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-Lurid Crime Tales-
NYC subway thief thanks Democrats after his 139th arrest, release
[FOXNEWS] A New York City man who’s now been arrested 139 times thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his immediate release despite repeatedly swiping hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting subway commuters since the state’s new bail reform law went into effect Jan. 1.

Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported. In the past, Barry’s served several stints in state prison and has a lengthy record, including six felonies, 87 misdemeanors and 21 missed court hearings, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

"Bail reform, it’s lit!" Barry yelled to news hounds Thursday outside the NYPD Transit District 1 headquarters in the Columbus Circle station before officers transported him to Manhattan Central Booking. "It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!"

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!"

Master of all he surveys.

A Hero of Our Time.
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  No the Bee!

Asking for a friend... Is poison classed as non-violent?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/17/2020 2:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Looking up the word "chutzpah" and lo! and behold! there was his picture. Still seems like a Bee article, doesn't it?!?
Posted by: magpie || 02/17/2020 2:40 Comments || Top||

#4  New York has surrendered it legitimacy as a government. It exists foremost to provide security in one's person, one's family, and one's property. If it is unable or unwilling to do this basic function, it forfeits it's legitimacy. People will seek security in other forms.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2020 6:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Release Mr Barry (and all other no bail arrestees) two feet from the mayor; bail policy will change quickly soon after.
Posted by: Airandee || 02/17/2020 7:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Republicans could try aiding him in targeting only liberal neighborhoods.

Naah... silly idea. The liberals'd still vote blue.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Victim-less crimes.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

#8  This guy goes down hard in an "incident" on the subway and surprise, surprise, nobody saw it happen.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/17/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Virginia lawmakers have rejected assault weapon ban despite Northam's push
[WJLA] Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.

Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday's committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

The Senate has now rejected three of the governor's eight gun-control measures. Moderate Democrats have already voted with Republicans to kill a bill that would make it a felony to “recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm” in a way that endangers a minor, and a bill that would require gun owners to report the loss or theft of a gun to police.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have already advanced several other gun-control measures and should finalize passage in the coming days. Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to once a month; universal background checks on gun purchases; allowing localities to ban guns in public buildings, parks and other areas; and a red flag bill that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from anyone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.embers of his own party balked at the proposal.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/17/2020 10:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tabled until the heat dies down. Then pass in middle of night.
Posted by: KBK || 02/17/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#2  ^^^
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/17/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm pretty sure this means the bill itself is dead this year; most legislatures have that type of rule for voting on specific bills.
Posted by: Raj || 02/17/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Rules are for people on the wrong side of history.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 13:45 Comments || Top||

#5  KBK nails it.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/17/2020 14:04 Comments || Top||

#6  I would expect a new one passed on Dec 30th at 22:55
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/17/2020 14:13 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Bloomberg unveils plans for Americans' Social Security, retirement savings
[CSNBC] Bloomberg’s plan calls for setting a new, higher minimum benefit to prevent low-income seniors from falling below the federal poverty line.

It also calls for improving benefits for those who rely on them. Exactly how much benefits would be increased under Bloomberg’s plan was not disclosed.

To pay for benefit increases, most proposals generally call for raising the payroll tax or the wage base. The Social Security tax is currently 6.2%, or 7.65% with Medicare, which is paid by both employees and their employers. Currently, only earnings up to $137,700 are subject to those Social Security levies.

Bloomberg’s plan does not stipulate whether he would increase those thresholds.

Emphasis added just above.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2020 06:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's a long shot, but I'm going with para three.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2020 6:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Bloomberg’s plan calls for setting a new, higher minimum benefit to prevent low-income seniors from falling below the federal poverty line.

Does his analysis also include all other income via subsidizes and other existent programs? Not.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2020 6:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Folks like this just do not know how NOT to spend other people's money.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/17/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Considering that an average rate of return on SS is 3%, and the average rate of return on a 401k is 8%... that just seems like a fool's bet.

