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  • Operation Choke Point could be used to stop abortions as soon as 2017(payback time?)

    03/25/2015 10:07:32 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 2 replies
    SOL | 3/25/2015 | sickoflibs
    We know that the Obama administration is using their Operation Choke Point invention to intimidate a number of banks to cut-off funding of loans to legal small businesses like payday lenders and gun shop owners, businesses that libs like Obama and Holder frown on. Its not even clear where they get the authority to do this, we know of no law passed that gives the justice department authority to do this. An independent source writes :" It did this through subpoenas issued under Section 951 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), which authorizes the...
  • Rick Perry Prosecutor Makes Contradictory Assertions about Grand Jury to Court

    03/24/2015 8:59:45 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 23 replies
    Court Documents
    Texas prosecutor Mike McCrum says the grand jury that indicted former Texas Governor Rick Perry has made two mutually exclusive factual findings. The grand jury, McCrum says, has alternately declared that Perry's public statement threatening to veto a spending bill was 1) An official act; and 2) Not an official act. The significance of this will be described below. First, though, recall that there are two Counts in the indictment against Perry: COUNT ONE: Abuse of Official Capicity. This count alleges that Perry abused the office of Governor by "misusing" government "property" (the veto is the item Perry allegedly misused)...
  • Man freed after 20 years in prison for Waukegan murder gets $20 million

    03/24/2015 6:12:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Authorities have reached a $20 million settlement with a man who spent two decades in prison before he was cleared by DNA of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Waukegan, ending a controversial chapter for Lake County's troubled justice system. Lawyers for Juan Rivera said the agreement with the city of Waukegan and other governmental bodies marks the largest settlement for a wrongfully convicted person in Illinois. "No amount of money could ever sum up to 20 years in prison," Rivera, who hopes to go to college to study business management, said Friday at the offices of...
  • FedGov Moves To Seize Water Rights From 100,000 Montanans: “All Surface Water And Wells”

    03/20/2015 2:34:36 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/18/2015 | Jeremiah Johnson
    Greetings and Salutations, readers! My Nome de Guerre in the battle for truth and objective journalism is Jeremiah Johnson. I hope to pique your interest with a Montana issue that, regardless of the outcome, will have severe ramifications and set a precedent nationwide. This article covers the CSKT (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) proposed water-rights compact that threatens to take away the private ownership of water for roughly 100,000 Montanans. Should this measure pass, it can set a precedent for the courts throughout the United States by the Federal Government to deprive us of our water rights. The tale of...
  • Ex-Fitchburg charter school sex-ed teacher gets 2 1/2 years in statutory rape of boy

    03/16/2015 6:00:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel and Enterprise ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- A former Fitchburg charter school sex-education teacher pleaded guilty Friday in Worcester Superior Court to a charge she raped a 14-year-old student, according to a report. Rachelle Gendron, 28, reached a plea agreement and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of prison time and 10 years of probation, according to Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
  • But for the video…

    03/01/2015 9:54:48 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/15 | Radley Balko
    The latest example of cellphone video vindicating someone from false charges is a doozy. It comes from Washington Parish, La., and WWL TV. One of the worst days of Douglas Dendinger’s life began with him handing an envelope to a police officer. In order to help out his family and earn a quick $50, Dendinger agreed to act as a process server, giving a brutality lawsuit filed by his nephew to Chad Cassard as the former Bogalusa police officer exited the Washington Parish Courthouse. The handoff went smoothly, but Dendinger said the reaction from Cassard, and a group of officers...
  • Obamacare threatens to end John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court

    03/01/2015 10:54:57 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/1/2015 | Robert Barnes
    The first time the Affordable Care Act came before the Supreme Court, its constitutional foundation under attack, John G. Roberts Jr. was its unlikely savior. In a spectacular display of spot-welding, the chief justice joined fellow conservatives on some points and brought liberals on board for others. Roberts was the only member of the court to endorse the entire jerry-rigged thing, and even he made sure to distance himself from the substance of the law. (“It is,” he wrote, “not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”) Still, his efforts rescued President Obama’s signature...
  • Eric Holder's parting shot: It's too hard to bring civil rights cases

