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31Jul/15Off

Staten Island Cops Drag Man Out of His House at 5:30 a.m., Beat the Hell Out of Him, Charge Him With Nothing

Somewhere out there in America nearly every day, the Thin Blue Line of civilization are behaving like monsters. Yes, policing is hard, especially on the poor sucker who is being policed to within an inch of his life for no reason.

From the New York Daily News. Louis Falcone says that his brother had come home drunk at around 4:30 a.m. on June 19, and the two of them got in an argument loud enough for a noise complaint. About an hour later, after the noise issue was long over, four cops showed up at his door.

Here's what Falcone said happened next, from the News story:

“As I’m talking to them through the screen door, they’re saying to come outside,” Falcone recalled. “I said, ‘For what?”

Then, his dog Looch, part pitbull, began barking.

“The cops said, ‘Get your dog out of here or I’ll f------ kill it!’” Falcone says. “I was like, ‘What do you mean you’re going to kill my dog?’”

He said he was shooing Looch away when an officer yanked Falcone outside.

“They threw me against the concrete in front of my house,” he said. “My first reaction was to try to get up a little bit.”

On the video, one of the officers is seen entering the home. Then, the others try to restrain Falcone on the ground....

“Then they’re hitting me for no reason,” he said. “One puts his knee on my neck. They were all piling on top of me.”

He said he was pleading with cops to be careful with his foot.

“I said, ‘Please, I just had surgery on my foot,’” Falcone said. “One of the cops stepped on my foot. Another cop comes and steps on my head.”...

Falcone says he was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and needed more foot surgery.

Video embedded in the News story from across the street shows the beating, though not close up. The audio isn't clear enough to verify Falcone's claim that:

“While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth,” he said. “One (of the cops) said, ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the f****t.’”

The police's account:

When police arrived, "Falcone became belligerent and uncooperative. He appeared to have been injured in the fight with his brother. As the officers attempted to subdue him, he resisted and spit blood in the face of one of them," a police spokesman said. 

"The officers were able to restrain him and he was transported by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation."

Falcone was charged with no crime after being beaten. He "now plans to sue in federal court for civil rights violations, lawyer Eric Subin said."

31Jul/15Off

Anti-Choice Fanatics Used Fake California IDs to Film Planned Parenthood – Now We Have Proof

Today the National Abortion Foundation filed suit against the anti-choice fanatics behind the Orwellian "Center for Medical Progress," seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction to prevent them from releasing any video of NAF meetings.

The lawsuit names CMP as a defendant as well as BioMax Procurement Services, the fake ...

31Jul/15Off

Video: Guy Gets Sucker Punched and Comes Back Hard

This guy might be the comeback champ! He takes a solid left to the jaw and not only DOESN’T go down, but comes back swinging! After being punched, the man

31Jul/15Off

Don’t Fear The Shutdown… well, it *kind* of scans.

Still, this tweet nicely encapsulates matters:

With some clarifications, sure. First off: yes, very little that happens with a shutdown in Congress this year will have any effect on the national elections next year.  This is, of course, broadly similar to what happened in 2013: everybody who wasn’t part of the Republican grassroots (and a few of them, too) was convinced that the shutdown would do permanent damage to the GOP brand, right up to the point where Obamacare blew up in the missile silo. Technically, something equivalent has not yet happened this year.  But something will. Something always will. You can’t subject the populace to a year-plus-long rant about the inequities of the Republican party without said populace eventually tuning it out.

Second: unfortunately, you can’t really count on the Democrats being as dumb in 2015 as they were in 2013 – and they were dumb. Starting with the Democrats not taking the free gift that the GOP had offered them – there’s a bunch of former Senators and governors who wish that they had – and following with not capitalizing on even the transitory advantage the shutdown gave them. At this point somebody’s going to smugly mutter ‘Virginia,’ and I’ll mutter ‘sitting governor obvious en route to being indicted,’ and then we can all pick sides over who to blame in the Virginia gubernatorial election. I will note that, the way things were going, one more week and we would have won that race… which does not suggest that the Democrats really followed through on things. Presumably they’ve learned better. Obviously, it’s great if the Democrats haven’t, but it’s safer to assume that they have.

