Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SO, WHO ARE WE GONNA GET?

by Bob Walsh

The newest member of the United States Senate, from Alabama, will either be a Democrat (which is kind of like saying a Muslim) or will be a hard-core conservative Republican who may or may not (probably did) have some age-inappropriate dating issues in his distant history. (That being said, age inappropriate is a relative term. In much of the south, the old "If she is old enough to know she shouldn't she is old enough to say yes" is the rule."

My own guess is that much of this, maybe most of it, is an extension of Trump Derangement Syndrome. But not all. Nice thing about the timing of this is that either way, the voters of the great state of Alabama will make the decision. They are entitled.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will get either a liberal obstructionist or a family values pervert.

AFTER 4 FELONY CONVICTIONS, WHY WAS THIS PAROLEE ON PAROLE?

Gunman On Parole Continued Firing After Shooting Chicago Police Officer

By Jeremy Gorner

Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2017

CHICAGO -- A man shot a Chicago police officer in the hand Wednesday night on the Far South Side, knocking him to the ground, then continued to fire at the officer, police officials said Thursday.

Police later said a second bullet was found in the officer’s bulletproof vest.

At a news conference outside the southwest suburban hospital where the officer is recovering, a visibly frustrated Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the shooting illustrates the risks that officers face every day.

"I can't find the words to articulate to you all how this upsets me because, listen, this officer could've easily gotten killed last night," Johnson told reporters outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. "And I've told you all before, it's not my goal to have mass incarceration or to lock everybody up, but these violent offenders, they don't deserve to be on the streets of this city."

Johnson said the five-year department veteran was in "good spirits" and expected to make a full recovery.

On Thursday afternoon, Anthony Woodridge, 25, of Chicago, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery.

Johnson said the Woodridge was on parole following his release from prison in June after being sentenced to 4½ years for felony handgun possession. He has some 15 arrests as an adult and four felony convictions, Johnson said.

This is the account Johnson gave reporters: Two plainclothes Calumet District officers approached a group of people loitering and "acting suspiciously" in a parking lot at 95th Street and Calumet Avenue in the Rosemoor neighborhood shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers gave chase when two ran away. One turned and fired a shot at one of the officers, striking him in the hand and knocking him down. The gunman continued firing at the wounded officer before the officer and his partner returned fire. No one was struck by the officers' gunfire.

"Now imagine if this guy would be so brazen to fire at a Chicago police officer, what would he do to the average citizen of this city?" Johnson said.

Both officers were wearing vests and were equipped with body cameras. They will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days — a routine move after police fire their weapons. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the city agency that investigates police-involved shootings, was investigating.

LINE-OF-DUTY OR NOT?

Appeals Court Sides With Illinois Police Officer

By Kara Berg

Belleville News-Democrat
December 11, 2017

SHILOH, Illinois -- Ever since a Shiloh police officer was injured when another car hit him while sitting in his squad car, the village of Shiloh and the officer have been battling on whether he was injured in the line of duty.

Officer David Martin suffered cervical spine injuries in his back and neck in May 2012 while on duty when a car rear-ended the unmarked squad car he was a passenger in at a stop light, according to the appellate court decision that came down Nov. 29. Martin ended up with permanent disabilities that prevented him from returning to the field, which neither party disputes.

However, the Board of Trustees of the police pension fund of Shiloh maintained that Martin did not have a line-of-duty injury, which under the Illinois pension code is considered to be an injury suffered while on an assignment approved by the chief of police. At the time of the injury, Martin was returning from the St. Clair County courthouse where he got copies of subpoenas for an investigation and filed traffic tickets and other citations, according to the appellate court decision.

The only issue in the appeal was whether that counted as a line-of-duty activity.

Shiloh argued that because the squad car was stopped at a stop light, something most citizens do multiple times a day as they drive, Martin’s injuries were not to be considered line-of-duty. The Illinois code also describes an act of duty as one “inherently involving special risk, not ordinarily assumed by a citizen in the ordinary walks of life.”

But after reviewing previous case decisions, the appeals court said an officer can be awarded line-of-duty disability benefits when an officer is disabled “as the result of the injury incurred in the performance of an act of duty.” The appellate court came to the same decision as the St. Clair County Circuit Court. Because Martin was injured while performing his duties as a detective and had to direct his attention toward “being prepared to deal with any eventuality” from his squad car, he was injured in the line of duty, according to the appellate court.

On-duty pension is equivalent to 65 percent of an officer’s salary, as opposed to the 50 percent of salary that comes with a non-line-of-duty pension, according to appellate court documents.

THE ‘WEAKER SEX’ IN BLUE IS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE TO USE HER FIREARM IN A PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION

Officials investigate fatal officer-involved shooting in southeast Oklahoma City

By Nadia Judith Enchassi, Luke Overmyer and Brent Skarky

KFOR
December 11, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – An officer was involved in a deadly shooting Sunday night in southeast Oklahoma City.

The shooting was reported around 6:30 p.m. near S.E. 59th Street and Sooner Rd.

According to police, the female officer was responding on a call where a man was lying in the grass outside of a neighborhood on S.E. 59th.

When the officer approached the suspect, he was uncooperative, so the officer used pepper spray on him.

The man then attacked her, striking her in the face, so the officer reached for her taser but the suspect stole it from her.

That is when authorities said the officer reached for her firearm and shot him.

The man died from his injuries.

“Hopefully, our officer is okay and, again, this is why we take the steps that we do. We have the training that we get and that we receive… and the equipment that we are able to utilize. You know, she used her pepper spray, she escalated to a taser and then ultimately she had to use her firearm,” said Captain Bo Mathews of the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The officer was transported to a nearby hospital for her injuries to her face and hands.

No suspect or officer identification information is being released at this time.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve never heard a feminist claim that women are equal to men in physical strength. That’s why, unless she resorts to deadly force, a female cop is likely to get her ass whipped in a one-on-one physical confrontation with a man.

SINCE WHEN DID THE COPS BECOME DOCTORS?

By Trey Rusk

Running Code 3
December 10, 2017

Five Dallas Police Officers were recently indicted for Deadly Conduct. It seems that they were called to a scene by security on a person with a history of mental illness due to anxiety and schizophrenia. His behavior was erratic. The subject allegedly became combative and had to be restrained. The autopsy showed cardiac arrest due to toxic effects of cocaine and coupled with the stress of physical arrest. The ME ruled the death a homicide.

What did the cops do wrong? They had to restrain someone who was combative, on drugs and mentally ill. This is a deadly combination for police officers. Almost as bad as a domestic disturbance call or a 911 hang up. The body cams recorded cops laughing on the scene and in my opinion this may be why the cops were indicted.

Most people cannot fathom what cops see on a regular basis. Untreated PTSD is rampant among their ranks and one of the ways cops cope with it is through humor. There is also a macho factor involved. You have to get tough fast. I was once on the scene of a fatal car crash when a rookie walked up and tripped. He looked down and saw he had stepped on a severed foot. He threw up instantly and all of the cops at the scene laughed at him. The sergeant told him to place the foot in a bag. He vomited again. The sergeant laughed and told him to get the hell off the crash scene.

I'm not saying cops shouldn't know life saving first aid such as applying a tourniquet or stemming blood flow by pressure or even CPR. They should be able to perform basic first aid.

Are cops doctors? No. Are they expected to be? Yes.

With the opium addiction outbreak on the upper East Coast and Midwest cops are having to administer Naloxone in an effort to save lives due to overdoses. How do we allow cops to practice medicine without a license?

However, since society expects cops to treat mentally ill persons, maybe they should issue Thorazine in something like an epipen or a tranquilizer gun.

Society has placed too many burdens on police officers and the Thin Blue Line is fraying.

THE EARTH MOVED FOR KIM

North Korean nuclear test 10 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb tests moved the planet's crust say experts as they detect aftershocks

By Charlie Bayliss

Daily Mail
December 10, 2017

Two tremors detected in North Korea yesterday were likely to be aftershocks from the hermit nation's reckless nuclear test in early September, a US Geological Survey official confirmed.

The mild 2.9 and 2.4 magnitude aftershocks were confirmed as 'tectonic' in origin by the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty executive secretary Lassina Zerbo.

The USGS official claimed the tremors originated near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site - the location where North Korea carried out its largest nuclear test to date on September 3.

The official said: 'They're probably relaxation events from the sixth nuclear test. When you have a large nuclear test, it moves the Earth's crust around the area, and it takes a while for it to fully subside.

'We've had a few of them since the sixth nuclear test.'

North Korea claim its September test was a H-bomb - with experts claiming it was an estimated 10 times more powerful than the US atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

A sequence of tremors since that test has led experts to believe that there was damage caused to the mountainous region in the north-west of the country.

Last month it was claimed that 100 workers were feared at the site had been trapped after the tunnel reportedly collapsed on September 10, although this has not been confirmed.

In October, South Korea's spy agency said it believed Pyongyang might be readying two more tunnel at the site.

One obstacle which could scupper North Korea using the Punggye-ri test is the nearby active volcano Mount Paektu, which is considered a sacred site by the communist nation.

The dictator paid a visit to the site yesterday, which is claimed to be the birthplace of the secretive state's first dictator, Kim's grandfather.

