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  • Arsonist Pleads Guilty to Torching Three Black Churches to ‘Raise His Profile as a Black Metal Musician,’ Feds Say

    02/15/2020 6:03:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/11/20 | Meagan Flynn
    The three Louisiana churches went up in flames in a span of 10 days, each doused in gasoline and torched with oily shop rags in the middle of the night. Each Baptist congregation was predominantly black, causing church leaders to fear that white supremacists may target their parish next. But as the fears swirled, the arsonist, 22-year-old Holden Matthews, was busy planning his next album cover, according to text messages obtained by prosecutors He burned down the three churches in St. Landry Parish, federal prosecutors said Monday, because he wanted “to raise his profile as a ‘Black Metal’ musician.” Matthews,...
  • Louisiana cop fired for saying 'unfortunate' more black people didn't die of coronavirus

    05/27/2020 9:58:11 PM PDT · by wanganghi · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/27/2020 | Janelle Griffith
    A Louisiana police officer was fired over a Facebook comment that said it was "unfortunate" more black people did not die of the coronavirus. The chief of police in Kaplan, about 87 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, said Officer Steven Aucoin commented under a local news station's live feed of the governor's coronavirus news conference on May 15. Aucoin was fired later that day. CBS affiliate KLFY in Lafayette, Louisiana, reported that Aucoin's post was made on its Facebook page in response to another commenter who wrote,"virus that was created to kill all the BLACKS is death." "Well it didn't...
  • House FISA bill suddenly on life support

    05/27/2020 10:31:14 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 27 2020 | Chris Mills Rodrigo and Jordain Carney
    A bill to reauthorize three expired surveillance programs is in jeopardy, with President Trump urging Republicans to oppose it and growing concerns from progressives on a key amendment. House Democratic leaders say they still intend to vote on the measure this week, but it’s suddenly unclear if it can muster the 218 votes needed to clear the chamber — despite an earlier version of the bill winning 278 votes in March. Despite the limbo status, Democratic leadership is signaling they will move forward, setting up a showdown on the House floor over the fate of the bill. An update from...
  • Former Louisiana teacher held on child rape charges with her sheriff's deputy husband is sued for 'serving students cupcakes tainted with bodily fluids'

    05/26/2020 8:22:12 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 22, 2020 | Snejana Farberov
    A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy and his teacher wife who are facing a slew of charges, including child rape, producing child pornography and sexual abuse of an animal, are being sued for allegedly serving school children cupcakes tainted with bodily fluids. For the fourth time since November 2019, a civil complaint has been filed against Dennis Perkins, 44, and his wife, Cynthia Perkins, 35, accusing the pair of feeding baked goods containing the man's semen to the woman's class at Westside Junior High School on two separate occasions in 2018 and 2019. The latest lawsuit, which was filed this week...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 5/22/2020 Newsdump Friday Holiday Weekend

    05/22/2020 10:01:58 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/22/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey open for business today..... Car-rental company Hertz filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in Delaware today.... Economic advisers to the President see better economic news later this year...... For the first time since a major economic downturn in 2002, Argentina is in default on a loan tonight..... Iran's top military commander says his country has intelligence on US military movements in the Persian Gulf region and far beyond....... A successful test of a laser weapon by the United States........ The US is considering a nuclear weapons test for the first time since 1992.........
  • 'Where is Christopher Wray?' GOP lawmakers say FBI director ignoring them -- and push ahead for key interviews

    05/18/2020 8:00:20 PM PDT · by bitt · 19 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/18/2020 | Gregg Re
    Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mike Johnson, R-La., on Monday night said FBI Director Christopher Wray "has declined to respond" to their May 4 letter seeking information and interviews with key FBI officials after the bombshell revelations in the Michael Flynn case -- prompting the lawmakers to take matters into their own hands. "Because Director Wray has declined to respond to our request, we are forced to write to you directly," Jordan and Johnson wrote in an extraordinary letter to FBI agent Joe Pientka, who participated in the January 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn's prosecution. Fox News...
  • Scalise Sounds the Alarm on Speaker Pelosi's Power Grab: It Upends 200 Years of Precedent

