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Really? How the hell did these guys think this was appropriate? Or that they can keep saying (or doing) such things with impunity?
Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were let go on Dec. 23, after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they violated department policies, said the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2hxDZZp), citing documents it obtained.
The remarks angered local civil rights activists keeping tabs on a department that is currently scrutinized by the U.S. Department of Justice for a pattern of excessive force.
Its indicative of the casual conversations and comments that young and even more seasoned police officers are used to making without a lot of repercussions, said Julia Dawson, an activist who has been part of law enforcement oversight panels in Miami.
So much for the separation of church and state!
In a proclamation he signed this week, the governor promoted a Bible-reading marathon that will be held throughout the commonwealth for the second year in a row starting next month.
Proclamations don't carry the weight or force of the law behind them the way legislation does, said Amber Duke, communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. But she still considers Bevin's new proclamation "disappointing."
The governor is "once again using his official position to promote his personal religious beliefs," Duke said. She suggested that the best way to respect Americans' right to religious freedom is for government officials to refrain from promoting specific religious books. "Here in Kentucky, (and) across this country, were free to practice religion - or not - without our government officials giving endorsements to some beliefs over other beliefs," Duke said.
Maybe this will push Cleveland over the top in their quest to end the second-longest drought in pro sports???
3 years/$60 million for Encarnacion.
Happened in Louisville on Tuesday evening. Absolutely disgusting. The J.C. Penney store is attempting to identify the shoppers who were targeted to reverse the charges on their purchases. That's a nice twist, at least.
Great feature-length interview with Anthony Bourdain, who is more than just a chef and food critic. He's well traveled, of course, and he seems rather politically astute.
"I think its going to be hard times. Is he gonna do anything near what he promised? Of course not. But he will be forced to do something, by the people around him. He will have to do something, and it will be extraordinarily ugly..."
"We are a violent nation, from the beginning. Im not arguing for current gun policy, but I think its worth acknowledging that this is a country founded in violence, a country that has always worshipped outlaws, loners, cowboys, and people who got the things they got by the gun. We glorify it, we created an entertainment industry that does little but glorify solving complex problems with simple violence."
"But I think to mock constantly, as so much of the left has done to demonize, to ridicule, to treat with abject contempt people who live in a very different America than they live in is both ugly and counterproductive. There are a lot of people who are pissed off, theyre tired of being talked to like that. There are a lot of people in this world who, when an Applebees moves to their town, its a big deal and I dont mean that in a dismissive way. Where somebody coming to take your guns away is a big concern. Look, I dont think racism can ever be forgiven. Its a conversation-ender for me, for sure. But if you grew up isolated, no interaction or little interaction, the only interaction youve had has been negative, and youre fearful of the Other, and somehow everything you read in the paper makes it seem like theyre getting all the breaks, especially when, in the news environment we live in now, its perfectly permissible to lie."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau serves notice that Canada won't follow Drumpf's lead if (when) he pushes things too far...
"I do not want to dive into the hypothetical, but you're asking me, 'where is the line?' The line, for me, is that I will act in a way that ensures that Canadians do not suffer and have all the benefits and opportunities that I can possibly give them," he said.
Trudeau said his top responsibility is to serve the interests of the country that elected him. That means creating good jobs, fostering trade with the United States and settling differences with Canada's largest trading partner; but it goes beyond the economy.
"It is also in the interest of Canadians to have a more open, more tolerant, more secure world," he said.
Yay, True Dough! I mean Trudeau!
Georgia overtook Texas as #1 in the nation for putting convicted criminals to death. Most importantly, executions overall are trending down...
With nine lethal injections in 2016, Georgia accounted for nearly half of the 20 executions nationwide. It was the most inmates the state has put to death in a calendar year since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed executions to resume 40 years ago. It was almost twice as many as the state's previous record of five, set in 1987 and matched last year.
Texas, meanwhile, executed seven inmates, the fewest the state has put to death since 1996, when three people were executed. Alabama had two executions, and Florida and Missouri had one apiece.
Executions and new death sentences have been on the decline in recent years for a variety of reasons, and that continued in 2016.
The season ain't done yet, but Ezekiel Elliott has made such a strong showing. He's definitely Rookie of the Year. Dak Prescott was in that conversation for a while but Zeke has outshone Dak over the past few weeks.
There is also a case that could be made for you know who (*cough* Tom Brady) even though he missed four games at the beginning of the season due to suspension.
Rural and poor, Mingo County has the fourth-highest prescription opioid death rate of any county in the United States.
The trail also weaves through Wyoming County, where shipments of OxyContin have doubled, and the county's overdose death rate leads the nation. One mom-and-pop pharmacy in Oceana received 600 times as many oxycodone pills as the Rite Aid drugstore just eight blocks away.
In six years, drug wholesalers showered the state with 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, while 1,728 West Virginians fatally overdosed on those two painkillers, a Sunday Gazette-Mail investigation found.
The government has to rein this in. It's atrocious how big pharma is wreaking havoc for the sake of profit.
Yet, thats the conclusion some drew from a controversial report recently released by the Economic Cycle Research Institute. After a New York Times columnist wrote about the report this week highlighting the disparity in recent job gains by race readers have resolved whites were left out of the nations financial recovery and are victims of economic disenfranchisement.
But other economists argue that the analysis tells an incomplete story of what the economic recovery has meant for various demographic groups.
To start, the report asserts that of the more than 5 million jobs added since November 2007, the pre-recession employment peak, more than half went to Hispanics a stunning proportion that accounts for four times their share of the labor force that year.
As Buffalo Springfield sang, paranoia runs deep...
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