Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WOMAN WHO ACCUSED BILL CLINTON OF SEXUAL ASSAULT TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST HILLARY PRESIDENTIAL RUN

Kathleen Willey: “This gives me more of an opportunity to get this message out to young voters who weren't even born or don't even remember what happened and to the women who have suffered.”

By Jonathan Allen

Reuters
February 8, 2016

NEW YORK -- One of the women who has accused former U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual assault says she has agreed to work for an anti-Clinton political group being formed by a former advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer who says Bill Clinton groped her in an Oval Office hallway in 1993 when she came to him tearfully seeking a paid job, said she had agreed to become a paid national spokeswoman for a group being created by Roger Stone.

Stone, a Republican strategist, said the group would become active should Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton's wife, win the Democratic nomination in the 2016 race for the White House. Clinton is currently the front runner.

"This gives me more of an opportunity to get this message out to young voters who weren't even born or don't even remember what happened and to the women who have suffered," Willey told Reuters.

Willey said she will give interviews and speeches and appear in political advertisements to ensure the accusations remain part of the political discourse during the election campaign.

"They're going to be confronted every day, on radio, on television, on billboards," Stone told Reuters, referring to the Clintons. He said he had reached a verbal agreement with Willey but cautioned that the group was still in the planning stages.

Spokesmen for Hillary and Bill Clinton did not respond to questions about Willey.

Stone's political action committee, which can raise virtually unlimited funds to advocate for or against candidates, was originally created last year under the name Women Against Hillary. It was renamed in January as the Rape Accountability Project for Education PAC, or RAPE PAC.

In a 1998 deposition, Clinton "emphatically" denied Willey's accusation he groped her, describing her as having "been through a lot" in reference to her family's financial woes and her husband's suicide on the day Willey says her encounter with Clinton happened.

Clinton has admitted having extra-marital affairs with two other women: Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, and Gennifer Flowers, a singer and actor from his home state of Arkansas, but he and his lawyers have said accusations by other women are false.

It's not clear whether Stone's group will resonate with voters. A Reuters/Ipsos poll in January found that a majority of the public, including 68 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans, thought that Bill Clinton's past sexual misconduct "made no difference" in the current race.

Among women, 56 percent said it did not matter, while another 21 percent said it would hurt Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the election.

Several Republican candidates, particularly Trump, have reminded voters of the allegations while campaigning. The Clintons and their staff have dismissed this as dirty politics.

Clinton accusers are back

Hillary Clinton's decision to advocate for victims of sexual assault has persuaded some of her husband's other accusers, including Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones McFadden, to wade into the political season.

Broaddrick and Willey say that Clinton, who has said victims of sexual assault have the "right to be believed," is being hypocritical by doubting her husband's accusers.

When asked about the accusations by Broaddrick, Jones McFadden and Willey at a campaign event in New Hampshire in December, Hillary Clinton replied that people who say they were sexually assaulted should be "believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence."

Stone released a book last year called "The Clintons' War on Women," for which Willey wrote the foreword. After leaving Trump's campaign, Stone created a pro-Trump political action committee, the Committee to Restore America's Greatness. He says he remains friendly with Trump.

Trump himself, angered at Hillary Clinton calling him sexist, described Bill Clinton as "one of the great women abusers of all time" and Hillary Clinton his "enabler" at a campaign event last month.

A spokeswoman for Trump, who is barred by Federal Election Commission rules from coordinating with super PACs, did not respond to questions.

Stone has also helped to set up an online fundraising page to help raise money to pay for Willey's mortgage, he said. She said she has been in financial difficult since her husband's suicide and is facing foreclosure on her Virginia home this month.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because Hillary has made it a point during the campaign that she is standing up for sexually abused women, she and hubby Bill are fair game for reminders to the voters that Bill sexually assaulted Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones, especially since she was an enabler for her philandering husband.

Many, if not most voters today do not know that a number of women accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and that, as President, Clinton was impeached for lying about his sexual escapades with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, Had he not been acquitted, Hillary would not have been elected to the Senate, she would not have been Secretary of State, and she would never have been a candidate for President of the United States.

BIT ON THE ASS BY LIES

By Bob Walsh

John Alfonzo Smiley used to be a California Correctional Officer. It is a pretty good job with good pay and bennies. Cynthia Ann Biasi is his wife. In April of 2008 they were indulging in their hobby of spouse-swapping at a sex club in San Francisco. Smiley got in a beef with the guy who had just been porking his wife, and got shot in the back for his trouble. He is now in a wheel chair.

They claimed that they had been in a restaurant rather than the sex club and that he was backshot by a parolee who recognized him. They put in for about $4 million in workers comp benefits claiming the incident was work related.

In 2012 they were both found guilty of perjury. They have now both been found guilty of fraud charges. Smiley is now looking at nearly nine years as a guest of the state. His wife is looking at roughly the same when they are sentenced next month.

The shooter was never caught or even properly identified. He might have even been a parolee.

They could have both avoided the whole thing if they had backed away from their claim early on. Instead they pursued the lie and got bit on the ass. Being an ex-cop in prison is, I expect, rough. Being a gimp ex-cop in prison is probably REALLY rough. What’s the old saying; Life is hard, it’s harder when you are stupid.

US REPONSE TO NORTH KOREAN ROCKET LAUNCH REMINISCENT OF SYMBICORT AD

Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile, both before and after its launch, left US huffing and puffing to no avail

North Korea launched a rocket Sunday, claiming that its purpose was to put a satellite in space. However, many believe that the launch was really an intercontinental ballistic missile test.

The US warned Kim Jung Un not to launch his rocket. That warning was exactly as effective as our warning for him not to conduct his recent nuclear test. Our warnings have fallen on deaf ears.

As for the rocket launch, Secretary of State John Kerry referred to it as a "a flagrant violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions." And he called the nuclear test and the rocket launch "a major provocation, threatening not only the security of the Korean Peninsula, but that of the region and the United States as well."

Kim Jong Un must be shaking in his boots, not out of fear, but from laughing out loud.

Right now, all this huffing and puffing reminds me of the Symbicort ad on TV where the wolf cannot blow down the pigs’ house. Before our enemies will heed our warnings, our military will have to have a hefty dose of’Symbicort”, that is it will have to have a “significant Improvement,” as the ad says, to reverse the watering down of our armed forces, especially our ground forces, in recent years.

OUR LIAR IN CHIEF VISITS A MOSQUE

In his visit to a Baltimore mosque, Obama praised Islam and condemned anti-Muslims in our country

President Obama visited a Baltimore mosque where he either misinterpreted the Quean or deliberately distorted or lied about its teachings. Being our Liar in Chief, I feel fairly certain it was the latter.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT OBAMA SAID AT THE MOSQUE

By Dennis Prager

Townhall.com
February 9, 2016

If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media's summary of them. When you do, you realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.

The most recent example was his speech last week at a mosque in Baltimore. In addition to reassuring Muslim Americans that they are as American as Americans of every other faith -- – a point that any president, Republican or Democrat, would and should make – President Obama spoke a lot of nonsense, some of it dangerous.

President Obama: "So let's start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam's message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam -- peace."

Why did Obama say this? Even Muslim websites acknowledge that "Islam" means "submission" [to Allah], that it comes from the Arabic root "aslama" meaning submission, and that "Islam" is in the command form of that verb.

That's why "Muslim" means "One who submits," not "One who is peaceful."

Obama: "Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Quran."

The reason Jefferson had a copy of the Quran was to try to understand it in light of what the Muslim ambassador from Tripoli had told him and John Adams. When asked why Tripoli pirates were attacking American ships and enslaving Americans, the Muslim ambassador explained that Muslims are commanded to do so by the Quran: "It was written in their Quran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman [Muslim] who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to Paradise."

That's why Jefferson and Adams had Qurans.

Obama: "And how do we move forward together? ... It can't be just a burden on the Muslim community -- although the Muslim community has to play a role."

Most Americans would say that the American Muslim community has to play "the" role, not "a" role in preventing violent Islam from capturing the minds of American Muslims, and in helping authorities identify extremist Muslims.

Obama: "Second, as Americans, we have to stay true to our core values, and that includes freedom of religion for all faiths."

This is so obviously true that one wonders why the president felt it necessary to mention it.

Obama: "There are Christians who are targeted now in the Middle East, despite having been there for centuries, and there are Jews who've lived in places like France for centuries who now feel obliged to leave because they feel themselves under assault - sometimes by Muslims."

One would have expected that after mentioning "Christians targeted now in the Middle East," he would have mentioned "Jews targeted now in the Middle East." That, however, would presumably have been too controversial to say. So, the president mentioned the many Jews in France "who now feel obliged to leave" their country because "they feel themselves under assault" -- and then came the corker: "sometimes by Muslims."

Sometimes? French Jews have recently been murdered, tortured and harassed more than at any time since the Holocaust. And virtually every one of those attacks has been perpetrated by Muslims.

Obama: "We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone. And that includes against Muslims here in the United States of America."

Two facts are relevant here. One is that religious hate crimes are exceedingly rare in America. The other is that in 2014, the last year for which we have data, Jews were targets of hate crimes four times more frequently than Muslims.

Obama: "I often hear it said that we need moral clarity in this fight. And the suggestion is somehow that if I would simply say, these are all Islamic terrorists, then we would actually have solved the problem by now, apparently."

The president has made extensive use of the straw man -- a false target that he then attacks. This is one such example. No one has ever said that if the president were to identify Islamic terrorists by name instead of nameless "violent extremists," "we would actually have solved the problem by now."

What drives most Americans crazy is that the president of the United States refuses to name the enemy. And this rewriting of reality filters down. Increasingly, for example, when (and if) 9/11 is taught in American schools, the attackers are never identified as Muslims.

Obama: "And, by the way, the notion that America is at war with Islam ignores the fact that the world's religions are a part of who we are."

