Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DARREN WILSON AWAITING A LYNCHING

The black community will accept nothing less than the immediate arrest of Darren Wilson and his indictment on murder charges

On Tuesday’s NBC Today, Matt Lauer interviewed Michael Brown’s parents and their attorney Benjamin Crump. Both parents were adamant that there will be no justice for their son until Darren Wilson is arrested and tried for murder. Neither one called for an end to the protests, including the rioting. No ‘can’t we all just get along’ Rodney King-moment.

For the last several days protestors have been shouting for the arrest of Officer Wilson, and in interviews with the media, they have made it quite clear that they will continue with their protests until that happens.

Reports are that the 40 FBI agents on the ground, and investigators from the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office, have interviewed at least 200 individuals. Reportedly, some of those talking to the FBI had refused to talk to local authorities. I usually don’t take Rush Limbaugh seriously, but on Tuesday he pointed out that there were far fewer FBI agents investigating the Benghazi case and he claimed that there were no agents investigating the IRS vendetta against the Tea Party.

To the black community, Michael Brown remains a ‘Gentle Giant’ who was murdered in cold blood on the eve of attending college. Blacks have brushed off the convenience store robbery and the toxicology tests showing Brown had pot in his system like anyone would brush off a fly that landed on his arm. They are incensed by those allegations, seeing them as nothing more than character assassination. And the fact that Brown was shot six times is proof to them that Wilson committed murder.

I’ll bet the FBI Agents have found a shitload of people who claim to have witnessed the shooting and will swear that Wilson shot Brown down in cold blood after he raised his hands in surrender.

Now comes a claim that there are a dozen witnesses who will confirm Wilson’s version of the shooting. On Monday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter Christine Byers tweeted:

Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting Ferguson.

Rush and other right-wing personalities have made a big deal out of that tweet, with some referring to it as a ‘bombshell.’ However, since the source of this claim is coming from the hated Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments, that is not going to impress the protesters. And there is always the chance that the witnesses dug up by the police departments are no more reliable than those dug up by the FBI.

On orders of President Obama, Eric Holder will be in Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with the FBI agents and with community leaders. On Monday, Holder released the following statement:

The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me. No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation. This is a critical step in restoring trust between law enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond.

Nicely put, but I do not trust the Justice Department and the FBI to conduct a fair and impartial investigation in this particular case. It is noteworthy from his statement that Holder is clearly upset with the release of the convenience store robbery video and the marijuana toxicology test results. While the Feds cannot charge Wilson with murder, they can charge him with violating Michael Brown’s civil rights, and you can bet they will do that.

Any rational person would find it hard to fathom that a white officer working in a predominantly black community, who has had no complaints filed against him during the four years he has been there, would shoot an unarmed black man six times if he were not in imminent fear of life and limb. Under such circumstances an officer is justified in firing his gun multiple times until the threat to life and limb has been eliminated. Overlooked in the hullabaloo is the fact that Officer Wilson suffered facial injuries during his confrontation with Brown.

With all the investigations and autopsies going on, and with the incessant demands for an arrest, indictment and prosecution, it sure looks like Darren Wilson is awaiting a lynching. ‘kl2008a’ was right when he said, “Sorry to say it, but Officer Wilson is toast.”

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BUJTTS IN IN FERGUSON

The human rights organization which is headquartered in Europe and has been fighting our death penalty has sent a 13-member delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson

13 people wearing bright yellow ‘Amnesty International Observer’ T-shirts have shown up in Ferguson. Amnesty International says the delegation is there to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests.

Jasmine Heiss, a member of the delegation, is a Washington-based campaigner for Amnesty International USA. She has previously served in the Palestinian territories where AI has accused Israel of human rights violations and war crimes.

The organization is best known in the U.S. for fighting against the death penalty. It has also been highly critical of America’s police for using excessive force.

That’s all we need is a bunch of radical left-wing interlopers.

FERGUSON STILL COOKING

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 19, 2014

They cancelled the curfew in Ferguson Monday night, due to the arrival of the National Guard on scene. Last night there were a couple of dozen arrests (largest number I have seen reported was 31) and two people shot, none by the cops.

The media seems to be blaming the cops and the national guard simply for being there. There is also some (damn little) commentary about the New Black Panthers, who are there from Oakland, leading chants of Kill The Cops for the locals. It would seem that there is a small but significant number of people who are primarily interested in looting, burning and raising hell and are using the death of Brown as a justification to act out.

Also the Justice Brothers, Al and Jesse, are still stirring the pot. Among other things Jesse referred to the death of Brown as a state sponsored execution, while in possession of zero facts to support this inflammatory accusation. And much of the media and many of our political ruling class are giving him a pass on it.

Maybe the looting and burning will subside when everything in town is either stolen or burned down. Then they will demand that FEMA come in and build them new houses and stores and complain if they don’t.

The whole mess just sickens me. I can understand the rage behind the “NO JUSTICE NO PEACE” sloganeering from those who are truly aggrieved. It would, however, be nice if they wait for a few actual FACTS before they get completely stupid.

EUROPE: PROSPERITY OR THE RISE OF FACISM?

The middle-aged and middle class, having lost their dreams with no hope of recovery, are at the heart of fascism

Clouds are on the European horizon as the continent’s economy stagnates and falters. With a high rate of unemployment, the Europeans may yet turn to facism. And then it won’t be long before the Jews will be blamed for it all.

By George Friedman

Stratfor Global Intelligence
August 19, 2014

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These events should be enough to constitute the sum total of our global crises, but they're not. On top of everything, the German economy contracted by 0.2 percent last quarter. Though many will dismiss this contraction outright, the fact that the world's fourth-largest economy (and Europe's largest) has shrunk, even by this small amount, is a matter of global significance.

Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. Germany is the economic engine of Europe, and it is expected that it will at some point pull Europe out of its crisis. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting (Berlin claims it will rebound this year), it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned. It is becoming increasingly reasonable to believe that rather than an interlude in European prosperity, what we now see is actually the new normal. The key point is not that Germany's economy has contracted by a trivial amount. The point is that it has come time to raise the possibility that it could be a very long time before Europe returns to its pre-2008 prosperity and to consider what this means.

Faltering Europe

The German economy contracted despite indications that there would be zero economic growth. But the rest of Europe is faltering, too. France had zero growth. Italy declined by 0.2 percent. The only large European economy that grew was the United Kingdom, the country most skeptical of the value of EU membership. Excluding Ireland, which grew at a now-robust rate of 2.5 percent, no EU economy grew more than 1 percent. Together, the European Union scarcely grew at all.

Obviously, growth rate is not the full measure of an economy, and statistics don't always paint the full picture. Growth doesn't measure social reality, and therefore it is important to look at unemployment. And though Europe is fairly stagnant, the unemployment situation is truly disturbing. Spain and Greece both have around 25 percent unemployment, the level the United States reached during the Great Depression. While that's stunning, 15 of the 28 EU members have unemployment rates of more than 10 percent; most have maintained that high rate now for several years. More alarming, these rates are not falling.

Half of all EU residents live in four countries: Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Italy. The average growth rate for these countries is about 1.25 percent. Excluding the United Kingdom, their economies contracted by 0.1 percent. The unemployment rate in the four countries averages 8.5 percent. But if we drop the United Kingdom, the average is 9.2 percent. Removing Britain from the equation is not arbitrary: It is the only one of the four that is not part of the eurozone, and it is the country most likely to drop out of the European Union. The others aren't going anywhere. Perhaps the United Kingdom isn't either, but that remains to be seen. Germany, France and Italy, by population if nothing else, are the core of the European Union. They are not growing, and unemployment is high. Therefore, Europe as a whole is not growing at all, and unemployment is high.

Five to six years after the global financial crisis, persistent and widespread numbers like this can no longer be considered cyclical, particularly because Germany is running out of gas. It is interesting to consider how Germany has arrived at this point. Exports continue to grow, including exports to the rest of Europe. (That is one reason it has been so difficult for the rest of Europe to recover: Having lost the ability to control access to their markets, other European countries are unable to compete with German exports. It may be free trade, it may even be fair trade, but it is also a trade pattern that fixes failure in place.) Employment remains strong. The German financial system is viable. Yet consumer and corporate confidence is declining. As we look at the situation Germany is facing, confidence should be decreasing. And that in turn becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: German employment has been supported by exports, but there is a limited appetite for Germany's exports amid Europe's long-term weakness and a world doing better but still not well enough to float the German economy.

