Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Video: LAPD Scanner of Dorner Cabin: "Burn that Motherfucker Down"



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Is Christopher Dorner Dead?

Police have found a charred body that they believe may be Christopher Dorner, who was likely killed in a shootout with police today.
A source told the Associated Press that a charred body was found in rubble of the cabin.  Sources told KTTV that the body appeared to be Dorner, but there was no official confirmation. 
Dorner, who hours earlier had killed one San Bernardino sheriff's deputy and wounded another before barricading himself in the cabin, in the San Bernardino mountains, was believed to be inside. Dorner, who vowed not to be taken alive, had been surrounded inside the cabin since early Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear who set the fire in the Big Bear community where Dorner apparently has been hiding since sometime last week.

Where was Christopher Dorner Killed? 2/12/2013

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Video: Entire State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013




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How Did Christopher Dorner Die? 2/12/2013

Police have found a charred body that they believe may be Christopher Dorner, who was likely killed in a shootout with police today.
A source told the Associated Press that a charred body was found in rubble of the cabin.  Sources told KTTV that the body appeared to be Dorner, but there was no official confirmation. 
Dorner, who hours earlier had killed one San Bernardino sheriff's deputy and wounded another before barricading himself in the cabin, in the San Bernardino mountains, was believed to be inside. Dorner, who vowed not to be taken alive, had been surrounded inside the cabin since early Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear who set the fire in the Big Bear community where Dorner apparently has been hiding since sometime last week.

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Christopher Dorner Dead


After a week of hunting for the most wanted man in California's history, Christopher Dorner - a former Navy Reservist and LAPD officer - apparently committed suicide at Big Bear Lake. As after a shootout that left yet another police officer dead, and another wounded in his wake he holed up in a cabin that was completely surrounded by Sheriff's deputies, a solitary gunshot was heard, followed by flames engulfing the entire cabin.

Thankfully, the horror is over, and Dorner is finally no longer a threat to Los Angeles' finest.

Christopher Dorner Cornered in Big Bear Lake


According to news reports, accused murderer Christopher Dorner has been cornered in a cabin located in Big Bear Lake within San Bernadino County.

Dorner, who has been hunted by authorities across Southern California since he murdered three people - including a police officer - in Los Angeles as part of his delusional war on the LAPD for firing him in 2008 for making false police brutality charges against a fellow officer.

He has become the most wanted man in the state's history.

Apparently, when nearing a police roadblock near Big Bear Lake this afternoon: Dorner stole a vehicle, wounded two sheriff's deputies after opening fire on them and was forced to barricade himself in a rural cabin, where the Sheriff has requested helicopters stay clear as shots are currently being exchanged.

Stay tuned, as this could finally be the end of Dorner's war on the LAPD and the State of California's largest manhunt in history.


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LIVE AUDIO: Christopher Dorner Sighted In Big Bear, Gunfire Being Exchanged, 2 Officers Shot



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‘Storage Wars’ Star Kills Self

From Yahoo! News:
Mark Balelo, an auction house owner on “Storage Wars,” has died. He was 40.

Sometimes referred to “Rico Suave” on the show because of his eye-catching outfits, Balelo was found dead Monday at his Simi Valley, California, business, reports the Ventura County Star.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office did not give a cause of death for Balelo, saying an autopsy would be done on Tuesday. However, TMZ reports he was found dead in his car, which had been left running, and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

His death came on the heels of a drug arrest. On Saturday, he was picked up at his place of business for alleged possession of a controlled substance. TMZ reports that he was “distraught” after being released from jail. He was scheduled to appear in court on February 19.
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Senate Armed Services Committee to Vote on Hagel Nomination


Despite Republican objections, Senator Levin (D-Michigan), Chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a public discussion, and vote, on the nomination of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, who President Obama has selected to replace Defense Secretary Panetta.

The vote, which is expected to follow party-lines, will take place this afternoon and will likely approve his nomination and send it to the floor for the consideration of the entire U.S. Senate.

Hagel's nomination is all but guaranteed at this point, as he has the public support of an near-filibuster proof majority (all 55 Democrats and 2 Republicans), while an additional four GOP members have vowed not to join any attempt to filibuster his nomination. Leaving us with an unqualified, divisive figure soon to become our leader on Defense.

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Democratic House Chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz Caught Lying to Press

I'm sure it was all just a misunderstanding. From the Washington Examiner:
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted a bit of deception Monday in an effort to criticize GOP rising star Marco Rubio ahead of his State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday night. But on this occasion, the press wasn't falling for it.

In a conference call Monday, Wasserman Schultz enlisted the help of Annette Capella, described by party officials as a "Medicare recipient from Florida," to warn of the "extreme budget priorities," they believe Rubio is likely to outline in his televised response to President Obama's address.

Capella gave a lengthy and unflattering statement about Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida and Tea Party favorite. She admitted he is an attractive politician but one who would make life more difficult for seniors by supporting a plan to alter Medicare by reducing benefits.

It turns out, however, that Capella is hardly your standard Medicare-dependent Floridian. She's the Democratic Party's state committeewoman for St. Johns County.

The truth was uncovered when the call was opened up to questions. The first query came from a Palm Beach Post reporter, who asked Wasserman Schultz if Capella was the same person listed as the head of the St. Johns Democratic Party.
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Angus King Slams Final Nail in Assault Weapons Ban Coffin


HT: Politico 

The renewed push for the 90's era assault weapons ban is quickly loosing steam in the Senate, as not only has it failed to receive any Republican support whatsoever, but the Democratic caucus is turning against it in favor of a compromise package proposed by Senator Chuck Schumer.

It was not surprising to see pro-gun Democrats such as Joe Manchin and Harry Reid turn against Senator Feinstein's proposal, but the surprising defection of Independent Senator Angus King over the weekend all but guarantees the defeat of this legislation in the Senate, although it was unlikely of ever passing the House.

King, an Independent Senator from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats, said he's leaning against it because he wants to focus on "the functionality, not the looks." And that it's too easy someone could avoid the ban by simply altering the appearance of the gun - and that he would rather support what would work, such as universal background checks and maybe magazine limits. 

While I'm not exactly celebrating King's other gun-related policies, the fact he's against the worst proposal submitted since the fight over gun control reignited a few months ago, due to skepticism about the effectiveness of an assault weapons ban, all but guarantees a major defeat for a gun control crowd looking to capitalize on the massacre of little children for their political agenda.

Statistically, the assault weapons ban would never have passed the Senate in the first place, but I now feel symbolically victorious as the final nail in the legislation's coffin is by a Senator such as Angus King, an Independent elected-Democrat caucused Senator, simply due to common sense...

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"The Bing Challenge?" Yes, It's Rigged... Or at the Very Least, Something is Very Wrong

I'm not sure if you've heard of "The Bing Challenge," but if you haven't, it's pretty straight forward: Bing wants you to use their search engine instead of Google's, and is willing to take it on one-on-one. You put in a search term, and Bing shows you two separate results: one from Google, one from Bing. You are then asked to choose which one you liked more. The catch is that you don't know which is which until the end.

Microsoft is trumpeting it as a success, gleefully saying that more users have chosen Bing over Google. That may be true, but there is a reason why that may be so: the Bing challenge does not actually show what shows up on the respective search engines. Put another way, if you search "bananas" on the Bing challenge, Microsoft changes the results for both Google and Bing. If you then go to bing.com or google.com and search the same term again, your results will be different.

