Kentucky State Senator Wants DUI Charges Dismissed Citing That Lawmakers are “Privileged from Arrest”

The Senator is invoking the Kennedy defense.

Via DC Clothesline

A Kentucky state senator is having no reservations about proclaiming his political privilege. In fact, he’s simply citing a section of the Kentucky constitution that claims politicians are in fact, above the law.

Sen. Brandon Smith (R) was charged with driving under the influence and wants the case dismissed citing that lawmakers are “privileged from arrest.”

His attempt to circumvent the hand of justice have thus far proven to be successful too. On Wednesday a judge delayed Smith’s arraignment after his attorney filed this request.

“(Smith) has raised a serious constitutional issue regarding his immunity in this case,” attorney Bill Johnson wrote.

Smith and his attorney are citing a century-old rule, Section 43 of the Kentucky Constitution, which is still on the books and states:

“The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.”

The Senator was arrested on January 6, by a Kentucky state trooper, just after 9 pm — on the opening day of the legislative session. Smith was charged with DUI and speeding 20 mph over the posted limit.

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Tara Kyle, Widow Of Chris Kyle, Surprised With Special Gift From Sniper Group

What a wonderful gift of support.

Via The Blaze:

Taya Kyle, the widow of legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, made an appearance at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas on Friday to support AmericanSnipers.org. But she was unaware that the group had planned a surprise that would leave her at a loss for words.

AmericanSnipers.org, a non-profit that provides gear to military snipers, raffled off several firearms used by the men and women in uniform, including a replica of the McMillan .338 Lapua Chris Kyle used in combat.

The gun raffle — including the rifle signed by Taya Kyle — raised over $62,000.

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Illegal Immigration Advocates Heckle Speakers At Iowa Freedom Summit

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Yes, yes we will deport your families, it’s called being here illegally!

Via Daily Mail:

Illegal immigration jumped to the front of Iowa conservatives’ minds on Saturday when a group of protesters heckled two potential presidential candidates for disagreeing with President Barack Obama’s recent moves on the subject.

‘If you become president, will you deport our families?’ the group of eight shouted over and over from the balcony, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke about how he had mobilized his state’s National Guard troops to patrol America’s southern border.

One was heard shouting ‘We are Americans!’

Security at the Iowa Freedom Summit escorted them out with their signs, which read ‘DEPORTABLE?’ – but not before the near-capacity audience drowned them out by applauding and cheering nonstop for two minutes.

Perry kept talking, but no one could hear him.

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‘Migrant Rights’ Advocate Urges Vermont DMV Not To Investigate Illegals

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Illegal aliens from other States are taking advantage of Vermont’s driving privileges for illegals. The illegals aren’t respecting Vermont’s borders and laws.

Via Watchdog

Vermont’s transportation secretary says she’s doing her job, but accusations from an outspoken immigrant rights activist have the transportation chief on the defensive over her investigation of illegals.

“We have 13 documented cases of people who live and work in Vermont being caught up in the DMV’s collaboration with ICE, resulting in irreversible damage to those people’s lives,” Migrant Justice’s Brendan O’Neill told Vermont Watchdog.

O’Neill, who helped convince lawmakers to pass a bill granting driver’s privilege cards to illegals in 2013, now claims a DMV investigation involving out-of-state illegals is harming innocent migrants.

“The irreversible damage is that people who have families and lives established in Vermont have spent months in jail and are in deportation proceedings because they went to get a license,” O’Neill said. “These are people who simply followed the proper and legal steps to get a Vermont driver’s license.”

Whether it was proper and legal for migrants to apply for Vermont’s driver’s privilege cards is under investigation.

This month, investigators at the Agency of Transportation Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that 130 applications at the Bennington DMV office were filled out using false address information. When the applicants arrived in person to take their driver’s tests, investigators learned many of the migrants were from out of state. Some applicants said they paid $2,000 in New York City for help obtaining the cards.

