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  • BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion to Settle Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claims

    07/02/2015 6:23:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 07/02/2015 | Ed Ballard
    LONDON— BP PLC has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, five years after the accident. “Five years ago we committed to restore the Gulf economy and environment and we have worked ever since to deliver on that promise,” said BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. “We have made significant progress, and with this agreement we provide a path to closure for BP and the Gulf. It resolves the company’s largest remaining legal exposures, provides clarity on costs and creates certainty of payment for all parties involved,”...
  • 5th Circuit to courts in Texas: Allow gay marriage because Supreme Court says so

    07/02/2015 4:17:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 07/01/2015 | AP
    A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The order Wednesday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clears one of the final procedural roadblocks in the three cases, which had been pending before the New Orleans-based court. The 5th Circuit had heard arguments in the appeals but hadn’t ruled. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, writing for the three-judge panel that had heard arguments in the case, told federal district judges to issue final rulings by July 17...
  • Supreme Court Takes No Action on Mississippi Abortion Law

    06/30/2015 4:42:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Jun 30 2015, | Pete Williams
    The U.S. Supreme Court today took no action on a dispute over a Mississippi abortion law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. As a result, the law will remain on hold for several more months — perhaps until the court decides whether to take a similar law from Texas. The Supreme Court Monday blocked enforcement of the Texas law while it's on appeal.
  • Earthquake reported in Madison County (MS)

    06/29/2015 6:21:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WTVA ^ | 6/29/15
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has shaken Madison County, Mississippi. It was the third quake in the area in the past two months. Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, says the 3.2-magnitude quake occurred at 8:23 a.m. Monday. The epicenter was about 4 miles southwest of Canton and 19 miles north-northeast of Jackson. Caruso says it was too small for any significant damage to be likely. He says analysts don't know what fault is involved.
  • Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

    06/29/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle. The Texas Republican’s vice chairmanship of the party campaign committee was always a bit mysterious, and in his new book to be released Tuesday, Cruz contends that McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator who faced perhaps the most vociferous tea party primary challenger of the year, said the NRSC would not be defending its own incumbents. “When I mentioned to Mitch that if the NRSC had its way, every one of those four conservatives would have lost, he...
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • [Mississippi] AG gives clerks OK for same-sex marriage licenses

    06/29/2015 9:37:32 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    twitter ^ | 06/29/2015 | Kate Royals
    BREAKING: Letter from the AG's office has reportedly OK'd issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Stay still not lifted.
  • Mississippi man gets prison in 'very technical' child pornography case: news reports

    06/27/2015 6:06:58 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/27/15 | James Varney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A Saucier, Miss., man whose computer had a child pornography IP address registered to someone else will still have to serve time, according to a report in The SunHerald. The sentence was a bifurcated one. Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Keith Joseph Cuevas, 37, to a 10-year sentence but then suspended 6 ˝ years of it, meaning Cuevas must serve 3 ˝ years. Cuevas, who will not be eligible for early release, will then face five years of supervised probation and lifetime registration as a convicted sex offender, the paper reported.
  • After Gay Marriage Decision, Mississippi May Stop Issuing All Marriage Licenses

    06/27/2015 12:09:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 265 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 26, 2015 | Polly Mosendz
    Mississippi is considering pulling the plug on issuing marriage licenses altogether after the Supreme Court struck down bans on gay marriage Friday morning. As the state's governor and lieutenant governor condemned the court's decision, state House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson began studying ways to prevent gay marriage in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant said he would do all he can "to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi." To Bryant's point of doing "all" the state could do, Gipson, who is a Baptist minister, suggested removing marriage licenses entirely.
  • Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: ‘I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum’

