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  • The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    07/23/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 Jul 2014, 2:45 PM EDT | By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals...
  • Bundy bunch ought to face justice for their crimes

    07/16/2014 7:15:20 AM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 - 12:01am | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    If the Southern Poverty Law Center got one thing right in the report it released last week about the standoff involving ranting racist rancher Cliven Bundy, it’s this: Those who broke the law need to be held to account
  • Man commits suicide by leaping into giant bonfire at Burning Man-style festival in Utah

    07/14/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT · by redreno · 105 replies ^ | 07/14/2014 | BY Philip Caulfield
    A man killed himself at Burning Man-style arts festival by leaping into a towering burning art structure in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers, authorities and witnesses said. On Monday, scores of "burners" - who commune in the Nevada desert every August for Burning Man -were mourning the doomed festivalgoer after he dove into the flames during a moonlit bonfire ritual at the Element 11 fest near Salt Lake City late Saturday.
  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 11:28:12 AM PDT · by redreno · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/12/2014 | By Jessica Chasmar
    Radio personality Casey Kasem has been taken off life support after a judge ruled Wednesday that daughter Kerri Kasem could start withholding medication, food and fluids. Mr. Kasem, 82, is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, sepsis and dementia, the Detroit Free Press reported. “Transitioning our father’s treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” Kerri wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday. “For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering,” she wrote in a later post. “The body does not...
  • Horsford urges Sheriff Gillespie to investigate armed militia presents in Bunkerville

    04/28/2014 5:22:17 PM PDT · by redreno · 18 replies
    "I am greatly concerned about the safety and well being of my constituents after meeting with local community members this past week."
  • Mother of Houston teen allegedly shot by girlfriend’s dad wants murder charges

    The father who police said fatally shot a 17-year-old boy in his daughter's bedroom should be charged with murder, the victim's distraught mother says. Johran McCormick's mother said she can't believe her son was killed while sneaking around with the 16-year–old girl he was apparently dating, the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday. Zakia McCormick also can't understand why the man accused of firing the fatal shot Thursday is not behind bars.
  • Canceled Nevada insurance policies won’t be extended

    11/28/2013 1:16:53 PM PST · by redreno · 14 replies ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 | 5:49 p.m. | By Sandra Chereb, Associated Press
    CARSON CITY — Nevadans who had their health insurance policies canceled because they don't meet new federal requirements cannot keep them for another year, the Division of Insurance determined Wednesday. The decision came after consultation with the attorney general's office, which concluded that the agency can't allow noncompliant plans to be renewed if they conflict with state and federal law. Nearly 25,000 Nevadans received cancellation or nonrenewal notices in October because their existing policies don't meet new requirements under the federal health reform law.
  • Nevada Lawmaker Targets Police Who Shoot Dogs

    11/28/2013 12:42:45 PM PST · by redreno · 26 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | by Alicia Graef
    Last May a police officer hit a new low when he intentionally hit an Australian shepherd mix named Freckles with his car to stop him from approaching a group of children. He claimed he thought Freckles would harm them, but Freckles’ owner, Sarah Hecht, maintains that he was not dangerous and that he could have been stopped without using deadly force. “I have no doubt my dog would still be alive if the officer had on iota of training on dog behavior and dog psychology,” Hecht, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ”There was no reason for deadly force.” In response...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.

    11/10/2013 4:24:12 PM PST · by redreno · 40 replies ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 2:01pm | Jason Howerton
    A man in New Mexico was pulled over by police for a minor traffic violation. When officers said a K-9 unit sniffed drugs on the driver’s seat, the officers forced the man to undergo invasive medical procedures, including an anal exam. It may sound nearly identical to David Eckert’s nightmarish story as reported by TheBlaze Tuesday, but this is an entirely different incident. It does, however, involve the same uncertified drug-sniffing dog in New Mexico. The dog’s name is Leo.
  • Dems move to force Republicans to reopen the government

    10/04/2013 11:23:59 AM PDT · by redreno · 54 replies ^ | October 4 at 1:45 pm | By Greg Sargent
    House Democratic leaders believe they have hit on a new way to potentially force House Republican leaders into allowing a vote on a “clean CR” funding the government without any defunding of Obamacare attached. At last count, as many as two dozen House Republicans appear prepared to vote for a clean CR. With Democrats included, that means a majority of the House of Representatives would vote right now to reopen the government. But the House GOP leadership won’t allow such a vote. Dems have hit on a way to use a “discharge petition,” which forces a House vote if a...
  • Exclusive: Pension-Cutting Ballot Initiative Revealed

