Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kardashian shows me I've lived too long



There will be a meeting of cats at 7pm at my house for those cats whose owners refuse to post their pictures on Facebook.  We can help you.  Little cat cookies served afterwards.


Remember when we thought how we treated our enemies showed the world our true character and what we were really all about?  What the hell were we thinking?



* Kim Kardashian wants to go to law school. Maybe she should worry about a Bachelor’s degree first. [ Daily Caller ]

Why is it the insurance company isn't ever named when someone secures a civil rights judgment against a city or police department?  IT is the one that decides to pay the judgment or settlement, never the city or police.  Why can't there be true transparency?



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Judge Resigns Amid Allegations He Sexted During Judicial Conduct Commission Meeting
John Council, Texas Lawyer
September 23, 2016
A former member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has voluntarily resigned from the bench in lieu of discipline after the agency investigated whether he sexted with a woman during a commission hearing.
Joel Patrick Baker is an attorney who served as Smith County judge and headed its commissioners' court and also formerly served as vice chairman of the commission.
In March, the commission began investigating whether Baker cast discredit on both the judiciary and the agency that polices them by exchanging graphic messages, photos and videos with a woman while he was attending a commission meeting and later at a judicial education conference.
According to the voluntary agreement, which was released Sept. 23, the commission alleged that Baker failed to cooperate with its investigation by: failing to produce evidence; deleting information from his social media account and his cell phone before donating the phone to charity; failing to provide complete and candid answers to the commission's inquiries; and attempting to influence the testimony of a witness.
Baker served on the judicial conduct commission from 2009 until March, when he resigned from the post after the commission began investigating him.
In his March 4 resignation letter to the commission, Baker noted that he had been dealing with the loss of his father and was suffering from stress, depression and grief. "I want closure and healing for me and my family, and I need my priorities to be on my family first, and my job second," Baker wrote.
Baker was suspended from his judicial office by the commission without pay June 21 after he was indicted for two misdemeanor counts of allegedly closing a public meeting in order to award a red-light camera contract to a company. Baker has denied the allegations in the criminal case, which is still pending.
According to the voluntary agreement that Baker signed Sept. 20, he does not admit guilt, fault or liability. In exchange for leaving office by Nov. 4 — or whenever the criminal case against him concludes — the commission agrees to pursue no further disciplinary action against Baker. He is also forever disqualified from sitting or serving as a judge in Texas, according to the agreement.
Baker could not be located for comment.














Psychologist uses 'memory hacking' to convince test subjects that they committed crimes

Sep 22, 2016, 12:10 pm CDT






Bella and Tilli





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State Lawsuit Against Police Officer Allegedly Assaulting 15 Year Old Girl Removed To Federal Court

by Darren Smith
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor.
monique-tillman-tacoma-mall-cameraIn May of this year, we reported a disturbing allegation of an unlawful use of force against a then fifteen-year-old girl by a Tacoma Police Officer working an off-duty assignment at a large shopping mall.
Originally filed in with the Pierce County Washington Superior Court, on September 19th the case wasremoved to the U.S. District Court of Western Washington.
Surveillance video shows what appears to be disturbing actions by a professional police officer used against a petite fifteen year old for alleged criminal acts against her that were later dismissed. Plaintiff alleges in her tort claim that race discrimination was a factor in the incident.

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Senator Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
Ted Cruz Announces Support for Donald Trump

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER

Two months after refusing to endorse Mr. Trump at the G.O.P. convention, the senator said he had decided to vote for the nominee after "searching my own conscience."
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With one major legal battle seemingly behind them, Sandra Bland's survivors and advocates are gearing up for the next phase of their quest to wrest change from the 28-year-old black woman's death. It is unclear whether the Texas Department of Public Safety will make any changes to its training policies following the announced settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland.

In a Facebook post, singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne said he was canceling a scheduled show at the University of Texas at Austin due to concerns with Texas’ new campus carry law.

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Jessica and Ashley

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hacked emails


I suspect Texas CPS would kill to investigate Brad Pitt for child abuse.


Wells Fargo CEO may be forced to quit and take the $200 million pay package thus increasing the temporarily unemployed stats.


Yahoo. I am so tired of changing passwords and security questions.  Why don't they just invent an app that if you hack into an account it reaches out and deletes the hackers computer data? (and perhaps slaps him around a little).


We may be nuts.  Failure to immediately follow a command from the President, a Supreme Court Judge, Congress, the Pope, our doctor,  can NEVER result in our being immediately shot.....just a 21 year old guy in a blue uniform one day on the job?  Maybe that's why police shootings in other countries pale in comparison to ours and there is rioting in our streets.  We may need to re-think things.


Maturity.  I guess we should be happy that Trump will soon graduate from the third grade.


