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      by Published on 08-18-2014 10:52 AM

      A few nights of rioting accomplished what decades of whining and SWLODs failed to do.
      By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press -- After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

      The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."

      Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said police responses like that in Ferguson have "become the problem instead of the solution." Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he will introduce legislation to curb the trend of police militarization.

      Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee will review the program to determine if the Defense Department's surplus equipment is being used as intended.

      Continued: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS...olice-25006828
      by Published on 08-17-2014 07:49 AM

      By Jim Smith
      Created: 08/16/2014 03:57:55 PM PDT0 Comments

      Far be it for me to agree with Republican Sen. Rand Paul but he's right. On Thursday, according to a story by Lisa Mascaro of the Tribune Company, Paul tied the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., to the federally funded "militarization" of local police.

      "There is a systematic problem with today's law enforcement," the tea party senator and potential presidential candidate wrote in Time.com, Mascaro reported. Paul went on to say cities are getting too much unneeded military hardware.

      I won't go into the background of what happened in Ferguson. By now most people know the violence which took place in the St. Louis suburb when police shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. I also won't talk about the image of the heavily armed officers who met violence with extreme violence against protesters. It was eerily similar to what I remember from the Kent State shooting back in the 1970s.

      Continued: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/ourtown...ion-our-police
      by Published on 08-16-2014 05:42 AM

      By John W. Whitehead
      The Rutherford Institute

      August 15, 2014

      The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosion and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the government’s response but in the community’s response.

      This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs.

      This is what happens when you fail to take alarm at the first experiment on your liberties.

      This is what happens when you fail to challenge injustice and government overreach until the prison doors clang shut behind you.

      Consider that it was just a little over a year ago that the city of Boston was locked down while police carried out a military-style manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon explosion. At the time, Americans welcomed the city-wide lockdown, the routine invasion of their privacy, and the dismantling of every constitutional right intended to serve as a bulwark against government abuses.

      by Published on 08-12-2014 01:58 PM

      Atlantic City’s Revel Casino To Close In September


      ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s newest casino is shutting its doors just over two years after opening amid high hopes of turning around the crumbling seaside resort’s gambling market.

      Revel Casino Hotel will shut down next month after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court, company officials announced Tuesday.


      Its original owners envisioned it as a luxury resort that just happened to have a casino, and eschewed many staples of casino culture, including a buffet and bus trips for day-trippers. But that strategy—as well as the only overall smoking ban in Atlantic City—turned off customers, and Revel filed for bankruptcy in 2013, a little over a year after opening.
      by Published on 08-10-2014 07:13 PM

      No charges filed, but that money is gone forever.

      Sorry it took 78 years to find out who the real crooks are, Miss Victoria...

      A Florida woman was allegedly caught carrying almost $41,000 through customs, with much of the cash reportedly hidden in her undergarments.


      A Florida woman was allegedly caught carrying almost $41,000 through customs, with much of the cash reportedly hidden in her undergarments.

      Victoria Faren, 78, and her daughter were stopped April 2 while trying to board a flight to the Philippines out of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, federal court records indicate.

      The court records, filed Friday, recount the strange incident, during which customs agents discovered the elderly woman allegedly attempting to smuggle the cash through airport security. Continued...
      by Published on 08-10-2014 09:38 AM

      Witnesses upset over Antioch arrest, police confiscating cellphones


      ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- There was a violent arrest in the East Bay that was caught on camera Tuesday afternoon. Some witnesses say it was a case of police brutality, but the other major issue could be what happened when the cameras were turned off.

      The arrest at Contra Loma Boulevard and Buchanan Road was recorded by multiple people, but when police spotted the cameras, witnesses claim officers confronted them.

      This brings up some interesting questions about the rights of people and their video versus the rights of the police and whether or not they can take away that video.
      by Published on 08-09-2014 10:02 AM



      The poll also indicates that the public's trust in government is at an all-time low.

      Just 13% of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time, with just over three-quarters saying only some of the time and one in 10 saying they never trust the government, according to the poll.

      "The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

      "But polls conducted by the University of Michigan consistently found a majority of Americans in the 1960s and early 1970s saying that the government could be trusted all or most of the time - until Watergate. In 1972, 53% said they trusted the government always or most of the time. By 1974, that figure had plummeted to 36%, and except for a brief period of patriotic sentiment immediately after the 9/11 attacks, it has remained under 50% ever since," Holland added.
      by Published on 08-09-2014 06:55 AM

      Union president's aggressive rant on Common Core


      Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, represents all 75,000 public school teachers in New York City. He made some pretty aggressive threats saying, he would punch people in the face and push them in the dirt if they were against Common Core.

      "If someone takes something from me, I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine," he said.

      by Published on 08-04-2014 11:29 AM

      Just like toilets and light bulbs, if the FedCoats can ban and regulate school bake sales, there is nothing that they cannot ban or regulate. Not a good day in the Soyuz, if something is not being banned.

      Put Down the Cupcake: New Ban Hits School Bake Sales
      At Chapman School in Nebraska, resourceful students hawk pizza and cookie dough to raise money for school supplies, field trips and an eighth-grade excursion to Washington. They peddle chocolate bars to help fund the yearbook.

      But the sales won't be so sweet starting this fall. Campus bake sales—a mainstay of school fundraisers—are going on a diet. A federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity means that, in dozens of states, bake sales must adhere to nutrition requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars.

      Jeff Ellsworth, principal of the kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Chapman, Neb., isn't quite sure how to break the news to the kids. "The chocolate bars are a big seller," said Mr. Ellsworth.


      The restrictions that took effect in July stem from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by first lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move!" campaign. The law overhauled nutrition standards affecting more than 30 million children. Among the changes: fatty french fries were out, while baked sweet potato fries were deemed to be fine.

      Full story: http://online.wsj.com/articles/schoo...ightTopStories
      by Published on 07-28-2014 08:31 AM

      Yeah yeah yeah, I know...still.

      26 July 2014 -- Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.

      The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

      The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 95 percent of the population had less wealth.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worth increased 14 percent over the same 10 years. Other research, by economists like Edward Wolff at New York University, has shown even greater gains in wealth for the richest 1 percent of households.

      For households at the median level of net worth, much of the damage has occurred since the start of the last recession in 2007....

      Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/bu...less.html?_r=1
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