Category: Culture


Oklahoma Policeman Accused Of Sex Assaults On Duty

 

 

The Oklahoman reported .

  Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said at a news conference that Holtzclaw stopped women while he was working and forced them to expose themselves, fondled them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.

  Authorities have statements from six victims and expect a statement from a seventh, Citty said. He also said investigators believe there are additional victims. “

 

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Policing Ferguson-Style: Officer Who Pointed Rifle At Protester And Warned ‘I Will F****** Kill You’ Is Suspended Indefinitely

 

 

 

An unnamed police officer from St. Ann, Missouri, has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely after he was caught on camera pointing an assault rifle at a protester, in Ferguson, on Tuesday night

 

 

 

” An unnamed police officer from St. Ann, Missouri, has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely after he was caught on camera pointing an assault rifle at a protester, in Ferguson, on Tuesday night.

  The officer was supposed to part of the effort to keep the peace, but instead two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show him pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at protestors and shouting: ‘I will f****** kill you.’

  The incident happened just before midnight on Tuesday during the latest of several protests that have followed the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.”

This is a follow-up piece to the events we reported on here . Here is one of the videos …

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Almanac Predicts Colder Winter, Hotter Summer

 

 

 

 

 

” The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

  Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a “super-cold” winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal.

” Colder is just almost too familiar a term,” Editor Janice Stillman said. “Think of it as a refriger-nation.”

  More bad news for those who can’t stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal in New England.”

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Jeff Foxworthy’s Ice Bucket Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

” Not only is this a great fundraiser for The ALS Association, but it takes care of the weekly bath for us Rednecks! #icebucketchallenge “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 On Welfare

 

 

 

 

 

” 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

  The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

  But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

  When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

  Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans’ benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans’ benefits.

  The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans’ benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population. “

 

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Zac Brown Band

 

 

 

 

 

” #IceBucketChallenge accepted! This one’s for you Hunter Hayes and Vineyard Vines. We now challenge Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers,Foo Fighters, Bob Lefsetz and #GarthBrooks. Join us to #StrikeOutALS! You have 24 hours. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny Ice Bucket Challenge FAIL Compilation

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 19, 2014

” Funny Ice Bucket Challenge Fail Compilation 2014 NEW

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Ferguson, MO And Police Militarization (HBO)

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 17, 2014

” In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.”

 

 

 

Reporter Blasts Clinton Royalty

 

 

 

 

” Nevada reporter Jon Ralston rips Hillary Clinton for demanding “royal treatment” in an upcoming visit to Las Vegas:

” The price of Hillary Clinton’s scheduled speech and UNLV fundraiser could be going up. Las Vegas Review Journal, which obtained Clinton’s contract with the UNLV Foundation, reports in addition to her speaking fee of $225,000, Clinton is demanding a private jet, a presidential suite and adjoining rooms for her entourage, and Clinton refuses to mingle with the common folk. She wants to approve any media types attending the event.

” And now, a word about royalty. We don’t have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn’t. But when I see the red carpet UNLV is rolling out for Hillary Clinton in two months I start to wonder. Unless you’re a mindless partisan, the details of that contract with the UNLV Foundation should disturb you. They were uncovered, as I said by the RJ’s Lara Myers, and published over the weekend. The contract reads as if Hillary is being given the, yes,  royal treatment. Now it is bad enough that the UNLV Foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet.”

 

 

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Don Pardo, Longtime Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dead At 96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Don Pardo, the TV and radio announcer whose exuberant baritone heralded the opening ofSaturday Night Live for all but one of its 38 seasons, has died, NBC confirmed to Mashableon Monday night. He was 96.

  Pardo has been an NBC announcer since 1944, and semi-retired in 2004 while maintaining his SNL duties from his Arizona home. During his 60 years with the network, Pardo did TV, radio and just about anything else that required his unique voice talent, including wartime reporting during World War II.

  His break in mainstream TV came in 1956, when Pardo was the first voice of The Price is Right, where he remained until the show went to ABC in 1963. From there he went to Jeopardy! and other NBC game shows including Winning Streak and Jackpot!

  As the live announcer on duty at NBC on Nov. 22, 1963, Pardo was first to announce to viewers watching the network that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.”

 

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US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

 

 

 

 

 

 

” After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

  The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, “I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message.”

  Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said police responses like that in Ferguson have “become the problem instead of the solution.” Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he will introduce legislation to curb the trend of police militarization.

  Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee will review the program to determine if the Defense Department’s surplus equipment is being used as intended.

  One night after the violence that accompanied the presence of military-style equipment in Ferguson, tensions eased when a police captain, unprotected and shaking hands, walked through a crowd in a gesture of reconciliation. The contrast added to the perception that the tanks and tear gas had done more harm than good.

  As the country concludes its longest wartime period, the military has turned over thousands of surplus weapons and armored trucks to local police who often trained alongside the military.

  A report by the American Civil Liberties Union in June said police agencies had become “excessively militarized,” with officers using training and equipment designed for the battlefield on city streets. The report found the amount of goods transferred through the military surplus program rose in value from $1 million in 1990 to nearly $450 million in 2013.”

 

 

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Muhammad Is Britain’s Top Name For Baby Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The most popular name for boys in Britain is Muhammad — far outpacing the previous winner, Oliver.

  According to records from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), more than 8,000 babies born in 2013 were given a variation of the Muslim prophet’s name, making it the year’s top choice among parents in England and Wales. The name’s No. 1 ranking was first reported by Breitbart.com.

  The spelling Muhammad ranked 15th on a list of top names complied by the agency, given to 3,499 boys; Mohammed was 23rd,  with 2,887; Mohammad placed 57th, given 1,059 times; and Muhammed ranked 108th, with 561.

  In total, 8,006 boys got one of the top four spellings of the name, compared to Oliver, which  was given to 6,949 boys, the ONS figures show. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico Protests Texas National Guard Troops On US Border

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Mexico’s foreign ministry late Friday protested Texas Governor Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops to the southern US border to halt the surge of child migrants.

  Mexico “reiterates, in a firm and categorical way, its rejection of this measure,” read a statement from the foreign ministry.

No circumstance at all or change in border security exists that justifies this measure taken by the state.”

  The troop deployment “does not contribute in any way to solving the immigration problem,” and is inconsistent with US-Mexico talks aimed at “building a modern, prosperous and safe border,” the statement read.

  On Thursday Perry deployed some 1,000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.

  National Guard troops are soldiers under the authority of the state governor. They cannot detain undocumented migrants, which is a federal responsibility, but they can take over some duties that allows more US Border Patrol agents to monitor the borderline.”

 

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Moments After These Selfies Were Taken, Disturbing Tragedy Struck

 

 

8.) Jenni Rivera.

” Mexican pop star Jenni Rivera took this picture with her crew right before takeoff. Their private jet crashed and killed them all.”

 

 

” Some day, when you die, there will be a last photo of you floating out there somewhere. It’s crazy to think that some of those last photos were taken by the subject themselves, but that’s what happened to these people in a series of tragic events.

  No matter where you stand on the issue of selfies, it’s clear these are all terrible events. Not all of these people put themselves at unnecessary risk for a cool picture, but a few did and that makes it even worse. 

  After these photos were taken, the most terrible thing happened… “

 

 Viral Nova has the rest of the final photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal Migrant Wave Overwhelming School Districts

 

 

 

 

‘ Municipal school systems around the country are gearing up to absorb tens of thousands of children who arrived illegally from Central America for the new school year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  The influx, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, will stress the resources of schools from large metropolitan areas to small towns from California to New York. A minimum of 37,000 children who have been placed with sponsors as of July 31 are eligible to attend public school, according to the Journal.

  Among the systems expected to be most heavily impacted are Texas, where over 5,000 illegal migrant pupils will be showing up for school as well as New York and California, which will each get about 4,000 arrivals, the Journal reported.

  Many will come with psychological scars requiring trauma counseling. Almost all will need remedial help in learning English. Every single one will have access to subsidized nutritional programs.

  Public schools are obligated by the federal government to enroll the children regardless of their immigration status. Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools said, “We have both a legal and moral obligation to teach these kids,” the Journal reported. “

 

 

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LAPD Shoots, Kills Black Man During ‘Investigative Stop’

 

 

 

 

 

” The Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a black man in South L.A. on Monday.

