Minnesota Dad Takes To YouTube To Expose Racist Snapchats Sent To Adoptive Daughter

From Globalgrind.com:

A Minnesota father took a stand against both bullying and racism when he took to YouTube to expose the students taunting his adopted African-American daughter.

In the heartbreaking video above, Brad Knudson explains that his daughter’s friend came to the family to inform them that twins at her Prior Lake school were sending Dierdra racist Snapchat videos. Knudson and his wife recorded the Snapchats from their phone — in the shot videos, the twins can be heard calling Dierdra a nigger and a fat bitch.

Knudson, who adopted Dierdra 11 years ago, says the family has “dealt with a little bit of racism, you know, stares, things like that when she calls us Mom or Dad,” but blew it off because “it was directed toward us.” But the videos were too much for the family — Knudson, who said he loves Dierdra more than his own life, decided to take a stand against racism and bullying because a close friend of theirs lost their 13-year-old son to bullying not long ago.

Knudson identified the teens and called their father multiple times. There was no response. He resorted to visiting their home, but said no one came to the door. That’s when he got the police involved.

But when the two fathers connected, more verbal assaults were thrown.

He said Deron Puro defended his sons and said the language is commonly used in the house. Brad played a voicemail he claims was left by Puro that said, “Yeah Brad, tides have turned, huh? I guess you’re a n—– lover. Call me back.”

The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

Some kind soul out there took a knife to Peter Jackson’s 8 hour film adaption of a 250 page children’s book and slashed half of the running time.

Let me start by saying that I enjoy many aspects of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Overall, however, I felt that the story was spoiled by an interminable running time, unengaging plot tangents and constant narrative filibustering. What especially saddened me was how Bilbo (the supposed protagonist of the story) was rendered absent for large portions of the final two films. Back in 2012, I had high hopes of adding The Hobbit to my annual Lord of the Rings marathon, but in its current bloated format, I simply cannot see that happening.

So, over the weekend, I decided to condense all three installments (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies) into a single 4-hour feature that more closely resembled Tolkien’s original novel. Well, okay, it’s closer to 4.5 hours, but those are some long-ass credits! This new version was achieved through a series of major and minor cuts, detailed below:

I watched the first two films but threw in the towel after that barrel scene. This might be worth taking a look at though.

(via Kottke)

Mike Huckabee: ‘God’s blessing’ will make me president to stop the atheist ‘secular theocracy’

A silly man makes a silly claim:

Former Fox News host Mike Huckabee said on Thursday that if he was elected president then he would have “God’s blessing” to fight a so-called “secular theocracy” that had been imposed by atheists.

During an appearance on the Christian Life Today program, Huckabee told televangelist James Robinson that he was considering a 2016 presidential bid because the country needed to become a “God-centered nation that understands that our laws do not come from man, they come from God.”

“It’s the natural law of God,” the former Arkansas governor said, adding that he was not calling for a theocracy.

I’m going to let Ingersoll answer Huckabee on this one:

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For many years priests have attempted to give to our Government a religious form. Zealots have succeeded in putting the legend upon our money: “In God We Trust;” and we have chaplains in the army and navy, and legislative proceedings are usually opened with prayer. All this is contrary to the genius of the Republic, contrary to the Declaration of Independence, and contrary really to the Constitution of the United States. We have taken the ground that the people can govern themselves without the assistance of any supernatural power. We have taken the position that the people are the real and only rightful source of authority. We have solemnly declared that the people must determine what is politically right and what is wrong, and that their legally expressed will is the supreme law. This leaves no room for national superstition — no room for patriotic gods or supernatural beings — and this does away with the necessity for political prayers.

In Dog We Trust Rug Sells for $10K

I posted to a rug that a sheriff’s department bought that had a misprint in it (Well, they considered it a misprint, I prefer trusting dogs over imaginary beings). They ended up auctioning it off and donating the profit to a local animal rescue.

He decided to auction off the unique item — the “doggone rug,” as he called it — and donate the proceeds to a local rescue.

“The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will not sweep anything under the rug,” the department said when it put up the item.

Jane Sidwell is the founder of Canine Estates Inc. She figured her shelter would net a few hundred bucks from the sale.

“I knew that the sheriff’s office paid $500 for it,” she told CNN affiliate Bay News 9 . “So I thought well, that’s great. We’ll get $500. But we had no idea it would escalate into what it has.”

Eighty three bids later, the rug was sold — for a whopping $9,650!

The money will go mainly toward vet bills, Sidwell said. Last year, the shelter adopted out 186 dogs.