(Pre-show promo- last five minutes of Polite Society)
~Coming up in the next hour on ‘Verbal Insurrection’… We’re still looking for a reasonable person who can maintain a civil, logical, and ‘inside voice’ conversation about why they support Trump, but in the meantime, we have volunteers standing by armed with bottles to throw and baseball bats to swing if we go over time on our Trump segment- and it’s not easy to cram all of his ridiculousness into ten minutes.
Super Tuesday has come and gone- there were maybe some surprises, but nothing grand. We’ll touch on that given the time. California is in deep trouble and getting deeper. Well on its way to being as deep in the doo-doo as Venezuela.
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03 March, 2016
Show Notes (My personal comments or questions I want to consider on stories will appear in this color in italics, highlights of stories appear in yellow highlighting)
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Regular News Items
Our first regular news item is not actually the story; the actual story is the fact that I don’t get enough credit for not having been added to the ‘stupid news’ segment for getting busted for creeping around the Hayek property and peaking in windows hoping to catch sight of that beautiful mountainous vista… Where was I? ……Her home is, after all, right here in the town I live in here in Washington State. (Salma Hayek is a devotee of the ‘Ramtha School of Enlightenment’, which is also right here in this town).
SALMA HAYEK COPS SAY NEIGHBOR HAD RIGHT TO SHOOT DOG
2/29/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Salma Hayek‘s beloved dog was shot and killed by a neighbor, TMZ has learned, and cops have closed the case because the dog was trespassing on his property.
As we reported, Salma’s 9-year-old dog, Mozart, was found dead last week at her Washington state ranch.
Cops launched an investigation and tell us Salma’s neighbor confessed to shooting the dog, but there were extenuating circumstances. The neighbor told police he was sick of her dogs coming onto his property and attacking his dogs, which he says happened every time Salma’s caretaker took the pets for a walk.
The neighbor told cops… several of Salma’s dogs were in his garage on the day in question … and he used a pellet gun to scare the animals away. The neighbor said he had no intention of killing any of the animals and cops also believe the pellet gun ordinarily would not be lethal.
Police have closed the investigation since the dogs were on the neighbors property.
Gov. Brown’s Water RestrictionsBackfire, Killing Trees, Raising Taxes, Clogging Sewers
“But no one thinks about the consequences. It really is a double-edged sword.”
I am by no means happy about what is happening in California, but I do glean a certain amount of satisfaction from seeing the short-sighted ‘feel-good’ restrictions have their impact; restrictions that really were not thought out and never had anything to do with the good of the state to begin with, as is often the case. It’s most often about acquiring more governmental control, implementing more bureaucracy, and increasing the dependency of the constituency on the government.
No good deed goes unpunished, especially when it comes to “saving” the environment and battling climate change.
Learning this difficult lesson currently is liberal California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is experiencing a spate of unintended consequences from his sweeping water restrictions in hopes of battling his state’s extreme drought conditions of the last few years. But what has happened as a result of those restrictions is having adverse effects on the environment and the public’s pocket books: foul-smelling air, clogged sewage drains, thousands of dead and dying trees, taxes rising, and utility rates about to go up.
It’s the kind of consequences that University of California at Davis professor George Tchobanoglous says no one thinks about. “It really is a double-edged sword,” he added.
His expertise in civil and environmental engineering has helped him pinpoint a major problem with Gov. Brown, or anyone for that matter, asking citizens to conserve water: the utility systems already in place require higher volumes of water to work efficiently.
“You have solids that you flush and there’s not enough water to carry the material,” Tchobanoglous said. So, not only does the material sit and fester, it also begins to corrode pipes. It’s why, he says, low-flush toilets might be a great idea for saving water but are terrible for flushing waste properly. Most city sewage systems are designed to receive around 120 gallons of wastewater per household per day in order to completely flush out all the sludge. However, under water restrictions in California, city systems are receiving just 50 gallons per household, the professor said.
And surely upsetting the same environmentalists who are applauding Brown’s efforts, Californians are noticing thousands of trees lying dead and dying around their neighborhoods as garden watering by residents, businesses, and local governments has slowed tremendously.
The Washington Post highlighted another University of California researcher who described what he’s seeing around town: browning yards, dead redwoods along the highway and in areas where they can no longer provide shade or better air quality, affecting residents and wildlife.
“I feel sorry for the trees,” he added.
Utility companies are feeling the pinch as well. Now that they are sending less water to customers who are abiding by orders to cut back, they have lost over a half a billion dollars in less than a year, which will soon lead to a rise in rates.
And for another kick in the teeth to citizens, a program designed to give them monetary incentive to change over their lawns to minimal-water landscapes has backfired and the IRS is considering it taxable income. More from WaPo:
As of February, the state doled out $22 million in rebates to homeowners who swapped their grass turf for mulch and less-thirsty plants. The Metropolitan Water District, the state’s largest water supplier to utilities from Los Angeles to San Diego, gave away $340 million.
Partly because of the rebate from the water district, Tina House, a Pasadena resident, had the grass pulled out on the lot of her two-story colonial revival last summer.
“You say $4,400 — oh, that’s a big chunk of change,” House said. “Nowhere did it mention that we can possibly be on the hook for taxes. My gardener said, ‘Okay, we’re going to do this.’ The next day, my girlfriend [who did the same] calls me and says, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to have to pay taxes on this.’”
House said her tax bill from the rebate is $1,400. “They’re being taxed for doing the right thing,” argued Dave Todd, land and water use program manager at the state Department of Water Resources.
Venezuela collapses into food police state; biometric scanning into government database now required to purchase food
(NaturalNews) It was nicknamed the “Fingerprints for Food” program, but it represented a dire new twist in the ongoing struggle for the socialist Venezuelan government to provide basic nourishment and products for its citizens.
As reported by the Miami Herald in May 2014, President Nicolas Maduro ordered the implementation of biometrics to allow the government to track what customers of state-owned grocery stores were purchasing and, perhaps as importantly, how much.
Maduro, the paper reported, said that the measure was necessary to prevent hoarding, and to help keep price-controlled food from being resold at a profit. Even then, food was increasingly in short supply, and that was before global oil prices collapsed due to a glut; Venezuela receives 95 percent of its revenues from oil.
In order to convince hungry Venezuelans to voluntarily register for the program, Food Minister Felix Osorio promised that anyone who signed up and give the government their fingerprints, would be eligible for discounts and prizes.
Military necessary to guard stores
The scheme was not made mandatory when it was first implemented, but critics warned that it would become just another way for the state to keep tabs on its people, and could even serve as a precursor to rationing.
The Herald reported further:
The initiative, called the Superior System for Secure Supplies, comes amid a raft of economic measures rolled out amid anti-government protests that have dragged on for almost two months leaving at least 39 dead on both sides of the political divide.
The program came amid some of the worst inflation suffered by Venezuela at the time (it has only gotten worse since).
