Monday, December 10, 2018

ONE OF THE REASONS WHY MOST DOGS ARE BETTER THAN MOST PEOPLE

by Bob Walsh

Andrea Gaylord was unable to get to her home in Paradise during the Camp fire which essentially destroyed the town one month ago. She was very worried about Madison, her Anatolian Shepherd. Fortunately a volunteer for K9 Paw Print Rescue, an organization that rescues animals in disaster areas, spotted the pooch a few times and left food and water for it, but was unable to catch him.

The evacuation order was lifted a couple of days ago and when Ms. Gaylor returned to her destroyed home, there was Madison keeping an eye on things for her.

They are now homeless, but she has a good friend to help keep an eye on her. That's loyalty.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Back in my day, there was a common expression among law enforcement officers: People are no fucking good! We never said that about dogs.

I WONDER IF IT WILL SHOW UP ON EBAY

by Bob Walsh

Archaeologists are pretty sure they have found a "stamping ring" (official seal) that used to belong to Pontius Pilate. The ring was found in Herodium, near Bethlehem about 50 years ago. Recent testing has dated in to the mid-first century A.D. Pilate was the HMFIC in Judea from 26-36. The carving and inscription on it have only recently been revealed and translated. The ring has an inscription which reads "Of Pilate" and an image of a krater, a water jug used for watering down wine.

WRONG DOING AT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION ….. NAH, NOT THE CLINTONS

Clinton Foundation whistleblowers have come forward with hundreds of pages of wrong doing evidence, Meadows says

By Samuel Chamberlain and Catherine Herridge

Fox News
December 6, 2018

Three people have come forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, including misappropriation of funds and allegations of quid-pro-quo promises made to donors during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Thursday.

Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is also the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations. The panel is set to hold an investigative hearing next week on the status of the Foundation case.

U.S. Attorney John Huber was tasked to investigate the foundation last year by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Clinton Foundation consistently has maintained that it is a charity, and never traded on Hillary Clinton's position as America's top diplomat, which she held from 2009-2013. The organization has a four-star rating from the watchdog site Charity Navigator and has touted its mission "to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service."

However, The Hill reported Thursday that prosecutors working for Huber recently requested documents from a private investigative firm that also has been looking into the foundation. The firm, MDA Analytics LLC, reportedly has contacted the IRS, the Justice Department and the FBI's Little Rock office with evidence from its own investigation.

In addition, The Hill reported that a whistleblower submission filed with the FBI and IRS in August 2017 included internal legal reviews that the Clinton Foundation conducted between 2008 and 2011. Those reviews raised concerns about legal compliance and improper mingling of personal and charity business.

According to the Hill report, MDA investigators met with Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel in late November 2016. During the meeting, Kessel said that "one of the biggest problems was [former President Bill] Clinton’s commingling and use of business and donated funds and his personal expenses." A separate interview memo stated that Bill Clinton "mixes and matches his personal business with that of the foundation. Many people within the foundation have tried to caution him about this but he does not listen, and there really is no talking to him."

Last week, Fox News reported that newly filed tax documents showed donations to the Clinton Foundation plunged in the wake of Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The filings showed that the foundation took in $26.6 million in 2017, a 58 percent drop from the $62.9 million it received the previous year.

A spokesman for the foundation told The New York Post the drop was “largely attributable to the absence of sponsorship and membership contributions for [the Clinton Global Initiative]", which wrapped up in 2016. However, Meadows said that the donation drop "raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe.

"Whenever we look at the possibility of 'pay to play' by government officials, current or former, it demands answers," Meadows added, "and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable."

PARIS IS A WAR ZONE FOR THE 4TH WEEKEND IN A ROW

The tax revolt has now spread throughout France and even to other European countries

For the 4th weekend in a row, Paris cops beat the shit out of protesters with their nightsticks and arrested over 1,000 of the rioters. The tax revolt has now spread throughout France and even to other European countries.

Paris looks like a war zone with burning autos and mobs battling the police.

As I recall, there was hardly any resistance to Nazi troops as they entered and occupied Paris during WW2. And there was hardly any resistance by the Germans as the Allies reoccupied the city. In both instances Paris looked rather peaceful at the time. No battling in the streets then, no burning vehicles. Not so today.

Ah, but the Paris cops keep clobbering the protesters with their nightsticks and filling up the jails, as well as the hospitals with those who’ve had their clocks cleaned.

Can you just see such riots taking place in NY or LA? The cops wouldn’t dare to use their nightsticks to clobber rioters. And they would be ordered to make as few arrests as possible. That’s the politically correct way of policing in America nowadays.

THE SKY REFUSED TO FALL AND THE MIDEAST IS NOT BURNING

A year after Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, it’s clear the doomsday predictions did not come to pass

By Michael Goodwin

New York Post
December 8, 2018

In an age when doomsday predictions are as common as thunderstorms, it can be instructive to look back at events and compare the predictions to what actually happened. The decision by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is an example that offers major lessons.

Long before Trump made the announcement on Dec. 6, 2017, and pledged to move our embassy to Jerusalem, there were endless warnings that the change would cause global unrest. Opponents in America, Europe and the Arab world, including current and former government officials, vehemently insisted the peace process between Israel and Palestinians would be destroyed. Some even warned that America would be sucked into ¬another Mideast war.

Ho-hum. It’s a year later and the sky still refuses to fall. Nor is the Mideast burning.

In fact, little or nothing has changed between the parties as a result of the announcement and the subsequent embassy move from Tel Aviv. There was no peace process at the time because the Palestinians had refused even to negotiate, and that remains the case.

Also, Israel already was moving beyond the Palestinian issue and, because of threats from Iran and -Islamic State, had established working security alliances with several Arab states, including Saudi Arabia. Those arrangements are intact and expanding, as are its relationships with China and others outside the region.

Among the lessons that hindsight affords is that conventional wisdom was simply wrong. It turns out that those supposedly in the know actually knew nothing.

A corollary is that the so-called Arab street turned out to be a ¬fictional force, with the promised outpouring of mass support in Arab countries never materializing. ¬Although there was grumbling and sporadic rock-throwing and tire-burning, Armageddon stayed off stage.

Another lesson is that strength creates its own advantages. Presidents who blink in a crisis, as ¬Barack Obama did by failing to ¬enforce his red line in Syria, invite more trouble because opponents believe they will wilt. In ¬office for nearly a year, Trump had demonstrated that riots don’t move him, so riots didn’t happen.

I was in Jerusalem the day of his announcement and Israelis were jubilant. Trump was hailed as a hero for the ages because he conformed American policy to what every Israeli knows: Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state.

That reality was why virtually every presidential candidate for two decades promised to make the embassy move — but only when the time was right. The hesitation, enshrined in a 1995 law that allowed delays, gave a heckler’s veto to ¬Arabs and incentivized violence. Trump changed the pattern by ¬deciding the time was right to do the right thing.

This is not to claim that all the chips fell into place and everyone lived happily ever after. Hamas, true to its terrorist nature, used the actual opening of the new embassy in May to organize attempts to crash the Gaza border fence.

Israeli troops responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, along with live fire, and shot and killed a reported 59 Palestinians. Yet despite the usual condemnation at the United Nations that Israel had used disproportionate force, Hamas ¬acknowledged that 52 of the dead were militants, many of them armed.

Meanwhile, thousands of Hamas rockets have been fired at Israeli towns and kites loaded with firebombs sent across the border, starting fires that burned thousands of acres of farmland.

Some of the kites carried Nazi swastikas, according to The New York Times, a reminder about Arab hate and proof that further delay on the Jerusalem declaration would not have changed Hamas’ determination to destroy Israel.

For ordinary Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank, the continuing refusal of their leaders to negotiate with Israel and the Trump administration compounds years of missed opportunities. ¬

Every passing day is another lost day where Palestinians could have had their own state.

Importantly, Trump’s team acknowledged the Jerusalem move meant he would tilt to Palestinians on other issues, and he pointedly did not rule out the possibility that East Jerusalem could be the capital of their state.

Yet continuing the pattern started in 2000, when Bill Clinton failed to get Yasser Arafat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to create a two-state solution at Camp David, the Palestinians never get to yes.

Time and again, they walk away when a reasonable deal could be made.

Finally, an American president called their bluff and showed that even their threats were empty.

NEW METHOD OF SMUGGLING MONEY FOR CARTELS

Youths Swallowed Thousands of Dollars in Cartel Money Using Latex Capsules, Authorities Say

By Robert Valencia

Newsweek
December 7, 2018

Colombian authorities on Thursday apprehended 27 people who are allegedly part of four smuggling networks that recruited youths to ingest thousands of cartel money in latex capsules and send them from Mexico to the South American country.

The suspects were arrested as part of an operation called “Link,” Colombian newspaper El Espectador reported. The swallowed capsules contained money from undisclosed Mexican cartels, which was later used in exchange for cocaine shipped by Colombian organized crime, National Liberation Army and dissidents from the now-demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Reuters reported.

Smuggling networks used other methods to send money to Colombia, such as attaching cash into an individual’s body or hiding it in double-bottomed suitcases. Those arrested would face charges of conspiracy, money laundering and illicit enrichment.

