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Daredevil Volume 1, Issue 26: “Stilt-Man Strikes Again!”

Also featuring the Masked Marauder
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In episode 13 of the amazingly great Netflix Daredevil series, the Stilt-Man costume made an appearance in Melvin Potter’s workshop:

And here’s one of the first appearances of the Stilt-Man character (who will probably be featured in future Marvel productions) in issue #26, published in March 1967, with cover art and pencilling by Gene Colan.

(This cover from the Lizard Collection is in great shape, with super-bright inks and sharp corners.)

Special Deal on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7, Today Only: $79

Great Deals • Views: 5,377

I just bought one of these sweet little Android tablets for myself, and you may want to take advantage of this special from Amazon too: Kindle Fire HD 7 - only $79.00. The special offer lasts until the end of the day, and the normal price is $139.00 — so this is an excellent deal on a very nice tablet.

(h/t: CuriousLurker.)

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New York Times Pays Right Wing Activist for Access to Anti-Clinton Research

Anyone remember when journalism had ethics?
Media • Views: 7,102

In today’s story of grossly unethical journalistic practices, the New York Times announced yesterday that they made a deal with a disreputable Republican activist with a long history of errors and distortions to grant them access to his anti-Clinton research.

Speaking to anonymous sources, Politico’s Dylan Byers reported on Monday that the Washington Post had not entered into its own agreement with the author.

Byers also reported that the Times’ move to cut a deal with Schweizer “raised a few eyebrows in that paper’s newsroom.”

I’ll bet it did.

Fox News made a similar deal with Peter Schweizer, but it’s expected of them. It’s appalling to see one of the world’s foremost media organizations grubbing in the dirt right along with Fox. This isn’t about publishing negative stories about Hillary Clinton; that’s expected. It’s about a serious ethical problem.

Media Matters put together an article on Clinton Cash Author Peter Schweizer’s Long History of Errors, Retractions, and Questionable Sourcing. Check it out to see how grotesque this deal by the New York Times really is.

Town’s Officers Resign En Masse When First Black Mayor Elected

Missouri Adjourning
Crime • Views: 12,984

Here’s a fun story about a bunch of very corrupt looking cops and city employees cleverly trying to appear racist to avoid being investigated for illegal shenanigans.

Voters in Parma, Missouri voted in their first African-American female mayor.

Tyrus Byrd will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday evening, April 14 at the Parma Community Building.

According to Mayor Randall Ramsey, five out of six police officers resigned this week, effectively immediately.

Mayor Ramsey said the city’s attorney, the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing “safety concerns.”

“Safety concerns,” in this case however is likely a euphemism for “I don’t want to go to jail.” Either that or they’re just a bunch of racist dillholes, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and go with dirty deeds as the likely story here. See, the old mayor had been in office for 37 years, and the fleeing personnel not only cut and ran without giving official notice, they wiped the computers on their way out.

Mayor Tyrus Byrd began her first day in office with a clean slate. Literally.

Mayor Byrd said the resignation letters cannot be found and that the computers were cleared.

The only plausible reason for fleeing law enforcement personnel to clear their work computers before fleeing their jobs on the eve of a newly elected administration is fear. Fear of what they’d been up to coming to light.

“I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance, but I don’t think they hurt the town with quitting because who needs six police for 740 people?” said Martha Miller of Parma.

As for why the police and three other city employees resigned, Mayor Tyrus Byrd is still trying to figure that out.

The resignation letter could not be found.

“They say we have six cops on the payroll. How can we have six cops and we go days without cops patrolling and we have these recent break-ins?” asked one Parma resident.

So there you have it, small town Parma had a Police Officer per Capita rate of 81 per 10K citizens. That is more than Washington DC, the most policed major city in the US and home base for most federal law enforcement agencies. What were Parma residents getting for their tax dollars, apparently a bunch of lazy cops notorious for not even going on patrol.

The new mayor should dig into this vigorously, direct the State AG to convene a Grand Jury and bring in the State and Federal investigative agencies if necessary. Whatever corruption was going on in that town had obviously become deeply entrenched over the last 37 years, reminiscent of the criminal government uncovered in Bell, California.

