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Political Horizons: On finances, Bobby Jindal counts at-bats as home runs

At least one entry in the “Boring But Important” category has to be the Herculean effort the Jindal administration has put into keeping the influential New York credit rating agencies from downgrading Louisiana’s finances.

Complex analysis of high finance doesn’t get a lot of clicks, but how Moody’s Investors Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services — the Big Three — rank Louisiana is of utmost importance, not only to taxpayers but to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s political ambitions.

State government borrows millions — in the form of bonds sold to investors that are repaid by taxpayers — to pay for expensive projects like highway expansions and building construction. How much taxpayers have to repay is based, in large part, on the credit rating the Big Three give.

Think of that television commercial in which the wife of the cute couple applying for a mortgage to buy a home plants her feet on the banker’s desk and demands “What else can you do for me?”

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/12998704-123/political-horizons-on-finances-jindal

Woman arrested at Baton Rouge movie theater after threatening to ‘shoot somebody’

A woman was arrested Saturday at a Baton Rouge Cinemark movie theater after she repeatedly said, “I’m going to shoot somebody,” just days after a mass shooting at The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette left two people dead and nine others wounded.

Management at the Perkins Rowe theater notified authorities after Gaynell Haydel, 27, walked up to the ticket booth inside the theater and said repeatedly that she was going to shoot someone, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report.

Haydel was unprovoked, deputies said in the report, and her threats made moviegoers and employees fear for their safety with some even leaving the theater.

When a deputy arrived, he told Haydel she had to leave the theater because of the statements she made, and she said, “I don’t have a gun on me,” according to the report.

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/13017546-123/woman-arrested-at-baton-rouge

Swedish police question Snoop Dogg for suspected drug use

HELSINKI — Swedish police say they briefly held U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg on suspicion of drug use after he performed a concert near Stockholm.

National police spokesman Fredrik Wallen says a police patrol in the city of Uppsala, north of the capital, stopped a car in which Snoop Dog was a passenger on Saturday evening after the concert. Police questioned him at a local police station and tested him for suspected drug use.

Wallen said Sunday the rapper was later released and was free to leave the country. Test results would not be available for "some time," he said.

He declined to give further details.


[font color=330099]Geez, Louise! Snoop Dogg would never do drugs.[/font]

This Explosive Reaction to a Gay Couple Sitting Together in Kiev, Ukraine Will Leave You Speechless

Earlier this month, we showed you dramatic footage of a social experiment in which two men held hands and walked through the streets of Moscow, Russia to gauge the public’s attitudes towards homosexuality. Reactions to the stunt couple ranged from not even noticing to uncomfortable glances to verbal and even physical abuse.

After the video went viral, Bird in Flight, an online magazine dedicated to visual culture, decided to recreate the experiment in neighboring Ukraine. Like in Russia and many other Eastern European countries, homosexuality is viewed as a social taboo in the Ukraine and gays are frequent targets of right-wing extremist groups. Back in June, the country’s second gay pride rally in the capital of Kiev turned violent after several dozen neo-Nazi assailants attacked attendees and police.

Reactions to real-life couple Tymur and Zoryan walking the streets of Kiev holding hands were mostly muted, and many bystanders seemed more amused than upset. That wasn’t the case however when Tymur decided to sit on Zoryan’s lap in a popular city park. The two were approached by a dozen or so neo-Nazis things quickly escalated.

Wrote Tymur of the experience:

We can see that most of the people have a neutral opinion, they show no particular interest. This proves that the confrontation is between the two minorities. The only problem is that one of the minorities is excessively aggressive. I think that law enforcement should start the so called ‘safari’ on aggressors, because the latter are discriminating against Ukrainians, popularizing violence and are making it clear with their actions and statements that law enforcement is insignificant to them and the aggression will remain unpunished.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/this-explosive-reaction-to-a-gay-couple-sitting-together-in-kiev-ukraine-will-leave-you-speechless-watch/

Afghan Official: 21 Dead, 10 Wounded in Wedding Gunfight

Source: AP

An Afghan official says that 21 people have been killed by gunmen who fought a gun battle during a wedding in a northern province.

Jaweed Basharat, the governor of Baghlan province, said Monday that another 10 people were wounded in the shooting on Sunday night.

He says the gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Andarab district.

Most of the dead were wedding guests aged from 14 years old to 60 years old, he says.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-official-21-dead-10-wounded-wedding-gunfight-32703027

Australian nurse charged with supporting IS stays in custody

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria did not apply for bail when he appeared in a court in his hometown of Melbourne on Monday charged with supporting a terrorist group.

Adam Brookman, 39, voluntarily returned to Australia from Turkey on Friday. Brookman has told media that he was able to escape from Syria after winning Islamic State militants' trust by working for them in a hospital controlled by the group at al-Bab in Aleppo province.

He appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with performing services to help someone engage in a hostile activity in a foreign country. He is also charged with supporting a terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State group. The charges carry maximum prison sentences of 20 years and 15 years respectively.

His lawyer Rob Stary told Magistrate Jelena Popovic that his client would not apply for bail.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article28783789.html

Six Central Texas men sentenced in gang rape of 15-year-old girl from Waco

Six Waco men who pleaded guilty to participating in the April 2014 gang rape of a 15-year-old girl were each sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that Da'Juan Oshea Degrate, 19, Day'tron Derrell Smith, 19, Lamont Tray Davis, 20, Cory Darnell Hall, 20, and Devoric Javon Evans, 21, were each indicted in June 2014 on 13 counts of aggravated assault of a child, a first-degree felony, and two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.

Douglas Demond Canada, 20, was indicted on 13 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of sexual assault of a child, the Tribune-Herald reported.

"Today the survivor of this heinous sexual assault can close this chapter in her life and begin to heal," Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Massey told KWTX.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Six-Central-Texas-men-learn-fate-in-gang-rape-of-6396783.php

Dozens protest outside Katy home of state trooper (who pulled over Sandra Bland)

Source: Houston Chronicle

Gesturing with his arms in the heat, Patrik Bernard told deputies in front of him that he felt compelled to leave his house and protest, acknowledging that as a citizen, doing so might cost him his job.

"I don't care," said the 42-year-old insurance agent. "Yeah, it's the most dangerous thing to do, to protest. I'm not protesting against you. I'm protesting against the action of a cowardly officer."

Bernard was among the people in Katy Sunday to attend a rally organized by activist Quanell X in front of what they believed to be the residence of Brian Encinia, the Texas Department of Public State trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland in Waller County on July 10.

"Had this police officer's behavior had not been what it was, and many of us believe his behavior was illegal, this sister perhaps today would still be alive," said Quanell X, speaking outside a restaurant on Southmore Boulevard. "So he is complicit in the murder of sister Sandra Bland, and that's why we're going to his house. And many have said, 'well why go to his house?' Because these devils have been coming to the black community, raiding and destroying black children and black families for decades. So now it's time for us to let them know that when you murder our kids in cold blood, we will also come to your neighborhood and let you know: hands off of our children, hands off of our women."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Dozens-protest-outside-Katy-home-of-state-trooper-6406823.php

Senate smackdown: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee efforts squelched by leaders

Ted Cruz just wanted a roll-call vote on Sunday. Instead, he got a smackdown.

Republican leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), delivered what senators described as punishment for Cruz’s brazen floor tactics — the Texas senator first accused McConnell of lying and later sought to change Senate procedures in order to push for an Iran-related amendment.

So when Cruz came to the floor looking for 16 senators to agree to hold a roll-call vote, only three raised their hands. McConnell, sitting at his desk, turned around and peered at Cruz, who looked stunned at what had just happened. The Senate dispensed with his effort by a voice vote and quickly moved on, doing the same to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a Cruz ally who sought to use arcane procedures to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.

It all went down in an instant, but the message was clear: If Cruz doesn’t want to play nice with his Republican colleagues, they will respond in kind.

“You learn that in kindergarten: You learn to work well together and play by the rules,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a close McConnell ally who was beaming after Cruz and Lee were handed such lopsided defeats. “Another thing you learn in kindergarten is to respect one another.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/senate-obamacare-repeal-ted-cruz-mike-lee-120637.html

BREAKING: Operation Jade Helm Claims First Civilian Casualty

Porter, TX, – According to multiple sources, Operation Jade Helm 15 has claimed it’s first civilian casualty Saturday night just east of Porter, Texas.

Around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Pct. 4 Deputy Constable Buford Gleason and two Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a suspicious person call at the Wal-Mart located at 23561 US 59 in Porter. Montgomery County dispatch warned deputies a white male wearing a camouflage jacket was seen donning body armor and circling his SUV, which he also moved several times.

Two heavily armed individuals belonging to a local ‘patriot militia’ group soon arrived on scene to assist law enforcement. Upon their arrival the suspect reportedly took off from the Wal-Mart parking lot and a high speed chase ensued.

Burt Williams, leader of ‘Porter Patriots 4 Truth’ (PP4T) reports they chased the suspect back to Sunnyvale mobile home park, east of Porter. It was then Burt claims shots were first fired. “We heard a shot coming from one of the trailers and took cover behind our vehicle. Shortly afterwards I hear across the deputy’s radio a stand down order given, and sure enough, they told us to go home.”

Read more: http://conservativefrontline.com/breaking-operation-jade-helm-claims-first-civilian-casualty/

[font color=330099]My apologies for the source. The details of who was killed and the circumstances appear later in the article.

ETA: Apparently the story is a parody.[/font]
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