Monday, September 15, 2014

OFFICER, I'VE JUST BEEN SHOT AT

CHARLES BARKLEY DEFENDS ADRIAN PETERSON

“We [black parents in the South] called it 'spanking' or 'whipping' our kids -- we do that all the time”

Here is Jim Rome’s CBS interview Sunday with Charles Barkley on the NFL preview show:

After Boomer Esiason expressed his outrage, Rome asked Barkley if the whipping Adrian Peterson gave his 4-year-old son was fine with him.

Barkley: "I'm from the South. I understand Boomer's rage and anger ... but he's a white guy and I'm a black guy. I don't know where he's from, I'm from the South. Whipping -- we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances."

Rome: "It doesn't matter where you're from: Right is right and wrong is wrong."

Barkley: "I don't believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South. I think the question about whether Adrian Peterson went overboard -- Listen, Jim, we all grow up in different environments. Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances."

Rome: "My thing is: I don't want to tell anybody how to raise their kids and I really don't want anybody telling me how to raise my kids. But let's make a distinction between 'child rearing' and 'child abuse.' That was child abuse. There's no fine line here."

Barkley: "I think there's a fine line. Jim, I've had many welts on my legs. I've gotten beat with switches -- and I don't even like the term. When the media talks about it, 'beating a child'--

Rome: "But that's what that was, Charles."

Barkley: "We called it 'spanking' or 'whipping' our kids."

Rome: "If I see open wounds or bruises on a body that is a beating."

Barkley: "Sure. I think those pictures are disturbing. And I think Adrian said 'I went overboard.' But as far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids -- I got spanked, me an my two brothers"--

Rome: "But then, Chuck, not now, right? 1964 is one thing, 2014 is another. Maybe we need to rethink this thing."

Barkley: "And I totally agree with that. But I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That's a very fine line."


Ah, we now have it on the authority of a politically incorrect – in this instance – Charles Barkley that, at least in the South, all black parents whip their kids.

MAJORITY OF FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT JUDGES NOW DEMOCRATS

When Obama took office, there were 99 circuit judges appointed by Republican presidents and 65 by Democrats, but today there are 77 Republican appointees and 95 Democratic

During his six years in office, President Obama has succeeded in changing the political landscape of the federal appellate court system. Newsmax reports that when Obama took office, there were 99 circuit judges appointed by Republican presidents and 65 by Democrats, but today there are 77 Republican appointees and 95 Democratic.

After Republican filibusters blocked many of Obama’s court nominations, Sen. Harry Reid called on the Senate’s Democratic majority to pass the ‘Nuclear Option’ which required only a simple majority to confirm the president’s judicial nominations. On November 21, 2013, the Nuclear Option was passed by a 52-48 vote. Prior to that vote, it took the vote of at least 60 senators to confirm a judicial nomination.

While Obama was able to appoint some Democratic judges prior to the Nuclear Option vote, that vote opened the floodgates for the confirmation of his appointees. Most of Obama’s appellate court appointees are young judges, and since these are lifetime appointments, they are likely to remain on the bench for many, many years to come.

Judges are supposed to be apolitical, but that is not the case. Appellate rulings are often handed down based on whether the judges are liberals (usually Democrats) or conservatives (almost always Republicans).

The Senate still requires 60 votes for the confirmation of nominees to the Supreme Court. However, if the Senate remains in control of the Democrats after November’s elections, Obama could get 60 votes should he have the opportunity to nominate one or more Supreme Court justices before he leaves office. It’s a good bet that his first nominee will be Attorney General Eric Holder.

Even if the makeup of SCOTUS will not change before Obama leaves office, it will most certainly change if the Democrats win the 2016 presidential election. With a Democrat in office, the makeup of Supreme Court justices will evolve from a conservative majority to a liberal majority, and you can take that to the bank.

ASSAULT WEAPONS NOT THE PROBLEM IN GUN DEATHS

Factors other than guns, like unemployment, poverty, family issues and a culture of violence, must be solved in order to reduce the number of gun deaths which are highest among young black men

The screams of the gun banners and anti-gun politicians have obscured the real causes of so many gun deaths.

THE ASSAULT WEAPON MYTH
By Lois Beckett

The New York Times
September 12, 2014

OVER the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned.

That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with the public. In a poll last December, 59 percent of likely voters said they favor a ban.

But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.

The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots.

Annually, 5,000 to 6,000 black men are murdered with guns. Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of the 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males.

It was much the same in the early 1990s when Democrats created and then banned a category of guns they called “assault weapons.” America was then suffering from a spike in gun crime and it seemed like a problem threatening everyone. Gun murders each year had been climbing: 11,000, then 13,000, then 17,000.

Democrats decided to push for a ban of what seemed like the most dangerous guns in America: assault weapons, which were presented by the media as the gun of choice for drug dealers and criminals, and which many in law enforcement wanted to get off the streets.

This politically defined category of guns — a selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns with “military-style” features — only figured in about 2 percent of gun crimes nationwide before the ban.

Handguns were used in more than 80 percent of murders each year, but gun control advocates had failed to interest enough of the public in a handgun ban. Handguns were the weapons most likely to kill you, but they were associated by the public with self-defense. (In 2008, the Supreme Court said there was a constitutional right to keep a loaded handgun at home for self-defense.)

Banning sales of military-style weapons resonated with both legislators and the public: Civilians did not need to own guns designed for use in war zones.

On Sept. 13, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed an assault weapons ban into law. It barred the manufacture and sale of new guns with military features and magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But the law allowed those who already owned these guns — an estimated 1.5 million of them — to keep their weapons.

The policy proved costly. Mr. Clinton blamed the ban for Democratic losses in 1994. Crime fell, but when the ban expired, a detailed study found no proof that it had contributed to the decline.

The ban did reduce the number of assault weapons recovered by local police, to 1 percent from roughly 2 percent.

“Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement,” a Department of Justice-funded evaluation concluded.

Still, the majority of Americans continued to support a ban on assault weapons.

One reason: The use of these weapons may be rare over all, but they’re used frequently in the gun violence that gets the most media coverage, mass shootings.

The criminologist James Alan Fox at Northeastern University estimates that there have been an average of 100 victims killed each year in mass shootings over the past three decades. That’s less than 1 percent of gun homicide victims.

But these acts of violence in schools and movie theaters have come to define the problem of gun violence in America.

Most Americans do not know that gun homicides have decreased by 49 percent since 1993 as violent crime also fell, though rates of gun homicide in the United States are still much higher than those in other developed nations. A Pew survey conducted after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., found that 56 percent of Americans believed wrongly that the rate of gun crime was higher than it was 20 years ago.

Even as homicide rates have held steady or declined for most Americans over the last decade, for black men the rate has sometimes risen. But it took a handful of mass shootings in 2012 to put gun control back on Congress’s agenda.

AFTER Sandy Hook, President Obama introduced an initiative to reduce gun violence. He laid out a litany of tragedies: the children of Newtown, the moviegoers of Aurora, Colo. But he did not mention gun violence among black men.

To be fair, the president’s first legislative priority after Sandy Hook was universal background checks, a measure that might have shrunk the market for illegal guns used in many urban shootings. But Republicans in Congress killed that effort. The next proposal on his list was reinstating and “strengthening” bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It also went nowhere.

“We spent a whole bunch of time and a whole bunch of political capital yelling and screaming about assault weapons,” Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu of New Orleans said. He called it a “zero sum political fight about a symbolic weapon.”

Mr. Landrieu and Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia are founders of Cities United, a network of mayors trying to prevent the deaths of young black men. “This is not just a gun issue, this is an unemployment issue, it’s a poverty issue, it’s a family issue, it’s a culture of violence issue,” Mr. Landrieu said.

More than 20 years of research funded by the Justice Department has found that programs to target high-risk people or places, rather than targeting certain kinds of guns, can reduce gun violence.

David M. Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argues that the issue of gun violence can seem enormous and intractable without first addressing poverty or drugs. A closer look at the social networks of neighborhoods most afflicted, he says, often shows that only a small number of men drive most of the violence. Identify them and change their behavior, and it’s possible to have an immediate impact.

Working with Professor Kennedy, and building on successes in other cities, New Orleans is now identifying the young men most at risk and intervening to help them get jobs. How well this strategy will work in the long term remains to be seen.

But it’s an approach based on an honest assessment of the real numbers.

WHERE IS THE ‘CRAZY PROFESSOR’ AND THE INVESTORS’ TREASURE SHARE

Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson disappeared in 20012 along with some gold and his investors’ money

On October 1, 1988, treasure hunter Tommy Thompson found the wreck of the SS Central America which had sunk off the coast of South Caroline in 1857 during a hurricane. Thompson brought up millions of dollars in gold bars and gold coins. He was immediately embroiled in a series of law suits and failed to appear for a federal court hearing on August 13, 2012. No one has seen him or his investors’ money since then.

TREASURE HUNTER FOUND RICHES, VANISHED
By Amanda Lee Myers

Associated Press
September 13, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eyeglasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild.

It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship in Norfolk, Va., loaded with what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history - thousands of pounds of gold that sat in the ocean for 131 years after the ship carrying it sank during a hurricane.

On that day in 1989, Thompson couldn't contain a grin as hundreds cheered his achievement. But his victory was short-lived.

