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  1. Who were the victims of this "crime"? Banks loaned money for a negotiated interest rate, Trump, Inc. paid them back and the banks profited. Why the $350 million fine for a $0, victimless "crime" that will eventually be overturned? What is SF missing here except that the "ruling class" really doesn't want him as President again? https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4473988-eric-trump-slams-new-york-fraud-ruling/ Eric Trump slammed the nearly $355 million fine levied on his father, former President Trump, by New York Judge Arthur Engoron Friday in the civil fraud trial, calling it “horribly sad.” “My father built a skyline of New York City. And this is the thanks he gets for doing absolutely nothing wrong, not a dollar of financial loss? The exact opposite, hundreds of millions of dollars in financial gain,” the younger Trump said Friday evening on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle.” “Every single witness testified we have nothing to do with this. They went in, witness after witness, this is not what they did in the company. It didn’t matter to this guy. You know, we were trophies on a wall for this guy,” he added. “This is the state of New York.” Eric Trump’s rebuke of the Empire State comes hours after the former president was ordered to pay more than $355 million for conspiring to inflate and deflate his net worth to receive tax and insurance benefits. Engoron had already found Trump, and his top executives — including Eric Trump and his oldest son Donald Trump Jr., who serve as executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization — liable for fraud before the months-long trial began. The verdict is less than the $370 million that Attorney General Letitia James (D) requested. However, once interest is applied, the office said the fine could reach about $450 million. Both of Trump’s adult sons were ordered to pay more than $4 million each and barred from serving in top business roles in the state for up to two years. The former president was banned for three years. Eric Trump railed against the state’s leadership, echoing his father’s claim that the lawsuit was political from the start. “I caution anybody. I caution anybody even thinking about moving to New York to just be careful. This is not the state that my father grew up in. This is not the state that we grew up in,” he told guest host Jeanine Pirro. “This is the demise of a politically weaponized system. And it’s horribly sad.” “New York is a hopeless place at this point. It’s so sad. This judge ruled against my father before we even went to trial. He ruled against our entire family. It was a setup from the very beginning,” he added. “This was never supposed to be in that court. It was supposed to be in the commercial division. They would never allow it to get there.” The younger Trump also vowed to appeal the decision, calling it “egregious.” “I promise you we’re going to get it overturned,” he said.
  2. Maybe since some of the shooters/suspects involved in this tragic event (that MSM coverage is now being focused on the victims, not the perps) were minors, the focus can perhaps now be on the topic of how minors (who are not allowed to legally purchase the weapons apparently used here) got those weapons and who the original purchaser was. Only when the prosecution of those responsible for the distribution of weapons to minors are brought to trial and prosecuted can this lunacy begin to recede. Enforce the law(s) already in existence! Kids aren't allowed to purchase guns - How did they get em? The problem isn't the guns, it's the criminal misuse of them. FWIW - SF felt good seeing the crowd spring into action and catching that perp, and the one guy who actually said "It felt good" when he threw a punch or 2 at that dude laying on the ground. There is no easy resolution to the gun debate. It’s estimated that there are about 398 million guns in the United States, and about 397.999 million of them are kept peaceably and responsibly for home protection or sport. Maybe gun haters need to start talking to those gun owners as allies rather than enemies. