I hope this cigarette will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2015/03/20/Officials-say-cigarette-sparked-fatal-motel-fire-westmoreland-hempfield/stories/201503200317

Officials say cigarette sparked fatal motel fire

March 20, 2015

The state police fire marshal today said a cigarette was the cause of a fatal motel fire in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

Timothy Paul Shane, 43, of Hempfield was killed in the fire at the Motel 3 on Route 30 in Adamsburg, according to the county coroner’s office.

State police fire marshal Scott Mackanick ruled the fire an accident and said Mr. Shane was smoking a cigarette that ignited the blaze around 6:30 a.m.

A section of Route 30 was closed in the area of the fire, as was the Irwin exit off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Mr. Shane’s cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results from an autopsy, the fire marshal said.

 

March 20, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Health care, Humor, Pittsburgh, Smoking. Leave a comment.

In 2009, Obama stole money from retired teachers and police officers in Indiana

During the Chrysler bankruptcy, Obama violated the Fifth Amendment and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law by illegally treating secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors. Some of these secured creditors were retired teachers and police officers from Indiana.
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February 16, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 34 comments.

It took the government two years and 30 trials to fire a court stenographer who typed gibberish instead of actual transcripts

Here’s a great example of how difficult it is for incompetent government employees to get fired. For at least two years, and for at least 30 trials, this court stenographer did not do his job properly, but was still able to remain employed.

I can’t imagine someone in the private sector keeping their job for even one day after doing something like this.

Retrying these 30 court cases could easily run into millions of dollars.

Why doesn’t the government make audio recordings of these trials?

The New York Post reports:

Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue…

The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage.

One high-level source said his “gibberish” typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions…

Kochanski’s botched transcripts include the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of Aaron Hand, who was also convicted of trying to hire a hit man to take out a witness against him.

A source familiar with the case said Kochanski’s transcripts of that trial were a total mess.

“It should have been questions and answers — instead it was gibberish,” the source said.

And in a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a source said of Kochanski: “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”

April 3, 2014. Tags: , , , . Government waste, Politics. 1 comment.