“This is a government that attacks the people not only with weapons but with the worst tax: inflation,” Luis Florido, a national officer of the Voluntad Popular opposition party, told the Herald at the time. “The government is creating economic [chaos] for the people of Venezuela.”
In January 2015, NaturalNews reported that food shortages had become so commonplace in Venezuela, that consumers were forced to wait for hours in food lines, with many opting to sleep in line so as not to lose their place.
In addition, Maduro, by then, was also forced to deploy the Venezuelan army to keep peace and ensure social stability at state-run stores.
Bloomberg News also reported:
Inside a Plan Suarez grocery store … in eastern Caracas, shelves were mostly bare. Customers struggled and fought for items at times, with many trying to skip lines. The most sought-after products included detergent, with customers waiting in line for two to three hours to buy a maximum of two bags. A security guard asked that photos of empty shelves not be taken.” [Emphasis added]
By August of last year things had not improved much. As The Wall Street Journal noted, violence permeated the country, punctuated by the torching of a National Guard command post that was set aflame by a “mob infuriated by worsening food shortages.” After they burned the command post they rammed trucks into the smoldering ruins, reducing it to a pile of rubble.
‘It’s a national crisis’
That incident was just one of many throughout the country, mostly brought on by chronic shortages of basic foods, goods and products.
“What’s certain is that we are going very hungry here and the children are suffering a lot,” Maria Palma, a 55-year-old grandmother, told the WSJ. On that day she had awakened at 3 a.m. to go stand in a food store line, which she finally abandoned around noon – empty-handed.
One non-profit group recorded more than 500 instances of violent protests throughout Venezuela, along with 56 instances of looting, and scores of attempted lootings of grocery stores, pharmacies and warehouses – all in the first half of 2015. Even delivery trucks were targeted.
“It’s a national crisis,” Marco Ponce, head of the Venezuela Observatory of Social Conflict, the non-profit group that did the study, told the WSJ.
Norway’s “Hunter Troop”
This is a touchy subject for a variety of reasons. But the main point about having women on SF teams is not as simple as proponents would have you believe.
I personally am not against women operating on SF teams, but only if they are all-female teams. There is a Lot of reasons why I feel this way. The biggest issue I have is integration. Men and women in groups just bond differently, and demanding that one or the other adjust to the demands of the other genders rituals and interactions is dangerous because it will (not CAN) compromise effectiveness of a given team.
Demanding that one or the other just ‘Get over it’ and make adjustments or compromises is foolish in the extreme.
The World’s First All-Female Special Forces
In the spring of 2014, Tora, a 20-year-old living in Norway, received a letter from the armed forces inviting her to try out for Jegertroppen, or the Hunter Troop, a new Special Forces unit and the world’s first all-female military training program. Tora, who had recently graduated from high school and had, out of interest in a military career, visited an armed forces open day, did not hesitate to apply. “I had been waiting for the armed forces to come up with a tougher specialty for girls,” she explained.
Norway, along with Israel, opened combat positions to women in 1985, but only 10 percent of its soldiers are female. Before 1985, women served only in support functions such as medics and engineers. For special operations, the number of female members is still zero: the country’s Special Forces is open to women, but few had applied and none had passed the admissions test. The lack of women has limited the Special Forces’ effectiveness in international operations. “In Afghanistan, one of our big challenges was that we would enter houses and not be able to speak to the women,” explained Captain Ole Vidar Krogsaeter, an officer with Norway’s Special Forces Operations. “In urban warfare, you have to be able to interact with women as well. Adding female soldiers was an operational need.”
COURTESY NORWEGIAN SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND (FSK)
COURTESY NORWEGIAN SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND (FSK)
Technological advances in weaponry are partly to blame for the low participation rate among women. “Soldiers carry more weight now than during the Vietnam War, primarily because their protective gear is heavier,” Colonel Linda Sheimo, the chief of the U.S. Army Command Policy Division and the former chair of the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives, told me. In Afghanistan, for example, U.S. infantry soldiers typically carry 70 to 100 pounds of gear and equipment, much of which is lifesaving body armor. A decade ago, the U.S. Marine Corps, after noticing the large number of pelvic fractures suffered by women in its officer candidate school, calculated that the average female officer cadetwas being asked to carry 58 percent of her body weight, compared with 40 percent for the average male cadet. And a study released by the Marine Corps last year reported that when negotiating over walls, “male Marines threw their packs to the top of the wall, whereas female Marines required regular assistance in getting their packs to the top.”
It’s no surprise, then, that of the women who join the military in Norway and other countries whose armed forces are now fully gender-integrated, so few are combat troops. For its part, Jegertroppen has pushed for a different admissions process for female candidates. Of the 317 women who applied for Jegertroppen’s initial class, only 88 (including Tora) passed the admissions test. After the exam, its members endured a grueling 10-month-long training in urban combat, counterterrorism operations, survival skills, and operations behind enemy lines.
Although the Special Forces Command has made some concessions—Jegertroppen members carry 60-pound backpacks instead of the 88-pound ones male Special Forces carry—the women face physical demands similar to those required of male Special Forces soldiers. For example, Tora and her Jegertroppen teammates had to operate for days without a meal. “We learned that we were capable of more than we thought,” Tora said. “It was really exciting to have to survive without food.”
Only 13 trainees made it to the end of Jegertroppen’s yearlong course, with most of them having failed or left voluntarily. But the high dropout rate is not unusual. According to the armed forces, the male Special Forces units have a similar attrition rate.
So far, Jegertroppen’s soldiers have excelled individually and as a team. “They work extremely systematically and conscientiously, and as a result they often get things done faster than male soldiers,” said Reichelt. “If that’s related to nature or nurture is hard to tell, but it’s the outcome.”
Tora agreed. “Everyone contributed. When I hit the wall, the others helped, and I did the same for them.”
Colonel Frode Kristoffersen, commander of the Special Forces, pointed out that Jegertroppen’s soldiers excelled in particular areas. They displayed superior shooting and observational skills, for example. Jegertroppen, initially a one-year pilot program, is likely to be extended for another three years.
Low female participation rates in the military are common throughout the developed world. As in Norway, female soldiers and officers account for only around 10 to 15 percent of troops worldwide. Part of that has to do with the fact that in many countries, women are (or were until recently) barred from taking combat roles. Sweden and Canada, for example, opened all military positions to women in 1989 (although Canada kept submarine warfare all male for another 11 years). Germany and New Zealand followed suit in 2001. This year, the United Kingdom will lift all remaining restrictions on female soldiers. So will the United States, a move announced by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last December. But Carter acknowledged that removing barriers isn’t enough to increase the proportion of women in the U.S. Armed Forces, which is currently at 15 percent. “Thus far, we’ve only seen small numbers of women qualify to meet our high physical standards,” he said. “Going forward, we shouldn’t be surprised if these small numbers are also reflected in areas like recruitment, voluntary assignment, retention.” According to a 2010 survey by the U.K. Ministry of Defence, 3.8 percent of Canadian combat troops are women; in France, the figure is only 1.7 percent. In Norway, a 2014 report by the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, the armed forces’ science and technology body found that 13 percent of female soldiers between 20 and 24 left the military, while less than eight percent of their male contemporaries did. This makes Jegertroppen’s attrition rate seem all the more groundbreaking.