In researching this, the results were often only slightly different, but they were always different for both search engines. Always. And at times, the first result (or more) were radically different. Whether this is intentional by Microsoft can only be speculated upon, and I will not do that here. What I will do, however, is show you what happened when I took the Bing challenge.

The Bing challenge is short: you search five terms, then it shows you which engine you prefered. Mine were: phil ochs, albert pujols stats, gravy, opera, valentine's day, in that order. I had never searched any of those terms before on either Google or Bing, so neither search engine would have been able to tailor their results to my preferences. The most blatantly different results were under "opera," so that is the one I will be showing first.

Here was the result for "opera" with the Bing challenge (tough to see? Click on the image for better quality):

The left side (which turned out to be Bing):
The right side (which turned out to be Google):
Pretty straight forward, right? Actually, both searches were surprisingly similar... Until you actually search for them yourself. Here's what it looked liked when you Binged "opera" from bing.com:
Quick, which one defined "opus" when taking the "Bing challenge?" If your answer was "neither," you would be correct. That's certainly odd, no? Well, guess what: Google "opera" and you get a different page from what was shown to you during the Bing challenge:
Feel free to use all the search terms that I used above. Go crazy and use your own. What you will find is that the Bing Challenge is not quite on the up and up, either because of outright deception or mistakes by Microsoft.

So yes, the Bing Challenge is fixed. Or, at the very least, something is quite amiss with their so called "challenge."

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Reeva Steenkamp, Model Girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Killed by Pistorius in Alleged Mix-Up

From CNN:
South African model Reeva Steenkamp was looking forward to Valentine's Day.

"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?" the 29-year-old asked her thousands of followers on Twitter a day before. "Get excited."

She did not live to see the day.

Steenkamp died early Thursday after a shooting at the Pretoria home of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, her boyfriend.
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Who is Going to be the Next Pope?

Wondering who the next Pope will be? Perhaps this article from CNN will fill you in a little bit:
For many in Italy, the choice is already clear, according to John Allen, CNN's senior Vatican analyst.

"Around the dinner tables today in Rome, Cardinal Angelo Scola has the pole position," Allen said Monday.

Scola, an Italian, is the archbishop of Milan.

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who heads the Vatican's office of bishops, is also a likely frontrunner, said Allen. And Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, an Argentinian who works as the Vatican prefect overseeing eastern churches, is well-known for his leadership and administrative skills, Allen said.

Another top contender for the papacy could be Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, said Woodard, the managing editor of the International Journal of African Catholicism. The 64-year-old cardinal currently heads the pope's council for justice and peace and has experience working with people of different faiths, Woodard said.
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Obama to Use State of the Union to Make Case Against Spending Cuts in Favor of Tax Hikes

Because the economy's been just great over the last four years, why change now? From the Hill:
President Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to turn public opinion against automatic spending cuts and argue that some of the money to replace the cuts should instead come from higher taxes.

He will use the prime-time TV address to argue the economy would be damaged if $85 billion in automatic spending cuts were to go ahead on schedule on March 1, and will seek to set up Republicans to take the blame if they do.

Obama will spend a significant portion of his address talking about jobs and the economy, according to White House aides, who say the president will strike a similar tone as he has in recent days in calling for a “balanced” package of spending cuts and tax hikes to replace the sequester.

Senate Democrats aim to introduce a sequester replacement bill by Thursday that will include tax hikes and spending cuts. Republicans in Congress say they are willing to replace the sequester, but only with new spending cuts.
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Tuesday Morning's Top Articles

Here are the top articles this Tuesday morning:

Hunted by Drones, Chris Dorner Taunts Police by Posting Pics on Facebook from the Reaganite Republican

Wasserman Schultz Tries to Preempt Senator Rubio’s SOTU Response from the Shark Tank

New Jersey Prepares to Ban Shotguns, Ammo Sales, Normal Capacity Magazines... and More! from Doug Ross

Biden Seeks Help From ‘Legitimate Media’ In Violating Constitution from the Lonely Conservative

Fact check: NPR trying hard to pin Obama’s sequestration cuts on Republicans from Twitchy

Democrat Used Taxpayer Money For Spa Treatments And Fancy Clothes – For Her Poodle from the Mental Recession

Chris Kyle: An American Hero Remembered from CDN

Tragic… Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Is Jobless, Broke & Without Security from Gateway Pundit

THE TERROR OF BEING A YOUNG JEWISH GIRL IN PARIS from Atlas Shrugs

Joe Biden would like to assure you he is not running for Pope from Naked DC

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Thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI Resignation


After a restless night, I awoke yesterday to the news of Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation as leader of the Catholic Church at the end of February, due to both physical and mental fatigue, becoming the first Pope to abdicate his position atop the Vatican in 700 years.

Although not a Catholic, I have long been a fan of Pope Benedict XVI, as I personally believed there was no man capable of following the shoes of the beloved Pope John Paul II, and that his being the first German Pope in centuries, considering his childhood in Nazi Germany, and his generally pro-Jewish policies since he was elected by the Cardinals conclave, made him unique.

And his act of resignation only makes me admire the man further, as unlike the many men who preceded him, he didn't the treat the position of Pope as his for life, but rather as a force to run, unite and lead hundreds of millions of Catholics and Parishes, and when his abilities declined to levels unable to continue the job, he put his Church first - and himself later. 

I know the Cardinals will convene within the next few weeks to decide on a new leader for the Church, but I doubt they will elect a man so noble in character as Pope Benedict XVI.

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Significance Of Quality Plumbing


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Lightning Strikes St Peter's Hours after Pope Benedict Announces Resignation

From the Daily Mail:
The Catholic church was thrown into turmoil today after Pope Benedict XVI made the shock decision to quit the papacy because of his deteriorating health.

In a decision that has surprised even his closest aides, the 85-year-old Pontiff said his strength was 'no longer adequate to continue in office due to his advanced age'.

He announced his resignation in Latin to a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning, saying he did not have the 'strength of mind and body' to continue leading more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

The decision is unprecedented. He is the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and no Pontiff in history has stepped down on health grounds.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Getting to Know New People Online

Getting to Know New People Online

When you are out there looking for new friends, it make sense that you want to try and get out there in the social scene to find every way that there are new people that you do not know all around the world. Today, with all of the tech that has been introduced over the last several decades it is easier than ever to get to know people from all over the world and get to know them. When you are able to do this, you can now meet people with the same interest and jobs and hobbies that you might have and can have interesting lives that you can get to know over the years. With so many options out there to get to know these people, you should consider going online to make sure that you are able to expand your social circle while also meeting these people along the way, which can be very interesting for you and ready for other parts of your life. You are also able to meet people through computer and cell apps. One example is a chatroulette chat video  that can be such a great way to talk to people. You can also look up and see all of the omegle chat video options that you can take to get to know people. You are also able to find www.bestvideochatsites.com and see all of the options out there for you. Do your research and find all of the ways that you can expand yourself socially. There are many ways that you are able to find all of the ways that you have the options to see which chat sites might be the best ones for you, especially as you are finding new friends online and see who you want to get to know over the years over these sites.

