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My 6 year-old has influenza a:(

SallyNasty wrote:

My 6 year-old has influenza a:(

I hope she recovers soon.

Thanks Clocky:( Poor wee thing is wiped out on couch watching How to Train your Dragon and barely keeping her eyes open. 103.5 temperature this morning!

Take good care of the little one, we thought it hit us but was some other flu like bug that passed quick.

Roy Moore sent out a fundraising email to his supporters asking for money so that he can fight Leigh Corfman, the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 and he was 32, in court.

Moore has an interesting relationship with legal defense funds.

When he was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court the first time around he had to set up a legal defense fund for the court battle over him erecting a statue depicting the Ten Commandments in the Alabama State Judicial Building.

He quietly converted that legal defense fund into a non-profit, the Foundation for Moral Law, that hired him part-time. From 2007 to 2012 Moore was paid $180,000 a year by the charity, who also picked up his health insurance, paid his travel expenses, hired security for him, and also worked to secure Moore speaking engagements and promoted sales of his book.

The Foundation for Moral Law also hired two of Moore's children and Moore's wife, who was paid $195,000 from 2012 to 2015.

When donations to the charity started to dry up and it couldn't afford Moore's salary, it gave him a promissory note for $540,000 in back pay or an equal stake of the charity's most valuable asset, a historic building in Montgomery.

So is this a big deal in the sense of more purging of people who disagree with trump or just person escaping a terrible work environment?

FBI Deputy Director McCabe stepping down

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has told FBI staff he is stepping down effective Monday, sources tell CNN.

President Donald Trump, who had publicly criticized McCabe in recent months, learned about the departure Monday morning, a White House official told CNN.
He was eligible to retire in March, but with his accumulated leave, he is able to step down earlier.
McCabe became Trump's acting director of the FBI in May when Trump fired James Comey.
The President did not answer a reporter's question at the White House about McCabe's departure.

I'm going to go with the latter since he's using leave time to get out early.

Serengeti wrote:

I'm going to go with the latter since he's using leave time to get out early.

It's the standard retirement procedure for a gov job retirement to cash out your sick leave bank in order to get a few months paid time off at the end of your career. That's really non-news except for the fact hes cashing out as early as he possibly can.

2 sources are saying it wasn't his decision.... Waiting for them to print the news

Well, I can't "cash out" sick time - the only way would be to have a Dr. prescribe some time off, that just so happenes to equal my sick-leave bank.

thrawn82 wrote:
Serengeti wrote:

I'm going to go with the latter since he's using leave time to get out early.

It's the standard retirement procedure for a gov job retirement to cash out your sick leave bank in order to get a few months paid time off at the end of your career. That's really non-news except for the fact hes cashing out as early as he possibly can.

True, you can either exit early with "terminal leave", or work to your last day and get a check for the base-pay value of your accrued leave. Terminal leave is a good deal because you also continue to receive full benefits and allowances above your base pay, and you can double-dip with your next job if that gig is non-government.

However McCabe came to his decision to leave today it's definitely not hurting him financially, and I'm sure it will feel good when he stops banging his head against the wall.

Let me translate: "We're under pressure to appear less racist, but we're going to keep making money off our systemic racism."

The Baltimore Police Department is badly broken

The Atlantic wrote:

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What’s striking about the story of the city’s gun-trace task force is different, in that rather than merely offering a single case that symbolizes an unjust system, it shows how bad behavior by a small group of police can on its own affect a large number of people. In March of last year, the city suspended the decade-old unit, and eight of its nine members were charged by federal prosecutors with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspects and defrauding the city for overtime pay using fraudulent documents. Over the last week, as the Baltimore Sun’s excellent crime reporter Justin Fenton has chronicled, task-force member Maurice Ward, a detective who pleaded guilty and is now testifying against his comrades, has unspooled an amazing range of abuses.

Ward’s testimony suggests a police unit that acted as a criminal gang, but with the advantage of legal guns, badges, and the state’s monopoly on the use of force. Some of the offenses are appalling but nonviolent: Seizing money from suspects, the cops would simply pocket part of it. In one case, prosecutors played a tape in which the force opens a safe, and its leader, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, is heard instructing them not to touch anything, to give the appearance of careful propriety. In fact, Ward testified, the crew had already removed $100,000 of the $200,000 they found in the safe, then reenacted the event for the camera after splitting the first 100 grand among themselves. (Jenkins has also pleaded guilty.)

But other behavior is more shocking. The unit would find groups of men, drive toward them at high speed, and throw the doors open, to see who would run. Then they’d chase and detain those who fled—even though it’s easy to imagine anyone who had just had a car drive at them might split. According to Ward, officers might do this between 10 and 50 times a night.

Officers also sought out “dope-boy cars”—Honda Accords, Acura TLs, and others—and would pull them over for pretextual reasons like overly tinted windows or seat-belt violations. Any man over 18 carrying a book bag might be stopped as inherently suspicious. Ward also said the unit used illegal GPS trackers, and kept BB guns on hand if they needed to plant them in a pinch. He testified that Jenkins claimed to be a federal agent when seizing money.

Ward also said that Jenkins would ask suspected drug dealers who they would target if they could put together a crew to rob a drug dealer. That became a way for the task force to pick targets. The group appears to have operated on the assumption that they wouldn’t raise hackles since the victims of their criminal behavior, especially the thefts, were often drug dealers.

That doesn’t even get into the overtime fraud; that the then-lieutenant who approved the fraudulent hours as reward for seizing guns is, in a potent symbol of how institutions rot, now head of the Baltimore Police Department’s internal-affairs division, which deals with misconduct by members of the force.

As this trial goes on in federal court, another Baltimore officer was charged this week with fabricating evidence. In July, a public defender released a bodycam video made by Officer Richard Pinheiro Jr. In the video, Pinheiro flips on his bodycam, walks down an alley, and announces that he has found a baggie of pills. But the department’s bodycams are set to record 30 seconds prior to being manually turned on, and that 30 seconds showed Pinheiro first placing the pills, then leaving the alley. (His defense attorney contends he was reenacting a discovery that had already occurred but was not taped.)

Great. We’re gonna need 911 neutrality in addition to getting net neutrality back.

trichy wrote:

I can hear libertarians applauding.

Why would libertarians applaud a government monopoly using their market position to gouge customers? There's nothing libertarian about any of that.

Yeah, a true libertarian would demand that multiple, completely unregulated private police forces compete for the privilege of threatening and cajoling them into paying protection.

OG_slinger wrote:

Yeah, a true libertarian would demand that multiple, completely unregulated private police forces compete for the privilege of threatening and cajoling them into paying protection.

If you don't like your local police thugs, you can always move. Free movement of free people (who are wealthy enough or desperate enough to do such a thing).

ClockworkHouse wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

Yeah, a true libertarian would demand that multiple, completely unregulated private police forces compete for the privilege of threatening and cajoling them into paying protection.

If you don't like your local police thugs, you can always move. Free movement of free people (who are wealthy enough or desperate enough to do such a thing).

Lone Star Security, the best police force money can buy.

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At this point, an American version of Black Mirror would take a Kardashian hostage to get any member of the administration to stop f*cking a live pig.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

Yeah, a true libertarian would demand that multiple, completely unregulated private police forces compete for the privilege of threatening and cajoling them into paying protection.

If you don't like your local police thugs, you can always move. Free movement of free people (who are wealthy enough or desperate enough to do such a thing).

It doesn’t take wealth to move! What’s stopping someone from selling their house or breaking their lease and loading up the car!

/s

SOOOOOOOOO MUCH /s

Add Trey Gowdy to the retirement list:
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