Don't ask me why but it kind of put me in mind of our dearly departed Freddie. No matter whose right and whose wrong his legacy will go down in the annals of time with all the other "Martyrs". You know, just walking along whistling Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah when out of the blue, without provocation, they were murdered in the prime of their life. They played no part whatsoever in contributing to their own demise.
Speaking of legacy.
Between January 14, 2015 and March 20, 2015 he was arrested an incredible 4 times! Why was he even on the street? Now sit back and think about this...his rather lengthly criminal record only represents the times he actually got caught!
March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts) BTW... If Freddie was shot 3 times in the head by a rival "pharmacist" it wouldn't have made page 7 in the local paper.
Remember when Rolling Stone tried to depict this scum as the second coming of Bob Dylan?
A rock star he's not.
The Tsarnaev family emigrated in 2002 to the United States where they applied for refugee status, settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We took these Muslim dogs in under the pretense they were suffering persecution in their home country.
...And it wasn't long before they started receiving welfare checks.
To show their gratitude during the Boston Marathon they blew up 3, one a little boy, and wounded 264 others. Later, just for the hell of it, they shot a cop.
Now read The Bomber in the lower right corner:
He's just a popular, promising, guy right? It's everybody's fault but his. When it comes to bomb making (to borrow a line from Barry)... he didn't build that somebody else made that happen.
Hey Rolling Stone why don't you get a pair of balls and show him for the Muslim terrorist he really is.
This would make a great cover shot.
Hope he gets the death penalty.
1. He deserves it.
2. He's already screwed America over once so I sure as hell don't want the taxpayers footing the bill for slammer time the next 60 or so years.
A chain reaction is a sequence of reactions where a reactive product or by-product causes additional reactions to take place. In a chain reaction, system instability leads to a self-amplifying chain of events.
The chain of events if Hillary becomes president...
The Chernobyl of scandals... just waiting to happen!
The end result of Barry backing the Muslim Brotherhood. He should be doing 20 years himself for a whole host of reasons!
Along the same line... expecting Barry and Kerry to stop Iran from obtaining a nuke
is as likely as Ann Coulter's engagement to Al Sharpton.
Former president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years on Tuesday in the 'Presidential Palace' case, alongside 12 other defendants.
Special police units surrounded the intensively guarded Police Academy in New Cairo where the session took place.
The Cairo Criminal Court found Morsi and 12 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian, guilty of 'demonstrating power and violence' and 'inciting violence' while sentencing the two other defendants in the case to 10 years in prison. All 15 defendants were acquitted of the killing protesters charge.
The ousted president and the Brotherhood leaders, including also Morsi's deputy chief of staff, Assad Al-Sheikha, former head of president's office, Ahmed Abdel Atty and Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim, were accused in the incidents of violence outside the Presidential Palace on 5 December 2012.
At least 10 protesters were killed in clashes between anti-Morsi and pro-Morsi demonstrations on that day, that erupted after anti-Morsi protesters had staged a sit-in in front of the palace.
The clashes also left El-Husseini Abu-Deif, a journalist at the weekly El-Fagr newspaper killed.
Morsi is co-defendant in four more trials. He is accused of escaping Wadi El-Natrun Prison on 28 January 2011, insulting the judiciary, espionage by working with foreign Islamist groups to "create chaos" in Egypt; and of espionage with Qatar.
Most other defendants in the case are facing several other trials, and are accused of murder, torture, storming police stations, and state facilities.Some have received death sentences in previous verdicts.
Morsi has been in custody since his ouster by the military on 3 July. Until his first appearance in court on 4 November, his place of detention was unknown.
Alleged leaks from the office of then-defence minister, now President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, allegedly between members of the Supreme Council of the Armed forces (SCAF), argue that Morsi was being held in a maximum security navy prison in Abu Qir, close to Alexandria.
Contrary to a law that forbids the detention of civilians in military facilities, the military figures were heard in the recordings discussing ways to cover up the detention and falsify information related to his whereabouts.
Morsi was later transferred to Burg Al-Arab Prison in Alexandria in November 2013.
