North Carolina Man Arrested For Tweeting About Assassinating President Obama A man in North Carolina learned the hard way that Twitter can get you in trouble with the law. Donte Jamar Sims was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 5) for using the social networking site to threaten to assassinate President Obama.
Sims—who calls himself Lupe Fiasco's #1 fan— sent out the tweets one day prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention, which commenced with a speech from the president, yesterday. "Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag," he wrote, earlier in the week.
Leaving little room to assume that he may have been joking, Sims pushed forward with the incriminating posts. "Well Ima Assasinate president Obama this evening!....Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he's in town."
He also predicted that the Secret Service would be "defenseless," in stopping him from carrying out the attack, with an assault rifle.
A sworn affidavit from Secret Service Agent Wayne Bourg Jr., revealed that Sims smiled as investigators read his tweets aloud, but once he realized he was going to jail, his demeanor changed. Sims told authorities that he "hated President Obama," but claims to have been high on weed when he took to Twitter to chronicle his assassination plans. He will remain locked up pending the result of a federal detention hearing, next week.
Police searching an apartment for drugs found a woman they believe was kept padlocked in a bedroom for long periods of time over the last several years — perhaps as long as a decade. The 44-year-old woman was discovered on Thursday by members of the state police street gang unit as they searched the Paterson home of 42-year-old Michael Mendez, believed to be a member of the Latin Kings street gang.
Mendez is now in Passaic County Jail while the 44-year-old woman was received a medical evacuation Monday. Spokesman acting Sgt. 1st Class Brian Polite said based on interviews and evidence, investigators believe the woman was kept in the bedroom for extended periods of time for the last two years and possibly up to 10 years.
Investigators said the woman was sometimes let out of the room when her boyfriend was home. Neighbors on either side of Mendez’s top-floor apartment told The Associated Press they weren’t aware that another person lived in the apartment.
Mendez was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and other counts, including some related to the drugs officials said they were looking for in the first place. State police said they found 4,200 prescription pills valued at $100,000, 190 grams of marijuana valued at nearly $2,000 and nearly $23,000 in cash inside his apartment.
Meek Mill and Philadelphia pastor Rev. Jomo K. Johnson, who is waging a boycott against the rapper, went toe-to-toe on Wednesday (July 11) in a volatile interview on Philadelphia’sHot 107.9 radio station. Meek addressed Johnson's accusations that he is a negative, blasphemous role model in what turned into a heated exchange.
“This looking like you trying to get famous, or you need some attention, because you could have came to me and said anything you wanted to say,” Meek said. “I might've helped you. If you needed money for your church or whatever I might've woulda gave you that money. I might've even remixed the song ["Amen"] with Kirk Franklin or anything you wanted to do. You went about it... like you looking for attention and fame.”
Johnson responded, “My plea to you is to turn from sin, turn from blasphemy, turn from unrighteousness, that you’re purporting in your music—turn to Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. It doesn’t matter how much money you get, without Jesus Christ you will be lost eternally.” The pastor went on to say that he wanted to see Meek saved and he himself did four years in jail and God changed his life.
The two continued to go back and forth. Meek blasted Johnson for having a worse criminal record than he has and got audibly angry about why his charity work in the community doesn't get the proper attention. “Where was you at?” screamed Meek and then cited how his 80-year-old grandmother is religious and has no problems with the song. “He can't judge me!" yelled Meek. "When you blast Jesus Christ...I have the right to say it's wrong," said Johnson. The lengthy argument continued on without conclusion.
RapFix reported yesterday that Johnson has urged fans to boycott Meek over, among other things, what he deems the blasphemous song "Amen." The number featuring Drake has heavy sexual overtones and uses religions themes and soundscapes. Johnson first called for a boycott of Meek on his blog, Deadestrapperalive.com and he has self-published a book on the subject called "No Amen: Why Boycotting Meek Mill Will Help Save Hip Hop."
Downtown Los Angeles- Demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at LAPD officers as police and protesters squared off late Thursday night. One officer was injured.
The confrontation between LAPD officers and a group of people in downtown Los Angeles during the monthly ArtWalk apparently grew into an uproar, from the original planned event which included drawing pictures with sidewalk chalk, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Protestors allied with the Occupy LA movement chanting, "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" and yelling expletives about police, according to witnesses. Drawings of pigs with words "Kill Cops" were written on the ground.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A stranger stepped in to save two kids who were locked in a car when it suddenly shifted into gear and rolled toward a busy street.