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2024/02/16/chiefs-parade-gun-control-debate/ Once again, the belligerent minority ruled. A handful of querulous malefactors drew smoke from their pockets on a Kansas City sidewalk, and now it threatens to end victory parades in all 50 states. Remind me of exactly when anyone got to vote on that. Police believe the shooting that killed Lisa Lopez-Galvan and injured 22 others at the Chiefs victory parade Wednesday stemmed from “a personal dispute.” The unceasing personal grievances of the belligerent few have just about chained us to our houses, made it impossible to go to a park, a train station, a school event, without our shoulders tensely riding up around our ears from the fear of violence. Public officials have responded to the Kansas City parade shooting by wondering whether such public gatherings should be shut down. That’s exactly the wrong answer. It gives the belligerent minority a near-total tyranny over the rest of us. The occasion should have been exultant, bonding and at worst a little tipsy. But the actions of three or four dissolved a parade enjoyed by 1 million into a stampeding horror. How do we react to that going forward? Maybe there was a clue in that crowd. Didn’t you feel a twinge of something deeply gratifying — and inspiring — in the way ordinary crowd members chased down a suspected gunman and collectively smothered him? They undertook momentary personal risk and sacrifice and then found greater safety in numbers, as helper after helper piled on until the suspect disappeared under their collective weight. That’s real authority, and it didn’t come from a law or a cop. The problem with the incessant argument over guns is that it invariably dissolves into fractures as it becomes ever more personal, the endless incessant pitting of personal rights against personal rights. The fractures grow larger; the majority gets weaker; and the belligerents get stronger and more terrifying. There is no easy resolution to the gun debate. It’s estimated that there are about 398 million guns in the United States, and about 397.999 million of them are kept peaceably and responsibly for home protection or sport. Maybe gun haters need to start talking to those gun owners as allies rather than enemies. We can’t dictate what any city’s — or for that matter, any family’s — tolerance for risk should be. That just leads to an endless cycle of dispute. Northeasterners will talk past rurals, and everyone will feel challenged personally in one way or another. This was already starting Thursday. Sen. Bill Eigel, a Republican candidate for Missouri governor, posted a warning on social media about the “liberal gun grabbers” coming for your weapons. “NOT IN MISSOURI,” he wrote. No one captured this fracture better, or was a more interesting commentator on it, than the late author and columnist for Harper’s Dan Baum. Both a gun enthusiast and an advocate for gun control, Baum wrote, “Shooters see their guns as emblems of a whole spectrum of virtuous lifestyle choices — rural over urban, self-reliance over dependence on the collective, vigorous outdoorsiness over pallid intellectualism, patriotism over internationalism, action over inaction — and they hear attacks on guns as attacks on them, personally.” Personally. So perhaps the smarter conversation about how to manage public risk in this country is the one in which people put aside their personal feelings and rights for a moment, to make a couple of concessions in favor of the majority public interest. Perhaps gun haters could concede that too many anti-gun screeds push gun owners into a “defensive crouch,” to quote Baum, and that too many gun control proposals betray ignorance about specifics of actual guns. But in that conversation, perhaps gun owners could concede their gun is not a bulwark against a tyrannical government and in fact that gun recklessness is becoming a source of tyranny by the minority. Surely, both reasonably can agree that guns should be kept locked up and gun owners liable for failing to secure them, seeing as how so many gun crimes are committed with stolen ones. Reach a consensus on that, and perhaps gun owners can become allies in the matter of gun control, the way those strangers allied in the moment in Kansas City. The alternative is … what? No police force, no law, can truly enforce public safety. It has to be a mutual compact, a moral blockade. That might sound like a small miracle, but it happens every day across the country in our sports stadiums. People congregate in rivalrous hundreds of thousands every week, far outnumbering the law enforcement inside the stadiums and arenas, and typically do no worse than jeer at each other, without anarchy or arson. Underneath it all is a silent agreement. Football stadiums are miniature social compacts. No matter how aggrieved or unjustly wrong he or she may feel, everyone cooperates and abides (mostly) peaceably with each other. That’s what those ordinary runners from out of the Kansas City crowd threw down on that suspected shooter: their own compact. And in doing so, they gave the feeling that, just maybe, there can be more parades.
