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Reader Selected News For Week Mar 22 – Mar 28

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Mar 22 – Mar 28”

  1. canary

    Consumer Affaris: Judge nixes class action in Google data-mining case
    Too many claims wrapped up in one omnibus suit, the court rules

    03/20/2014 – By James R. Hood

    Too many claims wrapped up in one omnibus suit, the court rules

    (entire)
    http://www.consumeraffairs.com.....32014.html

  2. captstubby

    As taxes on cigarettes go up, so does smuggling, study finds
    March 21, 2014
    FoxNews.com
    More than half of the cigarettes for sale in New York are smuggled into the state illegally – the highest percentage in the country, according to a recent report from the Tax Foundation.
    According to the non-partisan research group, increased excise taxes on cigarettes to discourage smoking have, in fact, created lucrative incentives for black market trafficking between states…
    According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, even though authorities have taken steps to reduce cigarette smuggling, nearly $5 billion in revenue in 2010 was lost because of smuggling.”

    is this because the fed is pissed at getting cheat out of “sin” taxes or is this just another example of real world money that was used by countries after the world wars when goverment coin was worthless.

    “not worth a continental”.
    “the bills depreciated because people lost confidence in them or because they were not backed by tangible assets,”

    “Wampumpeag”, which was shortened to “Wampum”. The wampum primarily served historical, political and social purposes. The designs and colors often told stories or recorded events or represented a transaction or treaty. It was constructed of polished, cylindrical beads made from different color clam shells woven into strings or belts 18 to 72 inches in length. The rarity of certain colors and the skill involved in drilling and polishing the beads and weaving them into intricate designs gave the belts their value.
    The early colonists bartered things necessary for survival, such as livestock, guns, musket balls, animal hides, nails, lumber, food…

    In 1627 the Plymouth Colony established Aptucxet trading post at Borne, Massachusetts and introduced wampum to be used by the Pilgrims in the fur trade. Wampum was declared legal tender in Massachusetts in 1637. In 1641, Massachusetts set the value of wampum at 6 beads per penny.
    In addition to wampum, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also declared corn and tobacco as legal tender. These goods could be used to pay taxes and debts to the Commonwealth as well as for other items, such as college tuition and transportation costs. Wampum experienced inflation where some tribes, such as the Narragansett Indians, contrived ways to produce it in quantity … By 1660 the inflation of wampum was so severe that it was no longer accepted as payment for taxes.
    The colonists also used what was called “Country Pay” or “Country Money”: commodities like tobacco, rice, indigo, wheat or maize. Tobacco became so important that it remained a form of currency in the colonies for almost 200 years.
    Wealthy planters, too, bought goods on credit, especially luxury goods shipped from England. Because of England’s mercantilist policies, American colonists were not allowed to manufacture and sell fancy finished goods — fine clothing and linens, glassware, or china, for example — and wealthier Americans also wanted goods like wine that had to be imported in any case. British merchants were happy to sell goods to reliable colonists in anticipation of next year’s tobacco crop…
    an early form of the gold standard, promising payment in gold or silver, and were accepted as legal tender. Another early form of paper money were “tobacco notes.” These used tobacco stored in the warehouses of Virginia as the standard and were accepted throughout the state during most of the 18th century. The U.S. Department of the Treasury did not start issuing federal paper money until 1862.
    The painful experience of the runaway inflation and collapse of the Continental dollar prompted the delegates to the Constitutional Convention to include the gold and silver clause into the United States Constitution so that the individual states could not issue bills of credit, or “make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” This restriction of bills of credit was extended to the Federal Government, as the power to “emit bills” from the Articles of Confederation was abolished, leaving Congress with the power “to borrow money on credit.”.

    from online references.

    • Who could have seen this coming?

    • yadayada

      obviously another reason why libs hate free market economies. whooda thunk?

      I know plenty of people who drive 15-20 miles to buy cartons of cigs on the Indian reservations because of the tax structure. and this is in Idaho, apparently one of the smuggler’s supply states, according to this report.

