April 30, 2015

US Government Study Reveals Extensive Abuses Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs To Vulnerable Persons




[From article]
The release in late March of an alarming new report by federal investigators has confirmed in shocking new detail what has been known for years: Poor and foster care kids covered by Medicaid are being prescribed too many dangerous antipsychotic drugs at young ages for far too long -- mostly without any medical justification at all. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General examined in depth nearly 700 claims filed in 2011 in five of the biggest prescribing states -- California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and New York -- and discovered that two thirds of all the prescribing with these popular and costly "second generation antipsychotics" (SGAs) raised high-risk "quality of care" concerns.
The new report noted several disturbing examples, just a few months after an overmedicated teen in foster care, Steven Unangst, died in Antioch, California. The report cited a 10-old-year with ADHD given an antipsychotic -- without any medical documentation -- mixed in with other psych drugs; a 4-year-old on four psychotropic drugs, including two antipsychotics; and a 16-year-old with bipolar disorder on six psychiatric medications, including variously three antipsychotics. Among the side effects of this polypharmacy assault: "This child experienced paranoia, hostility, unstable mood, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. This child also experienced significant side effects potentially resulting from the prescribed drugs, including a 22-pound weight gain, insomnia, and edema (swelling) of hands and feet."
Perhaps even more damning, the report found, 92 percent of all kids on Medicaid receiving antipsychotics don't have any of the limited "medically accepted pediatric conditions" supposedly justifying their use. These "accepted conditions" include the authority to use antipsychotics even for autistic children as young as 5 for such dubious FDA-approved conditions as "irritability."
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Medicaid spends about $3.5 billion a year on antipsychotics for all ages, largely for unaccepted uses, with nearly 2 million kids prescribed them.
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But Medicaid programs are generally all too glad to look the other way at such antipsychotic spending run amok. Why? "They're not willing to go up against the doctors or the pharmaceutical industry," says Jim Gottstein, a crusading Alaska-based attorney with the Psychrights.org advocacy group; although he hasn't won a whistleblower fraud lawsuit yet, he has been pursuing legal strategies -- with the recent go-ahead of a federal appeals court -- to force state and federal Medicaid programs to follow federal law and to stop paying for fraudulent, unproven uses of the antipsychotics.
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it shouldn't be surprising to learn that federal officials aren't too keen on enforcing drugging protections for either nursing home residents (whose meds are usually paid by Medicare) or children on Medicaid. "The federal government has done absolutely nothing of significance to rein in overprescribing,"
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One sign of federal indifference, I have found, is that in 2012 the federal government touted to state agencies a Texas prescription monitoring program then so lax that Texas foster care children were 52 more times likely to be prescribed five or more psychiatric drugs at the same time than non-foster children, according to the GAO and a stinging ABC News report in 2011, based on the latest available data. But the Texas drugging "parameters," which helped turn too many kids into drooling, tremor-ridden "zombies," were lauded by ACF in 2012
[. . .]
the guidelines panel originally praised by HHS was stacked with two drug company-subsidized academics cited in court records for helping defraud Medicaid -- and an accused child-molester psychiatrist who was fired from a state hospital and is now facing sexual assault charges involving five minors in his care.
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Jo Angel Rodriguez, a troubled 11-year-old girl who bounced around the foster care system until her death in 2009 that prompted a wrongful death lawsuit; it was quietly settled in 2013 with Pfizer, the maker of the antipsychotic Geodon. As reported by the San Antonio Current, she was taken to the Laurel Ridge treatment center and was first given the antipsychotic Abilify, which caused vomiting and diarrhea, then spurred withdrawn and later aggressive behavior. Solution? More drugs:
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A key component of creating the impression of scientific evidence for both TMAP and the foster care "parameters" was a series of rigged, skewed and ghost-written studies funded by Johnson and Johnson's Janssen division. Their goal: to tout the effectiveness of Risperdal while downplaying side effects, including weight gain, diabetes and male breast growth due to elevated prolactin levels.
Indeed, just two months ago, a Philadelphia jury found that Janssen hid the breast-growth dangers of the drug Risperdal and owed $2.5 million to a 20-year-old autistic man who developed size 46 DD breasts as a teenager.
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In yet another egregious example of ghostwriting outlined by Rothman, Excepta Medica drafted a study purportedly showing that Risperdal was the established treatment in children and adolescents with severe behavioral disorders and then went looking for some key opinion leaders (KOLs) to attach their names to the article. They finally found Dr. Peter Jensen, a pediatric psychiatrist (who was paid more than $80,000 by J&J in consulting and speaking fees between 2002 and 2004) to attach his name to the study, which was published in The European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2007, again with no acknowledgement of the ghostwriter's role. Rothman cites example after example of overlap between the ghostwriter's draft and the published piece and concludes that "the authors improperly put their name on it and failed to credit EM's work."
[lots more]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-levine/feds-pay-for-drug-fraud-9_b_6966454.html

Art Levine
Contributing Editor, The Washington Monthly
Feds Pay for Drug Fraud: 92 Percent of Foster Care, Poor Kids Prescribed Antipsychotics Get Them for Unaccepted Uses
Posted: 04/30/2015 9:07 am EDT Updated: 04/30/2015 12:59 pm EDT

Updated(2): Judge Approves Subway Ads Exposing Muslim Hatred; MTA Votes To Ban All Political Ads; Board Member's Specious Arguments


Posted April 22, 2015 9:06 PM ET; Last updated April 30, 2015 9:18 PM ET


Pamela Geller Showing the Disputed Advertisement

[From article]
Moerdler’s rant was not about the jihad ads. No. In a vicious and disgusting tirade, Moerdler attacked our BDS ads (below) that expose his pals, wealthy Jewish donors who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives against Israel.
Moerdler railed against our ads exposing wealthy donors’ support of the New Israel Fund, which supports BDS organizations, shrieking about lashon hara. Actually, truth is not lashon hara, but calling me an egomaniac and a zealot is. Calling our ads “filth,” Moerdler fails to acknowledge the damage and destruction of BDS to the Jewish state. Even an Israeli court ruled that funding BDS was terrorism. Mr. Moerdler and his country club buddies are OK with that, but a “zealot” calling them out about it is “filthy.”
This is part II of Moerdler’s meltdown. After several board members stood in defense of free speech, Moerdler berated us again with his “filthy” mouth.
Moerdler uses the Holocaust and Mein Kampf as examples of why free speech should be banned, but it was because free speech was banned that totalitarianism was able to spread in Germany. If the Nazis had allowed free speech, they would never have remained in power as long as they did. His flaunting of being a Holocaust survivor was simply evil.
The rich and powerful trumped our unalienable rights in New York City, April 29, 2015.

http://pamelageller.com/2015/04/moerdler-lashon-hora.html/

VIDEO: MTA Board Member Charles Moerdler’s “Filthy” “Odious” Attack on Free Speech
By Pamela Geller
on April 29, 2015

Published on Apr 29, 2015
VIDEO of a power-mad MTA Charles Moerdler Board Member who led the He was the only one on record to support the ban. His tirade was not about the jihad ads. In a vicious and disgusting meltdown,Moerdler attacked our BDS ads (below) that expose his pals, wealthy Jewish donors who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives against Israel. . Moerdler railed against our ads exposing wealthy donors' support of the New Israel Fund, which supports BDS organizations, shrieking about lashon hara. Actually, truth is not lashon hara, and calling me an egomaniac and a zealot is. Calling our ads "filth," Moerdler fails to acknowledge the damage and destruction of BDS to the Jewish state. Even an Israeli court ruled that funding BDS was terrorism. But Mr. Moerdler and his country club buddies are OK with that. But a "zealot" calling them out about it is "filthy". videographer- Pamela Hall


