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    Quote Originally Posted by Kal-El Summers View Post
    He tried to do some damage control later on and said that he misspoke, too. It's always interesting when the soulless ghouls of the GOP let the masks slip for a second.
    A lot of them seem to keep "misspeaking" about how rape works over the past seven years and so. And that's after Reince Priebus sent out e-mails to every Republican asking, "Ixnay on the Egitimatelay ApeRay."
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    It was on this date in 2015 that “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” had a profile of [B]Randy Rives[B], a former candidate for the Texas House of Representatives who has gained infamy more as the board president of the Ector County School Board, doing his best to turn public school lessons into Fundamentalist indoctrination. Among his more heinous works in that role include making sex education abstinence-only, getting the school district sued for trying to make Bible study a part of the course curriculum, and throwing a tantrum because textbooks had recognized Christians’ role in committing some atrocities during the Crusades, but in his mind, giving Muslims a free pass for far greater ones. Being a Texas Republican, of course, means he’s also opposed to gay marriage and LGBT rights, as well as a big proponent of the death penalty. In any event, it seems like he’s never going to win any office higher than the school board (one would hope).



    On this date in 2016, 2017, and 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” presented profiles of Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester, who represents District 1 in the state, was first elected in 2012 with a lot of help from funding from the Koch Brothers and their Americans for Prosperity SUPERPAC. But that, ironically, is not the alliance Hester maintains that draws our attention to him. You see, since he arrived on the political scene, Bart Hester has been a staunch ally of anti-LGBT groups in Arkansas, particularly the Duggar Family, and by extension, the Family Research Council. Back in November of 2014, the duo appeared together at an event in Little Rock scheduled to “protect same sex marriage” from those pesky gays, and protest a judge’s decision to overturn Arkansas’ same sex marriage ban. If you’re curious what Hester said, exactly, feel free to take a look at his rant against “homosexual marriage” on Youtube.


    Now, here’s where things get a bit hypocritical for Bart Hester… his boy, Josh Duggar, was protesting same sex marriage while cheating on his wife, which he in no way finds problematic. And in fact, when news broke that Josh Duggar had been investigated by Arkansas police back in 2006 for molesting five girls, the majority of whom were his own sisters… Bart Hester had an interesting reaction… he called for the police chief of Rock Springs to be fired for releasing the report. Never mind that the chief and his staff were simply complying with freedom of information laws and no laws were broken, Hester still thought that records release was a greater crime than the actual child molestation by his homophobic brother in arms. Which is pretty disgusting, really.

    But that’s not where Bart Hester’s revolting ideas end, by a long shot. In February of 2015, he sponsored a bill to try and prevent any individual municipality in Arkansas from passing civil rights protections unless the federal government already had them. While he named it the “Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act”, critics were quick to appropriately nicknamed it the “Right to Discriminate Bill”, and the big one that Bart Hester talked about, of course, was LGBT protections. As he put it, to have protections for sexual identity or sexual orientation would grant gays “special rights” that he doesn’t have, and he tried explaining that HE is the actual true victim of discrimination, claiming that HE is “singled out for being married to one woman”. It was only a few weeks later that Hester sponsored Arkansas’ “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”, which yes, was one of those “religious freedom” laws that Republicans were pushing for at the state level around the country so that they could discriminate against LGBT citizens, and claim that preventing them from doing so was infringing upon their “deeply held faith” (which some will recall was also the argument used by some Southerners to argue why they should be able to discriminate against African Americans, once upon a time).

    Well, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to sign the bill, afraid Arkansas would face similar repercussions like Indiana did after signing one into place, and Bart Hester was invited to go on CNN to be interviewed by Jake Tapper about it. During a four-minute interview, Hester did not seem smart enough to understand that his bill even allowed discrimination to take place, and Tapper didn’t let up on him… for four whole minutes of glorious journalism.

    Regrettably, Hester’s fanaticism is not limited to one issue. He’s also dedicated to stripping women of their right to choose, because it is his personal belief that life begins at conception. This would mean he not only believes all abortion is murder, but so are the majority of forms of birth control. And it’s not just talk, either, as Hester has sponsored fetal heartbeat bills that would effectively ban all abortion at 6 weeks.

