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    On this date in 2017, as well as 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” had its first profile of the U.S. House Representative from Texas’ 11th Congressional District, Mike Conaway, a former accountant and longtime toady of the Bush family who first won office way back in the 2004 elections, who honestly has done his damnedest to not be noticed while the rest of the Texas House Congressional Caucus do all the stupid things. But as mostly anonymous as Conaway has been compared to some of his compatriots, of late he’s drawing a lot of attention, due to the fact that after California Congressman Devin Nunes went and f***ed up meddling in the Trump/Russia investigation by running to the White House to warn them about how the FBI had picked up their conversations with Russian agents during the 2016 elections… while they were monitoring the Russian agents. That’s obviously as partisan of an act as you’re going to see from someone overseeing an investigation, to warn the person being investigated that they were, in fact, the subject of an investigation, and what evidence has been gathered against them. The GOP had to abruptly find someone else to take over trying to quash the inquiries into whether or not the Trump campaign was doing all the treason and colluding with a foreign power to get their help in winning the presidency in the 2016 election, and picked Rep. Conaway to be the guy, although for Nunes’ supposed “recusal”, he’s still been repeatedly caught with his thumb on the scales a handful of times.

    Anyway, yeah, Rep. Conaway’s dozen years of anonymity went out the window, because he was overseeing the House’s Trump/Russia investigation until Democrats took back control of the House. Conaway expressed doubt in hearings with James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers as to whether or not Russia even interfered in the 2016 election (meanwhile all the U.S. intelligence agencies agree, they totally did). Instead, Rep. Conaway would rather spend time scoring points in hearings that should be serving as a way to preserve the integrity of American elections from a foreign power by instead, talking about the rivalry between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns (Look, we love college football as much as the next guy, but F***ING PRIORITIES, MIKE. JESUS.) and declare the whole fact that a presidential candidate colluded with a foreign power to sway an election in his favor a case of “move along, nothing to see here”.

    It would be a shame if there were some sort of evidence within Mike Conaway’s voting record to indicate that he’s fine with elections being stacked in the favor of the Republican Party, regardless of the cost… OH WAIT, THERE IS. Back in 2006, when the Voting Rights Act was up for renewal in the House, Mike Conaway was one of 33 members of the GOP who shamed themselves by voting against it (and seriously, the short list of names features several former CSGOPOTD like Roscoe Bartlett, Steve King, Virginia Foxx, Dana Rohrabacher, and Trent Franks).

    Even though the perception is that Conaway is somehow the most trustworthy member of the Republican House they could have placed to oversee the House’s version of the Trump/Russia investigation, we’re still talking about a guy who’s posed for photos in a “MAGA” hat who as late as January of 2017 was comparing the hacking done by Russian hackers during the 2017 election as much of a severe and unprecedented manipulation upon the outcome to the fact that Hillary Clinton hired a Mariachi band to appear at one of her campaign events:
    Harry Reid and the Democrats brought in Mexican soap opera stars, singers and entertainers who had immense influence in those communities into Las Vegas, to entertain, get out the vote and so forth. Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that.”
    And that is some “bothsidesdoit” bulls***.

    And we’re also talking about a guy who has blocked inquiries into finding out how much all of Donald Trump’s weekly trips down to Mar-A-Lago on Air Force One, to stay at his own resort and charge the Secret Service for room nights there actually are costing taxpayers. His actual defense into blocking the inquiry was hardly inspiring:
    "This is the House Armed Services Committee. We don't oversee the federal bureau of ethics."
    So he can acknowledge there’s a reason for there to be some sort of ethical violation there, but THAT’S NOT THIS COMMITTEE’S JOB, SO SHOVE OFF. Although, maybe Rep. Conaway’s lack of concern about ethics might explain why he and his wife have chosen to ignore the rules set in place by the Stock Act, and started purchasing shares in health insurance companies while knowing they would profit from those shares even more if the GOP successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act. Which yes, has led to investigations into him possibly committing insider trading.

    Outside of Conaway trying to half-ass the Trump/Russia inquiry and pretend he’s fully engaged, well, there’s a long, long voting record for us to dive into, featuring the fact that co-sponsored and voted for a resolution towards creating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage back in 2006, has on several occasions votes for bans on abortion at 20 weeks twice voted to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, votes against equal pay for women and minimum wage increases, votes against any and all legislation that would increase LGBTQ rights including ENDA and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the fact that he voted against the DREAM Act, voted against the Zadroga Bill, to provide healthcare for first responders from 9/11, and in 2011, even voted against raising the Debt Ceiling limit, which if not lifted, economists warned could have led to the collapse of not just the American economy, but the global economy. Mike Conaway voted against Disaster Relief Funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy, but last year was more than content to vote for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, but only because he isn’t stupid enough to turn down funding to his own district.

    In this session of Congress, Mike Conaway has continued to be a partisan ***hole, not just by calling for the resignation of new House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for actually doing ANYTHING in the same role that Conaway ahd, but was content to sit on his thumbs, but also in terms of his voting record:

    • January 23rd, 2019: Rep. Conaway voted against HR 648, because he was gleeully enjoying the longest government shutdown in history.
    • February 28th, 2019: Mike Conaway votes against HR 1112, a bill which would have required universal background checks on all firearm purchases, and close the gun show loophole.
    • March 7th, 2019: Conaway votes against HR 183, a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism as a hateful extension of intolerance.
    • March 14th, 2019: Rep. Conaway votes against HJR 46, which sane members of Congress voted for to reject Donald Trump’s “national emergency” regarding the U.S. border and his attempts to reallocate funds for a border wall without Congressional approval.
    • April 4th, 2019: Mike Conaway is one of 158 Republicans who choose to vote against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, likely because they feel the 2nd Amendment remaining absolute is more important than preventing people with a history of domestic abuse from owning a firearm (which statistics show, makes them more likely to use those firearms against women in their lives).
    • June 4th, 2019: Conaway votes against the Dreamers Act, because he’s too xenophobic and partisan to care about immigration reform.


