Panera Bread asks customers not to bring guns to its restaurants

September 8, 2014 by  
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Panera Bread is asking customers not to bring guns into its restaurants. The request places it on a growing list of companies asking guests to refrain from toting firearms into their locations amid an ongoing nationwide debate about gun policy.

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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell found guilty of federal corruption charges

September 4, 2014 by  
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Perry – you’re next! 

 

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been found guilty of multiple federal corruption charges, a jury in Richmond announced Thursday.

Mr. McDonnell was found guilty on all 11 charges of corruption and conspiracy in connection with the couple’s accepting more than $170,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for helping former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr. promote his business and the nutritional supplement product Anatabloc. The former governor was found guilty of one charge and not guilty of another charge of making false statements on a loan application.


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Mrs. McDonnell was found guilty of eight out of 11 corruption charges and one charge of obstruction of justice.

The McDonnells reportedly sobbed as the guilty verdicts were read aloud in the courtroom and left the courthouse separately without making comment. Reporters followed the former governor to a waiting car, where he turned and thanked them for the way in which they handled the case.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 6, and Mr. McDonnell’s attorney pledged an appeal.

“This fight is far from over,” said Henry Asbill, who called the verdict disappointing.

Prosecutors made only brief statements outside of the courthouse after the verdict was returned and seemed deliberately to avoid any appearance of celebration at the decision.

“This is a difficult and disappointing day for the commonwealth and its citizens,” said Dana J. Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Public service frequently requires sacrifice. and almost always require financial sacrifice. When public officials turn to financial gain in exchange for official acts, we have little choice but to prosecute the case.”
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., leaving an unrelated event in the District, said upon hearing the news that the “case that was well tried by the Eastern District of Virginia.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a sober reaction, foregoing any hint of partisanship in his remarks.

“I am deeply saddened by the events of the trial that ended in today’s verdict, and the impact it has had on our Commonwealth’s reputation for honesty and clean government,” the Democratic governor said.

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday morning after five weeks of testimony in the case. The verdict was announced at about 3 p.m.

Mr. McDonnell repeatedly and steadfastly proclaimed his innocence during hours on the stand in the trial in his own defense, saying he never even knew what Mr. Williams wanted from him and that he afforded him typical constituent service.

Mr. Williams, testifying under immunity, said he was using the McDonnells to get clinical trials at public universities in the state for Anatabloc. Prosecutors pointed to events at the Executive Mansion involving Mr. Williams, including one tied to the launch of Anatabloc, as evidence that Mr. Williams got at least some of what he was looking for in exchange for the largesse he offered the couple and their children.

In addition to $120,000 in low-interest loans, Mr. Williams also lavished golf rounds and equipment on the family and wrote a $15,000 check to help cover the cost of the wedding of one of the McDonnells’ daughters, Cailin. He also gave a $10,000 check as an engagement present to the McDonnells’ eldest daughter Jeanine.

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Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/4/jury-reaches-verdict-corruption-case-against-forme/#ixzz3COqK3ygw

IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying

August 27, 2014 by  
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Hey – go back and dump ice water on your heads… nothing to see here. 

 

Washington Times

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.


 

Ms. McGee, who recently gave a speech to the Florida bar titled “When your license to practice before the IRS is on the line,” acknowledged in a phone interview Tuesday that her own job is on the line as she fights disbarment proceedings.

“Does it keep me up worrying? Yes,” she said. “As it relates to my job, may I possibly lose it? Yes, I face that fact each and every day.”

The case could pose a credibility issue for the IRS, whose professional conduct office is the watchdog charged with ensuring all tax professionals “adhere to professional standards and follow the law.”

Despite that duty, the office has dispatched Ms. McGee to lecture professionals about the importance of maintaining high ethical standards.

 

Ms. McGee said she had notified the IRS about the pending disbarment proceedings.

While records on the recommended disbarment are already public, an IRS spokesman, Mark Hanson, cited privacy rules on Tuesday in saying the agency was unlikely to comment.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/26/irs-ethics-office-lawyer-could-be-disbarred-for-ly/#ixzz3BctR0Dhm
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ROFL – Cops Arrest Wanted Ex-Con After He Posts “Ice Bucket Challenge” Video To Facebook

August 25, 2014 by  
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Yes – Facebook and Twitter report you to police…. are used to put peeps in jail! 

