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Vester Lee Flanagan, Va TV Killer Had a History of Playing the “Race Card” and “Gay Card”…

Let me start this on first off with a criticism of the title –

Vester Flanagan Threatened Coworkers, Played the Race Card for Years

The problem being that Flanagan had a number of issues, was fired by several stations, and alternately blamed it on being Gay and Being black. Of course, using “Playing the Race Card” is more incendiary as a Title.

On with the story…

The cold-blooded Roanoke killer kept getting fired, kept threatening co-workers, and kept claiming he was the real victim.

Vester Lee Flanagan claimed in a suicide note Wednesday that June’s massacre of black parishioners at a South Carolina church was “the tipping point” that sent him on the path to murdering two journalists on live television Wednesday.

But in court papers and interviews with The Daily Beast, former colleagues describe Flanagan as a problematic employee, who was repeatedly reprimanded for his harsh treatment of coworkers, and complained racism was behind harsh evaluations of his work.

“He just had a history of playing the race card,” former WTWC anchor Dave Leval told The Daily Beast. “I know he did that in Tallahassee a couple of times…”

The day Flanagan was fired from a Virginia TV station in 2013, his bosses called 911 because of his volatile behavior—an incident captured on camera by Adam Ward, a man who would later become one of his victims.

At a February 2013 meeting, managers at WDBJ7 in Roanoke told Flanagan he wasn’t a good fit and would be terminated. Flanagan became “agitated” before issuing a threat, one boss recalled in court papers

Flanagan also claimed he was attacked for being a gay black man, and that he suffered bullying, sexual harassment, and racial discrimination at work, ABC News reported.

Court papers in Flanagan’s 2013 discrimination case also reveal an apparent preoccupation with perceived racism against him.

“I am hereby requesting a trial which will be heard by a jury of my peers,” he wrote in a letter to the judge. “I would like my jury to be comprised of African-American women.”

Flanagan also mentioned a frequently appearing watermelon as evidence of racial harassment at the Roanoke TV station and claimed he had photos of it.

“This was not an innocent incident,” Flanagan claimed. “It appeared after a meeting during which ‘watermelon’ comments were discussed.”

He also claimed head photographer Lynn Eller was the mastermind of a “carefully orchestrated effort by the photography staff to oust me,” court documents show.

“Why did one of the photographers go to HR on me after working with me ONLY ONCE,” Flanagan wrote, in an apparent reference to victim Adam Ward. “There was nothing to report! That, Your honor, is just plain wrong.”…

In a performance review one month later, Flanagan scored a 1 out of 5 in the category of “works well together with photographer, producer and assignment editor;” he scored 3s on evaluations about delivering news “in an understandable manner” and “covering beat and enterprising stories.”

Bosses reprimanded Flanagan that November for wearing an Obama sticker when he voted, a violation of the non-partisan conditions of his contract.

“While this is the first incident of this nature, and we trust the last, you need to quickly and diligently move from the category of an employee who commits misstep after misstep to the kind of problem-free employee we hope you can become,” Dennison wrote in a letter to Flanagan.

One of the final memos before his termination included a harsh suggestion:

“Avoid being merely a human tape recorder” and report the real news.

Among the missteps that led to this admonition was his decision to cover a local creamery over the governor’s comments on gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, You Know It's Bad When...

 

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When Ketchup…Isn’t. Heinz only has 6% Tomato Paste…

French fries, a guilty pleasure enjoyed infrequently for obvious weight reasons, at least in the BTx3 world are best enjoyed with a dollop of Ketchup on top…

So… What happens when Ketchup…Isn’t Ketchup? Like what is the other 94% of “stuff” in that Heinz bottle?

Not the real deal?

 

Israel’s Ruling That Heinz Isn’t Ketchup Opens Up Serious Questions

Israel’s Health Ministry isn’t too keen on calling “Heinz” ketchup. In fact, thanks to the low tomato paste content, they’re rejecting the brand as the tomato condiment altogether.

According to Time, the ministry says that the product does not contain enough tomato to be worthy of the name ketchup. They ask for a 10 percent minimum.

This leads to the question, how much tomatoes are actually in our everyday ketchup?

We never knew Heinz contained so little, yet here we are with less than 10 percent of actual tomato paste.

Competitor Osem, a food manufacturer, protested about the amount of actual tomato that exists in a bottle of Heinz. While English labels may still call it “ketchup” the brand must be labeled as “tomato seasoning” in Hebrew text.