    02/27/2015 9:36:03 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    In an exit interview, the attorney general says his critics may be partly driven by race.
  • Christian florist: Why I can’t agree to provide service to gay weddings [Watch Video]

    02/25/2015 6:51:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    She’s soft-spoken, has 23 grandkids, professes love for the gay customer who tried to hire her for his wedding and helped him find another florist when she politely declined (it was Washington’s AG, not the customer, who filed the discrimination complaint against her), and stands to lose her business and possibly her home if the state keeps coming after her for this. There may be more sympathetic spokesmen for religious freedom out there but offhand I can’t imagine one. The polling on whether businesses should be required by law to cater to gay weddings is mixed, but I wonder...
  • Video shows Seattle cop arresting elderly black man using golf club as cane

    01/30/2015 8:47:07 AM PST · by redreno · 100 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | January 29 at 7:53 PM | By Elahe Izadi
    William Wingate had been standing on a busy Seattle street corner in July, leaning on a golf club he uses as a cane, when a police cruiser pulled up and the officer inside yelled at Wingate to “put that down.” The resulting exchange — in which the officer claims that Wingate swung the club at her after she asked him to “shut it down” before she arrested him – was captured on the cruiser’s dashboard camera, the footage of which Seattle Police released this week as it apologized for the 2014 incident. The response to that video prompted Seattle Police...
  • Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed

    01/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN – A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor. Perry, who is actively eyeing another presidential bid, was indicted last summer. The charges stem from his 2013 threat to veto funding for a public corruption unit overseen by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken-driving arrest. Lehmberg stayed in office after serving jail time, and Perry axed the funding. The Republican said that Lehmberg, a Democrat, had lost the public’s confidence. A grand...
  • Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds

    01/27/2015 7:10:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 1-27-15 | AP story
    AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. In 44 pages of decisions and orders, District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's pricy defense team to toss the case because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
  • Barack Obama: The greatest threat to press freedom in a generation

    03/26/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-14 | DrJohn
    "First he came for the whistleblowers and I didn't speak up because I was a liberal...." A conference called "Sources and Secrets" was held a few days ago at the Times Center in New York. The conference is described as "A conference on the press, government and national security." It's supported largely by left wing organizations and news outlets. At the meeting James Risen of the NY Times expressed an interesting opinion: New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information...
  • Gangster Government–The Attack On Standard And Poor

    01/14/2015 5:52:44 PM PST · by 54fighting · 6 replies
    The Daily Surge ^ | 1/14/15 | Roberto Escoban
    In 2011, concerned about the growing debt crisis, Standard & Poor, the venerable credit rating firm, downgraded the U.S. bond rating for the first time from “Triple-A” to “AA-plus,” a move that sent shockwaves through the financial markets raising troubling questions about the government’s growing debt. The move hit a nerve with a White House gearing up for a massive re-election campaign. Then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called the Chairman of McGraw Hill, the owners of S&P, declaring that the government would hold S&P “accountable” and their conduct would be “looked at very carefully.” Geithner wasn’t bluffing. The Obama Administration...
  • Newbie Asks a Question: What is "Crony Capitalism"? (Vanity)

    01/11/2015 6:53:29 AM PST · by Regal · 59 replies
    Vanity Question ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Regal
    I have just recently become an active poster (responder), and have seen the term "Crony Capitalism" used without explanation. Recently I saw the term associated with Communism, which confused me further. A "google" does little to clear things up, particularly in regards to how it might be interchangeable with communism. Can anyone help clear things up?
  • New Letter Could Re-Open Case Against Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

    01/10/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by Din Maker · 91 replies
    Opposing ^ | January 10, 2015 | Dominic Kelly
    The NAACP’s legal group has sent a letter to a Missouri judge asking that a new grand jury convene to consider indicting former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown back in August. On November 24, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson for killing Brown, and as a result, already riled protesters and activists took to the streets seeking justice. Now, in the almost two months since the decision was reached, the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund has penned an open letter to Missouri Judge Maura McShane asking that a...
  • Obama administration claims a right to hide evidence before Supreme Court