Plus I do not trust the government to keep a big pile of my money safe from the grubby hands of politicians.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/17/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Bloomingbird doesn't trust me with my own money which is why I don't trust him.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/17/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Being the son of a farmer and also one who knows which end of a wrench to use as a hammer, I am obviously double stupid to be trusted with my own money. Oh thank you Great god bloomingdale….
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/17/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Silver food stamps....not gold.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 02/17/2020 22:50 Comments || Top||

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio): Congress Isn't Doing Its Job of Redistributing Income
[Free Beacon] Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) on Wednesday said Congress is not doing its job of redistributing income in a fair way.

"We know Congress isn't doing its job to redistribute income in any way that's fair to hundreds of millions of Americans, we know that," Brown said during a hearing at the Senate Banking Committee.
I don't recall that in the Constitution?
"Senator McConnell and the president have refused to raise the minimum wage, it's been stuck for 11 years at under eight dollars," Brown said.
For eight of those eleven years Barack Obama was president. Did you fuss at him about it, your senatorness? He, at least, would have listened to you.
"They took away overtime for about 2 or 3 million Americans because of truncating the overtime rule, tax cuts for the rich, and now tax cuts for Medicare."

The senator's statement resembles a 2008 comment by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. An Ohio plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher asked Obama whether his taxes would increase after purchasing a business that made more than $250,000. Obama told Wurzelbacher a tax increase on people like him was a good thing. He told the Ohio voter, "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Policy agendas like that of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) also call for wealth redistribution. Sanders has campaigned in support of Medicare for All, which would increase taxes for the wealthy and the middle class.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2020 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  To each according to his needs, from each according to his ability. The problem is, if they're just going to take it away from me then I have no incentive to produce any more.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/17/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure they do: they take money from Chinese Gov and redistribute it into numbered Swiss accounts.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 13:55 Comments || Top||

Minnesota Considers Bill Against Hair Discrimination
[BREITBART] Minnesota’s state legislature is considering a bill to keep employers from discriminating against people based on their natural hair.

Democrat Rep. Rena Moran, who introduced HF 3103, wants to expand the definition of race in the Minnesota Human Rights Act to include "hair texture and hair styles, such as braid, locks, and twists." The bill in question would ban employers from a particularly insipid form of racism: discriminating against people based not on cleanliness, but on their natural hair types and styles.

"We hope that in the workplace that it would be part of the social norm for employers to look at an individual and be OK with the natural hairstyles that come along with who we are," Moran said in her testimony before the state legislature. "That braids or twists or dreadlocks shouldn’t be a determination about whether or not you are hired."

Moran told news hounds she hopes in the future "people will not see us as different, or your natural hair as inappropriate or ugly ‐ that it would be more acceptable." The Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights, Rebecca Lecrero, has voiced her support of the bill, joining Moran to testify on its behalf.

Minnesota’s bill would join similar legislation recently passed in New York and Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,. "Policies that limit the ability to wear natural hair or hairstyles associated with black people aren’t about ’neatness’ or ’professionalism,’" NYC Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis told the New York Post in 2019. "They are about limiting the way black people move through workplaces, public spaces and other settings."

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Have you noticed that professional mechanics come with two different hair styles: Old and experienced mechanics have "high and tight" hairstyles that are easier to keep clean when oil sprays; and Young mechanics new to the trade often have bald spots where their flowing locks got ripped out of their scalps by rapidly moving parts/fan belts...

Just saying that practicality trumps custom for the wise.
Posted by: magpie || 02/17/2020 2:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Natural Hair, or, Hell Yes, I'm Inflammatory! (w the usual apologies)

A heavyweight champ, undisputed,
At being for labor unsuited,
She drifts ever left
With a tumbleweed's heft,
Does Ms. Angela Davis, uprooted.
Posted by: Chamble the Furry5004 || 02/17/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  I call upon our socialist democrat state government to redistribute the wealth. People with more hair than they can legitimately use should be forced to give it to those of us who have none.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/17/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Hairway to Steven.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/17/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  to include "hair texture and hair styles, such as braid, locks, and twists."

