Woman Arrested For Interfering With Speed Trap

A Texas woman spent 12 hours in jail after she warned motorists of a speed trap.

Natalie Plummer was riding her bicycle home from the grocery store when she noticed that police were pulling people over. “I felt like he was just pulling random cars over,” she said.

So, Plummer scrawled “Speed Trap!!” on a paper grocery bag. “I was completely abiding by the law,” she opined. “I was simply warning citizens of a situation ahead.”

But the tactic upset Houston police. According to Plummer, one officer grabbed her backpack and began searching through it without consent. Allegedly, he told Plummer she was obstructing justice and would be incarcerated for three to five years. She was cuffed and taken to jail.

Eventually, Plummer was cited with “walking in the roadway where there is a sidewalk present.” A spokesperson from the Houston Police Department said she “was a danger” to others, and her actions constituted “an arrestable offense.”

However, she says she was never in the road. “He couldn’t take me to jail for holding up this sign or he would have. So all he could do was make up something fake about it,” she recounted.

In May, a judge near Orlando, Fla., ruled that it is Constitutional for citizens to warn of upcoming speed traps by flashing their headlights. The judge concluded the act is protected by the First Amendment.

TSA Agent Drops Grandpa, Laughs About It

A traveler from Indiana is demanding an apology from the Transportation Security Administration agent who allegedly spilled his grandfather’s ashes on the floor. John Gross claims that while coming home from a trip to Orlando, an agent decided to inspect a jar labeled “human remains.”

According to Gross, the agent laughed off the blunder. “She thought it was funny,” he said. “I wanted to smack her.”

But TSA is denying the man’s account of the event. TSA wrote in a statement: “Our initial review concluded that the circumstances as described in some reports are inconsistent with what we believe transpired.”

The statement prompted Gross to become more vocal. “I’m really heated,” he told CNN.

Although TSA claims that Gross’ account contains inconsistencies, the agency seems to have inconsistencies of its own. According to a TSA statement, “under no circumstances should a container holding remains be opened.” And its website states: “Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will an officer open the container even if the passenger requests this be done.”

According to Gross, the container was spilled after the agent opened the jar and sifted through it with her finger.

 

New Research: Soft Drinks Contain Alcohol

The little buzz a person gets from drinking a soda may not be the caffeine. French researchers have discovered alcohol in Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

The National Institute of Consumption, which is based in Paris, found that more than half of popular sodas contain traces of alcohol.

The study, which appears in the French magazine 60 Million Consumers, states that alcohol levels are about .001 percent in the drinks. The amount is so low that people really won’t feel the effects of it. (Most beers are about 5 percent alcohol.) But it could have implications for some religious groups. Conservative Mormons and Muslims typically abstain from all forms of alcohol.

Neither Coca-Cola nor Pepsi are denying that their products contain trace amounts of the drug. Coca-Cola says the alcohol could “come from the process” of creating the drink. Pepsi stated: “Some soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol because of the ingredients used.”

This is not the first time Coca-Cola has come under scrutiny for its ingredients. It is estimated that, early in the beverage’s history, the product contained as much as 9 milligrams of cocaine.

Rainbow Oreo Results In Backlash

As part of gay pride month, Oreo released a picture of a rainbow stuffed cookie along with the message “Proudly support love!” on its Facebook page. The move has resulted in “likes” and loathes.

Kraft Foods is not planning to sell the cookie. It’s just a publicity stunt.

“We are excited to illustrate what is making history today in a fun and playful way,” spokeswoman Basil Maglaris told ABC News. “As a company, Kraft Foods has a proud history of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness.  We feel the OREO ad is a fun reflection of our values.”

Some consumers have vowed to boycott the 100-year-old company as a result of the cookie, while others have supported the move.

“God does not hate gay people, if you think that you need to get out your bible and actually read it. God loves everyone,” posted one advocate.

“Oreo you are awesome.. My daughter saw this picture while eating an oreo and said I want it! Lol yep oreo rules!” wrote another.

Oreo is not alone in its support of gay pride month. Target created a line of T-shirts earlier this month. They promptly sold out upon release.

Government Recommends Fat People Go To Counseling

Forget personal accountability. A Federal health advisory panel recommends that those who are overweight should go to counseling.

The recommendation, which is to be printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine, states that those wishing to lose weight should be involved in “intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.”

The panel suggests 12 to 26 counseling sessions that should be structured to educate the patient and identify factors contributing to the problem. Occasionally, the intervention might include exercise.

“You have to diagnose the patient and have the discussion, even if the patient doesn’t really want to hear it,” said Dr. Jack Der-Sarkissian, leader of Kaiser’s adult weight-management efforts in Southern California.

