Scott Walker, saddled with $1.2m debt from failed presidential bid, pawns his own donors

tumblr_lgvwegP7hu1qzz1qt.htm

Wisconsin Governor and balanced-budget hawk Scott Walker's failed bid for the GOP presidential candidacy left him with $1.2 million in debt. Read the rest

"Pickup artist" douche uses copyright to sue Youtube critics, fans raise $100K defense fund

animation

Ewan McGee writes, "Creators of the YouTube channel H3H3 productions are being sued by the creator of the YouTube channel MattHossZone for showing/talking about one of his 'pick up' videos. YouTuber Philip DeFranco talks about the story in his YouTube show, sets up a GoFundMe page for the creators of H3H3 to help them with their legal fees, and donations come pouring in, including support from well-known names like Mark "Markiplier" Fischbach, Markus "Notch" Persson and others. In just 12 hours over 3,000 people have already donated more than $95,000 in total." Read the rest

Philippines' new "dictator" will give a hero's burial to Ferdinand Marcos

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1072

Rodrigo Duterte is the new president of the Philippines: he ran on a promise to be a "dictator" and endorsed execution by vigilante death-squad as a way of combating crime; now he's announced that he will give a hero's burial to the embalmed corpse of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who committed mass-scale human rights abuses and embezzled $10B from the national treasury. Read the rest

Judge handcuffs public defender for speaking out in court

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen -- who is fighting a contested election this year -- put deputy public defender Zohra Bakhtary in handcuffs and made her sit with the criminals in the dock while he sentenced her client, who was unrepresented for the duration of the event. Read the rest

Xenophobic UK politician ranting about "political correctness" gets a public spanking from an historian

27819-1r3sp9q

Chris Wood is a councillor from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), a xenophobic party known for its leader and lawmakers' racist and sexist gaffes; this week, he added to the annals of UKIP inanity when he took to Twitter to complain that the BBC had cast a person of color as Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI. Read the rest

Trump campaign cancels interview after overhearing reporter speaking in Spanish

enhanced-mid-27790-1463429933-2

Donald Trump was all set to be interviewed by TV Azteca's Marcos Stupenengo -- a white, green-eyed Argentine expat -- until they overheard him talking on the phone in Spanish, whereupon the interview was summarily cancelled and Stupenengo was escorted out of the building by Trump's Secret Service detail (who apologized to him). Read the rest

FBI Director: viral videos make cops afraid to do their jobs

animation

FBI Director James Comey told reporters that "viral video effect" (which is his latest term for what used to be called the "Ferguson effect") is responsible for increased violent crime in some US cities, in that police are scared to do their jobs because they might end up on Youtube in an unflattering video. Read the rest

The weird, humiliating nicknames George W Bush gave to everyone

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1055

Remember when "Turd blossom" was the affectionate nickname the President of the United States used to refer to his chief advisor? Read the rest

Chelsea Clinton's husband shuts down vulture fund after losing 90% of his investors' money

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1063

Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky is a Goldman Sachs alumnus; in 2014, he founded Hellenic Opportunity, a hedge fund that raised $25M to bet on distressed assets from Greece's collapsed economy, wagering that the country's investors would force it to make deeper cuts to finance payments on the debts. Read the rest

McClatchy newspapers' CEO pleased to announce that he's shipping IT jobs overseas

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1056

Between 120 and 150 IT workers will be fired from the McClatchy newspaper syndicate (Scramento Bee, Miami Herald, etc), after they have trained IT contractors from India's Wipro to do their jobs. Read the rest

Leading Republicans send letters in support of Dennis Hastert, pedophile

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1036

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been convicted of paying hush money to cover up his raping of children and is about to be sentenced, and his political friends have closed ranks around him. Read the rest

Colorado school district wants to arm security staff with military-style rifles

animation (2)

Richard Payne, director of Douglas County School District security, spent $12,000 on 10 Bushmaster semi-automatic long rifles that will be given to the district's in-school security guards. Read the rest

Ohio newspaper chain owner says his papers don't publish articles about LGBTQ people

551px-LGBT_flag_map_of_Ohio.svg.png

When Dale Grimm, owner of four Ohio papers -- the New Carlisle News, the Enon Eagle, the Tippecanoe Gazette, and the Troy Tribune -- was queried on Facebook by high-school students about why some of their student assignment articles were published in his papers, but the ones about the school's Gay-Straight Alliance and a trans student weren't, the proprietor answered, "We do not print articles of that nature." Read the rest

Indiana women phone the governor's office to tell him about their periods

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1030

Now that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the country -- which includes a ban on abortions based on race, sex and disability, requiring abortion doctors to ask invasive personal questions of women seeking to terminate their pregnancies -- women in his state have decided that they will give him the intimate information about their reproductive health that he so obviously craves. Read the rest

United pilot orders Arab-American family off his flight for "safety"

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x1029

Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley, her husband, and their three small children were removed from a United Airlines flight prior to takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare airport, after the pilot said they posed a threat to the plane's safety. Read the rest

Hungarian ruling party wants to ban all working crypto

Dia03 (1)

The parliamentary vice-president from Fidesz -- the largest faction in the Hungarian government -- has asked parliament to "ban communication devices that [law enforcement agencies] are not able to surveil despite having the legal authority to do so." Read the rest

US Embassy staffer ran a sextortion racket from work computer for 2 years

1280px-US_Embassy_London_view_from_SE

Michael C Ford has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison, having pleaded guilty to running a sextortion/phishing operation from his work computer at the US embassy in London for two years. Read the rest

More posts