BREAKING EXCLUSIVE MUST CREDIT TWITCHY! The liberal-biased interwebs are putting conservatives in Twitter jail, maybe (or maybe not) but probably (but probably not), just for being conservatives, OH NOES!
Michelle Malkin, conservative keyboard-banging hero and founder of the the site with NINE PAID STAFFERS (or, ugh, maybe even more by now) who collect random tweets, mostly by Pat Sajak, and call it “the news wire of the 21st century,” is on to you, Twitter!
Been working lots of hours. Got a busted computer. So to cheer up I grab the camera and enjoy the birds. Unlike recent local hummingbird sessions, this time I went for the big glass. 400mm super telephoto. It is very hard to focus right, but when you do it’s really sharp.
Most of these are from home but the one with the bird at a real flower, that was shot today out in Angeles National Forest. Great to catch one in the wild! The images include a couple species, Anna’s hummingbird the SoCal all year resident and some others that migrate through including the rarely seen blue throated hummingbird. Maybe…
Riding a bike while Black.
In the past three years, Tampa police have written 2,504 bike tickets — more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined.
Police say they are gung ho about bike safety and focused on stopping a plague of bike thefts.
But here’s something they don’t mention about the people they ticket:
Eight out of 10 are black.
A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Tampa police are targeting poor, black neighborhoods with obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars.
Officers use these minor violations as an excuse to stop, question and search almost anyone on wheels. The department doesn’t just condone these stops, it encourages them, pushing officers who patrol high-crime neighborhoods to do as many as possible.
The Times’ findings concern others — Hillsborough Circuit judges and the Public Defender, social rights advocates and some of the leading researchers in race and policing.
“You almost roll your eyes when you read the reports,” said Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan. “Oh no, another bike stop, another kid riding on the handlebars, here we go. And certainly, we have laws and we should all follow the law, but it occurred to me the stops were all occurring in certain neighborhoods and with certain children, and not in my neighborhood, and not with the white kids.”
Joyce Hamilton Henry, Director of Advocacy for ACLU of Florida, wants to know: “If it’s not racial profiling, what is it?”
The racial breakdown of the tickets suggests police are using their discretion differently when it comes to bikes. For more serious driving offenses, blacks were not more likely to be cited. For failing to stop at a red light in 2014, blacks got only 11 percent of tickets. Bike tickets that year, 81 percent.
Internal police department records show a sustained effort to encourage bike stops as a means to reduce more serious crimes.
Officers get yearly “productivity reports,” calculating, in part, how many tickets they give. One personnel file detailed a “red grid patrol” in which officers are encouraged to “engage and identify offenders through street checks, bike stops and traffic stops.”
In another file, a supervisor told a new officer he should learn rarely used traffic statutes. The fact that he wasn’t familiar with them was noted as a “significant weakness” in his 2012 performance review. The next year, the new officer impressed his bosses with his “dramatic increase” in “self-initiated activity.”
He wrote 111 bike tickets, the most in the department. All but four of the cyclists were black.
Why does this sound so familiar? Oh, yeah:
There are racial disparities in police stops—blacks are stopped twice as often as whites—but they aren’t related to traffic safety offenses, in which cops exercise a little less discretion and violations are equal within groups. Where we see a difference—even after we adjust for driving time (on average, blacks drive more and longer than whites)—is in investigatory stops. In these, drivers are stopped for exceedingly minor violations—driving too slowly, malfunctioning lights, failure to signal—which are used as pretext for investigations of the driver and the vehicle.
Earlier in the piece a police spokesman was quoted thusly:
“We want to see the thefts of bicycles go down. We want to see the safety get better so there are less crashes,” he said. “Whether it leads to something else or not is going to be secondary.”
That spokesman probably has a bridge he’d like to sell you because later in the piece we find out:
Despite the thousands of hours spent by police, court clerks, public defenders, prosecutors and judges on enforcement of bicycle laws, it’s hard to tell what Tampa gets out of them.
Even though 2013 was one of the department’s highest ticketing years, bike crashes still rose the following year by 20 percent. Bike thefts, too, climbed 15 percent.
Also in the article:
Earlier this year, [Police Chief Jane] Castor spoke in Washington in front of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
She emphasized the importance of building trust in high crime neighborhoods.
“Every encounter with an officer is an opportunity to build a positive partnership in the community. It creates trust that must be the foundation of our relationship with our citizens,” she said.
I’m sure this all is doing wonders building trust in the community.
April 16, 2015 Since declaring his presidential candidacy, Sen. Rand Paul has cited his work as an ophthalmologist to back up his anti-abortion record. He has often spoken of holding “one-pound babies” in his hand while performing eye examinations on them. At a conference hosted by an anti-abortion group on Thursday, Paul specified that the babies he was examining often suffered from “retinopathy of prematurity,” a condition that can lead to blindness if left untreated.
