Friday, May 12, 2017

Driving While Black Lessons...and other weird news.


For generations, African-American parents have borne a special burden in mentoring their teenage children as they begin driving, having to say, be calm and extra polite when stopped by the police, and do nothing unexpected that could get you killed. Such lessons are a unique but necessary part of being black in America.
It’s horrifying that any parent has to have that conversation. But racial profiling by the police is a reality. These days, repeated and sometimes fatal highway confrontations, captured by cellphone videos, make such warnings a matter of life and death.
Delegate Jeion Ward of the Virginia General Assembly is an African-American grandmother who has long heard her husband and three grown sons pass on sage guidance to the younger generation about what to do if stopped. When Ms. Ward heard her 39-year-old son telling her 17-year-old grandson the facts of real life for traffic stops, her concern grew and it ultimately resulted in a simple bill that was enacted into law this week.
Her measure requires that driver’s education courses for public schools specifically teach how to behave and interact with police officers in traffic stops. Illinois has enacted a similar measure, and Ms. Ward has heard from a half-dozen other states. The Illinois law requires police officers to treat drivers with “dignity and respect” and provide their names and badge numbers when requested. In North Carolina, where a similar driver’s ed bill is under consideration a police accountability group, SAFE Coalition NC, has called for a companion measure so “police officers can understand to control their emotions.” But that’s far from enough.
A Pennsylvania MORON with a penchant for naming his children after Nazi's has officially changed his surname to Hitler, a local news site reported.
As of Monday, the IDIOT formerly known as Isidore Heath Campbell can now legally identify himself as Isidore Heath Hitler, an expression of his admiration for the Nazi leader who was responsible for the mass genocide of German Jews and other groups that he considered undesirable during World War II.
“It’s great. My driver’s license is changed over, my insurance, my registration, all that I needed is changed over,” Hitler said. “I’m the new Hitler.”
In March, a  Superior Court judge in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, approved Hitler's name change request request, which he filed on Valentine’s Day. The change took effect May 8, which was V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking Germany's surrender in 1935.
Hitler’s initials are now I.H.H., which he says represents “I hail Hitler,” according to local media sources.
The tattooed neo-Nazi, who now lives in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, stepped into the news spotlight in 2008 when a New Jersey market refused to put his then-3-year-old son’s name, Adolf Hitler, onto a birthday cake, according to NJ.com.
“I think people need to take their heads out of the clouds they've been in and start focusing on the future and not on the past,” Hitler, a former resident of Holland Township in Hunterdon County,  said at the time. 
He has nine children with at least four mothers but now has custody over none of them, according to the Anti-Defamation League and NewJersey.com. New Jersey authorities stripped of his parental rights for the three children in 2009 after accusations of domestic violence and a determination that he did not have the psychological capacity to care for the children, the ADL explained in a 2013 blog post about the neo-Nazi.
He again roused the attention of the media in 2013 when he showed up at a visitation rights hearing wearing a full nazi uniform.
The names of Hitler's other children include JoyceLynn Aryan Nations, Honzlynn Hinler Jeanie and Hons Henrich ― the latter two are apparent nods to the infamous Nazi Party leader Heinrich Himmler, the ADL said in the blog post.
Hitler was featured in the 2014 Showtime documentary “Meet the Hitlers,” about people who are named after the German leader or had changed their names to Hitler. 
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

You find out that your chicken was fried in cocaine flour. What would you do?

Popeyes’ in Brunswick, Ga (3319 Altama Avenue) is under investigation after a man alerted police that he got an euphoric high after eating dinner from the restaurant. The man stated after he ate dinner he was craving more and more food. Brunswick Police Department went to the Popeyes’ location and collected samples of the food and found numerous trace amounts of drugs: marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine. Many more arrest and details to come.


Colgate University went on lockdown and students were ordered to shelter in place for four hours Monday night while police investigated reports of a gunman on the upstate New York campus. But the “threat” turned out to be a student using a glue gun for an art project.
The campus lockdown occurred after reports that someone had “entered the O’Connor Campus Center while carrying what witnesses believed was a weapon,” said a statement from university spokesman Daniel DeVries.
The precautions on the campus of the private liberal arts college took place on the same day that an attacker armed with a hunting knife stabbed four people, killing one, on the Austin campus of the University of Texas. Police arrested a student over the attack.
But some Colgate students expressed concerns about suspected overreactions to the incident on their campus because the student with the glue gun is African-American.
As police scoured buildings at Colgate, a university of 2,900 undergraduates located in Hamilton about 40 miles from Syracuse, students said rumors spread that there were two gunmen, and one had committed suicide — none of which was true.
Shortly after early reports about sightings concerning a weapon at Colgate around 8 p.m., university administrators tweeted, “There is an armed person at the Coop. Find a safe space and remain indoors. If you are off-campus, stay away.” The Coop is a dining hall on campus.