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Location of North Korean Nuclear Test


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Fears that Christopher Dorner has Fled to Mexico

News from the LA Times is not good for the LAPD's manhunt for Christopher Dorner. He may be in Mexico.
Dorner may have been helped by an associate identified only as "JY" in the charging document that was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles after the former police officer was suspected of fleeing from authorities. 
Authorities Monday increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border and issued warnings to airport security personnel to be on the lookout for Dorner. However, law enforcement officials told The Times that Dorner could still be in Southern California and were searching for him with hundreds of officers across several counties.

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4.9 Earthquake Detected in North Korea, February 11, 2013

This short excerpt from ABC:
US monitoring agency: magnitude 4.9 earthquake has been detected in North Korea.
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TMZ: Christopher Dorner Scuba Gear Purchase?

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Breaking: Possible North Korean Nuclear Test

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Dorner Dead

Breaking from Yahoo! News:
The body of shooting suspect Christopher Dorner, the subject of a week-long manhunt, has been removed from a cabin destroyed by fire this afternoon, according to multiple sources. The Associated Press, ABC News, CNN and Los Angeles Times are reporting the news, with an AP alert specifically stating that a "charred body found in rubble of burned cabin in Southern California mountains," is reported to be that of Dorner. In addition, The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAPD is preparing to hold a press conference to announce the news that they have recovered what is believed to be Dorner's body.

Police believe the disgruntled ex-LAPD officer barricaded himself in the mountain home following a deadly shootout with officers earlier Tuesday.

A single gunshot was heard from inside the cabin just before the fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. PT, a law enforcement source who requested anonymity told the AP.

Fox News and CBS News both earlier reported that Dorner died inside the charred cabin.
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LIVE AUDIO: Dorner Sighted In Big Bear, Gunfire Being Exchanged, 2 Officers Possibly Injured


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Ready to Head to the Moon?

If you have just $1.5 billion in the next couple of decades, you may be able to take a commercial trip.
Named after the ceremonial “last spike” driven into the first continental railroad to be built in the US, Golden Spike’s intention is, quoting from their website, to “transform human space exploration by putting in place affordably priced lunar orbital and surface expeditions to the only natural satellite of the Earth — the moon,” in much the same way the railroad enabled people to travel across North America in the 19th century. The expected cost of a two person lunar mission for $1.5 billion, while clearly astronomical for private travelers, is an attractive price for government space programs across the world. 
Simply, they will be able to launch crewed lunar expeditions for the same price normally expected of robotic spacecraft, making this the cheapest possible way to get to the moon.

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How to Clean Your Mattress

In some ways, your bed may be the most important object that you own. You spend one third of your life on it and go back to it every day. Why wouldn't you want it to be of the highest quality that you want and in the shape that you bought it in. There are so many ways to make sure that you have the bed that you want-- and maybe the bed that you need.

There are plenty of ways for you to clean your mattress. You can use a mattress cleaner to make sure that it is done properly. Still, you may be asking yourself how to clean a mattress. There are so many different factors involved with getting the mattress clean-- more than you might expect. When you are dealing with having pets or even just sleeping on it every night, you should make sure that it is in the shape that you deserve.

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Selling a Car

 If you want to buy a new car, selling your old one can be a big boost. You can free up space in your driveway while also getting some money back to put into the fund for the new one. Make sure that you are able to do your research and find the ways that you are able to sell that car for the most money that you deserve. There are ways to do this, especially to how to sell a car in the New York area. You can find out how to get cash for cars and get that car to a new owner that will take care of it and pay your the money that you deserve. Do your research and find what you need for your car.

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3 Dead in Wilmington, Delaware Courthouse Shooting, February 11, 2013


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Obama Visiting Israel to Try to Prevent Attack on Iran

You know what they say about keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer. From the Jerusalem Post:
The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in the spring is to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran, unnamed officials told Army Radio on Sunday.

According to the officials, the urgency of the trip is because in his speech to the United Nations in September, Netanyahu had flagged the spring of 2013 as a significant time in the context of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Therefore, they said, Obama is concerned that the prime minister will decide to attack Iran now when he is backed by a new government and can establish a new security cabinet, without Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, two Likud MKs and alleged opponents of such a strike who lost their Knesset seats in the recent elections.
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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

Breaking from the New York Times:
Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries.

Regarded as a doctrinal conservative, the pope, 85, said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

The announcement is certain to plunge the Roman Catholic world into frenzied speculation about his likely successor and to evaluations of a papacy that was seen as both conservative and contentious.

In a statement in several languages, the pope said his “strength of mind and body” had “deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
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Monday Morning's Top Articles

Here are the top articles this Monday morning:

Valentines for Liberals and Contest from the Morlock Revolt

California Has Shortage of Doctors Because of Obamacare from Yid with Lid

Marines Forced to Dismantle their Empty Parade Rifles for Obama’s Second Inauguration Parade from Nice Deb

Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, and Janet Reno Were Directly Responsible for the 2008 Mortgage Meltdown from Director Blue

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies from the Reaganite Republican

CNN: Christopher Dorner May Have .50 Cal and Surface to Air Missile from Pundit Press

Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues from the Washington Post

Obama aims to shrink US nuclear arsenal from the Daily Caller

'Iran building militias in Syria in case Assad falls' from the Jerusalem Post

Americans Buying Guns Every 1.6 Seconds from CNS News

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Obama to Netanyahu: 'No Surprise Attack on Iran'

From Arutz Sheva:
One of the goals of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Israel is to deliver a message to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not to carry out any "military surprises" against Iran while the U.S. in engaged in negotiations with it.

Voice of Israel public radio, which reported the matter, says this is what senior U.S. Administration sources told diplomatic sources in Jerusalem in recent days.

The U.S. Administration sources added that Obama intends to address Israeli public opinion, and assure the Israeli public of Obama's commitment to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
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Zoo Hires Famed Pianist to Sexually Arouse Tortoises

Richard Clayderman is a famed French pianist who has released multiple albums and compilations of some of the most beauteous music ever composed. His newest stunt, put together by his record company and the London zoo, however, have some people scratching their collective heads.

This past Thursday, Mr. Clayderman played his music to a unique audience: tortoises. Why exactly did he do this? According to the Associated Press, it was "an attempt to put the reptiles in the mood to mate."

He serenaded the animals with "Ballade pour Adeline," one of his most famous pieces, then "Chariots of Fire." Unfortunately for the tortoise race, the music "did little to lift their spirits," and their interest only piqued "when zookeepers brought them some carrots."
Richard Clayderman: failure at rustling tortoise jimmies
Here's more on the story from the AP via Yahoo! News:
Galapagos tortoises are the largest in the world and can live for over 150 years. But the gentle animals have struggled to fend off predators and are now under threat.

Clayderman said that his golden retriever loved to lie by the piano when he was playing, "so maybe it's good for the animals to listen to music."

Maybe. But it's possible tortoises just don't appreciate what Clayderman has described as his "New Romantic" style.
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Pictures of Northridge Lowes, Site of Alleged Christopher Dorner Sighting

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LA Helicopter Crash Could be Linked to Christopher Dorner

A helicopter crash in rural Los Angeles County Sunday killed three people filming a reality television show about the military. Christopher Dorner allegedly has an SA-7 surface to air missile and the training to use it. The cause of the crash is unknown and is in the general vicinity of where the LAPD is looking for the suspect.
"The helicopter, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger, crashed under unknown circumstances," Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. 
The three occupants, all men who appeared to be in their mid-40s, were thrown from the helicopter in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Martin Smith said.
Apparently there was no fire with the crash.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Alleged Christopher Dorner Lowes Sighting

Alleged LAPD police killer Christopher Dorner is still on the run, with drones now tracking his whereabouts. There was an apparent sighting of him in the LA area, which caused an evacuation Sunday.

