Department of Really Bad Ideas That Could Go Horribly Horribly Wrong
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, told police he was working night security at a Florida gun dealer after being discovered sitting in his truck outside the store after midnight Sunday evening.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Zimmerman was questioned in front of Pompano Pat’s, a retailer specializing in guns, ammunition, and motorcycles located in Deland.
According to Sgt. Chris Estes, “He said he had permission from Pat Johnson to do night security but our officers could not make contact with Pat Johnson to verify that so we did an information report.”
The gun sales manager at Pompano Pat’s said Zimmerman is not employed by the the shop.
“George Zimmerman is not an employee of the business and he is not getting paid in any way, shape or form by Pompano Pat’s,” Sam Porter said.
Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children’s revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called “anointing by the holy spirit,” “being slain by the holy spirit,” “catching the holy ghost,” or “falling out.”
It is intimidating, physically coercive, deeply stressful, and emotionally manipulative. Children are under tremendous pressure to cooperate, to mimic the adults’ bizarre behaviors, and to avoid being judged unworthy, disappointing, or worse, under Satan’s spell.
By the way, these same people want to have a say about your health and reproductive choices.
They are being “trolled by skanky topless libtards,” one post on the group’s Facebook page reads. Another post identifies the counter-protestors as members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), even though they made no claim to being affiliated with that organization.
The topless counter-protestors carried signs that read, “You realize that everyone thinks you’re overcompensating for your teeny tiny ‘gun’ right?” and “Boobs for peace.” The women confronted the open carry advocates and said that as long as they openly carried their weapons, the counter-protestors would bare their breasts.
The victim, identified by his roommate as Jose (Joey) Feliciano, became enraged when a 32-year-old man visiting his apartment in the Woodside Houses on Broadway around 11 p.m. Friday refused to front him some crack, cops said.
Feliciano grabbed a decorative dagger off the wall and chased his dealer into the building’s lobby, police said.
“I grabbed him and tried to stop him, but he pulled away,” said Feliciano’s roommate, Richard Fischer, 54.
As Feliciano lunged with the sword, the drug dealer whipped out a gun and shot his assailant in front of the apartment complex.
The Christian group One Million Moms wrote on its website that the series — which was produced by The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson in the titular role — is “blasphemous” because it “depicts [Jesus] living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of our Lord.”
In the trailer, “Jesus” is seen spouting profanity and explaining that he’s entitled to more marijuana because he “died for your f*cking sins.” It is also clear from the trailer that the main narrative of the series will concern whether the man who claims to be “Jesus” is, in fact, the Christian savior or just another messianic figure like David Koresh.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored “serious cultural issues” including sexual harassment.
Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime shows for what’s known to fans as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” were considered revolutionary and drew millions of viewers on YouTube.
Fledgling university president Michael Drake, on the job just three weeks, said in a video statement posted to Ohio State’s website that a two-month investigation uncovered a “sexualized” culture inside the band and determined Waters knew and failed to stop harassment.
An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis, according to his attorney, John Graves. “My client is devastated,”
Graves said Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but believed it occurred in June, his attorney said.
So…exactly how many days did this guy go before he noticed something (‘his thing’) was amiss?
Everybody hates David Gregory. Everybody. Even people and things on other planets hate David Gregory.
The 43-year-old Gregory, who has been hosting NBC News’ venerable Sunday public affairs program since December 2008 to inexorably declining ratings, didn’t respond to an email requesting guidance on his situation.
But the Page Six item—which suggested that Turness will replace Gregory at MTP shortly after the midterm elections in November—prompted an energetic round of speculation among network insiders about who planted it, for what reason, and which ambitious on-air personality will dislodge Gregory from the anchor chair of the third-place Sunday show.
In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast. The Post reported viewership has sunk an alarming 43 percent—and in recent months MTP has been beaten consistently by ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos and CBS’s Face the Nation, hosted by Bob Schieffer—since Gregory assumed the unenviable position of taking over for the late Tim Russert, who turned the show during his 16 years as moderator into No. 1 must-see Sunday television.
Supporters of open carry gun laws rallied over the weekend by bringing assault-style rifles and other types of firearms to Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
In a video posted to YouTube, activists explain that they return to Dealey Plaza in Dallas each month to exercise their right to openly carry firearms.
Documents displayed by the demonstrators include information about New York Pastor James David Manning, who has criticized President Barack Obama for releasing “the homo demons,” and who also believes that Jesus would “stone” LGBT people to death.
An evangelical group has launched a campaign to convert children to Christianity at public spaces and schools in Oregon.
The group’s website claims most people become Christians between ages 4 and 14 years old, so they target children with the message that all people are sinful and that only Christian faith will save them from hell.