    06/24/2015 9:35:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/24/2015 | By David Sherfinski
    U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, said Wednesday he believes the state flag of Mississippi, which features the Confederate emblem, should be replaced. “After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is more unifying to all Mississippians,” Mr. Wicker said in a statement. “As the descendant of several brave Americans who fought for the Confederacy, I have not viewed Mississippi’s current state flag as offensive. However, it is clearer and clearer to me that many of my fellow citizens feel differently and that our state flag increasingly...
  • Once politically sacrosanct, Confederate flag moves toward an end

    06/24/2015 8:01:34 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/23/15 | Karen Tumulty
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Tuesday that the effort to get rid of the flag is aimed at “destroying the South as a political force,” and he predicted, “The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag.” Its defenders say the Confederate banner is a link to bygone times and an expression of opposition to federal encroachment on states’ rights. But in many Southern states, the flag did not gain currency until the 1950s and early 1960s, at a time of white resistance to desegregation and the civil...
  • 3 accused of assaulting worker in Jackson (TN) restaurant

    06/23/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 18 replies
    WBBJ ^ | June 23, 2015 | WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
    DOWNTOWN JACKSON -- Three people appeared Tuesday in city court on accusations of entering a Jackson fast food restaurant and assaulting an employee during a busy lunch hour.
  • GOP speaker of Mississippi House: Time to get rid of the Confederate symbol here, too

    06/23/2015 11:10:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/23/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    One hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the symbology of rebellion and disunity may finally be falling out of favor in the South. Yesterday, Nikki Haley gathered with both Republicans who had previously supported the Confederate flag flying on state capitol grounds and asked the legislature to take it down. Shortly afterward, the Republican speaker of Mississippi’s state called for changing the state flag to remove the Confederate device within it: Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state’s official flag has to go.“We must always remember...
  • Top lawmaker: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

    06/22/2015 9:35:31 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 47 replies
    AP ^ | June 22, 2015 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and CLAIRE GALOFARO
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A top Mississippi lawmaker said Monday that the Confederate battle emblem is offensive and needs to be removed from the state flag. House Speaker Philip Gunn became the first top-tier Republican to call for a change in the flag, which has had the Confederate symbol in the upper left corner since Reconstruction. "We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us," Gunn, a leader in his local Baptist church, said in a statement. "As a Christian, I believe our state's flag has become a point of offense that...
  • Family Members Charged for Loud Cheering at Mississippi Graduation

    06/04/2015 11:14:43 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 4, 2015 | Elizabeth Chuck
    Four people could face jail time for cheering too loudly at a Mississippi high school graduation. Authorities have charged them with disturbing the peace, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine, for disrupting commencement exercises at Senatobia High School on May 21. One of them, Henry Walker, cheered, "You did it, baby!" when his sister's name was called and was promptly whisked outside, his mother said. "I don't think it was right for what they did to him," Linda Walker told NBC affiliate WMC in Memphis. The superintendent, Jay Foster, who pressed the charges, told...
  • Kelly Wins Runoff for Mississippi House Seat (Republican)

    06/02/2015 6:53:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Rollcall ^ | June 2, 2015
    District Attorney Trent Kelly, a Republican, will win a special-election runoff in Mississippi’s 1st District by a nearly 2-1 margin Tuesday night, succeeding the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, The Associated Press projects. With just over half of the vote in, Kelly was leading Democrat Walter Zinn, 69 percent to 31 percent, the AP reported.
  • MDOC: Suspect in weekend kidnapping was correctional officer (Great Guns Save Lives story)

    06/01/2015 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WDAM ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brad Conaway
    On Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher approved immediate suspension without pay of a correctional officer charged in a kidnapping, armed robbery and homicide that occurred in Jackson on Saturday morning. Fisher learned after Andre Kennedy's arrest that Kennedy is one of 520 officers working at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. Kennedy, 22, was hired in January 2014. He is charged with capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in a case involving an Eastover homeowner. His partner in crime was shot and killed in what police are calling justifiable homicide. Hinds County Coroner identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Edwin...
  • Senator Marries Aide a Year After Denying Affair (Thad Cochran)

