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Ndnd

Would you like some human with your salt?
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Cat attack: Moscow man faces five years in jail
A man is facing up to five years in prison in Moscow for allegedly using a cat as a weapon to attack a police officer, Russian media report.

The suspect, named as Gennady Shcherbakov, reportedly shook and threw the feline when approached by police at an apartment block in the city.

The officer, who was responding to noise complaints from residents, was "seriously scratched" in his face.

Mr Shcherbakov, 59, is facing criminal charges of violence against police.

The case was opened on Wednesday, more than a year after the incident took place, Telegram channel Baza reported.

What is alleged to have happened?
According to Russian broadcaster Ren TV, on 4 October 2018 Mr Shcherbakov was sitting at the foot of a stairwell in a residential building in the Russian capital of Moscow.

He had allegedly been drinking heavily.

Residents reported a disturbance, but when a police officer entered the property Mr Shcherbakov refused to co-operate or answer any questions, Ren TV reported.

Mr Shcherbakov is then accused of grabbing a nearby cat and launching it at the officer.

The animal reportedly clung to the officer's face, sinking its claws in.

Mr Shcherbakov, who is not a resident of the apartment block where the incident took place, denies using the cat as a weapon and has claimed that it jumped at the officer of its own will.

The case has been brought under Article 318 of the criminal code, which cites use of violence against a public official.

It is not clear why it has taken a year to open the criminal case, or what happened to the cat.

 

Memeanon

a motherfuckin monster
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(I know this is late but I just really wanna share this)

Every October 31 in the United States, an army of glucose ghouls begins to assemble around dusk. This harlequin parade of costumed children goes door-to-door seeking candy on what is arguably the coolest American holiday. Not all children, however, are welcome to participate.

This Halloween, the US will lock some children in cages, ban some from entering the country altogether and identify others as dangerous thugs.

To understand why some children get to trick-or-treat while others get detained, banned or shot, we should look into the origins of the monster mythologies that inspire the "classic" Halloween monster costumes.

Monster mythologies personify our fears, and nothing is more fearsome to resurgent white nationalism in the US than people of colour. The policies that cage Latinx children, ban Muslim children and shoot black children are the end product of a lengthy history of portraying black and brown people as monsters.

The demonisation of Muslims
Monster myths provide a valuable opportunity for communal introspection. Like Halloween masks, monster myths personify social anxieties. Through monster myths, communities give their problems a physical form. They create clawed, hairy metaphors for societal issues.


Many of today's monster myths in the West originated from medieval Christendom's dehumanisation non-Christians in general and Muslims in particular. As scholar of religions Sophia Rose Arjana points out in her book, Muslims in the Western Imagination, Europeans exaggerated Muslims into literal monsters.

They equated Islam with Satanism and characterised Muslim men as rapacious demons. Positing Muslims as threats to decency provided a justification for their ethnic cleansing and killing (the very same myths of hypersexuality would centuries later lead to the lynching of thousands of innocent black men under Jim Crow in the US).

Arjana argues that the growing strength of the Ottoman Empire, and its expansion into Europe spread fears of a Muslim demographic "threat" and paved the way for the creation of anti-miscegenation myths about monsters that can corrupt the blood of a Christian "with a bite". Anxiety about race mixing with Muslims is what sparked the invention of the popular werewolf and vampire legends.

By transforming Muslims into monsters that are not only dangerous but also less than human, Europeans tried to justify their attempts to control Muslim peoples and rule over their lands. And these monster myths with their clear racial connotations continue to be propagated by popular culture today.

America's racial boogeymen in Hollywood
Hollywood has embraced these myths and created countless films employing racialised images of monsters. Classic monster flicks like King Kong (1931), The Wolfman (1941) and The Creature in the Black Lagoon (1954) reflect white America's anxieties about race. All three films revolve around monsters that are visibly different, hold predatory relationships to white women and are unable to peacefully coexist with Western civilisation - all attributes popularly associated with the racial "other".

Apart from the racialised monster imagery, the depiction of people of colour in movies is also overwhelmingly negative. Black and Latino men are often depicted as criminals, while Arabs and Muslims are traditionally portrayed as terrorists.

Black and brown boys seldom look at movie screens to see heroic representations of themselves. They often see men of their ethnic/racial group hypermasculinised and used as target practise by the white protagonist. At the end of such movies, the audience is moved to cheer the killing of the racialised "monster" in an act of symbolic lynching of the perceived non-human evildoer.

Even animations meant for younger audiences link racial otherness to monstrosity. Cartoons of the 1990s like Disney's Gargoyles (1994-97) and Fox's X-men (1992-97), for example, treat physical differences as both sources of great persecution and great power.

Though they are defanged and declawed, these representations of people of colour are not much different than the monsters of medieval Europe. Every Halloween these cliched stereotypes resurface as costumes, poor in taste and imagination.

Political ghost stories: race and monstrosity
Racialised representations also dominate American politics. In political discourse and the media, people of colour are stripped of their humanity and presented as brutish criminals - walking, breathing threats to prosperous white suburbia.

US President Donald Trump built his entire political career on invoking modern incarnations of classic monsters, such as "cartel banditos", "Muslim terrorists " or "black thugs ". He, like much of the US political establishment, has put these portrayals to use to justify inhumane policies.

References to Latino men as drug dealers and rapists are used to justify militarised border control policies at the US-Mexico border which has resulted in the detention of 76,000 minors and the deaths over a dozen children this year.

Representations of Muslims as terrorists have helped pass a Muslim ban in the US, which apart from denying people escaping warzones the right to seek safety in the US, has also kept terminally ill children from the embrace of their parents.

Portrayals of black people as "thugs" and crime as intrinsic to black communities have been used to justify high incarceration rates for black men (for even the smallest infractions), police violence and state neglect of black neighbourhoods.

Children of colour are inevitably affected by these policies targeting their communities. They are caged, spied on and shot in cold blood because Americans surround themselves with myths that make them believe these children will grow up to be monsters.

This Halloween, white supremacy will once again project its fear of the racial other on to fictional monstrosity. While some children will get dressed as monsters to celebrate the holiday, others will have to struggle with the fact that they will inevitably be treated as monsters all their lives because of the colour of their skin.
 

millais

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(I know this is late but I just really wanna share this)

Every October 31 in the United States, an army of glucose ghouls begins to assemble around dusk. This harlequin parade of costumed children goes door-to-door seeking candy on what is arguably the coolest American holiday. Not all children, however, are welcome to participate.

This Halloween, the US will lock some children in cages, ban some from entering the country altogether and identify others as dangerous thugs.

To understand why some children get to trick-or-treat while others get detained, banned or shot, we should look into the origins of the monster mythologies that inspire the "classic" Halloween monster costumes.

Monster mythologies personify our fears, and nothing is more fearsome to resurgent white nationalism in the US than people of colour. The policies that cage Latinx children, ban Muslim children and shoot black children are the end product of a lengthy history of portraying black and brown people as monsters.

