Sunday, September 21, 2014

NFL gets social media black eye among women

UPDATE: reader Bose has thoughtfully passed along a more specific link to the referenced article than was provided in the tweet below.

Budweiser, the $46 billion adoptee of Belgian-Brazilian beer behemoth, InBev, makes an anti-drunk driving ad with a cute doggie

We now eagerly await ads by carmakers sincerely* warning about the forthcoming misuse of all those internet / music consoles on new autos which are poised to contribute to thousands of crashes by drivers easily amused by attractive nuisances.
   On the plus side, said crashes will also require replacement vehicle purchases by those lucky enough to escape death or serious maiming. We say "plus side" because as we all know, what's good for GM is good for America.
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* "sincerely" in the sense of a Casino greeter wishing an entering sucker "Good Luck."


You can't handle the truth! Omaha World-Herald story about Neil deGrasse Tyson addressing atheists doesn't mention "A" word until paragraph 14

Cosmos sexpot Neil deGrass Tyson
The Omaha World-Herald, your Christian newspaper, did a pretty good imitation of a fan-dancing stripper with something to hide in its story on Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson, in town to address Atheists at Apostacon
     The newspaper waited until the second-to-last of  15 paragraphs in its story to mention the "A" word.
     Here are a couple of the evasive teases:
 ...But more than 1,000 people rose and cheered for Neil deGrasse Tyson on Friday night in Omaha — and that was even before he started speaking ...Tyson hit some serious topics during his talk, such as the importance of the scientific method. But he drew laughs and applause throughout the evening as he riffed on things...
World-Herald headline
     Finally, Nebraska's biggest newspaper steeled itself and its god-fearing readers for the Big Reveal in paragraphs 15 and 16:
     He was opening night speaker at Apostacon, a conference for atheists and other nonbelievers.
     The conference continues today through Sunday at the downtown Doubletree Hotel Omaha.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Human Rights Campaign to open permanently-staffed office in Nebraska

Via KETV: HRC opens a permanently-staffed Nebraska office
(H/T: @OmahaNightHawk)
Some gay activists regard the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the biggest, richest gay advocacy organization in the U.S., as carpet­baggers who often lag Lambda Legal, the ACLU and various marriage equality organizations in fighting for LGBT equal rights.
     HRC often is likened to a huge donation vacuum which swoops in like hungry buzzards (mixed metaphor!) after other groups have done the heavy lifting. In fact, just today HuffPost Gay Voices published this paint-peeling blast at HRC from a Tennessee man:
     ...We reached out to your organization for support for the work we were doing, but no one so much as returned a phone call until we had national media for an event.
     Welcome to the South, but this is not a new frontier. Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention.
     For AKSARBENT's part, we're all for any additional, effective and local pushback to the execrable Nebraska Family Alliance, the homophobic machinations of the Catholic and Evangelical churches, and the cynical anti-LGBT exploitation of GOP politicians who love to play political football with the lives of gay Nebraskans.
   AKSARBENT readers may recall HRC's support (see AKSARBENT video below) last Fall at Brad Ashford's hearing on the impact of SCOTUS' DOMA ruling. The group also paid for an important survey on discrimination against LGBT Nebraskans, and the group's Corporate Equality Index revealed that the biggest corporation HQ'd in Nebraska, Berkshire Hathaway, has an abysmal record on LGBT equality.
     Welcome to the Cornhusker State, HRC and have at it. We look forward to your continued and increased support.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guardian: mainstream media too cheap to pay for exit polls of Scottish Independence vote so one guy is polling Grindr, a gay hookup app

UPDATE: Scottish election returns, with 31 of 32 constituencies declared, indicated that separatists won 45% of the vote and the Better Together faction, 55%. A poll of Grindr users in Edinburgh (a link is in the last paragraph of this post) predicted a 54-46 split favoring unionists — practically a dead-on-the-money forecast.

