Well-Regulated SC Convenience Store Owner Shoots 14-Year-Old Black Kid In The Back, Like A Damn Coward

Rick Chow executed a 14-year-old on suspicion of shoplifting.

Rick Chow, who owns a Shell gas station in Columbia, South Carolina, chased 14-year-old Cyrus Carmack-Belton out of his store Sunday night and fatally shot him in the back. Chow believed Carmack-Belton had stolen four bottles of water. He was mistaken. Also, it was just water. We're talking at most $20. That's what Chow apparently considered the value of a human life.

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, which reviewed surveillance footage, there was a verbal confrontation between Chow and Carmack-Belton but it didn't become physical. Chow and his son chased the 14-year-old down the street, far from the store property. Carmack-Belton fell but got back up and ran before Chow eventually shot him in the lower back.

“It’s senseless, it doesn’t make sense,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at press conference on Monday. “You have a family that’s grieving, we have a community that’s grieving over a 14-year-old who was shot.”

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Class War

Like A Good Neighbor, State Farm Worries Your House In California Will Burn To Cinders

Insurance companies know damn well that climate change is real.

State Farm announced on Friday that it will no longer sell new homeowners insurance policies in the state of California, explaining the move was due to "historic increases in construction costs outpacing inflation, rapidly growing catastrophe exposure, and a challenging reinsurance market." The decision doesn't affect already-existing policies, and State Farm will keep selling car insurance in California too.

The company said that it was really great that California's state government has been ramping up efforts at wildfire mitigation, but added that it was "necessary to take these actions now to improve the company’s financial strength," because in the insurance biz, you can't make a profit if there's too much risk that you'll have more policy holders needing payouts than you've taken in through premiums, or if there's insufficient coverage in reinsurance — basically, the insurance that helps insurance companies pay off claims in a catastrophic situation. Sorry, folks, too much risk, and we can't get coverage ourselves.

Update: State Farm didn't specifically mention the problem of California cliffside property falling into the ocean (free WaPo gift linky) due to all the freaky weather, but we suppose that would be part of the "catastrophic exposure" they meant.

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We knew this was on the way, because insurance is all about trying to pin down risk, and droughts, increasingly damaging hurricanes, and rising sea levels are all the sorts of things that will catch the attention of insurance companies, which have been saying "Well, actuarily..." about climate for a couple of decades now. Yr Wonkette chirped and keeled over like a coal mine canary about it over a decade ago, and it wasn't new then, either.

As independent journalist and lefty rabblerouser Hamilton Nolan puts it in a must-read piece on the problem,

The insurance industry is going to serve a very useful role in the climate apocalypse. It is going to be the tip of the spear that punches through all of the bullshit of climate denialism once and for all. Indeed, the process is very much underway already. Politicians and oil lobbyists can lie all they want, but their homeowners insurance rates are going up.
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Why Does Trump Want Names Of Everybody Investigating Him, It Is A Witness Intimidation Treason Mystery!

His motives are always so hard to suss out.

News continues to trickle out about Special Counsel Jack Smith's investigations into Donald Trump.

The Washington Post has the latest on the inquiry surrounding Trump's potential obstruction of justice in handing over the classified documents and closely guarded state secrets he stole from the US government, focusing on a specific employee who kept showing up in surveillance footage moving boxes. Indeed, it sounds like Trump may have even waved off his own lawyer from looking for classified documents in his office, AKA the bridal suite at Mar-a-Lago, which sure does sound intentional, if proven true.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Smith's investigation, into Trump's efforts to overthrow the government and overturn the election he lost, the New York Times is reporting that White House aides have been subpoenaed related to the firing of Chris Krebs, the cybersecurity chief who judged the 2020 election to be the "most secure in American history." It certainly appeared at the time that the firing of Krebs was a direct retaliation for making the election too difficult to steal, and it flew in the face of the fantasy lie narrative Trump was trying to create, where the election had been taken from him through fraud and other improprieties.

So it'll be interesting to see how all these things play out. We imagine we'll be reading indictments about the classified documents long before we read indictments about January 6, as it seems like the docs investigation is much further along.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone reports that Trump, who is known for continuing to commit crimes while he is being investigated for crimes, is working overtime to find out the identities of the people investigating him. Not just for whatever purposes he has right now, but for his imaginary delusional purposes where he gets to fire them on day one, when he is "president" again.

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Trump Calling Kayleigh McEnany 'Milktoast' Because Sure, That's How That's Spelled

Definitely what winners do a year and a half out from their next humiliating election loss.

Let's check in with the absolute best hope Republicans have for 2024, the indicted (and likely to soon-to-be more indicted!) babbling moron of Mar-a-Lago.

That says:

"Kayleigh 'Milktoast'McEnany just gave out the wrong poll numbers on FoxNews. I am 34 points up on DeSanctimonious, not 25 up. While 25 is great, it's not 34. She knew the number was corrected upwards by the group that did the poll. The RINOS & Globalists can have her. FoxNews should only use REAL Stars!!!

All of the illiteracy obviously [sic]. Including the part about "Milktoast." We know there are MAGA people who will argue that Trump spelling it like that is just part of his four-dimensional chess, as if they're convincing anyone out there that Trump isn't just a poorly educated moron.

So "Milktoast." He's making up inane names for Kayleigh McEnany now, a woman who was his loyal press secretary, and who has done nothing in her life but lie for him, but who we guess is showing signs of possibly maybe not being 100 percent committed to Sparkle Motion. He is ready to hand her over to the "RINOS" and the "Globalists." You know (((what that means))).

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