Over Disgusting Baltimore Prison-Gang Union Scandal
Fox’s Jesse Watters went to Maryland to investigate a major scandal in the Baltimore jail system.
Watters interviewed a former inmate who highlighted the major flaws in Maryland prisons, including the extensive transport of drugs and weapons throughout the corrupt jail system.
Watters then confronted Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley about the controversy and asked if he was holding anyone accountable for the scandal. Watters highlighted that the Governor’s policies have created a passive environment that allows for corruption in prisons.
Jesse then caught up with Gary Maynard, the Maryland Secretary of Correctional Services, and questioned if he would resign over the scandal. Maynard said he would not.
World Wrestling Entertainment star Glenn Jacobs, known to fans by his stage-name Kane, is reportedly weighing a primary challenge against Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).
According to libertarian magazine Reason, sources close to the athlete have indicated he’s “open to the possibility” of entering the political ring against Alexander.
Jacobs, who currently resides in Knoxville, Tenn., has been moderately active in libertarian politics, acting as an outspoken opponent of an Internet sales tax and endorsing Ron Paul during the 2008 election.
In a recent letter, Jacobs described the Internet sales tax legislation— which Alexander supports — as the “Fraudulent Marketplace Fairness Act.”
The WWE website lists Jacobs, aka Kane, as 7 feet tall and 323 pounds. He has been a WWE champion and WWE tag team champion, and his signature move is the “chokeslam.”
His promise to bring the perpetrators to justice rings more hollow as time passes.
By Michelle Malkin
On September 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to “bring to justice” the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On October 26, 2012, Obama said his “biggest priority” was bringing the “folks” in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to “justice.” Tick, tock, tick, tock.
While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP’s “obsession” with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama continues to ply his emptiest talking point. On May 13, 2013, more than eight months after the bloody disaster, Obama snippily reminded reporters that he had told us all back in September that “we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime.”
Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Justice delayed is justice denied.
A little more “obsession” from this administration with hunting down the jihadist killers would be a good thing. How about a little more anger directed at the perpetrators and a little less rage aimed at the conservative press? Nah. Team Obama seems more singularly focused on blaming its opponents, smearing whistleblowers, and deriding those who are trying to hold the president to his words, words, words.
Perhaps with their newfound skepticism toward the lying liars of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the former lapdogs of the White House press corps will start asking questions like this: Where the hell is Sufyan Ben Qumu, also known as Abu Sufian bin Qumu?
Qumu, a suspected Libyan Islamic Fighting Group militant with ties to the financiers of the 9/11/01 attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay for six years. The Bush administration foolishly handed him over to the Qaddafi regime on the promise that he would remain imprisoned. In 2010, Qumu was granted amnesty and released. MORE
I can finally see! Michelle Obama debuts a new longer hairdo with ‘irritating bangs’ swept to the side
Michelle Obama, who admitted last month that her bangs were ‘getting a little irritating,’ seems to have finally had enough of her five-month old haircut.
The First Lady debuted her new longer ‘do on Friday during her commencement address at Bowie State University.
Her bangs, which she cut for her 49th birthday in January because of a ‘midlife crisis,’ were grown out and parted to the side with her wavy hair slightly longer, touching her shoulders.
‘This is my midlife crisis, the bangs. I couldn’t get a sports car,’ she told talk show host Rachael Ray at the time. ‘They won’t let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.’But she recently admitted that she was already tired of the bangs, which she cut just in time for the President’s inauguration.
The First Lady said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight last month: ‘Bangs are a day-by-day proposition. They’re starting to grow out, get a little irritating.’
The first indication that her hairstyle was becoming a burden came in April, when Malia, 14, was spotted adjusting her mother’s hair during the White House Easter Egg Roll.
You consider yourself a law abiding citizen, and you are not starting a nonprofit organization with conservative ties.
Even so, you may be a candidate for a tax audit—and you may have no clue what you have done to warrant the attention of the IRS.
The nation’s tax collectors have long made it a practice to look for discrepancies, omissions and suspicious activity to uncover tax evasion and fraud. And lately, the IRS has expanded its monitoring to include social media.
The agency now keeps an eye out for online discussions about nonpayment or underpayment of taxes, and even sale prices of goods on sites like eBay that don’t match what taxpayers report.
In a world where companies like Amazon can keep tabs on consumers’ online activities, the shift by the IRS is reasonable, says Edward Zelinsky, a law professor at Cardozo Law School. “This was always known to people in the tax community that the IRS, like everybody else in the 21st century, was monitoring online.”
But Zelinsky is just one expert concerned about the lack of transparency around the IRS’ practices. The agency “is so secretive about what is going on that that really erodes public confidence,” he said. MORE
Detroit’s pension boards pay $22K to send 4 trustees to Hawaii
Four trustees of Detroit’s two public pension funds are heading to a Hawaiian beach resort this weekend with their $22,000 tab paid for by the funds, which are mired in claims of mismanagement and said to be at least $600 million underfunded.
Trustees say the conference provides the education they need to manage complex investments for the funds’ retirees and beneficiaries. But other major public pension systems, including the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions, avoided sending their officials to Hawaii because of concerns the exotic locale sends the wrong message at a time when pensions nationwide are contemplating or implementing reduced benefits to cope with rising retirement costs and shaky investment returns.
Records obtained by the Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the expenses cover airfare — including a first-class flight for one trustee — lodging at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, registration fees, meals and a per diem for miscellaneous expenses.
The city’s two public pension funds — the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System — each are sending two trustees to the six-day National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) conference, which starts Saturday. The retirement systems, which are funded by contributions from workers and the city, have combined assets valued at more than $5 billion and provide benefits to about 20,000 retirees and beneficiaries.
Stanford University professor Joe Nation, who specializes in public employee pensions, criticized the trip.
“Trustees don’t need to go to Waikiki to learn about best practices,” he told the Free Press. “Everyone knows they go there and they don’t work very hard. That’s just the nature of it.”
Amid scandals, White House announces star-studded concert in East Room
Amid sequester and scandal in Washington, the White House announced Friday that the president and first lady will be hosting another concert as part of their “In Performance at the White House” later this month.
The event will be held in the East Room of the White House and honor singer and song writer Carole King, who will be awarded the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. King will be the first woman to receive the award, the White House noted in their announcement.
The program — to be streamed on the White House website and broadcast on PBS stations the evening of May 28 — will also feature performances by Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood and King herself.
In 2002, Carole King sang “You’ve Got a Friend” for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro at a warming-relations dinner in Havana.
“The Gershwin Prize commemorates George and Ira Gershwin, the legendary American songwriting team whose extensive manuscript collections reside in the Library of Congress,” the press announcement explains. “The prize is awarded to musicians whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.” MORE
It’s 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.
Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest pass to Earth on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. PDT.
Scientists are not sure where this unusually large space rock, which was discovered 15 years ago, originated from. But the mysterious sooty substance on its surface could indicate it may be the result of a comet that flew too close to the sun, said Amy Mainzer, who tracks near-Earth objects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. It might also have leaked out of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.
We will know more after the asteroid zips closer to Earth and scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif., and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico can get a better look at it. Astronomers at both observatories plan to track it closely from May 30 to June 9, according to a JPL release.
At its closest approach the asteroid will still be 3.6 million miles from our planet (about 15 times the distance between the Earth and the moon), but it will be close enough for these powerful radar antennas to see features as small as 12 feet across. MORE