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A south suburban police officer has been fired after the shooting death of a family dog that has outraged a small community. Witnesses say an officer from the Hometown Police Department shot and killed the dog in front of its owners.
On Monday, Eyewitness News spoke with the family who lost their pet.
Alexis Gamino loves animals, but is especially fond of her dog, Apollo, a 14-month old German shepherd-pit bull mix.
“He made me laugh a lot,” said Alexis, 6.
On Friday, Apollo was shot and killed by a Hometown police officer in the front yard of the dog owner’s home, and she says her daughter Alexis saw it all.
“My quick reaction was to grab her and run inside because she fell to the floor and started screaming,” said Nicole Echlina, Apollo’s owner.
It’s about time.
Mail carriers are evidently far braver than many police officers. Mail carriers face barking, snarling dogs every day without a shot fired. Maybe a little pepper spray now and then, but that is about the size of it. Among a certain breed of police officer, however, the slightest provocation from a dog results in the cop killing it.
In all seriousness, I don’t believe cops are less brave than mail carriers. What I believe is that there is a certain type of person who becomes a cop because he covets authority and power. When this type of person sees an opportunity to use deadly force legitimately, he will use it without hesitation or concern. That mentality is dangerous.
A cop who shoots a dog because he can, not because he is legitimately threatened, should be relieved of his sidearm. If I shot the neighbor’s dog – even in my own yard – because it bared its teeth, I wouldn’t just be relieved of my side arm, I would be sent to jail.
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Now, understand she is a Democrat. HopenchangeTM is evidently dead in West Virginia.
Shaneen Allen, a young mother of two, was arrested in Philadelphia last October over an honest mistake.
She’s African-American, and instead of getting any kind of leniency — or decency — she was charged with a felony and could face up to four years in jail.
Where is the Left rushing in to cry racism and note black crime statistics and ask whether Allen would have gotten the same treatment if she were white?
Nowhere, and that might be because Allen was arrested over a concealed-carry permit.
Allen had been robbed twice in 2013, so she bought a handgun legally in Pennsylvania and obtained a concealed-carry permit. She didn’t realize the permit wasn’t valid in every state and was driving in New Jersey when she was pulled over for a minor traffic offense. She informed the officer she had a weapon and provided her permit, thinking she was within the law.
But she wasn’t. New Jersey’s stringent gun laws don’t recognize Pennsylvania’s concealed-carry permits.
She is facing four years in prison. The prosecutor had the discretion to drop the case, charge her with a misdemeanor or just put her in a NJ first time offender education program. Nope. He is going to attempt to ruin her life with a felony rap and a prison term.
So, the question arises… Where is the left? Were is Al Sharpton? Why is no one on the left running to assist this African America victim of over prosecution?
She is a victim of politics and the left’s hatred of the Second Amendment. Their anti-gun agenda evidently even trumps their desire to defend oppressed minorities.
Libya appealed for international help Monday after an oil depot was set on fire during severe fighting between rival militias at Tripoli’s international airport in the worst level of violence since the 2011 revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.
The interim government said that fighting between rival militias caused the blaze at the depot, which contains 1.6 million gallons of petroleum and could trigger a “humanitarian and environmental disaster,” the government said in a statement.
Libya’s state-run National Oil Corp. said on its Facebook page that the government had contacted “several (foreign) states asking if they were willing to send planes and teams specializing in fire extinguishing.”
The US and Germany have evacuated all personnel from the country.
I know it get old, but can you imagine the MSM feeding frenzy that would be going on right now if it had been Dubya rather than “The World’s Smartest Diplomat” who overthrew the government had tossed Libya into anarchy, violence and chaos?
Nevertheless, blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, with an arrest rate of 716 per 100,000 for blacks to 192 per 100,000 for whites (compared to a national average of 256 per 100,000). What’s startling is that the total marijuana arrest rate has increased by nearly one-third since 2001, while at the same time, the rate for whites has remained constant, a sign that blacks account for the bulk of new arrests. And this dynamic is persistent across the country, from Washington D.C.—where the arrest rate for blacks is 8.05 times greater than for whites—to Alaska, where it’s “just” 1.6 times greater. Nationally, nearly one-half of our 1.7 million drug arrests are for marijuana possession.
We can’t always heal injury, but we can acknowledge and compensate for it. Any plan for legalization should come with a plan for reparations for those communities most damaged by our misguided war on marijuana. That doesn’t mean individual payments—the logistics are too difficult—as much as it does policies for affected communities, from job training and educational services to something like My Brother’s Keeper, all funded by a surtax on marijuana sales and distribution.
