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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    I'm not so sure. I don't envision Trump as the type who'll cut and run, not with that ego of his. But then, if everything falls apart, all bets are off and maybe he does take it on the lam, probably to Mother Russia so he can hang with his BFF Bad Vlad full time. However, Trump still has a fully complicit Republican Party at his back and soon, a sixth conservative justice whom he'll put on the bench with all due haste to help him in the courts, so all isn't lost for him yet.



    A cynic like myself might say that cop was a sacrificial lamb to keep Louisville and, quite possibly, the country from going up in flames again like back in early June. Will it fly? Who knows. People are gonna need to keep their cool tonight and accept the fact this was probably the best possible outcome when the alternative would've been all three getting off scot free. To be perfectly honest, considering how incredibly fucked up 2020 has been, I'm genuinely surprised that didn't happen.
    Reading the indictment, it appears the one being charged had operational knowledge of the situation and did not provide it to the other 2 officers. Meaning, he had the ability to change course before it was too late.

    A good grand jury, would then say it started higher up, announce the charges for the officers and announce a probe into the department.

    But ... here we are ... welcome to 2020.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celgress View Post
    I'm not sure the polling is accurate, but we'll see. I hope it is. The polls failed spectacularly in 2016.
    This is another false narrative you're pushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    Reading the indictment, it appears the one being charged had operational knowledge of the situation and did not provide it to the other 2 officers. Meaning, he had the ability to change course before it was too late.

    A good grand jury, would then say it started higher up, announce the charges for the officers and announce a probe into the department.

    But ... here we are ... welcome to 2020.
    Do we know who should have known what?

    I would expect the two detectives involved to be better read in, but the third sergeant might not have been required to know the details (though screw that guy for playing the victim and acting like they did no wrong)

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    On this date in 2014, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published a profile about Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, New Jersey who twice lost in the GOP Primary while running to be the governor of the Garden State, and failed candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2013 special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Lonegan gets offended by Spanish language advertising on billboards, and claimed he had handicap for running for office in New Jersey… he’s WHITE. He also touted himself as trustworthy on healthcare issues because he’s “callous and uncaring” and was opposed to the Affordable Care Act, saying, “I’d hate to see you get cancer, but that’s your problem, not mine.” He’s serious about his lack of concern for his fellow man… even going as far as to admit he wouldn’t request federal disaster aid for New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Lonegan also referred to Social Security as “a Ponzi Scheme”, claimed Mitt Romney was right about his comments about the 47 percent, and claimed that his opponent, Corey Booker, who was serving as mayor of Newark at the time, had done a bad enough job as mayor that the Passaic River was overflowing from corpses from shootings in the city. This levelheaded individual has not run for office since, however, he still made some headlines as a leader of New Jersey Republicans’ attempt to boot Donald Trump and avoid giving the GOP nomination. Like all political battles Lonegan seems to fight these days, he lost. We have no further updates on him at this time.

    On this date in both 2015, and 2016, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" featured a profiles of the former U.S. Senator from Illinois, Mark Kirk, who as a member of the House, voted for the Terry Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Bill, voted to fight in the “War on Christmas” by passing legislation to recognize the importance of Christianity, and voted against equal pay measures like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Kirk was widely criticized during his campaign for U.S. Senate, after being caught on more than one occasion exaggerating or misrepresenting his military service record to score more points with voters, including touting winning an award he never received, and that he was the only member of Congress to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was never deployed outside the United States. After returning from a long recuperation for a stroke, Kirk’s number of gaffes has skyrocketed, including his calls for the migrant children fleeing gang violence in Central America being held in the United States to be forced to undergo criminal background checks, sending out fund-raising letters warning that he needed help because First Lady Michelle Obama could be running against him in 2016 (she didn’t), and participating in the sabotage of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran as one of the "47 traitors". In March of 2015, Sen. Kirk was discussing Congressional Democrats’ unwillingness to vote for an anti-human trafficking bill because it had harsh anti-abortion language in it (women would be forced to provide the burden of proof that they were raped while victims of human trafficking to receive any aid towards the cost of an abortion), in quite a hyperbolic way, comparing it to some members of Congress being unwilling to abolish slavery in the 1850s. He also was asked about fellow Senator Lindsay Graham’s presidential run, and gave his thoughts about how Graham, a rare bachelor running for president, was “a bro with no ho”. Mark Kirk had several thoughts on the Iran Nuclear Treaty, including that President Obama wanted “to get nukes to Iran” (quite the opposite, actually), while invoking Godwin’s Law by comparing the president to Neville Chamberlain, and Iran to Hitler’s Germany and that the Obama administration paid a $400 million “ransom” to Iran (which was actually the U.S.giving Iran access to bank assets they had in U.S. banks in 1979 that had been frozen for decades, and were returned without interest, thanks to shrewd negotiating), and in his hysterics, Sen. Kirk called President Obama the “drug dealer in chief”. Kirk ended up losing his Senate seat, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who he stupidly accused of “not standing up for our veterans” even though her voting record actually shows that she stands up for our veterans more than most in Congress, if not one of the best supporters of veterans in the House and that she herself is a veteran who if she doesn’t “stand” for veterans it’s because she literally because she lost two legs during her service in the Iraq War (the one Mark Kirk voted for as a member of the House) in a helicopter crash. So… yeah, he lost, and has already faded from relevance.

