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    In 2015, 2016, as well as 2017, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published profiles of Frank Artiles, a member of the Florida House of Representatives who first turned up in the Tea Party Wave of 2010, has a voting record featuring support for drug testing welfare recipients, unnecessary bans on Sharia Law, trying to prevent gays and lesbian couples from adopting children and find ways to deny them their legal right to be married, as well as sponsor pro-life legislation that included a measure to try and change the definition of fetal viability. At the time we gave Artiles the spotlight, he was one of the first Republicans around the country to also support transphobic bathroom legislation, wanting to fine transgendered citizens $1000 for using the “incorrect” bathroom. In our profiles of Artiles, we’ve taken great pains to be as accurate as we can in our discussion of him because he tends to threaten people who report on anything he does with libel and/or slander lawsuits, considering unflattering discussion of him or his interests “bullying”. When we factored in that, along with Artiles being investigated for assault for attacking a man in a night club a few years back, we thought we had more than enough to begin keeping tabs on him.

    After six years of being a toxic influence in the Florida House of Representatives Artiles did successfully win election to the Florida State Senate in 2016 after fundraising at a rate roughly four times that of his opponent, Dwight Bullard. However, his time in the upper chamber was much shorter than perhaps anyone anticipated. One would think that after Frank Artiles had that run-in at a night club a few years back, that he might rethink where he spends time after hours in the state legislature, or to not be so combative. Well, Frank Artiles is a special brand of hostile, as in April of 2017, only four months into his first term in the Florida State Senate, went out to the Governor’s Club, a members-only bar and restaurant in Tallahassee, and called several members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus the n-word, as well as calling one female lawmaker a “bitch”, and a male lawmaker a “p***y”. Artiles actually tried defending his use of the racial slur, claiming it was the version of the word that ends in an –a, and not –er, so he felt like he was just using slang and not insulting any of them. After days of trying to justify why casual bigotry was not a big deal, Artiles made a few half-hearted apologies before resigning in disgrace.
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    It was on this date in both 2018, as well as 2019, that “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled former Florida Congressman and current Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who was narrowly elected in 2018. Back in 2012, in his first Congressional run, DeSantis ran as a Tea Party candidate trying to get whatever momentum was left out of that toxic movement, and earned a second term by raving about Benghazi as much as possible in 2014.

    By 2016, DeSantis was feeling cocky enough that he thought he would be able to fill the void left by Marco Rubio who was leaving his U.S. Senate seat open, and promised he wouldn’t run, so DeSantis made a run for U.S. Senate. It wasn’t going so well, with polls showing not just that DeSantis would be crushed in the general election by any Democratic candidate, but that he would finish not just behind David Jolly, but even behind Carlos Beruff, a complete lunatic and political outsider. When Rubio reneged on his promise to run for a second term for office, it really made DeSantis’ decision to instead run for re-election for his House seat look far less craven.

    In 2018, DeSantis sought the office being vacated by Voldemort-cosplayer Rick Scott due to term limits. This is troubling to us here at CSGOPOTD because of various alliances that DeSantis has with… well, hatemongers. The Southern Poverty Law Center noted in April of 2017 that Ron DeSantis was teaming up with fellow Congressman Bill Johnson to form the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, and in that endeavor, acting as its chairman, enlisted the help of Daniel Pipes, an anti-Islamic “activist” who has spent three decades demonizing Muslims in the political sphere, including proposing Muslim detention camps in the United States, and claiming that Muslims orchestrated the Oklahoma City bombing and not the anti-government militia lunatics who actually did it.

    That relationship with a xenophobic bigot is not an outlier, by any stretch. Only a few weeks after the 2017 election, Ron DeSantis appeared at David Horowitz’s “Restoration Weekend”, a rather polite name for an event that is perhaps better classified as an Islamophobic hate rally, which that particular weekend, featured White Nationalist speakers like Steve Bannon, actual Neo-Nazi Sebastian Gorka, and Milo Yiannopoulos, who had already been revealed to have spoken several times in favor of pedophilia, as if his racist agenda wasn’t enough of a reason to be disgusted by him. And yet, there was DeSantis on stage, speaking alongside both Milo and Bannon, without any shame whatsoever. (We haven’t forgotten, Ron.)