One of the things that should concern Germans is the banking system. It has been the obsession of the European financial elite, at the cost of massive unemployment, and there is the belief, validated by stress tests, that the financial system is sound. For me, there has been an ongoing mystery about Europe: How could it have such high unemployment rates and not suffer a consumer debt crisis? The climbing rate of unemployment should be hitting banks with defaulted mortgages and unpaid credit card debt. Given the fragility of the European financial system in the past, it seems reasonable that there would be heavy pressure caused by consumer debt.

The known nonperforming debt situation is sufficiently concerning. Four countries have nonperforming loan rates surpassing 20 percent. Six have rates between 10 and 20 percent, including Italy's, which stands at 15.1 percent. The overall EU rate is 7.3 percent. Obviously, the situation in Italy is the most dangerous, but there is the question of whether these numbers capture the entire problem. Spain, with 24 percent unemployment, is reporting only an 8.2 percent nonperforming loan rate. Portugal, with lower unemployment rates, has an 11 percent nonperforming loan rate. France (with more than 10 percent unemployment) is reporting only a 4.3 percent nonperforming loan rate. The devil is in the details, and there may be an explanation for these anomalies. But the definition for a nonperforming loan has been flexible in Europe and other places before, and the simple question remains: How can such long-term high unemployment rates not produce significant problems in consumer debt?

It is simply unclear how Europe untangles this Gordian knot. Considering the length of Europe's economic malaise, a strong argument would be required to say this is a passing phase. Given Europe's unemployment, Germany's need to export to the rest of Europe, and persistent weak growth rates now spreading to Germany, it is simply not obvious what force will reverse this process. Inertia is pointing to a continuation of the current pattern. It is hard to see anything that will help Europe recover its vibrancy.

A Political Question

The question that follows is political. If the economic premise of the European Union -- prosperity -- is cast into doubt, then what holds Europe together? This is particularly relevant as the fault line between Russia and the European Peninsula comes alive and as Europe is measuredly asserting itself in Ukraine. Poland's and Romania's interest in Ukraine is clear. Spain's interest is less obvious. The idea of pursuing common goals to preserve EU prosperity doesn't work when the bloc is economically crippled and when signs of divergence are already evident. These include British threats to withdraw from the European Union and the loss of common interests that united the countries when prosperous.

One of the most important signs of divergence is the emergence of anti-establishment and Euroskeptical parties, which did remarkably well in recent European Parliament elections. This political shift has been dismissed by many as merely the result of a protest vote rather than a harbinger of the future. In my view, protest votes of this breadth and magnitude are significant in and of themselves. They remind us that the most dangerous source of social unrest is not the young and unemployed but rather middle-aged men and women who have suffered unemployment and lost their investments. They live in a world of shattered hopes, convinced that others engineered their misfortune. The young throw rocks and then go home. The middle-aged and middle class, having lost their dreams with no hope of recovery, are at the heart of fascism and are the real threat posed by the new European reality.

Russia is important, and so is radical Islam. But the fate of Europe is a vital force that will shape the world. Russian power grows as Europe fragments. Europe has its own internal confrontation with Islam. With long-term sclerosis of the economy and persistent unemployment, how do the Europeans deal with the immigrants among them? How does the Continent accept open borders? The implications are profound, and it is time to consider that a Europe without growth, with high unemployment and with no way out might be the reality for a much longer time than anyone expected.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OVERKILL?: MICHAEL BROWN SHOT AT LEAST 6 TIMES

At the request of Brown’s mother, former NYC chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden conducted an autopsy Saturday on Brown which showed he was shot four times in the right arm and twice in the head

Dr. Michael Baden flew to Missouri at the request of Michael Brown’s mother and conducted a private autopsy Saturday on Brown.

Dr. Baden is the former chief medical examiner for New York City. Dr. Baden’s autopsy showed that Brown had been shot at least six times and that all the bullets entered the front of his body. Four shots struck Brown’s right arm, one bullet entered his right eye and another the top of his head. Some of the bullets entered and exited the body several times, including one that caused at least five wounds. One shattered his right eye, went through his face, left through his jaw and re-entered his collarbone.

Dr. Baden found no gun powder residue on his body, but he did not examine the clothing worn by Brown at the time he was shot.

On CBS This Morning, Dr. Lawrence Koblinsky, a forensic science expert and a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said that if there are no powder burns on the clothing, Brown would have been at least 2 or 3 feet away from Wilson when he was shot. He also said the shot to the top of Brown’s head indicated Brown “was either falling as the shot was fired or he was charging [at Officer Wilson] as the shot was fired."

Dr. Koblinsky thought the most important revelation was that every bullet struck Brown in the front of his body. That means Dorian Johnson, Brown’s crime partner, flat out lied when he told the media and the authorities that Brown was running away from Darren Wilson and that Wilson shot his buddy in the back.

The report that Brown had been shot six times infuriated the black community. Sunday night rioting broke out even before the curfew went into effect and it was the worst rioting so far. Molotov cocktails and other objects were hurled at the cops and some shots were fired at them. There was widespread looting. Capt. Johnson abandoned his Kumbaya tactics. The cops used armored vehicles, wore military-style garb and carried AR-15s while lobbing tear gas and firing rubber bullets. And now Gov. Nixon has ordered the National Guard into Ferguson to maintain order.

One of the reasons given for the previous rioting was the anger resulting from the refusal of authorities to release the results of the autopsy. However, when Dr. Baden’s autopsy report was released, it caused the worst rioting so far.

Despite the fact that Dorian Johnson flat out lied about Wilson shooting Brown in the back, the autopsy report does not look good for Officer Wilson. Was this a case of overkill? Dr. Koblinsky thought Wilson fired too many shots. Unless Wilson can prove that the 6’4”, 292 lb. Brown was charging at him, he is in some really deep shit.

POT ENTERS THE PICTURE

Michael Brown was under the influence of pot when he was shot

A preliminary autopsy report released Monday by the St. Louis County medical examiner indicates that Michael Brown was under the influence of pot when he was shot. According to the Washington Post, Brown's toxicology test found that he tested positive for marijuana.

How about that? Obviously, what we have here is another attempt to besmirch the character of a fine young black man who was about to enter college when he was shot to death for no reason by a white racist stormtrooper. And now we know why Brown's mother does not trust the St. Louis County medical examiner.

It looks like the Trayvon Martin- like angelic picture painted by Browns mother has pretty well disintegrated. One would not be out of line to surmise that Brown and Dorian Johnson robbed that convenience store of cigars in order to make blunts for smoking pot.

And for all you jerks who keep harping that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, fuck off!

PROMINENT DEMOCRAT ACCUSES TRAVIS COUNTY DA OF MCCARTHYISM AND BLASTS TEXAS DEMOCRATS FOR CALLING ON GOV. PERRY TO RESIGN

Lanny Davis, who served as President Clinton’s Special Counsel, calls the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry shameful and calls it a classic case of prosecutorial abuse. And he is highly critical of his fellow Democrats for publicly judging Perry guilty and calling for his resignation.

DEMOCRATS MUST DENOUNCE RICK PERRY INDICTMENT
By Lanny Davis

Newsmax
August 18, 2014

Democrats know a lot about criminalizing the political process — and the terrible consequences to our nation and our democracy when it happens.

We saw it happen again and again in the 1990s, after multiple Cabinet secretaries in the Bill Clinton administration were "investigated" by "independent counsels" — and every one of them resulted in no conviction, despite the rush to judgment and the media's use of the word "scandals" when an "investigation" is worth even less than an "indictment" as evidence of actual wrongdoing.

We Democrats also pride ourselves on our liberalism and commitment to due process and the presumption of innocence embedded in the U.S. Constitution. That is why my father taught me that when Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., used innuendo and accusation to destroy reputations without a fair trial or any due process, it was contrary to all our liberal principles.

Yet we see the shameful indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry by the Travis County (Austin) district attorney because Perry vetoed funding of the public corruption unit. He did so after the district attorney leading that unit had pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Whether or not Perry was right or wrong in vetoing that funding, motivated by good reasons or bad reasons, is not relevant. The voters get to decide that issue. But it is a perversion of the criminal justice system, a classic case of prosecutorial abuse, to indict Perry as a way of deciding the wisdom of his veto. Voters should decide that, not a prosecutor.

It is even more outrageous to anyone who cares about due process and civil liberties to read the comments from local and state Democrats in the state Texas Democratic Party about the Perry indictment. Most of the comments I read used language of guilt or a presumption of wrongdoing because of the fact of the indictment.