What about skin?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2020 11:34 Comments || Top||

#6  The right to bear hair is the right to be a mammal.
-- The Styling Shops of Isher
Posted by: SteveS || 02/17/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#7  ^😀
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 02/17/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ *Snort!* Old Science Fiction misquote for the win!
Posted by: magpie || 02/17/2020 13:51 Comments || Top||

Elizabeth Warren Vows to Keep Fighting After Poor Showing in New Hampshire
[BREITBART] Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...
Remember her?
is getting some media attention after her single-digit, fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, but it is not the kind candidates seek.

USA Today published an in-depth article about what has gone wrong in the Warren campaign ‐ after only one caucus and a primary ‐ and how it will not be easy to gain the momentum she needs to win the Democrat nomination.

A news hound talked to people who were at Warren’s final get out the vote rally in New Hampshire, including Richard Lemmerman, a 60-year-old investor from Hampton, New Hampshire.

"She’d make a good secretary of State, a great attorney general. I just don’t think she’s going to be a good president," Lemmerman said.

"In the end, as people start to focus on who’s the best progressive that’s got a chance of going the whole way, Bernie was winning that battle," Joe Trippi, who ran Vermont Gov. Howard Dean
Former Dem governor of Vermont or Rhode Island or one of those dinky states. Howard lost his bid to be president by shrieking and screaming and acting like a loon. Then they made him chairman of the Dem national campaign committee, where he continued doing the same things only nobody paid any attention....
’s failed presidential bid in 2004, said in the USA Today piece. "When it came to who was moving at the end among women who really wanted to see a woman get the nomination ... it starts to go to Amy."

"She was just drifting down, as was Biden, and the others were basically gaining ground at her expense," Trippi said.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under:

#1  F--- off, you lying scumbag. Go away. Leave us alone.
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Next Stop Little Big-Horn?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/17/2020 3:44 Comments || Top||

#3  maybe she will win the Massachusetts primary in early March but that's probably her last stand
Posted by: lord garth || 02/17/2020 5:33 Comments || Top||

#4  I have tried, in excess generosity, to explain her to my Chinese colleagues, though I have no patience for her. As of yet, no one gets her. They have no idea what makes her presidential. Just a data point. She seems to be a cow that just keeps walking around, farting.
Posted by: Beau || 02/17/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

Pelosi: I Ripped Up Trump’s State of the Union to ‘Get Attention’
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reverting to infancy.

Get a bed ready for her in the old folks' home. This one's lost it.
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Try the jig next time.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh.

"Colleagsh, if you pleash, a capella,"
Slurs Nancy. "Shove over, there, fella.
I feel like a deb..."
And she's spinning a web
As she dances, entranced: Tarentella!
Posted by: Chamble the Furry5004 || 02/17/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Or even two Ps. "No, you'll eat the whole plate, dammit!" Yikes, PTSD. "There's starving Dron's in India who'd put you down like a rabid monkey for those peas!"
Posted by: Chamble the Furry5004 || 02/17/2020 8:26 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/17/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Cymbol monkeys must not endure such blatant slander.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Sure, Nance. 30 months of Mueller and five months of peach-mint didn't get enough attention.

Genius move, kiddo!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/17/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#8  This is the same character who is now furiously insisting that Trump was not acquitted.

Get the straightjacket ready.
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Works with children activists too.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/17/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#10  I suspect the liquor cabinet in the Speaker's office needs daily (perhaps hourly) replenishment.
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/17/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ wif' peach-mint julep!
Whosh keepin' my glass full round here anywayz?
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 10:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Dang! I had the Bee because the headline was too truthful.

I can almost buy her explanation of marking the pages, although writing instruments are common here in America. But I'm not sure a spontaneous outburst is better than a pre-planned cynical display. Lack of self-control is not a good look for someone in the line of succession to be POTUS.

