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California county suspends dozens of deputies who failed psychological screening but were mistakenly hired anyway

An administrative error led to the hiring of dozens of Alameda County (California) sheriff’s deputies who had scored below acceptable levels on a pre-employment psychological exam, resulting in the department suspending them last week, CBS News reports.

On Friday, Sheriff Gregory Ahern sent letters to 47 deputies involved, explaining that when they took the test during their hiring process, they scored a “D” on a standard school grading A-through-F system.  While in a scholastic setting a “D” is a barely-passing grade, it fell below the standard the department put in place in 2016, Ahern explained.

The deputies will have the opportunity to take the test again to retain their positions, but in the meantime, they are barred from carrying a weapon or any credentials from the sheriff’s department, and they are banned from making arrests or enforcing laws in an official capacity.  A number of them will be retained to take administrative positions, allowing uniformed officers in those positions to take up patrol duties.

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FEC Republicans block probe of Trump ties to ChiCom pimp

As they do with literally every matter that crosses their table, the three Republicans on the six-member FEC this month deadlocked with the two Democrat and one Independent commissioners on whether to investigate the matter of straw donations from suspected ChiCom agent and massage parlor pimp Cindy Yang into Trump PAC coffers, the Florida Bulldog reports.

Yang, whose “Orchids of Asia” rub-and-tug shop first gained notoriety as degenerate Trump fan and detestable asshole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s jerkstation of choice, ran a racket in which she would reimburse family members and employees of several family-owned businesses for making illegal conduit contributions on behalf of foreigners seeking access to Trump and other Republicans, who are supposed to hate human traffickers and Chinese communists.

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Trump removes $3 million lawyer from Mar-a-Lago case

The Orange God Emperor, probably pretty fucking pissed after the “Special Master” diversion basically backfired and did nothing to significantly slow down the federal criminal investigation into his theft of top secret documents from the White House, has removed his $3 million marquee lawyer, former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise from the case, CNN reports.

Kise will stay on the Trump legal team and will purportedly work on other matters – on which there’s plenty to do – but we can’t help but think the Donald would have fired Kise if the attorney had not already managed to secure his $3 million retainer up front. Now the fat bastard feels like he needs to get his money’s worth out of this guy, even though he couldn’t deliver at a crucial juncture.

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Complete douchebag Capitol rioter convicted, faces 25 years

A DC jury on Tuesday convicted John Strand, a flamboyant male fashion model and boyfriend to anti-vaxxer quack Capitol rioter Dr Simone Gold, of four misdemeanors and one felony count for his participation in the January 6th, 2021 MAGA insurrection, Ron Filipkowski reports. Strand did not commit any crime of violence, vandalism, or theft while wandering inside the Capitol during the attack, he simply was such a total assclown that he couldn’t just to what his sugar mama did and take a plea deal for a single misdemeanor and two months in the clink.

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At induction center, Russia conscripts told to fend for themselves

“I don’t have tourniquets for you,” a Russian non-commissioned officer tells a group of newly-arrived conscripts at a military camp.  She goes on to tell the conscripts that they must supply their own sleeping bag, medications, and first aid kit–she suggest the new soldiers get the IFAK (individual first aid kit) from their vehicles to use on the battlefield.  If they can’t get tourniquets, the NCO tells them to have their wives and girlfriends send sanitary pads and tampons to control blood loss.

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Consumer confidence rigged in September

The Consumer Confidence index, a measure that Republicans use to get swing voters to correctly trust them on the economy, was rigged by the Biden Administration in September in order to deprive right wing politicians and influencers of a key talking point, ABC News reports.

Rising from 103.6 in August to 108 in September, a number increase evident to the vast majority of MAGA pundits who know that seems fake even if they otherwise don’t really know what it represents, they nevertheless will be able to say something like “CONman Biden really puts the CON in CONsumer CONfidence. These numbers are a total CON-job!” Jim Jordan or Charlie Kirk or Marjorie Taylor Greene will write on Twitter to show their fans how rigged the whole thing is. Even if it’s not true, no lib can prove otherwise, and therefore they will be massively owned. MAGA!

National Zero will resume our regular news coverage now that we’ve rubbed some salt in a small wound on the diseased hides of our right wing readers. We hoped they enjoyed this nonsense.

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DeSantis privately talking a lot of shit about Trump: report

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis is increasingly preparing for an all-out war with his likely rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, disgraced former President Trump, Vanity Fair reports.