For the past two years, the U.S. Marshals Service has hunted Thompson as a fugitive — wanted for skipping a court date to explain to investors what happened to the riches. The rise and fall of the intrepid explorer is the stuff of storybooks, a tale receiving renewed attention amid a new expedition begun this year to the sunken ship.

"I think he had calculated it, whatever you want to call it, an escape plan," Marshals agent Brad Fleming said. "I think he's had that for a long time."

Around 1983, Thompson grew obsessed with tracking down the SS Central America. When the ship went down off the South Carolina coast in 1857, 425 people drowned and gold worth millions was lost.

Thompson, an oceanic engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, convinced 161 people to invest in his quest, raising $12.7 million. On Oct. 1, 1988, he finally found the treasure, which he would later describe as "otherworldly in its splendor."

But his joy faded fast. Thirty-nine insurance companies sued Thompson, claiming they had insured the gold in 1857 and that it belonged to them. In 1996, Thompson's company was awarded 92 percent of the treasure, and the rest was divided among some of the insurers. Four years later, Thompson's company netted $50 million after selling 532 gold bars and thousands of coins to a gold marketing group.

Yet his legal troubles weren't over.

By 2005, Thompson's investors still had not been paid, and two sued — a now-deceased investment firm president who put in some $250,000 and the Dispatch Printing Company, which publishes The Columbus Dispatch newspaper and invested about $1 million. The following year, nine members of Thompson's crew also sued, saying they, too, were promised some proceeds.

Thompson went into seclusion, moving into a mansion in Vero Beach, Florida. After that, his behavior turned bizarre.

Thompson refused to use his real name on his utility bills, telling realtor Vance Brinkerhoff that his life had been threatened and asking him, "How would you like to live like that?" Brinkerhoff recounted the exchange in a court deposition.

In another deposition, maintenance worker James Kennedy recalled once going to the house and seeing Thompson on the pool deck wearing only socks, shoes and dirty underwear. "His hair was all crazy," Kennedy said. "After that, me and (a friend) referred to him as the crazy professor."

It's not clear exactly when Thompson disappeared. On Aug. 13, 2012, he failed to appear at a hearing in the court battles, and a federal judge found him in contempt and issued an arrest warrant. Not long after, Kennedy went inside the Florida mansion and found pre-paid disposable cellphones and bank wraps for $10,000 bills, along with a book called "How to Live Your Life Invisible."

The Marshals Service has splashed Thompson's face on electronic billboards and run down hundreds of tips — from the guy who thought he might have shared an elevator with Thompson to a report that the name "Tommy" was signed on a memorial website for a dead friend of the treasure hunter. Nothing has panned out. A "Wanted" poster even hangs in the barge making a new voyage to the Central America in a new expedition to recover more treasure from the "Ship of Gold."

Since April, Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration has brought up millions of dollars in gold and silver bars and coins. That work will continue indefinitely, an Odyssey spokeswoman said, and Thompson's original investors are expected to receive part of the recovered riches.

An attorney for the investors who sued did not respond to requests for comment, nor did a number of the investors.

As to where Thompson, now 62, might be, theories abound. The crew members' attorney, Mike Szolosi, asserts that he's seen records indicating Thompson took 500 gold coins worth $2 million and took potentially millions from his own company on top of his approved compensation.

"Presumably all of that is still somewhere with Tommy," he said.

Attorney Rick Roble, who defended Thompson's company until he withdrew from the case last month, said there's no proof Thompson stole anything.

Author Gary Kinder, who chronicled the treasure hunt in "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea," said nothing in his time with Thompson gives him any insight into his whereabouts. "I don't know what it would entail to hide like that. Get your teeth fixed? Buy a blond wig?"

Agent Fleming believes Thompson is likely still stateside, although "we definitely never rule out ... that he may be abroad or at sea."

If caught, Thompson would be asked to account for the missing coins and explain where proceeds from the treasure's sale went. He could face jail time and hefty fines if he refuses.

Gil Kirk, a former director of one of Thompson's companies, said he put $1.8 million into the treasure hunt. Though he hasn't gotten any of that back, Kirk still supports Thompson and insists he never bilked anyone.

To Kirk, Thompson remains an American hero, "like the Wright brothers." The tragedy, he said, is that Thompson's dream became his doom.

"Tommy used the word, what's the word?" Kirk said. "Plague of the gold."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEATH ROW INMATE'S KOSHER LAWSUIT IS NOT KOSHER

Connecticut mass rapist-murderer claims to be an Orthodox Jew and is suing the Department of Corrections for depriving him of kosher food

Right from the get-go let me say this: Steven Hayes is about as much a Jew as Osama bin Laden was.

On July 23, 2007, Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky broke in the Cheshire, Connecticut home of Dr. William Petit Jr. where they killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her children, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17. Hayes sexually assaulted and strangled Dr. Petit’s wife. Komisarjevsky, sexually assaulted Michaela. The house was set on fire, and the two girls, who were tied to their beds, died of smoke inhalation. Dr. Petit was severely beaten but managed to escape and survived to identify the two scumbags.

Hayes and Komisarjevsky are among the few murderers that have been sentenced to death in the liberal death penalty-aversion state of Connecticut.

Hayes is gaming the system by claiming that he is an Orthodox Jew and, as such, is required by his religion to eat only kosher food. Because his death row meals have not been kosher, he has filed a federal lawsuit against the Connecticut Department of Corrections claiming that he is being deprived of his First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. He filed the lawsuit in his own behalf and that of all Jewish inmates in the state prison system.

In his lawsuit Hayes says, “This continuous denial of a kosher diet is a clear violation of my First Amendment right to freely practice my religion of choice, Judaism.” He also argues that denying him kosher food is a violation of his Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment because he is forced to eat non-kosher meals in order to survive.

The ersatz Jew wants a court trial and is seeking an immediate injunction forcing the corrections department to provide pre-packaged kosher meals to all Jewish prisoners. Hayes is also asking for $15,000 in punitive and compensatory damages for “intentional infliction of pain, suffering and resulting weight loss from the deliberate denial of a kosher diet.”

This is one of the phoniest inmate lawsuit ever filed. Let me repeat: Steven Hayes is about as much a Jew as Osama bin Laden was. For what he did to Dr. Petit’s family, Hayes does not deserve anything more than bread and water. And even if he is Jewish, which I am sure he is not, he does not deserve any kosher food. Fuck that rotten piece of shit!

GOURMET MEAL A DOG DIED FOR

A depraved California slimeball cooked and fed his ex-girlfriend her pet Pomeranian

Ryan Watenpaugh of Palo Cedro, California is hard for me to describe. Slimeball just doesn’t appear to do him justice. Subhuman piece of shit seems a bit more appropriate. After you read what Watenpaugh did you may be able to come up with a better description. All I can say is that this guy makes suspended NFL mixed martial arts contender Ray Rice look like a boy scout ... no, make that a cub scout.

Watenpaugh was arrested by Redding cops Thursday and charged with animal cruelty, domestic violence, stalking and false imprisonment.

Apparently, Watenpaugh must have been really pissed off at his girlfriend. According to the Associated Press:

Watenpaugh's ex told police he had repeatedly struck her while they were dating and that after one assault, she left her Redding apartment and returned to find her Pomeranian, "Bear," missing

Police say the couple briefly reconciled last week and Watenpaugh cooked the woman a meal. But she told police he later texted her and asked how her dog had tasted.

On Tuesday, Watenpaugh allegedly left two of the dog's paws outside her door.


Watenpaugh has denied killing or cooking Bear. He was still in jail on Friday.

Now what would you call this depraved piece of shit?

DETROIT LIONS QUARTERBACK FROM ISRAEL

The Unconventional Gazette
September 13, 2014

Except for the key position, the Detroit Lions coach had put together the perfect team. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a passer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.

Then one night while watching CNN, he saw a war-zone scene in Gaza. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.

KABOOM!

He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.

KA-BLOOEY!

Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph down a Gaza road.

BULLS-EYE!

"I've got to get this guy," the coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!" So, he finds and brings him to Detroit where he teaches him the great game of football. And the Lions go on to win the Super Bowl. The young man is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.

"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!"

"I don't want to talk to you, the old woman says, "You are not my son!"

"I don't think you understand, Mother," the young man pleads. "I've won the greatest sporting event in the world. I'm here among thousands of my adoring fans."

"No! Let me tell you!" his mother retorts. "At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get raped!" The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says,.....

"I will never forgive you for making us move to Detroit!”

INTOXICATED COWBOY REFUSES TO BUDGE FROM TAKING UP THREE SEATS IN TEXAS MOVIE THEATER

The Unconventional Gazette
September 13, 2014

A drunken cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in an Amarillo movie theater.

When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy, "Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat."

The cowboy groaned but didn't budge.

The usher became more impatient. "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager."

Once again, the cowboy just groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but with no success. Finally they summoned the police.

The responding cop surveyed the situation briefly, then asked, "All right buddy, what's your name?"

"Fred," the cowboy moaned.

"Where ya from, Fred?" asked the cop.

