The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska is resigning after a tawdry scandal involving accusations of him sending nude videos were first reported by a local news anchor. But there's way more to his resignation that needs to be unpacked.
It all started last Friday (10/9) when Anchorage ABC/Fox affiliate news anchor Maria Athens posted the following video on her Facebook page claiming she had a video of the mayor naked that was posted on an underage girl's website.
That night, no such story ran on the news. The mayor denied the existence of the video and the station's manager even went so far as to disavow the story. So Athens took to Facebook and posted what she claims were screen shots of the mayor naked.
If it seems kind of scummy for a news anchor to use the hashtag "#takethathaters" and talk about the mayor's wife in the post, you'd be onto something, because this is where Athen's story begins to unravel. On Monday, a recording of a voicemail was released that Athens sent to the Mayor on the day of she made the allegations. Buckle up for this one, NSFW language abounds.
As it turns out, the shots she posted on her social media were either from a video she had or had been sent to her by the mayor, because yesterday, the mayor admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with Athens years ago and said he is resigning from office. Here's an adorable photo of the couple from happier times.
As if that wasn't enough, Athens was arrested on Friday in the TV station's parking lot after trying to force her way into the building and assaulting her boyfriend (who also happened to be the station manager from earlier who disavowed the allegations she made against the mayor).
No word if she has a lawyer yet, but she hasn't taken down her Facebook page so soak it in while you still can...
Goblin Metal (yes, it's a thing) act Nekrogoblikon has returned with their take on System's Chop Suey. I played this a while back on The Metal Shop (Weekdays @ 1:20 pm on The Blitz) and it was very well received so I figured I'd post the video that was just released today. Enjoy!
In the 24 hours since I posted the video, a lot of new context has surfaced. For one thing, the footage is over two years old. In case you haven't seen it, he's the video in question.
The officer featured in the video is notoriously tough on people who decide to text while driving. In fact, ABC 6 did a piece on Officer Conner earlier this year where he talks about his crusade to stop distracted driving. Here's a link to that video....
To get to the reason why we're seeing the video two years after the fact, we need to look at a post on a Facebook Community page that was made a few weeks ago by the driver in the video (capture below)
Officer Conner became aware of this post and responded on the same community page with the screen capture below along with a link to the body cam video (the driver's name was mentioned in the post, which I have removed)
People are taking issue with the fact the officer responded to the driver's post in the manner he did on the community page. What do you guys think? While I can't imagine anyone honestly defending the driver's behavior, was her behavior enough to warrant Officer Conner's post on a public forum or was it inappropriate for the officer to respond in that manner?
As the video shows, she's caught in the act of texting while driving at the corner of Henderson and High. What follows is a possibly the most obnoxious behavior I've seen in local body cam footage. Before we deride this lady for being the embodiment of everything that's wrong with society, let's keep in mind that this video likely would've never seen the light of day had she not popped off on social media following the encounter. Let's all have a little bit of gratitude for this lady's level of entitlement.