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OMFG - Infowars Launching "CNN Is ISIS" Contest!

Infowars, the alt-right media outlet that claims the anti-Trump protest movement is funded by George Soros and other sinister globalists, launched a contest this week that rewards Alex Jones fans $1,000 for donning a t-shirt or sign that says “CNN is ISIS” on TV.

“We are launching a new contest to stand up to the Left’s calls for violence against the president and against other Americans for simply exercising their right to promote Americana,” a blog post announcing the contest said. “Infowars is launching a new $200,000 contest to expose CNN’s Kathy Griffin and mainstream media’s call for violence. We will expose the media’s terrorist campaign.”

Taking a page out of the Westboro Baptist Church playbook, Jones, the founder of Infowars, has gone through great lengths to promote his ongoing battle with the establishment media.

“We encourage everyone to not just hold up signs to point out that CNN is ISIS and that MSM are terrorists, but to also use this campaign as an example to point out when mainstream media and entertainment writers, editors and hosts are calling for violence against Trump and against his supporters for simply only trying to make America great again,” the Infowars website said.
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/03/infowars-launches-200000-contest-to-pay-fans-wearing-cnn-is-isis-t-shirts-on-tv/

And they've been accusing George Soros of paying protestors from the beginning. Fuckers!!!!

Koch Donor: "God Gave Us One More Chance With Trump"

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — To Al Hartman, President Trump is a heaven-sent leader, expertly carrying out a conservative agenda to roll back regulations and limit the size and scope of government.

“He’s working right out of the Heritage playbook,” said Hartman, a Houston real-estate executive, referring to the conservative Washington think tank. “God gave us one more chance by allowing him to be in office.”

To Liz Wright of Denver, Trump is an imperfect vehicle for implementing the small-government policies she seeks. “He doesn’t have a consistent governing philosophy,” said Wright, who voted for Libertarian presidential contender Gary Johnson last November.

Yet, Wright and Hartman, both donors to the conservative policy and political network tied to billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, view Trump’s presidency and the Republican majority in the Congress as their best hope of passing an overhaul of the tax code, repealing the Affordable Care Act and enacting other priorities dear to the network’s wealthy conservatives.

“We have maybe 10 months, a rare opportunity in at least a decade, to shrink the influence of the government in the economy,” said Wright’s husband, Chris. But with a president who seems unable to deliver a “clear, consistent from the top” and a slender 52-48 majority in the Senate, “we are threading the needle” on seeing that goal achieved, he said.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/26/love-hate-him-trump-offers-rare-chance-change-washington-koch-donors-say/427595001/

If this is what the billionaires think, we're truly fucked.

For Those Of You Keeping Score, This Is Trump's 30th Day On The Golf Course

Donald Trump has spent a 30th day of his presidency visiting one of his golf courses, although it is believed he was there for lunch and meetings rather than a round of golf.

The visit to Trump National Potomac in Virginia marks the 43rd day - according to an NBC tracker - that President has spent at one of his properties during his term. The latest visit to the Potomac course is believed to be Mr Trump's ninth in that time.

Mr Trump’s motorcade left the White House Saturday morning for an unannounced destination, eventually arriving at the course. he left around three hours later with no official word from the White on his activities.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-golf-course-visits-latest-month-30-obama-43-properties-a7806736.html

MAGA! Millionaire Asshole Golfing Again!

Trump Appointee: "Second Civil War May Be Necessary", "Imagine A World Without Islam"

The Trump administration recently appointed William C. Bradford to be director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Bradford has a history of making incendiary, conspiratorial, and violent commentary on Twitter and in a regular online column.

The Washington Post’s Dino Grandoni reported that Bradford, formerly the attorney general of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, had written a number of “disturbing tweets,” including calling former President Barack Obama “a Kenyan creampuff,” calling Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a “little arrogant self-hating Jew,” questioning in 2016 whether a “military coup” might be needed if Obama refused to leave office, and claiming that Japanese internment camps were “necessary.” He also “wrote that women should not serve in the military and referred to then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly as ‘MegOBgyn Kelly,’” the Post noted.

Bradford has since deleted his Twitter account and apologized for his remarks, stating, “As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments.” He also said that “as a public servant, I hold myself to a higher standard.”

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Here are some of the lowlights of his columns:

Bradford called Vince Foster’s death “suspicious.” In one column, Bradford wrote that Hillary Clinton “may be the most godless person in D.C. She may have a date with fire.” He then added that “Stumping for Hillary, Albright is silent about Vince Foster. Foster was a longtime Clinton colleague and deputy White House counsel, whose suspicious 1993 death prevented him from testifying in criminal matters involving Hillary, including the mysterious disappearance of subpoeanaed (sic) Rose Law Firm billing records. His death was officially ruled a suicide, but many doubt Foster killed himself.”

Bradford said “a second U.S. Civil War may be necessary” if the country elected a Democrat. In a January 2016 column, he warned that “Americans will elect slavery over freedom for the goodies bought with other people’s money, time, and toil. And so, a second U.S. Civil War may be necessary to pull up the roots Communism has sunk deep into our soil. But election 2016 is our last best hope to avoid it. Pray the voters choose well.” In a December 2015 piece, he wrote that “a second U.S. civil war that inflicted death on the scale of the first would kill ten million Americans. Let’s … to limited government, a traditional understanding of the Constitution, and a relearning of the concept of the ‘enemy.’ Only by doing so can we ensure that Americans never suffer the hell of civil war again.”
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/06/23/doe-agency-head-second-us-civil-war-may-be-necessary-imagine-world-without-islam-transgenderism/217016

Home Is Where The Hate Is

An early high-water mark of Donald Trump’s presidency came Feb. 28, with his first address to Congress. Midway through the speech, the new president turned to national security: “We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from” – and here he paused for emphasis – “radical Islamic terrorism.”

Those words got him a standing ovation. A week later, he unveiled his second executive order banning entry for people from several Muslim-majority nations.

Trump frequently had excoriated his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and his chief political opponent, Hillary Clinton, as naive, even gutless, for preferring “violent extremism” to describe the nature of the global and domestic terrorist threat.

“Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country,” Trump said at one campaign speech in Ohio. During another, in Philadelphia, he drove home the attack: “We now have an administration and a former secretary of state who refuse to say ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ ”

It was a strange place to make his point. The only Islamist terror attack in Pennsylvania over the past 15 years was committed by Edward Archer, a mentally ill man who shot and injured a police officer in early 2016, later telling investigators that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Far-right episodes of violent extremism were far more common.

Just two years before Trump’s Pennsylvania speech, anti-government radical Eric Matthew Frein ambushed two police officers in the township of Blooming Grove, killing one and wounding another, then led law enforcement authorities on a 48-day manhunt in the woods. (He was sentenced to death in April.)
https://www.revealnews.org/article/home-is-where-the-hate-is/

This whole article is long but worth reading. This is why we have Trump in office.

John Oliver Sued By CEO Of Murray Energy

Robert Murray, the CEO of one of America's largest coal companies, filed a defamation lawsuit against Oliver on Wednesday. The lawsuit claims the HBO comedian executed a "meticulously planned" and "ruthless character assassination" designed to boost TV ratings and hurt his mining company.

The lawsuit named Oliver, the show's production company, his senior news producer Charles Wilson, HBO and Time Warner (TWX) (which owns CNN). The complaint alleges that Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" episode on Sunday "incited" viewers to "do harm to Mr. Murray and his companies." It also claims the miner's website was hacked as a result of the segment, and that Oliver's statements constitute "false light invasion of privacy" and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

During his June 18 show, Oliver lambasted President Trump over his promises to bring back thousands of coal mining jobs, a pledge the comedian says is a false promise to an industry that's been in a steep decline for decades.

The segment, which has been viewed 4.5 million times on YouTube, devoted several minutes to Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, and a vocal champion of the coal industry. Oliver told the audience that Murray had warned him he would sue and bring the case all the way to the Supreme Court if he failed to "cease and desist" any effort to "defame, harass, or otherwise injure Mr. Murray or Murray Energy."
http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/22/media/john-oliver-coal-king-murray-lawsuit/

Want to take it to SCOTUS? Bring it on! You will lose that fight!

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Trump Commits Cardinal Sin Of Golfing

Golf is a game of unwritten rules. When a player takes a divot out of the fairway, that divot should be replaced. When one is about to take a shot, other players should be silent. And when players needs to get from one side of the green to the other, they certainly shouldn't drive their freaking golf carts across the freaking putting surface.

You won't find this last guideline in many books of golf etiquette, though, because careening across the green in a cart would have been unthinkable to most if the president of the United States hadn't done it during a weekend round of golf.

