Robber takes the Room Temperature Challenge

We have a winner.

Can you hear me now?

Marine reservist Metro PCS employee with a license to carry draws a gun from his waistband and shoots and kills an armed robber who stormed into his Philadelphia store and demanded cash.

The incident occurred shortly after 4pm on Monday at the corner of 70th and Elmwood Streets in Southwest Philadelphia, and was caught on surveillance video.  The video shows the would-be robber enter the store with a handgun, tossing a bag on the counter and demanding the clerk fill it with phones.

The clerk, licensed to carry a firearm, doesn’t hesitate to draw a handgun from his waistband, and fires multiple times at the crook.

The robber, wearing a hoodie, walks into the Metro PCS store with a gun in his right hand. The robber throws a bag on the counter and demands phones as the shopkeeper draws. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.12pm.

The Metro PCS store has been the scene of multiple armed robberies in the past.  Investigators say the store has been robbed at least two other times within the past year.

Robberies became such a common occurrence that the store kept a logbook for police officers to sign on regular visits.  Locals who know the employee say they are glad he came out of the tense encounter unharmed.  ‘He comes in here and buys food. I bought my phone from there. He’s a really good guy,’ one person told KYW-TV.

‘It’s a shame that it had to happen, but thank God, you know what I mean, he didn’t get hurt,’ another woman said.

Yes.  We know exactly what you mean.

Psychedelic Warlord lives in El Paso

“One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles…This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.” 

Beto O’Rourke, a/k/a The Psychedelic Warlord

 

As a teenager, Beto O’Rourke was a member of the computer hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow, named after a shut-down Lubbock slaughterhouse. The group “is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows”. According to O’Rourke the group include female members; although it was rare for such groups in that era to contain any female hackers. O’Rourke has admitted that he stole long-distance phone service during his teen years in order to use his dial-up modem. O’Rourke wrote numerous poems and other texts for Cult of the Dead Cow under the pseudonym “Psychedelic Warlord”, a name taken from a 1974 rock song by the band Hawkwind. Pieces P. Warlord authored during this period included sexual themes and random violence.

More recently, he has styled himself as a champion of press freedom, tweeting last October: “The press is not the enemy of the people but the best defense against tyranny.” It is now August, and with his poll numbers falling in the Democratic presidential primary, P. Warlord has decided that he is entitled to abuse members of the press who cannot be relied upon to provide favorable coverage.  P. Warlord’s campaign ejected a reporter from a speech at Benedict College, a historically black college, on Tuesday afternoon.  It almost certainly was a racially motivated action.

“Steven”

Several minutes after the 3:00 p.m. event had been scheduled to begin, a campus police officer approached this reporter and told him to leave.  A member of the Warlord’s campaign staff, who said his name was “Steven”  was dressed in skinny jeans and a pastel shirt (he would not give a last name).  “Steven” said that the reporter was being ejected for being “disruptive” at past events.  With the reporter’s gaydar needle pegged, “Steven” threatened that he either leave voluntarily or be “officially uninvited” from campus, suggesting arrest.

The only interaction between the reporter and P. Warlord was a question during a press gaggle on Monday when he asked the Democratic presidential hopeful  whether misquoting Trump’s comments on riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 was consistent with P. Warlord’s pledge to “heal” and not “inflame” divisions in this country.  “Steven” offered that questions like this are “just bad energy” that needs to be “purged.”

During a town hall that aired on MSNBC last year, P. Warlord was asked by a college professor what he would do to protect press freedom. He said: “If we don’t have a free press, if we cannot make informed decisions at the ballot box, if we can’t hold people like me accountable, and make sure that we’re held honest to the promises that we made, to the job that we’re performing in these positions of public trust, we’ll lose the essence of our democracy and the best defense against tyranny.”  The college professor responded, “Isn’t a well-armed citizenry as described in the 2nd Amendment the best defense against tyranny?”

 

The Psychedelic Warlord first turned purple then vaporized, only to reappear in El Paso.

Hosanna! Bernie Sanders: here to save journalism.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the State.

Bernie Sanders has a plan.  While some of his competitors for the Democratic nomination for president want to give every one $1000 a day, The Bern – as they called him on the 1932 New England Patriots – wants to save journalism.

First, there are the bad guys:  “Today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action.”

“Real journalism is different from the gossip, punditry, and clickbait that dominates today’s news. Real journalism, in the words of Joseph Pulitzer, is the painstaking reporting that will ‘fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, [and] always fight demagogues.’ Pulitzer said that journalism must always ‘oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.’  Hey,  wait a minute, I think that’s word-for-word from the Democratic Party platform.”

