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Michael J. Sheridan

Michael J.'Mike' Sheridan is a former Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, the lower house of the Wisconsin legislature, a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, who represented the 44th Assembly District from 2005 to 2011. He was a member of the Committees on Rules and Assembly Organization and was elected to serve as Speaker by the Democratic caucus on November 12, 2008, following the November 4, 2008 election in which the Democratic Party gained a majority in the Assembly. Sheridan was born in Wisconsin, he attended George S. Parker High School from which he graduated in 1977, he earned his associate degree at University of Wisconsin–Rock County in 2004. Before entering politics he worked as an auto assembly worker for General Motors Janesville Assembly, during which he was an active member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 95, of which he has been President. In March 2007, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on a bill sponsored by Sheridan and State Rep. Eugene Hahn of Cambria, Wisconsin that would offer a $1,000 tax credit for buyers of flex-fuel vehicles, representing a benefit for the automobile and ethanol industries.

Hahn was reported to have an investment in an ethanol company, Sheridan's position at the UAW was highlighted. The Janesville Gazette editorialized that the Janesville economy was dependent on the success of the GM plant, "arguably his biggest concern. Voters expect him to fight for GM's interests at the Capitol."In February 2010, Sheridan admitted dating a lobbyist for payday lenders at a time when the Wisconsin Legislature was debating regulating the industry. On November 2, 2010, Sheridan was defeated for reelection. In April 2014, Sheridan announced he would run for the Wisconsin State Senate seat being vacated by Tim Cullen. On August 12, 2014, Sheridan came in a weak third in the Democratic primary election, behind former Cullen aide Austin Scieszinski and the winner, State Representative Janis Ringhand. Sponsored bills Mike Sheridan official website Profile at Vote Smart Follow the Money - Michael J Sheridan 2008 2006 2004 campaign contributions Campaign 2008 campaign contributions at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

James Knox Taylor

James Knox Taylor was Supervising Architect of the United States Department of the Treasury from 1897 to 1912. His name is listed ex officio as supervising architect of hundreds of federal buildings built throughout the United States during the period; the son of H. Knox and Mary Taylor, he was born in Knoxville and attended schools in Minnesota, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a classmate of William Martin Aiken, who would precede him in the position of Supervisory Architect, Cass Gilbert. After graduation, he worked in the New York City office of Charles C. Haight and with Bruce Price. In 1882 he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he formed a partnership with Gilbert, as Gilbert & Taylor, they built many churches. Subsequently, they designed the Endicott Buildings. In 1893 he formed a partnership with Amos J. Boyden. In 1895 he got a job with the Supervisory Architect, as a temporary draftsman. In 1897, following a Civil Service Commission examination, he became the Supervisory Architect, the first architect promoted from within.

In 1893 Missouri Congressman John Charles Tarsney introduced a bill that allowed the Supervisory Architect to hold competitions among private architects for major structures. Competitions under Taylor's supervision included the Alexander Hamilton U. S. Custom House, James Farley Post Office, Cleveland Federal Building, U. S. Post Office and Courthouse and U. S. Customhouse among others; the competitions were met with enthusiasm by the community but were marred by scandal, as when Taylor picked his ex-partner Cass Gilbert for the New York Customs House commission. In 1913 the act was repealed. In 1912, Taylor returned to MIT for two years as director of the department of architecture moved to Yonkers, New York, where for several years he continued practicing. In 1928, he retired to Tampa, where he died the following year. From 1897 through 1912 Taylor is credited as "supervising architect" for federal buildings constructed during his tenure, a list which includes dozens of post offices, court houses and other structures.

Local architects are credited as well. As the head of a sizable government office, Taylor's direct involvement with any of these projects is open to question. A partial list of these works include: Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, 1908 Pioneer and Endicott Buildings, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890 Denver Mint, Denver, 1897 United States Post Office, 1901 Philadelphia Mint, Philadelphia, 1901 Old Post Office, 1901 United States Post Office, 1908 Gatke Hall, now part of Willamette University, Oregon, 1901 United States Courthouse Building and Downtown Postal Station, 1902–1905 Public Safety Building, Maryland, 1904 United States Post Office and Courthouse, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, 1904 United States Post Office, Niagara Falls, New York, 1904 U. S. Post Office and Court House, San Francisco, now the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1905 U. S. Post Office, 1906 U. S. Custom House, Houston 1907–1911 Old Post Office, 1908 Old Post Office/Museum of Ceramics, 1908 Gainesville, Florida Post Office, 1909 Webster City, Iowa Post Office, 1909 U.

