You’ll never believe why Georgia cops arrested this Nissan Leaf owner
Could you get arrested for plugging in your phone at a public building? Well, a man in Georgia was arrested after he plugged in his Nissan Leaf and was charged with “theft of power” from the city. And how much power did he steal? $.05
A Georgia man found himself in handcuffs after charging his electric car outside a middle school where his son was playing tennis in what police alleged was unlawful “theft” of county power worth roughly five cents.
Kaveh Kamooneh, of Decatur, said he was attending a Saturday morning tennis practice session for his 11-year-old son on Nov. 2 when he plugged in his electric car at a power outlet outside Chamblee Middle School.
Kamooneh, 50, said he was alarmed when, soon after, he saw a police officer inspecting his Nissan LEAF.
According to a report from the Chamblee Police Department, an officer responded to a called complaint of the white Nissan LEAF left parked and charging at the school. In the police report, the officer said he could not find the vehicle’s owner but found the car doors unlocked and picked up a piece of mail on the car floor showing a Decatur address.
“He told me he was going to arrest me for theft,” Kamooneh said, who said he charged his car for roughly 20 minutes. Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says that is roughly the equivalent of a nickel’s worth of electricity, WIXA in Atlanta reported.
On Nov. 13, Kamooneh said he was met at his door by police, who handcuffed him and took him to the DeKalb County jail, where he was held for about 15 hours.
“I quickly realized it was from the events that had happened 11 days back,” he said. “The officer did threaten that he would do that. I guess I didn’t quite believe that he would go through with it.”
Kamooneh was officially charged with theft by taking what the officer said was “theft of power” by not seeking permission from the DeKalb County School system to charge his car there, according to the police report.
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So, the officer opened his car door without a warrant and then arrested him 11 days later for “sealing” 5 cents worth of power. I’ve got news for this police squad full of lame brains: you guys have already wasted about 1,000% more taxpayer money paying your boneheaded officer for time he spent violating this man’s 4th Amendment rights and arresting him.
11:39 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
Report: 7 out of 10 California doctors boycotting Obamacare
According to a new report, as many as 70% of California doctors are warning patients that they will not receive them if they have signed up for Obamacare.
From The Washington Examiner:
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.
…“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.
California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.
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Can you blame the doctors? Imagine two patients who both require the same procedure. One has insurance through a private company and will pay full price for the procedure. The other, however, is insured by California’s version of Obamacare, which will pay 20% what the private insurance company will pay. If you were the doctor, would you be happy about that?
Generally, doctors are good, honest people who want the best for their patients and work hard for them every day. But we must remember that they have businesses to run. And while they might be charitable, they have to make money.
There are those who are constantly pushing class envy on everyone, who think that doctors should be paid less. These people ought to be careful what they wish for. The interest of the best and brightest among us to study and practice medicine is, in most cases, directly proportional to the potential salary that can be made by practicing medicine.
11:30 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
Remember: 20 incredible photos from the attack on Pearl Harbor
Today, December 7th, we remember Pearl Harbor and the attack that led our nation in to World War II. To the survivors and families of those who lost loved ones there, we say a prayer of thanks for your sacrifice.
1:51 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
Hilarious: Reason TV exposes the “fast food strike” for the silly sham it really was
The kind folks over Reason do a brilliant job of explaining free market economics and exposing the anti-capitalist left who fund astroturf protest events like the so-called “living wage” fast food protest in NYC.
The organizers of the protest called it a strike, but with fewer than 1/10 of 1% of NYC fast food employees participating, it wasn’t much of a strike at all. Instead, what Reason found was a small roving band of 150 paid protestors and organizers that didn’t want them talking to the cameras.
Here’s the video:
The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.
The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.
We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.
The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.
Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.
Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013.
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Here’s a novel idea: if you don’t want to work for less than $15/hour, don’t get a job at a fast food company. Fast food workers aren’t being forced to work their jobs. If you want a higher salary, get educated, get experience, and work your way up the ladder. It’s not rocket science, just simple Adam Smith economics.
