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Man Threatening Protesters With Bow and Arrow Gets Beaten Down and Car Lit on Fire

“He got out of his car, yelled ‘that’s it’, and shot into the crowd before being tackled.”

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(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 motherfucker, 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.”

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?!”

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.

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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!!!!!

Posted by Brandon McCormick on Thursday, May 21, 2020

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.”

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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.”

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The Notorious ‘Gateway to Hell’ May Finally Be Sealed, Turkmenistan’s President Says

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The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has long been host to what has been dubbed the “Gateway to Hell” – a massive hole in the ground that has been smoldering for about five decades.

However, the country’s government is now moving to finally extinguish the blazing natural Darvaza gas crater which lies in the center of the huge Karakum desert.

This isn’t the first time that President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has spoken of extinguishing the so-called portal to the underworld. In 2010, the strongman leader also ordered that experts investigate how best to put out the flames, which have been raging since a mishandled Soviet drilling expedition in 1971.

To prevent a disaster resulting from the spread of dangerous fumes, Soviet authorities decided it would be best to burn off the gas by setting it alight.

As a result, the 229-foot (70 meter) wide and 65-foot (20-meter) deep crater has been ablaze ever since, drawing tourists to the former Soviet country.

In 2018, the government officially renamed the pit the “Shining of Karakum.”

This week, Berdymukhamedov decried how the gas crater “negatively affects both the environment and the health of the people living nearby,” reports AFP.

“We are losing valuable natural resources for which we could get significant profits and use them for improving the well-being of our people,” he added in the televised statement, noting that officials must “find a solution to extinguish the fire.”

Turkmenistan is known to possess the fourth-largest known reserve of natural gas in the world, reports VICE, and its economy is dependent on the export of the raw resource.

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North Korea Claims It Invented Burritos in 2011 as Mexican Food “Booms”: Report

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English-language tabloid newspapers are abuzz about the latest alleged bombshell from North Korea – that the country’s late ruler and father of the current ruler is being touted as the inventor of the beloved North American dish, the burrito.

According to The Sun, North Korean official news outlet Rodong Sinmun has made the implausible claim that the U.S.-Mexican staple food was invented by Kim Jong Il, who came up with the idea of what he called a “wheat wrap” in 2011, shortly before he suffered heart failure.

The newspaper added that current ruler Kim Jong Un has taken a “meticulous interest” in the food, which is generating “booming” interest among the population.

The dish can also be seen in official footage circulating online, with Pen News airing clips showing a vendor selling the food outside of Kumsong Food Factory in the country’s capital, Pyongyang. Children and soldiers can be seen eagerly devouring the wraps, which apparently contained vegetables including cabbage and carrots.

Meat on a rotating spit, similar to the kind used for tacos al pastor or shawarma wraps, can also be seen in some of the footage, reports Yahoo! News.

The footage also shows a billboard of former ruler Kim Jong Il smiling while standing in a kitchen alongside workers preparing the tubular delicacy.

North Korea has been submerged in food insecurity and famine-like conditions as a result of decades of sanctions imposed on the country by world powers keen on preventing the country from developing its nuclear energy and weapons programs. The precarious conditions faced by civilians was exacerbated by the pandemic and accompanying health measures.

In October, a U.S. rights investigator blasted the sanctions as inhumane and primarily impacting ordinary citizens in the country.

“People’s access to food is a serious concern and the most vulnerable children and elderly are at risk of starvation,” said Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as North Korea is officially called. He added that citizens are placed in the unjust position of having “to choose between fear of hunger” and fear of the pandemic thanks to global apathy over ongoing sanctions.

One can only hope that the burrito news is a sign that conditions may be slightly improving for average citizens in the DPRK.

According to popular lore, the burrito grew popular along the U.S.-Mexican border when street vendors used donkeys, or burros, to carry and sell large flour tortillas filled with meat, beans, and vegetables to workers in the area.

Since then, the food item has exploded in popularity in the United States and across the world as a convenient and delicious food, and is often seen as a symbol of Mexican gastronomy despite the dish’s relative obscurity in much of Mexico.

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