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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Word is David Koch died. Can't say I'm upset or hurt though.
    David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79

    Guess so. Cancer is a bitch, it spares no one regardless if you are rich, poor, liberal or conservative. As for short and long term implications of his passing? We'll see if there are any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    I'm only sad he dies without seeing his empire dismantled.
    Amen to that.

    May he burn in hell.

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    Trump said doctors left operating rooms to greet him after mass shootings. Hospitals in Dayton and El Paso say that’s not true.

    Speaking to reporters on the White House’s South Lawn on Wednesday, President Trump claimed he was warmly welcomed at hospitals in the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, and intimated that surgeons had even deserted their patients to meet him.

    “The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms,” Trump said. “There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it.”

    But the hospitals he visited say that isn’t what happened — and that doctors would never pause surgery to greet the president.

    “At no time did, or would, physicians or staff leave active operating rooms during the presidential visit,” Ryan Mielke, a spokesman for University Medical Center of El Paso, said in a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday. “Our priority is always patient care.”
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    Seth Moulton ends presidential campaign

    WASHINGTON Rep. Seth Moulton is ending his 2020 presidential campaign, his spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.

    "I will continue to fight for a new generation of leadership in our party and our country," the Massachusetts Democrat was expected to say in remarks prepared for a Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco. "And most of all, I will be campaigning my ass off for whoever wins our nomination in 2020."

    Moulton, an Iraq War veteran who failed to gain traction, is expected instead to seek a fourth House term. He is the third candidate to drop out of the race in the past eight days, following the exits of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who will seek a third term, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has decided to run for the Senate. Party insiders expect the field to be culled even further in the coming weeks as poor polling and barren campaign treasuries force more candidates to assess their reasons for continuing to run.
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    Marysville should be as white 'as possible,' says candidate in the Michigan city

    MARYSVILLE, Mich. — A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep "Marysville a white community as much as possible."

    Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron says she's one of five candidates running for three council seats in November.

    After the forum, Cramer told the newspaper that she's not "against blacks" but believes married couples "need to be the same race."

    Mayor Dan Damman, who isn't running for re-election, says Cramer's comments were "vile" and "jaw-dropping." Council member Paul Wessel says Marysville is open to anyone who arrives in the city.
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    A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We’re Suing.

    Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold – despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver’s license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release.

    Torres’ ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, including his driver’s license and other security credentials. Torres was booked at the Ascension Parish Jail, and the next day the Parish Court ordered his release.

    But Torres wasn’t released. Instead, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office placed an “immigration hold” on Torres on the suspicion that he was unlawfully present in the United States.

    The basis for this suspicion? He had a Latinx name and brown skin. Staff at the sheriff’s office explained that they had a policy of detaining all Latinx people for immigration review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79

    Guess so. Cancer is a bitch, it spares no one regardless if you are rich, poor, liberal or conservative. As for short and long term implications of his passing? We'll see if there are any.
    And nothing of value was lost...

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    The NRA is being run like a Dictatorship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    It's funny how the candidates who couldn't get on the debate platform and had less than 1% of polling votes only get news when they drop out, but it also shows that it's time the people who never had a chance just get out and focus on other things using whatever funds they gained from their ill-fated presidential campaigns (which was really the reason they attempted all this in the first place).

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    Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States

    Leon Haughton likes honey in his tea. Which is why during his Christmas visit to relatives in Jamaica, he made his regular stop and bought three bottles from a favorite roadside stand before heading home to Maryland.

    It was a routine purchase for him until he landed at the airport in Baltimore. Customs officers detained Haughton and police arrested him, accusing him of smuggling in not honey, but liquid meth.

    Haughton spent nearly three months in jail before all charges were dropped and two rounds of law enforcement lab tests showed no controlled substances in the bottles.

    By then, Haughton, who according to his lawyer had no criminal record, had lost both of his jobs as a cleaner and a construction worker.