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“Repeal Every Word!” Potential 2016 Gop Rivals Hammer Obamacare, IRS At Iowa Freedom Summit

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Conservative heavyweights joined with up-and-comers in hammering President Obama Saturday over everything from the health care law to his immigration policies as they played to a sold-out Iowa crowd in what amounted to the opening bell of the Republican presidential campaign.

They spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, held in the first-in-the-nation caucus state at a time when big-name Republicans are getting close to announcing whether they’ll seek the presidency.

While nobody at the summit has definitively declared a 2016 bid, nearly a dozen of the summit’s speakers are flirting with one. Testing their message on the conservative Iowa crowd, they took a hard line in their prescriptions for the country.

“The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the fired-up audience.

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Australian Actor Rebel Wilson To Play Muslim Woman In R-rated Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy

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I heard she has a tattoo of Mohamed on her left arse cheek.

Via AWW

Australian actor Rebel Wilson is due to appear in an R-rated comedy this May in which she plays a young woman who does ‘scandalous’ things while wearing a burqa.

The ribald sex scenes were shot before the Charlie Hebdo massacre, in which Islamic extremist murdered four Paris cartoonists for making jokes about Islam.

In an interview with The Weekly conducted last December, Rebel said no offence was meant, and that none should be taken.

“It’s MA15-Plus and it’s scandalous,” she said, of her performance as Dawnie in Grimsby, a film made by her friend, Sacha Baron Cohen.

“One hundred per cent, you will not be disappointed in the outrageous nature of that movie.

“Just so you know, it’s not actually 
me that’s naked in that film. That’s the body of a South African burlesque dancer

“Anyway, Sacha has said I might need extra security when the movie comes out. There is a scandalous bit, quite controversial, where I wear a burqa.

“Obviously, I don’t mean any offence to Muslims. I asked my Muslim friend, ‘Do you think this is alright, to tell the joke we’re telling?

“And she said yeah. But she’s pretty liberal and lives in New York. So who knows? But it is a joke and no offence meant.

“But however bad it is,” Rebel continued, “I’m following it up with being a full-grown, female panda in Kung Fu Panda III, which is a proper family movie.”[…]

Wilson is one of Hollywood’s brightest new stars, having burst into consciousness with an hilarious performance as Fat Amy from Tasmania in Pitch Perfect just two years ago.

Now she can barely move for the scripts being thrown her way.

In her interview with the Weekly, Rebel says she’s particularly proud to be “the first Australian woman to really break into comedy in the US. I think I can say that I am and that’s been amazing.

“I mean, at first, they were intrigued, like, ‘How does a girl like you [not being a size four] become an actress?’ Then they were like, ‘But actually, we have nobody else like you’. Because I write,
I produce and I’m an actress, and I had a background in improv and stand-up, and I had all the bases covered.

“So, of course, I’m still learning, but they were like, ‘For somebody so young, you have so much experience and we can use that’.”

Besides being one of the busiest actors in the game, Rebel is arguably one of the most intriguing. Her name really is Rebel (one of her siblings is called Ryot, as in Riot); she was raised in a family of dog breeders (despite being allergic to dogs) and she is related to Walt Disney (which gives her special privileges at Disneyland.)

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Ratings For Obama SOTU Lowest In 15 Years

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And those who attended, weren’t even fully there, lol…

Via JWF:

Lowest ratings in 15 years. Like the overwhelming majority of Americans, we avoided it.

Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen.

The hour and fiftenn minute-long speech drew an average of 31.7 million viewers on broadcast and cable networks Tuesday, the measurement firm said.

The combined figure is down about 5% from last year’s State of the Union address, which clocked in at 33.3 million.

This year’s count, which does not include people who streamed the event online, was the lowest since President Clinton’s final State of the Union in 2000. That speech pulled in just under 31.5 million viewers.

Nielsen’s combined tally included networks ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Al Jazeera America, Azteca, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Galavision, MSNBC, MundoFox and Univision.

But just like in the election, where the people who didn’t vote were obviously with him, the people were all watching the livestream, that explains the plummeting numbers!

California Measles Outbreak Grows To 68 Cases

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Americans didn’t take advantage of the free immunizations under Obamacare. Update to this story.

