would be like asking Trump about his love of fine dining. So apparently you can subtly cheat on your partner without knowing it. Even cheating on social media is still cheating.

Cheating: it's nothing new. It's the subject of some of the most popular books, TV shows and movies in America. Media typically depicts cheating as physical affairs, but WSFA recently spoke with a relationship expert about a different kind of beast.

"Micro-cheating" is on the rise, and it's a term for a series of seemingly small actions partners can do that could have whispers of infidelity— without even being physically unfaithful. This can include flirtatiously texting or messaging another person on social media. Thanks to online dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, it’s easier to connect with others, including people in committed relationships.

Reporter Rosanna Smith talked to Montgomery counselor Sandra Segall about the dangers of micro-cheating for couples, and the signs they should look for to know their significant other is being unfaithful, but we decided to dive deeper. We wanted to know what the third party, the person being cheated with, should do in the situation.

The obvious answer is, of course, to not get involved with someone in a committed relationship, and Segall, a licensed professional counselor, said as much, advising the person to find out if the person they are talking to is in a relationship before messaging them flirtatiously or dating them. According to the Associated Press and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 22 percent of men say that they've cheated on their significant other at least once during their marriage, and 14 percent of wives admit to it.
http://www.wsfa.com/story/38516396/what-to-do-when-you-find-out-youre-the-other-person-in-a-cheating-relationship




So apparently James Bond cheats all the time. In fact Bond cheats so much his cheats have their own cheats. It’s cheating inception. But apparently even the so-called “experts” think this is 100% grade A bullshit:

Staying up to snuff on all of the newest dating trends and terminology can be super tricky, especially when it comes to certain gray areas that can be particularly hard to universally define, like micro-cheating. Upon first hearing the phrase used, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Even after one of my friends broke it down for me, I still found myself wondering, what is micro-cheating actually? And if it is what I think it is, is it really a legitimate form of infidelity? Well, the short answer is, it totally depends.

"Micro-cheating is inappropriate sexual flirtation via social media from someone who's already in a relationship, NYC relationship expert Susan Winter tells Elite Daily. "And, it may also be an in-person office flirtation that remains verbal, rather than physical."

However, the reason micro-cheating is not a black and white issue is because not everyone defines inappropriate behavior in the same way. Some people consider flirting with other people to be OK in certain situations as long as it doesn't turn into anything physical, or emotional. Oftentimes in relationships, partners don't take the time to specifically define behavior they would consider to be a breach of trust. According to Anita A. Chlipala, a dating expert and licensed marriage therapist, by not having conversations about what each one of us feels is or isn't OK, space is left open for a partner to make assumptions that may not be accurate.
https://www.elitedaily.com/p/what-is-micro-cheating-experts-explain-whether-not-this-really-counts-as-infidelity-9445074




So even the experts aren’t exactly clear on what this is. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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From: Idiots #6-3

Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Las Vegas! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:



My fair congregation! Have a seat please! And give it up for our gospel choir, how great are they? You know… I have just returned from Washington DC. This week there was an event that the religious right of America felt the need to have their voices heard. Which is their right under GAWD that they can do that. So what has the fundamentalists’ underwear in a wad? Why are they going so nuts over this one topic that they need to hold their OWN march? Well let’s take a look at what actually happened last week that got lost in the headlines!

Conservative radio host Ben Shapiro said Friday at the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., that "no pro-life person would kill baby Hitler" because "baby Hitler was a baby," with the comments quickly going viral on social media.

“The argument, I guess here, is that would you kill baby Hitler?” Shapiro said in answering a question that appeared to be submitted online during a live broadcast at the anti-abortion rally.

“And the truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler, because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler, adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby," he continued.

"What you presumably want to do with baby Hitler is take baby Hitler out of baby Hitler’s house and move baby Hitler into a better house where he would not grow up to be Hitler, right? That’s the idea.”

The hashtag #BabyHitler began trending on Twitter not long after the comments on Friday afternoon, drawing the ire of mostly liberals on the platform.
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/426100-ben-shapiro-at-march-for-life-rally-no-pro-life-person-would-kill-baby-hitler


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Yes. You know what? Let’s play the clip because it’s quite spectacular:



Now you know, my fair congregation, it says that in the Good Book that murder is illegal! But… that hasn’t stopped the Baby Hitler debate. In fact if you take a look at some past clips, judging on the actions of this weekend, well, they haven’t aged well.







So there you go, the very idea that murdering Baby Hitler has been the subject of some rather interesting debate. But the debate over killing Baby Hitler is actually pretty toxic for sponsors – they really don’t want anything to do with it.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has now lost two sponsors of his podcast after a live recording at an anti-abortion rally in which he read advertisements out to the crowd and also mulled over the philosophical dilemma of killing “baby Hitler.”

Calm, a sleep and meditation phone app, became the second company to drop its sponsorship of Shapiro after the right-wing host appeared before thousands of abortion opponents during Friday’s March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.

“We do not align with this message,” the company posted on Twitter. “We’re pulling our sponsorship.”

Earlier Friday night, another brand, the toothbrush maker Quip, told HuffPost it was ending its sponsorship of Shapiro’s podcast over the ad readings.

“Our mission is to make good oral health more accessible to everyone, and podcast advertising is one way we’re able to realize this,” Quip said in a statement. “However, following one of our ads being read in a venue we did not endorse, we have chosen to discontinue our advertising relationship with this show. We are also taking steps to ensure all of our advertising partners are aligned with our oral health mission and values.”

Right Wing Watch reporter Jared Holt first drew attention to the ad readouts during an appearance that had already made news over Shapiro’s “baby Hitler” moment.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/another-sponsor-just-dropped-ben-shapiro-after-his-bizarre-march-for-life-appearance_us_5c434e23e4b027c3bbc23d12




But while this is a touchy subject for advertisers, it’s apparently a touchy subject for Mr. Shapiro himself because thanks to his anti-abortion views, he wouldn’t kill Baby Hitler because… he’s a baby. That’s sound logic there!

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, appearing Friday as the keynote speaker of the annual March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, shared with his audience a head-scratching scenario about abortion and Adolf Hitler.

“The argument, I guess here, would you kill baby Hitler?” he started off, in a clip posted to Twitter. “And the truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler. Because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler — adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby.”

Shapiro, who is Jewish, offered a suggestion: “What you presumably want to do with baby Hitler is take baby Hitler out of baby Hitler’s house and move baby Hitler into a better house, where he would not grow up to be Hitler.”

The crowd erupted into applause as the clip closed.

Shapiro, a prominent supporter of the pro-life movement, appeared to be making his remarks as part of his popular podcast, HuffPost reported.
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/ben-shapiro-i-wouldn-t-kill-baby-hitler-1.6852105




By the way let’s hear it for my gospel choir. How great are they? Can I get an amen??? Anyone remember a few years ago when Pat Robertson had that clip about the mom who lost a baby to miscarriage and then he justified it? Let’s play that!



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOO! Boo indeed. So they’re conflicted on the message TO THIS DAY in case you can’t tell! And by the way in case you’re wondering if there really is a Baby Hitler out there, well here’s your answer!

A Neo-Nazi couple who named their child after Adolf Hitler are facing jail after they were found guilty of belonging to a banned terrorist organisation.

Adam Thomas, 22, and his girlfriend, Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted of being members of the far-right organisation National Action, which was outlawed in 2016.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the pair gave their baby the middle name “Adolf”, which self-confessed racist Thomas told jurors was done in “admiration” for the leader of Nazi Germany.

A third defendant - a prominent member of National Action's Midlands chapter, Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester, was also convicted on Monday following the seven-week trial.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-action-baby-adolf-hitler-terror-guilty-nazi-court-patatas-a8629846.html




So there really is a real Baby Hitler out there! Raised by Neo Nazis at that! Well, there’s a test for this debate right now! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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[font size="8"]Beating A Dead Horse: Pizzagate
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From: Idiots #5-4

Spin it! And it lands on… Food! Of course I’m in Austin, what better way of getting to know the city better than sampling the local flare? Which of course is barbecue, and we brought in some great local catering. Let’s check it out – I’ve got brisket, sausage, pulled pork, baked beans and potato salad. Wow, good shit!



Man you gotta love smoked meat. Not that kind of smoked meat, sir! Austin you guys are awesome! All right spin it again! And it lands on… Beating A Dead Horse!



You know conservatives, you really got to let this Pizzagate thing go! You already shot up Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC trying to prove it, and you also got kicked out of the same restaurant videotaping children’s birthday parties in a creepy stalker manner. And you also got to accept that you don’t really care about children, especially if you advocate that they get separated from their parents at the border! The sooner you face your denial, the better! But nope, this bullshit continues to be a thing despite getting called a hoax time and time again. And for the purposes of comedy, all of our funny memes and clips will be replaced with images of cheese pizza. Because we care! And Trump loving conservatives apparently get off on that sort of thing.

Larry Klayman, the founder of the right-wing organizations Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, appeared on a YouTube podcast called “Crowdsource the Truth” this afternoon. The show, hosted by Jason Goodman, is an established outlet for conspiracy theories on YouTube and has published content related to Pizzagate, QAnon and other conspiracy theories that accuse public officials of pedophilia.

Klayman first met on camera with Goodman earlier this year and has become a somewhat frequent guest on Goodman’s program ever since that meeting. Klayman has also appeared as a guest on other conspiracy theory propaganda sites including Infowars and otherwise can be seen with some frequency on Newsmax TV.

Klayman explained to Goodman, “I’m not interested in getting on Fox News. First of all, I can’t say what I want to say on Fox News because it’s censored to some extent. That’s why I like being on with you, and being on Newsmax, and like being on Infowars, because I can say it straight up.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/judicial-watch-founder-tells-pizzagate-podcast-that-the-clintons-had-people-killed/




Yeah sure, right. Keep talking guys – everything you say is worse than what came before it. And this wasn’t the only Pizzagate related story that’s been brought up lately.

Adherents to the “QAnon” conspiracy theory and former “Pizzagate” truthers who have alleged that President Trump is secretly working behind the scenes to dismantle a global network of satanic child sex traffickers believe a new press release from the Department of Justice has validated their wild conspiracy theories.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the arrest of more than 2,300 “suspected online child sex offenders.” The DOJ statement reads:

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.

The operation targeted suspects who: (1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/former-pizzagate-and-current-qanon-believers-say-the-doj-has-validated-them/




OK for those you keeping score at home – actual sexual abuse, physical abuse, human trafficking, and child sex crimes committed by ICE, they’re perfectly fine with. But let’s keep investigating those fake child sex crimes that so far have not existed! And then there’s our favorite whack a doodle conspiracy theorist, Liz Cronkin. Who definitely isn’t helping!

On Saturday, “journalist” and fringe right-wing conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin posted a video on YouTube in which she celebrated that President Trump had supposedly confirmed that “Pizzgate is real.”

“Pizzagate” is a right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges that thousands of highly influential politicians, entertainers, and business leaders are part of a global pedophile ring and Crokin asserted that Trump “trolled” the Illuminati by using a Cabinet meeting last month to confirm that the conspiracy theory is actually true.

Proponents of the conspiracy theory allege that members of this massive pedophile ring use code words like “pizza” and “hot dogs” when discussing their pedophilia and Crokin noted that Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney had used these very words during a Cabinet meeting while railing against what he sees as overbearing government regulations.

“If you have a cheese pizza, it’s governed by the Food & Drug Administration. If you put a pepperoni on it, it’s governed by the USDA,” Mulvaney said. “The hot dog meat is governed by one; you put it in a bun, it’s governed by the other.”

“What I do love about President Trump is that he trolls the Illuminati and the deep state and the cabal,” Crokin said in reaction to Mulvaney’s statement. “He trolls them with their own words and symbols and it’s hilarious.”

