• Rep. Andrew Clyde's behavior incredibly weird when asked if he still thinks Jan 6th was like "tourist visit"

    It was weird enough on Wednesday when Rep. Andrew Clyde (Q-GA) compared the January 6th Capitol riots to "a normal tourist visit." But things take an even freakier turn when NBC reporters Leigh Ann Caldwell and Daniella Diaz ask if he stands by his words that the insurrection was "like a Capitol tour."

    Clyde's long silence before speaking is creepy enough. He at first looks startled in the "oh-shit" kind of way and turns his back on the reporters, walking away as if he wishes they would just disappear. But realizing he isn't getting off that easy, he then turns to them, cracks a smug smile, takes a good look at his shoes, glances back at each reporter, rechecks his shoes, and finally looks up as if he's trying to formulate a thought. The drawn-out silence on his part lasts an uncomfortable 16 seconds before he responds with patronizing nonsense – the second reason why this scene is so bizarre.

    "If you're honest in your statement…" he says slowly.

    "What's wrong about it?" one of the reporters asks.

    "Well, think about what you just said," Clyde angrily scolds. "You didn't take what I said in context at all." (Yes, actually they did. Both videos below show this.)

    "Can you explain it?" they ask.

    "You don't listen to what I said," Clyde says. (In reality, they basically repeated exactly what he said.) He ends the awkward exchange by turning his back to them once again, scuttling into the street, and hopping into a red pick-up truck.

  • Watch: A musician "plays" a barcode reader with his skateboard in a park and it's fantastic

    Tokyo-based musician Ei Wada and his band, Electronicos Fantasticos, are known for upcycling old electric appliances (e.g., TVs, fans, and now a barcode scanner) into musical instruments. Here they test out their scratching "barcode-board," which consists of a humongous barcode reader and a skateboard outfitted with an attached scanner. He says "the signal is transmitted wirelessly to the speaker instead of a cash register," according to his YouTube page (and translated on Google). Even without previous experience on a skateboard, the sound is fantastico!

    Here they are at Maker Faire Tokyo in 2020 showing off the barcode scratcher in its early stage:

  • Rick Wilson warns Democrats: get complacent and GOP "will impeach Biden"

    Anti-Trump former Republican Rick Wilson sounded the alarm on the MeidasTouch podcast. When asked what the stakes are in the Democrats' fight against the GQP, Wilson bluntly responds, "Whether you want to live in a free country or not."

    And on the topic of a possible 2022 Republican-controlled House: "If the Republicans take over the House, they will impeach Joe Biden." He warns that the House "will run show trial Benghazi hearings every day that will never end." He also said that "Democrats who think they're going to easily keep the House are out of their damn minds."

    In other words, do not get comfortable.

  • Watch: Parody ad makes a fool of Georgia's congressman who said Capitol rioters were "tourists"

    Republican court jester and congressman Andrew Clyde (Q-GA), who described the January 6th Capitol rioters as "tourists," was recognized on the The Late Show as the fool that he is. After showing the real-life clip of Clyde making his outrageous remarks, we're treated to a parody ad for Clyde's Capitol tour that is exciting for the whole family.

    "Are you looking for a family vacation steeped in American history?" asks the ad. "Then book a Congressman Clyde Capitol tour today." We then get a peek at the tour's itinerary: exploring Capitol hill with your friends (a mob), scaling the "scenic barricades," meeting (or charging at, as the video shows) a real police officer, playing log toss (as in breaking Capitol windows), and meeting costumed characters (such as the QAnon Shaman). They even throw in a complimentary stay in their "five-bar hotel" once the tour ends. Good times!

  • Jen Psaki has great fun with reporter's question on universities that "indoctrinate" students

    A reporter gifted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki one of her favorites today – a vague question backed by zero details – and boy did she go to town with it.

    "Senator Tom Cotton says the nation's wealthiest colleges are indoctrinating young people with what he calls 'un-American ideas,'" the reporter starts, then mentions Cotton's tax proposal that would target private endowments to raise $2-million a year. "Does the president believe that our wealthiest schools are indoctrinating our youth with un-American ideas, and would he support such a tax?"