    Now, surely, such a pious Christian man such as Bart Hester would apply his Christian values to aiding the poor, right? HA! Of course not. Since he’s taken office, he’s gone out of his way to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to reduce unemployment benefits, pushed for the failed conservative policy of drug-testing welfare recipients not just once but twice, and even tried to raise taxes on food. Hester has argued against them having the private option for health insurance by claiming families of four make an average of $96,000 a year, live comfortably, and don’t need the help (which is amazing considering the actual number is $36,000. Hester was talking casually about being “in a game of chicken” in a funding shutdown in Arkansas that would leave funding for over 100,000 elderly citizens in nursing homes, over a thousand blind citizens, hundreds of thousands of underprivileged children, and tens of thousands of the disabled without financial support to just survive. I mean, the least egregious things we have to say about Bart Hester include his support of strict Voter ID registration to combat the statistically non-existent problem of in-person voter fraud.

    Our update on Bart Hester includes his fetish for firearms got really out of control in the past few months. Without realizing it, Hester voted for HB 1429 along with a lot of Arkansas Republicans, which would allow the concealed carry of firearms at bars, schools, and public universities. At some point, Hester and his fellow conservatives forgot that their wording of the bill would make it legal for people to bring guns into University of Arkansas football games with around 70,000 people present for potential mass shootings. Which, y'know, is a big security risk, and ironic because the stadium won't let people bring in umbrellas or blankets. Gov. Asa Hutchison had to send them back to the drawing board to write a second bill to exempt the stadium, after the fact.

    Bart Hester managed to embarrass himself with a post on Twitter that led to a former Miss America from Arkansas turning up in his feed to serve him his own ass. It all started in February of 2018, when Hester was driving around town, and saw a billboard advertising for for University of Arkansas at Little Rock that featured a dancer on it, and promoting the university’s school of dance, in particular. Hester was suddenly possessed with the fury of the preacher played by John Lithgow in Footloose, and enraged by dancing, he got on Twitter and wrote:
    Former Miss America Savvy Shields came along to talk some sense, responding, “I disagree with this on so many levels. As an artist and a dancer, I have seen the arts influence, inspire, challenge, and transform society. Art education is crucial in the advancement of Arkansas.” Then the University of Arkansas Little Rock responded that this was an entire ad campaign, and various billboards were up with each one depicting a different major the school offers. And then Microsoft executives came along to point out that as much focus should be placed on the arts as math and science in education, and that they not only hold that opinion, but their chief competitor at Apple, Steve Jobs, used to say the same prior to his passing.

    So… yeah, that backfired.

    In the past year, Bart Hester has been one of several Arkansas Republicans to co-sponsor extremist anti-choice legislation, including A bill that is literally a conservative contingency plan, that pledges to “ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned”.

    We're sad to report no one bothered to raise a challenge to Bart Hester in the 2016 elections, in the primary, or in the general election. He’ll be hanging around until at least 2020, trying to promote his twisted concept of “religious freedom” until somebody sends him packing, provided no one bothers with a recall election.
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    Seems to be a bad day for right wingers in both Austria and Australia:

    After two decades, former prime minister Tony Abbott’s run as a politician appears to have been called to an end after independent Zali Steggall has clinched the seat of Warringah.

    Former foreign minister Julie Bishop said climate change was a significant issue in Warringah.

    "Tony Abbott is a climate change denier," she told the Nine Network.

    Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese described the results as a "slaughter".

    "This is unprecedented for a sitting member who has been a minister and a prime minister.

    "The absurdity of his campaign showing he was so out of touch ... like he was sabotaging his own campaign."
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCAll View Post
    Oh, hey, Missouri's in the news. I wonder what we did this time.
    Guess. Just @#$%ing guess.
    That's right, we pulled an Alabama.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/u...rtion-law.html
    Georgia, Alabama and now Missouri. WTF is going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooshoomanjoe View Post
    Georgia, Alabama and now Missouri. WTF is going on?
    Emboldened Southern-state government creeps think that now's the time to move in and "save women from themselves" or however they tell themselves.