  3. canary

    A second Osama Bin Laden bodyguard ready to be released from Gitmo Prison

    Washington Post: U.S. may free suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard at Gitmo

    By Cheryl K. Chumley – Mar 22 2014

    An accused bodyguard of killed al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden may win his freedom from Guantanamo Bay, the latest in a White House push to clear and close the Cuba-based facility.

    Ali Ahmad Razihi said at a Periodic Review Board hearing on Thursday at the Pentagon that he only wants to go home to Yemen, marry and work his family’s fruit and vegetable farm, and that he’s about as far from being a terrorist as can be…

    Razihi was caught in December 2001 en route from Yemen to Afghanistan for al Qaeda training, and reportedly working in bin Laden’s security force, The Los Angeles Times reported… Moreover, he had several aliases that have appeared on al Qaeda rosters and documents…

    http://www.washingtontimes.com.....yguard-gi/

    I guess the thousands of Americans killed destroying families don’t factor in.

  4. canary

    Iran Appoints Minister behind the 1983 killing 241 U.S. Marine Corps at their Barracks in Beirut

    Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs” Iran’s New Defense Minister:
    Behind the 1983 Attack on the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut

    The newly-elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has appointed Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan as the new defense minister in place of Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi. The appointment will take effect as soon as it is approved by the Majlis.

    Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan spent his entire military career in the Revolutionary Guard, which he joined immediately after it was established in the last months of 1979.

    On October 25, 1983, a Shiite suicide bomber detonated a water tanker at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Marines; simultaneously, another Shiite suicide bomber blew up the French paratroopers’ barracks in Beirut, killing 58 soldiers.

    – See more at: http://jcpa.org/irans-new-defe.....GNh9o.dpuf

  5. canary

    Armed Forcies News – Mar 21 2014
    Panel to Allow Transgenders To Serve in the US Armed Forces

    Panel: Allow Transgenders To Serve

    A commission co-chaired by former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and former Coast Guard health and safety director Adm. Alan Steinman is urging the Defense Department to allow transgender persons to serve in the armed forces.

    “There is no compelling reason for the ban,” the panel stated in a March 13 report. Longstanding official reasons for the bar on transgender service, largely centering upon medical issues, are irrelevant, according to the panel, which conducted their research at the Palm Center, a public-policy think tank based at San Francisco State University.

    armedforcesnews.com

    This would mean Tax-payers will have to pay for sex changes too.

  6. yadayada

    gee, a gay liberal think tank in a san franfreako uni thinks queers in the military is a good thing.

    whooda thunk? face-palm

    • canary

      US Armed Services already full of Transgenders

      AP: Panel urges end to US ban on transgender troops
      By Lisa Leff – Mar 13, 2014

      SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls on President Barack Obama to lift it.

      The five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, …

      Lawyers for Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks when she was known as Bradley Manning,
      presented evidence that stress over having to keep her gender identity secret contributed to an irrational belief that she could end the war in Iraq and by leaking the information.

      “When you closet someone, you create a security risk, and we don’t need another Chelsea Manning,” Kolditz said.

      Associated Press writer David Crary in New York contributed to this
      ttp://bigstory.ap.org/article/apnewsbreak-transgender-troop-ban-faces-scrutiny

      “Following a deployment to Kuwait, Fox started taking female hormones, In November, with her hair getting long and her voice higher thanks to regular sessions with a speech therapist,…

      “When I transitioned, I wasn’t just a good officer, I became a better officer because I didn’t have to deal with that conflict anymore,” she said.”…

