IOKIYAR: Donald Trump Has A Fucking Butler, You Guys

Donald Trump’s former butler is apparently a racist sack of shit. That’s about par for the course. But, you know, setting aside for a moment that he’s a despicable racist, can we talk for a second about how Donald Trump has a fucking butler?

Sorry, but I’m so old, I remember when John Kerry was mocked as an out of touch elitist for windsurfing and drinking green tea. Joe Biden’s great sin was wearing French cuffs on his shirts. Obama doesn’t connect because he wouldn’t eat at Applebee’s and then there was that weird Dijon mustard on the burger imbroglio.

Donald Trump has a fucking butler, you guys. How do our glorious pundits and political observers of all political stripes disqualify Democrats as being “out of touch” for French cuffs, Dijon mustard and windsurfing, but Donald Trump has a fucking butler, you guys and he’s still a “populist” candidate?

IOKIYAR.

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Open Primaries Suck, V. Eleventybilion

No wonder the BernieBrats want open primaries everywhere:

A third of those who voted in West Virginia’s Democratic primary say they plan to back Trump in November, according to NBC News exit polls. Sanders won those voters by a wide margin.

In fact, 39 percent of Sanders voters said they would vote for Trump over Sanders in the fall. For Clinton, nine percent of her voters say they plan to come out for Trump in the general election.

West Virginia has an open primary, meaning independents can vote in the Democratic contest. With the GOP nomination wrapped up, it’s possible mischievous Trump supporters sought to damage Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, by voting for Sanders.

Gee, ya think? It’s not like that doesn’t happen in open primary states all the damn time. Not to mention all the other reasons why open primaries suck.

The BernieBrats are saying that exit polls aren’t based on anything so shut up, and they’re oppressed, etc. They sound an awful lot like those whining right-wing conservatives we were just talking about, don’t they?

There is no path to the Democratic Party nomination for Bernie and his continued insistence otherwise is just making his whole campaign look like one giant grift.

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There’s Facebook Newsfeed Bias?

Perpetually-aggrieved conservatives are claiming that Facebook has somehow tilted trending topics on your newsfeed to the left, according to a recent Gizmodo report. The fact that perpetually-aggrieved conservatives are always claiming the world is really unfair to them isn’t worth mentioning here, is it? Remember, the IRS totally did the same thing, you guys! (Pro-tip: they didn’t.)

Whatever, I really could give a shit about perpetually-aggrieved conservatives and their martyr complex. They will never be happy, they’re always convinced that the world is out to get them, and maybe it is. Maybe it should be. They’re always wrong about everything, they lost the culture war and have disintegrated into being the South’s bathroom monitor. I mean how pathetic is that? How fucking stupid is that?

So now it’s Facebook being mean to them. Is it? Are there some Ivy League-educated apparatchiks clogging your Facebook newsfeed with liberal propaganda? Hell if I know. But here’s my Facebook newsfeed today:

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Forget the liberal or conservative bias part here. Does anyone see any actual news in this thing? Good lord, it’s like People magazine: celebrity news and human interest BS. It’s always been this way. Every time I bother to notice my newsfeed, which is rarely, it’s some Kardashian bullshit or something about a waterskiing squirrel. Not even joking here. It’s not news, people!

I just think it’s super precious that right-wingers are playing the “we’re so oppressed!” card over something as non-relevant as your Facebook newsfeed. Like it’s important, or something.

Nothing says your political movement is dead like trying to make an issue out of something like this.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Four accidental shootings in Tennessee this week, one fatal. This has to be some kind of record. Also, WTF May 2? Go home, you’re drunk.

• May 7, 2016:

A Smyrna toddler accidentally shot herself in the face:

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A two-year-old was injured after she accidentally shot herself Saturday morning.

The Smyrna Police Department received a call about the shooting at 10:53 a.m. at a home in the 4000 block of Snowbird Drive.

Authorities say the toddler got access to a pistol and accidentally shot herself in the cheek. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight.

This is the third accidental shooting involving a child under the age of 13 since Tennessee Republicans killed MaKayla’s Law in March.

• May 5, 2016:

Gun Report UPDATE: Charges have been filed against a Tullahoma-area mother and son related to the Deccember 2015 shooting of 11-year-old Sienna Owens, which was featured in the December 14 edition of the Tennessee Gun Report.