Pictures released by the regime show the Kim in the snow at the 9,022ft, on North Korea's border with China, which the regime rewrote history to claim was birthplace of Kim Il-Sung, the Communist who ruled from after the Second World War until 1994.

He was in fact born in the Soviet Union, but the mountain has long been integral to the country's identity.

Monday, December 11, 2017

ALLAH NOT SO AKBAR

Suicide bomber’s pipe bomb fizzles out in Midtown Manhattan bus station

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who lived in Brooklyn, immigrated from Bangladesh seven years ago. After watching ISIS propaganda programs on the internet, he he decided to follow the call to be a suicide bomber at Christmas time.

Ullah constructed a pipe bomb and went on his merry way to the Midtown Manhattan bus station during Monday morning’s rush hour. All set to go to paradise for a crack at those 72 virgins, he set off the bomb. But alas, the bomb only fizzled. While Ullah was seriously burned, there were only three minor injuries suffered ny commuters.

When Ullah ends up in prison, he’ll find that Allah is not so Akbar. Instead of 72 virgins he will find at least 72 burly convicts anxious to enlarge his ass hole.
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INCOMPETENT GOAT FUCKER ATTACK IN NYC BLAMED ON TRUMP

by Bob Walsh

Yes, a totally incompetent Jihadi goat fucker managed to slightly injure three commuters and injure himself enough to require hospitalization in a subway station in NYC on Monday. CNN almost immediately blamed the Trump administration decision to move the U. S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as the cause of the "outrage" of the young Bangladeshi goat fucker.

The device used was a pipe bomb the goat fucker was wearing under his coat.

NEVER TOO OLD TO DO TIME FOR THE CRIME

Even if committed 40-years before being tried and convicted

by Bob Walsh

Max Clifford was at one time a big deal in the entertainment biz in the U.K. In 2014 he was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault on teenagers dating back more than 40 years. He seemed to like girls. YOUNG girls. He allegedly played let's make a deal with them over acting roles.

The 74-year old was doing his time at the Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire when he went toes up. He was cleaning up his cell at the time.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hmm, the name Roy Moore pops up.

INTERESTING, IF TRUE

by Bob Walsh

I am by nature a sceptic. I am also a strong Second Amendment guy and am inclined to believe it when the media reports elitist assholes working against the notion of ordinary citizens having access to guns but trying to make sure that THEY have access.

According to a blurb I got in an email blast from one of the pro-2A groups I belong to a Hollywood entertainment newspaper has reported that, at any one time, several THOUSAND live guns (as opposed to fakes or blank guns) owned by studio property departments are "on loan", implying broadly that they are loaned to celebrities and industry types in order to get around legal restrictions.

Sounds suspicious to me, but so far I have been unable to actually run down the article, which allegedly was in the Hollywood Reporter recently.

Since it is a slow news day today I thought I would throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks.

SURE WAY TO GET RID OF BED BUGS ….. ALSO ROACHES AND ALL OTHER KINDS OF PESTS

Ohio woman accidentally burns down home while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol

Associated Press
December 9, 2017

Three people have been injured and 10 people left homeless after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol at a multi-family home in Cincinnati, authorities say.

WXIX-TV reports it is the second time in two weeks that a fire sparked by attempts to kill bed bugs has caused extensive damage in Cincinnati.

Officials say the fire around midnight on Friday heavily damaged a five-unit building and sent three people to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

A resident who uploaded video to Facebook of the incident told the television station: 'Where I got here the whole house was on fire.'

Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The Red Cross is finding lodging for the three teenagers and seven adults who are affected.

Damage is estimated at $250,000.

The woman was apparently near a flame while using the alcohol.

Eight people were left homeless November 28 when a 13-year-old boy set fire to an apartment building after dousing a bed bug with alcohol.

Those seeking to get rid of bed bugs are advised to hire a professional, per an announcement from the Cincinnati Fire Department.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with costs relating to the fire.

BEATING UP COPS IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Video shows man being shot to death after dragging cop by the leg

By Monique O. Madan

Miami Herald
December 8, 2017

Cellphone footage showing a man being fatally shot after attacking a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy at a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex went viral Friday.

The video — taken from an apartment complex balcony Wednesday— shows 42-year-old Jean Pedro Pierre dragging Deputy Sean Youngward by his left leg. At the time, Youngward was responding to a report of a disturbance at Sunset Hills Condominium, 3610 NW 21st St.

As neighbors urged Pierre to let the deputy go, Youngward calls for back-up after his baton and Taser failed to subdue Pierre.

That didn’t work.

As Pierre continues to drag the deputy and kick him, another officer, Deputy Steven Briggs, sweeps in.

“Tase him, tase him; don’t shoot him,” someone screams in the video.

That’s when Briggs, standing a few feet away, attempts to use his Taser.

But that didn’t work either.

“Let it go, bro. They’re gonna shoot you, man,” one man yells. Soon after, someone else is heard saying, “Think smart, bro.”

As Pierre lets go of Youngward, he charges at Briggs, who then fires his gun three times, the video shows.

Pierre then is seen falling flat on the ground.

On Thursday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that “Youngward tried to stop the violent attack by deploying his Taser and using his ASP (extending baton). Neither form of less-lethal force stopped Pierre from assaulting him.”

“[Deputy] Briggs ordered Pierre to stop,” BSO added. “Instead, Pierre charged at [Deputy] Briggs and several shots were fired. Pierre was not armed.”

Pierre was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died.

Both deputies were placed on administrative leave, as per department policy.

JEWISH CHILDREN’S PARTY INTERRUPTED BY MOLOTOV COCKTAILS

Group hurls Molotov cocktails at Swedish synagogue

By Jessica Chia

New York Daily News
December 10, 2017

Three people have been arrested after a Molotov cocktail attack on a synagogue in Sweden, according to local reports.

About two dozen people were attending a party inside the synagogue in Gothenburg on Saturday night when suspects threw burning bottles against the building, police told the Goteborgs-Posten.

The kids inside took refuge in the basement, according to a mother who spoke to Expressen. Her daughter was in the building and texted her during the incident.

“Mom I’m getting scared,” she wrote.

Authorities arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. and put out a fire in the parking lot. The building did not catch on fire and no one was injured.

Three people were arrested Sunday in connection to the attack, according to police chief Peter Nordengard.

It remains unclear just how many people were involved in the attack, cops said.

Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city, is about 175 miles north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

ISRAEL-HATING TURKISH LEADER CANNOT ACCEPT FACT OF JERUSALEM BEING THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL

Turkish President Erdogan brands Israel a 'terrorist state' and 'killer of children' as he vows to do everything possible to reverse Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision

By Chris Pleasance

Daily Mail
December 10, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Israel after Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital.

Erdogan described the nation as a 'terrorist state' and a 'killer of children' in remarks on Sunday as fresh clashes erupted in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

The Muslim leader also vowed to use 'all means' to reverse Trump's decision, which was announced earlier this week.

He said: Palestine is an innocent victim... As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!

'We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children.'

Erdogan also blasted Israel and Trump in a speech on Saturday, calling it a 'state of occupation' and saying the US President had 'unleashed conflict'.

He said: 'Trump seeks to move forwards by saying "there we go, I did it, it's done!". I'm sorry but... being strong does not give you such a right.

'The leaders of major countries have a mission to make peace.'

Israeli warplanes bombed two targets in Gaza late on Friday after rockets were launched at its territory by Hamas.

Two members of the militant organisation were killed while the Palestinian health authority said 25 were wounded, including six children.

Erdogan has sought to position himself in the centre of diplomatic efforts to force Trump to reverse his decision and has held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to that effect.

The Turkish presidential source said Erdogan and Macron agreed during a phone call that Trump's move was worrying for the region.

Erdogan also spoke to the presidents of Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Azerbaijan on Saturday, the source said.

On Wednesday, he called an urgent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey next week.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's President, is also due to meet with Macron on Sunday, saying he plans to rebuke the French leader for condemning Trump.

Ntanyahu was particularly incensed that Macron had publicly opposed the American leader, but failed to condemn Hamas for its rocket launches.

Trump made his announcement in an address from the White House on Thursday saying it marked 'the beginning of a new approach to the conflict' and would 'advance the peace process.'

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY’S POLLING INSTITUTE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ITS INDEPENDENT SURVEYS OF RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES

Poll: 70 percent say Congress should investigate sexual harassment allegations against Trump

By Rebecca Savransky

The Hill
December 6, 2017

A vast majority of respondents in a new poll think Congress should investigate sexual harassment allegations made against President Trump.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday finds 70 percent of respondents think Congress should investigate the allegations.

Just one-quarter of respondents think Congress shouldn't investigate the accusations.

Republicans and Democrats differ on the issue. Just 39 percent of Republicans say they think Congress should look into the allegations against Trump, compared to 86 percent of Democrats who feel the same way. Another 67 percent of registered Independents polled agreed Congress should look into the allegations.

Multiple women accused Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign of sexual misconduct, most of them shortly after a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced in which Trump was heard making lewd comments about women.

Trump has denied the allegations and the White House said its official stance on the woman who have accused him of sexual harassment is that they are lying.

The poll also found that 73 percent of respondents think it is hypocritical for Trump to criticize other men who have been accused of sexual harassment. Just 16 percent think Trump is right to criticize others.

