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~Coming up in the next hour on ‘Verbal Insurrection’ we have plenty of great things to discuss on deck and we’ll probably run out of time, but we promise to get to everything if we can!
We’ll talk a little about the end of the 41 day standoff with authorities in Oregon but a group protesting government land use and ownership.
Also, the NH primaries are over and Angela will have firsthand accounts of the day for you. I’m convinced that there were some actual dirty tricks in the mix this time. The conservative field narrowed by quite a bit as we move on the SC. We also have an update on ‘Roosh’- the guy we talked about last time who has a… questionable opinion on women’s rights.
We’ll also delve into the media’s narrative a little and how it dictates who and what we think- coming up next on Verbal Insurrection!
11 February, 2016
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Being a Leftist Means never having to Say You’re Sorry (3 of 5)
Story can be found on floppingaces.net
By Brother Bob
What may be the most appealing thing about being a leftist is that you can never be wrong – ever. As we learned from our last post, leftist ideas never fail because their only objective is to make leftists feel good about themselves.
If their ideas appear to fail, it is always someone else’s fault – greedy businesses, obstinate Republicans, racist Americans, etc. It never even enters the thought process that when a leftist idea fails it’s becasue their ideas might not have been good to begin with. As The Bookworm puts it,
“Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.” Now that’s not to say every leftist is an idiot (although looking at who they vote for in presidential elections raises questions), and not every person on the right is a genius. On our side I’ve noticed it more in the Ronulan strains, many of whom I have a feeling have migrated into the Trump camp.
In a world where consequences are completely irrelevant it’s no surprise that the policies favored by the Radical Left produce the results that they do. National Review’s Mona Charen looks at a favorite jobs program for teachers’ unions expecting a return on their investment in radical politicians, that being the behemoth known asHead Start:
“The point of Head Start is the promise that it offers poor children a leg up and prepares them for school. It would be nice if it worked, but it doesn’t. It does provide jobs for teachers and federally subsidized day care. But taxpayers have spent $180 billion since 1965 for a program that fails to achieve its objectives.”
American Thinker’s Tom Trinko makes some great points about how the left’s love for drugs have consequences that they’d prefer to ignore:
Mexico is turning into a cesspool of violence and corruption because Americans want their drugs and they don’t care who suffers.
The river of drug money also leads to the corruption of the police that in turn causes the very sort of police misconduct that liberals excoriate.
However, liberals tend to be people who eschew personal responsibility so they fail to see the connection between their giving money to criminal organizations and the violent acts of those cartels.
If liberals were to admit to themselves that the average cop is a decent person who tries to treat people fairly, they’d have to confront the fact that it’s a liberal’s choice to break the law that makes liberals fear the police. Sadly, liberal DNA just doesn’t include accepting responsibility for one’s actions so they continue to blame others for the consequences of their drug use, including their fear of police.
Back to NRO, Kevin D. Williamson points out how lack of thinking through the details and demagoguing Obamacare as a completely emotional issue guaranteed its failure:
Obamacare’s partisans were confronted with the economic facts long before the law was even passed, and their answer was: “Never mind the economics, we’re the good guys, and you want poor people to die.” Democrats argued that Republicans literally wanted to kill poor people, that their plan was for the poor to “die quickly.” This is a habitual mode of discourse among progressives: Reality doesn’t matter; only the purity of Democrats’ motives matters. Obamacare is what it is: Another damned five-year plan based on wishful thinking and very little else. The fact is that Obamacare has fallen apart without Republicans’ dismantling it.
Of course, while the White House has no problem fear-mongering over the cost costs of repealing their toxic signature law, its not like they have any backup plan if Obamacare fails. Actual plans and real world solutions are for grown-ups, aka “somebody else”.
Another example of policies of the Radical Left having the exact opposite effect of what they supposedly stand for is the Black Lives matter movement. NRO’s David French provides the numbers that show how #BLM is wrong about police shooting stats, while City Journal’s Heather MacDonald breaks down how #BLM is in denial aboutinner city crime. But most disturbing part of the movement comes from the study by Accuracy in Media’s James Simpson, showing how the radicals who’ve seized control of the Democratic party are getting black lives ended to exploit a voting bloc that will help them advance their extremist agenda:
Many members of the black community would be shocked to learn that the intellectual godfathers of this movement are mostly white Communists, “queers” and leftist Democrats, intent on making blacks into cannon fodder for the revolution.
Two other examples come to mind, showing how history repeats itself. Forty years ago, in the aftermath of the Radical Left’s efforts to lose Vietnam, we saw the refugees, aka “The Boat People”. As much as I hate to broadly generalize an entire people as lefties like to do, the fact that the Vietnamese weathered armed troops coming through their villages, bombs, and napalm, but ran for their lives when faced with heavily armed socialists says a great deal about both their bravery and intelligence. Today we’ve watched Democrats Hell-bent on turning the victory in Iraq into chaos out of their spite against George W. Bush lead to the rise of ISIS. Of course, to a leftist when this could have been avoided by our president not screwing up a simple Status of Forces Agreement, naturally ISIS is the fault of… Bush.
Of course, since the virtue or malice of an action has nothing to do with the action itself but how well the person committing teh act is liked by the Radical Left, Jon Gabriel was kind enough to draw up this handy reference chart for members of the media when discussing gun violence:
Most useful! Even more useful, Victor Davis Hanson offers some commandments for the Radical left to follow were they to actually believe their horse hockey:
…each liberal should pledge, “I will put at least one of my children in an inner-city public school, or in a school where the white enrollment is in a minority.
The university is a bastion of liberalism and therefore must reflect such progressive values. “I pledge to support no university whose rate of increase in annual tuition exceeds the rate of inflation or that pays different wages to different categories of professor for the exact same class taught.” Why not boycott Harvard or Berkeley, given that their part-time policies make Wal-Mart’s look enlightened?