Third: this year’s races. A shutdown could very well affect the Kentucky gubernatorial race between Matt Bevin and Jack Conway. It probably won’t hurt Mississippi’s, given that Phil Bryant is running for re-election and he’s pretty popular. As for Louisiana’s… are we certain that a Democrat will even survive the jungle primary in the first place? – So if you do favor a shutdown of the government over Planned Parenthood funding, you should also be in favor of making sure that it doesn’t hurt Matt Bevin‘s gubernatorial bid.

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31Jul/15Off

L.A. City Council Wants to Make Life Worse For People Trying to Get from LA’s Main Airport

L.A. Weekly reports on the Los Angeles City Council refusing to take "let people get to and from the airport more easily" for an answer:

Many rejoiced a couple weeks ago when the L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners approved a plan to allow UberX and Lyft to operate at LAX.

Well, not so fast....six L.A. City Council members moved to reconsider the decision, citing "significant questions" about background checks, discrimination and environmental concerns. The council is expected to debate the issue next week. If 10 of the 15 members agree to "assert jurisdiction" over the board's decision, then the council would have another three weeks to either approve the plan or veto it. If 10 members vote to reject it, it would go back to the airport commission for more work....

Several other airports have approved Uber and Lyft recently, including San Francisco, San Diego and John Wayne Airport in Orange County. .

Krekorian said he is not at odds with Garcetti, nor is he attacking Uber and Lyft. The goal, he said, is to spur discussion and compromise. In addition to the safety issues, Krekorian said he wanted to ensure that rideshare drivers will serve disabled passengers and drive to low-income communities.

As Krekorian should know, and while no system is perfect, Uber's method of community rating of drivers and gradual punishment of them for refusing too many pickup requests is a far more efficient means of disciplining discrimination than taxi drivers' ability (and practice, which I've experienced myself) of developing convenient "mechanical problems" the instant they decide they don't want to take you where you want to go. (In street hails or phone summons of course they can and will just fail to pick up people, or pickup in neighborhoods, they don't want to for discriminatory reasons. It's likely harder in airport lines, generally managed by airport employees in a first-come first-served line, to be that nakedly discriminatory at the sight of skin color you don't like, though I'm white so there might be methods I'm not familiar with.)

Also note Krekorian is willing to keep a useful service from people living in and visiting his city merely because he doesn't feel absolutely sure that some problem he imagines will never arise, without waiting to see if any actual problem actually arises and then trying to cope with it or end it. Because you know what? While he and his colleagues dither, not a single minority or disabled person is getting to use Uber from LAX.

In other crummy recent decisions from the LACC, they also don't want people in their parks and beaches to be able to easily obtain food and beverages from willing sellers.

Uber and its compatriots are alas in constant war against urban government.

And Zac Slayback of Praxis is perceptive on the new world that Uber and similar services represent, discussing why they've enabled  political backlash against transportation cartels that no amount of economic or political arguing on the part of free-market think tankers and publicists managed to do:

While taxi and transportation regulations often hurt the consumers they are paraded around to protect, most people don’t see the costs of the regulations in traditional markets. Regulations may cost them a few dollars more, but taking the time to become well-read on the matter and reaching out to city hall likely costs them more. Meanwhile, the taxi companies have millions to gain from successful lobbying efforts.

It makes sense for most people not to pay a lot of attention to transportation regulations. Even with hours of convincing and remonstration, they can only imagine a better option than the taxi cartels. The cartels, on the other hand, have a very concrete alternative for which they lobby...

[But] Startups like Uber present people with real alternatives. They don’t present people with white papers showing how economically inefficient protectionism is. They don’t try to show how the money is flowing from taxi companies to corrupt politicians....

Instead, they change people’s experiences.

