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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Democrat Martin O'Malley faces criticism for massive prison scandal in Maryland
[FREEBEACON] A developing scandal in the Maryland prison system could pose a major obstacle for Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential ambitions, critics say.

Incarcerated members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, with help from female prison guards, hijacked the Baltimore City Detention Center over the past few years, according to federal charges announced earlier this month. Gang leaders allegedly ran street operations on cell phones smuggled in by the corrections officers, built a robust drug trade behind bars, and impregnated several of the guards.

Republicans say this could make for a potent political attack against O'Malley, who ran for governor on a tough-on-crime platform in 2006 and claimed he drastically reduced criminal incidents during his time as Baltimore mayor.

"It's the kind of thing that, whether you're a conservative or a liberal you can't explain it, you can't justify it, you can't defend it," said former Republican state politician Don Murphy. "It would be the big, 20-point type on the fliers that went into homes of unaffiliated voters."

Maryland GOP executive director David Ferguson noted O'Malley's history of promoting his crime-reduction efforts.

"It's going to be difficult for him to distance himself from this because he's been involved with the penal system at every level of his career," said Ferguson.

Critics are already making the connection to former Democratic Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was pummeled during his 1988 presidential campaign for his "prison furlough" policy that led to the release of Wilie Horton.

"If Martin O'Malley wants to be president, he could learn a thing or two from Michael Dukakis," said Murphy. "The only thing worse than letting the prisoners run wild outside the prison is letting them run the prison."
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The way things are headed in Maryland this just looks like O'Malley securing is base.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/01/2013 12:26 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Ex-Rep. Kilpatrick 'waiting to hear' evidence of space aliens
[DETROITNEWS] Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick said Monday she's excited about presiding over a week's worth of testimony about the existence of extraterrestrials.
"Meb! Run, Beldar! They are on to us!"
The bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
...a small town in France...
Democrat and mother of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick signed up with five other former members of Congress to listen to testimony aimed at proving alien contact with Earth and a government effort to cover it up.
"When my people come to colonize this planet, you will be on the protected rolls, and no harm will come to you.
"You are wise, Beldar. But there is a sadness to your wisdom."

"I've been interested for a while," Kilpatrick said before the kickoff of the hearings, known as the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure sponsored by the Paradigm Research Group, a private ET lobbying organization.
"Take my car, its re-enforced alloy superstructure is far superior to that of your broken down, rusted out shit box."
The hearing lasts through Friday at the National Press Club and will be the basis for a documentary on UFOs. For her service -- listening to about 30 hours of congressional-style testimony -- the private group will pay her $20,000 plus expenses.
"When the High Master hears of this he will surely cut off my plargh and hand it to me. "
Kilpatrick said she'll await the evidence before drawing conclusions on whether there's a government effort to hide existence of flying saucers.
"What choice do I have? It is as if you have grabbed me by the base of my snarglies!"
"I'm waiting to hear," Kilpatrick told The Detroit News as she settled on the panel before the hearings kicked off. "I'm not making any of those kinds of statements.
"I have learned much from watching the Garthok battle. It has weaknesses. I believe I can take it."
"Uh-huh. And let me know when Elvis gets here."

"It's good to be here. We're excited. I've been reading and watching and so I'm looking forward to the week's activities."
"My plubar has broken,....the birth spasm has begun!"
Joining Kilpatrick on the bipartisan panel are ex-Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska (Democrat and more recently Libertarian), as well as former Reps. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., Darlene Hooley, D-Ore., Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and Merrill Cook, R-Utah.
"Excuse me sir, but should they be in fact, creatures from another planet, isn't that the Air Force's responsibility?"
"If they're just visiting, sure... but the minute they try to work here, they're mine!"

Bartlett said in opening remarks Congress has failed to do its job by holding investigative ET hearings and he's pleased this private panel can do the work.
If I did not fear incarceration from human authority figures, I would terminate your life functions by applying sufficient pressure to your blunt skull so as to force its collapse!
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under:

#1  the private group will pay her $20,000 plus expenses.

shouldn't that be in Quatloos and Spice?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/01/2013 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2 





Si l'espace extra-terrestres terre à Detroit, l'ancien débarquement de la plupart des visiteurs, puis dire qu'ils sont retour à la maison ? Et si tel ne devrait pas Miss Kilpatrick être hospitalier et leur permettre de rester chez elle pour une nuit ou deux ?