From The Guardian:
     Anyone who’s sat up watching the TV on election night knows there’s a pattern to how things go: before the polls close, early in the evening, broadcasters assiduously say as little as possible to avoid breaking election broadcasting rules.
     Then comes 10pm, and the polls close. Moments later, the anchor behind the desk (almost always a Dimbleby of some description) gives the results of the exit poll – often the only bit of red meat to talk about for the next several hours.
     Except, as the polls close in the Scottish referendum, this won’t happen – as neither the BBC nor any other media outlet has bothered to pay to get one done.
     Exit polls are the best form of voting-related data we can ever get our hands on. They’re collected by large numbers of researchers standing outside polling stations and asking tens of thousands of people how they voted – as well as collecting a little demographic information, such as age, gender, race or social class.
     The most visible outlet for the results of this (quite expensive) work is in the first hours after polls close: it gives a snapshot of the result while the laborious work of actually counting the votes is done.
As we won’t start to see the referendum results start to trickle in until at least 2am, without an exit poll broadcasters will have to fill the first four hours of their coverage with … what, exactly? This “poll” of Grindr users might be as good as anything else we’ve got...
     The Guardian reference is to Tumbler blogger MachoTrouts, who polled 655 Edinburg Grindr users about their opinion on Scottish Independence. Go here for the results. At left are some of the more entertaining screenshots.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Montana: no elk left behind

The entire herd, as well as cars on both sides of the highway, waited for the last animal (who was probably pretty stressed out) to clear the fence. This happened last March but we missed it.


John Oliver explains Scotland's referendum on Independence


TV's rebellious poseur, Craig Ferguson, is too chickenshit to say whether he supports Scottish independence

Gerard Butler, also Scottish, was asked about the upcoming
referendum on Scottish Independence at the premiere of
How To Train Your Dragon 2. Neither Ferguson nor Butler
would comment.
IBNLive posed the question during an interview with two of Hollywood's most famous Scots, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson, who were promoting How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which, incidentally, has been favorably reviewed by most critics.) We suspect Ferguson, for all his anti-English mockery, isn't really voting for Scottish independence, but would be happy to be proved wrong.
Q: What are your thoughts on Scotland's proposed independence from the United Kingdom ahead of September's referendum?
Butler: That's a tough one. We have our views, but you know - (looking at Ferguson) he's just shutting off at this. We'll be casting our vote.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bloomberg: Warren Buffett subsidiary can't find weed dealers so it's marketing to Colorado pot dispensaries

INDIRECT MARKETING
     Cubic Designs is one of many companies owned by Breaking Bad fanboy Warren Buffet's megaconglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway.
     It makes shop floor mezzanines that can help pot growers mitigate, um, mushrooming rents, but it's having trouble finding its target market, as they're still kind of secretive, so it's sending brochures to dispensaries, hoping they'll pass the literature on.

Babs tells Jimmy Fallon she's not a diva — while sitting in his chair

Ms. Streisand prefers to be photographed from the left. At least she didn't try to rearrange the furniture.


(Via JMG)

Joni Ernst: bad for Iowa — League of Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood expose Ernst's extremism



Planned Parenthood has launched a web site, Women Are Watching, which excoriates Joni Ernst's betrayal of the interests of millions of women voters.

The ethanol industry isn't too crazy about Ernst either:


Like a pack of junkyard dogs snarling about distemper, Karl Rove group's new anti-Keystone XL attack ad rips Bruce Braley for being billionaire's tool

Karl Rove, the shameless maestro of political deception, is now running interference for Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst by attacking Keystone XL opponent Bruce Braley as a billionaire's tool. The attack-ad slush fund he started, American Crossroads, is organized as a 501 (C) (4) "social welfare" organization that doesn't have to disclose the identity of its GOP wealthy donors.



GOP politicians in the pocket of TransCanada lately have been comparing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to Hoover Dam. Not even close, as the chart at left, prepared by ThinkProgress shows.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Convenient ballot rulings in Nebraska and Kansas by GOP Secretaries of State

