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Lost in the Sauce: Team Trump attempts to smear Biden using possible Russian disinformation

2020.10.20 14:46 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Team Trump attempts to smear Biden using possible Russian disinformation

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
Housekeeping:

October surprise

Trump and allies are pushing an unverified and highly suspicious narrative to smear Joe Biden by trying to tie him to his son Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine. Last week, the New York Post published emails and photos allegedly from a laptop belonging to Hunter - but without any proof of provenance.

What we know:

The NYP story: Hunter Biden (who lives in Los Angeles) dropped off multiple laptops at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019 and disappeared. The invoice he allegedly signed was for the low price of $85. The repair shop owner recovers and reads Hunter’s private emails, a few of which mention a possible meeting with his dad, and is so alarmed that he contacts the FBI in November 2019. Before handing the laptops over, though, the repair shop owner copies the contents. Once he realizes the FBI is not doing anything with them, he contacts Giuliani’s lawyer (sometime in early 2020) and hands over the contents of the drives. Giuliani and/or his lawyer then sits on the material for months, finally deciding to release them (with some prompting of Steve Bannon) three weeks before the election.
  • The NYP story was “mostly” written by longtime-NYP reporter Bruce Golding, but he “did not allow his byline to be used because he had concerns over the article’s credibility.” Instead, the lead reporter credited is Emma-Jo Morris, a former producer of Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News (owned by Rupert Murdoch, just like the NYP). Between Wednesday and Sunday, the NYP published more than 50 separate stories and columns tagged “Hunter Biden.”
What the docs published by NYP said: An email dated April 17, 2015, suggests Hunter Biden arranged for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm to meet with the then-vice president when he was in charge of U.S. policy toward Ukraine. There is no proof the email is authentic, nor is there proof that such a meeting occurred or that “Hunter” even replied to it.
What experts say: WaPo journalist David Ignatius reports that an Eastern European expert in digital forensics who has examined some of the Ukrainian documents leaked to the New York Post said he “found anomalies — such as American-style capitalization of the names of ministries — that suggest fakery.” Thomas Rid, author of “Active Measures,” told WaPo: “Usually when emails are leaked, what investigators look for is the actual email file, and we don’t have that here.” When an email is presented without the metadata, he said, “then you become suspicious.”
Russian op: U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence. The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to the president, leading national security adviser Robert O’Brien to caution Trump in a private conversation that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia. Trump had “shrugged his shoulders” at O’Brien’s warning, the former official said, and dismissed concern about his lawyer’s activities by saying, “That’s Rudy.”
  • Former National Security Adviser John Bolton repeatedly told his staff to stay out of discussions with Giuliani due to warnings he received from intelligence officials about Trump’s lawyer spreading foreign disinformation. As early as Spring 2019 Giuliani was seen as a tool of Russian intelligence.
  • A reminder that when Giuliani came to Kyiv in December he not only met Andriy Derkach, identified and sanctioned by the US as a Russian agent, he also flew out of Ukraine on a private jet connected to some shady oligarchs. When asked about meeting with Derkach, a Russian agent, Giuliani said: “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50.” Apparently that’s a low enough risk for Rudy…
Trump knew: A source told the Daily Beast that Trump “knew [in recent weeks] that Rudy had something big coming on the Biden family...I remember hearing…something about files, and corruption, and something about sex and drugs…It was evident that the president was interested and wanted it done before the election.” Giuliani further confirmed that Trump knew about the planned leak/smear and approved of it: “Sure, sure. The president knows all about this,” Giuliani said, adding that he had briefed Trump on the “general” parameters of the files.
Chinese connection: Social media accounts connected to billionaire Chinese dissident Guo Wengui began posting about the laptop story weeks before the NYP story was published. You may recall that when Steve Bannon was arrested for fraud, he was aboard Guo’s yacht. Just days before the NYP published the alleged laptop emails, photos of Rudy Giuliani and Guo showed up on Twitter. If taken the same day as posted, that would mean he was with Guo when he reportedly gave NYP the alleged Biden materials.

Republican corruption

Oracle founder Larry Ellison donated $250,000 to a political action committee supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) the same day his company was declared the first official U.S. partner for TikTok. Graham was reportedly pivotal in arranging the deal, saying he personally called Trump to advocate for the sale of TikTok to a U.S. business in lieu of a total ban. “If TikTok is saved, you can thank me,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a Central Texas Republican and member of the House Financial Services Committee, used his powerful post in Congress to try to help a top donor in his dealings with a publicly traded bank, court records show. Williams allegedly used&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral) his position on the powerful House committee to try to force the CEO of UMB Bank into meeting with oil field investor Gary Martin of Marble Falls.
Attorney Kyle Hirsch testified under oath that Williams’ intervention exerted inappropriate pressure on UMB and that unless the CEO agreed to meet with his donor there could be problems for the bank in Congress. “The Congressman indicated that his role on the Financial Services Committee included legislation that was coming down the pike and that he was urging the bank to meet with his constituent or there would be adverse consequences as it relates to his role on the Financial Services Committee,” Hirsch said, according to his deposition in the case.
For at least seven years, GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-1) appears to have enjoyed rent-free use of a campaign office supplied by a political donor. “It sounds like something that could potentially be a fairly serious violation of campaign finance law and the ethics rules,” said Bryson Morgan, a former investigative counsel at the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Sen. Lindsey Graham used an on-camera interview after the Supreme Court confirmation hearings Wednesday to solicit contributions for his reelection campaign, a move that a congressional legal expert said is a clear violation of Senate ethics rules. Senate ethics rules prohibit members from soliciting campaign contributions in any federal building.
“I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap — LindseyGraham.com — a little bit goes a long way,” said Graham, R-S.C, who is locked in a highly competitive race against well-funded Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has used her office’s taxpayer-funded resources to send out a robocall touting a key campaign issue—her work on COVID-19 policy—to Arizonans. Normally, mass official communication with constituents so close to an election would be prohibited. But a waiver approved by the Senate Rules Committee in March has made it permissible—if, and only if, the communication is for the purposes of “providing updated information about the pandemic, and providing information about the federal government's response.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is spending $819,000 of taxpayer money on a Fox News ad promoting her state as a “place to safely explore” despite the pandemic. South Dakota currently has the highest positivity rate in the nation (36%) and the second-highest new cases per day (753 per million people), right behind North Dakota. Noem has also spent $130,000 to build a studio in the basement of the Capitol, which she has used frequently for Fox News appearances.

Court cases

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear the House’s case to enforce a subpoena for former White House counsel Donald McGahn. A three-judge panel earlier ruled 2-1 that the House Judiciary Committee could not enforce the subpoena absent a law explicitly giving it the authority to do so. The majority in the previous panel was made up of now-retired Judge Thomas Griffith, a W. Bush appointee (who made way for McConnell protege Justin Walker on the court), and Judge Karen Henderson, a H.W. Bush appointee. Judge Judith Rogers, a Clinton appointee, dissented.
  • NOTE: The D.C. Circuit has essentially allowed the White House to run out the clock. The subpoena to McGahn was first issued in April 2019. In taking up the case, the full court asked the parties to address “whether the case would become moot when the Committee’s subpoena expires upon the conclusion of the 116th Congress.” Oral arguments are not scheduled until February 2021.
  • If you’re confused about why the D.C. Circuit is hearing the McGahn case again, here is the reason: The first time the court ruled on the McGahn subpoena was in August, when the full bench determined the House has standing to sue the executive branch to enforce subpoenas. This time, the issue is “cause of action,” meaning whether House Democrats have legal ground to take the subpoena issue to court.
The Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by Democratic lawmakers against President Trump over his private businesses accepting payments from foreign governments. In declining to revive the case, the justices let stand a decision by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit to dismiss the lawsuit - a win for Trump. The panel was made up of Judge Thomas Griffith (W. Bush appointee), Karen Henderson (H.W. Bush appointee), and David Tatel (Clinton appointee). All three unanimously ruled that the individual members did not have legal standing to take the president to court.
“Our conclusion is straightforward because the Members — 29 Senators and 186 Members of the House of Representatives — do not constitute a majority of either body and are, therefore, powerless to approve or deny the President’s acceptance of foreign emoluments,” the [earlier three-judge panel] ruled.
  • Note, there are still two other pending cases before the Court: Trump v. CREW and Trump v. Maryland & D.C.
Trump filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to block the release of his tax returns. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can enforce a subpoena for Mr. Trump's business records and tax returns.
SCOTUS cases coming up: On Nov. 30, SCOTUS will hear arguments to determine whether the Trump administration can exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 census count. Next year, SCOTUS will take up two challenges to Trump’s immigration policies: his diversion of military funds to pay for construction of the southern border wall, and a policy that has required tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed.
  • Three Muslim men who said they were placed for years on a “no-fly” list because they refused to become FBI informants told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that they should be able to sue the agents for targeting them because of their religion.
A federal judge Sunday struck down a Trump administration rule that could have stripped food stamps from nearly 700,000 people. Chief Judge Beryl Howell (Obama appointee) of the D.C. District Court wrote: "The final rule at issue in this litigation radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving states scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.”

Miscellaneous

Russia: The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges against six Russian intelligence officers in connection with some of the world’s most damaging cyberattacks, including disruption of Ukraine’s power grid and the release of a mock ransomware virus that infected computers globally and caused billions of dollars in damage.
DOJ: Attorney General Bill Barr’s “unmasking” probe has quietly ended with no prosecutions or findings of wrongdoing. The investigation, conducted by U.S. Attorney John Bash, was focused on whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents.
DOJ: Phillip Halpern, a 36-year veteran of the Justice Department, accused AG Barr of abusing his power to sway the election for President Trump and said he was quitting. He said he would have quit earlier but stayed on because he worried that the department under Mr. Barr would have interfered in his prosecution of former Representative Duncan D. Hunter, Republican of California, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to steal campaign funds.
Trump campaign: A newly published trove of Cambridge Analytica emails and other documents from the 2016 election demonstrate how the data firm operated as a tool for a billionaire family to unlawfully influence U.S. politics and help elect President Trump. It includes a never-before-published 27-page post-election report from February 2017 shows that Cambridge Analytica claimed credit for creating, producing, and distributing ads for the Trump campaign, which included “5,000+ ad campaigns” on behalf of Trump that generated “1.5 billion impressions.”
Trump campaign: A Chinese national whose Instagram page features pictures of him wearing a VIP pass at a 2018 rally for President Donald Trump, is now on U.S. soil after being charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and laundering the illicit funds, according to court documents filed earlier this week.
Trump campaign: For a fourth time, pro-Trump super PAC America First Action used stock footage from Russia and Belarus in a major ad buy that’s airing in three swing states.
HHS: The health department’s top lawyer is warning in an internal memo that President Donald Trump's plan to give seniors $200 discount cards to buy prescription drugs could violate election law. The lawyer’s objection, coupled with his advice to seek approval from the Department of Justice, is a significant blow to Trump’s hope to promote the hastily devised plan before Election Day.
Trump money: The State Department says it has about 450 pages of records showing government spending at President Trump’s properties. But this week, it signaled that it plans to release only two of those pages before the November election. The State Department pays for hotel rooms and other expenses when foreign leaders visit Trump properties, and when federal employees, such as Secret Service agents, follow Trump and his family to the president’s overseas clubs.
Trump: Trump was receiving one of his first codeword classified briefings on Afghanistan, at his Bedminster club, when he suddenly got bored and ordered milkshakes. The incident became legendary inside the CIA, where like at other agencies, morale has slumped.
Voting: A deadlocked Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that requires Pennsylvania election officials to count absentee ballots received within three days after Election Day, Nov. 3, even if they are not postmarked. Four justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh – indicated that they would have granted the Republicans’ request.
  • While a temporary win for voting rights, the 4-4 decision is worrying because once Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, there will likely be five votes in favor of a radical, anti-democratic theory that would stop state Supreme Courts from enforcing state election laws to protect the right to vote. This Twitter thread goes into more detail.
Immigration: A total of 172 immigrants were arrested across six sanctuary cities within a six-day span, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The arrests were made in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC, between October 3-9.
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2020.07.09 08:48 Justwonderinif S-Town Timeline II

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March, 2005
  • Early March; John writes:
    People already stopping by and asking about opening date. We decided on Monday, March 14, day before my birthday.
  • March 3; John writes:
    I buy sign letters from Commander Board. Also deposit another $1,000.00 from the investments account. Exhibit 6.
  • March 9; John writes:
    I pay Mark Gilbert for Dozier work around premises and deposit another $700.00 in the checking account. The source of this money was a milling machine I sold out of my shop in February. Exhibit 7.
  • Mid March; John writes:
    PANIC! Jeff and Cheryl had begin to show signs of losing interest. There was a load of stuff to get done. They encouraged me to go ahead and that is exactly what I did. Only about 5 days before opening day. Tables were built, Mark Gilbert called to help cleanup grounds, posts to put up, chains to stretch, loose stuff on building, garbage still everywhere, tarps to nail and block down, and the whole week freezing and raining. Jeff was rarely seen on weekends these days, and Cheryl and the kids and I finished what was left of the cleanup. Meanwhile Jeff criticizing, this ain't right that don't suit him, this ain't no good, that ain't where it ortta' be.
  • March 12; John writes:
    Buy swing at Lowes so customers will have a sit down place. Two days left to open. For the week of March 5 thru 12 I was pretty much on my own for finishing the extensive list of "to do's"
  • March 13; John writes:
    Day before opening. Last pre-opening order from Deb's nursery. Jeff is in a good mood. We bring ALL container stock over to the shop on Sunday evening in pouring rain, storm and wind. Tornadoes are blowing around Bibb County and weather sirens blowing.
  • March 14: John and Cheryl and Jeff open Woodstock Garden Center next door to her house. John writes:
    Opening day. I deposit another $1,200.00 from my (not the joint) investment account. $600.00 cash out (pay cash for first orders of tender plants in case new suppliers don't trust a new checking account. Exhibit 8. Deposited 2 days later on Wednesday.
    By March 14 my total investment in this business including monies loaned to Cheryl, and cash paid to Deb's nursery, Arvell, Joe, Gray, and others was $9,350.00. By March 14 morning Jeff and Cheryl (my combined 66% parents) had coughed up: 00.00. I had already been paying Cheryl cash for the water, phone, and light bill. Furthermore the sweet promises of payment of the $1,000.00 loan had begun to occur less frequently. On March 14, Cheryl brought by (around lunchtime 50.00 in change for the box. Over the next week she would add the following: [Twin Roll Paper Towels $1.00, Clock $10, Battery for clock $3, two small garbage bins $8, bottle of glue $1, two pair scissors $10, round of drinks for machine $35.]
    Including the 50.00 in change this brought her total investment in this business to about $118.00 between the end of December until closing day on May 16. Many suggestions were contributed (Such as how I needed to buy concrete statuary, etc), but not one penny more was contributed. No sign of the $1,000.00 either.
    Between the end of December and closing day Jeff contributed a paint brush, some stiff wire, some small sheetrock screws, and I would estimate his expenditures to be about $20.00. Also contributed was much complaining, griping, hot air, and cigarette butts. I have difficulty in accurately appraising the exact value of these items. There was to be no more financial contribution by the two of them for the rest of the period the business was open.
    I paid for every single item used in that business from December 30 to May 16 down to the office supplies, bank drawer, pens, paper, light bulb, telephone wire, paper towels, cups, pots, pans, hoses, soap, outlet covers, breakers, wire, all lumber down to the last nail, even to the roll of toilet paper hanging on the stop.
  • March 15: John’s 39th Birthday
    • John and Olin are close friends.
    • Tyler is 13 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 34
    • Rodney is 35
    • Approx: John meets Olin in a parking lot in Birmingham. Olin bought azaleas from the Garden Center. John and Olin laugh about "Megaphone" and share a tender moment. Olin wants to make a move and doesn't.
  • March 17; John writes:
    First stock of tender bedding plants arrives. Exhibit 11 shows payment. Another batch arrives the next day on Thursday.
  • March 21; John writes:
    Another $300.00 deposited. This time the source was books sold out of my shop.
April, 2005
  • April 4; John writes:
    Another thousand dollars deposited as a result of tools sold out of my shop once again.
  • Week of April 18; John writes:
    One of Cheryl's friends goes over to Jim Norman's and buys out his old, mostly dead, and diseased plant stock. Furthermore they plant the choice pieces, and want to bring over the garbage and dump it off onto me to sell at whatever price for them. This material constituted a plant pest/disease problem and I wasn't about to risk several thousand dollars stock to be contaminated by this material. They were also remodeling Cheryl's kitchen, and she was afraid they were not going to finish the job if I couldn't be pressured into taking this stuff.
  • Friday, April 22; John writes:
    Jeff and I go over to look at the crap. He is in agreement. Later on they call me over to the house to discuss it, and Jeff is going hog wild, towering over Cheryl asking "Whaddya think baby tell 'im what you think?!" Meanwhile Cheryl is sitting on a small stool near the floor with tears streaming down her face. Jeff is going into full swing, I am inching my way to the door. Jeff starts hollering at me to get my ass back there, meanwhile leaving room to holler and cuss back at Cheryl, and I make out with some comment like "if they are going to act like that I wish I was out of it especially since I paid for everything anyways."
    To top it off, it is going to freeze, and I had to bring the rest of the plants in by myself. Later me and Mary Grace go over and stash plants indoors and vacuum. No sign of Jeff or Cheryl.
  • Saturday, April 23; John writes:
    Jeff comes over to lecture me on how "we equal partners in dis here and don't you fergit it." Also I heard a lecture on how "this here place is costin' me money every day," (although he hadn't put a cent into it hardly), also a lecture on how he ran a group of forty sheetrock hangers and how this place was "stressin" him and how it wouldn't be worth the stress if it was making a thousand dollars a day. Also much blowing of cigarette smoke in my face, thumping of cigarette butts, Jeff seemed to think a place just wasn't right unless a pile of cigarette butts was laying everywhere. He seemed to enjoy coming over and thumping them out on the grounds, and scowling at me when I stopped to pick them up. After a few weeks the parking lot of Woodstock Garden was beginning to look more like the Green Lantern. I received a finishing lecture from the "equal partner" about how he could "rent this here out or sell this here," at which I offered to take him up on. He didn't seem to like having his bluff called (I had the money and he knew it), and flew into a fit until a customer came in and spent about an hour talking about how her Richard Wright house was falling apart. This seemed to cheer Jeff up.
  • Late April and Early May; John writes:
    Jeff comes over usually after work in variable moods sometimes cheerful and other times scowly. At other times he has started drinking his beer out styrofoam cups on the garden center porch and thumping out his cigarette butts. April 15 has come and gone, and when I gently inquired of Cheryl about the 1,000.00 I was informed that "that money is already gone." In this same month I was informed about how Jeff had bought a thousand dollar prom dress for his daughter and wasn't going to let her wear it; another time I was told that Cheryl's sister had been knocked up by a 16 year old boy and how they were going to have to contribute $600.00 to get her married off, another time I was warned to lock up the money because Cheryl's brother was on crystal meth and had been arrested 4 times this month. Meanwhile they have a huge row one Saturday morning with Arvell Kornegay's grandson and daughter. The whole situation for this time was like a nonstop showing of Jerry Springer.
    Cheryl informed me that I was going to just have to work my thousand dollars out of the business, and sat me down one afternoon for a rethink of the finances. Throughout this time they seemed to enjoy coming over and bragging about how they were spending a thousand dollars here or there... another time it was for a thousand dollar beauty walk dress.
  • Saturday, April 30; John writes:
    I reluctantly place the potting soil order with BWI. This was the purpose of my last check deposited. Exhibit 15. I say reluctant because by this time you never knew what was going on from day to day. When it arrived Jeff wanted to know "What's all this shit doing out here?" His exact choice of words.
May, 2005
  • Sunday, May 1; John writes:
    This is the day of our "rethinking financing" discussion with Cheryl. Sunday. Since I had over ten thousand in by now, and Cheryl and Jeff wanted to quickly make back their 2000 they had already paid Johnnie Faye, she wanted me to start writing checks to herself and myself as a factor of four to one. Her first check was 250.00. I subsequently removed a thousand dollars from the account for myself. Check number 139. Exhibit 16 is Cheryls cleared check.
  • Sunday, May 8; John writes:
    The same situation. 2200 for me, 550 for Cheryl. Her and Jeff were in an extra cross mood on this night (Mother's day Sunday), Exhibit 17. Jeff and Cheryl by this time are constantly criticizing everything. Cheryl comes over to rearrange the merchandise after closing. Nothing suits Jeff, everything is overstocked/understocked, needs to be put here, or over there. Suggestions keep coming about what I need to be stocking instead, but still not a cent more spent by either one.
  • Monday, May 9; John writes:
    Cheryl comes over at lunch, and tells me one of her friends wants to install a little ice cream stand on the garden shop grounds. She wants me to know that whatever objections I have are irrelevant because so far I have been running the show and they have had no input in the business whatsoever. I bite my tongue about no money whatsoever, and assure her I have no objections, and she seems encouraged, cheers up, describes the space required, and informs me that they will be settling up Friday after hours.
  • Saturday, May 14; John writes:
    Friday comes and goes, no ice cream stand in sight. Not one on Saturday or Sunday either. A stack of beer cans has been deposited by Jeff in a cooler out behind the building however. Not well hidden, mind you, in plain view where a customer could pop up the lid and view the remaining coors light cans. They decided they wanted to work the weekend shift, so I only came over for an hour or so those two days and after closing Sunday evening.
  • Sunday, May 15; John writes:
    Sunday Evening. Since we owed ALA TAX about 500.00 and had orders on the way, we did not write checks to ourselves this evening. This week had not been as busy as Mother's Day week. Cheryl remarked the low stock, so I prepared orders for Monday at home that evening. Cheryl was in a good mood while we went over sales slips, the baby playing on the countertop. There was also only about 800 in checking with about 6 or 7 hundred dollars in the drawer.
  • Monday, May 16; John writes:
    Cheryl comes in at noon telling me we are understocked. I place the orders I had prepared the previous evening. Jeff comes in at about three complaining that we are overstocked, and I call back and reduce the orders while he is sprawled out on the potting soil bags. He is doing the beer in a styrofoam and cigarette thumping thing again today, complaining about how his head feels like it is about to bust.
    I ask what happened with the ice cream stand, he just looks at me like I am some sort of idiot. He spends most of the day on the bags of soil with his sunglasses on (doing his Corey Hart impersonation) blowing smoke and thumping butts out the door. I made the grave error of cleaning up some of the King's butts which seemed to set him further into his attitude problem. I had to go over and let the lawnmower man in and out of the fence so Kristy worked for about an hour and a half. By closing time Jeff was fully loaded.
    • In another telling of the same day, John writes:
    Jeff came in that Monday, loading up on Coors Lite, attitude problem painted on and sunglasses in place, piled up on the bags of potting soil (doing the Corey Hart thing), glaring from side to side, blowing smoke, thumping cigarette butts, and complaining about how his head felt like ti was going to bust.
    He wanted "some kinda check," and I explained to him that there was only about 800 in checking, Ala tax was due, and orders were coming in. Also the week after Mother's Day had not sold nearly as much as the previous week.
    I thought he had cooled off, but by closing time, he had an audience on the porch and made a big deal out of telling me that "I hope you ain't gonna try to slip outta here tonight without leaving me some kinda check." He followed me to the truck like some school bully after a kid's lunch money and proceeded to tell me loudly (in order to impress his audience) about how this place was "stressing" him, how it wouldn't be worth it if it was making a thousand dollars a day, and he was ready to close it tonight, and was he and Cheryl were going to dictate to me what was to be done about my investment.
    I went straight to City Hall and told Cheryl that I was being kicked out, I wanted my thousand dollars back, and I wanted Boozer Downs as a witness.
    After meeting, all three of us met in the garden center office, but Jeff wanted to go out on the porch so he could put on a big show and impress the Kornegays. It worked. Their light went on before Jeff finished screaming, hollering, turning red, spittle flying, beer can jiggling in right hand... a perfect Jerry Springer Moment.
    • Boozer Downs says that Jeff was pacing angrily around John while John called out latin plant names, to taunt him; John writes:
    Boozer and I left.
  • Tuesday, May 17; John writes:
    I asked Billie Hudson to perform a bank scan, and asked Bob and Jackie Neff to help me clean out. Cheryl came over at lunch apologetically, and by afternoon Jeff's sister Shelly and a friend came by with a video camera to cause trouble. Jackie called the cops. Before Cheryl got there Jim Normal had driven by twice, Billie Daily had drove up and rocked on the porch, Anne Kornegay's driveway was as busy as a Wal Mart parking lot the day before Christmas, even her sister from Tuscaloosa had driven up to set in the swing and watch the festivities.
    Cheryl had told me that we have until tomorrow (Wednesday) to get everything out, but by (Tuesday) afternoon, had changed her mind because "Jeff was acting crazy and she didn't know what he might do next."
  • Wednesday, May 18; John writes:
    By [this] morning, Cheryl wanted 250.00 which I left with Donna Brothers. When Cheryl picked up the last dollar she was obviously ever going to get out of me, her attitude assumed that of Jeff's. She began moaning, and complaining about how was a pansy, pussy, pantywaist, etc. and having a fit over me actually getting everything out.
    Meanwhile, merchandise began to disappear from the premises. Cheryl told me that they had given a pallet away to one of their friends (Mark Gilbert), and the rest must have been stolen. A police report was filed.
  • Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21; John writes:
    I was continuously put off until Saturday about picking up the rest of my stuff. I counted bags, and it turns out the bag count was accurate. They had hidden the remainder of palletized stock behind their house. This was the most effort they had put forth in weeks. Cheryl acted surprised that the only pallet missing was the one given away. The police report filed shows the material recovered on Friday, May 20th, but it was not discovered "not missing" until Saturday, May 21.
    I never received the rest of my merchandise because Cheryl said that I didn't know what it was like to have to go home and live with and listen to Jeff. So I got out quietly. She promised to mail all of my paperwork to me, but April 15th of [the following] year came and went without a sign of it.
    I have had no communication with Cheryl since that Saturday morning. [May 21]. They attempted to re-open the next season, and presumably sold the merchandise. Currently the premises are for sale still bearing the material I bought and paid for and is still on site.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 33rd Birthday
End of 2005
  • August:
    • Cheryl and Jeff's 2nd Anniversary.
    • Cheryl is 33. She stops working as Town Clerk at some point in 2005.
    • John shows up at a Town Hall meeting and announces, "The Town Clerk owes me 10,000 dollars."
  • October 3:
    • Tyler's father, Rodney is arrested and convicted (same day) for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
  • November:
    • Mary Grace's 79th birthday
    • Approximate: Reta says that John must have boarded up Mary Grace's bedroom sometime in 2005, since Mary Grace thought she was 78 when John died.
  • December:
    • "Brokeback Mountain" is in theaters.
    • Tyler and his brother and sister and mother move in with Miss Hicks.
  • James Howard Kunstler's book, The Long Emergency is published. John became a fan of the book, of Kunstler, and of the concept of "Peak Oil." John and Kunstler began communicating directly in 2009 or 2010.
  • The web site peakoil.com is created
2006
  • Approx: Cheryl's brother Johnny built the doggy mansion.
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to join the Alabama Independent School Association
  • Olin sees "Brokeback Mountain" almost every day. He purchases a giant TV, and asks the local movie theatre to host a screening.
    • Olin tells John about the movie, and John discounts Olin's feelings.
  • John's become close with a guy from town. The guy has some college, and goals. John is head over heels. John tells the guy he loves him, and the guy never calls back.
    • John has been distant from Olin. John connects with Olin and cries on the phone about the man he's in love with.
    • John told Olin he was desperate to have a one on one love relationship.
  • March 15: John’s 40th Birthday
    • Tyler is 14 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 35
    • Rodney is 36 (incarcerated)
  • Olin sends John a copy of the Brokeback Mountain short story. John cried when he read it. John occasionally re-reads the story.
  • John would intimate that he wanted a closer relationship with Olin, but nothing ever came of it.
  • Approximate: Faye Gamble starts working as town clerk (ten years before John's death), and meets John.
    • Faye in a 2017 Photo
    • John came into her office one day and introduced himself by saying, "I guess you know who I am."
  • April: John still hasn't spoken to Cheryl. It's been a year. And John's things are still at the Garden Center. Per the small claims suit, Jeff and Cheryl opened the garden center in April/May of 2006, and sold his merchandise.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 34th Birthday
  • August, 2006: Cheryl and Jeff's 3rd Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 80th birthday
  • December 12, 2006: John files a small claims suit against Cheryl and Jeff for $2,792.00.
2007
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Dr. Steve Morgan as Principal.
  • Approximate year that Mary Grace is diagnosed with dementia
  • John makes a random comment about living with Olin.
    • John asks Olin if he's still looking for a partner. Olin says he's no longer looking. But the two do not become a couple.
  • February 2: John requests an extension on on his small claims suit against Jeff and Cheryl Dodson
  • March 15: John’s 41st Birthday
    • Tyler is 15 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 36
    • Rodney is 37 (incarcerated)
  • April/Approximate: Cheryl is ordered to pay John $100.00 a month per the outcome of the small claims suit.
  • Cheryl Acker Dodson's brother passes away. (Cheryl is 35)
    • Cheryl calls John to let him know she will be missing a payment.
    • Cheryl says John B was broken hearted about Cheryl's brother, and loved him, as did everyone in the town. Kendall Burt pays for Cheryl's brother's funeral.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 35th Birthday
  • August, 2007: Cheryl and Jeff's 4th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 81st birthday
2008
  • March 15: John’s 42nd Birthday
    • Tyler is 16 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 37
    • Rodney is 38 (incarcerated)
  • At some point during 2008, Jeff Dodson helps John get the internet at the McLemore house.
  • Cheryl says she would run into John and he'd want to be friendly and have her come to the house, and she said that since he sued her, she never felt like they could be friends again.
  • John is known to have told his friends that he suspected he was suffering from mercury poisoning.
  • April 6: Photos of the property shared by Reta
  • April 6: More photos of the property as shared by Reta.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 36th Birthday
  • August, 2008: Cheryl and Jeff's 5th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 82nd birthday
  • December 27: Tyler’s daughter born
2009
  • March 15: John’s 43rd Birthday
    • Tyler is 17 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 38
    • Rodney is 39 (incarcerated)
  • Approximate: John conceives of the maze, and starts clearing the land for the maze.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 37th Birthday
  • August: Cheryl and Jeff's 6th Anniversary.
  • October 26: Planting the maze - Photo Credit: Reta
  • November: Mary Grace's 83rd birthday
2010
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Ms. Shelley Jones as Principal.
  • March 15: John’s 44th Birthday
    • Tyler is 18 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 39
    • Rodney is 40 (incarcerated)
  • April 8: Former Woodstock Town Council member Daphne Miller Brooks is sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling almost 2 million dollars from her employer. Daphne was interviewed extensively for S-Town, but most of the interviews weren't used.
  • Approximate: John sends an email to James Howard Kustler and they begin communicating first via email, then via phone. Per Kunstler:
    I heard from John B McLemore of Woodstock, Alabama for the first time somewhere around 2010, maybe, something like that, or 2009. He sent me e-mails, and they were interesting e-mails. You know, they were obviously from somebody who was a fairly erudite person who was interested in the things I’d been writing about in The Long Emergency. We had this correspondence and then he started calling me.
    He was a particularly interesting guy. First of all he had this very flamboyant mode of presentation. You know, he was like a character out of Tennessee Williams meets Bizarro World. You know, he was flamboyantly Southern and he sort of played up on it. And I enjoyed talking to him.
    ...We would mostly talk at first about world issues and economic issues and markets and commodities and oil and natural gas and, you know, all this stuff that I was writing about. But eventually he started talking to me about the town itself that he was living in and how he called it “Shit Town.” And how everything in it was busted, rusted, shot up, broken, deformed, messed up, ruined. You know, in some way that everything including the human personalities and families and relations in the town were all in some kind of terrible condition. And it all seemed kind of emblematic of the ruined condition of the fly over heartland of America that ended up voting for Trump, right?
  • June 7: Cheryl's 38th Birthday
  • August: Cheryl and Jeff's 7th Anniversary.
  • September: Satellite images. School buses and the 18-wheeler on the McLemore property.
  • November: Mary Grace's 84th birthday
2011
  • March 15: John’s 45th Birthday
    • Tyler is 19 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 40
    • Rodney is 41 (incarcerated)
  • April 18: Tyler’s daughter born
  • June 7: Cheryl's 39th Birthday
  • July 24: Reta visits John and Mary Grace
  • August, 2011: Cheryl and Jeff's 8th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 85th birthday
  • Undated: Email from John B. to Kunstler. Apparently, Kunstler thinks we are moving to a salvage economy, but John makes the point that nothing new is salvageable.
2012
2013
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Rev. Tim Bonds as Principal.
  • Tyler and John work on the maze.
  • John starts calling Faye and talking about suicide.
  • February 21: John comments on an internet forum
  • March 15: John’s 47th Birthday
    • Tyler is 21 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 42
    • Rodney is 43 years old.
    • Bubba said John started getting tattoos at the age of 47
    • Friends say that John started drinking heavily around this time.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 41st Birthday
  • June 16: John tries to upload a picture to his youtube profile
  • July:
    • July 4: Brian meets his future wife
    • July 12: TAL episode "500" is released.
    • Victim complaints are lodged against Ervin Heard
    • After eight years, Rodney is released from prison.
  • August, 2013: Cheryl and Jeff's 10th Anniversary.
  • Approximate: Mr. Not-A-Good-Person does yard work on the McLemore property. Over time, John became attached to the man, and didn't want him to leave... Didn't like it when the man had other commitments.
    • John B. would later tell Brian that he had a sexual relationship with Mr. Not-A-Good-Person.
    • Due to the way Brian ends the podcast, many think that Mr. Not-A-Good-Person is Rodney, Tyler's father.
    • After John died, Mr. Not-A-Good-Person told Brian that he started dating a woman, and John started using derogatory language when talking about the woman. The two had a falling out.
  • September 14: John complains about Gmail's new compose box
  • Fall; John writes:
    In the fall of 2013, three spaniel puppies were dumped in my yard. I had them fixed, and they have been with us ever since. That's how you get dogs around here: they just suddenly appear.
  • October:
    • October 13: John joins Disqus
    • Rodney registers as a sex offender.
    • Black Sheep Ink moves to Bessemer.
    • Whites Only Back room with pool table and stripper pole installed...
  • November: Mary Grace's 87th birthday
  • December:
  • Late DecembeApprox: John and Brian talk on the phone for the first time.
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2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamily Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list.
If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated.
It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help.
\Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.*

Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker)
Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Nancy Addison – Actress
Louisa May Alcott – Author
Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist
Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player
Suzy Allegra – Author
Marty Allen – Comedian
John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Marian Anderson – Concert Singer
Louis Andriessen – Composer
Jennifer Aniston – Actress
Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist
Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist
Geoffrey Arend - Actor
Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club)
Boris Artzybasheff – Artist
Dorothy Arzner – Film Director
Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet
V.C. Andrews – Author
Jane Austen – Author
Max Baer Jr. – Actor
Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist
Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist
Tallulah Bankhead – Actress
Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet
Bob Barker – Game Show Host
Joe Barr – Canadian Politician
Lynda Barry – Cartoonist
Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Kathy Bates – Actress
Jaya Battacharya – Actress
King Baudouin – King of Belgium
Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer
Joe Besser – Actor
Isabella Bird – Author
Jacqueline Bisset – Actress
Lewis Black – Comedian
Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer
William Blake – Artist
Brenda Blethyn – Actress
Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist
Baroness Karen Blixen – Author
Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor
Pierre Bonnard – Artist
William Edgar Borah – Politician
Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress
Georges Brassens – Singer
Alison Brie – Actress
Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic
Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author
Poppy Z. Brite – Author
Anne Bronte – Author
Louise Brooks – Actress
Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor
Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian
Delta Burke – Actress
Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian
James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President
Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate
James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist
Raymond Burr – Actor
Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer
Leo Buscaglia – Author
Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian
Julia Cameron – Director
Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer
Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist
Laura Carroll – Author
Mary Casatt – Artist
Roger Casement – Irish Patriot
Nina Cassian – Poet
Barbara Castle – British Politician
Kim Cattrall – Actress
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter
Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer
Richard Chamberlain – Actor
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son)
Stockard Channing – Actress
RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality
Judy Chicago – Artist
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author
Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister
Patricia Clarkson – Actress
Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author
Imogene Coca – Actress
Claudette Colbert – Actress
Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate
C. Collodi – Author
William Conrad – Actor
Frances Conroy – Actress
Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer
Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College
Anne Cool – Canadian Senator
Pat Coombs – Actress
Copernicus – Scientist
John Corbett – Actor
Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box
Ann Coulter – Political Commentator
Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist
Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor
Tim Curry – Actor
Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times
Patrika Darbo – Actress
Simone de Beauvoir – Author
Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet
Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist
Gray Davis – Governor of California
Ellen Degeneres – Comedian
Jeffery Deaver – Author
Eugene Victor Debs – Activist
Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors
Dana Delany – Actress
Don DeLillo – Author
Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group
Bo Derek – Actress
Rene Descartes – Philosopher
Portia De Rossi – Actress
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author
Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics
Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist
Hannah Dobryn – Author
Tamara Dobson – Actress
Richard Donner – Film Director
Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer
Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades
Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England
Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader
Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer
Francis Drake – Explorer
Fran Drescher – Actress
Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert
Amelia Earhart – Aviator
Deborah Eisenberg – Author
Liubov Egorova – Dancer
Anita Ekberg – Actress
T.S. Eliot – Poet
Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author
Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress
Harlan Ellison – Author
Elizabeth I – Queen of England
Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist
Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist
Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress
Linda Evans – Actress
Rupert Everett – Actor
Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera
Jane Fallon – Author
Chow Yun-Fat – Actor
Barbara Feldon – Actress
Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Lynn Fontanne – Actress
Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina
Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director
Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta
Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist
Dian Fossey – Anthropologist
Janet Frame – Poet
Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice
Tanya Franks – Actress
William Frawley – Actor
Frank Frazetta – Artist
Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago.
Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer
Louis Freund – Artist
Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian
Eva Gabor – Actress
Magda Gabor – Actress
Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist
Diamanda Galas – Singer
Tess Gallagher – Author
Paul William Gallico – Author
Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian
Greta Garbo – Actress
Ava Gardner – Actress
Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Greer Garson – Actress
Gloria Gaynor – Singer
Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan
Althea Gibson – Athlete
Dorothy Gish – Actress
Lillian Gish – Actress
Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author
Susan Glaspell – Playwright
Sharon Gless – Actress
Crispin Glover – Actor
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer
Paulette Goddard – Actress
Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist
Kurt Godel – Author
Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer
Stephen Goldin – Author
Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist
Valeria Golino – Actress
Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer
Edward Gorey – Artist
Lotte Goslar – Dancer
Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.)
Martha Graham – Choreographer
Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist
Johnny Green – Musician
Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author
Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist
John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher
Joyce Grenfell – British Actress
Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter
Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Terry Gross – NPR Host
James Grout – Actor
Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA
Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist
Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates)
Jon Hamm - Actor
Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist
Lionel Hampton – Musician
Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer
Chelsea Handler - Comedian
Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer
Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress
Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President
E Chambré Hardman – Photographer
Jean Harlow - Actress
Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie)
Alex Heard – Author
Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Susan Helms – Astronaut
Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model
Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter
Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author
Katherine Hepburn – Actress
Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company
Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter
Taiko Hirabayashi – Author
Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist
Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA)
Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist
Rima Horton - Politician
Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress
Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress
Mick Hucknall – Singer
Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist
Bonnie Hunt – Actress
Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author
Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model
Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW
George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology
John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman
Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author
Randall Jarrell – Poet
Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day”
Joan of Arc – Christian Saint
Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
Margaret Johnston – Actress
Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists.
Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President
Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor
William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader
Carolyn Jones – Actress
Renee Jones – Actress
Spike Jonze – Film Director
Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist
Madeline Kahn – Actress
Immanuel Kant – Philosopher
Julie Kavner – Actress
Nikos Kazantzakis – Author
Odette Keene – Musician
Helen Keller – Author
Joyce Kennard – Judge
Joe Kernan – Politician
Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England
King Louis XVI – King of France
William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister
William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President
Robert Kiyosaki – Author
Caroline Knapp – Author
Aleksandra Kollontai – Author
Dean Koontz – Author
Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot
Jerzy Kosinski – Author
Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist
Lee Krasner – Artist
Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain
Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF
Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer
Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess
Elsa Lanchester – Actress
Philip Larkin – Author, Poet
Charles Laughton – Actor, Director
Dan Lauria – Actor
Frank John Lausche – Politician
Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician
Jay Leno – TV Host
Richard Lewis – Comedian
Lyn Lifshin – Poet
Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii
Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster
Carole Lombard – Actress
Jack Lord – Actor
Pauline Lord – Actress
Patty Loveless – Singer
Alfred Lunt – Actor
John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow
Rose McClendon – Actress
Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune
Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist
Hattie McDaniel – Actress
Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer
Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist
Ian McKellen – Actor
Kristy McNichol – Actress
Janet McTeer – Actress
Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
Dora Maar – Photographer
René Magritte – Artist
Bill Maher – TV Personality
Katherine Mansfield – Author
Shirley Manson – Singer
Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician
Francesca Marciano – Actress
Miriam Margoyles – Actress
Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer
William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland
Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author
Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web
Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot
Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe
Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress
Freddie Mercury – Musician
Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
George Michael – Musician
Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet
Alley Mills – Actress
Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute
Kylie Minogue - Singer
Helen Mirren – Actress
Margaret Mitchell – Author
Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator
Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist
John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army
Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author
Morrissey – Musician
Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle)
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Mulaney – Comedian
Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist
Diana Muldaur – Actress
Megan Mullally - Actress
Ona Munson – Actress
Haruki Murakami – Author
Iris Murdoch – Author
Mikayil Mushfig – Poet
Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist
Ralph Nader – Activist
Taslima Nasrin – Author
Alla Nazimova – Actress
Noel Neill – Actress
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress
Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist
Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher
Florence Nightingale – Nurse
Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor
Jessye Norman – Opera Singer
Kim Novak – Actress
Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer
Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright
Joyce Carol Oates – Author
Nick Offerman - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actress
Claire Parker – Director, Animator
Dorothy Parker – Author
Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright
Rosa Parks – Activist
Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress
Julia Pascal – Playwright
Ann Patchett – Author
Alicia Patterson – Editor
Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist
Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace
Sarah Paulson – Actress
Michelle Paver – Author
Anna Pavlova – Dancer
Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America
Minnie Pearl – Singer
Samuel Pepys – Author
Matthew Perry - Actor
Bernadette Peters – Actress
Jean Peters - Actress
Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia
Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer
William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic
Marge Piercy – Author, Poet
Plato – Philosopher
Martha Plimpton - Actress
Edgar Allan Poe – Author
Jackson Pollock – Artist
Katherine Ann Porter – Author
Parker Posey – Actress
Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author
Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid
Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist
Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress
Colin Quinn – Comedian
Robin Quivers – Radio Host
Raffi – Children’s Musician
Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter
Joey Ramone – Musician
Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author
A. Philip Randolph – Politician
Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative
Man Ray – Artist
Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef
Lou Reed – Singer, Musician
George Reeves – Actor
Frances Reid – Actress
Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker
Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General
Judith Resnick – Astronaut
Jennifer Rhodes – Actress
Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor
Cliff Richards – Musician
Miranda Richardson – Actress
Alan Rickman – Actor, Director
Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist
Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut
Bridget Riley – Artist
John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus
Mary Roach - Author
Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author
Debbie Rochon – Actress
Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator
Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book
Ginger Rogers – Actress
Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times
Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays
William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses)
Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer
Patricia Routledge – Actress
Joan Ruddock – Activist
John Ruskin – Author
Winona Ryder – Actress
Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer
Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist
Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor
Diana Sands – Actress
Aligi Sassu – Artist
John Sayles – Director
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher
Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor
Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist
Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist
Joel Schumacher – Film Director
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright
Lionel Shriver – Author
Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress
Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor
Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure)
David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers)
Betty Smith – Author
Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman
Howard Worth Smith – Politician
Kate Smith – Singer
Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author
David Souter – Supreme Court Justice
Jill St. John – Actress
Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer
Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts
Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist
Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer
Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist
Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist
Patrick Swayze – Actor
Loretta Swit – Actress
Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine
Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet
Amy Tan - Writer, Author
Sara Teasdale – Poet
Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille)
Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic
Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor
Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I
Susanna Thompson – Actress
Georgianne Thon – Actress
M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College
Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter
Jennifer Tilly – Actress
Wendy Tokunaga – Author
Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright
Ann Turkel – Model
Randy Travis – Singer
Edward Tylor – Anthropologist
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2020.05.28 00:15 rowinghippy How Trump Concretely Hurts Women and People of Color, and Why to Vote Against Him

This post was inspired by a post by u/FallsZero asking for reasons that minorities/women will be hurt by Trump’s reelection, in order to convince non-voters to vote.
This post will focus on concrete examples of policy/actions; this means it won’t go over Trump’s racist tweets, remarks, etc., of which there are a lot of examples.
This also won’t delve into things like the Muslim ban, juvenile detention centers at the border (immigration in general), etc. While abhorrent, I am assuming people have some awareness of these issues and repetition would not convince anyone new to actually vote.
For Women
1) Two of the liberal Supreme Court justices are over 80 years old, meaning their replacement in the next term would lead to a 7-2 conservative majority. The possible, resulting overturn of Roe v. Wade would be highly detrimental to women; even with the 5-4 majority, it’s expected that the Court will prevent doctors from challenging states’ abortion rules via a ruling sometime this summer. With about 1 in 4 women receiving an abortion by the age of 45, the lack of a federal protection for abortions would increase self-induced abortions (obvious health risks) and disproportionately affect poorer women who cannot travel to a state with abortion access, in addition to the healthcare risks and costs of carrying an unwanted child to term. Biden wants to codify Roe v. Wade per his website.
2) The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has not been reauthorized by the Senate (or supported by Trump) for over a year now because of the “boyfriend” and “stalker” loophole provisions. The House-passed bill (and Democrats in general) want to restrict those with abuse (assault/battery) and stalking misdemeanors from obtaining firearms, a move that the NRA strongly objects to. The House’s logic for closing these loopholes is because 1 in 4 women will experience severe physical violence at the hands of a partner, and access to a firearm increases risk of homicide by 500%; moreover 50% of women murdered in 2017 were killed by an intimate partner, and over half were due to a firearm. Biden specifies his support for renewing VAWA on his website.
3) Other VAWA and related expansions Biden includes in his plan that Trump neglects: amending the tax code to allow hardship withdrawals for survivors or sexual and domestic violence (i.e. accessing retirement funds to use on healthcare costs), reforming the Family and Medical Leave Act to allow PTO for survivors seeking treatment, and increasing cash assistance through programs like the Temporary Aid for Needy Families program for survivors rebuilding their lives. Currently Trump has not indicated interest in any of these types of provisions, meaning some women will continue to fall through the cracks/face additional hardships.
For POCs
1) Communities of color face the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks and loosening of regulations. By weakening the Clean Water Act, and changing the Waters of the US rules, Trump’s EPA has allowed increased point source pollution and drastically cut funding for protecting watersheds, despite the assistance many states need to meet federal standards for safe drinking water. While the Safe Water Drinking Act still offers its protections, communities of color see overall worse water quality as well as slower and more inadequate enforcement of the law, leaving many POC communities with little recourse.
Air quality has also worsened for POC communities. For example, in 2018 Trump amended 2 Obama-era regulations around petroleum refineries. With 6.7 million African Americans living near refineries, the release of toxins like benzene lead to increased rates of cancer and other health problems.
2) Approximately 1 in 4 active federal judges are Trump appointees. While many are experienced and qualified, there are concerns about the overall conservatism of his appointees when ruling on key issues that reach the federal level. For example, voters rights have eroded in many places, disproportionately affecting POCs since the 2013 ruling on the Voting Rights Act, which removed the need of federal approval for states’ changes to voter laws.
Voter ID laws reduce turnout by 2-3%. 36 states have some form of ID laws (7 have photo ID requirements), while 21 million citizens do not have government issued photo ID. Voter registration restrictions also limit turnout; in 2016, New York saw 13.2% of the population miss registration and had the 8th-worst turnout in the country (meaning this isn’t just a conservative state issue).
Voter purging is possibly most onerous, since many are unaware their voter status has expired until too late. Georgia is one example; in 2018, 70% of purged voters were African-American, and 80% were minorities in general. Closing polling stations is another form of purging, since it happens mostly in minority communities. The 2020 Texan primary brought this issue to light recently, for at least 750 polling stations have been closed in recent years in Texas alone; this greatly increased travel and waiting times for minority voters. Trump has done nothing to combat these changes.
To contrast, Biden supports restoring the Voting Rights act, which could curtail these state suppression laws, and he supports automatic and same day registration, among other policies.
3) Trump’s administration prides itself on it criminal justice reform, but many actions are anti-reforming. Racial disparity in the criminal justice system is a well-known issue that disproportionately affects POCs. Trump’s actions include under-funding and fighting against sentence reductions allowed by the FIRST STEP Act, reinstating private prison contracts, prohibiting federal investigations of unconstitutional policing, removed restrictions preventing the militarization of police departments, attempted and encouraged the expansion of the death penalty and harsher sentences, especially in drug cases, and many more. Biden is generally anti-profiteering and for reducing incarceration rates.
Slightly related, hate crimes have noticeably risen during Trump’s presidency, and 60% were race-based as of 2018.
Lightning Round
1) Trump has pardoned many controversial figures and has been accused of condoning political and economic corruption.
2) Trump’s most recent budget cuts SNAP, TANF, and other welfare programs by billions of dollars, putting 700,000 people at risk.
3) Trump has called to cut education spending, Pell grant funding, and is calling to end federal subsidized loans.
4) Trump wishes to remove federal restrictions that would allow him to target states’ medical marijuana laws and industries.
5) Trump has mismanaged his response to Covid-19, which kills blacks and Latinos at a much higher rate than whites and Asians, due to worse living conditions, less healthcare, and work circumstances.
This list is by no means complete, but can hopefully offer some talking points as to why one should vote against Trump (and for Biden).
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2019.11.20 15:18 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Nov 20th - Tue, Nov 26th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Wednesday, Nov 20th

  • American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd
  • 🍴 Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club - Oklahoma City) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Barrel Racing Futurity World Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd The annual Barrel Racing Futurity World Championships come to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. Put on by the Barrel…
  • Big Turkey Bowl (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Wednesday Game Night in the Remington Park Casino means Big Cash Prizes and Turkeys if you’re successful in the Big Turkey Bowl! Earn entries every Wednesday to…
  • 🏆 Central OK: University of Central Oklahoma Men's Basketball vs Midwestern State (Edmond) Start Time: 7:00pm University of Central Oklahoma Men's Basketball vs Midwestern State https://www.bronchosports.com/calendar.aspx?id=6497
  • A Doll's House, Part 2 (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Nov 24th Nominated for eight Tony Awards, "A Doll's House, Part 2" flashes forward 15 years from Henrik Ibsen's…
  • 🎨 DUG Midcontinent Conference & Exhibition (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Offering executive-level speakers and hours of peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the DUG Midcontinent Conference & Exhibition brings the entire region together.…
  • Edmond Fire Department: Holiday Safety (Edmond Senior Center - Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am Sergeant Jesse Benne will discuss ways to protect yourself for the Holiday Season.
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • 😂 Michael Malone (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd
  • OU Sooners vs SFA Lumberjacks (The Lloyd Noble Center - Norman) Head to Norman to watch as the Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball take on the SFA Lumberjacks. Since the team's…
  • Penny & Sparrow in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) See indie-folk duo Penny & Sparrow live at the historic Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Hailing from Austin, Texas,…
  • Reading Wednesday (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Reading Wednesdays Every Wednesday, 10am The South Lobby FREE Best for ages 2 to 5 Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an…
  • 🎭 Oklahoma City Rep's A Doll's House, Part 2 (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd Start Time: 7:30pm A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath Nov. 8 – 24, 2019 CitySpace Theatre NOMINATED FOR 8 TONY AWARDS A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 flashes forward 15 years from Henrik…
  • Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops featuring FREE photos with Santa (The Shop - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Oklahoma City-area families are invited to enjoy this…
  • 🎨 Western Movie Matinee (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 1:00pm Every Wednesday through November 21. Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide…
  • 🎓 Zumbini (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Designed for kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music, dance and educational tools for 45-minutes of can't-stop, won't-stop bonding and fun. Please…

Thursday, Nov 21st

  • American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd
  • Barrel Racing Futurity World Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd The annual Barrel Racing Futurity World Championships come to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. Put on by the Barrel…
  • 🎨 DAN & OCEAN. Live (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm DAN & OCEAN. will be performing in cities all across the country in support of their latest EP "The Coronado Kid, Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" out October…
  • A Doll's House, Part 2 (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Nov 24th Nominated for eight Tony Awards, "A Doll's House, Part 2" flashes forward 15 years from Henrik Ibsen's…
  • 🎨 DUG Midcontinent Conference & Exhibition (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Offering executive-level speakers and hours of peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the DUG Midcontinent Conference & Exhibition brings the entire region together.…
  • 🎓 (Free) Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary LIVE in Midwest City! (Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center - Midwest City) Start Time: 10:00am Kevin O'Leary is coming LIVE to Midwest City, and seating is LIMITED!
  • 🎨 Gift (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd Start Time: 8:00am Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven…
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • 🎓 A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss (OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Learning from the PAST - Living the PRESENT - Looking to the FUTURE
    An exclusive one-night presentation from Anne Frank’s stepsister and Holocaust survivor, Eva…
  • 🏃 Koda CrossFit at Together Square (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:45pm Thursdays 5:45-6:45pm September 5–November 21, 2019 $5 per person, pay upon arrival All levels Bring water Together Square is the perfect spot to discover the benefits…
  • 🎓 Koodookoo, Electric Okie Test (The Deli - Norman) Start Time: 10:00pm Austin, TX progressive jam band Koodookoo returns to the Deli, this time teaming up with Grateful Dead tribute Electric Okie Test! Come out for a psychedelic dance…
  • 🎨 Love's Third Thursday (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm Love's Third Thursdays are special, creating the perfect opportunity to mingle at the Museum with friends, experience something new, and enjoy the Museum’s latest…
  • 😂 Michael Malone (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd
  • M-PACT (University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma - Chickasha) Start Time: 7:30pm Get in the holiday spirit at USAO with M-PACT’S Winter Wonderland performance this November. This award-winning…
  • My Big Operatic Wedding (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd Start Time: 7:30pm The UCO Voice division presents an evening of operatic excerpts in "My Big Operatic Wedding."
  • OU Sooners vs Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (The Lloyd Noble Center - Norman) Experience the action and excitement in Norman as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. Since the…
  • 🎭 Oklahoma City Rep's A Doll's House, Part 2 (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Nov 23rd Start Time: 7:30pm A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath Nov. 8 – 24, 2019 CitySpace Theatre NOMINATED FOR 8 TONY AWARDS A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 flashes forward 15 years from Henrik…
  • 🎨 Teen Anime Night (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 6:00pm We will choose between three anime and partake in snackage. The City of Guthrie, OK - Municipal Government ChooseGuthrie Guthrie Chamber of Commerce Real Talk Around…
  • Tejon Street Corner Thieves/Yes Ma'am Live in OKC! (Blue Note - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Tejon Street Corner Thieves and Yes Ma'am Live in Oklahoma City! The Tejon Street Corner Thieves hail from the Colorado Rockies. The outlaw blues and trash-grass…
  • University Sing 2019 (Reynolds Performing Arts Center - Norman) Day 1 of 2
  • 🍴 Vegan Vegetarian Lunch (Opolis Prod - Norman) Start Time: 11:00am Vegan Vegetarian Lunch Returns to OPOLIS 11/21 11am-2pm http://opolis.org/menu.html
  • Walk the Lights (Midwest City) Start Time: 6:00pm Get a special preview of Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular on foot! This event gives you the chance to enjoy the amazing holiday light show in Joe B. Barnes…
  • 🍴 Whiskey Cake hosts November pairing dinner with Garrison Brothers (Whiskey Cake - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Whiskey Cake Oklahoma City is hosting a pairing dinner on Thursday, November 21 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Whiskey Cake has partnered up with the first and oldest legal…
  • 🍴 Wine For The People: Holiday Wines (Vast - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm It’s the most wonderful time of year on #cloudwine. Come get into the holiday spirit at Wine For The People, November 21. Grab a friend and fill your hearts with love…
  • 🎨 Woodcarving Show (Edmond Senior Center - Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am The wood carving group has planned another great exhibition. Stop by and meet the carvers and let them visit with you about woodcarving. They are a great group of people…

Friday, Nov 22nd

  • 2019 Environmental Excellence Celebration (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm The 29th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration will take place at the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 22, 2019.…
  • American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • Barrel Racing Futurity World Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) 1 day left The annual Barrel Racing Futurity World Championships come to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. Put on by the Barrel…
  • Blake Pettigrove/Paxton Pennington/Bronte (The Deli - Norman) Start Time: 10:00pm Join Blake Pettigrove, Paxton Pennington and Bronte as the three Oklahoma-born musicians join for a full night of music at The Deli! Doors: 10PM Cover: $5 21+ Stream…
  • 🎨 Oklahoma City Blue vs. Memphis Hustle (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 3 Oct 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • 🎨 Chad Daniels - New Hip Tour - Live in OKC (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎨 DAN & OCEAN. Live (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm DAN & OCEAN. will be performing in cities all across the country in support of their latest EP "The Coronado Kid, Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" out October…
  • Delbert McClinton in Concert (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Legendary rock, soul and blues singer with his fantastic band. His first appearance in Oklahoma City in ages and one you won't want to miss. Tickets on sale now:…
  • A Doll's House, Part 2 (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Nov 24th Nominated for eight Tony Awards, "A Doll's House, Part 2" flashes forward 15 years from Henrik Ibsen's…
  • 🎓 Free Zumba (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm Dress to sweat! Free Latin inspired dance fitness class. Space is Limited. RSVP. The City of Guthrie, OK - Municipal Government Guthrie, Oklahoma ChooseGuthrie Guthrie…
  • Friends of the Purcell Library Book Sale (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am Come find your next favorite book - to keep - at our Friends of the Library Book Sale! We'll have items for all ages. All proceeds go to support library staff and…
  • 🍴 Friendsgiving (The Melting Pot - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm Eat, drink and give thanks for good friends! Start a new Friendsgiving tradition with us! Let the Melting Pot be your host this Friendsgiving as you relax with your…
  • 🎨 Gift (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00am Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven…
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park - Midwest City) Thru Wed, Dec 25th Celebrate the magic of the season as over one million lights transform Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a twinkling winter…
  • 🎨 Holiday Lights Spectacular (Midwest City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Jason Eady in Concert (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Join Jason Eady at the Blue Door in OKC for an evening of blues-infused country music. Working closely with fellow…
  • Lisa Prank (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Lisa Prank (FatheDaughter Records) This show is all ages. Tickets are $10 in advance at ticketstorm.com, charge by phone 18669661777, purchase hard copy tickets at any…
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Jason Eady's inspired new album Daylight and Dark embraces multiple styles of die-hard country music to weave together 11 songs about the deep, messy details of love and…
  • 😂 Michael Malone (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • My Big Operatic Wedding (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) 1 day left Start Time: 7:30pm The UCO Voice division presents an evening of operatic excerpts in "My Big Operatic Wedding."
  • 🎨 Painting Pots and Planting Herbs (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Families will learn about the indoor herbs to grow during the chilly months to use in tasty holiday meals. Each child will paint an 8” terra cotta pot and plant an…
  • The Polar Express (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Get in the holiday spirit with a festive ride on The Polar Express. Board this Oklahoma City train to make holiday…
  • 🎭 Oklahoma City Rep's A Doll's House, Part 2 (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:30pm A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath Nov. 8 – 24, 2019 CitySpace Theatre NOMINATED FOR 8 TONY AWARDS A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 flashes forward 15 years from Henrik…
  • Shane Smith & The Saints in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Shane Smith & The Saints are taking over the historic Tower Theatre for a night of new music. This Austin band is…
  • University Sing 2019 (Reynolds Performing Arts Center - Norman) Day 2 of 2

Saturday, Nov 23rd

  • American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • Backwoods Country Music Show (The Centre Theatre - El Reno) Come to the historic Centre Theatre in downtown El Reno to experience the Backwoods Country Music Show. Featuring…
  • Barrel Racing Futurity World Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Last Day The annual Barrel Racing Futurity World Championships come to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. Put on by the Barrel…
  • Big Daddy Weave (Discovery Church - Yukon) Start Time: 7:00pm Big Daddy Weave is one of the top artists in Christian music: they are one of the genre’s biggest headlining artists, the second most played artist at Christian…
  • 🏆 Central OK: University of Central Oklahoma Women's Basketball vs Cameron (Edmond) Start Time: 1:30pm University of Central Oklahoma Women's Basketball vs Cameron https://www.bronchosports.com/calendar.aspx?id=6528
  • Chelsea Handler (The Criterion - Oklahoma City) Los Angeles comedian and New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler is bringing her "Life Will be the Death…
  • 🏃 Chill Your Cheeks 5K & Jingle Walk (Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Park & Chisholm Trail Park - Yukon) A 5k run that winds through the streets of Yukon and ends amid the light displays at Yukon's Christmas in the Park. The Jingle Walk will start at the North Pavilion in…
  • Christmas in the Park (Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Park & Chisholm Trail Park - Yukon) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Yukon's Christmas in the Park offers a beautiful lighted drive through three interconnecting parks. Yukon's Chisholm…
  • 🏃 Christmas in the Park 2019 (Yukon City Park - Yukon) Start Time: 6:00pm It’s time for Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting The Saturday before Thanksgiving, then…
  • A Doll's House, Part 2 (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Nominated for eight Tony Awards, "A Doll's House, Part 2" flashes forward 15 years from Henrik Ibsen's…
  • 😂 Dustin Sims & Rocky Dale Davis Live In OKC. (The Paramount OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Dustin Sims has over 20 million views on facebook and his hilarious video series "Talking To Myself". Rocky Dale Davis is a nationally touring comedian and has been seen…
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll (Mitch Park - Edmond) Thru Sun, Jan 5th Experience the joy of the holidays during Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll. This new walk-through…
  • Ellis Paul in Concert (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Described by Nora Guthrie as "wise, tender, brilliant and biting," singer-songwriter Ellis Paul is bringing…
  • 🎓 Family Workshop: Insect Hotels (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Join us as we learn how to attract beneficial insects, such as bees, lacewings, and ladybugs to our gardens by providing shelter for them. Participants will go on a…
  • Chickasha Festival of Light (Shannon Springs Park - Chickasha) Thru Tue, Dec 31st The Chickasha Festival of Light has been recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation…
  • Friends of the Purcell Library Book Sale (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am Come find your next favorite book - to keep - at our Friends of the Library Book Sale! We'll have items for all ages. All proceeds go to support library staff and…
  • 🍴 Friendsgiving (The Melting Pot - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm Eat, drink and give thanks for good friends! Start a new Friendsgiving tradition with us! Let the Melting Pot be your host this Friendsgiving as you relax with your…
  • 🎨 Gift (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 8:00am Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven…
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park - Midwest City) Thru Wed, Dec 25th Celebrate the magic of the season as over one million lights transform Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a twinkling winter…
  • 🎨 Holiday Lights Spectacular (Midwest City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Holiday Workshop: Living Wreaths (Succulents) (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 1:00pm Design a fantastic, modern succulent wreath in this seasonal, hands-on workshop. Specialized instruction will lead you to create a beautiful 18-22” wreath fit to adorn…
  • 🏆 Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am Bring your family and friends and join Oklahoma Curling Club members as they walk through the etiquette and rules of curling. Dress warm, wear rubber soled shoes, and…
  • Light the City (Charles J. Johnson Central Park - Midwest City) Start Time: 6:00pm In this NEW holiday season opener you will see Midwest City come together like never before to Light the City! Along with our 40 foot mega tree in Charles J. Johnson…
  • Luminance: Merry Market Place (Mitch Park - Edmond) Start Time: 2:00pm Held in conjunction with Edmond's Luminance holiday event, the Merry Market Place kicks off the Christmas season with…
  • 😂 Michael Malone (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • My Big Operatic Wedding (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Last Day Start Time: 7:30pm The UCO Voice division presents an evening of operatic excerpts in "My Big Operatic Wedding."
  • Oceano in Concert (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Members have rotated in and out of death metal band Oceano over the years, contributing to an ever-evolving…
  • Oklahoma Gun Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 The Oklahoma Gun Show in the Modern Living building of Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is sure to have the…
  • 🍴 OU / Baylor 630pm Bar-Gate Time! (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Start Time: 6:30pm BOOMER!! SOONER!! OU / Baylor 630pm It is BAR-GATE TIME, WOOHOO!! Game on 7 TV's Inside and Outside :) Ice Cold Beer, Tasty Drinks, Jello Shots and FOOD!! **(please…
  • OU Sooners vs TCU Horned Frogs (Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium - Norman) Get ready for some edge-of-your-seat action as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the TCU Horned Frogs at Norman's Gaylord…
  • The Pioneer Woman (Full Circle Bookstore - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 2:00pm Welcome to Ree's new frontier! So much has happened on Drummond Ranch over the last couple of years: The kids are growing up, another left for college, Ree's schedule is…
  • The Polar Express (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Get in the holiday spirit with a festive ride on The Polar Express. Board this Oklahoma City train to make holiday…
  • A Powerful Utterance (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Enjoy the work of cellist Wolfgang Emaniel Schmidt as part of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classic Concert Series.…
  • 🎭 Oklahoma City Rep's A Doll's House, Part 2 (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:30pm A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath Nov. 8 – 24, 2019 CitySpace Theatre NOMINATED FOR 8 TONY AWARDS A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 flashes forward 15 years from Henrik…
  • Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops featuring FREE photos with Santa (The Shop - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Oklahoma City-area families are invited to enjoy this…

Sunday, Nov 24th

  • Christmas in the Park (Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Park & Chisholm Trail Park - Yukon) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Yukon's Christmas in the Park offers a beautiful lighted drive through three interconnecting parks. Yukon's Chisholm…
  • Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble Advent Concert (University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma - Chickasha) Featuring seasonal music for voice, piano, organ and flute, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Concert…
  • A Doll's House, Part 2 (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Last Day Nominated for eight Tony Awards, "A Doll's House, Part 2" flashes forward 15 years from Henrik Ibsen's…
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll (Mitch Park - Edmond) Thru Sun, Jan 5th Experience the joy of the holidays during Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll. This new walk-through…
  • Chickasha Festival of Light (Shannon Springs Park - Chickasha) Thru Tue, Dec 31st The Chickasha Festival of Light has been recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation…
  • 🏃 The Great Amazing Race OKC adventure run/walk for adults & kids (Mitch Park - Edmond) Do you like "THE AMAZING RACE" TV show? This is your chance to test your skills! Pair up with a friend, family member or co-worker ~ kids teams and adult teams are…
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park - Midwest City) Thru Wed, Dec 25th Celebrate the magic of the season as over one million lights transform Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a twinkling winter…
  • Oklahoma Gun Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 The Oklahoma Gun Show in the Modern Living building of Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is sure to have the…
  • The Polar Express (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Get in the holiday spirit with a festive ride on The Polar Express. Board this Oklahoma City train to make holiday…

Monday, Nov 25th

  • Christmas in the Park (Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Park & Chisholm Trail Park - Yukon) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Yukon's Christmas in the Park offers a beautiful lighted drive through three interconnecting parks. Yukon's Chisholm…
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll (Mitch Park - Edmond) Thru Sun, Jan 5th Experience the joy of the holidays during Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll. This new walk-through…
  • Chickasha Festival of Light (Shannon Springs Park - Chickasha) Thru Tue, Dec 31st The Chickasha Festival of Light has been recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation…
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Last Day Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park - Midwest City) Thru Wed, Dec 25th Celebrate the magic of the season as over one million lights transform Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a twinkling winter…
  • The Polar Express (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Get in the holiday spirit with a festive ride on The Polar Express. Board this Oklahoma City train to make holiday…

Tuesday, Nov 26th

  • Christmas in the Park (Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Park & Chisholm Trail Park - Yukon) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Yukon's Christmas in the Park offers a beautiful lighted drive through three interconnecting parks. Yukon's Chisholm…
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll (Mitch Park - Edmond) Thru Sun, Jan 5th Experience the joy of the holidays during Edmond Electric's Luminance - An Enchanted Stroll. This new walk-through…
  • Chickasha Festival of Light (Shannon Springs Park - Chickasha) Thru Tue, Dec 31st The Chickasha Festival of Light has been recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation…
  • Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park - Midwest City) Thru Wed, Dec 25th Celebrate the magic of the season as over one million lights transform Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a twinkling winter…
  • OU Sooners vs ACU Wildcats (The Lloyd Noble Center - Norman) Head to Norman to watch as the Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball take on the ACU Wildcats. Since the team's…
  • Pigface in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Get ready for an evening of high-energy, experimental music when industrial rock group Pigface takes over Tower Theatre in…
  • The Polar Express (Oklahoma Railway Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Tue, Dec 31st Get in the holiday spirit with a festive ride on The Polar Express. Board this Oklahoma City train to make holiday…

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2019.11.19 02:59 clearliquidclearjar TALLAHASSEE EVENTS 11/19 – 11/25

