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Florida Man, 20, Cuts Sweet Plea Deal In Dumb-As-Dirt Felony Case

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The Florida Man arrested for using a front-end loader to dump a bucket of dirt on his girlfriend’s car has escaped with a judicial slap on the wrist, according to court records.

Hunter Mills, who was scheduled for a January 6 trial for felony criminal mischief, recently struck a plea deal that resulted in a deferred prosecution agreement and his placement in a pretrial diversion program.

If Mills, 20, successfully completes the program--which is afforded to some first-time offenders--the criminal charge will likely be dismissed. Most diversion programs last 12 months.

Mills was arrested in August after he covered a 2010 Cadillac driven by his girlfriend in dirt. The woman had driven to meet Mills on a road adjacent to the headquarters of an excavation firm that sells top soil and landscaping materials. The dumping site was in Crestview, a city about 50 miles from Pensacola.

According to an arrest report, when Mills’s girlfriend “refused to answer a question,” Mills--who arrived at the meeting site in a front-end loader--“dumped the dirt on the driver side half of the vehicle, causing scratches to the top, hood, and trunk. The window was down during the incident, which caused dirt to fill up the air vents, center console, and power windows.”

The car’s owner estimated that his ride suffered $8000 in damages.

When questioned by police, Mills admitted covering the car in dirt, but “stated that he did this in an attempt to get [the woman] to leave him alone.”

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/criminal-mischief/dirt-dump-plea-deal-085139

Florida Thief Wearing "Hover Shoes" Fleeces Walmart

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JANUARY 16--A man wearing a pair of self-balancing hover skates recently rolled into a Walmart, filled up his cart, and then glided out of the Florida store without paying for the merchandise, police say.

In a bid to identify the “futuristic thief,” cops in Winter Haven have released surveillance video showing him zipping into and around the store on January 8.

According to a Winter Haven Police Department report, the suspect made off with $551.08 worth of merchandise, including paint, a trash can, a vehicle battery, a bouquet of flowers, a Roku TV, and a Motokicks hoverboard.

A cop noted that the perp used a "hover board to push the shopping cart through the store by standing on it and hovering while selecting items."

The thief, who has a large tattoo on his forearm, drove away from Walmart in a late-90s Nissan Maxima sedan with "two different sets of aftermarket chrome wheels, and slight hood damage."

The suspect appears to be wearing a pair of Voyager brand Space Shoes. The shoes, which cost about $200, use self-balancing technology and are the “next generation of E-mobility, with two skates that are independent of each other,” according to the manufacturer.

The Space Shoes have a maximum speed of 6.2 MPH and a range of five miles before they need recharging. The shoes, each of which weighs six pounds, include “fun, bright” LED lights (as seen on the Walmart footage).

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/hovering-walmart-thief-178492
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FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: OUR POLLS ARE ALL WRONG

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Fivethirtyeight.com announces that Trump is far less popular than the widely trusted fivethirtyeight.com weighted polling averages suggest
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-may-be-even-more-unpopular-than-his-approval-rating-shows/

Polls have consistently shown that President Trump is pretty unpopular, with only about 42 percent of the American public approving of the job he is doing as president. These numbers are much lower than what one might expect given the bustling economy.

But does the standard presidential approval question actually capture what voters think of Trump’s job performance? There are several reasons it might not tell the full story. For one, in this hyper-partisan era, presidential approval numbers have become increasingly polarized and don’t move around all that much, so they may now say more about which “side” people are on (pro-Trump or anti-Trump, Republican or Democrat) than voters’ actual evaluation of how the president is doing.

So we (Enns and Schuldt) have worked to develop a hopefully more nuanced approach to measuring presidential approval, where we ask respondents how favorably they feel toward Trump relative to other notable Republicans. By not explicitly asking respondents whether they approve or disapprove of the president, we avoid forcing respondents to take sides, as they do in the standard presidential approval question.
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Sexism Barbarism Misogyny dis is a new day new Trump way new year

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Shooter stopped before mass killing

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If you have an iPhone you are ghey because you cant watch webm's

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/least-2-dead-1-wounded-shooting-texas-church-n1108311
Three dead, including gunman, at Texas church where parishioners returned fire
The gunman was killed as members of the congregation returned fire during services in the town of White Settlement, police said.

A gunman fatally shot two people before parishioners shot and killed him at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, authorities said.

J.P. Bevering, police chief of White Settlement, in Tarrant County, said the man opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ during services shortly before noon. Worshipers returned fire, killing the gunman, Bevering said.

One person was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Another parishioner who was in critical condition later died, authorities said.

"We lost two great men today," Britt Farmer, the church's senior minister, told reporters late Sunday. "But it could've been a lot worse."

Bevering said the shooter, who has not been identified, appears to have walked into the church and sat down.

"He got up, pulled out a shotgun and fired it at a parishioner," Bevering said. "That parishioner is deceased."

The shooter struck a second person before two other parishioners, who are volunteer members of a church security team, returned fire. The shooting was over within six seconds, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters.

They "drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives," Patrick said.
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions are across the board

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https://bismarcktribune.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/ap-fact-check-trump-s-distortions-are-across-the-board/article_e83ac84d-50d8-5ea9-b22b-5a051cd98c1d.html

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump systematically fabricated his record before boisterous supporters and the eyes of the world this past week.

To a core question — did the U.S. killing of an Iranian general avoid an imminent attack on U.S. interests? — there is no definitive answer days after missiles flew. Trump and his officials said the U.S. attack achieved that result but have yet to prove it.