But as conflicts change, the physical differences between men and women should matter less, and in fact, female participation will be more important. “Especially in a counterinsurgency setting, we need female soldiers because they can interact with women,” explained Kristoffersen. In Afghanistan, U.S. Special Forces soldiers borrowed women from regular forces to form a “cultural support team” to interact with women. Several cultural support team members report that some Special Forces units sidelined them, while others allowed them to participate in combat. But even in the latter case, unlike in Jegertroppen, they were not full-fledged special operations soldiers. Meanwhile, Sweden formed an all-female military observer team to interact with the female population. The Swedish team consisted of only three members, who lacked a clear mandate or operational experience. Not surprisingly, the team was quietly shelved.
A number of countries have also tried to increase female troop rates by dispatching their military staff to trainings provided by the Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations outside Stockholm, an organization that provides expertise and training on gender-related military issues to a number of international groups, including NATO. In 2008, the Dutch Ministry of Defense approved the use of a military “gender checklist” to understand the gender-related aspects of an operation and whether using female soldiers would lead to a better outcome.
COURTESY NORWEGIAN SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND (FSK)
In spite of these efforts, female troop rates have remained low. That is why some nations are looking to Norway, which is a pioneer when it comes to testing military practices. Sweden is now considering conscription for women as well as men, and U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh has said that with all armed forces positions open to women, women should also have to register for the draft. Other countries’ armed forces have already contacted Kristoffersen about Jegertroppen, including commanders at the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida.
To be sure, only time will tell whether Jegertroppen’s relative recruiting and training success with all-female units will translate to mixed-gender combat. “There’s a risk of all-female units being considered second-rate, but if Jegertroppen gets a large number of applicants, it’s a sign that combat units’ tasks are not the main reason keeping women away,” said Robert Egnell, a Swedish military scholar currently based at Georgetown University. So far, the applicants for Jegertroppen’s second class scored higher on average than the first, and there are now 15 of them in training.
The female soldiers of Jegertroppen may soon get the chance to prove themselves on the ground. Norway’s Special Forces are still in Afghanistan, staying on as military trainers. As graduates of Jegertroppen, Tora and her fellow operatives could be deployed at any minute. For her part, Tora now serves as Jegertroppen’s first female instructor. Her goal is simple. “I want the new girls to beat us, the first class, in every area,” she said.
What’s The Difference Between The Louisiana Caucus And The Louisiana Primary?
I’m reallyjust a talking head, so I’m going to happily defer to Angela to explain whay this is important.
The LAGOP has made this presidential election complicated, once again. Before this election, Louisiana allocated half of its delegates in a primary and half of its delegates in a caucus. The caucus used to be a pretty decent fundraiser for the LAGOP.
However, that was changed starting this year because the convention floor fights that resulted from the caucus in particular sometimes got ugly. In 2012, Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary while at the same time Ron Paul won the Louisiana caucus. The Paul supporters were very aggressive and organized compared to their rivals and were able to exploit the caucus. The Paul delegates then had a floor fight with the LAGOP over rules and were essentially stripped of their delegates and “uncommitted” delegates were sent instead. It was a farce.
So the state party kept the caucus, but bound all of Louisiana’s delegates in the primary. People keep messaging me and asking me the difference between the two.
Here are the differences:
Tuesday night is the Louisiana caucus. You can find your caucus site here, which is not your regular polling station. The Louisiana caucus is where LAGOP voters decide who is the delegates for each candidate in each Congressional district. You’re allowed to pick one candidate and you may vote for up to 6 people in your CD. Who the actual delegates are for each candidate will be decided at the LAGOP convention on March 12 in Baton Rouge. Presidential candidates will not win a single delegate on Tuesday night.
Saturday is the Louisiana primary. You vote at your regular polling station for your preferred presidential candidate. This is the election that actually counts. All of Louisiana’s delegates will be allocated on Saturday night.
For the rules on how delegates are allocated in the Louisiana primary, see here.
All the Louisiana caucus decides are who the delegates representing each candidate are. The Louisiana primary will decide how many pledged delegates each presidential candidate will get for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
DOJ grants immunity to former State Dept staffer in Clinton email probe
Published March 03, 2016
Report: Ex-Clinton staffer granted immunity in email probe
The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, Fox News has confirmed.
The Washington Post, quoting a senior law enforcement official, first reported that the FBI secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the private server at her New York home in 2009.
Current and former agents told the newspaper that agents will likely want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails as part of the ongoing investigation.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called the latest developments on the Clinton investigation “ominous” in an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File,” and that it meant the process was moving to “a whole other level.”
“That suggests the legal jeopardy is getting greater and greater,” he said Wednesday.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in an interview with Fox News that the Justice Department has no deadline for concluding the Clinton email investigation and that it’s being handled “like any other review,” even with the presidential election just months away.
Lynch said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the investigation is being handled by the agency’s “career independent lawyers” and that they will “review the facts and the evidence and make a determination in due course.”
Lynch, nominated by President Obama to the attorney general post in 2014, also said the agency would look “efficiently, fairly, thoroughly, without any kind of artificial deadline” into whether Clinton broke any laws as secretary of state by using a private email server for official communications.
Lynch was steadfast in declining to discuss specifics about the Clinton case — including whether Clinton has been interviewed, if a grand jury had been convened, which departments within the agency are involved and whether she would ultimately decide whether the case will go forward.
“We handle it in the same way, and that’s what I’d like to convey to the American people,” she said. “We owe it to the citizens and we owe it to anybody who may be involved in the matter.”
She also declined to comment on Clinton’s then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills maintaining her top secret security clearance despite sending information that’s now being classified to the Clinton Foundation.
And now, the segment you’ve all been hoping we’d avoid! Are the volunteers ready with the bottles and baseball bats?
Donald Trump Secretly Told The New York Times What He Really Thinks About Immigration
The details? Release the transcript. UPDATE: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have called on Trump to ask for the tape to be released.
Originally posted on Feb. 29, 2016, at 10:55 a.m.Updated on Feb. 29, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Michael B. Thomas / AFP / Getty Images
The New York Times is sitting on an audio recording that some of its staff believes could deal a serious blow to Donald Trump, who, in an off-the-record meeting with the newspaper, called into question whether he would stand by his own immigration views.
Trump visited the paper’s Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 5, as part of a round of editorial board meetings that — as is traditional — the Democratic candidates for president and some of the Republicans attended. The meetings, conducted partly on the record and partly off the record in a 13th-floor conference room, give candidates a chance to make their pitch for the paper’s endorsement.
After a dispute over Trump’s suggestion of tariffs on Chinese goods, the Timesreleased a portion of the recording. But that was from the on-the-record part of the session.
