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During her brief but lucrative stint as president of Wal-Mart’s charitable foundation in 2012, Sylvia Matthews Burwell received at least $750,000 in bonuses from an organization that doles out hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions but keeps a tight lid on its own compensation practices, records show.

Ms. Burwell spent a little more than a year running Wal-Mart’s foundation before President Obama tapped her to be his budget chief last year — and then last week asked her to take over as health and human services secretary.

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See Also: Harry Reid on Bundy Ranch Cattle Battle: “It’s Not Over”

Here’s a companion piece to the Cowmageddon saga in Nevada, where a lot of people showed up to take a stand against government over-reach.  ”Eminent domain” abuses are the sort of thing that has these folks worried.  One of the most blatant examples comes from Colorado, where county officials declared war on a couple that dared to use a snowmobile to access a cabin high in the mountains.

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The Bundy family and their supporters drive their cattle back onto public land outside of Bunkerville after they were released by the BLM on April 12, 2014. (Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle were released by the BLM back onto public land outside of Bunkerville on April 12, 2014. (Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal)


Cliven Bundy shakes hands with Sheiff Doug Gillespie

Rancher Cliven Bundy demanded of sheriff Doug Gillespie that all narional park service employees working on the cattle roundup operation be disarmed before 10:45 a.m.

He gave Gillespie one hour to comply, and added for the firearms to be brought to him. The demand comes on the heels of the Bureau of Land Management pulling the plug on the roundup due to safety concerns.

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Hmm, we shall see, but I wouldn’t trust any deal with the gubmint.

Cattle Released 1 hour/26 minute point on video

Also: FAA Closes Airspace Over Federal Lands Near Bundy Ranch


An Illinois judge on Friday ordered a disobedient patient with infectious tuberculosis to wear an ankle bracelet and stay home alone or be taken into custody.

Christian Mbemba Ibanda, who is in his 20s, of Champaign, Illinois, failed to appear at a hearing for which Judge Chase Leonhard and his entire courtroom had been fitted with protective masks to guard against the highly contagious disease.

In Ibanda’s absence the masks were not worn in the courtroom, but were taken along by a team of officials who headed out to Ibanda’s apartment to carry out the judge’s order. One team member, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde, who sought the order, said Ibanda refused to come to the hearing and told her he was staying home.

But when the team arrived at Ibanda’s apartment in Champaign, about 140 miles south of Chicago, it was vacant. Pryde slapped a sign on the door reading ‘Quarantine. Contagious Disease. Keep Out.’ She said the team would keep searching for him.

Ibanda was diagnosed in March with active pulmonary tuberculosis, and was ordered to stay home on his own and await a nurse’s daily visit to administer medication, Pryde said.

‘We go and he’s not there,’ she said before the hearing.

On previous occasions, when health workers contacted Ibanda by phone, he had said he was out shopping and ‘basically told us he has things to do,’ Pryde said.

Another time, he was found to be home with a woman and a 5-year-old girl, both sleeping in the house and neither wearing masks, she said.

Ibanda was not immediately reachable for comment.

Pryde said it was not immediately clear whether Ibanda would face consequences for failing to show up at Friday’s proceeding.

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious, potentially deadly disease with symptoms including night sweats and extreme exhaustion and is spread through sneezing or coughing.

Unlike some forms of multi-drug resistant TB, active pulmonary tuberculosis responds to drug therapy. If Ibanda was compliant, he could be rendered noninfectious in five weeks and cured in six months to a year, Pryde said.

It is not known how Ibanda contracted the disease.

In a similar case in 2009, another Champaign TB patient was in court-ordered isolation for about six weeks and, after a year of therapy, he was cured of TB, Pryde said.


A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.

The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama’s health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month enrollment period, but the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in health insurance plans.

Sebelius’ resignation could set the stage for a contentious election-year confirmation hearing for whomever Obama nominates to replace her. Sebelius has served as HHS secretary since the start of the Obama administration.

The official was not authorized to discuss Sebelius’ resignation ahead of the formal announcement and requested anonymity.

Hey Obama! …

Your Turn!

Iquise Taylor

ANDERSON — With a jury selected and attorneys minutes away from opening statements Tuesday, a teen decided to forgo his trial and plead guilty to sexually assaulting a 93-year-old woman last summer.

Iquise Taylor, 17, will be sentenced on four felony charges on May 5, with the plea deal he accepted Tuesday capping his exposure to prison time at 50 years.

In front of his own family and victim Amelia Rudolf’s family, Taylor pleaded guilty but mentally ill to each charge read by Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman — burglary, criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement and strangulation.

On July 16, Taylor kicked in the locked door to Rudolf’s home in the 3600 block of Hamilton Place in Anderson. He then confined her to a bed, covered her mouth and raped her, according to court conversations and previous reports.

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Victim Amelia Rudolf

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