Category: Nanny State
…and getting awfully close to that 19th of April date which, for some reason, the Feds seem drawn to like a FLAME for coming down heavy, and leaving somebody…in flames.
— HDP (@amountainman69) April 12, 2014
More: From the Las Vegas CBS affiliate:
LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years.
The BLM made the announcement Saturday morning, a week after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte.
The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said she was thrown to the ground by an officer.
With more Bundy supporters pouring in from around the country, safety concerns began to grow.
The I-Team has learned the deal to end the gather was brokered by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
Though, isn’t it ODD how eveything has to simmer down RIGHT QUICK when HARRY REID’S DIRTY DEALINGS get stirred into this righteous “deadbeat cowboy didn’t pay his fees and is torturing tortoises” mix?
Koch brothers, my ass.
UPDATE: Cliven Bundy demands that all Park Rangers DISARM within an hour. Mounted local ranchers wait out that hour. pic.twitter.com/N5fWIcxlDp
— BOSSY MONICA (@LeMarquand) April 12, 2014
Nice to have friends ride in to help. And MILLIONS of friends to pass the pictures ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
Not having been able to AFFORD college my ownself, I want to smack this entitled piece of shit into next week.
UConn’s Napier, on athletes unionizing
Shabazz Napier, point guard for The University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team, recently told reporters he understands why athletes at Northwestern need a union, as he sometimes has to go to bed “starving” because he cannot afford food.
“We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed,” the senior told reporters. “I think, you know, Northwestern has an idea, and we’ll see where it goes.”
Last I heard, these poor, starving children so DREADFULLY taken advantage of by these BIG, MEAN colleges (Just because they can PLAY A GAME, mind you.) are taking advantage of a system that offers them a FREE college meal plan, 95% of the time, a FREE TRAINING TABLE on top of world class facilities in which to train, FREE roofs over their ungrateful, petulant heads, not to mention the FREE tens-IF-NOT-HUNDREDS-of-thousands of dollars worth of FREE college level education – to which, in 90% of the cases, they would NEVER have had access based on actual educational work-ethic, i.e. GRADES.
You PLAY a GAME, you little turd.
To the Unfunny Farm, where life is MISERABLE all the time.
…~Meanwhile, serial litigant Michael E Mann takes time out of preparing for the forthcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century to ReTweet the following:
Remove David #Koch from the Board of Trustees at @wgbhhttp://dld.bz/dhE9c
Michael Mann isn’t really a scientist. Oh, yes, I’m sure he still dabbles in it now and then just to keep his hand in. But the bulk of his energies are devoted to getting people who disagree with him fired, banned or silenced. Real Nobel Prize winners (as opposed to fraudulent self-garlanded ones) don’t do that. But every day Dr Mann is demanding that someone be shut up.
~I don’t want to live in the world of “greater civility” that Michael Mann and Mitchell Baker are building for us. Oh, to be sure, it’s technologically exciting: There will be a thousand different apps on which to download Jessica Alba warning you about Antarctic sea ice. But there’ll be only one Thought App. And it will come pre-installed.
And eventually there won’t be any Jessica Alba apps, either. Because a society that imprisons opinion as tightly as Mann and Baker demand is a society that will cease to innovate, and decline.
And I hope the DA grows a pair and files criminal assault charges against the agents
A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents.
Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.
Michael Kelly, director of communications for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, said, “It’s incredibly unfortunate that the situation that night in Charlottesville occurred at all. As this case proceeds, the Attorney General’s Office will defend the commonwealth’s interests and work to ensure a just and reasonable outcome.”
Now from that quote you can see the AG sure sounds like he’s looking for a way out of this. And for good reason:
According to the suit, Daly and two friends went to a Harris Teeter store in Daly’s Chevrolet Trailblazer, arriving shortly before 10 p.m. Among other items purchased by one of Daly’s friends was a case of canned LaCroix sparkling water. The women walked into the parking lot, one of them carrying the clearly visible sparkling water.
Seven ABC agents were in the parking lot watching for young-looking individuals and checking their identification to ensure no state laws were bring broken. Two agents followed the three to their car.
Daly got behind the wheel, one friend sat in the front passenger seat and placed the sparkling water on the floor and the other friend got in the back seat. Before starting the car, Daly saw two people approach the car and begin banging on the windows.
The two agents, says the suit, “allegedly displayed their badges hanging from necklaces which at the time and under the circumstances were not clearly visible or readable.”
The agents warned Daly not to turn on the car, but she and a friend were unable to open the windows using buttons because the car was not running. Other agents ran to the car.
The suit alleges that Daly called 911 on her cellphone, which she handed to a friend. The friend told the operator that they could not tell if the agents were real law enforcement officers.
Daly “was shaking and saying, ‘I don’t know what to do!’?” One agent suddenly drew a gun, pointing it toward the ground.
