At 11:22pm on March 2nd, 2014 a deputy from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fight at a convenience store. Minutes later, Victor White III and his acquaintance Isaiah Lewis (who were not involved in the fight, but were present at the store when it happened) were stopped a few blocks away by Corp. Justin Ortis. According to an Iberia Sheriff’s Office service report obtained by NBC News, White consented to a pat-down during which Ortis “located suspected marijuana in [White’s] front pants pocket”. After back up arrived, an additional search was conducted on White resulting in the discovery of a small amount of cocaine. Lewis was let go, while White was placed in the back of a cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back, and transported to the Iberia Country Sheriff’s Office. That was the last time anyone other than law enforcement saw White alive.
I forgot to post this link earlier this week. Its a webcomic I wanted to upload, but it exceeded the 500k limit. That’s because the artist went all out on this episode with two huge full color panels, only to set-up a joke in the third b&w panel. So I had to settle for sharing the link alone. (because I’ve never done that before ;)
Off the top of my head, I’m pretty sure this series is technically SFW. However, the humor is not always for “all” audiences. I’d say roughly pg-13-ish give-or-take. This particular episode I’ve linked to is just politics though. I recommend seeing at least this one.
Because the success of Obamacare cuts the GOP and Teaparty like a
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a company that has significantly profited from the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and that has touted the economic benefits of the controversial health law.
Last month, Tenet reported that its third-quarter revenue was up $4.18 billion over the previous year, as the Washington Post notes — and the company attributed 40 percent of those gains to Obamacare. Tenet CEO Trevor Fetter has repeatedly credited the ACA for his company’s growing business. Last year, he said he expects every state to eventually embrace the expansion of Medicaid, a core component of Obamacare that only about half the states have adopted.
According to an SEC filing, “Mr. Bush is not resigning on account of any disagreement with Tenet.” However, Bush — like most Republicans — has said he is opposed to President Obama’s signature law.
Whenever I got an overly silly, stupid, aggravating, or obnoxious email at work I used to type out a long scathing reply to get rid of the non politic and non helpful ire, and then I would backspace over it all and write out the English ninjitsu version reply that nobody could take umbrage at but which would also move the ball my way. Nowadays I don’t do that anymore, because someone who knows how can pull the corrections out of the meta data on the server. It’s the transparent millenium, where everything said, written, muttered or done will eventually come to light…
There’s something a little sci-fi about the world after the cyberattack on Sony. Hackers brought a multi-national conglomerate to its knees. According to the U.S. government, they were doing the bidding of a country that ranks as one of the world’s poorest and most isolated. Whoever did it succeeded in triggering a kind of self-censorship in Hollywood that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union would have envied.
Even the President of the United States weighed in, and now North Korea’s Internet connection has gone dark, in what may be a cyber-counter-attack. About the only thing missing from full-on cyberpunk is word that they sent a slamhound on Kim Jong-un’s trail.
So I called up astrophysicist/futurist/sci-fi novelist David Brin. Brin may be best known in Hollywood as the writer of the book “The Postman,” which was made into a fizzle of a tentpole by Kevin Costner. But Brin’s also wrote “The Transparent Society,” in which he predicts that traditional notions of privacy will wither away in the face of ubiquitous technology — and that the world will be better, on balance, when that happens.
The release of Sony’s emails isn’t exactly what he was writing about, but it does give a glimpse of what that world might be like.
He’s back. Watch the new Terminator Genisys trailer starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. terminatormovie.com
Brownback’s buddies run away from his tax cutting legacy.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona’s new Republican governor are delaying big dreams of nixing the income tax as they face budget shortfalls. And Missouri Republicans, once jealous of their neighbor Kansas’ massive cuts, are thankful they trimmed less.
Call it the Brownback effect.
Republicans once idolized Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as a tax cutting superstar — now he’s a lesson in what not to do.
“It’s a cautionary tale on a national scale … Many of us felt that [Kansas] had been too aggressive,” said Indiana Senate Majority Leader and tax committee chairman Brandt Hershman, who helped GOP Gov. Mike Pence cut corporate taxes last spring. “We all like low taxes … but we have to ensure the stability of a revenue stream to provide basic services that our citizens expect.”
It’s a major turnaround from two years ago, when Brownback was considered a Republican trailblazer for conservatives around the nation who dreamed of phasing out their state income tax.
We need to defend women’s reproductive rights with renewed intensity in this country. We need to demand that every man and woman we elect pledge allegiance to the sacred right to choose. We need to insist that Roe v. Wade be accorded the same respect we accord to Brown v. Board of Education.
Twenty years ago, my heart broke for Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, two bright, beautiful, bold young women who were mercilessly slaughtered by a right-wing fiend who decided to do with a bullet what he could not do with a ballot. Twenty years later, my heart breaks again, because I know I haven’t been as vigilant in defending a woman’s right to choose as I should have been. I know I let choice slip way down on my list of political priorities. I know I didn’t remember their heroism and their legacy.
His childhood friends called him Pote, which loosely translates to “can of goodness” in New York’s Puerto Rican street slang.
Thousands of police officers from across the country and from Canada and residents from every corner of New York City arrived early Saturday to attend the funeral of “the can of goodness,” Rafael “Ralph” Ramos, the police officer and 40-year-old father of two who was shot dead with his partner as they sat in their squad car on a meal break in Brooklyn last week. Police in their blue uniforms arrived by bus, car, train and plane from a distance and from the precinct around the corner. By 7 a.m. Saturday, the line of mourners stretched more than six blocks.
With threats to police continuing online, security was high with police on rooftops watching the crowd through binoculars. Canine units moved through the mourners and helped to check cars parked along adjacent streets. Emergency Services Units officers patrolled with assault rifles.
Sorry for the source on this, I could not find it elsewhere. The Ukrainian statement about this this blockade is that they are worried about saboteurs infiltrating.
Ukraine has decided to suspend all rail and bus services to Crimea over what it calls security concerns.
The decision came days after Russia decided to halt its train service to Crimea due to low demand. The Black Sea peninsula has no overland connection to Russia and relies on a land bridge to Ukraine for basic needs. Now, most of the region’s residents will have to reach Ukraine by car or cross into Russia by ferry. Earlier this week, Kiev temporarily cut power supplies to Crimea, saying the Russian-controlled peninsula had exceeded consumption limits. In March, Crimeans voted to break away from Ukraine and rejoined Russia in a referendum that angered Kiev and its Western allies.
The rest of the story: with the Russian economy in freefall, they have to sell to everyone they can.
Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.
The move comes a day after Kiev said it would suspend train and bus services to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region annexed by Moscow in March this year. Kiev has briefly cut off electricity to Crimea before.
Russia will supply coal and electricity to Kiev without advance payment as a goodwill gesture from President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS news agency.