Via KRTV

The measles outbreak in California is growing.

The number of cases has increased to 68, with 48 of those cases linked to an outbreak at Disneyland, state health officials reported Friday.

Two days ago, the health department reported 59 cases, 42 with a Disney connection.

In addition, nine cases have been reported in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Mexico. A new case was reported in Nevada, but the Southern Nevada Health District said it’s unknown whether that case is Disney-related.

The disease outbreak apparently surfaced when visitors reported coming down with measles after visiting the park December 15-20. At least five Disney employees have been diagnosed with measles, Disney said.

Measles is a highly communicable respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, the CDC said.

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Michael Moore At It Again: Attacks Chris Kyle In Disgraceful ‘Sunday School’ WWJD Tweets

In Michael Moore’s twisted mind, he is the one who is the hero:

94 Yr Old Vet Just Wants To Pay His Taxes, IRS Refuses To Let Him, Says He’s Dead…

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Take the money and run, Siegfried!

Via Fox News:

There is a 94-year-old World War II vet in Ohio who just wants to pay his taxes but can’t because the IRS says he’s dead.

Siegfried Meinstein has been unable to convince the IRS he is alive, living in an assisted living facility near Columbus, Ohio. The IRS has told the nonagenarian it can’t process his tax return because their records indicate he is deceased.

“It isn’t really a problem in my daily life,” Meinstein told the Columbus Dispatch Friday. “Everybody accepts my money.”

The issue with IRS has also prompted some good natured ribbing from his son.

“If they keep insisting, what is it you say?” Ron Meinstein told his father who broke his hip in a swimming pool accident but is otherwise in good health. “Eventually, they’ll be right.”

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Friday Night In Chicago: 13 People Shot, 2 Dead — 4 Shot In Five Minute Period

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The thugs are going NBA now with shot clocks to speed up the drivebys.

Via Breaking911

Two men were killed and at least 11 other people were wounded in shootings across the city on Friday, according to police.

The fatal shootings happened within minutes of each other on the South Side, police said.

About 6:20 p.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the foot, leg and side during a possible drive-by attack in the 7800 block of South Vincennes. The man, who had documented gang ties, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, police said.

At 6:15 p.m., a man was shot in the head in the 6800 block of South Western. He was taken to Christ Hospital, where he later died, police said. His age and the circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately available.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm either fatality.

Most recently, four people were wounded in about a five-minute time frame of separate South Side shootings late Friday.

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19 Yr Old Black Man Killed By Police In St. Louis, Just A Nice Young Man With A Tec-9

According to KMOV:

Authorities said the shooting occurred near the intersection of Cottage and Marcus. According to officers, a driver and passenger were inside a stolen red Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been taken from south St. Louis on December 5, 2014.

Police said officers were doing hot-spot policing in north St. Louis when they noticed the stolen vehicle. The suspect vehicle made an illegal U-turn when the driver spotted officers, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. After the vehicle made the U-turn, officers attempted to follow, but not pursue the car. Authorities spotted the car again a short time later, right before the vehicle hit a retaining wall along Cottage near the intersection of Marcus. The car then stalled.

Police said a passenger in the stolen car, Isaac Holmes, 19, got out of the vehicle and refused to drop an Intratec TEC-9 gun that contained 30 rounds. He was shot by two officers. Officers said the driver, who was not shot, is cooperating with police.

Holmes was taken to a hospital but later died. According to police, no officers were injured.

Dotson told News 4 Holmes was known to police and had been arrested before for stealing cars and burglary.

Of course the #Ferguson crew are letting no grass under their feet, they have already added him to their list of people ‘murdered’ by police.

Here’s the picture being circulated by media of Isaac Holmes:

Here’s actual recent pictures of Isaac Holmes posing with a variety of guns:
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Just another gentle fellow…

Global Warming Causing Doomsday Clock To Tick Closer To Midnight

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Time to start stockpiling blocks of ice.

Via USA Today

Citing unchecked climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, scientists Thursday moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.

