“The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.”—Economics and ethics: Lying commies
The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office will have to answer for their use of a flashbang grenade in the death of a Fremont man.
Last week, federal Judge Jack Zouhary, of the U.S. Northern District Court, in Toledo, put Sandusky County and the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office on notice they will have to face a jury and explain their use of a flashbang grenade in the July 11, 2010, death of 26-year-old Bryan Jones.
Zouhary denied a county request that would have prevented a jury from determining whether Jones’ civil rights were violated when deputies came within six feet of Jones, who was asleep or passed out on a couch in his family’s living room, lit the grenade and then shot and killed a startled Jones when he was awakened by the sound and light created by the explosion.
“Because a jury could conclude that defendants’ use of a flashbang device was excessive force, and could further find that a reasonable officer would have known that use of a flashbang device under the circumstances constituted excessive force, defendants are not entitled, as a matter of law, to qualified immunity,” Zouhary wrote in his decision.
Attorneys for the county cited previous cases where the use of a flashbang was upheld by courts.
Zouhary dismissed each one.
"Jones had not fired a gun at neighbors or officers. Nor had he refused to surrender to police. Jones was instead asleep for some time and police, at best, made one failed attempt to talk to him; Jones made no threatening gestures with the shotgun he held on his lap during that time; and his mom, against whom Jones made the earlier verbal threat, was not nearby," Zouhary wrote.
"A jury could find that Jones posed no immediate risk to anyone until (at the earliest) after the TRT deployed the flash-bang. Moreover, a jury could conclude that a reasonable officer would know that if the officer awakened a sleeping suspect with a flashbang device, the explosion would disorient the suspect."
There was no one else in the home when deputies Mario and Jose Calvillo, who are brothers, quietly led the four-man team into the home.
All told, Mario fired five shots from his .40-caliber handgun and Jose fired nine shots from an M16A2 rifle. Jones was ultimately shot five times.
The Jones family has argued Jose Calvillo should never have been on the TRT. He was removed from road patrol and re-assigned to the jail so supervisors could monitor him earlier in 2010 following allegations Calvillo had stalked his ex-girlfriend and her family.
He surrendered his gun while he was reassigned to the jail. He was, however, allowed to remain on the special team.
The Calvillos and two other deputies opened fire when Jones was startled awake by the flashbang grenade. He died instantly.
“Though only 8 percent of private-sector workplaces are unionized in the United States, 29 percent of production shifts involved unionized facilities, implying that offshoring may be, at least in part, a union-avoidance strategy. Even more interestingly, the overwhelming majority of the facilities being offshored were owned by large, profitable multinationals—not, as one might imagine, by firms struggling to compete. And many of the closures took place soon after the plants had been acquired.”—Losing Sparta
“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act. Multiple studies have found that nearly 50 percent of the federal counterterrorism convictions since September 11, 2001, resulted from informant-based cases. Almost 30 percent were sting operations in which the informant played an active role in the underlying plot.”—US: Terrorism Prosecutions Often An Illusion
“Gaza is part of our Land and we will remain there forever. Liberation of parts of our land forever is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.”—My Outline for a Solution in Gaza
Internal documents reveal that the crackdown is targeting banks, not merchants and processors, because it requires less investigation into the facts. That should anger all Americans who care about due process and the rule of law, writes ex-FDIC Chairman Bill Isaac.
“Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault. Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American with extensive experience reporting on that region. He has covered dozens of major Middle East events in the last decade for CNN, NBC and Al Jazeera English, where his reporting on the 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza made him a star of the network. NBC aggressively pursued him to leave Al Jazeera, paying him far more than the standard salary for its on-air correspondents.”—NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children
“One motive of the manipulation is to operate and control Comex trading in a manner that helps the Fed contain the price of gold, thereby preventing its rise from signaling to the markets that problems festering in the U.S. financial system are growing worse by the day. This is an act of financial terrorism supported by federal regulatory authorities.”—» Insider Trading and Financial Terrorism on Comex
“Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the grim day Detroit filed a Chapter 9 petition — the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history — and the political and business leaders of New York and other big cities gave a shudder and wondered: Could it happen here? The disturbing answer is that the next Detroit has already arrived, albeit in slightly disguised form, on a beloved Caribbean island that is a kind of sixth borough of New York City. Puerto Rico is broke. With an annual budget of $9.6 billion, the government and its affiliated utilities and agencies have collectively racked up $73 billion in debt — far more than it can expect to repay, and some of it at eye-popping rates of more than 9%.”—Puerto Rico: Detroit of the Caribbean