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'The president failed every criterion for rational and reality-based decision-making capacity.'


R.I. prison worker placed on leave after truck pushes through ICE protesters

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A captain at a detention center here was placed on leave Thursday after he allegedly drove his pickup truck into a crowd and injured several people who were protesting the prison’s practice of holding detainees for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

People scrambled and screamed as Captain Thomas Woodworth allegedly honked his horn around 10 p.m. and drove at the group blocking the staff parking lot at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center.

Several people said they were injured when the truck struck them — and when other correctional officers used pepper spray on the protesters to get them away from the vehicle and let the driver out. Five people went to the hospital, including one man who suffered a broken leg and internal injuries, organizers said.

“It was shocking and horrifying,” said filmmaker Sam Eilertsen, a protester and volunteer for Never Again Action, who captured the scene on video.

“I was panicking and thought, ‘Am I filming the next Heather Heyer moment?’” he said, referring to the woman who died after a man drove into a crowd protesting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., two years ago.



NRA Spent Tens of Thousands on Hair and Makeup for CEO's Wife

Source: Daily Beast

The NRA spent tens of thousands of dollars bringing hair and makeup artists around the country for the wife of its CEO, two sources told The Daily Beast. The expenses–which included plane flights and luxury hotel stays for the stylists–are bound to fuel an already-raging debate over what some see as a spendthrift culture in the NRA’s upper echelons. The NRA, meanwhile, called it a “non-story,” and said their ex-ad firm was responsible for any such expenses.

Susan LaPierre, the wife of longtime NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, is one of the gun organization’s many public faces, and co-chairs its Women’s Leadership Forum. She often speaks at that group’s annual gatherings for female NRA supporters. And for years now, the NRA has paid for a makeup artist and a hair stylist, both based in Nashville and plugged in to the country music scene, to do LaPierre’s hair and make-up at events around the country, according to two sources familiar with the arrangements.

The NRA Women’s Leadership Forum hosts many of its events in major metropolitan areas where local hair and makeup talent abounds. But because of LaPierre’s preference for the Nashville artists, the gun group has paid a premium to fly them around the country, and put them up in style.

That may be changing, though, as those expenditures have raised eyebrows within the NRA. According to one of the sources, the stylists were booked to provide hair and makeup services for LaPierre at its member gathering in Indianapolis this past April. But as media reports emerged with allegations of extravagant spending by the gun group, NRA officials worried the Nashville stylists’ presence could attract scrutiny. So they canceled on them at the last minute. Because the cancellation came so late, the NRA still had to pay their fees.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/nra-spent-tens-of-thousands-on-hair-and-makeup-for-ceo-wayne-lapierres-wife-susan?via=twitter_page

North Korea fires missiles, derides South Korea's Moon as 'impudent'

Source: Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea’s president as “impudent” and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over.

The North has protested against joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, largely computer-simulated, which kicked off last week, calling them a rehearsal for war. It has also fired several short-range missiles in recent weeks.

North Korea fired two more short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Friday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

Japan’s defense ministry said it did not see any imminent security threat from the latest projectile launch.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-southkorea/north-korea-fires-missiles-derides-south-koreas-moon-as-impudent-idUSKCN1V52KG

ok but how about this penthouse pool with a glass bottom suspended 40 stories in the air


Jamele Hill: Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick

The former quarterback caused a problem for the league—which turned to the celebrated rapper for assistance.

Yesterday the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell held a joint media session at the Roc Nation offices in New York to seal a once-implausible partnership that isn’t being received as positively as both parties probably hoped.

I assume neither Goodell nor Jay-Z expected to be on the defensive once the NFL announced that it would give Roc Nation, the music mogul’s entertainment company, significant power in choosing the performers for the league’s signature events—including the coveted Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z and Roc Nation will also help augment the NFL’s social-justice initiatives by developing content and spaces where players can speak about the issues that concern them.

