An officer with the New York Police Department was making plans to cook and consume as many as 100 women. Gilberto Valle, a six-year veteran of the NYPD force, was conspiring to kidnap, kill and consume lots of women, according to the FBI.
Valle kept a large database of women whom he planned to abduct. There were individual files for each woman. Such as the document for the first victim entitled “Abducting and Cooking: A Blueprint.” In it, Valle had detailed information on the woman, including her bra size.
Valle discussed his plans online with two co-conspirators.
Valle typed things such as: “I was thinking of tying her body to some kind of apparatus… cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible. …I love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue what we have planned. She does look tasty doesn’t she?”
Valle’s attorneys say that the messages were nothing more than a fantasy that Valle would not have acted out.
Forensic psychologist Dr. N.G. Berrill seems to think that could be the case. He told CBS 2 in New York, “Typically, the individuals that I’ve encountered who have actually engaged in serial murders or engaged in cannibalism don’t really write about it.”
Valle has been suspended from the NYPD and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
If you live in the Atlanta area, voting on Nov. 6 might get you a free gun, according to several billboards around the city. Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Ga., is running a controversial promotion.
The store has put up eight billboards in the Atlanta area advertising a raffle. If you bring in a voter sticker, you’ll be placed in a drawing with a chance to win a Glock handgun or Browning rifle.
State Senator Vincent Fort, a Democrat, filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Secretary of State. Fort said that the promotion violates a State law that prevents people from offering money or gifts in exchange for voting.
“I immediately knew it was illegal,” Fort told CNN.
Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors, says he just wants people to be involved politically.
“It’s getting people involved in the political process,” he said. “Take an interest in your government. See what your politicians are doing.”
After receiving letters from the Secretary of State, Wallace revised the promotion. Now, anyone can participate, not just voters.
However, the billboards have stayed the same, which read: “Vote. Win A Rifle.”
“I wish they would fully comply with the law by changing the wording on the billboards,” Fort said.
President Barack Obama spoke at a rally in Tampa, Fla., and tried to make sure everyone knew his economic plan. There was only one problem: He couldn’t find his plan.
Obama’s plan, “A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security,” is a 20-page, glossy magazine that the campaign released just two weeks from Election Day. In it, Obama explains his five-point plan to turn around the economy.
While referencing his plan at the recent campaign stop, the President lost his copy.
“Where’s my plan?” Obama asked.
He then realized it had fallen off his podium to the ground.
“Oh, it dropped. I couldn’t find my plan,” he said.
Romney campaign spokesperson Ryan Williams responded to Obama’s plan: “A glossy pamphlet two weeks before an election is no substitute for a real agenda for America. Instead of offering a plan to get our economy back on track and create new jobs, President Obama is offering more tax increases, more spending, more debt, and fewer jobs.”
It’s not even Nov. 6 yet, and voting problems are already here. At an electronic ballot machine in North Carolina, a crucial State in this year’s race, a vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney shows up as a vote for President Barack Obama.
Early voters in Gulford County noticed that when they pulled their vote for Romney, the machine registered the vote for the President. It happened at the Bur-Mil Park polling location.
“I was so upset that this could happen,” said voter Sher Coromalis.
But Guilford County says the problem is not something out of the ordinary. The machine just needs to be recalibrated.
“It’s not a conspiracy it’s just a machine that needs to be corrected,” said Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert.
Election officials claim that the problem has been fixed, and no additional complaints have been voiced.
“I should have just mailed it in,” concluded Coromalis, who eventually got her vote for Romney counted correctly.
A woman has been found guilty of disorderly conduct after she refused to let Transportation Security Administration agents pat down her and her teenage daughter. Andrea Abbott has been placed on probation.
Abbott faced up to 30 days in jail, but the judge opted for probation because Abbott does not have a criminal record. Nonetheless, Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr., hopes that probation will prevent Abbott from getting “into any further problems with the law.”
In July 2011, Abbott refused to abide by the TSA’s orders. She didn’t want someone to see their “bodies naked.” Abbott began cursing and calling the officers pedophiles. She was then arrested.
The prosecution claimed that Abbott caused an unnecessary disturbance which made the other security lines come to a standstill.
“The defendant should have been aware that her behavior would prevent others from carrying out their lawful activities,” said Assistant District Attorney Megan King.