Another straw man. No American of any stature has said that "America is at war with Islam."

Obama: "In the discussion I had before I came out, some people said, why is there always a burden on us? When a young man in Charleston shoots African-Americans in a church, there's not an expectation that every white person in America suddenly is explaining that they're not racist."

This point alone should have been publicized by the media -- that the president of the United States tells Muslims that they have no moral obligation to condemn violence committed in the name of Islam.

Obama: "American Muslims are better positioned than anybody to show that it is possible to be faithful to Islam ... and to believe in democracy."

That is actually true. Given that theocracy, not democracy, is a central tenet of Islam, if an Islam compatible with democracy ever develops, it will probably develop in America.

Obama: "These are the voices of Muslim scholars, some of whom join us today, who know Islam has a tradition of respect for other faiths."

Another falsehood. Islam has no such tradition. Islam has always demanded that Jews and Christians be treated as humiliated second-class citizens -- when not forced to choose between conversion or death.

Now you know what President Obama said at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. But if you just read or listened to the mainstream media, you would have missed it because none of this was reported. It was all about, as the headline in USA Today put it, "At Baltimore mosque, Obama condemns anti-Muslim bigotry."

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

BEYONCE SALUTED A BUNCH OF MURDEROUS THUGS

During her half-time performance at Super Bowl 50, Beyonce and her dancers saluted the Black Panthers and gave the closed-fist black power salute

Beyonce politicized her Super Bowl half-time show. During her half-time performance at Super Bowl 50, she and her dancers saluted the Black Panthers and gave the closed-fist black power salute. How disgusting! She saluted a bunch of murderous thugs.

Beyonce, 34, may be too young to know the true history of the Black Panther party. She has probably been misled by the media which has glamorized a bunch of murderous thugs as an “urban radical movement” that had a “painful birth” in the City of Oakland 50 years ago. The media has referred to Black Panther founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale as “local activists.” Thus the media has made them into folk heroes.

Whoa! The media has been playing really loose with the facts. Oakland was not the birthplace of the Panthers and the group was not formed as an urban movement by local activists.

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was born in 1966 at San Quentin, one of California's maximum security prisons. Its founders and charter members were convicts doing hard time for armed robberies, murders, burglaries, assaults, and other felonies. They had no intention of going straight upon their release from prison. These were "criminal activists," not local activists, who formed the Panthers in order to protect themselves from the police following their release. They were inspired by Mao Tse-tung and relied on many of his quotations in their printed handouts.

The Panthers gained world-wide attention when they entered the State Capitol dressed in black berets and leather jackets, carrying shotguns and bandoleers. They demanded a number of rights and scared the supreme shit out of California's state legislators. That confrontation led to the myth that the Panthers were a group of urban activists seeking justice and equal rights for the black community. In truth, the Panthers continued to commit robberies, burglaries, murders, and assaults. Its members were involved in a number of deadly shootouts with the police, not only in California, but in other parts of the United States as well.

Much has been made of the free breakfast program provided by the Panthers to the poor black children of Oakland. Less well known is the fact that during these breakfasts, the Panthers distributed their Black Panther Coloring Book. In it, the panthers used the term "pigs" to describe all whites and referred to the police as the "pig police." Their coloring book, a copy of which I still have, was full of hatred against all whites and it encouraged brave black children to attack and kill cowardly police officers.

Radical leftists and many blacks want to portray the Black Panthers as a group of civil rights activists who used a radical approach in the black community's fight for justice and equal rights. They believe the Panthers, their folk heroes, became the victims of a racist police force determined to destroy them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most Panthers killed by the police were shot while committing armed robberies or other felonies.

Panthers also committed a number of deadly attacks against unsuspecting police officers. In 1967, Huey Newton himself shot a police patrolman to death at an Oakland bus stop. At his trial, the State's chief eyewitness, a black bus driver, testified that the shooting was unprovoked. Newton testified that he acted in self-defense when he was attacked by the officer, a claim no one else corroborated. Shades of the O. J. Simpson trial - a black jury refused to convict Newton of first degree murder for that cold blooded killing, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

And how did the heroic cop-killer Huey Newton’s life end? Alas, poor Huey was killed in 1989, not by the police, but by a black dope dealer during a dispute over Newton's failure to pay for an earlier purchase of cocaine.

The Panthers were started in prison by a bunch of convicted thugs and thieves, The thuggery and thievery continued after their release. Did they accomplish anything in the fight for justice and civil rights? Absolutely not! When their aura faded, the Panthers simply left behind a legacy of unresolved urban conflict, crime, death, and black hatred of whites. What a legacy. Folk heroes, my ass!

I do not think that a football half-time show should ever be politicized except for a show of patriotism. If she was going to politicize her show, instead of saluting a bunch of murderous thugs, Beyonce could have payed tribute to Martin Luther King.

Bryonce is either ignorant of the Black Panthers history, or worse yet, she knowingly ignored it. In either case, her half-time tribute was shameful and disgusting, and no way in hell does her performance deserve the raving praise it got!

ON STRIKE, SHUT IT DOWN!!!

By Bob Walsh

Those readers who are in the same age group as BGB and I will remember that phrase shouted by students at college campuses across the country in the 1960s. Today (02-08) it is being shouted by the faculty of the California State University system.

They have been offered a 2% raise. They want 5% and have announced they will strike for five days during April to enforce their demands. They have already taken a vote, which overwhelmingly supported the strike. Obviously the significant warning and time delay is to attempt to pressure the system into kicking down.

Do they deserve it? Probably. Can the taxpayers afford it? That is more questionable. The faculty is not eating Ramen noodles and mac-and-cheese for dinner, at least not out of necessity. Many students, and many taxpayers, are. What’s fair, who should bite the bullet? Damned if I know. We will, however, probably find out what happens in the next month or so.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fire the far-left bastards if they go on strike!

PUBLISHER AND STAFF OF SAN ANTONIO WEEKLY WILT UNDER RELENTLESS BARRAGE OF PHONE CALLS AND VOICE MAILS CONDEMNING THREAT TO PUBLISH POLICE OFFICER NAMES AND ADDRESSES

Stephanie Zarriello, the publisher and editor-in-chief of The San Antonio Observer, now says her threat was intended to “make an officer think twice before shooting so fast and killing an unarmed person.”

On Saturday, Stephanie Zarriello, the publisher and editor-in-chief of The San Antonio Observer, announced that her weekly tabloid, The San Antonio Observer, was going to publish the names and addresses of all San Antonio police officers. Was incensed over the police shooting of an unarmed man which she called a “murder.”

In making her announcement Saturday, Zarriello said, “Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice. Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection [from getting shot by cops].”

Well, all that did not sit well with a lot of people. Zarriello and her staff wilted under a relentless barrage of phone calls and voice mails from all over the country which condemned the threat to publish the names and addresses of police officers.

Zarriello now says the Observer, which I suspect is used mostly to line the bottom of bird cages, will not publish the names and addresses of San Antonio cops. She said the threat was only intended to “make an officer think twice before shooting so fast and killing an unarmed person.”

So for all you cops out there who had an apoplectic fit when you heard about Zarriello’s threat, you can now relax.

WIFE CRASHES HER OWN FUNERAL, SURPRISING HUSBANDWHO PAID TO HAVE HER KILLED

By Sarah Kaplan

The Washington Post
February 5, 2016

Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

Finally, she spotted the man she'd been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his head in horror.

"Is it my eyes?" she recalled him saying. "Is it a ghost?"

"Surprise! I'm still alive!" she replied.

Far from being elated, the man looked terrified. Five days ago, he had ordered a team of hit men to kill Rukundo, his partner of 10 years. And they did - well, they told him they did. They even got him to pay an extra few thousand dollars for carrying out the crime.

Now here was his wife, standing before him. In an interview with the BBC Thursday, Rukundo recalled how he touched her shoulder to find it unnervingly solid. He jumped. Then he started screaming.

"I'm sorry for everything," he wailed.

But it was far too late for apologies; Rukundo called the police. The husband, Balenga Kalala, ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison for incitement to murder, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC).

The happy ending - or, as happy as can be expected to a saga in which a man tries to have his wife killed - was made possible by three unusually principled hit men, a helpful pastor and one incredibly gutsy woman: Rukundo herself.

Here is how she pulled it off.

Rukundo's ordeal began almost exactly a year ago, when she flew from her home in Melbourne with her husband, Kalala, to attend a funeral in her native Burundi. Her stepmother had died and the service left her saddened and stressed. She retreated to her hotel room in Bujumbura, the capital, early in the evening; despondent after the events of the day, she lay down in bed. Then her husband called.

"He told me to go outside for fresh air," she told the BBC.

But the minute Rukundo stepped out of her hotel, a man charged forward, pointing a gun right at her.

"Don't scream," she recalled him saying. "If you start screaming, I will shoot you. They're going to catch me, but you? You will already be dead."

Rukundo, terrified, did as she was told. She was ushered into a car and blindfolded so she couldn't see where she was being taken. After 30 or 40 minutes, the car came to a stop, and Rukundo was pushed into a building and tied to a chair.

She could hear male voices, she told the ABC. One asked her, "You woman, what did you do for this man to pay us to kill you?"

"What are you talking about?" Rukundo demanded.

"Balenga sent us to kill you."

They were lying. She told them so. And they laughed.

"You're a fool," they told her.

There was the sound of a dial tone, and a male voice coming through a speakerphone. It was her husband's voice.

"Kill her," he said.

And Rukundo fainted.

Rukundo had met her husband 11 years earlier, right after she arrived in Australia from Burundi, according to the BBC. He was a recent refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they had the same social worker at the resettlement agency that helped them get on their feet. Since Kalala already knew English, their social worker often recruited him to translate for Rukundo, who spoke Swahili.