The demonisation of Muslims
Monster myths provide a valuable opportunity for communal introspection. Like Halloween masks, monster myths personify social anxieties. Through monster myths, communities give their problems a physical form. They create clawed, hairy metaphors for societal issues.


Many of today's monster myths in the West originated from medieval Christendom's dehumanisation non-Christians in general and Muslims in particular. As scholar of religions Sophia Rose Arjana points out in her book, Muslims in the Western Imagination, Europeans exaggerated Muslims into literal monsters.

They equated Islam with Satanism and characterised Muslim men as rapacious demons. Positing Muslims as threats to decency provided a justification for their ethnic cleansing and killing (the very same myths of hypersexuality would centuries later lead to the lynching of thousands of innocent black men under Jim Crow in the US).

Arjana argues that the growing strength of the Ottoman Empire, and its expansion into Europe spread fears of a Muslim demographic "threat" and paved the way for the creation of anti-miscegenation myths about monsters that can corrupt the blood of a Christian "with a bite". Anxiety about race mixing with Muslims is what sparked the invention of the popular werewolf and vampire legends.

By transforming Muslims into monsters that are not only dangerous but also less than human, Europeans tried to justify their attempts to control Muslim peoples and rule over their lands. And these monster myths with their clear racial connotations continue to be propagated by popular culture today.

America's racial boogeymen in Hollywood
Hollywood has embraced these myths and created countless films employing racialised images of monsters. Classic monster flicks like King Kong (1931), The Wolfman (1941) and The Creature in the Black Lagoon (1954) reflect white America's anxieties about race. All three films revolve around monsters that are visibly different, hold predatory relationships to white women and are unable to peacefully coexist with Western civilisation - all attributes popularly associated with the racial "other".

Apart from the racialised monster imagery, the depiction of people of colour in movies is also overwhelmingly negative. Black and Latino men are often depicted as criminals, while Arabs and Muslims are traditionally portrayed as terrorists.

Black and brown boys seldom look at movie screens to see heroic representations of themselves. They often see men of their ethnic/racial group hypermasculinised and used as target practise by the white protagonist. At the end of such movies, the audience is moved to cheer the killing of the racialised "monster" in an act of symbolic lynching of the perceived non-human evildoer.

Even animations meant for younger audiences link racial otherness to monstrosity. Cartoons of the 1990s like Disney's Gargoyles (1994-97) and Fox's X-men (1992-97), for example, treat physical differences as both sources of great persecution and great power.

Though they are defanged and declawed, these representations of people of colour are not much different than the monsters of medieval Europe. Every Halloween these cliched stereotypes resurface as costumes, poor in taste and imagination.

Political ghost stories: race and monstrosity
Racialised representations also dominate American politics. In political discourse and the media, people of colour are stripped of their humanity and presented as brutish criminals - walking, breathing threats to prosperous white suburbia.

US President Donald Trump built his entire political career on invoking modern incarnations of classic monsters, such as "cartel banditos", "Muslim terrorists " or "black thugs ". He, like much of the US political establishment, has put these portrayals to use to justify inhumane policies.

References to Latino men as drug dealers and rapists are used to justify militarised border control policies at the US-Mexico border which has resulted in the detention of 76,000 minors and the deaths over a dozen children this year.

Representations of Muslims as terrorists have helped pass a Muslim ban in the US, which apart from denying people escaping warzones the right to seek safety in the US, has also kept terminally ill children from the embrace of their parents.

Portrayals of black people as "thugs" and crime as intrinsic to black communities have been used to justify high incarceration rates for black men (for even the smallest infractions), police violence and state neglect of black neighbourhoods.

Children of colour are inevitably affected by these policies targeting their communities. They are caged, spied on and shot in cold blood because Americans surround themselves with myths that make them believe these children will grow up to be monsters.

This Halloween, white supremacy will once again project its fear of the racial other on to fictional monstrosity. While some children will get dressed as monsters to celebrate the holiday, others will have to struggle with the fact that they will inevitably be treated as monsters all their lives because of the colour of their skin.
That is a very big stretch to say the least.

"Some people suffer from racial discrimination that abstractly characterizes them as 'monsters', thus people who don't suffer from racial discrimination should feel guilty about the monster-theme of Halloween"
 

Gaymead

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***I wasn't sure whether to post this story here or in the Hollywood Sex Pest Megathread, but for now, I'll leave it hear, considering I don't think this doesn't deserve much of a blow-up***

I managed to catch this story on CNN; it's about an incident at a variety show in New York involving Harvey Weinstein and two performers who confronted him for attending the event:
By Madeline Holcombe and Dakin Andone, CNN

Updated 1957 GMT (0357 HKT) October 25, 2019
Comedian calls out Harvey Weinstein during live show
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Comedian calls out Harvey Weinstein during live show 02:13
(CNN)A night of comedy ended with an audience member being asked to leave the venue after she and a performer called out Harvey Weinstein, who attended the show.

Kelly Bachman, one of several performers in a variety show at a Manhattan bar on Wednesday night, told CNN she spotted Weinstein and used part of her set to call the former Hollywood producer "Freddy Krueger" and call out the rape allegations against him.
New book 'She Said' details how investigation into Harvey Weinstein unfolded, with the New York Times at the center
New book 'She Said' details how investigation into Harvey Weinstein unfolded, with the New York Times at the center
Weinstein currently faces criminal charges of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act, first-degree rape and third-degree rape. He has pleaded not guilty and maintains all sexual encounters he's been involved in have been consensual. His trial is expected to begin in January.
An audience member, Zoe Stuckless, also confronted Weinstein at his table and demanded he be asked to leave, according to video Stuckless shared on Facebook. Instead, Stuckless was asked to leave the bar, and Bachman left with Stuckless, the comic said.
The venue, Downtime Bar, confirmed in a statement posted to its Facebook page that an audience member was asked to leave after heckling another guest. "After several requests to stop were ignored, we kindly asked the heckler to leave," the statement said. The bar's Facebook page has since been deleted, but the statement is still posted as an Instagram Story on its Instagram page.
'The elephant in the room'
Bachman said she did a triple take when she walked into the venue and saw Weinstein seated with a group of people at a table. The environment seemed welcoming, she said.
None of the performers before her commented on Weinstein's presence, Bachman said, so she decided to take some of the time in her set to say something.
It's unclear whether other performers were aware that Weinstein was in the room.

