Sunday, August 28, 2016


Republican Gov. Paul LePage became enraged when he thought State Rep. Drew Gattine had called him a racist

During a town hall meeting in North Berwick on Wednesday, Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage thumbed through a three-ring binder which he said contained the photographs of drug dealers arrested by the police and that 90 percent of them were black or Hispanic.

LePage was criticized as being racially insensitive for making those remarks.

On Thursday he left the following voicemail message with Democratic State Representative Drew Gattine:

“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker. You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”

LePage didn’t stop there. He invited reporters to the governor’s mansion and told them he wished it was 1825 so he could challenge Gattine to a duel.

“When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I'd like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825. And we would have a duel, that's how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be [Alexander] Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he's been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”

Gattine denies he called LePage a racist.

Now there are calls for LePage to resign. And there are also calls for the police to conduct a criminal investigation into his remarks.

And then there are the civil libertarians who say that the photographs in his binder prove that the police in Maine are guilty of racial profiling.

As for me, I think it’s kind of refreshing to have a governor use some colorful language in saying what’s really on his mind.


By Bob Walsh

Yesterday a new bridge over the Bosporus opened up. It is billed as the widest suspension bridge in the world, at 192 feet. The bridge, which cost about $3 billion, is hoped to ease the ungodly traffic jams in Istanbul.

The straight, which separates Europe from Asia was (according to legend) first bridged with a pontoon bridge by Alexander the Great while he was busy conquering pretty much all of the known world.

It is humbling to know that by the time Alexander was my age he had been dead 30 years.


By Bob Walsh

OK, that is maybe a SLIGHT overstatement. This year California began to require standard vaccinations of rugrats attending both public and private school. The old stand-by snivel of “personal belief” is no longer valid. In order to get around it you need a physician’s letter asserting that there is a valid medical reason for your linoleum lizard to not have his or her shots.

U. S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego County has just refused to block implementation of the law. The judge noted that it was not the court’s place to question the wisdom or lack thereof of any particular piece of legislation.


By Bob Walsh

The Honorable Aaron Persky, who tossed a near-freebie to a Stanford University jock convicted of raping a passed-out woman, has voluntarily removed himself from the criminal docket in Santa Clara and moved to the civil bench.

Judge Persky has in fact served on the civil bench before, and the move is reviewable annually. It will take place on September 6.


By Bob Walsh

In the formerly great state of California you now have the right to off yourself legally, with certain restrictions.

Riverside County Judge Daniel Ottolia declined to suspend the law, though did allow a group of physicians to continue to pursue legal actions against the new legislation. The physicians group maintains that the law lacks adequate legal safeguards.

Both sides will be back in court December 5 to continue arguments.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve long favored legal assisted suicides similar to Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.


One of the Jewish students who was attacked reported they shouted “fuck Jews” and proudly showed off their Nazi symbols

By James Badcock

The Telegraph
August 26, 2016

Students from a German school in Buenos Aires wearing swastika armbands and fake Hitler moustaches attacked pupils from a Jewish school in a resort where several Nazi war criminals lived for decades after the Second World War, including Dr Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death”.

The incident drew swift condemnation for the pupils and the parents who were accompanying them during the school’s end-of-course trip to San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Andes.

The town became a haven for fleeing Nazis who were welcomed by the sympathetic Peronist regime.

According to witnesses, pupils from the Lanús German School arrived at a party in a nightclub dressed as Nazis.

“Some of them were in leathers with swastikas painted on their chests and backs,” Dan, one of the students who was attacked, told Argentina’s TN television channel.

“We wanted them to be thrown out of the club but they shouted 'f------ Jews’ at us and proudly showed off their symbols.”

When bouncers at the club refused to eject the pupils in fancy dress, there was a “confrontation” which turned into a fight, according to Dan.

The boys dressed as Nazis were finally expelled from the club.

Silvia Fazio, the principal of the Lanús German School, apologised, saying the incident was “absolutely indefensible” and that the children involved would be punished.

“They will have to make some act of atonement for the damage caused,” said Ms Fazio, starting with a visit to Buenos Aires’s Holocaust museum alongside students from the Jewish school.

“There is much to reflect on,” she added.

She stressed that the trip to San Carlos de Bariloche was not organised by the school, but arranged privately.

“There were many adults who made mistakes, such as the parents who were with the children, the trip coordinators [and] the club staff.”

However, Ariel Cohen Sabban, president of the Argentinian Delegation of Israelite Associations, said: “We think the real root of the problem is in what goes on at the institution these boys attend, because these kind of attitudes must be prevented by educational means.

“This is not a joke or a laugh. These symbols reflect an ideology that culminated in the Nazis’ assassination of six million Jews.”

He said if the boys involved are aged 16 or over, they could face prosecution for using Nazi symbols and propagating theories of racial superiority.

Adrián Moscovich, executive director of Buenos Aires’s ORT school whose pupils were victims in the attack, said the incident underlined the importance of continuing to teach children about the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity.

He said that “reflecting on these facts is a vital exercise in order to understand the present and build a future in which democratic and pluralist values are consolidated”.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to harboring Nazi war criminals, Argentina had earlier opened its doors to large numbers of Jewish refugees,, and it did so when most other countries, including the U.S., turned a deaf ear and blind eye toward Hitler’s persecution of the Jews.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


California officer's Badge Deflects Bullet During Shootout

By Hailey Branson-Potts

Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California -- A man who shot at Huntington Beach police officers, hitting one officer in the badge, led police on a high-speed chase through three counties before dying in a fiery crash in the Cajon Pass, authorities said.

Just after midnight Friday, Huntington Beach police responded to a domestic violence call at a home near Bushard Street and Yorktown Avenue. As two officers in two separate cars were pulling up, a man was getting into his vehicle to leave the residence, said Officer Jennifer Marlatt, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The officers followed the man, who made a U-turn, drove toward the officers and started firing at them from his vehicle, Marlatt said.

A bullet ricocheted off the police badge worn by one of the officers, who was treated at a hospital and released Friday morning. He was in good condition, Marlatt said.

The other officer returned fire, and the man, whose name has not been released, kept driving, initiating the pursuit.

He drove through Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, then got onto the freeways, leading California Highway Patrol officers through Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

For "reasons that are still under investigation," the man drove off the Cleghorn Road offramp on the northbound 15 Freeway, said CHP Officer Steve Carapia.

The driver veered to the right and went down into an embankment, where his white Nissan Altima burst into flames, Carapia said. The car was consumed by the fire, and the man died. He was the car's only occupant, authorities said.

The crash happened in an area affected by the Blue Cut wildfire, and there were burned spots all around, Carapia said. Firefighters responded quickly to keep the fire from spreading and extinguished the fire.

The Cleghorn offramp on the northbound 15 Freeway was closed Friday morning, as was one lane of the freeway, Carapia said. The offramp would likely be closed for several hours, he said.

"This investigation is complex," he said. "There are many agencies involved, so it's going to be a while. It's going to last through the afternoon."

The Huntington Beach Police Department declined to release details about the gunman or the domestic violence call.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting, as well as the pursuit and the domestic violence incident, would be handled by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Marlatt said.


By Bob Walsh

Three people were killed on Thursday and another seriously wounded in Scarborough, Ontario. They appear to have been shot with bolts fired from a crossbow.

Brett Ryan, 35, is under arrest on suspicion of these crimes. He was at one time a suspect in, and was charged, for a string of bank robberies though there is no solid information on the disposition of the charges.

There is a press blackout on this story in Canada so there is very little information available.

I wonder if Canada will now institute crossbow control.


By Bob Walsh

Ms. Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive and brutalized by federal parolee for many years, can NOT sue the federal government for failure to supervise Phillip Garrido properly.

That decision came in the form of a 2-1 vote by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth District, based on the Federal Tort Claims Act. This ruling upholds a lower court decision in the matter.


They were supposed to teach other officers how to be good cops, but two trainers at Commerce City Police Department apparently decided to play Pokemon during part of the training session

By Tom McGhee

The Denver Post
August 23, 2016

Police work isn’t supposed to be fun and games.

And a pair of Commerce City police training officers learned that lesson the hard way and are no longer training recruits after superiors discovered they were leading their charges on Pokemon Go expeditions instead of showing them the law enforcement ropes.

The officers were removed from field training duties last week.

Instead of looking for bad guys, the officers and recruits were using their mobile device’s GPS capability to track down virtual critters, called Pokémon, who appear on game player’s screens, as if they are nearby.

“When supervisors discovered this performance issue, it was immediately addressed; the officers’ training duties were removed and these duties have yet to be restored,” Julia Emko, Commerce City spokeswoman, said on Tuesday. “The city takes reports of misconduct very seriously and investigates such claims, taking decisive action when appropriate.”

The news comes after the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to a request from the Commerce City Police Department to review that will include a look at hiring and recruiting practices.