The networks, which were disbanded with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, recruited poor young people who had to swallow between 80 and 120 capsules with money before traveling back to Colombia, Colombian national police General Jorge Hernando Nieto told Reuters. The members of these networks traveled between Colombia and Mexico at least 250 times since 2015.

“With each ingestion they could bring in up to $40,000, there’s even a case where they brought in $75,000 in one traveler,” Nieto told reporters. “The confiscated money in this investigation reaches $11 million.”

An investigation from the Colombian Attorney General’s office found that "the people chosen for currency trading were, mainly, university students or unemployed, preferably between 25 and 35 years old.” The same entity added that “the organizations had people whose specific role was to locate men or women who fulfilled these profiles and were determined to travel in exchange for a remuneration that could amount to 5 million pesos ($1,588)."

In February, Colombian authorities reported eight cases of money smuggling in a span of two weeks, Colombian radio station La FM reported at the time. Once the so-called “mules”—people who hide illicit goods in carry-on items or even in their own bodies—were arrested and sent to welfare centers in Bogotá, where they received treatments to expel all the money from their body.

In addition to facing criminal charges, they also risk their own life. Authorities reported that one man lost part of his intestines because one of the capsules burst, while others have reported throat and stomach issues.

Operation “Link” also confiscated $2,700 in cash, six passports and 13 cellphones, El Espectador reported.

Colombia continues to be the world's top producer of cocaine, which mostly ends up in the United States—one of the world’s top cocaine consumers. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime found in September that 422,550 acres were used to grow coca leaves, a 17 percent increase from a year prior. Since 2013, land used for coca crops have gone up about 45 percent on average each year, the report noted.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

TRYING TO FUCK IN SPACE NO FUCKING GOOD

It's not like the movies! NASA-funded scientist reveals embarrassing setbacks of sex in space as he says it's as difficult as making love while SKYDIVING

Daily Mail
December 8, 2018

A NASA-funded physicist and astronomer has revealed the awkward predicaments that could arise during sex in space.

While sci-fi movies such as Barbarella make sex in space seem like a piece of cake, Dr John Millis told The Sun that lovemaking in a space environment is similar to having sex while 'skydiving' - both are considered nearly possible.

The problems stem from the effects of microgravity on the human body, which makes it difficult for humans to keep in physical contact.

Microgravity rushes blood to the head and chest, rather than the lower body, making it even more challenging for men to have an erection.

Millis said: 'The issues surrounding the act all revolve around the free-fall, micro-gravity, environment experienced by astronauts.

'Imagine engaging in sexual activity while skydiving - every push or thrust will propel you in opposite directions.'

Also embarrassing, bodily fluids including vaginal discharge, semen and sweat can float around during the process.

Millis explained: 'Because of the micro-gravity environment sweat and tears don't run down the astronaut's bodies like it does hear on Earth, instead it pools like small ponds of fluid near where it was secreted.

'If the motion is vigorous enough it could be ejected from the surface of the body.'

The physicist suggested astronauts would need to 'brace themselves against the space station, and even each other' or share a sleeping bag.

He said: 'It would likely be very hot, especially as two bodies press against each other, as well as sweaty.

'That seems decidedly un-romantic while also possibly bringing challenges to physical movements.'

As far as reproducing in space, scientists aren't quite sure what would happen if human beings were to give birth.

Last year, researchers in Japan revealed they had successfully used freeze-dried mouse sperm that had lived on the International Space Station for nine months to birth healthy pups, Space.com reported.

While this suggests reproduction could be possible even in the face of the extreme radiation levels in space, the resulting offspring were born and raised back on Earth.

No one has openly admitted to having sex in space - but that hasn't stopped dirty minds thinking about how and if it could happen.

Mark Lee and Jan Davis, however, were the first married couple to enter space in 1991. The former couple have not spoken about their sexual experience or lack thereof.

WHO IS DUMB AS A ROCK?

Lash LaTrump calls former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ‘dumb as a rock’ and ‘lazy as hell’

Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, served as Secretary of State in the Trump Administration from January 2017 until he was fired in March 2018.

On Thursday, at a fundraising event in Houston, Tillerson excoriated President Trump during the first interview he has given since getting fired. Among other remarks about Trump, Tillerson said:

"So often, the president would say here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it and I would have to say to him, 'Mr. President, I understand what you want to do but you can't do it that way. It violates the law."

Trump, who is quick to lash out at anyone who criticizes him, did not wait long to trash Tillerson. On Friday Lash LaTrump tweeted:

"Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn't have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn't get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!"

I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough? 15 months as Secretary of State hardly fits the definition of ‘fast enough.’

Dumb as a rock? Lazy as hell? That’s preposterous! ExxonMobil is the second largest (Royal Dutch Shell is the largest) of the world's Big Oil companies, the world's 9th largest company by revenue and the world's largest publicly held corporation. Tillerson did not become CEO of Exxon Mobil by being dumb as a rock and lazy as hell.

When comparing Lash LaTrump with Rex Tillerson, if either one of them is dumb as a rock, it sure as hell ain’t Tillerson!

JERRY'S WATER THEFT MAY BE DEAD AND STINKING

by Bob Walsh

That is one nice by-product of procedure when the liberal jerkoffs that run this state install new boards, commissions and procedures required to prevent evil rotten bastard property owners from doing shit with their property that the liberal assholes don't like. It sometimes inhibits the liberal assholes as well.

Jerry wants to steal a huge amount of water from NorCal by drilling two 40 foot diameter tunnels under the delta to steal water and ship it to his road dogs in SoCal. He claims that stealing all this water will actually HELP the delta ecosystem, which is an obvious crock of shit.

In any event the proposal needed the okeydoke from Delta Stewardship Council. It was clearly not going to be forthcoming (because the council is not made up of democrap syncophant asswipes) and the Dept. of Water Resources just pulled the proposal. Like any good politician they know it is better to not fight at all if it looks like you are going to lose.

The DWR is still saying that the overall idea, called California WaterFix, is still sound and they are confident they can come up with a way to steal all the water and still get the Council to certify that it won't hurt anything. It is also true that pigs will fly if they have enough velocity. It is, however, really hard on the pig.

Now if we can just kill Jerry's Toy Train our budget may be on a semi-solid footing for a couple of years.

CALIFORNIA JUDGE NOT SWAYED DURING JURY SELECTION BY MOTHER’S PLEA THAT HER CHILDREN NEED HER

Mom on jury duty didn’t have child care. Judge asked what if she ‘got hit by a Mack truck’

By Mackenzie Mays

The Fresno Bee
December 6, 2018

Christa Pehl Evans left jury duty at the Fresno Superior Courthouse last month feeling humiliated by a judge she alleges had disdain for her job as a stay-at-home mom.

Pehl Evans, a mother of three children under the age of 7, who sometimes teaches as an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University, raised her hand in court during jury selection on Nov. 20, asking Judge James Petrucelli to excuse her from serving on the case, saying she needs to take care of her children. She breastfeeds her youngest and home-schools the others.

She said Petrucelli’s response left her feeling bullied, and called his line of questioning anti-woman and anti-mother.

“He had this attitude toward me that I was some dumb mom, which is a broader problem in this country,” she said. “I have a PhD from Princeton, and being a mother is the hardest job I’ve ever done. I felt like I had to defend myself for mothering my children.”

According to court documents, when Pehl Evans asked to be excused, Petrucelli asked who was caring for her children at that moment. She replied that her husband had stayed home from work.

“What happens when he does not take a day off or if you are sick?” Petrucelli asked.

Pehl Evans replied, “I take care of my kids when I’m sick.”

Petrucelli then asked, “If you got hit by a Mack truck and went to the hospital?”

“That would be an issue. It has not happened yet,” she replied.

Another mother gets questioned

Then Petrucelli questioned another mother in the jury box.

That woman was a stay-at-home mother of an 18-month-old and is pregnant, and also asked to be excused. Petrucelli asked what her husband did for a living. When the woman replied that he was a doctor, Petrucelli said that she could afford child care.

“I’m amazed that people don’t have child care available to them,” Petrucelli said, according to the transcript.

That woman could not be reached, but Pehl Evans said Petrucelli’s questions to that mother were off-putting. “For me, I understood that she was worried about the regularity of her child’s schedule,” Pehl Evans said. “But it was like he just wanted her to suck it up. I found it very offensive and insensitive.”

Pehl Evans was excused from her November jury duty for a temporary hardship but ordered to return to serve in January. “I’ll have to go through all of this again,” she said.

She took to Facebook to blast the judge for what she felt was an attack on her, the other mother in the jury box and mothers everywhere.

“I am more than happy to serve on the jury when my children are older, but my most important duty to this country at this moment is to raise loving human beings, a job that consumes me all day and many nights...” she wrote. “We can #metoo all we want about sexual assault, but until we respect mothering as a valid and important occupation, we have a major sexist problem. Paid work is not the only work that matters.”

The Fresno County Superior Court opened a waiting room in 2009 that provides childcare to any one conducting business there, including jurors and defendants.

‘I’m not offended by anything I said’

In an interview in his chambers, Petrucelli initially denied some of the comments Pehl Evans alleged and said, “As I sit here, I have no recollection of the lady that’s complaining on Facebook.”

But after he reviewed the court transcripts, he stood by his comments, saying his questions were meant to identify a financial hardship.