New users of services like Uber and Airbnb almost always are shocked by how easy they are to use. For Uber, you just press a button and a car shows up. You tell the driver where you are going and get out. No money ever has to change hands, you don’t have to worry about getting lost thanks to a GPS built into the app, and you aren’t berated to bring cash rather than a credit card.

Now consumers have a real alternative against which they can compare the status quo.

Yes, free markets do tend to benefit consumers in wonderful and exciting ways. That's often the very reason that government functionaries, who depend for their aggrandizement and funding on interests who want to enrich and benefit themselves and not consumers, don't like them.

31Jul/15Off

Ted Cruz fires back at Jeb & Bush: “We lose because of Republicans like Jeb & Mitt.” [Video]

I’m glad to see Ted Cruz call out Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush for their spineless capitulations to Obama and the Iran deal. If the deal goes through legally or

31Jul/15Off

From the Mailbag: Dear John

From the Mailbag:

Dear Mr. Erickson:
How irresponsible and stupid for you and other right-wing media types and tea party Congress members to be calling for another government shutdown over Parent Parenthood — you drama queen will try to shut down the government over anything — the last government shutdown orchestrated by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% cost taxpayers $24 billion — once again, it would be a Republican shutdown and you would be one the people to blame — if you want a shutdown Mr. Erickson, pay for it out of your own pocket.
John J. Mesh
Enid, Okla.

Dear John,

Is it cool if I call you “John”? I mean, this is not the first time you’ve emailed us, so I feel like we have a special relationship now. It was wise of you to not use your work email like last time, but as a former (and sometimes still practicing) journalist myself, I do hope your employer is okay with you sending insulting emails to other media outlets (especially ones with a national audience that could really embarrass you and your employer) (especially when you are a copy editor and make silly mistakes).

However, it’s not your tone or the fact that you may be poorly representing your employer to which I am responding. It is to ask you something that you may not be comfortable answering publicly, privately in a follow-up email to us, or even something you are not comfortable answering to yourself. However, since I know you read our site frequently, here’s hoping something here might stick:

When you saw the videos or the images from the videos released by the the Center for Medical Progress, were you not horrified by what you saw? When you heard what the officials with Planned Parenthood said or saw their quotes, did you not feel a sense of revulsion? Did you see the human children, picked apart in pie dishes and sold for parts, like one would an old, beat up car or truck?

Perhaps you may not have seen them. I would recommend you do so. It is vital for you to understand this next point.

As human beings, we have a sense of right and wrong. We have an innate sense of what is good and what is evil. And, sometimes, you see something that sends such a strong warning to your heart and to your head that you are willing to go to what might otherwise be considered extreme lengths to stop this evil. There is a moment in a person’s life where they feel strongly about something, and they pick up the courage to act on it.

To shut down the government over this might certainly be considered extreme to some. However, Planned Parenthood’s practices are seen as extreme by many, many people around the United States. And, when there is an extreme evil, we must have the courage to stand up and fight for it.

Do you have the courage to look at these Planned Parenthood videos, John? Do you have the courage to admit to yourself that this is an evil we must act upon?

There is no need to write back. This is a decision you must come to on your own, just as others around the United States must come to the decision on their own. Shutting down the government in order to defund an organization that is abusing taxpayer money for something inexplicably evil is a necessary act. If the Democrats wish to avoid a shutdown, they are more than welcome to bring forward a women’s health service that performs all manner of services except for abortion. That’s it.

Take some time for self-reflection, John. Are saving the lives of innocent children and preventing them from being sold as scrap worth $24 billion? I would argue that you can’t put a price on human life.

Of course, Planned Parenthood would disagree.

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31Jul/15Off

Obama: If Congress Blocks My Iran Deal, I’ll Ignore The Law & Do It Anyway

How very fascist. So, Obama is saying that if Congress doesn’t play ball on approving the Iran deal, he might just go ahead and do it anyway. That violates the

31Jul/15Off

Gross! You’ll Never Believe What Has Infected This Texas Town’s Tap Water

Dear Texas, please keep this weird nastiness to yourselves, thank you. For some unknown reason, worms have infested the water of a Houston suburb, clogging faucets and sprinklers and startling

31Jul/15Off

What the Death of a Senior Al-Qaeda Terrorist Means for the U.S.

