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    By all accounts, the head nurse at the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit was professional and restrained when she told a Salt Lake City police detective he wasn’t allowed to draw blood from a badly injured patient.

    The detective didn’t have a warrant, first off. And the patient wasn’t conscious, so he couldn’t give consent. Without that, the detective was barred from collecting blood samples — not just by hospital policy, but by basic constitutional law.
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    Still, Detective Jeff Payne insisted that he be let in to take the blood, saying the nurse would be arrested and charged if she refused.

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    Nurse Alex Wubbels politely stood her ground. She got her supervisor on the phone so Payne could hear the decision loud and clear. “Sir,” said the supervisor, “you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”

    Payne snapped. He seized hold of the nurse, shoved her out of the building and cuffed her hands behind her back. A bewildered Wubbels screamed “help me” and “you’re assaulting me” as the detective forced her into an unmarked car and accused her of interfering with an investigation.

    The explosive July 26 afternoon encounter was captured on officers’ body cameras and is now the subject of an internal investigation by the police department, as the Salt Lake City Tribune reported Thursday. The videos were released by the Tribune, the Deseret News and other local media.

    On top of that, Wubbels was right. The U.S. Supreme Court has explicitly ruled that blood can only be drawn from drivers for probable cause, with a warrant.

    Wubbels, who was not criminally charged, played the footage at a news conference Thursday with her attorney. They called on police to rethink their treatment of hospital workers and said they had not ruled out legal action.

    “I just feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things,” Wubbels said. “And I’m still confused.”

    Salt Lake police spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer told local media that Payne had been suspended from the department’s blood draw unit but remained on active duty. Shearer said Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown had seen the video and called it “very alarming,” according to the Deseret News.

    It all started when a suspect speeding away from police in a pickup truck on a local highway smashed head-on into a truck driver, as local media reported. Medics sedated the truck driver, who was severely burned, and took him to the University of Utah Hospital. He arrived in a comatose state, according to the Deseret News. The suspect died in the crash.

    A neighboring police department sent Payne, a trained police phlebotomist, to collect blood from the patient and check for illicit substances, as the Tribune reported. The goal was reportedly to protect the trucker, who was not suspected of a crime. His lieutenant ordered him to arrest Wubbels if she refused to let him draw a sample, according to the Tribune.

    A 19-minute video from the body camera of a fellow officer shows the bitter argument that unfolded on the floor of the hospital’s burn unit. (Things get especially rough around the 6-minute mark).

    A group of hospital officials, security guards and nurses are seen pacing nervously in the ward. Payne can be seen standing in a doorway, arms folded over his black polo shirt, waiting as hospital officials talk on the phone.

    “So why don’t we just write a search warrant,” the officer wearing the body camera says to Payne.

    “They don’t have PC,” Payne responds, using the abbreviation for probable cause, which police must have to get a warrant for search and seizure. He adds that he plans to arrest the nurse if she doesn’t allow him to draw blood. “I’ve never gone this far,” he says.

    After several minutes, Wubbels shows Payne and the other officer a printout of the hospital’s policy on obtaining blood samples from patients. With her supervisor on speakerphone, she calmly tells them they can’t proceed unless they have a warrant or patient consent, or if the patient is under arrest.

    “The patient can’t consent, he’s told me repeatedly that he doesn’t have a warrant, and the patient is not under arrest,” she says. “So I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do, that’s all.”

    “So I take it without those in place, I’m not going to get blood,” Payne says.

    Wubbels’s supervisor chimes in on the speakerphone. “Why are you blaming the messenger,” he asks Payne.

    “She’s the one that has told me no,” the officer responds.

    “Sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse,” Wubbels’s supervisor says over the phone.

    At that point, Payne seems to lose it.

    He paces toward the nurse and tries to swat the phone out of her hand. “We’re done here,” he yells. He grabs Wubbels by the arms and shoves her through the automatic doors outside the building.

    Wubbels screams. “Help! Help me! Stop! You’re assaulting me! Stop! I’ve done nothing wrong! This is crazy!”

    Payne presses her into a wall, pulls her arms behind her back and handcuffs her. Two hospital officials tell him to stop, that she’s doing her job, but he ignores them.

