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  • ‘YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE,WHITE BOY’: 13-YEAR-OLD SET ON FIRE IN HORRIFIC RACIALLY CHARGED ATTACK

    03/05/2012 11:14:15 AM PST · by massmike · 22 replies
    Police in Kansas City are investigating a possible hate crime after a 13-year-old boy was doused in gasoline and set on fire. According to Allen Goin’s mother, the attack occurred just as her son was getting home from school. She said, “They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open…one of them poured gasoline, then flicked the Bic and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve white boy.’”
  • Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher in Advance of "Wedding"

    03/02/2012 1:17:03 PM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    nola.com ^ | 03/02/2012 | Associated Press
    A music teacher at a Catholic Church was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York. Asked about the Archdiocese's role in the firing, a spokeswoman replied that the Archdiocese "fully supports the action taken at St. Ann Parish School as it is in full compliance with the Christian Witness Statement signed by every educator in the Catholic school system." The Christian Witness Statement, which educators sign when applying for work in the archdiocese, says all who serve in Catholic education should, among other requirements, "not take a public...
  • MO Rep. Stacey Newman Proposes Bill to Restrict Vasectomies

    03/02/2012 11:42:42 AM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    RFT ^ | March 2, 2012 | Paul Friswold
    Representative Stacey Newman. ​Well, well, well. The birth control debate has finally come to our swimsuit areas, gentlemen. Yesterday Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis County) filed HB1853, which would only allow a man to have a vasectomy when doing so would protect him from serious injury or prevent his death. Ah, the legislation's on the other set of genitalia now. Rep. Newman -- whom I'd like to nominate for Hero Squad right here and now -- has been frustrated with the recent political debates over birth control access and reproductive health. The legislation is her pointed way...
  • Teen Set on Fire in Racial Attack; Media Silent

    03/01/2012 10:55:20 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 68 replies · 82+ views
    The New American ^ | 01 March 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.” So spewed the attackers of Melissa Coon’s 13-year-old son, as they doused him with gasoline and set him alight. Police, they say, are “investigating” whether this is a hate crime. Yes, and I’m investigating whether the media is biased and if hate-crime law is applied equally. I’ll get back to you on that — in about two paragraphs. The attack on the boy took place on the east side of Kansas City, Missouri. Fox 4 Kansas City provides some (sanitized) details, writing, “The victim is a student at...
  • Teens attack, burn KC teen headed home from school

    02/29/2012 9:17:41 PM PST · by One Name · 34 replies · 6+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/29/12 | Tony Rizzo
    Kansas City police are investigating an after-school assault during which a teenager was burned when one of his assailants ignited a can of gasoline. The 13-year-old victim told police that two older teens followed him from East High School on Tuesday afternoon to his house in the 2200 block of Quincy Avenue. As he was attempting to unlock the front door, one of the assailants grabbed him in a bear hug, he told police. The second suspect picked up a can of gasoline and said, “This is what you get,” according to police reports. The suspect pulled out a lighter,...
  • Strong Tornado Hits Branson Missouri

    02/29/2012 12:18:25 AM PST · by FourPeas · 49 replies · 10+ views
    kfsm via twitter ^ | 29 Feb 2012
    Reports via twitter and storm spotters on WeatherTap that a strong tornado has hit Branson, Missouri. Significant damage reported in populated areas. Damage reported to Capri Inn.
  • Tornado Moving Through Branson, MO

    02/28/2012 11:30:52 PM PST · by Strategerist · 7 replies · 4+ views
    National Weather Service ^ | February 29, 2012 | Cramer
    EVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO 123 AM CST WED FEB 29 2012 ...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 145 AM CST FOR TANEY COUNTY... AT 119 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO NEAR TABLE ROCK...OR 3 MILES WEST OF BRANSON...MOVING EAST AT 65 MPH. THERE ARE STRONG INDICATIONS FROM SPOTTERS AND RADAR THAT A TORNADO IS MOVING THROUGH THE CITY OF BRANSON. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE BRADLEYVILLE...BRANSON...BROWNBRANCH... EDGEWATER BEACH...FORSYTH...HOLLISTER...KIRBYVILLE...KISSEE MILLS... MERRIAM WOODS...OZARK BEACH...POWERSITE...ROCKAWAY BEACH...RUETER... TABLE ROCK...TANEYVILLE AND WALNUT SHADE. OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE TABLE ROCK LAKE. IN ADDITION TO A...
  • Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama

    02/25/2012 2:08:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals. Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was “very good” and said many of the governors were responsive to ideas about bypassing Congress. “There was a sense that none of us should wait, we can’t wait for things to happen in Congress,” Markell said of the meeting. “We’re going to do what we can do [now].” Obama has positioned himself against Congress as...
  • Jury acquits father-in-law in Noel fatal shooting(MO)

    02/25/2012 5:57:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    joplinglobe.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Jeff Lehr
    PINEVILLE, Mo. — A McDonald County jury decided Thursday that James Patterson acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his son-in-law, Marty Reece, in Noel more than two years ago. Jurors deliberated less than three hours before acquitting Patterson, 51, of charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in a two-day trial in Pineville. Circuit Judge Tim Perigo had dismissed a charge of attempted murder against Patterson’s wife, Kimberly, 47, before jury deliberations began. The judge’s call and the jury’s verdict left the Pattersons obviously relieved but drew bitter reactions from the family of the 32-year-old Reece, who...
  • Homeowner shoots at subjects after being attacked - Subjects flee to woods(MO)