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[From article]
the decision to change MTA policy on advertising was prompted by safety concerns.
"We drew the line when we thought our customers, our employees and the public were in danger," he said. "The judge gave short shrift to those concerns."
"Under the First Amendment, the fear of such spontaneous attacks, without more, cannot override individuals' rights to freedom of expression," U.S. District Court Judge John Koeltl said of the ruling.
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/MTA-Political-Advertising-Ban-Pro-Israel-Subway-Bus-301651991.html

MTA Votes to Ban All Political Advertising After Judge OKs "Hamas Killing Jews" on City Buses
AP
NBC New York NY
Published at 1:53 AM EDT on Apr 29, 2015

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[From article]
“Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” reads one such ad next to the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf. “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”
The poster is at the center of heated legal debate over public safety and free speech. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) cannot stop the controversial ad from running on scores of subway cars and buses.
The MTA has argued that the ad could incite violence against Jews, but Koeltl rejected that idea.
MTA officials “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements,” he ruled. “Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads — offensive as they may be — are still entitled to First Amendment protection.”
Making the case all the stranger is that the posters are not the work of an Islamist group, but rather a pro-Israel organization.
[. . .]
Hamas, the group cited on the ads, has not said whether it approves of the message.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/22/killing-jews-is-worship-posters-will-soon-appear-on-nyc-subways-and-buses/?tid=hp_mm

‘Killing Jews is Worship’ posters will soon appear on NYC subways and buses
By Michael E. Miller
April 22, 2015 at 4:13 AM

Las Vegas and Christian Biblical Values




[From article]
Almost all of the declared and undeclared Republican candidates for 2016 could be found this weekend at one of two events, or both.
The first was organized by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, and held in Point of Grace Church in Waukee.
Dominated by Evangelical Christians, who were 60 percent of Republican caucus-goers in 2008 and 2012, the Point of Grace Church event drew no fewer than nine Republican hopefuls.
Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, past winners of the Iowa caucuses, were there. So, too, were Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walter. Cruz and Walker are sons of Christian preachers.
All nine GOP hopefuls espoused Judeo-Christian values, and all nine pledged unyielding opposition to same-sex marriage.
“At a forum before evangelical Christians,” wrote The New York Times, “the Republican candidates told a cheering crowd that the fight over same-sex marriage would not end with a Supreme Court decision.
[. . .]
Having amassed a fortune of $29 billion from gambling dens in Macau and Vegas, the 81-year-old Adelson is among the richest men on earth. The event was the annual conclave of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
In Vegas, The Washington Post reports, “a crop of White House aspirants sought to outdo each other in opposition” to the Iran nuclear deal. “Ted Cruz declared that he ‘intends to do everything possible to stop a bad Iran deal.’ … Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pledged that ‘Israel’s enemies are our enemies. Israel’s cause is our cause.'”
Now, there is no conflict between being pro-Israel and anti-same-sex marriage. Yet there is still something jarring here.
[. . .]
In this tale of two cities this weekend, Waukee and Vegas, we may be witnessing a shift in moral power in the Grand Old Party.
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Is the triumph of Vegas values over Biblical values inevitable?

http://buchanan.org/blog/biblical-values-or-vegas-values-15928

Biblical Values — or Vegas Values?
Tuesday - April 28, 2015 at 12:01 am
By Patrick J. Buchanan

Boston Gentleman Sentenced for Killing Northeastern University Student



Rebecca Payne, Northeastern Student 

[From article]
A former Boston man has been sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for the 2008 killing of a Northeastern University student from Connecticut who wasn't his intended target.
Thirty-thee-year-old Cornell Smith was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in Superior Court in Boston to reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter and unlawful firearm possession in the killing of 22-year-old Rebecca Payne of New Milford, Connecticut.


Cornell Smith, 33, Convicted of Homicide

Prosecutors said Smith invaded Payne's Boston apartment after climbing onto a second-floor balcony at 3:30 a.m. and opened fire at her. Authorities said Smith mistook Payne for another woman with whom he had fought days earlier in the same building.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/02/man_sentenced_to_prison_for_killing_northeastern_student

Man sentenced to prison for killing Northeastern student
Friday, February 13, 2015
By: Associated Press
Boston Herald


Ex-Agent In Charge of Boston FBI Office Charged With Perjury, Obstruction




After reading his book, I was suspicious of this guy. He seemed to apologize for not being able to expose the criminal conduct of the Boston  FBI. 

[From article]
Fitzie was a defense witness for Whitey Bulger in 2013. And now Fitzie has been charged with lying about, well, almost everything he said under oath.
At trial, he was disemboweled by prosecutor Brian Kelly. It was the funniest couple of days of the trial. Talk about shooting fish in a barrel. To a battle of wits, Fitzie came unarmed.
One of his claims, for which he may now join Whitey in Club Fed, was that he arrested Mafia boss Jerry Angiulo.
[. . .]
By his second day of testimony, Fitzpatrick was falling back on the amnesia defense. Like Whitey’s brother Billy, to the best of his recollection he did not recall. Or as Fitzie sputtered to Kelly of his previous day’s testimony: “You’re asking me to recall something that I may not recall.”
Kelly: “Are you on medication or anything?”
Fitzpatrick: “I am on medication, yes.”
Kelly: “Does it affect your memory?”
Fitzpatrick: “I don’t believe so, but I’m on medication.”

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2015/04/carr_prosecutor_could_smell_a_rat

Carr: Prosecutor could smell a rat
Friday, May 1, 2015
By: Howie Carr
Boston Herald



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[From article]
A former FBI agent has been charged with multiple counts of perjury in connection with his testimony in the 2013 trial of gangster and mass murderer James “Whitey” Bulger.
Robert Fitzpatrick, 75, of Rhode Island, “did corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct, and impede the due administration of justice in that he knowingly made a false and misleading declaration ... before a federal court in the District of Massachusetts, with intent to obstruct and impede the Bulger trial,” a federal indictment alleges.
Fitzpatrick, who was led into court with his wrists handcuffed behind his back, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice.
“Mr. Fitzpatrick adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to challenging the government’s accusations as soon as possible,” his attorney Robert Goldstein told reporters.
Fitzpatrick, a retired assistant special agent in charge of the FBI office in Boston, turned himself into U.S. Marshals this morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to the indictment, Fitzpatrick — author of “Betrayal, Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought To Bring Him Down” — has long “falsely held himself out as a whistleblower who tried to end the FBI’s relationship with Bulger.”
In fact, according to prosecutors, during the course of Bulger’s trial, Fitzpatrick made “false material declarations designed to aid Bulger’s defense.”
[. . .]
Fitzpatrick served in the Boston office from 1980-1986, supervising the Organized Crime Squad. From approximately 1975 through 1990, Bulger was an informant for the squad, in cahoots with FBI agent John Connolly, who is currently in prison in Florida.
Fitzgerald told jurors during his testimony he was brought to Boston in 1981 to plug intelligence leaks in the office he said were “causing a lot of investigations to go south.” He also testified he did not believe Bulger was a secret top-echelon informant for the FBI.
Bulger was indicted for racketeering and other crimes in 1995, and fled. While on the lam, he was indicted for 19 murders. He remained at large until 2011, when he was brought back to Boston for his historic trial.
https://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/04/ex_fbi_official_charged_for_allegedly_lying_during_whitey_bulger