Mulvaney’s use of cheese pizza and hot dogs in his example “was a thousand percent a troll,” Crokin declared. “President Trump and his staffers are constantly trolling the deep state … That’s President Trump’s way of letting you know that Pizzagate is real and it’s not fake. He’s constantly using their words against them and throwing it in their face and God bless him, it’s amazing.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/liz-crokin-trump-has-confirmed-that-pizzgate-is-real/




You know it’s like playing a fucked up game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Except there’s just one degree and Kevin Bacon is a Satanic pedophile! Does that image of cheese pizza turn you on Liz? I had leftover cheese pizza for lunch yesterday, actual cheese pizza. It is not a metaphor, you sick fucking lunatics!! Or is it?

Jack Posobiec, now a contributor at One America News, played a central role in promoting the so-called “Pizzagate” hoax that resulted in a man entering a Washington pizza restaurant and firing a gun as part of a supposed rescue mission of children whom he had been convinced were hidden beneath the building. Now, Posobiec is trying to rewrite history.

Pizzagate was a hoax that captured the imaginations of right-wing conspiracy mongers online toward at the end of the 2016 election. Proprietors of Pizzagate cited a hodgepodge of hacked John Podesta emails, screenshots of the restaurant’s menu, Instagram posts by the owner, and other random bits to build up the laughably untrue claim that Hillary Clinton and top members of the DNC were sex-trafficking children via an elaborate tunnel system beneath Washington. The conspiracy theory was spread by figures like self-described “New Right” pundit Mike Cernovich, Infowars’ Alex Jones, pedophilia-obsessed conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin, far-right YouTuber Brittany Pettibone, Posobiec and various anonymous users inhabiting the culverts on 4Chan and 8Chan.

In the last couple of weeks, Posobiec has been claiming with increased frequency that he actually “debunked” Pizzagate. He’s now declaring that Pizzagate was a hoax (which is obviously correct) and has accused former Fox News host Megyn Kelly of lying about his role in spreading the conspiracy during a Fox News segment. Posobiec has made his debunking claims for months, but something seems to have inspired him to restate his claims in recent weeks. These recent reiterations have earned him the ire of pundits like Crokin, who still believe the hoax.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jack-posobiec-is-lying-about-his-pizzagate-past/





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It’s time for our new segment:



And there’s plenty of them this week. As well as stuff we’ve missed in the two weeks that we’ve been gone. But mainly I want to start this segment with the rock band NOFX – yeah they are friends of the show since we had them on last season. But they shot themselves in the foot. No not quite literally there, good sir, with a joke about the Las Vegas shooting that was in extremely poor taste:

In the same week that television personalities Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee were swept up in a wave of social media outrage, a Bay Area punk band with a long history of behaving badly has found itself in a swirl of controversy in a new socially conscious era.

NOFX is facing backlash after making an offhand joke during its set at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, referencing the mass shooting in October at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, also in Las Vegas, that killed 58 and injured nearly 500.

“We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot! Hooray!” frontman “Fat Mike” Burkett said in low-resolution video clips from the performance that were shared on social media. His bandmate Eric Melvin replied, “I guess you’re only getting shot in Vegas if you’re a country band.”

“I mean, that sucked,” Burkett added. “But at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”
https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Punk-band-NOFX-faces-backlash-after-onstage-joke-12960954.php




Yeah that happened. Now before you boo – wait for it – the follow up was even worse than the initial dialogue between Fat Mike and Melvin:

According to TMZ, after they finished a song, frontman Fat Mike said, "We played a song about Muslims and we didn't get shot. Hooray."

The site says another band member responded to that saying, "I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band."

But it didn't end there. "That [the massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans."

Audience members can be heard groaning on a video posted on social media, then one of the band members said, "You were all thinking it."

Fifty-eight people lost their lives on October 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock fired a hail of bullets from a Mandalay Bay suite into the Route 91 Harvest Festival, headlined by country star Jason Aldean. Over 500 others were injured.

Local radio hosts Dave & Mahoney from X1075, who play the band's music, called the comments "disgusting and callous." They said they no longer will support their music.
http://cbs6albany.com/news/entertainment/rock-band-nofx-on-vegas-mass-shooting-at-least-they-were-country-fans




OK now you can boo!!! Here’s the thing Fat Mike – we know your band says some shit that may border on insensitive and we’re OK with that. But here’s what we’re not OK with – no we’re not thinking that. I mean that is the opposite of what we were thinking And the fallout was even worse than the joke.

Less than a day after controversial comments made by California punk band NOFX at a Las Vegas punk festival made headlines, Stone Brewing has pulled out of a sponsorship deal with the band.

The Escondido brewery's cancelation of the partnership comes following several statements by NOFX band members onstage at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival on Sunday night. Most notably, band frontman "Fat" Mike Burkett seemingly attempted to make light of a horrifying shooting at a Las Vegas country concert last October that killed 58 and injured nearly 500 by saying, "at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans."

On Wednesday evening, Stone Brewing publicly canceled their "Punk in Drublic" sponsorship deal with NOFX, which had included a collaboration beer and a slew of nationally touring music and beer festivals.

The statement reads, in part:

"We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX's insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer. We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands. To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what's right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer's Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis 'had.' That sponsorship is now canceled."
https://www.sfgate.com/beer/article/Stone-Brewing-nofx-cut-ties-punk-in-drublic-12957386.php




Yeah so here’s the thing Fat Mike – if you’ve got a corporate sponsorship of a festival maybe don’t say anything that can cost you your sponsorship! I mean just ask Roseanne how well that went. But this might be a first – NOFX might be the first band to ever get booted from their own festival!

Well, here’s a first. After NOFX frontman Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin cracked some unsavory jokes about the 2017 Vegas shooting last weekend, their band has been booted from the very festival they started. The inaugural Camp Punk in Drublic—itself an extension of NOFX’s one-day, traveling Punk in Drublic festivals—kicks off tomorrow and will no longer feature either NOFX or Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the latter being Fat Mike’s punk cover band.

“While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans,” reads a press release regarding Fat Mike’s removal. “These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.”

Replacing them will be punk legends the Descendents, who will play on Saturday, and The Vandals, who will contribute to tomorrow night’s kickoff party.
https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/05/nofx-booted-from-own-festival/




And by the way, Roseanne might want to take a page into how you do a real apology because you don’t blame the Ambien for your colossal fuck up:

The band have since responded to the controversy with a contrite post shared to their Facebook page on Thursday. “I can’t sleep, no one in my band can,” began a message, presumably written by Fat Mike. “What we said in Vegas was s—ty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks.”

The note continued, suggesting that a longer statement was to follow. “We decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”

Country star Jason Aldean was performing at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1 when a series of loud bangs rang out from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate businessman who lived in the area, had broken out the window of his hotel room and fired bullets from high-powered weapons into the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers.
https://people.com/music/rock-band-only-get-shot-country-band-vegas-music-festival/





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And of course Depeche Mode schedules a stop in my home town, on the day of my calculus final. Grr. Yes so of course you know by now you know that people are people, and people are dumb. So who’s dumb this week? Why don’t we start in our favorite state of Florida because why not? You know I’ve been to my local Goodwill Store hundreds of times, never saw this:

BRADENTON, Fla. --
Talk about one heckuva an explosive donation.

Authorities say a grenade launcher, loaded with a live grenade, was left with other donated items at a Florida Goodwill store.

The Bradenton Herald reports that employees at a Goodwill store near Tampa reported the weapon on Sunday.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the store manager told deputies that the grenade launcher had come in a shipment from another store several days earlier. The employees at the other location said they sent it along because they didn't know what it was.

Deputies say they disposed of the active grenade in a Hazmat locker, and the launcher was stored in the agency's property room.

It's not clear who donated the items.
http://abc7.com/society/loaded-grenade-launcher-left-at-florida-goodwill-store/3014308/




Yeah maybe it was that guy who donated the grenade launcher! Next up – a new category that we haven’t explored here yet – dumb professors! So how are you a university professor and you don’t know that Australia is a single country? Well let’s explain.

This is Ashley Arnold, a 27-year-old resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She's a stay-at-home mom completing an online sociology degree with Southern New Hampshire University.

As part of her final class, for which she paid almost $1,000, students were required to complete a project outline last month in which they would compare a social norm in the US and another country.

For her "norm" Arnold picked social media use, and for her country she chose Australia.

But when Arnold got her grade back on Feb. 1, she was shocked to see her professor had failed her. Why? Because, according to the teacher, "Australia is a continent; not a country."
https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/australia-is-real-i-swear?utm_term=.ljj9dEjMK#.nh9QMORyG




Yeah come on has that guy not seen The Simpsons? Next on People Are Dumb – our good friend Florida Man! Or maybe Florida Man’s wife Florida Woman! Of course you know the Super Bowl is the best game around, and this time around what happens when you fight during the Super Bowl? Might want to call Jerry Springer for this one!

A Florida woman allegedly injured her boyfriend by throwing a piece of furniture at him during an argument about who would win the Super Bowl, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.

Cheryl Merrill, 60, was arrested after the incident, which happened at 7 p.m. Sunday, according to a police report. Merrill became enraged during the argument and allegedly threw a wooden shelf at her boyfriend of five years, deputies said.

The man suffered a swollen hand but refused medical treatment. Because of his hand injury, he was unable to sign an affidavit, deputies said.

Merrill was described by deputies as being "extremely intoxicated" and disobeyed orders to remain in the cul-de-sac while deputies investigated the incident, the report said.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/deputies-say-florida-man-injured-during-super-bowl-argument/5XxMdyKXGlh58LRHEsO1xK/




Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Next up in People Are Dumb – we go to the Florida of the North – Wisconsin. So we all get it, we have loved ones, they die. And it sucks but it’s a part of life and we have to accept it. But do we really need to bring fucking pizza into the mix? If I’m planning Nana’s funeral I can guarantee the last thing I want would be a slice of pepperoni supreme!

Pre-planning a funeral is not a fun or comfortable task — that's why Mark Krause, president of Krause Funeral Homes in Wisconsin, added something a little unusual to the table: free pizza.

"People don't think about funerals until they really need them," he explained to TODAY Food. "So we asked ourselves, 'How do we get people to relax about the idea of thinking about this difficult topic ahead of time?'"

The answer? Food. "People are relaxed and open when they're surrounded by food," he said. "You think about everything you do in life... it always centers around food."

Last year, Krause and his team decided to invite potential customers to join them for an informational session to learn more about pre-planning their funerals. Knowing the topic wasn't exactly enticing, he decided that perhaps the main course should be.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/pie-before-you-die-funeral-home-throws-pizza-party-for-new-customers/ar-BBIu8Iu




Right, what situation isn’t improved by pizza? Deadpool knows what’s up! And come on, Nana didn’t skimp on the toppings, let’s not kid ourselves here! Finally this week for “People Are Dumb”, here’s a real life Rocket Man! Remember this guy from last year? Well he’s back! And he was proved wrong by Elon Musk!

A man who claims that Earth is flat tried to leave it in a homemade rocket Saturday but failed to overcome the gravitational force of a 13,166,800,000,000,000,000,000,000-pound sphere directly beneath him.

In fairness to Mike Hughes, he knows how to build a rocket. He built them for many years under the precepts of classical physics, when he was still a relatively conventional daredevil, which is to say, one who believed Earth is round.

But Saturday marked Hughes's third aborted launch since he declared himself a flat-earther last year and announced a multipart plan to fly to space by the end of 2018 so he could prove astronauts have been lying about the shape of the planet.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/06/a-flat-earther-finally-tried-to-fly-away-his-rocket-didnt-even-ignite/?utm_term=.3ae6515ea975




Why does Wiley Coyote keep using Acme products if they keep failing? Does he have a buy one get one free card? Anyway 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. Dotard 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 South Africa’s racists make ours look like chumps, Argentina is an environmental nightmare but has some good politics, and Brazil’s batshit fucking crazy. This week we’re coming home for some much needed R&R before we head out to Asia, the Middle East, and Australia! Here’s the tour schedule:



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We need some music for this one! Can we get some music please?



