ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer’s comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were “completely unacceptable,” the city’s police chief said Tuesday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe James Boyd before Sandy and another officer killed the 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man.
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THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE
Swan Lake in rehearsal
Swan Lake in rehearsal (pas de deux)
Ostinato in rehearsal
La Bayadère in rehearsal
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, MOSCOW
Interview with Alexander Vetrov and Ludmila Semenyaka, Senior Ballet Teachers
Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin in rehearsal, Principal Dancer and Leading Soloist
Interview with Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin
“Hero of our time” in Bauprobe
Interview with Yuri Grigorovich, Resident choreographer
“A Legend of Love” in rehearsal (corps de ballet)
“La Sylphide” in rehearsal
Interview with Artem Ovcharenko and Anna Tikhomirova, Principal Dancer and First Soloist
Interview with Anton Getman, Deputy General Director
“Taming of the Shrew” in rehearsal
Interview with Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer; Director - Choreographer of the Ballet de Monte-Carlo;
Interview with Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov, Principal Dancers
Interview with Sergey Filin, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet
Interview with Vladimir Urin, General Director, The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
THE ROYAL BALLET, LONDON
Age of Anxiety in rehearsal
Manon in rehearsal
Interview with Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor
Cassandra in rehearsal
Interview with Kevin O’Hare. Director, The Royal Ballet
Don Quixote in rehearsal
Aeternum in rehearsal
Scène de ballet in rehearsal
THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA, TORONTO
Manon Act 1 in rehearsal
Manon Act 2 in rehearsal
Nijinsky in rehearsal
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
Interview with Helgi Tomasson
Don Quixote in rehearsal
RAkU in rehearsal
Concerto Grosso in rehearsal
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude in rehearsal
An excellent commentary by Olivia on religion, Anti Muslim bigotry, racism, sexism, and the hypocritical New atheists. This is very well written, and I recommend you read it.
Atheism does not have a stellar history when it comes to Islamophobia, particularly in the realm of holding Muslims or Muslim countries to the same standards that we hold everyone else. Instead, Islam has for many atheists become the emblem of Bad Religion (no, not the band). When convenient, it’s the pawn with which some deflect accusations of sexism (cough Dear Muslima cough), and when it’s not, Islam tends to get thrown under the bus.
Enter the latest in a series of organized atheism’s missteps with Islam.
*By the way, for those who don’t get the “Dear Muslima” reference.
Authorities announced Tuesday afternoon they have found explosives in the woods they believe belong to Eric Frein.
At a 3 p.m. news conference, troopers revealed they’ve discovered two pipe bombs in the woods within the past 24 hours.
State police claim that Frein was spotted by police within 24 hours of the press conference. The hope seems to be that he is tired and stressed and making mistakes like letting the bombs be found. They say they’ve found “supplies” but haven’t mentioned anything specific outside of the pipe bombs.
Bow hunting of deer starts this weekend but there could be restrictions put on hunting in the search area. A final decision on that hasn’t been made. I’m sure they’re hoping to find him before they have to ban hunting there. That will be a very unpopular decision.
Adding insult to injury, another state trooper was killed in an accidental shooting at a training center outside Philadelphia.
Trooper killed in accidental shooting
Doktor Zoom rips gun nut, and anti Muslim bigot Jan Morgan a new one, for thinking that Muslims are scary and the civil rights act doesn’t apply to her,
In a world where scary Muslims are cutting off heads every few minutes, and where scary Muslims are also just generally being scary all the time, it only makes sense to be scared of Muslims, and to keep your business safe from them. That’s why Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared her business to be a “Muslim-Free Zone.” She has a pretty good reason, too, which we’re sure will be very convincing to anyone who tries to argue that Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might apply to her business:
This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons.
In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them.
One mistake in judgement [sic] on my part could cost innocent people their lives.
Oh, sure, maybe her business is a “public accommodation,” but she has some pretty good reasons why Thomas Jefferson never meant the Civil Rights Act to apply to gun ranges.
*Note: I’m not sure, but she might have already changed her mind on this, since the link to the part of her webpage where she says she wasn’t going to serve Muslims doesn’t exist anymore. Maybe she talked to her lawyers and realized there’s no legal ground that she can do that
The results of a social experiment in London suggest that on-the-go Internet users are not being as careful as they should be when connecting to unfamiliar networks. In order to connect to a rigged Wi-Fi network set up by mobile security firm F-Secure, six users agreed to sign over their first born children to the company.
In the experiment, F-Secure set up a “poisoned” Wi-Fi hotspot on a table in Café Brera, a busy coffee shop in London’s Canada Square. To connect to the Wi-Fi network, which the company cobbled together from US $200 worth of parts that included a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, a battery pack, and some rubber bands, users needed to agree to a specially constructed terms and conditions page. Those terms—which, again, six people agreed to—included the following notice: “In using this service, you agree to relinquish your first born child to F-Secure, as and when the company requires it. In the event that no children are produced, your most beloved pet will be taken instead. The terms of this agreement stand for eternity.”
In an accompanying experiment, F-Secure set up the same hotspot at Broad Sanctuary, a public space not far from the houses of parliament.
Tax collections by Kansas state government in September fell a sobering $21 million below projections to mark the fourth time in the past six months revenue failed to match targets, officials said Tuesday.
The state’s individual income tax receipts dropped $42.4 million beneath the estimate set earlier this year by a team of state economists and officials in the Gov. Sam Brownback administration. Oil and gas tax revenue also failed to keep pace with the tax blueprint.
The revenue crater would have been twice as deep had it not been for a $21.5 million, or 33 percent, surge in corporate income tax receipts. It’s unclear why that number moved so much to the positive side, but one possibility was that a one-time payment was made to the state.
“We’ve worked hard to create a good business climate in Kansas, so it is encouraging to see corporate income tax receipts performing so strongly,” said Nick Jordan, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they’ll count the ways
Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare students for college. A college degree boosts pay over a lifetime. And the U.S. economy would grow faster if more people stayed in school longer
Some excellent news for NFL fans from Jon Brodkin.
The Federal Communications Commission today unanimously voted to eliminate its sports blackout rules, challenging the National Football League to end its own policies that sometimes prevent fans from watching home games on TV.
“Today’s FCC action makes clear: if leagues want to mistreat fans, they will have to do so without Uncle Sam’s help,” said David Goodfriend, an attorney and lobbyist who founded a group called the Sports Fans Coalition that fought against the rules.
NFL broadcasts are blacked out in local markets when games are not sold out. The NFL in 2012 relaxed the rules by letting individual teams reduce the likelihood of a blackout by only requiring that 85 percent of tickets be sold. But the policies have persisted for decades with support from the federal government.
To recap: Romney has gone from side-stepping the remark, to owning the thrust of this comment (though noting it was not well articulated), to saying he was wrong, to denying he said what he said (and contending his words were distorted), to claiming he was only mirroring the rambling remarks of a big-money backer. This last explanation is certainly not fair to the 1-percenter who merely expressed his very 1-percentish opinion. Does this mean that Romney was thrown off his game by a simple question—or that he was trying to suck up to a donor?
In the two years since Romney was caught on tape, he just cannot come up with a clear explanation of an easy-to-understand short series of sentences that were responsive to the question presented. But there is one possible explanation he hasn’t yet put forward: He said what he believed.
Personally, I’ll never forget or forgive this specific quote from those remarks:
I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.