Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Homicide cases were closed as solved even though the DA refused to accept any charges against the suspect, citing a lack of evidence

I’ve written about the manipulation of crime statistics in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and other cities, but here is an even more remarkable manipulation. LAPD has been caught closing cases as solved even though the DA refused to accept any charges against the suspect, citing a lack of evidence. 596 homicide cases were listed as solved from 2000-2010 even though no one was ever prosecuted for any of those murders.

By Mike Reicher

Los Angeles Daily News
January 25, 2015

Officials in the Los Angeles Police Department’s San Fernando Valley Bureau reported they solved 63 percent of homicide cases over 11 years — a significantly better track record than the rest of the LAPD and many other law enforcement agencies reported.

But many of those cases were solved without a single arrest being made. In others, suspects were arrested but never faced a jury. Officials failed to bring the killers to justice.

Instead, 122 Valley murders — and 474 in the rest of the LAPD — were shelved, some using technicalities. Overall, LAPD detectives closed cases this way at a rate more than double that of the national average, according to a Los Angeles News Group analysis of 11 years of LAPD homicide case data and FBI statistics.

This book work left killers at large and families of murder victims without answers. Some in law enforcement call it “solving crimes by eraser.”

Ernesto Cardenas was 26 years old in 2008 when he was shot to death in Arleta. Police arrested three suspects, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute, citing a lack of evidence. After that, the LAPD closed the case and took credit for solving a homicide.

“How is it closed when there’s nobody in jail?” asked Jose Aguayo, 34, who tried to resuscitate Cardenas as he lay dying in his driveway. “My cousin is in a cemetery, but these guys are walking free.”

Cardenas’s murder was one of 596 homicide cases from 2000 through 2010 that the LAPD has classified as “cleared other” — cop speak for solving a crime without arresting and filing charges against a suspect. Unlike in the Cardenas case, many of the suspects were never even arrested.

The LAPD cleared some of these cases because the D.A. declined to prosecute, but when asked for the reason each case was cleared, police officials did not respond. The data excludes fatal shootings by officers.

Out of all homicides for which the LAPD provided the Los Angeles News Group a case status, 11.5 percent fell into this “cleared other” category. The national average was 4.9 percent, according to FBI statistics from 2011 through 2013, the only published years. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department didn’t classify any cases this way.

When agencies voluntarily report their crime-solving statistics to the FBI, they are supposed to only count a crime solved, or “cleared,” if they make an arrest, or if they have identified an offender and have enough evidence for an arrest but can’t for a reason outside their control. The classic example is a murder-suicide, in which the suspect is dead.

LAPD officials say they follow FBI guidelines when clearing cases. But others outside the agency say they are interpreting the FBI standards incorrectly.

“They should not let the prosecutors dictate if they solve a case,” said Cassia Spohn, professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. “It really confuses the role of the police and the prosecutor.”

The LAPD Detective Operations Manual says that clearing a case, by arrest or by other methods, “means that the detective has solved the crime and has taken all possible, appropriate action against at least one suspect.”

The Sheriff’s Department keeps cases open unless someone is actually prosecuted, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Homicide Bureau. He said his department strictly follows the FBI rules.

“If we can’t give a family closure through prosecution, why would we want to call it solved?” Rosson said.

In recent years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has hailed falling crime and high clearance stats. For example, in 2011 Beck lauded the department’s murder solve rate of 83 percent in 2009 but didn’t give any breakdown. However, according to the Los Angeles News Group analysis of LAPD case data, its 2009 solve rate was 49 percent. When asked, the LAPD would not account for the discrepancy.


Obama denied bowing down to King Abdullah, the White House saying he merely bent over because the monarch was shorter

President Obama received a shitstorm of criticism for bowing down to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during the 2009 G20 Summit in London. At the time, the White House vehemently denied that Obama had bowed down to Abdullah, even though video and still pictures clearly showed our President bowing to the Saudi monarch like one of the king’s subjects.

Obama denied having bowed down to the king and the White House trumpeted the line that the President merely bent over because Abdullah was shorter.

Obama has just made a trip to India where he met with Narendra Modi, that nation’s prime minister. Video and still pictures show the President shaking hands with and embracing Modi, but none showed him bending over while greeting the prime minister.

Take a look at these vital statistics: Obama is 6’1” tall. Abdullah was 5’11”. Modi is 5’7” in height.

Whoa! Something doesn’t compute here. Obama had to bend over because Abdullah was two inches shorter, yet he stood straight as a ramrod when Modi was six inches shorter.

Let’s get real. What we have here is one more example of many, proving that Obama is our Liar-in-Chief.


The President’s hatred of Netanyahu was clearly evident when a senior White House official called the Israeli prime minister a “coward” and “chickenshit”

Netanyahu’s acceptance of House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to address Congress without clearing it first with the White House or State Department gave Obama the excuse to lash out at the Israeli prime minister and to threaten the Jewish State. Nothing would give Obama and John Kerry greater pleasure than to see Netanyahu defeated in Israel’s coming election.

By Jonathan S. Tobin

Commentary Magazine
January 23, 2016

The latest twist in the long-running feud between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a new stage. After days of ill-concealed umbrage about the prime minister accepting an invitation to speech to a joint session of Congress about Iran sanctions without so much as a by your leave from the administration, the White House decided to fire its own shot across the bow of Israel’s government. A “senior U.S. official” told Haaretz that the president and his staff think Netanyahu “spat” in the president’s face with his actions and vowed “there would be a price” to be paid for his effrontery. But whatever one may think about the decision to accept the invitation — and I think it was a mistake — Obama’s threats shouldn’t impress anyone in either country. After six years of insults, provocations and staged spats aimed at Israel by the Obama administration that did nothing to advance U.S. interests or the cause of Middle East peace, it’s not clear that they can do much to hurt Netanyahu that would not hurt the president more.

Though his American fans are thrilled with the idea of Netanyahu addressing Congress and rallying it to the cause of stopping Iran, the prime minister did the White House a favor by accepting Boehner’s invitation without going through the normal protocol of consulting with the State Department and/or the White House. Instead of the focus being on Obama’s illogical opposition to any pressure on an Iranian regime that has been stonewalling him and running out the clock in nuclear negotiations, attention has been focused on the prime minister’s chutzpah. There is already a strong majority in both Houses of Congress for more sanctions on Iran, a step that would strengthen Obama’s hand in negotiations, and the controversy over Netanyahu’s appearance gives some weak-willed Democrats an excuse to do the president’s bidding and sink the proposed legislation.

