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Mental illness in the news - a two-fer

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Nothing else explains it fully. First, from Russia Today:

‘Bigoted trash!’ Transgender coffee shop employee fired for kicking out conservative customer
A coffee shop in Nebraska has fired a transgender employee after she began “yelling profanities” at a regular customer over their conservative and “bigoted” political beliefs.

The customer, Marilyn Synek, 23, who works for the Nebraska Family Alliance, said the employee asked her to leave the Cultiva Espresso & Crepes premises and warned that she would be “denied service” if she ever returned, due to her conservative opinions.

“You are f**king bigoted trash, and we do not want you in our restaurant. Over 80 percent of the people who work here are queer. You are not f**king wanted in our restaurant, so get out and don’t come back!” Synek said she was told.

And from the store owner:

That, evidently, did not go over well with management, who promptly fired the employee, identified as Natalie Weiss. In a statement posted to Facebook, the coffee shop wrote that Weiss was fired “almost immediately” and an unreserved apology was made to Synek.

While we're proudly liberal personally, and believe in human rights and diversity to the fullest degree, let it be known that we would *never* condone treating a customer this way,” they said.

The coffee shop added that despite the political viewpoints of its staff and management, they are still “running a business” and try to instill professionalism in their employees, “usually successfully.”

Talk about self-centered little bitch. It demands "tolerance" for it's identity problems but is 100% intolerant of anyone espousing another viewpoint.

Today's second example - from America Online:

Vegan activist who 'rescued' 16 rabbits killed almost 100 in process, report says
A vegan activist who claimed that she was attacked by an angry mob for freeing 16 rabbits from a farm might have caused more harm than good. She has now been accused of causing the deaths of nearly six times as many baby bunnies in the process, the New York Post reports, citing Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia

Last Sunday, the woman, who goes by the name "Mythical Mia" on Instagram and is based in Barcelona, posted a video of herself, with blood on her face. 

"This is what has just happened to us, look, I’m documenting the whole thing," she says in the video, which has since been made private. "I’m covered in blood. This is what the farmers have done. They shot through our window and chased us down the motorway. Oh my God, I’m literally covered in blood."

And it's all about her. Acting without thinking. Mentally ill. Shows you what a continued state of malnutrition will do to a person. Not pretty.

The wicked witch is dead. Three headlines:

I bet Satan has some nice surprises for him when he arrives... He came to power when Zimbabwe was a prosperous nation and Africa's breadbasket. When he left, the Zimbabwean economy was shattered and the nation had to beg for food for its people.

A couple years ago, I purchased a ten billian dollar banknote for about $20. Now, you can get them on Amazon for $4 and they have printed more currency - their banknotes now go up to $100 Trillion Dollars - worth about $85 USD.

Instant Karma in Chicago

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Heh - stupid criminal. From Chicago website Block Club:

Golden Gloves Champ Scares Off Bucktown Mugger — With A Right Hook To His Crotch
When a man attacked Claire Quinn in broad daylight in Bucktown last weekend, he likely didn’t know he was messing with a 2019 Golden Gloves champion.

Quinn was walking in the 1600 block of North Damen Avenue Sunday morning at about 10:25 a.m. when a man punched her in the forehead and demanded her phone. She reacted swiftly, with her fists.

“I just kept throwing my right hand to his balls,” Quinn said. “There’s no way to sugar coat that or put it nicely.”

He ran off.

She escaped the attack with a mild concussion and some bruising.

Quinn, who began boxing in 2015, has a 6-0 boxing record for the year. Earlier this year, she won the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament for her 152-pound weight class.

He will think twice... Probably a career criminal though.

And here we go again

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Thought we learned our lessons on antisemitism seventy-five years ago. From The Washington Free Beacon:

Europe Poised to Put Warning Labels on Jewish-Made Products
The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a "Pandora's box" of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies."

The decision was seen as a major win for supporters of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which seeks to wage economic warfare on Israel and its citizens. Pro-Israel activists, as well as the Jewish businesses involved in the legal dispute, see the decision as an ominous warning sign that they say is reminiscent of Holocaust-era boycotts of Jewish businesses.

Crap like this happens when you get unelected bureaucrats running things from their central offices in Brussels. No accountability and 100% narrative driven. Looking forward to our dear friends in England exiting the EU and getting the fsck out of that rats nest.