Have these Democrats rushing to make public comments any clue that a prosecutor almost always can, as has been said by many lawyers for a long time, "indict a ham sandwich" if they wish? The grand jury hears only a one-sided presentation of evidence by the prosecutors. No rebuttal is allowed. No cross-examination fundamental to due process is allowed.

In fact, an indictment is evidence of nothing. It is literally just an accusation, not even close to proven facts. Yet I read some Texas Democrats calling for Perry to resign — resign!

These cannot be Democrats who care about civil liberties or due process, much less the credibility of our party, which has always denounced those who presume guilt or even suggest wrongdoing after an indictment alone.

In my opinion, silence by Democrats about the Perry indictment and Democratic comments rushing to assume wrongdoing isn't acceptable.

If a Republican prosecutor had obtained this indictment against a sitting Democratic governor, and Republican partisans rushed to imply wrongdoing, much less guilt as a result of an indictment before trial, is there any doubt we Democrats would be publicly outraged?

No.

The double standard cannot be tolerated.

McCarthyism is McCarthyism — accusation and innuendo and "investigations" used as surrogates for facts and truth and due process — whether by the left or the right.

Democratic elected officials, especially Democratic attorneys general and district attorneys across the nation, must call on the Travis County district attorney to withdraw this absurd indictment, and Democratic Party leaders should publicly ask Texas Democrats who have rushed to public judgment of Gov. Perry to withdraw their comments . . . and apologize.

There can be only a single standard when it comes to our belief in the due process clause and the implied presumption of innocence in our Constitution.

STUPID TEXAS WOMAN DELIBERATELY GETS HERSELF BUSTED TO SEE JAILED BOYFRIEND

Alicia Walicke stole a bottle of wine from a convenience store and waited for the cops to bust her

According to the Associated Press, Alicia Walicke of Cedar Park, Texas stole a $3.99 bottle of wine from a gas station-convenience store Wednesday in order to get herself arrested so she could see her boyfriend who had been jailed hours earlier.

Police found the woman sitting outside the convenience store drinking from the bottle of wine. She explained to them that she wanted to be locked up so she could see her jailed boyfriend.

The woman was taken to the Williamson County jail and charged with misdemeanor theft. She was released Friday on $5,000 bond.

Stupid is as stupid does! Unless out of the kindness of their hearts the jailers arranged for her to see the boyfriend, I doubt that she got her wish.

This bimbo could have stolen a better wine. That would not have led to a more serious charge, nor would her bail have been set any higher. Alicia must be a blonde.

MORE ON THE REALIGNMENT STUPIDITY

Realignment, the dumping of state prisoners and parolees on California’s counties in order to reduce prison overcrowding, has demonstratively overburdened the counties, thereby jeopardizing public safety

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 17, 2014

There was another major piece by Paige St. John, in today’s L A Times, about the farce that is realignment.

First mentioned by name is Jesus Ysasaga of Fresno. A chronic drunk and beater of women. He has been sentenced to the Fresno County Jail repeatedly for violations. About half the time they refuse to even book him. They have sometimes merely booked him and released him, citing lack of a bed to park him in.

The article asserts that about 13,500 prisoners are being kicked early EACH MONTH throughout California due to lack of bed space. This is an increase of 34% when compared to pre-realignment numbers.

In LA County male prisoners often serve only 10% of their sentence. Female prisoners often serve only 5%.

Next up is Leopoldo Arellano, 39. He was arrested at least 18 times between 2012 and 2014 for violation of parole, criminal threats and domestic battery.

Next mentioned was Demetrius Roberts of San Diego County. He was kicked loose 12 times. He is a convicted sex offender on GPS monitoring. He likes to disable his monitor.

Also mentioned was Sidney DeAvila, a convicted sex offender from Stockton. He was brought in 11 times in 2012 and 2013, several times by the Fugitive Apprehension Team. He was released within 24 hours each time.

Shortly after his most recent release he raped and murdered his 76 year olde grandmother and literally butchered her dead body. He was found the next day wearing her jewelry. He has since pleaded guilty to rape and murder and was sentenced to 25-to-life. The family is suing CDCr and San Joaquin County for negligence.

Monday, August 18, 2014

JUSTICE FOR WHO IN FERGUSON?

The black community’s sense of justice for Michael Brown requires that Officer Darren Wilson be prosecuted for murder, but what about justice for Wilson?

Al Sharpton’s oft-repeated slogan ‘No Justice, No Peace’ means that the unrest in Ferguson will continue until Officer Darren Wilson is indicted for the murder of Michael Brown. And if Wilson is tried and acquitted, we could see a repeat of the Watts Riots in Ferguson.

Let’s look at justice for Michael Brown. This morning I watched Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on CBS Face the Nation and on ABC This Week. Here is what Nixon said about the release of the video showing Brown robbing a convenience store:

It appeared to besmirch a young man who was shot down on the streets.

To me, that statement sounds rather ominous for Darren Wilson. “Shot down on the streets” sure sounds like the governor has made up his mind that the shooting of Brown was not justified. If not that, then he is saying it to placate the blacks who are demanding that Wilson be prosecuted for murder, with many calling for him to receive the death penalty.

At this time I cannot tell whether the shooting of Brown was justified or not. The police version is that Michael Brown, at 6’4”, 292 lbs., struggled with Officer Wilson before he was shot. The version accepted by the black community is that Brown was shot multiple times as he was holding his hands up to show he was unarmed. The truth probably lies somewhere between the two versions.

The black community is unwilling to wait for a lengthy and thorough investigation. They insist on an immediate release of the investigation and, of course, that must include an official statement that Wilson shot down Brown without justification, followed by his immediate indictment for murder.

On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a second autopsy to be conducted on the body of Brown by a federal medical examiner because of the “extraordinary circumstances involved in this case.” That looks awfully suspicious to me. Brown’s mother does not trust the St. Louis coroner and has called for an autopsy by an independent pathologist. It seems as though Holder is pounding another nail in Wilson’s coffin. That, or Holder doubts the competency or - along with Brown's mother - the integrity of the coroner for the County of St. Louis.

There are now 40 FBI agents going door to door trying to locate witnesses in order to find out what they saw. Come on now, how can any reasonable person believe those agents are going to get a correct and truthful version of what happened. You can bet that they will be told by many ‘witnesses’ that they saw a young man shot down in cold blood as he had his hands raised in surrender. And half, if not most of those witnesses were not even there when the shooting happened. My question is, will the FBI agents work as hard to discredit witness statements as they will to accept them? I seriously doubt it!

OK, so now we know that to blacks, justice for Michael Brown means that Officer Wilson will be indicted, tried and convicted of murder.

But what about justice for Darren Wilson?

Let’s start with the release of the video showing the strong-arm robbery by Brown. Sharpton, the NAACP and others had been howling for authorities to release the name of the cop who shot Brown. When the Ferguson police chief finally caved in to their demands, he also released the video of the convenience store robbery.

How did the black community react to the release of the video? With utter outrage! They saw it as a character assassination of Brown on top of his assassination by Wilson. That led to more rioting. The Justice Department was furious, Capt. Ron Johnson was upset and Gov. Nixon called it the besmirching of a young man shot down in the streets. The Justice Department, Capt. Johnson and Gov. Nixon all said the video should not have been released.

I think the Ferguson PD was right in releasing the video at the same time they named Wilson as Brown’s killer. OK, so that was bound to inflame the hotheads in the black community. But Wilson should have been given the right to show that he did not shoot the angelic figure painted by Brown’s mother and by his friends, as well as by Al Sharpton and others who did not personally know the young man. The video’s release was appropriate since there had been a number of death threats made against the as yet unidentified officer.

So, if he was indeed justified in shooting Brown, will there be justice for Darren Wilson? I cannot see how!

First there will be a ‘hurried up’ investigation based largely on the stories of unreliable witnesses. Because the black community will accept nothing less than a murder indictment of Wilson, that will be forthcoming quickly. As for the trial, knowing that the black community is out for blood and that riots may break out all over the U.S. if they acquit Wilson, the jury is not going to return with a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict.

On the other hand, if Wilson was truly not justified in shooting Brown, then he should be indicted and tried for murder.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I posted the above piece on PACOVILLA Corrections blog where Kathy Nichols responded with this excellent comment:

The same thoughts have been bothering me since the renewal of the violence on Friday night after release of the video.