From left: Kansas and Nebraska GOP Secy's of State
Kris Kobach and John Gale
In Kansas, homophobic Secretary of State Kris Kobach has refused to remove from the statewide ballot Democrat Chad Taylor, who withdrew in favor of a better-polling independent challenger to incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, 78.
     Kobach said Taylor's name must retain on the ballot (which would split the progressive vote, favoring the GOP) because Kansas state law limits when party nominees are allowed to withdraw.
TD Ameritrade scion Pete Ricketts, now running
for Nebraska Governor after a failed U.S. Senate
campaign. His firm made hundreds of millions
of dollars routing customer trades to an
outfit now accused of cheating investors
via computer-abetted "front-running"
     So does a statute in Nebraska, but Secretary of State John Gale has imperiously told media that the law "wasn't the last word" on the situation, which is as follows:
     On September 9th, after his sister took out a protection order against him over his behavior over his still-living mother's estate, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann withdrew from office and as the running mate of Ameritrade scion and GOP gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts; within hours Pete Ricketts named State Auditor Mike Foley as his running mate. Nebraska statutes forbid such ballot changes after September first.
     From KOLN-KGIN:
     Gale noted that there is judicial case law in Nebraska which allowed for a substitution of a candidate after a withdrawal deadline, which was September 1 in this case, and indicated that the constitutional argument presented by the Ricketts’ campaign was persuasive. Neb. Const. art. IV §1 vests exclusive authority in the candidate for governor to select a person to be the candidate for lieutenant governor on the general election ballot.
     AKSARBENT isn't a lawyer, but this seems weak. Ricketts already made his choice; Nebraska statutes don't appear to grant him the prerogative for a redo after the state-mandated deadline.
     Michael Fenner, a constitutional law professor at Creighton University School of Law, said the Nebraska Constitution does give Ricketts the right to name his running mate, but he also said the Legislature clearly has the authority to set election deadlines.
     He also questioned how Gale could issue an opinion after hearing from only from one side of the argument — Ricketts’.
     Heidemann is the second consecutive choice of GOP Gov Dave Heineman for Lt. Governor to have resigned in disgrace in as many years. In 2013, after news reports revealed that he made thousands of late night calls to women other than his wife on a state-issued cellphone, former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy abruptly and tersely resigned.
Homophobic GOP Nebraska Gov. Heineman, pictured with a weasel (on left)
     Dave Heineman, after screwing up child welfare in Nebraska, lobbying while in office for a cushy NU job after he is term-limited out of office and failing to comply with a DOJ prison rape elimination deadline, is now busy ducking the fallout for a huge prison sentencing miscalculation scandal in his administration, exposed by the World-Herald.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

When Lily Tomlin mistook a chimp drunk on cough syrup for Wayne LaPierre

AKSARBENT had no idea Kathy Griffin had a talk show and that it was pretty good — we know her only as the worst standup comic since Lisa Lampenelli.
     The understandable confusion starts at the 25:00 mark of the this video, although if you start there you'll miss a lot of Darren Criss.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Flashback: when Howard Stern sexually probed Donny Osmond

Osmond was an unbelievably good sport about being sexually harassed interviewed by Stern.


     Though Osmond has the condescending disapproval of gay people typical of many Mormons, at which we can only sneer, he is also deserving of a great deal of sympathy from those who should be glad they didn't have his life, one from which any sensible person would recoil. When pressed, Osmond can be painfully honest, but he isn't whiny.
     While still a teenager, starring in ABC-TV's briefly popular (and mostly execrable) Donnie and Marie show with his sister, he was making $25,000 per episode, but never saw the money, which went to the family corporation. That firm narrowly avoided bankruptcy not long after ABC cancelled the variety program. About $60 million disappeared. At the 36:56 marker in a stark, poignant video here with Piers Morgan, Osmond said he if he had it all to do over, he wouldn't — and neither would have his siblings.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

DirectTV goes after rambunctious gay football fans

Obviously the two below are having too much fun trashing their domicile to ponder the question, "Is it immoral to watch football?"

...In his latest book, Against Football, Almond explains why he is ditching the sport for good. His moral qualms with football are multifaceted. There is the toll football takes on the players’ bodies and brains. There is what Almond calls the NFL’s nihilistic greed: “Do they feel no shame in snatching taxpayer money they don’t really need from impoverished communities?” he writes. But beyond that, Almond worries that football negatively influences America’s attitudes about violence, hyper-masculinity, racism and homophobia.


(H/T Outsports)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Colbert rips Fox News for ginning up fake outrage over NYC St. Patrick's Parade including one LGBT group

Many LGBT activists have dismissed the feather bone tossed at them by parade organizers.


For Nebraskans who have never seen one, this is what a campaign ad from a standup Democrat looks like


(Via JMG)

Leonardo DiCaprio's ice bucket challenge also sheds light on disastrous tar sands excavation in Canada

And no celebrity — so far — has made a bigger contribution to fight ALS than the $100,000 that DiCaprio's foundation gave.