Makes things bad for the other 99.999% of us. From NBC News:

El Paso shooting: 20 people dead, 26 injured, suspect in custody, police say
A gunman opened fire Saturday in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, leaving 20 people dead and 26 injured, and prompting calls for urgent blood donations for the wounded, law enforcement officials said.

Employees and shoppers described scenes of confusion and fear as they realized the sudden loud noises they heard were not boxes being dropped or construction but gunshots.

One suspect was in custody, officials said. Law enforcement sources say police identified the suspect as Patrick Crusius, 21, from the Dallas area. Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department said no shots were fired by law enforcement.

Sending prayers out to the families of the dead and to the wounded. Of course, the Wal-Mart was in a mall and the mall is a gun-free zone.

Did a search on DuckDuckGo and found this from Crime Research:

Yet another shooting at a gun-free zone: El Paso shooting at Cielo Vista Mall is apparently in a place that banned permitted concealed handguns
The Simon Mall chain is well known for banning permitted concealed handguns in Texas.

“Possession of any weapon at Simon malls, whether concealed or displayed openly, is in violation of mall policy. This policy is intended first and foremost to maintain a safe, secure and comfortable environment at our malls, which has always been our top priority, and to avoid any situation that could potentially place at risk the safety of our shoppers and employees.

Simon malls are private property, and like virtually every other facility in the community that is accessible by the public, ownership/management has the right to prohibit the possession of weapons, both displayed or concealed, other than licensed weapons carried by law enforcement personnel.

And here is a screen-cap from their published Code of Conduct:

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So once again, the a**hole purposly chose an area where lawful gun owners would not be armed. Coward.

Still way too early for accurate details but I bet that he lives with his parents and has written a manifesto.

I'll get that tree down - they said.

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It'll be no problem - they said:

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Yikes - huge arson attack in Kyoto

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30+ people dead. From NHK:

Fire dept.: 33 dead in suspected arson in Kyoto
Fire department officials in Kyoto said they have confirmed 33 people died in a suspected arson attack in Kyoto. They say 36 others were injured.

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the studio of Kyoto Animation. It took firefighters nearly five hours to extinguish the blaze. Officials say about 70 people were in the building at the time of the fire.

Police say one suspect, believed to be in his 40s, has been taken into custody.

The man was reportedly seen pouring a flammable liquid inside the building before it went up in flames. Witnesses also say he was heard yelling "die" in Japanese.

The studio was very well regarded:

Visiting Professor of Meiji University, Ryusuke Hikawa said, "The name of Kyoto Animation is a strong brand with its sophisticated directorial and production techniques."

He added that Kyoto Animation is known as the first successful studio outside Tokyo.

Tragic.

Some fun to our South - Tacoma

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From the New York Times:

Man Attacking ICE Detention Center Is Fatally Shot by the Police
The police fatally shot a man who was attacking an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday morning, the authorities said.

The man, who was armed with a rifle, was throwing unspecified “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a police statement. The man, identified by officials on Saturday afternoon as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island, Wash., continued throwing lit objects at buildings and cars, the statement said.

“One car was fully engulfed in flames,” said Officer Loretta Cool, a spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department. “He was also trying to ignite a big propane tank but he was not successful.”

Officers arrived around 4 a.m. and called out to Mr. Van Spronsen, who was wearing a satchel and had flares, the statement said. Shots were fired that resulted in his death, though Officer Cool could not say whether he had opened fire.

More at the NYT but nothing about Mr. Van Spronsen's political leanings. From paragraphs eight, nine and ten from this article in the Seattle Times:

Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen’s for about 20 years, described him as an anarchist and anti-fascist, and she believes his attack on the detention center was intended to provoke a fatal conflict.

“He was ready to end it,” Bartley said. “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs … I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”

She and other friends of Van Spronsen got letters in the mail “just saying goodbye.” He also wrote what she referred to as a manifesto, which she declined to discuss in detail but predicted would be taken by authorities.

Buried below the fold that the guy was an anarchist, a fascist and wanted to commit suicide by cop.
And yes, there was a manifesto. There is always a manifesto with these whacked-out nut-jobs.

Offended snowflakes

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No sense of history:

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Never a conscious decision

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Just didn't like the way they fit or wore. Been wearing Carhart pants for well over 20 years. Fit me well, comfortable and last a long long time. If I wore Levi Jeans, I would be finding an alternative after seeing this:

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Every single business I have owned or managed, I always kept it free of politics or personal opinion. Places I have worked - restaurants, Microsoft, an engineering company, etc... have always been the same. You do not bring politics into the workplace unless the work being done is political.

