If it is possible for a man, as he´s being hauled in front of a judge for his arraignment, to somehow still project an air of haughty superiority, well, that man would look like Rene Boucher did as he appeared in court just over a week ago. A retired anesthesiologist, Boucher—who stands accused of a bizarre beating earlier this month that left his neighbor, the Kentucky senator Rand Paul, with six broken ribs—strode into the jammed courtroom wearing a well-pressed blue suit. His back was ramrod straight, his head was held high, his nose not quite in the air. Seven other
Nothing new in this article - it just rehashes the landscaping story (calling it a dispute over grass clippings), tries to make the neighbor into a sympathetic figure, and takes some swipes at Rand Paul in the process.
It really doesn´t matter whether there was a dispute or not, what the neighbor did is inexcusable. Attacking someone from the back with enough ferocity to break six ribs is deserving of a more severe charge than a misdemeanor.
VF of course worked hard to dig up as much negative petty and rude comments from people who have known "of" him in that town and print them. Not nice and also they try their best to make the neighbor who attacked him sound sane and fine.
What stands out is that this cowardly left wing doctor ambushed a conservative Senator from behind, after he dismounted his lawn mower, and that breaking an citizen´s ribs is a misdemeanor. This is an assault and battery, not a misdemeanor, but a felony.
Hahhaa- with dumb stories like this, they won´t need to be going broke over the Kaperneck fiasco, that is a page filler deluxe. Filled with minutia and pointless garble and then it failed to render the point of the headline.
Ben Schreckinger you are showing your true liberal colors. Look at it this way. Any man who attacks another man without any confrontation is a bully who should be in jail. This man has a problem and it´s not OCD.
Will he or won’t he? Will President Trump order the disclosure of any warrant applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the FISA Court) in which the Justice Department and FBI presented any information derived from the Steele dossier? We don’t need to imperil national security. There is no need to disclose the entirety of any application. There is no need to expose intelligence sources or methods of gathering information — they can be redacted. We don’t even need to see any actual application; a declassified summary of the relevant information will do. We just need to know if what
Conductor James Levine had a wingman in his alleged abuse of young men — his younger brother, according to a police report. Tom Levine, a painter who lives in Chelsea, was part of an entourage attending to every need of the renowned Metropolitan Opera maestro and knew of his relationship with at least one of his alleged victims.“His brother, who is his manager, his assistant, all of them were in on the game,” according to a police report filed by Ashok Pai. Pai, who grew up in Illinois, alleges that Levine began to come on to him when he was
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks offered a former female staffer $5 million to carry his child, it was reported Friday, as the congressman announced he’s resigning immediately instead of the end of next month.The ex-staffer said Franks asked at least four times if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer, who asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy, and confirmed that she worked in Franks’ office. Franks, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, claimed in a statement he was leaving Congress immediately because
This year’s strangest political story may be Elizabeth Warren’s attempted coup of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Richard Cordray, the CFPB’s outgoing director, attempted a variation of the play football teams use when going for touchdowns during game-ending kickoff returns. Cordray announced he was resigning at the end of the day on November 24, and he promoted his chief of staff, Leandra English, to deputy director. Citing a Dodd-Frank Act provision, “the Deputy Director ... shall serve as acting Director in the absence or unavailability of the
A visiting friend waited for me at a bar. “Hurry up,” she texted. “Marfa hipsters intimidate me.” She needn’t have worried; hipsters are gentle, nonconfrontational folk. Besides, I’m not convinced the hipsters she saw were Marfans at all. They were likely tourists. If you haven’t heard, Marfa’s been kind of a thing. The town still shows up everywhere: among the 52 places worldwide the New York Times says we should visit; in an affectionate 60 Minutes portrait by Morley Safer; as the background of Beyoncé’s photo shoots; as the setting for the bawdy Amazon series I Love Dick. Marfa’s draw, in
WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, directed Michael Flynn, then a Trump adviser, to contact Russian officials around Dec. 22 about a UN resolution regarding Israel, NBC News reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Flynn, who later briefly served as Trump’s national security adviser, pleaded guilty earlier on Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador, and prosecutors said he consulted with a senior official in Trump’s presidential transition team before speaking to the envoy.