UPDATE: Picture of the scene.
A Northridge, Calif., home improvement store was evacuated tonight because of a possible sighting of suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner, just hours after police announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest. 
As helicopters hovered overhead and a command center was established, police searched the Lowe's store and eventually told shoppers they could leave, but could not take their cars out of the parking lot.
Source: ABC News.

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What Weapons Does Christopher Dorner Have?

Apparently some really serious stuff:



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Why was Christopher Dorner Fired?

The horrible shootings that have come in the last week seem to stem from shooter Christopher Dorner's firing from the LAPD. Drones are now being used in the manhunt. Now the LAPD is reopening the file on why he was fired. Why was he fired in the first place?
Dorner was stripped of his badge in 2009 after a police disciplinary board found him guilty of making false statements against his training officer, Teresa Evans. In August 2007, Dorner accused Evans of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in San Pedro.
The internal affairs investigation concluded that Evans had not kicked the man and that Dorner was lying. 
Police said Dorner has killed three people, including a Riverside police officer, and injured two others over the last week in a campaign to take revenge on those he blamed for his dismissal from the LAPD. 
A long manifesto posted to what police believe to have been Dorner's Facebook page alleges racism throughout the infrastructure of LAPD. 
Gerry Chaleff, LAPD special assistant for constitutional policing, is to lead the renewed investigation into Dorner's firing. 
Beck, who has led the LAPD since 2009, insisted he was reopening the investigation into Dorner's firing to ensure public confidence in his department. 
"If there anything to what he says or anything new in what he brings up his manifesto, we will deal with it and we will do it in a public way," Beck said.
Source: LA Times.

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Information on Christopher Dorner Reward

The LAPD has posted a $1 million reward for the capture of Christopher Dorner.
"We will not tolerate this reign of terror," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday at an afternoon news conference at LAPD headquarters. "Our dedication to catching this killer is steadfast. This search is not a matter of 'if.' It's a matter of 'when.' And I want Christopher Dorner to know that." 
Police Chief Charlie Beck said his wife came up with the idea for a massive reward on Saturday and that it was thought to be the largest ever offered locally. Within 24 hours, the $1 million was raised from more than two dozen donors including local governments and police departments, civic organizations, businesses and individuals. 
"It was amazingly, amazingly easy," Beck said. "When we reached out to members of this community, they gave immediately."
Source: LA Times.

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Where is Christopher Dorner? 2/10/2013

Alleged LAPD police killer Christopher Dorner is still on the run, with drones now tracking his whereabouts. There was an apparent sighting of him in the LA area, which caused an evacuation Sunday.
A Northridge, Calif., home improvement store was evacuated tonight because of a possible sighting of suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner, just hours after police announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest. 
As helicopters hovered overhead and a command center was established, police searched the Lowe's store and eventually told shoppers they could leave, but could not take their cars out of the parking lot.
Source: ABC News.

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Drones are Now Targeting Christopher Dorner

For the first time in American history, drones are being used to target a civilian target within the country. Alleged LAPD police killer Christopher Dorner is being tracked by drones. This also comes with new news of a "sighting."
 Wanted fugitive Christopher Dorner, the homicidal former cop currently at war with the LAPD, has become the first known human target for airborne drones on U.S. soil. Their use was confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed the government's fear that Dorner will make a dash for the Mexican border.

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Some Nice Thoughts from Iran

How nice of them to think of us:
In the capital, crowds waving Iranian flags and portraits of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini walked toward the landmark Azadi (Freedom) Square, in a government-sponsored rally which is now a cornerstone of the regime.  
Marchers also chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” as they headed for the square, some waving posters of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was expected to make an address. 

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Live Video of Christopher Dorner Gunfight with Police at Big Bear, February 12, 2013



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Eric Cantor: Gee, Obama's Sequestration Plan Sucks, Doesn't It?


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Christopher Dorner's War


The manhunt is on in Southern California for Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD police officer and recently honorably discharged former Lieutenant in the Navy Reserves, who is accused of murdering three individuals (one police officer) and wounding two others, as a result of his firing from the department in 2008.

Christopher Dorner, most wanted man in California
From a cursory reading of Dorner's background, and his alleged injustice of his firing in 2008, it seems to me we have a very dangerous, well trained individual who has essentially declared war upon the LAPD for the department firing him for making false claims of brutality against a fellow officer.

This man has already been cornered twice by police, both times he either killed or badly injured someone. But that was before he was the LAPD's public enemy number one, being pictured on television and newspapers nationwide and being pursued into the mountains: he's cornered, with basically nowhere to go where he will not be identified and hungry for the blood of his brethren.

I have a very bad feeling, especially when considering his manifesto says as much, that Dorner is unlikely to be arrested or go down without a fight, and that many more will die before this fallen officer, from both the police and military, is brought down, and that authorities must treat this on his terms - as war - and be prepared to take him down at the first possibility.

What say you?

P.S. - I find it rather interesting that Dorner had not made one threat or started his reign of terror until he was honorably discharged from the Navy Reserves on February 1st, 2013. Has anyone looked into whether that was the final straw that led Dorner to commit these heinous acts? I just find it odd.

Why is the Pope Retiring?

 Breaking from the New York Times:

Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries.

Regarded as a doctrinal conservative, the pope, 85, said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

The announcement is certain to plunge the Roman Catholic world into frenzied speculation about his likely successor and to evaluations of a papacy that was seen as both conservative and contentious.

In a statement in several languages, the pope said his “strength of mind and body” had “deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

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Is Christopher Dorner in Northridge? 2/10/2013


Alleged LAPD police killer Christopher Dorner is still on the run, with drones now tracking his whereabouts. There was an apparent sighting of him in the LA area, which caused an evacuation Sunday.


A Northridge, Calif., home improvement store was evacuated tonight because of a possible sighting of suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner, just hours after police announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
As helicopters hovered overhead and a command center was established, police searched the Lowe's store and eventually told shoppers they could leave, but could not take their cars out of the parking lot.


Source: ABC News.

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Cardinal Peter Turkson Information

This short excerpt from Wikipedia:
Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (born 11 October 1948) is a Ghanaian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the current president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 October 2009. He had previously served as Archbishop of Cape Coast. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 2003.
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Marc Ouellet, PSS, born June 8, 1944, La Motte, Quebec, is a Canadian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the present prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and concurrently president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 30 June 2010. Previously, he was archbishop of Quebec and primate of Canada. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II, on 21 October 2003.
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Angelo Scola, born 7 November 1941, is an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church, philosopher and theologian. He was appointed Archbishop of Milan by Pope Benedict XVI on 28 June 2011. He had previously served as Patriarch of Venice since 2002. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003. He is currently considered a contender to succeed Benedict XVI, who has announced his resignation effective 28 February 2013.
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Liberals Rush to Defend Murderer Christopher Dorner; "A True Patriot Hero"

The Main Stream Media has been deafeningly silent on madman Christopher Dorner's liberal leanings. Dorner supports gun control. Dorner loves President Obama. Dorner said of Piers Morgan, "I agree with you 100%."