    12/10/2014 10:32:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/10/14 | Kyndra Miller Rotunda and Rear Admiral James Carey (Ret.) and Bob Carey and Joshua Flynn-Brown
    Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. June, a case that has received little attention, but will have far-reaching implications. The case boils down to this: Can the federal government actively conceal material evidence in order to escape liability? Common sense says no. The Obama administration says yes. June involves the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) and a doctrine called “equitable tolling.” Prior to 1946, the doctrine of sovereign immunity prohibited citizens from filing suit against the government. That all changed in 1946, when a military plane crashed into the Empire State Building, killing and...
  • Mentally Ill Man Refuses to Take Medication So SWAT Shows Up and Kills Him

    12/03/2014 8:55:50 PM PST · by Altariel · 91 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 2, 2014 | Matt Agorist
    Midland, TX — Rosendo Gino Rodriquez, 49, was shot dead in an altercation Monday while Midland Police were conducting a routine welfare check. The Midland County mental health unit was conducting a regular welfare check at a home on the 2700 block of Washington Street, when things went sour. According to the Midland police, Rodriquez became “aggressive” during the welfare check. The term aggressive is used loosely by the MPD, as they claim he acted out said “aggression” by running away from them, back into his house, and barricading himself in a room. The Free Thought Project would like to...
  • Ben Carson stands by comparison of U.S. to Nazi Germany

    12/04/2014 6:11:50 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/4 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson stood by his controversial comparison of the United States to Nazi Germany in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. Asked by Blitzer whether he would amend or take back his comments, Carson said "Absolutely not." Carson made the comments during a March interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart.com. He noted that the Third Reich was "using its tools to intimidate the population," and said that "we now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe." "The point of what I'm saying...is a major fundamental shift of power has occurred,"...
  • 30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered

    11/21/2014 2:03:17 PM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 200 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system. “They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 116 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it can’t bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • Harry Reid: Good Luck Trying to Undo Executive Amnesty

    11/20/2014 1:53:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 106 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Caroline May
    Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) argues that despite the fact that President Obama’s executive amnesty will not have the force of law, it would be very difficult for another president to rescind. “This is something that is fair and the right thing to do,” Reid said on Thursday. “They have the opportunity at some later time, some president to say, ‘I want this all changed.’ I wish that person luck to try to tell these millions of people and their families -- who many at that time will have many, many more United States citizens -- are going...
  • Buffalo police now coming to homes after funerals to look for guns

    11/13/2014 6:37:56 AM PST · by george76 · 117 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I was close to beginning this article by saying only in New York. Sadly, that’s not true. There are a number of states today with some truly horrible gun laws and attitudes toward Second Amendment rights. But the Empire State is still right up near the top of that list and this story won’t do much to improve our reputation. Buffalo, New York police are now visiting the homes of those recently departed in search of firearms as part of a new plan to help keep tabs on local guns. The move, put into effect by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda,...
  • Feds aim to control virtually 'any wet spot'

    11/13/2014 6:31:18 AM PST · by rktman · 50 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/13/2014 | Bob Unruh
    A rule change to the Clean Water Act proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency apparently would put “any wet spot” under Washington control.
  • Gov. Beebe (D-AR) plans pardon of son for marijuana conviction

    11/13/2014 1:49:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    KSPR-TV ^ | November 12, 2014
    Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he plans to pardon his son over a felony marijuana conviction. Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the two-term Democratic governor planned to pardon his son, Kyle, who was convicted in 2003 of felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. DeCample said the pardon recommendation would be included in the final pardons issued by the governor early next month.
  • Sen. Sessions explained to Megyn Kelly how Republicans can stop Obama’s amnesty

    11/06/2014 8:34:10 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    Sen. Sessions was on with Megyn Kelly tonight to talk about Obama’s amnesty plans and how Republicans can stop them. In short, it’s all about the power of the purse. Watch:
  • Eric Holder's Wife Is Granted Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