Ah yes who doesn’t love Alicia Keys? Well we’re back home everybody! And what better place to talk about than my home away from home, the great state of New York! New York has tons to do, see, visit, like the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown. And while there, grab a pint at the venerable Ommegang Brewery, which brewed the official beer for the hit TV show Game Of Thrones! As if I didn’t need a beer to watch Game Of Thrones, but I’ll take one, thanks! You want sports teams? New York has got them – of course the MLB’s Yankees need no introduction, but there’s also their Bronx neighbors, the New York Mets. Football? They’ve got the NFL’s Giants and Jets – and they are forced to share the same room, and as always have a bit of sibling rivalry going on. Basketball? There’s the worst team in basketball, the New York Knicks, and its’ slightly worse and easily forgettable cousin, the Brooklyn Nets. Soccer? There’s the New York Red Bulls. Hockey? They got the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers, which also share the same stadium. College? New York is home to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which includes Monmouth, Iona, Siona, and Quinnipiac Universities. You might see them on ESPN and wonder who are these teams again? How about concerts? New York is home to Broadway and the legendary Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. There’s also tons of great indie rock bands and actors that are from this state. Too many to name, almost! New York is also home to some of the world’s largest financial institutions, and it’s also home to the United Nations, or maybe it won’t be after Dotard Trump gets done with it. It’s also home to the legendary Museum Of Modern Art and Museum Of Natural History, as famously profiled in the hit comedy “Night At The Museum”:



RIP Robin Williams. *record screeches* Wait, didn’t we already cover the states in our Stupidest State contest? Yes we did, but we left out on purpose the two states the GOP loves to hate the most – California and New York. So what is New York the home of? Well they’re reason why a new Constitutional Convention would be utterly disastrous:

New Yorkers make progress. It’s what we do. It’s not always easy—in fact, it seldom is. Every progressive victory in New York history has been hard-won, and, in November, New Yorkers must once again choose progress. Every 20 years, New York voters decide via referendum whether we want to rewrite our Constitution with a constitutional convention. Proponents argue that a convention is the only way to reform Albany. That just isn’t true. The Constitution has already been amended more than 200 times since 1894, with another two amendments proposed for this coming November alone. A constitutional convention would threaten every progressive reform ever adopted by the state of New York. The new Constitution would be written by 204 delegates, and those delegates would be chosen by political machines with the money and influence to get their people elected. During the last convention, less than 10 percent of the delegates were African-American or Latino. It was dominated by judges, legislators and other political insiders. Average people can’t compete. That convention targeted every public resource and freedom in New York, and there’s no reason to think this convention would be any different.
http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/sep/21/defend-progress-vote-no-constitutional-convention/




And when you think of gambling where pops up immediately? Vegas and Atlantic City, and maybe the occasional place in Europe like Monaco or Montenegro, but Buffalo, New York has a thriving gaming industry that’s just as corrupt as you might expect:

BUFFALO — This was to be a year of celebration for New York’s booming gambling industry, with gleaming new casinos opening, rapturous bettors flocking in and a win-win for the state, and a torrent of new taxes pouring into government coffers at no cost to anyone but the bettors themselves.

But like casinos — where glitter often hides the grime — the reality has been far less glamorous, with underwhelming returns, evidence of industry cannibalization and a new, sharp-edged conflict between the state and a major tribal gambling operation.

In 2013, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law allowing for seven new, full-scale casinos in New York, hoping to revive economic activity and providing new tax revenue in moribund upstate areas. Before that, the state had only licensed so-called racinos, which are connected to racetracks and feature video lottery terminals — similar to slot machines — but no table games like blackjack and craps.

So far that expansion has indeed led to some $70 million in new gaming tax and ample jobs at new facilities and constructions sites, according to casino operators. But early returns from two casinos that opened in February have been weaker than projections, according to the most recent figures posted by the New York State Gaming Commission.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/nyregion/new-york-casinos-gambling-tribes-revenue.html




Well not for this piece they’re not! We love New York here, and I come to the east coast quite often. But then there’s the thing that republicans love to hate the most – the budget. And New York’s incompetence on this subject is quite spectacular.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A new report from a fiscal watchdog group is slamming New York State’s financial practices.

The Chicago-based group Truth in Accounting gives the state a grade of “F” in its new 50-state analysis of government spending and budgeting.

Specifically, the report’s authors faulted New York for its relatively high pension and health care obligations, as well as its high tax burden.
http://wivb.com/2017/09/18/new-york-state-rated-f-for-financial-practices/




Speaking of incompetence knowing no boundaries – there’s Equifax. We already covered Equifax a great deal in this edition but the state of New York was hit the hardest by that. The data giant has been accused of not following cyber rules according to Gov. Cuomo:

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state’s cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack.

Also on Monday, Bloomberg News reported that federal authorities have opened a criminal probe into stock sales by three Equifax Inc (EFX.N) executives before the company disclosed the massive data breach, news that has weighed heavily on the stock price.

The company has said the executives were unaware of the hack when they sold the stock for $1.8 million.

Equifax’s legal woes worsened as the U.S Attorney’s office in Atlanta issued a statement saying it was working with the FBI on a criminal investigation into the breach and theft of personal information.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-experian-new-yorkequifax/new-york-governor-wants-credit-reporting-firms-to-follow-cyber-rules-idUSKCN1BT1NA?utm_source=34553&utm_medium=partner




I believe Equifax’s reasons for not compiling with the rules are 1) cooking a French bread pizza, and 2) simply forgot. And you know we can’t go to New York without going to New York City. Thank you audience! So Turkish Prime Minister and guy who could school the republicans on how you stage a coup, Tayyip Erdogan, gave a speech in NYC last week, and here’s how it was met – New York style!

Violence broke out at a New York hotel Thursday afternoon when protesters disrupted a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

In the middle of Mr. Erdogan’s speech, delivered in Turkish, a man — one of a handful of protesters — screamed in English: “You’re a terrorist. Get out of my country!” The ballroom at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square instantly erupted, with many attendees chanting Mr. Erdogan’s name to drown out the protesters.

Videos showed the protesters — one of them wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Michael Israel, an American who was killed in a Turkish airstrike while volunteering with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or Y.P.G. — being punched and slapped by several attendees as security personnel removed them from the room. Security also removed at least one person who had assaulted the protesters.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/us/erdogan-new-york.html




And do what, exactly? Eh… Tracy I don’t know. But one thing we do know – New York City *IS* the home of Dotard Trump Tower.

New York congressman Adriano Espaillat, City Council President Melissa Mark Viverito and other lawmakers have been arrested in a protest outside Dotard Trump Tower.

They were fighting President Dotard Trump's decision to end the DACA program, which protected immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.

Espaillat's spokeswoman confirmed to News 4 he was arrested.

"Since day one, the Dotard Trump administration has threatened Latinos, Muslims, LGBT, women, and the list continues. His decision to end the DACA program earlier this month increased the urgency of what's at stake and the lives at risk when we fail to speak out against racism in America," spokeswoman Candace Randle Person said.

Source: NY Lawmakers Arrested in Protest Outside Dotard Trump Tower - NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Espaillat-Mark-Viverito-Arrested-DACA-Protest-Dotard Trump-Tower-445780453.html#ixzz4tQpFQnnk





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New York is a great place to visit (I’ve been there many times) and a pretty good place to live – especially upstate. Unfortunately not even the perceived liberal utopia can escape the toxic political climate of Dotard Trump.

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

Overall: B+

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I am coming home people! I get to spend approximately… one week in my home state of California! Whew!!!! Then after that we are off to the Land Of The Rising Sun, Japan!


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Ladies and gentlemen we have saved one of the best for last, I am super excited to have my next guest on, they have a new album called “America”. No tour dates yet but we will let you know. Playing their song called “Dangerous Night”, let’s give it up for 30 Seconds To Mars!!!!




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A man who claims that Earth is flat tried to leave it in a homemade rocket Saturday but failed to overcome the gravitational force of a 13,166,800,000,000,000,000,000,000-pound sphere directly beneath him.

In fairness to Mike Hughes, he knows how to build a rocket. He built them for many years under the precepts of classical physics, when he was still a relatively conventional daredevil, which is to say, one who believed Earth is round.

But Saturday marked Hughes's third aborted launch since he declared himself a flat-earther last year and announced a multipart plan to fly to space by the end of 2018 so he could prove astronauts have been lying about the shape of the planet.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/06/a-flat-earther-finally-tried-to-fly-away-his-rocket-didnt-even-ignite/?utm_term=.3ae6515ea975




Why does Wiley Coyote keep using Acme products if they keep failing? Does he have a buy one get one free card? Does he have a credit card? Is he part of some rewards program? Does he get frequent flyer miles and access to presale concert tickets? I want to know!

*audience laughs and applauds*

The Top 10 is off this week so our editors have posted their all time favorites! We talk about the latest version of Left Behind, Mar A Lago fails health inspections, Trump and Pence get schooled on bad logo design, Pizzagate still exists, we school NOFX on why you shouldn't joke about the worst mass shooting in history, Infowars and Goop hawk the same merchandise, and flat earthers are complete idiots. Plus in one of our favorite Top 10 Investigates segments, we discuss the possibilities of micro cheating - is that really a thing? And in one of our favorite Holy Shit segments - our resident pastor asks the question "Would you kill Baby Hitler?" (spoiler alert! Probably). And we also replay that time our exhaustive World Tour took us to New York City (NEW YORK CITY!!!!). And some live music from 30 Seconds To Mars!

Also next week we will post our fan favorite submissions!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-19: Fight For Your Right (To Choose) Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-19: Fight For Your Right (To Choose) Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Sign up now to get exclusive rewards from our advertising partners! Ah you know what? We wont subject you to that, there’s too much of that shit out there already. Last thing you need is us cluttering your inbox. Hey it’s our season finale everybody!!! Whew, we made it! We are there! This is awesome. And I can’t wait to come back for season 7!!! So is everyone still recovering from the Game Of Thrones finale? I haven’t seen it so I can’t say who won for sure but I do know this – regardless of who wins or loses the Game Of Thrones, someone who does win above all is the House Of HBO. They had the highest ratings ever for a paid cable network. 2.7 million people. So all you people who are complaining that this was a bad season – yeah you know what? This goes back to our theory about Bernie Sanders – he’s got a product to sell, and you bought it. You know what else? HBO has a show to broadcast, and you watched it. The two are no different! So to the 800,000 people who signed a petition to redo this season you know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO flashed their cash right in front of you as an insult. Seriously you can’t please everybody all the time, and most of those people are Game Of Thrones fans. OK that’s enough of the intro. We got a lot of idiocy to get to today. But first John Oliver is back with what might be the single most frightening Last Week Tonight ever on what happens when you die:



Whew, where do we begin this week? Well, they did it. The anti-abortion extremists (1) got abortion successfully equated with murder as states including Ohio, Alabama, and Indiana have signed into law some of the harshest penalties yet for abortion. So much that it’s occupying a second slot, and we’re going to find out what’s fueling the abortion debate (2) because it’s getting weirder and scarier, and Christian extremists are going all out in their quest to rid the country of Roe V Wade. In the third slot this week we have a new installment of “This Fucking Guy” and we’re going to introduce you to media mogul and convicted fraudster Conrad Black (3) who might be the latest in a long line of controversial Trump pardons. Why? Because Mr. Black wrote a flattering book about Trump, and you know how he loves him some loyalty! In the fourth slot this week is the NRA (4) and they are in a complete free fall after last month’s annual convention, mainly thanks to some extremely reckless spending habits. We will play armchair auditor and find out what’s really going on with the gun lobby! For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (5) and we’re going to talk cars. There’s finally a market for electric vehicles and they are more popular than ever, but what’s up with the trucks? A couple of startups are looking to take a chunk out of Tesla’s armor, and we will take a look at that. In the sixth slot this week, is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and our resident pastor is going to find out – why does the Christian right hate equality? Doesn’t it say love thy neighbor? What Bible are they reading? And in the 7th slot this week we have “Beating A Dead Horse” (7). Is it OK for Trump fans to display their MAGA pride at sporting events? Well a few of them have and it’s beginning to become a problem, and it needs to stop right now! At the number 8 slot this week is a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing” and after some rocky changes in leadership and ownership, we’re going to find out how conservative campus lobby TPUSA (8) is still a thing. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And here we are, it’s finally time to crown the winner of our 2019 Stupidest State Contest! We’re live at UCLA’s legendary Pauley Pavilion for all the action as Wisconsin takes on Alabama. We will have the champagne, the post game celebration, and all the festivities as we crown our winner! Plus to cap off this season, we have some live music from the man, the myth, the legend that is Ice Cube! Really, buy his new album “Everythang’s Corrupt” or you are no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Yes, our number one this week is the anti-abortion activists who scored crazy victories last week in their never-ending quest to overturn Roe V. Wade. And you know what is fucking scary? They might actually do it this year. I mean right now there’s only one heartbeat that I care about this week is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s. Ruth, you must please live forever! But we’re going to talk a lot about Alabama this edition (after all, they are our Stupidest State Flyover League Champion. But here’s where it stands currently in Alabama, or as it’s been called Al’Abama.