    “I can’t believe this! What is happening?” Wubbels says through tears as the detective straps her into the front seat of his car.

    Another officer arrives and tells her she should have allowed Payne to collect the samples he asked for. He says she obstructed justice and prevented Payne from doing his job.

    “I’m also obligated to my patients,” she tells the officer. “It’s not up to me.”

    In Thursday’s news conference, Wubbels’s attorney Karra Porter said that Payne believed he was authorized to collect the blood under “implied consent,” according to the Tribune. But Porter said “implied consent” law changed in Utah a decade ago. And in 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that warrantless blood tests were illegal. Porter called Wubbels’s arrest unlawful.

    “The law is well-established. And it’s not what we were hearing in the video,” she said. “I don’t know what was driving this situation.”

    Wubbels has worked as a nurse at the hospital since 2009, according to the Tribune. She was previously an Alpine skier who competed under her maiden name in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

    As a health-care worker, she said it was her job to keep her patients safe.

    “A blood draw, it just gets thrown around like it’s some simple thing,” she said, according to the Deseret News. “But your blood is your blood. That’s your property.”

    For now, Wubbels is not taking any legal action against police. But she’s not ruling it out.

    “I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse,” she said Thursday, according to the Deseret News. “If that’s not something that’s going to happen and there is refusal to acknowledge the need for growth and the need for re-education, then we will likely be forced to take that type of step. But people need to know that this is out there.”

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    A disabled French girl covered in rat bites is critically ill in hospital after a pack swarmed into her bedroom in north-eastern France.

    The 14-year-old paraplegic was sleeping on the ground floor when the attack happened, in a rented house in Roubaix.

    A medical expert quoted by France Info said the girl had 45 facial lesions, 150 on her hands and 30 on her feet.

    The girl's father is suing the landlord for alleged negligence. Reports say rubbish bins nearby were overflowing.

    The father, who has two other children, said he found his paraplegic daughter Samantha "drenched in blood" in her bed last Saturday.

    He said everything had been fine when the family had gone to bed. He was sleeping upstairs.

    "There was blood coming from her ears - I was terrified that she might have had a brain haemorrhage," he said, quoted by the local newspaper Courrier-Picard.

    Some of her fingertips were bitten off and surgeons cannot repair them, he said.

    The family has now been moved to a different house and police are investigating the attack.

    The hospital has run checks on Samantha for possible infections, including rabies. The rabies test was negative.

    Such attacks on humans are rare, though hungry rats do sometimes feed on corpses.

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    We as don't know everything. But some things we are either too embarrassed to ask or just never think about asking. If that's you, then here's the thread for all of us to get that stupid question off our chest. I'll start.

    What does waiting to exhale mean?

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    Straight sex only...just curious if any of yall niggas have met and hooked up with female ic posters?

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    So some bitch posted this on twitter n it made me think how 75% of broads say things like "i cant cook" "can u build a house" bullshit

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    Mike Epps is officially divorced from his wife of 12 years, Mechelle McCain Epps.

    While Epps is walking away with 10 properties in Indiana as well as a 2016 Mercedes, 2015 Jeep Cherokee, ’79 Caddy and 2011 Suzuki chopper, his ex-wife is getting a generous settlement as well.

    –Mike Epps’ wife says she’s blindsided by divorce: ‘I didn’t know we were separated’–

    For the next six and a half years, Epps will be paying $25,000 per month in spousal support, though he does not have to keep paying that if she remarries. He also has to pay $15,000 per month for child support for their two kids in addition to paying for their private schooling. She will also get to keep a 2014 Bentley, 2013 Mercedes, 2015 Toyota Prius and a 2013 Land Rover.

    They will be selling their family home and splitting the profits.

    As for the kids, they have settled on joint custody and are working out the details of the physical custody of the children.


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    With 10 kids and two more on the way, Antonio Cromartie likely isn't thinking retirement in the near future.

    According to the New York Post, the Jets cornerback pays an estimated $336,000 a year — $3,500 each month per child — in child support for eight children with seven women.