The department requested the review after incidents of officer misconduct. Two officers were charged with crimes committed while on duty. Kevin Lord pleaded guilty to evidence tampering after making a false report that he had been shot, and John Reinhart faces three misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact for allegedly touching women during traffic stops.


Guns are everywhere in my neighborhood. I want my community to know what bullets can do — and how they can exercise their rights

By Maj Toure as told to Mike Spies

The Trace
August 19, 2016

Polls show that an overwhelming majority of African Americans see gun violence as a raging crisis — more urgent than mass incarceration, or abusive policing — and tougher gun laws as the solution. But the policy reforms that might reduce shootings are excruciatingly slow to arrive, which is perhaps why more than half of blacks, according to the same surveys, trust personal firearms ownership to make them safer.

Maj Toure, a 29-year-old African American man, agrees that the United States has a gun violence problem, but he has found his calling among those who reject stricter regulation and embrace guns themselves as the answer. He is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, where, according to a recent analysis of city police data, a person is shot every six hours on average. Growing up, Toure witnessed gun death up close. As an adult, he joined the Republican Party and the NRA.

Over time, Toure came to believe that the residents of his North Philly neighborhood would inevitably come into contact with firearms, often at a young age. He reasoned that if they learned the proper way to handle the weapons, and understood and obeyed the rules that govern them, Philadelphia might see a reduction in violence.

In August 2015, Toure sought to test his theory, launching a group called Black Guns Matter, which, despite the name’s similarity, is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter. To ensure that he reaches as many people as possible, he teaches free firearms training classes at the Philadelphia Firearms Academy. Next month, he will take his program on the road, holding seminars in 13 cities, including Baltimore, New Orleans, and Oakland.

Here’s Maj Toure in his own words, as told to Mike Spies of The Trace.

I’ve seen someone get shot, okay? It’s an unfortunate situation. Seeing people get shot is not glamorous or exciting. TV makes it like a guy flies through a window. No, it’s not like that. I’ve seen people’s heads open up. Frankly, I wouldn’t explain to someone what it feels like to see someone get shot. I don’t want to traumatize them. They don’t need that gruesome experience inside of them. I want to offer them training so they don’t ever have to get there.

Black Guns Matter is about training. We’ve been going for a year, but because of incidents with law enforcement over the last six months, it’s picked up a lot of steam. We’re getting much more attention. The ratcheting up is both good and bad. It’s bad because it’s due to murders. It’s good because it means more information is getting into the hood.

Our goal is to educate all hoods across America about the Second Amendment rights they have. A lot of times in my community, firearms are available before you have the information to even handle them properly. You can run across a gun at 15. What we want to do is, if anyone runs a across a gun at a young age, we want them to know what to do and not to do. It’s about making sure people from my demographic aren’t doing the wrong thing.

If you’re ignorant about firearms but are also exposed to them at a young age, it will lead to stupid decisions. When I was growing up in Philly, I saw a clear difference between those who had respect for the tool and those who didn’t. I was lucky and had uncles in the military; I saw their attachment to their rifles was different. They respected the tool; they knew how to fieldstrip and care for it. The military mindset is very regimented and very organized. Some of my homies obviously didn’t have that structure.

That’s why I got more and more involved in the Second Amendment fight: I saw too many friends going to jail for the same thing — they were missing the information; they didn’t know the rules. It’s the not knowing that causes them to not take the extra step. Sometimes they’ll be like, “I already have the gun. I bought it. Forget the paperwork.” But not going through the right procedures to carry it can get you five years in jail. Five years based on ignorance. And a lot of guys, they just don’t know you need a license to carry a concealed gun. But they’re not criminals. They work at a job and they take care of their family. They bought that gun legally.

Look, man. Black Guns Matter isn’t just for black people — it’s for anyone who has been disenfranchised, oppressed, or slandered. We’re the ones on the streets, and we’re going to use the Second Amendment to defend ourselves against any tyrant. If police don’t want to protect us, we’ll protect ourselves. We’ll protect ourselves from the scumbags in our community. I don’t call the police, ever.

But violence can be easily avoided. Most of the time, conflict can be handled way before firearms are involved — I’m talking about conflict resolution. I mean, I’ve never had to shoot anyone. Having a firearm doesn’t mean you have the right to commit an act of violence. But unfortunately, if it comes to that — and it very rarely does — you need to be trained to handle the situation. Like when you have a .22 caliber handgun — a small firearm — even that, the first time you fire it, can be overwhelming. It gives you a certain level of respect for the tool. When you see what a .45 can do to a person’s face, or a watermelon, you have a whole new respect. But I don’t think people should go there; you only go there when someone gets violent and you have no choice but to defend yourself.

The rules guiding the use of deadly force are clear: Don’t point a gun at someone unless you fear for your life. But harassment? Harassment doesn’t mean you take someone’s life. If someone says, “Maj, I don’t like your hair,” well, you know what, I can walk away from that. Deadly force is only used in spaces where you have no other option. That’s why it’s key to understand conflict resolution. A lot of gun rights organizations are leaving that out: You only shoot when you have no other option. What George Zimmerman did, for example, was not acceptable.

And that’s why, if you’re going to exercise your Second Amendment right, you need training. I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t have a gun. I’m saying, if you’re going to carry a gun, you need to learn how to do it properly and legally.

Friday, August 26, 2016



University of Texas students stage massive protest against guns on campus by waving dildos

On the first day of classes, University of Texas-Austin students staged a mass protest by waving dildos and by strapping the plastic dicks onto their backpacks. They were protesting a new state law that went into effect August 1 which requires public colleges and universities to allow concealed handgun license-holders to bring their weapons into public university buildings, classrooms, and dorms.

The protest was dubbed ‘Cocks Not Glocks.’

The new law has scared the supreme shit out of many UT professors, with one dean even resigning from the university. The student protesters were no doubt encouraged to act by the scared shitless faculty.

Jessica Jim, a recent UT graduate and protest organizer, said: “We are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks. Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”

The plastic dicks were used to illustrate that sex toys are prohibited on campus, but guns are not.

Ana López, who helped organize the protest, said that dildo suppliers donated more than 4,000 of the plastic dicks to the group.

It comes as no surprise that this sort of left-wing nonsense occurred at the ‘Berkeley’ of Texas which is located in Austin, the state’s ‘San Francisco.’

Now, for you professors who believe that you are going to get shot for passing out a low grade, what makes you think that a student who is not carrying a gun won’t go home, get his Glock, and return to blow your idiot ass away.

And to you moms and dads, please note that Ms. Jim labels sexual intercourse as recreational play. Is your darling freshman daughter playing?


What kind of employment skills are provided to students taking these courses?

I have often harped about how once admired America’s colleges and Universities have become the laughing stock of the world by offering such worthless courses as Women’s Studies; Gender Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies; African-American Studies, etc.

Now some of our institutions of higher education are offering some new courses for students to choose that, if and when they get employed following graduation, will make it even more difficult to pay off their student loans than students who graduate from MIT or Carnegie Mellon University.

From “College Campus Lunacy” by Walter Williams:

Adding to campus lunacy are classes such as "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame" at the University of South Carolina.

Cornell University's physical education department offers a class titled "Recreational Tree Climbing."

At Georgia State University, the English department offers a course called "Kayne vs. Everybody."

At Tufts University's Experimental College, one can take a class called "Demystifying the Hipster."

Skidmore College's sociology department offers "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media."

Frostburg State University's physics department offers "The Science of Harry Potter," where it examines some of the tale's magic.

Georgetown University offers "Philosophy and Star Trek," arguing that "Star Trek is very philosophical" and adding, "What better way, then, to learn philosophy, than to watch Star Trek, read philosophy, and hash it all out in class?"

Miley Cyrus? Does that include instructions in how to maintain your fame and wealth while smoking dope and fucking women as well as men … by the shitload?

The Science of Harry Potter? Ah now, here is a course with some science in it … unfortunately it’s fictional science, not factual science.

I wonder how soon some of our colleges and universities will offer a really important degree in Pokemon Go Studies? At least that degree might help graduates to find where they’re going and doing it without bumping into each other.

I’m sure that the administrators and professors of colleges offering such nonsensical degrees and courses will swear that they are vital for students to succeed in today’s diverse and multi-cultural society.

I suppose it is important for folks of all racial, religious and ethnic groups to get along with each other so they can hold hands while singing Kumbaya. Oops, wait a minute … Jews are an exception. Today Jewish students are treated like Nazis on many campuses because they are identified with the state of Israel which has become the object of left-wing hatred.

We should hang our heads in shame when we compare our institutions of higher education with those in China, Japan and Europe.

Let me conclude by asking a few questions.

Leroy, what kind of job did you get with your degree in African-American Studies?

Butch, what kind of a job did you get with your degree in LGBT Studies?

Mom and Dad, is your kid enrolled in the Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus course, or one of these other idiotic courses now that you’ve blown a wad of your hard earned dollars for his or her college education?


By bob Walsh

The tale of the legendary, and now apparently mythical, Nazi Gold Train seems to have been derailed.