    10/30/2014 10:27:37 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Documents obtained by a government watchdog group list emails between the attorney general and his wife regarding a White House statement on the "gun walking" scandal the White House wants kept secret. The release of the government's Vaughn Index of documents that the administration withheld from the House Oversight Committee's investigation of Fast and Furious may not be the October surprise that the Obama administration hoped for. It raises more questions than it answers and shows the absurd extent of the administration's cover-up. On July 18, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates ordered the Justice Department to produce, in...
  • Houston Pastors Fight Censorship Challenge

    10/21/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it. Five pastors, members of Houston's conservative, evangelical base, oppose HERO, as does the liberal Americans United for the Separation of Church and...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • LAPD Cops Are Disabling Their Own Recorders. Not Just a Few Cops Either, Half Of Them!

    10/02/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT · by redreno · 89 replies
    http://www.mintpressnews.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | By MintPress News Desk
    What good are lapel cams and microphones if the cops are disabling them? Why aren’t they being fired for this? “No one likes to be monitored,” says Sid Heal, recently retired commander who evaluated technology during his decades-long tenure at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. And? If you do not want to be filmed and recorded don’t be a cop. According to the arstechnica.com, The Los Angeles Police Commission is investigating how half of the recording antennas in the Southeast Division went missing, seemingly as a way to evade new self-monitoring procedures that the Los Angeles Police Department imposed...
  • Gay Texas Judge Refuses to Wed Straight Couples

    10/01/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by lbryce · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    Correction: This post initially stated that Judge Tonya Parker was “no longer” marrying straight couples. Judge Parker has never performed such marriage ceremonies. This version has been corrected. Catholic priests have refused to marry same-sex couples for years. Judge Tonya Parker (Dallas County) Now, a Texas judge has an answer to that, saying she will not marry straight couples until gay marriage is legal in the state. Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County told the Dallas Voice that she respectfully tells couples why she can’t conduct their marriage ceremony: “I'm sorry. I don't perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...
  • FCC Considering Move to Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

    09/30/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 73 replies
    Reuters via Fox Business ^ | 9/30/14 | Alina Selyukh
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.
  • SC trooper charged with felony in shooting at traffic stop over seat belt violation

    09/26/2014 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Blackyce · 52 replies
    The State ^ | 09/24/2014 | John Monk
    COLUMBIA, SC — An S.C. trooper who stopped a man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia and then shot him – apparently without provocation – was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Sean Groubert, 31, a lance corporal who was fired from the Highway Patrol after the shooting incident, now faces 20 years in prison if convicted of wrongfully shooting the driver, Levar Jones. Groubert was booked Wednesday evening at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He was fired from the patrol last Friday. Wednesday night, in a hearing at the...
  • Stop and Sieze: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars

    09/07/2014 9:29:08 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/6/14 | Michael Sallah
    The practice has been controversial since its inception at the height of the drug war more than three decades ago, and its abuses have been the subject of journalistic exposés and congressional hearings. But unexplored until now is the role of the federal government and the private police trainers in encouraging officers to target cash on the nation’s highways since 9/11.
  • Parents of Mentally Challenged 19 yr old Fatally Shot by San Jose Police Demand Full Investigation

    09/06/2014 11:36:24 PM PDT · by She_is_my_ hero · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug. 26, 2014 | Robert Handa
    The parents of a San Jose woman killed by police after she allegedly threatened to kill her family are demanding answers and a full investigation by the district attorney's office. Diana Showman, 19, was fatally shot by an officer outsider her home after coming out holding a black power drill. Police were responding to reports of a woman holding an "uzi-type weapon" in the Blossom Hill Road neighborhood. (VIDEO)
  • Federal Autopsy of Michael Brown Ordered As Unrest in Ferguson Rises

