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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    I think Ms. Complicit did go to the conference, but I'm not entirely sure. I seem to recall seeing a pic of her and He Went To Jared at a fancy dinner for all the NATO reps.
    That's right, I forgot I did see a picture of Jared seated in a small audience at one of the press conferences. I haven't seen anything about her being at Daddy's elbow during the meetings .

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    Got an alert saying the shooter at the Pensacola Naval Base was a Saudi national in the country as an aviation student. Authorities are investigating if the incident was terrorism-related.
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    And now the legislation will die in the Senate along with like 300 other bills thanks to Moscow Mitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Got an alert saying the shooter at the Pensacola Naval Base was a Saudi national in the country as an aviation student. Authorities are investigating if the incident was terrorism-related.
    Oh great. Because nothing bad ever happens when Saudi's receive aviation training in the US...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnakinFlair View Post
    Oh great. Because nothing bad ever happens when Saudi's receive aviation training in the US...
    I wasn't going to go there myself, but yeah, that very same thought occurred to me as well.
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    Republicans are introducing a new compromise LGBTQ rights bill. But everyone already hates it.

    On Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) will introduce the Fairness For All Act, a purported compromise bill that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, education, and public accommodations — but carves out broad exemptions for churches and religious organizations.

    It attempts to balance the rights of LGBTQ people while maintaining a measure of religious freedom, and serves as a response to the Equality Act, a more comprehensive bill protecting LGBTQ communities from discrimination. Earlier this year, House Democrats introduced and passed the Equality Act on a bipartisan basis, to much celebration, without a response in the Senate. Stewart’s bill will be the first time that an LGBTQ civil rights bill is introduced by conservative lawmakers, in either chamber of Congress.
    According to a copy of the bill obtained by Vox, LGBTQ people would be protected from discrimination in housing and employment. But there would be exceptions for medical providers with religious objections to providing transition-related health care to trans people, and some gender-specific spaces like bathrooms could bar trans people from access. Meanwhile, churches and religious organizations would have the freedom to discriminate against LGBTQ parents in adoption and foster care services, as well as in educational institutions.

    The bill, while providing broad exemptions for churches and religious organizations, would also modernize the definition of public accommodations for all protected classes. (The Equality Act also does this.) Current civil rights law considers places like restaurants, hotels, buses, and public accommodations; the update would add things Americans now use every day, like ride-sharing apps — giving Uber passengers who might have been discriminated against by a driver the same options for recourse that someone being turned away at a restaurant has. The bill is carefully worded but makes clear that private citizens and publicly owned corporations would not be exempt from the regulations in the bill.
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    In a more secular society that might not have been a big deal, in the US though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriggerWarning View Post
    I'd say George W Bush was more qualified than her. He had eight years experience as governor to her four years as Senator before she began running for president.

    Neither was qualified when they first started running for public office. There qualifications grew but its a stretch to say either was truly qualified to be president yet.

    Its funny how blind many of the people here are toward Hilary Clinton. I think its because of Trump derangement. Yes Trump sucks but his suckiness does not somehow make Hilary great.

    I'll say the same thing right now about Pete Buttigieg. On the issues he and Biden are the two who most closely align to me however he is absolutely unqualified due to lack of experience and should not be in contention. I'm actually surprised he's doing as well as he is.
    Your numbers are off.

    When he announced his presidential0 bid, George W Bush was in his fifth year as Governor. When she announced her first presidential bid, Hillary Clinton was in her seventh year as Senator.

    So it's untrue that he served twice as long in statewide office.

    It's fair to suggest that Hillary Clinton would not have been able to be elected Senator from New York as a generic Arkansas lawyer, but if you take away her marriage and ceremonial duties as first lady, she'd still have significant experience from 1979-2000 as one of the most important advisers to a Governor who became President (people have gotten elected to statewide office with less.)

    It's also worth noting that Governors have different levels of power. In Texas, the Governor is quite weak because the state legislature has more power.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2018/07...r-weak-strong/

    Rick Perry was able to change that a bit because he stayed in office so long he was able to get more of his allies appointments. Current Greg Abbott is able to build on Perry's restructuring with the added expertise of a generation in state government (5 1/2 years in the state supreme court, 12 years as state attorney general.) But George W Bush was more of an empty suit when he ran for the White House.