"I'm a comic, and it's my job to name the elephant in the room. Anyone know what that is?" Bachman asked in a video of the performance, adding that "Freddy Krueger" was in the room.
"I have been raped, surprisingly by no one in this room, but I've never gotten to confront those guys," she said. "So, just a general f*** you."
Rose McGowan sues Harvey Weinstein for alleged campaign against her
Some audience members were heard cheering in the video, while others booed. Bachman said onstage she didn't register the responses because she was in such a state of trauma from her own experiences.
"Harvey Weinstein was out with friends enjoying the music and trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down," a spokesperson for Weinstein said in a statement. "This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too."
The spokesperson added that no one with Weinstein was responsible for the jeering.
In a statement sent via his spokesperson, Weinstein said, "I am happy to address anyone's questions. We should all be offered the courtesy to voice opinions and be heard, and to even get answers. I am glad we all still have these rights."
After addressing Weinstein, Bachman went back to her set, she said, both feeling like she hadn't said enough and determined not to let the topic take up more of her performance time.
"I was just beating myself up like 'you didn't do enough, you didn't say enough,'" she told CNN. "I had the same feelings about every time I've been sexually assaulted."
It's unclear whether Weinstein was invited to the event. But the host of Actor's Hour, Alexandra Laliberte, said in a statement that she "did not consider the underlying implications of Mr. Weinstein's presence and was naively overwhelmed by the entire situation that unfolded."
"I want to sincerely apologize to any women who were re-traumatized this week at Actor's Hour," Laliberte said, adding that "a safe environment is what I set out to create for the acting community."
Laliberte did not respond to follow up questions from CNN about whether she invited Weinstein to the event.
'Nobody's going to say anything?'
It was during the show's intermission that Stuckless, the audience member, went over to Weinstein's table and demanded he be asked to leave, according to Bachman.
"Nobody's going to say anything?" Stuckless shouted in a video posted to Facebook.
Stuckless, who uses they/them pronouns, was then asked to leave, according to the video.
"I kept thinking about the fact that we were in a room full of young artists, young women creating art and being vulnerable on the stage, and this was the very community that Weinstein was able to terrorize for so many years," Stuckless told CNN. When people at the club didn't confront Weinstein, they felt that the same attitudes that allowed Weinstein's behavior to go unchecked were being reproduced in the bar.
"That same culture of silence was happening in that room," Stuckless said.

Bachman said that Stuckless being asked to leave while Weinstein was allowed to stay felt like an episode of "The Twilight Zone."
"I really felt she was the bravest person in the room," Bachman said. The comic and Stuckless left the venue together, Bachman said. Bachman had been looking for an excuse to leave, she told CNN, but the only way out was through a door near where Weinstein was seated.
Bachman felt she made the right decision in confronting Weinstein, she said, and by the following morning, she had received a wave of love and support.
This story has been updated to clarify who was asked by the bar to leave. It has also been updated with the pronouns audience member Zoe Stuckless uses.
CNN's Julia Jones, Paul P. Murphy, Nicole Chavez and Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.

Here is a video of the incident, posted by the comedian (Bachman):
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October 24 at 10:52 AM ·
TW: Harvey Weinstein.

Last night I was booked to perform stand-up on a variety show at Downtime Bar NYC in Lower East Side, sponsored by an organization for artists Actor's Hour - A Speakeasy for Artists! (Fundraiser Underground Edition) They film their events, and it seemed like a great opportunity for me to get a tape. I brought my new 10 min. set, excited to work it out in a warm room of my peers. Instead I found the boogeyman himself, Harvey Weinstein, sitting at a reserved table with his friends. He was INVITED by Actors Hour—I’m told that he was specifically invited by their founder, Alexandra Laliberte. I saw he was there right away, but no one in the room was saying anything out loud. I learned from a whisper that Weinstein was invited to Actors Hour’s last event as well, and that he would not be asked to leave. A few audience members seemed terrified into silence while others were unaffected or even seemed to admire him. The few performers before me said nothing about it on stage. I whispered to an audience member, “I have to say something, right?” She said “No, don’t—” and looked away. At this point I was in total shock, but I really really wanted to get this new tape! I got on stage and tried my best to address him before carrying on with my set. I l was boo’d and told to “shut up” by men in the back of the room. I was shaking and hot-faced the entire time, in a traumatized state from my own experiences as a survivor of rape. I’ve literally had nightmares about seeing Harvey Weinstein in New York, the way I have nightmares about Stephen King’s It or Freddy Krueger. And he was 50 feet away from me, staring with shark eyes, surrounded by his allies. After I went up, the next few performers also did not address It. One comic seemed to want to make fun of ME by saying “I’d like to address an elephant in the room too. Is the producer of Goodwill Hunting here? That’s a great movie.” During the show’s intermission a brave as hell woman (who I do not know the name of!) finally yelled out and cried, demanding that Harvey Weinstein be asked to leave. She was kicked out instead. I left with her and bad ass Amber Rollo who called Harvey Weinstein a fucking monster, only to be called a “cunt” by his friend and also escorted out. I later learned that the emcee of the show was one of the people who boo’d me. He told someone that I shouldn’t have brought it up unless I was going to be funny and make everyone comfortable. To be clear, I don’t want to make anyone comfortable about this. I was uncomfortable. I am still uncomfortable. I have no idea why an organization created to support actors is protecting a man who has raped, blackmailed and ruined the careers of actors, but I do not regret speaking out against that. I really wish I could’ve said more, or been more funny, but this is what I said. I'll post the rest of the set at some point just to prove that SOME of it was funny 😁 But really, fuck them and fuck Downtime Bar ❤these are NOT safe spaces for artists. Please do NOT support them. Support survivors and believe them. Here's Actors Hour's website by the way, in case you want to send them a note. https://www.actorshour.com/
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And here are their responses:
By Christina Maxouris, CNN

Updated 0351 GMT (1151 HKT) October 27, 2019
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(CNN)Kelly Bachman, the comedian who called out Harvey Weinstein at a New York bar this week, says she hopes she "said enough."