But a spokesman for the religious group said it hoped only to reach young people at parks, apartment pools, and other gathering spots to educate them about Christianity.
“Children are easy to manipulate, we all know that,” said Moises Esteves, the group’s vice president. “We don’t use any of the schemes and high-pressure tactics that we’re accused of. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Or, put another way:
“You see I can’t always get through to you so I go for your son" - Joe Jackson, I’m The Man
In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation.
Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles.
Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony. He once said his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out.
“Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe,” he continued. “Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space. I certainly suspect not.”
Amiable actor James Garner, whose moderately successful film career was eclipsed by two extraordinarily popular television series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, according to reports. He was 86.
Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. He was one of the first of TV’s leading men to cross over into films in the ’60s with such popular movies as “The Thrill of It All” and “The Americanization of Emily.” But he had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance,” for which he captured his sole Oscar nomination for lead actor.
Garner won two Emmys and racked up a total of 15 nominations.
WASHINGTON— An apparently enraged woman walked into a local burger joint in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood called “Broadway Dick’s Drive-in,” assaulted the employees there, and then dropped her pants.
Seattle police did not identify the woman, but told reporters that she became belligerent when told by the manager to leave, hurling condiments and a charity box at the staff behind the counter. If this wasn’t expressive enough, she pulled down her pants and began performing a “lewd act in front of Dick’s” said police.
She’s been arrested and booked for harassment and assault. She apparently caused $75 worth of damage during her explicit tirade. Sorry, no photos are available.
A Florida state jury has ordered the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company to pay $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the wife of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer, attorneys said.
Friday’s verdict, seen as one of the largest for a single plaintiff in Florida history, also awarded more than $16 million in compensatory damages to the estate of Michael Johnson Sr.
During the four-week trial, lawyers for Johnson’s widow Cynthia Robinson argued that RJ Reynolds was negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of consuming tobacco and thus led to Johnson contracting lung cancer from smoking cigarettes.
A lot of actors act intelligent, but Philip was the real thing: a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights and enveloped you from the moment he grabbed your hand, put a huge arm round your neck and shoved a cheek against yours; or if the mood took him, hugged you to him like a big, pudgy schoolboy, then stood and beamed at you while he took stock of the effect.
Philip took vivid stock of everything, all the time. It was painful and exhausting work, and probably in the end his undoing. The world was too bright for him to handle. He had to screw up his eyes or be dazzled to death. Like Chatterton, he went seven times round the moon to your one, and every time he set off, you were never sure he’d come back, which is what I believe somebody said about the German poet Hölderlin: Whenever he left the room, you were afraid you’d seen the last of him. And if that sounds like wisdom after the event, it isn’t. Philip was burning himself out before your eyes. Nobody could live at his pace and stay the course, and in bursts of startling intimacy he needed you to know it.
Really beautiful piece of writing about an once in a lifetimel talent.
Most significantly, [Warren’s] speech now contains a pointed passage on international trade, in which deals like NAFTA and the upcoming TPP deal are framed as yet another way the dice are loaded, and another example of there not being any pea under any of the shells. “These trade deals,” she said, “are done in secret so big corporations can do their dirty work behind closed doors, so they can have their insider access while worker’s rights and environmental regulations are gutted. You know, I’ve actually had people who support these trade deals come up to me and say that they have to be done in secret because, if they weren’t, the people would be opposed. To me, if people would be opposed, then we shouldn’t do the trade deals.”
How stunning that we are now in a place where the obvious sounds downright revolutionary…
A police chief in Wisconsin was charged on Thursday with creating accounts on pornographic and dating websites under the name of a local Tea Party advocate to even a score with him, court records showed.
Town of Campbell Police Chief Timothy Kelemen was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of computerized communication systems in La Crosse County, according to court records. He faces 90 days in jail if convicted.
Kelemen is accused of setting up accounts under the name of Gregory Luce. Luce and fellow Tea Party members allegedly harassed Kelemen’s department after the town banned their protest signs on overpasses, a police report filed in a federal court case showed.
The report said Kelemen retaliated by using Luce’s personal information to create identities on dating websites, pornography websites featuring homosexual men and HealthCare.gov.
Johnny Winter, an American blues rock guitarist, vocalist and band leader best known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead in a hotel room outside Zurich, Swiss police said on Thursday. He was 70.
Along with his brother, Edgar Winter, also a well known blues musician, the two revered African-American blues tradition and began performing in his teens.
Johnny, distinctive because he and brother Edgar were albino, broke into national fame in 1968, when Rolling Stone magazine dubbed him the hottest musician outside Janis Joplin.
The Cheney Family met with Politico and America got shot in the face again
(Left to right:, Lynne, Liz, “Dick”)
Politico’s resident corporate-fluffer-for cash, Mike Allen, invited the Cheney Family Circus over for tea and cakes made with the crushed bones and blood of Iraqi war-orphans, and the Cheney’s were encouraged to to share slides from their family vacation in the American hellscape they created.
