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    Maskless Trump Rails Against ‘Left-Wing Mob’ As Coronavirus Crisis Spirals

    There was no social distancing — and few masks — in the Mount Rushmore crowd as the president ignored the public health crisis consuming the country. I've heard that speech was just another replay of Trump's greatest hits (hate, division, blame the left, yadda yadda yadda), but that he slurred his words all over the place.

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    4 Aurora Police Officers Out After Photo Reenacting Chokehold Of Elijah McClain

    “They don’t deserve to wear a badge anymore,” Aurora’s interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said. What the fuck is wrong with idiots like them?

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    Ivanka Trump’s ‘Gaslighting’ Fourth of July Coronavirus Advice Backfires

    “The absolute and total lack of shame is breathtaking. Just an utter inability to hear herself,” one Twitter user responded. More tone deaf bullshit as usual from Ms. Complicit.

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    Global Coronavirus Cases Rise To More Than 11 Million

    The United States reported more than 55,400 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily global record.

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    White Couple Arrested After Gun Pulled On Black Family In Michigan

    Cellphone video captured the confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Orion Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

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    Donald Trump’s ‘Put The Wrong Person In Office’ Warning Used Against Him In New Ads

    The president’s latest self-own is the focus of two new spots released by Joe Biden’s campaign and the progressive PAC MeidasTouch.
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    Kimberly Guilfoyle, trump jr. self isolate after Guilfoyle tests positive for the virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooshoomanjoe View Post
    Kimberly Guilfoyle, trump jr. self isolate after Guilfoyle tests positive for the virus.
    Why in the world should they self-isolate? I mean, wasn't COVID-19 a hoax created by Democrats? That's what Trump has been saying for the longest time now.
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    On this date in 2015, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profile of Richard K. Jones, a man who has groused about illegal immigrants in hyperbolic ways now for over a decade, starting back when he would insult the Bush administration's immigration policy, and demand we seize whatever Mexican assets that were in the United States and sell them off to pay for the cost of catching and detaining illegal immigrants. Jones and his department have been successfully sued by legal immigrants for harassment that advanced to the violation of their Constitutionally-guaranteed rights (the 4th and 11th Amendment, specifically), and is being investigated by the Justice Department for racially profiling those he is sworn to protect and serve. Jones also claims that illegal immigrants are being given free computers by the Obama administration, and that his opinions about illegal immigrants don't make him a bigot because "he's just saying what everybody's thinking". While Sheriff Jones is still in office saying incredibly insane things like that the United States should “use the Mother of All Bombs on Mexican cartels” (which would be, y’know, just an act of war against our allies and deafen any innocent citizens within two miles of any strike), we’re going to look to folks in higher office than this incredible racist, fascist lunatic at this time.

    In 2016, 2017, 2018, as well as 2019, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” presented profiles of the former U.S. House Representative from Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, Keith Rothfus, who not only voted for the 2013 Government Shutdown, and then when the time came to reopen the government, he voted to keep it closed. He voted against disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and against the latest version of the Violence Against Women Act. Rothfus is a climate change denier who adamantly opposes same sex marriage, wants to privatize Social Security, and wants to restrict women’s reproductive ways in as many ways as can be thought of. That latter point, and his love for Government Shutdowns crossed paths during the faux-outrage over Planned Parenthood in 2015, as Rep. Rothfus was actually one of 28 Republican men who threatened to shut down the government, again, over their inability to defund an organization who only uses about 3% of their budget on abortions, none of which comes from whatever government funding they do receive (that all goes towards women’s health). Keith Rothfus then continued to participate in the GOP’s smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, where he described “crushing baby parts” and how “ghoulish” the organization was… (y’know, the sort of rhetoric that served as a stochastic terror trigger to inspire Robert Lewis Dear to go and shoot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. After investigations into Planned Parenthoods turned up nothing, and the Center for Medical Progress actually ended up having two of their leaders indicted for tampering with government records… Rothfus still insists that Planned Parenthood admitted to wrongdoing, and was caught selling human body parts. Rothfus took to the floor of the House in May of 2016 to whine about how his “religious freedom” was being threatened in today’s America. And while you might not see Keith Rothfus on cable news all the time, where you do see him comment is in press releases whenever the Supreme Court makes a major ruling, and as a former corporate lawyer, Rothfus always chides them for making rulings that as a conservative, he just doesn’t like, like when he released an amicus brief after the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 against the state of Texas in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, where he was still trying to keep up the illusion (the lie) that “safety” was the motivation behind the undue and unnecessary restrictions placed upon abortion clinics in Texas to shut them down violated a woman’s constitutional right to find access to the procedure. Rothfus spent his last term in office dodging his constituents in his home district, failing to attend scheduled town halls with them. Maybe if he was there, he would have heard how upset they were about a proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The one that Rothfus not only voted for, in spite of only 17% of the country supporting it, but that he actually took to the floor of the House to talk about, giddy with anticipation to vote for. Pennsylvania’s 12th was restructured by a court-order to undo a Republican-engineered gerrymander, and that made it possible for Conor Lamb to send him packing after he only managed 44% of the vote in 2018. As he is now out of office, we will set aside his profile at this time and take a look at another kooky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 885-45, since this was established in July 2014.)