The Ferguson Chief of Police was immediately criticized by the press for refusing to comment on or explain any of the information he released. What he did explain, repeatedly, was that he hadn't wanted to release any of it, but had been directed to do so by the city attorney.

I was further disturbed as television pundits, and later our governor, suggested that release of the video was a tactic calculated to damage the "gentle giant's" reputation.

The events depicted in the convenience store occurred within 10 to 15 minutes of the confrontation between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. Clearly, the video reflects Brown's mental state near the time of the incident, and it certainly provides a reason for Brown to resist arrest in his encounter with the officer.

In any event, out of curiosity, I "Googled" the phrase "justice for Darren Wilson" a few minutes ago, and your blog post was the only relevant result. That is tragic and frightening.

The protesters in Ferguson aren't seeking justice right now; they're behaving like a lynch mob. Justice is supposed to be blind, thoughtful, and evenhanded. I see no possibility that Wilson can receive a fair trial, and at this point, in any court in our nation.

DESCRIPTION OF THE STRONG ARM ROBBERY BY MICHAEL BROWN

From the police report, here is the description of the strong arm robbery at that Ferguson convenience store:

An employee saw Brown grab a box of Swisher Sweet cigars and hand them to another young man identified as Dorian Johnson, who was standing behind him. The employee said he told Brown he had to pay for the cigars and instead, Brown reached across the counter and grabbed numerous packets of cigars and turned to leave the store. According to the employee, Brown grabbed his shirt and pushed him into a display rack. Then he and Johnson left the store without paying.

The report describes Brown as 6'4", 292 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt, khaki long shorts, yellow socks and a red Cardinals baseball cap. Those were the clothes Michael Brown was wearing during his confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson.

This is clearly not just a little ole case of shoplifting as Brown's supporters would have us believe. Shoplifters always try to avoid detection, but Brown made no attempt to conceal the theft of the cigars. He used physical force to get away and that makes this case a robbery.

OOPS, THERE’S A ST. LOUIS COP ALSO NAMED DARREN WILSON

The St. Louis cop with the same name as the Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown, was immediately mistaken as the shooter with the name of Darren Wilson was released

The release of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s name has endangered him and his family, but it also could have endangered the life of the St. Louis officer with the same name.

THE OTHER DARREN WILSON: ST. LOUIS CITY SERGEANT NOT THE COP WHO SHOT MICHAEL BROWN
By Vera Culley

KTVI
August 15, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Friday morning, Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson released the name of the Ferguson officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. His name is Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force.

But a St. Louis City sergeant named Darren Wilson was quickly mistaken on social media to be the officer who shot Brown.

St. Louis City Sgt. Darren Wilson is the president of the Ethical Society of Police and has been with the St. Louis Police Department since 1996.

St. Louis City Police say public outcry over Brown’s death and the assumption that the city’s Darren Wilson was involved has promoted concern for their officer’s safety.

St. Louis City’s Sgt. Wilson did respond to rumors that he was the officer involved.

He posted this to his Facbeook Page Friday morning:

“Greetings community members of St. Louis, MO and all those across the nation. The Ethical Society of Police has been closely following the events surrounding the unfortunate police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

As a result of public outcry and a demand for justice, the Ferguson police officer’s name was released and happens to be, Darren Wilson.

The first thing we would like to assure the world is that this is a horrific coincidence.

May I assure the world that this is not the President of the Ethical Society of Police’s Sergeant Darren R. Wilson who is African-American, and happens to be an 18 year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department.

I’m sure additional clarification statements will be released immediately.

Thank you for your continued support.”

HAMAS THREATENS ISRAEL WITH WAR OF ATTRITION IF ISRAEL DOES NOT MEET ALL OF ITS DEMANDS

Egyptian proposal for a gradual lifting of the Gaza blockade is rejected outright by Hamas

As the truce talks in Cairo collapsed, Netanyahu said he will not be blackmailed by threats of a war of attrition if Israel does not accept the all-or- nothing demands of Hamas.

HAMAS RESORTS TO DIRECT BLACKMAIL AS TRUCE TALKS COLLAPSE
Hamas rejects Egyptian truce deal, threatens 'war of attrition' if Israel doesn't fully meet its demands

Israel Today
August 17, 2014

While Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams remained in Cairo on Sunday, the chances of reaching a long-term agreement before the current ceasefire expired a day later were almost nil, according to Israeli participants.

On Friday, Egypt leaked to the press details of its comprehensive truce proposal, which calls for a gradual easing of the blockade of Gaza to be overseen by Israeli and Egyptian forces and future talks on a Gaza seaport and airport, as demanded by Hamas.

Israel responded to the proposal with some wariness, noting that it wasn’t prepared to dilute its security demands, and that agreeing to a seaport and airport as part of the overall ceasefire package, regardless of when they would be built, would be seen as a prize for Hamas’ aggression against the Jewish state.

“If Hamas thinks it will make up for its military losses with a political achievement, it is wrong,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

But Israel’s cautious approach to the new Egyptian proposal was of little consequence, as Hamas had already rejected the deal a day earlier. Hamas leaders said that Israel would accept all their demands, including the immediate and unconditional lifting of the Gaza blockade, or face a new war of attrition in its southern regions.

Netanyahu said if Hamas believed Israel would play along with this blackmail, it was sadly mistaken. “If Hamas thinks that by continuing the steady trickle of rocket fire it will force us to make concessions, it is wrong,” the prime minister insisted.

Israel was far more accepting of recommendations issued on Friday by the European Union, which called for the lifting of the Israeli blockade in exchange for the disarming of all militant groups present in Gaza.

Many Israelis, including most members of Netanyahu’s government, are adamant that the demilitarization of Gaza be a firm condition of any long-term ceasefire.

GLOBAL WAR (NOT WARMING)

By Greg ‘Gadfly’ Doyle

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 17, 2014

The prevailing winds of recent political storms around the world do not bode well for anyone living on planet Earth in the very near future. Unless a decisive change in American and allied response is forthcoming, freedom will falter, fade, and fail while tyranny threatens, tests, and triumphs. Whether you like it or not, believe it or not—global war (not warming) is on the horizon. Politicians are helpless to prevent it because of their lack of resolve and complacent constituencies. History bears this out. It happened earlier in the previous century under Nazi fascism and Japanese imperialism, and later under Soviet and Chinese communist expansion.

Some living now were small children at the onset of World War II. America was reluctant to get involved. Her leaders stood idly by, watching in the comfort of oceanic-isolation while tens of millions of souls became helpless captives overseas. British and European appeasement of Adolf Hitler only made him stronger, more calculating, daring and dangerous. Politicians had drawn lines in the proverbial sand in hopes to dissuade Hitler through diplomacy. They failed to appreciate the nature of a true tyrant: an insatiable thirst for absolute power.

Adolf Hitler continued to cross those drawn lines. He challenged his enemies’ collective resolve to do something to stop him. They blinked as he moved deftly forward. In other words, he ignored their bluster by calling each bluff. Like dominoes, Nazi Germany annexed one neighbor after another until Hitler felt strong enough militarily to conquer the rest of Europe. By 1944, when the war drastically turned against Germany’s favor, surrender was not an option until Hitler was dead and Allied boots were standing over the ashes of his ruined Germany.

Similarly, Japanese leaders refused to surrender in the face of numerous military setbacks and economic failures. Not until two unimaginably destructive bombs, atomic in nature, were dropped on her major cities did Japan capitulate. Just like her Axis ally Germany, Japan was in rubble and ruins before surrender was possible. That is the lesson of history in dealing with tyrants.

Several million non-combatants died in suffering and slavery as the result of unchecked Nazi and Japanese expansion. Ethnic cleansing and genocide fed the engines of both military machinations. After America had been attacked and drawn into the global conflict, thousands upon thousands of Americans died trying to help our English allies put an end to the threat. Unfortunately, the successful triumph over Japan and Germany in World War II (1945) merely suppressed the spread of tyranny for a season.

Meanwhile in the 1950′s, Chinese and Soviet communism spread to their surrounding neighbors. Eastern Europe fell under the heavy boot of Soviet communism and walled off its inhabitants from the free world with an Iron Curtain of containment. Chinese communism spilled over in military conflict to the Korean peninsula, eventually tearing one country in two segregated halves: those who would live free and those who never will.

The lives of thousands of Americans and their allies were sacrificed holding the drawn line between communist North and free South Korea. South Korea thrives economically while North Korean communism starves its citizens. American troops still hold that dividing line in 2014. Today, if you had no other choice, which of those two countries would you rather live in?

