‘Scary’ New Trend?

While it’s not unheard of for a student to throw a party while their parents are out of town, a new trend seems to be developing in Los Angeles — throwing party at strangers’ houses, after hearing they’re out of town.

Last weekend, two houses in upscale neighborhoods of LA were broken into, quickly becoming the scene of out of-control parties. Police say the young ones had a “free for all” at the strangers’ houses, committing vandalism, stealing things, and “basically trashing” the place.

Most recently, police in riot gear had to break up a gathering of more than 500 people in Holmby Hills (an upscale area of Los Angeles) after someone found out the family was away, and spread the news over Facebook and Twitter.

Rachel Newman, who lives next door to where the party occurred, reported that people started arriving around 10:30 p.m. “like a swarm of bees.” “They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs,” she recalled. She called the police, but by the time they arrived in the form of two lone female police officers, there were already more than 200 people in the house.

“They were just so brave,” the Newman said. “These two women were in the middle and all these kids’ iPhones were like torches and they were waving them and singing, ‘… the police,’ ‘… the police.’ I was thinking, ‘I don’t think Steve Jobs would like his iPhone to be used in that way.’”

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Actual Bill Ayers Rant: Why Do ‘Uniformed Military’ Get to Board Planes First?

Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn paid an impromptu visit to Occupy Wall Street in New York City Friday, bestowing their advice to a gaggle of elated protesters. Ayers and Dohrn, former leaders of the violent leftist Weather Underground group, were greeted like rock stars at the camp. A reception, you’ll soon hear, they wouldn‘t want to give the nation’s military members.

The couple passed along protesting and anti-military nuggets of wisdom to the youngsters who received it in good spirits. For example, the former confidants to President Obama made sure to mention that America is “a declining power” that must depend on “a militarized 1%.”

Dohrn didn’t parse words:

“In a declining empire, which, you know, the United States is, lets agree, the United States is a declining economic and political power even while its a veralent and expanding military power, a very dangerous combination. But in that, I just want to suggest that I think that what looks very strong is often very weak. It is very weak. Even though, this military force, the United States is Sparta. Yes, in many ways, national security … its all The United States seems to have to offer. It isn’t jobs or healthcare or public education or public parks or public libraries, it’s security, security, security. We don’t want that kind of a future, Occupy doesn’t want that kind of a future.”

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Students angry over pricey courses pepper-sprayed

Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after Santa Monica College students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting, authorities said.

Raw video posted on the Internet Tuesday evening showed students chanting “Let us in, let us in” and “No cuts, no fees, education should be free.”

Students were angry because only a handful were allowed into the meeting, and when their request to move the meeting to a larger venue was denied, they began to enter the room, said David Steinman, an environmental advocate who is running for Congress as a Green Party candidate.

Two officers were apparently backed up against a wall, and began using force to keep the students out of the room. Steinman said both officers used pepper spray.

“People were gasping and choking,” Steinman said.

Marioly Gomez, 21, said she was standing in a hallway outside the meeting with several hundred other students who wanted to get into the meeting.

“I got pepper-sprayed without warning,” she said.

Santa Monica College spokesman Bruce Smith said he believed it was the first time pepper spray had been used to subdue students on campus.

“It was the judgment of police that the crowd was getting out of hand and it was a safety issue,” he said.

Trustee David Finkel called on campus officials to look into Tuesday evening’s events.

“I think it gave the college a black eye which I know it didn’t deserve and certainly didn’t need,” he said.

Video of a similar incident at UC Davis in November, in which an officer doused a row of student protesters with pepper spray as they sat passively, drew worldwide attention. It became a rallying point for the Occupy movement.

Firefighters were called to the campus at about 7:20 p.m. Five people were evaluated at the scene and two were taken to a hospital, Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. Judah Mitchell said. Their conditions were not known, but the injuries were not believed to be serious, Mitchell said.

Students have been upset over a new plan that involves the formation of a nonprofit foundation which would offer core courses for about $600 each, or about $200 per unit – about four times the current price. The program is designed to cope with rising student demand as state funds dwindle.

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Dan Bongino Wins The US Senate Primary Race in Maryland for the GOP

Dan Bongino has won the Republican primary for United States Senate against a field of nine other challengers. Mr. Bongino, a former Secret Service Agent and small businessman will face incumbent Ben Cardin in the general election on November 6, 2012.

“I am grateful to the voters of Maryland who have given me this amazing opportunity,” Bongino said. “I would also like to thank the other Republican challengers. We all share the same concerns about the direction of this country and agree it is time Maryland had new representation in Washington. I hope they will join my campaign to bring an outsider’s perspective to the US Senate.”

Dan Bongino understands the needs of the people of Maryland. As a public servant working at the United States Secret Service, to the private sector starting new businesses, Bongino has seen how the policies of Washington insiders impact the lives of Maryland residents. His campaign will focus on issues that matter to the citizens of Maryland; the economy, national security, energy and government accountability.

“The people of Maryland deserve a Senator who will fight for them, and not the Washington establishment,” Bongino said. “We need leadership in the Senate that will work to increase opportunity for middle-class Americans, that will provide a path for those in poverty to advance and ensure this nation will once again be a place where jobs are created and people are willing to invest.”

Obama Instructs Journalists On How To Report His Positions

“This bears on your reporting,” President Obama said to journalists. “I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples’ cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalency.”

“As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it’s important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would’ve been considered squarely centrist positions,” Obama said a few moments later.