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Disgraced Papa John’s Founder: My ‘Conservative Values’ Made The Pizza Taste Better

Remember John Schnatter? He’s the former CEO and founder the of Papa John’s pizza chain, and he was given the boot by the company’s board of directors in 2018 for using the N-word in a conference call with company officials.

But now Schnatter is back and appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) being held this week in Dallas.

According to HuffPost, Schnatter said the reason Papa John’s used to be one of the best pizzas on the market had everything to do with his right-wing political beliefs:

He touched on the company’s pizza once getting top rankings among the pizza chains before claiming its pies are now “down with Little Caesars.”

Schnatter said that quality, service and culture drive a business before suggesting one ingredient that made Papa John’s successful.

“We built the whole company on conservative values. Conservative ideology has two of the most critical attributes: truth and God,” Schnatter said.

“If you run your life on principle… you’re going to win.”

So God made the pizza taste better? I thought that only worked with communion wafers. Guess I need to go back and read the Book of Pie over again.

This isn’t the first time Schnatter has left people shaking their heads after he said bizarre things during an interview.

A sweat-laden Schnatter told Kentucky’s WDRB-TV that a “day of reckoning” would arrive after board members “stole” the company from him.

Schnatter also suggested he “had” 40 pizzas in 30 days during the bizarre interview. He later weighed in on the potential food feat and said he wasn’t referring to eating the pizzas.

Wow! Basil is a hell of a drug.

It’s good to know that Papa can still find a gig that will allow him to spew his bigotry and deranged view of the world. CPAC is the perfect place for failed losers. Just ask Donald Trump.

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Tesla Sales Slide As More Potential Owners Tire Of Elon Musk Acting ‘Like A Seven-Year-Old’

Now that he’s backed out of his bid to buy Twitter (although there’s a court battle which make require him to pay billions for his change of heart), Elon Musk is back to running Tesla Motors.

But Tesla isn’t exactly the only game in town when it comes to electric vehicles, and Musk’s childish behavior and infantile tweets are driving many potential customers to steer clear of Musk’s car company, according to a new report from Bloomberg:

“Before it was reported Musk had an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife, which he’s denied; before his slip-shod deal, then no-deal, to acquire Twitter Inc.; before the revelation he fathered twins with an executive at his brain-interface startup Neuralink; before SpaceX fired employees who called him “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment”; before his daughter changed her name and legal gender after his history of mocking pronouns; before an article said SpaceX paid an employee $250,000 to settle a claim he sexually harassed her, allegations he’s called untrue; Musk’s behavior was putting off prospective customers and perturbing some Tesla owners.”

Case in point, Emma Sirr of Bozeman, Montana:

“We took Tesla off the table from the get-go. As consumers, our power is what we buy. I think younger generations in particular vote with their wallets, and I feel like that might come back to bite.”

Dennis Levitt bought his first Tesla in 2013 and says he thought it was “so much better than any car I’ve ever driven.”

But he has since soured on Musk and wishes he would stop trying to be an online troll:

“Over time, his public statements have really come to bother me. He acts like a seven-year-old.”

And while Musk remains the richest man in the world (at least for now), a major settlement against him in the Twitter lawsuit and decreasing sales at Tesla could wind up turning him into nothing but a has-been.

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Lauren Boebert’s Shooters Grill Is Now Closed Forever: Report

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) loves to brag about how she managed to start a small business even though she didn’t graduate from high school. To hear her tell it, she pulled herself up by the bootstraps and got her piece of the American dream.

But that dream — which Boebert named Shooters Grill — is now a failure and a little more than a bad memory, according to Colorado Pols:

As readers know, Shooter’s Grill lost hundreds of thousands of dollars during its few years of operation according to tax filings, and the eatery never lived down the 2017 incident in which Boebert’s food truck sickened dozens of spectators at a local rodeo. Quality food and service was never the draw of Shooter’s Grill, of course, bringing in customers (at least once for the novelty) with their armed and generally young female wait staff.

Boebert reportedly waited until after the June 28th primary to make the decision about closing Shooter’s Grill after the building’s landlord signaled his intention to cancel Boebert’s lease at the end of August. With Boebert’s Republican primary opponent dispatched, Boebert’s cash flow from her newfound fame looks secure enough to dispense with the dirty work of running a small-town greasy spoon–management of which Boebert had reportedly already farmed out to political supporters.

