MEANWHILE… IN CHICAGO: Man fatally shot in head 5 other non-lethal shootings city-wide.
TRIFECTA: Free Speech In Peril (video)
The Trifecta gang warns America about the threats posed to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Hear what the Obama Administration has planned for your right to worship, speak and assemble freely in this three part series on the Bill of Rights.
EXCESSIVE FORCE: Officers on Trial in Killing of Kelly Thomas (video)
The trial of former Fullerton, California, police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli began December 1, 2013, in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old drifter with schizophrenia. Thomas died after a July, 2011, altercation with six police officers in which he was tasered, beaten with batons, and hit repeatedly in the face with the end of a Taser. Ramos is charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder and Cicinelli is charged with excessive force and involuntary manslaughter.
Opening statements from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas detailed Thomas begging the officers to stop.
“He posed no threat at all, to the police or to anyone else,” said Rackauckas to jurors. The District Attorney dramatically demonstrated the events of the encounter using a wooden police baton.
Statements from the defense maintained that Ramos and Cicinelli committed no crimes and were dealing with an uncontrollable and violent person. Michael Schwartz, defense attorney for Cicinelli told jurors in his statements that Thomas’s behavior “was consistent with someone with a methamphetamine background” and that his death was brought on by drug-induced heart disease.
The toxicology report at the time of the incident found no drugs in Thomas’ system.
The trial, taking place at the Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, California, is the first time a uniformed police officer has been charged with murder in the history of the county. The trial may never have happened without a slowly built citizen movement sparked by footage of the beating caught by mobile phone and a horrific hospital photo taken by Kelly Thomas’ father, Ron Thomas.
“Nothing was going on, I tried contacting everybody, nobody cared to do anything,” said Ron Thomas to Reason TV in 2011. “So, I released the picture of my son [in his hospital bed] and that got everybody’s attention. When the cell phone video came out, I released that. The audio had their attention again. You put together the picture with the sound of what’s happening [and] it’s very, very compelling.”
The Fullerton community reacted in outrage at the video and photo at city council meetings and at protests outside the Fullerton police department. Then when city surveillance footage was released of the beating, residents pushed for a recall of city officials.
Full video of the event in question is here. Warning, it’s graphic and disturbing.
WEAK PRESIDENT: Obama Throws Japan Under The Bus And Bows To China
United, American and Delta have said they have begun notifying Chinese authorities of flight plans when traveling through China’s ADIZ in response to the Obama administration’s request.
This is a slap in the face to Tokyo. And since Japan has refused Beijing’s demand, just how does the administration’s capitulation end the risk of confrontation? As China’s power grows, so will its assertiveness.
Tokyo rightly fears that complying with the rules would add legitimacy to Chinese claims to the islands that sit below the now-contested air space. And these aren’t the only islands within the scope of Beijing’s territorial ambitions.
Pissing off our allies and appeasing our enemies has become the trademark of this President.
#OBAMACARE HORROR LINKS: Obama admin forced to do “work around” on healthcare.gov site; no mechanism to pay insurers
The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to implement a “workaround” that instructs insurers to “estimate” the cost of health care plans and the government will determine the actual costs later, Reuters reports. This “workaround” is needed because the Obamacare payment system isn’t working properly.
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Kelly was shocked that the administration would “let the insurance companies estimate what they should get.”
“Then the feds are going to cut them a big check and figure out later what the real amounts are supposed to be! That’s your money!” she added. “Think about that for a moment. Think about that. We’re talking about one-sixth of the U.S. economy and this is the system that they have now settled on.”
MORE GOOD NEWS: Cost of healthcare.gov site is WAY more than anyone predicted.
The to-date cost of the glitchy Obamacare website has topped $1 billion, easily surpassing the $394 million originally estimated by the Government Accountability Office, according to aBloomberg Government analysis.
Perhaps more shocking than the site’s likely price tag is the fact that roughly one-third of that amount was spent on contracts awarded during the six months leading up to the site’s disastrous Oct. 1 launch — when those at the top were reportedly aware of the site’s many problems.
It’s important to note that the Bloomberg analysis covers up until Sept. 30, just before the 16-day partial government shutdown. So the final amount awarded to contractors since the launch of healthcare.gov may be more than $1 billion.
Original Bloomberg Article here.
But Root and her father were soon asked by a security guard to stop selling their wares because city ordinance bans such commerce without proper approval. The guard reportedly added that she could continue on the sidewalk outside or beg for donations instead.
The overreaching stupid. It burns.
The young woman says she has no interest in begging, and “would rather work for something.”
Well, in Obama’s America, that makes her enemy number one.