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    On this date, in 2014, in 2015, and in 2016, "Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day" published profiles of Charles Van Zant, from the Florida House of Representatives. This fervent social conservative has repeatedly tried passing laws to completely outlaw abortion, which he has compared to the Holocaust, and says kills 1 in 4 African American children in the United States, making it even deadlier for them than the Ku Klux Klan. Seriously, he went there. Van Zant was also highly concerned that Common Core education is “turning all the children gay”, and has repeatedly pushed for legislation that would instead allow prayer in public schools (in spite of that sort of thing being unconstitutional via our separation of church and state). While those painfully stupid misconceptions might be enough to get someone booted for office, inexplicably no one has run against Van Zant in a primary or general election since he first won office in 2008. For four consecutive election cycles, this boob has been allowed to help make Florida… well… Florida. As we also mentioned in our 2015 profile, Charles Van Zant couldn’t stand the thought of missing out on trying to outlaw abortion or stopping homosexuality from being, y’know, tolerated in our society. So he decided he would govern by proxy, and his wife Katherine was going to run for the seat he has to give up in January. And just when it seemed like that would come to pass, both Mr. and Mrs. Van Zant were revealed by the media to have illegitimately claimed a homestead exemption on their taxes since 2008 on a property that no one actually lives in.
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    Defrauding your local government out of thousands of dollars in bogus tax breaks was enough to cause Katherine Van Zant to lose the GOP primary to her opponent, so both Charles and his wife are now out of Florida politics.

    On this date in 2017, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Mark Assini, who very nearly unseated Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in New York’s 25th District in the 2014 elections, coming within about 1,000 votes of doing so and refusing to concede the election to her until eight days later. In 2016, he figured he’d give it another shot, but things did not quite go according to plan, mostly because old blog posts written by Assini back from 2005-2009 were discovered where he had some delightful opinions about the LGBTQ community. Oh, sorry, did we say delightful? We meant hateful and bigoted. Links to those articles show Assini agreeing with a reader who called members of the LGBTQ community "sexual deviants" and quoting a pastor who called transgender individuals "mentally disturbed." But the best quote was probably that he wanted the only openly gay Congressman at the time, Barney Frank, jailed for imagined crimes, and threw in a prison rape joke while he was at it, writing, “Barney Frank should go to prison. Old Barney would have plenty of dates along with three squares and cable TV.” There were also plenty of press releases from Assini that made misleading and xenophobic claims about illegal immigrants committing crimes in the United States. Assini has not resurfaced yet in politics.

    On this date in 2018, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profile, where we’ll be talking about Joshua Youssef, a candidate for New Hampshire State Senate back in 2012 who lost in the general election with 41% of the vote, and that may have had something to do with the fact his ex-wife’s attorney had a blog that noted that Youssef was behind on paying both child support, as well as numerous tax debts, and that story started to get covered by the local media. Youssef then tried to “bury the lede” by creating his own version of the lawyer’s blog that would praise himself, and discredit the lawyer, but the state attorney general had to bring Youssef up on charges of election fraud. And, being terrible to his former spouse, a tax cheat, and convicted felon wasn’t enough to stop Donald Trump from hiring Youssef to head his 2016 presidential campaign headquarters in Belknap County. He was also a delegate sent to the 2016 Republican National Convention to cast his vote there for Trump, but alas, with “very good people” like Joshua Youssef working for Donald Trump in New Hampshire, that wasn’t enough to help him win the state in the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton. So instead, when Donald Trump claimed that Clinton won the state due to “voter fraud” and that illegal voters were brought in by bus to help her win the campaign (with no evidence whatsoever of this happening), Joshua Youssef furthered the theory. And by that, we mean he went on CNN to be interviewed by Alisyn Camerota and lie his arse off. Youssef was called out for believing such a paranoid conspiracy theory, and forced to slowly back away from the story. To sum up so far… Donald Trump hired a man convicted of election fraud to run his campaign, who then tried accusing Democrats of election fraud without evidence, and had to backpedal after being caught in such an easy lie. Now, these reasons would probably be enough to earn a CSGOPOTD profile and for us to call it a day. But Joshua Youssef is much, much more dangerous and odious of a human being. It wasn’t long ago that we also had a profile of Robert Fisher, a former New Hampshire state legislator who was outed for creating a Reddit group called “The Red Pill” that defended raping women, and offered advice to “men’s rights activists” about how to get away with the crime. And when Robert Fisher had a day job at a business called Same Day Computer, you’ll never guess who his boss was… Joshua Youssef. Who also ended up being outed as a “Men’s Rights activist” whose bitter divorce had him posting hateful things about women and feminists online as well. We’re glad Youssef has never won an election, and now it seems a done deal that he never will.