The local government spent a good deal of time and money digging with heavy equipment into a mountainside near Walbrzych, Poland over the last week. They found no train, no tunnel, and no signs that there had ever been any such.

It cost them about $37,000 to do the excavating. They are now filling the hole back in.


By Bob Walsh

An officer with the San Jose PD was arrested on Tuesday as part of a gang sweep conducted against local Vietnamese criminal gangs.

Officer Derrick Antonio is accused of funneling sensitive information to the gangs and was jailed on five felony charges.

The local cops served 33 search warrants that included houses and Vietnamese restaurants. The gangs are believed to have been dealing in bookmaking, drugs, gambling and extortion.


By Paige St. John

Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2016

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- Condemned murderer Michael Jones was acting strangely and profusely sweating when guards escorted him in chains to the San Quentin medical unit that doubles as the psych ward on death row.

“Doggone, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again,” he told a fellow inmate, Clifton Perry.

Hours later, Jones was dead.

Toxicology tests later found that he had toxic levels of methamphetamines in his blood.

The condemned inmates on California's death row are among the most closely monitored in the state. Death row’s 747 inmates spend most of their time locked down, isolated from the rest of the prison system under heavy guard with regular strip searches and checks every half-hour for signs of life.

Still, six death row inmates died between 2010 and 2015 with detectable levels of methamphetamines, heroin metabolites or other drugs in their system, according to Marin County coroner records.

Three of them had toxic levels of drugs, including one in whose intestines were found five snipped fingers of a latex glove, each packed with methamphetamine or marijuana. He had overdosed when they burst. A 70-year-old man among the three died of acute methamphetamine toxicity. He left a stash of marijuana in his cell.

State psychological reports and court files document at least eight non-fatal drug overdoses that required death row inmates to be hospitalized during this period.

Jones' death was reported as a suicide. In the psych ward, he attempted to strangle himself with an electrical cord. He was cut free by officers but died 10 minutes later. The coroner's report showed that Jones bore signs of chronic drug abuse.

State corrections officials declined to discuss the case or provide data on drugs found on death row — at first citing that investigation and then citing a wrongful death claim filed by Jones’ family. The department provided a statement saying the prison has thwarted past attempts by visitors to bring drugs into San Quentin.

“Drugs have considerable value inside prison and so some inmates have a very strong incentive to procure them," the statement said. "Regardless of the security level of the inmate, the presence of any contraband items is concerning to us.”

The overdoses on death row mirror the larger problem with drugs in California’s prison system as a whole. From 2010 to 2015, 109 inmates died of overdoses, according to state figures.

California's prison drug trade is notoriously robust. The drug-related death rate in California prisons — 18 deaths per 100,000 inmates in 2013 — is seven times higher than prisons in the rest of the country, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the state prison medical office.

Reports to the Legislature show that as many as 80% of inmates in some cell blocks tested positive for illegal substances in 2013. The same year, the state's prison watchdog, the independent Office of Inspector General, chastised corrections officials for making "very little or no effort" to trace the source of drugs when inmates overdose.

A San Quentin administrator in 2013 told a federal judge that a surge in psychiatric hospitalizations involving psychotic, homicidal and suicidal condemned prisoners was not proof of untreated mental illness but “a bad batch of meth.”

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton was visibly taken aback.

“When you say ‘a bad batch of drugs,’ you don't mean the drugs that you're prescribing, you mean the illegal drugs that were on (the) block; is that right?” he asked.

“That's right, your Honor,” said San Quentin Mental Health Director Eric Monthei.

Nevertheless, state corrections records show that in 2013 not a single visitor, volunteer or worker was caught trying smuggle drugs into San Quentin. Officials have not released information about drug cases beyond that one year.

A spokesman for the Marin County district attorney also said he could not recall any drug smuggling cases against San Quentin staff.

Prison drug-control efforts have focused on 11 prisons deemed to have the worst problems out of the 34 facilities in the system. The program employs drug-sniffing dogs and ion scanners to test swabs rubbed randomly on the hands of visitors and some staff. There are no such efforts on death row.

Death row inmates are strip searched regularly, including before and after leaving their cells to exercise, go to the law library or see visitors. Their cells are subject to random inspection and the state can order urine tests, though widespread drug testing efforts in 2013 were abandoned because few condemned inmates would comply.

By law, all condemned men are imprisoned at San Quentin, and by policy they are isolated from the rest of the population. The majority live on East Block, a long, granite structure that contains more than 500 cells stacked in tiers five high. The prisoners live in single cells and spend almost all of their time alone. Every half-hour, a guard walks by to check that the man inside is alive — a court-ordered protection against suicide. The doors are grated, so it is difficult to slip a sheet of paper through them.

Small groups of men are allowed to go out on tennis court-sized exercise yards under the watch of an armed guard standing overhead for a few hours, three days a week.

Except for chapel services twice a month, there are no other group activities. Condemned men are escorted individually, in chains, to prison hospital appointments or a special law library set aside for them.

Visits are tightly monitored. Visitors are allowed to bring in only handfuls of coins for the prisoners to use in vending machines. Before and after such contact, even with lawyers, the condemned are subject to strip searches.

Still, when discussing prison drug problems in the system overall, state officials primarily cite cases of visitors trying to smuggle in drugs. In one case, officials described how drugs were packed into soccer balls and thrown over the fence of minimum-security prisons.

But that explanation has met with skepticism from some lawmakers. "There can be only so many soccer balls," said Senate Public Safety Chairwoman Loni Hancock, (D-Berkeley), at a hearing last year.

Because of the high security on death row, some who have worked at San Quentin suspect that the drug trade is abetted by prison staff.

During his tenure as a death row psychologist, Patrick O’Reilly said in an interview that he discovered a psychiatric technician bartering alcohol and amphetamines for inmates’ prison-prescribed opiates.

Similarly, the inspector general's office reported that a death row officer in 2011 was accused of buying morphine from condemned inmates. The report states she paid with ramen noodles and candy.

Outside of death row, the trade takes place on an enormous scale. This spring, federal agents busted a Southern California prison narcotics ring in which a state drug counselor allegedly smuggled $1 million of meth and heroin sealed in potato chip bags to inmates in her treatment group.

The state prison guard union has long raised objections to vigorous screening of guards as they arrive and leave work, noting that the state would have to pay large amounts for the extra time that would add to each shift.

The union "supports the department's efforts to keep drugs out of prison," said spokeswoman Nichol Gomez. "Anyone who brings contraband inside prisons should be held accountable. ... The majority of correctional officers take their oath seriously. "

All of the men on San Quentin’s death row are there for murder. Many arrived on death row with long histories of drug addiction.

Most killed their victims during robberies or gang fights, but the population also includes psychopaths and serial killers. Until a psychiatric unit for the condemned was opened in 2014, severely mentally ill and psychotic inmates were housed with the rest of the condemned.

Former San Quentin Warden Jeannie Woodford, state prison director under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said extreme idleness and the cramped, ill-suited confines of death row complicate drug abuse.

“Idleness is such a problem and it leads people to self-medicate,” Woodford said.

Although guards are supposed to randomly search cells each shift as a curb against drugs, weapons and other contraband, one former San Quentin corrections officer said staffing issues have made it impossible for guards to do all the required checks.

Moreover, the amount of property that condemned inmates accumulate over decades of confinement clutters many cells.

"What is said and what is done are two different things," said Tony Cuellar, a former San Quentin officer.

In that environment, Cuellar said, officers "picked and chose" when to try to confront a condemned drug user.


By Jace Karson

Click 2 Houston
August 23, 2016

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Channel 2 Investigates has discovered that evidence that could help solve burglaries in the county has been collected from crime scenes but never tested because the county crime lab put a hold on touch DNA testing of property crimes last year.

“Right now, we’re focusing our efforts on the most important crimes: the sex assaults. the homicides.

We’ll get back to property crimes soon and the opportunity arises,” Roger Kahn, the crime laboratory director of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, said.

The county doesn’t have the manpower to stay caught up on touch DNA testing of property crimes.

There are 2,743 touch DNA samples from property crimes, mostly burglaries, sitting untested at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences’ Forensic Genetics Laboratory.

Kahn said the lab has not permanently stopped testing touch DNA, but has paused it so it can keep up with demand from major crimes.

Touch DNA is what is left behind whenever a human touches a surface. Only trace amounts are needed to test and make a match in a nationwide DNA database.

Touch DNA can be better than fingerprints because a fingerprint requires a print to be left behind, which requires a much larger surface than what is needed to process touch DNA.

The crime lab is processing some DNA from burglaries when certain samples come in, such as blood or a discarded cigarette believed to belong to the burglar. In these situations, Kahn says, there is a much higher probability that a match can be easily made.

A match with touch DNA can take days of testing because the DNA must be gathered from a piece of clothing that is much bigger than a drop of blood.

A single DNA test costs a minimum of $250, Kahn said.

He says it isn’t possible to test every sample that comes in from detectives in a property crime case. Sometimes investigators submit a dozen or more samples from one crime.

