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John Brennan: CIA Would Call U.S. ‘Very Corrupt’ If It Were Another Country

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What my country considers as bribery, ie enough to get a prison sentence, is not only entirely legal in the US, but it’s literally what allows their political campaigns to function.

People made fun of us a few years back when we had a huge corruption scandal, even calling us one of the most corrupt places in the world, but they failed to mention that what we consider illegal and prosecute people for is legal in most places around the world.

Businesses contributing to political campaign is absolute nonsense, unlimited political contributions through PACs is a very thinly veiled corruption, and lobbyists straight up giving money to politicians is literal corruption.

The US not only is one of the most corrupt places on earth, but it legitimizes corruption and defends it as “free speech”. If you look at what people who are actual free speech advocates in autocratic countries are being jailed for, calling unlimited monetary political contributions “free speech” is a fucking slap in the face.

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Rip Taylor, confetti-throwing comic and TV host, dead at 84, publicist says

Rip Taylor, the zany comedian who was a television and nightclub mainstay for over six decades, has died, according to his publicist. Taylor was 84.

Publicist Harlan Boll said Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills. The cause of death was unclear.

Born Charles Elmer Taylor Jr. in Washington, D.C., he first worked as a congressional page before serving in the Army during the Korean War. His showbiz ascent started with spots on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” where he was known as the “crying comedian.”

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Comedian Rip Taylor, seen here in Hollywood in an undated photo, has died at age 84, his publicist said. (AP, File)

“I sat on a stool telling jokes, and nobody was laughing,” he told UPI in 1992. “In desperation, I pretended to cry as I begged them to laugh. That killed ’em.”

He’d go on to make over 2,000 guest appearances on shows including “Hollywood Squares” and “The Gong Show,” and host the beauty pageant spoof “The $1.98 Beauty Show.”

He was known for his over-the-top persona with a fondness for throwing confetti at the audience.

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He also played himself in “Wayne’s World 2” and the “Jackass” movies, appeared on stage in “Sugar Babies” and “Oliver!” and performed an autobiographical one-man play, “It Ain’t All Confetti.”

With his bushy blonde toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus-like mustache, Taylor was a striking presence. He apparently was so proud of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that he’d regularly schedule trips to buff and clean the square.

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Taylor was survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rip Taylor, wacky comedian and game-show regular, dead at 84

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Exuberant comedian Rip Taylor, best known for his many energetic game-show appearances and self-described as the “King of Confetti,” has died at 84.

Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills, publicist Harlan Boll confirmed to USA TODAY. 

Taylor’s showbiz ascent started with spots on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” where he was known as the “crying comedian.”

The comedian in the spiky blond toupee and bushy mustache made a name for himself by being outrageous. He was a favorite on everything from variety shows to talk shows to sitcoms, and had more than 2,000 small-screen credits during his career, according to RipTaylor.com.

In the 1970s, Taylor teamed with Chuck Barris to host “The $1.98 Beauty Show.” The campy “beauty and talent contest” featured winners who received a tacky plastic crown, a bouquet of rotten vegetables and $1.98 from a coin holder on Taylor’s belt. 

In later years, the comedian appeared as himself in “Wayne’s World 2” and on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” 

Charles Elmer Taylor was born on Jan. 13, 1935, in Washington, D.C. He was a Congressional page as a teenager, and served in the Army during the Korean War. 

Taylor is survived by longtime partner, Robert Fortney.

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Steelers medical cart controversy emerges after Mason Rudolph hit

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A member of the NFLPA blasted the league after a medical cart appeared to malfunction moments after Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh with a concussion.

“Embarrassing,” tweeted George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs. “I guess $15 billion (estimated league revenue in 2018) a year can’t buy you a working medical cart.”

The NFL is investigating the incident, which reportedly was an “operator error,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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The 24-year-old Rudolph laid on the ground motionless surrounded by teammates after being hit by Ravens safety Earl Thomas during Baltimore’s 26-23 overtime win.

The cart and stretcher were brought onto the field, and a group of six people were seen pushing the cart.

Rudolph eventually stood up minutes later, and walked off the field with assistance. He was later taken to the hospital. The Post-Gazette reported Rudolph indicated he wanted to walk off the field.

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Jimmy Carter recovering after fall at Georgia home, requiring stitches

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Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering at his home in Plains, Ga., after he suffered a fall Sunday, according to The Carter Center.

Carter, 95, received stitches above his brow and said he “feels fine” now, the organization said in a statement.

The former president and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, will still attend Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tenn., which runs from Sunday through Friday, the center announced.

Carter, whose birthday was Oct. 1, is the longest-living U.S. president in history.

He broke his hip after suffering a fall in his home this past May while readying to go turkey hunting. Doctors said he underwent successful surgery.

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The former president announced in 2016 that he no longer needed radiation to treat cancer, which had spread to spots in his brain.

The 39th commander in chief served from 1977 until 1981, when he was in his 50s.