    05/31/2015 11:24:44 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 30 replies
    Newser ^ | May 30, 2015 | Arden Dier
    Thad Cochran's camp batted down rumors last year of a romance between the senator and longtime aide Kay Webber, the New York Times reports, amid criticism that Webber had joined Cochran on 28 taxpayer-funded trips to 45 countries costing more than $150,000. Now, in a one-sentence statement, his office confirms that Cochran, 77, put a ring on it on Saturday during a private family ceremony in Gulfport, Miss., the Clarion-Ledger reports. Cochran's wife of 50 years—photographed by an anti-Cochran blogger in a nursing home last year—died in December at 73 after suffering from dementia, the Washington Post reports. A Cochran...
  • Townhall-Gravis Poll Puts Kelly Ahead in June 2 MS-1 Special Election

    05/31/2015 6:29:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The Republican combat veteran of Iraq and district attorney running in the June 2 special election for Mississippi-1 leads Democrat Walter Hunter Zinn Jr., 54 percent to 37 percent, according to a May 28 Townhall/Gravis poll of 509 likely voters. Trent Kelly, a colonel in the Mississippi National Guard, is the choice for 77 percent of Tea Party voters and 69 percent of voters opposed to abortion rights, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based polling company that conducted the poll. The poll carries a 4 percent margin. Among voters, living in households with at least...
  • Common Core’s Slow Collapse

    05/29/2015 8:26:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As a public service, we try to track the progress, or lack thereof, of the latest top-down education reform concocted by elites and insiders—Common Core. We are aided immeasurably by the Heartland Institute which publishes updates on Common Core’s setbacks and advances in School Reform News. In the May issue, we learn that: • The governor of Mississippi vetoed a commission on Common Core; • “Ohio may soon give certain school districts the option of creating their own exams;” and • Montana parents went to court to repeal Common Core. Meanwhile, parents fighting Common Core still face uphill struggles in...
  • Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide (Wife Died in December)

    05/26/2015 1:24:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/25/15 | Louis Nelson
    The Mississippi senator’s previous wife died in December.Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran married his longtime executive assistant, Kay Webber, over the holiday weekend, according to a report from the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. The 77-year-old Republican wed Webber, who has worked for him since 1981, in a private ceremony in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Saturday. Cochran’s staff, which had denied any knowledge of an impending wedding as recently as last week, released the news in a one-sentence statement. Webber is also 77. Story Continued Below Cochran’s previous wife of 50 years, Rose Cochran, died last December. She spent the final 13 years...
  • Student Vet Suspended, Labeled ‘Threat’ After Requesting Non-Muslim Counselor

    05/25/2015 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mark Tapson
    Campus Reform reports that a former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq and is diagnosed with combat-related PTSD was suspended from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi after he requested to meet with a non-Muslim counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services.
  • US Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide, His Office Says

    05/25/2015 11:43:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has married longtime aide Kay Webber. In a statement released Monday, Cochran's office said the marriage took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. Spokesman Chris Gallegos says Webber, Cochran's executive assistant, has worked for him since 1981. The 77-year-old senator's former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after living in a nursing home for 13 years.
  • Student vet with PTSD suspended, labeled ‘threat’ to peers after requesting to meet with non-muslim

    05/25/2015 1:45:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | may 25, 2015 | Gabriella Morrongiello
    In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, the former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq said his suspension came after he requested to meet with a different counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Rawls, who is diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was originally paired with a female counselor who wore traditional Muslim dress during his initial visit to the office. -snip According to Rawls, his attempts to meet with staff members to discuss the school’s policy about changing counselors were repeatedly ignored and it wasn’t until a recent meeting with administrators that...
  • Miss. deputy assaulted in ambush, saved by K-9 (VIDEO)

