Beto O Rourke

‘Psychedelic Warlord’ Beto O’Rourke belonged to a legendary hacking crew


I guess he wouldn’t have to ask the Russians to do it for him. 

Beto O’Rourke — yes, the same skateboard-riding, baby faced, recently declared presidential candidate who narrowly lost a senate campaign to Ted Cruz — just added another cool notch to his Gen X-cred belt. According to a forthcoming book by Joseph Menn, and as he reported in Reuters, the three-term congressman once belonged to the legendary hacking crew known as the Cult of the Dead Cow

That’s right, Beto was in a hacker group. In the 1980s. But before you accuse the periodontal exhibitionist of some nefarious plot to infect Grandma’s machine with adware or hack an election, it’s worth reading Menn’s fine print. Basically, O’Rourke was a teenager, and his relationship to the group mostly involved pirated games and conversations on message boards.  Read more…

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Donald Trump tweeted ‘VETO!’ and everyone trolled him with Beto


Is Donald Trump team Beto?

One would think not, but on same day that former Congressman Beto O’Rourke publicly announced his plans to run for president, the country’s current president boldly tweeted “VETO!” Hmm…


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019

At first glance, many people who had the charismatic, book and burger-loving dad on the brain, saw the word “BETO.” And because Trump is known for his Twitter typos, and V and B are right next to each other on a keyboard, it took people a second to realize he was actually announcing his intention to veto the Senate’s vote rejecting Trump’s declaration of a National Emergency over immigration at the southwestern border.  Read more…

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Beto O’Rourke gets a hero’s welcome at SXSW


There was no missing Beto O’Rourke at the SXSW premiere on Saturday of Running with Beto, the documentary about his 2018 Senate campaign.

Even if you’d somehow overlooked all the reports that he’d be at the festival, and ignored all the chatter in lines outside the theater, it was simply impossible not to notice the excited murmuring among audience members – many of them clad in Beto O’Rourke t-shirts – when he made his way down the aisle of Austin’s Paramount Theater to take his seat.

But before we could watch him take the stage, we had a movie to watch.

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Filter concert in Texas canceled after band shares anti-Trump Facebook post


Rock band Filter had their show cancelled on Thursday night after frontman Richard Patrick posted an anti-Trump video on Facebook.

The problems started during the band’s soundcheck at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in El Paso, Texas. Patrick, the lead vocalist, uploaded a video live from the venue to the band’s Facebook page promoting the show later that night.

“A lot of trump bashing!” Patrick promised, along with a request that former U.S. Democratic Congressman and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke come to the performance.

Not long after the video of the band’s soundcheck hit social media, Patrick posted on Instagram to share that the show had been cancelled. Read more…

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Beto O’Rourke *checks notes* Instagrammed his dentist appointment


He’s brushing.

Beto O’Rourke posted footage from his dentist appointment to his Instagram Stories on Thursday, including a truly too-close-up clip of him in the dentist’s chair. (A screengrab from that clip is probably what you’ve been seeing on Twitter.)

Happening now on @BetoORourke’s Insta story: “I’m here at the dentist, and we’re going to continue our series about people who live along the border. My dental hygenist, Diana, is going to tell us about growing up in El Paso.”

— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) January 10, 2019

Most of the Story, though, is an interview with Beto’s dental hygienist, Diana, about growing up in El Paso near the U.S.-Mexico border. She tells a story about how her community banded together to help her mother, who is from Mexico, pass her citizenship test — a testament to the strong border communities overlooked and mischaracterized by the GOP. Read more…

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Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have mastered Instagram Stories


In a world increasingly obsessed with social media, today’s politicians have found a secret weapon: Instagram stories.

By documenting their daily activities using Instagram’s Stories and Live features, rising political stars like Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have given supporters a rare glimpse at some of the most humanizing moments in their lives.

For many, the stripped down, extremely casual content — think cooking dinner at home or doing DIY projects with family — serves as a refreshing change from polished speeches and the formality of campaign trails. And so far political Instagram seems to be a big hit. Read more…

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Beto O’Rourke dropped the f-bomb on live TV and people love it


It wasn’t Beto O’Rourke’s night.

But despite the defeat to Ted Cruz in the Senate race at the midterm elections, Beto was in a rallying mood during his emotional concession speech.

He also dropped the f-word — uncensored — on live TV, telling the crowd to a huge cheer, “I’m so fucking proud of you guys!” 

MSNBC’s Brian Williams later apologised for what was said, telling viewers that “we have no control over what it’s in the concession speeches of various campaigns.”

But it’s not like the internet cared, with big fans of the f-bomb lining up to declare their loyalty to O’Rourke. Read more…

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Jim Carrey weighs in on Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke in a spooky new drawing


Jim Carrey has drawn the dramatic face off between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz ahead of the midterm elections, and it is (like most of his illustrations) a lot.

In another of his infamous political drawings, Carrey depicts Texas Democratic senate candidate Beto O’Rourke eviscerating his Republican opponent — a “vampire” Ted Cruz — with sunlight. Yes, you did read that correctly. 

Go Beto! Go Democrats! Vote like there’s no tomorrow. Let’s make this Tuesday like the end of every great vampire movie. Pull back the curtains and let the sunshine turn all those bloodsuckers to

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) November 5, 2018 Read more…

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Donald Trump has an upsetting new nickname for Ted Cruz


The long, twisted relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) continues as Trump coins a new nickname for one of his most heated 2016 GOP rivals: “Beautiful Ted.”

Trump shared his new nickname for Cruz while speaking to reporters on Monday as he prepared to leave for yet another rally, this time down in Texas in support of the senator’s re-election efforts.

“To me, he’s not ‘Lyin’ Ted’ anymore—he’s ‘Beautiful Ted,'” Pres. Trump tells @jonkarl about Ted Cruz ahead of Houston rally. “I call him ‘Texas Ted.'”

— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2018 Read more…

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