With noticeable pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Fred replied, "Up there, the fucking balcony."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

CONFLICT OVER MIXED MARTIAL ARTS BOUT IN CAINO ELEVATOR

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s claim, that he had no knowledge that Ray Rice punched out his wife-to-be until he saw the TMZ in-elevator videotape on Monday morning, is disputed on two counts

Is a pious-looking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lying about the mixed martial arts bout that took place inside a casino elevator between Ray Rice and his wife-to-be? It kind of looks that way.

Goodell insists he did not know that the in-elevator mixed martial arts bout ended in a knockout with Ray Rice the winner until he saw the TMZ videotape on Monday morning. That claim is disputed on two counts.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the police had sent a copy of the in-elevator video to the NFL executive offices last April. The police report of the melee referred to the videotape. Goodell claimed that the police would not send him the tape after he asked for it.

Sources also report that on June 16, Ray Rice was forthcoming in a face-to-face meeting with Goodell and told him he had punched out his girlfriend.

If the police did send a copy of the tape to the NFL last April, it seems absolutely unbelievable that the tape was not passed onto Goodell.

Goodell should be fired by the NFL it the reports about the tape having been sent to its executive offices and Ray Rice’s confession are true. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would be an excellent replacement. Condi has previously expressed a strong interest in the job.

THAT WAS NOT A LOUD FART HEARD COMING FROM THE FACULTY RESTROOM

A Utah elementary school teacher was injured by an exploding toilet after her gun accidentally went off while she was relieving herself in the faculty restroom

On Thursday a loud sound was heard coming from the faculty restroom at Westbrook Elementary School in Taylorsville, a Salt Lake City suburb. No, that was not the sound of a loud fart.

Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, a sixth-grade teacher, was alone in the school’s faculty restroom. While Michelle was on the shitter, her gun accidentally discharged. The bullet struck a porcelain toilet. It exploded. Michelle was injured in the leg when she was struck by fragments from the bullet and/or shitter. She is recovering in a Salt Lake City Hospital.

Michelle has a concealed carry license. It appears as if the course she had to take in order to obtain her license was a bit short on gun safety.

And here is a teachable moment for everyone: Never shoot at a porcelain shitter!

TED CRUZ CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF ISRAEL, GETS BOOED OFF STAGE BY ARAB CHRISTIANS

His audience was more consumed with hatred of Israel than with the persecution of Christians in the Middle East

It just goes to show that among Arabs, the feuding Muslim sects, along with Arab Christians, are all brought together and united in their hatred of Israel.

TED CRUZ SLAMS HATERS BEFORE GETTING BOOED OFFF STAGE
After demanding a crowd of Arab Christians support Israel, the Tea Party's favorite senator is showered with jeers

By Elias Isquith

Salon
September 11, 2014

After getting some negative attention from the far-right for agreeing to speak at an event for Arab Christians, Texas senator and likely future GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz encouraged his audience to support Israel, described those unwilling to do so as “consumed with hate,” and left the stage to a chorus of boos.

Cruz was delivering the keynote address of an event held by In Defense of Christians, a group dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of besieged Christians in the Middle East, when he somewhat unexpectedly changed the topic from vulnerable Christian minorities to the importance of supporting the State of Israel. “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” Cruz said.

As some in the audience began to heckle the senator, Cruz interpreted their criticism as being anti-Semitic in nature, and chastised the audience for what he felt was a display of hate. “I’m saddened to see that some here, not everyone, are so consumed with hate,” Cruz said, inspiring another, louder round of heckles. “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” Cruz continued, “then I will not stand with you.” Cruz then thanked his audience and walked off the stage.

While some audience members would later tell the media their jeers were over Cruz’s decision to talk about Israel at an event that, in their eyes, had nothing to do with it, Cruz himself saw the night’s developments as the clear result of his audience’s intolerance. “I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East,” Cruz says in a statement to the press.

“But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion,” Cruz continues. “Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight. After just a few minutes, I had no choice. I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CONTINUES TO SHOW ITS UGLY SIDE

Non-English speaking students are given enrollment preferences at the University of Texas

Affirmative action, which was intended to give blacks a leg up after years of discrimination, has evolved into a reversed discrimination program in which poorly qualified minority students are given preference over well qualified white students and in which poorly qualified minority applicants are hired or given promotions over well qualified whites.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GRANTED FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
By John Bennett

Newsmax
September 12, 2014

Applicants to the University of Texas (UT), among potentially many other schools, can benefit from affirmative action if English is not spoken in the applicant’s home.

This little-noticed feature of the UT admissions program was buried in last year’s Supreme Court decision, Fisher v. University of Texas. As the Fisher majority explained, students can reap the rewards of preferences for “speaking a language other than English at home.”

Several legal experts find this form of preference questionable, if not unconstitutional.

“It discourages assimilation,” Gail Heriot, a University of San Diego law professor, says. By potentially rewarding applicants from families that do not speak English precisely because they have not linguistically assimilated, the preference seems to run against the grain of the American immigration ethos.

Heriot, who is also a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, offered the following illustration: "Imagine an immigrant father who tells his family, ‘We must improve our English and speak it in the home, because we're in a new country where English is the first step to success.’ In 1914, his statement would have carried great moral authority. He would have been right. But now the answer is, ‘No, you silly old man, you'll ruin my chance to get into the University of Texas.’

The non-English preference has largely escaped scrutiny, even following the recent Fisher case. As the Supreme Court majority described UT’s admissions program in Fisher, there are “special circumstances that give insight into a student’s background” such as “growing up in a single-parent home, speaking a language other than English at home, significant family responsibilities assumed by the applicant, and the general socioeconomic condition of the student’s family.” In addition, membership in certain specific racial minority groups can, of course, be a basis for preferences.

One aspect of the non-English language preference that has escaped notice is that the language preference could essentially be a racial preference.

Stuart Taylor, Jr., is co-author of "Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It." Taylor says that the language preference “could of course be seen as a surrogate for racial preferences, either to give the appearance that the racial preferences are not as large as they really are or to serve as a fallback in case the courts strike down (or severely limit) the university's use of the racial preferences.”

Roger Clegg, president and general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity says of the non-English preference, “It certainly could and probably will have the effect of giving an advantage to Latino students (and probably Asian and maybe Native American students) over not only whites generally but also over blacks generally.” However, Clegg believes “the presence or absence of a racial/ethnic ‘effect’ ought to be irrelevant,” in determining whether the preference is constitutional.

“I think there is a valid reason for considering it to be a disadvantage to grow up in a home where English is not spoken,” Clegg says. Yet, he does see a possibility “that this is just a way to smuggle in additional racial/ethnic preference.”

Michael A. Olivas, a law professor at the University of Houston who helped to design part of UT’s admissions policy, took issue with critics’ argument concerning the language preference’s effect on assimilation. “I fail to see how speaking more than one language is a refusal to assimilate . . . There is a certain arrogance, quite misplaced, in assuming that speaking only English is somehow a positive trait,” according to Olivas.

When asked how early generations of immigrants, such as Europeans, would have perceived a non-English language preference in college admissions, Olivas said, “I would have applied this preference to European immigrants.”

Taylor presents a different interpretation, noting that language preferences were unfamiliar to earlier generations of immigrants, including European immigrant groups: "It's hard to be confident how it would have gone over with the European immigrants of yesterday because the whole idea of racial or language preferences for favored minorities or immigrants was unheard of. Had such preferences existed, the immigrants of yesterday would have had to weigh the benefits of assimilation against the supposed benefits of preferences."

Olivas emphasizes the importance of bilingualism, and believes it is fair to credit college applicants for not speaking English at home. “In our stubbornly monolingual society — at least with regard to many Anglos and others who have been in the country for many years — it is unusual to be bilingual.”

As professor Heriot pointed out, past generations of immigrants would have pushed their children to learn English: “‘We must improve our English and speak it in the home, because we're in a new country where English is the first step to success.’”

Schools could easily credit applicants for being bilingual, without attaching the preference to the applicant’s home environment.

For instance, admissions policies could credit bilingual applicants on the basis of their bilingual ability, without reference to the language spoken at home. It is the explicit preference for homes where English is not spoken that raises critics’ concerns. By offering preferences on the basis of the students’ home environment, UT’s policy is in effect rewarding students from families that refuse or are unable to learn and speak English.

WHICH IS WORSE FOR KIDS, SEEING A MAN BEAT TO DEATH OR BEING AROUND A GUN?

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
September 11, 2014

At about 7:45 p.m. on Monday at Linwood park in South Wichita, Kansas a group of men approached a 37-year old junior football league coach. One of the men was unhappy about his kid’s lack of playing time. He said so, then pulled up his shirt, exposing a pistol in his waistband. At that time five or six of his buddies, at least one armed with brass knuckles jumped in and started beating the shit out of the coach.

The coach’s wife, who also had some involvement with operating the team, pulled a gun and fired a warning shot. (Not smart, but it worked.) The assailants backed off and the coach got his own weapon from the car. The assailants fled at that time.

The cops showed up and confiscated both guns. Both the coach and his wife have been fired from their coaching duties. No arrests have been made.

Jeremy Burris, director of the Tigers football program, stated, “He (the coach) has been a great role model for the kids but you can’t take weapons out around children.”

I guess it is OK to beat someone to death in front of children, but hauling out a weapon to stop a felonious assault is somehow morally reprehensible.