    05/21/2015 7:45:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    guns.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jennifer Cruz
    A Hancock County sheriff’s deputy escaped a brutal attack by three men Monday night thanks to the help of a K-9 named Lucas. Investigators believe had it not been for his four-legged partner’s intervention, the deputy likely would have been killed. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at a rural rest stop near Pearlington, Mississippi, less than five miles from the Louisiana border, when Deputy Todd Frazier noticed a blue Lincoln Town Car with no license plate occupied by a single individual who was sitting completely in the dark, The Sun Herald reported.
  • Official: Men tried to carry Hancock deputy into woods to kill him

    05/20/2015 1:26:37 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com ^ | 5/19/15 | WESLEY MULLER
    PEARLINGTON -- A Hancock County lawman narrowly escaped an attempt on his life during a roadside stop Monday night on U.S. 90/Chef Menteur Highway, when three men attacked him from behind and tried to carry him off into a wooded area. Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said it appears the attackers intended to kill the deputy as they fought for his sidearm and tried to carry him off the roadway. "It seems like they were trying to take him back to the woods," Grannan said while on the scene early Tuesday. "They were going to dispose of him. They were...
  • Mississippi deputy injured in Hancock County nighttime traffic stop, newspaper reports

    05/19/2015 2:46:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/19/15 | James Varney
    A Mississippi manhunt is underway in Hancock County. It kicked into action Monday evening after a sheriff's deputy was beaten in a traffic stop, according to an account in The Sun Herald. The stop happened in Pearlington. An unidentified officer pulled over a blue Lincoln Towncar with a black top and a lone driver around 10 p.m. on Old Highway 90, police said. The deputy reportedly smelled marijuana as he approached, and then was startled by two men who burst out of the nearby woods and attacked him, Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said. "They roughed him up, but the...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Fifth person charged in Hattiesburg police murder

    05/13/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | May 13, 2015 | Nick Ortego, News Director
    Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg has been arrested in connection to the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers. HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg police officers last Saturday. Agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) have charged Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg. Information developed during the continuing investigation of the killing of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate led to obstruction of justice charges against Franklin. Franklin is being held in the Forrest County Jail awaiting his initial appearance in...
  • Low voter turnout for District 1 special election (Mississippi)

    05/12/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    WREG ^ | May 12, 2015
    OLIVE BRANCH, Miss.– Thirteen candidates are looking to fill the state congressional spot once held by Alan Nunnelee who passed away last year from brain cancer. The Circuit Clerk for DeSoto County said a runoff election was bound to happen, which would cost taxpayers about $52,000. The Mississippi Secretary of State said on Tuesday voter turnout has been low in all 21 counties that make up District 1.
  • Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

    05/11/2015 4:40:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head. His mother said she had hoped he would get help. He didn't, and now he is charged with capital murder in the deaths of two police officers in Mississippi. His girlfriend and brother are charged as accessories and a friend faces an obstruction charge. Banks' mother, Mary Smith, said when she saw the booking photos of her 26-year-old son, she knew something was off....
  • Sheriff blames deaths of Mississippi officers on Obama’s ‘war on police’

    05/11/2015 12:57:17 PM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2015 | Peter Holley
    Authorities have arrested four people in the shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers over the weekend, but the sheriff of Milwaukee County — more than 900 miles away, in Wisconsin — says there’s a fifth culprit on the loose. Suspect description: African American, slender build, salt-and pepper-hair, last seen wearing a blue power tie and sounding professorial. His alias: President Barack Obama. Less than 24 hours after Officers Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24, of the Hattiesburg Police Department were gunned down during a traffic stop, Milwakuee County Sheriff David A. Clarke linked the deaths to events...
  • Loretta Lynch Issues Statement of Solidarity with Law Enforcement After Hattiesburg Cops Killed

    05/11/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/11/15 | Andrew Kirell
    In response to this weekend’s slaying of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a statement expressing grief over their loss and reassuring law enforcement nationwide that the Department of Justice “stands in solidarity” with them. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop late Saturday night. Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway were charged with two counts of capital murder. Two others were arrested and charged over the weekend in relation to the shooting: Curtis Banks for being “accessory after the fact” and Cornelius Clark for obstruction of
  • Subway Fires Mississippi Employee who Celebrated Cop Killings with Sickening 'GOT EM' Tweet ....

