Fla. stabbing suspect does not want ‘negro’ public defender

Thomas Thorpe speaks at his first court appearance Thursday. His public defender looks at him.

A man charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a person at an Orlando bus stop, demanded that the black public defender standing next to him Thursday at his first court appearance, not stand next to him.

“I said not guilty — I pleaded not guilty and I don’t want this negro standing next to me,” (51-year-old Thomas) Thorpe told the judge. “I don’t want a negro standing next to me.”

The attorney turned to Thorpe, but said nothing.

The judge said he would assign a public defender to his case while the court determines if he’s mentally fit to stand trial.

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RT reporter quits over coverage

Sara Firth, formerly of RT

London-based RT reporter Sara Firth resigned after the questionable coverage from the network on yesterday’s shooting down of Malaysia Airlines’ MH17 over eastern Ukraine. She told BuzzFeed:

“When this story broke I ran back into the newsroom and saw how we were covering it already and I just knew I had to go,” she said.

“It was the total disregard to the facts. We threw up eyewitness accounts from someone on the ground openly accusing the Ukrainian government [of involvement in the disaster], and a correspondent in the studio pulled up a plane crash before that the Ukrainian government had been involved in and said it was ‘worth mentioning’.

“It’s not worth mentioning. It’s Russia Today all over, it’s flirting with that border of overtly lying. You’re not telling a lie, you’re just bringing something up. I didn’t want to watch a story like that, where people have lost loved ones and we’re handling it like that.

“I couldn’t do it anymore. Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”

Firth worked for RT for the past 5 years.

RT, who has a history of “inventing” the truth when it suits them, said in a press release, “Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of the truth. We believe that the truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper.”

Firth isn’t the first RT reporter to resign over the network’s perceived manipulation of facts. Anchor Liz Wahl resigned on the air earlier this year in the wake of the network’s apparent twisting of facts in the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea.

The KKK is recruiting in Atlanta!? What year is it again!?

The Ku Klux Klan is at it again — trying to recruit new members to its cause. As if that was bad enough, the even crazier thing is that a group tied to them spent this past weekend in the middle of the city of Atlanta, practically in the shadow of Sweet Auburn and the MLK Memorial, posting fliers on telephone poles and walls.

The fliers, which feature the legend “Loyal White Knights Neighborhood Watch” and a graphic showing a hooded klansman pointing in an Uncle Sam-like pose with the caption “The KKK Wants You,” were posted to walls and telephone poles in the Cabbagetown area.

The signs were ripped down shortly after they were posted.

The signs were very similar to ones posted in several Alabama towns last month. They’ve been recruiting across other parts of the nation quite a bit lately.

I know that a lot of conservatives are not happy with President Obama. Neither am I, but this is going completely off the deep end of the gene pool.

Then again, maybe it’s best the Klan-types are doing this — so we know which idiots ought to be deported and sent over to Al Qaeda land. Deport ’em anywhere. Just get ’em out of this country and away from civilized folk.

Brandon Routh to join ‘Arrow’ cast as Ray Palmer

Brandon Routh

Yep. You read that right — Brandon Routh, who most fans know as Superman from the abortion that was ‘Superman Returns’ is joining the cast of the CW hit ‘Arrow’ (as in Green Arrow) to play scientist Ray Palmer, the new head of Queen Consolidated.

For most folks, that name doesn’t mean much, but for fanboys like me, Ray Palmer is The Atom — a scientist who developed a way to miniaturize himself, don a costume, and — say it with me — “He fights crime!”

According to Ain’t It Cool, Routh has been signed for 14 episodes. No word on how they will incorporate the superhero aspects into the series, but no doubt they will be in some fashion. Some fans are noting that if they actually follow through with making Palmer The Atom they will predate next year’s Marvel motion picture ‘Ant Man,’ which also features a shrinking superhero.

That film, if production ever kicks into high gear, is set to be one of the first to be filmed at Pinewood Studios Atlanta, the brand new facility built out in Fayette County.

The ‘Arrow’ season premiere is October 8.

As if America wasn’t fat enough…

Guests can choose one appetizer from a list of the the chain’s most popular starters and receive unlimited refills for only $10.    (TGI Fridays/USA Today)

TGI Friday’s is announcing that they are selling UNLIMITED appetizers. $10, and you get all the apps you can eat.

TGI Fridays, whose signature item is arguably its appetizer line, today launches a high-profile but risky “Endless Appetizers” summer promotion that offers all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Guests can choose one appetizer from a list of the the chain’s most popular starters — including loaded potato skins, boneless buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks — and receive unlimited refills. And while sharing is discouraged, that rule will not be enforced by servers, says Brian Gies, chief marketing officer at Fridays.

“At the end of the day, our servers aren’t policemen,” says Gies of the promo, which runs through Aug. 24. “We’re not going to slap someone’s hand if they reach over and share someone else’s mozzarella sticks.”

I guess business is running a bit light these days. Anything to get folks into the door…

You don’t leave kids in the car like a discarded jacket!

628x471[1]Additional evidence is being sought by Cobb County authorities in connection with the death of Cooper Harris, who died after he was left in his father’s car in Vinings two weeks ago. Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris, remains in the Cobb County Jail after last week’s probable cause hearing.


“We talked a little bit about these computers; have you guys done examinations on these computers?” asked Cobb prosecutor Chuck Boring of Detective Phil Stoddard as he sat on the witness stand in Harris probable cause hearing Thursday.

“We have,” Stoddard responded.

“Are you finished with your examination of these computers?”

“We’ve only scratched the surface,” Stoddard answered ominously.

“These experts in law enforcement have been trained in computer forensics,” said Greg Evans of Hi Tech Crime Solutions. “They have the best software in the world that will go in and go through each sector. It may not take a day. It can take a month; it can take a week; or it can take 6 months depending on how much data you have on there.”

Harris had access to at least three computers. And police say it’s clear he was covering his tracks in all of them.

 


And while this high profile case takes place in our backyard — or at least in my case, nearly in sight of my front door — another case surfaced this weekend in Florida.

Thirty-two-year-old St. Petersburg mother Natasha Graver left her 4-month-old child locked in a van with the windows rolled up for more than three hours while she attended a funeral. She claims she forgot the child was there.

Thank God the baby is going to be okay.

Graver has been charged with a single count of felony child abuse and has since bonded out of jail.