If there’s anything I’ve learned in my years on the Interwebz, it’s that the Internet loves outrage! Outrage goes beyond the old media adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Outrage gives people purpose, notoriety, and attention. It’s virtue signalling that provides the veneer of caring for the victim, or helps paint the outraged themselves into a victim. Outrage is everywhere, because it sounds more urgent and interesting than plain anger.
Witness the Trigglypuff phenomenon. That’s what outrage gets you nowadays, no matter how ludicrous. Worldwide attention, some sympathy, and notoriety.
During the past year, we’ve seen outrage at cops. Riots. Black Lives Matter protests against police officers. And yes, even murders. The perpetually outraged have denied police officers service in restaurants and stores, tainted their food, and treated them like pariahs.
Are there bad cops? Yeah. There are criminal cops. There are negligent cops. There are cops who don’t give a shit. There are cops who are paranoid and incompetent. There are cops who are racist as well – just like in any other profession.
There are also police officers who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving and to working to make their cities and neighborhoods safe for peaceable citizens. They put on a uniform, leave families behind every single day, and go to work knowing full well that they may not return. They kiss their loved ones “goodbye,” with the full understanding that it may be the last time they do so. They could be your neighbors. They could be your friends. They could be your family members.
Many times there is more than one side to one story, and opportunistic swine who seek to manufacture outrage to draw attention to themselves or their causes tend to take advantage of their bully pulpit, their access to social media, their microphones – real and metaphorical – to foment contempt, to pit the populace against police, to arouse rage and foster animosity between the “victims” and those they perceive to be in power.
This sounds like one of those cases.
Dad Pens Harrowing Facebook Post After Cop Points Gun at His 7-year-old!
Yes, it certainly does sound harrowing and outrageous. How could a police officer threaten to shoot a father and his child who were guilty of nothing more than traveling home on vacation! The father details the frightening tale in a lengthy Facebook post in which he recounts how this “particularly aggressive” officer tapped on the rear passenger side window with his pistol, scaring his child, how he wouldn’t listen when the concerned dad tried to explain they were in a rental car and were just coming back from vacation, how he “leered at me down the barrel of his pistol” and pointed his pistol at the child threatening to shoot her, how he threatened to “murder” him.
And of course, there’s the usual “I love you all. I’m thinking of suing.” conclusion.
It certainly does sound like the police officer overreacted, but I did want to see what the other side had to say. It’s only fair to objectively take a look at both sides of the story.
It does appear correct that the officer stopped the vehicle. The license plate on the vehicle had been reported as stolen, and the car rental company had not replaced the vehicle plates when the front plate was reported stolen.
The officer also reports that the dad – identified as Kenneth Walton – “was not responding to officer’s commands while seated in his vehicle so the trooper moved up the passenger-side window and got the occupant’s attention by tapping on the window with his hand. It was at this time the trooper realized there was a child in the car as she sat up into view. Mr. Walton was ordered out of the car and detained in handcuffs while the trooper conducted his investigation.”
I can see why he ordered Walton out of the car. Last thing you want is for anything to escalate in close quarters when there’s a child in the back seat. It made sense to immobilize the potential criminal while you figure out what the hell is going on.
Especially during a high risk stop, in a high-trafficked area!
Yes, it does appear the officer was being risk-averse until he concluded his investigation of the situation, and he probably was aggressive and more than a bit frightened, given that it was night time, and the stop took place on a road known for drug trafficking and other shit. That said, once he concluded that the vehicle wasn’t stolen, that the rental company simply forgot to replace the plates, he released Walton, who by all accounts was cooperative.
“AZ DPS understands and sympathizes with the concerns the family has regarding this situation,” says Captain Ezekiel Zesiger, Flagstaff District Commander. “Anytime a police contact is made for a possibly stolen vehicle our troopers are trained to take all necessary precautions. In this instance, the vehicle’s license plate was reported as stolen. Troopers must adhere to their training in regards to conducting a high risk traffic stop in these types of situations. Training and protocols are in place for the safety of the Trooper as well as the safety of citizens. Fortunately, the subject in this case was compliant with the trooper and the situation ended peacefully with no one being harmed.”
It was a tense situation for all involved. Both the officer and Walton, I’m sure, were nervous – both with good reason. Other officers were at the scene, and by Walton’s own admission, were comforting his daughter while the investigation was going on. Of course, she was nervous! There were bright lights and a bunch of nervous police officers. It was dark, and her father was nervous.
