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    2 people were injured when a fight between parents led to a shooting at a youth football game in Texas

    (CNN)A woman and a girl were injured in a shooting at a youth football game in Fort Worth, Texas, a police spokesman said.

    A group of parents had been arguing Saturday at the game near Eastern Hills Elementary School when the son of one of the parents arrived with a handgun and opened fire, said Jimmy Pollozani, a public information officer for the Fort Worth Police Department. Police didn't say if that son was one of the football players.

    The woman suffered a gunshot wound in the leg and the girl was grazed in the back by a bullet, Pollozani said.

    They were taken to a local hospital and their injuries appear non-life threatening, he added.

    Police were searching for the suspect Saturday afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    I'm not so sure that it was the company being "Innovative..."

    While the initial company was a bit more worker-friendly that than some of the outfits who treat their workers like dirt, Whole Foods was always anti-union. I strongly suspect that them providing medical benefits to part-time employees was a way to try to keep unions at an arm's length.
    On the scale of union busting activities, 'offer good enough wages and benefits so that our employees never consider a union seriously' is the kind I wholeheartedly support. 'Fire as many organizers as we can get away with, and if that fails, close the place and restart elsewhere' is what needs to be called out, and stepped on.
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    Trump Inspires California Lawmakers to Go on Offense

    LOS ANGELES — When President Trump flies into San Francisco next week for his first visit to the Bay Area as president he will set down in a state that has never fully welcomed him.

    Harmeet K. Dhillon, a member of the Republican National Committee and a host of a fund-raising luncheon on Tuesday where seats for a couple at the president’s table go for $100,000, likened his visit to a trip “behind enemy lines.”

    Behind those lines, Mr. Trump’s detractors have been remarkably active, as Democrats have been energized by anger against the president to enact a sweeping liberal agenda that in almost every way offers a counternarrative to the deregulation, anti-immigrant stance and conservative policies of the Trump administration.

    Just in recent days, California has approved statewide rent control and moved to reshape the gig economy by forcing companies like Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees, setting new labor standards that could give momentum to similar efforts in other states.
    “Donald Trump has been the impetus for putting everything on warp speed,” said Garry South, a Democratic political strategist in California. “It has pushed Democrats in California to take actions that might otherwise have been viewed as a little less urgent if we had a Democrat in the White House.”

    On perhaps the two biggest issues animating political life in America today — immigration and climate — the two sides are pushing in opposite directions. While Mr. Trump champions his border wall and imposes new restrictions on asylum seekers, California is expanding medical care for undocumented immigrants and recently passed a new law outlawing private prisons, including detention facilities run by federal immigration authorities. And when California negotiated its own deal with four major automakers to set emissions standards and combat climate change, the Justice Department opened an antitrust inquiry.
    At the same time, Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, has filed 59 lawsuits against the Trump administration, on issues ranging from immigration to health care to environment policy.

    With a Democratic supermajority in both legislative houses in Sacramento, and a new governor, Gavin Newsom, determined to push a liberal agenda buoyed by a nearly $21 billion budget surplus, California, more than ever, feels like a place unto its own.

    But in at least one way, California and Mr. Trump are bound together: with both of their futures resting on the economy. A recession would wipe out the budget surplus that has propelled new spending on social services in California, and threaten Mr. Trump’s re-election bid in 2020.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    On the scale of union busting activities, 'offer good enough wages and benefits so that our employees never consider a union seriously' is the kind I wholeheartedly support.
    Exactly. Unions weren't started because employers were treating workers like human beings, and offering decent pay and benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    So the NYT is being useful for a change, bringing more evidence that the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh were sad but true.

    And the FBI did not interview those witnesses, because of the limited scope of the investigations.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/s...gtype=Homepage
    And this was how the useful NYT announced the book excerpt.


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    Yeah, they backtracked on that but.... bad. That's just bad.

    Of course, it IS more proof that Kavanaugh shouldn't be sitting on the supreme court, bad tweet aside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Yeah, they backtracked on that but.... bad. That's just bad.

    Of course, it IS more proof that Kavanaugh shouldn't be sitting on the supreme court, bad tweet aside.
    But note, our forum Republican would like to stop everything to focus on the real bad guy in this story, the media outlet who was reporting Kavanaugh... but not Kavanaugh.

    For someone who claims to not like Trump so much, seeing a lot of copycatting from his playbook.
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    Yeah, I would have preferred Ronan Farrow breaking this for the New Yorker, he would not have messed up the roll out like the NYT did.

    Anyway, Kavanaugh still is a serial sexual assaulter and needs to be impeached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    But note, our forum Republican would like to stop everything to focus on the real bad guy in this story, the media outlet who was reporting Kavanaugh... but not Kavanaugh.

    For someone who claims to not like Trump so much, seeing a lot of copycatting from his playbook.
    Also to divert from the fact he agrees with a guy who thinks Genocide is ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    Yeah, I would have preferred Ronan Farrow breaking this for the New Yorker, he would not have messed up the roll out like the NYT did.

