Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Man who committed no crime serves 900 days in jail; he's to testify in Oregon murder case | Fox News

Man who committed no crime serves 900 days in jail; he's to testify in Oregon murder case | Fox News: "The 59-year-old man has been incarcerated at the Washington County Jail for 897 days, or just shy of two and half years. His bail was set at $500,000.

Prosecutors say Vasquez-Hernandez's testimony is essential to their case, and he probably wouldn't show up to court if released."


The Export-Import Bank's Hidden Tax on America's Companies | Cato Institute

The Export-Import Bank's Hidden Tax on America's Companies | Cato Institute: "Despite the Bank’s claims that it primarily serves small and medium enterprises and that it provides financing for transactions that the private sector won’t service, in 2013 about 75 percent of Ex-Im largesse was dispensed to the benefit of ten large, creditworthy companies"



"Ex-Im’s transactions benefit two parties: the U.S. exporter and the foreign customer. And, accordingly, those transactions tax two sets of parties: the U.S. competitors of the lucky U.S. exporter (the intra-industry cost) and the U.S. competitors of the lucky foreign customer (the downstream industry cost)."

Watchdog.Org: Heavy-Handed Police Bring ‘Minority Report’ to Life | The Federalist Papers

Watchdog.Org: Heavy-Handed Police Bring ‘Minority Report’ to Life | The Federalist Papers: " In 2013, a college student named Monica Jones was arrested for the crime of “manifesting an intent to commit or solicit an act of prostitution,” which can mean up to six months in jail.

MANIFEST DESTINY: Once someone is suspected of being a sex worker, anything that person does can be construed as “manifesting an intent” to commit prostitution. Even asking a police officer to identify himself as a police officer is grounds for an arrest.

She was arrested after an undercover cop offered to give her a ride, then propositioned her for sex and refused to let her leave the vehicle when she declined, according to court documents.

She then asked if the cop was a cop — probably because she was trying to determine if she was being set-up or if she was being kidnapped — which is grounds for an arrest because inquiring “whether a potential patron, procurer or prostitute is a police officer or searches for articles that would identify a police officer” counts as manifestating an intent to commit prostitution, under Phoenix law."


Monday, February 23, 2015

Officials: Houston clears backlog of 6,600 untested rape kits, hundreds of matches in database | Fox News

Officials: Houston clears backlog of 6,600 untested rape kits, hundreds of matches in database | Fox News: "the city launched an effort in 2013 to test 6,663 rape kits — some of which dated back nearly three decades"



"More than 12,000 kits went untested for years in Memphis, Tennessee, which is facing a lawsuit from rape victims as it tries to test the kits. In Detroit, prosecutors discovered more than 11,000 rape kits in an abandoned police warehouse in 2009, and Cleveland prosecutors have sent their entire 4,700-kit backlog for testing."



Waiting that long is unbelievable, a travesty of injustice, and gross misconduct!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Rand Paul: Republicans should be a party of “second chances” | Rare

Rand Paul: Republicans should be a party of “second chances” | Rare: "“Many of us are Christians, we believe in a second chance in our religion. Anybody here who’s not a sinner, raise their hand,” he said.

“We believe in redemption should the law allow people a second chance. I think if we’ll be more of a compassionate party who believes in that and believes that people in poverty needs a second chance, maybe we can do something for Detroit.”

“[S]how that we do care about people who are poor, who live in bad circumstances,” he added."


Detroit dad saves a whole neighborhood | Rare

Detroit dad saves a whole neighborhood | Rare: "The 50-year-old born-and-bred Detroiter has turned his block into a safe place for kids to have fun and parents to relax. In the lot next to his house, Davis has set up a place to work out, a swing set for kids to play on, and a homemade movie screen for families to watch movies at night.

In a field across the street, Davis built a go-kart track for kids where he also teaches them how to fix go-karts and mini bikes."



"The father of two wasn’t always a do-gooder. When he was younger, Davis was arrested several times on theft charges. He has since turned his life around and has even received a certificate of appreciation from his church."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When A Restaurant Burns Down, The Owner Makes A Huge Sacrifice To Show Staff How Special They Are

When A Restaurant Burns Down, The Owner Makes A Huge Sacrifice To Show Staff How Special They Are: "With no revenue coming from his decimated restaurant and Kroll wanting his employees to remain with the company, he made a personal sacrifice – by taking the payroll from his own pocket. Khon 2 News reports:
Kroll paid the remaining four months of paychecks, almost $144,00 out of his own pocket."



"Kroll made employees promise to do one thing while he was helping them out. He asked them to volunteer their time, and pay it forward in their community. And they did."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Western Pennsylvania father charged in deaths of young daughters killed by falling dresser | Fox News

Western Pennsylvania father charged in deaths of young daughters killed by falling dresser | Fox News: "David Beatty was charged with manslaughter because Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh says he heard the furniture crash but didn't check on the girls for 10 minutes or more. Berosh believes the girls might have lived had their father responded sooner."



What was he doing something that shouldn't be interrupted during those 10 minutes? Is it bad parenting to not check out every potentially dangerous sound immediately?

Google Public Policy Blog: A step toward government transparency

Google Public Policy Blog: A step toward government transparency: "the government has chosen to disclose an estimated number of “targets” that it has surveilled, rather than the number of “accounts” at issue. This means that where the “target” is an organization composed of many people, and the government uses FISA to require disclosure of information from many different providers about the many accounts used by those people, covering a broad array of services, it may only report that there was one target. By contrast, in our methodology, and that used by other companies, we each would count the number of accounts impacted by a particular surveillance request. The government could provide more meaningful transparency by specifying the number of accounts too."