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    I was just going to post this!

    100% of domestic terror involving race ... that is pretty damning for T-tump.
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    On this date in 2014, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” published a profile on John Koster, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Washington’s 1st District who took publicity photos of himself on the lawn of the home of his female opponent Suzan DelBene to taunt her, who really torpedoed his chances by claiming that rape exceptions for abortion shouldn’t be a thing because it was “just more violence on a woman’s body”. This was, of course, but days after Todd Akin, so Koster ended up losing in his third bid to get elected to Congress.

    In both 2015, and in 2016, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” featured profiles of Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor and 2016 presidential candidate who went from the consensus favorite to win the GOP nomination, to a goofy, pitiable mess before all was said and done. In that original article, we dug deep, and covered every last bit of detail that we could find on Jeb, because to be honest... he was widely thought by pundits to be the eventual 2016 GOP nominee for president, especially with a campaign war chest that exceeded $100 million. As such, we took hard aim at Jeb, going all the way back to the 1980s, where he frequently had shady business dealings with a Miami businessman who defrauded Medicare, all the way up to the interim after he left office as Governor and before his presidential run when he worked for Lehman Brothers bank. During his first failed campaign for Florida governor in 1994, he compared gay people to pedophiles, and when asked what he would do to help black people he answered, "Probably nothing." In 1995, Jeb wrote a book where he had a great idea for preventing single motherhood... SHAME THE WOMEN. Jeb, in case you forgot, ordered the voter rolls purged in the 2000 election, and threw tens of thousands people off them... primarily minorities, who would find out on election day that they were ineligible to vote in the election that Jeb's idiot brother would win by 537 votes in the state. Jeb has a bizarre and obsessive pro-life record, including the time in 2004 when he tried to give a state guardian to the fetus of a rape victim who had cerebral palsy in an attempt to try and stop the victim from getting an abortion, when he tried to stop a 13 year old ward of the state from getting an abortion even though her life was at risk, and his desperate attempts to force Terry Schiavo to not be allowed to die with dignity.

    In 2015, Jeb was supposed to be making the case of why he was the best Republican for the job, because he was the moderate one... but quickly made people wonder how he was ever thought of as "the smart Bush Brother". In his first foreign policy speech, he incorrectly stated the number of ISIS troops as ten times the actual amount, could not successfully name the leader of ISIS, referred to Nigerian terror group Boko Haram as “Beau-Coup Haram”, and provided no details on what he would do differently than the status quo to better combat such foes. It didn't get much better from there, as Jeb said that his brother President George W. Bush would be his “chief adviser” on the Middle East, as well as Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz, and when asked by Fox News Megyn Kelly, “Knowing what we know today, that Iraq did not have WMDs, would you still have invaded?” Jeb said he still would have authorized the invasion, and it was not a mistake. After being lambasted for this, he gave excuses that indicated that he did not understand how hypothetical questions work.

    Jeb also took time to praise Indiana's hugely unpopular "religious freedom" law, that allowed for discrimination and gave his support for the rights of Christian businesses to use their “religious freedom” to discriminate against LGBT citizens, and said that it would be “intellectual arrogance” to agree with scientists about humans driving climate change before criticizing Pope Francis’ stance on the environment. (Hint for you Jeb… good Catholics like you aren't supposed to question the Pope’s infallibility.) In response to the mass shooting in Charleston, S.C. at the AME church, Jeb Bush says he doesn’t “know what was on the mind of shooter” that made him kill those present. (The shooter, Dylann Roof, had already repeatedly stated it was racially motivated. For whatever reason, he chose to talk about “phasing out” Medicare, and did an about face on immigration by clamoring for “sanctuary cities” to be shut down. And lastly, right before we published that original profile, Jeb suggested we eliminate not just Planned Parenthood funding, but funding to all women’s health because “we don’t need it”.