A majority of respondents, 66 percent, think if an elected official has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by multiple people, that the official should resign.

Forty-seven percent of women nationwide say they have been sexually assaulted, according to the poll, compared with 17 percent of men who say they have been sexually assaulted.

The poll was conducted from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 among 1,747 adults. The margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.

The poll comes as a growing number of women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse public officials of sexual misconduct.

Lawmakers, including Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), are facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Conyers on Tuesday stepped down from Congress. Franken is facing growing calls from multiple members of his party to resign.

Multiple figures in the media and in Hollywood have also been accused of sexual misconduct — and many have been fired and faced other repercussions for their alleged actions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: 86 percent of Democrats probably also want Trump investigated for the way he wipes his ass.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I AM GOING TO BURN IN HELL

I am going to burn in hell, and it’s not because my momma told me so. It’s because Alabama's U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore told me so.

The other day, Roy said that those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will burn in hell.

Now ole Roy, being the good Christian family values guy he is, ought to know. And for teaching all those teenage girls about the birds and bees when he was in his 30s, there must be a special place for him.

Shit, it must be awfully damn crowded down in hell, what with millions of us Jews, billions of Muslims, millions of Buddhists and countless other non-Christians there.

On the other hand, the Heaven I’ll never see must be awfully spacious.

MAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT FALLS RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THE POLICE

Pennsylvania Suspect Falls Through Ceiling During Escape Attempt

By Joseph Kohut

The Scranton Times-Tribune
December 8, 2017

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania -- A 29-year-old Scranton man on the run for assault tried to get away from officers Sunday by fleeing through a crawl space in his girlfriend’s home, only to plunge through the kitchen ceiling into police custody, city police said.

Justin Thompson, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., faces a felony count of endangering the welfare of children because his fall through the ceiling came within a few feet of children, according to a criminal complaint filed by Patrolman Joseph Janczak. Thompson also is charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person.

City police also charged Thompson’s 26-year-old girlfriend, Shaolin Miller, same address, with a felony count of hindering apprehension, according to a separate complaint.

Officers wanted Thompson on a warrant filed Wednesday for aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for an incident in September, according to a court docket.

Their search for Thompson led police to the Bryn Mawr Street home Sunday. Miller allowed them to search her home, and Sgt. Joseph Dombroski found a crawl space on the third floor with a footprint in the dust.

There, they found Thompson. Police tried to arrest him and grabbed his shirt. He backed out of his shirt and moved deeper into the crawl space.

In the kitchen with Miller, Patrolman Steven Lavin heard noise above him. Thompson fell through the ceiling right in front of him.

Magisterial District Judge Sean P. McGraw arraigned Thompson on both sets of charges and set bail at $20,000. Preliminary hearings on the charges are scheduled for Monday.

McGraw released Miller on $5,000 unsecured bail and set a preliminary hearing date for Monday as well.

FRANCE, BRITAIN AND GERMANY CONTINUE TO DENY ISRAEL ANY SOVEREIGNTY OVER ANY PART OF JERUSALEM

Trump's Jerusalem Declaration: Anything But Obvious

By Tsvi Sadan

Israel Today
December 7, 2017

Wednesday evening, the United States of America under the presidency of Donald Trump finally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Though some may shrug their shoulders and say that he only stated the obvious (Trump himself said as much), the fact that for 70 years the US has refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital proves that Trump's bold decision was anything but obvious.

That most nations refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a testimony to the fact that Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land is still a bitter pill for most to swallow.

Through concealed behind the smokescreen of "occupation," the fact is that Jerusalem has served as Israel's de facto capital since 1948. That the Czech Republic so quickly followed in Trump's footsteps demonstrates that they had long wanted to recognize this reality. Czech only recognized Israel's sovereignty over western Jerusalem, but European powers like France, Britain and Germany continue to deny Israel even that much. Many nations remain resolute in their refusal to acknowledge full Jewish sovereignty, even within the 1949 armistice lines.

In this light, the nations' hostility toward Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land, demonstrated by their refusal to acknowledge any capital city for Israel, let alone Jerusalem, can't be rationally explained. Not surprisingly, Trump himself revealed the reason: The religious status of the city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam is that which sets her apart from any other capital city. This is why the Holy See resents Trump's decision, why Muslim countries resent it and why Europe resents it.

But the irrational sentiments regarding Jerusalem are well masqueraded. Instead of religion, the West speaks in the name of peace. For too long now it has deceived itself that somehow the infamous 1947 Partition Plan that destined Jerusalem to be a separated entity, an international city, is still a good idea. This despite the fact that history has proved beyond any doubt that such a notion produces only war. And Trump was wise enough to address this point as well.

"After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians," he said. "It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result."

"Fools repeat their folly," according to Provers 26:11, and this is exactly what the president was trying to tell the world Wednesday.

With all the praise Trump deserves for his historic decision, we would be remiss to ignore that of all the Temple Mount compound, he left only the Western Wall to the Jews. This is sad because if Jerusalem is the heart of Israel, as Trump has now recognized, the Temple is the heart of Jerusalem. Of all the world's leaders, he should know that if Israel is the body, and Jerusalem is its heart, the blocking of its coronary arteries will leave the patient seriously ill. Even more serious, transplanting the heart to a different body, a Palestinian state, as Europe demands, is to sign Israel's death certificate.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This puts France, Britain and Germany in league with North Korea. You know that Trump was right in declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when the North Korean foreign ministry calls the declaration “a reckless, wicket act” and described the President as a “mentally deranged dotard.”

‘I WANT THEM TO SMELL THE RUST ON THEIR BARS’

Mother's outrage after three cops are charged with misdemeanors in death of her unarmed son who was restrained after calling 911 for help

Associated Press and Snejana Farberov

Daily Mail
December 8, 2017

Three Dallas police officers have been indicted by a grand jury following the death last year of a man they had arrested, handcuffed and pinned down for more than 10 minutes.

The Dallas Police Department says Sgt. Kevin Mansell, 48, officer Danny Vasquez, 32, and a third officer known only as 'John Doe' were indicted on misdemeanor charges of deadly conduct, which means putting someone in imminent danger of physical harm.

The counts stem from the arrest of 32-year-old Anthony 'Tony' Timpa on August 10, 2016, due to erratic behavior.

Police say the Rockwell man, who had called 911 saying he was suffering from anxiety and schizophrenia, was combative and aggressive and subjected to physical restraint. He later died at a hospital.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and said he died of cardiac arrest caused by the toxic effects of cocaine and stress from physical restraint.

Upon learning of the officers’ indictments, Vicki Timpa, Tony's mother, expressed surprise that each of the cops was charged with a misdemeanor count carrying a sentence of up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

‘They need to go to jail,’ she said. ‘I want them to smell the rust on the bars.’

The incident began unfolding after Timpa, who was high on cocaine, summoned police and ran out of an adult film store and into traffic on Mockinbird Lane in Dallas at around 10.30pm.

Two private security guards from local businesses restrained the barefoot and panic-stricken man for his own safety and waited for the arrival of police, according to a Custodial Death Report.

When five Dallas police officers responded to the scene, they placed Timpa in their own handcuffs.

According to documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News and NBC5, an officer pinned his knee on Timpa's back and kept him restrained for 14 minutes while he repeatedly pleaded with them, ‘Don’t hurt me.’

When the 32-year-old man became unresponsive, the cops allegedly poked fun at him and waited for several minutes before performing CPR. Less than an hour after he was placed in handcuffs, Timpa was dead.

Mrs Timpa and her lawyers have been pressuring the police department to release the body camera footage from the night of the incident, but officials have declined to make the video public, citing an ongoing investigation.

According to his obituary, Tony Timpa worked as a director of operations for two companies owned by his family and is survived by a young son.

CROKKS ELECTED TO ARGENTINE SENATE HAVE IMMUNITY FROM IMPRISONMENT

Argentina judge orders arrest of ex-president Cristina Kirchner for 'covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead'

By Charlie Moore

Daily Mail
December 7, 2017

A judge in Argentina yesterday ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Kirchner on charges of 'treason against the fatherland.'

She is accused of covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.

No culprits have ever been found for the country's worst terror attack.

Kirchner allegedly offered immunity to Iranian suspects in exchange for Iranian oil.

The alleged deal is said to have allowed the suspects to be interviewed by Argentine magistrates in Tehran rather than in Buenos Aires.

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed a criminal claim accusing Kirchner in January 2015.

A day before he was due to give evidence to congress he was found dead at home with a bullet in his head.

Kirchner has previously called the case an 'absurdity' and part of a campaign to undermine her presidency.

Her aide said today that she first heard of the arrest order when reading the papers.

Kirchner, 64, who had two four-year terms in office from 2007-2015, is due to take her seat in the Senate next week after her election victory in October crowned a political comeback and granted her immunity from imprisonment in several corruption cases.

The Senate will now have to vote on lifting her immunity at the judge's request, for which a two-thirds majority is needed.

Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that this was unlikely, meaning she won't be arrested.

Kirchner's leftist alliance in the Senate has a total of 32 seats with around a dozen senators are in the Kirchner camp.

The center-right Cambiemos alliance of President Mauricio Macri has 25 seats in the upper house.

Judge Carlos Bonadio also ordered the arrest of former foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other former officials in the Kirchner governments.

