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Pro-Abort: “I Want You to Eat a Taco, Drink a Beer, and Fund Abortion”

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Andrea Grimes of RH Reality Check admits she started the challenge as a Twitter joke in response to the Ice Bucket Challenge that is ubiquitous right now. She should have left it as one.

Grimes summarizes it:

The Taco or Beer Challenge couldn’t be simpler: You eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and you donate to an abortion fund. The only ice you’ll need for this challenge is the ice in your cooler, or maybe the ice in your water if you get a particularly spicy taco.

Everybody stays dry—ideally—and somebody gets help paying for a legal abortion.

Then she goes into further detail:

What do ice buckets have to do with ALS? I don’t know. What do tacos and beer have to do with abortion? I don’t know that either.

What I do know is that eating tacos and drinking beer is more pleasurable than getting doused with ice water, and that lawmakers around the country are passing increasingly restrictive anti-abortion access laws. Which means abortion funds are now more necessary than ever as legal abortion becomes harder than ever to access—especially for those of us who don’t live in major urban centers.

Tacos and beer, of course, remain as vital to our human happiness as they ever were. The solution is clear: Eat tacos, drink beer, and donate to abortion funds.

She admits abortion is “common” and “normal” but then talks about how you need to participate in the challenge and then closes with this:

The only way to fail the Taco or Beer Challenge is to not donate to an abortion fund. I believe in tacos, I believe in beer, and I believe in you.

I’ll gladly fail. I’ll drink beer (good craft beer – I bet Grimes drinks Coronas with her tacos), eat tacos, and pray the rosary for the innocent unborn that Grimes makes jokes about the killing of.

“Florida Man” Trifecta

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ActionNewsJax.com:

Jacob Jaquett was startled as he was trying to help a friend move in Mayport. He saw a naked man with a 3 to 4 foot sword.

“I was honestly kind of scared because I didn’t know what he had with him or what was going on,” Jaquett said.
He says the man charged at people and screamed at them, as seen in viewer-submitted video.

Action News called the sheriff’s office multiple times to get more information.

Officials could only say there was a call to service at the complex and couldn’t tell us anything else.

Jaquett says other members of the complex were able to get the man to put the sword down.

NY Daily News:

A South Florida man busted stealing thousands of dollars- worth of loot from a store told police and a judge his name was “Ima Thief.”

Police in Sunrise say the brazen bandit was trying to skulk out of an electronics store on North University Drive with two stolen TVs and other gear on Thursday when he was stopped by security, NBC Miami reported.

Police arrived and the man tried to flee, but was arrested.

At a bond hearing Thursday, the man told Broward Judge John Fry the same thing he told cops — his given name was Ima Thief.

ABC News:

A sleeping driver awakened by police at a Florida intersection led authorities on a chase before being arrested in a gated community.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 21-year-old Joslet Jean-Charles was asleep behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Taurus at a busy intersection in Greenacres, Florida, about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

When a patrol car pulled in front of Jean-Charles, he awoke, drove around the police and fled. He abandoned the vehicle in front of the Waterway Village development.

Police did not initially find Jean-Charles, but arrested him at an address found on a bill inside the car.

Nikki Haley does the #ALSIceBucketChallenge; challenges Stephen Colbert

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS by a professor at the University of South Carolina. Video of her being doused in ice water by her children was posted to her official Facebook page this morning. After that, she challenged three other South Carolinians to do likewise. They included Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, singer Edwin McCain, and television host Stephen Colbert.

Here’s the video:

Breaking: Robin Williams dead at age 63

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The Marin County Sheriff’s Department reports that Robin Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his Tiburon California, home earlier today. Officials currently think he committed suicide by asphysxia and are investigating further. CNN and other sources are reporting on the news. The family asks for privacy and reports he had been battling depression, according to CNN.

Here’s the press release:

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Here’s more from Variety.com:

According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and had recently entered 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse.

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement, “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams is best known for both comedic and dramatic roles in movies including “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won a Best Supporting Actor in 1997. In addition, he won several Emmys, Golden Globes.

Williams’ film career was bookended by TV roles including his breakout role on the ABC sitcom “Mork & Mindy” in 1978. He returned to TV on CBS last season, “The Crazy Ones.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.

