(TMU) Op Ed – Shocking footage from downtown Salt Lake City has spread showing a middle-aged white male screaming “All Lives Matter!” from his car window before climbing out of his car and aiming a large bow and arrow at people participating in a massive protest against police brutality and racism in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
After pulling out his large hunting bow, the motorist – who later identified himself as Brandon McCormick – allegedly fired an arrow into the crowd. However, the alleged firing of an arrow was not captured on film and there are no reports that anyone was hurt by the weapon.
Regardless, after waving around the compound bow at protesters and threatening them with the deadly device, McCormick was quickly swarmed, beaten, and taken to the ground by protesters.
In one of the videos, someone shouts: “He’s shooting a bow!”
“Get this m***********, man,” says someone else. A woman then points to the bow and arrow, the woman says, “Don’t you dare!”
Twitter user @Gingersonfire wrote:
“He got out of his car, yelled ‘that’s it’, and shot into the crowd before being tackled.”
“He was yelling and me, and then aimed his bow at a black man standing behind me. The black man saw it coming, charged, and tackled him.”
— No Seas Racista 🇵🇷 (@Gingersonfire) May 31, 2020
A second video clip filmed from a different angle shows demonstrators seeking cover and hiding behind vehicles near McCormick as he wildly swings the weapon around.
In a Twitter post of the video, user @princesslondy wrote: “F*cking bastard deserved it. Who the f*ck does this?!”
— ♛ ʟᴏɴᴅʏʙᴀʙʏʏ ♛ (@princesslondyxx) May 31, 2020
After McCormick received a swift pummeling, protesters then smashed the windows of his compact car and flipped it over before proceeding to set it on fire, according to social media posts.
The SLC police retreated and allowed rioters to light the man’s car on fire. pic.twitter.com/aXhBhXQODO
— No Seas Racista 🇵🇷 (@Gingersonfire) May 31, 2020
McCormick, who was also in possession of a large knife, was quickly taken into custody by police.
In a later interview, McCormick accused protesters of attacking him after he began shouting disparaging slogans at them from his car. He complained:
“First I got beat up when I yelled, ‘All Lives Matter,’ then I pulled out weapons, then I got beat up some more, then cops grabbed me and my car got totaled.”
Hinting at an apparent criminal background, McCormick added that he is a reformed supporter of the police. He said:
“I’m a changed civilian, I’ve changed my life, I back up the law enforcement … I know some cops are bad.”
When a reporter urged McCormick to treat a wound sustained in the altercation, he replied: “I can’t afford to, I’m on unemployment.”
He later told Deseret News that he “came down here originally to help the cops.”
“But, all I did was yell out, ‘All lives matter’ and I got beat up by black people.”
McCormick is originally from Barstow, California, according to his Facebook profile. The profile also includes several far-right posts about Democratic politicians, including one where he expresses a wish to “go back in time to take out Oboma [sic] and Hillary in the crib.” In a separate post, he also expresses his wish that he could travel back in time to kill “Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, and stalled and musaliny” (Stalin and Mussolini).
Other posts are so grammatically mangled that it’s difficult to ascertain what he was trying to say.
If you didn't grow up during the cold war and or you and or your anaesters are here ileagely. You shouldn't be alloud to vote!!!!!
Social media users have mockingly dubbed McCormick “Hawkeye” after the Marvel comics character who is known for being an ace with a bow and arrow.
One user remarked:
“Nobody told him to act like Hawkeye from Avengers and launch an arrow into the crowd. When you do clownery, the clown comes break to bite.”
Another user commented, “Hawkeye stay useless.”
Twitter users also blasted McCormick for his use of the slogan “All Lives Matter,” which is largely seen as a term used to discredit and undermine the slogan “Black Lives Matter.” The latter slogan was devised by activists to elevate the visibility of Black people whose lives were claimed by unjust police killings and to convey the message that it is wrong to dehumanize and kill them.
In one Twitter post, user @PizzaPartyThe60 highlighted the irony of the situation, writing:
“He said ‘All Lives Matter’ and then proceeded to try to take a life.
“How on brand.”
Lunar New Deal: GOP Lawmaker Suggests Altering Moon & Earth’s Orbit to Stop Climate Change
Texas Republican Congressman Louise Gohmert raised the eyebrows of his Congressional colleagues on Tuesday after seemingly suggesting that climate change could be combatted by changing the orbit of the moon, or even altering “Earth’s orbit around the sun.”
Gohmert, who has been decried as the “dumbest member of Congress” for his past absurdly anti-scientific comments regarding the ongoing pandemic and a number of other issues, has been a vocal opponent of progressive legislators’ attempts to put a “Green New Deal” on the government’s agenda.
