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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Nashville Dem Mayor Megan Barry pleads guilty to felony theft and resigns
[FOX] Once a popular Nashville mayor, Megan Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft and resigned from her office Tuesday.

The plea comes more than a month after she admitted to having an affair with Sgt. Rob Forrest, the former head of her security detail. Forrest, who was also married, resigned in January.

The revelation of the affair derailed the first term of a mayor who was seen a rising star among Democrats.

Read on for a look at Barry’s time in office and the scandals that have unfolded.

Barry pleaded guilty on March 6 to felony theft of property over $10,000. She was sentenced to three years of probation and has to reimburse the city.

In court, District Attorney General Glenn Funk said had the case gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that between March 2016 and February 2018 Barry caused over $10,000 and no less than $60,000 of Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully.

Metro Nashville Police records show Forrest's overtime more than doubled in the budget year after Barry was elected in September 2015. Barry said the affair began in spring 2016, according to an affidavit.

Barry agreed to resign as part of a plea deal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 14:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "White bro set me up!"
Posted by: Raj || 03/06/2018 14:09 Comments || Top||

#2  "White bro set me up!"
Posted by: Raj || 03/06/2018 14:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Surprised it was with a guy
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 15:02 Comments || Top||

Broward sheriff's captain who gave initial order to 'stage' not enter Stoneman Douglas is ID'd
[FoxNews] The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has identified to Fox News the captain who, according to sources, directed responding deputies and units to “stage” or form a “perimeter” outside Stoneman Douglas High School, instead of rushing immediately into the building, as the mass shooting unfolded there.

Multiple law enforcement and official sources said the commands in the initial moments after Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire would go against all training which instructs first responders to “go, go, go” until the shooter is neutralized. As law enforcement arrived, the shooter’s identity and exact location were still unknown.

Multiple sources told Fox News that Captain Jan Jordan was the commanding officer on scene. In an email responding to Fox News’ request for information, a BSO spokesperson wrote, “Capt. Jordan’s radio call sign is 17S1.”

The massacre on February 14 killed 17 people and wounded 16 others.

Sources told Fox News it was Jordan giving the commands because they were recorded on the dispatch logs coming from Jordan’s radio insignia 17S1, or “Seventeen Sierra One.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When faced with a tactical solution, she hangs back and sets a cordon. Not aggressive in the least, no initiative, and completely against tactical procedure for a school shooting. It calls for immediate confrontation usually causes suspect to retreat because they arent psychologically or tactically trained to deal with an armed response - and sometimes when confronted forcefully they might suicide.

Did she ever have that training for tactical command of a fluid SWAt-type situation? If so, then she failed. If not then the Sheriff appointed an unqualified person and should resign.

She certainly reacted like what the military would call a REMF or Blanket Folder.

Other sources say she was promoted into the Captain rank and given tactical job - even though she came from the unit that does Warrants & Subpoena service for civil cases. Yeah thats where you find the best Tactical Captains. /sarcasm

found online...

She worked for just over a year as a sergeant at the Town of Breckenridge Police Department.

Upon returning to Broward County, she worked eight months as accreditation coordinator (pushing paper) for the Wilton Manors Police Department and just over three months as an investigator for the Broward County Public Defender’s (dogooder paper pusher)Office.

Jordan, 49, was overseeing the Broward Sheriff’s Office Civil Division, which handles the service of legal documents, before she was selected to be the Parkland district commander, by Sherrif Israel who knew her from Ft Lauderdale PD.

She served as a board member on Broward 2-1-1, a community helpline, PACE Center for Girls, and Women In Distress, a domestic violence center, according to her personnel file.

Also active in the l3sb1an community.

Service of Legal Documents. The sheriff gave the job to a process server. They may as well have given the command to a file clerk.

Yeah those sound like everything a Libtard wants in a Captain, including checking "minority" boxes for Female + L3sb1an. Unfortunately for those kids, none of those checkboxes or organizations or commands show the right mindset, experience or training for a tactical scene commander.

Affirmative Action and Cronyism rears its ugly head. God Damn the Progressives and Liberals and Democrats.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 03/06/2018 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  With the Democrap background of the Sheriff you had to know that PC played a big part of this.

This sounds like the canonical Obama style appointment. Screw actual experience just push the tribalism for the voter profile.

Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2018 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Still waiting for the sound of doors slamming on their asses as they're shown the exit.