The former president came to power on 30 June 2012, after winning the elections earlier that year. He was ousted on 3 July 2013 by the army, following mass protests against his tenure.
Morsi handed 20 years in prison for inciting, demonstrating violence
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hernandez, 25, was charged with killing Odin Lloyd, 27, on June 17, 2013. Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, was found shot to death in an abandoned industrial yard.
In addition to the murder charge, Hernandez was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. As the verdict was read against him this morning, Hernandez sat down. His mother, Terri Hernandez, and fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, burst into tears after the football player was found guilty. Jenkins had testified, with immunity, for the prosecution.
Lloyd’s mother, seated among relatives, also sobbed in the courtroom.
After the sentencing hearing, state Assistant District Attorney William McCauley told reporters the verdict was "a relief."
"It was quite a relief," McCauley, the lead prosecutor, said. "We’re the front person and we have so many people counting on us to bring about a successful result."
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said Hernandez's position as a professional football player affected the attention given to the trial, but insisted he received a fair one.
"In the end, he was a man who committed a serious murder and was convicted of that with a jury of his peers," Quinn told reporters.
During sentencing hearing, Lloyd's mother and sister were among the relatives who spoke before the judge.
"Odin was the first best gift I ever received,” Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, told the court. “I thank God every second and every day of my son's life that I spent with him.”
Ward also said she forgave those responsible for her son's death.
"I forgive the hands of the people that had a hand in my son's murder, either before or after," she said.
Lloyd's sister Olivia Thibou said the time after her brother's death feels "like a bad dream."
"These last couple of years have been the hardest time of our lives," Thibou told the court." At the age of 25, I was asked to write my brother’s eulogy. That's the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life."
Because of the first-degree murder conviction, Hernandez was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jurors decided on the guilty verdict after they deliberated for nearly 36 hours.
Prosecutors had alleged that Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his house and brought him to the industrial park near the Patriots' Gillette Stadium, about a mile from Hernandez's home.
Hernandez had pleaded not guilty.
Jurors heard testimony from 135 witnesses during the nine week trial, including Patriots' owner Robert Kraft. At the time of the murder, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the New England Patriots.
Hernandez was recently indicted for the 2012 drive-by shooting deaths of two men outside a Boston nightclub. He has pleaded not guilty.
Aaron Hernandez sentenced to life without the possibility of parole
Barry... “Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch”
This is so like him. Kick the can down the road...let the next president worry about it. It's not about "his watch". It's about Iran NEVER getting a nuclear weapon!!! I think these actions taken by Iran contributed to passingthis legislation and the reason Congress had to act!
1. During these negotiations you wouldn't think anyone (except in this administration) would believe things are going well... particularly while Iran is chanting "Death to America" during the proceedings!
2. During these negotiations Iran conducted military exercises blowing up a fabricated American aircraft carrier.
3. During these negotiations a high ranking Iranian general proclaimed, "Israel's destruction is non-negotiable".
4. During these negotiations Russia is reviving a deal to send S-300 surface-to-air missiles, an advanced air-defense system to Iran.
When you look at the entirety of the situation does Iran appear to be a country interested in peace?
Only if you're a fool.
When it comes to Iran... Barry and Jimmy are two peas in a pod.
President Barack Obama agreed to accept compromise Iran legislation that he didn’t want after it became clear that Democratic lawmakers would join with Republicans in demanding a say on the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
Faced with the growing threat of Congress passing by a broad margin a bill that would weaken him for the remainder of his presidency and potentially derail negotiations with Iran, the administration signaled Obama would relent and sign modified legislation giving lawmakers a chance to review an agreement with Iran before deciding whether to lift sanctions.
Both sides claimed a measure of victory.
“My sense is they know that this thing has run away.”
Senator Bob Corker
Obama’s chief spokesman, Josh Earnest, said lawmakers removed the most objectionable parts of the original legislation from Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee and Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, which the White House threatened to veto.
Corker labeled that as White House spin. The core of the legislation -- Congress’s authority to vote on sanctions -- remains in place and has broad bipartisan support, he said.
