This 80 Year Old Ballroom Dancer Has Everyone Yawning. And Then Something Incredible Happens And Leaves Everyone In Shock.
Published on Apr 12, 2014
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Simon’s not strictly in the mood for ballroom, but Paddy & Nico have much more in store than first appearances suggest. Watch the energy-shift in this electric pairing’s performance.”
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” Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver’s seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say “wow” in Russian.”
Here is another view of the latest meteor from Murmansk
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” Democrats are finding that their path to keeping control of the U.S. Senate this year is getting bumpier.
At least four states where Democrats hold Senate seats that once were seen as fairly safe are now considered in play: Michigan, Iowa, Colorado and New Hampshire.
They join seven states with Democratic incumbents where analysts see decent bets for Republican pickups: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried all seven in 2012.
The new four are now battlegrounds for the same reasons that plague Democrats elsewhere. The Affordable Care Act is detested in many circles. Anyone associated with Washington is often toxic. And popular Republicans who are running for other offices are often on the ballot.”
Watch Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal Narrowly Avoid A Train During A Railway Safety Press Conference
” Actions may speak louder than words, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal took that mentality to the extreme on Friday.
The Connecticut Democrat was standing behind Milford Mayor Ben Blake on the town’s Metro-North station platform as the two held a press conference on railway safety. Complete with easels and charts, Blake was laying out the MTA’s safety violations, which total 139 over the last 10 years, worth $552,000 in fines.
” Safety, as you know, is paramount,” Blake said — and then this happened.”
” The suicide rates for U.S. military members who serve in special forces, like the Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers, have hit all-time highs, said Adm. William McRaven, the head of Special Operations Command.
The rate’s been high for two years, he said, Newsmax reported.
“ And this year, I am afraid, we are on path to break that,” he went on at a conference in Tampa. “My soldiers have been fighting now for 12, 13 years in hard combat — hard combat — and anybody that has spent any time in this war has been changed by it. It’s that simple.”
” It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
” It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.” “
” Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.
” What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.
Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.
“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls.”
” According to DailyMail, “Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation… Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem.”
The students are worried Michelle’s speech would overshadow their accomplishments and also limit the seating for their friends and family. But see, what these high schoolers fail to realize is that EVERYTHING is about the Obamas. That’s why the President tweeted a picture of himself to celebrate the anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus. That’s why the President’s gift to Queen Elizabeth was an ipod pre-loaded with his speeches and photos of his inauguration. That’s why the President spent a three-day government shutdown posing for a portrait. That’s why Michelle goes on her constant vacations and hosts extravagant dinners on the taxpayer’s dime. That’s why the President showed up 30 minutes late and alone to dinner with Putin and other world leaders to discuss Syria. That’s why the President took a “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. That’s why the President went to Vegas on the day when news broke about the attack in Benghazi. The list is unending. They aren’t leaders. They’re narcissists.”
Read more at Young Conservatives
According to The Blaze the number of signatories have climbed to 1750
” This is from the Reddit user Saabn. If his teacher is anything like the 98% of liberal teachers out there, I bet they were none to happy with this project. I would give him an A+! “
See the rest at The Minority Report
” Following a second mass shooting at Fort Hood, at least one lawmaker thinks a bill currently under consideration will ensure the safety of American communities by requiring the estimated 2.6 million unstable veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to tell their neighbors of their combat service.
The Fortify & Unite Communities to Keep Veterans’ External Threats Secure Act (H.R. 1874) which was introduced on Tuesday, would require military veterans to register with the Department of Homeland Security and periodically “check-in” with a case officer, in addition to going door-to-door in their neighborhood to notify people nearby that they are a powder keg of post traumatic stress, alcoholism, murder, and hate just waiting to blow.
“ We really feel that we can drastically minimize the damage to some communities, especially those in troubled ‘PTSD hotspots‘ that have become a haven for these psychopathic troops,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who sponsored the legislation. “We are so thankful for their service, and now they can continue to serve on veterans probation.” “
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Colin And Brad Hunt Crocs
Uploaded on Jun 5, 2009
” Colin and Brad prepare to hunt crocodiles with an improvised cup of cappuccino. For a night of fully improvised comedy and mayhem don’t miss An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood.”
Remembering Ambassador Chris Stevens On His Birthday
Published on Apr 18, 2014
” April 18, 1960 – September 12, 2012 We will never forget you Chris.”
” Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.”
Today In The Past
295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
850 - Guntherus becomes bishop of Cologne
1139 - 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1505 - Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1551 - John Dudley becomes English Earl Marshal
1657 - Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1689 - The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry.
1702 - Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
1770 - Capt Cook arrives in New South Wales
1775 - British begin siege of Boston
1777 - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
1792 - France declares war on Austria, Prussia & Sardinia
1809 - Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1828 - René Caillié is first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou.
1836 - Territory of Wisconsin created
1853 - Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad
1861 - Battle of Norfolk, VA
1861 - Colonel Robert E Lee resigns from Union army
1862 - The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
1879 - 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1894 - 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase
1902 - Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis
1910 - Halley’s Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
1912 - Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
1914 - 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo
1916 - German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
1918 - Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
1919 - Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
1920 - 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
1920 - Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1934 - Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector Prussian secret state police
1945 - US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg
1945 - US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
1951 - Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1961 - American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
1962 - New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
1962 - OAS-leader ex-general Salan arrested in Algiers
1964 - 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
1965 - People’s Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1967 - NY Met Tom Seaver’s 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1
1967 - US Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
1967 - US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War
1968 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada’s PM
1968 - English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
1970 - Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
1971 - US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
1972 - Apollo 16′s Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
1976 - George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
1977 - Supreme Court rules “Live Free or Die” may be covered on NH licenses
1980 - Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
1981 - Final performance of TV show “Soap” airs
1983 - Pres Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
1984 - Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
1985 - Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
1987 - Sri Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead
1988 - US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
1990 - Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income
1991 - Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
1992 - All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium
1993 - Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
1994 - Danny Harold Rolling, sentenced to death in Florida, for killing 5
1994 - Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
1997 - Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
1997 - Mark McGwire, is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)
1998 - German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
1999 - Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.
2004 - In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
2007 - Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2008 - Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
2010 - Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico.
2012 - 40 people are killed and 27 injured after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in Alamo, Mexico
702 - Jafar Sadiq, Muslim scholar (d. 765)
1442 - Edward IV, King (England, 1461-83)
1494 - John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister
1586 - Saint Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (d. 1617)
1592 - John Eliot, St Germans Cornwall, English MP/author
1633 - Emperor Go-Komyo of Japan (d. 1654)
1646 - Charles Plumier, French botanist (d. 1704)
1723 - Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (d. 1781)
1726 - Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian earl/general/cartographer
1745 - Philippe Pinel, physician, founder of psychiatry
1808 - Louis-Napoleon (Napoleon III), emperor of France (1852-71)
1809 - John Smith Preston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1881
1818 - Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
1824 - Alfred Holt Colquitt, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1894
1827 - John Gibbon, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1896
1850 - Daniel Chester, French/American sculptor (Minute Man)
1860 - Charles Gordon Curtis, US attorney/inventor (Curtis Turbine)
1882 - Holland Smith, U.S. General (d. 1967)
1884 - Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1966)
1889 - Adolph Hitler, Braunau, Austria, dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45)
1893 - Harold Lloyd, Burchard Neb, silent comic (Why Worry, Safety Last)
1893 - Edna Parker, American supercentenarian
1893 - Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1983)
1896 - Senor Wences, ventriloquist (Close the Door)
1910 - Robert F Wagner, (Mayor-D-NYC, 1954-65) [or May 15]
1919 - Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (d. 1943)
1920 - John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
1920 - Ronald Speirs, WWII Veteran (d. 2007)
1923 - Tito Puente, Puerto Rico, bandleader (Dance Mania)
1924 - Nina Foch, Leiden Netherlands, actress (American in Paris)
1927 - Karl Muller, Switzerland, superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
1928 - Gerald S. Hawkins, English astronomer (d. 2003)
1938 - Bernard Malivoire, France, cox pair (Olympic-gold-1952)
1938 - Betty Cuthbert, Australia 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic-gold-1956, 64)