Cute chicks and fuzzy bunnies weren’t the only creatures that popped up on Easter morning. One South Carolina family got an alligator.
The 9-foot-long gator gave the family a serious jolt after it broke into their upstairs porch in the wee hours of Sunday morning and then refused to leave.
Video taken from the Mount Pleasant family’s second-story porch shows the giant reptile lounging around with its jaws open wide.
“He was perfectly happy. He would have stayed for however long,” homeowner Steve Polston told the local station.
The unwelcome guest apparently managed to climb a 15-foot staircase to the porch. Once there, he broke through a screen door to gain access. Polston said his family heard a commotion and initially thought someone ― as in a human ― had broken into their home.
For those keeping track, this could be yet another gators-love-golf-courses story. The Polstons’ house is located near a pond on a golf course.
Wildlife experts with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources were called to remove the giant animal. Unfortunately, it had to be euthanized right there because it couldn’t be persuaded to leave and was basically too big to be dragged out, The Post and Courier reported.
Nuisance-trapped alligators must be killed and may not be relocated under state law.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Smithfield's Employees Sing F The Police...

 Most of us need jobs. We may not like what we do. But it's nice to know that we’re getting a paycheck every week or every two weeks. A job is a blessing. So, does it make sense to compromise a job based on principles? 

Several members of law enforcement are disappointed and disturbed by what happened to police officers at a Garner restaurant.

On Jones Sausage Road, the message by the drive-thru at Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q says that it's "grateful to serve."

But Friday night, that service came with a side of disrespect.

A member of the Raleigh Police Protective Association (RPPA) took to the group's Facebook account to express their disgust. The post reads:

"Thank you Smithfield's Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang "F the Police" as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant. The manager sang along as well. Do you really feel that was appropriate?"

The post claims employees of the restaurant were singing NWA's song "F--- the Police" as they ate.

The post has gone viral and has been shared more than 2,000 times.

"Police officers go out there every day and they risk their lives and to be treated with such disrespect is truly unfortunate," Rick Armstrong with RPPA said.

The union found out about the incident after a fellow police officer posted about it.

Officers are calling for the employees who dropped the F-bomb to be disciplined.

"Suspension and/or including termination," Armstrong said.

Within hours of the union's post, the franchise owner responded by saying: "We will do a thorough investigation and terminate anyone employed that doesn't share our respect of all law enforcement."

"We do appreciate his quick response and we're going to have to wait and see what he does, and hopefully, he follows up with appropriate action on these employees," Armstrong said.

Several police officers and members of the community are rallying around this incident.

Local media sources have reached out to the franchise owner for an update on his internal investigation but no comment has been made.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Black Lives Matter Prom Dress & Other Weird News


Milan Bolden-Morris was already a well-known basketball star at her West Palm Beach, Fla., high school, and will be taking her talents to Boston College later this year. But the 17-year-old became an Internet celebrity recently after she went viral for wearing a lavish prom dress that honored the Black Lives Matter movement.

Morris, a senior player for the Cardinal Newman High School varsity squad, wore a black backless gown with lace sleeves and a large photo of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot to death in 2012, on the dress’s skirt. The flowing piece also featured black-and-white photos of Sandra Bland and other individuals who were killed during police interactions on the dress’s train.

Bolden-Morris shared images with her date on Instagram Friday, where it was immediately met with likes (more than 14,000 of them) and praise. “Beautiful concept and great all around message,” one commenter wrote. “This is amazing. So much emotion and power worn by a goddess,” Mariesha Desiray wrote. Another added, “Absolutely poignant, timely and … oh yes … Beautiful.”

However, while many are commending Bolden-Morris, she hardly takes any credit. “Honestly just the model for the dress. It was all my designer’s idea, Terrence Torrence, to convey this message and he asked if I wanted to help and of course I did,” she tells Yahoo Style. “The sole purpose was to convey his message, it was never about me or how I look in it, just the message.”

And although Bolden-Morris has received mostly positive feedback, she has still endured criticism for her statement. Still, she says, she doesn’t hold any ill will toward those who don’t approve of her fashion choice. “Many people have their opinions on the motives behind the dress, but all I can do is pray for them and know that our intentions were well,” she says. 

She also adds that while the dress clearly depicts the images of fallen African-Americans, “all lives matter” and that the loss of life is especially tragic when it’s unnecessary.

The high school student, who accepted a full ride scholarship to play hoops for the Division 1 squad, hopes to continue being an inspiration to others. “I hope to inspire others and help others to be courageous and strong in the things that they believe in,” she says. Bolden-Morris credits her strong faith in God as the reason she’s been empowered and blessed to achieve over the years.

Torrence, who works between West Palm Beach and Atlanta, told Essencethat it took him four days to design the outfit and was pleased with the outcome. “It was powerful,” he said of his work. “It was art. It was surreal. It spoke volumes.”

A state prosecutor in North Carolina has declined to bring voter-fraud charges against a woman who cast a vote for Donald Trump in her recently deceased mother's name.

The Charlotte Observer reports that District Attorney David Learner said in a statement Wednesday that it wasn't in the public's interest to charge the unidentified 67-year-old Catawba County woman with the felony offense.

