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  • PETER HITCHENS: There's one thing that may stop these 'terror' attacks-but no one wants to know

    03/26/2017 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 49 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 3/26/2017 | Peter Hitchens
    The more we boast about how calm, tough and united we are, the more we prove it is not so. The official response to Wednesday's events looked like panic and over-reaction to me Just as in the days after Diana died, we have become a nation of unreasoning weepers, laying flowers, lowering flag and lighting candles, and congratulating ourselves on how wonderful we are, while not thinking at all.... I suspect there is a large minority, perhaps a majority, gritting its teeth and stifling dissent-for fear that a temporary dictatorship of grief will punish them...... ...many of these actions are...
  • Effort Underway to Legalize All Pot (Illinois)

    03/25/2017 9:14:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    The Alton Daily News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Greg Bishop - Illinois News Network and WBGZ-FM
    Proponents and opponents of legalizing pot in Illinois are firing up their talking points after a proposal to legalize the sale of weed for recreational purposes sprouted up this week. Opponents of legalizing, regulating and taxing pot say they don’t care how much revenue it could generate for Illinois’ failed finances. Amendments to bills in the House and Senate this week would allow for the sale of recreational marijuana with a $50 tax per ounce. That would be on top of any sales tax. Supporters says it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the state. Democratic...
  • Beware Of Eating Grapefruit With Any Of These 32 Common Drugs

    03/20/2017 2:47:38 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies
    BI ^ | 3-20-2017 | Dr. Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD, Authority Nutrition
    Note: This article contains general information — not specific medical advice. Talk to your physician before changing your use of any medication. Grapefruit is a delicious citrus fruit with many health benefits. However, it can interact with some common medications, altering their effects on your body. If you're curious about the grapefruit warning on many medicines, this article will help you understand why it's there and what your options are. Here's a closer look at 32 common drugs that may have dangerous interactions with grapefruit. How does it interact with medications? How does it interact with medications? Medications are processed...
  • Drugs are killing so many people in Ohio that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues

    03/18/2017 9:26:32 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 365 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017
    By about 3 p.m. Friday, a county morgue in east Ohio was already full — and more bodies were expected. Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County coroner's office, had just left for two death scenes: a suicide and an overdose. From the road, he called the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to ask for help. He needed more space, he explained — specifically, a cold-storage trailer to act as an overflow morgue. As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.
  • Trump To Sign Law That Increases Drug Tests for Unemployed Seeking Benefits

    03/18/2017 12:45:01 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 102 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | March 18 2017 | Conservative Tribune
    Welfare reform has been a high priority for Republicans and conservatives for many years, and now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, the possibility of such reform is finally feasible. In what was quite possibly the opening salvo on welfare leeches, Trump was ready to sign a bill passed by Congress that would allow states to perform drug tests on those applying for unemployment benefits, WITI reported. Under President Barack Obama, states weren’t allowed to test applicants for drugs unless they were applying for a job that already had mandatory drug testing. However, there’s a new sheriff...
  • Democratic Senators Propose Tax On Painkillers To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    03/17/2017 6:25:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 17, 2017 | Steve Birr
    Democratic lawmakers introduced a proposal to place a fee on opioid prescriptions with the revenue going to combat rampant painkiller and heroin addiction across the U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, a state hit hard by increases in drug overdoses, are calling for a one-cent per-milligram tax to be added to prescriptions for opiate-based painkillers.
  • Congress Sends Trump Drug Test Measure for Unemployed

    03/15/2017 2:22:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | March 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump a measure to expand the number of applicants for jobless benefits who can be drug-tested. The White House has said Trump will sign the measure into law as a cancellation of "unnecessary regulations." Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Congress have complained that under President Barack Obama, the government placed too many limits on states for deciding which unemployment applicants can be drug-tested. The Labor Department's regulation meant that states could only test applicants for unemployment benefits who do jobs that require drug testing. The resolution passed by the House and...
  • Drug Enforcement Agency: Meth seizures up 72% in Arizona in recent years