1938 - Johnny Tillotson, Jacksonville Fla, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion)
1941 - Joni Evans, NYC, publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House)
1943 - Edie Sedgwick, Santa Barbara CA, actor (Ciao Manhattan)
1943 - Ian Watson, UK, sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon)
1945 - Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
1946 - Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver (d. 1982)
1947 - Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author
1948 - Craig Frost, keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)
1949 - Jessica Lange, Cloquet Minnesota, actress (King Kong, Tootsie)
1949 - Veronica Cartwright, American actress
1951 - Luther Vandross, NYC, rock vocalist (Dance with my Father), (d. 2005)
1952 - Tamara Sergeyevna Zakharova, Russian cosmonaut
1961 - Don “Hitman” Mattingly, Indiana, 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985)
1963 - Brett Edward Garsed, Victoria Australia, heavy metal artist (Nelson)
1963 - Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver
1963 - Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist
1964 - Andy Serkis, English actor
1965 - Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver
1966 - David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
1967 - Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater)
1968 - LeShundra Nathan, Birmingham Ala, heptathlete
1970 - Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer
1972 - Carmen Electra [Tara Leigh Patrick], Sharonville, Ohio, American model and actress (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans)
1974 - Ben[jamin] Lincoln Holbrook, Hartland Wis, rower (Olympics-1996)
1976 - Lenka Nemeckova, Brno Czech, tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO)
1977 - Lisa Ervin, figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992)
1977 - Johnny “The Bull” Stamboli, professional wrestler
1984 - Tyson Griffin, American mixed martial artist
1164 - Victor IV, [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), dies
1176 - Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English soldier (b. 1130)
1314 - Clement V, [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) move papacy to Avignon, dies
1317 - Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint, dies
1521 - Zhengde, Emperor of China (b. 1491)
1534 - Elizabeth Barton, [St Magd van Kent], British prophet, dies
1558 - Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
1632 - Nicolas Antione, converted to Judiasm, burned at the stake
1703 - Lancelot Addison, English royal chaplain (b. 1632)
1765 - Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials (b. 1674)
1769 - Pontiac, indian chief to Ottawa, murdered
1812 - George Clinton, 4th US VP, dies at 73 1st VP to, die in office
1821 - Franz K Achard, German physicist/chemist, dies at 67
1836 - Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal, dies at 75
1906 - Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
1912 - Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies at 64
1932 - Giuseppe Peano, mathematician, dies
1962 - Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
1974 - Agnes Moorehead, actress (Endora-Bewitched), dies at 67
1977 - Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
1982 - Archibald MacLeish, US, lawyer/writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
1984 - Mabel Mercer, English/US singer (Fly me to the moon), dies at 84
1991 - Don[ald] Siegel, US director (Coogan’s Bluff/Dirty Harry), dies at 78
1991 - Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
1993 - Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Pepe), dies at 81
1996 - Christopher Robin Milne, bookseller, dies at 75
1996 - Tran Van Tra, soldier, dies at 77
1999 - Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
1999 - Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
1999 - Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist and comedian (b. 1896)
2003 - Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
2003 - Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
2007 - Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
2011 - Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
2011 - Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
” A new poll shows former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s (D) numbers hitting their lowest point in six years.
Meanwhile, it finds that the Republican Party is experiencing something of a renaissance.
The Fox News poll, from Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research and GOP pollster Shaw & Company, shows Clinton’s favorable rating dropping to 49 percent, compared to 45 percent unfavorable.
The last time her numbers were in that ballpark was during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race. After she ended her campaign, her favorable/unfavorable split was 47/46.
Other polls have shown Clinton’s numbers — which were stellar during her time as secretary of state — steadily dropping since she left her post last year.
The more surprising part of the Fox poll, though, might be how people view the Republican Party. It shows Americans are now evenly split — 45 percent to 45 percent — on the GOP. As recently as October, the same poll showed just 30 percent of Americans viewed the GOP favorably, compared to 63 percent unfavorable.”
” President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.
Yet on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.
But from there, the story surrounding the plane, and why it was in Iran — where all but a few United States and European business activities are prohibited — grows more mysterious.
While federal aviation records show the plane is held in a trust by the Bank of Utah, Brett King, one of its executives in Salt Lake City, said, “We have no idea why that plane was at that airport.”
He said that the Bank of Utah acted as a trustee for investors who have a financial stake in the plane and that the bank was investigating further.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it had no information about the investors in the aircraft or who was operating it. Officials waiting at the gangway at Mehrabad Airport said only that the aircraft was “V.I.P.”
The Bank of Utah is listed as a trustee for 1,169 aircraft, ranging from Boeing 747s to single-engine Cessnas, according to a review by The New York Times of the database. The Bank of Utah acts as a trustee for more planes than just about any other bank, the review shows.”
” Just days after the U.S. Department of Justice announced the results of an investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department, three members of the Police Oversight Commission are quitting.