    "Now you have intrigued me," Psaki says with one of her famous smiles. "What are the un-American ideas that are indoctrinating our youth?" The reporter mutters something about how the legislation isn't precise about this.

    "Oh, he's not specific about the indoctrination by leaders from universities?" Psaki says, clearly having a good time. By now this type of half-baked question by unprepared reporters is mere playtime for the press secretary.

    "Well, he's been critical of the 1619 project… about critical race theory…" the reporter says. "… he's claimed that there's a liberal bias on campus that, uh, targets conservatives…"

    "What's he going to do with the money?" Psaki asks. The reporter stammers something about job training programs, but says he forgets the word he wants.

    "Well, without much detail of where he thinks our youth are being indoctrinated – it sounds very mysterious and dangerous – I don't think we believe that educating the future leaders of the country on systemic racism is indoctrination. That's actually responsible."

    Psaki then brilliantly turns the question about Cotton's proposed bill to tax endowments on its head. "I would say if he is trying to raise money for something, then our view is there are lots of ways to do that. We know that a number of corporations have hugely benefited financially during the pandemic. They could pay more taxes. We think the highest 1% of Americans can pay more taxes. If he wants to have a conversation about worker training, we would love to have him over to have a conversation."

  • Watch small plane parachute to safety near Denver after midair crash with second plane

    Two small planes crashed into each other in midair as they were about to land at a regional airport near Denver, Colorado. Miraculously, nobody was hurt. One plane crashed to the ground, breaking into two pieces (photo below), while the other plane used a parachute to make a safe landing.

    From AP:

    Both planes were getting ready to land at a small regional airport in a Denver suburb when they collided mid-morning, according to the National Transportation Safety Board and South Metro Fire Rescue.

    "Every one of these pilots needs to go buy a lottery ticket right now," Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy John Bartmann said. "I don't remember anything like this — especially everybody walking away. I mean that's the amazing part of this."

    The pilot was the only person aboard a twin-engine Fairchild Metroliner that landed at Centennial Airport despite suffering major damage to its tail section. The plane is owned by a Colorado-based company called Key Lime Air that operates cargo aircraft.

    A pilot and one passenger were on the other plane, a Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane that unleashed a red and white parachute to float to a safe landing in a field near homes in Cherry Creek State Park, Bartmann said.

  • Boys attack and rob 80-year-old Asian man, then 11-year-old drives them away in stolen car

    An 17-year-old and 11-year-old boy were arrested in San Leandro, California for slamming an 80-year-old Asian man to the ground and taking his wallet. They then jumped into a car they had stolen and drove away – with the 11-year-old behind the wheel.

    From the San Francisco Chronicle:

    The suspects, ages 11 and 17, pushed the victim to the ground and demanded he hand over his wallet, according to police. They forcibly removed the man's Fitbit wrist band as he screamed for help and then fled the scene in a blue Subaru sedan. The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention, police said.

    The 11-year-old boy was driving a vehicle that was stolen in Oakland on Monday, police said. A few hours after the robbery of the older man, a 19-year-old woman was robbed of her purse on the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue. The suspects she described were similar to those who attacked the older man, police said.

  • Hey Republicans! Feel guilty blaming Trump for the insurrection? Try this miracle drug, Insurrectigone

    Q: "Are you a Republican who regrets blaming Trump for the January 6th insurrection?" If you answer yes to this question, "Then you need Insurrectigone!"

    Watch this hilarious ad, brought to you by The Daily Show, that shows us how this powerful drug instantly transforms the likes of Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and other Trump sycophants who once thought the ex-Pres was guilty of supporting the Capitol riots. Insurrectigone acts quickly, and the effects are remarkable. Any "democratic principles or aversion to violence" you might have harbored will be instantly swept away with just one dose, as seen here with incredible before and after video clips. So Republicans, what are you waiting for? Overthrow your memory today!