    03/15/2017 5:49:20 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 5 replies
    http://www.abc15.com/news ^ | Mar 14, 2017 | Melissa Blasius
    PHOENIX - Mexican drug cartels are increasing the flow of methamphetamine across the border, according to federal drug agents working in Phoenix.
  • US federal agent investigating Silk Road admits $800,000 bitcoin theft

    09/01/2015 7:05:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-1-2015 | Reuters
    A former US secret service agent has pleaded guilty to stealing over $800,000 worth of bitcoin during an investigation into online drug marketplace Silk Road. Shaun Bridges, 33, appeared in federal court in San Francisco and admitted to money laundering and obstruction of justice. Silk Road operated for more than two years until it was shut down in October 2013 having generated more than $214m in sales of drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin, prosecutors said. Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road’s creator, who authorities say used the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison after a federal...
  • Drug trafficking Los Zetas cartel creates ISIS-style beheading video to spread fear

    03/10/2017 6:11:20 PM PST · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Chron ^ | March 10th, 2017 | By Fernando Ramirez
    For a few years, a wide-spread effort by the Mexican military to arrest or kill cartel leaders, most notably Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, seemed to be making progress. But as Cartels began to fight for the territory of military-weakened rivals, the homicide rate once again exploded. Now, a disturbing video shows the extreme length that participants in the emerging all-out gang war will go to retain or take power. The graphic video shows two Los Zetas gunmen insulting rival gangs behind a shirtless, kneeling man. The gunmen claim that their victim is part of a rival gang who was sent...
  • Man on LSD calls police, says spider gave birth in his stomach

    03/07/2017 8:30:25 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 48 replies
    rtv6 ^ | Mar 6, 2017 | Staff
    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - A Facebook post from an Ohio police department about a call they got from a man on drugs is going viral because of the bizarre nature of the call. According to the South Euclid Police Department, a 19-year-old man called just before 9 p.m. last Thursday, saying he swallowed a pregnant spider that had given birth in his stomach.
  • Obama DOJ Failed to Stop Mexican Cartel Murder of ICE Agent with Smuggled Guns

    03/08/2017 10:32:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 7, 2017
    The Obama administration had numerous opportunities to arrest Mexican drug and weapons traffickers before the murder of a federal U.S. agent and the seriously wounding of his partner but opted for the hands-off approach, a new federal audit reveals. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which operates under the Department of Justice (DOJ), should have stopped the traffickers—members of the Los Zetas organization—long before the Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents were ambushed in Mexico with firearms smuggled south of the border thanks to a once-secret Obama administration gun-running operation. Instead, on February 15, 2011, ICE agents Victor...
  • Opioids Killing More Now

    03/08/2017 4:56:16 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 61 replies
    Economist ^ | 3/9/17 | NA
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  • A breakdown of the Patriot Act, Freedom Act, and FISA

    03/07/2017 4:06:04 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Comparitech ^ | March 7, 2017 | Paul Bischoff
    How the US conducts surveillance and investigation of electronic communication media–particularly the internet–is largely shaped by three pieces of legislation: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act) Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) To give a very brief history, FISA was enacted in 1978–before the proliferation of the internet–and governed both the physical and electronic surveillance of primarily foreign powers and agents. The Patriot Act, enacted shortly after the September 11, 2001...
  • K2 overdoses a ‘total drain’ on downtown resources (Austin, TX)

    03/07/2017 8:57:37 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Mar. 7, 2017 | Patrick Tolbert
    Thirty-six people are facing new charges accused of dealing K2 or related synthetic drugs. Austin police are rounding up people involved with synthetic drugs stemming from a late-2016 string of overdoses... Unlike dealing with an epidemic of crack cases, where officers can quickly identify the drug using field tests and arrest the suspect, when officers encounter a person with a substance they suspect to be K2 or another synthetic drug, they have to confiscate the drug and send it off for testing and let the person go. It takes months of lab testing to identify the drug before a warrant...
  • Carr: Maine, N.H. govs’ gaffes: Getting real on dealers

