Said Sorkin: “Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie. The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public-a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on The Interview.”
Kudos, a thousand kudos.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the initial contract will be for 800 Axon cameras, which cost $399 each and are made by Taser. These initial cameras will be deployed in places with high police activity.
$1.5 million in private money has been raised so far to get this camera program rolling. Garcetti also says that his budget next year will include funding for 7,000 cameras in order to provide one for every single officer walking the streets of LA.
“Out on the street, things aren’t always clear cut. These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth — and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows,” Garcetti says.
Police officers encouraged a law firm to monitor three Costa Mesa councilmen and suggested ways to catch the politicians in compromising positions, including tailing them to Las Vegas on a city-sponsored trip, according to emails contained in a criminal complaint.
The emails, which capture police mocking council members, were exchanged in the months leading up to the 2012 city election, when Costa Mesa’s protracted city-union battle was at a full boil.
Steve Mensinger was one of three Costa Mesa City Council members targeted in 2012 by private detectives working for the police association; in emails, police officers discussed trying to catch the three men in compromising positions. (Scott Smeltzer, Daily Pilot)
In one message, the police association’s then-treasurer, Mitch Johnson, suggested the law firm keep an eye on two of the councilmen at a trade convention in Las Vegas in hopes they’d be caught violating California’s open meeting law or behaving improperly.
“I could totally see him sniffing coke [off] a prostitute,” Johnson says of one of the targeted councilmen. “Just a thought.”
All alterations in candidate names were my own alteration just to put a different light on the situation
If Jeb Smith does run, he may face Hillary Jones on the Democratic side. Now, a “Jones vs. Smith” contest doesn’t exactly thrill many people…
Jeb Smith and Hillary Jones are both somewhat tame and moderate politicians, driven more by political consultants and polls than by any burning personal ideology. Both are familiar with the concept of “triangulation” in politics. To put this another way, we might wind up with a 2016 race of “the bland leading the bland.” Still, it’s hard to see either one of them not instantly becoming the frontrunner in their respective party’s field on name recognition alone. How good a candidate will either prove to be, though? It’s worth taking a look at the pros and cons each will bring to the race, in an early look at what their campaigns will likely have to overcome. Today I’ll be weighing Smith’s pros and cons, and later in the week I’ll do the same for Hillary Jones.
Jeb Smith’s Positives
The biggest positiveSmith has as a Republican candidate is his family. No, not his father or his brother or even his mother but his more immediate family. Smith’s voice within the Republican Party on the subject of immigration is pretty unique, because he married a Mexican woman (the mother of his three children) and speaks fluent Spanish. That right there could earn him millions of votes that other Republicans could never even hope to get. There are two prominent Latino Republicans who will also likely run, but both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz aren’t exactly seen as prominent voices for the Latino community. Both Rubio and Cruz are of Cuban descent, which (because of Cubans’ unique and favored immigration status) doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight with Latinos outside Florida. This is before even touching upon their political positions. Smith actually lives up to his father’s concept of “compassionate conservatism” when it comes to immigration (he married a foreigner who became an immigrant, so this is no surprise), while Cruz and Rubio are fighting to stake out the harshest possible position on the issue. Rubio tried being somewhat reasonable on immigration in the Senate, but when he heard the outcry from the base, he quickly denounced his own immigration bill and decided to take a more absolutist position. To put it another way, Cruz and Rubio aren’t going to manage much in the way of Latino outreach in 2016, but Jeb Smith certainly could.
Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
A fight over a stopgap spending bill in the Senate left Republicans fuming at their colleagues Saturday, even as the Senate approved a measure pushing back the threat of a government shutdown until Wednesday.
Republican senators fumed as a strategy developed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) intended to undercut President Obama’s immigration action seemed to backfire, giving Democrats a chance to move a batch of controversial Obama administration appointments.
This reminds me very much of the shutdown last year where the strategy made absolutely no sense and was counterproductive.- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Lawmakers in both parties were already in a sour mood as an unexpected Saturday session spoiled many of their weekend plans. But Republicans, many of whom still blame Cruz for the 2013 shutdown that briefly bruised the party’s public standing, did little to hide their frustration over what they called a counterproductive gambit by the Texas senator to use the must-pass spending bill as leverage in a fight over the president’s immigration policy.
Asked whether the Cruz strategy was an effective one, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of party leadership, said: “I’d have to figure out the strategy before I can tell you.”
Obama and the Democrats almost always blinked first. Ever since the ACA. Why? Corporate influence trumps them all? Flailing in the face of a divided GOP? WTF?
WASHINGTON — Less than a month after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) landed a new Senate leadership position, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and President Barack Obama risked a fight with her over government subsidies for risky Wall Street derivatives trading.
They won the near-term policy fight: After a bruising bicameral battle, the House of Representatives narrowly approved an annual spending bill that granted taxpayer support for the risky financial contracts at the heart of the 2008 meltdown.
But the bitter feud left Reid and Obama politically embarrassed, while consolidating a burgeoning populist movement within the Democratic Party that highlighted Warren’s influence in wings of the Capitol far removed from her perch on the Senate Banking Committee. It also forced Obama and a host of Democratic leaders into the crosshairs of a critique Warren typically levels at Republicans: that powerful people in Washington are rigging the system to help Wall Street at the expense of the middle class.
*Shudder* These bastards are sick puppies. Apologies to young ill canines.
(CNN) — Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.
Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.
Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.
People in Mosul — the Iraqi city now under control of the group calling itself the Islamic State — got these and other messages loud and clear after sunset prayers Friday, when armed men handed out a color-printed pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves,” three residents told CNN.