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Police in Bedfordshire, England, were mocked after posting online a flintlock pistol they seized during a drug raid. A photo of the pistol indicates it has no trigger and no hammer. The police report they also found a sword and drugs. The man, who wasn't named, faces drugs and firearms charges.

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Brickbat: This Ain't It, Chief

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Two women have sued Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, Police Chief Chris Griffin, saying he sent them a series of sexually explicit, racist, and otherwise inappropriate images while at a law enforcement conference. The women reported the images to the head of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association, who revoked Griffin's membership and reported him to Sullivan's Island Town Administrator Andy Benke. According to the lawsuit, the town took no action against Griffin. Town officials refused to comment on the lawsuit.

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Brickbat: Breathing Room

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The Aldine, Texas, Independent School District says it has removed from the classroom a teacher caught on camera pulling down her mask, crowding a student, yelling at her and intentionally breathing on her during a class. The student said the teacher's spit landed on her face, and the teacher called her a bitch and knocked her phone from her hand. The incident reportedly began when the teacher asked students to put away their phones, and the student responded in a manner the teacher thought to be disrespectful. In a statement, the school system says it will take "appropriate administrative action."

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Brickbat: Paper Chase

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The Fairfax County, Virginia, school board has sued two mothers trying to force them to return documents it released to one of them under an open records request. The school system released 1,000 pages of receipts from its law firm to Debra Tisler. Her friend Callie Oettinger published some of them on her website. School officials say they did not realize the documents had not been thoroughly redacted and contained confidential information. They want Tisler to return the documents and Oettinger to remove them from her website. The mothers are represented by the Goldwater Institute, which argues they have a First Amendment right to publish the information.

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  1. Public schools are finally becoming openly aggressive about their authority over your tax dollars and your children.

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    2. It’s not only the schools. In our area there lawyers that fight every property tax assessment adjustment that might result in lower taxes. Those lawyers are retained by the Teacher’s Union. The Union stand is that property taxes shouldn’t be lowered because the money belongs to the school districts and should be available for teacher’s salaries.

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  2. The school system released 1,000 pages of receipts from its law firm to Debra Tisler.

    reification: noun: regarding something abstract as a material thing

    The school system didn’t release the documents, somebody who works for the school system released the documents. If the documents shouldn’t have been released, that somebody wasn’t doing their job properly. Have they been identified and properly held accountable for their failure? No? It’s just one of those things that happens and it’s nobody’s fault? Then fuck you, publishing the documents is just one of those things that happens and it’s nobody’s fault.

    1. That person released those documents because the school board was paying them to do so, under a state FOIA law that the school board is required to follow, using procedures the school board created. That person was acting as an agent of the school board. It’s much more accurate to say that the school board released those documents than to say the employee did.

      1. No, it’s accurate only to say the employee released them. It has not yet been established whether that employee was following school board procedures, and even if so, it was still the employee who released them, in the name of the school board.

        People do things. Organizations do not.

        1. The distinction being moot to the point of culpability and mens rea. If I agree to buy something off of you for $100 and accidentally give you $500, it’s polite of you to say “You fucked up, here’s your $400 back.” but “I fucked up.” is not sufficient justification for me to leap over the counter and take back the money. If I gave the money to a proxy and he gave you the extra $400 with intent to embezzle/defraud, then I have a case. If someone on the board crafted the redaction rules specifically so that personal information was unduly disclosed, their return may be in order.

  3. I’m sure AG Garland had this in mind when he sent his memo…

    Thank God Senator McConnell smoked out that fool Garland in 2016, and denied him a seat on SCoTUS. That was an act of political courage and judgment which time has ultimately proved correct.

    1. Pretty sure it was just spite and pettiness, but bullet dodged either way.

  4. Parents that homeschool avoid this tyranny. End the public education industrial complex.

    1. Except that the school district is even happier to take a full helping of tax money out of homeschool family’s homes, while providing zero service to those families. Also gets parents who would otherwise be a more direct challenge to district practices out of their hair.

      Win, win, win, from the perspective of a school district. Cultivating a local home school movement is quite to the district’s advantage.

