Monday, August 15, 2016

Look to CEO's earnings in health industry to see where the money really goes

Trump.  Making America Meaner.

Ate a few cyber cookies for breakfast this morning. There are

some things I don't really understand as I don't feel

energized but they don't have calories I am told.











Jordan Arrests Writer For Sharing Anti-Terrorist Cartoon On Social Media Deemed Offensive To Islam

by jonathanturley
image001Flag_of_Jordan.svgCartoons and Muslim countries have a long and troubling history, including the Danish cartoons that led to a global spasm of violence where Muslims killed Christians and burned churches in retaliation of an insult to Mohammad.  The fact that cartoons are satire or that this is an exercise of free speech has little meaning in countries that punish blasphemy and many which follow medieval Sharia law.  Many view Jordan as one of the more progressive Arab countries, but that reputation has been severely undermined by a ridiculous and abusive arrest of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattarfor merely sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Muslims. Notably, the cartoon actually mocked terrorists and their expectations of virgins and heavenly rewards for murdering people.  Mocking the terrorists over such beliefs was deemed as a criminal insult to Islam.


Iowa Man Criminally Charged For Flying American Flag Upside Down

by jonathanturley
There is a highly disturbing story out of Somers, Iowa where Homer Martz was reportedly charged for flying a U.S. flag upside down in protest over an oil pipeline put near his home. It is clearly a protected act under the First Amendment, but the town of Somers appears to lack a single lawyer -- or a telephone number for a single lawyer -- to explain free speech protections to them.
jonathanturley | 1, August 15, 20

The Brief: A New Look at the Cost of Detaining Asylum Seekers

by John Reynolds | Aug. 15, 2016
Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.

The Big Conversation

A new Washington Post report takes a close look at the $1 billion contract given to the nation's largest prison company by the federal government to build a facility in the South Texas town of Dilley to detain women and children seeking asylum.
The Post report describes the contract as "an unusual arrangement," in which the Corrections Corporation of America is paid no matter how many people are detained in the facility. In recent months, the Dilley facility has been just half full but that one center accounts for 14 percent of the CCA's revenue.
Laura Lichter, a Denver immigration and asylum attorney, told the Post, "This was about the best thing that could happen to private detention since sliced bread."
CCA has benefited from a change to a tougher policy under the Obama administration on asylum seekers. The Post reported that the U.S. government kept fewer than 100 beds for family detention at the outset of Obama's presidency but that had jumped to more than 3,000 by the close of 2014.



by jonathanturley
Camp_x-ray_detainees495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreBelow is my column in USA Today on Donald Trump's statement that he thinks that American citizens should be tried at Guantanamo Bay with other "terrible people" accused of terrorism.  I have previously criticized Hillary Clinton for her views on free speech and executive power.  However, the suggestion that U.S. citizens could be sent for faux trials at Gitmo is truly chilling.  Here is the column.



DOJ report sees 'undue skepticism' of rape claims by Baltimore police

Statements by Baltimore police detectives suggest an “undue skepticism” of sexual assault claims, according to last week’s Justice Department report on unconstitutional police practices there.
The report said the police response to sexual assaults in the city was “grossly inadequate,” raising serious concerns about gender bias in the department’s treatment of victims. The Washington Post (sub. req.) and theNew York Times have stories.
More than half of Baltimore Police Department’s rape cases linger in “open” status for years at a time with little or no follow-up, while fewer than one in four investigations are closed due to the arrest of a suspect, according to the report. Detectives request testing of rape kits in fewer than one in five of adult sex-assault cases.
Keeping so many cases open reduces the rate of rape cases closed as “unfounded,” according to the report.
Sex-crimes detectives often question victims in a way that blames them for the assault or makes them feel responsible for the impact on the perpetrator, the report found. An example is a detective’s question: “Why are you messing that guy’s life up?”
The report cited email correspondence between an officer and a prosecutor that revealed the contempt for a woman making a rape report. “This case is crazy,” the prosecutor wrote. “I am not excited about charging it. This victim seems like a conniving little whore.”
The police officer replied, “Lmao! I feel the same.”


Federal judge has no power to expunge valid conviction, 2nd Circuit rules

Aug 15, 2016, 7:00 am CDT


Pennsylvania AG doesn't testify in her obstruction trial; reporter won't say who leaked documents

Kathleen Kane
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Defense lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane rested without calling any witnesses on Friday in Kane’s trial on charges of obstruction and perjury.
Kane told Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy she had decided not to testify after listening to the state’s case. “I don’t believe it’s necessary for me to testify in my own defense,” Kane said., and the Morning Call have stories.
Prosecutors allege Kane leaked grand jury documents to the Philadelphia News to take revenge on a rival, former state prosecutor Frank Fina, and then lied about it. Kane’s former political consultant testified on Thursday that Kane hoped to embarrass Fina by exposing his decision to drop a case against a civil rights leader.
Kane had blamed Fina for an article on her decision to drop a corruption probe, said the consultant, Josh Morrow, who was testifying under a grant of immunity. He also said he and Kane had agreed to hide her role in the leak, according to prior stories by the Morning Call and “We had conspired to create this story that wasn’t true,” Morrow testified.
The author of the Daily News article invoked the state’s shield law and refused to testify who gave him the documents used in his story.
Closing arguments will begin Monday.


ACLU suit challenges South Carolina's 'disturbing schools' law

A federal lawsuit filed on Thursday claims South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law sweeps into the court system “a broad swath of adolescent behavior,” violating students’ rights to due process.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of several students, the New York Times reports. The suit challenges a law that makes it a crime “to disturb in any way or in any place the students or teachers of any school” or “to act in an obnoxious manner.”
More than 1,200 students are arrested under the law each year, the Times reported. The ACLU alleges in its complaint (PDF) that in the 2014-2015 school year, black students were nearly four times as likely as white students to be referred for charges under this law.
University of South Carolina law professor Josh Gupta-Kagan told the Times that about 18 states have laws barring school disruption, but most target outsiders or are more precise in defining prohibited acts.
One of the plaintiffs in the ACLU suit is 18-year-old Niya Kenny, a classmate of a high school student shown last October in a viral video of a blackstudent being dragged from her desk by a police officer and slammed to the floor. The student thrown to the floor had refused to put away her cellphone and leave the classroom. Kenny cursed at the police officer, and was arrested along with the other student.
Kenny says she was humiliated and fearful after the incident, so she withdrew from school and obtained her G.E.D. The charge against her is still pending.

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Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief


An examination of the activities of Paul Manafort shows how he benefited from powerful interests that are now under scrutiny.
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The Refettorio Gastromotiva, a dining hall for homeless people that the Italian chef Massimo Bottura helped open in the downtrodden Lapa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.


Celebrity Chefs Turn Wasted Olympics Food Into Meals for Homeless


With donated ingredients and some of the world's top chefs, Refettorio Gastromotiva has become a feel-good counterpoint to the commercialization of the Games.

On Saturday, residents evacuated from Providence Boulevard in Hammond, La., where floodwaters inundated homes.
Thousands Displaced in Storm-Drenched Louisiana


At least five people were killed and thousands rescued because of weekend flooding. More areas are expected to flood as swollen waters roll south.
A health insurance fair last year in San Francisco.
Health Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them


Bitter conflicts have erupted between insurers and consumers at hearings around the country as companies request double-digit premium increases.

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