24 'Murican' Misconceptions People Have About Americans

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11 British People Roasting America - Pip Pip Cheerio Chaps

11 British People Roasting America - Pip Pip Cheerio Chaps -

 

 


 

 


15 Absurd Activities More Illegal Than Owning An Assault Rifle

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America has so many laws on the books that a full audit has never been done. The land of the free, it turns out, is one of the most restrictive countries in the world, landing 86th on Freedom House’s list of 195 countries. And while we have laws against running for government office without acknowledging God (Texas) and punishing restaurants for serving margarine passed off as butter (Iowa), we can’t seem to tighten the rules around owning an assault rifle. In fact, it’s easier in many states for an 18-year-old to buy an assault rifle than it is to buy a beer. Let’s ponder the implications of this as we review 15 activities more illegal than owning an assault rifle.

 

Smoking weed in Texas.

Today there are still over a dozen states that consider marijuana illegal, making the term "light 'em up," more apropos to gun fights than sparking a joint.

Being drunk in a bar in Alaska.

Maybe in the wild frontiers of Alaska, it's a good idea to keep people sober. But making it illegal to be drunk inside a bar is like telling someone they can't bowl inside a bowling alley. What the hell do people do in an Alaskan bar anyway?

Catching a fish with your bare hands in Indiana.

Known as "noodling," catching a fish with your bare hands is a no-no in all but 14 states. Conspiracy theorists blame it on Big Rod.

Using, selling, distributing, or possessing confetti in Alabama.

If you've ever thrown a New Year's Eve party, or have an eccentric aunt who sends you greeting cards loaded with the stuff, you can empathize with Alabama on the no-confetti law. Getting all the little bits out of your new shag rug is less fun than a colonoscopy on a cruise ship.

Falling asleep at a cheese factory in South Dakota.

Okay, this one makes total sense. No one wants spindly drool contaminating our sweet, sweet cheddar.

Sharing your Netflix password in Tennessee.

Try and stop us. How else are people going to binge on a budget?

Dwarf-tossing in an establishment in Florida.

We're guessing things got a little out of hand in Florida (as they do). This pint-sized pastime was such a sensation in the Sunshine State that in 1989, The Little People of America got it banned. One small step for dwarf, one giant leap (not toss) for dwarf-kind.

Selling or bartering your kid in Pennsylvania.

Parenting is hard. The fact that there's a law against selling your kid is proof. Shopping on Amazon could be a very different experience.

Not providing toilet paper in coal mines in Ohio.

Knowing that this policy had to be enforced through legislation makes us wonder what the hell is even going on in Ohio. Not cool, guys.

Adultery in Michigan.

Casual infidelity is a difficult prospect in Michigan. That explains why no French people live there.

Cursing publicly in Mississippi.

What the fuck? What is this, the third grade?

Oral sex in Maryland.

Ten-to-one odds, everyone under the age of 30 in Maryland is breaking the law, because this law sucks, and so do horny people.

Marry with an STD in Nebraska.

Listen, if you told her you have herpes and she still wants to marry you, more power to you.

Sex for single people in Virginia.

What kind of police stakeouts do the wonderful cops of Virginia get up to? At least we can sleep knowing our tax dollars are being spent wisely.

Seduce a woman via a false marriage proposal in South Carolina.

Guys, we're totally busted. But there's no law against using the L word.


The Complete Timeline Of Michael Cohen: From President Trump's Personal Attorney To Convicted Felon

The Complete Timeline Of Michael Cohen: From President Trump's Personal Attorney To Convicted Felon

 

On February 27, 2019, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Trump, began Congressional testimony regarding alleged lies, scandals, and corruption within the Trump administration. Once a zealous personal lawyer and Trump confidant, Cohen was convicted of nine felonies committed during his time as President Trump's counsel. A panel of New York State Supreme Court judges has since disbarred Cohen.

Before his official tenure with President Trump, Cohen was a self-professed fan of the businessman. He was unflinchingly loyal and had a reputation as Trump's "pit bull." He reportedly verbally sparred with reporters, threatened former Miss USA contestants, and even created a financial cover for the president to prevent association with adult performer Stormy Daniels.

Cohen also dabbled in politics before working on President Trump's campaign, vying for a place on the New York City Council in 2003 and a New York Senate seat in 2010. Cohen's aspirations in politics may be a distant memory, but his pivotal role in them is not. Here is a complete timeline of Michael Cohen's stint as the president's "fixer."

 


20 Crazy Behind The Scenes Hollywood Facts And Secrets

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1. ‘King Kong’ set destruction. The large gate that was built for ‘King Kong’ was set on fire and destroyed for the burning of the Atlanta Depot scene in ‘Gone with the Wind’.

2. Old Hollywood drugs. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were forced to take ‘pep pills’ in order to work 72 hours at a time. When they would finish filming, the actors were sent to the studio hospital and given sleeping pills. After a few hours, they’d be woken up to do it all over again.

3. Lon Chaney as a makeup artist. Lon Chaney played big roles in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. He wasn’t just an actor though, Chaney did all of his own crazy makeup for the roles.

4. ‘Superman’ salty snow. Before the days of CGI, weather had to be physically made for all film scenes. The crew used actual salt on the set of ‘Superman’.

5. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ stunt gone wrong. Margaret Hamilton got more than she bargained for while playing the Wicked Witch. A trap door didn’t open quickly enough while filming a stunt and she suffered second-degree burns on her face and third-degree burns on her hand. The actress spent six weeks recovering before returning to set.

6. Real horror on ‘The Birds’ set. In the Hitchcock film, actress Tippi Hedren had real birds tied to her and thrown at her during the attic scene. Hendren was told that the birds were going to be fake originally, but that there was a mechanical issue.

7. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ summer weather. The whole Christmas movie was actually filmed in the summer of 1946. It would get so hot that production had to be shut down for days at a time.

8. The ‘Pyscho’ toilet. Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film was the very first to show a toilet on screen. Movie sensors almost didn’t let it happen.

9. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ lion hair. The Cowardly Lion costume was made with real lion hair.

10. ‘Casablanca’ height difference. Actor Humphrey Bogart was two inches shorter than leading lady Ingrid Bergman, so he had to stand on boxes to appear taller than her.

11. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ insults. Actor Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds’ dancing so much during filming that she once hid from everyone under a piano and cried.

12. ‘Dracula’ spider webs. The spider webs we see in Dracula’s castle were made by shooting rubber cement out of a rotary gun.

13. ‘Sherlock Jr.’ injury. While performing this stunt in ‘Sherlock Jr.’ Buster Keaton fractured his neck and didn’t realize until years after.

14. ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ tears. When child actress Margaret O’Brien needed to cry during scenes, her mother would tell her other young actresses on the MGM lot were better cryers than her. She wanted to be the best so badly that this got her every time.

15. ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ feud. During a scene, actress Bette Davis kicked Joan Crawford so hard that she ended up needing stitches. To retaliate Crawford put weights in her pocket to make it harder for Davis to drag her lifeless body during the above scene, which strained her back.

16. Child actor punishments. When a young actor would misbehave on set, they were sometimes sent to ‘the black box’ which was a block of ice they were forced to sit on. Shirley Temple has spoken about the punishment as something she dealt with as a young star.

17. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ snow. Writer and director Frank Capra helped create a new type of artificial snow to be used for movies. Before this, painted cornflakes were used as fake snow, but this was very loud on camera.

18. ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ controversy . The 1966 film was so dark that it underwent legal battles just to be released. It was the first film released in the U.S. to be forbidden to anyone under 18 years old.

19. ‘Cleopatra’ was seriously expensive. The film originally had a budget of $5 million and was one of the most expensive movies to ever be made at that point in time. After two years, they still weren’t finished filming and had to put more money into the project. The movie would cost over $370 million by today’s standards.

20. ‘Frankenstein’ drama. The 1931 film was banned in Kansas because of its ‘cruelty’ and lack of a moral base.


Meet Decent Don, The Pleasant President

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So This Is A Thing Now: People Are Making Trump Photos With Extremely Long Tie To Annoy The President

So This Is A Thing Now: People Are Making Trump Photos With Extremely Long Tie To Annoy The President

 

Poor Donald once again meets his mortal enemy: Adobe Photoshop …and @TrumpsTies Twitter account who is willing to put it to a good use.


19 Secrets About The CIA That The CIA Doesn't Want You To Know

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Don’t tell anyone you know this stuff. Cause the CIA will kill you so watch your back kid. Jk. Most of these facts aren't known because they are goofy and probably not true because the CIA would lie about everything.

They were supposed to be following a Norwegian resident, and got booked by Italian police, and investigated. It blew their whole cover.

They used the money from commercial passengers, to fund their missions.

Of the 4 puzzles, the easiest 3 have been solved and one the sculptor knows the right answer.

As soon as they released the first cat near the KGB Headquarters in the USSR, it ran in front of a cab.

When they realized that Cubans play baseball and not soccer, they got suspicious, and raised an alarm and almost caused a Nuclear war.


9/11 Conspiracy Theories, Debunked

9/11 Conspiracy Theories, Debunked

 

There are some 911 conspiracy facts that everyone should know if they're interested in September 11th conspiracies. 9/11 conspiracy theories started as a way to make sense of something that had never happened before - the organized hijacking and crashing of four jetliners on US soil. Almost immediately, the nascent internet conspiracy movement seized on things that "didn't make sense" and "didn't add up." They didn't believe it was plausible for hijackers to take control of four planes with box cutters; in their minds, there had to be more to it than that.

Since then, September 11th conspiracy theories have revolved around two different central themes: that the government either made the attacks happen or allowed the attacks to happen. One says that the buildings were rigged with explosives and destroyed, using faked hijackings as a cover. The other says that the government didn't actively plan the attacks, but knew they were about to happen, and let them unfold without taking action to stop them. Other elements of possible 9/11 conspiracies include a missile fired at the Pentagon, Flight 93 being shot down on purpose, wealthy individuals profiting off the attacks, and evidence of the hijackings being faked.

In the years since the attacks, no 9/11 conspiracy theory on this list has been proven. They've mostly been debunked with facts, and those that haven't generally didn't boast enough evidence to debunk in the first place. The 9/11 truth movement, which exploded during the Bush administration, has mostly faded away, with hardcore truthers moving on to other conspiracy theories, leaving only these discredited theories behind.


America's Cocaine Habit Fueled Its Migrant Crisis

America's Cocaine Habit Fueled Its Migrant Crisis

Today, the US is facing a migration crisis on its southern border with Mexico. Thousands of people from Central America, especially Guatemala and Honduras, are fleeing their home countries, taking a dangerous journey north through Mexico, and claiming asylum in the US. How did this crisis begin? Much of it can be traced back to the 1970s cocaine trade. Cocaine, which is mostly produced in Colombia, used to be shipped by boat and plane across the Caribbean. But in the 80s and 90s, the US cracked down on this route, so traffickers started shipping their drugs through Central America and over land to Mexico. That created a violent and competitive turf war between gangs and organizations in Guatemala and Honduras, and after the governments cracked down, violence only increased, forcing people to flee, often to the US.


10 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Russian Trolls

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Russian Trolls

 

 

Russian trolls have been in the news ever since they were accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential elections. They were around before 2016, but nobody was paying attention. Meanwhile, they spent their time perfecting the tactics they used to disrupt the elections.

The trolls used bots and fake social media accounts to post controversial and divisive political statements to sway voters or, in some instances, discourage prospective voters from voting at all. However, there are lots of misconceptions and facts we don’t know about these trolls. As usual, we’ve got you covered.

10 They Have A Website For Their Memes

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Russian trolls use a lot of memes, referred to as “demotivators.” Memes are so important to their campaigns that “troll farms” have entire departments set up to create them. The memes are dumped on websites where the trolls download them for use. The Guardian already exposed one of the websites, which has a name that translates to “in the headquarters” in English

The owners of the website did their best to hide their details. However, we know it is hosted in Russia and first appeared on March 29, 2014, less than two weeks after the US and EU issued sanctions against the Kremlin for Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

The memes often contain anti-Western, anti-Ukranian, and pro-Putin images with controversial captions. Putin is always depicted as a hero while Barack Obama, who was president of the US at the time the website was set up, is often depicted as a monkey. Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, is usually shown with sex toys or seductive dresses. One anti-Ukranian meme showed Poroshenko wearing lingerie while having a video chat with Obama.[1]

9 They Reported More Real News Than Fake News


People often think of fake news whenever they hear about Russian trolls. But the truth is that the trolls actually post more real news than fake news. Only one in every five news stories shared by the trolls before the 2016 elections were fake. The rest were real.

Russian trolls shared real news written by local media outlets. Some even posed as local media by using confusing Twitter names like “Atlanta_Online” and “KansasDailyNews.” The trolls shared local news because they know many people trust their local media over the national media.

In troll fashion, the Russian trolls created profiles supporting both sides. For instance, while right-wing trolls supported the police and concentrated on crimes committed by minorities, left-wing trolls condemned police brutality and concentrated on crimes committed against minorities. Nevertheless, Americans will need to fight more than fake news to stop these trolls.[2]

8 There Are Five Types Of Trolls


Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren of Clemson University, South Carolina, have categorized Russian trolls into five types. They did this after analyzing almost three million tweets made by 2,848 Twitter accounts linked to trolls. They categorized the trolls into right trolls, left trolls, news feed trolls, hashtag gamer trolls, and the fearmongers.

