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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Congressman's Kid Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Girlfriend
[Weekly Standard] Democratic congressman Jim Moran's
Democrat Congressman-for-Life from Northern Virginia...
son, Patrick Moran,
This was the guy Project Veritas got on tape telling how to set up a little voter fraud.
has pleaded guilty to beating his girlfriend.
I doubt that'll actually hurt his political career. By the time Dad retires in 2066 it'll be a youthful peccadillo.
The assualt outside a nightclub left Moran's girlfriend with bloody nose and a fractured skull.
Not just a little game of slapsy with her, but a full-fledged thumping. He must feel ever so manly...
"MPD Sgt. Paul, S from the Fifth District Vice unit along with ABRA investigator Stewart, Craig observed a white male, later found to be known as D-1 (Moran) grab a white female by the back of her head with his hand and slam her head into the metal trash can cage in front of the nightclub 'The Getaway'.
So he didn't notice the vice cop unobtrusively hanging around when he thumped her. The vice cop must not have realized he was the son of a Congressman-for-Life, mistaking him instead for a frisky pimp. No doubt the cop's career is over, since the arrest can't be undone...
After both parties were separated investigation revealed that the female (CW-1) was D-1's girlfriend
"Yeah! She's my girlfriend, so piss off! I wanna call my Dad!"
and they had been in an argument inside the nightclub over D-1 talking to another female inside the club. CW-1 stated that she and D-1 have been together for six months," the report continues.
"Yeah! Six months! Wanna see my bruises?"
"Shuddup! You love me, baby!"
"People like you are the reason undercover cops don't carry nightsticks, kid!"

"The argument filtered outside
"I'm leaving!"
"No, you ain't!"

where D-1 then assaulted CW-1. Officer Murphy (4041) and Officer Anderson (Curfew 42) responded to assist.
"[Rrrrrrrrrr!] [Screech!]"
Officer Murphy observed CW-1 to be bleeding heavily from her nose
"Jeez! She looks like she's been kicked in the face by a horse!"
and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.
"Did yer nose always point to the left like that, miss?"
"Then I think it's busted!"

Ambulance 11 responded to the scene
"[Rrrrrrrrrr!] [Screech!]"
for treatment and transportation to Howard Hospital.
I'm guessing that's Howard University Hospital, rather than Howard County, which is pretty far from there...
The medical technician advised Officer Murphy that CW-1's nose looked to be broken and that her right socket could possibly be fractured which is actually considered a skull fracture.
"It's an eye socket! How can you consider that a skull fracture!"
"Shuddup, kid! Eye sockets are on the skull that's why."
"I wanna call my Dad!"

"D-1 was placed under arrest for Felony Assault, Domestic Violence
"You have the right to remain silent..."
"I wanna call my Dad!"

and was transported to the Fourth District for processing.
"Book him, Muldoon!"
Officer Murphy who is a certified crime scene technician processed the crime scene."
"Jones, get me a cast of that trash bin! Jackson, [FLASH!] take some pictures!"
The Washington City Paper reports that the younger Moran plead guilty to the assault.
Good idea, since he did it in front of a vice cop and they got pictures of the bloody trash bin.
Wonder if I'd get probation if they had that kind of evidence on me. On second thought, I don't wonder at all...
Patrick Moran was fired from his father's campaign earlier this year
"Son, you're fired! Pack your spit and get out!"
"I wanna call Mom!"

after a video exposed him of conspiring to commit voter fraud.
"But really, I was just joshing!"
"You didn't look like you were joshing!"
"Owww! My eye socket!"

"I hope their privacy will be respected," Congressman Moran told the paper. "They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them."
"Hi! This is Tiffany! I'm not at my phone and if you're Patrick Moron I never will be again! Please leave a message at the tone!"
"You love me, baby! Call me!"

CW-1? Things got a little out of hand. It's just this damn war and that lying son of a bitch Johnson Bush Obama Bush and...I would never hurt you. You know that...
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Take it, CW-1...

The female identified herself as Kelly Hofmann, Moran's girlfriend of six months. The two had been drinking heavily and arguing inside the bar about Moran talking to another woman.

Hofmann was bleeding from her nose, and her right eye was "extremely swollen," the report said. A medical technician on the scene said that Hofmann's nose looked broken and noted to officers that her eye socket was potentially fractured. Hofmann was taken to Howard University Hospital.

In a statement released by Jim Moran's office, Hofmann called the police report "inaccurate" and denied that Moran caused her any physical harm.

"Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trash can. On impact, I fractured my nose," Hofmann said. "I hope our privacy will be respected."

Ah, Ye Olde Broken High Heel Trick. Must be why he copped a plea.
Move it along, nuthin to see here....
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/13/2012 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  D-1? If it stands for Douchebag-1, then it really should be Douchebag Jr. or D-2...
Posted by: Frank G || 12/13/2012 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Great in-line.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/13/2012 17:47 Comments || Top||

Federal Reserve sets new targets for interest rates
The US Federal Reserve has said it plans to keep interest rates at close to zero at least until the US unemployment rate falls below 6.5%.

The Fed previously had a date-driven target, rather than a data-driven one.