An importer of the ketchup is working with the ministry to change the 10 percent tomato requirement to 6 percent. Until then, Israeli consumers will be enjoying tomato seasoning with their food.

So currently a 10 percent minimum of tomato paste is required for ketchup to be called ketchup. If it gets any lower, are we still eating ketchup? Israel’s definitely right in the fact that we may very well be drowning our foods in corn syrup, vinegar and sugar that happens to be red.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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Attack of the Crazy Looking White Dudes!

Was just checking the news today when I came across this story…

Mother of 5 dies after knife attack at southern Maine supermarket; suspect charged with murder

Maine?

There are like 3 black folks in Maine – which kinda limits the suspect list. Ten the mug shot of the purported criminal…

I mean…If this dude (whatever) was standing behind you, wouldn’t you be headed over to the long line? I mean this white person definitely looks a few teacups short of a full kettle.

Authorities have identified the woman who was killed in a knife attack at a supermarket in southern Maine as a 59-year-old mother of five.

State police spokesman Stephen McCausland says Wendy Boudreau was stabbed Wednesday at a Shaw’s supermarket in Saco (SAY’-koh).

The Saco woman was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, where she later died.

Police say 31-year-old Connor MacCalister of Saco was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday night. Police are still working on determining a possible motive and say there’s no indication the women knew each other.

What? An argument over the last pack of Gillette blades?

But, I mean…Look at the mugs of recent (and one old) mass killers…

Adam Lanza – Sandy Hook

 

Notice anything?

Now…Tell me about this part where you local gun shop owner don’t want to sell to a brother with baggy pants…Or got a “Muslim Free Zone”…

But rolls out the AKs for these guys…

 

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Republican Proposes “Bringing Back Slavery”!

If you haven’t figured out that the right has far surpassed “the epitome of stupidity” , we have this case…And it isn’t Dingbat Trump…Although it is one of his followers.

Conservative racism at it’s…Typical

Jan Mickelson…Proving you can be 7 cans short of a full six pack

 

Conservative radio host’s comically horrific immigration plan: Let’s reinstitute slavery to build Donald Trump’s wall

As if the GOP’s decision to start seriously debating how to undermine the 14th Amendment weren’t bad enough, earlier this week an influential conservative Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson debuted a brilliant idea for how to deal with undocumented immigrants — reinstitute slavery.

On his August 17th program, Mickelson proposed putting up signs all over Iowa saying that “as of this date, 30 to 60 days from now, anyone who is in the state of Iowa who is not here legally and who cannot demonstrate their legal status to the satisfaction of the local and state authorities here in the State of Iowa, become[s] property of the State of Iowa.”

“We have a job for you,” he speculated telling the newly enslaved people of Iowa, before shifting to the practical benefits of slavery. “We start using compelled labor, the people who are here illegally would therefore be owned by the state and become an asset of the state rather than a liability and we start inventing jobs for them to do.”

If the Mexican government won’t pay to build Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful, powerful wall,” we will “‘invite’ the illegal Mexicans and illegals aliens to build it. You show up without an invitation? You get to be a construction worker!”

“If you have come across the border illegally, again give them another 60-day guideline, you need to go home and leave this jurisdiction, and if you don’t you become property of the United States, and guess what?” Mickelson asked. “You will be building a wall. We will compel your labor. You would belong to these United States. You show up without an invitation, you get to be an asset.”

When a caller later pointed out the obvious — that this “sounds an awful lot like slavery” — Mickelson replied by asking “What’s wrong with slavery?” He proceeded to claim that the real slaves were the taxpayers on whose largesse undocumented immigrants allegedly depend.

“We allow millions of people to come into the country, who aren’t here legally, and people who are here are indentured to those people to pay their bills, their education of their kids, pay for their food, their food stamps, their medical bills, in some cases even subsidize their housing, and somehow the people who own the country, who pay the bills, pay the taxes, they get indentured to the new people who are not even supposed to be here,” he said. “Isn’t that a lot like slavery?”

Geez…Compared to Ben Carson, this clown is a “moderate”. Uncle Ben wants to use drones to kill people on the border!

Ben Carson takes immigration debate to insane new low, floats drone strikes at border

 

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Jared the (ex) Subway Guy…Goes to Jail

Appears that Jared, the Subway pitchman, who lost weight eating only Subway low-calorie sandwiches… Is going to jail. For Kiddie-Porn and Child sex.