It is possible in the future, he says, that the crime lab will limit the number of touch DNA samples the lab will test from a single property crime.

That would allow the crime lab to test fewer samples from more individual crimes.

He does not believe the lab will limit sample numbers from sex assaults or capital murder cases.

“The sex assaults and homicides have to be job one, and any other crime against a person, including assaults and robbery,” he said.

Last year, the crime lab tested 2,750 samples. Individuals who had been convicted of crimes in the past were linked with the samples 550 times, Kahn said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The clearance rate for Houston burglaries is 6% and that for the county (Harris) is half that.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


The ‘undocumented’ murderer fled to Mexico 23 years ago after raping, strangling and beating to death an 82-year-old woman in Humble, Texas

In August 1993, Mildred Stallones, an 82-year-old retired school teacher, was raped, strangled and beaten to death by an illegal alien murderer … oops, I should have said undocumented murderer … in her Humble, Texas home.

Alfredo Ramirez-Rojas, the rapist-killer, fled to Mexico where he stayed on the lam until he was arrested there three years ago. On Wednesday he was extradited from Mexico, but only after Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson promised not to seek the death penalty for Ramirez-Rojas.

I suppose life in prison for this scumbag is better than nothing at all.


By Bob Walsh

Cockfighting is now illegal in all 50 states. (I think Oklahoma was the last holdout.) However, according to the Ninth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals it is not so immoral as to demand the deportation of illegal aliens discovered to be involved in the disgusting pseudo-sport.

Back in 2013 immigration determined that Agustin Ortega-Lopez, an illegal alien (I’m sorry, I mean undocumented democrat) should have his ass thrown out of the country due to his conviction for involvement in cockfighting. It should be noted that he wasn’t actually killing the roosters himself, merely providing transportation to the asswipes that watch the fights. I guess that is kind of like not being a rapist, merely holding the woman down while somebody else rapes her.

A panel of the Ninth Circuit voted 3-0 to overturn the immigration board so that Ortega-Lopez can continue to stay illegally in the country and work illegal jobs to support his citizen wife and three anchor babies.

EDITOR'S NOTE: They ought to deport the asswipes even if they are citizens. Such activities have only one place, and that is in hell!


Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte says “I don’t give a shit” about the UN and threatens to leave the UN after human rights experts call for the killings of drug traffickers to stop - as the death toll rises to 1,500

By Alisha Buaya

Daily Mail
August 21, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one.

Two UN human rights experts last week urged Manila to stop the extra-judicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte won the presidency on a promise to wipe out drugs.

About 1,500 suspected drug traffickers have been killed since he came to power after winning the election on May 9.

Duterte on Friday denied that the government was responsible and in a middle-of-the-night news conference in his home town, Davao, said the deaths were not the work of the police and invited UN experts to investigate themselves.

The news conference was broadcast by local media and the full version was posted on Facebook by GMA news.

'I will prove to the world that you are a very stupid expert,' he said, urging them to count not just the number of drug-related deaths but also the innocent lives lost to drugs.

He then launched an attack on the United Nations and its members - including by inference Manila's traditionally close ally, Washington - saying, it could not fulfill its own mandate but was 'worrying about the bones of criminals piling up'.

'I do not want to insult you. But maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,' he said. 'Why do you have to listen to this stupid?'

Criticising the U.N. for not doing enough to address hunger and terrorism and for not being able to do anything about Syria and Iraq and allowing big powers to bomb villages and kill innocent civilians, he said he would invite China and African nations to form another global organisation.

'You now, United Nations, if you can say one bad thing about me, I can give you 10 (about you). I tell you, you are an inutile. Because if you are really true to your mandate, you could have stopped all these wars and killing.'

Asked about the possible consequences of his comments, he said: 'What is ... repercussions? I don't give a shit to them.'

He said the United Nations should have acted according to protocol by sending someone such as a rapporteur to talk to him.

'You do not just go out and give a shitting statement against a country,' he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Now that’s what I call a real war on drugs. Kudos to Duterte!


Huma Abedin, the closest confidante to the women’s rights candidate, published an article in 1996 which argued that sexually liberated women wearing revealing dresses are just asking to be raped

By Paul Sperry

New York Post
August 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.

One of Clinton’s biggest accomplishments listed on her campaign website is her support for the UN women’s conference in Bejing in 1995, when she famously declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.” Her speech has emerged as a focal point of her campaign, featured prominently in last month’s Morgan Freeman-narrated convention video introducing her as the Democratic nominee.

However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-first lady Clinton.

Headlined “Women’s Rights Are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.

“A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept,” the author, a Saudi official with the Muslim World League, asserted, while warning of “the dangers of alternative lifestyles.” (Abedin’s journal was founded and funded by the former head of the Muslim World League.)

“Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect of womanhood and motherhood,” it added.

In a separate January 1996 article, Abedin’s mother — who was the Muslim World League’s delegate to the UN conference — wrote that Clinton and other speakers were advancing a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda that was un-Islamic and wrong because it focused on empowering women.

“‘Empowerment’ of women does more harm than benefit the cause of women or their relations with men,” Saleha Mahmood Abedin maintained, while forcefully arguing in favor of Islamic laws that have been roundly criticized for oppressing women.

“By placing women in the ‘care and protection’ of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge,” she argued, “Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations.”

“Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender,” she claimed. “Acknowledging the very central role women play in procreation, child-raising and homemaking, Islam places the economic responsibility of supporting the family primarily on the male members.”

She seemed to rationalize domestic abuse as a result of “the stress and frustrations that men encounter in their daily lives.” While denouncing such violence, she didn’t think it did much good to punish men for it.

She added in her 31-page treatise: “More men are victims of domestic violence than women . . . If we see the world through ‘men’s eyes’ we will find them suffering from many hardships and injustices.”

She opposed the UN conference widening the scope of the definition of the family to include “gay and lesbian ‘families.’ ”

Huma Abedin does not apologize for her mother’s views. “My mother was traveling around the world to these international women’s conferences talking about women’s empowerment, and it was normal,” she said in a recent profile in Vogue.

Huma continued to work for her mother’s journal through 2008. She is listed as “assistant editor” on the masthead of the 2002 issue in which her mother suggested the US was doomed to be attacked on 9/11 because of “sanctions” it leveled against Iraq and other “injustices” allegedly heaped on the Muslim world. Here is an excerpt:

“The spiral of violence having continued unabated worldwide, and widely seen to be allowed to continue, was building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker that was kept on a vigorous flame while the lid was weighted down with various kinds of injustices and sanctions . . . It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve.”

Huma Abedin is Clinton’s longest-serving and, by all accounts, most loyal aide. The devout, Saudi-raised Muslim started working for her in the White House, then followed her to the Senate and later the State Department. She’s now helping run Clinton’s presidential campaign as vice chair and may end up back in the White House.

The contradictions are hard to reconcile. The campaign is not talking, despite repeated requests for interviews.

Until now, these articles which Abedin helped edit and publish have remained under wraps. Perhaps Clinton was unaware she and her mother took such opposing views.

But that’s hard to believe. Her closest adviser served as an editor for that same Saudi propaganda organ for a dozen years. The same one that in 1999 published a book, edited by her mother, that justifies the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation under Islamic law, while claiming “man-made laws have in fact enslaved women.”

And in 2010, Huma Abedin arranged for then-Secretary of State Clinton to speak alongside Abedin’s hijab-wearing mother at an all-girls college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to a transcript of the speech, Clinton said Americans have to do a better job of getting past “the stereotypes and the mischaracterizations” of the oppressed Saudi woman. She also assured the audience of burqa-clad girls that not all American girls go “around in a bikini bathing suit.”

At no point in her long visit there, which included a question-and-answer session, did this so-called champion of women’s rights protest the human rights violations Saudi women suffer under the Shariah laws that Abedin’s mother actively promotes. Nothing about the laws barring women from driving or traveling anywhere without male “guardians.”

If fighting for women’s rights is one of Clinton’s greatest achievements, why has she retained as her closest adviser a woman who gave voice to harsh Islamist critiques of her Beijing platform?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Let me ponder this. Huma is married to a man who sexted his wienie to several women. Hillary is married to a man who cheated on her with many women. That leads me to believe there is more to the relationship between Hillary and Huma than a professional one. Hmmm, could Hillary become our first lesbian president?


It’s never going to stop unless we shut the door

By Daniel Greenfield

Front Page Magazine
May 25, 2016

Forget the Syrian Civil War for a moment. Even without the Sunnis and Shiites competing to give each other machete haircuts every sunny morning, there would still be a permanent Muslim refugee crisis.

The vast majority of civil wars over the last ten years have taken place in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are also some of the poorest in the world. And Muslim countries also have high birth rates.

Combine violence and poverty with a population boom and you get a permanent migration crisis.

No matter what happens in Syria or Libya next year, that permanent migration crisis isn’t going away.