The ex-head of the Federal Intelligence Agency, Oscar Parrilli, was ordered not to leave the country.

Bonadio took over the case after prosecutor Alberto Nisman, which was filed four days before his mysterious death on January 18, 2016.

The Jewish center bombing case is the most serious before Kirchner, who is facing trial in several other cases involving corruption and money-laundering stemming from her years as president.

Several prominent members of her former government have been detained on corruption charges in recent weeks, including ex-public works minister Julio De Vido and Amado Boudou, Kirchner's vice-president from 2011-2015.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

NONVIOLENT SHOPLIFTERS CAN BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Miami-Dade cop shot multiple times, gunman killed in Walmart parking lot

By Curt Anderson

Associated Press
December 7, 2017

MIAMI — An apparent shoplifting incident at a Miami store parking lot Wednesday left a police officer with a gunshot wound and a second person dead, authorities said.

Manuel Gonzalez was working an off-duty detail in uniform to provide security at a Walmart when he confronted the shoplifting suspect, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said at a news conference. Gonzalez and David Facen exchanged shots at close range and the officer was struck multiple times, Perez said.

The 54-year-old Facen was killed by the officer. Television news reports showed a body covered in a yellow plastic sheet between two cars in the parking lot. TV reports also showed the 31-year-old officer walking with assistance into the emergency room of a local hospital.

"Our officer is going to be OK. Right now, he's in good spirits despite being shot multiple times," Perez said. "God was with him today. I can't emphasize that enough."

No one else was injured although the store and parking lot were crowded with holiday shoppers.

Gonzalez is a seven-year veteran and is married with two children, Perez said. Perez added that Miami-Dade officers frequently work off-duty security details at stores and malls to make extra money during the holidays, and to deter shoplifting, car break-ins and other crimes.

"He was just trying to do his job," Perez said. "The dangers are always out there."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the case, as it does for all shootings involving Miami-Dade police.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every time I hear criminologists and social engineers whine about “nonviolent offenders” being locked up, it makes me want to puke. They seem to be clueless about the fact that you really cannot know whether a criminal is violent or not until he is confronted committing a crime, even when that crime is classified as nonviolent. This shooting of a Miami-Dade cop by a nonviolent shoplifter is a good example.

Here is another example. Some years ago, a man with a record of writing hot checks was in a Houston grocery store. When he tried to pay for his purchases with a check, the checkout clerk contacted Telechecks to make sure the check was good. At that point the man pulled out a gun and shot the poor woman to death. Just another nonviolent hot check writer.

FORMER PRIEST GETS LIFE FOR 1960 RAPE-MURDER

by Bob Walsh

John Bernard Felt is 85 years old and used to be a priest. He left the priesthood in 1970 to marry. Among other things on his CV was a stint in priest rehab. He later became in charge of assigning priests to specific parishes and helped cover up the abuses of Father James Porter, who was sentenced to prison after molesting more than 100 victims.

Felt's victim, Irene Garza, 27, was a former beauty queen and school teacher in Felt's parish. She had been beaten unconscious, raped, then suffocated.

He had been found guilty of another assault and fined $500 shortly before Ms. Garza's death. The Hidalgo County, Texas, jury took four hours to bring in a verdict.

ACCUSED CHICKEN CHOKER BITES THE DUST

by Bob Walsh

Matt Dababneh is/was a member of the legislature of the formerly great state of California. The Democrap from L.A. announced that he will resign effective the end of this year following two accusations of sexual harassment and outright sexual assault.

Dababneh denies all the allegations and says he is leaving office in order to focus on clearing his name. He added that he just does not have the passion for public service that he once did.

He is accused, among other things, of pushing a female lobbyist into a hotel bathroom last year and then choking his chicken for her viewing pleasure. I guess she didn't dig it that much.

Allegedly other victims have gotten in touch with the first victims, and they may (or may not) come forward. One of the victims has suggested he donated the $1.1 million he has raised for his 2018 campaign to a rape crisis center.

The chicken choker first came to the legislature in a 2013 special election. He has, over the past several weeks, been a BIG supporter of the #MeToo campaign. I wonder if he is rethinking his position on that?

FORMERLY GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA EXPANDS BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR CIVIL SERVICE

by Bob Walsh

A large number of current CA civil service employees will now have to undergo a criminal background check in order to maintain their employment, much to the chagrin of some of the unions whose members are involved.

These background checks will take place at the Franchise Tax Board, the Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration, Dept. of Technology, Employment Development Department, Dept. of Child Support Services, Dept. of Social Services, Covered California (Obamacare), the Board of Equalization and the State Controller.

The net is, at least in the beginning, being cast widely. For instance, absolutely every employee at the E.D.D. will be background checked, from warehouse workers to exempt appointments.

This requirement is kicking in due to the I.R.S., which now demands background checks for any employee who might conceivably have access to federal taxpayer information.

In addition, many of the employees of the Office of Emergency Services now require background checks due to Homeland Security regulations.

They still have not figured out what sort of criminal convictions will disqualify people from exactly which jobs. Any such separations from state service would be considered non-punitive.

HOW TO SCREW YOURSELF OVER

by Bob Walsh

A very interesting detail came out on Friday about the Roy Moore senate election. The young woman who asserts that Moore molested her last century when he was 32 and she was 14 admitted that the "evidence" she presented to professional firebrand Gloria Allred is in fact a forgery. Which is probably why Allred refused to allow a legitimate forensic examination of the yearbook.

I have a tad of experience in similar things from when I was the Chief Job Steward at DVI, a prison facility in CA. If you bring charges against someone and it is later PROVEN that the charges were false, the people bringing the charges KNEW they were false and went ahead with the case anyway it pretty much makes the victim of this misrepresentation bulletproof in the future, even if they are the biggest dump truck that ever came down the pike.

Don't get me wrong. I strongly suspect that Moore is guilty as sin. There is, however, no actual PROOF of his guilt as far as I know and now the only alleged proof available is not only known to be fake but admitted to be fake. It is my understanding that Moore is slightly ahead in the polls, just a tad outside of the margin for error. The election is this Tuesday. This could push Moore over the top.

Outright lies are dangerous. If you get caught at it it does not make your position better, or even neutral. It makes it worse, sometimes immeasurably worse. And it will make it very hard for the senate to try to deny Moore his seat if he is elected as his alleged transgression took place many, many years before his (probable) election to the Senate.

That is why political derangement is so dangerous. You become so focused on " I must do ANYTHING to stop this person/program/position" that YOU become the problem. When you gaze into the abyss the abyss is gazing back at you. Sometimes you blink first.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry Bob, but it was not the woman who was 14 at the time. It was another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, who has admitted she inserted her own words by adding the date and location under Moore's signature in the yearbook. The woman who was sexually assaulted by Moore when she was only 14 and he was 32 remains credible.

MUHAMMED ALI LEGACY AWARD HITS ROCK BOTTOM LOW

Tomi Lahren slams Beyoncé, Colin Kaepernick for hating police after the two appeared at awards ceremony

By Jessica Chia

New York Daily News
December 6, 2017

There goes Becky with the bad attitude.

Tomi Lahren insulted Beyoncé hours after the singer presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammed Ali Legacy Award at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

“Police-hating Beyoncé presents police and America-hating Kappy with a 'legacy' award. This is how far we’ve fallen. Wow,” Lahren tweeted.

The Fox News contributor, who has made a career of courting controversy, has repeatedly railed against both Beyoncé and Kaepernick.

Lahren repeatedly slammed Kaepernick as “disrespectful” when the former San Francisco 49er decided to take a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality.

Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the 49ers only to remain unsigned, has become a formidable activist as his future with the NFL looks increasingly unlikely.

“With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people,” he said during his acceptance speech Tuesday night.

Lahren has also sparked the ire of Beyoncé’s fanbase with her repeated attacks on the singer’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2016, which she called a “way to politicize and advance the notion that black lives matter more."

Lahren has also attacked the “Formation" singer for everything from her stance on climate change to her husband Jay Z, who included a clip of the 25-year-old’s rant in one of his tracks with Pusha T.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have really fallen far when Sports Illustrated gives Kaepernick any kind of award. And who is more befitting than Black Panther loving, cop hating Beyonce to make the presentation?

NEVER TOO OLD TO SHOOT A BURGLAR

'What's the point of having a gun if it's not loaded,' 84-year old homeowner said after shooting intruder to death

By Karen Kane

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 8, 2017

An 84-year-old man who sleeps with a loaded semi-automatic pistol under his pillow shot to death one of two intruders who broke into his house early Friday in Lawrence County.

"It was a me-or-them" situation, said Don Lutz of Ellport.

"I wasn't scared at all. I had my gun. I'm an expert with guns. You do what you have to do," Mr. Lutz said Friday afternoon.

Ellwood City police Lt. David Kingston said Mr. Lutz shot the intruder at "point-blank range in the chest."

The man died on Mr. Lutz's kitchen floor, and the second intruder fled.

There is no description of the second man because the house was "pitch black at the time," the lieutenant said.

The home invasion happened at 1:10 a.m.

"I couldn't tell them anything about the guy (who fled)," Mr. Lutz said.

After consulting with the local district attorney, Lt. Kingston said Mr. Lutz will not be charged with a crime. "He was defending himself," the lieutenant said.

Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said two legal theories protect Mr. Lutz: self-defense; and the state’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a homeowner to use deadly force to protect life, family or house against an intruder.

“Based upon the circumstances that led up to the shooting, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office has no intention of filing charges against Mr. Lutz,” Mr. Lamancusa said. “There is no duty to retreat in your home. He was authorized to use deadly force under these circumstances.”

Police do not know the dead intruder’s identity.

Lt. Kingston said the man appears to be 35 to 45 years old. Mr. Lutz added that the man weighed close to 300 pounds and was white. Mr. Lamancusa said no weapon was found on the dead man, who was wearing rubber gloves.

The elderly veteran said he owns several weapons and has made it a longtime habit to sleep with a loaded pistol.

"What's the point of having a gun if it's not loaded?" he said.

Mr. Lutz said he became comfortable with weapons when he served during the Korean War, spending some 16 months on the front lines.

Friday's incident began with Mr. Lutz asleep in his bed until he was startled by the sound of breaking glass.

"They broke the glass and pushed in the door," he said.

Carrying his .380 semi-automatic, he went down the hallway and, as he got to its edge, he confronted the two men, one of whom grabbed him.

"It was pitch black. I met one face-on, and he reached out and grabbed at me. I shot him," Mr. Lutz recounted.

Though mortally wounded, the intruder tussled with Mr. Lutz with assistance from the second intruder. The three scuffled on the kitchen floor when the wounded intruder "rolled over dead." The second intruder ran out the front door.

Mr. Lutz called police.

"The police couldn't find the bullet. It went clean through him," Mr. Lutz said. "I hope the police find the other guy."

Lt. Kingston described Mr. Lutz's Jamison Street home as part of a residential neighborhood not known for having problems with crime.

“Their motive is unknown to us. We don’t know if this was a random targeting, if there was something more to this,” said Mr. Lamancusa, who added that there was nothing to suggest a relationship between Mr. Lutz and the intruders.

Mr. Lutz, who lives alone, has been married three times. He has no children. He retired at 60 from the now-closed Armstrong World in Beaver Falls where he labored as a machinist, carpenter, and sheet metal worker. He also was a union officer, he said.

THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE SHORTEST POLICE CAREERS ON RECORD

SFPD releases body cam footage of rookie cop 4 days on the job fatally shooting unarmed black carjacking suspect

KTVU
December 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO - Police on Thursday showed the body-worn camera footage of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred last week in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood to an emotional crowd during a town hall meeting at a church. What the crowd learned: The officer who shot California state Lottery carjacking suspect Keita O'Neil was unarmed when the rookie officer - four days on the job - pulled out his gun and killed him.

The meeting, which took place at 6 p.m. at the True Hope Church at 950 Gilman Ave., was to inform community members about the Dec. 1 shooting by police that claimed the life of O'Neil. The 42-year-old was suspected of carjacking a California State Lottery van on the morning of the shooting.

Police revealed that a rookie office was sitting in the passenger's seat of a patrol car shot when he shot at an unarmed O'Neil through the car's window, striking O'Neil once. Although police released footage from that officer's body-worn camera, police did not reveal the officer's name. The officer had been riding with a training officer on his fourth day at work.

A crowd of at least 50 people at the meeting responded to the body worn footage with gasps, cries and angry shouts.

Activist Phelicia Jones, a member of the group Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community - Justice 4 Mario Woods, said that in light of several officer-involved shootings in recent years, racist texting scandals and the hiring of police Chief William Scott earlier this year, she felt the department continues to struggle with racism.

"OK so we have a black police chief, that's good but what changed? For us, nothing has changed." Jones said.

The fact that no weapon was found at the scene drew shouts and cries from the crowd, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

"They hate us! They hate us," shouted Gwendolyn Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, who was killed by San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015. "How can you do this?" she shouted on the video streamed onto the Examiner's Facebook page.

Last week's shooting began around 10:30 a.m., when officers responded to a report of a robbery and carjacking on the 1800 block of 23rd Street.

There, O'Neil allegedly assaulted a Lottery employee and stole her white Lottery van, police said.

Another vehicle, described as a gold or tan SUV, was at the crime scene and police believe it was also involved in the robbery. The two vehicles then drove down the street together before splitting up.

One group of the officers stopped the SUV in the vicinity of Gilman Avenue and Ingalls Street. The officers then detained four people in the SUV, according to police.

Other officers pursued the Lottery van, which was being driven by O'Neil, near Fitzgerald Avenue and Griffith Street.

There, O'Neil allegedly got out of the van while it was still running. As the van rolled down a hill, O'Neil ran towards the patrol car.

That's when the officer sitting in the passenger's seat shot at him. Another officer who was outside of the patrol car did not fire their weapon and although they had a body-worn camera, it was not activated, police said.

O'Neil was transported by ambulance to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

AERO MULAS

The Women Drug Mules of Heroin

by Luis Carlos Sainz

Borderland Beat (translated from Zeta)
December 5, 2017

Mothers of families, often poor, become "human mail carriers", traffickers of the derivative of opium, ie heroin. They are arrested with the drug in double bottoms of suitcases, attached to the body, in their footwear, or in the vagina. About 70 percent of the secured heroin and criminal cases against "chiva" traffickers on commercial flights in the country are registered in Baja California. Women heroin transporters get, on average, 10-year prison sentences. Three sisters imprisoned at the end of 2015 were strangely acquitted.

As soon as she got off the plane, she was greeted by the icy January wind on the border. She went to
get her suitcase from the baggage area and hurried to the exit. The slim, white-skinned lady -like her name- drew attention for her wide striped skirt in black and gray tones, her black scarf and her multicolored suitcase, but above all, for her peculiar way of walking. She took short, wide steps.

A federal surveillance policeman in the air terminal flanked her front and informed the woman that he wanted to ask her some questions. She lowered her eyes, and dodged, tried to continue her march as if she had not heard the agent. The uniformed officer repeated his direction and the woman agreed. Although nervous, the lady was cooperative and talkative. He identified himself with his Issstecali credential.

"What is your name? How old are you? Where are you going ? Where do you come from? How much did your ticket cost you? ", the officer asked. "I am 42 years old, I live in San Luis Río Colorado and I come from Mexico City. I went to a friend's wake. Her husband called me and came to the airport for me, "said Dona Blanca. "What is the name of your friend's husband? How did he contact you? What did you pick up in that city? " The officer's chain of questioning continued.

The woman stumbled. "Well, I actually found out that my friend died, through Facebook. Had cancer. I don't remember the name of the widower. A friend sent another friend of his for me, and he took me to the hotel." She could not continue with his answer.

Her throat closed. Her eyes reddened and were wet. She was visibly trembling, and her voice broke when she said: "Help me Sir, I am in a very difficult economic and sentimental situation. My two youngest children are in school and I do not have a job. "

"Do you bring any illicit substances ?" The agent asked with the same reasonable suspicion that had motivated the interception. "Yes. I bring drugs hidden under my clothes, between my legs, "the woman replied collapsing. With the classic "follow us" and reading the woman the card of rights, the police took her to the agency of the Federal Public Ministry to resolve her situation.

In the PGR facilities of Mexicali, female staff accompanied the woman to the bathroom, where she extracted, from between her panties and lycra shorts, a package wrapped in cinnamon tape, and deposited it in a yellow envelope that had been provided. The package contained one kilo 500 grams of a pasty substance of dark brown color, with the characteristics of heroin. An expert in forensic chemistry confirmed that it was the enervant.

Because of these events, Blanca has been deprived of her liberty in a state prison for nine months, at the disposal of the judicial authorities of the New Criminal Justice System. First, a Control Judge issued a writ of attachment to the trial, and then the magistrate of a Unitary Court confirmed the ruling. She is on remand for her probable responsibility in crimes against health, in the mode of transport of diacetyl morphine hydrochloride, better known as heroin.

If she does not prove her innocence, the woman will face a minimum sentence of 10 years, or maximum of up to 25 years in prison, in addition: one hundred to 500 days fine. It is what establishes the sanctions of the Federal Penal Code for those who produce, transport, traffic, trade, supply or prescribe any of the narcotics listed in a catalog, including heroin, prohibited by the Mexican General Health Law.

70% of cases in BC

Blanca is just one of the so-called "mules," used by drug traffickers to transport drugs aboard commercial flights, from one geographical point to another. There are, moving marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, codeine and of course the popular heroin, a drug that is wreaking havoc on the health of Americans, according to the authorities of that country.

There are dozens of men and women who, during the last decade, have been discovered transporting the opiate through the air terminals of Baja California, near the border with the US, the International Airport "Abelardo L. Rodríguez" in Tijuana and the "Roberto Sánchez Taboada", in Mexicali. They also arrive in private planes with clandestine landings in Ensenada and Tecate.

Many other "mules", usually male, transport the drug via land, hidden in the huge tires or double bottoms conditioned trucks with cargo trailers. In the fuel tank or the engine parts of other types of vehicles. In passenger buses, or by sea in lanchas rapidas, ie speedboats, or deep-sea vessels island hopping through the Sea of Cortez.

In the case of women, such as Blanca, it is common for the authorities to discover their role as "mules" on commercial flights that arrive at this border. They are also discovered, less frequently, at the Chihuahua airport, and even more rarely at the Sonora and Sinaloa terminals. Strange the lack of assurances of this drug in Tamaulipas and Coahuila, where there will be one or two processes.

