A homeowner in Columbia, Missouri shot at a would-be-robber during a home invasion. Levi Strodman said he always carries his pistol with him while in his home, and it tipped the tables in his favor. Police officers were called to Strodman’s home around 10 pm on Sunday. Strodman said his wife had heard a knock at the door. When he went to check it out, he grabbed his pistol, which he said he always carries in the home. ‘It’s kind of taboo but I encourage it, obviously now,’ he said. Strodman noticed something odd almost immediately, although he assumed the neighbor was just having some fun. When he got to the door, the view through the peephole was obstructed. That’s when he cracked open the door and an armed man attempted to push his way into Strodman’s home. ‘He rushed it and I put force back on him and was able to stop him immediately,’ said Strodman. ‘He was still fighting to make his way through and was gaining ground. Then he presented a pistol.’
This post was published at shtfplan on December 5th, 2017.
Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, In the morning darkness of Wednesday, Kim Jong Un launched an ICBM that rose almost 2,800 miles into the sky before falling into the Sea of Japan. North Korea now has the proven ability to hit Washington, D. C. Unproven still is whether Kim can put a miniaturized nuclear warhead atop that missile, which could be fired with precision, and survive the severe vibrations of re-entry. More tests and more time are needed for that. Thus, U. S. markets brushed off the news of Kim’s Hwasong-15 missile and roared to record heights on Wednesday and Thursday. President Donald Trump took it less well. ‘Little Rocket Man’ is one ‘sick puppy,’ he told an audience in Missouri.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 1, 2017.
With the ending of Democratic Party dominance of politics in many state capitols, right-to-work (RTW) laws, which ban conditioning employment on the payment of union dues, are on a roll. Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia have recently adopted them, raising the total to 28 states. Unions have demonized RTW laws as unfair. However, it is hard to see abuse in what obviously advances individual workers’ freedom of association, which Thomas Jefferson called ‘the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.’ In other words, individual freedom of association is an essential aspect of self-ownership, or economic liberty, which includes the right not to be forced to associate with certain groups, including unions, against one’s will. Consequently, preventing unions from violating individuals’ rights and wallets is not unfair. So how do unions justify using their unique, coercive government backing to impose employment terms that violate government’s primary role – protecting individual rights? Supposedly to solve a ‘free rider’ problem. Again, the “Free Rider” Problem Unions have repeatedly asserted that labor law requires them to represent all workers, not just those who voted to certify their union. Given that mandate of exclusive representation, unions assert that that every worker must be forced to pay for their representation, or else workers not forced to pay would ‘free ride’ on union representation services. So the rights of individual workers must be sacrificed to stop the potential for free riding. Unions have pushed that argument to the point that they have gone to court to get RTW laws overturned as unconstitutional takings of union property.
Protesters in St. Louis Friday night blocked highways, damaged public and private property, broke windows, threw rocks at the mayor’s house and threw bricks at police officers who in turn responded by firing tear gas, after Jason Stockley, a white ex-cop was acquitted in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man earlier on Friday. At least 32 people were arrested, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said. Ten officers were injured – 9 St. Louis Police Department officers and one Missouri Highway Patrol officer – two of whom were transported to a hospital with injuries sustained after being hit by a brick. A total of 8 officers have sustained injuries throughout the day. #STLVerdict — St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 16, 2017
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 16, 2017.
(TFTP) Contradicting the rulings of six others federal courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals annihilated free speech rights in upholding a district court decision stating citizens do not have the right to film public officials – politicians, police, and others – in public. In affirming the decision of the lower court to dismiss, the Eighth Circuit effectively ended free speech activist Matthew Akins’ challenge to the Columbia, Missouri, Police Department, which he accuses of unlawfully stopping and arresting him on multiple occasions – though nearly all charges were later dropped – as he filmed their encounters with the public, in public. Akins says the spate of arrests and harassment from law enforcement is brazen retaliation for the nature of his activist work – filming officers on the job. As a journalist and founder of Citizens for Justice in 2011, a group committed to monitoring police for accountability purposes, Akins frequently stopped to record officers’ interactions with the general public – a tactic employed by a plethora of civilian impartial observation groups to stem an epidemic of police violence and veritable impunity in courts, so common to law enforcement officers who misbehave.
