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28 Nov 20:18

Slain Austin shooter likely had anti-government motive

by gguillotte
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first confirmation that the Austin shooter was an old white guy

A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound. The unidentified suspect was described as white male in his 50s with a criminal record.
28 Nov 20:16

Gunman Dead After Shots Fired at Police HQ, Mexican Consulate in Austin - NBC News.com

by gguillotte
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followup on this act of domestic terrorism

Acevedo said the suspect unloaded a small green cylinder, typically associated with portable BBQs, to ignite a fire at the consulate. The fire was put out before it could cause any real damage. "He was in full gear so he didn't seem like a civilian, but there was no writing on any of the equipment," said Van Wallene, a waiter. "It seemed like he was wearing a bullet-proof vest and he was wearing a helmet with a clear visor over his face." Van Wallene said the gunman started shooting at a building opposite the police headquarters. "He was firing in bursts of about five shots," he recalled. "He didn't even seem to acknowledge we were there, he just seemed very focused on firing at the building, which had no lights on inside. The girl in my car said, 'Go, let's get out of here.' We ran the red light."
28 Nov 20:14

Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow - Yahoo News

by gguillotte
He hinted that the return to the ring has helped him cope with unspecified personal issues. "I've got some things going on in my life so that (boxing has) sort of saved me from myself," Rourke told Russian TV. "And for a man like me, it's better to live in fear than go on in shame." Rourke prepared in a dressing room in front of a shrine featuring candles, images of saints, and photographs of his dogs. Rourke said he had been in mourning for his recently-deceased Chihuahua.
28 Nov 20:11

Obama cracks down on abuses by big-city police departments - Salon.com

by gguillotte
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2011

“Under the Bush administration, the Justice Department disappeared here in terms of federal civil rights enforcement. You could see the shift to counterterrorism at the ground level after Sept. 11,” says Mary Howell , a New Orleans civil rights attorney who has been working on police misconduct cases for more than three decades. “Now they’re back doing criminal prosecutions of police and the civil rights investigation, which is huge.” Many of the New Orleans officers being criminally prosecuted — several of whom have been convicted — were involved in grisly killings of innocent city residents in the chaotic days after Katrina. A separate civil rights investigation by the DOJ recently concluded that the New Orleans Police Department has engaged in excessive use of force, unconstitutional arrests and racial profiling. An independent monitor is expected to be appointed to make sure the department follows through with reforms in training, policies on the use of force, and accountability to the public.
28 Nov 20:00

‘Electric Love’, An Animated ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Music Video Featuring a Love Story Between Thomas Edison and an Elephant

by Rollin Bishop

“Electric Love” is an animated music video for the television show Bob’s Burgers that features Stephin Merritt and Kenny Mellman singing a love song about inventor Thomas Edison and an elephant named Topsy–which the show alleges Edison had electrocuted, but the actual history of the event is a bit more complicated. The video is part of a series of animated music videos featuring songs from the show being covered by other artists.

The song was originally performed by the characters Mr. Fischoeder (as Edison) and Gayle (as Topsy) with Gene and Tina acting out the voices as part of the third season episode “Topsy”, which aired in the United States on March 10, 2013.

28 Nov 19:48

Ray Rice reinstated by NFL following appeal, per reports

by Michael Jones
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The former Ravens running back is now available to sign with any team.

The NFL was forced to reinstate running back Ray Rice by Judge Barbara Jones, making him eligible to return to the field after missing 11 games during the 2014 season, per multiple sources. The NFL has agreed not to pursue any further punishment for Rice, saying it accepts the ruling "as binding", per Andrew Brandt.

After the conclusion of an appeal hearing that featured testimony from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league lifted its indefinite suspension, which it levied on Sept. 8, an increase of Rice's original two-game suspension.

That was the same day TMZ obtained and published video of him punching then-fiancee Janay Palmer in the face. The Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice's contract within hours and insisted they did not see the tape until TMZ released it.

Since its release, the NFL echoed the Ravens' sentiment that it had not seen the video detailing the assault. Goodell maintained that stance throughout the process. The hearing took place in early November after the former Ravens running back filed a grievance against the league for wrongful termination.

On Nov. 6, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome provided a particularly damning piece of testimony for the NFL, saying that Rice told Goodell he hit Palmer on June 16. Goodell claimed he wasn't aware of the strike to the face and instead asserted Rice offered little transparency.