The future of a woman's right to choose an abortion in the United States could ultimately come down to the decision of one man.

Last week, the state of Alabama approved legislation to ban abortions in almost all cases, and Missouri passed a bill stopping women from seeking the procedure after the eighth week of pregnancy.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia recently approved bans on abortions once a foetal heartbeat was detected in week six, and 16 other states are looking to tighten their abortion laws.

Historically, this legislation was decided by each state until 1973, when the US Supreme Court made abortion a constitutional right across the country through the landmark Roe v Wade case.

Advocates who support access to abortion are now vowing to challenge the recent state law changes, and take their fight through the district and appeals courts — all the way to the Supreme Court.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-21/the-decision-to-outlaw-abortion-in-us-could-depend-on-one-judge/11125394




You said it, sir! We cannot tolerate this anymore. And that’s fucking terrifying that the fate of all of these horrible abortion bills could rest on the fate of one guy. I mean shit, even Pat Robertson, a guy who I would never in a million years agree with anything he says, thinks that these laws that are being passed have gone too far. But really Pat, you’re part of the problem!



Televangelist Pat Robertson said he thinks Alabama went "too far" with a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

"I think Alabama has gone too far," he said Wednesday during an episode of "The 700 Club." "There's no exception for rape or incest. It's an extreme law and they want to challenge Roe v. Wade."

He continued: "But my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose."

The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday, only allows exceptions "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly."

The law carries stiff penalties for those caught violating it. For example, doctors could face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion in the state.
https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/alabama-abortion-bill/index.html




Yeah seriously, when Pat fucking Robertson thinks you’ve gone too far, shut the whole damn thing down!!!! And by the way if you’re wondering how you can help, here’s how. Instead of boycotting the state altogether, why not join the fight? It’s turning ugly and the more you avoid talking about it, the more you help create the problem. So why not take action and join in?

Maryland’s chief financial officer on Thursday called for a number of retaliatory economic measures against Alabama in response to the state’s passage of the nation’s most restrictive abortion legislation. The bill was signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who also serves as vice chair of the state’s retirement system, is seeking a full divestment of the $52 billion pension fund from Alabama businesses and will soon make the case to the system’s board of trustees, he said.

First, he said, he will order his staff to prepare a report on the retirement system’s exposure to Alabama to make sure that it can be done responsibly.

Franchot also said he will order his staff of 1,100 employees not to travel to Alabama on business and will use his seat on the three-member Board of Public Works to limit contracts given to Alabama companies. That board, which also includes Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, awards $11 billion in contracts annually, he noted.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/maryland-official-calls-for-alabama-divestment-citing-abortion-bill.html



I mean seriously when Gordon Ramsay thinks you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too fucking far. I mean that shrimp scampi isn’t going to marinate itself!!! And Maryland’s not alone. Other states including California and Colorado are joining the fight against Alabama. Really, Alabama, you done fucked up big time and you will pay for this bill.

Colorado's Secretary of State is taking a stand against Alabama over a controversial abortion bill signed into law this week.

"I’m calling for a boycott of Alabama," Secretary of the State for Colorado Jena Griswold posted to Twitter. "Until Alabama allows for safe & legal access to health care for women, I will not authorize spending of state resources on travel to Alabama. I call on other state and local leaders in CO and across the country to join me in this boycott."

Alabama's governor signed the nation's strictest abortion ban on Wednesday, which makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

"To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God," Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

The legislation passed in Alabama would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison for the provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk. Women seeking or undergoing abortions wouldn't be punished.
https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Colorado-Secretary-of-State-takes-stand-against-Alabama-for-abortion-bill-510035381.html





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I’m sure by now everyone is sick of hearing about Alabama’s insanely totalitarian anti-abortion laws but they’re not alone. This was a carefully coordinated attack in an effort to overturn Roe V Wade, and if it goes to SCOTUS, there’s a chance that it might actually happen – and we have every reason in the world to be fucking terrified of the very real possibility that this could happen. So why is there such a rush to capitalize on anti-abortion practices now and what’s fueling the debate? Well it’s no secret that ultra far right Christians have been operating deep within the Trump administration. But the question is why the push now?

Eight months after the contentious hearings over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, progressives fear that the most dire warnings of abortion rights groups are now coming to fruition.

This week, Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban, soon followed by Missouri passing its own strict anti-abortion legislation. Other bills elsewhere have either been signed into law or are working their way through legislatures -- with expectations on both sides that the issue will eventually come before the Supreme Court.

This momentum has thrust women's reproductive rights to the forefront of the political debate, with leaders weighing in from the halls of Congress to the campaign trail where the 2020 election debate is already at fever pitch.

Still, the nationwide political fight over abortion rights comes at a time when 77% of voters support access to abortion in the case of rape and incest during the first trimester.

"We think that women understand their rights are under fire and that there is a dire need to ensure that the right policymakers are making the decisions," said Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY's List. "What we've seen is a bunch of mostly male Republicans making really bad decisions on behalf of the women in this country."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/18/politics/abortion-bills-debate/index.html




Well actually you are wrong! I mean this is fucking insane – 77% of the country supports that abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. But not in Alabama! Really you got to fight for your right to choose people! Or to paraphrase the immortal Beastie Boys, YOU GOTTA FIGHT… FOR YOUR RIGHT… TO CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!! Ah, I miss that band. But Alabama isn’t the only one, Missouri has also come along and torched previous abortion legislation.

Missouri is poised to become the latest Republican-led state to enact a strict anti-abortion law, setting up a series of legal battles that could lead to the Supreme Court reconsidering Roe v. Wade.

The Missouri House on Friday approved a bill that had already cleared the state Senate, sending it to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who has said he will sign it into law.

The bill, HB 126, would prohibit abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy -- after a heartbeat is detected -- though many women often don't know they're pregnant in that time. The bill includes exceptions for what it defines as medical emergencies, such as cases when the mother's life is at risk or she is facing serious permanent injury, but not for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told reporters Friday that he would sign the bill, calling it "just a matter of when we get all the bills in."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/17/politics/missouri-abortion-bill-house/index.html




And I mean is anyone really that shocked that it’s mostly conservative white males who are fueling the fire for this debate? The other thing I noticed is that states seem to be pumping out these abortion laws almost as frequently as Tyler Perry pumps out Madea movies. And just like the Madea movies, each one gets more ridiculous and insane. Quite frankly I’m expecting the two franchises to make a cross over movie at some point. Oh don’t boo! Really sir, that’s the joke you choose to walk out on? Fine, but there is this.

The governor of Georgia signed into law one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. The sponsor of an anti-abortion bill in Ohio made headlines by falsely claiming that it’s possible to transplant an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus. And the Alabama state Senate erupted in shouting after Republicans removed exceptions for rape and incest from an anti-abortion bill.

All these developments happened just this week, a new level of activity in a year that has already seen a raft of abortion restrictions pass — and some states move to shore up abortion access in response. Anti-abortion groups and legislators have been backing more aggressive restrictions since President Trump’s election, but their efforts have ramped up in 2019.

Four “heartbeat” bills, like Georgia’s, that would ban abortion as early as six weeks, have passed this year alone, and total bans on abortion are under consideration in Alabama and elsewhere. Meanwhile, supporters of this kind of legislation have stated openly that their goal is to challenge Roe v. Wade.

“The gloves are off” among abortion opponents, Kristin Ford, the national communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, told Vox. “They feel like they have the wind at their backs and they don’t have to dance around their true intentions anymore.”
https://www.vox.com/2019/5/10/18564436/ohio-abortion-bill-law-alabama-georgia-details




Oh it’s on now anti-abortion foes! In fact your reckless disregard for human rights may signal a massive blue wave in 2020 and possibly spell the end of your reign of terror in the Trump White House. Even Alabama, or as the new name has declared itself, Al’Abama, is running scared of the detractors of this horrifying human rights atrocity.

Conservative governors and legislators are using new highly restrictive abortion laws to get abortion back in front of what they believe is the most friendly U.S. Supreme Court in decades.

Sixteen states have passed or are scrambling to pass bans on abortion after a doctor can detect what they call "a fetal heartbeat in the womb," usually about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. That includes Georgia, where Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat bill" into law on Tuesday.

Separately, the Alabama Senate is poised to vote this week on legislation that could become the nation’s strictest abortion law, making it a felony to receive an abortion.

In a countermove, lawmakers in a growing number of states are racing to amend state constitutions to provide a backstop for the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

Vermont on Tuesday passed a bill that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, with similar legislation in the works in 12 other states, including New Mexico, Nevada and Rhode Island.
https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/after-georgias-heartbeat-law-national-abortion-debate-moves-to-alabama.html





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When Donald Trump picks a person to pardon, he sure knows how to pick them! I mean let’s go through some of the people who he’s pardoned so far. Like Sheriff Joe Arpaio for instance, a guy who tortured prisoners. Or Razzie Award winning documentarian Dinesh D’Souza who got busted for illegal campaign contributions. Or Scooter Libby, the guy who outed CIA agents. Now there’s Conrad Black, the latest in a long line of Trump pardons. This fucking guy. You know what got him on Trump’s radar? He’s the author of a book called “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other”. Before you boo, let’s consider the source for a minute.

The name Conrad Black may not ring a bell for some Americans, but the onetime media baron, society figure and now a recipient of a presidential pardon was in the public spotlight for years. Deported to Canada in 2012 after spending more than three years in prison, Black had been found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice. His long and colorful history includes a long-standing alliance with President Trump.

Born in Canada, Black eventually became a British lord and is described in press accounts as a millionaire who lived like a billionaire. When criticized for allegedly using shareholder money to finance a vacation to Bora Bora and charging an extravagant birthday party for his wife to his company, he reportedly declared that he would "not re-enact the French Revolutionary renunciation of the rights of the nobility." He was acquitted of charges related to both incidents.
"A President Like No Other"

In his 20s, Black and longtime business partner David Radler turned an investment in an English-language daily in Quebec into a company that ran more than 300 newspapers. He became a convicted felon decades later when he and other executives were accused of looting about $32 million from Hollinger International, which owned entities including the Chicago Sun-Times, Canada's National Post, the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post. Radler pleaded guilty in the scheme blamed for taking down what at the time was among the biggest newspaper companies in the world.

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When Black was at the helm, the Sun-Times in the early 2000s sold its building alongside the Chicago River to Mr. Trump, leading to the present-day Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. The two were partners in the undertaking until Mr. Trump bought out Black.

