Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Which party wants Americans to hate other Americans more?

Democrats convention of love.  May not fly. Trump's philosophy of Americans hating other Americans is awfully attractive to many of us and probably the gateway to greatness.

You have to admire the people giving speeches at the DNC.  They are putting everything on the line 'cause Trump's hit list is exploding.  I can only imagine what he would do to them if he won.

Whoever is in charge of making sure I don't say stupid things, you are fired.

Trump moves to deport Paul Simon due to divisiveness of lyrics. ( I always suspected Simon and Garfunkel were hate mongers.)

Just received word that a friend died yesterday. Why do I feel sorry for me?



Erdogan: Now Round Up The Journalists

by jonathanturley
220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganWe have followed the rapid destruction of the secular government and civil liberties in Turkey under the authoritarian rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- assisted by the long-standing and continuing support of the Obama Administration of Erdogan. Erdogan used the recent failed coup to push his effort to create a de facto Islamic regime and to complete his work in arresting his critics, including forcing the resignation of thousands of secular academics, and suspending all civil liberties in a proclaimed state of emergency. Recently, Erdogan threatened the United States that he wants his greatest critic, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, delivered to him and that a failure to yield to his demands would be a "big mistake."  Now, he has ordered the round up of journalists despite the fact that journalists helped him stay in power during the coup by bravely continuing to broadcast during the coup.  In addition, his government is now arresting people who express doubt (with many internationally) about the coup.  Erdogan has been known to use trumped up events to expand his power and many believe that he is not only using the coup as an excuse but engineered the coup.  His government now says that anyone raising such concerns is likely a coup plotter and should be arrested.




Cal State Cancels Ben Shapiro Speech After Activists Compared It To A KKK Meeting

by jonathanturley
Ben_Shapiro_by_Gage_Skidmore200px-CSULA_sealI have been writing about the increasingly hostile environment for conservatives and libertarians on our campuses as professors and activists shutdown events and censor or sanction unpopular views.  The latest such case can be found at Cal State LA where officials canceled a speech by conservative journalist Ben Shapiro after students complained that they feared for their safety due to the mere fact of a conservative speaking on campus.  Activists further compared the event to an “undercover KKK meeting.” Emails obtained by the site Heat Street through the Freedom of Information Act showed both the successful campaign to bar Shapiro as well as the backlash from people who believe in free speech.

Report: United States Wasted $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa

by jonathanturley
200px-US10dollarbill-Series_2004AWith states and cities struggling to support schools, infrastructure and other basic necessities, our government continues to spend wildly and wastefully with little political accountability. The latest such example is the $1.4 billion dollars spent on abstinence-only education as an effort to reduce the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa from 2004-2013. A new study shows that the program never showed any success and yet the government continued to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into Africa because the program was politically attractive.


Texas judge declares on Facebook his intent to ban plea bargains in assaults against police

A Texas judge is under fire after declaring on Facebook he generally won’t accept plea deals in cases involving assaults and threats to police officers.
Judge Kerry Neves of Galveston County backed up his public declaration with a July 18 order (PDF) barring the plea deals unless there is compelling evidence in support of such an agreement, the targeted officers acquiesce and the defendant writes a sincere apology. The Houston Chronicle andKTRK covered the controversy.
The order also applies to cases involving evading or resisting arrest, escaping and aiding escape, failing to identify, interfering with public duties, interfering with police service animals, attempting to take an officer’s weapon, and possessing banned items in a correctional facility.
“I may only be one person, one judge,” Neves wrote on Facebook. “But I will do what I can to stop the disrespect and aggressive behavior against our police officers.”
John Convery, the president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, told KTRK he expects criminal defense lawyers to seek Neves’ recusal in cases involving officers. His order is “a breach of impartiality and basic fairness,” Convery said.
Convery repeated those sentiments in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. “How would Judge Neves feel if a judge said, ‘I’m not going to accept any plea agreements on police who beat up citizens at a traffic stop?’ ” Convery said.
But Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady told KTRK he didn’t think the order would disqualify Neves from presiding in such cases “as long as he’s willing to look at the facts of each case and consider the full range of punishment.”
Neves declined to comment to the Houston Chronicle and KTRK.
Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

New Jersey Supreme Court to decide if email log is covered by open records law

Jul 26, 2016, 7:30 am CDT

Lawyer who refused to remove Black Lives Matter pin is sentenced to five days in jail

Jul 25, 2016, 9:38 am CD

The Brief: The UT Tower Shooting and "Good Guys With Guns"

by Madeline Conway and John Reynolds | July 26, 2016
The UT Tower in Austin, Texas.

The Big Conversation

Next Monday, Aug. 1, marks the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin that left more than a dozen people dead in 1966. It’s also the day that Texas’ controversial campus carry law goes into effect at public colleges statewide.
The Tribune is reporting several stories to look at the legacy of the UT Tower Shooting and the role of guns on campus more broadly. Today,Matthew Watkins profiles Allen Crum, an armed civilian who assisted the police in their efforts to stop shooter Charles Whitman 50 years ago.
Watkins writes that the efforts of Crum and other civilians to help police in 1966 was “in essence what gun rights activists would yearn for decades later whenever a new mass shooting shocked the nation — multiple 'good guys with guns' trying to end the violence.”
“But the story of Crum, then a 40-year-old floor manager at a nearby bookstore, and the other vigilantes is complicated,” writes Watkins, who spoke at length with Crum’s son, among others who remember the rampage and its impact, for the story. “On the day of the shooting, many of the armed men were reckless and unorganized. At times, they put police in danger.”
Disclosure: The University of Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

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