The Muslim world is expanding unsustainably. In the Middle East and Asia, Muslims tend to underperform their non-Muslim neighbors both educationally and economically. Oil is the only asset that gave Muslims any advantage and in the age of fracking, its value is a lot shakier than it used to be.

The Muslim world had lost its old role as the intermediary between Asia and the West. And it has no economic function in the new world except to blackmail it by spreading violence and instability.

Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn’t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life. At best they’ll hand out subsidies for bread.

The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.

Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.

There are only two solutions; war or migration.

Either you fight and take what you want at home. Or you go abroad and take what you want there.

Let’s assume that the Iraq War had never happened. How would a religiously and ethnically divided Iraq have managed its growth from 13 million in the eighties to 30 million around the Iraq War to 76 million in 2050?

The answer is a bloody civil war followed by genocide, ethnic cleansing and migration.

What’s happening now would have happened anyway. It was already happening under Saddam Hussein.

Baghdad has one of the highest population densities in the world. And it has no future. The same is true across the region. The only real economic plan anyone here has is to get money from the West.

Plan A for getting money out of the West is creating a crisis that will force it to intervene. That can mean anything from starting a war to aiding terrorists that threaten the West. Muslim countries keep shooting themselves in the foot so that Westerners will rush over to kiss the booboo and make it better.

Plan B is to move to Europe.

And Plan B is a great plan. It’s the only real economic plan that works. At least until the West runs out of native and naïve Westerners who foot the bill for all the migrants, refugees and outright settlers.

For thousands of dollars, a Middle Eastern Muslim can pay to be smuggled into Europe. It’s a small investment with a big payoff. Even the lowest tier welfare benefits in Sweden are higher than the average salary in a typical Muslim migrant nation. And Muslim migrants are extremely attuned to the payoffs. It’s why they clamor to go to Germany or Sweden, not Greece or Slovakia. And it’s why they insist on big cities with an existing Muslim social welfare infrastructure, not some rural village.

A Muslim migrant is an investment for an entire extended family. Once the young men get their papers, family reunification begins. That doesn’t just mean every extended family member showing up and demanding their benefits. It also means that the family members will be selling access to Europe to anyone who can afford it. Don’t hike or raft your way to Europe. Mohammed or Ahmed will claim that you’re a family member. Or temporarily marry you so you can bring your whole extended family along.

Mohammed gets paid. So does Mo’s extended family which brokers these transactions. Human trafficking doesn’t just involve rafts. It’s about having the right family connections.

And all that is just the tip of a very big business iceberg.

Where do Muslim migrants come up with a smuggling fee that amounts to several years of salary for an average worker? Some come from wealthy families. Others are sponsored by crime networks and family groups that are out to move everything from drugs to weapons to large numbers of people into Europe.

Large loans will be repaid as the new migrants begin sending their new welfare benefits back home. Many will be officially unemployed even while unofficially making money through everything from slave labor to organized crime. European authorities will blame their failure to participate in the job market on racism rather than acknowledging that they exist within the confines of an alternate economy.

It’s not only individuals or families who can pursue Plan B. Turkey wants to join the European Union. It’s one solution for an Islamist populist economy built on piles of debt. The EU has a choice between dealing with the stream of migrants from Turkey moving to Europe. Or all of Turkey moving into Europe.

The West didn’t create this problem. Its interventions, however misguided, attempted to manage it.

Islamic violence is not a response to Western colonialism. Not only does it predate it, but as many foreign policy experts are so fond of pointing out, its greatest number of casualties are Muslims. The West did not create Muslim dysfunction. And it is not responsible for it. Instead the dysfunction of the Muslim world keeps dragging the West in. Every Western attempt to ameliorate it, from humanitarian aid to peacekeeping operations, only opens up the West to take the blame for Islamic dysfunction.

The permanent refugee crisis is a structural problem caused by the conditions of the Muslim world.

The West can’t solve the crisis at its source. Only Muslims can do that. And there are no easy answers. But the West can and should avoid being dragged down into the black hole of Muslim dysfunction.

Even Germany’s Merkel learned that the number of refugees is not a finite quantity that can be relieved with a charitable gesture. It’s the same escalating number of people that will show up if you start throwing bags of money out of an open window. And it’s a number that no country can absorb.

Muslim civil wars will continue even if the West never intervenes in them because their part of the world is fundamentally unstable. These conflicts will lead to the displacement of millions of people. But even without violence, economic opportunism alone will drive millions to the West. And those millions carry with them the dysfunction of their culture that will make them a burden and a threat.

If Muslims can’t reconcile their conflicts at home, what makes us think that they will reconcile them in Europe? Instead of resolving their problems through migration, they only export them to new shores. The same outbursts of Islamic violence, xenophobia, economic malaise and unsustainable growth follow them across seas and oceans, across continents and countries. Distance is no answer. Travel is no cure.

Solving Syria will solve nothing. The Muslim world is full of fault lines. It’s growing and it’s running out of room to grow. We can’t save Muslims from themselves. We can only save ourselves from their violence.

The permanent Muslim refugee crisis will never stop being our crisis unless we close the door.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


By Bob Walsh

Dear Mr. Trump,

Calling my home 2-3 times EVERY FUCKING DAY with a recorded message telling me how wonderful you are and how horrible Hillary is does not help your position, at least with me. You have clogged up my answering machine and woke my ass up when I wanted to sleep.


Please knock it off. Once or twice a week is more than adequate to impress me with how fucking wonderful you are in compassion to Hillary. My lady-friend’s Collie would be a better president than Hillary so that is a pretty low bar, but still…

Please cool it with the phone calls. You are just making me angry.


Bob Walsh


Channel 2 Investigates reviewed dozens of cases of teacher misconduct and found inappropriate teacher-student relationships in Texas at an all-time high

By Lauren Sweeney and Jace Larson

Click 2 Houston
August 21, 2016

HOUSTON -- The stories grab headlines and attention, whether it's the middle school teacher who gave a lap dance to a 15-year-old or the teacher at that same middle school who a few years later was impregnated by one of her students.

But the problem is not isolated to one campus or one district. It is a statewide concern, according to the Texas Education Agency.

State investigations into inappropriate teacher-student relationships are at an all-time high, with 207 cases opened in just the last 11 months. That number is way up from the 188 cases in all of the last school year.

The agency's director of investigations believes the actual number of relationships going on could be much higher.

"We believe there are unreported teacher-student relationships," said Doug Phillips, a former police officer who now oversees all teacher investigations at the agency.

According to Phillips, schools can make secret deals with teachers to keep the information out of the press.

"We know it's occurred where they have agreed not to report to us, if (the teachers) resign," he said.

The records kept by the state of where the incidents are happening are not broken down by district, campus or even type of school.

Phillips explained the agency only tracks by the educator, since that is who gets sanctions.

"We also think it could have a chilling effect, a more chilling effect, on school districts reporting these things," he said.

The investigations unit typically hears of cases in one of two ways: either an educator is arrested and the agency's database is notified when that teacher is fingerprinted, or a superintendent files what's known as a 249 report after an arrest or termination/resignation that resulted from misconduct.

Channel 2 Investigates reviewed dozens of 249 reports to provide a summary of where some of these incidents are happening.

Data obtained by Channel 2 investigates shows the teacher's name, status of investigation, date the investigation was opened and date closed and the case code for the type of misconduct.

Since 2011, this data shows more than 1,200 investigations into inappropriate relationships with students or minors. Only 144 teachers' licenses are listed as having been revoked.

According to the Texas Education Agency, many teachers agree to a temporary suspension, in what amounts to a plea bargain.

"It depends on the severity and nature of that relationship. Was it a sexual relationship? That's revoked, no question about it," Phillips said. "Was it a matter of texting but we can't prove there was any sort of relationship? It's very common for an educator to deny and for the victim to deny that anything happened, and it is not uncommon for parents to not cooperate at all."

A Houston-based educator is an example of how the second-chance system may go wrong. According to agency data and records, Brannon Watson was fired from the Houston Independent School District for inappropriately touching and making comments of a sexual nature in front of students. When the district fired him, the school found out that he'd been accused of something similar at his prior place of employment.

The agency suspended his license until 2014. In 2015, he was hired at CORE Academy, a Houston-based charter school. Halfway through that school year, the school fired him amid new allegations of sexual harassment.

An administrator for CORE Academy said in an email that the school had not been aware of Mr. Watson's past before hiring him, even though the agency claims those records are posted online.

Even if Watson had his license revoked, CORE Academy could have hired him because charter schools are not required to hire teachers with valid certificates.

According to Philips, it’s a loophole he hopes to see the Legislature close in the next session.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Shit, in my day the women teachers were all stuffy and none of us boys ever got lucky.


By Bob Walsh

Shannon Vincel, 46, a native of St. Louis, had traveled to Zion, Illinois for medical care. On Monday at about 9:30 p.m. she and one other patient were waiting for the hospital shuttle to pick them up when an unknown male came up on them from behind and beat Vincel to death with a blunt instrument.

