MANATEE – A Marine and his wife were attacked outside a movie theatre Christmas night after asking a group of teens to be quiet during a movie.
The attack escalated into an fracus attracting approximately 300 bystanders. As a result, four teens and an adult were arrested, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Federico Freire, 27, who is on leave from Afghanistan, went to the movies at the Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., to see "Little Fockers" with his wife Kayln.
Freire said a group of about 20 teens were being obnoxious and loud during the movie. When they were asked to be quiet, some of teens began cussing. Kayln Freire went to find a manager and the youths were asked to leave. The couple left shortly afterwards.
“We were just so aggravated. We thought, ‘Forget this, we’re out of here,’” Federico Freire said during an interview Monday.
As they exited the theatre just before 10 p.m., Kayln Freire was surrounded by about 15 girls who looked as if they were going to attack her, Federico Freire said.
A witness said he had a firearm in his vehicle and offered to escort the couple to safety. Federico Freire said he told his wife to go with the witness to get her out of harm’s way.
Seven males then surrounded Federico Freire and began to kick and punch him.
“I got back up to defend myself and they started running everywhere,” he said. A crowd of more than 100 people began to form.
When Freire looked over at his wife, he saw a young male with his shirt off who punched her in the face, knocking her out. Freire went after the youth and the witness brandished his gun telling the crowd to step back.
Deputies soon arrived. As deputies were investigating, the manager of the theater asked anyone without a ticket to leave.
When a deputy asked one juvenile to leave several times, the teenager refused and hit the deputy, the release said.
At one point, Destiny McNeil, 20, a relative of the juvenile attempted to intervene in the arrest and was arrested herself, the release said. Another male juvenile also hit the same deputy in the arm and resisted arrest after he was asked to leave the area. At that point, there were about 300 people involved in the incident.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Generally speaking, when discussing the state of international competition the conversation focuses on issues of taxation, fair/unfair trading partners, labor costs, and corporate CEO greed. However, as competitive as Americans are it is surprising that so little attention is given to the ways in which we make ourselves uncompetitive by putting one-sided burdens on our own companies. Whether as a source of revenue or a means of promoting social policies, we have watched federal and state governments do just that.
How might this happen? In reality, when we think of competition in business we usually focus on product pricing, unless there is a unique product that commands its own price. (Think anything named Apple.) In reality, competition among businesses is not based as much on price as it is on cost to produce. The market sets the price among like or similar products, and only those companies that can produce that product at a cost low enough to make a sustainable profit will survive. Those whose costs are higher must either lower costs or exit the market. It really is that simple. The companies that produce an acceptable product or service at the lowest cost usually determine the market price, and competitors must be able to match that price and be viable or lose out.
This is tough enough in a market gone fully global, but it gets immeasurably worse when the U.S. burdens its companies with layers of additional costs the competition does not have. While we focus on the relative labor rates between countries and demagogue about “slave labor,” we would do well to consider the added costs accumulated by federal and state government actions; extraneous costs that add nothing to enhance the end product.
Monday, December 27, 2010
The surprise covers of the year? Rob Halford's versions of Oh Come O Come Emanuel and O Holy Night. Merry Judas Priestmas!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It's no wonder Somali immigration officials in Mogadishu thought a 41-year-old man who described himself as a tourist was insane; they hadn't seen a tourist in the Somali capital since, well, ever.
Canadian citizen Mike Spencer Bown is a seasoned traveler having visited more than 150 countries. But when he arrived in Mogadishu as a tourist, he was met with disbelief.
"We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism.”
We from the only place worse than KandaharMan that's kinda hard
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Subject under discussion: the death tax.
Few things tick off swine like Weiner more than the gov't not being able to heavily tax people's estates (at 100%, if they had their druthers), and the commie Weiner was true to form. When Megyn challenged him by saying the earned money has already been taxed several times, Weiner turned his head to the side and pouted, refusing to look at the camera. "It's not their money; they're DEAD," he kept repeating in as haughty a manner as possible. And "it's not the heirs' money; they didn't earn it!"
"I have mixed feelings about the anthropomorphization that is so prevalent in children’s books. Does it devalue animals by making them seem human?"