Subway is trying to run away from Jared as fast as they can, but after a 10 year relationship, cleaning up all reference to Jared in their material and ads is proving a herculean job.

And while there is absolutely no relationship between Subway and Jared’s crimes…That is a sticky issue, which is why the company has been frantically trying to erase all ties.

Meanwhile Fogle’s wife also announced she was jumping ship.

U.S. Atty: Jared Fogle used “wealth, status and secrecy” to exploit kids

Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said during a press conference Wednesday that Fogle, who has amassed millions as the spokesperson for the sandwich chain, used his privileged position to hide his crimes.

“This is about using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children,” Minkler said during the press conference.

Prosecutors allege that Fogle knew the pornography had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation, which sought to raise awareness about childhood obesity. The Jared Foundation regularly arranged for Fogle to visit schools and urge children to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits.

Fogle sat in court with his hands clasped and quietly answered “no” when the judge asked whether he had any questions about his rights on Wednesday morning. He is expected to enter the formal plea at a later date to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography.

The agreement released by prosecutors said Fogle agrees to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, who will each receive $100,000.

The terms of the plea agreement say Fogle will participate in a program of treatment for sexual disorders. It also notes that Fogle can not have any unsupervised meetings, non-incidental communications, activities or visits with any minor unless they are approved by the probation officer.

Fogle cannot be employed in any position or participate as a volunteer in any activity that involves unsupervised meetings, non-incidental communications, activities, or visits with minors except as disclosed to the probation officer.

Fogle will also become a registered sex offender….

Fogle’s wife, Katie Fogle, released a statement, saying she is “extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared,” adding that she is seeking a divorce.

“My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children,” she said, adding that she would not have any further comment.

So…In light of the huge financial losses, and loss of freedom…Need to answer the question why Jared didn’t do the “Republican” thing and go overseas to the Dominican Republic like LImbaugh, or Thailand? About 60% of kid sex tourists in the Western Hemisphere are American, and 90% of those are middle aged white guys…

Stylish Stripes…Or Orange?

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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Military Flamethrowers for Sale to Public!

Several “companies” have entered the consumer market with either recycled or modern variations of the Military Flamethrower.

Seems to me, any wannabe terrorist with a bit of funding could create some real havoc with these things…

This one is a recayale Military version…

Flamethrowers were gruesome weapons of war and so controversial that the U.S. military stopped using them after Vietnam.

Once a weapon of war, flamethrowers are now available for sale to the public.

A Cleveland startup called Throwflame is selling some for about $1,600. The flamethrowers can shoot fire for 50 feet.

If $1,600 sounds a little too high, The ION Productions Team in Detroit is selling $900 flamethrowers that can shoot fire for 25 feet.

The flamethrowers, which were given up by the military, are not being marketed as weapons but as fun devices.

Both companies say their flamethrowers have not caused injuries and safety is a priority.

The two companies also said the flamethrowers do have practical uses by farmers and firefighters.

They used to call guys who carried these things in WWII in Europe “Ronsons”, after the famous Cigarette Lighter of the time. Not because of their effect…But because what usually happened to the operator when the tanks were struck by a bullet or shrapnel.

Just what everyone wants their confederate flag waving whack job carrying into a crowded mall or stadium.

Why exactly now, aren’t these things banned?

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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And I Really Don’t Like the Curtains Either! Confederate Mania

Strange one. A Wisconsin man, enraged by the display of a Confederate Flag, barges into a woman’s home to remove it!

Wis. Man Arrested After ‘Shoving’ Woman to the Ground, Barging Into Her Home to Remove Confederate Flag: Report

This Wisconsin resident seems to really take issue with the Confederate flag.

Tajaun Boatner was arrested last week after he allegedly shoved past a woman, and barged into her home to remove the controversial flag that was hanging inside, the Daily Mail reports.

Boatner had reportedly spoken before to the woman, asking her to take down the flag, which she hung from her kitchen window. The woman moved the flag to the bathroom window, but Boatner was apparently not pleased at all.

The woman told police that she and Boatner got into a verbal argument before she ended up calling Boatner a racial slur, the Daily Mail reports. Boatner, at that point, had had enough and allegedly pushed past the woman and tore down the flag himself, according to the site.

The woman called police, who arrived at the scene and said that Boatner was combative. He allegedly struggled when they tried to handcuff him and refused to spread his legs so that they could pat him down for weapons. He allegedly continued to kick at officers as they put him in the police vehicle and attempted to close the door.

Boatner was charged with criminal trespassing, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer.

 

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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