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Respect for police among Americans surges to highs not seen since late '60s

© Lucas Jackson / Reuters
Americans' respect for police has reached its highest since the late 1960s, a new poll has shown. Despite racial tensions and police brutality in black communities, respect for law enforcement is almost equally high among both whites and non-whites.

"The percentage who say they respect the police is significantly higher now than in any measurement taken since the 1990s and is just one point below the high of 77 percent recorded in 1967," Gallup said, referring to the results of its most recent poll held earlier in October.

Respect for police officers appeared to grow as the number of on-duty officers shot and killed rose as well, the survey revealed.

Three in four Americans, or 76 percent, said they have "a great deal" of respect for police in their areas - a 12 percent jump from last year. Another 17 percent said they have "some" respect for their local police officers, and only seven percent confessed they had "hardly any" respect.


22-year-old Tennessee son knocks mother unconscious for not paying for Taco Bell

© Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Logan Badgley
A young Tennessee man has knocked his mother out cold, striking her on the head with a hockey stick because she could not pay for his Taco Bell dinner.

Bringing a whole new definition to 'taco stand,' Logan Badgley decided he wasn't going to take his mother's sauciness any longer. The 22-year-old of Lakeland has been charged with aggravated assault after a neighbor saw him beating up Melanie Badgley with something initially thought to be a golf club.

An argument between the two started after Logan said he wanted his mother's debit card to go buy food at a local Taco Bell Saturday evening. Melanie said she couldn't pay for his food, because the card had a zero balance. He "took the card anyway and left the residence," a police report said, according to The Smoking Gun.

It was not long before Logan returned home and, as the woman told Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO), he "was angry" with her because "there was no money" in the bank account.

The two were in the garage when the young man grabbed a hockey stick and started hitting a freezer. He then struck his mother on the left side of her head, leaving her comatose.


Syrian authorities grant amnesty to over 160 ex-militants in Homs

© Alalam
The Syrian authorities granted amnesty to over 160 wanted militants in Northern Homs who had turned themselves in and handed over their weapons.

According to Amnesty Law No. 15 for 2016, the cases of over 160 militants in al-Rastan, Talbiseh, Tal Kalakh and a number of villages in Northern territories of the province were processed.

Last week, Syrian Army soldiers and popular forces launched fresh large-scale offensives to take back the key town of Talbiseh in Northern Homs. "Syrian government forces struck at the first defense line of the terrorists in Ayoun al-Hossein.

The Syrian Air Force and artillery units for their part targeted terrorists' centers in Ayoun al-Hossein," the sources said.

"Terrorists have thus far suffered tens of casualties in the attacks," they added.

"The Syrian soldiers have also stormed the terrorists' gatherings in Ein Issa al-Janoubiyeh and Joureh al-Hasyan in Northern Homs, destroying several machinegun-equipped vehicles," the source added.

Green Light

Red light camera CEO sentenced for bribing public officials

© Tom Dodge/Dispatch Photo
After being found guilty of bribing politicians to implement her due process-removing products, Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light company Redflex, was sentenced last week to 14 months in prison this week. In addition to the charges that she was sentenced for, Finley is also awaiting sentencing on similar charges in a different state, which could potentially compound her jail time.

The prosecutors laid out the case against Finley in the following court statement:
From December 2005 to February 2013, Finley served as CEO of a red light camera enforcement company. As part of her plea agreement, Finley admitted that, between 2005 and 2013, she participated in a scheme in which the company made campaign contributions to elected public officials in the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati through a consultant retained by the company. According to admissions made in connection with her plea, Finley and others, including another executive of the company, agreed to provide the conduit campaign contributions with the understanding that the elected public officials would assist the company in obtaining or retaining municipal contracts, including a photo red light enforcement contract with the City of Columbus.
This case has shed doubt on the process by which red light cameras are installed in cities across the US.

Even US District Judge Michael H. Watson, the judge presiding over the case, admitted that the whole process could be a "sham."


Sheriff deputies side with inmates in Santa Clara hunger strike

The Santa Clara County sheriff deputies union has made an unprecedented statement in support of inmates who recently took part in a hunger strike to air grievances about their housing and treatment. The inmates are hoping to improve living conditions, and their demands are very reasonable.