Ex-FBI official charged for allegedly lying during Whitey Bulger trial
Thursday, April 30, 2015
By: Laurel J. Sweet
Boston Herald

New FBI Director Shows Support for Black Baltimore Terrorists




[From article]
FBI Director James Comey waded into the volatile issue of police-community relations Thursday by saying the “hard truth” of life and law enforcement is: “Everyone’s a little bit racist.”
The reference to the hit Broadway song came during a rare and sweeping talk about race relations between police and communities in the aftermath of controversial shootings.
“Many people in our white-majority culture have unconscious racial biases and react differently to a white face than a black face,” Comey said in a speech at Georgetown University.
“We all — white and black — carry various biases around with us.
[. . .]
A Google search can quickly reveal how many people bought a book on Amazon, yet “It’s ridiculous that I can’t tell you how many people were shot by the police last week, last month, last year,” Comey said.

http://nypost.com/2015/02/13/fbi-chief-james-comey-everyones-a-little-bit-racist/

FBI chief James Comey: ‘Everyone’s a little bit racist’
By Marisa Schultz
New York Post
February 13, 2015 | 12:08am

April 29, 2015

Attractive Young Woman Asks Random Men If They Would Have Sex With Her



It was a strange ask so it unsurprisingly garnered some odd answers including this man, who said yes, but requested that he had an energy drink - Gatorade - first.

[From article]
For many men, it might be the stuff of daydreams...an attractive woman approaches in the street and asks if they would like to sleep with her.
No complicated chat-up lines required, no strings attached.
One woman, who introduces herself as 'Andrea', did just that in a video posted on YouTube last week.
The unique 'social experiment' entitled 'Asking 100 guys for sex' was filmed for online video channel Whatever and has since gone viral, attracting nearly 4.2 million views.
[. . .]
The 19-minute-long edited video, which was filmed over seven days, shows the woman approaching a stream of men as they go about their daily business.
Dressed casually either in jeans or a pair of short denim shorts with a skimpy top, she outstretches a hand and introduces herself to the men.
After one or two comments are exchanged, she asks them: 'Would you like to have sex with me?'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3058711/Do-want-sex-Attractive-young-woman-approaches-100-men-street-asks-sleep-just-said-yes.html

'Do you want to have sex with me?' Attractive young woman approaches 100 men on the street and asks them to sleep with her... but just how many said yes?
Woman known as 'Andrea' recorded the reactions of 100 men after she approached them in the street and asked them to have sex with her
Out of 100 men asked, 30 said yes. An experiment in reverse found that not a single woman said yes to sleeping with a man in the same scenario
Some of the footage is said to have been filmed at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California
Many of the men were baffled by the request and assumed it was a joke
By JO TWEEDY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:14 EST, 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 04:49 EST, 29 April 2015

Contrary to Headline Americans Have Good Political Knowledge




[From article]
Education levels again factored into the responses, but Pew notes that half or more respondents with a high school education answered eight of the quiz’s 12 questions correctly. Among college graduates and post-graduate degree holders, most answered 11 out of 12 correctly.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/pew-news-iq-test-results-117421.html

Americans bomb Pew test of basic political knowledge
By Nick Gass
4/28/15 12:41 PM EDT
Updated 4/28/15 1:15 PM EDT

Boston Transit Union Fights To Keep Privilege Which Makes Transit Inefficient




What other businesses, union and non union, have this problem?

[From article]
The Boston Carmen’s Union has been quietly fighting an MBTA reform meant to stop workers from taking phony sick days before and after Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July — an abuse the agency says has led to hundreds of dropped bus and train trips.
The Carmen’s Union has been challenging an August 2013 MBTA special order forcing workers to lose their holiday pay if they call in sick on a work day before or after Christmas, Turkey Day and the Fourth “without good cause.” The policy was intended to curb abuse of regular sick days as well as time taken off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The order, the MBTA said in a statement yesterday, “was issued in an attempt to curb absenteeism” on the days around holidays, which often led to “spikes in missed bus and train trips on those days.”
The T recorded a combined 129 missed bus trips on Christmas Eve and Dec. 26 in 2012 for “personnel reasons,” and a whopping 236 trips on the days before and after July 4, 2013.
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The special order has been in arbitration for more than 20 months.
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The fate of the T’s 2013 special order now rests with an arbitrator whose decision will be binding and not subject to a review by an outside agency. That’s another perk enjoyed by no public union in the state outside the MBTA.
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The panel found that the average T employee misses 57 days of work, mainly by using the FMLA.
However, the Herald has since reported that by last year, the average train operator was actually taking 68 days off — well above the figures tallied by Baker’s panel.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/04/carmens_free_ride

Carmen's free ride
Union fights to keep time off
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By: Matt Stout
Boston Herald

PBS The Last Days Of Vietnam




Shows the enormity of the harm done to humans, and the efficiency of the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy.

[From PBS Site]
Academy Award® Nominee for Documentary Feature. In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/lastdays/

Last Days in Vietnam
American Experience
PBS

Baltimore City Councilor Criticizes Obama, and Mayor



Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes (D)

[From article]
Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes (D) criticized President Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) for referring to rioters in Baltimore as “thugs” saying, “just call them n*ggers” in an interview on Tuesday’s “OutFront” on CNN.
When asked if “thugs” was the right term to describe the riot, Stokes said, “no, of course it’s not the right word to call our children thugs. These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us. No, we don’t have to call them thugs.”
He was then pressed on whether that justifies the rioting, he stated that while the rioting was unjustified, “calling them thugs — just call them n*ggers. Just call them n*ggers. No, we don’t have to call them by names such as that. We don’t have to do that. That is exactly what we have set them to. Now, when you say ‘come on,’ come on what? You wouldn’t call your child a thug if they should do something that would not be what you would expect them to do.”

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/04/28/baltimore-councilman-slams-obama-and-mayor-just-call-them-nggers/

BALTIMORE COUNCILMAN SLAMS OBAMA AND MAYOR: ‘JUST CALL THEM N*GGERS’
by IAN HANCHETT
28 Apr 2015

Updated: Suspected Suicides of Two Women in Separate NYC Incidents; 4 From Washington Bridge in 9 Days


Posted April 19, 2015 8:09 PM ET; Last updated April 29, 2015 8:54 PM ET



[From article]
A Long Branch man was identified as one of the latest victims in a pattern of suicides that’s happened lately at the George Washington Bridge: Four in nine days, police said.
The Cliffview Pilot said a woman also jumped to her death on Thursday, the third suicide victim in five days. No additional information was provident
Authorities have identified 54-year-old Kenneth Bell of Long Branch as the man who jumped from the bridge’s upper level on Tuesday, said Joseph Pentangelo, according to The Record of Bergen County.
Witnesses said Bell drove his car onto the upper roadway from the New Jersey side, got out, climbed over the railing and jumped, according to the report.
In the Thursday incident, witnesses said they saw a woman in her 20s take off her shoes and jump from the north walkway, and into the river about 4:30 p.m, according to the report.
http://patch.com/new-jersey/fortlee/cops-four-george-washington-bridge-suicides-nine-days

Cops: Four George Washington Bridge Suicides In Nine Days
Monmouth County resident identified as one of the latest victims.
By TOM DAVIS (Patch Staff)
April 27, 2015
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[From article]
Police sources said they did not find a suicide note inside Lubanko’s apartment, which she shared with another woman in her 20s, and said it is unclear why she killed herself.
But the woman’s artwork was dark and appeared troubled.
Lubanko regularly posted disturbing videos and drawings on a personal site. She also posted her work on Scary­Pretty.org, which describes itself as “glitteringly morbid,” according to a parent of one of her friends.
One of her pieces is titled “The Toilet Book,” a series of hand-drawn images and text that likens humanity to a bleak cesspool. “Hi, I am a human and I live in this toilet bowl of s–t-made things and evil people and all we do is swim in circles all day,” one of the pages reads.
A distraught man who identified himself as the woman’s father showed up with a suitcase to clear out his daughter’s belongings, but declined to answer questions.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/19/woman-hung-herself-from-brooklyn-fire-escape-cops/

