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So, back in March, the nice shirtless gentleman you see here, one Michael Smith, 41, of Norridgewock, Maine, made the "weird news" features when a tree-removal crew called police because they were frightened of the strange man yelling at them with a "gun" tucked into his waistband -- and as you can see, the gun turned out to be a semi-realistic tattoo. Once the misunderstanding was cleared up (and the photos taken of course), there were laughs all around and no charges were filed.


And so of course it only stands to reason that a couple months later, Mr. Smith would get arrested with an actual gun tucked into his waistband. He seems nice.

Also notable is the manner in which Mr. Smith came to the attention of law enforcement this second time. He was arrested on Friday

after showing up at the home of a Somerset County Sheriff’s Department deputy with the drugs on him and a real gun in his waistband, police said. Police said he was crying and had been drinking alcohol ...

According to a police affidavit...police were called to respond to the home of Deputy Don Avery in Madison at 8:07 p.m. Thursday. Smith was standing in front of Avery’s cruiser with a gun tucked into his waistband, police said.

Police took the gun from Smith as well as a knife he had been carrying in his backpack, according to the affidavit.

He told them that he had just had a fight with his former girlfriend and wanted to hurt himself, according to the affidavit. Smith told Avery that he had stolen suboxone strips from the woman, who has a prescription for them, and that they were in the outer pocket of the backpack.

All in all, this is one very responsible guy -- he gets in a fight with his girlfriend, steals her drugs -- "Suboxone is a narcotic used to treat drug dependence" -- and then feels so distraught that he shows up at a deputy's house to get help. Well done, Mr. Smith! Your decision-making skills, arguably at a low ebb with the acquisition of the tattoo, appear to be improving, little by little! Kind of a bummer about the drug theft and unlawful possession of drugs charges, though.

[Morning Sentinel via NBC News]

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A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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