    And that was only in our first profile, in our second, we talked about the embarrassing Jeb! 2016 campaign, that seemed to be just one sad shot kicking a man while he was down. In June of 2016, Jeb was campaigning in Miami with his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, and said that he got her to admit that he's her favorite. Barbara Bush has always been noted as a brutally honest woman, and replied, "No I didn't." Jeb continued reversing his position on issues to try and keep up with the lunatic front-runner, Donald Trump, endorsing the use of torture, and going as far in his reversal on immigration to actually use the term "anchor babies" for the children of immigrants... when in 2013 Jeb wrote a GOP strategy about how to address immigration without looking insensitive to minorities, and advised them to not use the term "anchor babies" himself. To try and save face, then Jeb insisted he wasn’t actually badmouthing Latinos, he was referring to Asians when he said “anchor babies”, thus alienating a second minority group. But he wasn’t done. Jeb also managed to piss off Native Americans by coming out in defense of the nickname of the NFL’s franchise in Washington, D.C., argued against replacing the Voting Rights Act because “it isn’t necessary” and tried commenting on the police shooting of Tamir Rice but incorrectly named Chicago as the city it happened in, offering a meager “My bad…” when the mistake was pointed out to him.

    By November 2015, Jeb's struggling campaign tried a new campaign slogan... "JEB CAN FIX IT". Unfortunately, it is quickly deflected into reminders of how he helped fix the 2000 election for his brother. A month later, at a Republican Primary debate, Jeb told Donald Trump that he will never be president, and Trump responded by saying he's "trying to be a tough guy" before pointing out the poll numbers that show he was "At 42. You're at 3." As things spiraled further out of control, Jeb started giving out plastic toy turtles to people on the campaign trail, reminding them of the old adage that "slow and steady wins the race". The end truly was near in February 2016, as Jeb gave a speech on the campaign trail, and after what seemed like a rousing promise to be an effective commander in chief, he is met with silence. He then filled it by quietly pleading, "Please clap." Jeb was utterly humiliated in his quest for the White House in 2016 and seems unlikely to ever hold office again.
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    It was in both 2017, and 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled the U.S. House Representative from Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, Peter Roskam, who after serving in the Illinois state legislature from 1993 through 2006, served six terms in Congress since winning office in the 2006 elections. That’s no small feat, considering 2006 was a Blue Wave year, his opponent in that race was (now Senator) Tammy Duckworth, and he attacked her stance on the Iraq War as “cut and run which is a hell of a thing to say to an Iraq War veteran who lost both her legs in that conflict in a helicopter crash. Still, Roskam’s connections within the GOP establishment. Back in the 1980s, Roskam was originally taught under the tutelage of former House Speaker Tom DeLay, who is a great example of a mentor you would want a member of Congress to have if you wanted them to learn about money laundering, before Roskam went on to work under Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde, who you may know as the guy the anti-choice Hyde Amendment is named after, who was also the only member of Congress sued in the Savings and Loan Scandal, who defended the Reagan administration during the Iran-Contra hearings, and was one of the Congressional leaders who oversaw the attempted impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying about an extramarital affair (note: Hyde had also once had an extramarital affair). So, Rep. Roskam’s two mentors were some of the most crooked, hypocritical, partisan bastards of note in Congress from the past half century but are decidedly not small fish in the Washington fish bowl. And when Hyde stepped down in his eighties, Roskam jumped at the opportunity to replace him, and in spite of his rhetoric against Duckworth as well as accusations that he had plagiarized several issue stances on his campaign website from the National Republican Congressional Committee… he won the seat over Duckworth in 2006 with 51% of the vote to her 49% thanks in part to the party support he’d built up through the years.

    Now, we made it pretty clear that Peter Roskam’s mentors had a long history of corruption while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. So you would think he’s already not a fan of ethics investigations. He’s probably even less of one after he himself was a target of one in 2013 after taking a $25,000 trip to Taiwan on the dime of Chinese Culture University. And that likely was his motivation for trying to defund the Office of Congressional Ethics at the start of the current session of Congress in January of 2017. Because what’s the point of being in Congress if you have to be ethical, right?