1:00 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
FBI can secretly hijack your computer’s camera without turning on the indicator light
Here’s some not-so-comforting news from the the overzealous privacy invaders in the federal government. The FBI has been using technology for the past several years that can hijack on a private computer’s camera without turning on the indicator light.
“We have transitioned into a world where law enforcement is hacking into people’s computers, and we have never had public debate,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Judges are having to make up these powers as they go along.”
Former U.S. officials say the FBI uses the technique sparingly, in part to keep public references to its online surveillance tools to a minimum. There was news coverage about them in 2007, when Wired reported that the FBI had sent surveillance software to the owner of a MySpace account linked to bomb threats against a Washington state high school.
The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes.
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I actually know a fellow who keeps a Post-It note over his computer’s camera lens at all times out of fear that people might use it to spy on him. I used to chuckle at his paranoia. As it turns out, he was right.
It’s a scary world we live in…
12:18 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
"Nothing is beyond our reach" - The Obama admin’s new spy satellite logo is absolutely terrifying
When I saw this image, I had to do a doubletake. Surely this can’t be real, right? Turns out, it’s completely legitimate. The ominous octopus consuming the earth with the slogan “Northing is Beyond Our Reach” emblazons the rocket just launched yesterday by the Office of National Intelligence and NASA.
Dragnet surveillance is a touchy subject these days what with the Snowden leaks and constant new revelations about cell phones being turned into location trackers, listening in on foreign leaders’ phone calls and the vacuuming up of any information sent digitally that’s not encrypted. Given that, I was a little surprised that ODNI was bragging about the launch on Twitter and putting the mission patch for the rocket on prominent display as it looks like it was drawn by a writer for The Simpsons with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
“Ready for launch? An Atlas 5 will blast off at just past 11PM, PST carrying an classified NRO payload (also cubesats),” tweeted the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including a pic of the logo for the satellite: a cartoon octopus wrapping its arms around the world, emblazoned, “Nothing is beyond our reach.” It’s maybe a little bit tone-deaf given the current controversy about just how much is within the reach of the NSA and other intel agencies. Or maybe it’s an attempt to embrace its new image.
“NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide,” says Karen Furgerson, a spokesperson for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). “‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiently all over the globe, protecting our nation.”
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Here’s the logo in all its Orwellian glory:
One would think that all the controversy surrounding the Edward Snowden NSA leaks would give somebody at the Obama administration pause before slapping this monster onto the side of our new spy satellite and live tweeting its launch. But nope. Like something out of a dystopian-future novel, the Obama administration is apparently bragging that no private communications anywhere in the world is beyond their reach.
1:31 pm • 6 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Dem. Rep. Cartwright says “people losing their ‘phony insurance policies’ is a good thing.”
The arrogance of nanny-state-loving Democrats is still astounding to me, no matter how many times we see stories like this. Democrat Rep Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania says that it’s no big deal that millions of Americans are losing their insurance coverage because of Obamacare. In fact, he says, those policies are “phony” anyway and the Obamacare cancellations are “a good thing.”
here’s the video:
In Cartwright’s home state of Pennsylvania, the two largest insurers were forced to cancel over 300,000 individual policies due to Obamacare's regulations. What a jerk this guy is!
12:40 pm • 6 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Obama repeats thoroughly disproven lie that IRS scandal was merely “an office in Cincinnati”
Last night, President Obama appeared on MSNBC to undoubtedly give Chris Matthews innumerable thrills up his leg. During the interview, Obama, without being prompted, brought up the IRS targeting scandal, and summarily dismissed it as the actions of “an office in Cincinnati.”
Here’s the video:
Let’s remind President Obama again the facts of this scandal.
I could go on and on here, but I think you get the picture. President Obama once again repeated a bald-faced lie. The IRS scandal started at the very top with officials directly appointed by President Obama himself.