On Saturday, columnist Gail Collins, one of the attendees at the meeting (which also included editor-in-chief Dean Baquet), floated a bit of speculation in her column:
The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.
Sources familiar with the recording and transcript — which have reached near-mythical status at the Times — tell me that the second sentence is a bit more than speculation. It reflects, instead, something Trump said about the flexibility of his hardline anti-immigration stance.
So what exactly did Trump say about immigration, about deportations, about the wall? Did he abandon a core promise of his campaign in a private conversation with liberal power brokers in New York?
I wasn’t able to obtain the recording, or the transcript, and don’t know exactly what Trump said. Neither Baquet, Collins, nor various editorial board members I reached would comment on an off-the-record conversation, which the Times essentially said it cannot release without approval from Trump, given the nature of the off-the-record agreement.
Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal told me he would not comment “on what was off the record at our meeting with him.”
“If [Trump] wants to call up and ask us to release this transcript, he’s free to do that and then we can decide what we would do,” Rosenthal said.
Trump, whose spokeswoman didn’t respond immediately to an email, can resolve this mystery: He can ask the Times to release the tape. Will he?
Trump Jr. On Dad Degrading Women On Stern: “He’s Allowed To Have A Personality”
“When he gets with Howard Stern, who’s a friend of his, he’ll joke around, because it’s a comedy show.”
posted on Mar. 2, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
BuzzFeed News Reporter
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Donald Trump Jr. says his father’s degrading comments towards women on theHoward Stern Show were not misogynistic, but just jokes his father was sharing with a friend.
BuzzFeed News reviewed hours of audio of Trump on Stern’s program. In several appearances, the businessman ranked, rate, and degraded women, notably Princess Diana and the cast of Desperate Housewives.
“People talk, ‘oh your father’s a misogynist look what he said about women,’ like, on Howard Stern. When he gets with Howard Stern, who’s a friend of his, he’ll joke around, because it’s a comedy show,” Trump Jr. told Kilmeade and Friends. “He’s allowed to have a personality. He will.”
To counter claims his father was a sexist, Trump Jr. cited his dad hiring a woman to head up construction of Trump Tower.
“My father in 1982, Trump Tower, the head of construction was a woman, in 1982,” said Trump Jr.
That woman, Barbara Res, wrote a column for the New York Daily News titled “Donald Trump, my boss: The billionaire developer gave women like me a chance, but he also leered at attractive employees and only let the prettiest secretaries greet guests and serve coffee.”
In her op-ed, Res made the case Trump would hire women over men if merit required it, but noted Trump denigrated women, even in front of her.
“He leered at attractive female employees,” she wrote. “Yet I would call him more of a womanizer than a sexist, sort of like Bill Clinton. Trump says he loves women and I suspect he does, in his own way. But his public denigration of women and his association with objectifying activities like Playboy and pageants have the overall effect of blunting any assertion that he is not sexist, regardless of how many women Trump has hired.”
EDITORIALS TO DISCUSS
Chess champ Gary Kasparov: “I’m enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism”
By Nick Sorrentino on March 3, 2016
Indeed. Socialism is a siren song. Come to me. Socialism is freedom. Socialism is justice. Socialism is prosperity. And then, over and over the intoxicated socialist finds himself or herself prostrate on the rocks of reality. Economic winds lashing their eyes. Waves of political dysfunction washing over them. The nomenklatura picking at their liver.
But the song was so beautiful!
To use another analogy, in the movie Dr. Zhivago* there is a scene where the young doctor looks through the lens of his microscope at a squirming bacteria and remarks to his mentor on how beautiful the bacteria is.
“Beautiful things can do terrible things to people.”
The older doctor’s warning applied both to Zhivago’s love interest and to the rising socialist sentiment in Moscow.
Below what Kasparov has to say on socialism.
The last question Kasparov poses is a vital one. Who will be America’s America if we continue to let big government take over our lives and the economy. Who will create? Who will innovate? Socialism does not encourage creativity and innovation.
The Right Kind of Class Warfare: Workers vs. Looters
February 14, 2016 by Dan Mitchell
Over the years, I’ve latched on to several images that do a very good job of capturing the essence of an issue.
Here are some of my favorites.
- The philoso-raptor explaining supply-side economics.
- The apple tree and the downside of double taxation.
- In the same vein, the double taxation flowchart.
- America’s sprawling and Byzantine welfare state.
- The U.S. population pyramid becoming a cylinder.
- Pizza slices and the inequality paradox.
Now I have a new addition to the list.
Here’s an image a reader shared with me and it’s the perfect way to explain why the Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the class warriors are wrong.
The problem isn’t rich people. It’s looters and moochers, regardless of their income.
What makes this image so helpful is that it’s true. If you look at the “right enemy” part of the image, the rich in the red zone are the cronyists who get Ex-Im subsidies, the Wall Street crowd that fed at the TARP trough, and other well-connected folks (like Warren Buffett) who use government coercion to line their pockets.
What we have is basically the visual that I would have liked to include in my 2011 column that discussed the “good rich” and the “bad rich.” When debating those who are motivated by class warfare, I’m defending the rich in the white zone, but it would be helpful to have a way of distinguishing between the worthy and unworthy people with money.
And the same is true for the non-rich. Most of them are good and decent folks earning an honest living and they belong in the white zone. But there are also some non-rich people who rely on government coercion. They could be overpaid government bureaucrats. They could be folks scamming the food stamp programor fraudsters bilking the EITC.
P.S. For what it’s worth, I suspect that more than 50 percent of the folks in Washington belong in the red zone.
Being a Leftist Means never having to Say You’re Sorry (3 of 5)
Story can be found on floppingaces.net
By Brother Bob
What may be the most appealing thing about being a leftist is that you can never be wrong – ever. As we learned from our last post, leftist ideas never fail because their only objective is to make leftists feel good about themselves.
If their ideas appear to fail, it is always someone else’s fault – greedy businesses, obstinate Republicans, racist Americans, etc. It never even enters the thought process that when a leftist idea fails it’s becasue their ideas might not have been good to begin with. As The Bookworm puts it,
“Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.” Now that’s not to say every leftist is an idiot (although looking at who they vote for in presidential elections raises questions), and not every person on the right is a genius. On our side I’ve noticed it more in the Ronulan strains, many of whom I have a feeling have migrated into the Trump camp.
In a world where consequences are completely irrelevant it’s no surprise that the policies favored by the Radical Left produce the results that they do. National Review’s Mona Charen looks at a favorite jobs program for teachers’ unions expecting a return on their investment in radical politicians, that being the behemoth known asHead Start:
“The point of Head Start is the promise that it offers poor children a leg up and prepares them for school. It would be nice if it worked, but it doesn’t. It does provide jobs for teachers and federally subsidized day care. But taxpayers have spent $180 billion since 1965 for a program that fails to achieve its objectives.”
American Thinker’s Tom Trinko makes some great points about how the left’s love for drugs have consequences that they’d prefer to ignore:
Mexico is turning into a cesspool of violence and corruption because Americans want their drugs and they don’t care who suffers.