  7. yadayada

    only my opinion – from 20 yrs various capacities in the military. one thing I observed (back when of course, don’t know ’bout today) a very large majority of military personnel didn’t really give a rat’s — what religion, color, sex(es) etc. a person is, the main concern always was – can you do the damn job assigned to you? without separate, special, or unequal standards or time outs or “stress cards”(!?!?)
    if so, then let’s roll – provided you don’t try force me to accept or convert. I knew several gay/lesbian soldiers and sailors when I served. as long as they pulled their share of the load, no one seemed to care much. yes there were some jests and snickers, but no more than we straight soldiers subjected each other to. even ribald humor can be acceptable in proper context. same with skin color, very few cared at all.

    by the same token, those same differences are irrelevant if you are NOT able to perform to the same UNIVERSAL standards. then you SHOULD feel your sergeant’s leather personnel carrier projected onto your posterior motivational control panel without being able to play any type of victim card. it all comes down to EQUAL standards and enforcement thereof. but that’s the rub, isn’t it? the minority party can’t accept absolute equality of standards. only enforcement of equal outcomes, regardless of input. “ain’ nobody got time fo dat!”

    unfortunately, our current victim class mindset is being allowed to percolate throughout the military.

    “those incoming rounds don’t give a s— what your problems are!” – me

    “A swift kick to a private’s @$$ always gives my boots the best shine!” – GySgt. G. Bell USMC – 1977

    • canary

      yadayaday, my father told me their were gays in WWII and I too never saw any gays in the military get the boot or harrassed. And the gays don’t even get in trouble for sexually harrassing a straight person.

      Didn’t realise I didn’t get the link correct for the entire story.

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article.....s-scrutiny

      This is not about transgenders not being allowed in the military it’s about allowing people to join the military and get a sex change.

      When the panels were presented the arguement of cost for the surgeries they said the surgey would only cost about $30,000 for each soldier. The panel claims the cost of not giving the soldier the soldiers the sex changes would be more costly and lead to soldiers like PVT Manning responsible for wiki-leads to harm military security.

      For this captain to say he/she was a good soldier, but letting her hair grow long and hormones made her a better officer the evidence is her change was a burden on the miitary.

      So, it’s one thing to allow transgenders, who have changed prior to joining, this is like a military telling individuals don’t just the military to serve your country, learn a skill, it’s like the military for a few years and get a sex change.

      Also, the effects of putting hormones in a man or women is going to naturally create havoc in moods, so I don’t see that as a safe or healthy US Soldier who can do their job.

      The idea that anyone joins the military to get medical treatment and be catered to is crazy.

      And it’s damn selfish for Fox and anyone like her, when injured US Soldiers who can’t get proper treatment for lost body parts blown off, or for a brain disorder to PTSD (which is hell compared to what ever a soldier who wants a sex change, is just selfish and impractical.

      And then if they regret the change they will make the miitary change them back…and forth.

      A sex change should not be a military benefit.

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article.....s-scrutiny

    • yadayada

      I wholly agree with your opinion on this matter. it should never be offered or payed for by the military. I knew several gay people in the military, though I admit I never encountered anyone who confessed to me they wanted a sex change. (granted, my opinions are just the rantings of a deranged old codger and) my experience is only an anecdotal microcosm and should never be extrapolated to engulf the whole of the DoD. same should be said for Capt. Fox, one story. and please don’t get me started on Manning. manning’s treason was a personal choice and his lawyers simply found a convenient “out” to avoid the firing squad he should have faced) digression. I don’t believe the panel’s estimate of how many personal are transgendered. I also don’t agree with their opinion that costs incurred would be negligible. the pie for military medical treatment is only so big and throwing $30k a pop at a TG? I would rather see it go for a new leg, phys therapy or wheel chair ramps for an IED victim. nor do I believe that any form of sex change or related therapies should be footed by the tax payer under any circumstance, i.e. military, prison, o’care, welfare, or what have you. as Hobby Lobby is struggling to prove – it also contradicts the moral beliefs of a large percentage of the populace.
      BUT… I also must disclose that I am still of the opinion that it should be classified as a mental disorder for a person to “believe” they are in the “wrong gendered”(?) body. it is a serious psychological self conflict and internal struggle that could have damaging and lasting consequences and therefore ought to be thoroughly vetted during recruitment. so, I guess I’m one of those extremists.
      sorry for long winded version, but not an easy subject to “nutshell.”