The Pentagon announced that terrorist and leader of the al-Qaeda (AQ) based Khorasan Group, Muhsin al-Fadhli, was killed in a drone strike earlier this month.

The Khorasan Group

The Khorasan Group is a product of the al-Qaeda core that has emerged in Syria within the last couple of years.

Many believe that of all the al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups, the Khorasan Group is the greatest threat to the United States homeland. Comprised of al-Qaeda veterans dispatched directly from the organization’s high-command, the Khorasan Group is a fusion cell that combines some of the most effective practices of the various al-Qaeda cells.

This group exists to plan terrorist attacks against the United States homeland; though they are not publicly known to have launched such an attack.

The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has testified that the Khorasan Group is at least as great of a threat to the United States as ISIS.

The Khorasan group was targeted by U.S. airstrikes in Syria when it was believed to have nearly completed plans to carry out an attack on a Western target.

Muhsin al-Fadhli

A native of Kuwait, al-Fadlhi led al-Qaeda in Iran, prior to becoming the leader of the Khorasan Group.

It is believed he was involved with an attack on a French oil tanker in 2002.

Al-Fadlhi was a close associate of Osama bin Laden, so much so that he was one of the few privy to the 9/11 plot before the attack occurred.

Al-Fadhli’s ability to operate for Sunni al-Qaeda in Shia Iran should not be overlooked.

The groups are from opposing brands of Islam. The fact that al-Fadhli was able to successfully move al-Qaeda money and personnel through Iran and into Syria suggests that Iran permitted, perhaps even supported, AQ’s efforts.

Iran supports Shia terrorist activity across the region. Their implicit, if not explicit, support of al-Fadhli suggests that Iran favored his end goal of enough to overlook their differences.

This is a red flag that Iran may still see the United States as a greater adversary than its regional enemies; calling into question whether or not they can be trusted in any agreement with the United States, including the recently passed nuclear deal.

Moving Forward

While the death of al-Fadlhi is important, it is not the end of the Khorasan Group.

Al-Fadhli’s death is not a decisive blow to al-Qaeda. His death is important because it is a reminder that al-Qaeda is alive and well, still determined to attack the United States homeland.

Terrorist groups do not die with their leader.

The defeat of al-Qaeda, the Khorasan Group, and ISIS requires a long term strategy rooted in the understanding that the United States is not at war with individual terrorists or terrorist organizations, but with radical Islamist ideology.

The United States must engage in a sustained, multi-faceted campaign to defeat this Islamist ideology.

  1. Military- Degrade and destroy terrorist groups, including but not limited to increased drone and air strikes.
  2. Civil- Support and encourage those who speak out against radical Islam, especially Muslims.
  3. Democracy-promote good governance in these affected countries, governments compatible with the democratic principles of the United States.

This is a war of ideas. It will not be won overnight, but it can be won.

The United States needs to go beyond degrading and destroying Islamist terrorist groups, like the Khorasan Group or ISIS.

Defeating these groups is part of a means to an end but not the end itself. This is a long term objective that requires the United States to maintain the will and strength to counter and defeat radical Islam wherever it appears.

The United States must engage in a generational war of ideas that defeats the driving force of the Khorasan Group by defeating radical Islamist ideology.

Only then will the hydra of Islamist terrorism be destroyed.

 

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31Jul/15Off

More Hillary Emails, D.A.R.E. Still Loves Prohibition, Bloodbath at MSNBC: P.M. Links

  • Ed SchultzThe State Department released more of Hillary Clinton's emails.
  • Remember D.A.R.E., everybody's favorite ineffective anti-drug program? Despite what you may have heard, the group did not reverse its stance on marijuana legalization.
  • MSNBC is getting rid of Ed Schultz, The Cycle, and Now with Alex Wagner. Schultz responded.
  • St. Louis County, Missouri, authorities treat black kids far more harshly than white kids, according to the Justice Department.
  • Clickhole on Donald Trump. Because hey, it's Friday.