    It was on this date in 2017 that "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profiled Brian McDowell, a candidate for New Jersey State Assembly in 2016 who wanted to represent that state’s 1st District. His qualifications for office? He was a former contestant on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice”. Less than a month after McDowell filed paperwork to run for office, video of him emerged shamelessly hitting on a woman, telling her, “Let me tell you right now. You should f*** me. It would really be good. Listen, you never know.” Republican Party officials in New Jersey were immediately looking to push back and get McDowell off the ballot before he embarrassed them any further (and this was without knowing that Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape would be dropping in a few months). McDowell wasn’t about to just surrender, but he never exactly gave an apology, instead making a statement that could best be classified as “making things worse”, saying, “There are human errors and even Jesus dropped the cross three times. I’m not running to be the pope. I’m running to make New Jersey more affordable.” Without any support from the New Jersey GOP, Brian McDowell finished third in the GOP Primary for the seat in the state assembly, getting only 1750 votes for 16% of the vote and returned to working in real estate with Island Realty Group. It doesn’t seem like he’ll be getting into politics anywhere soon, seeing he’ll always be immediately linked to the insane presidency of Donald Trump no matter what he does.
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    It was on this date in 2018, as well as 2019, that “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Leah Vukmir, who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2002 through 2010, taking over for Gov. Scott Walker’s seat in the Wisconsin House of Representatives when he ran in the special election for Milwaukee County Executive, and then using the momentum of the Tea Party Wave in 2010 to jump over to the Wisconsin State Senate where she remained until 2018. Over that time, Vukmir has also finagled her way onto the goddamn Board of Directors of ALEC itself, because why funnel money to legislators to push your garbage legislation around the country when you can just buy elections and put your own people in their place, right? And you can see the mindset of a die-hard from ALEC in her voting record, from trying in 2006 to pass a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, consistently voting against bills aimed at providing access to emergency contraception to victims of rape and sexual assault, co-sponsoring SB 167, a bill aimed at reducing the legal age of those who can carry firearms to 10, as well as voting for all manner of voter suppression tactics that GOP legislators get behind. Over the course of her very partisan career in the Wisconsin State Assembly, Vukmir has actually been booed by the collective gallery at times, most famously back in 2009 when she tried accusing two colleagues who were proponents of medical marijuana of “using dying cancer patients to further a secret agenda of legalization”. More recently, however, Vukmir’s name has come up during the investigation into corruption by Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the Wisconsin State Assembly because she has tried reframing the investigation of potential bribery as something in which she is the victim. That’s right, Vukmir has handled the investigation into her own potential corruption by demanding the investigators be jailed. We’ll add that just this past Christmas, Vukmir posted an op-ed in the Wisconsin Capitol Times where she expressed her desire to win the non-existent “War on Christmas”, but also added that she “sincerely doubts those celebrating Hanukkah would take offense to being wished Merry Christmas.” in it, which is… kind of presumptuous to speak for a whole religious minority that you’re not a part of, y’know? Well, this brings us to Leah Vukmir’s campaign to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin for her seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018, and boy howdy, has she been f***-bonkers koo-koo in campaign ads from the jump. She opened up by airing a heartwarming ad portraying herself as supporting families… haha, just kidding, her first ad was Vukmir sitting in a poorly lit room with a gun sitting on the table, talking directly to the viewer as if she might shoot them if they didn’t vote for her. Why it was on the table… who knows? But okay, okay. Botching your first ad isn’t a sign you’re not ready for the big stage, she assuredly did better in take two, right? HA! No. Vukmir aired an ad where she portrayed herself on “Team America” (apologies to the film), and claimed that Sen. Tammy Baldwin was on “Team Terrorist”, showing an image of Baldwin superimposed to be standing next to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Seriously, that’s the sort of gutless campaign tactic you usually only see in movie parodies or on episodes of Family Guy. Mercifully, Vukmir lost to Tammy Baldwin in 2018, and with the recent announcement that Jim Sensebrenner would be retiring after four decades in office, she was very briefly rumored to be considering taking a shot at his seat, but she confirmed she is not running for Congress in 2020. She’s going to be instead, trying to influence conservative policy at the National Taxpayers Union… And we hope that she continues not running for any office and slowly fades from relevance. We will set aside her profile at this time, and take a look at another wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 919-45, since this was established in July 2014.


