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The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week: Steve King

August 19, 2019 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
Steve King

The 411mania Dumpster Fire of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

I really don’t have an intro for this week’s Dumpster Fire issue, so I’ll just ask the following question: how many of you watch a movie and, after finishing it, end up humming the movie’s theme for days afterwards? It happens to me every so often, both with new movies and movies I’ve seen a million times. In fact, every time I watch the original Total Recall I can’t get that opening theme out of my head. I end up humming it, to the annoyance of the people around me and myself. I even do the little opening low trumpet thing.

I also end up humming the opening theme to Tim Burton’s first Batman movie, too. This theme doesn’t really annoy me all that much, but it does tend to stick around way longer than I want it to.

So, if this kind of thing happens to you, what movie themes do you end up humming incessantly? And is it a mix of new and old movies, or is it one or the other?

And now onto this week’s Dumpster Fire of the Week.


This week, the 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week goes to Steve King, U.S. Congressperson from Iowa’s 4th Congressional district, for his recent commentary on rape and incest. While appearing at a town hall in Urbandale, Iowa, King was attempting to explain his reasoning behind not wanting any exceptions in any potential legislation banning abortion, basically claiming that the world’s population wouldn’t be what it is today without rape and incest.

Yes, that’s what he said. And if you don’t believe me, here are his exact words, as reported by the Des Moines Register newspaper:

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?

Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that’s taken place and whatever happened throughout culture and society, all these different nations. I know I can’t certify that I was not as part of a product like that.”

So because the world was a relentless hellhole, filled with endless pain and suffering due to mass rape, back in the day, the world today shouldn’t allow any sort of exceptions when it comes to abortion? In other words, a woman is raped and impregnated and she shouldn’t be allowed to get an abortion because abortion wasn’t legal centuries ago? Is that what the Congressperson is saying here?

Well, yeah. That is what he seems to be saying. And it makes absolutely no sense at all. I mean, did people not have sex and children unless there was rape and incest involved? Is non-rape/non-incestuous sex, by and large, a product of the last fifty years or something? What the fuck is he talking about? Is he attempting to say that the world wouldn’t be as diverse as it is today if “stronger” populations didn’t force themselves on “weaker” populations around the world? And if that is what he’s advocating, why would he, or any sane person, be advocating the continuation of it?

It makes no sense. It’s fucking insane.

But then I guess no one should be surprised that King has said something repugnant and reprehensible, as King is a well-known white nationalist who complained earlier this year to The New York Times that the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacy” are “now” offensive.” Yes, Steve, it’s only now that white supremacy and white nationalism are bad ideas. They were never considered bad ideas by anyone before now.

Jesus Christ, how the fuck is this guy a Congressperson?

And someone needs to explain to Steve that he isn’t going to get an apology from “the vibrant left wing media” or, really, anyone, for directly quoting what he actually said. Yes, the Associated Press did send out a correction on what King said, but the correction didn’t really change anything of substance in terms of what King said. Go ahead and read the article concerning the correction. King’s need for an apology is just bullshit.

If this guy somehow loses his seat, either in a Republican primary race or in the general election in 2020, he’s going to get a radio show, isn’t he? Or he’s going to do some sort of wacked out podcast. But he isn’t going to lose his seat, is he?

Jesus Christ.


And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

-Fox Business Network show host and professional ultra-right wing loonbag Lou Dobbs, for his recent claim that an ICE officer who plowed his truck into a group of protestors was “within his rights.” The incident, which happened at a detention facility in Rhode Island, apparently resulted in one protestor breaking a leg, which is okay according to Dobbs because the officer was “trying to go to work.”

Let that sink in for a second. It’s okay to drive your truck into a group of peaceful protestors because you need to get to work? On what planet does that make sense?

Some people really are horrible, aren’t they?

– Dumpster Fire Hall of Famer, 2018 Dumpster Fire of the Year, and (Jesus Christ) 45th President of the United States Donald Trump, for revoking yet another reporter’s press credentials. The reporter in question, Brian Karem of Playboy, was apparently reprimanded for an altercation he had with right wing personality Sebastian Gorka at Rose Garden event. Shockingly (ha), Gorka has not had his White House credentials suspended or questioned. I wouldn’t expect to see that happen any time soon. Why does the President continue to do shit like this? What’s the point, outside of bad press coverage?

-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Rick Ware Racing, for cancelling its sponsorship deal with heavy metal legends Slayer over “misaligned beliefs.”. The team was set to run a fourth car for driver JJ Yeley at Bristol Motor Speedway this past Saturday night, but the team decided to back out of the deal because Slayer’s “image and beliefs didn’t align with the team’s other sponsors beliefs.” Shouldn’t the team have looked into who and what Slayer is before making an announcement and getting people interested in the idea of a race car sponsored by Slayer? Of course it should have. And who did the team think it was getting with a band named Slayer? A clean cut Christian pop band? And what were those other sponsors afraid of? It was a one race deal, and while Yeley likely wouldn’t have been battling up front for the win, one of the NBC announcers would have mentioned the car during the race, which would have led people to the team’s website and social media and actual exposure for the team’s other sponsors. A missed opportunity for all.

What the hell is wrong with Slayer?

The female fan that put her hands on Rob Zombie at a recent concert, for putting her hands on Rob Zombie at a recent concert. You have every right, at a concert, to scream and yell and cheer at a performer, do one of those high five things if the performer comes near you and presents his or her hand and, or touch a performer on the shoulder briefly if they come by you and it’s a cramped venue and it’s obvious that that’s part of the show. But you have no right to grab a performer and yank them towards you, even if it’s done in a playful manner. You could argue that Zombie may have overreacted a bit, but at the same time someone he doesn’t know yanked on his shirt in the middle of performing. You don’t have the right to do that. Please, people, for the love of God, stop doing this kind of shit. It isn’t going to end well for you.


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