Wednesday, November 30, 2011


By Ima Schmuck

The Schalotte
November 30, 2011

Reacting to the pepper spraying of students on the UC Davis campus, California State Assemblywoman Sheila Washington-Jackson, D-Berkeley, whose son Emanuel was one of the students, said she would introduce legislation that will prohibit campus cops from carrying any type of weapon.” True to her word, Washington-Jackson has introduced Assembly Bill 1936 that will prohibit California’s campus police from being armed with any type of weapon.

But AB 1936 goes far beyond the disarming of campus cops. Washington-Jackson’s bill will require that all new campus police hires possess a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) and that all current campus cops must obtain an MSW degree within four years of the bill’s inception. AB 1936 has nine co-sponsors, all Democrats.

Washington-Jackson told reporters that college students are our children, not hardened street thugs and career criminals. “If they are breaking any rules, they need to be counseled, not pepper sprayed or clubbed by the police,” she said. "Police officers with MSW degrees will be better positioned to fulfill their role as campus peace officers.”

Gary Schmidtlap, president of the California Campus Police Association (CCPA) was quick to respond. “Is it any wonder that police officers vote overwhelmingly Republican,” he said. “This woman [Washington-Jackson] is nuts! We have robberies and rapes occurring on our campuses and our officers often have to grapple with steroid pumped-up drunken 320 pound football tackles and 230 pound 6-10 basket ball players. I suppose Assemblywoman Washington-Jackson and her co-sponsoring Democrats expect us to subdue those drunks by rolling up those MSW degrees and shooting spit wads at them.”

Schmidtlap added that “I’m surprised AB 1936 does not require us to have long hair and beards and to wear uniforms of tattered jeans and ‘Down With Capitalism!’ silk-screened T-shirts.”

UC Riverside sociology professor Samuel Bernstein praised Washington-Jackson for introducing AB 1936. Bernstein, whose daughter was one of the pepper sprayed students, had called on his fellow faculty members to support the disarming of all UC System campus cops. “When our children stand up for the 99% that are being oppressed and exploited by the 1%, they deserve better than to become the victims of police brutality,” Bernstein said.

UC Berkeley sociology/criminology professor David Smith also praised Washington-Jackson’s bill. “We finally have a lawmaker who understands the sociology of the college community,” he said. “Colleges and Universities are institutions of higher education where the police should not be allowed to interfere in the teaching-learning experience. Student protests are part of that experience. There is no reason to have armed storm troopers on campus and unarmed MSW cops can become a part of that teaching-learning experience.”

Legislative observers do not believe that the disarming of campus police can pass in both houses of the legislature. However, they do think that the MSW requirement has a good chance of becoming California law.


The usual dissention within the African-American community of that cesspool of crime known as Oakland.

Baby undergoes life-saving surgery as police hunt an estimated six shooters

By Simon Tomlinson

Mail Online
November 29, 2011

A one-year-old boy is undergoing surgery after he was shot in a hail of gunfire which also injured seven other people along a California street.

Hiram Lawrence was apparently shot in the head when an estimated six gunmen targeted a group filming a rap video in Oakland yesterday.

He was in a critical condition and needed an emergency operation to relieve swelling on his brain, relatives said.

He had been driven to the city's Children's Hospital by his father, who also suffered a gunshot wound, it was reported on KTVU-TV.

Oakland Police Lieutenant Robert Chan said: 'We are aware of a one-year-old boy who was shot - possibly in the head - in critical condition right now.'

The others had also been taken to nearby hospitals by people on the scene before officers arrived.

All were suffering from gunshot wounds and four were in a serious condition, authorities said.

Witnesses say 20-30 people had gathered at in the city's West Oakland neighbourhood to film a rap music video at around 6pm when the suspects opened fire with automatic weapons.

Three from the targeted group are then thought to have fired back.

Investigators found dozens of bullet casings near a parking lot close to the Nimitz Freeway and the U.S. Post Office, which suggested at least six gunmen were involved.

Police reported finding blood on the street and later established the incident started when dozens of people gathered in a liquor store parking lot, drinking and shooting a music video just after dark.

The gunshots shattered a window at a Chinese restaurant across the street and the three customers inside had to run with the staff into the kitchen escape the gunfire.

Family of the boy who gathered outside the city's Children's Hospital expressed anger and sadness as they waited to hear news of his recovery.

There was a heavy police presence at the hospital last night as officers monitored those arriving and leaving.

His cousin, Ailisha Rashard, told KTVU-TV: 'I've got faith in God. He's a strong little boy so he'll be alright.'

Some of those injured arrived in a van covered with ads for Oakland-based rapper Kafani, who was not believed to have been shot.

Investigators searched the van for evidence.

A surveillance camera mounted on the liquor store captured the entire incident, which will help police identify suspects and vehicles, it was reported.

The police lieutenant in charge said progress was being made on determining a possible motive in the case, although no information on suspects has been made available so far.


I’ve always maintained that if you haven’t done anything wrong, you have little, if anything, to worry about.


Grits for Breakfast
November 29, 2011

Examining the array of high-tech gadgetry available to law-enforcement to monitor people, Wired magazine identifies "Nine reasons Wired readers should wear tinfoil hats." They are:

• Warrantless Wiretapping
• Warrantless GPS Tracking
• Tracking Devices in Your Pocket
• Fake Cell Phone Towers
• The Border Exception
• The “6 Months and It’s the Government’s” Rule under ECPA
• The Patriot Act
• Government Malware
• Known Unknowns

License plate readers coupled with roadside cameras would've made my Top 9 list, but it's hard to fault these choices. Problem is, Fourth Amendment issues are a political nightmare, with a sturdy bipartisan consensus among elite circles for gutting its protections like a fish. For those who think voting Democrat will save you from such abuses, please read this paragraph from the Wired story carefully:

__The Obama administration claims Americans have no right to privacy in their public movements. The issue surfaced this month in a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court to determine if law enforcement agents should be required to obtain a probable-cause warrant in order to place a GPS tracking device on a citizen’s car. The government admitted to the Supreme Court that it thinks it would have the power to track the justices’ cars without a warrant.
As for Republicans, short of a Ron Paul upset victory in the primaries, I doubt any current presidential candidate would be better than Obama on the subject and some would be much worse. So in the near term we're not going to vote our way out of this.

In the government arena, that leaves the courts (which are sharply divided on the subject), or else constructing bipartisan legislative coalitions on narrow, popular elements of a Fourth Amendment reform agenda. Examples that might have legs could be: Rolling back routine TSA frisks at the federal level, requiring warrants to access cell-phone data (which the states could do), or empowering drivers at traffic stops to refuse searches and avoid arrest for fine-only offenses (bills passed by the Texas Lege that Rick Perry vetoed).

Grits also continues to believe that the market may provide better short-medium term preventives than the courts to abuse of such technologies as detection devices become cheaper and more widespread.

The kinds of technologies described by Wired concern me, but such controls can only go so far. Think of a game of chess: Both players can see all of the other player's pieces, but unable to peer into your opponent's mind, it's still easy to be defeated. Besides, all these new technologies are labor intensive: They mainly generate mountains of data that some government employee (or these days, perhaps a private contractor) must sort through then presumably do something with. In an era of government downsizing, there's a limit to the amount of resources which can be applied to such endeavors. So surveillance has practical limits and its wide application is antithetical to popular calls for budget cutting and government efficiency. That's the good news.

The bad news, says Wired: "a tinfoil hat won’t help you at all." Via


The poor gravediggers were just doing their job, not dancing on the deceased’s oversized casket.

By Rick Dewsbury

Mail Online
November 29, 2011

Gravediggers jumped up and down on the coffin of an elderly woman to force it into a tight hole as her family looked on in horror, it has been claimed.

The workers at a Roman Catholic cemetery near Pittsburgh are also accused of poking the coffin with poles.

They are alleged to have carried jumped on 91-year-old Agnes Zimmick's coffin after her funeral of on December 1, 2009.

Mr Zimmick's family are now suing the Pittsburgh diocese and its Catholic Cemeteries Association.

Mrs Zimmic's son, Theodore Zimmick, his daughter Lisa Carey, and granddaughter, Shannon Soxman complained after seeing 'jumps and shoves' on the coffin.

'Frankly, it's shocking this happened at a Catholic cemetery,' the family's lawyer, Richard Sandow told the the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

'You're not dealing with lumber. You're dealing with the deceased. There were many jumps, shoves and stomps.'

Mrs Zimmick's body was taken to the cemetery on December 1 after a Mass of Christian Burial which had been attended by the family.

After the funeral service, the family said they went to visit the graves of other family members, and then saw workers stamping and walking on the coffin and otherwise jamming it into the grave.

Annabelle McGannon, executive director of the US cemeteries association, says the family's claims have been investigated and are 'unfounded.'

She said: 'The family filed a complaint and we investigated it thoroughly. We are confident after our investigation that the allegations are unfounded.

'Beyond that, it's our policy not to comment on issues in litigation.'

The 14-page lawsuit was filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. The family are seeking compensation for emotional distress and 'tortious interference with dead bodies.'

Mr Sandow said the family do not want other grieving relatives to go through the same experience.

'No member of the church was supervising the burial. It's disappointing,' Sandow said. 'Her body is supposed to be handled appropriately.'

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen, who was scheduled to be executed next month and who had voluntarily refused any further appeals on his behalf, called Gov. John Kitzhaber a coward for declaring a moratorium on the death penalty during the remainder of his term in office.