There is no known suspect and no known motive. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America have offered a $25,000 reward and has increased security at their Zion location.


By Bob Walsh

The formerly great state of California just settled a wrongful death suit in federal court over the demise of Joseph Duran, 35.

Duran became a guest of the state in August of 2013 at Mule Creek State Prison. He died in custody a month later. He had mental health issues and assaulted a correctional officer his first day in custody. He regularly refused to take meds for fear of being poisoned. He breathed thru a stoma in his throat.

One day he decided to hold the food port hostage. That is a move inmates do to be a pain in the ass. They shove their arm thru the port and refuse to remove it, making it impossible to secure the food port and creating a security hazard for anybody who needs to pass by. When Duran refused to play nice he got blasted with OC spray. He subsequently died.

For some reason or other officials were unable to get in touch with his next of kin so his body was cremated and his ashes scattered. They did not know of his death until they were contacted by a Sacramento BEE reporter about his death about four months later. Allegedly it took the BEE reporter less than ten minutes to locate them in an internet search.

Allegedly the custody staff refused to allow medical staff to decontaminate Duran after exposure despite numerous requests to do so. A staff shrink was fired after the incident for leaking info to the BEE about the case. He is suing to get his job back under the whistleblower protection act.

In any event the state settled early in the legal proceedings for $750,000. A large part of Duran’s issues were mental health, allegedly caused in large part by his parents heavy drug use. Also some changes were made in procedure for dealing with OC spray and mentally ill inmates. They are also making changes in how they search for next-of-kin for death notifications. The family says that is what they really wanted, but they are of course very happy to take the money.

This is one of those instances where a lot of people were wrong (including the dead guy) and the taxpayers are footing the bill for it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Prop. 47’s proponents point to the decline in arrests, but that’s happening because the police frequently ignore certain drug and property crimes because there may be little penalty if they are arrested

By Don Thompson

Associated Press
August 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A 2014 California voter-approved initiative that reduced penalties for certain drug and property crimes has led to the lowest arrest rate in state history as police frequently ignore those illegal activities, experts say.

Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences by reducing them from felonies that can bring long prison sentences to misdemeanors that instead bring up to a year in jail.

Recent state Department of Justice statistics show the number of felony arrests plummeted 28.5 percent last year, while misdemeanor arrests rose about 9 percent over 2014. That resulted in 52,000 fewer arrests overall and the lowest arrest rate since record-keeping began in 1960.

"It's really driven by changes in drug and property arrests," said Public Policy Institute of California researcher Magnus Lofstrom, who studies the issue. "I think it's quite clear that Prop. 47 is the major contributor to the changes we've seen."

Last year's decline in arrests, with the fewest felony arrests since 1969, is part of a long-term decline dating to the 1980s that has been spurred by the law as well as crowded jails and fewer police, Lofstrom said.

It's too soon to say whether the changes are helping spur rising crime rates, though Lofstrom and other researchers are watching the relationship closely.

Law enforcement officials said drug offenders may now commonly be cited and released, or ignored because there may be little penalty if they are arrested. There were about 22,000 fewer drug arrests last year.

"The de facto decriminalization of drugs may have an impact," said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, president of the California State Sheriffs' Association. "We do know that there's a lot less arrests being made, which means there are a lot more people on the streets using drugs."

Multiple courts reported an increase in failures to appear for misdemeanor arraignments since Proposition 47 passed, the Judicial Council of California found in a survey of 40 of the state's 58 county superior courts.

"If people aren't showing up in court, if they're not going to go to drug court, we're going to see what we're seeing, which is increased crime rates in our communities," said Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association.

State Department of Justice figures show violent crime jumped 10 percent last year over 2014. Property crimes also increased, including a nearly 12 percent increase in shoplifting and nearly 11 percent increase in thefts, two crimes affected by Proposition 47.

But participation in drug courts has rebounded as counties adapted to Proposition 47 by including it in sentences for those charged with misdemeanors or drug-related crimes such as stealing to support their addictions, said Santa Clara County Judge Stephen Manley.

"I think it's been a fairly dramatic response to getting treatment to the people that need it the most," said Manley, president of the California Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Mel Sargent, 66, and Caroline Sargent, 54, even married on the day they graduated from an 11-month drug court program in March. Sacramento County probation officers bought them wedding rings.

"Before it was always the 'war against drugs,'" Sargent said. "We got to see the other side, the more human side of the probation department and the judiciary."

The initiative has also led to fewer plea bargains, probably because suspects have less incentive to accept plea deals without the threat of a felony conviction or prison time, the Judicial Council found.

It reported that prosecutors also seem to be filing more charges for felony drug sales, identity theft and robbery now that drug possession, writing bad checks and check forgery were reduced to misdemeanors.

"Some DA's offices have tried to charge their way around Prop. 47, no question about it," said John Abrahams, co-chairman of the California Public Defenders Association's legislative committee.

But California District Attorneys Association chief executive Mark Zahner said law enforcement officials may now simply be targeting more serious criminals.

Lenore Anderson, who led the drive to pass Proposition 47, was pleased by reports that there may be an overall improvement in the justice system, even if the initiative is requiring some adjustment.

Law enforcement should accept that drug and property crimes still can bring appropriate punishment, while the changes leave more resources for serious felonies, said Anderson, president and executive director of the reform group Californians for Safety and Justice.

"My highest hope is that we start to really see some innovation that we haven't seen in the past," Anderson said.

For instance, this year's state budget includes $15 million for police to experiment with using case managers and diversion programs to help prostitutes and low-level drug dealers instead of putting them in jail.

Without help, "they're released in a short period of time and go right back to the same situation," said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who pushed for the funding.


By Bob Walsh

The FBI has announced today that they have “discovered” another 15,000 Hillary Clinton emails from the state department debacle. Will anything happen as a result? Unless there is a red-hot smoking gun, probably not. It is possible of course.

t is clear to anyone who isn’t mentally defective that the reason Hillary set up the non-secure and illegal personal server was to insulate her marginally legal or flat-out illegal activities from public or even official scrutiny. So far, lying like a big dog about it has worked for her so it is distinctly possible that it will continue to work.

If push comes to shove she can always pardon herself assuming she gets elected. She would, of course, do so strictly for the benefit of the people so she can continue her tireless work on their behalf without the meaningless and petty distractions of the public finding out how much of a criminal she really is.

In77 days we will determine whether or not or country will be led for the next four years by a well-meaning but possibly politically inept billionaire or a self-aggrandizing racketeer who has sold her office repeatedly for personal profit.

Damn, this shit is fucking scary.


By Bob Walsh

A federal judge in the great state of Texas has block the administrative order of the God-King, Emperor Barack I, to compel school districts to comply with his personal idea of fairness in who gets to use which shitter in public schools.

The temporary injunction was signed on Sunday by U. S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor. The basis of his ruling was the fact that federal law, known as Title IX is completely unambiguous and defines sex as “the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”

The order, which applies nationwide, does not say anything about the policy regardingtransgender students per se. It merely but effectively addresses the feds not following their own rules when they change the rules.

The great state of Texas and 12 others sued the feds over the order.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama can take his LGBT bathroom directive and stick it up his ass! As I’ve said before, them with dicks use the boys’ restrooms, them without dicks use the girls’ restrooms. As for adults, here in Texas, them that has dicks are liable to get shot if they enter a women’s restroom.


Obama doesn’t understand that gun control could never be a panacea for the cultural pathology that leads to gun violence in poor black communities

By Nat Hentoff

Jewish World Review
August 22, 2016

While President Obama is playing golf on Martha's Vineyard, disinterred coffins are floating down the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and more than 11,000 have been left homeless by the worst flooding to hit the state since Hurricane Katrina.

CNN's Don Lemon observed this week that while George W. Bush was criticized for only flying over the flood waters during Katrina's aftermath, Obama couldn't even be bothered to leave the golf course to comfort Americans in crisis.

Many have praised Obama's cool detachment as a sign of steady leadership. But it is more appropriate to characterize it as simply an indifference to the suffering of others. The truth of the matter is that Obama has been blithely watching coffins float by his entire presidency.

That is certainly the case when it comes to the civilian deaths -- which include many children -- caused by U.S. drone strikes in a half-dozen foreign countries. But even more pronounced, and morbidly ironic, is Obama's failure to fight the nationwide epidemic of inner-city gun violence epitomized by his own hometown of Chicago.

In December 2008, the president-elect was asked by an interviewer from the Chicago Tribune whether he would return to his adopted hometown, perhaps on his summer vacations.

"My Kennebunkport is on the South Side of Chicago," Obama responded, referring to George H.W. Bush's traditional vacation home in Maine. "Our friends are here. Our family is here. And so we are going to try to come back here as often as possible ... we're going to try to get back here at least once every six weeks or couple months."

Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii, not Chicago, turned out to be Obama's Kennebunkport. To the extent that he has visited Chicago at all, the infrequent visits have typically been overnight stays without his family.