We can’t wash our hands of our past mistakes. The war on drugs—and the war on weed in particular—has been a disaster and a burden for millions of Americans and their communities. We can’t fix all of the damage, but as we wind down the conflict and liberalize our laws, we should do our best to make amends.
In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.
Informed consent or “right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.
In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.
Of course there are about a half a dozen reasons stated in the case why this will never fly not the least of which was that the court explicitly stated that the logic of the case applied to the specifics of the situation at hand. The case cannot be extended to pretend religions, non-sincere religious excuses or other areas of the law.
Groups describing themselves as militias have set up a training area near San Antonio and say there already are four “operations on the ground” along the US-Mexico border in Texas.
The groups, which supported Cliven Bundy at a standoff at his Nevada ranch earlier this year, posted an update on a website used to organize the efforts Tuesday night that said there are currently three “troops on the ground” on the Arizona border, and “four credible operations on the ground” on the Texas border.
The Texas militia, known as “Operation Secure Our Border,” is being led by Chris Davis, a 37-year-old truck driver who was discharged from the Army in 2001 [...]
He does not appear to have any arrests, according to public record sources. Last year, Davis was one of three men in the group Open Carry Texas cited by the San Antonio Police Department for disorderly conduct while openly carrying rifles outside a Starbucks. The incident sparked an open carry rally at the Alamo that drew hundreds of armed protesters[...]
“We have patriots all across this country who are willing to sacrifice their time, money even quit their jobs to come down and fight for freedom, liberty and national sovereignty,” Davis said in the interview.
Davis deleted his Facebook and YouTube accounts, including a 21-minute video in which he describes plans for “securing the border:” “How?” he asked on the video. “You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’ [...]
The militas have said they will carry firearms along the border and carry out “missions” to stop the increasing number of migrants fleeing violence in Central America from entering the country illegally.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection opposed the militias through a statement, saying they “could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”[...]
Davis’ bio in his Twitter account, last active June 8, reads: “I believe in the King James Bible, The Constitution, and Bill of Rights! I am a Future Veteran of the Refounding. Molon Labe! III%! Spirit of 1776!”
Okay, where to begin? I removed references to the militia commanders discharge from the Army because it was obvious that they are disparaging the man in an attempt to smear him, instead of addressing the issue. My fairness noted, I have to say that these fools will (likely) end up getting someone killed and creating all sorts of problems in addition to the real problem we have, which is an out-of-control federal government refusing to do it’s job.
The militia isn’t comprised of middle-aged men, playing weekend warrior, and acting on behalf of the state at their own discretion. These are vigilantes – and we are a nation of laws. The militia is all able-bodied males called upon in time of crisis, by their state, to serve in the interest of that state. If Washington’s militias existed today, all these Rambo wanna-be’s would be crying crocodile tears at what was/is expected of them.
I think it’s great that we still have Americans who are willing to fight, even when our government refuses to. The way they are choosing to go about it is ill-advised and dangerous. It only serves to escalate tensions and force an issue that will cost lives. I would support them fully, if the Governor of Texas called them to arms and was directing their activities, but I cannot support groups of armed men taking it upon themselves to do enforce the law. That’s the type of justification used by the Klan.
These same individuals are hurting the rights of decent gun-owners with their open-carry horseshit. Literally. Same people. It almost seems like they’re trying to hurt conservative causes.
Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the United States standing in the world and said former President George W. Bush is the president who made her “proud to be an American.”
Clinton then seemingly took a shot at Obama’s current lack of direction in world leadership.
“We have to go back out and sell ourselves,” Clinton said. “It is not to be taken for granted. What do we stand for and, how do we intend to lead and manage? How do we try to enlist the rest of the world in this struggle between cooperation and order and conflict and disorder which is really at the root of so much that’s going on today, and i don’t think we’ve done a very good job of that.”
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As we reported on Friday, a US court has ruled that Washington, D.C.’s ban on carry outside of the home was found to be unconstitutional.
We are now seeing reports from D.C. reporter and gun rights activist Emily Miller that the Washington DC police will be treating the District of Columbia essentially as a Constitutional Carry state until further notice.
DC police chief using guidance from AG — grants full reciprocity for all open and concealed carry from others states.
Only gun arrests now in DC can be DC residents with unregistered guns and non-residents who are prohibited under federal laws.
Of course, this is only temporary. DC will likely put a licensing process in place and you can bet it’s probably going to be an incredibly strict one given the District’s stance on gun purchase and registration.
Also note, magazine capacity limits would still be in effect as well as any restrictions on types of weapons. Basically anything carried would need to be DC legal. We’ll consult the laws and update this further.