    08/17/2014 2:29:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    LATimes ^ | RICHARD A. SERRANO, MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE, MATT HANSEN
    Federal Autopsy of Michael Brown Ordered As Unrest in Ferguson Rises By RICHARD A. SERRANO, MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE, MATT HANSEN Citing “extraordinary circumstances” in the Aug. 9 police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has instructed Department of Justice officials to have an additional autopsy performed by a federal medical examiner after unrest in the St. Louis suburb escalated again overnight. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials said the protester shot overnight, who is in critical condition, was shot by another protester, not by police. Holder's decision, announced Sunday, is the latest...
  • Hells Angels charges dismissed

    08/17/2014 1:22:01 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 8 replies
    [Myrtle Beach] Sun-News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kenneth A. Gailliard
    A Georgetown lawyer representing members of the Myrtle Beach Hells Angels said in a statement Friday that more than 100 charges against his clients related to arrests in April 2012, have been dismissed. John M. Hilliard III said his clients were charged in what Horry County Police called Operation Red Harvest, where he said allegations included charges of kidnapping and lynching along with various marijuana-related charges against members of the club. “There was never any credible evidence against any of my clients, a fact that I have repeatedly pointed out to the prosecution since the time of the original arrests,”...
  • Swat Team Raids Innocent Woman's Home; Lawsuit Filed

    08/13/2014 8:28:01 AM PDT · by Dacula · 95 replies
    An elderly woman's home was raided by police after she was suspected of making anonymous online threats against the Evansville police department and Chief Billy Bolin. The 68-year-old woman, Louise Milan was in the house with her 18 year old adopted daughter when police shattered a glass door and burst in after throwing flash grenades inside. Police came up empty-handed in the search for evidence about who had made the threatening posts but only after damaging Louise Milan’s house, handcuffing her and her adopted daughter and seizing their computers, according to a lawsuit that has been filed against the city...
  • Golfers frisked as Obama unexpectedly arrives at Martha’s Vineyard club

    08/13/2014 10:07:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    Page six ^ | 8/13/14 | Mara Siegler
    Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gob-smacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked.
  • New federal law puts restrictions on bake sale items

    08/11/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 62 replies
    ketk nbc ^ | 8-11-2014 | Marlena Hamilton
    Bake sales used to fuel school's sports teams and clubs, raising money for the kids going away games, nicer uniforms, field trips and so on. But, a new law limits the amount of sugary treats that many bake sales offer. So, starting this Fall bake sales won't be as sweet anymore. Parents are allowed to sell candy and goodies, but it must meet the smart snack calculator requirement. If it meets all the nutritional requirements, the calories, sugar, fat and sodium, it's ok to sell that cookie. But, if it goes over well it's not allowed and the schools can...
  • Family pet shot in the head by plainclothes cops searching at wrong address

    08/07/2014 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Altariel · 87 replies
    Police State USA ^ | August 6, 2014 | Site Staff
    ERIE COUNTY, NY — (EXCLUSIVE) — A family was traumatized when gun-wielding police officers walked onto their quiet property and shot their dog in the head while looking for a man who did not live there. Megan Shimburski, 25, was spending a quiet afternoon with her children at her parents’ countryside East Concord residence on July 25, 2014. It was a normal day, she said, which involved watching her 5-year-old daughter play behind the house with their dog, as her infant son lied in a playpen inside the house. Ms. Shimburski’s parents, John Shimburski and Martha Spaulding, were not at...
  • One Generation Away from Freedom

    08/07/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 6, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The Heritage Foundation recently showed a documentary entitled “One Generation Away: the Erosion of Religious Liberty.” This bold documentary emphasized the importance of preserving our natural liberties, and expressed fear that they could easily be taken away as a secular government grows. rick santorum EcoLight Studios, a Christian movie company owned by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, will distribute the film in theatres this September to convey an important message—freedom can be taken away far easier than it is given. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum presented the film at the Heritage event, saying that “The fight to protect our...
  • It's Time for Cops to Stop Shooting Dogs