  Police conducted an “investigative stop” in the Newton area around 8:20 p.m., according to a news release from the LAPD. “During the stop a struggle ensued, which resulted in an officer-involved-shooting. It is unknown if the suspect has any gang affiliations,” the release continues. “The suspect was transported to a local hospital and after lifesaving efforts he succumbed to his injuries.”

  A woman claiming to be the deceased man’s mother called KTLA and identified the man as Ezell Ford. Tritobia Ford said her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers when he was shot three times

  An unnamed man who claimed to be Ezell Ford’s cousin also spoke with KTLA.

“ They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems,” he said. “The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out.”

 

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Brazil’s ‘Miss Bumbum 2014′ Contest Kicks Off Today

 

 

 

 

 

” Most American men will tell you they are either a boob guy or a butt guy. But in Brazil, it’s apparently all about the butt.

  According to Huffington Post, the “Miss Bumbum” competition kicks off today in Sao Paulo with 27 lovely ladies representing Brazil’s 26 states and one federal district hoping to win the country’s annual competition for having the best ass.

  Brazilians have until November to vote online and narrow the field down to 15 for the finals, where the winner will take home roughly $22,000 in endorsement deals and “instant celebrity.”

  For the first time in the competition’s history, twins will be duking it out for the honor of best caboose, as Rafaella and Graziella Fornazieri have both entered the contest.

  Last year’s champion, Dai Macedo , told a French newspaper that to win the title of “Miss Bumbum,” it takes a lot of devotion.

” No nightclubs. No sweets,” Macedo said. “I went to the gym Saturdays and Sundays.”

  Macedo won the title of “Miss Bumbum 2013″ after sporting a moneymaker that measured in at 42 inches, proving once again that size does matter.”

 

 

   Read/view more about the 2014 candidates here and be sure to check out our coverage of 2012 and 2013 pageants . Here are some video highlights of years past …

 

 

   The finale from 2012 …

 And the candidates from 2013 …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golfers Frisked As Obama Arrives At Martha’s Vineyard Club

 

 

 

 

” Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.

“ There was security on the way in, but no word as to why they were there.” The member added, “While eating, overlooking the golf course, guests had to stand up and be wanded.” One asked if he could finish his hot soup first, and an Obama security man cracked, ominously, “So, you’re not cooperating?” “

 

 

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Kreg Palko’s Ice Bucket Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Hi, I’m Kreg Palko and I have ALS. First of all I’d like to thank Pete Frates and Team FrateTrain for drawing attention to ALS. You’re doing a great thing for the cause. I can’t stand by and watch everyone pour ice on their heads without joining in myself. So I’d like to nominate Chris Patton, a distinguished alumni from BC and his daughter Nicole for the ice bucket challenge. Thank you everyone on behalf of all of us who have ALS. Thank you”ALS awareness brought to you by this badass ALS patient himself. My dad has been battling Lou Gehrig’s for over two years now and it has completely robbed him of his livelihood. His muscles deteriorated and his voice withered away as our family watched in horror. A few months ago, a massive stem cell transplant gave us hope that the effects might be reversed, and now my dad is in for the fight of his life. You can read our story at www.kregpalkoALS.com and help make a difference.

Thank you Team FrateTrain for getting this going, and to EVERYONE who has helped put ALS on the map! Dad nominated CP and Nicole Patton, and I was so anxious about the ice water I completely forgot my nominations!! Kyle Palko, Jared Hanson, and Jack Burger, you’re up to #strikeoutALS !!

Though this disease has impaired his ability to walk, move, and talk, his brain is unaffected. Therefore, his desire to partake in ridiculous things is still very much prevalent. Here is the strongest man I know participating in the #icebucketchallenge

Donations can be made at www.kregpalkoALS.com, www.petefrates.com, and www.alsa.org

— with Jared Hanson, Kyle Palko and Jack Burger. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sheik: Help Me Stay Rich Colorado

 

 

 

 

HT/ Instapundit

If You Support Banning Plastic Grocery Bags, Here are 6 Reasons Why You Might Reconsider

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Across the country, 190 municipalities either tax plastic grocery bags or have banned them altogether.

  In California, Los Angeles County banned them beginning January 1st of this year, and the California state legislature is currently entertaining a bill that would ban them statewide. In most places, paper bags can be purchased at the checkout in case one has forgotten to bring their own bag.