The right trolls always create tweets supporting President Trump. However, they avoid posting messages supporting the Republican Party and will readily attack Republicans and even the party. The left trolls support Senator Bernie Sanders and will often criticize the Democratic Party.

The news feed trolls pretend to be local news networks and tweet about real-life news stories. Their job is to present a positive opinion of Russia to Americans. Then there are the hashtag gamers, who often use political hashtags to promote political interactions. The last are the fearmongers, who spread fake news.

Warren and Linvill noticed that the fearmongers are the only trolls who do not switch between categories. The other four often switch depending on the situation.[3]

7 The Trolls Do It For The Money


Russian trolls are only working for their paychecks. They do not care about US or even Russian politics. The only thing they are interested in is the money.

Vitaly Bespalov, a former troll, revealed how recruitment works. He got the job in 2014 after finding an ad posted by an unnamed business requiring a content manager. The job description was vague, but the pay was high. It was 45,000 rubles (roughly $700) a month. Evidently, all the employer wanted was somebody who could write.

Bespalov got the job. As he later found out, the employer was the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the major troll network involved in most Russian troll activities. The agency asked the writers to set up multiple social media accounts, which were used for trolling. The trolls were required to make posts and leave comments on blogs, depending on what the company decided.

While the trolls themselves are largely indifferent to politics, there were a few who love Putin. They call themselves Putin trolls. However, they are the minority. Of course, all of the trolls are only allowed to make positive comments about Putin. They cannot make negative, neutral, or even funny comments.[4]

6 They Watched House Of Cards To Learn About US Problems

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Russian trolls need to know about US issues to tweet about them. So how did they know so much about US problems, even though most have never set foot in the United States? By watching House of Cards, of course.

We know this thanks to Maskim, a troll who used to work for the Internet Research Agency. He said the IRA made them watch the series so that they would understand how US politics worked and the problems facing Americans. From the series, they realized that four touchy subjects for Americans are guns, gay rights, taxes, and racial relations, things they exploited throughout their campaigns.[5]

5 Somebody Tried To Burn Down One Of Their Buildings


The Internet Research Agency has made itself some enemies. Attempting to rebrand itself as the “Federal News Agency” didn’t change that. On October 9, 2018, an unidentified arsonist broke a window at an IRA building on Beloostrovskaya Street, St. Petersburg, before pouring an incendiary liquid inside and lighting it.

The liquid started a fire, but a guard quickly put it out. The IRA later reported that this was the second time its building was attacked that year, the first attack having been carried out by an unidentified person in March. The motive of the arsonist remains unclear.[6]

4 US Cyber Command Is Sending Them Messages


The US Cyber Command is fighting the Russian trolls, but there are no weapons involved, just mild threats. Cyber Command has launched an operation to identify people working for the troll organizations.

Identified trolls are sent messages informing them that US Cyber Command knows who they are and what they are doing. We do not know how these messages are delivered because Cyber Command isn’t talking. But we know that receiving a message from US Cyber Command is enough to make even the hardiest trolls consider taking their “skills” elsewhere.

The operation is unlikely to stop the trolling as a whole, however, because Cyber Command is running it on a small scale. This is because they don’t want the Russian government to attack US infrastructure and information systems in retaliation.[7]

3 They Trolled More After They Were Exposed

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The Russian trolls were exposed after the 2016 presidential elections. And they fought back by trolling even further.

After American news outlets began to report that Russian trolls had been involved in an secret operation to influence US elections, the trolls passed the news off as a conspiracy theory and pushed the idea that an investigation was unnecessary. They claimed both former FBI director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were corrupt. Then they started trolling news outlets like CNN and The New York Times.

At the same time, Mark Zuckerberg unwittingly supported the trolls by calling the idea that they influenced the elections “crazy.” The troll meme department got into action and created several memes containing pictures of Zuckerberg with captions denying their existence. Zuckerberg later apologized for his comment.[8]

2 They Got Help From US Citizens And Were Patronized By US Businesses

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The Russian trolls first appeared as a formidable force in 2014, when the Internet Research Agency first tested its tactics. Two workers flew to the US, where they visited nine states to gain a better understanding of the political situation in the country.

At the same time, more workers posed as US citizens online and pretended to be online volunteers for different US political parties. One of these trolls even contacted a real volunteer, who told him to concentrate on purple states. (Purple states are states where the Democratic and Republican parties have similar numbers of supporters. The votes could sway to either side during elections.)

The trolls organized rallies in the purple states as the 2016 elections approached. Online, they already knew what worked and what didn’t. They spent over $1 million to advertise their pages on social media. They paid for the ads with Paypal accounts that they opened with stolen identities.

The trolls pretended to be Americans at the time they created their posts and paid for the ads. They tricked social media servers by routing their activities through virtual private networks (VPNs) based in the US. To keep up with this part, they only tweeted during daytime in the US. While Americans slept, the trolls spent their time brushing up on their tactics and English.

The trolls also knew all US public holidays and had prepared tweets they would send on those days. They were so good at what they did that some US businesses began to notice. The businesses—thinking they were dealing with US citizens—paid the trolls to help them create sponsored posts.[9]

1 Iranian Trolls Are Copying Them


While we concentrate on the Russian trolls, another country is slowly creating its own troll network. That country is Iran, and it is using the same strategies employed by the Russians.

We have always known that Iran was also involved in the trolling business. But nobody cared because the targets were other Iranians. In October 2018, Facebook realized that was changing after they shut down 82 troll accounts linked to Iran. The trolls created divisive political posts while pretending to be British and American journalists, media, and left-wingers.

This was the same tactic the Russians used in 2016. However, the Iranians were better than the Russians. A video posted on one of their pages, “I Need Justice Now,” had over 13 million views. Another one posted on “No Racism No War” had over ten million views.[10]


Democrat Governor Who Had Yearbook Photo In KKK Hood Apologizes

Democrat Governor Who Had Yearbook Photo In KKK Hood Apologizes

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for appearing in a "clearly racist and offensive" costume in his 1984 medical school yearbook. The photo shows a person wearing blackface standing next to another person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Criticism from the right and left mounted Friday night, including calls for the governor to resign.

Northam, a Democrat, said in a statement: "I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now."

He also tweeted a video apology, saying the behavior from his past "falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor."

 

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"I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust," he said.

Northam didn't specify which of the people in the photo was him.

The page features his name, his undergraduate alma mater and his interest in pediatrics. The page includes a montage of photos, including one of Northam in a jacket and tie and another in which he is wearing a cowboy hat.

Northam graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.

Virginia House Democrats are calling for Northam's resignation. "We are so deeply saddened by the news that has been revealed today," they said in a statement on Friday.

"We regret to say that we are no longer confident in the governor's representation of Virginians. Though it brings us no joy to do so, we must call for Governor Northam's resignation," the party's statement said.

The Republican Party of Virginia is also calling on the governor to resign. "What Ralph Northam did was unforgivable," the party said via its Twitter page.

"Given his statements on the right to life coupled with the most recent revelations, he has lost the moral authority to continue to govern and should resign immediately. "

Northam's office released a statement from the governor on Friday evening, apologizing for the image.

"This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service," Northam said in the statement. "I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians' faith in that commitment. ...

"I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor," he said.

There are many more calling for Northam's resignation.

"Black face in any manner is always racist and never okay," said NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a tweet.

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"No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior, which is why the @NAACP is calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor @RalphNortham."

The progressive advocacy group MoveOn started a petition calling for Northam's resignation. The organization tweeted:

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"If @RalphNortham is one of the two people pictured in the highly disturbing, horrific photo wearing either blackface or a KKK hood – or if he selected or approved of its use on his yearbook page — he should immediately resign. There are no excuses for such a racist display."

 


10 Things Americans Get Wrong About America

10 Things Americans Get Wrong About America

What if we told you that everything you were ever told about America is a LIE?! Well, get ready everyone, because that's exactly what we're doing, in 10 Things Americans Get Wrong About America!


COLORADO REPUBLICAN SAID WHITES AND BLACKS WERE LYNCHED IN NEARLY EQUAL NUMBERS

COLORADO REPUBLICAN SAID WHITES AND BLACKS WERE LYNCHED IN NEARLY EQUAL NUMBERS

 

Lori Saine stood on the Colorado House floor last Friday and told her colleagues that whites and blacks had been lynched in near-equal numbers in the late 1880s for simply being Republican.

Saine, a Republican representative, backed up her remarks on Monday, all in support of a white state representative who was shunned from introducing a resolution to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In her statement that was televised, Saine said whites were lynched more often than blacks “in the beginning,” and also acknowledged that blacks were collectively lynched at a far-higher pace over the next seven or eight decades.

Saine claimed whites and blacks were all lynched for the simple fact of being a Republican, which caught one college professor in the state off guard.

The Greeley Tribune interviewed Fritz Fisher, who’s the chairman of the History Department at the University of Northern Colorado and specializes in 20th century American history.

"Blacks were lynched for the 'crime of being black,' which obviously isn't a crime — and not even close to equal numbers," Fisher said. "I suppose there were a certain number of blacks who were lynched who were Republican. But that was coincidental."

The history professor cited the works of David Barton, who wrote a book called “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White.” Fisher said Barton’s message misleads “anti-history designed only to support a right-wing political agenda rather than deriving from actual historical research.”

Fisher added the Republican Party of the 19th century‚ which was the party of Abraham Lincoln, shares no resemblance with the 21st century Republican Party.

 

"It is ahistorical for any politician to claim that anything that happened to Republicans in the 19th century has any connection whatsoever to Republicans of the 21st century," Fisher wrote in an email to the Tribune.

Saine said her speech was prompted by the state House not allowing Rep. Perry Buck (R-Windsor) to introduce a resolution to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. According to the Tribune, Buck was informed that since King “didn’t represent her heritage," she couldn’t introduce it. Saine said Buck tried introducing a similar resolution in 2018.

Reps. Jovan Melton and Leslie Herod — both black — introduced House Joint Resolution 19-1006, which commemorates King’s birthday. Saine, Buck and several others co-sponsored the nonpartisan, joint resolution.


The Dollar Princesses: How American Social Climbers Sold Their Daughters To British Nobles For Rank

The Dollar Princesses: How American Social Climbers Sold Their Daughters To British Nobles For Rank

 

 

 
In th 1870s, rich Americans came up with a new scheme: they sold their daughters abroad, marrying them off to British aristocrats in exchange for a title. In a country without an aristocracy, suddenly every rich American wanted a duchess in the family. The young women, who often didn't have a choice, became known as the Dollar Princesses.

Buying noble titles was an old practice, of course, but Americans took it to a new level with Gilded-Age marriages. American brides carried huge fortunes across the sea, including some of the most lavish dowries in history. In a matter of decades, the Dollar Princesses sent $25 billion to the United Kingdom, propping up aristocratic families and infusing the European economy with new money.

Many Dollar Princesses, like Consuelo Vanderbilt, weren't happy at all about being sold overseas. Railroad heiress Alice Thaw had to wait in the church while her intended, the Earl of Yarmouth, renegotiated her dowry with her father. On the positive side, these cold-hearted transactions did lead to several notable Brits, including Winston Churchill and Princess Diana.

 

 

 


New Study Finds That Half Of Americans Wouldn’t Be Able To Tell That a Brit Is Calling Them An Idiot

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Border Security Workers Miss Paychecks Because Of Shutdown Over Border Security

Border Security Workers Miss Paychecks Because Of Shutdown Over Border Security

 

President Trump saluted a Blackhawk helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande on Thursday, seeking to highlight the need for $5.7 billion for his trademark border wall to stop what he calls an “invasion.”

Next to the president stood a Customs and Border Protection officer and a Border Patrol agent. Both were working unpaid during the partial government shutdown, which on Friday tied the record for the longest in U.S. history.

Among the roughly 800,000 federal employees who’ve gone without pay in the three weeks since the shutdown began are tens of thousands of Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection officers, immigration judges and Coast Guard crews — the workers on the front lines of the border security problems that the White House and Congress have been fighting over.

That irony is not lost on workers such as Terence Shigg, a Border Patrol agent at a checkpoint in San Clemente. Shigg took on a second job as a private contractor years ago, learning from his mother’s experience raising four kids on her own on a federal salary.

“One thing I’ve learned working for the federal government is always have a backup plan,” Shigg said. He supports more miles of fencing on the border along with other resources, he says, but “I am not in favor of a shutdown.”

“That one paycheck is a big deal,” he said. “It’s not something that you just can lightly dismiss.”

The president insists he has federal workers’ support for doubling down on the shutdown, saying they will “make adjustments.”

“I appreciate their service to the country, they’re incredible people, but many of them agree with what I'm saying,” he said Friday after a White House session on border security.

But as government employees grapple with growing financial stress, pressure is mounting to resolve the impasse. Two unions have filed suit against the Trump administration so far, including the one that represents Customs and Border Protection officers.

Vice President Mike Pence told Customs and Border Protection personnel in a Friday afternoon meeting to “focus on the mission.”

