Thursday, December 22, 2016

11 years later ...then an apology and millions of dollars

If Trump's father would have hugged him just once, we all might be better off.

I feel like bragging about something today....but nothing comes to mind.

I started reading a new book. I think I like it.  


Families of Orlando nightclub shooting victims sue Facebook, Google and Twitter

Dec 22, 2016, 7:30 am CST

Wife's unauthorized access to husband's emails could violate Wiretap Act, 7th Circuit says

Dec 21, 2016, 4:30 pm CST
Dec. 22, 2016


The Brief: Growth in number of abandoned wells fuels concerns

by Ayan Mittra


ABA model rule defining harassment as professional misconduct violates free speech, says Texas AG

Dec 21, 2016, 1:15 pm CST


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Katie Wright, Fashion and Beauty Editor at The Press Association

I've been going to London Fashion Week for about ten seasons and I've lost count of the number of times I've heard, just as the lights are going down and the show is about to start, one of the photographers in the pit at the end of the catwalk shout (very loudly) 'UNCROSS YOUR LEGS.' As the article points out, it's because legs that are crossed stick out more, so could risk getting in the frame of the end-of-catwalk shots. You wouldn't believe how many photographers they cram into such a small space, and they're all vying for the best shots, free of Blake Lively's (or anyone else's) feet.

Massachusetts officials defend scans of driver's licenses in hunt for wanted suspects

Dec 20, 2016, 11:31 am CST




Final Tally Confirms Clinton Won Popular Vote By 2.8 Million But . . .

by jonathanturley
495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore225px-Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropGiven our previous discussion of the rising popularity of the electoral college, the final vote tallies are interesting. They do confirm that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million. However, it also shows that Clinton lost to Trump by 3 million outside of New York and California. The results will tend to support the fears of those opposing the abandonment of the Electoral College that the result would hand the outcome of presidential elections to voters in New York and California. Trump however issued signature tweets about how Clinton focused on the wrong states.


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Drill Now, Drain Later? Gingrich Reports That Trump Wants To Abandon The “Drain The Swamp” Pledge

by jonathanturley
220px-cypresses495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreThere is a basic rule about "talking points": you follow them but do not quote them as talking points. That lesson seems to have escaped former House Speaker and Trump confidant Newt Gingrich who has caused a stir by revealing that President-elect Donald Trump is now disclaiming his pledge to "drain the swamp." Instead, Trump is focusing on working with Congress to get his priorities through in rapid succession from opening up new drilling to rescinding Obamacare.




Police Arrest Black Man For Burning African American Church In Mississippi After Spray Painting “Vote Trump”

by jonathanturley
636179312460850440-andrew-mcclinton-copyOn the heels of the hoax by a Muslim college students who claimed to have been attacked by Trump supporters, Mississippi police have arrested Andrew McClinton, 45, an African American man who allegedly spray painted "Vote Trump" on his own church and then burned it down.



New Orleans mayor apologizes as city settles police brutality cases from time of Hurricane Katrina

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Three police brutality cases that stemmed from incidents shortly before and after Hurricane Katrina settled for $13.3 million on Monday.
Plaintiffs include the family of Raymond Robair, 48, a handyman who was beaten to death by police in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, the New York Times reports. That attack occurred shortly before the storm.
Another set of plaintiffs were related to Henry Glover, who was shot and killed by a new police officer on September 2, 2005, a few days after the storm. A passerby drove Glover to a makeshift police post, where officers allegedly detained and beat the driver, as well as Glover’s family members. Then, according to the New York Times, officers burned the car with Glover’s body inside.
“There were angels among us that we never knew,” said Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans’ Democratic mayor. “But evidently, there were some demons as well.”
Landrieu also offered an apology on behalf of New Orleans, and spoke about improvements in its police department, thanks to significant federal oversight. According to Landrieu, some plaintiffs have offered their forgiveness.
Lance Madison says he’s working on that. His brother Ronald, who had a developmental disability, was shot in the back by police on Sept. 4, 2005, while the two walked across the Danziger Bridge. Madison was arrested and the scene and charged with attempted murder. A police detective brought a gun from his home, and entered it as evidence against Madison, the Times Picayune reports.
That officer, Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, later pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and received a six-year federal sentence, the FBI announced in April 2012. Four other officers—Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso—received federal convictions for shooting multiple victims, including Ronald Madison, and received sentences ranging from 40 to 65 years.
“I guess the only thing that ends is we don’t go back to court anymore,” Madison told the New York Times about the settlement. “It may be closure for them, but it will probably never be closure for me.”


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