Because he no longer has a contract with Baltimore, Rice is now a free agent who can sign with any team. Whether a team will risk the negative backlash that comes with signing him after the public hailstorm remains to be seen.

Here's the NFLPA released a statement following the news:

"This decision is a victory for a disciplinary process that is fair and transparent. This union will always stand up and fight for the due process rights of our players. While we take no pleasure in seeing a decision that confirms what we have been saying about the Commissioner's office acting arbitrarily, we hope that this will bring the NFL owners to the collective bargaining table to fix a broken process. It is clear that this decision should force the NFL to embrace neutral arbitration as part of a necessary due process in all cases. The players thank Judge Barbara Jones for her time and thoroughness in this matter."

Rice released his own statement following the decision, via the NFLPA:

"I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans - but most importantly, my wife Janay. I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions. I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes."

28 Nov 18:37

There's Been HOW Many Pipeline Spills in Alberta in The Last Four Months??

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There's Been HOW Many Pipeline Spills in Alberta in The Last Four Months??:

markruffalo:

Alberta, Canada is basically a petro state. Oil and gas production rule everything and it’s happening everywhere in the north of the province. Pipelines criss cross most of Alberta. As a result, leaks of wells, facilities and pipelines are a constant thing all over the province.

West Coast Native News (WCNN) has been quietly keeping tabs on all the spills and leaks. What they have found is shocking!! Read more HERE

28 Nov 18:37

micdotcom: NASA just won Black Friday in the geekiest way...

28 Nov 19:25

tashabilities: virtuous-goddess: youngestlord: This police...

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tashabilities:

virtuous-goddess:

youngestlord:

This police officer got fired for posting a TBT picture of her and her ex boyfriend and got fired because her ex boyfriend is a “convicted felon” meanwhile Darren Wilson shot an unarmed black boy and is still walking on the street free of any charges. #America.

Smh

They letting these Black and Brown cops know this week that The Thin Blue Line does NOT include THEY not-white asses, huh?

28 Nov 19:12

Audubon says crows likely died from eating poisoned corn

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'One “opened up,” Salinger said, a preliminary theory based on symptoms displayed by the crows — including seizures — indicate the birds were possibly poisoned, likely with something laced in the corn.

Several crows were seen suffering seizures and flopping on the ground at Waterfront Park Tuesday, police said. Several dead crows were seen nearby. Other dead crows were found around Chapman and Lownsdale Square parks and the Lovejoy Fountain.'

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28 Nov 17:30

Whoa, Guys, The Mega Man Comic Got Dark

by Jonathan Ore
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wowwwwwwwwwwww

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The Mega Man comic has been chugging along comfortably for the last three years under the Archie Comics label, which has been undergoing a slow evolution with some genuinely new and surprising ideas and storylines. Writer Ian Flynn and a team of talented artists have been recreating the stories of the original NES Mega Man games with a mix of reverence for the original material and willingness to take the lore in some unexpected directions that make it the perfect video game comic adaptation.

A major theme in the comics – one which has been touched upon in companion stories and design documents over the years – is the Robot Masters’ freedom of will. While each has their own sentient personality, they have limited free will, and everything they do has to be related to their primary function. Dr. Wily, being the paper-thin dastardly villain that he is, reprogrammed his most powerful robots, most of whom were built for physical labour or research, for a new, single purpose: to destroy Mega Man.

Issue #43 shows what happens when Needle Man confronts that order, in sobering fashion. It’s best I just let the pages speak for themselves.

Mega Man 43 - Needle Man 01

Mega Man 43 - Needle Man 02

Mega Man 43 - Needle Man 03

…Well that was horrific, wasn’t it?

This might be the last thing one would expect when opening up a brightly coloured comic based on the digital hero of your childhood, but my god, what storytelling. Mega Man’s pleads for Needle Man to change, as Mega Man himself had – just as he changes the colours that denote his equipped weapon in the same panel. Needle Man’s resignation at his life’s narrow and predetermined purpose. Mega Man’s moment of hesitation and pity, before taking the shot. The way Needle Man looks helpless at the end, without any of his spiky accoutrements. And Rush’s crestfallen expression at the end? Whoa. What is happening to my 8-bit memories?