Obama’s claim that he is willing to impose more sanctions if diplomacy fails, as he supposedly told Netanyahu, rings false. This administration opposed every major piece of sanctions legislation against Iran including the ones that it now boasts of having brought Iran to the table. Nor is there much chance that Obama would ever admit failure. The rumors that the current talks will be extended for a third time in June, despite the president’s promises a year ago that the negotiations would be finite in length so as to prevent the Iranians from playing their favorite delaying games, gives the lie to the administration’s credibility on this issue. Obama’s goal in the talks is not so much preventing the Islamist regime from becoming a threshold nuclear power — an objective that went out the window with the signing of the interim pact in November 2013 — as it is to create an entente with Tehran that would give a U.S. seal of approval to Iran’s ambition for regional hegemony while ending 35 years of confrontation between the two countries.

But Obama’s dire threats of revenge on Israel are just as insubstantial as his promises about Iran.

The talk of Netanyahu and his country paying a “price” is mere administration bluster whose purpose is to cover up their own agenda of dĂ©tente with a nation that has repeatedly threatened Israel with annihilation. As he has shown over the last six years, the White House has the power to poison relations with its sole democratic ally in the Middle East if it so chooses. This is the same White House, after all, that just a couple of months ago used journalist Jeffrey Goldberg to hurt insults like “coward” and “chickenshit” at Netanyahu. Obama has consistently tilted the diplomatic playing field in favor of the Palestinians (though without it being enough to get them to actually negotiate in good faith, let alone make peace), undermined Israel’s position in Jerusalem in a way no predecessor had dared, wrongly blamed Netanyahu for the collapse of peace talks although it was the Palestinian Authority that torpedoed them and even cut off the flow of ammunition resupply during the war with Hamas last summer.

It is true that the U.S. could do far worse than that. Obama could seek to hold up all military aid despite Congressional protests. It could also cease opposing Palestinian attempts to use the United Nations to make an end run around the peace process, further isolating the Israelis. Administration sources speak of Secretary of State John Kerry’s hurt feelings after doing so much to protect Israel’s interests around the world leaving open the possibility that he won’t be so eager to play that role in the future.

But as Obama has already concluded prior to the current Palestinian campaign at the United Nations, any abandonment of Israel in international forums will hurt the U.S. as much as the Jewish state. Obama and Kerry aren’t opposing the Palestinian attempt to gain UN recognition without first making with Israel to be nice to the Israelis. They’re doing it because they rightly concluded that ending the peace process would damage U.S. interests and prestige and lead to further instability and violence in the region. Obama would, in effect, be cutting off his nose to spite his face if he were to allow his feud with Netanyahu to go that far. Although his antipathy for Israel and its government is no secret, he has already shown that he’s not interested in going down that path.

So what can we expect over the next two years if Netanyahu is re-elected? It was already a given that there would be plenty of tension and conflict between the two allies. If, as is almost certain, Obama signs a weak nuclear deal with Iran or allows the talks to go on indefinitely, they were bound to be worse anyway. There will be more insults lobbed at Jerusalem and attempts will be made to squeeze the Israelis at every turn. But any revenge from Obama over Netanyahu’s speech will do more to create the impression that his foreign policy is a failure than real damage to Israel’s strategic position. The prime minister would do well to stay home and to lobby quietly and effectively for Congress to raise the pressure on Iran. But even if he does give the speech, the U.S.-Israel alliance is sufficiently strong to withstand Obama’s assault on it. Blowing smoke about revenge is as close to a real rupture in relations with Israel as Obama and his staff will get.


The Onion
January 23, 2015

MUNCIE, IN—Saying that the experimental procedure was a complete success, doctors at Muncie’s Ball Memorial Hospital confirmed Friday that a recent medical breakthrough has provided 89-year-old Anna Goldman with an additional two years of inconveniencing her family.

“We’re pleased to report that Ms. Goldman’s operation went well, allowing her to continue saddling loved ones with $40,000 in hospice bills over each of the next two years,” said Dr. Jordan Burnet, adding that, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team of physicians, Goldman should have no trouble burdening family members with not only the obligation to visit her on weekends and holidays, but also to deal with and compensate for her steadily declining mental faculties. “The risks associated with such a new surgery were high, but Ms. Goldman pulled through, and can now look forward to spending at least the next 24 months with her increasingly fatigued and exasperated children as they shuttle her around endlessly from one medical checkup to another. This truly has given her a new, and terribly high-maintenance, lease on life.”

When reached for comment, family members said they were overjoyed the surgery had slightly delayed the headache of arranging Goldman’s funeral.

Monday, January 26, 2015


The Boston Patriot’s coach claims that atmospheric conditions deflated his team’s footballs

Boston Patriots coach Bill Belichick says the deflation of the footballs is explained by science. When ‘Bill the Science Guy’ claims atmospheric conditions deflated his team’s footballs, he is blowing a cloud full of hot air at us. He must believe we’re all dumb asses to fall for his horse shit about atmospheric conditions deflating the team’s balls between the time they were inspected and game time.

Belichick defies logic. How can he explain that the balls used by the Indianapolis Colts were not deflated? Were the atmospheric conditions on the other side of the field so much different from those on his side of the field as to keep the Colts’ balls properly inflated? Was the elevation of his side of the field 1,000 feet lower than the elevation of the Colts sideline? Was the temperature on his side of the field 100 degrees different from the temperature on the other side?

I’m not the Science Guy, but my knowledge of science tells me that, while atmospheric conditions could alter the air pressure inside a football to some extent, the psi inside the balls that have been inspected will be the same on each side of the football field.

There can be only one logical explanation for Deflate-Gate: Someone in the Patriots organization deliberately deflated 11 out of the team’s 12 game balls.

Come to think of it though, Belichick has a good reason to believe we’re all dumb asses. Time after time voters across the country have approved the building of extravagant football stadiums and basketball arenas for billionaire team owners at taxpayer expense. And here’s why those voters are dumb asses: 95 percent of those who voted for the building of these sports facilities cannot afford to attend more than one or two games a season, and then only if they buy the cheapest seats way up in the nosebleed section. No wonder ‘Bill the Science Guy’ thinks he can get away with his atmospheric condition crap.