The full pardon came a day after the National Review published an essay by Black headlined: "Smooth Sailing Ahead for Trump," and a year after the publication of Black's book, "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other." The 74-year-old Black has authored other presidential biographies, including "Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full," in 2007.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-conrad-black-meet-the-man-pardoned-by-president-trump/




Boy he sure can pick presidents can’t he? I mean Trump *AND* Nixon? Maybe next he’ll write flattering books about Atilla The Hun and Josef Stalin. And you know when Trump picks a person to pardon he really is abusing his position. He has an ego the size of Texas and it’s insane how he keeps pardoning people who kiss his ass, like Conrad Black and Dinesh D’Souza.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake analyzed 10 pardons issued by President Donald Trump and found that eight of the pardons have carried apparent political benefits for the president.

Trump announced the pardons of publisher Conrad Black and former California GOP leader Patrick Nolan Wednesday night. Blake notes that both of these pardons could be seen as “self-serving.”

Blake noted Black published a book last year titled Donald J. Trump: A President Like no Other.

“The book is more hagiography than biography. It defends Trump against charges that he is a racist, stating flatly that he is not. It hails his “very successful” foreign policy ventures. It credits his “unquenchable energy,” “sheer entertainment talent” and “raw toughness,”” Blake writes.

Blake also notes the pardon of Nolan was also political but in a less obvious way.

“Last year, Nolan criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,” Blake writes. “He said it was symptomatic of how law enforcement personnel “decide who they’re going to prosecute and then hunt for a crime.”
https://www.mediaite.com/trump/washington-post-donald-trump-keeps-pardoning-his-friends/




You know what’s really sad? The fact that this book tried to casually pass off the fact that Trump may be a racist! Shocker! These people lie like it’s a bodily function. In case you were wondering what Conrad Black’s credentials are, he has his head so far up Trump’s ass that he bumped into Hannity, Limbaugh, and Tucker Carlson. Here’s some more of what the relationship between these two is like, and well it’s a classic case of quid pro quo.

Donald Trump has pardoned Conrad Black, the former media mogul who owned the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator before being jailed for fraud, shortly after he wrote a book praising the US president.

Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, was once known for his extravagant lifestyle as he ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post. But he ended up serving three and a half years in prison after he was convicted in 2007 of siphoning off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by the company he controlled.

Since leaving jail Black, who is a British peer, has been on a quest to clear his name. Last year he published a book entitled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other, writing that Trump “is not, in fact, a racist, sexist, warmonger, hothead, promoter of violence, or a foreign or domestic economic warrior”. He suggested the president had been misunderstood.

A White House spokesperson said the decision had been made because of Black’s “tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought”, as well as the work he had done supporting fellow prisoners while inside.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/15/conrad-black-trump-pardons-ex-media-mogul




Yes… quid pro quo, douchebags! I mean has Mr. Black really contributed anything to business outside of having his lips placed firmly on Trump’s ass? And Trump’s ass has to be big because he’s got a lot of people kissing it! And by the way I don’t think Trump gets that a pardon is an admission of guilt – Mr. Black may be guilty of one crime but that doesn’t let him off the hook for others! By the way in case you’re wondering what Mr. Black was found guilty of, it was just some good old fashioned white collar crime!

On Wednesday, the White House granted Black a full pardon. The administration’s justification for the pardon doesn’t cite a legal basis but notes Black’s “tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought.” As Politico describes it, Black was convicted for his role “in a ploy to swindle millions of dollars from investors in his media company.”

Black’s National Review piece wasn’t the only time he penned praise for Trump. More recently, he wrote a book titled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other. The book describes Trump as “not, in fact, a racist, sexist, warmonger, hothead, promoter of violence, or a foreign or domestic economic warrior.”

“Like the country he represents, Donald Trump possesses the optimism to persevere and succeed, the confidence to affront tradition and convention, a genius for spectacle, and a firm belief in common sense and the common man,” the first page begins.

In a column about his pardon written Wednesday for Canada’s National Post, a publication he founded, Black details the call he received from Trump last week in which he was informed about the pardon. He claims Trump told him his public praise played no role in the decision, which Trump said was motivated by his desire to “expunge the bad rap you got”:
https://www.vox.com/2019/5/16/18627631/trump-conrad-black-pardon




And yes there are far worse people Trump has pardoned and we will get to those. But for now this is Conrad Black, this week’s:




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Allow me to engage in a bit of schadenfreude here. But seriously, fuck the NRA. And is anyone else taking delight that since their annual convention, the organization has been completely imploding? I mean they should go down in a fiery ball of flames the way that a gun lobby is supposed to go down – shooting first and asking questions later. But I am loving the fact that they just seem to be imploding at the seems. Maybe it’s because people are finally getting tired of their schtick? Or because they were the recent attempt of a failed coup by Oliver North? Or is it something else? But never the less time to break out your inner Nelson and laugh along.

The tantalizing leaks have spilled out in the weeks since the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Indianapolis devolved into civil war.

Amid anxiety over falling revenue and mounting legal trouble has come news that the gun group’s longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, billed $275,000 for purchases at the Zegna luxury men’s wear boutique in Beverly Hills. Its largely ceremonial president, Oliver L. North, had a contract worth millions of dollars a year. And a litany of payments benefited prominent officials, like the $60,000 for advertising on a TV show featuring the rock musician and N.R.A. board member Ted Nugent.

But behind the internecine squabbling lie deeper financial problems. A review of tax records by The New York Times shows that, to steady its finances, the powerful lobbying group has increasingly relied on cash infusions and other transactions involving its affiliated foundation — at least $206 million worth since 2010.

The role of the foundation is among the issues being examined in a new investigation into the N.R.A.’s tax-exempt status by the New York attorney general, Letitia James. The N.R.A. and the charity received separate letters last month from Ms. James’s office ordering them to preserve pertinent records, according to several people who had seen them.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/nra-finances-executives-board-members.html




You know just remember – Al Capone wasn’t taken down because he was a drug dealer, money launderer, and murderer. You know what got him busted? Just a little thing called money. And the NRA is losing a hell of a lot of it. I mean things are so bad at the NRA that they actually had to cut their coffee expenses! Yes, fuck free coffee, you NRA employees have to stand in line at Starbucks, just like the rest of us! So how bad is it?

New York state’s attorney general, who promised during her campaign to investigating the National Rifle Association’s nonprofit status, has begun an investigation into the finances of the gun owners’ group, her spokeswoman said Saturday.

“The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation related to the National Rifle Association (NRA),” spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said in an email. “As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas.”

William A. Brewer, the NRA’s outside lawyer, says the organization “will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances.” He added, “The NRA is prepared for this, and has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance.”

James, a Democrat, had vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA’s not-for-profit status if elected.

“I will use the constitutional power as an attorney general to regulate charities, that includes the NRA, to investigate their legitimacy,” she said at a July 12 rally.
http://time.com/5579235/nra-finances-nonprofit-status/




While the annual gun nut convention drew a record crowd – one of their largest ever in the organization’s existence, it does show just how dire of straights that the embattled gun lobby is actually in, and if you know anything about accounting or finances, you know that there is some serious shit about to go down.

“We’ve seen stories about how NRA fund raising is falling off, and I don’t think they’re comfortable with defector talk,” said Dr. Jody Lynee Madeira of Indiana University, who expects more messages this week about the nation’s imperiled Second Amendment rights. “The NRA comes out and says, ‘This might be it, this might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,’ and I think that further spurs so called panic buys that occur.”

During last year’s conference in Dallas, the NRA boasted it was stronger than ever.

“As we meet here today, the NRA’s membership is at an all-time high, approaching six million active members and thousands more are joining every single day,” claimed NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre. “While they write our obituary, more Americans belong to the National Rifle Association of America at right this second than at any other point of our 147 year history.”

Following the February 2018 tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which took 17 lives and led the NRA to blame the FBI for missed signals and a local sheriff’s deputy who did not enter the school when the first shots rang out, several corporations ended their endorsement partnerships with the organization.

“But holding failed leaders accountable and fixing the broken culture that allowed this tragedy to happen isn’t the point for these people,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, who blasted the group’s critics. “We have to understand they are waging an all-out war against our organization.
https://fox59.com/2019/04/23/indianapolis-convention-key-to-nra-finances/




No fucking shit! I mean gee, you think? We’re tired of seeing people get shot like they’re in an arcade game and our politicians that you installed aren’t doing jack shit about it! So strap in, because the NRA has hit rock bottom in the Trump administration and things are about to get a whole lot worse. Feel free to join in with me at the end as we emit a good, hearty “HA HA!!”.

The National Rifle Association emerged from its annual convention last week with a veneer of stability.

Its leader Wayne LaPierre managed to quash a takeover attempt by now-ousted President Oliver North, winning reelection as executive vice president in a unanimous vote of top board members.

But beneath the surface, the organization is in turmoil. New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into alleged financial mismanagement at the NRA, while the group is embroiled in a messy lawsuit with its longtime image-maker, Ackerman McQueen. The NRA sued the Oklahoma City-based ad firm last month to get documents as part of an apparent internal investigation into whether the firm has been siphoning money out of the gun lobby, allegations that Ackerman denies.

Then there’s Carry Guard. The program — which offers combat training and liability insurance for shootings carried out in “self-defense” — was founded in 2017 to keep money flowing into the NRA’s dwindling coffers after President Trump’s surprise election left gun owners assured that, for the time being, at least, no “jack-booted” government officials were coming for their firearms.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/nra-carry-guard-murder-insurance-cost





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Not even 15 years ago, hybrid cars and electric cars were in the beginning phases. Now with the advent of Tesla and many manufacturers trending toward electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, many have been asking what about trucks? The idea of marketing an electric truck is very tricky, especially when trucks seem to be getting bigger, burning more fuel, and using bigger and bigger tires. Now companies like Ford and GM appear to be investing in them and bringing their own ideas to the market, so what’s holding back the electric truck?

We know Ford has plans to produce an all-electric pickup truck. General Motors has something in the works as well. However, neither automaker has suggested any type of clear timeline, and the news about these upcoming entrants has not only been few and far between, but also rather conflicting.

Meanwhile, there's arguably no doubt that Tesla has an electric pickup truck in the future pipelines. Moreover, Rivian Automotive is well on its way to making similar plans a reality.

According to electric vehicle expert Chris Ruoff (founder and publisher of CHARGED), Ford and GM won't be able to beat Tesla to market with an electric truck. He also believes that Rivian may come out with its product ahead of all three aforementioned automakers. Rouff shared:

"It’s kind of the same conundrum they have with passenger electric vehicles, that it’s a huge risk for them, and if it doesn’t succeed, it’s a big problem.

Automakers, they are really kind of worried. There is no clear path for any automaker right now to transition to electric vehicles in a successful way. There is really no example yet. Everyone is trying to figure it out because they see that it is coming. But what automakers do a lot of is they hedge their bets, they copy successes, they copy each other’s (success), but they just don’t have a great example of what to do yet."

He pointed out that legacy OEMs generate a huge portion of their North American profits from pickup trucks. So, taking the all-electric plunge is scary.
https://insideevs.com/news/349292/electric-pickup-truck-ford-gm-late/




So going after truck owners with electric vehicles is going to be an extremely sticky market to navigate for both experienced conglomerates like GM and Ford, as well as new startups like Rivian and veteran EV manufacturer Tesla. But let’s take a look at Sweden – a country that – not surprising, leads the entire world in electric vehicle production. How have they tackled this situation?

JONKOPING, Sweden (Reuters) - Resembling the helmet of a Star Wars stormtrooper, a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden on Wednesday, in what developer Einride and logistics customer DB Schenker described as a world first.

Robert Falck, the CEO of Swedish start-up Einride, said the company was in partnership talks with major suppliers to help scale production and deliver orders, and the firm did not rule out future tie-ups with large truckmakers.

“This public road permit is a major milestone ... and it is a step to commercializing autonomous technology on roads,” the former Volvo executive told Reuters.