11:31 am • 6 December 2013 • View comments
Joe Biden: my “profound insights on policy are vastly exaggerated”
If President Obama is an empty chair, Joe Biden is a perpetual font of liquid comedy gold.
from Weekly Standard:
The press covering Joe Biden’s trip Asia caught an unusually frank comment from the vice president. Biden, speaking about himself, reportedly said that his “profound insights on policy are vastly exaggerated, but we do have profound respect for the people of South Korea.”
Biden also insisted that America does what it says it’s going to do — always. “I want to make one thing absolutely clear: President Obama’s decision to rebalance to the Pacific basin is not in question. The United States never says anything it does not do,” said Biden.
"Let me say that again: The United States never says anything it does not do. … [It’s] never been a good bet to bet against America. … and America will continue to place its bet on South Korea."
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To be fair, the South Korean President did compliment Biden’s “profound insights” in his introduction, but still, why would you ever say this out loud?
Biden’s insights on anything other than maybe ice cream are greatly exaggerated.
10:58 am • 6 December 2013 • View comments
Senator Mark Pryor one year ago: “The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues”
Today, Mark Pryor is running campaign ads where he holds up a Bible for the cameras and begs people to vote for him because of his Christian faith that guides his decision making. But just last year, Pryor was singing a different tune.
from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Arkansas’ Sen. Mark Pryor, a Protestant Christian who was co-chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast in February, said the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate…‘The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues,’ he said. ‘Everybody can see it differently.’
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What an incredible turnaround. Last year the Bible was “not a rulebook for political issues.” Today the Bible is Mark Pryor’s “North Star” which he holds up in political campaign ads.
Look, as a fellow Christian, I’m glad that Mark Pryor turns to the Bible for guidance. Good for him. But when he starts waving the Bible around as a political ad, that’s where we part ways. Apparently, he knew better in 2012, but this year, with his Senate seat in jeopardy because of his votes for Obamacare, Mark Pryor is desperate and left his better judgement at the door.
10:48 am • 6 December 2013 • View comments
Empty Chair: Obama had ZERO one-on-one meetings with HHS Sec. Sebelius since Obamacare passed
Looking at just how incredibly poor the rollout of Obamacare has been, it difficult to imagine how President Obama could have allowed his signature law to move forward without intervening. The White House has often stated that Obama as “unaware” of the problems regarding insurance cancelations and the Obamacare website. Is it actually possible that a President could be so disengaged?
Amid the Obama administration’s endless rounds of finger-pointing and blame-shifting, scant if any attention has been paid to the amount of time and executive leadership the president personally devoted to implementing his signature legislative achievement.
“Nothing frustrates me more than when people aren’t doing their jobs,” Obama has said. So, with so much riding on the line, one would assume he held weekly, if not daily, one-on-one meetings with his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to isolate problems, challenge assumptions, apply executive pressure where needed and successfully manage a project of scale.
That did not happen, at least not according to Obama’s own official White House calendar.
A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis finds that from July 12, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2013, the president’s public schedule records zero one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius. Equally shocking, over the same period, the president’s calendar lists 277 private meetings with his other Cabinet secretaries (excluding full Cabinet meetings).
Given these startling findings, and the fact that the White House calendar did not reflect meetings prior to July 12, 2010, GAI researchers then performed a second analysis using another respected recorder of presidential activity, the POLITICO presidential calendar. The results: Just one April 21, 2010 entry was found listing a White House meeting between Obama and Sebelius—and even that was a joint meeting with then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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Obama is not a President. He is a campaigner, a rabble rouser, a figurehead, a celebrity, and a golfer. When it comes to the actual executive functions of the Presidency, he’s left those to his cronies and “advisors,” many of whom are not even approved by Congress.
10:31 am • 6 December 2013 • View comments
Nelson Mandela dies at 95 years old
South African leader Nelson Mandela died today at the ripe old age of 95. He will be remembered as the father of Modern South Africa and for his tireless work and advocacy to end the oppression of apartheid in his country.
from Fox News:
Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years as a prisoner in South Africa for opposing apartheid, then emerged to become his country’s first black president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and an enduring symbol of integrity, principle and resilience, has died at 95.