If the current healthcare law stands, Medicare and most private insurers would be required to cover such services.

But some are skeptical of the proposal’s effectiveness, noting that physicians may not have the knowledge needed to provide or refer such services to their patients.

Still others think that people should simply “cut back on the potato chips and start taking the stairs.”

In Bid For Re-Election, Obamas Talk About Their First Date

Amid one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history, one would expect the President’s campaign trail to consist of speeches dealing with the tough issues Americans are facing. But the Obamas are using valuable time and energy to talk about something else: their first date.

The couple has released a video reminiscing about their first outing. The first lady recounts their day together, while the President smugly offers dating advice for men. The video of the Obamas is being used to promote Dinner with Barack.

The couple remembers how they went to look at art and then saw a film directed by Spike Lee, the director who put an elderly couple in jeopardy when he tweeted that their address was that of George Zimmerman.

It’s part of a strategy to improve the likability of the President, who has an abysmal track record. The video brings to mind highlights of the Presidents’ tenure: his appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” his singing of “Let’s Stay Together” and the time he killed a fly.

 

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Emperor Obama And His Court Jester

The Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Arizona immigration law has one representative referring to Obama as “an emperor.”

Most parts of the law were struck down, but the Supreme Court upheld the part of the law which allows law enforcement to perform immigration checks if the officer has reasonable suspicion that a person is in the country illegally. Representative Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) wants answers from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“We now confront the spectacle of the president of the United States behaving as an emperor, and the cabinet officer entrusted with the security of the nation as his court jester,” Quayle wrote in a letter to Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Quayle believes the proper response would have been to “arrange open and collegial discussions with Arizona law enforcement.” He continued: “This is the response which would have reflected a sincere desire to serve the public, honor our processes and faithfully discharge the oath she and the president have sworn. Instead, she chose to send forth an arrogant decree which simultaneously insults all Americans and ushers the secretary into history as a petty tyrant.”

3 Out Of 4 Americans Don’t Have Sufficient Savings

A new survey conducted by Bankrate.com shows that only 25 percent of Americans have saved six months of expenses. And 28 percent have no savings at all.

The data reveal the dire reality for many underemployed and unemployed Americans.

“Incomes are largely stagnant, so it’s difficult for people to make significant headway on savings when household expenses are creeping higher but incomes are not,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com. “Prolonged unemployment has also depleted the savings of many people who at one time had a more appropriate cushion.”

The survey concluded that nearly 50 percent of people did not have three months of savings. Some people may use this figure as proof of an improving economy — six years ago, 61 percent did not have three months of savings. But the reality is that Americans were wealthier in 2006.

The discrepancy is likely due to the fact that, six years ago, people were more confident in their earning potential. Plus, analysts note that savings accounts were lower in 2006 because people viewed their house as an investment.

TSA Fails To Keep Airports Safe

The Transportation Security Administration caused quite a ruckus in the Big Apple over the weekend.

TSA failed to screen countless travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport. A metal detector was unplugged.

Screener Alija Abdul Majed failed to realize that the metal detector was never set off throughout the morning. At 9:44 a.m., it was discovered that the metal detector had not been plugged in.

When agents realized that tons of people had passed through unscreened, the airport was in a state of pandemonium. Flights were delayed, and two planes that had already taken off were called back to the airport. Passengers were forced to go back through security screening.

“How many hours will it take to send a terminal full of people BACK through security?” tweeted one passenger.

The day before, about 10 miles away at LaGuardia Airport, TSA’s efforts to keep travelers safe went up in flames as an X-ray machine caught on fire. Six hundred people were evacuated from the terminal.

“It’s an adventure. They’re doing a good job. They’re doing the best they can. Things happen,” said one passenger.

Despite TSA’s recent boondoggles, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is considering a bill that would give TSA oversight over other forms of mass transit.

“We have put in place through TSA a very elaborate system [in airports]. We all go through those metal detectors and those secondary searches. And we’ve put a lot of focus on the airlines for good reason. But we have neglected the mass transit components, generally speaking,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). The House passed the bill on May 30.

Obama Refuses To Pay, Individual Picks Up Tab

A local resident will pay part of the bill for President Barack Obama’s trip to Durham, N.H. The town of Durham could not afford the security costs of the President’s visit. City officials refused to cover the costs. The Obama campaign also refused.

It cost the town $20,000 to supply police, fire and EMS services — money that Durham does not have at its disposal. Although the Obama campaign clearly has the funds, it expected Durham to cover the bill.

The campaign says that decisions regarding expenses “are exclusively within the control of the appropriate government officials.”

