Thursday, February 26, 2015

Woman in Mexico caught masturbating at 50 Shades of Grey & arrested.

Let's all go to the movies !

Rand Paul slams Jeb Bush for marijuana 'hypocrisy'

DC legalizes pot.

Will the next President be pro or anti pot ? - TGFP.

DC legalizes pot: Last-minute push by GOP reps to blunt legalization goes up in smoke

The threat came in a letter.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Government Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., rolled a missive over to Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser late Tuesday night. In a little more than 24 hours, Washington, D.C., was set to become the first jurisdiction in the eastern U.S. to decriminalize small amounts of pot. And with marijuana about to become legalized in the nation's capital at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Chaffetz and Meadows were determined to pre-empt jokers, smokers and midnight tokers in the federal city.
The Chaffetz/Meadows message to Bowser, a Democrat, was blunt.

"If you decide to move forward tomorrow with the legalization of marijuana in the District, you will be doing so in knowing and willful violation of the law," the congressmen warned the mayor. "We strongly suggest you reconsider your position."
It's doubtful that Obama's Justice Department would prosecute Bowser or other city figures. Mike Steel, an aide to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, deferred comment to the Oversight Committee. Steel said he was unaware of any movement by the House to potentially sue the city.
But the congressional interference has drawn a strong reaction. Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.'s non-voting representative in Congress, claimed her colleagues were being "unnecessarily hostile" toward the capital.
And, in the end, the last-minute warning didn't work. Growing and possessing weed became legal in the city overnight.
But how can two lawmakers from other states have any say in local Washington, D.C., affairs? Let's get into the weed(s).
The District of Columbia has a long and sordid history with the U.S. Congress serving as a super city council. Washington, D.C., is afforded no vote in either the House or Senate -- despite federal taxation of the city's residents. The federal government controls nearly 30 percent of all land in the District of Columbia. And until the mid-'70s, Congress essentially ran the city.

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the right "to exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever," over Washington, D.C. But 42 years ago, Congress ceded some of that authority to the city, establishing "home rule." That law granted the District of Columbia the right to elect a mayor, a city council and form a local government. D.C. could enact and enforce its own laws like any other city in the country.
However, Congress periodically wades back into Washington's affairs when things heat up. Such has been the case on local issues like abortion, needle exchange programs, education and firearms.
And then along comes Mary.

In November, nearly two-thirds of D.C.'s voters adopted a ballot measure permitting persons age 21 and older to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow as many as six cannabis plants. So it should come as no surprise that members of Congress want to hash things out with the city now.
In December, Congress approved a massive, overarching spending bill -- which lawmakers dubbed the CRomnibus -- to fund nearly the entire federal government. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., previously authored an amendment short-circuiting D.C.'s marijuana initiative which lawmakers adopted in committee. That provision then made it into the CRomnibus which President Obama signed. So when Bowser indicated the city was moving ahead with its own marijuana initiative, lawmakers got involved.
"Given Congress's broad powers to legislate with regard to the District of Columbia it would be unprecedented for the District to take actions proscribed by legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President," wrote Chaffetz and Meadows.

Chaffetz and Meadows contend Bowser and other D.C. officials are running afoul of the CRomnibus and the Anti-Deficiency Act. The latter is a federal law dating back to 1884 which penalizes government workers who blatantly spend more money in their annual budgets than appropriated by Congress. The lawmakers informed Bowser they were launching an investigation into the city. They demanded a list of city officials involved in the implementation of the ballot initiative as well as those workers who declined to participate.
Harris says the District of Columbia conducted meetings about how to handle marijuana. D.C.'s Police Chief Cathy Lanier was involved in talks with other city officials about implementing the program. Harris says those activities violate the express intent of Congress, banning the expenditure of any funds toward the cannabis initiative.
"I think the attorney general should prosecute people in the District who participate in this under the Anti-Deficiency Act," said Harris. "These people should be very afraid."

