Police State: Feds detain and strip search woman, take her to hospital for ‘body cavity probes’, now she has $5,000 in hospital bills
This is surreal. According to report, Federal agents abused their power by illegally detaining and strip-searching a woman before taking her to the hospital where she underwent extensive body cavity searches and probes. Wow.
Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in El Paso said the unnamed 54-year-old U.S. citizen was “brutally” searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in December 2012 after being selected for additional random screening at the Cordova Bridge in El Paso when a drug sniffing dog jumped on her. The woman was returning from a visit to a recently deported family friend in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, the lawsuit said.
Agents quickly stripped searched her and did cavity searches but found no evidence of drugs, court documents said. But the woman was transported in handcuffs to the University Medical Center of El Paso, the lawsuit said, where doctors subjected her to an observed bowel movement, a CT scan and other exams without a warrant.
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I understand that being a law enforcement officer must be tough. They are human, they lose their temper, they get tired, they forget things, they simply make mistakes. But honestly, regardless of the reasoning, is there any excuse for doing this? Have these officers ever heard of the Constitution?
The liberty of the individual who has not been convicted of a crime should be the most important thing to any officer.
11:35 pm • 2 January 2014 • View comments
Suprise! Number of emergency room visits to skyrocket due to Obamacare
Hey remember when Obama and his supporters promised that emergency room visits would go down because of Obamacare? Yeah, not so much.
From the…um…New York Times:
Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits as people sought care from primary care doctors. But a rigorous new study conducted in Oregon has flipped that assumption on its head, finding that the newly insured actually went to the emergency room more often.
The study, published in the journal Science, compared thousands of low-income people in the Portland area who were randomly selected in a 2008 lottery to get Medicaid coverage with people who entered the lottery but remained uninsured. Those who gained coverage made 40 percent more visits to the emergency room than their uninsured counterparts. The pattern was so strong that it held true across most demographic groups, times of day, and types of visits, including for conditions that were treatable in primary care settings.
The finding casts doubt on the hope that expanded insurance coverage will help rein in rising emergency room costs just as more than two million people are gaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Instead, the study suggests that the surge in the numbers of insured people may put even greater pressure on emergency rooms and increase costs. Nearly 30 million uninsured Americans could gain coverage under the law, about half of them through Medicaid. The first policies took effect on Wednesday.
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I know you’re shocked, shocked to learn this information. It’s not as if anyone could have predicted this information years ago. Progressives, your failure is inevitable and utterly predictable to anyone willing to pay attention.
8:48 pm • 2 January 2014 • View comments
Land of the free: 40,000 new laws to come in 2014
How many times have you heard someone say “that should be illegal”? While most of the time this is said in jest, lawmakers are apparently taking it to heart as the United States will see more than 40,000 new laws in 2014. So much for that whole sweet land of liberty thing.
It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama.
Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits.
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It’s hilarious to me that CNN measures congressional productivity by how many laws they passed. We should be measuring its productivity by how many laws are repealed, not passed.
In any case, welcome to 2014, the year of 40,000 new laws.
8:43 am • 1 January 2014 • View comments
Happy New Year!
From the small staff here at Poor Richard’s News, have a blessed 2014! May it bring happiness, prosperity and a complete repeal of Obamacare!
11:40 pm • 31 December 2013 • View comments
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: sorry about all that racist mocking of Mitt Romney’s black grandson
Melissa-Harris Perry stepped into deep, racist doo doo yesterday when she led a panel discussion mocking Mitt Romney for his adopted grandson because of the color of his skin. The panel sat around mocking Romney and the GOP over this photo, in which his grandson is seated on his lap:
Today, Harris-Perry tweeted a series of apologies (complete with their own hashtag!).
I’m sorry, but if you #hashtag your apology, somehow it doesn’t come off as very sincere.
9:57 am • 31 December 2013 • View comments
And so it begins…New York City’s new mayor de Blasio vows to ban the horse-drawn carriage
Horse-drawn carriages have been a part of New York City’s heritage since the city was called New Amsterdam. Now, the Big Apple’s new openly-socialist mayor wants to ban them forever.
from NY Daily News:
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio vowed to act quickly to abolish horse-drawn carriages in the city.
"We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio said in response to a question at his press conference announcing his schools chancellor pick Monday.
“It’s over,” he said.
De Blasio said he would work with existing drivers to set them up with alternative vehicles to ferry tourists around Central Park.
De Blasio and advocacy groups who support him say it’s inhumane to make the horses work the dangerous city streets, but drivers insist their horses are well cared for and there’s no reason to end the industry.