“It’s my responsibility to ask those questions. I’m not offended by anything I said,” he said. “But people have different sensitivities.”

After first denying the Mack truck comment, upon reviewing the transcript, Petrucelli said, “I have said that to people before, to make a point about what happens if there’s an emergency.”

Petrucelli added, “I do have a tendency to get people’s attention. There’s no two ways about it.”

He said he had not heard from Pehl Evans since court, and denied her allegations that his questions were hateful.

“Why wouldn’t somebody call me and have me apologize if they’re offended? It is not my job or thought process to offend anybody. I do this every day. We have thousands and thousands and thousands of jurors come through,” he said. “I mean, I have so many people come up to me away from court and tell me what a wonderful experience it was to be in my courtroom and so on.”

Petrucelli’s past

In 2015, the state judicial commission censured Petrucelli for ordering correctional officers to release from jail a friend who was facing domestic violence charges, calling his actions “serious misconduct.”

In 2007, he was reprimanded by the commission for poor behavior toward lawyers and county employees in his courtroom and for making comments that are “discourteous, sarcastic or demeaning to those appearing before him.”

In 2001 and 2002, Petrucelli received two advisory letters reprimanding him for infringing on attorneys’ rights and raising his voice with county employees.

Then, he told The Bee that he accepted the public admonishment and no longer acts that way in the courtroom.

Last week when he met for the interview on this story, Petrucelli initially declined to be recorded and said “you’ve challenged me in my official capacity.”

Petrucelli was elected as judge in 1998 after working as a Fresno sheriff’s deputy and civil attorney. He was last re-elected in November 2016, when he ran unopposed. He is up for re-election in 2022.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

HE SLEPT THRU CHAINSAW 101

FREE HAIRCUT AT SCHOOL

by Bob Walsh

Margaret Gleszinger, 52, used to be a teacher at Visalia University Preparatory High School. She got in trouble for giving a student a free haircut.

A video has surfaced of her lopping off chunks of a male students hair she was singing The Star Spangled Banner and tossing the hair onto the floor behind here. She then attempted to move on to a girl student. When the teacher grabbed the girl's hair, the girl fled the room.

The cops showed up at the high school, and arrested Gleszinger for felony child endangerment, and possibly cutting hair without a barber's license. She is being held pending a $100,000 bail.

Several of her students have asserted that this behavior was completely out of character for the teacher.

Her credential was suspended for two weeks in 2016 and again in 2017. The 2016 beef was for "unprofessional or immoral conduct." The 2017 beef is a little fuzzy.

She was hired back in August as a part-time teacher at the school.

BEING A SPECTATOR IS NOT NECESSARILY SAFE

by Bob Walsh

Even being a legal spectator has it's issues. A couple of years back several dozen people died at the Reno Air Show when a high-performance aircraft crashed into the crowed. Many years ago, 1930s I think, a Ferrari crashed into spectator's at race in Italy (or France Maybe) and killed more than a dozen people. Being a spectator at an illegal activity has it's issues as well.

Josue Mejia-Sanchez, 16, was recording a street fight in the Outer Mission District of the People's Republic of San Francisco this past weekend. He was stabbed in the neck by Sergio Rocha, 38. Rocha himself was then stabbed by somebody else during the disturbance.

Rocha was not involved in the original disturbance, which appeared to be a perfectly normal two-man fist fight. When a crowd showed up Rocha pulled his toad sticker, shoved one spectator and shanked the kid and starting swinging the knife at others. At that time somebody else shanked Rocha, and another somebody gave him a beer bottle head massage.

Rocha denied any intent to hurt anyone. The cops do have a copy of the video, so...….

He is being charged with murder and a bunch of other stuff. .

PROSECUTING JOSEPH DE ANGELO WILL COST A FORTUNE

Golden State Killer trial could cost state of California $20 million

LAPPL News Watch
December 7, 2018

The trial of a former police officer suspected of being a notorious serial killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s could cost taxpayers more than $20 million.

A Sacramento County official said Wednesday the county has asked the state to help shoulder the costs for prosecuting Joseph DeAngelo.

"While the current estimate is more than $20 million, it is impossible at this point to accurately estimate all costs. We anticipate the complexities of the case, including 40 years of evidence, to greatly affect the final cost," said Natasha Drane of the county's office of Governmental Relations and Legislation.

HERO DEPUTY KILLED BY FRIENDLY FIRE FROM CHP COP

California Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, killed in bar mass shooting, gunned down by friendly fire

By Lucia I. Suarez Sang

Fox News
December 7, 2018

The bullet responsible for killing a Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant during November's mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill was fired by a California Highway Patrol officer, authorities said Friday.

Sgt. Ron Helus – who was nearing retirement – was also struck by five rounds from 28-year-old gunman Ian David Long.

But it was the sixth round, fired by a fellow law enforcement officer, that struck Helus heart and killed him, Ventura County Sheriff William Ayub said during a Friday press conference.

"It was just a tragic detail that unfolded so rapidly, in my view it was unavoidable," Ayub said. "They were ambushed almost immediately."

Helus responded to the scene after Long stormed into the Thousand Oaks bar Nov. 7 and sprayed the crowd with gunfire, killing 12 people.

Long threw smoke grenades into the crowd, obstructing what they could see before he opened fire. He then used a flashlight with a laser sight attached to his .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol as he fired at the establishment, which was filled mostly with young people dancing to country music.

Helus has been credited as being a hero after he rushed into the bar to confront the gunman.

Panicked revelers smashed windows, dived under tables and piled on top of each other in an effort to dodge the gunfire.

Long later killed himself.

Ayub said the fatal shot did not diminish the heroism shown by the officers. The CHP officer was not identified but is a 9-year veteran of the force who is on leave.

TWO-FOR-ONE SHOT KILLS COMBATIVE BLACK MAN BUT CRITICALLY WOUNDS WHITE COP

White cop, 32, shoots himself in the face and kills unarmed black suspect, 53, with a single bullet during a struggle at Georgia dentist's office

By Jennifer Smith

Daily Mail
December 7, 2018

A white police officer shot himself in the face and killed an unarmed black suspect during a struggle at a Georgia dentist's office on Thursday.

Michael Smith, 32, is in critical condition in the hospital after shooting dead 53-year-old Dimaggio Demetris McNelly at Smile Creators in McDonough, Georgia, on Thursday at 8am.

Staff had called police claiming McNelly was causing a disturbance in the lobby. They said they did not know him and that he did not have an appointment but it remains unclear why he was there.

When Smith arrived, witnesses said McNelly 'lunged' at him.

The 32-year-old cop tried to use his taser but it reached for his gun when it did not work and fired one shot which both killed McNelly and somehow hit him in the face.

Someone in the dentist's office recorded the incident on their cell phone, according to police officers.

The footage they took has not been made public yet.

Smith was taken to the hospital, where he remains, but McNelly, a father-of-two, died.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Thursday that McNelly was not armed.

The bureau did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's inquiries on Friday morning, nor did members of the McNelly family.

On Facebook, they shared their grief and disbelief along with local media stories about the shooting.

'I know my uncle didn't even have a gun,' said the man's niece, Shandrise McNelly.

HE ROOSTED 36 YEARS ON DEATH ROW BEFORE OLD SPARKY FRIED HIS ASS

David Earl Miller spent 36 years on death row. The day he died, he said his last words twice

by Matt Lakin, Yihyun Jeong and Adam Tamburin

Nashville Tennessean
December 7, 2018

David Earl Miller got to say his last words twice.

He didn't seem to care if anyone heard.

He mumbled at first, barely looked up, didn't even bother to raise his voice when the warden asked him to repeat himself.

"Beats being on death row," he muttered.

Miller, 61, spent 36 years on death row — more than any other living Tennessee inmate. No family members were there when he died. Only his attorney, federal public defender Stephen Kissinger, came on his behalf.

Miller was sentenced to death for the May 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer of Knoxville, who was mentally disabled.

The execution chamber sat empty for nearly a decade before three deaths this year established a pace that is set to become business as usual in Tennessee.

Billy Ray Irick died by lethal injection on Aug. 9 and Edmund Zagorski was electrocuted on Nov. 1. Miller was the third person executed this year.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has scheduled four executions in 2019 and two in 2020. All of the men had prior execution dates set by the state's highest court.

Those plans were temporarily halted as a result of pending legal challenges to Tennessee's lethal injection protocol. Those challenges, which reached the U.S. Supreme Court, ultimately failed.

Zagorski's case, in a way, set the stage for Miller. The electric chair had not been used in Tennessee in 11 years, and no other state has used it since 2013.

He chose electrocution, believing death would be quicker and less painful than a cocktail of drugs, but maintained that both methods are unconstitutional.

Miller argued for the firing squad, suggesting it was more humane than either of the state's two methods. But Tennessee law does not allow a firing squad execution.

So Miller followed Zagorski's example.

Miller, Zagorski executions followed parallel tracks

The two executions were alike in many ways.

Both men were strapped down to the chair with leather straps and buckles. A large sponge, soaked in saline solution, and a metal helmet were placed on their heads.

The solution dripped down their faces and soaked their chests. Prison staff wiped it off with a towel in their final moments.