Kitzhaber is morally opposed to the death penalty.

There are only eight condemned inmates on Oregon’s death row and some of them have been there for over 20 years. Only two inmates have been executed since Oregon voters reinstated capital punishment in 1984, and both of them, like Haugen, refused to appeal their sentences.

Haugen, who was convicted of two murders, told a reporter for the Oregonian that the governor didn’t have the guts to put him to death. “I feel he's a paper cowboy,” he said. “He couldn't pull the trigger.” Haugen concluded that the governor “basically pulled a coward's move” by acting on his personal beliefs instead of carrying out the will of Oregon voters.

I would add that Kitzhaber not only refuses to carry out the will of the voters, but he also refuses to carry out the decision of a jury and the law of his state.


This is the result of the Egyptian revolution which was strongly supported by Obama and the Europeans. The Muslim Brotherhood is likely to win the most seats in the current Egyptian parliamentary elections. And now we have thousands at a mosque shouting a passage from the holiest book in the religion of peace, a passage that reads like it was written by Der Fuehrer in a previous life.

Ramifications of the Arab Spring-turned-Islamic Winter

by Ryan Jones

Israel Today
November 27, 2011

One of the obvious outcomes is that the kind of seething hatred for Israel that is official policy in Iran will spread to the rest of the region. It is already happening in Egypt.

Israel and Egypt have always had a cold relationship, despite the fact that the two nations have officially been at peace since 1979. Israel and the Jews in general were regularly demonized in the Egyptian media during these years of “peace.”

But now, with Islamists threatening to take over the country, Egypt is returning to the pre-Camp David years during which it led the rest of the Muslim world in its quest to eradicate the Jewish presence from the Middle East.

Evidence of this worrying trend surfaced on Friday when the Muslim Brotherhood held a rally at one of Cairo’s main mosques to mark the 1947 UN partition of the Palestine Mandate and the recognition of a Jewish state.

During the event, speakers and the 5,000-strong mob repeatedly chanted a quote from the Koran that states “one day we will kill all the Jews.”

Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb told those gathered that “The al-Aqsa Mosque [on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount] is currently under an offensive by the Jews…we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem).”

Other speakers had equally hateful words for the “Zionist occupiers” and the “treacherous Jews.” The mob of worshippers responded with: “Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgement day is coming!”

An Egyptian elementary school teacher who participated in the mosque rally told a reporter with Israel’s Ynet news portal that “all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad” for the sake of ridding the region of a Jewish state.

Attendees were given Muslim Brotherhood election campaign material following the anti-Israel rants.

The rally came just days before Monday’s general election, Egypt’s first since the overthrow of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February. Foreign analysts expect the Muslim Brotherhood to win control of at least 40 percent of the parliament.


Only educated idiots could hope that, because prison inmates are now being handled at the local level, Gov. Moonbeam’s realignment program will cure them of their criminality. Cure them of their criminality? These guys must be smoking a hefty dose of Kookfornia’s medical marijuana.

Here is an excerpt from ‘Projections and Uncertainty” by Richard Krupp, Ph.D which was posted on Monday’s PACOVILLA Corrections blog:

Recent viewpoints expressed by Roger Warren of the National Center for State Courts and Barry Krisberg of UC Berkley have been supportive of the “realignment procedure.” In part the hope is that “evidence-based treatment programs” will cure the inmates of their criminality if they stay at the local level. Unfortunately there is little if any “evidence” that any program will “cure the inmates” of their criminal behavior. This is actually a major outside variable. Criminals are not likely to view the “realignment procedure” as a procedure they want to undergo.

Criminals may view all of these misguided “procedures” as an opportunity to take advantage of the criminal justice system. For example, the murder rate in Stockton went up 50% in 2010 compared to the prior year and the 54th murder a few days ago surpassed last years’ total. California citizens are likely to bear the brunt of the realignment one way or the other.


It seems as if football players never grow up.

Peace offering in 48-year-old feud turns into brawl between geezers in their 70s

By Seth Abramovitch

November 27, 2011

What should have been just another sleepy Canadian Football League alumni luncheon in Vancouver on Friday turned unexpectedly violent, when Joe Kapp, 73, former quarterback for the B.C. Lions, got into a fight with his longtime rival, 74-year-old Angelo Mosca, former defensive tackle for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The brawl began with Kapp holding out a peace offering of a single flower, to which Mosca replied, "Stick it up your ass," eliciting a big chuckle from the audience. Then Kapp took things a little further by pressing the flower in Mosca's face. Mosca swatted it away with his microphone, then Kapp hit back with the flower. Mosca retaliated with a wide swing of his cane, grazing Kapp. Kapp then proceeding to whale on Mosca with his fists, delivering one serious right to Mosca's jaw and sending Mosca tumbling through a banner and off the stage, to the gasps of the crowd. Then, finally, people stopped being entertained long enough to get out of their seats and break up the two curmudgeonly nemeses.

The bad blood between the two men apparently stems back to the 1963 Grey Cup — Canadian sports fans love their cups as much as they love their player-on-player violence — when Mosca used a controversial maneuver to knock Lions running back Willie Fleming out of the game.

Clearly, there's only one, reasonable way to put this 50-year-old rivalry to bed: Arm both men with crossbows and let them loose in the woods, and air the entire battle on pay-per-view. Let The Geezer Games commence!


Shit, when you gotta go, you gotta go!

By Meghan Keneally

Mail Online
November 28, 2011

There are several reasons why people thought Nick Novak, the place kicker for the San Diego Chargers, had a disappointing performance at Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

In this case, his actions on and off the field qualify.

Not only did he miss two critical kicks, but the criticism can also be taken quite literally as he was spotted urinating on the sidelines in the fourth quarter.

A CBS cameraman caught the 30-year-old kicker taking a knee as he appeared to relieve himself into a Gatorade cup.

One of the team assistants graciously helps the man out, attempting to give him a shred of privacy by blocking him with a towel.

The move, though disgusting, was likely meant as a way to show his dedication to the team.

Place kickers, like Mr Novak, become vitally important during the final moments of an NFL game because they may be used in a strategy for fledgling teams to retain the ball.

This was certainly true in the case of the Chargers on Sunday as they ended up losing 13-16 to the Broncos.

The game was rather close, meaning that Mr Novak was fair to assume that all eyes would be on the field when nature called with only 1:34 left on the clock.

Minutes after he was caught trying to be discrete, Mr Novak was called on field during overtime when he tried- and failed- to make a 53-yard field goal.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Occupy Wherever has been attended by a mix of participants whining about a mix of issues. Many of them are college students filled full of idealism, anxious to change the cruel world.

I have attended many a college commencement exercise. Most of the guest speakers started out something like this: Congratulations graduates. As you go forth, you have the opportunity to make this a better world … blah, blah, blah.

I’ve got news for those graduates and for the idealists among the Occupy Wherever protesters. The world is what it is, what it’s always been and always will be, and no amount of idealism is going to change that.

Take Karl Marx for instance. He was an idealist and his Communist Manifesto became a bible for those who were determined to make this a better world. Of course, to get there, Stalin had millions of Russians slaughtered. Mao slaughtered millions of Chinese as well. And the communist Khmer Rouge regime slaughtered millions of Cambodians.

In his own warped way, even Hitler was an idealist. He was determined to cleanse Europe by ridding it of degenerates, primarily Jews and Gypsies.

It may be simplifying it, but under Marxism wealth was to be redistributed so that everyone ends up being equal. It turned out that in the Soviet Union everyone was equal - it’s just that some people were a lot more equal than others. And, with the exception of the military industry, the less equals turned out some awful shoddy goods because they had no incentive to turn out quality products under the communist system. Awarding workers medals, ribbons and vacations for doing a good job just didn’t fly.

Today all that Marxist idealism seems to have been flushed down the shitter. The former Soviet Union has become a cut throat capitalist nation and China is well on the way to becoming one too. Cuba, the last major Marxist holdout, is slowly allowing capitalism to creep in. Despite the collapse of Marxism in Russia and China and its pending downfall in Cuba, colleges and universities all over the Western world are full of professors condemning capitalism and preaching the virtues of Marxism to gullible students.

Those Occupy Wherever idealists are dreaming. Their idealism is bound to bump into a dose of reality, and when it does, they will wake up and realize that the 1% are not going to share their wealth with the 99%. It just ain’t gonna happen! Income inequality will remain in place and the nation’s wealth is not going to be redistributed. As soon as the job market improves, the Occupy Wherever protesters need to go out and get a job so they can function in the world as it is and, idealism aside, as it always will be.

REALIGNMENT, BRAZILIAN STYLE Moonbeam plan to reduce prison overcrowding not needed

Talk about prison overcrowding – 170 inmates crammed into a jail with a capacity of just 28 inmates. Apparently the Brazilian Supreme Court is not concerned about prison overcrowding like the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the inmates crammed into the Barreiras jail did not need a Governor Moonbeam alignment program. They took care of the overcrowding problem themselves.

Thanks to Dorina Lisson for this one. She wrote: “None of the prison guards heard a strange noise … !!! ??? Holly Sheet … 82 prisoners quiet as a mouse !!!”

November 27, 2011

EIGHTY-TWO prisoners, most of them serving sentences for murder, robbery and drug trafficking, escaped from a prison in northeastern Brazil.

The inmates escaped on Friday through a hole in the roof of a building at the Barreiras jail in Bahia state, city police chief Joaquim Rodrigues said.