      1. A school district of one. Ymmv but fewer students here = a lower budget.

        1. I spent a month in Japan in 1992, and one of the places I stayed had an entire school held open for one student, with principal, vice-principal, nurse, several teachers, the whole business. A new freeway had made the big city schools accessible and most parents were happy to transfer their kids to them. This one family did not transfer their son. No idea why. I met them, he had fun riding my bike around, good kid, good mom, nice normal people, far as I could tell. Everyone, including the kid and his mother, thought it was pretty funny, laughed at the stupid burrocracy, understood that if the burrocracy had not been so stupid, the kid would have had to transfer, still thought it was funny as heck.

      2. That’s not completely true. Most states allocate at least some funding based on number of students enrolled. Check to see if your state has a “count day” – it usually happens in the summer.

        1. In my state, they take average attendance per day over 30 days to calculate funding distribution to schools for the next month. But same idea. Poor attendance hurts their funding.

          We had a school locally lose 9 out of 50 teachers because of transfers out to private and homeschooling. The school lose a ton of funds.

        2. I called my kid in both count days last year

  5. By the way, the mother (can they actually use that word?) who published to the web did redact names and other personal information.

  6. School officials say they did not realize the documents had not been thoroughly redacted and contained confidential information.

    So, those school officials promptly resigned, right? RIGHT?!

    1. They made sure to redact their own names from the resignation letter.

  7. This news is about 2 weeks old. Good to see Reason has its finger on the pulse.

  8. These comments are next level insane.

    People make mistakes when acting as agents of organizations.

    In a sane world, people would act in good faith to remedy those mistakes.

    1. In a sane world, people would act in good faith to remedy those mistakes.

      Per LTBF’s assertion above, the mother did. If you call people insane for doing exactly what you assert they should, what does that make you?

  9. What kind of information would be confidential in a public school board? Credit card and social security numbers? I would think salaries, contracts, etc all would be public info. Not sure about internal email correspondence.

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Brickbat: Maybe Next Year

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said foreign tourists won't be allowed back into the country until 2022 at the earliest. The country won't fully reopen its borders until at least 80 percent of the population 16 and older is fully vaccinated for COVID-19. And then, Morrison said, it will give priority to skilled workers and students. On the bright side, Morrison said he will allow Australian citizens and residents to travel overseas for the first time since March 2020. But only if they are fully vaccinated.

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Brickbat: A Snitch in Time

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In Shakopee, Minnesota, HomeTown Bank has placed Tara McNeally on unpaid leave and could fire her after the local school superintendent complained to her boss about comments she made on Facebook. McNeally was upset that a school board member did not appear to be paying attention when one of her friends spoke about the school system's mask policy. She posted that Kristi Peterson seemed to be looking at the clock. Video showed Peterson turning her head repeatedly while the friend speaks, but it isn't clear what she is looking at. Shakopee Superintendent Mike Redmond said McNeally's claim was false, and if she worked for the school system she would be referred to human resources for discipline. McNeally doesn't work for the school system, but she does work for a bank branch inside Shakopee High School, and Redmond's letter said she should not be allowed inside any district school.

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  1. Fuck Joe Biden.

    Also, fuck this school board who continues to do taxpayers’ business by teleconference, instead of in person.

    Fuck this superintendent and the bank, as well.

    Finally, fuck this bank teller for bitching about the school board member on Facebook, when she works inside the school.

    Freedom of speech doesn’t include being rude to the people who allowed you to work as a guest in the building these people operate.

    1. Freedom of speech doesn’t include being rude to the people who allowed you to work as a guest in the building these people operate.

      Did she sign an NDA? Is she under a gag order? Otherwise, yeah, it does. Even at that, the school board meeting is a matter of public record.

      There may be a case to be had if she posted from work, or to the bank or the school board’s Facebook page, or that the school board member was daydreaming about diddling kids. Otherwise, can the bank or the school board fire you over some shit the local school board member read off the bathroom wall in a local bar?

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      2. Though I *have* heard that Shakopee Superintendent Mike Redmond likes to diddle little children. It’s possible he’s got a petabyte collection of child pornography.

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    2. Finally, fuck this bank teller for bitching about the school board member on Facebook, when she works inside the school.

      Hey genius – the “school board member” is an elected official. You are legally permitted to criticize them wherever the fuck you like. And if she was barred from working in that school as a result, the district would be in an actionable position.

      1. Agree with your sentiment, but quibble with the phrasing:

        We are not “legally permitted” to criticize elected officials. It is our right, for which we do not have to ask permission.

        (Yeah, yeah, I know, tell that to the sheriff in any number of “may issue” gun permit states.)

