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Thought crimes: What's really behind the punishment for fake guns in schools

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In the latest episode of Ban Fake Guns, we have a boy suspended from school in Florence, Arizona, for carrying, yes, a picture of a gun on his computer. Screen saver. This is surely a sign of complete mental breakdown by school officials. And yet one more reason to home school.

Steve Watson, writing at infowars, runs down the recent litany of fake gun crimes at schools across America, resulting in student suspensions, suspension hearings, and actual school lockdowns:
  • Transparent toy gun. South Carolina.
  • Gun built from lego bricks. Massachusetts.
  • Two kids talking about a nerf gun. New York.
  • An actual nerf gun. New York.
  • A pink bubble gun. Pennsylvania.
  • A paper gun. Pennsylvania.
  • Pointing a finger and saying "pow." Maryland.
  • Playing cops and robbers with fingers. Maryland.
  • Making a gun "hand gesture." Oklahoma.
Should we assume that because cops and school officials can't stop real crimes, they're settling for stopping fake crimes?

Can you hear the typical response to these school suspensions and lockdowns? "Well, everybody in the community is on edge these days, after Sandy Hook."

That remark garners a "Mmm, well, sure."

Then, the follow-up: "It's unfortunate that school officials and police MAY HAVE overreacted. Suspension from school is PROBABLY too much. These kids need some form of LESSER DISCIPLINE, and, of course, EDUCATION about the dangers of guns."

And there you have it. It's a sleight-of-hand trick. Go completely overboard with an officially certified insane action (suspension, lockdown), and people will ask for something slightly less insane instead.

Heart - Black

Two Manitoba sheriffs charged with sex assaults on drugged women

Two Manitoba sheriffs face more allegations that they drugged and sexually assaulted women while off-duty.

Last October, two people were arrested in Winnipeg after a 30-year-old woman complained that she was given a substance at a couple's home in April that made her unconscious.

She said when she woke up, she discovered that she had been sexually assaulted and contacted police.

Winnipeg police say three other women have come forward with similar allegations that go back as far as 2000.

"The three victims individually and on separate occasions had attended the accuseds' residence," police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said Thursday.

"During these incidents, two were administered a stupefying substance and at least one of the victims was rendered unconscious. During these incidents all three of the victims were sexually assaulted."


"Rarer than rare" 1865 antique baseball card sells for $92,000

A rare 1865 photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team, discovered at a Maine yard sale and considered one of the first baseball cards ever, sold for $92,000 at an auction on Wednesday.

A Massachusetts man offered the winning sum in cash after a brief round of bidding at Saco River Auction Co., said Troy Thibodeau, manager and auctioneer at the company in Biddeford, Maine. Thibodeau declined to name the buyer.

The photograph mounted on a card, known as a carte de viste, is the only one of its kind known to exist, though the Library of Congress has a similar image made from a different negative, Thibodeau said before the auction.

"It's rarer than rare."


Police in San Francisco renew probe into fate of Kevin Collins, the first missing child to have his picture on a milk carton

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Police using cadaver dogs and jack hammers have renewed their probe into the fate of a young San Francisco boy who became a national symbol for abducted children three decades ago, and they publicly identified their prime suspect for the first time on Wednesday.

San Francisco police held a news conference to enlist the public's help in learning more about a man investigators had questioned in the disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins just days after he vanished in 1984.

The suspect, Wayne Jackson, who was known to go by four other names, lived across the street from the Catholic grammar school that Kevin attended in the Haight-Ashbury District. He had a history of sex crimes against children and died in 2008, police said.

The American public came to know Kevin after he was among the first missing children to have his picture printed on milk cartons distributed throughout the nation. Newsweek magazine ran his photograph on its cover under the headline "Stolen Children."

"This is a case that haunts the San Francisco Police Department and the city of San Francisco," police Chief Greg Suhr said.


Canadian senator Patrick Brazeau arrested for domestic violence and kicked out of the Tory caucus

Controversial Senator Patrick Brazeau has been arrested for domestic violence and has been booted out of the Conservative caucus.

Senator Brazeau
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Senator Brazeau
PostMedia News is reporting that Brazeau was arrested at 9:10 A.M. on Thursday morning and is currently being held at a Gatineau jail. As of Thursday evening he has not been charged but is expected to spend the night in jail and appear in court on Friday morning. Additionally, according to PostMedia, Brazeau's home has been "cordoned off with crime-scene tape."

