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Former Washington Post reporter beaten at Walmart while living in his truck


Raw Story covered this heinous situation, and it seems like a message/warning we should all receive if we aren't dedicated violence junkies or Gun Fondlers.

A former reporter who worked for both The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal said this week that he expected to be blind in one eye after being badly beaten in a Walmart parking lot.

Not a kerfluffle over a poppy stand on some mountain range in Afghanistan … an effing Walmart in Montana.

Les Gapay, 70, told the Missoulian that he had recently left his Section 8 housing in California to move back to Montana, but he was forced to live out of his truck while he was waiting for a senior apartment to open up.


When Gapay arrived in Billings on Sunday night, he said it was too late to find a campsite, so he decided to spend the night at the Mullan Road Super Walmart. After using the bathroom inside the store, two men approached him.

“These two guys came up to me and were obviously drunk,” he recalled. “They started saying they wanted to shake hands with me.” He told the men that he did not want to shake hands, then he said that one of the men “slugged me right in the chest.” As Gapay tried to call police, the man continued to hit him. He said that a third man arrived and began punching him in the eye.

I imagine there's someone to phrase the overview, with more punch; as I can't get past the assembling Posse in Missoula, seemingly played on one of those Sony/Black Box dealios in your Mom's basement.




Pastor on Fox Noise Freaks Out About Free Medical Marijuana in Berkeley



It's [the Evil Weed] going to cause Berkeley to make the poverty rate and the income rate to move down over generations …

This is Fvx's new favorite irrational hate target:  The city of Berkeley and their 'free weed' giveaways to the low income population for healthcare' purposes. You won't believe it until you see it, so find those Fox Noise Nausea Meds and I'll meet you on the other side.

stfu wheel of fortune wall

They had former addict and practicing Religionist Bishop Ron Allen on to opine. Twas his erudite quote, above. Gag.

"Why don't Berkeley give 'em free pipes n' papers, also?!?" … This is going to go through generations, and be a really bad deal," summated Fvx's Bishop.

Oh My Christian God … The Good Bishop actually said pot makes you lazy and tripled down on Paul Boy Non-Wonder Ryan's 'generations of unemployed' meme.

Asshat of The Day Award, won.



Homelessness in South Carolina



Please welcome our newest guest contributor, "hardybear" from Free Range Talk She was kind enough to offer to swoop in to help us out while we get our sea legs back following Paddy's passing. She's a sweetheart, a lifesaver, and a terrific journalist. Thank you from all of us, Ms. Bear!

Here's her first post, on homelessness:

Homeless in South Carolina

Photo credit Eric Campos, The State.

Original story from

Does the GOP even bother to include the modern American homeless population in their pithy 47% calculation?

It would seem that the homeless in one of Governor Nikki Haley's more prominent South Carolina cities of distinction -- her capital, in fact --  nearly had the long term hospitable choices of being detained then bussed far out of sight (and, ideally, pocketbook) or being forcibly herded into proposed 'emergency' shelters by hosts with guns. The third option was arrest.

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the evacuation, er, Emergency Homeless Response measure on August 13, 2013. Within hours, police officers realized that they were to be charged with the duty of regularly chauffeuring its area's approximately 1,500 homeless belles, gents and children into real or implied lockdown.

You see, they threaten the fledging shoots of an economic upturn for the fortunate. The Have Nots are standing in the way of post-recession profit and some City Council leaders decided that the most disenfranchised of all should be 'held accountable'.

Along with many American cities damaged by the Bushee economy, Columbia rightfully seeks to revitalize its core.  In this case, 181 prime acres of Capitol City land formerly occupied by the state mental hospital near their historic center. It may not have the number of zero's attached to say, a Hoboken, New Jersey development project ... but the City Council believes their Bull Street Development will lay golden eggs aplenty for the Makers if handled properly.

Which includes evicting the growing homeless population of Takers from their coveted Downtown. And keeping them out ... the Council ideally wanted armed police on guard to keep it clear of the unwashed/unwanted. There are even grandiose hopes for a multi-million sports $tadium. Revenue and dignified rebel yells.

Prudently, wiser minds and a public outcry prevailed. The Council's Draconian accommodation measures were rejected, reversed and evinced proper amounts of disgust by September 3rd. ||Free Times original story  ||  A Richland county council member was quoted as saying they had barely avoided "concentration camps".

Now how might enough of these neatening 'shelters' for Columbia, S.C. have magically appeared, given both the city and state's much-touted dedication to fiscal responsibility? Never fear, the conservative members of the City Council proposed the perfect storm of Republican solutions:  appropriate these homeless slackers' collective wealth,  in the form of food assistance monies, disability benefits or any other government handouts the recipients might be mishandling.

Presumably they'd each be handed Seinfeldean Puffy Shirts in exchange.

Columbia Councilman Cameron Runyan*, the savant co-creator and champion of the homeless relocation program called the Emergency Homeless Response" [ PDF here:  ] would know well the plight of the homeless in the historic downtown - he and his family proudly attend the First Presbyterian Church -- a stroll from the Bull Street development and re-gentrification project. Runyan said the city must maintain “a healthy tension” between caring for the homeless and holding them accountable.

According to The Free Times, Runyan has made this issue a personal crusade.       ||  Story here  ||  Not unsympathetic, he merely believes in the Lipton Brigade slash Randian boot-strap model of upward mobility, saying "We have to understand that the only cure for poverty is commerce. That is the only true response to poverty, to get people out of poverty. So if poverty is left unchecked, it will destroy commerce. So we've got to protect commerce to have a response to poverty."
Corporations may now be people, but in conservative southern climes commerce is clearly valued over y'all.

Homeless in South Carolina

Photo credit: dcexposed dot com

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Photo by Sean Rayford - Free Times

Two people walk past an urban camping scene on Main Street in Columbia in August 2013. Photo by Sean Rayford - Free Times

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Southern-fried irony: Columbia threw itself a splashy 50th year celebration of their importance to the Civil Rights movement.
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Sunday Links

Homeless Man South Carolina - Credit: The Post and Courier

Homeless Man South Carolina - Credit: The Post and Courier

South Carolina Homelessness On the Rise
(from June 26, 2013)

Being Homeless in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, Might Be Against the Law
(from - August 23, 2013)

This is a great article - written by Neil deGrasse Tyson:
America and the Emergent Space Powers
Plus there's interesting food for thought in this article on jobs:
This Week in the War on Workers: How 'Do What You Love' Does Us Wrong

EarthFirstBlockKeystonew326h244Grandmothers Blockade Megaload in Missoula
Note: Please visit these sites:
* Earth First! Newswire and

* Wild Idaho Rising Tide

And then there's CNN. Wow, just wow...
From Daily Kos / the Guardian / the Financial Times:
"CNN recently hit a 20-year low in prime time ratings in the United States, attracting an average of just 78,000 viewers across the whole day and 98,000 in prime time."

Can this really be? 78,000 viewers across the whole day???