It happened Saturday night at a gas station off Edith Blvd.
Lezlie Bicknell and her husband had just pulled up when she noticed something terribly wrong in the van parked one spot over.
"There was a small child in the driver's seat. She seemed to be alone. I literally watched her shift it into gear. I knew what was going to happen," Bicknell said.
Bicknell jumped out of her truck and tried to jump into the van as it started to roll away. She pounded on the van windows as the two children yelled from the inside, and then she was shocked to see her own car rolling towards her.
"I must've knocked my own car in gear jumping out. I left the door wide open.
Bicknell jumped out of the way. In a twist of fate, the Bicknell's pickup actually ended up behind the van, stopping it before it slid into the street.
"I am glad that the kids are OK. The mother thanked me and hugged me," Bicknell said.
The parents of the children in the van were inside the convenience store during the incident.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
President Obama said Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest American should be ended, but he calls on Congress to continue the tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000 per year.
President Obama saysit's time the USA ended tax cuts benefiting richer Americans, but asked Congress to extend for a further year cuts benefiting those earning less than $250,000.
Republicans say removing the tax cuts for the wealthy will harm job creation by small business owners, but the Obama camp is countering with the claim that 97% of the owners of such enterprises woulld fall into the sub-$250,000 tax bracket.
Both candidates for the 2012 US election are currently vying to present themselves as the most friendly to middle-class voters.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new H.I.V. test on Tuesday, that for the first time makes it possible for Americans to learn in the privacy of their homes whether they are infected.
The availability of an H.I.V. test as easy to use as a home- pregnancy kit is yet another step in the normalization of a disease that was once seen as a mark of shame and a death sentence.
The OraQuick test, by OraSure Technologies, uses a mouth swab and gives results in 20 to 40 minutes. A previous test sold over the counter required a user to prick a finger and mail a drop of dried blood to a lab.
San Diego County's biggest fireworks show was over in a matter of seconds, after a technical problem caused all the fireworks to go off at once.
Thousands of spectators had gathered at beaches, parks, and scenic look-outs to get a view of San Diego's 12th annual "Big Bay Boom" show. Some people even camped out for hours to see the fireworks, only to be left disappointed and in the dark.
Producers promised a 20 minute show, including fireworks from four barges strategically located around San Diego Bay, including Shelter Island, Harbour Island, the North Embarcadero and Embarcadero Marina Park South. The sow was also suppose to have fireworks at the Imperial Beach Pier.
Instead, crowds were left wondering what happened after large explosions lit up the sky for about 30 seconds before fizzing out.
Organizers said, Wednesday night that they were still investigating the cause, only citing a "technical glitch" for bringing the big show to a premature halt.
A father beat to death with his hands a man who tried molesting his 4-year-old daughter after the little girl was heard screaming on the family's rural Texas ranch, authorities said Monday. Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said the 23- year-old father, whose name has not been released, is unlikely to be arrested for Saturday's killing and that no evidence so far has led investigators to doubt his story. "There doesn't appear to be any reason other than what he told us," Harmon said. Harmon said the victim was a 47-year-old man from Gonazles with no apparent prior criminal history. His name continued to be withheld Monday because authorities still hadn't tracked down any of his family. The victim was an "acquaintance" of the father who had come to help care for some horses, Harmon said. He did not know how long the two men may have known each other. The girl was taken to a hospital to be examined and has since been released, Harmon said. The father called police late Saturday afternoon and told them he attacked a man caught trying to sexually assault his daughter, Harmon said. The alleged attack happened near a barn where some horses were being kept.
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Brea Persley, a 13-year-old girl, has been banned from her school after complaining to her parents that her teacher called her nappy-headed. The teacher, Kelly Dempsey, said, “sit your nappy-headed self down” to Persley in front of their entire class, causing students to laugh. The principal of the school told Persley’s parents that Persley was a mean kid, and that “bad things need to happen” to children like her.