“Since we’re a software and operational first company, a partnership with a manufacturing company is something that we see as a core moving forward,” he said, adding he hoped to seal a deal by next year.
Falck said Einride, whose investors include ex-Daimler Asia trucks head Marc Llistosella, is also courting investors for an ongoing Series A fundraising, often a company’s first sizable one. It previously raised $10 million.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-einride-autonomous-sweden/driverless-electric-truck-starts-deliveries-on-swedish-public-road-idUSKCN1SL0NC




So that’s what is happening across the ocean. But back at home there’s many challenges that present itself in this new burgeoning market. Manufacturing is one challenge that is needed to overcome in order for electric trucks to be viable. With many of the major manufacturers shutting plants and laying off people, how is that going to affect the production? Here’s one solution.

Steve Burns is a man of big ideas. In December 2017 he proudly showed off Workhorse's electric pick-up truck to WVXU, was perfecting drone delivery off the company's electric delivery trucks and touted his personal flying machine. Now he is planning to buy the GM Lordstown plant.

Burns, the former CEO of Workhorse now heading up a yet unnamed company, is in negotiations to buy the shuttered GM plant. He has pledged to hire hundreds of laid-off UAW workers if he can reach a deal with the union.

The company would make electric pick-up trucks for fleets at the plant and already has a total of 6,000 orders from Duke Energy, Ryder, the City of Orlando and others. "Pick-up trucks are the No. 1 vehicle in the country and a large percentage of those are sold to fleets and there is not an electric pick-up truck on the market," Burns says.

These would be "rugged, no frills, utilitarian, get-the-job-done work trucks."

Workhorse is one of five finalists to make an electric vehicle for the U.S. Postal Service. Fox News reports the Post Office will decide later this year who will get the $6 billion deal. If Workhorse gets the contract, Burns says three shifts a day at Lordstown would be needed to manufacture them.
https://www.wvxu.org/post/what-cincinnati-ceo-will-do-if-he-buys-gm-lordstown#stream/0




Yes, the article does go on to mention that the owner has plans of making personal electric helicopters at the Lordstown plant. But let’s not get nuts start with the trucks first. But at least this is a wake up call for the industry to get serious about electric trucks. But what will it take for GM, Ford, and RAM to get serious about competing with Tesla and new electric startups? Maybe this will be an incentive.

What makes California a leader in electric cars? A main reason is a policy requiring car manufacturers to sell electric vehicles in the state.
California is considering a similar policy for trucks

Trucks1 and buses make up just 7 percent of vehicles on the road in California, but 20 percent of global warming emissions and 40 percent of smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the transportation sector, the largest sector for both types of emissions in California.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently released the latest iteration of a policy concept that would do for trucks what it has done for cars: set zero-emission sales targets. If set at the right level, such targets could transform the truck sector from one fueled by diesel to one powered by electricity and hydrogen.

The standard has undergone two and a half years of public workshops and information gathering. It will undergo another year of public input before it is voted on.
Here’s where things stand

The sales standard proposed by CARB would result in approximately 5 percent of trucks (84,000) operating in California as zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

Viewed from the limited number of electric trucks on the road in California today (less than a thousand), 84,000 zero-emission trucks might sound like a lot. But viewed in terms of the entire 1.5 million trucks operating in the state, 95 percent would still be powered by a combustion engine in 2030.
https://blog.ucsusa.org/jimmy-odea/how-can-we-get-more-electric-trucks-on-the-road




Yes leave it to California to drive change for the rest of the nation to follow. That’s it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation! You know we live in some very troubled and rocky times right now. And our attempts to recognize all of our fellow brothers and sisters as equal have not exactly been what one would call successful. There’s a proposed amendment to our constitution that would guarantee equal rights for all citizens. Now isn’t that something that the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want? And here’s a thought – how would everyone being equal somehow impose on your “religious freedom”? But there’s some who are taking this way too far.

The future of the "Equality Act," the landmark LGBT rights bill passed last week by the House, is uncertain. Even if could somehow pass the Republican-controlled Senate, President Donald Trump would likely veto it.

And that would be the right thing to do, no matter what the backlash. From my vantage point as a gay conservative, I can see that the Equality Act goes too far for any level-headed gay rights advocate to support, and its blatant disregard for the basic right to religious freedom is appalling.

The bill purports to protect LGBT Americans like me by prohibiting discrimination “based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit and the jury system.” On the surface, this sounds unobjectionable — after all, no one deserves to face discrimination. Yet the bill defined “public accommodations” so loosely and called for regulations so sweeping that it would crush religious freedom and radically reshape American society.

For example, the Equality Act undermines the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which established a balancing test for religious freedom claims. It established a process for the litigation of discrimination grievances, where religious employers could appeal if found responsible for an offense and their actions could be fairly evaluated.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/20/lgbtq-equality-act-fails-fair-religious-freedom-provisions-accommodation-column/3731197002/




Now let’s dissect this here a minute. You want rights, right? Here’s a bill that is going to give you those rights. Instead you think it’s somehow going to impose on your religious freedom? What it really imposes on is your right to be an asshole! Can I get an amen??? But really what are the religious right talking about when they say nonsense like this?

Brian Brown, who fights LGBTQ equality in the U.S. and around the world, sent National Organization for Marriage supporters an email on Wednesday in which he blatantly lied about the Equality Act that has been proposed in Congress. The legislation would add to existing federal civil rights law protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Brown calls it “a direct attack on the religious beliefs of millions of Americans.”

The lies start before you even open the email, with the subject line, “Making support for marriage illegal.” And they continue:

Legislation pending in Congress would make showing support for marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman to be illegal. Under HR 5, the grossly misnamed “Equality Act,” holding the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman would constitute sex discrimination against someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

To be clear, none of this is true. The Equality Act would not make it illegal to “hold the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.” Nor would it make “showing support for marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman to be illegal.” If the law were passed, the First Amendment would allow Brown to continue to send emails like the one he sent this week and work to get the Supreme Court to overturn its marriage equality ruling.

What the Equality Act would do is prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. But that’s enough for Brown to call it an “outrageous assault on people of faith and all supporters of true marriage.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/brian-brown-is-still-lying-about-the-equality-act/




And that is true. I mean do they really believe it when they spout this nonsense? I have personally been asking this question since I first started my church. The Equality Act does not discriminate against marriage and it certainly doesn’t impose on religious freedom. Like I said what it really imposes on is your right to be an asshole. That’s all, nothing more, nothing less. And it most definitely won’t cause GAWD to destroy America! That much I know for sure. Can I get an amen???

On “The 700 Club” this morning, televangelist Pat Robertson warned that passage of the Equality Act, which seeks to add protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil rights laws, will cause God to destroy America.

Robertson was interviewing Religious Right activist Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel about the legislation, which Staver declared to be “the biggest threat to religious freedom and freedom in general and the sanctity of human life” ever to be considered in Congress. Following the interview, Robertson urged his viewers to contact their members of Congress and the White House and voice their opposition to the bill.

“This is a devastating blow to religious freedom and to the sanctity of America,” he said. “If you want to bring the judgment of God on this nation, you just keep this stuff up. You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ Vomit you out. I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.'”

“There is plenty of stuff that is going on,” Robertson added. “When you look at the potential of atomic war, when you look at the potential of a solar strike or something on our [electric] grid, you could go down the line of devastation that could happen to our nation. We don’t want that. We want the blessing of God, not the curse of God.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/pat-robertson-passage-of-the-equality-act-will-cause-god-to-destroy-america/




Yes, Pat, I don’t think you know what the word GAWD means, yet you keep using it! But while my brothers and sisters keep using that word, this might be one of my favorite things that has been said about the Equality Act so far. And well, just when you think it can’t get any crazier, new depths of depravity are reached.

Michelle Cretella, the executive director of an anti-LGBTQ pseudo-science organization, said that the Equality Act should actually be called the “Death to Christianity Act.”

May 10 episode of Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, guest host Sarah Perry, FRC Action’s Director of Partnerships, and Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (a right-wing group not to be confused with the professional organization, American Academy of Pediatrics), shared their opposition to the Equality Act, which would seek to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity into existing anti-discrimination laws. The duo claimed that the proposed legislation would take children who believe they may be transgender and force doctors to “do harm to these kids.”

“I think it’s really super important for all listeners to realize this law, if it passes, if this bill becomes law, it impacts everyone. And a better name for it is the ‘Death to Christianity Act.’ OK? That’s going to be the umbrella. … Christianity, it will cease to be publicly practiced. It’ll become against the law,” Cretella said.

The American College of Pediatricians has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its fierce anti-LGBTQ stances and peddling of junk science supporting gay conversion therapy, and opposing transgender rights and gay adoption. SPLC reports that the organization, despite its glaring propagandizing, serves as a “go-to authority for far-right media outlets like Breitbart and the Daily Caller, and Christian publications and websites.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/anti-lgbtq-group-director-the-equality-act-should-be-called-the-death-to-christianity-act/




Yeah so equality for everyone means death to Christianity? I think you protest way too much! I mean really, these fucking people. Mass has ended may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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There’s a very fine line between being a fan… and being a fan. You know the type – the kind who take their favorite sports team and turn it into a 24/7 lifestyle brand. It’s not enough to be a fan of the Red Sox – you have to have your bedroom painted to look like a replica of the Green Monster and dress up like Big Papi for Halloween. But that’s racist because you’d be wearing blackface. Hey I’m not the one who thought of it! So with that said, MAGA fans are a rare breed of super fan. They have no team attached, other than glorious leader Trump, and would blindly follow Trump off a cliff if he instructed them to do so, because that’s what a good cult leader does – break down their followers’ ability to think freely. So a series of incidents is going to have us asking the question – “Is it OK to show your MAGA pride at public events?”. I think that we all know the answer to that!

Several fans unfurled a massive Trump 2020 banner at Friday night’s Boston Red Sox game against the Seattle Mariners, prompting other fans to quickly rip it down.

The incident, which happened at Fenway Park, quickly spread on social media, where fans posted photos and videos and offered mixed opinions.

“I would’ve ripped it down as well,” Aimie Searles said. “Good for them.”

Another fan disagreed.

“Yell and scream at it,” Steven Salhaney said. “Yeah, I agree. Boo. Definitely. Tearing it down? No.”

Shortly after the incident, Dion Cini accepted responsibility for the fiasco, posting a photo of himself holding the banner on Twitter with the caption: “Got my flag back.”
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Fans-Unfurl-Massive-Trump-2020-Banner-at-Fenway-Park-509800401.html




Oh come on this is Boston here, some of the rowdiest sports fans in the country. We pay good money for those seats at Fenway! If a giant banner is blocking my view, I’m ripping that shit down, regardless of what’s on it! But this wasn’t the only incident where a Trump supporter went full MAGA in public. And you never go full MAGA, not in a million years! I also want to show you this incident from Disney World last year:

Walt Disney World has banned a man who held a "Trump 2020" sign on Splash Mountain just weeks after he hung a similar banner elsewhere in the Magic Kingdom.

Dion Cini of New York City was photographed holding a "Trump 2020" sign while wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap on Splash Mountain last week. The photo was among those taken of all of the water ride's passengers, which they can purchase afterward.

Disney said that as a result of the display it has "permanently prevented" Cini from visiting its parks.

The contents of Cini's sign were not an issue, the company said, but rather that it violated park policies prohibiting the unauthorized use of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes or to incite a crowd.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/disney-world-bans-man-who-held-trump-sign-splash-mountain-n936151




Yeah that one gets a thumbs up from the man himself, and you all know how he loves him some loyalty, right? Oh and then there was this incident from a bar in New York City back in March where a guy went full MAGA in public and suffered the consequences of that. And of course he leaves off the part about being a racist douche.

The video starts with Cini, not in view of the camera, saying, "he said he won't serve me because I've got this hat on." The bartender, a young man wearing a backwards green Jets hat, hits at Cini's phone, who then says, "Don't take my f***ing phone!"

A minute into the video, Cini asks: "You won't serve me another beer because I'm wearing my hat?" The bartender responds, "Correct." Cini asks the same question again, and the bartender gives him a thumbs up.

