Overnight Open Thread: R.I.P. Gene Wilder, He Couldn’t Bear The Idea Of “One Less Smile In The World”

We thank him for the many smiles and joy he gave us.

Via Good:

At the heart of Gene Wilder’s onscreen persona was an amazing contradiction that made it impossible to take your eyes off him. At the surface, he was doe-eyed, soft-spoken, and intelligent. But boiling under this façade was always a madman ready to surface. It was this unique characteristic that brought an unexpected layer of depth to iconic comedies such as Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. But he may have employed this unique gift best as star of the eccentric factory owner in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Sadly, the world lost a true artist today when Wilder passed away at the age of 83 due to complications of Alzheimers’s disease. But few knew that Wilder was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease and that was for one beautiful reason. “The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity,” his family said in a statement. “But more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka,’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world,”

Here’s the family’s complete statement on Wilder’s passing:

It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder, at his home in Stamford Connecticut. It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, with which he co-existed for the last three years. The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family. We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones – this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognise those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. It took enough, but not that.

The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London bistro some years ago that are among each our cherished possessions. She was singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow as he was taken away.

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Greta: Next Time Someone Trashes Cops, Tell Them About Officer Victor Ortiz…

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Huffington Post Contributor: I’ve Had Stories About Hillary’s Health Erased, Publishing Access Revoked

We’ll keep you apprised if Huffington Post has any explanation for this.

Flashback: Remember When Media Blamed Andrew Breitbart For Anthony Weiner’s Sexting?

Andrew Breitbart dared to first report on it and was immediately attacked. Rather than media joining to investigate, they blamed him, the messenger that Weiner was found out. In video Andrew jumped on stage at a Weiner press conference to seize the moment and challenge the narrative.

Baltimore Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhoods

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The actual law abiding residents aren’t falling for the BLM nonsense.

Via Daily Caller:

As Justice Department civil rights lawyers held a meeting to talk about overhauling the Baltimore police department, another group of Baltimore residents gathered to beg the police to fix the crime in their neighborhoods.

The meetings show a disconnect between those who are concerned about crime and those worried about police reform, reports the Washington Post. Neither group was aware the other one was meeting.

About 40 people, most of them older black women, gathered in a West Baltimore church basement to ask police to return order to their community.

A gas station owner whose parking lot had been taken over by loiterers begged for help; a 17-year old was also fatally shot there. Another man asked about the foot patrol officers that were promised to the community.

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Gold Star Mom On Kaepernick: I See A Flag That Draped My Son’s Casket…

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Will the media come to her defense the same as they did for Khizr Khan?

Via KRTV:

When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem, he caused quite a stir within the military community.

Teri Johnson, a Gold Star mother who lost her son, Sgt. Joseph Johnson, in an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2010, told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “When I read that he said he couldn’t stand for a flag that he didn’t have pride in … right away, my heart kind of stopped and I lost my breath because the flag that I see is the flag that draped my son’s casket in honor. And I see the flag that was handed to my husband and I with deep respect from a grateful nation. When I look at the flag, I see the best of us.”

Kaepernick said he’s “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

In a strongly-worded Facebook post, Johnson said, “I am sitting in my living room looking outside at my American Flag — flying at half staff. You see, my son’s body lay in a street after an IED blew up the vehicle he was fighting in. His blood stains the sands of Afghanistan. He died protecting the ideals of the flag you refuse to respect.”

Tapper asked Johnson: “There are also grieving moms because their sons were innocently and wrongly killed by law enforcement … if one of them were here and said ‘Hey, Kaepernick wasn’t standing up against your son, he was standing up for my son,’ what would you say to that?”

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Belgium’s National Crime Lab Attacked In Brussels ‘To Destroy Evidence’

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The biggest case they would be working on would be against ISIS.

BRUSSELS: Attackers rammed a car through the gates of Belgium’s national crime laboratory on Monday (Aug 29) in Brussels and then started a fire in what officials said may have been an attempt to destroy evidence.

Five people were arrested nearby but later released, while prosecutors said there was no confirmed link to terrorism so far. No one was injured in the fire or by a large explosion which shook houses nearby.

The incident comes as Belgium remains on high alert following suicide attacks on the capital’s airport and metro system in March which were claimed by the Islamic State group.

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Man Hurls Molotov Cocktail Into 70 Yr Old Woman’s Car As She’s Driving To Church In St. Louis

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Has the feel of a gang message hit. Someone taking out a grudge on someone’s innocent grandmother.

