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    Three years ago, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" ran a profile of Stella Tremblay, a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives who resigned in 2013, but not after she spent one term and change in the state legislature wasting the people’s time and tax dollars on her salary to rave and actually try and pass legislation to investigate whatever the last conspiracy theory she heard was. Whether she wanted investigations into Agenda 21, Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate, and the “lost secret” 13th Amendment of the Constitution that denies office to anyone holding a title of nobility. She also claimed that former President Woodrow Wilson was sympathetic towards Hitler, which is pretty amazing considering he died in 1924, long before Hitler ever came to power. The New Hampshire GOP finally got sick of Tremblay’s antics in April 2013 after she started claiming that the Boston Marathon bombing was a “false flag” attack, and that “amputee actors” were set in place to make it look like people lost limbs, and the pain victims were feeling was just the work of those actors, linking to Alex Jones’ InfoWars website as “proof”. Since Tremblay has faded from view over the past four years, and that’s probably for the best.

    Two years ago today, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” posted a profile of Janet Adkins, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2008-2016, who had designs on winning the seat in Congress held by Rep. Corrine Brown when she was term-limited, but tried like hell with the Florida GOP to gerrymander Florida’s Congressional map so she could have a chance to do so, to the extent that a Florida Court overruled the map because it was blatantly unconstitutional. Janet Adkins was not satisfied, and unveiled her master plan to a gathering of a Northern Florida Republican Caucus after first asking, “Are there any reporters in here? Any reporters? OK. So, inside ball game.” When no reporter outed themselves, she then proceeded to talk a particularly devious gerrymander that would statistically leave the number of African Americans in Florida’s 5th Congressional District only slightly less, but assure that the numbers lie and several of the new minorities wouldn’t be able to vote, because they would be part of the population of a local prison. While there were no reporters in the room AT THE TIME, her comments were recorded, and the audio eventually found its way into the hands at reporters at Politico, who gladly informed the public of Adkins’ nefarious idea to purposely leave Corrine Brown with African American citizens with their right to vote already stripped as a means to flip her already ridiculously gerrymandered district. Adkins was forced to give a half-hearted apology, where she admitted to no intent to do wrong, but said she was sorry “if she offended anyone”. Y’know, just people who respect democracy, primarily. Adkins voting record featured support for mandatory ultrasounds where the woman was required to observe the fetus prior to getting an abortion, attempts to redefine “fetal viability”, the ability for adoption agencies to refuse services to people based on their own “deeply held religious beliefs” as well as officials to use the same justification for denying same-sex couples marriage services, and the failed policy of drug testing welfare recipients. She also co-sponsored HB 1209, another one of those bills to prevent the implementation of “foreign laws” like say, Sharia Law. Between hitting term limits in the Florida state legislature and her embarrassing “caught on tape” moment, she’s pretty much done in politics.