    03/06/2017 1:00:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 5, 2017 | By Howie Carr
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu committed a gaffe this week. He told the truth. As Michael Kinsley once pointed out, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” In a speech and later radio interview, Sununu pointed out what everyone knows, that “there’s no doubt” illegal immigrants are fueling the drug trade that is ravaging the nation, and that they hide out in “sanctuary cities” like, say, Lawrence. “So you have undocumented drug dealers that are dealing these drugs,” Sununu said. “They are getting arrested, they are being given bail...
  • Tragedy as man drinks an entire bottle of tequila in one go to win a $630 bet and DIES moments later

    03/04/2017 11:25:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 114 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2017 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    It was the bet to end all bets, and ultimately a man's life. A 23-year-old man died from alcohol poisoning after chugging an entire bottle of tequila in a Dominican nightclub. Kelvin Rafael Mejía decided to down the lot as part of a friendly wager between friends. The insane bet was all caught on camera and then posted online.
  • Alleged gang members accused in woman's 'satanic' murder in Houston

    03/02/2017 2:55:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    KTRK ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2017 04:05PM
    HOUSTON: Two alleged MS-13 gang members are now behind bars in Houston, charged with killing a woman as part of a 'satanic' ritual. The victim is an unidentified Hispanic woman whose body was found in February. Police now need your help identifying her. Court documents reveal horrifying allegations made by a 14-year-old girl, who accuses both men of 18 drug-fueled days of terror and sexual assault. Diego Rivera and Miguel Alvarez-Flores smiled and waved to Eyewitness News cameras in the court room earlier this morning, right before the charges were read against them. ... According to the teen's testimony to...
  • Confirmed: Obama DOJ Failure to Arrest Known Straw Purchasers Led to Murder of ICE Agent Jaime...

    03/01/2017 3:50:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Full title: Confirmed: Obama DOJ Failure to Arrest Known Straw Purchasers Led to Murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico According to a new inspector general report an illegal gun trafficking program similar to Operation Fast and Furious, which took place under President Obama's Department of Justice, led to the murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in 2011. First, the background: On February 15, 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents Victor Avila and Jaime Zapata were returning to Mexico City from Matehuala, Mexico when their armored SUV came under attack near the town of Santa Maria del Rio,...
  • West Point cadets face courts-martial for drugs

    03/01/2017 6:51:33 PM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    AP, Stars and Stripes ^ | March 1, 2017 | MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. — Two West Point cadets face courts-martial on charges of distributing cocaine and other drugs and another senior faces similar charges amid a months-long investigation, the U.S. Military Academy said Wednesday. West Point first announced in November that six cadets faced charges that they conspired to distribute drugs... The other four cadets on administrative leave are awaiting a decision from the superintendent on further proceedings, which could include courts-martial or administrative action. The cadets are accused of driving to nearby Newburgh, New York, as well as Pennsylvania and New Jersey to purchase drugs and then bringing them to...
  • Jeff Sessions to target drug cartels, gun offenses to halt potential crime wave

    03/01/2017 5:11:37 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | Andrea Noble
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he plans to target drug cartels and crack down on gun crimes to snuff out what could be the start of a national crime wave, evidenced by a recent uptick in homicides and other violence. But left unsaid is whether Mr. Sessions also will direct the Justice Department to disrupt the legal marijuana industry — a move that critics say could undermine his goals and enable the cartels.
  • Poll Shows Surprising Bay Area Support For Key Trump Immigration Policies

    02/27/2017 9:11:58 PM PST · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 27, 2017 | Melissa Caen
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An exclusive new Survey USA poll offered a stunning snapshot of where the Bay Area stands on immigration Monday, with the new numbers revealing that more local residents are backing President Trump’s policies than you might think. The KPIX 5 Survey USA Poll showed more than half of people support a key element of the President’s immigration policy. 53 percent said local law enforcement should always contact federal authorities about illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes. The even bigger surprise was the number of Bay Area Hispanics who supported notifying the feds. While the mayors...
  • YOU TUBE VIDEO: Best Opiate & Heroin Addiction Treatment in Oklahoma: TestimoniesWhat makes the bes

