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Vegas Police officer writes woman $200 ticket for putting on chapstick at a red light

If you ever wanted proof that many police precincts are more interested in raising revenue than they are public safety, here you go…

from KLAS:

The Nevada Highway Patrol has a campaign to crackdown on distracted drivers, but how far is too far when it comes to cracking the whip? 8 News NOW decided to examine that question after a Las Vegas woman said she received a ticket for putting on lip balm at a red light.

Stephanie Fragoso said she was cited Wednesday during the statewide crackdown. She said she was at a red light at I-15 and Blue Diamond when it happened.

Fragoso said when she asked the officer why he pulled her over, he told her it was for putting on makeup.

“I told him it was Chapstick,” Fragoso said.

Initially, Fragoso thought the entire thing was a joke, especially since it was April Fools Day, but when she received the $200 citation, she quickly realized that wasn’t the case.

“He said ‘it could have been anything; you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs’,” said Fragoso.

Law enforcement officers say drivers can be ticketed for any distraction that takes their focus away from the road and their hands off the wheel. Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Loy Hixson said this is a city and county ordinance most people don’t know about.

“It states that when a person is operating a vehicle they must provide full attention to the driving so that it won’t render that action to be unsafe,” Hixson said.

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Putting on chapstick while the car was stopped wasn’t putting a single person’s life in danger.  Tickets like these are about police departments making money for themselves.  It’s policing for profit, plain and simple.

An open letter to the rightwing blogosphere.

[In particular, Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit), who gleefully informs his readers that the Tea Party terrorists in Las Vegas were “socialists.”]

Why don’t you talk about how they bragged about being a part of the Bundy ranch standoff? Why don’t you talk about how they loved the Tea Party, the Heritage Foundation, Rand Paul, the NRA, and Americans for Prosperity? Why don’t you talk about how they covered the bodies of their victims with the Tea Party Gadsden Flag?

This goes far, far beyond your usual ridiculous spin. Now you’re just plain lying to your readers. These weren’t “socialists,” these are the rightwing extremists DHS tried to warn us all about so many years ago. These were the sort of conservatives rightwing blogs cater to; gullible people who’ve been worked up into a total panic with BS stories about runaway socialism, creeping Sharia, and how Obama is Joseph Adolf Hitlerstalin, You and the rest of the rightwing echo chamber have scared plenty of people literally out of their wits – and now they’re acting out in their panic. 

This is what it looks like when armed “patriots” start going tyrant-hunting. You had to have seen this coming. You had to know it would all end in violence.

But you just didn’t care. Apparently, now that it’s happened, you still don’t. You just keep pouring gas on that fire, even as it’s so clearly spreading wildly out of control.

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration
Speaking in Las Vegas, she said it was time to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally and that she could go "even further" than Obama's controversial executive actions.

When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can’t even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids. Now they’re a political force.

Hillary Clinton sat down with a small group of DREAMers on Tuesday at Rancho High School at the heart of the growing Latino community in Las Vegas. She said it was time to provide immigrants in the country illegally with a path to citizenship. But she didn’t stop there, staking out positions on immigration that put her to the left of President Obama and the controversial executive actions he took last fall.

“I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers — including many with us today — at risk of deportation,” she said. “And, if Congress refuses to act, as president I will do everything possible under the law to go even further.”

UNITED STATES, LAS VEGAS - Gil Mobley wears a Donald Trump costume while singing a song about him while protesters rally in front of the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 23, 2016.
US Republican presidential candidates face off in Nevada as frontrunner Donald Trump tries to maintain momentum with a rousing victory in the last contest before next week’s all-important “Super Tuesday” votes. / AFP / JOSH EDELSON                        

InfoWars Thinks Las Vegas Shooting Is False Flag, 'Custom-Made To Demonize The Patriot Movement'

(RIGHT WING WATCH) Alex Jones’ InfoWars is responding to reports that the Las Vegas shooting of two police officers and one bystander were committed by fringe conspiracy theorists bent on starting a revolution by

Conspiracy theories are in part a defense mechanism – they protect you from the consequences of your beliefs. By making up fairy tales to believe with all their little hearts (and I do mean little), Jones and the rest of the gundamentalist crowd can continue to believe that only goodness and freedom come out of the barrel of a gun, while dismissing the increasing body count and carnage that comes with that belief.


A Figure in the Wastes:

A modern mix for the detached drifter; wanderers not enraptured by the neon beacons of The Strip; for the Couriers for whom the desert dust has become a second skin.


What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 4, Reid Changes His Story

That’s what Harry Reid looked like after what he described as an “excercise accident” in Las Vegas on New Years Day. Many have speculated that the injury was actually related to organized crime in Vegas. Now, it appears that Reid’s story is evolving…

In any event, many observers have questioned whether Reid’s severe injuries could have resulted from a breaking elastic exercise band. The Capitol Police, which provide security for Reid and reportedly took him to the hospital, have refused to answer any questions about the incident, even as to the time of day when it occurred.
Now, in an interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, Reid has changed his descriptionof how the accident ostensibly happened:

Ramos: You said recently that the accident had nothing to do with your decision to retire.
However, we are seeing the consequences of what happened. What really happened? Was it really with an elastic band?
Reid: Yeah, I had a big, that thick (Reid gestures with his hands), that I had been using for about four years and I was, you know, trying to maintain my, uh, firmness, and, uh, that was my weight training. I was doing that in my new home here in Nevada and a big metal hook that came out from the wall that was hooked there that the strap had no handle on it, slipped, spun me around, uh, about, oh I guess four feet (Reid points with his right hand to the wall of the interview room) and so I smashed my face into a cabinet so hard that uh…
Ramos: It looked like somebody had hit you.
Reid: I am so fortunate that, um, it wasn’t over just a fraction of this way and hit me in the temple.
Ramos: How’s your eye?
Reid: I am sightless in my right eye.

Until now, Reid and his minions have consistently claimed that the exercise band “broke.” Reid can hardly have been oblivious to the significance of now asserting that it “slipped,” apparently because it “had no handle on it.” Why the change? Possibly because many people have pointed out that if the elastic band broke and caused Reid’s severe injuries, he likely has a good product liability case against the manufacturer, and he should be warning others about the risks posed by elastic exercise bands from that source. Saying that the band “slipped” takes the element of product failure out of the story. Also, the shower door is now gone from the story, replaced by a “big metal hook that came out from the wall,” which had never previously been mentioned.