They fell in love, moved in together in the Melbourne suburb of Kings Park, and had three children (Rukundo also had five kids from a previous relationship). She learned more about her husband's past - he had fled a rebel army that had ransacked his village, killing his wife and young son. She also learned more about his character.

"I knew he was a violent man," Rukundo told the BBC. "But I didn't believe he can kill me."

But, it appeared, he could.

Rukundo came to in the strange building somewhere near Bujumbura. The kidnappers were still there, she told the ABC.

They weren't going to kill her, the men then explained - they didn't believe in killing women, and they knew her brother. But they would keep her husband's money and tell him that she was dead. After two days, they set her free on the side of a road, but not before giving her a mobile phone, recordings of their phone conversations with Kalala, and receipts for the $7,000 in Australian dollars they allegedly received in payment, according to Australia's The Age.

"We just want you to go back, to tell other stupid women like you what happened," Rukundo said she was told before the gang members drove away.

Shaken, but alive and doggedly determined, Rukundo began plotting her next move. She sought help from the Kenyan and Belgian embassies to return to Australia, according to The Age. Then she called the pastor of her church in Melbourne, she told the BBC, and explained to him what had happened. Without alerting Kalala, the pastor helped her get back home to her neighborhood near Melbourne.

Meanwhile, her husband had told everyone she had died in a tragic accident and the entire community mourned her at her funeral at the family home. On the night of Feb. 22, 2015, just as the widower Kalala waved goodbye to neighbors who had come to comfort him, Rukundo approached him, the very man whose voice she'd heard over the phone five days earlier, ordering that she be killed.

"I felt like somebody who had risen again," she told the BBC.

Though Kalala initially denied all involvement, Rukundo got him to confess to the crime during a phone conversation that was secretly recorded by police, according to The Age.

"Sometimes Devil can come into someone, to do something, but after they do it they start thinking, 'Why I did that thing?' later," he said, as he begged her to forgive him.

Kalala eventually pleaded guilty to the scheme. He was sentenced to nine years in prison by a judge in Melbourne.

"Had Ms Rukundo's kidnappers completed the job, eight children would have lost their mother," Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said, according to the ABC. "It was premeditated and motivated by unfounded jealousy, anger and a desire to punish Ms. Rukundo."

Rukundo said that Kalala tried to kill her because he thought she was going to leave him for another man - an accusation she denies.

But her trials are not yet over. Rukundo told the ABC she's gotten backlash from Melbourne's Congolese community for reporting Kalala to the police. Someone left threatening messages for her, and she returned home one day to find her back door broken. She now has eight children to raise alone, and has asked the Department of Human Services to help her find a new place to live.

And lying in bed at night, Kalala's voice still comes to her: "Kill her, kill her," she told the BBC. "Every night, I see what was happening in those two days with the kidnappers."

Despite all that, "I will stand up like a strong woman," she said. "My situation, my past life? That is gone. I'm starting a new life now."

EDITOR’S NOTE: It seems that nowadays you can’t get dependable help anymore. Balenga Kalala must have found these guys on Angie’s List or Home Advisor.

ACTRESS KATE DEL CASTILLO IS READY TO TALK ABOUT HER TIES TO ‘EL CHAPO’ GUZMAN, BUT THERE’S A CATCH

Castillo, who is suspected of establishing her tequila business with money from El Chapo, feels betrayed by Sean Penn

By Amanda Macias and Christopher Woody

Business Insider
February 5, 2016

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who has been drawn into the sordid case around recently recaptured kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, is ready to talk about her ties to the drug boss, but she says she won't go to Mexico to do it.

According to her US attorney, Harland Braun, del Castillo is willing to talk about her relationship with Guzmán, "but only if quizzed on US soil," AFP reports.

Del Castillo, 43, has US citizenship and lives in Los Angeles, which has so far hindered the Mexican government's efforts to reach her.

"Obviously if they want to talk to her, they can come here, through the US government, and she'll be happy to talk," Braun told AFP.

"If the Mexican government wants to talk to her," he added, "they can call the US government and the US government arranges it."

Del Castillo, at the center of a Mexican money-laundering investigation after she helped Hollywood star Sean Penn interview Guzmán in October, said Mexico's government wanted to "destroy her," Univision reported in late January.

Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez has said there were "indications" the actress may have used money from Guzmán to help finance her tequila business.

Del Castillo's tequila even got a mention in Penn's rambling Rolling Stone piece, which was published the day after Guzmán was apprehended.

"The flight had been just bumpy enough that each of us had taken a few swigs off a bottle of Honor tequila, a new brand that Kate is marketing," Penn wrote.

"I have no reason to give explanations to the press. If I don't talk, it's because my lawyers told me not to because the government wants to destroy me," the actress said in a message to Univision, which published the comment on its website in late January.

Braun insisted to AFP that his client and Guzman were in contact only over a movie project and that the government's inquest was politically motivated.

"There's no money (involved) and the Mexican government knows that," Braun said. "They're just embarrassed they let (him) escape twice."

An official for Mexico's attorney general's office declined to comment on del Castillo's remarks about trying to destroy her but noted that Gomez had guaranteed that the presumption of innocence would be respected.

Del Castillo's father said in mid-January that his daughter would testify at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles, where she would present proof "she is clean."

The daughter of actor Eric del Castillo, she is considered television royalty in Mexico, with a career spanning more than 20 years and the connections to bring Guzmán's movie to life.

For del Castillo, art imitates life, as she played merciless drug lord Teresa Mendoza in the popular soap opera "La Reina del Sur," meaning "The Queen of the South."

A Mexican official told the Associated Press that Guzmán's October interview with Penn, which was brokered by del Castillo, eventually led authorities to the then-fugitive drug lord.

Authorities found DVD copies of del Castillo's telenovela inside Guzmán's hideout during the January 8 raid, dubbed operation "Black Swan," that eventually led to his capture.

According to Penn, Guzmán began plotting Hollywood fame while incarcerated in Altiplano prison.

"He was interested in seeing the story of his life told on film, but would entrust its telling only to Kate (del Castillo)," Penn wrote.

"The same lawyer again tracked her down, this time through the Mexican equivalent of the Screen Actors Guild, and the imprisoned drug lord and the actress began to correspond in handwritten letters and BBM messages," Penn continued in his Rolling Stone piece.

Del Castillo, according to her lawyer, has said she feels "betrayed" and "used" by Penn in his effort to secure an interview with Guzmán.

"She and Penn were going down there to talk about a movie project," Braun told AFP. "He then makes a secret deal with the magazine to write an article and he tells a lot of people about the trip."

"This has made her feel very betrayed," the attorney told the AP this week.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A government source told Fox News that both U.S. and Mexican agents had been monitoring the meet-up between El Chapo, del Castillo, and Penn. Mexican agents wanted to go in, but the U.S. didn't want to endanger Penn. “The Mexican military wanted to go in and get El Chapo, but the State Department did not want them to, because it would put Americans in danger. The State Department applied pressure to delay the siege until Penn and his crew were gone."

By all means, let’s not endanger an actor who is an activist for far-left causes.

TOUGH OLD COWBOYS

Some old cowboys were seated around the campfire out on the lonesome prairie...it was a night of bravado, rot gut whiskey, and many tall tales...

Hells Canyon Frank, a Democrat hand from Idaho says, "I must be the strongest, meanest, toughest cowboy there is. Why, just the other day, a bull got loose in the corral. It had gored six men before I wrestled it to the ground by the horns with my bare hands and castrated that sucker with my teeth."

Snake River Ben, a Democrat from Wyoming, couldn't stand to be bested. "That's nothing, I was walking the trail yesterday and a 15 foot diamondback rattler slid out from under a rock and made a move for me. I grabbed that bastard with my bare hands, bit off its head, and sucked the poison down in one gulp - didn't even get a belly ache."

Old Red River Tom, the Republican cowboy from Texas, remained silent, slowly stirring the campfire coals with his pecker...

Monday, February 08, 2016

FAMILIES OF POLICE SHOOTING VICTIMS TREAT THE DEATHS LIKE A WINNING LOTTERY TICKET

As soon as their loved ones have been buried, families rush to file a lawsuit, knowing that the cases are likely to be settled out of court with a big payoff

On December 26, 2015, Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo shot dead 19-year-old college student Quintonio LeGrier and accidentally killed a neighbor. The officer is white and both of those he shot were black.

Rialmo says that LeGrier twice swung a bat at his head at close range, and when LeGrier raised the bat again, he opened fire because he was afraid he was about to be killed.

LeGrier's father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, seeking more than $180,000, plus court and attorney fees. He claims that his son was never a threat to Rialmo.

On Friday, Officer Rialmo filed a lawsuit against the college student’s estate, claiming that LeGrier's actions prompted the shooting and caused the officer “extreme emotional trauma.”

LeGrier's father says Rialmo countersuit was an attempt to deflect blame. Others believe it is designed to intimidate LeGrier into dropping his lawsuit.

Basileios Foutris, the attorney for LeGrier's father, called the officer’s suit “Outlandish” for suing a grieving family. “After this coward shot a teenager in the back ... he has the temerity to sue him? That's a new low for the Chicago Police Department,” Foutris said.

New low or not, LeGrier's father couldn’t wait to file his lawsuit. And it has been the same with the families of other police shooting victims across the country. They treat the deaths of their loved ones like a winning lottery ticket, knowing that the cases are likely to be settled out of court with a big payoff.

I’m in Officer Rialmo’s corner! I hope he wins his lawsuit, although I think it will be hard for him to get a jury to rule in his favor against a ‘grieving’ family.

IRRESPONSIBLE TEXAS NEWSPAPER PLANS TO PUBLISH NAMES, ADDRESSES OF POLICE OFFICERS

Publisher: "Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice."

Fox News
February 7, 2016

A Texas newspaper announced its plans Saturday to publish the names and addresses of every San Antonio police officer following a deadly officer-involved shooting last week.