Because the Obama campaign would not cover the security expenses, a local resident came forward and offered to pay what Durham couldn’t afford.

“An anonymous donor, a Durham resident, contacted the town administrator and council chair, and offered to pay for town public safety costs up to $20,000. The donor wanted us to make public his or her sentiment that the town had done the right thing in asking the campaign to do its part,” said Town Council Chair Jay Gooze.

Sunscreen Banned In Schools, Students Burned

An elementary school in Tacoma, Wash., is feeling the heat after it banned students from wearing sunscreen. Two sisters were severely burned at an all-day school function. One of the sisters suffers from a form of albinism.

“It feels like your eyeballs are just going to pop out,” said Zoe Michener, a fair-skinned 9-year-old.

The mother of the two girls, Jesse Michener, blogged about the ordeal.

“My children indicated that several adults commented on their burns at school, including staff and other parents. One of my children remarked that their teacher used sunscreen in her presence and that it was ‘just for her,’” wrote Michener.

Parents need to be aware that in 49 States, sunscreen is treated as an over-the-counter drug. Therefore, students must have a doctor’s note to use it. California is the only State that does not regulate sunscreen use on school campuses.

“We have learned that it’s important to stand up for what you believe in,” Michener said. “This has always been about making sense of a policy that doesn’t make sense and trying to change it.”

Supreme Court Rules On Arizona Immigration Law

The Supreme Court has rejected three out of four parts of the Arizona immigration law. The only part not struck down is the section that allows law enforcement to perform immigration checks if the officer has “reasonable suspicion” that a person is in the country illegally.

The court decided that illegal aliens do not have to possess Federal registration cards. They also ruled that it will not be a crime for illegal aliens to work or apply for work. Furthermore, it was decided that State and local police cannot arrest illegal aliens without a warrant even if there is probable cause.

Proponents of the initially proposed law viewed the law as a way of putting power back into the hands of State and local governments. Those who opposed the law believed it promoted racial profiling and punished otherwise upstanding citizens.

Neighborhood Bans Children From Drawing On Sidewalks

Summer days used to consist of popsicles, hopscotch and drawing on the sidewalk. But if a homeowner’s association (HOA) in Denver gets its way, sidewalk art will be a thing of the past.

The HOA known as Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton has temporarily banned any drawing that might hinder the enjoyment of shared spaces. The ban will be discussed in depth at an upcoming meeting.

One mother, Sarah Cohen, has been vocal about the ban, saying that the HOA is taking away one of her daughter’s “simple pleasures.” Cohen, who says her daughter’s drawings consist of hearts and flowers, believes the ban is ridiculous. “My initial reaction was, ‘You have to be kidding me,’” she said.

The HOA believes that because the space is a shared space, there should be no artwork. Cohen believes that because the space is a shared space, homeowners should have the right to do what they please. “We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space,” she argues.

Cohen plans to let her daughter continuing drawing as a way to protest the ban.

Uruguay Government Plans To Sell Marijuana

In an attempt to lower crime and raise government revenue, Uruguay is planning on legalizing marijuana. Currently, it is legal to possess less than 25 grams of cannabis, but it is illegal to grow or sell it.

If the proposal passes, Uruguay’s government would oversee the growth and distribution of the $75 million business. Buyers would be required to register with the government.

“It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking,” said defense minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro. “We think the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves.”

Congress must approve the proposal, but Julio Calzada, secretary-general of the National Drugs Board in Uruguay, thinks there is a good chance it will pass. “We have hopes that legislators from all four parties can support the measure,” he said.

But some marijuana users have a different opinion. “People who consume are not going to buy it from the state,” said marijuana smoker Natalia Pereira. “They’re going to be mistrust buying it from a place where you have to register and they can typecast you.”

Adidas Cancels Release Of ‘Slave Shoes’

Adidas has decided not to sell the JS Roundhouse Mid after Jesse Jackson threatened a protest, calling them “slave shoes.”

Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott created the shoe with shackles. He says the style was inspired by a cartoon and toy from the 1990s—My Pet Monster. Scott, who is known for outfitting Lady Gaga, said he is frequently inspired by childhood cartoons.

But Jackson thinks that racism is behind the design, and he is upset that Adidas would use slavery to make a profit. He writes for The Huffington Post, “These slave shoes are odious and we as a people should be called to resent and resist them. If put into production and placed on the market, protests and pickets signs will follow. Adidas cannot make a profit at the expense of commercialized human degradation.”

Despite a few who have jumped on the bandwagon, Jackson is largely standing alone. Fashion designers have been quick to come to Scott’s defense, noting his eclectic style.