    Cromartie, 31, additionally has two children with his wife since 2010, Terricka Cason. Despite getting a vasectomy in 2011, as he revealed in the 2013 book "Collision Low Crossers" by saying, "I got snipped," it was revealed last Wednesday that the couple is expecting twins later this year.

    "I didn’t even tell Antonio right away because I didn’t think it was possible," Cason said. "I was going back and forth in my head how it could even happen. In my head we were good to go, we were having free sex! I just really thought that his procedure was the best protection you could have at this point."

    Cromartie, 31, signed a four-year, $32 million contract in March last year and was guaranteed a salary of $7 million in 2015. The All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection loses just a small chunk of his salary, though the Jets hold the power to cut him at any time.

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    Report: Fox News Host Sent Unsolicited Lewd Text Messages To Colleagues

    Longtime Fox News host Eric Bolling reportedly sent unsolicited text messages with photos of male genitalia to at least three of his colleagues, according to a scathing new report from The Huffington Post.

    At least a dozen sources linked to Fox News and Fox Business spoke with Huffington Post on condition of anonymity and the recipients of the alleged photos confirmed the contents of the text messages, which they said they found upsetting and offensive.

    One of the women told Huffington Post she responded to the text message, telling Bolling to never send her photos again and she received no response.

    A Fox spokesperson told TPM: “We were just informed of this late Friday afternoon via the Huffington Post inquiry and plan to investigate the matter.”

    Bolling’s attorney told Huffington Post that he “recalls no such inappropriate communications” and that Bolling doesn’t believe he sent them.

    Bolling is not the first Fox News affiliate to be accused of sexual harassment or assault. Fox News chairman Roger Ailes resigned last year after host Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment. Former host Bill O’Reilly was ousted in April after the New York Times reported he and 21st Century Fox had paid at least five women $13 million in settlements for sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior on O’Reilly’s part.

    Bolling — a loud critic of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner — is a host of “The Specialists” and has worked at Fox News and Fox Business since 2007.
    Fox Host Eric Bolling Suspended Pending Results Of Lewd Text Messages Probe

    Fox New host Eric Bolling has been suspended while the network conducts an investigation into whether he sent photos of male genitalia to female colleagues, a Fox News spokesperson told TPM Saturday.

    “Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” the spokesperson said.

    Bolling is the co-host of Fox News shows “Cashin’ In” and “The Specialists” and has worked at Fox News and Fox Business since 2007. “Cashin’ In” was taped Friday morning and was pulled last night once the station was made aware of the allegations, the spokesperson said.

    Rotating substitutes will replace Bolling on both shows until the investigation is complete. The probe is being conducted by Paul Weiss, the same law firm that looked into allegations of sexual harassment against former Fox chairman Roger Ailes and former host Bill O’Reilly, Fox said.

    The Huffington Post broke the news Friday evening, reporting that at least three of Bolling’s colleagues had received unsolicited lewd photos via text message from the host.

    At least a dozen sources linked to Fox News and Fox Business spoke with Huffington Post on condition of anonymity and the recipients of the alleged photos confirmed the contents of the text messages, which they said they found upsetting and offensive.


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    Fox Business’ Charles Payne Suspended After Harassment Allegations, Probe

    Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne was suspended Thursday while the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, investigates sexual harassment allegations against him, the network confirmed Friday.

    The Los Angeles Times first reported the news Thursday. That paper and others reported a statement from an unnamed spokesperson from Fox Business Network: “We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” the spokesperson said. “This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”

    Payne seemed to refer to the allegations on his Twitter account Friday morning, denying them “to my core” and saying a reporter who had contacted him about the story had not printed his denial.

    The Los Angles Times reported that Payne’s suspension followed his admission to the National Enquirer that he had a three-year “romantic relationship” with a political analyst on Fox Business.

    The Times reported that the political analyst told Fox’s law firm that she believed she had been blacklisted from the network in 2015 after reporting Payne to network executives, two unnamed sources familiar with the complaint told the paper.

    Payne’s attorney told the Times he “categorically denies” sexually harassing the analyst.