    On this date in 2019, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Mike Kennedy, a former member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2013-2019 in District 27.Kennedy’s former district, as it is… is about as conservative as you’ll find of any one in the state, and all Kennedy had to do was survive the GOP Primary and could cake walk into re-election in the state legislature, winning with 92% in 2012, 88% in 2014, and 100% in 2016 because he was completely unopposed. Kennedy is both a doctor, with a MD from Michigan State, as well as a lawyer with a JD from Brigham Young University. And that’s why it was kind of mind-blowing to see such an educated guy speak before the Utah House of Representatives in 2014, and claim that more poor people would die if they had proper access to healthcare, saying,”Sometimes access to healthcare can be damaging and dangerous… I’ve heard from National Institutes of Health and otherwise that we’re killing up to a million, a million and a half people every year in our hospitals. And it’s access to hospitals that’s killing those people.” Fearmongering about dangerous hospitals… when you’re a doctor? WHAT? But maybe Mike Kennedy doesn’t know what’s dangerous and what’s not. After all, he’ll hang out with pro-gun groups extreme enough that they appear in towns where the Parkland survivors are to auction off assault rifles and insult those gun violence survivors. Other than that, Mike Kennedy is a big defender of Trump administration immigration policies, and as a legislator, voted against a bill to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, voted to return to using the firing squad as a means of execution for capital crimes, voted against the Medicaid Expansion, and even voted against a bill to outlaw bigamy in Utah. So here’s the thing… if Kennedy’s district was so conservative, how did he end up losing office? Well, delusions of grandeur being what they are, with the retiring of Sen. Orrin Hatch, Kennedy thought it was time to move up into the big leagues, and run for U.S. Senate. There’s just one catch to that plan… another Republican had designs on that Senate seat… and his name is Mitt Romney. Kennedy got 52% of the votes… at the Utah Republican Party convention. When voting was opened up to the public, he was crushed at the polls, and only got 28% of the vote. He did not run for his old seat in 2020.
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    On this date in 2020, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Eric Redman, who was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives in District 2B from 2014 through 2018. Redman was actively pushing policy based on the advice of an anti-Muslim hate group, and got called out for those efforts by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This wasn’t actively the toughest case to crack, as two days before Eric Redman sponsored HB 419, a bill that targeted the threat of Sharia Law in the United States, ACT for America was already hyping the legislation on their website. Now, never mind that the threat of Sharia Law on the rise that doesn’t actually exist, there might as well be a law about preventing unicorn attacks… but even if someone was intent on establishing Sharia Law anywhere in the country, such laws would be immediately invalidated as unconstitutional via the establishment clause of the First Amendment that prevents a separation of church and state. Hatemongers and bigots tend to not deal in facts, or have a keen understanding of basic civics classes. But we won’t bury the lede… Eric Redman was in cahoots with a hate group to let them know his plans. Upon further research via a FOIA request, the SPLC determined there had been no less than 47 e-mails exchanged between Redman and ACT for America over just 15 months. He submitted multiple bills aimed at “foreign laws”, one of which included illustrations of a hand about to be chopped off, and another image of a man about to be beheaded that made it pretty clear what sorts of folks Redman was talking about in bigoted terms. While in his final attempt to get a bill passed in Idaho, Redman was pretending the bill wasn’t aimed at Muslims, it’s interesting to note that he shared videos on social media that fear-mongered about Islam. Eric Redman made a 2017 announcement that he would not run for a third term in the Idaho State Legislature, around the time the SPLC were hot on his heels, and Redman began a campaign to try and oust fellow Republicans who didn’t go along with the plan set forth by his favorite hate group. It may come as little surprise that when you peek at his overall voting record, he voted to have the Bible put into public school classrooms as a teaching aid, voted for “Stand Your Ground” laws in Idaho, for ridiculously strict abortion restrictions, supported a bill to remove members of the judiciary that support same sex marriage, and even against a minimum wage increase in the greatest period of income inequality in our nation’s history.