“I want to assure you that we’re going to figure this thing out,” he said.

On Friday, however, there were few signs of that happening. Members of Congress left Washington for the weekend after passing a measure to ensure that federal workers will get backpay once the shutdown ends. No new negotiations to end the standoff have been scheduled.

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In a tweet Friday, Trump repeated his call for a border wall. “The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY….” he said. He continued in a subsequent tweet, “The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago. They never got it done - I will. Without it, our Country cannot be safe. Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold!”

In fact, previous administrations have built hundreds of miles of fencing along the border. When Trump took office, about one third of the border, 654 miles, was fenced. No additional mileage has been added during his tenure, although some existing fences have been upgraded.

Democratic lawmakers have approved $1.3 billion for border security in the current fiscal year; Trump initially asked for $1.6 billion, before insisting that $5.7 billion was the minimum he would accept.

Overall, roughly 420,000 government employees are working unpaid with the equivalent of a federal IOU. In addition, nearly 350,000 are furloughed at home.

A significant number of them are workers who have supported Trump in the past, especially Border Patrol agents. In his campaign, Trump was endorsed by the unions that represent agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. On Jan. 3, he abruptly displaced a public briefing by Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency, in order to bring several leaders of the border agents’ union, the National Border Patrol Council, to speak at the White House in support of a wall.

Josh Wilson, a Border Patrol agent stationed in east San Diego and spokesman for the council, which represents about 1,900 agents in the city, said its members continue to like Trump.

“The agents are certainly not happy about the prospect of missing paychecks, mortgages, car payments, childcare, everything else we have to pay for along the way,” Wilson said. “But we are glad to finally have a presidential administration willing to take border security seriously … the wall is not a be-all-end-all, but it’s a necessary component.”

But Carlos Favela, a spokesman for the Border Patrol agents’ union in El Paso, said the shutdown has had a negative effect on their work. The Border Patrol, whose members are among the lowest paid in federal law enforcement, already had trouble retaining agents before the shutdown, he said. Many parts of the operation are understaffed.

“Our agents are being stretched thin,” he said.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents roughly 30,000 Customs and Border Protection officers, is suing the administration over the shutdown on behalf of several officers stationed at the southern border, arguing the work-without-pay order violates labor law. Customs and Border Protection personnel work in 328 ports of entry along the border, as well as airports and seaports overseas to process people seeking to enter the United States and facilitate trade.

“Federal employees don’t go to work wearing red and blue; they go to work wearing red, white and blue,” Reardon said in an interview. “So ‘leave us out of the politics,’ is what they say. ‘And get us our paychecks.’ ”

Nearly 45,000 Coast Guard military and civilian personnel charged with intercepting migrants and drugs are also working without pay. In 2018, the Coast Guard intercepted more than 1,500 migrants and interdicted more than 200,000 kilograms of cocaine, according to spokesman Barry Lane.

A one-time action allowed Coast Guard personnel to be paid Dec. 31, but more than 55,000 Coast Guard active-duty, reserve and civilian employees will not receive their pay and benefits Jan. 15, Lane said.

The shutdown is also being felt far beyond the border, in federal courts and by immigration judges already drowning under a backlog of nearly 810,000 pending immigration cases. All of the Justice Department’s roughly 400 immigration judges have been furloughed. The Executive Office for Immigration Review said that while hearings will proceed for immigrants currently held in detention, all other hearings will be rescheduled, exacerbating wait times that currently stand at an average of 718 days.

“Many of these cases are scheduled years in advance — it’s not like you can magically roll over cases,” said Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Assn. of Immigration Judges. “That means most likely, they’ll fall to the back of the line.”

Asked for comment, a Justice Department spokesperson’s email account responded automatically: “The appropriation that funds my salary has lapsed, and as a result I have been furloughed and am currently out of the office,” the message said. “I will respond after funding has been restored. Thank you.”

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/771294347501461504?lang=en

Once in Texas, Trump insisted again that, "When I say Mexico's going to pay for the wall, that's what I mean."

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1083696274182995969

"I didn't mean, 'Please write me a check.' I mean very simply, they're paying for it in the trade deal," he added.

So if Mexico is paying "many times over" for the border wall  indirectly through the trade deal to replace NAFTA, why is the government shut down still going on?


ROAD RAGE IN AMERICA - BEST OF THE YEAR | BAD DRIVERS USA, CANADA

ROAD RAGE IN AMERICA - BEST OF THE YEAR | BAD DRIVERS USA, CANADA -

 

ROAD RAGE RRRRRRRRRRRUMBLLLLLLLEEEEE

 


15 Horrifying Facts About The Founding Fathers They Purposely Cut Out Of History Books

15 Horrifying Facts About The Founding Fathers They Purposely Cut Out Of History Books

Everyone grows up learning about George Washington's apple tree and Benjamin Franklin's kite-and-the-key experiment. It turns out that a lot of the things "everyone knows" about our Founding Fathers are either slightly or completely wrong, and the things most people don't know are actually terrifying. There are a lot of strange and shocking details about the Founding Fathers that were probably left out of your history textbooks on purpose.

Who were the Founding Fathers? They were some of most influential people in American history, and almost all of them were way more drunk and morally questionable than most people can remember. And while we often look back at our American Revolution with rose colored glasses, the truth is these men weren't always so noble. It's not easy creating a nation from scratch, and nothing proves it quite like the dark American history surrounding these Founding Fathers.

 

 

 


Vape Store Clerk Has Meltdown over Customer Wearing Trump Shirt

Vape Store Clerk Has Meltdown over Customer Wearing Trump Shirt

A store clerk at a vape store was fired Friday evening after he was caught on video screaming at a customer wearing a shirt that said “Trump” and a MAGA hat, demanding for him to leave and refusing to sell him anything.

“LEAVE THE STORE! LEAVE THE STORE! LEAVE THE STORE! F-CK OFF! I DON’T GIVE A F-CK, GET OUT!” the employee screamed at the customer, Ian Furgeson, who posted the video on his Facebook page on Friday afternoon.

 

The store, XHale in Loganville, Georgia, posted on Facebook late Friday an announcement of the clerk’s firing:

“To our friends and customers,” it read. “Tonight, we had an employee act improperly toward a customer. Xhale City does not tolerate this kind of behavior from its employees. When we identified the employee at fault, we fired him immediately. We’ve also spoken to the customer and apologized. We value our clients and treat them with respect and dignity, regardless of their political views.”

 

Here is Ian at another store interacting with people who aren't insane.


Survey Says A Majority Of Americans Don't Believe Polls Are Accurate

Survey Says A Majority Of Americans Don't Believe Polls Are Accurate

 

Polling has increasingly become a fixture of American political journalism but according to a new survey, most of the public doubts that polls are accurate.

According to a new The Hill-HarrisX poll released Thursday, a majority of registered voters (52 percent) are doubtful about surveys they hear about in the news media. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they don't believe most polls but do trust a few while 19 percent said they "almost never" believe that polls are accurate.

While the majority were mistrustful of polls, 15 percent of respondents said they "almost always" believed in polls they heard about in the press. Thirty-three percent said they believed most polls but not all of them.

Male respondents in the Hill-HarrisX poll tended to be more trusting of polls and more skeptical of them than women.

Twenty-three percent of men said they "almost never" believe surveys while only 16 percent of women said the same. Among men, 15 percent said they "almost always" believe polls are accurate. Just 9 percent of women agreed.

Younger people were the most trusting with a majority, 55 percent, of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 saying they believe most or almost all polls. Elderly voters were the most skeptical; only 41 percent of voters who were 65 and older said they believed most or all surveys.

That most Americans continue to doubt the accuracy of public opinion surveys is notable considering how that most pollsters performed historically well during the November midterm elections.

"They were borne out to be really, pretty accurate in the most recent elections in 2018," Republican pollster Jim Hobart said on Thursday on "What America's Thinking," Hill.TV's show about public opinion and the polling industry. "We make every effort to get things right and we've got a pretty good track record."

While Republican pollsters are confident in their craft, GOP base voters appear not to be.

A significant majority of Democrats in the Hill-HarrisX survey, 60 percent, said they think opinion polling is mostly or almost always accurate. Just 36 percent of Republican respondents agreed. Independents were in-between with 49 percent saying they had confidence in most or all surveys.

Ideological progressives were highly trusting of polls in the study. Sixty-seven percent of respondents who said they had a "strong liberal" ideology said they believed in most or almost all polls. Only 32 percent of voters who said they were "strong conservatives" said the same. Self-described moderates were evenly split, 50-50, on whether polls should be trusted.

The GOP skepticism about public opinion surveys is part of a long-term trend on the U.S. political right. Former president Richard Nixon frequently spoke of a "silent majority" that was invisible in polls. In 2012, many conservative commentators accused pollsters of deliberately skewing their samples to favor then-president Barack Obama during his re-election bid. A survey by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 71 percent of self-identified Republicans believed this to be the case. As it happened, the polls that year were biased--against Obama.

(Nonetheless, it does seem to be the case that exit polls, surveys conducted of people leaving voting locations, have historically oversampled liberals.)

As president, Donald Trump has regularly criticized the accuracy of polls, even going so far as to say that he didn't believe any 2018 ones that showed Democrats with the upper hand ahead of the midterm elections.

"I believe in polls — only the ones that have us up…Other than that, they're the fake news polls," he said at a Pennsylvania campaign stop in October.

Trump has flip-flopped on the accuracy of polls since he became president. During his campaign to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, he frequently touted them. Once he was elected, however, he began telling supporters not to believe them, presumably because almost none have shown him with an approval rating above 50 percent.

The latest Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted Dec. 19-20 among 1,001 registered voters and has a sampling margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

 


Innocent New York Man Billed $4,600 For Police Rectal Probe

Innocent New York Man Billed $4,600 For Police Rectal Probe

 

A US man wrongly suspected of hiding drugs in his colon was reportedly given a rectal probe - and billed for the unwanted examination.

Torrence Jackson said he refused consent for the invasive procedure, and suffered internal injuries as a result.

According to the Post-Standard, doctors in Syracuse, upstate New York, refused to carry out the examination until police obtained a warrant.

The hospital sent Mr Jackson, 42, a bill for $4,595.12 (£3,600).

He was stopped in his car by police after failing to signal, police say.

Officers found a bag of marijuana and cocaine residue in Mr Jackson's vehicle, reports the Post-Standard.

The incident happened on 16 October 2017, but has only been pieced together after a review by the newspaper of police, court and medical documents.

Police officer Anthony Fiorini said Mr Jackson's posture in the car was consistent with someone hiding drugs in his rectum.

One officer was reportedly injured in the ensuing struggle to arrest Mr Jackson, who has a lengthy criminal record, according to the newspaper.

Police also said Mr Jackson had taunted them about having drugs concealed on his person, which he denies, reports the Post-Standard.

He was taken to St Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse where an X-ray found no foreign objects in his body.

 

 

Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon signed a search warrant compelling doctors to insert an 8-inch tube into Jackson's rectum to search for narcotics

 

Police obtained a court warrant to perform a sigmoidoscopy, using a flexible 8in (20cm) tube.

Doctors initially refused to perform the procedure, until advised by a hospital lawyer that Mr Jackson did not have a legal right to refuse.

He was forcibly sedated for the examination.

After the procedure found no drugs, Mr Jackson was released and said he only learned what doctors had done when he found blood in his underwear.

"I felt tampered with," he told the newspaper.

Upon release, the hospital had a debt collectors' agency pursue Mr Jackson for the medical bill.

He refused to pay, and the matter was ultimately dropped.

In a statement to the Post-Standard, the hospital said its officials "comply with court orders whenever they are issued for detainees who come to our hospital in police custody".

Neither Syracuse police nor St Joseph's hospital immediately responded to a BBC request for comment.


Sex Offender Serves As Grand Marshal Of Mississippi Town’s Christmas Parade

Sex Offender Serves As Grand Marshal Of Mississippi Town’s Christmas Parade

 

 

Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade.

Michael Saripkin presided over the Sardis Christmas parade Tuesday.

Saripkin was convicted in Tennessee of sexual battery in 1990 and statutory rape in 1997. In 2013, he was convicted in Mississippi of inappropriately touching a child.

Store owner Carolyn Whaley says she knew of Saripkin’s past but didn’t object to the honor. She says Saripkin has donated money to civic causes and encouraged businesses to move to Sardis.

Officials with the city of Sardis and the Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be reached for comment. The Sardis Chamber of Commerce holds the parade.


GEOGRAPHY QUIZ / 5 TO 1: US STATES

GEOGRAPHY QUIZ / 5 TO 1: US STATES

 

Can you match the US states to each category?

 



Armored Truck Spilling Cash Leads To Multiple Crashes On New Jersey Highway

Armored Truck Spilling Cash Leads To Multiple Crashes On New Jersey Highway

Money rained down on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, leading to several crashes as motorists stopped and scrambled to pick up the cash.

 

 

 

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It happened around 8:30 a.m. on Route 3 in East Rutherford during the height of the morning commute.

Police say they received a call of a Brinks armored truck spilling cash across the western lanes. At this point, it appears the armored truck had a malfunction of one of its doors, causing it to become unsecured.

Video shows drivers exiting their cars to collect the money, which authorities say led to multiple motor vehicle accidents.