"It was raining heavily at the time, and none of the guards heard a strange noise," he said. Authorities were alerted after locals saw many men running in disarray from the jail.

The prison has a capacity of just 28 inmates, but some 170 men had been crammed in the jail, according to local media.

According to a city official, none of the escaped prisoners had yet been recaptured.


A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.

So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun...."I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me only $5.00. Then you ask me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500.00," he says.

This catches the senior's attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the Earth to the Moon?"

The senior doesn't say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it's the senior's turn. He asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?"

The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he can find on the Net.

He sends E-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up.

He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, "Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?"

The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


In December 1991, I obtained permission from the Venezuelan government for me and my son to go on a special three-week long expedition into the Amazonia territory of the primitive Yanomamo Indians. One of our two guides was a dental student at Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas. When I asked him why he was not at the university, he replied that UCV had been closed by a student strike. As a matter of fact, he had been studying dentistry for the past eight years in bits and pieces because UCV gets shut down frequently by student strikes over political issues.

Latin American universities are practically autonomous entities. As long as the students don’t riot, the police do not interfere in their protests and strikes. The problem with that is, as in the case of UCV, the schools are simply shut down until the strikes are over.

While the Latin American universities seem to enjoy a good deal of autonomy, there have been occasions when the police have ‘invaded’ their campuses. That always resulted in bloody clashes with a number of student deaths. In 1968, the Mexican police and army paratroopers ended a student demonstration by killing over a 100 National Autonomous University students in Mexico City.

American institutions of higher education are not autonomous entities.

One day not long after I started teaching at College of the Mainland, I happened to go to the administration building where I saw the Dean of Instruction sitting on the floor with a couple of dozen students. They were discussing the use of Marijuana on campus. Several of the students said they are free to smoke pot because the cops cannot come on campus. The dean, who ranked just behind the president and later became president himself, agreed with the students, telling them the cops could only come on campus if invited by the college administration.

When the dean spotted me he called me over to verify what he had told the students. I told him he was wrong and that the police had a right to come on campus to investigate any reports of wrongdoing, whether invited or not. Then I told the students that some of them better watch out because there may be undercover narcs working the campus right now. The dean turned purple and the students were visibly upset. Needless to say I was on their shit list from then on.

This brings me to the pepper spraying incident on the UC Davis campus. The Los Angeles Times had an editorial very critical of the police response to the student sit-in. The Times, in essence, said that campus cops should be trained to do nothing when students are protesting peacefully and non-violently.

I strongly disagree with the Times editorial. When a protest is lawful, the cops should not interfere, but when it becomes unlawful, even if it is peaceful and non-violent, the police should act to put an end to any unlawful activities.

I’ve always felt that college professors and students wake up every morning in a world removed far from reality. It’s the same with prison inmates. The inmates live in the world of the prison, which is far removed from the free world. College students live in the insulated world of the college or university. The outside world is a lot different and students need to be taught how to live in the real world, a world in which they cannot take part in unlawful activities. Sadly however, that’s not what college and university students are being taught.


On Saturday’s NBC Today show there was a segment on children in a homeless shelter. That got me to thinking about homelessness. I’ll bet that when we think of the homeless the first thing that comes to mind is a bunch of drunken winos. We don’t think about the plight of homeless families, especially homeless children, because we do not want to think about such a troubling matter.

Unlike the mentally ill, the stressed-out war veterans, and the plain old winos that are roaming the streets, those homeless children had no say-so in being born and are homeless through no fault of their own. What a terrible way to grow up in this land of plenty.

Many families are now homeless because they were dealt a bad hand in this depressed economy or because they made some poor choices. In either case, it is the innocent children who suffer the most.

Homeless children and homeless winos are not one and the same. Those poor children will spend the approaching Christmas holidays homeless. I do not have a solution to put forth for solving the homeless problem, but I do know that in America, the wealthiest and most fortunate nation on earth, children should not have to suffer the pangs of homelessness.


Almost 50,000 Mexicans have been killed in the past five years. By comparison, 6,000 American troops have been killed in Iraq since March 2003. We’re getting out of Iraq by the end of this year. There is no end in sight to the Mexican drug war. Why then would any American want to visit Mexico now?

From Borderland Beat:

Mexican authorities found more than 20 bodies in cars left at a major traffic intersection in the western city of Guadalajara, local media and officials said on Thursday.

November 26, 2011

Below are some of the worst attacks since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and declared war on powerful drug cartels. More than 45,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since then.

* Sept 15, 2008 - Suspected members of the Zetas drug gang tossed grenades into a crowd celebrating Mexico's independence day in the western city of Morelia, killing eight people and wounding more than 100.

* Jan 31, 2010 - Suspected cartel assailants killed 13 high school students and two adults at a party in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, Texas.

* March 13 - Hitmen killed three people linked to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez in March, provoking "outrage" from U.S. President Barack Obama.

* June 28 - Suspected cartel gunmen shot and killed a popular gubernatorial candidate in the northern state of Tamaulipas in the worst cartel attack on a politician to date. Rodolfo Torre, 46, and four aides from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, were ambushed on their way to a campaign event for the July 4 state election.

* July 18 - Gunmen burst into a birthday party in the northern city of Torreon, using automatic weapons to kill 17 party-goers and wound 18 others. Mexican authorities said later those responsible were incarcerated cartel hitmen let out of jail by corrupt officials. The killers allegedly borrowed weapons and vehicles from prison guards and later returned to their cells.

* July 24 - Police unearthed 51 bodies in a grave outside Mexico's business capital, Monterrey, in northern Mexico over several days. Some corpses were burned beyond recognition.

* Aug 25 - Marines found the bodies of 58 men and 14 women at a ranch near the Gulf of Mexico in Tamaulipas state, 90 miles from the Texas border, after a firefight with drug hitmen in which three gunmen and a marine died.

* April, 2011 - Officials unearthed the first of what turned out to be more than 450 bodies buried in mass graves in the northern states of Durango and Tamaulipas.

* Aug 20 - Five headless bodies were found in Acapulco, taking the number of people killed in the popular Pacific resort to at least 25 in that one week.

* Aug 25 - Masked gunmen torch a casino in Monterrey, killing 52 people, most of them women. The attack takes less than three minutes.

* Sept 20 - Thirty-five bodies are found abandoned in two trucks on an underpass in the eastern Gulf city of Veracruz, which had been largely untouched by the violence.

* Oct 6 - Mexican security forces find 32 bodies at several locations around Veracruz, just two days after the government unveiled a plan to bolster security in Veracruz state.

* Nov 24 - More than 20 bodies are found in cars in Mexico's second city, Guadalajara, a day after the burned bodies of 16 people are found in the home state of the country's powerful drug lord, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.


Police forces in towns throughout Mexico have been fleeing to escape being targeted by the drug cartels.


Borderland Beat
November 26, 2011

The entire police force of a town in the western Mexican state of Michoacan has deserted due to death threats from suspected drug traffickers, officials said.

The 32 police working in two shifts in the town of Caracuaro, home to just over 10,000 people, decided to flee for fear they and their family members would be targeted by drug-gang hit men, the state’s Public Safety Secretariat said on Friday.

None of the 32 police has formally resigned and therefore will be dismissed if they do not show up for work within the legally specified timeframe, a spokesperson for the state’s Security Council said.

The police may have abandoned their posts due to threats from suspected drug traffickers after a clash with the criminals on Wednesday, when they provided backup to cops in the neighboring municipality of Nocupetaro, the spokesperson said.

Eighteen members of Caracuaro’s police force walked out between Wednesday and Thursday and the other 14 joined their colleagues Friday after more death threats were issued, prompting local authorities to request the deployment of army soldiers to the town.

Caracuaro is located in the so-called Tierra Caliente region, which straddles parts of Michoacan and the neighboring states of Guerrero and Mexico and is being fought over by the La Familia Michoacana and Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartels.

Drug-related violence in that region of western Mexico also has led to the desertion of police forces in the Michoacan towns of Tiquicheo, Tancitaro and Tuzantla.

Caracuaro is a historically important town where Mexican independence hero Jose Maria Morelos served as parish priest before joining the armed struggle against Spanish rule.

Michoacan has been one of the states hardest hit by the drug-related violence that has claimed nearly 50,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and militarized the struggle against the cartels.


Because dozens of measures are voted on during the final day, something like this happens during every legislative session. Many of the legislators haven’t a clue about what is actually in the bills they are approving. And even the bills’ authors sometimes fail to check out what their legislative aides handed them.


Associated Press
November 16, 2011

Texas lawmakers passing a flurry of bills on the final day of the Legislative session in May accidentally removed a $200 fine for driving without license plates from the transportation code.

That oversight means that fine and enforcement of penalties for falsifying or obscuring plates could disappear when the law takes effect Jan. 1.

Rep. Joe Pickett sponsored the law and has written to Attorney General Greg Abbott asking for an opinion clarifying enforcement. He argued that penalties are implicit.

The El Paso Democrat also said interpreting the law any other way could have absurd and dangerous consequences.

Abbott's office received the letter Oct. 24 and has 180 days to respond. No one asked for an expedited decision - even though the law takes effect in less than two months.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Egypt is once again in turmoil. The thousands demonstrating in Cairo’s Tahrir Square are demanding the immediate transfer of power from Egypt’s ruling military to a civilian government. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held next week and the Muslim Brotherhood is expected to win a majority of the seats.

