Crooked Media - What A Day: Out, damned Scott!

Friday, September 23, 2022

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) openly courting the domestic terrorist vote.

We’re a little over a month out from midterm elections and if the crop of Republican candidates this season is any indication (and we suspect it is), the GOP is a mess.

The unhinged candidates on the Republican ticket, if anything, add credence to the idea that Donald Trump was not an anomaly, and that he is a reflection of the party’s true nature.

  • In an email blast, the National Republican Senatorial Committee gleefully asks where GOP governors like Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Greg Abbott (R-TX) should “ship” migrants next. The NRSC, chaired by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)  also parrots the false claim that the migrants who were lured by DeSantis’s team under false pretenses and trafficked to Martha’s Vineyard are “illegal immigrants,” but as we’ve reported before, they are asylum seekers who were processed when they arrived at the border, and are awaiting court hearings to adjudicate their claims. 


With so much to lose in this election, we wish we could take comfort in the knowledge that 99.9 percent of Republican candidates are clowns with nothing to offer the American people, but that just doesn’t work. Democrats need all hands on deck not only to cut through the noise the GOP is so adept at creating, but to prove to voters that they’re offering something better.

Exciting news, Hysteria now has its very own youtube channel! Check out the new channel every Thursday and Friday for segments from episodes of the podcast! 

Plus, don’t forget to subscribe and listen to new episodes of Hysteria every Thursday, wherever you get your podcasts.

Mortgage rates jumped again for the fifth week in a row, averaging 6.29 percent this week, up from 6.02 percent the week before and the highest level since 2008. This time last year, the rate was 2.88 percent. As a result of higher rates, home prices have finally started to cool, and sales have decreased, but there’s still a shortage of available homes for sale, which keeps prices high. One year ago, if a buyer put 20 percent down on a $390,000 home and financed the rest with a 30 year, fixed-rate mortgage at an average interest rate of 2.88 percent, their monthly mortgage payment was $1,295, according to calculations from Freddie Mac. Today, a homeowner buying the same-priced house with an average rate of 6.29 percent would have a monthly mortgage payment of $1,929. That’s an extra $7,608 per year. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, having really only one crude tool at his disposal, clearly believes that raising interest rates is putting the housing market on track to a “reset,” but there’s little evidence that will happen, because the housing supply remains low due to factors like bad zoning laws, lack of new building projects, and private equity firms and the investor class purchasing one-out-of-three available homes in cash as for-profit commodities before average would-be homeowners could reasonably stand a chance. Until all of those factors are meaningfully addressed, it’s doubtful that we’ll see a significant change. 

The McConnell Center (yes, as in Mitch) announced today that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) will deliver a speech there on Monday called “The Future of Political Discourse and the Importance of Bipartisanship.” Way to desecrate Bisexual Visibility Day once again, Kyrsten.


David Malpass, the president of the World Bank, announced he will not resign today after apologizing for the response he gave last week when asked whether he believed climate change is caused by humans: “I don’t know — I’m not a scientist.” Cool guy. 


The Kremlin is holding its sham referendums in four occupied Ukrainian territories today


In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided to allow the state of Alabama to execute death row inmate Alan Miller, who suffered a botched lethal injection back in 2018, and apparently another one last night.


Italy will be holding an all-important parliamentary election on Sunday expected to propel neo-fascist Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy party into the premiership. 


Russia may be losing its support from India, one of its few remaining major allies.


Relatedly, as the tide of international opinion continues to decisively shift against Russia, a number of non-aligned countries are now joining the United States and other Western allies in condemning Moscow


Career prosecutors have reportedly recommended against charging Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in a long-running sex-trafficking investigation. Lest anyone believe this exonerates him, how many people do you know who preemptively try to ask for a presidential pardon for a crime they didn’t commit?


A new study suggests that cities along the coast of South and Southeast Asia are sinking faster than similar cities elsewhere because of rapid, poorly controlled urbanization, which heightened risks already posed by rising sea levels. 

Across the U.S., people in recovery and families of deceased victims of opioid addiction and overdoses are seeking more say in how some $40 billion in opioid settlements are spent.

Iranian counter-protesters gathered across the country in a show of support for authorities after nearly a week of anti-government protests and unrest over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Masha Amini, who was killed by the country’s morality police while being detained in their custody for allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely. The pro-government demonstrators chanted epithets against America and Israel, according to the state media, reflecting the government’s official line, which places blame for the unrest on “hostile foreign countries.” State TV suggested that the death toll from this week could be as high as 35, raising an earlier estimate of 26. Anti-government protesters and security forces have clashed in major cities across Iran, in the most severe political violence since 2019. Iran’s government also disrupted internet access and tightened restrictions on popular social media and communication platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp, which have been used to organize protests.

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You know we’re all about voting: doing it, registering people to do it, and of course giving a portion of the proceeds from the Crooked Store to VoteRiders to help inform citizens of their state’s voter ID requirements and secure them the documents they may need to vote. 

Why not add wearing shoes that support voting to that list?

Just in time for canvassing season, we’re excited to announce that Crooked and Cariuma have collaborated to launch our own co-branded OCA low-tops, in two designs that we think you’ll really love.

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On a recent flight, a passenger hacked the intercom system and made a bunch of weird noises


Youth activists staged a coordinated “global climate strike” today to highlight fears about the effects of global warming and to demand more aid for poor countries hardest hit by severe weather.

A jury found Project Veritas guilty of violating wiretapping laws and fraudulently misrepresenting itself to a Democratic consulting firm, and will be ordered to pay $120,000.

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