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Gheorghiu's attorney, Peter Bibring, said deputies told him they planned to show that Gheorghiu's possession of graffiti tools was a violation of his probation and also merited new charges.
"It raises extreme 1st Amendment issues," said Bebring, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. "The government shouldn't be in a position of saying you can't make art from certain materials."
Gheorghiu, 34, told The Times on Tuesday that he was not home when deputies searched his house. He said they removed an artwork, some art supplies and his computer. He said he was ordered to surrender to deputies for an alleged probation violation related to possession of vandalism tools. Gheorghiu, however, said that a judge at a prior hearing had deemed his art tools exempt from the terms of his probation.
Having spent eight or so hrs. in the LAPD's West L.A. Division on Butler (As a prisoner, we suppose we should add. Not just hanging out.) we'd have no objection to seeing it cinematically crushed by aliens or a bulldozer, 'though probably not at the expense of 15 bones.
... chagrined by the future of a culture in which “people don’t read anymore,” as he notes in this interview with Media Roots. Hedges doesn’t spare the Internet in this critique, either ...
The Associated Press revealed yesterday that one of the cogs in Gingrich’s vast network of business enterprises and front groups, ReAL Action, provided $125,000 to AFA Action. The Des Moines Register reported this morning that ReAL Action also contributed $25,000 to yet another Iowa anti-LGBT group, the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
AFA is not only of the nation’s most prominent anti-LGBT groups, it has been officially labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. As ThinkProgress has reported, the AFA is known for making incendiary comments about gays, including blaming gays for crop failure and various other biblical plagues, claiming that Hitler was gay, saying lesbians can’t be justices, equating gay sex with domestic terrorism, and equating gay sex to heroin, just to cite a few examples.
Gingrich’s tacit support for these radical views would not seem to be in question, as his spokesman went to great pains to explain that the grant to AFA Action was for “general support,” noting:
“We leave up to the groups receiving the money to determine how they would spend the money."
Even so, I liked the guy. He was never predictable, and there was always something disinterested and nobly intentioned about his intense obsessions. The last time I saw him, he was working on the development of the ultimate bell metal, which would be able to make bells that would sound for minutes on end.
In 2007, Gheorghiu's problems came to a head with his first adult felony arrest. Responding to Smear's graffiti on buses, L.A. County sheriff's deputies raided his home. A graffiti vandalism conviction resulted in a 40-month suspended prison sentence, three years' probation and about $28,000 in restitution for scrawling on buses.Tell us, Carmen, wouldn't it make sense (And comply w/ that pesky First Amendment?) to let the guy sell his art so he can pay off his "fine?"
Gheorghiu remains on probation because he has paid off only about $5,000 of his fines.
BURLINGTON, Colo. (AP) — New documents released Monday in the case of a 12-year-old Colorado boy accused of fatally shooting his parents and wounding two siblings show prosecutors filed nine charges against him, including two counts of first-degree murder.That's fun as is, but the kicker is at the end. We wondered what might make a 12-yr. old do such a thing (Beyond the obvious reasons.) & then we found out.
Charles and Marilyn Long, both in their early 50s, had seven children. Four are grown and no longer live at home. Marilyn Long homeschooled her kids and ran the children's ministry at the local Evangelical Free Church. Her husband served as a church elder and was a snack delivery driver.We'll bet they deserved it.
The couple was buried Friday.
Gaffney’s efforts have proven to be quite lucrative for him, despite the fact that he leads a non-profit organization. According to the Center for Security Policy’s 2008 tax return, Gaffney earned a salary of $288,300.We will bet you he has a very nice expense account as well. And while we're piling on the stupid jerk,
Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at The George Washington University, said, “Gaffney is a self-parody. I have better things to do with my time than investigating the veracity of his ravings."
Meg Whitman (R), who was an unsuccessful candidate for California governor last year, said she is "definitely not" considering a Senate bid in 2012, the Wall Street Journal reports.In other words, she's found out that her money can't buy her anything beyond a free pass for her obnoxious & criminally violent spawn.
Said Whitman: "I want to stay involved in public policy. Now I see things in a way that I had not prior to running for public office."
In the interim, she worked as an intern for the opposition in the South African Parliament (which is where she met Joel, who was working as a speechwriter).Double creepy. Speaking of infiltration, how long before this leaf in the wind converts again, to Islam, & starts killing Americans?
She was accepted by Catholic and Anglican schools (she is now an observant Jew)You just gotta love these people. Opposed to racism in other countries, yet unable even to perceive it here in these United Snakes. As if it's so special for the military to accept non-Anglo cannon-fodder.
After graduating from Harvard, she was hired by the Heritage Foundation as a research assistant, and worked with MacKenzie Eaglen and other analysts in studying national defense, particularly the defense budget. She has several posts on the Heritage website on these subjects.why did she enlist, rather than become an officer?
HEY! In case you haven't noticed, Kathy, COWS & PIGS ARE "PLANT-BASED FOODS!"
