Meanwhile business as usual in the strictest gun control area in the country

At least 11 people have died and 14 others have been wounded in separate shootings in Chicago since late Tuesday, including the accidental shooting of an 11-year-old boy, police said.

In the latest fatal shooting, a 39-year-old man was killed and a 52-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 5:10 a.m. Thursday in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.

The two were inside a building in the 4700 block of South King Drive when they were shot.

The 39-year-old was struck in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, Sedevic said.

The other man, wounded in the left knee and shin, was taken in fair condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

About 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, a 23-year-old man was shot to death in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, said Officer Ron Gaines, a police spokesman.

The man, identified as Dan Rance, was standing outside in the 700 block of North Long Avenue, the same block he lived on, when a gunman walked up and fired, striking him in the chest and torso, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rance was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park where he was later pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m., police and the medical examiner’s officer said.

About 9:45 p.m., a 19-year-old man died after he was shot in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

The man, identified as Jimmy Tripp of the 7300 block of South Emerald Avenue, was outside in the 800 block of West 68th Street when an attacker walked up and fired shots, according to the medical examiner and Officer Amina Greer, a police spokeswoman.

The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:33 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

About 9:05 p.m., a 60-year-old man was shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, Gaines said.

The man was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head in a hallway inside a residence in the 6800 block of South Merrill Avenue, Gaines said.

The shooting may have been narcotics-related, Gaines said.

No one was in custody as of early Thursday and no other information was immediately available.

About five minutes earlier, at 9 p.m., an 11-year-old boy died after a family member accidentally shot him in the abdomen in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side, according to police and the boy’s family.

The boy, identified by family members as Antwone Earl Price Jr., was in the 7400 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue when he was shot.

He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said one person is in custody as a result of the shooting.

Earlier, a 19-year-old man was pronounced dead after he and two other men were shot in the 5900 block of West Diversey Avenue at 5:30 p.m. in the Belmont Central neighborhood, police said.

The man, 19, identified as Daniel Guerra of the 2100 block of North McVicker Avenue, was shot in the upper chest and neck and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he had initially been listed in critical condition, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Authorities initially gave a different age for the man and where he was injured.

Guerra, was pronounced dead at 6:03 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The man was with a 23-year-old man who was shot in the back and taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic. A man, 22, was shot in the hand and was taken to an area hospital, where his condition had stabilized, police said.

The string of slayings began shortly before midnight Tuesday when a 16-year-old boy was killed in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said. About a half-hour later and about 3 miles away, a 25-year-old man was killed. Two hours later in Uptown, two men were killed.

The 16-year-old boy was slain and a woman, 42, and a girl, 14, were wounded in the 1300 block of South Kostner Avenue about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The boy was identified Wednesday afternoon as Marcus Weathers, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the same block where he was killed.

Someone in a white sedan drove by and opened fire, hitting the three, police said. All the victims were taken to Stroger Hospital. The 42-year-old was shot in the leg and the 14-year-old in the back. Their conditions were stabilized, authorities said.

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2700 block of West Lexington Avenue about 12:20 a.m. He was shot in the head, chest and groin and pronounced dead at the scene. No one was in custody.

Then at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, two men were shot to death in the Uptown neighborhood, police said. A 34-year-old man was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic and a 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene in the 5000 block of North Winthrop Avenue.

Then, hours later, a spray of bullets in the South Shore neighborhood left one man dead and two wounded, according to police, who corrected early information that two people had been killed.

The three were shot about 9 a.m. near 75th Street and Exchange Avenue, according to fire officials. The victims were found in the 2600 block of East 74th Place and around the corner in the 7400 block of South Exchange Avenue.

A 25-year-old man was taken to South Shore Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead, according to police. A 29-year-old man who police initially said had died was in critical condition at Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the back, police said. The third, a 50-year-old man, was in good condition at Jackson Park Hospital and was expected to be treated and released, said Officer Bari Lemmon, a police spokeswoman.

The man killed was later identified as Vuan Evans, 25, of the 3100 block of East Cheltenham Place, according to the medical examiner’s office. Evans, who records show turned 25 on Saturday, was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m.

The three were standing outside when they were shot, Lemmon said.

In the most recent nonfatal shooting, a 27-year-old woman was critically hurt around 2:48 a.m. Thursday in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side, Gaines said.

The woman was outside in the 1600 block of West 115th Street when an unknown attacker walked up to her and fired shots, Gaines said.

The woman was struck in the torso and was taken to Christ Medical Center in critical condition, Gaines said.

About 12:15 a.m. Thursday, a 20-year-old man was seriously wounded in a shooting around in the Oakland neighborhood on the South Side, Gaines said.

The man was shot in the lower back near 40th Street and South Oakenwald Avenue, Gaines said.

He was taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Gaines said.

Earlier Wednesday evening, two men were shot on the Far South Side, police said.