I stopped using Gillette products after they got "woke" with their two advertisements. I would be doing the same for Levi's if I still used them.

Oh crap - a copycat

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From The Washington Times:

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
A New Jersey man has been arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two cans of gasoline.

Police say the 37-year-old man was stopped by security after he entered the landmark cathedral in Manhattan just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

As the man was turned, police say gasoline spilled out onto the floor. Security then notified nearby police who questioned the man outside the church and took him into custody.

Police say the man was carrying over four gallons of gas, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters.

Police are still talking to the man, who claimed his minivan had run out of gas.

Run out of gas - yeah, that's the ticket...

WTF - New York State

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This is seriously wrong - from syracuse.com:

NY Assembly: No free college tuition for Gold Star families
New York lawmakers on Tuesday refused to advance a bill that would have provided free college tuition to the families of military personnel from the state who were killed in the line of duty.

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee voted 15 to 11 to hold the bipartisan bill, effectively ending its chances of making it to a floor vote this session.

The move comes a week after lawmakers passed a $175 billion state budget that included $27 million to provide college tuition aid for undocumented immigrants.

Disgusting.

Another "hate crime"

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Sick - from The Detroit News:

Jackson gay rights leader accused of burning down own home
When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a hate crime.

After all, the transgender man and gay rights activist had received threats after having a banner year in this conservative town.

In the prior six months, he helped open the city’s first gay community center, organized the first gay festival and, after 18 years of failed attempts, helped lead a bruising battle for an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays.

For his efforts, a local paper named him the Citizen of the Year.

Aaaand wait for it:

Authorities later determined the fire was intentionally set, but the person they arrested came as a shock to both supporters and opponents of the gay rights movement. It was the citizen of the year — Nikki Joly.

What makes this especially heinous is that Joly did not own the house - it was a rental and that  two German Shepherds and three cats were in the house and died when the fire was set.

Triggered - MAGA

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Talk about being a widdle snowflake - from Bowling Green, KY station WNKY:

Man accused of pulling gun on couple wearing MAGA hats
A Tennessee man is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after witnesses told police he pulled a gun on a man who was wearing Make America Great Again hat inside Sam’s Club.

The hat is associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign for office.

James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., is accused of pulling a gun on the man inside the store Saturday after making an obscene gesture with his finger, according to his arrest citation.

Phillips, who was wearing a veterans cap, told police he made the gesture at the man and a woman with him because of the MAGA hats they were wearing, according to his citation. The man then confronted Phillips inside the store and an argument began.

That man then made the same obscene gesture to Phillips, according to the citation. At that point, witnesses told police Phillips pointed a gun at the man.

Got to be a mental health issue - if Phillips is actually a Vet, maybe PTSD. Of all the states, President Trump is having the best effect in the "flyover" states. Life in Kentucky is a lot better since he took office - better employment, better economy, etc...

Mother of the year - Anniquta Wright

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From the Lexington, KY Herald Leader:

Mother arrested after 4-year-old passed out at school and tested positive for cocaine
A Clark County mother was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter became unresponsive at school and tested positive for cocaine.

Winchester police were called to Clark Regional Medical Center on Thursday, after the girl became unresponsive at school and was taken to the hospital, court records show. Tests came back positive for cocaine, according to the police citation.

The child’s mother, Anniquta Wright, 31, told police that she let “a friend sell cocaine and crack cocaine at her residence while the kids were there,” according to the police citation. “Wright admitted that the kids would even sit at the table with the friend.”

The friend had been at Wright’s home on Third Street in Winchester until about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the citation.

Disgusting.

Instant Karma - snowman

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Classic - from Petersburg, Kentucky station WLWT:

'Frosty had the last laugh': Vandal tries to run over giant snowman, hits tree stump instead

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A would-be vandal was stumped after they tried to run over a 9-foot snowman in Kentucky, only to find it had been built over a large tree stump.

Cody Lutz told KCCI that he, his fiancee and his soon-to-be sister-in-law made the oversized snowman in Petersburg, Kentucky, while enjoying the winter weather this past weekend.

Lutz said his fiancee’s sister was “elated to experience the biggest snowfall she’s ever seen.”