As Twitter user @MikeNFrank notes with the video, Trump does own the golf course on which this abhorrent breach of etiquette takes place—Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey—but this is hardly an excuse. Greens are the most delicate parts of a golf course, and their surfaces must be treated with care so that the roll of putts is true. This is why when an approach shot strikes the green, the player must repair the indentation made by the ball. This is why a player should never step in another player's putting line, as the weight could create an impression that disturbs the roll of the putt. To carelessly careen a heavy golf cart containing a heavy person across the green is laughably disrespectful, to the course and to everyone who will play the hole afterward.

Despite repeatedly criticizing President Barack Obama for the time he spent on the golf course while in office, Trump has spent an unprecedented amount of time at his golf courses since taking office. According to a tracker put together by NBC News, of the 153 days Trump has been in office, 29 have been spent at his golf properties. During his first 100 days in office, Obama made one trip to a golf course, compared to 19 for Trump. This despite Trump saying during a campaign rally in October: “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.”

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-golf-etiquette-628342

Spite Is What Is Currently Driving The GOP

Since we are 0 - 4 in special elections in the era of Trump, there's people pointing fingers and playing the blame game. While the deplorables are gloating and drinking from their "liberal tears" coffee mugs (which are probably made in China). And you know why that is? Democrats get attacked for simply existing! Because that's how the GOP operates. It's like the Delta House vs. Dean Wormer in Animal House - they're going to attack us no matter what we do. So we might as well just do it. And if we have fun at their expense along the way, so be it.

Seriously, no matter what side we take the republicans will take the opposite. If we advocated against kicking puppies, the GOP would literally start kicking puppies. If we advocated for breathing air, they would pollute it. If we advocated for clean drinking water, they'd pee in the reservoir. We're for the environment, they're against it. We're for government programs and services, they are against those. We're for a better healthcare system, they're against it.

They are liars, bullies, and sociopaths. We need to start calling them out as such. Unfortunately, they own the narrative right now. Remember just a month ago when Greg Gianforte beat the shit out of a reporter and got reelected? The republicans were actively encouraging more violence against reporters! Now that that shooting happened in Arlington with the baseball practice? Guess what? They're suddenly against violence! It's like they live in opposite land!

Donald Trump Jr. posted a tweet that connected the Arlington shooting to the Central Park production of Shakesphere's Julius Caesar, and not only are those dipshits bragging about how they got it "shut down", they are actually sending death threats to multiple theaters across the country. So much for that "freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech!" they constantly claim that they own the rights to.

But they get away with this bullshit because they own the narrative. Greg Gianforte literally beat the shit out of a reporter and he got elected. Why? Because the republicans own Fox News. They own 1600 radio stations across the country. They own the newspapers and are taking over the internet. Nearly every book on every bookshelf has some sort of conservative bent to it. And yet they paint anyone who doesn't follow their agenda as part of the "liberal media".

We need to start expanding our media presence and get our message out there. The republicans own the media and they control the narrative. I'm not as optimistic about 2018 as some people are right now. The Tea Party takeover was successful because the GOP had complete control of network news, AM radio, and the clergy. They were able to get their message out there. What have we got? Stephen Colbert? Bill Maher? Rachel Maddow? I love and watch all of those programs. But they're not enough. If we want to take back the vote, we have got to take back the media. If we take back the media we might start waking some of those up who've fallen under the cult of Trump.

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-3: Wheel Of Corruption: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-3: Wheel Of Corruption: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! For more information, please see our ad in Golf Digest magazine! OK, audience, we have two ways we could go for the intro. Do we talk about the Cowboys fan who hired a hitman to kill his sixth wife and then asked the judge if he could wear a Cowboys jersey to the double homicide trial? Or do we talk about the Canadian bar who was robbed of a famous severed human toe? Both of these stories are real. OK I'm getting a lot of severed toe. And it looks like the toe wins! A lot of strange happenings in the Great White North, but this might be one of the strangest. In a scene straight out of The Big Lebowski, we have what appears to be the case of a stolen human toe. But specifically we go to Dawson City, Yukon, Canada for this story. And the bar in question is called the Downtown Hotel – a bar that’s world famous for its’ signature drink – the sourtoe cocktail. And if you guessed that this cocktail has a severed human toe in it, you are correct sir / madam! I mean no matter how drunk you get, would you ever try the drink with the severed human toe in it? But would you also be surprised to learn that the famous toe – which has been in the bar’s possession since the 1920s and has been the subject of many famous shows and movies, has been stolen? I mean who the fuck would do such a thing?




Well, besides those guys. But this story gets even crazier than you would think. Apparently the bar’s owners have a sentimental attachment to the toe. And it was previously swallowed and digested! Who’s hungry? This is definitely one of the weirdest stories we’ve seen in quite some time, and it’s not going away any time soon. We're going to keep an eye on this one. Enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to cover. But first we got to talk about John Oliver exposing the US coal industry and the real people who will benefit from Trump’s plan:



Holy shit there was a lot of bad news this week. It was a particularly lousy week to be a liberal with the loss of John Ossoff, and the shooting at the Congressional Baseball Game practice by a Bernie Sanders supporter. A lot of bad news, and a lot of misdirected anger at liberals. I’m very, very pissed off at what the conservatives have done this week. So I am letting the rage fly! Which is why we’re dusting off the Wheel Of Corruption which has been dormant for a while. Taking the first slot this week is Alex Jones (1). Last week we talked about how much Jones mocked Megyn Kelly for her interview with him, and it’s way nuttier than you would think. In the second slot is Gun Nut Apologists (2). Because there was that horrific attack on the Congressional Baseball Game practice in Arlington last week, and yeah they’re painting us liberals as violent lunatics now. So we’re going to throw it back in their faces. Taking the third slot is Donald Trump (3). So Trump keeps calling the Russia investigation a "witch hunt", but how bad is it really? This is his "crying wolf", and we'll show you some actual witch hunts way worse than Donnie 2 Scoops. In the fourth slot is also Donald Trump (4). Because we’re going to talk some poll numbers. He’s been in a gigantic slide in the last few weeks. But if you checked out @realDonaldTrump, he’s in complete denial! At number 5, we’ve got another installment of “This F**king Guy”. And the honorary recipient this week is "Coach" (?) Dave Daubenmire, who has said some absolutely batshit things in the last couple of weeks, and we’re going to ponder whether or not he’s a real coach. Taking the number 6 slot is Donald Trump Supporters (6). So apparently liberals are the violent ones because of what’s been going on with the Arlington shooting. However, they have been victims of their own hypocrisy by sending death threats – to the wrong theater. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the number 7 spot, Franklin Graham (7) complains that Iraqi Christians being deported is a “terrible thing”. But when actual people here at home are being deported, he’s dead silent. Fundamentalist Christian hypocrisy at its' finest. At number 8 we’re going to play another round of “Who’s The Snowflake”? and whew, we’ve got some good ones this week – my personal favorite has to be Nazis complaining about the game Wolfenstein. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot, we’ve got another installment of “I Need A Drink”, and this time we’ve got to talk about KISS frontman Gene Simmons (9) attempting to patent the devil horns. Yes, this is a thing that is happening. And we will end this week with the next leg of our World Tour 2017. This time around we’re going to Greece, and as I pointed out last week, they’ve been in the news an awful lot lately. Finally this week, we’re celebrating LGBT Pride month all month long here, and our musical guests are going to reflect this. So this week returning to the show are our good friends from Florida – Against Me are coming back to the show! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!


Alex Jones


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



The wheel is back everybody! And of course if we had a bigger budget we’d have our own graphics and theme music. Yes just like last time I’ll talk about whatever the wheel lands on. But remember that if it lands on the Guacamole option that it costs $1.50 extra. And by the way this week – to celebrate the end of the O’Reilly Factor, the Clips Without Context we will pull from the O’Reilly archive and we will post batshit crazy stuff he actually said! So this week the items on the wheel will be:

- Go Directly To Jail
- Clip Without Context
- Guacamole
- 5,000
- Fundies Say The Darndest Things
- Whammy
- Community Chest
- Bankrupt
- Voter Fraud
- Nazis
- Booze
- Chance
- Loser
- Buy A Vowel
- Donald Trump
- My Wife
- Treason
- Bathrooms
- Double Whammy
- A Recent Study
- Guns
- World Tour 2017
- You Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That
- Twitter
- Whammy
- I Need A Drink
- People Who Somehow Got Elected
- Pirates
- 10,000
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- Talk Shows
- Golf
- Twitter
- Fox News
- 15,000
- Polls
- This F**king Guy
- A Random Tweet
- Conspiracy Theories
- Russia
- Something random in the news
- Pirates!!
- ??? (Mystery)
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Florida (Obviously)
- Infowars
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s get this going! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy stop!!! And it lands on… Something random in the news!

45-year-old Andrew Cheadle reportedly told Modesto police that he had an accident, and when he could not remove his underwear, he attempted to use a lighter to burn them off, according to the Modesto Bee.

