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What’s That Great Smell? EDITED

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I hope your day is warm and wonderful and that somebody loves you enough to make you a chocolate pecan pie. I also hope you can mix leftover Aunt Erlene’s potato salad in with the turkey bones so that it doesn’t stand out on your plate that it’s awful. I do not know who taught that woman to make potato salad but they are going to hell.

I’ve got some great updates on the Alex Jones in Texas which I will post  later after the hub bub is over and I just need to sit and grin.

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Okay, there was another Alex Jones hearing in Austin last week.  This one was for sanctions and a request for the judge to overrule the Texas Legislature’s cap on punitive damages.  It works like this: In Texas, the jury decides on two damages – one is actual damages and the other is called punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the bad guy who caused the lawsuit.

The jury in this case awarded about $4.5 million for actual damages on a vote of 10 – 2.  We learned after the trial from the jurors themselves that the two who voted “no” wanted the damages to be much higher. Next the lawyers argued punitive damages to the jurors.  The jury came back with $45 million on that.

However, the Texas Legislature decided that jurors could be trusted in deciding between life and death but they could not be trusted with really important stuff like money.  So, they put a cap of $750,000 for punitive damages. Juries are never told about this.

So, no matter what the jury says, the most that you can punish a civil shame bucket in Texas is $750,000.

There are a few rare exceptions to the cap but they are narrow and difficult to prove.

The judge in this case is Maya Guerra Gamble and I’ll have more to say about her later. After a day long hearing with lawyers Numbers 15 and 16 for Jones, she ruled that this case did not warrant caps and awarded the entire $50 million to Neil and Scarlett.

 

 

One other thing: The lawyer who totally messed up the Jones defense was there.  Andino Reynal returned to the scene of his last humiliation. Mark has asked for a sanctions hearing against him for the waste of time and money during this case. The judge has made no secret of the fact that she is “disappointed with” his appearances in court. He spoke not a word during this hearing and let the two new lawyers do all the talking.

He, however, did claim that he will be the attorney to represent Jones in the next two cases. We are pleased to hear that.

More to come.

 

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Alex Jones thought the TX cap on punitive damages would save his bank account. He was, er, mistaken.
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CARPETBAGGER BUSTED: Walker–Texas Ranger?

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Aspiring Georgia Senator Herschel Walker doesn’t live in the state he’s trying to represent.

Recent reports reveal the Republican nominee filed tax exemptions on his home in Dallas/Ft. Worth– TEXAS, not Georgia.

In 2021, Walker claimed a homestead exemption on his 4-bedroom, $3 million Texas home.

He listed it as his primary residence, despite registering to vote over four states away.

According to the Texas Tribune, Under Texas law, homeowners can claim a homestead exemption — which exempts a certain amount of a home’s value from taxation — only on their primary residence.

But homeowners may continue to claim the exemption if they “do not establish a principal residence elsewhere … intend to return to the home … [and] are away less than two years,” according to the state comptroller’s office.

Walker has claimed the exemption since 2012, after purchasing the home in 2021 – according to Tarrant County Tax Assessor records.

Texas allows homeowners to take the exemption if they move out of the state as long as they don’t establish residency elsewhere, and plan to make Texas home again within two years.

Georgia has established 15 rules to determine residency – though not all have to be met.

In 2008, the Democratic candidate for Public Service Commission, Jim Powell, was disqualified from running the office after taking a homestead exemption outside of his local jurisdiction.

It was later reversed.

“The Supreme Court said that a homestead exemption alone was not dispositive evidence that could disqualify a candidate,” according to Georgia State University law professor, Anthony Michael Kreis.

“At the end of the day, this is more of a political problem than a legal one in all likelihood, … where Walker can be painted as a carpetbagger. It does call into question whether Walker’s change of residency was made in good faith,” said Kreis.

Walker’s actions may not technically be “illegal,” but they do raise questions as he runs to unseat actual Georgian, Rev. Raphael Warnock (D), who is running against Walker for the remaining undecided U.S. Senate seat – coveted by both Democrats and Republicans.

The Heisman Trophy winner joins a handful of GOP candidates who ran in key battleground states, despite established residency in other states.

Bestselling author, and tech elitist J.D. Vance in Ohio, and Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania come to mind.

Walker has run a campaign based on half-truths and outright lies, so it’s not surprising he’d falsify his state of residence.

Hopefully, Georgians will see past the GOP’s attempts to steal a seat for political power and re-elect the real Georgia resident – Sen. Warnock.

Original reporting by Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck at CNN. 

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At least Oz bought houses in Pennsylvania.
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INTERNALLY DAMNED: Ex-Trump attorney’s crass Christo-fascist condemnation of Club Q victims

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Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis‘ comments about the victims of the Club Q shooting is a reminder to the public that the MAGA ally is not only off her rocker but is as morally empty as the rest of the judgmental GOP.

Insinuating the victims of the Colorado Springs massacre are responsible for their own terrorization, Ellis said the five innocent people killed, “are now reaping the consequences of having eternal damnation.”

On an episode of the Jenna Ellis show, the crackpot “Christian” made claims that the “real” issue is whether or not the victims subscribed to her Christo-fascist beliefs.