The Fed also said it will continue to buy $85bn (£53bn) a month of government bonds and mortgage-backed securities to try to boost the economy.

But changes in the way it does this will mean more money is pumped into the economy.

"The committee remains concerned that, without sufficient policy accommodation, economic growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvement in labour market conditions," the Fed said in a statement.

US stocks rose after the announcement. The Dow Jones, which had been little changed before the statement, jumped 70 points to 13,318.
Numerical thresholds

Interest rates in the US have been close to zero for several years now, and the Fed again kept them at below 0.25%.

But in a surprise move, the Fed adopted numerical thresholds for future interest rate policy, something which had not been expected until next year. It said that it expects to keep rates at this exceptionally low range as long as:

the unemployment rate remains above 6.5%
inflation between one and two years ahead is projected to be no more than a half percentage point above the committee's 2% longer-run goal
longer term inflation expectations continue to be well anchored

The Fed had previously said it expected to maintain rates at their current level until 2015.
Meanwhile back in the real world:
First Hong Kong, Now Aussie Central Bank Gets Ugly Case Of Truthiness

"Central banks can provide liquidity to shore up financial stability and they can buy time for borrowers to adjust, but they cannot, in the end, put government finances on a sustainable course... They can't shield people from the implications of having mis-assessed their own lifetime budget constraints and therefore having consumed too much."

Posted by: tipper || 12/13/2012 02:34 || Comments || Link || [336102 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The federal Mirror reserve said that without more mirror bending, Americans would continue to appear to be fat.
It announced plans to double the curvature of mirrors in order to keep Americans thin and healthy.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/13/2012 6:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Keep printing money until all existing savings are effectively confiscated. Then what?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2012 9:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Then what?

Confiscate private homes and businesses. Those magic checks for the welfare recipients and public employees and grant recipients and rent seekers still have to be sent out, doncha know? Gotta fund 'em somehow. If they won't give these up willingly, just send the Lansing union guys to make sure they give them up.
Posted by: no mo uro || 12/13/2012 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  If the interest rates had been allowed to rise to the actual cost of borrowing money ten years ago the housing bubble would have been mitigated to one extent or another. And we wouldn't be in nearly the mess we are in.

Interest rates need to go to at least seven or eight percent to cleanse the filth out of our economy. It will happen quickly and be over quickly. Better to rip a bandaid off then pull it off slowly.

I forget who said it first but the problem right now in America isn't that the wealthy and successful have it too easy but that those who have failed to thrive in the private sector aren't allowed to fail.

At some point I really think that if you are a lazy, low skill loser you really have been given enough government forbearance.
Posted by: no mo uro || 12/13/2012 9:45 Comments || Top||

#5  So next year we'll have

7.5% unemployment
M1 increasing at 10% year over year
2% inflation
3.3% mortgage 30 yr rate
25% of GDP as federal taxes and fees
approaching $1 Trillion in student debt

and Obama still being worshipped as a hope and change savior

45% of GDP as federal expenditures
Posted by: lord garth || 12/13/2012 11:04 Comments || Top||

#6  25% of GDP as federal taxes and fees
45% of GDP as federal expenditures
Real GDP is ~80% of the current value.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/13/2012 11:40 Comments || Top||

#7  "At some point I really think that if you are a lazy, low skill loser you really have been given enough government forbearance."

If you're a lazy, low-skill loser, you're due NO forbearance, as far as I'm concerned, no mo.

If the clowns in the gummint want to give to support the losers, they should have to use their own money. How much "forbearance" do you think there'd be then? >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 12/13/2012 13:18 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm with you, Barbara.

My post was an attempt at a play on words with Champ's comment about, "...at some point you've made enough money".

Posted by: no mo uro || 12/13/2012 16:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Barbara I disagree. Somehow the lazy, no-skill, losers must be embraced by our society and allowed to work for their livelihood and dignity.

Right now, with licensing rules for mani-pedi providers, cab drivers, bikini-waxers, and nutrition-advisers, minimum wage laws and mandatory unemployment and health insurance, these sorts of people cannot get any employment whatsoever.

Shall we let them die from exposure and hunger?

That is the Minnesota way, but the weather doesn't cooperate in California or Florida quite the same.

Let's find ways to permit the least able American to survive today, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Posted by: rammer || 12/13/2012 21:14 Comments || Top||

#10  "Somehow the lazy, no-skill, losers must be embraced by our society and allowed to work for their livelihood and dignity."

I'd love it if they worked, rammer. I'm just tired of the legions who think I'm supposed to work to support them.

I agree we're far too over-regulated, both locally and nationally.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/13/2012 21:49 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/13/2012 19:08 || Comments || Link || [336063 views] Top|| File under:

Rice OUT, makes Kerry likely State pick
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's abrupt withdrawal from consideration for Secretary of State today is likely to trigger another round of political musical chairs in the Bay State, as President Obama appears likely to offer the post to Sen. John Kerry -- setting up another special election here.

"Bring. It. On," was the official tweet from the Massachusetts Democratic Party shortly after Rice sent a letter to Obama withdrawing her name from the running.