    05/16/2020 10:11:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2020 | Beth Baumann
    The House of Representatives on Friday passed a historic piece of legislation , allowing members to vote by proxy and conduct hearings remotely for the next 45 days because of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Under the new rules, which passed mostly along party lines, congressmen and women can give written instructions to another member in the chamber to vote on their behalf. One representative can serve as a proxy voter for up to 10 other members at any given time. Those who choose to work remotely can still participate in open hearings and cast committee votes. Closed hearings, however, will...
  • Kennedy rips House Dems' coronavirus stimulus proposal: 'It's dead as fried chicken in the Senate'

    05/12/2020 11:14:13 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12 2020 | Charles Creitz
    Senate Judiciary Committee Member John Kennedy, R-La., channeled actor Jack Nicholson Tuesday to describe his response to the latest coronavirus stimulus bill pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Go sell crazy somewhere else, we're all stocked up here," Kennedy told "Hannity," quoting Nicholson's character Melvin Udall in the 1997 movie "As Good As It Gets."
  • Pastor Ticketed 25 Times for Holding Church Services. Now Under House Arrest, Forced to Wear Ankle Bracelet

    05/12/2020 6:20:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/12/20 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    As governors crack down on religious services during the coronavirus pandemic, pastors across the United States weigh in on whether Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice are doing enough to protect their civil liberties. The attorney general has issued multiple statements on the importance of respecting religious liberty “even in times of emergency” and intervened in cases of government crackdowns on churches and pastors. The DOJ referred the Daily Caller News Foundation to several more instances of Justice Department intervention, including an April 27 memorandum from the attorney general on balancing public safety with the preservation of...
  • State of Louisiana Will Hire Hundreds of Louisianans as Contact Tracers to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

    05/11/2020 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Uncle Sham · 34 replies
    Today, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health outlined a plan for COVID-19 testing and tracking that would hire as many as 700 Louisianans to serve as “contact tracers,” interviewing and advising people who have tested positive to determine who in their lives could also be at risk. This week, LDH signed a contract with Accenture and Salesforce to manage Louisiana’s contact tracing process, using two Louisiana-based call centers with 100 percent Louisiana agents. The training for these contact tracers will be managed by LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. While hiring will be statewide the initial locations...
  • Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Iran War Powers Bill.....

    05/07/2020 9:04:09 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 5/7/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The Senate failed Thursday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a bill that would curb his ability to take military action against Iran. The Senate came up short of the two-thirds majority, and it voted 49-44, with seven GOP senators joining Democrats. Seven Republicans broke with Trump: Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Todd Young of Indiana, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Democrats in February to pass the bill, but he did not vote Thursday. Trump on Wednesday night,...
  • Louisiana tax collections plummet nearly $500M (43%)

    05/07/2020 11:51:22 AM PDT · by abb · 26 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | May 7, 2020 | Mark Ballard
    Louisiana’s tax and fee collections dropped $494 million – 42.7% – in April when compared to the same month last year. A Department of Revenue report circulated among state government leaders Wednesday night gives budget architects a first look at the actual receipts for the time that Louisiana stayed at home while businesses and institutions shut down to stem the community spread of the coronavirus. Louisiana net receipts report for April Louisiana net receipts report for April Gov. John Bel Edwards issued “stay at home” orders beginning March 16. Fiscal leaders warned that without shops open, customers hunkering down and...
  • How do businesses feel about New Orleans' customer log rule? Some are calling it a 'huge burden'

    05/07/2020 12:44:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/06/20 | Jessica Williams
    New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's announcement this week that businesses reopening when coronavirus restrictions are eased May 16 will be required to keep track of their customers has prompted questions from businesses and customers alike. How will the new protocol be enforced? How will customers be logged? And most important: Will the businesses and their customers play ball? Cantrell said Tuesday the goal is for companies to help "box in" coronavirus by providing data to health officials, but she offered few details about the plan. And there is little evidence of a similar mandate in the U.S. Efforts closest to...
  • JBE’s (Louisiana) New Website Seeks To Build A Confederacy Of Rats