The only real solution is to declare a real war on the Cartels and seal our borders with U.S. Marines that use military tactics including shooting those who attempt to cross into the U.S.

By Trey Rusk

Just the fact that the U.S. Government calls it a war on drugs, doesn’t make it a war. More like a series of skirmishes. The border fence didn’t work. INS/Customs lost more employees for corruption in the last five years than ever before. U.S. drug task forces have had numerous members arrested. Just look at the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The Sheriff of Hildago County and his son who was assigned to a task force were both arrested along with several other officers for protecting drug loads for money.

We already know that Mexico is corrupt from top to bottom. Many would be surprised to know that the corruption has readily spread to U.S. law enforcement. Houston officers have been arrested for protecting drug loads. Most recreational pot smokers don’t realize that people are dying getting the pot across the border and when it arrives then local distribution networks kill each other over territory, drugs and money.

There is a failure of the U.S. Government to enforce the pot laws but the cow is already out of the gate. Go to Mendocino County in California. The grow houses are like factories. The local economy depends of the production and sale of marijuana. It is a cash business and mercenaries are employed to transport the cash to the banks. I know this because one of them is a friend of my son from when they served in special forces together.

The ruthless cartels also kidnap, murder and smuggle aliens. Then when the smuggled illegal aliens are in place they force them into the drug business by threatening to kill their relatives in Mexico. Pot is really no longer the problem. We lost that war. Meth is the biggest problem because local cookers couldn’t compete with Mexican Cartels and now they have taken over smuggling a better quality product for less money.

Using Japan as an example is ridicules. Yes they have a good criminal justice system, but their demand for drugs is low. However, they are just as crooked when it comes to depleting the oceans of endangered wildlife for the insatiable demand of their citizens. Treaties have been broken over killing whales, sharks and tuna and it still continues. Once again, supply and demand.

The U.S. will never stop the demand. It can seal the borders and stop the smuggling. That will not happen because it would negatively effect the free trade and commerce between our countries and it would also stop the illegal money that has wormed it’s way into the legitimate economy.

The real culprit here is a failure of parental education. While many parents do the best they can, they can only hope for the best. And all the educational drug programs cannot stop teens from using drugs, tobacco and alcohol. In fact, nothing can stop it. The demand will always be there whether pot is legalized or not. It doesn't really make a difference. People are going to do what they want.

The only real solution is to declare a real war on the Cartels and seal our borders with U.S. Marines that use military tactics including shooting those who attempt to cross into the U.S. Until the U.S. does this, then street cops will continue to take down small dealers, correctional institutions will still have drugs smuggled in and teens will continue to get high.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This op-ed was written in rebuttal to my post War on Drugs: Not Won, Not Lost Either (1-25-15)


The far-left creep uses Jesus to justify his unjustifiable comment about military snipers

Michael Moore doesn’t seem to know when enough is enough. He couldn’t leave well enough alone after first tweeting that snipers are cowards who will shoot you in the back.

In a subsequent series of tweets, Moore uses Jesus to justify his unjustifiable comment on Twitter. Here are three of the far-left creep’s subsequent tweets:

Tomorrow’s Sunday School (1) What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he’d do – hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!

Sunday School (2) But What Would Jesus Do if he could be a sniper & and save soldiers lives by shooting “savages” in the back? ANSWER…

Sunday School (3) ANSWER: Jesus wouldn’t put any soldiers lives in harm’s way in the first place because he wouldn’t have sent them 2 Iraq

Does anyone have any idea of how to shut this fat slob up short of causing him any physical harm?


The Unconventional Gazette
January 25, 2015

When Obama was running for reelection in 2012, I stopped by the Ford Dealership for a look at the new F 150 pickup. Just for fun, I took it out for a test drive. I wanted to sense that new "feel" before they become extinct.

The salesman, a black man wearing an Obama "Change" lapel pin, sat in the passenger seat describing the truck and all its "wonderful" options.

The seats were of particular interest. He explained that the seats directed warm air to your butt in the winter and directed cool air to your butt in the summer heat.

Feeling like messing with him, I mentioned that this must be a Republican truck.

Looking a bit angry, he asked why I thought it was a Republican truck.

I explained that if it were an Obama truck, the seats would just blow smoke up your ass year-round.

I had to walk back to the dealership. That black guy had no sense of humor.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Add ‘racial racketeer’ to ‘race pimp’ and ‘disgusting pig’ as appropriate descriptions of racial rabble rouser Al Sharpton

A month ago, actor James Woods referred to Al Sharpton as a ‘racist pimp’ and a ‘disgusting pig.’ His descriptions of Sharpton received considerable public attention. Around the same time, Louis Anemone, the former third-highest ranking official in the NYPD, had a descriptive term for Sharpton that received hardly any public notice.

“Heartbreak in Brooklyn” is an article by Anemone about 18 NYPD officers that have been murdered by black men because of, as he believes, the inflammatory anti-police rhetoric spouted forth by ‘community leaders’ and politicians. Anemone also referred to 1995’s Freddie Fashion Mart massacre, in which Roland Smith, a black man, murdered seven white store customers after becoming incensed by the “inflammatory rhetoric of a well-known racial racketeer” against a white store owner in Harlem.

Who was that ‘racial racketeer’? None other than Al Sharpton.

It seems to me that the terms racial racketeer, race pimp, and disgusting pig are much more accurate descriptions of Sharpton, than ‘civil rights activist’ and ‘trusted advisor’ to President Obama and to NY Mayor Bill de Blasio.


President Obama couldn’t be bothered to attend a rally in Paris to honor 17 ordinary folks killed by Islamists, but he is going to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia so he can pay homage to his monarch, the late King Abdullah

You may or may not recall that President Obama bowed down to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during the 2009 G20 Summit in London. But I am sure you are aware that Obama snubbed the massive unity rally attended by more than 40 world leaders in Paris on January 11. The rally was held to honor the 17 people killed during three days of deadly attacks by three Islamists.

President Obama couldn’t be bothered to attend the rally in Paris where 17 ordinary folks died at the hands of Islamists,, but he is cutting short his trip to India by one day for an unscheduled visit to Saudi Arabia so he can pay homage to his monarch, King Abdullah who died early Friday.