    09/26/2013 11:20:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies ^ | September 26, 2013 | by Gary Cohn
    In a move to slash the retirement benefits of public employees in California, a group of mostly conservative policy advocates has been working behind the scenes on a possible 2014 ballot initiative. A copy of the still-secret draft initiative, which could dramatically impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians and send a signal nationwide, has been obtained by Frying Pan News. If enacted, the proposed law would allow the state and local governments to cut back retirement benefits for current employees for the years of work they perform after the changes go into effect. Previous efforts to curb...
  • Former Montana teacher freed from prison after serving 30-day term in rape of 14-year-old girl

    09/26/2013 9:09:37 AM PDT · by redreno · 22 replies ^ | 09/26/2013 | By Associated Press
    BILLINGS, Mont. — A former high school teacher has been released from a Montana prison after completing a 30-day sentence for rape handed down by a judge who is under fire for both the sentence and his remarks about the 14-year-old victim. Fifty-four-year-old Stacey Rambold left the Montana State Prison on Thursday after completing his term for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez. Prosecutors are appealing District Judge G. Todd Baugh’s sentence, and a complaint has been filed by advocates seeking Baugh’s removal. Rambold is on probation and must register as a sex offender.
  • Police: Cop shot unarmed man in Charlotte 10 times

    09/16/2013 3:04:19 PM PDT · by redreno · 45 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 16 5:58 PM EDT | MITCH WEISS
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An unarmed man seeking help after a car crash over the weekend was shot 10 times by the Charlotte police officer who's now charged in his death, investigators said Monday. A police news release said Officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 times at 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell early Saturday while responding to a breaking and entering call. Ten of the bullets hit the former Florida A&M University football player. Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter and is scheduled for a first court appearance on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched

    08/30/2013 2:43:11 PM PDT · by redreno · 31 replies ^ | Friday, August 30, 2013 - 3:19 PM | Shane Harris, Yochi Dreazen, Noah Shachtman, David Kenner
    American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria. The disclosure -- part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria's chemical attacks -- raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?
  • Oregon bar owner to pay $400G to banned cross-dresser

    08/30/2013 8:38:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 43 replies ^ | Published August 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. – A bar owner has been ordered to pay $400,000 to a group of cross-dresser he banned from his club last year. The Oregonian reports the Bureau of Labor and Industries civil rights division imposed the penalty against Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex. Penner had told members of the Rose City T-Girls they could not return to his bar.
  • Judge apologizes for teen rape remarks, but defends sentence

    08/29/2013 7:44:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 69 replies ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 10:30 p.m. | By Matt Volz and Matthew Brown, Associated Press
    BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana judge on Wednesday stood by his decision to send a former teacher to prison for 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself, but said he "deserved to be chastised" for his comments about the young victim. District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold to 15 years, then suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day already served. In handing down the sentence Monday, Baugh said the teenage victim was "older than her chronological age" and had as much control of...
  • San Bernardino, deemed eligible for bankruptcy, may take knife to pensions

    08/29/2013 7:38:13 AM PDT · by redreno · 37 replies ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | By Jennifer Medina, New York Times News Service
    LOS ANGELES — A federal bankruptcy court judge granted the city of San Bernardino eligibility for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, raising the possibility that the city will propose a plan to dig itself out of debt by cutting money promised to the public pension system. The ruling by Judge Meredith Jury came despite opposition from the powerful California Public Employees’ Retirement System, more commonly known as CalPERS. San Bernardino, a working-class city of 240,000 about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy last summer, saying it had effectively run out of money to pay for day-to-day operations, in...
  • Woman to government: My inability to remember qualifies me as disabled

    08/26/2013 8:11:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 49 replies ^ | 08/25/2013 | By Brian Nordli (contact)
    Tina Kitchel stirred awake in Spring Valley Hospital with a tube in her mouth and her arms riddled with needle marks from an IV. Her husband stood at her bedside, relieved to see her awaken. She stared back at him like he was a stranger in a crowd. There was so much she didn’t know. Nearly two weeks prior, she was in the third trimester of pregnancy — their second child. A complication stopped her heart for 27 minutes. Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section in the hallway of the hospital to rescue her child — and bring her back...
  • Federal Judge Rules Food Stamp Recipients Can Unionize (satire)