In other matters, Trump offered distortion across the breadth of public policy. He declared clean-air achievements when the air has become dirtier. He claimed to have come up with the “great idea” of letting veterans seek private care at public expense, when that was already law, accomplished by President Barack Obama.

He complained that he didn't get the Nobel Peace Prize for peace in Ethiopia, when he had little to nothing to do with it.

He invented a dialogue with a Democrat in Congress and claimed he succeeded on two fronts where other presidents failed, each time for at least 44 years, a made-up number.

And as he done repeatedly, but this time in the midst of dangerous brinkmanship with Iran, he falsely accused Obama of opening the U.S. treasury to Tehran and handing over a fortune.

A sampling from the week:

PEACE PRIZE

TRUMP: “I'm going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I will tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved the country and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said, what, did I have something to do with it? Yeah but, you know, that is the way it is. " Toledo, Ohio, rally Thursday.

THE FACTS: Trump did not save Ethiopia.
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reverse white power

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https://nypost.com/2020/01/03/video-shows-seattle-pizza-shop-worker-attacked-in-brazen-robbery/

Harrowing video shows a pizza shop worker being brutally assaulted during a robbery near Seattle.

The footage, released Monday by the King County Sheriff’s Office, shows Southside Pizza employee Brittany Brophy fending off an attacker who busted into the White Center business via a back door late Monday.

The assailant, clad in all black, can be seen approaching Brophy inside an office, where she was counting money just before ending her shift, Q13 FOX reports.
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Zuckerberg gets MAGApilled

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>Facebook and Instagram Remove Pro-Iran Content in Effort to Comply with Trump Sanctions
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/10/tech/instagram-iran-soleimani-posts/index.html
Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that voice support for slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani to comply with US sanctions, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business Friday.

The Iranian government has called for nationwide legal action against Instagram in protest, even creating a portal on a government website for the app’s users to submit examples of posts the company removed, Iranian state media reported.

Instagram is one of the few western social media platforms that is not blocked in Iran. Facebook and Twitter are blocked but some Iranians access those sites using VPNs.

In a tweet, Iran’s government spokesperson, Ali Rabiei, called Instagram’s actions “undemocratic.”

Instagram shut down Soleimani’s own account on the platform last April after the US government designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization. Soleimani was an IRGC commander.

“We operate under US sanctions laws, including those related to the US government’s designation of the IRGC and its leadership,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Iranian soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who has a verified Instagram account, posted a photo of Soleimani after his death. Jahanbakhsh said Instagram had removed that post.
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Democrats held another debate and nobody cares again

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This is the 6th consecutive time that the Democrats have debated and nobody bothered to make a thread about it. I guess nobody cares because everyone knows its rigged.
Did anyone see that massive ovation Trump got at the college football game last night?
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/01/14/rigged-critics-cry-foul-as-cnn-debate-slants-against-bernie-sanders/
>‘Rigged’: Critics Cry Foul as CNN Debate Slants Against Bernie Sanders
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are infuriated by the results of the seventh Democrat presidential debate in Iowa because it appears that moderators favored Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the debate hosted by CNN on Tuesday.

The clearest example of bias cited by debate watchers was when CNN moderator Abby Phillips had the following exchange with Sanders and Warren:

>Phillips: You’re saying that you never told Senator Warren that a woman couldn’t win the election?

>Bernie: Correct.

>Phillips: Warren, what did you think when Sanders said a woman couldn’t win the election?

>Warren: I disagreed. Bernie is my friend, and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie.

After the debate, Warren pointedly refused to shake Sen. Sanders’s hand, a puzzling move, as Warren tried to paint her relationship with the Vermont Senator as respectful and collegial.

The story kicking off the alleged claim of Sanders’ sexist remark towards Warren in 2018 was published Monday by CNN and prominently featured on their network before the debate.

Phillips followed up by asking Sen. Amy Klobuchar, “What do you say to people who say that a woman can’t win this election?”

Warren did not repeat her claim against Sanders during the debate, and Phillips and other CNN moderators failed to cross-examine the Massachusetts senator’s account of what occurred during their conversation.

Warren instead pivoted into an answer that trumpeted women running successfully for elections, earning loud cheers from the debate audience.
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Vatican Hides $2 Billion in Assets to Limit Abuse Payouts

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-01-08/the-catholic-church-s-strategy-to-limit-payouts-to-abuse-victims

Dioceses are aggressively moving and reclassifying holdings to shrink the value of their bankruptcy estates.

More dioceses are filing for bankruptcy now that rules are changing about how much time a victim has to sue over abuse. Seven states and the District of Columbia passed laws in 2019 that suspend the statute of limitations on civil sex abuse suits, and at least three other states are considering them.

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In many cases, churches precede bankruptcy by transferring and reclassifying assets. The effect is to shrink the pot of money available to clergy abuse victims. That and Chapter 11’s universal settlements and protections from further claims have been an effective one-two punch for limiting payouts. A Bloomberg Businessweek review of court filings by lawyers for churches and victims in the past 15 years shows that the U.S. Catholic Church has shielded more than $2 billion in assets from abuse victims in bankruptcies using these methods. “The survivors should have gotten that money, and they didn’t,” says Terry McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org. “The Catholic Church has behaved like a business. It hasn’t behaved like a religion that lives by the rules it espouses.”


COUNTDOWN TO POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNING THE GAYS IN THREE >>> TWO >>>
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