Read the whole thing. As this chapter draws to a close, check out the write-up at Townhall that John Hawkins did, The Unspoken Rules for being a Liberal. You’ll want to read the whole thing, and here’s a taste of two that are most relevant to this series:
1) You justify your beliefs about yourself by your status as a liberal, not your deeds. The most sexist liberal can think of himself as a feminist while the greediest liberal can think of himself as generous. This is because liberals define themselves as being compassionate, open minded, kind, pro-science and intelligent not based on their actions or achievements, but based on their ideology. This is one of the most psychologically appealing aspects of liberalism because it allows you to be an awful person while still thinking of yourself as better than everyone else.
12) Tribal affiliation is more important than individual action: There’s one set of rules for members of the tribe and one set of rules for everyone else. Lying, breaking the rules, or fomenting hatred against a liberal in good standing may be out of bounds, but there are no rules when dealing with outsiders, who are viewed either as potential recruits, dupes to be tricked, or foes to be defeated. This is the same backwards mentality you see in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, except it’s based on ideology, not religion.
This leads to my final story, courtesy of Nirak Chokshi of The Washington Post. I don’t even need to excerpt any of the story, as the headline alone gives a perfect summary: German sexual assaults lead to ‘I told you so’ claims on Muslim immigrants in U.S. The article reads exactly as you would expect. And the retort is easy:
“Maybe if you had the two brain cells to understand that bringing in large numbers of men from a culture that treats women like property you would have understood this would happen. As for the ‘I told you so’, if you had anything resembling a conscience and had the slightest capability of introspection you would acknowledge that you were horribly wrong and wouldn’t need the rest of us to beat you over the head with reality!”
Sorry for the heated response, but I get really annoyed at the pro-rape enablers from the Radical Left. And that story is a perfect bridge to our next installment:
After Crushing Defeat, DNC Quirk Still Gives Hillary More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders
What Difference does it make?
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk during a commercial break at the Democratic presidential candidates debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire December 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder∧
Though Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in a landslide over Hillary Clinton, he will likely receive fewer delegates than she will.
Sanders won 60 percent of the vote, but thanks to the Democratic Party’s nominating system, he leaves the Granite State with at least 13 delegates while she leaves with at least 15 delegates.
New Hampshire has 24 “pledged” delegates, which are allotted based on the popular vote. Sanders has 13, and Clinton has 9, with 2 currently allotted to neither.
But under Democratic National Committee rules, New Hampshire also has 8 “superdelegates,” party officials who are free to commit to whomever they like, regardless of how their state votes. Their votes count the same as delegates won through the primary.
The state’s 2 remaining superdelegates remain uncommitted.
In the overall delegate count, Clinton holds a commanding lead after a razor-thin victory in Iowa and a shellacking in New Hampshire. Clinton has 394 delegates, both super and electorally assigned, to only 42 for Sanders.
Denmark Tells Bernie Sanders To Stop Lying About Their Country
The Danes aren’t too happy about Bernie Sanders praising their country as an example of a socialist success story.
As reported by Investors Business Daily:
The Danes apparently have grown weary of Sen. Bernie Sanders insulting their country. Denmark is not a socialist nation, says it’s prime minister. It has a “market economy.”
Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate who calls himself a socialist, has used Denmark as the example of the socialist utopia he wants to create in America. During the Democrats’ first debate last month, he said “we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.”
While speaking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the center-right Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was aware “that some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism.”
“Therefore,” he said, “I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”
Rasmussen acknowledged that “the Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security to its citizens,” but he also noted that it is “a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish.”
To that we’ll add that Sweden, another of Sanders’ inspirations, has for decades quietly moved away from its cradle-to-grave form of government welfare. And the Swedes are better off for having done so, just as the Danes will continue to be better off as their government overhauls its welfare state.
Indeed, the socialist presidential candidate apparently doesn’t know what socialism is – government control of land, labor, and capital. The Nordic countries that Sanders cited do indeed have large welfare states and are wealthy countries, but they became wealthy before these quasi-socialist policies went into effect – and have largely stagnated since. As the article mentioned, this is why Sweden is slowly transitioning away from these sorts of policies.
Sanders wants us to learn from countries like Sweden and Denmark – and that means learning from their failures and reducing the role of government in our lives.
Vermin Supreme Finishes 4th Among Democrats in N.H. Primary
He received more votes than “real” candidate Jim Gilmore
Vermin Supreme outside a Rand Paul campaign event in Milford, New Hampshire, last year.
Pony-loving, boot wearing Vermin Supreme finished fourth among Democrats in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in a rout. Martin O’Malley, who dropped out of the race after the Iowa Caucus, finished a distant third.
But the fourth place finisher was a name familiar to many New Hampshire voters: Massachusetts resident Vermin Supreme, the perennial candidate best known for his campaign platform to provide free ponies to every American.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Supreme received 257 votes, only slightly less than half of the 622 votes O’Malley received. That’s also more than Republicans Mike Huckabee (214), Rick Santorum (197), Jim Gilmore (132), George Pataki (79) and Bobby Jindal (50) tallied. In their defense, though, all but Gilmore had already dropped out of the race.
With his large beard and boot hat, Supreme has become somewhat of a cult figure in New Hampshire, where he spent a great deal of time attending candidate events and handing out candy. He was banned from the annual “Lesser Known Candidates Forum” at Saint Anselm College this year after he famously glitter-bombed the event four years ago, causing a mess that proved costly for the college to clean up.
He also hosted a giant party and concert over Labor Day weekend. “Burning Vermin: Vermin Supreme Labor Day Telethon Money Bomb,” was held at a farm in Croydon, New Hampshire, and featured a pig roast, bands and readings by Supreme.
Cruz Releases Funny Eminent Domain Ad Against Trump
Donald Trump and Eminent Domain
ARTICLE by ROBERT VERBRUGGEN April 19, 2011 3:30 PM
A brief history
In a free market, there’s a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets another’s belongings: The coveter makes an offer to purchase them. If the offer is rebuffed, the coveter can make a new proposal, but he cannot simply take what he wants. It’s an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth.