By the way, the Wichita Tigers football program has a web site. Jeremy Burris is listed on it. I sent him an email letting him know what I thought of his thought processes. Feel free to jump in if you like.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of those rare moments when I disagree with Bob.

Here we have one of those ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situations. I think Bob oversimplified the problem with the ‘being around a gun’ part of the title. I do not believe Jeremy Burris fired the coach and his wife because he does not want kids to be around guns. I believe he feared that, in this case, had a gunfight broken out, some of the kids could have been wounded or killed.

I can understand why the coach and his wife went for their gats. There is no telling how badly he would have been injured had the thugs not been frightened off by the actions of the coach and his wife. But if they did not have concealed carry licenses, they will not get their guns back and will be lucky if charges are not filed against them.

As for kids’ organized sports, with parental passions riding so high, it would seem that a ban on guns at team workouts and games makes good sense.

MILK FROM THE COW

The Unconventional Gazette
September 12, 2014

In a convent in Ireland , the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They had milked on of the convent’s cows and tried giving her the warm milk to drink, but she refused it.

One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Then, remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

Back at Mother Superior's bed, they held the glass to her lips. The frail nun drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole glass down to the last drop.

As her eyes brightened, the nuns thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with their spiritual leader. "Mother," the nuns asked earnestly, "Please give us some of your wisdom before you leave us."

She raised herself up in bed on one elbow, looked at them and said, “Don’t sell that cow!”

Friday, September 12, 2014

BEN STEIN: OBAMA ‘COULD NOT BE MORE IGNORANT IF HE WERE A CINDERBLOCK’

I love the elegant way Ben Stein describes Obama’s ignorance. Ignorant as cinderblock … that’s priceless.

BEN STEIN: OBAMA ‘IGNORANT’ ON HOW TO DEFEAT ISIS

Newsmax
September 11, 2014

Ben Stein, the famed actor, author, economist and former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, says President Barack Obama is ignorant of what it takes to win the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

"He could not be more ignorant if he were not human. He could not be more ignorant if he were a cinderblock," Stein said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"This is a person who knows nothing of history, nothing of airstrikes. It's comical. there's never been a campaign in the history of the world that was won by airstrikes and this one isn't going to be either."

Stein also criticized Secretary of State John Kerry who told CNN the U.S. was not at war with ISIS, despite Obama's military initiatives against it.

"Kerry has always been in my opinion slightly off kilter and never quite right and nowhere near smart as he thinks he is, nowhere near as important as he thinks he is," Stein said.

Stein, who's been featured in such films as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Frankenstein General Hospital," also pooh-poohed the president's claim that ISIS — also known as the Islamic State — is not Islamic and not a state.

"It's extremely Islamic and at this point it is a state and it's terrifying, I mean these guys are the real McCoy, they really are from hell … They really are Satan," Stein said.

ISIS has been a bloody mission to slaughter Christians through the Middle East in order to establish a single Islamic territory known as a caliphate. In recent weeks, ISIS antagonized the United States by beheading two American journalists.

FATAH EXCORIATES SOCCER GAME BETWEEN ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

There are calls to prosecute the Palestinian coach as a traitor

I have continually questioned why Israel should attempt to make peace with those who are intent on destroying the Jewish state and here is just one example of why it shouldn’t

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY ANGERED BY JEWISH, ARAB CHILDREN PLAYING TOGETHER
By Yossi Aloni & Ryan Jones

Israel Today
September 11, 2014

Only former Israeli President Shimon Peres could pull off something like organizing a friendly football (soccer) match between Israeli and Palestinian children just a week after the latest Gaza war.

And only the Palestinian Authority could be so callous as to condemn such a demonstration of peaceful coexistence.

The game organized by Peres wasn’t between just any groups of Israeli and Palestinian kids. The Israelis came from the rocket-battered town of Sderot, and the Palestinians from Hebron, near to where earlier this summer Hamas terrorists abducted and executed three Jewish teens.

The game marked the start of the current year of the “School of Football and Peace,” a campaign by the Peres Center for Peace that brings together dozens of Israeli and Palestinian children for sports and other extracurricular learning activities.

Before blowing the opening whistle, Peres told the children that “football games are not played against one another, but with one another. You Israeli children from the Gaza periphery who have come to play with Palestinian children symbolize the hope for peace. You endured a difficult summer, and today you open a new year that I hope will instead be filled with sport and dialogue.”

Issa Abu Hamid, the coach of the Palestinian children, added, “I’m excited to see you all here after we were prevented from meeting over the previous months. I hope that on this field we can start something new and return to enjoying football together in an atmosphere of friendship.”

Some of the children from Sderot embraced their Palestinian counterparts and were quoted as saying, “We can make peace with the Palestinians.”

Israel’s “peace partners” in the Palestinian Authority, however, didn’t seem to feel the same.

“Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity,” insisted Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of the ruling Fatah faction and head of the Palestinian Supreme Council for Sports and Youth Affairs.

In a post to his Facebook page (which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch), Rajoub said it was official policy to oppose and prevent joint sporting events between Israeli and Palestinian children.

Abd Al-Salam, a member of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, took his criticism to another level, demanding that the government in Ramallah prosecute the coach of the Palestinian children’s team as a “traitor.”

The local Fatah branch in the town from which the Palestinian children came also issued a statement denouncing the friendly game. Read the following while keeping in mind that Fatah is the party of “moderate” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, a man whom the world insists is a genuine peace partner for Israel:

“[This game] was an individual act, conceived by sick souls that agreed to be humiliated for a handful of money. We urge the residents to supervise their children and distance them from these kinds of activities, which damage our cause.”

A local Fatah spokesman vowed that the party would “settle the account with these reckless people,” meaning the coach and other organizers who had dared to let Palestinian children commit the heinous crime of playing soccer with Israeli Jews.

TO THE LEFT ISRAEL CAN DO NO RIGHT

Israel is condemned for war crimes against the Palestinians by the Human Rights Watch

Why were Israeli attacks against Hamas’ rocket launchers and rocket depots war crimes when U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are not, considering that in both cases innocent civilians are killed? Of course, since Human Rights Watch is a left-wing group, it probably wouldn’t take much to persuade them to accuse the U.S. of war crimes as well.

This is not the first time Human Rights Watch has condemned Israel. And in this instance, its ‘investigation’ disregarded the fact that Hamas stored its rockets inside schools, hospitals and mosques, and that Hamas used human shields for its rocket launchers which deliberately targeted Israel’s civilian population.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH ACCUSES ISRAEL OF WAR CRIMES IN GAZA

Thomson/Reuters
September 11, 2014

JERUSALEM - Human Rights Watch accused Israel of committing war crimes by attacking three U.N.-run schools in the Gaza Strip in fighting in July and August, killing Palestinian civilians who had sheltered there.

The New York-based group issued a report on Thursday that it described as the first in-depth documentation of the incidents, which took place during a 50-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants that ended in a ceasefire on Aug. 26.

"Three Israeli attacks that damaged Gaza schools housing displaced people caused numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war," it said in the report, based on interviews with witnesses and field research in the Hamas Islamist-dominated enclave.

The group also said it was sceptical about the credibility of five criminal investigations announced by Israel's military on Wednesday into its Gaza war operations.

Human Rights Watch said 45 people, including 17 children, were killed in or near the "well-marked schools" in the strikes on July 24 in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, on July 30 in Jabalya refugee camp and on Aug. 3 in Rafah, in the south of the enclave.

It said its inspection of the Beit Hanoun site and photographs of munitions remnants suggested Israel fired mortars at the school, killing 13 people.

The Israeli military said at the time the school was hit by errant fire and the area around the facility had been used by Palestinian fighters to launch rockets.

In the Jabalya attack, Human Rights Watch said, Israeli artillery shells killed 20 people at the school. The military said its troops had come under mortar fire from fighters in the vicinity of the building and had shot back.

Twelve people were killed at the school in Rafah, Human Rights Watch said, and an impact crater and fragments "strongly suggested" a Spike missile had been fired by an Israeli aircraft. The military said shortly after the incident that it had targeted three militants on a motorcycle near the school.

Human Rights Watch, which called in its report for "all parties in the armed conflict in Gaza" to take measures to minimise harm to civilians, said the attacks on the Beit Hanoun and Jabalya schools "did not appear to target a military objective or were otherwise indiscriminate", while the third strike, in Rafah, was "unlawfully disproportionate".

On its website, the group noted that Israel had opened five criminal probes, including one into the Beit Hanoun incident.

But it said: "Israel has a long record of failing to undertake credible investigations into alleged war crimes."

Israel's military said on Wednesday it hoped to obtain testimony from Palestinian witnesses with the help of international organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

The military investigations could help Israel challenge the work of a U.N. Human Rights Council commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by both sides in the fighting.

Israel has long accused the 47-member state council of being biased against it and says Hamas militants, who launched rocket attacks on Israeli towns, operated in residential areas and bear ultimate responsibility for Palestinian civilian casualties.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in seven weeks of fighting, according to the Gaza health ministry. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were killed.

Israel launched its Gaza offensive on July 8 with the declared aim of halting the cross-border rocket salvos by Hamas.

