Three more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
That brings the total to 513 ..........., or 620! (I'm not sure anymore, I lost count.)
Meanwhile, Jian Ghomeshi has pleaded 'not guilty' to his sexual assault charges against a bunch of other women!
And on top of all that: Another Porn star has accused Josh Duggar had rough sex with her!
Jesus Christ folks, doesn't anyone just cuddle, or hold hands and go for long walks anymore?
Discount airline WOW Air has unveiled a plan to fly from Montreal or Toronto to Iceland for $99 one way.
Only trouble is that it will cost you $2375 to get back. (Or stay in Iceland!)
Here's a headline that makes no sense what-so-ever: Jan Schakowsky says Boehner exit signals GOP move 'to the more extreme!' Oh come on folks, how much more extreme can ya get?
Here's a headline that should draw some attention: Millions of dollars wasted on nearly empty prisons built twice as large as planned, watchdog says!
That’s what the Justice Department’s watchdog found in a report released Wednesday that shows how $70.3 million in economic stimulus grants turned a crucial need in Indian country to incarcerate and rehabilitate adult offenders into two white elephants.
“The excessive size of both facilities creates increased costs for operations and maintenance staff,” auditors wrote.
Right now, that office can pay for just 40 percent of the corrections officers needed to staff the new, larger-than-planned jails. As a result, “there is an increased risk that the [facilities] will not become fully operational due to a lack of funding,” says the report, which also found sloppy accounting and financial controls over the construction and inadequate vetting of the builders.
Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial but legal practice that allows police to seize cash and property from people without charging them with a crime. If police simply suspect that you acquired something as a result of illegal activity, they can take it from you. If you want to get it back, the onus is on you to prove you got it legally.
As you might imagine, a lot of folks are up in arms about this. But reform has been slow. New Mexico and Montana are the only two states that have placed significant limits on the process. A similar effort in California recently died in the state legislature.
One possible reason? Most Americans aren't even aware that civil asset forfeiture is happening.
According to a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans haven't even heard of the term "civil asset forfeiture." So pollsters got around this by asking a specific question: “To the best of your knowledge, when can law enforcement permanently seize money or other property from a person?”
When asked when police should be able to seize property from citizens, an overwhelming majority -- 71 percent -- say this should happen only after a conviction.
The amazing thing about this finding is how much agreement there is across political and demographic groups. Seventy-two percent of Democrats say a conviction should be necessary, as do 77 percent of Republicans. Sixty-eight percent of blacks and 73 percent of whites agree.
Part of the reason why so few people are worked up about civil asset forfeiture, even though many oppose it on principle, may have something to do with the term itself. "Civil asset forfeiture" is a bland, starchy phrase. You can feel your eyes start to glaze over as you read it. It is a perfect piece of bureaucratic language -- it obscures its true meaning behind a thicket of legalese.
If we called civil asset forfeiture "cops taking your stuff" or "the government seizing your cash" or "drug cops raiding your house, taking your daughter's birthday money, and stringing your lingerie up from a ceiling fan," perhaps people would pay more attention.