Lutz said he decided to use a tree stump as the base for the snowman. After coming home from work, Lutz said he found tire tracks leading up to the snowman, leading him to believe that someone tried to run over the giant snowman, which they had named Frosty.

There’s now a massive stump now exposed, with a snowy imprint of a bumper stuck to it.

That dent in the bumper is going to be hard to explain...

A bit of Karma in North Carolina

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From CNN:

Cops say a would-be kidnapper chased a woman -- into a karate studio. That was a bad move
A man tries to kidnap a woman by forcing her into his car, in north Charlotte. She breaks free, and runs into a nearby karate studio pleading for help.

You can already see how this ends: with the suspect being carried out on a stretcher after a fight with a karate head instructor.

The incident happened at 9 pm Thursday outside Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo, according to CNN affiliate WSOC and the head instructor, Randall Ephraim.

Heh - sucks to be him...

Any childs death is tragic but it is even worse when the father refuses medical treatment - from The Daily Calller:

GUATEMALAN MIGRANT FATHER DECLINED MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SICK CHILD BEFORE DEATH
The father of the Guatemalan child who died Christmas Eve denied further medical treatment from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents after the child vomited following an initial examination from doctors, a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on a call to reporters Wednesday.

Government officials provided further details, including the startling disclosure of the father’s behavior, regarding the timeline of the child’s deteriorating condition.

What kind of monster brings an 8-year-old child on a greuling 1,000+ mile hike.

Great news - let them rot

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From London's The Sun:

GATWICK GRINCH BUSTS Gatwick live updates – Two arrested for ‘criminal use of drones’ after airport chaos saw hundreds of flights grounded
POLICE have arrested two people for criminal use of drones after the chaos at Gatwick airport.

It comes a day after drone attacks by suspected eco-warriors caused holiday carnage with a raft of cancellations.

Sussex police took two suspects into custody after raids at 10pm last night.

Police Superintendent James Collis said: “Our investigations are still on-going, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics.

33 hours and 760 cancelled flights - a lot of very pissed off people. No word on who the drone operators were or if these were the actual perps. Jail time is too good for them. Rope. Tree.

One of the biggest online forums for Role Playing Games is RPG.NET - they just had a policy update:

New Ban: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration
The following policy announcement is the result of over a year of serious debate by the moderation team. The decision is as close to unanimous as we ever get. It will not be the subject of further debate. We have fully considered the downsides and ultimately decided we have to stay true to our values. We will not pretend that evil isn’t evil, or that it becomes a legitimate difference of political opinion if you put a suit and tie on it.

We are banning support of Donald Trump or his administration on the RPGnet forums. This is because his public comments, policies, and the makeup of his administration are so wholly incompatible with our values that formal political neutrality is not tenable. We can be welcoming to (for example) persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both. Below will be an outline of the policy and a very incomplete set of citations.

Clueless ninnies. Social Justice Warriors More reading here, here and here.

From FOX News:

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter tended to by Jewish doctors and nurses, officials say
Jewish doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh put their personal feelings aside to help save the life of the man who allegedly claimed he wanted to “kill all the Jews” as he opened fire at a synagogue and murdered 11 worshipers.

Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times himself and taken to AGH. In addition to killing eight men and three women, he wounded six other people, including four police officers, before surrendering Saturday.

“He was taken to my hospital and he’s shouting, ‘I want to kill all the Jews’,” Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, president of Allegheny General Hospital and a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue, told ABC. “The first three people who took care of him were Jewish.”

Another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, “came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman.”

Delicious irony.

Of course - Seattle

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From My Northwest:

New low: Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant blasts Paul Allen
Not even 24 hours since the news of his death and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant blasted Paul Allen for being rich.

You can read what she wrote at the link above. Talk about being an ungracious harridan. Paul Allan had more humanity in one atom of his body than 1,000 Kshama Sawant's could ever aspire to.

A wonderful outcome - GoFundMe

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From FOX News:

Homeless veteran will get the $400,000 owed to him from GoFundMe campaign
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless Philadelphia ex-Marine, will get the money owed to him from a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $400,000 for him, his attorney Chris Fallon tells CNN.

“We reached an agreement today with GoFundMe and they have agreed to make sure he will be made whole,” Fallon says.

In a statement, the company said it would back the money raised:

“…Our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected.”

