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Reader Selected News For Week Apr 26 – May 2

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Apr 26 – May 2”

  1. captstubby says:

    Four people have been killed and at least 31 have been wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend — the third weekend in a row in which more than 30 people suffered gunshot wounds.
    Associated Press
    Apr. 27, 2014

    Chicago has recorded 31 homicides so far this month.

    The city logged 24 homicides in April 2013.

    Chicago logs 100th homicide of 2014
    posted April 27, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

    Chicago on Sunday logged its 100th homicide of the year,

    Chicago logged its 100th homicide on April 30 in 2013

    and March 19 on 2012.

    Homicides are up 3 percent year to date versus 2013
    and down 37 percent versus 2012.

    Yearly totals to date
    Jan. 1, 2014 – April 28, 2014
    shooting victims
    Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013 total.
    shooting victims

    Police: Chicago Reports 415 Murders In 2013, Lowest Since 1965
    January 1, 2014 10:03 AM
    Chicago saw “historic” crime lows in 2013, including the fewest murders in 48 years, according to police.
    The city tallied 415 murders in 2013—88 fewer than 2012, according to data from police spokesman Adam Collins.
    Police also reported 738 fewer shooting victims in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the police data. In 2013, 1,864 people were shot, compared to 2,448 the year before.

    (Because the Chicago Police Department tallies data differently than police in other cities, the FBI often does not accept its crime statistics.)

  2. canary says:

    California hires water-waste officers to patrol residences water offenders night and day.

    How AP titled 45 cities “as a few” is surreal


    By Fenit Nirappil – — Apr. 27, 2014

    In this photo taken Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Steve Upton, an inspector for the water conservation unit for the Sacramento Utilities department, climbs out of his truck to make an inspection of an alleged water waste while making his rounds in Sacramento, Calif. At least 45 water agencies throughout California have imposed mandatory restrictions on water use as their supplies run dangerously low. In the first three months of the year, Sacramento has received 3,245 water waste complaints with officials issuing 350 violations in a recent two-day sweep to catch people watering their landscaping on the wrong days.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an “Officer Friendly” than a water cop.

    On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days.

    At least 45 water agencies throughout California, including Sacramento, are imposing and enforcing mandatory restrictions on water use as their supplies run dangerously low.

    They teach residents to avoid hosing down driveways, overwatering lawns or filling swimming pools. While gentle reminders are preferred, citations and fines can follow for repeat offenders.

    “We do have the stick if people don’t get it,” said Kim Loeb, natural resource conservation manager in Visalia, a city of 120,000 people that

    …has hired a part-time worker for night patrols and reduced the number of warnings from two to one before issuing $100 fines.

    Mandatory restrictions aren’t as widespread as in previous droughts, even among the drier parts of Southern California.

    One reason is more cities are conserving and making it expensive for residents to guzzle water.

    Sacramento, where about half the homes are unmetered, is deploying the state’s most aggressive water patrols to compensate.

    …deputized 40 employees who drive regularly for their jobs, such as building inspectors and meter readers, to report and respond to water waste.

    Providing a boost to their efforts is a campaign asking residents to report neighbors and local businesses breaking the rules.

    In the first three months of this year, Sacramento has received 3,245 water waste complaints, compared to 183 in the same period last year.

    “There are tons of eyes out there watching everywhere,” said Upton, looking at a computerized map of suspected offenders throughout the city.

    The Marin Municipal Water District north of San Francisco deployed water patrols during the mid-1970s drought but has since implemented tiered water rates that spike for guzzlers.

    The San Francisco-based company Water Smart sells software to compare ratepayers’ water use at eight California agencies.


    White pick-up trucks instead of electric scooters for water cop patrols? tsk. tsk.

    “We do have the stick if people don’t get it,” said Kim Loeb

    (Never heard of a water stick but it probably zaps people)

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    AP whines about botched execution


    Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched

    Apr 30, 1:10 AM (ET)


    (AP) Protester John Walters of Oklahoma City holds a sign urging Gov. Mary Fallin to…
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    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack.

    Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of the state’s new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered. Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.

    The blinds were eventually lowered to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber, and the state’s top prison official eventually called a halt to the proceedings. Lockett died of a heart attack a short time later, the Department of Corrections said.

    “It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched,” said Lockett’s attorney, David Autry.

    The article goes on at some length explaining the process and the drugs used to cause the death of the convict, but waits until the fourth to last paragraph to state what an animal Lockett was:

    A four-time felon, Lockett was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman with a sawed-off shotgun and watching as two accomplices buried her alive in rural Kay County in 1999 after Neiman and a friend arrived at a home the men were robbing.