In 2009, one local newspaper compared Obama's abandonment of Chicago to a guy who leaves his high school girlfriend behind when he moves on to college. The metaphor would be more fitting if the girlfriend had been left behind on life support, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

During the first full weekend of Obama's last presidential vacation on Martha's Vineyard, there were 52 shootings in Chicago, nine of them fatal. During the first three months of this year, shootings in Chicago had increased by 88 percent compared to the same time last year. According to statistics compiled by the Tribune, at least 1,206 children under the age of 17 have been shot since September 2011. At least 114 have been killed.

When viewed through the prism of unrealized potential, Obama's legacy will be that of a failed president. He possessed all of the skills to become a truly transformational leader, but couldn't live up to his true potential.

Frustrated by his inability to pass gun control legislation, Obama failed to launch a campaign against the root causes of the gun violence that has eaten away at the souls of poor black communities. He didn't understand that gun control could never be a panacea for the cultural pathology that leads to gun violence in the first place.

Obama failed to invest himself personally or embrace the grand gestures necessary to launch a movement against the culture of violence that has turned cities like Chicago into war zones. He lacked the vision or the will to do anything about it.

In 1947, Mahatma Gandhi sought to end bloody religious riots in India between Hindus and Muslims through the sheer will of his principles. He vowed to fast until the violence stopped. In a 2007 essay for Time, "Remembering Why Gandhi Starved Himself," Ishaan Tharoor described how "Gandhi broke his fast as weeping rioters laid their machetes at his feet."

Barack Obama, on the other hand, plays golf. And young black Americans continue to die on the streets of Chicago.


My wife Andrea found out that our pet Schnauzer could hardly hear, so she took it to the veterinarian. The vet found that the problem was hair in the dog's ears.

He cleaned both ears and the dog could then hear just fine. The vet proceeded to tell Andrea that if she wanted to keep this from recurring, she should go to the pharmacy and get some "Nair" hair remover and rub it in the dog's ears once a month.

Andrea went to the store and bought some "Nair" hair remover.

At the register, the pharmacist told her, "If you're going to use this under your arms, don't use deodorant for a few days."

Andrea said, "I'm not using it under my arms."

The pharmacist said, "If you're using it on your legs, don't use body lotion for a couple of days."

Andrea replied, "I'm not using it on my legs either. If you must know, I'm using it on my Schnauzer."

The pharmacist said, "Well, then don’t have any sexual intercourse for at least four days.”

Monday, August 22, 2016



by Bob Owens

August 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton is running the first presidential campaign in the history of the United States based explicitly on the gutting of a core Constitutional and human right.

Clinton has made attacking the human right of self-defense a key part of her 2016 campaign, and if she’s elected—and down-ballot Democrats manage to take control of the Senate and/or House—she’s poised to be able to destroy the gun rights of American citizens in three distinct ways.

__Place progressive, anti-gun justices on the Supreme Court

__Pass bans on a wide range of common firearms

__Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)

Stacking the Supreme Court With Anti-Gun Justices

There is already one opening on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of textualist Justice Antonin Scalia, and there are likely to be more justices who either retire, or simply pass on due their advanced ages in the next four years.

Progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83. Moderate Anthony Kennedy is 80. Liberal-moderate Stephen Breyer is 78.

The next President will appoint a replacement for Scalia, and there has been some terrifying speculation on who that may be.

If the next President is Clinton, and Democrats manage to win control of the Senate in a “wave” election, there’s a good chance that she’s not only be able to appoint a left-leaning justice, but one with radical progressive ideology. Two of the other three elderly justices (Ginsburg, Breyer) may also retire if Clinton were to take office, to be replaced by much younger and more radicalized justices. I don’t think Justice Kennedy would chose to retire under Clinton, but at 80 years old, health issues forcing retirement, or simply death, are always a possibility.

If Clinton wins, she will appoint at least one Supreme Court Justice, and plausibly as many as four. This would assure a dramatic leftward shift in the court. While it is unlikely that a “Clinton Court” will directly challenge Heller, they will almost certainly decide whether the many state and local “assault weapon” bans weaving their way through lower courts are indeed constitutional. This ties in directly to the next threat of a Clinton presidency.

Banning A Wide Range Of Popular Firearms & Accessories

Clinton’s radicalized rhetoric has championed both bans on what she calls “weapons of war,” and the “Australian model” of gun buybacks under the threat of government force.

Actual “weapons of war”—machine guns and selective-fire firearms—have not been manufactured for the civilian market for 30 years, and cannot be, due to the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA).

Yes, you heard that correctly. Despite serial lies by Democrats and the mainstream media, actual military rifles are not manufactured for the American market and haven’t been on over a generation.

What Clinton actually wants to ban are the most common firearms sold in the United States. This includes common hunting rifles, target rifles, many popular handguns, standard rifle and pistol magazines, and—if Clinton follows Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s deranged lead, could result in the majority of firearms designed in the past 100 years being banned.

The threat of new federal gun laws is even more pronounced if gun owners unhappy with their choice of Presidential candidates, opt to sit the 2016 elections out entirely, and Democrats manage to gain seats in the House and Senate, or even win majorities outright.

Dismantling the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act

Hillary Clinton has made it clear that her “death blow” against the Second Amendment won’t be an attempt to repeal the Second Amendment directly, but to instead drive the gun industry itself out of business.

The weapon she has chosen to attack you human right to self defense is the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA.

Clinton has attacked PLCAA repeatedly on the campaign trail, and—lying about it shamelessly—claiming that it grants the firearms industry “immunity” from lawsuits.

This claim is entirely false, which Clinton well knows.

PLCAA does one thing, and one thing only: it protects the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits filed by gun control supporters looking to bankrupt gun dealers and gun companies.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Brady Campaign (former called the National Council to Control Handguns and Handgun Control, Inc.) used deep-pocketed gun control supporters to finance what was known as “lawfare.”

Anti-gun attorneys would look for people to use as patsies to serve as plaintiffs in frivolous civil lawsuits against gun dealers, distributors, and manufacturers. The goal of these suits were always transparent, and always the same. These gun control supporters didn’t really care if they won or lost their cases, or if their plaintiff patsies were ripped to emotional shreds; their goal was then (and remains now) to force gun dealers, distributors, and manufacturers to have to hire expensive attorneys and spend hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in legal fees to defend themselves in court.

PLCAA was passed into law specifically to keep a handful of gun control supporting billionaires from bankrupting the American gun industry from top to bottom with frivolous lawsuits. Hillary Clinton wants to repeal PLCAA so that her allies, such as Michael Bloomberg, can then finance wave after wave of lawsuits to bankrupt gun companies with exorbitant legal fees.

If Clinton is successful in her goal of repealing PLCAA—which she could very conceivably do if she is elected in a “wave” that sees Democrats pick up seats in the House and Senate—then no gun dealer or manufacturer, or sporting goods store, or ammunition company, would be immune to frivolous lawsuits, and all would be sued out of business.

You would not be able to buy new guns, because there would be no manufacturers or importers after they were targeted, one-by-one.

In many states where universal background checks are required, you would not be able to buy, sell, or trade existing guns, as dealer after dealer would be sued out of business.

You would not be able to buy ammunition for your existing guns, as ammunition companies would also be targeted for extermination, as Brady tried to do against Lucky Gunner as recently as last year (only to have their case struck down by a judge citing PLCAA).

This truly is an “all or nothing” election, folks.

If you own any firearm of any kind, for any reason, or ever want to own a firearm for any reason, electing Hillary Clinton is simply non-viable.

I know that there are Republicans, Democrats, third-party voters and political agnostics who aren’t thrilled with their choices of Presidential candidates this year. I’m certainly not.

I will tell you that if she is elected, Hillary Clinton will seek to destroy not just your right, but your ability to own, trade, and shoot the most common firearms in the United States.

All of them, without exception.

This includes your bolt-action deer rifle, your pump shotgun, your grandfather’s heirloom revolver, the pistol you purchased for self defense, and the little .22 rifle you learned to shoot as a kid.

Consider yourself warned, and vote strategically to protect the Constitution and the right to bear arms against the most dangerous and corrupt candidate to ever be nominated for President.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Once Hillary's Supreme Court Justices rule that the Second Amendment applies only to the military and not to the individual citizen, states like California, cities like San Francisco, and other jurisdictions will be able to ban the ownership of certain types of firearms, or even ban any gun ownership.


By Bob Walsh

Cathy McCulloch is a barrister in the U.K. She recently defended a man against charges that he repeated engaged in acts of forcible incest against his own daughter. According to Ms. McCulloch, his only real defense was his assertion that he didn’t do it.

The daughter described in great detail the things her father forced her to do. It struck the barrister as odd, as much of the wording seemed far too “old” for the girl. And, the day before the trial, the father mentioned that the girl’s favorite novel was the S&M bestseller, 50 SHADES OF GRAY.

The barrister got a brief continuance and compared the daughter’s testimony to the police with the text of the book. The similarities were remarkable.