On Thursday, when the warden signaled for the first charge of 1,750 volts of electricity, Miller's upper body raised up in the chair and his elbows stuck out.

Both clenched their hands into fists. Miller's pinkies stuck out straight over the armrest of the chair. Zagroski's pinkies were described as appearing to be either dislocated or broken.

Neither made any signs of movements during the short pause before the second jolt.

They were quiet.

Miller was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. local time. Zagorski at 7:26 p.m.

Protesters become familiar faces as a new routine emerges

Outside the prison, protesters on opposite sides of the death penalty debate are familiar with one another as these protests become part of their routine.

"I will always come," Rick Laude said.

Laude, a death penalty supporter, was one of several protesters outside Riverbend Maximum Security Institution on Thursday night that stood watch at the previous two executions in Nashville this year.

He comes in support of the victim, but also because he thinks the death penalty is a deterrent for crime. Across a fence and an ideological divide stood Glen Miller, another repeat attendee of Tennessee’s executions in 2018.

"This needs to be abolished," Miller said. "It’s a broken system. It’s an expensive system. It puts state employees in a terrible position to have to carry this out and it’s wrong."

A trend of selecting the electric chair

The paths to the electric chair for Zagorski and Miller sprung from a national debate over lethal injection drugs that shows no sign of waning.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the state's controversial lethal injection cocktail — three drugs medical experts said would lead to an extremely painful death.

Both inmates preferred 35 seconds total of electric currents running through their bodies to a lethal injection that could take up to 20 minutes to kill them.

Inmates in other states have taken similar paths, choosing deaths that seemed more viscerally violent in hopes that it would shield them from silent torment as poison coursed through their veins.

Tennessee's condemned are likely to face a similar choice.

Lethal injection remains a focus even during electrocutions

The spate of inmates rejecting lethal injections is arguably a direct byproduct of the Supreme Court's requirements surrounding legal challenges.

It is not enough for inmates challenging a particular drug to prove lethal injection leads to torture, which is barred by the U.S. Constitution. The high court also requires inmates to find a readily available alternative to the drugs.

If challengers fail to meet both requirements, they fail altogether.

As a result of that standard, the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected the challenge here because they found the inmates hadn’t pointed to another cocktail of drugs the state could feasibly purchase.

In all three executions this year, the U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bill Haslam declined to intervene.

Questions remain about Miller's murder conviction

It's still not known how Miller entered Standifer's life. But there are guesses.

She was naive and trusting. Almost innocent like a child.

He was handsome. They were the same age.

Those who knew Standifer said she never turned down a chance to make a new friend.

On May 30, she called her mom before she went to meet Miller.

Police later retraced their steps: from the YWCA to the Hideaway Lounge, a favorite hangout of Miller's, now torn down; to the library on Church Avenue, where he checked out a book that included descriptions of murder during sex; and to the bus station, where Miller finagled a taxi ride to a pastor's home in South Knoxville.

It was a Wednesday night, a common day for church prayer meetings, so the pastor was away. The pair had the house to themselves.

An autopsy report determined he struck her twice with a fire poker and then stabbed her repeatedly.

Miller later told police that Standifer, whom he had given alcohol, grabbed him and sent him into a blind rage when he told her he was leaving town.

"I turned around and hit her," Miller said in a taped confession. The blood "just sprayed all over when I hit her. ... She quit breathing. ... (I) drug her downstairs through the basement and out through the yard and pulled her over into the woods."

Miller's attorneys say years of abuse and mental illness fueled his crime

Miller's attorneys have argued he lashed out in a burst of psychotic fury, driven by years of pent-up anger from a lifetime of abuse.

Miller's life began with alcohol in the womb, sexual abuse and beatings by family from age 5, a suicide attempt at 6 and drug use from age 10.

By age 13, he'd landed in a state reform school where counselors regularly whipped boys with rubber hoses and turned a blind eye to sexual molestation.

He later said he couldn't remember a single person from his early years ever telling him they loved him.

After Miller's death, Kissinger, his attorney and public defender, spoke at a news conference. He said Miller "cared deeply" for Standifer.

"She would be alive today if it weren’t for a sadistic stepfather and a mother who violated every trust that a son should have," Kissinger said. "Maybe what I should be doing is ask you all that question. What is it we did here today?"

Lee Standifer’s mother, Helen Standifer, spoke with USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee after her daughter's killer was pronounced dead.

She responded to Kissinger’s assertion that Miller was not to blame for her daughter's death.

"At some point everybody has to take responsibility for their actions."

THE UN HAS VOTED TO CONDEMN ISRAEL OVER 500 TIMES … AN AVERAGE OF 20 TIMES A YEAR

Despite broad support, US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas

Israel Hayom
December 7, 2018

A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday.

Before the vote on the resolution, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval as sought by Arab nations for rather than the simple majority urged by the United States.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly before the vote that it could make history and unconditionally speak out against Hamas, which she called "one of the most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world."

"What the U.N. chooses to do today will speak volumes about each country's seriousness when it comes to condemning anti-Semitism," she said. "Because there is nothing more anti-Semitic than saying terrorism is not terrorism when it's used against the Jewish people and the Jewish state."

Haley had written to member states on Monday to urge them to vote for the U.S.-drafted text, warning them: "The United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously."

Haley, who will step down at the end of the year, has been a staunch defender of Israel.

"Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism," Haley told the body before the vote.

But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87 in favor against 57 opposed, with 33 abstentions – a plurality, but short of the two-thirds requirement to adopt it. The vote to require a two-thirds majority was much closer, 75-72, with 26 abstentions and several countries changing their votes to "yes" at the last minute.

In an official statement, Hamas thanked U.N. member states "that stood by our people's resistance and the justice of their cause" and attacked Haley, who, it said, "is known for her extremism and her positions that support the Zionist terrorism in Palestine."

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters that "rejecting the American drafted resolution against the resistance represents a blow to the American administration and reaffirms the legitimacy of the resistance."

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party is locked in a bitter decadelong split with Hamas, also welcomed the resolution's defeat saying: "The Palestinian presidency will not allow for the condemnation of the national Palestinian struggle."

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said the countries that rejected the draft resolution should be ashamed.

By contrast, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "large majority" – 87 countries – "that took a stance against Hamas" for the first time, calling it "an important achievement for the United States and Israel."

The U.S. attempt to condemn Hamas and demand that the terrorist group stop firing rockets into Israel, using "airborne incendiary devices" and putting civilians at risk sparked a Palestinian-backed amendment sponsored by Bolivia.

It outlined the basis for comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace and referred to a December 2016 Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. It also reaffirmed "unwavering support" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – issues not included in the U.S. draft.

But before the vote on the U.S. draft resolution, Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenty Soliz withdrew the amendment.

That was because the Palestinians and their supporters wanted a vote instead on a short rival resolution titled "Comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East" sponsored by Ireland that included the exact language of the amendment – but no mention of Hamas.

After the U.S. draft on Hamas failed to win adoption, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Irish resolution by a vote of 156-6, with 12 abstentions.

It calls for "the achievement, without delay" of lasting Mideast peace on the basis of U.N. resolutions, singling out the December 2016 measure. And it reaffirms "unwavering support … for the two-state solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders."

The rival resolutions reflect the deep divisions among the 193 U.N. member states over the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and the failure to end it.

Representing the Arab position, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the U.N. Abdallah al-Mouallimi said the U.S. resolution would "undermine the two-state solution, which we aspire to."

He said it would also divert focus away from Israel's occupation, settlement activities and "blockade of Gaza."

Haley sharply criticized the United Nations as having an anti-Israel bias, noting that "over the years, the U.N. has voted to condemn Israel over 500 times" – an average of 20 times a year.

She stressed that the Hamas charter "openly calls for the destruction of Israel" and cited a variety of "barbaric terrorist tactics" it has used including suicide bombers and thousands of rockets, flaming kites and balloons.

Haley called condemnation of Hamas "an essential step" to a peace settlement.

The United States changed its initial draft resolution to get backing from the 28-nation European Union, adding that it supports a comprehensive peace agreement "bearing in mind relevant United Nations resolutions."

But the resolution that was voted on never mentioned a two-state solution or referred to Israeli actions against the Palestinians, which some countries considered unbalanced.

The overwhelming support for the Irish resolution reflects global support for action "without delay" toward an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a two-state solution.

EDITOR’S NOTE: There can be no two-state solution when Abbas and other Palestinian leaders repeatedly vow that there will be “only one state from the river to the sea” and that will be a Judenrein Palestinian state.

Friday, December 07, 2018

ALL US PRESIDENTS SHOULD HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY AS A QUALIFICATION TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

The Constitution should be amended to change the qualifications for president to include at least three years of service in the military

I strongly believe that we should amend the Constitution to change the qualifications for president to include at least three years of service in our army, marines, navy or air force.