A source tells VF’s Gabe Sherman that the diminutive autocrat “calls him a TV personality and a moron who has no business running for president,” and that “the only way to beat Trump is to attack him head-on. He says he would turn to Trump during a debate and say, ‘Why didn’t you fire Fauci? You said you would build the wall, but there is no wall. Why is that?'” which we will remark is impressive because that’s exactly what the fuck we’ve been saying a challenger should say.

The Donald for his part is building toward a public attack on the Ronald, calling him “overrated, disloyal, and a know-nothing,” with Sherman’s reporting correctly crediting Trump for helping the then middle-management GOP Congressman DeSantis over the finish line in the tight 2018 race.

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“Libertarian” sues Biden Admin over student debt forgiveness

An attorney with a so-called “Libertarian law firm” called the “Pacific Legal Foundation” has filed a federal civil complaint against the Biden Department of Education over the student debt forgiveness program, this first in a long expected assault on the plan. In the complaint, Frank Garrison of the PLF argues his standing is that because he paid off his debt to go to law school, he is injured by the forgiveness of up to $10,000 in student debt for Americans still carrying it.

“Student debt cancellation has been the subject of great debate in America for at least a decade. Some argue that the government should provide relief to students to offset skyrocketing tuition costs and the consequent debt incurred by many to attend college. Others point to the regressive quality of student debt relief, arguing that it is unfair to cancel student debts that were freely assumed with taxes raised from those who predominately have not attended college, or attended but avoided debt, or paid it off. Congress has authorized a variety of student debt relief programs, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, by which some debt is written off for students who choose to work in relatively lower-paying public service or non-profit organization positions after graduation and follow program rules for a period of years. Perhaps because of the costs of student loan cancellation, or its potential impact on the economy, or the inherently divisive nature of this debate, Congress has declined to enact more sweeping debt cancellation. This is, of course, Congress’s prerogative under our Constitution, as Congress is the branch of government that possesses the exclusive power to make law,” writes Garrison in the intro to the complaint.

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Walker campaign lists MAGA rioter, fake elector as local “captains”

Until the page was taken down late Monday, mentally ill Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s campaign website listed indicted Capitol insurrectionist/Taylor County co-chairwoman Mandy Robinson-Hand and fake Trump 2020 elector Kay Godwin as “County Captains” working to help him unseat Senator Raphael Warnock, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Facebook kills off massive Russian propaganda network

Probably deciding they weren’t making enough money off of it so there was no real point to letting the torrent of bullshit continue, Facebook (or “Meta” if you want to indulge their lame attempt at rebranding) on Tuesday announced they killed off a large network of Russian bots propagating a sophisticated set of some 60 fake news websites pushing Kremlin talking points about the war in Ukraine to European users on Facebook and Instagram, the Associated Press reports.

“On a few occasions, the operation’s content was amplified by the official Facebook pages of Russian embassies in Europe and Asia. I think this is probably the largest and most complex Russian-origin operation that we’ve disrupted since the beginning of the war in Ukraine earlier this year,” some overpaid asshole with a made-up title who works for Facebook told the AP.

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Military-aged Russian men pour out of country

Russian men of prime age for conscription in dictator Vladimir Putin’s army have been pouring over the borders into pretty much any and every neighboring country except for the one with Ukraine, with some 10,000 a day heading into Armenia and the Republic of Georgia, AFP reports. One man who made into Georgia told the Moscow Times he waited 34 hours to cross the border by car.

Private jet companies meanwhile are charging between £20,000 and £25,000 to charter flights out of the country when the going rate for a typical eight-seater was formerly about £80,000 to £140,000 total, according to the Guardian. No word yet of any Russians swimming into Alaska.

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Secret Service confiscated 24 agents’ phones in Capitol riot probe

Secret Service leadership in July 2022 confiscated and handed over two dozen agents’ phones to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general as part of the investigation into the events surrounding the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection, NBC News reports.

The Secret Service agents, possibly loyal to disgraced former President Trump, were reportedly pissed they had to comply with the order so quickly after DHS IG Joseph Cuffari announced a criminal investigation into the missing text messages on the days surrounding the failed attempt to overturn a legitimate presidential election. The agency has been under a cloud of suspicion for so quickly deleting relevant information about one of the darkest days in its history, more so now that Trump loyalist Tony Ornato has quickly retired and still has not testified under oath to contradict the explosive testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Trump fanboys should be annoyed with that one, that a supposed patriot did not do anything to dispute the embarrassing story about him having a meltdown in the presidential SUV and attacking an agent.