A Note to Politico: Shagging is Dancing

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In 2011, the Click blog at Politico.com wrote about Michele Bachmann campaigning in South Carolina. An excerpt:

Three hours after she made the error, Bachmann mentioned Elvis again, this time talking about his “passing” rather than his b-day. She played the song “Promised Land” and with a little shake, shake, shake of the hips said, “maybe we’ll turn it on at the end and do some shagging up here. If you want to shag a little bit, that’s what we’ll do.”

Translation for the Facebook generation: shagging is an old school dance move.

Fast forward to this week and you’ll see a current reporter for Politico who isn’t as diligent about correcting her cultural ignorance…

The following tweet (reported on by Politico) appeared on the account of Congressman Stephen Fincher from Tennessee and was later deleted:

“God I love this song. And beach music. AND shagging #pandora,” the tweet from Fincher’s verified account read on Tuesday, accompanied by a picture of a Pandora playlist playing the song “I Love Beach Music” by The Embers.

Kendall Breitman went with the easy sensationalistic angle in writing about this. I’m guessing she’s from the generation that only knows the word from Austin Powers movies and didn’t bother to search her own publication’s archives or she would have noticed the Bachmann story from 2011 that I mentioned above.

Her story, “Aide: I sent Stephen Fincher ‘shagging’ tweet”, includes the fact that Elizabeth Lauten, Fincher’s communications director accidentally made the tweet, which was intended for her Facebook account. Anyone who has managed multiple social media accounts can tell you the risk of this happening is something that you have to be careful about, and I’ve even accidentally made some tweets (luckily early morning or on the weekend) and deleted them immediately after realizing it. In that case I was hamstrung by a Blackberry and the app I used then.

Here’s what Breitman wrote about the tweet:

“It had nothing to do with Stephen Fincher,” Lauten said in an interview. “I don’t think he knows what Pandora is; he certainly doesn’t have it.”

Lauten described the situation as “an accident,” saying that she was listening to a Pandora radio station when she decided to share the song with her Facebook friends. When she pressed share, Pandora also shared the post to Fincher’s Twitter account.

Lauten contacted Pandora to revoke access to the account, and once access was revoked the Tweet was automatically deleted. The staffer also insists that “shagging” was not a sexual reference, but a form of dance.
“Shagging is dancing to me, and it was no big deal being a North Carolina girl,” Lauten said.

Breitman leaves it at that and doesn’t apparently do the cursory research on Google, or anywhere else, to find out more about the dance. The fact that a link to Pandora and beach music should have clued Breitman in as well that the British version of the term wasn’t in play.

It appears that Breitman was looking for an easy throwaway story at the beginning of the slow August recess period. That could be understood, but it would have been nice had she actually done a little basic research on the dance and provided that background. At best, it makes her look lazy and just going for the cheap sexual reference that doesn’t even apply in this case.

Some facts on the shag and shagging:

  • In 1989, Shag (a movie) was released starring Phoebe Cates and Bridget Fonda.
  • The Shag is the State Dance of South Carolina and has been declared the “most popular” dance in North Carolina.
  • Both North Carolina and South Carolina have license plates (North Carolina’s says “I’d rather be shaggin’.”)
  • The dance is a descendant of the jitterbug.
  • The band Alabama, which got its start playing at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, released a hit song in 1997 titled, “Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard.”

Here are the license plates:

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The song mentioned in the tweet:

A clip from Shag, the movie:

Here’s the original movie trailer from 1989:

Here’s some beach music for your listening pleasure:

Here’s the Alabama video for the song I mentioned above:

The Quinton Report on Beretta featured by Twitchy

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Earlier today, a post at Twitchy included a tweet I made linking to my previous story, “Beretta moving all of its manufacturing out of Maryland due to anti-gun laws.”

Beretta USA is moving all of its manufacturing to a new plant being built in Gallatin, Tennessee. The current plant is in Accokeek, Maryland.

Nanny State: Mexico bans soda ads – is the US next?