    05/11/2015 10:11:19 AM PDT · by Cecily · 56 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 11, 2015
    Mississippi Subway 'sandwich artist' has been fired after she created a social media firestorm Sunday by posting messages applauding the deaths of two police officers killed in the line of duty. After Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were killed on Saturday night about 30 miles away in Hattiesburg, Laurel woman Sierra 'C-Babi' Mccurdy posted a message while wearing her uniform. She wrote: 'Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg,' followed by 'GOT EM' and a gun pointed at the words as well as a laughing emoji.
  • UPDATE: 4 Charged in Shooting Deaths of 2 Hattiesburg Police Officers

    05/10/2015 7:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WKRG-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A law enforcement official says four people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. An additional arrest was made Sunday. 28-year-old Cornelius...
  • Republican rep explains how Obama incited race riots, starting with the ‘Beer Summit’

    05/10/2015 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Bizpac ^ | 5/10/15
    Iowa Rep. Steve King took President Obama to task Saturday, blaming him for the conditions that caused civil unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson. “President Obama has consistently driven wedges between people. And he perceives a difference on race, maybe on ethnicity, well yes on ethnicity, sexual orientation—wedge after wedge after wedge. I didn’t really imagine they were going to drive a wedge between the law and law-breakers,” King told reporters at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville. King cited the example of Obama’s “Beer Summit” early in his first term with Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard...
  • Frequent Fox News guest blames Obama for Mississippi shooting: ‘Obama started this war on police’

    05/10/2015 2:20:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    NewsCodex.com ^ | May 10, 2015 | Tom Boggioni
    Less than 24 hours after two officers were gunned down in Mississippi, the sheriff of Milwaukee County — a frequent guest on Fox News — blamed the killing on President Barack Obama on Twitter, saying the president “started this war on police.” Earlier Sunday, Sheriff David A. Clarke, noted the shooting that claimed the lives on two officers, 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate, in Hattiesburg. The sheriff re-tweeted: “Basic traffic stop in Hattiesburg, 2 Police Officers assassinated. The post Ferguson targeting of our Cops continues.”
  • 2 Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers shot to death Saturday night;

    05/10/2015 1:04:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    NOLA.COM ^ | May 09, 2015 at 9:59 PM, updated May 09, 2015 at 11:59 PM | Bob Warren,
    By Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune May 09, 2015 at 9:59 PM, updated May 09, 2015 at 11:59 PM Two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers were shot Saturday night (May 9), south Mississippi media outlets were reporting. Both officers have died, the Clarion Ledger in Jackson and WDAM in Hattiesburg were reporting. The Clarion Ledger's story said police were seeking two men as suspects, Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks. The Hattiesburg American reported the shooting occurred near East Fourth and Bouie streets around 8 p.m. Multiple agencies are involved in a search. The identities of the officers have not been...
  • Subway Faces Backlash After Worker Cheers Deaths of 2 Cops

    05/10/2015 1:01:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/10 | Chris Perez
    A suspected Subway sandwich store employee has sparked outrage with tasteless social media posts celebrating Saturday’s killing of two Mississippi cops. “2 police officers was shot in hattiesburg tonight.!” cheered Sierra “C-Babi” Mccurdy, in a message posted overnight. “We can turn this bxtch into Baltimore real quick,” she posted on Facebook. “Police take away innocent people lives everyday now & get away w/ it, fxck them…[no mercy].”
  • Police assassination update: two officers dead in Mississippi

