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-Lurid Crime Tales-
A New Orleans man faced a felony marijuana charge, but too many potential jurors didn't think it should be illegal
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2019 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ultimately, that's why we have jury trials - to determine if government is moving beyond community acceptance (or v.v.) Seems to me this was a reasonable resolution - reduced from felony charge in return for a plea rather than continue the trial.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Jury nullification is supposed to be reserved for the most extreme cases. And yet here it is appearing in ordinary ones.

We lost the drug war. Time to admit it and legalize. This is going to hurt a lot of industries: law enforcement, the courts, prisons, and cities that make a lot of money from fines and confiscations. It's a big shit sandwich and we're all going to have to take a bite.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 10:27 Comments || Top||

#3  We already have nullification at the pre-arrest stage when members of certain communities decide "don't snitch" is the community "standard." Of course, some of that is people seeing retribution visited on those who do come forward and deciding they don't want to sign up for that. It's a mixed bag.

The court system, law enforcement and corrections are not supposed to be revenue-generating "industries," but all too often they are. That creates a backlash also.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 10:38 Comments || Top||

#4  I was a part of a "mock" trial one time with real attorneys, a real judge and a jury. The jury deliberations were videoed and fed back to the audience. The case was a real adjudicated case from out West; Colorado as I recall. The case had to do with a fatal highway accident where there was marijuana involvement. Jury deliberations were a bit unsettling and seemed to have little to do with the law. One jury member said: "I've driven stoned many times and never had any problems."
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#5  "I've driven stoned many times and never had any problems."

It's the cases of "Plenty of harm / culpability but still no foul" that certainly grate.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

#6  We lost the drug war. Time to admit it and legalize.

Make it illegal to use drugs produced by or profiting jihadis, and I might be willing to discuss it. But as it stands, anything trafficked from abroad, much of the fake V1agra, cross-state cigarettes, and credit card identity theft among so much else, seems to be sold to fund various jihadi groups.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2019 13:31 Comments || Top||

#7  The problem is, people are bad enough with distracted driving when otherwise not impaired. To expand on that, do you want your kids' school bus driver working while high? Your airplane pilot? Your healthcare professionals? Hell, for that matter, your accountant? Yes, yes, all those things already happen now. They should only and always be discouraged.

If people want to be zoned out, sure, why not. Create GonzoLand, with a high fence around it. Go in and knock yourself out, but there only, not out wherever putting the entire public at risk.

As for "taking the monetary incentive out of the drug trade," market supply and demand dynamics say you might take away the outrageous black-market profits but where supply meets demand, money will always change hands.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 14:34 Comments || Top||

#8  I believe there should be an aggressive and wide reaching campaign against drugs in general. Route it through professional advertisers, hollywood. Project the State's interest in promoting athletics. Give health freak youtubers and local contestants cash prizes, promote and attach greater prominence to gymnastics, running, stuff like that. Martial arts, boxing, tricking... all these require better core health that a weed smoking pansy teenager can't summon. Highlight the differences in the ultimate life destinations of people with these habits. A media and advertising blitz. Give tax waivers and grants to celebrities to promote and weave these themes into their la-la land stuff.

Marijuana, peyote, mushrooms are all gateway stuff for people with no anchor and no direction. With parents reduced to the butlers they've become, a serious threat to the coming generations if made completely legal and as abundant as candy. Coupled with the education policies which are shit, and the SJW syllabi of institutions - this is a recipe for slow implosion and death of the country.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 15:02 Comments || Top||

#9  I believe you have a right to get as high as you want, however you want. I also believe you do not have a right to impact ME while doing so - so no driving, piloting planes, operating cranes, doing brain surgery etc. while high. The problem is how to enforce the second part without impacting the first.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 16:09 Comments || Top||