The comic was one of several performers in a variety show Wednesday night. She said she spotted the former Hollywood producer before her Actor's Hour set and decided she had to say something. Another person in the audience spoke out against Weinstein and was asked to leave.
Bachman told CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday that, as a rape survivor herself, she was thinking about how important it was to stand up to Weinstein before she went on stage.
"I was really trying to just say something, and in the moment, I really felt like I could have said more, and I really felt like I had let down other survivors by not saying more," she said. "They're my heroes for speaking out and I hope I did right by them in some way."
Inside Manhattan's Downtime Bar on Wednesday, she said that as a comic, "It's my job to name the elephant in the room," and that "Freddy Krueger" was in the room.
"I have been raped, surprisingly by no one in this room, but I've never gotten to confront those guys," she had said. "So, just a general f*** you."
Weinstein currently faces criminal charges of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act, first-degree rape and third-degree rape. He has pleaded not guilty and maintains all sexual encounters he's been involved in have been consensual. His trial is expected to begin in January.
A spokesman for Weinstein said the former mogul was "out with friends enjoying the music and trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down."
"This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too."
Bachman said Saturday what happened had nothing to do with due process.
"This is about protecting the artists in the space and making them feel as safe as they're supposed to perform," she said. "Bringing someone that has a reputation for destroying the careers of young women ... to have a room full of young women exposed to that person in a way that's treated as normal and maybe welcome, to me that's a completely separate conversation than the conversation about due process."
Comic was shocked by audience's reaction
An audience member, Zoe Stuckless, also confronted Weinstein at his table and demanded he be asked to leave, according to video Stuckless shared on Facebook.
"Nobody's going to say anything?" Stuckless shouted in a video posted to Facebook. Stuckless was then asked to leave, according to the video.
Bachman said Saturday she was in shock since the moment she saw Weinstein.
"I found out pretty quickly that he was invited, and no one was going to ask him to leave so I was totally shocked by that, that he seemed to just be ... accepted as like a normal presence in the space," she said.
It's unclear whether Weinstein was invited to the event. The host of Actor's Hour, Alexandra Laliberte, said in a statement that she "did not consider the underlying implications of Mr. Weinstein's presence and was naively overwhelmed by the entire situation that unfolded."
Bachman said seeing how people reacted to him being there was "the most triggering aspect."
In a video of the performance the comic posted on Facebook, audience members could be heard booing her and one told her to shut up when she talked about Weinstein.
"When someone says, 'Shut up,' that to me reminds me of being silenced as a rape survivor, of not believed as a rape victim and so it's very jarring," she said.
CNN's Julia Jones, Paul P. Murphy, Nicole Chavez, Elizabeth Joseph, Madeline Holcombe and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.
Links to articles:
CNN 1st Article
CNN 2nd Article
Page Six
Hollywood Reporter
Page Six
CrimeOnline
Variety (check the comments, they're batshit insane)
Eventually, one of them (Stuckman) went on twitter to post about the incident:
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Stuckman's twitter thread (with video) (Archive)
 

IAmNotAlpharius

For the Emperor?!
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Woman Pretending to Be Wolf in Sex Attack Allegedly Bit Off Friend's Ear: 'You're Gonna Have to Die'


The officer who walked in on the scene around 1:30 a.m. in response to reports of screams found two women on the bedroom floor — one nude and the other wearing only underwear, both covered in blood.
The nude woman sitting up on her knees “seemed to be in a happy-type mood,” Oakland County, Michigan, sheriff’s deputy Shawn Hopkins testified in court Tuesday, reports Detroit TV station WDIV. “She was having a good time.”
The other woman, found lying on her back, “almost appeared like she may have been in shock,” he said.
When he asked for an explanation, he said the nude woman, 44-year-old Allison Weaver, “told me that they were having consensual sex and that (the victim) was a vampire and that Ms. Weaver was the wolf.”
The other woman, 48, had part of her left ear bitten off and numerous bite marks on her face, reports Detroit TV station WXYZ.
But the unnamed victim denied to the officer — as well as during the preliminary hearing Tuesday — that there was anything consensual going on.
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The victim said she went to bed alone on Sept. 16, leaving her friend Weaver, who had come over that night with two pouches of pre-mixed rum and an opened bottle of vodka, on the couch in another room.
She testified that she was later startled awake from her sleep.
“(I remember) jumping off my bed and seeing Allison on all fours on my bed and … giving me a really scary look,” the victim said, reports WDIV. “She just kept giving me this look with her head going back and forth. I was, like, ‘What are you doing?’ She just lunged at me, and she just started strangling me.”
The woman said she briefly lost consciousness.
“Next thing I remember after her strangling me — I only remember a couple of things — I remember her strangling me,” she said. “The next thing I remember is trying to get away and hearing her, as clear as day, with no reflection in her tone, just saying, ‘Sorry (name), but you’re gonna have to die today.'”
“I just started screaming bloody murder and banging on the floor, (saying), ‘No, no, no. I can’t believe I’m going to die like this. Someone come and please help, help, help.'”
Weaver, of Rochester Hills, was charged with criminal sexual conduct-second degree, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and assault with intent to maim, reports The Oakland Press.
During Tuesday’s preliminary hearing in the case, Judge Nancy T. Carniak upheld those charges and allowed prosecutors to add a fourth charge alleging assault by strangulation, according to WDIV.
Weaver’s attorney, Vincenzo Manzella, tells PEOPLE that Weaver has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges against her. She has posted a $75,000 bond and was placed under monitored house arrest at her initial arraignment on Sept. 20.
He declined additional comment about his client’s response to the allegations.
The case now moves forward to a formal arraignment in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge Nanci Grant, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, he says.


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I would say don’t put your dick in crazy, but her partner is a lesbian. Is there a lesbian equivalent?
 

JosephStalin

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The Surf Mommy says the US Government is hiding the truth about 9-11. I believe it would be fun to take the Surf Mommy out, and even more fun to hit all three of her holes, but I don't believe she is correct on this.



NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard: U.S. Government ‘Is Hiding The Truth’ About 9/11 Terror Attacks
By Ryan Saavedra
DailyWire.com
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks during a press conference at the 9/11 Tribute Museum in Lower Manhattan on October 29, 2019 in New York City. Gabbard called for the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI declassify and release 9/11 investigative documents that she claims would implicate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said during a Fox News interview on Thursday night that the United States government is “hiding the truth” about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Gabbard, a Representative from Hawaii, told Tucker Carlson that she believes that the U.S. government is covering up Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks which killed thousands of Americans.


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“This story that we’re hearing from the families of those who were killed on 9/11 pushes this issue to the forefront where, for so long, leaders in our government have said, ‘well, Saudi Arabia is our great ally, they’re a partner in counterterrorism’ — turning a blind eye or completely walking away from the reality that Saudi Arabia time and again, has proven to be the opposite,” Gabbard said.

“They’re undermining our national security interests … they are the number one exporter of this Wahhabi extremist ideology,” Gabbard continued. “They’re a fertile recruiting ground for terrorists, like al Qaeda and ISIS around the world. They’re directly providing arms and assistance to al Qaeda, in places like Yemen, and in Syria.”

“And as we are seeing here, it is our government, our own government that is hiding the truth … and the many other families of those who were killed on 9/11,” Gabbard concluded. “For what? Where do the loyalties really lie?”
Gabbard concluded her remarks by saying that people should “follow the money trail. It goes back to the military-industrial complex.”

