March 30, 2014

Corruption Only In Iraq?

Under Saddam Hussein Iraq was corrupt. Americans brought pallets of crisp new $100 bills to Iraq. $9 billion of that money disappeared into the ether. Is corruption a human characteristic that needs attention? Or is it limited to the air and waters in Iraq?

Expert Discusses Iraqi Corruption, Climate Change
Harvard Crimson
March 28, 2014

Bill O'Reilly Stands Up To Black Race Baiters

Bill O'Reilly

[From article]
O’Reilly mocked Lee’s insinuation on MSNBC that on the right, “we all use phrases that denigrate African-Americans.” He went through a list of examples he believes bolsters his “race hustler” charge and said, “How about pinhead, congresswoman? You like that better?”
O’Reilly condemned Lee for “flat-out calling people with whom she disagrees racist” and then having “the gall, the nerve” to scold O’Reilly and the right for their remarks.

O’Reilly Stands by Calling Dem Rep. a Race Hustler: She’s Also a ‘Pinhead’ and ‘Liar’
by Josh Feldman
9:02 pm, March 28th, 2014

Mom Dies Of Cancer To Save Newborn

R.I.P.: Doctors told Elizabeth Joice that having a child was impossible following her cancer treatment, however after falling pregnant she pressed ahead, despite all the warning signs. Tragically she died six weeks after giving birth

The ultimate price for motherhood: Woman, 36, forgoes cancer treatment and dies to have the baby girl she desperately wanted
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 11:07 EST, 30 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:08 EST, 30 March 2014

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New York Post

Illinois Judge, Declared Insane Wants Her Job Back

Cynthia Brim leaves the Daley Center after appearing at a court hearing in January of 2013. 
(Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune / March 28, 2014)

[From article]
For the first time in Illinois, attorneys on the case say, a judicial disciplinary panel has begun tackling the question of whether a judge whose psychotic episodes can apparently be controlled through medication should be allowed to return to the bench.
Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, testified before the Illinois Courts Commission for more than two hours on Friday in a bid to save her $182,000-a-year job. The seven-member panel – made up of judges from outside of Cook County as well as two citizens – will later issue a written decision.
Brim was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery by reason of insanity last year for shoving a sheriff’s deputy outside the Daley Center during a manic episode in March 2012. A day earlier, while on the bench, she broke into an extended rant while presiding over a traffic court call at the Markham courthouse.,0,7568123.story?track=rss

Judge wants back on bench after insanity ruling
By Steve Schmadeke
Tribune reporter
6:57 p.m. CDT, March 28, 2014

Meta Data Reveals Personality Types

[From article]
A group of researchers from the MIT Media Lab found that your metadata — including, but not limited to, the way in which you use your phone, how you make calls, to whom, for how long, etc. — can serve as an indicator of your personality.
Here’s how they figured it out. The researchers, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Jordi Quoidbach, Florent Robic and Sandy Pentland, had 100 students fill out surveys to determine their personality along five distinct personality types:

Neurotic: Defined roughly as a higher than normal tendency to experience unpleasant emotions
Open: Defined as broadly curious and creative
Extroverted: As in, looks toward others for stimulation
Agreeable: As in warm, compassionate, and cooperative
Conscientiousness: Self-disciplined organized and eager for success

How the NSA Can Use Metadata to Predict Your Personality
Patrick Tucker March 28, 2014

Common Core One Size Fits All, Good For Bill Gates

Billionaire Bill Gates

[From article]
He is talking about standardization. He is talking about a tidier assembly line. (But nobody ever said that democracy is supposed to be tidy. Dictatorship is tidy.)
Bill Gates brought a programmer’s sensibility to education. There is a maximally efficient way to design a piece of software. So let’s do that, and stop all this other nonsense. Bad plan, even with the best of intentions.
[. . .]
There seems to be a belief in magic. Outline impressive goals (“internationally benchmarked,” no less) in a technical, officious way, and every kid will automatically soar to high levels. But why would that happen? Teachers still have to teach, and students still have to learn the information, fact by fact. But our Education Establishment hates all those traditional practices. It’s so much simpler to proclaim that henceforth all children will be college- and career-ready. Presto! That was easy.
Bill Gates and Common Core are obsessed with arranging things in standardized patterns, coast to coast. So we must have standards that will somehow apply to everyone. Then we need identical curricula, and we’ll need identical tests.
[. . .]

If you want to let Bill Gates off the hook, say this: he trusted the wrong people and their bad ideas. The very same people who had dumbed down the schools were now being asked to create a reform program. Oh, really? How could that possibly work? Typically, these people were socialists. They wanted leveling, and they worked relentlessly to get it.
[. . .]
If Bill Gates had turned away from the Education Establishment and its dysfunctional ideas, maybe he could’ve worked a miracle. But the boss educators would never allow that. So they made a sweet deal. Gates would get a huge, tidy market for his wares. The education professors would get more dictatorial power.
[. . .]
All that Common Core was going to do was give the same people more power so no one could get out from under their thumbs.
[. . .]
But never mind how much Gates makes. We wouldn't mind if the children were being well-educated. But he was in cahoots with people who had never been primarily interested in making children well-educated. The goal, ever since the time of John Dewey, was to make children cooperative, largely incapable of independent thought, and easy to govern.

March 30, 2014
Common Core: Anatomy of a Failure
By Bruce Deitrick Price

SCOTUS Justice Indicates Being Misinformed On Obamacare

Justice Elena Kagan, wrong on Affordable Health care Act?

[From article]
Kagan’s mistake, if that’s what it was, goes to the heart of a serious contemporary problem: the proliferation of bureaucratic regulation carrying the force of law, wholly produced not by legislation, but by bureaucrats.
It should be deeply shocking and embarrassing if a sitting Supreme Court Justice confused bureaucratic regulation for actual statutory language. A former Harvard Law School professor, and dean, no less. One of the reasons we venerate the Supreme Court is that the justices are expected to immerse themselves in the cases, and ponder them deeply.

March 30, 2014
Did Justice Kagan embarrass herself during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?
Thomas Lifson

White House Imitating Art

[From article]
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s denial that he ever said that citizen complaints about Obamacare were merely lies and Obama’s assertion that he never drew a “red line.” Or Kathleen Sebelius’s claim that she never said that the sign-up goal for Obamacare was seven million people are perfect examples of how the Democrats are brazenly following the apparent policy of Orwell’s “Party” in 1984 to reverse reality from what it actually was to what they want it to be.
[. . .]
by the unionized teachers in the public school system of the United States, it might also be described as the Robin Hood Maneuver – Rob the Rich and Give (at least some of it) to the Poor.
Now this is not to imply that George Orwell wrote Robin Hood, but he did write Animal Farm. And as most people know, the single most striking line from that book is “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
Apparently Barack Obama has volunteered his services to separate those of us who are equal from those who are more equal. What a guy, eh?
[. . .]
the odds are (based on the past five years of watching the Obama White House function) that the President and his cadre will simply ignore the impending disasters associated with Obamacare. They will ignore any dangers associated with his schemes to correct income inequality. They will defend with unflagging zeal the Common Core uniformity he wishes to force on the American educational establishment and the students who will become semi-literate high school graduates.