President Obama is not only our ‘Liar-in-Chief,’ but he is also our ‘Phony-in-Chief.’

EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out today's headline from Mail Online:

Snubbed for Saudi: Obama and First Lady arrive in India but cut special visit to Taj Mahal and waste efforts of hundreds of $5-a-day workers - so they can woo the new king of Saudi Arabia instead


While we cannot declare ‘mission accomplished,’ the claim that the war on drugs is a colossal failure is pure phony propaganda

The war on drugs, while not a complete success, is far from a complete failure. Just stop to think about how much more illicit dope would be available in the U.S. if it were not for the war on drugs.

There are four major factors standing in the way of victory in the war on drugs: (1) The insatiable hunger for drugs by many Americans; (2) the utter corruption at all levels of government, police and the military that is found throughout Mexico; (3) the disregard of the law by an overwhelming number of America’s pot smokers; and (4) a failure and unwillingness to vigorously enforce America’s laws against possession of illegal drugs.

Take Japan for instance. Laws against the illegal possession of drugs are vigorously enforced with a 95 percent conviction rate. Those convicted are either locked up in a drug treatment center or sent to serve time in prison. As a result, Japan does not have a drug problem on the magnitude of that in the United States.

The war on drugs is all about supply and demand. The mission can be accomplished, but only if we make the use of drugs unpleasant for the pleasure seekers. That will reduce the demand. And that will force the Mexican cartels to leave the illegal drug business for other criminal enterprises. The problem is that we do not have the political will to go after the users.


Despite the imprisonment of its leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Sinaloa Cartel continues to operate unabated

Cut off the head of a snake and the body will die. Not so with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. According to Al Laurita, head of the DEA’s Tucson office, the imprisonment of top boss El Chapo a year ago has not impeded the operations of the notorious drug organization. Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is now the cartel’s top boss.

Laurita told Mexico’s Proceso magazine:

“We have not seen any significant change in the Sinaloa Cartel. We continue to see the same ways of operation that they had before the capture of El Chapo, the same control of operations; keeps the same people in charge of drug trafficking departing for the United States and territorial control in Mexico. The only change we have seen is between people who controlled the Nogales (Sonora) plaza and whoever controlled the western part of the Sonoran desert, and who had a relationship with Indian Reservation of the Tohono O’odham Nation in southwestern and central Arizona.”

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told anyone who would listen that the Sinaloa Cartel would “crumble” with the arrest of El Chapo. Was he ever wrong! The cartel goes merrily on its way shipping pot, meth, heroin and coke to Chicago and other American cities. And the Sinaloa Cartel continues to supply Colorado’s flourishing black market in pot, even though the state legalized marijuana a year ago.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


No matter what kind of work you do, always think safety first

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
January 23, 2015

Donnello Knowles, 21, of Stockton, found out the hard way that workplace safety is serious business and can have significant down-stream importance.

Knowles has a fairly common job in the Stockton area. He is an armed robber. He is believed to have committed three armed robberies in less than three hours in Stockton. At about 10:00 pm Wednesday night he had a significant workplace accident which will make him unable to work for some time.

It seems that while Mr. Knowles was in the process of robbing someone he accidentally shot himself with his shotgun. He ran away but not very far or very well. The cops found him, still with the stolen money in his possession. They also found the shotgun with a fired shell in the chamber.

Knowles is now under arrest and under guard at a local hospital. This tragedy will certainly impact his ability to earn a living at his chosen trade. And this workplace accident will also add significant costs to local government.


Kaiser Permanente repeatedly denied treatment that would have saved a 92-year-old man’s dick

Rupert Collins, 92, is seeking general, special and treble damages for loss of his dick in a lawsuit against health provider Kaiser Permanente. The health insurer denied repeated requests by nurses for treatments that could have prevented his dick from splitting in two and then completely eroding.

It looks like Kaiser Permanente really screwed up this 92-year-old geezer’s sex life.

Rupert Collins is suing Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for general, special and treble damages for his loss

By James Nye

Mail Online
January 23, 2015

A 92-year-old California man is suing his health care provider after he claims his penis completely split in half and eroded as a result of neglect.

Rupert Collins filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. for elder abuse, negligence and unfair business practice stating a septic catheter caused the problem.

He alleges that despite repeated requests to remove the catheter over a period of almost two weeks, his penis became cut and swollen to the point it could not be saved.

Collins was a patient on July 21, 2013 at Napa Valley Care Center, which is not included in the lawsuit, when the problem first developed.

A nurse at the facility sent a fax to Kaiser, according to the complaint.

The fax said, 'that Rupert's penis was red and swollen with what was described as a cut. Rupert had a Foley catheter inserted into his penis.

'May we have a trial of no Foley to give the area a rest.'

According to the lawsuit Kaiser denied the request and there is no documentation that doctors or nurses from the insurer checked on Collin's penis.

The lawsuit states, 'As a direct result of this reckless neglect by Kaiser, the Foley was left in Rupert's red and swollen and cut penis, and his penis began to erode further and further each day.'

On July 23, 2013, there was a medical board care conference about Collins' care, however, the lawsuit states that no representative from Kaiser attended.

'As a direct result of Kaiser's failure to participate, there was no meaningful communication or ongoing assessment and the dire need to remove the catheter from Rupert's eroding penis continued to be ignored,' the complaint states according to the Courthouse News Service.

Another nurse sent another fax to Kaiser on July 30 asking to remove the catheter, but this was again denied, claims the lawsuit.

Then, the next day, Collins' daughter looked at her father's penis herself.

'When Diana examined Rupert's penis, she was horrified at what she saw. Rupert's penis was split completely in half from the tip of his penis all the way down to the scrotum sac,' the complaint states.

She got a third nurse to contact Kaiser, but they allegedly said, 'The penis erosion is normal and will heal on its own.'

However, she pushed for a urologist to see her father who stated, 'that if Rupert had been treated earlier, the penis could have been saved but that the penile erosion was now complete, Rupert's penis would never heal and that reconstructive surgery was not a viable option,' the complaint states.

'Rupert's penis and urethra is permanently eroded away and Rupert has suffered permanent genital mutilation,' it continues.'

Collins is currently seeking general, special and treble damages for his loss.


