This story breaks my heart

The movie The Patriot is one of my all-time favorites, and that little girl who played Mel Gibson’s youngest daughter? Adorable, and this scene made me get something in my eyes

That little girl grew up, and passed away earlier this year, at age 21

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who memorably portrayed Mel Gibson’s daughter in “The Patriot,” died of an accidental drug overdose, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirmed to FOX411.

Bartusiak’s mother, Helen Bartusiak, said at the time of her death, the actress had been living in a garage apartment at her parents’ home. She said the actress’ boyfriend found her unresponsive on her bed on July 19.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences told us her death was a result of “combined toxic effects of hydrocodone and difluoroethane with carisoprodol.” Difluoroethane is a chemical that is typically inhaled.

Damned drugs! What a waste, DAMN! There is something in my eyes again

Joan Walsh rents a backhoe, starts digging the Pit of Eternal Liberal Stupidity deeper and deeper

It takes a LOT and I mean a lot to stand out in the daily Stupidity Stakes at Salon, I read so you don’t have to, but Joan Walsh is truly a special kind of stupid

Apparently, the NRA isn’t the only one to blame for the Ebola crisis. Salon editor and professional troll Joan Walsh wonders if Republican Texas Governor Rick Perrydoesn’t share some of the blame, at least when it comes to the death of victim Thomas Eric Duncan.

It’s probably no accident, either, that it happened in Rick Perry’s Texas. More than 1.5 million Texans, with a median income of $833, are going uninsured because Perry rejected Medicaid funding. Medicaid wouldn’t have helped Duncan, but it might help someone exposed to him. Right now Youngor Jallah, the woman who got Duncan to the hospital when his symptoms worsened, says she doesn’t have Medicaid or any health insurance.

So, let us follow the “logic” here. Rick Perry rejected Medicaid funding, and the federal string attached, so he is to blame for Duncan’s death. Well, except that he isn’t because Duncan DID receive medical care, but someone else might NOT get care because Rick Perry is evil or something. Walsh also forgets that everyone Duncan might have infected is receiving medial treatment and is being monitored. But, again, none of those facts matter right Joan? And they do not matter because Rick Perry is “evil” right Joan?

Dope-Smoking Leftists Hold ‘420’ Celebration At Golden Gate Park, Leave 10,000 Pounds Of Garbage Behind

‘420’ Revelers Leave Golden Gate Park With 10,000 Pounds Of Garbage – Breitbart

The mellow, “peace now,” countercultural, environmentally conscious “420” celebration deposited 10,000 pounds of garbage on what is known as Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, leaving volunteers and park workers to clean up the mess.

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s website SF Gate, this year’s celebration drew a massive amount of revelers estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000. The pot smokers’ untidiness will cost the city more than $10,000 in cleanup costs.

The immense load of empty bags of chips, candy wrappers, and snack containers left behind was evidence that it was indeed the remnants of weed smokers with a case of the munchies on steroids.

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The SF Gate reported that one father, Dan Kling, who had taken his 2½-year-old daughter to the park for some family time, was repulsed by the behavior of the “420” partiers. Although he didn’t mind that there was a party, he objected to the pigsty that they left behind. “If you can’t be responsible for yourselves, you can’t have a party,” he said.

In fairness to the stoners, the park does not provide additional waste management containers and portable toilets for unofficial events. Moreover, the fact that “420” fell on a beautiful weekend added to the amount of people joining in the bacchanalia. Connie Chan, a spokeswoman with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, explained, “Permitted events are well organized and planned much in advance with multiple city agencies to ensure public safety and patron enjoyment.”

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Lt. Simon Silverman of the San Francisco Police Department Park Divison remarked, “It’s almost completely unmanageable. There are no officials you can contact to deal with things so that’s a frustration for us.” The discouraged public servant added, “The people paying for all of this are going to be the taxpayers, so it’s not without cost.”