  8. canary

    Obama’s home country Kenya makes new Quran law allowing men to marry as many women as they want. The Quran’s original law was that the husband had to get the wives premission.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/ne.....y_jNPldXxo

  9. canary

    Russia inaugurates it’s 10 million dollar mosque in Israel.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.581478

    That and Russia’s ties with Syria’s Assad whose military who have started attacks over into Israel’s border put’s Israel in a bad position.

  10. canary

    Beijing China Hotel “Fed Up” with Obama Entourage: Obama Grandmother Barks at Staff

    Dailymail.co.uk.news: Beijing hotel workers already ‘fed up’ with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing ‘pretty much everyone’ – and the first lady’s mother is ‘barking at the staff’

    By David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor – Mar 21 2014
    PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 21 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:02 EST, 22 March 2014

    Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced ‘pretty much everyone’ and made the hotel staff ‘fed up,’ a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline.

    But the Obamas’ stay has already affected staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that Mrs. Obama’s mother Marian Robinson has been ‘barking at the staff since she arrived’

    ‘We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,’ he said in a sudden hush. ‘We entertain many important people here, but this has been, I think, very different…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....staff.html

    Sorry I could not find out what was on the menu.
    It’s so hush hush on the first family’s cook, that google only brought up articles that Chinese cooking oil is made from human waste.

  11. canary

    Fox News: Britain says readers of Al Qaeda-linked magazine may be prosecuted Fox News – Mar 24 2014

    “The public is reminded that viewing downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Section 1 and 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006,” the unnamed spokesman added.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2.....rosecuted/

  12. canary

    Fox News: Britain says readers of Al Qaeda-linked magazine may be prosecuted Fox News – Mar 24 2014

    “The public is reminded that viewing downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Section 1 and 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006,” the unnamed spokesman added.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2.....rosecuted/

  13. canary

    Dutch News: Mad about Max and drunken security officials: summit circus leaves town

    26 March 2014
    Three Secret Service Agents with Obama Disciplined for Inappropriate Behavior

    USA Today/ AP: 3 Secret Service agents sent home from Amsterdam

    March 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday…

    The newspaper said all three were on the Counter Assault Team, which defends the president if he comes under attack, and that one agent was a “team leader.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/.....e/6897851/

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    DutchNews: Mar 26 2014

    Amsterdam’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan said the cost of Obama’s 90 minute visit to Amsterdam – put at some €360,000 – is peanuts compared to the benefits to the city’s tourist industry.

    This year, instead, the 53 guests were treated to a short film and musical performance focusing on a glowing nuclear rod as a sort of Olympic torch and the best of the Netherlands, including Johan Cruijff, skater Ireen Wust and Van Gogh. (see below)

    Queen Maxima also made an impact on the guests at Monday night’s banquet. Obama, French president Francois Hollande and British prime minister David Cameron were ‘mad about Max’ according to the Daily Mail.

    Demonstrations

    Some 140 arrests were made during and in the run-up to the summit, most of which involved demonstrators, police confirmed on Tuesday evening.

    Some 60 people were fined €150 for demonstrating in a place where gatherings were not allowed.

    US secret service

    One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, sources had told the paper.

    (photos and entire article)
    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/a....._-_was.php
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    Flashback to drunk secret service agent leaving ammunition in upscale hotel near the White House

    CNN: Obama Secret Service Agents Hotel Scandal: Agent removed ammunition from gun before romp with woman in hotel and left ammunition in their hotel room.

    Nov 14, 2013

    (CNN) — Two Secret Service supervisors on President Barack Obama’s protective detail are under investigation for alleged misconduct, a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of the internal Secret Service investigation told CNN’s John King.