Much of the reason is clear: the MSM desperately wants to paint conservatives as violent lunatics. They did so after Representative Giffords was shot. They said that James Holmes was a Tea Party member despite zero evidence whatsoever. But for some, there is another reason: they support what Dorner has done.

On Occupy Wall Street's website, a headline blares, "Christopher Jordan Dorner Is A True Patriot Hero: LAPD Getting Everything It Deserves." While the post notes, "This content is user submitted and not an official statement," the sentiments of the liberals on that site are laid bare by their statements.

User "quantumystic" explains:
User "anonymousblatant" tells his fellow liberals to read Dorner's rambling, murderous manifesto, explaining:
MattLHolck says it's all likely "a set up:"
"Therewatching" laments:
What has to go through your head to defend someone who murdered three people? Clearly nothing, but what else is new?

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Egyptian Court Bans YouTube

The Arab Spring is in full swing. From the Washington Post:
An Egyptian court ordered a one-month ban on YouTube on Saturday, after it said the video-sharing Web site had failed to remove an American-made anti-Islam video.

Cairo’s administrative court ruled in response to a suit filed by an independent Egyptian lawyer. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq, who presided over the case, said the ban would also apply to other Web sites that circulated the video, including, potentially, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

It was not clear when the ban would come into effect. Implementation of the ruling is left to Egypt’s prime minister and communications minister. The court’s decision can also be appealed.

“This is a temporary punishment, you could say, for these Web sites for participating in this,” Tawfiq said.
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Christopher Dorner vs. LAPD Court Case Transcript


DORNER v. LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHRISTOPHER DORNER, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT et al., Defendants and Respondents.
No. B225674.
Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Four.
Filed October 3, 2011.
Law Office of David J. DuchrowJill A. Piano and David J. Duchrow for Plaintiff and Appellant.
Carmen A. Trutanich, City Attorney, Claudia McGee Henry, Assistant City Attorney, and Gregory P. Orland, Deputy City Attorney, for Defendants and Respondents.