The shoe, which Adidas had planned to sell for $350, will not go on store shelves despite 38,000 “likes” on the company’s Facebook page.

Professor Critical Of Climate Change Fired

Oregon State University refused to renew the contract of chemistry professor Nicholas Drapela. The professor has been openly critical of global warming.

Drapela, who has published several textbooks, received the Loyd F. Carter award for outstanding and inspirational teacher in 2004.

Drapela was notified of his termination last month, while classes were still in session.

“He read a prepared statement and took my key. I was unable to hold office hours in my office because I didn’t have a key,” Drapela said.

Despite his efforts, Drapela has not received a reason as to why he is being let go. Universities typically must give a concrete reason for firing a professor. Some people suspect it is because of his climate change views. Since 2007, the chemistry professor has been vocal about the fallacies he sees within climate change theories.

The slides for one of his talks can be seen here.

Gordon Fulks, a climate-change critic who holds a Ph.D. in physics, defended Drapela. Fulks wrote this letter in hopes that it would circulate and raise awareness about the politics behind global warming.

From Gordon Fulks:

Hello Everyone,

In theory at least Oregon State University (OSU) seems to be a bastion of academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance. A wide range of ideas are openly discussed. The most viable rise to the top and the least viable fade away. But it is all a fairy tale, because OSU operates under a politically correct regimen that dictates what is acceptable to say and what is not. Transgressors who dare to be different are eventually weeded out so that the campus maintains its ideological purity.

OSU is not yet as swift or efficient as the Soviet system when Joseph Stalin was trying to quash dissent among biologists who refused to go along with Trofim Lysenko. If warnings to compromise their integrity were not followed, Stalin simply had biologists shot. That quickly thinned the ranks of all biologists and persuaded the remaining ones to comply with Stalin’s wishes. Of course, it also destroyed Soviet biology, because Lysenko was pedaling nonsense. And Russian biology has never recovered.

We learned over the weekend that chemist Nickolas Drapela, PhD has been summarily fired from his position as a “Senior Instructor” in the Department of Chemistry. The department chairman Richard Carter told him that he was fired but would not provide any reason. Subsequent attempts to extract a reason from the OSU administration have been stonewalled. Drapela appears to have been highly competent and well-liked by his students. Some have even taken up the fight to have him reinstated.

What could possibly have provoked the OSU administration to take precipitous action against one of their academics who has been on their staff for ten years, just bought a house in Corvallis, and has four young children (one with severe medical problems)? Dr. Drapela is an outspoken critic of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, the official religion of the State of Oregon, the Oregon Democratic Party, and Governor John Kitzhaber.

Five years ago, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor went around quietly saying that he was not a believer. Then Governor Ted Kulongoski and many faculty at OSU including Dr. Jane Lubchenco made life impossible for Taylor, and he retired. (Lubchenco is now head of NOAA in the Obama administration.) Under those currently in charge, OSU climate research has grown to be a huge business, reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria. A small army of researchers ponder the effects of Global Warming on all sorts of things from tube worms living along the Oregon Coast to butterflies inland. When the climate refuses to warm (as it has for the last twenty years), they just study ‘warming in reverse!’ Most of us call that “cooling,” but they are very careful not to upset their Obama administration contract monitors with politically incorrect terminology.

Skeptics of Global Warming who oppose the OSU approach and oppose the politicians who make it all possible but do not work for OSU also find themselves attacked. Dr. Art Robinson who is running against Peter DeFazio for an Oregon Congressional seat found three of his children under attack at OSU. All were attempting to obtain advanced degrees in the Nuclear Engineering Department and were threatened with dismissal. Because Robinson fought back, we understand that the OSU administration backed down.

…We can only speculate as to how the decision to fire Drapela was made. Unlike the decision to force Taylor out (which came from the governor’s office), this decision was likely internal to OSU with the implicit backing of Governor Kitzhaber and NOAA administrator Lubchenco. I would suspect that Dr. Phil Mote (Director of their Climate Change Research Institute) had a hand in the decision, because he has previously been highly intolerant of those who oppose his ideas and could potentially threaten his business empire.

Please join with me in supporting Nick Drapela. Please join with me in supporting objective science, as well as academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance. The issues here go far beyond just Global Warming and strike at the very heart of who we are as scientists and Americans.

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA

Teacher Who Told Student He Could Be Arrested Will Keep Her Job

The social studies teacher who became irate earlier in the year when a student asked a question about President Barack Obama will return to educate students.