Cheadle then tossed the burning underwear in a toilet, extinguishing the fire and generating enough smoke to fill the bathroom. The Walgreens, at Standiford Avenue and Carver Road, was evacuated shortly thereafter, at about 9:20 a.m.
http://www.wisn.com/article/man-sets-underpants-on-fire-prompts-walgreens-evacuation/10037738



I guess this gives new meaning to the phrase “Liar, liar pants on fire!”. Spin it again! And it lands on… Infowars. Shit, do I really have to talk about Infowars? Make me. But I don’t want to. Come on! Oh, you’re mean. So as you’re aware Alex Jones had his big interview with “Medusa” as he calls her, Megyn Kelly. Let’s roll some of the tape on that and then let’s discuss.



Now let’s go over what Alex Jones did in the events leading up to and since the interview. Man he went nuclear. And each thing he posted on Youtube and Infowars got exponentially worse. And by exponentially worse I mean shittier and shittier and shittier!

Megyn Kelly presented a highly critical 19-minute piece on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on her NBC newsmagazine “Sunday Night” after a week of harsh criticism over the decision to present his views on network TV.

Jones is notorious for saying the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was staged to promote tougher gun control laws. Twenty-six people, including 20 children, died, making it the second-deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history at the time.
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-kelly-jones-nbc-20170618-story.html



So how did Alex Jones respond? Why it was all the FAKE NEWS media of course! Can we get our official mascot Trumpy The Fake News Parrot out here? Where’s Trumpy at? And how come Trumpy doesn’t have a theme song yet? We should get on that!

Alex Jones on Thursday released secretly-taped audio of his interview with Megyn Kelly three days before the official airing was supposed to occur on NBC.

Jones, a conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder, offered a preview of what was going to be released in a 2-minute, 20-second video clip that appears to include off-the-record conversation with the former Fox News host in Kelly. The interview is set to air Sunday.

"I've never done this in 22 years, I've never recorded another journalist," Jones said in a Twitter video. "I've never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie."

"It's not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I can promise you that." Kelly is heard saying to Jones.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/alex-jones-releases-secretly-taped-audio-of-megyn-kelly-interview/ar-BBCKbKV?li=BBnb7Kz



Ah thanks Trumpy! Alex Jones is the pinnacle purveyor of fake news. In fact even his now ex-wife got in on attacking Megyn Kelly.

Just when you thought that there couldn’t possibly be more intrigue surrounding the Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones set to air this Sunday, there is this. Mediaite has learned that Kelly Jones, the ex-wife of the InfoWars impresario threatened to publicly “trash” the NBC News host if she was not included in the segment set for broadcast this weekend.

Some background for the blissfully ignorant: Alex and Kelly Jones recently endured a very ugly and public child custody fight following their divorce. Lots of noteworthy and potentially embarrassing details emerged from this coverage, but perhaps none more damaging to the reputation of Alex Jones than the admission that much of his conspiracy theory antics are just those of a “performer.”

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/exclusive-alex-jones-ex-wife-threatened-to-trash-megyn-kelly-if-she-didnt-include-her-in-sunday-segment/



Yeah that’s right – if the takeaway here is don’t fuck with Alex Jones, then well, that’s a pretty sad takeaway. But we’re still not done! The video that Jones posted as the follow up to the interview is certifiably batshit insane!



Holy fucking shit! But the battle may have been won, but the war is not over. NBC is getting sued by the parents of Sandy Hook victims who are not letting Alex Jones get slid by that easily.

Families of several victims of the Sandy Hook massacre have threatened legal action against NBC News ahead of the airing of Megyn Kelly's widely criticized interview with notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

A law firm representing 12 family members sent a letter to NBC News chairman Andy Lack and other network executives on Thursday condemning the interview with Jones, who has questioned whether the 2012 shooting at the Connecticut elementary school really happened.

"Surely, we can agree that these families have suffered enough already, and that they will continue to suffer enough to last several lifetimes. Which is why we cannot fathom -- from a moral, ethical or legal standpoint -- NBC's decision to amplify the voice of a man who has made a living debasing that suffering and smearing our clients' names," said the lawyers, from the firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder. "Over the last few years, Alex Jones has weaponized his radio show to publish false and defamatory statements about our clients: chief among them that they are actors perpetrating a massive fraud on the American public by faking the deaths of their loved ones."
http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/16/media/sandy-hook-letter-nbc-megyn-kelly-alex-jones/index.html



Ooh, I like that one. But some good news? It was the lowest rated primetime interview in NBC history:

Megyn Kelly's much talked about interview with Alex Jones got plenty of attention for Kelly and NBC, both good and bad, but not many viewers.

Kelly's sit down with Jones, a controversial, conspiracy theorist radio host and founder of the website Infowars, brought in an average of 3.5 million viewers Sunday night. That's the fewest viewers that Kelly's weekly news magazine telecast, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly," has drawn since its debut three weeks ago.

The show also trailed a re-run episode of CBS' "60 Minutes," which brought in 5.3 million viewers. Among 18-49-year-olds, the demographic most prized by advertisers, a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" beat both Kelly and "60 Minutes" by about 40%.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/19/media/megyn-kelly-alex-jones-interivew-ratings-nbc/index.html






Gun Nut Apologists


Spin it to win it! And it lands on…. Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Pirates! You know we're doing some pirate themed content because all of the Wheel Of Corruption titles this season are going to be named after the films in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise! So that said...



Spin it again! And it lands on… guns. Yeah you know we had that horrifying shooting at the Congressional Baseball Game. Well thanks to that guy being outed as a liberal, the right wing is now painting us all as violent lunatics. Alex Jones definitely isn’t helping.



So we’re all responsible are we? Fuck off. I mean one of Trump's BFFs - Michael Savage Weiner - is literally calling for state run television after this happened. And we all know that state run television is the hallmark of any dictatorship. Just ask Trump's Frenemy Kim Jong Un. Or Iran. Or Iraq. Or Afghanistan. Or any other place in the world where free thought and free expression are suppressed.

Right-wing radio host Michael Savage called for a government takeover of media following a shooting at a baseball practice of Republican members of Congress.

Five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), were wounded during baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. The assailant, “identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson II,” was killed by police after they exchanged gunfire.

Responding to the shooting, Savage questioned whether Trump should “take control of Twitter” and asked, “Is it time for the government to take control of the out-of-control pirates on social media ... who do not monitor left-wing haters?” He also advocated for removing Rachel Maddow and others from the airwaves by the federal government, citing “their constant drumbeat of their hatred against Trump and Republicans, calling for, among other things, resistance with their sneers every night.”
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/06/14/trump-ally-michael-savage-calls-government-takeover-media-following-shooting-gop-baseball-practice/216916

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Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! As if that's going to change anyone's opinion. And then there's Erick Erickson - who seems to think so and he’s trotted out what might be the least thought out plan yet.

Erick Erickson called the political left “the American ISIS” in a new column titled “Let’s Consider Secession,” following the shooting at a GOP baseball practice that left five people wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

The conservative writer — who has made a name for himself both as an ardent critic of President Donald Trump as well the guy who called your daughter a “whore” — starts this week’s particularly bleak column with “this past week has made me realize the situation in this country is unlikely to get better.”

“We have 320 million people who hate each other and the left shows no signs of toning down rhetoric after last week’s mass assassination attempt,” Erickson continues. “If anything, too many of them regret there were no deaths.”
http://www.mediaite.com/online/erick-erickson-dubs-the-left-american-isis-calls-for-secession/

First off, no we don’t. Second – you LITERALLY SHOT THE FUCKING FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES after they printed an article about gun control! Must we not forget that?



Yeah that happened!!!! But no now somehow the big talking point in the conservative media is that we’re all violent lunatics who want to murder the government. Hey that may be the title of a NOFX song, but that doesn’t mean we want to carry it out, does it?

WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2016, Brian Levin found himself in an uncomfortable position: trying to save the life of a Ku Klux Klan member.

Levin, a former New York City cop who studies domestic extremism as the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, was documenting a Klan rally in Anaheim, California, when a counterprotest suddenly took a violent swing — forcing Levin to physically place himself between a Klansman and a furious, anti-fascist mob that seemed ready to kill.

It made Levin wonder if in his focus on the obvious subject — the white supremacists — he’d overlooked a growing source of extremism: the far left. “At that point, I said we have something coalescing on the hard left,” Levin told VICE News.