    So, we’ve established already that Ron DeSantis is allying himself with the Alt-Right/Neo-Nazi/White Nationalist wing of the GOP, and perhaps no greater evidence of that is the pathetic way he’s been trying to defend Donald Trump from the Mueller investigation. In August of 2017, he was actually trying to campaign within Congress to place a six-month timetable on the probe into any collusion between Trump and Russia. That has continued until the present day, when he was been a frequent guest pundit on Fox News to try and taint the findings of the investigators further, claiming that the investigation was “infected with bias” from the start.

    Maybe you’d get the idea that DeSantis being proud of being arm-to-arm with those intolerant jackasses means he has some courageous streak… HA! No. Because the day after yet another tragic mass shooting in Florida, this time in Parkland, Florida, a local television reporter that wasn’t satisfied with DeSantis posting “thoughts and prayers” on Twitter put a microphone in front of Rep. DeSantis to ask him if there would be any gun control measures he might support to prevent such a tragedy from happening in the future… and he cravenly ran away claiming he “had to go down as if there was a vote about to happen.

    His voting record as a Congressman showed him vote for Disaster Relief Funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy (but you know he would want disaster relief if a hurricane hit Florida, and he voted for the 2013 Government Shutdown and then the time came to vote to re-open the federal government, DeSantis voted to keep it closed, as well as a variety of anti-choice, pro-gun legislation through the years. DeSantis also voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act scores of times, and even voted to strip the protections granted by the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to leaving office in 2018.

    Since becoming Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has still been awful, releasing a statement to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting but neglecting to make any mention of it being a hate crime against the LGBTQ community, and then, blaming that omission on his own staff (you still signed it, Ron). Around the same time, DeSantis had a major purge where seven members of his staff quit on the same day (and no one is still sure if there’s a connection). Still, DeSantis is doing what he can to take credit for disaster relief funding coming to his state for Hurricane Irma, when as a Congressman, he voted against doing so for other states. The initial approval ratings after his election have mostly held steady, but the honeymoon is about to end, and in a hurry.

    And boy, has Covid-19 really shown how incompetent Ron DeSantis is. Critics are comparing him to the Mayor of Amityville in Jaws, who refused to close the beaches for fears of angering local businesses even though a lethal threat would be present… similarly, Gov. DeSantis kept all the beaches open in Florida for Spring Break, he let churches assemble full congregations without masks or social distancing, he declared pro-wrestling an “essential” service to keep it open… all of these things helped turn Florida into one of the biggest coronavirus hot-spots in the nation. And no matter how high the numbers of infections and deaths climb, he's still refusing to shut down his state in the interests of public health and safety. As the elderly population of Florida continue to drop like flies, and Gov. DeSantis and his administration continue to be caught lying about it, his ineptitude is going to be what voters will likely reflect upon when he’s up for re-election in 2022.
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    It's been reported that nearly 5 million jobs were added last month while the unemployment rate dropped to just over 11 percent. Of course, Trump wasted precious little time popping his jersey and taking a victory lap in a presser not too long ago. While I'm glad people have gone back to work, how will the July numbers look, what with coronavirus cases spiking all over the place during the last several weeks, forcing fresh rounds of business closures?
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    The U.S. job market is still in very bad shape. Just wait until the fiscal time bomb goes off.

    In June the U.S. economy added 4.8 million payroll jobs, which is of course great news for those newly hired. Unfortunately, it means diddly squat for those still out of work.

    And many, many millions more Americans remain in that unhappy situation.

    To help you visualize just how deep the U.S. job-market hole remains, once again I bring you the Scariest Jobs Chart You’ll See All Day. It plots the trajectory of job changes in this recession alongside those from previous downturns (and subsequent recoveries).
    The horizontal axis shows months since the most recent employment peak of a given business cycle. The teal line plots the Great Recession. Until recently, the depth, duration and sluggish recovery from the Great Recession had put all other postwar downturns to shame. Take a look at the red line, which represents the awful situation the country is now going through.

    Things are so much worse than even the Great Recession that the red line almost doesn’t fit on the same chart as the others. It starts with a near-vertical downward drop, followed by a short spike upward.
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    Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI on charges related to Jeffrey Epstein

    Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and close friend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested, an FBI spokesman has said.