    08/22/2013 5:45:34 PM PDT · by redreno · 32 replies
    RCM ^ | August 22, 2013 | Bill Frezza
    <p>In a surprise ruling, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion supporting the right of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to unionize in order to assure equitable access to benefits, along with an uninterrupted flow of payments should the federal government be forced to temporarily shut down due to congressional budget stalemates.</p>
  • Kaitlyn Hunt Bond Revoked; New Felony Charge Filed in Sex Case

    08/20/2013 3:37:44 PM PDT · by redreno · 29 replies ^ | 08/20/2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Accused sex offender Kaitlyn Hunt will remain jailed in Florida until she goes to trial after a judge declared the evidence “overwhelming” she had violated court orders not to have contact with the minor victim in her case. An Indian River County Sheriff’s Office detective testified Tuesday that Hunt had repeatedly violated that order. And because the alleged violations included Hunt sending sexually explicit photos and videos to the victim, the 19-year-old former cheerleader has now been charged by prosecutors with another felony
  • Former High School Cheerleader Allegedly Violated Bond, Had Sex With Underage girlfriend

    08/16/2013 5:05:54 PM PDT · by redreno · 39 replies ^ | Aug. 16, 2013 6:45pm | Aug. 16, 2013 6:45pm
    Kaitlyn Hunt, the 19-year-old former cheerleader who was given a new plea deal in the dramatic case surrounding her sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl, has defied court orders to stay away from the minor, according to an explosive court document.
  • Lesbian high school cheerleader offered plea deal on her 19th birthday to avoid jail for having sex

    08/15/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT · by redreno · 42 replies ^ | 08/15/2013 | unknown
    A high school cheerleader arrested on felony sexual assault charges for her relationship with a 14-year-old female classmate has been offered a plea deal on her 19th birthday. Kaitlyn Hunt is being urged to accept the new deal which would keep her out of jail and prevent her from being registered as a sex offender - if she pleads no contest to two misdemeanor battery counts and one felony count for interference of child custody. Her case attracted a glut of publicity after her parents did multiple interviews, claiming that their daughter was only charged because she is gay. As...
  • Father of foster child who died speaks to KVUE .

    08/09/2013 7:47:38 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies ^ | 08/01/2013 | by KRIS BETTS
    ROUND ROCK -- He never thought his visit with her Thursday, July 25 would be his last. “We got to sit down at McDonalds and have lunch and play for a while,” said Round Rock resident Joshua Hill. “She got a little 'Despicable Me 2' toy in her happy meal and she loved it. She kept climbing up in my lap and she fed me french fries.” But on Monday night, Hill’s daughter Alexandria, or Alex as they liked to call her, was rushed to a Rockdale hospital with severe head injuries, then flown to Scott and White Children’s Emergency...
  • Harry Reid to Unions: It’s Time to Give Up “Cadillac Plans” and “Put Some Skin in the Game”

    08/09/2013 7:30:14 PM PDT · by redreno · 60 replies ^ | August 9, 2013, 6:41 PM | Jim Hoft
    This is how Democrats say thanks– Today Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went on KNPR in Las Vegas to discuss current affairs. One question he faced was about union uproar over Obamacare. Harry Reid said it’s time for them to give up their Cadillac plans and “put some skin in the game.” “Let’s understand where we are with the unions. One of the things we’ve learned with all of the hearings we held, dozens and dozens of them, is that if you have insurance you have to be able to have some skin in the game as we say in...
  • Study shows how Burning Man’s unique culture alters your emotional regulation

    08/08/2013 3:43:27 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies ^ | August 6, 2013 | Eric W. Dolan
    No need for psychedelic substances: The cultural milieu at the week-long annual art festival known as Burning Man is enough to alter your mind. Research published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Emotion Science in July found that an individual’s social and cultural environment influenced how they controlled their emotional responses
  • Fear of fire Sparks' policies toward fire art aren't cool, say members of Controlled Burn

    08/01/2013 12:11:32 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies ^ | 08.01.13. | By Kyril (Ky) Plaskon
    They wear black. They're illuminated by city street lights. Their pupils shrink, focused on the mesmerizing flame at their fingertips. They do not speak, but suddenly crack fuel-covered burning whips, swing blazing canes and fire balls on chains. Tracers of firelight linger in the smoky air. Sparks fly and bounce on the asphalt. Orange-blue stripes of ignited fuel on the ground stroke their dancing feet. Among the battery of fuel cans, extinguishers and heat a member of the clan stands intensely watching and holding an outstretched blanket like an unmanned cape, ready to smother any flame that might catch hold....
  • Police Shoot Dead Grandfather, 72, While Searching the Wrong Home for Burglar