    05/10/2015 7:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/10/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    My apologies for starting off your Mothers Day with such horrible news, but two more law enforcement officers have been assassinated, this time in Mississippi. It’s barely twelve hours since the incident, but it seems as if the local police in Hattiesburg were all over the case and two suspects are already in custody. Fox News is reporting that the manhunt for two brothers, Curtis and Marvin Banks, was over in a matter of hours and they were taken into custody with no further injury to the police. Two suspects accused of killing two Mississippi police officers Saturday night...
  • Curtis & Marvin Banks: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Alleged Hattiesburg Cop Killers)

    05/10/2015 1:55:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Heavy ^ | May 10, 2015 | Tom Cleary
    Curtis Banks, right, and Marvin Banks, are suspects in the killings of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers.Two brothers have been identified as the suspects in the killing of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers. Curtis Banks, 26, and Marvin Banks, 29, were held in connection with the shooting, police said. The officers were shot during a traffic stop Saturday night at about 8 p.m., according to WDAM-TV. They have been identified as 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, 25, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Here’s what you need to know: 1. The Brothers Were Arrested Early Sunday Morning Ryan Moore(PHOTO-AT-LINK) ✔ ‎@RyanMooreMS...
  • 2 Mississippi officers fatally shot; suspect being sought

    05/09/2015 9:03:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 86 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | May 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says two Mississippi police officers have died after being shot in the line of duty. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1GWpqRp ) Saturday night that both Hattiesburg officers had died. They’d been taken to the hospital, and it wasn’t immediately clear if they died there or earlier.
  • Rand Paul: Conservatives must “get over” hard feelings over Thad Cochran election fraud

    02/05/2015 3:03:14 PM PST · by Sybeck1 · 56 replies
    MOFO ^ | 12/10/14 | Ivan D
    In last June’s Mississippi GOP runoff, liberal Republican Thad Cochran engaged in mass election fraud to defeat conservative primary challenger Chris McDaniel. Team Cochran paid thousands of African-Americans $15 per vote, and planted stories in liberal media outlets alleging McDaniel of having ties to the KKK. Cochran narrowly defeated McDaniel in the primary, and went on to win the general election. On Monday, Rand Paul urged conservatives to “get over” any hard feelings… “There are still some hard feelings…have to get over it. It’s hard when you run a race and you don’t win. Ahead of Paul’s visit, Mississippi Tea...
  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • BEN AFFLECK HAS ANOTHER NINE SLAVEHOLDER ANCESTORS FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH (214 slaves total)

    04/27/2015 12:52:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015
    Movie star Ben Affleck has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, according to publicly available Census records and genealogy research conducted by Breitbart News. Last week, Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” that featured his family history. This brings the number of Affleck’s known slaveholder ancestors to 12, who owned a total of 214 slaves. The relative ease with which Breitbart News was able to find these nine additional slaveholding...
  • GOP Senator's Aide Admitted Trading Drugs for Sex: Report (Meth & Thad Cochran)

    04/26/2015 10:24:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015
    A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) admitted to distributing methamphetamine and another drug in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report in The Washington Post. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati found a package of gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) addressed to Fred Wesley Pagan, according to a court document. Homeland Security agents searched his house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C., on Thursday and found a substance that tested positive for meth in plastic bags, the court document states. The Post reports Pagan is a long-time employee of Cochran and currently serves as his office manager. Pagan allegedly...
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • A look at House candidates(13 run in MS01)

    04/24/2015 2:21:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    desototimes.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | ROBERT LEE LONG
    A baker's dozen — twelve plus one — is the number of candidates seeking to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee who died of brain cancer in February. The special election to fill Nunnelee's seat is May 12, less than a month away and the jockeying has begun to court votes in DeSoto County, Mississippi's fastest growing county and a population that makes up nearly one-fourth or 23 percent of all voters in the First Congressional District. The list of candidates, in alphabetical order, is as follows: Boyce Adams, Sam Adcock, Nancy Collins, Edward Holliday, Starner...