I have no idea if the shooting of Christian Taylor was justified or not, but the implicit denial in this Tweet sickens me. On the night he died, Christian Taylor illegally entered a closed car dealership after midnight. Video shows him jumping on car hoods and smashing a vehicle windshield in the showroom. After that, he drove an SUV through the the showroom doors. According to police responding to this felony in progress, Taylor ignored their commands to drop to the ground.
In what universe, do those who see Taylor as an innocent victim reside?
Again, I have no idea if the shooting of Taylor was itself necessary or justified at the moment it occurred, but treating his 2014 tweet as some sort of prescient observation regarding the dangers faced by young black men is mindless bullshit.
Christian Taylor was not an innocent young black man, walking down the street, minding his own business. He was engaged in an off-the-charts bizarre crime at 1:00 am. He broke into a business, he destroyed other people's property and may have attacked police officers who were doing their job.
Of course, the shooting should be investigated and action taken against the officer who shot Taylor if the finding is that the shooting was unjustified. But for crap sakes, enough with treating Taylor as some innocent little boy who was gunned down in cold blood. If I was doing what he did, I'd expect that I might lose my life in the process. Why are expectations for young black men so damned low?
A group of men robbed the Nordstrom at Wabash and Grand in Chicago. The robbers jumped into their getaway car, which was, evidently, pointed in the wrong direction. The car made a hasty u-turn, spinning out on the sidewalk across the street. Then the car wouldn't start, The men jumped out and fled on foot.
Opencare.com called me again. It's one of those websites that allows patients to make an appointment online.
I never signed up for their site or zocdoc or any other online appointment site, but Opencare keeps calling me as if I'm listed with them. Each time they call, they say that they have patients who want to know if I'm accepting out-of-pocket payers. They want me to call back and either tell them that I'm not accepting new patients or update my information.
Of course, this is bullshit. Why would someone contact this company when they can easily contact me to see if I'm accepting patients? Moreover, no one ever calls to see if a doc accepts self-pay. Prospective patients call to see if you accept assignment of benefits with their insurer. But Opencare, a company I never signed up with, always seems to have several patients asking if I'm accepting self-pay patients.
I heard someone say "torsion barbers" yesterday. It took some effort to remember where I first heard that particular mispronunciation.
A YouTube search reminded me that it comes from a pair of Plymouth commercials featuring a Jewish mother who mangles the names of automobile options. The commercials aired in New York. Don't know if they were aired elsewhere.
The first ad for a Plymouth Fury sets up the second commercial for a Barracuda.
"Research published in Evolutionary Psychological Science has found that men orgasm faster and ejaculate more semen when masturbating to unfamiliar women." (See also)
When Donald Trump tells us how much money he has donated to charity, is he counting contributions by others as if they were his own contributions? This would not surprise me one bit.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry departed from the GOP script to extol the virtues of financial regulation. He says Texas rules spared the state from the housing bubble and subsequent price collapse.
Two Chinese distillers are under investigation for spiking alcohol with Viagra, Cialis and NSAIDs.
You think it's too hot in your city? Temperatures in Iraq exceeded 120 degrees on Sunday, while one Iranian city saw a heat index of 164F. That is not a typo.
Paul McCartney says that many songs he wrote with John Lennon were forgotten the morning after they were written.
Raw Story: A Kansas sheriff’s deputy has apologized after being suspended for going off on a profanity-laced tirade and threatening to arrest a man for asking a simple question about a property dispute incident in his neighborhood, reports KSN.
Harper County Sheriff’s Deputy Vance Williams said “I unfortunately used language that I should never have used,” after video of him showed him using various iterations of “f*ck” eight times in less than one minute was posted online.
He still needs remediation. The problem isn't so much his foul language. The problem is that he behaved like an abusive bully. Threatening to jail someone who had every right to ask the question that was asked is a serious abuse of authority. Legally, his actions may rise to the level of assault.
*Don't do this unless you're in a one-party consent state.