Not going to jury duty has its price. At least this man found out the hard away via AP
“A Pennsylvania man who skipped out on jury duty 11 times in the last two years has been arrested inside a courthouse while attending a child custody hearing.
Somerset County Judge D. Gregory Geary told 32-year-old Owen Fazenbaker III on Monday that he found it “ironic” that Fazenbaker could find his way to court for that but not for jury duty.
Fazenbaker promised to serve on future juries if the judge would not impose a $500 fine and 10 days in jail for each time he has missed jury duty.
The (Somerset) Daily American reports that the judge said the Stoystown man could avoid a seven-day jail term if he pays a $500 fine.”
Next time, he might reconsider his decision. Really reconsider. $500 is a lot of money for stupid mistake like missing jury duty.
I got this e-mail and I want to share how insane the Tea Party is. But remember all of this fearmongering is only used to raise funds for right-wing causes.
“This is a situation we’ve been watching closely. We have warned you about it many times. Those who choose to ignore it are in for dire consequences.
Martial Law is coming. I can’t repeat that enough. The signs are everywhere. Just open your eyes and look around!
If you want to be part of the movement to stop Martial Law click here.
The latest move is police becoming increasingly militarized against good citizens who firmly believe in the Constitution. They are even receiving strike force training. It’s shocking!
Look at Spokane, Washington. The sheriff came right out and publicly said they have military vehicles because of Constitutionalists and people with guns.
The Spokane police department is preparing for alleged violence from these Patriots who they are deeming terrorists. That is pure insanity!
When I heard this I was floored! That was not all. This same sheriff recently said,
“I, with the stroke of a pen, can affect your freedom and I can take away your life in certain circumstances your rights.”
It’s an outrage alright…but if fits. Clearly the sheriff of Spokane and Obama share the same poison pen.
Obama has been carefully laying out his plans for Martial Law for several years now from the fake cities and training areas across the country to the gun-grabbing, ammo stockpiling, body bag ordering and now even heavily armored ambulances, labeled “tankbulances.”
There’s one in the Bay Area out in California. Guess where they got the money to do that? Department of Homeland Security. $200,000 bucks.
If you’re thinking, “Well that is understandable, they need something in times or unrest” then here’s something that will make your skin crawl.
That “tankbulance” has 11 gun ports, a roof hatch with a rotating gun turret and a battering ram capable of deploying incapacitating gas.
What has America come to? If you weren’t worried about Martial Law before by God I hope you are now.
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Give your best donation today. Your donation of $25, $50, $75 or any amount you feel comfortable with goes to our fight to stop Martial Law and save our Constitutional rights!
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We can blast letters, faxes and emails and make potentially thousands of calls to stop this desecration of the Constitution and the advance of Martial law.
Don’t sit there and do nothing and don’t take the chance of waking up to a nation under Martial law. Obama is purposely creating chaos, deliberately race-baiting and targeting conservatives.
He wants America to go crazy so he can implement Martial Law—bind our hands and feet, gag our mouths, make us prisoners in our own country and render us useless servants.
Is that what you want? I sure don’t and that’s why I vowed when I saw the writing on the wall to fight this with every ounce of energy I have inside me.
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I told this these guys are nuts
CBS News reports
“A day after suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques in the Yemeni capital, the U.S. military decided to pull the remainder of its troops out of the rapidly fragmenting nation, CBS News confirmed Saturday.A
A purported affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the bombings, which also wounded 357 people – raising the alarming possibility the extremist group has expanded its presence to Yemen after already setting up a branch in Libya. Earlier this week, the group claimed responsibility for a bloody attack on Western tourists in Tunisia that authorities said was carried out by militants trained in Libya”
After this event, it seems that the entire Middle East is in a state of chaos. ISIS is in a war in Iraq. There is Syria vs ISIS. Shite vs Sunni (forgot about: ISIS). Egypt Vs Muslism Brotherhood. Libya is in shreds.
What is going on there. Is this all due to exclusively due to US imperalism. The answer is “Yes, but”.
The reality is that the Middle East has a huge difficulty in establishing democratic instutitions because the Islamic culture is heavily grounded in authortain governments. For the last 1300 years, the Arab Middle East has been control by a small number of rulers from tribal ruling families to the Ottoman leaders. Despite the Western incursion into the Middle East, it was the West who try to introduce democratic governments to the Middle East.
However, the main problem was the West was not interested in developing home-grown democratic institutions in the Middle East. It was interested in getting regimes that were going to Western industries cheap access to resources and goods at the expense of developing home-grown democratic movements. Instead, the West try to prop up leaders through “democratic methods” to gain control to resources. A home-grown democratic movement might want to collectivize the industry and not let Western oil extractors share in the wealth. Therefore, it was better to follow with the ages-long tradiiton of following
So what is going in Yemen. It is the failure to develop national home-grown democratic movements at the expense of getting rulers that will do exactly what it will say on battiling terrorism. The US’s logic is that terrorists must be prevented at all costs because it would have huge, huge indirect costs to economy based on the psychological fear factor. Therefore, the US is willing to spend billions on buying off leaders to do what it is says so it can control those leaders and bomb terrorists who have remote interest in attacking the “Fortress America” which can not handle a terrorist attack because it would be considered to show American leadership be weak by not protecting the “homeland”.
