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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Why has he never denied it? He had everyhing to gain if he did that. Oh, I know you'll just dodge that part.
    Because the spirits taught Trump on that chilly Christmas eve, the value of humbleness and humility. And lo, never again did he say Christmas was a humbug. And he stopped punching his son in the face for wearing Baseball Jerseys in public, too.
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    If she said to jump, I’d ask how high? And how far to fall?
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    Two years ago on this date, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” posted a profile of Jase Bolger, the former Speaker of the House of the Michigan House of Representatives who once ordered a female Democratic legislator silenced for saying the word "vagina" during a debate on abortion, as if she had used profanity. That was only slightly more sexist than the time he posed for a photo with fellow GOP members with a fashion magazines to show the know what their female constituents want. He also supported wasteful and unsuccessful legislation such as Michigan's "Emergency Manager" law, to begin drug testing welfare recipients, altering the collective bargaining rights of public school teachers, and , creating stricter Voter ID laws to disenfranchise voters and keep voter turnout low. Hell, his efforts to rig elections got so out of hand, he wanted to pass a law to change how Michigan awards electoral votes in the presidential elections to split them and see if he could help Mitt Romney game the 2012 elections. But what really crossed the line and brought about his political downfall was when he was investigated for election fraud for offering a man $1,000 to run as a Democrat, and then getting the actual Democrat on the ballot to switch parties right at the deadline. That scandal put a fork in his miserable career.

    One year ago today, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” posted a profile of Rick Brinkley, who we could have simply profiled for his support of Oklahoma's "Birther Bill" as well as Personhood legislation, but he particularly stood out for being massively corrupt. Brinkley embezzled $1.8 million from the Better Business Bureau. He got caught on five counts of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return, and plead guilty, and will likely spend the rest of his life in federal prison. Brinkley was apparently using the stolen money to pay off his mortgage, credit card bills, and numerous gambling debts accrued at local casinos. As being a white collar criminal will kind of destroy your career, we'll start profiling a different wacky Republican on this date instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 563-20, since this was established in July 2014.)



    Bill Kintner

    Thank you for joining us here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” for our 563rd original profile, where we’re going to talk about Bill Kintner, a member of the Nebraska State Senate first elected in 2012, whose office was pracitcally wallpapered with photos of former President Ronald Reagan and whose greatest achievement as a Republican politician was believing enough in the Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theory that he decided to sponsor legislation to try to block its implementation in Nebraska. That bill was best summarized by fellow legislator Ernie Chambers as "in the category of those people who wear tin-foil hats for protection from I don't know what."

    Kintner was a hardliner on abortion, believing life starts at conception, and during his time in office, voting against measures that would have raised the minimum wage (during the greatest period of income inequality in the United States in almost a century), voted against a measure that would have prevented wage discrimination based on gender, and voted against a bipartisan effort by the Nebraska state legislature to repeal the death penalty in the state.

    Sadly, that is far from the end of the stories brought to us by the letters “W, T, and F” by Bill Kintner over the past few years. It wasn’t shocking to see another Republican guy who’s opposed to equal pay for women and wants to ban all abortion and birth control pills volunteering his opinions about the difference between the sexes, and summarizing women as being “crazy” and impossible for anyone to figure out.

    I mean, that’s just standard misogyny. When news broke, however, that Bill Kintner was involved in a sex scandal, well, he was a bit more toxic for the Nebraska GOP. Sure, participating in some cybersex online might have some people argue that he wasn’t actually cheating on his wife, and honoring good Christian values (LOL, good luck with that one), but the story got more complicated than that… Almost immediately after Kintner was done sharing a good ol’ tug & rub on Skype with his new pal from the Ivory Coast, he was immediately blackmailed by his online sex buddy, who wanted $4500 in hush money. Kintner knew he done goofed up, and spent almost a year trying to keep the story out of the news. Not just because he was running around on his wife, but because he was also stupid enough to have used the laptop computer issued to him as a member of the state legislator for his extramarital shenanigans (please clean that before returning it, sir), which adds a layer of ethical impropriety to the marital kind.

