Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, Wife Found Dead in Home

Via: Dallas News

By TANYA EISERER and TASHA TSIAPERAS
Published: 30 March 2013 09:02 PM

Kaufman County’s district attorney and his wife were found slain Saturday, raising fears that their deaths may be part of a plot that included the killing of one of the county’s assistant district attorneys in January.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh and other officials confirmed that Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, had been shot at their home near Forney.

Their deaths followed the Jan. 31 slaying of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

“It is a shock,” Aulbaugh said late Saturday. “It was a shock with Mark Hasse, and now you can just imagine the double shock. … Until we know what happened, I really can’t confirm that it’s related, but you always have to assume until it’s proven otherwise.”

Aulbaugh said that the Texas Rangers were helping with the investigation at the McLellands’ home in an unincorporated part of the county but that the sheriff’s department will be leading the investigation.

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Seems like somebody is getting even…
The legislature should add some more gun laws..
That will stop these kind of things from happening in the future….
-Moose

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CIA Tech Officer Reveals Agency’s Plan to Keep Information ‘Forever’

Via: RT

Published time: March 21, 2013 03:42

Just days after the CIA inked a $600-million cloud computing contract with Amazon, chief technology officer Gus Hunt admitted that the agency is trying to amass as much data as it can, hold it indefinitely and use it for analysis in the future.

In a Wednesday speech in New York City to an audience of technology experts assembled for GigaOM’s Structure: Data conference, Hunt admitted the intelligence community has long sought a database to store text messages, tweets, Facebook activity, videos and any other information Americans make available – intentionally or otherwise.

“Technology in this world is moving faster than government or law can keep up,” he said. “It’s moving faster, I would argue, than you can keep up. You should be asking the question of what are your rights and who owns your data.”

Hunt said CIA analysts have been at work on new algorithms that will break down vast amounts of information into easily digestible tools that allow them to closely examine trends in the public. The agency will then be able to base its covert strategies off those results.

“The value of any piece of technology is only known when you can connect it with something else that arrives at a future point in time,” he added. “Since you can’t connect dots you don’t have … we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.”

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Does this bother anyone other than me?
-Moose

‘World Turns a Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid’

Via: RT

Published time: March 15, 2013 23:08

Israel has brought Apartheid back to life, with US backing preventing Tel Aviv from prosecution at the International Criminal Court, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights John Dugard told RT in an exclusive interview.

According to Dugard, the main reason preventing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from being solved is the international community’s unwillingness to look into the region’s problems.

He believes that in order to settle the dispute fairly a Palestinian state with a capital in east Jerusalem must be created, with Israel existing in the boundaries set in 1948-49.

The professor of international law has compared Israel’s current policies in the West Bank to Apartheid, a system of racial segregation, which curtailed the rights of the black people in South Africa during the rule of National Party governments 1948-1994.

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A Gun Tale of Two Cities – Different Laws for Iraq Veteran and a Television ‘Star’

Via: Washington Times

By Emily Miller
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nathan Haddad, a former Army staff sergeant in New York, was selling his gun magazines when he was arrested for violating a state law prohibiting possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. He was arrested and charged with five felonies. This is the crime that David Gregory of NBC News committed in Washington a few months ago; Mr. Gregory was not prosecuted because he’s, umm, well, a celebrity.

The district attorney for Jefferson County, N.Y., offered Sgt. Haddad, now a civilian employee at Fort Drum, N.Y., a deal that would require him to plead guilty to five Class A misdemeanors to avoid going to jail. Sgt. Haddad has several weeks to decide whether to go to trial.

“My first reaction was that I’m going to still be branded as a criminal and probably lose my job,” he told The Washington Times. “The military doesn’t consider a 30-round magazine a weapons system — it is just a component of a weapons system.”

Seth Buchman, Sgt. Haddad’s attorney, said the charges “should not have been brought in the first place.” Under the law, the same ammunition feeding device is legal if it was manufactured before 1994 but a felony if made afterward. The only way to tell the difference is by examining markings stamped on the bottom of some — but not all — magazines. After Sgt. Haddad was arrested, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed still another law, this one reducing the round count from 10 to 7.