    Allegations of sexual harassment have roiled Fox for years, resulting in recent months in the resignation of top leadership including late CEO Roger Ailes and co-president Bill Shine, the firing of star host Bill O’Reilly, and on Monday, the abrupt firing of Jamie Horowitz, the head of sports programming for Fox Sports.
    Conservative Analyst Scottie Nell Hughes Accuses Fox Business Host of Sexual Harassment

    Hughes has accused the network of retaliating against her for a relationship with Charles Payne, host of “Making Money.”

    Conservative analyst Scottie Nell Hughes has accused Charles Payne, a Fox Business host, of sexual harassment, multiple sources tell HuffPost. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report that an analyst who used to appear on the network had accused Payne of sexual harassment, but the paper did not name the accuser. The network has suspended Payne pending further investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    Fox Business Network recently announced that it had renewed Payne’s contract.

    Hughes has told several sources that she feels that Payne, the network and Bill Shine ― then co-president of Fox News and Fox Business ― retaliated against her after they learned of the relationship, which would be the basis for her sexual harassment claim.

    The law firm Paul Weiss, which Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox hired last year to investigate former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s claim that she was sexually harassed by former network chairman Roger Ailes, has been charged with leading an internal investigation into Hughes’ sexual harassment claim.

    In a statement to the National Enquirer on Wednesday, Payne said he’d had an “affair” with a then-unnamed analyst. “I would like to extend an apology to my family and friends for having been involved in a romantic affair that ended two years ago,” he said.
    Hughes gained notoriety last year as a fervent Donald Trump supporter and CNN analyst. The network did not renew her contract after the election, in part because of her tendency to make on-air gaffes, such as calling molotov cocktails “mazel tov cocktails.” Hughes recently joined the pro-Trump PAC The Committee To Defend The President as a national spokesman.

    Hughes started appearing on the Fox Business network in 2013, and according to three sources, kept an apartment near the network’s Sixth Avenue headquarters in New York. Her husband and two children remained at their home in Nashville while she worked to gain a contract with the network as a paid commentator.

    Payne and Hughes’ affair was widely known within the confines of the Fox Business world but a well-kept secret otherwise. Payne and Hughes, according to multiple sources who worked at the network at the time, made little effort to hide their affair. On a company trip in May 2015 to Las Vegas, where Payne was hosting his Fox Business show, “Making Money With Charles Payne,” at the annual Money Show conference, they appeared to be sharing a room and had disappeared at one point for hours, leaving their colleagues behind. Payne’s wife did not join him on that trip.

    Hughes also attended a birthday party for Payne at his home in late 2015. Their interaction at that party, according to four sources that worked at the network at the time, led Payne’s wife to feel uncomfortable enough to contact her husband’s boss and ally, Shine.

    Shine then pulled Hughes off the air, according to multiple sources. Hughes has not appeared on Fox News or Fox Business since then, which has confounded some media insiders because her passionate support of Trump would make her a natural fit for the pro-Trump cable network.

    Shine was forced out in May by the Murdoch family, who controls 21st Century Fox, after Fox News fired host Bill O’Reilly following an explosive New York Times report detailing multiple sexual harassment lawsuits that O’Reilly and the network had settled.





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  • 09/08/17--14:07: Twerk Session
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    21in in 24hr. And it's not going to stop anytime soon. Like days possibly..
    My parking lot is a lake at this point..

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    If you still have your solar viewing glasses from the eclipse, now is a good time to slap them on and look up at the sun. You’ll see two big dark areas visible on our star. These massive sunspots are regions of intense and complicated magnetic fields that can produce solar flares—bursts of high-energy radiation. You can just make them out with solar viewing glasses, but they’re better viewed through a solar telescope.

    These two huge sunspots are currently causing quite a bit of consternation and interest. The solar storms they’ve sent toward Earth may affect communications and other technologies like GPS and radio signals. They’re causing amazing displays of the northern and southern lights. And space weather scientists like us are excited because we wouldn’t normally expect this much activity from the sun at the moment.

    The sun goes through 11-year cycles of solar activity. What scientists call a solar maximum is the time in the cycle when the sun is putting out the most energy. That’s when we tend to see the most sunspots, solar flares and associated solar storms. Some solar maxima are larger or more active than others—such as the 1990 to 1991 solar max. But this last cycle, which peaked in 2014, was quite small, and there were few large geomagnetic storms.

