46-year-old Ron Hankins was strolling…when officers stopped him and demanded to search him, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court. In his pockets they found several loose “Pow!” brand energy breath mints and, being thorough members of the NYPD, inquired about the pills’ provenance. “Mr. Hankins explained to the officers that what they had found were mints and not drugs and asked the officers look at and smell them to confirm,” according to the suit. “He told them to break them up, to sniff them, to do whatever they had to do,” Gabriel Harvis, attorney for Mr. Hankins, explained to the Post. “But they didn’t.”
Cops turned down Hankins’s offer, choosing instead to arrest him and throw him in the slammer for 30 hours. Charges were eventually dropped in October, but Hankins and his team won’t let the case rest on principle. “There are groups of people in this city who can carry as many breath mints as they want without being interrogated and arrested,” declared Harvis. “Fresh breath is not a crime.”
There were pieces of my family all over the road. I picked up those pieces from the road and from the truck and wrapped them in a sheet to bury them.
Do the American people want to spend their money this way, on drones that kill our women and children?
Miya Jan, an Afghan man who recounts the events after a drone strike pummeled his village and killed his brother, along with his sister-in-law and 18 month old nephew.
American reports claimed 11 people died that day, the overwhelming majority being Taliban militants, while the inhabitants of the village refute saying 14 people died and they were innocent civilians.
Also more from the article, a 19 year old man named Abdul Ghafar, who lost his mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephew in drone strikes, which fly over his home several times a day states:
“The Americans say they are here to protect us. No — they’re here to kill us and terrorize our women and children. These be-pilots fly over our village almost every day. They spy on people and steal their lives. Children are afraid to go to school. People are afraid to stand in a group because they fear these planes will shoot a missile at them.”
William Rockefeller, who was operating the Metro-North train that derailed en route to New York City from Poughkeepsie, was either daydreaming or napping (depending on who you believe) moments before the disaster that killed 4 passengers and wounded more than 60. According to one source, Rockefeller was awoken and/or alerted to his train’s excessive speed by a whistle and he then immediately hit the brakes.
It’s likely that Rockefeller will be haunted by this mistake for the rest of his life; besieged by guilt for the deaths of 4 people. Undoubtedly, he erred and failed in his duties. Yet, how can it be so easy for a train to careen around a 30 MPH bend at 80 MPH without any timely warning? Was there no one communicating with Rockefeller? Was there no advanced warning signal? How could this predictable, human error have gone unchecked?
Perhaps Rockefeller was overworked or sick or just exhausted. Or maybe, in the midst of his daily workplace drudgery, he “zoned out” for a moment. It will be easy to assign blame to Rockefeller but far more challenging to reform an obviously flawed system. Let’s hope the path of least resistance is not taken.
Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner for President in 2016. Elizabeth Warren should run against her, but probably won’t win. Chris Christie is the only Republican who can attract enough liberal voters to win a general election. But Scott Walker is the only Republican who can woo moderates and the conservative base. And hell, maybe Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders should run for President too, though they obviously have no chance of winning.
These are but a few of the confusing and completely baseless assertions and predictions being propagated by the media three whole years before the 2016 Presidential election. Pundits cite early polling numbers but then are compelled to admit that polls this early in the game are essentially meaningless. Journalists uncover the growing thirst among grassroots organizations for a true believer, but then concede that such organizations have little influence on electoral outcomes. Everyone seems to know that Hillary is the Democratic frontrunner despite the fact that most Americans have never even heard of her presumed challengers. Poll respondents have magically formed opinions on the foreign policy of governors who have said almost nothing about foreign policy during their handful of years in office. If a rumored candidate ceaselessly appears on national television, they’re said to be a de facto nominee. If a rumored candidate is rarely, if ever, on CNN or the Sunday talk shows, they’re utilizing a “lie low” strategy, and waiting for their party’s field to take shape. Pundits speculate, gossip, theorize, and generally waste the time of any unfortunate person who is paying attention to them.
The giddiness is understandable. Presidential elections are at once both meaningful and pure tabloid fodder. They make for great television. They can inspire an aging movie star to talk to a chair in front of millions of people. But since campaign season officially lasts for more than a year and since the HBO version of the last Presidential election hasn’t even been made yet, let’s give it a rest, shall we, pundits? Spare us at least a few precious months and let the inane speculation commence next year, when people are actually running.
Boy: I don’t really understand Thanksgiving. I thought you annihilated the Indians, not sat down and had a big dinner with them.
Rose: No, we did. Both.
Boy: What? So you celebrate killing them? That’s the celebration?
Rose: No, the Indians did end up all dead but what we celebrate is the meal that happened before we killed them, because when we got here, they had things that we wanted, and we had things that they wanted - like guns and drinks - and it was a mutually beneficial relationship; and then, at some point, our needs conflicted - and when needs conflict, most of the time, one person gets what they want and the other person doesn’t - so we gave them smallpox on purpose, and then we continued to sort of systematically kill them - but what we celebrate is the meal that we had before any of that happened, when everything was good.
Boy: Hitler was popular before the killing. You know? People don’t celebrate that.
Rose: But he didn’t have dinner with the Jews. You see my point?
(from The Dish & the Spoon)