Open Thread: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Edition

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Zimmerman 2, Media 0

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Seriously.

Matthew Apperson arrested in George Zimmerman shooting

Matthew Apperson, the man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman Monday, has been arrested.

Lake Mary police arrested Apperson Friday on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of firing a deadly missile into a vehicle.

In the arrest report, officers said Apperson appeared to be fixated with Zimmerman.

The arrest report stated that Apperson told the cops that Zimmerman pulled a gun at him while he was driving and said ‘I’m going to kill you.”

But Zimmerman told Lake Mary police he never threatened Apperson, and police believed him.

In fact, Zimmerman told police Apperson threatened him, yelling, “You owe me your life. The only reason I didn’t press charges on you is because I wanted to kill you myself.”

Apperson turned himself in Friday. He’s being held without bond.

Apperson’s attorney Mark NeJame issued the following statement:

“We received word a couple of hours ago from the Lake Mary Police Department that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Matt Apperson. We immediately scheduled for him to meet with law enforcement so he could be arrested and booked. He has done so. There are 3 counts; Aggravated Battery w a Firearm, Aggravated Assault w a Firearm and Shooting into an occupied vehicle. Bond is set at $35,000 and his release has been arranged.

“We expected this as Mr. Apperson, under the advice of counsel and exercising his Constitutional right did not provide additional statements to law enforcement. He had already made statements and this is deemed sufficient, as of now. Mr. Zimmerman apparently did make statements and as such, it appears a decision was made to arrest on the basis of Mr. Zimmerman’s statements. That is neither unusual nor was it unexpected.

“The case will proceed through the criminal justice system appropriately and ultimately a determination will be made as what truly happened. Mr. Apperson will continue not to comment until such time as it may be deemed appropriate.”

Police said Apperson fired at Zimmerman’s truck along Lake Mary Boulevard Monday near Rinehart Road.

Zimmerman wasn’t hit by gunfire, but he was sprayed with glass as a bullet flew through the vehicle’s window and narrowly missed his head, according to his attorney, Don West.

West said Zimmerman was in town for Mother’s Day and was on his way to the doctor when he noticed Apperson following him. He made a U-Turn, and Apperson followed, West said. Then, he said, he caught up with Zimmerman and pulled along side his truck and fired a bullet into the side window.

Lake Mary police said they found two handguns inside Apperson’s vehicle: a .40-caliber Glock 22 and a 357 revolver. Detectives also recovered one expended shell casing in the revolver’s cylinder.

A Glock 22 handgun was recovered from Zimmerman during the course of the investigation, but detectives have not yet conducted a search of his truck.

Apperson is the same man who claimed Zimmerman threatened to kill him in September 2014. Apperson said Zimmerman asked him, “Do you know who I am?” during that road confrontation. No charges were filed in the September incident.

This is just the latest troubling incident for Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.


That last sentence is the kicker. The media is still trying to imply that Zimmerman was somehow at fault. That makes twice now that the media had George Zimmerman convicted of a crime when it turned out that he was the actual victim.

The original shooting earlier this week was breaking news. Progressives were positively gleeful when they heard that Zimmerman had been shot in the face. They were disappointed to learn that he was still alive.

As of this morning, many of the blogs and media outlets that posted stories about the shooting within moments of the event have yet to acknowledge this latest update. I won’t hold my breath.

Apperson is facing up to 60 years in prison.


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The Sexual Revolution is Over and Men Won

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Moe Lane:

Yeah, most of the Right is reacting to this – Hot Air called our collective response “a mix of horror and dark humor,” which sounds about right – but I just wanted to note that the older I get, the more I’m struck by the fact that Left-feminism seems to be more and more determined to create a perfect world for particularly immature seventeen year old heterosexual males. Forget, for a moment, the concept that this company’s imagined first instinctive response by a prospective father to Hi, I might be pregnant would be Let’s get that abortion set up. It’s that this company seems downright desperate to create a culture where having an abortion would have the same moral status of fixing a hangnail.

Yeah, the world doesn’t actually work like that. But ads like these do help counter the propaganda that there’s no such thing as pro-abortion activists, or pro-abortion activism, or a pro-abortion movement. It’s become increasingly clear that there are people out there who have in fact desensitized themselves on life issues in a way that would shock and horrify the very liberals who cheered Roe v. Wade. Which is bad enough; but for the love of everything holy, why is modern left-feminism so determined to sexually reward men for being sex-pigs, instead of functional adults? What good is that for anybody, really?


Maybe that is the driving force behind the current campus rape hysteria – it’s feminism trying to reclaim the moral high ground women of earlier generations occupied.

Today’s feminists and other liberals openly mock the idea of teaching abstinence to kids and telling them to save it until they are married. Kids today (make and female) are encouraged to have lots of meaningless sex with strangers. That’s called “exploring your sexuality.”

I can personally attest that men have benefited greatly from the sexual revolution. There is so much free milk out there it will make you lactose intolerant. No commitment, no responsibility, no worries.