    Unless he gets a serious primary challenger in 2020, don’t expect Mike Conaway to be going anywhere unless he chooses to go himself. After all, Texas’ 11th Congressional District only has a +32 Republican lean, only the second most conservative partisan lean for any Congressional District in the Cook Partisan Voting Index. It’s part of why the Republicans wanted Conaway in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation, when you think about it… no matter how much partisan interference he provides… there’s a statistically a slim chance that district flips blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    Apparently, he's being offered a job on the Trump re-election team.
    Yeah, I expected something like this. Trump was too chummy with him when Acosta announced his retirement and they appeared on the WH driveway together. Usually he just fires them by Twitter or has someone else do it.

    Meanwhile, I guess Trump sends out the flying monkeys this weekend (artist: Gary Siers with the Charlotte Observer)


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    While I know that almost all of the coverage was rightly Acosta/Epstein today, the local ABC affiliate ran a story on R. Kelly and his former business manager being arrested on new charges.

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    Trump says he isn't "Backing Down" but that he's "Backing Up"

    Backing up is basically the same as saying he's backing down, in both he's moving away from doing something.

    Trump says getting citizenship information through government data will be "actually more accurate than a Census." Asked if he backed down, he said not only did he not back down, "I backed UP."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Trump says he isn't "Backing Down" but that he's "Backing Up"

    Backing up is basically the same as saying he's backing down, in both he's moving away from doing something.

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    What do Trump and toilets have in common? They back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    What do Trump and toilets have in common? They back up.

    Thank you. I’m here all week. Try the veal.
    I forgot about the toilet analogy. Very apropos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManInBlack View Post
    What the heck. Normally I wouldn't add this since it's just an un-provable assertion about my past actions, but you asked, so I'll pick up the slack and answer: I absolutely DID speak out about this under the Obama administration. The same way I spoke out against his continuations of Bush-era policies, wars, escalation of drone strikes, his unforgivable domestic surveillance programs, and persecution of whistle-blowers. During the Bush years I was consistently against the war in Iraq (really anti-war in general) and I continued to be when Obama was elected and the anti-war left went into hibernation for 8 years. I spoke out against all of those things, including the detention of children at the border, as did many others, but nobody listened. None of my formerly anti-war left friends seemed to care because Obama was being treated like a saint when in reality he was just another establishment politician.

    I spoke about these things and was met with a palpable wall of willful ignorance and silence.

    Now I get to read a diatribe about how people like me never spoke up, written by the type of person who never LISTENED when others WERE speaking up and it's infuriating.

    I mean, you know, since you asked.
    Ok, cool.

    Probably not you I'm talking about then, is it?

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    'I can't bring her back': parents of girl killed by California police speak out

    Benson Williams clutched the bright pink shirt in his hands. It helped him feel close to his daughter as he struggled to process the reality that he would never hold her again.

    The 46-year-old sat beside his wife in their Anaheim living room on Thursday afternoon, trying to make sense of how their bubbly and energetic 17-year-old girl had left the house on Friday with a smile on her face, and wound up shot dead by a police officer on a busy southern California freeway.

    The authorities so far have told the parents very little. Why she was fatally shot remains a mystery to them.

    “It’s unbearable,” the father said, holding the shirt that she wore the day before her death and still smelled of her perfume. “We don’t have any answers.”

    Hannah Williams was shot and killed on the evening of 5 July in Anaheim, a city 25 miles south of Los Angeles. Police have offered few details of what happened before the shooting or why the officer opened fire, and are still investigating the incident.
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    The circumstances behind the shooting stink like day old diapers. Something else I smell, a police coverup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Remind me to remain on the same side of the argument as Spike-X. Just... wow. Well said.
    Aww shucks, thanks everyone.

    I actually came up with that while I was *checks notes* at work with my head down, just trying to keep my sanity as I trudge back and forth every day.

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    Police have offered few details of what happened before the shooting or why the officer opened fire, and are still desperately trying to invent a story that makes it sound like she was asking for it.
    Fixed it for them.

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    Britt McHenry was sent illicit texts by Fox Nation co-host

    Again, Britt is a terrible person, but all this stuff is just plain nasty. The (not) surprising part is that Tyrus (real name George Murdoch) still is with Fox News and has his own show on the Fox Nation streaming service now. Really says a lot about the network's standards.

    EDIT: I know this was talked about yesterday, but I didn't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCAll View Post
    The left doesn't think Obama was a saint, to a lot of the left Obama was a failure and a constant disappointment. From not holding the Bush administration to task for the disasters they caused, backing down on promises to close Gitmo, his damnable drones, and more. He was always a center-right Democrat.
    Personally, I say that Obama will rank somewhere in the middle historically, with being the first African-American elected being his saving grace. I'm not saying he was awful, but for all the right-wing cranks and assholes acting like we gushed about how he was the greatest ever, it's not as if he pleased his contingency or accomplished everything he set out. Heck, the border situation was something that was not discussed enough. The problem is that the situation, while bad, wasn't amplified as it is during the Trump administration, which seems to be done primarily to make a statement or out of fears that one of those people arranged just happens to be MS-13 affiliated.

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    The WBE Signal has been lit!

    #BREAKING Tennessee Republican governor signs proclamation honoring first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
    #GOP #KKK

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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    The ignorance/trolling of the right was on point tonight. "He had to do it. Past governors did it." Also got to hear from those who clearly got their history lessons from Dinesh D'Souza.

    You could've bucked the trend, earn brownie points. Nah; gotta honor the racist.

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