March 30, 2014
Is George Orwell Working in the White House?
White Hoiuse Imitating ArtJim Yardley

March 26, 2014

U.S. Senator Harry Reid Blames GOP For Ukraine Invasion

U.S. Senator Harry Reid

[From article]
Politics: Harry Reid blames Russia's annexation of Crimea on Republicans who didn't act fast enough on a sanctions package. But he ignores Obama's appeasement as president and push when a senator to disarm Ukraine.
The Senate Majority Leader's latest claim is consistent with other utterances out of his parallel universe, including calling Stage IV cancer patients liars about Obamacare's collateral damage and asking why we'd want to save one child with cancer.
"Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea, and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Harry Reid said Monday as the Senate began debate on a package of sanctions and aid.

Delusional Harry Reid Blames GOP, Not Obama, For Ukraine
Posted 03/25/2014 06:40 PM ET

FBI raids RI House Speaker's Office, He Resigns

[From article]
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.
"Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker," Fox said in a written statement emailed Saturday evening to reporters. "The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner."
The 52-year-old Providence Democrat said he planned to serve out the remainder of his term, but that "my personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation."
[. . .]
Fox has represented Rhode Island's capital in the General Assembly for more than 20 years, and became the nation's first openly gay House speaker when he assumed the post in 2010.

Uh, Oh. FBI investigating victims? We're all in trouble. Are you sure he does not have a disability too? Maybe some native American blood?
Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids
Published March 22, 2014Associated Press

College Officials Censor Speech Using Irrational Standards

[From article]
“As one commentator noted already, this is ‘reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland’s ‘sentence first, verdict afterwards,’” the letter says.
“But a mere investigation into clearly protected activity violates the Constitution. … The agreement requires UM and other universities to violate students’ due process.”
WND reported the May 9 guidance from the U.S. Department of Education was understood to mean that every flirtation on a college campus in America and every request to go out on a date could be considered sexual harassment.
The federal government then tried to explain away the controversy.
The department advisory apparently eliminated the standard of whether a “reasonable person” would consider certain actions harassment. It explained that any comment, action, insinuation or implication would be harassment if it were unwanted.
The advisory also warned that the school’s sexual harassment policy “improperly suggests that the conduct does not constitute sexual harassment unless it is objectively offensive.”

Coalition of education groups says schools not exempt from 1st Amendment
Published: 06/17/2013 at 10:14 PM
Bob Unruh

Student Sues University For False Accusation of Rape

[From article]
Explained Sevcenko: “FIRE has been arguing that university judiciaries are ill-equipped to handle such serious allegations for years, starting with the case of Caleb Warner. Warner was expelled from the University of North Dakota for sexual assault, a decision the school refused to reconsider after the police issued a warrant for his accuser’s arrest for filing a false police report.”
She said any college administrator “will tell you, school disciplinary hearings are not designed to be the strict equivalent of a criminal trial.”
“But branding someone a rapist without the benefit of meaningful due process protections betrays the fundamental principles of justice. And because courts are often very deferential to internal school disciplinary procedures, when a sitting judge nevertheless publicly casts doubts on those internal procedures, it would be foolish to ignore the possibility that serious reform may be needed.”
WND reported last month that there was a high level of concern because of the Obama administration’s efforts to have such campus cases decided on a “preponderance” of evidence.
Several college cases of abuses of false claims of rape on campus.

Federal judge refuses university request to dismiss claims
Published: 03/14/2014 at 8:39 PM
Bob Unruh

'Ndrangheta Earns More Than McDonald's and Deutsche Bank Combined

[From article]
the 'Ndrangheta mafia from southern Italy made more money last year than Deutsche Bank and McDonalds put together,
[. . .]
The 'Ndrangheta is thought to have some 400 key "operatives" in 30 countries, but its activities are believed to involve as many as 60,000 people worldwide, the report said.
Extortion and usury last year brought in a substantial 2.9 billion euros, while embezzlement earned the mafia 2.4 billion euros and gambling 1.3 billion euros.
Arms sales, prostitution, counterfeiting goods and people-smuggling were less lucrative, bringing in less than a billion euros together.
The 'Ndrangheta -- whose name comes from the Greek for courage or loyalty -- has a tight clan structure which has made it famously difficult to penetrate.;_ylt=AwrBJR.tJDNT3D8An.jQtDMD

Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia 'earns more than McDonalds'
March 26, 2014
Yahoo News

White House Deception (What Else Is New?) On Deportation Figures

[From article]
Fully 98 percent of individuals deported from the United States in 2013 were either criminals, apprehended while illegally crossing the border, or had been previously deported, according to a new analysis from Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).The three-page document, labeled a “Critical Alert” by the senator’s office, found three executive actions by President Barack Obama providing amnesty to groups of illegal aliens meant that virtually no one who did not meet other criteria beyond simply being in the country illegal was deported.

25 Mar 2014

200 People Die Daily In U.S. From Hospital Infections

[From article]
Many bacterial infections -- which can lead to serious complications from pneumonia and illnesses of the intestinal tract -- could be prevented if healthcare workers practiced common hygiene, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Although there has been some progress, today and every day more than 200 Americans with healthcare-associated infections will die during their hospital stay," said CDC Director Tom Frieden.
"The most advanced medical care won't work if clinicians don't prevent infections through basic things such as regular hand hygiene.";_ylt=AwrBEiEMNzNTowkAy9fQtDMD

Hospital infections kill 200 daily in US
March 26, 2014

Anger Management Student Hits Girfriend With Anger Management Workbook

[From article]
The deputy's report tells an ugly story in which Thompson claims that her boyfriend, 23-year-old Tyler Ford strangled her, threaten to kill her repeatedly, put her phone in the oven to prevent her from calling 911 and "popped" their infant daughter two times on the legs because the child was crying.
The trouble apparently began while the couple was watching a movie. According to deputies, Ford began questioning Thompson as to why she provokes him knowing that he's currently enrolled in anger management class. The reports suggests that Thompson just shrugged, causing Ford to roll up his anger management workbook and strike her on the foot and cheek.
[. . .]
An anger management workbook can be over 200 pages.

Cops: Man Hit Girlfriend With Anger Management Book
25 Mar 2014

New York State Schools Most Segregated

[From article]
In New York City, the largest school system in the U.S. with 1.1 million pupils, the study notes that many of the charter schools created over the last dozen years are among the least diverse of all, with less than 1 percent white enrollment at 73 percent of charter schools.
"To create a whole new system that's even worse than what you've got really takes some effort," said Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project and an author of the report.