In Which Award Winning High-IQ Journalist Chuck C. Johnson Threatens to Shoot Me

Deranged
Wingnuts • Views: 13,346

Our article about pseudo-journalist Chuck C. Johnson’s “men’s rights advocate,” Jeremiah True (who was arrested on Thursday for sexual abuse of under-age girls at a rugby practice session) apparently got the Ginger Avenger quite upset, sending him into a multi-tweet tirade filled with insults and personal attacks. So, win!

In the course of his defensive ranting, Johnson denied being a supporter of Jeremiah True, while accusing me of having a “connection to [a] convicted terrorist.”

Chuck soon followed up this denial that he supports Jeremiah True, with another tweet explicitly supporting Jeremiah True:

Note that Chuck is defending a 20-year old man who made advances to under-age girls. And by the way, True didn’t just “touch her arm:” Reed College Student Jeremiah True Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse, Harassment Allegations | OregonLive.com

True walked off, talking to himself, but returned to the park about 30 minutes later and approached a 17-year-old female and touched her breast with his open hand, and make a remark about her chest, the affidavit said.

Several witnesses restrained True until police arrived.

Portland police Officer E. Lamonte Johnson said True’s pupils were constricted and he was responding irrationally to questions and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, deputy district attorney Andrew Freeman wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

On that “connection to a terrorist” accusation, I didn’t know immediately what he was talking about. But he soon made it more explicit:

Not this again.

This is apparently the go-to smear against me when people like Chuck have no answer to criticisms — and it’s utterly false. My most recent answer to this spurious accusation was in this post, when Glenn Greenwald dug it up and tried to use it against me: In Which Glenn Greenwald Smears Me by Citing a Faked Graphic at a Far Right Hate Site.

There’s a lot of detail in that post, but all you really need to know is in this quote from Breivik’s manifesto, contained in one of dozens of articles he included by anti-Muslim nutcase “Fjordman,” making it very clear that, far from “loving” me, mass murderer Anders Breivik and the people he truly admired (people like Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and “Fjordman”) considered me a traitor to his sick ideology and despised me:

But Chuck wasn’t done ranting yet. One of the things he likes to do, like many people who engage in stalking, is accuse the target of his stalking (in this case, me) of being the “real” stalker. Note that this is the guy who searched public records for my home address, went to an apartment where he thought I lived (although I hadn’t lived there for more than 10 years), took photos of himself posing outside the apartment building — apparently to scare me out of criticizing him — and posted them on Twitter: Right Wing Blogger Chuck C. Johnson Is Now a Real Live Stalker.

But he didn’t simply libel me as a stalker; nope, this time Chuck went further and actually threatened to shoot me.

And that still wasn’t the end of Chuck’s deranged attacks; he then proceeded to invent a wholly libelous (and false, of course) claim that I “prey on young men.”

And remember, folks, this is the same person who threatens to sue everyone who criticizes him. I saved a screenshot of Chuck’s tweet in case he deletes it (but he probably won’t, because he actually seems proud of this kind of nastiness).

This is now documented, for the record.

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Saturday Afternoon Jam: Death Cab for Cutie, NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

An intimate set from an excellent band
Music • Views: 17,052

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This is a really great live performance by Death Cab for Cutie. I was trying to think who singer Ben Gibbard’s voice reminds me of, when it suddenly hit me: he sounds like a less edgy version of Stan Ridgway from Wall of Voodoo.

(Their name, by the way, comes from a song by another of my favorite bands, the wacky British Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.)

Death Cab For Cutie came as a trio: Ben Gibbard sang, Nick Harmer played bass, and we wheeled in our piano for Zac Rae. This intimate set included two new songs — including “Black Sun,” the first single from their new album Kintsugi.

The album title refers to the Japanese art of reassembling broken pottery and making the breakage part of the newly formed pot. Death Cab For Cutie, a groundbreaking band formed in 1997, has gone through its own rebuilding of sorts. Chris Walla, a founding member of the band, has left, after contributing music to Kintsugi, but that’s his farewell offering.