Donald Trump’s covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that he’s no great respecter of the admonition not to steal, either: The man has a track record of using the government as a hired thug to take other people’s property.
This is called, of course, “eminent domain.” The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment allows the government to take private property for “public use,” so long as “just compensation” is paid. In the infamous 2005 Kelo decision, the Supreme Court held that “public use” could include, well, private use, so long as the new property owner paid more in taxes than the previous one. In other words, it allowed developers and the government to gang up on homeowners. The developer gets more land, the government gets more tax money. The only losers are the original owner and his property rights.
A decade and a half ago, it was fresh on everyone’s mind that Donald Trump is one of the leading users of this form of state-sanctioned thievery. It was all over the news. In perhaps the most-remembered example, John Stossel got the toupéed one to sputter about how, if he wasn’t allowed to steal an elderly widow’s house to expand an Atlantic City casino, the government would get less tax money, and seniors like her would get less “this and that.” Today, however, it takes a push from the Club for Growth to remind us of Trump’s lack of respect for property rights.
The problem dates back to at least 1994. That year, Trump promised to turn Bridgeport, Conn., into“a national tourist destination by building a $350 million combined amusement park, shipping terminal and seaport village and office complex on the east side of the harbor,” reported the Hartford Courant. “At a press conference during which almost every statement contained the term ‘world class,’ Trump and Mayor Joseph Ganim lavished praise on one another and the development project and spoke of restoring Bridgeport to its glory days.”
The wrinkle? “Five businesses and the city-owned Pleasure Beach now occupy the land,” as the Courant put it. The solution? “The city would become a partner with Trump Connecticut Inc. and obtain the land through its powers of condemnation. Trump would in turn buy the land from the city.”
Here’s how the story concluded: “The entire development would cost the city nothing, Trump said, and no private homeowners would be affected because there are no dwellings on the land. Trump would own everything.” That brings us to the story of the aforementioned elderly widow in Atlantic City, which starts at about the same time. The woman, Vera Coking, had owned property near the Trump Plaza Hotel for three decades, and didn’t want to move. Trump thought the land was better suited for use as a park, a parking lot, and a waiting area for limousines.
He tried to negotiate, at one point offering Coking $1 million for the land. But she wasn’t budging. So New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority filed a lawsuit, instructing Coking to leave within 90 days and offering compensation of only $251,000.
Perhaps the only upside to this story is that in neither case did Trump succeed. The Bridgeport plan fizzled. Coking fought in court, and — in part because these were the days before Kelo was decided, no doubt — she was lucky enough to win. In 1998, a judge threw out the case.
In 2005, however, Trump was delighted to find that the Supreme Court had okayed the brand of government-abetted theft that he’d twice attempted. “I happen to agree with it 100 percent,” he told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto of the Kelo decision.
Can Republicans support someone with so little regard for the property of others? Let’s hope not.
— Robert VerBruggen is an associate editor of National Review.
Trump calls Cruz a ‘pussy’
By Jesse Byrnes
Donald Trump echoed a supporter during a rally on the eve of the New Hampshire primary Monday night who called his Republican presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) a “pussy.”
Trump was touting his hardline stance against terrorists from the Middle East when he mentioned Cruz’s response during the debate Saturday on the use of waterboarding.
“Honestly I thought he’d say, ‘absolutely’ – and he didn’t,” Trump said, suggesting that Cruz was concerned about how some might take his answer on the subject.
“She just said a terrible thing,” Trump said, stopping his own remarks at the arena in Manchester and pointing out a woman in the audience, beckoning her to raise her voice.
“You know what she said? Shout it out, ’cause I don’t want to,” Trump continued. “OK, you’re not allowed to say – and I never expect to hear that from you again – she said … he’s a pussy.”
“That’s terrible, terrible,” Trump said as the audience erupted into a mix of laughs and cheers and he threw his hands into the air and moved away from the microphone.
Trump continued by providing a mock “reprimand” of the woman in an effort to belay comparisons to a rally in September when he failed to correct a supporter who said President Obama was a Muslim and not an American.
“For the press, this is a serious reprimand,” Trump said after asking the audience if the woman could stay.
Shortly after the Trump rally, Cruz communications director Rick Tyler tweeted that Trump is “turning the campaign into the latest episode of a reality show but let’s not forget who whipped who in Iowa.”
Trump caught flak earlier Monday from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured while he was held in Vietnam as a prisoner of war, after saying he’d bring back waterboarding should he win the presidency.
McCain said “these forms of torture not only failed their purpose to secure actionable intelligence to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies, but compromised our values, stained our national honor and did little practical good.”
Trump also went after Marco Rubio during the rally for “sweating like a dog” at the debate Saturday night, suggesting the Florida senator had a tough debate in the face of a series of attacks.
Trump is atop polls in New Hampshire heading into Tuesday’s primary after taking second place to Cruz in Iowa last week.
Updated at 9:24 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
To think that entire scene wasn’t completely scripted to give Trump a chance to say what he said is, in my opinion, very naïve. That’s not creative stumping. To me it’s vulgar and unstatesmanlike.
By The Right Scoop
Trump is a nasty man and this just proves it. He’s still justifying calling Cruz a p**sy the other night, now attributing it to the big gains by which he won New Hampshire:
Trump swears he will act differently as president, but I don’t believe him. If he does, it will just be a facade to appease everyone. We all know he’s a nasty man on the inside as he’s effectively demonstrated that over the last month with his ridiculous attacks on Cruz.
Side Note: Trump says about Ivanka “I would date her if she wasn’t my daughter”
I don’t think that Trump is campaigning on keeping common core- I do believe that he misspoke. But make no mistake, he might talk about common core like it ‘needs’ to go, but like almost everything else common core is a bargaining chip for Trump. He might say he wants to get rid of it, but if push comes to shove, he’ll put it on the bargaining table to get something else he might want more, or that affects him more directly.