Stephanie Zarriello, publisher of the weekly tabloid San Antonio Observer, said Antronie Scott had been “unjustly murdered,” Fox San Antonio reported. She described Scott as being in “a position of surrender” when he was shot and killed on Feb. 4 by Officer John Lee, a 10-year veteran of the police force.

"Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice," Zarriello said during a press conference the paper held on behalf of the Scott family, according to KENS 5.

"Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection," said Zarriello.

On Feb. 4, undercover officers were following Scott, 36, who was wanted for felony warrants, said San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus, KENS 5 reported.

As Scott exited his white Mercedes, an officer reportedly told him to show his hands. When Scott quickly turned around, an officer fired one shot, striking Scott in the chest and killing him, McManus told the station. McManus reportedly said the investigation to date has revealed that Scott was not armed and was holding a cellphone when the officer fired his weapon.

The department said in a statement sent to Fox San Antonio: "The San Antonio Police Department is continuing its investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will continue to provide the public with updates into both the criminal and administrative investigations as information becomes available. We are committed to conducting an unbiased and transparent investigation into this matter.”

Another fatal shooting involving a San Antonio police officer occurred on January 17, according to a document posted on the SAPD website. In that case, a 27-year-old white man who was carrying or exhibiting a deadly weapon was shot and killed by a 26-year-old Hispanic officer.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I hope the San Antonio authorities go to court and try to get a restraining order against Stephanie Zarriello and her filthy rag. Publishing the names and addresses of police officers will seriously endanger not only the lives of San Antonio’s officers, but the lives of their families as well.

That rotten bitch Zarriello should be tarred, feathered and ridden out of San Antonio on a rail!

As for Officer John Lee, I can understand why he could have mistaken the cellphone for a gun. I just hope he does not become a victim of the ‘Ferguson Effect’ and get railroaded by SAPD and the DA.

A REALITY SHOW FOR SURVEILLANCE

Red-light cameras show us the flaw in the theory that government will ‘nudge’ us into doing the right thing

By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

The Wall Street Journal
February 5, 2016

“Any terrorist who doesn’t watch this for tips is, frankly, a mug.”

So went a headline in the Times of London about a popular new British reality show for the surveillance age, called “Hunted.”

Participants, drawn from ordinary folk, are given the equivalent of $650 and an hour’s head-start. They “win” if they can elude capture for 28 days by a team of British security experts using tools similar to those available to British police. Not many succeed. Early lessons include: stay away from ATMs, stay off public transportation, resist the urge to pick up the phone and let a loved one know how you’re doing.

Automatic license-plate readers, with which Britain is festooned, have proved especially deadly. If you’re using a car that can be traced to you, steer clear of main roads. Don’t pass through town centers.

“It is possible to stay off the grid, but getting increasingly harder every year,” explains the reality show’s hunter-in-chief, a former counterterrorism czar for the City of London.

The show has been a hit with British viewers, riding a wave of perverse pride and outrage over the country’s notorious “surveillance culture.” CBS recently bought the rights and probably won’t be too upset by an article in the latest Atlantic magazine about a U.S. company, Vigilant Solutions, amassing a database of billions of license-plate photos of Americans going about their business. License-plate tracking, says the magazine, is an “unprecedented threat to privacy.”

Quite possibly, but missing from such privacy freakouts usually is a clear sense of exactly why privacy (or perhaps more accurately, anonymity) should be valuable to us.

Fortunately the city of Chicago has provided a first cut at an answer to this question with last week’s conviction of former official charged with accepting $2 million in bribes from a company that ran the city’s red-light cameras. As the Chicago Tribune noted: “Testimony in the trial indicated that greed—not safety—was the driving force behind the city’s expansion of the camera network into the largest in the nation.”

This purely mercenary motive might at first seem reassuring: At least the cameras aren’t being used to gather details on citizens’ private lives. But the Trib continues, “Nearly half the red light cameras have resulted in no reduction in dangerous T-bone crashes and likely are making intersections more dangerous because of an increase in rear-end crashes as people stop short to avoid a ticket.”

All this will seem old hat to some readers. We’ve been pointing out for a decade the habit in many jurisdictions of setting yellow lights at or below the three-second minimum in order to ring up more tickets even at the cost of creating more accidents. But demonstrated here is a flaw in the theory of “Nudge,” the Obama-touted book by University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein on how government can use gentle rewards and punishments to improve us. Such theories fail to reckon with the incentives of the politicians and officials who design the programs.

Take ObamaCare, partly a giant exercise in nudge. Because Americans supposedly don’t worry enough about their health, ObamaCare encourages them by making “preventive” care exempt from copays and deductibles. But because lots of medical specialties and trade groups have the administration’s ear, their services have been labeled “preventive.” Because it helps to validate the Democrats’ “war on women” theme, many services for women have also been labeled “preventive.”

As a result, copays and deductibles for other services have become so towering that customers with minor injuries or illness might as well be uninsured. They face the same financial incentive to skip care that an uninsured person does.

Not to belabor the obvious, but insurers in a natural market would never design their policies this way, because nobody would buy them. But politics is in charge. The design is irresistibly shaped by interest groups lined up at the Washington trough.

Britain once claimed its camera network would “deny criminals the use of the roads.” A decade later, though the cameras have helped solve a few high-profile crimes, Britain’s overall crime rate has remained unaffected. The financial motive is easier to observe. As one camera promoter told an undercover reporter for the Mail on Sunday: “The money will come in buckets.”

Alas, these dangers are partly self-inflicted, as the Chicago case demonstrates. Fearful older citizens support the cameras even when recognizing (as they tell pollsters) that the city’s motive is financial.
Citizens aren’t likely to become better citizens under close monitoring, with punishments meted out electronically. They are likely to become children, fearful and compliant. Worse, they become children of a parent (government) that is always putting its own needs and interests first.

RETIRED OHIO OFFICER REJECTS DEAL TO KEEP K-9

Although he wants very much to keep Ajax, retired Marietta officer Matthew Hickey says his health won’t allow him to accept the deal the city offered him

By Jim Woods

The Columbus Dispatch
February 3, 2016

MARIETTA, Ohio -- A retired Marietta police officer says he can't work as a volunteer to keep his police dog.

Former Officer Matthew Hickey, 57, said on Tuesday that he can't accept a compromise offered by the city that would have had Hickey working as an unpaid auxiliary officer to keep Ajax, and eventually buy the dog from the city for $1 when it is too old to work.

"I retired from there because of my health," Hickey said. He said he hasn't worked since July because he was recovering from neck and shoulder injuries, and that he officially retired in January. He noted that the dog, because Hickey works as its handler, hasn't been used by the police department since he last worked.

Since 1998, Hickey said he has been the city's K-9 officer. He has worked with Ajax, a mixed breed, for about 4-1/2 years. Police Chief Robert Hupp hasn't assigned anyone else to handle Ajax since Hickey quit working, but said the dog is too young to retire from service.

Hickey said he offered to pay the city the $3,500 that he had been told the dog is worth. Marietta Law Director Paul Bertram III said the city doesn't want to separate Hickey from the dog, but also said the dog needs to be sold through a sealed bid at auction by law. Bertram couldn't be reached Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, an online campaign has raised more than $70,000 for Hickey to buy the dog. The fund's creator said any amount beyond what's needed would be used to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs.

Asked if he plans to bid on the dog, Hickey said on Tuesday, "of course."

ROBERT DURST IS GOING TO PRISON OVER A GUN CHARGE

The suspect in the murder of Susan Berman has been sentenced to 85 months in federal prison and the LA District Attorney must arraign Durst by August 18 if he wants him to be transferred to LA before completion of the sentence

By Mike Pearl

VICE News
February 3, 2016

Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir and subject of HBO's true crime miniseries The Jinx, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to unlawful possession of a .38-caliber revolver. The deal was reached after Durst got arrested by the FBI in New Orleans last March, with the feds apparently concerned he might flee the country as a result of the renewed interest in his case, The New York Times reports.

Durst is expected to get sentenced to 85 months in federal prison. But he still hasn't been arraigned on a Los Angeles County district attorney's charge that he murdered his close friend and girl Friday, Susan Berman, in 2000. The plea bargain over the gun charge requires LA prosecutors to arraign him by August 18, meaning they have a little over six months to put the case together and transfer Durst from New Orleans to California, where his crack defense team will contend with Berman's execution-style murder by a gunshot to the head.

Durst's adult life has been marred by allegations and mystery. He was born rich—inheriting a slice of his father Seymour Durst's real estate fortune. In 1982, Durst's first wife, Kathleen McCormick, disappeared, and has never been found; her family has believed for many years that Durst is responsible for her disappearance. Meanwhile, Durst was acquitted of murder in an unrelated incident in 2003, even though he described the process of chopping up the body of his 71-year-old Galveston, Texas neighbor, Morris Black, and dumping it in the ocean. (His defense was that the lethal gunshot got discharged accidentally, during a struggle.)

The event did, however, result in a felony conviction for evidence tampering and bail-jumping.

After Berman's body was discovered, a letter was found apparently attempting to tip off the LAPD to the location of a "cadaver" at her address. The handwriting was analyzed at the time, albeit inconclusively. However, analysis performed in the HBO series, as well as Durst's audiotaped confession, were cited in the arrest warrant last year.

If and when the murder case does go to trial, the scene in the courtroom will surely be a colorful one. Durst's lawyer is spunky Texas litigator Dick DeGuerin, who won the acquittal in Texas, and the relevant district attorney is LA's legendary cold-case prosecutor John Lewin.

In 2012, after putting a convict away for 26 years for a murder that occurred in 1985, Lewin told the press, "The passage of time played to this case's advantage," adding, "Lies are hard to remember. The truth never changes."