Defense Attorney Brent Horst argued that the unlawful activity is the invasion of a person’s privacy.
“Since 9/11, we’re losing a lot of freedom, and we have to draw the line somewhere,” he said.
A high school junior in Ohio has been suspended because of his long hair. Zachary Aufderheide was growing his hair for Locks for Love, a group that uses donated hair to make hair pieces for kids who lose their hair because of illness.
Aufderheide has been growing his hair since October 2011.
“If I could just give the chance for one kid to have a normal life, then I’m just going to go for it,” Aufderheide said.
But Aufderheide’s hair is a violation of the school’s dress code. School officials told Aurderheide that his hair has to go.
“Just them telling me, ‘No, you can’t do this. You’re not allowed.’ When it’s so close to being done–its just–it’s unbelievable,” said the junior at Canton South High School.
Aufderheide does not plan to cut his hair until he’s ready. Therefore, he’ll face suspension. Aufderheide was planning on growing his hair another inch.
“It’s just hair. I know it’s in the [school handbook] contract. I know it’s in the school policy. But it is just hair. What harm can hair do?” Aufderheide said.
Move over, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there’s a new soda sheriff. Several members of the D.C. Council want to see large sugary drinks banned.
Councilmembers Michael Brown, Vincent Orange and Mary Cheh hope to make large drinks a thing of the past.
“I’m very excited by that,” said Cheh, in regard to a ban on large drinks. “If I could get the votes to do it I would certainly try to put that in place. I would consider legislation to do that, I would like to see that done.”
Several others are open to the idea, including Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Tommy Wells.
“I think there probably are some good health reasons to support something like that,” said Gray. “We’ll be happy to look at it, we haven’t taken a position on that one way or another.”
Mendelson said: “The issue of nutrition is of critical importance to public health. We need to look at different strategies so people understand what the effect is of the large volume of soft drinks they’re drinking.”
Wells had this to say: “I am open to anything that will help young people be healthier.”
Vice President Joe Biden is at it again. During a stop in Florida on Oct. 20, the Vice President said the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is “not a big deal.”
During the town hall debate, President Barack Obama cited the signing of the act as proof that Democrats have helped women receive equal pay. Biden contradicted that claim.
Biden was trying to convince voters that Republicans are not sensitive to women’s issues. Biden said that Republicans didn’t support the act and, after all, the act doesn’t even do much for equal pay. According to Biden, that proves how “out of touch” Republicans are; they won’t even sign an act which is “not a big deal.”
While trying to paint the Republican Party as the party of chauvinists, Biden said:
All the Lilly Ledbetter said was if a woman finds out she’s been treated and treated wrongly, cheated in terms of her salary and benefits at work, that she’s able to sue from the moment she finds out. That’s all it said. Because they were locked out, they said if you didn’t learn within two years you were being cheated then you’re out of luck. But we changed the law. It’s not a big — it’s a big deal for women, but it’s not a big deal in terms of equal pay.
With the polls showing that the Nation is beginning to see Mitt Romney as the man for the job, President Barack Obama may be getting desperate. According to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, the President recently held a conference call with black preachers, including his controversial friend Jeremiah Wright, in an attempt to get blacks to vote.
If Obama looks as if he’s going black, he could turn off white people. So he’s largely been lying low on the race issues — visibly pushing for the Latino vote, the gay vote, the women’s vote, but not the black vote.
But last weekend, he held a conference call with a collection of black preachers that included his old pastor, Jeremiah Wright. He wanted to talk to them about getting out the vote.
The Obama campaign quickly tried to stifle the story, saying that Brown’s “report is false.”
When asked if Wright has been involved in the campaign, spokeswoman Lis Smith said, “He has not. The story is totally incorrect.”
Without a doubt, Democrats have come out ahead in one area of the debates: time spent talking. In each of the three debates so far, the man with the blue tie has talked the most.
In the first debate, President Barack Obama spoke for three minutes and 14 seconds more than Mitt Romney, according to the CNN debate clock. In the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden spoke for one minute and 22 seconds more than Ryan. (That is the time of actual words being spoken. If you accounted for all of his giggles, it would be much more.) At Tuesday’s town hall debate, Obama spoke for four minutes and 18 seconds longer than Romney.