Tanya Dixon-Neely made national news after she told a student that people were arrested for disrespecting former President George W. Bush. The “fact of the day”
for the students was that Mitt Romney was a bully. Hunter Rogers asked, “Didn’t Obama bully somebody though?” (He was referring to a story recounted in Obama’s book Dreams of My Father.) Following Rogers’ question, Dixon-Neely told the student he could be arrested.

Superintendent Judy Grissom said in a statement:

While I remain deeply concerned about the performance documented in the recording of Ms. Dixon-Neely’s classroom, I have concluded that she should have a chance to improve her teaching skills. Under these circumstances, suspension without pay for 10 workdays and a requirement that Ms. Dixon-Neely complete a monitored growth plan is an appropriate resolution.

Most of Dixon-Neely’s teaching time has been spent in the Alternative to Suspension Program, but she was given a regular classroom because of staffing needs. According to Grissom, Dixon-Neely “will be reassigned to her position in the Alternative to Suspension Program.”

Grissom says she is ready for the school district to move on.

Operation Twist Continues Through 2012

In an attempt to spur job creation, the Fed will continue “Operation Twist” through the end of 2012. The program is designed to lower long-term interest rates without shoveling more money into the economy.

The plight of many Americans has struggled to improve since the initiation of “Operation Twist” last October. The move was intended to produce lower yields on long-term bonds while keeping short-term rates close to the same. The Fed is now planning to sell bonds with maturities of three years or less and buy securities with maturities of six years or more. Essentially, the Fed is shifting its portfolio.

The Fed hopes that lower interest rates will prompt more borrowing and spending.

But some have questioned the effectiveness of the plan, noting that interest rates are already at record lows and growth seems nonexistent. Despite low interest rates, the demand for loans has not increased, and banks are still hesitant to give loans. Rather than speeding up, job creation is slowing. Reports from the month of May revealed abysmal figures.

Of the 12 voting members of the Fed, only one opposed the plan.

The Fed has said that interest rates should remain “exceptionally low” through 2014.

Obama Attempts To Improve Economy By Placing Restrictions On Soot

The Administration of Barack Obama is proposing tighter restrictions on soot. The current standard for factories is 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air. But Democrats believe it is “an absolute necessity” to tighten the standard to 13 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

“Clean air is not a luxury,” said New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman. “It is a basic public right, and standards that protect it are an absolute necessity.”

Democrats believe the excess soot will cause further harm to the economy, but Republicans think just the opposite, arguing that strict standards make it more difficult for industries to profit.

“By continuing to implement the existing standards we would avoid the potentially heavy added economic costs of more stringent standards, which our economy and American workers cannot afford,” said American Petroleum Institute spokesman Howard Feldman.

“It may not sound like much — lowering the standard from 15 to 13 — but it will mean a lot more regulations in many parts of the country,” added Jeff Holmsted, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top air regulator under George W. Bush’s Presidency. “This won’t be good news for places trying to attract new manufacturing jobs.”

The announcement comes three days after the World Health Organization declared war against diesel fumes. Kurt Straif, director of the WHO, said the emissions are carcinogenic and as harmful as secondhand smoke.

Obama’s Temper Flares After Reporter Asks Question

After President Barack Obama’s Administration announced that the United States would stop deporting illegal aliens who were brought to the U.S. as children, the President made a speech. One reporter didn’t like the speech.

The reporter asked Obama why he favored “foreigners over Americans.”

Obama responded: “The next time I’d prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question! This is the right thing to do for the American people.” When interrupted again, Obama declared, “I didn’t ask for an argument; I’m answering your question.”

Obama defended the plan by saying that the children have already made significant contributions to our society.

Neil Munro, the White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, said:

I always go to the White House prepared with questions for our president. I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting the President of the United States. I know he rarely takes questions before walking away from the podium. When I asked the question as he finished his speech, he turned his back on the many reporters, and walked away while I and at least one other reporter asked questions.

Illegal Aliens Can’t Be Deported Under New Policy

Thanks to the regime of President Barack Obama, 800,000 illegal aliens can now relax and put down roots. Under a new policy, if an alien came to the United States as a child and has lived a law-abiding life, he has no fear of deportation.

The announcement comes one week before Obama plans to speak to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Fla. The Hispanic vote will be crucial in some swing States come November. Obama has been falling out of favor recently with the Hispanic population.

Under the plan, illegal aliens cannot be deported if they came to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five consecutive years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.

Illegal aliens who meet the criteria can apply for a work permit which can be renewed every two years.

“Many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here,” wrote Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Young illegal aliens will not be allowed to apply for a work permit until they turn 16, but officials have said that illegal aliens younger than 16 will not be deported.