    For almost a year, the Nebraska GOP was calling for Kintner to resign from the state legislature, but alas, he was determined he could survive the controversy, claiming it was a “witch hunt” against him. And then, during the Women’s March in January, Kintner thought it would be a good idea to respond on social media to photos of some of the marchers holding up signs that said, “You can’t grab my p***y” that they had nothing to worry about, because they weren’t attractive enough to sexually assault.

    And with that, the full weight of the Nebraska GOP’s pressure finally caused Kintner to give up the ghost and resign, because they knew that he was toxic to the party going into 2018, where they’ll need all the hope they can against a push back from Democrats. Hopefully Kintner didn’t throw his back out leaving the job with a box full of Reagan photos.
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    Glenn Greenwald and Mike Huckabee (strange bedfellows!) can still pretend that their is no scandal involving Russia, but...

    Justice Department charging Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion


    The Justice Department is set to announce Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials.

    The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by the Russians.

    The charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage, according to officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the charges have not yet been announced. The indictments are part of the largest hacking case brought by the United States.

    (...)

    In the 2014 hack, the FSB — Russia’s Federal Security Service, and a successor to the KGB — sought the information for intelligence purposes, targeting journalists, dissidents and U.S. government officials, but allowed the criminal hackers to use the email cache for the officials’ and the hackers’ financial gain, through spamming and other operations.

    The charges “illustrate the murky world of Russian intel services using criminal hackers in a wide variety of ways,” said Milan Patel, a former FBI Cyber Division supervisory special agent who is now a managing director at K2 Intelligence, a cyber firm.

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    Wondering if his handlers are hiding the disapproval poll numbers from Trump.
    Even the Rasmussen numbers have become brutal. The Gallup numbers are like 20 points worse than the 2nd most unpopular president has been in that poll. This is the worst case of buyers' remorse that the Electoral College ever inflicted on our nation.

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    I finally The report from Ms Maddow and in less than 1 minute she says "this could be the biggest story in the year", to that i say this: lol.

    But seriously The problem i see is that The report was Too hyped by her, It didnt help that The WH responded to It in a way that make them look angry/desperate? In The eyes Of some people, maybe that was Trump plan who knows but people were and still are dissapointed with her/The report and in my opinion It seems like The were in a rush to report about the taxes, she didnt mention in the original tweet she did that The tax report was from 2005.

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    I love Rachel Maddow, but this seems to be the biggest story to not live up to the hype since Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's vault and found nothing more than a few empty beer bottles.

    That said, we do only have two pages of T-rump's 2005 tax returns. What might be really important is to get all of the W2s and 1099s, to tell us the sources of his income. That's what might turn out to be the smoking gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handsome men don't lose fights View Post
    I'm disappointed in Maddow for taking the schmuck bait on planted tax returns. I'm hoping it was a producer who made her run with this non-story, because I'd hate to think someone as accomplished as her hadn't done her due diligence as a reporter in the rush to get a scoop. That's what destroyed Dan Rather's career.
    Agreed. The mess with Dan Rather was the ultimate cautionary tale about rushing a story on air before it were verified. Whether or not a producer had Maddow run with the story so the network could scoop everyone else, bottom line, she should've known better but screwed up. That's all there is to it.
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    So Maddow fucked up is what I'm getting here.

    Don't let that distract you from Sessions' Lies, Healthcare Deform, Trump's failure as Commander in Chief, and everything else that's more legitimate criticism which we are being encouraged to forget about.

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    Reminder, Rachael Maddow has been on fire as far as the Trump/Russia investigation. Her coverage, as well as putting the puzzle pieces together has been fantastic. This one slip up shouldn't detract from that.

    Also, she was honest about what she had, just not that it contained so little relevant information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalak View Post
    So Maddow fucked up is what I'm getting here.

    Don't let that distract you from Sessions' Lies, Healthcare Deform, Trump's failure as Commander in Chief, and everything else that's more legitimate criticism which we are being encouraged to forget about.
    It's definitely no distraction for me. Right now, I'm watching the conservatives preparing to eat themselves. This wiretapping thing, Kremlingate, the healthcare reform fiasco. The white house is staring to look like Pvt. Hudson in Aliens. "Game over, man! Game over!"

