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  • Obama Wishes Muslims Happy Ramadan on Day of Tennessee Shooting

    07/17/2015 1:46:34 PM PDT · by mojito · 54 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 7/16/2015 | Jason Devaney
    As authorities investigate a deadly attack in Tennessee as a potential case of terrorism, which occurred on the heels of several attacks across the globe in recent weeks, President Barack Obama issued a statement Thursday wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan. The Muslim holy month ends Friday. [....] It's not clear what time Thursday the aforementioned White House statement was released, but Obama wished Muslims in the United States and across the world "joy" as Ramadan comes to a close. "Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating...
  • Obama says that without family support he could have been in prison

    07/16/2015 7:05:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    WAPO ^ | July 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima and Juliet Eilperin
    EL RENO, Okla. — President Obama, who in recent weeks has shed any reticence to talk about racism and discrimination in American life, suggested inside the walls of a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday that under different circumstances, he could have been there as an inmate rather than as president. “That’s what strikes me — there but for the grace of God,” the president said, standing in an empty cellblock with polished concrete floors and gray-and-white walls. Minutes after he had finished meeting with six nonviolent drug offenders in El Reno federal prison, a medium-security facility, Obama said his...
  • Vacaville Inmate Cut in Half, Organs Harvested

    07/13/2015 2:42:39 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 35 replies
    Associated Press kmjnow.com ^ | July 11, 2015 | Associated Press Unknown
    Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.
  • Obama to free dozens of inmates, tour federal prison this week

    07/11/2015 7:39:39 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 20 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | July 11, 2015 | Liz Goodwin Senior National Affairs Reporter
    President Obama will use his clemency power to release dozens of inmates from federal custody this week, doubling the commutations he’s granted so far and reassuring advocates that he is serious about using his executive authority to free people serving long decades for nonviolent crimes. If the president grants another 40 or so commutations as expected, he will have shortened the sentences of more prisoners than any president since Gerald Ford, who extended clemency to thousands of Vietnam draft dodgers. (Obama’s record on pardoning ex-convicts outside of prison, however, has remained stingy by historical standards.) The commutations will be granted...
  • President Obama will visit federal prison

    07/11/2015 4:58:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    “The president will outline the unfairness in much of our criminal justice system, highlight bipartisan ideas for reform and lay out his ideas to make our country fairer, smarter and more cost effective while keeping the American people safe and secure,” Earnest said. Obama, who views sentencing reform as one of the remaining areas where he may be able to forge a bipartisan compromise before leaving office, will visit El Reno, a medium security prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, who recently announced he will retire by the end of the year, is expected...
  • Shockingly Gruesome Revelations on Deadly California Prison Riot: ‘It Just Blows My Mind’

    07/11/2015 7:28:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 7/10/2015 | Jason Howerton
    Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell. Details of the gruesome May killing at the medium-security California State Prison, Solano, are laid out in an autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request.
  • Inmate cut in half organs missing

    07/10/2015 2:42:26 PM PDT · by rey · 85 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 10 July 2025
    SACRAMENTO — Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a San Francisco Bay Area prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.
  • Obama to Make First-Ever Presidential Visit to a Federal Prison for VICE Special

    07/10/2015 12:43:42 PM PDT · by machogirl · 63 replies
    vice news ^ | 07-10-2015 | By VICE News
    President Barack Obama announced today that he will visit the El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma next week to participate in a VICE special on America's criminal justice system. It will make Obama the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison. As part of the VICE special airing this fall on HBO, Obama and VICE founder Shane Smith, host of the special, will tour the facility and meet with prisoners, prison staff, and law enforcement officials. Related: VICE News' coverage of crime and drugs Located in central Oklahoma, El Reno is a medium-security facility that houses 1,300 inmates...
  • Twelve Clinton Correctional Facility workers put on leave amid prison escape probe

    06/30/2015 11:37:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    pix11.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Mary Murphy,
    NEW YORK — One of the inmates ended up dead and the second was shot and captured by an alert state trooper, but it looks like heads are rolling at the Clinton Correctional Facility, now that the 23-day hunt for two escaped prisoners has ended. The New York State Department of Corrections is replacing 12 prison employees, including the prison’s superintendent Steven Racette and deputy superintendent Stephen Brown. Racette was seen in a photo (embedded below) with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 6, when the daring prison break was discovered. The DOC sent a statement to PIX11 Investigates Tuesday announcing...
  • One of the New York Prison Escapees, Richard Matt, Is Fatally Shot [Sweat Shot Caught]

