“What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said. He noted that “when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”
Rodriguez added that police had “no evidence” of any use of excessive force at this point, including from the preliminary results of the autopsy.
Gray’s death has prompted authorities to launch a criminal investigation as protesters continued searching for answers and city officials expressed frustration and pleaded for calm.
“We are a community on edge right now,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said at the news conference
Monday was another dark day for Kansans hoping to see better state services in the future.
Officials announced that state revenues would come in almost $90 million short of expectations over the next three months of the year — and almost $200 million less than once predicted in the next two budget years.
What’s that mean?
First, the income tax cuts approved by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature in 2012 still aren’t bringing in nearly enough new tax revenue through additional jobs once bravely predicted by Republican lawmakers.
Second, Brownback and the Legislature will have to keep cutting services, borrowing money and/or raising other taxes just to balance the budget.
Will California follow other states and go recreational? I certainly hope so and not necessarily so I can smoke. Let’s take that off my argument. My point is two fold. One is the sheer overlapping hypocrisies of legal alcohol and illegal marijuana for adult consumption. Tobacco is legal and far more harmful by most any practical measure. If relative harm has any merit marijuana should be legal for adults.
Also I’d like to see the waste of law enforcement, court and custodial resources that attach to simple possession or sale of small quantities. Focus on heroin maybe.
Then of course we have newer tech that makes the act of smoking so much less harmful, odious and worrisome by way of secondhand smoke. Ever heard of second hand steam? Me neither.
I’m not here to suggest anyone start that has not. No more than I suggest tobacco or alcohol. Billions manage to have a good time & cope without inebriants. But if you are going to indulge, enjoy responsibly as they say. Support local growers.
Medical Marijuana Program
The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. Participation by patients and primary caregivers in this identification card program is voluntary. The MMP Web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver’s MMIC as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California. The verification website is available on the internet at mmic.cdph.ca.gov
NOTE: The California Department of Public Health’s MMP does not have jurisdiction over medical marijuana cooperatives, dispensaries, or collectives. For questions related to these areas, please contact your local city or county business licensing office.
Rebecca Watson takes on Sea World, and their attacks on John Hargrove. She takes them to task for attacking him, rather than even trying to refute his allegations, and in the process gives us a lesson in critical thinking.
I’ve railed about the inability to share amazon.com bookshelves with family members for years, so it’s incumbent on me to pass on Kudos to them now for enabling shared accounts. Even though this happened way back in January, I just discovered it now.
Before you jump for joy there are some drawbacks: videos don’t seem to share, however all of our books and some apps do. If you aren’t comfortable sharing your credit cards across the two accounts, this is not the droid you are looking for.
For my wife & me this works just fine however, and we can add the kids (up to 4) as well. Amazon also allows you to register up to … well several devices. We have multiple pads, phones, and kindles, as well as our PC’s as devices on the account. I’m sure there’s some kind of limit there somewhere, but we haven’t found it yet.
also there’s a sale on Fire HD7’s right now, 79 bucks is a great deal
There’s big news in the ebook world. For the first time, you can share your Amazon ebooks, audiobooks, and apps with other family members. (See How ‘Family Sharing’ Can Save You a Ton of Money on Apple and Amazon for an overview.) Here’s how to set it up.
Be warned: A lot of this gets more complicated than it should be — the setup, the restrictions, the relationships between accounts, and so on. If you value your money, though, it’s worth the slog.
For Amazon’s version of the instructions, click here; note, however, that Amazon’s help page doesn’t include any illustrations, and the wording of buttons is wrong in a few spots. For my version of the instructions, read on.
Here’s a very fun, funny and informative video By Tom Reimann from cracked, on conspiracy theories.
What was already an open secret has now been confirmed (apparently accidentally) by one of Microsoft’s partners in the PC supply chain. Thanks to offhand remarks from AMD’s president and CEO Lisa Su, we now know that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 at the end of July.
But what will actually happen when the appointed date rolls around? That poses some interesting logistical questions for Microsoft.
The Windows 10 upgrade program is going to be one of the largest software delivery projects in history. Microsoft is offering full, free upgrades for every PC currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Service Pack 1 (excluding those running Enterprise editions, which don’t qualify for the free upgrade).
That means a 2GB+ upgrade package downloaded to each PC.
So just how big is the eligible Windows 10 upgrade base? It is certainly measured in the hundreds of millions, representing PCs running Windows in dozens of languages, all over the world.