  3. Sorry - Couldn't help myself........Stop it - your laughing too!
  4. So who would you rather have - The "well meaning" elderly man with a poor memory, or someone competent enough to stand trial? (even if the trial is so obviously frivolous)
  5. SF just can't let this one go.......The headline was just too enticing......A guy/girl is ticked off because his/her girl/boy friend won't giver her nuts back to her/him..... “I can put a dollar amount on, say, if you were missing work at $16 an hour,” he said. “But as to testicles, I can’t really put a number on it.” She told him her surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in March 2022 cost $20,000, but noted that the state covered the charge because she’s disabled, according to the outlet. “The state paid for that, you didn’t. You’re not going to be unjustly enriched,” the judge told her. https://nypost.com/2024/02/09/news/transgender-woman-loses-bid-to-sue-ex-over-surgically-removed-nuts/ Transgender woman loses bid to sue ex for throwing out her surgically removed testicles: ‘We’re talking about my nuts’ A transgender Michigan woman who sued her ex-boyfriend for discarding her surgically removed testicles had her case tossed out by a judge — who also rejected the ex’s counterclaim for being “humiliated” by the case. Brianna Kingsley, 40, last year filed a small claims petition alleging her ex, William Wojciechowski, 37, “retains possession of my surgically extracted testicles, preserved in (a) Mason jar, kept in (the) fridge next to the eggs.” The Pontiac resident demanded the immediate return of her “human remains specimen” in her handwritten affidavit, in addition to $6,500 in damages. “We’re talking about my nuts. … I wanted them in my fridge — not his,” Kingsley told a court hearing. “The damages were the loss of these nuts.” Wojciechowski, meanwhile, said he’d already tossed out the testicles — and filed a counterclaim for the same amount, claiming he’d been “humiliated” by coverage of the nutty case by “worldwide news outlets,” the Detroit News reported. The judge noted how hard it was to calculate potential damages in the bizarre case. “I can put a dollar amount on, say, if you were missing work at $16 an hour,” he said. “But as to testicles, I can’t really put a number on it.” The judge said Kingsley had the chance to retrieve her testicles when an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy accompanied her to her former beau’s home in January 2023. At the time, Kingsley had just gotten out of jail, where she spent three days and was fined $100 for violating a personal protection order he had filed against her, the Detroit News reported. “We allow a one-time visit with a sheriff’s officer in situations like that for people to go back to get their belongings,” Bowie said. “Ms. Kingsley failed to retrieve the testicles from the refrigerator at that time. … If they were so important to her, she had the opportunity to grab them, and she didn’t,” he said during the hearing. Wojciechowski told the judge he tossed out the testicles in July. “They were rotting in my fridge, and it was disgusting — I’ve got food in there I wanted to eat,” he said. “She didn’t keep them in a biohazard container like she was supposed to.” She told him her surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in March 2022 cost $20,000, but noted that the state covered the charge because she’s disabled, according to the outlet. “The state paid for that, you didn’t. You’re not going to be unjustly enriched,” the judge told her.
  6. “At trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” the report says. Holy Shnikies - This guy is our President........ https://nypost.com/2024/02/08/news/special-counsel-robert-hur-issues-report-on-bidens-mishandling-of-classified-documents/ WASHINGTON — President Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,” special counsel Robert Hur found in a bombshell report released Thursday — though Hur recommended against criminal charges, in part because a jury might find Biden to be an “elderly man with a poor memory.” Biden, 81, flouted legal restrictions on sensitive documents throughout his 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president — stashing them in cardboard boxes in his garage in Wilmington, Del., and other locations, the 388-page report said, with photos showing Biden’s storage practices. Investigators even uncovered a recording of Biden confiding in his ghostwriter Mark Zwonitzer in April 2017 — after leaving office as vice president — that he still had official records because “I didn’t want to turn them in” — similar to former President Donald Trump, who faces 40 criminal charges and up to 450 years in prison for resisting handing over documents after leaving the White House in 2021. Zwonitzer also told Hur’s investigators that he deleted some audio files of Biden after the special counsel investigation began — and was aware of the probe when he did so. “I’m not going to say how much of the percentage it was of my motivation,” the writer said, according to the report. Material mishandled by Biden implicated the nation’s most guarded secrets, the report said, with authorities finding “information in [recovered] notebooks [that] remains classified up to the Top Secret level and includes Sensitive Compartmented Information, including from compartments used to protect information concerning human intelligence sources.” But perhaps most damangingly for the president, Hur — a former Maryland US attorney, — suggested that jurors would not hold Biden liable for his actions on account of his perceived mental decline, even though he is seeking a second four-year term in November. “At trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” the report says. When Biden sat for questions with Hur’s investigators over two days in October, he presented himself as confused on many points — though the White House has regularly maintained he is mentally fit for office despite similar public errors. Biden “did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 – when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’),” the report says. “He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died [May 2015]. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he ‘had a real difference’ of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, when, in fact, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly in his Thanksgiving [2009] memo to President Obama.” Although Biden’s lapse of memory may be useful for avoiding criminal liability, it is likely to be a serious political problem, as national polls already show large majorities of voters believe he is too old, infirm, or both to hold office.”If you’re too senile to stand trial, then you’re too senile to be president,” said Alex Pfeiffer, spokesman for the pro-Trump Make America Great Again PAC. Trump himself fumed about what he called a double standard. “THIS HAS NOW PROVEN TO BE A TWO-TIERED SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL SELECTIVE PROSECUTION!” the 77-year-old wrote on Truth Social. “The Biden Documents Case is 100 times different and more severe than mine. I did nothing wrong, and I cooperated far more. What Biden did is outrageously criminal – He had 50 years of documents, 50 times more than I had, and ‘WILLFULLY RETAINED’ them. I was covered by the Presidential Records Act, Secret Service was always around, and GSA delivered the documents. Deranged Jack Smith should drop this Case immediately. ELECTION INTERFERENCE.” Biden said in his own paper statement: “This was an exhaustive investigation going back more than 40 years, even into the 1970s when I was a young Senator. I cooperated completely, threw up no roadblocks, and sought no delays” “Over my career in public service, I have always worked to protect America’s security,” the president added. “I take these issues seriously and no one has ever questioned that.” Hur, whose report was released by Congress after the White House declined to assert privilege of any of its contents, found that classified records hoarded by Biden included documents concerning military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, as well as notebooks with handwritten entries about national security and foreign policy issues “implicating sensitive intelligence sources and methods.” According to the special counsel, Biden kept the documents to inform the writing of two memoirs published in 2007 and 2017, as well as “to document his legacy, and to cite as evidence that he was a man of presidential timber.” “In a recorded conversation with his ghostwriter in February 2017, about a month after he left office, Mr. Biden said … that he had ‘just found all the classified stuff downstairs,'” the report noted. Hur’s investigation into the 81-year-old president was notably quiet, with few leaks to the media — unlike the headline-grabbing probe of former President Donald Trump on similar grounds. When taking note of evidence that “Biden knew he could not keep classified handwritten notes at home after leaving office,” Hur highlighted the president’s reaction to the classified document ordeal engulfing his predecessor. 13 Hur reported that Biden presented himself during the interview as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Sensitive records from Biden’s vice presidency and Senate tenure were stored without proper safeguards at his residence in Wilmington and at his pre-presidency office in DC provided by the University of Pennsylvania. Hur’s investigation into the president was notably quiet, with few leaks to the media — unlike the headline-grabbing probe of Trump on similar grounds. When taking note of evidence that “Biden knew he could not keep classified handwritten notes at home after leaving office,” Hur highlighted the president’s reaction to the classified document ordeal engulfing his predecessor. “Asked about reports that former President Trump had kept classified documents at his own home, Mr. Biden wondered how ‘anyone could be that irresponsible,’” the report archly noted. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur to investigate Biden’s handling of records dating to his vice presidency and Senate years on Jan. 12 of last year — after sequential admissions of new discoveries by the White House. Biden was interviewed by investigators in October — roughly a year after he chided Trump as “irresponsible” for retaining classified documents. Biden’s lawyers said they initially found classified documents on Nov. 2 while clearing out his former office at the Penn Biden Center near Capitol Hill. The discovery, six days before the midterm elections, was kept quiet until CBS News broke the story Jan. 9. Additional Biden classified documents were found on Dec. 20 in his Wilmington garage, followed by a series of additional discoveries at the home, including by the FBI, which also searched Biden’s Rehoboth Beach, Del., vacation home and left with written notes. Biden sought to downplay the controversy, telling PBS last February, “To the best of my knowledge, the kind of things they picked up are things that — from 1974, stray papers.” “There is no there there,” Biden told reporters last January. Biden first publicly acknowledged the discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center at a Jan. 10 press conference in Mexico City. In his initial remarks, Biden didn’t say that a second cache of classified documents had been found in his Wilmington garage. Biden admitted on Jan. 12 that records were found next to his classic Corvette in Wilmington, but denied he was reckless with the nation’s secrets. “My Corvette is in a locked garage, OK? So it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street,” Biden said. The White House said at the time that searches for records were complete, but additional documents were found by Biden’s lawyers. An FBI search found six more items with classification markings. Trump, 77, is seeking a rematch against Biden in the November election and has alleged a double standard. The 45th president faces 40 criminal charges and a maximum penalty of 450 years in prison for allegedly mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House in 2021. The FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm beach, Fla., to retrieve documents in August 2022 — just months before the revelation that Biden had stashed classified documents at various locations, including in his home garage, which lacked Secret Service protection for a period of time. The ex-president allegedly hindered attempts by the National Archives to retrieve the documents, which he argued he was entitled to keep under the Presidential Records Act.