However, his apparent suggestion of a “Lunar New Deal” to mitigate global warming could take the cake as his most hare-brained idea yet.
The comments came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending bills while questioning Jennifer Eberlien of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, reports NBC.
“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the B.L.M. [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” the Texas congressman began.
“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun,” he continued.
“We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” Gohmert said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or B.L.M. can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?”
“Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate,” the lawmaker added.
Responding, Eberlein said with a smile: “I would have to follow up with on you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”
“If you figure out there’s a way in the forest service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert responded, without any trace of irony.
Longtime critics of the conservative legislator were besides themselves with bewilderment and mockery over the out-of-this-world suggestion.
On the opposite side of the aisle California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu suggested that perhaps Marvel Comics superheroine Captain Marvel was up to the task.
“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’m going to work on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.
According to NASA, the Earth’s climate has changed throughout history for various reasons, including small variations in the planet’s orbit.
However, the agency’s website notes that this doesn’t discount the fact that anthropogenic or human-caused activities are the culprit of the current warming.
“The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia,” the site says.
Man Finds Out His Grandparents’ Home Once Belonged To Girlfriend Of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
A user of Reddit has seemingly Adiscovered that his grandparents live in the same home where infamous serial killer Ted Bundy once lived.
In a post to the social platform, a photo of the user’s grandparents’ fireplace can be seen along with a picture displayed on a phone that shows a couple appearing to be posing in the same living room. The post reads: “Ted Bundy dated someone who used to live in my grandparents’ house.”
The well-known photo shows Ted Bundy embracing Elizabeth Kloepfer, who dated Bundy during his brutal killing spree that claimed about 30 lives between 1974 and 1978.
Klopfer later reported her boyfriend to the police after recognizing his face in a composite sketch. However, the police failed to apprehend him at the time due to the large influx of tips regarding possible suspects of the serial murders.
She later reported Bundy again after realizing that women were disappearing near Salt Lake City, Utah – not far from where the couple lived, and quite possibly where the home on Reddit is located.
However, this attempt also failed after a witness couldn’t identify the serial murderer in a line-up.
Bundy later allegedly scorched the head of one of his victims in the fireplace presumably pictured in the Reddit post before ditching the body in a mountain.
Bundy told then-detective Robert Keppel: “Of all the things I did to [Kloepfer], this is probably the one she is least likely to forgive me for. Poor Liz.”
Bundy was given the death penalty for his crimes and was finally executed on Jan. 24, 1989.
Redditors were convinced that the fireplace shown in the post was the same one that belonged to Kloepfer.
“That’s not ‘someone,’” one user wrote. “That’s THE one. He dated Liz for a majority of his active years.”
Another user added: “Right. And wasn’t he with Liz when he said he’d burned some body parts of a victim in a fireplace? Could this be THE fireplace?”
The original poster eventually returned to the thread to explain that they learned that the home did, indeed, once return to Kloepfer.
“The house was built for a doctor and his family who turned out to be Liz,” the poster wrote. “Liz dated Teddy for a good part of his active years and they broke up when he got arrested and had to leave the state I believe.”
“My family bought the house a few years ago with zero relation to ‘ol Teddy,” they added. “Just crazy coincidence!”
New York Times Publishes, Then Pulls, Strange Article About ‘Fields of Watermelons on Mars’
The New York Times has long been known as the “Grey Lady of Journalism,” reflecting the newspaper’s institutional identity as a credible and respectable source of daily news.
However, on Tuesday an extremely bizarre claim graced the pages of the “paper of record”: that fields of watermelons had been discovered on Mars, a discovery made by police.
The story, which appeared as a stub, was pulled within an hour of publication. However, an archived snapshot of the “scoop” still remains.
“Authorities say rise of fruit aliens is to blame for glut of outer space watermelons,” read the story, according to a cached copy from Google News. “The FBI declined to comment on reports of watermelons raining down, but confirmed that kiwis have been intercepted.”
“This story is terribly boring,” it read.
The article has been replaced with a message noting that the story had been “published in error.”
The fact that the publication was likely the result of either a prank or human error is clear based on the byline, which attributes the story to a “Joe Schmoe.”
According to Futurism, the newspaper hasn’t yet addressed the strange incident. However, the website speculates that it may well have been an erroneous publication of a some test of the company’s backend content management system.
It goes without saying that while NASA missions and a Chinese rover are scouring Mars for native life, no large melons or kiwis have been discovered on the Red Planet.
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