Every day, when I come to the office, I lock up my phone. I turn it off first, so the battery doesn’t drain while it’s in the locker, and when I leave work and turn it back on again, there’s invariably some recorded message on there from someone alleging to be from the IRS – with a heavy Indian accent – claiming that I will be arrested unless I pay them back taxes.
Nearly. Every. Day.
Now, I’m the type that will mercilessly fuck with scammers. I’ve pretended to be a naive American wanting to adopt two adorable children from an American woman dying of AIDS in Africa, and forced the scammer to sign a contract obligating him to suck off a rhesus monkey and send me photos of the act. I’ve pretended to be an inbred hick, whose daddyunclebrother touched her in bad places, and who was excited to receive money upon his death. When I’ve gotten one of these calls before, I’ve actually called back, hysterically screaming and crying, telling the dimwit on the other end of the line that the Russian mafia forced me to steal money from the IRS, and that they will kill me and them if I don’t obey.
Fucking with them is a joy, but it’s with a certain amount of schadenfreude that I announce at least some of these pernicious fucks have been arrested in India. Seriously. These motherfuckers ran an entire call center, with 100 or more employees calling unsuspecting American taxpayers and threatening them with legal action and arrest unless they cough up money!
Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing as U.S. tax authorities and demanding unpaid taxes, a police officer said Thursday.
According to police in Mumbai, the yearlong scam involved running fake call centers which sent voice mail messages telling U.S. nationals to call back because they owed back taxes.
It really bothers me that these filthy ass guzzlers actually made millions of dollars from naive Americans!
People, PEOPLE! The IRS will NEVER call you and leave an automated message threatening to arrest you unless you call them back!
They will NEVER demand payment with iTunes or gift cards!
The IRS will NEVER call and demand immediate payment while they’re on the phone with you! There’s always an appeals process. They certainly won’t go out and arrest you at once, like these shit gits threatened.
And they will NEVER ask for any kind of credit card numbers over the phone!
Fucking with them is funny. Falling for their shit is not. Don’t do it.
And by the way, the IRS has a reporting mechanism for those who get those calls. While I suspect the volume of calls will decrease significantly now that these fuck monkeys have been caught, there’s always another douche tool willing to step into the void. So be careful out there.
Sometimes you have to wonder if celebutards and MSNBC “journalists” attend the same school of undefuckable derpitude. After reading this shit this morning, I would have to say they probably do.
We’re also very very lucky that the attackers tried to use explosives rather than guns.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 19, 2016
First, there was MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who after the explosions in New York and New Jersey this weekend, waxed retarded about how it was a good thing that the terrorist used bombs instead of guns. Because, you know… bombs are so much… uh…
Well, you know…
Something, something, something derp.
The social media reaction was swift, and Hayes at first was pleased with the attention he was getting, because any kind of attention is preferable to no attention at all – especially to an MSNBC journaljizzer, whose network is more of a punchline than an actual news station. After a while, however, Hayes walked back his douchery by proclaiming he didn’t really mean anything anti-gun, and he was just happy that no one died, that’s all.
Just when I thought this was the stupidest thing I’d read all month, out comes the wretched “comedienne” – and to call her that would be charitable – Sarah Silverman with the claim that Hillary Clinton somehow “captured” Osama bin Ladin.
UPDATE: Apparently, after a whole lot of ridicule, Silverman pusillanimously deleted her tweet. But the Internets is forever, bitch! For those of you wondering what she said, here it is – in its full asshatted glory.
Well, it occurs to me that snorting lead paint chips and guzzling rail vodka mixed with Clorox likely leads to an uncontrollable urge to lick windows and Tweet stupid shit, and here she is. Proof.
I guess watching bin Ladin get his ass capped by Navy SEALs in the White House Situation Room is equivalent to “capturing” him?
Much like landing in Tuzla airport and being greeted by a little Bosnian girl really equates to ducking and running from sniper fire. Hell, if it was a Republican, they would have gotten like 1,000 Purple Hearts for that! And maybe a Legion of Merit! And a CIB!
I can’t even today.
Yeah. She captured bin Ladin. And Brian Williams was there with Harambe, the cast of Hamilton, and Kevin Bacon.
Seriously, Silverman. Stop snorting meth.
So I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide which Tweet was dumber.
I’m leaning toward Silverman, but it’s a photo finish.
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.