Female artist left dangling after she hung herself on fire escape
By C.J. Sullivan, Dana Sauchelli and Daniel Prendergast
New York Post
April 19, 2015 | 1:01pm

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[From article]
A woman hung herself from a Brooklyn fire escape Sunday morning, and her body was left dangling for more than an hour, police and witnesses said.
The woman’s body was discovered around 8:20 a.m. hanging outside the third-floor window of her apartment on Utica Avenue and Prospect Place in Crown Heights, cop said.
“This is something you don’t want to wake up to on a Sunday morning. I thought it was fake, like a Halloween prank, and then I could see it was a [woman] hanging. I just screamed,” said passer-by Violet Acuna, 42.[. . .]
“She seemed like a nice girl. She was very social. Her parents were always around visiting,” said neighbor Stella Wiley, 66. “I saw her walking her dog at 7 a.m. She seemed OK.”

http://nypost.com/2015/04/19/woman-hung-herself-from-brooklyn-fire-escape-cops/

Woman ‘hung herself’ on fire escape, left dangling for over an hour
By C.J. Sullivan and Dana Sauchelli
New York Post
April 19, 2015 | 1:01pm

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[From article]
The 44-year-old woman, who was from Westchester, leaped from the north walkway of the bridge around 7:30 a.m., according to Port Authority Police.
Her body was recovered by NYC Harbor Unit and taken to the 125th Street pier, authorities said.
Her car was recovered in Fort Lee Historic Park in New Jersey, officials said.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/19/woman-jumps-to-her-death-from-gw-bridge/

Woman jumps to her death from GW Bridge
By Dana Sauchelli
New York Post
April 19, 2015 | 12:33pm

Updated: Woman Flies 3,000 Miles To Testify Against NY Man She Accused of Rape; He's Acquitted


Posted April 15, 2015 9:50 PM ET; Last updated April 29, 2015 8:43 PM ET


Jason Lee, With His Wife

[From article]
The Irish national was visiting her brother as he wrapped up a seasonal summer job on the East End at the time, prosecutors said.
The group eventually headed back to Lee’s swanky, $33,000-per-month summer rental in East Hampton to resume the party around 4 a.m.
According to trial testimony, the accuser and a friend hopped into a pool in their underwear before Lee stripped naked and joined them.
The woman said the nudity unnerved her and she headed inside the home to put her clothes on in a bathroom.
She testified that Lee appeared at the door still naked and barged his way in.
After covering her mouth and ordering her to be silent, he raped her, the woman testified tearfully.
East Hampton cops came to the residence after Lee’s pal became alarmed that one of the accuser’s friends borrowed his car and had not yet returned with it.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/29/ex-goldman-banker-found-not-guilty-of-rape/

Ex Goldman banker found not guilty of rape
By Selim Algar and Frank Rosario
New York Post
April 29, 2015 | 2:44pm
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[From article]
A tearful Irish woman flew 3,000 miles to testify against a former Goldman Sachs banker who she says raped her in the Hamptons. The woman said former managing director Jason Leeattacked her in the bathroom of his East Hampton rentalduring a night of partying in 2013. Identified only as Dana, the alleged victim said Lee, 38, barged into a restroom where she was changing and attacked her. “With every ounce of strength I had in me, I pulled my leg up and I kneed him in the groin,” she said as Lee looked on stoically. “He fell off. I just sat there in disbelief. I couldn’t believe it.” The woman, a student who lives in Ireland, was visiting her brother as he wrapped up a seasonal job on the East End.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/15/rape-victim-flies-3000-miles-to-testify-against-ex-goldman-exec/

Woman flies 3,000 miles to testify against ex-Goldman banker she says raped her
By Lorena Mongelli and Selim Algar
New York Post
April 15, 2015 | 4:07am

Gentle Thoughtful Michigan Ex-Con Charged With Rape, Murder of New York City Shelter Worker From Spain



Ana Charle
Photo: Facebook

[From article]
The items were found when police apprehended career criminal West Spruill, 39, and recovered the .40-caliber pistol he used to gun down the innocent woman as she ran naked down the street trying to escape an attempted rape.
Spruill stalked Ana Charle, 36, as she left left her job at the Project Renewal shelter on Bronx Boulevard in Wakefield at about 5:45 p.m. Monday and walked to her Honda parked a block away.
That’s when the maniac pulled a gun on her and ordered her into the back seat and then told her to take off her clothes, ­police sources said.


West Spruill at his arraignment at Bronx Criminal Court on Wednesday.
Photo: Pool photo
The sources said Spruill did not have a chance to restrain the woman’s wrists because she slipped out of the car and ran naked down the street.
But she didn’t make it very far before Spruill caught up with her and gunned her down, firing two .40-caliber slugs into her head and one into her torso.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/29/ex-con-charged-with-killing-shelter-worker-lashes-out-at-judge/

Ex-con charged with killing shelter worker lashes out at judge
By Gabrielle Fonrouge
New York Post
April 29, 2015 | 2:21pm

* * *

[From article]
Charle, a native of Spain, was rushed to Montefiore Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“She requested security, but they never provided it at that place,” Alcendor said, referring to problem-plagued Project Renewal.
Spruill found his way to Project Renewal in June of last year, just months after being set free from a Michigan prison where he served seven years for assault with a deadly weapon, the source said.
He was also charged with misdemeanor assault in Brooklyn last month.
He crashed at Charle’s facility until January, when he left to take up residence at another shelter in Manhattan and lived there until April 7, sources said.
Investigators believe Spruill returned to the Bronx shelter with the intention of committing the crime against Charle.
New York Post

Extremist Liberals, Domestic Democratic Party Terrorists Condemn Whole Foods For Feeding National Guard Troops Protecting Baltimore


See misguided comments by Democratic Party extremist liberal domestic terrorists at this link

https://twitter.com/ztsamudzi/status/593087447199653890/photo/1

Baltimore Mayor Enabled Much of The Violence, Looting, By Restraining Police




[From article]
On Sunday, these words actually came out of the mouth of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: “I made it very clear that I worked with the police and instructed them to do everything they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on. We also gave those that wished to destroy space to do that as well.“ 

http://michellemalkin.com/2015/04/27/baltimore-mayor-provided-destruction-space-for-rioters-and-theyre-running-with-it/

Baltimore mayor provided destruction ‘space’ for rioters, and they’re running with it
By Doug Powers
April 27, 2015 09:15 PM


In this video black teens can be seen attacking white observers. Black gangs on one white. Black men throwing trash on white women. Obama, Holder and Baltimore's Mayor must be proud.

Published on Apr 26, 2015
Craziest Baltimore Riot Footage - Freddie Gray Protesters Go Violent
I am from Baltimore, This behavior is inexcusable and costs the tax payers, not the police. I believe this video falls under fair use, as this is an historical event and I only used footage appropriate to show the reality of the situation. This is for educational purposes. It also offers a commentary on current American society.