Middle East experts are suggesting that in order to keep the Muslim Brotherhood from gaining control of Egypt’s government, the elections should be postponed. But the Obama administration is urging the military to let the elections proceed as schedule.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters: "The best hope for democracy in Egypt is for these elections to go forward, for the people to express themselves through the ballot box, and then for the process of democratization to move forward in Egypt. We've been very clear with the SCAF [the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's ruling body] that that's what we want to see."


When the Obama administration calls for next week’s elections to proceed as scheduled, it is in effect supporting the Muslim Brotherhood credo, a credo that encourages Jihad and [death for the sake of Allah] suicide bombings.


In ‘Calling Things By Their Name,’ an op-ed that was published in the November 25 edition of Jewish World Review, Caroline Glick writes about the Bush administration’s mishandling of its Iraq policies and the war against radical Islam, and the Obama administration’s mishandling of the Iraq withdrawal and the revolts in Egypt, Libya and Syria.

Here are some excerpts from Glick’s op-ed:

Next month, the US's long campaign in Iraq will come to an end with the departure of the last US forces from the country. Amazingly, the approaching withdrawal date has fomented little discussion in the US. Few have weighed in on the likely consequences of US President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw on the US's hard won gains in that country. After some six thousand Americans gave their lives in the struggle for Iraq and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on the war, it is quite amazing that its conclusion is being met with disinterested yawns.

How is it possible that the US finds itself today with so few good options in the Arab world after all the blood and treasure it has sacrificed? The answer to this question is found to a large degree in an article by Prof. Angelo Codevilla in the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books titled "The Lost Decade."

Codevilla argues that the reason the US finds itself in the position it is in today owes to a significant degree to its refusal after Sept. 11, 2001 to properly identify its enemy. US foreign policy elites of all stripes and sizes refused to consider clearly how the US should best defend its interests because they refused to identify who most endangered those interests.

The Left refused to acknowledge that the US was under attack from the forces of radical Islam enabled by Islamic supremacist regimes like Saudi Arabia and Iran because the Left didn't want the US to fight. Moreover, because the Left believes that US policies are to blame for the Islamic world's hostility to America, leftists favor foreign policies predicated on US appeasement of its enemies.

For its part, the Right refused to acknowledge the identity and nature of the US's enemy because it feared the Left.

And so, rather than fight radical Islamists, under Bush the US went to war against a tactic - terrorism. And lo and behold, it was unable to defeat a tactic because a tactic isn't an enemy. It's just a tactic. And as its war aim was unachievable, the declared ends of the war became spectacular. Rather than fight to defend the US, the US went to war to transform the Arab world from one imbued with unmentionable religious extremism to one increasingly ruled by democratically elected unmentionable religious extremism.

The lion's share of responsibility for this dismal state of affairs lies with former president Bush and his administration. While the Left didn't want to fight or defeat the forces of radical Islam after Sept. 11, the majority of Americans did. And by catering to the Left and refusing to identify the enemy, Bush adopted war fighting tactics that discredited the war effort and demoralized and divided the American public thus paving the way for Obama to be elected while running on a radical anti-war platform of retreat and appeasement.

Since Obama came into office, he has followed the Left's ideological guidelines of ending the fight against and seeking to appease America's worst enemies. This is why he has supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. This is why he turned a blind eye to the Islamists who dominated the opposition to Gaddafi. This is why he has sought to appease Iran and Syria. This is why he supports the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Syrian opposition. This is why he supports Turkey's Islamist government. And this is why he is hostile to Israel.

And this is why come December 31, the US will withdraw in defeat from Iraq, and pro-American forces in the region and the US itself will reap the whirlwind of Washington's irresponsibility.

There is a price to be paid for calling an enemy an enemy. But there is an even greater price to be paid for failing to do so.


Bob says that he thoroughly detests Barbara Boxer. I feel the same way about Sheila ‘Motor Mouth’ Jackson-Lee. I do not believe either one introduced this legislation out of concern for the welfare of our children. It’s nothing more than feel-good legislation – a Sandusky induced ploy that Boxer and the motor mouth are using for political gain.

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
November 25, 2011

Maybe it’s just me, but Barbara Boxer’s new proposal bothers me just a bit. Maybe it’s because she proposed the law (laws actually) and I detest her thoroughly. Maybe it is something else.

Boxer has just proposed two pieces of legislation, the State Child Protection Act and the Federal Child Protection Act. These bills would require that ANYONE who witnesses or otherwise has reasonable suspicion of a crime against a child must report it to local law enforcement or the local child protection agency. I am not sure what the penalty for failure to do so would be, I haven’t seen an actual text of the proposals yet.

States that fail to comply with the State Child Protection Act would lose justice assistance funding. The federal act would apply to federal property.

Similar bills have been introduced by Senator Bob Casey and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

I may be able to dismiss my misgivings about this when I can actually see the proposed text. I don’t have any real problem with the idea of the feds pressuring local jurisdictions into ensuring that suspected crimes can be, and should be, reported. If the proposals want to criminalize failure to report by ordinary citizens, I may start getting a little more uneasy.

EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘BigDaddy’, one of Paco’s followers, wrote: Reactionary [to the Sandusky child rape cover ups] legislation that, as usual, will probably cost tax payers billions for a law that is almost unenforceable. Citizens already have a moral, if not legal, responsibility to report crimes.

Friday, November 25, 2011


During Tuesday’s Republican debate in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich dropped a bombshell. Speaking about illegal immigration, Gingrich first said: "If you've come here recently you have no ties to this country, you oughta go home, period." But then he followed that up by saying: "If you've been here 25 years, and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think were gonna separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully, and kick you out."

Newt’s fellow presidential candidates immediately pounced on him. Mitt ‘All Sides’ Romney said: "To [say] that we're gonna say to the people who've come here illegally that now you're all gonna get to stay or some large number are gonna get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing."

Gingrich came back with: "As somebody who believes strongly in family, you're going to have a hard time explaining why that particular subset is being broken up and forced to leave given the fact that they've been law-abiding citizens for the last 25 years."

As for ‘All Sides’ Romney, he was not a hardliner on immigration back on December 16, 2007 when he told Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press: "They should have a set period during which period they sign up for application for permanent residency or for citizenship. But there's a set period whereupon they should return home. And if they've been approved for citizenship or for a permanent residency, well, that would be a different matter. But for the great majority, they'll be going home." Back then ‘All Sides’ was in favor of a pathway to citizenship, now he isn’t. A typical Romney politically convenient flip-flop.

As for me, I’m with Newt! Breaking up a family that’s been here for 25 years or so which has been otherwise law abiding and contributing positively to our society, just doesn’t live up to our American ideals. OK, so giving these illegals a path to citizenship may encourage others to enter our country illegally, but what really draws them here is jobs, not a desire to become American citizens.


This is such a great true story, I couldn’t pass it up. Thanks to my former colleague Jerry Doyle for the heads-up on this one.

Except for the Marines who keep her memory alive, few today remember the courageous little mare who became a war horse hero

By Elizabeth Kaye McCall

Cowboys & Indians
July 2011

The is a forgotten hero from The Forgotten War — a little sorrel Mongolian mare whose heroism during heavy combat in Korea was so monumental, the U.S. Marine Corps made her a staff sergeant. Called by the nickname of an antitank weapon with a ferocious back blast, Reckless joined the Marines to carry ammunition to the front lines for the 75 mm Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marines. A true war horse, not of stage fame or fiction, she earned her stripes to rival some of history’s greatest patriots.

“Marines passed stories up and down the line on the ridges. We’d heard the recoilless rifle boys had a horse, for crying out loud!” recalls Harold Wadley, of St. Maries, Idaho, a veteran of the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. “They trained her to pack the rounds as well as the gun. That gun was 6 feet long and heavy; it took two guys to handle it. They would strap that on one side [of the horse] and strap ammunition on the other side to balance the load,” says Wadley, who occasionally caught sight of the 14.1-hand pony-size horse on the battlefield. “You talk about baptism of fire!” Flooded with stimuli, the one-time racehorse was quickly desensitized to the weapons’ thunderous roar.

Wadley vividly remembers March 26, 1953, when his infantry unit was holding Outpost Vegas about a mile from the front line. He’d gone to retrieve supplies forgotten by the reinforcement squad when the Chinese launched an assault. “The artillery mortars were unspeakable. It was horrific,” Wadley says. Taking the wounded to the command post, Wadley noticed something extraordinary. “Well, here comes Reckless up that ridge where the recoilless rifle boys had a big foxhole. I couldn’t believe it!”

One of only two men to leave “Hill Vegas” alive, Wadley remembers the day like it was yesterday. “Generally one Marine led Reckless and she brought up ammo. Some of the gun crew were wounded, so they didn’t have an extra Marine. She made that trip all night long by herself. They would tie a wounded Marine on her and turn her around and she’d head down that ridge with all this artillery and mortar coming in. The guys down there would unload the wounded off her and tie gun ammo on her and she would turn around right on her own and head right back up.”

It was steady nerves, bravery, and a sense of duty beyond imagination — amid artillery barrages exploding at the rate of 500 incoming rounds an hour. “I remember in the flare light, looking back and seeing that little Mongolian mare heading up that slope without anybody leading her and going up to that gun pit,” Wadley recalls. “She knew exactly what her job was. There’s not another horse in war history that could even touch that mare.”