    02/26/2017 7:08:21 PM PST · by DBCJR · 67 replies
    https://youtu.be/DCZ7PMt5mGI ^ | Published by dbcjr on Personal You Tube Account on February 26, 2017 | Able Recovery, Oklahoma dbcjr's Personal You Tube Account
    #Buprenorphine drugs, like #Suboxone and #Subutex, have been heavily marketed as the wonder drug for #opiate & #heroin #AddictionTreatment. While buprenorphine is one of 3 drug classes used in the SAMHSA evidence-based best practice, Medication Assisted Treatment, buprenorphine plateaus in effectiveness at an intermediate level of dependency, failing to manage withdrawals and cravings for intermediate to heavy dependencies. Additionally, the vast majority of buprenorphine treatment has been "in the privacy of a doctor's office without the need for daily visits," as it was heavily marketed. This often means a doctor writes a 30 day prescription warning the patient: 1) Don't...
  • Opioid Related Deaths Overtake Gun Fatalities

    02/26/2017 6:05:00 AM PST · by Religion and Politics · 43 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | February 25, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that nearly 5,000 more people died from opioids in 2015 than in 2014. Both heroin and opioid use have exploded in the US, after decades of doctors over-prescribing painkillers in the 1990s and 2000s. A report from the CDC released Thursday found that the drug problem has become so deadly that heroin deaths outnumbered gun fatalities last year for the first time in US history. Until 2007, gun deaths outnumbered heroin deaths five to one, according to the Washington Post. But 2015 saw 12,989 people die from heroin and 12,979...
  • Trump takes first step to building the wall by requesting bids from contractors (Tr.)

    02/26/2017 5:04:59 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-25-2017 | Karen Ruiz
    The Trump administration has taken its first step to building the wall on the Mexican-American border as it has requested proposals from contractors and plans to have a prototype built by mid-March. The US Customs and Border Protection issued the preliminary requests on Friday and said it will accept proposals next month for the design of the wall. The agency also said the it would release requests on or about March 6 asking companies for prototype ideas.
  • Hitler Got Regular Injections of Cocaine, Meth and Opiates: Book

    02/25/2017 8:47:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 25, 2017 | Eric Spitznagel
    When we think of Adolf Hitler, we tend to imagine him as the raging, crowd-inciting dictator. But “Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich” paints a very different picture, one of a full-on junkie who could barely show up for military meetings without his regular injections of cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates. In one of the book’s most harrowing scenes, author Norman Ohler describes how “Hitler’s veins were so wrecked” by late 1944 that even his personal physician “could hardly penetrate them.” When he finally did manage to break the skin, “it actually made a crunching noise.”
  • Police use taser on woman running naked with Corbin track team

    02/25/2017 2:56:20 PM PST · by digger48 · 78 replies
    WKYT ^ | Feb 24, 2017 | WKYT News Staff
    CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - A bizarre situation brought the Friday morning practice for the Corbin High School track team to a screeching halt. Sickness canceled classes on Friday, but the track team still held practice. The track coach spotted a woman taking off her clothes. Before he could react, the naked woman jumped the chain link fence and began running with the boys on the track. Police say Leger never touched the boys, but just ran alongside them. "One of the coaches saw her a couple hundred yards away I guess by the softball field. She had clothes on. He...
  • Study shows value of undocumented immigrants [fake news]

    02/25/2017 3:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | February 25, 2017 | Bill Cummings
    As President Donald Trump prepares to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally, a new national study shows undocumented workers pump billions of dollars into Connecticut’s economy each year. The New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders who support “sensible” immigration reform, found that the nearly 130,000 undocumented Connecticut residents pay $397 million in annual federal, state and local taxes, account for $3.1 billion in household income and represent $2.7 billion in spending power. “This research proves what we’ve known for years: Immigrants are a boom to our local economy and in every community in America,”...
  • Chicago police arrest 81 in overnight raids, mostly for drug and weapons offenses [Feds to Help]