April 28, 2015

Former Rockland County, New York Mayor Found Guilty of Public Corruption


Former Spring Valley, NY Mayor Noramie Jasmin
Photo: Robert Kalfus/New York Post
[From article]

The former mayor of a small Rockland County village was found guilty Monday of public corruption charges — brought down by the same crooked developer who helped land similar convictions for federal authorities against ex-state Sen. Malcolm Smith and ex- Councilman Dan Halloran, both of Queens.
Following a week-long non-jury trial, White Plains federal Judge Colleen McMahon found former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin guilty of selling her support for a local community center and catering hall project in exchange for $5,000 in cash bribes and 50-percent ownership in the development.
[. . .]
Jasmin was convicted on mail fraud and extortion charges and faces up to 40 years in jail when sentenced on Aug. 7.


http://nypost.com/2015/04/20/former-mayor-found-guilty-of-public-corruption/

Former mayor found guilty of public corruption
By Rich Calder
New York Post
April 20, 2015 | 5:32pm

NYC Minister Charged With Fraud, Theft From Non Profit



Andre Soleil
Photo: Tamara Beckwith

[From article]

Four government agencies, including the IRS and the New York Attorney General’s Office, have demanded the group’s books and records, which have allegedly been held hostage by the Rev. Andre Soleil and his cronies, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit.
Soleil, a former aide to Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki, joined the West Harlem Community Organization board in 2011.
The Brooklyn attorney and Republican operative quickly gained control of the nonprofit’s seven apartment buildings, which were deeded to the group by the city in the 1990s for affordable housing, according to the lawsuit, which was filed by the organization.
[. . .]
Then, Soleil, 47, sold one of the buildings, 218 W. 116th St., without required permission from the state attorney general, to a Miami-based company for $1.4 million in December 2013, the suit says.
“Where the majority of the proceeds from this unlawful sale have gone is a mystery but, upon information and belief, defendants Copeland, Soleil and Worley have been personally enriched by this scheme,” the nonprofit’s lawyer, William Fried, says in the court papers.
Soleil has refused to account for all the proceeds, though the suit alleges he put $489,000 in his law firm’s escrow account “with the intent to convert those funds for his own use.” Court papers allege another $70,000 went to pay Copeland’s salary, even though the nonprofit’s board refused to authorize the payment.
The members say they also haven’t seen a dime of rental income from the other buildings.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/21/politically-connected-reverend-accused-of-fleecing-nonprofit/

Politically connected reverend accused of fleecing nonprofit
By Julia Marsh
New York Post
April 21, 2015 | 1:31am

Two Shot Dead At Brooklyn, NY Wake



Jose Robles

[From article]

“Everybody was waiting in line to pay their respects and a fight broke out,” said a mourner who asked not to be named.
“I saw some punches being thrown, some guy hit the ground and dropped, then the shooting started.”
Witnesses said an argument broke out and two people started firing their weapons.
As the gunfire erupted, mourners ran into the church for cover or ducked behind cars. Other mourners returned fire, including both the men who died.


http://nypost.com/2015/04/28/six-shot-two-killed-as-gangbangers-open-fire-at-wake/

2 dead as mourners open fire at wake
By Larry Celona, Kenneth Garger and Joe Tacopino
New York Post
April 28, 2015 | 12:18am

Recent History of Violence In Baltimore





[From article]
Let’s pick up the story from Baltimore Jewish Life:

“One 24-year-old African American female followed him and sucker punched him on the side of his head, swelling his lip and breaking his glasses. She continued to throw punches as Dr. Einbinder tried to swat her away.”
"I thought this was a 15-year old boy. She was half my size and just didn't appear to be a female. I kept asking her why she was doing this to me; I said, 'I didn't anything to you'! She spat on me and according to one witness, she said, "C'mon, fight me Jew.”
“The attacker originally told police that the doctor began the altercation but when witnesses contradicted her story she admitted to the police that she was "just having a bad day."
“He is also upset at the way the laws are written in that the officers on the scene were unable to arrest her even with the tens of witnesses to this attack on hand. Apparently an attack of this sort is considered a 2nd Degree Assault and unless witnessed by a Police Officer, and/or unless any type of weapon is used an arrest cannot be made.”
[. . .]
Last summer there was so much crime, so much video, so many people wondering why it was happening so often, that Governor O’Malley suggested that the new mayor might want to copy what he did to fight crime when he was mayor: Put more boots on the ground.
Not on my watch, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the Baltimore Sun:
"Returning to the days of mass arrests for any and every minor offense might be a good talking point but it has been proven to be a far less effective strategy for actually reducing crime.”
This came just a few months after Maryland legislator Pat McDonough called on the governor to declare downtown Baltimore a “No-Travel Zone” because of all the “black” people who were “terrorizing” the area.
[. . .]
The mayor did not like that advice either.
She had her own plan and it was working just fine: Just stop arresting people. When O’Malley was mayor, the city collared 100,000 miscreants a year. Last year, they nabbed 50,000.
This allows the Mayor to brag to anyone willing to listen that violent crime in Baltimore is down -- 45 percent since the year 2000.
[. . .]
When some readers observed that crime and violence in Baltimore was a black thing, others lashed out, demanding they stop “demonizing black people.”
[. . .]
And lots of letters from people who live in Baltimore pleading for someone to tell the truth about the constant violence in that once charming city.
“Growing up in Baltimore city can be hellish for white people,” said one of many correspondents. “Anyone who isn’t black is a target.”
[. . .]
So in Baltimore, police will not arrest black criminals. Juries will not convict them. And all over the country, more and more district attorneys are talking about an epidemic of witness tampering that also makes convictions problematic.
Toss in stitches for snitches, and that is the fourth reason why the black crime rate is artificially low.
[. . .]
And often very brutal, she said. That is what her award-winning drama is about. But it is often not reported because black people don’t want to air their racial business in front of white people.
[. . .]
Earlier this year, Chicago Magazine did a two-part story on how the police department deflates crime numbers.
So much so that the web site DNA Info reported that a Chicago police captain recently told a community group that he would not even talk about crime statistics: “You'll notice I didn't bring up stats," said Police Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris. "No one believes the stats.”
[. . .]
Down in New Orleans, crime stats were so ridiculously low that state and a city inspectors did an audit. Here’s the money quote from the WWLTV news:
"For the second time in three days, a watchdog agency is questioning the New Orleans Police Department's crime statistics. A report released Wednesday by the city's inspector general shows that some crimes aren't being classified as crimes at all.
[. . .]
Translation: When you ask, white people and black people report using cocaine in about the same amount. But when you test, black people are six times more likely to use cocaine. And lie about it.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/09/black_crime_in_baltimore_high__but_should_be_higher.html

September 16, 2014
Black Crime in Baltimore High -- but Should be Higher
By Colin Flaherty

Fifteen Baltimore Officers Injured, Multiple Still Images and Videos Embedded



Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday evening after looters raided the store and set it alight



Fire hose slashed: As fire fighters tried to extinguish the flames in the CVS pharmacy, rioters slashed the hose

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3057819/Baltimore-police-Freddie-Gray-protestors-clash-violently-funeral.html

Huge fires set across Baltimore as Freddie Gray rioters torch city, loot stores and injure fifteen police officers as violence rages into the night and local politicians are left turning on each other
State of emergency declared in Baltimore just hours after funeral for Freddie Gray who died in police custody
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake branded the rioters 'thugs' and issued a 10pm-5am curfew starting on Tuesday
President has been briefed on the situation, more than 1,000 police and Maryland National Guard are on standby
Three rival gangs announced an unprecedented alliance to 'take out' Baltimore officers on Monday
15 police officers injured, two in a serious condition in hospital, and 27 people have been arrested
Looters seen raiding gun shops and check cashing stores. CVS set ablaze and rioters slashed fire fighters' hoses
Freddie Gray, 25, died after suffering severed spine in police custody on April 12. He died days later on April 19
His family has denounced the riots. But Eric Garner's daughter said she understood their frustration
Police said they needed help from the National Guard after the protestors 'outnumbered and outflanked us'
By Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com
Published: 11:48 EST, 27 April 2015 | Updated: 07:18 EST, 28 April 2015

