…Remember this video.
…Remember this video.
It takes lots of money to make me feel safe — Jose Luis Magana/AP
❝ The chief executive of the National Rifle Association asked the nonprofit organisation buy him a luxury mansion last year after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions…Wayne LaPierre told associates he was worried about being targeted and needed a more secure place to live after 17 people were gunned down last year in Parkland, Florida, sources said.
❝ Mr LaPierre and his wife, Susan, rejected an upscale high rise in Dallas with numerous security features in favour of a 10,000-square-foot French country-style estate with lakefront and golf course views in Westlake, Texas, on the market for about $6m, according to emails and text messages.
Obviously, it costs a great deal to make a miserable low-life creature like Wayne LaPierre feel “safe”.
❝ As of Aug. 4, we were 216 days into 2019. In the US over that time, more than 1,300 people have been injured or killed in mass shootings, according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive.
Fake President’s teleprompter
❝ There are few recorded instances of Trump actually wearing glasses, but many of the ones that do exist appear to have been taken when Trump thought no one could see…Might this all be because Trump himself is in desperate need of glasses? How much of the president’s erratic behavior could be because he simply prefers to be blind than to display any sort of weakness?…
❝ Another curiosity of the Trump presidency has been his approach to stairs. Almost every time he exits Air Force One, Trump can be spotted white-knuckling the guardrail as he stares intently at his feet. And in 2017, The Times of London reported that widely mocked photo in which Trump grabbed Theresa May’s hand was due explicitly to his fear of stairs…
❝ There’s no question that our president’s brain is broken, and that his mental acuity isn’t anywhere near what it once was. But perhaps it all isn’t quite as bad as we thought. Perhaps Donald Trump just needs to wear his goddamn glasses.
I spotted the fear of stairs long ago. My own eyes aren’t especially bad for my age; but, I also have [idiopathic] pedal neuropathy. There’s no associated illness – like diabetes. Just an old geezer with a percentage of overcooked nerves in my feet. Which is why I carry a cane on my daily walks. Never use it, just carry it in case I need to use it. BTW, About 6% of Americans are in the same boat. No big deal if you’re smart enough to deal with it and don’t let vanity get in the way.
The Trump administration paid $13.6 million this year to a private company that increased Border Patrol staffing by just two agents, according to a new federal watchdog report.
Customs and Border Protection hired Accenture to hire and recruit 7,500 agents within the next five years. But just 10 months into the contract, only two accepted job offers have been processed, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General…
Accenture, a global management consulting company headquartered in Ireland, was awarded a $297 million contract to achieve the hiring goal…But the report said $13.6 million has been spent in the last 10 months, and CBP “risks wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on a hastily approved contract that is not meeting its proposed performance expectations.”
Sounds like they perfectly match the standards we’ve come to expect from the Fake President and what’s rapidly become the Fake Republican Party.
❝ You’ve no doubt heard about the viral event calling for people to storm Area 51 and “see them aliens” on September 20…
Now, Bud Light is offering ice cold beers to any aliens who happen to make it out of the top-secret Nevada facility.
What if you’ve already escaped and, um, are just now learning about this?
❝ A Christian group known as Return to Order (ran) a campaign to urge Netflix to remove the show Good Omens…which was released on Amazon…The limited series—based on a 1990 novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman—tells the story of a demon and angel joining forces to stop Armageddon. It’s a show that celebrates unity during these divisive times.
❝ But, as the Guardian first reported, Return to Order doesn’t approve of the forces of heaven and hell uniting for a common goal. The group, which is essentially a brand extension of the book Return to Order by biblical scholar John Horvat II, created a petition urging Netflix to “pull the series at once,” and, “Stop promoting evil!” Again, Netflix can’t do either of those things because it doesn’t produce or stream the show Good Omens, Amazon does…
❝ The petition page…mentioned several reasons that the show is “blasphemous.” Among Return to Order’s concerns are the series featuring an angel and a demon as close friends, “God is voiced by a woman,” the antichrist is “portrayed as a normal kid that has special powers,” and the “four riders of the Apocalypse, God’s means of punishing sinful earth, are portrayed as a group of bikers.”
Religious nutters won’t stop being nutters, They do apparently comprehend looking silly. They’ve rerouted their protest to Amazon. Not so incidentally, Amazon folks enjoyed the chuckle, too.
BTW, I found the series to be just one of the best things on the telly, this summer.
Special thanks to Noah Smith [@Noahpinion] for posting this link to the whole chain revealing this portion of the American Police State.
Even more thanks to @MOTHERBOARD @VICE @willwilkinson for doing the journalism grunt work building and publishing this research.