(Psst! Not my fault, says the sheriff!)
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/06/2018 8:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Peterson was a cis white male - easy to throw under the bus. This one may prove more difficult: Female and L3sbian
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 9:08 Comments || Top||

#5  My guess, given the sheriff's department, she was an expert in 'crisis management' which included patting the perp on the head, telling them 'its not their fault', leading 'healing circles', etc...
Behind Cruz's Florida Rampage, Obama's School-Leniency Policy
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/06/2018 9:18 Comments || Top||

#6  In an attempt to keep up with the modern taxonomy, Frank, can you describe the purpose of the "and" in this sentence?

: Female and L3sbian

Are there now non-female L3sbians?

Your help is gratefully appreciated.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2018 10:01 Comments || Top||

#7  The olde: "I'm a L3sbian trapped in a man's body"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 10:27 Comments || Top||

#8  by the way "checking boxes" for those two categories may be considered a slur ;-)
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 10:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Entire department seemed based upon politics rather than law enforcement. Fish rots from the head.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/06/2018 11:12 Comments || Top||

#10  Are there now non-female L3sbians?

Yes AlanC, a transFemale may prefer the company of naturalFemales.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 11:17 Comments || Top||

#11  With absolutely no experience in hostage or live shooter situations, the affirmative action/diversity policies absolutely dictated an unskilled REMF would be placed in operational control.

What could go wrong.

I have nothing against alternate lifestyle people, if they have the proper experience. Some of the baddest LE's I've every seen were either gay or l3b1an and didn't take crap from anyone. I guess they were compensating. Of course the ladies I am referring to didn't give a damn what you thought as long as they could crack some heads.

There are some analogies here to the types of senior military leaders that Zero appointed to key positions.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 11:39 Comments || Top||

#12  When something really bad happens, waiting around for the grown-ups to come and fix it is not a bad strategy - when you are six.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/06/2018 13:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Sounds like an Affirmative Action captain.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/06/2018 13:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Not so sure given what I have seen so far of the Coward Count Sheriff, but what he didn't finger the captain ( as in a bit of covert bus-chassis-stuffing).....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/06/2018 14:29 Comments || Top||

#15  against tactical procedure for a school shooting Is there widespread agreement among LEO commanders on this subject?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/06/2018 17:16 Comments || Top||

#16  Anguper,

Someone posted a copy of the active shooter procedures for Coward County and they stated that the shooter should be confronted immediately and securing the perimeter is not a priority.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

#17  copy of the active shooter procedures I must have missed the post then. MSM continue to obscure any discussion of training & appropriate policies that were obviously not carried out. Instead they tell us about Hogg & the like.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/06/2018 17:23 Comments || Top||

#18  Post-Columbine, immediate entry and contact with the shooters is the norm IIUC
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 17:43 Comments || Top||

Christopher Steele is no-show in London court in civil case over dossier (video)
[FOX] On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, former British MI-6 Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele is going to extremes to avoiding answering questions from the United States Congress, while at the same time avoiding being videotaped and deposed in a multi-million dollar libel case brought against Buzzfeed.

The media outlet published the unverified Trump dossier just over a year ago, setting off an international firestorm.

Steele was a no-show Monday for a long-requested deposition in London, Fox News has learned. The news comes as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have announced a criminal referral on Steele.

Evan Fray-Witzer, a Boston-based attorney representing Russian tech tycoon Aleksej Gubarev in multi-million dollar civil litigation, described Monday's U.K. court actions to Fox News. "My understanding is that Mr. Steele’s lawyers spent a good deal of time arguing why they thought he (Steele) should not be required to sit for a deposition and that ultimately the court took the entire matter under advisement."

Gubarev is suing the British-based Steele’s company Orbis Business Intelligence because the dossier claimed Gubarev's companies, including XBT Holdings and Webzilla, used "botnets and port traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data."
Christopher Steele may actually be an earthly 'no show.'
And courtesy of Skidmark, this from The New Yorker
Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Id stay away from aircraft and Marcy Park if I were him.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 03/06/2018 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  "Try the sushi"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Christopher Steele may actually be an earthly 'no show.' Why? Arkancide?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/06/2018 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Steele may have now reached the point where his utility as an asset has become a liability. As predicted here months ago, the dead and nearly dead have now begun to turn up. There will likely be more.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 8:27 Comments || Top||

#5  My money is on him surfacing in Moscow with a large dose of polonium in his veins.