When an agent tried to break a passenger window with a steel flashlight, Daly drove off with some of the agents chasing on foot. She drove out of the parking lot and stopped at a red light intending to drive to a police station.
While at the red light, the 911 operator confirmed to the women that they were real ABC agents, according to the suit.
Police arrived on the scene and drove Daly to the police station, where an ABC agent swore out a criminal complaint that led to Daly’s arrest over assaulting two agents and over failing to stop when ordered.
Daly spent the night in jail and was released the following afternoon. On June 27, the charged were dropped. On Oct. 22, the arrest and court records were expunged.
These sorts of way-over-the-top police incidents for “crimes” so pernicious and perilous, crimes that threaten the very the Survival of the Republic like, well I shudder and blanch to mention, crimes like Under Age Possession and Presumptive Consumption of Carbonated Beverages By Teetotalers, these sorts of things are where the courts and the citizens need to hit back, and hit hard. This type of governmental abuse can not be allowed to stand.
Caprice and arbitrary thuggery are the hallmarks of a police state.
Really, here’s another reason to get an Xbox One or other such device that has a camera
INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2014) — A family claims they are being terrorized by their cable box. For more than a week, personal and harassing messages are showing up on their TVs.
Alana Meeks has no idea who’s behind it.
“This stuff is uncanny. I haven’t heard anything like this in my life,” she said. “He says he’s a stalker.”
Meeks said it started more than a week ago — “he” or someone has taken control of her AT&T cable box and typing messages on two of her TVs.
The family showed us a few. One wrote: ‘ISEEYOUHAHA’. Others even threatened to hurt Alana’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Aniya.
…FOX59 cameras were rolling when it happened again. Whoever was typing knew we were there, too.
“Always on” internet connections to “smart devices” are just a bad idea.
Big Brother doesn’t need yet another entry point.
…it’s for REALS.
Another nightmare for doctors, courtesy of the federal government
Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley?
Chances are slim.
But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. On that date, the United States is scheduled to implement a new system for recording injuries, medical diagnoses, and inpatient procedures called ICD-10?—?the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases propagated by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
So these exotic injuries, codeless for so many years, will henceforth be known, respectively, as T63622A (Toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter), V9542XA (Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter), V9733XA (Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter), and V80731A (Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar, initial encounter).
Wonder if “Death By Bongo” has a code?
We’re ALL going to expire from it before this is through.
ABC’s RICK KLEIN: The new Senate analysis from our colleagues at FiveThirtyEight.com is the latest warning signal for Democrats in 2014. Its main conclusion, that the GOP holds a 60 percent chance of taking back the Senate, is coming under harsh criticism from Democrats, naturally. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly penned a memo arguing against making such conclusions this early. Naturally, the DSCC included this line:
“It has become crystal clear that our opponent in 2014 is not the Republican Party but two billionaire brothers.”
Democrats are doing all they can to try to bring money of their own into the process, amid frustrations that the Obama operation isn’t in high gear for this year. But does anyone think American voters will turn out in the kind of numbers Democrats need to send a message to the Koch brothers? Democrats need a different climate, not simple outside spending to match the Kochs, to overcome the forces at work this year.
ths update: (Keeping all these insinuations/messaging moments together for easy reference…)
Amy Walters Made It a Point to Call Americans for Prosperity a “KOCH BROTHERS
Supported Backed” Organization
…STUART ROTHENBERG: The average voter doesn’t say, wow, who’s contributing to who?
So I think it’s a general Democratic frustration here. When you look at these races, it’s not as though the Republican candidates have a lot more money than the Democratic Senate candidates. That’s not the case at all.
AMY WALTER: But the AFP is out, which is the Koch brothers-backed group.
GWEN IFILL: Americans for Prosperity.
AMY WALTER: I mean, when you look at how much they’re spending in some of these states we just talked about…
STUART ROTHENBERG: That’s true.
AMY WALTER: … in North Carolina, their super PAC up against the Democratic super PAC called the Majority — Democratic Majority — what is it? Majority PAC, yes.
STUART ROTHENBERG: Majority PAC.
AMY WALTER: Majority PAC.
It’s, in some cases, 3-1, 4-1 difference in the number of ads that have been run. But I agree with you that it’s — it may not stay that way.
STUART ROTHENBERG: And, remember, the Republican super PAC that was so big last time, Crossroads, seems not to be active this cycle, at least at this point. They will be later in the cycle.
But, so far, AFP, the Koch brothers group, has really been carrying the ball for Republicans as the outside group.
SAH-lick message re-inforcement there, team!
No mention of any ‘Soros supported’ groups helping out Democrats during the roundtable, to my surprise.