EDITOR’S NOTE: Durst got away with murder in Galveston. Maybe, just maybe, Los Angeles prosecutors will have better luck. Hopefully, the LA prosecutors will be better than those lames were in Galveston. How can you lose a case where the defendant chopped up the victim? You can’t, except in Galveston.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

DOGS HAVE TALENT TOO

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AFFLUENZA KID NOW ROOSTING IN AN ADULT JAIL CELL

Ethan Couch was transferred Friday afternoon from juvenile hall to the Tarrant County jail but he is still under supervision of the juvenile court

Juvenile Court Judge Tim Menikos has so far refused to transfer Ethan ‘The Affluenza Kid’ Couch’s case to adult court.

Couch has been housed in a dorm at the Tarrant County juvenile detention center. I am sure while there, the Affluenza Kid captivated his fellow dorm-mates with stories about cavorting with Mexican whores while on the lam in Puerto Vallarta where during one night, he spent more than $2,000 for a threesome with a couple of hookers.

I don’t know why it took Judge Menikos this long to figure out that juvenile hall was no place to hold this 18-year-old creep who is about to turn 19 in April.

Couch is being held in a single cell for his own protection. The only good thing about the juvenile court maintaining supervision ove him is that as a juvenile, the Affluenza Kid cannot be granted bail.

Judge Menikos will hold a hearing February 19 to rule on whether or not to transfer Couch’s case to adult court.

I hope the judge makes the right decision. This shit-for-brains scumbag belongs in the adult system!

STOCKTON FISHWRAPPER GOES APESHIT OVER GUN RAFFLE

By Bob Walsh

The RECORD is the local fishwrapper (newspaper) in Stockton, CA. Today they have a major article, page A-1above the fold, going completely crazy over the fact that the local Libertarian candidate for congress is giving away some gun, including one as a door prize, at his upcoming fundraiser. (The guns are Hi-Point 9mm pistols, about the most cheap-ass pistol you can buy legally in the formerly great state of California.)

The candidate, Alex Appleby, goes to great lengths to point out in the article that the procedure is completely legal, that everyone who receives a gun will have to pass the state and federal background checks. Five of the guns are going to large donors; one will be a door prize. If you want to pay $1,500 to have dinner with a wanna-be politician and get a $300 gun in exchange, tickets are still available.

As you can imagine the local sob-sisters, gun haters, general purpose jerkoffs and the perpetually offended class are all screaming like mashed cats. Fuck them.

PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM INVASION BECAUSE COPS NOW FEAR PROSECUTION

If you think the cops are going to run code 3 in order to save you or catch a dirt bag, think again

By Harry Dunne

Criminal justice in this country is rapidly circling the drain. The Ferguson Effect has taken hold and liberal programs that target repeat offenders instead of incarceration will only increase crime. Cops are not being pro-active anymore for fear of prosecution.

Get a gun and practice marksmanship. If you drive a nice car, carry a purse or wear trappings of wealth, you are being targeted.

Prepare yourself for home invasion. Make it difficult for criminals to enter your home with burglar bars and purchase an alarm with a recorded camera system. Get a dog. A real barker. Get rid of a land line telephone. It is now a target for scammers.

Whatever you do, do not broadcast to friends or over social media when you will not be home. If one of your friends has a drug addict in the family and they over hear the info you may be burgled.

Do not allow anyone in your home that you do not know! That includes the young girl whose car broke down and needs to use your phone.

If you are having repairs done or an appliance delivered, do not allow anyone out of your sight. Do not let them use the restroom. They will steal you blind or unlock windows for easy entry later.

Watch your curb. Make sure nothing has been spray painted on it such a gang sign or unusual markings. If it has, you may have been targeted for a home invasion.

Fly an American Flag. Veterans tend to fight back. Put up a No Trespassing sign and an alarm system sign. Shitbird's are lazy. They don't like to hit an intimidating target.

Facebook is a great way to keep up with friends, but when you post the dates of your upcoming vacation, you might as well leave the front door unlocked.

If you think the cops are going to run code 3 in order to save you or catch a dirt bag, think again. They will do exactly what they have to do and no more. You can thank BLM and the current administration for this.

If you think this info is over the top, just check the crime stats in your area on one of the many sights available.

Above all, get a gun.

Harry Dunne is the prn name of a veteran Texas law enforcement official.

SF CHIEF OF POLICE HAPPY THAT CRIMINAL IS RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

Officers of the sanctuary city are under investigation for turning an illegal alien over to the feds

BY Bob Walsh

Yes, this is one of those “Only In San Francisco” stories. The cops showed up to
take a stolen vehicle report from Alfredo Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 31. When they
did they found a warrant in the system for him. From ICE. So they turned his
happy ass over to the feds. He languished in their tender custody for about two
months.

Somehow the city officials managed to convince the feds to release Zarceno, a long
time illegal resident of the Peoples Republic of San Francisco. The Chief of Police
then said, “We are happy and relieved that Mr. Figueroa-Zarceno has been restored
to his family.”

The police have opened an internal affairs investigation on the officers who turned
this illegal alien over to the federal authorities who are supposed to deal with illegal aliens.

Zarceno is in fact the subject of a valid deportation order from Texas. He failed to
show up for his hearing in Texas. (Huge surprise there. Not really.) That was
from 2005. He also has a DUI conviction in 2012. Zarceno told ICE he intended
to file for asylum in the U.S.

I guess being a drunk is a valid asylum consideration if you are from El Salvador.

TASERS CANNOT STOP BEEZOW DOO-DOO ZOPITTYBOP-BOP-BOP

After several Taser jolts failed to stop him, Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-bop-bop was finally arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a police officer at The Evergreen State College

By Andy Hobbs

The Olympian
February 2, 2016

A man who made headlines with his unusual name has been accused of assaulting an Evergreen State College police officer and a Thurston County deputy.

Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop, 34, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court on charges of two counts of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and malicious harassment. Bail was set at $50,000 with an arraignment set for Feb. 16.

Prosecutor Mark Thompson said he was unable to verify the suspect’s legal name and deferred to his original name, Jeffrey Drew Wilschke. The suspect said in court that he had legally changed his name to Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop in 2011.

Court documents give the following account:

An officer at The Evergreen State College responded to a report Sunday that someone had torn down fliers from the library entrance.

The officer chased the suspect and took him down to the ground, but the suspect thrashed around and tried to grab the officer’s gun. During the struggle, the suspect bit the officer’s ring finger several times and tried to stab the officer with a pen.

The officer was unable to control the suspect, who kept grabbing for the officer’s gun, and ended up stepping away. The suspect retrieved a handcuff case and swung it like a hammer, causing a laceration on the officer’s head.

The officer punched the suspect in the jaw, but the strike didn’t faze him. The officer then used a Taser twice, causing the suspect to fall to the ground on the second Taser deployment. However, the suspect got up and fled on foot.

A Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the suspect running along Evergreen Parkway and chased him into a wooded area. The suspect threw a rock at the deputy. The deputy used his Taser on the suspect, who broke the electrical lines and kept running.

The suspect again threw rocks at the officer, striking him at least once. The deputy caught up to the suspect and struck him several times with a metal baton. The deputy noted the strikes didn’t have much of an effect on the suspect, who was able to grab a brick and throw it at the deputy before running into the woods again.

Another deputy joined the pursuit and deployed a Taser on the suspect. The suspect was eventually tackled, handcuffed and arrested.

The Evergreen officer was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, where he received a tetanus shot and four staples to close the laceration on his head. Zoppitybop-bop-bop also was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

It is unknown whether Zopittybop-bop-bop was under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest Sunday. He has been listed as homeless, although the Sheriff’s Office confirmed he has a post office box registered in Olympia.

In 2012, Zopittybop-bop-bop generated headlines and late-night TV jokes after his arrest on marijuana and weapon charges in Wisconsin. He was back in the news again in 2013 for an arrest on drug charges in Iowa.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hmmm, I see where Beezow Doo-Doo has previously been busted on marijuana charges. He must have been stoned when he had his name changed legally, or because he is stoned, he hallucinates that he had his name changed to Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop.

As for the Tasers not stopping him, Beezow Doo-Doo was obviously high on some drug(s).

THE CRIME OF PUNISHMENT

The New York City Council wants to stop inconveniencing lawbreakers

By Seth Barron

City Journal
February 4, 2016

The New York City Council is preparing to pass a package of bills that will radically change the way the city enforces and prosecutes “low-level” offenses, such as public consumption of alcohol, littering, and public urination. According to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a “staggering” number of criminal summonses get issued for these types of “broken windows” crimes and violations—more than 350,000 in the 2014 alone. But what troubles Mark-Viverito about these figures isn’t the disorder that they represent but the potentially negative effects that receiving a summons can have on the lives of people who litter, drink from open containers, and urinate in public.

Currently, the police have the option to arrest someone openly drinking alcohol—an option they rarely exercise—and the guilty violator can receive a range of punishments, from a small fine to five days in jail. The new legislation entirely eliminates the possibility of arrest for public drinking, prescribing instead a maximum civil penalty of $25. The penalty can be contested, but it will not escalate even if ignored. At most, the unpaid fine could be sent into collection. Most of the punishments for public urination, littering, spitting, and violating park rules will be similarly reclassified as civil offenses.

In arguing for these changes, Mark-Viverito describes a justice system out of Kafka’s nightmares, “in which those accused of low-level non-violent offenses . . . face a permanent criminal record or jail time for behavior as minor as violating a parks rule.” In reality, people caught violating a parks rule are almost always given verbal warnings. Police may issue a criminal summons instructing the violator to appear before a judge. In the event that the summons is ignored, the court will issue a warrant for the violator’s arrest, which will be effected the next time he is stopped for committing an offense. He may then get locked up for a night. The prospect of a low-level offender spending any time in jail, then, is predicated on his committing a series of antisocial violations and ignoring a court date.