    06/26/2015 1:43:47 PM PDT · by Syncro · 104 replies
    nyt ^ | JUNE 26, 2015 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and BENJAMIN MUELLER
    Richard W. Matt, one of the convicted murderers who staged an elaborate escape from New York’s largest prison nearly three weeks ago, was killed on Friday in a burst of gunfire by federal agents, two people with knowledge of the situation said.
  • Obama Confuses White House For Prison

    06/20/2015 12:03:41 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/19/2015 | Patrick Howley
    President Barack Obama accidentally compared himself to a prisoner stuck in the White House while speaking at a Beverly Hills fundraiser at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s house Thursday.What do you think? “We should be reforming our criminal justice system in such a way that we are not incarcerating nonviolent offenders in ways that renders them incapable of getting a job after they leave office,” Obama said, effectively comparing being in prison to being in office.What do you think? “Little slip of the tongue there. Little Freudian slip,” Obama said
  • MAN SMUGGLES PACKAGE into PRISON = LIVE on TV =(Fox News)

    06/15/2015 9:51:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 60 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 06/15/15
    TV reporter has no idea that a man with a bag walks past her in the background... ties it to a rope and someone pulls it over the prison wall. More likely filled with drugs, booze, KFC and a cell phone to call a couple of hookers.
  • You REALLY need to see what happens in the BACKGROUND as Fox News reports from outside a prison

    06/14/2015 7:43:07 PM PDT · by blueyon · 91 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 14, 2015 | Posted by soopermexican
    "You REALLY need to see what happens in the BACKGROUND as Fox News reports from outside a prison" (video) This video is making the rounds on Facebook for good reason. A sharp-eyed Fox News viewer caught some elicit goings-ons in the background as a reporter recorded from outside the upstate New York prison where two murderous inmates escaped. And that… is how you sneak in drugs, phones and other illegal stuff into a maximum state prison! Now do you think that’s possible without a guard helping out? Especially in the same prison where a guard is accused of helping two...
  • Prison employee pleaded not guilty to aiding escape of two murderers

    06/13/2015 2:41:48 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | une 13, 2015
    The female prison employee at the center of an investigation into the escape of two killers pleaded not guilty Friday night to helping them flee the maximum security facility. Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell, 51, was arraigned on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor count of criminal facilitation, authorities said. Mitchell is accused of aiding in the escape of inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York last week. She entered the court room with her hands cuffed in front of her, clad jeans and a lime green top...
  • Female prison worker, in love, agreed to drive getaway car

    06/11/2015 8:37:35 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/11 | Reuters
    A female prison worker being questioned by police, who are hunting two escapees from an upstate New York prison, thought she had a romantic relationship with one of them and had planned to drive the getaway car, NBC News reported on Thursday
  • Escaped killer ‘won’ prison worker’s heart — then left her

    06/10/2015 9:11:31 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Larry Celona and Jamie Schram
    He used her until he had no more use for her. Escaped killer Richard Matt won the heart of prison supervisor Joyce “Tillie’’ Mitchell so he could get the tools he needed to break out — and then vanished without so much as a thank you, sources told The Post on Tuesday. Modal Trigger “She really doesn’t have much to tell about where they were going or what they were doing after,” a source said of Mitchell, who is suspected of helping Matt and fellow murderer David Sweat escape. The married 51-year-old seamstress risked everything because “she thought there was...
  • Prison Worker Probed in Escape Is Married, Teaches Tailoring

    06/08/2015 7:52:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/8 | Kirstan Conley, Larry Celona and Jamie Schram
    The female prison worker questioned as a possible accomplice in the escape of two killers is a married, training supervisor at the facility, sources told The Post on Monday. Joyce Mitchell has worked at Clinton Correctional Facility since 2008 — and her responsibilities include helping inmates learn how to tailor clothing, the sources said. Sources said Tuesday that convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat were allowed to wear civilian clothes instead of prison greens in their less restrictive wing of the jail dubbed the “Honor Block.”
  • Two murderers escape maximum security NY prison . . . using power tools?