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Many of the carriage drivers in New York City have worked with their animals their entire lives and de Blasio’s ban would mean an abrupt end to their careers. The carriages are famous and have been featured in countless movies and tv shows.
De Blasio is filling the shoes of ban-happy Nanny Bloomberg, and already he looks like he’s going be an even more iron fisted totalitarian than his predecessor.
10:25 pm • 30 December 2013 • View comments
Beyonce samples Challenger shuttle disaster for her new album
Pop singer and Obama favorite Beyonce Knowles is taking heat for sampling transmission audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
Beyoncé has been labeled “insensitive” by some current and former NASA astronauts and their families for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster for a love song off her newly released album.
Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crewmembers aboard were killed.
"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt said as the nation watched wreckage fall toward the ocean on live television.
Twenty-seven years later, Nesbitt’s voice is heard at the beginning of the video for Beyoncé’s new song “XO,” about a troubled relationship. The singer has said that “XO” was written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Terius Nash, who goes by the stage name The Dream.
The audio clip is short, lasting six seconds.
Beyonce, in an exclusive statement to ABC News this morning, said, “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.
"The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
But former and current NASA astronauts, employees and Challenger family members argue that using it in a pop song mocks the crew’s sacrifice and opens fresh wounds.
June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee and a founder of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, told ABC News she is “disappointed” in the singer’s decision to include the clip.
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What are your thoughts? Classless publicity stunt or thoughtful tribute?
10:03 pm • 30 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Race baiting MSNBC panel mocks Mitt Romney’s black grandson
Even within the liberal media’s constant race baiting, this is a new low. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry led a panel of guests in mockery of Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson because of the color of his skin.
here’s the video:
We have said it before around here, but it’s worth saying again. The real racism in politics isn’t found among any mainstream conservatives or libertarians, but it is found in the mainstream of liberal Democrats. Democrats believe that the color of your skin should define how you vote, what policies you should support, what colleges you should be allowed into, and how many hand outs you should receive from the government. That is where the true scourge of racism lies in this country.
9:56 pm • 30 December 2013 • View comments
State Dept whistleblower’s personal emails hacked and deleted
A whistleblower who alerted Congress to misconduct within the State Department under the leadership of Hilary Clinton has had his email hacked and sensitive information deleted.
from New York Post:
The personal e-mail account of a State Department whistleblower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.
The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.
“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”
“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.
The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.
They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said.
Schulman said he could not provide details about the evidence deleted with the e-mails.
Higbie has asked the FBI in Dallas, where he lives, to investigate the hacking, which occurred this month.
Higbie played a key role in helping fellow whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the department’s inspector general, reveal in June a pattern of alleged coverups by top department officials.
The alleged coverups included keeping quiet separate IG investigations that found that members of then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail had engaged hookers and that the Belgian ambassador had solicited underage prostitutes.
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Well, isn’t that just a tad suspicious?
9:50 pm • 30 December 2013 • View comments
Irony: Global Warming researchers visit Anarctica, get ship stuck in ice
No, this story does little to advance the narrative of anyone involved in the Global Warming debate. But it is terribly ironic. A team of climate scientists travelling to Antarctica, ostensibly to conduct experiments and gather data regarding “climate change”, got their ship stuck in the ice. Oof.
From the Guardian:
A team of scientists and members of the public who have been retracing the footsteps of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911 have become trapped in heavy ice a few miles from the coast of Antarctica.
Passengers aboard the ship, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, were informed on Christmas morning that the captain had issued a distress call to the Maritime Service Authority based in Falmouth in the UK earlier in the day. Three nearby icebreaker ships have been notified of the Shokalskiy’s situation and are on their way to help.
The nearest ship, the Chinese Xue Long (Snow Dragon), will take just over a day to reach the Shokalskiy’s position, around 1,500 nautical miles from Hobart in Tasmania. A French ship called the Astrolabe, and sent out from the nearest Antarctic base, Dumont D’Urville, could arrive around the same time. The furthest ship, also on its way, is the Australian icebreaker, Aurora Australis.
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The good news is that everyone on board is well and in no apparent immediate danger as the ice-breaking ships are on the way to rescue them.
I do suppose it’s difficult to navigate through areas that are experiencing record amounts of ice.
11:50 am • 27 December 2013 • View comments
Federal Judge: NSA phone surveillance constitutional
According to breaking reports, federal justice William H. Pauley, III, a Clinton nominee, has declared that warrantless NSA phone surveillance is constitutional. I’m not sure what Constitution he’s reading but something tells me it’s not the one that these United States ratified in 1787.
