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  • Sonoma County officials opted not to send mass alert on deadly fire

    10/12/2017 2:29:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    S F Chronicle ^ | Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov October 12, 2017 | Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov October 12, 2017
    In the early hours of the blaze, officials at the Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department discussed sending something similar to an Amber Alert to cell phones in the area, but chose not to since it would have gone to tens of thousands of people not in immediate danger. The type of warning, called a Wireless Emergency Alert, can only target phones in large geographic areas, according to Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Zachary Hamill, who made the decision not to send the wireless alert together with the county’s emergency manager, Christopher Helgren. “If I had done...
  • Emma Thompson Thinks There Are Many More Harvey Weinsteins In Hollywood

    10/12/2017 2:29:04 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 47 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 12, 2017 | Cole Delbyck
    Emma Thompson is joining a chorus of famous actresses condemning Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the many allegations of sexual assault and harassment leveled against him. Thompson, who starred in a handful of films produced by Weinstein’s company, including 2008′s “Brideshead Revisited,” said she had no previous knowledge of his actions, but is not entirely surprised. “I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all and they’re endemic to the system anyway,” Thompson told BBC Newsnight. “What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg.”...
  • Trump’s Attacks On The First Amendment Don’t Remotely Compare To Bush’s (Or Obama’s)

    10/12/2017 2:19:06 PM PDT · by be-baw · 33 replies ^ | October 12, 2017 | Colin Kalmbacher
    President Donald Trump is triggering liberals and would-be warriors running the Hashtag Resistance grift. He’s obliquely floated the idea of using the IRS as a political tool against the National Football League because black athletes won’t give in to his bullying. He’s successfully cajoled ESPN into chastising and censoring Jemele Hill. His ranting has emboldened Jerry Jones into keeping his players upright for the national anthem–and the rest of the NFL may follow suit. *snip* But enough about Trump’s verbal barrages. His attacks only work because his enemies are cowards, stupid, or pretending. Oftentimes those attacks are the smooth-brained ravings...
  • As Predicted, Drive-Bys Take Me Out of Context on Trump and the NFL

    10/12/2017 2:13:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | October 12, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I told you yesterday, Snerdley, I told you yesterday that my comments on Trump and the NFL were gonna be purposefully taken out of context. I told all of you they would be taken out of context. I told all of you I knew exactly what would happen. I mean, Snerdley walks in here before everybody had left yesterday and said it’s already happening. He showed me a story from where they left out a very crucial aspect of what I said because the Drive-Bys are eager to report that a staunch Trumpist like me might be breaking...
  • New poll has Roy Moore up 8 points on Doug Jones in US Senate race

    10/12/2017 2:11:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 10/12/17 | Brian Lyman
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Cygnal polling, a Montgomery based polling firm, has released the results of a new poll that puts GOP candidate Roy Moore ahead of Democrat Doug Jones by 8 points, with 9% of respondents undecided. The poll also found higher interest levels than from either of the previous two rounds of primary voting. More than 90% of respondents said they were “definitely likely” to show up to vote, which is 5-7% higher than surveys from the first round of primary voting and the GOP runoff. Cygnal President Brent Buchanan said in a news release, “This race between Moore...
  • A New Gig for Hillary?

    10/12/2017 2:10:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I’m dead serious, my friends. Hillary Clinton is the CEO and chief operating officer of Bimbo Eruptions Inc. Hillary Clinton may have finally found a way to appropriately reconnect with supporters, especially in Hollywood here. What a great service Hillary could provide to the movers and shakers in Hollywood, the Casting Crouch Brigade. She’s an expert in these situations. She’s the most cheated-on woman in America, and every guy that’s ever done it has prosper and had triumphed and has never paid the price. She is an expert at this! Harvey and his people run around and try to...
  • Will Trump loyalists really back a Never Trumper against Orrin Hatch? (Yes! We will!!)

    10/12/2017 2:05:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Flirting with what some may see as political treason, bigwig Trump loyalists led by Stephen K. Bannon, Dave Bossie and Tony Perkins are considering “Never Trump” former Senate aide Boyd Matheson to replace Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch next year. Mr. Hatch, 83, has acknowledged thinking maybe it’s time to hang it up after 41 years in the Senate. Mr. Bannon has said he is determined to help show Mr. Hatch the door — maybe by backing Mr. Matheson, 51, for a primary run. “Boyd is considering it, regardless of Sen. Hatch’s decision (or anyone else’s decision for that matter),” Matheson...
  • African-American unemployment rate falls to 17-year low

    10/12/2017 2:05:36 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to a 17-year low in September, and the rates for all other major racial and ethnic groups also dropped.
  • US offers millions for two of Hezbollah’s top operatives [up to $7mil!]

    10/12/2017 1:51:59 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Oct 10, 2017 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has determined that the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah is seeking to carry out attacks against the United States and has thus offered millions of dollars for whoever can help it apprehend two of its leaders. “It is our assessment that Hezbollah is determined to give itself a potential homeland option as a critical component of its terrorism playbook,” said Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, during a briefing Tuesday. Rasmussen went on to say that the US government was seeking help arresting Talal Hamiyeh and Fu’ad Shukr, and would pay $7 million and...
  • Mass Murderers Should Be Deprived of Fame

    10/12/2017 1:51:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 12, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    On Oct. 1, a 64-year-old Nevada man opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. If you don't know his name, you can easily find it online, in print or on TV. But you won't learn it from this column. Notoriety may have been what he was after in methodically plotting the slaughter. He may have intended to outdo other mass shooters. He may have hoped his name would gain a sinister immortality. University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford has explained the repetition of such incidents as a...
  • U.S. justices question Arab Bank liability in militant attacks

