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Best of the Web: Ring, Ring - This is a Police State

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Yesterday my attention was drawn to an article written by Buck Sexton which appeared on The Blaze, "Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches During Traffic Stops". I didn't know cell phones were that big a deal; okay, maybe we shouldn't text while shifting and most of us would agree that hands free is better than having half your field of view blocked.
"In a case explicitly decided to set a precedent, the California Appellate court has determined police officers can rifle through your cellphone during a traffic violation stop."
There is a problem with granting police powers which extend beyond protections built into a citizen's God given right as covered under the 4th Amendment.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."


US, Florida: Actor Billy Bob Thornton's Daughter Gets 20 Years for Child's Death

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The estranged daughter of Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton was sentenced in Florida on Thursday to 20 years in prison for killing a child in her care.

Amanda Brumfield, 32, was convicted in Orlando in May of aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of Olivia Madison Garcia, the 1-year-old daughter of one of Brumfield's close friends.

The child's mother, Heather Murphy, said after the sentencing that she was surprised at how long a prison term Brumfield received, but that it meant little to her.

"None of it satisfies me. It doesn't matter ... I won't ever see Olivia again," Murphy told reporters.

Brumfield contended at trial that Olivia fell out of her playpen and hit her head in October 2008, but prosecutors argued the child's skull fracture and brain bleeding were no accident.


US, California: Character Actor Charles Napier Dies at 75

© The Associated Press/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey ChristieIn this March 12, 2011 photo, actor and author Charles Napier is shown at an appearance for his book, Square Jaw and Big Heart, at Russo's Books in Bakersfield, Calif. Napier, a character actor whose granite jaw and toothy grin earned him tough-guy roles in movies like Rambo: First Blood Part 2, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in California. He was 75.
His granite jaw, toothy grin and steely stare were the tools that made Charles Napier one of the most recognizable actors movie and TV audiences never heard of.

From the dim-witted country music star John Belushi flimflammed in The Blues Brother movie to the scheming military intelligence officer who matched wits with Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood II, Napier appeared in scores of films and TV shows in a career spanning more than 40 years.

He died Wednesday at age 75 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, his longtime friend Dennis Wilson told the Bakersfield Californian. The cause of death was not given.

The actor, whose earliest roles included a memorable turn as a hippie wanderer searching for paradise in a classic 1960s Star Trek episode, continued to work until shortly before his death. He had a voice role in the animated series Archer earlier this year.

In recent years he was a sheriff in an episode of Monk, a father on Curb Your Enthusiasm and a security guard on the children's show Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. His voice was also heard on several episodes of The Simpsons as Officer Krackney and other characters.

His favorite role was as the judge in Philadelphia, the 1993 film that won Tom Hanks a best actor Oscar as an attorney stricken with HIV.

His stock in trade, however, was playing steely eyed tough guys in films like The Silence of the Lambs and even comedies like The Blues Brothers, in which he famously threatened to knock out Belushi's teeth for asking to see his musician's union card.

"I always felt I played myself or some kind of version of myself," Napier told the Bakersfield Californian earlier this year. "If you think about it, old actors probably don't even have a self."


Italian judge who acquitted Knox: American might know 'real truth' about murder

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© The Associated Press/The Canadian Press/Elaine ThompsonIn this Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox, standing in front of her father, Curt Knox, and other supporters, speaks at a news conference shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma
An Italian judge who was part of the jury that acquitted Amanda Knox said Wednesday that she and her ex-boyfriend were cleared of murder based on the evidence, but the "real truth" could be different.

Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann said in a state TV interview that Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito may know what happened in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher, Knox's British roommate.

In his first public comments since the appeals court verdict Monday, the judge stressed the ruling was the fruit of the "the truth that was created in the trial."

"But the real truth could be different," Pratillo Hellmann added. "They could also be responsible, but the proof isn't there."

Pratillo Hellmann, the presiding judge, was one of eight jurors in the case.

Knox and Sollecito have vehemently denied wrongdoing in Kercher's murder. Knox flew home to Seattle on Tuesday, her first full day out of jail since she was arrested a few days after the murder. Sollecito was resting at his hometown in southern Italy, his lawyers said.