The shooting happened at 8:30 p.m. on the 10500 block of South LaSalle Street. A 20-year-old man was shot in the face and was taken to Christ Hospital where his condition had stabilized. In addition, a 26-year-old man was shot in the leg and his condition had stabilized at an area hospital, police said.

Earlier, a 41-year-old man was injured after being shot at 1 p.m. on the 6800 block of South Ashland Avenue, police said. The man was shot in the side and was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.

Sad people want to control guns and not face the actual issues involved. I guess the easy target is conscience clearing enough.

Future Hot Dogs Will Be Made of Trees???

Hot-dog lovers, rejoice. A Norwegian company is using trees to create a fat substitute which can be used in anything from ice cream to hot dogs, meaning you could soon be consuming your favorite food-stuff free of guilt and without the nagging need to go for a run to burn off the calories afterwards

Borregaard, a Norwegian biorefinery company that has branches around the world, is rolling out the new product, called Sense-Fi which has the texture and feel of fat, but without the calories, according to nutritional company Socius, one of Sense-Fi’s suppliers. The substance is made from microfibrillated cellulose, a waste product which is produced when trees are turned into timber. Plants grow more than 160 billion tonnes of cellulose per year, but only a tiny fraction is currently useful to humans.

Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet reported on Sunday that Borregaard has invested 300 million Norwegian krone ($36.3 million) in the development of Sense-Fi. The project has taken more than 10 years of research by the Paper and Fibre Institute in Trondheim, Norway. The company have opened a plant in Wisconsin and have already begun selling Sense-Fi to the U.S. food industry. They are investing a further 225 million Norwegian krone ($27.3 million) in a factory in Sarpsborg, Norway, which they hope will be ready to open in fall 2016.

The superfood is being touted by the company as a potential weapon in the fight against obesity. “We’re rolling it out primarily in the U.S., where it has been approved. Sales are just about underway, and there is a lot of focus on fighting obesity,” said the company’s business director Harald Rnneberg Borregaard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.9 percent of U.S. adults—approximately 78.6 million people—are obese, and obesity related medical treatments cost the U.S. $147 billion in 2008. Norway has the lowest obesity rate among all countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, with the rate standing at 10 percent among adults in 2012.

Sense-Fi is a thickener that looks like a white cream. According to Socius, it can be used to bulk out ice cream, mayonnaise and yogurt, and can also be added to reconstituted meat, such as hot dogs. It provides the same texture and mouthfeel as fat, but gives provides the body with extra fibre, rather than extra calories which aids digestion and fills one up quicker.

Poor sense of humor by Manager or the officer? Hummmm I wonder…….

Manager fired, employee suspended after dust-up with officer at Arby’s

Arby’s has fired the manager and indefinitely suspended a clerk two days after a Pembroke Pines police officer said she was denied service at the restaurant because she was a cop.

The dismissal of Angel Mirabal, 22, and suspension of Kenneth Davenport, 19, were confirmed Thursday evening by Arby’s spokesman Jason Rollins in an email.

The two men were working at the restaurant, 11755 Pines Blvd., when Sgt. Jennifer Martin said she was told by Mirabal that Davenport refused to ring up her order after accepting her credit card.

“He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer,” Martin quoted Mirabal as saying.

Davenport said the comment from Mirabal was an attempt at a joke that backfired.

After finding himself so busy with other customers than he could not complete Martin’s transaction, Davenport said he asked Mirabal for help. That’s when Mirabal made his remark, Davenport said.

Earlier Thursday Davenport’s grandfather said the teen is “overwhelmed by all the attention” the incident has generated.

Thomas McCutcheon said he would request a meeting with police in an effort to defuse the controversy that ballooned into a firestorm on social media after Police Chief Dan Giustino issued a news release and demanded an apology from Arby’s corporate executives that was quickly offered.

“I would love to speak to Ms. Martin and her supervisor,” said McCutcheon.

“His life is just starting, and a black mark against him is not going to help,” said McCutcheon, 70, of Miramar. “He is a shy kid.”

The flap has generated scores of comments on the Pembroke Pines Police Facebook page, most of them expressing support for the police and anger that they might be subjected to discrimination. Arby’s also announced the fast-food chain would give a free combo meal to officers who show up in uniform at any Arby’s in Broward or Miami-Dade on Friday.

But there has also been criticism of the police for what some see as wasting time on a trivial matter. “This non-criminal behavior was deserving of a police report? Laughable,” said a Facebook post from someone who identified himself as James Giardina. “Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.”

Giustino did not respond to an email request for comment on fallout from the incident.

Mirabal could not be reached for comment.

“We don’t hate cops,” Davenport told reporters Wednesday. “We don’t hate anybody. We’re just trying to get people out of the drive-thru.”

Martin, 34, a Pembroke Pines officer for nearly nine years, said she decided to document the incident “for informational purposes.” No charges were filed

New 4K TV transforms your living room into one huge screen

Philips made a splash at last year’s IFA conference when it showed off a television set with embedded, handheld projectors that could take an image onscreen and extend it to the wall behind the set. The visual trick is intended to create a more immersive viewing experience as the picture pours off the screen. Now a variation of Philips’ Ambilight technology, which it calls “Ambilight projection,” is making its way to a new 65-inch AmbiLux 4K TV due out later this year.