I think his Russian handlers don't want the world to know he was actually an asset assigned to the Clintonista mafia. He was a mole.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 11:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Wouldn't a man with his background be prepared to bug out?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/06/2018 13:50 Comments || Top||

#7  I have heard the Seychelles are beautiful this time of year.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 14:43 Comments || Top||

Judicial Watch sues DOJ for Bruce and Nellie Ohr records related to Fusion GPS, anti-Trump dossier
[FOX] Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Justice Department for records related to Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr, and their involvement in the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier.

The suit was filed Monday, following the Justice Department’s failure to respond to Judicial Watch’s December 2017 Freedom of Information Act requests about the couple and their connection to research firm Fusion GPS.

Judicial Watch’s first lawsuit, related to their FOIA request from Dec. 7, 2017, seeks records of contact or communications between Ohr, Steele, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, along with any other Fusion GPS employees; calendar entries, and travel requests for Ohr.

The second suit is connected to the group’s Dec. 12, 2017 FOIA request, seeking emails, text messages and chats between Justice Department officials in the Attorney General’s office and Nellie Ohr.

Bruce Ohr, who has since been demoted from a top post at the Justice Department, was a close contact for British ex-intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier on behalf of Fusion GPS.

According to the memo crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee last month, Nellie Ohr, was "employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research" on President Trump.

The memo also said Bruce Ohr passed the results of his wife’s research, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, along to the FBI.

Steele worked as a key source for the FBI, but was terminated for what the bureau defined "as the most serious of violations"‐an "unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI."

But even after his termination, Steele remained in close contact with Ohr, and their relationship was "inexplicably concealed from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)," during the FBI’s effort to receive a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign official Carter Page.

"Once again, the Deep State Justice Department is covering up evident misconduct targeting President Trump," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "A top Justice Department official in the Obama administration had an obvious conflict of interest through his wife Nellie’s work with the Clinton/DNC vendor Fusion GPS on the anti-Trump Dossier."

Fitton added: "The Justice Department needs to come clean about this scandal and turn over the documents as federal law requires."

More on Nellie from the American Spectator.

I have been anxiously awaiting the day when this rock would be tipped over. These lizards are dirty, very dirty. Hopefully, JW will be successful.
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Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/06/2018 12:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is AG Sessions making JW sue?
Posted by: Ebbeatch Wheasing1070 || 03/06/2018 13:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Does his lack of cooperation come from his recusal on the investigation??
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 17:17 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Lexington (CV-2) Site Discovered
[HT: Mrs. Bobby]The Lexington was the first aircraft carrier to be sunk in history. The Battle of the Coral Sea stopped an important Japanese advance on Australia and New Guinea, and one month later the Battle of Midway permanently turned war in favor of the U.S.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/06/2018 09:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Lexington was the first aircraft carrier to be sunk in history.Layers of editors...(*Snort*)
The Japanese had lost the CVL Shōhō two days earlier in the same battle(!). The UK had already lost four (4!) carriers in action by this date.
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2018 11:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, other than that, the story was truthy accurate
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 13:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Actually stories like this give me a 'Feel Good' because as a culture we are rich enough to explore.
The author probably read somewhere 'First naval engagement without surface ships ever seeing each other" and "CV lost" then had their boo-boo because of zero knowledge of military WW2 history.
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2018 15:00 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Do you believe in coincidences?

Only the beginning.


Might be more to Trump's Steel and Aluminium tariffs than meets the eyes.
Posted by: Ebbeatch Wheasing1070 || 03/06/2018 11:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry, too much work to get any meaningful content from this.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 15:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry Skid. I left out the link.

The story is about fraud in a major Japanese Steel company which is also under investigation by the US DOJ. Q's implication is that this is tied to Trump's tariff announcement.
Posted by: Ebbeatch Wheasing1070 || 03/06/2018 15:37 Comments || Top||

#3  I do a lot of construction administration and see a lot of crap from China and Japan.

I require mill certifications on reinforcing steel and over the last few years upped the ante to include lab tests. What I found is shocking. I get a mill cert from a Japanese steel company for some reinforcing that says "Yep, its A36" when I get it tested, it comes back as one jump from coat hanger wire. I've seen steel being bent and watched the guys break the steel with his hands when he bent it.

I had a project on which the anchor bolts were Chinese in origin and had the certificates for ASTM compliance. I watched them break when torque tested. Seems the bolts were cast pot metal or whatever. We had to jack hammer out all of the foundations at a high school football stadium to get those things out.