    06/08/2015 6:13:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escape Am I the only one who allows himself to think, if only for a moment, that this is kind of impressive? I know, I know . . reality has to hit you and do so quickly. These are very dangerous men who have killed before and almost surely would have no compunction about doing so again if they think it’s necessary to help them evade capture. So it’s not with approval, but a sort of horrified respect, that I observe escape from maximum security prison using power tools is quite the dubious...
  • Convicted Murderers Who Escaped New York Jail Left a Note

    06/07/2015 8:33:00 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016
    Time ^ | 06/07/2015 | Jack Linshi
    Hello This is the first time I have posted so please forgive me if I have this topic in the wrong place. However, I had a questions and was hoping to receive some help. I am writing an article about gays who are against the homosexual agenda and thought I would include something in there about homosexuality and mental health. In the 1970s the APA changed the classification of homosexuality so it was no longer considered mental illness and many psychology and psychiatry organizations all over the world have followed. However, there was little basis at that time to think...
  • Convicted killers escape maximum-security prison with power tools and extra bedding

    06/07/2015 6:37:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/07/2015
    A manhunt is underway in Upstate New York for a pair of inmates who pulled off an elaborate overnight escape from a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, according to news reports. On Sunday, more than 200 law enforcement officers using bloodhounds and helicopters were searching for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, in the region surrounding the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., according to the Associated Press. The men were referred to as “dangerous individuals” by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who joined searchers to examine the prisoners’ escape route before holding a news conference outside the prison. “It...
  • The real-life Shawshank: Manhunt in US after two killers make elaborate prison break

    06/06/2015 5:30:27 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/06/2015 | Reuters
    A manhunt was underway for two convicted murderers who pulled off an elaborate overnight escape from adjoining cells in a New York state maximum security prison near the border with Canada, police said on Saturday. Prison guards discovered that the men were missing during an early morning bed check in the Clinton Correctional Facility, in Dannemora, about 40 miles south of the Canadian province of Quebec. Both inmates are considered a danger to the public, state police said. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the escape, the first from the prison's maximum security facility in its 150 year history, as...
  • The founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace has been sentenced to life in prison without parole

    05/30/2015 9:30:40 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 5/29/2015 | Natasha Bertrand and Michael B Kelley
    The convicted mastermind behind the world's largest online narcotics emporium has been sentenced by a federal judge to two terms of life in prison and three lesser sentences, USA Today reports. The judge also ordered Ross Ulbricht, 31, to forfeit $184 million dollars. The website made over $187 million before it was shut down in 2013. The government estimated that roughly $1.2 billion in illegal drug transactions took place on Silk Road. The judge said it was a "demand expanding operation" and that what Ulbricht did was thoughtful, as opposed to just being an economic experiment. She added that he...
  • Idle Hands Do Time (Abolish prison and give everyone a gun.)

    05/29/2015 7:19:10 AM PDT · by all the best · 15 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Gavin McInnes
    Abolish prison and give everyone a gun. The end. Good night. Oh wait, that’s not enough for a column? Okay, how about legalize drugs too? I’m not kidding. I know it sounds outrageous but hate facts often are. Look, I’m not suggesting we send all the guards home and open up the gates tomorrow. America is too ensconced in prison culture. Most prisoners today have become bad people and it’s because of prison. So, for the sake of the argument, let’s pretend a massive plague killed everyone in prison. It’s a horrific tragedy beyond our control and conspiracy theorists are...
  • Democrats Seeking Pell Grants for Inmates at the Expense of the Law Abiding

    05/23/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Red Statements ^ | May 23, 2015 | Steven Ahle
    Six democrats are seeking to grant Pell Grants to inmates in prison. They claim that it will make them desirable applicants to companies when they get out of prison. Hey liberals, believe it or not companies aren’t clamoring for graduates of Stu’s University online even if they haven’t knocked off a bank or raped small children. So, why would these cons be employable? Of course, if they were to take computer classes they might stop mugging senior citizens and join the growing identity theft industry. It’s also important to know that there is not an endless pool of money in...
  • Ted Cruz, GOP candidate for the White House: "Bill Clinton imprisoned a generation of blacks"

    05/18/2015 7:35:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Latercera ^ | May 18, 2015
    He thus pointed the finger on the "Control Act of violent crime and public order" adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994. Ted Cruz, one of the many Republican candidates in the race to the White House, accused former President Bill Clinton have put a generation of African Americans in jail, so he stated that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should respond to this. Cruz and pointed his finger on the "Law on Control of violent crime and public order" adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994. One measure introduced tax incentives for States launched the "harder"...
  • Clinton campaign shuts down parody bumper sticker (Hillary 2016 - Prison or POTUS)