    07/26/2013 9:30:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 142 replies ^ | 07/27/2013 | Jason Howerton
    Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are blaming “poor lighting” after two officers went to the wrong home in search of a possible burglar and ended up shooting a 72-year-old man dead in his garage. The officers, who are both in their first year with Fort Worth PD, were responding to a burglary alarm on May 28 when the tragic mistake occurred. “Due to poor lighting conditions, and officers attempting to arrive on the scene undetected,” the cops approached the home of Jerry Waller by mistake, according to an affidavit. The house they were actually supposed to go to was across...
  • Nevada Supreme Court upholds classification and registration of juvenile sex offenders

    07/25/2013 5:17:50 PM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies ^ | 07/25/2013 | By Cy Ryan (contact)
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the constitutionality of a law that requires certain juvenile sex offenders to register with law enforcement and for the registration information to be shared with community groups. The majority 48-page opinion written by Justice Michael Douglas overturned the ruling of Clark County Juvenile District Judge William Voy, who said the 2007 law was invalid because it did not bear any relationship to public safety or rehabilitation of the juveniles. Both the four justices in the majority and the three in the minority said Thursday the law probably...
  • Feds: Transgender teen may use boys' locker room

    07/24/2013 10:40:31 PM PDT · by redreno · 74 replies ^ | 07/24/2013 | By NIRVI SHAH
    The U.S. Justice and Education departments said Wednesday that a transgender California student who is anatomically female but lives life as a male must be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities designed for boys. The first-of-its-kind decision from the agencies tasks the Arcadia school district outside Los Angeles to change district policies and practices to accommodate the rising ninth-grade student. Teachers and staff must be trained in how to prevent gender discrimination, and federal agencies will be keeping tabs on the district through at least 2016.
  • As a state senator, Obama co-sponsored bill to strengthen Illinois’ ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

    President Barack Obama has flipped-flopped once more, this time on states’ “Stand Your Ground” laws despite voicing his support for them as a state senator in Illinois. Obama spoke out against “Stand Your Ground” while giving an impromptu speech on George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict before the White House press briefing Friday. “Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in...
  • 2 Maine hikers rescued but drive to ocean deaths

    ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine (AP) — A pregnant Maine woman and her friend visiting from Pennsylvania got lost hiking and were rescued but died later that evening, authorities said, when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean in the nighttime fog.
  • Mentally unstable Reno man allowed to buy gun

    RENO (AP) — A young man who bought a handgun from a Reno police sergeant was adjudicated as mentally ill by a judge and prohibited from purchasing a weapon, but his name was never entered into a background check system because of a coding error, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday. Although background checks are not required for private gun sales, a coding error by the Washoe County clerk’s office prevented his name from being entered into state and federal databases, the Gazette-Journal ( ) reported Tuesday. That means the 19-year-old would not have been flagged even if a background check...
  • Police who shot and killed dog as they arrested owner for FILMING them are pulled off the street

    07/04/2013 4:13:43 PM PDT · by redreno · 137 replies
    Three police officers have been pulled from street duty for their safety in Southern California after a video of them shooting a dog dead as they arrested its owner hit the internet. A cellphone video that had more than 3.7 million views on YouTube by Thursday morning shows the dog, named Max, being shot after scrambling out of a car's back seat through a window and lunging at officers who had handcuffed its master. The dog's owner Leon Rosby had been filming a police raid in Hawthrone California, and was arrested for alleged obstruction of justice.
  • Calif. lawmakers pass K-12 transgender-rights bill

    07/03/2013 5:46:56 PM PDT · by redreno · 60 replies
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes. Some school districts around the country have implemented similar policies, but the bill's author says AB1266 would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute.
  • Man jailed after massive weapons haul discovery

    07/02/2013 5:03:12 PM PDT · by redreno · 44 replies ^ | Published 07/02/2013 05:53:18 PM | unknown
    A man is beginning a 13-year jail term after a large stash of firearms and ammunition were found in his Salford house. Paul Gribbin (born 31/12/1970), of Lascar Avenue, Salford, pleaded guilty to nine offences of possession of a prohibited weapon. He was today, at Manchester Crow Court, Crown Square, sentenced to 13 years in total, six-and-a-half years each for possession of an assault rifle and the seven offences of possession of prohibited weapons and three years for possession of a Ruger rifle, to run concurrently.
  • 19 firefighters working Yarnell Hill fire confirmed dead