Bought for $250 by Lt. Eric Pedersen, commanding officer of the Marine’s Recoilless Rifle Platoon (of the 5th Marines), from a racetrack in Seoul, Korea, Reckless carried grenades, small-arms ammunition, rations, sleeping bags, and barbed wire; she even strung communications wire in addition to her primary duty of packing ammunition for the recoilless rifle. Trained to step over barbed wire, crouch down in foxholes, and head toward a bunker when incoming rounds hit, the little mare was beloved by the Marines, who took her inside their tents and used their flak jackets to protect her.

During just one day of the vicious Battle of Outpost Vegas, Reckless made more than 50 trips to the gun sites, carrying 386 rounds (more than 9,000 pounds of explosives). In all she trudged more than 35 miles across no man’s land, through rice paddies, and up steep 45-degree mountain trails near the front lines. Wounded twice, she never stopped.

Reckless’ wounds weren’t serious enough to get her a quick ticket stateside, and she saw more action in the war. Following the signing of the truce in July 1953, as her Marines began shipping home, she was still on active duty stringing communication wire. Government red tape threatened Reckless’ trip to the States; she would eventually travel from Korea on a freighter as a guest of Pacific Transport Lines, first touching American soil on November 10, 1954, in San Francisco. A weather delay caused her to miss an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (a prime time favorite of the day), but Reckless attended a Marine birthday ball instead, traveling up in an elevator to be the guest of honor and indulge her taste for cake.

After the war, Reckless retired at Camp Pendleton in California and was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in 1959, an honor never bestowed on an animal before or since. Eight hundred pounds of pure inspiration, Reckless was decorated with two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Unit Citation with a star, a United Nations Service Medal, a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and other honors. In the 1990s, she was featured in the LIFE magazine collector’s edition “Celebrating Our Heroes” as one of America’s 100 greatest heroes of all time, alongside George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Teresa.

“My dad always told me stories about Reckless from when he was in Korea,” says Debbie McCain, secretary at Stepp Stables at Camp Pendleton. McCain met Reckless as a girl in 1956, when her father, a Marine Corps major, was stationed at the Marine Corps base. “As the years passed, I had a chance to meet all her babies [of four, Fearless, Dauntless, and Chesty lived] and grow up with her and see her through her golden years.

“She loved to eat anything — potato chips, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. One time they had to stop a poker game because she ate [the] poker chips. She would drink anything out of a can or cup, from coffee to beer. She would drink out of a canteen,” says McCain. It was a habit she’d developed in Korea, where Reckless had drunk from Marines’ helmets and eaten whatever was available, from scrambled eggs to C rations. “The Marines would give her whatever they had to eat,” McCain says.

Even during retirement, Reckless kept a high profile as mascot of the 1st Marine Division. “She went to all their change of commands, retirements, promotional command functions. She went to birthday ball receptions. She went to civilian parades,” McCain says.

Throughout the rest of Reckless’ life, the soldiers’ love and respect for the horse remained immense. “Here’s the part that still gets me,” says an emotional Wadley. “Knowing what that mare had done, the order was that there was never to be any more weight than a blanket put on that mare’s back again — and that order stood.” So, when Reckless went on her daily jog at Camp Pendleton, the Marine accompanying her went on foot.

When Reckless died in 1968 she was about 20. She is buried at Camp Pendleton, where there’s a monument to her at Stepp Stables. Wadley thinks more is due the little mare with the big heart: “America needs a bronze statue of her back there on the Potomac.”


Now Mitt ‘All Sides’ Romney says that if elected, his first foreign state visit will be to Israel. Hmmm, I wonder what his position will be one month from now or what it will be if he actually becomes president.

By Ryan Jones

Israel Today
November 23, 2011

Republican presidential candidates held yet another public debate on Tuesday, and much of the talk was devoted to foreign policy. And much of the foreign policy talk was devoted to American relations with Israel, and whether or not the US should help Israel attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Frontrunner Mitt Romney was vague on whether or not he would join Israel in a military strike on Iran, but strongly stressed his support of Israel in general. Romney said that if elected, his first foreign state visit will be to Israel.

Romney also took current US President Barack Obama to task, accusing him of being unfriendly toward Israel. Despite a strong focus on Israeli-Arab peace efforts over the course of his first term, Obama has yet to visit the Jewish state.

Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been gaining steam in the primary race of late, also stressed his unwavering support of Israel, and said he would likely join Israel in striking Iran, but would first want to make sure there was no other option to military action.

Even if he did not commit US forces to such an attack, Gingrich said it would nevertheless be absolutly necessary to support Israel in a military strike on Iran, as not doing so would leave the Jewish state isolated and encourage an attack by its enemies.

Popular but maligned candidate Herman Cain said he, too, would support an Israeli attack on Iran, and would likely commit US forces.

The only candidate to outright reject the idea of support an Israeli strike on Iran was Ron Paul, who said he did not think Israel would take such action, anyway.

“Why does Israel need our help? We need to get out of their way,” said Paul, which he clarified also meant an end to US financial aid to Israel.

“We don’t even have a treaty with Israel. Why do we have this automatic commitment that we’re going to send our kids and send our money endlessly to Israel? So I think they’re quite capable of taking care of themselves,” said Paul.

Ron Paul’s objection to foreign aid to Israel or any other nation is well known. What is likely to irk most Republicans about his debate remarks is the fact that he would not use US power to help Israel in the event of a massive Iranian counter-strike.

If Israel attacks Iran “that’s their business, but they should suffer the consequences,” Paul said.


I wouldn’t call him lame just because he pulled off a really dumb prank.

By Richard Connelly

Houston Press Hair Balls
November 23, 2011

The mind of a 17-year-old male is a wondrous thing to behold, especially because oftentimes it isn't working properly.

Take the case of one unnamed Montgomery County teen who, according to the police blotter, now faces charges of impersonating a public servant.

Sure, it might mess up the kid's chances of getting into Harvard, but we're sure it was worth it:

__[The complainant] advised that while driving on Dobbin Huffsmith Rd. a vehicle pulled behind him and displayed a flashing red and blue light in the front windshield. [The complainant] pulled over expecting to be approached by a police officer but instead the suspect vehicle drove around and yelled "Gotcha."


Unfortunately for the kid, the guy who pulled over got a license-plate number. Cops found the owner, who told them his grandson had been using it.

"Deputies found that the suspect had used a phone app on his iPhone to make it flash red and blue," the report states.

A genius, in so many ways.


It may be Black Friday for shoppers, but it’s Brown Friday for plumbers.

Thanksgiving leads to clogged sinks and toilets

By Cindy Horswell

Houston Chronicle
November 23, 2011

Notwithstanding the so-called true spirit of Thanksgiving, the holiday is about one thing and one thing only: eating. And not just eating, but feasting.

But all that cooking and gorging can overwork any kitchen - and frankly eventually the bathroom.

So it's no wonder that the Thanksgiving weekend has become by far the busiest time of year for plumbers - especially the Friday after the big feast. Homeowners don't want to pay extra for a plumber on a holiday and so they delay until Friday to get that sink fixed or toilet unclogged.

"What merchants swamped with shoppers call Black Friday, we call our Brown Friday," quipped Ken Hrebeck with Roto-Rooter in Houston.

With households overflowing with guests, the excessive use of facilities from toilets to garbage disposals is the perfect prelude to a household plumbing disaster.

Hrebeck and other plumbers estimate plumbing business generally increases by about 25 percent over the holiday.

"There's nothing like having one toilet for 15 people. Might as well make it into a port-a-potty and call it a day," said Vince Walker with SWG plumbing service in Houston.

Plumbers report finding all sorts of objects flushed down a toilet during Thanksgiving from false teeth to diamond rings. The strangest thing Walker ever found clogging a toilet was a bullfrog that a child had been trying to give a "water burial."

The Thanksgiving meal itself can also become problematic.

The stringy mush and seeds from a pumpkin, turkey dressing and bones have been known to cause many a clog when thrown down a garbage disposal, said Patty Frank with Milton Frank Plumbing in Spring.

But plumbers agree the culprits most often found clogging drains are potato and onion peelings.

"They're slippery and can form a paste. Things can swell up in a pipe," said Tom Pierce, who has handled plumbing issues in the Heights and Montrose for 38 years.

When plumbers respond to those emergency calls over Thanksgiving, they say homeowners greet them with a sense of gratitude mixed with frustration. Nobody is prepared when that starchy side dish expands, turns to concrete and causes a nasty water back flow.

"Usually, we find a husband standing there shaking his head, saying 'I warned them not to put that down there,' " Walker said.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


By Adolf der Schweinehund

The Schalotte
November 23, 2011

On Monday’s NBC Evening News, Brian Williams was commenting on the ‘outrage’ over the pepper spraying of the UC Davis student protesters by saying, “Just think if that was your kid.”

Utilizing my investigative experiences, I managed to locate some parents of the pepper sprayed students. I asked each of them what they thought of their kid being pepper sprayed.

Alton Jones, Walmart manager: “I was shocked beyond belief. How can this happen in America. My poor little girl had to be treated for severe irritation of her eyes and nasal passages. This is a clear cut case of police brutality. I’ve already contacted a good attorney and we’re going to sue the shit out of UC Davis, the chancellor, the chief of police and the cops who terrorized and injured my daughter.”

George Miller, banker: “I’m outraged, simply outraged. This is America, not Nazi Germany. Where did the university find those storm troopers? My son had to have his eyes washed out at the hospital. All he was doing was to sit down with his fellow students to protest something or another. They weren’t harming anybody. They were passive and peaceful like the media said. I’m going to demand that those cops be arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. And I’m going to sue everyone involved, from the university chancellor down to the janitor who cleans the campus police station.”

