Sunday December 21, 2014

Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

Black gunman executes 2 NYPD cops in Garner ‘revenge’

Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown. “No warning, no provocation — they were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said. “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” a person believed to be the gunman wrote.  More…

Hackers Win: Sony cancels release for ‘The Interview’ movie

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.” U.S. officials have reportedly linked a massive cyber attack against Sony to North Korea, which is at the center of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.  More…

Man Dressed As Santa Robs Bank During SantaCon

A Scrooge dressed as Santa — much like most the rest of the city during the SantaCon street party —tiptoed right into a Wells Fargo bank and robbed it. The real life Man With The Bag approached the teller window in the early afternoon with a demand note in hand, and then gracefully walked away.  More…

Obama quietly issues ‘executive orders by another name’

President Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman. He has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.  More…

Sydney siege: ‘One hostage and gunman dead’ in crisis at cafe which ended in dramatic hail of gunfire

The self-styled Islamic preacher who held 20 people hostage in a Lindt Cafe on Sydney’s Martin Place is dead, as well as one of his hostages, according to reports. Moments after at least five hostages fled the building in terror, army commandos stormed the Sydney café where they fired automatic weapons and threw stun grenades to end a dramatic siege which lasted more than 16 hours.  More…

Australian Muslims fear Sydney siege backlash

Religious leaders and ordinary Australians sought to defuse communal tensions on Monday, after a siege at a Sydney cafe by a gunman who forced hostages to display an Islamic flag raised fears of a backlash against the country’s Muslim minority.  More…

Lawmaker May Commute to Work from Jail

Democratic Virginia state delegate Joseph Morrissey, who reached a plea agreement for charges relating to a sexual relationship he had with his 17-year-old office assistant, is yet to decide whether he will resign or commute to work from jail.  More…

Atheists see holiday displays vandalized

Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers. Atheist decorations also have become a target for destruction. Among them, banners that ask “Are you good without God? Millions are.”  More…

Sony suspends filming after hackers hit payments

The Hollywood studio that made the James Bond and Spider-Man films has abandoned shoots after hackers crippled its computer network, and leaked four films and thousands of documents. Agencies filming for Sony Pictures have cancelled shoots because the problems have left it unable to process payments.  More…

Santas lawyer up after bars say Ho Ho No!

These Santa babies say they have a Constitutional right … to paaaartaay! And now they’ve hired a big-gun lawyer to prove it. SantaCon — the group that annually exposes New Yorkers to the drunken shenanigans of thousands of red-suited, fake-bearded pub crawlers — have hired civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel in a bid to make their annual bacchanal a city-sanctioned event.  More…

President who vowed to end war, now seeks sweeping power to expand it

Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight.  More…

Jonathan Gruber: I’m not ‘the architect’ of Obamacare

“I was not the ‘architect’ of President Obama’s health care plan,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist told the House Oversight committee. Jonathan Gruber repeatedly apologized and dismissed as “mean,” “glib” and “arrogant” a series of controversial remarks about the passage of Obamacare and the “stupidity” of the American voter.  More…