Death Cab For Cutie is still strongly defined by Gibbard’s words, and that couldn’t be more evident in this beautifully stark performance, which also includes “No Room In Frame” from Kintsugi, as well as two stripped-down favorites from the past. One, “Your Heart Is An Empty Room,” is from Plans, while a beautiful love song from Transatlanticism, “Passenger Seat,” moistened more than a few eyes in the crowd.

Set List
“Black Sun” 0:07
“No Room In Frame” 5:13
“Your Heart Is An Empty Room” 9:23
“Passenger Seat” 14:00

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Maggie Starbard, Carlos Waters; Assistant Producer: Emily Jan; photo by Emily Jan/NPR

Newsweek Reports on the Growing Alliance Between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Europe’s Anti-Semitic Far Right

The disturbing acceptance of European hate groups in Israeli politics
World • Views: 18,233

Long-time readers of LGF will recognize many of the names of people and organizations called out in this piece by Charles Hawley; these are the very fascists and antisemites who made alliances with American “counter-jihad” groups years ago, leading me to make a clean break with them and their hateful agenda. (Click on any of the tags below this post for more information on this back story.)

For the past few years I’ve been watching in horror as Israeli political parties like Likud increasingly embrace these awful people: Netanyahu’s Unholy Alliance With Europe’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Far Right.

But one growing faction in Europe is welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu and his re-election with open arms. On the ultra-conservative periphery, among the xenophobic, nativist fringe, right-wing populists are unabashedly rejoicing. For them, Europe is engaged in a battle against encroaching Islam - and the hardliner Netanyahu, they believe, is doing yeoman’s work on the front lines. “Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory is a good thing for several reasons,” Geert Wilders, the vociferous anti-Islam incendiary from the Netherlands, said in an emailed statement. “We share his criticism of Iran … and his opposition to a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.”

“We are very happy,” agrees Filip Dewinter, a leading member of Belgian right-wing party Vlaams Belang. “It is a good thing for Israel, but also good for right-wing parties in Europe because he understands that the first danger for Europe is Islamisation.” David Lasar, a foreign policy co-ordinator for the Austrian Freedom Party, echoed that sentiment. “For sure, I am very happy,” says Lasar, who has worked hard in recent years to develop ties with staunchly conservative parties overseas. “It is a very important step that Netanyahu has won the election.”

From the perspective of a European chauvinistic periphery that has increasingly been striving for mainstream legitimacy in the recent past, the enthusiasm is understandable. As groups like the Austrian Freedom Party, France’s Front National and the Swedish Democrats have long histories of anti-Semitism, recent years have seen them attempting to refocus their enmity on Islam and Islamists. With that shift has come a recognition that Israeli conservatives, with their rejection of a Palestinian state and hardline approach to Islamism, are their natural allies.

Chuck C. Johnson’s Creepy “Fake Rape Expert” Arrested for Sexual Abuse

AKA Portland Police are in the pocket of Big Vagina.
Weird • Views: 23,333

Remember all those times that Chuck C Johnson was super creepy about women and rape? Yeah? You do? Good. Because it’s happening again, only by proxy this time.

Last month Chuck found himself a true hero in the war against all those college sluts telling lies about the young mens, one Jeremiah True.

Apparently Mr. True tore the lid off the something something rape stuff and was throwing something out of class, or something. It’s all very unclear because Chuck is a terrible writer and both he and Jeremiah are clinically insane, but this is what we’ve been able to piece together. Mr. True was being an asshole in his Humanities class and the instructor told him to GTFO.

But when Jeremiah True wouldn’t stop talking about his controversial opinions on sexual assault in his required freshman humanities course, his professor banned him from the discussion segment of the class for the remainder of the semester.

The 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News that his professor, Pancho Savery, warned him repeatedly that his views made his classmates uncomfortable before he told him in a March 14 email that he was no longer welcome to participate in the “conference” section of his Humanities 110 lecture-seminar class.