But all’s well that ends well. Walton got the name and badge number of the officer, as well as the name of his supervisor. He admits the entire ordeal lasted only a few minutes until the mystery of the stolen license plate was solved. And once released, he was on his way to the rest of his vacation.
Shitty situation, to be sure, but ultimately resolved peaceably.
But Walton is apparently one of those opportunists who can’t let a situation go without using it to advance his cause.
The first thing he does is screech that his story NEEDS TO BE SHARED! SHARE IT! NOW!
Second, he recounts the story, and inserts a bit of his own editorializing – assessments that have no basis in fact.
He was in the back of the car, detained and immobilized, and he personally heard the dispatcher tell the police officer that the man he had in the back of his vehicle was not a suspect. He was released after that revelation.
And yet, he claims to know the state of mind of the officer, whom he assesses to have been out of control.
He admits in another post that he “relied on my daughter’s recollection of the officer knocking on the window with his weapon. If it was his wedding ring, it was very loud. It caught me by surprise and I turned to see the gun just inches from her window, so it appeared he’d used it to rap on the window, but my daughter’s recollection could be wrong. I’m not sure if this part really matters.”
So the claim that the officer “pointed the gun” at his child was based on the recollection of a terrified 7-year-old, and he believed it, because the officer knocked really loudly! Got it.
He also claims that the only reason he’s still alive is because he’s a white guy.
I realized it was very possible that the only reason I was alive was because I am a scrawny 48-year-old white man wearing a Micky Mouse t-shirt and cargo shorts and hiking boots. The officer that arrested me was so pumped up on adrenaline and eager to get a “bad guy” that he could barely control himself, and if I’d looked just a little bit more threatening to him – because I was black, or young, or long-haired, or tattooed, or didn’t speak English – I believe he might have pulled the trigger.
I guess Walton is a mind reader? A psychiatrist?
No. Definitely not a shrink or a psychic. But he is a criminal and a thief, who apparently is looking to cash in on the outrage he manufactured.
On April 28, 2000 he posted an auction on eBay for an oil painting that attracted a closing bid of US$135,805 and which bidders speculated might be a work by Richard Diebenkorn due to its resemblance to the artist’s work, the existence of the monogram “RD52” on the canvas, and the fact that the seller claimed to have found it at a garage sale in Berkeley, California, where Diebenkorn had lived. In the description accompanying the auction, Walton seemed to have no knowledge of art and claimed to have no idea of the painting’s value. The auction generated international headlines and, after a series of investigative reports by Judith H. Dobrzynski in the New York Times revealed that Walton was in fact an experienced art seller who had sold several forged paintings and worked with other sellers who bid on each other’s items, Walton was banned from eBay, and the FBI launched an investigation into his trading activities.
He’s already asking people on social media to help him research the disposition of a civil rights violation case.
He’s got thousands of BLM supporters egging him on in the original post, propping up their own agenda with hackneyed BLM shibboleths. After all, if you don’t wallow in your own white privilege, you won’t get nearly as much support, now will you?
Everything about this screams “OPPORTUNISTIC SWINE TRYING TO PROFIT FROM A SUIT!”
Let’s hope the justice system gives Walton the finger for manufacturing outrage, using his daughter’s fear, and the BLM movement agitprop and stirring shit up in an environment where relations between the races and between the police and citizens are already wrought with tension.
I can’t stand turning on Fox News! The 24/7 Trump news cycle has gotten so bad and so repetitive, that I can predict with fair accuracy what will be on almost any given show before it even starts.
One night, I was making dinner, and Rob just happened to have the FNC on. O’Reilly’s show was starting, which is bad and unlistenable enough as it is, because he’s such a pompous, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, know-it-all douchebag, who never actually lets any guest finish a thought, and winds up interrupting with his own brain droppings, as if whatever escapes his maw is of national security importance. So I generally yell at Rob to turn the thing off as soon as his show starts. That night, however, I told him, “Watch. The first portion will be an interview with Trump, bloviating about something incomprehensible.”
Rob told me to be patient, and that maybe that wouldn’t be the case.
Literally a few seconds later, some douche who was filling in for O’Reilly announced that the first order of business would be a telephone interview with Donald Trump, and immediately launched into the phone conversation. Yeah, that channel was changed rather quickly. I can’t stand listening to that guy.
For a long time, I thought Sean Hannity was a little more watchable than O’Reilly. He at least gave lip service to libertarianism. It wasn’t a whole lot of lip service, but some, and at one point he actually had Penn Gillette on his radio show! Since the start of the 2016 campaign season, however, Hannity has pulled right along side O’Reilly on the “want to stab my TV” scale. It was a photo finish for a while.