Just before the hunger strike began, the inmates published a list of 5 demands, which read as follows:

l. End: Meaningless classification reviews and biased appeal process.
A. Incorporate classification practices of other jurisdictions (CDCR, Alameda County,
B. Establish independent oversight and review of inmate appeal process, jail conditions,
practices and policies.
C. Safeguard all due process protections.
2. End: Placement in solitary confinement when there exists no serious rule
violation to merit such placement.
a. Prohibit the use of long-term/indefinite solitary confinement.
b. Prohibit the use of solitary confinement based solely on gang allegations,
affiliation, validation, etc.
A. Follow the classification and housing practice of other jurisdictions (CDCR, Alameda
County, etc.)
B. Allow all inmates a genuine opportunity to be downclassed and properly integrated
into the general population.
C. Determine classification/housing of all inmates based on individual behavior.

Black Magic

FBI agents, prosecutors to be replaced in Eric Garner probe in rare shake-up

© Elizabeth Shafiroff/Reuters
Protesters, demanding justice for Eric Garner, hold placards while shouting slogans in Foley Square, New York December 4, 2014.
The Department of Justice has replaced New York-based FBI agents and federal prosecutors who reportedly do not believe charges should be brought against an NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014. The rare move is expected to advance the probe.

Comment: When politics outweigh your boots on the ground.

The DOJ opened the investigation into Garner's death in December 2014, after a New York State grand jury decision not to indict New York Police Department officer Daniel Pantaleo. Garner, 43, had been confronted by Pantaleo and another officer for allegedly selling "loosies" — untaxed cigarettes — on a street corner in Staten Island, before Pantaleo put Garner in a chokehold. Garner eventually died, repeating "I can't breathe." His last words became a slogan of numerous protests against police brutality.

The federal civil rights investigation has since stalled, according to the New York Times, as federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York assigned to the case have argued that federal charges should not be brought against Pantaleo, who has remained an NYPD officer working on desk duty since Garner's death.

Bad Guys

Gay Trump supporters attend Ohio rally with no hassles - now getting death threats from leftists after interview

© Wall Street Journal
Cody Moore and Dewey Lainhart
Gay Trump supporters Cody Moore and Dewey Lainhart were interviewed at a massive Trump rally in Cincinnati in mid-October.

The two men told The Wall Street Journal they were "tired of the bullshit government" and were supporting Donald Trump for president.

The video of their interview had 256,000 views and over 900 comments.

Now leftists and Hillary supporters are threatening to kill them.

At the end of the interview Lainhart says he is a supporter of the Second Amendment saying,
"I look over my back and I do carry because I love the Second Amendment."
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton took millions from the most violent anti-gay regimes on Earth.

And the Democrat hypocrites could not care less.


New study predicts robots could put more than 1mn Brits out of work by 2030

© Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
More than 1 million jobs could be automated by 2030 as part of a fourth industrial revolution powered by artificial intelligence (AI), according to research by Oxford University and consultancy firm Deloitte.

The study found there is a 77 percent probability of 1.3 million "repetitive and predictable" administrative and operative roles being automated within 15 years.

More than 850,000 public sector jobs - including teachers, social workers and even police officers - could also be replaced by computer programs.

Although the figures appear to herald a future blighted with mass unemployment, Deloitte claims automation has created more work than it has destroyed over the past 140 years.

Comment: The trend towards automation and artificial intelligence keeps marching forward for better or worse.


US elections: Long lines, vote-changing machines reported amid record-breaking early turnout

© Jim Young / Reuters
New ID requirements, voting machines casting the wrong vote, unfamiliar or distant polling places, and names missing from voting rolls are just some of the challenges that are starting to disrupt voting leading up to Election Day.

The November presidential election will be the first without federal protections under the Voting Rights Act, with 14 states creating laws requiring voter ID.

Early voting has begun in several states, including Texas, North Carolina and Florida, with record turnout - although voters for both parties have reported experiencing problems with voting machines.

Comment: The US elections are off to a flying start and already we are seeing problems. Maybe Trump has made people more aware of possible "vote rigging".


Huge explosion 'destroys building' in northwest China town, casualties feared (UPDATE)

© ZhangZhulin / Twitter
An explosion has ripped through a town in Fugu County, Shaanxi province in northwestern China, resulting in multiple injuries and severe damage to local infrastructure, according to local media.

The blast occurred on Monday at about 2pm local time (06:00 GMT) near a hospital in Xinmin Township, according to the China Daily.

The incident "might be related to unlicensed storage of explosives," the local Huashang newspaper cited local residents as saying. This has not been officially confirmed.

Comment: See also: Is there more to the 2015 Tianjin, China, explosion than meets the eye?

Update (Oct. 24): At least 7 were killed and 94 injured in the explosion. The cause of the explosion is still unclear.