S. Post Office, 1910 Post Office Building, 1910 U. S. Post Office and Courthouse, 1910–12 U. S. Post Office, 1911 U. S. Post Office, 1910 U. S. Post Office, Maine, 1911 United States Post Office, 1911–1913 United States Post Office Mineral Wells, Texas, 1911–1913 Alaska Governor's Mansion, Alaska, 1912 United States Post Office, 1912 United States Post Office, New York, 1912–1913 United States Post Office, Pennsylvania, 1912–1914


A "jihobbyist" is a term coined by Jarret Brachman to characterise a person, not an active member of a violent jihadist organization such as Al-Qaeda or the Somali Al Shabaab, but who has a fascination with and enthusiasm for jihad and radical Islam. The term was coined by Jarret Brachman in his 2008 book Global Jihadism: Practice. Brachman is the former director of research at the United States Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center, he explains in his introduction to the book that he coined the new term to describe people who, without the support of al-Qaeda or other jihadist organizations, come of their own accord to support the aims of those groups. Jihobbyists "are fans in the same way other people might follow football teams, but their sport is Al-Qaeda," he explained in an interview after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting by Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim American soldier who showed an interest in jihadist websites and views in the months prior to the shooting. In his book, Brachman says a jihobbyist "may be an enthusiast of the global Jihadist movement, someone who enjoys thinking about and watching the activities of the groups from the first and second tiers but they have no connection to al-Qaida or any other formal Jihadist groups."He explained in a PBS NewsHour interview by Gwen Ifill in January 2010 that a jihobbyist is "somebody who cheers from the sidelines as nothing more than a hobby".

A few have perpetrated actual attacks as well. The Jawa Report used the term "eHadis" to describe such people, suggesting that it was a better term. Aaron Weisburd, who founded Internet Haganah, criticized the term, writing: "The problem is that the term jihobbyist conveys the notion that these guys are not serious, that they do not constitute a threat. In fact what these guys are doing is marking time while waiting for the opportunities and associations to appear that will allow them to become real jihadis." Brachman responded by saying, in part, " useful in that it introduces shades of grey into the discussion: it acknowledges that people can support al-Qaida and wish death upon Americans, without ever'joining up' officially", that "The term,'Jihobbyism,' runs the risk of creating a false dichotomy between those who'do' and those who'talk.' The premise is flawed because'talking' is a form of'doing.' It may be less immediate in its consequences, but as we've learned, talking can be more dangerous than blowing stuff up: talking can serve as a force multiplier".

Revolution Muslim, a radical Islamist organization in New York City that advocates terrorism both in the U. S. and in democratic countries around the world, while observing, "I would have this phrase directed at me by Brachman and his associates", noted that many in the counter-terrorism field are worried that the term will lead people to underestimate the threat of domestic attacks. The Jawa Report observed in November 2009, they feed off each other, giving each other support, send each other propaganda which reinforces their radicalism, they egg each other on to transition from...'jihobbyist' to becoming terrorists."An editorial in The Dallas Morning News in February 2010 said "something is wrong in our country when lunacy... becomes a political rallying point. The same holds true whether it's a group of "jihobbyists" praising the latest attack by Muslim extremists or the tiny weirdo fringe that thinks Timothy McVeigh was justified in blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City."

Evan Kohlmann, in a February 2010 article entitled "A Beacon for Extremists: The Ansar Al-Mujahideen Web Forum", wrote that al-Khurasani was "once a prominent online'jihadist'", "written off as an eccentric until he blew himself up at a Central Intelligence Agency base in southeastern Afghanistan at the behest of the Pakistani Taliban."Colleen LaRose, investigated for terrorism and was known by the online moniker "Jihad Jane" is one example of a jihobbyist. Ansar Al-Mujahideen Jihad Cool Jihadi Jake Narco-culture Brachman, Jarret. Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780203895054

2008 sumo cannabis scandal

The sumo cannabis scandal is a series of cannabis scandals in professional sumo since August 2008. Four sekitori ranked wrestlers, Wakanohō, Rohō, Hakurozan and Wakakirin, were dismissed from professional sumo, the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, Kitanoumi Toshimitsu, resigned his post to take the blame, it was the first case. After that, the JSA added rules that any retirement package for dismissed members would be reduced or denied, that those who use illegal drugs would be dismissed without benefits. Many Japanese news and some English news, such as BBC News and the Daily Telegraph, reported on the scandal. According to the Japan Times, it was the largest sports scandal of drugs that Japan had seen. Since 2007, scandals and allegations about professional sumo have occurred. In February 2007, the Japanese magazine Shūkan Gendai reported allegations of yaocho; the JSA sued the magazine for $4 million. In June 2007, a 17-years-old wrestler Takashi Saito died as a result of hazing at the Tokitsukaze stable.