And don't ever use Chinese gypsum wallboard or Chinese Portland cement. In Libya we were building an office building and used Chinese Portland Cement...you could dig holes in it with a dull table knife and was completely useless. I still don't know what that crap was...really. I know what the label said but, nope, it was not Portland cement.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 17:15 Comments || Top||

#4  you could dig holes in it with a dull table knife and was completely useless I have stored portland cement in my garage & had it turn into that kind of stuff after a few years. The fresh stuff I used when I first opened the bag worked just fine, nice result. The stale stuff was just as you describe it after I tested it.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/06/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, if they're saying their reinforcing is A36, I'd have a real problem with that. 615 or 706
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 17:26 Comments || Top||

#6  IF it's Kobe Steel or even Mitsubishi Steel, both companies admitted the fraud and today the Kobe Steel head dude resigned, effective 1 April.
impacts a lot of US projects, including the California high speed train to nowhere
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/06/2018 18:22 Comments || Top||

#7  USN, that's not a problem. Isn't Nancy's husband involved in the train to nowhere? When she takes over as speaker, she'll just throw more Federal money at the project.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/06/2018 18:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Kobe Steel Rooters
Posted by: Bobby || 03/06/2018 18:59 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
'We are cutting the throat of whiteness': South Africa politician vows to target white mayor as he praises plan to hand land to black people and vows: 'Angry white people can go to hell'
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 12:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...And they'll be holding the door for him.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/06/2018 18:29 Comments || Top||

Possible Christopher Steele Russian source may be suffering from Litvinenko Desease
[Washington Examiner] A former Russian intelligence officer who spied for Britain's CIA equivalent intelligence agency, the Secret Intelligence Service, is in a critical condition in a British hospital.
Twenty year old promotion board photo at right.
Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was released by Russia in a prisoner swap for the SVR-"illegals" in 2010, was found alongside a younger woman on Sunday evening in Salisbury, England. British authorities say he and his partner, who is also in a critical condition, were exposed to an unknown substance. Here are a number of considerations that British investigators will bear in mind.
SVR-illegals = Russian spy Anna Chapman and colleagues.

Skipping down a few paras.

Yet it also may or may not be notable that Skripal was found in Salisbury. After all, that town is just 35 miles from the Secret Intelligence Service's credibly reported field training center at Fort Monckton. Was Skripal training SIS officers? If so, he would have been a higher priority target for Putin.

Timelines might also be relevant here.

Skripal was recruited by SIS in the 1990s at around the same time that Christopher Steele was a production officer serving in SIS's Moscow station. Considering Steele is regarded as one of the finest human asset recruiters in recent SIS history, it's possible he may have been the one to recruit Skripal in the first place. That would be relevant in that the Russians are believed to have been targeting Steele's sources since the publication of his infamous dossier about Donald Trump.

Ultimately, of course, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens here.

Related from the Mirror.
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#1  Litvinenko Disease = poisoning with polonium.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/06/2018 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  USA Today, May 2017 - Mysterious rash of Russian deaths casts suspicion on Vladimir Putin.

A former member of the Russian parliament is gunned down in broad daylight in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. A longtime Russian ambassador to the United Nations drops dead at work. A Russian-backed commander in the breakaway Ukrainian province of Donetsk is blown up in an elevator. A Russian media executive is found dead in his Washington, D.C., hotel room.

What do they have in common? They are among 38 prominent Russians who are victims of unsolved murders or suspicious deaths since the beginning of 2014, according to a list compiled by USA TODAY and British journalist Sarah Hurst, who has done research in Russia.

The list contains 10 high-profile critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seven diplomats, six associates of Kremlin power brokers who had a falling out — often over corruption — and 13 military or political leaders involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including commanders of Russian-backed separatist forces. Two are possibly connected to a dossier alleging connections between President Trump's campaign staff and Kremlin officials that was produced by a former British spy and shared with the FBI.

Twelve were shot, stabbed or beaten to death. Six were blown up. Ten died allegedly of natural causes. One died of mysterious head injuries, one reportedly slipped and hit his head in a public bath, one was hanged in his jail cell, and one died after drinking coffee. The cause of six deaths was reported as unknown.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  and none were from Arkansas. How odd
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2018 10:25 Comments || Top||

China's Defense Spending to Accelerate in 2018
[AnNahar] China announced on Monday an 8.1 percent defense budget increase for 2018, giving a boost to the modernization of the world's largest military after spending slowed in the previous two years.

Beijing will splash out 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion) on its military, according to a budget report presented before the opening session of the annual National People's Congress.