    Our other big issue with Peter Roskam here at CSGOPOTD is that he’s a climate change denier. Back in his 2006 campaign, during a debate against Tammy Duckworth, he drew groans from the crowd after he called studies into global warming “junk science. It may not be a coincidence, then, that one of the pieces of legislation he once sponsored, that called for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic Wildlife refuge was co-sponsored by fellow CSGOPOTD, noted climate change denier, and fellow Illinois Congressman John Shimkus.

    A brief look at Roskams’ supposedly “moderate” voting record shows that he has voted against Minimum Wage Increases, equal pay for women, voted against the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, voted several times against LGBTQ protections as well as voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, voted against the widely successful "Cash for Clunkers" program that helped save the American auto industry, voted against Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform, voted against the DREAM Act, has a harsh anti-choice record including twice voting to defund Planned Parenthood, voted against Disaster Relief Funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy…

    Peter Roskam knew he was in serious jeopardy of losing his seat representing Illinois’ 6th in the 2018 elections, when you factor in that it voted in favor of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, and Roskam supported many of Trump’s craziest initiatives including his vote for Trumpcare and some support for Trump’s xenophobic Muslim ban, even as it has repeatedly been overturned by the courts as unconstitutional. He canceled all his scheduled town halls after that, including bailing on attending a packed March for Our Lives town hall because of last minute “scheduling conflicts”, like sitting at home and cowering for his political future.

    And that is why we’re happy to report that in the 2018 elections, Roskam only got 46% of the vote, and that Democrat Sean Casten sent him packing. We’ll hope that the door didn’t hit him on the way out, because dung tends to splatter when struck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Sadly, it is for Trump.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Walmart is taking down Video Game Displays ... not guns ...

    Seriously?
    You act surprised. The gun nuts, ammosexuals and the NRA would go berserk if Wally World stopped selling guns.

    Blaming white supremacists for all that bloodshed doesn’t fit Trump’s narrative since he depends on those shitstains for support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    And especially on the left, these small parties do love to spend all of their time going after each other over relatively minor points of contention rather than focusing on the right. Think of the People's Front of Judaea skit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadH View Post
    I'm ok with him talking himself out of the nomination.
    Me too. I like Biden but his time has passed. Bernie too. I am not a spring chicken myself but I don't want to see people who are approaching 80 as POTUS. Trump is a bad choice at any age. People say Mayor Pete is too young but I'd rather have him. And I am afraid that Sen Warren is not going to draw a big turnout. I think the same people who didn't want to vote for Hillary will feel the same way about her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Me too. I like Biden but his time has passed. Bernie too. I am not a spring chicken myself but I don't want to see people who are approaching 80 as POTUS. Trump is a bad choice at any age. People say Mayor Pete is too young but I'd rather have him. And I am afraid that Sen Warren is not going to draw a big turnout. I think the same people who didn't want to vote for Hillary will feel the same way about her.
    I didn't want to vote for HRC.

    Warren is the only one outside of Sanders that I would feel even remotely good about voting for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    Third parties also draw a larger than normal share of kooks. I say this as someone who is actually in one myself.
    The Democratic Socialists of America aren't a distinct third party, since while they're willing to back Independents, they do also often participate in and sometimes win Democratic primaries. It's a bit like the left's version of the tea party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicainery View Post
    I read this thread all the time but have never commented in it.

    On my way home today the highway leading to my house was blocked off and a sign said it was due to a car crash. I turned down a different side street and drove right past the Walmart that is referenced in the story. The car crash was due to a SUV pulling out in front of an officer who was responding to the Walmart incident - the officer had moderate injuries and the driver had serious injuries.

    https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Pol...528619441.html

    When I arrived home my wife was glued to the TV watching the local news. They were talking about the 20-year-old man who walked into the Walmart with two guns, body armor, and a lot of ammunition. He walked in and grabbed a shopping cart while filming himself walking around the store. When he tried to leave the store an off-duty firefighter held him at gunpoint until the police showed up.

    https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Hea...528602951.html

    My wife was rattled as she and my two girls had just been at that Walmart about an hour before the gunman was there. Thankfully, no one was physically harmed by the gunman.
    That's terrible. Was he just trying to start a panic for a laugh? That's still definitely a crime, especially if someone got hurt as a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Walmart is taking down Video Game Displays ... not guns ...