There’s another list of all the regular stuff that happens every week, so don’t forget to check for all your karaokes, trivias, and so on. There are also links to all of Tally’s theater options, both stage and independent cinema (from fancy to cult).
HAPPENING SOON: Cap City Steven Universe MicroCon & Marathon! “Friday Night: Dance Party/Karaoke Night. Cosplay encouraged, just for the fun of it. Do (very) amateur movie screen karaoke to SU songs + Adventure Time, theme songs, and stuff like that. Or hang out in the lounge with music and fans and be dorks together. $5, 8pm, leave the kids at home. Saturday: All Day Steven Marathon on the big little screen + maybe some merch! various activities! do you want to host a fan panel? trivia and other chances to win cool stuff! cosplay contest, as fancy or amateur as you want to be! $5 to get in! But mostly we'll watch all the best episodes and the new movie in the theater! Sing and cry and cry while singing along!” Cap City Video Lounge. 11/22, 8pm, Dance Party and SU Karaoke. $5. No kids. 11/23, 1pm-10pm, MicroCon and Marathon. $5, 12+. For 21+, byo alcohol to either event or both!
HAPPENING SOON: 8th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival. “Come and take part in a day of STEM exploration and fun! Perfect for all ages, from pre-K through adults. This year special attention will be placed on Workforce STEM careers and STEM Entrepreneurialship. To highlight these particular careers, #TCC2Work will put on display, the many great opportunities the college has to offer those seeking to enter a STEM career. As always there will be exhibitors from across the region and state engaging attendees with exciting STEM demonstrations. Also, there will be live giveaways for the kids who participate in the scavenger hunt, so be sure to come and participate for a chance to win some cool prizes!” Kleman Plaza, Saturday, 23rd, 10am-2pm
HAPPENING SOON: Bradley's 49th Annual Fun Day! “Our entertainment this year features the always delightful and energetic Mountain Dew Cloggers along with the lively tunes of the Allie Cats Band! We'll have lots of fun for the kids in our children's area and, as always, an abundance of arts and crafts for your holiday shopping! Grab a tasty sample of fresh ground cane juice and take a wagon ride around Bradley Pond. Be sure to take home some homemade cane syrup, and of course plenty of sausage to go with it!” Bradley’s Country Store. 11/23, 10am-4pm, free!
The Leon County Public Libraries host classes, clubs, and events all the time. All ages, all locations. [Check the calendar here.]
TUESDAY, 11/19
  • RR Sq Craft House: Guest Bartender: Mike Goldstein. “If you've ever been in the downtown, Railroad Square, FSU campus and other places around town you've likely spotted Mike busting his butt taxing people on his pedicab! Mike is one of the nicest, kindest, most reliable business owner in Tallahassee. Anytime you need Mike he's there! Sometimes when you didn't even realize you need him, he's already predicted your need. Mike Goldstein is the OwneOperator of Capital City Pedicabs and we are happy to announce he is taking over our bar to sling some drinks and raise some money to help spruce up his pedicabs!” 4pm-7pm
  • Backwoods Bistro: Policy Pub: Planning for Racial Equity. “Continuing Policy Pub’s focus on how national, even global, issues affect each of us right here at home, the final session for fall 2019 features Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning April Jackson. Her presentation, "Beyond Redevelopment: Planning for Racial Equity," will examine the limitations to mixed-income housing plans in Chicago and Seattle and explore how local actors can word towards incorporating racial equity into planning for diverse communities. She will then discuss how some of these strategies can be adapted to mixed-income housing redevelopment efforts in Tallahassee.” 5:30pm
  • Theater Tallahassee: Gold & Rye: Rye Whisky Tasting Event. “Join us for an evening of Rye Whisky tasting and Golden Age Broadway music performed cabaret style. Featuring Lauren Herod, Spencer Scruggs, Whitney Snow, Joe Svisco and Jessica St. Hill performing songs from the Golden Age of Broadway (1940-1960), with music direction and keyboards by Gerry Nielsen. We'll be tasting 5 selections of unique Rye Whiskies over the course of the evening. Tasting tickets are $25.” 7pm/21+/$25
  • Square Mug: Terry Galloway - Featured Poet & Open Mic Night. “Terry Galloway is perhaps best known in Tallahassee as the beloved, or sometimes best avoided “cigar-puffing, foul-mouth, beer-guzzling stinking rat that is Mickee Faust” and who is often found at the Mickee Faust Club in Railroad Square Art Park.” 7pm
  • Landis Green: CDU Presents: Passport to Asia. “Join Club Downunder, AASU and its affiliates on a trip all around Asia! You can try foods from different Asian countries, learn Japanese origami, Chinese calligraphy, or even play Vietnamese Tien Lien! From South to East, learn and experience the many diverse cultures within the continent of Asia.” 7pm/free
  • Ruby Diamond: Sister Hazel. 7:30pm
  • Waterworks: Science Salon: Speaking of Music, Speaking of Autism. “In this presentation drawing from his new book with Oxford University Press, Speaking for Ourselves: Conversations on Life, Music, and Autism (2018), ethnomusicologist Michael Bakan does just that, in the process revealing deep insights into the relationship of music, autism, and life in general, not from a clinical or medical perspective, but rather through the re-presented words and ideas of ten fascinating autistic musicians with whom he has collaborated, written, and made music over the course of many years.” 7:35pm/21+
  • Blue Tavern: Mèabh's Mavericks. “Méabh's Mavericks (pronounced MAVE'S MAV-riks) is a five piece Irish ensemble based in Tallahassee, Florida. Its five veteran musicians delight with fast paced and high energy renditions of many familiar traditional Irish tunes as well as songs.” 8pm
WEDNESDAY, 11/20
  • Cascades: Candlelight Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance. “Please join Capital Tea and our community partners (Going Places: Street Outreach, Neighborhood Medical, and Tallahassee Community Action Committee) in commemorating the beautiful trans lives we have lost to hate and violence. We will be holding a candlelight vigil at Cascades Park on 6pm Wednesday, November 20th. Candles will be provided. Volunteers will read from a list that’s far too long to acknowledge each soul no longer with our community, we will have a minute of silence, and then anyone affected by the loss will have a chance to speak & share their grief.” 6pm
  • The Marketplace: Creative Adult Class - Printmaking Wrapping Paper DIY. “Just in time for wrapping gifts next month. Using traditional and not so traditional tools we will create our own designs and patterns on rolls of plain wrapping paper. Everyone will leave with three of their own uniquely designed rolls.” 6:30pm/$25
  • The Plant: Debate Watch Party. Hosted by Students for Bernie. 8:30pm
  • RR Sq Craft House: Capital Sound Presents: Mindex. 8:45pm/$7
THURSDAY, 11/21
  • Mom and Dad’s Italian Restaurant: Dueling Pianos. 6pm
  • Espositios: Winterfall. “This magical night under the stars will feature our city's best food & wine, live carolers, a live auction, open bar & live music by the Tobacco Road Band! Proceeds will provide access to world class health care in schools, rural communities & other areas through the use of technology.” 6pm
  • Warrior on the River: Tantric / Despite the Irony / Inlightened Heads. 7pm/$12
  • Junction @ Monroe: Dine-In Karaoke. “Hey don’t worry about stage fright! With our Dine-In Karaoke nights you can sit at your table or sit at the bar and sing. With wireless microphones and the lyrics on the big screen you can sing from anywhere you feel comfortable.” 7pm
  • Hurricane’s: Mark Leadon and Bill McGuire. 7pm
  • Railroad Sq Craft House: Kesempalooza. “There will be live music, drinks and food you can purchase, games, and a silent auction! All the profits will be going to help Camp Kesem FSU send kids to camp for free, so come support and have fun!” 7pm
  • Buy the Ticket to Get the Address: Royce Lovett Performs (Enough) The Mixtape with Q& House Concert. “I think I told you guys I was going to release this mixtape... a year ago. Well now it's time. Thanks so much for your support. Come by my house, listen to the new music, ask me anything, stay awhile and have a good time. This whole mixtape idea came about after my 2017 tour. Everyone was asking why I wasn't rapping anymore.. lol - Well here you go. This mixtape hits on topics I've been in fear of and topics I'm hoping we can talk more about.” Click here for ticket info. 7:30pm
  • The Moon: Gryffin presents Gravity II Tour. 8pm
  • The Wilbury: SOWFLO. 8:30pm/$8/$18
FRIDAY, 11/22
  • Landis Green: CDU Presents: Time After Time. “Take a trip through time when you step onto Landis Green, as Club Downunder presents Time After Time! Come and enjoy all the treats, games, music, crafts, and more as you take a twist into the Prehistoric, Ancient Greek, Retro, or Future eras! You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!” 6pm/free
  • Hurricane’s: Garnet and Soul. 6pm
  • Historic Capitol: Movie Night at the Museum: Apollo 13. “Join us to watch the dramatic events of Apollo 13’s mission unfold under the stars in the Capitol Courtyard. Enjoy free movie snacks and drinks. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and picnics are welcome. Come early to secure your spot, enjoy activities, and experience The Moon, Stars, and Sunshine State. Museum opens for activities at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.”
  • Wine House: Cierra Skye. 7pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: 36 Strong. 7pm
  • Proof: Jerry Thigpen Trio. Hank note: that’s my dad! 8pm/free/21+
  • The Moon: Thunderstruck: America's AC/DC. 8pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Steven Universe MicroCon & Marathon. Dance Party/Karaoke Night. “Cosplay encouraged, just for the fun of it. Do (very) amateur movie screen karaoke to SU songs + Adventure Time, theme songs, and stuff like that. Or hang out in the lounge with music and fans and be dorks together.” $5, 8pm, leave the kids at home, byo alcohol if 21+
  • Junction @ Monroe: Reggae Benefit for Epilepsy. “The Disciples Of Music and Phoenix Uprising present Reggae Benefits, a fundraiser to benefit Epilepsy Association of The Big Bend.” 8pm/$10
  • Blue Tavern: Dr. David Evans with Belmont & Jones. 8pm
  • RR Sq Craft House: South of Echo. 8:30pm
  • The Wilbury: Mother Brain w/ The Zoot Cats & Boxcutters. 9pm
  • Fire Betty’s: Lemon City Trio. 9pm
  • Bradfordville Blues Club: The Lee Boys. 9pm
SATURDAY, 11/23
  • St. John’s Episcopal Churh: St. John's Market 2019. “Do your Christmas shopping and support local charities at the same time! The annual St. John's Episcopal Church Market is an old-fashioned church bazaar, raising funds for activities of the parish and for local non-profit organizations. The 2018 Market supported the Kearney Center, Grace Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the Tallahassee Museum and more!” 8am-2pm
  • Tallahassee Junior Museum: Fall Farm Day. “Fall Farm Day will host an array of activities and demonstrations celebrating the historical and contemporary stories of our region’s farmed resources. The event is FREE with Museum admission. Demonstrations and activities include: Blacksmithing in the 1880s Forge, Living History Interpretation on the 1880s Farm, Shopping Local Farm Vendors, Hands-on Farm Activities, Animal Encounters, and Syrup Making.” 9am-5pm
  • Milk & Honey Acres: Goat Yoga. 9am/$20
  • 510 Dunn St: Frenchtown Urban Farm Workday. 10am
  • College Park: Detective Day. “Think you have what it takes to catch a killer? Now is your chance to put your detective skills to the test. CluedUpp is the award-winning British detective game that's just like a giant, outdoor version of the board game Cluedo - and it's happening in Tallahassee! Set in 1960's London, your team of detectives will be tasked with solving the double murder of the notorious "Kray Brothers". Will you be able to solve the clues, unlock the drama and crack the case in time?” Check here for details. 10am
  • Goodwood: From History to Holidays. Free admission all day. Check here for all the info. 10am
  • Kleman Plaza: : 8th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival. “Come and take part in a day of STEM exploration and fun! Perfect for all ages, from pre-K through adults. This year special attention will be placed on Workforce STEM careers and STEM Entrepreneurialship. To highlight these particular careers, #TCC2Work will put on display, the many great opportunities the college has to offer those seeking to enter a STEM career. As always there will be exhibitors from across the region and state engaging attendees with exciting STEM demonstrations. Also, there will be live giveaways for the kids who participate in the scavenger hunt, so be sure to come and participate for a chance to win some cool prizes!” 10am-2pm
  • Marzuq Shrine Temple: Tallahassee Comic Book and Toy Expo. 11am-4pm
  • Gamescape: YGO Day. Noon
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Steven Universe MicroCon and Marathon. All Day Steven Marathon on the big little screen + maybe some merch! various activities! do you want to host a fan panel? trivia and other chances to win cool stuff! cosplay contest, as fancy or amateur as you want to be! But mostly we'll watch all the best episodes and the new movie in the theater! Sing and cry and cry while singing along!” 1pm-10pm/$5/12+ (pretty grown up, though)/byo alcohol if you’re 21+ and want to drink
  • The Plant: No Thanxgiving! “No Thanxgiving is a community alternative to Thanksgiving, a holiday that whitewashes the colonization of the Americas. The struggle for Indigenous rights and self-determination stretches to every corner of the globe, including Palestine. At No Thanxgiving, we say "no thanks" to settler-colonialism and "thanks" instead for international solidarity! $5 admission fee -- DM us for early payment options or pay us at the door. ADMISSION FEE WAIVED IF YOU BRING A DISH!” 6pm/$5
  • Hurricane: Billy Rigsby Band. 6pm
  • Warrior on the River: Inanimate Existence / Krosis / Symbolik. 6:30pm
  • Wine House: Michael Bakan Trio. 7pm
  • Landis Green: CDU Presents: Live on Landis. “Join CDU on Landis Green for a night of local music featuring Mr. Shellfish, Andy Altizer, Yung Emu, and FREE FOOD!” 7pm/free
  • Waterworks: Leon Anderson, Jr. Quartet! 7:05pm/21+/$5
  • The Wilbury: Budafest: Naugahyde Park/Megalops/Tues Supper Club. Hank’s note: Buda is a really good dude. 7:30pm/$5/18+
  • Township Tallahassee: Dueling Pianos. 8pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: The Fried Turkeys. 8pm
  • Blue Tavern: Lis Williamson & Jim Quine. Hank note: Lis has the voice of an angel. 8pm/$10
  • Junction @ Monroe: Blue Begonias. “The Blue Begonias is a Grateful Dead tribute band based in Tallahassee, Florida. Featuring Mickey Abraham (Belle and the Band), Chris Skene (Revival), Brian Durham (the New 76ers), Reo Morris (Fungle Junk, Little Band in the Sky), and David Mendelsohn.” 8pm/$13
  • Just One More Pub: Jet City. 9pm
  • Bradfordville Blues Club: John Nemeth. 9pm
SUNDAY, 11/24
  • Outz’s Too: The Allie Cats. 2pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Trivia and a Movie: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie). “(1992) Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens. Written by Joss Whedon. Before that other slayer hit the small screen, Kristy Swanson put down the pom poms and took a wooden stake to our hearts.” Doors at 4, trivia and movie starts at 4:30/$5 each playebyo alcohol if 21+
MONDAY, 11/25
  • Blue Tavern: David Evans with Walter Belmont. 8pm
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2019.05.01 16:31 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, May 1st - Tue, May 7th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th The Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit features North American bison artwork. Head to the National Cowboy & Western…
  • Cowboys in Khaki (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Horseplay (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 14th See Tom Lovell's sketches and studies of horses in the latest Horseplay exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage…

Wednesday, May 1st

  • 🎨 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Thru Fri, May 3rd Start Time: 10:00am This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of...
  • 🍴 Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club - Oklahoma City) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Art Show at DNA Galleries (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 5th Start Time: 6:00pm Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma artists Abby Stiglets, Natalie Miller, and Trisha Thompson Adams.
  • Beehive - The 60s Musical (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 4th Experience the ultimate celebration of 1960s nostalgia at a performance of "Beehive - the '60s Musical"…
  • Bi-Weekly Meetup (51st st. Speakeasy - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Blue Water Highway (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎓 Botanical Balance FREE Yoga (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:45pm Botanical Balance FREE YOGA presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center Tuesdays, 5:45 pm and Saturdays, 8 am Check in at the Visitor Center and find out location which changes depending on the season Instructors provided by This Land Yoga Bring a mat, water, and an “open mind”…
  • Chamber Ambassador Meeting (Del City Chamber of Commerce - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:30am
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Round Rock Express (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:05pm Double Header 2 seven inning games. First game starts at 11:05am. Second game starts 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
  • 🍴 Dope Poetry Night (ICE Event Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Every Wednesday night at the Ice Event Center Sports Bar and Grill located at the heart of Oklahoma City! Sign ups begin at 7pm and show begins at 7:30pmish. Free Admission! Free vendor set up! Bar Restaurant
  • 🎓 FFA State Convention (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) The FFA State Convention comes to the Cox Convention Center on April 30 - May 1, 2019.
  • Jake's New Face Showcase (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Jake's New Face Showcase brings the best of up and coming country artists to Norman. Take a seat inside…
  • 🎨 James C. Meade Friends' Lecture by Dr. Gloria Groom (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm We are pleased to welcome back Gloria Groom for a talk on her newest exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty. By the late 1870s, Édouard Manet had become...
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Blue Water Highway comes from the working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many of rock's greatest writers and artists. They take their name from the roadway that links their hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas to Galveston, where the cops, the teachers, the baristas and the chemical plant workers travel to work hard…
  • 🎓 May Morning Mingle (Mid-Del Technology Center - Del City) Start Time: 8:00am Come join us for coffee, breakfast finger foods, and business networking. Hope to see everyone there!
  • OSSAA Slow Pitch State Championships (USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 USA Softball welcomes OSSAA high school teams from all across the state to the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Centrally located…
  • Parker Millsap in Concert ([email protected] Performance Lab - Oklahoma City) Hailing from Purcell, Americana musician Parker Millsap first garnered attention for his Southern gospel…
  • Parker Millsap: [email protected] Metro Music Series (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎓 Parker Millsap masterclass — free and open to public (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Reading Wednesdays, Ages 2-5 (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:30am Reading Wednesdays Every Wednesday, 9:30 am The Garden Classroom FREE Best for ages 2 to 5 Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 9:30 am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Join us the last Wednesday of…
  • SINGO Wednesdays (Lower Bricktown - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Beat the midweek hump with the new bar game that everyone is talking about! SINGO is a new and exciting musical spin on the traditional game of Bingo. Instead of listening for a number, players are listening to their favorite music. Enjoy 1/2 price domestic drafts & discounted appetizers! Plus we will be giving prizes each night to the winners.…
  • Steven Curtis Chapman: SCC SOLO (First Presbyterian Church - Edmond) Start Time: 7:30pm LIKE Awakening Events on Facebook for the chance to win prizes
  • Tiny Greenhouses (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Wednesday, May 1, 6-7pm The Garden Classroom Member $8; Nonmember $10 Best for ages 7 to 10 Register by Friday, April 26 REGISTER HERE Start spring seeds with your family as we create mini greenhouses made out of recycled materials. We’ll learn the process of seed starting with hands-on planting time and discover the importance of greenhouses…
  • 😂 Vince Morris (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, May 4th

Thursday, May 2nd

  • 🎨 5 x 5 Art Show and Sale (Edmond Fine Arts - Edmond) Start Time: 5:00pm The Edmond Fine Arts Institute will present the "5 X 5 ART SHOW AND SALE" on Thursday, May 2, 2019. This exhibit consists of 5" by 5" art work, by a...
  • 🎨 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of...
  • Art Adventures (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Start Time: 10:30am
  • 🎨 The Art of Flowers (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:30am Thursday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Park House Events Center at Myriad Botanical Gardens Co-chairs: Jil and Tony Boghetich Tickets on sale soon! Become a sponsor The Art of Flowers is a one-of-a-kind spring luncheon featuring a master floral arranger who will demonstrate how to create gorgeous and unusual floral arrangements that can be made…
  • Art Show at DNA Galleries (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 5th Start Time: 6:00pm Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma artists Abby Stiglets, Natalie Miller, and Trisha Thompson Adams.
  • Beehive - The 60s Musical (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 4th Experience the ultimate celebration of 1960s nostalgia at a performance of "Beehive - the '60s Musical"…
  • Dayseeker (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Dayseeker with Understanding Eris This show is all ages. Tickets are $12 in advance at ticketstorm.com, charge by phone 18669661777, purchase hard copy...
  • Design Appetit (Farmer's Market - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Guests and sponsors will enjoy a beautiful 4-course dinner prepared by local chefs thoughtfully set at themed tablescapes designed by local artists and designers. Following dinner, sponsors will be invited to prepare the beds of their sponsored child and write an encouraging note.
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Round Rock Express (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm Double Header 2 seven inning games. First game starts at 11:05am. Second game starts 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
  • 🏆 Lazy E Red Dirt Reining (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00am The Lazy E Arena is proud to host their Red Dirt Reining.
  • Little River Band (The Criterion - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Reserved seating
  • 🎨 Melton Gallery: Art Department Senior Capstone Exhibition (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • 🎨 Next Phase/New Wave: Senior Capstone Exhibit (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am The "Next Phase/New Wave: Senior Capstone Exhibit" features work by eight graduating seniors from the UCO Art Department. Varying in medium, these...
  • 🎓 Oklahoma City - KickingBird Summer League (The Golf Club of Edmond - Edmond) Start Time: 5:30pm Driven by the Spark mobile app, our 9-hole, recreational leagues are fun, social and contain just the right Spark of competition. League players prepay...
  • 🎭 Senior Sendoff 2019 (Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm Alumni Engagement invites the Class of 2019 to attend a reception to welcome all graduating students to the OCU Alumni Association. Join President Martha...
  • Susan Herndon And The Bella Counsel & Red Dennis With The Red Devils And The YuYus (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 😂 Vince Morris (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, May 4th

Friday, May 3rd

  • 🎨 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of...
  • 405 LIVE! (ACTS Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Get ready for a night of deeply satisfying laughter as Oklahoma’s premier sketch comedy theatre, 405…
  • Art Show at DNA Galleries (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 5th Start Time: 6:00pm Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma artists Abby Stiglets, Natalie Miller, and Trisha Thompson Adams.
  • Beehive - The 60s Musical (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) 1 day left Experience the ultimate celebration of 1960s nostalgia at a performance of "Beehive - the '60s Musical"…
  • Cinco de Mayo Block Party (Calle Dos Cinco - Oklahoma City) Kick off your weekend with a trip to OKC's Historic Capitol Hill District for the Cinco de Mayo Block Party. At this…
  • The Contortionist in Concert (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) The Contortionist blends melodic metal sounds with ambient overtones and existential lyrics. After solidifying a new line-up…
  • Dancing in the Gardens ft. the Salsa (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Dancing in the Gardens season returns with The Salsa! Details to come
  • DelQuest Committee Meeting (Don's Alley - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am
  • Downtown Edmond Arts Festival (Edmond) Thru Sun, May 5th More than 100 artists exhibit and sell their works of art at the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival each year. Come to this event…
  • First Friday Gallery Walk (Paseo Arts District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm The First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District occurs on the first Friday of every month. Friday night visitors…
  • 🎓 Free Zumba (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm Dress to sweat! Free Latin inspired dance fitness class. Space is Limited. RSVP. The City of Guthrie, OK - Municipal Government Guthrie Chamber of...
  • 🎨 Friday Night Clay (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm You spoke, and we heard you! Due to popular demand, more Friday Night Clay dates have been added. Bring a friend, date, neighbor, spouse, partner or...
  • El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day Festival (Downtown - El Reno) Day 1 of 2 The annual Fried Onion Burger Day Festival is a tribute to the popular fried onion hamburgers that have been cooked daily in…
  • Friends of the Norman Library Fall into Spring Booksale (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm FRIENDS OF THE NORMAN LIBRARY FALL INTO SPRING BOOK SALE The biggest book sale of the year opens Friday 6-9 pm and continues Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday 1-5 pm is BAG DAY. All general sale books that can be stuffed into a paper sack can be purchased for $5. Bags are provided on site. Collectibles and better books are reduced 50%. Over…
  • 🎭 Graduation reception (Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am We recently started a tradition in which we celebrate our new graduates on the morning of our spring pinning ceremony. We invite this year's graduating...
  • 🏆 Lazy E Red Dirt Reining (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 8:00am The Lazy E Arena is proud to host their Red Dirt Reining.
  • 🎓 OCA Central Region Annual Conference (Moore Norman Technology Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am
  • 🎓 Oklahoma Home Educators Convention (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am The 2019 Oklahoma Home Educators Convention returns to the Cox Convention Center May 3rd and 4th!
  • Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn Sale (Jones) Day 1 of 2 Oklahoma’s most talented pickers and painters will gather to sell their wares at the Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn…
  • ONA Coin & Currency Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 5th The Oklahoma Numismatic Association hosts their annual spring coin and currency show at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Come…
  • OU Sooners vs Texas Tech (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) Thru Sun, May 5th Cheer on the University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball team as they take the field at Mitchell Park in Norman and play…
  • Relay For Life of Cleveland County (Andrews Park - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Rose Rock Music Festival (Noble City Hall - Noble) Thru Sun, May 5th Come to the Rose Rock Music Festival in downtown Noble for a fun-filled weekend featuring plenty of family activities.…
  • 🎨 Spring 2019 Exhibition Reception & OSSM Art Program Fundraiser (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm Join us on Friday, May 3rd, from 5:30 to 9pm, for a reception honoring our Spring 2019 Group Exhibition artists and the students of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Fine Arts Program.
    For the second year in a row, The Art Hall is honored to host the OSSM Fine Arts Program Annual Silent Art Auction. At this event, artwork by OSSM…
  • 🎓 Surreptitious: The After Work Social Mixer (Avenue 101 - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm $10 Fishbowls $3 Hennessy Black $1 Beers $10 Hookah ($5 the 1st Hour) 3 Wine ::NO COVER::
  • 😂 Vince Morris (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left

Saturday, May 4th

  • 405 LIVE! (ACTS Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Get ready for a night of deeply satisfying laughter as Oklahoma’s premier sketch comedy theatre, 405…
  • Art Show at DNA Galleries (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 6:00pm Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma artists Abby Stiglets, Natalie Miller, and Trisha Thompson Adams.
  • 🏃 Autism Oklahoma PieceWalk & 5K (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) https://piecewalk.org
  • The Beach Boys in Concert (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Head to the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City to catch The Beach Boys in concert. Relive some of the band's…
  • Beehive - The 60s Musical (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Last Day Experience the ultimate celebration of 1960s nostalgia at a performance of "Beehive - the '60s Musical"…
  • 🏃 Cargo Classic (Heritage Church - Shawnee) Cargo Ranch will be hosting the 4th annual Cargo Classic, a 5k and Fun Run, on May 4th at 8:00 am at Heritage Church at 2100 N Bryan Ave in Shawnee.
    \- USATF Sanctioned Event, Certified Course
    \- Medals for top 3 in each Age group
    \- Cash Prizes for overall top 3 male and female
    Sign up at www.runsignup.com/cargoclassic
    Early bird…
  • Cargo Classic 5K & Fun Run (Heritage Church - Shawnee) Head to Shawnee for the Fourth Annual Cargo Classic this May benefitting Cargo Ranch, a horse mentorship program for youth.…
  • Cowboys of Color Rodeo (Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Jim Norick Arena - Oklahoma City) Experience the fun and excitement of the Cowboys of Color Rodeo in Oklahoma City. This competitive rodeo features over 200…
  • Don McLean in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) One of America's most enduring songwriters stops at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. See Don McLean live during an…
  • Downtown Edmond Arts Festival (Edmond) 1 day left More than 100 artists exhibit and sell their works of art at the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival each year. Come to this event…
  • Festival of the Child (Yukon City Park - Yukon) Yukon's Festival of the Child is a one-day, outdoor event designed to celebrate children and childhood. Come and…
  • El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day Festival (Downtown - El Reno) Day 2 of 2 The annual Fried Onion Burger Day Festival is a tribute to the popular fried onion hamburgers that have been cooked daily in…
  • Kenny Chesney: Songs For The Saints Tour (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Kenny Chesney is bringing his "Songs for the Saints" Tour to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Chesapeake Energy…
  • KMGL Cinco de Mayo (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Head to Riverwind Casino to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with festive tunes and plenty of dancing. Guests can hear a range of…
  • Muscle Walk (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park - Midwest City) Walk your way to the finish line at the family-friendly Muscle Walk held in Midwest City. All ages are invited to celebrate…
  • 🏆 OKC Energy FC vs. Tacoma Defiance (Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Experience the excitement of major league soccer in Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club takes on the Seattle…
  • OKC Women's Living Expo (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Head to Oklahoma City for a weekend full of fun at the Women's Living Expo. This event at Oklahoma State Fair Park will…
  • Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn Sale (Jones) Day 2 of 2 Oklahoma’s most talented pickers and painters will gather to sell their wares at the Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn…
  • ONA Coin & Currency Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) 1 day left The Oklahoma Numismatic Association hosts their annual spring coin and currency show at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Come…
  • OU Sooners vs Oklahoma State Cowgirls (OU Softball Complex - Norman) Watch the University of Oklahoma Sooners take on the competition at the OU Softball Complex in Norman. The fast paced action…
  • OU Sooners vs Texas Tech (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) 1 day left Cheer on the University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball team as they take the field at Mitchell Park in Norman and play…
  • Plant the Plaza (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 2:00pm We're getting clean and green on the Plaza, and we need your help! Join us for our 2019 Plant the Plaza. Free beer for all volunteers, generously provided by Anthem Brewing.
  • Post 319 Fish Fry (Oklahoma City) Attend the Post 319 Fish Fry in Oklahoma City, and dive into tasty eats. Each meal ticket includes two pieces of…
  • Red Brick Nights (Oklahoma Ave & Wentz Ave - Guthrie) From May to September, look forward to Guthrie's monthly Red Brick Nights, the town's food truck and live…
  • Rose Rock Music Festival (Noble City Hall - Noble) 1 day left Come to the Rose Rock Music Festival in downtown Noble for a fun-filled weekend featuring plenty of family activities.…
  • VDubs on Auto Alley (Oklahoma City) Come join the VW Club of Oklahoma City for VDubs on Auto Alley car show, and check out some great looking classic air and…
  • 😂 Vince Morris (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day

Sunday, May 5th

  • Art Show at DNA Galleries (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 6:00pm Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma artists Abby Stiglets, Natalie Miller, and Trisha Thompson Adams.
  • Downtown Edmond Arts Festival (Edmond) Last Day More than 100 artists exhibit and sell their works of art at the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival each year. Come to this event…
  • OKC Women's Living Expo (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Head to Oklahoma City for a weekend full of fun at the Women's Living Expo. This event at Oklahoma State Fair Park will…
  • ONA Coin & Currency Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Last Day The Oklahoma Numismatic Association hosts their annual spring coin and currency show at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Come…
  • OU Sooners vs Texas Tech (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) Last Day Cheer on the University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball team as they take the field at Mitchell Park in Norman and play…
  • Rose Rock Music Festival (Noble City Hall - Noble) Last Day Come to the Rose Rock Music Festival in downtown Noble for a fun-filled weekend featuring plenty of family activities.…
  • Season Finale Concerts (OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center - Oklahoma City) Join Oklahoma Youth Orchestras for an evening of stirring performances by some of Oklahoma's most talented young…
  • The Norman Singers Spring Concert (Wildwood Community Church - Norman) Come celebrate spring with the Norman Singers, a non-audition choir made up of Norman-area residents from all walks of…
  • 🏃 Guthrie Super Sprint Duathlon (Guthrie) This Duathlon takes place on main street in downtown Guthrie, OK. A very flat, fast run and bike course!!
    This is a USAT Sanctioned Event. It will follow all USAT rules and guidelines.
    Ipico Chip Timing by Tri Youth Racing
    Standard USAT Overall, Age Group & Weight awards will be given. Male and Female Overall, Overall Masters, Grand…

Monday, May 6th

  • The Allman Betts Band in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Devon Allman and Duane Betts are joining forces as The Allman Betts Band to bring some Southern rock to the Tower…

Tuesday, May 7th

  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, May 10th Start Time: 7:05pm
  • The Killers in Concert (Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City) Best-known for "Mr. Brightside," alternative rock band the Killers have continued churning out top hits since they…
  • Lord Huron (The Criterion - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Don't miss Lord Huron at The Criterion in Oklahoma City for a special evening of indie folk rock. This Michigan-born,…
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones in Concert (The Jones Assembly - Oklahoma City) Get ready to sway, sweat and shout when St. Paul & The Broken Bones take over The Jones Assembly in OKC.
    Formed…
  • Wheeler Criterium (Oklahoma City) Once the weather starts warming up, gather your crew and head south of the Oklahoma River for the Wheeler Criterium each and…

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2019.01.16 16:38 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Jan 16th - Tue, Jan 22nd)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Cowboys in Khaki (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th
  • Devon Ice Rink (Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 27th The Devon Ice Rink returns for another magical season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens this November through the end of…
  • Downtown in December (Downtown - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 27th Downtown in December presented by Devon, is a series of holiday events and attractions in the heart of Oklahoma City.…
  • Eagle Watch (Lake Thunderbird Sailing Club - Norman) Thru Sat, Mar 16th
  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Horseplay (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 14th See Tom Lovell's sketches and studies of horses in the latest Horseplay exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage…
  • Whiteout at Campbell Art Park (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 31st Artist Erwin Redl's "Whiteout" is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white…

Wednesday, Jan 16th

  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jan 19th Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club - Oklahoma City) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • 🎨 ArtNow 2019 Exhibition (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) 1 day left ArtNow is Oklahoma Contemporary's annual exhibition of Oklahoma-based contemporary artists. It closes with art sale — the first big party of the year with cocktails, tastemakers and the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works. Proceeds help keep Oklahoma Contemporary exhibitions open free of charge, year-round. The 2019 edition introduces…
  • 🏆 January Wednesday Game Night (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm The popular Wednesday Game Nights continue in the Remington Park Casino in January 2019, with a different element. Collect your Wednesday Night Game Card...
  • J.W. Teller // Brad Fielder (Red Brick Bar - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm J.W. Teller https://jwteller.bandcamp.com/ "Missoula-by-way-of-Jackson-Miss. singer-songwriter JW Teller has a low, breathy-sweet vocal quality that...
  • 🏆 Kansas State Wildcats Mens Basketball at Oklahoma Sooners Mens Basketball (The Lloyd Noble Center - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Metropolitan Library - Book Club (Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am Kelley, Riha, Metro Library Outreach, will lead discussion on books chosen last month. This group will meet every third Wednesday of every month. Call for more details, (405) 216-7600. http://edmondok.com/calendar.aspx?EID=7398
  • Phantom of the Opera (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th One of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musicals, The Phantom of the Opera comes to the Civic Center Music Hall for a…
  • 😂 The Rajun Cajun John Morgan (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th
  • Reading Wednesdays, Ages 2-5 (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:30am Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 9:30am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive...

Thursday, Jan 17th

  • 🎓 2019 Oklahoma Early Childhood Research Symposium (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 8:00am The 2019 Oklahoma Early Childhood Research Symposium will highlight research on effective strategies for reducing inequities in early childhood. It will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma's Nigh University Center.
    Sessions will focus on reducing inequities in early childhood while highlighting both national and…
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Jan 19th Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • 🎨 ArtNow 2019 Exhibition (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Last Day ArtNow is Oklahoma Contemporary's annual exhibition of Oklahoma-based contemporary artists. It closes with art sale — the first big party of the year with cocktails, tastemakers and the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works. Proceeds help keep Oklahoma Contemporary exhibitions open free of charge, year-round. The 2019 edition introduces…
  • Cast Iron Cooking on a Budget (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Join us as we learn how to create a tasty and budget-friendly meal, whether standing at your stove top or around the campfire. This workshop will also...
  • 🎭 The Comedy Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause (Max's Magic Theatre - OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:45pm Ages 5+
  • 🎭 The Comedy Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause 13+ (Max's Magic Theatre - OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:15pm 13+ Ages
  • 🎭 Dancing Lessons (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Carpenter Square Moves into the New Year with ‘Dancing Lessons’ Carpenter Square Theatre begins the New Year with “Dancing Lessons” January 11-26....
  • 🎨 Favorites Tour (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Explore highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection with Learning Manager Bryon Chambers. Discover your soon-to-be favorite art objects on this tour...
  • 🍴 Forget Your Resolutions – Ladies’ Night Out (The Melting Pot - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm You weren't going to keep them anyway. Break your resolutions in style with your girlfriends. Check out The Melting Pot's special Resolution Buster Ladies’ Night Out on Thursday, January 17. The evening will feature some of your favorite “cheat day” items! Tableside games and door prizes to make the evening fun.
  • 🎨 Hi-5! (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm AIGA Oklahoma brings together some of our state’s most creative individuals to share their inspiring stories of working to make their dreams a reality. Come explore new ideas as we listen to professionals from across all creative industries for AIGA’s ‘Hi-5’.
    Presenting: JD Reeves Kathryn Mathis Scott Scrivner Blake Behrens Ranya…
  • [email protected] Community Dialogue (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 6:00pm The Guthrie Public Library is one of 75 U.S. public libraries selected to receive resources, training and support through [email protected] My Library. This STEM...
  • 🎨 Off the Wall Tour (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Join us for a special tour of our newest exhibition, Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture with curator Roja Najafi during A Night of Hygge....
  • Parker McCollum (The Jones Assembly - Oklahoma City) To purchase tickets for this event, please visit our partner website HERE ! Doors at 6:30. Full bar and walk-up food window available. Rain or shine event. No re-entry. No refunds. No smoking. Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Support acts are subject to change without notice.
  • 🎨 Parker McCollum at The Jones Assembly - OKC (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Parker McCollum live at The Jones Assembly in OKC on Thursday, January 17th. On Sale Now! https://parkertour.us/JonesAssembly . . . . . . . . . . . ....
  • Phantom of the Opera (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th One of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musicals, The Phantom of the Opera comes to the Civic Center Music Hall for a…
  • 😂 The Rajun Cajun John Morgan (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th
  • 🏆 State of the City (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:30am Host Sponsor Signature Event Sponsors State of the City Date: 01/17/2019 Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Location: Cox Convention CenteSMG 1 Myriad Gardens Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Map to Event Add to My Calendar Join OKC's mayor and more than 1,500 business leaders for this event. Don't miss a unique opportunity to hear newly-elected Oklahoma City…
  • 🍴 Story Time (The Boxcar - Moore) Start Time: 2:00pm Join your Moore Public Library librarians for Story Time at The Boxcar Coffee, Moore's favorite coffee shop! We'll have some stories, songs,
  • 🏆 Surf and Turf (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 4:00pm The legendary Thursday night feast in the Bricktown Brewery on the Remington Park Casino floor continues to be one of the top dining draws in Oklahoma...
  • 🎨 Third Thursday: A Night of Hygge (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm It’s that time of year again! Join us for A Night of Hygge during Third Thursday on January 17!
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:30pm Experience the thrill of fast-paced pro basketball as the Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Los Angeles Lakers. Wear your…
  • 🎓 Moore Toastmasters (1st United Methodist Church - Moore) Start Time: 7:00pm Do you cringe at the thought of being in front of a room communicating? Maybe you have no idea how to construct your thoughts for your next business meeting?
    Come and join toastmasters and learn the art of public speaking and leadership. It is a safe and great learning environment for you to start or refine your public speaking skills. There…
  • 🎨 Watercolor Workshop - Cletus Smith (The Depot - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 9:30am Taking a class with Cletus is an exercise in learning about color and point of view and perspective. It's about personal attention, hands - on...

Friday, Jan 18th

  • 🎓 25th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Schoarlship Banquet (Embassy Suites - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm The 25th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Banquet sponsored by the Marcella Guthrie Scholarship Fund will be January 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. This is the primary fundraiser by the fund to offer scholarships to graduating high school students in the greater Oklahoma City Metro Area various school districts. Students are not…
  • 🎓 Edmond Ambucs Friday Luncheon (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 12:00pm The Edmond Chapter Ambucs “creating mobility & independence for people with disabilities” hosts a weekly luncheon every Friday. Please join us at 12PM Noon, UCO Nigh Center, Cherokee Room. We also meet the 2nd Tues. night monthly, 5:30PM, Rock & Brews, 2737 W. Memorial Rd. for $5 burgers & FREE appetizers. More info., call (405)820-9667.
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • ArtNow 2019 Event (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Tickets are now on sale for the first must-attend party of 2019 featuring signature cocktails, tastemakers and live art-making! ArtNow is your opportunity to party with a purpose and purchase one-of-a-kind artworks with proceeds helping keep Oklahoma Contemporary exhibitions free, year-round. Events have sold out in previous years so be sure to…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Blue vs. Iowa Wolves (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Come see some thrilling professional basketball during the Oklahoma City Blue 2018-19 season. Experience the fast-paced…
  • 🎭 Dancing Lessons (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Carpenter Square Moves into the New Year with ‘Dancing Lessons’ Carpenter Square Theatre begins the New Year with “Dancing Lessons” January 11-26....
  • 🎭 Disney's The Lion King JR. (ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:00pm ArtWorks Academy Presents DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR. Friday, January 18 at 7:00 pm Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 am Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 pm...
  • 🎨 Filmography: "The Wrestler" (21C Museum Hotel - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Art goes to the movies with 21c Oklahoma City’s Filmography, a free monthly film series at 21c Oklahoma City in partnership with deadCenter Film
  • Free Trout Fishing Clinic (Putnam City High School - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are offering a free Trout Fishing Clinic.
  • 🎭 Free Zumba (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm Dress to sweat! Free Latin inspired dance fitness class, Space Limited RSVP. The City of Guthrie, OK - Municipal Government Guthrie Chamber of Commerce...
  • Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th The Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show is an annual three-day event showcasing what's new in home, gardening,…
  • International Finals Rodeo (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th Saddle up and get ready to cheer at the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Every year, the top 15…
  • Jemar Poteat (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Joe Baxter CD Release (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Join Okie singer-songwriter Joe Baxter at The Blue Door for the release party of his newest album. This Okie…
  • Justin Logan Album Release With Special Guest Isaac Mcclung (VZD's - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • 🎨 'The Last Starfighter' (Rodeo Opry - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00pm Price: (TICKETS ON SALE SOON)
    GREETINGS, STARFIGHTER. YOU HAVE BEEN RECRUITED ​BY THE STAR LEAGUE TO DEFEND THE FRONTIER AGAINST XUR AND THE KO-DAN ARMADA.
    Alex Rogan is just a small town teenager living in a trailer park with his mother and little brother. His favorite pastime is playing an arcade game called 'Starfighter'. One day, Alex…
  • LeAnn Rimes in Concert (Grand Casino Hotel & Resort - Shawnee) Don't miss country and pop music superstar LeAnn Rimes live onstage at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee. This…
  • 🎨 Mat Reed: One Man Group Show (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm We are very excited to introduce the first exhibit of 2019! We invite you to join us Friday, January 18th as IAO kicks off our 40th anniversary year
  • Mercy Gala ft. Runaway June and DJ Kirby (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm You won’t want to miss this year’s Mercy Gala! Be part of this lively and magical evening, with a delicious dinner, can’t miss silent auction and raffle...
  • Oklahoma Winter Bead & Jewelry Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th The Oklahoma Winter Bead & Jewelry Show is eagerly anticipated by thousands of local area bead enthusiasts as a premier…
  • Phantom of the Opera (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th One of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musicals, The Phantom of the Opera comes to the Civic Center Music Hall for a…
  • The Pink Spiders (Blue Note - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 😂 The Rajun Cajun John Morgan (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jan 20th
  • Skirvin Jazz Club - hosted by Christian Pearson (Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City) Skirvin Jazz Club is an immersive live music experience at the historic Skirvin Hotel in Downtown Oklahoma City. We transform The Park Avenue Grill a swinging jazz club. We stage the band in the center of the room and seat the audience around the musicians, 360. We feature top talent, a full menu, and special featured drinks. This is the perfect…
  • Surreptitious: The After Work Social Mixer (Avenue 101 - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm $10 Fishbowls $3 Hennessy Black $1 Beers $10 Hookah ($5 the 1st Hour) 3 Wine ::NO COVER::
  • Urban Addiction (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎨 Watercolor Workshop - Cletus Smith (The Depot - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:30am Taking a class with Cletus is an exercise in learning about color and point of view and perspective. It's about personal attention, hands - on...
  • 🎨 Working Mom Summit (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm The Working Mom Summit is a weekend for Oklahoma City women to connect with and learn from each other. Enjoy an inspiring keynote, engaging panel...