In case you had not heard:

A couple, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, started the campaign after McClure ran out of gas and became stranded last October, and Bobbitt helped her out with his last $20.

The page was titled “Paying it Forward,” and the response was incredible: 14,347 people donated $402,706 over the course of 10 months.

Since then, the money has been in dispute, and Bobbitt is suing the couple, accusing them of fraud. Bobbitt’s attorney says his client has only seen about $75,000 of that money and should have gotten about $300,000 more after GoFundMe’s fees.

The couple has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, but a court order deadline for them to hand over the cash has passed.

They spent and gambled all the money away. Disgusting. Glad that GoFundMe stepped up to the plate.

Serious corporate overreach - JS Bach

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Unreal - from Boingboing:

The future is here today: you can't play Bach on Youtube because Sony says they own his compositions
James Rhodes, a pianist, performed a Bach composition for his Youtube channel, but it didn't stay up -- Youtube's Content ID system pulled it down and accused him of copyright infringement because Sony Music Global had claimed that they owned 47 seconds' worth of his personal performance of a song whose composer has been dead for 300 years.

This is a glimpse of the near future. In one week, the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to force all online services to implement Content ID-style censorship, but not just for videos -- for audio, text, stills, code, everything.

Just last week, German music professor Ulrich Kaiser posted his research on automated censorship of classical music, in which he found that it was nearly impossible to post anything by composers like Bartok, Schubert, Puccini and Wagner, because companies large and small have fraudulently laid claim to their whole catalogs.

Europeans have one week to contact their MEPs to head off this catastrophe.

Stop what you're doing and contact two friends in the EU right now and send them to Save Your Internet -- before it's too late.

People unclear on the process

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Talk about clueless - from the Cleveland, Ohio FOX Affiliate:

Cuyahoga County judge orders man’s mouth taped shut during sentencing
It was an unusual sight in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

Franklyn Williams, 32, is accused of three armed robberies in Richmond Heights and Euclid.

During his sentencing hearing, Williams would not stop talking, despite more than a dozen warnings from Judge John Russo over the course of about 30 minutes. Williams even interrupted his own attorneys.

Russo handled the situation by ordering deputies to tape the defendant's mouth shut.

Six deputies stood around Williams as one applied the red tape, but he continued to speak. The judge instructed deputies to put another piece of tape over his mouth in order for proceedings to continue.

Eventually, Judge Russo sentenced Williams to 24 years in prison.

The goblin has quite the list of priors. 24 years should shut him up for a while.

Shot - from the Dallas/Fort Worth CBS affiliate:

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A Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, Texas has banned a customer after the customer left no tip on a $108 bill and wrote on it “We don’t Tip Terrorist,” and circled the server’s name, Khalil according to the Odessa American.

Khalil Cavil posted what happened last Saturday on Facebook.

“I was sick to my stomach,” upon seeing the receipt he said in his post. “I share this because I want people to understand that this racism, and this hatred still exists. Although, this is nothing new, it is still something that will test your faith. All day I’ve had to remind myself that Jesus died for these people too. I have decided to let this encourage me, and fuel me to change the world the only way I know how. So to all the haters out there, keep talkin, your only helping me step into my destiny!”

And chaser - from the Odessa, TX Odessa American:

Saltgrass COO, waiter say racism story made up
The Odessa waiter whose story about being called a terrorist by a customer spurred national attention last week now admits it was all a hoax.

The waiter, Khalil Cavil, 20, admitted he wrote the racist note himself in a Monday interview with the Odessa American, where he apologized to a reporter “because I did lie to you.”

“I did write it,” Cavil said, refusing to explain why. “I don’t have an explanation. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for what I did.”

Cavil’s call followed a press release from Saltgrass Steak House revealing the hoax. Cavil had lied about receiving the note calling him a terrorist while working at the restaurant on July 14.

Terry Turney, COO of Saltgrass, issued this: “After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story. The customer has been contacted and invited back to our restaurant to dine on us. Racism of any form is intolerable, and we will always act swiftly should it occur in any of our establishments. Falsely accusing someone of racism is equally disturbing.”

Good that the chief operating officer was so proactive. I would have loved to have heard his "words" with Mr. Cavil.

