Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) Will Resign His Seat Effective Today … In Wake of Misdemeanor Possession of Cocaine in November 2013
The Politico is reporting that Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will resign from Congress on Monday. Reuters is confirming the story as well, that Republican U.S. Representative Trey Radel, who was charged in November with buying cocaine, plans to resign from Congress, effective Monday.
Sadly, Radel has blown his political career up his nose … Although I guess it would have been acceptable if he was caught smoking pot and Barack Obama had stated that there is no difference between cocaine and alcohol.
The first-term Republican plans to send a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Monday, sources said.
It’s up to Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott to schedule a special election for Radel’s seat. His southwest Florida district is solidly Republican — Mitt Romney won the district with 61 percent of the vote.
The race for Radel’s seat had begun even before he decided to resign. Republican Paige Kreegel, a former state representative, has already launched a campaign for the 19th district. Kreegel, who finished third to Radel in a 2012 primary, has drawn the support of a super PAC, which has raised $1 million with the intention of helping him win the seat.
As Hot Air opines, “most Republicans wanted him gone after the arrest. Instead, Radel insisted that he would hold his seat after going through rehab. Unless I missed a memo, there hasn’t been any unusual events surrounding his return this month. Perhaps Radel found his welcome back to the caucus chillier than Polar Vortex I or II.” Touche. Let’s hope Obamacare covers drug rehab.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Legalization of Marijuana in Oregon May Have Just Gotten a Boost
- President Barack Obama’s statement that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol could move Oregon voters towards legalization in 2014
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More from Colorado Rocky Mountain High …
I thought we were told by the defenders of pot that it was not like alcohol? It was supposed to reduce crime and arrests according to the pro-pot folks. Looks like the authorities in Colorado are going to have a rash of DWH, driving while high. State troopers say the man who drove his car into two patrol cars this weekend, was under the influence of marijuana. Troopers say they arrested 23 year old Keith Kilbey and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs. This is only the beginning. So when will the first chapter of MAHD be formed in Colorado?
Let’s see the reaction of this law when some one behind the wheel kills someone because of being high.
Authorities in Colorado claim a 23-year-old man allegedly high on marijuana crashed into two state trooper vehicles on Saturday.
Police arrested Keith Kilbey and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, KUSA-TV reported.
The incident unfolded in Denver around 9 p.m. Saturday evening after two state troopers had parked their cars in the left lane of an exit ramp.
Authorities were reportedly investigating a crash in the area and had put their emergency lights on before Kilbey purportedly hit their vehicles. According to KWGN, he collided with a Colorado State Patrol Crown Victoria, sending that vehicle into a Dodge Charger.
A-ROD Suspended for 2014 Season: Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz Reduces Ban From 211 to 162 Games … Alex Rodriguez Plans to Sue in Federal Court
A-ROD STRIKES OUT … SUSPENDED FOR 2014 BASEBALL SEASON.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has handed down his decision and it bans the New York Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez for the entire 2014 MLB season. Horowitz’ ruling actually reduced A-Rod’s suspension from 211 games to 162; however, it is still the longest penalty ever for a drug violation. The 162 game ban plus any post-season games in 2014 of the 14-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player is a 100% endorsement of Major League Baseball’s accusations that Rodriguez scored an array of PEDs from Biogenesis.
Alex Rodriguez get hit by pitch by Ryan Dempster of Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park as the crowd boos A-ROD and then cheers after he is hit … A-ROD’s a CHEATER!!!
Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who handed down a 162-game ban to the New York Yankees third baseman for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.
The suspension also includes all potential playoff games in 2014.
Horowitz’s ruling upholds a good portion of the original 211-game suspension levied by MLB, which banned Rodriguez in August after concluding its investigation. Rodriguez continued playing after appealing the decision.
“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.
“This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety of defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review. I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. (more)
UPDATE I: MLB statement on A-Rod arbitration ruling.