Sgt. Haddad said he wasn’t aware he had done anything wrong since he has lived in New York as a civilian only since 2010 when he received a medical discharge from the military. Mr. Gregory, on the other hand, knew he was breaking the law on Dec. 23 when he displayed a 30-round magazine on his Sunday show. He had asked the Metropolitan Police Department for permission in advance, but was refused. D.C. prosecutors said there was no point pursuing charges against the host.

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Screw Em, Its Easier to Be A Criminal

Via: Ammoland

Editors Note: The following Letter to the Editor has harsh language that we don’t normally include in our publication but this emotional, heart felt letter is best read in its original form. In the hopes that it will wake up the sleeping bear of liberty.

USA –-(Ammoland.com)-  I say screw the law, it will be easier for me to live as a criminal.

That must be what the Democrats, everyone from the White House to my local town council, all want me to be, so why should i fight it?

Everyday I open the paper or sign on to Facebook and all I see is bill after bill, banning, restricting, limiting or just making it more God dam difficult for me, a law abiding citizen to exercise my Second Amendment Rights, god given I might add.

I have been a law abiding citizen, faith full husband, loving father and timely tax payer for all of my adult life. I have never been a drinker, I break at stop signs, even when no one is looking. I go to church and pray for others. I also go hunting and shooting for fun and to hang out with my lifelong boyhood friends.

I stand, take off my hat and cover my heart when I say the Pledge of Allegiance. I firmly believe the Constitution is not something that should be “updated“.

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Just need a few million more…
-Moose

Screw Em, Its Easier to Be A Criminal

Via: Ammoland

Editors Note: The following Letter to the Editor has harsh language that we don’t normally include in our publication but this emotional, heart felt letter is best read in its original form. In the hopes that it will wake up the sleeping bear of liberty.

USA –-(Ammoland.com)-  I say screw the law, it will be easier for me to live as a criminal.

That must be what the Democrats, everyone from the White House to my local town council, all want me to be, so why should i fight it?

Everyday I open the paper or sign on to Facebook and all I see is bill after bill, banning, restricting, limiting or just making it more God dam difficult for me, a law abiding citizen to exercise my Second Amendment Rights, god given I might add.

I have been a law abiding citizen, faith full husband, loving father and timely tax payer for all of my adult life. I have never been a drinker, I break at stop signs, even when no one is looking. I go to church and pray for others. I also go hunting and shooting for fun and to hang out with my lifelong boyhood friends.

I stand, take off my hat and cover my heart when I say the Pledge of Allegiance. I firmly believe the Constitution is not something that should be “updated“.

Read more: here

Just need a few million more…
-Moose

SCOTUS Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs

Via: Reason.com

Jacob Sullum
Feb. 19, 2013 12:38 pm

Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that “a court can presume” an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search “if a bona fide organization has certified a dog after testing his reliability in a controlled setting” or “if the dog has recently and successfully completed a training program that evaluated his proficiency in locating drugs.”

 The justices overturned a 2011 decision in which the Florida Supreme Court said police must do more than assert that a dog has been properly trained. They deemed that court’s evidentiary requirements too “rigid” for the “totality of the circumstances” test used to determine when a search is constitutional. In particular, the Court said it was not appropriate to demand evidence of a dog’s performance in the field, as opposed to its performance on tests by police.

While the Court’s decision in Florida v. Harris leaves open the possibility that defense attorneys can contest the adequacy of a dog’s training or testing and present evidence that the animal is prone to false alerts, this ruling will encourage judges to accept self-interested proclamations about a canine’s capabilities, reinforcing the use of dogs to transform hunches into probable cause.