Mar 26, 3:51 PM EDT


Wash Post Exec Dead Outside Midtown NYC Club

[From article]
A former Vice President for The Washington Post was found dead on the ground at a Hell’s Kitchen hot-spot surrounded on the ground with a needle, a pipe and pills, sources said.

Ex-Washington Post exec found dead at hot-spot
By Gabrielle Fonrouge and Kirstan Conley
March 26, 2014 | 5:30pm

New York City Democratic Assemblyman Arrested By FBI

[From article]
The FBI raided the offices and home of Queens Assemblyman Bill Scarborough today in what he said was an investigation into his travel reimbursements from the state.
Scarborough claimed he was the victim of a “tabloid hit job” — meaning a 2012 story in The Post about his official reimbursements — and insisted he did nothing wrong.
“The reality is I don’t know of any corruption,” he said.
The Post reported two years ago that Scarborough, an assemblyman since 1995, submitted vouchers claiming $825 in reimbursement for spending five nights in a row in Albany: Sunday, March 13 to Thursday, March 17, 2011.

FBI raids NYC politician, he blames ‘tabloid hit job’
By Pat Bailey
March 26, 2014 | 1:44pm

March 24, 2014

Police Can Track Cell Phone Calls With New Mobile Devices

[From article]
Police say Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower, is useful for catching criminals, but that's about all they'll say.
For example, they won't disclose details about contracts with the device's manufacturer, Harris Corp., insisting they are protecting both police tactics and commercial secrets. The secrecy - at times imposed by nondisclosure agreements signed by police - is pitting obligations under private contracts against government transparency laws.
[. . .]
In one of the rare court cases involving the device, the FBI acknowledged in 2011 that so-called cell site simulator technology affects innocent users in the area where it's operated, not just a suspect police are seeking.
Earlier this month, journalist Beau Hodai and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sued the Tucson Police Department, alleging in court documents that police didn't comply with the state's public-records law because they did not fully disclose Stingray-related records and allowed Harris Corp. to dictate what information could be made public.
[. . .]
"I don't see how public agencies can make up an agreement with a private company that breaks state law," said David Cuillier, the director of the University of Arizona's journalism school and a national expert on public-records laws. "We can't have the commercial sector running our governments for us. These public agencies need to be forthright and transparent."

Mar 22, 10:40 AM EDT

White House, Journalists Mislead U.S. Taxpayers

This is a repeat of the extremist leftist personal attacks on Sarah Palin, Andrew Breitbart, Now Directed at Matt Drudge. 

[From article]
A White House aide set off a stampede of liberal media criticism for Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge over Obamacare – but his critics don't seem to understand how small businesses pay taxes.
The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted, “Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not 'getting covered'... I'M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX.”
Jesse Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at Barack Obama's White House, responded that that was a “Flat lie, no fee for previous year,” adding, “Scary how much influence he once had.”
[. . .]
“Dazed team Obama media reporters think Opt-Out tax 'year away’?” Drudge tweeted. “Not for small businesses that file Qtr estimates. We're there NOW, baby #pay.”

21 Mar 2014

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[From article]
This simple fact is something that the smartest (by reputation) mainstream media reporters simply cannot understand and cannot get their arms around. Matt Drudge sent out a tweet on Friday in which he said that his first quarterly estimate coming up in April he will be paying his Obamacare penalty for not having insurance. In his tweet, he called it "a liberty tax," and the media jumped all over him!
They called him a liar. They told him he didn't know what he was talking about. Mainstream media reporters! The White House jumped all over Drudge with their agents on Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of the mainstream media. They said that Drudge was lying to embarrass Obama, that Drudge didn't know what he was talking about, that Drudge was stupid and that you don't have to pay your Obamacare penalty until 2015 because it's been delayed for a year.
Matt Drudge pointed out, "No, not for us. I have to pay my 2015 taxes starting in April of 2014," and they can't understand this. It is amazing the degree of ignorance. He has talked to three or four of these people in person. The last one he talked to has admitted that he's probably not lying but that he still doesn't have to do what he's doing. The fact of the matter is, when you file your taxes next April for this year, in 2015 for 2014, everybody will have to pay the penalty.

Drudge Shines Light on Ignorant Media
March 24, 2014
Rush Limbaugh

Militarized Police Actions

[From article]
Householders, on hearing the door being smashed down, sometimes reach for their own guns. In 2006 Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old woman in Atlanta, mistook the police for robbers and fired a shot from an old pistol. Police shot her five times, killing her. After the shooting they planted marijuana in her home. It later emerged that they had falsified the information used to obtain their no-knock warrant.
[. . .]
But it is hard to see why Fargo, North Dakota—a city that averages fewer than two murders a year—needs an armoured personnel-carrier with a rotating turret. Keene, a small town in New Hampshire which had three homicides between 1999 and 2012, spent nearly $286,000 on an armoured personnel-carrier known as a BearCat. The local police chief said it would be used to patrol Keene’s “Pumpkin Festival and other dangerous situations”.
[. . .]
Many police departments now depend on forfeiture for a fat chunk of their budgets. In 1986, its first year of operation, the federal Asset Forfeiture Fund held $93.7m. By 2012, that and the related Seized Asset Deposit Fund held nearly $6 billion.

Cops or soldiers?
America’s police have become too militarised
Mar 22nd 2014

Nation Divided By Class, Geography

[From article]
There have always been differences between rural and urban America, but they have grown vast and deep, and now are an underappreciated factor in dividing the U.S. political system, say politicians and academicians.
Polling, consumer data and demographic profiles paint a picture of two Americas—not just with differing proclivities but different life experiences. People in cities are more likely to be tethered to a smartphone, buy a foreign-made car and read a fashion magazine. Those in small towns are more likely to go to church, own a gun, support the military and value community ties.
[. . .]
"The difference in this country is not red versus blue," said Neil Levesque, director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. "It's urban versus rural."
[. . .]
Today, almost all big cities, even those in red states such as Missouri, Indiana and Texas, favor Democrats for president.
[. . .]
"Politics hangs on culture and lifestyle more than policy,"
[. . .]
Religion remains a dividing line. Urban dwellers are more than three times as likely as rural residents to say religion is "not that important to me," according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Nearly 60% of rural residents say homosexual behavior is a sin compared with 40% of city residents, a Pew Research Center poll found last year.
Economic forces have advanced the split. Companies carefully choose where to locate new stores and who to target with advertising, assisted by a trove of marketing data. The result is rural Americans have a different set of consumer choices than urban residents.