    10/12/2017 1:45:02 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 12, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled concern about allowing companies to be sued under American law for human rights abuses abroad in a case involving allegations that Arab Bank Plc helped finance militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, both conservatives, indicated that U.S. foreign policy tensions that could arise from such cases would be a reason to curb corporate liability. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often casts the deciding vote in big cases, also appeared sympathetic to the bank’s arguments. Their remarks during an hour...
  • VANITY: Playing The Game

    10/12/2017 1:33:57 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 62 replies
    Self | 10/12/2017 | Dr. Thorne
    There is much talk about sexual harassment and abuse these days. Many people are asking why victims did not come forward at the time when these events took place. Besides l'affaire Weinstein, there has been the unending saga of Bill Cosby and his sickening sexual escapades. However, I have my own story to tell.
  • ‘Kneel-In’ protest planned outside stadium before Panthers-Eagles game

    10/12/2017 1:31:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    Martinsville Bulletin ^ | October 12, 2017 | BY JOE MARUSAK
    Nearly 100 pastors and community leaders plan to hold a “Kneel-In” protest outside Bank of America Stadium before the start of the Carolina Panthers-Philadelphia Eagles NFL football game on Thursday night. The protest intends to highlight ongoing police brutality and social and racial injustice, just as former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did while the national anthem was played before a 2016 NFL game, Bishop Kevin Long of Temple Church International-Charlotte told the Observer. “These things have yet to be properly addressed in our judicial system and the like,” Long said.
  • PyeongChang Olympics ticket sales get icy reception

    10/12/2017 1:25:15 PM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 11-Oct-2017 | By Yoon Min-sik
    Less than four months remain until the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, but sluggish ticket sales and lodging reservations could spell trouble for Korea’s first Winter Games. The organizing committee for the Winter Games on Wednesday released preliminary numbers for ticket sales, which showed that 30.3 percent of 1.07 million tickets have been sold so far. About 20.7 percent of 760,000 tickets released to the Korean general public have been sold, while 59.7 percent of 320,000 tickets reserved for foreigners have been sold.
  • Public university funds students’ DACA renewal application fees

    10/12/2017 1:24:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The College Fix ^ | October 12, 2017 | by DREW VAN VOORHIS
    San Diego State University has set aside a large chunk of money to pay for its students’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals application renewal fees. Officials at the the public university allocated $130,000 to fund the renewal application fees, which run $495 apiece. “This is a one time funding allocation not to exceed $130,000 and will be given to the SDSU Economic Crisis Response Team. This could fund up to 262 student DACA renewals which we are told by the University would be sufficient,” D. Hayden Willis, vice president of financial affairs at SDSU, wrote in a Sept. 25 memo...
  • Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Boycotting Ford Motor Company

    10/12/2017 1:23:50 PM PDT · by LRoggy · 28 replies ^ | 10/12/2017 | Matt Parker
    Bossier Sheriff Refuses to Support Those Who Show Disrespect Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington sends a letter to a Ford Motor Company dealer - NO MORE FORD MOTOR COMPANY VEHICLES. Sheriff Whittington calls on other law enforcement agencies and leaders to take a stand against Ford Motor Co. and the disrespectful National Football League. Sheriff Whittington - "The recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American flag, the American military as well as the obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in general forces me to take a stand." "NFL...
  • If You Can Pay for Aspirin, You Can Pay for Birth Control

    10/12/2017 1:20:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | October 11, 2017 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT HAS BEEN 52 years since the Supreme Court ruled, in Griswold v. Connecticut, that government may not ban anyone from using contraceptives. The freedom to use birth control is protected by the Constitution's "fundamental right" to privacy. That freedom is a matter of settled law and hasn't been challenged in the slightest by President Trump or his administration.But you wouldn't know that from the hysteria that erupted when the White House last week acted to uphold the conscience claims of employers who object to funding some types of contraception on sincere moral or religious grounds."The Trump administration just took...
  • The Latest: Official: Hotel called police after attack began

    10/12/2017 1:19:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 12, 2017
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - 12:35 p.m. A U.S. official says the Mandalay Bay hotel casino didn't notify police that gunshots had been fired inside the tower until after a gunman opened fire on the crowd outside at a country music festival. The official, who was briefed by law enforcement, wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday. The disclosure means there was a delay of some six minutes in summoning police to the scene as the gunman began firing.
  • Pelosi urges new law to limit president's use of nuclear weapons

    10/12/2017 1:11:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies
    Pelosi urges new law to limit president's use of nuclear weapons By Mike Lillis - 10/12/17 03:15 PM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pressing Congress to bar the president from using nuclear weapons unless the United States is attacked first. “I put this in the category of ‘urgent,’ ” Pelosi said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “We each take an oath to protect and defend.” Pelosi said her promotion of the nuclear “first-use” concept has nothing to do with the volatility surrounding President Trump, whose saber-rattling with North Korea and threat to scrap a...
  • China asks S. Koreans to evacuate due to NK abduction risks

    10/12/2017 1:11:15 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | By Jung Min-kyung
    Chinese police asked South Korean citizens near the North Korea-China border to evacuate the area due to risks of an attack and abduction by the North, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday. “We are aware that Chinese authorities have suggested South Korean citizens there evacuate on the possibility of an attack by North Korea,” the ministry here said. ocal media reports said Tuesday that Chinese police warned around 10 South Korean businesspeople, community associates and religious leaders residing near the border to evacuate due to the possibility of abduction by North Korea. They were notified during the Chuseok holiday earlier this...