    05/16/2015 4:47:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    Wolrd Net Daily ^ | 2015-05-16
    The operator of a political website that parodies the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton has just gotten a lesson in realpolitik and what happens when someone crosses the Clintons. Marinka Peschmann, a freelance journalist and author, has been marketing a number of different buttons and bumper stickers for the “Hillary 2016: Prison or POTUS” campaign on the website Zazzle.com. One of those caught the eye of Clinton-campaign lawyers and is now no longer available.
  • Push to End Prison Rapes Loses Earlier Momentum (transgenders have a problem)

    05/12/2015 5:10:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/12/15 | DEBORAH SONTAG
    NEW BOSTON, Tex. — The inmate, dressed in prison whites with a shaved head and incongruously tender eyes behind wire-rimmed glasses, entered the visiting room with her wrists joined as if she were handcuffed. At 31, she had spent her whole adult life behind bars, and it looked like a posture of habit. She introduced herself: “My given name at birth was Joshua Zollicoffer, but my preferred name is Passion Star.” A transgender woman whose gender identity has been challenged by Texas authorities, Ms. Star herself is challenging Texas’ refusal to accept new national standards intended to eliminate rape in...
  • Teen faces 130 years in prison for murderous crime spree

    05/07/2015 2:45:07 PM PDT · by seantruet · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 07.05.2015 | Krissy Stark
    The teenager smiled as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs. lol https://youtu.be/b5pp7VwZT08
  • Report: Clinton changed stance on trade deal after donations to foundation

    04/09/2015 9:21:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/9/15 | Ben Kamisar
    The Clinton Foundation reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Colombian oil company head before then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to support a trade deal with Colombia despite worries of human rights violations. The report in the International Business Times comes as Clinton readies an expected run for president. She’s been dogged by questions about whether foreign donations to her foundations could have influenced her official decisions. The report centers on donations from Frank Giustra and the oil company that he founded, Pacific Rubiales. In a Wall Street Journal story from 2008, Giustra is described as a “friend and...
  • For Hillary Clinton, Scandals Have Achieved Critical Mass

    04/24/2015 11:44:21 AM PDT · by safetysign · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 04/23/2015 | Editorial
    Ethics: With each day, new revelations call into question Hillary Clinton's behavior during her tenure as secretary of state and after. It's time for her to suspend her campaign and start answering questions. When even the left-wing media notice a leading Democrat's apparent ethical lapses, she has a real problem. And so does the Democratic Party, which as of now has all its bets for 2016 placed on Hillary Clinton, who, Peter Schweizer's upcoming book "Clinton Cash" suggests, may have engaged in corrupt behavior in office.
  • The Prison Called Cuba

    04/20/2015 9:25:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Al Caruba
    Cuba: Utterly failed economic and social system that can only stay in power by jailing or executing anyone who resists We are told we need to feel sympathy for the Cuban people who have suffered from a U.S. embargo and lack of diplomatic recognition. That ignores a long history of oppression in Cuba no matter who was in charge. Prior to Fidel Castro, Cubans were in the grip of Flugencio Batista who overthrew the existing government in September 1933 and then dominated Cuban politics for the next 25 years until Castro’s revolutionary movement took control of the capitol in January...
  • WORLD EXCLUSIVE! BLAGO: BEHIND BARS & GOING BONKERS!

    04/12/2015 8:12:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    nationalenquirer.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | NATIONAL ENQUIRER staff
    Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has suffered a breakdown behind bars – and his famous mop top is now a dazzling snow white! These extraordinary world exclusive photos – snapped by a jailhouse snitch and obtained by The National ENQUIRER – dramatically show how America’s most celebrated political inmate has gone loopy during his three years locked away at a Colorado correctional facility. “He doesn’t really socialize and is very paranoid of everyone,” The ENQUIRER’s spy said. Somber Blagojevich – federal inmate No. 40892-424 – whiles away his days bizarrely babbling about President Barack Obama and vowing that...
  • Rand Paul is serious about ending mass incarceration ("Expanding welfare for ex-prisoners")

