Here's a shocker: The estranged wife of Richard Spencer says the prominent white nationalist was "physically, emotionally, verbally, and financially abusive" and attacked her on more than one occasion. In divorce filings from Montana, Nina Koupriianova describes being hit, grabbed, dragged around by her hair, and "held down in a manner causing bruising." Koupriianova, who married Spencer in 2010, says much of the abuse happened in the presence of their two young children. She says he tried to punch her in the face when she was nine months pregnant in 2017. She alleges that one of his favorite statements is: "The only language women understand is violence." In the divorce filings, Koupriianova also alleges that Spencer often failed to pay bills or buy groceries for his family because he wanted to save his money for "the cause." She says he started keeping a loaded gun on a table in their bedroom, easily accessible to their toddler daughter, after he was punched in the face on the day of President Trump's inauguration. The filings state that Koupriianova, who has links to the far right in Russia, has been living apart from Spencer since July last year. Spencer, who popularized the term "alt-right," denies the accusations saying he is "not an abusive person" and his wife was "never in a dangerous situation." (BuzzFeed)
No, No - We Want a Challenging Dog!
Binx, the shelter dog, is a very good boy. Apparently too good. The family who adopted him just a few days ago has returned the 1-year-old mutt to the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA in Phoenix. In a Facebook post, the shelter said the family included notes saying Binx was "potty trained, good with kids, fun to play with, and good with dogs in the home!" So why in the world would they return him? The shelter wrote that the family was looking for a dog that was more of a challenge. Hopefully they will find a more suitable pooch to shred their sofa cushions, defile their carpets and ignore their commands. In the meantime, Binx still needs to be adopted by someone who appreciates a well-behaved dog who likes to run, chase a ball or two and go on walks. Good grief! (SFGate)
Getting Old Sucks... Wait, Maybe Not
A group of elderly female residents at the Milton Lodge retirement home at Colchester, Essex, England got a special treat. They were served up a three-course meal by butlers in the buff - basically male strippers - all at the request of the residents! There were 23 guests in total with 11 of them being residents. Claire Martin, activities co-coordinator at Milton Lodge, said it was the staff that raised the money to grant the wishes of residents - something initiated by 89-year-old Joan Corp. Claire said: "They all had a massage, the butlers went around asking the ladies if they wanted a massage and they all said yes. They didn't stop laughing the whole night, they absolutely loved it." One 99-year-old resident said she loved it so much she wanted them back for her 100th birthday! (Metro)
Our US Embassy Hard at Work in Australia!
The U.S. embassy in Canberra, Australia issued an apology on Sunday for a fake meeting invitation that was emailed from the State Department that featured a picture of a pajama-wearing cat. It seems the cat in question appeared beneath the title "cat pajama-jam," wore a blue Cookie Monster outfit and held a plate of chocolate-chip cookies. Gavin Sundwall, the public affairs counselor at the U.S. Mission to Australia, chalked the ordeal up to a "training error" that was made by a new staff member who was "testing out our email newsletter platform." In a follow-up email Sundwall wrote: "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam' party," but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise." (Huffington Post)
What's the Only Thing Worse Than Michael Moore's Donald Trump Movie?
Michael Moore's latest movie, Fahrenheit 11/9 was supposed to be the thing to bring down Donald Trump - at least that's what Moore said. The truth is, it's one of the biggest bombs in modern movie history - so far bringing in just over $6 million since it opened over a month ago. In fact, the only movie doing worse is, well, Steve Bannon's new movie about Donald Trump. Only 38 people showed up for a screening of the former White House chief strategist's film "Trump @ War" at a hotel in Staten Island on Monday. But Bannon, who also gave a speech to the tiny crowd, was reportedly unashamed about the lack of turnout. He said, "You don't need massive events. This is all about human contact. This is about getting grassroots people excited to either walk precincts, to work phone banks, etcetera." Reportedly Bannon's documentary is "designed to portray Trump supporters as being under siege" and to "galvanize Republicans to embrace the midterms as Trump's ‘first re-elect.'" Is it perhaps possible that nobody from either side is too excited about watching a movie about Donald Trump? Just asking for a friend. (Axios)
Being interrogated by police is apparently a real gas for one Kansas City man facing federal gun and drug charges. Police say 25-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. farted repeatedly while being questioned after his arrest. This week Sykes Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and using a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. The plea gave journalists a chance to look back to his original interrogation, which occurred in September 2017, after a routine traffic stop. The detective questioning Sykes said the suspect engaged in some very stinky behavior during the interrogation. At one point, when the detective asked Sykes for his address, the suspect "leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address." When Sykes wouldn't stop farting, the detective said he ended the interview. Sykes will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is completed. (Kansas City Star)
There Are Really Dumb Criminals... and Then These Guys!
A group of six delinquents have been dubbed "the dumbest robbers in Belgium" after falling for a trick so stupid that nobody can believe it. The six armed men walked into an e-cigarette shop on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Charleroi. They asked the owner to empty the register and give them the money. It was the middle of the afternoon, so the quick-thinking salesman told them that he had barely sold anything, and that if they really wanted to make some money, they should come back at closing time. He even tried to sweeten the deal by telling the robbers that they could probably walk away with 2,000 to 3,000 euros if they followed his advice. Believe it or not, they actually did - and found plain-clothes policemen were waiting for them. Five people were arrested, including a minor, while the sixth offender managed to escape. They now face spending several years in prison. (Oddity Central)
What the What?
Meanwhile in Pensacola, Florida, Krissa White started a butterfly garden in her front yard six years ago. It's a place where caterpillars and butterflies are nurtured throughout their growing cycle. Krissa is a retired teacher with a passion for nature and her front yard is filled with butterfly-friendly plants and trees. Everything was great until she received a letter of final notice from her HOA - the Crown Pointe Property Owners Association. They told her she was violating neighborhood covenants by breeding and raising live animals. According to the letter White could be fined $25 every day. A local television station is fighting for her and the community outrage is also starting to rumble. This ain't over yet. WEAR TV)