EDUCATED IDIOT ASSIGNS D.C. 6TH GRADERS COMPARISON OF BUSH TO DER FUEHRER

Instead of firing the McKinley Tech Middle School teacher, the D.C. school district made the idiot apologize to the parents

Some teachers are more suited to take up space at the Funny Farm than in the public school classroom.

D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT ASKS 6TH GRADERS TO COMPARE BUSH TO HITLER
By Andrea Noble

The Washington Times
September 10, 2014

A D.C. public school gave a sixth grade class a homework assignment that required students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

The assignment was given out this week at McKinley Tech Middle School in Northeast and has angered at least one parent who complained about the homework.

A copy of the assignment, made by the parent, instructs students to draw examples from two texts they were assigned and to fill in a Venn diagram with similarities and differences between the two men.

“Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions. Please refer to your texts, ‘Fighting Hitler — A Holocaust Story’ and ‘Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD’ to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler. We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!” reads the text at the top of the assignment.

The parent, who asked not to be named, said when he called the school office to complain he was told that the assignment was part of a curriculum unit approved by the school system. He said his sixth-grader’s class had been studying both the Holocaust and the Iraq war.

“I think trying to compare Adolf Hitler to an American president is just not right,” the parent said. “I didn’t agree with Mr. Bush or his policies, but that was over the line.”

A spokeswoman for D.C. Public Schools said the two readings were among suggested curriculum the school system had previously approved but that the texts were not meant to be compared in the manner assigned by the teacher.

“The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way,” spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz said.

NOW ADD HOMEGROWN COCA TO MEXICO’S DRUG PROBLEMS

The drug cartels have been getting their coca and cocaine from Peru and Columbia, but the Mexican army has found a sizable coca plantation in the state of Chiapas near the border with Guatemala

When the poverty-stricken campesinos find out they can make a shitload of dinero by growing coca, the Mexican army will find itself confronting a lot more coca plantatiions.

MEXICAN ARMY FINDS FIRST COCA FIELD
The plants were hidden among banana trees to avoid detection

Borderland Beat
September 10, 2014

Mexican soldiers destroyed more than 1,000 coca plants after discovering the first coca plantation in Mexico, the army announced on Tuesday.

“It’s the first plantation of this type found in Mexico. As you know, the coca leaf usually grows in the Andean region, at about 3,900 ft. above sea level,” said Sergio Ernesto Martínez, commander of the 36th Military Zone based in Tapachula, Chiapas.

The coca plantation was found in the state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala.

The plants were planted among banana trees and other types of native flora, in order to prevent their detection from above.

Prior to the coca field finding, the Mexican army seized about 180 kilos of cocaine and six plants of coca in Tapachula, Chiapas.

The find raises questions about if local drug cartels are starting to expand their usual operations.

Although Mexican criminal organizations produce marijuana and synthetic drugs that they then sell in the United States and Europe, the cocaine that the local drug cartels trade is bought in South America.

Peru, along with Colombia, is the biggest cocaine producer, according to a 2012 United Nations (UN) study.

There are about 149,251 acres of coca fields in Peru, while Colombia has about 118,610, said the UN.

Coca however is used by many people in South America as a stimulant, and does not have the same properties as its processed form, cocaine.

OBAMA DECLARES THAT WE WILL DEGRADE AND DESTROY ISIS, BUT STRATFOR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE PREDICTS ISLAMIST CALIPHATES WILL BE AROUND FOR DECADES

Stratfor predicts that rivalries between Jihadist groups will weaken them all, but it will take decades for them to disappear.

AS CALIPHATES COMPETE, RADICAL ISLAM WILL EVENTUALLY WEAKEN

Stratfor Global Intelligence
September 7. 2014

Summary

The rise of the Islamic State will inspire other jihadist groups to claim their own caliphates and emirates. In the long run, the extremism of these contrived dominions and the competition among them will undermine the jihadist movement. However, before that happens, the world will witness much upheaval.

Analysis

In a 52-minute video that surfaced in late August, Abubakar Shekau, the head of Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, spoke of an Islamic State in northeastern Nigeria. The statement came two months after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the chief of the transnational jihadist movement in Syria and Iraq, declared the re-establishment of the caliphate, renaming the group the Islamic State. Though likely inspired by the Islamic State, Boko Haram is not simply mimicking its more powerful Syrian-Iraqi counterpart; it is taking its cue from the Nigeria-based Sokoto Caliphate, which was established in the early 1800s and existed for almost a century until Britain gained control of the region.

The Caliphate's Role in History

According to classical Muslim political theorists, there can be only one caliphate for the entire Muslim global community, or ummah. In practice, though, there have been rival claimants to authority and even competing caliphates throughout the history of Islam. In our July 1 analysis on the subject, Stratfor explained not only how multiple emirates and sultanates emerged independently of the caliphate but also that there were rival caliphates -- for example, the Abbasid in Baghdad (749-1258), Umayyad in the Iberian Peninsula (929-1031) and Fatimid in Cairo (909-1171).

Medieval-era caliphates were not just the byproduct of geographical constraints facing the original caliphate but also heavily shaped by political and religious rivalries and political evolution. These dynastic empires were the building blocks of the Muslim world, not unlike the wider international system of the time. For this reason, they endured for centuries until Europe's geopolitical push into the Muslim world in the 18th century.

In the past two centuries, the medieval caliphates, emirates and sultanates have been replaced by nation-states. Though artificially created and weak, these modern Muslim polities are unlikely to be swept away by radical Islamists seeking to re-establish caliphates and emirates. Although nationalism was initially a European import into the Arab/Muslim world and continues to face competition from religious and tribal identities, it is well established in the public psyche.

This can be seen in the organization of most Islamists along national lines. Most Islamists, who are aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood or some variant of it, embrace the nation-state and should not be conflated with the minority of radical Islamists and jihadists who seek to eliminate national boundaries and return to a romanticized notion of the past. Still, caliphates and emirates have emerged because of the failures of the modern Muslim nation-states to create democratic systems and, more broadly, to provide a viable political economy for their citizens -- a failure that radical Islamist forces have deftly exploited.

Deficiencies in Modern Caliphates

Radical Islamists are able to capture the imagination of the economically disadvantaged youth who understand neither politics nor Islam. The most successful jihadist entity in terms of capturing territory, the Islamic State, rose in part because of rare circumstances related to the regional geopolitical struggle between the Shiite and Sunni camps in the Middle East. However, as is evident from the international alignment of forces against the Islamic State, the transnational jihadist movement faces severe challenges moving forward.

In addition, its ultra-extremist policies and behavior are further alienating the Islamic State from the Muslim world. Al Qaeda's denunciation of the Islamic State as a deviant force underscores the competition it faces from within the jihadist movement. Furthermore, there is an entire constellation of radical Islamists beyond al Qaeda that does not accept the Islamic State's claim to a caliphate. These Islamists will seek to form their own caliphates or emirates in the same battle spaces. Meanwhile, other groups operating in different parts of the Muslim world seek to form their own caliphates.

An important concept in this context is that of the leader of the faithful, or emir al-momineen, which was the title given to the second caliph of Islam, Omar bin al-Khattab (579-644). Since then, this title has become synonymous with that of the caliph. In the contemporary age, Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar assumed the title in the 1990s, when the movement ruled most of Afghanistan. Decades earlier, Morocco's constitution conferred this title upon the country's monarch.

Morocco's king only claims leadership of the country's Muslim majority. Likewise, the Afghan Taliban's status as a nationalist jihadist force meant that Mullah Omar only claimed leadership of the Muslims of Afghanistan. Al-Baghdadi's move to declare himself caliph of all the Muslims of the world therefore challenges the authority of the emirates and dynastical or republican regimes in the Islamic world.

The Fate of Jihadists and Caliphates

In the distant future, radical Islamism will likely lose its appeal because of two broad factors. First, the attempt to create caliphates and the associated difficulties of governance will force many radical Islamists to opt for pragmatism and become relatively moderate. Second, opposition from fellow Muslims also learning about politics and governance will give them less room to operate.

Yet, while this modern phenomenon of competing caliphates, emirates or Islamic states will only further weaken jihadist groups, the idea of the caliphate remains an unresolved matter. Muslims have long accepted that the notion does not connote a single state for the ummah; instead it symbolizes pan-Muslim cooperation in the form of a supra-national regime such as the European Union. This remains a desirable goal, as is evident from the Organization of Islamic Conference which, though anemic, remains intact.

Still, these developments will be the outcome of a multigenerational struggle. Until then, the social, political and economic problems of the Arab/Muslim world, along with sectarian strife, geopolitical rivalries and the interests of outside powers (especially the United States and the West), will sustain the conditions in which violent extremists thrive. Thus, radical Islamism will remain a threat globally -- and especially for Muslims themselves -- for decades.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OUT OF DATE LETHAL DRUG FAILED TO WORK ….. OR RATHER, THE APPEAL FAILED

Texas put Willie Trottie to death 90 minutes after the Supreme Court rejected his eleventh hour appeal which argued that the state’s supply of pentobarbital was outdated and could subject the double murderer to excruciating pain

In 1993, Willie Trottie’s estranged girlfriend obtained a protective court order against him. Two months later he kicked in the door to her mother’s Houston home and shot her 11 times. He also killed her brother and wounded her mother and sister.

Trottie claimed he shot the family accidentally and in self-defense. Pardon me for laughing out loud. He must have thought he was being judged by 12 imbeciles.

