Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fake Time Cover...but people believe it to be real.


I wonder if our President either knows or cares, that there are some hard working old people in this country that went to bed after only eating cereal for supper.


Come on Trump!  End the war on terror and we will all forgive your fake Time cover (dam media).  Or just TELL us you ended the war, and about 1/5 of our nation will believe you.

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Just ordered it.  He rarely disappoints.





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OPINION | EDITORIAL

The Health Care Hoax Has Been Exposed, Senator McConnell

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Drafting a bill in secret couldn't hide the fact that it would harm millions of Americans.

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Police Officers in Helicopter Attack Venezuela's Supreme Court

By ERNESTO LONDOƑO and NICHOLAS CASEY

The attack, with grenades, was a rare act of disloyalty against a government under pressure from protests and an economic collapse.
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Charlie Kristine



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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Bill would overturn state high court decision holding women can't revoke consent after sex begins


A 1979 North Carolina Supreme Court decision held that women can’t revoke consent after sexual intercourse begins. Nagel Photography / Shutterstock.com
A North Carolina lawmaker says he wants to overturn a “crazy loophole” in state law that is denying justice to women when they revoke consent to sex.
Democratic State Sen. Jeff Jackson of Mecklenburg County is sponsor of a bill that would make it a crime to continue intercourse after a woman withdraws consent to sex, the Fayetteville Observer reports.
Senate Bill 553 would have the effect of overturning a 1979 North Carolina Supreme Court decision, State v. Way, that held women can’t revoke consent after sexual intercourse begins.
Women “are being denied justice because of this crazy loophole,” Jackson told the Observer. “North Carolina is the only state in U.S. where no doesn’t mean no.”
The bill is stuck in committee, according to the article.
The story cites the cases of two women who say they were denied justice because of the law. Both women said they withdrew consent after sex turned violent.
One woman said the man pulled out chunks of her hair, but didn’t stop when she told him to. The woman noticed during the incident that someone had placed a cellphone where it could record a video of the incident, according to probable cause affidavits.
Court documents said the man made two videos and shared them. He has been charged with being a peeping Tom and possession of peeping Tom images, the story says.
The man accused in the other incident was charged with misdemeanor assault.


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LEGAL ETHICS

Ex-lawyer for Joe Arpaio testifies in the former sheriff's contempt trial


Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com
A former lawyer for Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was forced to testify Monday in Arpaio’s criminal contempt trial for allegedly violating a judge’s order.
Arpaio, who lost his bid for re-electionis accused of violating a court order that barred him from detaining people only because he believed they were in the country illegally. His former lawyer, Tim Casey, testified on Monday that he told Arpaio that immigrants could not be detained unless they were arrested on state charges, report the Associated Press, the Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton generally allowed Casey to testify about his recollections of conversations, but generally blocked testimony involving hearsay or Casey’s frame of mind, according to the Arizona Republic account. Casey was represented by his own ethics lawyer.
Prosecutors say Arpaio continued to detain individuals based on a suspicion that they were in the country illegally for at least 17 months after the judge ordered a stop to the arrests. In opening arguments, Justice Department lawyer Victor Salgado said Arpaio’s public statements show he knew he was defying the court order.
“I’m still gonna do what I’m doing,” Arpaio told reporters in April 2012. “I’m still gonna arrest illegal aliens.”
Arpaio’s defense lawyer at trial, Dennis Wilenchik, claimed the injunction wasn’t clear and Casey had “dropped the ball” in explaining the order.



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Jury rules unanimously in alleged AstroWorld scheme

