- Check Out the Gordon Lights! December 19, 2014
Fabian Gordon and his wife Ellen put on a spectacular light show that is put to music in Plano, Texas to raise money for Operation Home Front each year.
Check out a great little video from former Tech Director for TWR, Sean Young here.
Get more info here.
- Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In North Korean Cyberterror Attack December 19, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: As it begins to dawn on everyone in Hollywood the reality that Sony Pictures was the victim of a cyberterrorist act perpetrated by a hostile foreign nation on American soil, questions will be asked about how and why it happened, ending with Sony cancelling the theatrical release of the satirical comedy The Interview because of its depiction of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. One of those issues will be this: Why didn’t anybody speak out while Sony Pictures chiefs Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton were embarrassed by emails served up by the media, bolstering the credibility of hackers for when they attached as a cover letter to Lynton’s emails a threat to blow up theaters if The Interview was released?
George Clooney has the answer and Jon-David is not afraid to sign his petition.
To read the whole article jump over to Deadline Hollywood here.
- Man fakes heart attack to steal Barbie car from Walmart December 18, 2014
LAKE WALES, Fla. — Two men were arrested after they used a medical diversion to steal from a Walmart in Central Florida.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Tarus Scott and Genard Dupree teamed up Tuesday to steal expensive toys, including a motorized Barbie car, a Barbie Glam vacation house and a Leap Frog tablet.
But it’s how they stole $369 worth of toys that makes this story a little different.
Read the story here.
- Obama administration claims a right to hide evidence before Supreme Court December 10, 2014
Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. June, a case that has received little attention, but will have far-reaching implications. The case boils down to this: Can the federal government actively conceal material evidence in order to escape liability? Common sense says no. The Obama administration says yes.
June involves the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) and a doctrine called “equitable tolling.” Prior to 1946, the doctrine of sovereign immunity prohibited citizens from filing suit against the government. That all changed in 1946, when a military plane crashed into the Empire State Building, killing and injuring many civilians. Congress responded by enacting the FTCA, which waives sovereign immunity and allows citizens to sue the government in instances.
However, claimants must file a claim within two years of injury. Equitable tolling freezes those two years under certain considerations, like government officials hiding pertinent facts. Courts across the country have consistently applied the doctrine of equitable tolling to FTCA claims.
In the June case, a minor child was killed in a car crash when a median barrier failed. The barrier had failed safety crash testing; the government knew but installed it anyway. When the plaintiff investigated, the government would not make federal employees — who knew the truth — available for deposition until after the two year deadline to file. The government now argues that equitable tolling should not apply to claims brought under the FTCA. It maintains that it can avoid liability by hiding evidence and waiting for the clock to run out.
The June case raises serious issues for every government agency, especially the Veterans Administration, given the recent scandal where VA employees engaged in fraud and falsified records. If no whistleblower had come forward, VA employees could have waited out the clock. The VA has already demonstrated a propensity toward dishonesty and covering up. It needs no further incentives.
Read the entire article here.
Check out the SCOTUS blog for more background info here.
- Corrupt Obamacare Architect Gruber Gets Trey Gowdy’d – BOOM! December 9, 2014
Jonathan Gruber from MIT is the guy who wrote Obamacare, then said it only passed because the American voters are “stupid.” In the process, he made more than $6 million on top of much more as a consultant for state and local governments.
So today, he voluntarily testified before the House Oversight Committee. And although he was carefully coached by the Obama White House to sound apologetic and humble, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) fired at him with both barrels. And it resulted in this must see video! (See above)
“The pervasiveness of your quotes is so much that it has to be more than that. It has to be more than an episodic mistake that you made,” Gowdy grilled. He went on, “What did you mean when you said you wish that you had been able to be transparent, but you’d rather have the law than not?”
Gowdy is speaking on behalf of the American people, who are seeing their insurance premiums skyrocket thanks to this law which was passed with the help of political criminals like Gruber. There should be serious legal repercussions for Gruber’s deceitfulness. See this story here.
- Wisconsin should pass right-to-work December 8, 2014
Elections have consequences, and Scott Fitzgerald, the Republican leader of Wisconsin’s state Senate, wants one of those consequences to be a state right-to-work law.
Wisconsin is one of three states without such a law where Republicans have effective control over the legislative process for at least the next two years. (The others are Ohio, which Republicans control, and Missouri, where they hold veto-proof majorities in both the state House and Senate.) Right-to-work, which lets workers choose whether to pay for union representation without risking their jobs, is a good idea in Wisconsin, and a good idea everywhere else it can be tried.
According to data from the Labor and Commerce Departments, both wage and job growth were significantly larger in right-to-work states between 2003 and 2013. Right-to-work states also experienced twice as much growth in real manufacturing GDP as other states. The flight of America’s manufacturing base to southern right-to-work states further illustrates the point.
Unions decry such laws as inhibiting workers’ right to unionize, and some journalist describe it as “restriction” on unions.
Read more here.
- Critics say Common Core includes collecting psych data on kids December 4, 2014
Parents in Pennsylvania have written outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett to demand a moratorium on the collection of what they describe as sensitive and personal information on students, which they say is part of a federal database to track the development of every child. And education activists around the nation say it is part and parcel of the controversial campaign to impose a uniform, national standard for math and English.
“This follows them from the cradle to the grave,” said Tracy Ramey, of Pennsylvanians against Common Core. Her group, along with Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, recently wrote Corbett to demand the shutdown of the state’s Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) in all 500 school districts.
“What’s alarming is what they are doing with the data,” Ramey said. Read the entire article here.
- Obama proposes $263 million plan that will put body-worn cameras on police officers and reviews police ‘militarization’ as he meets Al Sharpton at the White House December 1, 2014
President Barack Obama met with controversial black pastor Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday at the White House, amid word that he would demand $263 million from Congress to put 50,000 body-worn cameras in U.S. police departments and train local cops to better use surplus military equipment.
The moves came in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Sharpton called the get-together ‘a historic meeting that the president and vice president sat with all of us and law enforcement to commit to not just another commitment, another study … but that he would put his full weight behind it.’
‘We live in a country that we must support law enforcement but law enforcement must support justice,’ he said. Read this crazy store here.
- Evidence released by McCulloch in Ferguson November 25, 2014
The files in the link are the documents or evidence the grand jury considered that was released by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. Click here for a complete list that you can click and view.
- Grand jury in Ferguson case does not indict officer in Michael Brown shooting November 24, 2014
A grand jury declined to indict the Ferguson police officer on Monday who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August in a case that touched off nationwide protests and cries of police brutality.
Almost immediately, the decision ignited protests in the Missouri city, as demonstrators clashed with police. Gunshots were reported near the Ferguson Police Department, and authorities used smoke and pepper spray to disperse crowds near the building after some protesters smashed the windows of a police car and threw rocks and other items at authorities. Looters were visible inside at least one Ferguson store.
It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries or if anyone had been arrested.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision not to indict Darren Wilson on Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. The panel met for 70 hours and heard from 60 witnesses. Read the entire article here.