Posted by soopermexican on Feb 10, 2016 at 9:19 PM in Politics
People are freaking out over a clip of Trump today saying that he would keep Common Core.
Here’s the clip:
But, if you look at it in context, it’s clear that he just misspoke. Here’s a longer clip:
This is an edit by el Scoopo himself, wherein he spliced together two different parts of the speech to show that Trump probably just slipped up.
There’s no way that he changed his mind within a few minutes – NOT EVEN Trump is that flip-floppy. But then it might be pointing to the real problem with Trump as a presidential candidate:
El Trumpo is trying to play it off:
But that’s not quite accurate – he can’t even bring himself to admit he screwed up.
AIR FORCE GENERAL FAINTS DURING BUDGET TALKS
It’s hard for me, as a Marine, to not make a crack about this being an Air Force general staying up past his time for a warm milk and nappy time…
Major General James Martin Jr., was discussing how to keep the Air Force in the green when everything went black.
WASHINGTON (KTRK) —
An Air Force major general is recovering this morning after fainting at a Pentagon briefing, and the whole thing was caught on camera.
Major General James Martin Jr., fainted at the podium as he was discussing the Air Force budget.
He was eventually taken to another room, and then later to a hospital as a precaution.
Regular News Items
Final Oregon refuge occupier turns himself in
Published February 11, 2016
FBI agents surround remaining protesters at Oregon refuge
The four remaining holdouts of the armed protest group that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past 41 days turned themselves in peacefully Thursday.
But the end of the standoff did not come without drama.
After the first three protesters surrendered to authorities at around 9:40 a.m. local time, the last occupier, David Fry, initially resisted. But just after 11 a.m., Fry turned himself in to the FBI, according to the Oregonian.
Fry had said on a live audio webcast that he was “feeling suicidal” and would “die a free man.” At one point he said he was pointing a gun at his head. He ranted about abortion, UFOs, the government “chemically mutating people” and Syria.
“I’m taking my stand, this isn’t something I’m going to back away from,” Fry said.
But eventually, after requesting listeners yell “Hallelujah,” he walked out to meet authorities.
The FBI confirmed that all four protesters were in custody.
“No one was injured and no shots were fired,” an FBI statement said.
One of the three protesters who turned themselves in first was holding an American flag as the group went out to meet authorities. Another protester said on an audio webcast that officials were not being rough and did not have guns pointed at the group.
Earlier during the livestream, Fry, 27, sounded increasingly unraveled as he continually yelled, at times hysterically, at what he said was an FBI negotiator. “You’re going to hell. Kill me. Get it over with,” he said. “We’re innocent people camping at a public facility, and you’re going to murder us.”
He added, “The only way we’re leaving here is dead or without charges,” telling the FBI to “get the hell out of Oregon.” Fry said the group was surrounded by armored vehicles. The occupiers also said they saw snipers on a hill and a drone.
The group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land-use policies.
A Nevada legislator, Michele Fiore, called in to try to get the occupiers to calm down. Fiore said she could help them only if they stayed alive.
“I need you guys alive,” said the Republican member of the Nevada Assembly who was in Portland earlier in the day to show support for Ammon Bundy, the jailed leader of the occupation. The occupiers prayed with Fiore and others as the situation dragged on for hours.
Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said in a statement the situation had reached a point where it “became necessary to take action” to ensure the safety of all involved.
Bretzing said one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside “the barricades established by the militia” at the refuge. When FBI agents tried to approach the driver, Fry said he returned to the camp at a “high rate of speed.”
The FBI placed agents at barricades ahead of and behind the occupier’s camp, Bretzing said.
“It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully,” he said in a statement.
Authorities had for weeks allowed the occupiers to come and go freely from the remote refuge, leading to criticism from local and state officials that law enforcement wasn’t doing enough to end the situation.
Ammon Bundy was arrested Jan. 26 as he and other main figures of the occupation were traveling to the town of John Day. Four others were also arrested in that confrontation, which resulted in the shooting death of the group’s spokesman, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum. The FBI said Finicum was reaching for a gun.
Most of the occupiers fled the refuge after that. Authorities then surrounded the property and later got the holdouts added to an indictment charging 16 people with conspiracy to interfere with federal workers.
At first, Bundy urged the last holdouts to go home. But in response to the grand jury indictment, he took a more defiant tone from jail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Not so cool now! Pro-rape pick-up artist pictured in a sweat-stained T-shirt at the door of his mother’s home (where he lives in the BASEMENT!)
- Daryush ‘Roosh’ Valizadeh, 36, calls himself the ‘King of Masculinity’ but has faced anger from around the world for his views on rape
- He posted an article advocating legalization of rape on private land and has said women’s value is dependent on ‘fertility and beauty’
- This weekend he was planning ‘tribal meetings’ for his followers in 45 countries but called them off because of ‘death threats’
- Today Daily Mail Online found him at his mother’s cul-de-sac home in Silver Spring, Maryland – where he lives in the basement
- Valizadeh called police to complain about alleged threats and answered the door in stained t-shirt, geeky glasses and with a graying beard
- It was posted more than a year ago and yesterday he decided to add a disclaimer that it should not be taken literally
This is the man at the center of a worldwide storm after advocating legalizing rape on private property – in a sweat-stained T-shirt at the door of his mother’s house.
Daryush ‘Roosh’ Valizadeh, 36, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Masculinity’ called police after receiving death threats from around the world and canceled a series of ‘tribal meetings’ in 45 countries set for this weekend.
Valizadeh, who is at the center of public protests at home and in Canada, Australia and the UK, is on record as advocating women be banned from voting, describing a woman’s value as dependent on her ‘fertility and beauty’, and stating that women with eating disorders make the best girlfriends.