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    Washington (CNN)A Pennsylvania state lawmaker said this week that she plans to resign after prosecutors announced a number of corruption charges against her, alleging she used $500,000 from her own charity to fund a slew of personal expenses -- including fur coats, vacations and her campaign.
    Pennsylvania state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Democrat, was charged Wednesday with eight crimes connected to the scandal, including theft, perjury and record tampering. Prosecutors say she spent years siphoning the money from her charity, Motivations Education & Consultation Associates, which was created to "serve the mentally ill and drug-addicted poor," in order to enrich herself.
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    People lurk on this thread just waiting for the opportunity to jump in and shit on Hillary Clinton.
    Your outrage is dated and so fucking tiresome at this point. It's been 3 years. Move on.
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    On this date in 2014, 2015, as well as 2016, as well as 2017, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” posted profiles of former Congressman Ryan Zinke, from Montana's At-Large Congressional District. Zinke is a former Navy Seal (whose retirement was forced due to an undisclosed disciplinary matter, and who has been criticized by several former colleagues) who has blamed both President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Benghazi attacks, suggesting impeachment for the former and calling the latter the Anti-Christ. Zinke is also a proud climate change denier, called for the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border, and bragged about having personally water-boarded people as a positive trait that made him a better candidate than a Democrat he was debating. As a Congressman, Zinke has voted for all anti-abortion legislation he could, and opposed LGBT rights at every turn. He voted against the nuclear treaty with Iran, tried to do what he could to block the acceptance of Syrian refugees, and voted to defund the Department of Homeland Security in a protest against President Obama's executive orders on immigration. Zinke once even hosted a reception for a former general, Paul Vallely, who offered himself as the leader for a military coup against the Obama administration to Tea Party Republicans. Zinke spoke on the opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, giving a fear-mongering speech about foreign threats, and that was enough to earn him a spot in Donald Trump’s “Cabinet of Horrors”, getting the nod to be his Interior Secretary. He’s always been a bit of a nut, and running his office at the Department of the Interior like it’s a military base, including raising and lowering a flag if he’s in or not on a given day. And, like so, so many members of Donald Trump’s cabinet, it’s not just that they’re unqualified, it’s that they’re so blatantly corrupt. Ryan Zinke fits the profile, as like former Health Secretary Tom Price, he was soon investigated by federal watchdogs for abusing his travel budget. Unlike Price, Zinke didn’t resign. And then came a second investigation, as an energy company from his home town that has only existed for 2 years was somehow awarded a $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s damaged power grid by Zinke’s Department. Zinke insisted it was just all a coincidence, and attacks the media for investigating him. And then literally a dozen more “coincidences” happened, as the number of federal investigation’s into corruption at Zinke’s Department of the Interior kept growing. The deputy charged with being the watchdog at the Department of the Interior referred Zinke to the Department of Justice back on Halloween of 2018, and Zinke resigned from the Trump White House ON Dec. 15th, 2018.

    On this date in 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Cynthia Dunbar, a member of the Republican National Committee from Virginia, and a 2018 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for both Virginia’s 5th, and 6th Congressional Districts, at different points. Dunbar was been a known quantity for over a decade, as a professor of law at Pat Robertson’s Liberty University (i.e. school for theocratic wingnut charlatans), and did significant damage to the youth of the Lone Star State as a member of the Texas Board of Education from 2007 to 2010, where she would try to alter the syllabus so it taught not just Creationism, but racist points of view like taking time to recognize the “positive contributions made by leaders of the Confederacy”, or just flat out altering texts to discuss how “Chicanos want to destroy this society”. It should come as little surprise, then, that on the campaign trail for Congress, Dunbar repeatedly was quoting the teachings of “Christian historian” David Barton, that have long since been debunked by actual historians as Fundamentalist propaganda. In a book Dunbar wrote In 2008, she also expressed her opinion that all candidates for office should be forced to take a “biblical litmus test” to qualify for office, which if that sounds like an obvious violation of a separation of church and state, congratulate yourself on basic civics, and how it’s easier to understand why Dunbar wanted details about Thomas Jefferson stricken from history classes in Texas. Dunbar is also an unapologetic Birther, who right around the time Barack Obama was president-elect, began positing conspiracy theories about how as president, he, as a “Secret Muslim” would start working with terrorists to aid them in attacks upon the United States. And, during the 2018 campaigns that Dunbar was in, she frequently talked to Trump-obsessed, insane far-right preacher Lance Wallnau about how “God doesn’t intend government to care of the needy”, because she’s into that twisted version of Republican Christianity that cares f***-all about the poor. Dunbar was not only not chosen to represent the 5th Congressional District in 2018 by Virginia Republicans, but rebuffed when she tried to run in the 6th district, when the Virginia GOP instead chose Denver Riggleman, because somehow, even they acknowledge she may be more off-putting to voters than someone who’s a Bigfoot erotica fan. For now, Cynthia Dunbar will have to settle for being a member of the Republican National Committee. We’ll set aside her profile at this time to go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 805-40, since this was established in July 2014.)