“My sense is they know that this thing has run away,” Corker said. Up until the end, he said, administration officials were lobbying against any measure requiring Obama to submit a deal to congressional approval.
The compromise, approved 19-0 Tuesday afternoon by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was brokered by Corker, the panel’s chairman, and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, its top Democrat.
Cardin, who replaced Menendez as the ranking Democrat on the committee following the New Jersey senator’s indictment earlier this month on corruption charges, acted as an intermediary with the administration during negotiations with Corker.
He spoke to Obama, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Secretary of State John Kerry multiple times over the past 10 days, according to a Senate aide, who asked for anonymity to discuss the private talks.
Corker came to Cardin’s office Monday afternoon to nail down the final details, the aide said.
The compromise legislation would cut from 60 days to as few as 30 days the time Congress has to review a final deal with Iran. It removed language requiring that Iran renounce ties to terror groups before any sanctions are lifted, which Earnest called “unrealistic.”
A vote to allow or forbid the lifting of economic sanctions previously imposed on Iran by Congress would come after lawmakers review the agreement.
The president still could veto any legislation that would scuttle the Iran negotiations.
“Despite the things about it that we don’t like, enough substantial changes have been made that the president would be willing to sign it because it would reflect the kind of compromise” that he’d accept, Earnest said.
One of the key developments that forced Obama’s hand was the decision by Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, to sign on to Corker’s original legislation.
Schumer, in line to succeed Nevada’s Harry Reid as the chamber’s Democratic leader, served as a clear warning sign to the administration that skepticism about the Iran deal among Obama’s fellow Democrats meant Obama couldn’t count on any veto being sustained.
The White House congressional liaison staff calculated that the Corker-Cardin compromise could survive a presidential veto, according to an administration official.
The elevation of Cardin as ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened the door to a compromise being hammered out.
While Menendez has had a sometimes tense relationship with the White House, Cardin was willing to push for an accord that would protect Obama’s interests as well as maintain Congress’ ability to weigh in, said another Senate aide with knowledge of the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the process.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, said a decisive vote for the legislation in the Senate likely would translate into strong support in the House.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel advocacy group that has opposed the nuclear deal with Iran, applauded the Foreign Relations Committee vote.
“Congress should review any agreement to ensure it meets U.S. objectives and object if it fails to do so,” a statement from the group said.
Impact on Talks
National Iranian American Council Policy Director Jamal Abdi said in a statement that the compromise “does not change the fundamental problems with this bill. It still threatens to derail the talks and kill a deal, and we remain opposed to it.”
Abdi said that while he is hopeful that Obama’s acceptance means the administration has a plan to make sure it won’t derail talks, its passage “will make already difficult negotiations with Iran even more difficult.”
One U.S. official involved in the talks with Iran and with Congress said the legislation poses two potential complications in the negotiations with Iran and five other world powers.
The first, said the official, who requested anonymity to describe internal policy discussions, is the prospect that the Iranians might use it to argue that the U.S. is setting new terms and then try to delay the talks beyond their June 30 deadline, demand new concessions, or seek to separate the U.S. from its negotiating partners.
According to an aide to Corker, the legislation says that if the deal is submitted after July 9, the period for Congress to review it increases to 82 days. Until then, Obama would not be able to waive any congressional sanctions on Iran.
A second concern, the official said, is that some lawmakers might try to use the legislation to undermine any final agreement with Iran, such as by rejecting Obama’s certification that Iran is complying.
Ilan Goldenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security in Washington, said that while the Iranians will raise concerns about the legislation and use it for leverage, they are unlikely to try to renegotiate terms they already have agreed to.
“The Obama administration would never have agreed to something that would endanger what is a central and historic foreign-policy legacy issue for the president,” said Goldenberg, a former staff member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and State Department official.
The compromise shows “there are people in Congress that don’t want the responsibility for tanking this agreement at such an early stage,” said Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East adviser to both Democratic and Republican administrations.
“Nobody right now wants responsibility for fighting with the president or creating obstacles that would have a chilling impact on testing the possibility that at the end of the day this is a better deal than the one that they want,” said Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. “They want to wait to see exactly what this deal ultimately involves because right now you have a fact sheet and a couple of joint statements.”
