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November 21, 2023

Mixed reactions as Javier Milei wins Argentina presidential election

Reactions have been mixed as the world reacts to the election of libertarian outsider Javier Milei as the next president of Argentina.

Taking a chance on the eccentric economist’s programme of radical reform after decades of economic stagnation, the Latin American nation handed Milei an overwhelming victory on Sunday.

His election heralds a dramatic shake-up of the country’s economy and institutions amid public anger over high inflation and record poverty rates under the centre-left Peronist coalition.

“I am a man of democracy, and I value nothing more than the popular verdict. I trust that tomorrow we can start working with Javier Milei to guarantee an orderly transition,” said outgoing President Alberto Fernandez.

“I congratulate Javier Milei for bravely representing the will to advance and prosper that lives in the hearts of Argentinians. He knew how to listen to the voice of young people and the fatigue of millions of neglected and impoverished people,” said former President Mauricio Macri.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Fuck you Milei and fuck you Putin. The bad guys win again.

BTW John Oliver's explanation of Milei:

November 12, 2023

The man accused of attacking Nancy Pelosi's husband was caught up in conspiracies, defense says

After his arrest, DePape, 43, allegedly told a San Francisco detective that he wanted to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage. He said that if she told him the truth, he would let her go and if she lied, he was going to “break her kneecaps” to show other members of Congress there were “consequences to actions,” according to prosecutors.

DePape, who lived in a garage in the Bay Area city of Richmond and had been doing odd carpentry jobs to support himself, allegedly told authorities he had other targets, including a women’s and queer studies professor, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, actor Tom Hanks and President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

The professor, who is also expected to testify next week, was DePape’s main target and DePape went to the Pelosis’ home to have Nancy Pelosi “lure her out,” Linker said.

San Francisco Police Acting Lt. O’Connor, who helped process the crime scene, testified she collected a sleeping bag and two backpacks from the Pelosis’ patio that DePape allegedly brought with him. Items in the backpacks included a sledgehammer, zip ties, gloves, duct tape, cash, a Canadian passport, a Canadian birth certificate, men’s clothes, a video game console, and two inflatable, multicolor unicorn costumes, she said.

WTF! I knew this guy was crazy... but two multi-colored unicorn costumes? I feel like MSNBC buried the lead on this one. I need to know more.
November 4, 2023

GOP Rep. Zinke proposes bill to ban Palestinians from entering US

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) introduced a bill Thursday that could ban Palestinians from entering the U.S. and possibly expel those who are already here.

Zinke, who served as secretary of the Interior Department under former President Trump, introduced legislation called the Safeguarding Americans from Extremism Act.

The legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt granting visas, asylum and refuge for people who have a Palestinian Authority-issued passport. The bill would revoke the entrance or visa for individuals who came to the U.S. after Oct.

“This legislation keeps America safe,” Zinke said. “I don’t trust the Biden Administration any more than I do the Palestinian Authority to screen who is allowed to come into the United States. This is the most anti-Hamas immigration legislation I have seen and it’s well deserved. Given the circumstances, the threats to our immigration system and the history of terrorists abusing refugee, asylum and visa processes all over the world, the requirements in this bill are necessary to keep Americans safe. This bill does exactly that.”

This is some seriously scary shit here. Fuck Ryan Zinke.
October 27, 2023

Another day, another right wing terrorist.

When are we going to wake up and realize that the right wing propaganda is the problem? You can make all the connections you want about guns and the people who purchase them. But one thing that all of the recent mass shooters have in common that isn't nearly being talked about enough. The killers were all radicalized by ultra radical hate propaganda. And it comes in many forms - Fox News, Infowars, AM radio, Sinclair Broadcasting, Joe Rogan, Twitter, Ben Shapiro, TPUSA, the list goes on and on and on.

And before you say "Oh we have to address left wing propaganda too!!", shut the fuck up. There is no left wing equivalent to Infowars or Fox News. The right wing has thousands of programs to choose from, and you can get them almost tailor made to your preferred level of racism that you're willing to tolerate. We don't have anything like that. And right wing shows, despite that there's thousands of them - ALL SELL THE SAME PRODUCT. You could seriously interchange one host from the other and it wouldn't make much of a difference. There's an economic term for that, it's called a "perfectly competitive industry".