If space aliens land in Detroit, the ancient landing spot of most such visitors, then can we say they are returning home ? And if such should not Miss Kilpatrick be hospitable and allow them to stay with her for a night or two ?
Posted by: Fontaine de jouvence || 05/01/2013 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Klaatu barada nikto!
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  My rough translation--Klaatu barada nikto!-"Donate to Rantburg or we'll leave the liberals in charge."
Posted by: Fontaine de jouvence || 05/01/2013 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  ANYTHING, I mean ANYTHING, no matter how preposterous, just find something to move Benghazi and Boston off the front page.

Space Aliens?

Guided tours of Area 51?

The Loch Ness Monster?

Bigfoot?

I mean the Dems and their propaganda arm at the MSM are going to publish all kinds of weird stuff to get Obama out of the light.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 05/01/2013 10:22 Comments || Top||

#6  'Coast-to-Coast in the AM' is NOT a Democrat propaganda agency!
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/01/2013 12:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Klaatu barada nikto!
Posted by: Fred

Hey! That's my line!
Posted by: GORT || 05/01/2013 13:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Awesome inline Fred. LMFAO!
Posted by: RandomJD || 05/01/2013 13:38 Comments || Top||

#9  D *** NG IT III, I wanted to bring up the Coneheads.

So I guess this means Congress will have to settle for reviewing + eating ET's "M&M's".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/01/2013 20:01 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Senators demand transparency on EPA interactions with environmentalists
[THEHILL] Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) demanded transparency from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their relationships with environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club, so the public can see how these groups are shaping policy.

"The American people deserve to understand the process EPA follows when crafting the environmental policies under which they must live," Inhofe and Vitter wrote Monday in a letter to acting EPA administrator Bob Perciasepe.

"It is important for Congress to understand the relationship between EPA and nongovernmental organizations, particularly as it relates to the coordination and influence over public policymaking," the letter stated. "Moreover, these relationships have the potential to push states and other stakeholders out of the process. Accordingly, releasing the correspondence between the EPA and these entitles is in the public interest."
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's a difference between EPA and enviros?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/01/2013 3:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, g(r)om. The EPA people have jobs.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/01/2013 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  The EPA people have jobs directly paid by taxpayers.

If anyone had guts, that could be fixed.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/01/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  I always thought they were the same people.
Who knew? (Who could tell?)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/01/2013 9:31 Comments || Top||

#5  ..just another government agency with rotating jobs between the industry/sector and public service - see: Fed/Treasury and Banks/Investment Firms. The Instapundit recommends that when government appointees leave and take up public sector jobs in the industries or lobbying on behalf thereof the sector they had oversight or regulatory responsibilities for, their personal income tax should be at 50 percent for a number of years.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/01/2013 10:33 Comments || Top||

#6 
The EPA people have jobs directly paid by taxpayers.


So do the enviros. They sue the government, the taxpayers pay them.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/01/2013 10:34 Comments || Top||


Obama 'not familiar' with intimidation of Benghazi whistleblowers
[WASHINGTONTIMES] President B.O. on Tuesday said he was unaware of complaints from Benghazi whistleblowers inside his own administration who contend that they are being intimidated over their cooperation with Sherlocks into the September 2012 attack, but pledged to look into the matter.

"I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody's been blocked from testifying," Mr. Obama said in response to a question during a presser in the White House briefing room. "What I'll do is find out what exactly you're referring to."
And shut them up...
"What I've been very clear about from the start -- our job with respect to Benghazi is to find out exactly what happened ... and bring those who carried it out to justice," he added.

At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have hired lawyers or are in the process of doing so and are complaining that administration officials are trying to intimidate them as they prepare to cooperate with congressional Sherlocks, according to a Fox News report.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody's been blocked from testifying,"

but, but, but that's why were holding this surprise press conference, sans opening remarks, and asking the resident Fox news hound to throw the first pitch. [followed by 40 minutes of slow, mindless blathering]
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2013 3:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Stevens was there to gather the guns ( about 40 TONS of them) in Libya and pass them along to the Syrian "rebels" plus a little sauce for Jordan and whatever. Monkeying around on Putin's turf.
So "somebody" stripped Stevens down to his underwear and put him in the trunk and drove him to the nearest Moslem ditch and capped him.

And the Russians said too bad and grinned.

No one respects Obama. They have his number and can show him the ass any time they please.