NOT TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL REPORTS
WILLHITE, Acting P. J.
Appellant Christopher Dorner, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), made a complaint against his field training officer, Sergeant Teresa Evans, accusing her of kicking a suspect, Christopher Gettler (Gettler). The Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights (Board) found that appellant’s complaint was false and therefore terminated his employment for making false statements. Appellant filed a petition for a writ of administrative mandamus in the superior court pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1094.5, seeking to overturn the decision of the Board. The superior court denied his petition, and he now appeals. We affirm.
FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUNDAppellant was charged in a formal written complaint with three counts: count 1, on August 10, 2007, making false statements to Sergeant D. Deming, who was conducting an official investigation; count 2, on October 9, 2007, making false statements to Detectives S. Gallegos and T. Lai, who were conducting an official investigation; count 3, on August 10, 2007, making a personnel complaint that he knew or should have known was false. The Board held a series of hearings at which the following witnesses testified: appellant, Captain Donald Deming, Sergeant Evans, Sergeant Leonard Perez, Sergeant Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles Port Police, Sergeant Phil Jackson, Sergeant Julie McInnis, Detective Shelly Villanueva (formerly Gallegos), Christopher Adrid, Ashlye Perez, Christopher Gettler, and Richard Gettler.
Testimony of Captain Deming1
In August 2007, Captain Deming was a sergeant assigned as an assistant watch commander at the Harbor Division of the LAPD. On August 10, 2007, appellant spoke with Captain Deming about an incident on July 28, 2007, involving the use of force during Gettler’s arrest at a DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro.
Appellant told Captain Deming he had something bad to report, and he “expressed remorse that he failed to report what he believed to be misconduct (unnecessary kicks applied to an arrestee) that he witnessed approximately two weeks prior.” Appellant said that he had handcuffed the suspect and was struggling with him when Sergeant Evans (Officer Evans, at the time) kicked the suspect twice in the left shoulder area and once in the face. Appellant had not told Sergeant Jackson about the kicks when Sergeant Jackson conducted a use of force investigation, and Sergeant Evans later discouraged appellant from disclosing she had kicked the suspect. Appellant was unsure what to write about the incident on the arrest report, so Sergeant Evans completed the report, “omitting any reference to the kicks.” Appellant was visibly upset when he spoke with Captain Deming, and Captain Deming believed this was caused by fear of repercussions for reporting misconduct by a training officer. Because of his fear of repercussions, appellant told Captain Deming, “Promise me you won’t do anything.” Appellant testified that the reason he asked Captain Deming not to do anything was that he knew Sergeant Evans had a child to support and he did not want her to lose her job.
After Captain Deming retired from the LAPD, appellant called to tell him he was being investigated for false statements. Captain Deming expressed surprise, and appellant told him, “No matter what happens, I just want you to know I never lied to you.” Captain Deming testified that appellant’s performance was satisfactory while he was under his supervision.
Following appellant’s complaint about Sergeant Evans, appellant believed someone urinated on his equipment bag at the police station. Appellant thought this was in retaliation for his complaint against Sergeant Evans and filed a complaint about this incident. However, an analysis of the unknown substance on appellant’s jacket revealed that the substance was not urine.
Testimony of Sergeant Evans
Sergeant Evans was the field training officer assigned to train appellant, who was a probationary employee. She testified that appellant had expressed to her the need for reintegration training because he had been away for a long time during his military deployment.2
Sergeant Evans and appellant responded to a call around 8:46 a.m. on July 28, 2007. When they arrived, they saw the subject sitting on a bench outside the main door of the hotel. Based on the subject’s demeanor and gaze, the officers thought he was either suffering from mental illness or under the influence, so they discussed a plan to isolate him from the numerous pedestrians in the area.
Appellant told the subject to stand up, but he did not comply, so appellant placed his hand on the subject’s arm and helped him stand. When appellant and the subject were walking near a planter box on the sidewalk, the subject suddenly swung at appellant and said, “fuck you.” Sergeant Evans took a taser from appellant’s duty belt and called for backup.
While appellant was trying to gain control of the suspect, Sergeant Evans told the subject to stop or she would use the taser. Appellant and the suspect fell into the bushes in the planter box, and the suspect’s arm was wedged against a wall. After Sergeant Evans shot Gettler twice with the taser, appellant was able to control Gettler’s left wrist and place handcuffs on him. Sergeant Evans went behind the bushes and crouched down to help appellant control Gettler’s right arm. After about 30 seconds of struggling, Gettler let the officers handcuff him and said, “Is that what you wanted? Here you go.” Sergeant Evans denied kicking Gettler in the face or the shoulder area.
Appellant then helped Gettler stand and placed him in a police car. Sergeant Evans noticed that Gettler had a laceration on his cheek, but no other injuries. There were no boot marks on Gettler’s face or shirt and no bruising on his face. When Gettler was taken to the police station, he did not tell the watch commander or a physician, who treated his facial injuries, that he was kicked in the face.
After Gettler was in custody, other officers arrived, including Sergeant Phil Jackson. Sergeant Jackson interviewed Sergeant Evans about the use of force and interviewed other witnesses at the scene.
Sergeant Evans and appellant discussed the incident so appellant could write the arrest report, but she stated that appellant took too long to write the report. Appellant asked Sergeant Evans several questions about how to complete the use of force section, which underwent about three revisions by Sergeant Evans and Sergeant Jackson. Sergeant Evans testified that the revisions were mainly to articulate what specific actions the officers took during the incident because appellant was unfamiliar with the “specific verbiage” used to describe their actions. Appellant reviewed the report before it was turned in to Sergeant Jackson for approval. The use of force report stated that Gettler’s injury was consistent with the use of force involved in arresting him and did not state that Sergeant Evans kicked Gettler.
Sergeant Evans previously had told appellant that he needed to take less time in writing arrest reports. She also had indicated in an evaluation that appellant needed to improve in the areas of officer safety and common sense and good judgment. Appellant received the evaluation on August 9, 2007.
Testimony of Christopher Adrid
Adrid was working as a bellman at the DoubleTree Hotel on the date of the incident. He saw Gettler on a bench in the lobby, talking to himself, so he asked Gettler if he was a hotel guest. When Gettler said he was not staying at the hotel, Adrid asked him to sit on a bench outside the hotel.
When appellant and Sergeant Evans arrived, Adrid saw them ask Gettler to take his hands out of his pockets and approach them. Gettler stood up and walked toward the officers, but when he tried to run away, appellant tackled him. Adrid testified that he saw Gettler and appellant fall into the bushes, which were about four feet high, although in an earlier interview, he had said he did not see appellant tackle Gettler. Adrid testified that Sergeant Evans was telling Gettler to put his hands behind his back or else she would use the taser. Gettler did not comply, so Sergeant Evans shot him with the taser, and then he complied and was handcuffed. Sergeant Evans stepped into the planter and helped appellant and Gettler get up. Adrid did not see Sergeant Evans crouch in the bushes or kick Gettler. He said that Sergeant Evans had one foot in the planter and one on the sidewalk and never had both feet in the planter. Adrid saw the cut on Gettler’s nose but did not see any other injuries.
Testimony of Sergeant Perez
Sergeant Perez met appellant in 2004 or 2005, when they were both in the United States Navy Reserves. While appellant was in the police academy, he told Sergeant Perez that a classmate had used a racial epithet against him (appellant is black) and continued doing so after appellant asked him to stop. Appellant reported the incident to a supervisor.
In August 2007, Sergeant Perez was camping at a lake when he noticed he had received several phone calls from appellant; he tried calling him back, but service was intermittent. Over a series of five or six calls, appellant told Sergeant Perez that he was not getting along with Sergeant Evans and that Sergeant Evans had kicked a suspect who was either handcuffed or had one handcuff on. Appellant asked Sergeant Perez if he needed to report the incident, and Sergeant Perez said appellant needed to tell a supervisor immediately or else Sergeant Perez would do it himself. Sergeant Perez asked appellant about the arrest report, and appellant alluded to Sergeant Evans having changed the report or told appellant to change it. When appellant started telling Sergeant Perez about the incident, Sergeant Perez stopped appellant because Sergeant Perez knew he might become a witness in any investigation. A few days later, appellant told Sergeant Perez he had reported the incident to Captain Deming.
Testimony of Sergeant Hernandez
Sergeant Hernandez was an officer with the Port Police at the time of the incident. He responded to the DoubleTree Hotel when he heard a call that an officer needed help. When Sergeant Hernandez arrived, he saw “two officers crouched over, half in the bush and half not,” struggling with a suspect and trying to handcuff him. As he ran up to them, he saw them get the second handcuff on the suspect and saw appellant pick the suspect up. Sergeant Hernandez testified that appellant was wearing a dress uniform with a tie that was messed up, so he told appellant to fix his tie while he held the suspect for him. It was subsequently established that appellant was not wearing a dress uniform or a tie, based on testimony and a photo.
Sergeant Hernandez thought that Sergeant Evans had one foot in the planter and one on the sidewalk, and he never saw her in or behind the bushes. Sergeant Hernandez did not see Sergeant Evans taser Gettler or kick him.