This wasn’t just another routine example of Jay-Z living out a lyric he’d rapped nearly 15 years ago—“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man!” Instead, the rapper faced questions yesterday about why he chose to collaborate with the same league that he’d publicly criticized for its treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who hasn’t had an NFL job since taking a knee during the national anthem three years ago to protest police brutality and racial injustice. This is the same Jay-Z who showed support for Kaepernick by wearing his jersey on Saturday Night Live. On his megahit song “Apeshit,” Jay-Z rapped this lyric: “Once I said no to the Super Bowl. You need me, I don’t need you. Every night we in the end zone. Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.”

Now he’s in business with the league.


Pink Robin:

Was planning on going back to the spot where I saw a Pink Robin yesterday but instead I made a new friend at one of the huts. This time I had my long lens! He only paused for a few seconds, but sooooo close.

#pinkrobin #wildoz #LumixG9

On assignment in Tassie for @NatGeoTravel


Whitmer: Civil rights department director should resign or be fired over remarks

LANSING – The director of Michigan's civil rights department should resign, and if he refuses to do so, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission should fire him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday.

Until that happens, Whitmer said she will instruct her administration not to directly engage with Agustin Arbulu in light of sexist remarks he made, except as required by law.

"I will no longer permit him to participate in meetings of my cabinet," Whitmer said in a letter to Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chair Alma Wheeler Smith and other commission members.

It's the first time Whitmer has called for Arbulu to resign or be fired since he became embroiled in a controversy over inappropriate remarks he made about a woman outside a meeting in May. Whitmer said he has compromised the mission of the department he leads with his "unacceptable and admitted conduct."

Arbulu, director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights since 2015, made comments along the lines of "check out her ass," about a woman he saw outside a commission "listening session" held at a Grosse Pointe middle school, according to a complaint from department staffer Todd Heywood. When Heywood told Arbulu he found that remark and similar ones Arbulu made objectionable, Arbulu told him it was because Heywood "did not like women," according to investigative records released by the department last week.


I Don't Hate Women Candidates -- I Just Hated Hillary and Coincidentally I'm Starting to Hate...

I Don’t Hate Women Candidates — I Just Hated Hillary and Coincidentally I’m Starting to Hate Elizabeth Warren


So I’m a perfectly reasonable, women-friendly fellow who is completely open to the idea of a woman president. And I never thought I’d hate anyone as much as I hate Hillary Clinton. But to my surprise, I’m actually starting to hate Elizabeth Warren.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve heard that Elizabeth Warren is a champion of consumers and the middle class who battled the big banks and advocates for economic reform. Nonetheless, she rubs me the wrong way.

I hate the way she dealt with Donald Trump’s incessant attacks against her, for example. Why did Elizabeth Warren have to take that DNA test? Why couldn’t she have handled his abuse the exact right way? If I were being libeled by the President at his toxic mob rallies of hate, by golly, I would know just how to turn that into a moment of pure perfection.

And you know the DNA test is a huge deal, because Breitbart published five different stories about it over the course of 24 hours. Though I have never once in my life given a thought about the welfare of Native Americans, I am totally offended on their behalf. The fact they have criticized Elizabeth Warren just bolsters my claim that she’s the worst person ever, besides Hillary Clinton, and thus endeth my Native American advocacy until the day I die.


I always tell my daughters they can be anything they want, so long as they don’t make other people feel uncomfortable. They can be as ambitious as they want, so long as they do it in an acceptable manner. They can reach for the stars, which you can see right up there on the ceiling painted to resemble a sky.

So bring it on, ladies! I’d love to see a female President. Just not Hillary Clinton. Or Elizabeth Warren. I am totally open to all other women leaders, but I have to admit that Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar are beginning to make me angry and I’m not sure why yet, but I know the reason will become clear soon, and I’m also wondering what they might look like if someone photoshopped their heads onto the bodies of prisoners and put them behind bars.

Reach for the stars, girls!


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