The Maine shooter is just another victim of what happens when one falls down the right wing conspiracy theory talk show wormhole. Just like the Uvalde shooter. Or the Illinois shooter. Or Kyle Rittenhouse. Or Ashlii Babbitt, who the right wing is trying to make a martyr out of. This shit does serious damage to people's mental health. If we are going to make serious progress on the gun issue, we have to address the danger and damage that too much right wing extremist propaganda is doing to people. None of it is good. And it's not good for people and it's not good for America.The talk shows are holding this country hostage in favor of talking points.

Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, Steve Bannon, Ben Shapiro, Joe Rogan, Donald Trump Jr, and the like make money off of scrambling people's brains and turning them into mush. They do it every single night too. And it's inspiring people to do some absolutely horrible things. Like what's happening in Maine. And if we don't address it seriously, it will happen again. And again and again and again. The talk shows sell you the problem using fear porn - too many criminals, bad things happening, etc and then they sell you the solution - buy a gun. Lather, rinse, repeat. It's stochastic terrorism. It's the cycle of death and it screws us all.

October 26, 2023

Least shocking news of the day: Maine shooter was a Fox News / RW propaganda addict.


Another white male gun nut radicalized by Fox News, Infowars, Elon Musk, and the dark corners of the internet. Something needs to change.
October 4, 2023

Kevin McCarthy just invented a new unit of measurement yesterday.

1 Scaramucci = 11 days

1 McCarthy = 24.5 Scaramuccis

Quite the clown show these kooks are running!

September 27, 2023

Mike Lindell Pleads For Help as MyPillow 'Crippled' by American Express

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a prominent supporter of Donald Trump's discredited claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, has claimed American Express has taken "our credit line from a million dollars down to $100,000" which "just cripples" the company.

The outspoken Republican made the claim on Monday during an appearance on the War Room podcast of Steve Bannon, who served as Trump's White House chief strategist at the beginning of his administration.

In July, Lindell claimed MyPillow had "lost $100 million" after major retailers stopped stocking its products in response to his 2020 election fraud claims, saying he was hit by "massive, massive cancellation."

Lindell provided financial support for legal efforts to reverse Joe Biden's election win and the MyPillow logo was included on TrumpMarch.com, a website promoting the January 6, 2021, protest in Washington, D.C., which immediately preceded the storming of Congress.

Womp womp! Eat shit, MAGA losers!
September 22, 2023

Texas sends 15th bus of asylum seekers to Los Angeles. It's the second in four days

A group of 45 migrants who reached Los Angeles Friday morning are the second to arrive by bus from Texas in four days.

Mayor Karen Bass’ office confirmed that the group of asylum seekers marks the 15th to arrive in L.A. since the first bus arrived in June.

The bus that arrived Friday pulled into Union Station shortly after 9:30 a.m. after leaving Texas around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to L.A. Welcomes Collective, a group of immigration advocates, faith-based organizers and city and county officials. The group of asylum seekers, which includes 13 families and 23 children, traveled from Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

On Tuesday, 40 asylum seekers from Venezuela and El Salvador arrived in Union Station, the L.A. Welcomes Collective said.

Hey Greg, stop this shit right now. It's not funny. You're a fucking asshole. Stay the hell out of my state. You're not welcome here.
August 31, 2023

Megachurch Pastor Jack Hibbs Launches Nationwide Campaign to Out LGBTQ Students

California Republicans recently introduced a bill that would require school districts to notify parents within three days of learning that a student is “identifying at school as a gender that does not align with the child’s sex on their birth certificate, other official records, or sex assigned at birth.” LGBTQ activists say that Assembly Bill 1314 would put transgender students at risk, but radical right-wing California pastor Jack Hibbs hopes to spread the requirement to school districts around the nation.