When we last left David Barton, the Religious Right’s favorite pseudo-historian and “Christian nation” advocate , he was under fire for claiming that he had played on a record-setting basketball team at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in the mid- 1970s.
Warren Throckmorton, a prominent Barton critic and a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, was skeptical of the claim. He called ORU. Officials at the school said they had no record of anyone named David Barton ever playing basketball there.
Now Barton is back with another startling assertion from his college days: He claims that he served as a translator for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976. Once again, Throckmorton did some digging. Once again, there is ample reason to believe that Barton is telling tall tales.
Throckmorton learned that Barton did take a basic course in Russian at ORU, but it was hardly the type of class that would have led to fluency in a difficult language.
A Russian gymnastics team did tour the United States after the 1976 Olympics. But they did not visit ORU or any cities in Oklahoma, and Throckmorton found that the team brought its own translators.
Perhaps Barton was thinking of some other type of Russian sports team? As it turns out, a Russian trampoline team did come to Oral Roberts University in July of 1976 as part of an international competition. It was also accompanied by its own translators. Remember, this was during the Cold War. There is no way the Soviets were going to risk a defection by using translators provided by the United States.
Throckmorton tracked down Leigh Robson, an American who performed in that event. She bluntly said, “Rest assured, David Barton did not translate Russian at the 1976 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at ORU.”
The Religious right is so incredibly stupid. It takes incredible ignorance of our constitution, not to understand how this is unconstitutional, and they acted like spoiled brats when they were challenged on it. Also Bible Man has to be one of the most pathetic superheroes ever. The Joker, Lex Luther, Doctor Doom, or Magneto could easily take him out before he could even quote a single Bible verse. Only the religious right would think of him as a “superhero.”
Doktor Zoom talks about one of the dumbest things I’ve heard about in a long time.
Cry for the poor oppressed Christians of Grundy County, Tennessee, will you please, O Wonkers? Lo, they are sore afraid, and most put upon, for an HERETIC is amongst them, using arcane magicks (the Constitution of the United States) and consorting with Devilish Forces (the Freedom From Religion Foundation) to withhold from the public schools the Word Of God! Which is to say, some old evangelist fart calling himself “the Bible Man” won’t be allowed to hold taxpayer-funded revival meetings at the elementary schools anymore, because of some stupid thing about it being unconstitutional. Happily, it all worked out for the best because the good Christian townspeople have figured out the identity of the troublemaking atheist mom who complained to the FFRF, and they’ve been threatening her with violent retribution, seeing as how God Himself hasn’t gotten around to smiting the godless bitch yet. But they know that’s what He’d want.
(Also, excuse us, reporter lady at 26 seconds in, it’s not so much that the Bible Man’s message is unconstitutional as that having it as part of the school day is. Yes, even if the heathen children eventually find out they’re allowed to go do something else while the good kids get their souls saved.)
I’m pimping my own blog here, but I think you’ll see it’s for a good reason. Our least favorite Internet troll posted a prime example last week of how he panders to white racist scum to get their clicks (= money).
The subject of Chuck C. Johnson’s latest Award Winning Journamalism is a smear of two African-American men: one a judge and the other a criminal. No facts are in evidence. Only innuendo.
Really, there are no surprises here for watchers of the Chuck C. Johnson/GotNews juggernaut, but his recent GotSmear of Louisville Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens takes the cake for lurid race-based clickbait.
Here’s the screaming GNDC headline:
EXCLUSIVE: Corrupt Black Judge Lets Black Thug Out of Prison Because White Victim’s Toddler Is ‘Racist’ #OluStevens
The headline bears little resemblance to what actually happened.
Wherefore art thou art wrong? Let me count the ways:
1. The judge is not corrupt, and Johnson offers no proof.
2. The “black thug” was sentenced to five years’ probation, not freedom.
3. The judge did not say the toddler was racist.
4. The man got probation because he had no prior arrests for violent crimes.
Four lies in one headline! Quite a feat.
More at GotNwes.com.
Johnson in the same blog post also manages to imply a black judge could not possibly afford a ritzy home, and that he shouldn’t live in a ritzy white neighborhood, because reasons.
Then, since the man who was sentenced to probation had no real history of “thuggery,” Johnson posts social media photos of the guy posing with guns and lists a series of charges — not fines or sentences — including speeding and driving without a license.
Also (ironically) libel and slander.
Why bother with all this? Since Johnson has zero proof the judge is corrupt, and the criminal in this case has a short nothingburger of a rap sheet, we can only presume Johnson wants bigots to visit his site and boost his ad revenues.
It’s not like he’s ever done this before.