    On this date in 2021, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Lavern Spicer, a 2020 and 2022 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 24th Congressional District, who had the benefit of there being no GOP Primary for the seat, and thus she was the only candidate on the ballot for them. She is yet another in a long line of Republicans who ran for Congress in 2020 who were also adherents of the Qanon conspiracy theory. She repeatedly linked to a Q video called “The Fall of the Cabal”, that was the tip of the spear for many supporters of the conspiracy theory for first learning of it. Lavern Spicer got absolutely wrecked by Frederica Wilson on Election Day in 2020, getting just 20% of the vote. She immediately regrouped for a 2022 campaign, but does not seem like she’ll be having much more luck, considering the headlines she drew for her take on Kyree Irving of the Brooklyn Nets’ refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and thus making himself ineligible to practice or play with teammates per New York’s pandemic guidelines. Upon hearing there was a fellow anti-vaxx loon out there getting skewered by the media for his stance, Lavern Spicer got on Twitter to try to show she didn’t understand several things by compariing it to when Magic Johnson played with HIV for a season in the 90s. In the comments, people reminder her HIV wasn’t an airborne virus, that there is no vaccine for it, or that players don’t have penetrative sex mid-game. It was noteworthy that the main media outlet touting her as a candidate is RT, aka Russia Today. She lost in the GOP Primary in 2022, getting just 35% of the vote.

    On this date in 2022, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Jake Loubriel, a 2022 candidate for U.S. Senate in Florida who was hoping to upset Senator Marco Rubio in the GOP Primary in that race. Loubriel propagated and promoted the Qanon conspiracy theory, as he did? He also has fun hobbies like making racist posts where he flashes white nationalist hand gestures, or wearing Captain America/Punisher themed tactical gear to show he’s a big manly man and in no way overcompensating for anything. Jake Loubriel was disqualified from running and didn’t make it onto the 2022 ballot in the end, so we will set aside his profile at this time to profile another wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 1259-60, since this was established in July 2014.



    Richard Corcoran

    Welcome to what is the 1259th original profile here at “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day”, where we’ll be profiling Richard Corcoran, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives from District 45 of that body, who rode the Tea Party Wave into office in 2010, running for District 37 instead in 2012, and staying there until he hit term limits in 2018. Back in 2006, he was serving as Marco Rubio’s Chief of Staff (and drawing investigations for how he was spending money), and he’s been in the orbit of many power players in Florida politics and been willing to put a knife in their back, like when he bailed on Rubio to endorse Jeb Bush’s ill-fated 2016 presidential campaign. He at one point served as the Florida Speaker of the House.

    While his voting record is the sort of abysmal nightmare you’d expect from a guy who held office through both terms of former Governor Rick Scott, including support for welfare drug testing, any and all anti-choice measures, or trying to legalize discrimination towards LGBTQ people, be it to perform their marriages or to deny them the right to adopt children, perhaps his most controversial actions were taken on immigration.

    Feuding with the ACLU wasn’t controversial enough for him to appear like a proper xenophobe, so he also personally funded anti-sanctuary city ads that were a bit white nationalist-y, showing immigrants murdering white women to get everyone properly terrified of the “other”.

    While term limits SHOULD have been the end of this bigot’s career, he was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis after he was out of the state legislature to serve as Florida’s Department of Education, where he spent four years using his position to admit to not really doing his job so much as pretending he was a general in Florida’s culture wars and willfully making children dumber as a part of his political dogma. He resigned from that role in April of 2022 to “spend time with his family”, or “start some new businesses” depending on which interview he gave on any given day, but obviously, you can’t trust him to be a reliable narrator, and more than likely resigning due to pressure to resign for his involvement in a corruption scandal where he was trying to funnel state money towards a former ally in the legislature’s charter school. Four months later, a federal grand jury met to discuss whether or not charges should be pursued in his blatant bid rigging.

    Whether or not charges are ever brought, we are hoping this will be the first and only time we have to profile him.
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    I found two opinion columns that, maybe, should be read together for a contrast and compare.

    Change is coming. The question is: what kind of change will it be? - Bernie Sanders

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    A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending. - Robert Kagan
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Another great counterargument to those who whine when comics "get political".

    Always were.
    True...and to be fair, it works both ways. For example, Marvel in the early 60's was very pro-US in Viet Nam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    True...and to be fair, it works both ways. For example, Marvel in the early 60's was very pro-US in Viet Nam.
    "Commies" were definitely an enemy in the Silver Age. They weren't as liberal as people thought. Roy Thomas has always been a died in the wool Republican. And while they tried to be "hip" they were not very kind to the protest movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    "Commies" were definitely an enemy in the Silver Age. They weren't as liberal as people thought. Roy Thomas has always been a died in the wool Republican. And while they tried to be "hip" they were not very kind to the protest movement.
    Thomas has said he switched parties in 1975, when North Vietnam violated the peace and took over South Vietnam. Of course, there was really nothing that could be done about it, and today there's a corrupt "communist" regime making toys in sweatshops. The more things change...