    02/25/2017 6:00:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | Feb 25, 2017, 4:24 AM ET | By David Caplan
    The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday. The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified...
  • The Cartels Next Door: Cartels’ roots run deep in NM

    02/22/2017 12:37:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 16, 2017 | By Mike Gallagher
    Mexico’s drug cartels earn billions of dollars in profits as they funnel heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into drug-hungry countries, including the United States. Crime, death and ruined lives flow right along with those drugs to places as varied as New York City, West Virginia coal country, Albuquerque, Española and western Europe. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the cartels rival international corporations in size and reach. The drugs they peddle are cheaper and more plentiful than ever before, claiming thousands of victims every year. The Albuquerque Journal today begins a six-part investigative report on a criminal enterprise wreaking havoc...
  • Marijuana found inside firewood seized at U.S.-Mexico border

    02/20/2017 10:20:19 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | February 20, 2017 | Breaking 911
    TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Sasabe arrested a Tucson man Wednesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $53,000.
  • Few Rogue Border Agents Resist Trump Policies

    02/18/2017 7:39:31 AM PST · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Polizette ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    Union leader says some stations continue to follow Obama 'catch and release' directives Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obama’s “catch-and-release” policies, according to a union official. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that he raised concerns Thursday with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello. He said he is confident that issue soon will be corrected. But Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to...
  • Sheriff Jones to undocumented workers: 'Bring your poison here, get arrested’

    02/16/2017 6:07:30 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 4 replies
    WLWT News ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Amanda Kelly
    Butler County Sheriff’s Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce arrested two undocumented workers and seized $36,000 worth of methamphetamine Tuesday MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Butler County Sheriff’s Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce arrested two undocumented workers and seized $36,000 worth of methamphetamine Tuesday in Middletown. It’s put a hot-button issue front and center again, with Butler County’s sheriff right in the middle of the debate. “The drugs are pouring in from Mexico, and it's poison, it's poisoning our community. I'm not going to put up with it,” Sheriff Richard Jones said. Francisco Torres-Davila and Ramon Sanchez-Reyes both were arrested in Middletown on Valentine's Day...
  • TSA and Airport Employees allegedly Smuggled 20 Tons of Cocaine Over 18 Years

    02/14/2017 8:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | 02/13/2017 | Max Kutner
    A dozen current and former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport employees are facing charges related to an alleged cocaine-smuggling operation going back almost two decades. A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico indicted the defendants on February 8, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the news on Monday. The defendants allegedly transported cocaine-filled suitcases through security at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Between 1998 and 2016, approximately 20 tons of cocaine made it through as part of the racket, according to the announcement. Drug mules would drop off the cocaine-filled suitcases at...
  • U.S. calls Venezuela's vice president an international drug trafficker

    02/13/2017 7:12:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-13-2017 | CNN
    U.S. authorities on Monday said the vice president of Venezuela was an international drug trafficker and slapped severe sanctions on him. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said Tareck El Aissami has played a "significant role in international narcotics trafficking," a news release said. "OFAC's action today is the culmination of a multi-year investigation under the Kingpin Act to target significant narcotics traffickers in Venezuela and demonstrates that power and influence do not protect those who engage in these illicit activities," said John Smith, acting director of OFAC. El Aissami, who was appointed vice president of Venezuela...
  • AP Sources: US Sanctions Venezuela’s New Vice President

    02/13/2017 4:38:59 PM PST · by Enterprise · 19 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | AP Sources
    The Trump administration is slapping sanctions on Venezuela’s new Vice President Tareck El Aissami and accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. (snip) The U.S. is also sanctioning Samark Bello, a wealthy businessman connected to El Aissami who has held significant business interests in the U.S. The U.S. says Bello provided assistance or support to El Aissami’s trafficking activities.
  • President Trump U.S. Treasury Identifies Venezuelan Vice-President as Narcotics Trafficker…