Obama Bows to Compromise on Iran Bill as Tide Turns in Senate
Handshake sets stage for meeting between Obama, Castro (POTUS demonstrates his familiar habit...The Barry Curtsy)
April 10, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) looks on, before the inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama (Reuters) ----------------------------------------------------
From the rooftops in Havana the cry Che, Che, Che, resonated throughout the city.
Using his power of Executive Order Barry granted them amnesty before declaring Cuba the "58th" state.
Sadly, the festivities were cut short. Barry had a previous invitation in Qatar for a dinner party held in his honor by the Taliban 5. Bowewas expected to attend but said he will be busy meeting with his interior designer to discuss his new digs at Leavenworth.
Meanwhile...back in Washington reporters pressed Bob Menendez for a comment on normalizing relations with Cuba.
With a cordial evening handshake, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved Friday toward a historic meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas.
The meeting between the U.S. and Cuba Saturday with the leadership of the Western Hemisphere gathered around them could signal substantial progress. Both sides are still working through issues that would lead to the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the first state of a new diplomatic relationship.
The first clues of an improved relationship between Obama and Castro came Friday evening as they both arrived at a Panama City convention center for the summit’s opening ceremonies. A reporter for a Venezuelan TV network posted video online showing the two greeting each other comfortably with multiple handshakes and extended small talk, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez looked on.
A White House official said the interaction was informal and there was not a substantive conversation between the two leaders. Both men are expected to speak further Saturday – the first extended conversation between leaders of the U.S. and Cuba in more than 50 years.
Obama, speaking to a meeting of civil society groups, cast the move to end hostile relations as a triumph for the Cuban people.
"As the United States begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people," he told the gathering, which included Cuban dissidents. "Not because it is imposed by us, the United States, but through the talent and ingenuity and aspirations, and the conversations among Cubans from all walks of life so they can decide what the best course is for their prosperity."
The White House was coy over the status of the State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror. Removal is a top issue with Castro because it would not only eliminate Cuba's status as a pariah, but also ease Cuba's ability to conduct simple financial transactions.
There is still is speculation that an announcement over the terror list could come soon.
The U.S.-Cuban outreach entered a new, accelerated stage in recent days, with Obama speaking with Castro by phone Wednesday and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holding a lengthy meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez late Thursday.
The Cuban foreign ministry issued a brief account of the Kerry-Rodriguez meeting, saying they met for nearly three hours in a "respectful and constructive atmosphere."
It was the highest-level, face-to-face contact between officials from the two countries since the Dec. 17 announcement that Washington and Havana would move to restore diplomatic relations that were severed in 1961.
Even as Washington talked up the historic shift toward Cuba, leftist leaders in Latin America took shots at the U.S. in solidarity with Venezuela.
Barely off the plane, President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela laid a wreath at a monument to victims of the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989. To shouts of "Maduro, stick it to the Yankee," he vowed to personally ask Obama to apologize to Panama and compensate victims of what he called a "massacre" that left more than 500 people dead during the invasion.
"Never again a U.S. invasion in Latin America," Maduro said.
President Evo Morales of Bolivia said he backs Maduro's drive to end U.S. intervention in the region.
The flurry of diplomacy around the summit was recognition of the historic nature of the new relationship intended to end five decades of American presidents either isolating or working to overthrow Fidel Castro's government. Officials hoped to make the most of the exchange between the two men.
Obama still plans to meet with 15 Latin American activists, including two Cubans who have challenged the Cuban government. The White House identified the Cubans as Laritza Diversent, a human rights lawyer and independent journalist, and Manuel Cuesta Morua, a leader of a centrist opposition group. A large contingent of pro-Castro Cubans who were supposed to participate in a larger civil society forum left shortly before Obama spoke to protest the inclusion of Cuban dissidents.
Removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror would be a major milestone and likely generate controversy in the U.S., given the political repercussions of any Cuba opening. The sensitivities over Cuba are especially acute in Florida, a key presidential battleground, and they are likely to ignite vigorous debate among the presidential candidates.