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    3. Freedom of speech doesn’t include being rude to the people who allowed you to work as a guest in the building these people operate.

      When it’s an elected official, it sure as hell does.

  2. There’s a bank inside a high school?

    1. Not that rare. It’s to teach skills and financial literacy to students.

      Article below is seven years old.

      https://www.npr.org/2014/06/04/318489887/as-banks-open-in-schools-a-chance-for-students-to-learn-to-save

    2. That was my first thought too. How big does a school need to be before it gets its own bank branch?

  3. Private citizens like Superintendent Redmond have to be free to criticize public officials like Bank Teller McNeally without repercussions, otherwise how else are we going to keep honest financial institutions that for some reason exist inside of schools.

    1. Facebook is a private korporashun and the bank is a private korporashun I fail to see how anyone’s rights were violated at the behest of the school board here.

  4. My favorite part was where the school claimed in no way did they intend for the bank to take disciplinary action against the employee, that they were, you know, just making an observation about her for some reason, just making conversation I guess. What a pack of lying shitweasels.

  5. I have it on good authority, in nearly all social media, that there is no such thing as cancel culture. Zuckerberg said so, too.

  6. If President Biden can ignore a ceremony when fallen soldiers are returning home then a school board member can ignore a member of the public.

  7. In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

    – Mark Twain

  8. Did you not hear?
    Parents are domestic terrorists

  9. Authoritarianism in the flesh. Little school board tadpoles thinking they are the dominant alligator. Alas, it is human nature. Humans cannot handle power. Our founding forefathers understood that simple truth very well. Power corrupts every human, especially those seeking it. Checks and balances are the only way to control our human ways. Sure, authoritarianism works efficiently but the millions of dead Russians, Chinese, Jews, etc. might show he who studies our past that efficiency isn’t worth the loss of freedom.

    1. authoritarianism works efficiently

      And transiently. Not being omniscient, we can only wield the power against the foes we can see. When it comes time to face the foe we have not foreseen, it doesn’t matter how efficient the tool you can’t wield is.

  10. Paid leave for me, unpaid leave for thee.

  11. Is it just me, or is it getting harder and harder to figure out who the aggrieved party is?

    Too many people doing stuff they shouldn’t in the first place. Banks in schools, airing dirty laundry on Spacebook, everyone worrying about what someone else says (as opposed to does), etc.

  12. >>bank branch inside Shakopee High School

    what the fucking fuck? we would have robbed the bank if my h.s. had one.

    1. Career training! 🙂

  13. She’s probably lucky the school board didn’t report her and her friend to the FBI to be designated “domestic terrorists” so they could be designated by Biden as targets for assassination by drone strike. Assuming that Biden is carrying on with all the policies established by the Obama admin when/where he can manage (and the policies of the trump administration where he knows the media will continue to ignore it such as at the border).

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Brickbat: I Can't Hear You

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It began with Brady Mistic allegedly rolling past a stop sign in Idaho Springs, Colorado. It ended with police throwing him to the ground, Tasering him, handcuffing him and taking him to jail, where he spent four months before charges against him were dropped. Mistic, who is deaf, had pulled into a laundromat parking lot and police followed him in and turned on their flashing lights. When he stepped out of the car, Mistic said he did not know what was going on, and police ignored his attempts to tell them he was deaf. He has since filed a lawsuit against the city. In a statement, the police department said officers did not know Mistic was deaf and that they acted appropriately. The two officers who Tasered Mistic have been named in a second lawsuit against the city by a 75-year-old man who said they Tasered him and roughed him up unnecessarily after responding to a report of an assault. One of those officers, Nicholas Hanning, was fired from the department and charged with felony assault on an at-risk adult after that second incident.

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  1. I don’t see how it’s legal for someone to drive deaf. They’re a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road.

    Same as the blind and parents with small children.

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    2. Add women drivers of Asian backgrounds, male drivers under 23 years of age, all drivers over 74 years of age, and drivers who listen to annoyingly loud, thumping bass music while driving. (They are not necessarily dangerous drivers, but they annoy everyone to no end.) Oh, and if you are Russia—don’t let anyone who is LGBT drive. That last one is Putin’s rule, not mine.

