Hollywood-style Sting Nabs Alleged Pirate Kingpin

Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), hardly a conservative firebrand, called upon bungling Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to fall on her sword for gross incompetence in preparing the legendarily botched initial six-month implementation phase of the online insurance markets required by the Affordable Care Act. In the absence of a full repeal of Obamacare, which is my preference, we need new leadership from top to bottom, Roberts said last week. I am calling on the secretary to resign. Today, we know, the problems with the exchanges are systematic, profound and indisputable, the senator said. And yet the secretary wont shoot straight with the American people. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and lobbyist for vulturous trial lawyers, dove deep last year, swimming with the worst of the coprophagic bottom-feeders of the activist Left in a quest to recruit fellow thugs from Al Sharptons gang to help con the American people into supporting Obamacare. In our country what we know is healthcare inequality [has been] one of the most persistent forms of injustice but over the past three years, as Rev. Sharpton reminded us, we have begun to turn the tide, Sebelius told an audience in April 2012. Now is not the time to turn back. We know that the best way to keep moving in the right direction is to get people the facts. Right now there are a lot of people who are benefiting from this law who dont even know thats why they are benefiting. By virtue of her post at HHS, a federal agency whose very existence would make the Founding Fathers tremble in anger, Sebelius virtually runs the federal Leviathan. According to Sebeliuss testimony before Congress this past June, the proposed budget for the federal fiscal year that began two weeks ago totals $967.3 billion in outlays and proposes $80.1 billion in discretionary budget authority. Assuming the $967.3 billion and $80.1 billion are two separate pools of money, as her use of the word and suggests, then the proposed fiscal 2014 budget for HHS is a staggering $1.0474 trillion. Thats trillion with a T, or $1,047,000,000,000.

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Cherry’s belongings were picked up at the restaurant and brought to the family home by another friend last week. His pants, Quarterdeck work shirt, underwear, socks and shoes were in a plastic bag. His skateboard was intact. In his wallet were his ID and more than $70. Quarterdeck general manager John Maddalena said he hired Cherry just as the restaurant opened last October because he was so impressed by his outgoing personality. “He was a great kid, smart, funny and a good worker,” he said. On Sunday, more than 30 friends and relatives gathered at the restaurant for a memorial at the beach Cherry loved. Several paddled out on boards and in kayaks to strew flowers on the water. “The more I think about this, the more I think it makes no sense,” said Auta Cherry. “It is hearthbreaking. “He was running naked, yes, but he had no choice. And knowing my son he would have forgiven the man who shot him.” Funeral services are set for noon Saturday at St.

Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N. report last year that called him “one of the most notorious and influential” leaders of a piracy ring that has netted millions in ransom. So Belgian authorities decided to go undercover to get him, because they knew he traveled very little and that an international arrest warrant would produce no results in unstable Somalia. They approached an accomplice known as Tiiceey, dangling a fake job as an adviser to a fake movie about piracy, Delmulle said. The two men took the bait.