In the 1960′s Southeast Asia fell victim to Chinese and Soviet communist expansion. The Viet Nam war resulted in hundreds of thousands of American casualties and thousands of deaths. Due to political unrest at home and the increasing unpopularity of the war, America withdrew and abandoned the fight. In the vacuum of American intervention, millions of Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, and Burmese citizens were brutalized by thuggish communist regimes, while thousands of escaping refugees died crossing the Pacific in boats to get to Canada and the United States, and freedom.

Today, our geo-political landscape is changing and devolving. For several years now, the former American Cold War nemesis, Russia (formerly the catalyst and controller of the satellites of the Soviet Union), has begun the prospect of resurrecting the Iron Curtain among its closest neighbors. Using Hitler-esque bullying tactics of pre-World War II, Russian leader Vladamir Putin has begun the annexation of parts of the Ukraine while the rest of the world (in the interest of avoiding military conflict) does nothing offensively to stop it.

Does anyone who remembers the former Soviet Union and its tactics believe Russia will stop at the Crimea because of some imposed financial sanctions? Ask the citizens of neighboring Georgia if Russia has been hands-off with Georgian sovereignty since 1991 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17301647.) Hardly. The cancerous spread of Russian influence (in Soviet-style dominance) is crossing the borders and entangling itself among its former satellite states unchecked.

Contrary to the political rhetoric of our current president Al Qaeda is not on the run. If you haven’t noticed, the Middle East is on fire with terror! From the Arab Spring to Benghazi, from Syrian upheaval to Iraqi collapse, Al Qaeda is alive and thriving. The premature withdrawal of American forces from the region has left non-Muslims, non-Sharia Law Muslim minorities, and peaceful sectarians without a deterrent against Islamic extremism and radical fanaticism. In the wake of an American withdrawal, barbarism and jihad-inspired genocide is sweeping away the last vestiges of hope for fledgling democracies too weak to hold onto their short-lived freedoms.

Global war (not global warming) is what everyone in the world should pray against. Instead of railing against Israel for defending her citizens against daily rocket attacks from Gaza, America should support her ally, Israel. Palestine is no friend of America when Hamas is in control. If the Palestinians really want Israel to stop killing their people, they should purge Palestine of Hamas. And if peace-loving Muslims really want every non-Muslim to not look at them suspiciously, they too should purge peace-loving Islam of all radical jihadists and extremists.

The application of history, my friends, really boils down to show and tell. During World War II, were there Germans who were not Nazis? Very likely there were many. In Imperial Japan during the same war, were there many Japanese who were not out to rule the world and enslave their inferiors? I am certain there were. The problem was (and remains today) that those good people were ruled by bad men (tyrants) so convincingly that it was impossible to distinguish between the good and the bad without bullets and bombs. In other words, because of the terrorizing show those tyrannical regimes gave the world, few could tell who was good among all the bad.

War brought down the leadership of tyrannical governments. And while diplomacy may have led to the dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1991, it did not take out its corrupt and tyrannical leadership. We are still dealing with communists who rule Russian interests in 2014. We nearly destroyed Al Qaeda in Iraq. Then we failed to secure it. Now it is overrun with jihadists.

Another history lesson has been lost on those leaders who think they are smarter than the tyrants they attempt to appease. Appeasement of tyrants leads to war. And we stand on the brink of all out war for lack of historical perspective. I wish history taught a different lesson, but it does not.

Pray for a decisive change in American foreign policy before the world blows up in all of our faces. Our president can continue to bluff and back away, and give up a lot of territory in the next two years, Still, a fight is coming. The longer we wait, the weaker we become and the worse it will get. History bears the warnings and lessons.

May God help us all.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MUST BE A LOT OF BIGOTS IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 6, 2014

Jovanka Beckles, 51, is the vice-mayor of the city of Richmond, California and has been so for four years. She is a self-described lesbian black Latina. Therein lies the rub.

There seems to be a fairly hard core of loud-mouthed intolerant assholes who like to show up at city council meetings and spout vitriol at her, largely because she is a lesbian and because she does not claim straight-up black racial identity. She grew up in the Canal Zone and her parents are from the Caribbean and of African heritage.

At least one of the loud-mouthed assholes is a member of the council. That particular member, a jerk named Corky Booze, seems particularly irritated that Beckles does not self-describe as straight-up black.

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AND CURFEW IN FERGUSON

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 16, 2014

Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri, has declared a State of Emergency and a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in the town of Ferguson, where kissing the asses of agitators, criminals and rioters has not produced the hoped-for result of unicorns and warm fuzzy puppies.

Nixon and Captain Ron (Johnson) were interrupted by hecklers while speaking at a local church. The hecklers were objecting to the curfew as it will interfere with their orgy of looting and burning.

In other news the Missouri legislature has proposed renaming the town of Ferguson after the late criminal Michael Brown whose death triggered all this unpleasantness and naming his mother the new Chief of Police. (Actually I just made up this part, I think.)

KUMBAYA TACTICS FAILED BADLY FRIDAY NIGHT

Police failed to protect the convenience store that reported the strong-arm robbery by Michael Brown and failed to arrest any of the ‘protestors’ who looted that store

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was placed in charge of all police in Ferguson, not only had his Kumbaya tactics fail miserable Friday night, but he failed to protect the convenience store which reported the strong-arm robbery by Michael Brown.

Around midnight, the peaceful demonstration turned violent as a mob broke into and looted the convenience store that was robbed by Brown. Along with the break-in and looting, protesters hurled rocks and other objects at the police. Johnson was forced to deploy at least one armored vehicle and officers fired volleys of tear gas at the mob. Thus Johnson's Kumbaya tactics came to a screeching halt, at least for that night.

Any halfwit would have known that with the protestors highly incensed over the reporting of the convenience store robbery, the store would be the primary target should the protest become violent. The store owners knew it because as soon as the robbery video was released, they boarded up their store, telling reporters they feared for their lives.

Capt. Johnson most definitely had to know that the convenience store was a primary target, but he failed to place any officers in front of the store as a preventive measure. And worst of all, none of the looters were arrested. I suppose he did not have the store protected and did not have any of the looters arrested because that would have gone against his Kumbaya tactics.

As for the video of the robbery, Scott H. Greenfield, writing on Simple Justice, a criminal defense blog, accused the Ferguson PD of smearing Michael Brown. Greenfield also accused the authorities of fabricating a robbery out of a simple shoplifting case in order to justify the assassination of Brown.

Well, I have news for Greenfield, that lying left-wing provocateur. What could have been a simple shoplifting case turned into a felonious robbery the second Brown shoved the man into a store rack as that man tried to stop him from stealing a $50 box of cigars.

I would have to give Capt. Johnson's handling of Friday night's demonstration a failing grade, an F-.

BLACK MISSOURI STATE SENATOR HAS BEEN SHOOTING HER MOUTH OFF AT THE FERGUSON DEMONSTRATIONS AND SLAMS WHITE DEMOCRATS FOR NOT GETTING INVOLVED IN THE PROTESTS

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who is pissed off at white Democratic officeholders for not joining her at the demonstrations, has been fanning the flames of passion by shooting her big mouth off in front of the protestors

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, whose district includes Ferguson, is pissed off at white Democratic officeholders because they haven’t joined her at the demonstrations. “There hasn’t been a single white Democrat down here,” she said angrily Wednesday. “Mark my words, the Republicans might start showing up before they do.” She also tweeted, “LISTEN UP: I would like to place a bet. Here goes. I bet an elected Republican will come to Ground Zero before a white elected Democrat.”

If anything, like Al Sharpton, Chappelle-Nadal has stirred up the angry passions of those protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. The black state senator seems particularly incensed at Jay Nixon, Missouri’s white Democratic governor.

Here is an exchange on Twitter between the foul-mouthed woman and the governor:

Gov. Nixon: Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are. Must keep the peace, while safeguarding rights of citizens and the press.

Sen. Chappelle-Nadal: You don't know shit bc you never communicate. FUCK you, Governor!

Gov. Nixon: As Governor, I'm committed to ensuring pain of last weekend's tragedy does not continue to be compounded by this ongoing crisis.

Sen. Chappelle-Nadal: FUCK you, Governor. I'm calling your bullshit!

No wonder the pleas of black ministers calling on the protestors to refrain from engaging in any violence go unheeded. With loud-mouthed interloping rabble rousers like Sharpton and Chappelle-Nadal fanning the flames of passion, the protests were bound to get out of hand.

