April 3, 2013 Old man’s update of strange news here in Amerixa…


April 3, 2013 Special treatment for dirty cops? As if the common citizen didn’t know..
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A former Millbrook Police Department officer was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of possession of child pornography.

Ronnie Neil Lipscomb, 44, was sentenced to 4 years, but the judge says he will spend 12 months at the Elmore County Jail.

Lipscomb was not employed as an officer with the Millbrook Police Dept. at the time of his arrest.

The judge ordered him to report to the Elmore County Jail by Friday, April 5.

Since Lipscomb was found guilty of possessing child porn, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

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A Baltimore police sergeant was convicted of perjury for lying to get a search warrant used for a pre-dawn raid.

Sgt. Dennis Workley, convicted Friday by a Baltimore judge, used the warrant to lead a pre-dawn raid on an east Baltimore home.

Workley led the raid, and he swore in an affidavit he had seen an informant buy drugs from people in the house.

Workley was later charged with lying about that, which resulted in Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge John Howard finding Workley guilty of perjury and malfeasance.

The raid that resulted from Workley’s affidavit, according to resident Mary Johnson, left family Christmas presents in a trash pile after police on the raid used took a sledgehammer to them. Two people who were in the house were charged with drug possession but those charges were later dropped.

Workley will be sentenced in May for both charges, which are misdemeanors. Perjury carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a statement that the police department has an obligation to preserve the public trust.

Today is Wednesday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2013. There are 272 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 3, 1973, the first handheld portable telephone was demonstrated for reporters on a New York City street corner as Motorola executive Martin Cooper contacted Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs using a Motorola device that, according to an AP story, looked like “a small, domesticated version of military walkie-talkies” and weighed less than three pounds.

On this date:

In 1776, George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College.

In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.)

In 1869, Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, premiered in Copenhagen.

In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of James’ gang.

In 1913, British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to three years in jail for inciting supporters to bomb the home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George. (Pankhurst, known for staging hunger strikes in prison, was repeatedly released and reincarcerated, serving roughly 30 days total behind bars.)

In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J. for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.

In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began their final assault on Bataan against American and Filipino troops who surrendered six days later; the capitulation was followed by the notorious Bataan Death March.

In 1946, Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander held responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed by firing squad outside Manila.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, designed to help European allies rebuild after World War II and resist communism.

In 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “mountaintop” speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers.

In 1974, deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; more than 300 fatalities resulted.

In 1996, an Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and American business executives crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.

Ten years ago: Moving with a sense of wartime urgency, the House and Senate separately agreed to give President George W. Bush nearly $80 billion to carry out the battle against Iraq and meet the threat of terrorism. Atlantic magazine editor Michael Kelly, 46, became the first American journalist to be killed while covering the Iraq war. Cuban security forces arrested the hijackers of a passenger ferry, rescuing nearly 50 hostages.

Five years ago: NATO allies meeting in Bucharest, Romania, gave President George W. Bush strong support for a missile defense system in Europe and urged Moscow to drop its angry opposition to the program. Model Naomi Campbell was arrested at London Heathrow Airport after getting into an altercation with police during a dispute about lost luggage. (Campbell was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and fined 2,300 pounds.) Ohio State defeated Massachusetts, 92-85, for the National Invitation Tournament title.

One year ago: Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In a speech to the annual meeting of The Associated Press, President Barack Obama accused Republican leaders of becoming so radical and rigid that even the late Ronald Reagan could not win a GOP primary if he were running today. Baylor finished off an undefeated season with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress-singer Doris Day is 90. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 83. Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall is 79. Actor William Gaunt is 76. Actor Eric Braeden is 72. Actress Marsha Mason is 71. Singer Wayne Newton is 71. Singer Billy Joe Royal is 71. Singer Tony Orlando is 69. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 66. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 64. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 63. Blues singer-guitarist John Mooney is 58. Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 57. Actor Alec Baldwin is 55. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 54. Rock singer John Thomas Griffith (Cowboy Mouth) is 53. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 52. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 51. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 45. Rock musician James MacDonough is 43. Olympic gold medal ski racer Picabo Street is 42. Actress Jennie Garth is 41. Actor Jamie Bamber is 40. Actor Adam Scott is 40. Comedian Aries Spears is 38. Actress Cobie Smulders is 31. Rock-pop singer Leona Lewis is 28. Actress Amanda Bynes is 27.

Thought for Today: “Nothing spoils a good party like a genius.” — Elsa Maxwell, American socialite (1883-1963).

Bakersfield CA Police Beatdown Disabled Marine Vet in Front of Kids
Posted on April 3, 2013 by Cathleen

Streamed live on Apr 2, 2013 by george4title

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Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first such attacks since an eight-day war in November, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the territory, and Israel’s military said.

“Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded,” a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said.

The strikes threatened to end an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a truce that has kept the frontier relatively quiet since November, when some 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed in a brief cross-border war.

A statement from Israel’s military said Israeli aircraft targeted “two extensive terror sites in the Northern Gaza Strip,” in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave at Israel.

Earlier on Tuesday, the military said Palestinians launched three rockets at Israel. Two landed in Gaza and one hit an open area in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.

An al Qaeda-linked group, called Magles Shoura al-Mujahedeen, claimed responsibility for the rocket salvo.

Israel launched its November 2012 offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory.

Tuesday was the third time since the November truce that rockets from Gaza have hit Israel. There have been no casualties in the attacks.

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Magles Shoura al-Mujahedeen, a hardline Islamist Salafi faction with a small presence in Gaza and Sinai in neighboring Egypt, said in an online statement that it fired the rockets in response to the death of a Palestinian inmate in an Israeli jail.

Maysara Abu Hamdeya, 64, was serving a life sentence over an attempt to bomb an Israeli cafe and he died of cancer on Tuesday.

His death sparked some clashes in an Israeli prison, in East Jerusalem and in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians, who view jailed brethren as heroes in a fight for statehood, have held several protests in recent weeks in support of prisoners.

Last month projectiles landed in the southern Israeli town of Sderot during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank. Magles Shoura al-Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for those attacks too.

Israeli police said that on Tuesday they found remnants of one of those rockets, fired on March 21, in a kindergarten that was closed at the time of the attack, ahead of a Jewish holiday.

Israel said it holds Hamas responsible for any violence emanating from Gaza. Hamas has at times cracked down on the Salafis, seeing them as a threat to the stability of the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Along with the United States and most Western governments, Israel views Hamas as a terrorist group for its refusal to recognize the Jewish state or to renounce violence that included suicide bombings in a Palestinian uprising a decade ago.

Hamas seized control of the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip from Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement in 2007. Palestinians want to establish a state in the enclave along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

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