Learner's office says the woman's 89-year-old mother was an ardent Trump supporter who told her to vote for the Republican candidate in the presidential election with her power of attorney before dying in October. The woman cast the vote at an early voting site and says it wasn't intended to be fraudulent.

Learner, a Republican, says his decision was nonpartisan. Trump carried Catawba County with 70 percent of the vote.

Having a friend who mooches off you twice a day is usually annoying, but 81-year-old Mette Kvam doesn’t seem to mind.
Kvam lives alone in Aurland, Norway, and her friend is a wild deer named “Flippen.” He shows up at her doorstep twice a day looking for some grub, according to Inside Edition.
Flippen has been a daily visitor for the past three years and it’s not a one-sided friendship. In return for the goodies, he lets Kvam rub his head a little.
The friendship began in 2014, when Kvam saw the stag in her yard and offered him a cookie, according to the Good News Network. To her surprise, he cautiously accepted the snack.
Now he shows up for more food each day and family friend Britt Haugsevje Vangen couldn’t be happier.
“She says that they are so lucky for having each other,” Vangen told Caters News. “Mette has no kids and since her husband passed away she has no one ― she only has Flippen in her life now.”
Typically, wildlife experts advise people not to feed wild deer. Some human foods, like corn, can be disastrous for deer, with the wrong foods leading to serious disease and even death. It can also lead to them becoming dependent on humans for food.
However, in this case, the friendship appears to have paid off for Flippen. Local hunters who are aware of the friendship have made a point not to shoot the stag, according to Vangen.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Would you kiss a car for 48 hours to get it for free? & other weird news.

A Massachusetts man has apparently reached a settlement with two Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners after the chain reportedly served him a butter substitute instead of the real thing.
Jan Polanik filed a class action suit last month against the owners of more than 20 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Boston, saying he asked for butter on his bagels but got an artificial spread instead, The Boston Globe reports
Polanik’s attorney, Thomas Shapiro, told the Globe the issue might seem like “a really minor thing,” but said his client sued for the sake of other consumers.
“The main point of the lawsuit is to stop the practice of representing one thing and selling a different thing,” Shapiro said. “It’s a minor thing, but at the same time, if somebody goes in and makes a point to order butter for the bagel ... they don’t want margarine or some other kind of chemical substitute.”
The details of the settlement were not revealed publicly.
Attorney Ryan Cunningham, who said he represents both Dunkin’ Donuts owners, declined to confirm the settlement or provide other details to The Huffington Post on Monday.
A corporate spokesman for Dunkin’ Donuts told HuffPost on Monday that the company is aware of the settlement and has different butter options in place.
“The majority of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Massachusetts carry both individual whipped butter packets, and a butter-substitute vegetable spread,” the spokesman said by email.
Polanik’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment. 

What would you do for a free car? Would you kiss one for 48 hours?!

People are engaged in a bizarre kissing contest in Texas that will reward the last person slobbering on the vehicles with a free Kia.

Since 7 a.m. on Monday, contestants have been pressing their lips to two different cars inside of an Austin dealership as their marathon is broadcast to 

The “Kiss a Kia” contest started with 20 people. By Tuesday afternoon that number was down to 11.

Different candidates left for “different reasons,” a representative for iHeart radio station 96.7 KISS FM, which is hosting the event, told The Huffington Post.

“Some left voluntarily, some were called out for their lips coming off the car,” said iHeart Media Director Zachary Wellsandt. “Everyone has been in great spirits, even those called out have taken it well and talked to us on their way home to some well-earned sleep.”

Fortunately, there are 10-minute breaks each hour — not that it makes idly standing, bending or kneeling next to a car for hours on end a cake walk, especially when you consider they’re also fighting a lack of sleep.

After each break, the participants must rotate places ― requiring a little wipedown of the car by their place taker. Those who were standing before the break will also have to sit in the next hour, and vice versa.

If after 50 hours there are people still hanging on, one of their names will be drawn at random to determine the winner, Wellsandt said.

This is a prank that is only funny to a white teenager……..
As “promposals” go, this one was a bust,  literally.
A police dash cam video posted on Facebook Friday shows a Georgia police officer stopping two teens in a white pickup truck in Peachtree City.
The video shows the officer explaining that he pulled the truck over because a decal was obstructing the tag. He also mentions the department has had “a little history on the truck” after a previous stop.
“Have you ever been stopped before in this truck,” the officer asks. “Do you have any siblings? Do you ever let friends drive the truck?”
The officer asks the people in the truck to get out. The driver is a teenage boy and his passenger is a girl around the same age.
The officer asks and is given permission to search the vehicle. He returns and seems very angry.
“If you lie to me, I run out of options, all right,” the officer says. “You work with me, I’ve done this a thousand times, I can normally work with folks but the thing I can’t work with is dishonesty.”
When the male driver refuses to provide any further information, the officer places him in handcuffs. 
At that point, the girl starts to look worried. Very worried. 
Then the officer comes back with bags of what he claims appears to be marijuana.
Both teens deny the drugs are theirs so the officer then hands a bag containing a small slip of paper to the girl and asks, “Does that look like weed to you?”
After looking at the note, a large smile crosses her face.
“Oh my God, this is not funny,” she says laughing, the driver still in handcuffs.
The boy then brings out a sign that says, “Prom? Say yes or you’re under arrest!”
Spoiler alert: She did say yes, though she still seemed freaked out by the elaborate charade.
Although this video seems to be a perfect example of how not to do a promposal, the Peachtree City Police Department said the parents of the teens gave the department permission to post it on its Facebook page.
As the video below shows, other teens have enlisted the police for promposal help, but the results weren’t as visually arresting.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

An 8 Year Old Drives To McDonalds & Other Weird News

Ever crave something so badly you’ll do anything to get it?