#10  You want fentanyl over the counter? Oxy? Crack? Meth? Be prepared to watch your children die.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/16/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#11  No, not really, Abu, but I don't see any effective way to stop them if they really want to go that route.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#12  It shouldn't be so hard to secure the border and put a stop to a lot of this nonsense. But if that cartel money has corrupted the Mexican government, you must wonder why Nancy Pelosi and some of her cohorts are so adamant about refusing to secure the border. Follow the money. Or, would you prefer to throw in the towel? Surrender in this war and you will live with the corruption and the rot and the death of a civilization.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/16/2019 16:15 Comments || Top||

#13  Abu, we've tried to cut off the pipeline for nearly 100 years, for both drugs and alcohol, and all we seem to do is enrich the bad guys - and make them even badder. (And that doesn't even consider the internal meth 'labs' that now make it hard for me to get effective decongestants for my danged allergies.) No, my suggestion is to take unused military bases, admit all those who want to destroy themselves with drugs and let them have at the piles of confiscated drugs. Provide mental health and drug treatment centers at the exit for those who decide they want to exit alive.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#14  Make it illegal to use drugs produced by or profiting jihadis, and I might be willing to discuss it.

When it becomes legal, the massive profits disappear. You DO know that the only reason drugs are so profitable is that they're illegal, right? Otherwise you might as well try to make money trafficking ballpoint pens or frozen concentrated orange juice. And we call those traffickers "import-export companies".

ANY illegal good has a huge premium attached to it. It happened during Prohibition. Time to repeal our generation's Volstead Act and regulate drugs as a commodity. It'll cut the legs out from under the jihadis to have their revenue removed like this.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#15  Egad, I am in the same group as Herb. Oh well.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 16:38 Comments || Top||

#16  Marijuana, peyote, mushrooms are all gateway stuff for people with no anchor and no direction.

So? They have no direction with or without the drugs. The drugs don't cause it. You've got the cause and effect backwards. It's the directionless people who are attracted to psychedelics.

"There's this idea that somehow smoking pot makes you lazy but I really believe that it's just lazy people love to smoke pot."

-- David Bienenstock, High Times Editor

do you want your kids' school bus driver working while high? Your airplane pilot? Your healthcare professionals?

Obviously not and literally nobody is arguing this point.

You want fentanyl over the counter? Oxy? Crack? Meth? Be prepared to watch your children die.

They are already dying. Like flies, they are. The harm the drugs being illegal does is more harm than having them legal. We can get rid of meth labs, crack houses, off-limits grow operations in national forests, Mexican drug cartels and all sorts of accessory crimes that are committed in the service of these awful things.

I get where the anti-drug people are coming from. But just like in the Syria situation, you're not seeing the whole picture. You've got to go all the way back to the beginning and completely rethink things. What we have now isn't working, and it can never work. It's been tried all sorts of ways, and has failed every time. You don't reinforce failure, you reinforce success. Time to reboot.

Consider a drug addict who breaks into a row of parked cars, doing $5000 damage to steal $500 worth of car stereos which he sells for $50 which is enough to buy drugs for 2 1/2 days. Wouldn't it be better for the government to produce the drugs at a cost of $5 and just give them to him? Wouldn't everyone involved be better off under this situation?

And suppose the cops catch him and he goes to jail for 7 years. We pay the cost of a fine college education every year to keep him incarcerated. Hurts him, hurts us. Isn't it cheaper and better for everyone just to hand him a Lincoln every 2 1/2 days?

I understand why drugs are bad. They rob you of your free will. But robbing you of your free will AND throwing you in prison for 13 years is worse.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 16:54 Comments || Top||

#17  But if that cartel money has corrupted the Mexican government,

Legalize drugs and you have just put the cartels out of business overnight. Suddenly the Mexican government is a whole lot less corrupt.

Follow the money.

A sound principle.

Or, would you prefer to throw in the towel? Surrender in this war and you will live with the corruption and the rot and the death of a civilization.

