Your daily dose of Statism run amuck
From Huffington Post
If you like Trump, you’re lower than a dog, says Landlord
A Colorado landlord is willing to accept any dogs with good enough references — but no references will convince him to rent to a Donald Trump supporter.
Mark Holmes is putting his foot down when it comes to fans of the Republican presidential front-runner, the Grand Junction Sentinel reports. Holmes, who rents out the downstairs portion of his Grand Junction home, listed the following ad on The Nickel, a classifieds site…
DOWNTOWN APARTMENT, 2 bedrooms, furnished or use your things, organic garden space, hot tub, great back yard, dogs allowed if they have references as good as yours. If voting for Donald Trump, do not call!
“[Trump is] preaching hate and he’s preaching … a lot of venom, spit and vinegar,” Holmes told the Sentinel on Saturday. “And I live in the top part of the house. I don’t want anybody that even thinks that Donald Trump can be a good president to live in my home.”
From ABC News
Octogenarian Gets Life Sentence for Dealing Pot
An 80-year-old man who ran a sprawling marijuana-dealing operation that covered several states, with records going back to 1992, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Marshall Dion pleaded guilty last year to drug and money-laundering charges, and Tuesday’s sentencing in Massachusetts was the latest chapter in a long, colorful history with law enforcement.
In 1985, he crashed a single-engine plane he was piloting in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, breaking both his ankles. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, he was crawling along a muddy field as money floated in the air. The government was allowed to keep nearly $112,000 in cash recovered from the crash scene after a judge found it was likely drug proceeds, but Dion was not charged criminally…..
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper rejected a plea agreement that called for a five- to seven-year prison sentence for Dion….Judge Denise Casper sentenced him to the maximum of 10 years during a hearing in U.S. District Court….
Dion’s lawyer, Hank Brennan, (said) “He didn’t have that lure of greed and power and oppression. He is a simple man who lived a very routine and habit-filled life,” Brennan said after the hearing.
From NBC 12
PA ROBBER FINDS NEW HOME IN STRANGER’S HOUSE
COALDALE, Pa. (AP) – Police say a Pennsylvania burglary suspect made himself right at home, using the bathroom and watching TV while the woman who lived there screamed at him to leave.
Police in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Coaldale say the woman was watching TV and waiting for a neighbor to bring her a newspaper when Scott Smith walked into the home uninvited. The 45-year-old walked past her, used the bathroom, then went into a bedroom for long enough that she had time to call police.
When he emerged, he sat down in her recliner and began watching TV until police arrived to remove him.
Online court records show Smith remains jailed on burglary and defiant trespassing charges in the March 14 incident. Smith’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached.
From ABC NEWS
Diaper that Horse, or the City’s Gonna Get You!
The west Alabama city of Selma is planning a crackdown on what one councilman says is a big problem: Horse droppings.
The City Council passed a law three years ago requiring that horses wear diapers when on city streets, but Councilman Michael Johnson says riders aren’t following the law.
Johnson says he doesn’t mind people riding horses in the city of 20,000. But he’s bothered by the smell and other sanitary problems created by horses on city streets.
The Selma-Times Journal ( http://bit.ly/1ZwfGs8 ) quotes Police Chief John Brock as saying officers will be stricter enforcing the diaper law. He says the department will issue warnings for a first offense and citations for repeat offenders.
There could be plenty of tickets: Johnson says he’s seen just one diaper-wearing horse in town.
From Washington Post
Breathe In, Breathe Out, Government Teaches Yoga to Kids
….Since the ancient discipline with roots in Hinduism and Buddhism became a popular exercise in the West, yogis have inundated popular culture with their pursuit of that elusive “calm” in a rapidly spinning world.
“Mindfulness,” the meditative state associated with yoga, has likewise been adopted as a way to clear the mind.
So when administrators at Bullard Elementary School in Kennesaw, Ga., implemented yoga and other mindfulness practices in the classroom to reduce students’ stress, they probably envisioned peace and relaxation in their future.
Instead, they received a flurry of complaints — from parents who felt yoga represented the encroachment of non-Christian beliefs.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bullard’s principal, Patrice Moore, sent parents an email last week announcing changes to its yoga program.
“I am truly sorry that the mindfulness/ de-stressing practices here at Bullard caused many misconceptions that in turn created a distraction in our school and community,” Moore wrote. “While we have been practicing de-stressing techniques in many classrooms for years, there have been some recent practices associated with mindfulness that are offensive to some.”
Among the elements of the program that will be eliminated: the Sanskrit greeting “Namaste,” placing hands “to heart center” and coloring pages with the symbol of the Mandala (a spiritual symbol in Indian religions representing the cosmos).
From Huffington Post
Freddy Fingers Dangerous Criminal Who Didn’t Return VHS Rental 14 years Ago
A North Carolina man is speaking out after he says he was slapped in handcuffs for not returning a VHS rental more than 14 years ago — and now the movie’s star, Tom Green, is coming to his rescue.
James Meyers, 37, says he was driving his daughter to school Tuesday morning when he was pulled over by Concord police for a broken taillight.
It was that moment he was informed that there was a warrant out for his arrest, specifically for not returning the 2001 flop, “Freddy Got Fingered.”
“I thought he was joking,” Meyers told WSOC-TV, recalling his arrest.
The flick’s comedian apparently did too.
“I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real,” Green tweeted Wednesday night.
After he was informed of the warrant, Meyers said he was allowed to continue on to his daughter’s school under the promise that he’d turn himself into the police department later that day.
He thought he’d arrive and it’d all get sorted out. Instead, he found himself booked for a class 3 misdemeanor, which is punishable with a fine up to $200….
Man Chooses Humiliation over Confinement in Bizarre Walmart Case
A man has chosen to wear a sign proclaiming he’s a thief rather than go to jail for theft in northeastern Ohio.
Forty-three-year-old Greg Davenport, of Liberty Township in Mahoning County near Youngstown, pleaded no contest this month to a theft charge for stealing merchandise from a Wal-Mart store in the township in December.
A Girard Municipal Court judge found Davenport guilty. But he gave him the sentencing option of wearing a sign saying, “I am a thief. I stole from WalMart” or serving 30 days in jail.
Davenport has to wear the sign in front of the store eight hours a day for 10 days of his choosing.
Davenport says the sign is better than being in jail, and he just wants to finish his punishment.