Thursday, December 18, 2014

♫ you know Dasher and Dancer and Bratton and Garner ♫



South Bend, Indiana Police Officer Jason Barthel has an entrepreneurial streak.


He founded South Bend Uniform, 
offering apparel for both LEO’s and citizens alike.


But now he courting controversy as his phone rings off the hook.

“It’s overwhelming.”, Barthel said.


What’s overwhelming? 


His new creation, the “Breathe Easy” T-shirt.

He says this is one approach to “unite the people” 
that has “nothing to do with Eric Garner.”

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Some folks are in favor.

And some are so enraged they can hardly breathe at all.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

some might just call her a user


For those who thrill to lack of industry oversight, there’s an Uber driver in this story who wants your business.



His passenger was drunk and needed help to get home, so he drove her around for awhile and made a few hundred bucks.

But he’s not a licensed New York cabbie
 so there’s little she can do.


Or consider “Shell”, airbnb’s face in NYC. 

Her real name is Michelle Martinez.

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She told an upstate barn owner she “needed a studio for textile art”---a false premise-- then put it up on airbnb to lease overnights and then a wedding, even after she had been served eviction papers for violation of that lease.

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She also listed his barn on TripAdvisor, FlipKey, Dwellable and Outpost, along with another place she pimps in Puerto Rico, an apartment in Brooklyn, a home up in Rhinebeck and a 5000 square foot Brooklyn loft. 


Shell calls herself a “share-economy super user.”
She owns none of these properties and has no right to rent them but she was listed as a real estate agent on LinkedIn until she took her profile down.


So what does airbnb say about their poster girl?


...said the company, when the alarmed barn owner explained his insurance did not cover fire or theft from her so-called “business.”

Airbnb claims their service is well-vetted.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh, to weather free speech is frightful


Like all men, all religion is created equal. 
Until it is not.

That’s what Florida has learned since permitting religious display in their state capitol in Tallahassee.
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Last year Christians, Jews, secular humanists, atheists and I kid you not, Pastafarians, were permitted to set up displays in the Florida Capitol Rotunda.

That led to a state-sanctioned Festivus pole of empty PBR beer cans.

But that was the last straw for The Satanic Temple. 

Remember their satanist coloring books?

With legal help from “Americans United for the Separation of Church and State”, the Satanists demanded and finally received a right to display.

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So now when little kids visit the Florida State capitol they see the nativity:

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Beer cans:


The Lord as Linguini:


And an angel.

Falling into the fire pit of hell.


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