Texas Teacher Resigns After Muslim Complaint




[From article]
Lamar Consolidated ISD says a teacher accused of handing students pamphlets some have called "anti-Muslim" has resigned.
The Foster High school government teacher turned in his resignation notice April 8, as soon as the district launched an investigation into the complaint.
[. . .]
CAIR went to the school board, saying the problem with the handout is that the information is wrong.
"We have no problem with the open exchange of ideas -- democracy requires that -- but they have to start with facts," Nasrullah said.

http://abc13.com/news/teacher-accused-of-giving-students-anti-muslim-pamphlets-resigns/659855/

Lamar CISD teacher accused of giving students 'anti-Muslim' pamphlets resigns

Looking For How To Reform Baltimore?





At least in Baltimore voters elected a black mayor and city council. In Ferguson black citizens didn't even vote. It is not the complete fault of elected officials. Voters determine some of what the politicians do, over time. Why no riots before the death, after so much institutionalized racism as they claim now?


Toya Graham Encourages Her 16-year-old son to go home.

[From article]
Who owns Baltimore’s rage? Some facts: Every member of the Baltimore City Council is a Democrat. Every mayor since 1967 has been a Democrat. Such political homogeneity invites corruption. If some element of the city’s police department is brutal and corrupt, it’s because no one in Baltimore has lifted a finger to stop them.

 

[. . .]
From where I stand, it’s hard to credit claims that a police force that is nearly 50 percent African-American is somehow hardwired to abuse residents of a majority black city. But if police corruption is a problem in Baltimore, and news reports suggest that it is, the solution to it cannot be running battles between cops and citizens. Rather, the clear solution is better governance. You say you want a revolution. How about electing a Republican or two to the Baltimore City Council? That would be truly radical.



In so much as anyone in Baltimore is angry at the “system,” they should direct their rage where it belongs—an unbroken, five-decade string of one-party rule in the city and a national War on Poverty that has systematically dismantled the black family.



http://www.city-journal.org/2015/eon0428mh.html

Matthew Hennessey
One Man’s Riot
Reflections on Baltimore
April 28, 2015

MIT Climate Scientist Questions Global Warming Alarmists




[From article]
his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt
[. . .]
A pioneering climate scientist with decades at Harvard and MIT, Lindzen sees his discipline as being deeply compromised by political pressure, data fudging, out-and-out guesswork, and wholly unwarranted alarmism.
[. . .]
In the 1970s, while a professor at Harvard, Lindzen disproved the then-accepted theory of how heat moves around the Earth’s atmosphere,
[. . .]
Over the decades, he’s authored or coauthored some 200 peer-reviewed papers on climate.
[. . .]
an issue of Newsweek declaring all scientists agreed. And that was the beginning of a ‘consensus’ argument.
[. . .]
he is voluminously on record disputing the predictions of catastrophe.
[. . .]
The question at issue is how sensitive the planet is to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (this is called climate sensitivity), and how much the planet will heat up as a result of our pumping into the sky ever more CO2, which remains in the atmosphere for upwards of 1,000 years.
[. . .]
he contends that the “alarmists” vastly overstate the Earth’s climate sensitivity. Judging by where we are now, he appears to have a point; so far, 150 years of burning fossil fuels in large quantities has had a relatively minimal effect on the climate. By some measurements, there is now more CO2 in the atmosphere than there has been at any time in the past 15 million years.
[. . .]
over the past 15 years, as man has emitted record levels of carbon dioxide year after year, the warming trend of previous decades has stopped. Lindzen says this is all consistent with what he holds responsible for climate change: a small bit of man-made impact and a whole lot of natural variability.
[. . .]
The IPCC report itself, weighing in at thousands of pages, is “not terrible. It’s not unbiased, but the bias [is] more or less to limit your criticism of models,” he says. The Summary for Policymakers, on the other hand—the only part of the report that the media and the politicians pay any attention to—“rips out doubts to a large extent. .  .  . [Furthermore], government representatives have the final say on the summary.” Thus, while the full IPPC report demonstrates a significant amount of doubt among scientists, the essentially political Summary for Policymakers filters it out.
[. . .]
the most glaring failure of the models: their inability to predict the 15-year-long (and counting) pause in warming
[. . .]
Almost all funding for climate research comes from the government, which, he says, makes scientists essentially vassals of the state. And generating fear, Lindzen contends, is now the best way to ensure that policymakers keep the spigot open.
[. . .]
“But the environmental movement is highly organized. There are hundreds of NGOs. To coordinate these hundreds, they quickly organized the Climate Action Network, the central body on climate. There would be, I think, actual meetings to tell them what the party line is for the year, and so on.” Skeptics, on the other hand, are more scattered across disciplines and continents. As such, they have a much harder time getting their message across.
[. . .]
Because climate change is invisible, only the experts can tell us whether the planet is sick or not. And because of the way funds are granted, they have an incentive to say that the Earth belongs in intensive care.
[. . .]
One frustrating feature of the climate debate is that people’s outlook on global warming usually correlates with their political views. So if a person wants low taxes and restrictions on abortion, he probably isn’t worried about climate change. And if a person supports gay marriage and raising the minimum wage, he most likely thinks the threat from global warming warrants costly public-policy remedies.
[. . .]
it is well known that the vast majority of “alarmist” climate scientists, dependent as they are on federal largesse, are liberal Democrats.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/what-catastrophe_773268.html

What Catastrophe?
MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist
JAN 13, 2014
VOL. 19, NO. 17

April 27, 2015

Book Review: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Effort To Reform Islam



Ayaan Hirsi Ali
PHOTO BY ELISABETTA VILLA/GETTY IMAGES

[From review]
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, which, among other theses, points out the intellectual bankruptcy of a political/religious ideology that preaches a return to seventh-century law and disorder while utilizing the tools of twenty-first century Western progress.
[. . .]
Heretic, as its subtitle suggests, is not a third bio but rather Ali’s most academic and aspirational book to date. It clearly and cleverly offers five “amendments” to Islamic orthodoxy in order to alleviate its violent and oppressive tendencies.
[. . .]
Heretic carefully separates Muslims into three categories. “Medina Muslims,” as Ali calls them, are the jihadists and their supporters, who intertwine the faith with seventh-century political and martial order, as Muhammad did during his time in that city. A low-ball estimate puts this population at 48 million, a tiny fraction of the world’s Muslims—but, considering that it took only 19 men armed with box cutters and the “Medina” ideology to bring us 9/11, it’s a number to be concerned about. In the second group are the apostates and heretics, like Ali herself, who have left the faith altogether or are so critical of it that they can no longer be considered “true” Muslims. This population is tiny but growing. Finally, what Ali terms the “Mecca Muslims” comprise the majority of Islam’s adherents. These are the hearts and minds to whom she preaches reform: devout Muslims who desire access to Western thought, education, technology, and civil law, but who find that “pure” Islamic scripture and discipline (or their government’s adoption of sharia law) renders accommodation all but impossible. Torn by this conflict, many of these Muslims find themselves ripe for jihadist plucking: better to side with the devil you kinda know (Medina Islam) than the one you don’t (hell-bound apostasy).
[. . .]

