Chelsea, not for the first time, seem to be playing a different financial game to their Prem rivals with Werner transfer – The Sun

IT would have been an eye-opener even in normal circumstances.

But the news Chelsea are on the brink of sealing a £106million deal for Timo Werner — while most Premier League clubs are reeling from the coronavirus  crisis — is even more stunning.

A day which demonstrated just why the Prem clubs are so keen to turn Project Restart into a bells and whistles reality ended with a huge Blues statement.

Not for the first time under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea might be playing a different financial game to many of their rivals.

Of course, a significant factor was the Fifa transfer ban which Chelsea were so angry about last year.

And the mountains of cash — £88m  — they banked from Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid which will allow Frank Lampard to land top target Werner — while the rest of the division face their greatest ever financial uncertainty.

That is why, as football-starved fans look forward to 36 games in the first 16 days of the great return, it is clear the prime mover is the financial necessity, the impetus for a collective punt  Covid-19 will not come back with a devastating second wave.

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Soldiers from the Household Cavalry scrub graffiti off Whitehall

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry scrub graffiti off Whitehall while George Floyd protesters berate them for protecting ‘precious memorials’

  • A dozen soldiers from the Household Cavalry scrubbed at graffiti yesterday
  • The group took horse-grooming brushes down to the Earl Haig statue in London
  • Black Lives Matter demonstrators were protesting around them as they cleaned
  • The group were blasted for ‘not waiting even a day’ before cleaning the slogan 
  • ACAB, claiming police are complicit in systemic racism, was spray painted in red

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry have been filmed scrubbing graffiti in Whitehall as protesters blasted them for cleaning ‘their precious memorial’ while Black Lives Matter demonstrations continued around them.

Around a dozen soldiers left their barracks next to Hyde Park in London last night, with the permission of their commander, to clean graffiti from the Earl Haig memorial.

A video taken at 8.30pm shows the group furiously scrubbing at red marks left on the base of the statue. 

The graffiti read ACAB – a slogan used to indicate all police are complicit in a system that works against black people. It stands for ‘All cops are b*****ds’.

Protests broke out in London on Monday, two weeks after African-American George Floyd gasped ‘I can’t breath’ minutes before dying as a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, US.

Around a dozen soldiers left their barracks next to Hyde Park in London last night, with the permission of their commander, to clean graffiti from the Earl Haig memorial

In yesterday’s 42-second clip the woman filming said: ‘Couldn’t even wait a day. Not one day, because of their precious memorial’.

Another protester berated the cavalry regiment for picking up signs and putting them in bin bags, which she says she saw them doing earlier in the day.

She said: ‘Excuse me when I saw you earlier you all picked up signs and put them in bin bags. Why did you pick them up? I don’t understand.’ 

The soldiers appeared to use their horse grooming brushes to remove the paint from the statue of World War 1 senior army officer Earl Haig

This protester berated the cavalry regiment for picking up signs and putting them in bin bags, which she says she saw them doing earlier in the day

Who was Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, and why was his role in WW1 so controversial? 

A portrait of General Douglas Haig (1861 – 1928) the 1st Earl of Bemersyde around 1918

Earl Haig was considered a controversial figure for 20 years from the 1960s until the 1980s.

Critics blamed him for mass casualties during his role as an army general during the First World War.

He commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 until the end of the war.

But by the 1980s arguments were made in his favour, as his biographer Major General Sir John Davidson, praised his adoption of new tactics and technologies.

Critics were accused of failing to understand the tactical and strategic realities of the time – which were the real cause for so many deaths.

Some two million soldiers were killed in battle under his command, so many he was once nicknamed ‘Butcher Haig’. 

But the Earl was greatly loved by his soldiers and his funeral on February 2, 1928, was made a day of national mourning.

‘Great crowds lined the streets, come to do honour to the chief who had sent thousands to the last sacrifice when duty called for it, but whom his war-worn soldiers loved as their truest advocate and friend,’ it was reported. 

He led troops into the Battle of the Somme, Battle of Arras, the third battle of Ypres, the German Spring Offensive and the final Hundred Days Offensive.  

In the 1989 comedy series Blackadder Goes Forth, Haig, played by Geoffrey Palmer, makes an appearance in the final episode. Referring to the limited gains made during the 1915–1917 offensives, Blackadder says: ‘Haig is about to make yet another gargantuan effort to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.’ 

Haig is also portrayed sweeping up model soldiers from a large map with a dustpan and brush, and tossing them casually over his shoulder. 

The soldiers appeared to use their horse grooming brushes to remove the paint from the statue of World War 1 senior army officer Earl Haig.

The bronze equestrian statue has been at the spot since it was unveiled by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester on November 10, 1937.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed it was members of the Household Cavalry who were filmed cleaning the statue.

They said: ‘They were in the area because their head office is nearby and they noticed the graffiti and wanted to go out and clean it. 

‘They asked permission and the commander was happy for them to do so as long as they stayed safe.’  

Britons have been protesting across the country this week in solidarity with African-Americans angry over police brutality in the US.

Thousands of people gathered for demonstrations in Bristol, Birmingham, Hull, Exeter, and Portsmouth yesterday as they called for systemic change in attitudes towards racial equality in the UK. 

Having spent the last few months in coronavirus lockdown, very few of the attendees at the protests appeared to be concerned about social distancing. 

One demonstrator said the protests were ‘very important because it is sending a clear message that we have had enough racial injustice in our country’.

Isabelle Orsini, 20, is originally from New York, but now lives in Kensington. She said: ‘The US obviously has a much deeper and darker history of black discrimination compared to the UK.

‘The reason people are so angry is because this is reopening wounds that go back hundreds of years.

‘It is very important that we do whatever it takes to tell our government that racism will not be tolerated.’ 

Activists outside Cardiff Castle in Wales held placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent,’ and in Manchester hundreds flocked to show their solidarity in St. Peter’s Square.  

It comes as the Metropolitan Police gave the green light to its officers taking a knee during the Black Lives Matter protest yesterday, while the rank-and-file union said the gesture ‘shows we are human beings.’ 

Several officers adopted the iconic pose in support of the anti-racism protests in London which were sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US and are now sweeping the world.

It is the first time police in the UK have used the bold stance and those that did outside Downing Street were applauded with whoops and cheers from the crowd.

But some older officers have said that police shouldn’t kneel to protesters and others commentators has suggested that they are doing so  to avoid reprisals from demonstrators. 

One former officer tweeted: ‘I served in the Met Police many years ago. Take a knee, never never ever, I’m ashamed of what they have to do today. In my day it would have been very very different. The Mayor of London and Cressida Dick should resign in total shame.’

The bronze equestrian statue has been at the spot since it was unveiled by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester on November 10, 1937

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: Demonstrators block the road as they gather outside the US Embassy to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd near the U.S. Embassy

Metropolitan Police officers take a knee at yesterday’s Black Lives Matter protest in London

TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND: Hundreds of demonstrators were packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday, chanting ‘I can’t breathe,’ the words Floyd was heard gasping as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis

Several officers adopted the iconic pose in support of the anti-racism protests in London

One former Metropolitan Police officer tweeted that he would ‘never never ever’ take a knee

In a statement Scotland Yard said: ‘We know passions are running high and like everyone we were appalled by the images of George Floyd losing his life. 

‘Our officers are part of the communities of London and care deeply about justice and equality. 

‘Taking the knee is a personal decision and should individual officers at their own discretion, where it was safe to do so, and is doesn’t interfere with their operational duties, decide to kneel on one knee with Londoners they are free to do so.’

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said his colleagues kneeling down was a show of empathy and respect over the death of Mr Floyd. 

The officers that took the knee outside Downing Street were applauded yesterday

Mr Marsh also said it was ‘disappointing’ that police forces in the UK were being compared to their counterparts in the U.S following the death of Mr Floyd, who was pinned down by the neck for more than eight minutes by a Minneapolis officer.

He told MailOnline: ‘I think that by those officers taking a knee during the protests yesterday shows that we are human beings.

‘I think it shows that we try to understand what is put in front of us in a very difficult situation.

‘Bear in mind we are in the middle of a pandemic which is still killing hundreds of people every day, you shouldn’t have a crowd of thousands of people in the way that there was yesterday so a lot of empathy was shown in terms of the policing. 

Protesters kneel in front of police during the Black Lives Matter protest in London yesterday

NFl Colin Kaepernick started the ‘take a knee’ movement during his time in the NFL and it has become a symbol of anger and solidarity against racism across the world

‘But the bottom line is we understand. We understand what took place over the water. 

Officer who took the knee outside Downing Street says he did it because ‘my colleagues are not racist’ and it was a ‘nice gesture’ 

A London police officer who took the knee outside Downing Street yesterday revealed he did so to show his colleagues ‘are not racist’.

One of the Met Police officers (pictured) who took a knee during the BLM protest

The officer, who is based in north London, said: ‘I did it because at the end of the day we’re all one.’

Police are generally advised by their senior officers to refrain from any behaviour that might bring their impartiality into question.

But the officer said: ‘I know I’m not racist and I know that my colleagues are not racist, so why not?

‘I came into the job to help people and it was a nice gesture. A few of us decided to do it.’

‘I personally don’t think we are anything like America and I find it disappointing that comparisons are being made with us and the States because we police by consent.

‘And that was clear from the way our officers behaved at the protest yesterday.’

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protesters including actor John Boyega and singer Liam Payne gathered in London, ignoring social distancing guidelines, as a show of anger against the death of Mr Floyd 11 days ago.

And at least 2,000 of those demonstrated in front of Downing Street, shouting ‘take a knee’ at Metropolitan Police officers guarding security gates.

Four officers obliged, to the approval of the crowds, who urged other officers to follow the example of their colleagues.

One of those officers explained his actions and said: ‘I did it because at the end of the day we’re all one.’

Police are generally advised by their senior officers to refrain from any behaviour that might bring their impartiality into question.

But the officer, based in North London, said: ‘I know I’m not racist and I know that my colleagues are not racist, so why not?

‘I came into the job to help people and it was a nice gesture. A few of us decided to do it.’

However some Twitter users suggested that police were only taking the knee because they feared reprisals if they did not.

Peter Ashworth, from Gloucestershire, tweeted: ‘Police being attacked and forced to kneel for fear of reprisals. London monuments being defaced. This is not OK.’

Another social media user added: ‘Your officers have disgraced the police force of Britain with your sub-missionary kneel to the general public yesterday.

‘As an ex-serviceman I am appalled at your officers. They should be disciplined for this act.’

Some Twitter users were upset by the act – and suggested that police were only taking the knee because they feared reprisals if they did not

The ‘take a knee’ movement started in the US with NFL star Colin Kaepernick and has become a symbol of anger and solidarity against racism across the world.

In the US, officers recently started taking a knee in support of protesters following days of unrest after Mr Floyd’s killing at the hands of police.

In the run-up to yesterday’s London protest, the Met released a statement empathising with those angered by Mr Floyd’s death. 

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'The Office': Michael Scott's Famous 'That's What She Said' Joke Has a Connection to 'SNL'

The origins of one of the most famous comedy TV catchphrases came from a surprising source — one of the writers of The Office heard it during his college days. When Michael Scott first uttered it, there was no turning back on employing it numerous times throughout the series.

The first time Michael said ‘That’s what she said’

The phrase is first said in The Office Season 2 Episode 2, titled “Sexual Harassment,” in which Michael announces he’s no longer going to say “That’s what she said.” During the Dec. 10, 2019 episode of the Office Ladies podcast, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey shared more details about the scene.

As he must be more professional in the workplace, Michael tells the office workers, “I just want you to know that, uh, this is not my decision, but from here on out, we can no longer be friends… and when we talk about things here, we may only discuss, um, work-associated things… and, uh, you can consider this my retirement from comedy.”

“And in the future, if I want to say something funny, or witty, or do an impression, I will no longer ever do any of those things,” he adds.

Jim asks, “Does that include ‘That’s what she said?’ and then teases Michael by saying, “Wow, that is really hard… You really think you can go all day long? Well, you always left me satisfied and smiling, so…”

Unable to resist the setup, Michael shouts, “That’s what she said!”

Fischer and Kinsey recalled how they remembered filming the scene, with Kinsey pointing out that when Michael blurts out “That’s what she said,” that “his laugh is so huge and giddy and contagious and he’s so happy and pleased with himself” that the cast almost started laughing.

Kinsey adds that “you catch it in John, for just a second” as he’s seen putting his hand in front of his face to cover his laugh.

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The joke wasn’t original

During the Office Ladies podcast, Fischer revealed that the origin of the catchphrase is courtesy of writer B.J. Novak hearing it while he was in college. Another phrase that B.J. heard in college was used in one of Jim’s talking head interview about how he dislikes Todd Packer. “What has two thumbs and hates Todd Packer,” he says, before pointing his thumbs toward himself to declare, “This guy!”

“That joke of ‘what has two thumbs and likes…’ and also the very famous line from this episode, ‘That’s what she said’ those are not original jokes,” Fischer explained. “We did not make those up, B.J. Novak did not write them… B.J. said those are things that he just heard in college as a college student and he kind of dusted them off and brought them back to this episode.”

“And then they took off, especially ‘that’s what she said,’” Fischer added.

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The phrase had a ‘Saturday Night Live’ connection

Fischer also pointed out that the phrase “That’s what she said” was said by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live during a “Weekend Update” segment and it was said in Wayne’s World, too.

“The origin of that joke is a British joke,” the actress pointed out, but the phrase originally was “As the actress said to the bishop.”

The phrase lost popularity, but Ricky Gervais brought it back when he said it on the British version of The Office… and they brought its American equivalent to the U.S. version.

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Fauci and Garoppolo — the horses — fall short in Opening Day race at Belmont Park

Race 3 during Opening Day at Belmont Park on Wednesday featured a pair of interesting Italiian-named stallions. Unfortunately, neither Fauci, named in honor of Dr. Anthony Fauci nor Garoppolo, named for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, could gallop to victory to make their namesakes proud.

Fauci, a heavy favorite at 4/5 early in the day and dropping to even odds at post time, couldn’t close enough ground down the stretch from the No. 3 position and finished second in the five furlong race for 2-year-olds. Garoppolo, from the No. 1 spot, faded fast in the five-horse contest. The winner was Prisoner, who had the second-best post odds at 6/5 working from No. 2 and trained by three-time Belmont Stakes winner Todd A. Pletcher.

Although it would have been great for Fauci the horse to win to honor the work the doctor has done as America’s top medical voice of reason during the COVID-19 pandemic, it wasn’t meant to be for jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Wesley A. Ward. Garoppolo couldn’t quite rally to finish third for jockey Jose L. Ortiz and Kelly J. Breen, as instead Indoctrinate showed behind Prisoner and Fauci.

The race, the third of the day at the Triple Crown course, marked the first time in 80 days that Belmont Park had seen a horse race because of sporting event shutdowns tied to coronavirus concerns. While the Kentucky Derby at Louisville’s Churchill Downs has been pushed back to Sept. 5 instead of May and the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore will be run Oct. 3, the Belmont Stakes, the typical third jewel, is still set to be run as the first one this year on June 20.

Garoppolo isn’t the first former or current Patriot to have a horse named after him. There was the eponymous Gronkowski and also Eight Rings, which was a nod to how many total Super Bowl rings Bill Belichick has earned as a coach and defensive coordinator.

Without Fauci the doctor’s expertise on infectious diseases such as COVID, there would be no chance sports could think about safe ways of coming back. It was only fitting that Fauci the horse, even in defeat, was part of another sport coming back at Belmont.

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The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate his 99th birthday with a light lunch and Zoom calls to the family

PRINCE Philip will celebrate his 99th birthday next week with none other than the Queen, 94,by his side.

Royal sources have confirmed that there were no plans for a larger celebration to mark the occasion, instead the pair will enjoy a simple lunch together at Windsor Castle.

Although the lockdown will prevent the Duke of Edinburgh from celebrating with the rest of the royal family, sources that say that he "characteristically taciturn" about the occasion as it is and does not like to make a fuss.

But the day won't be made without a chat with the family so Philip will enjoy Zoom and phone calls with family and friends –including Prince Charles in Scotland, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk and Harry and Meghan in Los Angeles.

As with other royal birthdays, there'll no doubt be a post on social media, with family also sharing birthday wishes online online.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace hopes to mark the occasion publicly in some small way, "depending on how His Royal Highness feels", Mail Online reports.

"He’s not one for fuss, as you know," a source said, adding that the whole day will very much be "low key".

According to Philip’s cousin and childhood friend Myra Butter, he has always insisted on "no fuss, no bother".

Meanwhile, Lady Butter, 95 – who shares a great-great-grandfather with Philip – said: "He has such an incredibly active mind. And he’s a great reader, so interested in things.

"He’s got enormous knowledge and I am absolutely certain there must be a link between that and his long and healthy life. He’s such an enigma, really. 

"He has that thirst for knowledge. He still paints, he sees his horses and keeps abreast of everything in the news."

Speaking of the duke's age as of next week, Lady Butter added: "He still enjoys the greatest role of all, supporting the Queen. As for a party to celebrate turning 99? Goodness me, no! He never wants a fuss, ever!"

Philip has been in isolation at Windsor Castle with the Queen since before Easter which has been the longest amount of time the couple have spent there together for as long as anyone can remember, an insider noted. 

Since he retired in 2017, the duke has largely resided at Wood Farm on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate – aside from the occasional visits to Windsor and a longer summer stay at Balmoral.

In other royal news, we told you how the Queen developed a ‘good left hook’ when she was young after having fights with Princess Margaret despite being close

And the Queen has banned the royal family from playing Monopoly as it ‘gets too vicious’.

Meanwhile Meghan Markle has been secretly working with animal charity as it battles funding crisis during coronavirus lockdown.

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The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki slams ‘extremely dangerous’ and ‘pathetic’ Donald Trump in explosive attack – The Sun

THE Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki has taken aim at Donald Trump in an explosive open letter.

The actor wrote the rant and slammed the US president's ‘dangerous threats’ and ‘impotent bullying’ in the midst of the protests for George Floyd.

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Donald Trump showing off one of the rare moments he’s held a Bible. Mr. Trump, you can not mobilize the American military against the American people. Not legally and certainly not morally. Such requires permission from each state. You do not know the Constitution. You do not know the law. You do not know your job. OUR (not your) mighty and courageous soldiers, profoundly saluted and embraced by us civilians, will always be outnumbered by our population. Hence our Second Amendment. This is not a monarchy, Mr. Trump. This is the Land of the People. You can not “dominate” us. You can only serve as the civil servant you were elected. We need understanding. And compassion. And trusted leadership. Not your irresponsible and thoughtless, extremely dangerous threats and your pathetic and impotent bullying. I’ve hesitated sharing these feelings of outrage because all our current fires do not need to be stoked further and all I pray for is peace and harmony and voices for us ALL. But I’m sincerely convinced at this point that this unstable person will not be satisfied until he creates another civil war. Please lay down your guns and your tear gas cans. Your true duties are found in your heart and your orders are found in your conscience. Please lay down your rocks and Molotov cocktails. Please do not destroy the already struggling businesses of your neighbors. They are not who you are angry with. Please do not burn down your own communities. If your intent is to protest peacefully then photograph and report those who are inciting the violence and who are tarnishing your motives, lessening the validity of your voices and attempting to rob you of your rights and responsibilities to dissent. We can do this. We are the Land of the People. Let’s teach Mr. Trump this in November. And collectively have the complex and layered conversations needed, both on a national scale and one-on-one with a person of a different color skin than yours so that we can begin true understanding of one another and so that we can work towards this never happening again. I believe we are capable. I believe in the people of this country. Be safe. Stay healthy. Much love. Heartbrokenly, JMG

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Donald Trump showing off one of the rare moments he’s held a Bible. Mr. Trump, you can not mobilize the American military against the American people. Not legally and certainly not morally. Such requires permission from each state. You do not know the Constitution. You do not know the law. You do not know your job. OUR (not your) mighty and courageous soldiers, profoundly saluted and embraced by us civilians, will always be outnumbered by our population. Hence our Second Amendment. This is not a monarchy, Mr. Trump. This is the Land of the People. You can not “dominate” us. You can only serve as the civil servant you were elected. We need understanding. And compassion. And trusted leadership. Not your irresponsible and thoughtless, extremely dangerous threats and your pathetic and impotent bullying. I’ve hesitated sharing these feelings of outrage because all our current fires do not need to be stoked further and all I pray for is peace and harmony and voices for us ALL. But I’m sincerely convinced at this point that this unstable person will not be satisfied until he creates another civil war.Please lay down your guns and your tear gas cans. Your true duties are found in your heart and your orders are found in your conscience. Please lay down your rocks and Molotov cocktails. Please do not destroy the already struggling businesses of your neighbors. They are not who you are angry with. Please do not burn down your own communities. If your intent is to protest peacefully then photograph and report those who are inciting the violence and who are tarnishing your motives, lessening the validity of your voices and attempting to rob you of your rights and responsibilities to dissent. We can do this. We are the Land of the People. Let’s teach Mr. Trump this in November. And collectively have the complex and layered conversations needed, both on a national scale and one-on-one with a person of a different color skin than yours so that we can begin true understanding of one another and so that we can work towards this never happening again. I believe we are capable. I believe in the people of this country. Be safe. Stay healthy. Much love.Heartbrokenly, JMG

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The world continues to come together and fight against racial injustice against black people following the killing George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

Johnny posted the wild attack on Instagram soon after the president was photographed holding the Bible near where people had been protesting in Washington DC.

He wrote: "Donald Trump showing off one of the rare moments he’s held a Bible. Mr. Trump, you can not mobilize the American military against the American people. Not legally and certainly not morally."

The 45-year-old continued to attack Trump for "dominating" the people and the he doesn't know the "constitution."

His rant continued: "Such requires permission from each state. You do not know the Constitution. You do not know the law. You do not know your job. OUR (not your) mighty and courageous soldiers, profoundly saluted and embraced by us civilians, will always be outnumbered by our population."

‘Hence our Second Amendment. This is not a monarchy, Mr. Trump. This is the Land of the People. You can not “dominate” us. You can only serve as the civil servant you were elected. We need understanding. And compassion. And trusted leadership. Not your irresponsible and thoughtless, extremely dangerous threats and your pathetic and impotent bullying. (sic)."

The former Friends star said he was hesitant to post his heartfelt message and claimed Trump will not settle until he begins a civil war.

Johnny also called for police to put down their guns and stop the use of tear gas on protesters, adding: "I’ve hesitated sharing these feelings of outrage because all our current fires do not need to be stoked further and all I pray for is peace and harmony and voices for us ALL. But I’m sincerely convinced at this point that this unstable person will not be satisfied until he creates another civil war.

"Please lay down your guns and your tear gas cans. Your true duties are found in your heart and your orders are found in your conscience. Please lay down your rocks and Molotov cocktails. Please do not destroy the already struggling businesses of your neighbors. They are not who you are angry with."

On the other side however, he asked the protesters to not burn down their own towns and cities and report those who are instigating violence.

He ended his letter with a plea for everyone to come together and push towards achieving equality.

He concluded: "We can do this. We are the Land of the People. Let’s teach Mr. Trump this in November.

"And collectively have the complex and layered conversations needed, both on a national scale and one-on-one with a person of a different color skin than yours so that we can begin true understanding of one another and so that we can work towards this never happening again.

"I believe we are capable. I believe in the people of this country. Be safe. Stay healthy. Much love. Heartbrokenly, JMG. (sic)".

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'The Challenge 35': Jenny West Says She 'Misses Her Friendship' With Dee Nguyen After Fallout

Jenny West became the first female of The Challenge 35: Total Madness to receive the coveted red skull, mainly thanks to Dee Nguyen, who threw her into elimination against a weaker competitor, Jennifer Lee. While many contestants warned Dee that she made a mistake by giving Jenny a ticket to the finals, she disagreed and stood by her friendship with the UK-native.

However, Dee started regretting her decision and contemplated turning on Jenny at some point. After the episode aired, Jenny took to Twitter and admitted she “misses her friendship” with Dee as they became close friends in the bunker.

Jenny West first female to receive red skull

After TJ Lavin announced the game-changing twist, two-time competitor Jenny West and two-time finalist Tori Deal both wanted to go into the following elimination against the perceived weakest girl in the house, rookie Jennifer Lee.

Last season champ Dee Nguyen and her team won the daily challenge, placing her in a powerful position in the Tribunal. The house nominated the rookie as expected, and Dee chose to interrogate both Jenny and Tori.

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However, she informed the latter that she already shook hands with Jenny, and her allegiance lies with the UK native first and foremost. Therefore, she chose the dominant two-time competitor to face off against Jenn, and Jenny sent the rookie home singlehandedly.

Several castmates, namely Wes Bergmann, thought Dee made the wrong decision because they know no one has a chance to beat the fierce competitor in the finals.

Dee Nguyen contemplates turning on Jenny West

The recent champ initially stood by her choice to help Jenny out but then regretted her decision a few episodes later. Dee, who also has a red skull, finally realized that she might have a hard time beating Jenny for the million-dollar cash prize in the finals.

After her second daily challenge win, Dee entered the Tribunal again. Wanting to make a big move during the double girls’ elimination, the Australian-native toyed with the idea of turning on her friend.

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She talked to Rogan O’Connor about her potential plan, who then spilled the beans to Jenny in an effort to turn the friends against each other. Although Dee had the opportunity to blindside her friend that night at Purgatory, she decided against it.

Jenny West ‘misses her friendship’ with Dee Nguyen

After the episode aired, Jenny took to Twitter to explain how she felt to find out that Dee had turned on her. The UK-native stated it “gutted” her to learn their friendship was fake to the recent champ.

According to Jenny, the two “hung out every day in that bunker” and got along great. She ended her tweet by admitting she misses the friendship with Dee.

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Several of her followers commented with their support and claimed the Australian-native was never a real friend anyway. One user told Jenny she “deserves better” and still has “plenty” of supporters who love and are loyal to her. The UK-native responded, “Thanks beauty.”

Dee also commented on Jenny’s post, sarcastically writing, “You be alright, babe. You got loads of friends.” The Challenge 35 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on MTV.

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The reason Carole Baskin has control over Joe Exotic’s zoo

Just in case you thought you weren’t going to hear any more news about Joe Exotic, rest assured that we have an update. In fact, it’s some really big news about the state of Joe Exotic’s zoo, the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

People all over the world became familiar with Joe Maldonado-Passage, or Joe Exotic, thanks to the Netflix docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The series brought global awareness to the situation of large cat sanctuaries in America but also gave an in-depth depiction of the conflict between Joe Exotic and his rival, Carole Baskin.

This feud culminated in prison time for Joe Exotic. As WGAL reminds readers, Joe Exotic “was convicted in April 2019 of conspiring to kill Baskin in Florida, along with killing five tigers, and selling and offering to sell tiger cubs.” Joe Exotic was sentenced to serve 22 years in federal prison.

In light of this, it might shock fans to learn that on June 1, 2020, a judge granted Carole Baskin control over Joe Exotic’s zoo. Keep reading to find out the shocking details of this new situation which is, without a doubt, Joe Exotic’s worst nightmare.

Joe Exotic tried to transfer his zoo to his mother to avoid paying Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic had a long-running legal feud. According to CNN, Baskin won a trademark infringement lawsuit against Joe Exotic in 2011. He was ordered to pay her $1 million. There was a second suit in 2016, where Baskin claimed that Joe Exotic had transferred his Oklahoma property to his mother in order to evade paying her.

In light of this, a federal judge awarded Baskin the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Zoo, according to Us Weekly, on June 1, 2020. Baskin gets a lot with this ruling. According to CNN, the “order gives Baskin control of about 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, that is home to an animal park with an array of big cats.” This also includes several cabins and vehicles on the property.

The order also declares that the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC must “vacate the Zoo Land premises within 120 days of service of this Order… Vacation of premises shall also require removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land,” per CNN.

Meanwhile, Joe Exotic’s former business partner, Jeff Lowe, is currently at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Zoo and had some thoughts to share. Not only that but Joe Exotic himself piped up from prison to talk about the situation.

Joe Exotic speaks up from prison

Jeff Lowe, Joe Exotic’s former business partner and the current owner of the zoo, had his lawyer speak to CNN about the outcome. He said: “We anticipated Carole Baskin getting the title to the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic, and we did not challenge her attempts to do so.”

Lowe’s lawyer went on: “All of Jeff’s focus is on opening the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, (Oklahoma), which should be opening in the next 120 days.”

Meanwhile, Joe Exotic himself spoke up from prison in Fort Worth on his Twitter, which is managed by Media Exotic1. He used the hashtag #Helpfreejoe and added: “This cannot go on.” He also apologized to fans for not being able to respond to each person and noted that “this prison is doing everything to keep me from talking.”

On June 2, he spoke about his sorrow but also addressed the nation with the hashtag #blackouttuesday and said in a tweet: “Carole Baskin taking my zoo is a tragedy. And we’ll get to that. But today is a day to stand in solidarity with those that have been hurt, killed, and worse because they’re standing up for what they believe in. Stay strong.”

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Ending the riots is as simple as letting the police do their jobs

Restoring order to America’s cities isn’t a complicated proposition.

All it requires is resources and determination, and a firm rejection of the longstanding progressive fallacy that an overwhelming police presence is “provocative” and “escalatory” and must be avoided.

As has been established across decades of civil disturbances, it is police passivity that emboldens mobs. When the cops stand by, or don’t show up or, even worse, run away, it is a permission slip for destruction. They might as well supply the spray paint, bricks and hammers for the crowds, and beckon them into the local Target or Nike store to take whatever they want.

Out-of-control looting is almost always a failure of municipal resolve or police tactics, and we have seen plenty of just such cowardice and foolishness over the last several days, most notably in Minneapolis, ground zero for this spasm of urban disorder.

In a display of sloppy wishful thinking at the worst possible time, the city’s leaders decided last week to vacate the 3rd Police Precinct.

Mayor Jacob Frey explained that they believed this would be “a way to both help de-escalate and prevent hand-to-hand combat.” Instead, it allowed for a major escalation, as protesters gleefully torched the police building, in the worst symbol of official abdication of this crisis so far.

During the first couple of nights of violence, Minneapolis barely managed to arrest anyone.

For his part, the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, hesitated to mobilize the National Guard lest he seem “oppressive,” apparently unaware that his target audience wasn’t a social-justice seminar at Oberlin College but provocateurs and nihilists who were going to take every inch they were given and make it a mile of broken glass and looted goods.

President Trump has been a steady fount of inflammatory and crude statements over the last week, but when he blasted the “total lack of leadership” in Minneapolis he wasn’t wrong.

All state and municipal leaders need to know about controlling riots is obvious from a cursory review of the history.

Consider the worst disturbance in recent times, the LA riots. They began when about two dozen cops retreated before an angry crowd after the Rodney King verdicts, some of them literally running away.

The mob descended on the intersection of Florence and Normandie and began beating Anglo and Latino motorists, completely unmolested by the authorities for hours. Some police reported being ordered to leave the area — and then being ordered not to return. A couple of squad cars drove through the intersection without stopping.

The rest is history — days of violence, more than 60 people killed and 2,000 injured, and in excess of $1 billion in property damage. By the end, thousands of federal troops were in the city.

Back in 1970, in his classic book on domestic unrest, “The Riotmakers,” Eugene Methvin identified police absence or pullback as the accelerant on riots. It was a huge factor in the Watts riots in 1965. The same dynamic held in a Philadelphia riot the year before (an officer there expressed exactly the same sentiment as a retreating LAPD officer in 1992, “The hell with it. Let them do what they want”). In Detroit in 1967, cops retreated, and the authorities underestimated the forces they needed as a riot devastated the city.

It is simply not true that rioters will be quickly sated if they are allowed to break and burn things freely. Disorder feeds on itself. Looting one store, overturning one police car is never enough.

There is no alternative to imposing curfews, zealously enforcing them, arresting violators and calling out the National Guard if there’s not enough police manpower for the job. This doesn’t escalate the violence, it stops it.

Over the weekend, Minneapolis finally got more serious about policing itself and saw a drastic diminishment of destruction. Anyone who doesn’t want American cities to burn should take note.

Twitter: @RichLowry

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