TV people will always be morons to me.
This isn’t going to be fixed until Democrats are in power, because Republicans and their diaper-rashed babyman are incompetent.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in 17 years, a woman other than Hillary Clinton has been named by Americans as the woman they admire most. Former first lady Michelle Obama, who finished second to Clinton three times and is currently touring to promote her recently released autobiography, won by a significant margin this year. Oprah Winfrey was second, with Clinton and Melania Trump next.
Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama was the winner among men for the 11thconsecutive year, including one year as president-elect, eight as president and two as former president. President Donald Trump ranks second for the fourth year in a row.
Yeah, we know what you mean. Because we also speak code. Damon Young over at VSB provided a list for:
2. Real Americans
3. Middle America
4. Working-class Americans
12. Red-state voters
13. Rust Belt voters
20. Soccer moms
22. Law enforcement
23. Hardworking Americans
24. The middle class
25. The upper middle class
26. The upper class
30. Baby boomers
32. The military
33. The troops
34. Yinzers (for Pittsburgh)
35. Steel/coal/plant workers
36. Legal/documented immigrants
37. Regular/simple/decent/rural/normal Americans
And he followed up with:
2. Inner city
3. At risk
4. Low income
6. Welfare recipient/dependent
7. Any out of context reference to Chicago (This, btw, also works for Detroit.)
8. Drug dealer (Interestingly enough, not drug addict. Perhaps because drug addict implies a passivity and victimhood that drug dealer does not.)
9. Single parent(s)
11. Transient population
12. Section 8
14. Low socioeconomic status
16. Affirmative action
23. Diverse people/population
24. Depressed neighborhood/school/people/population
25. High-crime neighborhood/school
27. Sketchy block/neighborhood
29. Those people
Keep your code list handy as we move closer to the midterms.
It’s Florida. What makes them think there aren’t zombies there? (via Gizmodo)
No one should ever screw around on a public alert system. But considering it’s been a bad year for warning systems—from the Hawaii false emergency alert accidentally informing the public of an incoming missile that didn’t exist to the National Weather Service’s false tsunami warning to the Department of Justice’s Amber Alert site issues that redirected visitors to porn sites—now is an especially bad time for someone to be screwing around on an alert system.
But that may have been what happened when the City of Lake Worth, Florida, sent out a “zombie alert” during a power outage around 1:45am Sunday.
“There are now far less than seven-thousand-three-hundred-eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the alert states. (Get it? There are fewer customers because many are zombies now!)
The message said the alert was for “residents of Lake Worth and Terminus.” Since Terminus is a location in The Walking Dead, it seems likely this message was sent out as a joke or was the result of a hack.
The city public information officer, Ben Kerr, told Gizmodo this has been a reoccurring issue. “We first became aware of the zombie messages during Hurricane Irma,” Kerr told Gizmodo. He doesn’t know when the culprit got into the system and changed the messages, but the city noticed during the August 2017 hurricane because many (zombie-tainted) outage alerts were going out. At the time, the city was able to attend to the message issues before the public noticed.
Lake Worth’s electric utility system is set up to send out automatic alerts when there’s an outage. The system has thousands of pre-programmed messages, Kerr explained. But it seems that at some point someone went through and messed with some of the messages to turn them into zombie jokes. “The actual power systems were not in any way compromised. This is a separate messaging system that at some point has been compromised,” Kerr said. “They just added a zombie fantasy.”
This has everything: Trailer parks, Nazis and lust in the heartland. It even has a tie in to a certain krafty, krimson krank:
The co-founders of an Indiana-based white nationalist party – Matthew Heimbach and David Parrott – got into a fight Tuesday at a Paoli trailer park after Parrott confronted his wife and Heimbach over an affair, according to a police report.
Heimbach, the 26-year-old co-founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, was arrested and charged with battery and domestic battery Tuesday by Paoli police. He was freed on $1,000 bond.
The incident could have additional legal ramifications for Heimbach, who pled guilty in July to physically harassing a woman during a rally in Louisville for Donald Trump.
District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke waived 90 days of jail time on the condition he not re-offend within two years.
Heimbach is scheduled for a review of the Louisville case this year. He did not return a phone call to his cellphone or a text message seeking comment.
David Parrott, the 35-year-old co-founder and spokesman of the white nationalist group, called Paoli police from a Walmart parking lot at 1 a.m. Tuesday and said he’d been assaulted by his wife, Jessica Parrott, 31, and Heimbach, according to a police report obtained by Courier Journal.