Revelation Calls into Question Sen. Hopper's Claim That He Received a Death Threat
The way voters in Hopper’s district found out about his new living arrangements is almost as comical as Gingrich’s suggesting that excessive patriotism drove him to have extramarital affairs. First, on Friday, Hopper issued a statement saying he would not be attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fond du Lac on Saturday, citing a purported death threat:
“I had looked forward to walking the parade route and sharing this celebration with my family, friends, neighbors, and constituents, but I, in no way, want to put the citizens of Fond du Lac in harm’s way.”But then this happened:Protesters went to his home in Fond du Lac. They did not find Hopper there. Instead they found his wife, who Hopper filed papers to divorce in August 2010. Hopper’s estranged wife, Alysia, told the protesters to look for him in Madison where he is living with his 25-year-old mistress and former lobbyist Valerie Cass.Randy Hopper is 45 years old. The Hoppers’ maid signed the recall petition, and there are reports that Alysia Hopper planned to sign the petition, and may have done so already.
Given the strained relations with his family, it’s odd that he would mention them in his statement — and facts that have come to light about his living arrangements certainly make the death threat suspicious.
In his report, Wu reviewed the process of forming the socialist system of laws with salient Chinese features, which shows the Communist Party of China (CPC) is clear-headed, firm and steadfast politically, truth seeking in social practices, and forward exploring and innovative with the legal theory, said Li Zhanshu, Party secretary of southwest China's Guizhou province. The organic unity adherence to leadership by the Party, ensuring that people are masters of the country and governing the country in accordance with law must be held, and this constitutes the core of the socialist system of law with Chinese hallmarks.One of these days a CPC member will learn to type in English. When that glorious day of victory for the proletariat occurs, all the working peoples of the world will at last know the truth, & the dialetically inevitable socialist revolution will occur.
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — 1960s counterculture icon and once prolific LSD producer Owsley “Bear” Stanley has died in a car crash in his adoptive country of Australia.See also info/videos. From a fucking vegan. In Brooklyn. Stop it, you're killing us, hippie.
A police statement said a man in his 70s died Saturday when a car he was driving left a highway and hit trees near the town of Mareeba in northern Queensland state.
Police would not confirm the driver’s identity. But Oswald’s family issued a statement to The Associated Press on Monday confirming his death in the car wreck. He was 76.
Stanley was a major producer of the hallucinogenic drug LSD in San Francisco in the mid-1960s. He also was an accomplished sound engineer who worked with the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead.
HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) -- A 35-year-old Colorado man was struck and killed after he tried crossing the 101 Freeway near the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night.We can only hope the deceased Coloradan cretin did not reproduce his flawed DNA before his well-deserved removal from the gene pool.
The California Highway Patrol said the accident occurred just before 11 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Cahuenga Boulevard.
Witnesses said the man seemed to be intoxicated as he staggered onto the freeway, jumped over the center divider and was hit on the southbound side by a Mini Cooper.
CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Mini Cooper, a 27-year-old woman from Torrance, was not injured.
The man's name has not been released.
Here's all the proof anyone could need for the know-nothing approach:
Why Every Kid in America Doesn’t Need to Be EducatedDo we really want all of us to be a bunch of educated people who never do anything useful — like the Obama administration but for the whole country?
Or do we just think that kids sitting in classrooms throughout childhood makes them better people? Well, Jesus didn’t spend his childhood in a school, but know who did? Hitler.We figure this may have something to do w/ current efforts by reactionaries to repeal child-labor laws.
This tinkering with clocks is our inheritance from a people obsessed with time. Clocks spread rapidly in early America. They were expensive imports, but popular among the Puritans, who despised idleness. Massachusetts passed a law in 1663 making the wasting of time a crime: “No person, householder or other shall spend his time idly or unprofitably, under pain of such punishment as the court shall think meet to inflict.” A century later, the Boston-born Benjamin Franklin (“time is money”) proposed a version of daylight saving time as a joke to stop slothful Parisians from sleeping in.And other amusing factoids.
Then, in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday, Bachmann seemed to rely on outdated talking points in suggesting that President Barack Obama should defer to Gen. David Petraeus on how to approach the crisis in Libya."Outdated talking points?" Try the Daddy Party & a bit of the old Freudian father fixation. (Won't even touch "extended ... further penetration," as we don't have a degree or anything in this, & wouldn't want to leap to any conclusions.) Automatic default: Some guy whose name you've heard a lot from the others in
Asked whether it’s in America’s vital interest to remove Muammar Qadhafi from power, the Minnesotan cited Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s recent admonition about avoiding future land wars in Asia. Then she added: “We are extended now in Afghanistan and Iraq, and I think for us to consider further penetration at this time, we need to listen to Gen. Petraeus and what he has to say.”
Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, should know that Petraeus is the commander of American forces in Afghanistan and is not in the chain of command when it comes to military decisions about Libya.
"You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord."
-- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), quoted by the Boston Herald, while speaking in New Hampshire.
She later admitted her error saying, "It was my mistake, Massachusetts is where they happened. New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!"
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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., arrives with her husband, Marcus, to a state GOP fundraiser Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Nashua, N.H.