“It is now three minutes to midnight,” said Kennette Benedict, the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at a news conference in Washington, D.C. “The probability of global catastrophe is very high. This is about the end of civilization as we know it.”

Three minutes is the closest to midnight the clock has been since 1984 during the Cold War. The closest it has ever been to midnight — two minutes— was in 1953, when the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The closer to a setting of midnight it gets, the closer it’s estimated that a global disaster will occur.

“In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a statement.

“World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”

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BREAKING: Bomb Threat On Delta Plane Based On Threats From Twitter, Caused NORAD To Scramble

Update to earlier story.

The appearance of the “shout out to Lizard Mafia” kind of sinks this in my book.

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Firearms Enthusiasts Make Money, Get Bargains At Gun ‘Buyback’ Event

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This would be hilarious, if it wasn’t government chucking our money down a toilet again…

Via Fox News:

A recent gun buyback event in Oregon, aimed at curbing the number of weapons on the street, turned into a planned profit making opportunity for a group of firearms enthusiasts.

The Jan. 17 event was co-sponsored by Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon and the Newport Police Department, who offered gift cards to superstore Fred Meyer in return for guns, no questions asked. A sliding scale meant assault rifles fetched $175 gift cards each, and high capacity magazines were worth $25 credits at the store, which ironically sells firearms.

Second Amendment supporters took to OpenCarry.org’s forum to spread the word about the event, and to plan out their attendance to make maximum profit.

“A $25 gift card for “high capacity magazines – like the ones you can buy for $8?” questioned one forum member

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Onetime Center Of St. Louis For Black Middle Class Now Fights High Murder Count Due To Resident On Resident Violence

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Residents of Ferguson need to take a trip to see their future.

Via STL Today

It didn’t take long for Virginia Savage to realize she needed to leave.

The single mother moved her two children and nephew to an apartment on Greer Avenue in the Greater Ville neighborhood in late 2013. The block was half-empty, and her apartment stood among decaying, boarded-up buildings. It was what Savage, 48, could afford as a home health care aide, and it was close to where her kids went to school.

“That was not good for us,” Savage explained later. “We moved two doors down from where the prostitutes stayed. Drug dealers. Drug users.” There was nightly gunfire, and her children often didn’t want to come home after school.

The day before they moved late last year, a man was shot and killed a block away.

Now she lives just a mile east, still on Greer Avenue and still in the Fourth Ward. But she said it feels like a different city: Fewer vacant buildings. Less gunfire. More long-term residents. Block parties. A block captain. Neighborhood patrols at night.

A little distance can mean a big difference when it comes to St. Louis crime. Although murders were up 33 percent in 2014 over the year before, a Post-Dispatch analysis of police data shows that 102 of the 159 were slain in just eight of the city’s 28 wards.

The Fourth Ward, in the heart of north St. Louis, is a good place to get a feel for that violence. It had 15 murders last year, second-highest of all the wards.[…]

The Rev. Charles Shelton, 45, a Baptist minister, runs a foster home on Evans Avenue in the Fourth Ward. Tension between groups is high in some communities, he said, and there are limits on what police can do. “They can’t tell these boys what to do.

“Distrust of police is high,” he added, “but a lot of it is distrust of themselves.”

Shelton said it takes an intense, one-on-one approach to try to get troubled young people to change bad attitudes. He recently started a mentor program at Vashon High School, and is working to get more young men involved in trade unions.

Crime is rooted in poverty, Shelton said, and to improve it, “We need to get as many young guys together and give them something to do.”

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Walker Wows Crowd In Iowa

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Some talk a lot. This guy has put his money where his mouth is, and has had great success in the fight. A true conservative who survived trial by fire.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) delivered a fiery speech in Iowa on Saturday, wowing the conservative crowd with a passionate argument for small government and his own lengthy resume.

The Wisconsin governor, in rolled-up shirtsleeves, paced the stage as he blasted big government and touted a long list of conservative reforms he’s pushed through in blue Wisconsin.
The governor also showed a rhetorical flourish that’s largely been absent from his previous campaigns, drawing the crowd to its feet multiple times.