IN DEFENSE OF GOV. PERRY

Alan Dershowitz, a liberal Democrat, slams the politically motivated indictments of the Texas governor

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz is not the only prominent Democrat who has come out in defense of Gov. Pdrry by maintaining that the Republican governor was within his rights in withholding funds from the Travis County District Attorney who had been arrested for drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

DERSHOWITZ ‘OUTRAGED’ BY PERRY INDICTMENT
By Sandy Fitzgerald

Newsmax
August 16, 2014

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz calls himself a "liberal Democrat who would never vote for Rick Perry," but he's still "outraged" over the Texas governor's indictment Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion.

The charges are politically motivated and an example of a "dangerous" trend of courts being used to affect the ballot box and politics, he told Newsmax on Saturday.

"Everybody, liberal or conservative, should stand against this indictment," Dershowitz said. "If you don't like how Rick Perry uses his office, don't vote for him."

On Friday, the District Attorney's office in Travis County, Texas, filed its indictment against Perry charging he overstepped his powers by threatening to veto, and then vetoing $7.5 million in funding for the office's Public Integrity Unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her conviction for drunken driving.

Perry said Saturday he stands by his veto, and slammed the indictment against him as outrageous.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," the Republican governor said in a brief news conference Saturday afternoon. "It is nothing more than an abuse of power — and I cannot and will not allow that to happen."

Perry's supporters are backing his decision, saying that he was well within his rights under the state Constitution to veto the funding, while opponents say it's another example of how he abuses the power of his office.

"This is another example of the criminalization of party differences," said Dershowitz, a prominent scholar on United States constitutional law and criminal law who writes the "Legally Speaking" column for Newsmax. "This idea of an indictment is an extremely dangerous trend in America, whether directed at [former House Speaker] Tom DeLay or [former President] Bill Clinton."

Further, Dershowitz said, such indictments are something that's done in totalitarian countries and should not be done in the United States.

In such countries, "if you don't like them, you indict," Dershowitz said. "In America, you vote against them...this should be up to the voters. There is no room in America for abuse of office charges, and this has to stop once and for all. This is a serious problem."

And indicting a politician, rather than fighting back through a ballot box, "is so un-American."

Dershowitz also told Newsmax Perry was well within his rights when he vetoed the money for Lehmberg's office, as he "saw a drunk serving as DA" who "shouldn't be enforcing criminal law."

Dershowitz believes Perry will be acquitted, and the indictment will become an embarrassment to those involved.

Perry is often named as a potential candidate for the GOP nomination in 2016, and has opted not to seek a fourth term as governor of Texas. Dershowitz said he hopes the legal charges are resolved long before the presidential election campaign cycle begins.

"It's just ridiculous the extremes some prosecutors will go to," when they seek criminal charges in retribution for actions that they don't agree with politically," Dershowitz said.

He's not alone among liberals questioning the Perry indictment, reports Business Insider, with pundits including former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, Clinton and Obama administration alum Jonathan Prince, Vox's Matt Yglesias, and New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait all tweeting that they do not agree with the DA's decision to indict the governor.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

HILLARY AND BARACK HUGGING IT OUT

POLICE SWITCH TO KUMBAYA TACTICS

Instead of confronting the protestors in Ferguson, cops mingled and marched with the demonstrators

On Thursday, after four nights of rioting, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri Highway Patrol to take charge of all the cops assigned to maintain order in Ferguson. He placed Capt. Ron Johnson, a black officer who grew up in Ferguson, in command of the operation.

Capt. Johnson made drastic changes to the tactics used before he took command. Thursday night there were no armored vehicles in sight and none of the cops were dressed in military garb, nor were they armed with AR-15s. Instead, officers mingled and even marched with the protestors. The demonstrations remained peaceful.

I am labeling the new police procedure as the Kumbaya Tactics.

Furthermore, the cop who shot Brown is being thrown to the wolves. The Ferguson police chief told the media that he will release the name of the cop who shot Brown, thereby satisfying the demand of Al Sharpton and the protestors.

I call that a Chickenshit Surrender.

UPDATE: Ferguson’s police chief named Darren Wilson, a 6-year veteran, as the officer who shot Brown. It has been reported that Capt. Johnson wished he had been consulted before Wilson’s name was released.

Surprise, surprise! Along with naming Wilson, the Ferguson PD revealed that Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, the man who was walking down the street with Brown when Officer Wilson encountered them, are prime suspects in a strong-arm robbery that happened 10 minutes earlier at a convenience store.

A surveillance video of the robbery shows two black men wearing identical clothing to that worn by Brown and Johnson when they were encountered by Wilson. Brown and Johnson stole a $50 box of cigars and forced their way out of the store by shoving a man into a display rack as he was trying to stop them.

Johnson has been the vocal witness who got everyone's poopie in an uproar by claiming that Brown was shot down as he was running from Wilson and that after being shot he raised his hands and was shot again. Johnson's story, which led to a rush to judgment and to the riots, should now be taken with a grain of salt.

Well what do you know, another Trayvon Martin-like angelic figure unmasked.

Brown’s parents and Benjamin Crump, their attorney, are crying foul. Crump called the robbery allegations “the old game of smoke and mirrors,” and said, “It’s bad enough they assassinated him, and now they’re trying to assassinate his character.”

Tsk, tsk, shame, shame on those evil 'white devil' cops.

OFF-DUTY COP AT HOME SHOOTS INTRUDER WHO TURNED OUT TO BE HIS DAUGHTER

The 16-year-old daughter was sneaking back home at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday when her dad mistook her for an intruder

Loudoun County, Virginia Sheriff's Deputy Easton not only shot his daughter by mistake, but he crashed his car while rushing her to a hospital. Fortunately, the daughter is recovering from her gunshot wound.

VIRGINIA DEPUTY SHOOTS DAUGHTER SNEAKING BACK HOME
By Michael Winter

USA Today
August 15, 2014

A Virginia sheriff's deputy mistook his 16-year-old daughter for an intruder early Tuesday and shot her as she sneaked back into their home, authorities say.

After alerting 911, the deputy then crashed his car while racing her to the hospital, and emergency responders finished transporting her for treatment at Winchester Medical Center, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office told WHAG-TV.

The teen was shot once in her torso and was listed in stable condition Thursday. She suffered no additional injuries when her father, Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputy Easton McDonald, hit a barricade.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday while McDonald, a 13-year veteran, was getting ready for work, said Frederick County Sheriff's Capt. Donnie Lang. The home's alarm system indicated a door of the attached garage had been opened, and McDonald grabbed his personal handgun to investigate.

Seeing a dark figure approaching him, he fired.

"Then he hears her voice and recognizes that it's his daughter," Lang toldThe Washington Post.

McDonald thought she was asleep upstairs, but she had slipped out of the house earlier in the night.

The Frederick County sheriff and Commonwealth's Attorney will decide whether any charges should be filed.

McDonald, who was described as being distraught, is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by his department.

$120,000 BREAST IMPLANTS

A woman from Venezuela on a flight from Columbia to Madrid was found to be carrying 3.75 lbs. of cocaine in her implanted fake boobs

A 43-year-old Venezuelan woman took a flight from Bogota, Columbia to Madrid, Spain. As she went through customs she appeared to be very nervous. She was taken aside and all her belongings searched. Although the customs officials found nothing suspicious, the woman continued to be nervous. She was then subjected to a full body search by female officers. When they discovered irregularities and deformations in her breasts she confessed that cocaine was concealed in her breast implants.

The woman was taken to a Madrid hospital where doctors surgically removed two plastic bags from her breasts. The bags contained 3.75 lbs. of cocaine worth about $120,000.

When she gets out of a Spanish prison, the woman should return to Columbia and sue the doctor or whoever for giving her a bad boob job. Had her implants been shaped properly, she would most likely have been sent on her merry way.

Of course her predicament probably would have been avoided had she taken a bunch of tranquilizers before her arrival in Madrid.

RICK PERRY TORPEDOED BY PARTISAN CRIMINAL INDICTMENT

A Democratic witch hunt has resulted in two felony indictments of the Texas governor and may have torpedoed his presidential ambitions

The indictments handed down by a grand jury in uber-liberal Austin is payback for Perry’s efforts to rid Travis County of a Democratic District Attorney who got busted for DUI with a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

POLITICAL STRATEGISTS SLAM RICK PERRY INDICTMENT AS ‘OUTRAGEOUS’
By Todd Beamon

Newsmax
August 15, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on Friday by a state grand jury on charges stemming from a funding veto he made last year is "outrageous" and nothing more than "the criminalization of political differences," Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen told Newsmax.