90 minutes before his execution with a single dose of pentobarbital, the Supreme Court rejected two eleventh hour appeals. One argued that Trottie received inadequate legal representation during his trial. The other claimed the state’s supply of pentobarbital was outdated and that the secrecy surrounding the acquisition of the drug prevented his legal team from determining the strength of the drug, thereby subjecting Trottie to excruciating pain.

Trottie’s execution occurred Wednesday evening without a hitch. He went to sleep like a baby and was pronounced dead 22 minutes after the injection of pentobarbital began.

Trottier, 45, became the eighth Texas inmate to be executed this year. A woman, Lisa Coleman, is scheduled to be executed September 17 for intentionally starving her lover’s 9-year-old son to death in 2004.

Also on Wednesday, Missouri executed Earl Ringo, Jr., 40, for killing two people during a restaurant robbery in 1998. Ringo became the eighth Missouri inmate to be executed this year. A last minute appeal concerning the execution drug, similar to Trottie’s appeal, was also rejected by the Supreme Court.

It looks as though Missouri is challenging Texas for the honor of executing the most murderers this year. I’m putting my money on the Lone Star State.

AUSTIN STATS DON’T PASS THE SMELL TEST

36 percent of all disciplinary measures taken against Austin firefighters have been for DWI, while only three percent of disciplinary measures taken against Austin cops were for DWI

The Austin American-Statesman reports that from 2009 through July of this year, 50 Austin, Texas firefights have been disciplined, with 18 disciplined for drunk driving. That constitutes 36 percent of all disciplinary measures. Another 22 percent of disciplinary measures were for other alcohol or drug related problems. According to those stats, there are a lot of drunks among Austin’s firefighters.

Not so for the Austin Police Department. During that same period, only three percent of disciplinary measures taken against the cops were for driving while intoxicated.

All but one of the firefighters and one of the cops that were disciplined for DWI had been arrested. It is unknown how many of those were convicted.

Whoa partners, hold them thar horses! Cops and firefighters are well known for their hard drinking. It goes with a stressful job. And while I admire those brave firefighters for entering burning building, I do not think their job is quite as stressful as that of cops. So, something doesn’t pass the smell test here.

How could it be that so many firefighters were disciplined for DWI compared to so few cops? I think the answer is quite simple. It’s because of ‘professional courtesy.’ When cops catch other cops committing minor offenses, the law breaking cops are given a pass. And that also holds true for cops stopped for the serious offense of driving while intoxicated. The drunken cops are usually taken home by the ‘arresting’ officers instead of being taken to jail. They would have to really fuck up to end up in Hotel Pokey.

I would venture to say that there are more drunken Austin cops than firefighters. In both cases, however, those public safety officers still do a damn good job, all that drinking notwithstanding.

CHAOTIC FERGUSON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday’s tumultuous city council meeting was marked by a damnation of the white mayor and white council members

The first Ferguson, Missouri city council meeting since the shooting of Michael Brown turned chaotic from the get-go with demonstrators disrupting the session throughout and demanding that the mayor and council members step down. The meeting had to be held in a church Tuesday to accommodate the angry overflow crowd.

The city council had planned to establish a civilian police review board and to make a major change in the way its police and municipal court targeted low-income blacks for minor traffic violations. Municipal court fines have been Ferguson’s second largest source of revenue.

The problem is that most of those ticketed for traffic violations were poor blacks who failed to pay their fines. That would result in the issuance of ‘failure to appear’ warrants which would add additional fines for the violators. According to data from municipal courts across Missouri, in 2013 the city of Ferguson had the highest number of warrants issued in the state relative to its size.

The New York Times reports that “young black men in Ferguson and surrounding cities routinely find themselves passed from jail to jail as they are picked up on warrants for unpaid fines.”

The council had planned to have the courts stop issuing failure to appear warrants, instead giving traffic violators alternatives to paying fines they could ill afford. In addition, the council planned to cap the amount of revenue the city earned from municipal court fines at 15 percent.

The unruly crowd was especially angry because officer Darren Wilson has not been arrested for the murder of Michael Brown. One of the speakers told the council, "You all might as well bring back the army because there’s going to be chaos in the street again."

The meeting ended after three hours with a long line of speakers still waiting to be heard.

The behavior of the crowd supports my contention that, regardless of whether the shooting of Brown was justified or not, Darren Wilson is burned toast.

STRIPPER GIRLFRIEND HELPS FLORIDA CAR BURLAR UNLOCK HANDCUFFS, BUT ESCAPE WAS SHORT-LIVED

The couple appeared to be smooching in the back of a cop car as Jonathan Kokonitis first tried to unlock his handcuffs with one of Melissa Schneider’s earrings, but failing in that, he succeeded with an object out of her bra, only to be recaptured a short while later

That’s what happens when the cops are being nice. Letting the busted couple smooch in the back of a cop car gave her burglar boyfriend the opportunity to escape. Unfortunately for him, the cops were not nice enough to let him remain free.

A KISS, AN EARRING, AN ESCAPE ATTEMPT BY A HANDCUFFED BURGLARY SUSPECT
None of that worked. Jonathan Kokontis got away but was recaptured

By Rene Stutzman,

Orlando Sentinel
September 9, 2014

It was wild, daring and romantic: Two sweethearts handcuffed in the back of a patrol car shared a kiss, an earring and an escape attempt that led to a short-lived romp.

In the end, however, burglary suspect Jonathan Kokontis wound up trying to steal a car that wouldn't start and with a police dog's teeth clamped to his arm, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Kokontis, 25, a two-time ex-convict from Winter Springs, is now in the Seminole County Jail on a long list of charges including burglary, escape and robbery.

His girlfriend, Melissa Elaine Schneider, 27, an entertainer at Dancers Royale, an adult nightclub in Orlando, was being held on $11,000 bail on a variety of charges, including providing contraband to a suspected felon.

The misadventure that landed the couple in jail began Saturday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office reported, when residents called to complain about a string of four car burglaries near U.S. Highway 17-92 in Fern Park. Someone was rummaging through their vehicles.

The callers mentioned a suspicious man. Later in the day, a witness called back, saying she had spotted the man again and, this time, there was a woman in pink shorts with him.

Deputies found Schneider — who was wearing pink shorts — but Kokontis ran, the Sheriff's Office reported. He was found a short time later, hiding in a shed, and both suspects wound up handcuffed in the same patrol car.

Kokontis' hands were cuffed behind his back but he managed to wiggle around so that his hands were in front of him.

Schneider rubbed her head against Kokontis' chest, causing her earring to fall onto the car seat, according to an arrest report. He picked it up and spent several minutes trying to unlock his cuffs with it, the Sheriff's Office reported.

He failed, and Schneider then reached inside her bra, pulled out something that she slipped into her mouth then kissed Kokontis, passing the item — whatever it was — to him.

Deputies did not identify what it was. A short time later, a deputy saw that the pair was working to get free and pulled Kokontis out of the car to recuff him, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Kokontis then shoved the deputy and took off running, the Sheriff's Office reported, while Schneider yelled, "(expletive) run, Jonathan, (expletive) run" and laughed.

He "burst through a nearby fence" and went inside a home, where a man was sleeping on the couch, and demanded a set of car keys, according to his arrest report. The homeowner handed over his keys, but when Kokontis tried to start the vehicle, he discovered it would not start, so he ran to another home. But no one was there so he grabbed a pickax and refused to come out.

Deputies could hear Kokontis yell, "I'm dangerous," the Sheriff's Office reported. He apparently also was clumsy: He spilled a bucket of white paint while inside, according to his arrest report.

He was arrested after deputies sent in a police dog, which clamped down on his arm. Kokontis was then taken to a hospital,then to jail.

On Saturday, deputies uncuffed Schneider and released her, but she was arrested the next day, accused of beating a pregnant woman who had asked for a cigarette on Sept. 5 and after a deputy found a baggie of marijuana in Schneider's purse.

Kokontis also was accused of striking the pregnant woman on Sept. 5.

He is an ex-convict who's had two stints in state prison. His most recent was a three-year sentence for a string of crimes in Orange County, including aggravated assault, theft, burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

He also served a year in prison in 2008 for a pair of Orange County burglaries.

At the time of his arrest, he was on drug-offender probation in Seminole County. He was sentenced last month to five years of probation for credit card fraud, petty theft and giving a pawn broker false information.


KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CARTEL VOWS REVENGE AGAINST VIGILANTES

The cartel leaves a message for the people of Michoacán, saying they will be back as strong as ever and will kill the vigilantes who fought them

Apparently the Rurales, a rural vigilante group, inflicted some heavy losses in a gunfight with the Knights Templar. The cartel left a message that promises they will return to exact revenge on the Rurales and anyone who betrayed the Caballeros Templarios.

TUTA MESSAGE TO MICHOACAN: “WE HAVE SUFFERED PAINFUL CASUALTIES, BUT WE ARE STILL STANDING
By Chivís Martínez

Borderland Beat
September 10, 2014

The translated message follows:

Right now the Caballeros Templarios cartel, is not at its best. We've suffered painful casualties, and yet we're still standing, and facing the enemy. They got to us, this we accept that. With deceit they were able to enter Michoacán and confuse the people.