A jury issued a unanimous, 27-page verdict on Tuesday against the alleged perpetrators of a scheme to lure investor money into a fraudulent plan to develop the former site of Six Flags AstroWorld.
The defendants, a handful of corporations and individuals, were found liable for civil racketeering charges, including money laundering and wire fraud.
The plaintiff,  a group of investors known as B Choice Limited, will most likely be awarded a sum in excess of $100 million once complex calculations are done on the 42 questions the jury was asked to answer after a nearly two-year trial, barring any appeals. 
"They took my client on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride," said Frank Spagnoletti, a lawyer representing the plaintiff. "This was the last ride of the AstroWorld property."
According to the original petition, filed in July 2014, defendant Epicenter Development Associates, LLC, had solicited investments to develop a high-density residential area on the 104-acres that previously hosted Houston's roller coaster theme park. 
The jury ruled Tuesday that Epicenter took $25 million from B Choice, used it to buy about 11 acres, ran the money through a series of mortgages as an alleged laundering technique then pocketed the leftovers. 
"Nothing was developed and my client lost $25 million," Spagnoletti said. "They were not happy about that."
The awarded sum will most likely be much larger than $25 million because the case was litigated under the Rackateer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO Act, a statute usually used to bring criminal charges against fraudulent operations. Under RICO, that $25 million can be tripled. 
The jury also opted to award $35 million in punitive damages to B Choice. 
The RICO statute is relatively uncommon in civil cases as it requires substantially more proof than mere fraud. 
"Fraud is the easy part. The tricky part is that you must demonstrate that there's an ongoing pattern of criminal activity that is the cause of this loss," said David Kwok, a specialist on white collar crime at the University of Houston Law Center. "That there is some sort of ongoing threat to society going on."
Lawyers for the defendants were not immediately available for comment.  


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What Did People Eat In The 1800s?