The Dutch lighting and technology giant debuted the TV at the IFA conference in Germany today, though it did not specify a price tag. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year in Russia, Germany, and other European countries. Powering the TV will be Google’s Android TV software, meaning those eager to plunk down what we assume will be be an unsettling amount of cash for the device will have access to Netflix, Hulu, and all the other TV-centric offerings of the Google Play Store.

Can it get any more immersive?

The TV has a few different modes for tapping into the 10 LED-powered pico projectors (instead of Ambilight’s traditional LEDs) affixed to the rear panel. For music listening, the lights will match the dynamics of the music, allowing them to move and react and change color whether you’re listening to Spotify or a cable music channel. It’s also capable of tapping into Philips’ Hue Smart Lighting system, which lets you the control the brightness and color of Wi-Fi-connected bulbs placed around the room with your smartphone.

Dawg is willing to take one as an early Xmas present from anyone willing to donate. Just for an evaluation and appraisal of course. Anyone willing to step up here?

He just became another politician now……..

The GOP has finally muscled its maverick front-runner, Donald Trump, into submission. The billionaire said Thursday that he has signed the Republican “loyalty pledge” he famously refused at the first debate in Cleveland last month, apparently ruling out a scenario that utterly terrified the GOP establishment: that Trump would launch a third-party bid and almost certainly deny Republicans the White House. With the stroke of a pen, Trump will put these fears to rest-and immeasurably weaken his own standing. He’s probably signing his political death warrant.

The adviser gave four reasons for why Trump decided to sign the pledge:

–He’s leading in the polls, so there’s no harm. It might even help him.

–This will deprive opponents like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of an obvious line of attack: that Trump’s only in the race for his own aggrandizement.

–This inoculates Trump against his own history of supporting liberal candidates and policies. He can say, “Look, I signed the Republican pledge.”

–This ratifies Trump’s “alpha male” status because Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was set to come to Trump Tower with the pledge, rather than the other way around.

But signing the pledge is unlikely to accomplish any of the first three things, and the fourth is immaterial to anyone but Trump. There are a number of other reasons why it will hurt him.

First, it shatters the independent image that is the key to Trump’s appeal, the idea that he isn’t beholden to anyone or anything, and will make a “great” president precisely because of this. Recall that Trump gave the Fox News moderators a giant middle finger when they opened the Cleveland debate by asking him to pledge his fealty to the Republican Party. Trump refused and, as he will happily inform you, still won that debate going away.

Second, rather than quiet the attacks against him, this gives the GOP license to amplify them tremendously without fear of repercussion down the road. A Trump third-party bid, if perhaps unlikely, was a possibility that Priebus had to take seriously. He doesn’t anymore. Everyone can, and probably will, start whaling away on Trump, secure in the knowledge that when he slips from first place he won’t have an obvious recourse for revenge. And before someone pops up to say, “Trump could change his mind and run anyway!”-no, he couldn’t. He’d have a tough time getting on the ballot, and he’d look like a sore loser.

Third, by signing the Republican pledge, Trump invites everyone to judge him by that standard. But it’s not a standard that favors him. Trump espouses all sorts of Republican apostasies, from supporting higher taxes on hedge fund managers to opposing cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Until now, his political image was that of someone larger than either party, who had some appealingly heterodox views. After today, he’ll be easier to attack as a Republican who won’t get with the program.

Finally, Trump seems not to understand the dynamics of the Republican primary process. The fact that he’s leading in the polls, while plainly gratifying to his ego, doesn’t mean very much. Anti-Trump sentiment among GOP voters is actually quite strong. The reason this isn’t more obvious is that it’s spread among the 16 other candidates (well, maybe 15-has science located a living, breathing Jim Gilmore supporter yet?).

At some still-to-be-determined point in the future, when candidates begin dropping out and the field narrows, Trump’s 22 or 23 percent support will no longer be sufficient to put him in first place.

At that point he’s stuck. He can’t broaden his appeal. He can’t run as an independent. And because he signed the Republican pledge, he’ll be expected to act like a good Republican and get behind the nominee. He can throw a tantrum, if he likes. But all that will do is cost him a speaking slot at the convention. Which, if you’re Reince Priebus, was part of the plan all along.

Dipshit of the day: Texas Man Shoots Armadillo, Bullet Ricochets Back Into His Face

Talk about instant karma… A Texas man was airlifted to a nearby hospital around 3 a.m. local time Thursday morning after being struck by his own bullet.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man went outside his house in Marietta, spotted the armadillo on his property and began taking shots at it.

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.

The man fired three times, of which at least on was deflected by the animal’s rock hard shell, which then struck the man in the jaw.

He was taken to the hospital to have his jaw wired shut. The status of the animal is unknown.

“We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said.

Dawg says: What a Dumass