  The justification for the bans have been the negative economic and environmental effects of plastic bags. In other words, forcing people to bring their own bags saves money for municipalities and helps save the planet.”

But as it turns out, plastic bag bans are a lot more symbolism than substance, and a recent study show us the reasons why:

 
  1. Banning plastic bags doesn’t actually save money for garbage collection.
  2. They comprise about 1.4% of the municipal waste in the United States. “

 

Read the rest at IJR 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Swamp Cooler For Burning Man

 

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man

 

 

 

” For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a week-long festival in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event attracts a wide range of creative people from all over the world.

  This year, [Jake] is going to bring his homemade evaporative ‘swamp cooler’ to help battle the heat. His design uses a medium-sized shipping container with two large holes cut out of it and two 200mm PC cooling fans embedded into the plastic. The fans blow air from the outside into the bin. Humidifier filters sourced from a local dump are inserted into the middle of the container. The filters acts as an absorbent material to hold melt-water being pumped in from another cooler chest above.”

 

 

Hackaday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NJ Cops Arrest Gun Owner For “Creating A Risk Of Widespread Injury Or Damage

 

NJ cops unceremoniously relieve Robert Litner of his gun collection (courtesy nj.com)

 

 

“ Police on Saturday revealed the extent of the arsenal seized from a township resident and evident gun enthusiast, the day after they charged Robert Lintner, 65, with ‘creating a risk of widespread injury or damage,’” northjersey.com reports. I know what you’re thinking: how many guns equals an “arsenal” in New Jersey, a state whose gun laws are the dictionary definition of Second Amendment infringement. I won’t keep you in suspense. Or will I? . . .

  Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler said police removed approximately 300 pounds of black gun powder from the basement of Lintner’s home on Washington Street. With the assistance of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, they also removed nearly 200 long and short firearms from five large gun vaults in the home, Kugler said, adding that tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition were also taken.

“ Nearly” 200 guns = a New Jersey arsenal. Fair enough? Only the word “arsenal” implies something nefarious in this context, does it not? Google defines the word as “an array of resources available for a certain purpose.” In New Jersey, where the number of concealed carry permits is roughly equivalent to the number of Israeli supermodels I’ve dated, anyone who has more than, say, three guns is immediately suspected of being a gun nut (a.k.a., ticking time bomb).”

 

 

This incident only proves how calling the cops is never a good idea , even if your wife attempts to stab you …

 

 

” Lintner was taken to police headquarters shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, capping a day that had begun with a morning 911 call that his wife allegedly stabbed him in the neck during a domestic dispute. When police discovered the weapons and the ammunition stored at the house, they ordered an evacuation of the adjacent homes on Washington Street.

  His wife, Eileen Lintner, was charged with second-degree aggravated assault and illegal possession of a weapon, a knife, police said. She was released after posting $75,000 bail on condition she have no contact with her husband.”

 

 

Read more at The Truth About Guns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left To Obama: Check Spy Agencies

 

 

 

” Activists on the left are demanding President Obama flex his muscle over the country’s spy agencies.

  The CIA’s admission that a handful of officials spied on Senate staffers is proof that the White House has lost control of the intelligence agencies, critics say. They are also discomforted by the continued support Obama has offered for agency Director John Brennan. 

“ This is not an isolated incident,” said Becky Bond, political director with the progressive group Credo.

“ The fact that these intelligence officials are able to keep their job when major breaches or major assaults on the Constitution are made public — let alone all the things that are happening that we don’t know about — it sets a very dangerous precedent,” she added.

  In recent days, more than 42,000 people have signed Credo’s petition calling for Obama to “fire” Brennan, along with agency officials who knew about the snooping on Congress. The petition also calls for the Justice Department to file criminal charges against people involved in the congressional snooping.

  The spying is just “the latest evidence that America’s shadowy intelligence agencies are out of control,” the group said in its petition. “Yet disturbingly, President Obama is still defending Brennan.”

  The administration’s positions have inflamed civil libertarians on both sides of the aisle. But for liberals who supported Obama based in part on his opposition to the powerful security apparatus of the administration of President George W. Bush, the shift is especially painful. 

“ It looks incredibly hypocritical relative to the promises he made over the campaign, and that’s completely been made transparent,” said Demand Progress executive director David Segal. “

 

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