The drug war is what is corrupting and rotting our civilization. Let us destroy this foul menace root and branch.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 17:17 Comments || Top||

#18  I guess if you want to group marijuana in with crack,oxy,heroin and the like,why stop there.....lets just call alcohol a gateway drug too. So lets start up prohibition again......wait no, because now you're barking too close to your tree? I've smoked weed for 30 plus years,with many many many friends quit 13 years ago only because of drug testing at the new job. The only shit that it's a gateway to is the fridge and a nice nap.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 10/16/2019 21:48 Comments || Top||

Group Of Approximately 200 Juveniles Disrupts Traffic, Businesses In Northeast Philadelphia, Police Say
[PHILADELPHIA.CBSLOCAL] Police say a group of approximately 200 juveniles caused a disruption in Northeast Philadelphia Monday night. In total, police say four arrests were made ‐ one for vandalism and three for disorderly conduct.According to police, the juveniles left the Rolling Thunder Skating Rink in the city’s Castor section before heading out on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Police say several businesses were closed down due to the crowds. The Wawa at Tyson Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard and a McDonald’s at Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard were both shuttered.

Police were on scene trying to disperse the large crowd Monday night.

No injuries have been reported.
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Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 19:24 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Just in time for Christmas - Auto Ordnance introduces the Presidential .45 ACP 1911 pistol
[Palmetto] With the election of President Donald J. Trump, the United States had its 45th president. With the invention of the 1911, the United States had its legendary .45 caliber pistol. It is only fitting that these two icons should be combined, in the "Trump 45" commemorative 1911 pistol.

President Trump has voiced strong support for the Second Amendment, speaking at the NRA conventions, and promising to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms with a determination that has not been seen in the White House for decades. The designers at Kahr Arms extended their thanks to the President for his staunch defense of American shooters with this special edition 1911. Together we will work to make America great again!

The "Trump 1911" starts as a 5" Thompson Custom 1911, chambered in .45 ACP. Its slide and frame are stainless steel, with Thompson medallion inlaid wood grips. The pistol features combat sights, full-length guide rod, high sweep beavertail, skeletonized trigger, checkered front strap, and match grade barrel. Engraved on the right side is "Donald J. Trump" with the number 45, and the Seal of the President of the United States. On the left side is a picture of President Trump, the White House, and his slogan "Make America Great Again"..


Left Side Inscription: Image of President Trump, the Whitehouse and "Make America Great Again" Slogan
Right Side Inscription: "Donald J. Trump", "45", and official" Seal of the President of the United States"
Wood Grips with inlaid Thompson Medallion
Match Grade Barrel,
High Sweep Beavertail
Skeletonized Trigger

Additional Specs:

Safety: Thumb Safety, Grip Safety, Firing Pin Block
Sights: Low Profile
Grips: Checker Wood Grips
Magazine: (1) 7 round Magazines
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  sold out
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Out of stock. Brilliant.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Just the thing for the Antifa Xmas Party.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/16/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Temporarily out of stock – so there’s still hope for Christmas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2019 16:28 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Nearly 70 people have been killed in Japan by Typhoon Hagibis
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

-Land of the Free
Lawsuit Against AR-15 Manufactures dismissed with prejudice
[LibertyDen] The U.S. District Court (Southern District of Ohio) has dismissed, with prejudice, the Primus Group v. Smith & Wesson, et al lawsuit. The decision was delivered October 9, eliminating the plaintiff’s claims against several prominent AR-15 firearms manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Remington Arms Company, SIG Sauer, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Colt Manufacturing, and Armalite.

"This decision by the federal judge to dismiss with prejudice this frivolous case is pleasing, if not unexpected," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. "These are lawful and federally-regulated AR-15 modern sporting rifle manufacturers that make semiautomatic rifles for lawful purposes. The judge asserted that the proper venue to establish public firearms policy is through the legislature and not the courts.

The court found the plaintiffs had no standing to bring the case against the defendants. This decision rightfully asserts that those who purposefully and criminally misuse firearms are the ones who are responsible for those crimes. It further affirms that activist lawsuits to prompt judicial action are not the proper avenue to establish policy.
Don't worry guys. Beto will ban them for you when he gets in office!
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2019 08:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now, sue the crap out of them for legal fees. Punch back, twice as hard.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 10/16/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully, they'll sue again and lay themselves open to charges of barratry.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/16/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#3  The last people the anti-gun activists talked into suing the industry got crushed and had to pay the court costs. Brady and Bloomberg groups didn't cover their costs at all, left them to twist in the wind. I've seen no follow up stories about them, so I guess there's no left-wing gloat-worthy outcome for them to celebrate.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 14:51 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools after second raid
[AlAhram] Nigeria's president on Tuesday ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools, after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid conditions.