The American people elected this incompetent clown. The only people Obama is gonna go after is anybody who asks him questions about it. ( Americans ) Get somebody like Kerry or Eric Holder on it. They have the lips for the long haul.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 05/01/2013 3:57 Comments || Top||

#3  I'd guess Putin has already made the call to our Champ. Might have gone something like this:

Yes, yes, yes, good to hear from you as well, now listen up you thick headed, dagga smoking kaffir, for the last fok'n time...stay the hell out of Syria or we'll publish wat we know of your Benghazi cock up, along with some tasty cables with bits on your Boston Bombing klusterfok. How Copy OVER ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2013 4:28 Comments || Top||

#4  "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest"

...such a comment from one in a high position has ramifications down the line of his sycophants.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/01/2013 9:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Not familiar?

He's from Chicago?

He's not familiar with intimidation of anyone with negative opinions?

That's internally inconsistent.

We will not know the real story on Benghazi, which would definitely NOT fit the administration narrative on the ME, the Moslem Bruderbund, or islam in general, until about 6 hours after the next president is inaugurated.

This smells very bad....something is rotten in Denmark...
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 05/01/2013 10:17 Comments || Top||

#6  He's "Not Familiar" with your constitution either.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/01/2013 12:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Jay Carney said it happened "a long time ago" in a Galaxy far, far away.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/01/2013 19:08 Comments || Top||


Not Wanting to Write About Nothing Good
Best political essay you're going to read this week. Maybe ever.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  loved it
Posted by: Frank G || 05/01/2013 8:36 Comments || Top||

#2  An excellent essay precisely expressing my current feelings and sentiments.
Posted by: Ptah || 05/01/2013 10:32 Comments || Top||


Dems love guns. No, really. Stop laughing.
Posted by: Beavis || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Obama Cautious but Hints at Eventual Action on Syria
[An Nahar] President Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
Tuesday warned against a rush to judgment on Syria's use of chemical arms, but said proof of their use would trigger a "rethink" of his reluctance to use military force.

As critics complain that he let Syria cross a U.S. "red line," Obama said Washington believed chemical weapons had been used in the country's vicious civil war but did not know exactly who had fired them.

At a White House news conference, Obama also appeared to set the criteria for a U.S. military intervention as established proof that Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
's regime directly ordered the use of chemical weapons.

As more Guantanamo Bay inmates join a hunger strike, Obama also pledged to have another go at closing what he described as the "not sustainable" war-on-terror prison and blamed Congress for the deteriorating situation.

And he praised Russia for its help in investigating the Boston marathon bombings on April 15, which has been blamed on two attackers of Chechen origin, but said "old habits die hard" between U.S. and Russian security services.

Obama faced the press amid rising political pressure over reports by U.S. intelligence that Syrian forces used sarin gas against their foes, despite his previous warnings that deploying chemical weapons would be a "game changer."

"I've got to make sure I've got the facts. That's what the American people would expect."

"If I can establish in a way that not only the United States but also the international community feel confident in the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, then that is a game changer," he warned.
Posted by: Fred || 05/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Cautious", yes very cautious. With bumbling foreign policy and domestic counterterrorism failures left and right, very cautious indeed. I suspect we'll be seeing much more golf as the weather improves.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/01/2013 7:53 Comments || Top||



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Wed 2013-05-01
  Three people arrested in Marathon bombings
Tue 2013-04-30
  'Missiles fired at' Russian plane with 159 passengers onboard flying over Syria
Mon 2013-04-29
  Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survives assassination bid
Sun 2013-04-28
  Blasts at election offices kill eight in Pakistan
Sat 2013-04-27
  Afghan bus crash kills 30, Taliban blamed
Fri 2013-04-26
  Terror plot: Leaders jailed for Birmingham bomb plan
Thu 2013-04-25
  Clashes between police and Uighurs in China leave 21 dead
Wed 2013-04-24
  Iraq: 35 dead in clashes, bombing as tensions rise
Tue 2013-04-23
  Two men arrested over 'al-Qaeda inspired' plan to attack a Via Rail train in Toronto area
Mon 2013-04-22
  Al Qaeda intelligence chief reported killed in drone strike
Sun 2013-04-21
  Egypt Police Arrest 39 in Cairo Clashes
Sat 2013-04-20
  Got him! Dzhokhar in custody
Fri 2013-04-19
  Boston: 1 suspect dead, 2nd on loose jugged
Thu 2013-04-18
  Pakistan's Musharraf flees court to avoid arrest
Wed 2013-04-17
  Boston Bombing Suspect Identified, Arrest Made

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