It is unknown how much money ended up on the roadway, but authorities say anyone who pocketed it is considered a thief -- and Brinks wants it back.

"It's theft of mislaid property," East Rutherford police Detective Lieutenant Mike Gianscaspro said. "So we're not looking to charge anybody, we're just looking to get the money back to Brinks."

Authorities were seeking videos of the incident, to track down both those who possibly stole cash and people involved in the accidents.

"We can confirm that there was an incident with one of our trucks this morning, which we are investigating," Brinks told Eyewitness News in a statement.

Detectives are investigating, and anyone with information or video of the incident is urged to call police at 201-438-0165.

East Rutherford police also said several individuals have contact them to return money. The department is advising people who have money connected to this incident to call 201-438-0165 to make arrangements for its return with no charges filed.

Detectives continue to investigate photographic and video evidence at this time.

 


Stormy Daniels Has To Pay Donald Trump $300k For The Most Expensive Terrible Sex Ever

Stormy Daniels Has To Pay Donald Trump $300k For The Most Expensive Terrible Sex Ever -

Man I feel bad for Stormy Daniels. Not only did she have to have sex with Donald Trump, now she has to pay him almost $300,000 because she hired an incompetent, self-promoting buffoon to be her lawyer. God, she really has a type, doesn’t she?

Speaking of which, Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti gave a statement to The Hill which was… not grounded in reality.

Avenatti blasted the decision Tuesday, saying in a statement to The Hill that “Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest.”

“They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive. Stormy will never [have] to pay a dime because they owe her over $1 million in attorney’s fees and costs from the main NDA case, especially in light of Cohen’s guilty plea to a felony,” Avenatti said.

And on Twitter.

 

https://twitter.com/MichaelAvenatti/status/1072593156154232832

 

 

I know Stormy is used to working with dickheads and assholes, but everyone has a limit. Hire one of OJ’s lawyers, Stormy. Hell, hire Rob Kardashian, even he wouldn’t be this bad.

The money is for the court costs and attorney fees from a lawsuit Daniels brought against Trump for mocking the idea that he sent someone to intimidate her in a parking garage over the NDA he had her sign when he banged her in a hotel room while he was giving Hillary Clinton campaign advice.

Turns out calling someone horseface is protected speech and that courts don’t look too kindly on frivolous lawsuits. A good lawyer would have known that and not cost his client hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to raise his profile and get a bunch of #resistance retweets on Twitter.


Illinois Installs Satanic Sculpture At Statehouse Just In Time For The Holidays

Illinois Installs Satanic Sculpture At Statehouse Just In Time For The Holidays

 

In the Illinois Capitol rotunda this month, several traditions are being celebrated. There's a Nativity scene for Christmas, a menorah for Hanukkah, and then something a little different: an arm holding an apple, with a snake coiled around it.

It's a gift from the Chicago branch of The Satanic Temple. Called "Snaketivity," the work also has a sign that reads "Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift."

Nearby stands a sign in which the state offers a civics lesson — and explains it didn't have much of a choice:

"The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public displays in the state capitol so long as these displays are not paid for by taxpayer dollars. Because the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda is a public place, state officials cannot legally censor the content of speech or displays. The United States Supreme Court has held that public officials may legally impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions regarding displays and speeches, but no regulation can be based on the content of the speech."

Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker told The State Journal-Record the temple has the same rights as religious organizations. "This recognizes that."

The Satanic Temple calls itself a "non-theistic organization" in its application to install the display.

In a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1,500 for the display, the group explains its mission: "The Satanic Temple—Chicago will no longer allow one religious perspective to dominate the discourse in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda during the holiday season. ... Please consider what you may do to help us bring Satan to Springfield!"

The group has installed similar displays in other states in recent years. A more snake-prominent version of the display has been a part of the holiday scene on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol. Outside the Arkansas State Capitol in August, the temple presented a statue of a goat-headed creature named Baphomet, flanked by two children looking up at him, to protest a display of the Ten Commandments.

Despite its name, many of the Satanic Temple's activities demonstrate a particular concern for fighting — or at least revealing — the influence of religion in public life. And satanic sculptures have so far been an effective legal strategy for making its case.

On its website, the Satanic Temple explains that its mission "is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will."

The temple has also taken steps to protect its trademarks, especially against depictions that present its symbols as actually nefarious. Last month, the temple settled a lawsuit with Warner Bros. and Netflix, after a reboot of the teen witch show Sabrina used a copy of the goat-headed statue in an episode. The temple argued the statue "not only infringed on its copyright, but damaged its reputation by portraying the statue as evil," The New York Times reported.

 

The Journal-Register notes other symbols that have been placed in the Illinois Capitol rotunda. Currently on display is a statement from the Freedom From Religion Foundation marking the winter solstice and asserting that "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

In 2008, a Springfield man got permission to install a Festivus pole at the statehouse, inspired by the holiday celebrated by the Costanzas on Seinfeld. A sign explained that the traditional airing of grievances would start early that year.


Oklahoma Senator Wants To Classify Abortion As A Felony Homicide

Oklahoma Senator Wants To Classify Abortion As A Felony Homicide

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma state senator wants to pass a bill that would classify abortion as a felony homicide.

“It’s gonna be classified as a homicide because, essentially, a fertilized egg is a human life just like a 1-year-old baby is a human life,” state Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, told KFOR on Friday. “So, an abortion would be considered intentionally taking a human life.”

When asked what he would say to a woman sentenced to life in prison for abortion, Silk replied, "I don’t know, the exact same thing I would say to a mother who just killed a 1-month-old or a 1-year-old child. It’s a horrific act, and there shouldn’t be any tolerance for it.”

His bill, called the “Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act,” calls on the state to ignore federal rulings on abortion.

His proposed legislation says, “The Attorney General shall direct state agencies to enforce those laws regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions."

Silk also pointed to slavery as a reference.

“The Supreme Court also ruled that slavery, you know, that slaves were private property and they were wrong,” Silk said. “And so, the courts do need to be challenged.”

The ACLU of Oklahoma said the bill is outrageous and that Silk can’t overturn federal law.

“This isn’t the first time that Senator Silk has demonstrated that he could use a refresher in constitutional law if he’s ever had any at all,” said Allie Shinn, deputy director for ACLU Oklahoma.

Shinn said Silk is attacking Oklahoma women and their reproductive freedom.

“I’m not sure where Joseph Silk got to decide that he’s the morality police, but nobody elected him to do that,” said Shinn. “He was elected to govern the people of Oklahoma, including the women of Oklahoma.”

What about women who are pregnant from incest or rape?

“The numbers of rape and incest are so tiny, under half a percent. So, it’s almost not even an arguable question,” Silk said. “It is a human life, regardless of how it came to be.”


FBI Suspected Serial Killer Samuel Little Confesses To Killing 90 People In The 70s

FBI Suspected Serial Killer Samuel Little Confesses To Killing 90 People In The 70s

Samuel Little was hoping to move prisons this past spring.
The 78-year-old was spending the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of killing three people. But his name had popped up in the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, known as ViCAP, in connection with a series of unsolved murders across the country.
One killing in Odessa, Texas, appeared to be particularly relevant, so two FBI crime analysts and James Holland of the Texas Rangers went out to see Little to try to get him to talk.
He was more than willing, according to the FBI.
"Over the course of that interview in May," ViCAP crime analyst Christina Palazzolo said in an FBI article, "he went through city and state and gave Ranger Holland the number of people he killed in each place. Jackson, Mississippi -- one; Cincinnati, Ohio -- one; Phoenix, Arizona -- three; Las Vegas, Nevada -- one."
In all, Little confessed to about 90 murders in that interview and in others, according to the Texas Rangers and the FBI. The killings occurred across the country, from Los Angeles to Miami, Houston to Cleveland, all between 1970 and 2005.
Investigators have confirmed 34 of the confessed killings, authorities said. Many more are pending confirmation and a number remain uncorroborated.

Still, the stunning confessions could make Little the most prolific serial killer in US history if convicted, according to Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.
"There's been a lot of cooperation for law enforcement across the country as Texas Rangers are in the process of verifying the murders," Bland told CNN.
Little targeted marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution or addicted to drugs, the FBI article said. Palazzolo and Angela Williamson, a Justice Department senior policy advisory and ViCAP liaison, who both spoke to Little, said that he remembered great detail from the killings.
He remembered where he was, what car he was driving and could even draw pictures of the women he killed, the FBI said. He was less reliable on the dates of those incidents, however, the FBI said.
CNN has reached out to E.J. Leach, the attorney representing Little in the Texas case, and has not yet received a response.

How he got here

Little is serving three consecutive life sentences for murders he committed in Los Angeles County, according to Bland.
In the story on its website, the FBI said Little has previously faced shoplifting, fraud, drug, solicitation and breaking and entering charges in the past.
In September 2012, he was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter and extradited to California, where he was wanted on a narcotics charge, the FBI said. Once he was in custody, Los Angeles Police Department detectives obtained a DNA match to Little on the victims in three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989 and charged him with three counts of murder, the FBI said.
The victims, all women, had been beaten and then strangled, and their bodies were dumped in an alley, a dumpster and a garage, the FBI said. He pleaded his innocence but was convicted in 2014, the FBI said.
Authorities in Los Angeles passed his DNA on to the FBI's ViCAP program to get a full background on him, and ViCAP then reached out to the Texas Rangers to look into the killing of Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa.
Bland said Little provided details indicating that he was responsible for the death of Brothers, who was found strangled to death in a vacant parking lot two blocks away from a motel in January 1994.
A grand jury returned an indictment against Little, according to Bland, on July 16. Little was extradited from California to Texas to face charges in the Brothers case. He appeared in Ector County court on Monday, CNN affiliate KWES reported. A status hearing is set for two weeks.
Over the course of the next several months, Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, cooperated with authorities, and provided additional details on approximately 90 slayings that Little said he committed, according to Bland.
James Holland, a Texas Ranger trained in cold cases, visited Little in a California jail, and over time, gained his trust, Bland said.
The Texas Rangers are still in the process of verifying many of the killings and none of the information that Little has provided has been disproved, Bland said. No formal charges on any of the additional killings have yet been brought.
Now in poor health, Little remains in custody in Odessa, and Holland has been conducting nearly daily interviews to get the most accurate and full picture of his confessions, the FBI said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has declined comment.


10 Disturbing Facts About US Presidents

10 Disturbing Facts About US Presidents

 

 

Without trying to be too political, I think its safe to say that the current President of the United States has had a rather complicated relationship with morality.

Scandal after scandal, accusation after accusation, it's not exactly been smooth sailing for Mr. Trump ever since he announced his candidacy all those years ago.

But it's not just The Donald who has been hit by scandal whilst serving in The Oval Office.

Since the office was first established in 1789, there have been plenty of questionable men who have taken the Presidential Oath.

Whether they be big, small or just plain weird, the following ten facts about ten POTUSes throughout history are all disturbing in one way or another and will really make you question exactly why you bother voting in the first place.

Let's get historical, political and controversial as we dive into ten of the most disturbing facts about men who have been called Mr. President.

10. Teddy Roosevelt Loved Killing Animals

Van Altena, Edward [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Despite being the man they named the Teddy Bear after, Theodore Roosevelt was anything but cuddly.

President from 1901-1909, Roosevelt helped established many new national parks across the nation, as well as the first national bird and game reserves and over 150 new national forests.

All of this sounds pretty positive, right? Roosevelt was famous for his love of the outdoors, so this was surely just a harmless gesture to help preserve nature? Well...

You see, one of the reasons Roosevelt loved the outdoors so much was because he loved to hunt. A lot. In fact, many speculate that Roosevelt helped establish these new national parks in order to hunt the animals that lived there more easily. That's like giving candy to a baby just so you can steal it back from them later.

Whilst Roosevelt was undoubtedly a good president and his conservation work was legendary, that legend is undermined slightly when you realised he loved killing animals just as much as he did saving them.

9. Chester A. Arthur Sold A Load Of Priceless Artefacts

Public Domain [Wikimedia Commons]

This one is only low key disturbing, but disturbing nonetheless.

Chester A. Arthur is not remembered all that often in chats about Presidents of the US. He was President for four years, only became President when the previous Commander-In-Chief, James Garfield, died and he himself died just one year after his presidency ended.

One of Arthur's more notable "achievements" came when he was redecorating the White House. In order to afford new furniture, Arthur decided to have a little jumble sale to raise some funds. Only Arthur wasn't selling clothes and old comic books.

The President sold 24 wagon-loads of White House goods in order to raise funds, including priceless memorabilia, such as a hat worn by John Adams and a pair of pants that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln.

Whilst this isn't overly disturbing (certainly not by the rest of this list's standards), the fact that a President would so carelessly discard valuable artefacts just to afford some new chairs doesn't speak too highly of Chester.

8. Andrew Jackson Evicted Millions Of Native Americans

Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ok, those first two were kinda funny. This is where we get serious.

The treatment of Native Americans by white, European settlers has been and still is a very contentious topic of discussion.

One President who plays a huge role in this discussion is Andrew Jackson, who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829-1837.