    One year ago, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profiled Dan Bongino, a former member of the NYPD and Secret Service as well as a carpet-bagger extraordinaire who has, in each of the past three elections, lost in an effort to get elected to office. In his first back in 2012, he failed to get into the U.S. Senate in Maryland. In his second in 2014, he failed to get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. And in 2016, Bongino decided to try his luck at running for U.S. House of Representatives again, but this time, way down in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Now, it was pretty clear that Bongino was pretty hard to the right from the jump. After all, his campaign website through the years had his stance on abortion being that he defined life from “conception until natural death”, and he actually advocated for a “flat tax” that most economic experts would take one quick look at and know it would wreck the American economy as well as the budget deficit. I mean, those are extreme policies, it’s not like Bongino gave any other sign that he was off-kilter, right? I mean, other than him actually campaigning at the Heritage Foundation on wondering where President Obama was on the night of Benghazi (which Obama’s whereabouts are totally verifiable and all). Well, there how he responded to a story in the Naples Daily News as being “propaganda” and when he had Marc Caputo, a reporter from Politico contact him for a follow-up on that statement, Bongino decided to go ahead and level an extended, profanity-laced tirade while he was being recorded. All Caputo did so set him off was point out the fact that most of Bongino’s campaign donations were coming in from donors outside of his proposed district in Florida’s 19th, and the next thing you know, Bongino started raving like a maniac for over seventeen minutes, where Bongino berates Caputo non-stop, including telling him “you were the guy that got beat up a lot in high school, huh?” or “The Secret Service would fire people like you, because you were so pathetic and you’d have to go into journalism”, or “You’re a real disgusting piece of s***.” Towards the end of the phone call, Bongino realized that maybe this audio getting to the public would be a bad thing, and threatened to sue Caputo for recording him without his consent. Unfortunately for Bongino, Caputo has a message dialogue where he told him the call would be recorded, and Bongino agreeing… so Bongino was pretty boned on the PR front on this. At the 15:44 mark, it gets really real, and you get Bongino screaming, “SHUT THE F*** UP! GO F*** YOURSELF YOU PIECE OF S***! YOU DON’T KNOW WHY I MOVED TO FLORIDA YOU MOTHERF***ER! WAIT UNTIL I SHRED YOUR F***ING *** ON THE RADIO! LISTEN TO ME YOU PR***, I’M GOING TO EXPOSE YOU NOW. AND WHEN I TELL YOU THE REAL REASON I’M DOWN HERE? I’M GOING TO EXPOSE YOUR F***ING *** EVEN MORE.” As you might expect, the good people of Florida’s 19th District did not think having Capt. Sweary McSaltypants as their next Congressman was a good idea, and Bongino was defeated in his attempt to reach office, this time not even advancing out of the primary, finishing a distant third with only 15.7% of the vote. Perhaps after three straight election losses, Bongino and his supporters have run out of cash, and he might not resurface to run for any office in 2018, if ever again. In the meantime, he’s been a regular guest on InfoWars and the Alt-Right media to predict things like that Hillary Clinton will be indicted, and trying to back up Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama did the “wire-tapps” to Trump. Thus, we’ll set aside his CSGOPOTD profile at this time and go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 667-30, since this was established in July 2014.)
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    Terry Lynn Weaver

    Welcome to the 667th original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’re going to be discussing Terry Lynn Weaver, who has served the Tennessee House of Representatives for District 40 since first being elected back in 2008, and in 2016, she coasted to victory with 73% of the vote. Now, CSGOPOTD has definitely seen its fair share of right-wing nut jobs from the Volunteer State, but Weaver managed to raise herself above the pack in February of 2017, when she submitted a bizarre bill that would declare any child born through any form of artificial insemination with the help of a fertility clinic would be “illegitimate”.

    Now, chances are you’re asking yourself, “Why the hell would a party renowned for being pro-life go out of their way to try and argue some children aren’t legitimate?”

    Great question. The answer is, “To f*** with same sex married couples, of course.” Terry Lynn Weaver was one of 53 members of the Tennessee GOP beside themselves and who got involved in September of 2016 in a same-sex marriage divorce that dealt with the custody of a child born through artificial insemination. Weaver and the other lawmakers asserted that the lesbian wife of the child’s mother should not be considered a “legitimate” parent under the current statute. Now, Weaver doesn’t seem to care about the implications of what might happen if both women in a lesbian relationship had a baby, and both wanted custody… or she does and just wants to make sure same-sex couples can’t have custody of children, whatsoever. There are efforts to be cruel to LGBT couples, and then there’s what Weaver did.

    Now, maybe Weaver is getting some really extreme and twisted views on Christianity, that she’d go out of her way to hate gay people that much. Then again, her pastor is such a pillar of sensitivity that there’s a photo of him with Weaver where he’s wearing blackface and pretending to be Aunt Jemima. We can’t believe we just typed that sentence, either, but there it is. Oh, and Weaver defended her pastor for it, to boot.