Indiana's ban on gay marriage wasn't just struck down, it was savagely mocked by three federal judges

From the unanimous decision from the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which also struck down Wisconsin's ban, written by three judges appointed by Clinton, Obama and Reagan:
     Indiana’s government thinks that straight couples tend to be sexually irresponsible, producing unwanted children by the carload, and so must be pressured (in the form of governmental encouragement of marriage through a combination of sticks and carrots) to marry, but that gay couples, unable as they are to produce children wanted or unwanted, are model parents—model citizens really—so have no need for marriage. Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry.
     Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure.
     ...The state should want homosexual couples who adopt children—as, to repeat, they are permitted to do—to be married, if it is serious in arguing that the only governmental interest in marriage derives from the problem of accidental births. (We doubt that it is serious.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now streaming on Netflix: the remarkable gay-themed Taiwanese/Korean film Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

A lush score. Beautiful cinematography. Stunning moments of magical realism. Infused with sharp wit and irony, without cynicism. A delight from the first frame until the last, AKSARBENT thinks Arvin Chen's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow is 2013's best film of gay interest.
     Chen is a director raised in the the U.S. and he has made the film that is everything that Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee's first gay film, The Wedding Banquet, wasn't.
     The two trailers below seem to depict two different films, a common ploy used to sell a film to different demographic groups, but in the case of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, neither trailer misrepresents this well-made, multi-layered and immensely satisfying movie.
     The film further burnishes the status of the Carol King/Gerry Goffin evergreen as one of the greatest pop songs of the 20th Century. Covered by an astonishing variety of artists, the standard's enduring popularity never seems to wane — it just waxes.
     (Wikipedia erroneously says Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow was the first #1 song by a girl group, a preposterous claim busted by Wiki's own entry for the Andrews Sisters.)








Sunday, August 31, 2014

European prime minister to wed: 'He asked me and I said yes'

No it wasn't the gay prime minister of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, it was the other gay European prime minister, Xavier Bettel, from Luxembourg.

Bettel and his partner, architect Gauthier Destenay, probably will tie the knot sometime soon. "He asked me, and I said yes," the 41-year-old prime minister said with an impish grin. "I can't give you the date, because it's not official yet."

     In other European gay politician news, gay Berlin Mayor Mayor Klaus Wowereit said he will resign in December, mainly over criticism of delays and massive cost overruns of that city's new airport.
     Gay Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë stepped down in April, and his socialist protege, Anne Hidalgo was elected Paris' first female mayor.
     Delanoë was stabbed on October 5, 2002 during the Nuit Blanche, a night of festivities in Paris, while mingling with the public. His assailant was a Muslim immigrant, Azedine Berkane, who reportedly told police that "he hated politicians, the Socialist Party, and homosexuals." Speaking to Le Monde, one of his neighbors said, "He was a bit like us. We're all homophobic here because it's not natural." Before being taken to hospital, Delanoë ordered that the festivities continue. Delanoë's wound was not life-threatening and he left the hospital after about two weeks.
    


British tabloid headline of the day

Story here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

People for the American Way is handing out Ditch Mitch masks at today's annual Louisville Zombie Walk


ESPN is sorry for obsessing over Michael Sam's showers but is too late to avoid Jon Stewart's snark

This is absolutely, positively not suitable for work.

Agreement holding City of Omaha harmless expired days before OPD killed COPS crew member Bryce Dion

KETV dug up and published the agreement. The officer-involved fatal shooting happened August 26th, 2014. The three month agreement exempting the city from liability from deaths occurring from Langley Productions ride-alongs was signed May 22, 2014 and expired after three months.





Rachel Maddow cleverly implies former Iowa state senator took $25,000 bribe but doesn't tell her viewers that the check was never cashed

