Weekend 4.21 & 4.22

“Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty; eternal vigilance is the price of human decency.”
— Aldous Huxley

4 dead, 8 wounded in shooting at Tennessee Waffle House
Nude shooter uses assault rifle in 3 a.m. mayhem

Unarmed man tackled Waffle House shooter, saving lives
The Tennessean
— A 29-year-old man credited with saving numerous lives Sunday morning after he disarmed a man who opened fire on an Antioch Waffle House said he was just trying to stay alive.
— James Shaw Jr., said after feeling cornered he saw an opportunity to tackle the man shooting into an Antioch Waffle House.

James Shaw 

More news from the Well-Regulated Militia:
Ohio mom shoots 2-year-old dead
ABC News
— Police in Wickliffe, Ohio, said Saturday that it appears as though the mother of the child was handling the gun when she dropped it and it went off, hitting the girl. Police said the girl was struck in the chest and rushed to the hospital where she died.

Sex cult trying to intimidate witnesses, federal prosecutors say
Page Six (NY Daily News)
— Leaders of upstate sex slave cult Nxivm have been trying to undermine potential witnesses by registering websites in their names and threatening to reveal damaging information about them, according to federal prosecutors.
— When word got out that the Feds were investigating the organization, “high-ranking members … undertook efforts to undermine potential witnesses, including by registering domain names such as [Witness Name]exposed.com, with the intention of publishing damaging information regarding those witnesses,” prosecutors wrote in court papers Friday.
>>>Smallville actress pleads not guilty to sex trafficking

Texas court: Revenge porn is protected by First Amendment
Dallas Morning News
— Is distributing intimate photos of current or previous sexual partners without their consent protected by the First Amendment? A state appeals court says yes.
— Now it will be up to the state attorney general’s office to defend the state’s “revenge porn” law, which was passed in 2015 and punishes those who post intimate images from previous or current relationships online.
— The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals said the law is unconstitutional because it’s too broad and infringes on free speech.
— The ruling applies only to about a dozen northeast Texas counties that fall under the jurisdiction of  the 12th Court of Appeals, but other courts would likely consider its reasoning,

They’re back!
Swarming, self-cloning invasive ticks spread in NJ
Newark Star Ledger aka NJ.com

— The ticks are known to swarm and infest deer and animals other than sheep, so the department is warning that it has the potential to infect other North American wildlife species. The ticks reproduce asexually and just one of them is capable of laying thousands of eggs. 

A well-regulated gov’t agency…
The deeper the probe goes, the scummier Pruitt turns out to be
NY Times
— EPA’s so-called leader “forgot” to mention shady real-estate dealings and certain “favors” for, you know, friendly banks.
>>> Pruitt’s the target of at least 10 federal investigations
Vice News

Among Pruitt’s many deals was buying into a minor league baseball franchise. He seems to be quite adept at underpaying for things. It is not known whether he paid full price for that hot dog and soda.


Mittens fails to get nod as Utah senator, faces primary
— Mitt Romney did anything but cruise to the Republican nomination for Orrin Hatch’s Utah Senate seat on Saturday in “a wild and raucous day of voting” at the state’s nominating convention. Romney, among a dozen Republicans seeking Hatch’s seat, was unable to secure 60% of the votes and thus the nomination; on the second round of voting, state representative Mark Kennedy came out on top with 50.88%, with Romney nipping at his heels with 49.12%. 


Trump with NYT reporter Maggie Haberman, whom he “doesn’t speak to and has nothing to do with.” (Unlike POTUS, this caption spells her name correctly.)

Trump backs sexual abstinence program for teens
The Hill
“Serial adulterer who fathered 5 kids with 3 successively younger trophy wives tells teens to stop fucking.”
— El Gliko on Twitter

Sessions says he’d quit if Trump tried to fire Rosenstein
The Hill

Swamp not quite drained yet
GOP fundraiser advised Russian company on sanctions.
The price to kill them: $26 million

Novatek-gas-sales-decline-in-H1The Intercept
— Shortly after Trump was inaugurated, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list.
— Broidy was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair.

US probe: Did Verizon, AT&T conspire to keep customers from switching carriers?

— The probe was opened after at least one other wireless carrier and one device maker registered complaints. One source said the device maker was Apple.

Xi: China MUST control its internet
Reuters via Yahoo
— China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping.
— “We cannot let the internet become a platform for disseminating harmful information and stirring up trouble with rumors.”

Court scuffle over Sinclair takeover of  TV stations
Courthouse News Service
Right wingers’ plan would put their TV stations in 72% of US homes
— A panel of the D.C. Circuit on Friday asked the Federal Communications Commission some tough questions about a rule change that would allow broadcasters to skirt a 39 percent cap on how many local TV stations they can own — a key question in the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s quest to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion.
— Sinclair — which drew scrutiny recently for ordering its TV news anchors to read a script about the dangers of fake news — owns 173 U.S. TV stations. Acquiring Tribune would give it another 42, expanding its reach to 72 percent of U.S. households.
>>> In April 2017, Sinclair hired Boris Epshteyn, … a senior Trump advisor, as chief political analyst. All Sinclair stations are required to air Ephsteyn’s commentary nine times per week. (Source: Wikipedia)

Netflix buying actual movie theaters to boost its Oscars prospects
The Independent 
— Netflix will reportedly begin purchasing movie theatres – to help it get ahead in the race for Academy Awards.
— The streaming giant has aimed to land an Oscar nod since the release of its first original feature in 2015, Beasts of No Nation.
— According to the Los Angeles Times, Netflix is allegedly contemplating the acquisition of cinemas in Los Angeles and New York to help them during awards season.

Trucker in deadly human smuggling tragedy gets life in prison
bradleybooked— A U.S. district judge handed a sentence of life in prison today to a driver who was transporting undocumented immigrants in a tractor-trailer so hot that ten people died.
— “I am so sorry it happened,” said James Matthew Bradley Jr. in a video statement played in court. “There’s not a day or night that goes by that I don’t relive this scene.”
— At first, Bradley told federal investigators that he became aware of his human cargo only after stopping for a bathroom break, as he heard people banging on the vehicle’s doors. But in October he pleaded guilty.

Massachusetts preschool bans kids from using term “best friend”
— The “term best friend can lead other children to feel excluded,” and it can “ultimately lead to the formation of cliques and outsiders,” and the school encourages “students to have a wider group of friends.”

Body cam shows cops never got out of squad car
while searching for dying teen
— The officers responding to Kyle Plush’s pleading 911 call never got out of their cruiser and appeared to only search one of the three parking lots around his school, at least while their body-worn cameras were turned on.
— And at one point an officer said, “I don’t see nobody, which I didn’t imagine I would.”
— Kyle was trapped in his van and having trouble breathing. He called 911 twice, but help never arrived. His father found his body hours later.plush



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