David Parrott claims his wife and Heimbach were having an affair, according to a police report. So he and Heimbach’s wife — who is Parrott’s former stepdaughter from another marriage — went to Parrott’s trailer around midnight to see if a tryst was taking place.
They snuck up on the trailer, where Parrott climbed up on a box to peer through a window, police said. But the box broke, and Parrott ran to the front door to confront Heimbach.
“I demanded that they leave my property and he refused,” David Parrott said.
The two men grappled and Heimbach choked Parrott several times, causing him to lose consciousness, according to the police report. When he came to, Parrott drove to Walmart to call police.
When police arrived at the trailer, Heimbach told his wife to send the police away and “tell them everything was fine,” the report said.
“My husband asked me to dismiss the police at my door,” a signed statement from Heimbach’s wife said. “I refused, he kicked the wall, and then grabbed my cheeks making them bleed …”
The incident occurred in front of the Heimbachs’ two children, a 2-year-old and a 7-month-old, according to the police report.
Parrott said Heimbach’s wife was in “immediate danger” because she had a recording of Heimbach and Parrott’s wife, according to a police report.
After the confrontation, Parrott resigned from the Traditionalist Worker Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I’m done. I’m out,” Parrott told the Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday. “SPLC has won. Matt Parrott is out of the game. Y’all have a nice life.”
Every person involved in the Paoli incident identified their professions as “White Nationalists” in the police report.
No reference to guns and pickup trucks but you just know they had to be somewhere in this scenario. But at least we have Walmart.
Let’s reflect on this for a while:
And while you’re reflecting on that. Think about this:
On the day Tatyana Hargrove rode her bike to try to buy her dad a Father’s Day gift, temperatures in Bakersfield, Calif., had reached triple digits, so she stopped on the way home to take a drink of water in the shade.
The 19-year-old girl turned around at the intersection where she had paused and noticed three police cars. One of the officers, she said, had already drawn his gun. …
On the day police stopped Hargrove, officers had been looking for a suspect — described as a 25- to 30-year-old, bald black man standing 5-foot-10 and weighing about 170 pounds — who had threatened several people with a machete at a nearby grocery store, according to a police report.
“She appeared to be a male and matched the description of the suspect that had brandished the machete and was also within the same complex the suspect had fled to,” Christopher Moore, the arresting officer, wrote in his report.
But Hargrove is none of those things.
For starters, she is female. She stands 5-foot-2 and weighs 115 pounds “soaking wet,” according to her father in a widely shared video of Hargrove’s account of the incident posted on the Facebook page for the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP.
Do I really have to tell you the races of the people named here?
(And no, a 5’2″ 125 pound girl doesn’t look like a 5’10” 170 pound bald man.)
An Indian Muslim doctor named Ayaz Virji moved from Pennsylvania to rural Minnesota in 2014 to start a private practice in an area that didn’t have many doctors. His neighbors were friendly and everything was fine.
Until November 2016, when 60 percent of his neighbors and too many other alleged Americans decided that an emotionally stunted pussy grabbing conman was worthy of leading the most powerful country on the planet.
He wanted to leave his new home. But, as the Washington Post reports, his neighbors asked if he would be willing to give talks on being a Muslim. When he decided to do it, friends suggested he wear a bulletproof vest.
His third talk was in a community that overwhelmingly went for babyman. Here’s what happened:
He introduced himself as a doctor who had studied comparative religion at Georgetown with professors who were “the epitome of intellect and scholarship.” He said that what he learned was that if you want to understand Islam, or anything, “you have to be sincere” and “you have to use your brain.”
He looked around at the crowd.
“Because it’s easy to demonize. You know, ‘Everybody else is crazy and I’m just right,’ ” he said sharply. “And what kind of society does that create? That’s what ISIS does. That’s what these zealots do. Do we want to be like that? As Americans, don’t we want to be better than that? Webetter be better than that.”
He glanced at his outline and made the point that of course Islam has its zealots, and he condemns them.
“But that’s not what we’re talking about,” he said. “Because if you say, ‘That’s Islam,’ then that’s like me saying, ‘Well, Christianity is David Koresh,’ ” he said, referring to the cult leader.
He began pacing a bit. People were listening.
“Do you guys know who the LRA is?” he said, referring to the Lord’s Resistance Army, the cultish Ugandan rebel group blamed for the deaths of more than 100,000 people. “How many of you knew about that? I want you to raise your hands.”