Saturday, Jan 19th

  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Andy Alligator's MLK weekend fun! (Andy Alligator's Fun Park & Water Park - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Celebrate during MLK weekend with fun! From Saturday 1/19 through Monday 1/21, experience our Winter Fun Pass for just $19.95! This pass includes unlimited laser tag, bumper cars, frog hopper, kidz zone, rock wall and a $3 game card!
  • Broncho Pep Band Days (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 1:00pm
  • 😂 The Dinner Detective (Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it! Our shows…
  • 🎭 Disney's The Lion King JR. (ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:00pm ArtWorks Academy Presents DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR. Friday, January 18 at 7:00 pm Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 am Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 pm...
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2018.11.05 02:23 hammer101peeps 2018 Gubernatorial Race Rundown (11/4 Update/Finale)

Welcome back to the finale of the 2018 Gubernatorial Race Rundown Update! Today is a very special edition of The Update, as I will be both going over the news and I will be making my predictions for Tuesday's Governor races. Let's jump right into things!
Alaska:
Alaska Survey Research is out with a new poll of the governor's race between Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy. The poll shows Dunleavy leading Begich 43-42, with Independent incumbent Bill Walker getting 8%, even though his campaign is suspended. When voters are informed of Walker's suspended campaign and his endorsement of Begich, Begich now leads Dunleavy 46-42. Begich is definitely gaining ground at just the right time. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N613L3f2dje4pXkE28LOBx7ouJHZHJeC/view)
Arizona:
We have three new polls of the governor's race between Democrat David Garcia and Republican incumbent Doug Ducey. The first poll, from Marist, shows Ducey leading Garcia 54-40. (http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NBC-News_Marist-Poll_AZ-NOS-and-Tables_Adults-and-Registered-Voters-and-Likely-Voters_1810291243.pdf)
The second poll, from CNN, shows Ducey leading Garcia 52-45. (http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/10/31/rel2_az.pdf)
The final poll, from Fox News, shows Ducey leading Garcia 55-37. All three of these polls show Democratic nominee for US Senate Kyrsten Sinema leading or tied, so maybe she can provide some coattails for Garcia. (https://www.scribd.com/document/392088280/Fox-Arizona-Late-October-Complete-Topline-October-31-Release#from_embed)
Arkansas:
In the first edition of "Why Did We Poll This Race?" The University of Arkansas is out with a new poll of the governor's race between Democratic businessman Jared Henderson and Republican incumbent Asa Hutchinson. The poll shows Hutchinson leading Henderson 59-35. This should be an easy victory for Hutchinson, who is one of the most popular governors in America. (https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/political-science/partners/arkpoll/2018-summary-report.pdf)
Colorado:
We have two new polls of the governor's race between Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton. The first poll, from Magellan Strategies, shows Polis leading Stapleton 45-40. (http://magellanstrategies.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Colorado-2018-General-Election-Survey-Summary-103118.pdf)
The second poll, from Keating-Onside-Martin, shows Polis leading Stapleton 50-42. Averaging those two polls out gives Polis leading Stapleton 47.5-41. (https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5026174/Keating-Onsight-Martin-Poll.pdf)
Connecticut:
We somehow got four new polls of the governor's race between Democrat Ned Lamont, Republican Bob Stefanowski, and Independent Oz Griebel. The first poll, from Quinnipiac, shows Lamont in first with 47%, Stefanowski in second with 43%, and Griebel in third with 7%. (https://poll.qu.edu/images/polling/ct/ct10302018_czum42.pdf/)
The second poll, from Emerson, shows Lamont in first with 46%, Stefanowski in second with 39%, and Griebel in third with 10%. (https://www.emerson.edu/news-events/emerson-college-today/emerson-polls-ct-me-nh-two-house-races-play-potential-gubernatorial-upset)
The third poll, from Sacred Heart University, shows Stefanowski in first with 40%, Lamont in second with 38%, and Griebel in third with 9%. (https://www.sacredheart.edu/media/sacredheart/instituteforpublicpolicy/GreatBlue---Sacred-Heart-University-Gubernatorial-Race-Poll-(November-2018).pdf)
The final poll, from Gravis, shows Lamont in first with 46%, Stefanowski in second with 37%, and Griebel in third with 9%. Lamont is still the favorite, but this race is still not over, especially with the high single digits that Griebel is getting. (https://www.realclearpolitics.com/docs/Connecticut_November_1_2018.pdf)
Florida;
CNN is out with a new poll of the governor's race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis. The poll shows Gillum leading DeSantis 49-48. So the race has tightened, but Gillum is still definitely the favorite. (http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/11/01/rel2_fl.pdf)
Republican US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said at a Trump/DeSantis/Scott rally this week that this race is "so cotton-pickin' important." This is just another racist dog whistle in a campaign full of racist dog whistles. (https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/414732-top-trump-official-florida-governors-race-is-so-cotton-pickin-important)
Georgia:
Republican nominee and current Secretary of State Brian Kemp is getting desperate in his bid for Governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Today he launched an investigation into a supposed hacking into the voter registration system, which was apparently caused by the Democrats. There is absolutely no proof of this and this just seems like a last minute hail mary from Kemp, who seems to be getting nervous. (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republicans-minute-hacking-investigation-rocks-georgia-governors-race/story?id=58959730)
Illinois:
In the final poll of this governor's race between Democrat JB Pritzker, Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner, Conservative Sam McCann, and Libertarian Kash Jackson, Pritzker continues to hold a commanding lead. The poll, from Victory Research, shows Pritzker in first with 49%, Rauner in second with 33%, McCann in third with 8%, Jackson in fourth with 5%, and 6% are undecided. It's time to play everyone's favorite game show, "Will Rauner Get Over 40%?" (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/2018114_IL.pdf)
Iowa:
Selzer is out with their final poll of the governor's race between Democrat Fred Hubbell and Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds. Let me preface this with saying that Selzer is probably the gold standard for Iowa polls. The poll shows Hubbell leading Reynolds 46-44, with 3% being split among a Libertarian and an independent, and 7% being undecided. (https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2018/11/03/iowa-poll-governor-race-kim-reynolds-fred-hubbell-jake-porter-selzer-iowa-election-2018-medicaid/1871874002/)
Kansas:
Emerson is out with a new poll of the governor's race between Republican Kris Kobach, Democrat Laura Kelly, and Independent Greg Orman. The poll shows Kobach in first with 44%, Kelly in second with 43%, Orman in third with 8%, and 4% are undecided. This race will definitely come down to the wire and may even require a recount if things get too close. And guess who's in charge if there is a recount, Kobach. (https://www.emerson.edu/news-events/emerson-college-today/emerson-poll-close-governor-races-ohio-oregon-kansas-democrats-look-pick-congressional-seat-kansas#.W9-M4ZNKiUk)
Maine:
Independent businessman Alan Caron announced that he would be withdrawing from this race and pledged his support for Democrat Janet Mills. Caron is still on the ballot though. Caron consistently polled between 2-3%, so this might not mean much, but any help is welcomed! (https://wgme.com/news/local/independent-alan-caron-drops-out-of-maine-governors-race)
Minnesota:
SurveyUSA is out with their final poll of the governor's race between Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson. The poll shows Walz leading Johnson 49-41, with 9% undecided. (https://kstp.com/politics/kstp-surveyusa-poll-tim-walz-jeff-johnson-minnesota-governo5130981/)
Nevada:
Early voting numbers are looking amazing for Democrats. In Clark County (Las Vegas), the Democratic firewall is now over 47,000 votes. In Washoe County (Reno), the early vote is essentially a tie. If Democrats are doing excellent in Clark and essentially tied in Washoe, they should be able to win. This bodes well for Democratic nominee for Governor Steve Sisolak and Democratic nominee for US Senate Jacky Rosen. (https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/the-early-voting-blog)
New Mexico:
Research & Polling Inc., the most generic name for a pollster ever, is out with a new poll of the governor's race between Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Steve Pearce. The poll shows Grisham leading Pearce 53-43, with 4% undecided. (https://www.abqjournal.com/1241676/poll-lujan-grisham-has-sizable-lead-over-pearce.html)
New York:
In the second edition of "Why Did We Poll This Race?" Siena is out with a new poll of the governor's race between Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Republican Marcus Molinaro. The poll shows Cuomo in first with 49%, Molinaro in second with 36%, Libertarian Larry Sharpe in third with 3%, Save America Movement nominee Stephanie Miner in fourth with 2%, Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins in fifth with 2%, and 7% are undecided. (https://scri.siena.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SNY1018LV-Crosstabs_37042.pdf)
Oklahoma:
SoonerPoll is out with their final poll of the governor's race between Democrat Drew Edmonson and Republican Kevin Stitt. The poll shows Stitt leading Edmonson 47-44, with 3% going towards the Libertarian, and 6% are undecided. The old generic saying is that it's all going to come down to turnout and that certainly holds up here. (https://soonerpoll.com/final-poll-before-election-day-shows-republican-kevin-stitt-with-three-point-lead/)
Oregon:
Independent Party nominee Patrick Starnes announced that he would be withdrawing from the governor's race and will endorse Democratic incumbent Kate Brown in her fight against Republican Knute Buehler. The problem with this is that Oregon votes essentially entirely by mail, so Starnes's name is still on all ballots. Anything that helps Brown in this close race is good though. (https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/30/oregon-election-governor-candidate-drops-out-endorses-kate-brown/1822196002/)
South Dakota:
Mason-Dixon is out with their final poll of the governor's race between Democrat Billie Sutton and Republican Kristi Noem. The poll shows Noem leading Sutton 47-44. The fact that this race is even that close is astounding and shows how strong of a candidate Sutton is, but he still may not be able to overcome South Dakota's Republican lean. (https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/01/south-dakota-governor-poll-kristi-noem-billie-sutton-election-2018/1844854002/)
Wisconsin:
Marquette University is out with their final poll of the governor's race between Democrat Tony Evers and Republican incumbent Scott Walker. The poll shows Walker & Evers tied 47-47, with 3% going towards a Libertarian candidate. (https://law.marquette.edu/poll/2018/10/31/mlsp50release/)
THE FINAL PREDICTIONS:
Alabama: Kay Ivey (R, INC) beats Walt Maddox (D) by 15-20 (SAFE RED)
Alaska: Mike Dunleavy (R) ekes out a victory over Mark Begich (D) by <1% (TILT RED)
Arizona: Doug Ducey (R, INC) beats David Garcia (D) by 10 (LIKELY RED)
Arkansas: Asa Hutchinson (R, INC) beats Jared Henderson (D) by 30 (SAFE RED)
California: Gavin Newsom (D) beats John Cox (R) by 20 (SAFE BLUE)
Colorado: Jared Polis (D) beats Walker Stapleton (R) by 10 (LIKELY BLUE)
Connecticut: Ned Lamont (D) beats Bob Stefanowski (R) by 5, Oz Griebel (I) gets 10% (LEAN BLUE)
Florida: Andrew Gillum (D) beats Ron DeSantis (R) by 5 (LEAN BLUE)
Georgia: Stacey Abrams (D) gets 49%, Brian Kemp (R) gets 47%, Libertarian gets 4% (TILTS RUNOFF/TILT BLUE)
Hawaii: David Ige (D) defeats Andria Tupola (R) by 30 (SAFE BLUE)
Idaho: Brad Little (R) defeats Paulette Jordan (D) by 15 (SAFE RED)
Illinois: JB Pritzker (D) gets 55%, Bruce Rauner (R, INC) gets 35%, Sam McCann (C) gets 7%, Kash Jackson (L) gets 3% (SAFE BLUE)
Iowa: Fred Hubbell (D) defeats Kim Reynolds (R, INC) by 2-4% (TILT BLUE)
Kansas: Kris Kobach (R) gets 47%, Laura Kelly (D) gets 46%, Greg Orman (I) gets 7% (TILT RED)
Maine: Janet Mills (D) gets 50%, Shawn Moody (R) gets 40%, Terry Hayes (I) gets 10% (LEAN BLUE)
Maryland: Larry Hogan (R, INC) defeats Ben Jealous (D) by 20 (SAFE RED)
Massachusetts: Charlie Baker (R, INC) defeats Jay Gonzalez (D) by 35 (SAFE RED)
Michigan: Gretchen Whitmer (D) defeats Bill Schuette (R) by 10 (LIKELY BLUE)
Minnesota: Tim Walz (D) defeats Jeff Johnson (R) by 10 (LIKELY BLUE)
Nevada: Steve Sisolak (D) defeats Adam Laxalt (R) by 2-4 (TILT BLUE)
Nebraska: Pete Ricketts (R, INC) defeats Bob Krist (D) by 25 (SAFE RED)
New Hampshire: Chris Sununu (R, INC) defeats Molly Kelly (D) by 5 (LEAN RED)
New Mexico: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) defeats Steve Pearce (R) by 10 (LIKELY BLUE)
New York: Andrew Cuomo (D, INC) gets 60%, Marcus Molinaro (R) gets 35%, Stephanie Miner (SAM) gets 5% (SAFE BLUE)
Ohio: Richard Cordray (D) defeats Mike DeWine (R) by 2-4 (TILT BLUE)
Oklahoma: Kevin Stitt (R) defeats Drew Edmonson (D) by 5 (LEAN RED)
Oregon: Kate Brown (D, INC) defeats Knute Buehler (R) by 5 (LEAN BLUE)
Pennsylvania: Tom Wolf (D, INC) defeats Scott Wagner (R) by 15-20 (SAFE BLUE)
Rhode Island: Gina Raimondo (D, INC) gets 50%, Allan Fung (R) gets 40%, Joe Trillo (I) gets 10% (LIKELY BLUE)
South Carolina: Henry McMaster (R, INC) defeats James Smith (D) by 15 (SAFE RED)
South Dakota: Kristi Noem (R) defeats Billie Sutton by 2-4 (TILT RED)
Tennessee: Bill Lee (R) defeats Karl Dean (D) by 15 (SAFE RED)
Texas: Greg Abbott (R, INC) defeats Lupe Valdez (D) by 15-20 (SAFE RED)
Vermont: Phil Scott (R, INC) defeats Christine Hallquist (D) by 10 (LIKELY RED)
Wisconsin: Tony Evers (D) defeats Scott Walker (R) by 5 (LEAN BLUE)
Wyoming: Mark Gordon (R) defeats Mary Throne (D) by 25 (SAFE RED)
DEMOCRATS: 26 (GAINS: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin)
REPUBLICANS: 24 (GAINS: Alaska)
And if you want that mapped, here it is: http://www.270towin.com/2018-governor-election/JdPg
And that is all for the 2018 Gubernatorial Race Rundown Update! I'll be back over on VoteBlue for the 2019 Gubernatorial Race Rundown Updates in 2019, but until then, stay excellent and VOTE!!!!!!
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2018.08.26 19:43 mchsiung1 [MEET REPORT] WRPF Boss of Bosses 5 Open Day, Mountain View CA 650 @ 88.2 kg 419 Wilks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 33M Raw

TL;DR Version:
  1. Totaled 1433 lbs in the 198 class (8/9)
  2. Failed to Dangle like Stangl (please follow this guy on Instagram)
  3. Coach He-Man the Pug was disappointed in my performance
  4. Dan Green still said I looked like an impoverished child from a 3rd world country that needed to eat more =(
Background:
First time doing this, but to give a rundown I started lifting during graduate school in NY, moved back to the SF Bay Area for work. It wasn’t until 2015 that I got a lot more serious about Powerlifting, joined Boss Barbell Club after getting kicked out of a local Gold’s Gym and haven’t looked back ever since. I ended up moving to Boston MA for work at the start of 2018 and have been training at TPS Malden. Originally, I’ve been competing at 82.5kg/83kg (USAPL and non-USAPL feds) but have made the move to 90kg/93kg and will probably move up to 100kg/105kg since I feel that I will be most competitive that those BWs, but also because I cannot seem to escape the savagery of Dan Green and co lol.
Meet prep
Since moving to Boston from the Bay Area, I’ve had to adjust to a different work schedule, gym differences, way of training, and so powerlifting had taken a backseat. Originally, I was running Dan’s Boss Barbell Strength Method (BBSM) but it was no longer sustainable given the change in schedule. I ran a modified version of TSA’s intermediate program that combined a lot of accessory work (time permitted) but work was getting in the way (such is Biotech startup life =\) – combine that with the mentality instilled with going HAM as is the way at Boss, I couldn’t make it work.
After talking with several of the folks at TPS, I decided to hire Evan Chaffey as a coach to prepare for a meet. Originally, I was thinking of going with Sean Stangl (Reddit’s very own ferruix , but with time zone difference and the fact that Evan was moving back to the Northeast, it was easier to work with him f2f), it’s no disrespect to other coaches whom I’ve heard good things about (TSA, Arian, Joey, etc), but to me, it makes more sense to have a coach that is there with you in person where you get input right away. I even thought about going with Dan Green since he has always given me insightful feedback during my time at Boss, but he no longer does online coaching.
Overall, I felt Evan did a great job – the track he put me on was definitely more on the conservative side, but in the long run I definitely appreciate that. Having spent more than 2 years at Boss going HAM built a good foundation for me to build progress rapidly at the cost of getting injured a lot (high risk, high reward) and so having someone to balance that was great because this was the first time going into a meet almost injury-free. Granted, I feel that it’s normal to have injuries going into a meet (even for this meet), but this was the first time where I didn’t have to take a lot of ibuprofen, use liniments for pain, or wear heavy elbow sleeves (or wear SBD sleeves over Iron Rebel mini cuffs).
In addition to programming (squat 2x, deadlift 2x, and bench 3x a week) which was both percentage and RPE based. Evan helped to tweak my form somewhat (deadlifts), as well as pre-hab exercises to improve mobility. Still not perfect by any means, but like anything, it’s a work in progress.
Weigh-Ins/Preparation before meet
Before flying out from Boston, my weight looked to be around 202-205. I originally wanted to compete as a light 220, but when I got to Cali on Monday, I weighed in at 88.2 kg (~194 lbs) on a calibrated scale (inadvertent cut), so I ended up competing in the 90/198 class, much to Dan Green’s disappointment. He told me that I looked like an impoverished child from a 3rd world country that needed to be express shipped food LOL. But regardless, I was more or less encouraged by everyone else to do 90/198 since I was around weight. Honestly, I could have done AYCEs the whole week and be fine.
In preparation, I brought capsaicin cream and ibuprofen for pain management just in case, and Pedialyte/salt tabs for hydration. I didn’t so much need the ibuprofen or capsaicin because this was the healthiest I’ve felt going into a meet (credit to Evan and team), but it was just good to have.
After weigh-ins, I simply ate a lot and drank Pedialyte throughout the day. Went for Italian (Maggiano’s) for dinner (high carb/salt) with some of my friends from BBBC who were also competing before resting up for the meet. I didn’t really sleep too well, which I attribute that to feeling bloated.
Meet Day:
Lifts:
Squat 1: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=6650)
202.5 kg/446 lbs (Good Lift)
This felt very pretty fast despite some aches
Squat 2: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=7570)
215 kg/474 lbs (No Lift)
Got called on depth, which I can see why they would based on the stream. I had a friend from the gym take a video as well, and based on her angle, it looked good, but again it is subjective. The speed of lift was still quite fast, so I went up a little.
Squat 3: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=8328)
217.5 kg/479.5 lbs (Good Lift) – 39.5 lb Meet PR
I made sure to sink it a little more – ended up with a 2 to 1. I think my left side has always been a little messed up (hip imbalances?). This felt pretty fast overall and confirms that the projected max of 222.5 kg to be on point. Next time.
Bench 1: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=21676)
145 kg/319 lbs (Good Lift)
I have some pretty bad shoulder mobility (and a tight right lat), which made it look like I was holding the bar crooked. It took maybe 30-40 seconds to get a start command, but this was an easy lift. Had to chat with the head judge to explain the situation afterwards.
Bench 2: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=22426)
152.5 kg/336 lbs (Good Lift)
This was a pretty easy lift.
Bench 3: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=23056)
157.5 kg/347 lbs (Good Lift) – 55 lb Meet PR
Originally wanted to go for 160 kg/352 lbs, but given the head judge being strict based on my experience at BOB3 (not a bad thing), played it conservative.
Surprised that commands and speed were faster than I expected. Next time.
Deadlift 1: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=33718)
260 kg/573 lbs (Good Lift)
We didn’t start deadlifts until 5-5:30 for our flight, flight B moved pretty slow and I think everyone was getting tired. Despite that notion, this moved fast, not surprised considering 575x2 and 585x2 moved pretty fast in training despite fatigue.
Deadlift 2: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=34433)
272.5 kg/600 lbs (Good Lift)
This moved a little slower, but still fast. Not sure if it was due to it being a long day. Originally, I wanted to be a little more aggressive and go with 275 kg, but ended up sticking with Evan’s plan.
Deadlift 3: (https://youtu.be/PLb0HmH3fVc?t=35210)
275 kg/606 (Good Lift) – 22 lb Meet PR
Given how late it was going to be, I ended up going conservative on this by going up 2.5 kg. Ultimately wanted to go 280 kg but went for the bare minimum. It was definitely much slower than the previous, so maybe it was a good call.
Final Total: 650 kg/1433 lbs (+127 lb to total)
Conclusion:
Going into this meet, I set the bar pretty low for myself. Having moved to Boston MA from the SF Bay Area (CA) since the beginning of this year and having less time to train. Plus being banged up from previous meet preps, if I could get at least 1400, I would be a happy camper.
Not only did I achieve this goal but surpassed the mark and went 8/9. I still left some lbs on the table, but overall there were many things that went right and I have a lot of people to thank.
As for the next steps, I will continue to work with Evan – but mainly focus on bodybuilding, filling out 93kg and potentially 100kg/105kg. I don’t plan on doing a meet until next year – some USAPL meet because that’s what they have in the Northeast. If possible, I would like to get some 20-21 inch guns and get so jacked that I don’t tan in certain areas.
Special Thanks:
Team Chaffey/TPS Malden
For the meet prep itself, I want to thank the Wizard of Rhode Island Evan Chaffey and the Chaffey boys and everyone training at TPS Malden (especially Eddy Chu, Frank Carr, Dan Morgan, John De Lellis, Big “D” Rik/Rikki Patel) for spots/handoffs during this prep. Obviously, Evan for being my 2nd pair of eyes, helping with form, and given suggestions for pre-hab, etc.
Next Level Fitness in RI and Mass Barbell for the times when I’ve had to travel to train. TPS Malden for giving me a home away from home.
To my family at Boss Barbell Club –
There are so many people to thank, and I'm grateful for the relationships I've made here. Apologies if I miss anyone.
Training Partners: Paulo Tanaka, Shaun Shapiro, Max Mendez, Alex Campbell. These are the guys that pushed me to get stronger, I will always appreciate the days when we would go HAM during the when followed Dan’s program, trained bodybuilding on the weekends. I attribute my foundation to these guys. I also want to thank Max for giving me handoffs at BOB 5 this year.
Sean Stangl/Sarah Wellberg/Mike Conley/Jessica PipeVictor Liu/Joseph Park/Ray Jimenez
As some of you may know, Sean is the founder of OpenPowerlifting – he’s also very strong and extremely knowledgeable in regards to training. I’ve definitely learned a lot through our conversations and I’m glad to have competed against you (even though you out-totaled by 300+ lbs) and congrats again on the SBD sponsorship!
Thank you Sarah/Mike for taking vids of my lifts even though they are garbage. Also wanted to give additional appreciation to Sarah/Jessica/Victor for taking time out of your schedule to run the score table/live stream, you guys are the reason things ran as smooth as they did. They are the backbone behind everything. Special mention to Joe Park/Ray Jimenez for being the "glue" of the community at Boss - always super helpful.
Emily Hu – Thank you for being a big sister, reinforcing the “No Skinny Champions” mentality by sneaking me free food and for being Dan’s messenger and telling me that I look like an impoverished child from a 3rd world country that needs to eat.
Jordan Shallow - Thank you for fixing me up when I got wrecked and for giving me pre-hab "homework." Can't always be injury-free, but I've felt better when doing your warmups.
Dan Green – For always being insightful and taking the time to discuss how to improve during training. I’ve learned a lot in over 2 years, with bench technique being the biggest. I wish I had more time for 1 on 1s so we could go over squats, but timing never worked out. Also appreciate the savagery and letting me know that “dieting” for meets is bad, and I wished I listened the 1st time. Special mentions for Andrew Herbert and Kristy Hawkins as well.
Last but not least – He-Man the Pug (https://www.instagram.com/he_man_the_pug/) for being the GOAT coach AND FOR ALWAYS BELIEVING IN ME AND FOR NEVER LETTING MY DREAMS BE DREAMS. Best $19.99 chest and glute programs that money can buy.
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2018.02.22 05:20 KororSurvivor [Massive, MASSIVE spoilers] - Every US TAR finalist ranked by averages.

Keep in mind that I do count superlegs. Also, I count the weird partner swap leg as 1-2-3. Also, I count some time penalties as placement changes.
  1. Eric & Jeremy (TAR 9, 2nd) - 1.69 (1-2-1-1-2-1-1-4-1-2-2-2-2)
  2. Rachel & Dave (TAR 20, Winners) - 1.83 (1-1-6-2-4-1-1-2-1-1-1-1)
  3. Meghan & Cheyne (TAR 15, Winners) - 2 (1-6-2-5-1-1-2-2-1-1-1-1)
  4. Justin & Diana (TAR 27, 2nd) - 2.08 (9-1-2-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-3-2)
  5. Art & JJ (TAR 20, 2nd) - 2.25 (3-2-1-1-1-2-3-3-3-4-2-2) (Tied for 5th)
  6. Dave & Connor (TAR 24, Winners) - 2.25 (4-4-1-2-1-4-3-4-1-1-1-1) (Tied for 5th)
  7. Rob & Amber (TAR 7, 2nd) - 2.31 (3-1-5-1-5-2-1-1-3-3-1-2-2)
  8. Tammy & Victor (TAR 14, Winners) - 2.33 (2-1-8-3-2-1-1-3-2-3-1-1)
  9. Kris & Jon (TAR 6, 2nd) - 2.38 (2-1-2-1-4-5-2-4-3-1-3-1-2) (Tied for 9th)
  10. Tyler & James (TAR 10, Winners) - 2.38 (1-2-2-3-6-6-2-2-1-1-1-3-1) (Tied for 9th)
  11. Bates & Anthony (TAR 22, Winners) - 2.42 (2-1-3-7-4-1-1-1-4-2-2-1) (Tied for 11th)
  12. Tyler & Korey (TAR 28, 3rd) - 2.42 (2-1-2-2-1-6-6-3-1-1-1-3) (Tied for 11th)
  13. Kristi & Jen - 2.42 (1-3-3-3-2-1-3-2-2-3-3-3) (Tied for 11th)
  14. Nick & Starr (TAR 13, Winners) - 2.45 (1-6-6-5-1-1-1-1-3-1-1)
  15. Rob & Brennan (TAR 1, Winners) - 2.46 (1-3-3-6-4-3-3-3-1-1-2-1-1) (Tied for 15th)
  16. Frank & Margarita (TAR 1, 2nd) - 2.46 (3-4-2-5-5-1-1-2-2-2-1-2-2) (Tied for 15th)
  17. Tara & Wil (TAR 2, 2nd) - 2.46 (1-3-2-2-3-5-3-4-3-2-1-1-2) (Tied for 15th)
  18. Colin & Christie (TAR 5, 2nd) - 2.46 (7-6-1-2-1-1-2-1-1-1-4-3-2) (Tied for 15th)
  19. BJ & Tyler (TAR 9, Winners) - 2.46 (2-1-4-2-1-2-5-5-3-4-1-1-1) (Tied for 15th)
  20. Jet & Cord (TAR 16, 2nd) - 2.58 (3-1-1-4-3-4-6-1-3-1-2-2) (Tied for 20th)
  21. Nicole & Travis (TAR 23, 3rd) - 2.58 (2-4-1-3-3-1-3-1-4-3-3-3) (Tied for 20th)
  22. Misti & Jim (TAR 25, 2nd) - 2.58 (1-2-1-8-6-1-1-2-3-1-3-2) (Tied for 20th)
  23. Ken & Tina (TAR 13, 2nd) - 2.64 (2-1-1-1-3-6-4-3-2-3-2)
  24. Flo & Zach (TAR 3, Winners) - 2.69 (2-5-3-2-4-2-1-2-5-3-2-3-1) (Tied for 24th)
  25. Ken & Gerard (TAR 3, 3rd) - 2.69 (1-6-2-1-1-3-5-4-2-2-3-2-3) (Tied for 24th)
  26. Margie & Luke (TAR 14, 3rd) - 2.75 (1-4-4-4-1-4-4-1-3-2-2-3)
  27. Joe & Bill (TAR 1, 3rd) - 2.77 (2-2-4-1-2-2-2-4-4-4-3-3-3) (Tied for 27th)
  28. Linz Family (TAR 8, Winners) - 2.77 (9-2-2-3-4-2-3-2-1-3-2-2-1) (Tied for 27th)
  29. Ernie & Cindy (TAR 19, Winners) - 2.83 (1-4-5-5-3-5-2-1-2-3-2-1) (Tied for 29th)
  30. Adam & Bethany (TAR 25, 3rd) - 2.83 (5-1-2-7-2-2-5-1-1-3-2-3) (Tied for 29th)
  31. Bransen Family (TAR 8, 2nd) - 2.85 (7-6-1-1-3-3-5-4-2-1-1-1-2)
  32. Jason & Amy (TAR 23, Winners) - 2.92 (8-5-2-2-2-5-2-2-3-1-2-1)
  33. Dustin & Kandice (TAR 11, 2nd) - 2.92 (6-6-4-5-2-4-1-3-1-2-1-1-2)
  34. Ron & Kelly (TAR 7, 3rd) - 3 (10-2-4-4-2-1-2-2-2-4-2-1-3) (Tied for 34th)
  35. Jill & Thomas (TAR 17, 3rd) - 3 (1-5-7-5-3-1-5-2-1-2-1-3) (Tied for 34th)
  36. Rob & Kimberly (TAR 10, 2nd) - 3.08 (5-6-3-1-3-3-3-3-4-3-3-1-2)
  37. Nat & Kat (TAR 17, Winners) - 3.08 (2-7-8-1-1-4-1-5-3-1-3-1) (Tied for 37th)
  38. Laura & Tyler (TAR 26, Winners) - 3.08 (3-2-4-4-6-6-2-1-1-4-3-1) (Tied for 37th)
  39. Tara & Joey (TAR 29, 2nd) - 3.08 (6-7-2-1-1-3-3-1-5-3-3-2) (Tied for 37th)
  40. Reichen & Chip (TAR 4, Winners) - 3.15 (9-2-3-5-4-2-5-2-1-2-3-2-1) (Tied for 40th)
  41. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR 7, Winners) - 3.15 (8-4-2-3-6-3-3-3-1-1-3-3-1) (Tied for 40th)
  42. Weaver Family (TAR 8, 3rd) - 3.15 (3-1-5-5-2-5-2-3-4-2-3-3-3) (Tied for 40th)
  43. Sam & Dan (TAR 15, 2nd) - 3.17 (9-2-5-1-5-3-1-4-2-2-2-2) (Tied for 43rd)
  44. Brook & Claire (TAR 17, 2nd) - 3.17 (4-1-6-3-5-2-2-4-4-3-2-2) (Tied for 43rd)
  45. Trey & Lexi (TAR 21, 3rd) - 3.17 (9-2-2-7-5-1-1-2-3-1-2-3) (Tied for 43rd)
  46. Jelani & Jenny (TAR 26, 2nd) - 3.17 (1-1-3-7-4-5-4-4-3-2-2-2) (Tied for 43rd)
  47. Dana & Matt (TAR 28, Winners) - 3.17 (1-4-4-3-3-4-4-5-4-3-2-1) (Tied for 43rd)
  48. TK & Rachel (TAR 12, Winners) - 3.18 (3-6-2-7-1-4-4-1-4-2-1) (Tied for 43rd)
  49. Gary & Mallory (TAR 18, 3rd) - 3.25 (1-9-2-3-2-1-4-6-4-3-1-3) (Tied for 49th)
  50. Cody & Jessica (TAR 30, Winners) - 3.25 (2-1-5-2-6-6-3-5-4-2-2-1) (Tied for 49th)
  51. Brandon & Nicole (TAR 5, 3rd) - 3.31 (6-1-3-5-3-4-4-2-5-3-3-1-3)
  52. Kisha & Jen (TAR 18, Winners) - 3.33 (3-4-4-5-4-6-3-4-2-2-2-1) (Tied for 52nd)
  53. Hayley & Blair (TAR 26, 3rd) - 3.33 (8-9-2-2-5-1-3-3-2-1-1-3) (Tied for 52nd)
  54. Kelsey & Joey (TAR 27, Winners) - 3.33 (8-7-3-4-4-3-2-2-2-2-2-1) (Tied for 52nd)
  55. Chris & Alex (TAR 2, Winners) - 3.38 (6-2-7-7-1-6-2-2-1-3-3-3-1) (Tied for 55th)
  56. Chip & Kim (TAR 5, Winners) - 3.38 (8-8-7-1-4-2-1-3-2-4-1-2-1) (Tied for 55th)
  57. Freddy & Kendra (TAR 6, Winners) - 3.38 (4-7-6-5-1-1-6-2-4-3-2-2-1) (Tied for 55th)
  58. Brendon & Rachel (TAR 20, 3rd) - 3.42 (2-4-2-6-5-4-4-4-2-2-3-3) (Tied for 58th)
  59. Tim & Marie (TAR 23, 2nd) - 3.42 (1-8-8-5-1-4-4-3-2-2-1-2) (Tied for 58th)
  60. Henry & Evan (TAR 30, 2nd) - 3.42 (3-8-1-6-4-3-2-4-3-4-1-2) (Tied for 58th)
  61. Ron & Christina (TAR 12, 2nd) - 3.45 (7-9-5-3-3-1-3-3-1-1-2)
  62. Jeremy & Sandy (TAR 19, 2nd) - 3.58 (2-6-3-3-7-3-6-5-3-2-1-2) (Tied for 62nd)
  63. Jaymes & James (TAR 21, 2nd) - 3.58 (10-3-3-6-6-5-2-1-2-2-1-2) (Tied for 62nd)
  64. Eric & Danielle (TAR 11, Winners) - 3.62 (4-4-3-2-6-5-5-5-3-4-3-2-1)
  65. Blake & Paige (TAR 2, 3rd) - 3.69 (4-9-5-4-4-3-5-5-2-1-2-1-3)
  66. Flight Time & Big Easy (TAR 18, 2nd) - 3.75 (5-2-5-6-6-7-1-2-5-1-3-2) (Tied for 66th)
  67. Brendon & Rachel (TAR 24, 3rd) - 3.75 (2-1-8-8-7-5-1-1-4-2-3-3) (Tied for 66th)
  68. Kelly & Jon (TAR 4, 2nd) - 3.85 (6-3-8-7-3-3-3-5-4-1-2-3-2)
  69. Jaime & Cara (TAR 14, 2nd) - 3.92 (7-6-7-5-3-5-2-2-4-1-3-2)
  70. David & Jeff (TAR 4, 3rd) - 4 (10-5-7-6-6-1-1-4-3-4-1-1-3)
  71. Brooke & Robbie (TAR 25, 4th) - 4.08 (4-7-6-2-5-5-4-5-2-4-1-4) (Tied for 71st)
  72. Brooke & Scott (TAR 29, Winners) - 4.08 (4-6-6-7-6-5-4-3-4-2-1-1) (Tied for 71st)
  73. Charla & Mirna (TAR 11, 3rd) - 4.15 (8-8-8-7-1-1-4-4-2-3-2-3-3)
  74. Nicolas & Donald (TAR 12, 3rd) - 4.18 (5-8-6-4-6-5-1-2-3-3-3)
  75. Ray & Yolanda (TAR 9, 3rd) - 4.23 (7-5-3-7-7-6-3-3-4-1-3-3-3)
  76. Brian & Ericka (TAR 15, 3rd) - 4.25 (6-10-4-3-2-4-5-3-4-4-3-3) (Tied for 76th)
  77. Max & Katie (TAR 22, 2nd) - 4.25 (9-8-8-3-2-7-6-3-1-1-1-2) (Tied for 76th)
  78. Dan & Jordan (TAR 16, Winners) - 4.33 (8-8-6-6-4-5-2-5-1-3-3-1) (Tied for 78th)
  79. Brent & Caite (TAR 16, 3rd) - 4.33 (7-4-7-7-6-6-3-4-2-2-1-3) (Tied for 78th)
  80. Mona & Beth (TAR 22, 3rd) - 4.33 (5-6-7-6-3-6-2-2-5-4-3-3) (Tied for 78th)
  81. Caroline & Jennifer (TAR 24, 2nd) - 4.33 (10-3-6-4-2-7-2-5-5-4-2-2) (Tied for 78th)
  82. Logan & Chris (TAR 27, 3rd) - 4.33 (5-4-5-6-6-6-5-4-3-4-1-3) (Tied for 78th)
  83. Amani & Marcus (TAR 19, 3rd) - 4.42 (5-9-6-6-1-7-4-4-1-4-3-3)
  84. Teri & Ian (TAR 3, 2nd) - 4.46 (8-10-9-5-6-1-4-3-4-4-1-1-2)
  85. Amy & Maya (TAR 25, Winners) - 4.5 (6-8-5-4-7-6-3-4-4-2-4-1)
  86. Josh & Brent (TAR 21, Winners) - 4.58 (7-5-5-4-7-6-5-5-4-3-3-1)
  87. Adam & Rebecca (TAR 6, 3rd) - 4.69 (7-6-5-6-6-6-5-1-5-4-4-3-3)
  88. Mike & Rochelle (TAR 26, 4th) - 4.75 (7-8-1-6-7-3-5-5-4-3-4-4)
  89. London & Logan (TAR 29, 3rd) - 4.83 (8-8-5-5-5-6-5-4-3-4-2-3)
  90. Lyn & Karlyn (TAR 10, 3rd) - 4.85 (9-9-6-6-5-4-5-5-3-4-2-2-3)
  91. Andrew & Dan (TAR 13, 3rd) - 5.18 (7-8-7-6-6-5-5-4-4-2-3)
  92. Sheri & Cole (TAR 28, 2nd) - 5.58 (9-8-6-7-7-7-5-6-3-4-3-2)
Edit: If you count Leg 7 as 1-3-5, then Kristi & Jen's average is 2.58, dropping them to 19th.
Jody's average would be 3.42, dropping them to 58th
Yale's average would be 3.5, dropping them to 62nd.
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2018.02.17 13:41 youto2 Same Shit Different Year 2K18 - Part 1