Here is a list of the military service of presidents since FDR who could not serve because he suffered from polio:

Harry S. Truman – 37 years in National Guard, artillery officer in France during WW1

Dwight D. Eisenhower – 46 years in U.S. Army, Supreme Allied Commander in WW2

John F. Kennedy – U.S. Navy PT boat commander in Pacific during WW2

Lyndon B. Johnson – U.S. Naval Reserve

Richard Nixon – U.S. Naval Reserve

Gerald Ford – U.S. Naval Reserve

Jimmy Carter – U.S. Navy

Ronald Reagan – U.S. Army Air Force

George H. W. Bush – U.S. Naval Reserve, shot down over the Pacific during WW2

Bill Clinton – Draft dodger

George W. Bush – Texas Air National Guard

Barack Obama – No military service

Donald Trump – Draft dodger

Since the president is Commander in Chief, he or she should have had some military experience before taking office. A minimum of three years seems about right.

SOMETIMES SCIENCE IS ACTUALLY USEFUL

by Bob Walsh

A scientist in Canada has developed a workable (but not yet economically practical) method of turning carbon dioxide back into fuel. Pretty cool. They are still working on getting it to be commercial, but the damn thing does work. Dead dinosaurs, the gift that keeps on giving..

ARREST OF CHINESE TELECOM EXEC CAUSES WORLDWIDE STOCK MARKET PLUNGE

What is Huawei, and why the arrest of its CFO matters

By Julia Horowitz

CNN Business
December 6, 2018

NEW YORK -- The arrest of a top Huawei executive has sent stock markets plunging around the world and threatens to derail the tenuous trade truce between the United States and China.

Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese tech company's chief financial officer, was detained in Vancouver on Saturday at the request of US authorities.

A judge accepted Meng's request to bar both police and prosecutors from releasing information about the case, so additional information about why she was arrested is limited. But the consequences were immediate.

US lawmakers are condemning Huawei, which they say poses a national security threat to the United States. Chinese officials have called for Meng's release. An op-ed in the Chinese tabloid Global Times said the United States is just trying to stifle Huawei because it's a business competitor.

Experts are warning that what happens with Weng's case could have huge implications for the broader US-China relationship.

"This case is like a sharp tug on a loose thread that could be part of an unraveling of the relationship," said Scott Kennedy, an expert on the Chinese economy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington. "Both sides need to proceed with abundant caution and a clear sense of their long term interests."

Here's what you need to know.

What is Huawei?

Huawei is a Chinese tech company based in Shenzhen that sells smartphones and telecommunications equipment around the world. Earlier this year, it become the world's second-largest smartphone maker, behind Samsung, according to IDC. It sells more phones than Apple (AAPL).

As one of China's top champions in the tech sector, Huawei plays a key role in the country's ambitions to become a global tech superpower. The company has been racing to develop 5G technology and is central to China's plans to dominate the rollout of super-fast wireless networks.

But concerns that Huawei devices pose national security risks have seriously hurt its ability to grow abroad. Intelligence agencies in the United States have said American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones, and US government agencies are banned from buying the company's equipment. Security concerns have caused problems in the United Kingdom. New Zealand and Australia have barred Huawei equipment from its 5G mobile networks.

The company says its equipment is trusted by customers in 170 countries. And it still performs well, reporting $47.4 billion in revenue for the first half of 2018. That's an increase of 15% compared to the same period last year.

Who is Meng Wanzhou?

Meng, who is also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, is Huawei's chief financial officer and serves as the deputy chairwoman of Huawei's board. Notably, she's the daughter of Huawei's elusive founder, Ren Zhengfei.

Aside from a brief stint at China Construction Bank, the 46-year-old executive has spent her entire career at Huawei. Her brother, Meng Ping, also known as Ren Ping, works at a Huawei subsidiary, and there was speculation that they were being groomed for succession. The Huawei founder reportedly shot that down in a letter to employees in 2013, saying his children lacked the vision, character and ambition to lead the company.

What do we know about her arrest?

A spokesperson for Canada's Justice Department said only that the United States wants to extradite Meng, and a bail hearing is set for Friday. According to a law enforcement official, the US Justice Department sought the arrest as part of ongoing investigation.

Huawei said in a statement that Meng was detained by Canadian authorities on behalf of US officials when she was transferring flights in Canada. The company said she faces unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York.

"The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng," a Huawei spokesperson said.

The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the US Justice Department was investigating whether Huawei violated US sanctions on Iran. The agency declined to comment Wednesday.

How has China responded?

Meng's arrest has struck a nerve in China. The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday called for Meng to be released and for the United States and Canada to explain why she'd been detained.

The city government of Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, put out a similar statement. It said it's watching the matter closely and calling for Meng to be released "immediately."

State-owned newspaper the Global Times said in an editorial that the arrest shows Washington is "resorting to a despicable rogue's approach as it cannot stop Huawei's 5G advance in the market." It said the move "obviously goes against the consensus" reached by US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on trade, who met over the weekend in Argentina.

What does this mean for the trade war?

The arrest could jeopardize an already precarious ceasefire in the conflict between the United States and China over trade and technology.

"This type of action will affect the atmosphere around the negotiations — making them less likely to bring a sustainable settlement," Eurasia Group political risk analysts said in a note to clients.

China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday it was confident a trade agreement with the United States could still be reached in time to hit a 90-day deadline set by Trump. But the Chinese government is clearly angry about Meng's arrest. A lot hinges on what Beijing and Washington do next.

A Trump administration official says there is a plan for the United States to seek Meng's extradition. The view among some officials is that she could be used as leverage with China in trade talks.

The White House says Trump and his close aides were not aware the US planned to place an extradition request for Meng ahead of his dinner with Xi on Saturday.

National security adviser John Bolton said in an interview with National Public Radio that he was aware before the dinner that an arrest was coming.

Bolton told NPR that Huawei has represented "enormous concerns for years" for the US over the theft of American intellectual property and forced technology transfers, two notable issues the administration is seeking to resolve as part of the trade negotiations.

PARIS POLICE NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT

French cops severely beat hundreds of protesters with nightsticks and arrested hundreds more during recent tax riots in Paris

During the recent tax riots in Paris, the French police severely beat hundreds of protesters with nightsticks and arrested hundreds more. The hospitals were filled with injured protesters as well as injured cops.

Compare that to some recent riots within the U.S. The police don’t dare to use their nightsticks for fear of being charged with police brutality. And there are usually only three or four protesters arrested, even though some cops were injured and a lot of damage was committed during the riots.

The French cops are just not with it. The American way is the politically correct way.

Vive la France!

SOME WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT NEEDS TO BE THROWN OFF THE TOP OF A HIGH-RISE

Dog Left Paralyzed After Apparently Being Thrown Off Hollywood Roof

LAPPL News Watch
December 6, 2018

LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating what happened to Milo, a mixed-breed dog found Monday on the roof of a Hollywood apartment building.

Milo's owner says police believe the dog was thrown from the top level of a four-story apartment building next door, landing on the top of the adjacent two-story building.

The two-and-a-half year old shar-pei/beagle mix was being cared for by a petsitter through the company Rover at the time.

"I just can't believe there are people out there that have these malicious thoughts in their head about doing an act like this," said Solomon Lee, Milo's owner.

Milo suffered a broken back and severely injured rear legs.

CUSTOMER TAKES OFFENSE AT BEING ASKED IF HE WAS POLISH

A customer walked in to store and asked, "In what aisle can I find the Polish sausage?"

The clerk asks, "Are you Polish?"

The guy, clearly offended, says, "Yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican? Or if I asked for some Whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?"

The clerk says, "No, I probably wouldn't."

The guy says, "Well then, because I asked for Polish sausage, why did you ask me if I'm Polish?"

The clerk replied, "Because you're in Ace Hardware."

Thursday, December 06, 2018

USA OLYMPIC GYMNASTIC ORGANIZATION GOES TOES UP

by Bob Walsh

The organization that runs the U. S. Olympic gymnastics team filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday.

I guess the prospect of shelling out a couple of gazillion dollars for hiring a perv team doctor and then not reacting to complaints about him for 20 years was too much for them.

With luck, all the clowns running that circus will resign, if they have not done so already.

SOUTH CAROLINA ESCAPEE TERMINALLY REHABILITATED BY HOMEOWNER

by Bob Walsh

Bruce McLaughlin Jr., 30, was not a nice man. He and another prisoner beat up two "guards" and escaped from custody of the Pickens County S.O. recently.

McLaughlin kicked in the back door about 3 a.m. and grabbed a kitchen knife. He then headed towards the bedroom where the resident was home alone, except for her pistol. She felt threatened and blew his head off. His buddy in the escape, Timothy Dill, is being charged with escape, two counts of kidnapping, first degree assault, battery and felonious mopery. He was awaiting trial on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

The county sheriff, Rick Clark, congratulated the unnamed shooter. Sheriff Clark pointed out that the bad guy was a very large man and things could have gone poorly for her had she not been armed and trained.

The "guards" are OK and expected to return to work. Other prisoners broke down the door where the two bad guys locked them in while making their escape.

The dead guy had an extensive record of generally assholeish behavior.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR CRIMINALS STILL AN ISSUE IN CALIFORNIA

by Bob Walsh

Yes, it is sad but true. While overall arrest numbers have fallen dramatically in the formerly great state of California over the last couple of years there is still a huge racial disparity in arrest numbers.

African-Americans are still arrested at about 3X their ratio within the general population. Whites and Hispanics are pretty close to even. Note that this is arrests, not convictions.

These numbers were released Monday by the allegedly nonpartisan Public Policy Institute in CA.