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31Jul/15Off

Rand Paul: The Tax Code Is ‘Chasing American Jobs Overseas’

WATERLOO, Iowa—Sen. Rand Paul said he would cut spending in a “dramatic fashion” while speaking at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center here Friday morning.

He spoke on his “fair and flat” tax plan.

“The 70,000 page tax code is chasing American jobs overseas, it’s chasing companies overseas.”

With the highest taxes in the world, Paul says America cannot expect to keep jobs at home.

“Let’s scrap the whole thing,” Paul said.

Paul wants to lower taxes and get rid of the payroll tax. Replacing the current system, he would like to see a one-page tax return with a flat 14.5 percent rate for businesses and individuals.

Acknowledging that his plan is a dramatic change from what is in place currently, Paul states, “We’ll be very lucky to ever get what I’m proposing.”

Nonetheless, he is confidently in favor of one simple rate where everyone gets a tax cut.

“Starving the beast,” as Paul calls it, he wants to see less money sent to Washington.

Paul would like to eliminate whole departments.

“Let’s get rid of the Department of Education once and for all. There’s no evidence that it’s helping. There’s no evidence that our kids are any smarter or doing any better on the test. There’s no evidence that teachers like it or parents like it.”

“The money gets swirled around in a bureaucracy and never gets back into education.”

“I think we should balance the budget,” said Paul. “I think we should just simply spend what comes in. We bring in $3 trillion. Could we not just live on $3 trillion?”

Having practiced medicine for almost 20 years, Paul was asked by an audience member about how to fix health care in the United States. He feels capitalism is the solution.

“The most important thing about fixing health care is actually an economic answer.”

“Obamacare made it illegal to sell inexpensive health care.”

Paul feels it is important to create a marketplace for health care and “make it legal to sell any kind of insurance that people want.”

He explained that expanding health savings accounts for all people would be a way to get to higher deductibles “and hopefully lower premiums.”

Another issue Paul was asked on: Planned Parenthood.

“There’s absolutely no argument for any money to go to Planned Parenthood.”

The Senate will hold a vote on Monday to defund America’s largest abortion provider.

“After seeing these grizzly videos, it has to stop.”

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31Jul/15Off

HILARIOUS: 3 Chechen Girls Scammed $3,500 from ISIS Terrorists Claiming They’d Join Jihad

Now this right here is funny, I don’t care who ya are. Three teenaged girls in Chechnya just scammed $3,500 from a bunch of ISIS goofs who thought they were

31Jul/15Off

Miracle Preemie Released From Hospital After Nearly a Year in North Dakota NICU

For Becky and Bo Frolek, August 12th represents a milestone they hardly could have imagined this time last year.

The couple, who live in Fargo, North Dakota, will celebrate their son Trevor’s first birthday–and the long way he’s come.

Born at just 23 weeks, Trevor spent 345 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at a hospital in Fargo. He weighed only one pound, six ounces at birth; he was so small that dad Bo’s wedding ring could fit around his foot.

“The doctors and nurses have worked so hard to get him to this point,” Becky Frolek told TODAY. “It’s beyond amazing.”

Today, the smiling, 20-pound baby is nothing short of a miracle.

“It has been quite a journey,” Becky wrote on Facebook. “We are blessed to have Trevor at home! God is good! Prayers are answered!”

Becky’s pregnancy began normally enough, as the couple excitedly prepared for a December 2014 labor. But just before she was set to begin her third trimester, Becky noticed something wrong. She started cramping in mid-August, and was rushed to Essentia Health in Fargo where she gave birth to her son.

Delicate baby Trevor was put on life support because he could not breathe on his own.

“It was scary but he was more human-like than I expected. All his fingers, all his toes, everything was there … just so tiny,” Becky told TODAY. “His skin was so transparent and fragile.”

