The Occupy D.C. protests, as Conn noted the other day, continue to violate federal law by camping out on National Park Service Land. Law enforcement officials from the alphabet soup of agencies that police D.C. are letting them get away with it.
You could say they haven’t harmed anyone here downtown, except that they have. In McPherson Square, where some two or three dozen of them have been camping out for the last week, they have already ruined a few newly sodded sections of the park. The re-sodding of the park was completed this year as part of a $419,000 stimulus project to refurbish the square. The park, which is across from the Examiner Building in downtown D.C., was shut down for months during the project.
You could say they’re stimulating the economy, because now taxpayers will have to cough up a few thousand more to fix the damage.
What you see in the accompanying photos are portions of the park where tents have been removed recently. In a few spots, the grass is only mostly dead, but in others it’s dead and gone, and the new sod has given way to mud. The areas where the Occupiers have their tents pitched right now will be all mud before the end of this week, if they aren’t already.
- Canadian politician Christy Clark’s navy blue v-neck dress set off a debate about workplace attire. Credit: Hansard
The Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, wasn’t criticized for her stances on taxes and education when she took questions from the legislature last Wednesday. Instead, the 45-year-old politician’s navy blue v-neck dress and khaki blazer was the subject of ire from one political pundit, which set off a fiery debate on Twitter that poured over into Canadian newspapers and news programs.
“Is Premier Clark’s cleavage revealing attire appropriate for the legislature?” David Schreck, a retired politician, tweeted.
Schreck’s controversial comment has drawn people on both sides of the issue to weigh in, with some agreeing and others branding the comments as sexist.
“Your comments about Premier Clark are sexist and inappropriate,” marketing consultant Lesli Boldt wrote to Schreck on Twitter.
Mary Polak, a liberal cabinet minister in Vancouver, who is from the same party as Clark, told the Vancouver Province that Schreck’s comments were “astonishing.”
“Her attire was quite appropriate. Everybody knows women are more likely than men to be judged on their appearance, so she takes great care about it, and I’ve heard nothing but compliments about the way she dresses,” Polak said.
Clark’s office did not respond to a message from ABCNews.com.
Despite calls for him to recant his comments, Schreck said he stands by them.
“I cannot apologize for my point of view, namely that Clark was inappropriately dressed for the legislature,” Schreck wrote on his blog.
There is, however, one thing that Schreck and his detractors can agree on: “It’s time to get back to the real issues of the day,” he wrote.
Four Amish men have been arrested, charged in one of four bizarre attacks on other Amish people.
The attackers barge into homes and use scissors to cut the beards and hair of the victims.
Investigators believe members of the “Bergholz Clan,” which has been described as a group of religious castoffs, are responsible.
The attacks have happened in four different counties in Eastern Ohio: Jefferson County, Holmes County, Trumbull County and Carroll County.
Experts say that Amish men are required to let their beards grow after they’re married and that women follow Biblical rules that they’re not to cut their hair.
The attacks, they say, are meant to shame and humiliate the victims.
“As one Amish man told me he’d rather be dead than have his beard cut off,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.
Apparently, the motive was to punish people who had weak faith, and the attackers would take back hair to prove they had carried out the assaults.
The four men are charged with kidnapping and burglary in one of the four attacks. They’re being held on $250,000 bond each.Comments »
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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is not concerned by the sharp drop in Bank of America Corp shares in the last couple of days, despite his $5 billion investment in the company last month, he told Reuters Tuesday.
“We agreed to hold it for at least five years, so what I’m thinking about is where Bank of America will be in five years, and nothing in the last 24 hours or 48 hours has changed my views on that,” the Berkshire Hathaway Inc chief executive told Reuters on the sidelines of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit.Comments »
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