Congratulations, Kristen A. Harris! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Responsible gun owner alert! A stalker who leaves a loaded gun within reach of her 7-year-old and walks around with it falling out of her pocket? Give her a Mom of the Year Award, too:

Squabble at KFC leads to neglect, gun charges for Rockport woman

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EVANSVILLE – A Rockport, Indiana, woman faces weapons and child neglect charges after police said her loaded handgun fell out of her pocket while she was arguing with her ex-boyfriend outside an Evansville fast food restaurant Thursday evening.

The man, who said he’s been in Evansville for about two weeks because of work, told police he was eating at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on South Green River Road just after 6:30 p.m. when he was confronted by 29-year-old Kristen A. Harris inside the eatery. The pair went outside and argued, according to the probable cause affidavit against her.

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Harris reportedly left the scene, but was apprehended a short time later. When she was stopped, Harris had two children — ages 2 and 7 — in her vehicle with her. They were both in the back seat, according to police. Investigators noted in the affidavit that the older child was not wearing a seat belt and could have grabbed the gun, which turned out to be loaded and was reportedly lying on the front seat of Harris’ car when she was arrested. Police said they believe Harris left the children inside her vehicle when she went inside the restaurant.

So much fail. But did she have a permit for that gun? Let’s investigate:

During the subsequent investigation, police learned that the gun legally belonged to Harris but she did not have a valid permit to carry the weapon. A records search indicated that the process for Harris to obtain a permit was started but the fees were never paid, according to the affidavit. Harris reportedly acknowledged that she did not have a permit for the weapon but claimed she normally does not take the weapon out of her home. She said she took it with her to confront her ex-boyfriend because he “has acted crazy in the past,” according to the affidavit. Police did not disclose if Harris told them what the argument was about.

AH. So she didn’t have a permit because she hadn’t paid the fees yet. Just a few dollars shy of being one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah!

But wait, there’s more:

Harris reportedly told police that she knew the man was inside KFC because she had put a GPS device inside his vehicle. There is no mention in the affidavit whether the 26-year-old man knew about that device or not.

And a stalker, too. Slow clap, gun loons.

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Sickos & Sociopaths For Trump

Brilliant ideas from the Donald Trump For President crowd:

Still, others said they had plenty of advice for the man they regularly identified in conversation as “Mr. Trump.”

“Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’ ” said Jim Sherota, 53, who works for a landscaping company. “That’d be one nice thing.”

Jesus fucking Christ what is wrong with these people? Also, New York Times? You buried the goddamn lede.

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

Chalk up another victory for freedom from one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah:

A 39-year-old parent of a high school student is expected to face a third-degree felony charge after a gun went off at Roo Stadium Thursday night.

The accidental discharge occurred around 9 p.m. at the end of the Meet the Roos event at the Ninth Grade Center campus.

No injuries or property damage resulted from the incident, according to Weatherford police.

Witnesses in section G reported hearing a gunshot and then seeing a man retrieve a pistol possibly off the ground, put it in his pocket and hurriedly leave the area, according to Weatherford Police CID Sgt. John Rudolph.

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The man had no intention of harming anyone and it is believed to be an accident that occurred when the man put his hand in his pocket, according to Rudolph.

The man did have a concealed carry license, Rudolph said.

He gets extra bravery points for slinking home with his tail tucked between his legs and waiting for the police to ID him. I wonder if they taught him that in concealed-carry class>

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Back When We Were Great

Donald Trump talks a lot about how his supporters “just want this country to be great again,” a line he repeats so often that he might as well slap it on a bumper sticker (here’s a representative example.) What he seems to be saying is that at some point in our past we were great but we are no longer great and our lack of greatness sucks and has caused much consternation among people who buy the bullshit that Trump is selling.

However, I have yet to find anyone who has asked him when, exactly, this “great” period was. What era of American greatness would they like to return us to? Anyone?