“For more than five decades, the arbitration process under the Basic Agreement has been a fair and effective mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting player rights. While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
Teenage Girl at the Center of the Maryville, Mo. Rape Case Daisy Coleman Hospitalized after Suicide Attempt … Cyber-Bullied to Commit Suicide (Update: No Rape Charges for Matt Barnett)
More cyber-bullying leads to attempted suicide of Maryville rape victim …
Daisy Coleman, the female teen at the center of the Maryville, MO rape case has been hospitalized after an overdose suicide attempt. The Missouri teenager alleged in 2012 that she and another friend were sexual assaulted at a house party when they were ages 14 and 13. The firestorm and cyber-bullying that ensued was enormous. The case gained national attention and the “hacktivist” group Anonymous came to her aid and mounted a call for action in the case as it appeared it was being glossed over. The 16 year old girl is now at the Kansas City children’s psychiatric hospital after ingesting an unidentified amount of pills Sunday evening. The news of Daisy’s attempted suicide was released by her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a Facebook post.
A Maryville Mo., teenager, who has been at the center of a rape case which made national headlines, was in a Kansas City hospital on Monday night after attempting to take her own life.
Daisy Coleman is the teen who claimed to have been raped by two high school students when she was 14 years old. Her family has accused prosecutors of dismissing her claims.
The rape accusations made by Daisy and her family subjected them to harassment from several Maryville community members, including both parents and students. The case eventually caught national attention.
Melinda Coleman also begged cyber ‘hacktivist’ organization Anonymous, which showed support for her daughter late last year when the story was in the headlines, not to abandon the case after she said they failed to follow up on any of her leads.
‘Where is anonymous now?’ Dr Coleman wrote on Facebook Monday. ‘My daughter has been terrorized to the point she tried to kill herself last night. She may never be ok. Where are you and your super hacking skills and internet help now…….we really need them.’
Coleman was 14 in January of 2012, when the 17-year-old son of Republican state representative plied her and a 13-year-old friend with alcohol and then had sex with the semi-conscious girls. The assailant, Matthew Barnett, recorded the alleged assault on his phone, then left Coleman unconscious on her family’s frozen front lawn in Maryville, Missouri.
Barnett was arrested and charged in the case and confessed to police that he and his high school football teammates had sexual relations with the girls. He maintained that the girls were intoxicated, but awake, and that the sex and taping were consensual. Weeks after his arrest, all charges against Barnett were dismissed.
The Kansas City Star: Daisy Coleman, teen at center of Maryville sexual assault case, is recovering after suicide attempt.
The case centered on a January 2012 house party in which Daisy Coleman and a friend — ages 14 and 13 at the time — alleged they were sexually assaulted at the home of Matthew Barnett, then a 17-year-old Maryville High senior and the grandson of a former state representative.
Barnett was arrested on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the latter for allegedly leaving Coleman incapacitated by alcohol and barefoot in her yard in 30-degree temperatures.
Also, 17-year-old Jordan Zech was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, which involved using a friend’s cellphone to film a portion of the encounter between Coleman and Barnett. (The case of a 15-year-old boy, who admitted having intercourse with the younger girl despite her repeated refusals, was handled in juvenile court.)
Two months later, however, Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped the felony charges against the two older youths, citing a lack of evidence and, later, a lack of cooperation on the part of the alleged victims’ families.
Currently the alleged rape case is being reviewed by a special prosecutor after initial charges against boys were dropped.
A special prosecutor appointed in a controversial case of an alleged rape in Maryville, Missouri, promised on Monday to review the case “without fear and without favor.”
“I know that this case has raised a variety of concerns in northwest Missouri, so please know this: This case will be thoroughly reviewed,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
“I can also assure you that politics, connections or any other reason you can think of will not play a role in our review of this case. It will be the evidence, as it is in every case that we review,” she said.
A judge appointed Baker as special prosecutor days after a different prosecutor, who dropped charges, said he’d request the move.
UPDATE I: Dead rabbits have been dumped in Paige Parkhurst’s family car as fellow Maryville rape victim Daisy Coleman attempts suicide
UPDATE II: No Rape Charges for Suspect in Daisy Coleman Rape case … pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment. (bumped from 1/8/14 – 5:48 am)
A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.
The charge against 19-year-old Matt Barnett was filed in Nodaway County Court in Maryville. He is scheduled to be arraigned later Thursday. His lawyer, J.R. Hobbs, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
Two years probation and no jail time?
A Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a highly publicized sex assault case involving a teenage girl, a prosecutor said.
Matthew Barnett, 19, was sentenced to two years’ probation.