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Texas Won't Budge on Fetus Burial Rule

by Alex Samuels | Sept. 23, 2016
Health care providers, reproductive rights activists and anti-abortion groups attended a hearing on a proposed state rule that would require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

The Big Conversation 

Texas won’t budge on a proposed rule that requires the cremation or burial of fetal remains — even in instances of miscarriages — overruling objections from the medical community, reproductive rights advocates and funeral directors.
The rules were first published at the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, who said in a fundraising email that he doesn't believe fetal remains should be “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.” Many in the medical community disagree, however, saying they’re outraged that state leaders plan to enact the legislation and have concerns over who will pay for the cremations and funerals.
As the Tribune’s Alexa Ura reports, medical providers — including the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Hospital Association — also question why the rule does not allow an exception for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.
The rules are set to be published in the Texas Register on Sept. 30; however, they will most likely be challenged in court. Last month, reproductive rights lawyers sent a letter to health officials warning that the proposal “will almost certainly trigger costly litigation.”

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Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, said on Thursday, after a night of protests and violence, that he had no plans to release video of a police officer shooting Keith L. Scott.
Keith Scott's Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too

By ALAN BLINDER, NIRAJ CHOKSHI and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

Charlotte's police chief stood by his decision not to release the recordings. As people resumed protests Thursday night, the city's mayor ordered a curfew.

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Public Defender Refuses To Remove “Black Lives Matter” Pin Despite Judicial Order

by jonathanturley
black-lives-matter-button-225Deputy PD, Erika Ballou, has refused to comply with a judicial order to remove a Black Lives Matter pin from her blouse -- a clear violation of court rules. As we recently discussed with regard to such pins, judges maintain basic rules of decorum and dress in their courtrooms, particularly in barring political symbols that may influence a jury or witnesses. What is astonishing is not just that Ballou defied the court but that Clark County Public Defender Phil Kohn was standing next to her and a dozen defense lawyers stood behind her in support.

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Three Phoenix Officers Resign After Incident Where Driver Was Allegedly Forced To Eat Marijuana

1474609268529Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a bizarre and disturbing case of abuse. Richard G. Pina, Jason E. McFadden, and Michael J. Carnicle are accused of making a 19-year-old Phoenix man eat marijuana found in his car after a stop — an act that left the man feeling ill. The resignations occurred just before the officers were fired, but there remains a couple of disturbing questions.

The man was forced to eat a gram of marijuana.
First, the video cameras of the officers were turned off at the time — another such incident where the ability to turn off cameras left an alleged abusive act go unrecorded. It would seem axiomatic that, if such cameras serve the public interest, there should not be a switch that can be used to shield arrests or actions.
Second, a fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was reportedly aware of the abuse and did nothing. Yet, he was only demoted from lieutenant to sergeant. So let me get this straight. A supervising officer learns that three officers degraded a citizen and forced him to eat drugs for their entertainment. Yet, he did nothing and will not just remain an officer but remain a sergeant? What exactly does it take in the Phoenix Police Department to at least be demoted to patrol officer? Even if you do not believe that this is worthy of termination, why would you leave this officer with a rank over any other officers? One of the three resigned officers was just a witness according to news reports but was still being considered for termination. Here, the supervisor had a duty to act but did nothing.
There may now be a criminal investigation and presumably the driver could sue the department in tort.
What is particularly disturbing is that all three officers in their first year with Phoenix police and were probationary employees. Yet, if the allegations are true, they could not wait to abuse their power or could not get themselves to stop the abuse of a driver. Obviously, most officers would be appalled by the conduct. However, to see such a complete failure of not just three officers but a supervising lieutenant is chilling.





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Afghan Government Pardons The “Butcher of Kabul” And Gives His Terrorist Group Governing Authority

gulbuddin_hekmatyarIf you were still wondering what the thousands of dead and wounded U.S. soldiers (and billions in funds) lost in Afghanistan accomplished, you confusion is about to be exponentially increased. This week, our Afghan allies in the government pardoned one of the most ruthless terrorists in the world — a man who murdered Americans, supported throwing acid in the faces of girls and women, and stood out among the most blood-soaked terrorists in the world. He is now effectively the ally of the Afghan government and by extension the United States. The man is Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the hated leader of the militant group, Hezb-i-Islami. He is better known by his popular and well-earned nickname: “The Butcher of Kabul.”

Hekmatyar is one of the most despicable human beings on the planet and the focus of countless human rights complaints for the widespread murdering of civilians, the killing of any intellectuals, rampant torture of prisoners, and killing and scaring of girls who want to be educated.
You may recall that President George W. Bush explained our war in Afghanistan as our “war on terror.” Now, we will simply reclassify terrorists and allies and claim victory?
So, we will now continue our military and financial support for a government that includes a man who murdered and tortured his way to infamy: our newest de facto ally, the Butcher of Kabul.

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Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, said on Thursday, after a night of protests and violence, that he had no plans to release video of a police officer shooting Keith L. Scott.
Keith Scott's Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too

By ALAN BLINDER, NIRAJ CHOKSHI and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

Charlotte's police chief stood by his decision not to release the recordings. As people resumed protests Thursday night, the city's mayor ordered a curfew.







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Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data on 500 Million Users in 2014

By NICOLE PERLROTH

The company said user information was stolen by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor," without naming the country.

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pa., last month. Among the hacked material released online were PowerPoint presentations showing step-by-step directions for where he and other officials should walk when they arrived at events.
Email Hack Details Movements of Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Emails from a Democratic operative posted online reveal not only detailed schedules of officials but also personal information of donors and Secret Service agents.


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