ZETA had access to 95 cases or criminal cases filed in federal courts in the country against people linked to various criminal modalities related to heroin. The result is impressive. In 66 of the cases, they know courts of the Fifteenth Circuit of the Council of the Federal Judicature (CJF), with residence in Baja California, which includes bordering municipalities in the State of Sonora, such as San Luis Río Colorado.

The investigation was reduced to the mode of transport, and even more, it focused on passengers of both sexes who arrive at the two airports mentioned, with emphasis on the situation of women.

Profile of traffickers

The "aeromulas" are indistinctly men and women. The figures are very even, there are 51% women heroin traffickers on airplanes, and 49% are men. This is clear from the data obtained by Zeta in ten final judgments and in fourteen other cases, even under active criminal proceedings, because they are events that occurred in the last year. In nine cases the sentences were condemnatory. And in one, acquittal for three accused in a single criminal case.

The women involved are usually between 22 and 45 years old, although most are around 40 years of age. They belong to a medium-low socioeconomic level, with petty income, an average level of secondary education and a work activity as employees or traders. In some cases unemployed. Many of them claimed to be heads of family, with children still dependent on them.
Although in the majority of cases they do not accept their responsibility of committing crimes, when they do, the women do not give up their contractors. They do not even know what criminal organization they serve. National and North American authorities primarily suspect the Sinaloa Cartel. Today prisoners became "human couriers" in exchange for money, transporting heroin in four primary ways:

- Adhered in strips or pretending to be part of your body.
- In the insoles, sole or heel of your footwear.
- Backpacks or suitcases conditioned with double bottom or lining.
- Inside the vagina.

The Federal Police and the Mexican Army, and occasionally private security elements of the airports, unmask the traffickers when they manifest nervousness. They also have take into consideration the city or region of origin and the planes that land from those places.

Based on the repetition of actions, it is known that the cities that pose a risk for the transfer of heroin in this modality are: Acapulco, Guerrero; Morelia and Uruapan, Michoacán; Guadalajara, Jalisco; Tepic, Nayarit; Culiacán and Los Mochis, Sinaloa. And stellarly, Mexico City.

The security techniques most used by law enforcement officers in the Tijuana and Mexicali air terminals are:

- Emotional profile of the passenger.
- X-rays.
- Pitazo (anonymous report).
- Dog trained in the detection of drugs and explosives.

Pretexts and sentences

Before the Public Prosecutor's Office, 99% of the detainees said they were not aware of the incidents. The list of excuses of men and women apprehended with heroin within their scope of action is extensive.

María Luisa "N" arrived in Tijuana on a Volaris flight from Guerrero. As she passed her suitcase through the X-ray machine, the screen marked an orange box. It was discovered a secret compartment where there were 2 kilos, 140 grams of drugs. It was heroin and codeine. In her defense, the woman told her captors: "The suitcase is not mine, they lent it to me in Acapulco to travel here." Her crime corresponds the highest penalty, because of the sentance for transporting two different drugs, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. All in all, others condemned in recent times received the minimum sanction of 10 years in prison.

Two women and two men were arrested in the air terminal "Abelardo L. Rodríguez" for having drugs attached to their bellies, inside socks; packages containing seven kilograms of heroin. The women said they were surprised because they were offered a tip in their native Uruapan to take money to a "comadre" in the United States. "I thought it was money, I never imagined it was 'chiva'", expressed Alicia "N".

Gloria "N" is a 44-year-old passenger who arrived with her daughter at the Mexicali airport on an Aeroméxico flight from Mexico City, with a stopover in Guadalajara. A sergeant and a cavalry soldier intercepted her for questioning. Because of the fright, she forgot or intentionally denied her address.

She was transferred to an office, where, voluntarily, she delivered a package wrapped with yellow latex that she carried in her vagina. There were 550 grams of heroin in the bundle. The lady said that when leaving the capital of the country, during the stopover in the "Pearl Tapatia", two women who sat on both sides of the plane got on the plane. At one point "one of them said she felt bad and asked me to go to the bathroom with her. There she forced me to put the package in my vagina, threatening that she would hurt my daughter if I refused her and that they would be watching me. "

Another passenger who was carrying diacetyl morphine in a significant amount inside her genital cavity denied possession of the substance. "They locked me in a private room of the Federal Police where I was examined and they told me I was bringing drugs, which is not true. They took my cell phone and threatened to take my children away, torturing me psychologically, "she says.

The detained men also offered arguments

Joel, who carried 739 grams of heroin in the insoles of his shoes, said: "These tennis shoes were given to me at the airport in Uruapan. I felt strange, but I did not check them. " Raymundo, with two kilograms of the same enervant hidden in a backpack: "I did not bring the drug. I would have been detected at the airport in Guadalajara. " While Edgardo argued that in Culiacan, some subjects assured him that he was a "maña" and, if he did not transport the 402 grams of heroin that were found in his shoes, they would kill him or one of his relatives. And Sidronio, coming from Mexico City, declared: "I bought the suitcase at the capital's airport, but I did not know that I was bringing drugs."

Mysterious liberation

On December 13, 2015, an unprecedented case occurred. Three sisters of Guerreroian origin landed in Tijuana on board a Volaris plane . They had left from the Acapulco airport. Very determined, the three placed packages wrapped with heroin, inside condoms, inside their genitals and allowed to come to the border. Two kilos of the opiate well distributed.

It was 10:20 am when the federal agents assigned to random checks in the Baggage Claim area saw the three brunettes arrive. One of them was gesticulating and flexing with abdominal pain. One of the policemen asked her if she needed medical help. One of the women answered for the afflicted, "it hurts between her hip and her belly." The mannerisms alerted the officer on duty and he commented on the situation to his colleagues.

They supported the woman to the corporation's office in the airport unit. Her discomforts were increasing. Before a series of questions, one of the girls confessed that the three of them were carrying wrapped drugs in their vaginas and, mortified, she interceded for her sister, because "she feared for her health and her life".

In a private room, a noncommissioned female officer supervised the extraction of the packages of each one of the implicated women, which they complied with voluntarily.

The protocol that is followed regularly by the feds ended with the delivery of the confiscated drugs and the chain of custody belongs to the Public Ministry of the Federation. The women were admitted to the Tijuana Women's Social Reintegration Center, where a District Judge prosecuted them for crimes against health, in the form of heroin transportation, on December 20, 2015. The order was confirmed on appeal by a Unitary Court.

The three sisters had private defenders and promoted an indirect amparo trial against the resolution that kept them deprived of their liberty.

On May 31, 2016, the circuit magistrate granted them the protection of federal justice and ordered the responsible court and judge: Leave the act unclaimed (order of formal imprisonment). Issue a new resolution in which they revoke the order of good prisoners issued to the complainants, and instead, decree an order of liberty for lack of evidence to process without the reservations of Law. Dictate their immediate and absolute freedom.

What happened? The amparista magistrate argued that the officers of the Federal Police did not comply with the formalities of the procedure: "in order to safeguard the physical integrity and life of the incriminated, at the moment of the extraction of the evidence, for which the authorities " say" they brought in their vaginas."

"In fact, it was overlooked that any bodily intervention is prohibited, unless you have the consent of the affected party and, in the case of ordering that practice, you must take care of danger to the health of the alleged, in addition, such corporal intervention must have been practiced by a specialized expert (doctor) and research personnel, respecting the dignity and privacy of the person; and in the presence of a medical emergency team in a health center or nearby hospital that guarantees the least risk to the health of those involved. It has only been assumed that the defendants brought the drugs in their vaginas. "

The magistrate consulted Google and added to his sentence of amparo the transcript of an article published on June 13, 2014, in the digital version of the newspaper La Nación , of Argentina, which is entitled "How to handle the process by which drug- mules expel the drugs " ; located in this hyperlink: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1699049-como-es-el-proceso-por-el-que-pasan-las-mulas-para-expulsar- the-drug.

The policewoman denied having assisted in the extraction of the drugs from the private parts of the accused. News publications did not report it either. The case seemed to be exactly similar to other detainees in similar cases, with similar investigative methods, most are still in prison, some condemned, others prosecuted.

The three Acapulco sisters were released, during the court proceedings they testified : "The officer of the Federal Police made us undress, put on some gloves and checked our vagina without finding anything."

Now they can boast that they are the only "aeromulas" exonerated in very strange circumstances.

Friday, December 08, 2017

TWO PARTING SHOTS ON TARGET

In announcing his coming resignation from the Senate, Al Franken took parting shots at Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s support of Roy Moore

As you know from my post DEFENDING AL FRANKEN (BGB 12-5-17, Big Jolly Times 12-4-17), I did not believe Franken should resign from the Senate. I was convinced that unlike other politicians and celebrities, he was not seeking sexual gratification when he engaged in sexual misconduct with women during photo-ops well before he became a U.S. Senator.

I still believe he was just being a comedic smartass. Newt Gingrich agreed that he should not resign, saying Franken was a comedian “and comedians do strange things.”

However, Franken threw in the towel after 13 Democratic women senators and minority leader Chuck Schumer called for his resignation. Another 18 Democratic male senators joined in the chorus.