An 8-year-old Ohio boy who learned to drive a car in minutes just so he could go to McDonald’s for a cheeseburger, the Weirton Daily Times reports.

Police in East Palestine said the unidentified boy got a sudden urge for a Mickey D’s cheeseburger Sunday night around 8 p.m., but both of his parents had fallen asleep after a busy day. 

The boy had eaten dinner, but he was still jonesing for that cheeseburger.

The kid apparently didn’t want to wake his parents in hopes they’d spring for a burger. Instead, he watched driving instruction videos on YouTube for a few minutes before putting his 4-year-old sister in his dad’s van so they could get their fix.

The young driver managed to safely get through four intersections before getting to a McDonald’s drive-through about 1.5 miles from the house.

Then it came time to order the food.

“Whenever he pulled up to the first window, employees actually thought they were being pranked," Patrolman Jeff Koehler said.

“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” Koehler explained to the Morning Journal News.

Once the employees figured out the kids were on a joy ride by themselves, the police were called to the restaurant.

Koehler spoke to the boy, who admitted he had never driven before, but learned by watching YouTube. He told Koehler he got the keys to his dad’s van by standing on his tip-toes, according to the paper.

When the child suddenly realized that taking car keys in order to illegally drive was wrong, he burst into tears. However, he and his sis did get to eat their cheeseburgers while waiting for their grandparents to pick them up.

No word on what punishment the young driver may face from his parents, butno criminal charges are being filed against him, 


A Chicago high school student was accepted into each of the 24 colleges she applied to and 23 of those schools are historically black colleges and universities.
Ariyana Davis, 18, applied to so many schools via the Common Black College Application, according to ABC News. It allows students to apply to up to 50 of the more than 100 HBCUs for a one-time fee of $35. 
The Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School student, who took college prep courses during lunch at her school, told the outlet that attending an HBCU was a priority for her. 
“They are known for producing successful black professionals,” she said. “It was important for me to go to an institution that feels like home.”
Davis shared on Twitter that she received acceptance letters from prestigious colleges including Howard University, Spelman College, Xavier University, Hampton University and Tuskegee University. The one predominately white institution she applied to and got accepted to was Eastern Illinois University. 

#VERYSTUPID
A Spanish dad gave traditional maternity photos what he thought was a hilarious spin with his own photo shoot.
Francisco Pérez, known to his friends as Paco, posed for some parody pregnancy photos on the outskirts of Málaga City in southern Spain………….
The series was the brainchild of photographer Martyn Wilkes. 
“I had been recently doing lots of maternity work, and I wanted to do something different to break things up and have a bit of fun,” Wilkes said. “I have known Paco for four or five years and admittedly often jested about his rather large stomach, which resembled a pregnant mother.”
The photographer came up with the outfit, painted stomach concept and flower accessories. He said his subject found the photo shoot hilarious and totally nailed the execution.
Both men are fathers and morons, Wilkes has a 5-year-old girl and 13-month-old boy, and Pérez has two daughters, 22-year-old Natalia and 26-year-old Virginia. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Dirty South Gets Dirtier!