Sources have told CTV News reporter Robert Fife and he has tweeted that Brazeau is to be "charged with sexual assault and domestic violence."

Government leader in the Senate, Marjory LeBreton released this statement this afternoon:
"In light of the serious nature of the events reported today, Senator Brazeau has been removed from the Conservative Caucus. As this is a legal matter, I cannot comment further."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Brazeau to the Senate in 2009. Prior to joining the government caucus, Brazeau was the National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, an organization that advocates for Aboriginal people living off-reserve.

He's been no stranger to controversy since 2009.


Who is the Canadian suspected in the Bulgarian bus blast?

Jason Kenney says suspect moved to Vancouver with his mother when he was a boy

Bulgarian bus bombing
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A former Canadian resident is being sought by Bulgarian officials in connection with a deadly 2012 bus bombing that killed five Israelis, their Bulgarian bus driver, and the bomber himself.
The Canadian dual citizen accused in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year was born in Lebanon and moved to British Columbia with his mother as a boy, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday while declining to release the suspect's name.

"This individual came to Canada as a child, I think at the age eight, settled into Vancouver with his mother, and became a citizen three, four years later," Kenney said during an interview with Evan Solomon on CBC News Network's Power & Politics.

A day earlier, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov made public his country's ongoing search for the former Canadian resident, who is one of two suspects being sought by security officials in the July 18, 2012, blast in Burgas that killed five Israelis, their Bulgarian bus driver, and the bomber himself.

Kenney said the suspect has "not normally been a resident of Canada" since leaving the country 10 years ago.


Farmer in New Zealand jailed over 'horrendous' animal cruelty

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A farmer who broke 115 of his cows' tails and hit the animals with steel pipes and milking cups in the cow shed has been jailed.

Lourens Barend Erasmus, 40, was originally sentenced to 10 months of home detention with judicial monitoring when he appeared before the Waihi District Court last year.

But the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) appealed against the sentence and yesterday, in the High Court at Rotorua, Erasmus was jailed for two years and one month.

MPI animal welfare compliance officer Brendon Mikkelsen described the offending as "severe".

"It clearly was one of the worst types of animal welfare offending in this district and nationally."

The court had previously heard that an investigation revealed Erasmus had broken the tails of 115 of his 135 cows over a period of three to four weeks.

Other cows had broken jaws.

Eye 1

Atlanta doctor sentenced for prison sex

A former prison doctor who tried to play out his gay sex fantasies in Atlanta's federal pen is now an inmate himself. For the next two years.

Lewis Jackson, 34, was sentenced Thursday in federal district court for assaulting three inmates in October 2011. That's when he tried perform oral sex on the men as they sought medical treatment at the prison in southeast Atlanta. In one case, he pushed for anal sex.

Jackson pleaded guilty in November and now faces a sentence of 2 years, 1 month in prison. He's also awaiting sentencing in Washington, D.C. on similar charges.

Bizarro Earth

Man claims IRS agent coerced him into sex

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An Oregon man is suing the U.S. Government and a female IRS agent he alleges pressured him into sex, by threatening a tax penalty.

Vincent Burroughs, of Fall Creek, Ore., says the harassing relationship began in August of 2011 when Dora Abrahamson, an agent with the Internal Revenue Service, called him and said he would be audited, CBS affiliate KVAL reports.

Burroughs says he didn't know Abrahamson, and that he hadn't met her before those calls - nor had he heard that he was being audited by the IRS.

"She was sending me texts that she wanted to come out, give me massages because she needed to help me relax," Burroughs said in a phone interview with KVAL News.

Black Magic

Woman burned alive for 'sorcery' in Papua New Guinea

A woman has been tortured and burned alive in Papua New Guinea after being accused of using sorcery to kill a young boy, local media report.

The woman, a mother aged 20 named as Kepari Leniata, was stripped, tied up and doused in petrol by the boy's relatives in Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands, said the National newspaper.

She was then thrown onto a fire in front of hundreds of people.

Police and firefighters were unable to intervene, the paper said.

The Post Courier newspaper said they had been outnumbered by the crowd and chased away. Both newspapers published graphic photos of the incident on their front pages.

Provincial police commander Supt Kaiglo Ambane told the National that police were treating the case as murder and would arrest those responsible.