The announcement was made by South African president Jacob Zuma.
Mandela spent almost three months in a Pretoria hospital after being admitted in June with a recurring lung infection.
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Mandela’s policy positions (especially on economics) were often polar opposite to my own, but his legacy of providing the opportunity for equal justice for all races in South Africa shines as a momentous accomplishment for any man. He brought to South Africa a non-violent revolution and freedom over great oppression.
4:09 pm • 5 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu says she would vote for Obamacare again
Pay close attention, voters of Louisiana. Your Senator is showing her cards, and they’re not pretty.
Here’s the video:
Sorry, Mary. Obamacare’s flaws are not software related. The law itself is fundamentally bad policy, and no Senator with any ounce of respect for the Constitution or the American people would have voted for it the first time, let alone a second time.
Louisiana, it’s time to give Mary Landrieu the boot.
2:27 pm • 5 December 2013 • View comments
Rep. Gowdy: if Obama can ignore immigration, healthcare law, can he also ignore election laws?
Rep. Trey Gowdy has a knack for getting to the heart of an issue when cross examining a witness before a Congressional committee. On Tuesday, former Jimmy Carter policy staffer and law expert Simon Lazarus appeared before the House Judiciary Committee. Lazarus, as you could imagine, Lazarus is no conservative, and Gowdy grilled him on President Obama’s authority to ignore the law in cases where he disagrees with it politically or is inconvenienced by it.
At the end of this video, we have a chilling warning from another liberal law professor Jonathan Turley who says that President Obama’s blanket decisions to ignore huge sections of law is rendering Congress increasingly irrelevant.
Here’s the video (what’s the entire thing, it’s fantastic!):
Well he’s not applying the ACA, and he’s not applying immigration laws, and he’s not applying marijuana laws, and he’s not applying mandatory minimums. What’s the difference with election laws?
Gowdy is exactly right here, and Lazarus is completely stumped by the line of questioning.
What President Obama is doing is completely disregarding the law wherever it’s convenient or out of line with his political philosophy. It’s tyrannical and sets up a dangerous precedent for future Presidents of the United States.
11:54 am • 5 December 2013 • View comments
New York Post: Man-made global warming proof is evaporating
Yet another newspaper seems to have noticed that there doesn’t seem to be any hard evidence that the globe is heating up like the “consensus” says it is.
From the New York Post:
The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way.
Warmist claims of a severe increase in hurricane activity go back to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. The cover of Al Gore’s 2009 book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” even features a satellite image of the globe with four major hurricanes superimposed.
Yet the evidence to the contrary was there all along. Back in 2005 I and others reviewed the entire hurricane record, which goes back over a century, and found no increase of any kind. Yes, we sometimes get bad storms — but no more frequently now than in the past. The advocates simply ignored that evidence — then repeated their false claims after Hurricane Sandy last year.
And the media play along. For example, it somehow wasn’t front-page news that committed believers in man-made global warming recently admitted there’s been no surface global warming for well over a decade and maybe none for decades more. Nor did we see warmists conceding that their explanation is essentially a confession that the previous warming may not have been man-made at all.
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I remember hearing a man who had been a meteorologist for decades talking about Hurricane Sandy just a day or so before it made landfall. He stated, in no uncertain terms, that this “perfect storm” had been a real possibility all along and that he had always wondered why it hadn’t happened yet. But what did the pundits and leftist politicians blame after the storm hit? You guessed it: Man-made global warming. Forget the data, let’s use this as an opportunity to push for more big-government!
But this is nothing new. Tornadoes, which saw a sharp decline in frequency in 2012, were still blamed on Republicans for some reason.
Again, I’ll say that I don’t expect anything to change overnight. Too many people in high places have too much to gain from the alarmism. But it’s got to be getting awkward at IPCC meetings these days. The days on the government gravy train are numbered.
10:41 am • 5 December 2013 • View comments