In 1830, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, which allowed his government to move the Native tribes of the South in federal-owned land in the West. As you can expect, this act was opposed by pretty much all of the Native tribes, but it was pushed ahead anyway.

The legislation removed thousands and thousands of people from their homes, sometimes by force. Many of the people moved from their homes died before they reached their new lands. This vast forced migration became known as "The Trail of Tears", which says all you really need to know.

Whilst he was not the only one guilty of this, Jackson's cruelty to the Native Americans resulted in destruction and death on a huge scale.

7. FDR Failed To Help Holocaust Victims

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I hope you were all paying attention in the seminars, because there's some serious debate here.

As we all know (or should know), the Nazi regime orchestrated the mass deportation, detention and eventually slaughter of millions and millions of Jewish people, homosexuals, disabled people and other minorities groups in the 1930s and '40s.

One of the major turning points in the Second World War and the eventual end of the Holocaust was the United States' decision to enter the war in 1941. But what about the period before the US entered the war? And how different might things have been had they entered sooner?

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt was famously against entering the US into the war or interfering in European affairs. Whilst he did allow Jewish citizens in the US to remain there instead of returning to Nazi controlled lands, he was unable to allow large numbers of Jewish immigrants into the country.

Whilst this was mainly down to his Senate, Roosevelt could be perceived as weak for not pushing the issue sooner. While he did eventually do this, it was too late for many Jewish citizens and the issue remains extremely controversial to this day.

This is a topic that can't be explained in just one slide, so do your own reading if you're interested, but this is an extremely murky area surrounding one who many see as one of the greatest Presidents of all time.

6. Harry S. Truman - KKK Member?

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Ok, so this one is open to speculation, but what isn't these days?

President Harry S. Truman (the "S" didn't stand for anything, by the way) took office in January 1945 and is most famous for being the President who ordered the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If this wasn't bad enough, then you should hear what he got up to at home.

When Truman was a judge in Missouri in the 1920s, he was advised to join the Klu Klux Klan to aid his re-election campaign. The Klan, known for their racist, anti-Semitic and discriminatory views, were a powerful force in local politics at the time and Truman was told that, if he joined, he'd be more likely to get re-elected.

Some stories claim Truman never joined, others claim that he paid the initial $10 membership fee but was never active, whilst some say that he paid the fee and then demanded it back once he was told by the Klan that he couldn't hire any Catholics or Jews when he was re-elected.

Whatever the story, the fact that a future US President was even associated with a group such as The Klan is extremely worrying. Truman may have been right to reject The Klan's membership, but, if he were truly an honest man, then you'd think he would have stayed away from them all together and not even entertained the idea of joining.

5. Richard Nixon Organised A Hit?

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As if Nixon could get any worse.

Richard Milhous Nixon (yes, that is where Matt Groening got the name from) is best known for the famous - or rather infamous - Watergate scandal involving numerous misdeeds on behalf of Nixon and his administration.

This wasn't the only time Richard would fall on the wrong side of the moral line, however.

In 1972, the year of Watergate, one of Nixon's senior aides, Charles Colson, and two co-conspirators hatched a plot to kill Jack Anderson, an investigative journalist who had uncovered several damning stories about Nixon over the past decade.

Plans ranged from drugging Anderson with LSD to staging a fatal mugging, but ultimately those involved were arrested once news of Watergate broke out. The two co-conspirators revealed, under oath, that they were plotting to kill Anderson.

Whilst it's unknown whether or not Nixon knew of this plot, it's yet another black mark against a man's whose political career ended in scandal.

Nixon remains one of the darkest figures in modern American political history and his story would have been a lot darker had this plan gone ahead.

4. Grover Cleveland Married His Adopted Daughter

Thure de Thulstrup [Public domain]

So the last few entries on this list have all been allegations or rumours. This one is totally true.

Grover Cleveland holds the honour of being the only President in US history to serve non-consecutive terms, making him both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.

If only this were Cleveland's only interesting fact.

In 1886, Cleveland married Frances Folsom, a young girl from Buffalo, New York. This all seems perfectly innocent, until you read that Folsom's father was a close friend of Cleveland's and the President had overseen Frances' upbringing after her father died. Bit weird.

To make matters even more dubious, Frances was just 21-years-old when she married the 49-year-old Cleveland, which amounts to an age gap of 28 years between the two.

Obviously, this would never happen in today's society, but, at the time, no one batted an eyelid. In fact, Frances was very well-received by the public, who praised her beauty and personality.

The marriage of Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom was a product of its time, but that does not mean that we have to be comfortable with it in the 21st Century.

3. Thomas Jefferson And Sally Hemings

attributed to James Akin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ah, Thomas Jefferson, it was only a matter of time before you showed up on this list.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of America and the nation's third President, was not the most morally sound of people.

Jefferson famously said "all men are created equal", but clearly he didn't believe this as he owned a vast number of slaves.

One of these slaves was named Sally Hemings, and she presents a whole load of problems when it comes to Jefferson's personal life.

Firstly, she was the half-sister of Jefferson's wife, Martha, who passed away in 1782. Following her death - and while Sally was still a teenager - it is believed that Jefferson began a sexual relationship with Sally and many historians agree that Jefferson actually fathered six children with his slave.

A small number of scholars disagree, but the general consensus is that Jefferson and Hemings did have children together.

If having children with your slave isn't bad enough, then the fact that Hemings was the half-sister of Jefferson's dead wife surely is. Owning slaves is bad enough in the first place, but this really does take the cake.

Despite his great work as President, Jefferson's relationship with Hemings will always be a sour note in his historical legacy.

2. Warren G. Harding And The White House Closet

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

No, not the name of a delightful children's book, but a rather serious story about a President and his busy hands.

Warren G. Harding (this middle initial actually does stand for something, in case you were wondering) was President for just two years between 1921 and 1923.

Usually ranked amongst the worst US Presidents of all time, Harding wasn't just a bad politician, but he was a pretty awful person too.

A notorious womaniser, Harding had many affairs whilst in office, including one with Carrie Phillips, which lasted for fifteen years.

The President's most famous mistress (now there's a sentence opener) was arguably Nan Britton, who supposedly gave birth to Harding's illegitimate child just one year before he took office.

Among other claims, Britton posed that she and Harding had engaged in sexual intercourse in a White House closet during his time in office. If this wasn't bad enough, Harding also supposedly posted members of the Secret Service outside the door to prevent his wife from entering. Whatever way you look at it, that's pretty scummy.

Harding's extra-martial activities can't even be excused by good political actions when in office. He was a bad President, a terrible husband and possibly the worst father in history too. All in all, it's probably best that most people have totally forgotten that Harding ever existed in the first place.

1. Lyndon B. Johnson Was Obsessed With His Genitals

Yoichi Okamoto [Public domain]

This one is just weird.

Lyndon B. Johnson, or LBJ (which is apt, considering what those last two letters are), assumed Presidency of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Known for continuing America's involvement in Vietnam (a policy that would see him voted out of office in 1969), Johnson is usually ranked quite highly in terms of Presidents. Nevertheless, this fact is really, really weird.

According to numerous sources (seriously, there is so much out there about this topic), LBJ was obsessed with his genitals.

Historian Marshall Frady wrote in a review of a Johnson biography that the President would often show people his penis in the White House bathroom and ask if they'd ever seen one "as big as this". On top of that, he apparently nicknamed his special sausage "Jumbo", which sounds like something out of a bad teen movie.

Furthermore, some sources claim that, when having a new shower fitted in the White House bathroom, LBJ asked specifically for a water jet that blasted water directly into his crotch, because he enjoyed the feeling. Can you imagine asking someone to do that for you? There's body confidence, Lyndon, then there's just creepiness.

Whilst this isn't as bad as some of the other stuff on this list - at least LBJ didn't hurt or kill anybody with his penis (that we know of) - it's still very strange that the leader of the free world was obsessed with what was in his underwear. I guess sometimes boys will be boys, even when that boy is President of the United States.

 


Massachusetts Mayor First In Line As Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin

Massachusetts Mayor First In Line As Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin

 

Massachusetts became the first state on the East Coast Tuesday to allow recreational marijuana sales, meaning tens of millions of adult consumers, including those in New York City, are now within a three-hour drive from a pot shop.

CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil reports from Northampton, Massachusetts, where one of two stores opening in the state is located and where David Narkewicz will welcome legal recreational marijuana as both the ceremonial first customer and the town's mayor.

"I think there's a lot going on here in trying to bring marijuana out of the shadows," Narkewicz said.

 

 

But when asked whether the purchase is simply ceremonial or it will be consumed, Narkewicz said, "I am actually going to probably preserve it and display it…because it is historically significant."

Massachusetts is the seventh state to open retail marijuana shops, but the first to open them east of the Mississippi. The milestone comes as the cannabis industry celebrates a series of new highs.

Earlier this month, Michigan became the first Midwestern state to approve recreational cannabis– joining 10 other states and Washington, D.C. In October, Canada became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana.

But the steady march of marijuana legalization has Dr. Sharon Levy concerned. She runs the adolescent substance use and addiction program at Boston Children's Hospital.

"Instead of saying, 'Well, we'll assume these things are safe until they're proven harmful,' maybe we should be saying 'These things might be harmful until they're proven safe.' I don't think that's something we've done a very good job with," Levy said.

Amanda Rositano is the director of operational compliance for New England Treatment Access – or NETA – which, as of today, sells a range of cannabis products including pre-rolled joints, loose buds, oils and edibles to anyone over the age of 21.

"I think dependence can be an issue just like dependence can be an issue when it comes to ice cream. We will advocate using moderation, educate people about cannabis," Rositano said.

Under Massachusetts law, retail shops can sell each customer no more than an ounce of flower or 20 servings of edibles – both in child-resistant packaging. For now, those restrictions and others are good enough for Mayor Narkewizc.

"There has been marijuana use going on in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a long, long time. What's changing is it's now being regulated. It's now being tested. It's now being strictly monitored. That's really the major change that's happening," Narkewizc said.

Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana more than two years ago, but retail stores had to meet a number of rigorous conditions laid out by the state before opening. The initial small rollout is intentional. Lawmakers are hoping to avoid problems other states, like Colorado, have faced such as increases in crime.


Anti-Vax Community Behind North Carolina Chickenpox Outbreak

Anti-Vax Community Behind North Carolina Chickenpox Outbreak

A North Carolina school with a large anti-vaccine community is at the heart of the state's largest chickenpox outbreak in decades, officials say.

On Friday 36 students at Asheville Waldorf School were diagnosed with the disease, the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper reported.

The school has one of the state's highest rates of religious exemption, allowing students to skip vaccination.

US health officials say vaccinating is far safer than getting chickenpox.

"This is the biggest chickenpox outbreak state health officials are aware of since the vaccine became available," a North Carolina Department of Health spokesman told the BBC in an emailed statement.

Out of the Waldorf School's 152 students, 110 have not received the vaccine for the varicella virus, known to most as chickenpox, the Citizen-Times found.

And 67.9% of the school's kindergarten students had religious immunisation exemptions on file in the 2017-2018 school year, according to state data.

The primary school is fully co-operating with local health officials and is compliant with all North Carolina laws, a spokesperson for the school told the BBC.

"We find that our parents are highly motivated to choose exactly what they want for their children. We, as a school, do not discriminate based on a child's medical history or medical condition."

Buncombe County, home to the city of Asheville, with a population of over 250,000, has the highest rate of religious-based immunisation exemptions in the state.

Local health officials are closely monitoring the situation, according to the county's health department.

"We want to be clear: vaccination is the best protection from chickenpox," County Medical Director Dr Jennifer Mullendore said in a statement.

"When we see high numbers of unimmunised children and adults, we know that an illness like chickenpox can spread easily throughout the community- into our playgrounds, grocery stores, and sports teams."

North Carolina law requires certain immunisations, including chickenpox, measles and mumps for kindergarteners, but the state allows for medical and religious exemptions.

Most religions do not prohibit vaccination, but in recent years, some US parents have become fearful of adverse reactions to vaccines.

While some bad reactions, like allergies, to vaccines are possible, the medical community has debunked the vast majority of these fears, and groups including the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics encourage vaccination.

How serious is chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes a blister-like rash, itching, and fever. In serious cases, it can lead to complications like inflammation of the brain, pneumonia and death.

The virus spreads through contact or coughing and sneezing, though it is not as contagious as measles, which can be spread without any contact.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccinating children between one and 12 years of age. Though serious cases are uncommon, the CDC says chickenpox spreads easily and can be deadly.

The chickenpox vaccine was licensed in the US in 1995. According to the CDC, the vaccine has prevented 3.5 million cases of varicella, 9,000 hospitalisations and 100 deaths annually in the US.

And though some individuals may still get chickenpox with the vaccine, it is very effective at preventing severe or life-threatening cases.

Vaccinating also helps protect susceptible individuals who are unable to get the vaccine, like pregnant women, infants younger than one-year-old and cancer patients.

In the UK, the chickenpox vaccine is listed as an optional childhood vaccine.

 


Topless Protester ‘Easily Breached Tight Security’ To Chase Trump Motorcade

Topless Protester ‘Easily Breached Tight Security’ To Chase Trump Motorcade

 

 

What if she would have been a suicide vest-wearing ISIS terrorist?