Our little fishwrap this morning, seemly being eaten alive by USA Today inserts, amazingly enough, had a similar, unbiased observation:
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) March 23, 2014
I’m sensing a “theme”…
“I’ve Always Dreamed of a Piece of Fine Bottom Land”: Moving Swiftly to Marginalize and Contain the Opposition
Crimean Tatars Will Have to Vacate Land – Official
MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea will ask Tatars to vacate part of the land where they now live in exchange for new territory elsewhere in the region, a top Crimean government official said Tuesday.
Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Tuesday the new government in Crimea, where residents voted Sunday to become part of Russia, wants to regularize the land unofficially taken over by Crimean Tatar squatters following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“We have asked the Crimean Tatars to vacate part of their land, which is required for social needs,”
I’m sure our President will be PISSED when he gets off the course and finds out about this…right up until he finds out WHY they went all grabby pants.
For “social needs”?! Then it’ll be okey schmokey dokey. Might even see if they need some help with that.
…Temirgaliyev said. “But we are ready to allocate and legalize many other plots of land to ensure a normal life for the Crimean Tatars,” he said.
Temirgaliyev emphasized that members of the Tatar community could receive senior political positions in the new government, in an apparent move to ease ethnic tensions in the region.
“I think that Crimean Tatars will be well represented in the government and parliament,” he said.
I’ll BET they will! EVERY government needs janitors, sanitation engineers and road crews/ditch diggers.
Shovel ready jobs for the opposition.
‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs
It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.
The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”
That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.
This is SO HORRIFIC ~ and strikes so close to home, literally and figuratively ~ that I am SHAKING.
Shoot first, ask questions later method puts former Beckville resident in Alabama hospital
A Beckville graduate was shot in Alabama by an Opelika Police officer Thursday after the man stopped on the side of the interstate because of a minor traffic accident.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Davidson, a 2012 graduate of Beckville High School, is in now in East Alabama Medical Center after undergoing extensive life saving surgery, his father, Billy Davidson said.
The shooting happened Thursday night, March 6 on the side of I-85 between the Torbert Road and West Point Parkway exits.
…according to his dad. “Apparently, Michael’s vehicle and a ‘diesel rig’ were involved in a minor accident,” Billy said, “and they pulled to the side of the interstate to exchange information. He got his billfold out and was going to talk to the driver.”
Michael never got to speak to the driver of the truck.
“He remembers hearing a yell coming from someone behind him. He saw the reflection of flashing lights on the truck he was beside, and realizing it was the police, raised his arms and turned around.”
That’s when Officer Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with OPD, shot Michael in the stomach.
…Other officers responded to the scene. “Michael remembers seeing the officers searching his vehicle while he was laying on the ground. He tried to sit up and asking why he was shot, but he was pushed back to the ground and told to stay down,” his dad said.
Billy said details were sketchy after that because his son, who had lost a lot of blood, passed out.
The bullet hit an artery in his stomach and damaged organs. Billy said he was told they almost lost Michael several times during the surgery. “He lost so much blood they ran out of blood and had to use blood expanders,” Billy said.
Michael’s parents were not notified of the shooting until around noon the following day.
Speechless. Ebola just came across country, like this Airman was doing, checking in with his dad the whole way, like this Airman was doing.
His folks KNEW something was wrong when he didn’t get back with them by that evening at the latest. So THEY got to lose their minds worrying.
Then to find out your son had been
practically shot in cold blood and left BLEEDING TO DEATH by the side of the road, while these GOMERS “LAW ENFORCEMENT” types ignored him?
As a mother, I’m just sick at heart for his suffering and his folks’.
As a CITIZEN?
I hope they OWN these assholes.
Everything is proceeding exactly as I have foreseen
New information-reporting rules for many businesses and their insurers are on their way under the federal Affordable Care Act. But with less than 10 months to go before data tracking is to get under way, the impact on affected businesses could be overwhelming, the National Restaurant Association reported last week.
Last week the IRS issued rules requiring many employers to turn over significant data to the IRS and to employees starting in early 2016. Data tracking must begin Jan. 1, 2015.
The rules are aimed at helping the IRS enforce the health care law’s employer and individual mandates, including allowing the agency to calculate and assess monthly penalties against large employers who fail to offer qualifying health care coverage to full-time employees. Federal and state agencies will also use the data to determine which individuals are eligible for federal tax help to buy health care plans on exchanges.
…Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and chief executive officer, said that the NRA is disappointed in the overall regulations. “We asked the IRS to offer options for a truly streamlined reporting process, taking into consideration the employer reporting requirements holistically. Instead, employers will face an overwhelming and extensive set of requirements. The data-collection process will be massive, likely requiring new administrative resources and technology upgrades. Our industry has never needed to track such a massive outflow of employee data. The prospect of putting systems in place by the end of the year to collect, maintain and protect new data continues to be a great concern for restaurateurs,” said Ms. Sweeney.