The US higher-education world has been rocked the last two years by student protests, “free-speech” controversies, and allegations of faculty misconduct at schools as diverse as Missouri, Yale, Middlebury, Berkeley, and Evergreen State College. You’ve all heard about safe spaces, microaggressions, intersectionality, snowflakes, claims that certain forms of speech constitute violence, and so on. Professors have been assaulted by protesters and even fired or pressured to quit for expressing politically controversial ideas (though some are protected). Certain private groups have been banned, even from meeting off campus. Students, faculty, and staff are subjected to endless hours of sensitivity training, despite evidence that such programs increase, rather than alleviate, tensions among groups. Some schools are already experiencing blowback, while others are taking advantage of these controversies to differentiate themselves from rivals. Pundits are predicting campus craziness as the next hot-button issue in US presidential politics. What is to be done? While I greatly admire the efforts of groups like FIRE to protect the rights of faculty and students accused of politically incorrect speech or action, I disagree with them on one fundamental point. The First Amendment protects freedom of expression for students and professors at state-owned and publicly funded colleges and universities, and it’s perfectly appropriate for the courts or regulatory agencies to discipline schools that punish speech.
Nearly two years after Trooper Anthony Piercy was charged in the death of Brandon Ellingson, who drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks with his hands cuffed behind his back, the case has been closed. Predictably, the offending officer is getting off with less than a slap on the wrist. For handcuffing a college student, negligently casting him into a lake, and watching as he drowned, Trooper Piercy pleaded guilty to a simple boating violation. On May 31, 2014. Trooper Piercy arrested Ellingson under suspicion of OWI and negligently placed the wrong life jacket over the handcuffed 20-year-old’s torso. Piercy then drove his patrol boat away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Ellingson was thrown from the craft when it struck a sizeable wake, the life jacket came off, and he drowned with his hands still in cuffs while Piercy callously watched on. ‘He’s an evil person,’ Ellingson’s father Craig told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. ‘The reason we decided to go to the plea deal was it was tainted down there,’ in Morgan County, Missouri’s court system. During the investigation, it was determined that Piercy did little to nothing as he watched Ellingson drown. As the Beast reports:
In a stunning turn of events in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a federal judge ruled Wednesday certain aspects of the approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline – which now crosses under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe reservoir, source of the Tribe’s drinking water – violated the law. ‘This decision marks an important turning point. Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trump administration – prompting a well-deserved global outcry,’ stated Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice attorney and lead counsel in the lawsuit. Left undetermined in the ruling is whether pipeline operations must be shut down – but the judge requested additional briefing and a status conference is slated to take place next week. Earthjustice filed a lawsuit February 14 – after final approval swiftly came with the entre of President Trump and his administration – contending the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit allowing Energy Transfer Partners to construct Dakota Access near tribal boundaries and through Native American ancestral lands in violation of several environmental laws.
A lawsuit has been filed alleging a young mother was allowed to die in her cell in a Mississippi County jail, the St. Louis Riverfront Times reports. On a night in May of 2015, after a car accident, Somer Nunnally, 21, was arrested by Charleston police on suspicion of DUI. Police brought Nunnally to a hospital, where they gathered evidence and documented her intoxication, but did not attempt to determine whether she was in need of help, or if she had overdosed on the pills they knew she had taken. After a blood sample Nunnally would be taken to Mississippi County jail. According to the lawsuit, footage from within the jail shows the young mother struggling to keep herself upright, and later drifting in and out of consciousness. The lawsuit alleges that her jailers stood by and laughed as this happened. ‘This particular case, it really is a tragedy,’ attorney Sam Wendt told the Riverfront Times. ‘They had an awful lot of time to provide her with medical care,’ which he says they did not ultimately do.
Last week, I wrote an article titled The Ferguson Effect: Baltimore Millennials’ Worst Nightmare. The Ferguson Effect is a theory where the increased scrutiny of police post 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Trayvon Martin in Florida will lead to higher crime rates. Baltimore is turning this theory into a reality, as the city descends into chaos before summer start. According to The Baltimore Sun Newspaper, the city has logged in 118 homicides today with the projection of >400 murders for year’s end. It’s so bad here that Baltimore’s Mayor has asked the Federal Government for help in attempt to regain control. Even the police union sounds the alarm of an officer shortage leading to decrease in patrols. All of this is occurring as the Baltimore population declines, nearing a 100-year low, U. S. Census says.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 8, 2017.