    Steve Negron

    Welcome to what is the 805th original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profile, where we’ll be discussing Steve Negron, a former one-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 2016-2018 who ran for U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, only to get wrecked in the general election by Democrat Annie Kuster. We’re making it a point to profile him again, because… well, he’s a loon… and also he’s running for Congress again in 2020, announcing he was taking a second crack at it only four months after that loss… so we feel like it’s a good idea to remind folks of who they’re dealing with.

    We can’t talk much about Negron’s voting record, as he was frequently absent from votes, and during his two years in office, he did not sponsor a single bill in the Granite State. Getting an idea of where his position stances are… suffice to say that he describes himself as in “lockstep” with Donald Trump. Negron also thinks of any gun control measure as “chipping away at the Constitution”, and still was having Corey Lewandowski work for his 2018 campaign.

    But you see, where Steve Negron stands out to us is that he’s a staunch defender of gay conversion therapy, or as he thinks of it, the “gay cure, which would indicate he views homosexuality as a disease. So… alright, that’s pretty extreme. But what is his take on Planned Parenthood? Oh, nothing too hyperbolic, just:

    Ah yes. Nothing like the furthest right-wing rhetoric that claims women’s health centers are actually routinely committing infanticide and somehow profiting off of it. We’re going to hope that Annie Kuster holds court in New Hampshire’s 2nd in 2020, because the last thing Congress needs is another lunatic like this roaming the halls of the Capitol.
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    Just one Republican—Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania—joined a united House Democratic caucus on Friday to pass what rights groups hailed as "historic" legislation to restore and expand voter protections that were gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013.
    Good on him.

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    White House Counsel Calls On House Democrats To End Impeachment ‘Charade’

    President Trump also let pass a deadline to agree to participate in an upcoming Judiciary Committee hearing. No surprise there about not participating. Meanwhile....

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    More Than 500 Legal Scholars Say Trump Committed Impeachable Acts

    Their open letter comes as House Democrats are drawing up articles of impeachment for a full floor vote. Who you gonna believe? Half a thousand scholars who's business is the law, or one orange skinned moron who lives for lying and cheating?

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    Virginia Prison Under Fire For Strip-Searching 8-Year-Old Visiting Dad

    The “deeply troubling” incident never should have been allowed to happen, prison officials said. Jesus! talk about abominable!

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    Nikki Haley: Confederate Flag Was About ‘Heritage’ Until Dylann Roof ‘Hijacked’ It

    Roof, a white supremacist, posed with the flag in photos before killing nine worshippers in a historically Black church. What? WHAT? Bitch, have you lost your goddamn mind? That's like saying the swastika was about heritage before the Nazis hijacked it!

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    Donald Trump Declares War On Water-Saving Toilets And Twitter Is Flushed With Jokes

    “To be fair to the POTUS, it’s hard to get the whole Constitution and Bill of Rights down in one flush,” one person responded. What has this country come to?
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    "Video contradicts border agency's account of death of ill migrant teen in its custody"

    "After a nurse practitioner diagnosed Carlos with the flu, she had recommended he be checked on two hours later and be taken to the hospital if his condition worsened. Instead, agents moved him from an overcrowded processing center in McAllen, Texas, to its Weslaco Border Patrol station.

    Documents state that Border Patrol agents checked on Carlos three times over four hours during the night. The video does not show any agents coming into the cell, but it abruptly stops after Carlos’ initial collapse and there is a gap of several hours in the video that was posted online by ProPublica.

    "As immigration authorities sat by, a child lay dying from the flu on a slab of concrete in a pool of his own vomit next to a toilet. Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez's death was preventable. As flu season is upon us, the Trump administration has ignored the CDC's demands to vaccinate children in their immigration jails," stated in a news release from Jess Morales Rocketto, chair of Families Belong Together, a coalition of groups opposing the Trump administration's immigration policies."

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