Yesterday, Rachel Maddow focused some needed attention on Jesse Benton, in charge of the Ron Paul campaign while it was paying Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign director, Kent Sorenson, $73,000 to switch sides. The Machiavellian Benton now works for Mitch McConnell (of course!)
     But then Maddow's narrative took a strange detour: instead of zeroing in on the $73,000 in payments which got Sorensen indicted when he lied about them, Maddow flashed an image of a $25,000 check given to him in the bathroom of an Altoona, IA restaurant by Ron Paul's Deputy campaign manager in December of 2011. Said Maddow:
...This was when Kent Sorenson was telling NBC news that he NEVER TOOK A DIME from the Ron Paul campaign for his endorsement. He said that literally while standing next to the guy from the Ron Paul campaign who just two days earlier had handed him a check for $25,000 for his endorsement.
     One thing was verrrry interesting about Maddow's report: she never named the $25,000 "bagman" (now also employed by Mitch McConnell) though she flashed a picture of him standing next to Sorenson.
     Perhaps that is because of another very interesting fact reported by the Des Moines Register this week in its reportage about the 566-page report on Sorenson by an independent investigator working on behalf of the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee:
It also found that Sorenson received a $25,000 check from a senior official in Paul's presidential campaign, which he did not cash, and $73,000 in wire transfers.
      WTF? Why would Rachel Maddow extravagantly play up a $25,000 political bribe to Kent Sorenson and then FAIL TO TELL HER VIEWERS THAT HE NEVER CASHED THE CHECK?
     Here's Maddow's report:


What Wendy's Asst. Mgr. saw: witness recounts killing of COPS sound mixer Bryce Dion by Omaha PD

KETV is Omaha's leading television new operation for good reason. In the video below, reporter Dave Roberts explains exactly where the robber, police and the COPS cameraman and soundman were during Tuesday's killings of Bryce Dion and Cortez Washington by police during the robbery of a Wendy's at 43rd & Dodge Tuesday night. No other reports AKSARBENT has seen have explained the event with as much clarity and that includes the press conference given by Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.



     Cortez Washington's sister-in-law told KETV that the police account of their confusion over Washington's air gun was bogus. She fired a pellet gun and asked "Does that sound like a real gun to you.?"
     In his press conference (see excerpts below) Chief Schmaderer insisted that Washington's pellet gun "looked and sounded" (emphasis added) like the real thing. We're not saying that cops should wait until after someone pulls the trigger of a realistic-looking pistol pointed at them to decide if the bad news is fake, but neither do we buy Chief Schmaderer's assertion that pellet guns sound like real ones. Incidentally, some of the rounds penetrated a tanning salon a block east of Wendy's, across the street and a parking lot. Customers and staff were in the tanning business at the time. KETV did a story about that too.




Excerpts from KETV's transcript of Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer's Wednesday press conference. We corrected a couple of obvious typos, like "Wednesday" for "Wendy's"

WHILE DOCUMENTING THE OMAHA POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE TO THE ROBBERY, 38-YEAR-OLD "COPS" PRODUCTION CREW MEMBER MR. BRYCE DION WAS KILLED BY GUNFIRE IN THE INCIDENT...

MULTIPLE GUNSHOTS WERE FIRED INSIDE OF THE WENDY'S RESTAURANT. THREE INDIVIDUALS INSIDE WENDY'S WITNESSED MR. WASHINGTON HOLDING HANDGUN AND DISCHARGED HAPPENED GUN DIRECTLY DETECTIVE CUNNINGHAM AND OFFICER RILEY. THE WITNESSES DESCRIBED HEARING THE SUSPECTS HANDGUN SLIDE RECOIL WITH THE SHOTS. THE FIRST TWO AUDIBLE SHOTS WERE FROM MR. WASHINGTON'S HANDGUN ACCORDING TO THE WITNESSES. MR. WASHINGTON WAS INJURED BY TO FLEE OUT EAST DOORS WHERE HE COLLAPSED IN PARKING LOT. MR. WASHINGTON WAS PLACED IN INTO HANDCUFFS AT THAT TIME OFFICERS RECOVERED A HANDGUN FROM MR. WASHINGTON. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT MR. WASHINGTON'S HANDGUN IS AN AIR SOFT PISTOL THAT FIRES PLASTIC PELLET BULLETS. AIR SOFT PISTOL LOOKS AND FUNCTIONS LIKE AN ACTUAL FIREARM. THERE ARE PHOTOS TO MY IMMEDIATE LEFT. MR. DION WAS ALSO INJURED BY A SINGLE GUNSHOT AND COLLAPSED MR. WASHINGTON AND MR. DION WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER WHERE THEY WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD SHORTLY THERE AFTER...

WE ARE STRIVING FOR UNPRECEDENTED TRANSPARENCY...