Wednesday morning’s shooting of Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice in Virginia seemed to raise the question again. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders-supporting man from Illinois with a record of anti-Trump rantings on social media. His politics have quickly become a talking point among some conservative pundits seeking a quick political score: proof of a looming leftist campaign against the government.
https://news.vice.com/story/extremism-experts-are-starting-to-worry-about-the-left



Yeah it’s a big, steaming gigantic pile of bullshit. So with that in mind we’re going to recap some of the times the right has called to murder all the liberals. Like this:

Sharron Angle, the Tea Party candidate turned Republican primary winner in Nevada, has taken heat for a number of extreme affiliations and policy positions. One of the more outlandish was a statement she made during a radio interview last January in which she floated the idea that the public would bring down an out-of-control Congress with “Second Amendment remedies.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/16/sharron-angle-floated-2nd_n_614003.html

Or this:



Or this:



Or this:

In California’s 11th congressional district, there are four people running for the Republican nomination in the June primary election. One of the front-runners is Brad Goehring, who posted a message on his Facebook wall this week, declaring “hunting season” on liberals:

If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to “thin” the herd.
https://thinkprogress.org/california-gop-candidate-wants-to-issue-hunting-permits-for-conservatives-to-thin-the-liberal-herd-fb714b62d4d3

Or this from Ted Cruz:

“The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution isn’t for just protecting hunting rights, and it’s not only to safeguard your right to target practice. It is a Constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny — for the protection of liberty,” Cruz wrote to supporters in a fundraising email on Thursday, under the subject line “2nd Amendment against tyranny.”
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/ted-cruz-second-amendment-government-tyranny

Or this from our own president:

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Donald J. Trump on Tuesday appeared to raise the possibility that gun rights supporters could take matters into their own hands if Hillary Clinton is elected president and appoints judges who favor stricter gun control measures.

Repeating his contention that Mrs. Clinton wanted to abolish the right to bear arms, Mr. Trump warned at a rally here that it would be “a horrible day” if Mrs. Clinton were elected and got to appoint a tiebreaking Supreme Court justice.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/us/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton.html?_r=0



By the way – this might be the worst thing said about the shooting, and it comes from Caitlyn Jenner:

Caitlyn Jenner: GOP baseball shooting shows that ‘Liberals can’t even shoot straight’

Caitlyn Jenner told a group of college Republicans on Friday that the attack on a GOP baseball practice last Wednesday is just proof that “liberals can’t even shoot straight.”

The Washington Examiner reported that Jenner made the remarks during a speech to the College Republican Foundation of Virginia.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/caitlyn-jenner-gop-baseball-shooting-shows-that-liberals-cant-even-shoot-straight/

Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! And we’re the violent ones? GTFO!!!





Donald Trump


Let’s give the wheel a nice strong spin, shall we? Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! My wife!



Spin it again! And it lands on…. Wait for it… Donald Trump. Before we get into the entry this week, we need some appropriate music. Can we get that?



Yes you will now have that song stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome. But I bring that up because of Trump’s incessant cry that what he’s going through in regards to his Russia dealings is a “Witch Hunt”. But is it really? Is it really a witch hunt Donald? Let’s throw that tweet up there, shall we?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875701471999864833

So he’s still calling about the election. How is this still a thing? We need to explore that in a later edition. And if you think that couldn’t be crazier, check out this one:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875441788110110727

Crooked H? I think I saw them at the Troubadour last week! Awesome death metal band! Thank you! So what did he mean by the fact that he’s involved in a “witch hunt”? And for those of you keeping track at home, this is now day 220 after the election.

This tweet is significant because it seems to confirm an anonymously sourced June 14 Washington Post report on that said special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the possibility that Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.

Trump doesn’t seem to be referring here to Mueller, though, but to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

As special counsel, Mueller is in charge of the Russia investigation and any related probes, like obstruction of justice accusations. But Mueller answers to Rosenstein, who did, in fact, write a memo in early May recommending that Trump fire FBI Director James Comey.

It’s worth noting that Rosenstein recommended firing Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation. Trump, however, said he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s recommendations, and he had the Russia investigation on his mind when he made the decision.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jun/16/fact-checking-trumps-tweets-about-russia-hillary-c/



Politifact? Fake news! Wrong! Boring! Failing! Sad! Thanks Trump. Or was that Trumpy The Fake News Parrot that said those things? Hard to tell! But there’s more to this Witch Hunt thing than there might be expected. And for some reason people keep inviting Newt Gingrich on shows because reasons.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said early Sunday that President Trump did not help himself by tweeting he was under investigation for firing former FBI Director James Comey.

“Trump has a compulsion to counterattack, and he’s very pugnacious," Gingrich, a Trump confidant, told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.” "I don’t think it serves him well. I don’t think it helped him.”

"It’s who he’s been his whole life,” added Gingrich, who is promoting a new book on the president, “Understanding Trump.”

Gingrich was referring to a tweet posted by Trump last week in which the president said he was under investigation for firing Comey.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," the president tweeted, referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/338317-gingrich-on-trumps-fbi-tweet-i-dont-think-that-tweet-helped-him



Well… duh. You think that’s not helping there, Newt? By the way, we have to side track a bit and talk about what Newt said about Bill Clinton 20 years ago vs what he said last week:

In a recent interview at the National Press Club in Washington, Newt Gingrich appeared to contradict his past statements about obstruction of justice.

While discussing the ongoing Russia investigation involving President Trump and his campaign, the former GOP House speaker said the president can't obstruct justice.

"Technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice,'" he said, adding, "If he wants to fire the FBI director, all he has to do is fire him."

But as House speaker in 1998, Gingrich argued the opposite point. As reported by the The Times and other news outlets at the time, when referring to the investigation into President Clinton after his repeated denials of having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, Gingrich described Clinton's actions as "obstruction of justice."
http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-newt-gingrich-says-president-cannot-1497636327-htmlstory.html



Yeah seriously Newt, you’re an idiot. But getting back to the subject at hand – the witch hunt. I mean this thing couldn’t possibly be any crazier.

President Donald Trump is beginning his day with a stream of tweets defending his record and lashing out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt."

He continued by saying: "Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm ...massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislative bills signed, great new S.C.Justice, and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Tax Cuts in works!"

"Witch hunt" is how Trump characterizes the probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties to his campaign associates.
http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-trump-tweets-his-frustration-with-russia-investigation-2017-6

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By the way – never mind that Nixon frequently used the phrase “Witch Hunt”:

President Trump is not the first president to believe he was the victim of a political witch hunt.

Former president Richard Nixon also used that phrase when speaking about the Senate Watergate hearings looking into the scandal that eventually led to his resignation, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reported in 1973.

"'The President,' one source said, 'sees the hearings as an attempt to get Richard Nixon and do it just damn unfairly,'" Woodward and Bernstein wrote.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/18/trump-nixon-witch-hunt/101846962/

And never mind that we had actual witch hunts in this country:

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging. Five others (including two infant children) died in prison.

Twelve other women had previously been executed in Massachusetts and Connecticut during the 17th century. Despite being generally known as the Salem Witch Trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in several towns: Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover. The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials

Mr. President, I believe this is the phrase you’re looking for.





Donald Trump


Spin it to win it! And it lands on……….. wait for it……… Oh it’s the guacamole option! Sweet, I get dinner and beer! Come on out here, Fernando! Everyone, as you know Fernando is the official sous chef here at the Top 10. I’ve got this great plate of carnitas sitting in front of me:



And now Fernando is going to prepare my table side guacamole. Here’s your $2 Fernando! So I’ll just enjoy a nice cold Dos Equis while I’m waiting… easy on the onions, not too much tomato…



Yeah look at that! That’s Fernando everybody! Spin it again. And it lands on… Donald Trump. Again? Is the wheel broken? No? OK so we got to talk about how low Trump’s poll numbers are. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the Twitter feed known as @realDonaldTrump.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875732813278048256

Uh… Mr. President? 50% still means you fail. Thank you! So how badly is Trump tanking? Maybe they’re taking a page from one of my favorite comedies of all time – NBC’s 30 Rock, and they’re simply tanking it. I mean how low could they go?

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338092-trump-disapproval-hits-64-percent-in-ap-poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the job President Trump is doing in the White House, according to an Associated Press-NORC poll released Thursday.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said that they don't like how the president's handling his office, while just over a third – 35 percent – approved of Trump.

The poll also found that 65 percent of Americans believe Trump has little or no respect for the country's democratic institutions and traditions. By comparison, only about 34 percent said they believe he has a great deal or even a fair amount of respect for such institutions.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338092-trump-disapproval-hits-64-percent-in-ap-poll

It’s fake news folks! Wrong! Sad! Bigly!



Thanks Trumpy! So his poll numbers are so bad that he’s resorting to creating his own fake news:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll did show President Trump with a 50% approval rating on Friday, June 16 — the first time Trump had reached this high of an approval rating since April, the pollsters noted.

But on June 16, 2009, then-President Obama had a 56% approval rating under the same poll. And on June 18, 2009, Obama had a 55% approval rating.

Other polls show Trump with much lower approval ratings than all of his predecessors, not just Barack Obama.

As of June 13, the Gallup daily tracking poll showed that just 36% approve of the job Trump is doing as President, while 60% disapprove. The poll provides daily approval ratings dating back to Harry Truman, and Trump is the only President to hit a 60% disapproval rating within the first four-and-a-half months of his presidency.
http://time.com/4822956/donald-trump-tweets-rasmussen-poll-barack-obama/



Yes doh! We all say doh! But this is about as fake as it gets, even Trump himself gets the data wrong. Gee, Trump lying about things? How much does he lie? Is the sky blue?