Instead of eradicating the terrorists, we get what we opposite desire. Instead of trying to deeply understanding Yemani culture and understand the deep rifts between Sunni and Shia, our leadership ignores those division and just bombs random terrorists. The way to eradicate the terrorists is to learn the process of restorative justice and bring the Sunnis and Shias to the table for reconciliation.
It is not sexy as taking a UAV and bombing a few random rag-tag unemployed Arab males who join Al-Queda for sense of adventure and pay check. The best way to be in the Middle East is the country that brings people together and negotiate peace. Like the Good Friday agreement and resolving the conflict in Bosina, the US has recent track record for peacemaking. However, the Bush administration and its warmongering left an entire generation leaders who know nothing about force and hard diplomacy to resolve situtations.
And this is a backdrop why some Yemenis lose their lives because the US just does not understand soft diplomacy and really does not reward it. Yes, enemies like ISIS need to dealt with brute force, but most conflicts are handled through diplomacy and restorative justice. Not through by employing a some video-game jockey who gets paid to do his thrill by running UAV and targets some raghead terrorists that were really disillusioned Arab males
NBC News reports
“A pregnant woman who had her unborn fetus viciously cut from her womb pleaded for help with police in a chilling 911 call released by authorities Thursday.
“I’m pregnant. She cut me in my stomach — I’m afraid,” the woman, who has not been identified by police, says in the call released by the Longmont Police Department in Colorado.
The 26-year-old woman was attacked after responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes posted by a stranger, police said Wednesday.
Police found her in the basement of an apartment, beaten, stabbed and with her baby removed from her womb. She had been seven months pregnant.
When the dispatcher asks the woman if her attacker had any weapons besides a knife, she says she was also stabbed with “two broken glasses” and the assault occurred as she had to tried to leave.
“Please come. I’m bleeding out,” the woman says in the 911 call as the dispatcher tells her to stay awake.
During the call the woman hears a doorbell ring and asks the dispatcher if it’s the responding officers. She was too weak to let them in, but the officers were able to gain entry and find the bleeding woman.
“Yes! They’re here. They’re here,” she says.
The suspect, Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, showed up at a local hospital later Wednesday evening with a dead fetus, claiming to have had a miscarriage. She was arrested and is facing charges of first-degree attempted murder, assault and child abuse, according to police.
The victim was taken hours earlier to the same hospital where Lane took the child and underwent surgery. Police said the woman “is recovering.”
“She is alert, answering questions and is with family,” Longmont Police Department Commander Jeffrey Satur said.”
What a psycho. I mean who cuts open mother’s womb. This is a case of sociopath at its worst. The women who did this should be confined to a mental hospitial for the rest of her life and not be able to released.
Ted Cruz’s only interested in pleasing the millionaires and billionaires. According to the AP
“Unlimited political cash would give rank-and-file conservative activists greater sway in picking their representatives, including the president, White Househopeful Ted Cruz told New Hampshire voters on Sunday.
Cruz, a first-term senator who represents Texas, said deep-pocketed donors should have the same rights to write giant campaign checks as voters have to put signs in their front yards. Both, Cruz said, were an example of political speech, and he added that “money absolutely can be speech.”
“I believe everyone here has a right to speak out on politics as effectively as possible,” Cruz said told a voter who asked him about the role of the super-rich in politics.
Cruz, making his first trip to New Hampshire this year, was using a two-day visit to this early voting state to lay the groundwork for an expected presidential campaign. Three of the seven questions he took during a town hall-style meeting were statements encouraging him to run for president.
Cruz steadfastly insisted he was not yet a presidential candidate and said he was merely considering it. “I am looking at it very seriously,” he said a day after making a campaign-style trip to South Carolina, another early nominating state.
After the session, one activist gave Cruz a blank check and told him to write it for whatever amount he needed.
My response to Mr. Cruz. No it does not. It does not help your average conservative upper-middle class conservative activist. On many issues, the opinions of conservative activists that represent the upper-middle class differ from the wealthy millionaires and billionaires. They cannot outpace the donation rate of the Koch Brothers and their ilk. Hard limits on both hard and soft money would go long away to prevent this.
While strict campaign contributions primarily would help the left, it would also let the average conservative voter have more influence over the candidates.
The GOP club of donors has ever shrunk throughout of the years leaving the average voter isolated from the rich and the powerful.
Personally, I want ISIS headed crush to the ground by the military. I think there absolute bane of evil in the Middle East. While I despise ISIS like any GOP patriot, I severely digress from the GOP orthodoxy especially on what causes ISIS. As OP-Ed news piece puts it like this
“uestion: when President Obama’s issues orders to launch Predator or Reaper drones in Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen, which then take a terrible toll on innocent civilians, how many new potential recruits for ISIS, Al-Qaeda or Daesh are generated? We don’t know for sure but it’s becoming evident that the more drones Mr. Obama launches the more the ranks of new terrorist recruits swell.