The river of drug money also leads to the corruption of the police that in turn causes the very sort of police misconduct that liberals excoriate.
However, liberals tend to be people who eschew personal responsibility so they fail to see the connection between their giving money to criminal organizations and the violent acts of those cartels.
If liberals were to admit to themselves that the average cop is a decent person who tries to treat people fairly, they’d have to confront the fact that it’s a liberal’s choice to break the law that makes liberals fear the police. Sadly, liberal DNA just doesn’t include accepting responsibility for one’s actions so they continue to blame others for the consequences of their drug use, including their fear of police.
Back to NRO, Kevin D. Williamson points out how lack of thinking through the details and demagoguing Obamacare as a completely emotional issue guaranteed its failure:
Obamacare’s partisans were confronted with the economic facts long before the law was even passed, and their answer was: “Never mind the economics, we’re the good guys, and you want poor people to die.” Democrats argued that Republicans literally wanted to kill poor people, that their plan was for the poor to “die quickly.” This is a habitual mode of discourse among progressives: Reality doesn’t matter; only the purity of Democrats’ motives matters. Obamacare is what it is: Another damned five-year plan based on wishful thinking and very little else. The fact is that Obamacare has fallen apart without Republicans’ dismantling it.
Of course, while the White House has no problem fear-mongering over the cost costs of repealing their toxic signature law, its not like they have any backup plan if Obamacare fails. Actual plans and real world solutions are for grown-ups, aka “somebody else”.
Another example of policies of the Radical Left having the exact opposite effect of what they supposedly stand for is the Black Lives matter movement. NRO’s David French provides the numbers that show how #BLM is wrong about police shooting stats, while City Journal’s Heather MacDonald breaks down how #BLM is in denial aboutinner city crime. But most disturbing part of the movement comes from the study by Accuracy in Media’s James Simpson, showing how the radicals who’ve seized control of the Democratic party are getting black lives ended to exploit a voting bloc that will help them advance their extremist agenda:
Many members of the black community would be shocked to learn that the intellectual godfathers of this movement are mostly white Communists, “queers” and leftist Democrats, intent on making blacks into cannon fodder for the revolution.
Two other examples come to mind, showing how history repeats itself. Forty years ago, in the aftermath of the Radical Left’s efforts to lose Vietnam, we saw the refugees, aka “The Boat People”. As much as I hate to broadly generalize an entire people as lefties like to do, the fact that the Vietnamese weathered armed troops coming through their villages, bombs, and napalm, but ran for their lives when faced with heavily armed socialists says a great deal about both their bravery and intelligence. Today we’ve watched Democrats Hell-bent on turning the victory in Iraq into chaos out of their spite against George W. Bush lead to the rise of ISIS. Of course, to a leftist when this could have been avoided by our president not screwing up a simple Status of Forces Agreement, naturally ISIS is the fault of… Bush.
Of course, since the virtue or malice of an action has nothing to do with the action itself but how well the person committing teh act is liked by the Radical Left, Jon Gabriel was kind enough to draw up this handy reference chart for members of the media when discussing gun violence:
Most useful! Even more useful, Victor Davis Hanson offers some commandments for the Radical left to follow were they to actually believe their horse hockey:
…each liberal should pledge, “I will put at least one of my children in an inner-city public school, or in a school where the white enrollment is in a minority.
The university is a bastion of liberalism and therefore must reflect such progressive values. “I pledge to support no university whose rate of increase in annual tuition exceeds the rate of inflation or that pays different wages to different categories of professor for the exact same class taught.” Why not boycott Harvard or Berkeley, given that their part-time policies make Wal-Mart’s look enlightened?
Read the whole thing. As this chapter draws to a close, check out the write-up at Townhall that John Hawkins did, The Unspoken Rules for being a Liberal. You’ll want to read the whole thing, and here’s a taste of two that are most relevant to this series:
1) You justify your beliefs about yourself by your status as a liberal, not your deeds. The most sexist liberal can think of himself as a feminist while the greediest liberal can think of himself as generous. This is because liberals define themselves as being compassionate, open minded, kind, pro-science and intelligent not based on their actions or achievements, but based on their ideology. This is one of the most psychologically appealing aspects of liberalism because it allows you to be an awful person while still thinking of yourself as better than everyone else.
12) Tribal affiliation is more important than individual action: There’s one set of rules for members of the tribe and one set of rules for everyone else. Lying, breaking the rules, or fomenting hatred against a liberal in good standing may be out of bounds, but there are no rules when dealing with outsiders, who are viewed either as potential recruits, dupes to be tricked, or foes to be defeated. This is the same backwards mentality you see in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, except it’s based on ideology, not religion.
This leads to my final story, courtesy of Nirak Chokshi of The Washington Post. I don’t even need to excerpt any of the story, as the headline alone gives a perfect summary: German sexual assaults lead to ‘I told you so’ claims on Muslim immigrants in U.S. The article reads exactly as you would expect. And the retort is easy:
“Maybe if you had the two brain cells to understand that bringing in large numbers of men from a culture that treats women like property you would have understood this would happen. As for the ‘I told you so’, if you had anything resembling a conscience and had the slightest capability of introspection you would acknowledge that you were horribly wrong and wouldn’t need the rest of us to beat you over the head with reality!”
Sorry for the heated response, but I get really annoyed at the pro-rape enablers from the Radical Left. And that story is a perfect bridge to our next installment:
News of the Stupid
Disclaimer: We collect these ‘News of the Stupid’ stories from the internet and local news sources and we vet them to the best of our ability, but keep in mind that one or two of them might not actually have occurred. In fact, we’d like to hear from YOU regarding what stories might be questionable or, if you happen to know for sure, what stories are red herrings.
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I’m not sure if tonight we have more people being stupid or more people just behaving badly.
Where would we be if we couldn’t start this segment with what seems to be a major trending thing in the U.S.? Funny how a lot of it seems to be happening in the Northeast, though…
PD: Man masturbated in car where Girl Scouts were selling cookies
Posted: Feb 29, 2016 5:43 PM PSTUpdated: Feb 29, 2016 7:25 PM PST
By Kaitlyn Naples
Alexander Gailunas (Avon Police)
AVON, CT (WFSB) –
Avon police arrested a 23-year-old man on Sunday after he was allegedly masturbating in a Walmart parking lot.
Police said Alexander Gailunas reportedly parked his car near the main entrance of the Walmart at about 10 a.m. on Sunday, where five 10-year-old girls selling Girl Scouts cookies were standing.
Gailunas was allegedly masturbating inside of his vehicle. Police said an eyewitness called them to report the inappropriate activity.
According to court documents, the last known address for Gailunas is in Winsted.
Nina Duggal said she is upset something like this happened in her community and she said she doesn’t want to see the Girl Scouts lose their selling spot.
“I think they should be here, it’s a public place. But I don’t think it’s right for someone to infringe upon what they want to do,” she said, adding that maybe there should be some increased security in the area.