According to Mark-Viverito, though, and the many supporters of the reform package, virtually any enforcement of “quality of life” laws is annoying and inconvenient—and almost certainly racist, to boot. Brooklyn council member Jumaane Williams previously sponsored a bill to end enforcement of turnstile-jumping in the transit system, arguing that being arrested can be “very disruptive” and “cause financial hardship” to the arrestee. During the hearing on the current legislation, Williams asked Elizabeth Glazer of the mayor’s office of criminal justice, “How would you respond to advocates who believe that low level offenses such as ‘open container’ are charged improperly, to get communities of color entered into the criminal justice system?” Glazer rejected the idea that New York City is waging war on its minority population, affirming what the statistics demonstrate, that “summonses are issued in response to complaints.”

Council member Rory Lancman of Queens made what he apparently considered a prima facie argument demonstrating that quality-of-life enforcement in New York City is manifestly racist. “It cannot be ignored,” said Lancman, “that we are having this conversation in the context of extraordinary racial and ethnic disparity in policing in New York City.” He then cited the contrasting level of summonses between the 40th precinct in the Bronx and the 111th precinct in northeast Queens: in the 40th, which is 98 percent black and Hispanic, 270 summons were issued for every 100 residents between 2001 and 2013; in the 111th, which is 12 percent black and Hispanic, only 26 summons were issued for every 100 people over the same period.

These data reflect not a policing disparity but rather a disparity in the number of crimes committed. The 40th precinct had seven murders and 29 rapes in 2014, while the 111th had no murders and one rape. These discrepancies run the gamut down to the lowest misdemeanors. Lancman’s glib assertion of racist law enforcement overlooks the facts regarding crime in these neighborhoods.

Council member Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn finds fault with even the most lenient applications of punishment for quality-of-life violators. Angry that an unpaid $25 fine could wind up in collections, Reynoso fumed: “We’re going to end up saddling poor communities with debt, and continue a systematic disenfranchisement of mostly minority communities.” When Glazer, the mayor’s representative, pointed out that the council’s proposed legislation contains an option for people to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine, Reynoso countered that this still represents “time that people in poor communities are going to be doing . . . people that might have to lose a day of work in order to do that community service, or time that they might want to do something else. Maybe they don’t want to be picking up garbage on weekends?”

Most people would prefer not to do community service or pay parking tickets or go to jail. The desire to avoid such unpleasantness is so central to human existence that society has evolved a system of laws to ensure that civilization can function by penalizing deviant behavior. The New York city council evidently considers these timeless notions of justice—which can, after all, ruin weekend plans or break up a playground beer party—incompatible with a fair and progressively minded city.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Those Council members are as kooky as the Kookfornians. What’s next? Pay every New Yorker who gets caught committing one of these ‘non-crimes’ $9,000?

Saturday, February 06, 2016

NEGOTIATING NEW YORK'S TRAFFIC IN 1928

PAULA JONES: HILLARY CANNOT BE TRUSTED

The Woman who successfully sued Bill Clinton says “I don’t see how they can believe that [Hillary] is for women. She is for herself.”

Here are the women that have accused and are believed to have had extramarital escapades with Bill Clinton: Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Dolly Kyle Browning, Sally Perdue, Connie Hamzy, Juanita Broaddrick, Bobbie Ann Williams, Eileen Wellstone, Sandra Allen James, Christy Zercher, Lencola Sullivan, Elizabeth Ward, Susie Whitacre, Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones.

Paula Jones won a lawsuit against philandering Bill in 1998 because, according to her testimony:

Mr. Clinton put his hand on my leg and started sliding his hand toward my pelvic area. I did not consent to him doing this. He also bent down to kiss me on the neck, but I would not let him do so.

I exclaimed, 'What are you doing?' and escaped from Mr. Clinton's reach by walking away from him. I was extremely upset and confused and I did not know what to do. I tried to distract Mr. Clinton by asking him about his wife and her activities, and I sat down at the end of the sofa nearest the door.

Mr. Clinton then walked over to the sofa, lowered his trousers and underwear, exposed his [erect] penis and told me to 'kiss it'.


Paula settled out of court for $850,000 of which she received only $200,000, the remainder going for her legal expenses.

Ever since Hillary Clinton began campaigning for the presidency this go-around, Jones has been speaking out publicly against both Clintons. She accuses Hillary of enabling Bill’s extramarital escapades and of covering then up. She says she cannot understand how Bill can stand up for Hillary before the voters and act as if his extramarital affairs never happened.

On Wednesday she told Inside Edition: “I can't believe he's got the nerve to do it [campaign for Hillary]. I can't believe he's still going out there and showing his face. How can you go out there and talk to people like nothing has happened?”

Here is what else Paula told Inside Edition:

Hillary is responsible for the cover up [of Bill's extramarital affairs].

[Bill] talks about what a good leader Hillary is for women? No, that just makes me sick. She can't be trusted. I don't see how they can believe that [Hillary] is for women. She is for herself.


Hillary’s fat ass cannot be trusted? I am shocked, absolutely shocked!

Paula Jones is spot on. The problem is that Hillary’s supporters are not buying the message.

COURT TELLS LAWYER WITH KILLER DOG TO PUND SAND

By Bob Walsh

Marjorie Knoller, 61, was (maybe still is) a lawyer in the formerly great state of California. Fifteen years ago, in San Francisco, her 140 pound Presa Canario (big nasty dog), Bane, killed the coach of the St. Mary’s College women’s Lacrosse Team in front of her own apartment door. The female, Hera, may have joined in, that was unclear. The jury convicted her of second degree murder in the case and found her husband, a co-owner of the dogs, guilty of a lesser charge of
manslaughter. He did three years of a four year sentence. He was not personally present at the time of the attack.

Knoller filed a federal appeal, sniveling that the judge was mean to her lawyer and thereby denied her a fair trial. Her lawyer was a dick, among other things constantly interrupting and objecting during closing arguments.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals told her to pound sand, that the errors did not amount to the level of a constitutional violation. She is, as far as I know, still doing her 15-life sentence.

THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS A DEATH SENTENCE

By Bob Walsh

Acting yesterday the California Supreme Court actually upheld a death sentence. The fact that the guy was clearly guilty of four murders might have been a contributing factor to this unusual action but at the same time the court more or less acknowledged that criminal suspects are entitled to a fair trial, not necessarily a perfect one.

In 1997 Louis Peoples was a tow-truck driver in Stockton. He was sacked for turning in a bad pee test, positive for meth. A few weeks later he called his old tow company, using a fake name, to get a tow. When the driver showed up Peoples murdered him. He called in the next day, expressed his condolences and pointed out that he was available for rehire. No joy.

He then decided to start robbing stores. He murdered three people in the next two weeks in the process of doing that. He was caught, showed the cops where he stashed the gun he had used in the crimes. They also found a journal of his criminal activity.

The first jury deadlocked in the penalty phase 8-4 on life without. The second jury voted to scrag his ass.

His appeal had nothing to do with the fact that he murdered four people. They challenged his confession (without success). They also complained about the judge, who was later sacked for fixing tickets. The judge excluded snivels from various people about how Peoples was really a nice guy and had found God while in the slammer. They were also upset that Judge Platt had been rude to Peoples’ lawyer, which he had, but never in the presence of the jury.

So, in any case, the state of California is now free to execute Louis Peoples, if the ball ever gets rolling on actual executions, and if the voters don’t shitcan capital punishment this November, and if and if and if.

SOME THOUGHTS ON STEPPING ON YOUR DICK ….. REPEATEDLY

By Bob Walsh

The City of Stockton, CA. has some issues. It is a crime-ridden and gang-infested shithole that has recently come out of bankruptcy. The P D is in an especially awkward situation. Stockton does not pay as well as many smaller, nicer jurisdictions in the area. In addition, members of the Stockton P D have recently rather publically launched into homophobic tirades which have reflected poorly on them and by extension on the department.

The latest comes from one of the department chaplains. Now I grant you that the chaplains are not strictly speaking civil servants, they don’t get a paycheck from the city. This particular chaplain, Jim Reed, does have office space in the P D building and a computer provided by the city. (He is one of 42 chaplains so this may not be a huge problem, but still….)

Reed is also a member of the Stockton Leadership Foundation. This group, among other things, puts on a very nice Easter sunrise service at Weber Point in downtown Stockton. Acting in his capacity of Stockton P D chaplain he sent out an email to a bunch of local pastors inviting them to the service. He then realized that included on this list was the Reverend Terri Miller, whose congregation is mostly from the LBGT community.

When he realized this he wrote her back, saying; “…we do not feel it would be appropriate to have you sitting on the platform with the pastors as we are diametrically different in our view of scripture when it comes to homosexuality.”

Police Chief Jones immediately acted to pull Reed’s city email. A talking head from the city pointed out that the city has no direct connection with the Stockton Leadership Foundation. The Stockton police chaplaincy put Reed on (paid) administrative leave effective immediately. The Stockton Leadership Foundation promptly contacted Rev. Miller and re-invited her to the party.

Is this the end of the world? No, it’s not. Did the people involved (other than Chaplain Reed) act promptly and openly to correct the situation? Yes, it appears they did. Will it still leave a bad smell in the air? Probably it will.