Two hands went up.
“How come you don’t know about that?” Ayaz said. “How come only Islam has terrorism? The KKK had 5 million members in the 1920s. Lynching of black people was normal. It was routine. Why don’t we look at ourselves, too, as well as others? You have alternative facts? Then go to a different lecture.”
No one was getting up to leave.
“So, the purpose of today is to know one another,” Ayaz continued, going back to the outline.
He quoted Koran verses to explain how there is no compulsion to convert people to Islam, how extremists who believe that “hate me more than they hate you,” and how Islam means peace, and soon, he began to veer.
“So Islam is not what you see on TV, okay?” he said. “I know Fox News. It’s not news. It’s the WWF, okay? Don’t use them as my spokesperson. When you say, ‘These people are animals and we have to blow them up,’ don’t say, ‘This is Islam.’ It’s not. And 99.9 percent of us will agree we need to condemn these people and it hurts us even more because they’re saying that God said this? Muhammad said this? Never in a million years.”
His voice was rising. He was getting angry. Mandy looked at him.
“Breathe, breathe,” she said.
He began talking about Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who had referred to Islam as a “vicious cancer.”
“There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world! Now, according to General Flynn, we have to purge them? ‘We have to purge the world of Islam!’ ” he said in a mocking voice.
He was far off his outline now.
“You can sense I’m angry about that,” he said. “Wasn’t Jesus angry when he went into the temple and knocked over the tables of the money changers? He was angry. Injustice should make us angry! Okay? I am angry about the election. Because there is injustice there, and I have felt that within my family. And with the burning of mosques? And something like 150 bomb threats to Jewish synagogues? We should think.”
He looked at Duane again, a neighbor he had considered a friend before the election but had barely spoken to since.
“I’ll tell you. After the election, I was angry. And I was angry at my community for what they did. And I was ready to leave. Okay? I was ready to go and say you know what? Not my job. People think I’m a terrorist? I’m outta here. Fine. Find somebody else. The reason I’m here is not because I want to — my faith is very personal to me. I’m here because who else is going to do this, if not me?”
People were just sitting there, listening, not saying anything.
He asked them to imagine how they would feel if he judged Christians the way some people judge Muslims.
If he was dishonest, he said, he would pull out all the most violent Bible verses and say Christianity commands followers to kill.
If he was unfair, he would call the Christian cross a “symbol of torture.”
The room was quiet.
“How do you feel?” he asked.
“Love thy neighbor? Do unto others?”
“Why should I come to rural America and help people who think I’m a terrorist and say, ‘Let’s ban these people from coming here! Ban these doctors from coming here!’ ”
He looked at his outline.
“So, now let’s get to the issues . . . ” he said. “Who believes that Islam supports and promotes terrorism?”
“None of you believe that? Really? Be honest! It’s okay! Nothing’s going to happen! I’m not a terrorist!”
Still no hands.
He moved on to what the Koran says about women, that they should be treated with dignity, and what Trump had said about grabbing women.
“What did he say? What did he say? You know what he said.”
He moved on to sharia.
“Sharia,” he said in a menacing voice. “Come on. You guys know. This is the Devil talking! Come on! You guys know this. Sharia. All Muslims want to impose sharia? Chop off your heads and gouge your eyes out? Right? Isn’t that what Muslims want to do? Isn’t that what I want to do?”
He kept going, veering on and off his outline, from arcane points of Islamic doctrine to the absurd things people say about Islam, which “are about as stupid as they come.”
He went over the history of Islam in America. He mentioned that Thomas Jefferson hosted what is considered the first iftar dinner, the meal that breaks the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. He talked about refugees. He talked about mercy. He talked and kept talking, and after an hour and a half in which not one person had left the room, Pastor Mandy tapped him on the arm and whispered that he needed to finish.
“I gotta do this,” he told her.
He had one last thing to say, about judgment. He read the Bible verse he had written down the night before from the Gospel of Matthew, which describes what Jesus will say to those who professed his name but failed him.
“And he will say, ‘I never knew you,’ ” Ayaz read. “ ‘Get away from me, you wicked people.’ ”
He looked up from his notes at the audience.
“He’s telling this to you,” Ayaz said. “So.”
He gathered his outline.
“Anyway,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about anything else.”
He sat down. He was exhausted.
I’m glad he was pissed off when he spoke. Because you can’t give a calm and rational speech to people who for the past decade have let Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones and Fox News vomit into their head cavities.