Smoking Gun

A convicted felon being sought for violating parole was arrested after he posted an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video to Facebook, where it was 

 

spotted by a tipster who alerted Nebraska cops to the ex-con’s whereabouts.

Jesean Morris was apprehended Friday by gang unit officers following up on information provided by a source who was aware that the 20-year-old Omaha resident was a wanted man (for absconding).

Morris, pictured at right, was sentenced to six years in state prison for two felony convictions–assault and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Morris, then 16, was arrested in April 2010 and charged as an adult for his role in a shootout that left two men wounded. He was released from custody in late-March on “discretionary parole,” according to state records.

After watching Morris’s “Ice Bucket Challenge” clip, the tipster contacted Omaha cops with an address where the video appeared to have just been recorded by Morris. During police surveillance of the property, investigators spotted Morris being driven away from the home.

The vehicle was later stopped by cops, who arrested Morris (who initially lied about his identity). Compounding matters, Morris also allegedly spit on one officer and damaged a patrol car.

In addition to the parole warrant, according to jail records, Morris was charged with assaulting an officer with bodily fluid, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and criminal impersonation.

Since Morris is locked up in the Douglas County jail in lieu of $40,000 bond, it is unclear whether he will be able to fulfill any pledge made to the ALS Association, which hatched the “Ice Bucket Challenge” as a way to raise money for the fight against “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

Morris’s Facebook acquaintances were displeased to learn of the circumstances of his arrest. “Fb the police all the way,” groused one man, while another commenter noted, “Thats fucked up they straight snitched on his ass.”

Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area (+ Updates on F – Mo)

August 25, 2014 by  
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Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area  

20 Aug 2014 [We] spoke to a staff member with Asymmetric Solutions this afternoon who made the following statement: “It’s sad to see what’s happening to a great city. Our duty was very simple. We provide bodyguard service all over the country and overseas. A private citizen came to us that was concerned for their safety traveling to the area…” — Jack, Staff Member, Asymmetric Solutions…Asymmetric Solutions has posted three additional tweets in an attempt to clarify their mission in the St. Louis, Missouri area while remaining coy about the client identity. The operation is for “escort detail augment for individual”.

href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11053546/Barack-Obama-orders-probe-of-police-use-of-military-hardware.html" target="_blank">Barack Obama orders probe of police use of military hardware  [Yeah, but knowing Obama, he'll keep every last ounce of it.] 

24 Aug 2014 President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into whether it is “appropriate” for the US military to sell battle-grade hardware to local police. The order follows widespread criticism of local authorities’ use of military gear in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Police there met protests with a massive show force – body armor-clad officers perched on armored trucks toting stun grenades and assault rifles – thanks to their access to such US military hardware.

href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/white-house-officials-will-attend-michael-brown-funeral-n187676" target="_blank">White House Officials Will Attend Michael Brown Funeral  

23 Aug 2014 Three White House officials will attend Michael Brown’s funeral Monday on behalf of the Obama administration, a White House official told NBC News. Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster, an advisor to the public engagement office will be at the ceremony for the unarmed teenager who was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on Aug. 9.

The World Socialist Website grossly misses  on race and class: Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri  

21 Aug 2014 [I]n his [Jabbar's] emphasis on the centrality of class, not race, as the basic social division–in Ferguson and in the country as a whole–he is entirely correct.

href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/22/ferguson-s-shameful-legal-shakedown-three-warrants-a-year-per-household.html" target="_blank">Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household  

22 Aug 2014 Three times a month–one day and two nights–the City Council chamber also serves as home to the incredibly busy and extremely profitable Ferguson [Missouri] municipal court. A report  issued just last week by the nonprofit lawyer’s group ArchCity Defenders notes that in the court’s 36 three-hour sessions in 2013, it handled 12,108 cases and 24,532 warrants. That is an average of 1.5 cases and three warrants per Ferguson household. Fines and court fees for the year in this city of just 21,000 people totaled 2,635,400.

Lest we forget: Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops 

 8 Sep 2000 A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test…The U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed.

Lawyers of Marathon Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Ask for Dismissal of Indictment

August 25, 2014 by  
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Gotta go to Russia to get this info….

Tamerlan (Dead) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – Lawyers of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands accused of the bombings in Boston, have filed a motion to dismiss the indictment due to irregularities in the selection of grand juries, the Boston Globe reported.

Defense attorneys are concerned over the manner in which the grand juries were selected in 2011 and 2013. For instance, qualified juries aged 70 years and older often left the college on request.