U. S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., opened an investigation Tuesday into the role drug companies may have played in the nation’s opioid epidemic. She requested internal documents from five leading drugmakers on how they market opioid painkillers and if they knew anything about the dangers of the drugs. Yet, the top opioid prescription manufacturer, which is located in McCaskill’s home state in St. Louis, Missouri, is missing from the initial list of companies she’s investigating. McCaskill requested internal sales and marketing materials, addiction studies, and contributions made to third-party advocacy groups that may have worked to block efforts to increase regulation of opioids. She sent the letter to Purdue Pharma, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Insys, Mylan, and Depomed. However, according to data from IMS Health, an information services company for the healthcare industry, there are other companies who had a higher annual opioid prescription total in 2016 than some of the companies on McCaskill’s list, and the Missouri-based Mallinckrodt, the company with the highest annual total, was not mentioned in her announcement.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 30, 2017.
With attention finally shifting to next major – and potentially damaging – catalyst for the Trump administration and the governing Republicans, namely the all too real threat of a government shutdown on April 28, which falls on Day 100 of the Trump presidency, the most immediate casualty of the mounting financial considerations may be Trump’s marquee project, the “Great Big Wall” with Mexico. Specifically, Trump’s demand for $1.5 billion this year to fund the initial phase of wall construction along the Mexican border could be in jeopardy as fellow Republicans in Congress are delaying a decision on the request, according to Reuters; previously the news wire reported that the wall could end up costing as much as $21.6 billion, far more than the $12 billion Trump cited. At a press conference on Tuesday, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, confirmed that he had received the $1 billion request for supplemental funding that would build an estimated 62 miles of the border wall, according to The Hill. It also includes a $2.8 billion request for border infrastructure and technology for next year as well. Blunt, a member of the GOP leadership, told reporters on Tuesday that money for the wall likely would not be coupled with a spending bill that must pass by April 28 to avoid shutting down federal agencies whose funding expires then. Blunt also said he was not willing to commit to the supplemental funding request. “All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill,” he added. My guess is that “comes together better” without Trump’s additional request for the border wall and military programs and could be considered “at a later time.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 29, 2017.
Samuel Girod, an Amish farmer from Lexington, Kentucky, will go to trial on February 27th, charged with conspiracy, distributing misbranded drugs, and threatening a witness. The reason: he makes a healing salve, an ointment he’s been producing for over 20 years, and the Food and Drug Administration isn’t happy about how he markets it. Girod became a targeted individual of the federal government’s FDA, since someone from Missouri, in 2013, reported the Amish man to the state health department. At issue, were claims the company made about its balm, which is made from ingredients like rosemary, beeswax, peppermint, chickweed, eucalyptus oil, olive oil, lavender oil, and comfrey. Officials with the FDA say it’s not what’s inside his product that concerns them, but rather, the claims the farmer made about his product, principally, that it cures cancer. Girod said that a customer who had skin cancer used the all-natural product and reported to him it had cured his cancer. So the Amish farmer put that report in his advertising of the product.
After nearly a year since the first protest camp sprung up in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, it looks as if the Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, has finally had enough and has signed an executive order demanding that protesters evacuate by February 22nd. Gov. Burgum has issued an exec order reinforcing @OmahaUSACE‘s Feb. 22 deadline for vacating the main protest camp. – Doug Burgum (@DougBurgum) February 16, 2017 Ironically, environmental damage caused by the protesters, including “months of accumulated debris, and human waste generated by the populations that have occupied the aforementioned areas,” and the resulting risk posed to the waters of the Missouri River was cited by the Governor as the primary reason for the eviction notice. Per the Executive Order: WHEREAS, large populations have ignored the November 28, 2016 evacuation order detailed in Governor’s Executive Order 2016-08 and the separate eviction order issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on November 25, 2016. These populations continue to unlawfully occupy and reside in flood-prone areas…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 16, 2017.