Bowser bristled.
"Me being in jail wouldn't be a good thing," said Bowser, arguing that the lawmakers were "bullying" the city.
But Harris thought it was high time for Congress to weigh in.
"We don't take lightly being involved in D.C. home rule," said the Maryland Republican.
The tension between District of Columbia locals and their congressional overlords is as old as the republic. In fact an uprising by an unhappy militia at Philadelphia against the "Congress of Confederation" in 1783 was what drove the founders to form a special federal district. They designed Washington like no other American locale to serve as the seat of government. As J.D. Dickey writes in "Empire of Mud" about the creation of Washington, "the nation's leaders always stood in jeopardy, and the only way to ensure their safety was to keep the locals on a tight leash." As the incipient nation developed, the founders elected to forge its own district where Congress was secure from the riff-raff and make its own federal decisions.

Those who lived in the District of Columbia, well, they were out of luck. In the 1870s, Congress curbed D.C.'s borrowing power. It probed the local "territorial" government. Dickey writes that in the mid-1870s, Sen. Justin Smith Morrill, R-Vt., authored a bill to ban voting by D.C. residents. The Organic Act of 1878 dictated that Congress was the sole governing engine of the nation's capital.
This interface between the federal government and local residents is practically a nucleic acid of the nation's DNA. Controversial issues augment the nexus and explain why the District of Columbia and Congress cross swords today.
One might call this the "politics of contraband," as sung by Glenn Frey in the 1980s song "Smuggler's Blues."
And despite what lawmakers want to do about D.C.'s marijuana provision, it's legal now.

Owner of Marischino cherry company kills self after pot growing operation found.

Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 4:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:23 AM

  A cherry manufacturing king committed suicide in a Brooklyn factory after his business was exposed Tuesday as a “Breaking Bad”-style drug den, sources said.
“Take care of my kids!” Arthur Mondella, 57, screamed to his sister after locking himself in a bathroom at the Dell’s Maraschino Cherries company.
The sound of a gunshot then echoed through the factory, home to the family-owned business since its 1939 opening. Joanne Capece stood outside helplessly as her brother pulled the trigger.
Investigators were searching for documents and questioning Mondella for about five hours when they came upon a flimsy-looking shelving system. Sent to the Red Hook business about 8 a.m. to uncover alleged pollution in the waters near the cherry plant, investigators were hit by a faint smell of weed.
A detective assigned to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office noticed the shelves attached to the wall by magnets. Authorities started asking Mondella about the partition and he excused himself. He walked into the bathroom attached to his office.A source who knew Mondella told the Daily News that the cherry king had a license to carry a gun and often kept it holstered to his ankle.
After Mondella shot himself in the head, investigators were shocked to discover three bags holding about 80 pounds of pot and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stashed in the factory, sources said.
Later, after executing a search warrant on the secret entrance, investigators uncovered “a huge marijuana-growing operation” underneath the warehouse, a source said.
In the space below the plant, they also found numerous high-end vehicles, including a Rolls-Royce, a Porsche and Harley-Davidson motorcycle. “Underground, it was really ‘Breaking Bad,’” said the astounded law enforcement source.
Sources indicated the cherry plant was equipped with an elaborate security system.
Friends of the dead businessman were stunned by both the suicide and the discovery of the supposed drug operation.
“I talked to him yesterday,” said Ethan Casucci of Thought for Food & Son, who helped Mondella rebrand the company last year. “That doesn’t seem right. He seemed fine.”
A reeling Brian Roberts, 48, owner of the neighboring Cornell Paper and Box Co., recalled Mondella as a friendly guy. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mondella offered to run a power line into Roberts’ business when he lost electricity.
“We were all here wondering what would lead him to take his life,” said Roberts. “This is shocking.”
The initial raid was conducted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the city Department of Environmental Protection and detective investigators from the Brooklyn DA’s office. The authorities who arrived at the Red Hook facility with four warrants weren’t looking for drugs, officials said.
They were instead trying to nail Mondella, a third-generation owner of the business, for dumping syrup and other cherry-related waste into the water near the warehouse, sources said.