Also: Borat as illustration.These right-wing videos take this and amplify a particularly interesting part of the service/professionalized economy. When so much of our economy is driven by professionals there is a lot of work done in making sure that there are layers of people between the consumer and the professional. The professional’s time is valuable money, and so its usually beneficially to get layers of cheaper, less professional service staff on board as vetting intermediaries. You don’t want the expensive brain surgeon making sure you’ve filled out your address and contact information correctly or taking your temperature – that’s why there’s a secretary and a nurse in-between these steps at the hospital.
What the right-wing videos do – the ACORN and the Planned Parenthood ones – is present the front-line staff as the actual decision making professionals. They make it seem like the first person you talk with in the door is the one who signs off on the actual decisions. Notice the Ryan Grim article on Planned Parenthood – the “scandal” occurs before the person in question is an actual patient. The front-line service staff’s job is to gather information in detail, whittle it down to appropriate and not appropriate, and then present it those who will make the actual decisions.
The scandal machine doesn’t actually make it to the actual professionals who would have made decisions. Instead their scandal was at the level of service, front-line workers who couldn’t exercise judgement in a full way because it isn’t their job. What the videos do is make it look like the secretary is the boss, as opposed to someone whose social script is to not make any of the cutting decisions. What’s amazing is how much the front-line staff cuts the O’Keefe political stingers out at the knees or calls bullshit on their lies (examples they usually edit out), not how few.
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Something fishy is up in Acapulco.Linked to recent activity a bit to the north? Perhaps, & if so, the why may have been answered.
Masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore Friday on one beach in the Mexican resort city, packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above.
Delighted fishermen rushed out in wooden motor boats, abandoning their rods and nets and simply scooping the fish up with buckets.
“It was so much fun. There were about 20 or 30 fishermen and there were people who came with their kids to take advantage of it,” fisherman Carlos Morales said.
The fishermen attributed the strange phenomenon to the unusual currents unleashed by tsunami that followed the earthquake in Japan.
Experts couldn’t be sure.
“It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?” said Rich Briggs, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “Tsunamis can change local currents, but it’s hard to make a firm connection.”
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Also: Aleister Effing Crowley made him do it or something. Get over it.
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Bachmann has already met with prominent interest groups and well-placed officials in early caucus and primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, where both Tea Partiers and Republican regulars have been impressed by her easy rapport with conservative crowds.
The trips are having an acute impact on Bachmann's thinking about the presidential race, those around her say.
"She is leaning more toward doing it," one Republican close to Bachmann told CNN. "The people she's meeting on the ground, they love her. She is definitely more encouraged when she makes these trips."
NOTE: David Sirota's new book Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now is out on 3/15. Read USA Today's new cover story about the book here and pre-order the book here.Look, it ties into current events!
As I said, this hypocrisy isn't interesting because it's so utterly undeniable. However, what is interesting -- and profoundly telling -- is King's explanation for his behavior. He says simply that "It makes no sense to talk about other (read: non-Muslim) types of extremism."Fucking cultural reactionaries, longing for halcyon days of the '80s. As reactionaries, they're emotionally stuck in the decades of their pubescence/adolescence. So today's young conservative cultural firebrand (usually a middle-aged wretch just realizing that "middle-aged" is a lie & well over half his/her existence is in the rear view mirror & fading fast) misses the moral clarity of the '80s, w/o remembering the reactionary generation who hit puberty in the '50s, & were on about the cultural horrors of the '80s when they hit the downslope.
The remark, of course, typifies a broader sentiment in America and raises the most important "why" question: Why do so many like King see extremist acts by non-Muslims as mere isolated incidents that "make no sense to talk about," yet see extremist acts by Muslims as a systemic problem worthy of military invasions and now congressional witch hunts?
The short answer is 9/11 -- but that's oversimplified. Anti-Muslim sentiment was embedded in American society well before that horrific attack stoked a bigoted backlash. The real answer, as I discovered in researching my upcoming new book, is connected to overwrought Reagan/Bush-era pop culture that first equated "terrorist" with "Muslim."
As it turns out, Jesus is coming back to slaughter the disbelievers. And he’s coming soon. How do we know? We heard it on the radio. “Family Radio” to be exact–an Oakland-based doomsday Christian cult run by 89-year-old Harold Camping that somehow has the cash to operate on 36 stations in California alone, including KFRN 1280 in Long Beach.Nor can we!!
Aside from their radio enterprise and taking out billboards, a group of 10 Family Radio cultists is currently traveling around the country, spreading the “good news” in person. Their caravan will be coming to Los Angeles this coming Monday to tell us about the giant earthquake that’s going to kill the righteous and send them to heaven, while the rest will be stuck on Earth in the bloody aftermath for 153 days of ‘death and horror.’
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Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 (UTC) - Coordinated Universal TimeGuess we'll be safely asleep when the alligators come streaming out of the storm drains. We're only under an advisory anyway
Friday, March 11, 2011 at 02:46:23 PM - Local Time at Epicenter
SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS IN AN ADVISORY.