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Social worker forced sex to not take kids, lawsuit says

  • 5:52 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by George Mathis
Brandon Daniel

A lot of people don’t know this, but my first “real” job was as a part-time social worker.

It’s a low-paying, difficult job that constantly exposes you to human misery.

In Alabama, a former Department of Human Resources worker is accused of adding to that misery.

Brandon Howard Daniel, 29, is accused in a lawsuit of forcing a mother to have sex under threat of having her children seized, reports

Daniel, 29, a former Birmingham police officer, was arrested last August and criminally charged with soliciting for the purpose of influencing official action, indecent exposure, harassment and theft of property. He [More]

Report: Feds do not track police killings, crimes

  • 5:20 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by George Mathis

How many people were killed by police in the United States last year?

The answer? No one knows.

The federal government, which tracks the online activity of millions of Americans, doesn’t track the total number of people killed by police.

The Washington Times reports the FBI tracks the number of times police kill convicted felons — what it calls “justifiable homicides” — but does not track how many people who have not been convicted of a crime have been killed.

For the last few years, the number of justifiable homicides has been “steady,” about 400 people a year.

In 2012, the last year for which data is available, 410 [More]

Man wears mugshot T-shirt to jail

  • 11:24 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by George Mathis
Hopefully the jail barber gives him a new haircut.

I like to think of America as a place full of everyday heroes.

Firefighters, teachers, the mailman, the guy driving the ambulance on I-285 during rush hour traffic and the lady that brings me more sweet tea at The Colonnade. All of these and more, in their own way, are heroes.

Then there’s jackanapes like 19-year-old Robert Burt.

Burt, arrested by Maine police in June for DUI, recently turned himself in to serve a 48-hour sentence, The Smoking Gun tells us. For his new booking photo, Burt wore a T-shirt adorned with his June mugshot and the words “Burt Family Reunion” and [More]

Georgia police hoarding military surplus

  • 12:49 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by George Mathis
Police have been obtaining surplus military equipment for years. The AJC photo archives contains this picture from 2007 of Doraville police with a  M13 vehicle.

Ferguson police aren’t the only law enforcement agency that likes to use military hardware.

According to a database that catalogs where the Pentagon sent excess military equipment from September 2011 to September 2013, Georgia police agencies ranked 3rd in the number of items received and 4th in the total cost of obtained equipment.

Right next door, Alabama ranks first in total cost of equipment obtained. If the zombie apocalypse happens, the Southeast is locked and loaded.

The database, posted by, also lists items sent to each state, but does not indicate which agency received a particular piece of equipment from the Pentagon’s [More]

FBI: 80 percent of police are overweight

  • 2:29 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by George Mathis

If you believe everything you hear in a Bangles tune, all the cops in the doughnut shop say “A-oh-way-oh.”

But, according to a statistic from the FBI, police officers are actually saying “I’ll take another Krispy Kreme.”

CBS News in Dallas-Fort Worth reports the FBI as saying 80 percent of all police officers are overweight.

I live across the street from a DeKalb police officer and he looks to be in good shape. It may be genetics because I recently saw his quite-fit mom chopping up a downed tree and toting it to the curb.

I looked for the study that makes [More]

Mom arrested for dropping ‘F-bombs’ on kids

  • 6:05 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by George Mathis

‘Cussing’ around children may make you a poor role model, but it can also land you in jail.

A South Carolina mom was arrested while shopping for groceries after another woman heard her dropping the “F-bomb,” reports Augusta’s ABC station.

The police report indicates Danielle Wolf, 22, was shopping at Kroger in North Augusta when she told her kids to “stop squishing the [expletive] bread.”

Wolf was arrested in front of her children and husband and charged with disorderly conduct. According to ABC, North Augusta has a law on the books that makes it a misdemeanor to use profanity or “bawdy” [More]

Police raid pub seeking ‘Holy Grail’

  • 6:18 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by George Mathis
Stained glass window of the Holy Grail, Romance of St. Graal, Trehorenteuc, Morbihan, Brittany, France, Europe. (Getty Images)

In a scene that hopefully resembled a Monty Python skit, British police raided a pub this week trying to locate the ‘Holy Grail.’

As any member of the Illuminati will happily tell you, the Holy Grail is a cup, bowl or chalice that Jesus allegedly drank from before being crucified. According to legend, the cup made it to England but was lost. Knights, religious experts and Indiana Jones have been searching for it ever since with equal success.

The object sought by British police is a frail wooden bowl known as the Nanteos Cup, the Voice of America tells us. That [More]

CDC: 96.6 percent of Americans are straight

  • 11:50 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by George Mathis

What percent of Americans are straight?

I would have guessed somewhere in the 90 percent range, but, as usual, I would have been wrong.

According to a report published in July by the Centers for Disease Control, 96.6% of adults identified themselves as straight in the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, which, for the first time in its 57-year history included questions about sexual orientation.

The report says 1.6 percent of 34,557 adults surveyed identified as gay or lesbian. Another 0.7 percent identified as bisexual.

Another 1.1 percent either did not answer the question (0.6 percent) or selected “something else” from the list [More]

Insurance company pays man with buckets of change

  • 11:24 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by George Mathis

People are often petty, but companies that want to stay in business should resist childlike urges.

According to a NBC News article, a California insurance company paid a 73-year-old man $21,000 in buckets of loose change.

NBC says the man, Andres Carrasco, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Adriana’s Insurance Service saying he was physically assaulted by an Adriana employee.

The company agreed to a settlement and went to the office of Carrasco’s attorney with a check and 5-gallon buckets full of “quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.”

Carrasco, who has had a hernia operation recently and cannot lift even one of the buckets, [More]

Man shoots, kills self posing for ‘selfie’

  • 12:58 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by George Mathis

Sometimes, the vainglorious need to post a picture on Facebook is greater than the number of available photographers.

Thus, the ‘selfie’ was born.

I will admit I have taken my fair share of photos of myself. Usually, there’s nothing more dangerous than a frosty beer or a warm sunset in the picture.

It has never occurred to me to take a selfie while holding a gun, but it seems common. I’ve looked through arrest reports and matched up the names of those arrested with Facebook accounts and found plenty of people proud of their guns. Sometimes there are stacks of money and bags [More]

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