"We will stick to the Chinese path in strengthening our armed forces, advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness, and firmly and resolvedly safeguard national illusory sovereignty, security, and development interests," Premier Li Keqiang said in a report to the legislature.

China's neighbors and the United States have watched warily as Beijing has modernized its military, reducing its ground troops while spending on state-of-the-art hardware and weapons.

Li said the military had completed its goal of slashing troop numbers by 300,000, leaving the People's Liberation Army with a two-million-strong force.

At the same time, Beijing has imposed increasingly assertive claims to vast expanses of the contested South China Sea, while engaging in confrontations with Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea and with India over Himalayan border regions.

The 2018 outlay compares with a seven percent increase last year and 7.6 percent in 2016, which marked the first time in six years that spending growth was not in double figures.

China spent $151 billion on the PLA last year, the second largest defense budget in the world but still four times less than the $603 billion U.S. outlay, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank.

The defense budget increase has roughly kept pace with China's national economic output in recent years. The economy grew by 6.9 percent in 2017 and the government said Monday it will target growth of around 6.5 percent in 2018.
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Apple: We'll pay $38B in taxes and add 20,000 jobs in the U.S.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:

Cisco: We're moving our $67 billion cash pile to the U.S.
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Merkel vows swift return to government work to boost Europe
[ARABNEWS] German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslems ..
promised Monday that her new government would start work swiftly and lend a strong voice to Europe, a day after she secured a coalition for her fourth term.

Germany’s second biggest party, the Social Democrats (SPD), on Sunday finally gave the all-clear to renew their partnership with Merkel’s conservatives, ending a political impasse that had plagued the country since September’s inconclusive election.

"Almost six months after the election, the people expect something to happen now," Merkel said in a brief statement.

"We see that ... Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
faces challenges and that a strong voice from Germany, along with that of La Belle France and other member states, is necessary," she said, pointing to a litany of issues ranging from world trade to the war in Syria.

All that "requires us to begin work quickly in the government," said the veteran leader.

European partners had been anxiously watching as the leader of the EU’s biggest economy struggled to find partners to govern with since September.
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20 states sue federal government, trying to pull the plug on Obamacare
[LI] The last time we looked at the status of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, congressional Republicans had pulled the plug on Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Republicans have tagged as the "Death Panel".

Now, A coalition of 20 U.S. states has sued the federal government over Obamacare, claiming the law is no longer constitutional after the repeal of the mandate.
Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, the lawsuit said that without the individual mandate, which was eliminated as part of the Republican tax law signed by President Donald Trump in December, Obamacare was unlawful.

"The U.S. Supreme Court already admitted that an individual mandate without a tax penalty is unconstitutional," Paxton said in a statement. "With no remaining legitimate basis for the law, it is time that Americans are finally free from the stranglehold of Obamacare, once and for all," he said.
In a nutshell, the lawsuit contends that without the mandate, the Court must toss the rest of the "Affordable Care Act", because the rest of the law cannot be "severed" from the mandate. The Justice Department did not immediately respond as to whether the Trump administration would defend the law in court.

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University, has a detailed analysis on the likely success of this lawsuit. Somin asserts that plaintiffs are right to argue that the mandate is unconstitutional, but are probably wrong asserting that the mandate’s demise requires the court to eliminate the rest of Obamacare along with it.
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#1  bout time
Posted by: 746 || 03/06/2018 13:12 Comments || Top||

US Russian Propaganda Experts Didn’t Speak Any Russian
Via Fort Russ, a pro Russian news site.

I blame the Russians

The US State Department was not able to spend $ 120 million, allocated in late 2016 to fight Russian propaganda, writes The New York Times.

To combat the information influence of terrorist organizations, the Center for Global Interaction was established under Barack Obama. Later it was reoriented to fight propaganda from Russia, China and North Korea – 23 analysts of the Center were assigned to follow Russia’s actions in cyberspace, but none of them knew the Russian language.

As a result, not a single penny was spent from the allocated funds to counter the Russian cyber threat. The problem was aggravated by the arrival of the new administration, after which the hiring of new employees was frozen.

Journalists considered this situation “another evidence of Trump’s passive reaction to Russia’s interference.”

The US authorities suspect Russia of interfering in the presidential election of 2016. “Russian hackers” are attributed to the hacking of the servers of the US Democratic Party in June 2016.
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#1  Well, I remember a certain PhD in Russian history who didn't read, let alone speak, Russian.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  This is rich! Setup under Obumble's admin but it's DT's fault for being passive. Who stocked it with Russian ignorant experts?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/06/2018 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Lip service and then an open door.