Nearly 300 had been held captive at a school in the Daura area of Katsina, the home town of President Muhammadu Buhari, where police said they discovered "inhuman and degrading treatment" following a raid on Monday to free the remaining students.

Late last month, police freed hundreds from similarly degrading conditions in neighbouring Kaduna state.

"Mr. President has directed the police to disband all such centres and all the inmates be handed over to their parents," said a presidential front man.

"The government cannot allow centres where people, male and female, are maltreated in the name of religion," he said.

Prior to this week's raid, hundreds of captives had escaped the centre, police said on Tuesday.

The 67 inmates who were freed by Katsina police were shackled, and many were taken to hospital for treatment, police superintendent Isah Gambo told Rooters.

"I tell you they were in very bad condition when we met them," Gambo said.

A freed captive told Rooters on Monday that the instructors beat, raped and even killed some of the men and boys held at the facility, who ranged from 7 to 40 years of age. It was not immediately possible to verify his account.

While the institution told parents it was an Islamic teaching centre that would help straighten out wayward family members, the instructors instead brutally abused them and took away any food or money sent by relatives.

Police said they had arrested the owner of the facility and two teachers, and were tracking other suspects.

The more than 200 captives who escaped were still missing, Gambo said. Police were working to reunite the others with family members.

"The inmates are actually from different parts of the country - Kano, Taraba, Adamawa and Plateau States," he said. "Some of them are not even Nigerians. They come from Niger, Chad and even Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
and other countries."

Islamic schools, called Almajiris, are common in the mostly Moslem north of Nigeria. Moslem Rights Concern, a local organization, estimates about 10 million children attend them.

Buhari said the government planned to ban the schools eventually, but he has not yet commented on the Katsina school.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

Abandoned, mud-covered newborn rescued in Mymensingh
[Dhaka Tribune] Nazifa Begum was out for her usual morning walk after Fazr prayers on Tuesday, near the Saleha Market area, on the outskirts of Mymensingh city, when something unusual caught her attention ‐ an unusual shape of object in a drain near her house, moving.

When she went closer to inspect, she realized ‐ to her horror ‐ that the moving object was a human baby, covered in mud and filth, barely breathing.

The newborn boy was covered in filth from head to toe ‐ even his nostrils. His umbilical cord was still attached to his body.

At first, Nazifa was hesitant as to whether she should pick the baby up.

"But then I remembered it was my moral and religious duty to save a life," she told Dhaka Tribune.

"As soon as I took him in my arms, he started crying. He was shivering from cold. I cleaned his face so he could open his eyes," she added.

With the infant in her arms, Nazifa cried out for help. Her son, Nadim Mahmud, as well as several neighbours rushed to the spot when they heard her.

The boy was rescued around 6am, and given a bath after police arrived around 9am.

After police came, Nazifa fed the baby some sugar water, and he fell asleep.

"I held him for three hours," she said. "I saw bruises on his neck and back."

Nazifa’s son Nadim said he had noticed blood in front of a shop near the spot where the newborn had been rescued from.

"I saw blood and footprints there. Maybe the child was delivered at that very place," he commented.

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Mymensingh Kotwali Model cop shoppe OC Mahmudul Islam said the baby was in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital under police custody.

"We will inform the court of the baby. The court will decide the next course of action," he added.

Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

Police: Father, uncle killed Tuhin to frame rivals
[Dhaka Tribune] Five-year-old Tuhin Hasan was killed by his father, uncle and cousin, Sunamganj police have said a day after the brutal murder that shook the country.

The district’s Acting Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Mizanur Rahman disclosed the information at a press briefing at his office yesterday evening.