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Man Calls Power Company To Complain About Service, Accidentally Leads Cops To His Own Pot-Growing Operation

Orange Co. Homeowner Allegedly Leads Authorities To His Own Grow House – WFTV

An Orange County homeowner called the power company to report a problem, and ended up leading them straight to a major marijuana grow house, authorities said.

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Investigators said they carried out more than 100 pot plants from the home in the Canyon Ridge subdivision near Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

When Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell went to the home, the odor of marijuana was so pungent, she could smell it from across the street.

Investigators were at the home all night Wednesday removing the plants from the top floor of the home.

They said there was so much marijuana in the home, that there was very little living space.

“They were actually remodeling the back room into another grow operation, which was going to be even larger,” said Robert white with the Corporal Narcotics Tip Squad.

Neighbors watched in awe as the plants were being carried out.

Norm Pozzie said he never noticed the pungent smell, but did see a lot of expensive cars and well-dressed people stopping by the house on a regular basis.

When the homeowner called the power company to report an electrical short, officials with Duke Energy noticed the lines had been tampered with.

The man was allegedly running some illegal power to the home to run his grow house, but it shorted out his power.

“We know who lives here, we know who paid for everything and we know who set it up,” White said.

Investigators said they will be putting out a warrant for the man’s arrest.

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Dumbass Couple Drives Stolen Car To Courthouse For Hearing On Drug Possession

Couple Drives Stolen Car To Court, Police Say – WKMG

A California couple has been arrested after driving a stolen car to a courthouse, police said.

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A car dealership in Redding, Calif., called police to report a missing car on Friday. The dealership told police the car’s GPS showed it was parked in front of a courthouse in Sonora, Calif., according to a press release from the Sonora Police Department.

Police officers found the car near the courthouse with different license plates on it. A woman who police identified as Teresa Castillo, 45, approached the car and told officers her husband had purchased the vehicle earlier that day for $200 so he could make a court appearance for a possession of a controlled substance charge, police said.

The woman’s husband, James Manning, 49, initially denied knowing the car was stolen, but later admitted it was a stolen vehicle, police said.

Manning and Castillo were arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

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Likely Obama Voter Calls Cops To Complain About Substandard Pot She Purchased

Evelyn Hamilton Jailed After Reporting Bad Customer Service During Marijuana Transaction – Weekly Vice

Evelyn Hamilton, a 37-year-old Texas woman, was jailed Monday after she allegedly called police to report the bad customer service she received during a recent marijuana purchase.

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According to police, officers were dispatched to Hamilton’s residence after she called them to complain that she didn’t receive a refund on her marijuana purchase when she objected to its substandard quality.

Investigators say Hamilton pulled a small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it. The woman told the officer that she spent $40 on a bag of “seeds and residue” and didn’t get any satisfaction when she contacted the dealer’s family and asked for a refund.

Hamilton was booked into jail and charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say no charges are currently being pursued against the dealer since no direct evidence links the marijuana to a third party.

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Federal Judges Slap Down Eric Holder For Illegally Instructing Prosecutors To Ignore Drug Laws

Judges: ‘Law Provides Executive No Authority’ to Cut Drug Sentences As Holder Did – CNS

Two federal judges on the U.S. Sentencing Commission said Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder stepped “outside the legal system” and exceeded the authority of the executive branch by sending “improper instruction” to federal prosecutors to reduce drug sentences before they were officially approved by either the commission or Congress.

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“I have been surprised at the attorney general’s steps taken to proceed with this reduction outside of the legal system set up and established by the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984,” Judge Ricardo Hinojosa, the commission’s vice chair, said during a public hearing in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington.

“As you all know, the commission in the act is given the authority to promulgate and amend guidelines on a yearly basis. And in the act itself, Congress has preserved its right to reject any potential promulgation of, or amendment to, any guidelines made by the commission itself after the commission has acted.

“Meaning that if Congress does not reject a guideline amendment, it will not go into effect until November 1st of this year if we vote in favor of this amendment.,” said Hinojosa, who is also the chief judge of the Southern District of Texas.

