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A reporter said he was physically assaulted by Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte on Wednesday, a day before Montana residents could vote him into office.

"Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses," tweeted Ben Jacobs, a reporter with The Guardian, who was covering a Gianforte campaign event.

In an audio recording of the incident, captured by the reporter, Jacobs can be heard pressing Gianforte to comment on a Congressional Budget Office evaluation of the American Health Care Act released earlier Wednesday.

Then, a loud crash.

"I'm sick and tired of you guys," Gianforte can be heard shouting. "The last time you came in here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here."

The altercation took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana.

"You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses," Jacobs says.

"Get the hell out of here," Gianforte says again.

Jacobs described the incident to The Guardian:

"He took me to the ground," Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance, according to The Guardian. "This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics."

A Fox News crew that witnessed the encounter between Jacobs and Gianforte described a far more disturbing scene, saying Gianforte "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground."

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna said she and her crew "watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top of the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of 'I'm sick and tired of this.'"

According to Acuna's account, Jacobs "scrambled to his knees" and said that his glasses were broken.

"To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies," the Fox News reporter said.

Jacobs was taken to a local hospital, where he reportedly got an X-ray on his elbow. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin confirmed to The Guardian that his department was "currently investigating" the incident and declined to comment further.

It was later reported that Sheriff Gootkin donated $250 to Gianforte's campaign in March, according to Federal Election Commission documents cited by Politico reporter Gabriel Debenedetti.

Photos posted to social media showed police vehicles and an ambulance on the scene. Jacobs reportedly filed a report with Bozeman police.

BuzzFeed's Alexis Levinson, who was at the campaign event, said she heard a "giant crash" from behind partially closed doors and "saw Ben's feet fly in the air as he hit the floor."

Gianforte left the event early in a silver Jeep.

In a statement, Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon suggested Jacobs was to blame:

"Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ."

Gianforte, an engineer and businessman, is running against Democrat Rob Quist in a special election on Thursday for Montana's at-large Congressional district. The district was formerly held by Ryan Zinke, whom President Donald Trump tapped to lead the US Department of the Interior.

Gianforte unsuccessfully ran for governor of Montana in 2016.

Quist declined to comment on the incident when pressed by an MSNBC reporter Wednesday evening.

"That's really not for me to talk about. I think that's more a matter for law enforcement," he said.

Polls suggest an unexpectedly tight race in the reliably conservative Montana. In 2016, Trump carried the state by 21 points. But with the White House embroiled in scandal, Democrats are keeping a close eye on the Montana contest, which could give an early glimpse of their chances in the 2018 midterm elections.

Gianforte, meanwhile, has allied himself closely to Trump, campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence, Zinke, and Donald Trump Jr.

Jacobs reported last month on Gianforte's financial ties to two Russian companies sanctioned by the US.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Bane on Venom
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:23:06 PM »
Variety is reporting that Tom Hardy, who played Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, will next play another iconic comic book villain, Venom. The frequent Spider-Man villain is getting his own film next year, which will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, who made Zombieland.

A few months back, Sony surprised movie fans everywhere by putting a Venom movie on their release schedule. Rumors of a film based on the character had been going around for years but, once Spider-Man started being shared with Marvel Studios, they sort of went away.

With Hardy and Fleischer now aboard, Venom will lead what’s expected to be Sony’s own unique sliver of the Marvel universe—one that’ll feature other famous Spider-Man rogues, and may include a Black Cat and Silver Sable film. No one knows if these villain films will crossover, or just tell one-off comic book stories; what is almost certain, however, is that Spider-Man won’t be part of them.


General Chat / Erdogan's forces beat up protesters in DC
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:52:41 PM »
Its going to be interesting seeing this play out.

General Chat / question on Flat Earthers
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:31:24 PM »
I'm hoping one of you guys know off the top of your heads because I don't feel like looking it up. Do they have an explanation we we went from believing the Earth was flat to the Earth being round? Its one thing to get everyone to believe a lie when there was no explanation before. Its got to be super fucking hard to get someone to believe a lie when the truth has always been widely established.

Today, HRC called out the Texas House of Representatives for passing HB 3859, a bill that would allow child welfare organizations -- including adoption and foster care agencies -- to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents and children in need of a loving, secure home. It could also lead to concrete harm to children in care; it would forbid the state from cancelling a state contract with an agency that subjected children in their care to dangerous practices such as so-called “conversion therapy.” HB 3859 is just the latest bill in a slate of anti-LGBTQ bills being pursued by the Texas legislature, which is undertaking a systematic effort to roll back the rights of LGBTQ Texans, piece by piece.

“HB 3859 is yet another example of Texas legislators’ coordinated efforts to pursue discrimination against LGBTQ people instead of focusing on the best interest of all Texans,” said Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, and an adoptive and foster parent. “If signed into law, this bill would most harm the children in Texas’ child welfare system -- kids who need a loving, stable home. Discrimination under law is unacceptable. The Senate must recognize this bill for what it is: an attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans, this time targeting some of Texas’ most vulnerable residents: children in the child welfare system.”

HB 3859 would enshrine discrimination into Texas law by allowing discrimination in two directions: against prospective parents, and against children in their care. It would allow state contractors who provide child welfare services to discriminate against qualified same-sex couples who want to adopt. HB 3859 would allow child-placing agencies to turn away qualified Texans seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Child welfare organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Education Association have condemned similar bills. This most harms children in the system who are awaiting placement in qualified, loving homes and are instead forced to remain in care. Child welfare services should be guided by the overarching principle that guides all family law: all determinations should be in the “best interest of the child.” It isn’t in the best interest of a child to deny them a qualified, loving family simply because that family doesn’t share all of the tenets of the placing agency’s faith.

Further, this bill would have a significant and tremendously harmful impact on children in care.  Additionally, HB 3859 would allow the agencies tasked by the state with caring for these children to put discrimination over the best interests of the child – they are allowed to refuse to provide services that children in care may desperately need, or subject children to care that is contrary to a child’s best interest. For example, this bill would allow an agency responsible for caring for LGBTQ youth to refer that child to a provider of the abusive, discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy,” if that was consistent with the agency’s religious beliefs, without the state being able to intervene, cancel the contract, or withdraw support in other ways.

Research consistently shows that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, as many have been rejected by their families of origin because of their LGBTQ status, and are especially vulnerable to discrimination and mistreatment while in foster care. HB 3859 will only exacerbate the challenges faced by LGBTQ young people.

HRC has seven field organizers in four offices across Texas who work to mobilize opposition to any anti-LGBTQ legislation. HRC continues to work alongside Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Texas Freedom Network, the Transgender Education Network of Texas and others on the ground to battle against dangerous or harmful bills that attack the dignity of LGBTQ Texans. As a coalition, we will stand together; we will support and comfort one another; and we will continue to work together until we defeat every bill this session that discriminates against LGBTQ Texans.

General Chat / James Comey has been fired.
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:56:04 PM »

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / R rated Hellboy remake in the works
« on: May 09, 2017, 01:59:11 PM »

ICT / Chi Chi vs Mr. Satan
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:27:20 PM »
Watching the episode of Dragonball Super where Chi Chi and Mr. Satan argue over Pan's future. After Krillin, Tien, and Videl It's not impossible for them to be upper end of human fighters. Who wins?

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