Once again conservative “moral” republicans show their true colors….
The implosion of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s political career has, even by the standards of Southern state government, moved at a snail’s pace. But nearly 13 months after a bitter ex-state employee announced to the world that the Republican had been having a long-term affair with an aide, Bentley’s slow-burning scandal has culminated with his resignation from office.
Hours after the Alabama House Judiciary Committee began hearings to consider Bentley’s impeachment from office on Monday, the two-term governor was fingerprinted at the Montgomery County jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges, part of a deal struck with state law enforcement to avoid impeachment and multiple felony charges in exchange for his resignation.
After being booked on one count of failure to file campaign disclosures and one count of failure to disclose economic interest, Bentley made his way to the Old House Chamber of the Alabama state capitol and announced that he had ceded power to Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey.
“I’ve not always made the right choices, I’ve not always said the right thing. Though I have sometimes failed, I’ve always tried to live up to the high expectations that people place on the person who holds this esteemed office,” Bentley said. “There have been times that I’ve let you and our people down, and I’m sorry for that."
“I can no longer allow my family and my dear friends, my dedicated staff and cabinet, to be subjected to the consequences that my past actions have brought upon them,” Bentley continued. “The time has come for me to look at new ways to serve the good people of our great state. I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor.”
Bentley's resignation comes three days after the committee’s special counsel released a 3,000-page report on Bentley’s relationship with his married chief adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, and more than four years after the first stirrings of an illicit affair that ended the governor's marriage and his political career.
The 130-page summary of the committee’s investigation—which was comprehensive enough to have merited its own web domain reads more like a rejected Nancy Meyers script treatment than the result of a government investigation: texted professions of undying love, indiscreet assignations in the governor’s office, and accusations that the governor directed a bodyguard to break up with his mistress for him.....
The last item, a result of what the committee characterized as “increasing obsession and paranoia,” has prompted allegations that Bentley used state resources to conduct—and, apparently, to break off—his affair. It was this charge, more than any moral opprobrium, that led to calls for the governor's impeachment. Especially given the fact that Alabama is one of the poorest states in the country.
The leadership of Alabama Republican Party said it couldn't support Bentley on Monday afternoon. "When situations arise that are in direct conflict with the betterment of our people, we will speak up regardless of political party," it said in a statement.
Bentley, in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary, denied that a “physical affair” took place for more than a year, but he has apologized for making “inappropriate remarks” to Mason.
The end of Bentley's two-decade political career may be the least of his worries, however. On April 5, a state ethics commission found probable cause to believe that Bentley had violated both the Alabama Ethics Act and the Fair Campaign Practices Act. Although the details of the specific allegations are sketchy, they are Class B felonies. Were Bentley to be charged by the Montgomery County district attorney and convicted, he faced 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000 for each violation. The reported deal between Bentley and the Montgomery County district attorney, however, reduces those potential charges to the two misdemeanor charges.
The plea deal also stipulated Bentley's resignation from office—sparing the governor potential jail time in exchange for sparing the people of Alabama the specter of drawn-out impeachment proceedings against the state's chief executive.
What Bentley may be most guilty of, though, is being really stupid.
Starting in 2013, according to Bentley’s now ex-wife, Dianne, Mason began staying overnight in the pool house of the governor’s mansion, an arrangement that raised eyebrows in Montgomery.
At first, Dianne Bentley excused the frequent sleepovers, according to the report. Mason’s home with her husband, the head of the governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, was in Tuscaloosa, nearly a two-hour drive from the state capital. But the first lady of Alabama, a devout Christian who would write prayer requests for her husband on sticky notes that she kept in her personal devotional, was eventually informed by Heather Hannah, her chief of staff, that the governor and Mason would “jump” when interrupted by other members of his staff and that he had begun to return home from work with makeup on his shirts.
The governor’s wife and Hannah were among the more than 20 witnesses interviewed by the special counsel appointed by the Alabama House Judiciary Committee to investigate Bantley's relationship with mason. The report is based on their testimony, as well as a review of more than 10,000 pages of documents, text message transcripts, and audio recordings.
Other members of the governor’s staff began to notice Bentley’s increasingly close relationship with his chief adviser. According to the House committee’s report, Bentley would call Mason “baby” in meetings, and Ray Lewis, the leader of Bentley’s security detail, told the House committee that he had once observed Mason leaving the governor’s office with tousled hair, her outfit disheveled.
The governor’s apparent indiscretion in conducting the affair was matched only by his paranoia about the affair being publicly revealed. Hannah, Dianne Bentley’s chief of staff, testified to the House committee that the governor personally confronted her on multiple occasions about leaking information about the affair.
The confrontations featured open threats from the governor, Hannah told the House committee’s special counsel.
“You will never work in the state of Alabama again if you tell anyone about this,” Hannah recalled Bentley telling her in the kitchen of the governor’s mansion, a finger pointed in her face.
On another occasion, Hannah testified that Bentley warned her to “watch herself” because she “did not know what she was getting into,” and that his position as governor meant that the people of Alabama would “bow to his throne.”
Meanwhile, the once-close Bentley marriage was collapsing. During a ritzy National Governors Association dinner in Washington, D.C., the governor texted Mason—seated across the table—in full view of his wife, who was sitting next to him.
The text, Dianne Bentley later testified, read: “I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
Other members of the governor’s family became aware of the affair, according to the report, after perusing a state-issued iPad that Bentley had given to his wife. The 74-year-old governor was apparently ignorant of the fact that the tablet was logged into the same iCloud messaging account that he used to text sweet nothings to Mason.
Bentley’s four adult sons were apparently so worried that they came to suspect that the affair was the result of “dementia,” according to the report. The Bentley children went so far as to attempt to have the governor evaluated by medical specialists, although no such evaluation ever took place.
Meanwhile, the governor’s wife began taking screenshots of the governor’s texts with Mason that appeared on her iPad—conversations that eventually became crucial and cringeworthy evidence in the impeachment case against Bentley.
Perhaps the most egregious moment in the Bentley-Mason affair came when the governor, as cheating husbands have done since text messaging was invented, accidentally texted “I love you Rebekah” to his wife.
To Bentley’s credit, he followed up 17 hours later by texting “I love you Dianne” with an emoji of a rose.
On Aug. 28, 2015, the governor’s wife filed for divorce.
Cheating on one’s spouse isn’t against the law, even in Alabama. So many “family values” Republicans have turned out to be guilty of sexual impropriety that Bentley’s worst mistake might just have been unoriginality.
But it was the governor’s alleged use of state employees to facilitate and cover up his affair—and the eventual firing of the state’s top law enforcement official—that turned a tale of political peccadilloes into threats of impeachment and possible jail time.
According to the House committee’s report, Bentley directed Lewis, his security chief, to confront office staff whom he believed to be gossiping about the affair, as well as to convince one of his adult sons to turn over surreptitious recordings his wife had made of him and Mason.
The governor allegedly even used Lewis as a go-between to finally end his relationship with Mason, according to the committee’s report. After Lewis confronted the governor about the affair, the report alleges, Bentley “asked Lewis to go upstairs to meet with Mason and end the relationship.”
After the hour-long breakup meeting in a conference room at the state capitol in which Lewis conveyed the governor’s wishes, Bentley entered the room and placed a hand on Mason’s shoulder. “It’s all right, baby,” Lewis later testified that Bentley said. “It’s going to be all right.”
But although the affair was over, the report alleges, the cover-up continued.
Bentley apparently became suspicious that Spencer Collier, the head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, was in possession of some of the recordings containing evidence that he had been engaged in an affair with Mason. After attempting to sideline Collier by placing him on medical leave, Collier alleges, the governor fired him on March 22, 2016, alleging misuse of state funds by the agency Collier oversaw. (Collier has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.)
That same day, Collier told AL.com that he had seen text messages and heard audio recordings showing that Bentley had been conducting an affair, igniting the public scandal that has finally lead to the demise of the once-popular governor’s political career