In a 2016 article in Politico Magazine, Zalmay Khalilzad — a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations — wrote:
On my most recent trip to Saudi Arabia, I was greeted with a startling confession. In the past, when we raised the issue of funding Islamic extremists with the Saudis, all we got were denials. This time, in the course of meetings with King Salman, Crown Prince Nayef, Deputy Crown Mohammad Bin Salman and several ministers, one top Saudi official admitted to me, “We misled you.” He explained that Saudi support for Islamic extremism started in the early 1960s as a counter to Nasserism—the socialist political ideology that came out of the thinking of Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser—which threatened Saudi Arabia and led to war between the two countries along the Yemen border. This tactic allowed them to successfully contain Nasserism, and the Saudis concluded that Islamism could be a powerful tool with broader utility.
Under their new and unprecedented policy of honesty, the Saudi leadership also explained to me that their support for extremism was a way of resisting the Soviet Union, often in cooperation with the United States, in places like Afghanistan in the 1980s. In this application too, they argued, it proved successful. Later it was deployed against Iranian-supported Shiite movements in the geopolitical competition between the two countries.
But over time, the Saudis say, their support for extremism turned on them, metastasizing into a serious threat to the Kingdom and to the West. They had created a monster that had begun to devour them. “We did not own up to it after 9/11 because we feared you would abandon or treat us as the enemy,” the Saudi senior official conceded. “And we were in denial.”
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Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said during a Fox News interview on Thursday night that the United States government is “hiding the truth” about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Gabbard, a Representative from Hawaii, told Tucker Carlson that she believes that the U.S. government is covering up Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks which killed thousands of Americans.
Oh, good. I thought this was going to be some truther bullshit and not well documented fact. Since 2001 everyone including Congress has soft-pedaled Saudi Arabia's huge role in 9/11, even censoring the 9/11 report for years.

 

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CLICKBAIIIIT! I have no idea what is going on with the prequels or what they are supposed to be but how could they repeat the same mistakes as the last seasons when they haven't done anything yet? What is going... "There’s no way that HBO is blind to the horrible optics regarding diversity on every level of the original “Game of Thrones” series." - oh of course it's that, how could it ever be something else.

Don't read the article.



‘House of the Dragon’ Is Already Repeating the Same Mistakes as ‘Game of Thrones’


It seems unthinkable that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” could spend another week dominating news headlines more than five months after airing its series finale, but here we are.

Recent days saw the fantasy series making and breaking news left and right, from a controversial panel featuring creators D. B. Weiss and David Benioff, to the pair stepping away from their deal to make a “Star Wars” trilogy, to HBO cancelling a “Game of Thrones” prequel series, only to announce a series order for a different prequel series hours later.

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But for as easy (and edifying) as it is to tee off on Benioff and Weiss, it was HBO’s maneuvering regarding the future of the franchise that was ultimately the cause for the most concern.

On the surface, trading one prequel series for the next seems like a straightforward move for the premium cable network. After all, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys announced in 2018 that the company had several prequel concepts percolating, so it’s not as though there’s a shortage of “Game of Thrones” content to choose from.

What’s concerning are the early differences between the project that was and the project that will be. On October 29, it was reported that the untitled prequel series starring Naomi Watts and penned by screenwriter Jane Goldman — who was also set to serve as showrunner — had been canceled, despite having already wrapped a pilot — directed by S.J. Clarkson — that Bloys described in July as “amazing” (despite not having seen it). Though little was known about the potential series, HBO had previously stated that it was set 5,000 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and described it as an examination of Westeros’ “descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”

Assuming that HBO was ultimately unhappy with the pilot as filmed, it’s unclear whether or not attempts were made to rework the material into something acceptable, a concerning development given the well-recorded shortcomings of Benioff and Weiss when filming the original “Game of Thrones” pilot; the unaired version of which Craig Mazin called “a complete piece of shit.

Mere hours later, HBO announced that it had given a straight-to-series order to “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon,” with Emmy-winning director and GOT alum Miguel Sapochnik directing the pilot and co-showrunning the series with Ryan Condal. With George R.R. Martin and Vince Gerardis serving as executive producers, the new prequel series is based on Martin’s “Fire and Blood” novel, takes place 300 years before the original series, and focuses on the rise of the House of Targaryen, far before the mother of dragons was even a twinkle in her vile father’s eye.

“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” Bloys said in a statement announcing the news. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan, and George.”

That means that on the same day that news broke about the cancellation of a female-led, female-written, female-directed “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot, HBO announced that it had not only ordered a pilot, but sent a new show directly to series; a prequel which, given the source material, will focus primarily on the Targaryen men, with a creative team consisting entirely of men.

There’s no way that HBO is blind to the horrible optics regarding diversity on every level of the original “Game of Thrones” series. Only one woman, Michelle MacLaren, ever directed on the series, helming four episodes, meaning that six percent of the show’s 73 episodes were directed by women. Only three women ever wrote on the series — Jane Espenson, Vanessa Taylor, and Gursimran Sandhu — adding their contributions to a total of nine episodes.

It makes sense that HBO would be desperate to recapture the magic of a franchise that took the entire world by storm. But forging ahead into the future without making an earnest commitment to make the world of Westeros more inclusive, both behind the scenes and on the page, is an exercise in folly. The magic of “Game of Thrones” didn’t come from men, and to operate in such a fashion suggests that “House of the Dragon” isn’t the only thing at HBO stuck 300 years in the past.

 
monsters that are visibly different, hold predatory relationships to white women and are unable to peacefully coexist with Western civilisation - all attributes popularly associated with the racial "other"
That is a truism - white women are disproportionately targeted by non-whites, and always have been. Good of Shaheen to recognize those predators as the monsters they are.

Shaheen Nassar is policy analyst at CAIR-Los Angeles. He is an activist and a University of California Riverside graduate with a degree in Ethnic Studies.

lol. I mean, that would be funny if he wasn't a destructive activist working for a subversive institution that despises western society while raping its fruits. A degree in Ethnic Studies though!
 

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Ronan worked as an intern to Hillary at the State Department for a period.

Then her staff withdrew her cooperation from a book he was writing on US foreign policy through the eyes of every living Sec of State and in the same breath, leaned on him to kill his Weinstein reporting as Weinstein was a close friend and major donor. (This is all in Catch and Kill, which is a most interesting book)

It is most interesting that he has broken cover on the Bill issue.
 
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Ronan worked as an intern to Hillary at the State Department for a period.

Then her staff withdrew her cooperation from a book he was writing on US foreign policy through the eyes of every living Sec of State and in the same breath, leaned on him to kill his Weinstein reporting as Weinstein was a close friend and major donor. (This is all in Catch and Kill, which is a most interesting book)

It is most interesting that he has broken cover on the Bill issue.
I believe the guy may be an actual sincere warrior for social justice (not an SJW) who can't be leaned on in that way. I wish him luck. He already has and will piss off some very dangerous people pursuing that path.
 