    Seriously?
    From their point of view?

    Sure.

    It's the move where they can say "We Listened To Concerns..." while not messing with their ability to make a buck.

    Look at everything else the company does. It doesn't exactly say "Morality Is Job #1..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Walmart is taking down Video Game Displays ... not guns ...

    Seriously?
    Yeah, because buying the next Call of Duty game or Doom Eternal is what's going to make future shooters in this country, not hateful rhetoric or deliberate ignoring of even proposing the regulation of gun purchases and transactions.

    The irony that Walmart was the site of a mass shooting last week and almost the site of another one yesterday is not lost.

    That said, people going "Boycott Walmart" are just speaking empty nothings. Boycotts only mean something if profits are hit on the corporate margin, which coupled with our desire to save money and have convenience goods, is going to make these people insisting not shopping at Walmart a somewhat tall ordeal unless they have resources to do so. It's one thing to be a person of some affluence, but another to be a low-income person, where you ultimately have to make a deal with the devil sometimes to get medication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Me too. I like Biden but his time has passed. Bernie too. I am not a spring chicken myself but I don't want to see people who are approaching 80 as POTUS. Trump is a bad choice at any age. People say Mayor Pete is too young but I'd rather have him. And I am afraid that Sen Warren is not going to draw a big turnout. I think the same people who didn't want to vote for Hillary will feel the same way about her.
    My wife and I are Buttegeig fans. I saw him speak here back in July and was genuinely impressed with his calmly confident demeanor and thoughtful answers to peoples questions. I just wish he had more experience at the federal level. If he doesn't get the nom I'd really like to see him as someones VP pick.
    I think Warren can draw if she's not stuck with the rest of the pack. She's a true believer and it's palpable when she has a stage to herself and the freedom to share her opinions and ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    From their point of view?

    Sure.

    It's the move where they can say "We Listened To Concerns..." while not messing with their ability to make a buck.

    Look at everything else the company does. It doesn't exactly say "Morality Is Job #1..."
    Of course not. People have bitched about Walmart for decades for treating their employees like crap, for forcing local businesses to close down due to unfavorable business tactics, for being toxic to the environment, for relying on cheap goods often gotten from slave or sweatshop labor... the list goes on and on. Walmart makes truckload after truckload of money not because they're nice people, even though they've presented the façade of having a smiley face as an unofficial mascot for about two decades and still employee greeters; they make their money through cutthroat tactics, knowing the average consumer cares more for saving money than ethics at the end of the day.

    The issue, ultimately, is that it once again presents the argument that "Vidya Games cause these shooters, not White Nationalism", which is what plagued the industry in the 1990s, which services as a divergence tactic where people defending video games have to waste their breath defending video games until people get tired and move on, so the issue of gun control and legislation will be forgotten about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogindy View Post
    Of course not. People have bitched about Walmart for decades for treating their employees like crap, for forcing local businesses to close down due to unfavorable business tactics, for being toxic to the environment, for relying on cheap goods often gotten from slave or sweatshop labor... the list goes on and on. Walmart makes truckload after truckload of money not because they're nice people, even though they've presented the façade of having a smiley face as an unofficial mascot for about two decades and still employee greeters; they make their money through cutthroat tactics, knowing the average consumer cares more for saving money than ethics at the end of the day.

    The issue, ultimately, is that it once again presents the argument that "Vidya Games cause these shooters, not White Nationalism", which is what plagued the industry in the 1990s, which services as a divergence tactic where people defending video games have to waste their breath defending video games until people get tired and move on, so the issue of gun control and legislation will be forgotten about.
    See, I'd disagree with the assertion that this move seriously does that.

    It's just the move that they can frame as "Addressing This Issue..." without really messing with it's ability to make money.

    It kind of looks a little like presenting that argument without actually doing it.

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