Three days into the trial the “victim” took the stand and stated, among other things,that she was annoyed with daddy for “running her life” because he was quite strict with her. The barrister then went over her testimony phrase by phrase with the “victim” and compared it to the book. The daughter folded like a cheap lawn chair,confessing she made the whole thing up to get daddy dearest into trouble.

The judge ordered the jury to bring in a jury of acquittal. It is unknown if the cops will make a charge against the girl, whose name and age are not mentioned in the news pieces. (The Limies are often very stuffy about what they call Wasting Police Time, which is a criminal offense.)


Only drunk pilots see UFOs, transgender officers are fine with him, and he'd refuse to shake Hillary's hand

By Kalhan Rosenblatt

Daily Mail
August 21, 2016

Retired brigadier general Chuck Yeager might be 93, but proved he knows a thing or two about tweeting after a hilarious days-long AMA on Twitter.

Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier in level flight, spent hours on social media answering dozens of questions posed to him by users.

Since Thursday, Yeager has responded to a host of questions tweeted at him.

Some of the general's responses were humorous while others were straightforward.

Topics ranged from the upcoming election to whether the general preferred flying or sex.

One person asked: 'Who would you vote for this November? Am at a loss.'

Yeager responded: 'My Dad refused to shake Pres Truman's hand. He never met a Democrat he liked. He'd feel even more so about Clinton.'

One Twitter user asked him what would have happened if social media had existed during World War II, which he served as a private in the United States Army Air Forces before being promoted through the ranks to a P-51 fighter pilot.

He responded that Twitter would have 'created a mess'.

Yeager also told one person he would be fine with a transgender commanding officer as long as that person did their job well.

A man tweeted asking how to help his girlfriend get over her fear of 'breaking the sound barrier' when flying.

Yeager joked: 'No commercial airplanes are flying near MACH 1 or the sound barrier. It's no longer there - I broke it.'

When asked why he never went to space, he replied: 'Didn't want to wipe the monkey crap off the seat before I sat down'

Several people asked if Yeager had joined the 'mile high club' or if her preferred flying or sex.

To each query he simply responded: 'Secret.'

Yeager seemed to get annoyed after several people asked him about his thoughts on Colonel John Richard Boyd.

'7th time asked in 12 hrs. Same answer: Not impressed,' he responded to one person.

During the session he implied he doesn't believe in climate change, prefers cats to dogs and said Amelia Earhart looked like Charles Lindbergh

When asked about Edward Snowden, the general simply replied: 'The traitor?'

He also threw a not-so-subtle jab at the Navy when someone asked if he thought the military division was better than the Air Force.

His response? 'HAHAHAHA.'

One person asked how many UFOs the general had encountered during his flights.

'None. I don't drink before I fly,' he tweeted back.

Yeager also mentioned the last time he broke the sound barrier was four years ago and said it 'felt like yesterday'.

He also called the newer F-22 and the F-35 fighter jets a 'waste of money' but said despite not wanting to predict the future, he can see the merit in using drones.

'Any time a pilot doesn't have to bleed, that's a good thing,' he wrote.

Yeager finished his AMA just before 1am on Sunday, but said he would be back to continue answering questions.


Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich: “[In my] 20-year career as a prosecutor, I’ve never seen a scene where there were five people that were brutally and viciously murdered. That’s what we have here.”

By J.B. Biunno, Emily DeVoe and Jacqueline Quynh

WKRG News 5
August 21, 2016

CITRONELLE, AL -- The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the five victims killed in a “gruesome” and “vicious” murder Saturday at a home in Citronelle. It’s being called one of the worst mass killings in Alabama history.

Robert Lee Brown, 26-years-old

Chelsea Marie Reed (5 months pregnant), 22-years-old

Justin Kaleb Reed, 23-years-old

Joseph Adam Turner, 27-years-old

Shannon Melissa Randall, 35-years-old

Authorities say the murderer, 27-year-old Derrick Dearman, turned himself in to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and is cooperating with investigators.

After examining the crime scene, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said it was the most disturbing murder scene she’s ever seen.

“[In my] 20-year career as a prosecutor, I’ve never seen a scene where there were five people that were brutally and viciously murdered,” Rich said. “That’s what we have here.”

Dearman is believed to have used multiple weapons to commit the savage murders at the home on Jim Platt Road on Saturday morning. Dearman’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Laneta Lester, was staying at the home with her 3-month-old infant to avoid Dearman, who said to be abusing her.

Around 1:00am Saturday morning, police were called to the Citronelle home to report Dearman trespassing on their property, however, he left before officers arrived to the location.

Shortly after, Dearman returned to the property, gained access to the home and attacked the five victims while they were sleeping. Several weapons were used and multiple firearms were later recovered at the crime scene.

After the attacks, Dearman forced Lester and her infant into his vehicle to travel to his father’s home in Mississippi. Dearman, along with his father, went to authorities to turn himself in, while Lester went to Citronelle Police to give her account of what had happened.

When investigators arrived to the scene of the murders, they found one of the most disturbing crimes scenes they had ever seen.

“I’ve been doing this for 27 years and I would say that I’ve seen a couple of triple homicides, but not five in one location,” said Captain Paul Burch of the MCSO.

Due to the horrific nature of the crime scene, authorities predict to be on site for days.
With one of the victims being five months pregnant, Dearman will be charged with six counts of murder.


Rejecting job applicants with criminal records is bad for America and those in need of a second chance

By Mark V. Holden

The Wall Street Journal
August 17, 2016

No matter what one thinks about the criminal-justice reform bills under consideration in
Congress, most everyone agrees that people with criminal records who have served their time
deserve a second chance. Sadly, that chance is too often out of reach—a problem businesses can
help solve.

Few things are as important for people trying to rejoin society as having a job. According to the
Justice Department, more than 650,000 incarcerated individuals return to their communities
every year, and after years behind bars they desperately need a chance to find personal
fulfillment and provide for themselves and their families. But a combination of government
restrictions and business hiring processes too often leave them with few, if any, opportunities for
gainful employment.

The results are as predictable as they are disheartening. When people with criminal records
struggle to find work, they become much more likely to re-offend. The lack of employment is
one of the key reasons why over two-thirds are re-arrested, over half are re-convicted, and two
out of five are re-incarcerated within three years of release.

The resulting increases in crime and incarceration rates affect everyone, first through a decrease
in local safety, second through higher costs to taxpayers, and third through the lost value that
those individuals could have brought to the economy. A 2010 study by the Center for Economic
and Policy Research estimates the annual lost economic value at between $57 billion and $65

To help end this sad cycle, businesses should consider instituting a “ban the box” hiring policy. A 2009 study by Harvard and Princeton researchers showed that checking the box on a job
application that indicates a criminal record reduces the chances of a callback by 50%, with
blacks hurt twice as much as white applicants with criminal records. By eliminating or delaying
this question, candidates are less likely to be rejected before their qualifications are considered.

We employ this approach at Koch Industries—we officially removed the box last year, delaying
the question until later in the hiring process. Before that, we had a process by which we reviewed
a job candidate’s offense to determine whether it was job-related. Even if it was, we engaged in a
further review into the nature of the offense and the time passed since its occurrence. The
combination of these two policies has resulted in job offers to thousands of candidates with
criminal records.

Many of those hired have been dedicated employees who have risen through the company’s
ranks. For example: We recently hired three individuals who were incarcerated at a local prison
in one of the states where Koch Industries has a manufacturing presence. The feedback from
their supervisors and peers has been uniformly positive; the employees have been successful by
all accounts. More important, each is on a path toward a productive and fulfilling life—
something they otherwise might not have had.

We believe that banning the box makes sense from a business perspective. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates some 77.7 million Americans, or nearly one in three adults, have some
type of criminal record. For employers seeking the best talent, it makes sense for a company to
consider all factors, including any prior criminal record, in the context of a candidate’s other life
experiences. We are in a global competition for the best talent period—not the best talent with or
without a record.

While we support policies that ban the box for public-sector employers, we understand that a
ban-the-box policy may not work for every private business. That is why we oppose legislative
attempts—at the local, state or federal level—to mandate that this policy be adopted by the
private sector. But we nonetheless urge companies to consider whether this policy works for

Many employers have already concluded that it does, including Facebook, Target andHome
Depot. Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, where I serve as chairman, sent aletter to more
than 100 of its business members on Aug. 15 urging them to consider implementing a ban-the-
box policy. My hope is that others will make a similar determination.

Hundreds of thousands of people with criminal records try to rejoin society every year, and they
want to contribute to their communities and improve their lives. We can help them by breaking
down barriers that stand in their way. No one should be judged forever based on what they did on their worst day—and everyone deserves a second chance.

Mr. Holden is general counsel and senior vice president of Koch Industries

EDITOR’S NOTE: And the Koch Brothers, owners of Koch Industries and hated right wing ideologues, are actually doing something for the downtrodden, not just squawking about it like the Democrats.