LAST STATEMENTS OF CONDEMNED AT TIME OF TEXAS EXECUTIONS

Researchers in Germany analyzed the last statements by Texas inmates at the time of their executions and found most were positive

Daily Nail
February 4, 2016

Here are some of the positive statements

Richard Masterton, 43: 'Sending me to a better place. I am alright with this, you have to live and die by the choices that we make. I have made mine.' (Executed 20 January, 2016)

Raphael Holiday, 36: 'I love you, love y'all, always going to be with y'all.' (Executed 18 November, 2015)

Juan Garcia, 35: 'To the Solano family, I want to tell them to forgive me. While I am still alive I bring suffer to you all. The harm that I did to your dad and husband, I hope this brings you closure to all of you. I never wanted to hurt any of you all.' (Executed 6 October, 2015)

Gregory Russeau, 46: 'I would like to thank my family and friends for what y'all have done for me. Thank you for being here with me that I do not have to transition alone. I have peace. To my daughter, I love you, to my grandbabies, sisters and brothers, I love you. I am ready to go home.' (Executed 18 June, 2015)

Lester Bower, 67: 'I am not going to say goodbye, I will simply say until we meet again.' (Executed 3 June, 2015)

Kent Sprouse, 42: 'I would like to apologise to the Moreno family and the Steinfeldt family for all of the trouble I have caused them. I would like to apologise to my family for all of the trouble that I have caused them. I would also like to thank my family for all of their support. I guess that's it.' (Executed 9 April, 2015)

Robert Ladd, 57: 'Teresa I am really sorry, please don't have hate in your heart. I really feel like this. I hope you can find peace in your heart and happiness. A revenge death won't get you anything.' (Executed 29 January, 2015)

Arnold Prieto, 42: 'There are no endings, only beginnings. Love y'all, see you soon.' (Executed 21 January, 2015)

Lisa Colemen, 38: 'I just want to tell my family I love them; my son, I love him. The girls on the row, I love them and keep their heads up.' (Executed 17 September, 2014)

Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, 44: 'I look into my family's eyes, and I see sadness. Don't be sad, I'm happy. I am sorry for what I have done. Be mindful that I am happy till the end.' (Executed 9 April, 2014)

Jose Villegas, 39: 'I am ok. I have peace in my heart and ready for the next journey. I'm really ok.' (Executed 16 April 2014)

Ray Jasper, 33: 'To the Christian hip-hop community, all the positive brothers I've done time with. To all the people that took the time to write a letter. Thank you. To my family, we are one. To my beautiful daughter, the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you endlessly. I am you and you are me forever.' (Executed 19 March, 2014)

Jerry Martin, 43: 'I would like to tell the Canfield family I'm sorry; sorry for your loss. I wish I could take it back, but I can't. I hope this gives you closure. I did not murder your loved one, it was an accident. I didn't mean for it to happen. I take full responsibility.' (Executed 3 December, 2013)

Kimberly McCarthy, 52 : 'This is not a loss, this is a win. You know where I am going. I am going home to be with Jesus. Keep the faith. I love ya'll. Thank you, Chaplain.' (Executed 26 June, 2013)

Beunka Adams, 29: 'First, I want to let my mom know not to cry, there is no reason to cry, everybody dies. Everybody has their time, don't worry about me. I'm strong. To my family: my old man, my kids, daddy is sorry. I love each and every one of you.' (Executed 26 April, 2012)

Franklin Alix, 34: 'I got your letter. It touched me and changed me. What happened was I been wanting to apologize to yall for your son. They told me not to do it in court. I wrote him a letter but they told me that they tore it up in court. I am not the monster they made me out to be.' (Executed 30 March 2010)

Michael Sigala, 32 : 'I would like to ask forgiveness of the family. I have no reason for why I did it, I don't understand why I did it. I hope that you can live the rest of your lives without hate. I pray the Lord grant me forgiveness.' (Executed 2 March, 2010)

Danielle Simpson, 30: 'I want to tell my family I love ya'll...I'm gonna miss ya'll. I'm ready, ready.' (Executed 18 November, 2009)

Here are some of the negative statements

Licho Escamilla, 33: 'Pope Francis, God's children has asked the State of Texas to switch my death sentence to life in prison. But the State of Texas has refused to listen to God's children, they will have to take that up with God. Let everyone know it's not over. (Executed 14 October, 2015)

Michael Yowell, 43: 'To Gerald: you're a zero.' (Executed 9 October, 2013) [Ed: Gerald Harder, who attended the execution with Yowell’s ex-wife]

Douglas Feldman, 55: 'I hereby declare, Robert Steven Everett and Nicholas Velasquez, guilty of crimes against me, Douglas Alan Feldman. Either by fact or by proxy, I find them both guilty. I hereby sentence both of them to death, which I carried out in August 1998. As of that time, the State of Texas has been holding me illegally in confinement and by force for 15 years. I hereby protest my pending execution and demand immediate relief.' (Executed 31 July, 2013)

Milton Mathis, 32: 'The system has failed me. This is a miscarriage of justice. There are people on death row that need help. I asked the Lord to have mercy on me and I hope He has mercy on these people carrying out this mass slaughter.' (Executed 21 June, 2011)

Lee Taylor, 32,: 'I am sorry that I killed him, but he would not have been in prison if he was a saint.' (Executed 16 June, 2011)

Steven Woods, 31: 'You're not about to witness an execution, you are about to witness a murder. I am strapped down for something Marcus Rhodes did. I never killed anybody, ever. I love you, Mom. I love you, Tali. This is wrong. This whole thing is wrong. I can't believe you are going to let Marcus Rhodes walk around free. Justice has let me down. Somebody completely screwed this up.' (Executed 13 September 2011)

EDITOR’S NOTE: My favorite statement of the bunch:

“I am sorry that I killed him, but he would not have been in prison if he was a saint.”

Lee Taylor, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, was executed for stabbing a black inmate to death with an ice pick he made during his spare time in prison.

I’m waiting for someone to say, “Adios motherfuckers.”

THE FLIPSIDE OF OBAMAS APOLOGETICS FOR RADICAL ISLAMISTS

If the Democrats are not defeated in the run for the White House in November, their party will not reassess its shift to radicalism and reconsider its increasingly hostile stance on Israel

By Caroline Glick

Jerusalem Post
February 6, 2016

On Wednesday the US media interrupted its saturation coverage of the presidential primaries to report on President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque in Maryland. The visit was Obama’s first public one to a mosque in the US since entering the White House seven years ago. The mosque Obama chose to visit demonstrated once again that his views of radical Islam are deeply problematic.

Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a mosque with longstanding ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. During Operation Protective Edge, the leaders of the mosque accused Israel of genocide and demanded that the administration end US support for the Jewish state.

According to The Daily Caller, the mosque’s former imam Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh was active in the Islamic American Relief Agency, a charity deemed a terror group in 2004 after the US Treasury Department determined it had transferred funds to Osama bin Laden, Hamas, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

El-Sheikh left the Baltimore mosque to take over the Dar el-Hijra mosque in northern Virginia. He replaced Anwar al-Awlaki as imam after Awlaki moved to Yemen in 2003. In Yemen Awlaki rose to become a senior al-Qaida commander.

Awlaki radicalized many American jihadists both through direct contact and online. He radicalized US Army major Nidal Malik Hasan, and inspired him to carry out the 2009 massacre of 13 US soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood in Texas. Awlaki was killed by a US drone strike in 2011.

In 2010, a member of the Islamic Society of Baltimore was arrested for planning to attack an army recruiting office. According to the Mediaite news portail, the mosque reportedly refused to cooperate with the FBI in its investigation.

Obama’s visit to the radical mosque now is a clear signal of how he intends to spend his last year in office. It tells us that during this period, Obama will adopt ever more extreme positions regarding radical Islam.

Obama’s apologetics for radical Islamists is the flipside of his hostility for Israel. This too is escalating and will continue to rise through the end of his tenure in office.

The US Customs authority’s announcement last week that it will begin enforcing a 20-yearold decision to require goods imported from Judea and Samaria to be labeled “Made in the West Bank,” rather than “Made in Israel,” signals Obama’s intentions. So, too, it is abundantly clear that France’s plan to use the UN Security Council to dictate Israel’s borders was coordinated in advance with the Obama administration.

Part of the reason Obama is acting with such urgency and intensity is that he knows that regardless of who is elected to replace him, the next president will not be as viscerally hostile to Israel or as emotionally attached to Islam as he is.

On the Democratic side, neither candidate is a particularly energetic supporter of Israel or counter- jihad warrior. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s recently released email discussions of Israel with her closest advisers indicate that all of Clinton’s closest counselors are hostile to Israel.

For his part, Vermont’s socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders harbors the far Left’s now standard anti-Israel attitudes. Not only did Sanders – like Clinton – support Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. He boycotted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the Joint Houses of Congress where Netanyahu laid out Israel’s reasons for opposing the deal. Sanders gave television interviews condemning Netanyahu for making the speech, accusing him of electioneering on the back of the US Congress. Sanders criticized Israel during Operation Protective Edge and supports decreasing US military aid to Israel.

For all their anti-Israel sensibilities, though, neither Clinton nor Sanders gives the impression that they are driven by them as Obama is.

Unlike Obama, neither appear to be animated by their hostility toward Israel. Neither seem to be passionate in their support for Muslim Brotherhood- affiliated groups or in their desire to realign the US away from Israel, from its traditional Arab allies and toward Iran. This lack of passion makes it safe to assume that if elected president, while they will adopt anti-Israel policies, they will not seek out ways to weaken Israel or strengthen its sworn enemies.

On the Republican side, the situation is entirely different. All of the Republican presidential candidates are pro-Israel. To be sure, some are more pro-Israel than others. Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, is more supportive than his competitors. But all of the Republicans candidates are significantly more supportive of Israel than the Democratic candidates. So it is simply an objective fact that Israel will be better off if a Republican is elected in November no matter who he is and no matter who the Democratic candidate is.

It hasn’t always been this way. And it doesn’t have to remain this way.

Back in 1992 when Bill Clinton was running against George H.W. Bush, if Israel was your issue, you voted for Clinton because he was rightly viewed as more pro-Israel than Bush.

Twenty-four years ago, supporting Israel carried no cost for Clinton. According to Gallup, in 1992, 52 percent of Democrats were pro-Israel.

On the other hand, Bush was probably harmed somewhat for the widespread perception that he was anti-Israel. In 1992, 62% of Republicans were pro-Israel.

Over the past 15 years, the situation has altered considerably.

Today, Republicans are near unanimous in their support for Israel. According to a Gallup poll from February 2015, 83% of Republicans support Israel.