  7. Wow - the former UN Ambassador lost the Nevada Primary to a (we assume) guy who wasn't even on the ballot..... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13059299/Trump-set-sweep-Nevada-caucuses-Nikki-Haleys-embarrassing-loss-no-one-senior-advisor-Kash-Patel-reveals-got-trounced-ex-president-wasnt-ballot.html Donald Trump is preparing for a second victory in Nevada as he heads to Las Vegas for the caucuses Thursday following his symbolic win on Tuesday. Republican voters in the Battle Born State selected 'none of these candidates' at a 32.9 percent higher rate than opting to vote for Nikki Haley in Nevada's primary election. Even Donald Trump's team was shocked by the amount of Nevada voters willing to cast their ballot for no one instead of former U.N. Amb. Haley, who is the final primary competitor for the former president. Kash Patel, a senior advisor to Trump, told DailyMail.com during an interview in Las Vegas on Wednesday that Haley 'overshot' by thinking she could avoid campaigning at all in Nevada and still win the primary on Tuesday. 'Maybe you wouldn't have got trounced by no one if you showed up and put in the work,' Patel said of Haley's campaign. 'This is emblematic of the whole entire thing. Like, where do you go with that? You, the billion-dollar candidate, lost to no one.' 'We convinced 45,000 people to circle 'none of the above' – that's insane,' he lauded. 'That's better than write-in candidate levels.' Donald Trump Senior Advisor Kash Patel led efforts to get 'none of these candidates' on Nevada's primary ballot on Tuesday. He told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that not even he expected that option to beat Nikki Haley by a 32.9% margin Without Trump on the ballot, Haley still managed to walk away in second place with 30.5 percent of the vote to the 63.3 percent that the option 'none of these candidates' received. The State of Nevada decided to run a primary election this year after decades of holding caucuses, leading to a slew of confusion and dueling primary and caucus contests. Instead of risking losing supporters to this year's kerfuffle, Patel and other Nevada Republicans launched an effort to educate voters on how they could participate in both the primary election on Tuesday, February 6 and caucuses on Thursday, February 8. The feat, Patel conceded, was not easy – with many Nevada voters remaining confused over this process up until election day. One Republican voter who spoke with DailyMail.com outside a polling place in Clark County on Tuesday was upset to find that Trump's name was not on the ballot when he showed up to cast his ballot. 'I don't know why they don't have Trump's name on the ballot, it's r****ded,' Robert Simonelli, 63, said before marching back into the library where he decided to vote for 'none of these candidates.' Haley was only on the ballot for the primary on Tuesday, while Trump is participating in the caucus on Thursday. The caucuses, the Nevada GOP determined, is the only way to earn delegates for the nomination this year.