“When I see these little babies and I put them in the palm of my hand, I think, ‘Well gosh, this baby certainly has rights,’” Paul told the crowd gathered in a ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington for the conference hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List.
In the past, Paul has sponsored a personhood amendment and backs a 20-week abortion ban, but more recently he has gained scrutiny for dodging questions about specifics. In the first week of his official presidential campaign—during a whistle-stop tour that criss-crossed the country—reporters branded Paul for giving “testy” interviews when asked for details about his stance on exceptions to abortion restrictions.
Now, let’s see what Hillary Clinton says:
Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Massachusetts, in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid” are helping to perfect a new technique of making silicon wafers, the workhorse of today’s solar panels. If all goes well, the new method could cut the cost of solar power by more than 20% in the next few years.
“This humble wafer will allow solar to be as cheap as coal and will drastically change the way we consume energy,” says Frank van Mierlo, CEO of 1366 Technologies, the company behind the new method of wafer fabrication.
Efficiency, like football, can sometimes be a game of inches. As the article remarks, improvements of a tenth of a percent in efficiency have accumulated.
Within a decade, solar will have become decisively cheaper than coal. This means that the worst-case climate projections are off the table, for the simple reason that even with no treaties and no individual state actions to limit CO2 emissions, the emissions curve will bend down sharply and fairly soon. Money considerations will drive it, even if the true price of coal, including its climate costs, is not recognized.
Of course, the better policy remains to try and accelerate the deployment of wind and solar. Just because we have an airbag and will survive the crash, and just because a crash has become inevitable, doesn’t mean there’s no use hitting the brakes.
The debris from deep space is a significant problem for the experts worrieded about the defense of Earth from extraterrestrial risks. Think about this debris as a ring, like Saturn’s rings, made of not working satellites as well as various other such continues to bes, which surrounds the world Earth and not only that, yet provides a worrying risk to our earth. Essentially, Earth has actually got its very own Saturn’s rings, however constructed from hazardous scrap, after the mankind has actually bravely continued in its worthy as well as soon to be needed quest of controling deep space.
Being a concern whose relevance is of worldwide level, removing the space debris has actually been come close to recently by a worldwide team of researchers. The Japanese Riken research institute in one of the major leaders of the research. The scientists that are included in this research have actually declared to have actually located a method to eliminate the room debris, a way that is regarded by most analysts in the area as one of the most ambitious plan that has actually ever before been clarified about this issue. And also it is also a really awesome method of dealing with such factors, as well as some non-analysts claim that it advises them of the Star Wars movies. Others just really hope that the International Space Station will certainly not pass on night right into the Death Star.
To fix this problem International team of scientists are creating a system that could fire those little bits down with the laser.
It’s the age-old debate: Which phone is better, the iPhone or the Android?
But in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this morning, a phone debate led two intoxicated roommates to batter each other with broken beer bottles, police said.
Jiro Mendez said the incident started when he and his roommate, Elias Ecevo, were in their apartment’s parking lot arguing over which smartphone was better, according to the Tulsa Police Department. The fight escalated when Ecevo hit Mendez in the head with a bottle before stealing his car, police said.
Police said Mendez’s car was found parked a “short distance away” in their apartment complex.
“In over 35 years as a cop, this is one of the oddest reasons I’ve seen for assault,” Maj. Rod Hummel of the Tulsa police told ABC News.
Staff attorneys at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block Comcast Corp.’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Attorneys who are investigating Comcast’s $45.2 billion proposal to create a nationwide cable giant are leaning against the merger out of concerns that consumers would be harmed and could submit their review as soon as next week, said the people.
The antitrust lawyers will present their findings to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, who will decide, along with the division’s top officials, whether to file a federal lawsuit to block the deal, they said.
The Justice Department lawyers have been contacting outside parties in the last few weeks to shore up evidence to support a potential case against the merger, one of the people said.
Residents of a Mexican border town were told by police to stay off main roads after gunfights and burning vehicles blocked streets. A drug gang leader, ‘El Gafe’ had earlier been arrested.
A spokesman for the Mexican town of Reynosa on the US border said ‘El Gafe’ (The Jinxed One) the leader of the Gulf Cartel had been arrested on Friday and taken to the capital, Mexico City.
The city ground to a halt on Friday afternoon after vehicles were set on fire and shooting began.
Two by-standers may have been killed in the fighting, according to the police.
Reynosa has been the site of turf wars between two rival drug gangs - the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas - over the last year. They have been fighting for control of the border smuggling routes into the United States, and crime rackets.
President Obama on Friday said it was “crazy” and “embarrassing” the way the GOP-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “hopeful” that the obstacle would be addressed next week, clearing the way for her confirmation vote. But an aide to Minority Leader Harry Reid said no deal was in hand.
“What are we doing here?” Obama said. “There are times when the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It’s gone too far. Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed.
Lynch, U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District, would succeed Attorney General Eric H. Holder if confirmed.