TMZ has obtained pictures of Octomom Nadya Suleman's home that have triggered a police and child services investigation into allegations that her 14 kids are living in horrendous conditions and are being grossly neglected.TMZ broke the story, Octo's hairstylist, Stephanie, went to La Habra cops Tuesday afternoon and filed a formal complaint. A La Habra cop and 3 reps from the Orange County Department of Children and Family Services went to Octo's house Tuesday night to investigate.One picture shows two children pooping in a portable training toilet in the backyard. We're told the plumbing in the house is shot, and only one toilet is operational. Another photo shows Octo just after she got her hair done. What's shocking is that she locked her kids in the bedroom by propping a chair against the door so they couldn't get out.Yet another pic shows the children's bedroom, with 2 cribs and a mattress. Stephanie told cops some of the kids are forced to sleep on the floor. And there's more ... a pic shows some of the kids in the backyard, barefoot, dirty and wearing no pants.
The New York Mets owners agreed to pay $162 million to settle a $303 million lawsuit by the liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s firm, just before they were due to go to trial for allegedly ignoring the fraud. Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and related defendants reached the settlement with the liquidator, trustee Irving Picard, March 16, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said today. Rakoff ruled on March 5 that the Mets defendants must give up as much as $83 million in so-called fictitious profits from Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and face a jury trial over an additional $303 million. The main question for the trial was to have been whether the owners acted in bad faith when they withdrew money from the brokerage Madoff used to run his swindle. The Mets owners opposed a jury trial and tried unsuccessfully to get the remaining claims brought by the Madoff trustee, Irving Picard, dismissed after Rakoff cut them back to $386 million from $1 billion. Picard’s lawyers had said they were confident a jury would find the Major League Baseball club’s owners deliberately ignored the fraud because it benefited their businesses, ranging from the team to real estate.The Ponzi scheme cost investors an estimated $20 billion in principal, according to Picard.Madoff, 73, pleaded guilty in 2009 to orchestrating what prosecutors called the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. He’s serving a 150-year sentence in federal prison in North Carolina. Picard and his law firm, Baker & Hostetler LLP (1155L), have charged about $273 million in fees for liquidating the Madoff firm since it collapsed in December 2008.
-John Pickering of Bloomberg.com
"Homeless Hostspots" is an initiative ending today that placed 13 homeless people carrying WiFi hotspots around Austin during SXSWi. Those trying to access the 4G were asked donate via Paypal to the people carrying the hotspots.
It's been a year since the disaster struck Japan... 8.9 magnitude earthquake followed by a major tsunami and the nuclear plant leak. Today we will remember the lost lives and pray for the families who lost loved ones and who are still searching for their missing loved ones.
The bad news is, if you already lost your home you’re not gonna get more than two stacks for your sorrows… The good news is, if your loan is bigger than what your house is worth, the bank has to restructure your loan and help you out!
Here’s the details:
Federal officials announced Thursday that 49 states have accepted a $25 billion foreclosure-abuse settlement with the five largest mortgage lenders — a deal that primarily helps underwater homeowners but pays just $2,000 to those already wrongly foreclosed upon.
The bulk of the deal requires the banks to reduce some loans and refinance mortgages for underwater borrowers. Oklahoma was the lone holdout to the agreement.
President Obama described the deal as a “landmark settlement” that would “begin to turn the page on an era of recklessness” while speeding relief to hard-hit homeowners.
It is the biggest settlement involving a single industry since a 1998 multistate tobacco deal. Under the agreement, five major banks — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial — will reduce loans for nearly 1 million households.
Those who lost their homes to foreclosure are unlikely to get their homes back or benefit much financially from the settlement. For those improperly foreclosed upon, the banks will cough up checks of $2,000 to about 750,000 Americans. The banks will have three years to fulfill the terms of the deal.
The deal was geared more toward homeowners who are struggling to make payments now, yet still have possession of their homes. The agreement requires the banks to commit a staggering amount of money toward changing loan terms. At least $10 billion will go toward reducing the principal for borrowers who are delinquent or underwater borrowers at risk of default. At least $3 billion will go toward refinancing. Other payments will go toward state governments, and the federal government, to “repay public funds lost as a result of servicer misconduct,” according to the Justice Department.
Obama, noting the damage the housing bubble did to the broader U.S. economy, said no single action would heal the housing market. But he described the settlement as an important step, one which would address alleged abuses by mortgage lenders — like using fake signatures in the foreclosure process.