Always classy - Ms. Goldberg

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From the New York Post:

Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro get into explosive argument backstage at ‘The View’
Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro got into an explosive argument backstage at “The View” on Thursday — after an intense on-the-air exchange got even more heated behind-the-scenes, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

The confrontation ended with liberal Goldberg allegedly shouting, “F–k you, get the f–k out!” at President Trump supporter and Fox News host Pirro.

During the screaming match, Pirro told Goldberg, “I’ve done more for abused women than you will ever do,” we hear.

The trouble, sources told us, started before Pirro even went on-air to promote her new book, “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy” — when Pirro arrived at “The View” to learn that anti-Trump CNN contributor Ana Navarro was filling in for Joy Behar.

Goldberg apologised to the audience but not to Judge Pirro. I liked her as Guinan but nothing else has caught my eye. I thought that the left was all about tolerance. Guess not.

Attention whore - Michael Avenatti

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Talk about jumping the shark a long long time ago. From My San Antonio:

Celebrity lawyer takes cases of 50 immigrant women, children separated at the border
Porn star Stormy Daniel’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, made an impromptu appearance at the Catholic Charities RGV’s respite center Tuesday afternoon.

That’s because Avenatti, in addition to representing the woman who is suing President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen, is now also representing about 50 immigrant women and children who were separated from each other after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

What a putz. He is not doing it for the children. He is doing it for his own ego and publicity. Anything to keep his name in the media. When is the book coming out Michael?

Still pissed at him for taking over and subsequently gutting Tully's Coffee - I liked their coffee.

Nice guy - Andrew Medina

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Remember him? He was the security monitor who let the Parkland school shooter walk into the building carrying a bag and did nothing - not even a radio call. Turns out he is a real piece of work - from the Deerfield Beach, FL Sun-Sentinel:

Stoneman Douglas coach kept his job after district found he sexually harassed students
A discipline committee wanted to fire Marjory Stoneman Douglas coach Andrew Medina last year for sexually harassing two students. But someone overruled them.

Instead, Medina was suspended just three days from his duties as a security monitor – a job he was working months later when he spotted Nikolas Cruz walking onto campus. Medina failed to stop Cruz, and the gunman soon killed 17 staff and students and wounded 17 more.

Among the dead was Meadow Pollack, one of the students Medina, 39, was accused of harassing in February 2017.

Rope. Tree. Some assembly required.

More on the Texas School Shooting

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This tragedy could have been averted - from the London Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: 'If he kills me I'll haunt him forever': Murdered teen who spurned besotted Texas school shooter's advances predicted he would try to hurt her
The murdered teen crush who spurned the advances of 'besotted' school gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis was so scared of him she warned her family: 'If he kills me I'll haunt him forever.'

Shana Fisher, 16, made the chilling premonition just two weeks before she was shot dead along with seven other students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

Her family have revealed how 17-year-old Pagourtzis pestered Shana for dates for four months before she finally stood up to him a week before Friday's murderous rampage and said: ‘cut it out.’

The problem is not guns, it is how we deal with mental health issues. I own several spoons and I would like to loose 20 pounds of weight. I am not blaming the spoons for making me fat.

Fat boy Kim is in China - from Bloomberg:

Kim Jong Un Is Making a Surprise China Visit, Sources Say
Kim Jong Un made a surprise visit to Beijing on his first known trip outside North Korea since taking power in 2011, three people with knowledge of the visit said.

Further details of his trip, including how long Kim would stay and who he would meet, were not immediately available. The people asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.

Speculation about a possible visit by a high-ranking North Korean official circulated around the Chinese capital Monday, after Japan’s Kyodo News reported that a special train may have carried Kim through the northeastern border city of Dandong. Nippon TV showed footage of a train arriving Monday in Beijing that looked similar to one used by Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, to visit the country shortly before his death in 2011.

The unannounced visit is the latest in series of diplomatic power plays in Asia as U.S. President Donald Trump’s battle to lower the U.S. trade deficit becomes entangled with his effort to get Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Chinese President Xi Jinping has found himself preparing for a trade war with Trump even after supporting progressive rounds of United Nations sanctions against the Kim regime.

Wonder if he is planning to abdicate - he is worth billions. Because of a suspicious earthquake last October, he no longer has nuclear bombs or a delivery system. He could live out his days quite comfortably with all the money he looted from that poor nation.

Good riddance - Austin bomber

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Taking the easy way out - from Yahoo/Associated Press:

Austin bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in
The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could be out there.

The suspect's motive remained a mystery, along with whether he acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and wounded four others.