I know it isn't very PC, but I have my own ideas on this subject. I firmly believe that a substantial subculture within the black community has no practical or moral objection to committing criminal acts and therefore they continue to do so, ESPECIALLY young black men who have not much of a father figure. But that's just me.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nah! It couldn't be that blacks, who are deliberately being murdered by white cops, commit more crimes than whites. This Public Policy Institute report clearly shows that those poor blacks continue to be victimized by racism.

NINTH CIRCUIS SCREWS THE POOCH YET AGAIN

by Bob Walsh

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have just decided that it is unconstitutional to prohibit a person from "encouraging or inducing" a person to enter the United States illegally, or to stay in the United States illegally. That is free speech.

You can still be arrested for "helping" somebody to do these things, but not for encouraging or inducing them to do so.

Damn, I feel safer already. Or not.

THE GREATEST HONOR WAS BEING REUNITED WITH THE LITTLE GIRL WHOSE LIFE HE SAVED

4-Year-Old Reunites With LAFD Firefighter Who Saved Her Life In Hawaii

LAPPL News Watch
December 5, 2018

A four-year-old girl reunited Tuesday with the Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter and paramedic who saved her life after she drowned in the pool of a Hawaii resort in August.

Sophia Rouse, who was then 3 years old, was vacationing with her family in Maui when her mother says she disappeared and then was found unconscious at the bottom of a pool. That’s when the firefighter and medic, Daniel Harris who was also on vacation with his family, sprang into action. With his training, Harris pulled Sophia out of the water and was able to help her regain consciousness, the LAFD said.

Harris was honored at a fire station in Westchester Tuesday, receiving a special certificate of appreciation for saving Sophia’s life.

The little girl and her family flew to Los Angeles from Hawaii to attend the event and express their gratitude to Harris.

IT TOOK 18 YEARS FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED

Member Of 'Texas 7' Gang Executed For Officer's Killing

LAPPL News Watch
December 5, 2018

A member of the notorious "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery nearly 18 years ago.

Joseph Garcia received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 2000 shooting death of 29-year-old Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins.

Garcia, who was serving a 50-year sentence for murder, was among a group of inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison that month and committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot Hawkins 11 times, killing him.

Hawkins had just finished Christmas Eve dinner with his family when he responded to the call about the robbery at a sporting goods store and was ambushed.

281 YEARS TO LIFE ….. LOOKS LIKE HE WAS EXPECTED TO LIVE AT LEAST AS LONG AS 281 YEARS

Pimp Sentenced 281 Years to Life for Sex Trafficking of Girls as Young as 13

by Marissa Wenzke

KTLA 5
December 4, 2018

A man accused of sexually assaulting or sexually trafficking eight girls as young as 13 years old was sentenced Tuesday to 281 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Raylonzo Roberts, 43, was convicted of 11 felony charges for abusing or trafficking the girls between August 2011 and July 2015, according to prosecutors. He was convicted in October.

Evidence presented during the trial showed Roberts had physically assaulted two of the young victims — one for leaving to work for another pimp and another because she didn’t make enough money, according to the DA’s office.

Roberts has been accused of being a self-proclaimed gang member and was tracked down by law enforcement following a seven-month-long investigation into the human trafficking of minors, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He and another alleged gang member, Ulis Morris, used social media websites to “advertise, sell and sexually exploit the minors,” LAPD officials said in a news release. They allegedly took the girls to hotels and areas where prostitutes are known to loiter.

The victims are believed to be from areas of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, LAPD officials said.

The two men persuaded one of the girls to work as a prostitute on Long Beach Boulevard and along the Western Avenue and Figueroa corridor in South L.A., police said.

An LAPD news release from December 2016 indicates Roberts had already been found guilty of two counts human trafficking of minors and sentenced to 16 years in state prison.

The newest charges against him include human trafficking, lewd act on a child and pandering by procuring a minor under the age of 16.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau Human Trafficking Unit.

DURING THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION, TEXAS RANGERS TOGETHER WITH VIGILANTES MURDERED SCORES OF MEXICAN-AMERICANS

Remembering The Porvenir Massacre More Than 100 Years Later

By Diana Nguyen

Marfa Public Radio
November 30, 2018

In the early 1900s, a tragic event took place on the West Texas borderlands. Today at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, the “Porvenir Massacre” will be memorialized by the Texas Historical Commission at 2 pm — a long process that’s been wrought with controversy.

For the descendants of Porvenir victims, understanding this tragic and painful history is a process that’s taken more than 100 years.

“It’s not a secret anymore. We’re out there to tell this story.”

The year is 1918. The Mexican Revolution is underway, and racial and political tensions along the U.S.-Mexico border are heightened. Near Candelaria is a small village called Porvenir, home to about 140 people.

It’s here on January 28, 15 innocent boys and men are executed at the hands of Texas Rangers, U.S. Military, and Big Bend area ranchers.

Arlinda Valencia of El Paso, a descendant of Porvenir victim Longino Flores says she’s glad this little-known history is becoming more public.

Like lots of other children in Texas, Valencia didn’t know about the Porvenir Massacre growing up because it’s not commonly taught in schools. She eventually found out as an adult when her uncle told her at her father’s funeral. She had a hard time believing it was true, but then started to track her genealogy and found documentation of her great-grandfather’s murder. “It hit us like a ton of bricks, and we had, we did have to cope with it,” she says. “I was sitting there going ‘I can’t believe this actually happened.’ ”

Part of coping for her is having other people learn about this dark history. “It’s not a secret anymore. We’re out there to tell this story,” she says.

That’s why last year, she organized a centennial remembrance at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Hundreds of people came to honor the victims and Jose T. Canales, a state representative who led an investigation of the Texas Rangers.

For Valencia, one of the most difficult realizations in uncovering the history was learning about the complicity of law enforcement. But the violence of the Porvenir Massacre wasn’t an isolated event. During the Mexican Revolution, Texas Rangers and other vigilantes murdered scores of Mexican-Americans.

Historian Monica Muñoz Martinez studies racial violence on the US-Mexico border. As a part of the “Refusing to Forget” project, Martinez applied for the Porvenir Massacre’s “Undertold Marker” with the Texas Historical Commission. She explains that very few people know about this period of state-sanctioned violence, which is why a large part of her work is making sure incidents like this aren’t forgotten.

No one involved in the massacre — despite an investigation into the Texas Rangers — was ever indicted. Martinez says the lack of due process for the victims is problematic. “We should be able to say a hundred years later that that’s a tragedy.”

“He never forgot what he saw”

85-year-old Paula Flores Smith lives in Arlington and is also related to Arlinda Valencia’s great-grandfather. But they share another relative – Paula’s father, the late Juan Flores.

Juan was a child when the massacre happened and was almost killed alongside his father, Longino Flores. His life was spared because he was too young.

Flores Smith says that Juan never forgot what he saw that day, explaining he struggled for years with symptoms of PTSD.

The Gaps in Porvenir History

It’s been more than 100 years, and descendants are still trying to make sense of that tragic day. Some believe the massacre was a racist ploy to make Anglo residents of the border feel safe. But Amanda Shields and her father, Jesus Moralez, aren’t convinced there is any singular reason for what happened in Porvenir.

Shields is a bit resigned, understanding she’ll never fully know what happened that day.

“Nobody back then is alive today,” Shields says. “So no one can truly say 100 percent why that it happened.”

Jesus Moralez feels frustrated by the mystery. “I want to find out exactly why,” he says. “Why they were massacred.”

Moralez didn’t fully understand what had happened to his grandfather, Manuel Moralez, until he was older. He says his family didn’t talk about the massacre, which is why he’s spent several decades looking for answers.

There are proven details surrounding the Porvenir Massacre: on January 28, 1918, 15 boys and men were killed at the hands of authorities. But — even with the Texas Historical Commission’s marker — there are still questions left unanswered for Moralez.

Why Porvenir? Why his relatives? Who exactly pulled the trigger?

After all this time, he still hopes to find the truth.

NOTE: The Texas Historical Commission Porvenir Marker will be placed about 27 miles west of Marfa on the eastbound side of US 90.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

WHEN HIS PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN, WHY WAS HE SPARED WHEN HIS 2 CREW MEMBERS WERE NOT?

Presidential Biographer Jon Meacham's Eulogy of George H.W. Bush

At the National Cathedral
December 5, 2018

The story was almost over even before it had fully begun.

Shortly after dawn on Saturday, September 2nd, 1944, Lieutenant Junior Grade George Herbert Walker Bush, joined by two crew mates, took off from the USS San Jacinto to attack a radio tower on Chichi Jima.As they approached the target, the air was heavy with flak. The plane was hit, smoke filled the cockpit, flames raced across the wings. "My God," Lieutenant Bush thought, "this thing's gonna go down."

Yet he kept the plane in its 35 degree dive, dropped his bombs, and then roared off out to sea, telling his crew mates to hit the silk.

Following protocol, Lieutenant Bush turned the plane so they could bail out. Only then did Bush parachute from the cockpit.

The wind propels him backward and he gashed his head on the tail of the plane as he flew through the sky. He plunged deep into the ocean, bobbed to the surface, and flopped onto a tiny raft, his head bleeding, his eyes burning, his mouth and throat raw from salt water.