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The Daily Beast reports on a BBC story:

After surpassing the U.S. as the most obese country in the world in 2013, Mexico is taking action against ads for high-calorie food and soft drinks. Ads featuring those items will be banned on TV between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. The ads will also be restricted in movie theaters. Mexicans, who have the highest rate of diabetes in the world, are also the world’s largest consumers of sugary drinks, with an average of 43 gallons per person a year. The ban comes a year after the government added taxes to high-calorie foods and sugary drinks to combat obesity.

The U.S. has already messed around with print and television ads for different classes of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, so with the current emphasis by liberal nanny-staters, including First Lady Michelle Obama, on obesity I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in the U.S.

Howard County Executive (and candidate for Maryland Lt. Governor) Ken Ulman would probably be all for it after the county enacted a ban on sugary drinks that resulted in vendors not being allowed to sell anything but diet soda at a recent Fourth of July event. Luckily, sanity prevailed and Mike Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks in NYC was struck down in court. DC considered a similar ban.

Florida tops list of scariest states

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Estately ranked the 10 Scariest States in America and Florida topped the list at #1.

Florida’s entry:

The most dangerous state in America is the most likely place to experience a real life Sharknado. Or even a Sharkicane. Both are sometimes accompanied by Sharkning, which is terrifying.

Hurricanes—1st, Shark Attacks—1st, Tornadoes—1st, Lightning3rd, Spiders—5th

The complete top ten:

  1. Florida
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama
  6. North Carolina
  7. California
  8. South Carolina
  9. Mississippi
  10. Virginia

From South Carolina’s listing:

The only thing we have to fear in South Carolina is just about everything.

Murderers—3rd, Shark Attacks—4th, Hurricanes—5th, Spiders—5th, Meth Users—7th

Maryland ranked 25th:

At least there are no bears in Baltimore.

Lightning—5th, Murderers—7th, Dentists—8th

Here are the criteria used:

  1. Bears:  Estimated black bear population per 10,000 square miles (source: Black Bear Society).
  2. Clowns:  The number of clowns per capita available for hire (source: National Clown Directory).
  3. Prison:  Incarceration rate per capita (source: U.S. Department of Justice).
  4. Flying:  Total airline passenger boardings among the 62 largest U.S. airports in 2013 (source: F.A.A.)
  5. Hurricanes:  The number of direct hurricane hits for individual states from 1851-2004 (source:  N.O.A.A.).
  6. Shark Attacks:  Total number of unprovoked shark attacks from 1837-2013 (source: Florida University International Shark Attack File).
  7. Spiders:  Total number of venomous spider species (source: Venombyte).
  8. Snakes:  Total number of venomous snake species (source: Venombyte).
  9. Dentists:  Active dentists per capita (source: Center for Disease Control).
  10. Tornadoes: Average number of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles (source: N.O.A.A.).
  11. Heights: Combined rankings for total number of skyscrapers over 700 feet and number of topographically prominent American mountain summits on list of top 50 (sources:  Wikipedia and Wikipedia).
  12. Meth Labs:  Total meth lab busts and seizures in 2012 (source: Huffington Post).
  13. Lightning:  Total number of injuries and deaths caused by lightning between 1959 and 1994 (source:  N.O.A.A.).

Here are the complete rankings:

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The concert event of the summer: SlutRock D.C. 2014

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They don’t have the website (or is it a domain issue?) that they advertised on a banner at a past event in DC, but SlutWalkDC is still active on Facebook and has recently rescheduled an upcoming event so college students will be back in town for it at the end of the summer.

The event, SlutRock D.C. 2014, will be held on Saturday, September 13 at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.

Few details are available on the concert yet:

SlutWalk with a concert twist! More details coming soon!

I’ve requested comment from the National Park Service regarding this event and the status of any and all applicable permits that might have been applied for or granted.

Where’s James Watt when you need him?

(Note for the sarcasm-impaired: I used a great deal of it in the subject line.)

 

Watch Dolly Parton play the Benny Hill Show theme song

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Trey Barrineau of the Entertain This! blog at USA Today reports:

Parton picked up a tiny saxophone covered in rhinestones (of course) and played the goofy “Boots” Randolph instrumental hit from 1963 that’s now probably best known as the theme music to the lowbrow British comedy series The Benny Hill Show.

Here’s the video: