Flying Cars in St Louis 

Update: The driver was apparently having a diabetic episode and rumour is both of his legs had to be amputated.

Bruce Redding, a retiree living in the Walnut Park Neighborhood of North St Louis was at the gym on a warm Sunday trying to stay fit. When he got home there was a car on his roof. Oddly enough this isn’t the first time something like this happened. 

Bruce Redding, a retiree from Norwood Hills Country Club in North St Louis County, was at the gym when an SUV crashed through his roof (Photo Courtesy of Facebook)

Walnut Park is nicknamed “Murderville” due to the high-level of violent-crime. Much of the neighborhood is full of vacant and burned up houses. The 5800 block of Lillian (between Goodfellow and Riverview) is a quiet and well-kept block with tidy homes and a church just doors down. All of that was up-ended when a car came flying through the air and landed on a roof destroying a house. Witnesses report the car had been driving at about 100mph. Within a block of Highway 70 cars can often be found speeding through this neighborhood. It’s fortunate no one was seriously hurt in this accident and let’s hope this was covered by Mr. Redding’s home owners insurance. 

Anything can happen and will happen in St Louis. The laws of math and science are suspended in St Louis. 

Below are my video on the scene and photos I took of the damage. 

Photo I took of the home where the car landed on the roof
Another photo I took
This photo is from yesterday and courtesy of Derk Brown

Game of Thrones Season 7 Predictions #GoTS7 

My Game of Thrones Season 7 Predictions
Group A
Jon Snow: After being told by Bran he’s actually a Targaryen the Emo King in the North gives up his crown and heads north to fight the White Walkers with an army he’s put together. At some point he meets Daenerys Targaryen. 
Bran is coming back to Winterfell like Maury Povich revealing secrets. The real identity of Jon, the threat of the dragons and the White Walkers, and the details of the life and death of Ned Stark. 
At some point, with the help of Lord Petyr Baelish, she’ll turn against Jon. She’ll sleep with Littlefinger, perhaps getting married, and the romance will be short lived. As the Queen of the North she’ll turn her forces towards Kings Landing in a bid to take the Iron Throne.
She’ll return to Winterfell and there will be a touching family reunion. Then, after learning the truth, she’ll kill Littlefinger.  Then head south for revenge where she’ll reunite with Gendry, possibly marrying him, and also reunite with her buddy The Hound. They’ll be friends.  She will kill Lady Milasandre.
The Wall
It will come crashing down with the Ice Dragon inside joining the Army of the Dead. 
The White Walkers
They’ll cross the wall destroying the Night’s Watch and routing Jon’s ragtag forces. Although Jon will escape.  
Group B
She will increasingly mimic the mad king. Surrounded by enemies she’ll increasingly rely on wild fire. After facing numerous military defeats and continuously making maddening decisions she will lose her life to her brother in the final episode.
He’ll be routed in a battle with the Dothrakis alongside the forces of Randall Tarly who will die. He’ll watch Bron be killed. He’ll then flee back to Kings Landing. 
Brianne and Pod: They will both be killed in battle. She will see Jamie at some point.
The Greyjoys: Euron will ride to the aid of Cersei. The forces of Yara will meet the forces of Euron in a naval battle in the Blackwater. The forces of Euron will prevail. Yara and Theon will die. Although the forces of Euron won’t survive in tact. 
Group C
Daenerys Targaryen
She will land at Dragonstone and join forces with Lady Melisandre. Her armies and Dragons will pillage, burn, and slaughter Westeros.  She will increasingly become intoxicated with power. When Jon Snow presents her with the opportunity to head north and fight the real war she will decline in order to head south and attempt to take the iron throne.
Tyrion Lannister
By the end of the season he will be trying to figure out how to stop Daenerys Targaryen and kill the dragons who are killing and burning by the tens of thousands 
The Unsullied 
They will take Casterly Rock and route the Lannister house robbing them of a homeland. 
We can expect a love scene between her and Grey Worm
The Dragons 
As Weapons of Mass Destruction they will murder and burn. One will possibly be killed.
Tyrell and Sandsnakes 
They’ll be killed together. 
Lord Varys
He will reveal the hidden Targaryen in the final show ie Rhaegar.
Group D
Sam and Gilly 
Sam and Gilly will be studying at the Citadel and discover how to kill the white walkers and how to kill the dragons.
Ser Jorah 
He will be cured of his disease by Sam.
The Iron Bank 
 I’m not sure there is enough time in the show for them to make a major appearance but I do expect to see them 
The Faceless Men
 I don’t expect to see them
The Brotherhood Without Banners and
The Wildlings 
They will join Jon Snow to head north and fight the real war
And this is from the podcast . 