Sanders went on to say that Google and Facebook, because they are greedy S.O.B.’s (and big-time Democratic donors) that steal advertising dollars away for real journalism.  “At precisely the moment when we need more reporters covering the healthcare crisis, the climate emergency, and economic inequality, we have television pundits paid tens of millions of dollars to pontificate about frivolous political gossip, as local news outlets are eviscerated.”

“I want to do for the media what Obama did for health care.  We will pass my Workplace Democracy Plan, which will boost media workers’ laudable efforts to form unions and collectively bargain with their employers. I have publicly supported journalists’ efforts to unionize. Unions  fight for media workers’ wages and benefits, they can also operate a protection racket for reporters and prevent journalists from scrutinizing media owners and their advertisers.”

Finally, Sanders promised, “If you like your newspaper, you can keep you newspaper.”

 

Turns out, Pope not Catholic.

Centuries old rhetorical question, no longer rhetorical.

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Last week, the Vatican announced that a multi-faith “Higher Committee” (comprised of Catholics and Muslims) had been established in the United Arab Emirates to implement the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” which Pope Francis signed on Feb. 4, 2019, in Abu Dhabi, together with Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam al-Azhar, during a three-day apostolic visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

In a statement on Monday, Aug. 26, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said that Pope Francis “encourages the efforts of the Committee to spread knowledge of the Document; he thanks the United Arab Emirates for the concrete commitment shown on behalf of human fraternity and he expresses the hope that similar initiatives can spring up throughout the world.  Because no religion demonstrates world peace, living together and human fraternity quite like Islam.”

One Muslim cleric who was present for the meeting expressed his exuberance, “This is great, praise be to Allah.  Meeting Francis is first time I no want to slit a Catholic’s throat.  But I’ve always thought as the Jesuits as one of us.  The rest?  I kill them.”

But all is not quiet on the western front.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said.  Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan – a predominantly Muslim diocese – is not remaining silent:

The Vatican’s decision to implement a document affirming that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God,” without correcting this statement, is tantamount to “promoting the neglect of the first Commandment” and a “betrayal of the Gospel.” However noble such aims as ‘human fraternity’ and ‘world peace’ may be, they cannot be promoted at the cost of relativizing the truth of uniqueness of Jesus Christ and His Church.”  Implementing the Abu Dhabi document without correcting its erroneous affirmation on the diversity of religions, “men in the Church not only betray Jesus Christ as the only Savior of mankind and the necessity of His Church for eternal salvation, but also commit a great injustice and sin against love of neighbor.”

 

Taylor, not that swift; needs to Calm Down.

Taylor Swift called out the White House after she won the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards‘ top prize — video of the year — for her LGBTQ pride anthem, “You Need To Calm Down.”  The “Lover” songstress opened the show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., with a performance of the hit song. Swift was flanked by colorful dancers, then brought it back to her roots by bringing out her guitar to sing the title track of her new album “Lover.”

The words “Equality Act” were shown over the 29-year-old pop star’s performance, a reference to her support of the Equality Act legislation that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. So, I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally,” Swift said.  When questioned about her recently disclosed pro-abortion views and treating unborn children equally, Swift didn’t miss a beat, “It’s not like they can even, you know, like buy tickets to one of my concerts or even, like, an album.”

She continued: “At the end of this video there was a petition — and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law. And, I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.  I mean, like, you know, cause he should listen to all those 15-year-old girls.”

Swift also recently discussed discussed her lawsuit against a guy who apparently put his hand on that bottom of hers that she showcases when performing . . . or whenever possible.  “People need to believe victims of sexual assault whenever they come forward.  Except if their names are Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Leslie Millwee, Monica Lewinski, Gennifer  Flowers, or Juanita Broderick.  Yeah, I’m all for equality, but some people are just more equal than others.”

Golf Fans Dodge the Darwin Bullet.

Lightning strike or Pentecostal church service?

Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said.  The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the way to the bottom.

“It seemed like a tall tree in the middle of a flat golf course was a good place to get out of the storm.  Dude, someone got struck by lightning right next to us.”

“There was just a big explosion and then an aftershock so strong you could feel the wind from it.  It was just a flash out of the corner of the eye. It was raining and everyone was huddled near the tree.”

Atlanta Police spokesman James H. White III said five men and one female juvenile had sought shelter beneath the tree that was struck by lightning. He said they were taken to hospitals for further treatment, all of them alert, conscious and breathing.

Justin Thomas, who had a one-shot lead through five holes when play was halted, said players were eating in the clubhouse when “it felt like the entire clubhouse shook” from the thunder clap.  “The first I heard anything was from one of my friends who came out to watch,” Thomas said. “He said, ‘Dude, I think someone got struck by lightning right next to us.’”

Joe Biden imagines, then fails geography.

Also managed to step in a time-space warp mud puddle.

Biden has a dream.

