Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Print Only: Short Takes on Nazi Candidates, Corgi Cowboys and Reality TV Secrets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Print Only: Short Takes on Nazi Candidates, Corgi Cowboys and Reality TV Secrets

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Know your candidate

Just what the GOP needed after a year in which the White House seemed unable to escape the warm embrace of the white supremacist movement: The sole candidate in the GOP primary for Illinois' 3rd District congressional seat is an avowed Holocaust denier. Arthur Jones didn't have an opponent by the time the registration deadline passed, which makes him the sole candidate despite views espousing white supremacy and utter denial that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League traces Jones' neo-Nazi leanings back to the 1970s. He participated in events from 2008 through 2011 celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday. The group that celebrated the birthday in 2011 had a cake decorated with the words: "The South Was Right. White Men Fight."

"The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office," Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider stated. Party leaders are still trying to figure out what to do. Options include organizing a write-in campaign. A little late for that, don't you think?

Corgi hijinks

Callie Schenker of Halfway, Mo., can answer a question that has long vexed pet owners: What do our furry friends do while we're not around? Schenker pulled into her driveway one recent evening to find her neighbor's pet Corgi standing atop her "one-eyed wonder pony," Cricket. Roper, a well-rounded pup, skillfully balanced on the pony's back and rode Cricket like a circus animal.

We might have trouble believing the story but Schenker got video that she posted on Facebook. "I can't make this stuff up!!!," Schenker wrote. The video has had 5.8 million views, proving you can't go wrong posting animal videos on Facebook.

John 11:35: 'Jesus wept.'

Never mind that 53 children have died of the flu since the outbreak began last fall or that hospitalizations for influenza are at near-record highs. Gloria Copeland says that Jesus is taking care of it. Perhaps he is, but he may want you to do your part, too. Copeland, part of a husband-and-wife televangelist team (net worth: $760 million) out of Fort Worth, Texas, says vaccinations might show a lack of faith.

"Jesus himself gave us the flu shot, he redeemed us from the curse of flu," Gloria Copeland said in a Facebook video. "We've already had our shot, he bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That's what we stand on."

Copeland, who was part of President Donald Trump's evangelical campaign advisory team, suggested, "Just keep saying that 'I'll never have the flu. I'll never have the flu."

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