    Maxwell was accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Those accusations, until now, never resulted in criminal charges.
    The details of the charges against her were not immediately revealed but they are related to Epstein, and Maxwell is set to appear in a federal court in New York later on Thursday.

    Maxwell had kept a low profile and her location was unknown since Epstein’s arrest last July on charges that he abused and trafficked in women and girls in Manhattan and Florida between 2002 and 2005. The search for Maxwell has been the subject of intense speculation, with reported sightings and rumors of her whereabouts popping up across the US and even abroad.

    The New York Times reported that Maxwell had been arrested in New Hampshire at 8.30am.
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    Her father “Captain Bob” was one of the biggest (in all respects) con men in second half of 20th century...one of those “successful businessmen” that ends up owing the banks so much money that the banks are afraid to call the debts in.

    (It did all go belly up in the end but not before he’d run up staggering levels of debt.)

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    I'm sure a goodly number of men in positions of power who were associated with Epstein, including a certain orange skinned demagogue currently stinking up the Oval Office have their boxers in bunch, worried that Maxwell might roll over on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    I'm sure a goodly number of men in positions of power who were associated with Epstein, including a certain orange skinned demagogue currently stinking up the Oval Office have their boxers in bunch, worried that Maxwell might roll over on them.
    If she takes after dear old dad, she won’t be shy about throwing a few people under the bus if it helps her cause.

    Maybe good idea to make sure her physical security is well secured....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    If she takes after dear old dad, she won’t be shy about throwing a few people under the bus if it helps her cause.

    Maybe good idea to make sure her physical security is well secured....
    Damn straight. Wouldn't want her to wind up "Epsteined" before she can spill the goods on what she knows about Trump among other notable high rollers.
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    GOP congressman calls on White House to disband coronavirus task force

    huh?

    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Thursday called for the White House to dissolve its coronavirus task force so that health officials like Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx are prevented from contradicting many of President Trump’s "stated goals and actions" when it comes to the economy.
    "As our economy is restored, it is imperative that President Trump is not undermined in his mission to return our economy to greatness. Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx continue to contradict many of President Trump’s stated goals and actions for returning to normalcy as we know more about the COVID-19 outbreak."

    This is causing panic that compromises our economic recovery. We can protect our most vulnerable from the COVID-19 outbreak while still protecting lives and livelihoods of the rest of the population. It’s time for the COVID-19 task force to be disbanded so that President Trump’s message is not mitigated or distorted.”

    — Rep. Andy Biggs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosa Luxemburg View Post
    Any sort of unity between the Democratic party and Republicans only opens up the Democrats to becoming even more like the Republicans.
    So you are saying it would have been a bad idea for the Zentrum to join forces with the Social Democrats and Communists to stop Hitler?

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    Texas is doing the same thing as cases explode. The governor and Lt Gov are more worried about not correcting or contradicting trump. And ignoring medical professionals than they are about their constituents and getting the cases under control

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    You know ...

    The full effects of HPV were not known until 10-20 years after the first cases.

    Young Adults treated it as a joke and helped spread it.

    Then those "kids" started getting penile and vaginal cancer.

    Are they sure they want to roll the dice on this?
    And if you check out my "famous faces of coronavirus" thread, I just added a fit 34 year old pop star who passed away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    I have seen that making the rounds. But they probably took it from the Marines



    Which is also insulting.
    The shape of the Eagle is a lot closer to the Nazi one than the Marines one. It's not a coincidence.

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    Speaking of which

    Trump says NYC painting 'Black Lives Matter' in front of Trump Tower is a 'symbol of hate'

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over plans to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the street in front of Trump Tower.

    Trump called the project a "symbol of hate" that would be "denigrating" Fifth Avenue, the Manhattan thoroughfare known for high-priced apartments and luxury shopping.
    City lawmakers this week agreed on a $88.1 billion proposed budget that includes deep cuts to the NYPD. Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, advocates for reform in law enforcement have been urging cities to "defund the police," and divert taxpayer money to other social service needs.

    "NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue," Trump raged in a tweet.

    "This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the ....horrible BLM chant, 'Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon'. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!"
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