Gabatron Morning Briefing – 3-29-16: Crime and Punishment

The Supreme Court gave Blago a thumbs down. The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board thinks it’s time to re-think Blago’s sentence. I think just about everyone would agree Blago had to punished and punished severely, but is having him sit in a jail cell for 14 years a little excessive? After 5-6 years, wouldn’t it probably be in everybody’s interest for President Obama to pardon him on the way out just as a cost-saving measure alone?

Well that escalated quickly: A teacher on the South Side has been told that if they don’t join the “Day Of Action” on April 1st, they’ll be kicked out of the union. So it’s a strike, but it’s not a strike.

Capitol Police shot a man on Monday after he pulled a weapon at a U.S. Capitol security checkpoint. Pulling a weapon on any police officer? Not a good idea. The Capitol was on lockdown for about an hour or so afterwards. The suspect in Monday’s incident was taken to a local hospital, and a female bystander also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The fight between Apple and the FBI is officially over. The FBI reportedly came up with their own way to hack the San Bernardino shooters phone, so they’re dropping their legal action against Apple.

You can add Fidel Castro to the list of people who were less than impressed with President Obama’s trip to Cuba. The former dictator wrote a verbose 1,500 word letter saying among other things, Cuba doesn’t need any “presents” from the “empire.”

A Philadelphia brewery has introduced a new series of Donald Trump inspired beers. They are calling it their “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Drumpf” series. Drumpf coming from an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Drumpf was the original version of Trump’s family name. The first beer is a “short-fingered stout,” which they describe as bitter and delusional with an airy, light-colored head.

A woman in Indianapolis exchanged gun fire with a home intruder late last week. He climbed in through a window in her baby’s room, and fired at the home owner but missed. She did not. As a matter of fact, she hit him multiple times. He would have done well to pay more attention to his surroundings, because there’s a giant sign on the front of the house reading “We don’t dial 911” with a gun hanging under it.

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