See I did something...wink, wink, nudge, nudge
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 10:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Given that the propaganda was to influence English speaking American's, I don't understand the problem. Tie English messages to known Russian agents. After that, it is counterespionage and thus the FBI's job.
Posted by: Ebbeatch Wheasing1070 || 03/06/2018 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  No problem. All our experts speak jive.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/06/2018 17:04 Comments || Top||

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Too Funny to Not Post
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 05:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Okay that's one keyboard you owe me, not to mention the coffee, g(r)om.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2018 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Gomenasai.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 7:42 Comments || Top||

#3  and the Fireball in the coffee....
Posted by: Thuque and Tenille7985 || 03/06/2018 7:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Alan, thanks for the warning, my laptop is safe.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 10:52 Comments || Top||

#5  SPoD, Trigger warnings are sometimes useful.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2018 11:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Owiee! That slap will leave a mark!
Posted by: magpie || 03/06/2018 11:40 Comments || Top||

'This right here is called parenting': Father makes his son run a mile in the rain to school after he was banned from the bus for bullying
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#1  I wouldn't make a YouTube video
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2018 5:30 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe the DI calls that 'additional training'.

[insert "You youngns have it easy today. When we were young we ran to school in the rain, carrying a hundred pounds of books and laptop, uphill, both ways."]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/06/2018 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  You guys had laptops? We chiseled our stuff onto stone tablets, and we liked it!
Posted by: Raj || 03/06/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  As the Drill would say, "If I can't get you to work the brainpan muscle, I'll work your body muscles!"
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/06/2018 11:00 Comments || Top||

#5  "If it ain't rainin you ain't trainin!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/06/2018 11:13 Comments || Top||

Khanewal landlord slashes 7-year-old's nose 'for stealing sugarcane'
[DAWN] An influential landlord in Khanewal on Monday allegedly slashed the nose of a seven-year-old boy after accusing the child of stealing sugarcane from his fields, DawnNews reported.

The seven-year-old was accused of stealing sugarcane.
The child was taken to a basic health unit in Abdul Hakeem city, where he was given initial medical treatment.

An official at the health unit said the child's condition was "stable" and he had been sent home after his wounds were treated.

women are made to be loved, not understood...
the victim's father claimed that the doctor had discharged the child acting on the orders of the influential landlord in order to prevent a police case being filed.

The victim's father additionally complained that police had refused to register a case against the landlord because of the influence he wields.

When contacted, DSP Shahid Niaz informed DawnNews that police had not received any official complaint and therefore did not register a case.

"Now that we have received a formal complaint, we will follow due legal process in this regard," he assured.

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#1  Serves him right, the little scamp.
Posted by: Sweet Sue || 03/06/2018 23:58 Comments || Top||

British aid agencies report more abuse cases after Oxfam scandal
[ARABNEWS] Aid agencies in Britannia have reported 80 cases where they have caused harm, or a risk of harm, since a sexual abuse scandal broke last month, a watchdog body said on Monday at a summit to tackle sexual exploitation in the sector.

Some reports related to allegations of sexual abuse of people receiving aid, including children, the Charity Commission said.

Most of the 80 cases were historic, but seven were from the past year.

Aid minister Penny Mordaunt challenged aid agencies to up their game at the London meeting and said there would be "no hiding place" for predators.

"We will find you. We will bring you to justice. Your time is up," she said.

Reports that staff at British charity Oxfam paid for sex with hookers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake have left the aid world reeling.

The sector has been further rocked by allegations that women in Syria have been exploited by men delivering aid for charities and UN agencies.

Mordaunt, who co-hosted Monday’s summit with the Charity Commission, told aid agencies the government would not fund those that failed to meet its tough new "safeguarding standards" introduced on Monday.
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#2  Aid Agencies as a 'cover for action' for pedophiles? Not very original is it ?

See 'Cambridge Five' for update.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2018 8:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Correct me if I am wrong but weren't all of the Cambridge 5 gay? And wasn't MI5 and 6 thick with gays and Soviet moles?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/06/2018 12:04 Comments || Top||

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Move over Sultans
h/t Instapundit
They call him "The Sperminator." No, really. He calls himself "The Sperminator" too. But his real name is Ari Nagel. He’s a math professor at City University of New York and he’s fathered at least 26 children from sperm that he’s donated in some pretty strange ways. (A Target bathroom is involved.)
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