Hey, isn't lack of self-control something Trump gets charged with all the time?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/17/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#13  It's beyond parody.
We have a barking madwoman in the #3 leadership position in our nation.
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#14  If she's gonna behave like a spoiled brat throwing a temper tantrum then somebody should bend her over his knee and spank her butt.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/17/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#15  ^ Just make sure she's wearing her Depends before you do so
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 11:48 Comments || Top||

#16  ^Just make SURE she has CHANGED her Depends before you do.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 02/17/2020 12:24 Comments || Top||

#17  Eeewwww!
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/17/2020 12:27 Comments || Top||

#18  Just be thankful she didn't strip naked!
Posted by: Crerese Slalet3053 || 02/17/2020 12:32 Comments || Top||

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 14:14 Comments || Top||

#20  Who taught grom how to post images? Whoever it was has created a monster.
Posted by: Matt || 02/17/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||

#21  Scary Cerberus guards the entrance to hell
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2020 15:44 Comments || Top||

#22  Let's not bring Hillary into the conversation.
Posted by: Matt || 02/17/2020 16:28 Comments || Top||

#23  somebody should bend her over his knee and spank her butt.

After the Indy 500 spectacle, I can see the Prez doing a re-enactment of the John Wayne-Maureen O'Hare spanking scene from "McClintock", but on the Senate floor.
"Nancy, it's time you learned some manners."
Posted by: SteveS || 02/17/2020 16:39 Comments || Top||

Biden: African American Votes Were ‘Basically Taken for Granted’ by Democrats in 2016
[BREITBART] Former Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
said Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that African American voters can not be "taken for granted" like Democratic nominee Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
did in the last presidential election.

Biden said, "Every time they won, take Carter or Clinton or Barack, they have had overwhelming support from the African American community. They had overwhelming support from minorities. I have overwhelming support. You can’t win ‐ you can’t take it for granted. Last time we ran, it was basically taken for granted."

He went on to tout his ability to secure those votes.

"I’m the only one who has the record and has the background and has the support," Biden said. "They know me. They know who I am."
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's why they've worked hard to import millions of newer voters dependent upon the Great Society old plantation system. Dependency and a large overseer bureaucracy caste need their constant rule.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2020 6:58 Comments || Top||

5 Year Sentence Recommended For Former Baltimore Mayor
[HOTAIR] Back in November, we learned that disgraced former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had avoided a messy trial by pleading guilty to multiple counts of corruption and tax evasion. This all stemmed from her self-dealing scheme to "sell" hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of her self-published "Healthy Holly" children’s books to people and businesses who had dealings with the University of Maryland Medical System, where Pugh sat as a board member.

At the time, I wondered what sort of deal she had cut with the prosecutors in exchange for the guilty plea. Whatever other information she provided to the state might not have turned out to be all that valuable because prosecutors aren’t letting her off with a slap on the wrist. They’re looking for nearly five years behind bars in addition to some hefty fines.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Me so want sentence to Stone equal for Ms Jar-Jar
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  me so mean to say, sentence for Ms Jar-Jar equal to sentence for Stone-Stone: = Years 7 to 9
Posted by: Lex || 02/17/2020 0:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Lex - you are too kind. An elected public servant pleading guilty to corruption and tax evasion should be sentenced to ten times Stone's sentence for - whatever it was he did. Anybody remember what got him 7-9 years? Fibbing?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/17/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Bobby, IIRC, Stone was charged with lying to the FBI, the exact same thing that McCabe was NOT prosecuted for.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/17/2020 12:32 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2020-02-17
  24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
Sun 2020-02-16
  Switzerland Thwarts Major Islamic State Terror Attack
Sat 2020-02-15
  Six Cartel Kidnappers Busted with Mexican Border City Victim in Trunk
Fri 2020-02-14
  US navy ship seizes 150 Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles after boarding a vessel in the Arabian Sea
Thu 2020-02-13
  Hafiz Saeed sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for terror financing
Wed 2020-02-12
  Sudan will hand over Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court
Tue 2020-02-11
  Russians bomb a joint Turkish & Jihadi column
Mon 2020-02-10
  Ehsanullah Ehsan sends greetings from Turkey, thumbs nose
Sun 2020-02-09
  Multiple US troops killed during shootout in eastern Afghanistan
Sat 2020-02-08
  Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah banged in Kabul
Fri 2020-02-07
  Syria says its troops enter the strategic city of Saraqib in Idlib and begins ‘combing’ its neighborhoods
Thu 2020-02-06
  Hazim Al-Halafi, a senior commander of Saraya Al-Salam dead
Wed 2020-02-05
  Trump acquitted by Senate on articles of impeachment for abuse of power
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