The tweet about Obama’s polling numbers came after two tweets criticizing the investigations Trump and his associates are under as a witch hunt and highlighting some accomplishments like the nominations of Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch.

So is Trump right? Are his Rasmussen numbers better than Obama’s? Let's take a look.

Rasmussen conducts its polls by surveying 500 likely voters by phone per night and the numbers are rolled into a three-day average, then released. CNN reported in April Rasmussen doesn’t release information on what it decides is a likely voter and only calls landline telephones, skewing the poll older and more conservative.

Obama’s Rasmussen approval ratings began at 62 percent when he first took office in January 2009. Trump had 59 percent in his first January. Trump’s approval slid to a low in May of 45 percent before climbing back up to 50 percent in Rasmussen’s latest three-day average. The month of June isn’t over, so the whole month can’t be fully tabulated, but so far he’s averaging a 46 percent approval rating, despite the 50 percent spike. Obama in June of his first term had a 54 percent approval rating.
https://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/trumps-twitter-brags-just-dont-add-up/





Dave Daubenmire



Entering the spin zone! And it lands on… wait for it… clip without context!



Um... I think I'll side with Satan on this one, thanks! Spin it again… and it lands on – ooh, our new feature!



This week, there’s just one recipient of the “This Fucking Guy” award and it’s none other than “Coach” Dave Daubenmire. You know coming off a week that saw political turmoil going nuclear with the baseball shooting and the GOP thinking that the left wing are trying to ignite a civil war and that we’re all violent lunatics, there’s this fucking guy – Dave Daubenmire. Someone who the religious right loves because, Jesus. He calls himself a “coach” and literally every video of him is standing in front of a stadium backdrop, because, reasons. Now why should we give a fuck what he thinks? Well last week he said this:

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire interviewed fellow right-wing activist Sheila Zilinsky on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning, where Zilinsky claimed that her prayers caused Hillary Clinton to have health problems and stated that California governor Jerry Brown “should be hanging from a rope.”

Zilinsky lamented that “Christians are not being taught spiritual warfare” and are not exercising their “dominion over the earth” by going on the offensive against the demonic spirits that rule the world.

“We have weapons that are not carnal,” she said, “and we should have that same attitude toward the devil; you just come and try it, I will beat you down with the blood of Jesus, pal … We really actually have these ICBMs in the spirit and we can bind, we can loose. I said every day of the campaign, ‘I suffer the witch not to live’ and Hillary Clinton, not very long after that, she was having all sorts of crazy episodes.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-agrees-when-guest-says-gov-jerry-brown-should-be-hanging-from-a-rope/



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Come on, what do you have against Jerry Brown other than he’s liberal? I bet you’ve never set foot in California, and I bet you’re not even a real coach. Calling Dave Daubenmire a coach is like calling me a rock musician, if every single time you saw a video of me was standing in front of a sold out crowd. I wish that were the case! But that’s not the only thing Dave Daubenmire’s said that is certifiably batshit fucking crazy:

Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire declared on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning that America needs “a more violent Christianity.” He cited President Trump and Greg Gianforte as examples of violent men who are properly “walking in authority.”

“The only thing that is going to save Western civilization is a more aggressive, a more violent Christianity,” he said.

Playing a clip of Trump shoving aside the prime minister of Montenegro at a recent NATO summit so that he could stand in front of the group of assembled leaders, Daubenmire heaped praise on Trump for showing that “he is large and in charge.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-america-needs-a-more-violent-christianity/



Christianity needs to be more violent? Hell no!!!! That’s the last thing we need! I believe when you link religious extremism with violence, isn’t that the right wing’s definition of terrorism? But facts are meaningless to this fucking guy, who’s said other batshit crazy stuff like this:

On his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning, Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire blamed the women who work at Fox News for titillating men with the way they sit and dress into sexually harassing them.

“Have you seen how the women on Fox News dress?” he asked. “Are they trying to titillate you at all? They dress like that and if you say something to them, you are harassing them. Titillation, right? That’s a big setup, man. That’s the biggest setup. I wonder if Anderson Cooper has propositioned any boys he has had on his show. How come we don’t hear anything about that? Huh? There is something evil going on.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-the-leg-crossers-at-fox-news-are-titillating-men-into-sexually-harassing-them/



Yes, he literally just blamed the women on Fox News for making men sexually harass them! This fucking guy! Oh and guess what? He really hates Right Wing Watch!



And then he said that we’re literally at war and that LGBT activists “want to kill us”. Really? You have to go there?





But this fucking guy though – he might not be a real coach after all!

Dave Daubenmire, America's self-styled high school football coach/Lord's evangelist, has a much better career going in the latter than the former.

Daubenmire, who's built a second career off of being the target of an American Civil Liberties lawsuit because he forced his players to pray with him, was trying to make his public school comeback, 14 years after stepping down once the school settled the suit. However, the board overseeing Lakewood High School in Hebron, Ohio, where Daubenmire graduated in 1971, in the town where he still makes his home, voted 3-2 against following the superintendent's recommendation to hire him as a football coach.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2014/02/13/americas-most-christian-football-coach-rejected-from-job-actually-coaching-football/#428e376d1e86



So Dave Daubenmire claims to be a coach, but really he’s just a religious crackpot. Which is what gives him the honor of being this week’s:





Donald Trump Supporters


Let’s spin it to win it! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… NO A WHAMMY!!!




Spin it again. Donald Trump. wait, we already covered Trump you say. But not enough. You know in the aftermath of that horrifying incident in Arlington last week, Trump supporters have been just letting the hate flow freely and accusing us of being violent. Well, here’s where we get to turn the tables on their bullshit. So Shakesphere, right? Who doesn’t love Shakesphere? Well apparently Trump supporters don’t because there’s been an attempt to link the controversial Julius Caesar production in New York City to the shootings which is, well, it’s pretty fucking stupid. Here’s more:

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump Jr., shortly after Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican aide and security personnel were shot at a baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday, took to Twitter to connect the shooting to the recent controversy over a rendition of "Julius Caesar" that features the assassination of a ruler that resembles Donald Trump.
Trump's son retweeted political commentator Harlan Z. Hill, who opined, "Events like today are EXACTLY why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our President."
Trump Jr. supported the comment, adding: "This."
www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/donald-trump-jr-caesar-tweet/index.html

Are you kidding me? Where on the fucking planet is this a thing? Oh it is in the mind of Trump supporters who are quick to rush judgement without thinking or reading anything. And then there’s professional troll and guy who even Deadpool says is incapable of breaking the 4th wall, Jack Posobiec:

The Public Theater’s Trump-inflected production of the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar is back in the news this weekend, as right-wing activists disrupted the Friday evening performance in Central Park, when a woman rushed the stage shouting. The stage-jumper, later identified as Laura Loomer, interrupted the performance just after the assassination of Julius Caesar. The portrayal of the Caesar character as resembling President Trump—with blond bouffant and long red tie—sparked outrage on the right this week and cost the theater a handful of its corporate sponsors.

On Friday, Loomer climbed onstage at the free performance shouting: “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable!” A theater official quickly announced over a loudspeaker that the play would pause briefly while security escorted Loomer from the stage. As she was escorted out, Loomer continued to shout “You guys are just as bad as ISIS” and “Because of liberal violence like this, a congressman this week was shot in Virginia,” according to the New York Times.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/06/17/right_wing_protesters_rush_stage_disrupt_trump_themed_julius_caesar_production.html



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! So one lone liberal-ish guy commits one act of violence and suddenly the whole damn party are violent lunatics who want to start a civil war? Fuck you Posobiec! Seriously, go eat a bag of dog shit. You bum rush a stage, invoke Hitler (which never plays out well) and we’re supposed to be nice to you? GTFO! As if we’re not done here, there’s more to this story. Turns out – the misplaced anger of the Trump supporter has them threatening literally every theater company who’s ever put on a Shakesphere production! D’oh!!!

Uninformed idiot trolls are terrorizing Shakespeare companies around the country, mistakenly blaming them for a controversial production of “Julius Caesar” from New York’s Public Theater, which depicts a Trump-like character getting stabbed.

Let’s start with the latter point: Public Theater’s title character features a protagonist with orange-y hair, a red tie and an unbuttoned coat—Trump, basically, though honestly it could be any right-wing blowhard—getting knifed and ultimately bleeding out on the stage floor. Gruesome!

People are so mad about it that two protesters interrupted the Friday night show. One, identified as Laura Loomer, burst onto the stage screaming “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable!” before getting hauled away by security. The audience cheered.