From the AP:
A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation’s arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism.
U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to eliminate al-Qaida’s terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.
In ruling, the judge noted the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and how the phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the attacks occurred.
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Wait, I thought it was the job of justices to simply determine if a law or an action was constitutional, not attempt to predict the outcomes of hypothetical situations. Silly me.
11:13 am • 27 December 2013 • View comments
Another day, another fake hate crime
It appears that there has been yet another fake hate crime, this time in Paris, TN. A man who said he had his house burned, been beaten, robbed and even had a homosexual slur written on his forehead, has been charged with filing a false report.
From The Paris Post-Intelligencer:
A man who told police he had been robbed and beaten at a Paris health food store a few days before Thanksgiving was arrested after he allegedly withheld information about the incident and has now been charged with filing a false report.
Joe Williams, 32, of 803 E. Wood St. was arrested Friday afternoon after turning himself in at the Henry County jail.
Williams originally told officers he had been beaten and robbed Nov. 20 at Healthy Thyme, which is at the same address as Williams’ home. There was also a fire, and Williams had a homosexual slur written on his forehead.
Officers later found inconsistencies in Williams’ story. Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson said Williams failed to bring up certain facts known to investigators on three different occasions.
“He was given three opportunities to disclose that information, and he chose not to,” Watson said.
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I guess the people who do these things have never read Aesop’s Fables. Eventually people will stop believing the reports (if they haven’t already) and the perpetrators will have hurt their cause.
In all seriousness, what a stupid tactic. I know I’ve mentioned this before but the entire thing is paradoxical. If hate crimes are so rampant, why fake them? If they’re not, why the activism in the first place?
1:15 am • 27 December 2013 • View comments
Professor fakes AIDS vaccine results in order to obtain millions in government grants
A professor at Iowa State resigned after admitting that he had intentionally modified blood samples when conducting research on a potential AIDS vaccine, allowing his research team to receive $19 million in federal research grants from the NIH.
From USA Today:
An Iowa State University assistant professor resigned after being accused of spiking rabbit blood to falsely show that an AIDS vaccine was working in the research animals.
Dong-Pyou Han was an assistant professor of biomedical sciences. He resigned in October after admitting responsibility, an ISU spokesman said.
The fraudulent results helped an ISU research team gain millions of dollars in federal money, according to James Bradac, who helps oversee AIDS vaccine grants for the National Institutes of Health.
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This is a perfect example of why the federal government should stop meddling in things that the private sector could do better. A scientist’s work should be funded privately, either personally, or by entrepreneurs eager to sell a product that works. Not by defrauding taxpayers. But the system we have now doesn’t just incentivize dishonesty, it institutionalizes it. Remember, when you subsidize something, you get more of it. Every. Time.
If only I could think of another major scientific research topic that encourages scientists to be dishonest by offering them more money in exchange for particular results…oh, wait.
12:17 am • 27 December 2013 • View comments
Luke chapter 2:
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
8:22 am • 25 December 2013 • View comments
Obama illegally extends Obamacare signup period…again.
The law apparently means absolutely nothing to President Obama. Presidents do not have the Constitutional authority to change laws without an act of Congress, but that doesn’t stop Obama from doing it anyway.
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to complete their applications for health insurance if they could show that they missed the deadline because of problems with the federal health care website.
The move was the latest in a series of deadline changes, exemptions and clarifications that have confused insurers and many Americans and opened the administration to increasing criticism from Republicans who have opposed the Affordable Care Act from the start and have repeatedly tried to overturn it.
It was not clear on Tuesday how many people would be affected, or how consumers would prove that website errors had prevented them from signing up by the deadline on Tuesday night.
The announcement itself was vague, saying only that if website problems had prevented any consumers from enrolling, they might qualify for what the government has called “a special enrollment period.” The administration did not say how long that would last. Nor did it define what website errors might be involved.
Republicans said the announcement — coming a day after the federal website recorded more than two million visits — showed that President Obama was desperate to increase enrollment, widely seen as a measure of the success of the health care law.
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You might argue that this is a “common sense move” on behalf of the President, but that doesn’t make it legal. Think for a moment about the legal precedent Obama is setting for future Presidents on both sides of the aisle. Don’t like a law? Ignore it! It doesn’t apply to Presidents…just the little people.
10:36 pm • 24 December 2013 • View comments