“Being over age 70, like race, sex, and national origin, is an immutable characteristic – one cannot get younger – and exclusion on the basis of such a characteristic gives rise to the appearance of unfairness,” the lawyers said. They also noted insufficient number of African-Americans in the pool of potential jurors.

In addition, about 5 percent of 400 summonses sent to form a pool of potential jurors trying Tsarnaev’s case have been returned by the postal service as undeliverable. There were no draws from a supplemental group to fill their places, the Boston Globe cited the lawyers as saying.

Three people were killed and over 260 wounded after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 last year. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens, were identified as suspects in the blasts. Tamerlan was killed during the shootout and Dzhokhar was arrested as part of a special (Martial Law) operation on April 19. Dzhokhar faces 30 charges, half of which are punishable by death. On his first public court appearance on July 10, 2013, the suspect pleaded not guilty to all 30 counts.

Cop Kills Unarmed, White Youth – National Media, AG and POTUS Ignore

August 21, 2014 by  
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Racial Division = Order out of Chaos! UNITE against the Police State!

Dillon Taylor

Minutemen News

A brutal natural experiment is underway demonstrating the role of race, riots, and radicals in determining whose death is noted, and whose ignored in racialized America when unarmed young men are shot and killed by police.  While American and world media, along with the President  and Attorney General of the United States,  obsess over the death of Michael Brown at the hands of the Ferguson, Missouri police, few people outside of Utah have heard of the remarkably parallel and contemporaneous death of Dillon Taylor, an unarmed young man (and father-to-be) from a gun shot by a Salt Lake City policeman, whose name has not been released, but who has been identified the SLC chief of police as nonwhite.

Here are the bare facts of the death of Dillon Taylor, via KUTV, Salt Lake:

Dillon Taylor, 20, who is from Salt Lake, was exiting 7-Eleven with his brother and cousin, Adam Thayne, around 7 p.m. on Monday, when Salt Lake City police arrived, responding to a report of a man waving a gun in the area.

The officers ordered the men to the ground. Two of them complied, but Dillon, who police say matched the suspect’s description, did not go down.

“It came in as a 911 call that there was a man with a gun,” said South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Darrin Sweeten. “He was verbally challenged and ultimately was shot.”

Sweeten did not release further details on the shooting….

No one has suggested that Taylor was involved in the commission of any crime, unlike Brown who was captured on surveillance camera robbing a convenience store shortly before his death.

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Texas Gov. Perry Booked on felony charges (Ron Paul Defends)

August 21, 2014 by  
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Did Perry burn down his mansion in Austin and try to frame us? Does he have a slush fund for bribes to / from Corporations? Did he illegally sell TX Toll roads to Cintra (Spain)? Has he covered up illegal Toxic waste dumping deals? Has he ordered or covered up murder? …. Its a long list of abuses, and we have no problem with him going down for this basic abuse of Power!

AUSTIN – (Via USA Today) Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, turned himself in amid the cheers of supporters at the Travis County Courthouse on Tuesday to face two felony counts of abuse of power.

He was not a contrite defendant.

“I believe in the rule of law,” he told the crowd. “We will prevail.”

Perry, a Republican who is considering a run for president in 2016, has vehemently denounced the charges in televised press conferences and through his legal team since being indicted on Friday.

“Like a true Texan, he’s being pushed and he’s pushing back,” said Mark P. Jones, political scientist at Rice University. “He’s making a conscious decision not just to fight this head-on but to utilize the national attention for political gain.”

It’s the first time in nearly 100 years that a Texas governor has been indicted. The last one was Democrat James Ferguson, who was convicted and removed from office for vetoing funding for the University of Texas after objecting to some faculty members.

Perry’s indictment stems from the drunken-driving arrest last year of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was captured on video berating officers following her arrest. She served jail time, underwent counseling and returned to her post.

When she refused Perry’s call to resign, the Republican governor vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the public integrity unit overseen by Lehmberg, a Democrat. A grand jury found sufficient evidence to put Perry on trial on charges that his veto overstepped his legal authority.

The two felony charges carry prison sentences of up to more than 100 years, if convicted.

Perry and his legal team say the charges are politically motivated. They say he legally used his veto to withhold funds from someone unfit for office. Democratic leaders in Texas have called for his resignation, but people around the country have backed him.