It will be interesting when they find this a**hole's background - wonder who he voted for in the last election.

Well duh... Our lame media

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The sensationalist media are in part complicit in the rise of school (and public) shootings. From Arizona State University:

Researchers find mass killings, school shootings are contagious
Sherry Towers was at Purdue University for a meeting on Jan. 21, 2014, when a gunman shot, stabbed and killed a student. Recalling three other school shootings that had made the news in the prior week, she wondered if the string of tragedies was more than coincidental.

In the days that followed, Towers, a statistician, modeler and an Arizona State University research professor, decided to study the data.

“I wondered if it was just a statistical fluke, or if somehow through news media those events were sometimes planting unconscious ideation in vulnerable people for a short time after each event,” she said.

Towers, who is affiliated with the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, gathered a team of fellow researchers with a strong modeling and mathematics background. Joining her on the project were Regents’ Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez, ASU assistant professor Anuj Mubayi, ASU graduate student Andres Gomez-Lievano and undergraduate student Maryam Khan of Northeastern Illinois University’s Mathematics Department.

These sick individuals think that they are going to go out in a blaze of fame and glory. If the media refused to publish their names and actually criticized them (that crazy little shit), the shootings would decline greatly. Their paper can be found here: Contagion in Mass Killings and School Shootings

City life

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T is downtown now and is being blocked by this protest. From The Seattle Times:

Protesters of youth jail block busy Seattle intersections, march through downtown
Opponents of King County’s efforts to build a new youth jail blocked several intersections while protesting in downtown Seattle on Friday morning.

Some protesters linked their arms with piping and lay in the intersection of Fourth Avenue and James Street from about 8 to 10:45 a.m. They and others, about three dozen in all, then began marching north to Fifth Avenue and Stewart Street, where they stopped and some lay down again on cardboard and tarps.

Julianna Alson, a spokeswoman for the No New Youth Jail Coalition, said construction of the new jail would be tantamount to a commitment to more youth incarceration, especially among minorities and people of color.

The Seattle Department of Transportation warned motorists to avoid the area. Traffic was backed up on surrounding blocks and on Interstate 5 and 90. King County Metro reported “significant delays” on bus routes through downtown.

Protesters said they shut down the street to send a message to King County Executive Dow Constantine demanding he immediately halt what they called the unlawful construction of the youth jail and court complex.

Well gee - if there was not a significant uptick in juvanile crime, this facility would not be needed now would it. And besides, this is old news - the funding was approved six years ago and the facility is currently under construction:

County voters in 2012 approved a $210 million levy to pay for a replacement for the existing juvenile-justice complex at 12th Avenue and East Alder Street in Seattle’s Central Area. Construction has begun on the facility.

T is over an hour late. The students are revolting has more than one meaning.

Good news - a prevented school shooting

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We dodged the bullet out here - from The Everett Herald:

Everett student had a plan: ‘I’m learning from past shooters’
A would-be school shooter in Everett bought inert grenades, hid a military-style rifle in a guitar case and carried out an armed robbery to fund an elaborate plot to kill his classmates, according to police.

The grandmother of Joshua Alexander O’Connor, 18, found alarming journal entries Tuesday at her home on Holly Drive, according to reports filed in court. She called police. An officer pulled O’Connor from class at ACES High School to arrest him.

“I’m preparing myself for the school shooting,” he had written in the journal. “I can’t wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate … I can’t wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletives) away.”

O’Connor wrote that he wanted the death count to be as high as possible so that the shooting would be infamous, according to court papers. He went into detail about building pressure-cooker bombs, activating inert grenades and deploying explosives for maximum casualties.

This guy was just another fscking loser: "so that the shooting would be infamous"

One thing that we could do is never ever release their names or photos. This is mental illness and these mokes are getting their rocks off by being bad. Do not give them any publicity or fame.

Good move - catching a predator

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I bet this moke must have felt really stupid. From The Bellingham Herald:

Police chief thought he found a 14-year-old ‘playmate’ online — but it was an officer, cops say
When Pennsylvania police officer Daniel Block saw an advertisement online titled “dominate male officer seeks fun, discreet, sub playmate,” he decided to investigate.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by WTAE, the ad read: "I am a dom male that is also employed as a full time police officer. I hope that does not scare you off. I am white, straight, good looking, clean, d/d free, mentally stable and fun. I can also host or travel. I do have pics to share and I am very discreet.