• May 3, 2016:

1- A stray bullet struck a car traveling through downtown Memphis near the National Civil Rights Museum.

2- Disaster narrowly averted in Rogersville:

ROGERSVILLE — A passing pedestrian reportedly found a loaded pistol with the hammer cocked on the campus of Rogersville City School Monday afternoon only minutes before children were to begin their afternoon outside playtime.

Rogersville Police Department Chief Doug Nelson told the Times-News that a burglary had been reported the night before on Huffmaster Street approximately a quarter-mile from the K-8 school campus.

During that burglary, multiple guns as well as some pills were reportedly stolen.

Next time one of you gun idiots has a loaded gun stolen from your home, remember this: it could just as easily end up on a school playground, or used in a crime, as it could end up in a Chicago or New York City gang. But guns make us safer. Riiiiight. Maybe if you weren’t so damn irresponsible we wouldn’t have so much gun violence in the first place.

• May 2, 2016:

1- A Murfreesboro man accidentally shot himself in the foot while cleaning his shotgun. Ouch.

2- An 18-year-old Huntingdon man accidentally shot himself in the head in his apartment. He died.

3- A Greeneville man was fondling his brand-new .38 when he accidentally shot himself in the foot with it.

4- A Crossville man was out on his ATV with his shotgun when someone “strong-armed” it away from him. Wait, I thought the point of carrying a gun was to prevent stuff like this from happening?

Veler reportedly made contact with Bilyeu and a second man on a wooded trail during which Bilyeu attempted to grab the shotgun. The two wrestled over control of the gun and Veler was “knocked unconscious.” When he regained consciousness, his shotgun valued at $600 and his ATV valued at $13,000 were gone.

So you have a gun to protect yourself but it ends up getting stolen when you’re knocked out? THAT isn’t in the NRA’s talking points.

5- Guns on campus is now the law, although our governor didn’t sign the bill.

6- Possibly the most Tennessee story you’ll read this week! A drunk Hawkins County man got upset that no one had washed the dishes so he did what anyone would do: fired a gun at his lazy step-son’s head. When sheriff’s deputies responded, they found a moonshine still in an outbuilding:

“James stated Guy had been drinking, and became irate because the dishes were dirty and no one had washed them,” Harrell said. “The argument continued into the living room where Guy got a handgun from under the cushion on the couch and fired one shot by his (Smallwood’s) head, striking the front door.

Smallwood stated the Mendenhall had a moonshine still in an out-building.

Mendenhall reportedly consented to a search, at which time deputies allegedly located a copper still commonly used to manufacture moonshine.

Although no moonshine was found at the residence, Harrell said the still was active.

Mendenhall had the mash warming and ready to begin cooking, Harrell noted.

Deputies destroyed the still.

Mendenhall was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a handgun by an intoxicated person, and possession of a still.

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I Don’t Always Fail, But When I Do….

…. I do so spectacularly.

I’m on record about a dozen times saying Donald Trump would never, ever win the Republican Party’s presidential primary. I just had more faith in Republican voters than that.

Looks like I misjudged how crazy Republicans truly are.

Sorry, folks.

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State of TN To Businesses: Republicans Only, Please

This doesn’t surprise me one bit:

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – More than half of the money a state agency has spent on Facebook ads targets supporters of Tennessee’s top Republican politicians, with none spent on Democrats.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is to attract businesses to the Volunteer State, as well as to let the community know what’s going on.

One of several marketing strategies involves paying for ads on Facebook.

What pops up in a user’s newsfeed may seem random, but Facebook can target users based on interests.

And if you “like” certain officeholders, there’s a good chance you’ll see updates from the TDECD Facebook page.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is a nonpartisan state agency, except they’ve paid more than $18,000 to target people who “like” Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker or Sen. Lamar Alexander. Not a dime was spent on targeting fans of Democrats.

Well, sure. What have we been saying over here for the past month or so? Tennessee Republicans don’t want any more stinking liberals in this state. They don’t want to recruit those gay-loving, transgender-accepting, abortion-approving liberal businesses. They don’t want to be embarrassed by a scolding from lefty corporations when they try to pass gay-bashing, immigrant-hating, nativist legislation.

They sure don’t want lefty businesses meddling in their right-wing politics. That was obvious when Tennessee Republicans threatened to punish businesses that opposed their idiotic bathroom bill, yanking incentives for those who don’t agree with their paleolithic world view.