With environmentalists already furious at Donald Trump for his recent executive orders to reincarnate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, their anger is set to overflow following news that the completion of the latter may be just a matter of months, if not weeks. As Reuters reports, while the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline is nearly complete, just one “hotly contested” section under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe that’s been the topic of massive protests, remains unbuilt. The tribe has been concerned that digging the pipeline under a section of the Missouri River would affect the area’s drinking water as well as the supply for 17 million Americans living downstream. A final easement is required for Dakota Access to cross beneath Lake Oahe. But on Tuesday evening, the Army has allowed the final section to also be completed. Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer “has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Sen. John Hoeven said in a statement Tuesday cited by CNN. The North Dakota Republican said he spoke with VP Mike Pense and Robert Speer on Tuesday. ‘The secretary said it will be approved in days, not weeks,’ Hoeven spokesman Don Canton said in a separate e- mail. While the official easement from the Army Corps has not been released, Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer praised Speer’s decision, which will pave the way for the final phase of the controversial $3.7 billion project. Then, moments ago Bloomberg reported that the Army said it has begun steps to review the Dakota Pipeline request.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 1, 2017.
Submitted by Cathal Haughian via BeforeTheCollapse.com, Leaked footage has emerged of Charles Jaco when he was the CNN anchor made internationally famous for heroically covering the 1990 Persian Gulf War. The first part of this video shows the stage set he was on while he clowns around with fellow CNN staff. The Saudi Arabian ‘hotel’ in the background is adorned by fake palm trees and a blue wall in a studio. This clip was leaked by CNN staff. The second part of this video is a live CNN satellite feed recorded onto VHS showing the final cut. Charles Jaco is wearing a different jacket, but he had the same act. Even though the acting is terrible as Charles Jaco wore a gas mask, and his fellow correspondent Carl Rochelle wore a helmet – the American public were manipulated and duped en masse. The sirens and missile sound effects are part of the stage set. The camera never pans out or shows the sky as they appear terrified of chemical weapons being dropped from above. These clips are the highest quality of this newscast and behind the scenes. And yes, Charles Jaco was a reporter for CNN and then worked as a reporter for FOX 2 NOW in Saint Louis, Missouri.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 10, 2016.
Balking at an earlier decision by the Army Corps of Engineers, Energy Transfer Partners – the company responsible for constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline – says the denial of an easement necessary to drill under the Missouri River is of no consequence for its plans to complete the project. According to a statement from Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, which is acquiring ETP in a merger: ‘As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.’ In short, ETP will complete the Dakota Access Pipeline – no matter what the federal government says. Earlier on Sunday, celebrations erupted over the Army Corps’ announcement the permitting necessary for the Dakota Access Pipeline to pass beneath the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe reservoir would not be granted – a decision some perceived would have direct implications for the future of the project. Leery of such official decisions after a string of disappointments, however, many water protectors immediately questioned whether ETP CEO Kelcy Warren had contingency plans to ensure completion of the pipeline. Considering the lengths ETP has undertaken with the Dakota Access Pipeline – even justifying abhorrently brutal policing against unarmed protectors – news the project will proceed unhindered hardly came as a shock. ETP states:
After the prior Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned in disgrace in July after Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks released emails showing that the DNC had actively engaged in derailing the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders to tip the field to Hillary Clinton, the woman who replaced Wasserman Schultz as Interim Chair of the DNC, Donna Brazile, is under the gun for putting her finger on the scale for Hillary Clinton. On March 12, 2016, Brazile was serving in the dual capacity as a Vice Chair of the DNC and a contributor to CNN. The recent WikiLeaks release of emails shows that on that date at 4:39 p.m., Brazile sent an email to Jennifer Palmieri, Communications Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, titled: ‘From time to time I get the questions in advance.’ The title clearly conveys that Brazile was referring to questions that would be asked the very next day at the March 13, 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall at Ohio State University in Columbus. Only Clinton and Sanders were scheduled to appear on stage, as other Democratic challengers had dropped out. CNN’s Jake Tapper and TV One’s Roland Martin were to serve as moderators. Questions were to come from both of the moderators as well as Ohio voters in the audience. The Town Hall was a pivotal event, coming just two days before Democratic primaries in five states: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
Submitted by Nick Bernabe via TheAntiMedia.org, Following the activation of the North Dakota National Guard on September 8, peaceful Dakota Access Pipeline protests quickly became flooded with militarized law enforcement. Native American activists, or ‘water protectors,’ have been standing in the way of the pipeline’s construction for months, successfully blocking it at theSacred Stone camp near the Missouri River. When the situation initially took a turn for the worse earlier this month, journalists on the ground who were broadcasting live video complained Facebook was blocking their streams. Now, videos and images from Wednesday are emerging that show an overwhelmingly militarized response to the peaceful prayer and protest.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 1, 2016.