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Just When You Thought You Heard It All News

There's a fine line between love and stupidity, guess which side of the line this guy fell on.
She said “yes” and cops read him his rights.
An Ohio boyfriend probably thought he was being super-romantic when he spray-painted a proposal to his girl on a shopping-center wall. Cops, however, thought he was breaking the law.
Kyle Stump, 23, painted: “Michelle Marry Me. I Love You” (with a heart) in huge red letters on the side of a building in the city-owned mall at Lake Sheffield. His proposal consumed 30 feet of wall space.
Disappointingly, love-of-his-life Michelle Astorino, 21, failed to notice the proposal until Stump took her to the building one night with a flashlight to point it out to her, the determined beau told “Inside Edition.”
He got a “yes” — and a criminal mischief charge from police. Investigators tracked Stump based on a tip and matched the handwriting on the graffiti to a form Stump had filled out in 2012.
Stump pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief earlier this week. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $500, but the magistrate suspended the jail term and all but $200 of the fine. Stump also will have to pay $332 to sandblast his proposal, and will have to perform 80 hours of community service. He’ll likely spend it painting town fire hydrants, the Chronicle-Telegram reported.
“One of the things I told him was that I may be old-fashioned and I prefer a more traditional way of proposing with getting down on one knee with the ring,” Magistrate Kreig Brusnahan told the newspaper.
“They don’t have to be so hard on me,” Stump complained.
He said he and his fiancee are trying to stay focused on the positive. But the legal setback means he’ll have to buy an engagement ring on an installment plan.
“We’ve basically just brushed it off and are excited about our engagement,” Astorino told “Inside Edition.” “It’s still a crime, we understand that, but, I mean, it’s not that serious.”


CVS has now decided it won’t press charges against a homeless man who employees at a Trenton, Michigan, store accidentally locked inside the establishment. Even though it was all their fault.
Multiple outlets reported this week that Henry Brettschneider, 56, faced charges for eating some snacks after he found himself locked inside the pharmacy. 
Brettschneider told police that he had fallen asleep by the blood pressure machine last week. He awoke around 1 a.m. to find himself locked in the store, according to local reports. He snacked on some Fig Newtons, chocolate milk and grabbed a bottle of soda. Brettschneider also took what he thought was a watch but turned out to be a heart rate monitor. After an alarm was set off, police were called to the area and arrested him. 
Local media sources reported that the pharmacy faced intense backlash on social media once the story went viral.
A CVS spokesman said in a statement, “CVS has researched this more extensively and based on extenuating circumstances we are not going to press charges.”
In a statement provided to CBS Detroit, the pharmacy said, “CVS is not charging him. Once the police were looking at his criminal record there were other things to take care of, so CVS is not pursuing it.”
Brettschneider reportedly has misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest.



M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your hand, so a man trying to buy a bag had the meltdown instead.

https://youtu.be/7v3NboV2hNM

Police in Santa Ana, California, are looking for a suspect who was caught on surveillance camera going on a rampage in a 7-11 after his card was declined.
A newly released surveillance video taken Feb. 11 shows a white male who appears to be in his 30s attempting to buy a 75-cent bag of almond M&Ms.
When the card is declined, the man lunges towards the cashier, hitting him on the noggin, shoving the register off the counter and then pushing everything else he sees.
As he walks towards the door, he throws a handful of bananas at the other clerk’s head and knocks over another terminal.
The complete surveillance video can be seen here, but you can see the highlights via the magic of “GIFarama.”
Santa Ana Police Dept. Cpl. Anthony Bertagna thinks the suspect may have overreacted a tad.
“Based on his actions over a 75 cent-bag of M&M’s, I’m not sure what his reaction would be to something that’s really serious,” Bertagna told KTLA TV.
The suspect’s actions caused an estimated $700 in damage, he said.
Authorities believe the man was with another customer in the store. However, since the card was declined, the store only has the last four digits, so tracking him down hasn’t been easily. 
“How do we know the card wasn’t stolen? We don’t at this point. I mean it wasn’t reported,” Bertagna told NBC Los Angeles. “It just came up that it was non-sufficient funds to buy a 75 cent bag of M&M’s.”


