Friday, August 18, 2017

Bernin' Love

What did Tina Fey do?

"Something that pissed off the sort of people who are more concerned about fighting fellow Democrats than Nazis."


'Jenny Jones Murderer' Set to Walk Free for Premeditated Killing of Gay Man

Disgusted to read in the Daily News that the Michigan man who shot and killed his best friend after the pal revealed on a TV show that he had a crush on him is expected to be released from prison.

Jonathan Schmitz, dubbed the "Jenny Jones" killer, was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for the 1995 murder of Scott Amedure. Schmitz, 47, was granted parole in March and will be released from the Parnall Correctional Institution next week, the Detroit Free Press reports. A specific release date has not been revealed. Schmitz was 24 when he appeared on "The Jenny Jones Show," for an episode titled "Same-Sex Secret Crushes." Amedure, 32, was on the show to tell Schmitz that he liked him. Schmitz did not know what producers were up to and believed his secret crush was a woman. Three days after the show taped, Schmitz fatally shot Amedure in his Lake Orion home. Schmitz turned himself in, telling authorities that he had been embarrassed on national television, the outlet reports. Producers on the daytime talk show decided not to air the episode following the crime, but a clip showing Amedure's confession played on news shows.

What makes this so sickening is that Schmitz was only convicted of SECOND-degree murder despite the fact that he drove to the bank to get cash, drove to a store to ammunition, then drove to another to buy a shutgun -- pausing to go home to assemble the weapon -- before driving to Amedure's home and shooting him twice at point-blank range as his roommate looked on in horror. If that doesn't demonstrate premeditation, what does?

Read the harrowing details of the execution of Scott Amedure HERE.


Aiming to be my brother Bill's *hair* apparent, circa 1988. (Found the clipping earlier this month at my mom's house!)

Arizona Confederacy Monument Rebranded as 'Participation Trophy' for 2nd-Place Finish

Probably the best thing I've seen all week! 

Arizona didn't even become a state until 1912, nearly 50 years after the Civil War ended. But I should have known from the scent of racism in the air that its forefathers were on the wrong side of history.

From HERE.

If I Can't Have Tina ...

Not happy to hear that Yvonne Elliman -- who sang the wonderful "If I Can't Have You" on the blockbuster "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack -- was arrested with her husband for marijuana and methamphetamine en route to Guam to sing at a Catholic school charity event(!). Here's hoping the "Love Pains" put her on the straight and narrow.

A Ginger Topic

A little history lesson about one of my favorite spots in all of New York City -- brought to you by one of my favorite gingers in New York City!

Andrew Glaszek writes:
If one really wants to look to the Revolutionary War for precedent ...  
"In 1794 the City Council changed the designation of streets and places with British names in order to reflect American independence. Nonetheless, the name of Abingdon Square was preserved, because the Earl and his wife had sympathized with the American patriots, and he had argued in Parliament against British policy in the colonies." ... which later allowed space for a memorial to WWI Doughboys and those lost from the local area to "ever remind us of the high purposes of a free nation and be a summons to follow the flag that gives to all beneath its protecting folds the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Of all who went forth at the call of their country, none brought more lustre to the shield of America than the men from this quarter of our city, of which Abingdon Square is the center."  
That's how it's done.
UPDATE: Here's another: Future president, guys?

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