LIVE! Streaming on WiR.com

We fade in to a video package, where we an empty WiR ring, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, at 2:10 PM earlier tonight, before doors opened. We see GM Russell Sharp and Assistant GM Ricky Andrew stand in the ring, and look directly into the hard cam.
Russell: Tonight, is a very special night. For me, for Ricky here, and especially for all the boys and girls in the back.
Ricky: In just a few short moments, we’ll see those men and women compete in this ring, and attempt to make history.
We hear the official SSDY theme kick in as Russell continues to speak.
Russell: In WiR’s past, we’ve seen many incredible moments created…..
We see a montage of various epic moments in WiR history. Ryan Sunshine winning the WiR World Championship, Mark Dutch winning the first-ever AMUDOV Tournament, and Maverick winning in the Main Event of last year’s SSDY.
Ricky:....and we’ve seen dreams shattered.
We cut to clips of Brendan Byrne losing at AMUDOV III, Dalidus Nova losing his Independent Championship to Miles Alpha, and The Warlords, Stephen Romero and Robert Warlock, splitting apart.
Russell: But tonight isn’t about the past. It’s about the future.
We cut to shots of WiR’s present stars, Joey McCarty, Ryan Sunshine, Maverick, Brendan Byrne, Stephen Romero, Alexis Breathnach, Charlie Krieger, Mark Dutch and Louis Blackwater, Klutch and Dalidus Nova, S.P.E.C.I.A.L.I.S.T, Alex Perilmorde, Sierra Briggs, Eric Matthews, Eric Appelbaum, and many more.
Russell: Tonight we’ll see new stories created….
We see various highlights of the many feuds leading into SSDY.
Russell:...and epic moments that will last a lifetime.
We cut back to Russell and Ricky as the music fades away.
Russell: Welcome, to SSDY, 2K18.
Fade to Black.
We cut into the scene, as we get a panning shot of the sold out Lowell Memoriam Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts! The SSDY theme once again plays, as we see a rowdy and excited crowd! Several signs spotted including “Brendan will Byrne that canadian snow” “SPECIALIST have a SPECIAL place in my heart” a crude but charming drawing of Santiago Martinez punching out a tedhead, and finally a sign reading “I want Sierra’s 20 foot strap-on in my asshole”. As the rest of the crowd ready themselves for the night.
Crowd: WiR! WiR! WiR! WiR!
We then pan out from the crowd to our commentary crew, both men smiling from the excitement in the building, as Paisner begins to speak.
Paisner: Hello WiR Fans old and new! I’m Allen Paisner-
Woodbridge: And i’m Mark Woodbridge.
Paisner: And welcome to SAME. SHIT. DIFFERENT. YEAR. 2K18! The 4th rendition of one of our biggest shows. And oh man, every year it just gets bigger and bigger! We got matches like a tag team gauntlet! A hardcore match between Charlie Krieger and Alex Perilmorde! The battle of the Eric’s! Our annual SSDY ladder match in the form of a fatal 4 way ladder for the tag team titles! Two beefy motherfuckers going at it in Sierra Briggs and Stephen Romero! The new longest reigning ever independent champion Teddy Coronado defending the title against the two next closest men, Andrew Garcia, and Santiago Martinez! An incredible dream match between Maverick and Ryan Sunshine! Possibly to determine the face of WiR! And of course, in our main event. Brendan Byrne has his chance to complete his long road to redemption. Getting a shot at Joey McCarty’s WiR World Title! An opportunity he earned back at AMUDOV by winning the tournament! But enough talk, we have action to get to, and coming up is a battle between two relative newcomers in Anthony Daniel Xaiver, and Kristi Slater, each seeking to prove themselves. To Javier in the ring!
We cut to Javier standing in the middle of the ring, mic in hand, ready to announce.
Babaganoush: The following contest is scheduled for one fall, with a 15 minute time limit! Officiating the match……
We hear Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado hit the speakers, as Moxie Moon walks out from the curtains with a referee’s striped shirt on!
Crowd: YYYAAAAYYY!! MOX-IE! MOX-IE! MOX-IE!
Babagnaoush: Please welcome the Special Referee…..Moxie Moon!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Paisner: Folks, the refereeing situation for this match may be rather unusual, but Kristi Slater went and made this feud personal with Moxie Moon, so our owner will be refereeing!
Woodbridge: Indeed! After Slater attacked Moxie on an episode of After Party, Moxie saw fit to make herself the ref for this match! You’ll probably hear Slater complain how unfair that is… but I know Moxie, and I know she’d never cheat!
Moxie walks down the ramp, slapping fans hands before she walks up the steel ring steps, and steps inside the ring. Moxie throws her hands up as the crowd cheers for the House Party owner! After Moxie’s music fades away, “Holiday” strikes up as Slater runs to the ring, flipping the crowd the bird as she acrobatically rolls in while booing fills the arena!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! SLATER SUCKS! SLATER SUCKS! SLATER SUCKS! SLATER SUCKS!
Babaganoush: Introducing first - from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, weighing in at 100 pounds - KRISTI! SLATER!
Paisner: Now, Woodbridge, Slater has lost to Xavier before - fairly recently, in fact. How do you rate her chances in this match?
Woodbridge: Well, not too good overall… but she has extra motivation here, tryin’ to have a win she can rub in Moxie’s face.
The music switches to “The Pretender”, prompting cheers as Anthony Daniel Xavier comes out, all smiles, thumbs up, and glad hands, without his usual jacket but with his seemingly everpresent beanie, whipping the thing into the back rows as he climbs in the ring.
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! ADX! ADX! ADX! ADX! ADX!
Moxie shakes hands with Xavier, then offers her hand to Slater, who simply glares at her; she slips out of the ring to talk to Maurice Chondon a moment before having the bell rung - but in that time Slater has lunged at Xavier and begun wailing on him with wild punches!
Paisner: AND SLATER GETS THE JUMP!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Moxie jumps onto the apron to restore order, chastising Slater and making the two separate before calling for the bell for real.
DING DING DING!
Paisner: A false start of sorts, let’s see what becomes of this…
Woodbridge: Probably means Slater’s gonna continue being shady.
Xavier keeps his distance, wary of another attack, and the two begin to circle each other. Kristi dashes in again, throwing a few more wild punches at Xavier! Xavier dances backwards, avoiding the blows from his smaller opponent, before dashing in himself and hooking Slater up for an arm drag, sending her down to the mat! He maintains control of the arm, pulling Slater back up, and twisting her into an arm wringer! Kristi grimaces in pain, as Xavier wrings her arm tight, before rolling forward and breaking the hold!
Paisner: Xavier’s trying for an early advantage with this arm manipulation…
*Woodbridge: ...and you’d better bet that he could transition into a submission at any moment...
Kristi gets to her feet, and Xavier moves in, pressing the advantage! He goes for wrist control yet again, but Kristi lashes out with a quick kick to Xavier’s knee, sending him backwards a step! Kristi goes for another kick to Xavier’s gut, doubling him over! Kristi bounces off the ropes, then charges at him, leaping for a knee strike, but Xavier drops down! Kristi flies over him, not breaking stride, and hits the ropes on the other side, only to run into a dropkick from Xavier!
Paisner: ADX showing his agility and technical prowess early on here, regaining control after that early assault from Kristi Slater!
Woodbridge: Kristi is outsized and arguably outmatched in this contest, and you’ve got to be sure Moxie Moon is looking for any hint of rule-breaking!
Kristi rolls to her feet, shaking off the dropkick, and begins to stay back of her own accord. Xavier feints shooting a takedown, and Kristi spins off to the side, only for Xavier to dart in, catch her around the waist, and transition into a quick back suplex! Kristi keeps the momentum, and flips out of the suplex, landing on her feet! Xavier whirls around, only to take a low dropkick to his knee, which sends him down to the mat!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: Slater always shows impressive speed, and that dropkick could be turning this fight around!
Slater pounces, immediately laying into Xavier’s legs with brutal stomps, as Xavier slowly pulls himself up! Xavier pushes himself to one knee, through a hail of stomps, and Slater takes the advantage, leaping forward with a knee aimed at the back of Xavier’s head! Xavier ducks the knee, and Slater flies past him! Xavier immediately leaps into action, grabbing Slater’s knee and turning her over, before locking in a spinning toe hold! Xavier spins, hooking the leg and pulling it tight, as Slater clenches her fists and grimaces in pain!
Woodbridge: WHAT REFLEXES!
Paisner: Xavier’s submission instincts kick in! A classic submission in the run-by transitioned spinning toe hold! Will this basic hold be enough?
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Moxie: Do you want to give up, Kristi?
Slater: FUCK YOU!
Slater kicks at Xavier, trying to dislodge him, but Xavier spins yet again! Slater slams her palms into the mat in frustration, and finally connects with a solid kick, stunning Xavier briefly! Slater rolls over, onto her hands and knees, and tries to get up, only to be caught in the chest with a retaliatory kick from Xavier! Slater clutches her chest in pain, and Xavier shoots in, hooks her arm, and twists it into a hammerlock, before pulling her up! Slater lashes her free arm back, trying to connect with Xavier, but doesn’t have any leverage!
Crowd: ADX! ADX! ADX! ADX!
Paisner: Very good technique on that hammerlock, and Xavier wants a serious submission transitioned out of it...
Xavier wrenches Slater’s arm up, but Slater drops to a knee, forcing Xavier down with her! Slater hooks her arm around Xavier’s neck, pops back up, and drops again in a makeshift jawbreaker, stunning Xavier for a moment! Xavier takes a step back, and Slater slips her arm free, and immediately whirls around with another huge haymaker, rocking Xavier! Another punch! Another! Xavier staggers, and Kristi steps up and levels him with an enzuigiri! Slater takes a second to immaturely taunt Moxie Moon with a stuck-out tongue and a middle finger before hitting the pronated Xavier with a jumping elbow drop and covering him, hooking one leg…
1!
2!
NO!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Paisner: Xavier kicks out!
Woodbridge: And Moxie did a fair count! Just like I knew she would!
Slater huffs in frustration, burying her face in her hands and letting out a short scream before getting up and stomping on the still-fallen Xavier! However, Xavier rolls underneath her assault and as she follows him, stomping as she walks forward, he makes it to the ropes and clutches the bottom one!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Paisner: Xavier forcing a clean break here! Slater will get the count of five…
1!
2!
Slater angrily backs off at two. Xavier uses rope leverage to get himself up, feigns a defensive crouch keeping his hands up and center of gravity low… but then he springs out at the fuming Slater, catching her off guard! He catches her with a double leg takedown, and goes in for his reverse Boston crab!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Woodbridge: CCX! C’MON, GET HER LOCKED XAVIER!
However, Slater still has enough presence of mind to kick Xavier straight off her with both feet as he goes for the hold! Undeterred, Xavier falls onto Slater’s back and hooks both her arms in a double chickenwing, next bridges over her head… then runs on the mat, twisting his body above hers several times before turning over into a bridging Fujiwara armbar!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Woodbridge: A Cattle Mutilation! A runaround! And now BP/90!
Paisner: That might be the strangest transition I’ve ever seen, Woodbridge summing it up more eloquently than I ever could!
Crowd: TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP!
Moxie Moon kneels down again to look for a submission…
Slater: FUCK OFF, MOXIE!
Grimacing in agony, Slater struggles to post her free arm, but quickly manages to use it to poke Xavier in the eyes, the shock making him drop the hold!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Moxie: HEY! You can’t do that, Slater! I oughta disqualify you, last warning!
Slater gets up and shoves Moxie, her face turning red from fury!
Slater: JUST WAIT TILL AFTER THIS MATCH! If I catch you alone I’m gonna--
Xavier has already gotten to his feet and, although he’s still rubbing his eyes, shifts his dominant foot back and then fires off a resounding roundhouse kick to the head of Slater!
Woodbridge: THE BIG KIBOSH!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Slater staggers, knocked silly from the blow, and doubles over after whirling around; Xavier puts her in a headscissors and raises her in a powerbomb lift… but twists her body around and clutches her thighs, falling backwards from the momentum into a high-angle bridging German suplex!
Paisner: What a kick! What a transition! A monster German and the pin is in!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
1!
2!
3!
DING DING DING!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! ADX! ADX! ADX! ADX! ADX!
Babaganoush: Here is your winner, by pinfall, at a time of 11 minutes 8 seconds - ANTHONY! DANIEL! XAVIER!
Paisner: Ultimately it was Slater’s grudge against Moxie Moon that directly proved her downfall, Woodbridge! If she had only concentrated on Xavier, there were multiple points in this match where she could have had him!
Ringside crew take Kristi out the ring, tending to her, as she holds at her head, and looks completely loopy from the high angle german. As Xavier stands up with a smile on his face, as Moxie raises his arm as the victor!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Kristi eventually forces ringside crew off of her, stubbornly walking to the back by herself, as ADX then rolls out the ring. Heading near the fans, as he slaps hands with as many fans as he possibly can while heading his way up the entrance. Making sure to take a few moments to talk to a little kid everytime he encounters one. Before eventually making his way to the top of the entranceway. As he poses one last time, pointing up to the sky with both hands, before heading through the curtain.
Things then settle down for a moment, the lights dimming for that duration of time. Before coming back on, as we notice Javier sliding into the ring, getting up to the middle of the ring, as he begins to announce once more.
Babaganoush: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Officiating is Mia So Hung!
Crowd: MIA! MIA! MIA! MIA!
Paisner: Some more singles action about to kick off for us tonight as Barron Blade seeks to settle his score with Starman, his ex-mentor!
Some really catchy digitized theme music strikes up as the masked Starman makes his way to the ring with confidence, flexing and shaking hands.
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Babaganoush: Introducing first, from Mexico, weighing in at 230 pounds - STARMAN!
The music switches to “Faint” and the crowd reaction instantly sours as Barron Blade comes out from behind the curtain, scowling and not paying any attention to the crowd, just focused on Starman.
Babaganoush: And his opponent - from an unknown location, weighing in at an unknown amount - BARRON! BLADE!
Paisner: Even with Create-a-Stable as muscle Barron Blade hasn’t done much in WiR…
Woodbridge: It’s SSDY. Anything could happen.
Blade walks down the ramp, sneering at his former mentor as he walks. Blade disregards the fan reactions, and walks with confidence, before rolling into the ring. Blade lifts the Middle Finger up in Starman’s direction, showing him exactly what he thinks of him!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: Starman and Barron used to be close, as they were teacher and student. However, Starman kicked Barron out of his school due to cheating and using dirty tactics. Starman held a grudge against Barron, as we can clearly see!
Mia So Hung checks the competitors over and calls for the bell…
DING DING DING!
The formerly close pair go in for a collar-and-elbow tie-up and it’s immediately clear that Starman has the advantage. Blade seems not to know what to do with his hands, and Starman easily leads the dance, forcing Blade into an advantageous position and then transitioning into a bearhug, lifting Blade up and shaking him before dumping him to the ground!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAY!
Paisner: Starman a longtime student of the game and a true veteran - he knows the simple stuff can be the most effective!
Starman kneels on top of Blade to hit him with mounted strikes or a submission, but Blade immediately rakes his face! Mia So Hung sternly admonishes Blade but Starman has to roll off Blade in pain anyhow!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: ...And Barron Blade responds in apparently the only way he knows how.
As Starman is recovering, Blade toe kicks him in the face, then sits on his chest in an arrogant cover!
1!
NO!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Woodbridge: Barron Blade has got to be kidding here. Did he really think that one would work?
Starman kicks out with total ease, one hand guarding his face as the other moves in for Blade’s thigh to hit a takedown. Blade pushes Starman back with a relatively light and slow knee lift and hooks him up with a front facelock, going for a basic DDT, but Starman pushes out with a shoulder block and gets to standing again. The two circle, Blade striking out first with a straight punch to the jaw, which forces Starman back, but he lunges out with a chop to Blade’s face! Starman follows up with more chops, hitting Blade’s chest, and slides around his back, hitting a release belly-to-back suplex which lays Blade out! However, before Starman can slide backwards into a cover, Blade kicks him in the back of the head!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: A solid counter there by Blade, but hardly honorable…
Now Blade himself attempts a cover, by simply loosely draping his leg onto Starman’s chest…
1!
NO!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
As Starman and Blade get up again, Starman wraps Blade in another bear hug, hoping to fire off a belly-to-belly suplex from the position, but Blade rakes his back at an angle Mia So Hung can’t see. The pain and distraction is enough for Blade to force Starman to his knees, and then he hits Starman in the face with a knee lift and covers by standing with one foot on his chest!
1!
NO!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Paisner: Plenty of arrogance from Barron Blade.
Woodbridge: I don’t think he’s exactly earned that yet.
Starman kips up, but Blade reaches under him and rolls him up, holding his tights!
1!
2!
NO!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Woodbridge: Every blatant cheat in the book - none of them quite working out for Barron Blade today.
Blade, however, rolls through the kickout of his rollup and rolls up Starman again, this time ending up pinning him near the ropes and putting his feet on them for leverage!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Woodbridge: Oh come ON!
1!
2!
STOP!
Mia So Hung has noticed the cheat!
Mia: ONE MORE TIME! I dare you, Blade! Try me, I disqualify you so fast!
Blade smirks and shrugs at her after getting up from the rope break and cockily faces off with Starman, not making any move to attack him straight away - and Starman breaks away from him, hitting the ropes - and somersaulting towards him! Blade tries to counter with a knee but misses and gets knocked over as Starman extends his leg for his somersault kick!
1!
2!
3!
DING DING DING!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Babaganoush: Here is your winner, by pinfall, at a time of 7 minutes 12 seconds - STARMAN!
Paisner: The master’s skills beat the student’s low cunning today!
Woodbridge: Exactly - Barron Blade was just too full of himself, thinking he was better than some “old man” - and Starman got him!
Starman: See, Barron - cheaters never prosper. All you have to do to win is try with all your heart and keep getting up if you get knocked down.
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Woodbridge: Looks like he still has faith left in his student!
Blade looks at Starman with seeming respect as the senior wrestler’s theme continues to play - when out of nowhere, the other members of Create-a-Stable burst from behind the curtain and bum-rush the ring!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Woodbridge: Predictable…
AKI Man and The Superstar fall onto Starman, laying into him with punches and kicks as Barron Blade looks on, unsure…
Blade: Guys, I never asked for this…
Suddenly Blade lunges at AKI Man and pulls him off Starman, attacking his stablemate as the relieved Blade is able to overpower The Superstar! Blade and Starman quickly get the upper hand and toss AKI and Superstar over the top rope, and the Create-a-Stable flunkies run to the back again!
Paisner: Incredible! Barron Blade has a change of heart, and saves his mentor!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
With the Nintendo Pro Wrestling theme triumphantly closing out, Blade and Starman share a warm handshake, and then a hug, as they walk out of the ring together.
The lights then dim out for a moment once again, everything being set up as quickly as possible for the next match. This goes by quick, as not soon after, we see Javier climb into the ring once more, mic in hand, ready for more announcing.
Javier: Ladies and gentlemen, the following bout, with a 30 minute time limit, is a gauntlet match for number one contendership at the WiR Tag Team Championships!
Paisner: Mark, I'll be honest: I am pumped for this match!
Woodbridge: With good reason! One team will be able to secure themselves a championship match in the near future with a victory in this multi-team gauntlet!
You Me and the Bottle Makes 3 hits the soundsystem, as teammates Alexis Breathnach and Yasmin Hyland enter to the roar of the crowd.
Javier: Introducing first: at a combined weight of 327 pounds, from Ireland and Las Vegas respectively, the team of Alexis Breathnach and Yasmin Hyland: SIIIN AAAND VIIIICE!
The two make their ways down to the ring, high-fiving fans and seemingly masking their discontent at being the first entrants into the match. Once they make it to the ring, their music is cut and replaced with The Boys Are Back In Town as Andrew Reilly and Dylan Jones enter the arena.
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOO!
Javier: Now introducing, at a combined weight of 407 pounds, from Ontario, Canada, the team of Andrew Reilly and Dylan Jones: THE GOOOOOONSQUUUUAAD!
They throw empty cans of Budweiser at the large crowd, shittalking Sin and Vice to one-another as they make it down to the ring. Andrew slides into the squared circle to meet Alexis Breathnach, as Dylan Jones and Yasmin Hyland stand firm on the ring apron.
DING DING DING
Alexis and Andrew quickly lock up in the center of the ring. However, before Alexis is able to get the expected upper hand, Andrew twists on her right arm, getting behind her and applying a hammerlock.
Woodbridge: Andrew taking a technical route in the early-goings of this fight.
However, before he can truly cinch it in, Breathnach strikes him in the chin with a Back Elbow! He is dazed from the attack, allowing Alexis to twist back around and throw Andrew to the mat with an Arm drag.
Crowd: Yeeaah!
But once Andrew hits the mat, he rolls into his own corner and tags in partner Dylan Jones. The second the tag is made he darts his eyes up to met Alexis', before beginning to hype himself up, slapping his chest and raising his fists!
Paisner: Is Dylan trying mind games, or is he just mentally preparing to battle with Breathnach?
Woodbridge: Honestly Allen, I have no fucking clue.
Dylan leaps over the top rope, amped up as hell, and rushes at Alexis! However, she has of course had all the time in the world to prepare, and in turn nails Jones with a Jumping Clothesline!
Crowd: WOOOOOO!
Reilly is sent whiplashed into the mat, as Alexis turns herself around and walks, quite casually, to her corner. There, she would tag in partner both in and out of the ring, Yasmin Hyland. Yasmin would enter the ring before sitting on the rope, giving Alexis room to exit. She goes towards the center, where a dazed Dylan stumbles right into her arms for a brutal Cobra Clutch Slam!
Woodbridge: Holy shit, that might be the end game for The Goonsquad!
Paisner: Not unless Andrew Reilly has anything to say about it!
Yasmin covers, as Andrew tries to get into the ring to interfere.
1...!
2...!
But Andrew succeeds, managing to barely get a hand on Yasmin. However, Alexis quickly get revenge, grabbing Andrew by the head and throwing him out of the ring! He quickly stumbles up to his feet but Breathnach is one step ahead of him as she hits the far rope before returning back with a tope con hilo!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAHH! SIN AND VICE! SIN AND VICE!
Paisner: The factor that was Andrew Reilly has just been divided out!
Woodbridge: And now Yasmin looks to pick up the pieces!
Back inside the ring, Hylan picks Dylan Jones off the mat and heaves him onto her shoulders. With a grunt, she then spins him off looking to nail a Firemans Cutter.. However, Dylan is able to maneuver in mid-air and land on his feet, before suddenly spinning her around, hits Jumping DDT
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOO!
Woodbridge: Hot damn, Jonesy reversing the momentum just like that!
Dylan takes the opportunity to cover Yasmin, hooking the far leg.
1...!
2...!
But Alexis makes the save, grabbing Dylan's leg and pulling him out of the ring!
Paisner: That was far too close for comfort!
Alexis cocks a fist back and takes a swing at Jones, but he is able to duck right underneath the fist! Getting behind Breathnach he then gives her a large shove forwards, sending her crashing into the metal ringside barrier!
Crowd: Boooooooooo!
Dylan laughs to himself, before sliding back into the ring where he is immediately met by a massive slap from Yasmin Hyland! His jaw is jacked and he remains stunned as Yasmin kicks him in the gut, keeling him down enough to nail him with a Small Package Driver right in the center of the ring!
Paisner: ALWAYS BET ON RED!
1...!
2...!
3...!
Crowd: YEAAAHH!
Javier: The Goonsquad has been eliminated!
Woodbridge: And there goes our first team! Lets see who's next to bat!
Default Red and Default Green quickly enter from behind the curtain, and rush down to the ring!
Crowd: Boooooooooooooooooooo!
Red gets on apron, ignoring the boos of those in the crowd. Default Green slides into ring, but Hylan is able to land an immediate headbutt that knocks the ever-living hell out of him!
Crowd: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!! SIN AND VICE! SIN AND VICE!
Paisner: AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY...
Yasmin picks Default Green off the mat with complete ease, and hits another picture perfect Small Package Driver!
Paisner: ALWAYS, MARK, ALWAYS!
Hyland makes the cover as Alexis Breathnach cheers her for her partner from the apron.
1...!
2...!
3...!
Javier: Create-a-Tag-Team has been eliminated!
Woodbridge: Well at least they got their paycheck!
Suddenly, Jonestown hits the soundsystem as Jon Cody and Lucian Alexander pop out from behind the curtain!
Crowd: WOAAAAAHHH! WOOOOOOO!
Paisner: APPETITE FOR REVELATION!
Woodbridge: Both of these teams may be considered favorites to take this entire match, Allen!
Lucian hops onto the apron as Jon Cody slides athletically into the ring, and begins to engage in an absolute slobber-knocker with Yasmin!
Crowd: WOOO! WOOO! WOOOO! WOOO!
Paisner: This crowd is split on who they want to win this!
Woodbridge: But it looks like it's gonna be the former world champ!
Sure enough, Jon Cody manages to daze the already-tired Yasmin after a flurry of stiff strikes. He takes advantage of this by pulling Hyland into a bear hug, squeezing the air right out of her with every breath! However, Hyland quickly attempts to counter by tying a guillotine choke around Jon's neck!
Paisner: Oh shit! Both of these big competitors trying to choke the over out!
Woodbridge: This round might be a case of who can keep their bodies working longest!
But as both begin to fade, they make an unspoken agreement to release their holds at the same time. Both sides stumble back into their corners, their bodies mere seconds away from giving out to their opponent. With this, both Alexis and Lucian are able to tag themselves in, resetting the momentum on both sides!
Paisner: Double tag, Mark! Lets see who takes the advantage!
Both Lucian and Alexis springboard onto the top rope, immediately jumping off and nailing eachother with springboard forearm smashes!
Crowd: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!
They both wipe out on the canvas, neither able to attempt the cover. However, it is Breathnach able to get her bearings together first. As she staggers to her feet in somewhat of a daze, she sizes up her opponent. Once Lucian gets to his feet, Alexis snaps her body into motion, shooting for a massive Spinning Heel Kick!
Crowd: WOOOOA - OOOOOH!
Woodbridge: SPINNING HEEL - NO! LUCIAN!
Alexander grabs her leg and quickly pushes it down, getting himself position behind Breathnach. Without thinking, he immediately wraps his arms around her neck and throws Alexis backwards with a Sleeper Suplex!
Paisner: TRIP TO FUCK MOOOUUNTAAIIN!
He twists onto his stomach, and presses himself ontop of Breathnach, shoving her shoulders down into the mat!
1...!
2...!
3...!
Crowd: OOOOOOOOHH!
Javier: Sin and Vice have been eliminated!
Woodbridge: What a suplex, and what a showing from Sin and Vice!
Coffee and TV blasts into the building, and the crowd erupts in cheers as Alex Silva and Kelly Williams spring down towards the ring with an energy that can only come with caffeine addiction. Both men leap onto the apron, but Kelly runs towards their corner as Silva springboards off the top rope, catching Alexander with a Crossbody!
Paisner: Hot damn, The Coffee Boyz starting off strong!
Silva hops back up to his feet, and the crowd cheers for his athleticism. However, he can only spend a brief second soaking in their appreciation before turning back to Lucian, who is now on his feet, albeit dazed. He prepares himself, before letting loose a massive Spinning Backfist
Paisner: BARISTA BACKFIS -
Woodbridge: NO!
Lucian ducks underneath, and bops back up in position to get his head underneath Silva's arm! Here, he wraps his arms around Alex's waist before twisting towards the mat, swinging Silva into the mat with a ferocious Saito Suplex!
Crowd: WOOOOOAAAAHHH!
Lucian rolls to his hands and knees, before tagging in his partner Jon Cody. The large man stomps into the ring over the top rope, and quickly yanks Silva up to his feet, he turns Alex around to face him, before giving him a simple shove to keel his opponent. Jon then lifts Alex up high into powerbomb position!
Crowd: Ooooh...
Jon runs towards the Coffee Boyz corner, before chucking Silva into the pads with aBuckle Bomb, so hard that his partner Kelly Williams explodes off the apron and topples down to the ringside mats!
Crowd: ...OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHH!
Paisner: WHAT A BUCKLE BOMB!
Woodbridge: And Silva's in the impact zone of a ballistic missile, courtesy of Jon Cody!
Silva stumbles forwards out of the corner, right into Cody's Discus Lariat!
Paisner: THE KING'S FACE!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOO! A-4-R! A-4-R! A-4-R!
As Alex flips into the canvas, Cody wastes no time in covering his opponent, not underestimating the coffee boyz even after nailing his signature maneuver.
1...!
2...!
3...!
Javier: The Coffee Boyz have been eliminated!
Cody quickly gets back to his feet and pushes himself into the ropes, eagerly anticipating his next challenger. However, no music plays...
Woodbridge: Well? Who is it, who's next in line?
Paisner: Whoever they are, I wouldn't want to be the ones going against Appetite For -
Sippin' hits the speakers!
Crowd: WHAAAAAAAAA?!
Paisner: that's... that's the moonshine boys! THAT'S THE MOONSHINE BOYS, MARK!
Cletus McCoy and Joe Bob Nelson quickly pull away the curtain, revealing themselves! The crowd reacts in astonishment as the two stand by the curtain, making direct eye contact with Appetite For Revelation!
Woodbridge: THE MOONSHINE BOYS ARE BACK, AND THEY MAY BE OUR NEW NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS SOON ENOUGH!
Jon Cody steps away from the ropes, allowing Cletus McCoy to enter the ring! However, Cody quickly attempts another Discus Lariat, but this one is ducked by Cletus, getting behind the large man. He pulls his boot back before driving it into the back of Jon's knee, causing him to topple down!
Paisner: They haven't lost a step! Hell, I think they've only gotten better!
McCoy hits the rope facing Jon, and returns at his opponent with a Running Knee Strike! Jon is knocked into the Moonshine corner by the sheer force of the strike!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOO! LET'S GO CO-DY! LET'S GO CO-DY!
He begins to madly stomp on Cody, before tagging in his partner Joe Bob Nelson. Joe enters the ring quickly, and grabs the large man, managing to heave him up into a seated position on the top rope. He then creates enough distance to get a running start at Jon. He leaps up high after gaining some momentum, and strikes Jon hard in the chest with a surprising Top Rope Dropkick!
Crowd: NOOOOO! LET'S GO CO-DY! LET'S GO CO-DY!
Woodbridge: The Moonshine Boys seem completely void of ring rust! Hell, they look in good position to possibly take this whole match!
Cody manages to barely stay on the ring apron, but it may work against him as Nelson grabs him by the hair, heaving Jon's legs onto the middle rope, holding the rest of his body horizontal by the head and neck in DDT position!
Paisner: He might end Appetite For Revelation's chances right here!
Woodbridge: But wait, Jon isn't quite out of this just yet!
Pulling his legs off the rope, Jon manages to free himself! He doesn't waste the opportunity, quickly transitioning Joe Bob into a Rope-Hung Flapjack!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOO!
Jon doesn't attempt to capitalize, instead choosing to tag in Lucian, who quickly runs into the ring while Nelson is still dazed. He dips down and gets his head between the legs of Joe Bob, picking him up into an Electric Chair! With Nelson unable to reverse, Lucian is able to nail an Electric Chair German Suplex! He bridges, pinning Nelson's shoulders to the mat!
1...!
Paisner: GOODNIGHT!
2...!
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2018.02.17 02:23 Justwonderinif S-Town Timeline II

