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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.




Pioneering Journalist Helen Thomas Passes Away



I was lucky enough to have an email correspondence with Ms. Thomas a few years back, and she was as irrepressible and feisty as you would have thought. I regret I never could accept her invitation to lunch. No need to gloss over her failings, she was as adamant in them as she was her virtues.

WASHINGTON — Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday. She was 92.

Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington, had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday, according to a friend, Muriel Dobbin.

Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer for women in journalism.

She was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as “torture” — and he was one of her fans.

Her refusal to conceal her strong opinions, even when posing questions to a president, and her public hostility toward Israel, caused discomfort among colleagues.


In her long career, she was indelibly associated with the ritual ending White House news conferences. She was often the one to deliver the closing line: “Thank you, Mister. President” — four polite words that belied a fierce competitive streak.


WTF Did Major Garrett Just Tweet?



Either he got hacked or he's someone I don't want to mess with when he's ticked. Of course, it has since been deleted.


Brent Bozell owes Anderson Cooper an apology. Now.


Brent Bozell, go teabag yourself.

Original Cooper story here.


Quickie- Anderson Cooper: "The Fact Is, I'm Gay."


I am so thrilled that it's like this, just meh, "I've got blue eyes." Andrew has the whole thing (must read), but I like this alot.

Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.

I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.

The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.


About that Obama heckler...


So you know that arrogant twit who was apparently raised by very inept parents and who disrespected not only the office of the presidency, but this particular African American president by having the damn gall to shamelessly and rudely interrupt him mid-statement? (Bet he never did that to any other president.)

Fun Fact time!

  • The Daily Caller's editor-in-chief is Tucker Carlson. Google him. 'Nuff said.

THE PRESIDENT: ... This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.  It is –

Q    (Inaudible.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  – the right thing to do. 

Q    – foreigners over American workers.

THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir.

Q    No, you have to take questions.

THE PRESIDENT:  Not while I’m speaking. Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. [The president continues on for awhile, then...] And the answer to your question, sir – and the next time I’d prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question – is this is the right thing to do for the American people –

Q    (Inaudible.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  I didn’t ask for an argument.  I’m answering your question. 

Q    I’d like to –

THE PRESIDENT:  It is the right thing to do – 

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  – for the American people.  And here’s why –

Q    – unemployment –

[The president goes on for awhile longer, then...]

THE PRESIDENT: All right.  Thank you very much. [And he exits...]

Q    What about American workers who are unemployed while you import foreigners?

  • Munro later said, "I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting," but reporters near him saw it differently:
  • How'd Munro manage to "time a question" badly and "have no intention of interrupting" after cutting in more than once? Especially after President Obama said, "Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir." Especially after Munro responded, "No, you have to take questions."

Here's a fake Fun Fact I hope I get to add soon: Neil Munro got fired.


Video- President Obama On Immigration Policy Change w/ Interruption 6/15/12


Video via the lovely @ReasonVsFear.