    Forever Filibustering: Wendy Davis shows no substance by Daniel Clark Not content with letting half a day’s worth of empty words fly across the floor of the Texas state senate, Wendy Davis responded to a critique from Gov. Rick Perry by going into a snit that showed as little substance as anything that’s ever been harrumphed in the halls of Congress. Perry had observed that Davis was “the daughter of a single woman” and “she was a teenage mother herself.” He added, “It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example, that every life must be given a...
  • DPS Reaches Settlement In Roadside Cavity Search Lawsuit

    06/27/2013 11:41:58 AM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has settled a lawsuit with two women from Irving who filed a lawsuit claiming they were humiliated and the victims of an illegal “cavity search”, during a traffic stop last July. Attorney Scott Palmer said his client Angel Dobbs and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, received a settlement of $185,000 in the federal civil rights case. “I think DPS came to the table, they did the right thing,” Palmer said. “They recognized this was a bad case that needed to go away.”
  • Funeral Home Offers Drive-Thru Viewing

    06/26/2013 5:02:06 PM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies ^ | 06/26/2013 | unknown
    FARMVILLE, Va. (WTVR)—The drive-thru itself was an innovative concept, but at this one, it’s unlikely you can order any fries or a shake. Carl Eggleston of Farmville believes in innovation when it comes to his funeral business. After 30 years in the business, he’s seen some changes and he’s tried to be one who keeps up with the times and needs of families. Next month he’ll have cameras installed in the chapel, so services can be viewed online for family out-of-state.
  • NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US

    06/23/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT · by redreno · 107 replies ^ | , Sunday 23 June 2013 13 | Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe
    National Security Agency director Keith Alexander said on Sunday that whistleblower Edward Snowden betrayed the trust of Americans and defended the broad surveillance programs as necessary to prevent another terrorist attack. As Snowden evaded an attempt on Sunday by Washington to have him arrested in Hong Kong, General Alexander told ABC's This Week: "This is an individual who is not acting, in my opinion, with noble intent ... What Snowden has revealed has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies." Alexander said the NSA surveillance programs Snowden had disclosed to the Guardian were tightly overseen...
  • Could a Christian Baker Who Refused to Make Wedding Cake for a Gay Couple Really Go to Jail?

    06/23/2013 1:16:21 PM PDT · by redreno · 78 replies ^ | Jun. 7, 2013 7:54am | Billy Hallowell
    Should bakers and other vendors be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians, specifically when it comes to marital ceremonies? “No,” argues one gay couple who have filed a discrimination complaint against a Colorado baker who refused to provide them with a wedding cake. Masterpiece Cakeshop, owned by Jack Phillips and based near Denver, Colorado, is at the center of the dispute after David Mullins and Charlie Craig attempted to order the baked good from the business last summer. Phillips, declining to provide service after learning of the couple’s sexuality, cited his Christian beliefs. But Mullins and Craig aren’t...
  • What Causes Distrust of Government? Surprise! Mitch McConnell Blames Unions

    06/22/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT · by redreno · 16 replies ^ | June 22, 2013 - 9:23 AM ET | John Nichols
    Declaring that he wants to open up a “serious national debate” about public-sector unions, the Kentucky Republican came out swinging at a Friday event with the American Enterprise Institute. “They are the reason so many state and local municipalities are flat broke,” he said of unions that represent public employees at the local, state and federal levels of government. “They’re behind the unsustainable expansion of public pensions. They’re a major problem.”
  • Police: B-Ball Player Disputes Foul Call with AK-47

    06/17/2013 8:19:22 PM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies ^ | 06/17/2013 2:50 pm | Ryan Smith
    A Glennville man was cited for disorderly conduct June 11 after allegedly brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle at a Hinesville basketball court during a dispute over a foul call. Hinesville police were dispatched to the Liberty County Recreation Department basketball courts after receiving a report that a man had pulled an AK-47 out of the trunk of his car and threatened another man with it. When police arrived, they found the area “very crowded,” according to the report. They were told that the man who had produced the gun was sitting on the bleachers. Police made contact with the man,...
  • Kids Brutally Vandalize Man’s Family Home — But Now He’s the One Facing Jail Time