...BASED ON OUR VIEWING OF FOOTAGE THE OFFICERS HAD NO CHOICE OTHER THAN TO RESPOND IN WHICH THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY DID. MR. DION PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR HIS SERVICE TO PROVIDE THE FOOTAGE OF THE REAL LIFE DANGERS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FACE ON A DAILY BASIS TO TELEVISION VIEWERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

CHANNEL 7: WAS IT CROSS FIRE OR SAME DIRECTION?
WHEN THE OFFICERS ENTERED FROM THE EAST, THE DETECTIVE AND OFFICER BROOKS RILEY THEY ENTERED THE CAMERA MAN FOLLOWED. THE CAMERA MAN AND AUDIO PERSON, THEY TRAVEL IN TANDEM. OKAY. THEY TRAVEL IN TANDEM. AS THEY ENTERED, IT BECAME A CHAOTIC SCENE. CAMERA MAN MADE HIS WAY INTO THE EATING AREA AND WAS ABLE TO GET DOWN AND HOLD THE CAMERA UP. BRYCE, BRYCE DION, GOT STUCK ENTERED. WHEN THEY ENCOUNTERED THE SUSPECT AND THE GUNFIRE ENSUED, AND IT'S A VERY DRAMATIC VIDEO, WHEN GUNFIRE ENSUED AT SOME POINT MR. WASHINGTON STARTED EXITING HIS WAY OUT AS YOU CAN SEE IN THAT BOTTOM PICTURE THERE. HE'S ON HIS WAY OUT. THE OFFICERS ARE RETURNING FIRE. BRYCE IS IN THAT VESTIBULE AND GETS STRUCK BY A ROUND. 

MR. BECKER DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YES, SIR WAS THERE EXCESSIVE FORCE THE REPORT WAS OVER 30 SHOTS HAD BEEN FIRED IS THAT EXCESSIVE FORCE I HAD SOMEONE COMMENT THEY WERE WONDERING IF THE POLICE WERE ACTUALLY SHOWING OFF FOR THE CAMERAS.
ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. THEY WERE NOT SHOWING OFF FOR THE CAMERAS. LIKE I SAID I PERSONALLY VIEWED VIEWED IT. DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY VIEWED THIS. THIS WAS VERY HARROWING SITUATION. IT WAS THREE OFFICERS INVOLVED. TAKE A LOOK AT THE STILL PHOTOS. I'M GOING TO TELL YOU THAT FIRST TWO SHOTS THAT YOU, THEY SOUNDED LIKE A GUN. AND IF YOU CAN TELL ME WHICH ONE REAL FROM THIS GUN I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN. THE SHOTS WERE FROM AIR SOFT GUN AND SOUNDED REAL? YES THEY DID. VERY MUCH DID. ANY CRITICISM IS UNMERITED.

...FRANKIE. THIS WAS A FRIENDLY FIRE SITUATION. IT WAS AN OFFICER'S ROUND THAT STRUCK MR. DION. OKAY. LIKE I SAID EARLIER, MR. WASHINGTON'S GUN WAS AN AIR SOFT GUN. WHILE IT LOOKED AND SOUNDED AND IS SLIDE SLID LIKE IT WAS REAL, IT WAS A PELLET GUN. OKAY.

YOU MENTIONED THE OFFICERS WENT IN BECAUSE THEY FELT THEY NEEDED TO RESCUE SOMEONE YEAH. IT WAS OUR UNDERSTANDING MAYBE AN EMPLOYEE HAD A GUN BEING HELD TO HER HEAD AT THAT MOMENT. AND IS THAT STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR OFFICERS TO ENTER ROBBERY? WE ARE STILL LOOKING INTO THE INFORMATION THAT AN EMPLOYEE HAD A GUN TO THEIR HEAD. OKAY. THAT'S GOING, THOSE POINTS WILL REALLY COME OUT WITH DEEPER INTERVIEWS. OUR PROTOCOL IS PRESERVATION OF LIFE FIRST AND FOREMOST. THERE ARE TIMES IN WHICH WE CAN WAIT AND THERE ARE TIMES IN WHICH WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. WHEN THESE OFFICERSE ARRIVED, AGAIN, THERE WAS PEOPLE IN THE PARKING LOT THAT CAME THROUGH THE DRIVE-THROUGH. MOTIONING OFFICERS THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING ON IN THERE. OFFICERS DIDN'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT THEY WERE TRAINED TO DO AND I WILL SAY COURAGEOUSLY ENTERED WITH THE PREMISE OF SAVING LIVES. THAT WAS THEIR PREMISE. OKAY. THEY DON'T KNOW IF AN EMPLOYEE OF WENDY'S WAS GETTING HURT OR PATRON OF WENDY'S WAS GETTING HURT.

