Jun 30, 2014
According to their website, Watchdog.org is….
Watchdog.org is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity. The program began in September 2009, a project of Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism.
Our established investigative journalists and capitol news
reporters across the country are doing what legacy journalism outlets prove unable to do: share information, dive deep into investigations, and provide the fourth estate that has begun to fade in recent decades. By enhancing communication between reporters and providing a forum for published journalism, Watchdog.org promotes a vibrant, well-informed electorate and a more transparent government.
The group has been working with other groups on the issue of voter fraud and voter “irregularities.”
In a new report, the groups compiled a data from 28 states and found that 6.9 million people were eligible to vote in multiple states. The examined states do not include Florida, California and Texas.
Jun 29, 2014
The pretzel folding machine is pretty cool.
Jun 29, 2014
Less than two months after the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway where the Supreme Court said prayers before governmental public meetings were allowed, the City Council of Huntsville, Alabama dis-invited a man who was scheduled to give an invocation before the City Council meeting.
The same man gave an invocation last year prior to the Council meeting.
The City Council retracted the offer after several members of the community expressed concerns about the invocation being offered.
This is the type of thing that gets our blood boiling. Just because you don’t like what someone is saying doesn’t give you the right to censor them. It certainly doesn’t mean a government can ban someone from speaking a member of a religion speaking while allowing other religions to have continued access.
We have written about this before. Because of that, you might be thinking that we are talking about the City Council telling a Christian pastor or leader they could not speak.
You’d be wrong.
City Council chambers were filled with people Thursday evening for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntsville City Council.
But missing from the crowd was Blake Kirk, who – up until Wednesday – had been asked to give the invocation.
WHNT News 19 confirmed with Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion that Blake had been asked to give the invocation Thursday, but when the agenda was released publicly earlier this week, several council members received community concerns about ‘a Wiccan’ being invited to speak.
Blake is a practicing member and clergy in the Wiccan faith, and surprisingly the man at the center of this controversy has given an invocation in front of city council in Huntsville before.
As is often the case, after making the decision the politicians on the City Council refused to explain their revoking the man’s invitation.
Jun 28, 2014
We wrote yesterday about two Baltimore City police officers who slit the throat of a 7 year old dog after the dog was secured.
Police veteran Officer Jeffrey Bolger who is accused of actually cutting the dog’s throat was charged with animal cruelty. The Baltimore Sun is now reporting Bolger’s partner, Thomas Schmidt has now been charged aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty, and malfeasance in office.
We still believe the other officers on the scene should be fired or disciplined as they let the crime occur, but getting rid of Bolger and Schmidt is a start.
Jun 27, 2014
Sarah Gossard and Nala
Baltimore resident Sarah Gossard’s beloved 7-year-old shar-pei named Nala managed to escape her southeastern Baltimore back yard a few weeks ago. Gossard searched for the dog including posting pictures on the neighborhood’s Facebook page.
While Gossard was searching for the dog, neighborhood resident Sandy Fleischer found Nala scared and confused. When she approached the dog, it nipped at her.
“The dog was more scared of not knowing where it was and being thirsty and disoriented. The dog bit me out of fear because I tried to touch it, which was my fault,” Fleischer told 11 News reporter Kai Reed.
Police were called, and Fleischer said she watched as several officers used sticks to try to contain Nala, who she said wasn’t being aggressive.
“You could hear the dog screaming and crying in pain,” Fleischer said. “I did see one officer that had been extremely aggressive that did have his knee into her chest that was tightening the noose. It seemed (they were doing it) relentlessly and unnecessarily.”
The department’s Special Operations Section then showed up with a dog-control pole.
“One police officer said, ‘Let’s get the noose on the dog,’ and you could see the police officer twisting and hurting the dog, bringing it to the ground to the point where the dog’s face is on the ground,” Fleischer said. “You could hear the dog screaming and crying in pain.”
Jun 26, 2014
Imagine if you will, volunteering your time to help cancer patients get to and from the hospital. You and others volunteer your time at no charge help others.
Imagine if you will, stopping to pick up a patient who flags you down by waving at you.
Imagine if you will, picking up the patient and as you head to the hospital, you are stopped by a “New York Taxi and Limousine Commission” (TLC) officer, issued a summons, and your car towed, leaving you and the cancer patient stranded for a time.
That is exactly what happened to Yeshaya Liebowitz of New York.
Yeshaya Liebowitz, a 25-year-old volunteer driver for the Borough Park organization Chesed, was pulled over 8:30 a.m. Monday after he appeared to pick up an illegal street hail, the TLC said.
“I said I didn’t pay him anything,” said his passenger, a 54-year-old grandmother traveling to Manhattan for a 9:30 a.m. chemotherapy appointment who declined to give her name. “It’s a volunteer organization.”
Another officer told her they had already written out the summons, and there was nothing they could do, the grandmother added.
“This is his good deed, and he got slapped in the face for it,” she added. “It’s hard for people to understand that people do good. He just did this out of the kindness of his heart.”
Liebowitz was incensed that his 2014 Altima was seized while trying to take two patients to Manhattan hospitals.
“I tried to explain to him that I drive people to the hospital. I don’t do it for money– I pay the tolls, I pay for gas, I pay my time,” he said. “The woman tried to explain to him that she is a cancer patient, and I have to go to the hospital. He just ignored them.”