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Jury selection begins Tuesday in Oath Keepers leaders’ trial

Selection of the jurors that will decide the fate of Oath Keepers founder Stewie Rhodes and four of his top lieutenants will begin Tuesday, causing tears and agony for the violent terrorist fanboys who fought in court so desperately to delay the trial on charges of seditious conspiracy for their involvement in the failed January 6th, 2021 insurrection, CNN reports.

Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson, and Thomas Caldwell all face at least 20 years in prison on the historic charges of attempted overthrow of the US government.

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Four plead guilty in 2018 North Carolina GOP election scam

Four “mules” linked to late North Carolina Republican operative Leslie McRae Dowless, who died earlier this year while awaiting trial for his role in the absentee ballot harvesting scam that forced a do-over in a 2018 US House election pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanors for their involvement in the scam, the AP reports. Rebecca Thompson, Tonia Marie Gordon, Ginger Shae Eason, and Kelly Hendrix pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess absentee ballots and received suspended jail sentences, probation and 100 hours of community service.

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Ken Paxton fled his home to avoid being served with subpoena

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his house Monday, jumping in a pickup with his wife at the wheel, to avoid contact with a process server delivering a subpoena from a pro-choice group suing the state, the Texas Tribune reports.

A process server showed up at the door of Paxton’s house Monday morning, telling the woman who answered the door he needed to speak with Paxton.  She told him Paxton was on the phone; he responded he would wait, he reported in a court affadavit.

An hour later, as the process server stood at the front door, a black Chevy Suburban drove into the driveway at the side of the house, and the server saw Paxton come out of the house about 20 minutes later.  Paxton ran back into the house from the garage before he could be served.  Minutes later, Paxton’s wife exited the house, got into the SUV, and positioned it by the back door. 

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Walker wants you to know he’s got some Native American friends and they’re perfectly okay with Atlanta mascot, so there

After a very long set-up about the pressure to change the name of Atlanta’s baseball team with Trump advisor Sean Hannity chopping the subject up into little pieces so he can digest it, Republican Senate nominee from Georgia and human-cabbage hybrid Hershel Walker claims that he himself “has some friends”…

Well, my reaction there, Sean, I’ma, I’ma say this like this.  I wanna ask Senator Warnock and he need to come out and say he believe they should change the name well I don’t because you know what so funny?  I’ve asked some Native American and they were okay wit it.  That’s one a the problems we have is that most of the people on the left don’t talk to the people that put dem in office that they represent.  All they’re doing is they’re making decision and then they’re comin’ back later knowin’ they make the wrong decision and tryin’ to change it.

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Man shot in face trying to steal guns from Chicago SWAT facility

In tonight’s “What Did You Expect to Happen?” Department:  A Chicago man was shot in the face by police officers after he broke into the police department’s SWAT training facility and attempted to steal some guns, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The man, who has not been identified, climbed up the building’s fire escape to get into the fifth floor, where a door had been propped open to help with ventilation.  (Where is Ted Cruz when you need him?). Upon entering the door, he found himself in a SWAT training site and saw two rifles on a table in the middle of a training area.

Two instructors stumbled on the scene, saw the man with the guns, and called for armed officers to the scene.  As armed officers arrived, the man pointed the guns toward the officers, at which point, one of the officers fired, hitting the man in the head.  He was taken to an area hospital, and his condition is unknown.

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This is a thing in Florida… It is a thing in Florida, right? They do this?

It’s not like a high on bath salts-alligator molesting-golf cart crashing-parrot kidnapping-getting everyone high at a wedding party type Florida thing. We just can’t tell if it’s typical weird Florida or weird but strangely kind of ingenious for Florida. It’s the second one, right?

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Get outside! Look up! Jupiter will be brightest it’s been in 59 years

Jupiter will the brightest it’s been in 59 years in tonight’s sky, as the largest planet in our solar system reaches its opposition, a position in the sky directly opposite to the Sun, the Washington Post reports.

In the “nature is a curious thing” department, on Sunday, Jupiter reached its closest point to Earth, so the gas giant will appear even larger in the sky than usual.  That coincidence won’t happen again until 2139.

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