The normally static courtroom erupted with applause and rumbled with scoffs as attorneys argued whether the Boulder County Clerk’s office is breaking the law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Spectators inside the packed courtroom Wednesday — including couples who received their marriage license from the Boulder office — struggled to contain their emotions as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office asked the judge to temporarily order Boulder Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Attorney General John Suthers filed a lawsuit against Hall last week, claiming she is ignoring judicial procedure and issuing invalid marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
GOP Governor makes a theatrical fight that’s going to lose & he knows that, this is posturing for the cavemen who run his party.
The state of Indiana will not recognize several hundred same-sex marriages that took place after a federal judge overturned Indiana’s law, according to a memo from the governor’s chief counsel.
Mark G. Ahearn, chief counsel to Gov. Mike Pence, issued the memo Monday to all executive branches. It outlined the state’s position since the federal court struck down Indiana’s law forbidding gay marriages June 25 and the federal appeals court’s stay of that ruling June 27.
The memo said Indiana’s law against same-sex marriages “is in full force and effect and executive branch agencies are to execute their functions as though the U.S. District Court order of June 25 had not been issued.”
Less than 20 miles from Auschwitz, where once they shouted “Jews out”, football fans chant “Gypsies out”.
The small Roma community of Andrychow is living in fear since Polish far-right groups began a campaign of harassment against them.
The campaign began with a rally last month where the chant “Cyganies raus” (Gypsies or Roma out) was heard and has continued with social media and intimidation.
Roman Kwiatkowski, head of the Association of Roma in Poland, said Andrychow is the first case he has seen of an organised anti-Roma campaign in the country. “It is very dangerous,” he said. “It does not allow us to look to the future with confidence.”
Roma residents say they are living in fear.
Human rights campaigners believe the situation is being exacerbated by activists from outside the town who are being advised by the Jobbik party in Hungary on how to emulate their success.
To me if there’s a culprit here it’s the person who injected heroin. I don’t suspect anyone tied him down and forced it upon him, but it’s typical of police to sensationalize this and go after a sex worker for the rich guy’s mistake. Put yourself in the sex worker’s shoes & ask yourself if you could tell the difference between someone passed out from a “good” heroin high and someone dying from it, ask yourself if you would call an ambulance knowing that it would expose the Google exec’s habits to his family and the public at large. There’s some negligence here, but does it amount to manslaughter?
You can expect this to drag out wall to wall on some cable shows all summer long just due to the sensational and salacious drug and sex angles.
Alix Catherine Tichelman fancied herself a woman of many talents: model, makeup artist, writer, poet, hustler and exotic dancer.
Police say she deserves another moniker: murderess.
Prosecutors charged Tichelman, 26, of Atlanta, with manslaughter Wednesday for allegedly injecting high profile Google executive Forrest Tim Hayes with heroin and then standing by as he overdosed and died Nov. 23 on his 50-foot yacht, Escape, in the Santa Cruz, Calif., harbor.
Tichelman, who allegedly worked as a call girl, had an “ongoing prostitution relationship” with Hayes, who was married and a father of five, police said.
Video at link: The Suspect in Death of Google Executive
Here’s hoping that HAMAs’ supply of manufactured and imported missiles gets used up or destroyed, and that with the other conflicts in the Mid East that they don’t receive any more of these dangerous missiles from their allies after this.
Israel’s major military operation against Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip entered its third day Thursday, with a surge in deaths in the territory, including nine Palestinians killed while watching a World Cup game at a beach-front cafe.
The death toll in Gaza jumped overnight, doubling to 80 dead and more than 500 injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The latest fatality was 5-year-old Abdullah Abu Gazal, who was killed in a midmorning Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahia.
Israel pounded the coastal enclave with airstrikes Thursday aimed at Palestinian operatives, launch sites and weapons caches, as well as, more controversially, the homes of militant leaders there.
Not only would trying to impeach President Barack Obama fail miserably, says this commentator, but it would destroy what’s left of the GOP.
And former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is just being a pain in the ass, essentially. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes Palin to a T.
On the other hand, Ms. Palin does seem to represent a certain mind-set. What matters to her is not mastering issues or even being conversant on them; it’s politics as theatrics, as a show, as a way to prove one’s purity. The conservatism of prudence and of realism, of moderate temperament and judicious judgments, seems alien to her. She wants to fight, even (and maybe especially) if it means losing. And notice the threat, too. She’s calling for Americans to “vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.” So voting for President Obama’s impeachment isn’t enough; those who even hesitate to do so deserve scorn. Impeachment of the president has now risen to a self-evident truth. For Ms. Palin, advocating a suicide run isn’t enough; she wants to punish those who don’t join her in self-immolation.
Wehner had better brace himself for the cries of outrage from Palin’s fanbase.
Bank of China and Citic Bank are evading capital control laws and enabling wealthy Chinese to move large sums of money out of the country, says China Central TV (CCTV).
Bank officials deny any wrongdoing.
The media outlet, which is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government, accused the two banks of “money laundering” in a televised investigative report. As both banks are also closely associated with the Chinese government, it’s a bit like the right hand accusing the left hand of criminal activities.
BOC, like CCTV, is one of the so-called central enterprises directly supervised by the State Council. To release such detailed and serious accusations against the bank suggests CCTV acquired approval in advance.
Wei Wuhui, a Shanghai-based media researcher, said: “It’s rare to see CCTV going after a state-owned enterprise like the Bank of China.
“And it is not just targeting one branch, but the whole BOC. The accusation of money laundering is also a serious charge. This is so rare and so severe.”
According to the linked report at South China Morning Post, many Chinese banks assist wealthy account holders in moving their funds offshore. Chinese law limits foreign transfers to US$50,000 a year, so Chinese hoping to emigrate or invest abroad must find ways to circumvent the restrictions.
Chinese money authorities have also cracked down on so-called money laundering in the Special Administrative Region of Macau, where mainlanders have been able to use illicit ATMs to withdraw money above the legal limits from their bank accounts.
Mainlanders also try to transfer money to Hong Kong for later transfer offshore, as Hong Kong has no capital controls.
The added scrutiny of financial institutions may be part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption efforts.
Robert Redford is attached to play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is attached to play his producer Mary Mapes in Truth, a film that will mark the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, the A-list screenwriter behind the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man. The film will explore the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s reelection campaign left Mapes fired and Rather’s storied reputation in tatters.
So, who are they getting to play Charles?
From a distance, the ocean near Scripps Pier off La Jolla, California, appeared to be the site of a catastrophic oil spill on Tuesday. Initially, Robert Monroe thought it was a red tide.
But it was neither.
Making a long, dark cloud in the shallow water off San Diego County was a massive school of Northern anchovies the likes of which has not been seen hugging the coast in more than 30 years.
Monroe, a communications officer with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, saw the unusual sight and raced to the pier with a GoPro camera, according to the Los Angeles Times.
COOL! Love to see the oceans appearing to be healthier! Really amazing pictures at the link!