"I've never seen anything like this in politics," he said. "It looked to me like what Perry was doing was right, reasonable and responsible."

Schoen cautioned, however, that the Democrats needed to be very careful of using the indictment to dash Perry's chances should he choose to run for the White House in 2016.

"It is one of the worst things that the Democrats could do: to try to go after a partisan Republican with a partisan criminal indictment," he said. "It is a further sign of really the destruction of our nonpartisan — seemingly nonpartisan — criminal justice system.

"It is very depressing, sad and just plain wrong."

Perry, 63, the Lone Star State's longest-serving governor, was indicted on charges of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony that carries a penalty of five to 99 years in prison, and of coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 10 years.

The Republican, who is not seeking re-election this fall, is the state's first indicted governor in nearly a century. Perry was first elected to the Statehouse in 2000. He is considering a presidential bid in 2016. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2012.

Mary Anne Wiley, Perry's general counsel, defended the governor's action and predicted victory over the indictment.

"The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution," Wiley said in a statement. "We will continue to aggressively defend the governor's lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail."

David Botsford, the governor's private attorney, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In announcing the indictment, McCrum said he "took into account the fact that we're talking about a governor of a state — and a governor of the state of Texas, which we all love."

"Obviously that carries a lot of importance," he said. "But when it gets down to it, the law is the law."

McCrum, who is based out of San Antonio, spent months presenting evidence and calling witness while investigating whether Perry broke the law when he publicly promised to deny $7.5 million over two years to the public integrity unit of the office of Travis County Democratic District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

Lehmberg pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 — with a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit for driving — but spurned Perry's calls to resign. She served about half of a 45-day jail term but remained in office.

Perry had contended that Lehmberg's behavior was inappropriate. A video recording made at the jail showed her shouting at staffers to call the sheriff, kicking the door of her cell, and sticking her tongue out.

"The Travis County District Attorney appears to me to be way out of line, especially given her own conviction for drunken driving," Schoen told Newsmax on Friday.

Other top Republicans also called for Lehmberg to resign.

The unit she oversees spearheaded the investigation against former GOP House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was convicted in 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for participating part in a scheme to influence elections in Texas.

Several top Perry aides appeared before grand jurors in Austin, including his deputy chief of staff, legislative director and general counsel. The governor did not testify.

He was not subpoenaed to appear, McCrum said.

"That's prosecutorial discretion that I had," he said when asked why he did not question the governor.

Perry's indictment is just another of the many "witch hunts" by the county district attorney's office, former Houston-area broadcaster and GOP philanthropist Fran Fawcett told Newsmax.

"The Travis County District Attorney's Office has long been trying to ensnare Republican officeholders," she said in an email.

Fawcett referenced Ronnie Earle, Lehmberg's longtime Democratic predecessor who brought charges against DeLay. He also sought indictments against former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson when she was state treasurer and other Republicans.

Earle was first elected in 1976, serving until January 2009, when Lehmberg was sworn into office.

Fawcett said that Earle was "unrelenting in using extreme tactics of personal destruction to try and smear Republicans. That his successors would indict the governor for exercising his legitimate power is simply more of the same.

"The real crime here is the amount of taxpayer dollars the Travis County D.A.'s office uses in its witch hunts," she said.

That Perry could legally veto measures approved by the Legislature, including part or all of the state budget, was not under investigation.

But Texans for Public Justice, a liberal government watchdog group that filed the ethics complaint leading to the inquiry, accused Perry of coercion because he threatened to use his veto before actually doing so in trying to pressure Lehmberg to quit.

"We're pleased that the grand jury determined that the governor's bullying crossed the line into illegal behavior," said Craig McDonald, the organization's executive director. "The complaint had merit, serious laws were potentially broken."

In responses reflecting what Schoen told Newsmax, other strategists warned that Perry's indictment could very likely bolster any presidential bid.

"GOP state-level activists love nothing more right now than a leader with the guts to stand up against a system they believe is failing the people and protecting the elites," Republican strategist Bruce Haynes of Purple Strategies told Politico.

He urged Democrats eyeing the indictment as a weapon against the hard-driving Republican to "beware."

"Ultimately, this may not be a threat to Perry as much as it is a gift," Haynes said.

Democrats, meanwhile, called on Perry to quit.

"For the sake of Texas, Governor Perry should resign following his indictment on two criminal felony counts involving abuse of office," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa told the newspaper, "Gov. Rick Perry has brought dishonor to his office, his family and the state of Texas."

Perry's indictment is the first of its kind since 1917, when James "Pa" Ferguson was indicted on charges stemming from his veto of state funding to the University of Texas to try to unseat faculty and staff members that he opposed.

Ferguson was eventually impeached, then resigned before being convicted, allowing his wife, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, to take over the governorship.

Friday, August 15, 2014

CALIFORNIA FEMALE DEPUTY TASERS BLACK FATHER OF FIVE SUSPECTED OF ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, HE DIES AFTERWARDS

A female San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy tasered Dante Parker, 36, multiple times as she tried to arrest him after he attempted to break into a home in Victorville, California

Dante Parker was spotted riding a bicycle after attempting to break into a home in Victorville on Tuesday. According to the female deputy, Parker resisted arrest and became combative. He appeared to be doped up on something. She says that a number of Taser shots failed to subdue the black father of five and it took her and a backup deputy to finally handcuff him. He was placed in the back of a patrol car. When the deputies saw he was sweating and breathing heavily, they called for paramedics. Parker was taken to a hospital where he died two days before his 37th birthday.

The Riverside County coroner will conduct an autopsy and determine whether the tasering played any part in Parker’s death.

His family swears that Parker would never commit a burglary and that he was a loving father and family man.

I would guess the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is very lucky that Victorville is an isolated desert town with a small black population, otherwise it would have another Ferguson ruckus on its hands. I suspect the main worry of the sheriff's office now is about the lawsuit that will surely be filed against it by the Parker family.

OBAMA VETOES SHIPMENT OF HELLFIRE MISSILES SOUGHT BY ISRAEL

Relations with Israel have hit a new low as Obama takes the hatred between himself and Netanyahu out on the Israelis

It is no secret that Obama and Netanyahu cannot stand each other. So when Israel went straight to the Pentagon to secure a new shipment of Hellfire missiles, Obama and the State Department blew their corks with the president ordering the shipment stopped.

WSJ: OBAMA PUNISHING ISRAEL BY HOLDING UP WEAPONS TRANSFERS
by Daniel Greenfield

Frontpage Mag
August 14, 2014

Usually the White House runs these “The Israelis are evil bastards” stories through the New York Times. This time it decided to run the story through the Wall Street Journal.

There are lots of anonymous quotes about how awful Israel is, but no one actually willing to go on the record which tells you that…

1. Obama Inc are cowards

or

2. The reporter is making things up

Today, many administration officials say the Gaza conflict—the third between Israel and Hamas in under six years—has persuaded them that Mr. Netanyahu and his national security team are both reckless and untrustworthy.

Right.

The focus of “Israel Outflanks White House in Pressing Gaza Strategy” is the claim that Netanyahu is somehow using Congress and the Pentagon to “outflank” Obama… even though Obama controls the Pentagon and Congress can’t do anything on foreign policy without Obama’s approval.

Jeff Dunetz disproves the opening thesis of the article that Israel somehow illegitimately extracted US weapons from the Pentagon, but even the actual article walks back that same claim several times, stating that “the military-to-military side was operating normally.”

But the thesis is spin to justify Obama’s blocking of these military-to-military weapons transfers. By spinning it as a reaction to Israeli wrongdoing, it puts the onus on Israel instead of Obama.

The White House and State Department have sought to regain greater control over US-Israeli policy. Instead of being handled as a military-to-military matter, each case is now subject to review.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, or DSCA, was about to release an initial batch of the Hellfires, according to Israeli and congressional officials.

It was immediately put on hold by the Pentagon, and top officials at the White House instructed the DSCA, the U.S. military’s European Command and other agencies to consult with policy makers at the White House and the State Department before approving any additional requests.

A senior Obama administration official said the weapons transfers shouldn’t have been a routine “check-the-box approval” process, given the context. The official said the decision to scrutinize future transfers at the highest levels amounted to the United States saying ‘The buck stops here. Wait a second…It’s not OK anymore.’


Except it’s not the United States saying it. It’s Obama saying it. And the bottom line is that Obama Inc. is now making it clear that it will use weapons transfers to blackmail Israel and that it’s blaming Israel for this policy.