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A 24-year-old man killed in the California shooting that left 5 dead was there to DJ, his family says
By Christina Maxouris, CNN
Updated 5:54 AM ET, Sun November 3, 2019


(CNN)Omar Taylor was at a Northern California Halloween party hoping to entertain the crowd with music.
The 24-year-old man from Pittsburgh was there to DJ, but instead was shot and killed Thursday at the Orinda party advertised on social media, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office said. He was one of five people fatally shot.
"To get that call was devastating," Laneisha Epps, Taylor's stepmother told CNN affiliate KGO. "This was a senseless, careless act. It's such a traumatic experience the family is taking on now."
The shooter remains on the run, according to authorities.
The other four victims killed were Oshiana Tompkins, 19; Tiyon Farley, 22; Ramon Hill Jr., 23; Javin County, 29. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and two died at the hospital, the sheriff's office said.
"Music and DJ'ing was his happiness, I don't even think he was going in thinking there was trouble or anything," Taylor's brother told the affiliate. The party was just another job Taylor took on as a DJ to help support his daughter, the brother said.
Orinda is a suburb east of Berkeley in the Bay Area.
Parties weren't allowed
Officers say after fire rang out, they found a chaotic scene full of "gunshot victims, injured party-goers, and numerous people fleeing the scene."
Two firearms were found in the house and a crime lab is analyzing them to determine whether they were used in the shooting or any other crimes, authorities said.
The home where the shooting happened was an Airbnb that prohibited parties. There were more than 100 people at the event when police arrived.
Airbnb said it was horrified by the tragedy and it's cooperating with the investigation.
Days after the shooting, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced the company would begin cracking down on unauthorized house parties.
"Starting today, we are banning 'party houses' and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda," Chesky said.
The company will expand "manual screening of high-risk reservations," create a "party house" rapid response team and take action against users who violate the new policies, he said.
 
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Video shows the moment a man was brutally attacked with acid near 13th and Cleveland


By: Cearron Bagenda Facebook | Twitter
Posted: Nov 2, 2019 9:49 AM CDT | Updated: Nov 3, 2019 9:56 AM CDT
NOW: Video shows the moment a man was brutally attacked with acid near 13th and Cleveland



Updated 8:07 a.m. on November 3, 2019
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police have taken a 61-year-old man into custody in connection with an aggravated battery that happened near 13th and Cleveland on Friday, Nov. 1.
Mahud Villalaz was left with 2nd degree burns after he says a man doused him with acid just before 8:30 p.m.
"I don't want this guy near my kids, my family or anything like that", said Villalaz.
The family of Villalaz released the following statement:
"We wish to thank Chief Alfonso Morales and all the professionals at the Milwaukee Police Department for their efforts in bringing the attacker to justice. We also wish to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Surveillance video captured the moment the attack happened.
"It started burning really bad, I started screaming for help to the restaurant," said Villalaz.

People who live near the scene of the attack say they were shocked after hearing what had happened.
"I've been here for thirty years, I was shocked to hear something like that happened over here," said neighbor, Connie Miller.
"Been around here all my life," said Oscar Huizar, who lives in the area. "Not much has happened like that so this was like a major thing."
Neighbors are relieved to hear the suspect has been arrested.
"I hope they give him what he deserves, because that man did not deserve to have that thrown in his face," adds Miller.
"It makes me feel a lot more safer around here, another dangerous man off the streets you know," says Huizar.
The argument between the men allegedly started because of parking, but it escalated. Villalaz who is Hispanic, says the suspect asked him why he came to the U.S. illegally. Villalaz told the man he's a U.S. citizen.
The attack is a wake-up call for people who live in the area.
"Every day it's getting a little bit harder you know for a Hispanic male around here," said Huizar.
"Be more alert out here, because it's just not the same like it used to be when I was growing up," Miller adds.
Charges will be presented to the District Attorney's Office in the coming days.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the victim. If you'd like to donate, click here.
Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story.
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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Mahud Villalaz, 42, was left scarred with 2nd degree burns across his face after he says a man doused him with acid.
"I get ready to go inside the restaurant, he throw at me the acid…and I go like this and go on my face."
According to Milwaukee Police, the vicious attack happened Friday just before 8:30 p.m. near 13th and Cleveland on the south side.
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The two men got into an argument, initially about parking.
The situation escalated. "He started arguing, 'why you come here to invade my country? Why you come here illegally?' Sir, you don’t know my status, I'm a U.S. citizen too," Villalaz said.
According to Villalaz, the man got upset and threw what's believed to be battery acid at him.
"It started burning really bad."
State leaders condemned the attack at a press conference, calling it a hate crime. "I'm angry that a racist was able to live out his beliefs through violence against one of my constituents," said state Rep. Jocasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee).
Darryl Morin, president of the organization, Forward Latino, believes it was premeditated. "Because no one walks around with a bottle of acid and hangs out in a predominantly Latino neighborhood for no reason," he said.
Villalaz is trying to make sense of what happened to him.
"My son calls me today,” he said. ‘Daddy what happened to you?’ What I can tell him? Some crazy guy did this to me."
The attack happened in Alderman Jose Perez’s district. He issued a statement calling the attack heinous and said, “This was senseless violence and it needs to stop. We as a community need to come together to work through our differences and learn to respect one another and diffuse conflict."
Police are looking for an unknown suspect.
He's described as a white man, about 6 ft. tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket, black pants and shoes. He was also carrying a black satchel, holding a silver aluminum container with the suspected acid.
Anyone with information should contact authorities.

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Authorities are investigating after a man was attacked with acid on Friday night, Nov. 1.
It happened near 13th and Cleveland around 8:20 p.m.
According to Milwaukee police, there was a verbal confrontation between the victim and suspect and the suspect threw what is suspected to be battery acid into the face of the victim.

The victim, a 42 year old male, received 2nd degree burns as a result of the acid attack. He is being treated at a local hospital.
The unknown suspect described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6 ft tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket with the hood up, black pants, black shoes, carrying a black satchel on his right side and holding a silver aluminum container containing suspected battery acid with a white shopping bag with unknown lettering.
Police are looking for surveillance that may help in the investigation.
 

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The military-intelligence complex....busily fucking themselves. These retired officers forget they are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Article 88
Art. 88. Contempt toward officials

Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


If these officers believe being retired will save them from UCMJ action, the Supreme Court says, "Guess again!"



https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/02/25/military-retirees-can-still-be-court-martialed-supreme-court-affirms/


Here's another great op-ed by Victor Davis Hanson.

The Military-Intelligence Complex
Many retired high-ranking military officers have gone beyond legitimately articulating why President Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to smear him personally or speak openly of removing their commander-in-chief from office. And the media and the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment are with them every step of the way.

Victor Davis Hanson November 4, 2019

Much has been written about the so-called Resistance of disgruntled Clinton, Obama, and progressive activists who have pledged to stop Donald Trump’s agenda. The choice of the noun “Resistance,” of course, conjures up not mere “opposition,” but is meant to evoke the French “resistance” of World War II—in the melodramatic sense of current loyal progressive patriots doing their best to thwart by almost any means necessary the Nazi-like Trump.

We know from a variety of disinterested watchdog institutions and foundations that the media has offered 90 percent negative coverage of the Trump Administration. CNN in its anti-Trump zeal has ruined its brand by serial fabrications and firings of its marquee biased reporters.