  • Watch high speed stacking – and toppling – of over 1,000 Jenga blocks

    According to his timer, it took this Hong Kong-based Jenga stacker, "MengaMan," around 11 hours to complete this upside down mountain of 1,512 (so he says) Jenga blocks – all which balance on one vertical block. (At 120x the speed, it takes us just one minute to watch.) It's just as satisfying to see high-speed Jenga stacking as it is watching it come crashing down in the end.

    Via Laughing Squid

  • What are the rules of the demagogue? Looks like the Republicans have checked all four boxes

    Has the Republican party actually "completed its transformation into a fascist, authoritarian death cult," as anti-Trump group MeidasTouch puts it? The four steps they set forth to achieving demagoguery are: 1) Establish an enemy; 2) Tell simple stories with no regard for the truth; 3) Attack democratic institutions; 4) Create a cult of personality where you live above the law. "With these four things accomplished, the gullible will blindly follow the Big Lie and lose all humanity," the narrator says in this video. "We've seen it happen before. We can't let it happen again."

  • Michigan "Big Lie" lawmaker proposes eerie bill that would punish fact checkers: "You better be right"

    Michigan state representative and Big Lie supporter Matt Maddock has compared coronavirus to the flu, backed efforts to impeach Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) for following Covid-19 science, and wrote Mike Pence "urging him not to count Michigan's electoral votes for  Democratic President-elect Joe  Biden," according to the Detroit Free Press. He keeps fact checkers busy around the clock. So it's no wonder he is now proposing legislation that would register fact checkers, and punish those who get it wrong with a fine of $1,000 per day.

    "My legislation will put Fact Checkers on notice: don't be wrong, don't be sloppy, and you better be right," Maddock said in a Facebook post last week.

    And earlier, on April 17, he wrote on Facebook: "Had enough of these fact checkers only body-checking conservatives? Don't we deserve to know who they are? Next week, I'll be introducing a bill to register them to find out who they are. Want to hunt the ones down watching you right now?" 

    From The Washington Post:

    "Maddock's bill, the Fact Checker Registration Act, was introduced Tuesday and would require fact-checkers to register with the state and insure themselves with $1 million fidelity bonds. Any fact-checker who did not register with the state could face a $1,000 per day fine. The proposed legislation would also allow anyone to sue a fact-checker over "any wrongful conduct that is a violation of the laws of this state. …

    Maddock and his wife have had a contentious relationship with fact-checkers and other journalists who have questioned their public claims.

    The Maddocks have been at the forefront of conservative efforts in Michigan to combat coronavirus restrictions, and they backed attempts to undermine the 2020 election results.

    Last week, he announced his bill to challenge fact-checkers "who relish their role punishing those whom they deem 'false'." He also claimed, without providing evidence, that fact-checkers have unfairly targeted conservative politicians.

    "Many believe this enormous economic and social power is being abused," he wrote on Facebook. "Who are these Fact Checkers? We're going to find out."

    Image by Kevin Smith / Flickr

  • Former prosecutor warns Donald Trump: "Justice is coming"

    "Donald Trump must be held accountable for his crimes…" former US Army prosecutor Glenn Kirschner says. "And he will be."

    In his tweet, which is part of a longer video posted on YouTube (below), Kirschner, who is also an MSNBC legal analyst, says an investigation into Trump's crimes only appears to be moving at a "glacial pace." In reality, deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco was just confirmed for the number two position at the DOJ in April, and since then, "It took just one week for her to approve the search warrants for Rudy Giuliani's home and office – that is pretty darned quick." 

    To some it up, Kirschner optimistically predicts: "It's coming, folks. Justice is coming ― and justice matters."  

    Here's the full version:

  • Watch this amazing interaction between a mother gorilla and a human mom with a baby

    A mom and her 5-week-old baby drew the attention of Kiki, a gorilla who (unfortunately) lives at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston with a baby of her own. The way Kiki stares at the human baby, moves to show off her own baby, and even reaches out to touch the human baby's hand is so human-like, it's easy to forget we're watching two different animals bonding over motherhood.