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Carter said last month he hoped “there’s an age limit” to holding the highest elected office in the U.S.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Trump told Republicans he doesn’t want impeachment on his ‘resume’: report

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As noted many times in this thread, resignation is not even an option for the idiot. The moment he resigns, NY state is going to fuck him with indictments.

His only option is to go full throttle forward with a so-called “fight against the left”. The most probable outcome of a senate trial is that he gets declared “not guilty” which will then be spun into non-stop propaganda against the democrats by his stooges in Fox News.

His hope would then be to win in 2020 and let statutes expire as a means to avoid jail time.

Summary: Vote the motherfucker and the republican party out of existence in every single election (state, local and federal). If impeachment works, good. But never ever sit out an election. Ever.

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Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet puts NBA and Rockets in tenuous spot with China

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The NBA and the Houston Rockets are embroiled in a tenuous situation with China over a since-deleted tweet from general manager Daryl Morey regarding protests in Hong Kong.

Following Morey’s tweet, which expressed support for Hong Kong, multiple Chinese businesses, including the Chinese Basketball Association and Tencent Sports, which is the NBA’s exclusive digital partner in China, have suspended business relations with the Rockets, according to Reuters and China Global Television Network.

This developing story comes at a time when the NBA is showcasing its product in Asia. The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings just played two games in India, the Rockets and Toronto Raptors will play two games in Tokyo this week and the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets will play two games in China on Thursday and Saturday.

The NBA and the Rockets could respond to the issue this week. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected in Japan after spending last week in India.

The topic is sure to be front and center, especially as protesters in Hong Kong remain active. People in Hong Kong are protesting a law that would allow extradition of fugitives who are wanted in mainland China. Violent clashes between protesters and police have led to a “unprecedented violence” and a “semi-paralyzed” city, according to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.

Morey tweeted a graphic with the words, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” He deleted the tweet, and Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta issued a strong rebuke of Morey on Twitter.

“Listen…@darylmorey does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets. Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the @NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization. @ESPN,” Fertitta tweeted.

The NBA has significant business relationships with Chinese companies, and the Rockets are one of the NBA’s most popular teams in China thanks in large part to Chinese-born Hall of Famer Yao Ming, who played for the Rockets.

The Rockets also have business relations with Chinese companies, and Yao is also the president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which also suspended cooperation with the Rockets, according to the Associated Press.

Tencent Sports said it has suspended live streaming and news of the Rockets. In July, the NBA and Tencent reached a five-year extension of their deal that runs through the 2024-25 season.

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“Tencent’s commitment to NBA basketball in China is unparalleled,” Silver said in a July statement. “The enormous reach and popularity of Tencent’s platforms have been a driving force behind the growth of basketball in China, and we look forward to deepening our connection with NBA fans across the country through this expanded partnership.”

The Chinese consulate in Houston also condemned Morey’s comments in a statement posted on its website.

“We are deeply shocked by the erroneous comments on Hong Kong made by Mr. Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets,” the statement read. “We have lodged representations and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Houston Rockets, and urged the latter to correct the error and take immediate concrete measures to eliminate the adverse impact.

“At the moment, ending violence and chaos and restoring order has become the widest common consensus and the strongest appeal of all social sectors in Hong Kong. Anybody with conscience would support the efforts made by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard Hong Kong’s social stability.”

Sports apparel company Li-Ning, which has partnerships with Dwyane Wade and projected 2020 lottery pick R.J. Hampton, also halted business operations with the Rockets and wanted the organization to “give a clear answer on this matter,” according to Reuters.

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Beto O’Rourke confronted by woman on illegal immigration, Second Amendment: ‘Hands off our guns’

A woman took 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to task over illegal immigration and his push for the government to confiscate some guns, at a Phoenix town hall Sunday.

“Hands off our guns, Beto,” the woman said at The Churchill open-air food court. “You’re not getting our guns. The AR-15 is no more deadly than my Ruger .45.”

The woman referred to a statement O’Rourke made during the Democrats’ third primary debate on Sept. 12 when asked if he would support a mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons.

“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” the former congressman from El Paso, Texas, said.

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The Democrats’ presidential primary debate on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

His viral “hell yes’ statement prompted one woman to speak up at a Colorado campaign event later.

“Hell, no, you’re not,” Lauren Boebert told O’Rourke.

“Shame on him for coming to Colorado to expound upon our tragedies,” Boebert said at the time, reportedly referring to a 2012 shooting that killed 12 people and injured more than 50. “Those are our victims, and he came here to paint a picture for his own campaign trail and really, shame on you, sir, for doing that.”

On Sunday, the unidentified Arizona woman also took aim at O’Rourke’s stance on illegal immigration.

“I notice that you pander a lot to the illegal aliens and encouraging illegal immigration,” she said. The crowd started to boo, and O’Rourke told them to “let her speak.”

“We are a nation of laws, and I just think it’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who has waited and paid and played by the rules to immigrate to this country, and who have respected our country, our land, our citizens, our laws,” the woman continued, “and who have gone through the process.”