Gun rights attorney (from the Heller case as well as the case in question here), posted the actual police memo on his website. If you have questions about the memo you should probably direct them to either DC Police or your attorney.
Since the world has no other concerns, I thought I’d update you on the Presidents activities:
While domestic crises simmer and international conflicts flare, President Obama can be counted on to pitch and putt.
The duffer in chief has played 81 rounds of golf and had attended 75 political fund-raisers in the 628 days since his 2012 re-election, a Post analysis of his schedule found.
The president is on pace to double the 104 days he spent on the links during his first term.
Showing the world how a tinpot dictator leads…one hole at a time. I mean, it’s not like the world is on fire or anything. Just keep fiddling, Sir.
If any of you use Facebook you may be aware of how easily they will shut down a conservative page over any amount of reported butthurt. The page “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” gets shut down all the time for any number of offenses, but apparently ragheads can call for the death of Israeli Jews and that’s A-Okay!
A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network’s “community standards,” according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints.
The page in question, is named, “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews.” The page, which spells “Zionist” incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.
Individuals complaining about the page were greeted with the following message (screen captured below):
Things are 180 degrees out from right. This world has gone completely mad.
Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand a month earlier and the resulting July Crisis, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia starting the “war to end all wars”.
The assassination led to a month of diplomatic manoeuvring between Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, and Britain which was called the July Crisis. Believing correctly that Serbian officials (especially the officers of the Black Hand) were involved in the plot, and wanting to finally end Serbian interference in Bosnia, Austria-Hungary delivered to Serbia the July Ultimatum, a series of ten demands that were intentionally made unacceptable to provoke a war with Serbia. When Serbia agreed to only eight of the ten demands, Austria-Hungary declared war on 28 July 1914.
The reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wants to put underage illegal immigrants in concentration camps. They were reporting a news parody site.
Their ability to be so easily duped probably explains why they believe Obama when he says that he will reduce the cost of health insurance, that, if you like your plan you can keep your plan, that you can keep your doctor, that there isn’t a smidgen of corruption at the ICN, the consulate in Libya was attacked over a video and on and on and on…
Egypt’s army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.
Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.
Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8 to halt rocket fire, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying the network of tunnels.
It accuses Hamas of using the tunnels to attacks on Israel.
Ties between Hamas and Cairo have deteriorated since the Egyptian army deposed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Hamas is an affiliate of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Israel now has a better, more reliable ally in Egypt than in the United States.
The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.
Rice’s letter was sent as Congress just hours before it approved a resolution opposing U.S. military intervention in Iraq, where the terrorist group ISIL claims to have established an Islamic caliphate.
“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
If his hands are tied he can say, “look, there is nothing I can do, my hands are tied”.
New House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called President Obama’s extended discourse on his own impeachment nothing but a political game, noting this “might be the first White House in history trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.”
Scalise spoke with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday about the president’s impending plan for executive action on immigration — which many suspect will include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
“You’re already suing the president for overreach,” Wallace noted, asking if House Republicans will consider impeachment should the White House move around Congress on yet another major issue.
“You know what, this might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president,” Scalise said incredulously. “Ultimately, what we want to do is see the president follow the laws.”
A president who believes his impeachment would empower him and cement his place in history is very dangerous indeed. Brazen high crimes and misdemeanors ahead.
I found something totally cool on the Tube this week. It’s the work of a dedicated James Bond fan. This is absolutely brilliant, what I’ve seen and read of it. Segments of each James Bond movie from 1962 through 2012 are edited together to make a movie all it’s own. It was created as a demonstration of the method of storytelling that makes Bond movies what they are.
It has been said of this movie, that it proves that if you’ve seen one Bond movie, you’ve seen them all. Yeah, that’s why as a kid growing up I was at the theater on opening night of every James Bond movie. My parents made it a point of being there on opening night. There were three shows that my parents made it a point of seeing when I was growing up. When Elvis was in concert they were there. When Liberace was playing, they were there. When a new James Bond movie hit the theater, they were there and they took us kids with them. For as long as Elvis and Liberace were alive, they drew a crowd. The fact is that as long as Western Civilization survives, Bond movies will draw a crowd.
Here’s something for every James Bond Fan…
The United States District Court rules that the District of Columbia ban on all handgun carry is unconstitutional.
In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.
All embassy staff pulled from Libya as situation in the country further deteriorates.
The United States shut down its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.
“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration’s concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern city of Benghazi are still vivid and the political uproar over it remain fresh ahead of a new congressional investigation into the incident. A senior military official told Fox News the Pentagon has been advising the State Department leave the post for weeks.
Remember how, during the Watergate Hearings, Democrats forcefully argued that the Congress didn’t have the right to know what Nixon was doing in the White House? Yeah, me neither.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.