I’m not really sure whether I can say this sequence makes Mega Man an unreserved recommendation; I’m sure not everyone wants something as heavy as this in their stories about robots and cackling mad scientists. But Archie Comics have been pushing the envelope like this for a while – whether it was by forcing Archie to kill his zombified father, marrying Sabrina the sometimes-teenage witch to Cthulhu, or having Archie himself die in defence of gay lead character Kevin Keller.

But the Mega Man comics are some of the best examples of their new direction. It gives a incredible new insight into the dozens of characters we’ve grown up to love, and given them powerfully human motivations. It’s shocking, really, when you realize how faithful this sequence is to the original lore of the Robot Masters – it’s just the logical expansion of what these characters would have to wrestle with once they escaped the two-megabit shackles of their source material.

So rest in peace, Needle Man. I don’t imagine Mega Man is happy with his “help people” directive when it comes to this.

Jonathan Ore writes about arts and culture, usually with a focus on video games, comic books, and television. He’s an associate editor at Toronto-based nerd siteDork Shelf. He’s also social media, photo/video and arts & entertainment jack-of-some-trades at CBCNews.ca. You can find him on Twitter @Jon_Ore.

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28 Nov 19:17

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28 Nov 17:51

Marshawn Lynch answers every question with 'Nope' this week

by Michael Katz

Fresh off last week's amazing 1-word interview, Marshawn Lynch has changed the game again.
"It was 'Yup' last week, it's 'No' this week."
He does not want to give interviews. He does not want to pay fines for not giving interviews. Can't wait to see what we get next week!

(h/t @cjzero)

28 Nov 18:12

Mark Sanchez says Eagles' game plan was not to buttfumble

by Jeff Gray
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'"I mean, it sucked," Sanchez told Philly.com while reminiscing on the infamous play from Thanksgiving 2012. "I ran into some guy's butt and dropped the ball on the turf, and they scored. It's like my favorite holiday. It's not cool. That was really a bummer. But the game plan was 'Try not to do that,' and we accomplished it." '

That's a bold strategy, Cotton.

Mark Sanchez got a monkey off his back -- er, butt -- on Thanksgiving, leading the Eagles to a convincing 33-10 win over division rival Dallas on the two-year anniversary of the play that made him the laughing stock of the league. And what daring, innovative game plan did Chip Kelly implement to allow his blossoming backup quarterback to post a 102.2 passer rating?

Don't buttfumble.

"I mean, it sucked," Sanchez told Philly.com while reminiscing on the infamous play from Thanksgiving 2012. "I ran into some guy's butt and dropped the ball on the turf, and they scored. It's like my favorite holiday. It's not cool. That was really a bummer. But the game plan was 'Try not to do that,' and we accomplished it."

So simple, yet so effective. Why didn't Rex Ryan think of that?

The result was an efficient 20-of-29, 217-yard day for Sanchez, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another. He allowed the Eagles' run game do the heavy lifting and didn't force things himself. Sanchez did have one fumble, but it was recovered by a teammate and, more importantly, it wasn't off of anybody's butt.

"It's just been an incredible journey," Sanchez said. "The whole thing -- playing in this league, wearing a Jets logo, wearing an Eagles logo. This is an absolute dream come true. The best of times, the worst of times, still a lot of people would love to be in this position, no matter what. I'm very thankful. I'm very blessed."

Congrats, Mark. We'll always be thankful for buttfumble, though.

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28 Nov 19:26

Correction: Christian Parents-Gays story - Yahoo News

by gguillotte
In a story Nov. 26 about evangelicals with gay children, The Associated Press erroneously reported a statement by the Rev. Al Mohler about same-sex attraction. Mohler said same-sex attraction can't change through secular therapy but can change through the Gospel, not that same-sex attraction can never change.
28 Nov 19:28

Ferguson police block clean-up brigade from entering damaged area - Yahoo News

by gguillotte
FERGUSON, Mo.(Reuters) - A group of people in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday attempted to enter a main thoroughfare of the St. Louis suburb to clean up stores damaged in this week's racially charged rioting but a line of police blocked them from entering the area. West Florissant Avenue is home to a Walgreen Co store and other businesses that were looted or burned on Monday after a decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in August.
28 Nov 16:12

askaqueerchick: Presents are nice and all, but let’s not forget about the REAL reason for the...

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askaqueerchick:

Presents are nice and all, but let’s not forget about the REAL reason for the season:  Persephone’s descent into the underworld.