She dedicates whole chapters to diagnosing the five root problems in Islam that manifest themselves via violence and oppression: 1) The Qur’an’s status as the immutable word of God and the infallibility of Muhammad as the last divine messenger; 2) an emphasis on the afterlife over the here and now; 3) sharia’s claims to be a comprehensive system of law governing the spiritual and temporal realms; 4) the obligation of ordinary Muslims to command right and forbid wrong; and 5) the concept of jihad, or holy war.
[. . .]
The intended audience might do better to read Ali’s earlier books first.Page after page is filled with disconcerting statistics.
The second quibble is with Ali’s case for optimism.
[. . .]
Voltaire, Locke, Luther, Spinoza . . . it’s tempting to call Ali the modern incarnation of one or another of these. Yet just being the Ayaan Hirsi Ali of our own time is more than enough: she’s the heretic who risks her life with rich intellectual treatises and memoirs to hasten an ideological reformation that could liberate millions. We ignore her quill to our shame and peril.

http://www.city-journal.org/2015/bc0427ke.html

KATHERINE ERNST
The Heretic We Need
Once again, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s pen is mightier than any barbarian’s sword.
April 27, 2015

Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali 
Harper Collins, 288 pp., $27.99

Pregnant Houston Woman Fired For Refusing To Pay For Money Robbed at Popeye's Fast Food



Marissa Holcomb
Photo: KHOU

[From article]
The pregnant Popeyes manager, who was fired less than 36 hours after a robbery, has been offered her job back.
Marissa Holcomb, who is a mother of three with a fourth child on the way, had a meeting with Z & H Foods owner Amin Dhanani on Wednesday, a day after our original story aired of her firing.
"He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again," she said.
Holcomb says she was originally terminated because she refused to pay back money that was stolen during a robbery March 31. Dhanani argued she was fired because she broke policy multiple times by leaving too much money in the register.
[. . .]
"I told them I'm not paying nothing," Holcomb said, who said she was fired because she refused to pay the money back. "I just had a gun to me, I'm not paying the money."
Surveillance video shows a man run into the restaurant with a beanie over his face while waving a gun. He forced all employees to the floor, then turned his attention to Holcomb.
"By the back of my shirt, he pulled me up and he pushed me to the front," she said. "He told me to give him everything out of my safe."
But the only thing she could open were the registers.
Holcomb claimed after the robbery one of her managers gave her an ultimatum: Pay the money back or lose her job.
"I don't think it's right because now I'm struggling for my family because what I had to do to keep my life," she said.

http://www.khou.com/story/news/investigations/2015/04/21/pregnant-fast-food-worker-fired-after-being-robbed-at-gunpoint/26162183/

Popeyes attempting to rectify pregnant manager's firing
Tiffany Craig,
KHOU 11 News
10:02 a.m. CDT April 23, 2015



Author: Environmentalists Are Communists




[Audio embedded]
[From article]
Author and columnist Mark Steyn celebrated Earth Day with a great takedown on environmentalists.
"They are green on the outside but red, communist, socialist, big government red on the inside," Steyn said, comparing enviro activists to watermelons.

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/steyn-environmentalists-are-communists

Steyn: Environmentalists AreCommunists
Green on the outside, red on the inside
4.22.2015
Brian Lilley

Universities Focus On Learning About Sex. What Took Them So Long?




Sex survey conducted in the name of good. George Bernard Shaw: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." and Pre-Homeric Greek Philosopher, Cleobulous, "The chief source of evil among men is excessive good." Why not just ban sex on campus and by students, faculty and university staff?  

[From article]
A survey being conducted at nearly 30 major universities to gauge the true scope of sexual abuse in college is so rife with "explicit" language that it is “opening wounds” and “triggering” flashbacks in the students who take it, critics say.
Some students were so shocked by the language and descriptions — which include the words “penetration,” “oral sex,” and “sexual touching,” — they had to immediately stop answering questions and told their friends not to participate.
[. . .]
Questions on the survey ask students directly if someone touched their “breast, chest, crotch, groin or buttocks” while they were “passed out, asleep or incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol.” Language goes as far as descriptions like “when one person puts a penis, finger, or object inside someone else’s vagina or anus ...”
The language is necessary to carry out the survey's purpose, said University of Michigan spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald.
“It is only by directly collecting this information from students will we be able to prevent negative experiences and effectively respond when they do happen,” Fitzgerald told FoxNews.com
[. . .]
“Our primary purpose in conducting this survey is to help our institutions gain a better understanding of this complex problem on their own campuses as well as nationally," said AAU President Hunter Rawlings. "Our first priority, and theirs, is to ensure that students not only are safe but feel safe.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/23/explicit-survey-on-sex-assault-leaves-college-students-feeling-victimized/

'Explicit' survey on sex assault leaves college students feeling victimized

By Kyle Rothenberg
Published April 23, 2015
FoxNews.com

Texas A&M Professor Flunks Entire Class




[From article]
Horwitz said a semester of backstabbing, lying, cheating and disrespect has caused him to fail everyone in the class and that he will no longer be teaching the course. “Enough was enough,” Horwitz wrote in the email obtained by KPRC. “Yesterday I reached the breaking point.”
“I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class,” said Horwitz. He said students’ complete lack of maturity and general incompetence proved they weren’t fit to enter the workforce… Horwitz said in two decades of teaching he has never dealt with a class as disgraceful as his current Strategic Management course.[. . .]
But the university’s vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, said that while administrators respect Horwitz, his failing grades won’t be upheld. “None of them have failed until the end of the class, meaning the only reason a student would fail is because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class,” Louchouran told KPRC. School officials say the department head will temporarily replace Horwitz as the course’s instructor until the end of the semester.
America in Wonderland: where everybody has won and all must have prizes.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/04/27/not-the-onion-texas-am-prof-cracks-flunks-entire-disgraceful-class/

Not the Onion: Texas A&M Prof Cracks, Flunks Entire ‘Disgraceful’ Class
Horwitz said students’ complete lack of maturity and general incompetence proved they weren’t fit to enter the workforce.
by Michael Walsh
April 27, 2015 - 12:55 pm


New York City Council Wants To Weaken Police Arrest Powers. FBI Informant, Tax Cheat, Rev. Al Sharpton Agrees




Trickle down economics may not work, but trickle down lawlessness certainly does. After 7 years of a lawless White House and Attorney General, ordinary people are imitating federal officials and their attitudes toward laws. It was only a matter of time before laws became optional under the Obama-Holder doctrine. One concept that politicians seem unable to understand is the the legal notion of jurisdiction. City officials may be able to reduce city ordinances to violations, but state laws are another matter. They just do not have jurisdiction. But again under Obama-Holder omniscient morally superior elitists can ignore inconvenient laws. 

[From article]
A pair of bills proposed in the City Council would decriminalize several low-level offenses.
The list also includes bicycling on a sidewalk, being in a park after dark, littering, failing to obey a sign and making excessive noise.
Reverend Al Sharpton says over policing of minor crimes like these often creates tension between community and law enforcement.
“Until police understand mutual respect, we will continue having these tensions” he said.

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/28902636/city-council-wants-to-decriminalize-low-level-crimes

City Council wants to decriminalize low level crimes
Posted: Apr 26, 2015 6:12 PM EDTUpdated: Apr 26, 2015 8:38 PM EDT
By MYFOX NEW YORK STAFF

* * *



[From article]
The city’s top cop also said that “if you remove the ability to have a penalty for [an] offense, then you lose the ability to be in control of the streets.”
Bratton’s dire prediction was his harshest assessment of a plan by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto to turn a host of anti-social behavior into civil offenses instead of crimes.
He made the comments outside a Citizens Crime Commission breakfast in Manhattan, where the state’s chief judge said “common sense” dictated that ignoring quality-of-life offenses could lead to more serious crimes.
But Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman also said the nearly 400,000 summonses issued in the city last year were overwhelming the court system.