“These practices were plainly irresponsible, and we refused to let them go unanswered,” Obama said.
All but one of the 50 states agreed to the deal. Oklahoma, the lone holdout, will receive no money. That state’s attorney general had opposed the massive fine included in the settlement, and reportedly was concerned the penalty went beyond the scope of the original investigation.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the deal would “hold mortgage servicers accountable for abusive practices.”
The conditions will be overseen by Joseph A. Smith Jr., North Carolina’s banking commissioner. Lenders that violate the deal could face $1 million penalties per violation and up to $5 million for repeat violators.
During the financial and housing crisis, home values sank and millions edged toward foreclosure. Many companies processed foreclosures without verifying documents. Some employees signed papers they hadn’t read or used fake signatures to speed foreclosures — an action known as robo-signing.
Under the deal, the 49 states have said they won’t pursue civil charges related to these types of abuses. Homeowners can still sue lenders in civil court on their own, and federal and state authorities can pursue criminal charges.
Bank of America will pay the most to borrowers as part of the deal — nearly $8.6 billion. Wells Fargo will pay about $4.3 billion, JPMorgan Chase will pay roughly $4.2 billion, Citigroup will pay about $1.8 billion and Ally Financial will pay $200 million. This does not include $5.5 billion in federal and state payments.
The deal also ends a separate investigation into Bank of America and Countrywide for inflating appraisals of loans from 2003 through most of 2009. Bank of America acquired Countrywide in 2008.
The banks and U.S. state attorneys general agreed to the deal late Wednesday after 16 months of contentious negotiations.
New York and California came on board late Wednesday. California has more than 2 million “underwater” borrowers, whose homes are worth less than their mortgages. New York has some 118,000 homeowners who are underwater.
In addition to the payments and mortgage write-downs, the deal promises to reshape long-standing mortgage lending guidelines. It will make it easier for those at risk of foreclosure to make their payments and keep their homes.
The settlement would apply only to privately held mortgages issued from 2008 through 2011. Banks own about half of all U.S. mortgages — roughly 30 million loans.
Seems like Barry O meant what he said in his State of the Union Address after all. It’s not gonna make him too popular with the Wall Street cats, but he prolly lost that battle a long time ago. Hopefully this helps get America closer to where we need to be.
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Next Year I want to see my COWBOYS!!! up there!!!!!! YYYEEAAAAAHHHH!!!! But great job Giants!
Scott McLarty, national media coordinator for the party, said Barr and Jill Stein, the other candidate that met the qualifications, are committed to ending the influence of corporate money on politics and elections and served as active participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"She's showing that she really is understanding what the Green Party is about and support our positions and our values," McLarty said of Barr. "It's great that someone who is so well known is campaigning not just in the party but for the party."
Barr, who previously supported President Barack Obama, announced her bid Thursday via Twitter.
"I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS. I am an official candidate. I am4 the Greening of America&theworld. Green=peace/justice," she wrote.
The former star of "Roseanne," the sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1997, has flirted with a run in the past, telling Jay Leno over the summer, perhaps jokingly that she intended to campaign for the White House. She briefly starred in the Lifetime series "Roseanne's Nuts" in 2011 that documented her life on a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Hawaii and has since appeared at Occupy events.
Stein, a medical doctor and environmental and health advocate, ran for Massachusetts state representative in 2004 and secretary of state in 2006 as a member of the Green-Rainbow Party.
Six individuals, including Barr and Stein, filed with the Federal Election Commission to register as 2012 Green Party presidential candidates. However, the party is currently only recognizing Barr and Stein due to internal rules that include requiring the submission of a financial report and a list of supporters.
Greens typically emphasize environmentalism, participatory democracy, free speech and social justice and have achieved some electoral success at the local level. Ralph Nader most notably ran for president in 1996 and 2000 as a Green, capturing nearly 3 million votes in the later contest.
The party's national convention ahead of the 2012 race will take place in Baltimore between July 12 and July 15 and McLarty said the Green nomination will offer welcome relief from the GOP battle and dissatisfaction with Obama.
"We have a pair of candidates who are running for working Americans," McLarty said.
And of course, he added, "the publicity is great."
Barr did not return a request for comment from CNN.
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