  About 25 investigators descended on the Dikeman St. facility, home to a $5 million renovation just last year. Investigators fanned out across four buildings at the plant as the probe began.
One of the detectives spotted the shelves inside a gated area of the factory, and thought the wall “appeared to hide a secret room,” a source told The News. The investigators spied a ladder leading to a basement where the bags of weed were spotted, the source said.
The cherry factory — with big-name clients like Caesars Entertainment, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings and Chick-fil-A — was long targeted by the city Department of Environmental Protection.
There was enough sticky discharge to turn some local bees red, raising flags of the same color.
“It probably would have been a fine,” one source said of the spillage. “Nobody does 10 years in prison for dumping cherry syrup in the water.”
Mondella had a previous arrest in 2011 for assaulting his second wife in Brooklyn’s 60th Precinct. The charges were later dropped.
He was survived by two adult daughters from his first marriage, and a toddler from his second wife — who was separated from Mondella.
“He was a very good man,” his ex-wife told The News. “I can’t speak anymore.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In 1976, BART turned this station into an arcade

In 1976, BART turned this station into an arcade

Imagine, for a minute, what it must have been like to be a 6-year-old at the Powell Street BART station on Dec. 1, 1976.
You’re getting dropped off by mom, and because it’s 1976 your parents are divorced and you’re going to ride the train by yourself to dad’s bachelor pad in Berkeley. Except instead of an empty platform, this time there’s a shiny black kiosk with (not one but) six Atari arcade games.
If you were there, I have to think this remains among the greatest days of your life. I mean, you can have more kids. The window to play Le Mans at BART was once-in-a-lifetime.
This is not an urban myth. For a few months in 1976 and 1977, BART experimented with fundraising by placing an arcade on a platform. I found the story a couple of years ago, during an archive search for video game arcade photos, and recently dug up the Chronicle article.
We can discuss below.
Sadly, the “BART keeps your nightlife moving” campaign didn’t last long.
I couldn’t find a follow-up article explaining what happened to the games, although I did find some Powell Street BART photos from later in 1977 and the games are gone. This being BART, there are a myriad of possibilities, ranging from a strike from the arcade game maintenance crew to excrement getting caught in the machines.
(If you worked for BART at the time and can add some insight, please e-mail me at
One thing is certain: It’s time for them to come back. Cars seem to be more packed, that annoying “Squeeee!” sound of the tracks is only getting louder and the last labor dispute taxed rider patience to the limit. Despite the new seat-covers, being a passenger on BART is developing more of a “Snowpiercer” vibe.
When I go to the station, nobody ever looks like this …

Now granted the photo was taken in the 1970s, when Dorothy Hamill haircuts, kick-ass fu manchu mustache/pompadour combos and super-comfortable sweaters (I’m pretty sure that’s made from Mr. Snuffleupagus hide) were commonplace. But look at the pure joy on the faces here. How is this idea not a slam dunk?
Bring the games back, BART. And make sure they’re the old school ones, not some lame Farmville III tie-in with Zynga.
Bring the games back, BART. Need money for purchase and repair of the games? Just fire your marketing staff. If you had an arcade on your platform, you wouldn’t need to worry about branding.
Bring the games back, BART. Because somewhere in 2015, there’s a 6-year-old who deserves to dream.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bigfoot an alien? UFO meeting mulls possibilities. MUFON & 5000 page views.

I've been busy with my forum & other blogs, so this is belated but thanks for 5,000 + page views!

From 2014 at WTAE.