However, the Michoacán people are not idiots, as those in Jalisco say; they have already opened their eyes.

Now it's up to us to come back and return order in Michoacán. We know it will be difficult but not impossible. We get pissed off seeing the suffering of our people. We do not forget or forgive treason; the betrayal is punished by death. Many have signed their sentences and will not receive forgiveness.

We have returned to Michoacán with more force than ever, and for example, we're going to really fuck up those fucking Rurales.

We're still here in many towns, and we remind you that they haven't gotten rid of us. We're not leaving Michoacán. We keep supporting the Michoacán people and receiving support. We have agreements and support at the highest levels!!!

The Professor is a wise old man.

He never left behind the Michoacán people.

We'd give our lives for any of you.

We understand your confusion. Why you turned your backs to us.

We are human and we made mistakes, but are the most important thing for us.

We will never let our young people consume the filthy crystal meth. Now, with these scourges, are poisoning our youth.

Gradually, all will return to peace. Little by little, you will see.

WE HAVE A CODE TO DEFEND
AND THAT CODE IS PROTECT OUR NEIGHBOR
FOR YOU, UNTIL THE DEATH

SINCERELY,
CABALLEROS TEMPLARIOS, MICHOACÁN GUARD

IT DOESN’T HURT TO BE LUCKY

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
September 8, 2014

There is a very lucky man who lives in Timberlake, N.C. The unnamed homeowner was awakened at about 0500 Sunday when he became aware of a masked man in his bedroom. The man pointed a shotgun and demanded money.

The homeowner pulled his own gat and fired one shot at the masked man, identified by the cops as Jonathan Ellias Ziminack, 25. The bullet hit the shotgun, and went on to hit Ziminiack in the gut.

Ziminiack is now in the hospital. His girlfriend, Cody Alicia Bowling, 20, was driving the getaway car. She was arrested by the local cops and is facing charges and is being held pending a $75,000 bond.

This shooting reminds me that the Vikings often chose leaders of their expeditions by drawing lots, on the belief that luck was more reliable than skill.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

REINTRODUCTION OF WOLVES CHANGED YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK'S ECOSYSTEM

PRESIDENT OBAMA IMMITATED BY RICHARD PRYOR 32 YEARS AGO

MAN’S INHUMANITY TO ANIMALS

A 17-year-old Michigan girl proudly posts turtle mutilation on Facebook

During the 43 second video filmed on her cellphone, the girl takes a pair of pliers and pulls a snapping turtle’s head out from under its shell and her adult brother then uses a hacksaw to saw off the head, taking at least 20 seconds to do so. Now that is absolutely hilarious and it’s all on Facebook for everyone to have a good belly laugh.

There is no doubt that humans are the cruelest of all animals. Man’s inhumanity to animals apparently knows no bounds.

According to KSAT:

Catrina Shears, 17, of Cedar Springs, Michigan recently posted the 43 second video to Facebook. According to her comments, she was helping her brother take the head off a snapping turtle. She said they were in rush and could not find an ax.

Watching the video, you can see Catrina uses pliers to pull the turtle's head out from its shell while her brother steps on the turtle. Then for at least 20 seconds, you can see and hear her brother use a hack-saw to slowly decapitate the animal.

According to Catrina's comments, she seems unaffected, and said they have done this for years, and described how they let the animal's blood drain for several hours. Then she commented that she "should have taken a video of the blood squirting" from the turtle's neck.


While that Facebook posting created a shitstorm of outrage, some hunters came to the defense of these inhumane humans, saying "decapitation is the humane way to kill a snapping turtle." Slowly sawing off the head is humane? They’ve gotta be kidding.

There are no Michigan laws prohibiting the killing of turtles in this manner. But the police are investigating threats made against the mutilators.

On Monday night, the girl wrote on her Facebook page: “Everyone who messages me saying rude things will also be reported for harassment and cyber bullying if they threaten me etc.”

"And if I find out who you are, I will hunt you down and get my brother to saw your fucking head off." (She did not say that. I just felt like adding a little frivolity to this report.)

If this girl is so proud of treating animals that way, I wonder what she is capable of doing to her fellow human beings when she gets pissed off?

LIES ARE TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY WHAT WATER IS TO FISH

The British left covers up and lies about political correctness and multiculturalism being responsible for the rape of 1,400 white girls by Pakistani Brits

What’s happening in Britain could easily happen here in the U.S. When the British left condemns those who are trying to expose Pakistani Brits for raping 1,400 white girls they are covering up crimes that resulted from political correctness and multiculturalism and are flat out lying when they deny that political correctness and multiculturalism are responsible.

Actually political correctness is not all that new. I remember an incident that occurred around 1971 at College of the Mainland where I taught. The college had just hired its first campus cop. He investigated the theft of some property by a couple of students. In his police report he described the suspects as ‘black’ males, which was standard police procedure. When the college president read the report he had an apoplectic fit. He called the poor officer into his office and read him the riot act about describing the suspects as being black and demanded that he never to do it again.

1,400 ENGLISH GIRLS RAPED BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND MULTICULTURALISM
Political correctness kept authorities silent and whistleblowers ignored for a decade

By Dennis Prager

National Review
September 9, 2014

It was revealed last week that between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 girls, as young as eleven years old, in just one relatively small English city (Rotherham, population 275,000), had been repeatedly and systematically raped by gangs of men over the past decade.

As summarized in a British government inquiry:

It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.

Why was nothing done for 16 years?

Police incompetence was a factor, but not the primary reason.

The primary reason was political correctness. It turns out that the perpetrators were all, or nearly all, of “Pakistani heritage” and the girls were all, or nearly all, white.

This explanation is not that of conservatives alone. Virtually everyone, including media and politicians on the British left, acknowledge that this is the reason. What neither they nor the American Left have acknowledged is that political correctness was created and is sustained by the Left.

It is a testament to the lack of self-awareness on the left that it experiences no cognitive dissonance. The New York Times and other left-wing media have thoroughly reported this story and the fact that political correctness is to blame for what was done to these girls. Yet they are oblivious to the fact that they are the very ones who created the moral monsters known as political correctness, multiculturalism, and “diversity” — the doctrines that forbid judging non-whites, Muslims, and others by the same moral standards by which whites and Christians are judged.

These left-wing doctrines made 16 years of gang rapes of English girls possible.

In 2002, a Labour MP from nearby Keighley, Ann Cryer, complained to the police about “young Asian lads” raping girls in her constituency. In her words, she “was shunned by elements of her party.” And note that, as is demanded by the Left in the UK, she didn’t even mention that the rapists were Pakistani, lest Muslims be blamed for this evil. They were “Asian lads.”

And, for the record, her attempts to get local imams to intervene with the men failed; she was called a racist.

National Review editor Rich Lowry reports that “in a BBC documentary, the author of a 2002 report to the Rotherham council on the scandal said her work was quashed. When she noted that the perpetrators were from the Pakistani community, a colleague told her ‘you must never refer to that again — you must never refer to Asian men.’ She was sent to diversity training and, by her account, nearly fired.”

British home secretary Theresa May told Parliament that “institutionalized political correctness” was responsible for the lack of attention given to the mass rape.

In 2011, Jack Straw, an MP and former UK home secretary, announced that “there is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men . . . who target vulnerable young white girls.” Straw was dismissed by the Left. For example, Keith Vaz, a Labour MP, told the BBC: “I disagree with Jack Straw . . . I don’t think you can stereotype an entire community.”

The immediate case that prompted Straw’s statement was the conviction of two Brits of Pakistani heritage on charges of rape. Multiculturalism and PC clearly infected the judge in that case, who “said he did not believe the crimes were ‘racially aggravated,’ adding that the race of the victims and their abusers was ‘coincidental.’”

“Coincidental.”

Lies are to political correctness, multiculturalism, and “diversity” what water is to fish.

From the Guardian in 2001:

"Retired detective chief superintendent Max McLean, who led a previous police investigation into sexual exploitation involving the grooming and trafficking of young girls in Leeds, questioned whether it was a cultural problem.”

Perhaps Detective Chief Superintendent is unaware of the following from his own country (as reported last week in the New York Times):

"The same [as in Rotherham] was true in recent prosecutions in Oxford, in southern England, and the northern towns of Oldham and Rochdale, where nine men of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan origin were given long prison sentences in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. Investigators in Scotland have reportedly uncovered a similar pattern of abuse."

So why did the judge "question whether it was a cultural problem"?

Because morally judging cultures (except Christian, Israeli and American cultures) is forbidden by the left. Indeed not judging non-Western cultures is the very definition of "multiculturalism."

And finally, from the same report: Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of Muslim organization the Ramadhan Foundation, "to suggest that this is somehow ingrained in the community is deeply offensive."

"Offensive?" But what, Mr. Shafiq, if it's true?

The answer is clear and important. For the multicultural left and the victim-status groups it defends — and for the millions of young people the Left has indoctrinated at schools and universities — whether something is true is not what matters. What matters is whether it can be deemed offensive by the left.

Some 1,400 girls were raped by gangs of men — "[While one girl was being raped] the rest of the men, all in their 20s, stood over her, cheering and jeering, and blinding her with the flash of their cameras" — thanks to leftism's morality-denying doctrine of multiculturalism.