  8. Total EV's are a bust for carmakers - Ford is losing $47,000 per unit which is incredibly damaging to a manufacturer. SF, usually when renting vehicles while travelling, will many times opt for a hybrid, and really like the gas mileage they achieve, especially on the normal 2 - 3 hour drive from an airport to a customer. I have not tried an EV, and quite frankly would be terrified of the question of where to charge one when on the road in an unfamiliar rural area. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/yourmoney/cars/article-13056613/Ford-EV-Toyota-record-profits.html Ford has said it will slash spending on EVs because it can't sell enough to offset costs - as it revealed it lost $47,000 on each electric car it sold last quarter. CEO Jim Farley said Tuesday the company would instead ramp up investment in hybrid cars - copying a business strategy long favored by the drivetrain's godfather, Toyota. Starting with the Prius more than 25 years ago, Toyota has been a staunch proponent of hybrid cars and highly cautious of EVs. That caution may have been wise. Just this week the world's largest automaker forecast it will have its most profitable year on record thanks to hybrid sales - with earnings of $30.3 billion in the fiscal year ending March. Ford's 'Model e' division on the other hand - which oversees production of the fully electric Mach-E and F-150 Lightning - is deep in the red. In 2024, it lost an enormous $4.7 billion, Ford revealed in its fourth-quarter earnings report. This year, it expects total losses to increase to between $5 billion and $5.5 billion. In the last quarter of 2023, it sold just 34,000 cars but incurred losses of $1.6 billion, meaning it lost on average $47,000 for each electric car it sold. That is more than it lost per EV sale in both the second and third quarters of last year and means the company's electric division is moving in the opposite direction of profitability. While it's expected for a new EV maker to incur losses in the early stages of manufacturing, for the business to be viable in the long term those losses will eventually need to be turned into gains. Ford previously hoped it could bring its electric car division to earn profits of 8 percent by 2026, but Farley was frank in dashing those targets on Tuesday. 'I think that's clear. I don't think anybody believes that by 2026 we can bridge from here to 8 percent,' he told investors. As such, Farley said the company would invest more heavily in hybrids, since their margins are 'much higher than EV margins' and demand is high. 'Hybrids will play an increasingly important role in our industry's transition and will be here for the long run,' he said. When Toyota on Tuesday announced its huge profits, it emphasized how high demand for hybrids and limited production meant they were flying off dealer lots. 'As a realistic solution, hybrids are still favored by our customers,' said Toyota executive vice president Yoichi Miyazaki. In January, Toyota's former CEO and current chairman Akio Toyoda told reporters the Japanese company would not follow the West's example of focusing excessively on battery electric vehicles. Over the last year, Ford's share price has fallen by about 10 percent, while Toyota's is up by around 51 percent. While Ford is not abandoning its EV plans altogether, CFO John Lawley did say its new 'second generation' electric cars would not arrive until consumer demand was high enough. 'Our gen two vehicles... won't launch unless we can get to a profit,' said Lawley. In fact, Ford's huge third-quarter losses came even though year-on-year sales were up by around 4,000 units. Ford will now need to sell as many electric vehicles as possible to minimize its losses going forward. Selling EVs also allows the company to sell more internal combustion engine models without being penalized by federal regulators. 'We can sell up to a dozen [internal combustion engine] F-150s or other [internal combustion engine] profitable vehicles for every Lightning we sell,' said Lawler, referring to the fully electric version of its best-selling pickup truck. In fact, while the most recent quarter was bad news for Model e, Ford's other two divisions, 'Ford Pro' and 'Ford Blue' which sell gas-burning cars fared much better and enjoyed profits. They made $7.2 billion and $7.5 billion respectively. Ford Pro, which oversees the commercial side of the business, including Super Duty trucks, was described by Farley as a 'profit juggernaut' during the call.
  9. SF - Frying up real pork bacon (murder meat) on the Blackstone.....Mrs. SF likes to have plenty murder meat in the freezer for quick fixins......
  10. Dude robs a bank on a wheelchair......SMH Not sure whether to be feel sorry or think this is kinda funny.....He was on the run (roll) for 6 minutes..... https://www.953mnc.com/2024/02/07/elkhart-police-take-just-minutes-to-arrest-robbery-suspect/ Elkhart Police take just minutes to arrest robbery suspect elkhartpolice.org Elkhart Police officers only took minutes to arrest a suspect in a bank robbery Tuesday morning. At approximately 9:06 a.m. the Elkhart City 911 Communications Center received notification of a robbery in progress at the 1st Source Bank on Franklin St. The 911 caller reported that an unknown male suspect entered the bank and presented a note demanding money. The employee complied and the suspect left the building. Just six minutes later, at approximately 9:12 a.m., officers arrived near the bank and detained an adult male matching the suspect’s description. He was arrested and officers found the money allegedly taken during the robbery. No weapon was displayed or recovered during the incident, and the suspect was booked into the Elkhart County Jail on a preliminary charge of Robbery.