    But anyway, it seems more that Terry Lynn Weaver is just obsessed with babies and pregnant mothers in general, even outside of your standard anti-abortion fanatical fervor. In 2014, she was the Tennessee state legislator behind a controversial bill to jail pregnant mothers found to be on drugs during their pregnancy. Critics pointed out there wasn’t accurate testing to determine of a baby was born “addicted” to a drug, and that even if it was easily diagnosed, the law would do little to prevent the problem, and might instead cause pregnant drug addicts to do even more desperate things to avoid getting caught, that they might not be more forthcoming with their doctors about being pregnant in the first place, or that it could lead to a lot of children being raised away from their birth mothers if so many were being thrown in jail for it.

    Again, Terry Lynn Weaver seems indifferent about the details. That’s probably why her voting record looks like this:

    • February 9th, 2011: Terry Lynn Weaver votes for HB 368, to limit teachers’ ability to challenge students who give “opposing viewpoints” on scientific theories in public school classrooms. (In other words, deny the existence of evolution, or the age of the Earth.)
    • April 14th, 2011: Weaver votes for SB 16, a stricter Voter ID law aimed at suppressing the vote using the pretense of in-person voter fraud that is statistically non-existent.
    • January 12th, 2012: Weaver co-sponsors HJR 587, a resolution against the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty, for fears from hard-right conspiracy theorists that it’s a plot to establish global domination.
    • March 29th, 2012: Terry Lynn Weaver votes for HB 3808, a bill written to gather “abortion statistics” that made many critics realize the data could help identify women going to clinics to seek abortions.
    • February 25th, 2013: Weaver co-sponsors and votes for HB 553, to prevent Civil War monuments from being renamed.
    • February 21st, 2013: Weaver sponsors HB 1391, a bill aimed at imprisoning women who use illegal narcotics while pregnant.
    • February 24th, 2014: Weaver co-sponsors and votes for HB 937, to block the Medicaid Expansion in Tennessee.
    • April 13th, 2015: Weaver votes for HB 1110, an attempt to nullify the enforcement of federal gun laws.
    • January 21st, 2016: Terry Lynn Weaver co-sponsors HB 2129, again to preserve Civil War monuments.
    • March 3rd, 2016: Weaver votes for HJR 529, to express disagreement with the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling by the Supreme Court.
    • April 20th, 2016: Weaver votes for HB 615, an attempt to name the Bible as Tennessee’s state book. (Hint: Obviously unconstitutional via the separation and church and state.)
    • February 9th, 2017: Weaver sponsors HB 1406, her bill to declare children born via artificial insemination “illegitimate”.
    • February 12th, 2018: Terry Lynn Weaver votes for HB 108, a mandatory ultrasound bill for women seeking abortions.


    While Terry Lynn Weaver’s district is solidly Republican, what with her winning office by 45 points in 2016, she actually could be in trouble in the 2018 elections, as Chad Williams, a 21 year old who owns the Lebanon Antique Mall in her district, and is fresh out of Tennessee Tech University. He will be the first primary challenger she’s faced since she took office, and with any luck, he’ll take her place and almost certainly have to be a more calming influence in the legislature. Then again, that’s not saying much, given Weaver’s extremism. Hell, who knows, maybe a Democrat will jump into this race and completely upset things.
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    I'm just going to put this here without comment:

    President Donald Trump's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, slammed former FBI Director James Comey, suggesting an announcement he made about Hillary Clinton's emails during the 2016 election may have been a deciding factor.

    "This guy swung an election," Conway told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" today. “He thought the wrong person would win.”

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    Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

    President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration’s plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.

    The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

    “We’ll match their numbers,” Trump instructed, according to a senior administration official. “We’re not taking the lead. We’re matching.”

    The next day, when the expulsions were announced publicly, Trump erupted, officials said. To his shock and dismay, France and Germany were each expelling only four Russian officials — far fewer than the 60 his administration had decided on.

