Mulberry, Fla. — Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Polk County sheriff´s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as they travelled in a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans - one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001,
Comments: They probably aimed to stop him one way or another, but he did them a favor by giving them a pretext or several.
Unlawful conveyance of fuel. The courts are overloaded with cases of this type. I understand his pickup also had a burned out left rear blinker, so he was going to be arrested regardless. Can they detain him indefinitely like they did the sap that made the video that caused the Benghazi attacks?
OK someone tell me......is it really illegal to burn a book?
I do believe that this guy is nuts but is it really illegal in the United States of America to burn a book? How about if I burned Fifty Shades Of Gray? What if I burned The Protocols Of Zion? Will public employees scour the statues looking for something they can charge me with to stop such sacrilege?
U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly dipped in November to a near two-year low as lower-income households worried about their job prospects and financial outlooks and negative views of the government lingered, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan´s preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment fell to 72.0 in November, its lowest since December 2011. That was lower than both October´s final reading of 73.2 and the 74.5 economists had expected this month. Lower-income households in particular worried about their future financial state. That was a contrast to richer households—those with
Philadelphia police and prosecutors are investigating an anonymous Instagram account with thousands of followers that for months has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across the city - aiming, in its creator´s words, to "expose rats." The account, called rats215, has outed more than 30 witnesses since February, posting photos, police statements, and testimony on the photo-sharing website. Because many of the statements posted aren´t public records, authorities are investigating the page as a potential act of mass witness intimidation - in a city where police and prosecutors struggle daily to find witnesses willing to testify. Rats215 had nearly 7,900 followers.
A Government wind turbine installed at a cost of £48,000 is generating just £5 worth of electricity a month because it was put up in the wrong spot, it was revealed today. If it continues producing power at the same rate, it will take 452 years to pay for itself. Welsh Government officials had the 60ft taxpayer-funded turbine put up in a built up area of Aberystwyth where there is very little wind - two miles away from one of Britain´s breeziest coastlines. Paul Burrell, from wind power company Anemos, said: ´The problem is quite simple - it’s been put in the
Trenton — New Jersey voters may have set another record for low turnout Tuesday — this time for a gubernatorial election. With 99 percent of the voting precincts counted, 2,073,642 voters cast ballots for governor, according to the Associated Press. That´s a shade less than 38 percent of the state´s registered voters. The voter totals will go up because they don´t include provisional ballots yet to be counted, as well as those who may have voted for other offices but not governor. The record low for a governor´s race is 47 percent, set four years ago. The special U.S. Senate election held
Tucked away inside a first-floor office in Jersey City City Hall is a new city department that Mayor Steve Fulop says is the first in the state to explicitly cater to immigrants. Dubbed the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the division is staffed by two city workers who are tasked with reaching out to the city’s sizable immigrant community and providing them with basic knowledge of city services and the school system, often in their own language. (Snip) Nearly 40 percent of Jersey City residents are foreign born, compared to 21 percent statewide, while more than 52 percent speak a language
Indianapolis, Ind. – The three suspects arrested in an Oct. 29 home invasion on the northeast side are now listed as co-defendants and will each face dozens of charges when they appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Dupree, 23, Trae Spells, 18, and Michael Pugh, 21, now face the same list of 35 charges. Those charges include criminal deviate conduct, rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, carjacking and more. The charges stem from the brutal home invasion robbery that that terrorized a family in the 800 block of East 79th Street, in the Meridian Hills neighborhood. The early morning crime
Newark — Newark City Councilwoman Mildred Crump is in hot water with the state comptroller’s office after allegedly steering about $20,000 in taxpayer money to non-profit organizations she founded or was involved in, according to documents obtained by The Star-Ledger. (Snip) The report, a portion of which was obtained this week by the newspaper, says that in 2010, Crump steered $17,000 in city funds to a non-profit group called the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative for a leadership summit in Ghana, West Africa. On her City Hall biography, Crump says she is a founding member the group. “This $17,000 payment
Irvington — A Pathmark employee´s attempt to flirt with a teenage girl sparked the argument that led to the shooting of an 11-year-old boy and an unidentified man in Irvington on Tuesday night, the injured boy´s father said today. Raheem Maldonado, father of the 11-year-old who was shot in the hand, said the child´s mother began arguing with a Pathmark employee after he allegedly started flirting with her 14-year-old daughter. The woman became incensed, according to Maldonado, who said the employee responded by telling the woman "let´s take this outside." On Tuesday, Irvington Police Director