City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide
Differences Between Rural and Urban America Are Underappreciated Factor in Political Split
Updated March 21, 2014 7:45 a.m. ET

Student Suicides Rise In New York City

[From article]
“As chancellor, I’ve been on the job seven weeks, and there have already been 10 reported suicides. We cannot allow those,” she told 250 new principals at Stuyvesant HS during a private meeting.
[. . .]
In her remarks, Fariña implored principals to identify lonely and troubled kids. She related how, as a principal, she’d single out such students for Principal for a Day activities, taking them on her Friday rounds and giving them individual encouragement.
[. . .]
City Health Department stats show youth suicides are rising, with suicide the third leading cause of death for New Yorkers ages 15 to 24. In 2010, 58 people in that age group took their lives. In 2011, the toll was up to 64, and in 2012 it reached 66.

Student suicides on the rise in recent weeks
By Kevin Fasick and Laura Italiano And
March 23, 2014 | 2:25am
New York Post

Fashion Celebrity Kills Herself

[From article]
“I always say luxury is a state of mind,” Scott told The Sunday Times of London last November. “Because for me, it really is. It’s legroom, it’s a beautiful view, it’s great food at a great restaurant you’ve discovered because you obsessively read Zagat, as I do.”
And then, last Monday, she committed suicide, hanging herself in a $5.6 million Chelsea apartment that likely did not belong to her. Within hours, Scott’s life was revealed to have become an elaborate facade — her business at least $6 million in debt, her fashion-world friends and celebrity clientele unaware of her despair.

Scott’s suicide reveals tragic side of city’s glitzy scene
By Maureen Callahan
New York Post
March 23, 2014 | 12:27am

Being Cool Trumps All Rational Arguments

[From article]
Gutfeld finds that cool warps everything. In 2012, for instance, Zuckerberg’s Facebook not only didn’t pay any net federal income tax but was actually due a refund of about $430 million. Why? Because the company (lawfully) deducted the stock options it issues to Facebook employees, many of them now deliriously wealthy because of those options. If Exxon or Koch Industries had managed that, someone might have noticed.
[. . .]
A 1950s study that tried to measure coolness of jobs identified five factors that gave a career prestige: importance of the task performed, level of authority you have, the know-how required, the dignity of the tasks required and pay.
Scoring highest were jobs like bankers, executives, ministers and professors.
[. . .]
The end result of eco-minded hipster thinking is, for example, the San Francisco ban on plastic shopping bags. This well-intentioned move in favor of all that is green and natural actually wound up killing people. Why? Because when you use bags to transport food, bacteria collects in them.
[. . .]
Reusing that Earth-friendly tote gradually turns it into a chemical weapon. The ban, declared a University of Pennsylvania study, “is associated with a 46% increase in death from food-borne illnesses. That implies an increase of 5.5 annual deaths for the county.” (The researchers added that this was a conservative estimate.)

The hipster war on you: How liberals use cool as a weapon
By Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 22, 2014 | 10:06am

Obama's Pick For Surgeon General Scrutinized

"Cox said that Murthy’s stance on gun control, which the physician has called an issue of public health, would taint his ability to act only on empirical evidence and to examine health issues relevant to firearm owners." Empirical evidence shows that having more guns makes the society safer, i.e., less violence. And Murthy's argument is what? See, e.g., John R. Lott's book of empirical evidence, More Guns, Less Crime. But a bioethicist, (what are the requirements to call oneself a bioethicist?) says, “The effort to block him [Murthy] by the NRA is absurd on its face, has no merit, is utterly politics, and is inimical to the health of all Americans,” Caplan said in an interview. “It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd." Those are rational, impersonal, arguments based on empirical evidence. NOT!!! "According to Caplan, however, the fierce opposition to gun control does not necessarily reflect the views of the broader American population." Oh? And how does the bioethicist know that? It may be that the bioethical conclusion is directly contrary to reality, to empirical evidence. Again what makes a bioethicist? Most importantly it was Chancellor Adolf Hitler in Germany whose administration medicalized social problems. Is that what bioethicists do? No facts, just declarations about medicine and public health. Who dares oppose that? Who could be so uncool? So unhip?

Amid Opposition, White House 'Recalibrating' Approach for Harvard-Affiliated Surgeon General Nominee
March 22, 2014

U.S. Court Halts Same Sex Marriages In Michigan

[From article]
U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman said Friday that Michigan’s decade-old state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman violated the U.S. Constitution’s promise of equal protection for all individuals. In doing so, he immediately required the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples such as the pair of female nurses that had challenged the gay marriage ban.
After the ruling was released Friday evening, Michigan Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette filed an emergency request to delay it from going into effect.
But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not take immediate action. On Saturday afternoon, the court gave attorneys for the nurses until noon Tuesday to rebut the state’s emergency request.
Later Saturday, the appeals court issued another order, this time saying the same-sex marriage ban would remain in place at least through Wednesday “to allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion” to keep the ban in place.
The more than 300 couples who wed Saturday are unlikely to have their marriages recognized by the state, legal experts said.,0,5775278.story

Gay weddings halted in Michigan after 300 marriage licenses issued
By Paresh Dave
4:11 p.m. CDT, March 22, 2014

Can President Declare Peace Against Nation Making War on U.S.?

[From article]
No fighting in Pakistan. Better to play along with the “war of necessity” charade. Why Pakistan could pretend to be an ally and charge the U.S. exorbitant rates for the privilege of supplying its pointless military endeavor over Pakistani roads. Clever, wasn’t it?
Brilliant. Positively brilliant. Thousands of American troops dangling at the end of a lifeline ultimately controlled by the sponsors of al Qaeda wasting billions of dollars on Obama’s strategy.
If ruse it was then it was eminently successful. Gall notes that, even after the Raid, even after burying Osama at sea so as not to offend … well who? … Obama has still not identified the principal enemy as Pakistan. In fact he may never. “The United States was neither speaking out against Pakistan nor changing its policy toward a government that was exporting terrorism … after 13 years, more than a trillion dollars spent, 120,000 foreign troops deployed at the height of the war and tens of thousands of lives lost … the real enemy remains at large.” There are bigger considerations, you know.
It’s a monstrous accusation, all the more horrifying because it might well be true. Where does an American president get the power to foist a lie upon an entire nation in order to take upon himself the burden of truth so that all of his countrymen might sleep soundly in their imagined security?
[. . .]
can the president ”declare peace” with a country currently waging war against America?
[. . .]
Of course, one may ask: who cares? The whole point is that half the voters don’t care, as long as they get their dose of reality TV and talent shows; their Obamaphones and their Obamacare.