An entire array of CNN journalists and analysts either has resigned, been fired, retired, forced to offer retractions, or been disgraced either for peddling ad hominem crude attacks on Trump, displaying unprofessional behavior, concocting or repeating false stories, engaging in obscene commentary, or being refuted, including but not limited at times to Reza Aslan, Carl Bernstein, Donna Brazile, James Clapper, Marshall Cohen, Candy Crowley, Kathy Griffin, Julie Joffe, Michael Hayden, Suzanne Malveaux, Manu Raju, Jim Sciutto, Julian Zelizer, and teams such as Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Harris, and Gloria Borger, Jake Tapper, and Brian Rokus.

About every month or so, a Hollywood or entertainment personage offers a new assassination scenario of shooting, torching, stabbing, beating, blowing up, caging, or lynching the elected president.

Likewise, the country witnesses about every six weeks a new “turning point,” “bombshell,” “walls are closing in” effort to subvert the Trump presidency. And the list of such futile and fabricated attempts to abort Trump is indeed now quite monotonous: the efforts to sue three states on false charges of tampered voting machines, the attempt to subvert the voting of the Electoral College, the invocation of the ossified Logan Act, the melodramas concerning the emoluments clause and 25th Amendment, the Mueller’s Dream Team and all-star 22-month failed effort to find collusion and obstruction, the personal psychodramas of Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, and the Trump tax returns, the desperate efforts to tar Trump as a “white supremacist,” followed by cries of “Recession! Recession!,” and now, of course, “Ukraine! Ukraine!”

Perhaps these efforts were best summed up by an anonymous New York Times op-ed writer who on September 5, 2018, outlined how officials within the Trump Administration took it upon themselves in the midst of the Mueller investigation to obstruct and impede the workings of the seemingly oblivious cuckold Trump: “The dilemma—which he [Trump] does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations . . . I would know. I am one of them.”
The Normalization of the Coup?
Yet far more disturbing have been the furor of lame-duck and retired intelligence and military officers.

In unprecedented fashion, some have not just disagreed with the commander in chief, but have declared that he is unfit for office and by implication thus should be obstructed and perhaps even removed. Efforts such as these were recently praised by former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin, who announced to a gathering of former intelligence bureaucrats, “Thank God for the deep state.”

Donald Trump had been in office less than a month when the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. intelligence agencies had decided on their own to withhold information from the recently inaugurated president of the United States: “In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said.”

What would one call that? Obstruction? A coup? A conspiracy?

Most of the major intelligence heads in the Obama Administration—James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper—either leaked classified information aimed at harming candidate and then President Trump, later declared him a veritable traitor and Russian asset, or earlier took measures to monitor his campaign or administration’s communications.

In the coming months, the investigations of Michael Horowitz, the inspector general at the Justice Department, and the department’s own criminal investigations by U.S. Attorney John Durham, may well detail one of the most extensive efforts in our history by the American intelligence agencies and their enablers in the executive branch to subvert a campaign, disrupt a presidential transition, and to abort a presidency.

Just 10 days after Trump was inaugurated, Washington insider lawyer Rosa Brooks—a former adviser in the Obama Administration to Assistant Secretary of State Harold Koh and a former special counsel to the president at George Soros’s Open Society Institute—in Foreign Policy offered formal advice about removing Trump in an article titled, “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020.”

Brooks needed just over a week to conclude that the elected president had to go by means other than an election. After rejecting the first option of the usual constitutional remedy of waiting until the 2020 election (“But after such a catastrophic first week, four years seems like a long time to wait.”), Brooks offered her three fallback strategies to depose Trump:

1) Immediate impeachment. “If impeachment seems like a fine solution to you, the good news is that Congress doesn’t need evidence of actual treason or murder to move forward with an impeachment,” she wrote. “Practically anything can be considered a ‘high crime or misdemeanor.’”). Brooks did not elaborate on what “anything” might be.

2) Declaring Trump mentally unfit under the 25th Amendment. “In these dark days, some around the globe are finding solace in the 25th Amendment to the Constitution,” she wrote. Brooks did not mention that what non-U.S. citizens abroad may feel about removing Trump as mentally unfit is of no constitutional importance. Yet she was also prescient—given the later McCabe-Rosenstein comical aborted palace coup of ridding the country of a supposedly “sick” Trump.

3) A military coup, which Brooks wrote, “is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America.” If not a “coup,” then “at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.” Notice the cheap praeteritio: claim that such an idea should have been previously “unthinkable” as a means to demonstrate just how thinkable it now should be.

In the months and years that followed, Brooks again proved either vatic or had foreknowledge of the sort of “resistance” that would follow.
So it is now the decision of many ex-intelligence heads and flag officers to change the rules of the game. They will live to rue the ensuing harm to the reputations both of the intelligence services and the military at large.
In early March 2017, Evelyn Farkas, an outgoing Obama-appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense, detailed in a weird revelation on MSNBC how departing Obama Administration officials scrambled to leak and undermine the six-week-old Trump Administration. “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill . . .‘Get as much information as you can. Get as much intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves the administration . . . The Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians, [they] would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence . . . That’s why you have the leaking.”

In other words, a Pentagon official was illegally leaking documents, apparently classified, in order both to defame the president as a Russian asset and to thwart any investigation of such internal and likely illegal resistance.
The New Retired Military
At various times, an entire pantheon of retired generals and intelligence directors has gone to Twitter or progressive cable channels like CNN and MSNBC to declare the president of the United States either a Russian asset and thus a traitor, or unfit for office, or in some other way to call for his removal before the election of 2020—for some, seemingly in violation of the code of military conduct that forbids even retired officers from defaming the commander-in-chief. None cited any felonious conduct on Trump’s part; all were infuriated either by presidential comportment and tone or policies with which they disagreed.

Retired four-star general Barry McCaffrey for the past three years has leveled a number of ad hominem charges against the elected president. He essentially called the president a threat to American national security on grounds that his loyalties were more to Vladimir Putin than to his own country. McCaffrey later called the president “stupid” and “cruel” for recalibrating the presence of trip-wire troops in-between Kurdish and Turkish forces. He recently equated Trump’s cancellation of the White House subscriptions of the New York Times and the Washington Post to the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (“This is Mussolini”).

When a retired military officer decides and announces that the current president is the equivalent of a fascist, mass-murdering dictator who seized power and defied constitutional norms, then what is the signal conveyed to other military officers?

Retired General Stanley McChrystal—removed from command by the Obama Administration for inter alia allegedly referring to the vice president as “Bite Me”—called the president “immoral and dishonest.” Former CIA director Michael Hayden—a four-star Air Force general formerly smeared by the Left for defending supposed “torture” at Guantanamo—compared Trump’s policies to Nazism, when he tweeted a picture of Birkenau to illustrate the administration’s use of detention facilities at the border—a plan inaugurated by the Obama Administration—to deal with tens of thousands of illegal entrants.

