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‘Go F*ck Yourself’: R.E.M. Frontman Slams Donald Trump For Using Band’s Song At Tea Party Rally



Michael Stipe had harsh words for Donald Trump after the billionaire used a famous R.E.M. song at a Tea Party rally Wednesday.

Just one day after Survivor band members denounced and later sent a cease and desist letter to Mike Huckabee and Kim Davis for use their top hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” at a rally welcoming the Rowan County clerk back from jail, another top music industry group is making it clear just how angry they are about the unauthorized use of their music.

Michael Stipe, lead singer for the alternative rock band R.E.M., last night attacked billionaire GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who had used the band’s famous “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” song at a Tea Party rally Wednesday afternoon.

“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention grabbing, power hungry little men,” Stipe said via Twitter. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” 

The rally was an attempt by Tea Party activists and politicians to try to stop President Barack Obama’s nuclear treaty with Iran. In attendance were also Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, and others. It reportedly also became an ugly immigrant bashing event, when actual immigrants showed and were attacked.

The comments were posted to Twitter by Mike Mills, a founding member of R.E.M., after journalist David Corn asked for comment.

Mills’ personal response was also, “I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.” Mills also retweeted another Twitter user’s response: “They should have played something by Simple Minds.”


On Facebook, the band offered a more official and intellectual response.

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

There of course is great irony and hypocrisy in these conservative politicians who grandstand about the rights of Christian anti-gay bakers, florists, and photographers they claim must be “protected” from having to do business with same-sex couples – and actual business transaction in which the maker of a product gets paid – while they freely engage in what some might call theft of intellectual property that’s protected by copyright by people who clearly do not share their conservative values.


Image by kris krüg via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Gawker


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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police



A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”


This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave



Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.



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FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers



The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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