Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sean Penn - Croatia

Power Ball - I won and I'm not really surprised. I have a long history of turning a $20 investment into $4.

Trump - Cruz - The Art of Making America Hate Again

Need quick cash. Will sell 5 power ball tickets, one of whom I suspect is a winner, for $1,000 each.  

Poor Jeb.  His brother TOLD him to go into cheer leading in college.  Republicans are impressed with those kind of credentials.  Why else would we have elected him twice?

Colorado introduces bill to make police officers civilly liable up to $15,000 for interfering with our right to video tape them working for us.  Excellent! Particularly if the proposed law prevents the taxpayers from paying the money.  Surely cops aren't against personal responsibility. 

I understand Trump's appeal to the old, white,  billionaire class...but..... for anyone else.....
 P. S. If he loves America he would get Mexico to the build the wall free whether we elect him President or not.  Or hell. He's so rich, let him build the wall out of profound gratitude for what America has allowed him to achieve without fair taxation.

I'm excited. Oprah wants 2016 to be the year of my best body.  I hope she's not too disappointed...but I think I'm already there.

Power ball.  Dangit. I picked letters. I'll select numbers next time.



The actor Sean Penn, left, and the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera in a photo taken for interview authentication purposes.
Sean Penn Secretly Interviewed 'El Chapo,' Mexican Drug Lord


Before he was captured, Joaquín Guzmán Loera met with the actor in his jungle hide-out for seven hours in October and spoke about his empire, Donald Trump and the movie business for Rolling Stone.



Best News/Weather Bloopers of 2015


Oh oh


New Colorado law would fine cops $15,000 for interfering with citizens’ right to film them

(NaturalNews) A collection of police oversight measures that have been introduced in the Colorado Legislature includes one bill that would impose a $15,000 civil penalty if a police officer seizes or destroys the camera or video device of a citizen trying to film them in action.
“Primarily, it came up as a result of the number of news reports we’ve been seeing about police officers telling people, ‘Give me your camera,’ or taking the data away, and that is unacceptable conduct,” Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton and co-sponsor of the bill, told ABC 7 news of Denver.
Salazar said his measure, HB 15-1290, has bipartisan support and is not intended to punish police officers.
“It takes a very special person to be a police officer,” he said. “We want to honor them, but at the same time, we have a few bad apples who need to be aware that their conduct now has major, major consequences.”
The state lawmaker went on to say that one incident in particular caught his attention: a woman in Denver claimed that city police prevented her daughter from videoing the aftermath of the shooting of Jessica Hernandez, 17, who was riding in a stolen car.
‘He wouldn’t let me go’
As reported by ABC 7:
Bobbie Ann Diaz lives right in front of the Park Hill ally [sic] where it happened in January. One of her daughter’s [sic] was in the car with Hernandez and another daughter, Brianna, came outside with Diaz after they heard the gunshots.
Diaz said an officer stopped her after she left her yard, telling her he would arrest her if she didn’t cooperate.
Diaz told the Denver affiliate, “The officer had me apprehended, he wouldn’t let me go.”
Diaz went on to say that she yelled to Brianna, who was still on the family’s property behind a fence, to record what was happening as officers removed Hernandez’s lifeless body from the car.
“At that time, [the officers] put Jessie down and they were on their knees yelling at Brianna that she better not record. She better not,” Diaz said. “She got scared. She got intimated [sic]. These are big officers and she didn’t want to make things worse.”
At the time, Diaz said she was not aware of any restrictions on civilians videotaping police in action and that they have a right to record police as long as they are not interfering with any investigations.
“I wanted to cooperate with them,” she told ABC 7. “And I didn’t know it was our right to keep recording on our property.”
The Denver Police Department would not comment to the local news team regarding the Hernandez case because officials said it was still under investigation by the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Videoing or photographing police in public is constitutionally protected
Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan, a spokesman for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, told ABC 7 that he understands that a citizen has a right to record law enforcement, but the organization nonetheless opposed the $15,000 fine because there is already a judicial process for determining whether or not an officer acted inappropriately.
“There’s already an existing process,” he said. “It don’t think it’s appropriate to legislate penalties.”
While there might be some local restrictions, the American Civil Liberties Union, in a primer on the organization’s web site titled “You Have Every Right to Photograph that Cop,” said that taking photos or shooting videos of things that are plainly visible in public is a constitutional right.
“[T]hat includes the outside of federal buildings, as well as transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties,” said the ACLU.
Nevertheless, there is a widening, continuing pattern of local law enforcement demanding that citizens stop taking pictures and videotaping their work “and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.” The civil rights organization further stated that it has often complained about such behavior on the part of law enforcement and has consistently won in courts of law when defending people who were arrested for taking video or photographs of officers.
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Jordanian Christian Men Who Convert To Islam Gain Custody And Inheritance Advantages In Divorce Cases

by Darren Smith
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Jordan flagAs an example of the perils brought forth in countries having two legal systems, Christian men who intend to divorce their Christian spouse in Jordan receive significant leverage over their wives who remain within their faith.
Under Article 172 of Jordan's personal status law, a Muslim man automatically receives custody of children aged seven and above when divorcing a Christian woman. This statutory provision provides a husband an attractive advantage in conversion to gain custody where he otherwise could be receive an unfavorable determination based upon mitigating factors, such as showing the interests of the children might be better served if they remained within the custody of their mother.



The Flint River in downtown Flint, Mich.
Flint Wants Safe Water, and Someone to Answer for Its Crisis


Officials in Flint, declared to be in a state of emergency, are working to address lead contamination in the water of the city, where 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line.


Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, far right, highlighted his background - the son of a bartender and a maid - during the Kemp Forum in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. Mr. Rubio also noted that Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, sitting next to him, understood the challenges of struggling Americans, with a father who delivered mail.
Republican Candidates, Minus Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Play Nice at Poverty Forum


Six Republican candidates - without the two front-runners, who were campaigning in Iowa - offered a substantive and surprisingly cordial discussion on poverty.


What Donald Trump Owes George Wallace


The real estate mogul won't be the president, just as the former Alabama governor wasn't. But losers as well as winners shape the future.




The philosopher  that coined the phrase  "Never give up" obviously never played a round of golf with me.



First female president of Croatia - Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic


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