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Initech's Journal
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July 29, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel Has A Classy Response To Cecil The Lion's Killer

Had you suggested fifteen years ago that the cohost of “The Man Show,” a guy who gained fame alongside human disaster Adam Carolla, would evolve into one of the sanest, sharpest voices on television, let’s just say it would have been a hard sell. But on Tuesday night, when he used his platform to speak up about a roiling hunting controversy, Jimmy Kimmel proved himself the late night voice of reason. Again.

In what’s become the latest chapter in an ongoing intense public debate this year, a Minnesota dentist found himself in the spotlight this week when it was revealed he’d allegedly paid at least $50,000 to kill a lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer now says he thought the “hunt” — if that’s what you want to call luring out a resident of a national park with bait, shooting him with an arrow, and then letting him suffer for another 40 hours before finishing him off with a gun — was entirely aboveboard. But it turns out that the lion, Cecil, was a beloved local fixture. And the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force says that the animal was “skinned and beheaded, and the hunters tried to destroy the GPS collar that Cecil was wearing as part of research backed by Oxford University.”


July 27, 2015

Mike Huckabee Uses Holocaust Imagery, Compares Iran Deal to Israeli Genocide

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Saturday invoked the specter of the Holocaust to criticize President Barack Obama for his decision to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Huckabee said in an interview with Breitbart News.

The presidential contender, a social conservative who is seen favorably by Republican voters, has promised to rescind the deal with Iran on his first day in office.

"This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped," he said in the interview.


Is there anything these idiots won't compare to the Nazis?
July 22, 2015

Fox And Friends: Clear The Waters During Surfing Competitions To Prevent Shark Attacks

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade suggested on Monday that beach officials should be “clearing the waters” of sharks to prevent the predators from coming in contact with humans.

Over the weekend, surfer Mick Fanning was caught on video being attacked by what appeared to be a great white shark at the 2015 J-Bay Open in South Africa. The attack comes after a number of other beach goers were injured by sharks this summer in the United States.

“I think that the most shocking thing is that after you hear about the six attacks in North Carolina, okay, these are just swimmers,” Kilmeade noted on Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends. “But then when you see a champion surfer and you have a three camera shoot and an overhead shot, [you] say, ‘Oh my goodness, it could happen anywhere.'”

“You would think that they would have a way of clearing the waters before a competition of this level,” he opined. “But I guess they don’t.”


Yeah just round them all up and ship them to the Dennys across the street until the competition is over. I'm sure they will be fine.
July 22, 2015

FEC Discloses Donald Trump's Full Net Worth In 92 Page Report

Real estate mogul Donald Trump has recently filed a personal financial disclosure for the Federal Election Commission, according to a report from The Guardian. This is the last step required for him to join the Republican presidential debate this Aug. 6. Immediately after, his campaign ad stated that his net worth is over $10 billion.

According to the report, this is well over the total net worth of 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney who was subsequently attacked for his excessive wealth during his presidential run. Despite Trump nearly repeating everything that troubled Romney, he has been rising in the national polls.

Trump isn't trying to hide it. According to Business Insider, immediately after he announced his intention to run for president, he stated, "I'm really rich. That's the kind of thinking you need for this country. Because you've got to make the country rich. It sounds crass ... It's not crass."

With regard to the FEC reports, Trump argued that these reports were "not designed for a man of Mr Trump's massive wealth."


Not quite the $10 billion he claims but still...
July 20, 2015

Large Section Of I-10 Collapses Outside Palm Springs, CA

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A bridge collapse in Southern California late Sunday afternoon forced the indefinite closure of Interstate 10 — the main roadway between Southern California and Phoenix. The collapse also injured one person and stranded hundreds of motorists.

A truck was headed east on I-10 when the Tex Wash bridge crumpled around 4:45 p.m. PT. Bystanders used straps from their cars to tie the truck to a guardrail to prevent it from washing away in the running water.

A passenger in the truck was able to get out, but the driver had to be rescued. Firefighters went into rapidly rising water to pull the driver out by 7 p.m.

The motorist had moderate injuries.


Hey Congress fix the damn roads!!!!
July 18, 2015

Dumb Criminals: Buffalo, NY Man Attempts To Steal Hearse During Father's Funeral

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For one local son, a funeral which took a wrong turn was hardly a fitting farewell to his father.

Joe Brown of South Buffalo was carrying the casket with his father’s remains to the steps of the church after his funeral Wednesday morning, when the funeral director stopped the pallbearers in their tracks, and notified them that the hearse was gone.

“It’s disgusting,” said Brown, who can’t believe that the last memory he’ll have of his father’s farewell is one of disrespect.

The family had to wait an extra 30 minutes at the church for another hearse to arrive. The Cadillac hearse was rented out by Mertz & Sons Funeral Home on Englewood Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda. Funeral Director, James Mertz said he was appalled at the theft.

“We are deeply saddened that while serving the Brown family, a crime was committed beyond our control,” he said.

The hearse was stolen late Wednesday morning from Washington Street, while a funeral was taking place inside St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, so the remains of Brown’s father was inside the church.


July 16, 2015

Dumb Criminals: Tennessee Woman Prints Own Money, Then Claims Obama Made It Legal

In a case of “It was on the Internet so it must be true,” a Tennessee woman was arrested for trying to use counterfeit money, explaining to police that she read online that President Barack Obama had passed a law making it legal, reports the Times News.

Pamela Downs, 45, of Kingsport was arrested on Sunday after giving a clerk at gas station a $5 bill which he suspected might be counterfeit.

A police officer dispatched to the gas station wrote in his report that the fake money appeared to have been printed on a home printer with the two sides glued together.

Downs initially explained to the officer that she had received the fake money at another gas station in nearby Bristol a few days earlier and had never really looked at it.

After agreeing to have her purse searched, police discovered a fake $100 bill printed in black and white with the backside glued on upside down. Police also found receipts in her purse showing she had purchased a printer and copy paper at a local Walmart.


July 15, 2015

Miss Universe Pageant Loses 4 Million Viewers After Trump Comments

The Miss USA Pageant lost about 4 million viewers this year after NBC dropped it and cable channel Reelz picked it up as a result of comments the competition's part-owner, Donald Trump, made about Mexican immigration.

According to Variety, 925,000 people tuned into the Miss USA Pageant during its first airing at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on Reelz. A second airing at 11 p.m. ET attracted 248,000 more viewers to the program for a total night's viewers of 1.27 million.

A good night for Reelz (which averages 103,000 viewers on Sundays during the summer), the number is a big drop for the pageant compared to its NBC days.

Last year's Miss USA was watched by 5.6 million viewers on NBC. So, the pageant dropped more than four million viewers year-over-year.

The whole ordeal began when Trump made offensive comments regarding Mexican immigration and immigrants during his speech announcing his candidacy for president. Univision, a member of NBCUniversal, then canceled its agreement to air Miss USA. NBC would later follow.


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