“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency are must to prevent abuses of power by government officials. Instead the leading advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia literally argued that even the congressional committee charged with oversight shouldn’t be asking questions in the first place.
When you go to your provider and buy a smartphone for $99, it is heavily subsidized. The actual retail price for that phone is anywhere from $400 to $600. The provider gives you a great deal on the phone because the phone is provider-locked. It can only be used on the network of the carrier from whom it was purchased. That’s fair. If they subsidize your phone, it is reasonable that they ensure you don’t immediately use it on a competitor’s network. If you do not like these terms, you are free to buy a full priced, unlocked phone.
Busybody do-gooders in Congress have decided that it isn’t fair that your phone be carrier locked and have passed a bill that requires that all phones be unlocked. After all, its your phone, right?
The result of this legislation is clear. It will greatly reduce the availability of subsidized phones and ensure that you will have to pay the full boat prices for new phones.
Once again, the Central Bureaucracy protects you from yourself. You always had the option to buy a locked or unlocked phone. If the bill is signed by Obama, you will lose the option of buying and inexpensive smartphone. They have protected you by taking away your choice.
Their meddling in your life never rests. Never.
The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation allowing American consumers to “unlock” smartphones when switching providers. The Senate has already passed the bill. Now, it heads to President Obama’s desk with just a few working days left before the August break. President Obama today applauded Congress for passing the pro-consumer legislation, and is expected to sign it into law.
“The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget,” the President said in a statement Friday.
The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) was passed by a vote of 295 to 114 today. The Senate version, championed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was approved 10 days ago.
It would seem someone was getting abusive in support of the transexual political agenda.
Wikipedia has imposed a 10-day ban on all edits made anonymously from the House of Representatives IP address, for making what Wikipedia has characterized as “disruptive edits,” Ars Technica reports.
On the user talk page for the IP address, Wikipedia moderators explained that the cause for the ban came from abusive edits made to the Mediaite page after that website published an article on the @congressedits Twitter account that has been publicizing edits made from congressional IPs. (RELATED: New Twitter Accounts Announce Wikipedia Edits By Government Officials)
The offending edits characterized Mediaite as a “sexist transphobic” blog that “automatically assumes that someone is male without any evidence.”
The ban sparked a debate over the fairness of restricting the shared IP address over a few abusive users.
Welcome once again to another sortie on the traditional Friday Night Flight. As has been the case of late, the work week has been exhausting and I was not finding anything inspirational to launch me into one direction or another, in search of a suitable masterpiece for our viewing. This week I am reminded once again that it is only due to attention to detail that the correct selection is made.
The title of the movie is of a very familiar theme. There is more than one movie with the same title. It would be very easy to let this one slip by without noticing who co-wrote the music, did the screenplay and actually co-produced the movie. Once I saw all that, I knew what the outcome of the Ten Minute Test would be. Sure enough, based on what I’ve read from what the guy has produced over the Years, I find this movie to be uniquely suited to our Friday Night Observances. Current relations between the United States and Russia also lend to greater enjoyment of the movie.
This is the 1952 version of Red Dawn!
I didn’t know this. The Israeli Defense Force warns occupants of a building in Gaza that they are about to attack. They will phone the occupants or drop warning leaflets. Then they have low – or no- explosive bombs that they drop on the roof of the building before they destroy it. It’s supposed to convince the occupants to get out.
Of course whiners on the left are calling it inhumane.
Jerusalem (CNN) —
It’s become another military euphemism, along with “collateral damage” and “friendly fire.”
The “knock on the roof” is the Israeli military’s warning for civilians before it fires on a building and is being used extensively as Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Operation Protective Edge.
The Israeli Air Force developed the technique in 2009 as a way to warn civilians in Gaza to leave buildings it has identified as locations where Hamas keeps ammunition, a rocket stash or command post. But it is a controversial policy that has been criticized by human rights groups.
The procedure generally begins with a phone call to the occupants to leave a building, according to Relik Shafir, a retired brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a former fighter pilot.”
From the video it looks like Palestinians don’t build very stout buildings.
Earlier today I pointed out that Obamacare lead architect Jonathan Gruber said that states that don’t set up exchanges don’t get subsidies. He told the New Republic this morning that he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about and should be ignored.
“I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake. People make mistakes. Congress made a mistake drafting the law and I made a mistake talking about it.”
It turns out that, in very precise language, using geometric logic describing a situation that comports perfectly with the written law, he didn’t know what the hell he was saying on multiple occasions.
Here is a second recording of Gruber making the same, exact claim on a different occasion in 2012.