    Lauren Witzke
    Welcome to what is the 919th original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be discussing a 2020 candidate for U.S. Senate from Delaware, Lauren Witzke, who just won the GOP Primary a few days ago for that seat. She’s a former Trump campaign staffer who did her work for him in Iowa, and more importantly, she is yet another Qanon conspiracy theorist that the Republican Party have on the ballot trying to get to Washington, D.C. this fall. Of course, her belief in a conspiracy that Democrats kidnap children to be sacrificed in Satanic rituals where they are harvested for fear hormones that grant eternal youth to the cabal of leftists is somehow not the only crazy s*** she’s tied up in.

    Because, a little peek down Lauren Witzke’s social media feed shows she’s also furthered conspiracy theories rooted in anti-Semitism, has shared stories about how the Earth is flat (pretty easy to clown Flat Earthers since that’s been debunked since before the birth of Christ by astronomers), and wouldn’t you know it, she also is a 9/11 Truther.

    We’re still not done. As Witzke celebrated her victory in the GOP Primary, she took the time out on Twitter to thank Nick Fuentes, one of the organizers of the “Unite the Right” hate rally in Charlottesville where Neo-Nazis terrorized the town and one drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters to kill Heather Heyer. She frequently interacts with white nationalists on social media, and sometimes in person like Nick Wheeler. Her campaign manager, Michael Sisco, is also a self-described monarchist who would like to supplant American democracy with a monarchy, and run all the Jewish people out of the country, so…

    So while it’s obvious that with all those white nationalist pals, you would guess that she would be an anti-immigrant xenophobe, right? Well, it’s a little bit weirder than that. Lauren Witzke has groused about Mexican cartels putting drugs across the border in the United States, which isn’t off brand… but she has an odd personal twist she brings to the discussion. Witzke has, by her own admission, volunteered that she used to work with the cartels and while being a heroin and amphetamine user herself, ran drugs across the border for them(!).

    We would like to think Senator Chris Coons’ seat is safe for another six years and not lose any sleep about this loon taking him down in November. But holy s***, Lauren Witzke has overtaken Christine O’Donnell for the craziest Republican to run for Congress in Delaware, and it isn’t even close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinderel View Post
    Amy Coney Barrett has been associated with a 'church' called People of Praise.

    - It has about 1700 people, scattered between the US and Caribbean.
    - It was founded (of course...) in the 60's, at Notre Dame, by students and faculty (I'm sure the faculty were just led by the Spirit to these students and had nothing to do with teaching a fundamentalist, wierd interpretation of the Bible to impressionable students at ALL...) who 'experienced a renewal of Christian enthusiasm and fervor, together with charismatic gifts such as speaking in tongues and physical healing.'
    - This means that they not only believe that glossolalia is a 'miracle' (and not the random, formless gibberish noises it has proven repeatedly to be under every single linguistic examination), but also that they have maaaaaaaagic healing powers (that only work if everyone present is a believer and not at all a skeptic... ).
    - It called its female members 'handmaids' until 2018, yet it's spokesman claims it's women are not subservient because they 'work as teachers and in ministries'.
    - Former female members have spoken out about the culture of 'Biblical' subservience from and second class status for women.
    - Members sign a lifetime 'covenant' agreement (not at ALL culty....nope...totally reasonable...).
    - Members do not speak of the group to outsiders.


    On top of all of...that..., she believes Abortion is a 'sin' and seeks to overturn Roe v Wade (and if you think that religious zealots don't have cases just WAITING to be brought to a 'friendly' court in hopes of doing just that, then I have beachfront property in Kansas to sell you...). PLUS, as someone associated with a fundamentalist cult, we can safely assume that, like all fundamentalists (whatever their religious flavor), she will use her postion to damage the progress of equality for queer people, women, and other vulnerable members of society and to push her radical version of 'christianity' on the nation.