Disheveled: Dressed in a t-shirt with sweat-stained armpits, and shorts, Daryush Valizadeh was seen for the first time since the storm erupted over his ‘pro-rape’ views
At the door: Daily Mail Online was present as a Montgomery County Police officer arrived at Daryush Valizadeh’s mother’s home, where the 36-year-old lives in the basement. He had called 911 over threats
14656 Tynewick Terrace, Silver Springs, MD
Suburb: Valizadeh lives in the basement of his mother’s cul-de-sac home in Silver Spring, Maryland a
Talks: Officers who attended the 911 call asked him about the sequence of events. He told them that his article saying rape on private ground should be legal was ‘satire’ – but admitted he had only added the disclaimer yesterday
In a highly-criticized blog he said that if a woman was raped on private property, it should be legal.
Today he told police that it was meant to be a satirical article and that he had written it in early 2015 and had since put a disclaimer on the piece saying it was satire.
But asked when he had added the disclaimer he admitted it had been placed only ‘yesterday’.
The internet geek, who has written a series of books teaching what he claims is the best way for men to use their testosterone to bed women, likes to portray himself as an global businessman.
But as the international storm grew around him today, Daily Mail Online found him in hiding at the cul-de-sac where he ekes out his vile views on his laptop – and sells ads on his website, which cost $150 a day.
Today, dressed in a stained T-shirt and shorts and living in the basement of his mother’s home, he was concerned for his safety.
He said he had received death threats from around the world. He played officers voicemails left on his phone and showed them emails.
Some were from Britain, Australia and the US and warned him he would be ‘shot, stabbed or have his home burned down.’
One said: ‘We will kill you if you come to our city’ and others were filled with vitriol, he told officers.
After dialing 911, two officers visited him and he greeted them in his work attire. One female officer only entered his doorway and he had to bring his laptop to the stoop and front hall to show her how his views on rape had backfired.
He said he had only been aiming to gain attention but had not budgeted for the worldwide anger against him and feared for his safety.
Valizadeh, who used the alias Roosh, said he was canceling the worldwide city weekend meetings of his followers after the threats.
Valizadeh caused outrage after saying he wouldn’t respond to female journalists because he didn’t ‘respect’ them. He also angered people when he tweeted a sexist message with a picture of anchor, Candice Wyatt
Many of his self published e-books have been widely condemned as ‘rape guides’ by the media and politicians
He said he could ‘no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend’.
In a statement he posted online, he apologized to his supporters and said they would be let down.
Meetings had been planned around the US including Washington, New York and Los Angeles and across the globe.
Valizadeh had said he would be attending a gathering in Australia, but backed down after a public outcry there which was echoed, particularly in Britain where 80,000 signed a petition calling on the government to ban him and his meetings using hate crime laws.
He had banned homosexual men from attending as well as all women
If a pretty girl approached a man attending, his advice online to followers was ‘Get her number and then tell her to buzz off. Do not allow women to attend the meeting.’
He had advised followers that feminists may attack them or male opponents, but they were not to strike back but follow the ‘Gandhi principle of non violence’ record incidents on cell phones.
H graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in microbiology and soon after started a local blog called DC Bachelor
As he likes to be seen: This is the image Valizadeh likes to portray of himself – not the
The Scottish city of Glasgow appeared was claimed to be the source of a particularly large backlash against the self-proclaimed King of Masculinity
‘Pick up artist’ Roosh V now using code for tribal meetings
His first book called Bang was ‘a textbook for picking up girls and getting laid.’ He wrote several other books with the word ‘Bang’ in the title such as ‘Day Bang’.
In America, he was placed on a ‘misogyny list’ by the social justice organization Southern Poverty Law Center.
Valizadeh celebrates and dwells on the title given to him when he visited Romania of ‘World Don Juan.’
He says: ‘I didn’t try to become infamous worldwide, but that has been the outcome, all because of my teachings and ideas.
‘I’ve been falsely accused of crimes like rape and harassment by my enemies in an attempt to shut me down, but they are too weak to defeat me.’
He has also complained about the abuse he has received over his views. One message was directed at Glasgow, Scotland, where he claimed ‘I’ve received more threats from Glasgow than anywhere else combined. Is it some kind of convict resettlement zone?’
One Twitter user who replied was comedian and BBC broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli, who said: ‘It’s a city with a moral compass and a degree of self esteem. Try it sometime…’
Singh Kohli was suspended from his working with the broadcasters The One Show in 2009 over alleged ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’ towards a female colleague. No formal complaint was made and he apologized unreservedly for his behavior and later said: ‘We all make mistakes and we all make misjudgments.’
A neighbor of the self proclaimed lothario said she was disgusted at his views.
Esther Eyere,33, a nursing student at Marymount University, said: ‘I can’t believe he can have views like that, especially about rape. It makes me sick.’
The U.K. government has called for him to be ‘ridiculed’ and welcomed the cancellation of his meetings.
Britain’s Home Office Minister Karen Bradley told parliament today: ‘The government condemns in the strongest terms anyone who condones rape and sexual violence.
‘We should ridicule, we should show contempt, and we should show that these are the most ridiculous views.
Once a microbiologist, Daryush Valizadeh first spread his misogynistic propaganda via a blog called ‘DC Bachelor’.
By 2007 Valizadeh felt he had established a considerable following and decided to pen his first book, called ‘Bang’.
Inside the book, he described the ‘ruthlessly optimized process’ that ‘enabled me to put my penis inside’ various women.
He later traveled abroad researching a slew of other titles that include Bang Colombia, Bang Iceland, Don’t Bang Denmark, Bang Poland and Bang Lithuania.
The 36-year-old has 15 self-published books, many of which have been widely condemned as ‘rape guides’ by media, residents and politicians who live in the countries he is writing about.
He once said: ‘My default opinion of any girl I meet is worthless dirty wh**e until proven otherwise.’
In October 2012, Valizadeh decided to expand his online presence by creating the website ‘Return of Kings’.
The website publishes a string of ‘neomasculine’ articles that claims women should not work, women should have their behaviour and decisions ‘controlled by men’ and has even encouraged males to record consensual sex with a hidden camera to ensure they are not ‘falsely accused of rape’.