Testimony of Ashlye Perez
Ashlye Perez was working at the DoubleTree as a bellhop on July 28, 2007. She was in the lobby of the hotel when she saw appellant and Sergeant Evans arrive at the hotel. The hotel doors were open, so she heard the officers ask Gettler to stand and ask if he was a guest at the hotel. After Perez went outside to try to usher hotel guests inside, she heard Gettler start yelling and saw the officers grab him to stop him from running away. She did not remember exactly what happened, but she saw Sergeant Evans use the taser, and she saw Gettler fall headfirst into the bushes. She noticed that some branches were broken when Gettler hit the bushes. Perez did not see Sergeant Evans go into the bushes or kick Gettler. Perez went back into the hotel, so she did not see the officers handcuff Gettler, but she saw Gettler struggling while the officers tried to get him out of the bushes. She noticed that Gettler had a cut on his face, which she thought was from hitting his face on the bushes.
Testimony of Sergeant Jackson
When Sergeant Jackson arrived, he saw appellant, Sergeant Evans, Sergeant Hernandez, a few other officers, and Gettler in custody inside the police car. After learning from Sergeant Evans that use of force was involved, Sergeant Jackson began to interview people regarding the use of force. He interviewed the officers and the other witnesses individually and did not recall any of the witnesses reporting that kicks were used. When he inspected Gettler’s injury, he saw blood on Gettler’s face that he thought was from the bushes, but he did not see any bruising or other indication that Gettler had been kicked. Sergeant Jackson read several revisions of the arrest report prepared by appellant and Sergeant Evans, and he noticed Sergeant Evans becoming frustrated with the amount of time it was taking to prepare the report.
Testimony of Appellant
Appellant testified that he graduated from the police academy in February 2006, but he left for a 13-month military deployment in November 2006. When he returned to the LAPD in July 2007, he was still on probation and was assigned to the San Pedro area with Sergeant Evans.
On July 28, 2007, appellant and Sergeant Evans received a call about a man refusing to leave the DoubleTree Hotel. When they arrived, they saw Gettler sitting on a bench, and appellant noticed a lot of people standing in front of the hotel. Appellant wanted to move Gettler away from the other people, so he asked Gettler to come speak with him, but he got no response. After asking Gettler several times, appellant placed his hand onto Gettler’s wrist and pulled Gettler up from the bench.
Appellant and Gettler walked about 15 feet away, with Sergeant Evans a little behind them and on Gettler’s left side. Gettler suddenly stopped, turned to Sergeant Evans and yelled at her, at which point Sergeant Evans took appellant’s taser. Appellant thought Gettler was about to hit Sergeant Evans, so he tried to drag Gettler to the ground and ended up pushing Gettler toward the bushes. Gettler turned around and started pushing appellant in an attempt to get away, so appellant pushed back, and they both fell in the planter box. Appellant was trying to straddle Gettler to gain control of his hands, and after he got Gettler’s left hand he heard two taser bursts.
Appellant was trying to grab Gettler’s right arm, which was pressed against the wall, but Gettler did not comply. Sergeant Evans went into the bushes, between the bushes and the wall, lifted Gettler by his hair, and told him to give appellant his arm. Appellant testified that Gettler did not have blood on his face at that point. Sergeant Evans then stood up and kicked Gettler twice in the left clavicle. Gettler yelled, and then Sergeant Evans kicked him on the left cheek, causing him to start bleeding. Gettler said, “Is this all you want?” and gave appellant his right arm to be handcuffed. Sergeant Hernandez then drove up, got out of his car, asked if they needed help, and helped pick Gettler up.
Sergeant Jackson arrived and began his investigation. He asked what appellant did during the use of force, so appellant told him that force was used to try to gain control of the suspect’s hands and that he thought he heard Sergeant Evans use a taser. Appellant did not report the kicks by Sergeant Evans because Sergeant Jackson asked him only what his own involvement was.
Appellant testified that Sergeant Jackson spoke with Sergeant Evans first and that after Sergeant Jackson spoke with appellant, appellant heard him say that appellant’s story was consistent with Sergeant Evans’s. When appellant heard Sergeant Jackson say that his story was consistent with Sergeant Evans’s, he knew that Sergeant Evans had not reported the kicks, so he thought about saying something then, but he did not. He did not feel comfortable speaking with Sergeant Jackson because Sergeant Jackson and Sergeant Evans got along well.
Appellant also testified that he was hesitant to report the kicks because when he was in the police academy, he had reported an incident in which two recruits were using a racial epithet against another recruit. He had been shunned by other recruits after that, so he did not want to speak up again.
Appellant stated that he did not think the kicks were necessary and that he would not have kicked the suspect, but he thought they might have fallen within the use of force policy. Appellant was not sure if the kicks were wrong because he had been away for over a year during his military deployment and had not received reintegration training, despite his request for the training.
After Gettler was arrested, Sergeant Evans and appellant presented him to the watch commander, Lieutenant Andrea Grossman. Appellant did not report the kicks to Lieutenant Grossman because he was not asked and he knew that probationary officers did not speak to Lieutenant Grossman unless spoken to. He also was hesitant because he knew that Sergeant Evans and Lieutenant Grossman were friends. Gettler did not report being kicked. The medical form filled out by appellant asked if the arrestee had any injuries or medical problems, and appellant had written that Gettler had a minor scratch on his face.
When appellant and Sergeant Evans were in the car later, Sergeant Evans asked appellant if he was comfortable with the use of force, and appellant replied that he was. Sergeant Evans then stated that they would not mention the kicks in the report. Appellant did not reply because he was trying to avoid conflict with her. He said that Sergeant Evans previously had told him she was trying to limit the number of use of force incidents she had because she was on a list to become a sergeant.
When they began writing the use of force report, appellant felt that he was struggling with an ethical dilemma about the use of force, but he had forgotten some of the use of force policies because of his long military deployment. He acknowledged writing the first part of the arrest report but testified that he and Sergeant Evans disagreed about the report and that she deleted what he had written and wrote it herself. Appellant also acknowledged that he reviewed the report but reiterated that he was hesitant to report misconduct because he was afraid of retaliation. When he realized the kicks were not in the report, he decided to report them to Sergeant Perez.
Appellant testified that he called Sergeant Perez because he wanted to speak with someone who worked in Internal Affairs before reporting the incident. Sergeant Perez stopped him from telling him about the incident and instead urged him to report it to his supervisor, telling appellant that he would report it if appellant did not. Sergeant Perez followed up by calling appellant to be sure he had reported it.
Appellant had asked Sergeant Evans several times for reintegration training after his deployment and had spoken with other officers about it, but he was told that probationary officers did not receive reintegration training. On July 28, 2007, appellant gave Lieutenant Grossman a request for the training, and she said that he could attend. Appellant asked to go to reintegration training at the academy because he did not want to work with Sergeant Evans any more.
Appellant testified that Sergeant Evans had not given him unsatisfactory evaluations, but he thought that personal issues she had told him about were affecting her work and causing her to be angry and difficult to approach. For example, he said that Sergeant Evans had slapped his hand on two occasions. Sergeant Evans had told appellant that she was having difficulties at home regarding a domestic violence incident and was having financial difficulties. Appellant did not report the difficulties in his relationship with Sergeant Evans because he was still on probation and did not want to cause problems.
Appellant received a weekly evaluation report dated July 29 to August 4, 2007, in which Sergeant Evans indicated that appellant needed to improve in the areas of report writing, officer safety, suspects, prisoners, and use of common sense and good judgment. He testified that the evaluation did not bother him because he had received similar reports from other officers but had never received an unsatisfactory evaluation, which he described as “a silver bullet.”
Testimony of Richard Gettler
Richard Gettler testified that his son was schizophrenic with severe dementia. He explained that his son sometimes was verbal and able to respond, but other days he was not responsive. Gettler sometimes wandered from home, but his father usually did not report him as missing because he knew the police always brought him home.
Gettler’s father stated that when the officers brought his son home on July 28, 2007, he asked Gettler if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy. Gettler told him that he was kicked at the hotel, so they drove around until Gettler directed his father to the DoubleTree, where Gettler pointed to the wall and indicated the incident happened near there. Gettler told his father he was kicked in the chest twice by a police officer, but his father decided not to report it because he assumed it was an accident and Gettler was not hurt.
Testimony of Detective Villanueva
Detective Villanueva worked in the Internal Affairs Criminal Section of the LAPD and investigated the excessive force complaint against Sergeant Evans. During her investigation, she tried to interview Gettler, but she was told by Gettler’s grandmother and father that Gettler probably would be unable to answer simple questions because of his severe mental illness. She did not ask Gettler’s father about the incident at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Based on Detective Villanueva’s interviews of three DoubleTree employees and Sergeant Evans, she concluded that appellant falsely accused Sergeant Evans of kicking Gettler. Her investigation did not reveal any evidence to support appellant’s allegation that Sergeant Evans intentionally kicked Gettler.
Testimony of Christopher Gettler
