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TSA: Woman's Luggage Contained 2 Guns, 350 Rounds Of Ammo, 58 Bricks Of Pot




A Canadian woman trying to fly out of JFK airport yesterday did not make her flight due to some prohibited items that turned up in her checked luggage: namely guns, ammo, and an abundant supply of marijuana. Nyesha McPherson, who hails from Ontario, was arrested by Port Authority police after her bags were inspected prior to boarding her flight to Barbados.


According to the TSA, "the officers saw the suitcases were jam-packed with cans and boxes for baby wipes, coffee, floor dusting sheets, lemonade mix, iced tea mix, a box of cat litter and a box of laundry tablets. But none of those boxes or cans contained the products on the labels."


TSA officers allegedly found "two disassembled .40 caliber handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, four magazines for the guns and 58 bricks of marijuana totaling 33 pounds, all artfully concealed in the boxes, tubs and cans of everyday household products."

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http://gothamist.com/2014/09/22/pot_hidden_luggage_jfk.php

‘White Whale’: Wild Orca Is One Of Only Four Of Its Kind Ever Seen

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A rare white whale was spotted by researchers recently, making waves off the east coast of Russia.

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http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/white-whale-wild-orca-one-only-four-its-kind-ever-seen

Hillary Clinton Joins Dems In Call For Women’s Rights ‘Movement’ To Win Elections

Former Secretary of State and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that Congress is increasingly detached from the lives of most Americans, especially in regards to women’s rights and increasing minimum wage.

Speaking at a panel on women’s economic security matters at the Center for American Progress, Clinton said that Congress is operating in an “evidence-free zone” that is distant from the lives of real, everyday Americans, the Washington Post reports.

“The Congress, increasingly, despite the best efforts of my friends and others, is living in an evidence-free zone where what the reality is in the lives of Americans is so far from the minds of too many,” said Clinton.

Clinton joined several female Democrats for the discussion at the liberal think tank in Washington, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Rosa Delauro, D-Conn., and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. and Patty Murray, D-Wash. Clinton said that women’s issues can directly impact the outcome of elections and called for a “movement” to fight for women.

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http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/09/22/clinton-joins-dems-in-call-for-womens-rights-movement-to-win-elections/

Lafayette judge rules Louisiana same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

Source: KATC

District Judge Edward Rubin ruled today that the ban on same-sex marriage in Louisiana is unconstitutional.

Rubin's decision in a Lafayette courtroom will not be public record until Tuesday morning, but the state Attorney General's Office confirmed that it has already initiated an appeal.

Rubin's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Angela Marie Costanza and Chasity Shanelle Brewer asking that the state recognize the marriage certificate the couple obtained in California.

The current ban on same-sex marriage in Louisiana does not recognize marriage certificates from other states.

Read more: http://www.katc.com/news/lafayette-judge-rules-louisiana-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-unconstitutional/

Companies which Make Money By Keeping Americans “Terrified of Terror Attacks”

By Alex Kane
Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency, has invaded America’s television sets in recent weeks to warn about Edward Snowden’s leaks and the continuing terrorist threat to America.

But what often goes unmentioned, as the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald pointed out, is that Hayden has a financial stake in keeping Americans scared and on a permanent war footing against Islamist militants. And the private firm he works for, called the Chertoff Group, is not the only one making money by scaring Americans.

Post-9/11 America has witnessed a boom in private firms dedicated to the hyped-up threat of terrorism. The drive to privatize America’s national security apparatus accelerated in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and it’s gotten to the point where 70 percent of the national intelligence budget is now spent on private contractors, as author Tim Shorrock reported. The private intelligence contractors have profited to the tune of at least $6 billion a year. In 2010, the Washington Post revealed that there are 1,931 private firms across the country dedicated to fighting terrorism.

What it all adds up to is a massive industry profiting off government-induced fear of terrorism, even though Americans are more likely to be killed by a car crash or their own furniture than a terror attack.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/multi-billion-dollar-bonanza-companies-which-make-money-by-keeping-americans-terrified-of-terror-attacks/5403341

Hooray! A (Bad) Presidential Nomination Is Dead

The quest by President Obama to put Michael P. Boggs – who supported the Confederate flag and opposed abortion – on the federal bench in Georgia is over.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, who leads the Judiciary Committee, told us it had become clear after talking to his colleagues that Mr. Boggs, under fire from Democrats for his conservative positions, could not win committee support.

Mr. Leahy signaled that Mr. Boggs should withdraw: “He doesn’t have the votes.”

Mr. Boggs earns the unusual distinction as the first Obama judicial nominee this term to fail because of Democratic opposition.

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/09/22/?entry=86

Keep the Republic

By Ben Cohen

There’s an old story about Ben Franklin and the founding of our country. In 1787, delegates met in private in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to draft a new Constitution. Throughout the Constitutional Convention, citizens gathered anxiously around the hall awaiting the results. When Ben Franklin finally exited, a citizen asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic,” Franklin responded “if you can keep it.”

The idea is that “we the people” share a common duty and responsibility to manage our affairs and our resources. But the truth is, we’re at risk of losing our republic.

In a series of Supreme Court rulings, a radical group of activist justices perverted the Constitution by declaring that corporations have the same rights as people and that money is free speech. But corporations are not people. They are legal entities and economic tools designed to maximize profit. Corporations are excellent for the economy. But they should not have the power to create and dictate laws. Money is not speech, it’s property. And in politics, because of lax campaign finance and lobbying laws, money is used to buy access and power.


As a result of the Supreme Court’s rulings, our representatives depend more and more on big dollar donors and less on voters. According to a recent study by professors at Princeton and Northwestern, our representatives are more responsive to wealthy people than average citizens. Our government resembles more of a plutocracy – rule by the wealthy – than a Constitutional republic.

That’s why I started the StampStampede.org. The First Amendment protects the right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Stampede is a petition on steroids. We’re stamping messages such as “Corporations Are Not People — Amend the Constitution” on dollar bills in order to tap into the viral circulation of money and create a cumulative mass visual demonstration of support for a constitutional amendment that declares: Money is not speech; corporations are not people.

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http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/09/22/amend-the-constitution-to-declare-corporations-are-not-people?int=a41f09

Krugman- Return of the "Bums on Welfare"

Thinking some more about John Boehner’s resurrection of the notion that we’re suffering weak job growth because people are living the good life on government benefits, and don’t want to work. It has long seemed to me that the issue of unemployment benefits is where the debate over economic policy in a depression reaches its purest essence. If you’r on the right, you believe — you more or less have to believe — that unemployment benefits hurt job creation, because you’re “paying people not to work.” To admit that depression conditions are different, that the economy is suffering from an overall lack of demand and that putting money into the pockets of people likely to spend it would increase employment, would mean admitting that the free market sometimes fails badly. And of course disdain for the unemployed helps a lot if you want to oppose any kind of aid for the unfortunate.

But there’s something remarkable about seeing these claims made now — because even if you believed that expanded unemployment benefits were somehow a cause rather than an effect of the economic crisis, those expanded benefits are long gone. Here’s unemployment benefits as a percentage of GDP:


They’re back down to their level at the height of the “Bush boom”.

And here, from Josh Bivens, is the recipiency rate — the percentage of the unemployed receiving any benefits at all:


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http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/20/return-of-the-bums-on-welfare/?smid=re-share
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