Kerry had long been considered the likely niminee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until Rice’s name was floated this fall. It is unclear whether the Obama administration might have any other candidates in mind. If Kerry is offered and accepts the Secretary of State post, it would prompt a special election within 160 days — clearing the way for another run from Sen. Scott Brown who lost to Sen. Elect Elizabeth Warren.

Brown hinted during his farewell speech yesterday that he may soon be back. Other possibilities for the special election include U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and potentially former Gov. William Weld.

Gov. Deval Patrick is likely to make a temporary appointment during that time, and Beacon Hill insiders have indicated that the appointee might also be able to run for office.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/13/2012 16:59 || Comments || Link || [336076 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, better at State than at the DOD. Not much better. But still better. Sort of.

So John Kerry walks into a bar, and the bartender asks, "So, why the long face?"

I'm here all week. Try the veal and don't forget to tip your waitress...
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 12/13/2012 17:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The picture of Kerry says everything.
Posted by: Lowspark || 12/13/2012 18:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Much as I suspect Susan Rice of having bad judgement and being too partisan, I find Kerry worse.

I'd like at least one Senator to read aloud some of those 'Dear Commandante" letters he wrote sucking up to Ortega (this while he was a Senator and not just a protestor).
Posted by: lord garth || 12/13/2012 18:20 Comments || Top||

#4  He'll make Hillary look like Thomas Jefferson. But if it finally gets him out of Mass, I'm in favor of it. Call me selfish...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/13/2012 18:54 Comments || Top||

#5  not even the "B" Movie team!
Posted by: Water Modem || 12/13/2012 19:36 Comments || Top||

#6  at least we KNOW he'll sell us out. Rice was a little smarter about it til she fell for the "Benghazi Talking Points™" scam
Posted by: Frank G || 12/13/2012 20:20 Comments || Top||

#7  The same Kerry of Winter Soldier? The Traitor of Paris? Sec State? A travesty.
Posted by: KBK || 12/13/2012 22:04 Comments || Top||

#8  so has he paid the taxes on his boat yet? is tax evasion a felony? Al Capone seems to think so ( or did until he woke up dead one day) so can a felon hold federal office? where's the LSM outrage on this?(L=Lame)
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/13/2012 22:45 Comments || Top||

Proposed CA Law Would Grant Homeless the Right to Urinate on Sidewalks
The measure would also protect:

-- Sleeping in public spaces such as sidewalks and parks

-- 24/7 access to bathrooms, showers, water and clean syringes

-- Car camping on city streets without restrictions

-- "Life sustaining activities" such as urinating and collecting recycling trash

-- Welfare cash payments

-- Meditating or praying in public

-- Panhandling

-- Payment for possessions seized in a roust

-- Right to refuse the offer of a homeless shelter

-- Right to a lawyer in most encounters with the law
Too lazy to get a job? Drunk? Stoned outta your mind? Come to California! The weather's fine. You can pitch a tent in the bushes or, if that's too challenging, you can sleep on the sidewalk. You can pee on the sidewalk. Hell, you can take a dump on the sidewalk. You can get an EBT card for your food and we got Medicaid if you need a doctor. If you need money for drugs you can panhandle and the cops won't hassle you for it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/13/2012 10:59 || Comments || Link || [336074 views] Top|| File under:

Governor Says Pa. Won't Set Up Health Exchange
"They're falling like dominoes, sir! Whatever will we do?"
"Build a wall around the remaining states to keep them in line. We shall call it.... the Obamacare Wall. It'll do nicely to advertise the next round of shovel-ready stimulus. And Boner won't be able to stop it. Bwahahahah!"
[Hosted.AP.org] Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday, putting the state on a course to join others led by Republicans that will let President Barack Obama
The Cambridge police acted stupidly...
's administration run its exchange.

Setting up a state-based exchange would be irresponsible, Corbett said, as he faulted federal authorities for what he called inadequate answers to his questions about cost and other issues.

"Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," Corbett said. "Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars."

The Corbett administration also is rejecting the option of running the exchange as a partnership with the federal government, spokeswoman Christine Cronkright said. But she also noted that the administration has the ability under the law to re-evaluate every year whether to get involved.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336079 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My bet is the Feds will set up an 'exchange' for the states that do not, and force it on them; makes no difference whether that is in the law or not.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2012 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Obama will just issue an executive order to fix the problem. Who needs Congress when you can rule by decree?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/13/2012 9:27 Comments || Top||

#3  We shall call it.... the Obamacare Wall.

I guess the Maginot Line was already taken.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/13/2012 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  In the short term, good for PA!

In the long term, the law is designed to fail. When it does the Feds will rush and 'save' it by nationalizing health care. That was the plan all along. Anything that speeds up the failure is just fine by Reid/Pelosi/Champ.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/13/2012 17:10 Comments || Top||

#5  And we know how easily the Maginot Line was defeated, Steve. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 12/13/2012 19:47 Comments || Top||

#6  According to CNBC, only 15 states have chosen to set up exchanges.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2012 20:59 Comments || Top||

#7  that leaves...umm...carry the two...42 left?
Posted by: Frank G || 12/13/2012 22:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Oh, at least...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/13/2012 22:27 Comments || Top||

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