Mexicans in Guerrero provide for their own security in response to the government's failure to protect them from violence in the drug war. Although forced by the state's gang to use inadequate and outdated weapons, these groups have had real effect in reducing gang violence and extortion in their communities.Read more »
Jeff and Jennifer Counceller accused of illegally harboring the fawn they named Little Orphan Dani. Indiana Department of Natural Resources ordered the deer euthanized calling it a potential threat to humans. Couple say they planned to release fawn into wild after its recovery.Read more »
Millions of dollars originally intended for smoking cessation programs in Massachusetts have been diverted to offset budget deficits, leaving the state struggling to fund quit-smoking hotlines, treatment programs and anti-tobacco advertising, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found.Read more »
There is a huge difference between, say, going to the dentist now versus a hundred years ago, when it was just a drunk guy sticking leeches onto your chest and punching you until the defective tooth flew out. Yet, if you commit a crime, you'll find that much of that process hasn't changed in decades, if not centuries. Is it because these techniques that you've seen in a million crime dramas are perfect and impossible to be improved upon?
Hell, no. It's just that some habits are really hard to freaking change.
"...the Post Office, the second-largest civilian employer in the United States after Wal-Mart with about 536,000 career workers." Amazing but not particularly surprising. Here is a solution. Since it will be difficult to delete the post office (it's a small part of the Constitution they DO choose to follow) let's require the Post Office to charge what each service actually costs! No more loosing money and it will finally give visibility to just how inefficient the institution is.Read more »
Relations between the King County Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Corrections have been strained by the shooting of Dustin Theoharis, who last winter was shot multiple times, survived and plans to bring a civil suit.
The incident occurred inside an Auburn-area house Feb. 11. The man who was shot, Dustin Theoharis, now 29, survived multiple wounds to his arms, legs, torso and jaw, including fractures that required a series of surgeries.
"He is thankful to be alive, but he has a long way to go to recover," said his attorney, Erik Heipt, of Seattle.Read more »
An arcane idea that started on finance blogs in the summer of 2011-- that Tim Geithner should mint a trillion dollar platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling -- is now seriously taking off...Read more »
Hartfield's current attorney, Kenneth R. Hawk II, recently described the case as a "one-in-a-million" situation in which an inmate has been stuck in the prison system for more than three decades because no one seems to know what to do with him.Read more »
Watch as a Democratic Senator gets nailed on the Fiscal Cliff. Maria Bartiromo (probably speaking for millions of Americans) is sick of the BS spewing from the politicians in Washington regarding the so-called Fiscal Cliff and rhetorically asks: "Are you guys just incompetent or what?"Read more »
We've previously discussed some of the most hilarious ways grown adults, tasked with either the defense or expansion of their nation, have managed to dick things up so completely that it crosses into the realm of comedy. Here are a few more instances of people stepping onstage in the military theater and splitting their pants in front of everyone.Read more »
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