    The president, who seemed to believe that other individual countries would largely equal the United States, was furious that his administration was being portrayed in the media as taking by far the toughest stance on Russia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    So close to saying that Trump's election was 'fixed' and possibly not legal.
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    Protests follow outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks

    Protesters gathered at a Philadelphia Starbucks on Sunday and planned to regroup again on Monday morning after two black men were arrested there last week when they allegedly refused to leave.

    Protesters brought megaphones and signs that said phrases like, "Too Little Too Latte," and confronted the employees behind the register, according to NBC Philadelphia.

    The original incident occurred on Thursday, when a Starbucks employee called 911 because two black men were sitting inside the café. Soon after they arrived, police handcuffed the men and escorted them out of the shop.

    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, said the men hadn't purchased anything and refused to leave, which led to the arrest.

    A video of the arrest and ensuing confusion went viral on Twitter.
    Michelle Saahene witnessed the entire event, as she'd been at the Starbucks for nearly an hour. She told NBC News on Sunday that, as a black woman, she was slightly nervous when the police officers entered the coffee shop, but she was then as shocked as the two men when they were approached by the members of law enforcement.

    After the two men were refused the bathroom, they just sat at a table silently and played with their phones as they waited for a friend, Saahene told NBC News.

    "The cops were asking them to leave because they weren't purchasing anything," Saahene said. "[The two men] said they were confused. This is a Starbucks. Since when are people asked to leave a Starbucks who are just sitting there?"

    Saahene said that a white man sitting next to her had been at the Starbucks for 30 minutes without making a purchase and a jogger came in and used the bathroom without making a purchase.

    That's one of the reasons she felt compelled to approach the employee who called 911.

    "'Did you feel threatened'?" she said she asked the Starbucks barista. "She didn't look at me. 'Did you feel like your life was threatened?' She still didn't look at me."

    "I got to the other side of the Starbucks and yelled, 'you're a coward!'" Saahene added.
    I heard this morning on my local all-news radio station that Black Lives Matter is involved with the protests, and they want nothing less than the employee who caused the whole ruckus fired. I don't particularly agree with that demand (though I fully understand the sentiment, a black columnist for the Philly Daily News also called for her firing) since it appears the employee's only crime was being stupid, but at this time, a sacrifice might be the only way to calm the rapidly roiling waters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    I'm surprised they let Kellyanne Conway out of her cave. On GMA earlier today, she asked Comey's interviewer George Stephanopoulos why Comey didn't express his concerns under oath about Trump and Russia's interference in the election instead of writing a book. Stephanolpoulous reminded her that he already had testified under oath last May. They should just cut off her mike and shove her out of the door. Some shows have banned her from appearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Protests follow outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks





    I heard this morning on my local all-news radio station that Black Lives Matter is involved with the protests, and they want nothing less than the employee who caused the whole ruckus fired. I don't particularly agree with that demand since it appears the employee's only crime was being stupid, but at this time, a sacrifice might be the only way to calm the rapidly roiling waters.
    I don't think that Starbucks as a company is responsible for the act of one person. I wonder if it was the manager on duty.

    In fact one of my complaints as a customer is that they do let people "camp out" all day. If I wanted to just sit down and have a little snack and go, most of the seats are taken up by squatters who I've never seen get asked to leave. I've seen people dial up the wi fi and do their homework or whatever.

    The kicker is one time I was in a Pannera Bread and a group had pulled together a bunch of tables ....and they were actually conducting a business meeting ...in public!
    My only thought was their boss was a cheapskate and didn't have something delivered to the office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    I don't think that Starbucks as a company is responsible for the act of one person. I wonder if it was the manager on duty.

    In fact one of my complaints as a customer is that they do let people "camp out" all day. If I wanted to just sit down and have a little snack and go, most of the seats are taken up by squatters who I've never seen get asked to leave. I've seen people dial up the wi fi and do their homework or whatever.

