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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man pardoned by former Mississippi governor involved in shooting
[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?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top||

#1  This old favorite sung by Randy Travis is dedicated to Governor Haley Barbour.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 6:17 Comments || Top||

#2  He has a 22 at the barbeque just in case any more possums wandered up. Fire's already lit and everything.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/14/2013 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like a fair fight, apparently that Firearms Course was a good one.

Don't disparage a .22 it's deadly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 12:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Seems to me that any such "Geoup" would have at least ONE backslider.

One out of A "Group" (Unnumbered) Will be good.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 16:27 Comments || Top||

#5  I notice he's "Involved" Not "Charged", so presumed Innocent.
(Caught two Bullets, but Killed the other guy)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 21:58 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Powell defends Clinton, rips GOP as racists
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.
Powell added:

""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 think he's look for a new job in 2016.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 10:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top||

#1  On race, Powell was also critical of his party¬'s official line, saying that he believes the GOP has been lax in fighting race-based scaremongering

Scaremonger, can't find anything scream RACIST.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 12:16 Comments || Top||

#2  That's it! Colin Powell is OUT of the club!
Posted by: Heriberto Peacock2217 || 01/14/2013 12:39 Comments || Top||

#3  We all knew Powell was a democrat party hack in disguise.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/14/2013 13:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Powell considers the access to Saudi cash he got through his work at State -- and the good graces of the press -- more important than the truth.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/14/2013 13:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Whatever happened to:

"Pottery house rules, if you break it - you buy it"

Colin Powell before the invasion of Iraq.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 14:01 Comments || Top||

#6  I've got to quit watching/reading news. I'm losing people I once respected by about a dozen a week. I met general Powell once. I hate to add him to my shit list.
Posted by: Lowspark || 01/14/2013 15:02 Comments || Top||

#7  That's right, general. Anytime somebody disagrees with you, no need to bother with logic, just whip out that there race card.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/14/2013 15:03 Comments || Top||

#8  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 || 01/14/2013 17:33 Comments || Top||

#9  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.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 18:48 Comments || Top||

#10  I guess that's what irrelevant old impotent farts do to get attention. Benghazi "could've happened to anyone." yea, and nothing is being done about it.
Posted by: Dale || 01/14/2013 20:45 Comments || Top||


Government
U.S. states flirt with major tax changes
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top||

#1  Artic read, 'TIS THE OWG NAU THAT HAS OR WILL BE GETTING THE POWER NOW, NOT THE FED, HENCE THE IMPETUS ON THE STATE.

Oh yeah - another Artic that sez OWG + OWG NAU 2015 here we come.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/14/2013 1:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Sales taxes are just deferred income taxation.

Much better to apply tax on inferred rental value.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/14/2013 4:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm for a 12% tax handling fee for all businesses processing EBT transactions.

Sorry, we do not accept AMEX or EBT.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 6:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Sales taxes are just deferred income taxation.

Yes, but everybody pays them and there are no forms to fill out in April. The "poor" then have 'skin' in the game.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/14/2013 13:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Well the main problem with income taxes is that they cause unemployment by harming comparative advantage so it's a double blow for those with low market productivity.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/14/2013 17:32 Comments || Top||

#7  I for one hate it when States Flirt.

/the Body Politic.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/14/2013 18:41 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
GOP congressman threatens impeachment if Obama uses executive action for gun control
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/14/2013 21:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top||

#1  I Understand that, and when IF he does
Obama's toast.
And Good Riddance.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 21:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll be surprised if Congress actually does it. They let him get away with all kinds of murder and don't do anything about it.
Posted by: gorb || 01/14/2013 22:39 Comments || Top||

#3  If they don', well we need new Congress anyway.
Posted by: Rednek Jim || 01/14/2013 23:09 Comments || Top||

#4  We need a new congress regardless.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/14/2013 23:33 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
White house won't meet budget planning deadline, breaking law.... again
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/14/2013 13:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top||

#1  I mean, what can congress do to him?

Nothing.

Therefore, the law will continue to be broken at will by the White House.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/14/2013 13:29 Comments || Top||

#2  "what can is congress willing to do to him?"

FTFY, Darth.
Posted by: Barbara || 01/14/2013 15:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Anthropomorphically speaking, a 'congress of baboons' .... nice ring to it I'd say.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 15:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Baboons are grievously insulted by your comparison Besoeker.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/14/2013 15:12 Comments || Top||

#5  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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 15:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Should we ask you how you know that, B? ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 01/14/2013 15:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Wild hogs up in the mountains nearby are also very rapacious and destructive.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/14/2013 18:40 Comments || Top||


Monday is D-Day -- Delivery Day -- for Richard Windsor's Emails
That's the nom d'email of former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Posted by: tipper || 01/14/2013 04:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top||

#1  The Windsor Report - probably just a coincidence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 5:49 Comments || Top||


U.S. Rules Out Trillion-Dollar Coin in Debt Row
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top||

#1  I vote for default.
Posted by: gorb || 01/14/2013 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  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???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 0:30 Comments || Top||

#3  A stupid idea deep sixed, and good riddance, we really need to copy Zimbabwe.

I thought the Senators had better ideas, No? vote them out and get smarter ones.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 0:40 Comments || Top||

#4  How about "ruling out" a Trillion-Dollar POTUS ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 6:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Just send everyone their own personal invoice with their owed interest on it. Parents to pay for their own children.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/14/2013 8:10 Comments || Top||

#6  They are working on a ten trillion coin as we speak.
Posted by: Grunter || 01/14/2013 8:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Any brilliant economic idea Krugman backs ought to be summarily rejected immediately.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 01/14/2013 9:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Thank God
Posted by: Jan || 01/14/2013 17:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Damn, I just knew it was going to be a mint error and worth 1.4 trillion.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/14/2013 18:41 Comments || Top||

#10  As others have pointed out already, why not just make it $googolplex and solve all of our money problems forever?

/reductio ad absurdum

Krugman must have been doing some serious recreational substances since he won that Nobel...
Posted by: PBMcL || 01/14/2013 19:07 Comments || Top||



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