    The investigation began after an incident at the posh Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House in May.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/14/.....isconduct/

    “2012 Cartagena prostitution scandal involving presidential detail agents was an anomaly, congress has found similar instances in 17 countries.”

    Prostitution and getting drunk in 17 countries and DHS does a study on the secret service’s culture and finds nothing wrong.

  14. captstubby

    Illinois has lost 3,400 jobs in five years — not 90,000 .
    FactCheck.org

    http://news.yahoo.com/many-los.....VM-;_ylv=3

    the opening salvo of campaign B.S. has officially begun.

  15. canary

    Putin Holding War Games in Expanding Areas Causing Tension

    Rueters: Russian Military Holds Exercises in Breakaway Moldova Region

    Mar 25, 2014

    (Reuters) – Russia’s military staged training exercises on Tuesday in Transdniestria, a breakaway sliver of Moldova that is a focus of tension following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

    NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday he was worried that Russia might have its eye on Transdniestria, a largely Russian-speaking region that borders western Ukraine, after seizing Crimea, which has a narrow ethnic Russian majority…

    (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Steve Gutterman; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
    http://www.reuters.com/article.....KB20140325

  16. canary

    Rueters: Russia will demand compensation if France scraps warship sale

    MOSCOW, March 20 2014

    (Reuters) – Moscow will demand compensation if France cancels a deal to sell it Mistral helicopter-carrier ships as punishment for the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, Russian news agencies cited a defence official as saying…

    In March 2011 the deal stalled on Russian demands for sensitive NATO technologies to be included with the ships…

    French foreign minister Laurent Fabius is considering cancelling the Russian deal for two Mistral-class ships in response to the Crimean referendum…

  17. canary

    Other countries with ethnic Russians worrying they too will be invaded. It’s a long scroll down.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26713975

  18. canary

    Rueters: Turkey blocks YouTube after intelligence leaked on plans for Syrian operation

    03/27/2014

    ISTANBUL – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described the leaking on YouTube on Thursday of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military operations in Syria as “villainous” and the government blocked access to the video-sharing site.

    An anonymous YouTube account posted what it presented as a recording of intelligence chief Hakan Fidan discussing possible military operations in Syria with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Chief of military Staff Yasar Guler and other top officials…

    Google said it was looking into reports that some users in Turkey were unable to access its video-sharing site YouTube, saying there was no technical problem on its side.

    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-Ea.....ion-346719

  19. canary

    FACT: White House site has petition for Russia to annex Alaska with 30 signatures from across the USA

    Mar 27 2014

    FoxNews: Thousands sign WhiteHouse.gov petition for Alaska to secede — to Russia

    A petition on the White House website created by “S.V.” of Anchorage is calling on Alaskans and others to “vote” for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and become a part of Russia.

    In less than a week, the petition, titled “Alaska Back to Russia,” has garnered nearly 30,000 signatures, …

    “Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia,” the petition says.

    Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, in a decision decried at the time as “Seward’s Folly.” The territory officially became the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959.

    The White House typically issues an official response to petitions on the official website if they receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days — in this case, the deadline would be April 20. A similar petition in 2012 calling for Texas to secede from the U.S. reached this goal, and the White House responded by saying “our states remain united.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....to-russia/

    The signatures are from all over the US and may be Russians that signed it.
    The tacky Russia news is bragging about this and making fun of Obama to inlclude articles that Ukraine is ran by Jews that were communists that slaughtered their own people.

    • canary

      Russia and Alaska are divided by the Bering Strait, which is about 55 miles at its narrowest point.

      In the middle of the Bering Strait are two small, sparsely populated islands: Big Diomede, which sits in Russian territory, and Little Diomede, which is part of the United States.

      At their closest, these two islands are a little less than two and a half miles apart

  20. canary

    If guns are banned then criminals. Demorats, and Muslims will be the only one to have them according to this
    FBI sting..