Is Trump talking about back when we had Jim Crow laws and women couldn’t open a bank account without their husband’s permission? Is he talking about when Reagan was president and we were trading arms for hostages and ginning up war in the jungles of Central America?

Is he talking about all of those times when our CIA was overthrowing democratically-elected governments in countries populated by brown people? Is he talking about when our economy was inflated on the hot air and promises of hedge fund managers and Wall Street rip-off artists?

What is this fucking great time when we were all awesome that is so much better? Someone please tell me. Can you point to it on a calendar? In a history book? Or is it just some mythic time before we had a black president and a dysfunctional Congress and a general lack of comity in the public square?

Dying to know.

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Blame Gay Marriage

[UPDATE]:

He’s released a statement: says he’s been a hypocrite, everyone wants prayers, etc. etc.

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I could have died a happy woman not knowing that Josh Duggar enjoys giving oral sex, but this is the age of the internet, so no such luck. The family values/pedophile dude famous for crusading against gay marriage and fondling his sisters has just been outed for having not one but two paid Ashley Madison accounts, which I’m sure is just the first of many such revelations about to fall. Schadenfreude, it’s what’s for dinner.

I’m sure he was just looking for nice ladies to pray for, right?

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Congratulations, Unidentified OK Man Terrence Veninga! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

[UPDATE]:

Somehow“:

“Somehow the loop that goes over the hammer on my .45 Long Colt got brushed, and (the gun) fell and went off,” Veninga said in a phone interview with the Tulsa World. “(The bullet) was about 4 inches from my (right) elbow.”

I love that the safety of everyone else near these concealed-carry idiots is left up to “somehow.” Feel safer yet?

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Man Accidentally Shoots Self While Guarding ‘Muslim-Free’ Oktaha Gun Store

OKTAHA, Oklahoma – The Muskogee County sheriff said a member of the group guarding an Oktaha gun shop accidentally shot himself Tuesday.

Sheriff Charles Pearson said the man dropped his gun and a bullet hit him in the arm. The sheriff did not identify the man or offer any other details about what happened.

The group of armed citizens and veterans is standing guard outside the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store after the owners said they received death threats from all over the world for putting up a sign saying Muslims weren’t welcome.

“I saw several of those gentlemen out there yesterday,” Pearson said. “The way they were holding their weapons, with the fingers on the triggers, you can tell a couple of these gentlemen have no idea about weapons safety. It’s like the Clampetts have come to town,” Sheriff Pearson told muskogeenow.com.

Maybe they should have hired George Zimmerman, instead.

Dumbfucks.

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It’s A Wonderful Miserable Life

There’s been a lot of discussion about the New York Times’s expose on the miserable work life at Amazon.com’s corporate HQ. We’ve long known that working at one of Amazon’s warehouses sucks, but it appears their white collar workers are also overworked, driven to exhaustion, and subjected to sadistic “Hunger Games”-style culling exercises, all of which makes working for Amazon HQ a dehumanizing, demeaning experience:

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

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Even many Amazonians who have worked on Wall Street and at start-ups say the workloads at the new South Lake Union campus can be extreme: marathon conference calls on Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving, criticism from bosses for spotty Internet access on vacation, and hours spent working at home most nights or weekends.

This is the kind of stuff that gives Libertarian types such massive hard-ons. It fulfills all of their narcissistic fantasies about success being the undeniable product of hard work and rugged individualism, that everyone gets where they are by these virtues, no one gets a handout from anyone, certainly not the government, yada yada. Except, of course, that this impossible standard a) isn’t true and b) makes for a miserable life.

“One time I didn’t sleep for four days straight,” said Dina Vaccari, who joined in 2008 to sell Amazon gift cards to other companies and once used her own money, without asking for approval, to pay a freelancer in India to enter data so she could get more done. “These businesses were my babies, and I did whatever I could to make them successful.”