    “They messed up my life,” Haughton said. “I want the world to know that the system is not right. If I didn’t have strong people around me, they would probably leave me in jail. You’re lost in the system.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogindy View Post
    It's funny how the candidates who couldn't get on the debate platform and had less than 1% of polling votes only get news when they drop out, but it also shows that it's time the people who never had a chance just get out and focus on other things using whatever funds they gained from their ill-fated presidential campaigns (which was really the reason they attempted all this in the first place).
    I wouldn't be hard on him. He gave it a try, boosted his name recognition a little (even a little helps), and now he was wise enough to admit defeat. So he'll go back, run for reelection, and maybe something more in the future.
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    What you can do to help the burning Amazon rainforest

    How to help the Amazon rainforest

    The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and vital to combating climate change. In the aftermath of the wildfires, several organizations have stepped up to assist in aid or other ways to help save the Amazon. The following organizations have been rated 4 out of 5 stars by Charity Navigator, a non-profit that evaluates financial health, transparency and accountability in charities.

    Amazon Conservation Team fights climate change, protect the Amazon and empower indigenous peoples.
    Amazon Conservation Association accepts donations and lists exactly what your money goes toward –– whether it's planting trees, sponsoring education, buying a solar panel and preserving indigenous lands.
    Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. The organization has saved over 23 million acres and counting since 1988.
    The Rainforest Foundation is committed to making sure donations made reaches projects such as supporting environmental defenders, indigenous advocacy organizations and deforestation monitoring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    I'm only sad he dies without seeing his empire dismantled.
    Or that his loathsome brother Charles didn’t die with him.

    If Mr. Haughton were white and had returned to the States from, oh, let’s say, Denmark, he wouldn’t have been detained for so much as an hour, never mind three months.
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    Trump is FAT & a well documented liar. These are 2 universal truths that I know.


    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Word is David Koch died. Can't say I'm upset or hurt though.
    "Thoughts & Prayers"...
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    On this date in 2014, 2015, 2016, as well as 2017, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published profiles of Maine Governor Paul LePage, who in our original write-up, we noted was a was elected in 2010 after he made the campaign promise to “make Obama’s life a living hell”, but instead seems to have only enacted that promise upon the people of Maine. When he’s not threatening to blow up local newspapers or call in airstrikes against them, he’s meeting with a society of 9/11 Truthers and joked about hanging Democratic members of the state legislature. This is a man so heartless that he’s advocated for child labor laws to be changed so children as young as twelve can be put into the workforce, and so insane he once warned that microwaving plastics could result in hormonal changes in children increasing their estrogen levels and making them grow little beards (really). LePage has also told the heads of the local NAACP they could “kiss his butt”, referred to the IRS as “the new Gestapo”, and accused the Majority Leader of the Maine State Senate of “giving it to the people without providing Vaseline”.

    And, in bour second profile on Paul LePage again proved interesting, as he provided us with new things to talk about like trying to illegally quarantine a nurse who returned from Africa after helping stop the Ebola Virus outbreak there, and then turned around to blame illegal immigrants for spreading HIV, Hepatitis C, and tuberculosis without any foundation in reality, at all. LePage then made a promise to “veto everything that crosses his desk” and wasn’t joking, vetoing 100 bills consecutively, if they did not have veto-proof majorities without any consideration for their content. At the end of that streak, LePage hosted the media at a press conference with a squeaky toy of a pig, and standing in front of a Christmas tree, promising to veto hundreds of things in the state budget passed by the Maine state legislature. The legislature, in turn, passed the budget with a veto-proof majority, so he couldn’t do a thing about it, except continue embarrassing himself. Which, his bold "veto everything" stance became even more hilarious when LePage forgot how vetoing bills works, and left for vacation without properly vetoing 65 that were hitting his desk that he had said he would block the Democratic legislature from passing. The catch was, he only had a certain number of days to veto them, and after the deadline passed, all 65 laws went into effect. Governor LePage also visited a local school, saying he’d like to shoot a newspaper’s editorial cartoonist. He told the joke… to the cartoonist’s father. Oh, and there was all the talk of Paul LePage getting impeached, after he threatened to cut funding to a school in the state because they had offered a high-paying job to a political rival of LePage’s, House Speaker Mark Eves. When a reporter, Paul Merrill asked LePage about it, he was actually stupid enough to brag about it. Even many Maine Republicans were participating in impeachment talk, after that. LePage even took the time to write a petty letter back to a constituent who asked him to resign in July, and told her “all of Southern Maine is corrupt”(yes, half the state) and “not going to happen”. Three weeks later, he just offered to leave office if enough people wrote to ask him to, and claimed that only four people had asked him to.