Ego Te Absolvo
March 21st, 2014 - 6:18 am
by Richard Fernandez

CA Candidate For Governor, Registered Sex Offender

[From article]
Champ, a little-known political neophyte from the Fresno County community of Tollhouse, did not directly mention his criminal past during his speech but said, "In my life, I've been held accountable because of my stupidity. I do not want anyone else to be enslaved because of their lack of knowledge."
Champ's rap sheet is lengthy. Court records show that in 1992, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed firearm. In 1993, he was convicted of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and as a result was placed on the state's sex-offender registry.
In March 1998, he accepted a plea deal on a charge of loitering to solicit a prostitute; later that year, he pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge after hitting a man with his vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to court records.
In an interview Friday, Champ acknowledged his criminal record,
[. . .]
Champ said his life experience could help him deal with politicians in Sacramento. He calls them criminals, saying, for example, that they routinely infringe upon constitutionally protected gun rights.
"I know what the criminal mind thinks, and I know how it works and I know how to stop it, and that's something [other politicians] don't get," Champ said.,0,1243785.story#axzz2wipJF5N5

GOP candidate for governor is a registered sex offender
Glenn Champ says his criminal record, which includes voluntary manslaughter and other charges, could help him deal with politicians.
By Seema Mehta
March 21, 2014, 8:47 p.m.

UK Hospitals Use Aborted Babies As Fuel

[From article]
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’
At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.

Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals
The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants
By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent
7:00AM GMT 24 Mar 2014

Vatican Justice Laments Obama's Anti Christian, Anti Religious Policies

[From article]
The former archbishop of St. Louis stated that Obama is trying to “restrict” religion.
“Now he wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship, that is, he holds that one is free to act according to his conscience within the confines of his place of worship but that, once the person leaves the place of worship, the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions,” Burke said.
Burke took a swipe against Obama’s Affordable Care Act over the law’s birth control mandate, saying “such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago.”
“In a democracy, such a lack of awareness is deadly,” Burke told the magazine. “It leads to the loss of the freedom which a democratic government exists to protect. It is my hope that more and more of my fellow citizens, as they realize what is happening, will insist on electing leaders who respect the truth of the moral law as it is respected in the founding principles of our nation.”

Vatican Chief Justice: Obama’s Policies ‘Have Become Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’
March 24, 2014 11:14 AM

Police, Military Investigate TASER Loaded Drone

[From article]
It is called the ‘Cupid Drone’ and was developed at Chaotic Moon Studios. The newly developed Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone can shoot 80-thousand volts of electricity into a subject.
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"We, as a society, should all be involved in the conversation of technology governance, not just the legislators who often do a knee jerk reaction, or the inventors and entrepreneurs who often don't think about some of the consequences of their technologies," Hurley continued.
This is something that doesn't just exist in video games anymore. The technology is here and not everyone is ready.
"We, as the people who have to live our everyday lives, often are either affected by or ruled by things that we never have a discussion about or are never involved in," continued Hurley

Cupid Drone armed with taser gaining interest from military
Posted: Mar 24, 2014 7:24 AM EDT  
Updated: Mar 24, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

March 21, 2014

Woman Explains Why She Hates Babies and Loves Abortion

[From article]
“Let me just put a stop to this **** right now,” Marcotte wrote. “You can give me gold-plated day care and an awesome public school right on the street corner and start paying me 15 percent more at work, and I still do not want a baby. I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding.
“No matter how much free day care you throw at women, babies are still time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness,” she declared
Marcotte said she is pleased with her present life, which gives her the “ability to do what I want when I want without having to arrange for a babysitter.”
“I like being able to watch True Detective right now and not wait until baby is in bed. I like sex in any room of the house I please."

'This is actually what I think, and I feel zero guilt about it'
March 21, 2014

March 19, 2014

Former Cambridge Fire Chief, Dies at 88

[From article]
Cambridge native Thomas Scott was born to serve his city. After working for the Cambridge Fire Department for 40 years, the last nine of which he was chief of the department, Scott died on March 11, at the age of 88.
[. . .]
"They talk about the brotherhood of firefighters and what that means," Scott Jr. said. "We can testify to that growing up because it was a very close-knit group that always did things together."
[. . .]
In many ways, Scott Jr. said his father embodied the values of The Greatest Generation, putting family above all else, taking pride in his work, and honoring his country through service. He got along with people who worked hard and dedicated themselves to their craft, and didn’t suffer fools lightly, Scott Jr. said.

Former Cambridge Fire Chief Thomas Scott dies at 88
By Erin Baldassari
Posted Mar. 19, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

Retired Cambridge Officer Arrested, Charged With Hit and Run

Retired Cambridge Police Officer Arrested In Pedestrian Crash In Boston
March 19, 2014 3:05 PM

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By Todd Kazakiewich
Retired police officer arrested in Boston hit-and-run
Police find car in Quincy after hit-and-run crash, officials say
 UPDATED 3:24 PM EDT Mar 19, 2014

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Former Cambridge Police Officer Arrested In Pedestrian Crash In Boston

March 18, 2014

Massachusetts Police Merge Jurisdiction, Usurp Legislative Power

[From article]
the Massachusetts Interagency Mutual Aid Agreement, which will empower on-duty police officers in one jurisdiction to respond to public safety emergencies in other participating jurisdictions.
[. . .]
"Major events in Massachusetts and elsewhere have highlighted the need for police departments to work together more effectively, and these events have shown that we are indeed more effective when we work together," said Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno
[. . .]
Cambridge has not signed the agreement at this time.

Is there a problem with the Massachusetts State Police? Who needs local police chiefs? Why not dress all police in the same uniform and make them answerable to one chief of police? And why is the Transit police, the MBTA officers, the constables, and the Harvard University campus police not included?

Majority of Middlesex police chiefs sign mutual aid agreement
The Middlesex County Chiefs of Police Association has signed the Massachusetts Interagency Mutual Aid Agreement, which will empower on-duty police officers in one jurisdiction to respond to public safety emergencies in other participating jurisdictions.
Posted Mar. 18, 2014 @ 11:02 am
Updated at 11:45 AM

Air Canada Suspends Flights To Venezuela

[From article]
"Due to ongoing civil unrest in Venezuela, Air Canada can no longer ensure the safety of its operation and has suspended flights to Caracas until further notice," said the airline in a statement.

Air Canada suspends flights to Venezuela
By Karla Cripps
updated 4:38 AM EDT, Tue March 18, 2014

Do You Know Who You Are?

Posted March 17, 2014 5:42 PM ET; Updated March 18, 2014 1:20 PM ET

Son Suspects ‘Welfare Queen’ May Have Stolen Baby Paul Fronczak
March 14, 2014

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Stolen at Birth Tip Line: Who Is Paul Fronczak?
ABC News '20/20' and Barbara Walters Investigate Mystery of Stolen Baby, 50 Years Later

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3/16: Stolen at Birth: A Decades-Old Mystery
40:47 03/15/14

This story was broadcast on ABC News' 20/20 hosted by Barbara Walters on March 16, 2014. The man, Paul Fronczak, told his wife, "I don't know who I am. I don't know when or where I was born."

