Hundreds of spectators attending the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, and countless others watching live TV coverage on Norway’s state broadcaster, reacted with shock after Kurt Meier, 67, a Swiss-born member of the Seychelles team, collapsed on Thursday afternoon, during his final match of the marathon two-week contest. Despite immediate medical attention at the scene he died later in hospital.
Hours later, a player from Uzbekistan who has not yet been named was found dead in his hotel room in central Tromsø. Norwegian police and the event’s organisers said on Friday they were not treating the deaths as suspicious.
“We regard these as tragic but natural deaths,” said Jarle Heitmann, a spokesman for the Chess Olympiad. “When so many people are gathered for such a long time, these things can happen.”
The Olympiad involved 1,800 competitors from 174 countries, accompanied by more than 1,000 coaches, delegates and fans.
Read the full story at TheGuardian.com.
Okay, it has nothing to do with politics, Liberals or the usual stuff, but we just couldn’t resist.
Texas governor Rick Perry wanted Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013. When she refused, Perry vetoed the $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, trying to restore its image after Lehmberg’s arrest and refusal to step down.
A leftist, out-of-state-operated, Liberal attack-dog group calling itself Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint against the governor. Special Judge Robert “Bert” Richardson hand picked San Antonio defense attorney Michael McCrum (an Obama pick to be US Attorney for the Western District of Texas) to lead the investigation, reportedly under the authority of Rosemary Lehmberg. As is typical for Texas Politics an indictment was
rubber-stamped issued with little real legal basis.
You may recall another Travis County DA’s unethical legal war against Tom Delay that was eventually thrown out of court once the case rose above the cesspool of Texas, Democrat-controlled courts. Such cases are rarely about the conviction, but about the accusation, in order to hamstring a politician’s career.
Earlier Austin, Texas attorney Kerry O’Brien filed complaints against Lehmberg and Patricia Summerville, the assistant campaign treasurer for the “Friends of Rosemary Lehmberg” SPAC. O’Brien’s complaint claims Lehmberg used $227,885.46 in “unidentified, unreported” campaign contributions to pay her lawyers for their work in her removal lawsuit.
O’Brien says between July and December 2013, Lehmberg reported zero campaign contributions, but a January 2014 report shows the payment made to the Richards, Rodriguez & Skeith LLP law firm on Dec. 27, 2013.
Below is the video of Lehmberg’s DWI arrest…
A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis predicts increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” The document says the inspiration for violence is Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville standoff with the Bureau of Land Management from earlier in the year.
DHS’s seven-page report entitled Domestic Violent Extremists Pose a Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement points to the recent murders of two Las Vegas law enforcement officers as evidence that there is a “growing trend of anti-government violence compared to the previous four years and inspired by perceived government overreach and oppression” and the “perceived victory at Bunkervile” will “likely prompt more violence.”
Bundy’s 20-year legal dispute with the BLM over grazing fees on federal land escalated when the agency attempted to seize his cattle in the beginning of April. An armed stand off between the BLM and supporters of Bundy ensued until the feds backed off before any serious violence erupted and left the 67-year-old rancher’s land.
Read the full article at Breaitbart.com.
A New York farm has been fined $13,000 by the state Division of Human Rights for declining to host a same-sex ‘wedding’ on their property two years ago, and has been ordered to train their employees to accommodate homosexual ceremonies despite their Christian beliefs.
Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Peres fined Liberty Ridge Farms in Schaghticoke $10,000 and ordered that $1,500 each be paid to two lesbians who were turned down by the facility, which also serves as the owners’ home. Liberty Ridge Farms was also ordered to provide proof that they have trained their employees not to refuse requests from homosexuals. A poster noting that the business is subject to human rights law must additionally be displayed prominently at the business.
Jason McGuire, the executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, decried the ruling on Thursday, noting that Liberty Ridge Farms took no issue with serving homosexuals. He outlined that the Giffords only drew the line when the request equated to personal involvement, thus violating the Scripture’s command not to be a partaker in other’s sins.
“Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, can pick blueberries, ride the trolley, or participate in any of the other opportunities Liberty Ridge Farm provides, but the Giffords drew the line at what they felt was participating in a ‘wedding’ that violated their conscience. For that, they’re paying a price,” he said. “People should not have to violate their religious and moral convictions—especially in their own homes—as the price of doing business. People of faith should not be forced to participate in a same-sex ‘wedding’ when it violates their beliefs.”
McGuire noted that when same-sex “marriage” was legalized in New York in 2011, Christians and others were assured that they were protected under a religious freedom amendment, but now he finds that amendment useless.
Read the full article at the Christian News Network.