    Donald Bolduc

    Welcome to what is the 885th original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be discussing Donald Bolduc, a 2020 candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, and veteran of 36 years with the U.S. Army. Bolduc announced his run for office in June of 2019, and immediately announced his intention to see Roe v. Wade overturned and to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps the disqualifying moment for Bolduc was when he furthered the racist conspiracy theory that the Chinese intentionally created Covid-19 in a lab and deliberately released it on their on people, and let it spread into the rest of the world. Of course, Bolduc constantly beats the drums of war when it comes to China, seemingly itching to fight them, so his reasons for bringing up the conspiracy are telling.

    If you weren’t concerned enough, in May of 2020, as Trump blathered on at daily White House press briefings, spreading misinformation about Covid-19 including asking out light if people could inject themselves with disinfectants, Bolduc was suggesting that it was the MEDIA that should be shut down during crisis situations like pandemics, which holy s***, would be an obvious violation of the freedom of the press covered in the First Amendment. While that’s the bulk of our reasons why this maniac should have no place in the U.S. Senate, we’ll add that he also had some bizarre revisionist history about how “gridlock, blaming, and finger-pointing” were the cause of the Civil War, and told a misogynist joke about how to prove who loved you more, try locking your wife in the trunk of your car, then your dog, and see which would would be happier to see you when you let them out. (?)

    He’s currently the front-runner in the GOP Primary for the Republican Party in the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire, and is looking over his shoulder at Corky Messner, who was endorsed by the Trump administration, a fact which he calls “election rigging. Bolduc, should he win, is likely to make Senator Jean Shaheen’s path to re-election a tad bit easier than it would have otherwise been.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker View Post
    My point is you can’t hold people’s societal views from the past to the standards of today.

    As Mets correctly pointed out, women in the military was not a popular opinion at the time. It’s hardly surprising he held that view then. He didn’t own slaves. He didn’t abuse children. He had an an opinion that isn’t well regarded now. Is he not allowed to grow, have been wrong, and move forward in life because of that? We’ve all said some dumb shit in the past. Be thankful yours wasn’t printed.

    George Washington might have been a jerk by today’s standards, but he hardly was by the standards of when he lived. That’s all I’m saying. Slavery is obviously terrible. No argument here.
    I mean, it's one thing to say that women generally don't have as much upper body strength and aren't as capable as front line fighters, I think most people then and now would probably agree with that. It's quite another to say "At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks. Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for - peace, home, family." At that point you're not talking about women in the military anymore, you're talking about reinforcing strict gender roles in society, a line that by the late 80s had mostly been obliterated. That article would have sounded just as ridiculous in 1987 as it does now, the difference is not that what he said retroactively became controversial but just that people like him could reliably count on never being held accountable for anything back then, but are beginning to now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Inquisitor View Post
    Sexism was enormous in the 80s. You couldn't see a movie or tv show without something being sexist in it. That stance being popular is an example of sexism being wide spread.

    News networks should apologise for doing horrible things, Fox News destroying the Dixie Chicks being one of them. They've for a long list to make up for, remember when Rush Limbaugh called Chelsea Clinton a dog when she as 13?
    I have to agree with this. While a lot of folks fought against sexism during the 80's, it was pretty rampant in society in general and in pop culture in specifically. Nobody went broke perpetuating sexist attitudes back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    I mean, it's one thing to say that women generally don't have as much upper body strength and aren't as capable as front line fighters, I think most people then and now would probably agree with that. It's quite another to say "At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks. Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for - peace, home, family." At that point you're not talking about women in the military anymore, you're talking about reinforcing strict gender roles in society, a line that by the late 80s had mostly been obliterated. That article would have sounded just as ridiculous in 1987 as it does now, the difference is not that what he said retroactively became controversial but just that people like him could reliably count on never being held accountable for anything back then, but are beginning to now.
    Yeah, I remember an article from back in the day that said that women shouldn't be in combat because it makes the enemy fight harder

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Maskless Trump Rails Against ‘Left-Wing Mob’ As Coronavirus Crisis Spirals

    There was no social distancing — and few masks — in the Mount Rushmore crowd as the president ignored the public health crisis consuming the country. I've heard that speech was just another replay of Trump's greatest hits (hate, division, blame the left, yadda yadda yadda), but that he slurred his words all over the place.