As that finished up, a prominent Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist named Jack Posobiec stood up and screamed “You are all Goebbels! Goebbels would be proud,” before he, too, was carted away. (Luckily, he posted a video of the ordeal on Twitter.)
http://jezebel.com/idiots-mad-over-trump-like-julius-caesar-are-sending-vi-1796198527



Yeah so they send death threats, not just to the New York company, but to everyone who’ s ever performed Shakesphere, and we’re the violent ones? Are you fucking serious? GTFO!!! Not only that, it was interrupted *AGAIN* by these morons!

Once more unto the breach!

The Public Theater’s anti-Trump rendition of “Julius Caesar” was interrupted yet again on Sunday — with two protesters storming the stage this time, including one who shouted: “Liberal hate kills!”

Javanni Valle, 26, of Brooklyn, and Salvatore Cipolla, 28, of Oceanside, LI, were arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct following their Sunday evening stunt at Shakespeare in the Park.

The incident came during the show’s final performance in Central Park — and just two days after a similar protest unfolded at the outside venue.
http://nypost.com/2017/06/19/julius-caesar-interrupted-again-by-pro-trump-protesters/



Yeah I’m not saying you failed, but you failed. Liberal hate kills? Some mighty strong words there! Just ask the people killed in Portland by a white supremacist who had just attended a free speech rally if “liberal hate kills”. Thank you! Well, maybe they could learn a lesson from this. Except they won’t.

After she was arrested, prominent Trump supporters tweeted their defense of this attempt to silence the play. Ironic to see this response, given that many on the right are so often outraged when college students interrupt or try to silence political views they don't agree with.
In any event, the person who stormed the stage was far from the only one on Team Trump going after this production of Caesar. Trump's cheerleaders-in-chief Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity also railed against the production, claiming it incites political violence.
But targeting this production of Caesar is the soul of hypocrisy. Where was this outrage in 2012 when a Minneapolis production of "Julius Caesar" starred a Barack Obama-lookalike as Caesar?
The conservative publication "The American Conservative" reviewed the play at the time, explaining in no uncertain terms that this Caesar was clearly intended to be Obama while praising the production as "riveting."
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/18/opinions/caesar-hypocrisy-trump-supporters-obeidallah-opinion/index.html





Franklin Graham


Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin, shall we? Ooh that one felt good! And it lands on… another clip without context!



Um… I think you have “pause button” mixed up with “fast forward button”, there, Lance. Thank you! Spin it again! And it lands on… religion! So there’s no one who loves to whine and complain more than right wing evangelicals. I mean if you didn’t know any better, you would think that these persecuted individuals are afraid everything might turn them into devil worshippers. And then there’s Franklin Graham. Who said this last week:

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham says he finds it “very disturbing” that immigration authorities have arrested many Iraqi Christians for possible deportation. President Donald Trump promised earlier this year he would prioritize persecuted Christians, but many international religious freedom advocates say deporting these Christians back to Iraq could put them in serious danger.

Graham, who has been supportive of Trump and his travel ban, urged the president to have someone investigate the cases where dozens of Iraqi nationals were swept up in immigration raids in Michigan and Tennessee.

The arrests came after a deal the United States made with Iraq, which sought to be removed from Trump’s proposed travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and agreed to accept deported Iraqis. Immigration authorities said all of the Iraqi nationals who were arrested had criminal convictions.
http://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/18/news/nation/evangelist-franklin-graham-calls-rounding-up-iraqi-christians-for-deportation-very-disturbing/?ref=latest



OK so never mind that the people who were arrested already had criminal records to begin with. But what about ICE rounding up people and deporting them here? Many of them innocent!

Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has said the arrests of hundreds of Chaldean Christians in Detroit and other cities nationwide is "very disturbing," and urged President Donald Trump to consider their fate if deported back to Iraq.

"I find it very disturbing what I have read about Chaldean Christians being rounded up by U.S. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for possible deportation. I would encourage the president to have someone investigate these cases thoroughly," Graham said on Facebook Friday.

"I understand a policy of deporting people who are here illegally and have broken the law. I don't know all of the details, but I would encourage our president to give great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq."

Christian leaders have been speaking out against the arrests carried out by immigration officials in Detroit last weekend, warning that the migrants face a "death sentence" if sent back to Iraq, where the Islamic State terror group has been committing genocide.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/franklin-graham-arrests-detroit-christians-disturbing-fears-for-their-lives-188223/#1w5BE1QRT8KSyU3p.99



Yeah seriously, what the fuck? So to extrapolate Mr. Graham’s logic (or lack thereof), Iraq is deporting Christians because they committed serious crimes. Now here, Iraqi Christians are being rounded up and deported who committed serious crimes. So I believe this is what we know to be a “cluster fuck”. And never mind that this is happening here and they couldn’t give less of a shit…

President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcer doubled down Friday on recent comments that undocumented immigrants “should be afraid” under the Trump administration.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan said in an interview that he has “zero regrets” about his remarks before Congress this week, expanding on them.

“It needed to be said,” Homan told CNN on the sidelines of a Central American prosperity and security conference.

“And by me saying you should be worried, you should be afraid — if you lie on your taxes, you’ve got to be worried, ‘Is the IRS going to audit me?’ … When you speed down the highway, you’ve got to worry, ‘Am I going to get a speeding ticket?’ You worry. It’s natural human behavior.”
http://ktla.com/2017/06/16/ice-director-says-undocumented-immigrants-should-be-afraid/



And as if Mr. Graham couldn’t be anymore batshit fucking crazy, he said this:

Commenting on the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three other people by a left-wing Bernie Sanders-supporter on Wednesday, Reverend Franklin Graham said "leftist progressives" will not "let go of losing the election" and "they want to destroy the president."

In a June 15 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "Where did all of this political hatred come from? One party hating the other so badly. No compromising. No cooperation. No camaraderie."

"Some are saying the shooting of GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was caused by ‘political rhetorical terrorism,'" said Graham. "Think about it. Plays and music videos said to be depicting the assassination of the president, a comedian holding up the decapitated likeness of the head of the president. Relentless, hate-filled rhetoric."
http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-graham-leftist-progressives-want-destroy-president

Where did all this political hatred come from? Take a look in the mirror, Frankie! It’s your own fucking party! You guys have Infowars, Breitbart, Prison Planet, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Tomi Laruen, Rick Wiles, John Hagee, Fox News, every god damn radio station in America, nearly all of the TV stations in America have some form of right wing commentary. Every book on every bookshelf is a conservative slant. Most documentaries being made anymore have a conservative slant. Who’s providing all the hatred? It’s conservatives! What do liberals have? The Daily Show? The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? And my crappy little show? That’s it?






Who’s The Snowflake?


Spin it to win it! And it lands on… wait for it… Clip without context!



Really? Taking health care away from 24 million people is Heaven’s agenda? Sounds more like hell to me! Spin it again! And it lands on… WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE????



So here’s how “Who’s The Snowflake” works. I’ll give you 3 different items from the news about republicans complaining about something, and you will get the opportunity of guessing who the real snowflake is in each scenario. Get how that works? It’s pretty simple! So behind door number one of “Who’s The Snowflake”, I give you extreme right wing evangelical commentator Jesse Lee Peterson, who said this:

Peterson was outraged by photos of Democrats and Republicans kneeling together in prayer ahead of the annual congressional baseball game, declaring that “it’s so pitiful to hear people think that the Democrats are united with the Republicans.”

“It was a phony prayer,” Peterson said. “Democrats, liberals do not believe in God. They were praying to their father, the devil.”

“Democrats don’t believe in prayer, they don’t believe in God,” he said. “They took God out of the schools. They took prayer out of the public square … Why are you so impressed with the children of Satan getting down on their knees yesterday, pretending to be praying? They were down on their knees thinking, ‘Lord, I can’t wait until this is over.’ They’re like, ‘Forgive me, Satan. I’m just playing.’ And Satan was like, ‘Oh, okay, I know, I do that all the time.'”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jesse-lee-peterson-says-democrats-at-congressional-baseball-game-were-



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Aww, poor Jesse. We make one attempt to play nice and you call us the “Children Of Satan”? Yeah that’s the exact kind of thing that led to last week’s incident. So let me ask you…. “WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE????”? Why it’s Jesse Lee Petrerson, he needs his safe space because the mean liberals won’t let him pray in public or at public schools. By the way how is that still a thing? We may have to explore that in a future edition. So who’s next on “WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE????”? Well here’s door number 2:

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Montana's incoming congressman is calling for civility in politics as heads to Washington with a conviction for assaulting a reporter.

Greg Gianforte will be sworn in next week as the state's only congressman following the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise.

He spoke to The Associated Press Friday in his first national interview since winning last month's Montana special congressional election.