Monday, December 06, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Don't expect to see the Detroit-filmed "Red Dawn" remake on the big screen anytime soon.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, confirming reports the struggling company will be unable to release the film in the near future despite an original release date of Nov. 24.
While that may be a disappointment for Metro Detroiters hoping to spot local locations, it should come as good news to some in China who fear the film could spur anti-Chinese sentiment.
The remake largely follows the Soviet-invasion plot of the original 1984 film starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, except this time around the main characters are fighting off the Chinese (and apparently rocking out to Toby Keith).
Beijing's largest newspaper, the state-run Global Times, in June ran two editorials on the film, suggesting "U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China" and "American movie plants hostile seeds against China."
While conspiracy theorists have suggested the U.S. government attempted to block the "Red Dawn" in the face of Chinese pressure, former Mount Clemens resident George Joseph, who runs the unofficial Red Dawn 2010 website, tells the Daily Tribune he thinks that idea is laughable.
"The delay is very much a result of the MGM bankruptcy," he told the newspaper. "They are holding back other films too. It looks like once this deal and bankruptcy finalize they will look for a partner to distribute the films they have had on hold, including Red Dawn."
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I Love Immigrants That Love America! ::: Man Confronts Liberal Protester At Ground-Breaking For Bush Library
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Search and rescue teams are looking for a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and its pilot that went missing during a flight over Alaska late Tuesday, military officials told NBC News.
The officials said the advanced stealth fighter jet was about 90 miles northeast of Elmendorf Air Force Base when it "dropped off the radar."
There was no mayday or any other communication from the pilot that would have indicated the plane was in trouble, the officials told NBC News. There have been no distress calls from the pilot since the plane went missing.
U.S. military helicopters and at least one C-130 have so far failed to turn up any sign of the missing fighter jet, according to NBC News.
Base spokeswoman Corinna Jones told The Associated Press Tuesday night that the pilot was the only person in the craft, which was on a training mission. Air traffic control lost contact with the jet at 7:40 p.m. Alaska time, she added.
Jones declined to identify the pilot, but noted the aircraft is assigned to Elmendorf's 3rd Wing.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports:
Sarah Palin has officially changed the modern lexicon, one tweet at a time. While one might expect the New Oxford American Dictionary to refudiate the former Alaska governor’s favorite verb, today they embraced it, announcing “refudiate” as the official 2010 word of the year.
"From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used 'refudiate,' we have concluded that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.' "the New Oxford American Dictionary said in a press release.
Palin’s use of “refudiate,” launched critics into a frenzy when she first posted the made up verb on her Twitter page over the summer.
“Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” the 2008 vice presidential nominee tweeted in July, launching a string of harsh responses from the media. While some called Palin’s linguistic mash up egregious others said she would never hear the end of it (look who’s laughing now).
Palin later joked at her own expense, "'refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!"
It’s been a big week for Sarah Palin. The debut of her new reality showSunday night was the number one program launch in TLC’s history and now she’s officially made her mark on the American vocabulary.
While Palin may have made “refudiate” famous, she is by no means the first person to coin the term. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary the Fort Worth Gazette was the first to publish the word in 1891. Nor is Palin the first politician to combine refute and repudiate; in 2006 Senator Mike DeWine asked “Fox and Friends” viewers to “refudiate” comments made by Senator John Kerry.
Refudiate beat out other tough competitors for the top spot in 2010, including “gleek,” “vuvuzela,” “retweet,” and “tea party.”
Whether you love it or hate it, you can longer refudiate the validity of “refudiate” and remember, never misunderestimate Sarah Palin.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
SEOUL — In the homestretch of his nine-day, post-election foreign trip, a prickly President Barack Obama faced a barrage of questions about his domestic agenda and how he’ll govern with an emboldened Republican leadership in Congress....The president complained several times during his news conference about the U.S. media’s coverage of the G-20 summit. He pushed back at the suggestion that he’s weaker on the world stage because of the midterm elections and argued that his fellow leaders are no tougher on him than they were a year ago when he was new to the scene and his poll numbers were high.
“I remember our first G-20, you guys writing the exact same stories you’re writing now. Don’t you remember that, Sheryl?” Obama said to The New York Times’s Sheryl Stolberg.