    We’re heading into the bottom of solar minimum, when the sun tends to have fewer sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections—large expulsions of plasma, electrons and ions, and magnetic fields. But despite where we are in the sun’s cycle, activity on the sun has dramatically picked up over the past few days. On and off, these two sunspots have been flaring and shooting out coronal mass ejections, directed toward Earth.

    So what’s going on with the sun? And should we be concerned about this somewhat out-of-character solar behavior?

    Here’s what’s happened so far


    Read more here

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    Genealogist: Tomi Lahren’s immigrant ancestor was indicted for forging US citizenship papers

    An amateur genealogist says that she has found evidence that right-wing pundit Tomi Lahren’s great-grandfather was indicted by a grand jury for forging his citizenship papers.

    In an essay published at, Jennifer Mendelsohn said that Lahren’s remarks about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program prompted her to action.

    On Wednesday Lahren tweeted, “We are indeed a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. Respect our laws and we welcome you. If not, bye. #DACA.”

    “I was curious how long it would take me to hit an immigrant if I dug into the tree of Tomi Lahren, the platinum blonde, snowflake-hating ultra-conservative firebrand recently hired by Fox News. The answer was ‘not long,'” Mendelsohn wrote, “but I never expected to hit pay dirt quite like I did.”

    Tracing through Lahren’s parents, then grandparents and great-grandparents, Mendelsohn found that Lahren’s great-great-grandfather Constantine — sometimes spelled “Konstantin” — Dietrich was tried before a grand jury in Bismarck, ND for the crimes of forgery of a naturalization document and “willfully, unlawfully and knowingly” giving a false affidavit in conjunction with his naturalization proceedings.

    Constantin Dietrich was born in Odessa, Russia in 1887, according to his obituary. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18 in 1905. He went before a North Dakota grand jury in May of 1917 for violations of the Naturalization Act of 1906.

    Mendelsohn wrote, “The grand jurors accused him of swearing falsely to the date of his declaration, and of altering the original papers (‘with a knife or steel eraser or other instrument unknown to the Grand Jurors’) to make it look like his declaration of intention to become a citizen had been executed in 1911 rather than 1909, apparently because he’d let too much time elapse before completing the naturalization process.”

    Ultimately, the jurors took pity on Dietrich and acquitted him of the charges. Mendelsohn said that he went on to become a citizen in 1926, ensuring that “90-odd years later, his great-great-grandaughter would be here to compare the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK and to inadvertently admit that the right keeps hammering on Hillary’s emails to distract from the Russia investigation.”

    “I bring this to light not to shame or embarrass Tomi Lahren. Poke any family tree and you’ll often find similar irregularities. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Constantin Dietrich was a bad person or a scorn-worthy ‘illegal’ to be demonized. Perhaps it only means that like millions of others, his overweening desire to become a US citizen may have caused him to try to cut a corner or two,” Mendelsohn said.

    She concluded, “It means it’s pretty damn ironic that she continues to claim the moral high ground on this one, throwing stone after stone at illegal immigrants, unaware that she’s been living in a proverbial glass house all along.”

    Lahren was hired to host her own Fox News show after being fired from for pro-choice comments she made during a visit to ABC’s “The View.”


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    America’s tech industry has urged President Donald Trump and other political leaders to continue a program that allows undocumented young immigrants to remain in the country.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an initiative that was established by former President Obama. Also known as the Dreamers Program, it gives young immigrants the opportunity to stay in the U.S., to take up jobs or study, rather than face deportation if they meet a number of criteria.

    Media reports suggest that the Trump administration is working to remove the program, an eventuality that would leave the future of some 800,000 people unclear. Although the reports are not confirmed, — a political advocacy group founded in 2013 and led by Facebook — has led a defence of the program with backing from a host of top tech names. issued the following open letter to the President and other political leaders:

    August 31, 2017
    To: President Donald J. Trump
    To: Speaker Paul Ryan; Leader Nancy Pelosi; Leader Mitch McConnell; and Leader Charles E. Schumer
    As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.
    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes.
    More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.
    Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
    Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.
    We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.
    Executives who have signed the note include: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Box CEO Aaron Levie, eBay President and CEO David Wenig, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Lyft founders John Zimmer and Logan Green, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Salesforce CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff, Uber CTO Thuan Pham and many more.