Despite the fact that Democrats have had more time to talk, Republicans have had the edge. The Nation was in agreement that Romney trounced Obama during the first debate. The Vice Presidential debate was virtually a draw, but a CNN poll gave Paul Ryan the win. The media have not announced a clear winner of Tuesday’s debate. Republicans feel like Romney won, while Democrats believe Obama left with a victory. CNN’s poll gives the latest victory to Obama.
Glenn and Melissa Cruson in Colleyville, Texas, drew national attention when they placed a figurine of President Barack Obama in a spider web. Apparently, some people didn’t like the display. The exhibit was destroyed.
But if the response of the Crusons’ neighbors is any indication, Mitt Romney has a good chance on Nov. 6. The community came together and offered to rebuild the display.
“We had numerous calls, numerous texts, asking what in the world happened, why is your display down?” Melissa Cruson told CBS DFW.
About two dozen people came to the Crusons’ home to help out. This time, however, the display is less controversial. There is no Obama tangled in a spider web, and there is no Vice President Joe Biden in a clown costume. Instead, they put up a sign that reads: “Thieves took the clowns, but the circus still remains.”
Cruson explained: “We didn’t want anybody to think we took it down on our own because we believe in our rights to free speech and we believe in the message we were sending to begin with.”
When Tuesday’s debate moderator Candy Crowley interjected and said that President Barack Obama did in fact call the attack on Libya an “act of terror,” applause erupted. She then said it took two weeks for everything to get sorted out and Mitt Romney was correct about that. Michelle Obama clapped.
That’s like clapping when the team you’re rooting against scores. To add insult to injury, it was against the rules to applaud during the debate. A tip for Michelle: If you’re going to break the rules, at least support your hubby.
Both campaigns agreed that there would be no applause during the debate. Article 9, Section A, Subsection 7 of the memorandum of understanding states:
All members of the debate audience will be instructed by the moderator before the debate goes on the air and by the moderator after the debate goes on the air not to applaud, speak, or otherwise participate in the debate by any means other than by silent observation, except as provided by the agreed upon rules of the October 16 town hall debate.
In the video below, when Crowley shows her bias and interrupts Romney there is applause from multiple members of the audience. That’s understandable behavior from those on the left. I realize that liberals have trouble following instructions. But then Crowley goes on to, in a roundabout way, support Romney’s statement that it took a while for the administration to call the Libya attack a terrorist attack. “You’re correct about that,” Crowley adds. After affirming Romney’s statement, somebody in the audience starts clapping loudly. When the camera pans back, it’s none other than the first lady.
Hopefully you have a safe place where you and your family can go in the event of a cataclysmic disaster. But there’s no reason you have to be uncomfortable. Al’s Army Navy Store in Altamonte Springs, Fla., can help you live luxuriously when the apocalypse arrives.
For just under $60,000, you can sit comfortably 20-feet underground while you watch your flat screen TV or prepare something in the kitchen. The 32X10-foot shelter features bunk beds, a small kitchen and refrigerator, a TV, and an escape hatch.
So far, Al’s Army Navy Store hasn’t sold any shelters, but they have received questions from several customers who are serious about getting one. The price has been reduced from $65,000 to $59,000.
“We love to call it the fear factor — just kind of preparing for something. They can’t put a finger on it, whatever may or may not happen,” assistant manager Jeremy Ross told WKMG Local 6 in Orlando.
Schoolchildren in France may no longer have to do homework. French President Francois Hollande thinks that homework presents an unfair advantage for some students.
The socialist president doesn’t think it’s fair that some students get help from parents while others don’t. The answer to the problem: Don’t give kids homework.
“Education is priority,” he said. “An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home.”
Homework isn’t the only part of the school system that Hollande hopes to revamp. He plans to employ 60,000 new teachers and send more aid to struggling areas. But it is unclear where the extra funding will come from.
He also hopes to make the school day shorter. Currently, French students have one of the longest school days worldwide. They start at 8:30 a.m., and the last class gets out at 4:30 p.m.
Peter Gumbel, a British journalist who resides in France, told TheAssociated Press: “You have to tackle head-on the fundamental questions of the classroom, the sheer heaviness of the national curriculum, the enormous amount of hours, the enormous amount of unbroken attention required, and the sheer boredom and tiredness.”
During the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden said that religious institutions do not have to pay for contraception. The U.S. Conference of Bishops responded with a letter, saying that Biden’s statement was not true.
