Saturday, February 13, 2016

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I don't think America has forgiven Hillary for forgiving Bill. Forgiveness is just not the Evangelical thing to do.  Every good Christian knows that.

Saying the first thing that comes to my mind has never served me well. Better to say it on Facebook so the harm to me will be forever.  That should teach me something.


I would butter you up, but eventually you would get to know me and turn on me.  So.  There's just no point.

Whew.  Trump just declared the Pope, while unknowledgeable, is  "a pretty good guy".  Great. I'm so glad the Pope isn't on our hate list.  There is something so unsettling about raising our children to hate the Pope and what he stands for.

I know I am not qualified to be President. I don't want to vote for anyone that's not smarter than me.

I'm so very thankful old, white men have never let us down.

Cruz accused of being biased against soft porn actresses.

It's a good thing I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong.  You know... 'Cause I'm mostly wrong.  I just say "my bad" and go on and hit the next golf shot.  Just not that big of a deal to me.



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Plus if you are seen outside your home he will make you a Muslim.
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Shkreli Takes Break From Criminal Prosecution, Congressional Investigations, and Civil Lawsuits To Offer To Buy Kanye West Album For $10 Million

by jonathanturley
Martin_Shkreli_House_Committee_on_Oversight_and_Government_Reform_2016Martin Shkreli may be the worst criminal defendant client since John Gotti, who loved to taunt and flaunt while facing criminal charges. After his cocky performance (just reciting the invocation of the right to remain silent) at the House committee this month, most criminal defense attorneys were cringing. Then came his not-so-silent tweets mocking the committee after his appearance. Now, after the IRS hit him with a massive tax bill for unpaid taxes, the former drug company head has offered $10 million to Kanye West for rights to his album The Life of PabloThis follows his controversial $2 million deal for Wu-Tang Clan'sOnce Upon a Time in Shaolin amidst condemnations of his bilking AIDS victims through over-pricing of life sustaining drugs. Not since Colin Ferguson has a defendant done more to get the court, potential jurors, or anyone on Earth to truly hate him.


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Residents in Flint, Mich., including the family of Demetrius Lanier, 3, are using bottled water until their tap water is deemed safe.
Why It Won't Be Easy or Cheap to Fix Flint's Water Crisis

By JULIE BOSMAN

Four months after admitting the problem, officials in Michigan are scrambling to work with local leaders to form a plan to undo the damage.
A portrait of Irene Garza at a relative's home in Edinburg, Tex., in 2004.
Ex-Priest Is Arrested in 1960 Killing of Texas Beauty Queen

By FERNANDA SANTOS

The arrest of John Feit, now 83, came about in part because the relatives of Irene Garza, 25, never gave up on the case.

Politics. Or to put it another way I wish I wasn't so suspicious of old white males (being an old, white, male). AND I've always admired red heads and have no clue where my orange hair bigotry comes from.


America.  Every morning when I wake up I feel grateful after checking the Do Not Let Live List..  Young people probably don't know that list didn't exist when I was a child.

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City drops claim for Tamir Rice's ambulance ride; cops shot the boy while he played with toy gun

Feb 12, 2016, 8:16 am CST
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DNC Rolls Back Rule To Allow Presidential Campaigns To Accept More Money From Federal Lobbyists and PACS

by jonathanturley
Wasserman Schultz225px-Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropThe Democratic National Committee has long been criticized as being overly biased toward the Clinton campaign, particularly Democratic Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. First there was the scheduling of debates when no one was watching and refusing more debates in what was universally viewed as a move to help Clinton. Then, when Clinton lost her lead in the polls, the DNC suddenly scheduled more debates at primetime hours. Now, with Sanders setting records for donations from ordinary voters, the media is reporting that the DNC rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees.



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Texas A&M University in College Station.

The Big Conversation

An incident earlier this week on the campus of Texas A&M University where students visiting from an inner-city Dallas charter school were harassed with racial slurs is spurring an investigation.
The Tribune’s Matthew Watkins reported that two black students in a group of about 60 juniors from Uplift Hampton Preparatory “were approached by a white woman wearing Confederate flag earrings. … the white woman showed the students her earrings and asked them what they thought about them. Then a group of ‘white male and female students’ began taunting the students ‘using the most well-known racial slur that's directed toward African Americans,’” according to state Sen. Royce West, whose district includes the school.
Campus police called to the scene did not charge anyone. Watkins wrote that “the responding officer told people at the scene that the harassers were expressing their First Amendment rights, according to West. University officials are now reviewing the incident, West said.”
A&M President Michael Young promised in an e-mail that the matter "will be thoroughly investigated to the fullest extent possible" with West calling for strong discipline, if not the expulsion of the A&M students.
Watkins reported that Uplift Hampton officials said they were disappointed by the incident but appreciative of the university administration’s response.
“The charter school is devoted to helping economically disadvantaged students get into college,” Watkins wrote. “Many come from families with no experience in higher education, and campus tours are their first encounters with universities.” 
Disclosure: Texas A&M University is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.



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Why is truth impossible to discern these days?