Samuel Bernstein, UC Riverside sociology professor: “I fully expected this kind of police misconduct. Anytime anyone in this country protests against this rotten capitalist system that oppresses the masses and exploits the workers, the cops come along and do the evil corporations’ bidding. My daughter just called me and told me she is still suffering from the effects of that pepper spray. My poor little darling. This is what she gets for standing up for the 99% that are being oppressed and exploited by the 1%. Those Neanderthal cops came along and violated the rights of a group of passive and peaceful students in their exercise of free speech and free assembly. My fellow faculty members are supporting me by petitioning for the removal of the UC Davis chancellor, the police chief, and the disarming of all UC System campus cops.”

Elizabeth Roth, real estate agent: “I’m absolutely outraged. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that on TV. What is this country coming to when the cops come and break up a peaceful student demonstration for no reason at all? My poor Bernie. He called me and said that his eyes are still burning and he is still having trouble breathing and he is still sick in his stomach. And he told me that when he shouted Heil Hitler, a cop deliberately stomped real hard on his foot and now he can barely walk. My little boy wants me to get a lawyer and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.”

Howard Cates, retired cop, now a corporate security specialist: “As soon as I get ahold of that kid, most likely on Thanksgiving, I’m going to kick his ass. I sure as hell am not helping to pay his way through college to participate in anti-Capitalist protests inspired by Marxist professors. I do not expect him to condemn the very system that enabled me to spend my hard earned money for his education. I expect him to spend his spare time studying for his degree. And I damn sure expect him to obey a police officer’s request to move. I think he brought that pepper spraying on himself and got exactly what he damn well deserved.”

Sheila Washington-Jackson, Democrat member of the California State Assembly: “I’m dumbfounded. To have an atrocity like that perpetrated on one of our college campuses goes beyond outrage. My son Emanuel and his classmates were the victims of naked police brutality. He and his fellow students … several of them were of color, I would add … were only exercising their First Amendment rights. As a black student activist, this is not the first time Emanuel has suffered at the heavy hands of the police. I am calling on my fellow legislators to conduct a full investigation of the UC Davis police atrocity and I am introducing legislation that will prohibit campus cops from carrying any type of weapon.”


Bob Walsh always has a unique way of putting things – moron, bozo, happy ass, road-puppy.

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
November 22, 2011

A parolee robbery suspect got tripped up by his loot in LA today when the cops used the “Find My Phone” application to locate him. The moron still had the stolen cell phone on him.

The bozo robbed a woman at gunpoint and took her purse, which contained her phone. A passerby let the cops use his laptop to track the phone and they found the bad guy nearby and detained him. When they called her phone his pocket started ringing and they arrested his happy ass. Jason Topper, 34, is now back in the bosom of his psuedo-family at the L. A. jail on suspicion of robbery. They also arrested his road-puppy, Dominique Taylor, 21, who was in possession of a replica firearm.

Topper is being held against a $1 million bail.


In the crapshoot of the justice system, he rolled the dice and came up snake-eyes.

By John Nova Lomax

Houston Press Hair Balls
November 23, 2011

Is the Texas justice system simply a crapshoot? Is there still an enormous double standard when it comes to sex crimes? Or has Jerry Sandusky cast a huge shadow over future sentences for all those convicted of sex crimes against children?

A while back we introduced you to the tale of Clifton Grasham-Reeves, an actor and former English teacher at a Waco charter school. Grasham-Reeves was accused of seducing a 16-year-old girl he met while the two worked on a community theater play, and of having sex with her approximately four times. He was charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Last week, just as the nation was gripped in the maw of the Penn State pedophilia scandal, the gavel came down on Grasham-Reeves. And man did that wooden mallet come down hard. Grasham-Reeves, a married father of an infant boy, was convicted. Despite a tearful plea for leniency, and a hitherto-clean criminal record, he was sentenced to 90 years behind bars. (The jury recommended the max 20 years on each count of sexual assault of a child and five years for the indecency charges; the judge accepted their advice and then ordered the sentences stacked.)

Right now Grasham-Reeves's parole officer is probably not even a twinkle in anyone's eye. He will not become eligible for parole until 2056. He will be 77 years old.

Earlier this month, 45 miles from Waco down I-35 in Belton, 31-year-old former teacher Kaci Suzanne Pomerenke was in court on similar charges.

She pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student. It's a lesser charge, but she did pretty much the same thing. Specifically, she confessed that she had sex with the boy in her car on three different occasions.

Her sentence?

Three days in jail and seven years probation. Should he live to be 121 and serve out all his time, Grasham-Reeves will be punished ten thousand times more severely. (We're aware that doesn't account for Pomerenke's probation, which can be onerous but beats prison any day.)

Now, there are some mitigating factors. Grasham-Reeves once worked for CPS, and a woman who trained him there testified at his trial that she had to warn him from spending too much time alone with a ten-year-old girl, as she believed that an inappropriate bond was forming between the two. (Investigators have interviewed all the children Grasham-Reeves worked with during his nine months at the agency and none said that he abused them.)

Also, it was previously reported that Grasham-Reeves gave his victim alcohol and told her to sneak out her window and come over while his wife was away. Those facts make him seem even more coercive and more of a sleaze.

Also, whereas Pomerenke confessed to everything and pleaded guilty, Grasham-Reeves took his case to trial and lost. He might well have been offered a deal at some point and instead rolled the dice and come up snake-eyes.

But still -- 90 years on a first offense?

Years ago I watched famed rapper Carlos Coy, a.k.a. South Park Mexican, get half that much time after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl. During the punishment phase, the prosecution brought forth at least five other minors who claimed to have had sex with SPM, and one of them had very compelling evidence in the form of a genetically-certified little South Park Mexican Jr.

So once again, was Grasham-Reeves's sentence just the luck of the draw, a sexual double standard, or should Grasham-Reeves be cursing Jerry Sandusky's name for all eternity?


Bob Walsh wrote, “A former guest of the state made an impressive re-entrance to mother earth with a little help from gravity.”


Associated Press
November 22, 2011

BURBANK, Calif. -- A California parolee who fled after a hit-and-run crash in Burbank fell out of a tree and was arrested after a police standoff that briefly shut down Interstate 5.

Lt. Ed Ruiz said the suspect fell out of the tree at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near the freeway's Burbank Boulevard exit.

Ruiz says the man, whose name hasn't been released, has an outstanding arrest warrant.

The man ran away after crashing a car at 11:30 p.m. Monday on San Fernando Boulevard near the freeway. Officers searching the area found him about an hour later in a tree near the freeway off-ramp.

The California Highway Patrol shut down Interstate 5 until they arrested the man.


The Arab Spring has turned into the Arab fall, albeit a Jihadist fall.

Jihadist Spring inching forward

By Sheera Frenkel

Jewish World Review
November 23, 2011

JERUSALEM — The surreptitious departure of Israel's ambassador from Egypt on Tuesday symbolized to many Israeli officials the new state of affairs between the neighboring countries.

Yitzhak Lebanon flew out of Cairo International Airport for the last time, ending his time in Cairo without a departure ceremony or even a nod of farewell from Egypt's foreign ministry. He had hardly been active in Cairo, having fled the Israeli Embassy there in September when rioters attacked and burned down part of the building. Since then, he has remained stationed in Israel, flying back occasionally for diplomatic meetings and to formally close his offices.

But Israeli officials saw his unheralded departure as a sign of Israeli-Egyptian relations to come.

"This is the state of relations now. There is no real diplomacy, just shuttling back and forth and talks at a bare minimum," said an official from Israel's foreign ministry, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak on the issue. "At least we still have relations."

Perhaps not for long. Officials said they are quietly preparing for what they called a "complete break" in diplomatic ties with Egypt. That would mark a dangerous downturn in Israel's relations with its neighbors unequalled in the past three decades.

"Our peace treaty with Egypt was the backbone of our diplomatic relations with the Arab world," said former ambassador Eli Shaked.

Even as events were unfolding Tuesday in Egypt, where the military government offered to step down in July, a concession thought unlikely to satisfy the tens of thousands of demonstrators who crowded into Tahrir Square, Israeli officials were considering it likely that whatever eventually happens there will bode ill for Israel.

Rumors have spread through Cairo that the tear gas and other weapons used by Egypt's military against the protesters were supplied by Israel — despite the English writing and U.S. serial labels found on empty tear gas canisters. Several forums on Facebook suggested that Israel was indirectly supporting the Egyptian military and pressing it to use harsh means against the protesters.

"Israeli evil is behind this," the deputy head of the Egyptian Al-Wasat Party, Osam Sultan, said Tuesday on Egyptian television.

Israeli news anchors showed the report alongside images of protesters in Tahrir Square burning Israeli flags as evidence that relations with Egypt were headed for a break.

"The chances that at the end of the democratic process we will have a secular, democratic, pro-Western Egypt, one that adheres to the peace agreement with Israel and views it as being in its national interest, are eroding," military correspondent Alex Fishman wrote in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronoth.

He added that the view among Israel's top diplomatic officials was that they "had lost Egypt" and that the widely supported Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group had asserted itself.

"Now there is concern — not just in Israel and in the U.S. but in all the pro-Western states around us — that the military junta will not be able to withstand the pressure and that the Muslim Brotherhood will also dictate how the elections are run and will attract many more votes than predicted in Egypt, more than Israel hoped or Washington prayed for," Fishman wrote.

