November 18, 2017

Press Encourages LaVar Bell As He Refuses to Credit Trump For Freeing His Son

The 2017 competition for Ingrate of the Year is now closed; the disgraceful distinction belongs to LaVar Bell. Rather than thank Donald Trump for his role in keeping his son and two other UCLA basketball players from rotting in a Chinese prison for several years, Bell, when asked by ESPN about Trump’s role on Friday, shot back “Who?” — and complained that “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Insults Millions Who No Longer Watch It

In a Sports Illustrated “Off the Board” podcast released on Thursday, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt took several cheap shots at the network’s critics, in the process demonstrating how horribly out of touch he is with financial realities at his network. Van Pelt aimed particular venom at those who have decided that they didn’t need to have cable TV any more when ESPN selected Caitlyn-formerly-Bruce Jenner as its 2015 annual Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner, calling them “so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope.”

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111817)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: 82-year-old woman fights off would-be robber in Tarpon Springs

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Targon Springs, Florida (video at link):

Published: November 6, 2017, 9:24 pm
Updated: November 6, 2017, 11:09 pm

An 82-year-old Tarpon Springs woman fought off a would-be robber on Monday.

Police say Mary Barrineau had just withdrawn cash from the Bank of America on East Tarpon Avenue. When she was headed to her car, police say Jennifer Kearin came up to her and demanded money.

“You have to fight. You can’t just let them take advantage of you and steal your money. So I took care of business,” said Barrineau.

“She grabbed my purse and she started running for her car. I ran after her. I don’t believe that I ran but I did.”

After that, Barrineau started fighting even harder.

“I tackled her in the car. She said ‘let me alone, I am going to have your money.’ I said, ‘no you’re not’ and I shoved her down and started scratching her face.”

Barrineau held Kearin down in the front seat of Kearin’s car and screamed for help.

“I took her by the blouse like this. Real tight and she said, ‘you’re hurting me, you’re hurting me, let me go, I’m not going to let you go, but you’re hurting me,’ I said, ‘that is just too bad and I’m going to hang on.’”

Two good Samaritans saw Barrineau struggling and called 911. They also used their vehicles to block the suspect in until police arrived.

Barrineau got her purse back and Kearin went to jail. …

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