Via STL:

ST. LOUIS • A 70-year-old woman was driving to church Sunday morning when three men pulled up alongside her in a Monte Carlo with Illinois plates, according to Dionne Flowers, alderwoman from the city’s 2nd Ward.

“What’s up OG, don’t get too hot,” the passenger in the back seat said before hurling a Molotov cocktail into the woman’s SUV, according to Flowers, who spoke to police and people who were at the scene.

It exploded, and fire torched the inside of the woman’s car. She managed to escape with no injuries with the aid of Larry Middlebrook, a St. Louis Second Ward Democratic committeeman who lives near the site of the explosion at Riverview Boulevard and Orchid Avenue, Flowers said.

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HT: Tiarra Lowery

Pew Poll: Americans Giving Up On God, Miracles

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And you wonder why things seem to be deteriorating?

Via Washington Examiner:

Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term “nones” left their church and religion because they “don’t believe.” Another 20 percent said they don’t like organized religion. Other reasons included “common sense” and a lack of belief in miracles.

The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing trend in America: more and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God.

Pew interviewed several respondents to try and find a reason. Pew Said for example:

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10 Killed And 57 Others Wounded In Shootings Across Chicago Over Weekend

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Most of course black.

Via Chicago Sun Times:

Ten people were killed and at least 57 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, police said.

Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was shot to death Friday afternoon as she pushed one of her children in a stroller in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side.

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Does The Truth Matter? No, The Police Do Not Disproportionately Shoot Black People…

Despite Her Claims, Hillary Clinton Was Not Involved In Nat Sec Issues As First Lady…

Sniper fire! Sniper fire!

Via FreeBeacon:

Hillary Clinton had no role in national security matters as first lady, according to newly uncovered records, a revelation that undermines her claims on the campaign trail in 2008.

William Cohen, who served as secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton for several years, said in 2007 that Hillary Clinton “was not involved in national security issues” as first lady, according to a transcript of an interview with the defense secretary’s historical office obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Cohen, who was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1996, spoke about his experience as defense secretary during the interview, highlighting his positive relationship with the former president. When asked by interviewers whether Hillary Clinton “play[ed] any kind of part” in national security and Pentagon matters, he replied, “No, not really.”

“She was not involved in national security issues,” Cohen said in the transcript, which was included in the William S. Cohen papers archive housed at the University of Maine.

Clinton often cited her experience as first lady as a credential in national security and foreign policy during her failed 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama.

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Beyonce Brought Mothers Of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner To VMAs, Depicts Sons As ‘Angels’

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They, the ‘victims’ of police ‘brutality’ are angels. Let’s leave off any facts in this fairy story.

Via Daily Mail:

Beyoncé has made her second powerful statement of protest for the night during her performance at the MTV VMAs.

While performing a medley of songs from her hit album, Lemonade, the pop megastar was surrounded by backup dancers dressed as angels.

However, as red lights flooded the stage, each of the ‘angels’ was shot down during the performance, which viewers said was a representation of police brutality.

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FBI Detects Breaches Against Two State Voter Systems

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Lovely, now we can fear not just internal election hijinks, but foreign as well.

Via Reuters:

The FBI is urging U.S. election officials to increase computer security after it uncovered evidence that hackers have targeted two state election databases in recent weeks, according to a confidential advisory.

The warning was in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division. Reuters obtained a copy of the document.

Yahoo News first reported the story Monday, citing unnamed law enforcement officials who said they believed foreign hackers caused the intrusions.

U.S. intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the November presidential election.

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Iran Deploys Russian-Made Long-Range S-300 Missiles To Protect Fordo Nuclear Site…

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Obama’s “partners in peace.”

Tehran (AFP) – Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, state television said Sunday.

Protecting nuclear facilities is paramount “in all circumstances” General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s air defences, told the IRIB channel.

“Today, Iran’s sky is one of the most secure in the region,” he added.

A video showed an S-300 carrier truck in Fordo, raising its missile launchers toward the sky, next to other counter-strike weaponry.

The images were aired hours after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave a speech to air force commanders, including Esmaili, in which he stressed that Iranian military power was for defensive purposes only.

“Continued opposition and hype on the S-300 or the Fordo site are examples of the viciousness of the enemy,” Khamenei said.

“The S-300 system is a defence system not an assault one, but the Americans did their best for Iran not to get hold of it.”