White House Tells the Best Jokes




[From article]
If there's one thing we can count on from President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner every year, it's him making jokes about being Muslim, foreign-born and socialist.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/04/26/obama-jokes-about-being-a-socialist-kenya-born-muslim-at-every-whcd/?postshare=6191430137916894

Did you hear the one about the Muslim, socialist, Kenyan president? The joke Obama can’t stop telling.
By Hunter Schwarz
April 26, 2015
Washington Post

Students Stand At Their Desks In San Francisco Schools



Students at standing desks at Vallecito Elementary in San Rafael. 
(John Ramos/CBS)
[From article]
In four of the school’s classrooms, chairs have been removed and students spend the day standing at their desks. Some parents, concerned about how sedentary kids have become, donated money for the new desks.
[. . .]
The teachers are convinced. They say the kids are calmer and more attentive and parents say the children sleep better at night. What seemed at first like a kooky Marin County idea is having a real benefit.
“You know, you can roll your eyes all you want, but you need to come and see it,” Zink said.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/04/24/marin-county-elementary-school-adopts-standing-desks-students/

Marin County School Nixes Sedentary Education With Standing Desks For Students
April 24, 2015 7:07 PM
CBS News San Francisco CA

Images Of Baltimore Violence



Injured Baltimore Policeman
Getty Images

[From article]
The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order. A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the mayor said. At least 15 officers were hurt, and some two dozen people were arrested. Two officers remained hospitalized, police said.
[. . .]
Emergency officials were constantly thwarted as they tried to restore calm. Firefighters trying to put out a blaze at a CVS store were hindered by someone who sliced holes in a hose connected to a fire hydrant, spraying water all over the street and nearby buildings.
[. . .]
Police urged parents to locate their children and bring them home. Many of those on the streets appeared to be African-American youths, wearing backpacks and khaki pants that are a part of many public school uniforms.
The riot broke out just as high school let out, and at a key city bus depot for student commuters around Mondawmin Mall, a shopping area northwest of downtown Baltimore. It shifted about a mile away later to the heart of an older shopping district and near where Gray first encountered police. Both commercial areas are in African-American neighborhoods.
Later in the day, people began looting clothing and other items from stores at the mall, which became unprotected as police moved away from the area. About three dozen officers returned, trying to arrest looters but driving many away by firing pellet guns and rubber bullets.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/27/at-least-7-cops-injured-as-riots-break-out-in-baltimore/

It’s war on cops as rioters plunge Baltimore into chaos
By Associated Press
New York Post
April 27, 2015 | 5:04pm

NY Gentleman Arrested With Huge Stash In His Baggage At Airport



Photo: Handout

Kelvin Smith, Suspect

[From article]
A career Bronx drug criminal on his way to the Caribbean made a rookie mistake when he packed enough drugs in his checked luggage to get the whole plane high, sources told The Post on Sunday.
[. . .]
Authorities found 18 pounds of pot after an alert went off moments before the flight left La Guardia Airport, notifying them to take a closer look at his luggage. His second bag, which had already cleared the scan, had 2.8 ounces of crack and three ounces of psychedelic mushrooms, the sources said.
Smith admitted to transporting the marijuana, but insisted he didn’t have anything else. “It’s only marijuana.”

http://nypost.com/2015/04/27/man-busted-with-18-pounds-of-pot-crack-and-mushrooms-at-airport/

Man busted with 18 pounds of pot, crack and mushrooms at airport
By Philip Messing
New York Post
April 27, 2015 | 4:18am

Bureaucracy Compels Wasting Taxpayer Funds, Enforcing Sexual Protocols





The Federal government's primary mission is to defend the nation. Congress added the FBI and the CIA to protect the borders and to maintain freedom for citizens to live, do business and for recreation. Now the federal government mandates oversight of sexual relations on campuses. The threat is an end of taxpayer funding if spineless administrators do not comply with the mindless mandates. Feckless university officials ask how high they must jump adding more administrators to their bureaucracy in order to comply, and to not lose federal taxpayer funds. Obedient students and faculty roll over and seek belly rubs as they give away their freedom for mammon. 



[From article]
In three separate documents, which combined span over 40 pages, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights clarified the role of Title IX coordinators, who are responsible for ensuring institutions receiving federal funding comply with Title IX, an anti-sex discrimination law. The guidance adds to efforts by the government to clarify Title IX requirements, including the release of Title IX policy recommendations last April.
[. . .]
The guidance stipulates that the institution “must not interfere” with the duties of the Title IX coordinator to ensure compliance.
“It's essentially unprecedented in federal regulatory law to put so much power of the federal government behind the protection of an administrative employee of the University,” Lake said.
[. . .]
Many other schools within the University, including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School, have appointed Title IX coordinators who also serve in roles as administrators of student affairs.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/4/27/federal-government-titleix-coordinator/

Government Releases Guidance on Title IX Coordinator Position
By NOAH J. DELWICHE and IVAN B. K. LEVINGSTON,
Harvard CRIMSON STAFF WRITERS
April 27, 2015

Bloods, Crips and Nation of Islam Unite In Baltimore Protests




http://twitchy.com/2015/04/26/kumbaya-freddiegray-protest-brings-together-crips-bloods-and-the-nation-of-islam-photos/

[photos]
Kumbaya: #FreddieGray protest brings together Crips, Bloods and the Nation of Islam?
Posted at 8:47 pm on April 26, 2015
by Twitchy Staff

April 26, 2015

Oregon Judge Orders Payment of $135,000 For Damages After Refusal To Bake Cake For Homosexual Wedding



An administrative law court in Oregon ruled earlier this year against the Klein's defense that their constitutional right to expression of their religious beliefs superseded Oregon state law against discrimination.

[From article]
The Klein's said that 'Satan's really at work' after 'he administrators of gofundme because they claimed it was raising money for an illegal purpose'.
The family will still receive the $100,000 they raised, though it is now urging potential donors to give them money on a fundraising site run by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham.
[. . .]
The Kleins, who closed their store in 2013 amid attention drawn to the discrimination and now operate it from their home, have said that they and their five children are struggling financially.
'This is real money that Aaron and Melissa are going to have to pay that otherwise would be used to pay their mortgage and feed their kids,' their lawyer Anna Harmon told the Oregonian.
The bakery's Facebook page posted a message Friday saying that the fine 'will financially ruin us'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3054866/Anti-gay-bakers-face-paying-135-000-lesbian-couple-refused-wedding-cake-Christian-couple-raised-100-000-eight-hours-fundraising-page.html

Anti-gay bakers face ordered to pay $135k to lesbian couple who they refused wedding cake - but received $100k online before their fundraising page was shut down by 'Satan's work'
Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon found to have discriminated against lesbian couple by refusing them wedding cake in January 2013
Melissa and Aaron Klein ordered to pay fine that they say will 'ruin' them
Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her wife Laurel said to have suffered emotional distress from case, which prompted death threats
Fine of $135,000 may be increased or decreased by state labor head
Fundraising page for bakery raised $100,000 before it was shut it down
Bakers said 'Satan's really at work' and urged donations on Christian site
By CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 22:20 EST, 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 17:44 EST, 25 April 2015