A topless protester “easily breached tight security,” according to Yahoo, to chase President Trump’s motorcade in France on Saturday.

Video shows the woman running into the street, attempting to disrupt the string of vehicles.

Trump’s car had passed as she ran into the roadway with her arms in the air.

One SUV appeared to swerve to avoid hitting her.

Security agents descended and grabbed the woman, dragging her to the curb as she flopped to the ground.

https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1061575117736763394

Yahoo reports the woman, a member of the radical feminist activist group Femen, shouted Trump is a “fake peace maker.”

French President Emmanuel Macron criticized “nationalism” in his speech, a move the mainstream media is portray as a swipe at Trump.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values,” Macron said.

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Gunman Apparently Stopped Shooting To Post Online

Gunman Apparently Stopped Shooting To Post Online

 

Authorities trying to make sense of why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar are not publicly discussing what they've learned, but at least one Instagram post he made after beginning the massacre has emerged as an early focus.

Social media platforms have scrubbed that and any other posts following Wednesday night's massacre. But one law enforcement official said Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine, posted about his mental state and whether people would believe he was sane.

Authorities also were investigating whether he believed his former girlfriend would be at the Borderline Bar and Grill, said the official, who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

A second law enforcement official, Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian, said that — based on time stamps — the gunman apparently stopped shooting inside the bar and posted to Instagram. Kuredjian said he didn't know the content of any posts. Instagram and Facebook typically refuse to discuss individual accounts and did not respond to a request for comment.

Authorities described an attack of military efficiency. None of those injured was hurt by gunfire. When the gunman shot his .45-caliber pistol, he killed. As scores of police officers closed in, Long apparently shot and killed himself.

Several people who knew Long in the suburb of Thousand Oaks where the gunman went to high school and eventually moved back in with his mother described him in disturbing terms.

Long made others feel uncomfortable going back to his teens.

Dominique Colell, who coached girls' track and field at the high school where Long was a sprinter, remembers an angry young man who could be verbally and physically combative.

In one instance, Colell said Long used his fingers to mimic shooting her in the back of the head as she talked to another athlete. In another, he grabbed her rear and midsection after she refused to return a cellphone he said was his.

"I literally feared for myself around him," Colell said in an interview Friday. "He was the only athlete that I was scared of."

Colell said she wanted to kick Long off the team, but the boy's coach urged her to reconsider because that could compromise his goal of joining the Marines. She relented when, at the next track meet, Long apologized in front of several coaches and administrators.

Attempts to get comment by phone and in person from officials at Newbury Park High School and its school district were unsuccessful. Both were closed because of a destructive wildfire in the area.

 

As investigators worked to figure out what set him off, President Donald Trump blamed mental illness, describing the gunman as "a very sick puppy" who had "a lot of problems." At the White House on Friday, Trump touted his efforts to fund work on post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans and ignored questions about stricter gun control laws.

Investigators have not commented on whether mental illness played a role in the rampage. But a mental health specialist who assessed Long after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about his agitated behavior last spring worried he might be suffering from PTSD.

The incident happened in April, when yelling and loud banging noises coming from the home Long shared with his mother prompted a next-door neighbor to call authorities. The mental health specialist concluded there were no grounds to have him involuntarily committed.

Among the dead in the shooting rampage were a sheriff's sergeant gunned down as he entered the bar and a U.S. Navy veteran who survived last year's massacre in which a gunman in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel killed 58 people at an outdoor country music festival.


Colorado Votes To Abolish Slavery

Colorado Votes To Abolish Slavery

 


 

Colorado voters on Tuesday voted in favor of an amendment to the state's Constitution that would completely abolish slavery, striking language that allows slavery or involuntary servitude in the case that it is "a punishment for crime."

Sixty-five percent of voters voted in support of the amendment, which changes Article II, Section 26 of Colorado's Constitution to state, "There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude." Thirty-seven percent of voters voted against the change.

The amendment needed 55 percent support to pass.

A similar amendment failed two years ago because voters were confused about what it meant, NPR reported.

"Proponents [of the amendment], including Abolish Slavery Colorado, argue that the state constitution should be updated because it represents a time when not all people were seen as human beings or treated with dignity," Colorado Public Radio reported. "Opponents say the change could result in legal uncertainty around current prisoner work practices in the state."

The U.S. Constitution's 13th Amendment still includes a clause that bans slavery and servitude "except as a punishment."

Critics have expressed concern that the new language will make it unconstitutional for incarcerated individuals to work in prisons, Colorado Public Radio reported.

"Of course prisoners' lawsuits will invoke this measure to advance claims against our prisons," Richard Collins, a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder's law school, told NPR. "What will our courts do with that?"


Robot Sex Brothel To Open Up In California

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Sex toys are nothing new, but with technology growing faster than morning wood, shit is just getting too damn real. There are already a handful of sex robot brothels across Europe, so it was only a matter of time before we caught up with the times and opened one up ourselves. It’ll be opening up in West Hollywood, California. Here’s what you can expect at this futuristic fuck fest.

 

 

“At this brothel, people can experience cutting edge technology in a clean and futuristic environment. Everything from the lighting to the furniture is designed to transport you into a fantasy world where you can explore things you never thought you’d get a chance to explore.” Unicole Unicron told the Daily Star

 

 

 

This place will offer the option to the early birds to take the ‘virginity’ of the robots. For $10,000, you can be the first to bone a robot before it goes into a regular circulation in the brothel.

“The concept of virginity will always be appealing in society where women are highly sexualized while their sexual purity is simultaneously held in high regard. It’s no different for a female robot. Men always want to be on the forefront of new technology and this is the most intimate way for them to do this.”

This place isn’t just for lonely fellas who want to get some action. Couples are apparently into this shit, too.

“It gives couples a safe place to practice sexual freedom without the added factor of jealousy.” said Unicole.

Rolling solo? That’s fine, you can have a threesome with two dolls, too. But listen, it’s a full on experience, so this place also offers you the ability to get to know your dolls through conversation before actually making love to them.

 

 

According to the owners,

“It will provide companionship to lonely people. It will be a space where new intimacy technologies can be explored without spending a fortune.”

 

 


Top 10 Things The U.S Took From Britain

Top 10 Things The U.S Took From Britain

 

The United States of America is a nation founded on independence. Signed on July 4, 1776, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Declaration of Independence served as the colonies’ dissolution from English rule.

It was also a catalyst for the contemporary value of freedom in America that everyone loves to celebrate with fireworks and barbecues annually. The piece of parchment, dressed with 56 signatures of colonial leaders, made its way across the Atlantic Ocean to King George III.

It was not until 1783, when America reigned victorious in the Revolutionary War and gained its independence from Mother Britain, that America had the potential to become the global superpower it is today. While the United States is now ruled by its own government system, signs of British colonialism are still present today.

Despite the celebrations every Fourth of July that advertise America’s separation from Britain, there are still many things in the US from their friends “across the pond” that Americans are not independent from.

 

National Anthem

Most Americans associate their beloved national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with freedom. Francis Scott Key’s famous poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” provides hope by illustrating the American flag remaining in place (“that our flag was still there”) during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

Not many people know that this iconic American piece of writing actually follows the tune of the British song “To Anacreon in Heaven,” which endorses drinking and sex. Nevertheless, “The Star-Spangled Banner” grew in popularity and was eventually adopted as the United States’ national anthem in 1931 by Herbert Hoover, the 31st US president.

The repurposed British drinking song is known for possessing a variety of octaves, resulting in potential difficulty to sing. Performed at world-class sporting events and recited in high school classrooms alike, the patriotic anthem surprisingly owes its creation to a British drinking song.[1]

Film

Going to the movie theater has become a staple of American life. The witnessing of cinema, characterized by the smell of fresh popcorn along with the taste of sugary candy invading our senses, owes its creation to Britain.

Before you could order tickets through your smartphone and see a film minutes later, motion pictures were based on the persistence of vision, an optical phenomenon. English scientist William Henry Fox Talbot is credited with first demonstrating a negative process of photography that could generate unlimited prints.

Phase drawings in primitive optical devices could be replaced with these prints to create the first cinematic experience. The motion pictures we’re familiar with today, however, obviously required the ability to record spontaneously.

Eadweard Muybridge experimented with the initial film process while documenting race horses for his employer. He established a system in which a horse would be photographed as it proceeded down the track. Later, the images were mounted on a rotating disk to create a moving picture, or as we call it, a movie.[2]

This British concept blossomed into one of the largest consumer industries in the world.

 

Steam Locomotive

Passenger trains provide quick, affordable transportation between the hustle and bustle of US urban centers. Other trains transport vital materials across the country.

Next time you board a train or stop at a railroad crossing, consider the fact that the steam locomotive actually came from England. Richard Trevithick developed the modern system of putting steam engines on rails. Learning about such mechanics in the Cornish tin mines, Trevithick’s pioneering engine pulled 10 tons of iron and several men an astounding 16 kilometers (10 mi). (It was astounding at the time, at least.)

Engineering marvel Robert Stephenson’s legendary Rocket wasn’t even in the process of being developed yet.[3] Today, Britain still possesses more railway attractions per square mile than any other country in the world. Without a doubt, Britain was chugging along far before the United States was.

Internet

Can you imagine a world without the Internet? With a vast pool of knowledge at our fingertips today, it’s almost hard to remember what it was like before search engines dominated, social media spread like wildfire, and hilarious cat videos made their way around the office.

Once again, this invention owes its creation to Britain. Interestingly, early thoughts of the Internet occurred after the space race of the 1950s. Once the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, it encouraged superpowers to seriously consider science and technology.

As preliminary network communication circulated, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web.[4] Pushing beyond barriers of simple data transfer, Berners-Lee created a resource of information that anyone could access. Although the Internet has undergone numerous changes since then, Berners-Lee is credited with the creation of the modern Internet, adding another bullet point to the list of British things that Americans are not independent from.

Language

Perhaps annoyingly self-evident, the English language no doubt originated from England. A member of the Indo-European language family, English has worked its way to being the dominant language in a number of countries around the world. This includes the United States, although some are shocked to find out that there is no official language of the nation.

What started as “Old English” has progressed to “Modern English,” which is what you’re reading right now. This period extends from the 16th century to the present and outlines a period of gradual implementation.

Merriam-Webster reports that it did not simply spring into existence but rather became established over time through groups that had no solidified speaking principle or lexicon.[5] And as America was born, the English language followed it across the Atlantic.

 

Television

The origin of the television is often questioned. However, John Logie Baird, an engineer from the United Kingdom, was unquestionably instrumental to the development of modern television. This eventually led to the first television channel in America in 1928.

Before that, 1926 marked the first public presentation of television in Baird’s laboratory in London. In 1927, he demonstrated the groundbreaking transmission of television pictures over phone lines. Then, on February 8, 1928, Baird transmitted television across the Atlantic Ocean and sparked a revolution.[6]

Today, we tune our plasmas to thousands of channels, which provide everything from the original 1930s dramas to modern-day cooking tutorials. Without British development, you wouldn’t be able to binge-watch your favorite reality show in America today.

Automated Teller Machines

The magic of inserting your card, punching in your PIN, and receiving neatly stacked bills from a machine is nothing special. But when you consider its invention and history, it’s revealed that automated teller machines (ATMs) revolutionized the banking industry and changed consumer finance forever.

The world’s first ATM found itself outside an Enfield (London suburb) Barclays branch. As reported by Smithsonian magazine, the story of a proverbial light bulb glowing over the head of British engineer John Shepherd-Barron after he missed his bank’s operating hours is often criticized.

Although he was part of the development of the after-hours cash vending machine, there were several others involved. In no time, Barclays’ ATMs were dispersed around the country and beyond. 1969 is widely considered the year of the ATM as countries around the world began to implement this technology.[7]

Whichever origin story you regard as true, there is no doubt that our companions across the pond played a major role in the creation of the ATM, a device that Americans frequent every day.

Submarine

An integral part of military defense, the modern submarine was created by John Phillip Holland in the latter part of the 19th century. This fascinating vehicle was constructed by uniting three contemporary pieces of technology—the electric motor, the electric battery, and the internal combustion engine.

Initially rejected due to lack of utility, the submarine blossomed outward from Vickers’ yard in Barrow, England. From the start of World War I, continuous development and consequent improvement took place on the submarine.

In World War II, submarines maintained a vital role in battle and defense.[8]Starting during the Cold War, the nuclearization of submarines was underway. You know, the giant warheads and missiles in the action movies. Imagine the value of those attached to a swimming metal bullet, virtually undetectable by enemies until it’s too late.

This British invention, which has now trickled around the world, epitomizes the strength and innovation of the United States military.

Postage Stamp

The first postage stamp dates back to May 6, 1840, far before stamp collections were common. The little sticker in the corner of our envelopes was regarded as nothing more than simple postal procedure.

The “Penny Black” was the first stamp, as issued by the British government. In 1837, British Postmaster General Sir Rowland Hill established the “Post Office Reforms.” This outlined that mail could be transported anywhere throughout the British Isles, that mail was paid for by the sender, and that payment was receipted by placing a colorful paper outside the letter (the stamp).