    02/22/2012 6:14:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    quicknewhavennews.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Kyle Quick
    New Haven, Mo. - Last night at approximately 7:17 p.m., deputies responded to the 3000 block of Kaiser Hill Road for a possible burglary in progress. The reporting party stated that he observed two white males, one wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and the second white male wearing a T-shirt. The two suspects were trying to break in through the basement. The reporting party grabbed a handgun and confronted the subjects. The victim stated that the subjects charged toward him but then ran towards the nearby woods. It appears the suspects were unable to make entry in to the residence....
  • Claire McCaskill digging in to keep Senate seat

    02/20/2012 6:02:53 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | February 19, 2012 | David Goldstein
    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in recent weeks has criticized the president’s budget as too tame, and has teamed up with Republicans on several fronts to control spending. At the same time, the Missouri Democrat has been one of President Barack Obama’s strongest allies, backing his agenda about 95 percent of the time since 2010, according to a Congressional Quarterly analysis. She also was one of his earliest and most vocal supporters when he ran for the White House four years ago. “I just love her, so whenever I have an excuse to see her, I’m happy,” the president said last...
  • 51-year-old mom holds her own during Basic Combat Training

    02/18/2012 8:23:24 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 90 replies
    Fort Leonard Wood Guidon ^ | 2/16/2012 | Melissa Buckley
    At 9 o’clock this morning, Sgt. Sandra Coast will graduate from Basic Combat Training on Fort Leonard Wood, officially beginning her Army career — at 51 years old. According to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, the average age for an Army Reserve recruit is about 23, making Coast one of the oldest people to go through Basic Combat Training. “Everybody in the world thinks I am a total nutcase,” Coast said. “I just want to support our troops. I love all of them.” From 1982 to 1993, Coast devoted her life to the U.S. Navy. She gave up her lifestyle...
  • Claire McCaskill goes all-in on President Obama

    02/16/2012 8:22:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | February 15, 2012 | By SCOTT WONG
    When the leader of the free world touched down in Ohio last month for a headline-making jaunt, the Buckeye State’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was nowhere to be seen. And Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said he couldn’t break his plans to join President Barack Obama for some fun at Walt Disney World a few weeks ago. Then there’s Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. While other swing-state Democrats on the November ballot flee from the vulnerable president, McCaskill has unabashedly hitched herself to Obama — for better or worse, in political sickness or health. Resigned to the reality that her Republican opponents...
  • Video: First campaign ad on HHS mandate in MO Senate race

    02/16/2012 7:13:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 16, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Sarah Steelman hits the air first in using the HHS mandate on religious organizations as a billy club in the upcoming elections. Steelman will run for the chance to replace Claire McCaskill in a tough Republican primary, one in which she will almost certainly get outspent by John Brunner. With only $84,000 cash on hand at the moment, Steelman rolls the dice by hammering McCaskill over her support for the mandate, and vows to fight for First Amendment rights if she beats McCaskill in the fall:
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • GOP members gather at Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

    02/12/2012 6:11:19 PM PST · by Optimist · 2 replies
    St joseph News Press ^ | 02/12/2012 | Ken Newton
    Republicans gathered in St. Joseph Saturday night regarded differences within their party not as fractiousness but a sign of good health leading to this year’s elections. Gathered at the annual Buchanan County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the St. Joseph Country Club, GOP officeholders and office-seekers called the party energized statewide and nationally. The fact that so many races have produced hard-fought primaries only means a broader base of support for the general elections against Democrats, they said. Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said primaries prove a testing ground for candidates at all levels. “I think we’ll see that in the (U.S.)...
  • Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner [Shoe-String Budget: Clean Sweep: Hat-Trick: Wins MN; MO, and CO!]

    02/07/2012 10:36:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 348 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 07, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON
    Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner Former Senator Wins in Minnesota, Missouri; Romney Campaign Plays Down Nonbinding Contests By NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON DENVER—Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday by winning nominating contests in Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner. Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was running neck and neck with Mr. Romney in preliminary returns from Colorado, a state Mr. Romney won by a wide margin in 2008. With about 70% of the Colorado vote counted, Mr. Santorum had 38%, to 36% for Mr. Romney. Four years ago, Mr....
  • Santorum May be Positioned to Shake Up Presidential Race

    02/07/2012 5:49:58 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Centre Daily ^ | 7 February 2012 | David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum faced an important opportunity Tuesday to become the chief conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, as he was poised for possibly strong showings in Republican presidential contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was expected to remain the front-runner for the GOP nomination whatever happened Tuesday, thanks to his huge advantages in campaign cash and organization and his impressive earlier wins in New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada. But late polls showed Santorum surging, although polls are notoriously weak at forecasting caucus results, because caucus turnout tends to be low and to require unusually...
  • Iowa woman accused of blackmailing TLC show

    02/08/2012 10:27:37 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 4 replies · 1+ views
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is charged with extortion in an alleged plot to get Discovery Communications Inc. to cancel the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000 in exchange for not revealing compromising photos of a cast member, according to federal court documents. Teresa Hunt, of Bettendorf, is accused of threatening to release photos of a cast member in "apparently intimate situations" to a magazine. Hunt was arrested Feb. 1 after she apparently sent television executives typed and handwritten letters demanding the show be canceled, along with a business card for "Perfect Pictures." The...
  • Teen Killed 9-Year-Old Girl to Find Out What it Was Like

    02/08/2012 9:41:30 AM PST · by IbJensen · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Kansas City.Com ^ | January 14, 2012 | David A. Lieb
    Alyssa Bustamante A Missouri teenager who told authorities she wanted to know what it felt like to kill pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder, telling a judge that she strangled a 9-year-old neighbor with her hands, stabbed her in the chest and cut her throat with a knife. Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, a rural town just west of Jefferson City. -Snip- Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce then asked Bustamante to describe what she did. “I strangled her and stabbed her in...