Tune in to tell me I’m wrong 

The Big Sick: A Better Version 

The Big Sick is the latest in a string of books and movies that are all about the same. The details my change, but the fundamental premise doesn’t. A brown (or non-white person) finds their true white love. The backwards family rejects this new love and the person of color feels a prisoner to their backwards culture. In the end though nothing is a match for white love! So, since that shit is corny as fuck and played out allow me to upgrade the script and make it better. 

The Big Sicker 
A Brown kid named Khuram has a low self-image because his parents had a severe inferiority complex to white people as a result of colonialism and he noticed how his parents always brown nosed to white people to get ahead. Allowing white people to bump the line at stores, laughing at their dumb jokes, nodding in agreement whenever white people talked, telling his sister not to go outside in the summer for fear of getting darker, and joining white people in their prejudice towards black people.

At the mosque Khuram grew up with families with similar attitudes and the behavior was encouraged by the mosque administration. Every time a white politician or visitor came to the mosque the uncles would fall all over themselves with enthusiastic greetings to the point where even the white guests felt uncomfortable. 

At the annual ISNA convention Khuram noticed people from his suburban mosque met with people from other suburban mosques to learn how to get even better at trying to impress their white neighbors.  
Due to this inferiority complex Khuran falls in love with the first blonde to smile at him. Becky isn’t particularly smart, funny or good looking- but she’s white! When Khuram and Becky get together with friends he entertains them by making fun of his friends, family and culture. 

Eventually intimacy occurs. As he’s never even touched a woman, and has been told sex is nasty and dirty,  he ejaculates in less than 5 seconds into their first sexual encounter after struggling with the basic mechanics of sex. 

Khuram tries desperately to imitate her culture. Gets a dog, drinks, starts eating pork, and goes hunting with her dad. At Christmas he even French kisses their family dog and says the turkey is too spicy for his taste due to the presence of paprika. 

Yet, despite all of this he experiences a feeling of emptiness. Khuram confides to his mother and she arranges a dinner with a Pakistani-American woman his age named Sehar. She’s educated in matters of culture, religion, and politics. On top of that she’s beautiful and artistic.

Sehar helps Khuram to discover himself and reject a feeling of inferiority.  He breaks up with Becky, donates the dog to the humane society, pours out the liquor, and goes “40 days in the path” with the taabliqui jamaat. After coming back he has a grand Pakistani wedding with his new Sehar. The two go to law-school and set up a legal-clinic for South Asian immigrants. Later they meet Becky and her husband. She’s now a Mormon wearing MAGA gear living in the exurbs next to an ISNA-style mosque she’s petitioning to have shut down despite the fact they mow her lawn, wash her car and deliver donuts to her every morning. 

The end.

St Louis Firefighter John Kemper Loses His Life 

St Louis Firefighter Captain John Kemper, 59, a 24-year veteran of the department, lost his life today from injuries sustained in the line of duty. Kemper responded to a fire in the early hours of July 5th in the 3600 block of Pennsylvania where he was taken by ambulance to St Louis University Hospital for injuries sustained. After being hospitalized for several days Kemper returned to his home with his wife where he passed away. Backstoppers is a local organization that cares for the families of firefighters and police officers who lose their life while on duty. Below is the video I took at the scene as well as a number of photos I captured. 

Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene

Fire Damage Scene Photos Below 

Heather Navarro Wins the St Louis 28th Ward Aldermanic Race 

Heather Navarro and her supporters gathered at Dressel’s Pub to watch the election results tonight. The watch party turned into a victory party as it was announced she’d soundly defeated her opponents. Below is a video of her victory speech and some photos from the party. 

Heather Navarro is congratulated by Mayor Lyda Krewson
State Rep Candidate Raychel Proudie, Umar Lee, Alderwoman-elect Heather Navarro, and State Rep Cora Faith-Walker
8th Ward Committeeman Paul Fehler, Umar Lee, and 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray
A crowd of Navarro supporters

Governor Eric Greitens and St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Announce Crime Plan in North St Louis 

Earlier today Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson delivered addresses at the Riverview Plaza Shopping Center in North St Louis on their new plans on combatting violent crime in St Louis.  Some key aspects of this plan include utilizing the Missouri Highway Patrol to monitor interstates through the city, the city police restarting the narcotics squad, cracking down on guns and a variety of other measures.  Critics of the plan, including State Senator Jamilah Nasheed noted it was basically unfunded “running Peter to pay Paul”. Others have noted with Gov. Greitens supporting right-to-work and slashing the minimum wage of St Louis workers it hardly puts him in a good position to “tackle the root causes of crime”. 

Protesters gather to greet Gov. Greitens
St Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts has a word with interim St Louis Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole
Riverview neighborhood residents protesting speeding
State Rep Bruce Franks
St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green on hand protesting the governor 
A scene from the once thriving Baden neighborhood in North St Louis on the way to the event