White House officials denounce Netanyahu to Israel’s left-wing newspaper Haaretz which has long opposed the Prime Minister

So much for all that bullshit about the White House not wanting to intervene in Israel’s election. Not only are Obama administration officials working behind the scene to defeat Netanyahu, but now they are doing it openly by going to Israel’s left-wing newspaper Haaretz to declare that Netanyahu “Spat in our face” by accepting House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. Haaretz has long opposed Netanyahu.

It seems obvious that Obama, our Liar-In-Chief, hates Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu. I suspect the feeling is mutual.

By Joel Himelfarb

January 23, 2015

White House officials angrily denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for responding favorably to House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to speak before Congress in March, telling the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the prime minister had "spat" in President Barack Obama’s face.

"There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price," an unnamed senior U.S. official said.

U.S. officials said that the "chickens***" epithet that an anonymous administration official used to describe the Israeli leader several months ago was mild compared to the language used in the White House when officials learned of Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress.

When he speaks before Congress in March, Netanyahu is expected to urge lawmakers to impose tougher sanctions on Iran in order to force it to stop its suspect nuclear program, The Times of Israel reported.

Haaretz reported that last week Obama personally demanded in a telephone conversation with Netanyahu that the Israeli leader tone down his support for new sanctions legislation — a measure Obama has promised to veto.

The Washington Post reported that Netanyahu’s apparent "disrespect" for the U.S. leadership was particularly offensive to Secretary of State John Kerry, who over the past month had made many efforts on Israel’s behalf on the world stage. This included dozens of calls to world leaders to convince them to oppose a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have set a time frame for establishment of a Palestinian state.

"The secretary’s patience is not infinite," a source close to Kerry told the Post. "The bilateral relationship is unshakable. But playing politics with that relationship could blunt Secretary Kerry’s enthusiasm for being Israel’s primary defender."

Meanwhile, Israel's intelligence chief has denied Kerry's claim that he contradicted Netanyahu, his boss, by criticizing new sanctions during a January meeting, saying that they would be akin to "throwing a grenade into the process."

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo denied saying any such thing during a Jan. 19 meeting with U.S. officials. Instead, the Mossad director said he reiterated that "firm pressure" was needed "to bring about meaningful compromises from the Iranian side."


Colorado’s governor says that if he could, he would reverse the 2012 vote that legalized pot in his state

John Hickenlooper, the Democrat governor of Colorado says that if he could, he would reverse the 2012 vote that legalized marijuana in his state and warns the governors of other states to wait a few years before letting their states legalize pot.

The Governor says that “If I could’ve waved a wand, I would have reversed the election”

By Fred Imbert

January 23, 2015

States around the U.S. should be cautious when considering the legalization of marijuana, the governor of one of the first states to allow recreational use of cannabis told CNBC on Friday.

"We don't know what the unintended consequences are," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a "Squawk Box" interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "Can we keep it out of the hands of kids? All the top neuroscientists say this high-THC marijuana can diminish long-term memory in teenagers."

Hickenlooper, whose state became the first to allow regulated retail sales of cannabis for recreational use despite his opposition, said he believes the legal pot business needs additional government oversight.

“You don’t want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. “There’s a whole regulatory environment by the [federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] that really regulates alcohol. We’re starting from scratch and we don’t have a federal partner because [marijuana] is still illegal federally.”

The Democratic governor said he would reverse legal pot’s ballot box win if he could.

“If I could’ve waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said ‘this was a bad idea,’” he said.

He added that Colorado’s legal marijuana business model lends itself to corruption and fraud because it is a cash business. “We do have a credit union that’s trying to work its way through. It’s got approval of the state [and] we think it might get federal approval,” he said. “No one wants it to be a cash business.”

Hickenlooper also said there are some indications of pot smuggling across state lines, though not at a large scale. “The studies we've seen of the people in Colorado [show] the people who were smoking before it was legal are still doing it, and people that weren't smoking it still aren't.”

Friday, January 23, 2015


Colorado College gives its students a wonderful opportunity to waste their time and their parents’ money

I have said on several occasions that American higher education has become the laughing stock of the world.

American universities offer such worthless majors as Women’s Studies; Gender Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies; African-American Studies, etc. There are courses entitled “Queer Marriage, Hate Crimes, and Will and Grace: Contemporary Issues in LGBT Studies” (at Dartmouth), “Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee” (at Harvard), “Politicizing BeyoncĂ©” (at Rutgers) and "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media" (at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).

Arizona State University is offering extra credit to women enrolled in a gender studies course for not shaving their legs and armpits for 10 weeks and male students for shaving all their hair from the neck down, also for 10 weeks.

Now Colorado College in Colorado Springs is offering a course entitled “Queen Bees, WannaBees and Mean Girls" in its Comparative Literature Department. The course is taught by Professor Lisa Hughes and focuses among other things on Tina Fey’s hit 2004 movie “Mean Girls” starring Lindsay Lohan. Prof. Hughes designed the course to explore the “motives behind why women seek authority and the actions they are willing to take in order to hold onto it,” according to a course description.

Completion of that mean girls course is sure to help students land a really great job upon graduation from Colorado College ... Right?

The Chinese must be laughing their heads off that America’s colleges and universities are offering such worthless degree programs and courses. But parents will hardly be laughing when they realize they’ve been wasting their hard-earned money by paying for such worthless nonsense.


Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke slams Al Sharpton and Eric Holder for race-baiting and says Sharpton should ‘go back into the gutter’

Thursday morning on Fox & Friends, during a discussion of the events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke slammed both Al Sharpton and Attorney General Eric Holder for the race-baiting comments they made about the shooting.

Sheriff Clarke made this comment about Sharpton:

"I don't expect anything intelligent to come out of the mouth of Al Sharpton, The next intelligent thing that comes out of his mouth will be the first. Al Sharpton ought to just shut up and go back into the gutter that he came from.”

And Clarke had this to say about Holder:

"Just take a look at the history here. This isn't the first time that he [Holder] has done this sort of thing. He sat up there for months just slandering law enforcement officers all across the nation. He's the one in Ferguson, Mo. that brought up the racial profiling term. That we were gonna end racial profiling once and for all. He invoked that into this thing, when that was never any part of what happened in the tragedy between officer Darren Wilson and Mike Brown. This is habit now for this Justice Department under Eric Holder, and I just think it's a shame."

Oops, I forgot to mention that Sheriff Clarke is a black man.