Franken announced Thursday he will be resigning in the coming weeks. Speaking from the floor of the Senate, Franken took parting shots at Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s support of Roy Moore, saying:

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has preyed on underage girls is running for the Senate with the full support of his party”

Ouch, both shots were on target!

In 2005, Trump was getting off an Access Hollywood bus with Billy Bush. Not knowing a mike was hot, he said:

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump now claims the audio was faked, but Bush told The New York Times it was genuine.

It is also ironic that even though more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct as he was campaigning for president, there was an absence of calls for him to drop out of the race.

As for Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore, the scumbag has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, including one who was only 14-years old when he was a 32-year old assistant district attorney. He belongs in jail, not in the senate.

Although Moore claims the women are all liars, his accusers appear to be credible. Where he denies ever knowing some of his victims, they have notes from him bearing his signature. Despite that, Moore has the support of Trump and the Republican Party. It’s all about the party preserving its majority in the Senate.

Franken may be departing, but he is not slinking off into the dark.

COP'S ON-DUTY ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE

by Bob Walsh

Things had been really tense between Michael DeMarco, a Palm Beach County FL. Sheriff's Deputy and his ex-GF, Yuly Solano. It got so bad the young lady's lawyer was threatening to sue the S.O. for not controlling DeMarco, and was also threatening to sue the condo board where they had previously lived.

At any rate on October 12 Deputy DeMarco drove his unmarked department vehicle onto condo property and briefly talking with Ms. Solano. He then shot her three times and killed himself by shooting himself in the head. There is both audio and video recording of the incident.

Ms. Solano survived the shooting.. .

THIS FIRE IS GETTING REALLY NASTY

by Bob Walsh

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, CA.is getting really very horrid. It has consumed more than 140 square miles and, as I write this on Thurday morning, is less than 10% . Fire fighters are defending individual structures at times, but it is essentially uncontrolled. They have, from time to time, closed major freeways due to smoke and to give fire equipment access. The winds are high and the humidity is very, very low. They are at the point where the fire is creating its own wind effects.

Typically one does not think of December as being a big fire month. One would be wrong, especially after 5-7 years of drought. Everything is like a tinder box and if you fart wrong you could generate a new fire. It ain't good and there are a lot of people in SoCal who are going to have a really crappy Christmas.

IS FRANKEN DOING A HEAD FAKE??

by Bob Walsh

I just finish3e listening to Al Franken resign....sort-of. If I heard it right what he ACTUALLY said was that he was going to resign at some unspecified time in the future. I seem to recall another member of congress, a representative if I remember correctly, doing that then dragging it out and dragging it out and back-peddling. He finally got pushed out by his own people.

I am kind of wondering if good old Al is going to try to stall this in hopes that an anti-Trump bomb drops and Al drops off the front pages and can hang around, chasing women and having his ass kissed by power seekers.

I could easily be wrong. But I could easily be right.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I think Franken is just wanting to leave on his own terms as opposed to being kicked out.

WHEN WILL TRUMP MEET NORTH KOREA WITH FIRE AND FURY?

North Korea says going to war with the US is 'an established fact' and 'the only question is when will it break out'

By Charlie Moore

Daily Mail
December 7, 2017

A nuclear war with the US is an established fact and the only question is when it will break out, a North Korean spokesman said last night.

In response to a huge US military exercise over South Korea, the rogue state said: 'We will make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force.'

North Korea also claimed that 'bellicose remarks' from high-ranking US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, make war inevitable.

Pompeo said Saturday that US intelligence agencies believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn't understand how tenuous his situation is domestically and internationally.

The North's spokesman said Pompeo provoked the country by 'impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people.'

The comments were published by the official Korean Central News Agency late Wednesday, hours after the United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes.

The unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman said: 'The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the US in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the U.S. high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The remaining question now is: when will the war break out.

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.'

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said last night's drills simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with US and South Korean fighter jets.

'Through the drill, the South Korean and US air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles,' the South Korean military said in a statement.

B-1Bs flyovers have become an increasingly familiar show of force to North Korea, which after three intercontinental ballistic missile tests has clearly moved closer toward building a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the US mainland.

The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

North Korea hates such displays of American military might at close range and typically uses strong language to condemn them as invasion rehearsals.

It has been particularly sensitive about B-1B bombers, describing them as 'nuclear strategic' although the planes were switched to conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.

NOTABLE BURGLARY OF FLORIDA COP CAR

Burglar steals AR-15, ammo, Taser and other gear from marked police car

By Tonya Alanez

Sun Sentinel
December 6, 2017

A car burglar is now a well-armed thief after breaking into an Opa-locka police car in a Pembroke Pines neighborhood and stealing an assault rifle, fully loaded magazines and other gear.

The break-in happened about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in the Sunswept neighborhood near Taft Street and 86th Avenue, police said.

“This is a very brazen burglar to have targeted a marked police vehicle,” said Capt. Al Xiques, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department.

Images of the lanky, tattooed suspect were caught on a surveillance recording and police believe he is responsible for other car burglaries in the same vicinity on the same night.

“We don’t believe this burglar acted alone,” Xiques said.

Aside from the AR-15 assault rifle and three fully loaded magazines, the culprit also stole a Taser, cartridges, a tactical vest with police markings and a 16-round .45-caliber magazine.

The suspect was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds. He had a full-sleeve tattoo covering his right arm.

Investigators urge anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the burglary to call 911.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The description failed to mention one itty bitty detail … the suspect is black.

JUSTICE FOR WALTER SCOTT AND HIS LOVED ONES

White South Carolina cop who shot and killed unarmed black man Walter Scott as he ran away is found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison

Associated Press
December 7, 2017

A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Attorneys for ex-North Charleston Officer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager's stun gun. They said race didn't play a role in the shooting and Slager never had any 'racial animus' toward minorities.

Still, Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Scott's civil rights. As part of the plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked in that case.

'This is a tragedy that shouldn't have happened,' U.S. District Judge David Norton said.

A bystander recorded the shooting on a cellphone, and it was shared around the world, setting off protests across the U.S. as demonstrators said it was another egregious example of police officers mistreating African-Americans.

Scott's family testified before the sentence was handed down and said they had forgiven Slager.

'I'm not angry at you, Michael. Michael, I forgive you, and Michael, I do pray for you now and for your family, because we've gone through a traumatic time,' he said.

The shooting angered local African-Americans who complained for years that North Charleston police harassed blacks, pulling them over or questioning them unnecessarily as they cracked down on crime. But after the shooting, the Scott family successfully pleaded for calm, asking everyone to let the justice system run its course.

Two months after the shooting, a young white man killed nine black church members in a racially motivated attacked during a Bible study in Charleston. The family members of those victims struck a similar forgiveness tone after that attack.

Before the sentence was handed down, the judge had to decide whether the shooting amounted to second-degree murder or manslaughter. Norton found that it was murder.

'No matter what sentence I give, neither the Scott family nor the Slager family is going to think that it's right,' the judge said.

The bystander's video started after the struggle between Slager and Scott and showed Scott running away and the officer firing eight times. Scott was hit in the back five times.

After the shooting, Slager picked up his stun gun and placed it next to Scott. Slager contends he was securing the weapon. Prosecutors think he put it there to bolster his self-defense story.

An emotional Slager told the Scott family that he was grateful for their forgiveness.

'This tragic event that occurred in seconds has changed the lives of everyone involved,' he said. 'With my actions that day, Walter Scott is no longer with his family, and I am responsible for that.'

The judge also found that Slager, 36, obstructed justice when he made statements to state police after the shooting.

A pre-sentencing report for Slager found that he committed manslaughter and recommended 10 to nearly 13 years in prison. But the judge was not bound by that review.

If Slager had faced another state trial and been convicted of murder, he could have been sentenced to anywhere from 30 years to life in prison.

Convictions in police officer shootings are uncommon in the U.S. and prison time is even rarer.

South Carolina has been aggressive in charging white officers who shoot unarmed black people. Four have pleaded guilty in state or federal court in the past six years. But only Slager and former state trooper Sean Groubert, who shot a man as he tried to get his wallet during a seat belt violation check, will have been sent to prison. Groubert was sentenced to five years behind bars.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

AL GREEN JOINS SHEILA JACKSON LEE AS TRULY EMBARRASSING TO THE CITY OF HOUSTON

Green forced a vote on an impeachment resolution against Trump that was soundly rejected by the House

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
December 6, 2017

Sheila Jackson Lee with her perpetual motion mouth has long been truly embarrassing to the city of Houston. Jackson Lee has now been joined by her congressional colleague Al Green..

On several occasions since last spring, Green has called on the House to impeach President Trump, calling him “unfit” for office. Recently he cited that the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey constituted an obstruction of justice.

But on Wednesday he forced the House to vote on two articles of impeachment against the president. Green did not accuse Trump of obstruction of justice or of collusion with the Russians. Instead he accused Trump of high misdemeanors for associating with “White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hate” and for “Inciting Hatred and Hostility.”

“Friends, whether we like it or not,” wrote Green, “we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility.”

The House immediately and overwhelmingly rejected Green’s resolution with 364 votes to table it and 58 Democrats supporting it.