28 Nov 15:49

Francis Alÿs, Nightwatch, 2004.   Surveillance cameras observe...

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Francis Alÿs, Nightwatch, 2004.  

Surveillance cameras observe a fox exploring the Tudor and Georgian rooms of the National Portrait Gallery at night.

28 Nov 13:34

thedatingfeminist: The police accountability petition needs a...

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via ThePrettiestOne

Considering the track record of these WH petitions, let's play predict the response.

"In the days since the verdict in Ferguson, Americans from all over the country have called for action to reform the use of force by police and reduce the deaths of innocent people. Hundreds of thousands of you have signed petitions on the White House's We the People petitions platform.

I'm writing you today to thank you for speaking up, to update you on an important development, and to encourage you to continue engaging with the White House on this critical issue.

First, you should know that President Obama is paying close to attention to the public response to this tragedy. In fact, he sat down to record a message specifically for those of you who have joined the conversation using We the People. Watch it now:

<embed video of Obama saying the same things he said in the post-GJ presser, but looking straight into the camera with different words and no press questions>

On November 24, the President outlined a series of first steps we can take to begin the work of ending this cycle of violence. This is what he said:

> First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction. But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully. Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words: “Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.” Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone. We should be honoring their wishes.

> I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur. Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence -- distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact.

Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to work with members of the Administration, Congress, and the general public to come up with a set of concrete policy proposals by next month -- proposals the President intends to support. The President asked the Attorney General to lead this effort in part because he leads the Civil Rights Division, which investigated police abuses in Newark, Seattle, and New Orleans. That included developing and implementing reforms to police departments in New Orleans, Portland, and New York.

As the Attorney General's Chief of Staff, I'm going to do everything I can to ensure we run a process that includes perspectives from all sides of the issue, which is why I wanted to respond to your petition myself. The President called on local police forces to start "working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve," training officials "so that law enforcement conducts itself in a way that is fair to everybody," and "enlisting the community actively on what should be everybody’s goal, and that is to prevent crime."

An issue this serious and complex isn't going to be resolved with a single legislative proposal or policy prescription. And let's be clear, any action we take will respect the the rule of law. As the President said:

> There are good people on all sides of this debate, as well as in both Republican and Democratic parties, that are interested not only in lifting up best practices -- because we know that there are communities who have been able to deal with this in an effective way -- but also who are interested in working with this administration and local and state officials to start tackling much-needed criminal justice reform.

> So those should be the lessons that we draw from these tragic events. We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America. We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I've witnessed that in my own life. And to deny that progress I think is to deny America’s capacity for change.

The President said it best: "If we focus our attention on the problem and we look at what has happened in communities around the country effectively, then we can make progress not just in Ferguson, but in a lot of other cities and communities around the country."

So let's continue this conversation and get something meaningful done. If you have additional ideas and are interested in further engagement with the White House on this issue, please let us know and share your thoughts here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/<insert-response-url-here>;

Thank you for speaking out and staying involved.

Margaret Richardson is Chief of Staff to Attorney General Holder"



thedatingfeminist:

The police accountability petition needs a LOT more love, people!

The Brown family supports body cams on cops to help foster police accountability.

If you’re in the US, you should sign these petitions as well:

investigate Michael Brown’s death - naacp.org

bring Darren Wilson up on federal charges - whitehouse.gov

bring Darren Wilson up on federal charges - change.org (this one can also be signed from outside the US)

bring Darren Wilson up on federal charges - colorofchange.org

28 Nov 16:42

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28 Nov 18:18

t-ii: Civil rights attorney/MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom...

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t-ii:

Civil rights attorney/MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom points out that Darren Wilson’s cross-examination was a joke

28 Nov 18:17

patrickthomson: look the fuck out, mother brain

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patrickthomson:

look the fuck out, mother brain

28 Nov 17:43

Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired - Yahoo News

by gguillotte
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followup on this bit of domestic terrorism. shooter was 50 years old

Officers approached the man after he had been shot, but noticed cylinders in his vehicle, which was nearby, and discovered he was wearing a vest they thought may be rigged to explode. Officers retreated and a bomb squad was called. It was later determined the items were not explosive. "Anytime you have cylinders like this with someone attacking government buildings, you have to think of explosive devices," Acevedo said in describing the officers' caution. Acevedo declined to identify the gunman, only saying he had a criminal record. It wasn't clear what the man's motive was. He said the fire at the consulate was extinguished before any significant damage was done to the building. The federal courthouse's guard house was shot several times, as was police headquarters, which he said was "extensively damaged." No injuries were reported from the gunfire.
28 Nov 17:44