Other articles claim that one in four women are ‘certifiably mentally ill’ and should not be unable to live autonomously in today’s society.
Last year Valizadeh wrote one of his more offensive and reviled articles – ‘How to Stop Rape’ – where he claims that the American government should legalise rape on private property.
He has also started to tour countries where he tries gives speeches to an often small band of followers.
Despite a 42,500-strong petition calling for his entry to be blocked, he made his way to Montreal, in Canada, last August.
In the city he and his 34 supporters were met with a mob of angry protesters who threw beer in his face and chased him into a building as his followers scurried away.
Fearful he would be swamped by angry protesters again, the ‘anti-feminist’ hired extra security for an appearance in Toronto, which according to the Huffington Post, only had around 50 attendees.
In September, a petition was also launched to have Valizadeh’s self-published ‘pro-rape’ books removed from the online retail giant Amazon.
The self-styled pick up artist is now facing backlash in Australia over proposed ‘tribal meetings’, where his followers can meet in a bid to connect with ‘like-minded men’.
A petition – similar to the one in Canada – was launched soon after he started tweeting about a possible appearance, which demanded the police and government work together to stop him from gaining a visa.
While more than 55,000 people have signed the online petition, Valizadeh has made several jokes on Twitter about infiltrating the Australian boarder by boat, stating that the country’s ‘gay authorities’ will be unable to stop him.
He has reveled in the media attention, telling female journalists that he would give them an interview if they performed fellatio on him.
Cam Newton defends Super Bowl media walkout: ‘I’m a sore loser’
I want to touch on this not because I’m a sports junkie- I most certainly am not, but because our sports and entertainment very often reflect the state of our current culture. Football is often seen as men just beating the hell out of each other, but the fact is that Defensive linemen (the ones seen as the most brutish) have an average I.Q. that is Well above the national average- often genius level.
Sports define the players, and reflect on the fans. It requires sacrifice, dedication, focus, and hard, hard work.
Newton’s poor sportsmanship is, in my eyes, an awful thing, but it doesn’t define his generation (he’s in his mid-20’s). The polar opposite of Newton would be Russel Wilson, who is the same age and who is much more graceful when his team loses (or wins!) a game, and takes the responsibility upon himself when his team loses.
Postgame, Newton blamed everyone and everything but himself. When he wins games, he’s that gloating winner that would, in different times, get himself shot at a poker table. When he loses he is an inconsolable jerk.
His explanation for his behavior- basically ‘That’s just me’ is pathetic. He is a Leader now. A hero to many people and an idol to children who hold him up as a role model. Like it or not, that is the life that he fought for, that he chose and he needs to learn how to conduct himself in a much better fashion.
A.J. Perez, USA TODAY Sports12:15 a.m. EST February 10, 2016
Cam Newton didn’t say much to the media following the Panthers loss in Super Bowl 50. USA TODAY Sports
(Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
A defiant Cam Newton addressed reporters for the first time since the Carolina Panthers’ MVP quarterback walked out of news conference minutes after his team fell to the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
“I’ve been on the record saying that I’m a sore loser,” Newton told reporters at the team’s practice facility in Charlotte on Tuesday. “Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I am here to win football games.”
Added Newton: “I have said it since Day 1. I am who I am. I know what I’m capable of and I know where I am going. If you want me to conform, I’m not that guy. If you want me to be that type of person, I’m not that. I am happy to say that. This league is a great league with or without me. I understand that. I am my own person. I take pride in that.”
Newton was heavily criticized after he gave a handful of short answers to reporters and unexpectedly got up and exited the dais two minutes into the session. Newton was sacked seven times — twice fumbling the ball, one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Broncos – and completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards. The Broncos won, 24-10.
“It happened,” Newton said. “I didn’t want to talk to the media at the time. The truth of the matter is that I still don’t want to talk to the media.”
Newton, who was selected as the league MVP on Saturday, gave some hope to Panthers fans.
“We will be back,” Newton said. “I mean that. We will be back.”
Russell to Peyton: ‘If this is it, thanks’
Updated: Feb 8, 2016 – 1:29 PM
“If this is it’ is a reference to the rumored retirement of Peyton manning.
Photos via AP
After the Broncos Super Bowl 50 win, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson posted an essay to his Denver counterpart.
From all the wins, to the few tough losses. From the 71,000 yards, to all the touchdowns, to the few interceptions.
From all the meetings, to all the hard practices, to all the film, to all the blood, sweat and tears.
From all the Pro Bowls, to the handful of MVPs, to the two Lombardi trophies. From all the teammates, to all the opponents, to all the fans.
From the blue and white, to the blue and orange …
Sheriff, (Reference to Peyton Manning’s nickname)
If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.
10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.
You inspired the kid in the green shirt.
You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.
You inspired me to love the process. To love the sweat. To love the tears.
But most of all …
You inspired me to love the game.
If this is it,
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Martinez Man Rear-Ends Van While Masturbating
Seriously… second week in a row for this kind of thing?
A Martinez man rear-ended a van Monday morning while masturbating in his car, authorities said.
Donald Marvin Johnson, a registered sex offender with a history of public masturbation, struck the back of an Augusta man’s 1992 Chevrolet Astro Van. The van was stopped for a red light at Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road, according to a sheriff’s report.
A witness told investigators that she saw Johnson swerving and driving recklessly before the rear-end collision. She said he almost hit her vehicle a few times.
“The last time she looked over at Mr. Johnson, he had his penis exposed outside of his pants and was physically masturbating,” a sheriff’s report says.
The wreck occurred at 10:37 a.m. Monday when Johnson’s 2006 Saturn Ion struck the rear of Michael Adams’ van. The sheriff’s report indicated Johnson was found at fault for “following too closely” and explains in the narrative that he was “physically distracted” when he struck the van.
A passenger in that van complained of injuries but was treated at the scene. Johnson, 63, was not hurt.
Authorities arrested Johnson on the scene for public indecency and he remained in the county jail Thursday under a $10,100 cash bond. He also has a bond of $1,100 for following too closely.