Gailunas was charged with public indecency, risk of injury to a minor, operating a motor vehicle under suspension, and possession of marijuana.
He was held on a $10,000 bond and appeared in court on Monday.
The Girl Scouts website says there are more appointments set for the troop to sell at that location this Friday and Saturday.
New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality
by: Ben Lawson Updated: Feb 25, 2016 – 11:52 PM
Ohio spends a quarter of a million dollars each year tracking down businesses that have failed to pay up their sales tax. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
There’s an app on the way that helps you split up the dinner bill with some adjustments for race and gender income inequalities.
The app, called Equipay, is essentially a satirical statement about income gaps in the U.S. For instance, when using the app, women would only pay 78 cents for every $1 men pay of the bill.
If a person disagrees with their share of the bill, they can click “protest” on the app, at which point it will provide the user with statistics about the wage gap.
The app started as a joke for Cultivated Wit’s Comedy Hack Day, but now the comedians behind it say they do plan to release an app along with a commercial.
Ohio Driver Arrested For Empty Hidden Car Compartment
Descent Into Tyranny, Featured, Surveillance
February 24, 2016
Norman Gurley, 30, is facing drug-related charges in Lorain County, Ohio, despite the fact that state troopers did not actually find any drugs in his possession.
Ohio passed a law in 2012 making it a felony to alter a vehicle to add a secret compartment with the “intent” of using it to conceal drugs for trafficking.
Gurley is the first actual person arrested under the law. WKYC in Northeast Ohio covered the arrest, with no notable journalistic skepticism whatsoever:
They pulled over the driver for speeding, but then troopers noticed several wires running to the back of the car.
Those wires then led them directly to a hidden compartment.
Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday state troopers made the arrest under the law, which is meant to combat criminals who modify the inside of their car, allowing them to store drugs or weapons inside secret compartments, which can often only be accessed electronically.
They just noticed some wires, did they? Just while in the process of handing Gurley a speeding ticket, they noticed the wires?
They did not, however, find any drugs, which means they’re arresting Gurley for the crime of an empty space:
Troopers arrested 30-year-old Norman Gurley, who didn’t even have any drugs on him, but it didn’t matter, because in Ohio, just driving a “trap” car is now a felony.
“Without the hidden compartment law, we would not have had any charges on the suspect,” says Combs.
But because of this law, one more “trap car” is now off Northeast Ohio roads.
“We apparently caught them between runs, so to speak, so this takes away one tool they have in their illegal trade. The law does help us and is on our side,” says Combs.
Combs’ claim is not challenged by the news station at all.
The law says it’s only a crime if the hidden compartment is added with the “intent” to conceal drugs, but it also outlaws anybody who has been convicted of felony aggravated drug trafficking laws from operating any vehicle with hidden compartments. The ACLU of Ohio warned against the new legislation:
The ACLU of Ohio believes SB 305 is an unnecessary and unproductive expansion of law. Drug trafficking is already prohibited under Ohio law, so there is no use for shifting the focus to the container. Further by focusing on the container itself, this bill criminalizes a person with prior felony drug trafficking convictions simply for driving a car with a hidden compartment, regardless of whether or not drugs or even drug residue are present.
Given this is the first arrest, you have to wonder how the courts might view a law making it a felony to alter a person’s own property for reasons that have nothing to do with actual public safety. Maybe we’ll see.
As for the car itself, the Institute for Justice’s 2010 “Policing for Profit” report calculated that law enforcement officials in the state have collected more than $80 million in shared proceeds from asset forfeiture funds. Oh, and the hidden compartment law exempts vehicles being operated by law enforcement officers, so if state troopers can come up with an excuse to use the ride they just grabbed, they may be able to keep it for themselves.
Man accidentally kills himself while taking photos with gun
- By Skagit Valley Herald staff Mar 2, 2016
From up here in the state of Washington… Darwin is hard at work.
A 43-year-old Concrete man died Sunday after accidentally shooting himself in the face with what he thought was an unloaded gun.
The man and his girlfriend were at a residence in the 46000 block of Baker Loop Road taking photos of themselves with the gun when the incident occurred, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Patrol Chad Clark said.
The girlfriend reported that the pair had done this several times during the day, with the man apparently removing the bullets and then reloading the gun multiple times.
After the last time, however, a bullet apparently remained in the gun, Clark said.
South Carolina Teacher Accused of Contributing to Delinquency of Minor After Student Steals Phone and Discovers Nude Photos
Just one more reason why doing this is one of the most STUPID things you can do. STOP TAKING NUDE SHOTS OF YOURSELF on media that can be compromised in ANY way!
A South Carolina school teacher is accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after one of her students stole her phone, discovered nude photos and shared them with other students.
Leigh Anne Arthur, who said she had taken the nude photos for her husband as a Valentine’s Day present, was forced to resign.
She was escorted off school property.
The superintendent said Arthur was at fault for not having a passcode on her phone.
Meanwhile, the student, a 16-year-old boy, is still attending school.
Arthur is considering filing charges against the student.
According to WSPA:
A Union County High school teacher has resigned after a student stole personal pictures off her cell phone.
Leigh Anne Arthur says one of her students took the pictures while she was out of the classroom and distributed it to other students.
Arthur has been a teacher in Union county for over 13 years, but that came to an end two weeks ago.
“He opened up my gallery for my pictures and he found inappropriate pictures of myself and he took pictures from his cell phone of that and then he told the whole class that he would send them to whoever wanted them,” says Arthur.
Arthur says the student warned her that something bad was coming.
“The student who actually took my phone and took pictures turned around and told me your day of reckoning is coming,” says Arthur.
Superintendent David Eubanks says the school has concern that Arthur could be contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Arthur said the student violated school policy and should be expelled, but that has not happened in the two weeks since the incident.
However, she found four 5 x 7 printouts of the nude photos in her home mailbox with a handwritten message on the back of one of the photos, but she did not reveal what it said.
Meanwhile, parents and students are circulating a petition for the district to rehire her, generating at least 1,200 signatures so far.
But Arthur is not sure she wants to return. And with a superintendent like that, who would want to return?
Man brings car to repair shop, gets busted when mechanics find drugs
Posted: Mar 03, 2016 4:45 AM PSTUpdated: Mar 03, 2016 4:45 AM PST
By Rob Polansky
Kevlon Hutchings. (Branford police photo)
BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) –
Police in Branford said mechanics discovered a large amount of drugs secured to the undercarriage of a customer’s vehicle.
That led them to arrest 33-year-old Kevlon Hutchings of New Haven.
Police said Hutchings brought his car to Brandfon Honda on West Main Street Wednesday. It was supposed to be a simple service appointment.
However, when mechanics put the car on the lift, a case broke and the drugs fell out.
Hutchings was said to have been waiting for his car to be serviced when Branford detectives took him into custody.
They said he had 15 grams of powder cocaine, 15 grams of crack cocaine, one capsule of “molly” and drug packaging material. He also had $1,776 in cash which they called consistent with drug transactions.