      1. Actually, pretty much everyone besides me is a raving idiot and unqualified to drive.

        1. Everyone driving slower than you is an asshole, everyone driving faster is an idiot — George Paraphrased Carlin

        2. Now that Saudi allows women to drive, I wonder if accident rates are up, down, or unaffected.

    3. They didn’t used to be allowed, but this changed around the same time as the ADA. Of course, once the deaf were allowed to drive, that rendered laws against wearing headphones while driving unjustifiable, so that is now largely allowed too.

      1. You might be right.

        But there’s still an exception for one earphone, as part of answering a hands free mobile phone.

    4. my son is deaf and has driven safely for 34 years. He is not a threat to anyone. People like you are the threat; you are a threat to the chance of deaf people to be part of society.

      1. Until the day he misses an audio cue, like the sound of a tire blowout in the next travel lane, and someone dies.

    5. Completely agree. And for similar reasons, no one should be a cop who is oblivious, whether by inability or choice, to people with handicaps who can’t comply with their commands.

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  3. It’s not the policeman’s problem that he is deaf. Comply with all police commands, whether or not you hear them or they are conflicting or are lawful. That goes for the public or spouses or girlfriends.

    1. Yes, it is his problem, because it’s a danger that he can alleviate and nobody else can.

  4. Where are the descriptions of Brady’s race and class? How can we pass judgement without those?

    1. As a deaf man, he is clearly high on the privilege hierarchy. The police were correct in tasing him. Only lesbian trans-women of color deserve preferential treatment at the hands of the police.

  5. Good thing he wasn’t blind and letting his service dog drive. They’d have shot the dog.

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Brickbat: Drink It Up

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The Miami-Dade, Florida, State Attorney's Office has charged Miami Beach Police Department Sgt. Jose Perez and Officer Kevin Perez with felony battery for taking down and handcuffing Khalid Vaughn, who was recording them arresting another man. Video shows Vaughn obeying the officers' command to back away, but police tackled him anyway. Video also shows them taunting a bloody, beaten Vaughn and ignoring his request for medical attention. And the video shows one of the officers taking Vaughn's Gatorade from him and loudly gulping it down. Officer Steven Cerrano has been charged one count of official misconduct. They and two other officers have also been charged with battery in the arrest of the first man.

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Brickbat: Don't Say That

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A British court has sentenced Simon Sillwood to eight weeks in jail for racially abusing online a player for the West Bromwich Albion soccer team. Sillwood, a fan of the team, was upset after it lost a shutout to Manchester City. He posted on a Facebook group that midfielder Romaine Sawyers, who is black, should receive the "Baboon d'Or" award, a reference to Balloon d'Or trophy awarded annually to the best soccer player. Sawyers told the court he felt "harassed, alarmed and distressed" after reading the post. Sillwood claimed he meant to post "buffoon" but misspelled it "bafoon" and autocorrect changed it to "baboon."

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Brickbat: Never Let an Opportunity Go to Waste

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An investigation has found that the Canadian military used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to turn on the Canadian people propaganda techniques intended to be used against foreign enemies. The plan was developed by Canadian Joint Operations Command without the direction of civilian leadership.  Military officials said the project was aimed at bolstering government messages about the disease and at stopping civil disobedience to pandemic restrictions. A separate effort collected information about Black Lives Matter gatherings and the movement's leaders. Military officers said these tactics were somehow needed to aid military efforts to help at long-term care homes and to deliver vaccines to remote communities.

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Brickbat: Aww, Shoot

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A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is under investigation after accidentally firing his or her weapon in a courtroom. The sheriff's department did not issue a notice of the shooting as it typically does when a deputy fires a weapon. And it refused to answer questions from the media about the circumstances of the discharge or whether anyone was injured. The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources, said the bullet struck another deputy's radio but no one was injured.

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  1. “I’m the only one in this room, that I know of, professional enough to carry this Glock 40.”

    Should be an instant firing, and whatever criminal sanction L.A. has for unlawful discharge of a firearm. ‘Should be’…LOL.

    Modern handguns don’t fire unless you pull the trigger (Sig 320 woes, aside…). But they will always fire when you do. So don’t mess around near the trigger.

    Jesus, it’s not that hard. (Which sounds like the punchline to a bad joke.)

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    2. “Glock Leg.”

      I spend a lot of time with and around firearms; I’ve found that as soon as you begin to “assume” you’ve got the safety all down, that bad things can happen. A weapon you were “certain” you unloaded still has a round in it; a loaded weapon [aren’t they all?] is left unsecured. Etc.

      Everyone needs to be aware of the four rules, all the time. Not obsessed, but aware.