You would think that Mr. Obama would realize this and, perhaps, he does. But I doubt if he comprehends that his particular strategy of fighting “suspected” terrorists is turning into a classic example of what is called the “law of diminishing returns”, my special interpretation of which is; as these attacks are relentlessly pursued, they lose their effectiveness and, instead, produce highly negative results.
So as the recruitment of new terrorists gains momentum does this president meet with his military advisers to address the fact that these actions are, in fact, backfiring and causing blowback; and that a scaling back would be in order? Doesn’t he even begin to comprehend that, as citizens of those countries see members of their families and their friends being incinerated, they are infuriated and this is motivating many of them to seek revenge? Apparently not, because as this situation worsens, this president drones on and on.
Might he have seen this report about the young Somalians living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota who have joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria? It’s amazing to read stories like this from news outlets that talk about such ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. but they never point out that the main reason this is happening is because they want revenge for the deaths of innocent people in their countries of origin.
There are more and more ominous signs that America’s many enemies in the world are now closely bonding together in pursuing the same objective, i.e., to fight America. We’ve heard many accounts of how new recruits are coming from nations all over the world to join ISIS. Now here’s a report that indicates that Boko Haram, the Nigerian based terror organization, has pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Some in America might wonder if Mr. Obama ever feels remorseful about the hundreds of innocent civilians that have been killed by these deadly drones. There’s no evidence that he does and, in fact, during the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner in 2010, President Obama made this crude joke that many, upon hearing it, felt that it showed a disregard for human life. Seeing the Jonas Brothers sitting in the audience at the dinner, Obama joked: “Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming.” You got that right, Mr. President; just like those hundreds of innocent civilians who “never saw it coming either.
If one closely watches what is going on with this government it becomes quite apparent that this president is under the control of the military establishment; that it is in charge and calling the shots. We have seen the renewal of bombing in Iraq and now Syria; we keep hearing high level military officials talking about putting “Boots on the ground” and more talk of slowing down withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.”
In reality, ISIS is getting very popular because it is only force of capable dealing with US overreach in the region. In effect, US overreach created ISIS and we are fighting the monster that we created. The GOP will not admit that we created ISIS, while I believe that we created it and so it our fight to eradicate it out the region.
However, we also have to remember for the future about the severe consequences of an overreaching foreign policy. Few leaders can say “American Exceptionalism” and “American overreach: in the same breathe. It is perhaps time to state that while our country is an exceptional country, we also have xterm tendency to overreach into other countries affairs and that meddling creates nightmarish dictatorships and disrupts home-grown democratic movements.
For us, it is weakness because we have to remember that other cultures do not have the same values that America has or they might, but they have different cultural contexts to express it. American leaders fail to understand this and they want to import free-market captialist values to societies that did not value individualism and competitiveness nature that America does. What ultimately happens is that we create nightmarish dictatorship and endless wars because we fail to understand cultural contexts. And ISIS is the direct result of that. The direct result of L. Paul Bremmer’s failed vision for Iraq and not understanding the cultural contexts reason.
And now we are responsible with crushing the nightmare that we unleashed on the Middle East. And we do not know if we are going to win this battle.
The LA Times reports
After seven failed attempts since 2002, a coalition of health groups and lawmakers is once again proposing to increase the tobacco tax in California, arguing that an additional $2 per pack of cigarettes will save lives, in part, by discouraging people from smoking.
Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a physician, introduced the latest proposal, which would generate $1.4 billion a year to fund smoking prevention, research into smoking-related diseases and expanded treatment services for Medi-Cal patients.
The measure would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature and the governor’s signature to be placed on the ballot. The tobacco industry has blocked past attempts, but representatives were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
Supporters say they are prepared to take it to the November 2016 ballot with a signature drive if it fails in the Legislature. The state tax on a pack of 20 cigarettes is currently 87 cents, on top of a federal tax of $1.01 a pack.
“California’s tobacco tax rate is currently among the lowest in the nation with 32 other states having a higher tax rate,” Pan said in a statement. “SB 591 would put California’s tobacco tax rate at 8th in the nation and will restore California’s highly effective smoking prevention and research programs.”
The tax increase is supported by groups including the American Heart Assn., American Lung Assn. in California, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the California Medical Assn., Service Employees International Union California, Health Access California, and the California Hospital Assn.
The health groups said nearly 35,000 Californians died from smoking-related diseases in 2009 and they estimate the higher tax will save 100,000 lives.
The coalition cited a study by UC San Francisco’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program that concluded smoking costs $18.1 billion in California – $487 for each resident — in direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature death.
“Every day that goes by without legislation like this, California spends $49 million in tobacco-related healthcare costs, with taxpayers picking up a substantial portion of that tab,” said Olivia J. Gertz, president and chief executive of the American Lung Assn. in California”
Sorry, but California does not need any further tobacco taxes. Cigarrettes have gotten to the price where vaping is easier and cheaper habit to do.
It is no longer “cool” to smoke. Vaping is the new thing among teenagers to do. Therefore, the incentive to smoke tobacco is on the wane and the demand will decrease.
The stream of revenue generated by higher cigarrette taxes has done its job, but there is a point where enough is enough.
If they want to tax something, tax vaping supplies and issues.