Of course, modern societies use perforated, adhesive strips of paper with different designs. But the first stamp bore the image of Queen Victoria and required the cutting of individual pieces.[9]

Next time you send a letter, ship a package, or pay a bill—and you’re required to use a stamp—you’ll be reminded that’s one more thing, no matter how silly or trivial, the US took from Britain!

Tank

Let’s go back to September 6, 1915, when Little Willie was born. He was the first of his kind and possessed destructive capabilities beyond anything previously created.

You didn’t think we were talking about a child, did you? Little Willie was the first tank to roll off the factory line in England. It weighed a staggering 14 tons and could only travel 3.2 kilometers per hour (2 mph).

Nonetheless, it became a staple for advanced militaries around the world and undoubtedly shaped the outcome of our world’s wars. Developed in response to World War I trench warfare, the idea for the tank was the brainchild of British army colonel Ernest Swinton and secretary of the Committee for Imperial Defence William Hankey.

By 1916, the tank entered its first battle and proved immensely useful. During World War II and the Persian Gulf conflicts alike, tanks were prominent weapons.[10]

Today, the United States possesses nearly 6,000 tanks, which serves as an indication that their use is paramount in securing the nation. To keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave, it undoubtedly took some help from Britain. This begs the ultimate question: How truly independent is America?


Welcome To The United States Of Trash

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Man sips soup directly from store’s hot bar

 

 

Using your kid to sneak drugs into prison

 

 

Woman blow dries her underwear on plane

 

 

This is a grown fucking woman

 

 


10 Pieces Of Evidence Pointing To Oswald As JFK’s Killer

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This November marks 55 years since President John F. Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Just seconds after the fatal headshot, a crowd of horrified spectators scrambled up Dealey Plaza’s now-famous grassy knoll in search of a shooter.

Then as now, the idea that the murderer was a lone gunman perched in an upper-floor window nearly 100 meters (330 ft) behind the president’s limousine was a tough sell to a scared, skeptical public.

A rifleman was on the knoll. A team of assassins fired as many as six shots. A Secret Service agent shot JFK by accident. The limo driver shot him on purpose. Conspiracies big and small persist to this day.

The official conclusion, of course, is that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building. And as much as we don’t want to believe that someone as insignificant as Oswald could single-handedly snuff out someone so monumental, a damning amount of evidence points to that likelihood.

 

We Can See Someone In The Sixth Floor Sniper’s Nest

Sometimes, advancements in technology bring new evidence to an old crime. This is one such instance.

While JFK’s limo made its nightmare-inspiring turn onto Elm Street, a home video shot by bystander Robert Hughes captures the Texas School Book Depository in the background. With enhanced video clarity and stabilization technology, the grainy, shaky film now reveals a figure clearly visible in a window on the building’s sixth floor—the same window, in fact, that would soon be pinpointed as the sniper’s nest. The figure is wearing a white shirt, as Oswald wore that day.

The video cuts off just before we likely would have seen the barrel of a rifle protrude from the window. This new visual evidence aligns with the six spectators claiming they saw a gunman firing from an upper floor of the depository. In addition, folks watching the motorcade from the windows of the building’s fifth floor not only heard gunshots but, ominously, shell casings hitting the ceiling above them.[1]

The figure we can now see is almost certainly Oswald, who had been left alone on the sixth floor during the noontime lunch break as his coworkers understandably went outside for a glimpse of the passing president.

The Zapruder Film Was Actually Two Films—And That Affects The Shooting Timeline

Staying on the topic of enhancements in video screening, it has become apparent that the most famous home video ever recorded—Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder’s brief 8mm film capturing the fatal headshot—was actually two even briefer films.

Why? Because film was really expensive in 1963.

Video experts enhancing the film for the 2011 National Geographic documentaryJFK: The Lost Bullet came to believe that Zapruder started filming when he first saw the motorcade turn and then stopped filming once he realized various vehicle escorts were outpacing the president’s limo. He started recording again in time to capture both the initial neck wound (which caused JFK to clutch his throat with both hands) and the fatal headshot.

This is significant because it extends the shooting’s timeline. Using the Zapruder film as a sort of timer, conspiracy theorists have claimed that Oswald could not have fired three shots—and two of them accurately—in the six or so seconds the film showcases. But if Zapruder stopped and then restarted filming, Oswald had a longer window of time—let’s say 10 or 11 seconds—to get off three shots, which is eminently doable.[2]

Many doubting Oswald’s guilt have dismissed the single-bullet theory, which claims that JFK’s neck wound and the several injuries sustained by then–Texas Governor John Connally were inflicted by the same bullet. It turns out what really warrants reexamination is the single-film theory.

 

The Sniper’s Nest Shell Casings Are Revealing

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New evidence often makes existing evidence more useful. In determining that the shooting’s timeline was likely longer than commonly thought, the positioning of the shell casings found on the floor of the sniper’s nest tells an interesting story.

Two cases were close together, while the third was farther away. This had always confounded investigators: If the shooting happened so quickly and Oswald fired in rapid succession, wouldn’t the shell cases all be clustered together?

But if the timeline is extended, the possibility that Oswald shifted his firing position mid-shooting comes into play. The neck and head shots were likely too close together for the shooter to have repositioned himself. That means the shift would have been between the first shot—which we would have to assume simply missed—and the second shot, the JFK neck wound and so-called “magic bullet.”[3]

When ballistics experts recreated the dual-position theory with the same rifle used by Oswald—an Italy-made Mannlicher Carcano—from a recreated sniper’s nest, they found that, indeed, the shells ended up in a similar position to the official photo.

If Oswald Changed Positions, He Likely Fired Earlier

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Not to heap too much praise on one documentary, but JFK: The Lost Bulletbrought several revelations to light by way of “if this, then that” reasoning. Specifically, the discovery that the Zapruder film likely has a time gap in it led researchers to take a harder look at the placement of the shell casings and, from there, the positioning of the shooter.

If the shooter changed positions between the first and second shots, he likely fired the first shot earlier than previously thought. The shooter may have fired just as JFK was passing the sniper’s nest window. (Makes sense, doesn’t it?) That brings new potential obstacles into play, particularly the traffic signal at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets.

Sure enough: The FBI film from the sniper’s nest, recorded during investigations that led to the Warren Commission Report, reveals a hole in the traffic signal.

The traffic signal theory explains how Oswald could have missed from so short a distance (despite scoring a lethal headshot from much farther away). As bullets tend to ricochet when they hit metal (like a traffic signal), the theory also provides insight into how the only other victim that day—a bystander named James Tague—came to be injured.[4]

A Mystery Wound Explained

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In many respects, we have James Tague—a spectator loitering near the famed triple underpass, which JFK’s motorcade never reached before the fatal shooting—associated with the Warren Commission’s controversial single-bullet theory. The reason is simple math: If a lone gunman fired just three shots, as the official report concluded, the flesh wound suffered by a bystander so far removed from the motorcade meant that one bullet must have missed the limousine entirely.

The bullet left a mark in the curb near Tague. It was likely kicked-up concrete, rather than the bullet itself, that caused the nonserious gash to his face.

That left two bullets, with one being the fatal headshot. Hence, the process-of-elimination, single-bullet theory to explain the wounds to JFK’s neck and Connally’s back, chest, wrist, and leg.[5]

Still, one head-scratching question remains: How in the world did the shooter miss by so much that the bullet ended up hitting a curb nowhere near the limo?

There’s still no completely plausible reason for that bullet striking where it did. But considering the lack of credible explanations, the traffic signal ricochet theory makes a lot of sense.

 

The Magic Bullet Wasn’t Magic at All

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As difficult as it may be to believe that the same bullet that struck JFK’s neck also caused five wounds to Texas Governor John Connally, many academics have lent veracity to the Warren Commission’s conclusion.

John McAdams, a professor of political science at Wisconsin’s well-regarded Marquette University, has a long-running blog exploring the misconceptions that made the public so instantly—and enduringly—skeptical. Many Americans thought the bullet trajectory proposed by the Warren Commission looked highly implausible.

However, in a 2004 documentary called Unsolved History: JFK—Beyond the Magic Bullet, the single-bullet trajectory looks completely plausible. The film is a reenactment that adjusts for various factors, including Elm Street’s slight downward slope and, most significantly, the actual position of JFK’s seat. It was 7.6 centimeters (3 in) higher than the governor’s seat in front of him and slightly to the right as well.

With JFK’s and Connally’s wounds lined up, a direct beeline can be drawn to the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository—the same window from which Oswald supposedly fired.[6]

The Great Curtain Rod Coincidence

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Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t own a car. So he frequently got a ride to work from a colleague named Buell Frazier, who lived in the suburb of Irving, Texas, near where Oswald’s wife and daughter stayed.

Oswald typically stayed in a Dallas apartment near the book depository during the workweek. He only needed a lift to work on Monday mornings, so Frazier was surprised when Oswald asked for a ride on the morning of November 22, a Friday.

When Oswald got into Frazier’s car that morning, he had a long, thin package wrapped in brown paper. Frazier casually asked his coworker what the bag contained.

“Curtain rods,” replied Oswald. He was putting up new drapes in his apartment. When the two arrived at work, Oswald carried his package upstairs. Along with a rifle, the brown paper would later be found by investigators near the sixth-floor sniper’s nest.

Shortly after Oswald’s arrest that afternoon, investigators went to the house where Oswald’s wife and child were staying—and where Oswald himself had slept the night before. The home’s owner, Ruth Paine, was shocked when Oswald’s wife, Marina, informed the authorities that her husband did indeed own a rifle and that it was in the garage.[7]

She led them to the garage and pointed to the blanket where the rifle was concealed. When an officer went to pick up the blanket, it fell limp in his arms. The rifle was gone.

Coincidence? Conspiracy? Perhaps. But anyone who pulled off that caper deserves one hell of a . . . well . . . curtain call.

Oswald Had Plenty Of Time To Get Where He Was Seen

As soon as he heard the gunshots that day, Dallas Police Office Marrion Baker rushed into the Texas School Book Depository. He encountered the building manager, and together, they began searching for anyone out of place and therefore a suspect.

Walking upstairs, Baker saw someone in the second-floor lunchroom. It was Lee Harvey Oswald. He was alarmed—the officer had his gun drawn, so anyone would be alarmed—but not noticeably short of breath. The building manager confirmed that Oswald was an employee, and he and Baker continued their search elsewhere.

The encounter occurred approximately 90 seconds after the shooting. Many see this as proof that Oswald couldn’t have been on the sixth floor little more than a minute beforehand.

However, as proven in a tightly controlled reenactment (shown above), Oswald had plenty of time to shoot, conceal the rifle, walk down four flights of stairs, and enter the lunchroom—all without being short of breath. In fact, it took an actor with a similar build as Oswald less than 50 seconds.

Those doubting Oswald’s guilt also have asserted that Oswald didn’t have enough time later to walk from his boardinghouse, where a witness saw him stop briefly, to the site where police officer J.D. Tippit was murdered about 15 minutes later. This, too, was refuted through reenactment.[8] The timeline adds up, once again with time to spare.

Oswald Fit The Part

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Many conspiracy theorists have pointed out that Oswald wasn’t the brightest bulb and had a naivete about him conducive to being manipulated or even set up. In other words, he was the perfect patsy.

Though nobody’s idea of a winner—he struggled mightily to provide for his family—Oswald was certainly competent when he had to be. After all, his time in Dallas was after he’d defected to the Soviet Union and then returned to the United States . . . all by age 24. Along the way, he learned Russian and found a beautiful bride. Some dummy.

However, one character trait that Oswald undoubtedly had in spades was a penchant for violence, including battering his wife. Neighbors complained about their violent arguments, and Marina sometimes left Lee for periods of time, only to return.

Oswald was also a liar, capable of telling grandiose falsehoods with a straight face. He courted his soon-to-be wife under false pretenses, wrote a fantastical “diary” with gross embellishments painting him as a victimized hero, evaded bill collectors with lies, and fictionalized his background and experience on resumes. As the “president” (and sole member) of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, he even created an alias for himself—A.J. Hidell (rhymes with “Fidel”).[9]

Once, while being questioned by the FBI for disturbing the peace, Oswald made claims that interviewing agents knew for certain were not true. They were taken aback by his callousness—a man who lied seemingly for the sake of lying. No wonder his claims of being “just a patsy” following the assassination fell on deaf ears to law enforcement.

‘Back And To The Left’ Wasn’t JFK’s First Reaction

The Zapruder film is the genesis of many JFK cover-up theories. Even before the film was finally shown to the general public on a late-night television program in 1975, people with bootleg copies hosted viewing parties of the gruesome yet compelling footage.

Upon watching the film, many people understandably drew one overarching conclusion: Upon impact, the fatal headshot appears to drive the president’s head back and to the left, seemingly consistent with a shot from the front right-hand side—specifically, the grassy knoll. This reasonable reaction was immortalized in the famous courtroom scene of Oliver Stone’s JFK.

But as many expert analysts have noted—and as a CNN documentary showcased—JFK’s head actually moved slightly forward immediately upon impact, which indicates a shot from the rear. As shown in the video above, this forward movement can be seen upon comparing frame 312 to frame 313.

A split second later (actually less because each frame of the Zapruder film is one-eighteenth of a second), Kennedy’s head jerks violently back and to the left. This is not abnormal because the sudden destruction of brain matter can result in an uncontrollable spasm.

