Chad’s Morning Brief: Senator John Cornyn Calls For A.G. Eric Holder to Resign, Stupid Criminals in Lubbock, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 13, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.
1. Cornyn Calls for Holder to Resign (link)
It's way past time for Eric Holder to go, and now Senator John Cornyn agrees. According to KFYO News:
Cornyn also took umbrage with Holder’s inaction in appointing a special prosecutor to investigate “possible coordinated, politically-motivated leaks of classified information by the Obama Administration,” Cornyn’s office said Tuesday morning.
In a press release, Cornyn’s office says that the senator “cited a litany of actions demonstrating the Attorney General has allowed politics to trump independence, transparency, and accountability.
Cornyn called on Holder to resign publicly during a hearing on oversight of the U.S. Justice Department saying “In short, you’ve violated the public trust, in my view, by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office.”
“So Mr. Attorney General, it’s more with sorrow than anger that I would say you leave me with no alternative but to join those who call upon you to resign your office,” Cornyn continued.
Holder responded, saying “There is so much that is factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with, it’s almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy, so I’ll leave it at that..I don’t have any intention of resigning.”
Senator John Cornyn will appear on LFN this morning at 7:15am. In my opinion, Eric Holder must go. If he was a Republican, Democrats would be screaming for him to be gone by now. Holder has run the DOJ into the ground. Holder has even given the Black Panthers passes when it comes to voter intimidation and when the New Black Panthers put a bounty on George Zimmerman's head.
2. During Arrest, Juvenile Points Gun at Police (link)
Two 14 year olds were thrown in jail on Tuesday after burglarizing a home. The homeowner arrived home and saw the two males in her home around 11am, the two fled but officers caught up to them. While handcuffing one suspect, the other fled which caused the first suspect to pull a gun on a K-9 officer. The officer's dog took down the 14 year old who was handcuffed and taken to the hospital with bite wounds to the leg. Officers did catch the other 14 year old a few blocks away.
What a stupid kid. Pointing a gun at a cop? He and his family are lucky that the officers didn't shoot and kill him. I wouldn't have blamed the officer if he had shot the moron. Sorry, alleged moron. Of course, if he had then I'm sure the family would have called it abuse and sued. Hell, in today's world they still might.
3. Black Voters Shying Away From Obama (link)
Well this is interesting.
President Barack Obama is rapidly losing support among African-American voters in North Carolina, a new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows.
The poll finds that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama. Overall, Romney has a 48 percent to 46 percent lead on Obama in the crucial swing state.
Obama received 95 percent of the support from African-Americans in North Carolina in the 2008 election, compared with just 5 percent for Republican nominee John McCain.
You have to wonder how much Obama's stance on gay marriage and the jobs picture play in this.
4. Postal Service is Greece (link)
I have said it over and over again, the USPS is failing and will continue to do so.
The head of the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that if the service doesn't cut costs and Congress fails to act, it's going to be in the same dire straits as Greece.
He said that Greece's ratio of debt compared to gross domestic product is 1.61 and the U.S. Postal Service's ratio of debt compared to revenue is 1.51.
Donahoe clarified later that he was sincere in the comparison, except he didn't think the U.S. Postal Service is on the verge of default or a bailout.
"But, it's true," said Donahoe, speaking with reporters at a postal policy forum called Postal Vision 2020. "Unfortunately, if we don't do something we will look like that."
The Postal Service needs to get rid of Saturday service, and close branches. The business model is doomed.
5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)
Woman lied to get $22k in food stamps.
A former Illinois Department of Human Services caseworker was sentenced on Monday for defrauding the government out of nearly $22,000 in food stamps.
Ebony Martin was found to have abused her position by creating a fake file and fabricating triplets (complete with Social Security numbers) for her boyfriend, Keith Jones, so that they could receive additional food aid benefits, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday evening.
According to authorities, Martin and Jones were able to collect $21,866 in food benefits, selling some of the food stamps at half-price to friends and family.
“She was making a profit on top of defrauding the government,” the Daily Herald reported prosecutor Diane Michalak said in court.
Martin was sentenced to a month in jail, three years of probation and repayment of the stolen money.
“It’s more than just a bad decision,” DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman said. “The public placed its trust in this defendant. She abused it. There’s no other way to put it. She knowingly and intentionally gave away public funds.”
Only a month in jail? Deserves longer IMO.
Toddler's heart stops for 39 minutes. Amazingly, he is making a recovery.
Zach Hilary, aged two, suffered a heart attack on Jan 26, when his mother, Trudy, found him collapsed on the floor, groaning, at their home.
She called 999 and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her son for 10 minutes until the paramedics arrived and took over. The boy received more than half an hour of CPR, including on his transfer to hospital.
Mrs Hilary, 40, a paramedic, and her husband Dave, 37, an IT consultant, were told that Zach had swelling on his brain. Doctors warned them to prepare for the worst. The boy was put into a medically induced coma and there were concerns that he could suffer brain damage.
But Zach recovered and since he has returned to the family home in York, he has relearnt all of the skills he had picked up and now has the full abilities of a two year-old. “It has been amazing to watch him recover,” said Mrs Hilary. “It has been like watching a newborn in fast motion. He has had to learn to eat, hold a cup, walk and talk all over again, all in the past few months.” She said he had been watching television when he suffered the heart attack. Initially she thought he was playing around, but then she dialled 999.
“It’s just a parent’s worst nightmare,” she said. “While I was on the phone, Zach stopped breathing. They talked me through mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions, which I did for 10 minutes.
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