The campus rape hysteria wants to redefine rape so as to relieve women from the bad choices they made. The message we are sending kids today is downright schizophrenic. It’s no wonder they’re crazy.


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Everything That Comes Out of That Man’s Mouth is a Lie Including “If”, “And” and “The”

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From the files of Shit That Pisses Me Off and How Stupid do They Think We Are:

Scarborough to Earnest: How Can Obama Complain About Private Schools When He Went To One, His Children Attend One?

Yesterday at Georgetown University, commenting on private education, President Obama said that when the rich withdraw “from the commons,” it harms everyone.

“An anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together,” Obama said. “And that, in part, contributes to the fact that there’s less opportunity for our kids, all of our kids.”

On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough asks White House press secretary Josh Earnest how the president can complain about private schools hurting the “common good” while sending his own children to Washington’s most elite schools. “Is there a self critique against himself, the mistakes he’s made?”

Transcript below:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Were you, I am sure you will be asked this question many times in your next press briefing, but the president was critical of people who went to private schools and sent their children to private schools and plays at private clubs and well every alarm should be going off. Do you have that clip? Let’s play that clip first.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Those who are better and better, more skilled, educated, luckier, having greater advantages are withdrawing from, sort of the commons, kids start going to private schools. Kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks. An anti-government idea old disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together, and that, in part, contributes to the fact that there is less opportunity for our kids.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Obviously, the man that said it, went to the best prep school in Hawaii and went to the best private colleges in the United States, his children who I don’t think it’s anybody’s business where they send their children, but if the president is going to criticize people who send their children to private schools he has to recognize, obviously, that he sends his children to the best schools in Washington, possibly America. How does he, is there a self critique against himself, the mistakes he’s made? What was the president trying to get at there?

JOSH EARNEST: Joe, the point the president was making is it’s important for us to recognize it as a country. We all have an interest in investing in the common benefits that our country has to offer.

EARNEST: His point is that even if you send your kids to private school, we all have an interest in making sure we have good high quality public schools available to everybody. It’s not that far from the White House that we do have some of the best public schools in the country over in Fairfax County, Virginia.

That is an example. That is also a more wealthy than average county in the country. That is an example of a society of a community that has invested in a common good for the benefit of their community and that’s the kind of thing that we need to see all across the country. Whether that is something as simple as investing in our national parks or local parks or public schools or making sure that every single American has access to quality health insurance.

JOE: So did the president consider sending its children to public schools? Again, none of my business unless he is criticizing Americans who send their children to private schools.

EARNEST: Again, I don’t think he’s criticizing sending people to private schools.

He’s suggesting all Americans need to keep in mind; it’s in our collective interest as a country and as citizens for us to invest in the common good, for us to invest and make sure we have good quality public schools available for everybody so that everybody has a fair shot. Everybody has a fair shake. Everybody has an equal opportunity to succeed and will let their ambition and hard work take them as far as it will carry them. That is what this country is all about. we start to lose sight of those basic values in this country the we start to retract into our own private clubs and schools and lose sight of the fact if we lose interest that we want those public schools to be good.


Ever notice that What Obama Really Meant is always very different from what he actually said?

Wiki:

Fairfax was the first county in the United States to reach a six-figure median household income and has the second-highest median household income of any local jurisdiction in the United States after neighbor Loudoun County.[4][5]

The county is home to the headquarters of intelligence agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and National Reconnaissance Office, as well as the National Counterterrorism Center and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The county is also home to ten Fortune 500 companies, including three with Falls Church addresses.[6]


Victor Davis Hanson frequently talks about hypocritical liberal grandees who live lives of luxury and excess inside blue enclaves like Palo Alto and Malibu (where the only color that matters is the green in your wallet) while while exempting themselves from the rules they make for the rest of us.

I don’t begrudge anyone who can afford to live the Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless. I really don’t mind the hypocrisy all that much. I just don’t like it when they try to make different rules for me and you.

But what really pisses me off is when government officials lie.

I dare Josh Earnest to go on Megyn Kelly’s show and try to tell her that bullshit.


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Government As A Religion

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“If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star


Mollie Hemingway:

Whenever and wherever evil occurs in the world, questions of “theodicy” arise among some religious adherents. Theodicy attempts to defend God’s goodness and omnipotence in light of the existence of evil. Why do bad things happen to good people, the question goes. (To which a Lutheran might reply, “Trick question! There are no good people!”) There are various schools of thought and debate, rekindled with every hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, act of terror and mass shooting.

[…]

One can feel helpless watching tragedy unfold on social media, and the desire to have someone to blame while struggling through that experience is understandable. Still, the quick and completely uninformed rush to politicize the tragedy struck some as ghoulish and juvenile.

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But what if journalists — some of whom just yesterday were admitting they know “close to zero” Christians — don’t have a religious or even non-political vocabulary for use in such tragedies? Perhaps we politicize everything in part because we have lost any understanding of the world as fallen and out of our control. It would explain both the social mobs who police every utterance and the quick rush to find meaning in a corporation’s tragedy based on how many billions of dollars it has received in federal subsidies over the last few decades.

So instead of contemplating how fleeting and out of our control life can be, we instead begin with the question, “Why do bad things happen to good administrations?” (“Trick question!” the conservative or libertarian might respond. “There are no good administrations!”) The theodicy of federal government requires an explanation that defends the goodness of government control or subsidies into the given sphere. So just as some religious groups might blame a weather event on insufficient fealty to the relevant god, some progressives blame — before the National Transportation Safety Board has even shown up on site to investigate the cause of a crash — insufficient fealty, sacrifice and offerings to the relevant god of federal government.

Yes, it’s annoying how some progressives politicize everything. But if it’s understood as a sort of primitive religious reaction to confusion about holy government’s many failures, it at least helps explain why they do it.


Some people, at least, seem predisposed towards religious belief. We all witnessed the Cult of Obama a few years ago. It still has some adherents but the intensity of the movement has long since faded. But most lapsed Obots are still devoted Progressives who believe in salvation thru Government.

Religious beliefs are not necessarily well thought out or internally consistent. Neither are ideologies. Religion requires faith, not proof. If God doesn’t answer your prayers, maybe you weren’t praying hard enough. If bad things happen, God is punishing sinners.

Most Christian theology is based upon an eternal struggle between good and evil, with God representing the good and Satan representing evil. In the religion of Progressive Statism, Democrats are good and Republicans are evil.

That certainly explains a lot, doesn’t it?



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Politicizing Tragedy

Rescue workers climb into the wreckage of a crashed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 12, 2015. The Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and injuring more than 50 others, several of them critically, authorities said. Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck, which left some demolished rail cars strewn upside down and on their sides in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood along the Delaware River.  REUTERS/Bryan Woolston      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

CNN:

Armed with flashlights, firefighters went from car to car early Wednesday morning, looking for passengers inside an Amtrak train that derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia — killing at least five.

Another 136 were taken to various hospitals, including six in critical condition, authorities said.

“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter of the crash site. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”

The Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling from Washington to New York when it derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The impact tore cars apart and left the engine a mangled mess.

The northeast corridor, which spans from Washington to Boston, is the busiest passenger line in the country, and the train was carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members.

The cause wasn’t immediately known.

“We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened,” Nutter said. There was no indication the derailment was a result of an impact with another train, he said.


A train wreck. Cause unknown. Armed with only these bits of information, our intrepid media swung into action. A mere two hours after the crash Politico had this story up:

Fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia comes on eve of budget-cutting markup

An Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring dozens — on the eve of a House markup of a bill that would slash the passenger rail service’s budget.

[…]

The Philadelphia Inquirer said initial reports indicated that the train derailed as it was entering the curve, while social media reports suggested the Amtrak train may have hit a freight train.

The accident comes on the eve of a House Appropriations markup for a fiscal 2016 bill that funds, among other things, Amtrak. The version approved earlier by an appropriations subcommittee contains language that would slash Amtrak’s funding to $1.13 billion, less than the roughly $1.4 billion it typically receives annually.

Democrats had already been expected to take a run at boosting the bill’s funding for Amtrak, but the debate at Wednesday’s markup is sure to take on more urgency in light of the crash, pictures of which posted to Twitter show mangled train car debris strewn across a darkened field. It may also stoke the debate over delays in implementing an anti-collision technology known as Positive Train Control.

This year has seen a flurry of major passenger rail accidents, including a rush-hour collision between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in Valhalla, N.Y., a deadly train-truck crash in Oxnard, Calif., and an Amtrak crash with a tractor-trailer in North Carolina that injured dozens of people. Railroad fatalities have also been on an upswing: Last year’s preliminary total of 813 deaths was 20 percent higher than just three years ago, partly reversing a sharp decline since the early 1990s, according to FRA statistics.


Twitter ghouls were even faster:





I like trains. Once upon a time they dominated transportation in our country. But we need to get government out of the railroad business.

Cut Amtrak loose and let it fend for itself. If it goes out of business then that’s just the way it is. We’ll still have cargo trains for many years to come, but we shouldn’t be subsidizing forms of transportation that are not economically viable.

While we’re at it we can kill Jerry Brown’s high-speed rail boondoggle too.

But before we start politicizing tragedies we need to find out what happened first.


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The War On Fox News, Redux


Politico:

Obama accuses Fox News of portraying poor people as ‘leeches’

President Barack Obama criticized Fox News on Tuesday, accusing the network of portraying poor people as “leeches.”

In a discussion at Georgetown University, Obama said the media made an effort to “suggest the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving,” and he then singled out Fox News for special rebuke.

“If you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu. They’ll find folks who make me mad,” the president said. “I don’t know where they find them. It’s like, ‘I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone.’

“That becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. Very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical, who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills,” he said.


So how much time each day does Obama spend watching Fox News? The last time I turned on Fox News Shep Smith was apologizing for falsely reporting that the Baltimore cops had just shot an unarmed black man in the back. I quickly changed the channel.

Seriously though, doesn’t the President of the United States have more important things to do than wage war on a conservative news network?


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