Senator Elizabeth Warren: I stand with Planned Parenthood

I really, really wish that she was running for Prez in 2016.

Donald Trump on Atheist Voters

Trump and Scott Walker Get Pranked


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears to be the latest victim in the longstanding rivalry between storied humor publication The Harvard Lampoon and its more staid alter ego, The Harvard Crimson.

A running gag between the two august institutions involves the theft of the Crimson president’s chair by members of the Lampoon — or Poonsters — and its use as a prop in a variety of increasingly mischievous schemes.

The latest such misadventure involved spiriting the chair away to the Trump Tower in New York City, where it played a part in convincing the building’s namesake that he was being honored with a highly coveted Harvard Crimson endorsement.

Poonsters, posing as Crimson staffers, snapped photos with a smiling Trump seated on the president’s chair, and later published a rave review of the real estate mogul, calling him “the most formidable and competitive candidate on the Republican side.”

The faux endorsement was posted on a faux Crimson website that appeared indistinguishable from the original.

The best part though isn’t the prank but Trump’s response to it when he falls back on the only defensive position he is capable of, name-calling:

“The students who perpetrated this are fraudsters and liars, but frankly it was a waste of only a few minutes,” Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Hill.

Trump was tricked by members of The Harvard Lampoon masquerading as Harvard Crimson staffers into a photo op, under the guise that he was being endorsed by the paper.

In reality, the endorsement was part of an ongoing prank war between the Lampoon and the Crimson.

“Mr. Trump attended the great Wharton School of Finance,” Hicks added, “a school that has more important things to do.”

And Scott Walker took a photo with somebody who had a Walker For President sign but the prankster flipped the sign over during the photo:

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The Guardian’s The Counted: People Killed by Police in the US

A sobering site that you can sort the deaths by state, race, etc. 669 killed by police so far this year.

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Medford Detective Threatens to Kill Civilian

The police in this country are completely out of control. Not because there are bad cops, but because the bad cops are being protected by every cop. Which makes the entire system bad.

The footage, captured by the dashboard camera on a motorist’s vehicle, begins shortly after the driver got confused at a roundabout in an unfamiliar neighborhood and wound up briefly driving on the wrong side of the road (an error for which he would repeatedly apologize). At first, the motorist is terrified and starts to flee because Detective LeBert, who is driving an unmarked pickup truck and plainclothes, does not identify himself as a police officer, even as he is upset that the motorist doesn’t defer to him. “I’ll put a hole right through your fucking head,’’ LeBert says. “Pull your car over. I’ll put a hole right in your fucking head. I’ll put a hole right through your head.’’ The motorist begins to cooperate as soon as a badge is produced.

“You’re lucky I’m a fucking cop,” LeBert says. “Cause I’d be beating the fucking piss outta you right now.”

Police Chief Leo Sacco has put LeBert on administrative leave and expressed discomfort at the behavior captured on video. It’s easy to imagine an uglier ending to the very first part of the video, when the motorist was being threatened by a stranger with no way of knowing that he was a cop; and it’s unnerving to think of a man who cannot control his temper in traffic being vested by the state with the power to use lethal force. But there’s something else about the video that bothers me.

Boston’s ABC affiliate notes that towards the end, “LeBert, who was not in uniform, called other Medford police officers, who are recorded as handling the situation calmly and telling the driver that he will receive a summons for the traffic violation.”

But notice what those other, admirably polite police officers don’t do.

“Can I talk to you guys a little more?” the motorist asks them after they tell him that he’s free to go. At this point they’ve had a long, polite interaction with one another, and established the motorist did nothing wrong save a minor traffic infraction.

“Like I said,” the motorist tells them, “I have a dashcam and everything is recorded. I mean, this guy jumped out and he’s yelling that he’s gonna blow my brains out.”

Appropriate responses might include, “Are you saying that detective over there verbally threatened your life?” or “Would you like to file a complaint?” or “Would you be willing to come down to headquarters so that we can take a look at what happened?”

Here’s what happened instead.

“All right, he already informed you that he’s going to issue you a citation,” the polite police officer said. “So there will be a box on the back to check off that you wish to make an appeal and you can bring all that up when you go to appeal the ticket.”

Quebec Question

I may be going to Quebec in a few weeks. What’s a good restaurant in Quebec City?

Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed ‘by ultra-Orthodox Jew’

From BBC News:

Police have arrested a man after six people were wounded in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.

A police spokesperson identified the suspect as the same man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for that attack and was released from prison three weeks ago.

Two of the injured are in a serious condition, the city’s ambulance service said.

Eyewitnesses told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that the attacker emerged behind marchers and began stabbing them while screaming, before being tackled by a police officer.

Dramatic images showed the assailant reaching inside his coat and raising a knife above his head behind a group of young people on the parade.

Yishai Avior told Israel’s Channel 2 TV he heard screaming and saw three people on the ground bleeding.

New Hampshire Focus Group Fawns Over Trump

I forgot that there are actually people who support Trump unironically.

At least 12 voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire are absolutely gaga over real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann sat down Wednesday night with a focus group of 12 Trump supporters in the Granite State who riffed on why they thought the billionaire was the best candidate in a crowded GOP presidential field.

“He’s like one of us,” Janet, a former dog breeder, explained. “He may be a millionaire (sic), which separates him from everybody else. But besides the money issue, he’s still in tune with what everybody is wanting.”

Many also cited Trump’s vast wealth in identifying with him.

“I knew that he was a wealthy, successful man and I remember asking my mother if I could write him a letter to ask him how he made his money so that I could do it too,” Jessica, a data analyst, said.

Heilemann further asked the focus group what they believed a Trump presidency would look like.

“Classy,” Cheryl, a real estate agent, answered confidently.

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