Which was too bad, because Jeremiah had the goods on all this campus rape stuff, which is apparently totally a myth and doesn’t happen. So Chuck invited Mr. True onto his insidious abortion of a Youtube channel to do a little live confab between two women hating anger bears, gifting the world with this:

Youtube Video

Only one problem tho’. Jeremiah True soon proved to be totally fucking crazy, inexplicably tried to enlist the aid of George Takei on Facebook and reportedly authored the following fascinating insight into the mind of a deranged lunatic:

I am the God of MRA’s [men’s rights activists], Anti­feminists, Anti­Marxists, Libertarians, and White, heternormative men and women everywhere,” wrote True in a different part of the16-page essay posted on his Facebook page, “I am a misogynist and a misandrist, a racist, and a feminist. And now I’m here to call you out on your bullshit, Reed. I made my entire college run for cover because I’m an actual activist. I yelled “n**ger” in public places and nonviolently disrupted a forum on student activism when I felt my rights weren’t respected. Now that’s activism… Gender feminists. I am a biracial, bisexual, non-gender conforming Black n**ger. Suck. My. Enormous. Black. Dick.”

Also Mr. True wasn’t content to let his unintentionally hilarious, sixteen page, n-word and dick infused manifesto be his last word on the subject, because today he apparently went to a high-school girls rugby practice and did some sex crimes.

Jeremiah True, the Reed College student who made headlines in March for protesting his professor’s decision to remove him from class, was arrested on Thursday by the Portland, Oregon police for alleged sex abuse, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

According to an employee at Rugby Oregon, a youth rugby organization based in Portland, True was arrested for disrupting a high school girls’ rugby practice. He was restrained by a coach who called the police, the employee said.

So there you have it, Chuck C Johnson’s big “campus rape myth” debunker is a seriously weird, mentally deranged, creepy sex abusing harasser of high school girls. As we go to press there’s no official word yet if Mr. True’s “enormous.black.dick” was overtly involved in the Portland incident, but at this point absolutely nothing would surprise.

UPDATE at 4/17/15 7:44:57 pm by goddamnedfrank

BREAKING: We’ve learned that True’s arrest was Tweeted by one of the girls on the rugby team.

So there you have it folks, Chuck C Johnson’s buddy and fellow campus rape skeptic got caught molesting some underaged high school girls and ended up getting manhandled by a couple of very protective rugby coaches.

Chuck C. Johnson Reveals He Was Detained at Boehner Fundraiser Because Cops Saw Him as a Threat

Pinned down
Wingnuts • Views: 23,442

Our stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson got into a Twitter altercation with Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall last night, and in the course of the exchanges revealed some interesting new information about that John Boehner fundraiser he tried to crash in March.

As we reported, Johnson was recognized by Capitol Police at the event, and detained, frisked and questioned for several hours. But last night he confirmed for the first time that it happened because the Capitol cops saw him as a potential stalking threat.

In the following embedded timeline, notice how Chuck also tries to dodge the question of whether he was given a polygraph test at the event, before he flatly denies it; and even his denial is equivocal.

(Twitter timelines are in reverse chronological order, so you may want to start at the bottom and read up.)

So Chuck has basically admitted here that he’s on the Capitol Police radar as a potential threat. That’s why he was recognized and detained at the fundraiser, obviously — and they’re quite right to be concerned about Chuck’s erratic behavior.

This means that whenever he goes to any similar event for a high profile politician from now on, he can expect similar treatment — because once you’re on this list you never get off it. Nice work, Chuck.

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Exquisite Live Performance by the Ruth Moody Band: “Dancing in the Dark”

Hey baby I’m just about starvin’ tonight
Music • Views: 28,127

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The Ruth Moody Band
“Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsteen)
Recorded Live, April 2013
Victoria, BC

Ruth Moody: voice, guitar
Adrian Dolan: viola, voice
Adam Dobres: mandolin
Sam Howard: bass, voice

Directed and edited by Matt Miles for Approach Media
Filmed by Matt Miles and Chris Wilson
Location audio by Adrian Dolan
Audio mixdown by David Travers-Smith

“Dancing in the Dark”
(B. Springsteen, Springsteen Music / ASCAP)
(c) 1984

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