It’s not just that TBOTP invited the Manson Family of American geopolitics to come together for an exercise in ensemble prevarication. It’s not just that the account of said exercise is written in the kind of cacophonous cutesy-poo necessary to drown out the screams of the innocent dead, and to distract the assembled crowd from the blood that has dripped from the wallet of the celebrity war-criminal leading the public display. And it’s not as though this was a mere interview—a “get” that could help you “win the morning (!).” In that, it might have been marginally excusable. No, this was one of Mike Allen’s little grift-o-rama special events—a “Playbook lunch,” sponsored by that noted mortgage fraud concern Bank Of America. There’s an upcoming TBOTP “event” in L.A. that is sponsored by J.P. Morgan. I know what Mike Allen is, but I am so goddamn tired of haggling about the price.
It’s impossible for you to have been more wrong, Rick. Your call for inflation, the destruction of the dollar, the failure of the U.S. economy to rebound. Rick, it’s impossible for you to have been more wrong. Every single bit of advice you gave would have lost people money, Rick… There is no piece of advice that you’ve given that’s worked, Rick. Not a single one… The higher interest rates never came. The inability of the U.S. to sell bonds never happened. The dollar never crashed, Rick. There isn’t a single one that’s worked for you.
Merced police say a boyfriend and girlfriend crashed their cars into each other while driving home drunk from a party.
The collision happened at Childs Avenue and S Street just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Officers say it started when Steven Murrieta, 30, and Cheng Saeturn, 29, left a nearby party in separate cars. Murrieta is accused of cutting through a park and taking out a barbecue pit, before running a stop sign and hitting his girlfriend’s car.
Police say his blood-alcohol level was nearly five times the legal limit. He was taken to the hospital and then booked into jail.
Saeturn suffered a broken collar bone and was cited at the hospital. Her blood-alcohol level was much lower than Murrieta’s, according to authorities.
Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions as a watchmaker’s daughter led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize, died Sunday in Johannesburg, Reuters reported. She was 90.
Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, she said, but she found it impossible to dig deeply into South African life without striking repression.
Coolest dad who ever lived makes coolest costume ever made for 6-year-old son
A graphic designer for almost 20 years, CGS1 spared no detail in the creation of the blocky [Boba Fett Lego replica] outfit, which is all but indistinguishable from an embiggened Boba Fett minifig (From the 9496 Desert Skiff lego set, specifically. That’s it in the top image, on the right, for reference.)
"The entire costume is built from scratch using photo references and scans I took myself," CGS1 writes at The Dented Helmet. “The costume is built primarily out of sintra with pink insulation foam used to carve the helmet dome and a small amount of plastazote foam used on the tips and base of the jetpack rockets.” Which jetpack, it bears mentioning, is removable – just like the one on the minifig.
A 37-year-old man accused of starting a raging wildfire in Northern California while tending to his marijuana farm was arrested and in custody, fire officials said on Sunday.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officers arrested Sacramento resident Freddie Alexander Smoke III on Friday on felony charges of recklessly starting a fire and illegal marijuana cultivation, CAL FIRE spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
Exhaust from a truck Smoke drove around the cultivation site in the remote community of Igo is expected to have ignited a patch of dry grass on Friday afternoon, Berlant said.
Drummer and producer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the influential New York punk quartet the Ramones, died Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York. He was 65 and had been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.
Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, and known professionally as Tom or T. Erdelyi, Ramone played on the first three epoch-making Ramones albums, “Ramones” (1976), “Leave Home” (1977) and “Rocket to Russia” (1977). He also co-produced the latter two albums with Tony Bongiovi and Ed Stasium, respectively. He appeared on and co-produced the 1979 live Ramones opus “It’s Alive.”
My strategy is to read for pleasure in bed, sequestering an hour or two at the end of the day with my Kindle. The computer is turned off, the iPad and iPhone left downstairs. As e-readers go, Amazon’s ebook Kindles (mine is the Paperwhite 2) are perfect: the reading experience is immersive and the device is incompetent for emails or Web-surfing. In other words, no distractions.
The device, indeed, lends itself to just the sort of books Parks thinks are doomed. In the last few months I’ve read George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” (a revelation), Faulkner’s “Light in August” (revisited after about 40 years), and “War and Peace” (reread for about the seventh time, still bats a homer). My device holds in its digital guts, awaiting my summons, the complete works of Joseph Conrad, the complete Sherlock Holmes, and all of Dickens.
With anger over hunting photos already spiking thanks to Texas Tech cheerleader/trophy-hunter Kendall Jones, a Facebook jokester decided to post an image of Steven Spielberg with a downed triceratops from Jurassic Park.
“Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man,” Jay Branscomb joked in the caption.
Inevitably, a handful of readers missed the joke and excoriated the “disgusting, inhumane prick”
Jonathan Chait provides a brief history of Reason’s Peter Suderman’s indefatigable work predicting the collapse and ruin of the Affordable Care Act:
We have gone from learning that the law has failed to cover anybody to learning it would cover a couple million to learning it would cover a few million to learning that it has probably insured fewer than 20 million people halfway through year one. The message of every individual dispatch is a confident prediction of the hated enemy’s demise, yet the terms described in each, taken together, tell the story of retreat. The enemy’s invasion fleet has been destroyed; its huge losses on the field of battle have left it on the brink of surrender; the enemy soldiers will be slaughtered by our brave civilian defenders as they attempt to enter the capital; the resistance will triumph!
Heard the news? If you only consume the mainstream media’s Obamaflecting pulp, probably not: There are Muslims sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The scary kind, who pray. How do we know? Because always-patriotic, never-delusional anti-government militiamen have a picture of their prayer rug.
"That’s when I saw this thing laying around. And I was like, ‘What the hell is that?’ We walked over there and I didn’t really want to pull at it not knowing what was on it. I poked a bit at it with a stick and noticed some of the Arabic writing and was just like, ‘Oh boy.’ I snapped a couple of photos and then went on our patrol.
It’s a soccer jersey. Derp
I don’t know which is worse: that the morons at Breitbart didn’t question this, or that the militia guys down there hunting innocent immigrant children are armed.
Probably the second one because it is just a matter of time before a gun-toting patr-idiot kills a kid.
The Breitbart people have been braindead for years….
KRON reported that Urban Green Investments is using the 1986 Ellis Act to kick Mary Phillips out of her apartment so the company can cash in on the surging real estate market in San Francisco. The Ellis Act allows landlords to evict tenants if they are getting out of the rental business.
“I’ve been very happy here,” Phillips explained. “I’ve always paid my rent, I’ve never been late.”
Beck said he planned on going down to McAllen, Texas on July 19 with a tractor-trailer loaded with teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals for some 3,000 undocumented immigrants he repeatedly referred to as “illegals.” He said he’d be joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who has argued that President Barack Obama allowed migrants to flood the border in order to increase the share of Democratic voters in future elections.
The conservative commentator also asked viewers to consider donating to Mercury One, his charity, arguing that sending aid to the migrants wasn’t a political move.
"Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of immigrant families. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either/or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
The World’s Most Persecuted Man, Dinesh D’Souza, claimed that Costco was Nazi book-burning his 1st Amendment rights by not carrying his movie-tie-in stupid book about ‘Murica because of they are just like the Third Reich, but with five-gallon jars of peanut butter.
So Costco was “alright, you big criminal mastermind baby, we’ll put them back on a pallet just long enough for you to earn some money to buy cigarettes for when you’re in jail and you need to make friends with the white supremacists who share similar viewswith you. And ‘good luck’ with that, Sparky.”
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, a Costco representative named “Dave” wrote that “Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading. We are constantly monitoring book sales, and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on sales volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.”
Then he made a jerk-off motion with his fist and rolled his eyes so hard…
Tucker Carlson's Lil House O' Lying Liars Who Lie Like Liars
It’s hard to believe that Tucker Carlson and minions allowed themselves to be duped:
Now that the entire Menendez scandal may have been concocted by Cubans, it’s amazing to remember how the Daily Caller hyped this thing and how no one who worked on the story suffered any consequence. In November 2012, right before Menendez’s easy re-election, the DC's Matt Boyle reported that “two women from the Dominican Republic told the Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.” He shared a reporting credit with Charles C. Johnson. Boyle followed up with the claim that “a high-level government official” in the DR was confirming the story of Menendez’s “sex parties.” (The source was not named.)
In December, Boyle moved to Breitbart.com, where he still works. The DC's Menendez beat went to executive editor David Martosko, a longtime conservative PR strategist who had once used a fake name to obtain information on animal rights activists. After a source created a website with Menendez allegations, Martosko wrote confidently that his magazine “reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.” No CYA words like “allegedly” in there! Martosko wrote that ABC News was responding with “radio silence” to the charge that it had known of and passed on the story; future stories, occasionally written in collaboration with Johnson, repeated the claims made by anonymous sources, and attempted to advance the narrative by asking women’s groups if they’d call for Menendez to quit—you know, if the story was true.
It probably wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Breitbart hired journalistic “genius" Boyle because of the bullshit Menendez story not despite it.
After all, when you single-handedly created the Friends of Hamas faux scandal, why let a little campaign dirty trick fabrication be a deal breaker for a sweet wingnut welfare sinecure.