Writing for the Court, Justice Elena Kagan accepts several myths that allow drug dogs to function as “search warrants on leashes” even though their error rates are far higher than commonly believed:

Read more: here

Woof!
-Moose

SCOTUS Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs

Via: Reason.com

Jacob Sullum
Feb. 19, 2013 12:38 pm

Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that “a court can presume” an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search “if a bona fide organization has certified a dog after testing his reliability in a controlled setting” or “if the dog has recently and successfully completed a training program that evaluated his proficiency in locating drugs.”

 The justices overturned a 2011 decision in which the Florida Supreme Court said police must do more than assert that a dog has been properly trained. They deemed that court’s evidentiary requirements too “rigid” for the “totality of the circumstances” test used to determine when a search is constitutional. In particular, the Court said it was not appropriate to demand evidence of a dog’s performance in the field, as opposed to its performance on tests by police.

While the Court’s decision in Florida v. Harris leaves open the possibility that defense attorneys can contest the adequacy of a dog’s training or testing and present evidence that the animal is prone to false alerts, this ruling will encourage judges to accept self-interested proclamations about a canine’s capabilities, reinforcing the use of dogs to transform hunches into probable cause.

Writing for the Court, Justice Elena Kagan accepts several myths that allow drug dogs to function as “search warrants on leashes” even though their error rates are far higher than commonly believed:

Read more: here

Woof!
-Moose

Alaska House Panel Advances Gun Regulation Bill

Via: Newsminer.com

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 5:52 pm

Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska – A controversial bill that would criminalize federal gun regulation in Alaska is on track to be scheduled for a vote.

HB69, by House Speaker Mike Chenault, was moved from the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. It would make it a felony for federal officers to attempt to enforce any new federal laws, regulations, rules or orders that attempt to limit ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or magazine, or require a firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern about federal attempts to regulate firearms and federal “overreach” in general.

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Former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Campaign of More Than $750,000

Via: FBI

U.S. Attorney’s Office February 20, 2013

WASHINGTON—Former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., 47, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud his re-election campaigns of more than $750,000 in funds that were used to pay for a range of personal items and expenses, including jewelry, fur capes and parkas, high-end electronics, celebrity memorabilia, furniture, kitchen appliances, and a home renovation project.

Jackson, who has residences in Chicago and Washington, D.C., also admitted taking steps to conceal seven years of illegal activities, including the filing of false and misleading reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jackson’s wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty in a separate proceeding to filing false tax returns for her role in the scheme.

The guilty pleas, which took place this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr.; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Richard Weber, Chief of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

Jesse Jackson, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and false statements. The Honorable Robert L. Wilkins scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2013. The charge carries up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and other penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the parties have agreed that the applicable range for the offense is 46 to 57 months in prison and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000.

As part of the plea agreement, Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be required to pay any restitution ordered by the court and forfeit about $750,000 in proceeds and property from the scheme. Among other items, he must forfeit a mink cashmere cape; a mink reversible parka; a guitar signed by pop legend Michael Jackson; and various memorabilia associated with historic figures and various celebrities.

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Now why did they bust Jesse and Sandra? I mean really, was the crime not grandiose enough?
-Moose

Former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Campaign of More Than $750,000

Via: FBI

U.S. Attorney’s Office February 20, 2013

WASHINGTON—Former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., 47, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud his re-election campaigns of more than $750,000 in funds that were used to pay for a range of personal items and expenses, including jewelry, fur capes and parkas, high-end electronics, celebrity memorabilia, furniture, kitchen appliances, and a home renovation project.

Jackson, who has residences in Chicago and Washington, D.C., also admitted taking steps to conceal seven years of illegal activities, including the filing of false and misleading reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jackson’s wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty in a separate proceeding to filing false tax returns for her role in the scheme.

The guilty pleas, which took place this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr.; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Richard Weber, Chief of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

Jesse Jackson, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and false statements. The Honorable Robert L. Wilkins scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2013. The charge carries up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and other penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the parties have agreed that the applicable range for the offense is 46 to 57 months in prison and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000.