Prosecutors said Barnett, then 17, gave alcohol to his victim, Daisy Coleman, until she was impaired, and left her outside her home in temperatures below freezing during the early morning hours of January 8, 2012.
COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH …
According to accounts, state retail sales of recreational, legal pot were over $5 million in the first week. Of course some of these sales represents a first time roll-out buying of pot and one would think, or at least hope this is not a consistent amount of sales. Colorado, the first state to allow retail recreational marijuana sales to adults age 21 and older. Colorado is projecting about $600 million in combined wholesale and retail marijuana sales annually and here lies the rub, they expect to collect nearly $70 million in tax revenue.
But what is the real cost here? Are states willing to look the other way with any moral or social issues in order to bring in tax revenue? PJ Media asks an important question, Will Colorado Regret Legalizing Marijuana? It is rather amazing and sad the direction our country is taking. The American people are presented with so many rules and regulations as to what they can and cannot buy. Some how we are no longer allowed to buy an incandescent light bulb and we are made to feel like lepers for buying large sodas … but pot is legal.
Colorado, the first state to allow retail recreational marijuana sales to adults age 21 and older, has projected nearly $600 million in combined wholesale and retail marijuana sales annually. The state, which expects to collect nearly $70 million in tax revenue from pot sales this year, won’t have its first official glimpse at sales figures until Feb. 20, when businesses are required to file January tax reports, according to Julie Postlethwait of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division.
Denver’s 9News was first to report statewide retail sales on New Year’s Day, the first day legal pot shops were allowed to operate, exceeded $1 million. Interest dropped in the days that followed, according to shop owners, but many reported customers still waiting in lines out the door.
Define stupid, attempting to rob a gun shop …
Two black male teens dressed in female Muslim burqas tried to rob Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County, PA. as the two teens, age 15 and 17, tried to hold ho the store, the owner of the gun shop, Joe Galiano, chose one of the many weapons at his disposal and fired his .45-caliber hand gun at the assailants. Neither was struck, but the two ran from the store. The two teens were later found by police and arrested. They have been charged with robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment and drug possession.
15 year-old Isaiah Nelson & 17 year-old Sean Wooden
Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip. Can’t miss it.
And the police station is just around the corner from the shop.
Despite these conspicuous crime deterrents, two teenagers nonetheless decided to throw on burqas and pull a silver handgun on Galiano about 1:40 p.m. yesterday in a botched attempt to stick him up, police said.
“They had the whole-body Muslim garb,” Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. “They came in with the gun and pointed it for a holdup.”
Galiano, faced with the incongruous image of a male dressed in female Muslim garb waving a gun around, decided to make use of one of the many firearms at his disposal.
Investigators detained both suspects, who now face multiple charges including robbery and simple assault.
Officers recovered the handgun used in the robbery from the floor of the bus and other pieces of evidence, including the Muslim clothing and a backpack with duck tape, were found between the crime scene and the trolley stop, according to police.
Jihad Watch makes a very important point regarding the perps using Muslim garb to hide their identities, but in today’s PC world we are more worried about offending individuals than protecting citizens with common sense laws.
Clearly the burqa and the niqab are threats to public safety, as anyone can wear one and conceal his identity while committing a crime. But to ban them would be “Islamophobic.
The Crack Smoking Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford to file Mayoral Re-Election Papers Today … Slogan: Put That in your Crack Pipe & Smoke It!!! (Update: It’s Official Ford Registers to Run, Crack is Back)
Rob Ford’s new reelection campaign slogan: “I’m running again … Put that in Your Crack Pipe and Smoke It!!!”
According to the CBC News, Rob Ford, the crack smoking, often inebriated, sometimes threatening Mayor of Toronto is filing his papers to register for reelection to his current office. Toronto voters do not go to the ballot box for another 10 months, which means 10 more months of bizarre antics from Ford. Although he would be hard pressed to be more bizarre than his antics in 2013 where he admitted to smoking crack, admitted to be often in drunken stupors, ran over female politicians, went on a “F” bomb laced rant as to how he would harm individuals and then the, well, um, the comments to the press that he gets enough pu**y at home. Let the games, or should we say circus begin. You know this is going to be one of the most followed campaigns in the US.