Johnson is registered as a sex offender with an address of 105 Springlakes Drive in Martinez. He was previously convicted of public indecency in 2008 and just completed all requirements of the First Offender Act in December 2015.
According to the 2008 report, a local nurse was stopped at a traffic light along Washington Road when she looked over and saw a man masturbating in his car. She got his tag number, which led authorities to Johnson’s residence on Springlakes Drive.
Johnson initially denied the allegation, but he was arrested a year later and pled guilty under the First Time Offender Act. He was required to register as a sex offender.
Couple arrested for alleged sex acts on High Roller
By Nikki Bowers | firstname.lastname@example.org
Published 02/09 2016 04:18PM
Updated 02/09 2016 05:26PM
A couple was arrested for taking part in sexual relations on the High Roller, according to police.
Philip Frank Panzica and Chloe Alexis Scordianos were arrested for committing certain sexual acts in public.
Metro said the incident happened on Feb. 5.
In an arrest report released Tuesday, officers said the couple were first noticed by the High Roller’s operations leader. The report said she saw the couple on surveillance cameras taking their clothes off as they smoked cigarettes.
Police said the operations leader took to the intercom to speak to the couple, asking them to stop put on their clothes. The report said Panzica and Scordianos complied, but shortly after, they started up again. However, this time, they performed sexual acts on each other.
The operations leader asked them to stop again, but they didn’t listen. The operations leader then looked at other cameras to see if any of the guests could see the couple, and that’s when she noticed some people in another High Roller cabin recording the couple on their cell phone, the report said.
Once the ride stopped, security took Panzica and Scordianos into custody. The report said the operations leader asked the people in the other cabin if they would make a statement, but they refused.
This woman ‘born in the wrong species’ lives her life as a cat
28th January 2016, 5:23 PM
The woman says she was ‘born in the wrong species’
A woman living in Norway has said she thinks she was “born in the wrong species”, and lives her life as a cat.
20-year-old Nano speaks in a YouTube video about her feline life, saying she realised she was a cat when she was 16.
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Now she communicates by meowing, says she has a heightened sense of sight and hearing, and hunts mice at night.
Nano wears fake ears and a fake tail, and hisses when she sees dogs in the street.
In her video, which has been viewed over 100,000 times, Nano says psychologists “found out what was ‘the thing’ with me”/
“Under my birth there was a genetic defect,” she says.
Asked what she can hear, more than other humans, she says: “Suitcases rolling on the ground,” she says, “Keys clinking in pockets. People with ice under their shoes.”
On whether she was born in the wrong species, she says: “Yes, born in the wrong species.”
“It’s also obvious that I’m a cat when I start purring and meowing,” she explains. “And walking around on four legs and stuff like that.”
“I can see better in the dark than in daylight. That’s no problem,” she says. “I have been running a lot after animals that can be seen in the shadows,” she continues.
She shares her cat life with a friend Sven, and they both have a dislike of water. They meow at each other in public.
GOAT IN INDIA ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING, OUT ON BAIL #GOATSLIVESMATTER
Remember a couple of weeks ago when we talked about squirrel’s and dolphins being arrested for spying? It seems to be a trend…
“My goat scaled the boundary wall again and ate flowers and vegetables from the garden. It was taken to the police station and then the police also brought me in.” #TheDerpiest
A goat in India was arrested this week for trespassing on to a judge’s property and grazing on his grass.
A gardener on the property reported the grass stealing goat to the Judge who then reported it to the police. Apparently this was not the first time the goat had committed this atrocity and had not stopped after the first warnings.
Both the goat and his owner Abdul Hassan were taken in to police custody after the judge complained.
Assistant Sub Inspector said, “The peon who maintains the garden had warned the owner of the goat many times. So today he filed a complaint and we arrested the goat and its owner.”
Hassan and his goat are currently out on bail but are both being charged with trespassing and mischief causing damage.
To that we say, #GoatsLivesMatters.
Man accused of stealing police badges while being questioned
All I want to know is… where did he hide them? Anyone with cajones this large can’t possibly have any extra room to hide stolen items…
IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man stole several police badges while he was being held for questioning in a domestic dispute.
Police say 26-year-old Robert Dingeldein stole the badges Oct. 30 while being questioned by Irwin police. The small town has all its borough offices in one building, so Dingeldein was held in the mayor’s office to keep him away from a woman also being questioned in the dispute.
Police say they didn’t realize that Dingeldein had taken anything from the office until someone else returned one of the stolen badges last month.
Police say Dingeldein has since apologized and returned the three other badges he took.
He faces a preliminary hearing May 18 on theft-related charges. He doesn’t have an attorney or listed phone number.
Wisconsin couple charged after allowing 9-year-old daughter to drive them home because they were too drunk
BY LAURIE HANNA
A Wisconsin couple have been charged after allegedly allowing their 9-year-old daughter to drive them home because they were too drunk.
Jason Roth and Amanda Eggert were arrested after police responded to reports of a pickup truck driving erratically.
When cops caught up with the truck in Polk County, they were stunned to discover the little girl had been driving and the couple’s 11-month-old baby was strapped into a car seat.
Roth and Eggert pleaded not guilty to a number of felony charges including child neglect and second degree recklessly endangering safety, reported Fox 9 News.
Amanda Eggert pleaded not guilty to child neglect and second degree recklessly endangering safety.
“As the 9-year-old exited the truck, it was still running and in drive when Mr. Roth was sitting in the truck by himself,” Deputy Jeff Hahn told Polk County Circuit Court.
“He turned the ignition off and the truck began rolling backwards down the hill towards the river. I jumped into the truck to hit the brakes and put the truck in park.”
The little girl allegedly drove the truck for miles in Balsam Lake, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic and somehow avoiding a serious accident.
Jason Roth also pled not guilty to the charges, and remains in jail awaiting trial.
Police said both adults were highly intoxicated when arrested, with one of Roth’s preliminary breath tests reading more than three times the legal limit to drive.
