Been busy. Reckon on staying busy.
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Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, will soon be the receipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He's on paid administrative leave so he shouldn't have any problems paying his ongoing bills and won't the City of Ferguson provide him with an attorney?
Regardless, his racist supporters have started a GoFundMe campaign and since Monday have raised more than $207,000.
I wonder how much Ted Nugent contributed?
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My wingnut cousin posted Ted Nugent's status update on her Facebook page this morning. It is supposed to be a list of whites murdered by blacks since June 1 that didn't make the national news.
Yup. If you have a pea-sized brain you can clearly see that this is exactly the same as a black teen shot down in the street by a police officer for jaywalking.
If you use your google-fu you'll discover that of the 31 names listed, 3 of them didn't die (2 were stabbed and survived and 1 was a purse snatching), 10 are questionable because the victims were found dead without a smoking gun or bloody knife held by the suspect, and in 2 cases the race/ethnicity was wrong. One victim was black, not white and in another the suspects were Hispanic, not black.
In one of the questionable cases, the victim was a 97-year old man and the witness was his 94-year old wife. The crime? Home invasion in the middle of the night.
Other questionable cases include a motorcyclist found dead on the road at 1:55 am and only later was a bullet discovered in his body; a man found shot to death in his own driveway; a man found dead in the street in the early morning hours; and a couple were drug deals gone bad. Some of these murders took place during business robberies and one was due to domestic violence.
So yeah, these are JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHAEL BROWN AND TRAYVON MARTIN.
My cousin really needs to have a heart-to-heart talk with her son-in-law, who is .... wait for it .... black! If Eric Holder, as a grown man, can be stopped for running down the street on his way to see a movie, then you know her SIL has been accused of doing *something* in his lifetime, when in fact he was just minding his own business.
There were 20 earthquakes in Oklahoma yesterday, at least according to seismologists who, as we all know, are grant-seeking, Marxism-spreading liberal liars.
What I'm saying is the earthquakes didn't really happen and Charles and David Koch will back me up on that.
Might we be able to lock the lot of them up?
The father of the Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk and claimed his family's wealth was partially to blame has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, legal documents showed.
Couch is the father the then 16-year-old boy who was sentenced to probation for the deadly accident after his lawyers argued the enormous wealth of the youth's family blinded him to responsibilities resulting from his actions. An expert witness for the defense described the boy's condition as "affluenza."
“Couch reached into his vehicle and took out his wallet displaying what appeared to be a police badge and identification card, suggesting he was a police officer,” the statement said.
Officers at the scene later determined that Couch was not a police officer and never has been licensed as a police officer in Texas, the statement said.
No doubt all his money made him do it.
Looking forward to reading Paul Ryan's The Way Forward. Ryan the most influential Republican in Congress. Will report.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) August 20, 2014
Our Corporate Overlords must be protected from their own shareholders.
Some people, and perhaps one entire political party plus a good chunk of another political party, won't be happy until the Masters of the Universe are exempt from all rules, regulations, and laws (legal, Newtonian, and quantum) and are thus actual Masters of the Universe.
I wish I were employing excessive hyperbole but I'm only employing a smidge.
Let's put notions of hypocrisy to the side for a moment and marvel at this:
CAIRO - Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.
Americans should be ashamed but more likely there will be call to bomb Egypt because how dare they.
[Via Jed Lewison.]
The BezosPost entertains us with an op-ed by Sunil Dutta, identified as "a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years". Let's observe his words of wisdom:
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge.
In other words, cower before government force. As a practical matter, it's good advice. As a matter of living in a free society, not so much.
[Y]ou don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search.
Can anybody spot the contradiction here? I knew you could!
If only Professor Dutta were so astute.
