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Former NFL player now leader/member of a cult? 2 of his followers are facing weapons charges

This is a follow up to another thread.

I think GBJ and those 2 young men need psychiatric help and I just wonder if anyone has tried to intervene. Also gotta wonder if this is another CTE case. In older interviews, he spoke glowingly of his commitment to his family and even to the school itself, he spoke about being on the board. His behavior now is quite a drastic change.

Something else I found interesting, in 2016 GBJ endorsed Ted Cruz for president. Prior to that, he endorsed Rick Santorum. He was active in WI Republican politics. One report described GBJ as a right wing nut job. He was even encouraged to run for office

The Crazy Case of Ex-NFL Player’s Pageant-Crashing Lackeys
The retired Green Bay Packer now runs a fringe ministry. Two of his followers spouted “sovereign citizen” buzzwords in a bizarre court appearance.

Two men associated with a fringe church have filed handwritten court documents demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars and international flights after being accused of carrying guns to a children’s Christmas pageant at the request of their church leader, a former NFL star.

Jordan Salmi, 24, and Ryan Desmith, 22, were charged last month with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and carrying concealed weapons to Providence Academy’s pageant in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Both men were members of a church led by former Green Bay Packers player Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who told reporters he’d asked the men to photograph the event, which his children were attending.

In an interview, he told The Daily Beast that his conflict over the Christmas pageant “has been going on for the last two years,” since his wife left him over his new religious beliefs. He wrote the school a letter forbidding his children’s participation in 2018, prompting the school to call police, he said, adding that “in 2019, I was really proactive. In September, I sent an email to the school forbidding them from going.”

The day before the pageant, Gbaja-Biamila said, he and the school headmaster “met at another church at a parking lot and I gave him a bill for $150,000…. I let him know if you use my property, known as my sons and daughters, I’ll have to be compensated.” The headmaster probably thought it was a joke, he said. After the meeting, he called the headmaster again. “I said, 'Am I your slave? You’re gonna use my property without compensation?'.... He took offense and hung up on me.”
When it became clear the Gbaja-Biamila children would appear in the pageant, he allegedly sent Salmi and Desmith to photograph or film it, so that he could charge the school for use of his “property,”

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jan 28, 2020, 08:29 PM (7 replies)

Listened to Jamie Harris - Lindsay Graham's Opponent talk about this today - More hypocrisy

He was speaking about the challenges facing South Carolina. He mentioned 12 hospitals closed. Towns without OB//GYN providers. It just shows how the Republican Party has managed to keep their electorate voting against their own interests. The party that continues to talk about right to life. Does not think pregnant mothers should have access to care during pregnancy. Should they not be demanding better than this? Jeezus H. Crist! -

An article discussing the issue
MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Why is maternal care is disappearing in rural communities in South Carolina?

Many mothers with high risk pregnancies live in counties without an OB/GYN resulting in pregnant moms driving for hours just to see a doctor.

In Marlboro County, there is no obstetrician who delivers babies.

The March of Dimes says seven other counties in South Carolina have no OB/GYN at all.

They are: Abbeville, Allendale, Barnwell, Lee, Mccormick, Saluda and Williamsburg counties, impacting nearly 60,000 women of child-bearing age.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Jan 26, 2020, 02:04 PM (1 replies)

I really want to like this BUT - NFL's Botham Jean Ad

After demonizing and blackballing Kaepernick for his message - NOW they have an ad/PSA about police violence and a slogan that says we are all in this together? Uhm, OK. When the fuck were they in this together with Kap? or the players that were being punished for taking a stand? Much respect to the Jean family. I truly respect and support them wanting to keep his legacy alive. The NFL, on the other hand, can kick rocks.

Though the NFL has undertaken several social justice initiatives in recent years, including the Responsibility Program and its Inspire Change initiative, the league continues to face criticism over its treatment of Colin Kaepernick amid his public displays of protest.

If we are all in this together, why no mention of Kaepernick and why he was kneeling in the first place?

The ad itself is fantastic. Worth watching.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Jan 26, 2020, 02:35 AM (1 replies)

Amtrak conductor asks Sherilyn Ifill to give up seat. Be careful who you mess with!

NAACP Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Blasts Amtrak Conductor for Asking Her to Give Up Seat

They got the right one on the wrong day!

The head of NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund went off on social media about an Amtrak employee who asked her to give up her seat on the train to accommodate someone else—on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

WTF Is Really Going On?

Sherrilyn Ifill nearly broke the internet when she tweeted about the incident, claiming a conductor asked her to move with no explanation during her trek out of Washington D.C. to Baltimore on Friday.

Her initial tweet was liked by nearly 50,000 accounts and retweeted over 11,000 times.

“There are no assigned seats on this train,” Ifill started in her original tweet Friday. “The conductor has asked me to leave my seat because she has ‘other people coming who she wants to give this seat.’ Can you please explain?”

According to Ifill, she later spoke to the agent who asked her to move and the lead conductor told her she wanted to keep empty seats at the front, in contradiction of what she told the noted attorney earlier.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jan 20, 2020, 10:31 AM (13 replies)

Watchmen will not have a 2nd season. I am so disappointed

I am so upset about this. I was really looking forward to a 2nd season

This is like who shot JR all over again.

HBO won't pursue second season of 'Watchmen' after creator bows out

PASADENA, Calif. – "Watchmen" won a loyal following and critical acclaim, as the superhero comics series was adapted into a politically relevant drama about race and the criminal justice system.

But don't look for a second season of the drama, which wrapped up its nine-episode run last month, largely because creator Damon Lindelof isn't interested in doing it.

HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told USA TODAY Wednesday that Lindelof, the co-creator of ABC's "Lost" who also created HBO's "The Leftovers," "brilliantly took this graphic novel and just kind of broke it open and created a whole new world," in which Regina King starred as a masked cop in Tulsa, in a 2019 when Robert Redford is president.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Jan 19, 2020, 08:06 PM (3 replies)

US NAVY Honors Black WWII Hero

The U.S. Navy says it will name an aircraft carrier after Doris "Dorie" Miller, the African American mess attendant who heroically leapt into combat during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It marks the first time that an aircraft carrier has been named for an African American, and the first time a sailor has been so honored for actions taken as an enlisted man.

In 1941, Miller was a 22-year-old mess attendant on the USS West Virginia. At the time, black sailors were consigned to roles in the messman branch — work that entailed swabbing decks, cooking and shining officers' shoes.
He had awoken at 6 a.m. and was collecting laundry when the Japanese attack began and an alarm sounded on the ship, according to the Navy. Miller headed to the antiaircraft battery magazine, but it had already been destroyed by torpedo damage. He proceeded to the deck, where he was assigned to carry his wounded comrades, including the ship's captain. Miller was strong: a former high school football player in Waco, Texas, he was the ship's heavyweight boxing champion.

"Miller went topside, carried wounded on his shoulders, made several trips up and down, wading through waist-deep water, oil-slicked decks, struggling uphill on slick decks," Navy Rear Adm. John Fuller said in 2016.
The young sailor then took over a .50-caliber anti-aircraft machine gun and fired it until the ammunition ran out. No matter that he'd never been trained on the weapon.

"It wasn't hard," he remembered, according to a Navy history. "I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about 15 minutes. I think I got one of those [Japanese] planes. They were diving pretty close to us.
The ship's communications officer, Lt. Cmdr. Doir C. Johnson, said that Miller was "blazing away as though he had fired one all his life," according to the Navy Times.


Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Jan 19, 2020, 05:52 PM (18 replies)

So an illegal immigrant crossed the border and planned a terror attack, where is the outrage?

Where is Fox News' wall to wall coverage?

Oh wait, it was the wrong border, wrong skin color

FBI arrests reveal shocking details in case against former Canadian reservist Patrik Mathews

After leaving Manitoba and crossing into U.S., he appeared to become target of a murder plot he helped plan

FBI officers have arrested more alleged members of a racially motivated and violent extremist group that a former Manitoba reservist has been accused of recruiting for — and court documents tell a chilling tale that includes plans to murder a married couple and overthrow the U.S. government.

In separate sweeps Friday, American law enforcement arrested three men in Georgia and another in Wisconsin.

The arrests came just one day after three alleged members of The Base were arrested in Delaware and Maryland — including 27-year-old Patrik Mathews. The Manitoba man had been missing for nearly five months, ever since he was accused of recruiting for a global neo-Nazi group, while at the same time serving in Canada's army reserves.

Mathews is believed to be connected to the group arrested in Georgia, based on an affidavit used to secure the arrest warrants, which was released by the Floyd County police.

It describes an unnamed member of The Base who "crossed into the United States illegally." That detail, along with others in the affidavit, match the description of Mathews from the FBI complaint against him filed in court.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Jan 19, 2020, 04:41 PM (19 replies)

So has DeSantis or any one that got money from Parnas commented on the cash their campaign received?

As Joy Reid mentioned this morning, what if Andrew Gillum had won? What would Republicans be saying now if it was found that he got 50K from Parnas? And that this was an illegal donation.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jan 18, 2020, 08:37 PM (0 replies)

Hyde gives 56K to Trump & Republicans but owes child support to his 13 yr old son


Conn. candidate who deleted sexist tweet about Kamala Harris owes child support but gives big to Trump and GOP

HARTFORD, Conn. — Robert F. Hyde, the Republican candidate for Congress whose sexually suggestive tweet about Kamala Harris drew widespread condemnation from leaders of both political parties, owes the mother of his 13-year-old son more than $2,000 in child support, according to court records, even as he has continued to make donations to President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.

Morin said she was struck by the difference between Hyde’s public persona as a political figure and his abdication of personal responsibility regarding his teenage son.
“He can’t even afford $100 a week in child support but he’s golfing with Trump,” Morin said. She produced a photo from Hyde’s Facebook page showing him beaming as he stood next to Eric Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. The same photo was posted to Hyde’s campaign Instagram page.

The court case between Morin and Hyde has been going on for years, she said. “We’re going back and forth and he’s stating he’s unemployed and can’t afford child support,” she said.
Hyde broke off their relationship in 2006, after he learned Morin was pregnant, she said. Since then Hyde has had sporadic contact with his son, and “there have been years during which there was no contact at all,” according to an April 2018 ruling issued by Judge Kari A. Dooley.

Morin, who drives a school bus for a living and earns less than $400 per week, sought additional child support and the court agreed, ordering Hyde to pay $300 per week as of Jan. 1, 2018. Hyde was also ordered to pay $4,000 in Morin’s attorney fees. The court rejected Hyde’s request for custody, granting him visitation rights only at the discretion of Morin.
In the court filings, Hyde said he could not afford to pay the court-ordered $300 a week in child support.
On Nov. 4, the family support magistrate in Torrington issued a temporary order for Hyde allowing him to pay $94 per week in child support, as well as weekly assessment of $14 to make up the $2,500 he owes Morin. The case was continued until Jan. 13.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jan 14, 2020, 08:38 PM (15 replies)

Beauty YouTube star NikkieTutorials comes out as trans in a powerful video

I don't know how many on DU know who she is. I have watched quite a few of Nikki's tutorials over the years, very informative if you are into make up and beauty tutorials.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:47 AM (0 replies)
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