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By George Hayduke
A Texas man whose life sentence on drug charges was commuted by former President Obama is back behind bars after cops caught him with more than two pounds of cocaine following a high-speed chase, according to a report.
Robert M. Gill, 68, had been imprisoned in 1990 for for cocaine and heroin distribution before Obama set him free along with other non-violent federal inmates in 2015, the San Antonio Express News reported.
During his eight years in office, Obama commuted 1,715 prison sentences, more than any other president.
Last Thursday, according to federal court papers, Gill met with his probation officers and then went to the parking lot of a food market to buy more than 2 pounds of cocaine.
Gill met a person who gave him a black backpack that he placed in his vehicle, and a sheriff’s deputy in an unmarked car tried to stop him, the affidavit said.
But Gill took off and after a high-speed chase collided with another vehicle where deputies were able to disable his car.
Officers found the cocaine in the backpack and put him under arrest, the affidavit said.
Black Trump supporter...speaking his mind about Obama and the racial division in this country.
a “SECRET” classified memo
About the only thing that I can think of to say for this story is,
'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some MormonsSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.
Sunday night's "blood moon" and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency preparedness retailers. Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time. The eclipse will give the moon a red tint and make it look larger than usual. It won't happen again for 18 years.
It's unclear how many Latter-day Saints buy the theory, but Mormon leaders were worried enough that they took the rare step this week of issuing a public statement cautioning the faithful not to get carried away with visions of the apocalypse.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its 15 million worldwide members that they should be "spiritually and physically prepared for life's ups and downs," but urged them not to take speculation from individual church members as doctrine and "avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events."
The Mormons preparing to hunker down Sunday night aren't alone. Some from other religions also fear a doomsday scenario. A Christian pastor in Texas has written a book predicting a world-shaking event.
Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is part of the fundamental teachings of the religion. Many homes in Utah are equipped with special shelving for cans of beans, rice and wheat. The belief that regular history will someday end, bringing a second coming of Jesus, is embedded in the minds of Mormons and the church's official name.
Though most Latter-day Saints probably haven't even heard of this latest theory tied to the blood moon, the church's decision to address it publicly is significant and shows leaders felt the need to reassert their authority on the matter, Mormon scholars said.
"For it to filter up to that level means and for them to decide to send out a policy letter means that they felt there was something they needed to tamp down on," said Patrick Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California
Kevin Allbee, spokesman for Utah-based Emergency Essentials, said his company has seen a steady rise since June with sales up 200 to 300 percent. He attributes it to a variety of events leading to more anxiety, including the earthquake in Nepal, Russian's intervention in the Ukraine and economic concerns in Greece and China. He said it goes well beyond Mormons in Utah. They do most of their sales online with customers outside the state.
The public pronouncement by the church comes after leaders earlier this month sent a memo to teachers in the church's religious education system for high school and colleges telling them to be wary of Mormon author Julie Rowe's books.
Rowe writes about and speaks to audiences about a near-death experience in 2004 when she says she crossed over into the Spirit World and was shown tragic upcoming world calamities and told she would be expected to tell others in the future. "That time has come," her website proclaims. It is believed her teachings have fueled some of the speculation.
The church memo says that while Rowe is an active member of the religion, her books are not endorsed and should be recommended as a teaching resource.
Rowe's publisher, Spring Creek Book Co. in Idaho, did not return requests for comment. She issued a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune, which reported on the rise in apocalyptic worries among some Latter-day Saints.
Rowe said she doesn't intend to make her comments church doctrine, but chose to share her story to help people prepare for the "times we live in by increasing their faith in Christ and by looking to our prophet and church leaders for guidance."
This story has been corrected to show the church memo was sent to teachers in the church's religious education system for high school and colleges, not the church education system.
So the real question here isn't, what's really going on?
More likely you'll be asking yourself, How crazy is this freaking trucker anyways?
Well maybe a little but what do you make of this?
Obama, the Pope, and the President of China Are Teaming Up to Save the WorldSomething big and strange is happening in the United States this week.
Three wildly different world leaders with divergent personalities, agendas, and backgrounds will be in the same country at the same time, fighting for the same thing—solutions for climate change.
Ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York City, an unprecedented triumvirate will be on US soil: President Xi Jinping, the Communist leader of China's 1.3 billion people and the world's biggest carbon polluter; Pope Francis, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, and a self-modeled reformer; and US President Barack Obama, the leader of the world's largest economy (and a man who doesn't need to be reelected). In one way or another, they each have made fighting global warming a core part of their leadership at home and abroad.
The trio isn't publicly scheduled to meet each other in America this week—though they will almost bump into one another. But the confluence of these heavy hitters is pumping optimism through green groups that a climate accord may finally be forged at the UN meeting in Paris at the end of the year.
Suddenly, they say, political rhetoric is turning into real momentum. Here's why.
This is Xi's first official state visit to the United States, and climate change is one of the big-ticket items he will likely discuss with Obama at a working dinner (before he heads off to New York for the General Assembly).
While the United States and China have loads of thorny issues to grapple with, including computer hacking and the militarization of the South China Sea, climate change is one topic on which the two countries share surprising common ground, according to Li Shuo, who closely tracks international climate negotiations for Greenpeace. The countries' positions are increasingly entwined and hard to unravel, Li said.
"The politics are very much bonded together now, which I think carries even longer-term ramifications. I'm not sure whether the US-China cooperation will extend after this president, but I think the politics are increasingly linked and connected very, very closely."
And there's already much to capitalize on. In November 2014, the US pledged to cut emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, while China agreed that its emissions would peak around 2030, and promised to get one-fifth of its power from non-fossil-fuel energy sources by the same year. There are powerful local incentives for Xi to act: foul air full of exhaust and particles from burning coal has reached a tipping point across Chinese cities. Xi's visit this week comes days after an agreement was signed last week at the first-ever US-China Low Carbon Cities Summit in Los Angeles, which commits 11 giant Chinese cities and several major US cities to slashing carbon emissions.
Look for more evidence of the United States and China's strategic cooperation in the next two or three days, Greenpeace's Li said. All that energy might lead to a more successful meeting in Paris come the end of the year, Li added: "You have a whole different power dynamic, and that's backed up by quite substantive policy changes in a few key countries, in China and the US."
We don't yet know what Pope Francis will tell a joint session of Congress on Thursday, but he's already exciting climate advocates. His six-day visit, his first to the United States, comes after a landmark papal letter, or encyclical, in which he said humans were contributing to the "unprecedented destruction of ecosystems."
"Francis first and foremost proclaims climate change as a religious and a moral issue," said Christopher Hale, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a DC-based not-for-profit that addresses income inequality and the environment. "I think he is the person that can move the needle on the United States' approach to climate more than President Obama can; in particular, I think he can give space to GOP politicians to address this issue."
Francis wades into a US culture war over climate change that has prompted one Republican congressman to boycott the pope's address. Meanwhile 10 other conservatives broke ranks with their party on climate and have called for action.
"This isn't some lefty ideological policy Pope Francis is pursing," said Hale, who was in the crowd welcoming the pope at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon. "Francis can communicate it at a level and to an audience that normally wouldn't listen."
In fact, Hale said, Francis scrambles the ideological divide in Congress.
"When he talks about caring for creation, he says it comes from the same cloth as caring for the unborn," Hale explained, using the debate over abortion as an example. "It makes a political mess for American politics."
The Reverend Canon Sally Bingham—who will greet Francis at his White House arrival ceremony and will be a featured speaker at the Follow Francis rally on the National Mall—agrees: Francis is a political circuit breaker.
Francis pulls climate "out of politics and into the hearts and minds of individual people," said Bingham, who is the president and founder of Interfaith Power and Light, a religious group devoted to environmental change. "I think he doesn't attach himself to any one doctrine in a way. He is real, and he's authentic. And he's a thinking person who's not tied to a political party."
The rare combination of Obama, Xi, and Francis talking climate at the same time makes Bingham optimistic that the leaders' influence will affect the Paris agreement later this year. "You have science, moral authority, and practicality all coming together, and I think it's quite amazing," she said.
And of course, all this additional support gives Obama—whose climate legacy has taken significant shape over the last year—the opportunity to keep saying things like this:
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