Police identified Dennis as a potential suspect after various community fund-raising signs produced by Westside Believers Fellowship, a church based in Taft, were defaced with anti-religious graffiti, Aranda said.”
While searching the suspect’s home for material used to deface these signs, officers discovered the [illegal] firearms in the residence,” Aranda said.
Officers also found an assortment of “antigovernment pamphlets,” which the police official couldn’t immediately describe more fully. They also found an assortment of books, including To Hell with God, Silent Death, The Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacturing, Vest Buster and Poor Man’s James Bond.
The federal government this week made moves to respond to months of political protests earlier this year over Bureau of Land Management policies for public lands by charging five people who rode ATVs into a protected Utah canyon last May.
The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized use in 2007 to keep wheels off its many archaeological sites, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. But in response, about 50 riders drove into the canyon to denounce what they saw as a gross overreach of federal authority.
“We respect the fact that the citizens of this State have differing and deeply held views regarding the management and use of Recapture Canyon, and recognize that they have the right to express those opinions freely,” Christensen said in a prepared statement. “Nevertheless, those rights must be exercised in a lawful manner and when individuals choose to violate the law, rather than engage in lawful protest, we will seek to hold those individuals accountable under the law.”
This probably didn’t happen at the edge with that many cards exposed. All retailers need to do more to improve security.
Home Depot Inc Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year’s unprecedented breach at Target Corp.
Home Depot, in providing the first clues to how much the breach would cost, said that so far it has estimated costs of $62 million. But it indicated that costs could reach much higher.
It will take months to determine the full scope of the fraud, which affected Home Depot stores in both the United States and Canada and ran from April to September.
The New York Police Department has increased security in Times Square after a post on an Islamic State-affiliated message board encouraged “Lone Wolves in America” to attack New York and other locations across the country. However, law enforcement officials stressed that they have no credible information about specific terror plots in the city, according to the Associated Press.
(c) Provided by Washington Post New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square on Sept. 17. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the beefed up security “is something we’d normally do at this time of year anyway,” referring to upcoming Jewish holidays and the annual gathering of international dignitaries for the United Nations General Assembly in the city. Bratton, the New York Times reported, acknowledged that the Islamic State’s online recruitment efforts are “a current threat.” But, the Bratton said: “There is no direct actionable intelligence in our possession that indicates an attack in the Times Square area or anywhere else in the city for that matter.”
Though diet studies disagree about what’s worse for you, carbohydrates or fat, most say nice things about eating protein, including its potential for better weight control.
U.S. consumers have taken note, and so have food manufacturers and restaurant chains. More than a dozen companies have introduced new products or meals that are “enriched” or “fortified” with protein in the last few years, and the protein push is accelerating.
In July, Taco Bell (YUM.N) started selling high-protein meals, which contain Greek yogurt options and twice the meat as in its traditional burritos and bowls. In May, General Mills Inc (GIS.N) introduced protein-enriched Cheerios, which provided a bright spot at its Wednesday earnings call. In February, Kraft (KRFT.O) started selling a “protein pack” with meat, cheese and nuts.
Ever wondered how much money (and stock, assets, etc.) you needed to make the cutoff for the wealthiest 1 percent? Or even for the wealthiest 20 percent?
I’m nowhere close. Not even in the conversation.
Yeah, it’s sort of like comparing apples with oranges since each Prez had to deal with unique challenges, but this is a decent article from Forbes to argue with anyone who is just stuck on the Gospel of St. Ronnie.
Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing
by Adam Hartung
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today issued America’s latest jobs report covering August. And it’s a disappointment. The economy created an additional 142,000 jobs last month. After six consecutive months over 200,000, most pundits expected the string to continue, including ADP which just yesterday said 204,000 jobs were created in August.
One month variation does not change a trend
Even though the plus-200,000 monthly string was broken (unless revised upward at a future date,) unemployment did continue to decline and is now reported at only 6.1%. Jobless claims were just over 300,000; lowest since 2007. Despite the lower than expected August jobs number, America will create about 2.5 million new jobs in 2014.