“I am looking for a female sub for ongoing play sessions,” it continued. “I do not have a set type of woman so any age, race or status may email me. I respect any and all limits and you do not need to be experienced. I hope to hear from someone soon. KIK=kutecop4you.”

So Block said he began to impersonate a 14-year-old, reminding the person behind the account named “kutecop4you” that he was seemingly talking to an eighth grader “on multiple occasions,” according to TribLive.

Can not imagine prison time being very fun - both a paedophile and a cop (ex-cop). Serve and protect indeed...

No big fan of Bill Nye (the Science Guy). He was funny when I lived in Seattle and saw him on the Almost Live show. He was a total asshole in real life - I ran into him several times and attempted to say hello as my Dad was a frequent judge on Pittsburgh, PA's KDKA School Science Countdown TV program in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Thought it would be fun to compare notes - then and now. He blew me off a couple times and I stopped trying after that. Really nasty about it too - bad language.

Anyway, Nye recently was invited to take part in a Reddit forum AMA (Ask Me Anything) and had his ass handed to him - from Red State Watcher:

Bill Nye gets destroyed in Q&A forum
Bill Nye just got his you-know-what handed to him on his own Reddit forum where readers are allowed to "Ask Me Anything":

Reddit user bpoag eviscerates fake scientist Bill Nye:

Hi Bill,

I have a great way you can start.

Stop pretending you're a scientist.

In science, we begin with facts. The facts show you have no formal science education beyond a Bachelors in mechanical engineering from Cornell. That's it. Not even a Masters degree, let alone a Doctorate. You literally have no formal science education beyond an undergraduate degree. The facts also show that the whole "Science Guy" persona emerged out of a stand-up comedy routine you used to perform on local public-access TV back in the 80's:

You've spent years parading around in a lab coat, even after your Disney series ended.. parading around in a way which makes most people, particularly children, think that you're qualified to speak on matters you have no formal experience, education, or training on. For all intents and purposes, you're a talented actor-comedian with an opinion who inserts himself into public dialogue...and that's about it.

Good science also requires peer-review, so, here you go:

If I walked around in scrubs, hung a stethoscope around my neck, and called myself "Bpoag the Medicine Guy", I would be a considered complete fraud, would I not? Even though some of my opinions and observations might be correct, i'm still not a physician... Nor should I be considered one. I'm simply not qualified to speak in that realm, let alone make decisions, let alone attempt to guide public policy. You are to science what Betsy DeVos is to education. Perhaps worse; your fraud has spanned decades. Hers, only a few months.

And it gets better - a fun read and links to some of Bill's more cringeworthy videos.

Crap - another shooting

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From San Antonio, Texas station KSAT:

Gunman in Sutherland Springs church shooting ID'd as Devin Kelley, authorities say
A shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday morning left 26 people -- ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old -- dead and 20 wounded, authorities say.

Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, has been identified as the gunman.

Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:20 a.m., before fleeing in a vehicle, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. Witnesses said Kelley was dressed in all black tactical gear and a ballistic vest and a Department of Public Safety official said he was carrying a Ruger ARb assault-type rifle.

I invoke the 48-hour rule as we have zero reliable information about the shooter and his motives. A tragedy.

News you can use - doomsday postponed

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Of course it would fail - what did you expect? From Newsweek:

DOOMSDAY CONSPIRACY THEORY: DAVID MEADE RESCHEDULES APOCALYPSE FOR OCTOBER AFTER WORLD DIDN'T END
The conspiracy theorist who supposedly predicted the world would end on September 23 has clarified his doomsday prophecy, saying the rapture is, in fact, coming in October.

David Meade, a self-proclaimed "researcher" and Catholic who hit global headlines last week, believes the end of the world as we know it, as foretold in the biblical Book of Revelation, will take place next month and the 23rd was simply a sign of the oncoming of the oncoming disaster.

Writing on his website, Meade clarified his belief that the 23rd is the date of a “historical event” in the skies that would signal the oncoming rapture. Doomsday itself, he says, will begin on October 15.

Sigh - amazed that people still fall for this hooey. Wake me when it is over...

Staying classy - the Pittsburgh Steelers

The entire team ignored the National Anthem as it was played before a game - stayed in the locker room.

I grew up in Pittsburgh - this is childish behavior and hope that the audience votes with their wallets.

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