Join the good citizens of Rifle in wishing Shooter’s Grill a fond covfefe.

You probably recall one of the things that made Shooters so unique (not to mention absurd) is that all of the employees were encouraged to openly carry weapons in keeping with the right-wing belief that guns were given to us by God and therefore deserve to be worshiped like some sort of fire-breathing idol.

The closing of Shooters also deprives Boebert of her talking point about being a successful businesswoman. Instead, she’s a miserable failure, just like her tangerine lord and savior, Donald Trump.

Now that karma is catching up with Lauren in such a big way, we can also hope that voters in her district will kick her to the curb come November.


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Elon Musk Says He’s Terminating His Purchase Of Twitter – But Legally He Can’t

After today, Elon Musk may want to change his last name to Mush, because his self-hyped proffer to buy Twitter is now on the rocks, and his attempt to extract himself from the deal is likely to cost him a cool fortune and may not happen at all, according to legal experts.

On Friday, attorneys for Musk filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to void the $44 billion deal. They also sent a letter to Twitter’s board of directors announcing termination of the deal. Musk and his lawyers maintain that he has every right to pull the plug on acquiring the social media giant because the company hasn’t provided enough information about the company, writing:

“Sometimes Twitter has ignored Mr. Musk’s requests, sometimes it has rejected them for reasons that appear to be unjustified, and sometimes it has claimed to comply while giving Mr. Musk incomplete or unusable information.”

Twitter was in no mood to debate Musk and made it clear they will force him to go through with the deal by taking him to court, with board chairman Bret Taylor noting:

“The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement. We are confident we will prevail in the Delaware Court of Chancery.”

Legal experts, the Washington Post reports, agree with Twitter that Musk cannot just void the deal and get off the hook for the $44 billion he pledged to pay:

His April agreement to buy the company included a commitment to go through with the acquisition unless there’s a major change to the business, and legal experts say nothing has happened to meet that threshold. Musk has previously threatened to scuttle the deal if Twitter didn’t give him more data to run his own analysis on how many spam bots it has, while Twitter has said it can’t give up personal information on its users like their names, emails and IP addresses, which it uses to come up with its own bot numbers.

Musk, according to those familiar with corporate law, agreed to buy the company as is, not some version of it after it met certain conditions that were never part of the original agreement.

Some suspect the real reason for Musk’s reluctance to complete the purchase is that he no longer has the capital needed due to significant losses of Tesla shares on the stock market. Those shares were a major portion of the money Musk put down to guarantee he was serious about the acquisition.

In the first six months of 2022, Musk’s wealth has plunged by $62 billion, and further reversals in the Dow Jones and Nasdaq indexes could more than double that amount by the end of the year.

Elon Musk is starting to sound like he’s almost as bad of a businessman as former president Donald Trump. But then again, no one is that incompetent.



Leaked Email: Elon Musk Planning To Cut 10% Of The Tesla Workforce

Despite his claims of being a brilliant businessman, it now appears that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is on a financial downslope that could result in the collapse of everything he’s built.

Reuters reports that Musk made it clear in an leaked internal email that he thinks it will be necessary to cut at least 10% of Tesla’s workforce because he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy:

The message, sent on Thursday and titled “pause all hiring worldwide,” came two days after the billionaire told staff to return to the workplace or leave, and adds to a growing chorus of warnings from business leaders about the risks of recession.

Almost 100,000 people were employed at Tesla and its subsidiaries at the end of 2021, its annual SEC filing showed.

So approximately 10,000 workers are on the verge of being unemployed simply because Musk has overextended himself and is trying to blame his financial reversals on the current economic climate.

The email also suggests that Musk’s planned acquisition of Twitter may also collapse, leaving him on the hook for billions of dollars in penalties he agreed to pay if he backed out of a deal to buy the social media platform.

Part of the financing for the Twitter deal was based on Musk’s Tesla stock holdings, but the value of the company’s stock has fallen dramatically in recent weeks, losing 500 points since November, a slide that could also threaten the financial stability the electric vehicle manufacturer.

Axios explained the potential impact of Musk’s plan to slash the Tesla workforce:

The big picture: Musk told Tesla staff this week that employees “should pretend to work somewhere else” if they’re not willing to return to their offices.

“Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla,” he said.

By the numbers: Tesla shares fell nearly 3% in U.S. pre-market trade on Friday, Reuters reports.