During the debate with Paul Ryan, Biden said, “With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear, No religious institution — Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital — none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
The U.S. Conferences of Bishops responded: “That is not a fact. The HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’”
The bishops have been arguing since February that Obamacare forces Catholic institutions to provide contraception to employees by way of health coverage. The issue is being hashed out in over 40 lawsuits across the United States.
President Barack Obama is concerned about the conflict that has been making headlines. The conflict between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, that is. The President took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the feud between the two celebrities. He thinks they’ll be able to work things out and move “forward.”
During a recent taping of “American Idol” Minaj verbally attacked Carey. Carey claimed that Minaj threatened to shoot her.
Obama appeared on “The Yo Show,” a pop culture radio show out of Miami, to discuss the incident. When asked about the feud, Obama said he thought that everything would be OK.
“I think that they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident,” he said. “I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause, I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.”
The President added: “Mariah, she’s actually done some events for us. I’ve gotten to know her and Nick (Cannon), she’s a wonderful lady. Nicki I don’t know, but I’ve got her on my iPod.”
While appearing on “Meet the Press,” Tom Brokaw weighed in on the problem of the national deficit. The retired news anchor said that it has only gotten worse under President Barack Obama’s watch.
The Obama campaign has repeatedly harped on the unclear economic plan of Mitt Romney. Brokaw said that Romney should turn the tables and ask the President to describe in specific detail what he plans to do to reverse the problem he has caused.
“I do think that the governor is right, and we’ll expect to hear Governor Romney go after President Obama this time about ‘I want more details about your plan. You keep harping on me. I haven’t heard the details in your plan as well.’”
He went on to insinuate that the President needs to take responsibility.
Referring to debates that Obama was involved in before he was President, Brokaw commented, “President Obama was saying, ‘Look we’ve got a deficit of a half of a trillion dollars. I’m gonna get that under control.’ Well this week, that deficit is 1.1 trillion dollars and it happened on his watch.”
This election season, you might see Thomas Peterffy on your TV. He’s not a politician; he’s a billionaire who is afraid America is headed toward socialism.
The ad, which could end up costing Peterffy as much as $ 10 million, will run on CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Peterffy left his home in Hungary and moved to New York in 1965. Without even knowing English, he landed a job on Wall Street and eventually founded one of the first electronic trading firms. But he’s afraid that the country he came to years ago is on a fast track to socialism if things don’t change.
Peterffy believes that Barack Obama’s policies disrespect the rich and destroy work ethic.
“When you trash the leaders of businesses, they stop working hard,” he said. “They go on vacation. I even see that within myself, I used to be proud of building Interactive Brokers. I would look forward to work each day. Now I’m being told I’m not doing my fair share.”
Neither candidate is featured in the ad, but Peterffy does say he is voting Republican.
Two Californian Congressmen are fighting for votes. Really, they are. The cop on duty had to step in.
No punches were thrown, but they came close. Democratic Representatives Brad Sherman and Howard Berman don’t seem too fond of each other.
The Berman campaign said that the debacle is proof that Sherman is not fit for the office.
“At a debate in front of local college students Congressman Brad Sherman loses his mind and acts like a bully,” said Berman campaign adviser Brandon Hall. “This speaks directly to his temperament that is totally unsuitable for anyone, especially for a member of Congress. The Valley deserved better.”
According to the Jewish Journal, the altercation was a result of Berman taking credit for the DREAM Act.
The debate then turned into a scene reminiscent of something out of Looney Tunes.
“Berman versus Sherman” sounds like the main event of a poorly produced pro wrestling event. Actually, that may not be a bad idea. Perhaps former Minnesota Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura could help make it happen.
Those who reject the theory of anthropomorphic global warming have pointed to Antarctica as proof that the theory is preposterous: Ice in Antarctica has reached record levels. But global warming advocates say that the increase in ice is just part of the global warming process.
Experts say that the increase in ice is the result of a giant ozone hole. And the giant ozone hole is there because humans are causing an increase in global temperatures. So there you have it, the ice is a byproduct of global warming.
“A warming world can have complex and sometimes surprising consequences,” said researcher Ted Maksym.
According to researchers, the huge hole is caused by man-made pollutants like chlorine and bromine, and the hole has a cooling effect this time of year. The cooling effect causes the wind to be stronger and more constant which results in the expansion of ice.
Researchers also say that climate change makes the air carry more moisture.
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