A patriotic Kid Rock blasts Michael Moore and Seth Rogen for their criticism of American Sniper

Kid Rock, the singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor, became incensed when he learned that far-left filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen had criticized American Sniper, the Clint Eastwood film about Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL hero.

If you recall, Moore had said his uncle was killed by a sniper and that "We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes."

Here is how Kid Rock responded on his website to the criticism of American Sniper by Moore and Rogen:

"Fuck you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of shit and your uncle would be ashamed of you. Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon. God bless you Chris Kyle, Thank you for your service."

All I will say is Amen and God Bless Kid Rock!


The White House says it does not want to influence the Israeli elections when it’s no secret that the Obama administration is working behind the scene to defeat Netanyahu

Obama and Netanyahu obviously cannot stand each other. The White House is pissed off that Netanyahu accepted an invitation by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress on February 11 without first clearing it with the president. The White House claims to have a long standing policy of not wanting to influence foreign elections through meetings with foreign leaders up for election. Obama believes that meeting with Netanyahu would influence the upcoming Israeli elections. It probably would help Netanyahu.

But here is just one more example of why Obama is our “Liar-in-Chief.” It’s no secret that the Administration is working behind the scene to defeat Obama's nemesis, Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu.

White House says it's too close to Israel's elections

By Oliver Knox

Yahoo News
January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the latter's controversial March 3 visit to Washington, the White House announced Thursday, saying it risked looking like the Administration was trying to influence Israel's March 17 elections.

"The president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a emailed statement.

“As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country," she said.

Netanyahu's visit has further strained already difficult relations with Obama. Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress for the express purpose of challenging the president's approach to Islamist extremism and negotiations with Iran over that country's nuclear program. The White House, which found out about the visit from Boehner's office, accused Israel of breaching diplomatic protocol under which foreign leaders advise host leaders of pending visits.

Netanyahu has made no secret of his opposition to ongoing talks with Iran, saying that Tehran cannot be trusted to abandon its ability to build a nuclear weapon that could directly threaten Israel. His visit will come as the White House tries to tamp down a move in Congress to pass legislation that envisions new economic sanctions on Iran if no satisfactory comprehensive nuclear deal can be reached.

"The president has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community," said Meehan. "The president has had many conversations with the Prime Minister on this matter, and I am sure they will continue to be in contact on this and other important matters.”


Mexican drug traffickers not connected to any cartel are turning to drones to deliver their goods to the UJ.S.

On Tuesday night, police in Tijuana were alerted to a drone crash in in a supermarket parking lot near the San Ysidro border crossing. The cops found that the drone, a $1,500 'Spreading Wings S900', had six packets of meth, each weighing over a pound, strapped to it. The drone, which has six propellers, appeared to have been heading for California and is believed to have crashed because the meth it was carrying was too heavy a load. The cops are investigating where the flight originated and who was controlling it.

Authorities say that drug traffickers in Mexico who are not connected to any of the cartels, are turning to the use of drones as a relatively inexpensive way to deliver their goods to the U.S. But Mexican drug traffickers are not the only ones using drones to deliver drugs. Last April, South Carolina prison authorities found a drone outside a prison fence that was carrying cellphones, marijuana and tobacco.


The Unconventional Gazette
January 22, 2015

A paramedic responded to an emergency childbirth call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old girl, to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.

Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom.

Connor began to cry.

The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed.

Kathleen quickly responded, 'He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place......smack his ass again!'

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Weekend box office totals show that American Sniper wiped out highly touted Selma

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper grossed $93 million over the three day weekend while Oprah Winfrey’s Selma took in only $8.3 million. That humongous gap is somewhat surprising because the three day weekend included the Martin Luther King holiday.

It looks as if racial rabble rouser Al Sharpton, who threw an apoplectic fit because no black actors were nominated for this year’s Oscars, failed to turn out the troops at the theaters which showed the civil rights movie. Betcha more blacks went to see American Sniper on MLK day than went to see Selma.

On the other hand, anti-military, anti-gun and anti-capitalist filmmaker Michael Moore probably helped propel the attendance at American Sniper with his untoward blast at the film. Apparently Americans didn’t cotton up to the armchair sniper’s comments that military snipers are cowards who will shoot you in the back and that snipers aren’t heroes.

I think it’s fair to say that the reason Selma did so poorly is because a lot of people who went to see American Sniper would have gone to see Oprah’s film if Eastwood’s film had not been playing. Hence, American Sniper killed Selma.

Sharpton and Moore are licking their wounds as moviegoers continue to fill the theaters showing American Sniper. The Eastwood movie is breaking box office records while Oprah's Selma is playing to half-empty houses. Score a big one for the good guys. Fuck Al Sharpton and Michael Moore!


Arnold Prieto was put to death Wednesday for the 1993 stabbing deaths of three elderly San Antonio residents during a robbery

Arnold Pietro, 41, was put to death Wednesday by the State of Texas for the September 1993 fatal stabbings of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, his wife, Virginia, 62, and Paula Moran, their 90-year-old former nanny who lived with them in their San Antonio home. Pietro and two accomplices intended to rob the Rodriguezes, believing there was $10,000 in their home from which they ran a check cashing business.

The execution, which was carried out with a single dose of pentobarbital, went on without a hitch. The Associated Press reports that as the injection began, Pietro said he could smell it. He uttered “Whoa” before he began snoring, with each snore a bit more quiet. After the fifth snore he stopped moving. Pietro was pronounced dead 20 minutes after the execution began.

Pietro was not only a triple murderer, he was an idiot triple murderer. He was offered a plea deal of less than life in prison if he would testify against brothers Jesse and Guadalupe Hernandez, his crime partners in the murderous robbery. Pietro refused the plea deal and ended up as the only member of the trio to be sentenced to death.

Jesse, now 38, was 17 at the time of the murders, making him too young to be executed. He is serving life in prison. Guadalupe was never prosecuted because, without Pietro’s testimony against him, the state lacked sufficient evidence for a conviction.


Two Bridgeton, New Jersey cops - one white, the other black - shoot an unarmed black man to death

On December 30, Bridgeton, New Jersey cops Braheme Days and Roger Worley pulled over a Jaguar for running a stop sign. What started out as a routine traffic stop ended up in the shooting death of Jerame Reid, 36, a passenger in the car. A dash cam on the cop car shows Reid, who is black, getting shot after he emerged from the car with his empty hands at shoulder level.