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    Oh, I forgot to say that Roy Thomas protesting the failure to do anything about the peace violation really wasn't going to amount to anything. But the injustice bothered him, even though it was "better" for the end of the war.

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    Trump tries to embrace Black Lives Matter, a group he previously said ‘hates our country’

    Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday touted the support he has received from a Black Lives Matter activist, inaccurately claiming that he’s receiving broader support from the group — which he has denounced and blamed for violence for years.
    Trump wrote Wednesday on Truth Social, his social media platform, that he spoke with Mark Fisher — the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island — and was “very honored to have his and BLM’s support.” He also repeated his frequent assertion that he has “done more for Black people than any other President.”

    Fisher, a former Democrat who founded Maryland-based BLM Inc., recently expressed his support for Trump, telling Fox News, “We’re not stupid. … We understand when someone’s for us and when someone is not, and it’s obvious that the Democratic Party is not for us.”
    BLM Inc. states on its website that it is “not affiliated with any other Black Lives Matter Movement” and it is “not politically focused or driven nor do we align or affiliate with any particular political party or politics.”

    The founder of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island, Gary Dantzler, told WPRI he was “disgusted” by Fisher’s remarks and that Fisher “does not represent Black Lives Matter.” He said in a separate interview with the Providence Journal that Fisher was “absolutely not” a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island but that he did work as an advocate for the group for a matter of months.
    So who's conning who?
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    I have to agree with what Marco Rubio said when activists put a camera in his face and asked him about a ceasefire.

    https://www.mediaite.com/news/make-s...for-ceasefire/

    In general, I don't like the idea of activists on any side going up to legislators and asking for their opinions on controversial questions, but I think he handled this well.
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    The New York Times is reporting that Israeli Intelligence obtained Hamas's battle plan for October 7 a year ago, and dismissed it as 'aspirational'.

    It also looks like a rehersal was witnessed 6 weeks before hand, and it too was disregarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnakinFlair View Post
    The New York Times is reporting that Israeli Intelligence obtained Hamas's battle plan for October 7 a year ago, and dismissed it as 'aspirational'.

    It also looks like a rehersal was witnessed 6 weeks before hand, and it too was disregarded.
    I would not put it past Bibi to think an attack would benefit him politically. Not thinking it would be this horrendous.

    It didn't hurt G W Bush to ignore terrorists threats.
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    From what I understand all those Black Matter groups are not all linked together. They are self led.

    Mark Fisher is the one conning folks.

    Things have to be put in perspective.

    How much stuff did Republicans in Congress block that would help black folks when a Democrat was in office?

    If Trump wants to claim he has done more-then where is he on calling out his own party? Who is going all OUT to make voting for blacks harder?

    Why is he not endorsing voting right laws?

    Instead his party has pretty much declared war on black people.

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    Had a friend bragging about how Elon Musk was standing up for freedom of speech against Disney and telling them to kiss his ass.

    I countered what Musk tweeted wasn’t something he should get on a soapbox and defend. But as the saying goes….we all have freedom of speech in this country.


    It doesn’t stop consequences like Musk got by losing advertisers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyvolt2000 View Post
    From what I understand all those Black Matter groups are not all linked together. They are self led.

    Mark Fisher is the one conning folks.

    Things have to be put in perspective.

    How much stuff did Republicans in Congress block that would help black folks when a Democrat was in office?

    If Trump wants to claim he has done more-then where is he on calling out his own party? Who is going all OUT to make voting for blacks harder?

    Why is he not endorsing voting right laws?

    Instead his party has pretty much declared war on black people.
    I think Fisher was fired. Not sure if it was before or after endorsing trump

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUPERECWFAN1 View Post
    Had a friend bragging about how Elon Musk was standing up for freedom of speech against Disney and telling them to kiss his ass.

    I countered what Musk tweeted wasn’t something he should get on a soapbox and defend. But as the saying goes….we all have freedom of speech in this country.


    It doesn’t stop consequences like Musk got by losing advertisers.
    He is talking about freedom of expression.

    Actual Free Speech might look a little bit like that some of the time, but they are two different things.

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