The future 41st president of the United States was alone.

Sensing that his men had not made it, he was overcome. He felt the weight of responsibility as a nearly physical burden, and he wept.

Then, at four minutes shy of noon, a submarine emerged to rescue the downed pilot. George Herbert Walker Bush was safe. The story, his story and ours, would go on, by God's grace.MEACHAM: Through the ensuing decades, President Bush would frequently ask nearly daily -- he'd ask himself, "Why me? Why was I spared?"

And in a sense, the rest of his life was a perennial effort to prove himself worthy of his salvation on that distant morning. To him, his life was no longer his own. There were always more missions to undertake, more lives to touch and more love to give.

And what a headlong race he made of it all. He never slowed down.

On the primary campaign trail in New Hampshire once, he grabbed the hand of a department store mannequin, asking for votes.

(LAUGHTER)

When he realized his mistake, he said, "Never know. Gotta ask."

(LAUGHTER)

You can hear the voice, can't you? As Dana Carvey said, "The key to a Bush 41 impersonation is Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne."

(LAUGHTER)

George Herbert Walker Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman, a 20th century founding father. He governed with virtues that most closely resemble those of Washington and of Adams, of T.R. and of FDR, of Truman and of Eisenhower, of men who believed in causes larger than themselves.

Six foot two, handsome, dominant in person, President Bush spoke with those big, strong hands, making fists to underscore points. A master of what Franklin Roosevelt called "the science of human relationships," he believed that to whom much was given, much is expected. And because life gave him so much, he gave back again and again and again.

He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism. He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship. He stood in the breach against tyranny and discrimination. And on his watch, a wall fell in Berlin, a dictator's aggression did not stand, and doors across America opened to those with disabilities.

And in his personal life, he stood in the breach against heartbreak and hurt, always offering an outstretched hand, a warm word, a sympathetic tear. If you were down, he would rush to lift you up. And if you were soaring, he would rush to savor your success.

Strong and gracious, comforting and charming, loving and loyal, he was our shield in danger's hour.

Now, of course, there was ambition, too -- loads of that. To serve he had to succeed; to preside, he had to prevail.MEACHAM: "Politics," he once admitted, "isn't a peer undertaking; not if you want to win, it's not." An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union.

It must be said that for a keenly intelligent statesman of stirring, almost unparalleled, private eloquence, public speaking was not exactly a strong suit. "Fluency in English," President Bush once remarked, "is something that I'm often not accused of."

Looking ahead to the '88 election, he observed, "Inarguably, it's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or the other."

(LAUGHTER)

And late in his presidency, he allowed that, "We're enjoying sluggish times, but we're not enjoying them very much."

His tongue may have run amok at moments, but his heart was steadfast. His life code, as he said, was, "Tell the truth. Don't blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course." And that was, and is, the most American of creeds.

Abraham Lincoln's "better angels of our nature" and George H.W. Bush's "thousand points of light" are companion verses in American's national hymn, for Lincoln and Bush both called on us to choose the right over the convenient, to hope rather than to fear, and to heed not our worst impulses, but our best instincts.

In this work, he had the most wonderful of allies in Barbara Pierce Bush, his wife of 73 years. He called her "Bar," "the Silver Fox," and, when the situation warranted, "the Enforcer."

He was the only boy she ever kissed. Her children, Mrs. Bush liked to say, always wanted to throw up when they heard that.

(LAUGHTER)

In a letter to Barbara during the war, young George H.W. Bush had written, "I love you, precious, with all my heart. And to know that you love me, means my life. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you."

And as they will tell you, they surely were.

As vice president, Bush once visited a children's leukemia ward in Krakow. Thirty-five years before, he and Barbara had lost a daughter, Robin, to the disease.

In Krakow, a small boy wanted to greet the American vice president. Learning that the child was sick with the cancer that had taken Robin, Bush began to cry.

To his diary later that day, the vice president said this, "My eyes flooded with tears. And behind me was a bank of television cameras. And I thought, 'I can't turn around. I can't dissolve because of personal tragedy, in the face of the nurses that give of themselves every day.'

"So I stood there, looking at this little guy, tears running down my cheek, hoping he wouldn't see. But if he did, hoping he'd feel that I loved him."

That was the real George H.W. Bush: A loving man with a big, vibrant, all-enveloping heart.

And so we ask, as we commend his soul to God, and as he did, why him? Why was he spared?

The workings of providence are mysterious, but this much is clear: that George Herbert Walker Bush, who survived that fiery fall into the waters of the Pacific three-quarters of a century ago, made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, warmer and nobler.

That was his mission. That was his heartbeat.

And if we listen closely enough, we can hear that heartbeat even now. For it's the heartbeat of a lion; a lion who not only led us, but who loved us.

That's why him. That's why he was spared.

NO OCCUPANT OF THE OVAL OFFICE WAS MORE COURAGEOUS, MORE PRINCIPLED AND MORE HONORABLE THAN GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's Eulogy for George H.W. Bush

At the National Cathedral
December 5, 2018

Do you remember where you were the summer you left your teenage years behind and turned 20? Well, I was working as a laborer in my hometown in Northern Quebec, trying to make enough money to get back into law school. It was a tough job, but I was safe and secure, and had the added benefit of my mother's home cooking every night.

On September 2, 1944, as we have just heard so eloquently from Jon, 20-year-old Lieutenant George Bush was preparing to attack Japanese war installations in the Pacific. He was part of a courageous generation of young Americans who led the charge against overwhelming odds in the historic and bloody battle for supremacy in the Pacific against the colossal military might of Imperial Japan. That's what George Bush did the summer he turned 20.

Many men of differing talents and skills have served as president, and many more will do so as the decades unfold, bringing new strength and glory to these United States of America, and 50 or 100 years from now, as historians review the accomplishments and the context of all who have served as president, I believe it will be said that in the life of this country, the United States, which is in my judgment, the greatest democratic republic that God has ever placed on the face of this Earth, I believe it will be said that no occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable than George Herbert Walker Bush.

George Bush was a man of high accomplishment, and he also had a delightful sense of humor and was a lot of fun. At his first NATO meeting in Brussels as the new American president -- he sat opposite me, actually that day -- George was taking copious notes as the heads of government spoke. We were all limited in time. But you know, it's very flattering to have the President of the United States take notes as you speak, and even someone as modest as me.

(LAUGHTER)

Threw in a few more adjectives here and there to extend the pleasure of the experience.

(LAUGHTER)

After President Mitara (ph), Prime Minister Thatcher and Chancellor Kohl had spoken, it was turn -- the turn of the prime minister of Iceland, who, as President Bush continued to write, went on and on and on...

(LAUGHTER)

... and on, ending only when the Secretary General of NATO firmly decreed a coffee break.

George put down his pen, walked over to me and said, "Brian, I have just learned the fundamental principle of international affairs." I said, "What's that, George?" He said, "The smaller the country, the longer the speech."

(LAUGHTER)

In the second year of the Bush presidency, responding to implacable pressures from the Reagan and Bush administrations, the Soviet Union imploded.

This was, in my judgment, the most epical event -- political event of the 20th Century, an ominous situation that could've become extremely menacing to world security was instead deftly challenged by the leadership of President Bush, into the broad and powerful currents of freedom, providing the Russian people with the opportunity to build an embryonic democracy in a country that had been ruled by tsars and tyrants for over a thousand years.

And then, as the Berlin Wall collapsed soon thereafter and calls for freedom cascaded across Central and Eastern Europe, leaving dictators and dogma in the trash can of history. No challenge, no challenge assumed greater importance for western solidarity than the unification of Germany within an unswerving NATO.

But all fears in Western Europe and unrelenting hostility by the military establishment in the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact rendered this initiative among the most complex and sensitive ever undertaken. One serious misstep and this entire process could have been compromised, perhaps irretrievably.

There's obviously no more knowledgeable or competent judge of what really happened at this most vital juncture of the 20th Century than Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany. In a speech to a parliamentary commission of the Bundestag, Chancellor Kohl said categorically that this historic initiative of German reunification could never, ever have succeeded without the brilliant leadership of President Bush. MULRONEY: Much has been written about the first Gulf War. Simply put, the coalition of 29 disparate nations assembled under the ages of the United Nations, including for the first time many influential Arab countries and led by the United States, will rank with the most spectacular and successful international initiatives ever undertaken in modern history, designed to punish an aggressor, defend the cause of freedom and ensure order in a region that had seen too much of the opposite for far too long. This was President Bush's initiative, from beginning to end.

President Bush was also responsible for the North American Free Trade Agreement, recently modernized and improved by new administrations, which created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world, while also signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which transformed the lives of millions and millions of Americans forever.

President Bush's decision to go forward with strong environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act, that resulted in the Acid Rain Accord with Canada, is a splendid gift to future generations of Americans and Canadians, to savor in the air they breathe and the water they drink, and the forests they enjoy, and the lakes, rivers and streams they cherish.

There's a word for this. It's called "leadership." Leadership. Now, let me tell you that when George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew that they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one who was distinguished, resolute and brave.

I don't keep a diary, but occasionally I write private notes after important personal or professional events. One occurred at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine on September 2nd, 2001.