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March, 2005
  • Early March; John writes:
    People already stopping by and asking about opening date. We decided on Monday, March 14, day before my birthday.
  • March 3; John writes:
    I buy sign letters from Commander Board. Also deposit another $1,000.00 from the investments account. Exhibit 6.
  • March 9; John writes:
    I pay Mark Gilbert for Dozier work around premises and deposit another $700.00 in the checking account. The source of this money was a milling machine I sold out of my shop in February. Exhibit 7.
  • Mid March; John writes:
    PANIC! Jeff and Cheryl had begin to show signs of losing interest. There was a load of stuff to get done. They encouraged me to go ahead and that is exactly what I did. Only about 5 days before opening day. Tables were built, Mark Gilbert called to help cleanup grounds, posts to put up, chains to stretch, loose stuff on building, garbage still everywhere, tarps to nail and block down, and the whole week freezing and raining. Jeff was rarely seen on weekends these days, and Cheryl and the kids and I finished what was left of the cleanup. Meanwhile Jeff criticizing, this ain't right that don't suit him, this ain't no good, that ain't where it ortta' be.
  • March 12; John writes:
    Buy swing at Lowes so customers will have a sit down place. Two days left to open. For the week of March 5 thru 12 I was pretty much on my own for finishing the extensive list of "to do's"
  • March 13; John writes:
    Day before opening. Last pre-opening order from Deb's nursery. Jeff is in a good mood. We bring ALL container stock over to the shop on Sunday evening in pouring rain, storm and wind. Tornadoes are blowing around Bibb County and weather sirens blowing.
  • March 14: John and Cheryl and Jeff open Woodstock Garden Center next door to her house. John writes:
    Opening day. I deposit another $1,200.00 from my (not the joint) investment account. $600.00 cash out (pay cash for first orders of tender plants in case new suppliers don't trust a new checking account. Exhibit 8. Deposited 2 days later on Wednesday.
    By March 14 my total investment in this business including monies loaned to Cheryl, and cash paid to Deb's nursery, Arvell, Joe, Gray, and others was $9,350.00. By March 14 morning Jeff and Cheryl (my combined 66% parents) had coughed up: 00.00. I had already been paying Cheryl cash for the water, phone, and light bill. Furthermore the sweet promises of payment of the $1,000.00 loan had begun to occur less frequently. On March 14, Cheryl brought by (around lunchtime 50.00 in change for the box. Over the next week she would add the following: [Twin Roll Paper Towels $1.00, Clock $10, Battery for clock $3, two small garbage bins $8, bottle of glue $1, two pair scissors $10, round of drinks for machine $35.]
    Including the 50.00 in change this brought her total investment in this business to about $118.00 between the end of December until closing day on May 16. Many suggestions were contributed (Such as how I needed to buy concrete statuary, etc), but not one penny more was contributed. No sign of the $1,000.00 either.
    Between the end of December and closing day Jeff contributed a paint brush, some stiff wire, some small sheetrock screws, and I would estimate his expenditures to be about $20.00. Also contributed was much complaining, griping, hot air, and cigarette butts. I have difficulty in accurately appraising the exact value of these items. There was to be no more financial contribution by the two of them for the rest of the period the business was open.
    I paid for every single item used in that business from December 30 to May 16 down to the office supplies, bank drawer, pens, paper, light bulb, telephone wire, paper towels, cups, pots, pans, hoses, soap, outlet covers, breakers, wire, all lumber down to the last nail, even to the roll of toilet paper hanging on the stop.
  • March 15: John’s 39th Birthday
    • John and Olin are close friends.
    • Tyler is 13 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 34
    • Rodney is 35
    • Approx: John meets Olin in a parking lot in Birmingham. Olin bought azaleas from the Garden Center. John and Olin laugh about "Megaphone" and share a tender moment. Olin wants to make a move and doesn't.
  • March 17; John writes:
    First stock of tender bedding plants arrives. Exhibit 11 shows payment. Another batch arrives the next day on Thursday.
  • March 21; John writes:
    Another $300.00 deposited. This time the source was books sold out of my shop.
April, 2005
  • April 4; John writes:
    Another thousand dollars deposited as a result of tools sold out of my shop once again.
  • Week of April 18; John writes:
    One of Cheryl's friends goes over to Jim Norman's and buys out his old, mostly dead, and diseased plant stock. Furthermore they plant the choice pieces, and want to bring over the garbage and dump it off onto me to sell at whatever price for them. This material constituted a plant pest/disease problem and I wasn't about to risk several thousand dollars stock to be contaminated by this material. They were also remodeling Cheryl's kitchen, and she was afraid they were not going to finish the job if I couldn't be pressured into taking this stuff.
  • Friday, April 22; John writes:
    Jeff and I go over to look at the crap. He is in agreement. Later on they call me over to the house to discuss it, and Jeff is going hog wild, towering over Cheryl asking "Whaddya think baby tell 'im what you think?!" Meanwhile Cheryl is sitting on a small stool near the floor with tears streaming down her face. Jeff is going into full swing, I am inching my way to the door. Jeff starts hollering at me to get my ass back there, meanwhile leaving room to holler and cuss back at Cheryl, and I make out with some comment like "if they are going to act like that I wish I was out of it especially since I paid for everything anyways."
    To top it off, it is going to freeze, and I had to bring the rest of the plants in by myself. Later me and Mary Grace go over and stash plants indoors and vacuum. No sign of Jeff or Cheryl.
  • Saturday, April 23; John writes:
    Jeff comes over to lecture me on how "we equal partners in dis here and don't you fergit it." Also I heard a lecture on how "this here place is costin' me money every day," (although he hadn't put a cent into it hardly), also a lecture on how he ran a group of forty sheetrock hangers and how this place was "stressin" him and how it wouldn't be worth the stress if it was making a thousand dollars a day. Also much blowing of cigarette smoke in my face, thumping of cigarette butts, Jeff seemed to think a place just wasn't right unless a pile of cigarette butts was laying everywhere. He seemed to enjoy coming over and thumping them out on the grounds, and scowling at me when I stopped to pick them up. After a few weeks the parking lot of Woodstock Garden was beginning to look more like the Green Lantern. I received a finishing lecture from the "equal partner" about how he could "rent this here out or sell this here," at which I offered to take him up on. He didn't seem to like having his bluff called (I had the money and he knew it), and flew into a fit until a customer came in and spent about an hour talking about how her Richard Wright house was falling apart. This seemed to cheer Jeff up.
  • Late April and Early May; John writes:
    Jeff comes over usually after work in variable moods sometimes cheerful and other times scowly. At other times he has started drinking his beer out styrofoam cups on the garden center porch and thumping out his cigarette butts. April 15 has come and gone, and when I gently inquired of Cheryl about the 1,000.00 I was informed that "that money is already gone." In this same month I was informed about how Jeff had bought a thousand dollar prom dress for his daughter and wasn't going to let her wear it; another time I was told that Cheryl's sister had been knocked up by a 16 year old boy and how they were going to have to contribute $600.00 to get her married off, another time I was warned to lock up the money because Cheryl's brother was on crystal meth and had been arrested 4 times this month. Meanwhile they have a huge row one Saturday morning with Arvell Kornegay's grandson and daughter. The whole situation for this time was like a nonstop showing of Jerry Springer.
    Cheryl informed me that I was going to just have to work my thousand dollars out of the business, and sat me down one afternoon for a rethink of the finances. Throughout this time they seemed to enjoy coming over and bragging about how they were spending a thousand dollars here or there... another time it was for a thousand dollar beauty walk dress.
  • Saturday, April 30; John writes:
    I reluctantly place the potting soil order with BWI. This was the purpose of my last check deposited. Exhibit 15. I say reluctant because by this time you never knew what was going on from day to day. When it arrived Jeff wanted to know "What's all this shit doing out here?" His exact choice of words.
May, 2005
  • Sunday, May 1; John writes:
    This is the day of our "rethinking financing" discussion with Cheryl. Sunday. Since I had over ten thousand in by now, and Cheryl and Jeff wanted to quickly make back their 2000 they had already paid Johnnie Faye, she wanted me to start writing checks to herself and myself as a factor of four to one. Her first check was 250.00. I subsequently removed a thousand dollars from the account for myself. Check number 139. Exhibit 16 is Cheryls cleared check.
  • Sunday, May 8; John writes:
    The same situation. 2200 for me, 550 for Cheryl. Her and Jeff were in an extra cross mood on this night (Mother's day Sunday), Exhibit 17. Jeff and Cheryl by this time are constantly criticizing everything. Cheryl comes over to rearrange the merchandise after closing. Nothing suits Jeff, everything is overstocked/understocked, needs to be put here, or over there. Suggestions keep coming about what I need to be stocking instead, but still not a cent more spent by either one.
  • Monday, May 9; John writes:
    Cheryl comes over at lunch, and tells me one of her friends wants to install a little ice cream stand on the garden shop grounds. She wants me to know that whatever objections I have are irrelevant because so far I have been running the show and they have had no input in the business whatsoever. I bite my tongue about no money whatsoever, and assure her I have no objections, and she seems encouraged, cheers up, describes the space required, and informs me that they will be settling up Friday after hours.
  • Saturday, May 14; John writes:
    Friday comes and goes, no ice cream stand in sight. Not one on Saturday or Sunday either. A stack of beer cans has been deposited by Jeff in a cooler out behind the building however. Not well hidden, mind you, in plain view where a customer could pop up the lid and view the remaining coors light cans. They decided they wanted to work the weekend shift, so I only came over for an hour or so those two days and after closing Sunday evening.
  • Sunday, May 15; John writes:
    Sunday Evening. Since we owed ALA TAX about 500.00 and had orders on the way, we did not write checks to ourselves this evening. This week had not been as busy as Mother's Day week. Cheryl remarked the low stock, so I prepared orders for Monday at home that evening. Cheryl was in a good mood while we went over sales slips, the baby playing on the countertop. There was also only about 800 in checking with about 6 or 7 hundred dollars in the drawer.
  • Monday, May 16; John writes:
    Cheryl comes in at noon telling me we are understocked. I place the orders I had prepared the previous evening. Jeff comes in at about three complaining that we are overstocked, and I call back and reduce the orders while he is sprawled out on the potting soil bags. He is doing the beer in a styrofoam and cigarette thumping thing again today, complaining about how his head feels like it is about to bust.
    I ask what happened with the ice cream stand, he just looks at me like I am some sort of idiot. He spends most of the day on the bags of soil with his sunglasses on (doing his Corey Hart impersonation) blowing smoke and thumping butts out the door. I made the grave error of cleaning up some of the King's butts which seemed to set him further into his attitude problem. I had to go over and let the lawnmower man in and out of the fence so Kristy worked for about an hour and a half. By closing time Jeff was fully loaded.
    • In another telling of the same day, John writes:
    Jeff came in that Monday, loading up on Coors Lite, attitude problem painted on and sunglasses in place, piled up on the bags of potting soil (doing the Corey Hart thing), glaring from side to side, blowing smoke, thumping cigarette butts, and complaining about how his head felt like ti was going to bust.
    He wanted "some kinda check," and I explained to him that there was only about 800 in checking, Ala tax was due, and orders were coming in. Also the week after Mother's Day had not sold nearly as much as the previous week.
    I thought he had cooled off, but by closing time, he had an audience on the porch and made a big deal out of telling me that "I hope you ain't gonna try to slip outta here tonight without leaving me some kinda check." He followed me to the truck like some school bully after a kid's lunch money and proceeded to tell me loudly (in order to impress his audience) about how this place was "stressing" him, how it wouldn't be worth it if it was making a thousand dollars a day, and he was ready to close it tonight, and was he and Cheryl were going to dictate to me what was to be done about my investment.
    I went straight to City Hall and told Cheryl that I was being kicked out, I wanted my thousand dollars back, and I wanted Boozer Downs as a witness.
    After meeting, all three of us met in the garden center office, but Jeff wanted to go out on the porch so he could put on a big show and impress the Kornegays. It worked. Their light went on before Jeff finished screaming, hollering, turning red, spittle flying, beer can jiggling in right hand... a perfect Jerry Springer Moment.
    • Boozer Downs says that Jeff was pacing angrily around John while John called out latin plant names, to taunt him; John writes:
    Boozer and I left.
  • Tuesday, May 17; John writes:
    I asked Billie Hudson to perform a bank scan, and asked Bob and Jackie Neff to help me clean out. Cheryl came over at lunch apologetically, and by afternoon Jeff's sister Shelly and a friend came by with a video camera to cause trouble. Jackie called the cops. Before Cheryl got there Jim Normal had driven by twice, Billie Daily had drove up and rocked on the porch, Anne Kornegay's driveway was as busy as a Wal Mart parking lot the day before Christmas, even her sister from Tuscaloosa had driven up to set in the swing and watch the festivities.
    Cheryl had told me that we have until tomorrow (Wednesday) to get everything out, but by (Tuesday) afternoon, had changed her mind because "Jeff was acting crazy and she didn't know what he might do next."
  • Wednesday, May 18; John writes:
    By [this] morning, Cheryl wanted 250.00 which I left with Donna Brothers. When Cheryl picked up the last dollar she was obviously ever going to get out of me, her attitude assumed that of Jeff's. She began moaning, and complaining about how was a pansy, pussy, pantywaist, etc. and having a fit over me actually getting everything out.
    Meanwhile, merchandise began to disappear from the premises. Cheryl told me that they had given a pallet away to one of their friends (Mark Gilbert), and the rest must have been stolen. A police report was filed.
  • Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21; John writes:
    I was continuously put off until Saturday about picking up the rest of my stuff. I counted bags, and it turns out the bag count was accurate. They had hidden the remainder of palletized stock behind their house. This was the most effort they had put forth in weeks. Cheryl acted surprised that the only pallet missing was the one given away. The police report filed shows the material recovered on Friday, May 20th, but it was not discovered "not missing" until Saturday, May 21.
    I never received the rest of my merchandise because Cheryl said that I didn't know what it was like to have to go home and live with and listen to Jeff. So I got out quietly. She promised to mail all of my paperwork to me, but April 15th of [the following] year came and went without a sign of it.
    I have had no communication with Cheryl since that Saturday morning. [May 21]. They attempted to re-open the next season, and presumably sold the merchandise. Currently the premises are for sale still bearing the material I bought and paid for and is still on site.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 33rd Birthday
End of 2005
  • August:
    • Cheryl and Jeff's 2nd Anniversary.
    • Cheryl is 33. She stops working as Town Clerk at some point in 2005.
    • John shows up at a Town Hall meeting and announces, "The Town Clerk owes me 10,000 dollars."
  • October 3:
    • Tyler's father, Rodney is arrested and convicted (same day) for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
  • November:
    • Mary Grace's 79th birthday
    • Approximate: Reta says that John must have boarded up Mary Grace's bedroom sometime in 2005, since Mary Grace thought she was 78 when John died.
  • December:
    • "Brokeback Mountain" is in theaters.
    • Tyler and his brother and sister and mother move in with Miss Hicks.
  • James Howard Kunstler's book, The Long Emergency is published. John became a fan of the book, of Kunstler, and of the concept of "Peak Oil." John and Kunstler began communicating directly in 2009 or 2010.
  • The web site peakoil.com is created
2006
  • Approx: Cheryl's brother Johnny built the doggy mansion.
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to join the Alabama Independent School Association
  • Olin sees "Brokeback Mountain" almost every day. He purchases a giant TV, and asks the local movie theatre to host a screening.
    • Olin tells John about the movie, and John discounts Olin's feelings.
  • John's become close with a guy from town. The guy has some college, and goals. John is head over heels. John tells the guy he loves him, and the guy never calls back.
    • John has been distant from Olin. John connects with Olin and cries on the phone about the man he's in love with.
    • John told Olin he was desperate to have a one on one love relationship.
  • March 15: John’s 40th Birthday
    • Tyler is 14 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 35
    • Rodney is 36 (incarcerated)
  • Olin sends John a copy of the Brokeback Mountain short story. John cried when he read it. John occasionally re-reads the story.
  • John would intimate that he wanted a closer relationship with Olin, but nothing ever came of it.
  • Approximate: Faye Gamble starts working as town clerk (ten years before John's death), and meets John.
    • Faye in a 2017 Photo
    • John came into her office one day and introduced himself by saying, "I guess you know who I am."
  • April: John still hasn't spoken to Cheryl. It's been a year. And John's things are still at the Garden Center. Per the small claims suit, Jeff and Cheryl opened the garden center in April/May of 2006, and sold his merchandise.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 34th Birthday
  • August, 2006: Cheryl and Jeff's 3rd Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 80th birthday
  • December 12, 2006: John files a small claims suit against Cheryl and Jeff for $2,792.00.
2007
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Dr. Steve Morgan as Principal.
  • Approximate year that Mary Grace is diagnosed with dementia
  • John makes a random comment about living with Olin.
    • John asks Olin if he's still looking for a partner. Olin says he's no longer looking. But the two do not become a couple.
  • February 2: John requests an extension on on his small claims suit against Jeff and Cheryl Dodson
  • March 15: John’s 41st Birthday
    • Tyler is 15 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 36
    • Rodney is 37 (incarcerated)
  • April/Approximate: Cheryl is ordered to pay John $100.00 a month per the outcome of the small claims suit.
  • Cheryl Acker Dodson's brother passes away. (Cheryl is 35)
    • Cheryl calls John to let him know she will be missing a payment.
    • Cheryl says John B was broken hearted about Cheryl's brother, and loved him, as did everyone in the town. Kendall Burt pays for Cheryl's brother's funeral.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 35th Birthday
  • August, 2007: Cheryl and Jeff's 4th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 81st birthday
2008
  • March 15: John’s 42nd Birthday
    • Tyler is 16 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 37
    • Rodney is 38 (incarcerated)
  • At some point during 2008, Jeff Dodson helps John get the internet at the McLemore house.
  • Cheryl says she would run into John and he'd want to be friendly and have her come to the house, and she said that since he sued her, she never felt like they could be friends again.
  • John is known to have told his friends that he suspected he was suffering from mercury poisoning.
  • April 6: Photos of the property shared by Reta
  • April 6: More photos of the property as shared by Reta.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 36th Birthday
  • August, 2008: Cheryl and Jeff's 5th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 82nd birthday
  • December 27: Tyler’s daughter born
2009
  • March 15: John’s 43rd Birthday
    • Tyler is 17 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 38
    • Rodney is 39 (incarcerated)
  • Approximate: John conceives of the maze, and starts clearing the land for the maze.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 37th Birthday
  • August: Cheryl and Jeff's 6th Anniversary.
  • October 26: Planting the maze - Photo Credit: Reta
  • November: Mary Grace's 83rd birthday
2010
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Ms. Shelley Jones as Principal.
  • March 15: John’s 44th Birthday
    • Tyler is 18 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 39
    • Rodney is 40 (incarcerated)
  • April 8: Former Woodstock Town Council member Daphne Miller Brooks is sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling almost 2 million dollars from her employer. Daphne was interviewed extensively for S-Town, but most of the interviews weren't used.
  • Approximate: John sends an email to James Howard Kustler and they begin communicating first via email, then via phone. Per Kunstler:
    I heard from John B McLemore of Woodstock, Alabama for the first time somewhere around 2010, maybe, something like that, or 2009. He sent me e-mails, and they were interesting e-mails. You know, they were obviously from somebody who was a fairly erudite person who was interested in the things I’d been writing about in The Long Emergency. We had this correspondence and then he started calling me.
    He was a particularly interesting guy. First of all he had this very flamboyant mode of presentation. You know, he was like a character out of Tennessee Williams meets Bizarro World. You know, he was flamboyantly Southern and he sort of played up on it. And I enjoyed talking to him.
    ...We would mostly talk at first about world issues and economic issues and markets and commodities and oil and natural gas and, you know, all this stuff that I was writing about. But eventually he started talking to me about the town itself that he was living in and how he called it “Shit Town.” And how everything in it was busted, rusted, shot up, broken, deformed, messed up, ruined. You know, in some way that everything including the human personalities and families and relations in the town were all in some kind of terrible condition. And it all seemed kind of emblematic of the ruined condition of the fly over heartland of America that ended up voting for Trump, right?
  • June 7: Cheryl's 38th Birthday
  • August: Cheryl and Jeff's 7th Anniversary.
  • September: Satellite images. School buses and the 18-wheeler on the McLemore property.
  • November: Mary Grace's 84th birthday
2011
  • March 15: John’s 45th Birthday
    • Tyler is 19 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 40
    • Rodney is 41 (incarcerated)
  • April 18: Tyler’s daughter born
  • June 7: Cheryl's 39th Birthday
  • July 24: Reta visits John and Mary Grace
  • August, 2011: Cheryl and Jeff's 8th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 85th birthday
  • Undated: Email from John B. to Kunstler. Apparently, Kunstler thinks we are moving to a salvage economy, but John makes the point that nothing new is salvageable.
2012
2013
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Rev. Tim Bonds as Principal.
  • Tyler and John work on the maze.
  • John starts calling Faye and talking about suicide.
  • February 21: John comments on an internet forum
  • March 15: John’s 47th Birthday
    • Tyler is 21 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 42
    • Rodney is 43 years old.
    • Bubba said John started getting tattoos at the age of 47
    • Friends say that John started drinking heavily around this time.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 41st Birthday
  • June 16: John tries to upload a picture to his youtube profile
  • July:
    • July 4: Brian meets his future wife
    • July 12: TAL episode "500" is released.
    • Victim complaints are lodged against Ervin Heard
    • After eight years, Rodney is released from prison.
  • August, 2013: Cheryl and Jeff's 10th Anniversary.
  • Approximate: Mr. Not-A-Good-Person does yard work on the McLemore property. Over time, John became attached to the man, and didn't want him to leave... Didn't like it when the man had other commitments.
    • John B. would later tell Brian that he had a sexual relationship with Mr. Not-A-Good-Person.
    • Due to the way Brian ends the podcast, many think that Mr. Not-A-Good-Person is Rodney, Tyler's father.
    • After John died, Mr. Not-A-Good-Person told Brian that he started dating a woman, and John started using derogatory language when talking about the woman. The two had a falling out.
  • September 14: John complains about Gmail's new compose box
  • Fall; John writes:
    In the fall of 2013, three spaniel puppies were dumped in my yard. I had them fixed, and they have been with us ever since. That's how you get dogs around here: they just suddenly appear.
  • October:
    • October 13: John joins Disqus
    • Rodney registers as a sex offender.
    • Black Sheep Ink moves to Bessemer.
    • Whites Only Back room with pool table and stripper pole installed...
  • November: Mary Grace's 87th birthday
  • December:
  • Late DecembeApprox: John and Brian talk on the phone for the first time.
Timeline III >>
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2018.01.14 04:05 youto2 House Party 1/8/18 - Part One

LIVE! Streaming on WiR.com

We open our stream, as we see a panning shot of the Subterranean Lucha Temple in beautiful Boyle Heights, California!
Crowd: WiR! WiR! WiR!
The crowd is standing and hyped up, as we then cut around to our commentary team!
Paisner: Hello WiR Faithful! And welcome to another edition of House Party! I’m Allen Paisner-
Woodbridge: And i’m Mark Woodbridge-
Paisner: And what a show we have for you tonight! We have Santiago Martinez hot off his return and winning of the #1 contendership for the Independent Title, facing off against Kristi Slater, who hopes to take her new evil ways into some serious success. We have a 4-way tag match as well, to determine the first participant in a 4-way ladder match for the tag team titles at Same Shit, Different Year! With all those bodies, it should be a fun time! And one hell of a main event lined up, as AMUDOV winner, and the man who will face Joey McCarty for his world title at Same Shit, Different Year, takes on the always scary, and always hero-making Alex Perilmorde! And of course a lot more as well!
Woodbridge: Anyways, since we are on a short time and budget schedule from the last iPPV and renting this building out from Diego Cabreto, the entrances have been shortened slightly, so without further ado, let’s take it down to Javier!
The camera pans to the ring, where Javier, Santiago Martinez, and Kristi Slater are already shown in the ring.
Javier: Ladies and Gentlemen, your first match of the night is scheduled for one fall!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Javier: And it has a time limit of thirty minutes! Introducing first, from Saskatoon, Canada, weighing in at one hundred pounds, her name is KRISTI SLATER!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOO!
Javier: And now, from Coral Gables, Florida, he weighs TWO hundred and fourteen pounds, ladies and gentlemen, formerly known as ‘The Cripple’, SANTIAGO MARTINEZ!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAA!
Javier instructs for the timekeeper to ring the bell and slides out of the ring!
DING DING DING
Without wasting anytime, Slater rushes Santiago as fast as she can, only to be caught with a high knee strike from Martinez, flooring her instantly!
Paisner: Slater wanting to end this quickly, but it severely backfires!
Martinez grabs Slater just as quick, and hoists her up in a suplex position!
Paisner: Now it’s Martinez that wants to end it quickly! He’s going for his finisher right away!
However, before Martinez can hit the Eterna Primavera, Slater slides out of the hold and transitions right into a backstabber!
Woodbridge: Slater showing that she must be taken seriously against this WIR veteran!
Paisner: Indeed, Woodbridge!
Slater goes for a quick count, but Martinez kicks out before the ref can count one! Slater steps back a little, then blasts Santiago with a running low dropkick! Slater gets up, runs off the ropes, and hits Martinez with the dropkick again! Slater runs the ropes for a third time, but this time Martinez sidesteps, grabs Slater, and locks in the Coleman Crippler II!
Paisner: Slater getting too cocky might cost her this match!
Woodbridge: He’s got this locked in tight!
Santiago stands up Slater, releases the hold, and puts Slater up on his shoulders!
Paisner: Slater in a familiar position!
Woodbridge: Nevertheless, great danger!
Teddy’s music plays, while Martinez looks on in amazement.
Painser: Well, look who it is! It’s our independent champion, Teddy Coronado!
Woodbridge: And he has more than a few bones to pick with Santiago Martinez!
Teddy jumps onto the apron, as Martinez drops Slater and runs to meet him! But Teddy drops down to the floor, and as Martinez bounces off the ropes slightly from the fake out, Slater rushes in front of him, jumps off the ropes, and hits the Springboard Bulldog!
Paisner: That was brilliant on Slater’s part!
Woodbridge: Coronado coming out to save Slater from a near certain defeat by the challenger!
Slater covers Martinez!
1!
Kickout!
Teddy Coronado slaps the ring apron in frustration, as Slater has a look of amazement on her face!
Paisner: Not even a distraction could keep Santiago down!
Teddy yells at Slater to get Martinez up, as Slater grabs him and starts to pull him up, Martinez smashes an elbow into her face, pushes her away, and absolutely lays out Slater with a superkick to the face!
Crowd: Ouch!
Woodbridge: Martinez absolutely trying to cripple Slater’s face with both of those vicious strikes!
Paisner: You’re disgusting. Wait a minute!
Knowing that Slater is down, Martinez climbs to the top rope and jumps off, crushing Slater with a 450 splash! Martinez goes for the cover!
Paisner: Can he get the win off of the Downward Spiral?
1!
2!
3!
But the ref doesn’t call for the bell, instead pointing to Slater’s foot on the rope!
Paisner: What? How did Slater get her foot on the rope?
Woodbridge: Look very closely, Paisner!
As they watch the replay, it reveals that Slater didn’t put her foot on the rope, rather it was Teddy that grabbed Slater’s foot and put it on the rope!
Paisner: That dirty sunnava-
Woodbridge: Martinez is talking to the ref about this!
Indeed, as Martinez has the ref in a conversation, and is vigorously pointing to Teddy Coronado! After a few seconds of conversation, the ref pulls back his arms and ejects Teddy Coronado!
Crowd: YEES!
Paisner: Now it’s a fair match!
But while the referee is ejecting Coronado, Martinez suddenly bends over, as we see the arm of Kristi Slater emerging from Santiago’s nether regions!
Crowd: OOOOOOOOH!
Woodbridge: What were you saying before?
Paisner: Well then, Slater is a dick to Santiago’s Martinezes.
Slater pulls up Martinez, grabs him by the chin, turns around and hits the shiranu! The No Soy Española
Paisner: Oh my, can Slater capitalize here?
1!
2!
Kickout!
Woodbridge: Slater looks as angry as can be right now!
Paisner: You’re right, she doesn’t look the least bit happy!
Slater grabs Martinez again and pulls him up again! She flips around, ready for the Hispaniola, and jumps! But in mid air, Martinez suddenly cancels out the motion, and as a result, Slater is stuck in an upside down position on Santiago’s shoulder while Santiago gains a very big smile on his face!
Woodbridge: What a counter! Martinez just canceled out all that momentum from that second No Soy Española!
Martinez holds up Slater for another few seconds, walks around the ring in a circle, then drops Slater into the Eterna Primavera!
Paisner: That’s game over! Brilliant counter into the finish!
Martinez rolls over Slater, and puts one foot on her chest while the ref counts!
1!
2!
3!
DING DING DING
Javier: Here is your winner, at a time of six minutes and thirty six seconds, SANTIAGO MARTINEZ!
Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAA!
Santiago raises his arms in celebration of another victory, to the cheers of the crowd happy to see him continuing his return. He kneels down to regain some energy, before eventually rolling out the ring, and making his way to the back, before the lights dim and…
A black screen appears and the sound of running feet and heavy panting is heard. A low rumbling growl and a man screaming pierces the air as five words appear in blood red letters...
The Monster King Is Coming
After the vignette hyping a debut, we cut back into the ring, as we hear the crowd murmuring in anticipation for what’s coming up next, as then..
Misunderstood by D.R.A.M. blasts over the speakers, as Stephen Romero comes out at the top of the stairway! Clad in a leather jacket and his own t-shirt underneath it. Marching at the top of the stairwell, excited expression on his face, as he gestures out to the crowd and yells to get them excited as well!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: And Stephen Romero coming down to the ring! Looking excited off what could’ve been the biggest win of his life. As he bested his former tag partner Robert Warlock in an intense and back and forth 34 minute match.
Woodbridge: It could be seen as a moment of ascension for him. He surpassed a former world champion, the man who helped turn him into the man he is today. He could feel ready to take the reigns, and elevate to the level Warlock once reached.
He then begins to make his way down the steps, interacting with some fans as he walks down, before he eventually reaches the bottom of the steps. As he gets ringside, grabbing a microphone from Maurice as he walks down. Before he climbs up onto the apron, taking a moment to get in the energy of the building, before he steps over the ropes into the ring. Lifting the mic up to his face, as he begins to speak.
Romero: So, how about that christmas show eh?
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Romero smiles at the fans excitement and positive reaction as he then continues to speak.
Romero: I gotta agree with y’all there. As it was quite obviously a big night for me, when I face, and bested my long time tag partner and best friend Robert Warlock. And of course with that, a lot of conflicting feelings come up, you always strive to win, and to do your best. But ya never really want to hurt someone you know and like that well. But you must push through, and give everything you have in that challenge, so that you can keep moving up in your life.
Romero then takes a moment to pause, collecting his thoughts, before he speaks again.
Romero: And of course, the exhilarating feeling of victory, that you’ve surpassed someone who did a lot of work in making you the man you are, that you’re ready to move on. It mixes with the sadness, that it may be a while, or maybe never before you see that man again. So to Rob, where ever you happen to be right now, thank you for your companionship over the years.
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Romero: But in the end, you must any sadness aside, not dwell on the past, and look forward to the opportunities that lie in your future! And so, coming off said big win against Warlock, i’m feeling pretty good about that future. And I want to continue to prove that I will break out as a singles star, that I am more than a tag team guy. So, for anyone who wants a challenge, anyone seeking to prove themselves as well, perhaps launch themselves into a title scene with a potential win, or just looking to have some fun. So with this, i’m calling out anyone from the back who wants to challenge for Same Shit, Different Year!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Romero paces around in the ring, yelling out to the entranceway on the ground, eager for anyone to come out, before……
Twilite Speedball by Mos Def blasts through the speakers, as we see Sierra Briggs come out from the entranceway on ringside level.
Crowd: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Paisner: Sierra Briggs coming out to answer the challenge! And this could be interesting, with the two having history facing each other in tag team action, particularly for the tag team titles BBC held for 252 days. And she herself has shown singles ambition, such as having faced Teddy Coronado for his independent title!
Romero smiles seeing her walk down, as she hops up onto the ring apron quickly, staring Romero down from there, as she takes a mic from Maurice, before she climbs into the ring, walking close up to Romero.
Briggs: I accept your challenge.
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: Briggs officially accepting! And in a simple as little words as possible style we usually see from her. With these two’s many similarities, a singles match between them could potentially be very exciting stuff.
Romero grows a smirk on his face, as he again lifts his mic, beginning to speak.
Romero: Ah, seems I can’t escape my tag team past can’t I? Gotta cast off some more of that past to fully move on don’t I?
Briggs: This is about wanting opportunities, same as you, not for you to brush me off as just a tag wrestler and set some arbitrary goals in becoming a singles wrestler.
Romero: Hey, don’t take my words wrong here, because I know from that exact tag past how good you can be, you took neither falls in that 2/3 falls match, you kicked out of Raze, hell, I watched that match you had against Teddy, you probably could’ve won had ya been a bit less unlucky.
Briggs looks a bit annoyed for a moment being reminded of her independent title challenge against Teddy Coronado, as Romero continue to talk.
Romero: And hey, while the teams we come from consist of very fundamentally different people. I feel like us two specifically, we’re not that far apart from each other when things are broken down. We’re two power and brawling wrestlers, so far we’ve found most of our success in a tag team, we’re the exact same height, we’re both black, and we’ve both had to go through a bunch of bullshit in our lives to get where we are. With all that i’d wish you the best if you were challenging anyone but me. And so, i’m looking forward to this, trade some strikes, trade some slams, with y’all having changed, and this being singles, no fuckery this time. Just a match for two wrestlers looking to prove themselves, a chance to truly break out with a singles career. I’ll see you there. Bring nothing but your best.
Briggs: I have no choice but to in every match.
Both wrestlers then drop their mics simultaneously, Romero smiling at having the challenge, Briggs staring at him with a stern, determined expression. Romero climbing out the ring, and walking backwards back up the staircase, not breaking eye contact with Briggs for a bit, before showing one last smirk, as he turns around, and we fade out.
Commercial.
Coffee and TV by Blur strikes up and the audience is brightened up by the Coffee Boyz making their entrance. Alex Silva and Kelly Williams walk through the entrance, coffee in tow. There's an air of defeat around them after their match at the last iPPV.
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAY!
Paisner: The Coffee Boyz are looking a little down after their loss at the hands of Create-a-stable last night, Mark. What are your thoughts on that?
Woodbridge: I would be too, that beatdown was vicious, and that's saying something for Create-a-stable.
The Boyz hand out coffee to Lucha Stadium patrons who gladly take them and when they're out they rush into the ring, rolling in and beckoning for mics. When they get mics the take center stage. Silva looks around before sighing.
Silva: Well…what can we say. We got our asses handed to us last week.
Williams: On a silver platter. But there was nothing we could've done man! There were like five of them, we weren't prepared for Default Red and Default Green!
Crowd: BOOOOOO!
Silva: That's true. That's true. But, we have one thing that Create-a-stable and any other generic wrestler they call up doesn't. And that is determination. Determination and coffee.
Williams: That would be two things.
Silva: You're right. We have two things that Create-a-stable and any other generic wrestler they call up don't. And you know what we're gonna do Kelly?
Williams: What's that Alex?
Silva: We're gonna use those two things as well as this new opportunity provided to us by the new year to get back into the game.
Crowd: YAAAAAY!
Silva: It's a new year and with it, comes new Coffee Boyz. Make no mistake about it-
All of a sudden, an upbeat ‘80s piano intro cuts off Silva’s speech, and he looks to the entrance with a confused and annoyed look. A moment passes by as the vocals kick in and through the entryway walks Murphy Twain, wearing this outfit and a grin that stretches from ear to ear. He has in his hands a carton of coffee cups, with the sides having a sticker with his grinning face on it. The Coffee Boyz both look exasperated.
Twain: I'm back!
Woodbridge: Oh for God's sake.
One part of the audience immediately begins booing at seeing Twain again, while another reacts with confusion at the unorthodox entrance.
Crowd: BOOOOOooooo…?
Ignoring the disapproval as usual, Murphy starts off at a happy-go-lucky walk down the ramp, holding cups out to passing audience members. A few slowly and suspiciously take the coffee, some outright reject his coffee, and others point to the coffee the Boyz already gave to them - to which Murphy responds by yanking the cups out of their hands, throwing them over his shoulder and replacing the missing cup with his own, never losing his smile. Back in the ring, Silva and Williams look and act furious at Murphy’s behavior, leaning against the ropes, shouting and beckoning him into the ring.
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAY!
Woodbridge: Well he ain't coming out to Hendrix tonight Pais, but what the hell’s with the superhero pajamas?
Paisner: What are you talking about? He's the Greatest American Hero!
Woodbridge: Well if so, that's the worst Guy Fieri costume I've ever seen.
Murphy nonchalantly throws the empty carton off to the side before cheerily waving to those around him and trying to slap high fives to confused patrons. He slides into the ring and picks up a mic before tapping it on his chest and looking around.
Twain: Well well well, well…well well, well well well well…well. It's been a hot minute since I've last been in the ring hasn't it?
The Coffee Boyz nod their heads, annoyed.
Twain: Last time I was in this ring I was getting my dick stomped by Maverick at AMUDOV IV.
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAY!
Twain: Back then, I was a different person. In hindsight I was kind of a prick, I'll admit it. Bu-
Crowd: BOOOOOOO!
Twain nods along to the crowd's response and waits for it to die down.
Twain: But like you've said: the new year is a time of rebirth and new beginnings. So in the spirit of the new year, I've decided to give up my bastard ways in pursuit of a more wholesome lifestyle.
Crowd: …YAAAAaaaaay?
Twain: So as my first good deed, I decided to hand out some coffee on my way to the ring!
Silva: But we already did that…
Twain: Can't I bring gifts for my people? To show them that I appreciate them?
Williams: Of course you can! We’re just wondering why coffee specifically?
Twain: Well, if I'm going to be honest: these lovely people deserve much better coffee than the swill you're peddling.
An enraged Silva throws a punch at Twain, but Williams holds him back at the last minute.
Williams: Dude quit it, he isn't worth it! He's not worth it!
Unfazed by Silva’s outburst, Twain turns around to the section of the audience around the entrance.
Twain: That's right everyone, i made a little pit stop on my way to the Underground Lucha Stadium: you all get Starbucks for being such good sports about welcoming me back!
On the mention of Starbucks, Williams lets go of Silva without missing a beat and both men rush Murphy, who throws Silva over the top rope, stunning him from his fall to ringside. After this, Twain snaps around and starts throwing punches and knees at Kelly until he's backed into a corner, he then switches to delivering a relentless barrage of knees to the gut.
Crowd: BOOOO! MUR-PHY-SUCKS! MUR-PHY-SUCKS!
Woodbridge: Sweet Jesus fuck, Pais we need a referee!
Paisner: I don't think the Coffee Boyz will be in any condition for a sanctioned match after this Mark.
After Kelly is suitably winded from all of the knees, Murphy walks backwards as he licks his lips, readying a dropkick. But before he can, Alex shakes out the cobwebs, rolls into the ring and lays into Murphy with an onslaught of elbows.
Woodbridge: Don't count Silva out yet!
Crowd: YEAAAAH! CO-FFEE-BOYS! CO-FFEE-BOYS!
Alex gets Murphy into a DDT setup, but Murphy quickly reverses by lifting him up and driving him back first into the ground.
Crowd: BOOOOOOOO!
Silva yelps in pain and Twain climbs back to his feet. He looks between the grounded Alex and prone against the turnbuckle Kelly and he gets an idea. He arm drags Williams onto Silva and he jumps onto the first turnbuckle.
Crowd: GO-HOME-MUR-PHY! (clap clap clapclapclap) GO-HOME-MUR-PHY! (clap clap clapclapclap)
Twain shrugs and climbs to the top turnbuckle. He gets himself into position to take off, but first he looks out to the audience and takes on a Superman pose, like he's flying. He then jumps off the top rope and lands an elbow drop on Williams’ stomach. Both Silva and Williams wretch in searing pain.
Crowd: BOOOOOO!
Twain climbs to his feet and picks up the microphone he dropped, cracking his neck and dusting himself off.
Twain: This is what happens when you try to run up on someone who’s trying to do good deeds.
Murphy then rolls out of the ring and walks up the entranceway, trying to slap high fives, give hugs and even sign autographs to unfortunate kids who think he's a superhero. His happy demeanor doesn't change. Before he goes through the entrance, he turns around, facing the whole arena.
Twain: I'll win you all back! That's a promise!
Woodbridge: If Murphy wants to turn over a new leaf, he's going to have to do a helluva lot better than this.
Paisner: Agreed. Twain’s got a long road ahead of him before he can consider himself redeemed.
We cut out, as we fade in on Dalidus Nova and Klutch, sitting inside a rented car. Klutch is at the wheel, while Dalidus sits in the passenger seat. He scrolls through his phone as Klutch tries to stay away, the two driving late in the evening, their vehicle illuminated by the moon as it cuts through the trees of a forest.
Dalidus: Hey man, check this out: the first match of that tag titles qualifier is starting soon.
Klutch: We're not in it right? Cause there's no way that we're making it to the show any time tonight.
Dalidus: Nah, we're good. Sin and Vice, David Bader and Ronald Redwood III...
Klutch: Sorry, fuckin' who?
Dalidus: Beats me. The Golden State Stars, and The Void.
Klutch: I repeat: fuckin' who?
Dalidus: I'll tell you who: competition. Now that Sangre's out of the picture, we've got to get our goals in order.
Klutch: Well, one goals pretty clear: take those damn tag titles.
Dalidus: I hope it's that easy. Some of these guys won't be easy to beat though.
Klutch: Well shit, neither was Sangre but we kicked his ass didn't we?
Dalidus: Yeah, kicked it right off the goddamn roof. By the way, did you catch how he ended up?
Klutch: Fuck no. I didn't want to stay around there any longer than necessary.
Dalidus: Me neither. Anyways, it'll probably do us good to research these new guys. If we make the Ladder Match, we're gonna have to face them anyways.
However, the car suddenly jolts on the middle of the road. It keeps moving, but slowing down slowly and slowly. Eventually, despite Klutch slamming down on the gas pedal, the car stops.
Dalidus: Uhh.. are we good?
Klutch: Shiiit. This is a rental, if it breaks down we're fucked.
Dalidus: More importantly: our car just broke down in the middle of nowhere. Should we call the car company?
Klutch: Sure, give 'em a call while I check under the hood.
- TEN MINUTES LATER -
Klutch: No dice.
We see Klutch peek up from behind the hood of the car. He closes it, looking rather unhappy with the situation. Nova stands by the drivers door, talking with someone on the phone.
Dalidus: What? What the hell do you mean we're not allowed to get the car towed? So you mean we just have to stay out here for the night?!
Nova pauses to let person on the other end of the line speak.
Dalidus: Just get a hotel. Yeah, let me just hop in my car and drive to the closest hotel, it's only fourty-five minutes away. You see my problem here?
He places his fingers on the bridge of his nose.
Dalidus: Y'know what, forget it. 9:00am tomorrow, right?... Okay, we'll be here.
The call ends, and Nova looks at Klutch.
Klutch: So... what's the plan?
Dalidus: Better get cozy.
Klutch: Look on the bright side, at least: I've slept in cars much worse than this. I'll pull the seats back.
Klutch sticks his head in the car, laying out the passenger and drivers seats. Meanwhile Dalidus, out of sheer curiosity, opens the trunk. It pops open and inside we see, laid out in an almost predetermined way, a full set of camping gear.
Klutch: Well shit, that's convenient.
Dalidus: You ever been camping?
Klutch: I live in a trailer park, man. Every day is pretty much camping. Let's set this shit up, make the best outta a bad situation.
-TEN MORE MINUTES LATER-
Klutch and Dalidus stand in the edge of the forest, as they finish pitching their tent. Nova steps inside to unroll the sleeping bags, while Klutch stands outside, observing the landscape.
Klutch: Well, this is a helluva spot to be stranded. At least it's not Arizona.
He looks around, listening to the insects and squirrels. The trees blow slightly in the wind, as a very light snowfall peppers the ground. It's at this time when Klutch hears a noise coming from deeper within the forest.
CRACK!
Snapping around, he sees... nothing. But he can hear more noises, some that sound human. Yelling, but not angrily. Laughing. And then another crack, just like the previous one. Klutch scans for the cause of the noise as Nova peeks his head out of the tent flap.
Nova: What the fuck is that?
Klutch: Someone else is out here, if I had to guess. I think there's... glass breaking?
Nova: Want to find out?
Klutch: Hell, why not? We got time to kill.
And with that, the two set off. Going deeper through the woods, eventually losing sight of their small campsite as they get closer and closer to the sources of the noise. After a few minutes, they come across a clearing in the trees, where an old, abandoned house sits.
Klutch: Oh, jesus. Is this Sangre's bullshit again?
Before Nova can reply, however, we hear another crack inside the building, coming from the top floor. The two go quiet, waiting to see what happens next, when a glass jug comes flying out of the window, smashing into the ground just a few feet away from the two!
Nova: Fuck! Who threw that?
A head peeks out from the window for just a second, and we see... Cletus McCoy!
Klutch: HeyHEYHEY! THAT'S CLETUS!
Nova: Who the fuck is Cletus?
Klutch: Cletus McCoy, from The Moonshine Brothers!
Nova: Oh shit, I thought they were dead!
Klutch: Well I don't know what the hell's going on in there, but if this keeps up they might be!
Out from the same window pops Joe Bob Nelson, armed with two more empty Moon Shine jugs! He heaves them out the window, and NAFTA have to scatter to avoid the glass that explodes as they hit the frosty ground!
Nova: Alright, forget this man: we're evicting these drunk fucks. You got my back.
Klutch: Of course, man. We're gonna get real good at kicking people off buildings, aren't we?
And just like that, the two storm into the building. Klutch kicks through the half-rotted door, and looks to the left, where Cletus and Joe Bob stand at the top of a staircase. Joe Bob holds a bucket, which he throws the contents of down the stars and at the two men! Klutch dives behind a doorframe, but Nova is hit by a wave of disgustingly strong Moonshine!
Nova: Oh, Jesus! It's in my eyes!
The alcohol starts to burn at his eyes, and he falls to his knees. Klutch looks up at the Moonshine Boys, laughing their asses of. This backfires when Joe Bob laughs so hard that, in his drunken state, he slips off the top stair and falls down the whole flight, his body bouncing and cracking against the wooden steps!
Cletus: Oh-f-fuck... Y'WANNA FUCKIN' GOOOO?
Klutch doesn't even respond, instead choosing to rush up the stairs and lunge at Cletus. He tries to swing a sloppy punch, but can hardly even raise his arm before Klutch is on him, tying him up in a Hammerlock. Meanwhile, back on the ground floor Nova has caught Joe Bob in a blind headlock, the two successfully trapping their drunken opponents.
Cletus: ALRIGHTALRIGHT! F..Fuuuck, what're y-you even DOING here?
Klutch: What the fuck are YOU doing out here?
Joe Bob pipes up, yelling so as to be heard with his voice muffled.
Joe Bob: Makin' that moooon shine, brother!
Cletus: Dammit, Man! You - You weren't supposed to tell them!
Joe Bob: Shit. Shiiit. My bad.
Nova and Klutch look at eachother, before Nova starts to speak.
Nova: Hey, so that's like, super illegal. But... we might be able to cut a deal with you guys.
Joe Bob: Like, you're gonna rob us?
Cletus: No, Joe! That's a steal!
Klutch: Holy shit you guys are fuckin' dumb. Look: give us a bucket of your newest moonshine. A FULL bucket, don't skimp out like those damn bags of Lays chips.
Joe Bob: Oh-oh-okay! Lemme go, there's one in the basement!
Slowly, Nova releases his headlock, as Klutch gives Cletus a small shove to get him to start going down the stairs.
- TWENTY MORE MINUTES LATER -
Klutch and Dalidus sit alone, inside their tent. Between the two there is a bucket, with two metal pipes sticking out. They both sip from the bucket, both grimacing after each sip.
Klutch: Man, I wonder what everyone else is doing right now...
Chad Hammocks is backstage, a microphone in the middle of his hand as he smiles in a goofy way until after 2 seconds, for which then he starts to speak.
Hammocks: Ladies and gentlemen, my guests at this time are the WiR World Tag Team Champions.. D&B.
Boos are heard faintly as both The Mark Dutch and Louis Blackwater pop on the screen. Dutch wears his eyepatch over his left eye and Blackwater wears a smile.
Hammocks: Dutch, to start off.. how are you feeling?
Dutch groans annoyed and looks around him before staring back in the eyes of Chad.
Dutch: How do you think I feel? I took a turnbuckle to the face and busted up my fucking eye. How would you feel? Huh? Tell me!
Dutch points at Chad, waiting for an answer and just as he is about to answer, he’s interrupted by Louis Blackwater.
Blackwater: We’re both very confident that this was not an accident. This was WiR management trying to get us to lose the title..
Dutch: Which, we won’t.
Blackwater: Because exactly after this, it was announced we had to do the WiR Tag Team Ladder Match against 3 other teams!
Dutch: Now that’s a conspiracy taking place!
Blackwater: Exactly!
Dutch: So fuck the KPC!
Blackwater: Fuck the WiR!
Dutch: Fuck its management!
Blackwater: Fuck Russell Sharp!
Dutch: And fuck the fans!
Crowd: BOOOOOO!!
Blackwater: They should’ve taken action! Show they wanted to stop! But they didn’t, because they are not only racist against the Dutch..
Dutch: They want blood and that’s all they care. They want us to fuck our bodies up, and we want them to shut the fuck up!
Dutch and Blackwater glance at Chad, who’s at a loss for words for a brief second.
Hammocks: uhmm.. okay. I can see your point of view, but speaking of the Fatal 4 Way, the first qualification match is happening next and we want to hear you guys’ thoughts.
Dutch: Let’s start with the Void. A team that will never even come close to filling up that tiny little void now that the Warlords are gone!
Blackwater: BOOYA! Sin + Vice? It’s a fucking sin on its own that they’re in this match! Two chicks being slutty to each other? I can use PornHub for that, and they’re even prettier on there!
Dutch: AWW WE DOIN DIS NOW! The GSS are two nobodies who somehow found their place here by walking in drunk and no one knew how to tell em to fuck off!
Blackwater: Lastly, Bader and Redwood, you two can just get fucked.
Dutch and Blackwater look pleased at themselves while Chad expects somehow an extention to their final answer, but after realising he won’t get one, he sighs.
Hammocks: Thank you Gentlemen. Let’s cut back to Paisner and Woodbridge and let’s get thi-
Dutch: AY!
Chad stops and the camera checks on Dutch, who sees Russell Sharp.
Dutch: I’M GONNA FUCK YOU UP FOR WHAT YOU DID TO ME! NOW GET BACK HERE!
Dutch steadily walks over to Russell, who looks like a deer in headlights before running away, Dutch following suit.
Dutch: YOU ARE NOT ESCAPING ME!
Chad and Louis both look at one another and Louis just gives a thumbs up and gives a grin.
Hammocks: sighs back to you guys.
Javier: The following contest is a four corner’s tag team match scheduled for one fall!
Audience: ONE FALL!
Javier: The winning team will advance to the Fatal Four Way World Tag Team Championship match at Same Shit, Different Year 2018!
The crowd cheers the announcement, their cheers booming even louder as a familiar swing song kicks up; the stage soon being covered in red mist as Yasmin Hyland and Alexis Breathnach emerge from the fist, dancing a waltz together before separating and waving to the crowd.
Javier: Introducing first, at a combined weight of 314lbs, Yasmin Hyland, Alexis Breathnach, Sin and Vice!!
Woodbridge: I see Alexis still wearing actual gear these days, guess Perilmorde did teach her one thing.
Paisner: A big opportunity here for both women after all, Yasmin Hyland came up short at Presents in her pursuit of the Independent Championship, will she be more successful alongside her lover here?
Alexis and Yasmin both slide into the ring after having greeted and posed with several fans on the way down, striking a pose together in the ring with Yasmin holding Alexis almost bridal style in the ring.
The two of them look to the entrance ramp as a far more ominous tone begins to play, most of the lighting in the arena fading to nothing as one sole light remains on the curtain.
Finally, their opponents emerge just in time for Javier’s announcement.
Javier: Introducing next, at a combined weight of 409 pounds, the team of David Bader and Ronald Redwood The Third, COSA NOSTRA!!!
Crowd: BBBOOOOOOOOO!!!
Redwood and Bader both make their way down to the ramp, ignoring the fans who are booing them as they make their way down the aisle.
Woodbridge: Redwood hasn’t been in WiR long, but it seems like these fans ALREADY hate him!
Paisner: Of course they do! After Redwood screwed fan favorite Buster Bravado at WiR Presents; WiR Presents, I can’t say I blame these fans!
Redwood and Bader roll into the ring, staring down Alexis and Yasmin. Next, Beast and the Harlot plays over the speakers, as debuting Tag Team, Napalm Segador and Noah Diaz walk through the curtains. The crowd cheers for them, some members of the crowd familiar with their work in previous indies.
Crowd: YYYEEAAAHHH!!
Javier: Next, from Dallas, TX, at a combined weight of 555 pounds...Napalm Segador and Noah Diaz, THE VOID!
The two new technicos walk down the aisle, slapping fans hands as they make their way towards the ring. Both men look fired up, with the great opportunity awaiting them.
Paisner: And here we have The Void, competing for the first time ever in a WiR ring. These two have wrestled all across the country, but never for Wrestling is Reddit.
Woodbridge: Could you imagine if these two clinch a Tag Title Match in their first match here?
The two men roll into the ring, and their music fades away, as we quickly hear the sounds of the Bloodhound Gang take over the speakers. The two members of the GSS walk through the curtains as the crowd boos the HELL out of them.
Javier: And from The Sunny Beaches of California, at a combined weight of 501 Pounds…..Spence Cooper and Chaz Levine...THE GOLDEN STAAATTTE STAAARRRSS!!
Crowd: BBBBBOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Paisner: And here comes the GSS! A Mainstay here in WiR’s Tag Team division, and an early favorite here in this matchup.
Woodbridge: Chaz and Spence have proven their worth time and time again, but will they be able to earn a shot at those coveted Tag Championships?
Spence and Chaz walk down the aisle, looking cocky as all hell, before the roll into the ring, looking confident in their ability to win. The music fades out, and all 4 teams take their places as the referee calls for the bell!
DING DING DING
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2017.06.15 13:39 feedreddit LATEST on Steve Scalise – TRUMP visits hospital -- Shock on the Hill -- Dems hold off on gun debate -- WAPO: Special counsel investigating obstruction – FOX NEWS drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan -- B’DAY: Alyssa Farah