Asked by CBS’s Chip Reid about complaints heard from other leaders during the summit, Obama shot back: “What about compliments?”
He appeared thin-skinned about the characterizations of his time at the summit, saying that nobody wrote about leaders setting the stage for financial regulatory reform at the last G-20 summit because it “wasn’t real sexy” and criticizing reporters’ “search for drama.”
“Sometimes, I think, naturally there’s an instinct to focus on the disagreements, because otherwise, these summits might not be very exciting — it’s just a bunch of world leaders sitting around intervening,” he said
The takeaways from the G-20 were incremental. The nations agreed on a “framework of cooperation” for economic growth, including to strive for market-determined exchange rates and to develop early warning indicators that signal trade imbalances. But the agreement lacked specific target numbers and deadlines — the countries’ finance ministers are tasked with following up on it next year — and Obama faced questions about whether he’d lost cachet on the world stage.
“When I first came into office, people might have been interested in more photo ops because there had been a lot of hoopla surrounding my election,” Obama said, adding that he now has relationships with key leaders, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, President Lee of South Korea and China’s Hu Jintao — all of whom kept Obama from getting precisely what he sought out of the summit.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
By Will Heaven
Last night, an autocue was used in the Indian Parliament for the first time in its history. President Obama spoke for just 20 minutes with the help of “two textbook-sized panes of glass” that were installed by a technical team brought in – at some expense – from the US. “We thought Obama was a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address,” complained one Indian official to the Hindustan Times.
It’s no wonder, then, that Bush-sympathisers long for a return to “Dubyaspeak” and the plain rhetoric of his era. Even my colleague Mary Riddell, hardly a fan, finds the Texan language “attractive”.
As it happens, an example of this jumped out at me when I read today’s interview in the Times (£). Speaking to James Harding, the former president raised his voice, as if he was addressing a room full of people:
“If you believe that freedom is universal, then you shouldn’t be surprised when people take courageous measures to live in a free society. Then the fundamental question is: what is the role of free nations? Do we stand back and hope or do we stand up and help?”
And there you have it – a clever and delicate put-down from George W. Bush. After that last sentence, you won’t be able to look at the Obama Cairo speech the same way again. It’s far too easy to misunderestimate this man.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Namaste India! In all likelihood that will be silver-tongued Barack Obama's opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. But to help him pronounce Hindi words correctly will be a teleprompter which the US president uses ever so often for his hypnotising speeches.
According to parliament sources, a technical team from the US has helped the Lok Sabha secretariat install textbook-sized panes of glass around the podium that will give cues to Obama on his prepared remarks to 780 Indian MPs on the evening of Nov 8.
It will be a 20-minute speech at Parliament House's Central Hall that has been witness to some historic events, including first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's "tryst with destiny" speech when India became independent.
Obama will make history for more than one reason during the Nov 6-9 visit. This will be the first time a teleprompter will be used in the nearly 100-feet high dome-shaped hall that has portraits of eminent national leaders adorning its walls.
Indian politicians are known for making impromptu long speeches and perhaps that is why some parliament officials, who did not wish to be named, sounded rather surprised with the idea of a teleprompter for Obama.
"We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact," an official, who did not wish to be identified because of security restrictions, said.
Obama is known to captivate audiences with his one-liners that sound like extempore and his deep gaze. But few in India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Do-Good Tyranny ::: San Francisco’s Ban on Happy Meals Won’t Deter Lawsuit 'McDonald’s ‘Brainwashing’ Kids
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, November 4, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold a news conference with religious and civil rights leaders in the State Capitol Building to announce the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an anti-Islam ballot measure (State Question 755) passed in yesterday's election. The measure amends the state constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic law or international law when making a ruling.
OK Not So OK With Sharia Law ::: (Oklahoma) Voters ban judges from using international law | NewsOK.com
(AP) — Oklahoma voters have approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.
Republican Rex Duncan, the sponsor of the measure, called it a "pre-emptive strike" designed to close the door on activist judges "legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law."
Members of the Muslim community called the question an attack on Islam and some of them said they are prepared to file a lawsuit challenging the measure.
And here are two very good reasons why.
As a bonus, my all-time favorite Marco Rubio speech. The youngest speaker of the State House in Florida history, this was his farewell.
God bless you both!