      1. All weapons are loaded all the time [unless I’ve broken it down myself and am cleaning or servicing it, in which case it damned sure better be unloaded]
      2. Never point the muzzle, intentionally or unintentionally, at anything or anyone you do not want to kill or destroy
      3. Always be aware of what is beyond or adjacent to your target, as well as the target itself; whatever the bullet fired from you weapon hits, is on you.
      4. And most importantly, and for this officer, KEEP YOU FUCKING FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE ON TARGET AND READY TO FIRE!

      1. 2) Does that mean I shouldn’t point the muzzle skyward unless I want to kill the sky? Or towards the ground unless I want to kill the Earth?

        1. Don’t be stupid.

          I know it’s hard, but do the best you can.

      2. This is why I don’t have a handgun. Too many rules.

        I’d totally use it to scratch my ass and wind up a bloody mess.

  2. That’s inexcusable. Firing a gun in a courtroom should only occur in the most dire circumstances.

  3. . The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources, said the bullet struck another deputy’s radio but no one was injured.

    The radio reached for it’s waistband. 🙂

    1. I am certain the radio was black – – – – – – – – – –

  4. accidentally firing his or her weapon in a courtroom.

    The word you are struggling for is negligently. And I thought the style guides had all been updated with a pronoun for just such an occurrence. Firing their weapon would make so much more sense.

    1. “style guides had all been updated”

      Charles Oliver has no style.

    2. Negligent discharges result in unwanted kids.

  5. sonofabitch! you shot me in the radio!

    1. This sparked a gun duel in which 17 innocent bystanders were wounded. Both cops went home safe.

    2. “Shoot them in the BroBox — it destroys their will to live”

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  7. The unarmed radio might have been about to commit an insurrection. Shooting justified.

    1. The radio reached for it’s waistband.

  8. Don’t play with your Glock in public, that’s just gross.

    1. At least don’t short stroke it.

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  10. Since it’s the main stream media, of course there’s no mention about the make or caliber of the firearm in question.
    It would not surprise me if the current question is a Glock.
    They are famous for negligent discharge usually injuring the owner in the leg, that’s the famous “Glock leg syndrome “.
    These types of guns have no external thumb safety so as soon as anything touches the trigger, they go off.
    Flicking off a safety takes about 1/10 of one second..
    Yet it adds so much to safety when you have an external thumb safety.
    The other problem with Glock and other similar pistols is the need to pull the trigger when you take the gun apart for cleaning.
    This is design flaw that also results in many negligent discharges.
    There are plenty of striker fired pistols that are available in models both with and without safeties that do not require pulling the trigger to field strip.
    For instance the Sig 365 among many others.
    Why people continue to buy guns with this serious design flaw is beyond me.
    When I teach people about guns I make a huge point tell them buy one that does not require pulling the trigger to take it apart.

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Brickbat: Don't Let That Training Go to Waste

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Responding to a call that a woman was attempting to drive a golf cart the wrong way onto State Route 167, a Washington State Patrol trooper rushed to the scene and used his car to block her. Just kidding. He used a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver and knocked the cart over, causing the woman minor injuries.

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Brickbats: October 2021

News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly…

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The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has found Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge guilty of "repeated, clearly improper conduct" and added that her misconduct while presiding over family court was "blatant and inexcusable." The court found Younge illegally jailed parents, had parents improperly handcuffed in her courtroom, and belittled people who appeared before her. The court suspended Younge for six months and placed her on probation for the rest of her term, which runs through 2026. She may no longer preside over family court and must write letters of apology to those she wronged.

Norway's new marketing rules will require advertisers and social media influencers to label any photos they post or publish that have been retouched. Those who fail to do so could face fines or even prison time.

Quebec's Culture Ministry has ordered that all music played on elevators in government buildings or that plays on government telephones when people are on hold be performed by artists from the province. The order also includes any background music played at government-owned liquor stores and casinos.

Former Minnesota Department of Corrections officer Randy Beehler has been sentenced to 120 days in jail followed by seven years probation after pleading guilty to one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Beehler was transporting a female inmate when he stopped at a McDonald's. The woman said she would "do anything" for some food. After ordering meals for both of them, Beehler stopped the vehicle, took her handcuffs off, and brought her up front with him where she performed oral sex on him as he drove. The woman reported the incident to corrections officials.