Not knowing if their son would live, Bo had a priest baptize their son.

“The doctor told us it was going to be a rollercoaster ride,” Bo told WDAF-TV. “We were going to have our good days and we’re going to have our bad days.”

The Frolek family. (Photo: Bo Frolek/Facebook)

The Frolek family. (Photo: Bo Frolek/Facebook)

That doctor turned out to be spot on.

“A lot of days we left here and were not sure we would see him again,” Essentia Health’s lead NICU nurse Erin Kuehl told WDAF-TV. “To see him do well … this is the best reward we could ask for.”

During Trevor’s stay at the hospital, he had surgery on his heart and on his eyes, which were fused shut at birth.

Last Friday, after a full year of care, Trevor was able to go home. The nurses and doctors who took care of Trevor attended a celebration for the family.

Trevor will still need physical and occupational therapy, and remains on both an oxygen line and a feeding tube. His parents are alerted to any potential problems by a connected monitor, but doctors say he should have a normal childhood.

For now, he’s relishing his days with mom, dad, and big sister Brookelyn. And, in a couple months time, he’ll become a big brother.

“I am nervous, excited. I am sure there will be tears,” Becky told WDAF-TV. “I hope I have what it takes.”

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31Jul/15Off

John Kerry: Iranians Screaming “Death To America” Doesn’t Mean They Want To Kill Us

It just makes you want to find a wall and bang your head against it over and over again. Just what does Kerry think “Death to America” means? It means

31Jul/15Off

Yes, There Are Good Alternatives to the Iran Deal (Besides War)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei recently tweeted an image that represented President Obama with a gun to his own head with the caption,

“If any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.”

Such violent rhetoric coming from Iran is nothing new.

The only difference now is that Iran continues its anti-American campaign even as the Obama administration has bent over backwards to cut a deal with them.

A deal that benefits only Iran and jeopardizes the security of the Middle East and the U.S.

The ayatollah’s tweet came the day after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to review the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

Congress’ decision on the deal intends to determine what is best for the security of the United States.

But their choice has been framed as a false dilemma: support the deal or resort to war.

The day after the agreement was signed President Obama stated, “Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation, or it’s resolved through force, through war.”

While the Obama administration pressures Congress to accept the Iran Nuclear Agreement, U.S. security and foreign policy experts have outlined a better alternative that frees the United States from taking the Iranian regime at its word.

This deal, with its weak and secretive inspections regime, makes a nuclear Iran nearly inevitable and only potentially delayed.

The Deal

The deal has strained America’s relations with allies in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia and Israel who feel the U.S. has put their security at risk by paving the way for Iran to become a nuclear power.

The current deal only postpones a nuclear Iran for 15-20 years, and that is assuming the Iranians uphold their end of the deal. Saudi Arabia has made it known that it wants whatever Iran is allowed to have. This would likely lead to a nuclear arms race in one of the most volatile regions in the world.

The deal also eliminates other diplomatic measures taken to prevent a nuclear Iran. Up to $150 billion of frozen Iranian assets will be released. It is widely recognized that a good portion of that money will fund terrorism.

Consequently, this deal alienates U.S. allies, will potentially lead to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, and expand Iran’s ability to sponsor terrorism.

War is not the only alternative to this deal. There is another, more viable, option.

A Better Alternative That Protects U.S. Interests

Congress should reject this deal and maintain the U.S. sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. The Heritage Foundation has offered an alternative that would:

  • Reassure U.S. allies in the region
  • Reduce the likelihood of a nuclear arms race and a major war in the Middle East
  • Continue to bring Iran to a real negotiating table through persistent economic pressures that have succeeded in the past

America cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear power, whether today or 20 year from now. This agreement disregards America’s obligation to secure its own defense while passing the problem to the next generation.

The good news is the United States has options. The alternative path forward doesn’t pave the road to a nuclear Iran but reassures U.S. allies and protects American interests.

 

 

 

 

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