As part of the plea agreement, Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be required to pay any restitution ordered by the court and forfeit about $750,000 in proceeds and property from the scheme. Among other items, he must forfeit a mink cashmere cape; a mink reversible parka; a guitar signed by pop legend Michael Jackson; and various memorabilia associated with historic figures and various celebrities.

Read more: here 

Now why did they bust Jesse and Sandra? I mean really, was the crime not grandiose enough?
-Moose

Is Your Local Police Department Using Pictures of Pregnant Women and Children for Target Practice?

Via: Reason.com

Mike Riggs
Feb. 19, 2013 1:13 pm

What if I told you police in your town could desensitize themselves to the idea of shooting a (armed) child, pregnant woman, or young mother, for just a couple of bucks? The “No More Hesitation” series from Law Enforcement Targets Inc. offers exactly that. For less than 99 cents per target, police can shoot at real-life images “designed to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.”

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WTF!!!!!!! Law Enforcement?
-Moose

Don’t Blink, or You’ll Miss Another Bailout

Via: The NY Times

By GRETCHEN MORGENSON
Published: February 16, 2013

MANY people became rightfully upset about bailouts given to big banks during the mortgage crisis. But it turns out that they are still going on, if more quietly, through the back door.

The existence of one such secret deal, struck in July between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Bank of America, came to light just last week in court filings.

That the New York Fed would shower favors on a big financial institution may not surprise. It has long shielded large banks from assertive regulation and increased capital requirements.

Still, last week’s details of the undisclosed settlement between the New York Fed and Bank of America are remarkable. Not only do the filings show the New York Fed helping to thwart another institution’s fraud case against the bank, they also reveal that the New York Fed agreed to give away what may be billions of dollars in potential legal claims.

Here’s the skinny: Late last Wednesday, the New York Fed said in a court filing that in July it had released Bank of America from all legal claims arising from losses in some mortgage-backed securities the Fed received when the government bailed out the American International Group in 2008. One surprise in the filing, which was part of a case brought by A.I.G., was that the New York Fed let Bank of America off the hook even as A.I.G. was seeking to recover $7 billion in losses on those very mortgage securities.

It gets better.

Read more: here 

And yet the government want more taxes from the citizenry…Bunch of crooks!
-Moose

Don’t Blink, or You’ll Miss Another Bailout

Via: The NY Times

By GRETCHEN MORGENSON
Published: February 16, 2013

MANY people became rightfully upset about bailouts given to big banks during the mortgage crisis. But it turns out that they are still going on, if more quietly, through the back door.

The existence of one such secret deal, struck in July between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Bank of America, came to light just last week in court filings.

That the New York Fed would shower favors on a big financial institution may not surprise. It has long shielded large banks from assertive regulation and increased capital requirements.

Still, last week’s details of the undisclosed settlement between the New York Fed and Bank of America are remarkable. Not only do the filings show the New York Fed helping to thwart another institution’s fraud case against the bank, they also reveal that the New York Fed agreed to give away what may be billions of dollars in potential legal claims.

Here’s the skinny: Late last Wednesday, the New York Fed said in a court filing that in July it had released Bank of America from all legal claims arising from losses in some mortgage-backed securities the Fed received when the government bailed out the American International Group in 2008. One surprise in the filing, which was part of a case brought by A.I.G., was that the New York Fed let Bank of America off the hook even as A.I.G. was seeking to recover $7 billion in losses on those very mortgage securities.

It gets better.

Read more: here 

And yet the government want more taxes from the citizenry…Bunch of crooks!
-Moose

Report: 4 People Shot Within 90 Minutes in Chicago After President Obama’s Departure

Via: The Blaze

Feb. 16, 2013 7:47pm
Erica Ritz

President Barack Obama spoke about his new gun control initiatives during a quick visit to his hometown of Chicago Friday, but the violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the United States did not abate.

The Politico relates:

Four separate shootings took place in the span of 90 minutes Friday evening in Chicago, the first coming less than an hour after Air Force One departed O’Hare Airport after President Obama spoke on the culture of gun violence and economic decay that plagues many cities, including his hometown.