Political Reelection Campaign Slogan: Put That in your Crack Pipe & Smoke It!!!
Just how will his politcal ads end … I’m Rob Ford and I
approve smoked this ad?
Rob Ford’s chief of staff says the Toronto mayor, who is coming off a year of one controversy after another, will file papers today registering him as a candidate in October’s municipal election.
Jan. 2 is the first day candidates can file nomination papers with the city clerk’s office for the Oct. 27 vote.
If Ford files his papers Thursday as expected, he will be the first to officially register. So far, only Coun. Karen Stintz and former budget chief David Soknacki have said they will run.
Who knows how Rob Ford will do, he actually has better polling numbers than Barack Obama.
Rob Ford says his record speaks for itself. It certainly does, eh.
UPDATE I: It’s Official … Rob Ford Registers to Run for Mayor … claims he is best Toronto mayor ‘ever’ !!!
Rob Ford wants to frame the mayoral election as a referendum on his fiscal management. And he doesn’t want to talk about his conduct.
As he had promised, Ford was the first candidate to register for the 2014 race. Immediately after he filed his nomination papers at city hall Thursday morning, he revealed his early communications strategy: a relentless focus on money matters, a refusal to address questions about his behaviour while in office.
“I’ve got the strongest track record. I’ve been the best mayor that this city’s ever had. My record speaks for itself,” he told reporters at city hall.
Another ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Turns Up at Mexico Shootout Scene … “Weapons from the Operation would Likely continue to turn up at Crime Scenes”
Remember this Barack Obama – Eric Holder scandal …
As Yogi Berra used to say,”It looks like it is deja vu all over again.” Another gun from the failed Obama/Holder ‘Fast & Furious’ gun-walking fiasco has turned up at a shootout between Mexican authorities and a Mexican drug cartel gunman. According to accounts, at least one AK-47 found at the scene could be tracked back to ‘Fast & Furious’. Isn’t this special, the ATF has acknowledged that more guns from this poorly conceived plan could continue to turn up at future crime scenes. Guns from this disastrous operation will be turning up for years to come, yet no one in the administration has yet been held accountable.
A gun from the failed U.S. operation known as “Fast and Furious” turned up at the scene of a shootout between Mexican authorities and alleged cartel gunmen last month, according to CNN.
U.S. officials told CNN at least one AK-47-style gun that could be traced back to the failed gun-walking scheme was found at the scene.
The ATF acknowledged that weapons from the operation would likely continue to turn up at crime scenes.
“ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated,” the bureau said in a statement to CNN.
“And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes,” it added.
“ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”
12 Year Old Illegal Immigrant Arrested for Attempting to Smuggling 80 Pounds of Marijuana from Mexico into Texas … Just More DREAM’ers
Yup, they only want to do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do, make their lives better and especially the innocent children, they just want an American education …
Hmm, one would think that this story may want people to rethink amnesty. The US Border Patrol arrested six Mexicans, two adults, two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and the 12-year-old … all illegal immigrants attempting to smuggle marijuana into the United States. In all, they had 300 pounds of pot as the 12 year old
mule boy was carrying the heaviest load at 80 pounds. All were returned to Mexico. It would appear that this would add credence to US Rep; Steve King’s assertion that more illegals are drug smugglers than valedictorians.
The U.S. Border Patrol earlier this month arrested a 12-year-old illegal immigrant smuggling 80 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into Texas, reigniting a debate over controversial comments made by a Republican congressman earlier this year about children’s involvement in the cross-border drug trade.
Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has called for a crackdown on illegal immigration, had said there were more young illegal immigrants smuggling drugs than there were ones who were valedictorians of their classes in U.S. high schools.
In the Texas incident earlier this month, Border Patrol agents arrested six Mexicans — two adults, two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and the 12-year-old — smuggling more than 300 pounds of marijuana.
“They were carrying the marijuana on their backs and when arrested it was discovered that the 12-year-old boy had the heaviest load at 80 pounds,” the Border Patrol said in a statement describing the arrest.
The adults and one of the 17-year-old children were held after the early December incident, but the others — including the 12-year-old — were returned to Mexico, the Border Patrol said.
All returned to Mexico, why didn’t Obama and the Democrats provide them amnesty? There was no mention if any of the illegals caught and arrested were “white” Hispanics.