“When the attorney general testified before us, he failed to mention that the night before, at around 11 pm, the department had ordered all of the assistant U.S. attorneys across the country to (and it’s not clear to me whether it was supposed to be not oppose or to argue for, in fact the U.S. attorneys in front of my court have said they’ve been asked to argue for) the two-level reduction in all drug trafficking cases before the commission has acted and before Congress has had the opportunity to vote its disapproval of the commission’s actions, if Congress is so inclined, which is certainly the right that they have preserved for themselves in the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984,” Hinojosa said.

“It would have been nice for us to have known and been told beforehand that this action had been taken, so any of us who would have liked to have asked the attorney general under what basis under Title 18… the courts were being asked by the Justice Department to follow this request.

“If it was because the attorney general had spoken in favor of this proposal ,that is a dangerous precedent because attorney generals in the past have consistently expressed opinions to the commission on guideline promulgation and amendments, many times for an increase, and sometimes for a lowering of the penalties.

“But none have ever then asked the courts to proceed with increases or decreases simply because the attorney general has spoken in support of them before the commission has acted and before the Congress has exercised its statutory right not to act,” the vice-chairman said.

Judge William Pryor, who sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, also rebuked Holder for preempting the commission.

“Like Judge Hinojosa, I regret that, before we voted on the amendment, the attorney general instructed assistant United States attorneys across the nation not to object to defense requests to apply the proposed amendment in sentencing proceedings going forward,” Pryor said.

“That unprecedented instruction disrespected our statutory role ‘as an independent commission in the judicial branch’ to establish sentencing policies and practices under the Sentencing Reform Act and the role of Congress, as the legislative branch, to decide whether to revise, modify, or disapprove our proposed amendment.

“We do not discharge our statutory duty until we vote on a proposed amendment, and Congress, by law, has until November 1st to decide whether our proposed amendment should become effective. The law provides the executive no authority to establish national sentencing policies based on speculation about how we and Congress might vote on a proposed amendment.

“I appreciate the attorney general’s personal appearance before the commission last month, and his helpful comments in support of this amendment,” Pryor added. “But I hope that we can avoid int the future the kind of improper instruction that he sent federal prosecutors before we voted on the amendment.”

Pryor also pointed out that a previous amendment to the Fair Sentencing Act included a “safety valve” that allows low-level offenders to plead guilty and receive reduced sentences. The Justice Department estimates that lowering sentences will reduce the federal prison population by 6,500 inmates over the next five years.

The commission had been deliberating since last summer on recommendations to amend federal sentencing guidelines in an effort “to reduce the costs of incarceration, and reduce prison populations without endangering public safety.”

Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend the reduced sentences the Justice Department supported, which would shave an average of 11 months off the prison terms of some drug offenders. Both Hinojosa and Pryor voted for the amendment, which Pryor pointed out “maintains all statutorily mandated minimum sentences” and “respects the primary role of Congress in establishing the boundaries for sentencing drug offenders.”

Several other amendments, which were published in the Federal Register on Jan. 17, 2014, were also passed, but the one reducing sentences for drug offenders, who make up nearly half of the federal prison population, elicited more than 20,000 responses from the public, commissioners said.

Holder testified at the commission’s previous hearing on March 13th, telling commissioners that low-level, non-violent offenders should “face sentences appropriate to their individual conduct, rather than strict mandatory minimums.” (See sentencing cmsn.pdf)

“The system was not perfect as it existed before, and it is not perfect as it exists now and under the reforms that I have implemented,” Holder testified. “But what we want to do is to work with the commission,” he said a day after sending his sentencing memo to federal prosecutors.

“For those committed to the rule of law, the question now goes beyond whether reducing sentences for dealers in dangerous drugs is wise. It’s whether the Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer in the United States, is committed to following the law as it exists, or, instead, as he wants and speculates it might become,” said William Otis, adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Under federal law, Congress, has six months to vote the amendments down. In the absence of congressional action, they will become law on November 1st.

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