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Let’s pass some more laws…Oh, they’re black people getting shot..Nevermind….Photo op over.
-Moose

Christopher Dorner May Save More Lives Than He Could Ever Have Taken

Via: Coach is Right

by Doug Book, staff writer

“Since 1989, the world has witnessed a progressive weakening of the state and rise of alternative, non-state primary loyalties, for which a growing number of men are willing to fight.” This is what military affairs expert William S. Lind calls the heart of his theory of the Fourth Generation of Modern Warfare (4GW). And there can be no better example of a “primary loyalty” than the right to keep and bear arms. (1)

The days of the massive, invulnerable armies of the nation-state winning contests with lesser opponents at the drop of a hat are over. Consider the fact that the most powerful military in the world was unable to roundly defeat the rag-tag forces of Afghanistan and Iraq as wars which should have taken a matter of weeks have stretched into years.

“Fourth Generation Warfare is based on dispersion and communications that remove the battle front entirely. Attackers rely on cultural/media attack and coordinated violent actions to…paralyze or collapse the enemy’s political will, rather than seeking decisive combat.” (2) It’s the sort of warfare and aggression practiced by those who are not interested in adhering to politically correct tactics or seeking an outcome acceptable to the U. N., its member nations or media critics. Only winning is important. And as individuals or comparatively small forces fighting in the 4GW mode will be far weaker than the trillion dollar forces of their opponents, they will almost certainly attract additional support by convincing lookers-on that theirs is the morally superior side. Isn’t that so often the case with underdogs!

Anything about this sound familiar?

“One man — ONE MAN — has for almost a week frightened and tied up the law enforcement resources of an entire state (and I’m sure the Feds are making their contributions behind the scenes too). This is a cautionary tale for any citizen disarmament advocate who blithely assumes (as stupidly as the LAPD was last week) that the “authorities” are up [to] the challenges of the 4GW civil war that their appetites seem bent upon creating.” In short, “…the resources of the modern surveillance police state are not even up to the challenge of one madman, let alone a determined, thinking minority.” (3)

A lone, murderous psychopath had the entire LAPD running in circles as unhinged officers shot at old ladies delivering newspapers and skinny white guys rather than the 260 lb black murderer who was the actual subject of their hunt!

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Hanging Concentrates the Mind

Via: Crisis Magazine

February 8, 2013

by Rev. George W. Rutler

Capital punishment does not inspire roaring humor in healthy minds, so wit on the subject tends to be sardonic. Two of the most famous examples, of course, are: “In this country it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others,” and “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

The first, “pour encourager les autres,” is in “Candide” where Voltaire alludes to the death by firing squad of Admiral John Byng in 1757 for having let Mincorca fall to the French. The second was Samuel Johnson’s response to the hanging of an Anglican clergyman and royal chaplain William Dodd for a loan scam. Byng’s death was the last instance of shooting an officer for incompetence, while Dodd’s was the last hanging at Tyburn for forgery. Dodd’s unsuccessful appeal for clemency was ghostwritten by Dr. Johnson.

If we only used this for Bankers and Politicians now… The world would be a better place.
-Moose

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Hanging Concentrates the Mind

Via: Crisis Magazine

February 8, 2013

by Rev. George W. Rutler

Capital punishment does not inspire roaring humor in healthy minds, so wit on the subject tends to be sardonic. Two of the most famous examples, of course, are: “In this country it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others,” and “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

The first, “pour encourager les autres,” is in “Candide” where Voltaire alludes to the death by firing squad of Admiral John Byng in 1757 for having let Mincorca fall to the French. The second was Samuel Johnson’s response to the hanging of an Anglican clergyman and royal chaplain William Dodd for a loan scam. Byng’s death was the last instance of shooting an officer for incompetence, while Dodd’s was the last hanging at Tyburn for forgery. Dodd’s unsuccessful appeal for clemency was ghostwritten by Dr. Johnson.

If we only used this for Bankers and Politicians now… The world would be a better place.
-Moose

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