[NEWS.YAHOO] A man who was among roughly 200 felons pardoned a year ago by then-Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour as the Republican left office was involved in a gunfight on Thursday that left another man dead, authorities said. "This here town ain't big enough fer both of us, Wayne!"
The pardoned man, Wayne Harris, 56, of Slate Spring, Mississippi, was recovering at a medical center on Friday after receiving two gunshot wounds in his legs during an altercation that resulted in 51-year-old Chris McGonagill's death. "He's dead, Jim!"
The two men were at a cookout on McGonagill's property with three other men when a fight erupted, said Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan. "Gimme some o' that there barbecue, Wayne!"
"It hain't done yet, Chris!"
"I say hit's done! Now gimme the barbecue, yew varmint!"
"Smile when yew say that, Chris!"
McGonagill and Harris fired shots at each other, "Go fer yer guns, Wayne!"
[BANG! BANG! BANGETY BANG!]
McGonagill using a 9mm pistol and Harris shooting a .22-caliber rifle, Wait a minute! Who the hell brings a .22 rifle to a gunfight?
Pollan said. The sheriff said alcohol was a potential contributing factor in the incident. No! Re-e-e-e-e-ally?
McGonagill died early on Friday "Rosebud!"
from multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body, said Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy. "Lookidat, Bob! Eighteen rounds, right through his brisket!"
It was unclear on Friday whether Harris had fired in self defense or if he would be charged with a crime, the sheriff said. One of his party guests was waving a 9mm, and he had a .22 rifle? It sounds like he was trying to do himself in if he started it, unless they were shooting it out at 100 yards.
"Charges are pending based on what we find out from the interviews," Pollan said. "You get anything from the party guests yet, Stan?"
"None of 'em's sobered up yet, Chief!"
"We can wait. Is the barbecue done yet?"
The deadly incident happened one year to the day after Harris was pardoned by Barbour for a 2001 marijuana-sale conviction. "That's because I invited all my friends to the anniversary party for my pardon!"
Harris had been out of prison since March 2002, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He was able to legally own a rifle after completing a rehabilitation course in 2007, according a circuit court employee in Calhoun County. So it's not like it was an illicit firearm. It wasn't even an "assault rifle" unless you define a Western Auto .22 long with an 18-round capacity as an "assault rifle."
Barbour sparked an uproar when he issued some 200 pardons in January 2012 as he completed eight years in office. Among them were five inmates in prison and five others who had worked at the governor's mansion doing odd jobs, four of whom were serving life sentences for murder. Presumably he became acquainted with them in the course of his term as governor and their term as handymen. If Norman Mailer could do it, why couldn't he?
On today's Meet The Press, Powell defended Clinton's role in the lead up to and response after the Benghazi attack, and the Republican conceded the situation in Benghazi "could've happened to anyone." Then the "anyone" should be held responsible.
""I think she's had a distinguished record ... And I don't think that this one incident -- which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night ... I don't think it's a blot on her record." He "thinks" she's had a distguished record. He "thinks" one incident shouldn't matter. He "thinks" it shouldn't be a blot on her record.
I'd say if you "met general powell once" but don't know which list he belongs on, you don't watch / read enough of the correct news outlets...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
I stil say that the groundowrk is being laid for Powell to replace either VPOTUS Joe
"Grandpa/Gaffe" Biden or SecState Hillary.
Iff SHTF this year as per the US-World Econ, US Debt, + Foreign Policy/Affairs, the blame will fall on the Bammer + Admin which in turn means America = Amerika may NOT see another African-American POTUS [other Minority?] for a long long L-O-N-G LLLOOONNNGG TIME. THE TIME IS NOW, I.E. BEFORE THE END OF THE BAMMER'S SECOND TERM 2013 -JAN. 2013, FOR A FIRST-TIME-IN-HISTOIRE' POTUS ADMIN WHERE THE TOP POSITIONS OF ADMIN POWER = EXECUTIVE BRANCH ARE HELD BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS OR "PERSONS OF COLOR".
Iff SHTF wid Rising China in NE Asia over the Sino-Nippon disputed Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands, IMO THE BAMMER MUST PREVAIL LIKE JFK + NIXON BACK IN 1962 + 1973 MISSLE CRISES, + FORCE CHINA TO BACK DOWN VEE JAPAN. ANY LESS WOULD BE INTERPRETED AS DE FACTO FAILURE ON THE PART OF HIS ADMIN + MINORITY AMERICANS.
[REUTERS] Hopes for overhauling the federal tax system are fading in Washington, but in some state capitals, tax reform experiments - some far-reaching - are fast taking shape.
Across the South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas.
Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, for instance, called on Thursday for ending the state's income tax and corporate taxes, with sales taxes compensating for lost revenue.
A similar plan is being pushed by Republicans in North Carolina. Kansas, which cut its income tax significantly last year, may trim further. Oklahoma, which tried to cut income taxes last year, is expected to try again.
"When it comes to getting pro-growth tax reform done this year, the only real opportunities are at the state level," said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, the Washington-based anti-tax lobbying group headed by small-government conservative activist Grover Norquist.
If the Republican-controlled states can get their economies under control, that greatly improves the situation for the nation as a whole. And, there will be another Congressional election in two years.
Baboon tip of the day vir u Crazy. If you're ever trekking in an area where they are present, do not... I say again, do not let them slip into your car (searching for food) whilst you are at a car park. In less than 5 minutes, they can absolutely rip your upholstery and headliner to shreds trying to escape.
[An Nahar] The B.O. regime on Saturday ruled out calls for minting a $1 trillion platinum coin to avert a crisis over the U.S. debt ceiling amid partisan bickering. That was whatcha might call a magnificently stoopid idea, wasn't it?
The U.S. Treasury officially killed the idea, leaving Congress with the responsibility to increase the government's borrowing limit.
"Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit," Treasury front man Anthony Coley said in a statement.
The notion had already been put forward during the 2011 debt ceiling debacle, and was revived this year amid fears Congress will not clinch a deal and thus risk causing the United States to default on its bills and financial obligations.
The United States hit its $16.4 trillion debt ceiling on December 31.
The Treasury said it would adjust its handling of civil service pensions to keep operating under the borrowing limit without slashing federal spending, suggesting it could do this at least until the end of February.
But President Barack Obama's Republicans can come along for the ride, but they've got to sit in the back... Republican foes are seeking spending cuts in exchange for a deal.
Obama has warned Republicans against playing a "dangerous game" with the debt ceiling, arguing that raising the borrowing limit to pay the country's outstanding bills should not be a political football.
White House front man Jay Carney put the Republicans on notice.
"There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default," Carney said.
Yokay, I'll bite, did I just read that DepTreas Spox Coley said "the Coin" is to be used only for purposes of increasing the US Debt [indexation?], NOT to lower the US Debt OR to AVOID RAISING THE US DEBT LIMIT???
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.