    Other companies have added their own words of support, too.

    Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith argued in a letter that participants in the program “make our country stronger” and that the closure of DACA would be “a step backwards for our entire nation.” CEO Satya Nadella shared his own perspective as an immigrant, explaining that he believes America draws its strength from its global mix.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg weighed in explaining that “these young people represent the future of our country and our economy,” while Uber said in a statement that Dreamers “deserve the chance to pursue the American dream.”

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    Man without penis gets 8-inch bionic robo-cock


    Mohammed Abad of Edinburgh, Scotland, had a rough start in life. When Abad was just six, he lost his penis in a car accident after he was dragged 600 feet. Unfortunately, the accident ruined his ability to have sex and he went through his adulthood a virgin, but a new procedure will change all that.

    According to The Sun, surgeons started working on a bionic replacement for the 43-year-old’s penis about three years ago — beginning with a skin graft taken from Abad’s arm. The end result is an eight-inch robo-cock implant that Abad can inflate with fluids at will.

    “When you want a bit of action you press the ‘on’ button, and when you are finished you press another button,” Abad told The Sun. “It takes seconds. Doctors have told me to keep practicing.”

    The paper provided this handy diagram of how his new manhood actually works.


    Needless to say, Abad is really stoked to finally have sex, especially since one marriage already failed after he withheld the fact that he lost his genitals in a car crash until the wedding night.

    This isn’t the first time doctors have been able to replace a man’s lost penis. Earlier this year, a man received a working penis transplant after losing his member to a botched circumcision.

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    Judge Greg Griffin, a circuit court judge in Montgomery, Ala., is a habitual Facebook user with nearly 5,000 friends. He posts regularly, sometimes multiple times a day, and often shares life experiences.

    In April 2016, he talked about one such life experience.

    Griffin wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that he was stopped by police officers while he was walking in his neighborhood with a stick in his hand. The officers told him that they were looking for a man with a crowbar who fits his description. Griffin pointed out that he was not holding a crowbar, and that doing so wasn’t illegal to begin with. He then showed the officers a badge proving that he’s a judge.

    “Throughout the ordeal the officers were courteous; however, it was aggravating to be detained when the only thing I was guilty of was being a black man walking down the street in his neighborhood with a stick in his hand who just happened to be a Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge in Montgomery, Alabama. Lord Have Mercy!!!!!” Griffin wrote.

    Now, almost a year and a half later, Griffin’s post about his encounter with police — specifically his allegation that he was stopped solely because he is black — is being scrutinized.

    The judge is presiding over a murder case involving a white police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man. Defense attorneys argue that what prosecutors say happened in February 2016, when Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith stopped Gregory Gunn, was “eerily similar” with Griffin’s personal experience with officers from the same police department. For that reason, they say that Griffin can’t be an objective arbiter of the law — at least not in Smith’s case — and he should recuse himself.

    The Alabama Supreme Court must now decide whether it should force Griffin off the case. The court on Friday decided to postpone Smith’s October trial to allow the attorneys to present arguments.

    Smith’s attorneys point to a state judicial ethics rule that says judges should avoid “all impropriety and appearance of impropriety.”

    “The allegations against Officer Smith was that he stopped a black male in a high-crime area without justification … [Judge Griffin] did not directly compare himself to the case, but the analogy is there,” Roianne Conner, one of Smith’s attorneys, told The Washington Post.

    Griffin’s judicial assistant said the judge is not able to comment on an ongoing case. He has said earlier that he will not recuse himself, and that the two situations had nothing to do with each other. Griffin wrote his Facebook post less than two months after the shooting and before he was assigned the case.

    “This is not a stop-and-search case. This is a murder case,” Griffin told Conner in court, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

    The request to remove Griffin is the latest in a highly contentious and volatile case that ignited racial tensions in Montgomery, the birthplace of the civil rights movement. Gunn’s death set off several days of protests and prompted demands from politicians and Gunn’s family for Smith’s arrest.

    The deadly encounter happened on Feb. 25, 2016, when Gunn, 58, was walking home from a late-night card game, and Smith, a young officer, was working the overnight shift.