    06/17/2013 11:35:11 AM PDT · by redreno · 55 replies ^ | Jun. 17, 2013 7:55am | Billy Hallowell
    Jesse Daniels, 53, is accused of endangering the welfare of children for the actions he took after catching four boys in the act of vandalizing his father-in-law’s home over the weekend. With extensive damage done to the inside of the house, Daniels and his wife called 911 — and he went inside of the residence to confront the boys. But that’s not all: Daniels put the kids inside of a closet while he waited for authorities to arrive. It was this latter action that created an even bigger legal conundrum. The vandalism unfolded in Clyde, New York, a small town...
  • Hero EMT dispatcher helps pinpoint lost stroke victim in EIGHT-HOUR phone call marathon

    06/16/2013 2:54:43 PM PDT · by redreno · 11 replies ^ | 11:29 AM, June 16, 2013 Posted: 1:37 | By KATE BRIQUELET and JENNIFER BAIN
    A heroic FDNY dispatcher went beyond the call of duty — staying on the phone with an elderly Upper East Side stroke victim for nearly eight hours while rescuers struggled to pinpoint the woman’s location. EMT Joann Hilman-Payne took the call from Mary Thomas at about 1 p.m. Monday — and kept the line open as emergency responders tried to find Thomas’ address, according to FDNY documents obtained by The Post. Rescue workers were first dispatched to an East 71st Street address based on a cellphone tower relaying Thomas’ call. But she wasn’t at that location.
  • Erin Brockovich-Ellis says sorry after boating arrest at Lake Mead

    06/10/2013 3:44:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 29 replies
    Environmental activist Erin Brockovich-Ellis, the subject of the eponymous movie, has apologized after she was arrested Friday at Lake Mead on a count of operating a boat while intoxicated. In a statement, Brockovich-Ellis said she was not operating the boat in open waters and didn’t pose a public safety risk but considered her actions to be a mistake. “I know better and I am very sorry,” she said. “After a day in the sun and with nothing to eat it appears that a couple of drinks had a greater impact than I realized.”
  • Cops put black kid in a chokehold, injure his dog, because of his body language

    06/01/2013 5:39:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 91 replies ^ | 05/31/2013 | By Anomaly
    14 year-old Tremaine McMillian was walking down the beach — he wasn’t armed or even carrying Skittles — but according to the cops, his body language was considered of a threatening nature, so the cops decided to slam him into the ground, then put him in a chokehold, which resulted in bruising of his back. McMillan’s puppy ‘Polo’ has an injured paw after officers forcibly separated him from his puppy.
  • Beaver kills man in Belarus

    05/29/2013 12:33:39 PM PDT · by redreno · 76 replies ^ | 05/29/2013 | Associated Press in Ostromechevo
    A beaver has attacked a 60-year-old fisherman in Belarus, slicing an artery and causing him to bleed to death. It was the latest in a series of beaver attacks on humans in the country, as the rodents, who have razor-sharp teeth, have turned increasingly aggressive after wandering near homes, shops and schools. "The character of the wound was totally shocking," said the village doctor Leonty Sulim. "We had never run into anything like this before." Once hunted nearly to extinction in Europe, beavers have made a comeback as hunting has been banned or restricted and new populations were introduced. In...
  • Sandoval opposes closing gun sales background check loophole

    05/29/2013 10:48:49 AM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies ^ | May 28, 2013 | 5:14 p.m. | By Andrew Doughman (contact)
    CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval said Tuesday that he opposes and would veto a bill requiring private party background checks for gun purchases that Democrats support. Hours after a legislative hearing concluded for Senate Bill 221 from Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, Republicans introduced a last-minute bill on the senate floor to compete with Jones’ background check measure. The move draws a clear partisan line between Democrats and Republicans with the governor now supporting the bill from Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson. Roberson’s bill, Senate Bill 520, duplicates the provisions in Jones’ bill that would require the courts...
  • Lawsuit Says 77-Year-Old Veteran Died After Police Tased Him

    05/29/2013 10:38:48 AM PDT · by redreno · 62 replies ^ | 05-01-13 | By Myers Reece
    After wandering away from the Montana Veterans’ Home in Columbia Falls last June, a 77-year-old Korean War veteran suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease was tased by police, fell face-first to the pavement where he struck his head and died later due to injuries from the fall, according to a lawsuit filed last month by a family member representing his estate. Tamara Downen of Columbia Falls filed the lawsuit on April 5 in Helena’s Lewis and Clark County District Court, claiming that her grandfather, Stanley Downen, died as a result of negligence by the Montana Veterans’ Home, Columbia Falls Police Department...