It is a long story of a woman who stole a newborn baby from the arms of his mother in a Chicago hospital. Then years later a baby was abandoned in Newark NJ. The parents whose baby was stolen thought it was their baby and raised him as their own. But when DNA testing was available the test showed that these parents could not be the man's parents. That is what led to the comments to his wife. And you thought you had problems?

Mine are not near as basic. I know where I was born and who my parents were. But sometime in 1970 I met a woman who changed everything else about me. Since then  I've been surrounded by homosexuals, and everyone including the FBI told everyone "He's a homosexual." 43 years later (today) a lesbian graduate student in psychology at Harvard University Medical School, who is protected by Harvard University campus police continues a campaign to try to make me into a homosexual. I am not kidding. It shows how distorted the priorities of government especially law enforcement is in this country.

I am 71 years old. For the past 17 years I've complained to every taxpayer funded public and private agency in Massachusetts (and other states) whose mission is to protect vulnerable persons. They all refuse to investigate the numerous daily felonies committed against me. When I called to other states they asked me why I called them if I lived in Massachusetts. I explained "Because they won't help me here." In case I did not reveal it, one homosexual mogul in Cambridge said to me in February 2014, "You wore out your welcome here." Do homosexuals control who lives in Massachusetts too?

The criminals who conduct the abuses employ lawyers, psychologists and local thugs employed by police and the FBI. They tamper with my landline and my cell phone. My home computer crashes regularly due to their interferences. USPS mail is withheld or not delivered at all.
They keep me under 24/7 surveillance and disturb my sleep every one or two hours every day. They tell everyone I know, knew or meet, "He's crazy." That scares ordinary people away so that the criminals will have free access to conduct their depraved activities. It also permits the human services agencies to ignore me. If a person is crazy what he says can not be relied on. A state police officer at the Massachusetts headquarters told me that. I reminded him that what he said implies that normal people do not lie. State police in Massachusetts protect politicians who are know for being liars, i.e., unreliable. But if they believe a person is crazy they ignore what he says. Even if being crazy is attributed to a person who is exposing criminal behavior by politicians. "He's crazy." is a reliable way to discredit whistleblowers. This happens frequently in  courts when lawyers try to discredit witnesses. "He's crazy." is used to discredit witnesses who harm their client's interest. 

It shows that all it takes are sufficient allegations by criminal psychologists (like the Harvard University graduate student lesbian) that a person is crazy to censor what he says and to deny him First Amendment rights-- the Right To Access to the government,  the Right to Petition the government and the Right to Redress. Psychiatry serves government criminals.  It is the same here as what psychiatrists did in Germany under Hitler and in Russia under Stalin. Journalists maintain the image of psychiatry just as they are conditioned to do.

In addition these same people say, "He's a retired drug dealer." and best of all to silence me, "He's a racist." There are more elements of a 43 year character assassination campaign but those three are enough to make me into a pariah. Who do you believe? 43 years of government character assassination? Or what I try to say in my blog, which one Harvard University lawyer repeatedly told me "No one reads your blog."

March 17, 2014

Mexican Drug Cartels Diversify; Iron Ore Lucrative Business

[From article]
The Zetas cartel, with its strongholds along the US-Mexico border, was among the first to change the business model from merely production and transport of drugs to migrant smuggling and controlling territory through terror. Though drugs still top their list, the Zetas likely make as much from kidnapping and extortion, said Samuel Logan, director of the Southern Pulse security consulting firm.
“I’ve never looked at them as drug-trafficking organizations,” Logan said of Mexico’s cartels. “They’re multinational corporations that will react to market pressures and do what they have to do to stay in business.”
[. . .]
Alonso Ancira, president of the National Chamber of Iron and Steel, recently told local journalists that he estimated drug cartels earned $1 billion in profits from selling iron ore in 2013.
[. . .]
the cartel was trying to infiltrate all levels of society. By the time La Familia morphed into the Knights Templar in 2010, it seemed to control the entire state, including politicians and police who failed to act.
[. . .]
The government also has arrested or killed much of the cartel’s leadership, but they did the same to La Familia, only to see the cartel remake itself into something even more menacing.

Mexican drug cartel moves from meth to iron ore mining
By Associated Press
March 17, 2014 | 11:55am
New York Post

Obama-Holder Lawlessness Comes to Pennsylvania

[From article]
The Attorney General of Pennsylvania shut down an investigation of corrupt elected officials because everyone they caught — on tape — taking cash and gifts was black.
The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the story on Sunday. The sting operation began with a deal: If a black lobbyist accused of fraud would offer elected officials — black and white, Democrat and Republican — cash and gifts in exchange for votes, the prosecutors would drop charges against him.
So that is what he did over a three-year period.
[. . .]
after Kane’s inauguration in 2013 as the first female and Democrat Attorney General in the state’s history, she began shutting the investigation down.
Then people connected to the investigation who saw the transcripts and read the recordings started talking to the Inquirer. Many of these people left the Attorney General’s office soon after Kane took office.

[original story]

Kane shut down sting that snared Phila. officials
By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, 
Inquirer Staff Writers
March 16, 2014

This is the same pattern which led to the resignation of J. Christian Adams in the voting rights section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice under Tom Perez, Chief of Division. He is now Secretary of Labor. It shows how the Obama-Holder doctrine of applying laws selectively, only against white suspects but not black suspects is widespread at the state level too. The lawlessness of the Obama administration is spreading to state government. There are two excellent books about this issue: J. Christian Adams , Injustice,

[my review here]

and John Fund and Hans van Spakovsky, Who's Counting?

[From previous blog post]
No less than the President of the United States and his misguided, misdirected, irrational Attorney General refuse to prosecute black violators of the Civil Rights voting laws if the victims are white. See J. Christian Adams, Injustice, and his web site; and John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky's, Who's Counting? The US government is being used for racial retaliation contrary to law. They punish white people who did no wrong and reward black people who suffered no harm. That is institutionalized policy in Cambridge MA and at Harvard University. In this alternate fantasy universe, black people are incapable of being racists. Whatever difficulty that a black person encounters is racism, institutionalized racism by the evil white man and those white women who refuse to have sex with black men.
In the book Who's Counting, Fund and Spakovsky report how Ike Brown corrupted the vote process in majority black Noxubee County, Mississippi for many years. He slandered those who reported his crimes as drug dealers and racists. That suggests that the FBI agent who coordinates the character assassination I experience is also black.