Israeli officials were also said to be troubled by pledges from several Egyptian politicians that they would cut diplomatic ties with Israel after the elections.

"Although the relations between Egypt and Israel have been undermined after the collapse of Mubarak's regime, we are still unsatisfied with these conditions and serious efforts will be made after the elections to cut relations with the Zionist enemy completely," Majdi Hussein, the secretary-general of the Egyptian Amal Party, said at a press conference Tuesday in Cairo.


Oregon needs a governor who will carry out the law and the decisions of murder trial juries!

Condemned inmate gets reprieve

Associated Press
November 22, 2011

SALEM, Ore. – What was supposed to be Oregon’s first execution in 14 years won’t be taking place -- at least not while Gov. John Kitzhaber is in office.

Calling the death penalty “morally wrong,” the Democratic governor on Tuesday announced a state moratoriumon on executions and granted a reprieve to death-row inmate Gary Haugen.

The twice-convicted murderer was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Dec. 6.

Kitzhaber said he has no sympathy or compassion for murderers. But he said Oregon's death penalty system is broken and applied unevenly.

The death penalty has been carried out in Oregon only twice in the last 49 years: Douglas Franklin Wright was executed in 1996 and Harry Charles Moore was put to death in 1997. Both inmates voluntarily waived their appeals and both executions occurred during Kitzhaber's first administration as governor. (Kitzhaber served as the 35th governor of Oregon, from 1995 to 2003. He was re-elected to a nonconsecutive third term in 2010, becoming the state's 37th governor).

"I allowed those sentences to be carried out despite my personal opposition to the death penalty. I was torn between my personal convictions about the morality of capital punishment and my oath to uphold the Oregon constitution," Kitzhaber said.

"They were the most agonizing and difficult decisions I have made as governor and I have revisited and questioned them over and over again during the past 14 years. I do not believe that those executions made us safer; and certainly they did not make us nobler as a society. And I simply cannot participate once again in something I believe to be morally wrong."

Haugen, 49, waived his legal appeals and has been preparing for his execution by lethal injection. Haugen was sentenced to death in 2007 for his part in the the killing four years earlier of David Polin, who was found with 84 stab wounds and a crushed skull in the prison’s band room. At the time of Polin’s death, Haugen was serving a life sentence for fatally beating his ex-girlfriend’s mother in 1981.

Kitzher said that while he had "no sympathy or compassion" for criminals who commit the most heinous of acts, the death penalty is not applied equally.

"Oregonians have a fundamental belief in fairness and justice -- in swift and certain justice. The death penalty as practiced in Oregon is neither fair nor just; and it is not swift or certain," he said. "It is not applied equally to all. It is a perversion of justice that the single best indicator of who will and will not be executed has nothing to do with the circumstances of a crime or the findings of a jury."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


On Monday’s NBC Evening News, Brian Williams was commenting on the ‘outrage’ over the pepper spraying of the UC Davis student protesters by saying, “Just think if that was your kid.”

Now if that was my kid, I would kick his ass! I sure as hell did not help pay his way through college to participate in anti-Capitalist protests inspired by Marxist professors. I would not expect him to condemn the very system that enabled me to spend my hard earned money for his education. I would expect him to spend his spare time studying for his degree. And I would expect him to obey a police officer’s request to move.

What would I think if my kid had been one of those UC Davis pepper sprayed students? I would think he brought this on himself and got exactly what he damn well deserved.


Newt Gingrich pretty well seized up the OWS protesters. Here is what he said:

Jefferson said that people that want to be both free and ignorant are asking for something that has never been and will never be. Captain John Smith said in 1607 in the first English speaking permanent colony to the aristocrats who paid their way and didn’t want to work, "If you don’t work, you won’t eat."

Let me take that for a brief moment to describe Occupy Wall Street. All of the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those that are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park so that they can self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.

Now, that is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, "Go get a job right after you take a bath."


Ole Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown has hoodwinked the people of California with his prison realignment system.

By Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors

November 21, 2011

Surprise, surprise. Some of the so-called “low-risk, nonviolent” inmates being sent to county jails are turning out to be far more dangerous than touted by advocates of prison realignment.

What went wrong? For starters, only the inmate’s most recent crime is being taken into consideration when determining eligibility for transfer. His or her latest crime may not be of a violent nature, but often, previous convictions have been for very serious crimes that suggest a potential for future dangerous behavior.

Because of jail overcrowding, an inmate’s path from arrival at the L.A. County Jail to release on unsupervised parole can be a short one.

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich called attention to one prisoner set for transfer to L.A. County who previously served time at the maximum-security Folsom and Atascadero state prisons. In reviewing his rap sheet, county officials were shocked to find that he was a violent sexual predator convicted of rape with violence.

Antonovich says the gaping loophole in the realignment legislation puts the community in danger. It could also cost the county plenty because if an inmate attacks an employee or another inmate, “we assume 100 percent liability."

Antonovich fired off a letter to Gov. Brown calling for the loophole to be closed. The Board of Supervisors has authorized counsel to review possible legal actions to stop transfers of inmates with previous convictions for violent crimes.

This is a problem we’ve been warning the public and elected officials about for some time now. California’s hastily crafted prison realignment legislation was a bad budget cutting solution that transferred the state’s inmate problem to local governments.

We commend Supervisor Antonovich’s leadership in pushing back on Sacramento for playing politics with public safety.


Human rights activist Dorina Lisson sent me this love story. Now, I really can’t get all mushy over the romance of two people who may not have done the actual killing of cops, but were certainly involved in their murders.

Love story of two accused of cop killings in Ireland and the U.S.

By James O’Shea

Irish Central
November 21, 2011

A couple who served time on Death Row, one in Ireland, and one in America, were married last week in New York and will live in Ireland.

Peter Pringle, 74, was sentenced to death in Ireland for the 1980 capital murder of two policemen during a bank raid in Ballaghaderreen County Roscommon.

The robbery was said to have been carried out by the Irish National Liberation Army, a radical offshoot of the IRA.

His execution was set for June 8 1981 but was commuted by the Irish president.

He served 15 years before it was discovered that his original conviction was unsafe after evidence was produced showing his ‘confession’ was written down even before he was interviewed.

During his work with Amnesty International highlighting innocent death row victims, he met Sunny Jacobs.

Sonia Jacobs, 64, was arrested after a February 1976 shootout with two policemen in Florida in which the officers were killed.

Jacobs and her husband had been passengers in the car driven by Walter Rhodes Junior when it was pulled over by police. Both Rhodes and Jacobs' husband Jesse Tafero had prior convictions.

Rhodes turned evidence and claimed it was Jacobs and Tafero who had shot and killed the policemen. A jailhouse informant also told the court that Jacobs had told him she was involved.

Jacobs also received the death sentence and her husband was eventually executed in 1990.

She, however, won her case on appeal after the jailhouse informant recanted and it became clear that it was Walter Rhodes who had fired the fatal shots and Jacobs was freed after seventeen years in jail.

She and Pringle began seeing each other and often spoke at conferences on the death penalty together.

“We didn’t just share a past, we had a vision for a future,” . Jacobs told The New York Times, which featured their wedding “Sure, Peter and I were also physically attracted to one another, but it was deeper than that,” she said. “You know what happens to attractive, it becomes wrinkled and fat.”

In December 2001, she joined him in his cottage beside the sea in Galway.”

“Sunny teaches yoga, I live on a pension,” Mr. Pringle told the Times . “We have two hens, two ducks and eight goats. We both milk the goats and Sunny makes cheese. It’s really a nice, simple life.”

The Jacobs story became a hit Broadway play and three of the actresses who played her Brooke Shields, Marlo Thomas and Amy Irving turned up for the wedding.

“Playing Sunny was so claustrophobic for me,” Shields told the Times, “You felt her powerlessness, this was a woman in the wrong place at the wrong time, the same for Peter.

“But despite everything they have been through, they are not bitter or jaded, they never closed their hearts. They are two people who are at peace with themselves and with the world. They could not have been more fated and meant to be with one another.”

Jacobs and Mr. Pringle exchanged wedding vows and Irish Claddagh rings before a Hindu priest, and one of the most extraordinary marriages on record went into the books.


This mentally challenged man needs to be institutionalized.

By Noelle Phillips

Jewish World Review
November 22, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man's attempt to fake his own kidnapping Thursday went awry, starting when his mother negotiated down his ransom to $60 from $100.

Christopher Hutto, 30, of Elgin was charged with extortion for orchestrating the "kidnapping" and then trying to get money from his mother, said Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Hutto had tried to get his mother to pay $100 to find out where the supposed kidnapper had dumped his allegedly badly beaten body, Matthews said. But his mother got the alleged kidnapper to drop the price by $40 after she said she couldn't afford to pay that much for the information.

"Maybe he was a problem child," Matthews said, joking.

Hutto's mother began receiving text messages Thursday night that said her son had been severely beaten and dropped in the woods at an unknown location, Matthews said. The texts, which were coming from Hutto's phone, also said he was near death.

Kershaw County deputies called the State Law Enforcement Division and the Richland County Sheriff's Department to help catch the "kidnapper," Matthews said.

But when police staked out a drop-off location for the money, they saw Hutto running from the site with the money, Matthews said. He was captured after a short foot chase.

Hutto had planned to use the money to buy crack cocaine, Matthews said.

"This guy's a crackhead, and we used all of these resources to ensure his safe return, and it turns out he orchestrated the whole thing," Matthews said.