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    This feels like a distraction. Everyone look at the how despicable republicans can be on abortion. Pay no attention to the monster in chief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Watkins View Post
    This feels like a distraction. Everyone look at the how despicable republicans can be on abortion. Pay no attention to the monster in chief.
    If anything Trump's the distraction. The GOP has always been the real monster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Watkins View Post
    This feels like a distraction. Everyone look at the how despicable republicans can be on abortion. Pay no attention to the monster in chief.
    Between this, Iran, and the Tariff's on China, I can't tell what's supposed to be the distraction and what's just the collosal fuck up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wjowski View Post
    If anything Trump's the distraction. The GOP has always been the real monster.
    Trump is the head of the Hydra/Yamata no Orochi. Taking out the head might make it easier to take out teh arms, but the arms need to be taken out as well.
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    Tax cuts and taking legal abortions away from women are always the main shows. Everything else might be distraction.

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    Did Trump AG Barr go full 'Sean Hannity' on Fox News?

    Trump Attorney General Bill Barr is under fire for misleading the public on the Mueller report and is now making news with a Fox News interview in which he appears to be pushing for an investigation of the investigators that he says cleared the President. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, breaks down how Barr’s new remarks show he is doubling down on untrue claims and backing up President Trump, which is the opposite of how our system should work.
    William Barr must be related to Rosanne Barr, I can see the similarities.
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    I'm baffled about what trump's game is with the immigrants. He separates the children from their parents, places them in cages, gives them poor health care that results in the death of 4 children, the government can't find the parents of thousands of children, calls it a national crisis and an invasion, moves money away from vets and other government agencies to fund his wall and now plans on releasing the immigrants across the nation? trump has to know that this will cause more immigration and I'm wonder if that's his goal; have another wave of immigrants come so that he can renew his 'invasion/crisis' rhetoric to bolster support for the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooshoomanjoe View Post
    I'm baffled about what trump's game is with the immigrants. He separates the children from their parents, places them in cages, gives them poor health care that results in the death of 4 children, the government can't find the parents of thousands of children, calls it a national crisis and an invasion, moves money away from vets and other government agencies to fund his wall and now plans on releasing the immigrants across the nation? trump has to know that this will cause more immigration and I'm wonder if that's his goal; have another wave of immigrants come so that he can renew his 'invasion/crisis' rhetoric to bolster support for the wall.
    Someday there is going to be a whole field of Psychological study devoted to tryong to figure our Trump's psychology.

    Former Bush official puts Trump on the couch: a ‘10 out of 10 narcissist’


    Top House Republicans who attended a presentation about China and trade on this week also received a psychological profile of President Trump.

    Larry Lindsey, a former economic adviser to president George W. Bush who now runs a consulting business, was invited by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to give an overview of the U.S.-China trade war.

    Lindsey also came prepared Tuesday with his own research on Trump’s character, telling Republican lawmakers that he had asked two psychologists to evaluate the president from afar. The professionals found that Trump was a “10 out of 10 narcissist,” Lindsey told the Republicans, according to a GOP aide present at the talk who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    “That’s what he scored,” Lindsey said, clarifying this wasn’t just his opinion.
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    She served an $8 school lunch to a teen who couldn’t pay. Then she was fired — for ‘theft’.

    A cafeteria worker in Canaan, N.H., was fired after a supervisor caught her violating her employer’s policy. Her offense? Giving food worth $8 to a student with no money in his account.

    Bonnie Kimball had worked for five years serving lunch to the teens at Mascoma Valley Regional High, whom she called “another family,” the Valley News reported.

    The contract to provide lunch to the school’s 326 students was expiring. A competitor was touring the facilities on March 28, and Kimball’s employer had extra managers on hand.

    Kimball saw that a student’s account was empty and let him keep his food, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. She also asked him to have his mother add money to the account. The next day, he paid his lunch bill. But later that day, Kimball was called in by a manager who had witnessed her act of leniency and fired her, she told the paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooshoomanjoe View Post
    I'm baffled about what trump's game is with the immigrants. He separates the children from their parents, places them in cages, gives them poor health care that results in the death of 4 children, the government can't find the parents of thousands of children, calls it a national crisis and an invasion, moves money away from vets and other government agencies to fund his wall and now plans on releasing the immigrants across the nation? trump has to know that this will cause more immigration and I'm wonder if that's his goal; have another wave of immigrants come so that he can renew his 'invasion/crisis' rhetoric to bolster support for the wall.
    There's no plan, just cruelty. Cruelty gets him cheers and votes. Everyone supports his cruelty because they're making money off it or they enjoy it.

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