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Probe shut down as lawbreakers of same race, party
Colin Flaherty
March 16, 2014

March 12, 2014

DC Mayor Has Campaign, Fund Raising Problems

[From article]
Mayor Vincent C. Gray had detailed knowledge about an illegal fundraising operation that helped him capture the 2010 election and personally asked a prominent D.C. business executive to finance the scheme, prosecutors said Monday.
At a court hearing likely to roil the current mayoral race, prosecutors for the first time alleged that Gray (D) knew about businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson’s conspiracy to pump more than $660,000 in illegal donations into the campaign.
In fact, prosecutors said, Gray and the businessman devised a plan in which Gray would refer to Thompson as “Uncle Earl” to conceal his identity.
The new details about the mayor’s purported involvement emerged at a hearing in which Thompson pleaded guilty to funneling more than $2 million in illegal donations to federal and local campaigns over a six-year period.

Gray knew of ‘shadow campaign,’ Thompson prosecutors say; mayor says it’s all a lie
By Ann E. Marimow, Matt Zapotosky and Paul Schwartzman
Updated: Monday, March 10, 9:24 PM

Two Men Who Made Large Campaign Contributions Wanted By Ecuador

Roberto and William Isaias

[From article]
two men, Roberto and William Isaias, are fugitives from Ecuador, which has angrily pressed Washington to turn them over, to no avail. A year after their relatives gave $90,000 to help re-elect Mr. Obama, the administration rejected Ecuador’s extradition request for the men, fueling accusations that such donations were helping to keep the brothers and their families safely on American soil.
“The Isaias brothers fled to Miami not to live off their work, something just, but to buy themselves more mansions and Rolls-Royces and to finance American political campaigns,” President Rafael Correa of Ecuador told reporters last month. “That’s what has given them protection,” he added, an allegation the Obama administration and members of Congress reject.
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In 2012, the two were sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison in Ecuador in what the government there calls a scheme to run a bank into the ground by making loans to businesses they controlled and then presenting false balance sheets to get bailout funds. Ecuador says it lost more than $400 million, and Interpol issued a “red notice,” or international alert, for the men, though some people familiar with the case said the Isaias brothers had been scapegoated and had little chance of a fair trial at home.
As their legal troubles have mounted, Roberto’s wife; their children, daughter-in-law and nephews; and a few employees have donated at least $320,000 to American political campaigns since 2010, finance records show.
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“Employing the finest attorneys their millions allow, the Isaiases have successfully fought deportation for years,” she wrote. She urged the State Department to deport the brothers.
[. . .]
Although only a small portion of the Isaias family’s campaign contributions have been previously reported by the news media, that was enough to put it back on the front pages of its country’s newspapers, 16 years after the bank collapse that sent the family into exile.
The relative anonymity the family once enjoyed in the United States ended in late January when an NBC station reported that Mr. Menendez was under federal investigation for having received donations from the family and having written on its behalf to the Department of Homeland Security.
[. . .]
Mr. Menendez’s office acknowledged sending at least five letters to the Department of Homeland Security for the brothers and other relatives with immigration problems, but described them as among thousands of such letters he has sent.

Wanted by Ecuador, 2 Brothers Make Mark in U.S. Campaigns
MARCH 11, 2014

Obama Threatens Veto Of Bill Requiring Him To Obey Constitution

[From article]
Obama also threatened to veto another bill by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., which would require the administration to explain decisions not to enforce laws when those decisions are rooted in policy concerns rather than just constitutional concerns (which the Justice Department is already required to do).
"The American people deserve to know exactly which laws the Obama administration is refusing to enforce and why," DeSantis said when introducing his bill.

Obama threatens vetoes of bills requiring him to follow the law
MARCH 12, 2014 AT 1:45 PM

Useful Billionaire Idiot Woman Promotes Sexist Propaganda, Assisting Dividing Americans

[From article]
Men make up only half the labor force, down from 70 percent a generation ago. Sixty percent of the bachelor’s degrees in the United States are earned by women. Women hold most entry-level managerial jobs. Single women in urban areas out-earn men by as much as 8 percent, on average. Among all younger women, the infamous “pay gap” with men has shrunk to statistical insignificance. By some measures women dominate most of the fastest-growing professions. Over the last 30 years, their wages have risen 25 percent while those of men have fallen 4 percent.
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sentences [from her book] like this one: “The night before Leymah Gbowee won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to lead the women’s protests that toppled Liberia’s dictator, she was at a book party in my home.” I guess you had to be there.

Useful billionaire idiot woman promotes sexist propaganda, assisting to divide Americans more.

Brave New Stereotypes
Behold the Lean In Collection
MAR 17, 2014, VOL. 19, NO. 26

Extremist Leftists Intolerant of Scientific Evidence

[From article]
Genghis Khan owes his place in history to a sudden shift in the Asiatic climate from the cold, arid period that immediately preceded his ascent as leader of the Mongol empire, to the warmer, wetter weather that allowed his horsemen to expand out from Central Asia.
Scientists studying ancient Siberia pine trees in central Mongolia that date back nearly 2,000 years believe that Khan’s rise to power coincided precisely with a period of unusually heavy rainfall over a couple of decades which allowed the arid grasslands of the Asian Steppe to flourish.

How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
Daily Mail (UK)
Monday 10 March 2014
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[Comments and replies to replies, for below article]
Global warming in the 12th Century helped Genghis Khan conquer Asia. But now it is cold again. Al Gore a master propagandist.

If anyone opposes science it is Al Gore and his supporters. Science is always open to scrutiny which extremist leftists do not tolerate. According to Harvard University's Astronomy Professor Dimitar Sasselov, the meteorological changes are based on 40,000 year cycles. But for politicians today is all that matters.

What you say is accurate. But unfortunately you make up facts, which is not how it works. You say, "every scientific organization with standing in physical science all over the world supports the mainstream theory of radiative balance and the greenhouse effect and its role in the modern warming trend." I can say they approve the opposite without evidence, just as you do. If Al Gore's "friends" all agreed with him, why did they not appear in his film? Why should anyone believe a man who earned $100 million promoting his junk science. Problem with extremist leftists promoting junk science and speaking for everyone is that they do not tolerate any dissent. It is their way or the mental hospital, Stalin's way. All of science is based on faith, i.e., the Uniformity of Nature Principle. That includes unfounded belief that gravity will continue working as it does now. That water will always boil at 100 C. And thousands of other elements of nature that are often changing. For you what you believe is absolute and never changing. It is that kind of belief that causes catastrophes. Prof. Sasselov puts the issue of global warming in perspective of the history of the universe, not the lifespan of a greedy politician, and his useful idiots.

MARCH 6, 2014 12:00 AM
The Anti-Empirical Left
Science is ignored when it doesn’t support politically correct policy.
By Victor Davis Hanson

March 3, 2014

Harvard University Campus Police Unable to Capture Robbery Suspect

Unreported is which police department the victim called. Cambridge police are very well trained at capturing street criminals if they are notified quickly. Calling the campus police creates delays giving criminals extra time for flight. Nonetheless for many years HUPD encouraged Harvard University affiliates to call them whenever they are victims of crime no matter where it happens. Accurate education (at Harvard "VE-RI-TAS" University?) may enable catching criminals.