    02/13/2017 4:35:21 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 21 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb 13, 2027 | Sundance
    Moments ago the U.S. Treasury Department announced official sanctions against Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami). El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela. WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Venezuelan national Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami) as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela.
  • Reflections on the CNN Healthcare Debate

    02/13/2017 1:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Hal Scherz
    The CNN healthcare debate between Senators Ted Cruz & Bernie Sanders on February 7 was dubbed a success by the network, ranking first in its cable time slot. With healthcare once again thrust into the headlines, and with two big personalities squaring off, this was certainly the marquee event, as was advertised. It turned out to be what one would have expected; a clash of ideologies, but a deeper look into what was said, and specifically what wasn’t, turned out to be most revealing. Senator Sanders’ positions contained very little substance as he clung to his talking points which reflected...
  • Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs

    02/13/2017 10:12:01 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 51 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | FEB. 13, 2017 | BENEDICT CAREYFEB.
    <p>The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.</p> <p>The new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.</p>
  • Agents Bust Violent Street Gang In Santa Cruz

    02/13/2017 8:14:37 AM PST · by csvset · 34 replies
    Kpix ^ | 13 feb 2017
    Agents Bust Violent Street Gang In Santa Cruz February 13, 2017 7:19 AM SANTA CRUZ (KPIX 5) – The Department of Homeland Security and Santa Cruz police busted what was described as a violent street gang linked to murders and drug trafficking early Monday morning. Residents said they were woken up by the sound of helicopters and flash bang grenades around 4:00 a.m. At that time, authorities launched raids in multiple locations, making several arrests. Authorities said the gang has been operating in the Santa Cruz area for at least a decade. “It’s been a multi-year investigation, into a criminal...
  • Clinton Foundation Partner Hiked Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Price By 680 Percent

    02/12/2017 8:25:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/12/17 | Joe Schoffstall
    The head of a pharmaceutical company, who partnered with the Clinton Foundation, has increased the price of an auto-injector used to treat opioid overdoses by 680 percent over the course of three years.Spencer Williamson, the president and chief executive officer of the Richmond, Virginia-based Kaleo Pharmaceuticals, is under fire after the price of a two-pack of Evzio, a device that treats life-threatening opioid overdoses, skyrocketed from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 today.Thirty-one Democratic senators are now demanding answers on the price hike."We are deeply concerned about reports that Kaleo dramatically increased the cost of its naloxone injector device, Evzio, an...
  • AP FACT CHECK: Are immigration raids result of Trump policy?

    02/10/2017 9:09:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 10, 2017 | Amy Taxin and Alicia A. Caldwell
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Advocacy groups say that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are rounding up people in large numbers around the country as part of stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump. They say a roundup in Southern California was especially heavy-handed and cite arrests in places such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Texas and North Carolina that have rattled immigrants. The government says it's simply enforcing the laws and conducting routine enforcement targeting immigrants in the country illegally with criminal records. Authorities say it's no different than what happened during the Obama years on a regular basis. The truth...
  • Drug dealer whose life sentence was commuted by Obama is back behind bars after.....

    02/10/2017 8:22:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | Feb. 7, 2017 | Cheyenne Roundtree For Dailymail.com
    Drug dealer whose life sentence was commuted by Obama is back behind bars after being caught with two pounds of cocaine worth $26,000 A Texas felon who was pardoned by Obama is back behind bars after he was caught 'fleeing police with two pounds of cocaine worth $26,000'. Robert M. Gill is getting reacquainted with his jail cell after he crashed into another vehicle when fleeing from police following an alleged drug deal in San Antonio on Thursday. The 68-year-old's original life sentence was pardoned by President Obama but now he could face up to 40 years in prison for...
  • VA Employees Charged With Stealing Prescription Drugs To Sell On The Street