The police department of Glendale, California, has placed four officers on administrative leave after a video showed them punching and kicking a shoplifting suspect.

In Ohio, the Canton City School District has fired Canton McKinley High School head football coach Marcus Watley and six assistant coaches for forcing a player to eat a pepperoni pizza against the boy's religious beliefs. The student is a Hebrew Israelite and does not eat pork or products containing pork such as pepperoni. After the player missed an optional practice, Watley told him he would have to eat an entire pizza or his teammates would have to endure extra drills.

Kuwaiti police arrested a man for insulting the nation after he posted a TikTok video complaining about the heat and a dust storm that covered Kuwait for several days. The man, an Egyptian national who wasn't named by the media, faces deportation.

This summer, West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Brian Buglio resigned and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor federal charges of violating the civil rights of a resident. Paul DeLorenzo said Buglio was upset with him for criticizing the chief and his department on Facebook, calling them slow to make an arrest in a case involving him. DeLorenzo said Buglio threatened to make up a "fake arrest" and jail him if he did not remove his post. In June, the West Hazleton Borough Council voted to hire Buglio back on as a public safety director.

Florida's Bartram Trail High School has offered refunds to anyone who returns a copy of this year's yearbook. Numerous parents and students complained when they saw that at least 80 photos of female students had been digitally altered, typically to cover any exposed cleavage, no matter how minor.

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  1. >>faces deportation.

    whew thought you said decapitation.

    1. If so, that would be a headline.

      1. He’ll beheading home soon.

        1. if not he’ll be late for Chopped.

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    2. If he did his TikTok video with a lisp while wearing a pink keffiyeh, definitely.

  2. He claimed she would get a Big Mac but turns out it was just a small fry. So she filed a complaint.

    1. Hey, it seems like she got what she expected. It’s implied in the “special sauce” portion of the two all beef patties jingle.

    2. Yeah, she wanted a Big Mac but all she got was his Whopper with extra mayo.

    3. Nothing from McDonald’s is that worth it.

      1. He said he was lovin’ it.

  3. >Quebec’s Culture Ministry has ordered that all music played on elevators in government buildings or that plays on government telephones when people are on hold be performed by artists from the province.

    Celine Dion, on repeat, forever.

    1. Imagine working in one of those places. Guarantee the suicide rate increases.

      1. Their heart won’t go on…

    2. Will they just do French-speaking artists, or will the give the English-speaking ones a chance.

      And with modern music, who can tell *which* language it’s in, am I right? Pardon me while I shake my cane at those youngsters on my lawn.

    3. Wikipedia has an article on Musicians of Quebec. It’s a very long list, and Celine Dion was the only name I recognized. But I can immediately think of several performers from the rest of Canada, and there are probably dozens that I would recognize but not know are Canadian.

      Do I know any French songs? Barely. Snatches of a Beatles song that was part English, part French. The round “Frere Jaques”, which my mother taught me way back when we didn’t have TV and had to make our own entertainment. I also vaguely remember bits of another French round, to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – something about rolling a ball, then a duck???

      Perform in English, and Americans don’t care where you are from. Perform in French, and you’ve cut yourself off from all the other North American cultures…

  4. The police department of Glendale, California, has placed four officers on administrative leave after a video showed them punching and kicking a shoplifting suspect.

    FTA: “An investigation into the incident, including all actions taken by the officers during the arrest process, was immediately initiated and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted.”

    A whole bunch of articles from June 10 when this incident occurred state the same thing. A subsequent internet search for “Glendale officers video shoplifting suspect” returns the same results, indicating that the investigation is still ongoing nearly 4 months later or that not a single solitary news source found it worth reporting the results of the investigation. I’m going to guess the former.

    In any case, you have to wonder if these cops were simply following procedure. When you’re beating the shit out of a suspect right there in front of other shoppers whom you have to know are filming you, it’s a pretty good indication that you either see nothing wrong with your actions or you simply don’t give a fuck who sees you because you know there’s not a goddamn thing they can do about it.

    1. No lawsuit filed, investigation cleared the cops, suspect pled guilty.

      Don’t go by news coverage.

      Go by the fact that it was quietly ignored by the corporate press and race baiting protest class.

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  6. Judge unlawfully jails people: “You must write a letter of apology.”

    Well, as far as accountability in the courts goes, I suppose that is draconian….

    I mean… Us normies would face 20 years for that… But having to write a note works too…

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  8. Quite comical situations. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

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