    Anyway, Kavanaugh still is a serial sexual assaulter and needs to be impeached.
    Kavanaugh adds nothing to the court except what he was put on it for, a guy who will side with Trump almost every time. At least Gorsuch has a different perspective from everyone else, even if it is coming from a place most posters here disagree with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    Kavanaugh adds nothing to the court except what he was put on it for, a guy who will side with Trump almost every time. At least Gorsuch has a different perspective from everyone else, even if it is coming from a place most posters here disagree with.
    Gorsuch has also sided with the liberals on a few interesting points out of actual ideological consistency, but let's not make any mistake that he also shouldn't be on the Supreme Court in Scalia's seat.

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    Donald Trump Randomly Tweets ‘Stable Genius’ Boast And People Are Puzzled

    “Isn’t this something he said about himself?” asked one person on Twitter. Sounds like he's becoming UNstable.

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    Lindsey Graham Says U.S. Should Consider Iran Attack That Would ‘Break Regime’s Back’

    “Iran will not stop their misbehavior until the consequences become more real,” the senator said after a drone attack on Saudi oil facilities. I wonder if the recently ejected John Bolton felt that way?

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    Donald Trump’s GOP Challengers Call Out Nixed Primaries In ‘Cowards Run’ Op-Ed

    “Warriors stand and fight for what they believe,” wrote three of the president’s Republican challengers. Well, Trump is anything BUT a warrior, so it stands to reason he likes what the GOP is doing on his behalf.

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    Trump Administration Cutting 20 Miles Of Extra Border Wall Because It Lacks Funds: Report

    Lawyers reveal — then retract — plan for more wall in Arizona and California, according to a court filing, Bloomberg reports. I'm sure Trump won't like that.

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    Jim Carrey Takes Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi To ‘The Twilight Zone’ In Impeachment Art

    The actor sent an urgent message to the House speaker with his new cartoon. Namely this:

    Hey, Nancy Pelosi: There’s something on the wing! Some THING! You may wanna grit your teeth and cross your fingers while this gremlin rips the engines apart - but the rest of us want to live.

    START THE HEARINGS!
    IMPEACH THIS ANIMAL!!
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    As Prime Minister Boris Johnson Compares Himself to The Hulk, Petition Started To Fire Him Into Space

    Talking to The Mail On Sunday, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson MP, has compared himself Britain to the Incredible Hulk, in regards to the whole Brexit situation.
    Stating that Britain will break out of its ‘manacles’ like The Incredible Hulk if a Brexit deal cannot be struck by October 31st. That if negotiations break down, he will ignore the House Of Commons vote ordering him to delay the UK’s departure. And he had quite a lot of geek-related detail to go into.

    “Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them… Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country. We will come out on 31st October and we will get it done.”

    In response, British citizens are invited to sign the Parliamentary petition below, started by cartoonist Sean Mason, that
    We should put Boris Johnson “Hulk” in a rocket and fire him into space.

    Boris Johnson has recently compared himself to The Hulk. Bruce Banner/Hulk is a reckless monster haunted by his destructive actions & BoJo is the worst Hulk personality since Joe Fixit. With Boris recklessly smashing our democracy we should do as the Avengers did and fire him into space. ‘Nuff said.
    Might he look something like this?


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    In 2014, and in 2015, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published profiles of Joe Miller, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Alaska who believes that the minimum wage and unemployment benefits are unconstitutional, wanted the 17th Amendment of the Constitution repealed, opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest, paid campaign consultants who were involved in gay conversion therapy clinics, allied himself with militia groups who marched to support his campaign with assault rifles, and had his own security team try and arrest journalists for asking questions he didn’t like. He also was later revealed to have been paranoid enough to wear a bulletproof vest on the campaign trail, and spent the next four years complaining about Democrats in ways to further establish that, including by saying President Obama was in league with the Muslim Brotherhood. Miller has moved on to become a conservative radio talk show host in Alaska who gives a platform to some of the nuttiest kooks in hard-right politics to come on his show. Whether it's anti-immigrant lies from Joe Arpaio and Kris Kobach, anti-Muslim conspiracy theories from Walid Shoebat, or anti-gay propaganda from any number of representatives of the Family Research Council, Miller is there to not only fail to challenge any insane claim made on his show, but to add more fuel to the fires of hatred. Joe Miller did not run for office in 2016, and may finally have given up his dreams for elected office.