This is all but one more example of the most important moral rule since the beginning of the 20th century: Almost everything the left touches is either damaged or ruined.

In this case, it was the lives of 1,400 English girls.

One would think, given the Left’s claim to feminism, that for 16 years it would have been the loudest voice calling for the apprehension and punishment of the girls’ rapists. But, as psychiatrist and commentator Theodore Dalrymple noted in a 2004 column, “Where two pieties — feminism and multiculturalism — come into conflict, the only way of preserving both is an indecent silence.”

SCOTTISH COMPASSION

The Unconventional Gazette
September 9, 2014

A man was sitting alone on a blanket at a British beach. He had no arms and no legs.

Three women, one from England, one from Wales, and the other from Scotland, were walking past and felt sorry for the poor man.

The English woman said "Have you ever had a hug?"

The man said "No," so she gave him a hug and walked on.

The Welsh woman said "Have you ever had a kiss?"

The man said "No," so she gave him a kiss and walked on.

The Scottish woman came to him and said "Ave ya ever been fucked laddie?"

The man broke into a big smile and said "No".

She said "Aye, well ya will be when the tide comes in."

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

OHIO TURDS POUR URINE AND FECES ON AUTISTIC BOY

The boy was told he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS research

A Bay Village, Ohio high school student who suffers from autism was subjected to the most disgusting and degrading type of bullying possible by some turds from Bay High School.

About a week ago, the boy’s horrified parents found a video recording on the autistic boy’s cellphone which showed several turds dumping a bucket of urine and feces over their son. The turds – I call them turds because a turd is worse than an asshole – not only recorded the incident on the victim’s cellphone, but they thought it was so funny, they posted it on Instagram.

The boy was fooled into believing he was participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The incident was filmed on the driveway of a house near Bay High School. The boy had been stripped down to his underwear. Once he realized what the turds did to him he felt so humiliated that he would not tell anyone, including his parents, what was done to him.

The school authorities and the Bay Village police are investigating the revolting and dangerous assault that was committed against this special-needs student. Apparently the turds were careful not to show their faces on the video because no arrests have been reported so far.

Comedian Drew Carey, actress and model Jenny McCarthy and her husband, Donnie Whlberg from “New Kids on the Block,” each put up a $10,000 reward, a total of $30,000 for information leading to the capture of the perpetrators.

This is not just a simple assault. The urine and feces could infect the victim with a serious, even deadly disease. When caught, those turds should be prosecuted for a felony, and if convicted, they should not be granted probation.

TEXAS PRIVATE PRISON INMATE FILES LAWSUIT OVER ‘ASS ON THE GLASS’

Corrections Corporation of America is being sued for allowing a hazing tradition Bartlett State Jail that involves forcibly stripping an individual, turning him upside down and slamming his buttocks against the glass of a guard's station

Tsk, tsk, tsk, can’t this inmate take a joke? Seriously though, this may cost the Container Corporation – oops, I mean Corrections Corporation of America a substantial amount of money.

LAWSUIT: TEXAS PRISON OKAYS ODD SEX ASSAULT
By Kolten Parker

San Antonio Express-News
September 5, 2014

SAN ANTONIO -- A lawsuit filed against the Corrections Corporation of America in Austin alleges the private prison company violated a former prisoner's constitutional rights by allowing a hazing tradition called "ass on the glass" that led to a sexual assault.

The suit, filed in federal district court, claims a Bartlett State Jail guard knowingly allowed the man, referred to as John Doe in the court documents, and more than 50 other prisoners to be subjected to the hazing tradition that involves forcibly stripping an individual, turning him upside down and slamming his buttocks against the glass of a guard's station.

During a two-hour incident last October in which all 55 prisoners in the cell block were subjected to the hazing, a prisoner allegedly "inserted his finger into Mr. Doe's anus, and another grabbed his testicles, sexually assaulting him in violation of the Texas Penal Code," according to the documents.

The defendant claims that the one officer on duty, responsible for four cell blocks with 55 prisoners in each, "watched dozens of men get slammed up against the glass wall" and "did nothing."

The hazing tradition generally targets an individual prisoner who is nearing release. However, the October incident quickly escalated into a cellblock-wide "ass on the glass" after the victim of the initial hazing incident recruited other prisoners to help retaliate against his assailants, according to the documents.

The suit also claims that the prison's warden and officers have long known about "ass on the glass" but have done nothing to stop it. The company purposefully understaffs the prison to "maximize profits," the suit claims.

The Bartlett State Jail, a men's prison, is located in Williamson County and has 140 security employees and a capacity of 1,049 inmates, according to the TCDJ.

A spokesman for the CCA said the company could not comment on "the specifics of this case" but that the prison corporation has a "zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse, and we take very seriously and investigate any reported allegations."

According to the lawsuit, the defendant reported the incident to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Inspector General and subsequently was placed in solitary confinement by CCA.

Scott Medlock, the defendant's attorney, said the man was sentenced to 180 days in state jail for possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance. He said the defendant "made a mistake, was punished for the mistake, but did not deserve to be sexually assaulted."

"The state is supposed to oversee what is going on in the private prisons but in reality there is not a terrible amount of oversight going on and the way these make profit is doing everything to the bare minimum," Medlock said, adding that proper staffing could have prevented the incident.

Medlock said the hazing was not an isolated incident.

"We have a lot of other (Bartlett) inmates who have told us about this event and confirmed its accuracy," he said. "They've also confirmed that this disturbing practice happens regularly at the prison."

The warden for the prison and the Nashville-based CCA have been issued summons and must respond within 21 days.

TECHNOLOGY USED TO SEARCH FOR PROBLEM COPS

Police agencies are using technology to identify problem cops before they really screw up

It sounds good, but I’ll bet that this technology will run smack dab against the ‘meet and confer’ demands of police unions. That is probably why of 748 ‘alerts’ found by LAPD during a four months period, only 10 officers (1.3 percent) were required to take retraining.

‘EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS’ AIM TO ID TROUBLED POLICE OFFICERS
Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit, from citizens or the federal government

By Tami Abdollah

Associated Press
September 7, 2014

Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer or invites a costly lawsuit from citizens or from the federal government.

While such “early warning systems” are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness or if they’re even being properly used.

Over the last decade, such systems have become the gold standard in accountability policing through a computerized system used by at least 39 percent of law enforcement agencies, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The issue of police-community relations was thrust into the spotlight recently after an officer fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, departments have held public forums to build trust with residents, and some are testing cameras mounted to officers to monitor their interactions with the public.

The aim is to avoid cases where the first evidence of a troubled officer is a YouTube video showing him or her excessively beating a suspect. Such incidents stoke public fears about police and can result in huge monetary settlements for the department.

The systems track factors such as how often officers are involved in shootings, get complaints, use sick days and get into car accidents. When they hit a specific threshold, they’re supposed to be flagged and supervisors notified so appropriate training or counseling can be assigned.

The Los Angeles Police Department agreed to set up a $33 million early warning system after the so-called Rampart scandal in the late 1990s, in which the elite Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang unit was found to have beaten and framed suspected gang members. The system was implemented in 2007.

But the LAPD’s inspector general found in a recent review that the system was seemingly ineffective in identifying officers who ultimately were fired. The report looked at 748 “alerts” over a four-month period and found the agency took little action in the majority of cases and only required training for 1.3 percent of them — or 10 alerts.

Sam Walker, a University of Nebraska at Omaha professor emeritus and expert on such systems, said he was troubled by the LAPD’s response to the report and concerned that a follow-up study would be used to discredit the system a year after emerging from federal oversight.

“These are not predictive devices,” he said. “Is the failure in the system itself, or is the failure in how the department managed the system? If they did such a small amount of retraining, did they ignore lots of training needs and fail to do it?”

Maggie Goodrich, chief information officer for the LAPD, defended the technology before the department’s civilian oversight board but said a deeper analysis of its impacts is necessary. “How do you prove a negative?” she asked. “What we can’t capture with this system is how many times have we stopped somebody from engaging in behavior.”

For rank-and-file officers, there’s concern someone could be flagged merely because, for example, they work in a high-crime area where they are more likely to use their weapon or physical force. Some systems attempt to correct for such factors by comparing officers with their direct peers, and managers are supposed to account for differences in assignments.

“Their concern is the concern that the public has about Big Brother,” said Tyler Izen, president of the L.A. Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers. “If you’re watching over me and there’s a setup matrix that is going to tell you that I’m bad, people are always skeptical of things like that.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is on the verge of entering into a federal consent decree for its mismanagement of jails. And a Justice Department investigation concluded last year found deputies discriminated against blacks and Latinos by utilizing unconstitutional stops, searches, seizures and excessive force.

The Sheriff’s Department has an early warning system. “Our diagnostic systems were fine,” said the Sheriff’s Department Chief of Detectives Bill McSweeney, who advised his agency on its creation. “Our managerial and supervision response was not fine. It’s that simple.”

Experts say such an early warning system can be another powerful tool to help officers do their jobs and improve relations, but it is only as good as the people and departments using it.

“It’s not a guarantee that you will catch all of those officers that are struggling,” said Jim Bueermann of the Police Foundation, the country’s oldest nonpartisan police research nonprofit. “These systems are designed to give you a forewarning of problems — and then you have to do something.”