Considering that the fatal headshot blew out a good portion of JFK’s brain tissue, this is a very viable explanation—and another piece of evidence pointing squarely at Oswald.[10]


30 Creepy Stories And Urban Legends From The US Of A

30 Creepy Stories And Urban Legends From The US Of A -

 

 

 


Utah Lawmaker Doesn't Recommend 'Shooting Up Marijuana,' But Says 'No Big Deal' After First-Use

Utah Lawmaker Doesn't Recommend 'Shooting Up Marijuana,' But Says 'No Big Deal' After First-Use

A Utah lawmaker, and self-described marijuana virgin, learned his colleagues plan to vote against a controversial cannabis act, so he made the trek to Las Vegas, ate his first cannabis gummy bear and now wants legislature to follow suit. And he’s totally serious.

Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis held the tasting session on Facebook live weeks ahead of the revision to Prop 2, which will decide how weed can be ingested, where and how it’s sold and what kinds of conditions qualify for a medical cannabis card in Utah. He said at least one senator should try it before they debate the measure.

“Everybody, mellow out, recognize that this is nothing to be afraid of,” Dabakis said in the video posted 24 hours after his unforgettable cannabis test-drive. “Because the people who are terrified by it seem to be the people who HAVE NEVER TRIED IT.”

Standing in the parking lot of a dispensary called NuLeaf, Dabakis struggled with the packaging before eventually splitting the gummy in half and opting for a cautionary lick-test before eating it. He was sure no lawmaker had used marijuana prior to this plunge, so the senator decided he’d make the “great sacrifice.” Well, he made it through the experience unscathed after eating the other half and then eating the another half and then going to Cirque Du Soleil, according to Vice.

“I wouldn’t suggest shooting up marijuana to anybody, but I’ll tell you, it’s a lot of ho-hum,” said the (former) marijuana virgin. “I think the reefer madness crowd, you guys, you need to try it. It’s not that big of a deal.”

 

 

 

Moments later, the senator got specific and proposed that everyone in Utah’s legislature “go try gummy bears.” He added maybe they can pass a one-day law for a “special session and do it in the capitol with nurses around and doctors.”

A vast majority of Utah’s Senate is Mormon, Dabakis said, noting the Mormon church has been openly opposed to medical marijuana. But Dabakis swerved right past this obstruction with a dependable plan that that excuses conflicting religious beliefs, citing the experiment as “informational.”

“Make no mistake, anti-reefer madness people are in total control now, and they’re going to re-write what the people have, so having said all that I’m just saying: ‘It’s no big deal,’” he said, adding that taxpayer’s money was not used to purchase the $30 edible.

 

 

 

There was no “ahhhh moment” as the senator described it. He was just mellow. And maybe him not dying will do nothing for the proposition. But the videos, which collectively have over 400,000 views, garnered support from some of the public, if nothing else.

“I will pay for all the edibles to give to each member of Utah’s legislature!” a Facebook user wrote in the comment section. Another called him “a true hero to the people of Utah.”


Explosive Device Sent To CNN Featured Parody ISIS Flag 'Get Er Done' Meme

Explosive Device Sent To CNN Featured Parody ISIS Flag 'Get Er Done' Meme

 

An image on the explosive device sent to former CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday appears to be a parody of an ISIS flag taken from a meme that has been circulating on right-wing corners of the internet since 2014.

The print-out appears to show a parody flag that replaces Arabic characters with the silhouette of three women in high heels, and a middle inscription reading “Get ‘Er Done” — which is the catchphrase of stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

World News Bureau is run by a man claiming to be from Scottsdale, Arizona, who goes by the name Scooter Van Neuter and also runs the parody news site BigHairyNews.com. Van Neuter is a frequent commenter on right-wing websites like Breitbart and The Daily Caller, and his account was permanently suspended from Twitter in 2017.

 

 

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World News Bureau frequently posts satirical news articles along with Photoshopped images. Its most recent article, which jokingly claimed the city of Baltimore won this year’s “Liberal Utopia Award” for “breathtaking mismanagement,” was accompanied by a Photoshopped picture of the trophy.

Van Neuter, the proprietor of the site, did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment. His account on Disqus, a commenting platform, has been active on both political and sports forums over the past two days.

The explosive device also appears to have a picture of a face next to the fake ISIS flag. The identity of the person in that picture is still unknown.

Pipe bombs were sent this week to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Attorney General Eric Holder. Earlier this week, an explosive device was found in the mailbox of liberal billionaire George Soros at his home in upstate New York.

The manila envelopes that contained the explosive devices listed a bogus return address for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat of Florida.


FOX NEWS REPORTER HIDES IN BUSHES WAITING TO ‘BUST’ IMMIGRANTS CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY

FOX NEWS REPORTER HIDES IN BUSHES WAITING TO ‘BUST’ IMMIGRANTS CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY

 

 

Ahead of the expected arrival of a Central American migrant caravan at the United States' southern border, Fox News aired a segment Tuesday in which a reporter hid in the bushes waiting for immigrants to cross the border into the U.S. illegally.

“We’ve been hiding in the bushes waiting to witness one of these crossings,” Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins whispered in the clip recorded on Monday. “They’re coming right now,” Jenkins continued before rushing down a dirt path between the bushes to a river. “You can see they’ve got a family in a raft.”

Jenkins then yelled out to a man paddling the apparent migrants: “Excuse me, sir, were you trying to cross into America illegally?”

The man paddled to the other side of the river. The lettering on the Fox News broadcast read: “Griff Foils Illegals’ Attempt to Cross Border.”

“So what we’re witnessing now is clearly a family that was being brought over by that smuggler that was paddling in the raft. This is an attempt to illegally cross, and they’ve gone back over there,” Jenkins said. “We seem to have foiled this attempt, but officials tell us that he’s probably just going to look for another spot.”

In another shot, Jenkins walked alongside several people who were apparently migrants, one holding a child. Their faces are blurred.

“Can you tell me, is it an illegal crossing? Yes? But you came anyway?” Jenkins said.

“Well why did you come, is what I’m asking you. Can you tell me why you came illegally?" Jenkins asked an unidentified woman.

The woman replied that she was motivated by the situation in Honduras, where “you cannot have work in there because the criminals always will get your money.”

The broadcast then cut to Jenkins informing the Fox & Friends hosts that not all those attempting to cross the border are like that woman. “But they’re not all women and children. In the last 48 hours, a man wanted for murder in South Carolina was arrested here along with another member of the 18th street violent gang.”

Earlier, Jenkins, reporting from McAllen, Texas, stated that the caravan of about 7,000 Honduran migrants was on the way and was about 1,140 miles south of the border town with the closest point of entry.

 

“But unfortunately most come illegal,” Jenkins said, adding, “we laid in the bushes and waited and we busted one of those smuggling operations.”

Some refugees have said they gave up on trying to enter Mexico legally because the application process for asylum moved too slowly.

President Donald Trump, who is regularly cheered by the Fox & Friends hosts and who has previously phoned into the show, has denounced the caravan of Hondurans fleeing violence, blamed Mexico for failing to stop them from reaching the border, and claimed, without evidence that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in.”

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16 Maps That Can Change the Way You See the US

16 Maps That Can Change the Way You See the US

If you think what you learned about maps at school was boring, you are not alone. Sure, you can locate the states and their capital cities, but is that the sole purpose why maps exist?

If you want to view the US from a perspective you have never imagined, keep reading. 

1. Highest-paid public employees

According to a study conducted by ESPN, a college football or basketball coach is probably the highest paid public employee in your state.

In 2017, with a salary of $11.1 million, the list was topped by Nick Saban who is the football coach at the University of Alabama.

2. Popular boy names

William is a popular boy name in the southeast while in the southwest it is Noah.

3. Popular girl names

Emma is the most popular name for a girl in the US. It is followed by Olivia and Ava.

4. The most and the least remembered states

Sporcle conducted a study to find out the most and the least remembered states in the US. This map is a graphical representation of their findings.

5. Rivers basins of the US in rainbow colors

Created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej, a geographer and GIS analyst, the map shows the massive expanse of river basins across the country. There are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the contiguous US, but, as evident from the map, a massive catchment area for the Mississippi River, including the Upper and Lower Mississippi River Basins, dominates.

6. Forest cover map of the US

The color scheme goes from black as 0% forest to bright green as close to 100% of dense forest.

7. UFO sightings in the US

Imgur user swizec created a map of UFO sightings in the US. The darker the green, the more the number of sightings per capita. Circle radius represents sightings per population.

8. US Highways and Interstate Map

9. Population density heatmap

The map shows the population density of the contiguous 48 states.

10. The size of the moon compared to the US

11. Light pollution map

12. Generic term for a sweetened, carbonated beverage

Pop appears to be the most common generic name.

13. Half of the US population lives in just 9 states.

14. How do Americans address a group of 2 or more people?

According to a study conducted at NC State University, "You guys..." is the most popular way to address a group of 2 or more people.

15. How Americans address their friends

"Dude" is the most popular word for "friend".

16. Map showing the most popular brand from each state

Which map did you find the most interesting?


Possibly The Messiest Buffalo Chicken Wings EVER

Possibly The Messiest Buffalo Chicken Wings EVER

The Peanut bar and restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri serves the messiest pile of chicken wings slathered and dripping in buffalo sauce. The Peanut is the oldest bar in the city and prides itself on its long history and tasty wings.


Maine Restaurant To Get Lobsters High Off Marijuana Smoke Before Killing Them

Maine Restaurant To Get Lobsters High Off Marijuana Smoke Before Killing Them

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine currently offers its lobsters steamed or boiled. But the owner is really hoping you'll enjoy them baked out of their skulls.

Charlotte Gill, who opened Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor seven years ago, is experimenting with getting the lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing and cooking them, believing it to be more humane than the traditional methods.

 

“I feel bad that when lobsters come here there is no exit strategy,” Gill told the Mount Desert Islander. “It’s a unique place and you get to do such unique things but at the expense of this little creature. I’ve really been trying to figure out how to make it better.”

In the restaurant’s first experiment into the process, a lobster — nicknamed “Roscoe” — was placed into a box with a few inches of water at the bottom, and marijuana smoke was then blown through the water, into the box.

Gill, also a licensed medical marijuana caregiver in the state of Maine, claims Roscoe was much calmer and less aggressive for the subsequent three weeks, and didn’t try to attack the other lobsters in his tank even though his claws were unbound.

She later released Roscoe to the sea “as a thank you,” according to the Islander.

Following the tests, Gill has dedicated a special outdoor station to sedating the lobsters with THC-infused smoke, but only at the customers’ requests. In the future, she plans to build an even larger tank in order to sedate multiple crustaceans at once.

“The animal is already going to be killed,” said Gill. “It is far more humane to make it a kinder passage.”

Gill also believes this method won’t actually impart the edible lobster meat with THC, as the lobsters will be steamed before being served, thus destroying any residual traces.

“THC breaks down completely by 392 degrees, therefore we will use both steam as well as a heat process that will expose the meat to 420 degree extended temperature, in order to ensure there is no possibility of carryover effect (even though the likelihood of such would be literally impossible),” she told the Islander.

“I’m not selling an edible,” she added.


As Hurricane Florence approaches, thousands ‘pledge’ to shoot their guns at the storm

As Hurricane Florence approaches, thousands ‘pledge’ to shoot their guns at the storm

Hurricane Florence is set to make landfall in the Carolinas between Thursday evening and Friday morning — so thousands of people are taking matters into their own hands.

Specifically, members of this satirical Facebook page say they are ready to fire their guns at the powerful Category 4 storm to frighten it off.

More than 30,000 people have marked themselves attending a Facebook event titled Shooting Guns At Hurricane Florence To Scare It Away — and 73,000 more said they are interested in having a shootout with the downpour of rain and strong gusts of wind.

“Get your guns and your umbrellas,” the page reads. “And your umbrella-guns, and your beer, and your beer-guns, and your tiny umbrellas to keep your beer dry, and join people from all along the East Coast in scaring away Hurricane Florence to protect our country from this foreign invader!”

And some people on the page think the plan is working because the path of Hurricane Florence has recently shifted south toward the southern North Carolina coast and northern South Carolina coast. Parts of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina are now in the storm’s predicted path.

“Yall it’s working!” one person wrote. “Keep shooting it south!”

Another person shared a video of a man with an American flag in one hand and a gun in the other as he prepared for the storm.

 

But don’t worry: The group isn’t serious. It comes with a disclaimer that shooting at a hurricane is actually a pretty dumb idea.

“Do not actually discharge firearms into the air,” it reads. “You could kill someone and you cannot frighten a hurricane. I cant believe I actually have to write this.”

 

Police actually had to issue a similar warning when Hurricane Irma was approaching Florida last year.

As that storm neared, someone created a Facebook event titled “Shoot at Hurricane Irma.” The description for that page said this “GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEAD--- NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US.”

“LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST,” it read.

After thousands marked themselves as attending, local police swooped in with a warning.

 

Ryon Edwards, who created the viral Facebook event for Hurricane Irma, said it came about from “a combination of stress and boredom.”

“The response is a complete and total surprise to me,” he told BBC. “I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”


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