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    I landed on this briefly while channel surfing and watched for a minute or two. Didn't catch any slurring but not surprised. Maybe he was on his Adderall last night..he was not as lethargic as he usually is when reading from a prompter

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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    I mean, it's one thing to say that women generally don't have as much upper body strength and aren't as capable as front line fighters, I think most people then and now would probably agree with that. It's quite another to say "At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks. Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for - peace, home, family." At that point you're not talking about women in the military anymore, you're talking about reinforcing strict gender roles in society, a line that by the late 80s had mostly been obliterated. That article would have sounded just as ridiculous in 1987 as it does now, the difference is not that what he said retroactively became controversial but just that people like him could reliably count on never being held accountable for anything back then, but are beginning to now.

    Yeah, I'm also finding myself agreeing with you for a change.

    This was neither a "product of his times" nor a "youthful indiscretion." He was old enough to know better, the article reveals what a kind of person he is. People change, but not that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    I mean, it's one thing to say that women generally don't have as much upper body strength and aren't as capable as front line fighters, I think most people then and now would probably agree with that. It's quite another to say "At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks. Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for - peace, home, family." At that point you're not talking about women in the military anymore, you're talking about reinforcing strict gender roles in society, a line that by the late 80s had mostly been obliterated. That article would have sounded just as ridiculous in 1987 as it does now, the difference is not that what he said retroactively became controversial but just that people like him could reliably count on never being held accountable for anything back then, but are beginning to now.
    History has had many women fighting in combat. If you talk to any vet that had a combat job, they'll tell you there are a few men who in their companies that didn't have much upper body strength. You don't join the military and just jump into daily routine. They build you up so you can deal with the routines. There is no reason why an average woman couldn't handle combat jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    Mets is sort of on the right track.

    To me, it's just odd that a guy who is a reporter for the local ABC affiliate and (what might be)the local right-leaning outfit point out the suspect nature of the numbers while it seems no one from a national outfit even thought to second guess a number like that.

    Never mind getting in touch with any local press to question that sort of number.

    Never mind running a second piece once you have screwed it up to try to get the bottom of what the actual number might look like.

    While Hayes usually seem to be fairly above board, just sneaking in a correcting and leaving it there feels like an issue when the numbers could still be pretty high.

    Could be he might circle back around to covering whatever is actually going on. As of right now, doesn't really feel that way.
    In defense of Hayes, he didn't 'sneak in a correction'. He dedicated the final segment of his show to say he was wrong and issue a correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    I mean, it's one thing to say that women generally don't have as much upper body strength and aren't as capable as front line fighters, I think most people then and now would probably agree with that. It's quite another to say "At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks. Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for - peace, home, family." At that point you're not talking about women in the military anymore, you're talking about reinforcing strict gender roles in society, a line that by the late 80s had mostly been obliterated. That article would have sounded just as ridiculous in 1987 as it does now, the difference is not that what he said retroactively became controversial but just that people like him could reliably count on never being held accountable for anything back then, but are beginning to now.
    I don't have any interest in arguing about it. Mets asked a question, and I answered.

    But I do want to say: Sexism was hardly 'mostly obliterated' in the '80s. Sexism isn't even mostly obliterated in 2020, let alone 1987. Let alone in the military... in 1987.

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    .@realDonaldTrump supporters yelling, "Go back to where you came from!" to Native Americans at Mount Rushmore has to be the most ignorant thing I've ever heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker View Post
    I don't have any interest in arguing about it. Mets asked a question, and I answered.

    But I do want to say: Sexism was hardly 'mostly obliterated' in the '80s. Sexism isn't even mostly obliterated in 2020, let alone 1987. Let alone in the military... in 1987.
    I would say that, maybe not overtly, but I did experience some sexism in the 1980's, or at least as I perceived it. Sometimes it's hard to know, sometimes it's easy.

    Talking about upper body strength, reminds me of how, when I was in ROTC, we were required to do pull ups. Most of those in ROTC at the time were male, I was one of the few females. The Instructor told us what we need to do to pass, but added a caveat. He said that, if a female could do the pull ups that's fine, but if we can't, it was enough for us to just hang on the bar for a certain amount of time without letting go. I'm not ashamed to admit, despite basic training, I couldn't do a pull up to save my life.
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    I'm a man and I've pretty much never been able to more than one pull up. I don't think it's a gender thing. But I've also never put any effort in to improving that record! haha.

    And I believe, unless this has changed, (I don't keep up with it) women are better suited to flying fighter jets than men? There was something about the ability to absorb the Gs? I don't remember.

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