Hibbs—who just last month declared that he was “embarrassed” that he and other pastors are not being attacked for standing against “LBGTQ transgender lunacy” while “kids are being raped by the public school system”—posted an “urgent call to action” on social media Monday in which he announced that he’s launching a campaign to push back against the “demonic and dark satanic powers” that are supposedly “sexualizing” and “mentally abusing” public school students.

“We are launching right now a campaign to equip and mobilize every citizen to petition—every parent, every grandparent—to petition their local school board, no matter where they live … and demand that your school board adopt the language of AB-1314,” Hibbs said. “We are going to be instructing you shortly on how to do this in your town, requiring your school board to adopt AB-1314 verbiage. … I want parents to know that the school has to notify the parents before they do anything with your child that’s secretive regarding their health, their sexual questioning, whatever. Parents are to be notified.”

He went on to warn that the belief that this nation is a “democracy” is dangerous.

“A democracy steals your kids, kidnaps them, so to speak, at school and takes control,” he continued. “A constitutional republic says, ‘Wait a minute, we have a say.’ Here’s what we’re asking you guys to do: Get your pastors on board, your city council members on board, get your mayor on board, get the word out because we’re coming with this, and it’s going to be great.”

Fuck this MAGA conspiracy theorist genocidal scumbag and everyone like him. Also fuck the Chino Hills school board for enacting this policy. I hope they rot in the hottest of hells.
August 30, 2023

I figured it out. Fox isn't a news organization. It's a multi-level marketing firm.

Think about it. How do fucking idiots like Marjorie Greene, Ryan Walters, Ronny Jackson and Tommy Tuberville all make it into positions of power and profit from those positions? And we can't get rid of them? Well, they speak Fox.

Most multi-level marketing firms offer shiny prizes for those that speak the brand to the people that want to hear it. The people on the right that got into positions of power did so because they speak the language and rhetoric that Fox promotes on a daily basis. Fox is no different from say, Herbalife or Avon. If you sell enough product, you too can get the shiny prizes!

If you speak Fox enough, and to the people that actually listen to what you have to say, you too can make your way into any position of power you want. You want to run for your local schoolboard? Sure, watch Fox until your eyes bleed. And Sean Hannity will convince you that you know more about education than someone with a Master's degree in education! Want to make it even further and run for a state representative, governor, senator, representative? Sure. Just appear on Fox News and say everything they tell you. All day every day. Rinse and repeat. Get more vocal about it. This is how we get incompetent buffoons like Mike DeWine and Sarah Sanders in charge and we can't get rid of them.

Which brings us to the ultimate member of the Fox Multi-Level Marketing Company: Donald J. Trump. Yes, I don't need to remind you that Trump was once a registered democrat. That was until after 9/11 and he bragged about having the tallest building in New York. But Trump became consumed with right wing propaganda coming from Fox and it's affiliates 24 hours a day.

Trump cannot live without Fox. Yes, he says that he now hates them because they had to do the right thing and call 2020 for Biden. But that doesn't mean that he won't turn down the next 1,000 appearances on Hannity. Hell even 24 hours after denouncing Fox on his social media hidey hole, he had that super awkward interview with Tucker Carlson in prime time. Same with all of the other peons that they've installed into power, like Sarah Sanders, Mike DeWine, Tommy Tuberville, Marjorie Greene, Lauren Boebert, I can go on and on. They can't live without Fox. They are addicted. It is their vice.

So yes Fox is the ultimate multi-level marketing company. They trout out the shiny prizes in front of millions of viewers every single night. And those that are glued in enough think they can run for office. In return, Fox gets two things - they get power, and they get policy. The representatives and leaders that they elect are basically nothing more than glorified content creators for Fox. That's why the House is so fixated on things like Hunter Biden's laptop, despite that those of us who aren't tuned into the cult don't give a shit. They only care about what looks good for their News Corp masters. Otherwise if they speak out against them, they'll lose their jobs and be replaced with someone who is a cult bootlicker. Just ask Liz Cheney, she knows a thing or two about that one. Rupert Murdoch is pure evil.

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