    AP: Ex-gang leader was praised as role model

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former gang leader with ties to San Francisco’s Chinatown who was praised for cleaning up his public image after serving more than a decade in prison now faces up to 95 years behind bars on money-laundering and other charges.
    Related Stories

    FBI sting shows San Francisco Chinatown underworld Associated Press

    The allegations against Raymond Chow — nicknamed Shrimp Boy — were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including California Sen. Leland Yee and Keith Jackson, Yee’s campaign aide.

    The Sacramento Bee reported that Chow was commended by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in 2012 as a former offender who had become a community asset.

    He was also lauded by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his “willingness to give back to the community.”

    But he is now accused of money laundering, conspiracy to receive and transport stolen property, and conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.

    In 1992, he was among more than two dozen people indicted on racketeering charges for their alleged involvement in crimes ranging from teenage prostitution to an international drug trade mostly involving heroin.

    He was later convicted of gun charges and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He spent 11 years in prison and was released in 2003 after he cut a deal with the government to testify against another high-ranking associate.

    The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to deport Chow, who is not a U.S. citizen, since he was released from prison in 2005.

    “I hereby withdraw my candidacy for election of Secretary of State, effective immediately,” the one-line letter read.

    The criminal complaint accuses Yee, a state politician who has authored gun control legislation, of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in cash and campaign contributions in exchange for providing official favors, influencing legislation and helping to broker an arms deal with an undercover FBI agent.

    Jackson, Yee’s campaign aide, was a central link in the complex web of crime.

    Firefighters were seen going inside the office with a circular saw and later said they had cracked a safe. FBI agents exited with boxes and trash bags full of evidence that they loaded into an SUV.

    In addition, Yee received campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker.

    Investigators said Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including “shoulder-fired” weapons or missiles,

    and explained the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S., according to an affidavit by FBI agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

    Yee said he was unhappy with his life and told the agent he wanted to hide out in the Philippines, the document said. “There’s a part of me that wants to be like you,” he told the undercover agent. “You know how I’m going to be like you? Just be a free agent there.”

    The introduction with the trafficker took place at a San Francisco restaurant earlier this month, according to the documents.

    Yee said he wouldn’t go to the Philippines until November.

    “Once things start to move, it’s going to attract attention. We just got to be extra-extra careful,” he said, according to court documents.

    Jackson, a former San Francisco school board president
    and well-known political consultant who raised money for Yee’s unsuccessful mayoral run in 2011 and his current bid for secretary of state, remained in custody.

    Jackson, 49, did not enter a plea Wednesday as the

    FBI accused him of being involved in a murder-for-hire scheme and trafficking guns and drugs.

    Yee was charged with six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license.

    Yee is the third Democratic state senator in California to face criminal charges this year.

    Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges.

    Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence,
    with pay,
    although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled.

    Yee, 65, represents western San Francisco and much of San Mateo County. He is best known for his efforts to strengthen open records, government transparency and whistleblower protection laws, including legislation

    to close a loophole in state public records laws after the CSU Stanislaus Foundation refused to release its $75,000 speaking contract with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2010.

    For his efforts to uphold the California Public Records Act,

    Yee was honored last week by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

    He also opposed legislation by a fellow Democrat, Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino, that banned the sale of shark fins used for Chinese shark fin soup, saying that it unfairly targeted the Chinese-American community.

    A man was charged last year for threatening Yee over legislation that he proposed to limit rapid reloading of assault weapons.

    Yee also authored legislation that that would have required the state to study safe storage of firearms.

    Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Garance Burke, Terry Collins and Jason Dearen in San Francisco; and Judy Lin, Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams in Sacramento.
    By Paul Elias, Channing Joesph and Sudhin Thanawala
    http://news.yahoo.com/ex-gang-.....56056.html

    Shrimp Boy Chow and Shark Fin Lee.

    To think it’s said DHS wanted to deport Shrimp Boy Chow, but anti-gun U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he was an asset to the community and had given back.

    We should take note this is another example of those that want gun control are the ones with all the guns.


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