In July, legendary oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens was briefly hospitalized after suffering a “Texas-sized fall,” which prompted him to write an emotional LinkedIn post that grappled with his mortality. Four months later, Pickens put Mesa Vista, his nearly 65,000-acre ranch in the Texas Panhandle, on the market for $250 million. “Selling the ranch is the prudent thing for an 89-year-old man to do,” Pickens explained in a statement included in the property’s listing, which is being jointly handled by real estate brokers Hall and Hall and Chas S. Middleton and Sons. “It’s time to get my life and my
An Arlington woman has shared a series of private messages — some with sexual overtones — she exchanged with U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, a week after he apologized for texting a nude photo of himself to another woman. The messages, which were obtained by the Star-Telegram on Wednesday, included a mix of politics and questions about whether she was “wearing a tank top only..and no panties.” Barton and the woman exchanged the Facebook messages in 2012 and 2013 while Barton was still married to his second wife, Terri. The woman involved in the exchange, Kelly Canon, said she and Barton had been exchanging
Veteran radio host and writer Garrison Keillor confirmed Wednesday that he was fired by his longtime broadcast home, Minnesota Public Radio, over accusations of improper behavior. After confirming the news in an email to the Associated Press, Keillor issued a follow-up statement saying he was terminated over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” However, he did not elaborate. MPR issued a statement on its website Wednesday announcing it would “end its business relationship with Keillor’s media companies effective immediately.” That includes ending distribution and broadcast of The Writer´s Almanac, a daily syndicated
One day after a group of local Republicans met privately with U.S. Rep. Joe Barton about a nude photo of him that ended up online — and his political future — a number of Tarrant County Republicans are calling on the longtime congressman to not seek re-election. “Since Mr. Barton’s highly-publicized issues have come to light, I have talked to numerous Republican activists, leaders, voters and elected officials about this situation — not a single one of them thinks he should run again,” said Tim O’Hare, who heads the Tarrant County Republican Party. “I personally hope he learns from this and
One afternoon in October 2016, Peter Hotez holed up in his office at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, where he is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine. Surrounded by obscure science volumes and honors bestowed by dignitaries ranging from Bill Clinton to Greg Abbott, he meticulously set about injecting himself into a battle that most scientists had been careful to avoid.(Snip)He feared that the anti-vaccine movement was growing more powerful. Advocates of “vaccine choice,” as they prefer to frame their efforts, have become increasingly confrontational in the past decade. In protests, they’ve marched with posters showing syringe-wielding
On November 24, 2017, Richard Cordray resigned as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His final year in office, and especially his exit, revealed the true nature of the agency Democrats created through the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Ambitious, cerebral, and socially awkward, Cordray had alternated between stints as an accomplished lawyer and a mediocre politician before he lost Ohio’s attorney-general election in 2010 and Elizabeth Warren, then a presidential assistant, hired him to lead the nascent bureau’s enforcement division. The following July, President Obama bypassed Warren and instead nominated Cordray to be the CFPB’s first director. In the marathon
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Lindsey Vonn’s road to her final Olympics has encountered some trouble. The American skiing star was treated for a back injury after completing her World Cup Super-G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Saturday. Vonn went to the ground after crossing the finish line and observers said she was experiencing extreme pain. She was treated in a nearby house and later limped to a car without speaking to reporters.
California´s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ´the new normal´, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a ´new reality´ where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and
There are times in life when the institutional ground underneath you begins to crumble — and with it, longstanding attachments. Such is the case for me when it comes to the Republican Party and evangelicalism. I’ve been a part of both for my entire adult life. These days, though, in many important ways they are having harmful effects on our society. The latest example is in Alabama, where Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate, stands accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by nine women, including one who was 14 years old at the time. Mr. Moore leads in most
An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world. Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work,
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Short of impeaching President Trump, does anything excite Democrats, the Resistance, and NeverTrumpers like the prospect of the president firing special counsel Robert Mueller? Firing Mueller would, or course, be the quickest way for Trump to get impeached, which might explain a certain air of anticipation in discussions of whether — some prefer to say when -- Trump will sack the prosecutor leading the Trump-Russia investigation.There has been a lot of news and commentary recently interpreting criticism of Mueller by a number of pro-Trump media voices as an effort to encourage Trump to fire Mueller, or lay the groundwork for
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump´s stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his climate change policies. “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview on CBS´s "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday. Brown, who previously studied to become
A heartbreaking video of a young boy pleading to be left alone by bullies has gone viral and celebrities are offering him their support.Keaton Jones, of Knoxville, Tennessee, asked his mother, Kimberly Jones, a question that so many people would like the answer too. ´Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What´s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them,´ Keaton asked his mother through tears. ´It´s not okay,´ he said. (Video/Photos) His mother then asked: ´What did they say to you?´ ´They make fun
Loose dentures? More like loose screws. Donald Trump was slurring his words pretty good last week for a guy who fancied himself an expert when it came to Hillary Clinton’s alleged brain damage. What would he make of his own slurred speech and bizarre behavior? brain tumor from the weight of that massive combover sitting on top of his head like a live farm animal? Simply slurred speech because his thoughts are so fantastic that his mouth can’t keep up?
WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day. Energized, infuriated — often a gumbo of both — Mr. Trump grabs his iPhone. Sometimes he tweets while propped on his pillow, according to aides. Other times he tweets from the den next door, watching another television. Less frequently, he makes his way up the hall to the