His stablemaster Futatsuryū and three other wrestlers were arrested in February 2008, his coach was sentenced to six years in prison in 2009. In August 2008, Asashōryū, the yokozuna ranked Mongolian wrestler, was suspended from the next two tournaments due to faking injuries, it was the first case. On July 25, 2008 Asashōryū played in a charity soccer event in Mongolia despite having submitted a medical report about his injuries before, his injuries were regarded as having been faked in order to avoid the summer regional tour, so the JSA decided to suspend him from the next two tournaments and cut his salary. According to the Japan Today, the chairman of the JSA Kitanoumi was censured by the media for his irresponsible reaction in these cases. On August 18, 2008, Wakanohō Toshinori was arrested for possession of cannabis, he became the first active sekitori to be arrested. In other words, it was the first case. On June 24, 2008, a woman found a dropped wallet at Kinshi, Sumida and turned it into the police box.

Police found his alien registration card and a Russian made cigarette containing 0.368 gram of dried plants including cannabis component. On August 19, police searched the Magaki stable and his apartment, found a pipe and a cigarette in his private room at the stable, two pipes and a bag with a little of cannabis at the apartment. On August 21, the Japan Sumo Association held a meeting of the board of directors and decided to dismiss him. In addition, Magaki stablemaster, his coach, became the first director of the JSA to resign. Tsuneo Suzuki, the Minister of Education, Sports and Technology, told the JSA to swiftly appoint external directors. On August 26, he told police that he had bought the drug and pipes for 20,000 yen from two African and Russian men at a disco in Roppongi, Tokyo in June. On September 8 Wakanohō was released, on September 12 the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office decided to suspend an indictment because he was a minor at that time, had not been arrested before, had only a small amount of cannabis.

On September 11, he filed a suit against the JSA for dismissing him and applied for provisional disposition, insisting that his penalty was much heavier than previous cases of misconduct in sumo. On September 29, he hold a press conference and claimed that "I was forcibly handed money to fight unfair bouts." He insists that other wrestlers and coaches were smoking cannabis but they were not being punished. According to Doreen Simmons, a sumo commentator for NHK, it would seem that nobody expect such turn of events. Wakanohō's lawyer said that he did not know about it until the day before and he was sorry that he couldn't stop it. Simmons said, "It looks to me as if Wakanoho has nothing to lose and is looking to get 10 million yen in damages out of the JSA."The trial started on October 27, on October 30 Tokyo District Court rejected his application. He made an immediate appeal against the sentence, but Tokyo High Court dismissed it on December 9, he withdrew a suit and decided to go back to Russia in February 2009.

On September 2, 2008, the JSA published that the unannounced drug test by urinalysis for sekitori, 69 wrestlers in the sport's top two divisions, showed that Rohō Yukio and Hakurozan Yūta, brothers from Russia, were positive for cannabis. On September 8, the JSA decided to dismiss them, because the more detailed tests by Mitsubishi Chemical Medience, which has the only WADA accredited laboratory in Japan, showed that their result was much higher than WADA standard value of cannabis, their stablemasters lost their positions. Kitanoumi Toshimitsu, the coach of Hakurozan, resigned his post as chairman of the JSA to accept responsibility, Ōtake stablemaster, the coach of Rohō, was demoted from the committee member to toshiyori, the lowest rank of stablemasters. Musashigawa, the former sumo wrestler of the highest rank yokozuna and the stablemaster of Musashigawa stable, replaced Kitanoumi as the JSA's chairman. On the other hand, Rohō and Hakurozan denied using cannabis, police couldn't find any evidence during a domiciliary search.

They filed a suit against the JSA for dismissing them, the trial began on February 6, 2009. On April 19, 2010, the Tokyo District Court rejected their claim, in November the Tokyo High Court rejected it. In addition, they claimed 100 million yen compensation for the inappropriate process of drug tests and dismiss, but Tokyo District Court rejected it on December 10, 2010. On January 30, 2009, Wakakirin Shinichi was arrested for possession of cannabis, he was the first Japa


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