HUPD Reports Unarmed Robbery Near Leverett Saturday Morning
March 3, 2014

Woman Sold Into Porn By Parents Works To Heal, Educate

[From article]
One of Raven Kaliana’s earliest memories is being taken to a family portrait studio by her parents, at around the age of four. The studio was in the basement of a department store in a town 50 miles from their home. Once there, they waited for another couple to arrive with their child.
‘Would you like to have your picture taken with this cute little boy?’ her mother asked, before the parents left the kids with the photographer and retired to the café upstairs. But while they sat eating ice cream, the images being made in the studio down below were far from happy family portraits. Raven and her companion had just been sold into the child abuse industry.
It was to be the beginning of a 15-year ordeal, which saw Raven regularly trafficked by her parents and other members of an organised crime ring from her home in a middle-class suburb in the American northwest to locations all over the US and abroad. In her teens, the crimes were often perpetrated in Los Angeles, where many film studios provided ample opportunity for the underground child abuse industry in the 1970s and 80s.
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Her adult life has been driven by the belief that it is important for survivors of child sexual exploitation to tell their stories, in order to make people realise that these aren’t crimes that happen ‘to someone else’.
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A shocking aspect of Hooray for Hollywood is the banality of the adults’ talk, as they rationalise the choice they have made to sell their children from the cosy confines of a café. They appear to be ordinary people, struggling a little to make ends meet; not monsters, but people who might be your neighbours.
‘You hear about a perpetrator being processed in a certain way, you hear about the police getting hold of the images, but you don’t hear about the reality for the children in those images. How did they come to be in this situation? And how have they been damaged by what happened?’
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Through her organisation Outspiral, Raven has launched a campaign to raise awareness of sex trafficking and familial abuse.
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The biggest challenge, she says, is getting the bystanders in the child’s life – neighbours, relatives, teachers, care workers, counsellors – to consider the possibility that a child might be a victim of this form of abuse.
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The most common way that offenders found their victims was through family and personal relationships.
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From an early age she began to experience dissociative amnesia – a psychological phenomenon common in victims of inescapable trauma, in which painful experiences are blocked out, leading to gaps in memory. ‘I started putting things into little rooms in my mind, and it was like: “OK, we don’t look in that room,”’ she says. ‘When there’s no one stepping in to save you and it’s clear you’re going to have to endure something, your mind just does that. As a child, dissociation is a survival advantage, but in adulthood it can become a disability.’

'My parents sold me into the sex industry': One woman's campaign to raise awareness of this darkest of taboos
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 19:01 EST, 1 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:25 EST, 2 March 2014

After Arrest Of Drug Cartel Leader, Business Goes On

[From article]
Nobody outside the cartel leadership knows the extent of its power or business, but estimates are that Sinaloa handles 25 to 45 percent of all drugs entering the United States, with revenues around $3 billion a year. Last year, Forbes named Guzman the world's 67th most powerful person, between U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner and New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson.
Sinaloa is believed to operate with an extended network of officials and lookouts on the payroll, especially in the western Mexico state for which the cartel is named. Both a state and federal police chief have been arrested for alleged ties to Sinaloa or its allies, only to later be released. When the Mexican marines mounted their offensive on Saturday, it was without alerting any local law enforcement.
'Local and state authorities are in the service of the Sinaloa cartel,' Valdez said.
Even though the long-term fate of Sinaloa is unclear, everyone agrees on the bottom line: The drugs will still continue to flow, even with the takedown of other Mexican cartels.
'In drug trafficking, as long as there is demand, there will be a supply,' Valdes said. 'It's like energy. You can't create or destroy it. It only transforms.'

The next El Capo: Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada believed to have taken over notorious Sinaloa drug cartel after arrest of former boss
Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada, 66, grew up with former Sinaloa boss Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
He has been quoted in the past as saying they talked often
Zambada has long been considered the brains of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman was viewed as the muscle
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 19:14 EST, 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 00:01 EST, 3 March 2014

Louisiana Baptist Minster Charged With Rape of Disabled Woman

[From article]
A Baptist pastor has been arrested for allegedly raping a disabled woman who has a mental age of a seven-year-old at her father's request.
David 'Scott' Lemley, 43, is accused of raping the woman, 20, on several occasions because his wife was bedridden with a debilitating illness, according to arrest documents.
The alleged victim's father is said to have offered up his daughter to the pastor, of New Harmony Baptist Church, Baton Rouge.
She reported the attacks to police who arrested her father in November.
He remains in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a variety of sexual offenses.
But detectives on Saturday also detained Lemley on one count of aggravated rape.

Baptist pastor arrested after police claim mentally handicapped woman's father made her have sex with him because his wife is bedridden
David Lemley, 43, is accused of raping a mentally disabled woman, 20,
Her father allegedly told her to have sex with Lemley on several occasions
Alleged victim has a mental age of seven, according to arrest documents
Lemley is pastor at New Harmony Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
Wife of Lemley defended her husband against the 'false charges'
He is being held in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail, records show
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 05:23 EST, 3 March 2014 | UPDATED: 07:08 EST, 3 March 2014

Stand Up and Fight For Freedom or Lose It, Yes You

[From article]
Such tactics have become especially common in this administration, which has the morals of thugs and the agenda of totalitarians. They may not be consciously aiming at creating a totalitarian state, but shameless use of government power to crush those who get in their way can produce totalitarian end results.
The prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza for contributing $20,000 to a political candidate, supposedly in violation of the many campaign finance laws, is a classic case of selective prosecution.
Thugs who stationed themselves outside a polling place in Philadelphia to intimidate white voters were given a pass, and others accused of campaign finance violations were charged with misdemeanors, but Dinesh D’Souza has been charged with felonies that carry penalties of years in federal prison.
[. . .]
Arbitrary power is ugly and vicious, regardless of what pious rhetoric goes with it. Freedom is not free. You have to fight for it or lose it. But is our generation up to fighting for it?

Thomas Sowell
'Officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped'

March 3, 2014

Jay Leno Too Funny, Too Old?

[From article]
“The main thing is to get people from 18 to 42 watching your station, and for 18 to 40, [Leno] is considered oldie,” Mason continued, on Leno’s release. “Obama had nothing to do with it; it’s all the age, it’s all the age range. The whole idea is to get the young people to watch, and they assume the 20-year-olds are buying everything and if you’re over 50 you’re buying nothing. They’re too stupid to realize that in fact the opposite is true. How many times do you see a 23-year-old person with a Rolls Royce?”

'Tonight Show' veteran says NBC 'stupid' for requiring younger host
Drew Zahn
March 2, 2014