Until the past few months.
Hannity has surpassed O’Reilly in sheer DERP! He has his tongue so firmly implanted in the orange rectum, that I’m surprised he can get a sentence out, prompting Wall Street Journal editor Bret Stephens to call Hannity Fox News’ dumbest anchor.
— Bret Stephens (@StephensWSJ) August 5, 2016
This prompted a froth-flecked meltdown from Hannity that was glorious to behold! It included accusations that Stephens was absent in taking the Republican establishment to task on executive amnesty for illegal aliens and refusing to use the power of the purse to repeal ObamaCare, and calling him a “dumbass.”
Sounds like he’s been taking debating lessons from his orange deity. I’m just hoping he doesn’t start referencing his dick during his shows.
Let’s remember that the GOP in Congress has actually voted to repeal ObamaCare several times. They’ve also kept up a steady effort to delay the law’s implementation. I’m not sure where Bret Stephens – a Pulitzer winning FOREIGN AFFAIRS columnist and WSJ editor – was supposed to have been during these efforts. Doing his job, perhaps?
The Wall Street Journal has reported plenty on the executive amnesty, and its editorial staff has specifically taken the GOP to task on squandering its majority. So, I’d say maybe Hannity or his staff should do some Google searching.
Not that I agree with everything the WSJ writes – far from it. But good lord! Such hamhanded insults without a shred of research?
Hannity’s lazy lack of research efforts is not rare, though. The story about the Valiant Trump allegedly riding in to the rescue of 200 Marines stranded at Camp Lejeune after returning home from the Persian Gulf in 1991, must have given Hannity listeners a warm fuzzy when he clickbaited the story in May.
200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here’s How Donald Trump Responded
Hannity quotes a Cpl. Ryan Stickney, who recalls the story.
“The way the story was told to us was that Mr. Trump found out about it and sent the airline down to take care of us. And that’s all we knew….I remember asking ‘Who is Donald Trump?’ I truly didn’t know anything about him,” the former Marine said.
The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home. No further details were provided.
The Marine says he and his family are—to this day—grateful for Trump’s kind gesture. “It may not seem like much to most people, but it was very important to a bunch of jar heads and more importantly their families waiting for them on the hot tarmac.”
Uh-oh! A couple of red flags.
- Stickney says “the way the story was told to us.” By whom? That’s all he knew? Interesting.
- The Trump campaign confirmed that Trump sent his plane. His plane.
Stickney even snapped a photo of the plane, which Trump apparently sent to rescue the stranded Marines, which Hannity gleefully republished as proof of Trump’s big… heart.
Trump supporters immediately picked up on the story, touting Trump’s generosity and love of our troops.
But uh-oh! Something is up. The planes don’t even look remotely the same. Did Trump really send his personal plane to the rescue? The dark colored plane is, in fact, Trump’s personal plane, but that doesn’t even remotely resemble the plane in the photo that Stickley captured!
Some fact-checking revealed a rather different account after an exchange with Lt. Gen. Vernon Kondra, who was in charge of all military airlift operations at the time. The now-retired Kondra confirmed that some extra planes Trump bought from Eastern Airlines (in a shoddy deal, and that would have been sitting on the ground making no money whatsoever), were contracted out to the U.S. military to ferry personnel in the United States during Desert Shield/Storm operations.
Kondra graciously checked his notes for The Fact Checker; the notes have been put into an oral history and declassified. There are several references to a 1990-91 contract for Trump Shuttle to carry personnel across the United States, between the East and West coasts, on a standard LaGuardia-Dover-Charleston-Travis-Chord-Kelly-Dover-LaGuardia run. (Emphasis mine.)
“It worked very well, and the crews loved it, and really thought that we’d done something special for them,” Kondra recalled in the oral history. “It was a helluva lot better than using 141s [cargo craft], which we could use for something else.”
But Kondra said the notion that Trump personally arranged to help the stranded soldiers made little sense. “I certainly was not aware of that. It does not sound reasonable that it would happen like that. It would not fit in with how we did business,” he told The Fact Checker. “I don’t even know of how he would have known there was a need.”
More than likely, given the proximity of the Trump Shuttle to Camp Lejeune, a Trump Shuttle jet was dispatched from LaGuardia to pick up the troops and take them to Florida as part of the contract. The five-hour gap between arrivals in Broward County suggests that one plane was used to go back and forth between North Carolina and Florida.