    Paul LePage continued to be one of the craziest, if not THE craziest governor in the United States and in our third update, we had to bring up moments like how he tried to illegally block the relocation of Syrian refugees into his state by the federal government, laying on plenty of Islamophobic fear-mongering, even invoking 9/11 as his reasons against it, and warning that immigrants from there could bring “hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV” and “the ‘ziki fly” (which isn’t actually a real insect). LePage also got really racist while trying to play up fears of drug dealers, warning of “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” who wouldn’t just come to sell heroin, but “half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave." (After a few days, he admitted that he was referring to African Americans, but that it wasn’t harmful because Maine is “95 per cent white”.) LePage’s rhetoric about drug dealers at least stopped being racist, but no less insane, as he called for public executions for drug dealers. By guillotine! Well, that and he advised the citizens of Maine to help combat the drug trade by becoming gun-toting vigilantes and to “Load up and get rid of the drug dealers.” Paul LePage also endorsed Donald Trump for president, and started questioning whether or not Sen. Ted Cruz was eligible to be president (making him a Birther, two-fold). LePage even botched an attempt to humanize himself, effectively “cutting in line” at an adoption center ahead of the general public to adopt a dog a day rather than leave it for its intended adopter, a sexual assault victim who had been waiting for the day the dog could be adopted to take in as an emotional support dog. The shelter admitted it broke its own rules for LePage (and considering his history of holding petty grudges when he doesn't get his way, it's sort of easy to understand why). LePage also refused to support keeping the drug naloxone readily available in hospitals and emergency services to treat overdoses, by citing an example of a high school student who had overdosed on three separate occasions with naloxone only to keep on using drugs to prove it doesn't help do anything but allow addicts to continue using drugs, undeterred. Over the course of the next few weeks, after the school said he made up the story of the student, and yet he continued to insist it had happened. State officials soon also came forward to contradict LePage, and prove he made it up, and LePage never could name the mystery student addicted to heroin who came back from the dead three times.

    After the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Gold Star parent Khzir Khan was outspoken in criticizing Donald Trump for his bigotry, and Trump embarrassed himself by slandering the Khan family, with some of his surrogates even attacking their deceased son, Humayyan. Almost a month later… Paul LePage decided to be one of the elected Republicans to get on the bandwagon, calling Khzir Khan a “con-artist”. A day after attacking a Gold Star parent, Gov. LePage leaves a voice mail for a Democratic lawmaker, calling him a “c***sucker” in an unhinged voice mail to respond to claims that he is a racist. And then, at the end of the phone call, LePage gives him permission to make the insane rant public.

    By October 2016, Gov. LePage was calling on Donald Trump to use “authoritarian power”, because it’s a good idea to say that to a proto-fascist. He responded to Civil Rights Hero and Congressman John Lewis’ criticisms of Donald Trump by telling him to thank “Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Ulysses S. Grant” for furthering racial equality. (Lewis, through a spokesman, politely asked LePage to check his history.)

    In August 2017, LePage becomes the latest Republican to run to the defense of Confederate monuments, in spite of his state being the farthest in the continental U.S. from the Mason-Dixon line, comparing their removal to… what else? Removing a 9/11 Victims Memorial. And in June 2018, LePage says he “probably” would not certify the primary results in Maine’s 2018 elections, because he didn’t feel the new primary rules that were voted upon on a ballot measure by his own citizens were “constitutional”. The courts, of course, had already ruled that they were.

    Paul LePage survived as governor only because the process of impeachment in Maine is designed to be nigh-impossible to pull off outside of flagrant criminal activity. Term limits ended his embarrassing tenure after 2018, so we’ll go ahead and hope he never runs for office again and retire his profile at this time and go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 775-40, since this was established in July 2014.)
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