    08/06/2014 2:36:58 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 39 replies
    Reason ^ | 08/06/2014 | A. Barton Hinkle
    The sheriff’s department in Prince Edward Co., Virginia, isn’t returning phone calls about Party. No great surprise. A deputy shot the dog in late June, killing it. The department issued a CYA press release, then dummied up—perhaps in the hope the whole thing would blow over. No wonder: According to a news account, the deputy went to the home of Stephen Carwile to serve a paper in a non-criminal matter. The family wasn’t home. The department’s press release says the deputy “was charged by a vicious dog.” That would be Party—a Golden Retriever. We all know how vicious that breed...
  • Officer Puts Gun To Boy’s Throat In McDonald’s Drive Thru For Taking Too Long

    08/02/2014 4:26:16 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 74 replies
    PCMD Gazette ^ | Aug 2, 2014
    3 Weeks ago, Scott Biumi plead guilty to assault. According to Forsythe News, he was sentenced to 10 years on probation for pointing a gun at teenagers in the drive-through line at a south Forsyth McDonald’s. Scott Biumi, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault stemming from the April 9 incident at the fast-food eatery on Old Atlanta Road. WATCH VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zj33kmgaAc
  • San Antonio police mistake photographer for fleeing drug suspect, beat him silly

    07/29/2014 3:29:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 142 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Ah, another glorious moment in America’s drug war. Three San Antonio Police officers are being investigated for possibly using excessive force, after a May 20 incident in west San Antonio left a man with injuries to his face, skull and neck. Roger Carlos was in the 10600 block of Westover Hills Boulevard taking photos of a building that will soon be home to his wife’s medical practice, when he was approached by three officers around 2:30 p.m. The officers were identified as an undercover drug task force officer and two SAPD SWAT members. According to an SAPD incident report released...
  • Police Chokehold Killed Eric Garner, Medical Examiner Rules

    08/01/2014 9:43:30 PM PDT · by bamahead · 121 replies
    WABC-TV NYC ^ | August 01, 2014 | Josh Einiger
    TOTTENVILLE (WABC) -- The New York Medical Examiner has ruled Eric Garner died from a chokehold used by a police officer during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month, calling it a homicide. The autopsy found that Garner, 43, died as a result of compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police. Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Eric Garner ... My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County...
  • Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown

    08/01/2014 7:46:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t playing — as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinian’s home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules. Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood. “They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car...
  • Cop Arrests Man, Forced Him to Leave Family Pet on the Side of the Freeway to Die

    07/29/2014 1:13:45 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 258 replies
    On July 13, Josie Garcia’s husband was pulled over by Houston PD for failure to use a turn signal. The routine traffic stop lead to a search and prescription drugs belonging to the passenger were found. Both men were subsequently arrested and the SUV was impounded. Charges against her husband were dropped days later. Unfortunately, Garcia’s 14 year old chihuahua, Guero, was along for the ride. As the men were being taken into custody and the SUV towed, Guero was removed from the vehicle and left on the side of Highway 59. Garcia’s husband plead with the officer to let...
  • Wisconsin Police Chief Pleads No Contest to Harassing Tea Party Leader

    07/26/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 25 replies
    The La Crosse Tribune ^ | 7/26/2014 | Anne Jungen
    The embattled town of Campbell police chief pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor that accused him of using a tea party activist’s information online during work hours to retaliate for a federal lawsuit brought against him. “I understand that there is a political context to this case, but my view of it is not political,” Monroe County Circuit Judge David Rice said. “I view it as a criminal case.” After months of conflict between the town, police and tea party activists, Chief Tim Kelemen in January and March used La Crosse tea party activist Greg Luce’s name, address, phone...
  • IRS Agrees To Monitor Church Sermons

    07/25/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 49 replies
    The IRS recently settled a case against it brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). As part of the settlement, the IRS has agreed to monitor church sermons for political content. The suit was filed because FFRF apparently did not like an event called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Apparently once a year a number of pastors preach on political topics, presumably to rebel against the never enforced Federal prohibition on 501(c)(3) political activities. Technically it is illegal for tax exempt non-profits to engage in political activities, presumably this includes commenting on politics from the pulpit. To date there isn’t a...