"Tuhin’s father Abdul Basir, Basir’s brother Nasir Uddin and nephew Shahriar murdered the five-year-old and hung him from the tree to frame their rivals," he said.

Their involvement was confirmed during police’s primary interrogation and through confessional statements of two of them, he said.

Nasir and Shahriar yesterday confessed in front of a Sunamganj court to their direct involvement in the murder along with Basir.

Another court yesterday also granted police three days to interrogate Basir and his two other brothers, Abdul Mosabbir and Jamshed Ali.

The confessional statements have also confirmed Mosabbir and Jamshed’s direct involvement.

All five were shown arrested in a murder case that Tuhin's mother Monira Begum filed at Derai cop shoppe on Monday night.

Tuhin’s mutilated dead body was found hanging from a tree near the family’s home at Kejaura village under Derai upazila’s Rajanagar union in the early hours of Monday.

The child’s body bore stab wounds, while his throat was slit and his ears and genitals cut off. Two knives that were used to kill him were also left jammed in Tuhin’s abdomen.

The news of the murder and photos of Tuhin’s dead body soon went viral on social media, drawing much condemnation from the netizens.

Many also questioned the sanity and humanity of those who killed the child, and demanded their immediate arrest and maximum punishment.

On Monday evening, Acting SP Mizanur had said that they found the involvement of several family members in the murder following preliminary interrogation.

He said yesterday that Basir is accused in several cases, including one filed over murder. The other four are also named in a number of cases.

"Basir has old rivalries with a number of people of the Kejaura village, including former UP member Anwar Hossain, Soleman and Salatul, over different issues. He decided to kill Tuhin in a bid to frame the rivals and establish dominance in the area."

The police official said: "Basir himself took a sleeping Tuhin outside from their home and led others in killing the child.

"Basir was even carrying Tuhin when the child’s throat was slit. Afterwards, Basir and Nasir led the others in stabbing and mutilating Tuhin’s body, before hanging it from the tree."

Mizanur said they would further investigate to determine whether anyone else was involved in the murder. "We will send the murder weapons for forensic tests and run fingerprints."

"This is a sensitive case. We will submit our investigation report in court very soon. The killers will hopefully get exemplary punishment," he added.

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Hong Kong moves to protect police families from protest violence
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Hong Kong court has granted an injunction to ban anyone from blocking or damaging areas used to house married coppers and other disciplined services that have been targeted in more than four months of anti-government protests.

The move is the government’s latest step to try to check the protests following Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s decision earlier this month to invoke colonial-era emergency measures to outlaw face masks, used by protesters to hide their identity and withstand tear gas.

Lam said on Tuesday that while every means should be considered to quell unrest, concessions to the protesters in the face of escalating violence would make matters worse.

"I have said in many occasions that violence will not give us the solution. Violence would only breed more violence," Lam told a news conference.

Demonstrators have besieged and hurled petrol bombs at police housing areas in the Chinese-ruled city, damaging facilities, police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The injunction on protests in police housing areas also prohibits the obstruction of roads and bans people from shining laser pens or other flash lights at police facilities.

In August, after protesters mobbed the Hong Kong airport and brought it to a standstill, the High Court issued an injunction banning anti-government protesters from targeting what is one of the world’s busiest airports.

Protesters, many masked and wearing black, have thrown petrol bombs at police and central government offices, stormed the Legislative Council, blocked roads to the airport, trashed metro stations and lit fires on the streets of the Asian financial center.

Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  "I have said in many occasions that violence will not give us the solution. Violence would only breed more violence," Lam told a news conference.

Sort of skips over how the ComChis came into power.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

Dutch family of 7 waiting for "the end of time" discovered living in farmhouse basement
[CBS] Dutch police discovered a family of seven living in a farmhouse basement and waiting for the world to end, the BBC reported Tuesday. The family allegedly spent nine years in the basement and were only found after one family member escaped.