Jobs, schmobs!

The Tennessee Republican Party has become ideologically distilled, “becoming the stereotype more fully and grotesquely” as its only means of empowerment. This is simply another manifestation of that. This is what I’ve been saying for years: Tennessee is where the Republican Party has gone to die. And die they will, because they are out of step with the rest of the culture.

It’s okay, I get it. I really do. I’ve said all along that if liberals really want to change our state, we need to recruit more blue people to move here. Don’t boycott Tennessee, immigrate! I’m only half-joking; it’s not a new idea, and has only been marginally successful when employed elsewhere. But just count me as not surprised that someone in state government cooked up this idea. It makes a lot of sense. It’s obvious the legislature is tired of political meddling by our state’s employers. If only they could recruit ideologically like-minded employers, that would solve everything! I’m sure new Tennessee employer Beretta USA will support a smorgasbord of gun-friendly legislation, right? And then when those candy-assed liberals suggest things like McKayla’s Law or mandatory liability insurance for CCW holders or universal background checks, they can point to opposition from a major employer and slap it with a “job killer” label. Nice.

So yes, I get it. I just didn’t think they’d be so obvious about it:

So why would an agency that’s interested in developing businesses and creating jobs not cast a wide net to garner fans of all political parties?

The I-Team sat down with TDECD Commissioner Randy Boyd.

“Should politics be involved in a department that’s supposed to be apolitical?” asked reporter Alanna Autler.

“Politics is a pretty broad word,” Boyd said. “We have to work with the legislature and the legislature is always creating new legislation affecting things we do, and they are political. So in that sense, the politics of new laws and legislation do affect what our development and any department does.”

See, they’re not even denying it. They’re flat-out admitting it.

I’m dying to know which of our state legislators tasked Boyd with recruiting more conservative-friendly companies to Tennessee, though. You know he didn’t think this up all by himself.

Okay, I-Team. Get to work. I want to know who told Boyd to do this.

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Open Carrier Has Gun Stolen From Back Pocket

Check out this smooth operator, plucking a gun from the back pocket of the idiot gun humper in line at a Phoenix McDonald’s:

So much fail:

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Police are offering a reward to help find a suspect who stole a gun from a customer at McDonald’s.

According to Sgt. James Rothschild with Silent Witness, the victim was placing an order at the McDonald’s at Central and Southern.

The male suspect came up behind him and stole the gun from his back-pocket holster and then fled the store.

The victim chased down the suspect, but the suspect then pointed the weapon at the victim, and then ran off.

Didn’t those of us arguing against guns in restaurants predict this would happen?

Incidents like this are rare, because open carry and concealed carry are pretty rare, but I would think as more people walk around in public with guns, it will be happening with increasing frequency. And it’s certainly not unheard of: this just happened in Wisconsin last week, there was this incident at a Philadelphia deli last August where a robber stole a CCWer’s gun and fled with it, this happened in a Walmart bathroom in Oregon last fall, there was this incident also in Oregon, this one in Memphis, and aww fuckit, it happens a lot more often than you think.

BTW, I haven’t seen anything reported on the gun owner. According to this, no permit is required to open or concealed-carry in Arizona. So without a permit, that means no training, which means people do stupid shit like have a handgun in their back pocket like’s it’s a damn iPhone. That was smart.

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Congratulations, Unidentified WV Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

One of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH really needed his .40 caliber at a children’s swimming practice because Constitution and reasons and shut up, that’s why and so of course the predictable happened:

Jackie Kay, of Charleston, said her 17-year-old daughter teaches swim lessons through the HYCAT program, which meets at the Gorman PE Building on the University of Charleston’s campus. Kay’s daughter was in the pool with several students while the children’s parents sat around the pool, watching the lesson.

“This man was sitting not 2 feet away, and his gun went off,” Kay said, recalling what her daughter told her. “She said he had a huge hole in his pocket.

“Everyone was upset. It could have been a terrible tragedy for many people.”

Randy Ross, UC’s director of public safety, said the man, whose name has not been released, was carrying a Springfield Arms XDM .40-caliber handgun in his back pants pocket. The man has a concealed carry permit, Ross said. Weapons are not allowed on UC’s campus.

The weapon was accidentally discharged, Ross said, adding that it was a “strange” occurrence for that type of weapon, which has what he called a “double-action” safety.

