Chaos erupts at city council meeting as rock-wielding man threatens to stone gay city manager for blasphemy
During a city hall meeting to address racism in Klamath Falls, Oregon, a man wielding a large rock threatened a city employee, the Herald and News reports.
Eric Osterberg, assistant to the city manager of Klamath Falls and staff lead for the Klamath Falls equity task force, was about to deliver the task force's final report to the Klamath Falls city council when when he noticed the agitated man holding the rock.
"Oh, so you think we are all racist? You think you are the second coming of Christ?" the man reportedly said.
Osterberg, who is a gay Black man, said the man accused him of spreading HIV and AIDS, and called him "blasphemous."
"You are a sinner and you need to be stoned. That is why I brought this stone," Osterberg said the man told him.
The man was then escorted out of the building by police.
"I'm not sure if he was arrested or just asked to go home," Osterberg said. "I would hope that he was arrested since he made a direct threat to me, and I think it would be pretty bad if he was allowed to just leave."
Bu according to Klamath Falls police chief Robert Dentinger, the man was not arrested.
"As of (Monday) night there was not enough information to arrest him," Dentinger said. "But as things change, we are going to have to talk to him."
Klamath Falls mayor Carol Westfal said the incident was disappointing occurrence.
"It basically shows us what is out there, and our work towards equity and doing away with this kind of conflict is what we are working towards," Westfall said. "It's unfortunate, but we do have freedom of speech and people on the internet are saying all sorts of stuff ... I think it's just unfortunate but we definitely need to educate people and keep moving forward."
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Former Rep. Alan Grayson raised $150K with cringey 'Resistance' PAC -- then spent most of it trying to get back into Congress
Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) managed to raise more than $150,000 for his anti-Donald Trump The Resistance Political Action Committee, but most of that money was spent on his own political interests as he explores a possible Senate run.
The Florida Democrat has tried to reinvent himself after his 2016 bid for U.S. Senate imploded thanks in part to domestic violence allegations, and he launched his "Trump Dump" project the following August to "help end the Trump presidency" through legislative action, boycotts and organized "Days of Resistance [on] the 20th of each month (inauguration anniversary)," reported The Daily Beast.
"If you liked me as your Congressman with Guts, then you'll love me as your Lawyer with Guts," he said in September 2017. "We're going to crowdfund investigations into Trump, we're going to file lawsuits, and we're going to make a whole lot of noise. Most importantly, we're going to defeat the Cheeto-in-Chief."
Hundreds of small donations made their way to The Resistance PAC, which Federal Election Commission records show raised $150,695 by the end of 2017 -- but Grayson admitted that the fundraising committee's promised actions were were "minimal and basically abandoned."
"It did not take off in the way that I was hoping," Grayson told The Daily Beast. "We weren't getting the kind of response that we wanted to get, it was not a successful organizing effort, so over time, we let it go."
Instead the money went mostly on web services and additional fundraising vendors who helped with Grayson's unsuccessful attempt to return to Congress, but the former lawmaker denies engaging in deceptive messaging and claims he doesn't remember the PAC raising that much money.
"The leadership PAC complied meticulously with the law, and your innuendo that some hypothetical donor might have been somehow misled simply has no basis," Grayson said. "There is no practice, or policy, or obligation of any kind that a leadership PAC indicates or discloses which candidate has that leadership PAC."
Government watchdogs say the former congressman's fundraising activity may not be illegal, but the PAC could have violated regulations if it failed to report payments to vendors for the 2018 campaign.
"They're essentially slush funds for politicians, and they have a lot of leeway. And you get into these thorny questions of what is actually helping their campaign," said Robert Maguire, research director for the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "Rules should be in place to give donors the information they need about who they are giving money to."
'His death was preventable': Obituary blasts unvaccinated people for infecting one-time GOP leader with COVID-19
The family of a one-time Republican Party leader in New Jersey used his obituary to blast the unvaccinated people who allegedly infected him with COVID-19.
"He was infected by someone who chose to not get vaccinated and his death was preventable," states the obituary for Clark R. Allen. "It is the wish of his family that everyone get vaccinated in order to prevent further death, sickness and heartbreak."
The 83-year-old Allen had retired to Florida, which set a record for COVID hospitalizations this week, and has become the epicenter of an ongoing surge linked to the Delta variant in the U.S. Fewer than half of Floridians are fully vaccinated, and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has come under intense criticism for his response to the crisis.
The New Jersey Globe reports that long before moving to Florida, Allen became a major player in Republican politics in the Garden State.
"Allen was allied with the conservative wing of the New Jersey GOP in the early 1960s and supported Barry Goldwater for President at a time when Thomas Kean worked on William Scranton's campaign and Christine Todd Whitman campaigned for Nelson Rockefeller," the Globe reported. "But after Goldwater's defeat, Allen led a group of young conservatives interested in uniting New Jersey Republicans and helping to stave off a 1966 GOP primary for a liberal two-term U.S. Senator, Clifford Case."
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