    The AP is very sensitive to the brutal death of the victims, I’m sure. Even moreso to the convict having to endure such pain during their (well-deserved) execution, going chapter and verse, explaining each subtle movement of the perp’s path into death.

    But what of the agony faced by the victim who was buried alive?

    And to further the argument about how the socialists feel about the death penalty, what about the agony felt by the millions of aborted babies who didn’t even harm anyone?

    How about that AP? Where’s your compassion for them?

    • canary says:

      All the media outlets told of the so called botched execution without even mentioning why he was given the death penality and not even mentioning his victims. People were outraged at the media for this, so after the fact they mentioned his victims to compensate. Now he has relatives who had nothing to do with him saying they will sue, because he shouldn’t have suffered.

      I would hope it would be dismissed. At the least the money should be given to the murderer for his suffering at his death, and that would give the victims family a chance to file suit to get any money rewarded.

      Shame on Obama even commenting about it. He didn’t comment about them hanging that white guy in Utah.
      Was it right to change the law to hanging to appease that murderer’s choice.

      Might be time to bring the electric chair back.

  4. canary says:

    Syria rebel extremist group crucify’s more muslims. Very graphic pictures and do note even the children aside the article noting how passerby’s were’n’t even phased.


  5. captstubby says:

    Obama Presidential Library .

    Senator Rezin proposes income tax checkoff to pay for Obama library .
    local online newspaper .

    Would you visit a Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago?
    State lawmakers seem to agree they want an Obama library in Illinois but are arguing over how to pay for it. State Senator Sue Rezin thinks the best plan is to let you donate part of your income tax return to help pay for the library.
    Democrat Mike Madigan has proposed using $100 million in taxpayer money to pay for the library which Rezin says isn’t a good idea considering it would take money away from other services.
    Rezin and other Republicans don’t think taxpayer money has ever been used for libraries of other living presidents.

    (They are built initially with private funds collected even while presidents are still in office.
    These libraries — now 13 in all — cost taxpayers $75 million to operate in the last fiscal year.)

    “We are $7 billion in debt. We have $100 billion in pension liabilities.”


    Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News
    Apr 25, 2013

    While a commander in chief is still at the White House, his allies will set up a non-profit foundation and begin raising money for the construction of the soon-to-be ex-president’s library. Generally donors do not need to be publicly disclosed, so in theory a foreign government or person with interests pending before the federal government could chip in money.

    a 2007 law does require disclosure of contributions to presidential library foundations from registered lobbyists who contribute $200 or more. According to a 2010 Congressional Research Service report, the disclosure requirements also apply to organizations employing registered lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) maintained or controlled by lobbyists.
    When reporters asked White House spokesman Jay Carney this week about Duncan’s disclosure bill, he said he wasn’t aware of the legislation and that Obama has said nothing about his future library.
    “He’s not focused on his life after the presidency,” Carney said, adding that he did not know of anyone inside or out of the administration who is working on plans for a library.

    2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks.
    Two days after President George W. Bush’s library opened in Dallas, Obama joked about the location of where his future spot would be built.
    “I’m also hard at work on plans for the Obama library,” he said. “Some have suggested that we put it in my birthplace but I’d rather keep it in the United States.”

  6. captstubby says:

    Claiming a Copyright on Marx? How Uncomradely.


    The Marxist Internet Archive, a website devoted to radical writers and thinkers, recently received an email: It must take down hundreds of works by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels or face legal consequences.
    The warning didn’t come from a multinational media conglomerate but from a small, leftist publisher, Lawrence & Wishart, which asserted copyright ownership over the 50-volume, English-language edition of Marx’s and Engels’s writings.
    To some, it was “uncomradely” that fellow radicals would deploy the capitalist tool of intellectual property law to keep Marx’s and Engels’s writings off the Internet. And it wasn’t lost on the archive’s supporters that the deadline for complying with the order came on the eve of May 1, International Workers’ Day.

  7. mr_bill says:

    Putin Imposes Secret Sanctions on Pro-Gay Obama Campaign Donors


    The Kremlin has expanded its secret “black list” of Americans banned from Russia to include Obama campaign fundraisers tied to the LGBT community and senior Congressmen, diplomatic sources tell The Daily Beast. Moscow’s list, these sources say, was expanded in retaliation to the Obama administration’s attack on the assets of key business associates of Vladimir Putin in March.

    This struck me as interesting, especially because the people who are upset about it are the same people who demanded Brendan Eich be fired for exercising his 1st Amendment Right to Petition, in which he donated to a ballot initiative which supported defining a word the same way it’s been defined for the last 5,000+ years and which also carried majority support in the very liberal state of California. I suspect that those who are “offended” will not see the parallels between the actions they are now condemning and the actions they enthusiastically supported just a few short weeks ago.

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