The Times of Israel reports confirmation of suspensions.

A senior Israeli official confirmed to Israeli media that the US had suspended a shipment of Hellfire missiles to Israel amid worsening ties over fighting in Gaza

The decision to hold off on the transfer was most likely on grounds of increased diplomatic tension, the official said, corroborating a Wall Street Journal report earlier in the day that claimed the White House and State Department had been angered by a transfer of arms to Israel and had ordered greater oversight into future sales.


David Horovitz at the Times of Israel comments further.

After the abandonment of Israel by the UK, with its promise to limit arms sales to Israel if Hamas restarts its attacks on our civilians, we now learn that the US is already restricting arms sales to Israel, having halted a planned supply of the Hellfire precision missiles that enable Israel to strike at the rocket launchers set up by Hamas in the heart of Gaza’s residential areas.

It is frankly astounding to the overwhelming majority of Israelis that Israel is being blamed for and pressured to end a war it manifestly sought to avoid — against a terrorist-government sworn to its destruction that repeatedly breaches the ceasefire efforts Israel consistently accepts.

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S DINERS TREATED TO EROTIC SHOW

A couple were seen having sex alongside a pickup truck in the parking lot of the Brandenton, Florida eatery

Diners passing through the parking lot of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant in Brandenton, Florida on Tuesday called the cops to report that a couple were having sex alongside a red pickup truck.

When the cops arrived around 6 p.m., they observed both 42-year-old April Newcomb and Brandon Tinyes, her 20-year-old lover, naked from the waist down alongside a red pickup truck, she with her legs wrapped around him and he humping her as she moaned.

A couple of cops uncoupled the couple and carted them off to the slammer. The lovebirds were charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and exposure of sexual organs. Brandon got hit with an additional pot possession charge.

In 2010, April got busted for cheering on her daughter in a cat fight. She was heard yelling, “Don’t fucking stop” and “punch her in the fucking body.” She pled ‘No Contest’ and was sentenced to 75 hours of community service for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

THIN LINE BETWEEN PEACEFUL AND VIOLENT PROTESTS

Since Sunday night, peaceful protests have turned into violent nightly protests in Ferguson, Missouri and the police have come under intense criticism for their crowd control tactics

Of course, it’s important to remember how this started. We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. He was 18 years old, and his family will never hold Michael in their arms again. And when something like this happens, the local authorities, including the police, have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death and how they are protecting the people in their communities.

There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights. And here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground.


That, in part, is what President Obama had to say Thursday as he spoke from Martha’s Vineyard in response to the nightly unrest that has been taking place in Ferguson, Missouri since Sunday night.

Police critics have had a field day with the way the cops in Ferguson have controlled the crowds of protestors. The general consensus of media types, academics and so-called police experts is that the Ferguson Police Department has badly botched its response to the protests over the deadly shooting of Michael Brown, 18, a black man, by a white police officer.

Some academics claim that the mere use of military equipment like armored combat vehicles supplied to the police by the Pentagon, and military style uniforms along with AR-15s, serve to incite anger against the police.

One critic said that there are daily protests in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the police handle those without any problems. He concluded that the Ferguson cops are doing a terrible job in handling the Brown-shooting protests. Of course, he failed to mention that unlike the protests in Ferguson, the protests in the cities he mentioned were not made up of people that were extremely angry.

The critics are being grossly unfair to the Ferguson PD in that the police attempting to control the protestors are made up of the St. Louis County police force, the Missouri state police and a number of other police agencies from the St. Louis area, all backing up Ferguson’s undermanned 53-man police force.

President Obama seemed to be saying that the cops in Ferguson are using excessive force and preventing people from exercising their First Amendment rights. That’s easy to say when you are in the ritzy vacation paradise of Martha’s Vineyard instead of standing in a police line facing an advancing angry crowd..

In addition to protesting over the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop, the protestors have become outraged because the authorities refuse to reveal the name of the cop who shot Brown. Al Sharpton showed up on the scene and demanded that cop be named, as did the NAACP. The authorities say that they have received death threats and that revealing the identity of the cop would put his life and that of his family in danger.

Sharpton is no dummy. The rabble-rousing charlatan knows full well that were the cop’s name to be made public, at worst he would become the target of assassins, or in the least he and his family would become the victims of constant harassment.

And then there is the thin line between peaceful and violent protests. I maintain that once an angry group of peaceful protestors refuses to follow police instructions to disperse or when they push against a line of cops, that demonstration is no longer peaceful. And when hooligans in the back of an assembled group of protestors start smashing store window and engage in looting and setting buildings on fire, that demonstration is no longer peaceful. Furthermore, even though the first dozen lines in a march may be peaceful, when someone in the thirteenth row hurls rocks or flings Molotov cocktails at the cops, that demonstration is no longer peaceful.

In an effort to cool things down, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri Highway Patrol to take charge in Ferguson and he has appointed Capt. Ron Johnson, a black officer who grew up in Ferguson, to be in command of all the cops there.

Two thirds of Ferguson’s 21,000 residents are black while its 53-man police department has only three black officers. As I have said before, that is the formula for a riot waiting to happen.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AN ALTERNATIVE TO EXPENSIVE HEARING AIDS

You may think what I'm about to tell you is a joke, but it's not, it really happened.

I ran into an old acquaintance of mine the other day and told him about my new Zounds hearing aids. He told me he also needed hearing aids but wanted to put off getting them for as long as possible.

“This way,” he said, “I don’t have to listen to my wife and if she tells me to do something and I don’t do it, I can always tell her I did not hear her.”

“Well, when you do decide to get them,” I said, “I would recommend these Zounds hearing aids, they’re only $3,600 a pair with insurance.”

“Thirty six hundred,” he exclaimed, “Shit, I’ll just go to Lip Reading school, that’ll be a lot cheaper.”

SOCIAL MEDIA BRINGS DOWN ANOTHER EDUCATED IDIOT

The picture of a U.S. Naval War College professor’s dick he sent to a woman other than his wife ends up on career-killing Twitter

John Schindler, a former NSA intelligence analyst, is a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He will soon be a former professor as well because last May a picture of his dick showed up on Twitter. Schindler, who has been on administrative leave since late June, has voluntarily tendered his resignation effective August 29.

It seems as though a picture of Schindler’s dick and an email he sent to a woman last May ended up on Twitter in June. The texted message informed the woman that he was in a non-traditional marriage and that “I find you immensely engaging and enticing –you occupy my thoughts more than I easily admit, you vixen – and I have no doubt that any meeting in the flesh would be hours of deep talk and more that I would probably not be able to contain my excitement over easily, it at all.” Schindler signed off the long message by texting, “So why stop now? This may be lots of fun yet. Kisses. J”

An unidentified blogger complained to the college administration about Schindler’s picture and email. He was put on administrative leave pending completion of the college’s investigation into the affair. Let’s be real. Schindler may have resigned voluntarily, but he was just a step ahead of getting fired.

Will these educated idiots ever get it in their dick heads that anything they send over the internet can show up on social media where it will be a career killer?

I suspect the woman who received that picture of his dick and that email is now off of Schindler’s list.

ROACH LIMBURGER POLITICIZES THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

Limbaugh’s big fat mouth knows no shame as he compared Robin Williams’ suicide to a ”leftist worldview of pessimism and darkness, sadness"

He [Robin Williams] had everything, everything that you would think would make you happy. But it didn't. Now, what is the left's worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it's one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They're never happy, are they? They're always angry about something. No matter what they get, they're always angry.

That’s how Roach Limburger spoke of Robin Williams’ suicide on his show Tuesday. The right-wing blowhard could not leave well enough alone. He had to politicize the tragic death of Williams. He has absolutely no shame!

HAIR-IN-FOOD COMPLAINT LEADS TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 13, 2014

Ray Wolfe, 37, was a guest of the county in the Summit County jail in Breckenridge, Colorado. He claimed he found hair in his beef stroganoff. He made a complaint about it to jail authorities. He probably shouldn’t have.

Jail authorities believe that the hair was his and was planted by him. They have some video to back up their claims and DNA testing is being done. He is being prosecuted for felony tampering with evidence and false reporting. He is also being nailed with an habitual offender beef. If found guilty, and if the jury and judge nail his happy ass, he could get 24 years.

All I can guess is that this fool has been a serious pain in the ass to somebody. He has been transferred to the Polk County jail, where I suspect he will find few friends.