    But sure...she seems like a reasonable choice, all things considered. I'm sure it won't be at ALL disastrous to give a fundamentalist cult more power and influence...
    And, from what I have been reading, her specific cult is the inspiration for The Handmaid's Tale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cool Thatguy View Post
    Do we know who should have known what?

    I would expect the two detectives involved to be better read in, but the third sergeant might not have been required to know the details (though screw that guy for playing the victim and acting like they did no wrong)
    The person that started the investigation and whoever signed the warrant. Where are they? Where is the evidence that shows Taylor dealing drugs in any sort of form?

    A cynic like myself might say that cop was a sacrificial lamb to keep Louisville and, quite possibly, the country from going up in flames again like back in early June. Will it fly? Who knows. People are gonna need to keep their cool tonight and accept the fact this was probably the best possible outcome when the alternative would've been all three getting off scot free. To be perfectly honest, considering how incredibly fucked up 2020 has been, I'm genuinely surprised that didn't happen.

    Unless Hurrican Katrina and her kinfolks can rain down so hard that no one can go outside-I doubt cooler heads will behave.

    Because someone (probably paid to) is going to try something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cool Thatguy View Post
    Do we know who should have known what?

    I would expect the two detectives involved to be better read in, but the third sergeant might not have been required to know the details (though screw that guy for playing the victim and acting like they did no wrong)
    That's kind of my point.

    If they were only charging one, then it should've been fed up higher.

    Hence, ridiculous. I am agog about why.
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    QAnon is a Nazi Cult, Rebranded


    A secret cabal is taking over the world. They kidnap children, slaughter, and eat them to gain power from their blood. They control high positions in government, banks, international finance, the news media, and the church. They want to disarm the police. They promote homosexuality and pedophilia. They plan to mongrelize the white race so it will lose its essential power.

    Does this conspiracy theory sound familiar? It is. The same narrative has been repackaged by QAnon.

    I have studied and worked to prevent genocide for forty years. Genocide Watch and the Alliance Against Genocide, the first international anti-genocide coalition, see such hate-filled conspiracy theories as early warning signs of deadly genocidal violence.

    The plot, described above, was the conspiracy “revealed” in the most influential anti-Jewish pamphlet of all time. It was called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was written by Russian anti-Jewish propagandists around 1902. It collected myths about a Jewish plot to take over the world that had existed for hundreds of years. Central to its mythology was the Blood Libel, which claimed that Jews kidnapped and slaughtered Christian children and drained their blood to mix in the dough for matzos consumed on Jewish holidays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    That would explain why there are so many people who are into it who are also into fearmongering about "globalists" and other anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
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    Well, video has emerged from four years ago of Amy Coney Barrett, the supposed front-runner for the Supreme Court nomination for RBG's seat, where she herself states in 2016 that President Obama should not be able to nominate a Supreme Court Justice to replaeduring an election year to replace Scalia because, "it would dramatically flip the balance of power".

    I think if she is named, we'll be seeing this video at the confirmation hearing. Along side all the Republican Senators who argued the same then, and now the opposite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Well, video has emerged from four years ago of Amy Coney Barrett, the supposed front-runner for the Supreme Court nomination for RBG's seat, where she herself states in 2016 that President Obama should not be able to nominate a Supreme Court Justice to replaeduring an election year to replace Scalia because, "it would dramatically flip the balance of power".

    I think if she is named, we'll be seeing this video at the confirmation hearing. Along side all the Republican Senators who argued the same then, and now the opposite.
    Not that it'll have any effect on the Republicans who are committed to ramming through their pick before their party collapses. That would require a sense of shame, or common decency, and we all know that no GOP politician has either of those.

    It's like the death curse of a witch..."I defeated myself with my own terrible behavior, and am dying because of my own choices. Fuck you, world! Have a plague!"

    That is the way the leadership of the Gross Old Patricians is acting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinderel View Post
    Not that it'll have any effect on the Republicans who are committed to ramming through their pick before their party collapses. That would require a sense of shame, or common decency, and we all know that no GOP politician has either of those.

    It's like the death curse of a witch..."I defeated myself with my own terrible behavior, and am dying because of my own choices. Fuck you, world! Have a plague!"

    That is the way the leadership of the Gross Old Patricians is acting.
    Exactly. They could show a video of her shooting someone on 5th Avenue, and they'd still confirm her.

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