Redacted screenshot I took from the NY Times article (that we won’t link to):
UPDATE: In a related note…
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) November 25, 2014
Nice juxtaposition here. https://t.co/HrBqB8xAW0
— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) November 25, 2014
In a surreal moment of cable television, split screens on major news networks broadcast President Obama pushing for calm after Ferguson’s grand-jury decision even as protesters smashed cop cars and businesses and police responded with tear gas and armored vehicles.
The president made an unscheduled speech late Monday night to address the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, in which he urged everyone to respect the rule of law. “There are Americans who agree with [the decision,]” he said, “and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. That’s an understandable reaction.” Read the rest of this entry »
— STLtoday (@stltoday) November 25, 2014
Four square of butthurt. pic.twitter.com/STu9mTW2Lc
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) November 25, 2014
Chuck Ross reports: Members of the militant New Black Panther Party have been arrested and charged with making straw purchases of two handguns and are believed to have conspired to detonate pipe bombs during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to several reports.
“The wicked enemies of black people use lies and deceit to confuse the masses and misdirect the legitimate aspirations of the black power movement.”
– Chawn Kweli, national chief of staff for the New Black Panther Party
Brandon Baldwin, who goes by the name Brandon Muhammad, and Olajuwon Davis, who goes by Olajuwon Ali, were indicted on Wednesday for making false statements in order to purchase two .45 ACP pistols at a Cabela’s in Hazelwood, just outside of Ferguson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Ali is the chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the New Black Panther Party.
NBC News reported that Ali and Muhammad are also suspected of trying to acquire pipe bombs that they planned to detonate in the event of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision to refuse to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michel Brown.
According to NBC, two sources said that federal investigators caught wind of Ali’s and Muhammad’s plan and put them under surveillance.
“We wanted to see where this might go,” an official told NBC.
The gun charge is the only one pending against the pair of Panthers, though NBC reported that other charges are pending. Read the rest of this entry »
Obama’s planned action perverts the meaning of the legal doctrine
“As you listen to the president try to explain himself tonight, you are going to hear a lot about how his plan is just a sensible exercise of prosecutorial discretion — how he is just using the sparse resources Congress gives him to enforce the law in more efficient ways. It will sound unobjectionable — even appealing.
But understand, it will be lawless and an invitation to waves of law-breaking. Obama is not merely prioritizing crimes; he is equating his non-enforcement of congressional statutes with the repeal of those statutes. He is not merely ignoring some lawbreakers so he can pursue others; he is declaring that categories of non-Americans of Obama’s unilateral choosing have a right to break our laws and be rewarded for it.”
Michael Bastasch reports: Want to earn money while on vacation? Go work for the Environmental Protection Agency, which paid eight employees more than $1 million while they were on administrative leave, in some cases for years, according to a government watchdog report.
“EPA claimed that John Beale’s fraud was an anomaly, but EPA has allowed a number of employees to waste millions of taxpayer dollars in the last few years through lax internal controls and substandard management.”
The EPA’s inspector general found that “eight employees totaled 20,926 hours and cost the government an estimated $1,096,868” while on paid leave. Each employee “was on extended administrative leave for four or more months,” the IG reported, adding that “four of the eight employees” were on leave for more than a year.
Not only that, the employees who took huge amounts of leave time also got automatic raises — despite their being paid to do no work.
“The EPA’s major time and attendance issues and management failures are no longer surprising, just pathetic. Reforming their policy will be top of our agenda with the new conservative majority.”
– Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter
The EPA IG’s report comes after an October 2014 Government Accountability Office report that estimated the “salary cost for EPA employees on administrative leave for fiscal years (FYs) 2011 through 2013 was $17,550,100.” GAO found that 69 EPA employees used a month or more of administrative leave — 50 of these employees were on leave for more than three months and two were on leave for over a year. These 69 agency employees took 4,711 days of leave from 2011 to 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Japanese woman arrested over poisoning late husband, suspected in deaths of half dozen previous partnersPosted: November 19, 2014
Originally posted on National Post | News:
TOKYO — Japanese police arrested a 67-year-old woman whom they suspect poisoned her husband late last year, one of about half a dozen former husbands or partners of the woman who have died.
She has denied involvement in the deaths.
Kyoto prefectural police arrested Chisako Kakehi on Wednesday after cyanide was found in the body of her 75-year-old husband, according to Japanese media reports. They were married one month before he died in December 2013, the reports said.
Kyodo news service said that Kakehi had married four times, and that several partners had died within a few years of marrying her or starting relationships with her.
Kakehi is believed to have inherited more than 100-million yen ($960,000 Cdn.) in assets from the deaths, according to The Japan Times.
Cyanide has also been found in the blood of a 71-year-old partner who fell while riding a minibike in 2012, Kyodo…
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