She continued, “To just say ‘everybody is welcome here, you all get free stuff and just come on over the border’ is, again, a slap in the face to every legal immigrant like my mother who has come here legally.”

The crowd started shouting at the woman before O’Rouke responded, taking the opportunity to address immigration rather than gun confiscation.

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“Listen, on this much we can agree: There should be a safe, legal, orderly, quick path to come here to join family, to work a job, to be able to go to school, to flee persecution or, in some countries, death,” he said. “I want to work with you to make sure our immigration and asylum laws achieve that purpose.”

“But, what is a slap in the face to my conscience and the best traditions of this country is taking kids from their parents and putting them in cages,” O’Rourke continued.

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“We in this country have lost the lives of seven children in our custody and in our care. There are tens of thousands waiting on the other side of the border in an Orwellian-named migrant protection protocol […] — vulnerable, penniless, frightened,” he said. “They’re being preyed upon [by] those who exploit [people] who have no defense left.”

O’Rourke added, “If immigration is a problem, it is the best possible problem this country could have. I want those asylum seekers here in this country. I want us to live according to our conscience, to our laws, to our commitments and to the best, boldest, brightest future we could possibly have.”

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He concluded, “Those immigrants pose no threat to you or me. Stop trafficking in these lies.”

Fox News’ Madeleine Rivera in Phoenix and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Joe Walsh calls Trump ‘traitor’ to US, says ‘no way’ he’ll vote for his reelection

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President Trump represents a traitorous threat to the security of the United States and shouldn’t be reelected next November, according to longshot 2020 GOP presidential candidate Joe Walsh.

Walsh, a former congresssman, went off on the president during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying Trump was “unfit” for the White House.

“I’m running against President Trump because he’s unfit and a clear and present danger to this country,” he told host Jake Tapper.  “There’s no way in hell I would vote for him in November. The election is about Trump, period.”

Trump hasn’t responded often to his Republican primary challengers, but in a tweet back in August, he called Walsh “a one-time BAD Congressman from Illinois who lost in his second term by a landslide, then failed in radio.”

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Walsh called Trump a “traitor” earlier in the segment and said he would vote to impeach the commander-in-chief if he were still in Congress, following Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh also said he didn’t think Trump was guilty of treason.

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“This president betrayed his country again this week,” Walsh said. “Would I vote if I were in Congress on the [impeachment] inquiry?… He stood on the White House lawn… and told two additional foreign governments to interfere in our election. That alone is impeachable. This is a strong term I’m going to use, but I’m going to say it on purpose: Donald Trump is a traitor.

“Now, I know there’s a lot of talk about treason. Right? People on both sides… have been irresponsible using that word, treason,” he continued. “I’m not accusing this president of treason. Our founders were very specific as to what treason is. But, when you look at ‘traitor’ more broadly defined, this president betrayed our country again this week, and it’s not the first time he did it.”

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John Brennan: GOP senators fear Trump’s anger in impeachment fight, ‘running scared’

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Republican senators are fearful of backlash from the White House and President Trump and have allowed those fears to quash any meaningful action on impeachment, former CIA director John Brennan claimed Sunday.

“It all goes back to Mr. Trump and his dishonesty and his complete obliteration of the norms of honesty, in terms of his public statements,” Brennan told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.

“[Trump] was the one who started the birther conspiracy as far as Barack Obama was concerned. He has continued to fabricate information and clearly Sen. [Ron] Johnson is running scared of Donald Trump, as are the other Republican senators,” he said on the NBC News show. “Because, if they say anything against him, he comes after him with vengeance. So, he is the typical bully, and so now I’m… being pilloried as an example of the deep state.”

Trump repeatedly has slammed Brennan over the years. “Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director? He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!” he tweeted last year.

Todd defended Brennan and said his character had been “assassinated,” before adding that there was an active campaign in America to bring down the country’s intelligence community. Brennan said he didn’t want to hurt the intel community with his public appearances but felt compelled to take on the president and urged Republicans senators to do the same.

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“I struggle with what my public posture should be,” Brennan said. “What I don’t want to do is to put the CIA in a difficult situation, but I feel an obligation as a former senior U.S. official to call out Mr. Trump when he lies to the American public — when he totally fabricates information just to advance his own political agenda.

“So, I am going to continue doing it,” he added. “People at this time… need to speak out and speak up, and it’s clear that the Republicans in the Senate are just going along. I’ve had many issues with the Democrats over the years, but I have never seen anything like the Republicans right now as far as just misrepresentations of the truth, because of what Donald Trump has done.”

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Todd then asked Brennan to rate the present American government the way the CIA did with foreign countries; Brennan said he would declare America a “corrupt,” crumbling democracy under Trump.

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“We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway, right now, of this powerful individual who has been able to just corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country,” Brennan said.

“I think it’s no longer a democracy if an autocrat has it in his hands and people like [Ron] Johnson and others are putty in his hands — which means that the democratic principles upon which this country are founded are eroding right now.”

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