Democratic front-runner for president, Joe Biden, has got the Oval Office on his mind. Biden, who loves to wax nostalgic was reflecting out loud at his previous proximity to the sitting in the presidential high chair.

“First, there was that time,” he recalled fondly, “in 1988, I think it was.  I was this close.”  he said holding up two fingers just an inch apart.  “But my term paper that I wrote in law school – I titled it “I Have a Dream” and I quoted it when I was on the campaign trail.”  When Biden was reminded that he withdrew from the race because of the plagiarism charges, he replied wistfully, “Yeah, that was a hell of a speech.”

The Democrat made reference to the 1968 assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, which days ago he recalled to have happened in the late 70s

Biden served for two terms as president in charge of vice under Barack Obama.  Former Vice President Joe Biden posed a shocking hypothetical question to voters at a New Hampshire Rally Friday, asking the crowd to imagine what would have happened “if Barack Obama had been assassinated?  I’ll tell you what would have happened: I would have been President!  Sometimes life ain’t fair, but I’m a trooper and that’s why I’m here today.”

But Biden was a little confused as to exactly where “here” is.  While at the New Hampshire campaign stop he declared, “I love this place. Look what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?” A nearby campaign aid whispered in Biden’s ear.  Joe grinned, looked vacantly at the crowd.

“Yeah, that was a hell of a speech alright.”

Survey: Two out of three French soldiers pick Melania

French First Lady finishes a distant second.

The eyes have it.

Two French soldiers couldn’t keep their eyes off Melania as she arrived for the three day long G7 summit in France.

The First Lady looked stunning as she disembarked from Air Force One, wearing a $650 Calvin Klein dress with hot pink Louboutins.

And she certainly caused a stir at the airport in Biarritz as she strut down the walkway on Saturday,

A photo captured the moment two soldiers stared at the First Lady as she strut down a red walkway.

American-French relations were strained nearly to the breaking point during the meeting of the two first families.  While President Trump of the US and President Macron of France initially were getting along famously, there respective wives were having a fashion showdown.

Melania wore not one, but three designer outfits on Saturday while Brigitte arrived in a custom-made Louis Vuitton dress, estimated to be worth around $3,000.  The first ladies both went for nude colored dresses for their working dinner on Saturday, with Melania, 49, in a Gucci dress and a pair of silver heels.  Donald Trump‘s wife’s $3,800 sleeveless Gucci V-neck dress pushed the boundaries of traditional First Lady wear, heralding back to her style driven days as a model.  Brigitte, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, also took a risk with her long sleeved shift dress with a hem that cuts close to the knee. The pair were all smiles while posing for photographers.

But things went a bit south with Mr. Macron commented on his own wife’s superior look.  Trump, the famous and self-described counter-puncher, responded, “She looks nice.  Isn’t she about the same age as my first ex-wife?”

International tensions were eased when French President Emmanuel Macron, following French tradition, surrendered.

North Carolina fires cop, citing his Christian behavior.

Billy Graham Rules.

Lee County Sheriff Tracy “Buford” Carter

The late Billy Graham was a global icon for most of his adult life.  He lived – and died – in North Carolina.  But, my, the times they are a changing.

A North Carolina police officer is suing for religious discrimination after he said he was fired for refusing to spend extended time with a woman who isn’t his wife, a practice commonly known as the “Billy Graham Rule.”

Manuel Torres, 51, worked as a deputy for the Lee County Sheriff for five years when his boss asked him to train a female deputy in July 2017. Torres requested a religious accommodation, the suit alleges, saying he “holds the strong and sincere religious belief that the Holy Bible prohibits him, as a married man, from being alone for extended periods with a female who is not his wife.”

Torres, a Baptist who serves as a deacon at his local church, said in the suit that training his colleague would leave the appearance of “sinful conduct.”  The complaint alleges after Torres made his accommodation request, the sergeant “alternately granted and denied” him and that his superiors expressed their “anger” over his religious beliefs.

According to Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter, “We can’t have our officers being all hung up on ethics and morals and stuff like that.  We’re more of a jelly doughnut and curbside justice sort of place, if you catch my drift.

The deceased Reverend Graham rolling over in his grave registered a 6.9 on the Richter Scale.

 

Speaking San Franciscan.

Pelosis and Feinsteins are everywhere

Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as “offender” and “addict” while changing “convicted felon” to “justice-involved person.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.”

A juvenile “delinquent” will now be called a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”  And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, will become “a person with a history of substance use.”

The Board of Supervisors adopted the changes last month even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth.  The local officials say the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes.

Additionally, the city also faces unprecedented levels of filth filling the streets.  To rehabilitate that reputation, references to “human feces” shall now be “Nancy Pelosi” while “used hypodermic needles” shall henceforth be called “Dianne Feinsteins.”

The local officials say the new language will help change people’s views about the city.