“There’s a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April,” he said, almost yelling as his voice grew hoarse. “Because in America we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.”

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Breaking: FBI Investigating Bomb Threats Against Planes At Atlanta Airport

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Via WSBTV:

Bomb threats are causing delays at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Channel 2’s Mark Winne learned that NORAD fighter jets escorted two airline flights into the airport due to credible threats of bombs on board.

Sources tell Winne that Delta flight 1156 from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest flight 2492 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were affected by the threats.

Both planes have landed safely and are sitting on the taxiway waiting to be swept by the Atlanta police bomb squad.

FBI officials say the passengers on both flights will be interviewed and searched before they are allowed to leave the area.

Sources told Winne all air traffic south of runway 27 left is being halted so there will be delays.

Moonbat: Why Climate-Science Denialism Should Disqualify Anyone From Holding Office

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The media has a new agenda to follow.

Via NY Mag

Last night, an event rapidly transpired in Washington that, while routine, was also so utterly lunatic it bears reconsideration. During a series of votes on the Keystone Pipeline, Senate Democrats proposed an amendment affirming that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” The amendment failed because only five Republican Senators supported it. Media coverage largely focused on the political machinations of both sides attempting to frame dueling votes in their preferred language. Yet the outcome of the vote reveals something profound and disturbing.

The Senate drama revolved around the Republican plan to hold a vote conceding that climate change itself is real, but — in keeping with the bizarre ramblings of climate-science skeptics — that it is all happening naturally. “Man cannot change climate,” James Inhofe declared. “The hoax is that there are some people that are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful that they can change climate.”

It is familiar, and yet worth reemphasizing, that Inhofe is not a random kook wearing a sandwich board who managed to slip past the Senate’s security guards, but a senator and the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. This is his stated belief: It is not even possible for human activity to contribute to climate change. It is arrogant to think so.

It is hard to imagine how such a bizarre conclusion could survive even a mind as primitive as Inhofe’s. To believe that human activity contributes to climate change, you need to believe two things. One, that certain gases trap higher levels of heat than other gases. Second, that burning fuel containing those heat-trapping gases releases them into the atmosphere. Which one of those beliefs is arrogant?[…]

The media’s instinct is to dismiss votes like those from last night as mere gestures in empty symbolism. Yet, while the vote did not change any policy outcomes, it ought to carry far more weight than a simple message vote. Or, rather, the message is of the highest importance. The Republican Party confidently and forthrightly rejects the firm conclusions of science on a major public-policy question. Isn’t that a completely disqualifying position? If a candidate for a managerial job at your office insists that two plus three equals seven, it wouldn’t matter how well-qualified this candidate may be at any other aspect of the job. Even if you agreed with everything else the Republicans stood for, how could a party so obviously unhinged be entrusted with power?

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John Kerry: We’re Dealing “Far More Effectively” With Crises Like Ukraine… Reality: Ukraine War Reigniting, Mariupol Under Attack

John Kerry spoke yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He ‘never imagined’ the number of crises that he might have to face, or how effective they would be at dealing with them, Ukraine for example.

And while obviously there are many international priorities that demand our attention, I never imagined the number of simultaneous crises that we might possibly be able to face, which we are, by the way, I believe, managing far more effectively – Ukraine, other things – than people are prone to automatically see. But we can’t shy away from this reality that terror networks in some places are operating with near impunity, and imminent danger in others, and a potential threat everywhere. And a few of these networks, such as Daesh and Boko Haram, are attempting to govern land. That’s a first-time event in this transition to these terror groups. And they’re looking to expand. And greatly adding to the risk of the so-called – are the so-called lone wolves and copy cats. And it seems that terrorists are now competing with each other for recruits and perpetrating evermore macabre crimes.

Far more effectively? Is there even one crisis that they have dealt with effectively?

The fighting in Ukraine has never actually stopped, just in the last nine days, dozens killed before the latest attacks by Russian backed rebels. Is Kerry actually watching, or must news media inform him, as that seems to be the method by which the Obama regime learns information?