Ooops! Fact Checker says they contacted Stickney, Hannity, and the Trump campaign for comments, but Stickney wouldn’t comment for the record, and Hannity and Trump refused to reply.
So, it wasn’t Trump’s big heart that sent the Trump Shuttle. It was a contract. Simple as that.
Nothing wrong with that. They were fulfilling a contract. No problem. Several carriers had contracts with the military at the time, including American Trans Air, Evergreen, Southern Air Transport, and Tower Air, according to the National Air Carrier Association.
I do, however, have an issue with the Trump campaign taking credit for rescuing the Marines and Hannity shamelessly flogging an obviously false story.
All Hannity had to do was check into the claims. This isn’t the first time a similar story has popped up in the news and was proven to have been false. In February another Trump fellating outfit claimed he sent a Tower Air plane to the rescue of the stranded Marines. Except, there’s no record of him ever being involved with Tower Air.
All of this is publicly available information that Hannity had no desire to check before tongue-tickling Trump’s shriveled sack with that story.
So Fox’s dumbest anchor? I vote yes.
My news feed today was filled with news of Harambe – the 17-year-old male Western lowland Silverback gorilla who was fatally shot in an effort to save a little boy who had fallen into the animal’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Some are screeching that the parents of the 3-year-old child should be held responsible for Harambe’s death. There’s even a Change.org petition that has garnered more than 100,000 signatures demanding the parents be charged with the animal’s death. Mourners held a vigil for the ape, #JusticeForHarambe was trending on social media, and in a stroke of sheer jackassery, some obtuse ignorami went as far as to claim the gorilla was shot because of white privilege.
Get a load at this retard.
Killing an endangered gorilla at a zoo for a white boy’s safety is white privilege. If the boy was black they would’ve found a tranquilizer.
— Hood Intellect (@NelsonEmpowered) May 29, 2016
BTW, the kid wasn’t white, according to press, so this Hood “Intellect” is also a bigot.
The gorilla was seen dragging the kid through the water by his leg. He looked agitated, and the crowds probably didn’t help the situation. Tranquilizing the animal would have probably taken a bit, especially with the adrenaline that was likely coursing through his body. In those precious seconds that child would likely have been killed.
Yes, it’s a tragedy. Yes, it sucks that the gorilla was killed, but as the zoo officials said, they had a tough decision to make and they made it.
At first, it looked like Harambe was trying to help the boy, O’Connor said. The gorilla stood him up and pulled up his pants. However, as the crowd’s clamors grew, Harambe tossed the boy into a corner of the moat and stood over him, O’Connor said. As the crowd’s cries grew, the video shows Harambe grabbing the boy by the foot, dragged him through the water and out of the moat atop the habitat, O’Connor said.
Yeah, sorry, but it’s no contest. A child’s life is worth more than a gorilla’s. This is a human life, we’re talking about, people!
Then you have the judgmental fuckwads who are virtue signalling all over the Internet about the lack of parental responsibility, and how the parents should be held accountable.
You’d charge a parent for leaving a child in a car alone. Why not hold them responsible for allowing a toddler into a gorilla enclosure.
I have to wonder if a) any of these dumbshitsauri have ever been to a zoo on a busy weekend and b) if they’ve ever had a toddler for any length of time.
These little buggers are slippery and quick. You look away for one second, and they can disappear quickly into a crowd. This is in no way the same as locking your kid in a hot car!
This was a tragic accident, but if you’re a parent, you know these incidents can happen only too easily. Sometimes it’s not due to human stupidity, but simple tragic circumstances outside anyone’s control. Anyone who has kids can tell you that.
So quit with the virtue signalling already. I know it gives your petty little ego a boost to vent your rage on the Internet to show what a concerned world citizen you are, but all you’re doing is showing yourself to be a world class douche.
A human life was saved. Be grateful, and quit shitposting your judgments.
Submitted without comment, because HOLY WELL-USED ENEMA, BATMAN! This douchenugget doesn’t even understand that he’s being nationally ridiculed!
One has to wonder how – after supposedly a couple of decades in the military – Congressional candidate “Fappin'” Mike Webb hasn’t learned the first rule of holes. After all, if one is caught doing something silly or embarrassing, logic would dictate one would not want to bring additional attention to said event, but rather shrug it off and move on.
The appropriate response to the faptastic fiasco of the pr0n tabs would have been, “Yep, I watch pr0n and spank my monkey. So does the majority of you dimwits. I should have learned to crop my screen caps, but hey, we all make mistakes. Moving on…”
Mike Webb is never one to admit defeat, take responsibility for his actions, or give up the fight.
