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April 30, 2021

The Baffling Frustration that is the Bears

The Bears have traded up to draft... another qb
I don't think there is another team that is more inept at, not just drafting quarterbacks, but handling the position than the Bears
The Bears picked up Dalton. last year it was Foles. They made Trubinksi a top 5 pick.
Now, with two overpriced veterans on their roster (Floes and Dalton), the Bears will be spending a small fortune on another quarterback.
Last quarterback they drafted that turned out to be good was Mad Mac

April 30, 2021

Honolulu Prosecutor Promises Independent Investigations Into Police Shootings

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm said on Thursday that his office will conduct independent investigations into two recent fatal shootings by Honolulu police officers and will approach the review process differently than his predecessors.

“This is a new administration, and we are looking at all the practices and procedures, and we are going to do things differently,” Alm said at a press conference. “I believe it is critical to have an independent but thorough, objective investigation into both of these cases and for any future police-involved shooting of civilians.”

In the past, HPD would investigate its own officers after they’d killed someone and would send their completed investigation – along with their conclusions and recommendations – to prosecutors a year or more after the incident, Alm said.

Now, police are cooperating with the prosecutor’s office to immediately provide reports and evidence, including body camera footage, Alm said.


April 23, 2021

Sen Amy Klobucar Speaks with Democrats Abroad April 29th

Join us on April 29th, 9am Eastern, as we talk with Amy Klobuchar about S1 - the For the People's Act, the importance of voter protection legislation, and how we can help advocate for the issues that are important to Americans abroad.

This should be good. Hoping many Dems Abroad sign up.


April 21, 2021

Greg Gutfeld Implodes When Asked if He's 'Off His Meds' Over Chauvin Take

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld absolutely melted down on Tuesday after drawing the ire of several of his colleagues for his reaction to the news that Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. One colleague wondered aloud whether Gutfeld was “off his meds,” setting off an on-air implosion.


“I’m glad that he was found guilty on all charges, even if he might not be guilty of all charges, I am glad that he is guilty of all charges because I want a verdict that keeps this country from going up in flames,” he (Gutfeld) said, eliciting groans from the other Five co-hosts.


After Pirro chastised Gutfeld, insisting that we “do not sacrifice individuals for the sake of how people feel,” the broadcast turned to Fox News analyst Ted Williams, a former homicide detective, who laid out the merits of the case.

“I heard Greg a few minutes ago, and I gotta tell you, I don’t know—Greg is off his meds if he believes that there was not evidence,” Williams exclaimed, causing Gutfeld to absolutely lose it, shouting: “Excuse me?! What did you say?! What did you say?! Excuse me?!”


April 21, 2021

The police officer who fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo was listed as a victim on an incident re

The police officer who fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo was listed as a victim on an incident report. One law-enforcement expert said it's 'an old cop trick meant to muddy the murky waters.'


The report identifies the officer as Eric Stillman, 34, listing him as a victim in an aggravated assault of a law-enforcement officer. According to a tactical-response report that COPA released, Toledo was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, which was "displayed, not used" during the incident.

Tom Nolan, a law-enforcement expert who previously worked with the Boston Police Department, told Insider that listing the officer as the victim in the incident is "a long-used and hackneyed police trope" to recast the "focus of culpability and blame onto the actual victim of the police deadly-force incident, i.e., the person who the police killed."

"Thus the victim, in this case, the unarmed dead child who is shot and killed by police becomes the 'perpetrator,' and the police officer shooter, the killer, assumes the posture and pose of 'victim,'" he said. "It's an old cop trick meant to muddy the murky waters and is often used in the aftermath of what we cops call a 'bad shoot.'"


"It is done in a time where law enforcement wants to try to be cleared of a controversial issue or they want to try to gain more of the sympathy or, you know, more of a view that they are the victim themselves and not the state or not that the guy just had the gun in his hand," Titus told Insider.

April 20, 2021

Marlon Brando on Rejecting His Oscar for 'The Godfather' The Dick Cavett Show

Marlon Brando is interesting as he talks about not accepting the award, about how he felt badly for Sacheen Littlefeather because they weren't listening to her. And that he boos she was getting were really directed at him and he felt badly she had hat happen to her
I like that he's given lots of time to collect his thoughts and just speak without being coaxed, or interrupted
His on Hollywood and its treatment of non-whites is quite good
I vaguely remember when it happened. I was almost 9
What I remember was that a Native American woman (referred to as Indian at the time) was on stage and there were boos from people in the audience. I didn't really grasp what was going on. At first I thought maybe she had come on to stage and grabbed the award before Brando could get on stage

A giant FU Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Racquel Welch
April 12, 2021

Absolute Power: The Astonishing Personal Photos Of Nicolae Ceausescu (7 pics)


Nicolae Ceausescu, sporting a bandaged trigger finger, watches his wife, Elena, take aim with a shotgun during a New Year’s Eve hunting trip in 1976.

A Romanian diplomat is whipped on the backside by Ceausescu while crouching over the carcass of a hare. The photo was taken during a hunting trip with the heads of Romania’s diplomatic missions in 1969.

This was some kind of ritual that hunters went through. Even his own son was forced to participate at some point.

Elena cuddles with her son, Nicu, the heir apparent to Nicolae Ceausescu.

Crowds gather upon Nicolae Ceausescu's arrival in Pitesti, near Bucharest, in 1966. The photo was taken a year after the former shoemaking apprentice rose to power in Romania.

Women in the northwestern Bihor county, which has a sizable ethnic Hungarian community, welcome Ceausescu. The sign displayed in the background reads like a poem: “Romanians and Hungarians, we are fulfilling our duty; arms stronger, minds more beautiful; the Party, Ceausescu, Romania, are for us the world's most precious things.”

Nicolae (in black jacket) and Elena Ceausescu (with white blouse) on a balcony overlooking Bucharest’s University Square. The pair were welcoming the arrival of Soviet troops to Romania after a coup overthrew the country’s pro-Nazi ruler in August 1944.

Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu at a New Year’s Eve party in 1988. It is one of the last photos of the couple stored in the archive.

I left out the pics of the dead bears
April 11, 2021

Large corporations are already breaking their promises to not donate to Republicans

Just a month after the Capitol attack, AT&T, Intel and Cigna donated $50,000 total to GOP fundraising committees
New FEC filings reveal that several major corporations that pledged in January to stop financially supporting members of Congress who tried to overturn the presidential election results broke their pledge in February.

In early January, shortly after false claims of voter fraud inspired a violent attack on the United States Capitol, Intel announced that it would stop PAC contributions to members of Congress that voted against certifying the Electoral College results. Intel said that vote, which attempted to overturn the results of a fair election, was not consistent with "our company's values."


But on February 26, Intel sent a $15,000 PAC contribution to the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).


Intel's response tacitly acknowledges that it is indirectly backing Republican objectors that it pledged not to support.


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