Here from the Daily Mail are the details of the latest controversial shooting:

The officers had pulled over the Jaguar for rolling through a stop sign, and the encounter starts friendly. But Days suddenly steps back, pulls his gun and tells the men, 'Show me your hands.'

Days tells his partner there is a gun in the glove compartment and then appears to reach in and remove a handgun.

The driver, Leroy Tutt, is seen showing his hands atop the open window on his side of the car. It's not clear what Reid is doing, though Days repeatedly warns him not to move during the standoff of less than two minutes.

'I'm going to shoot you!' Days shouts, referring to Reid at one point by his first name.

'You're going to be fucking dead! If you reach for something, you're going to be fucking dead!'

'I ain't got no reason to reach for nothing, bro. I ain't got no reason to reach for nothing,' Reid says as Days continues to yell to his partner that Reid is reaching for something.

Someone then says,'I'm getting out and getting on the ground,' but Days yells at Reid not to move.

The passenger door pops open and Reid emerges. His hands are at about shoulder height and appear to be empty. As he steps out, the officers fire at least six shots.

The shooting involved a salt-and-pepper pair of cop partners, with Days black and Worley white.

Reid was an ex-con, having served 13 years in prison for shooting at New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager.

The shooting outraged the black community, and that was before release of the dash cam footage.

This incident shows that cops, including black ones, are very apprehensive in confrontations with black men. It also illustrates what can happen when someone refuses to obey an officer’s commands.


If only half the complaints of his clients are true, Craig Washington should never be allowed to practice law again

The Texas Bar Association has received numerous complaints from clients of former Congressman Craig Washington. If only half of those complaints are true, then Washington is nothing but a low-down crook who should be in jail and never allowed to practice law again. As a former Congressman, Washington must have some powerful friends and it probably also helps him that he is black.

Washington gives a profession that already has a bad reputation, an even badder reputation.

By Michael Barajas

Houston Press
January 21, 2015

To say that former Congressman Craig Washington has a checkered past would be an understatement.

In 2009, the dapper bow tie-sporting lawyer admitted in court to illegally shooting a couple of teenagers who were looking for a parking spot in his private Midtown lot (bullets hit the car but the boys were unharmed). Then, after being sentenced to two years of probation for the offense, Washington sued both teenagers in civil court for about $600,000 each. Right around that time, Washington just so happened to be fighting a lawsuit from the IRS seeking more than $600,000 in unpaid taxes.

All the while, Washington fought complaints by former clients and disciplinary filings by the State Bar of Texas alleging several instances of attorney misconduct. After fighting those allegations for many years, early this month Washington was finally suspended from practicing law for 18 months.

The case that ultimately got Washington suspended dates back to 2006. That year Michael Gobert hired Washington to represent him while he was fighting to keep his mother's house from being transferred to her live-in boyfriend in a Montgomery County court. According to court records, Gobert paid Washington $10,000 for his services. In return, Washington failed to tell Gobert about a pre-trial hearing the week before his case was set to go to court. When the case was called, neither Gobert nor Washington showed up, and Gobert's case was dismissed (Gobert's had no luck on appeal).

Last month Washington's disciplinary case, brought by the State Bar of Texas, went before a Bastrop County jury, which found that the former congressman had committed professional misconduct Gobert's case. The court also made Washington pay the state bar's attorneys fees, about $25,000.

Complaints that Washington screwed over clients led to at least two other public reprimands, according to state bar records. One reprimand stems from a 2004 case in Brazoria County involving Pamela Williams, who sued a department store and the College Station Police Department after she was wrongly arrested and accused of stealing. In 2007, Washington settled the case for $8,000 dollars. When Williams wanted records and accounting from Washington to make sure he withheld the correct amount in attorney's fees (seems even Washington's client didn't trust Washington), Washington refused to turn over any records, according to court documents. Washington then failed to respond to inquiries from the state bar's Client-Attorney Assistance Program after Williams filed a complaint.

State bar records show that Washington was also reprimanded for his work in the case of a man who was ultimately convicted of shooting a cop during the chaos of post-Katrina New Orleans. Around November 2005, months after Jamil Joyner and three others were arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, Joyner's mother contacted and hired Washington to represent the group, court records show.

Despite being paid $40,000 to represent the four defendants, it's unclear what actual work Washington ever did on the case. Washington wasn't licensed to practice in Louisiana, so he told Joyner's family he'd hired a New Orleans attorney as co-counsel. When Joyner was eventually called into court hearings, none of his attorneys showed, according to disciplinary records filed in court. The state bar's complaint against Washington claims that Joyner, left without Washington's help, went almost a whole year in lockup without being arraigned. When Joyner ultimately hired another attorney to take his case, that attorney couldn't get Washington to turn over the files he'd kept on the defendants.

Washington has yet to respond to a request for comment left at his Houston law office. In his voice-mail greeting, Washington offers this bit of advice: "The key to success is to work like you don't need the money, dance like nobody's watching, love like you've never been hurt." Maybe he should add work like you've never been paid.


A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card.

The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.

Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person.

He called the waitress and she looked perplexed.

She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.

All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.

No exchange of words -- nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology..
(This scenario actually happened to me at a local restaurant - Falls Terrace - between the waitress and the front desk cashier.)

Verdict Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.

Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time.

Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, “assuming” that it has to be theirs.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


After getting busted and being warned about bringing any drugs or drug paraphernalia inside the jail, Christina Searcy tried to extract a meth pipe from her vagina, but it was stuck

On Friday, Christina Searcy and three companions were traveling on U.S.59 in Montgomery County (north of Houston) when they were pulled over by deputy constables investigating a hot check case. As soon as the constables approached the car they got a strong whiff of pot. When Kevin Hales, the driver, opened the door – Oops - a joint fell out of the car. When they searched the car, the deputies also found several baggies of cocaine.

Before taking the four to the slammer, the deputies warned them that they would face additional charges if they carried any drugs or drug paraphernalia into the jail. Kimberly Kinn immediately pulled a meth pipe from her bra and handed it to the deputies. Poor ‘ole Christina had no such luck. She had stashed her meth pipe inside her vagina and it was stuck. She was taken by ambulance to the Kingwood Hospital emergency room where the meth pipe was extracted.