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Excuse me, what did you say -- I can't *hear* you! Those crickets you hear are all those people screaming about how Obama is taking away their Freedoms but are strangely silent about shit like this:
It was around 2 a.m. Sunday, two hours after the new curfew mandated for Ferguson, Mo., but [Joshua] Hampton was sitting in his own car, smoking a cigarette in his aunt’s driveway. He thought he was obeying the law. [...] suddenly, Hampton says, his car was surrounded by police. “Put your [expletive] hands up!” he says they told him. [...]
“They kept telling me to get out of the car, but I didn’t want to make any kind of movement,” Hampton, 30, told The Post in a phone interview Sunday.
Looks like it's now illegal to sit in your own car in a relative's vehicle smoking a cigarette.
As a number of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans have been noting over recent days, they generally managed crowd control situations in these quasi-war-zones with less body armor, less visible firepower and more restrictive rules of engagement than the Ferguson PD appears to be using against overwhelmingly peaceful and almost exclusively unarmed civilians in Ferguson.
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A few months ago I lost my job and am currently collecting unemployment benefits. Yesterday I visited with an ACA navigator and purchased the cheapest policy available.
I tried signing up myself online but I had so many questions I thought it wise to seek advice. I had to make multiple phone calls to get an appointment and was told different things every time I called. The first time I called I was told there wasn't a navigator in my community even though the website says otherwise. I was told I would have to travel nearly 20 miles to the closest one. I persisted and eventually was able to make an appointment with someone just 3 miles from home.
I was given numerous other pieces of incorrect information, the most important being:
I had 90 days from the date I was last covered to get my own coverage. WRONG! I had 60 days and unless I can find someone who can direct me to some form asking for special dispensation, I will be forced to pay a $99 penalty.
I was advised to bring 3 pieces of information with me to the appointment: my passport, proof of how much I'm being paid in unemployed benefits, and proof of Mr. gyma's income. I wasn't told to bring my last paystub or any other information regarding possible sources of income. I also wasn't told I needed to have Mr. gyma's social security number and driver's license number, even though he's covered by his own insurance.
It took more than 2 hours to get through the process and for my trouble I'll pay $239/month for a high deductible HSA plan through Kaiser. In essence, I have to pay all medical expenses until I've reached $5,000 and then the plan will cover 30% until I've paid out $6,350. I have 3 months to reach that threshold.
And here's the kicker -- if I get another job with benefits before the end of the year, I'll have to repay the $150/mo federal subsidy plus the $99 penalty.
What a deal.
Actually, it would have been much cheaper for me to simply pay the penalty, but I learned a valuable lesson a couple of years ago when I had gallbladder surgery. Normally such surgeries cost about $8,000. The surgeon "lost" a gallstone so I had to have an gastroenterologist go fishing the next day and 6 weeks later had to have the stent he inserted removed. For my troubles, I was charged $60,000+ and that was the negotiated insurance price.
You absolutely have to have insurance, even if your out-of-pocket seems ridiculous.
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The police chief said a St. Louis County coroner's report has not been released due, in part, to concerns that releasing certain details--such as the exact number of gunshot wounds on Brown's body--could taint possible witness testimony.
Can they do that?? And what is Missouri's guv waiting for?
The United States of America formally requests that the well-meaning nations of the world immediately send peacekeeping forces to this country in order to restore order, establish democracy, and disband or destroy organized militias such as:
Making with the bang-bang:
"The homeowner, he has an alarm system inside what I call is ‘audible,’ in that it tells you what door is being opened," Lang said. "When he went to go investigate what had set off the alarm, he heard some banging and rustling around in the garage. At that particular point, he obtained a firearm that he had there in the kitchen area."
The father allegedly fired the gun because he sensed that someone was "coming at him" and, due to the poor visibility, wasn't able to recognize his daughter, WHAG reported.
After realizing what had happened, the man rushed her to a local hospital, but WHAG reported that on the way there, the man crashed his car and emergency crews were called to take the girl to the hospital.
The daughter is expected to survive and the relevant authorities are investigating. Charges? I wouldn't bet on it.