Only 48% of Democrats do. From 2014 to 2015, Democratic support for Israel plunged 10 points.

The cleavage on Israel is particularly acute among partisan elites.

Last summer, pollster Frank Luntz conducted a survey of US elite partisan opinion on Israel. His data were devastating. According to Luntz’s data, 76% of Democratic elite believe that Israel has too much influence over US foreign policy. Only 20% of Republicans do.

Nearly half (47%) of highly educated, wealthy and politically active Democrats think that Israel is a racist country. Thirteen percent of their Republican counterparts agree.

And whereas only 48% of Democrats believe that Israel wants peace, 88% of Republicans believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors.

These trends affect voting habits. According to Luntz, while only 18% of Democrats say they would be more likely to vote for a politician who supports Israel, 31% said they are less likely to vote for a pro-Israel candidate. In contrast, 76% of Republicans say they want their representatives to support Israel.

Forty-five percent of Democrats said they would be more likely to vote for a politician who is critical of Israel and 75% of Republicans said they would be less likely to vote for an anti-Israel candidate.

These data tell us two important things. Today Democratic candidates will gain nothing and may lose significant support if they support Israel.

In contrast, a Republican who opposes Israel will have a hard time getting elected, much less winning a primary.

Partisan sensibilities aren’t the only reason that Israel is will be better off if a Republican wins in November. There is also the issue of policy continuity.

Even though neither Clinton nor Sanders share Obama’s anti-Israel passion, their default position will be to maintain his policies. Traditionally, when an outgoing president is replaced by a successor from his own party, many of his foreign policy advisers stay on to serve his successor.

Moreover, if American voters elect a Democrat to succeed Obama, their decision will rightly be viewed as a vote of confidence in his policies.

Obama has radicalized the Democratic Party in his seven years in office. When Obama was inaugurated, the Blue Dog caucus of conservative Democratic members of the House of Representatives had 54 members. Today only 14 remain.

Obama’s Democratic Party is not Bill Clinton’s party.

A party that isn’t forced to pay a price for its policies isn’t likely to change them. If the Democrats are not defeated in the run for the White House in November, their party will not reassess its shift to radicalism and reconsider its increasingly hostile stance on Israel.

That then brings us to the state of the presidential race following the Iowa caucuses and ahead of next Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire. The Iowa caucuses showed a significant gap in enthusiasm among partisan voters. Participation rates in the Republican caucuses were unprecedented.

Cruz shattered the record for vote getting in the state that saw participation rates up 30% from 2012. On the Democratic side, participation rates were below the 2008 level.

On the Republican side, the three top candidates – Cruz, businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio – are all backed by committed, fervent supporters. On the Democratic side, Clinton’s supporters are reportedly diffident about her. And while Sanders enjoys enthusiastic support from voters under 45, he can’t seem to convince people who actually know what socialism is to support him.

If Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, on the face of it, it is difficult to see his path to victory in the general election. Whereas Obama was elected by hiding his radical positions, Sanders is running openly as a socialist and attacks Obama from the Left. Whether America is a center-right or center-left country, the undisputed truth is that it is a centrist country.

As for Clinton, the likelihood grows by the day that by the general election, her inability to inspire her base will be the least of her problems.

The FBI’s ongoing probe of her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state is devastating her chances of getting elected.

The State Department’s revelation last week that 22 of Clinton’s emails were too classified to be released, even with parts blacked out, makes it impossible to dismiss the prospect that she will be indicted for serious felony offenses. Yet, as Jonah Goldberg argued Wednesday in National Review, with her narrow victory in Iowa, Clinton blocked the opening for a less damaged candidate – like Vice President Joe Biden or former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg – to step into the race.

In other words, the Republican nominee will have an energized base and will face either a legally challenged or openly socialist Democratic opponent.

According to terrorism expert Steven Emerson, before Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he asked the FBI for its opinion of the mosque. FBI investigators informed Obama of the mosque’s ties to terrorism. They urged him not to confer it with the legitimacy that comes with a presidential visit.

Obama ignored the FBI’s advice.

The next 11 months will be miserable for Israel.

But we should take heart. By all accounts, next year will be better. And judging by the way the presidential race is shaping up, next year may be a much, much better year.

Friday, February 05, 2016

KOOKY CALIFORNIA PROGRAM THAT PAYS CRIME-PRONE MEN UP TO $9,000 A YEAR NOT TO COMMIT CRIMES IS ADOPTED BY DC

The D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay crime-prone residents a stipend of up to $9,000 if they don't commit any crimes for a year

In 2007, to keep them from committing crimes, Richmond, California instituted a program in which they paid a stipend of up to $9,000 a year to men who were considered at risk of committing violent crimes. According to the Daily Mail, Richmond’s authorities report the program has been an overwhelming success, claiming that 79 per cent of those participating in the program have not been suspected of involvement in any gun crimes since joining the program. They also cite that the city had experienced a 77 per cent drop in homicides between 2007 and 2014.

In order to receive any stipends, program participants must participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. They are paid the stipends only if they do not commit any crimes while in the program.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve Richmond’s program for the nation’s capital.

D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie argued that spending $9,000 a year in stipends “pales in comparison” to the cost of someone being victimized, along with the costs of imprisoning the offender.

Richmond says that 79 per cent of those participating in the program have not been suspected of involvement in any gun crimes. But I wonder how many crimes they committed, with or without a gun, for which they have not been caught? And there is no way to determine whether the drop in homicides can be attributed to the stipend program.

To me this looks like just another kooky idea from Kookfornia. But there is one thing the D.C. Council Members have shown – they are just as kooky as their Richmond counterparts.

JOHNNY MANZIEL ABOUT OUT OF TIME AFTER ANOTHER DOMESTIC INCIDENT

Now, the debate has nothing to do with football. It's about whether or not he can make it as a human being, a far more depressing and serious debate

By Sean Pendergast

Houston Press
February 1, 2016

In the movie Pulp Fiction, there's a scene where the gangster Marcellus Wallace warns boxer Butch (played by Bruce Willis) that he'd better get the hell out of Los Angeles because he's "lost all of his L.A. privileges." In that movie, Butch had truly stabbed Wallace in the back by reneging on the promise of throwing a fight to where Wallace lost millions of dollars because of the backstabbing.

Now, Johnny Manziel hasn't inflicted that type of fiscal or emotional harm on any of the 32 NFL football teams, except for the Cleveland Browns, who pay him 17 times a year. However, it appears that Manziel is awfully close to running out his string with the NFL and losing his "L.A. privileges" not only in L.A. but in the other 29 NFL cities (two teams in L.A., two in New Jersey) after his latest escapades in Fort Worth over the weekend.

Early Saturday morning, police in Fort Worth were notified of a domestic incident involving Manziel, which, in some sense, wasn't anything new with Johnny Manziel, considering it was only a few months ago that he and his now-believed-to-be-ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley were involved in an incident alongside a road in Avon, Ohio, in which Crowley said that Manziel slammed her face against the glass window of his car.

However, Saturday's was another disturbing incident, piled on top of several other disturbing incidents in the past several months, that would lead us to believe that the NFL should be the furthest thing from Johnny Manziel's mind. The dude needs serious help.

On Saturday, Fort Worth officers were called to an apartment building around 2 a.m. about a possible assault. Reportedly, police spoke with a 23-year-old woman who said she'd been involved in an incident earlier that evening with her ex-boyfriend in Dallas. A preliminary investigation determined that there may have been an assault earlier in the evening, though it should be noted that the woman refused to cooperate with officers.

That woman also told officers she was concerned about her ex-boyfriend's welfare. It was determined the ex-boyfirend was indeed Manziel and they made an effort to locate him, including through use of a helicopter. Fort Worth police said they are working with Dallas police to determine whether any criminal offenses occurred, which Dallas police confirmed in a statement.

If you're keeping track at home, here's Manziel's rap sheet over the past few months:

The aforementioned incident with Crowley in which Manziel told police in Ohio that he'd had a few drinks earlier in the day as he was arguing with Crowley on the side of the road. Worth mentioning here, Manziel spent ten weeks in rehab during the 2015 offseason.

Just days after he was named the team's starter in mid-November, video of Manziel with a bottle in his hand at an Austin bar surfaced. Manziel lied and said it was an old video, and was immediately demoted to third string.

A little more than a month later, Manziel suffered a concussion and was ruled out of the team's final game of the regular season. However, instead of remaining in Cleveland to live out the rest of the season with his teammates, Manziel was reportedly in Las Vegas for the weekend in disguise (a yellow wig and mustache; can't make that up).


Since the season ended, Mike Pettine has been relieved of head coaching duties with the Browns and replaced by Hue Jackson, who reportedly wants no part of Manziel as a Brown going forward. Honestly, football should be the least of Manziel's worries. When Manziel was Johnny Football at A&M and oversleeping the Manning Passing Academy, we laughed off these peccadilloes as those of a kid who just needed to grow up. When he had a tumultuous rookie season, we chalked it up to rookie adjustments.

There's no more rope left for Manziel now, though. He's fixing to go down hard, and worse, he seems to be the last one to be realizing this. It's a shame. It was a far more interesting football world when the Manziel debate centered around football reasons concerning whether or not he could make the NFL. Now, the debate has nothing to do with football. It's about whether or not he can make it as a human being, a far more depressing and serious debate.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It was reported that in 2014 Manziel signed a 4 year, $8,248,596 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $4,318,980 signing bonus, $7,998,596 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,062,149.

The future quarterback of the Browns tanked out early. In his two seasons, Manziel started only eight games and played in only 15. He got far more attention for his presence at drunken parties than he did on the playing field.

The Browns have had their fill of Johnny Football’s off-field shenanigans. They announced Tuesday that his ass will be booted off the team just as soon as the NFL rules allow it, which will be next month. Manziel may as well kiss his football career goodbye because even the Dallas Cowboys will be unlikely to touch this playboy.