In their resignation letters to Mayor Richard Berry, Richard Shine, Jennifer Barela and Jonathan Siegel said they’re resigning because the civilian commission has no teeth.
“ The city attorney’s office addressed the POC on April 10, 2014, and stated that we have no power to decide against the APD Chief or against the independent review officer’s findings regarding citizens’ complaints,” reads Siegel’s letter. “I cannot continue to pretend or deceive the members of our community into believing that our city has any real civilian oversight.” “
KOAT has the details
” Since its inception in the sixth century, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster has endured unreliable sightings, doctored photos and faked footprints, but a mysterious satellite image has given fresh hope to believers of the elusive Scottish sea creature.
The image, taken by an Apple map satellite, depicts a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length with something akin to flippers in the water of the Loch Ness.”
” We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is,” Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, told the Daily Mail.
” It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.”
” After studying the image for six months, and with apparently no other obvious explanation, the Club has concluded that shadow is probably the Loch Ness Monster.”
The Telegraph has more
Ean Bordeaux, a Little Rock police-corruption blogger (and hot dog vendor) was the victim of an arson attack this morning at his home at 1510 of Bragg street in Little Rock (just south of Macarthur park).
According to Ean, he awoke at 4:00 am to the sound of his dogs barking. Looking at his security monitors, he saw that his hot dog cart in his yard was on fire. He rushed down to put out the flames which were now lapping against his house and threatening his cart’s propane tank. Ean burned his hands putting out the fire, and immediately called the police. Fifteen minutes later, watching his video monitor while waiting for police to arrive, he saw a man approach the cart (apparently for a second time). The unidentified man then began squirting lighter fluid onto the cart. Ean ran down the stairs and confronted the man, who then ran. He noticed that the man was wearing a hat and a mask. Ean chased down and tackled him. The masked man landed face-first onto the pavement, and they both then laid there catching their breath. Ean claims that he didn’t strike the man, but since he feared the man might have a weapon, he continued to hold the suspect down until police arrived. The masked man died shortly thereafter.
The masked man turned out to be ex-LRPD police officer Todd Payne, who had been a subject of Ean’s blog investigation at Corruption Sucks. Ean claims that Todd had been harassing him for some time due to his posts and that he and Todd had worked in close contact for several years in the River Market area. (Ean’s hot dog cart was on a corner in Todd’s Rivermarket beat).”
Read more at Forbidden Hillcrest
” Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch.
They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces.
“ Law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier,” journalist Radley Balko writes in his 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop. “The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop — armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”
The proliferation of paramilitary federal SWAT teams inevitably brings abuses that have nothing to do with either drugs or terrorism. Many of the raids they conduct are against harmless, often innocent, Americans who typically are accused of non-violent civil or administrative violations.
Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn’t been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud.”
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” A car thief was forced to pull over after a couple miles in the stolen vehicle because twin boys, age 7, who were in the car attacked him, police said.
“ One of the boys was punching the man in the face; the other was hitting him with a rubber snake,” Sgt. Javier Salazar of the San Antonio Police Department told ABC News.
The car was swiped from in front of the home of Lucia Lozada Thursday as the mother was standing just feet from the vehicle. Her twin sons and a 1-year-old were buckled into the car as the family readied to go to church. The father had gone back into the house to get the baby a bottle.
“ Lucia saw the man before he took the car,” said Herminia Segovia, the children’s grandmother. “She recognized him from around the neighborhood and even waved to him. Before she could do anything he jumped into the car and drove away.” “
ABC News has more
” In a bizarre case, doctors of a city hospital found 12 gold biscuits each weighing 33g inside the abdomen of a 63-year-old businessman.
The businessman had come to the hospital for surgery, stating that he had swallowed a water bottle cap and wanted to get it out of his body.
“ He approached us on April 7 seeking surgery to remove a water bottle cap which he claimed he had accidentally swallowed. We got an X-ray done and it didn’t appear to be a cap. As the gold bars got stacked one behind the other it appeared to be a metal,” said Dr C S Ramachandran, senior consulting surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram hospital.
A team of doctors operated upon him on Apr 9 to get through the abdominal cavity and remove the foreign metal. “We were shocked to find not one but 12 gold biscuits in his abdomen. When we asked him he was not ready to speak. We immediately sealed them in a container and handed it over to the medical superintendent,” said Dr Ramachandran adding that the patient was discharged on Apr 15.”