Published  11:45 AM EDT Oct 07, 2014

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. — Bigfoot, traditionally, is viewed as a simple creature of the woods while UFOs are considered sophisticated visitors from outer space.
Yet, could there be a connection between the two?
Speakers will discuss this possibility at the upcoming Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) of Pennsylvania's seventh annual Pittsburgh UFO-Creature Conference, slated for Nov. 8 at the Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood.
"There are two different fields of thought with Bigfoot: one that Bigfoot is flesh and blood and, two, that he is inter-dimensional or alien," said Fred Saluga, MUFON's West Virginia state director and Pennsylvania regional director, who is scheduled to speak with Brian Seech, director of the Center for the Unexplained, in a presentation called "Bigfoot and Mysterious Creatures."
A native of Luzerene Township now living in New Cumberland, W.Va., Saluga, 65, is one of several presenters who will speak on a variety of topics at the conference. Many of them are appearing on television shows. They include journalist Nick Redfern, who appears in "Ancient Aliens" on the History Channel, Derrel Sims, who appears in "Uncovering Aliens" on the Discovery Channel," PA MUFON director John Ventre, of Greensburg, who appears in "Hangar 1" on the History Channel and "Alien Mysteries and Close Encounters" on the Discovery Channel. Seech also appears on "Monsters and Mysteries" on Destination America.
Ventre said as a result of the shows, membership and case reports to MUFON have grown higher nationwide. In Pennsylvania, interest was already strong enough to support three annual conferences that take place in Westmoreland County, Erie and Philadelphia.
"We get six cases a week, about 300 a year," said Ventre.
But the shows make it easier for people to discuss their own experiences.
"I think people are starting to come out now with shows like 'Hanger 1,'" said Saluga, 65, a former police officer who is starting a group called the Bigfoot Research Project in Pennsylvania. "Before, everyone was afraid to say anything. The more you get into this, you realize there's so much in the world we don't understand."
MUFON has been investigating unexplained occurrences since its founding in 1969.
"Pennsylvania is one of the biggest states for reports," said Bob BeHanna, 39, of Uniontown, who is state Section 6 director for PA MUFON.
And many of those cases involve Bigfoot.
"Fayette County has been notorious for Bigfoot sightings for many years," said Saluga, noting people have made reports in Uniontown, Dunbar and along the Chestnut Ridge.
But a Bigfoot creature has never been captured, which leads some to wonder if it might be a ghost or an alien.
"It's like someone put him down and then picked him up. Is that possible for a flesh-and-blood animal?" asked Saluga.
"If you think about it, we'd have found something if it was flesh-and-blood," said BeHanna.
To further that argument, investigators say there are incidents where Bigfoot and a UFO have been seen in the same area.
One happened in the countryside near Uniontown on Oct. 25, 1973, when witnesses saw a glowing object in the sky that landed in a pasture and two Bigfoot creatures came out of the woods.
In another Fayette County episode that took place in the mountains in 1974, a woman reported shooting a Bigfoot that she discovered at her backdoor. The creature disappeared.
While no creatures have been captured, investigators have found strange tracks in areas where Bigfoot has been sighted. Saluga has a cast of a large, four-digit track made in 1979 in Pittsburgh's North Park.
While some may scoff at the idea that Bigfoot could be an alien, Saluga said, "Until we find out what they are, there are no experts."

Ukraine: YouTube Videos, Photos Capture Huge Blast and ‘Mushroom Cloud’. Videos.

By , Epoch Times | February 8, 2015

Report: Temperature Data Being Faked to Show Global Warming

Report: Temperature Data Being Faked to Show Global Warming

Sunday, 08 Feb 2015 05:58 PM

A British journalist is questioning the method used to by scientists to calculate the earth's climate change, calling it "one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time."

By Greg Richter

Charles River, MED Campuses Will Close at 5 p.m. Monday

Blizzard projected to bring dangerous winds, low temps, up to three feet of snow

Christopher Booker writes for Britain's The Telegraph that climate data from stations in South America have been adjusted since the 1950s to give the impression that the earth's temperature is rising more than the original data showed.

Booker cites Paul Homewood's Not a Lot of People Know That blog  where Homewood compares raw data with adjusted temperatures to show the graph trend was reversed from a cooling trend to a warming one.

Homewood checked the data on three weather stations in Paraguay and found that all three had their initial raw readings adjusted to show lower temperatures in the 1950s and higher temperatures today.

Following reporting by Booker two weeks ago, Homewood checked more stations in South America and found the same thing had occurred at them.

Scientists use these records to estimate temperatures in locations that don't have reporting stations, and the data is used to project changes in overall global climate.

Homewood is now looking at stations in the Arctic between Canada and Siberia, Booker reports.

"Again, in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded," Booker writes.

Traust Jonsson, a longtime climate researcher in Iceland was surprised to see the revised data "disappears" Iceland’s "sea ice years" around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost wiped out Iceland's economy.

Homewood reportedly became interested in the subject because of the arguments from climate scientists that rising global temperatures is causing the melting sea ice in the Arctic.

In reality, Homewood says, the melting is caused by cyclical shifts in Atlantic sea currents that bring warmer water to the area. Arctic water temperatures last peaked 75 years ago, when sea ice melted back even further than today, he said.

Teen charged in triple shooting at Monroeville mall.

Teen charged in triple shooting at Pittsburgh-area mall