Yes, more liars for Harry Reid to dismiss.
This is precisely WHY you don’t take “JUSTICE” out of the military’s hands. It’s a SHAME when suddenly exposed POLITICAL MACHINATIONS screw up a perfectly good lynch mob, isn’t it?
Judge weighs evidence of possible Pentagon meddling in Army sex case; jury dismissed for day
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The judge in the case against an Army general believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be tried on sex assault charges is considering new evidence that a top lawyer at the Pentagon may have unlawfully interfered in a decision on whether to accept a plea agreement that was ultimately rejected.
Attorneys for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair presented the evidence, and Judge Col. James Pohl dismissed the jury for the day Monday morning. Pohl then retired to his chambers, where he will weigh the email chain between the prosecution team at Fort Bragg and a top Pentagon lawyer.
It is unlawful in the military justice system for senior commanders to interfere in prosecutorial decisions.
The UCMJ is designed to protect both defendant AND victim, as well as keep the proceedings free from WHATEVER PC command influence may be brought to bear in the shadows. There ARE mechanisms to completely exonerate a defendant who’s been ridden out on a rail due to senior meddling/predetermined outcomes. Granted, it helps to have that attorney who knows the ropes and can see the forest for the trees.
Right, General Amos?
There’s no question this general is a piece of work who deserves to be cashiered for a variety of sins, but there is DEFINATELY a question about what sort of “abuser” he is, considering the “victim’s” emails, diaries and that her “complaint” was never filed until she found out she wasn’t Numero Uno in his lovelife.
And if he had a plea deal worked out that got scotched because the Administration and this milquetoast DoD wanted a SHOW TRIAL?
Well…good for the judge in putting the brakes on the second he found out about it.
Massachussetts Neck and Neck With California for Whack Job State Award: And I Hope MY RIGHT to THOROUGHLY
…THRASH HIM to within an inch of his LIFE if I ever CAUGHT HIM is also as “protected” in a public space.
Mass. High Court: Subway Upskirt Photos Not Illegal
Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.
The State Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday dismissed charges against Michael Robertson of Andover, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police.
…“Because the MBTA is a public transit system operating in a public place and uses cameras, the two alleged victims here were not in a place and circumstance where they reasonably would or could have had an expectation of privacy,” a draft of the ruling stated.
So Massachussetts will TAKE YOUR CHILD AWAY, even if you live in a different state, but, God forbid you wear a SKIRT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.
You’re on your own, bitches.
Senate total showing 51 votes against Adegbile.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 5, 2014
ths update: More:
Senate vote against Adegbile 51-48. Biden's presence didn't matter. Neither did nuclear option.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 5, 2014
And apparently Pederast Harry Reid has CHANGED his vote vote to “no” as well, supposedly giving him the option to reintroduce the nomination at a later date.
I don’t see that happening. Justice won this round.
And, no doubt, “RACIST” in three…two..one…
Talk about your old man wandering off the proverbial porch…
Warren Buffett: Supposed Increase in Extreme Weather ‘Hasn’t Been True So Far’
Any climate alarmist will tell you that climate change is increasing extreme weather events, but liberal billionaire Warren Buffett easily destroyed that argument.
…Buffett said the supposed increase in extreme weather “hasn’t been true so far, Joe. We always think it’s cold. We always think it’s cold in Omaha. But, it was cold in Omaha 50 years ago.”
…Specifically, Buffett rejected claims that hurricanes have increased due to climate change, citing his experience in hurricane insurance. He said “we’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the United States in the last five years.”
He added “If you are writing hurricane insurance, it has been all profit.“
…In that same interview, Buffett rejected two other liberal talking points. He expressed concern over an increased minimum wage, agreeing with the Congressional Budget Office that wage hikes would kill jobs. He also expressed support for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it “useful.”
… ~ or share the super-secret squirrel recipe for her hair color ~ because of her opposition to gay marriage.
He has REFUSED TO RENDER HER A SERVICE he provides based on HIS FEELINGS.
When I read this, I had a question:
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) March 3, 2014
A bakery, a hair dresser…what?
When you lose the WaPo’s editorial board
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy
By Editorial Board, Published: March 2
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”
That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means. A country’s standing is no longer measured in throw-weight or battalions. The world is too interconnected to break into blocs. A small country that plugs into cyberspace can deliver more prosperity to its people (think Singapore or Estonia) than a giant with natural resources and standing armies.
Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power
Asked if Putin is listening, sr admin official: "We in this administration have not made it a practice to look into Vladimir Putin's soul."
— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) March 2, 2014
…if you had.
Thus spake Harry Reid
Harry Reid spoke about the Obamacare “horror stories” on the Senate floor this morning. He said that “all are untrue.”
“Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” said Reid.
“The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month–ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false.”
So shut up, America.