The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.
“The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning,” said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.
The state has handed over more than 500 documents to the 11-member House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which today met for the first time and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify.
One hundred thousand given to them and they repay the citizens of Boston and the United States by killing three and wounding countless others?
Another beautiful day here in Satellite Beach, so instead of wasting time, let’s get to some items of interest.
First, in case you missed it, the Steve Bussey Radio Experience signed off of WMEL this past Saturday. As many of you may remember, we were associated with the show for quite some time but left due to a variety of reasons. We know the people at WMEL are good folks and wish them well in filling the slot left by the Bussey show departure. We also want to wish Steve, his sidekicks, production staff and everyone associated with the show good luck in future endeavors.
We received an email the other day informing us that former City Manager Mike Crotty has accepted a position as City Manager of Surfside, Florida which is down in Miami-Dade County, and has a population of about 5,000 people.
There was a “thank you” event held at Pelican Park to thank Jeff Pearson for his service as Acting City Manager this past Friday. From what we have heard, it was a surprise to Jeff Pearson and about 90 people attended and had a good time. If you are wondering why we don’t have more on this event, it is because we can’t remember being told the event was happening.
Last Thursday, April 25, there was a Townhall meeting at the Schechter Center. Turnout was light, to say the least, but the people there were interested in the direction the City is going. We listened to the tape of the event and here is our summary. (more…)
There are a couple of things we wish point out in how the Times spins this issue and how there are some real, uninformed clowns in Congress.
Drawing on the lessons from battles in the 1980s and ’90s over the Brady Bill, which failed in Congress several times before ultimately passing, gun control supporters believe they can prevail by working on a two-pronged strategy. First, they are identifying senators who might be willing to change their votes and support a background check system with fewer loopholes.
Loopholes? The issue with the Manchin-Toomey Amendment was not so called “loopholes” but the fact that the bill was too restrictive and onerous. If the bill had simply stuck to the idea that if one buys a gun at a gun show, they need to complete a background check, very few people would have complained. Instead, the Amendment tried to overreach into every transaction, even those between private parties within a state, and people said “we don’t want that.”
But we’ll let the Times speak for itself as to what the “loopholes” are:
“We’re going to work it hard,” Mr. Manchin said Thursday, adding that he was looking at tweaking the language of his bill in a way that he believed would satisfy senators who, for example, felt that background checks on person-to-person gun sales would be too onerous for people who live in rural areas far from a sporting goods store.
Those concerns were an issue for Alaska’s senators, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Mark Begich, a Democrat.
The Times article never states a “loophole,” but yet to demonize those who voted against the bill, they turn the reasons around. Instead of accurately saying right out of the gate that people voted against the bill because it was too restrictive, they say they voted against it because “loopholes” weren’t addressed. (more…)
The State Assembly of California has passed a bill that would allow non-citizens to sit on juries. By “non-citizens,” we don’t mean “non-citizens” or residents of the state. No, we mean non-citizens of the United States of America. The bill still requires the person meets all other jury qualifications such as age, being proficient in English, etc., but the prospective juror does not have to be a US citizen.
There doesn’t appear to be any Constitutional prohibition on non-citizens serving on juries, and the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Carter v. Jury Commission of Greene City that non-citizens may be excluded from jury service.
(In addition, the Supreme Court has ruled that the 14th Amendment protection applies to non-citizens, but some “essential” government jobs such as teachers, fire fighters, police, etc., may be limited to US citizens only.)
Without direct authority from the Constitution or the Supreme Court, we are left with the real question of “is it a good idea to allow non US citizens onto juries?”
We here at Raised on Hoecakes do not believe it is.
Before we explain why, it is interesting to see why the vote in the California Assembly was 45-25 mostly along party lines in the Democrat controlled Assembly.
Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said his bill, AB1401, would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community.
Democratic lawmakers who voted for the bill said there is no correlation between being a citizen and a juror, and they noted that there is no citizenship requirement to be an attorney or a judge.
This is one of those stories that we hope there is more that is not being told.
Somehow we doubt it.
Alex and Anna Nikolayev of Sacramento, California have a little baby boy named Sammy who has a heart murmur and is under the care of a heart specialist. Recently Sammy exhibited flu-like symptoms and out of concern for the health of their child, the Nikolayevs took Sammy to Sutter Memorial Hospital. While there, they became concerned about the quality and accuracy Sammy was receiving.
One of their specific concerns was that when a nurse was giving Sammy antibiotics, the Nikolayevs asked the nurse what the antibiotics were and what they were for. According to the Nikolayevs, the nurse told them she didn’t know why she was giving Sammy antibiotics or what they were for. The Nikolayevs tracked down a doctor who told them the child shouldn’t be receiving any antibiotics.
At the same time, another doctor told the Nikolayevs that he thought he should operate on Sammy to correct his heart murmur.
Because the doctor’s advice on the operation was against that of their heart specialist and because Sammy was being injected with antibiotics in error, the Nikolayevs took the child from the hospital without a “proper discharge” and immediately took the child to the competitor hospital of Kaiser Permanente. There a doctor examined Sammy who examined and monitored Sammy and eventually told the Nikolayevs there was no reason why Sammy needed to be admitted to the hospital and was medically cleared to go home. (more…)
AT&T is rolling out a “smart” security system plan for homes.
We kid you not.
A year after announcing that it’s getting into the home security and remote monitoring business, AT&T is announcing the first markets where the service will be available, plus how much it will cost.
On Friday, AT&T will announce that its Digital Life service is available in 15 markets: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Philadelphia; Riverside, Calif.; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. The company said the service will be available in up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.
Digital Life lets people monitor and manage home security and energy systems from afar using a smartphone, computer, or tablet. AT&T provides and installs Internet-connected cameras, along with sensors on doors and windows, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, door locks, thermostats, and moisture sensors. The devices and sensors are all hooked up to a home broadband connection and can be controlled from a computer or mobile device. The Digital Life application is available on most browsers and there are mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices, AT&T said.
Somehow in our minds we can see a frantic homeowner calling AT&T for support as alarms are going off all around him and getting someone in some other country. After yelling “THE ALARMS WON’T CUT OFF!” we can hear some service rep saying “I don’t know how to handle the alarms for your AT&T system. Is there anything else I can do for you today?” (more…)
Over the past few weeks we have been hearing a great deal from people about the evils of guns and how they need to be restricted / registered / confiscated / destroyed / etc. (Okay, the last few are a slight exaggeration, but not by much.)
What you seldom here in the main stream media is the number of times guns are used to protect people from harm. Take this example:
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.
Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”
Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”
Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.