Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Man blows $1M on cars, strippers and cocaine after bank glitch

A debt-ridden student blew $1.3 million on sports cars, speed boats, strippers and cocaine after a bank error gave him an unlimited overdraft. Wannabe playboy Luke Moore lived the high life for two years before he was caught by cops and jailed on fraud charges. The law student bagged the free cash after opening a Complete Freedom account with St George in March 2010. A computer error meant he was allowed to overdraw the account and spend a total of $1.5 million (AU $2.1 million). But instead of telling the bank, he made increasingly large withdrawals and transferred the funds into multiple accounts. As well as buying a framed Michael Jordan shirt, the student used the cash to pay mortgage, insurance and other bills.But he was slapped with a four-year jail term last year after the banking glitch came to light. Finally, he went free last week after winning an appeal of his conviction on the grounds that his actions were not deceptive. He is now broke and living with his mother in Goulburn, New South Wales, ironically while studying to become a criminal lawyer. (New York Post)


Man cuts off finger while trying to break into vehicle

A California man got a nasty dose of karma when a car burglary he was attempting went wrong. The man had apparently been using a folding knife near the car’s window to break in when something went wrong, causing him to inadvertently sever a portion of his own pinky finger. Blood was later seen smeared across the upper driver’s side window. The bozo burglar got himself to a local hospital and told the hospital staff what had happened. Police went to the scene and found the guy’s knife as well as his missing finger. (KRCR TV)


The House passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act authorizing $618.7 billion in defense spending

Part of the billions approved will go to a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, while other funds will be used for pay raises for troops and troop increases.  Left out of the bill was a controversial provision that would have required women to register for the draft. Instead, the final version offers a review of the entire Selective Service System to determine its effectiveness. President Obama has a history of vetoing Congress’ finalized NDAA bills, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest simply said earlier this week that the administration will be reviewing it. (Town Hall)


President-elect Donald Trump and the CIA are not seeing eye to eye right now

Last Friday, the CIA released a report saying that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to help Trump win. During the presidential campaign, the US intelligence community accused Russia of trying to influence the election – even though it wasn’t clear what the goal was. However, there was some hacking on the DNC which resulted in sending hacked Clinton campaign emails to WikiLeaks. Officials have also said that there’s no evidence that results on Election Day were manipulated, but they’ve been looking into what happened ever since. Now, the CIA has released this report based on what it says is a lot of circumstantial evidence, including that both the DNC and RNC networks were hacked…but only the DNC emails were leaked. (Washington Post)


Restaurant diner complains about ‘offensive’ Christmas music

As with many places of business on the cusp of Christmas, Michael’s Tasting Room in St. Augustine, Florida, has been adorned with holiday decorations and offering diners a helping of seasonally appropriate music. But earlier this month, one restaurant customer was none too pleased with the tunes at the Tasting Room. The individual left the following note on the back of a receipt for one of the restaurant’s servers: “Christmas music was offensive. Consider playing ‘holiday’ music or less religious themed.” Chef Michael Lugo was shocked. He then posted the note on his Facebook page — along with his five-word rebuttal: “Really…what’s wrong with people.” For the chef, “it’s all about celebration of family, celebration of gathering with friends and people, and it’s a tradition, It’s not about a religion. It’s not about anything else. I am a Christian, but I don’t push that as my agenda. I think that Christmas is Christmas.” (WTLF TV)


Crosses go up in Knightstown after Christmas display lawsuit

Remember what happened in towns all across America after the 9/11 terrorist attacks? U.S. flags were scooped off shelves and began flying everywhere — porches, storefronts and even car windows. The message to America’s enemies was clear: “Our resolve is way stronger than your hatred.” A similar phenomenon has occurred in one Indiana town after the American Civil Liberties Union sued it — over a cross sitting atop the town’s Christmas tree. The ACLU sued Knightstown on behalf of resident Joseph Tompkins, saying the tree cross violates his First Amendment rights guaranteeing separation of church and state and demanding the cross’ removal and payment of damages to Tompkins for being “forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact with the cross display” daily, the station reported. Now many in the 2,100-strong burg of Knightstown are fighting back. In defense of the cross display, hundreds of residents placed crosses in their yards, stores, windows — and, yes, their cars. One resident Patricia Hutson said “I just thought we should rebel some way or let him know how we feel,” It was Hutson’s idea to make over 200 wooden crosses and give them out for free and by the time a vigil supporting the Christmas tree cross commenced Sunday night, almost all of them were snapped up.  Neither Tompkins nor town officials commented to the station about the lawsuit, but Sturgill said she’s ready to battle. “As long as I’m around and family, friends, town, we’ll fight it every bit of the way, we don’t want the cross to come down.” (WXIN TV)



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