HOW MANY SHOTS WERE FIRED? I'VE HEARD I'VE SEEN REPORTS AS MANY AS 30 SHOTS WERE FIRED. THERE WERE MULTIPLE SHOTS FIRED. THERE WERE THREE OFFICERS INVOLVED. OKAY. MULTIPLE SHOTS FIRED. THE EXACT NUMBER I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE AT THIS POINT IN TIME BECAUSE IT IS SUBJECT TO A GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION.

...CHIEF, WERE THE OFFICERS IN THE CHAOTIC SITUATION AT THE WENDY'S AWARE BRYCE WAS TRAPPED IN VESTIBULE?

I DON'T SEE HOW THEY COULD HAVE BEEN. I DON'T KNOW. WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO THEM. I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK OUT OF BUT WHEN MR. WASHINGTON STARTED EXITING POINTING HIS WEAPON AS HIS WAY OUT, IT FORCED THE OFFICERS TO CONTINUE THEIR GUNFIRE. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT NOBODY WANTED BRYCE TO GET HURT. NOBODY WANTED ANYBODY TO GET HURT. POLICE WORK IS VERY DANGEROUS.

CHIEF, WE KNEW THAT YOUR INTENTIONS WERE WELL WHEN YOU INVITED THE SHOW TO COME HERE. BUT NOW THIS INCIDENT HAS HIT NATIONAL NEWS AND IT HAS BEEN TRENDING ALL DAY. HOW DO YOU FEEL OUR CITY IS PERCEIVED NOW BECAUSE OF THIS? LOOK THE CITY OF OMAHA IS A TREMENDOUS CITY. THE OMAHA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LAST YEAR THERE WERE 42 HOMICIDES IN THIS CITY. THERE'S ONLY 17. OKAY. YOU PUT THAT UP AGAINST A LOT OF CITIES IT'S A VERY NICE CITY. AND IT'S PROFESSIONAL LAW RELATION AND PARTNERSHIPS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT GOT US TO THIS POINT, THIS IS AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT. BE ANYTHING VIEWED OTHER THAN THAT. AND AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED DURING POLICE WORK THAT TAKES ON VERY DANGEROUS ELEMENTS. AND I WILL BE OUT IF NEED BE TO DEFEND HOW GREAT THIS CITY IS. THANK YOU.

CHIEF TMZ HAS RELEASED AUDIO OF THE POLICE CALL. UH-HUH. THAT OR WAS THAT LANGLEY PRODUCTIONS YOU KNOW I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY GOT IT I BELIEVE IT CAME FROM A WEBSITE. OKAY. WEBSITE ONLINE I THINK PEOPLE FROM POLICE SCANNERS.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Michele Bachmann's Iowa Campaign Director, ex-state senator Kent Sorenson, now facing 25 years in the pen

ALSO: COPS' 38-year-old bachelor sound engineer killed in a hail of bullets by Omaha PD while on ride-along to Wendy's stickup by man with pellet gun
 Jason Noble and William Petroski of The Des Moines Register report that Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures to the FEC and one count of obstruction of justice and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the first count and 20 years in prison and another $250,000 fine for the second.
     The case involves Sorenson's attempt to hide a payment of $73,000 to induce him to defect from Michele Bachmann's campaign to the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul, days before the Iowa Caucuses preceding the 2012 federal elections.
     A statement of facts which accompanyied Sorenson's plea agreement reveals that he secretly negotiated with the Ron Paul presidential campaign for months before joining it and received $73,000.

Highlights of Sorenson's curriculum vitae:
  • High school dropout; Iowa House Republican website lied about it  
  • Declared bankruptcy
  • Didn't pay IRS
  • Busted for his role in delivering illegal drugs  
  • Defaulted on Geo (!) car payments  
  • Charged with domestic abuse assault
AND he let his daughter take the fall for his bankruptcy in a letter circulated by Iowa Republicans.

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