    The kicker is one time I was in a Pannera Bread and a group had pulled together a bunch of tables ....and they were actually conducting a business meeting ...in public!
    My only thought was their boss was a cheapskate and didn't have something delivered to the office.
    My in laws run a million dollar small business and conduct their employee interviews at Panera. they run the business out of their house and they don't want random people coming through for interviews.
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    Obviously, there are problems with some of Obama's handling of foreign affairs, but this article from July 2016, about his "red line" comment, and all of the thought and discussion and concern for the effect on other countries as well that went into handling Syria at the time, it's enough to make you nostalgic, given the current whatever. And as the article, with rose-tinted glasses I'm sure, points out, even if there were stumbles and even if it obviously (and even more obviously now than when the article was written) didn't solve everything, getting them to give up 1300 tons of chemical weapon without being attacked...that's pretty impressive to me. I'm not expert and I can't imagine having make decisions regarding shit like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    I don't think that Starbucks as a company is responsible for the act of one person. I wonder if it was the manager on duty.

    In fact one of my complaints as a customer is that they do let people "camp out" all day. If I wanted to just sit down and have a little snack and go, most of the seats are taken up by squatters who I've never seen get asked to leave. I've seen people dial up the wi fi and do their homework or whatever.

    The kicker is one time I was in a Pannera Bread and a group had pulled together a bunch of tables ....and they were actually conducting a business meeting ...in public!
    My only thought was their boss was a cheapskate and didn't have something delivered to the office.
    The café in the downtown Philly Barnes & Noble is just as bad, if not worse as I've seen homeless people, overstuffed bags and all in there from time to time. How the staff handles them I have no idea.

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    My in laws run a million dollar small business and conduct their employee interviews at Panera. they run the business out of their house and they don't want random people coming through for interviews.
    What? They couldn't rent office space for an hour or so? Conducting interviews at a public eatery where perfect strangers can overhear everything that goes on seems, I don't know, awkward to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Protests follow outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks





    I heard this morning on my local all-news radio station that Black Lives Matter is involved with the protests, and they want nothing less than the employee who caused the whole ruckus fired. I don't particularly agree with that demand (though I fully understand the sentiment, a black columnist for the Philly Daily News also called for her firing) since it appears the employee's only crime was being stupid, but at this time, a sacrifice might be the only way to calm the rapidly roiling waters.
    that employee SHOULD be fired

    Im willing to bet a large number of people roam in and out of there daily and don't buy shit and no one calls the cops

    that employee saw two "scary" brown people and called the cops, that speaks to judgment and character

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    Public Service can be a tricky profession. On the one hand, you do not want to do anything that might offend customers, or potential customers [Starbucks big mistake], on the other you want to provide a comfortable, clean and pleasant environment for customers [I think that as long as the B&N customers don't have legitimate complaints, or as long as the 'bag' people aren't creating a mess or breaking any laws, then it is good for them to let them be.]

    By law or by rights, no one should be discriminated against or forced out of an establishment without just cause [as in committing a crime, harassing employees or patrons, doing something obscene or damaging property].
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInvisibleMan View Post
    that employee SHOULD be fired

    Im willing to bet a large number of people roam in and out of there daily and don't buy shit and no one calls the cops

    that employee saw two "scary" brown people and called the cops, that speaks to judgment and character
    There were multiple witnesses that said that other customers were allowed to set/use the restroom without a purchase. And that's the real issue. Either you can loiter or you can't. It would be one thing if they were loud or disheveled or in any other way disruptive to a peaceful environment. But no one has claimed that they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInvisibleMan View Post
    that employee SHOULD be fired

    Im willing to bet a large number of people roam in and out of there daily and don't buy shit and no one calls the cops

    that employee saw two "scary" brown people and called the cops, that speaks to judgment and character
    Which is why I wouldn't be surprised if that staff member gets fired or maybe suspended with the stipulation they go through some special training to address their lack of judgment, etc.

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