    It will be so glorious when the HIC starts sending out those subpoenas.
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    If she said to jump, I’d ask how high? And how far to fall?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handsome men don't lose fights View Post
    It's definitely no distraction for me. Right now, I'm watching the conservatives preparing to eat themselves. This wiretapping thing, Kremlingate, the healthcare reform fiasco. The white house is staring to look like Pvt. Hudson in Aliens. "Game over, man! Game over!"

    It will be so glorious when the HIC starts sending out those subpoenas.
    Donald Trump’s itchy Twitter finger just alienated one of his most important allies

    If there is one man on Capitol Hill that President Trump might want to stay in the good graces of, it's Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Nunes is the head of the House intelligence committee, which is in charge of investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election — you know, the one Democrats think could prove collusion between the Trump campaign and a foreign power.

    And until this week, that was a good setup for Trump. Nunes had been a member of his own transition team, after all, and he seemed to go out of his way to defend Trump — in a way few others did, frankly.

    That may no longer be the case.
    Nunes delivered a reasonably strong rebuke of Trump on Wednesday for his tweet that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, saying that if the tweet were to be taken literally, “clearly the president was wrong” (meaning Trump). The comment came a couple days after Nunes threatened to subpoena the Trump administration for failing to turn over evidence related to Trump's claim.

    As I argued Tuesday, Nunes seems to be fed up with this story line, and he's suddenly willing to wield his authority in a way that Trump probably doesn't love. Or, at the very least, Nunes is now bowing to the reality of Trump's wayward and still evidence-free conspiracy theory.

    And that's a clear reversal from where Nunes has been in recent weeks.
    I wonder how long before the rest of the GOP get's fed up with him?
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    I like how pubs are reacting to the Rachel Maddow thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Reminder, Rachael Maddow has been on fire as far as the Trump/Russia investigation. Her coverage, as well as putting the puzzle pieces together has been fantastic. This one slip up shouldn't detract from that.

    Also, she was honest about what she had, just not that it contained so little relevant information.
    It doesn't really add up that this was a leak by Trump's people themselves.
    That was my first instinct, especially with Drudge and other Trumpeters comparing apples with oranges (like Trump's 2005 tax rate to Sanders' in 2015) to show how off the "he pays not taxes line" was.

    The documents appear to have been leaked to two journalists:

    Maddow, a Rhodes Scholar with a PHD, by all accounts one of the smartest people among political pundits. Who, as you pointed out, has been absolutely on fire with her Trump investigation.

    The other,David Cay Johnston , is a Pulitzer price winner who specializes in tax scandal coverage.

    True, so far the publication of this very specific, very partial look into Trump's tax history has done Trump a lot more good than bad.
    But if that was the goal, wouldn't you have leaked it to somebody else? Why not Wikileaks? Why not Hannity? Heck, why not Don Lemon?

    Why leak it to two people who are gonna ask the right questions and follow every lead out there?

    Is it possible that somebody was testing the waters with this? Or that this was all they could get?

    Maybe it's Marla Maples trying to scare Trump into paying her more money, without revealing her entire hand yet. Maybe it's the revenge of Tiffany Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Donald Trump’s itchy Twitter finger just alienated one of his most important allies





    I wonder how long before the rest of the GOP get's fed up with him?
    Don't forget Lindsay Graham. He's over this nonsense too. Chuck Grassley is also starting to throw his weight around. And surprise, surprise, surprise, Texans are being threatened with eminent domain forfeiture if they don't accept the government's lowball estimates of their land. They don't want the damn wall, by-the-by, and they're passing the heat on to their representatives.
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    If she said to jump, I’d ask how high? And how far to fall?
    It wasn’t because she was pretty; it was because she was a killer.
    And you just can’t say no to a killer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mojotastic View Post
    It makes sense since the Peso is weak now and the Canadian dollar is also weak right now, is cheaper for them to travel to Canada than the states.
    Not only that: Fuck Trump and his policies. I scrapped a December trip to LA and I'm moving it to Canada. No trips while he's in the White House.

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