The five people who were killed in the nightclub that night, there is no evidence at all that they were Christians. So assuming that they had not accepted the truth of the Gospel of Christ, and affirmed Jesus Christ as the Lord of their life, they are now reaping the consequences of having eternal damnation.

And that, according to Ellis, is most important.

“Instead of just the tragedy of what happened to the body, we need to be talking about what happened to the soul,” the disgraced legal advisor told her off-camera co-host.

Watch the video clip.

Ellis is one of many former Trump attorneys subpoenaed to testify before a special grand jury in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

The former Trump campaign attorney wrote a memo falsely claiming that then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the electoral count.

“Witness personally authored at least two legal memoranda to former President Donald Trump and another of his attorneys, Jay Sekulow, advising that Vice President Mike Pence should disregard certified electoral college votes from Georgia and other purportedly ‘contested’ states during the Joint Session of the United States Congress on January 6, 2021,” a July 5 court filing said.

“There is evidence that the Witness’s drafting of these legal memoranda was part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” the filing, which was intended to certify Ellis as a material witness to the inquiry, added.

The legal advisor to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign has been vocal about her feelings about the LGBTQ community – coming under fire in 2020 for misgendering Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine and referring to Levine, a transgender woman, as a “guy.”

Ellis tweeted, “This guy is making decisions about your health,” prompting immediate backlash and criticism.

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, called the shameless attorney a “bully” and a “bigot.”

Jonathan Lovitz, senior vice president for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, told Ellis, “Delete your account.”

Jenna Ellis’ most recent known job was as an advisor on State Senator Doug Mastriano’s (R-PA), campaign for governor.

A self-proclaimed Christian nationalist, the Trump-endorsed failed candidate lost big to his Democratic Jewish opponent, Josh Shapiro.

While in Ellis’ words those killed in Club Q shooting “are now in eternal separation from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” we’d settle for her being eternally separated from her freedom for her role in Trump’s attempts to subvert democracy.

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One of Dougie Mastriano's "advisors"
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CLOSET CASE: Gay-bashing Republican ousted from teaching job for same-sex grooming

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Patricia Kent, Utah Republican founder of the anti-LGBTQ group Liberty Action Coalition, takes GOP hypocrisy to a new level, accusing drag shows of being “immoral,” and of grooming kids – and then losing her teaching license for what? Grooming.

Kent, most widely known for her campaign against drag queens previously resigned from her job as a teacher after details of inappropriate and intimate relationships with female students were revealed – including a sexual relationship.

According to the Daily Kos, Kent wrote intimate notes, gave gifts to her students, and provided details of her personal problems to students, according to documents obtained by The Tribune.

She also used her position to “foster intimate and dependent relationships with young teen-aged girls.”

Her teaching certificate was eventually suspended.

Kent resigned from her teaching position at Hurricane High School after details became public in 1996.

Parents of the teenage girls expressed their concern, prompting then-principal Robert Goulding to warn the educator to restrict her interaction with students to “what is professionally expected,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

While there was evidence, according to the documents, that Kent engaged in a sexual relationship with a student, whose name is redacted, the evidence wasn’t sufficient or compelling enough for members to find that she had engaged in immoral conduct.

Founded in 2020, Liberty Action Coalition has around 4,000 members whose mission is anti-mandate, anti-Black Lives Matter, anti-socialism, and now – anti-drag shows, which the group claims “harms civic virtue, community morals, and children, whom they say are being dragged down to the depths of depravity.”

“Drag shows in the St. George area are promoting same-sex attraction, grooming children for satanic purposes, and are being abetted by civic leaders who won’t stand up for what is right,” the write-in candidate for Washington County clerk told members at a LAC meeting.

“Those are children, teenagers at best [who are] being promoted to the ideology of same-sex transgender,” she said. “This is supposed to be the new exciting lifestyle and everybody’s supposed to love it. They are grooming our children for immoral satanic worship.”

An investigation by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC), found enough evidence to issue a complaint against Kent in 1997 – leading to the permanent revocation of her teaching license the next year. The State Board of Education cited “unprofessional conduct.”

In June, over 1000 people attended cable giant HBO’s “We’re Here” drag event at St. George Town Square Park, sparking outrage among the city’s conservative community – including Kent.

But like most Republicans, the irony was lost.

Recent revelations prove yet again, when it comes to “conservatives,” every accusation is really a confession.

Original reporting by Mark Eddington at the Salt Lake Tribune. 

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Can't make this up.
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STAY BROKE: “Anti-Woke” bank funded by big money GOP donors crashes and burns

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After debuting in September, absurd “anti-Woke” bank GloriFi  founded by businessman Toby Neugebauer and former Mike Pence chief of staff Nick Ayers has been canceled.

The Texas based company blew through investment money – leading to layoffs, infighting and legal issues.

Accusations that Neugebauer drank on the job complicated bank operations with the founder’s 16,000 square foot home serving as GloriFi’s home base.

Funded in part by Trump-backed former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and billionaire far-right Republican operative, Peter Thiel, GloriFi raised nearly $50 million in 2021 for its launch.