Mug Shot

Perry appeared at the courthouse Tuesday dressed in a dark blue suit, powder blue tie and signature dark-rimmed glasses. Supporters in the crowd, who seemed to outnumber his detractors, greeted him with thunderous applause and chants of “Perry! Perry!” as he stepped forward to make a short statement before going inside to be booked. Backers held signs such as “Keep Calm & Veto On” and “Free Perry,” turning the legal procedure into an impromptu pro-Perry rally.

Whereas in previous statements Perry pointed to Lehmberg’s actions as justification for his veto, on Tuesday the governor sought to turn the issue into a constitutional fight over government’s rights.

“This indictment is nothing short of a an attack on the constitutional powers of the office of governor,” he said to loud cheers. “There are important fundamental issues at stake, and I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand.”

Will Hailer, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said Perry overstepped his powers by pushing Lehmberg to resign. His group has called for Perry to step down.

“It’s about coercing a public official and abuse of his power,” he said. “That’s what this is really about.”

But Hailer was outnumbered at the rally, which was overrun by Perry supporters. Amanda Shell, 26, held up a sign that had a picture of the Texas flag next to a heart and “Perry.”

“There’s a lot of Texans supportive of Perry’s decision,” she said. “We feel he did the right thing.”

Perry, who has been governor for 14 years, has worked hard to resurrect his national image after an embarrassing end to his 2012 presidential run, when he momentarily lost his train of thought during a televised debate in the Republican primaries.

How the national scrutiny of this latest legal wrangling affects his 2016 chances remains to be seen. The indictment may actually endear him to Republican voters, who could view the charges against him as political, said Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, an online politics and public policy news site.

“Perry’s completely killing them in the public fight,” he said. “His story is the story being told right now.”

Also:

Maybe Ron Paul knows something we dont? Set up?

Ron Paul defends Rick Perry, calls indictment ‘a joke’

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Ferguson Protests Are About Class, Not Race

August 20, 2014 by  
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We love us some Kareem! Stay away from airplanes for awhile buddy! 

Kareem w/ Bruce Lee in “Game of Death”

The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is not about racism but about class warfare and how poor people are not advancing in America, says basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future,” Abdul-Jabbar says in an op-ed piece for Time magazine.

“Otherwise, all we’re going to get is what we got out of Ferguson: a bunch of politicians and celebrities expressing sympathy and outrage,” he added.

“If we don’t have a specific agenda — a list of exactly what we want to change and how — we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors.”

Abdul-Jabbar said the media’s focus on race in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer plays into a “racial agenda” that “distracts America from the larger issue that the targets of police overreaction are based less on skin color and more on an even worse Ebola-level affliction: being poor.”
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Least Transparent POTUS in History? If you have nothing to hide….

August 20, 2014 by  
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We see you!

So you may trust Obama and the democrats, and don’t care if they hide everything…. Just remember that this course of action, and precedents; will be inherited by the next guy (or old hag). (Bush 3?) If you do not stand up NOW, you will be labeled a hypocrite when you do it later!

 

What do you do if you suspect that the White House is keeping secrets by coordinating with Federal Agencies in order to deny or delay or otherwise obstruct FOIA requests for political purposes?

keeping secrets no

 

About all you can do is file Freedom of Information Act requests for documents or communications related to any such plan or agreement to engage in such coordinated efforts.

For some background here, remember the words of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2009.

He was lying. (allegedly)

Fox News reports that the organization Cause for Action is suing twelve Federal agencies

for allegedly withholding emails and other documents, in the latest episode in which the Obama administration is being challenged over its transparency. 

They want the documents

in order to see whether agencies are being forced to channel basic public-information requests through the White House, so that politically sensitive material can be screened. The group filed the suit Monday in a District of Columbia federal court. 

The lawsuit says the agencies “stonewalled” the organization — and claims the White House is “influencing” their response to record requests. 

“Accountable and transparent government does not involve instructing agencies to send politically sensitive records to the White House for review,” said Dan Epstein, Cause of Action’s executive director. 

One example cited by the group appears to show a five-month-long email exchange between Labor Department and White House lawyers over a request by the conservative Americans for Limited Government — for the 2009 desk calendar of then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. 

While this is not the worst aspect of it, these denials of lawful FOIA requests are very much part of Barack Obama’s war on the First Amendment and on journalists.

The problem here is that the media can’t change anything unless they decide to go to war on the Obama Administration. That’s how they helped de-throne Richard Nixon from the Presidency and nothing less will do here. But they are predominately liberals and Obama is, you know, the One.

So it looks like the false promises and the secrets will continue.
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