    On this date in 2016, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" featured a profiled Carlos Beruff, a candidate for U.S. Senate from Florida summed up as "The Little Trump of Florida". His candidacy was a comedy of errors, frankly. While Beruff is believed to be a U.S. citizen born to immigrant parents in Florida, a voter registration form from his home in Manatee County, Florida surfaced where he entered that he was born in Cuba.So only six weeks or so into his campaign, Beruff's got to discuss how that was all just an honest mistake, and he didn't willfully misreport information on a voter registration form because hey... that's a third-degree felony and punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and five years in prison. The Trump comparisons really came because Beruff was notoriously brash, and furiously anti-immigrant (even though his parents were immigrants) and called for a ban for ANY entry by ANYONE from the Middle East into the United States, at all. The point w here Carlos Beruff crossed a line even Trump hadn't, though, is when he called President Obama an "animal", repeatedly in a speech at a county GOP meeting in April of 2016, and claimed that Obama had "destroyed our country and our military". And wouldn't you know it? Beruff refused to apologize for those remarks, at all. In fact, when Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy called upon Beruff to apologize for that, and his other bigotry, Beruff practically tripled down, when he didn't just refuse to say he was sorry, but demand Murphy apologize for "aiding Barack Obama in making America weaker". Beruff was a terrible candidate to an extent that the Florida GOP begged Marco Rubio to renege on his promise to not run for re-election, and against Rubio, managed to get all of 18% of the vote in the primary.

    On this date in 2017, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" featured a profiled Todd Wilcox, a former CIA Operative and Green Beret, multi-millionaire, and candidate for U.S. Senate in Florida in 2016. At first, Todd Wilcox seemed like an intriguing candidate in the race to replace Marco Rubio, while he was running for president in 2016, and he was even endorsed by a key adviser to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, General Michael Flynn (which these days isn't as much of a proud endorsement). But there were some pretty big flaws about Wilcox as a candidate, and not just in some of the misdemeanor criminal activity he committed in his youth. You see, Todd Wilcox was more known in the CIA during the Bush administration, and he was rather set in his ways about policies that were being used at the time. Frankly, Todd Wilcox flat out believed that waterboarding works. This is contradictory to the reports released from within the CIA that "enhanced interrogation" techniques garnered no actionable intelligence that were read by people in the U.S. Senate during the Obama administration, and that those findings were released to the public. Wilcox gave his humble opinion that "Social Security is a Ponzi scheme", and talked about getting rid of it. Which, of all the states to play that card… FLORIDA? Spoiler alert… Wilcox did not win office.

    On this date in 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Adam Putnam, the former Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2011-2018, and a former a two-term member of the Florida House of Representatives before he was a five-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 12th Congressional District from 2001 through 2010 after being first sworn in back at the age of 26. Putnam sought to be the Governor of Florida in 2018, to follow Voldemort’s stunt double himself, Gov. Rick Scott in that role. After all, he learned a lot from Scott, like how to violate the state’s transparency laws and having to settle out of court for doing so. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and first discuss Putnam’s career as a legislator… as a member of the Florida state legislature in 1999, Adam Putnam just happened to sponsor legislation that made himself and his family’s citrus farm somewhere in the range of $25 million over several years. Once he got to Congress… during his decade long tenure, Putnam managed to miss more than double the average amount of votes. And when you look back upon some of the worst bits of policy from the Bush years, and first two years of the Obama administration, he’s right there leaving his mark on some of the most detrimental ideas conservatives could come up with, including his support of the Terry Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill, a votes for a resolution towards creating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and votes against ENDA, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the DREAM Act, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and failed to show up to vote for the Zadroga Bill, to provide healthcare for first responders from 9/11. Putnam would take a step back from a career in Washington, D.C. to return to Florida and take a job working as Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture as a means of escaping an ethics scandal where Putnam was earmarking $100,000 in funds towards an abscission chemical that would again benefit his family’s citrus farm and use his new connections to hide the fact that his family’s business was violating labor laws (for about seven-and-a-half years, anyway). Well, that bit of scandal was something biting Adam Putnam on the arse after he announced his gubernatorial campaign, but then, a far more egregious one broke… One of the focal points of Putnam’s office as Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services is… consumer services includes gun sales. And a responsibility of Putnam’s offices was to perform the mandatory background checks for gun permits. And wouldn’t you know it… for a 13 month period, nary a single background checks on firearm permits was performed, and Putnam and company just handed them out willy-nilly because FLORIDA. Okay, the excuse wasn’t actually “FLORIDA”. The excuse was that the one employee who worked for Putnam in charge of processing the background checks forgot his password to log onto the FBI’s crime database. We would laugh, but the idea that hundreds of guns went into the hands of people who may or may not be criminal psychopaths is just terrifying enough to make it not funny. Also, that story about the guy forgetting his password MIGHT be bulls***, because the actual whistleblower who reported Putnam wasn’t doing his due diligence and performing background checks in the interests of public safety was told back in 2013 that “she worked for the NRA” and was tasked with pushing through 75 gun permits DAILY. She sued, and the state of Florida settled for $10,000, plus another $20,000 for her legal fees. Okay, so trying to blame deliberate negligence on one employee forgetting his password and never bothering to call the FBI and get it reset… that wasn’t plausible. So how did Adam Putnam correct the record? He started admitting he was an “NRA Sellout”, and started campaigning as if that was a GOOD thing. We’re serious. The good news we have at the end of this story is, Adam Putnam lost the primary to Ron DeSantis, because of course the news can get worse. Anyway, we will set aside 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 785-40, since this was established in July 2014.)
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