The latest troubling TikTok trend, dubbed “Devious Licks” by teens and students, has been banned from the platform. The clips first started to gain momentum earlier this month and typically feature the participant showing off items — ranging from wet floor signs to microscopes and projectors to paper towel holders — they allegedly stole from school. No matter the object though, it’s always described by the presenter as a devious or diabolical “lick,” depending on the scale of the theft. According to a January update to Urban Dictionary, a “lick” refers to “a successful type of theft which resu...
"Naughty" MAGA children launch a "decoration insurrection" during a Mark Zuckerberg-themed "Elf on the Shelf" parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night.
"Elf on the Shelf is very popular, but when it comes to spying on us, the elf has got a lot of competition. In fact, one little fella in particular is running circles around him right now," Kimmel said during his monologue, introducing a parody commercial for "Zuck on a Truck."
The ad's narrator states that while the Elf on the Shelf "can only see so much," with Zuck on a Truck, "no secret is safe."
"With the power of Facebook's massive database, your personal Mark Zuckerberg knows absolutely everything," the narrator states, as Zuck on a Truck tells one child that his mom is having an affair.
"Zuck on a Truck can tell if you've been naughty or nice," the narrator says. "He knows every website you've ever visited, every place you've ever lived, every friend you've ever made, every love you've ever lost, every schoolmate you've stalked. Zuck on a Truck even knows when you'll die — and, he has a working horn!"
As one child prepares to smash a Christmas display with a hammer, Zuck on a Truck watches and says, "It's not my place to judge what's right and wrong."
"Zuck on a Truck takes no responsibility for your dangerous misbehavior," the narrator states. "Quite the contrary, Zuck on a Truck will use his Yuletide algorithm to connect all the naughty children in your neighborhood."
At that point, a group of children in MAGA gear show up at the door.
"Santa's list is rigged!" one screams. "Storm the tree!"
The children — including one resembling the QAnon shaman and another holding a sign that says "Mom eats the cookies!" — lay siege to the home, smashing decorations and ripping open gifts before trying to topple the tree.
"It's a decoration insurrection with Zuck on a Truck, which for legal reasons has now been rebranded as Meta on a Jetta," the narrator says.
Watch it at the 10:40 mark in the video below.
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A police officer in Tucson, Arizona was fired Tuesday after video showed him fatally shooting a man in a wheelchair nine times in the back and side on Monday night.
Police released body-cam video showing the victim, who was suspected of shoplifting, traveling away from officers in his wheelchair as they told him to stop.
When he failed to stop and continued to enter a Lowe's store, one of the officers opened fire on him, causing him to slump over and fall face-first out of his wheelchair.
According to Channel 12, the fired officer was identified as Ryan Remington, a four-year veteran of the force.
The Arizona Republic reported that Remington had been working off-duty security at a Walmart.
The victim was identified as 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards.
"To be very clear, I am deeply disturbed and troubled by Officer Remington's actions," Tucson police chief Chris Magnus said at a news conference. "His use of deadly force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts multiple aspects of our use of force and training."
The incident reportedly started at the Walmart, when an employee told Remington that Richards had stolen a toolbox.
Remington tried to stop Richards and ask him for a receipt. Richards then pulled out a knife and said, "Here's your receipt," according to police.
The knife is not visible in video from a camera in the Walmart parking lot, which shows Remington following Richards toward Lowe's.
After Remington opens fire on Richards, video from Lowe's shows the officer handcuffing the victim on the ground after he falls out of the wheelchair. Richards was pronounced dead a short time later.
The Pima County Attorney's Office is investigating the incident.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero called Remington's actions "unconscionable and indefensible."
"The County Attorney’s Office has my full support as they proceed with their investigation," Romero said. "It is moments like this that test our resolve to ensure justice and accountability. We owe this to all Tucsonans. I ask our community to remain calm and be patient as investigations ensue.”
Watch the video here.
American Library Association sounds alarm on hundreds of right-wing campaigns aimed at censoring books
On Tuesday, CNN reported that the American Library Association is sounding the alarm over right-wing efforts around the country to censor LGBTQ and racial content from books in libraries.
"Since June 1, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has tracked 155 incidents across the country and has provided support and consultation in 120 of those cases, the association said," reported Nicole Chavez. "In a statement, the group's executive board said a few organizations have pushed the idea that 'the voices of the marginalized have no place on library shelves' by falsely claiming some books are subversive, immoral and induce people to 'to abandon constitutional principles, ignore the rule of law, and disregard individual rights.'"
The report goes on to document how many of the incidents are in states where Republican governors have made campaigning against teaching critical race theory a major culture war issue.
"The group's statement comes after numerous schools in Texas, Florida and several other states have received complaints involving certain books," said the report. "The trend emerged from the critical race theory debate and the panic over how history, race and queer themes are being taught to children. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has called on the state's school boards to remove books he described as 'pornography' after at least two state lawmakers asked officials to investigate books in schools."
This issue also emerged in the closely watched Virginia governor's race earlier this year, when Republican Glenn Youngkin promoted a right-wing activist who has tried to have Toni Morrison's "Beloved" removed from school libraries on the grounds of obscenity. In Tennessee, a group called "Moms for Liberty" wants to remove books about Martin Luther King Jr., and even pictures of seahorses they consider too "sexy."
In some parts of the country, students themselves are fighting back, with one effort to remove an LGBTQ book in a Chicago public school library thwarted when kids showed up to protest the effort.