The Fordo site, built into a mountain near the city of Qom has stopped enriching uranium since the January implementation of a nuclear deal with world powers.

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Bizarre Story Of The Day: 300 Reindeer In Norway Killed By Single Lightning Strike

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What do you do with 300 dead reindeer?

Via Dail Mail

More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster.

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.
The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves.

The animal tragedy is believed to have occurred during a lightning storm Friday.

Five of the reindeer were not killed immediately but had to be put down due to injuries, BNO News reported. Environment Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told the AP it’s not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes.

However, the agency said ‘we have not heard about such numbers before.’Knutsen said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather.
This, he added, could explain how so many were killed at once.

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Beyonce’s Mom Defends 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick: “He Is Truly Being Brave” For Refusing To Stand During National Anthem…

Via Raw Story:

Pop star Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, spoke out on Monday in defense of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Global Grind reported.

“I’d like to know if they are as outraged by all the senseless killing of minorities, all of the racial injustices in America, that people are okay with,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “We turn a blind eye to it and as long as it is not affecting us personally we avoid thinking, discussing, protesting, and doing a thing about it.”

Kaepernick incensed conservatives over the weekend after refusing to stand for the national anthem prior to his team’s pre-season game, arguing that it would be disingenuous to do so in the face of police aggression.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

In her post, Knowles argued that Kaepernick should be supported for his non-violent protest in the name of his beliefs.

“He is saying that it is hard to hear the song that says ‘The land of the Free and the home of the brave,’” she stated. “Because it’s not true!!!!! He is truly being brave.”

Kerry In Bangladesh: Media Should Cover Terrorism Less, People Wouldn’t Know What’s Going On

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It’s almost like he doesn’t want to admit the obvious.

Via Weekly Standard:

During Secretary of State John Kerry’s first official visit to Bangladesh, he met with top Bangladeshi government officials and held a press conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka. In light of recent terror attacks in that country, Kerry addressed the problem of terrorism, including root causes and how the terrorists spread their message. The secretary said that the media could “do us all a service” by reducing coverage of terror attacks:

“Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.”

Former Obama Aide David Plouffe Calls Donald Trump A “Psychopath”…

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Plouffe then doubles down on the claim before reluctantly admitting he does “not have a degree in psychology.”

Washington (CNN) – Donald Trump is a “psychopath,” a Democratic operative who managed President Barack Obama’s first campaign and now supports Hillary Clinton, claimed Sunday.

“Basically, we have a psychopath running for president. I mean, he meets the clinical definition, OK?” David Plouffe told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Todd pushed back, asking Plouffe if it’s fair to diagnose people on television and saying: “I assume you don’t have a degree in psychology.”

“We’re jumping to conclusions here, I think this is what gets voters a little frustrated with this campaign,” Todd said.

But Plouffe stuck by his claim.

“Listen, the grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse. So I think he does,” Plouffe said, while acknowledging, “Right, I don’t have a degree in psychology.”

Criminal Genius Uses Stolen Credit Card To Bail Her Friend Out Of Jail; Predictable Results

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Not the sharpest pair of tools in the shed.

Via The Smoking Gun:

An ex-con is facing felony charges after she used a stolen credit card to bail out a woman locked up in a Florida jail, police charge. According to court filings, Lakeisha Brisbane, 46, used the victim’s Visa card in three separate transactions–totaling $850–with a Clearwater bail bonds company.

Brisbane, seen at right, used the stolen credit card to bail out Shermaine Arnold, a 21-year-old female acquaintance being held in the Pinellas County lockup, cops allege.

Arnold, records show, was jailed in November for ditching out on a $62.21 Yellow Cab fare. But since she also had an outstanding warrant in connection with a felony battery case in Miami-Dade county, her bond was set at $7500.

Arnold, pictured left, spent a week in custody before Brisbane went into 49th Street Bail Bonds carrying a credit card “issued in the name of elderly male victim,” a criminal complaint charges. Brisbane signed several sales receipts, a “multitude of other paperwork,” and allowed the firm to photocopy her driver’s license.

Court filings do not explain how Brisbane was allowed to make charges on a Visa card in someone else’s name.

Brisbane, who is scheduled for a court appearance today, was arrested Thursday on grand theft and credit card fraud charges, both felonies. She was released on $10,000 bond, which was posted by a second Clearwater firm, P-Freddie Dixon Bail Bonds.

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