The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call (714) 245-8647.
As wild as this incident was, the brother of the man who owns the 7-11 thinks it’s part of a bigger problem.
“The country’s polarized right now,” the man told KTTV. “You have a bunch of high-profile people acting out. It doesn’t surprise me this happened.” 

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Just When You Thought Yo Heard It All News

There are words that only apply to a special breed of people. The word moron is one of them. These people are a danger to each and every one of us especially themselves. A man who must have been snorting bath salt, was prowling on the fenced campus of an elementary school in Tucson, Arizona, when he got his baggy pants stuck on a spiked gate as he tried to flee. Here’s the upside-down, pants-less result.
The man was apparently spooked on the grounds of Miles Elementary School by a locksmith, who reportedly said he saw the man trying to break into classrooms on Friday, a school official said. School was not in session at the time.
Police rushed to the school “two cars deep.” Witnesses sat that they saw the man cuffed in the back seat of a squad car.
A police spokeswoman says that cops talked to the man, but she had no other information.
Corey Greenhill, general manager of the nearby Welcome Diner, says that he saw the man acting erratically before he got snagged on the fence. The man walked into the restaurant, borrowed the cordless telephone and walked out with it, Greenhill said. Greenhill followed him and noted that the man had tried to call the police three times. “He seemed confused,” Greenhill said.
 

A high school student in Tennessee says she served an in-school suspension after she said "bless you" when a classmate sneezed, according to news reports.

Kendra Turner, 17, a senior at Dyer County High School, says she was standing up for her religious beliefs when she broke the classroom's no-speaking rule by saying "bless you".

Turner said on a friend's she was acting on authority of her faith and her church pastor's interpretation of the Constitution when she offered what she viewed as a "courtesy."

The teacher of the class asked Turner why she spoke out, and Turner said, "Because it's a courtesy." More from OpposingViews.com:

When the teacher continued pushing the matter and asked who exactly considers it a courtesy, Turner reportedly shot back, "My pastor." Turner posted about the incident on Facebook, explaining that her teacher "yelled at me and said, 'we do not do Godly speaking in my class!' That is when I stood up and said, 'My pastor said I have a constitutional right - 1st amendment freedom of speech.'" In response, the teacher allegedly said, "Not in my class you don't."

The teacher sent Turner to see a school administrator and Turner says she spent the rest of the period at in-school suspension, according to reports. UPI.com reports Turner's classmates cheered her actions, to the point that assistant principal Lynn Garner had to be called in to control them.

Garner says that the issue had nothing to do with the religious persecution claimed by Turner. Turner's family met with school leaders Tuesday. They say the teacher claimed Turner was being disruptive and aggressive and shouted "bless you" from across the room.

Some classmates showed support by wearing hand made bless you shirts, according to local media reports.

Turner said she doesn't want trouble for her teacher but says she'll stand up for her faith.

"It's alright to defend God and it's our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech," said Turner.


Atlanta couple Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk named their daughter “ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah” but have been unable to get a birth certificate for her. The child will be two next month but doesn’t have a legal name.

The reason? It appears that the Georgia Department of Public Health believes that young ZalyKha’s last name of “Allah” doesn’t fit the state’s naming conventions. The state says that the child’s name should either be “Handy,” “Walk,” or some combination instead of “Allah.” The thing here is that the couple has a child name Masterful Allah........, just let that sink in for a minute, with a birth certificate.

The situation has resulted in the couple being unable to get a birth certificate. This means things such as getting insurance and assistance will be a hassle if not impossible.

Enter the ACLU’s Georgia branch. Executive Director Andrea Young says that the Department of Health is overreaching in its refusal to give the couple a birth certificate for ZalyKha. Handy and Walk reached out to the ACLU to help them exercise their rights in this case.

“We don’t want to go through that process again,” Handy says. She is six months along with their third child.

So maybe they should try naming their next child something that might help them get a job like like, Sarah, Michael, or Jennifer....

The lawsuit lists the department’s commissioner, Brenda Fitzgerald, and the state registrar and director of vital records Donna L. Moore. The department’s general counsel Sidney Barrett says that the couple could put in a “valid” birth certificate and change the name via a superior court petition.

This means more time and money put into a legal exercise that could be avoided if the couple were allowed to name their daughter as they pleased in the first place.

Bilal Walk says that the couple has a process they go into when naming their children. “It is nothing that we want to go into detail about because it is not important,” he says. “What is important is the language of the statute and our rights as parents.”