But Mitch Banchik, who owns the bar, said that Cini was actually refused service before he began shooting the video and for an entirely different reason: being disruptive and using an ethnic slur.

Banchik wasn't in the bar when the incident happened, but spoke to several employees who were working at Jake's Dilemma that night, including the bartender, to find out what happened. He said that calls to the staff in the wake of the incident have been so threatening and disturbing that he felt uncomfortable asking them to speak to the media.

"The problems actually started long before he put his camera on," Banchik told CBS News in a telephone interview. Cini was being "loud and obnoxious," he said.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/maga-hat-bar-trump-supporter-kicked-out-upper-west-side-bar-jakes-dilemma-whole-story-2019-03-14/




Gee, what’s that you say? A Trump supporter was being loud, obnoxious and racist in public *WHILE* wearing a MAGA hat? I’m shocked!! And then as if that’s not enough, there was this incident from a high school in Minnesota – where during a basketball game, were being racist. I can’t help but put my finger on it, but I’m sensing a pattern here and I think I can guess what it is!

A high school basketball coach of a predominantly black school has questioned the Trump campaign banner displayed by fans of an opposing team.

As reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Roosevelt High School (Minneapolis) was visiting Jordan (Minn.) High School on Monday when coach Mike Walker noticed a group of white fans sitting in the front row of the stands holding a “Trump 2020” campaign banner while wearing all red, white and blue clothing.

Walker posted a photo he took of the students and the banner to Facebook with his personal commentary about why he felt it was inappropriate. The photo has been removed from the Facebook page.

The answer to the coach’s question apparently arrived in the comments to his post; a woman named Bridget Kahn commented on the coach’s Facebook post that the Trump banner was hers and was intended as part of a, “long-planned USA blackout theme night.” She expounded on those circumstances later with the Star-Tribune:
https://usatodayhss.com/2019/minn-coach-of-predominantly-black-school-questions-opposing-fans-trump-campaign-banner




I’m surprised that didn’t happen at the fans. But do you get it yet folks? Do you see why showing your MAGA pride might, I don’t know, be considered bad? And you wouldn’t know any better. But I suggest putting your money where your mouth is. The next time you show your MAGA pride wearing a Trump shirt, hat, or unfurling a large sign or banner, you might want to consider where they are made since it directly contradicts your favorite president’s “America First” policy:

President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection banners are being made in haste at one Chinese flag factory as the fear of more tariffs loom.

Workers in Fuyang, China have been busy at work, leaning over sewing machine tables, hemming the edges of Trump's "Keep America Great!" banners and shipping them off. While the summer is usually the slow season at Jiahao Flag Co Ltd, the factory has packaged more than 90,000 of the iconic red, white and blue banners since March, according to Reuters.

Manager Yao Yuanyuan told the wire service that the increase is tied to the ongoing trade war with the U.S. Already, the U.S. has slapped tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods and last week, Trump signaled he could increase that to all $505 billion in goods that China imports.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/07/26/trumps-2020-banners-made-chinese-factory-fear-tarriffs/844226002/





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This week – ultra conservative, extremely far right campus recruiting group TPUSA. How are they still a thing? You might remember TPUSA from last year when their Kent State chapter famously attempted to protest campus “safe spaces” by wearing diapers and acting like babies, and well, that backfired on them big time. But they just can’t help but being racist and saying racist things. But we can’t escape the fact that one of the biggest conservative recruiting organizations has a problem with racists. And it’s not just the UNLV chapter. It’s happening all across the country. Just remember conservatives, we’re laughing at you, not with you. But the racists can’t help but being racist, and groups like TPUSA have a huge problem with that.

Turning Point USA, a nationwide organization of student Republicans with more than 1,000 chapters, has an institutional problem with white supremacy and bigotry.

Just after midnight on Friday, the group announced that it had canned its University of Nevada Las Vegas chapter leader, identified as Riley Grisar, after a video surfaced depicting him and a woman on a bed, flashing the white supremacist “OK” sign, declaring “white power” and spouting racial slurs.

Turning Point quickly decried the video ― surfaced by the independent outlet It’s Going Down on Thursday night ― as “abhorrent, un-American and disqualifying,” and attempted to distance itself from Gisar’s bigoted commentary.

“TPUSA has a zero-tolerance policy for hate, no matter the medium or how dated the act or comment, and we hold our tens of thousands of students to the highest of standards,” the group stated on Twitter.

However, this isn’t an isolated incident. There’s a demonstrable pattern of extremism and white supremacist ideology in TPUSA’s top ranks.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tpusa-college-republican-group-turning-point-has-a-white-supremacy-problem_n_5cd58fdbe4b0796a95dac4f6?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9uZXdzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20v&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAACfksSJXUB80jzBZNaom-DFrnOq93laQ7lPmgh2cXEU8faLgcPyEUroERs5rhK7Us_Vp6jxXovpac2WQW81i7Cja9AqHdZ9cCkfSBVhaUpsOps8Ezw1n-G8P6Qn67eHh0xpr8ETZ9ezSkw9FO3DiN7w04e2zWSg8yvAdUI3r4qU2




Wait, what? That’s not right there. But anyway due to some severe changes in management, TPUSA has gone through a bit of a rocky time. It’s quite ironic that TPUSA has a zero tolerance against hate because that’s all their members do. By the way if you were to look up TPUSA, you would see an alarming number of articles from Breitbart (natch) like this one about how hostile campus environments have become toward TPUSA events. But really, no one wants your hate speech. In fact TPUSA has become quite the problem on campus.

The University of Connecticut spent $24,889.38 to secure the Turning Point USA speaking event on April 9.

The university paid $4,285.82 to CSC Security, unofficially referred to as the “Yellow Jackets,” $17,635.94 in UConn police overtime, and $2,967.62 to UConn fire overtime, UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said.

“The amount of security associated with the visit was based on reviews of events and security at previous venues where the guests had appeared,” Reitz said.

Discussions on campus and in the community leading up to the event as well as the recognition that on-campus speaker events nationwide are drawing also affected the amount of security, Reitz said.
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2019/4/25/tpusa-event-security-cost-university-over-24000




Yes, TPUSA is costing campuses a lot of money to host their events. Because they are so toxic, no one wants to deal with them. In fact even Candace Owens, a founding member of TPUSA recently quit the group after getting booed at a speech in London for some controversial comments she made about Hitler. And you don’t go full Hitler.

Candace Owens, the GOP darling for the moment, has officially resigned as communications director for Turning Point USA, the right-leaning organization aimed at educating college students about “free markets and limited government,” according to its website.

Owens announced her exit plans in a lengthy Instagram post on May 1, and her departure comes amid calls from supporters and members of the organization for her to step down following controversial comments she made in February about Adolf Hitler.

While speaking at a London event to launch a U.K. chapter of TPUSA, she argued that Hitler was an “OK” leader until he tried to take his message of genocide global.

“If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK fine,” she said in response to a question about nationalism. “The problem is he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize … he wanted everyone to be German.”
https://thegrio.com/2019/05/07/candace-owens-quits-turning-point-usa-after-members-demand-she-resign/




That is a good question! But in case you’re wondering how TPUSA is allowed to continue to exist despite how toxic the organization is, and the fact that they invite and incite violence, then blame the “leftists” for their faults, there was this. TPUSA and their quest to end “radical leftism” on campus came to a screeching halt when its’ ISP decided that it was no longer going to host their “Professor Watchlist”.

Professor Watchlist, a project of right-wing youth organization Turning Point USA that was dedicated to naming and shaming “college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,” appears to have been suspended by its web host.

The Professor Watchlist website featured maps and directories of instructors whom Turning Point USA staff claimed were indoctrinating university students with radical left-of-center politics. The project was launched in 2016; the list of allegedly offending professors in its directory numbered in the hundreds before it went offline. Critics of Professor Watchlist have shared concerns that the site was a “threat to academic freedom.” A professor placed on the list said he worried that being on the list would result in the targeting of him and his family for harassment or worse.

As of this morning, the Professor Watchlist website displayed a generic error message stating: “This Account has been suspended.”

Archives show the website was active as recently as May 9.

Right Wing Watch attempted to reach someone on the project at the phone number that was listed on the Professor Watchlist website but was unable to connect with the number listed, indicating that it may be disconnected.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/tpusas-professor-watchlist-suspended-by-web-host/




Yes, TPUSA’s general nature has become so toxic even their own ISP doesn’t want anything to do with them. And by the way in case you are wondering about their founder, Charlie Kirk, well he attempted to start a new organization called, un-ironically called Turning Point Action. So if you can guess that it is not even a month old and is already being investigated by the IRS for potential fraud, it’s definitely not at all surprising.

Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk is launching a new political action arm to the organization that he’s calling Turning Point Action, but an early donation link may have already violated nonprofit tax rules and regulations.

CNBC reported yesterday that Kirk was preparing to launch a 501(c)(4) entity that would be allowed to campaign for and against candidates pursuing office in 2020. Turning Point Action, which CNBC discovered via a donor link, is expected to launch in June.

The donor link created last week with the headline “REMOVE ILHAN OMAR” asked people to contribute money to Turning Point Action in order to demonstrate to Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar “how much we’re willing to donate to fight to REMOVE HER from office.”

When a donor gives money to Turning Point Action’s 501(c)(4) fund for electoral work, whether it be $45 to honor Trump as the 45th president or $1,000 to receive a personal thank you note from Kirk, they are promised a bumper sticker distributed by Turning Point USA’s 501(c)(3) operation as a token of the organization’s gratitude. The sticker declares that its affixer loves capitalism and prominently features the URL for Turning Point USA’s website.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/charlie-kirks-new-political-group-may-have-already-violated-irs-regulations/




So, some heavy fraud, death threats, some light racism, and lying to the IRS. And yet this guy earned lots of praise from President Trump. Very fine people, right. That’s enough to make you ask – TPUSA:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I feel like literally every single one of these could come from our favorite penis-shaped state of Florida and we will get to those in a minute. But first I want to talk about motivation. So there was a brewery in North Carolina where they had a transport van stolen from them. And rather than getting the police involved, the brewery decided to do something smart and creative instead – offer up some free beer! And you know what happened next? No, sir, that didn’t happen. Instead they found the van in less than an hour.

Police officers around the country may want to take note on what gets people to start talking to police when they know a crime has been committed.

The Unknown Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina took to social media Monday to ask for help in finding the company’s delivery van after thieves stole it. In return for the information, the company offered to throw a party for the person who first identifies where the van was.

“Please help us find it. Share with all of your friends. Who ever finds it, Brad will buy you a keg party ! If you stole it and bring it back,you will also get a keg party (smile for the camera). Please DM us if you see it,” the company wrote on its Facebook page.

Sure enough, more than a dozen tips came in and 42 minutes after the post went public, the company had found their missing van.

https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/05/brewery-offers-free-beer-for-info-on-stolen-van-42-minutes-later-it-was-located.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&fbclid=IwAR13q4LjRO0kZ4oVk5Jv0V1Vow2lpbg83Zv2WpXALSQXSa4UGLzuag5GhY0




So yeah that happened. And hey it’s the two greatest words in the English language – free beer! Now let’s get into the dumb people shall we? When you break into a house what’s your first thought? Mine would be to get the fuck out but this woman instead decided to channel her inner Marge Simpson and clean the dishes.

An Ohio woman was taken to jail and charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a residence and making herself feel at home.

Deputies from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hamden, which is Southeast of Columbus, for reports of a break in on Monday morning.

Investigators learned from an individual on scene that a woman identified as Cheyenne Ewing allegedly entered the home through the back door uninvited, sat down on the couch, and then began to play with the family dog.