Mila and I had been spending our traditional Labor Day weekend with George and Barbara. Towards the end, he and I had a long, private conversation. My notes capture the moment.

"I told George how I thought his mood had shifted over the last eight years, from a series of frustrations and moments of despondency in 1993, to the high enthusiasm that I felt at the Houston launch of the presidential library, and George W.'s election as governor in November of that year, to the delight following Jeb's election in 1998, followed by their great pride and pleasure, with George W.'s election to the presidency.

"And perhaps most importantly, to the serenity we found today in both Barbara and George. They are truly at peace with themselves, joyous in what they and the children have achieved, gratified by the goodness that God has bestowed upon them all. And genuinely content with the thrill and promise of each passing day.

"And at that, George, who had tears in his eyes as I spoke, said, "You know, Brian, you've got us pegged just right. And the roller coaster of emotions we've experienced since 1992. Come with me."

"He led me down the porch at Walker's Point, to the side of the house that fronts the ocean, and pointed to a small, simple plaque that had been unobtrusively installed just some days earlier. "It read, C-A-B-U. George said 'Brian, this stands for ceiling and visibility unlimited. When I was a terrified 18 to 19-year-old pilot in the Pacific, those -- those were the words we hoped to hear before takeoff. It meant perfect flying.' And that's the way I feel about our life today -- CAVU. Everything is perfect. Barb and I could not have asked for better lives. We are truly happy and truly at peace."

As I looked over the waters of Walker's Point on that golden September afternoon in Maine, I was reminded of the lines, simple and true, that speak to the real nature of George Bush and his love of his wonderful family and precious surroundings. "There are wooden ships, there are sailing ships, there are ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be."

DAD IS HUGGING ROBIN AND HOLDING MOM’S HAND AGAIN

Former President George W. Bush’s Eulogy of His Father

At the National Cathedral
December 5, 2018

Distinguished guests, including our presidents and first ladies, government officials, foreign dignitaries and friends, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I and our families thank you all for being here.

I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young, as late as possible.
(LAUGHTER)

At age 85, a favorite pastime of George H.W. Bush was firing up his boat, the Fidelity, and opening up the three 300-horsepower engines to fly -- joyfully fly -- across the Atlantic with the Secret Service boats straining to keep up.

(LAUGHTER)

At age 90, George H.W. Bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed on the grounds of St. Ann's by the Sea in Kennebunkport, Maine, the church where his mom was married and where he worshiped often.BUSH: Mother liked to say he chose the location just in case the chute didn't open.

(LAUGHTER)

In his 90s, he took great delight when his closest pal, James A. Baker, smuggled a bottle of Grey Goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently, it paired well with the steak Baker had delivered from Morton's.

(LAUGHTER)

To his very last days, Dad's life was instructive.

As he aged, he taught us how to grow with dignity, humor and kindness, and when the good Lord finally called, how to meet him with courage and with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead.

One reason Dad knew how to die young is that he almost did it, twice. When he was a teenager, a staph infection nearly took his life. A few years later, he was alone in the Pacific on a life raft, praying that his rescuers would find him before the enemy did.

God answered those prayers. It turned out he had other plans for George H.W. Bush.

For Dad's part, I think those brushes with death made him cherish the gift of life, and he vowed to live every day to the fullest.

Dad was always busy, a man in constant motion, but never too busy to share his love of life with those around him.

He taught us to love the outdoors. He loved watching dogs flush a covey. He loved landing the illusive striper. And once confined to a wheelchair, he seemed happiest sitting in his favorite perch on the back porch at Walker's Point, contemplating the majesty of the Atlantic.

The horizons he saw were bright and hopeful. He was a genuinely optimistic man, and that optimism guided his children and made each of us believe that anything was possible.

He continually broadened his horizons with daring decisions.

He was a patriot. After high school, he put college on hold and became a Navy fighter pilot as World War II broke out.

Like many of his generation, he never talked about his service until his time as a public figure forced his hand. We learned of the attack on Chichi Jima, the mission completed, the shoot-down. We learned of the death of his crew mates, whom he thought about throughout his entire life. And we learned of the rescue.

And then another audacious decision: He moved his young family from the comforts of the East Coast to Odessa, Texas.

He and Mom adjusted to their arid surroundings quickly. He was a tolerant man. After all, he was kind and neighborly to the women with whom he, Mom and I shared a bathroom in our small duplex, even after he learned their profession: ladies of the night.

(LAUGHTER)

Dad could relate to people from all walks of life. He was an empathetic man. He valued character over pedigree. And he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it.

Dad taught us that public service is noble and necessary, that one can serve with integrity and hold true to the important values like faith and family.BUSH: He strongly believed that it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived. He recognized that serving others enriched the giver's soul. To us, his was the brightest of the thousand points of light.

In victory, he shared credit. When he lost, he shouldered the blame. He accepted that failure is a part of living a full life, but taught us never to be defined by failure. He showed us how setbacks can strengthen.

None of his disappointments could compare with one of life's greatest tragedies, the loss of a young child. Jeb and I were too young to remember the pain and agony he and Mom felt when our 3-year-old sister died. We only learned later that Dad, a man of quiet faith, prayed for her daily. He was sustained by the love of the Almighty, and the real and enduring love of our mom. Dad always believed that one day he would hug his precious Robin again.

He loved to laugh, especially at himself. He could tease and needle, but never out of malice.

He placed great value on a good joke. That's why he chose Simpson to speak.

(LAUGHTER)

On e-mail, he had a circle of friends with whom he shared or received the latest jokes. His grading system for the quality of the joke was classic George Bush: The rare sevens and eights were considered huge winners, most of them off-color.

(LAUGHTER)

George Bush knew how to be a true and loyal friend. He nurtured and honored many -- his many friendships with a generous and giving soul.

There exists thousands of handwritten notes encouraging or sympathizing or thanking his friends and acquaintances. He had an enormous capacity to give of himself.

Many a person would tell you that Dad became a mentor and a father figure in their life. He listened and he consoled. He was their friend.

I think of Don Rhodes, Taylor Blanton, Jim Nance, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and perhaps the unlikeliest of all, the man who defeated him, Bill Clinton. My siblings and I refer to the guys in this group as brothers from other mothers.

(LAUGHTER)

He taught us that a day was not meant to be wasted. He played golf at a legendary pace. I always wondered why he insisted on speed golf. He was a good golfer. Well, here's my conclusion: He played fast, so that he could move on to the next event, to enjoy the rest of the day, to expend his enormous energy, to live it all.

He was born with just two settings: full throttle, then sleep.

(LAUGHTER)

He taught us what it means to be a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was firm in his principles, and supportive as we began to seek our own ways. He encouraged and comforted, but never steered.

We tested his patience. I know I did.

(LAUGHTER)

But he always responded with the great gift of unconditional love.BUSH: Last Friday, when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him. The guy who answered the phone said, "He -- I think he can hear you, but he hasn't said anything for most of the day." I said, "Dad, I love you, and you've been a wonderful father." And the last words he would ever say on earth were, "I love you, too."

To us, he was close to perfect. But not totally perfect. His short game was lousy.

(LAUGHTER)

He wasn't exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor.

(LAUGHTER)

The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli.

(LAUGHTER)

And by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us.

(LAUGHTER)

Finally, every day of his 73 years of marriage, Dad taught us all what it means to be a great husband. He married his sweetheart. He adored her. He laughed and cried with her. He was dedicated to her, totally.

In his old age, Dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, the volume on high.

(LAUGHTER)

All the while, holding Mom's hand. After Mom died, Dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was hold Mom's hand again.

Of course, Dad taught me another special lesson. He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.

When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States, a diplomat of unmatched skill, a commander-in-chief of formidable accomplishment, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor.

In his inaugural address, the 41st president of the United States said this, "We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it.

"What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us, or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stayed a moment, there, to trade a word of friendship."

Well, Dad, we're going to remember you for exactly that and much more. And we're going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever.

So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could ask. And in our grief, let us smile, knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again.

FREE SPEECH RETURN TO BERKELEY....PROBABLY-MAYBE

by Bob Walsh

In the 1960s I spent more than a little time on Telegraph Ave. next to the University. I hung out at Cody's and the Print Mint and Sproul Plaza. (I even met Patty Hurst there, at Cody's I think, before she became a terrorist).

It was a haven for free thinking, free speech and free sex. And occasional doses of tear gas. It was a great time to be alive.

That has all changed. Now the University of California is a bastion of political correctness where dissension is not permitted and any opposition to the existing dogma is punished severely.

That being said a court ruling from earlier this week was a breath of fresh air. The University has to shell out $70k to a campus group that wanted to bring the occasional conservative (perish the thought) thinker onto campus for their legal fees. They also have to stop charging outrageous "security fees" for conservative speakers to speak. They also have to abandon their semi-official "hecklers veto" whereby panic-stricken liberals merely voice opposition to a conservative speaker and HINT that there MIGHT be unpleasantness if that person showed up and the university would withdraw permission for that person so speak on campus.

It remains to be seen if this will TRULY change the universities position and posture or if they will invent new impediments to speakers that do not fall in with the PC liberal dogma. It is, however, a step in the right direction.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Only sort of! This applies only to invited speakers. Within the university it will continue to be the politically correct way or the highway.