Elizabeth Handy says they are still thinking of a name for their third child. “We are still in the process of coming up with a name, and we don’t even know if it will be a girl or a boy,” she says. “But the child will definitely have a noble title. Something to live up to.”

You can read the original story here, but I suggest caution when venturing into the comments section.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Epic FAIL.

I have a question for all of you Trump supporters. Just to be clear this is not a rhetorical question. I'm genuinely curious as to what your reasoning could possibly be. Here goes. How can you continue support a "president" who not only failed to deliver on his key promise, but had no idea how he was going to do so? Yes! I'm talking about Obama Care or the Affordable Health Care Act. Trump promised his constituents that he would repeal Obama Care because it was "terrible" and it would put a strain on the economy. Playing on the innate hatred of the average American racist to invalidate an idea that the Black president conceived and put into motion. Trump did not offer a solution, a better idea, an alternative or an improvement. Unless you count a health care plan that would have stripped 24 million Americans of basic care and would drastically hike premiums for people over 60, a solution, a better idea, or an improvement. But of course, no sane person would. The fact that this bill failed is not surprising in the least given the fact that House Speaker Paul Ryan has absolutely no concept of how insurance works. Then again maybe he actually does and chose to present old facts as new horrendous ideas. Ryan said that under Obama Care young people would have to pay for older people. In other words, everyone would contribute to a "pool" that would benefit each other when needed. But that is how insurance does and has always worked. So, at best Ryan is spelling it out and making it sound worse than it is, and it worse he's preying on those who are uneducated and or ignorant. Either way it is a gross misrepresentation of the facts. An "alternative truth" as they say. But here is the truth. There was never any real GOP interest in a viable option in regards to healthcare for the American people. The primary goal of the Republican Party is and perhaps always will be to destroy the Obama legacy even if some of their poor constituents suffer. I imagine by now that many who cast their ballots for Trump are beginning to realize that the enemy of their enemy is not their friend. He is actually everybody's enemy.

PR


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Just When You Thought You Heard It All News (3-18-2017)


Yeah, they're cute. But this is still a dumb idea!
If you enjoy the gentle nuzzle from a soft, tiny kitten, we’ve got good news. Demeter Fragrance Library, a New York-based company that develops fragrances based on everyday scents, has developed a new perfume that will bring memories of a dozen kitten cuddles.
Get ready to spritz yourself with Demeter’s “Kitten Fur".
“Now after 15 years of effort, Demeter has captured the olfactory essence of the warmth and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind kitten’s neck,” the company wrote on its website. 
The scent of “Kitten Fur” is being sold in several Demeter products, including cologne, roll-on perfume oil, body lotion, shower gel and a diffuser oil, in case you wanted an entire room to smell like one giant kitten.
Prices range from $6 for a half-ounce of cologne to $39.95 for four ounces of cologne.
Demeter develops and sells of wide range of weird scents like  “Popcorn", "Earthworms" and “Fuzzy Balls.” (The last one, in case you were curious, smells like “the woosh of a freshly opened can of tennis balls.”)

A substitute teacher desperately in need of a 12 step program may have unintentionally taught her students a lesson about the dangers of drinking on the job.
Police in Lexington County, South Carolina, said Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee was allegedly so intoxicated during class on Friday that she reportedly vomited on the classroom floor.
Officers who arrived on the scene said they found a box of wine in the suspect’s purse.
Administrators at Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce called police around 9:45 a.m. after noticing Richards-Gartee allegedly acting in a manner that suggested she might be under the influence of alcohol.
Besides the alleged vomiting, Richards-Gartee was reportedly unable to stand. School officials removed her from the classroom in a wheelchair and sent her to a school resource officer, according to TheState.com.
A deputy from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office reported seeing a box of wine in her purse. Students in the class told the officer Richards-Gartee was allegedly consuming the wine during class.
The officer charged Richards-Gartee with dis orderly conduct before releasing her to paramedics who took her to the hospital, according to The Smoking Gun.
The Lexington School District Two released a statement on Monday explaining that Richards-Gartee wasn’t actually employed by them.
“On Friday, March 10, 2017, it was reported to the Administration of Brookland-Cayce School that a substitute teacher was behaving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. This substitute is not an employee of the District, but works for Kelly Services. Kelly contracts with the District to provide substitute teachers.
The Administration responded immediately, removing the substitute from the classroom and sending her to the School Resource Officer. The District has been advised that law enforcement has filed criminal charges against the Kelly employee.” 

Staff at a Washington state thrift shop were stunned on Monday to find $24,000 worth of weed inside a donated cooler.
Police said the workers at the Goodwill store in Monroe were sorting through donations when they stumbled across the marijuana haul.
“We went over there and they opened the lid and in there was five large bags of marijuana,” Debbie Willis of the Monroe Police Department told KTLA5. “Normally when we go there, it is for a shoplifter, but not anything like this.”
Police said store employees are combing through surveillance tapes for any clues to the person’s identity.
People 21 and over can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana in the state. Cops said this haul will be destroyed, however, as legal marijuana must come from a licensed producer and seller.
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