Gov. Chris Christie swept to victory in Tuesday´s gubernatorial election — and Friday, his silhouette will grace the cover of Time magazine. How graceful is the headline on the story, though? That´s a matter for debate. "The Elephant in the Room." That´s how the magazine frames the package of stories asking whether New Jersey´s governor could be the savior of the Republican Party. The issue hits newsstands Friday, but The Star-Ledger got a sneak peak. The governor´s weight has been cheap fodder for comedians and opponents since he stepped into the limelight four years ago. The governor himself has addressed his
Newark — Two Sheriff´s officers investigating possible drug activity shot and killed a suspected drug dealer after police claim the man approached them with a loaded weapon, Essex County Chief of Detectives, Anthony Ambrose, said today. The two plain-clothes deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation and approached their target in a building on North 9th Street in Newark. Ambrose said the man came out of the building with a loaded weapon. The deputies fired one shot each, killing the man, whose name was not divulged, Ambrose said. A group of residents, who had a different story about what happened during the
Jersey City this afternoon finally opened the new 100 Steps, a nearly $1 million project in the works for two decades that connects the Jersey City Heights with Paterson Plank Road, near a Hoboken light rail station. The project is a restoration of the original “Franklin Avenue Steps” that were built more than 100 years ago and torn down in the 1990s after it fell into disrepair. The new, steel staircase is actually only 95 steps. (Snip) The project cost $946,228, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. That’s about $1,000 per step. Bill Gaughan, who represented Ward D on the City
The U.S. Marshals Service spent close to $800,000 on “swag” from 2005 through 2010, according to a government report released Tuesday. Defined as promotional materials, including scarves, challenge coins and Christmas ornaments, “swag” must be considered “necessary” to count as a legitimate expense, according to the investigation conducted by the Justice Department’s inspector general. But senior managers with the service’s Investigative Operations Division spent excessively and in violation of guidelines set by the Government Accountability Office, the report concludes. (Snip) The spending included $155,081 on challenge coins, $11,338 on neckties and silk scarves, $13,605 on Christmas ornaments, $16,084 on blankets and
It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being. He’s 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time. That he forced me just now to devote even half a second of thought to how he might stack up against the 2016 contenders is frankly embarrassing, and something for which I’ll never forgive him. It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back. This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will ask two oversight agencies for a full-blown investigation into the problems surrounding the ObamaCare launch. Hagan, who is up for reelection in 2014, is asking her Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter asking two agencies to conduct “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of HealthCare.Gov.” “These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions,” Hagan writes in a letter obtained by The Hill. “Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it
We were just asking for it. This is, essentially, what Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen took to the pages of the New York Daily News on Monday to say. In a profound scolding, Cohen diagnoses America’s “immaturity” as demonstrated by the backlash against President Barack Obama over to his oft-repeated and false claim that every American who was happy with their health insurance would be able to keep their health insurance. This was never true. The president and his staff were aware this was not true as early as February, 2010. Some media outlets reported that, for millions of Americans,
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —
Perhaps the most entertaining facet of watching the scales fall from liberal´s eyes about Obamacare is the absolute shock they experience when their liberal friends chastise them for complaining. Lori Gottlieb, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a psychotherapist, writes in the NY Times about her conversation with Blue Anthem insurance and the reaction by her "friends" on Facebook when she posted about it: THE Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken. Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled. Media Matters, which uncovered the lie, promptly declared victory in its war on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with founder David
Bernard Goldberg joined Bill O’Reilly Monday night to address what he believes is a “potentially fatal split” in the Republican party’s immediate future. He said that if the tea party keeps rejecting anyone who isn’t basically Ted Cruz for the 2016 presidential nomination, the party’s going to be in some big trouble and invite in a strong Democratic victory. O’Reilly framed the fight as a “classic moderate Republican versus hard-right Republican” feud, and Goldberg rejected the “ideological rigidity” of people who will sit on their hands and refuse to vote for a Republican presidential nominee if they aren’t sufficiently conservative