The two young children are now staying with extended family as the couple remain jailed awaiting trial.
Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant
- FEB 10, 2016
ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it was not expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron.
Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV.
“It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said.
James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October.
James found the 3-foot (nearly 1-meter) alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station.
He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said.
The report contains a photo of the alligator sitting on the floor of the restaurant, WPTV reported.
The alligator was released back into the wild.
Man On Plane Pisses on Fellow Passenger, Sparking Mass Brawl
By Tom Usher
February 10, 2016
(Photo: Twitter user @SimNico971)
A man has reportedly channelled his inner Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Alec Baldwin and Brian McFadden by completely losing his shit on an aeroplane – specifically an Air Mediterranee flight from Algiers to Paris.
Around 45 minutes into the flight, the man allegedly tried to urinate on a fellow passenger, sparking a mass brawl aboard Flight ML2673. The flight was forced to divert to Lyon as a result of the incident.
Staff on board the Airbus A321 said the man had become unruly as a result of being told he couldn’t smoke or drink on board. Somewhere in between that and him pissing on a fellow passenger, starting a mass brawl and single-handedly diverting an aeroplane, the man also lost his shirt, as passenger pictures on Twitter have shown.
Eventually the plane did end up landing at its original destination, three hours later, where the shirtless piss brawler was removed, alongside another man.
EXCLUSIVE: NYPD cop who retired with knee injury, $66G pension regularly runs triathlons
I found this under ‘Stupid News on Reddit, but it’s not really stupid (as a news story) as much as it is fraud. What’s stupid is how we as a culture have allowed things like this to happen .
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Add a runner who recently competed in an Escape from Alcatraz triathlon to the rogues gallery of NYPD cops who retired on a taxpayer-funded disability pension.
Rachel Niccoll, who spent 13 years on the force before retiring in 2009, receives the generous pension package that pays her $66,083 a year, plus benefits — and also regularly runs races in New York, records show.
Niccoll spent 13 years on the force before retiring in 2009.
A letter to the Daily News signed “concerned citizen” said Niccoll, 44, suffered a knee injury on the job.
“She has, since retirement, been able to participate in several grueling sports events which many able body full duty (Members of the Service) would have a hard time participating much less finishing,” the letter read.
“Why am I doing this? Many truly deserving individuals have been denied or put through the ringer to get their benefits.”
The New York City Police Pension Fund confirmed Niccoll — who worked in the 24th Precinct on the Upper West Side — received the disability pension but would not reveal the nature of her injury.
Online records show that three years after retirement she competed in the 2012 Harryman triathlon on Bear Mountain. At the 2013 Escape From Alcatraz triathlon she placed 50th in her age group. All told, Niccoll competed in at least eight triathlons, including in Thailand and Ireland. Numerous photos of her at finish lines are posted online.
The 44-year-old suffered a knee injury on the job, according to a letter from a “concerned citizen.”
The New York City Police Pension Fund would not reveal the nature of her injury.
Between 2013 and February 2015, she also competed in at least 15 running competitions in New York City — including the 2014 New York City Marathon, records show.
Niccoll did not respond to an inquiry from The News.
Her mother, Bridgett Niccoll, said the ex-cop still has difficulty walking and has only participated in a few swimming sports — on her doctor’s advice.
Rachel Niccoll, a runner who recently competed in an Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, retired from the NYPD on a taxpayer-funded disability pension.
“That’s all she ever wanted to do, to be part of the police. She got injured on the job. She loved that job. She didn’t want to retire. I see her in pain all the time,” Bridgett Niccoll said.
The News’ coverage of questionable NYPD disability pensions highlighted an ex-officer who participated in bodybuilding competitions while receiving public money for a shoulder injury. Another retired NYPD cop receives a disability pension while running footraces and working as a sheriff in southern Florida.
The former cop still has difficulty walking, her mom says.
Niccoll was hired in July 1996 — less than 20 years ago. Under pension rules, the department has the right to order retirees with disability pensions hired less than 20 years ago to return for a physical.
Niccoll has competed in at least eight triathlons across the world since her retirement.
If they pass the physical, the NYPD can force them to return to work for the department if they want to retain their pension.
“They can bring her back immediately and give her a physical, and if she passes, they can put her back on the NYPD,” said a source familiar with the rules.
In addition to the triathlons, Niccoll also competed in at least 15 running competitions in New York City. Many of her results are posted online.
STORM NAMES CRITICISED FOR BEING “TOO WHITE”
ANDREW BARBER FEBRUARY 8, 2016 BFFN.co.uk
Names of British storms are ‘too white to be representative’, according to the UN Special Rapporteur for Weather Systems, who said it was evidence of ‘systemic racism’ in Britain.
“Look at the names,” she said. “Wendy, Nigel, Frank, Katie… They’re not exactly multicultural, are they? Children of all genders and ethnic groups need positive role models, and the children are our future. They don’t find them in their Star Wars toys, and they don’t find them in the names of their storms either.”
The Met Office said that they had already considered multiculturalism, and had made sure that storms were named sensitively. “We’ve got Abigail, which is a Jewish name, and Desmond, which is actually named after Desmond Tutu, who we’re not sure if you knew, is black. And we put in a Mary as well, for the Catholics, and a Clodagh to cover our bases with the rest of Ireland. And an Orla, come to that. We even put in a Lawrence, named after Lawrence of Arabia, for the Muslims.
Critics on social media have pointed out that the designated ‘black’ name of Desmond is not particularly black, and that having only one black storm was ‘deliberately offensive’ given that storm clouds are not white. An online petition quickly amassed the 100,000 signatures it needed to be debated in parliament, despite the protests of Grant Schapps, who referred to the UN official as ‘a Marxist hag-witch who does kinky sex magic, just like the last one’.
MPs will vote later today on whether ‘Storm Jake’ should be renamed ‘Storm Jamal’, with ‘Steve’ becoming ‘Shazia’.