The leader of an anti-LGBT group who has joined with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to ban same-sex marriage had his own marriage end after his wife began a romantic relationship with another woman.
According to court documents obtained by Lone Star Q, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz was dating another woman when she filed for divorce from Jonathan Saenz in 2011. Less than six months later, Jonathan Saenz took over as the president of the state’s top anti-gay group, Texas Values.
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"Our intention was not to be insensitive to his family, friends and fans, and for that we apologize."
The above statement was in response to the social media shaming ABC was exposed to last night after running a big red banner at the top of the screen promising live aerial shots of Robin Williams' house.
They no longer need to pretend there's no corruption:
As Comcast and Time Warner Cable await the FCC’s approval of their merger, the two companies collectively donated $132,000 to a dinner honoring one of the agency’s commissioners.
The honoree, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, appointed to the position by President Obama in 2009, is the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.
Doesn't matter if it's true or not:
So, after The Times recently published an article that included a plagiarism claim against Rick Perlstein, the author of a new political biography, “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” I fielded a number of outraged complaints.
I spoke on Monday to the media editor, Peter Lattman, and to the deputy media editor, Bill Brink, who was the chief editor on the article, after showing them some of the complaints. I also corresponded with Alexandra Alter, who wrote the article.
Mr. Brink told me that The Times took these issues seriously before publication, discussing whether writing about the accusations was fair. The editors said that they believed The Times had acted responsibly and that the article was newsworthy.
“We wrote about it because it was out there and thought we could take it head-on in the story. We did that in the most responsible way possible, and put it in context,” Mr. Brink said.
It's out there. Although it's curious that things that are out there and thus worthy of "discussion" almost always redound to the benefit of conservatives.
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Frontier Airlines will soon charge its customers a fee for booking travel with their frequent flyer miles unless they do it at least six months in advance.
Frontier used to be a decent airline but those days are over.
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By October 2015, the country’s two largest card payment networks, Visa and MasterCard, want a system in place that replaces the magnetic stripe on the backs of credit and debit cards with a chip.
U.S. businesses claim the move will cost in the billions and you don't really think Jamie Dimon is going to "donate" any of JPMorgan Chase's $25 billion (estimated 2014 net profit) to the cause, do you?
So you and I will pay for this one way or the other. And the U.S. is going the way of chip-and-signature vs. chip-and-PIN technology so this will only protect against counterfeit cards, not lost and stolen cards. Buying crap on the Internet will be more troublesome than ever.
Let the whining begin in 3...2...1....
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Julianna Battenfield has a dream, a vision, a passion for law school and being a faithful follower of Jesus, she wants you to know God told her not only to attend law school, but to con you into paying for it. She could have taken out $55,000 in student loans but she's declined every offer because God is her provider and God told her he'd take care of her. Plus she uses this as her reasoning for refusing to take out loans:
"Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law." -Romans 13:8
See? Right there is a Bible verse that tells you not to owe anyone, anything. Can't wait to see how she pays for a house.
You get one guess which law school she's going to and here's a hint: it ain't Harvard.
If you'd like to help, she's asking for 57 suckers to donate $50/month for 10 months plus another 100 suckers to donate $28.50/month for 10 months and is willing to also take one-time donations. Funny thing is one of her links provides a spreadsheet of what she needs and the grand total is $18,500. I know I suck at math, but even if no one makes a one-time donation, her monthly requests total $57,000. Huh?
She also claims your donations are tax deductible, although if you want to make a one-time donation you are taken to a Survey Monkey page. Hahahaha!
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A California business owner takes in a Guatamalen mother and her two children and this happens:
“Now, we’re getting death threats,” Lane noted. “They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill my family.”
“They think it’s OK for them to now threaten my life,” he continued. “They put my kids and my wife’s picture on their hate sites, not even the mafia does that.”
This is the face of courage -- someone who is/should be frightened by threats from whackjobs but DOES IT ANYWAY.
Video at the link.