When Green calls for Trump’s impeachment, he is not speaking for a majority of Houstonians. He may not even be speaking for a majority of his congressional district constituents who keep reelecting him to office. But he’s getting the attention he’s been lacking while in the shadow of Jackson lee. It’s too bad we cannot impeach Green!

I wonder how people in other parts of the country are judging us when we repeatedly elect two such clowns – Jackson Lee and Green – to represent us in the U.S. Congress.

SOME GOOD GUN NEWS, SOME BAD GUN NEWS

by Bob Walsh

First the good news. The house has passed HR 38 on to the senate. This is the national concealed carry reciprocity bill. If it passes into law you will be able to carry your gat in New York or Illinois while traveling thru if you have a permit from elsewhere, or if you live in a state that does not require a permit to carry. Another good thing the Republicans have done recently.

Now the bad news, another tragic and stupid accidental death. A five-year old in Anchorage found a loaded gun in a night stand and managed to kill himself with it in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. There was no evidence of drugs or drunk parents, just ordinary stupidity and carelessness. I don't know what, if any, laws Alaska has about gun storage and rugrats but it is still a tragedy no matter what way you slice it..

IS BRENTWOOD BURNING?

by Bob Walsh

There are right now three major fires burning in SoCal. One of them is HUGE and is now burning into the high-end (VERY high end) residential area of Brentwood. Rich people have mansions there. Some of them have burnt down. Rupert Murdoch's place, valued at $30 million plus, is now a smoldering ruin. He isn't alone. A combination of high nighttime winds (50 mph and up) and less than 10% relative humidity is combining to spread embers and therefore flames with uncontrollable speed. Tuesday night the fires were eating up more than one acre per SECOND.

This one could be very, very nasty and very, very expensive before it is all over. The biggest of the three fires is now over 60,000 acres.

IS AL FRANKEN ON THE WAY OUT ?

by Bob Walsh

There is now a respectable line of national Democrap names telling Al Franken he needs to go. By the time you read this he may have given his formal statement to the press, which was announced on Wednesday. Whether he will pull the pin, tell his detractors to piss off, or announce that he will not seek re-election is not known at this time.

Typically Democraps line up to support their liberal brethren, regardless of their misdeeds, because to a liberal how you FEEL about something is all-important. What you actually DO is meaningless.

Does this mean the Democraps are trying to clean up their own house prior to a major assault on Trump, or do they merely see that they are looking bad and need to show meaningful support for one of their principle minority base blocks (women)?

Damned if I know, but it sure is fun to watch..

CALIFORNIA BEING SUED OVER SHITTY SCHOOLS

A high school diploma in CA only means that you weren't in prison for the final exam and you tested at the 8th grade level for a 12-year diploma

by Bob Walsh

A public advocacy law firm has filed suit against the formerly great state of California, asserting (accurately) that fewer than 50% of CA students are reading at grade level. They state that 11 of the 26 crappiest school districts in the country are in California.

It should be noted however that CA state law requires that students be taught about the contributions of LBGT persons to the wonderfulness that is CA, so they probably have that down good.

The plaintiffs want to create a system to monitor literacy levels within the CA school system.

Personally I don't see the need. The system is turning out under-educated students. A high school diploma in CA only means that you weren't in prison for the final exam and you tested at the 8th grade level for a 12-year diploma, mostly, kinda-sorta. Everybody knows it. Nobody cares that has any juice to do anything about it. The schools are politically correct, and hand out free condoms. Everything else is secondary.

NOTE TO WORKING COPS: WATCH WHAT YOU SAY, AND WHO YOU SAY IT TO.

by Bob Walsh

Carri Webber is a police captain with the Plainfield, Indiana P.D. During a more or less polite conversation with another cop, which was off-camera but had sound picked up, an officer responded to an alleged statistic. The statistic was given out during a training session. It was that transgender people are three times more likely to experience police violence than others are. The white male cop responded, "...I don't get where that statistic comes from." Captain Webber responded, "...because of your white male privilege."

The white male cop responded, "Chief, are you going to let her get away..." with the comment, which the officer described as "extremely offensive."

The white male officer went on to file a complaint on November 10, saying he was "racially and sexistly slurred"

Captain Webber is now on leave by action of the Plainfield Board of Commissioners. She also got her butt in a crack back in August for sucking up some brews at a golf outing and then driving away in a police vehicle. When she was stopped she had several beer cans in the vehicle. She got two weeks on the beach for that.

It is not clear from the article I read whether or not the recording was part of the training session or served some other purpose. It seems likely that she was aware the recording was being made.

Personally it seems to me like her remark was fair and reasonable given the setting in which it was made. That doesn't mean she was RIGHT, just that in that setting the comment was not out of bounds IMHO.

TRUMP IGNORES PLEAS AND PROTESTS BY EUROPEANS AND ARABS

In White House speech, Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel in reversal of longtime U.S. policy

By David Nakamura

The Washington Post
December 6, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, defying warnings from other Mideast countries and some U.S. allies in a politically risky move that he insisted would not derail his administration’s efforts to broker a peace deal.

In a midday speech at the White House, Trump defended his decision as “long overdue” and argued that a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians has remained elusive for more than two decades even as his predecessors declined to recognize the contested city as Israel’s capital.

“Some say they lacked courage, but they made the best judgment based on the facts as they understood them,” Trump said, speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room. “Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades, we’re no closer to a lasting peace agreement.”

Trump added that “it’s folly to assume that repeating the exactly the same formula will produce a different or better result.”

The announcement came a day after senior White House aides previewed Trump’s decision, and the president also ordered the State Department to begin planning to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a process that administration officials said would take years.

Trump emphasized that despite his decision he remained fully committed to helping broker a peace agreement. The White House is working on a peace plan to be unveiled sometime next year.

“The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides,’ Trump said. “I intend to do everything in my power to forge such an agreement.”

Trump’s decision was hailed in Israel. The Jerusalem municipality announced ahead of Trump’s speech that it would illuminate the ancient walls of Jerusalem Old City with an Israeli and an American flag, “as a token of appreciation to President Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem.” The city said that American flags would be hung on the streets surrounding the U.S. consulate.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that “the expected announcement by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the U.S. stands with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem.”

“As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to project the American and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, the ultimate symbol of the strength of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem for over 3,000 years.”

Yet other Mideast nations and some U.S. allies condemned the decision ahead of Trump’s speech, suggesting the shift in policy would inflame regional tensions and make the process of brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians more difficult.

“We think it’s an unwise step and a counterproductive step. If we want to solve at some moment the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, we need a two-state solution, and a one-sided step is not going to help,” Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra said Wednesday.

“I don’t think we can use another conflict in this very explosive region,” Zijlstra said, adding that he had conveyed his concerns to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels, during a NATO meeting.

But Tillerson insisted such concerns were misguided. Attending the meeting in Brussels, Tillerson said: “We continue to believe there is a very good opportunity for peace to be achieved.” He urged people to listen to Trump’s full speech and its context before passing judgment.

“The president is very committed to the Middle East peace process,” Tillerson said. “He has a team he put into place. That team has been working very diligently.”

White House aides emphasized that Trump’s decision would make clear to Mideast countries that the president, who campaigned on promises to move the embassy to Jerusalem, keeps his word. Senior adviser Jared Kushner and other top administration officials are working on a proposed peace plan for the region, but aides said that it is not imminent and the team would have time to factor in public reaction to Trump’s speech.

One administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the Palestinians would likely threaten to reject peace talks. But this person said the White House recognized that peace deals often are not linear in how they are negotiated and that often such deals are presumed dead more than once before they reach the finish line.

“Trump remains committed to a lasting peace agreement,” said another administration official, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

EDITOR’S NOTE; Contrary to the State Department spokesman’s statement that moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would take years, Jerusalem’s mayor said it can be done immediately. All that has to be done is to change the sign on the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem.

And in a joint statement, the Palestinian "national and Islamic forces" called for three days of rage (rioting) that would begin Wednesday and end on Friday. "We call on all our people in Israel and around the world to gather in city centers and Israeli embassies and consulates, with the aim of bringing about general popular anger," the statement said.

‘PAY TO SLAY’ MUST END!

House passes legislation to restrict US aid to Palestinians

Israel Hayom
December 6, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it takes steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime.

The House backed by voice vote the Taylor Force Act, named after a 29-year-old American military veteran fatally stabbed by a Palestinian while visiting Israel last year.

The measure is intended to stop the Palestinians from paying stipends, referred to as "martyr payments," to the families of militants killed or imprisoned by Israeli authorities. The payments can reach $3,500 per month.

"This perverse 'pay-to-slay' system uses a sliding scale. The longer the jail sentence, the greater the reward. The highest payments go to those serving life sentences – to those who prove most brutal," Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said before the vote.

The committee's top Democrat, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, said the so-called martyr payments are "downright disgusting" and undermine the potential for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Force's attacker was killed by Israeli security forces, and his killer's family receives such a monthly payment.

To become law, the measure must also be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Donald Trump. Similar legislation has been passed by two Senate committees, but there was no immediate word on when the Senate might take up the bill.

Palestinian officials have said they intend to continue the payments, which they see as support for relatives of those imprisoned by Israel for fighting against occupation or who have died in connection with that cause.

The measures moving through Congress now are not as severe as had been proposed. The legislation passed by the House had been amended to allow exceptions such as continued funding for water projects and children's vaccinations.