    04/08/2015 2:39:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Vox ^ | April 7, 2015 | Dara Lind
    Rand Paul has quickly sanded down some of the unorthodox positions that separated him from most of his Republican colleagues as he heads into campaign season. He's recently proposed increasing defense spending rather than decreasing it, for example, and reversing his earlier support for "judicial activism." At the same time, there's at least one space where he's strengthened an unorthodox policy position: reducing mass incarceration. Paul isn't the only Republican senator who's interested in reducing mass incarceration — Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have also been vocal on the issue. Paul is different in two ways. First, he's willing...
  • Florida teen beaten after molesting man's 11-year-old son sentenced to 25 years

    04/05/2015 2:50:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 3, 2015 | David Boroff
    A Florida teen who was pummeled by an enraged father after he was caught sexually abusing the man's 11-year-old son was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Raymond Frolander, 18, pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious molestation of a child in Volusia County court on Thursday. With the plea deal, Frolander avoided a life sentence but will be electronically monitored and go on the sex offender list after he gets out of prison, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. “He’s going to learn in the next 25 years why I let him live,” the father told the newspaper following...
  • Rat Crime ... Kansas Thug Gets 11 Years for Stealing Wedding Ring Off of Dying Woman at Taco Bell

    04/04/2015 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 92 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | March 31, 2015 | AMY RENEE LEIKER
    Man who stole wedding ring off dying woman’s finger at Taco Bell sentenced to 11 years A Wichita man will spend more than 11 years in prison for stealing a wedding ring and other items from a woman who was dying from a brain aneurysm in a Taco Bell drive-through in December 2013. Sedgwick County District Judge Christopher Magana ordered Daquantrius Johnson to serve the 136-month term consecutive to other sentences he received for crimes committed while on felony probation in a 2013 burglary case. The sentences in those cases totaled 111 months, which means Johnson, 21, will be incarcerated...
  • Steep Costs of Inmate Phone Calls Are Under Scrutiny

    03/30/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by edwinland · 104 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 30, 2015 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Since the Pennsylvania police arrested Anthony Kofalt last March for walking out of a Walmart with 21 boxes of Crest White Strips he had not paid for, his wife, Heather, has spent $3,000 — about $60 a week — on phone calls to the prisons and jails where he has been held. The cost of a 15-minute call is $12.95, although Mr. Kofalt is in a prison only a few hours’ drive from his wife’s home in Franklin, Pa. The cost for a similar non-prison call would be about 60 cents. And every time Ms. Kofalt deposits $25 into the...
  • Britain's first gay prison wedding takes place as killers make history by tying knot behind bars

    03/28/2015 3:28:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 28 March 2015 | Lucy Thornton
    Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40 and his fellow male inmate Marc Goodwin, 31, tied the knot in the children's play alcove at their prison's visitor centre
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

    03/26/2015 8:37:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | CARYN ROUSSEAU
    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said. The Rev. Jesse Jackson described his son's release from the minimum security federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, as a "joyous reunion" and said the younger Jackson was doing "very well."
  • Whistle-blower: State Dept. Employees Who Don’t Sign Separation Agreement Face ‘Dire Consequences’

    03/22/2015 9:17:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 03/22/2015 | Chris Enloe
    According to the Daily Caller, not signing the “formal separation agreement” (OF-109) upon departing employment at the State Department can have “dire consequences.”These comments come from well known State Department security agent and whistle-blower, Richard Higbie: “Ramifications for lower-level State Department employees include the withholding of retirement benefits and possible investigations conducted by the agency into why employees declined to sign the form, whistle-blower Richard Higbie says.” Per the State Department’s own rules, employees leaving the agency must sign the OF-109 document, certifying that turned over any and all documents in their possession related to any State Department business.If what...
  • Search For Missing Black Man Leads to Body Hanging in Mississippi Woods

    03/20/2015 6:35:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/19/15 | M Alex Johnson
    Federal authorities are investigating the grisly discovery of the body of a man found hanging by a bed sheet Thursday morning... Local officers were searching for Otis James Byrd, a 54-year-old black man, who vanished on March 2. ....it remained unclear whether the death was a homicide or a suicide, but he confirmed that the man "had a bed sheet tied around his neck." ....Byrd spent just over 25 years in prison for the Feb. 1980 murder of Lucille Trim in Claiborne County, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections records cited by the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. The records show he robbed...
  • The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead

    03/18/2015 9:53:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 18, 2015 | Lauren Davis
    The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead Dr. Robert E. Cornish is probably best known for his 1930s revivification experiments with dogs, in which he claimed to bring dogs back from clinical death. He wanted to try a similar procedure on humans — and when a death row inmate volunteered, Cornish petitioned the state of California to let him play re-animator. Cornish's dog experiments would make most dog lovers cringe. Cornish would suffocate the dogs until they were clinically dead, and then he would place the bodies on a teeter board, rocking the...
  • 'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon found dead in San Quentin prison cell

    03/14/2015 8:21:20 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 14 2015 | Lee Romney
    SAN FRANCISCO — J.C.X. Simon—one of the so-called "Zebra Killers" convicted of multiple murders of white San Franciscans in the 1970s—has died, prison officials said Friday. Simon, 69, was pronounced dead at San Quentin prison at 11:59 p.m. Thursday after being found unresponsive in his cell, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said. The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.
  • LIberal heads EXPLODE over Ben Carson saying being gay is a CHOICE

    03/04/2015 10:19:54 AM PST · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Right Scoop
    This morning on CNN Ben Carson was asked if homosexuality is a choice and he didn’t shy away from answering it, saying he absolutely believes it is a choice. When asked why, he suggested that one example of this being a choice is that some people who go into prison straight and come out gay. If it’s not a choice then how could that happen? Watch: Video Link As I said, heads are exploding over his comments. If you just search Google News you’ll find dozens of articles already written on it. And most of them are negative, as you...
  • Glenn Beck Calls Ben Carson a 'Lunatic,' Says Presidential Career Is 'Over'

    03/10/2015 7:32:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Conservative media personality Glenn Beck declared renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's presidential career over and branded him a "lunatic" last week for calling homosexuality "absolutely" a choice because of prison sex. Carson told CNN last Wednesday that he believed homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice citing as an example that "a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay…So, did something happen while they were in there?" Reacting to Carson's comments, on his radio show Friday, Beck called them "ridiculous". "Goodbye to his presidential career,"...
  • Ben Carson: You know what, I’m done talking about gay rights from now on

    03/04/2015 5:07:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    After 500 comments about his prison-sex theory of orientation, I figured you’d be interested in an update. Having taken a ferocious beating in the media for the better part of a day, Carson finally says no mas: “I also believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay,” Mr. Carson continued. “I have no problem with them doing whatever they want to do. I’m just not willing to change the definition of marriage for anybody, because once you do that, you have to change it for everyone else who comes along....
  • Ben Carson apologizes for comments on gay people

    03/04/2015 5:06:22 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for commenting Wednesday that prisoners' changes after they leave jail proves being gay is a choice, but said that the science is still murky on the issue. In a statement, Carson said he "realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues." "I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended," he added. 
  • After Uproar, Ben Carson Backtracks, Apologizes for Homosexuality Comments [+video]

    03/05/2015 5:58:18 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    JoeMiller.us ^ | 03/05/2015 | Joe Miller
    By Fox News. Potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson apologized Wednesday for saying homosexuality was a lifestyle choice.“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” Carson said on his Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.” Carson, a neurosurgeon, was attempting to clarify comments he made earlier in the day to Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” show. “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and...
  • Ben Carson says being gay is a choice, citing prison example

    03/04/2015 5:18:07 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | Nick Gass
    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that “a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” The remarks were made on CNN’s “New Day” in response to a question from host Chris Cuomo, who asked if Carson thought being gay was a “choice.” “Absolutely,” Carson replied. Asked why, he went on to explain his prison theory. “So did something happen while they were in there?” he said. “Ask yourself that question.”
  • Democratic Congressman: We Need Food Stamps Because So Many Fathers Are In Jail

    02/28/2015 10:04:40 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/25/15 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic Georgia Rep. David Scott said that food stamps are necessary because of America’s “policy” of imprisoning families. “First of all, the situation regarding employment and jobs, poverty, all of that. All of that has been structured into our economic, social policy over the last quarter-century,” Scott said at Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), talking about the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs before turning to the incarceration issue. “Our policy of sending so many of our young eligible fathers to prison. Millions,” Scott said. “Our prison population went from 300,000 in...
  • School policy under fire after 1st-grader tardy [Oregon]

    02/26/2015 8:10:48 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    KOIN6.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Amy Frazier
    A first-grader made to sit alone during lunch because of tardiness is forcing the Grants Pass school district to revisit its policy.