Congress would have 45 days from the day Obama removes Cuba from the list to issue a resolution of disapproval, but the margin of passage would have to be veto-proof.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, the chairman of a House panel on the Western Hemisphere, criticized taking Cuba off the list. And Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is among Republicans considering a presidential bid, decried the expected Obama-Castro meeting and called the Cuban leader an "entrenched dictator."
(Reuters) - Hillary Clinton will announce her second run for the presidency on Sunday, starting her campaign as the Democrats' best hope of fending off a crowded field of lesser-known Republican rivals and retaining the White House.
Clinton returns to the campaign trail seven years after losing the Democratic Party nomination in 2008 to Barack Obama.
She has been a high-profile figure in American politics for more than two decades since her husband, Bill Clinton, won the presidency in 1992, and her fame still eclipses her other likely Democratic contenders and Republican opponents.
Her advisers, including her husband, have urged her to take nothing for granted, arguing voters would be repelled by anything that resembles a pre-ordained coronation.
A Democrat close to the Clinton camp told Reuters on Friday the former U.S. senator and secretary of state would announce her long-anticipated plans through video and social media.
After the announcement, she will travel to early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, said the source, who asked to remain unidentified.
A representative for Clinton declined to comment.
Clinton, 67, has sounded out potential campaign themes during public appearances, casting herself as both a love-filled new grandmother with a vested concern in the future and a wise former diplomat who understands how countries thrive and fail.
In contrast to her 2008 campaign, Clinton has shown signs she will not play down how being a woman distinguishes her from the 44 men who have previously become president.
She has filled speeches with paeans to the moral and economic importance of gender equality and women's rights, arguing that economic growth, the health of the middle class and the stability of foreign peace treaties all hinge on reducing gender discrimination.
"Just think about all the hard-working families that depend on two incomes to make ends meet," Clinton said in a paid speech at a conference for women technology executives in California's Silicon Valley, citing her own experience of raising a young daughter while working as a partner at an Arkansas law firm in the 1980s. "When one is short-changed, the entire family suffers."
What this might mean in terms of policy proposals is vague, although she said in the same speech she was "embarrassed" the United States remained one of the few countries where there is no national right to paid family leave.
There are a dozen or so likely Republican contenders vying for the presidency, many still relatively unknown. Clinton has a different task: reassuring voters who already like her, and wooing those who do not.
Only two percent of Americans say they have never heard of her, according to a Gallup poll last month, a level of name recognition exceeding that of Vice President Joe Biden, a name unknown to a tenth of Americans.
Her nearest likely rivals for the Democratic nomination, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb, the former U.S. senator from Virginia, struggle to get a fraction of Clinton's media coverage, favorable poll numbers and donations.
Clinton's use of social media to announce her White House run amounts to the adoption of tactics deployed by Obama in 2008 to raise large sums through small donations and appeal to young voters.
Also on Friday, Clinton released an update to her memoir, "Hard Choices," in which she described her final days as secretary of state and her feelings about her first grandchild.
CONTROVERSY AND CRITICISM
Clinton has been a target for Republican criticism since Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. He promised voters then that they would get "two for one" by putting them both in the White House, but quickly dropped that claim when it proved unpopular.
Hillary Clinton's biggest initiative while her husband was president, national healthcare reform, fell apart without coming to a vote in Congress.
She became a figure of public fascination, and admiration in some quarters, for standing by Bill Clinton when allegations of his sexual infidelities first surfaced during the 1992 campaign, and again in 1998 when his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky surfaced.
Both the Clintons have been investigated repeatedly by Republican lawmakers and the then United States Office of the Independent Counsel.
As Hillary Clinton prepared to start her campaign, she faced criticism from Republicans for using only a personal email account while secretary of state, and for the Clinton Foundation's reliance on donations and payments from foreign governments for its philanthropy work abroad, even as she served as the country's top diplomat.
During the campaign, Clinton will be expected to say whether she will more closely align with the centrist economic policies of her husband's administration or the populist policies championed by the progressive wing of her party.
Some Democrats have urged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a critic of Wall Street and big banks, to challenge her, but Warren has declined.