According to Vinton County Sheriff Shawn Justice, Ewing washed the dishes before leaving the home.
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Ohio-woman-broke-into-home-and-started-washing-dishes-deputies-say-509824651.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




Yeah I’m sure it was like that! Next up, now it’s time to go to the Sunshine State. And this might be one of my favorites, especially since the NBA finals are currently in full swing. But would you believe that maybe the secret to improving your game would be to lose those tight, bunchy gym shorts and even the ever-cumbersome jock strap? Well that’s what this one Florida Man did:

A nude man found playing basketball last night in a Florida park told police that “he feels playing naked enhances his skill level,” according to an arrest report detailing the hoopster's bust for indecent exposure.

Responding to a call about a “white male who was not wearing clothing” inside Candyland Park in Longwood, an Orlando suburb, a patrolman discovered Jordon Anderson, 29, shooting hoops while unencumbered by any clothing.

When Officer William Humphries asked Anderson what he was doing, the suspect “stated he was working on his basketball skills and he feels playing naked enhances his skill level.” Anderson, the report notes, “was asked to put his clothing on and he complied.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/basketball/nekkid-bball-guy-275938




Next up – how many people have a sunroof on their car? But you know what you don’t do with that said sunroof? Use it as a ride. And that’s exactly what this Florida Man did. So yeah people the sun roof is not meant to act as a 5th car seat. And especially don’t drive with someone sitting on it while you’re going at this speed. That could end very badly for all parties involved.

A 70-year-old Florida motorist was arrested Tuesday after an off-duty cop spotted the suspect driving while “sitting on the sunroof” of his Cadillac sedan, according to court records.

Leonard Olaf Olsen, the accused septuagenarian, was traveling on Interstate 4 around 1 PM on May 7 when the sheriff’s deputy spotted him recklessly driving his vehicle. The deputy, who recorded Olsen in action, estimated that the Cadillac reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

After initially claiming not to recall being atop the sunroof, Olsen copped to the dangerous driving (which, he said, occurred while the car was on cruise control).

“The car drives itself and has a gigantic computer in it," Olsen explained. “I thought it would be a nice way to praise God for a minute, and I thought it would be nice at the time and that's what I did.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/reckless-geriatric-menace-264891




Next up – we could probably do an entire “People Are Dumb” based on the dumb things that people have stolen large quantities of. And I’m sure that when this particular Florida Man got in the truck, he didn’t know it was full of… coffins! Yup! And now we can add this to “ridiculous things that people have stolen”.

Highway patrol arrested a man who was suspected of stealing a box truck full of caskets in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday.

Having been alerted to be on the lookout for a Ryder truck by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which had been reported stolen from a Jacksonville casket company, Florida Highway Patrol located the vehicle shortly before noon on Monday. However, once a trooper ran tags on the truck, the driver failed to pull over and pressed ahead instead.

A 25-mile chase on Interstate 295 ensued, with police chasing the truck and eventually managing to halt it after it came off the interstate and stopped at a red light at the intersection between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Moncrief Road.

Once they stopped the truck, troopers found out it was carrying a rather unusual load, which included three caskets.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/florida-man-arrested-after-allegedly-stealing-truck-full-of-coffins/ar-AABkZV1?OCID=ansmsnnews11




Finally this week we go to the Show Me State for this one. And you know Florida Man either has cousins or he has some competition. But when you go to bail out someone you know / love, and you have a criminal record yourself, maybe I don’t know, don’t show up at the police station with a bag of meth, because that’s what happened here:

Those were the words of Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller Wednesday morning in a Facebook post regarding an arrest from the day before.

Oller stated he noticed on a video monitor a deputy was arresting a lady in the sheriff's office. Amanda Smith had come to bond her boyfriend out of jail, but, as Oller stated, the 29-year-old woman had her license revoked in April.

When staff were dealing with other inmated and not looking at Smith, Oller saw the woman digging around in her clothes. He called over his chief deputy and had him watch the video monitor to review what had happened. The chief deputy then went to the booking desk and told Smith he would need the bag of meth she brought to the jail.

If you're going to commit a couple of felonies, do it somewhere other than the Sheriff's Office. We'll arrest you and put you in jail for committing felonies - especially when you literally come to us to commit them in our presence, on video......... I mean, c'mon....
https://krcgtv.com/news/local/woman-with-revoked-license-drives-to-jail-to-post-boyfriends-bond-hides-meth-in-pants




I love the statement from the Sheriff in that story by the way. I mean come on!!! That’s it this week for:




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



Here it is folks! The grand finale!!!! We are live at UCLA’s legendary Pauley Pavilion in Westwood for all the action as we enter the final round of the tournament. 16 will enter, two will play for the crown and the title of being the Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State! Last week, Wisconsin showed upstart favorite Georgia who’s boss to win the Layover League and advance to their first ever title matchup in program history. On the flip side, Florida Man again attempted a ridiculous stunt to win the Flyover League and cost Florida the tournament, allowing longtime Family Values favorite Alabama to get the upper hand and win the match and advance to their first title match in 14 years! Let’s get out those brackets and follow along!



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[font size="4"]Wisconsin[/font]


So here we go! It’s the final matchup! Who will win? In this corner it’s Wisconsin! We’ve talked a lot about how Trump is trying to woo Chinese human rights atrocity Foxconn to its’ state and is experiencing a lot of backlash. But we’ve already discussed that enough. Instead we’re going to talk about how completely fucked up the Wisconsin GOP is. So how bad is the GOP hurting in Wisconsin after they got their asses handed to them trying to reelect Scott Walker?

Gov. Scott Walker, the party has fallen on financial hardship, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. After maxing out a credit card and failing to pay it off, the party has been charged $600 a month in interest, according to a draft of an internal report.

The financial review was commissioned by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and other top Wisconsin Republicans in the aftermath of their disastrous loss in the 2018 midterms. The final version of the report, missing some details about credit card spending, was released Monday.

In addition to showing the party was broke, the report also found that the state GOP was “recklessly reliant” on consultants who charged exorbitant fees up to $500,000.
https://splinternews.com/wisconsin-gop-is-broke-after-their-failed-bid-to-reelec-1834736681




And in case you’re wondering if the Wisconsin GOP has their finger on the pulse of the electorate in Wisconsin, can you guess if they’re running on any of the issues that matter to voters the most? Like I don’t know – abortion? No. The economy? No. Medicaid expansion? No. Legalized pot? No. And the even more fucked up thing? We still can’t beat them!

Wisconsin Republicans voted Thursday to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as they begin dismantling his two-year budget plan.

Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the public is on their side in support of expanding Medicaid. They ran on their promise to expand the health program for the poor and believe their victories in 2018 were due in large part to that position. Polls also show broad public support.

"Medicaid is being removed in this first motion because you're losing," said Democratic Rep. Evan Goyke. "This is a popular item supported by the people of the state of Wisconsin and every single day it's getting more popular."
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-wisconsin-republicans-medicaid-expansion-20190509-story.html




And the fate of the Wisconsin GOP may lie in just one guy, and we really might have to do a “People Who Somehow Got Elected” in a future edition because really, Ron Johnson is a gem. And I mean that in the most non flattering way possible. So how do we keep losing to morons like this? I really want to know because… just… ahhhhhhh!!!

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson rode to Washington, D.C., nearly a decade ago as anyone but a career politician and was re-elected after promising to leave office after just two terms.

But now Johnson is embracing his new role as the leader of Wisconsin's Republican Party and is mulling a third term or even a bid for governor.

That's because on the morning of Nov. 7, the U.S. senator from Oshkosh woke up as the only Republican representing the entire state of Wisconsin to survive the election the night before. The "last man standing," as he calls it.

"When I noticed Scott Walker didn't win, nor Brad Schimel or obviously the lieutenant governor, I realized I was the last statewide representative," Johnson, who wasn't on the November ballot, said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's a role I never sought, but it's a responsibility I take pretty seriously."
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/06/ron-johnson-left-lead-wisconsin-gop-while-contemplating-future/3290990002/




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And here comes Alabama! Yes, the state that just equated abortion with murder and is punishing accordingly is showing no signs of slowing down! In fact their governor is someone who we may have to do a “People Who Somehow Got Elected” on Kay Ivey because really, how did she get elected? Oh wait, it’s fucking Alabama, the people who keep wanting Roy Moore to represent them somehow. Yes, family values run deep in Alabama, and Kay Ivey shows you what it’s all about. And apparently they are doing this “for the children” but really – fundies couldn’t give a flying fuck about children.

Alabama's governor said Monday the new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects the high value residents place on the "sanctity of life," adding she doesn't expect any fallout from the controversial measure on tourism or business recruitment.

Gov. Kay Ivey last week approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation — making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. Asked about criticism the state has received— particularly over the lack of an exception for rape and industry — the Republican governor noted the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Alabama Legislature without the exceptions.

"The Legislature has spoken," she said. "It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/gop-governor-says-abortion-ban-shows-alabama-values-sanctity-life-n1007816




Really? They seriously value sanctity of life? Oh wait, they don’t give a shit! Especially when Alabama leads the country with the nation’s highest infant mortality rate. Yes! The state that gave us a law equating abortion with murder has the country’s highest number of infant deaths. And no, Trump, this does not mean executions. This means something fucked up on the birthing table!

From the moment Darwina Johnson found out she was pregnant, she had hopes and dreams for her baby.

"For months of planning of like, 'Hey, I'm excited, I'm having a baby," she said.

Instead, her joy turned to heartbreak. Johnson lost her baby when she was five months pregnant.

"I'm not going to get that bundle of joy," she said. "I regret I never [saw] her eyes, because she never opened her eyes for me."

Far too many woman in Alabama can relate to Johnson's loss. Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the country, sitting at 9.1 deaths per 1,000 according to Department of Public Health 2016 data. During that year 537 infants died.
https://www.wsfa.com/story/38990061/al-has-highest-infant-mortality-rate-data-shows/




Don’t get too comfortable there. I could go on and on about how stupid Alabama is in passing this legislation, but instead I’ll just let Kay Ivey do the talking. While there’s many reasons to boycott Alabama and other, more sane states like California, Nevada, and Colorado are actually advising their employees against traveling to Alabama, Kay Ivey seems to think it’s just fine. She said as her nose grew about 15 inches.

Alabama’s governor said Monday the new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects the high value residents place on the “sanctity of life,” adding she doesn’t expect any fallout from the controversial measure on tourism or business recruitment.

Gov. Kay Ivey last week approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. Asked about criticism the state has received— particularly over the lack of an exception for rape and industry— the Republican governor noted the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Alabama Legislature without the exceptions.

“The Legislature has spoken,” she said. “It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly.”

The Republican governor was asked about the ban after a news conference Monday about the state tourism industry. The bill's passage drew calls on social media by some opponents to boycott the state in protest.
https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/ivey-alabama-abortion-ban-will-not-hurt-tourism.html




[font size="4"]And The Winner Is…[/font]

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!! And it was a no brainer – Alabama rolled Wisconsin. You may roll tide, but the Crimson Tide of Alabama steamrolled the Wisconsin Cheeseheads and knocked them out of the contest and declared victory with a final score of 105 – 80. Congratulations to Alabama, they are our 2019 Stupidest State champions!!! They are celebrating on the court and the fans are rioting outside, Alabama has triumphed over all detractors to win the Family Values Conference, the Flyover League, and now they are our 2019 Stupidest State Champion!

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Congratulations to Alabama for winning it all in the 2019 Stupidest State Championship! Alabama will take home the coveted DeLay Trophy! And as always I want to thank all of the fine people who help make the NFFSA possible, all the venues that hosted us, all the states, the coaches, and staff, our travel partners, and the staff and management of all the venues that hosted us. and congratulations to all of the states that participated this year. You earned it. Alabama is a shining example of conservative idiocy and the one who we are proud to call this year’s champion! I We will see you back next at this time next year! Now let’s play that song we all know and love!





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Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get this post season party started! My next guest is the hip hop legend himself. His latest album is called “Everythang’s Corrupt”, you can see him September 20th in Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Playing his song “That New Funkadelic”, give it up for the one the only Ice Cube!!!




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