The War of 1812 concluded in 1815, and in the decades to come, the United States developed a vast transportation system, a national bank, and interstate trade. The economy blossomed, and canals, roads, cities, and industrialization expanded.
England’s defeat in the War of 1812 also removed barriers to westward expansion and, tragically, accelerated Native American removal.
Two hundred years ago, the United States stood at the edge of a frontier — both literally and figuratively. So what was life like at that exciting time?
Population: By 1815, the United States had grown into a country of 8,419,000 people, including about 1.5 million slaves. (Official estimates are available for the entire population in 1815, but slave counts were conducted during the censuses of 1810 and 1820. In the 1810 census, there were 1,191,362 slaves; by the 1820 census, there were 1,538,022 slaves). While a population of less than 10 million seems small compared to today’s count of over 320 million people, the population in 1815 had more than doubled since the country’s first census, taken in 1790, when there were 3,929,214 people. The population would continue to increase by more than 30 percent each decade for much of the 19th century.
Almost all of this growth was due to high birth rates, as immigration was low in 1815, slowed by European wars that raged from 1790 to 1815. Only about 8,000 per year entered during this period. The 1820 census counted 8,385 immigrants, including one from China and one from Africa.
Food: Because these innovations in transportation were still in their infancy in 1815, however, most Americans ate what they grew or hunted locally. Corn and beans were common, along with pork. In the north, cows provided milk, butter, and beef, while in the south, where cattle were less common, venison and other game provided meat. Preserving food in 1815, before the era of refrigeration, required smoking, drying, or salting meat. Vegetables were kept in a root cellar or pickled.
For those who had to purchase their food, one record notes the following retail prices in 1818 in Washington, D.C.: beef cost 6 to 8 cents a pound, potatoes cost 56 cents a bushel, milk was 32 cents a gallon, tea 75 cents to $2.25 a pound. Shoes ran $2.50 a pair. Clothing expenses for a family of six cost $148 a year, though the record does not indicate the quality of the clothes.
Life Expectancy: The boom in native population in the early 19th century was even more remarkable considering the low life expectancies of the time. By one estimate, a white man who had reached his 20th birthday could expect to live just another 19 years. A white woman at 20 would live, on average, only a total of 38.8 years. If measuring from birth, which counted infant mortality, life expectancy would have been even lower. A white family in the early 19th century would typically have seven or eight children, but one would die by age one and another before age 21. And, of course, for slaves, childhood deaths were higher and life expectancy was even lower. About one in three African American children died, and only half lived to adulthood.
Disease was rampant during this time. During the War of 1812, which concluded in 1815, more soldiers died from disease than from fighting. The main causes of death for adults during this period were malaria and tuberculosis, while children most commonly died from measles, mumps, and whooping cough, all preventable today.
Housing: More than four out of every five Americans during the early 19th century still lived on farms. Many farmers during this time also made goods by hand that they’d use, barter, or sell, such as barrels, furniture, or horseshoes. Cities remained relatively small and were clustered around East Coast seaports: New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, and Charleston, South Carolina. In the 1810 census, New York, the largest, was home to 96,373 people. By 1820, the population would reach 123,706. Try out a search of 1800s census records on the Ancestry website.
Employment: Industrialization would soon accelerate urbanization. In England, the Industrial Revolution had begun in the mid-18th century, and despite attempts made to restrict the export of technology, in 1789, a 21-year-old Englishman memorized the plan for a textile mill and then opened a cotton-spinning plant in Rhode Island. By 1810, more than 100 such mills, employing women and children at less than a dollar a week, were operating throughout New England. By the 1830s, textile production would become the country’s largest industry.
Wages for other industries during the time ranged from $10 to $17 a month for seamen. Farm laborers after the end of the War of 1812 earned $12 to $15 dollars a month. A male school teacher earned $10 to $12 a month; a female teacher earned $4 to $10. In Massachusetts, a tailor and printer could both expect to earn $6 a week, while a servant might earn only 50 cents a week.
Transportation: Industrialization affected the country in other ways, of course. In 1815, there were no steam railroads in America, so long-distance travel was by horseback or uncomfortable stagecoach over rutted roads. Cargo moved by horse-team was limited to 25-30 miles a day. But in 1811, Congress signed a contract for the construction of the National Road, the first highway built by the national government. By 1818, it had crossed the Appalachian Mountains, fostering westward expansion.
In 1815, Americans were also discovering steamboat travel. In 1807, Robert Fulton had opened the first steamboat ferry service, between Albany and New York City. By 1815, advances in technology allowed a rival to ferry arms and ammunition to General (later President) Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans, the last battle of the War of 1812, and then to steam back up the Mississippi and then the Ohio to Pittsburgh, proving the feasibility of steamboat navigation of the mighty river.
Entertainment: For recreation, horse racing became increasingly popular by the time of the War of 1812. Singing and sheet music became widely popular, particularly “broadside songs,” or lyrics printed on a sheet of paper and sold for a penny. The sheet had no music, but instructed the purchaser which popular, well-known tune the words could be sung to. The songs often had to do with current political or military events. At the other end of the artistic spectrum, the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, formed in 1815, performed Handel’s “Messiah” in its opening concert.
Finally, singing played a large part in one of the most significant social movements of the time — and in all of America’s history — the Second Great Awakening. From 1790 to 1830, wave after wave of Protestant evangelism swept across the country. Tens of thousands of people would attend a single camp meeting, marked by enthusiastic preaching and audience singing and participation. These more informal services, led by itinerant preachers, also helped tie settlers on the Western frontier to the cultural life of the rest of the country. The Second Great Awakening also fostered greater participation by women and African Americans, who continued developing their artistic traditional of spiritual music during this period.
Curious about your ancestors’ daily lives 200 years ago? Reconstruct and reconnect to their lives with a free trial on Ancestry, where you’ll find War of 1812 records as well.


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Mohammed bin Nayef in 2016. The Saudi monarch shook up the line of succession last week with a string of royal decrees that promoted his favorite son, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, to crown prince and removed Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, from the line of succession.
Deposed Saudi Prince Is Said to Be Confined to Palace

By BEN HUBBARD, ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI

The restrictions on Mohammed bin Nayef seek to limit any potential opposition for the new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, American officials and Saudis say.


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Robert Finicum at the Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., in 2016. He was killed as he tried to evade arrest.
F.B.I. Agent Charged With Lying About Oregon Standoff Shooting

By ADAM GOLDMAN

Prosecutors say the agent lied about firing his weapon during the armed occupation at Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last year.


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Trump Unleashes Personal Attack On Hosts Of MSNBC Morning Joe

by jonathanturley
 This morning began with what has become a Washington ritual.  We all wake by the chirp of a morning presidential tweet and brace ourselves for what follows. Even with past tweet controversies, this morning's missive was breathtaking.   President Donald Trump attacked the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe show in a pair of tweets that included a highly disturbing attack on co-host  Mika Brzezinski.  The tweet was not simply unpresidential, it was unhinged and inexcusable.

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