The penalty for extortion is up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


OUTRAGE! That’s what the internet, the newspaper headlines and the lead-in stories on the national TV news broadcasts have called the reaction to the pepper spraying of UC Davis student protesters. The cops are being excoriated while the protesters are called ‘peaceful’ and ‘passive.’

As I wrote before, the 1% are no longer the bad guys - now it’s the police officers trying to maintain law and order.

Campus Police Chief Annette Spicuzza and the two cops who did the spraying have been placed on administrative leave “to restore trust and calm tensions.” The UC Davis faculty has called for the resignation of Linda Katehi, the university’s chancellor. The ‘university’ has called on the District Attorney to investigate if criminal charges should be filed against the cops. And a prominent educated idiot UC Davis professor has questioned why campus cops are armed in the first place.

Mark G. Yudof, president of the University of California system, said he was “appalled” by the police action and declared that "Free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history. It is a value we must protect with vigilance." Yudof announced that all 10 chancellors would convene soon for a discussion "about how to ensure proportional law enforcement response to non-violent protest."

The educated idiots, and that includes Yudof, that are screaming ‘outrage’ don’t seem to understand that protesters do not have the right to interfere in the rights of others to go about their business unimpeded. The pepper sprayed protesters were clearly blocking a path and were asked by the cops repeatedly to move. Then they were ordered to move.

In such situations it is common police procedure to resort to pepper spray. Since the protesters were squatting with their arms interlocked and were determined to stay put, removing them by prying them apart and dragging them off would have resulted in injuries to both the protesters and cops. That is something the educated idiots and all the others screaming ‘outrage’ do not seem to understand. And leaving the protesters - who are interfering with the rights of others – in place to continue their unlawful squatting would constitute a breakdown of law and order.

Law and order? That’s been a politically incorrect term ever since the protests against the Vietnam War.

Maintain law and order or let law and order break down? The cops are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. So fuck all those armchair critics and let me repeat: To our police officers I say, right on guys! If the OWS rabble refuses to obey a lawful order, go right ahead and give them a ‘healthy’ dose of pepper spray! And an occasional kick in the butt might not be such a bad idea after all.


This is absolutely outrageous!

Germans want to tax compensation settlements and pensions agreed to in 2005

By Allan Hall

Mail Online
November 21, 2011

Belgians deported to Nazi Germany in World War II to work as slaves for the Third Reich have now received tax demands from Berlin.

Belgium's finance minister Didier Reynders has vowed to confront Germany over the 'morally indefensible' tax demands which have been arriving in the mailboxes of elderly war survivors over the past few weeks.

'It is shocking that people who during World War II were forced to work by the Nazis have now received tax demands from the authorities related to the compensation eventually paid for that work,' he said.

Several dozen former victims of the forced labour regime imposed by the Nazis after they conquered Belgium in May 1940 have received the demands.

It seeks tax on pensions and lump sums paid out in compensation following a deal struck in 2005.

Tony Vandersteen, ombudsman of the Belgian pension department, said; 'There is great anger. Dozens of people have complained, both survivors or their dependants.

'I told people there is not a lot that I can do. I recommended that people contact the German authorities in order to try to obtain a discount'.

The German tax demands could not come at a worse time for the German image.

The modern-day state is already seen by many in Europe as achieving dominance over its neighbours through the euro crisis and the comment from an aide of Chancellor Angela Merkel to David Cameron last week that 'Europe spricht Deutsch' ('Europe is speaking German') did nothing to enhance that perception.

Nazi Germany enslaved over 13 million people in WWII to work on munitions plants, as labourers, farm and kitchen hands as every able-bodied male was called up to fight.

It was only six years ago that Germany recognised its responsibility towards the survivors and began to issue them payments and pensions.

Belgian slaves worked in some terrible places where life often hung by a thread.

They included the secret underground factory at Nordhausen where V2 rockets were built and where some workers didn't see daylight for four years.

They also endured backbreaking work building the bunker Valentin in Bremen to house submarines.

Nearly 4000 people died while working there, what prosecutors at Nuremberg called 'extermination by working'.

Many Belgian Jews not exterminated were deported to work in ghetto industries in Poland.

Mr Reynders said that this new problem with the pensions paid to former forced labourers had come about because of a new German law on taxing pensions of people living outside of Germany.

He said he had contacted his German opposite number Wolfgang Schaeuble on October 20 about the general implications of the law, but had 'yet to get much of a response.'

'It hits me not only financially but emotionally,' said Simone De Vos, 84, the widow of a forced labourer.

'My late husband had anxiety attacks for decades after his time in Germany. It is outrageous that the Germans now want money back.'

Germany wants to claw back 17 per cent of the payments in tax. Some 200,000 Belgians were enslaved to work for their German masters. It is feared that the tax demands will now be sent to survivors in other lands.

The German government had no immediate comment.


As much as I detest the draconian ways of most homeowners associations and as much as I sympathize and would like to side with Richard Wentz, in this case I am regretfully coming down on the side of the association. To its credit, Wentz's association allows the American flag to be flown, something many others prohibit. And since the 9/11 flag is faded, it would detract from the community aesthetics that maintain property values.

Homeowners association told Richard Wentz, who assisted at Ground Zero, that flag ‘detracts from aesthetic harmony’
November 21, 2011

NEW YORK — A retired New York police officer was asked by his homeowner's association to take down a commemorative 9/11 flag.

Two flags — the American flag and the 9/11 Flag of Honor, faded and embroidered with victims' names — fly outside the home of Richard Wentz, according to Fox News. An ordinance says residents are only allowed to display one flag, and that it must be the American flag.

Wentz assisted at Ground Zero by pulling people out of Tower 1 before it collapsed, he said, and he has cancer thought to be from exposure to toxins at the site.

Some residents say he should be allowed to keep the flag.

"I think he deserves to have a flag up there. What he went through, I think it's an honor," one woman said.

According to a letter from the association, the flag detracts from the aesthetic harmony of the neighborhood. Wentz has 10 days to remove it before possible legal action is taken.

"I will not take that flag down," Wentz said. "That flag will remain up. I don't care how many fines they want to give me, how many notices they want to give me, I refuse to take that down."


Ed and Nancy met while on a singles cruise and Ed fell head over heels for her.

When they discovered they lived in the same city only a few miles apart Ed was ecstatic. He immediately started asking her out when they got home.

Within a couple of weeks, Ed had taken Nancy to dance clubs, restaurants, concerts, movies, and museums. Ed became convinced that Nancy was indeed his soul mate and true love. Every date seemed better than the last.

On the one-month anniversary of their first dinner on the cruise ship, Ed took Nancy to a fine restaurant... While having cocktails and waiting for their salad, Ed said, "I guess you can tell I'm very much in love with you. I'd like a little serious talk before our relationship continues to the next stage.

So, before I get a box out of my jacket and ask you a life changing question, it's only fair to warn you, I'm a total golf nut. I play golf, I read about golf, I watch golf on TV. In short, I eat, sleep, and breathe golf. If that's going to be a problem for us, you'd better say so now!"

Nancy took a deep breath and responded, "Ed, that certainly won't be a problem. I love you as you are and I love golf too; but, since we're being totally honest with each other, you need to know that for the last five years I've been a hooker."

Ed said, "I bet it's because you're not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball."

Monday, November 21, 2011


From Borderland Beat:

"I can no longer be shocked by the impunity of Mexico, sadly, only an event of justice could do that. Hold on to your seatbelts folks, the little darling is a US citizen and free to come and play anywhere, though his history is in the San Diego/Chula Vista area...." Paz, Buela Chivis

CNN Mexico
November 19, 2011

The youngest sicario known as “El Ponchis” was sentenced to three years in prison in the central state of Morelos, for beheading four men could go free in the coming days due to an appeal of his defense.

Following an analysis of the trial by the defense of children, several irregularities were found, so these tests were presented as well as videos of the trial with which the defense seeks to annul the sentence imposed four months ago, sources of the Unitary Tribunal of Justice for Adolescents (TUJA) told CNNMéxico.

The hearing of appeal is an extraordinary remedy that is meant to overturn a court decision, that might contain an incorrect interpretation of the law or a judication that has not followed a legal process.

This legal process is a right of the defendant, said Jose Manuel Serrano Salmeron, head of the prosecution for crimes against adolescents, however, he went on to say that the trial that found the child guilty was fair.

“As a prosecutor in this trial I can tell you that it was a fair trial, the judge listened to each and every one of the witnesses that allowed us to prove all that antisocial behavior in the indictment against him,” Serrano Salmeron said.

The youngest active sicario to date at aged 14, was arrested the night of December 2, 2010 by soldiers at the airport in Cuernavaca while in company of his two sisters. He was about to board a flight that was going to take him to the border city of Tijuana, where he was moving to San Diego, California to join his mother.

At his presentation, the teen said he agreed to work for the South Pacific Cartel (CPS) and said that his job was to behead people working for other cartels.

The hearing, in which all parties will be present, will take place next Tuesday at the Centre for the Execution of Custodial Measures for Adolescents, in Morelos, where he is currently being held, and presiding will be the judges of TUJA, Ana Perez Güemes and Ocampo Virinia that will determine if the sentence is either reduced or annulled or sustained.

After a trial lasting a week, on July 26 “El Ponchis” was sentenced to three years in prison for trafficking drug, possession of a firearm that are only pernitted by the military and violation of federal law against organized crime for committing kidnappings and homicides.