    Conner said her client was following orders from a supervisor to “stop anything that moves.” The officer spotted Gunn at about 3 a.m., dressed in all black and walking around a high-crime area besieged with burglaries. Smith’s attorneys say those were justifiable reasons to stop Gunn.

    Conner said Gunn tried to escape as Smith was patting him down; a crack pipe fell out of his pocket during the struggle, she said. The two fought, with the officer hitting Gunn with his baton and using his Taser multiple times but to no effect, Conner said. Gunn then ran to a neighbor’s front porch, grabbed a five-foot-long painter’s pole and swung it at Smith. That’s when the officer fired five shots, killing Gunn.

    In a heated exchange with reporters last year, Mickey McDermott, one of Smith’s lawyers, defended his client’s decision to use lethal force. He said Smith was simply trying to talk to Gunn, who escalated the situation by trying to escape and left the officer without any other choice but to shoot.

    “You can twist words all you want, but let’s just stop. Let’s get the facts … Now, remember, this officer didn’t turn on his blue lights. He wasn’t making an arrest. He was getting out to talk to Mr. Gunn. Mr. Gunn made himself a suspect,” McDermott told reporters, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

    Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey disagreed that Smith had no other choice.

    “Why did any of that happen — that’s the crux of the matter,” he told the Montgomery Advertiser.

    Bailey was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

    Gunn’s family says he was racially profiled and immediately regarded as a threat because of his skin color.

    “They thought he was a lowlife nothing, walking the street,” Gunn’s brother, Franklin Gunn, told The Post earlier. “They didn’t see a man. They didn’t see a black man. They saw somebody who needed to die, and they executed him. Now they are trying to cover it up.”

    Smith was charged with murder less than a week after the shooting. His attorneys criticized the prosecutor for how quickly he filed a murder charge, saying the process should have started with a grand jury investigation.

    The case was eventually turned over to a grand jury, which indicted Smith in November.

    [Officer shoots Ohio newspaper photographer after confusing his tripod and camera for a gun]

    It has been pending since, with three other judges recusing themselves. One judge recused himself after learning that his son works for a law firm representing Smith in a federal lawsuit brought by Gunn’s family, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. The two other judges did not explain their decisions.

    Last May, after Griffin was assigned to the case, Smith’s attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to recuse himself to avoid what they say would be an unfair trial.

    “Here, your honor has been subjected to and spoke out against the same actions that will weigh heavily on the determination of Mr. Smith’s guilt or innocence in this matter,” according to the motion.

    During a heated exchange in court last May, Griffin accused Conner, the defense attorney, of using his race against him.

    “You brought race in here,” Griffin said, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. “I’m a black judge. I can take this black robe off, but I can’t take off this black skin. I live in west Montgomery. I live in the hood. Should I recuse myself from every criminal case that has happened on the west side?”

    Conner shot back, telling The Post that Griffin should not preside over the case because of his Facebook posts, and not his race.

    “To me, he was the one that was injecting the race issue in all of this. … I never made the allegation that I did not want an African American or black judge,” she said.

    She added that judges, as a general rule, should not make public statements on social media, especially on sensitive issues.

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  • 09/09/17--13:58: Islamophobia Fail
  • Jagmeet Singh is in the leadership race for the NDP (one of Canada's main political parties) and was heckled by a citizen at one of his Meet and Greets earlier this week. She's just acting crazy, accusing him of all kinds of things, including wanting to impose Sharia law. You gotta watch the video. Singh handled it well.

    Thing is, dude is Sikh, not Muslim.


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    According to Randell Minott A police officer pulled him over for a signal violation. He mentions that the officer stopped him for the violation even though nobody was behind him to warn with the signal. Minott states the violation is not the issue he has with the officer but rather the officer walked up to his car window with his gun drawn.

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  • 09/08/12--16:49: The Powerful Pet Thread
  • I noticed that a lot of people had pets in the Summer Pics thread so I decided to make a thread dedicated to the pets of the IC...

    Here's mine. Isis my 13 year old Siberian Husky. To say I love this dog is an understatement. She's the best dog I've ever had.










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