The Board brought Gettler in to question him during the administrative hearing, but his responses generally were incoherent and nonresponsive. A videotaped interview of Gettler, taken on December 8, 2008, was shown at the administrative hearing.
Decision of the Board
The Board stated that the primary issue in the case was whether Sergeant Evans actually kicked Gettler or not. After reviewing all the evidence, the Board stated that it could not find that the kicks occurred. The Board pointed out that, although Gettler’s clothes were soiled, consistent with testimony that he and appellant fell in the bushes, there was no “visible dirt transfer” on Gettler’s white shirt to support the allegation that Sergeant Evans kicked him in the shoulder or chest area.
The Board reasoned that, although there were inconsistencies in the testimony, the testimony of Adrid, Sergeant Perez, and Sergeant Hernandez was consistent with the original report by appellant and Sergeant Evans. Although Richard Gettler’s testimony supported appellant’s assertion that Sergeant Evans kicked Gettler, the Board found his testimony not credible because it was inconsistent with his son’s testimony. The Board also noted that Gettler’s mental illness affected his ability to give an accurate account of the incident and found that Gettler’s videotaped statement, alleging one kick, was not credible.
The Board found that appellant had failed to report the alleged kicks, despite numerous opportunities to do so, and that his testimony regarding his reasons for not reporting the kicks was not credible. The Board also found that the injury to Gettler’s face was caused when he fell into the bushes.
The Board found there was evidence that appellant had a motive to make a false complaint, citing Sergeant Evans’s testimony that appellant was going to receive an unsatisfactory probationary rating if he did not improve his performance and that the kicks were reported the day after appellant received an evaluation. The Board concluded that appellant was not credible and found him guilty of the charges against him.
Decision of the Trial Court
Appellant filed a petition for writ of administrative mandamus, which the trial court denied. The court stated that, after an independent review of the administrative record, the court was “uncertain whether the training officer kicked the suspect or not.” Because the court was not convinced that the administrative findings were wrong, the court found that appellant failed to carry his burden of establishing that the administrative findings were contrary to the weight of the evidence. The court also rejected appellant’s contention that the Board shifted the burden of proof by requiring him to prove the training officer kicked the suspect. Finally, the court rejected appellant’s contention that the Board members were biased. The court reasoned that no other witness testified that Sergeant Evans kicked Gettler and that the issue came down to a determination of the relative credibility of appellant and Sergeant Evans. The court thus denied appellant’s petition for writ of mandate and entered judgment in favor of respondents. Appellant filed a timely notice of appeal.
DISCUSSION“Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1094.5, when the trial court reviews an administrative decision that substantially affects a fundamental vested right, the trial court `not only examines the administrative record for errors of law but also exercises its independent judgment upon the evidence . . . .’ [Citations.]” (Sarka v. Regents of University of California (2006) 146 Cal.App.4th 261, 270 (Sarka).) The right to practice one’s trade or profession is a fundamental vested right. (Bixby v. Pierno (1971) 4 Cal.3d 130, 143; see alsoBarber v. Long Beach Civil Service Com. (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 652, 658 [stating that the trial court is required to exercise its independent judgment where a case involves a police officer's vested property interest in his employment].)
“Under the independent-judgment standard, `the party challenging the administrative decision bears the burden of convincing the court that the administrative findings are contrary to the weight of the evidence.’ [Citation.] `[The] trial court must accord a “`strong presumption of . . . correctness’” to administrative findings . . . .’ [Citation.] The trial court begins its review with the presumption that the administrative findings are correct, and then, after according the respect due these findings, the court exercises independent judgment in making its own findings. [Citation.] . . . [¶] On appeal, we review a trial court’s exercise of independent review of an agency determination for substantial evidence. [Citation.]” (Sarka, supra, 146 Cal.App.4th at pp. 270-271.) “`[O]ur review of the record is limited to a determination whether substantial evidence supports the trial court’s conclusions and, in making that determination, we must resolve all conflicts and indulge all reasonable inferences in favor of the party who prevailed in the trial court. [Citations.]‘” (Wences v. City of Los Angeles (2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 305, 318.) We review independently any legal interpretations made by the administrative agency and the trial court. (Breslin v. City and County of San Francisco (2007)146 Cal.App.4th 1064, 1077 (Breslin).)
I. Burden of Proof
Appellant’s first contention is that the trial court erred in rejecting his argument that the Board improperly shifted the burden of proof from the employer to him. Whether the Board shifted the burden of proof is a legal question reviewed de novo. (Breslin, supra, 146 Cal.App.4th at p. 1077.) We conclude that the Board did not improperly shift the burden of proof.
The parties agree that respondents had the burden of proving the charges against appellant. (See California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. v. State Personnel Bd. (1995) 10 Cal.4th 1133, 1167 [explaining that a public employee's interest in his employment is protected by due process, which requires an administrative hearing at which "`the burden of proving the charges rests upon the party making the charges'"].) Thus, here, the LAPD was required to prove that appellant made a complaint he knew or should have known was false and that he made false statements during the investigation.
In arguing that the Board improperly shifted the burden of proof, appellant focuses on the Board’s statement that, after reviewing all the evidence, it could not “make a factual finding that the kicks occurred.” Neither this statement nor anything else in the Board’s decision indicates that the Board shifted the burden to appellant.
In order to prove that appellant made false statements and a false complaint, the LAPD needed to prove that Sergeant Evans did not kick Gettler. The LAPD accordingly presented witnesses and other evidence tending to show that the kicks did not occur, and the Board found its evidence persuasive. The Board’s statement that it could not find evidence to support appellant’s claim that Sergeant Evans kicked Gettler does not mean that appellant had the burden of proving his statements were not false. Rather, it indicates that the LAPD bore its burden of convincing the Board that the kicks did not occur. The trial court did not err in rejecting appellant’s argument.
II. Substantial Evidence
Appellant’s second contention is that the trial court erred in upholding the Board’s factual findings because they were not supported by substantial evidence.3 As stated above, on appeal, “we may not reweigh the evidence, but consider that evidence in the light most favorable to the trial court, indulging in every reasonable inference in favor of the trial court’s findings and resolving all conflicts in its favor.” (Breslin, supra, 146 Cal.App.4th at p. 1078.)
Appellant argues that the trial court did not understand that it was required to exercise its independent judgment, pursuant to Fukuda v. City of Angels (1999) 20 Cal.4th 805 (Fukuda), and that the court instead merely “rubber-stamped” the Board’s decision. Contrary to appellant’s claim, the trial court specifically stated that it had independently reviewed the administrative record and, based on that review, it was uncertain whether Evans had kicked Gettler. Appellant therefore had failed to carry his burden of convincing the court that the administrative findings were contrary to the weight of the evidence. (Fukuda, supra, 20 Cal.4th at p. 817; Breslin, supra, 146 Cal.App.4th at p. 1077.) The trial court did not fail to exercise its independent judgment.
Appellant further contends that the findings made by the Board were so lacking in evidentiary support as to be inherently improbable and unreasonable. We disagree.
The Board’s findings relied on physical evidence and the testimony of several eyewitnesses who testified that they did not see Sergeant Evans kick Gettler. Sergeant Hernandez and the two DoubleTree employees who witnessed the incident, Adrid and Perez, did not see any kicks. The Board also noted that the photo of Gettler did not show any dirt on his white shirt that would have indicated he was kicked in the clavicle area. The Board also relied on appellant’s failure to report the kicks despite several opportunities to do so, citing Sergeant Jackson’s testimony that appellant did not report the kicks when he was first interviewed about the use of force, as well as appellant’s failure to report the kicks to Lieutenant Grossman. In addition, the Board found that appellant had a motive to make false allegations against Sergeant Evans, based on her testimony that appellant would receive an unsatisfactory rating if he did not improve his performance.
Even if the Board had not found the evidence listed above persuasive, Sergeant Evans herself testified that she did not kick Gettler. Her testimony alone would have been sufficient to support the Board’s findings. (See People v. Fierro (2010) 180 Cal.App.4th 1342, 1347 (Fierro) [stating that "`unless the testimony is physically impossible or inherently improbable, testimony of a single witness is sufficient to support a conviction'"].)
There is substantial evidence in the record to support the Board’s finding. The Board simply found appellant not credible and thus implicitly found Sergeant Evans credible. Credibility determinations are within the province of the trier of fact. (Fierro, supra, 180 Cal.App.4th at p. 1347.)
DISPOSITIONThe judgment of the trial court, denying appellant’s petition for a writ of administrative mandamus, is affirmed. Respondents shall recover their costs on appeal.
MANELLA, J. and SUZUKAWA, J., concurs.

Footnotes

1. At the time of the hearing, he was a captain with the Lompoc Police Department.
2. Appellant left for a 13-month military deployment shortly after his graduation from the police academy.
3. Because we find the findings supported by substantial evidence, we need not consider respondents’ assertion that appellant waived the substantial evidence issue.


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