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lawyer accused of jailhouse sex says guards lied to discredit client aiding staffer probe


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A Florida lawyer banned from Broward County jails because of alleged jailhouse sex with a client says she was falsely accused.
Lawyer Jessica Mishali tells Local10.com that jail guards lied because her client was going to cooperate in an investigation of deputies supplying cellphones to inmates for profit. The client aided a similar investigation in Miami-Dade County, Mishali says.
The sex allegation was made the same day her client was moved to the Broward County facility from Miami-Dade, Mishali said.
Mishali says she was accused of having sex in a room with large windows that are regularly checked by deputies, and it would be inconceivable to try to have sex there. She also it would not have been possible for the client to place his hands on her back as described by the guards.
“That allegation is false,” Mishali told Local10.com. “This news made it all over the world. This news was in China. This news was in South America, and the effects are very serious and I was wronged.”
Mishali said guards lied to discredit and isolate the client.
News10.com reports, however, that Mishali was fired by the state-funded Office of Criminal Conflict and Regional Counsel three weeks before the jailhouse sex allegation. The office alleged unspecified “misconduct” involving Mishali’s representation of the client, according to the report by the broadcast station.
Mishali said her termination “is a separate issue” and “that’s not what we’re here to talk about.”


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WHITE-COLLAR CRIME

2nd trial begins for ex-prosecutor accused of siphoning $52M from elderly woman's trust


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A former prosecutor who took over a lucrative trust practice from his father’s estate is now facing a second trial in one of the biggest alleged frauds in Alaska history.
Initially sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to 15 felonies, Mark James Avery successfully appealed his conviction, which included “honest services” wire fraud. He was released in 2013. However, he was charged with 14 counts later that year concerning the same conduct, including wire fraud under a different theory, the Alaska Dispatch reported at the time.
Jury selection in the second trial of the Anchorage case took place on Monday, reports KTUU.
Avery is accused of taking more than $52 million from the May Smith Trust for his own personal use. However, as federal public defender Michael Dieni pointed out in opening statements, Avery got permission from fellow trustees in 2005 to take a $52 million loan from the trust to start a private air charter business.
The idea was to make it easier to conduct trust business between the San Francisco Bay area, where all three of the trustees had ties, and the Bahamas, where Avery had established May Wong Smith in a $10 million mansion in 2004, according to KTUU and a lengthy 2007 article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“He did not lie or cheat to obtain the money. It was an investment by Avenco Ltd.,” Dieni told the jury, referring to a Bahamas holding company for trust assets. The air charter business was to provide executive jet services and medical evacuations and perform military contracts, the defense lawyer said.
But, in addition to buying an Alaska air charter business, plus two corporate jets for $8 million, Avery was accused of using some of the loan money for personal expenses and making purchases that weren’t necessary for a business forwarding the trust’s interests, the Chronicle reported. They included a yacht, all-terrain vehicles, two rocket launchers from the Soviet era, 12 Czech fighter jets and a number of helicopters, among other purchases.
The spending spree, as well as the military flavor of some of the purchases, soon caught the attention of the feds.
“Anchorage is a small town,” assistant U.S. attorney Steve Skrocki told the Chronicle, adding: “This type of spending in such a short time was extraordinary. We’re talking about spending $52 million in six months.”
By 2006, Avery had been charged and agreed to plead guilty in the original case. That same year, Smith, who had been suffering from dementia for nearly 15 years, died.
In the new trial, Dieni pointed the finger at Avery’s business partner in the air charter venture, describing the man as a “remorseless liar” who wore a Philippines military uniform with fake “chest candy” medals and stripes.
“This wasn’t about making Avery rich. It was about him taking on too much and picking a partner he couldn’t trust,” Dieni said, KTUU reports.
A law graduate of Golden Gate University, Avery passed the California bar in 1990 and worked as a prosecutor in Santa Clara County and San Francisco, the Chronicle reports. After a new district attorney took office in 1996 and laid off Avery and other prosecutors, he moved to Alaska, where he also worked as a prosecutor.
In 2001, his father, Luther Avery, a well-known trust attorney, died unexpectedly after a fall. Avery took over his practice, which included a $400,000-a-year role as a trustee for the May Smith Trust and a related charitable trust.
As the son became established in his new role, “I think he got dazzled by the amounts of money involved, dazzled by the possibilities and forgot the basics of doing business,” Avery’s then-lawyer, Scott Dattan, told the Chronicle in 2007.


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And some people think they are pretty good a backing a trailer!!!
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Assistant School Principal Accused of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

by Darren Smith
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Nate Piturachsatit
Nate Piturachsatit
Law Enforcement Officers in Coulee Dam, Washington arrested thirty-seven year old Assistant-Principal Nate Piturachsatit on two counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
The case stems from an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Mr. Piturachsatit is accused of soliciting and sending sexually explicit pictures to of 14-year-old girl residing in Wisconsin. Court documents allege that Mr. Piturachsatit conveyed these images via Instagram using his cell phone. Fortunately, no other minors are presently suspected as being victims.
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