And that is great news.
Back in May, 2013 (15 months ago) the Dow was out of its recession doldrums and hitting new highs. I asked readers if Obama could, economically, be the best modern President? Through discussion of that question, the number one issue raised by readers was whether the stock market was a good economic barometer for judging “best.” Many complained that the measure they were watching was jobs - and that too many people were still looking for work.
To put this week’s jobs report in economic perspective I reached out to Bob Deitrick, CEO of Polaris Financial Partners and author of Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box (which I profiled in October, 2012 just before the election) for some explanation. Since then Polaris’ investor newsletters have consistently been the best predictor of economic performance. Better than all the major investment houses.
Bob Deitrick: “President Reagan has long been considered the best modern economic President. So we compared his performance dealing with the oil-induced recession of the 1980s with that of President Obama and his performance during this ‘Great Recession.’
“As this unemployment chart shows, President Obama’s job creation kept unemployment from peaking at as high a level as President Reagan, and promoted people into the workforce faster than President Reagan.
“President Obama has achieved a 6.1% unemployment rate in his sixth year, fully one year faster than President Reagan did. At this point in his presidency, President Reagan was still struggling with 7.1% unemployment, and he did not reach into the mid-low 6% range for another full year. So, despite today’s number, the Obama administration has still done considerably better at job creating and reducing unemployment than did the Reagan administration.
“We forecast unemployment will fall to around 5.4% by summer, 2015. A rate President Reagan was unable to achieve during his two terms.”
… Contains continued analysis of Labor Participation Rate, Manufacturing, Stock Market, but concludes:
Economically, President Obama’s administration has outperformed President Reagan’s in all commonly watched categories. Simultaneously the current administration has reduced the deficit, which skyrocketed under Reagan. Additionally, Obama has reduced federal employment, which grew under Reagan (especially when including military personnel,) and truly delivered a “smaller government.” Additionally, the current administration has kept inflation low, even during extreme international upheaval, failure of foreign economies (Greece) and a dramatic slowdown in the European economy.
Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
With 31 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the ‘No’ side has an unassailable lead of 1,914,187 votes to 1,539,920.
The winning total needed was 1,852,828. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to 45%.
Would have been interesting to have an important new country in Europe, but the Scots decided to play it safe.
The manhunt for suspected trooper killer Eric Frein continued in Pike County and this afternoon at a news conference, agents said the suspect is now listed as one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives.
At a press conference this afternoon, the PA State Police said that they believe the suspect is still in the area but they won’t say if there has been a sighting. The combined reward between the F.B.I. and the PSP is now $175,000.
No word yet on whether area schools will be reopened but I’m guessing they’ll just keep them closed until Monday if he isn’t found before morning.
How Anti-Women’s Health Politicians Came to Suddenly Embrace OTC Birth Control
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By: Emmy Bengtson|September 17, 2014
We know this election holds control of the Senate in the balance. So why are candidates like Thom Tillis and Cory Gardner — who have long worked against birth control — suddenly campaigning for over-the-counter (OTC) birth control?
It’s a story of political maneuvering — an empty gesture to distract women and a cynical attempt to get their vote. Here’s the full evolution of their political ploy.
1) These Politicians Have a Bad History with Women…
We’ve seen it at the national level and in states across the country: A handful of extreme politicians will do everything in their power to restrict women’s rights and health, no matter how dangerous, medically unnecessary, and unpopular those efforts are. These politicians have used sneak tactics to force abortion restrictions through legislatures; pushed legislation that could interfere with women’s access to birth control and ban abortion; and tried (over, and over, and over) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a law that has benefited millions of women.
The kicker? Just two months ago, some of those same politicians actually celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling to let bosses discriminate against women and deny them the affordable health care they’re guaranteed under the law.