Asked who knew the truth about the slaying, Pratillo Hellmann referred to a third defendant, Rudy Guede, who was convicted of Kercher's murder in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year sentence in Italy.


Best of the Web: US: New York City Students Stage Walkouts in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

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​Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, students from around New York will walk out of their classes and march down to City Hall this afternoon.

Once at City Hall, the students will join the larger Community/Labor March to Wall Street, which already has almost 3,000 people attending on Facebook.

A few months ago, New York Students Rising, a "statewide network of students and campus-organizations dedicated to defending public higher education and empowering students in New York State," according to its website, started organizing around budget cuts in the CUNY and SUNY systems and began to plan for a fall protest. Now, thanks to a chance scheduling overlap with Occupy Wall Street, it has morphed into a solidarity march, and other universities are joining in as well.

Students from Columbia, The New School, and NYU have been organizing for the walkouts, scheduled at 3:30 p.m. (for Columbia) and 4 p.m. (for NYU and the New School), in time to get to the 4:30 march. In addition, students and teachers at CUNY and SUNY schools will be holding teach-ins prior to walking out.


Best of the Web: US: Wall Street protest grows as unions swell ranks

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© REUTERS/Mike Segar An Occupy Wall Street protester demonstrates in Foley Square in New York City, October 5, 2011. Protesters, who have staged demonstrations about the power of the financial industry and other issues and who have camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall street for nearly three weeks were joined by hundreds of Union members in a march and demonstration through lower Manhattan.

* Protests in New York number at least 5,000

* Workers, the unemployed bolster protest numbers

Thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators converged on New York's financial district on Wednesday, their ranks swelled by nurses, transit workers and other union members joining the protest over economic inequality and the power of U.S. financial institutions.

The Occupy Wall Street march, estimated at about 5,000 people, was mostly orderly and the largest so far, while smaller protests were staged in cities and on college campuses across the country.

A dozen people were arrested in New York, including one who was charged with assault on a police officer who was knocked from his scooter, according to police spokesman Paul Browne. Others who were arrested had tried to break through a police barricade, Browne said.


US, Philadelphia: Delaware mom accused of selling baby to go to Disney World

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A Delaware mother of three has been charged with selling her infant son for $15,000 because she wanted money to go to Disney World, police said on Wednesday.

Bridget Wismer, 33, of Brookside Park, Delaware, sold her 1-month-old son, Christian, to a Philadelphia man, John Gavaghan, 54, said police in New Castle County, Delaware.

Wismer and Gavaghan, who knew one another through mutual friends, were both charged with conspiracy and dealing in children.

The child was in good condition when he was found in Gavaghan's home, said Corporal John Weglarz Sr.

Christian is the youngest of Wismer's three children.


The Origins of Occupy Wall Street Explained

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In July Adbusters, a Vancouver-based publication known for its incisive critiques of capitalism, included a poster in that month's magazine that read simply:

September 17th. Bring tent.
In response to the call, several loose-knit groups of organizers got involved and hundreds of people showed up on Wall Street on Sept. 17. A few weeks later, Occupy Wall Street is now spreading around the country and attracting intense interest from the media.

I spoke to Adbusters co-founder and editor in chief Kalle Lasn about the practical and ideological origins of the movement and about the continuing debate over its demands. The following transcript of our conversation has been edited for length.

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Memo To The Media: It's Not 'Anti-Capitalist' To Protest An Industry That Was Saved By Trillions Of Taxpayer Dollars

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One of the most popular demands at Occupy Wall Street is to get Big Money out of politics.

The occupation of Wall Street has now entered its third week and protests are spreading like wildfire throughout the country.

As the protests continue to grow, the media is increasingly taking notice. Yet many of these media outlets are insisting on referring to the protests as "anti-capitalist." Here are just a few examples:
- The Washington Post: The leading paper wrote today that "New York's budding anti-capitalism protest movement began last month with a vague sense of grievance over the widening gap between the rich and poor in America." [10/3/11]


US: Herman Cain Tells Wall Street Protesters: It's Your Fault You Don't Have Jobs