Christina was taken to the Montgomery County jail sans any contraband. Court records show she had prior meth convictions in 2007, 2010 and 2011.


Now that Pandora’s Box has been opened in Colorado, a monster has been unleashed that will not go willingly back into the box

By Greg ‘Gadfly’ Doyle

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
January 20, 2015

Aside from the moral and medical issues associated with the legalization of Marijuana, the question that never gets answered by the pot advocates is: How high is too high?

There are no standards for public intoxication or driving while under the influence of pot as there is with alcoholic beverages. Now that Pandora’s Box has been opened in Colorado, a monster has been unleashed that will not go willingly back into the box. Only government restrictions will curtail all the predictable aftereffects of bad law.

And here is an interesting note. My niece lives in Colorado and she told me just last week that the odor of pot drifts through almost every public place, so that breathing clean air is a challenge. Funny, here in California smoking cigarettes in public places can lead to fines.


Kristyn Atwood says “If you're a racist, you're always going to be a racist”

On January 16, I wrote about former state prosecutor Judith Beals’ opposition to granting Wahlberg the pardon he seeks because he committed hate crimes. I responded to Beals’ opposition by saying:

Holy shit! Now we learn that this 43-yar-old actor was a despicable racist when he was 14 and 16. Political correctness requires that we never forgive someone for having been a racist in his teens. Heaven forbid! Ms. Beals, has it ever occurred to you that people can and do change? So get off that politically correct horse of yours and give Mark Wahlberg a break!

Kristyn Atwood, 38, was one of Wahlberg’s victims when he and some other white Boston thugs threw rocks at a group of black fourth-grade students, calling them “niggers” and chasing them down the street. Atwood says she is still scarred by the incident and believes that “If you're a racist, you're always going to be a racist.” For that reason she does not want Wahlberg to ever be pardoned.

I’ve got the same words for Kristyn Atwood that I had for Judith Beals:

Kristyn, I understand why you feel the way you do. You were the victim of a vicious racial incident when you were a fourth-grader. But has it ever occurred to you that people can and do change? Wahlberg has been trying to make up for his misdeeds by donating his time and money to help inner-city kids and at-risk youths. So please give Mark Wahlberg a break!

There is no way that I can disregard or minimize the awful crimes that Wahlberg committed as a 14 and 16-year-old hoodlum, but that was 28 years ago. Since then he has demonstrated that he has truly turned his life around. Even though I am a hard-nosed law and order guy, I believe very strongly that Mark Wahlberg deserves the pardon he is seeking.

Kristyn Atwood was among a group of children Wahlberg and his friends attacked with rocks and racial epithets during a field trip in Boston in 1986

By Philip Marcelo and Rodrique Ngowi

Associated Press
January 20, 2015

BOSTON -- A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn't be granted a pardon for his crimes.

Kristyn Atwood was among a group of mostly black fourth-grade students on a field trip to the beach in 1986 when Wahlberg and his white friends began hurling rocks and shouting racial epithets as they chased them down the street.

"I don't think he should get a pardon," Atwood, now 38 and living in Decatur, Georgia, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"I don't really care who he is. It doesn't make him any exception. If you're a racist, you're always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it I just think it's wrong," she said.

Mary Belmonte, the white teacher who brought the students to the neighborhood beach that day, sees things differently. "I believe in forgiveness," she said. "He was just a young kid — a punk — in the mean streets of Boston. He didn't do it specifically because he was a bad kid. He was just a follower doing what the other kids were doing."

The 43-year-old former rapper, Calvin Klein model and "Boogie Nights" actor wants official forgiveness for a separate, more severe attack in 1988, in which he assaulted two Vietnamese men while trying to steal beer. That attack sent one of the men to the hospital and landed Wahlberg in prison.

Wahlberg, in a pardon application filed in November and pending before the state parole board, acknowledges he was a teenage delinquent mixed up in drugs, alcohol and the wrong crowd. He points to his ensuing successful acting career, restaurant ventures and philanthropic work with inner city youths as evidence he's turned his life around.

"I have apologized, many times," he told the AP in December. "The first opportunity I had to apologize was right there in court when all the dust had settled and I was getting shackled and taken away, and making sure I paid my debt to society and continue to try and do things that make up for the mistakes that I've made."

Court documents in the 1986 attack identify Wahlberg among a group of white boys who harassed the school group as they were leaving Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester, a mixed but segregated Boston neighborhood that had seen racial tensions during the years the city was under court-ordered school integration.

The boys chased the black children down the street, repeatedly shouting "niggers" and hurling rocks until an ambulance driver intervened. Wahlberg was 14 at the time.

Atwood says she still bears a scar from getting hit by a rock. No one was seriously injured, but the attack left a lasting impression.

"I was really scared. My heart was beating fast. I couldn't believe it was happening. The names. The rocks. The kids chasing," Belmonte told the AP.

Wahlberg and two other white youths were issued a civil rights injunction: essentially a stern warning that if they committed another hate crime, they would be sent to jail.

In 1988, Wahlberg, then 16, attacked two Vietnamese men while trying to steal beer near his Dorchester home.

According to the sentencing memorandum, he confronted Thanh Lam, a Vietnamese man, as he was getting out of his car with two cases of beer. Wahlberg called Lam a "Vietnam f------ s---" and beat him over the head with a 5-foot wooden stick until Lam lost consciousness and the rod broke in two.

Documents say Wahlberg ran up to another Vietnamese man, Hoa Trinh, and asked for help hiding. After a police cruiser drove past, he punched Trinh in the eye. Later, he made crude remarks about Asians.

Wahlberg ultimately was convicted as an adult of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, marijuana possession and criminal contempt for violating the prior civil rights injunction. He was given a three-month prison sentence, of which he served about 45 days.

Trinh declined to be interviewed by AP, and efforts to locate Lam were unsuccessful.

Judith Beals, a former state prosecutor involved in the cases, said Wahlberg's crimes stand out because he violated the injunction with an even more violent attack on people of yet another race.

"It was a hate crime and that's exactly what should be on his record forever," Atwood said.


The Unconventional Gazette
January 20, 2015

Two old geezers were sitting on a park bench talking about aging. One turns to the other and asks:

“At our age, what would you rather have, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?”

The other guy replies:

“Parkinson’s! Better to spill half an ounce of Jack Daniels than to forget where you keep the bottle.”