    02/09/2017 12:08:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/9/17 | Jonah Bennett
    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have been charged with stealing prescription medications like oxycodone and Viagra to sell on the street.Satishkumar Patel, Alisha Pagan and Nikita Neal have all been charged with conspiring together to steal and distribute highly addictive drugs, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, Christopher Thyer said in a press release. Thyer is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.Out of the three, Patel and Pagan are staring down additional charges, including intent to deliver oxycodone, THV11 reports.Management at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System complained to the VA inspector general that large quantities of drugs were disappearing from...
  • Florida Fisherman Faces Life in Prison for $500K Catch

    02/05/2017 1:45:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    A commercial fisherman in Florida made a costly mistake that could land him in prison for life. Thomas Breeding, a 32-year-old boat captain, was out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico when he came across a mysterious package floating in the water. Inside the package was 45 pounds of cocaine. Breeding reportedly said he knew the right thing was to turn it over to the police, but Breeding decided to go a different route. Instead of doing what he knew was right, Breeding gave the package – worth $500,000 to $620,000 on the street, says AL.com – to four other...
  • Art of the Drug Deal? Seized Heroin Bore Trump's Image

    02/05/2017 1:59:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 4, 2017
    It might be called the art of the drug deal: Florida authorities seized scores of individually wrapped heroin packets stamped with the image of President Donald Trump. As Tampa news station WFLA reports, law enforcement officers seized 5,550 packages of heroin Jan. 27 in Hernando County, culminating a months-long investigation into heroin distribution in the area. Some of the packets bore the names or likenesses of other notorious figures, such as Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Authorities couldn't explain the markings' purpose. Dealers often stamp heroin bags with street "brand names." Top...
  • Richard Kirk, accused of fatally shooting wife while high, pleads guilty ( Marijuana : Colorado)

    02/03/2017 6:37:14 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    KDVR ^ | February 3, 2017 | Chuck Hickey
    DENVER -- The man accused of fatally shooting his wife while investigators said he was high on marijuana edibles pleaded guilty to second-degree murder .. Richard Kirk, 50, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, citing marijuana intoxication, in September to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife Kristine. Under terms of the plea, Kirk, who had been charged with first-degree murder, will be sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison and fined $5,000 to $1 million. He will also give up parental rights to the couples' three children to Kristine Kirk's parents ... The...
  • Amgen chief tells Trump the biotech giant will hire 1,600 workers

    02/03/2017 6:46:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2017 | Melody Petersen
    Amgen Chief Executive Robert Bradway told President Trump on Tuesday that the company would soon be adding 1,600 jobs. The news of hiring by the Southern California biotech giant came as the president met with a group of pharmaceutical executives at the White House, where he told them their pricing “has been astronomical.” “You folks have done a very great job over the years,” Trump told the executives, “but we have to get the prices down.” Kristen Davis, an Amgen spokeswoman, confirmed that the Thousand Oaks company plans to hire 1,600 skilled workers across the U.S. this year....
  • Am I the only one to notice (Homeless and drugs)

    02/02/2017 3:30:09 PM PST · by rey · 39 replies
    2 Feb 2017
    Am I the only one to notice this? I had an appointment canceled so I was in a local sports bar. I noticed the homeless guy who had replaced the previous homeless guy on the street corner with a sign. I always joked that it must be an union job as they seem to have limited hours and worked shifts. A few stop and give him change. Eventually, a young woman approaches and gives him a wad of money larger than a coffee mug. He passes her a bag. They talk a little. She leaves. He panhandles another few minutes...
  • IRS lawyer in D.C. charged in methamphetamine conspiracy

    02/01/2017 6:57:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/17 | Spencer S. Hsu
    An attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s professional standards office in Washington has been charged with conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. prosecutors said. Jack Vitayanon, 41, an IRS attorney since 2012 allegedly participated in a meth ring with others in Arizona and on Long Island between about September 2014 and January, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday. Public records show Vitayanon living in the U Street corridor. In the criminal complaint, prosecutors noted that during one alleged transaction, Vitayanon directed a buyer to make a cash deposit of $1,650 to...