Hutchings was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession within 1,500 feet of a school.
Police said he posted a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to face a judge on March 15.
Barrington High School apologizes for skit portraying slave auction
What’s stupid for me on this is not what the kids did, but the reaction to it…
Some parents expressed outrage after two Barrington High School students staged a skit about a slave auction. Feb. 28, 2016. (CBS Chicago)
Barrington High School has issued an apology after students at a convention on Greek and Roman culture staged a skit about a slave auction.
The students were attending the Illinois Junior Classical League Convention at the Westin Hotel in Itasca. A parent took a cellphone video of the skit, in which a student portrayed a slave in chains being sold.
“The Barrington School District offers sincere apologies to those offended by a skit our high school Latin students conducted at the Illinois Junior Classical Convention in Itasca this weekend,” the school said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
Morgan Delack, spokeswoman for Barrington School District 220, said the 45-second skit was “meant to be an introduction of students depicting slavery in ancient Rome.”
“Clearly, it did not come off as humorous, but there was no maliciousness or cultural insensitivity intended,” Delack said. “I think the group of students understood that some people were offended.”
Delack said the Latin teacher who was in charge of the students, Chris Condrad, publicly apologized at the convention before it was over.
She said Condrad did not review the skit before his students performed it.
Delack said she didn’t think Condrad nor his students would be disciplined. Condrad did have a conversation about the incident with Principal Steve McWilliams, Delack said.
Condrad did not return a call or email seeking comment. Delack said the teacher would not be commenting on the matter.
“This is a teachable moment and now these students can reflect back on their actions and learn from it,” Delack said.
According to the school district’s website, Condrad has been teaching at Barrington High School for 13 years.
The Illinois Junior Classical League Convention says on its website that its purpose “is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.”
Correct me if I’m wrong on this, but isn’t slavery part of the History of the world? Does ignoring or covering up that history help to keep future generations informed of the evils of it?
Las Cruces man breaks into store for cigarettes, leaves cash
BY TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST 2016
Addiction is an ugly thing… Cigarettes are apparently up to $800 a pack right now.
Photos of Ellis Battista courtesy of the Las Cruces Police Department.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man is accused of breaking into a convenience store to take a pack of cigarettes, but making sure to pay for them.
Police say 24-year-old Ellis Battista is facing a charge of breaking and entering, which is a fourth-degree felony.
They say Battista went to purchase a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but the business was closed.
Surveillance cameras show Battista pounding on the store’s front door several times and kicking and breaking the door’s lower panel.
Police say Battista went into the store, selected a pack of cigarettes and then ensured cameras captured images of him leaving $6.
A witness called 911 and police say they located and arrested Battista. Damage to the store’s front door is estimated at $800.
After Birthday Celebration
Melanie Roberts, 50, accused of robbing her own limo driver at gunpoint.
(Courtesy of Willimantic Police)
A Willimantic woman rented a limo to celebrate her birthday and robbed the driver, police said.
WILLIMANTIC — A drunk woman upset about the limo charge for her 50th birthday celebration ended up robbing the driver at gunpoint, police said Monday.
The driver was not injured, police said, and the woman was arrested.
Melanie Roberts of 513 Jackson St. in Willimantic was charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, second-degree threatening, breach of peace and carrying firearm while under the influence.
Police set her bail at $100,000, which she posted at Superior Court in Danielson, a court clerk said Monday afternoon. Her next court date was scheduled for March 18.
Roberts turned 50 on Feb. 15 and was belatedly celebrating the birthday by traveling to New York City with her friends, Cpl. Stanley F. Parizo said.
According to Parizo, Roberts was the last person to be dropped off after the trip and began arguing with the driver over the amount she owed. She removed the keys from the limo and ran to her nearby home, where she got a 9mm pistol, he said.
She returned minutes later and threatened to “shoot out” the tires of the limousine, Parizo said. She also reached inside the limo and removed the GPS and a clipboard with money — and the signed contract — attached to it.
The limo driver called 911 early Monday, just after midnight, and told officers he had been robbed in a parking lot off of Jackson Street.
Police detained her in the parking lot and arrested her.
“Anytime you mix alcohol, heightened emotions and a firearm … things can turn sideways,” Parizo said. “We were fortunate that no one was injured and that no shots were fired.”
According to the Secretary’s of State’s office, Roberts runs a business called Inspiring Independence LLC from her home.
Thief walks off with SF home’s surveillance system
Updated 8:54 am, Sunday, February 28, 2016
Photo: Jacom Stephens, Getty Image
The campus of West Valley College was reportedly evacuated due to a bomb threat Tuesday. less
While they’re usually meant to deter crime, a surveillance system attracted a burglar who swiped it from a San Franciso home Thursday evening, police said.
A surveillance system was stolen from a residence in the 1100 block of Taylor Street after simply walking through a garage door that was left wide open, police said.
The 59-year-old homeowner’s son left the garage door open before going upstairs and when they returned, a computer tablet, charging wires, calculator and the home’s surveillance system were stolen, police said.
West Boca man accused of faking disappearance at sea indicted by grand jury
The search for Ohrn started when operators of a passing yacht spotted an empty 19-foot fishing boat adrift off the coast of Boynton Beach, according to a sheriff’s missing person report.
A West Boca man who surfaced in Georgia after going missing at sea now faces charges.
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Nearly a year after authorities say West Boca banker Richard Ohrn faked getting lost at sea, he now faces federal charges in the suspected hoax.
Ohrn on March 31, 2015, set a rented, blood-stained fishing boat adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, used an inflatable boat to motor back to shore and then fled to Georgia in a pickup truck, according to a Palm Beach County sheriff’s report.
That triggered more than two days of rescuers searching by air and sea over 3,100 square miles for someone who had actually slipped away to a rented house in Albany, Ga. — all to try to escape mounting costs from a lawsuit, according to the report.
Now Ohrn, 45, faces a felony charge of communicating false distress to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a grand jury indictment filed Thursday.
Ohrn knowingly caused “a false distress message” that prompted the Coast Guard “to attempt to save lives and property when no help was needed,” according to the indictment.
The Coast Guard last year estimated that it cost nearly $400,000 for the aircraft expenses alone in the search for Ohrn.
Ohrn remained jailed in Palm Beach County on Monday night, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera.
The search for Ohrn started when operators of a passing yacht spotted an empty 19-foot fishing boat adrift off the coast of Boynton Beach, according to a sheriff’s missing person report.
On board the fishing boat, which Ohrn had rented that day, was Ohrn’s wallet, keys and cellphone, as well as “what appeared to be smeared blood in various locations on the boat,” the report said.
Ohrn’s white Dodge Ram truck was found parked at the Deerfield Beach marina where he had rented the boat, investigators said.
But the ruse started unraveling just a few days after Ohrn’s disappearance, according to the sheriff’s report.
