Missouri Auditor and probable gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich was remembered by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, now an Episcopal Priest, during his funeral on Tuesday, with Danforth issuing a stern warning about gossip.
"The death of Tom Schweich is the natural consequence of what politics has become," Danforth said during the funeral. "I believe deep in my heart that it's now our duty, yours and mine, to turn politics into something much better than its now so miserable state. Words do hurt. Words can kill. This has been proven right here in this state."
Schweich, 54, took his life on Thursday, Feb. 26, after repeatedly trying to reach media so that he could address rumors about his religious background. The two-term auditor believed he was the subject of a "whisper campaign" led by GOP official John Hancock to convince prominent people that he was Jewish, which he was not; he was actually Episcopalian. Schweich left a final message for members of the Associated Press and St. Louis Post-Dispatch to meet at his home later that afternoon but instead took his life just moments later. more >>
The North Carolina Ethics Commission has ruled that sexual favors or sexual acts between lobbyists and state government officials don't need to be reported as a gift or "thing of value" in disclosure forms under the state's lobbying laws.
Under North Carolina law, lobbyists are required to report any gift or "thing of value" given to a state government official that exceeds the value of $10. Although sex is something that is often purchased illegally through prostitution throughout the world, the ethics commission ruled in mid-February that sex doesn't hold an official value, therefore there's no need for lobbyists to disclose sex they might've had with a government official.
"Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not 'reportable expenditures made for lobbying' for purposes of the lobbying law's expenditure reporting provisions," the commission's advisory opinion states. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday and warned that a nuclear deal with Iran would leave the Jewish state in great danger. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said that the speech left her "near tears" and was an "insult to the intelligence of the United States."
"We have been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It is a very bad deal. We are better off without it," Netanyahu told the House of Representatives chamber, which CNN said generated "deafening cheers."
"We are being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That is just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal," Netanyahu added. more >>
Matt Fairbanks, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, warned a Utah senate panel considering a bill that would allow certain patients to be treated with edible forms of marijuana last Thursday that the decision to pass it could lead to severe environmental damage, including stoned rabbits.
"I deal in facts. I deal in science. I want the science studied and looked at, and specifically gone over. I appreciate the testimony that comes before us, I appreciate people's pain. My concern is with the growing of marijuana. How quickly the growing of a cash crop can get out of hand," said Fairbanks, in a recording of his testimony before the panel beginning at about the 58:30 mark below.
Fairbanks explained that, as a member of Utah's "marijuana eradication team," he's witnessed severe environmental damage caused by the growing of marijuana on public land. more >>
Two Supreme Court justices who officiated gay weddings don't need to recuse themselves from an upcoming case where they'll be ruling on the legality of state level gay marriage bans, despite demands from social conservative groups that they "disqualify" themselves, according to legal experts.
In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.
Calls have been made by some conservative groups for Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case because they've officiated gay weddings. more >>
While the world waits for America to join the fight against ISIS, there is little or no explanation from the Obama Administration as to why they will not move to protect the innocents.
In the early stages of the horror, ISIS militants engaged in the premeditated extermination of Christians in Iraq. Who could forget the images of these fathers, mothers and children fleeing to the tops of the mountains for safety with no food, water or weapons to protect themselves? Who can forget the images of these innocent children being raped and beheaded.
Just recently, hundreds of Christian souls, including women and children, were kidnapped for which diabolical acts will be committed upon them. more >>