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Team Romney: if Mitt had won, there’d be no ISIS

By Steve Benen

Shortly before he lost his second U.S. Senate race in as many years, Republican Scott Brown presented a curious argument to New Hampshire voters: if Mitt Romney had won in 2012, Brown said, “I guarantee you we would not be worrying about Ebola right now.”

Three months later, I still have no idea what Brown was talking about. But the thought experiment itself is nevertheless a fun parlor game for Republicans: what would conditions be right now if Romney’s 2012 campaign hadn’t failed?

As the Boston Globe reported overnight, some folks in Team Mitt apparently have some thoughts on the subject.
If Romney were president, one longtime adviser said, “There wouldn’t be an ISIS at all, and Putin would know his place in life. Domestically, things would be in better shape.”


Look, I realize Romney and his party are in a tough spot. They’re not exactly able to say, “If Romney had won, we’d see a big drop in unemployment, cheaper gas, and much stronger economic growth,” because Obama won and we got all of those things anyway.



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West Virginia. Wow.

The only state where less than half its civilians work

West Virginia quietly passed the ignominious milestone of having less than half of its adult, civilian population in the workforce in November.

State data compiled by the Labor Department shows that West Virginia’s civilian labor participation rate has fallen to 49.8%, from 50% in October. The national rate in December was 62.7%.

The Mountain State is the only state in the history of the series, which goes back to 1976, to have fallen below 50%, though Mississippi at 50.8% isn’t far behind.



International Space Station ammonia leak forces crew to Russian section

The crew of the International Space Station have been evacuated from the US part of the satellite after a toxic gas leak, according to reports.

They have been moved into the Russian part of the satellite because of an ammonia leak in the US-made section, Russian news reports said. The incident happened at around 11.44am.

All of the six crew — made up of three Russians, two Americans and one Italian — are safe in the Russian section, Russian news agencies reported.

A spacewalk might be required to fix the leak, Russia Today said citing Russian mission control.



A SWAT Raid Based On Faulty Information Kills a Man Over His ‘Huge Stash.’ Worth Maybe All of $2.

In a sad case of investigative error, a man has tragically lost his life in a SWAT raid. The raid turned up only $2.00 worth of marijuana in his possession.

A drug informant identified and accused Jason Westcott of dealing drugs for the Tampa Bay Police Department, despite Westcott’s having no previous criminal record.

The informant, known as Ronnie “Bodie” Coogle, has confessed to lying to the police after it was too late, according to the Tampa Bay Times:

Coogle said they were all wrong. He said he repeatedly lied about suspects, stole drugs he bought on the public’s dime and conspired to falsify drug deals.

One of those he lied about, he said, was Jason Westcott, a young man with no criminal convictions whom a SWAT team killed during a drug raid that found just $2 worth of marijuana. Critics from across the country condemned the Police Department’s handling of the case as an example of the drug war’s lethal excesses.

“They’re making statements that are lies, that are absolute untruths, that are based on shady facts,” Coogle said of Tampa police. “Everything they’re saying is based on the informant. And I was the informant.”



Fraternal Order of Police lobbies for new federal hate crime law

The 300,000-member Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is demanding that the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama “act now” to expand the federal hate crimes statute and add police officers as a protected class.

In a recent press release, the police union boasts that it has spent years lobbying for more federalization of crime and punishment. The presser cites a handful of recent incidents, nationally, in which police officers were attacked while on the job.

“Enough is enough! It’s time for Congress to do something to protect the men and women who protect us,” said union president Chuck Canterbury.

The federal government’s 1969 hate crime law has been expanded several times and already criminalizes bodily injury against anyone based on race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. Penalties for committing a “hate crime” extend to up to 10 years in federal prison.

The FOP proposal would add the basis of “uniform” to the current list.



Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Hope Solo

Source: LA Times

Washington state municipal court dismissed a pair of domestic violence charges against Hope Solo on Tuesday, ending an ugly affair that started when the soccer star was accused of attacking her nephew and half-sister last year.

A Kirkland, Wash., municipal judge dismissed the charges with prejudice around 1 p.m., according to court supervisor Erin Wheeler.

Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, filed a motion to dismiss, which was granted on Monday, according to Wheeler.

"From the beginning, I've stated that Hope was the victim of an assault in this case," Maybrown said in a statement. "With a careful review of the facts surrounding these matters, it is clear that Hope never should have faced charges in the first place."

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-judge-dismisses-all-charges-against-hope-solo-20150113-story.html

Ray Bradbury's house, sold for $1.76 million, is being torn down

Ray Bradbury lived in his 1937 Cheviot Hills home for more than 50 years. After the author of "Fahrenheit 451" died in 2012, the house was readied for sale.

The home was filled with original details, such as built-in bookcases, that surrounded Bradbury for much of his life. The next owner could be proud to live with the echo of Bradbury, the beloved science fiction writer who advised both Walt Disney and NASA.

Or not.

The home, which was purchased in June 2014 for $1.765 million, is being demolished. A permit for demolition was issued Dec. 30, Curbed LA reports, and a fan who visited the house over the weekend found it in the process of being torn down.

At the request of friends who'd heard the home was being destroyed, John King Tarpinian paid it a visit. "In only one day half of the house was gone," he writes at the science fiction site File 770.com.


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