  11. SF is guessing Disney & Lucas Films is potentially re-thinking it's wokeness levels...... https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4451944-former-mandalorian-actor-sues-disney-lucasfilm-with-musk-backing/ Gina Carano, known for her role in “The Mandalorian,” is suing Disney and Lucasfilm for discrimination and wrongful termination, and X owner Elon Musk is backing the suit. Carano was fired in Feb. 2021 by the production company behind the “Star Wars” spinoff for what it called “abhorrent” social media posts from the actress. She compared Nazi Germany to politics today and mocked face masks worn during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in the Central District of California, claims Carano was terminated “all because she dared voice her own opinions, on social media platforms and elsewhere, and stood up to the online bully mob who demanded her compliance with their extreme progressive ideology.” Lucasfilm said at the time of her firing that the company did not intend on employing the actress in the future. The company said her posts “denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” X, the company formerly known as Twitter, posted on its platform that the company is committed to free speech and is “proud to provide” financial support for Carano’s lawsuit to empower the actress “to seek vindication of her free speech rights on X and the ability to work without bullying, harassment, or discrimination.” Carano alleged that the company “chose to target a woman while looking the other way when it came to men” in the lawsuit, since the company “took no action” against male actors who also posted controversial statements online. She posted on X that during her career with Disney and Lucasfilm she was “being hunted down” and that her words were “consistently twisted to demonize & dehumanize” her. “A couple months ago @ElonMusk tweeted that if you had been fired from using the platform (X) for exercising your right to free speech, he would like to offer these people legal representation,” her post said. “To my surprise, a few months ago I received an email from a lawyer who had been hired by X to look into my story & many others.”
  12. Anybody else suddenly tired of seeing pics all over of a "Red Solo Cup"? SMH.
  13. Yeahbut - On January 6, 2020, wasn't Donald Trump still the President? I think the inauguration of President Biden (who in no possible way was able to legally garner the most votes of any President in history) wasn't until January 20......JS https://www.axios.com/2024/02/06/trump-immunity-appeal-dc-circuit A federal appeals court said Tuesday that former President Trump is not immune from prosecution in his federal 2020 election trial. Why it matters: The decision is a setback for the former president, who has argued that he is immune from prosecution over his alleged efforts to subvert the 2020 election results. Driving the news: "For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant," the three-judge panel wrote in a Tuesday filing. "But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as president no longer protects him against this prosecution."
  14. Toby Keith won't be down for breakfast...... https://apnews.com/article/toby-keith-country-singer-dies-6c01efcdb59f4481f5290d6334f107e6 Toby Keith, a hit country crafter of pro-American anthems who both riled up critics and was loved by millions of fans, has died. He was 62. The “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer-songwriter, who had stomach cancer, died peacefully Monday surrounded by his family, according to a statement posted on the country singer’s website. “He fought his fight with grace and courage,” the statement said. He announced his cancer diagnosis in 2022.
  15. Out of $118 billion, only $20 billion goes to the border.....$75 Billion goes to Israel and Ukraine, with the rest going to Indo-Pacific (Taiwan) How does this bill even warrant being deemed protecting our border? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13046811/Mitch-McConnell-faces-fury-118-billion-border-package.html House Speaker Mike Johnson has joined other Republicans who have already deemed the bipartisan Senate border deal 'dead on arrival' and dubbed the proposal 'worse than expected.' Three chief negotiators for the border security package, Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), unveiled the text of the sprawling deal on Sunday. But Republican infighting is likely to tank the compromise as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to bring the first procedural vote to the floor on Wednesday. Knives are out for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is facing much of the fury from Republicans opposing the bill after he insisted last year that border policy changes be included in the funding package for embattled countries. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said the Republican Party 'NEEDS NEW LEADERSHIP – NOW.' 'This feels like an elaborate practical joke. But it's not funny. Not one bit,' Lee posted to X, formerly Twitter. I cannot understand how any Republican would think this was a good idea—or anything other than an unmitigated disaster. The $118 billion deal, backed by the White House, includes $14 billion in aid to Israel, $60 billion to Ukraine and also $20 billion for securing the southern border amid a massive increase in illegal migration. It also includes billions for critical partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, including Taiwan.
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