“It’s very hard to do that with that weapon,” Ross said. “Weapons don’t just go off like that. It’s almost something like you have to consciously do and I know that that wasn’t the case.”

Ross said the discharge likely wouldn’t have happened had the man been carrying the weapon in a proper holster. The round was fired through the man’s back pocket, ricocheted off the tile floor and struck a bench, he said.

Wait, guns are not allowed on campus? And one of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH broke the law? But I thought all CCW holders were law-abiding citizens! How is this possible?!

Meanwhile, our unidentified 2nd Amendment Hero suffered a bruised ego and will “probably” face charges. I’ll close with these words of wisdom from the university’s public safety director:

“I question his judgment in carrying the weapon that way, but he seemed like a responsible man,” Ross said. “He didn’t have the weapon out. He seemed embarrassed and traumatized by the whole thing.”

Yes, he “seemed” like a responsible man. They always do. Until something like this happens. Fortunately, this time no one was hurt.

This time.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Sorry, I got busy again … here’s your latest round-up of gun loonery from across the state.

• April 29, 2016:

1- A 10-year-old Lebanon boy shot himself in the stomach when left alone at home with a firearm.

2- A man with a gunshot wound was found at the Memphis International Airport baggage claim. Weird.

3- A Nashville 10th grader brought a loaded gun to Hillsboro High School, which happens to be just down the street from me. Ugh.

• April 28, 2015:

1- A Murfreesboro Electric customer threatened to shoot up the utility’s office when his power was cut off.

2- These Parent of the Year Award nominees were arrested after they left a loaded gun under their sleeping one-year-old.

• April 27, 2016:

1- A Brighton woman asleep in bed with her infant was shot in the hip by a bullet fired from outside the home. A 19-year-old has been arrested:

The woman was shot with a rifle near the roadway in front of the home. The bullet entered into the bedroom where the victim was sleeping, traveled through the wall, through the mattress, and struck the victim in the hip.

Not even safe in your own bed, people.

2- A Mt. Juliet gun store was robbed twice in one week. It’s almost as if these places are a magnet for crime or something:

Chandler noted gun stores are popular targets for thieves. And while this particular store did have a surveillance system set up, he said there were some general things store owners (and home owners) can do to deter break-ins like this.

“Make sure the exterior of the property is lit up well, keep it cleaned up and this makes it difficult on the criminal,” he said. “Make access harder. Of course have good locks on the door and try to put up extra barriers, such as bars over glass entries.”

This is a no-brainer. These shouldn’t be suggestions, these should be mandatory requirements for anyone wanting a dealer’s license. Too many of these mom-and-pop “gun stores” operate out of someone’s garage in East Jesus, Tennessee, where the owner still thinks it’s 1950 and they’re selling to law-abiding citizens or whatever bullshit. No, pops. You’re fueling the iron pipeline. Get a clue.

• April 26, 2016:

A Muslim gun lover took pictures of racist and Islamophobic merchandise sold at a Memphis gun show:

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The gun show producer “had no comment.”

• April 25, 2016:

An argument over a rap song at a Goodlettsville recording studio ended predictably. Armed/polite society, y’all.

• April 24, 2016:

It was only a matter of time before Nashville had its own mass shooting. This one happened at downtown Nashville’s bus station and injured four people. The incident occurred in the middle of the day as the bus station was filled with kids coming home from school (all Metro school students receive free public transportation). Members of Tennessee’s legislature were also on the scene as they had just concluded business for the day.

I’m just shocked that none of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH were on the scene to play the hero and apprehend the suspect. I mean, I thought that’s why we were tasking citizens with carrying everywhere, right? Come one, do your job!

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested.

• April 15, 2016:

An apparent prostitute accidentally shot herself outside an East Ridge motel. Now that’s bad for business.

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New Yorkers On The Presidential Election

I’m traveling again, obviously. One of my favorite shops asked people to post a note about who they plan to vote for. The answers were … interesting. Wish I’d taken more pictures:

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AND:

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Yeah, I like the John Lennon suggestion, too. Too bad he’s dead. There were a couple hundred slips of paper on this bulletin board and a huge number of them were anti-Trump. Which is funny, since Trump is a New Yorker. Remember how everyone laughed when Al Gore lost his home state? Trump didn’t lose him home state in the primary, at least during the Republican primary, but he certainly doesn’t garner much respect among New Yorkers.

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