Owners of a marine repair shop told the Sheriff’s Office that they had fixed an eight-horsepower outboard motor for Ohrn, which he said he needed for a fishing trip as a backup in case the fishing board motor failed, the report said. Ohrn also bought a gas tank and fuel line, according to the report.
In addition, one of Ohrn’s acquaintances told the Sheriff’s Office that Ohrn had bought an inflatable boat before his disappearance, the report said.
During the search, the report said Ohrn’s wife, Kathleen Ohrn, 46, told investigators the bank that once employed Ohrn was suing him for $400,000 for breach of contract.
Yet she told the Sheriff’s Office that “their marriage was good (and) they were not suffering financially even through the lawsuit,” according to the report.
Then on April 12, 2015, Ohrn called the Sheriff’s Office to say he was back home with his wife, the report said.
According to investigators, Ohrn admitted to “planning and carrying out his disappearance to escape legal issues.” They said he had stashed the inflatable boat and motor at Pioneer Park, beside a canal in Deerfield Beach, picked it up after renting the fishing boat, and then drove out to the Atlantic Ocean, according to the report.
There he left the fishing boat anchored off shore and used the inflatable boat to get back to Pioneer Park. He left the park in another truck, which he had purchased weeks earlier, and drove to Georgia where he stayed before deciding to return home, the report said.
“Ohrn was not in any danger and left on his own free will,” the report said.
Kathleen Ohrn on Monday declined to comment.
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This next story isn’t necessarily about stupid people. It accentuates the fact that we live in a really large world where there are groups of people who have never seen things that the rest of us take for granted- like vending machines.
Australian boy gets stuck in first vending machine he’s ever seen
By Tiffany Ap, for CNN
Updated 3:48 AM ET, Mon February 29, 2016
4-year-old boy gets arm stuck in vending machine 01:21
- It took rescuers nearly six hours to free boy, who’d never seen vending machine before
- Child was distracted with a toy bear and cartoons played on smartphones
- Boy’s family comes from Australia’s remote Northern Territory
(CNN)A 4-year old boy has been freed after his arm was stuck for hours in the first vending machine he’d ever seen.
The nearly six-hour ordeal began Sunday when the child tried to reach into the machine, located in a Melbourne hotel lobby, and became trapped by its anti-theft mechanism.
“We live up in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, and I don’t think he’s seen a vending machine before so he saw the Oreos, and some biscuits and a few other things,” his father Aaron Shorthouse told CNN affiliate 7 News.
Arnhem Land is a very remote, rural region located at the very northern tip of the country. It has a population of about 16,000 spread across 37,000 square miles.
Rescue workers distracted the child, Leo, by showing cartoons to him on their phones and giving him a stuffed toy as they worked to free him but he had to be sedated at times.
“It was (hard to watch), especially seeing a young fellow like this after five and a half hours,” Aaron Shorthouse said.
“He was a bit inquisitive…but he’s good now.”
Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s Steve Watts said , “Look, over the years I’ve attended to several children with their arms in vending machines. This particular one is actually quite heavy duty and a real challenge for us.”
Leo was freed by early evening and sent to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Paraplegic crack addict caught driving car without licence using litter picker and metal pole
Great Britain has their own share of stupids…
13:36, 18 FEB 2016
- UPDATED 13:36, 18 FEB 2016
- BY CHARLIE MOORE
Roy Story, 50, who has never passed a driving test, used a litter picker to operate the accelerator and a metal pole wired to the foot brake
Bristol Post / SWNS
Dangerous: Roy Story rigged up a device to drive his car
A paraplegic crack addict who rigged up his own disabled car by using two sticks to control the pedals was caught after he crashed into two other vehicles.
Roy Story, 50, who has never passed a driving test, used a litter picker to operate the accelerator and a metal pole wired to the foot brake.
Police discovered his bizarre and dangerous botch job when he lost control of his automatic Saab 9-5.
They helped Story from the car and into his wheelchair – and were about to let him go after telling him he would be reported before they saw what he had done.
Bristol Post / SWNS
Risk: Roy was caught after he crashed into two cars
A topless man fled the scene and Story claimed the other person had been behind the wheel for most of the way as they drove the 120 miles from London to Bristol.
Story said he had only taken over as they left the motorway and driven through Bristol before the accident.
He smashed into two cars – both of them carrying children – at one of the busiest roundabouts in the city after jumping a red light.
Story, who lost the use of his legs after an accident, told police he had suffered a spasm in his leg because of a urinary infection which caused his car to lurch forward.
He told police he had fixed up the controls himself, without having a professional check them because there was “no legal requirement to”.
Bristol Post / SWNS
Danger: The brake pedal in the car operated with a silver pole attached with cord and duct tape
Story said he thought the controls were safe and described them as: “A fixed push-pole on the brake.
“A not-fixed pole on the accelerator, which I push. I don’t want it fixed, in case it gets stuck.”
Story, of Exeter, Devon, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and without insurance and was jailed for 14 months.
A judge at Bristol Crown Court ruled his ability to control the automatic Saab 9-5 car was “grossly impaired”.
Neil Treharne, prosecuting, said Story’s car first hit a gold Honda Accord with two daughters aged eight and ten, and niece, 13.
It then spun round and hit a black VW Golf being driven by Laila McKenzie who was with her partner and their two children on the back seat.
Bristol Post / SWNS
Rigged: Story claimed someone else was driving
Mr Treharne said: “Mr Kankanamalage watched as a topless male got out of the passenger side of the Saab and ran off.
“He saw that the driver remained in the driver’s seat, looking panicked, until the arrival of the paramedics and the police.”
He said the Honda was written off and the occupants of the two cars Story hit suffered stiffness and pain.
Story said he had paid £1,700 in car insurance – but was still not properly insured – and although he didn’t have a full driving licence, he was being supported by a driver with a full licence.
But this could not be checked as the man had run away from the crash at Bath Bridge, near Bristol Temple Meads station.
Crash: Story claimed another man was driving
Story claimed his passenger had driven the car from London on the M4, before he took the wheel in Bristol, hoping to find a hotel because the other man was falling asleep.
Story was apologetic that children were involved in the smash but a probation officer said he had a “total lack of regard” for his own safety, as well as others.
Daniel Woodman, defending, said his client’s offences had been driven by previous amphetamine and heroin use over a lengthy period.
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He said seven years ago Story was paralysed in an accident when being treated at an NHS hospital.
Mr Woodman said: “After paralysis, he became involved in abuse of crack cocaine and recently spent 28 days in residential rehabilitation to address the issue. He would welcome support to stay clean.”
Mr Woodman said a civil hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London resulted in the NHS admitting liability for Story’s paralysis, and the only question remaining was the amount of compensation to be awarded to him.
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Judge Euan Ambrose, told Story: “Your ability to control the vehicle was grossly impaired.
“There is no doubt this offence was so serious only immediate custody can be justified.”
Story was banned from driving for three years and told to pass an extended driving test.
A hearing will take place in April to determine how much compensation Story should pay to the crash victims.