The Republican technology entrepreneur pleaded guilty this week to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the night before the May 25 election.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gianforte-calls-for-civil-politics-after-assaulting-reporter/ar-BBCMsSM?li=BBnb7Kz



Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Wait. Wait. OK I’m done. Wait. So Greg Gianforte, the guy who beat the shit out of a reporter, is calling for civility in politics? Why don’t you take a look in the mirror there, Greg. So let’s ask “WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE?????”? Why it’s Greg Gianforte, who beat the shit out of a reporter and is probably going to get away with it. Because he’s got the Magic R next to his name, and that’s like having the invincibility star on Super Mario Bros in US politics:



So for our last entry this week on “WHO’S THE SNOWFLAKE????”? Well, the classic video game “Wolfenstein” was recently remade for the 21st century. And last week the trailer was dropped for it, which, well, some people are well, not happy about that:

http://www.dorkly.com/post/83711/nazi-pissboys-are-crying-over-a-new-game-where-you-murder-nazis

If there was one highlight of Bethesda's E3 conference, it was definitely Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, a game set in a world where Nazis won World War II and proceed to reign over humanity. It's sort of like Man in the High Castle, except with robots and zombies and robot zombies. The trailer is wild, weird, gory and overall rad as hell. But it turns out, not everyone is pleased that you play as the one leading the resistance.

Modern-day Nazis, who believe themselves to be of superior genetic stock and deserve to dominate the human race, are pissing their pants over a video game.

See, Wolfenstein games date back decades. The New Colossus is the sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, a game where you shoot Nazis, and that game was a reboot of a classic first-person shooter series where you shoot Nazis. The groundbreaking Wolfenstein 3-D itself was an update of Castle Wolfenstein, released way back in 1981, and one of the main features of that game was -- you guessed it -- killing Nazis.



So I take it these snowflakes are the ones who watch Inglourious Basterds and root for Hitler. That’s just great. That’s exactly what we need. And that’s it for this edition of… *cue reverb*…






Gene Simmons


Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin, shall we? Ooh, that was a nice spin there! And it lands on… booze!

Never let it be said Rob Gronkowski doesn’t know how to party. The Summer of Gronk is an annual event, and this year it reportedly involved racking up a $100,000 bar tab at a casino in Connecticut over the weekend.
According to TMZ Sports, Gronkowski and his 20-man entourage went through an incredible amount of booze.
“In total, Gronk’s gang tore through 160 BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE including … “18 bottles of Ace of Spades Rose: $18,000 … 15 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose: $27,000 … 16 bottles of Grey Goose for $10,400, 45 orders of Maker’s Mark, 24 shots of Jim Beam Fire, 3 bottles of Don Julio 1942.”
TMZ Sports noted the casino may have picked up that bill. But that’s still a mind-boggling amount of alcohol being consumed — not to mention the quality of the booze that was ripped through like Gronk rips through NFL defenses.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/gronkowski-crew-reportedly-tally-dollar100k-bar-tab-at-casino/ar-BBCTBxP?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

Well it can’t be said that Gronk doesn’t know how to party! But does he party hard like Andrew WK?



Spin it again! And it lands on… hey, what do you know? Booze again! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another round of:



Yes I really need a drink. Time to relax, because in case you can’t tell, I’m really pissed off at conservatives for their behavior toward liberals this week. I’ve never been more pissed this week than I have in a long time thanks to the Arlington shooting. More so than usual. So we are going to use this to talk about something that’s got nothing to do with nothing. You know I love the metal. I’ll just peruse the cocktail list on the menu at Gene Simmons’ Rock N Brews restaurant here in Buena Park, California. I’ll have the Sunday Bloody Sunday margarita. Wait, it’s made with bacon vodka? Eh. Give me a beer. Whatever the strongest IPA you got is. Ah, that works! Ah! So in case you’re wondering why I’m talking about the Rock N Brews restaurant is because the rock n roll themed restaurant chain is owned by none other than KISS’ Gene Simmons. And he’s in the news for a very odd reason.

Numerous historians long ago agreed that rock-and-roll emerged from Ike Turner’s “Rocket 88,” but who invented the “rock on” hand gesture so associated with the genre?

That’s the hand signal fans and rockers alike hold up during shows, in which the index and pinkie fingers are extended, the middle and ring finger are curled into the palm, and the thumb either sticks out from the hand like an errant branch from a tree or is also curled into the palm.

And Gene Simmons, the co-founder of Kiss, claims he used it first.

Simmons recently filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, seeking to trademark the hand gesture. He claimed on the application that the gesture was first used commercially, by him, on Nov. 14, 1974, which would have been during Kiss’s “Hotter Than Hell” tour.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/15/gene-simmons-of-kiss-tries-to-trademark-the-sign-language-gesture-for-love/?utm_term=.e75c0e1f05f3

Yes this:



Seriously? That’s where we’re at in 2017? All our problems have been solved? So we need to figure out who rightfully owns the trademark to something that really can’t be trademarked? Oh but here’s where it gets weird:

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine that he started throwing the devil's horn gesture as an "homage" to Spider-man, who is known to make the motion in movies and his comics to activate his powers.

Simmons filed an application last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the hand signal fans and rockers alike hold up during shows, in which the index and pinkie fingers are extended, the middle and ring finger are curled into the palm, and the thumb either sticks out from the hand like an errant branch from a tree or is also curled into the palm. The KISS bassist/vocalist claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponds to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believes "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

Most music fans have slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

In issue 196 of Classic Rock magazine, Simmons revealed where he got the inspiration for the gesture, explaining it was inspired by Spider-man and the way he shoots webs from his wrists.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/gene-simmons-says-his-horns-hand-signal-is-homage-to-spider-man.html#th1HkdWCj8UWT3Zf.99



Yeah Spiderman ladies and gentlemen! Then wouldn’t that make, I don’t know, Marvel, the sole owners of that trademark? And it’s not like they’re making money hand over fist right now. But there’s more to this insane story than you might think. Of course it’s drawn negative attention from the metal community.

Gene Simmons has a fight on his hands after attempting to trademark the devil-horn hand gesture.

Nikki Sixx took to Twitter, joking that he was “thinking of trademarking” the middle finger. (He used the popular bird-flipping emoji to complete the tweet.) Simmons is also getting blasted by the widow of a music legend and even a university president.

In an official filing, the Kiss bassist said he first employed the horn-hand symbol on Nov. 14, 1974, during the Hotter Than Hell era. Research reveals this to be an age-old gesture, however. Used for centuries across various cultures, it also means “I love you” in sign language.

But most rock fans associate the devil horn with a similar gesture made by Ronnie James Dio, who popularized it beginning in the late ’70s. Simmons’ move drew a swift rebuke from Dio’s widow, Wendy. “To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting,” she told the Wrap. “It belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone. … It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.”


Read More: Nikki Sixx and Wendy Dio Mock Gene Simmons' Attempt to Trademark Devil-Horn Gesture | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/nikki-sixx-wendy-dio-gene-simmons-horns/?trackback=tsmclip




Why is Gene so eager to display his love of Spiderman? Is he trying to get KISS some top billing in the next Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack? But hey come on! We’re KISS army soldiers here! Since 1970! Rock on!!!! m/ m/ And in case you’re wondering about the attention Gene Simmons is getting for this insane stunt, look no further!

Gene Simmons, co-lead singer of Kiss, is trying to own the signature devil’s horns hand gesture he uses in photos.

You know the one.

The rocker filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Friday, attempting to claim ownership, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

In his application, he describes the move as a “hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular.”

He claims he first used the horn-hands on Nov. 14, 1974, during the Kiss’ Hotter than Hell tour.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-internet-is-dragging-kiss-gene-simmons-for-trying-to-trademark-this-hand-gesture




Oh and by the way here’s the actual origins of the m/ hand gesture:

Early use can be seen in India, as an apotropaic gesture very commonly used by Gautama Buddha (who was born in Nepal) as Karana Mudra which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative thoughts.

The apotropaic usage of the sign can also be seen in Italy and in other Mediterranean cultures where, when confronted with unfortunate events, or simply when these events are mentioned, the sign of the horns may be given to ward off bad luck. It is also used traditionally to counter or ward off the "evil eye" (malocchio in Italian). In Italy specifically, the gesture is known as the corna. With fingers pointing down, it is a common Mediterranean apotropaic gesture, by which people seek protection in unlucky situations (It is thus a more Mediterranean equivalent of knocking on wood). Thus, for example, the President of the Italian Republic, Giovanni Leone, shocked the country when, while in Naples during an outbreak of cholera, he shook the hands of patients with one hand while with the other behind his back he superstitiously made the corna, presumably to ward off the disease or in reaction to being confronted by such misfortune. This act was well documented by the journalists and photographers who were right behind him, a fact that had escaped President Leone's mind in that moment.

In Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean region, the gesture must usually be performed with the fingers tilting downward to signify the warding off of bad luck; in the same region and elsewhere, the gesture may take a different, offensive and insulting meaning if it is performed with fingers upward or if directed aggressively towards someone in a swiveling motion (see section below). In Italy, one can also "touch iron" (tocca ferro) or touch one's nose to ward off bad luck. Males in Italy and some other countries may grab their testicles when confronted by bad luck; however, this is considered more vulgar.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_of_the_horns






World Tour Destination #3: Greece


Let’s spin the wheel one last time this week! T-shirt cannon!!!!



Yes, everyone will get the high quality Top 10 tour shirt. Now if only I had the budget to make and sell t-shirts! Now spin it again! World Tour 2017! Hit it!



Part of our mission statement here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is to show you that conservative idiocy isn’t just a problem with America. No, it’s a global problem that is stemming far and wide, and it’s not just America where conservative idiots ruin everything they touch. And if you’re thinking of moving out of the United States just because Donald J. Trump is our current president and our nation is turning to shit, you should know what it is you’re getting into should you decide that you want to leave the country. So if you want a recap of the tour schedule – in week one, France was our destination where we told you how the French said no to Putin and his cabal. But still have a long way to go before they are out of the woods on Russia. Last week, we told you about all the strange dealings in the country of Italy, which could be Europe’s Florida. Or maybe Florida is the USA’s Italy. No way to tell. This week, our next destination is going to be the nation of Greece, which is undergoing some… let’s call it “light” political turmoil. Here’s the tour schedule:



Greece



The next stop on our World Tour 2017 is Greece. One of the final four contestants in our Stupidest State contest is Kansas, a state widely renowned for its’ extreme corporate greed and fiscal irresponsibility. Well, it may be the home of the Koch Brothers, but the state of Kansas ain’t got nothing on Greece! Greece is the home of most of ancient, modern, past, present, and future history. Yeah that’s what I said. It’s where mathematics was invented. It’s the home of some of the brightest minds the world has ever seen like Plato, Homer, and that guy who invented triangles. Greece is the home of such world wonders as the Statue of Zeus and the Parthenon. Greece is also the home of the Isle Of Lesbos, which is where the term “lesbian” originated from. It also might be where Wonder Woman lives. I hope I have that right. Greece has also been at the center of some of the bloodiest wars in ancient and modern history. And the other thing that Greece is famous for is the gyro, and amazing Greek food like doner kebabs, hummus, pita bread, and spanakopita. But what else is Greece the home of? It’s home to a reckless spending program even worse than what the republicans accuse the United States of!

LUXEMBOURG Greece's international lenders prepared on Thursday to unblock about 8.5 billion euros ($9.5 billion) in loans that Athens desperately needs next month to pay its bills, and to give some idea of what debt relief they may offer over the long-term.

The chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters the size of the payment to Athens would be discussed during a meeting, since lenders agreed that Greece had pushed through all the requested reforms.

"I am confident that we will reach a deal about the payment of the next tranche today," German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on arrival at the ministers' meeting on Greece in Luxembourg.

Officials who had prepared the talks had earlier discussed a loan of 7.4 to 8 billion euros, but after talks on Thursday morning agreed on a sum of 8.5 billion which they said would provide money for the maturing debt and an extra cash buffer.

The money would be paid in tranches, officials said, adding that Greece wanted an even bigger loan.

Dijsselbloem said the ministers, joined by International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, would seek to meet Greek and IMF demands for clarity over debt relief.

Officials said the euro zone may tell the IMF it would consider extending the average weighted maturity of its loans to Greece by 15 years, from the current 30 years.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-greece-idUSKBN1960ZN



Yeah they need about $9.5 billion to pay their bills for the rest of the year. You know you’re broke when the guy next to you in line to get that sweet sweet check is going “HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! You’re broke!!!!”. You know last season we covered fiscal irresponsibility a lot during our Stupidest State contest. And the winner of that conference – Kansas – ain’t got nothing on Greece. In fact, Greece is so broke that they’re dragging the rest of the EU down with them!

Greece came away from Thursday's Eurogroup meeting with a $9.5bn (€8.5bn) loan installment and the beginnings of a commitment to longer-term debt relief - the Syriza government's key demand since it came to power in 2015.

The six hour-long meeting of Eurozone finance ministers effectively brought the International Monetary Fund on board with Greece's third bailout loan, currently held only by European institutions, because the IMF insisted on debt relief as a precondition.

"Nobody claims that this is the best solution," said IMF chief Christine Lagarde, who attended the Eurogroup session. "That would have been a final approval on debt relief so that there would be clarity. This is second best."

Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem called the agreement "a major step forward" which prepared Greece for graduation from its programme in 2018.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/eurogroup-grants-long-term-debt-relief-greece-170615233841807.html



In fact Greece is so broke that the country couldn’t diffuse all the bombs left over from World War II. Yes, you heard that correctly. World War II. World War II. This is what happens when you’re more concerned with the lining of your pocket books than you are the safety of your own citizens.

Greek authorities on Saturday began evacuating some 70,000 people in the city of Thessaloniki ahead of an operation to defuse a bomb from World War II. The bomb, containing nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of explosives, was unearthed in the northern city during road works last week and is due to be defused on Sunday.

More than 300 disabled people and bedbound patients were set to be the first evacuated on Saturday using 20 ambulances, authorities from Greece's second city said. The full evacuation of all residents within a 1.9-kilometre (1.1-mile) radius of the bomb site, affecting three working-class neighbourhoods around west of the city-centre, is due to be completed before 0800 GMT on Sunday. Evacuation is "obligatory", regional security chief Apostolos Tzitzikostas told reporters Friday.

The operation is unprecedented in Greece, "where a bomb of this size has never been found in an area this densely populated," Tzitzikostas added.
http://www.france24.com/en/20170211-70000-being-evacuated-greece-wwii-bomb-defused



And if there’s one thing we’ve learned on this show is that you don’t piss off the Germans. Never, ever piss off the Germans. But Greece has done just that. In fact just a few months ago – this last December – Germany’s finance minister commented on how fucked up Greece is:

Greece must implement economic reforms if it is to keep its place in the eurozone, Germany’s finance minister has insisted, ruling out debt relief for the country ahead of a crucial euro group meeting on Monday.

As the finance ministers of member states using the single currency prepared to discuss fiscal plans for the coming year, Wolfgang Schäuble in effect presented Greece with an ultimatum: either it must enforce unpopular structural reforms or exit the bloc.

“Athens must finally implement the needed reforms,” he told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag in an interview published on Sunday.

“If Greece wants to stay in the euro, there is no way around it – in fact completely regardless of the debt level.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/04/greece-must-reform-or-leave-eurozone-says-german-minister



That’s some good advice right there. Maybe that’s why Greece is so fucked up – they went broke trying to look rich, like the rest of their EU counterparts. But you know what’s more popular in Greece than just about anything else? Taking selfies with the ancient monuments! I’m not going to point fingers and blame who’s responsible for this… *COUGH* Kardashians *COUGH*.

“I think the selfie exposes who we’ve become,” Storr told MarketWatch.

Originally the selfie camera was intended to help us communicate with others through programs like Skype or FaceTime, Storr said, but most of us use it to snap self-portraits and upload them for likes or follows.

“I think the fact we reacted like this really shows that we have become more self-focused,” Storr said.

How did we get so overwhelmed by self-obsession? Blame the rocky shores of Ancient Greece, which was bad for farming but good for the birth of our runaway individualism, Storr explains.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-connection-between-ancient-greece-selfies-and-despair-deaths-of-white-middle-aged-men-2017-06-16



Didn’t even need a meme for that one!

The Verdict

Unless you’re actually Greek or have Greek ancestors, you might want to stay very far away. If you’re thinking of moving to Greece, there’s definitely better options out there right now. If you’re thinking of visiting, you can visit, but you might want to avoid downtown Athens for now.

Next Week

Next week – we are heading across the pond to Ireland! Yes – Ireland – the home of the other war besides the war on terror that has been going on since the dawn of time and will probably never go away any time soon.



And Now This:
Against Me!

Ladies and gentlemen, returning to the show, playing their song called “Haunting, Haunted Haunts” from their album “Shape Shift With Me”, available everywhere music is sold, please welcome back to the show, Against Me!





Yeah how about that?

See you next week!

Dumb Criminals: Cowboys Fan Asks Judge To Wear Tony Romo Jersey During Double Homicide Trial

While there have been plenty of ways Cowboys fans have paid tribute to quarterback Tony Romo since he retired a couple months ago, this one takes the cake for strangest.

Thomas Randolph, a Las Vegas man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his sixth wife -- yes, sixth -- and then killing the hitman, has requested the right to wear a Tony Romo jersey to his trial, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

What's up with that request? Randolph's lawyer put it simply: "Because he's a Cowboys fan."

Randolph, 62, shouldn't hold his breath on getting that request granted. The jersey would have to be processed through the jail as part of his trial wardrobe, according to the Review-Journal.
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/06/16/cowboys-fan-asks-judge-let-wear-tony-romo-jersey-double-murder-trial

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