Cop at center of Ferguson case to leave force - Yahoo News

by gguillotte
Darren Wilson is currently in discussions with the Ferguson, Missouri police department on the terms and conditions of his departure, attorney Neil Bruntrager said this week. "The last thing he wants is to put other police officers at risk," the attorney added.
28 Nov 16:50

Uber pulls entirely out of Nevada—for now—in wake of judge’s order

by Cyrus Farivar

After Washoe County District Court Judge Scott Freeman issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Uber from operating statewide on Tuesday, the controversial ridesharing company decided to temporarily pull out of the Silver State.

"William," presumably a company spokesman, wrote in a late Wednesday blog post: "beginning tonight, nearly 1,000 jobs disappeared in Nevada and those residents lost their ability to earn a living. But, rest assured, Uber is in this for the long-term and we are committed to the people of the Silver State."

Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend declined to respond to direct questions, referring Ars to the blog post.

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28 Nov 16:30

A Comparison Of Every Human Spaceflight Vehicle In One Chart

by Ria Misra

A Comparison Of Every Human Spaceflight Vehicle In One Chart

Robotic missions into space may be able to go much further, but there's something special about a spacecraft that's designed to not just send knowledge about space back to us, but to actually send us up into it. This chart sketches out the history of the spacecraft that have done just that.

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28 Nov 16:54

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is full of sports

by Spencer Hall
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cue my grousing that the s-foils should lock for atmospheric flight

1. It has a soccer robot.

droidball

If that's a Brazuca it'll never go anywhere in a straight line, but if it isn't an official Adidas ball it'll be vaporized by FIFA stormtroopers in a matter of seconds, anyway. Definitely sport-ish, though, especially since J.J. Abrams movies already look like overly long Nike World Cup ads.

2. It has racing.

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There's no reason whatsoever to fly X-Wings just a few feet off the surface of a lake besides "it looks cool as hell," and maybe "there's a NASCAR race they're about to fly over, and this is their cool approach shot for the boys in the broadcast truck." Look close enough and you'll see a Bass Pro Shops sticker somewhere on one of those X-Wings. The Rebellion doesn't pay for itself, which is why pilots shout out sponsors after shooting down TIE fighters.

3. Giving nerds what they want is a sport. You think this isn't? Ohhhhh, just wait and see how real a sport it'll be. The entire purpose of this reboot will be to avenge the three leaden George Lucas prequels by doing what each of those refused to do: give longtime fans precisely what they wanted to see. Jar Jar Binks will be absent, or possibly destroyed in the first 30 seconds of the film. Lightsabers will have 500 different blades; the more evil the character, the more unnecessarily complex the blade will be. You want the antiseptic CGI universe of The Phantom Menace gone? Nothing in this trailer looks like it's been washed EVER, including that dirty little bootleg soccer robot. You want none of the long-winded, soulless dialogue of the Lucas films? BOOM. J.J. Abrams might not even let people use conjunctions before being attacked by dirty-helmeted stormtroopers. Make no mistake: this is a sport, and he's gonna win right down to the last lens-flare.

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28 Nov 11:18

Suspect opens fire on Austin Texas police - WKRC TV Cincinnati

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the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun


WKRC TV Cincinnati

Suspect opens fire on Austin Texas police
WKRC TV Cincinnati
AUSTIN, Texas (CBS) -- Police in Austin, Texas, asked residents to avoid part of the downtown area early Friday morning as they responded to a reported shooting incident. A tweet sent by the Austin Police Department said officers were responding to a ...

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28 Nov 15:38

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26 Nov 13:02

louiccinel: animal-e: PLEASE HELP US!!!!!! REBLOG...

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louiccinel:

animal-e:

PLEASE HELP US!!!!!! REBLOG THIS!!!!

FINALLY SOMETHING ABOUT BRAZIL’S SITUATION ON MY DASHBOARD

WE’RE LIVING A REVOLUTION! WE’VE BEEN IN AN ALMOST CIVIL WAR STATE FOR TWO WEEKS! WHAT THE HELL, FOREIGNERS? TALK ABOUT US!