Umm, no, honey. These businesses weren’t your babies. They were Jeff Bezos’ babies, you fool. They were Amazon shareholders’ babies. If they were your babies you’d reap 100% of the reward for all of this effort. Instead you spent your personal money to hire someone in India, fer crissakes, to “get more done.” You, my friend, are a class A sucker.

There are numerous horror stories: an employee with thyroid cancer who got a low performance rating after returning from treatment because,

[…] her manager explained that while she was out, her peers were accomplishing a great deal. Another employee who miscarried twins left for a business trip the day after she had surgery. “I’m sorry, the work is still going to need to get done,” she said her boss told her. “From where you are in life, trying to start a family, I don’t know if this is the right place for you.”

A woman who had breast cancer was told that she was put on a “performance improvement plan” — Amazon code for “you’re in danger of being fired” — because “difficulties” in her “personal life” had interfered with fulfilling her work goals. Their accounts echoed others from workers who had suffered health crises and felt they had also been judged harshly instead of being given time to recover.

Even worse is the modern-day “company store”-coercion Amazon has created to keep what employees do stay on:

Amazon retains new workers in part by requiring them to repay a part of their signing bonus if they leave within a year, and a portion of their hefty relocation fees if they leave within two years. Several fathers said they left or were considering quitting because of pressure from bosses or peers to spend less time with their families. (Many tech companies are racing to top one another’s family leave policies — Netflix just began offering up to a year of paid parental leave. Amazon, though, offers no paid paternity leave.)

This is not an attractive work environment for anyone who is not a masochist, and a stupid masochist, at that. Because while we Americans pride ourselves on our hard work, it’s hard to imagine anyone subjecting themselves to this kind of abuse for someone else’s company. And let’s be clear: nobody is curing cancer here. Or as the Times brutally noted,

For all of the employees who are edged out, many others flee, exhausted or unwilling to further endure the hardships for the cause of delivering swim goggles and rolls of Scotch tape to customers just a little quicker.

Ouch.

I like to compare this with the Danish work culture’s arbejdsglaede (literally, “happiness at work”), as detailed in Helen Russell’s fascinating book, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country. British journalist Russell relocated to rural Denmark when her husband got a job at toymaker Lego, based in Jutland. In Chapter 2, she tells of her surprise when her husband came home from work at 3:30 pm — and earlier on Fridays:

‘Most people with kids had cleared their desks to go and pick them up from school or daycare by 3pm.’
Three?
‘Uhuh.”
‘Everyone just leaves work really early? No one competes to be the last one at their desk? Or gets takeout to pull an all-nighter?’
He shrugs: ‘Not that I’ve seen.’

In fact, showy displays of an aggressive work ethic are actually frowned upon. Too many late-night or weekend emails and your boss might worry that things aren’t okay at home. Or you’ll be reprimanded for fostering an uncooperative work environment, focusing too much on your own ego and not thinking about the needs of the group. It’s a complete reverse of Amazon’s corporate culture, even if some of the outer trappings look the same (sustainable buildings, healthy cafeteria menu offerings, stand-up desks, etc.) But Danes are a family-oriented people: time spent with children and family is as valued in the Danish culture as time spent at work.

And there it is. The difference is in what you value. If your culture only values material things like profits and high salaries, then Amazon will seem like a great place to emulate. If your culture values things like time spent with family and balancing work with personal life, then Lego is a work culture worth copying.

I used to work in a high-stress corporate job. It wasn’t as cut-throat as Amazon but it was almost as bad. Vacations were seen as a personal weakness. Weekends were for wusses. I remember my boss yelling at me because I couldn’t make it to Clarksville during the February 1994 ice storm because I-24 was closed. I left that job a few months later.

As one gets older they realize that life’s too short for sadistic workplace bullshit. The hypercompetitive self-flagellation places like Amazon demand of their employees might be fine for a recent college grad, but anyone over a certain age has to wonder what’s the point of all these long hours and lack of a personal life. In the service of what — Jeff Bezos’ dream of getting the latest Elsa doll somewhere in 20 minutes? There’s definitely more to life than that.

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