    05/05/2020 10:27:07 AM PDT · by abb · 16 replies
    The Hayride ^ | May 5, 2020 | Scott McKay
    You knew it was a matter of time before Louisiana entered the realm of lots of other states where the government officially solicited the involvement of citizens to rat each other out. But the rats are now here. For the most part, so far there hasn’t been a plethora of examples here of police harassing or abusing people for the sin of exercising their freedom of speech or association as in places like Wisconsin, California, North Carolina or New Jersey, and thankfully Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t issued forth any anti-semitic threats like New York mayor Warren “Bill DeBlasio” Wilhelm...
  • DEA agent convicted.

    09/16/2019 8:00:49 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 36 replies
    us doj ^ | 8/28/19 | Public Affairs doj
    After a seven-day trial, Chad A. Scott, 51, of Covington, Louisiana, was found guilty of two counts of perjury, three counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of falsifying government records. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo of the Eastern District of Louisiana, who presided over the trial, has scheduled sentencing for Dec. 4, 2019.
  • At least two parishes set to defy Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards stay-at-home order

    04/30/2020 5:20:58 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Houmatoday.com ^ | 4/30/20 | Greg Hilburn
    At least two Louisiana parishes are set to defy Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus stay-at-home order with West Feliciana and LaSalle planning to reopen Friday. West Feliciana President Kenny Havard said he and other parish leaders will allow restaurants to operate, while LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin said there will be a wider opening of businesses there. Edwards announced Monday he will extend his statewide stay-at-home order to May 15 with only minor revisions on the advice of his medical team. Edwards said he had hoped to begin reopening the state May 1, but too many regions showed COVID-19 case growth....
  • Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Governor Edwards of Louisiana

    04/29/2020 5:00:33 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Governor Edwards of Louisiana | President Donald J Trump, Governor Edwards
    Oval Office11:41 A.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  Before we get to a very good governor and somebody that we’ve worked with very, very well, incredibly well — the great state of Louisiana — I wanted to introduce Dr. Blythe Adamson.  She’s been with us for a few months to help us with the ventilator situation, because we took over a government where everything was missing.  It was all missing in action.  And she and a group of super geniuses straightened it out to a point we’re now helping other countries with ventilators — France, Italy, Spain,...
  • Gov. Edwards extends stay-at-home order until May 15

    04/27/2020 4:57:30 PM PDT · by Synthesist · 28 replies
    WAFB.com ^ | APRIL 27, 2020 | WAFB STAFF
    The governor explained while there have been positive signs statewide several regions across the state, including Baton Rouge and Monroe, new cases and hospitalizations continue to increase or to plateau, according to data from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). “Thanks to the commitment of the people of Louisiana, our state has made progress in flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Unfortunately, we still have a little work to do before we meet the criteria to safely move to the next phase of reopening, so I will extend the state’s Stay at Home order until...
  • Sources: Jameis Winston, Saints finalizing deal

    04/26/2020 7:37:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 26, 2020 | Charles Robinson
    Jameis Winston, one of the biggest remaining question marks in free agency, is finalizing a one-year deal to play for the New Orleans Saints in 2020, sources tell Yahoo Sports. The deal is expected to be completed quickly now that the NFL draft has wrapped, bringing Winston’s surprisingly long free agency trek to an end. Sources told Yahoo Sports that Winston’s 2020 salary will be very economical, fitting inside the Saints’ already tight salary cap for next season.
  • Are Church Shutdowns Legal Or Gross Infringements On Religious Freedom?

    04/23/2020 8:05:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 23, 2020 | William Duncan
    Amid the coronavirus pandemic, authorities are shutting down churches, and pastors are being arrested. What does the law say about all of this? In the fluid pandemic situation, religious freedom is being tossed around, both as the basis for continuing public gatherings and as a focus of derision from those using the crisis to argue that religious people are the problem. Some defiant pastors have held large gatherings, while some government officials have threatened to permanently close churches that wonÂ’t comply with stay-at-home orders.How would all these scenarios play out in a legal contest? There are basically three relevant rules:...