According to The Wall Street Journal, GloriFi aimed to be a full service banking institution – offering bank accounts, credit cards, home loans and insurance services, marketing themselves as a “patriotic” company promoting pro-American values like capitalism, supporting law enforcement and the celebration of “your love of God and country.”

Within months, the investors’ money was nearly gone, and GloriFi was on the verge of bankruptcy. It missed launch dates, blaming faulty technology and failures by vendors, and laid off dozens of employees.

After months of mishaps and chaos, some investors – including Ayers – unsuccessfully tried to oust the bank’s leader.

Neugebauer denies he was asked to resign. “Our 84 co-founders and our great partners stick by our accomplishments,” he told the Journal.

Of the criticism of his alleged drinking, he said, “The attacks on what I do in my home after 5 p.m. are beneath” The Wall Street Journal.

The company had lofty goals of being a conservative banking haven for those unhappy with “woke” Wall Street banking, even offering a homeowners insurance discount for gun owners.

But growing pains would soon hit the start-up – expanding to over 100 employees – and spending millions on attorneys, consultants and vendors in attempts to meet the then-scheduled April 1st launch.

For a time, it was all conservative hands on deck. GloriFi hired right wing pundit Candace Owens as the public face of the bank, airing a promotional video at August’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

When asked about her involvement with the financial services newbie, Owents told the Journal in an email, “I very much believe in GloriFi and view it to be the first true mark of what I perceive to be a competitive, conservative economy that is forming.

The son of a former congressman, Neugebauer is politically connected in the world of Texas Republican politics. The private equity firm owner reportedly donated $10 million to a super PAC that supported Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’s 2016 run for president.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has been a guest at Mr. Neugebauer’s Dallas mansion, and even former Vice President Mike Pence appeared on a staff call.

GloriFi’s chief marketing and communications officer, Cathy Landtroop, alerted staff that the company would be closing its doors via email on Friday, citing “financial challenges related to startup mistakes, the failing economy, reputational attacks, and multiple negative stories took their toll, forcing the Texas based company to lay off a majority of its staff.

Rapid growth, unrealistic goals, mismanagement and financial frivolity appear to have been GloriFi’s downfall.

Perhaps throwing tens of millions of dollars at two banking entrepreneurs with no actual banking experience wasn’t the best idea.

While apple pie and American flags may be a great for a Trumper selling MAGA merch, credit cards made of bullet material, abusive vendors, and drunk CEOs apparently wasn’t the selling point they thought.

Original reporting by Rachel Louise Ensign, Peter Rudgeair, and AnnaMaria Andriotis at The Wall Street Journal.

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Why do we have the FDIC? Because this used to be commonplace.
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BIGOTED BACKLASH: Club Q veteran hero becomes right wing nutjob target

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Richard Fierro, the Army veteran who stopped the Colorado Springs shooter, has been targeted with online hate from extremists who are questioning his sexuality, accusing him of being a “groomer” for being at a drag show, and calling him a “f*ggot.”

The brewery owner gained notoriety after it was revealed that Fierro was one of two unarmed individuals who sprung into action during the Club Q nightclub shooting.

Right-wing pundits and influencers have tripled down on their anti-LGBTQ rhetoric – which many blame for the hate crime.

“Are we just not supposed to talk about the US Army Major taking his family down to the local drag club for a night out?” chaos agent, Jack Posobiec, asked on social media. “Heroes don’t take their kids to drag shows, ” one of his followers responded on Telegram, Vice reported.

“So a married man, His Wife, Daughter, and her boyfriend all go to a Gay bar together? I’m gonna call bullshit on this,” a user on the far-right Christian platform Gab wrote on Tuesday. “If it’s not bullshit he’s helping to molest children and he’s all for it,” another Gab user wrote in response, adding: “F*ggot dad in closet.”

Fierro, his wife, his daughter, and his daughter’s boyfriend attended a drag show at Club Q on Saturday because a friend of the family man’s daughter was performing.

The military officer told reporters he saw a flash of gunfire and sprung into action.

“I don’t know exactly what I did, I just went into combat mode,” Fierro told reporters. “I just know I have to kill this guy before he kills us.”

Unarmed, the Iraq War veteran tackled 22-year-old, Anthony Lee Aldrich – disarming the suspect, and restraining him until law enforcement arrived.

Trolls on right-wing platforms like Gettr, Parler, Gab, and Telegram, users dismissed Fierro’s account and claimed the tragedy was “staged.”

“So a gay libtard shot up a bunch of gays and a gay ex-Soldier helped take him down. There’s more to this, something smells fishy,” someone posted on Gettr.

“Gay men dressing up like women and mocking women is misogyny. anyone who supports this is a misogynist,” another wrote on the site. “This man is not a hero. He just hates women.”

Fierro is indeed a hero.

At a time when anti-LGBTQ sentiment continues to spread around the country, and increased calls for violence against members of the community come from the right, the small business owner did what he was trained to do – honoring his oath to protect America and its citizens from all terrorists foreign and domestic.

Original reporting by David Gilbert at Vice. 

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Bigots gotta smear.
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