LATEST on Steve Scalise – TRUMP visits hospital -- Shock on the Hill -- Dems hold off on gun debate -- WAPO: Special counsel investigating obstruction – FOX NEWS drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan -- B’DAY: Alyssa Farah
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Good Thursday morning. THE LATEST ON STEVE SCALISE -- “Scalise remains in critical condition after mass shooting,” by Louis Nelson, John Bresnahan, and Jake Sherman: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition in a Washington hospital, and will require additional surgeries after a bullet pierced his hip, injured organs and caused ‘severe bleeding,’ according to a statement Wednesday night. Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, is in MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest D.C., where he has had at least two procedures, and ‘multiple units of blood transfusion,’ the hospital said Wednesday night. Scalise was brought to the hospital in ‘shock,’ the statement said. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the hospital Wednesday night, and brought the Scalise family flowers.” http://politi.co/2ru9BWi
-- @realDonaldTrump at 9:41 p.m.: “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”
STATEMENT FROM MATT MIKA’S FAMILY: “Matt suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He recently came out of surgery but remains in the ICU in critical condition and we expect him to stay there for at least several days. Our family is now here with him and we continue to ask for privacy and understanding while we focus on Matt and his recovery.
“Many have asked about Matt and what we can share about him. While the attack today was a terrible surprise, Matt’s presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not. He is a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game.”
-- “Who were the people injured at Wednesday’s baseball practice shooting?,” by Rachael Bade, Theo Meyer, John Lauinger, and Kyle Cheney: http://politi.co/2tppcmG
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THE VENEER, SHATTERED. Members of Congress have long thought of Washington as a safe space, of sorts. Sure, they engage in heated rhetoric in the Capitol, waging partisan war from early in the morning until late at night. But their life in Washington is quite sheltered: they exercise in a members-only gym. Many of them sleep in their offices in the Capitol complex. They eat and drink together at partisan social clubs. But we’re hearing a refrain we first heard in 2011, when Gabby Giffords was shot: we’re sitting ducks.
-- FROM USA TODAY’S HEIDI PRZYBYLA: “[L]awmakers including Cedric Richmond, D-La., had expressed fears last week about member safety. Richmond, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, raised his concerns directly to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.” https://usat.ly/2rjOi5ERichmond is a good friend of Scalise’s, as well.
THE SENSE OF SHOCK in the Capitol -- especially the House -- is extraordinarily palpable. The mood was tense all day, and remained uncertain at night. Several House Republicans were texting us throughout the evening, wondering about the severity of Scalise’s injuries. Lawmakers are extraordinarily shaken. Forget party affiliation: Congress -- and Washington -- is a big saga with a set of predictable characters: lawmakers, aides, lobbyists, reporters. And when one gets hurt, sick, injured -- many realize it could easily be them. And a shooting like this is causing lawmakers and staff to take stock of their own safety. Countless lawmakers we spoke to throughout the day yesterday were rethinking their out-in-front, prominent roles in today’s political scene.
CAPITOL HILL REPORTERS were shaken up, as well. First of all, dozens of reporters work in the Capitol every day. And unlike the White House -- which regularly dumps all over reporters and decries their work product as phony -- lawmakers on the Hill are generally cordial with journalists in the Capitol and respect the job we do. We spend years covering lawmakers up close and oftentimes develop an easy rapport with people like Scalise -- savvy pols who successfully make their way up the leadership ladder. Scalise shows up at off-the-record happy hours for reporters at the annual Republican retreat. His office, like others, throws cocktail receptions to get to become better acquainted with Capitol Hill reporters. That doesn’t mean the relationship isn’t adversarial at times -- it most definitely is. It means building a personal relationship -- getting to know each other as human beings -- is important to both sides. We know Scalise, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer as politicians, but most of us have had many occasions to talk to them on a personal level, as well.
--“Photos: Following the aftermath of the congressional shooting” -- 43 pixhttp://politi.co/2sdsCd0
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is getting bipartisan plaudits so far for his strong speech Wednesday, and his visit to Scalise family in the hospital Wednesday night.
HAPPENING TODAY -- Trump is giving a speech and signing an executive order on apprenticeships. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Miami to give the keynote address at the Conference on Prosperity and Security, a gathering focused on Central American political and security issues.
THE HOUSE is out of session after 4 p.m. today. The Congressional Baseball Game is on. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. More info and tickets herehttp://atmlb.com/2sCV4aM
--“The Congressional Baseball Game: A History in Pictures: How the most bipartisan event in Washington has changed over time” -- 10 pixhttp://politi.co/2rucdng
THE POLITICS -- “Democrats wary of reviving gun debate too soon,” by Seung Min Kim, Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle: “One year ago, Sen. Chris Murphy sprang into action almost immediately after a gun massacre at an Orlando nightclub - accusing Congress of an ‘unconscionable deafening silence’ and launching a 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. But the gun-control advocate who once argued that lawmakers should put forward ‘legislative action within an hour of a shooting’ was more circumspect on Wednesday after a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in the suburbs of Washington. One tragic incident, he acknowledged, won’t move the needle - even one that affected one of their own, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). …
“[T]he tone among even the most ardent proponents of stricter gun laws was dramatically different. In multiple interviews, several Democratic lawmakers urged that no, today was not the day to revive the dormant gun control debate. It was too soon, it hit too close to home - and lawmakers simply didn’t want to stand accused of politicizing a shooting that injured a colleague and friend.” http://politi.co/2t50qZx
-- JONATHAN MARTIN on A18 of the NYT: “Their Own Targeted, G.O.P. Lawmakers Want Looser Gun Laws, Not Stricter Ones.”http://nyti.ms/2s3RtBh
ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY --HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY will “offer a resolution to commend the heroic actions of Capitol Police and other first responders, and recognize everyone affected by this tragic incident."
BEHIND THE SCENES -- FROM KYLE CHENEY, our incredibly versatile House reporter who spent the day in Alexandria reporting on the shooting: “In the course of reporting from Alexandria, I had two eye-opening encounters with witnesses that really gnawed at me during such a harrowing moment. I arrived at the ballpark less than an hour after the shooting and overheard one witness – a man possibly in his mid-20s -- excitedly describing the incident in vivid detail over the phone. It was still a murky situation at that point, so as soon as he hung up, I asked him if he could repeat to me what he had seen.
“The man immediately tensed up and told me that there was no way he’d talk to the media because he can’t stand the press and he thinks we’re all complicit in leaking (of what, I’m not sure). I told him I personally hadn’t ‘leaked’ anything but in fact knew and reported on some of the people on the field that morning – and that his information might help provide some clarity at a critical moment. He still refused. A short while later, while holed up in a coffee shop across from the field, I chatted with a young woman who also witnessed the aftermath. She said she took comfort when she found out the assailant had targeted members of Congress – not because she wished them any harm but because it would’ve been more unnerving, she said, had the violence been random. Both conversations were revealing about some of the sad realities we now live with.
“It’s only fair if I also mention that these encounters were exceptions on a day of many kindnesses. Most witnesses were forthcoming with as much detail as they could muster, and I watched as random passersby delivered Gatorade, iced tea and even a bag full of Chick-fil-A to police on the scene. And the police then shared the spoils with journalists, pedestrians and others baking in the Alexandria sun.”
WAPO SCOOP -- “Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say,” by Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horowitz: “The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. …
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI. …
“The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. ‘The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,’ said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.” http://wapo.st/2rjkqqo
-- WSJ’s Del Quentin Wilber, Shane Harris and Paul Sonne: “The special counsel also plans to interview Rick Ledgett, who recently retired as the deputy director of the NSA … While Mr. Ledgett was still in office, he wrote a memo documenting a phone call that Mr. Rogers had with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. During the call, the president questioned the veracity of the intelligence community’s judgment that Russia had interfered with the election and tried to persuade Mr. Rogers to say there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.” http://on.wsj.com/2sD4vXP
HUFFPOST and DRUDGE earlier this morning had pretty much the same banner – HuffPo: “BDAY PRESENT FOR PREZ: OBSTRUCTION INQUIRY” ... Drudge: “WASH POST BDAY PRESENT TO TRUMP: MUELLER PROBES OBSTRUCTION”.
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP -- “Manafort still doing international work,” by Ken Vogel: “Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump, according to people familiar with his dealings.
“Manafort in recent weeks has either consulted or worked with a Chinese construction billionaire looking to expand his business overseas and a telecommunications firm interested in regulatory approval from governments in Asia and the Middle East, as well as an investment fund claiming links to the Chinese government, according to documents and interviews.
“Manafort quietly consulted on a proposal under which the Chinese fund — the China Development Fund — would invest $30 billion or more in the Puerto Rican government's bond debt and possibly the island's critical infrastructure, according to documents and interviews with four people familiar with the negotiations, including a Manafort business partner.
“One of the people, a lawyer involved in the discussions, said Manafort indicated that he could convince the Trump administration to support any resulting deal, because he’s remained in contact with Trump’s team, and that he played a role in helping to soften Trump's tough campaign rhetoric on China. ‘He’s going around telling people that he’s still talking to the president and -- even more than that -- that he is helping to shape Trump’s foreign policy,’ said the lawyer involved in the discussions.” http://politi.co/2rjtsDO
TARA PALMERI AND KEN VOGEL: “Trump huddled with donors on day of Comey testimony”: “On the same day last week that fired FBI Director James Comey delivered his damaging Senate testimony, President Donald Trump’s team summoned about a dozen top donors to the White House to rally support for Trump’s agenda. The donors -- including Ken Griffin, Doug DeVos, Tom Hicks, Jr., Bekah Mercer, Todd Ricketts, Tom Saunders, Paul Singer and Dick Uihlein -- gathered in the Roosevelt Room on June 8 for a briefing from Trump’s legislative director Marc Short, according to a senior administration official and other people familiar with the event.
“These people said that Trump himself stopped by the briefing to greet the donors, while Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway also spent time at the event. … A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the donor briefing. But a senior administration official said that topics covered during the briefing included healthcare, tax reform, the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch, pending judicial nominations, the Paris accord and the Saudi arms sale. ‘[It was a] 'here's what we see as the legislative calendar and how you can be helpful' type of meeting,’ the official said.” http://politi.co/2rtB8HL
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Jeh Johnson to testify publicly in House Russia probe,” by Austin Wright: “Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is set to testify publicly next Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s election meddling, according to a congressional source. Johnson appeared earlier this week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the session was closed.” http://politi.co/2sCSeCE
IMPORTANT READ -- MEGYN KELLY SPEAKS -- NYT'S JIM RUTENBERG: "Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones and a Fine Line Between News and Promotion": "Where’s the line between covering a scoundrel as a news figure and giving him a promotional platform? The question has consumed Megyn Kelly this week, after she showed a trailer Sunday night of her coming feature on NBC about Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who has questioned whether the Sandy Hook school massacre truly happened and asserted that Sept. 11 was an inside job....
"'What we do as journalists is we shine a light on those with power, those with influence, those who have become culturally relevant,' she said. 'Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many of whom I know well. But I have to do my job.'... 'As journalists, we don’t get to interview only the good guys — that’s not journalism,' ... 'It’s going to be very difficult for us to keep an eye on the more controversial figures of our time if we never talk to them.'" https://nyti.ms/2tmhgmj
THE JUICE …
-- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT: Trump celebrated his 71st birthday with dinner at the White House before going to visit Scalise in the hospital, per a pool report. Eric, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Jared Kushner, their kids and Tiffany were all there.
-- ISAAC DOVERE is reporting that Lambda Legal is opening up a D.C. office and plans to raise an additional $25 million over the next for years in an effort to ratchet up the fight against the Trump administration. Sharon McGowan, who was until January a top attorney in the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama, is running the office. http://politi.co/2sdDcRd
-- SPOTTED: Chris Ruddy, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) having an animated conversation in the lobby of Trump Hotel on Tuesday night.
-- SENATE LEADERSHIP FUND reported dropping $443,104 to boost Sen. Luther Strange’s (R-Ala.) candidacy. … The CHAMBER OF COMMERCE reported $153,491 in spending on behalf of Karen Handel in Georgia.
THE ALLEGED SHOOTER -- “James Hodgkinson’s long descent into rage: ‘Nobody really knew anything about him,’” by Lorraine Woellert, Josh Meyer and Alan Greenblatt: “James T. Hodgkinson lived a seemingly comfortable existence back home. He had a wife, friends and a pool where he hosted parties. How and why his life ended on a blood-soaked field halfway across the nation remains largely a mystery to investigators trying to piece together his life. Anger, plain and simple, seemed to be one driver. A man prone to aggressive outbursts, Hodgkinson had grown increasingly angry at the political order in recent years, lashing out online against President Donald Trump and other Republicans. ...
“Hodgkinson was no stranger to law enforcement. He had a lengthy arrest record and seemed prone to violent fits. Most recently, he had been warned about shooting a high-powered gun in the vicinity of his neighbors’ houses. ... In April 2006, he was arrested on firearms and battery charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face and pulled a 12-gauge shotgun on a witness, Joel Fernandez, who had attempted to intervene.” http://politi.co/2s4g6Ot
THE BIG PICTURE -- “How an Annual Ballgame Has Kept Congress Civil,” by Ben Strauss for Politico Magazine: “What might seem like just a bunch of middle-aged men reliving their high school glory, has become in recent years a meaningful tribute to the painfully nostalgic notion of old-fashioned bipartisanship in an increasingly divided nation. And so while one baseball team -- this one made up of Republican Congressmen and Senators -- cowered behind fences and trees to save their lives, their ostensible opponents -- a group of Democratic lawmakers -- gathered in a dugout 10 miles away in Northeast Washington. They stood arm in arm, and prayed for their colleagues.” http://politi.co/2sviQpp
-- “Obama reaches out to Sen. Flake after shooting,” by Elana Schor: “Former President Barack Obama reached out to Sen. Jeff Flake Wednesday morning in the wake of the shooting at the GOP’s congressional baseball game practice to extend his ‘best wishes and prayers’ for the victims, the Arizona Republican said.” http://politi.co/2t4QeQM
GARRETT GRAFF in POLITICO Magazine, “How Congress Failed to Plan for Doomsday: What would happen if some crazed gunman or terrorist massacred Congress? We don’t really know—and that’s bad news for our democracy”: “One idea floated was that each member of Congress should designate his or her own list of successors in case of incapacitation—with those successors serving until either the next regular election or the member regained the ability to hold office. Several states, including Delaware and Texas, had passed similar bills during the 1950s and 1960s at the height of the Cold War to reconstitute their state legislatures following a nuclear attack. Two former House speakers, Thomas Foley and Newt Gingrich, endorsed that ‘expeditious path’ to solving the congressional continuity issue and preserving the House’s directly elected ‘legitimacy.’” http://politi.co/2rjrgfy
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Turkish Guards Will Be Charged in Embassy Protest, Officials Say,” by NYT’s Nick Fandos: “Law enforcement officials plan to announce charges Thursday against a dozen members of the Turkish president’s security detail for their involvement in a brutal attack on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence here last month, two American officials said on Wednesday. ... The police planned to announce the charges at a news conference on Thursday morning.” http://nyti.ms/2s3N6GE
NOT THE ONION -- “Rodman gives Kim the gift of Trump: ‘The Art of the Deal,’” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang: “Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Donald Trump to North Korea -- sort of. On Thursday, the former NBA player gave the country’s sports minister a copy of Trump’s book ‘The Art of the Deal,’ a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It wasn’t signed by Trump, who was Rodman’s boss for two seasons of the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ reality TV show. Rodman has said his visit has nothing to do with the White House.” http://apne.ws/2rz07EJ
MEDIAWATCH -- GABE SHERMAN in NYMag, “Fox News Is Dropping Its ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan”: “As Fox News moves further into the post–Roger Ailes era, the network is shedding one of its most iconic elements. According to network executives, Fox News has abandoned the marketing slogan ‘Fair & Balanced.’ ... [One] executive explained that the tagline was ‘too closely associated with Roger.’ Fox executives have been instructed by management to market the network by its other tagline: ‘Most Watched. Most Trusted.’ It is hard to overstate the significance of what shedding ‘Fair & Balanced’ means for Fox News. (It would be like the New York Times giving up ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print.’) Ailes invented the slogan when he launched the network in 1996, and over the years it became a quasi-religious doctrine among Fox’s anchors and viewers. ... In the annals of modern advertising, ‘Fair & Balanced’ will be considered a classic.” http://nym.ag/2sdxEWZ
SPOTTED last night at the Third Annual Sandy Hook Promise Gala at the Mellon Auditorium: The three co-chairs: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.). Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who were honored for the Toomey-Manchin bill and No Fly No Buy, respectively. Emcees were Sandy Hook parents Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, who replaced Megyn Kelly after she interviewed Alex Jones, the media figure who alleges the massacre is a hoax. ALSO SPOTTED: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rachel Kelly, Joe Dunn, David Bonine, Cynthia Pullom, Ian Rayder, Lou Constantino, Francis Creighton, Cindy Brown, Bruce Heiman, Liz Allen and Nasim Fussell.
OUT AND ABOUT -- On the near 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in (June 17, 1972), Steve Clemons held a discussion last night at the Watergate Hotel titled “Watergate Then and Now,” where Steve interviewed Scott Stossel, Jennifer Rubin, McKay Coppins and Thomas Mallon. SPOTTED: Rakel and Jacques Cohen, Jeff David, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Kevin Baron, Sally Quinn, Quinn Bradlee, Harris Wofford, Matthew Charlton, Yael Luttwak, James Barbour, Kathy Gilsinan, Will Hiley, Robb Harleston, Ron Christie, Neil Munro, Jed Shein, Annie Groer, David and Danielle Frum, Tomicah Tillemann, Indira Lakshmanan, Allen Abel, Kevin Chaffee, Grover Norquist, Michael Mael, Gary Silversmith, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch, Armanda Downes, Max Neuberger.
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC -- The Hudson Institute Wednesday night hosted its spring reception in New York at the home of Joe and Marlene Ricketts. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley sat down with Hudson CEO Ken Weinstein for an off-the-record chat about her role as U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Haley said she told Trump “I’m not going to be a talking head or a wallflower” when he offered her the job. On Jim Mattis, she said “I think he’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met ... other than (her husband) Michael.” SPOTTED: Joe and Marlene Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Silvie Legere, Paul Singer, BofA’s Jeffrey Peek, Annie Dickerson, Angela Meyers, Ed Cox, Deputy UN Ambassador Jon Lerner, Hudsonians Ken Weinstein, John Walters, Scooter Libby, Walter Russell Mead, Chris DeMuth
SPOTTED at a Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner party last night for new COO Lindsey Reynolds (longtime COO of the DNC) and new partners Elizabeth Sena and Kristi Lowe: Anna Greenberg, John Hagner, Al Quinlan, Lauren Dillon, Jeremy Rosner, Dan Sena, Earl Fowlkes, Jeremy Baker, and Maureen Garde.
SPOTTED Tuesday night aboard the super yacht of philanthropists John Evans and Steve Wozencraft for New America’s Bretton Woods II at Sea event where attendees discussed how to address global risks though strategic investments in social impact and development: Canada’s UN Ambassador and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s confidant Marc-Andre Blanchard, top World Bank official Aly Rahim, Bretton Woods II director Tomicah Tillemann, Facebook’s Craig Mullaney, Sovereign Investor Institute chairman Scott Kalb, Edelman’s Peter Segall, Georgetown Dean Joel Hellman, and representatives from the White House, State Department and USAID.
TRANSITIONS -- LIZ JOHNSON has joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as director of its office of public affairs, where she will direct the agency’s global communications efforts. She was previously the communications director for former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and most recently served as spokeswoman for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during the Senate confirmation process. ... Jessica Jennings, formerly with the Dem Convention and HFA, is the new director of communications at the University of Maryland. She’s been working with Indivisible since their launch post-election and was previously press secretary at the British Embassy in Washington.
... Briannon Gillis has recently joined Emergent BioSolutions as PAC manager on the government affairs team. Previously she was a PAC fundraiser for Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Mark Udall, Reps. Paul Tonko, Matt Cartwright, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Tom Suozzi, and Louise Slaughter, as well as finance director for Kathleen Matthews. ... Henry Darwin has been hired to serve as chief of operations for the EPA. He previously was COO for the Doug Ducey administration since August 2015. ... Julie Kearney, VP of regulatory affairs for the Consumer Technology Association, was picked yesterday as the new president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
--“Emily’s List taps a Washington outsider as executive director,” by WaPo’s Philip Rucker: “Emily Cain, who helped lead fellow Democrats to the majority in the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, has been tapped to try to do the same for Democrats nationally at the helm of Emily’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to offices ranging from city councils to the presidency.” http://wapo.st/2t4xW2b
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Becca Ginsberg Rutkoff, head of D.C. and regional communications for Google (and a birthday girl today), and Robby Rutkoff, VP for corporate social responsibility at Guggenheim Partners, welcomed their first child, Henry Langer Rutkoff late Monday night. Henry, Mom and Dad are home from the hospital and eating like champs. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sCOiSl ... http://bit.ly/2ryHOPX
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent. How she’s celebrating: “My birthday falls on my son’s last day of kindergarten this year. It’s a half day, which means I get to spend most of it with him. What could be better?” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2s4msxq
BIRTHDAYS: Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff for Harry Reid now senior strategic advisor at CAP Action ... Dan Schwerin (hat tip: brother Josh) ... Sarah Hurwitz (h/t Michael Kikukawa) ... Becca Ginsberg Rutkoff, Google comms. maven ... Ryan Chittum, reporter for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ... Fox News star Marie Harf, the pride of Granville, Ohio and former senior advisor for strategic comms. to Secretary Kerry (h/t Steve Clemons) ... Alyssa Farah, comms director and senior adviser for the House Freedom Caucus, is 28 (but actually ageless) ... AP’s Evan Vucci ... Johnny Hallyday ... former House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, now an advocate for the disabled, is 75 ... ABC News digital journalist Ali Rogin is 3-0 ... Politico’s Brian Faler ... Reps. Adam Smith and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) are both 52 ... Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is 42 ... NYT’s Clifford Levy is 5-0 ...
... MSNBC producer William Rabbe ... Joseph Brazauskas, staff director for the subcommittee on environment for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, is 35, celebrating by playing the Pizza Party game and Mall Madness over happy hour on Friday night with friends (h/t Kristina Baum) ... former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kans.) is 66 ... former Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Calif.) is 75 … Jamie Greenheck, global managing director of food, beverage and ag at FleishmanHillard ... Susan Toffler, a CNN alum ... former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is 63 … Tim Wilson is 36 ... Sara Libby … Abigail Wuest ... Jana Plat ... David Dreyer … Deborah Lukovich … Sue Grady (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... former Va. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is 6-0 ... Morgan Feist ... Steven Stafford ... Karen Townsend ... Nick Luna ... Scott Monaghan is 6-0 ... Jim Belushi is 62 ... actress Helen Hunt is 54 ... Courteney Cox is 53 ... Ice Cube is 48 ... Neil Patrick Harris is 44 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.14 13:19 feedreddit BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Massive fire in west London -- WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: TRUMP slaps down House Republicans’ health care bill -- POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL: Voters trust Comey over Trump -- B’DAY: Brian Fallon

BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Massive fire in west London -- WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: TRUMP slaps down House Republicans’ health care bill -- POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL: Voters trust Comey over Trump -- B’DAY: Brian Fallon
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT. Donald Trump turns 71 today (h/ts Reince and Spicer).
BREAKING OVERNIGHT ... THE LATEST FROM LONDON FIRE -- “6 dead in London fire; figure expected to rise” – AP/London: “London’s Metropolitan Police say six people have died in the devastating fire that engulfed a west London apartment block. Police say the number is expected to rise. Police commander Stuart Cundy says he can ‘confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.’ Cundy says many others are receiving medical care. Some 50 people are being treated in hospitals after a massive fire set a 24-story apartment block in west London ablaze overnight.” http://apne.ws/2srBxu0
--THE GUARDIAN: “The blaze rapidly engulfed the full height of the 24-storey block, and was still burning strongly more than six hours later, with a thick pall of dark smoke visible across the capital. Residents could be seen waving and screaming from their windows, as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought to rescue them from their flats. Shortly before 8am, the London fire commissioner, Dany Cotton [said:] ‘In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never ever seen anything of this scale.’” http://bit.ly/2rgHyFN
Good Wednesday morning. IMAGINE IF you’re a House Republican, and voted for the leadership’s health-care bill in May after being told that you were doing the newly elected president a solid. You listened to the White House’s pleading -- perhaps you got a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus or even the president himself. The administration was on the Hill nonstop to push their legislation. You explained to your constituents that the late-in-the-game changes made to the bill helped cover more people. You celebrated with him in the Rose Garden after passage.
NOW YOU HEAR THE PRESIDENT has gone behind closed doors and told senators the House bill is “mean” and says it doesn’t do enough to cover people. Wouldn’t that anger you? Well, it’s angering a lot of House Republicans, who believe their president put them at political risk with that comment. A Senate health care bill was always going to be more moderate than the House version. If you're a House Republican, are you going to help the White House next time after the president privately just dumped all over you after you cast a vote for him? A lot of GOP lawmakers are buzzing about it, and many are none too pleased with the president right now. Story: “AP sources: Trump tells senators House health bill ‘mean,’” by Alan Fram. http://apne.ws/2t0vZnB
ONE MORE QUICK THOUGHT -- Republicans on the Hill spent years decrying behind-the-scenes machinations of government. Now they have an attorney general that is refusing to discuss his conversations with the president. And a Senate majority that seeking to pass a major health-care bill without hearings.
FOR THE WEST WING -- “Poll: Voters trust Comey over Trump,” by Steven Shepard: “Voters have greater faith in former FBI Director James Comey to tell the truth than in President Donald Trump, who has disputed the veracity of Comey’s sworn testimony before a Senate committee last week. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the days following Comey’s appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 45 percent of voters said they trust Comey more to tell the truth, compared to 32 percent for Trump. Twenty-three percent have no opinion.” http://politi.co/2rvcoJY
NYT A1, GLENN THRUSH, MAGGIE HABERMAN AND JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS -- “Trump Stews, Staff Steps In, and Mueller Is Safe for Now”: “[T]he president ... began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s interactions. … For now, the staff has prevailed. ‘While the president has every right to’ fire Mr. Mueller, ‘he has no intention to do so,’ the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday.
“But people close to Mr. Trump say he is so volatile they cannot be sure that he will not change his mind about Mr. Mueller if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised. And his ability to endure a free-ranging investigation, directed by Mr. Mueller, that could raise questions about the legitimacy of his Electoral College victory, the topic that most provokes his rage, will be a critical test for a president who has continued on Twitter and elsewhere to flout the advice of his staff, friends and legal team.”
“Among the aides most alarmed by the idea of firing Mr. Mueller … was Reince Priebus … Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, has also advised against firing Mr. Mueller. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, supported firing Mr. Comey, but he has been less pugnacious lately, administration officials said. Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, has adopted a more temperate tone, telling her husband that she believed the appointment of Mr. Mueller would speed resolution of the Russia scandal and expressing her view that he would be exonerated, according to two people with direct knowledge of her advice.” http://nyti.ms/2rpXNEu
-- @nickconfessore: “The first senior Trump official to leave and write a dishy tell-all about life in the White House is going to make a lot of money.”
DARREN SAMUELSOHN, “6 explosive moments that could still come in Russia probe: The president and his attorneys are showing an increasing willingness to play hardball”: “The Trump-Russia investigation is moving at a breakneck pace compared with past White House scandals. ... [H]ere are six potent powder kegs awaiting Trump, Mueller and Congress: Executive privilege ... Lawyer versus lawyer: More than a dozen lawyers are already working on behalf of Trump and his associates in the Russia investigation ... Trump’s tax returns ... A grand jury: The federal courthouse in Washington could become the center of the political universe. ... [T]he Constitution Avenue location is a likely spot where he might convene a grand jury for witness testimony in his investigation and for potential criminal indictments. ... Presidential interference ... Indictments ... As Mueller brings the probe to a close, he could face perhaps the most explosive of all decisions: whether to prosecute the president himself.” http://politi.co/2t0Sdpn
GARY COHN MANAGING FED CHIEF SEARCH -- WSJ’S NICK TIMIRAOS and KATE DAVIDSON -- “Officials won’t publicly outline any timetable for their decision or shortlist of candidates. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s term runs through January, and President Donald Trump didn’t rule out her reappointment in an April interview. Ms. Yellen’s reappointment isn’t an outcome many observers expect because of Mr. Trump’s fierce criticism of her during the final weeks of last year’s presidential campaign. But his willingness to consider her speaks to the amicable relationship they have forged since Mr. Trump took office, observers say.
“Since taking office, the president and his advisers haven’t publicly questioned the Fed’s actions -- including its decision to raise short-term interest rates in March. The Fed has also signaled it is likely to raise rates again at its two-day meeting that concludes Wednesday. An alternative to Ms. Yellen could be Mr. Cohn, who became Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser after a 26-year career at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Mr. Cohn has emerged as a key intermediary in the administration’s relationship with the central bank.” http://on.wsj.com/2tl4Z1p
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The Trump administration is holding two “listening sessions” today at the White House. At 10 a.m., HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE and CMS ADMINISTRATOR SEEMA VERMA are meeting with 13 doctors for an Obamacare session. List of the doctorshttp://politi.co/2rZIcu0NEC DIRECTOR GARY COHN is then hosting one on tax reform at 2:30 p.m. The participants: Mitch Bainwol of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Jake Jones of the Alliance and the Daimler Group; Curtis Magleby of the American Automotive Policy Council and Ford; Matt Blunt of AAPC, Victoria Barnes of AAPC and GM; Howard Hakes, Cody Lusk and Rachel Robinson of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Robert Redding and Robert Wills of the Automotive Service Association, John Bozella and Paul Ryan of Global Automakers, Doug Murtha of Global Automakers and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Steve Handschuh and Lacy Wilson of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association; David Regan, Mark Scarpelli, and Pete Welch of the National Auto Dealers Association; and Damon Lester of the National Association of Minority Dealers.
THE BIG PICTURE -- NANCY COOK and ANDREW RESTUCCIA: “Trump tries to master the art of the tiny”: “Bill Clinton salvaged his presidency by focusing on small-ball policy wins. Now Team Trump is trying to master the art of thinking tiny. Faced with a rising drumbeat of scandal stemming from ongoing Russia probes, President Donald Trump is continuing to pursue a big, complicated legislative agenda -- repealing Obamacare, reforming the tax system and passing an infrastructure package.
“Any of those would be hard to achieve in perfect circumstances, but with the GOP ideologically fragmented and the White House distracted by legal trouble, it’s increasingly difficult to imagine Trump landing a big win. Veterans of past White Houses say if the president wants to keep Republican voters on his side, it’s time to turn his attention to putting forward discrete, achievable policy proposals that he can actually get done. ...
“The White House seems to be getting the message. For months, executive branch actions to unwind or rewrite regulations got little notice. But in recent weeks, wonkier policies are getting more fanfare, with briefings for reporters and appearances by Cabinet officials in the press room. On Wednesday, Trump is expected to announce the reorganization of government job training programs at the Labor Department as part of the White House’s ‘workforce development week’ -- the latest in the administration’s recent efforts to highlight tangible, limited goals like privatizing air traffic control or slashing regulations. An administration official said the White House is planning more policy-themed weeks in the coming months, including one on energy tentatively scheduled for late June. The official said the weeks are aimed at unifying the White House’s message.” http://politi.co/2s9zQP9
THE HEARING -- “5 takeaways from Sessions’ Russia testimony,” by Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein: “Sessions’ go-to line: ‘I don’t recall’ … The ‘I don’t recall’ line was a reliable response from the attorney general during the nearly three-hour grilling, particularly about one of the biggest questions raised before his testimony - whether he had further undisclosed meetings with Russian officials. … Senate Republicans run interference. While Democrats were harsh toward Sessions, nearly all Republicans treated him gingerly. … Sessions rattled under pressure. The still-new attorney general has had little practice at the witness table, and it showed as he became rattled under questioning from Democrats who have accused him of not being forthcoming about his interactions with Russian officials. …
“Sessions and his deputy show some daylight. Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were testifying on Capitol Hill simultaneously Tuesday, but they weren't always in sync. One such moment came when Sessions testified that Comey likely had an obligation to notify Congress when new evidence emerged in the probe into Hillary Clinton's State Department emails last October. … Unasked questions. … The most glaring: Did Sessions ever offer to resign due to Trump’s dissatisfaction with his job performance, as several news outlets have reported? The attorney general might have punted, but his reaction might have betrayed the answer.” http://politi.co/2rZVt60
SURROUND-SOUND -- “Nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers sue Trump citing business conflicts,” by USA Today’s Steve Reilly: “Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Wednesday morning alleging that his continued ties to his business empire violate the U.S. Constitution. The unprecedented legal action accuses Trump of violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts or titles from foreign governments without congressional approval. The lawsuit will have the greatest number of congressional plaintiffs of any lawsuit against the president in the nation’s history, according to Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the House Judiciary Committee’s top-ranking Democrat. ‘We do this not out of any sense of pleasure or partisanship, but because President Trump has left us with no other option,’ he said.” https://usat.ly/2szveo0
-- Democratic lawmakers will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. in the LBJ Room.
-- THE ORIGINAL SCOOP. HEATHER CAYGLE, on June 7: "Democrats to sue Trump over conflicts of interest"http://politi.co/2rvm2fS
REMINDER: WE ARE STILL AT WAR -- “Trump gives Pentagon authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan,” by WaPo’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff: “President Trump has given the Pentagon new authority to decide the troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The move could lead to a deployment of thousands more troops as commanders decide the way forward in the 15-year-old war. The U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly, said the move is similar to the April decision that gave the Pentagon more authority to set troop levels in Iraq and Syria. The change, the Pentagon said, was so units could deploy at their proper strength to better maintain unit cohesion.” http://wapo.st/2smOKDF
VIRGINIA GUV RACE: NORTHAM VS. GILLESPIE -- GREGORY SCHNEIDER in WAPO: “Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia Tuesday by an unexpectedly wide margin, and Republican Ed Gillespie held off a surprising challenge from Donald Trump acolyte Corey A. Stewart for that party’s nomination. …
“[G]illespie edged past Stewart by just over a percentage point — fewer than 4,500 votes. … The nation was watching Virginia as a political laboratory for how the political parties handle the deep divisions that followed last year’s election of President Trump. The establishment forces seemed to win out, as Virginia voters resisted efforts to pull further to the right or left. Perriello channeled the energy -- and endorsement -- of progressive leader Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as he tried to shake up the Democratic Party, but fell short in his bid to bring in enough new voters from among the young and working class to overcome Northam’s command of the Democratic machine, including the endorsement of nearly every Democratic elected leader in state or federal office.” http://wapo.st/2srh5cL
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- THE OBAMACARE POLITICAL WAR: Save My Care -- a group working to pressure lawmakers not to kill the Affordable Care Act -- is spending six figures on radio ads in Alaska, Maine, Nevada and West Virginia to urge senators to oppose repealing the law.
-- SCRIPT from the West Virginia ad: “Behind closed doors in Washington, they’re working in secret to rush through a health-care repeal bill that will devastate care for West Virginians – hitting our rural communities and hospitals the hardest But it can’t pass without Senator Capito. She’ll be a deciding vote. She’ll decide whether your costs go up by thousands of dollars … whether you’re one of the hundred twenty thousand West Virginians who will lose coverage altogether.
“Capito will decide whether your rural hospital can keep its doors open. … whether Medicaid is gutted … whether you or your loved one will lose access to opioid abuse treatment. Capito will even decide whether insurers can impose lifetime limits on your coverage. Unless Senator Capito votes no on healthcare repeal, the doors to affordable healthcare for West Virginia could be closed for good. Call Senator Capito at 304-347-5372 and tell her to vote no on health-care repeal.” Audio of all the radio spotshttp://bit.ly/2tkTjf7
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Meadows: Freedom Caucus eyeing $1.5 trillion debt ceiling increase,” by Rachael Bade: “Some House Freedom Caucus conservatives want to raise the debt ceiling by a smaller amount than the Trump Administration would like -- just long enough to clear the 2018 mid-term elections, the group’s leader said Tuesday. The Freedom Caucus has not taken an official position on a specific number. But Chairman Mark Meadows emerged from a group meeting Tuesday night saying some of his conservative compadres are looking at a $1.5 trillion lift in the nation’s borrowing cap. The North Carolina Republican said that’s smaller than the $2.5 trillion he believes the White House wants.” http://politi.co/2tl0GDn
-- NOTE: These decisions are driven by anticipated market reaction. The GOP leadership and the White House are unlikely to agree to anything that will rattle markets.
INTERESTING READ -- “Jewish Groups Struggle to Gain White House Access Points,” by Jerusalem Post’s Michael Wilner: “Jewish American organizations long active in Washington politics are struggling to communicate with the Trump administration, scavenging through old Rolodexes and e-mail lists to find points of access into the president’s small policy team. A traditional structure governed these communications before the Trump era: Presidents since Jimmy Carter have hired White House Jewish liaisons to serve as point men for the community. But the position has been vacant since January 20, and the White House has no plans to fill it, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.” http://bit.ly/2t0OurM
THE JUICE …
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Country Star Kalie Shorr will sing her hit “Fight Like A Girl” at Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG) one week from today, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Watkins Recreation Center. Shorr’s song has received over 1.6 million streams on Spotify and is the walk-up song for the Member team co-captain Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). Celebrity base umpires for the game include Mystics STAR Elena Della Donne, Erica May-Scherzer, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer’s wife, and Monica Abbott, the top female softball player in the nation (and first to sign a $1-million contract). The CWSG raises funds for the Young Survival Coalition and is taking place the same week as the 45th anniversary of Title IX.
-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The League of Conservation Voters is launching a national summer-long campaign on Wednesday afternoon called “Our Lands, Our Vote.” They are spending $500,000 initially to support national monuments, and the campaign will try to submit 250,000 comments to Interior in support of protecting them.
-- THE SPIGOT IS STILL OPEN IN GEORGIA: The GOP leadership aligned Congressional Leadership Fund disclosed another $105,514 in Georgia’s sixth congressional district to boost Karen Handel and try to take down Jon Ossoff, according to an FEC report made public Tuesday.
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- WHAT LUKE RUSSERT IS READING -- Restoration Hardware becoming Wawa in Georgetown? -- PoPville http://bit.ly/2tkYCej
NYT’S MIKE ISAAC in SAN FRANCISCO: “Uber Embraces Major Reforms as Travis Kalanick, the C.E.O., Steps Away”: “In Uber’s continuing attempt to repair its reputation over a series of scandals stemming from its bad-boy culture, its co-founder Travis Kalanick said he would take a leave of absence as chief executive. The company also announced it would embark on a sweeping reorganization to ensure that executives are more closely supervised by its board of directors.
“At a packed meeting with employees on Tuesday morning, Uber released 13 pages of recommendations compiled as part of an investigation into sexual harassment and other wrongdoing conducted by the former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and his law firm, Covington & Burlington.
“But even as Uber promised to reform itself, an exchange between board members onstage highlighted the company’s challenges. In front of employees, the board member Arianna Huffington talked about how having one female director typically leads to more female directors. David Bonderman, a fellow board member and a founding partner at the private equity firm TPG, replied that adding more women to the board would result in ‘more talking.’ The remark left people aghast, according to those who were there, and set off a storm of criticism on Twitter. Mr. Bonderman later apologized to Ms. Huffington and Uber’s employees in an email, before resigning from the board a few hours later.” http://nyti.ms/2snxNcu … Holder’s reporthttp://bit.ly/2s00cEM
SCOOP -- “Most Trump real estate now sold to secretive buyers,” by USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler, Steve Reilly and John Kelly: “Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities, a USA TODAY investigation has found. Over the last 12 months, about 70% of buyers of Trump properties were limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. That compares with about 4% of buyers in the two years before.” https://usat.ly/2sncIyu
DROPPING OUT -- “Brian Burns withdraws as Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Ireland,” by Irish Central’s Niall O’Dowd: “Brian F. Burns, the US ambassador-designate to Ireland has withdrawn his name from consideration for the job, citing health issues, IrishCentral has learned. It is believed that Burns and President Trump exchanged letters in which the attorney and leading Irish American philanthropist revealed his reasons for stepping aside. Burns, 81, was considered a remarkably good choice by Trump, given his long career of devotion to Irish issues, including the creation of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College and as a senior official of the American Ireland Fund.” http://bit.ly/2tkT83r
POLITICO MAGAZINE: “Meet the Two Princes Reshaping the Middle East: But for good or ill?” by Simon Henderson: “The dramatic and sudden effort to isolate Qatar, like the fateful intervention before it in Yemen, sprang from the shared vision of two princes. Depending on your point of view, they may be the harbingers of a new and better Middle East—or reckless architects of disaster. Indeed, the region’s most important relationship may be the dynamic duo of Muhammad bin Salman, the 31-year-old deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and Muhammad bin Zayed, the 56-year-old crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the lead sheikhdom of the United Arab Emirates. ... Together, they have shrewdly cultivated President Donald Trump, who is eager to show that he has a new strategy for defeating terrorism and confronting Tehran.” http://politi.co/2ruILZl
-- “Trump’s move to deport Iraqi Christians stirs outcry,” by Nahal Toosi: “President Donald Trump is facing anger and potential political blowback as his administration ramps up efforts to deport Iraqi Christians, a group he’d pledged to protect from what the U.S. calls a genocide in the Middle East. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend detained dozens of Iraqi Christians and others to send back to Iraq. Many of them were picked up in Michigan, a swing state that Trump barely won in 2016 and the home of a sizable number of Christians from Muslim-majority countries who backed Trump during the presidential campaign.” http://politi.co/2rg856c
MEDIWATCH -- “Layoffs To Hit HuffPost This Week,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “The HuffPost newsroom is bracing for a round of layoffs this week, according to four people familiar with the matter. The cuts are said to be coming as early as Wednesday. ... The Wall Street Journal reported last week that about 15% of employees, or 2,100 people, will lose their jobs at Yahoo and AOL, which have become a combined entity called Oath.” http://bzfd.it/2sn5OcV
SPOTTED -- at Walter Russell Mead’s 65th birthday party last night: Elliott Abrams, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and his wife Anna, Scooter Libby, former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani, Adam Garfinkle, Ben Haddad, Hannah Thoburn. Cotton gave a toast.
SPOTTED: Justin Fairfax, newly elected Virginia Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, thanking his family, friends and supporters last night at Arlington’s William Jeffrey’s Tavern ... Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y) joining callers at the DCCC last night making phone calls in support of Jon Ossoff ahead of the special election. The phone bank was organized by Slaughter and Democrats in the NY delegation. Picshttp://bit.ly/2snsBVEhttp://bit.ly/2s9Fd0w … University of Michigan Football head Coach Jim Harbaugh and UM Grad Ryan Eaton of Quicken Loans government relations team in the Delta Sky360 Club taking in the Nationals-Braves Game on Tuesday night in DC. Pichttp://bit.ly/2ruKC0v
OUT AND ABOUT – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sergio Gor hosted an off the record Bourbon tasting last night in the senator’s Russell office featuring four of Kentucky’s best bourbons. SPOTTED: Tara Palmeri, Gabby Morrongiello, Paul Bedard, Donna Cassata, Ted Fioraliso, Peter Doocy, Doug Stafford, Matthew Hawes, Alex Pappas, Juliegrace Brufke, Walt Cronkite, Michael Memoli, Jeremy Herb, Burgess Everett, Suzanne Kianpour, Matt Boyle, Amanda House, Nihal Krishan, Alex Bolton, Cherie Paquette, Rob Lockwood, Elise Norris, Kerry Young, Andrew Desiderio, Kevin Cirilli.
-- SPOTTED at the 17th annual interfaith Ramadan Iftar dinner last night, hosted at the Mt. Vernon estate of Ray and Shaista Mahmood: DHS Secretary John Kelly, Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and Meryl Chertoff, Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), former Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Indonesian Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono and Reshanty Bowoleksono, Japanese Ambassador Kenichirō Sasae, Pakistani Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, former U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Rabbi David Saperstein, Father Mark Morozowich of Catholic University, Imam Mohamed Maged of the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia, Pastor Bob Roberts of Northwood Community Baptist Church, Keller, Texas, Imam Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Grover and Samah Norquist, Suhail A. Khan and Jana Plat, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Mary Lee Malcolm.
-- The Institute for Education and Coach Kathy Kemper partnered with Sylvie Lucas, the Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States, for their #IFEWomeninPower dinner last night at the Grand Duchy Embassy in Dupont Circle. Jennifer Griffin, who covers national security and the Pentagon at Fox News, was the special guest in an off the record convo. SPOTTED: Nancy Cordes, Kristen Honey, Finland Ambassador to the U.S. Kristi Kauppi, Jordanian Amb. Dina Kawar, Rwanda Amb. Mathilde Mukantabana, Jennifer Rudy, Sita Sonty, Cori Zarek, Cecilia Vega, and Jan Smith.
TRANSITIONS – The DNC has hired Sabrina Singh to serve as its deputy communication director in charge of the regional media program and coalitions media. She comes from American Bridge, where she served as the deputy communications director. ... Whitney Mitchell Brennan has been promoted to communications director for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), previously she served as deputy communications director. Alexandria Phillips joined Gillibrand’s office this week as press secretary. A HFA alum, she was previously director of surrogates and media affairs for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. …
… Mercury has hired Fernando Espuelas, a veteran journalist who co-founded StarMedia, to be co-chairman. http://politi.co/2rpLBDP ... Cambridge Analytica has named Ben Shankle and Laquan Austion as VPs to jointly lead the firm’s political operations in D.C. Shankle most recently spent two years as the data director for the Republican Party of Florida. Austion most recently worked on Lyft’s government relations team where he oversaw all east coast markets. http://politi.co/2rpYpdi
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kristin Huguet, in comms at Apple
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Brian Fallon, CNN contributor, president of Barracks Row Media and senior advisor for Priorities USA. How he’s celebrating: “I will spend most of the day fending off bad jokes about sharing a birthday with Donald Trump. Next week, I am going home to Boston with my wife and kids, and my brother and I will be at David Ortiz’s number retirement ceremony at Fenway on June 23rd.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2s9kSbR
BIRTHDAYS: Mack McLarty, No Labels Vice-Chair and former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton (h/t Dennis Craig) ... Dan Schwerin, former director of speechwriting for Hillary Clinton ... House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is 78 ... Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) is 63 ... Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) is 73 ... former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) is 74 ... The U.S. Army is 242 … Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships (h/t Erika Masonhall) ... Leon Wieseltier is 65 ... Russian-born billionaire and philanthropist Leonard “Len” Blavatnik is 6-0 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Anthony Zampelli, LA for Rep. Dan Donovan, is 25 (h/t Joe Kalmin) ... Christopher Gahan, former COS to Sens. Pat Toomey and Judd Gregg who is now VP of federal relations and GR at Northwestern Mutual, is 43 ... Amber Marchand, managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies (h/t Ken Spain) ... Alexandra Veitch, VP of gov’t relations at CSRA ... Regan Page is 27 ... Danny Gaynor, in strategy and messaging at Nike ... cheese-loving Kristen Bartoloni, partner at Silver Street Strategies …
... Sara Armstrong, COS of the RNC (h/t Ryan Mahoney) … Iowa Republican donoactivist Bruce Rastetter is 61 … Chris Bleak … Brussels-based Politico tech reporter Laurens Cerulus is 3-0 ... Bill Wasserman of M+R (h/t Jon Haber) ... Jon Lentz, editor-in-chief at City & State ... Shomik Sarkar, former director of reporting for HFA, now a data scientist at the DNC (h/t Eric Heggie) ... Sarah Chen ... WaPo’s Josh Hicks, covering Maryland politics, is 37 ... Leslie Ogden ... former Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams … Chris Liddell-Westefeld … Carol Apelt ... Quinn Johnson … Mary Ann Preskul … Linda Beitelspacher … Scot Ross, the pride of Pittsburgh … Dee Simpson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Brandon Hall is 42 ... Rachel Williams Ellis ... Ashley Samelson McGuire ... Roland Rydstrom ... Kenan Block, an MSNBC alum, is 63 ... Pat Proctor is 46 ... Bob de Maria .. David Parsons ... Andrew Bair ... Boy George is 56 ... International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 48 (h/ts AP)
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2016.12.29 21:47 William__F0ster I’m having trouble deciding which of these things is Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s biggest issue: her total and utter lack of self-awareness, her fear and loathing of poor people, or just her rank hypocrisy. What do you think?

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as was, now Jennifer Lynn Newsom, is what I imagine is the nearest the US has to the titled upper classes of Europe:
Her father, Kenneth Fredrick Siebel Jnr, is Co-Chairman of the aptly named Investment Management firm, Private Wealth Partners, LLC, while her mother is Judy Siebel who among other things was president of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (1990-1993).
Meanwhile, her husband is Gavin Newsom who has been Lieutenant Governor of California since 2011 and who before that was a two-term Mayor of San Francisco (2004-2011) and who managed to raise “$1.6 million for his reelection” for the November 2007 election.
Before embarking on his political career, Newsom had already helped found his own company, PlumpJack Associates L.P. with financial backing from an old friend of the family – Gordon Getty. Yes, that Gordon Getty - a man whose net worth is estimated at around $2 billion dollars.
If you did not immediately recognize the name, Jennifer Siebel Newsom just happens to be the director and co-writer of The Mask You Live In - an odious documentary that you probably do recall (IMDB describes it as an exploration of: “how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.”).
Now, bearing those family details outlined above, look at the transcript of this early part of The Mask You Live In:
Joe Ehrmann – Coach & Former NFL Player: [The] Second lie every boy learns is we associate masculinity with economic success.
Remember her dad is an investment manager, her husband is a family friend of Gordon fucking Getty and is the current Lieutenant Governor of California. And yet, here she is, cutting a bit of Ehrmann telling others that measuring your manhood in terms of your economic success is a "lie every boy learns".
The documentary then cuts from Ehrmann to a sequence from Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street:
My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26 I made $49 million dollars which pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.
It then cuts back to Ehrmann:
Joe Ehrmann – Coach & Former NFL Player: You know it’s been said that comparison is the thief of all happiness. So if you’re building your sense of masculinity based on power, possessions, there’s always gonna be someone that has more. Uh, that leads to an incredibly empty life of striving for things at the expense of what’s really important in life.
"comparison is the thief of all happiness"?
Her dad is a senior partner in a successful investment management firm. Her husband founded his own firm with backing from Gordon Getty and has been twice mayor of San Francisco as well as being Lieutenant Governor of California.
Yes, I can just imagine how in her eyes some blue collar pleb comparing himself to her father or her husband must be deeply upsetting.
"So if you’re building your sense of masculinity based on power, possessions, there’s always gonna be someone that has more."
Well she should fucking know! She sees half of them passing the potatoes to her at the dinner table every Thanksgiving!
Next up is another talking head, this time with a child psychologist:
Dr Madeline Levine: I’ve had eight year-old kids sit on my couch; eight year-old boys. And I’ll say: ‘So what do you wanna be when you grow up?’ and they’ll say: ‘A venture capitalist.’ There are so many things wrong with that that I hardly know where to start.
What. The. Fuck.
If you’ve seen The Mask You Live In, then you will already know that a great deal of the film is taken up with boys who are growing up on the wrong side of the tracks – boys that have been gangbangers, men who are in prison for murder etc. – and much of the rest of the film is concerned with fairly regular middle class boys – who it is very unsubtly hinted at – are pressured into becoming jocks in the mold of Brock Turner (i.e. rapists and misogynists).
So I have to ask myself – What is Siebel Newsom’s problem?
Is it that she is totally and utterly lacking in any shred of self-awareness that she can make a film that focuses on such supposed dangers of toxic masculinity as the lie that boys come to “associate masculinity with economic success” while at the very same time being the daughter of one millionaire, and while being married to another who just so happens to be chummy with a billionaire?
Or is it that she has a deep subconscious horror and loathing of any man who earns less than $250,000 a year, but that her fear and loathing ends up expressing itself as patronizing sympathy for poor men?
Poor men who she wants to ‘help’ by telling them that associating “masculinity with economic success” is a lie – apparently – and that “comparison is the thief of all happiness” so – you know you poor, poor boys – stop trying to compete with my daddy and my husband for economic resources – because they’ve already got them all.
I mean Jesus – here is this woman with this kind of background raising money on Kickstarter from Feminists to make a film that tells poor boys and men that they should stop trying to make economic successes of themselves ....!!!
Just what species of cognitive dissonance is going on with this woman?
Of course ... maybe she’s just a rank hypocrite.
Oh, and by the way – this month she posted a new short video called 2016 Was The Year of Toxic Masculinity which involves some truly egregious editing (see especially c. 1:39 and the way she cuts Rudy Giuliani off mid-sentence to make him sound far, far worse than he actually is).
Oh, yes - I nearly forgot. For anyone who knows her, Dr Kristi Winters is a fan of The Mask You Live In and describes her livestream discussion of it as:
A few of us chat about the film The Mask You Live In. I will discuss the importance of feminist critiques to understanding our current norms for masculinity (the US is featured in this film), how boys perform masculinity and the impact that has on them and others.
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2015.10.07 17:01 BinaryFormatter List of reasons not to vote Conservative

I want to build a list of reasons not to vote for the Conservatives this election. This will be beneficial for ABC voters trying to convince family, friends, or anyone else. Here's what I've put together so far.
Scandals:
On the economy:
On foreign tax evasion:
On your privacy:
Bullying opponents:
On Healthcare:
Two tiered citizenship now in Canada:
  • As a result of this new law, dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away while other Canadians cannot. Bill C-24 could easily be used against non-terrorists—for example, a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government. https://bccla.org/2015/06/its-official-second-class-citizenship-goes-into-effect/
  • Harper turns 863,000 Canadians into second-class citizens. "Say you were born in the United Kingdom, like me and 126,000 other Canadians, and have dual citizenship. Even if you’ve never lived and never intend to live in the U.K., you can now be deported if government thinks it has cause. In fact, the new rules say that all you have to do to merit the asterisk is have a claim to citizenship elsewhere, so anybody with a grandparent born in the U.K. likely falls into this category. Overnight, we have some Canadians discovering they suddenly have fewer rights as citizens than, say, native-born career criminals." http://www.vancouversun.com/stephen+hume+harper+turns+canadians+into+second+class+citizens/11410121/story.html?__lsa=a606-1c0d
  • I always knew I wasn’t an “old-stock” Canadian. But I was very shocked when one day I woke up and discovered that thanks to Bill C-24 I had somehow become a second-class Canadian. Old age security. All you have to do is look at the application form and you will see that for non-Canadian born citizens proof of our arrival and citizenship is not enough to qualify. Canadians born here are not asked to document every address they have ever lived at in order to get OAS. Are we assumed to be cheats? http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/10/01/how-i-became-a-second-class-canadian.html
  • It means that government would reward them citizenship for “good behavior” and could take it away for “bad behavior”. This is a form of “punishment,” and in fact, an unnecessary punishment, especially when there are other avenues to deal with the so-called “bad behavior”. The introduction of citizenship as merely a privilege, and not a right comes from the negative perception that immigrants are cheaters. It constructs the idea that immigrants, refugees, foreign workers, and naturalized citizens are terrorists or criminals and need to be deported to their “home countries.” http://www.sfu.ca/education/cels/bilingual/bilingual-cornebill-c-24.html
On muzzled scientists and anti-science:
  • "This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance." Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists. It began badly enough in 2008 when scientists working for Environment Canada, the federal agency, were told to refer all queries to departmental communications officers. Now the government is doing all it can to monitor and restrict the flow of scientific information, especially concerning research into climate change, fisheries and anything to do with the Alberta tar sands — source of the diluted bitumen that would flow through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Journalists find themselves unable to reach government scientists; the scientists themselves have organized public protests. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/silencing-scientists.html?_r=0
  • "The Harper years have seen a subtle darkening of Canadian life," writes Stephen Marche, a Canadian who has regular columns in both Esquire and the National Post. [...] The darkness has resulted, organically, in one of the most scandal-plagued administrations in Canadian history. [...] Americans have traditionally looked to Canada as a liberal haven, with gun control, universal health care and good public education," says Marche. "But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/opinion/sunday/the-closing-of-the-canadian-mind.html
  • Ms. Keen was fired as chair of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission because she had held her ground against political pressure to restart the Chalk River nuclear reactor in Ontario, a reactor that had been shut down for routine maintenance on Nov. 18 and was found to be missing important safety equipment. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/linda-keens-stand/article1324188/
  • In a letter published online Thursday in the journal "Science," the scientists from Simon Fraser University criticize cutbacks at eco-toxicology labs and an aquatic research facility and changes to the act itself, saying the government's rationale for making the changes is not supported by fact. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fisheries-changes-attacked-in-prestigious-science-journal-1.1275448
  • Harper govt closes lab that discovered that phosphates in detergents and household products were causing lakes to turn green with algae. It led to international changes in ingredients for those products. This lab also discovered affects of acid rain among many other scientific discoveries. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/budget-cuts-claim-famed-freshwater-research-facility-1.1155136
  • Journalists from around the world were denied access to Canadian government scientist Kristi Miller, who had published a groundbreaking paper on the decline of salmon populations in western Canada in the journal Science. http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/scientists-denounce-climate-change-denial-censorship
  • Harper cancelled funding for a successful treatment program for sex offenders so as to save money. The program had reduced chances of re-offending by 83% http://globalnews.ca/news/1399260/feds-defunding-program-for-freed-high-risk-sex-offenders/
Climate change denial:
On Military:
On Crime:
On Foreign Affairs:
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2014.12.05 17:38 nodrogttam Dodgers at a crossroads with Jon Lester. ESPN Insider report by Buster Olney

If the Dodgers really want Jon Lester and he doesn’t have any personal objections to playing in Los Angeles, a rival evaluator mused Thursday, then the Dodgers will get him. Plain and simple. Their pile of money is much larger than any team other than the Yankees -- who are not in the Lester bidding -- and if Lester’s decision comes down to the dollars alone, they will win.
But only the Dodgers and Lester’s agent, Seth Levinson, know exactly how invested L.A. is in this pursuit. There are pros and cons for team president Andrew Friedman going all-in on Lester, but there is absolutely no downside to the Dodgers jumping in on the bidding, showing big stack of chips (but not necessarily spending).
Friedman has never really been in the power position in baseball’s poker game before, having spent all of his years in the casino of baseball playing the penny and nickel slots with the Rays. This is true as well for Josh Byrnes, Friedman’s senior vice president for baseball operations, who previously served as the GM for the budget-conscious Diamondbacks and Padres, and general manager Farhan Zaidi, who worked under Billy Beane in Oakland before Friedman hired him. Each of them probably has had ideas on how they might have attacked the market if they had run a club with a massive payroll, but generally, this is a first for all them.
When Friedman ran the Rays, he never could have influenced the bidding of the Yankees or Red Sox, but at the very least, he’s in a position to push the Giants in their effort to land Lester, to force them to bid beyond their comfort level. Lester could sign with the Cubs or Red Sox, but Friedman could force Chicago and Boston to spend so much that those teams are out of position to pursue one of the many high-end pitchers who will hit the market in the next year -- David Price (whom Friedman drafted in Tampa Bay), Jordan Zimmermann, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Doug Fister.
The Dodgers could try to trade for Cole Hamels or Zimmermann, but they know that the Phillies or Nationals would target one or more of their big three set of prospects -- shortstop Corey Seager, who could reach the big leagues sometime next season; center fielder Joc Pederson, for whom the Dodgers are working to clear a lineup spot by trading Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier; and pitcher Julio Urias. They’d prefer to draw from their ample account of cash to add a pitcher.
Maybe Lester will be that guy. There would be reasons to go after him, and reasons to just stay in the bidding while focusing on others.
Pros
  1. Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball, coming off the best season of his career. He had a 2.46 ERA in 219 2/3 innings, with only 48 walks and 220 strikeouts in 2014. He would make the Dodgers better for next season, slotting in behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the L.A. rotation, and in front of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has shown that he’s not really a workhorse-type of pitcher. And remember, the top of the Dodgers’ farm system is incredibly thin in starting pitching.
  2. By signing Lester, the Dodgers would improve the bullpen, because Lester -- who is a workhorse -- would absorb some of the innings that were left to the bullpen last season. With Kershaw, Greinke and Lester regularly pitching deep into games, manager Don Mattingly could provide proper rest for his primary relievers.
  3. Signing Lester for cash now would reduce the likelihood that the Dodgers would have to surrender prospects to upgrade their rotation this winter or next summer. Let’s play devil’s advocate: If the Dodgers went into the 2015 season with Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Dan Haren and another veteran and either Kershaw or Greinke suffered a relatively significant injury, they'd have no choice but to try to work a trade at midsummer prices -- and other teams would inevitably demand Seager, Pederson or Urias. In a sense, signing Lester would protect the Dodgers’ prospects.
  4. The Dodgers don’t have to give up a draft pick to sign Lester, who didn’t receive a qualifying offer last month because he was traded in the midst of the 2014 season. They would have to surrender a pick to sign Max Scherzer or James Shields.
  5. Lester is really the best pitcher available right now. The Dodgers could wait for someone like a Price or Zimmermann or Samardzija to become available in a suitable trade, or as free agents next fall. But Lester is the guy at the top of the board right now, just as Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval were for the Red Sox a couple of weeks ago. Yes, Scherzer is a free agent as well, but owners past and present of the Astros, Red Sox and other teams would warn against the perils of waiting for a Scott Boras client to make a deal. The Dodgers could wait for Scherzer’s market to play out in the weeks ahead -- or they can grab Lester. Again, it's done now.
  6. They’ve got the money to bear the risk inherent a deal the size and scope that Lester will require. The Rays don’t, the Athletics don’t, many other teams don’t. The Dodgers do.
The Cons
  1. The vast majority of long-term deals for pitchers in the middle of their careers do not work out, and Lester turns 31 in January and has a lot of mileage: He’s thrown 26,231 pitches, with six seasons of 200 or more innings. If his career follows the arc of many of his predecessors, the team that invests big money in him will be paying major dollars for a lot of the regression in his career.
  2. Signing Lester now would be a model of dollar inefficiency, because he will be one of the two most expensive pitchers who goes for retail price this winter and it’s inevitable that the Dodgers could get a better deal down the road. If the Dodgers wait, there will inevitably be options for fewer dollars, given the sheer volume of pitchers who will become available -- and perhaps with less risk for career regression, whether it be Zimmermann, who will be a free agent next fall at age 29, or Price, now 29, or Cueto, who will be 29 in February. Shields, who pitched and led for Friedman in Tampa Bay, is a free agent now and will cost far less than Lester. Samardzija will be 30 this winter, but he’s thrown less than half of the total pitches in his career than Lester, at just over 12,000. The underrated Fister will hit the market next fall, along with sinkerballer Rick Porcello.
(The question of Lester’s relative value, compared to other options that will develop down the road, is the primary reason why I’m guessing that the Dodgers don’t jump in and crush the field with their bid. I think they’d get more bang for their buck by signing Shields and then pursuing another starter down the road. But it’s only a guess.)
  1. The Dodgers will probably be really good even if they don’t sign Lester, given the fact that Kershaw and Greinke lead their rotation. They don’t necessarily have to have Lester, especially if they improve their bullpen.
When the negotiations finally reach the finish line -- which could come sometime next week, at the winter meetings -- this will be Lester’s choice, and interestingly, he knows a lot of folks involved in the bidding, and they know him. His ties with the Red Sox run deep, of course. Theo Epstein, the president of the Cubs, was the general manager of the Red Sox when Lester broke into the big leagues, and Jed Hoyer, Chicago’s GM, was Epstein’s assistant in Boston. Lester is said to have walked away from his meeting with the Cubs extremely impressed, and comfortable with what he heard.
Zaidi was with the Athletics when they traded for Lester last summer. Byrnes was with the Red Sox at the time Boston drafted Lester. Gabe Kapler, part of the Dodgers’ front office, was a teammate of Lester in Boston.
For the Red Sox, the pursuit of Lester is personal, a matter of bringing him home. For the Cubs, Lester is the centerpiece of their winter strategy at this point; if they land him, they’ll likely be more aggressive in making other moves for 2015, strengthening the club around him. The Giants would have a perfect partner for Madison Bumgarner.
But the other clubs are probably at the mercy of the Dodgers, who are capable of throwing out a number none of the other teams would try to match.
Do the Dodgers want to do that? We’ll see.
For the readers: If you were in Friedman’s position, would you spend heavily on Lester, or would you merely push the bidding and target a better value deal?
Notables
• Pitchers like Lester are a 50-50 bet to last into their mid-30s. The market for Lester is exploding, writes Nick Cafardo.
If Lester winds up with a deal in the range of $140 million to $150 million -- and given the perfect array of big-market and emotionally invested bidders, it’s hard to imagine him signing for less than that -- then Boston’s misread of the market last winter, with its $70 million, four-year offer, will be fully illuminated. And that’s even if Lester re-signs with Boston, because his final deal with the Red Sox would be close to double what that offer was less than a year ago.
The left-hander was fully prepared to re-sign with the Red Sox last winter, friends say, but that $70 million offer was well below his market value, and everything changed.
David Ortiz is pushing for Lester.
• Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick and I talked about a lot of teams and players in a pre-winter meetings podcast.
• After a report emerged that teams are being told that Chase Headley has a $65 million, four-year deal, the most-asked industry question in the hours that followed was: Which team did that?
The Giants are interested in Headley, as assistant GM Bobby Evans acknowledged.
• Evaluators report that the sheer volume of conversations between clubs has picked up enormously in the past few days, and they expect a flood of deals to happen.
• Wrote about this earlier in the week: Melky Cabrera could be a great fit for the Mariners. Nelson Cruz was introduced in Seattle. The Mariners have powered up, writes Bob Dutton.
• Andre Ethier, who has handled the Dodgers’ outfield logjam with total professionalism, told the team he wants to start next season, whether in L.A. or somewhere else.
• The Tigers won’t trade a starter, says David Dombrowski. The fine print: That could change if Detroit re-signs Scherzer.
• The Orioles have had a tough week; Dan Duquette says help is on the way. Duquette talked about concerns about Nick Markakis.
In advance of the winter meetings, Justin Havens of ESPN Stats & Information detailed the breadth of concerns for the defending AL East champions:
  1. Nelson Cruz leaves for Seattle
In leaving Baltimore, Cruz became the first home run leader to start the next season with a different team since Adrian Beltre left for Seattle after 2004. The team will somehow need to replace the only player to hit 40 homers and produce 100 RBIs in all of baseball last season.
  1. Nick Markakis leaves for Atlanta
The longest-tenured Oriole -- originally drafted by Baltimore in the first round of the 2003 draft -- left for his hometown Braves after nine years with the O’s. His .342 on-base percentage ranked second on the team last season.
  1. Andrew Miller leaves for TBD location
The Orioles knew Miller was a free agent when they acquired him at the deadline, but it will be even harder to see him walk now after he posted a 0.99 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 27 1/3 in an Orioles uniform.
  1. Cornerstones recovering from injury
For the second consecutive offseason, franchise cornerstone Manny Machado will be coming back from a season-ending knee injury, this time to his right knee. Matt Wieters -- who will be a free agent after this coming season -- is recovering from season-ending elbow surgery.
  1. Davis, Jimenez to rebound?
Chris Davis and Ubaldo Jimenez were supposed to be the best hitter and best pitcher for last season’s Orioles. After hitting 53 homers in 2013, Davis saw his OPS drop 300 points and his average plunge to .196. Jimenez, in the first year of a four-year deal, posted a 4.81 ERA in 125 innings, losing his rotation spot at one point. Davis is a free agent after 2015, and Jimenez has nearly $39 million left on his deal.
• Cleveland is closing in on a deal for Brandon Moss. Oakland has been looking for middle infielders.
• Raul Ibanez withdrew from consideration for the Rays’ managerial job, and Tampa Bay is expected to announce a final decision soon, as Marc Topkin writes.
Moves, deals and decisions
  1. Dave Martinez will become Joe Maddon’s bench coach.
  2. The Pirates signed Clayton Richard.
  3. The Rangers made it official and re-signed Colby Lewis.
  4. Atlanta signed Michael Kohn, as David O’Brien writes.
NL East
• Mark Bradley thinks the Braves’ signing of Markakis was a pricey half-measure.
• Lucas Duda wants to get better versus lefties, writes Kristie Ackert.
NL Central
• A panel OK’d the recent sign plans of the Cubs.
• Justin Upton would be expensive for the Reds, writes John Fay.
• Redsfest is more than just autographs and photos.
NL West
• Clint Barmes is a fit for the Padres.
AL East
• David Ortiz hasn’t talked to Alex Rodriguez in a long, long time, writes Kevin Kernan.
• Michael Saunders is out to prove the Mariners’ GM wrong. He is honored to be wearing a Blue Jays uniform.
AL Central
• The White Sox are selling dirt and seats.
AL West
• A Rutgers product is emerging in the Mariners’ farm system.
• The Houston coaching staff is forming the team’s philosophy.
Lastly
• Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva hope the Hall call comes.
• Tyler Kepner has an idea for Hall of Fame voters.
• Roy Halladay is selling a house.
• Missed this the other day: Jonathan Papelbon is selling his condo in Philly.
• Ken Davidoff wonders: Is Derek Jeter gearing up to buy the Marlins?
• Alan Trammell’s dream is a Hall of Fame call with Lou Whitaker.
• Bryan Burwell would have been deeply touched by all the great things that people are writing and saying about him. Bryan deserved all of it.
And today will be better than yesterday.
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