First, he allowed the pr0n tab post to remain on his official (if you can call it that) Congressional campaign page for at least seven hours, allowing thousands of comments to accumulate.
Then, he followed up that fappery with a 2000+ word screed, claiming he was merely testing the pr0n sites for viruses and somehow implying that my husband Rob, the GOP nominee for the 8th District Congressional seat, and some other party leaders in the county were responsible for the viral load (pun intended) on his computer.
Then, he gave the Internet a virtual slug in the shoulder, delusionally thanking it for the “love and support,” as if the netizens were merely doing a buddy check, and all was clear! And in typical Webb style, the rambling included a bunch of Bible verses and a mindnumbingly weird allusion to leadership, implying that somehow he was one.
Lessons affirmed today include that we do expect our leaders to be examples of our highest ideals, but also, as we have seen for almost a year in non-traditional length posts, people are interested and motivated by truth and substance, not flash or even scandal.
Given the thousands of comments mocking and ridiculing his rambling screeds and his inability to admit anything was wrong, I find this particularly amusing. No one is your “Ranger buddy,” Mike.
But if you think the lunacy ended there, you’d be mistaken. Webb finally removed the first two rambling posts overnight, in an apparent attempt to calm the storm and divert attention to his wholly unprofessional behavior. But instead of letting a sleeping bear lie, he proceeded to post yet another 600-word screed filled with wild ramblings, accusations, and innuendo, claiming that the posts were removed due to comments others made!
That’s right, boys and girls! Webb didn’t remove the embarrassing posts. Facebook removed them, because others were making inappropriate comments! Nope, not him at all!
I don’t know if you were searching this morning for the notorious post that has now nominated me as Tab Webb, I was just as confused when I signed on this morning and found our page suspended pending approval for deletion of a the notorious post, not for the content of two tabs you needed a magnifying glass to see, but because of the comments from critics that failed to observe the social media guidelines. “See how dirty you are?”
Move along. Nothing to see here. Webb is innocent. He innocently had thousands of viruses on his computer that apparently prevented him from following FEC regulations. He innocently opened pornographic sites, because he was curious whether the 4000+ viruses could have come from those sites (here’s a clue, dude: your porn habit compromised your system). He innocently posted the open tabs, and everyone else simply assumed he was a porn freak! He’s innocent!
And in addition to all that, according to yet another incoherent missive posted last night, porn is OK. Not for him, mind you, but OK. He doesn’t believe in imposing his faith on others, so he’s OK with you fapping and would never try to use government force to prevent your fappage. Honest.
So, again, as a preacher’s son, my best guess is that that Lord would prefer that we abstain, but we are a country that champions the freedom of the individual to exercise his or her choice.
And, as an aspirant to public office, my “Lord” has to be that rule of law, even if, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I actually happen to agree with Fappin Mike here. The government has no business sticking its proboscis into your spanking habits. What you do in the privacy of your own home is between you, your family, and your deity of choice, unless that habit somehow violates others’ rights or facilitates harm to others.
But my agreement is quite beside the point here.
This strikes me as the latest red herring in a string that would make the Fallacy Ref cringe.
The problem is not your spanking habits, Webb. The issue is not whether or not you surf porn. Most of us don’t give a crap that you like “sexy amateurs” or “tight booty.” The issue is that you attacked someone you considered a political adversary with a screen cap that unprofessionally left your very private habits on display for the world to see. And I do mean “the world,” judging by the overseas coverage your stupidity has caused. And then, instead of taking responsibility for the screw-up, removing the post quickly, and moving on, you proceeded to make excuses, hurl accusations, blame others, and continued digging the hole, despite it being painfully apparent to anyone reading your incoherent spew that you screwed up. Hard (pun intended).
You keep flogging your alleged “leadership” attributes and honesty. You end nearly every missive with “I am Mike Webb, and I am running for U.S. Congress. Honest.”
You are not honest, and you are not a leader.
An honest man would admit his error, apologize for the lack of professional behavior, and move on.
A leader would not try to blame others or make baseless implications about those whom he considers adversaries, but would take responsibility for his own actions.
An honest man would admit to having foibles.
A leader would learn from his mistakes.
An honest man would be realistic about what his diversions, obfuscations, and ridiculous lies have done to his reputation and political career and would try to fix those, instead of denying, dissimulating, and deceiving people about something that is ultimately just a stupid mistake.
But Mike Webb is none of the above, which is why he continues to ignore the first rule of holes.