One can disagree with Trump’s decision to pull a small contingent of tripwire troops back from the frontlines in Syria as Kurds (our current friends, but not our long-standing legal allies) and Turks (our long-standing legal allies, but not our current friends) fight each other, or see the logic of not putting even small numbers of U.S. troops in the middle of a Syrian quagmire.

The choice is a bad/worse dilemma, one that involves the likelihood either of not defending de facto allies or getting into a shooting scenario against de jure allies. So why would retired General John Allen instead attack the commander-in-chief in moral terms rather than merely criticize the president’s strategic or operational judgment: “There is blood on Trump’s hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies”?

Again, when our best and brightest former generals and admirals inform the nation that the current elected president, with whom they disagree on both Middle East and border security policies, is “immoral” and “cruel” or deserves bloodguilt, or is the equivalent of a fascist dictator or similar to those who set up Nazi death camps, is not the obvious inference that someone must put an end to the supposed fascistic/Nazi takeover of the government?

Apparently so.

In the eeriest series of comments, retired Admiral William McRaven has all but declared Trump a subversive traitor. Apparently in reference to fellow military also working in resistance to the president, Raven remarked, “The America that they believed in was under attack, not from without, but from within.”

In a New York Times op-ed, the decorated retired admiral went further, mostly due to his own disagreements with Trump’s foreign policy, especially toward the Turkish-Kurd standoff in Syria, and his dislike of the president’s style and behavior. Indeed, McRaven seemed to call for Trump to be removed before the 2020 election, “t is time for a new person in the Oval Office—Republican, Democrat or independent—the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.” (Emphasis added.)

Let us be clear about what McRaven wrote. We are just one year away from a constitutionally mandated election. Yet McRaven now wants a “new person” in the Oval Office and he wants it “the sooner, the better.” And he insists our collective fate as a constitutional republic depends on Trump’s preferable “sooner” removal.

What exactly is the admiral referring to? Impeachment? Invocation of the 25th Amendment? Or the last of Rosa Brooks’ proposals: a forced removal by the military?

Note again, the common thread in all these complaints is not demonstrable high crimes and misdemeanors but rather sharp policy disagreements with the president about the Middle East, or the president’s own retaliatory and sometimes crass pushbacks, usually against prior ad hominem attacks both from serving and retired military officers, or false claims that Trump was a veritable asset, something refuted by Robert Mueller’s 22-month, $35-million-dollar investigation of “collusion.”

An Honorable “Seven Days in May”?
Note that the Left seems either amused or supportive of the current furor of our retired officers and intelligence heads (in a way they were not with General Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor)—a phenomenon that began during the Iraq War when an array of retired officers was canonized by the media and past Pentagon critics for declaring the Bush Iraq War variously stupid, immoral, or doomed to failure.

Apparently, an ascendant progressive view is that our armed forces CIA, FBI, and NSA are protectors of civil liberties and progressive values, and therefore are to be lauded for almost any rhetorical attacks on the president deemed necessary to remind the country of the danger that Trump supposedly poses.

Gone are the old days when Hollywood’s “Dr. Strangelove” warned us of supposed Curtis LeMay-reactionaries, or the 1964 political melodrama, “Seven Days in May,” that envisioned a future right-wing military coup against an idealistic president in the mold of Adlai Stevenson.

Instead, the military in the present age—or at least its Beltway incarnation—has been recalibrated by the Left as a kindred progressive Washington institution, perhaps because of its necessary ability to enact change by fiat, whether in regard to issues regarding diversity, feminism, global warming, or transgenderism—all without the mess, delay, and acrimony of legislative and executive bickering.

In the past, when retired generals rarely and inappropriately weighed in on the allegedly improper, stupid, or immoral drift of a contemporary progressive president, they were met by a progressive firestorm as potential insurrectionaries. General Douglas MacArthur was roundly hated by the Left for his often boisterous and improper attacks on President Truman’s decision not to expand the war in Korea.

Again, today there has arisen a quite different—and far more dangerous—calculus in which the media canonizes rather than audits retired officers who compare the commander-in-chief to a fascist, declare him unfit, or dream of his “sooner the better” removal.

Had any of the current generals said anything similar about President Obama in the fashion they now routinely attack Trump, their public careers would have been ruined. There would have been Adam Schiff-like progressive congressional inquiries about the current status of the code of military conduct as it pertains, not to quite legitimate political editorialization, but rather to “contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State . . . ”

Attacking Trump in “contemptuous” fashion is not speaking truth to power but a confirmation of the existing status quo of the media, progressive orthodoxy, and the general Washington bipartisan bureaucracy.

The result is that many retired high-ranking officers have made the necessary adjustments. Many have gone well beyond legitimately articulating why Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to malign, insult, and even dream of removing their commander-in-chief, on the grounds that Trump is sui generis, that the media will applaud their efforts, and that the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment will canonize their deep-state bravery.

Perhaps.

But the danger is that half the country will conclude that too many retired generals and admirals are going the way of past CIA and FBI directors—no longer just esteemed professionals, op-ed writers, and astute analysts, but political activists who feel entitled to challenge the very legitimacy of an elected president—a development that is ruinous both for the reputation of a hallowed military and of the country in general.

So it is now the decision of many ex-intelligence heads and flag officers, as retirees, analysts, and businesspeople, to change the rules of the game. Again fine. But they will live to rue the ensuing harm to the reputations both of the intelligence services and the military at large.

Indeed, the damage is well underway.






 

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Days after the shooting, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced the company would begin cracking down on unauthorized house parties.
They're desperate to avoid liability. Real hotels and motels have to obey laws about shit like this, while much like Uber and Lyft, these quasi-legal activities more or less invite shit like wild house parties. You couldn't rent a hotel to do shit like this, and zoning wouldn't allow you to classify your private residence as some kind of nonstop rave, renting it out to drug addicts and criminals alike to throw potential massacres when gangs involved in these activities use your property, with scummy companies like AirBNB taking a cut of the profits without regard to the wrecked neighborhoods and illegal conduct.
 

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Man killed at Maryland Popeyes in fight linked to popular chicken sandwich

The stabbing occurred one day after Popeyes began selling its fried chicken sandwich again.

A man was killed at a Maryland Popeyes over a fight linked to the chain's popular fried chicken sandwich, police said.

A spokeswoman for the Prince George’s Police Department said the victim, who has not been identified, was stabbed at a restaurant in Oxon Hill, outside Washington D.C.

The fight began inside the restaurant and later moved outside, said the spokeswoman, Jennifer Donelan.

Donelan said the man later died at a hospital.

Sources said the fight was reportedly linked to the sale of the sandwich, which Popeyes began selling on Sunday after a two-month hiatus.

The restaurant introduced the sandwich in August, then sold out in just two weeks — a surge in popularity prompted by a viral feud with Chick-fil-A.

This summer, customers angry about the sandwich shortage threatened restaurant workers at a franchise in Texas. Another filed a lawsuit in Tennessee alleging “deceptive business practices.”

Popeyes did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
 
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