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Live Reuters feed from Ferguson here

http://live.reuters.com/Event/US_Live_Blog

hm, looks like the feed is over now.

Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Gives Bizarre Press Conference

(yes that is the original headline)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/24/bob-mcculloch-ferguson_n_6215986.html

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a press conference that many found baffling, unwieldy and inflammatory.

McCulloch said the grand jury "gave up their lives" while deliberating.

The prosecutor also repeatedly lashed out at the media, blaming the internet and "the 24-hour news cycle" for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown was shot and killed in August. He continued talking for several minutes before revealing the much-anticipated grand jury decision.

“The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media,” he said.

more at link

85 F today for Orlando ? typical see-saw temps....

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:32801.1.99999

Turn on the heat, turn off the heat. Turn on the AC, turn off the AC. Rinse, repeat a dozen times before March.

eta: Already 86.5 F at a station near Miami.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=25.81410599,-80.38485718&sp=KFLDORAL2



*****Barack Obama Group******"FIXING THE SYSTEM President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration"

America’s immigration system is broken. The President is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.




from this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/immigration-action


Short background video on the President's speech last night.

$50 into more than $40 million in Las Vegas, "The Run"

http://www.las-vegastravelguide.com/archie-karas-50-40-million-zero-las-vegas/

This is a story only possible in Las Vegas.

Archie Karas is a Greek-American gambler, high roller, poker player, and pool shark famous for the largest and longest documented winning streak in gambling history simply known as The Run.

The run started when he turned $50 in December 1992 into more than $40 million by the beginning of 1995, only to lose it all later that year.

He is considered by many to be the greatest gambler of all time and has often been compared to Nick the Greek, another high stakes gambler.


Much more at link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Karas#The_Run

I'm not a gambler and never been to Vegas, so I'll leave it to others to comment on this.

-26 F in Longwood, FL ! New ice age cometh !



http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=28.70264435,-81.33798218&sp=KFLLONGW9

(yes I'm sure the temperature gauge/software/hardware is wildly broken)

Grayson: Protect vets from foreclosure

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-grayson-seeks-to-protect-veterans-from-foreclosure-20141120-post.html

A law that protects returning veterans from having their homes foreclosed for a year after they leave the service expires at the end of the year and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, has introduced legislation to make the benefit permanent.

Grayson this week introduced two resolutions, H.R. 5730 and 5731, with variations of the same idea, hoping that one of them would be acceptable on a large enough bipartisan basis to pass by the end of the year and take affect when the old law expires Dec. 31.

Approval would need a suspension of the rules, which would require 2/3s approval. The timetable is fairly tight. The measure would have to be marked up by the House Veterans Affairs Committee at its only remaining meeting in this session, and then be approved on the House floor, sent to the Senate, and approved there before Congress adjourns before Christmas.

Prior to 2009, veterans had a three-month window after they left the military, during which banks could not foreclose on their homes. The idea was to give them time to find civilian jobs and get settled into civilian life. In 2009, during the great recession, that protection was extended to nine months. Last year, it was extended to 12 months, but that law included a sunset clause.

***BOG post****'Devastating' Failures Lead Secret Service to Consider Raising White House Fence

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/devastating-failures-lead-secret-service-raising-white-house/story?id=27029124

The security failures that recently let a man with a small knife in his pocket jump the perimeter fence and make it "practically unencumbered" deep into the White House were "devastating," and now the U.S. Secret Service may make the fence taller, the new head of the agency said today in his first appearance before lawmakers at the helm.

"Without question, the agency has been severely damaged in recent years by failures," dating back to the Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal in 2012, Acting Director Joseph Clancy told a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

"The range of shortcomings” is “what hits the hardest," he said.

The chairman of the committee, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said a recently completed internal Department of Homeland Security review of the September intrusion "uncovered a laundry list of errors," from communications systems that didn't work to a canine officer who was on a personal cell phone call -- without his radio earpiece in his ear or his tactical radio -- and realized too late what was happening in front of him.

17 F in North Florida right now ! Wow....

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=30.81325912,-86.29782867&sp=KFLDEFUN1

Winter has definitely arrived several weeks too early ! Stay warm, northern DU'ers and north Florida DU'ers too !

Libertarian Champion Rand Paul Helped Kill NSA Reform Bill

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/18/rand-paul-nsa-reform-bill_n_6182204.html

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul, a leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, helped kill a bill meant to rein in the National Security Agency. Huh?

The USA Freedom Act, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), received 58 votes on Tuesday night -- two short of cloture, the magic number in the Senate that allows a bill to proceed to an actual roll call.

The 40 Republicans and one Democrat who voted against cloture mostly did so because they thought the bill went too far. Paul also voted against NSA reform -- because, he said, it didn't go far enough.

Paul said he voted against the bill because it would have extended the Patriot Act provision that allows the NSA to search Americans’ phone records. He has consistently opposed the Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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