According to local news outlet RTV, a 58-year-old man was living with six siblings, aged 18 to 25, on a farm in the Drenthe province. The oldest of the siblings escaped from the basement on Sunday evening, asking staff at a pub in nearby Ruinerwold for help.

The owner of the bar, Chris Westerbeek, said the man was unkempt and looked confused.

"He ordered five beers and drank them," Westerbeek told local media. "Then I had a chat with him and he revealed he had run away and needed help... Then we called the police."
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#1  The end of the wold is not far from Ruinerwold
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Was this guy a follower of AOC and her 12 year forecast for doom?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#3  He popped out and listened to the MSM about Trump, Brexit and "Greta's" child climate crusade and thought not long now
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2019 12:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't let
Climate change
you !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 15:45 Comments || Top||

#5  There used to be twelve of them down there, but someone brought along a Monopoly game.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/16/2019 18:14 Comments || Top||

1 in 3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF
Make up yer mind. Which is it?
[PRESSTV] A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday.

"If children eat poorly, they live poorly," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, unveiling the Fund's first State of the World's Children report since 1999.

"We are losing ground in the fight for healthy diets."
We think of it as being "overnourished."
Problems that once existed at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum have today converged in poor and middle-income countries, the report showed.

Despite a nearly 40-percent drop from 1990 to 2015 of stunting in poor countries, 149 million children four or younger are today still too short for their age, a clinical condition that impairs both brain and body development.

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Home Front: Culture Wars
Democrats Want to Make It a Federal Crime to Threaten Journalists
h/t Instapundit
[Reason] Following reports that a violent parody video depicting President Trump murdering a bunch of journalists was shown at a pro-Trump conference over the weekend, Democrats are calling on Congress to make it a federal crime to threaten or attack members of the media.
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Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 13:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That will quickly shut down Antifa if enforced.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/16/2019 13:53 Comments || Top||

#2  There will be only demoncrat approved journalists that will be protected by this.

Everyone else won't be considered a "journalist" by the left and fair game.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Naturally we will need some kind of journalist certification to keep bloggers and lesser folks from qualifying.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/16/2019 14:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Shitshow, Part 132.

Now these maroons are trying to define legal privileges for quasi-feudal estates.
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 15:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Are left wing "Propagandists" like CNN "Journalists"???

Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 10/16/2019 15:12 Comments || Top||

#6  It wasn't already a crime? I thought threatening people was - are journalists not people? I guess I wasted the opportunity for all those years - better get to it right away before the window closes.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#7  They have long been trying to make journalists a special class of privileged citizen, with more rights than anyone else. I never in my life thought we would see the emergence of aristocracy, but we might well soon.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 16:58 Comments || Top||

#8  The Fourth estate is now part of the new First Estate.

To our new aristocrats, that First Estate is defined as a permanent Overclass of interlocking

- politicos, exec branch bureaucrats, lobbyists
- Wall Street and corporate C-level execs
- Silicon Valley and Hollywood and academic virtue-signalers.

Each now aspires to do the work of the others.

Business titans now posture and preen about their woke cultural bona fides as if they're running for city council in a college town.

Idiot politicians like Schiff aspire to be screenwriters.
Slightly less stupid, failed politicos like Obama trade influence for plum positions as movie producers in multi-million $$$ sweetheart deals with media companies.
Others spend their time not writing laws but in shaping the "narrative"-- cf the BS "impeachment inquiry" that's now been redefined by Pelosi downward, yet again, to mean an open-ended vague expedition to "find the truth" -- instead of a normal legislative procedure leading to a trial in the Senate.

And now the final absurdity: a proposal that "journalists"- as if that term still carries any distinct meaning-- be accorded the same legal protections as the President.

The Shitshow is entering its Baroque Phase.
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 17:29 Comments || Top||

#9  "I claim the immunity of a herald." (or clergy) (or doctor) (or ...)

The problem is that as soon as you stop being neutral then you merit the same degree of immunity as any other combatant: None.
Posted by: magpie || 10/16/2019 17:29 Comments || Top||

#10  Who's a "journalist"?

Is Fred a "journalist"? Joe Mendiola? Are we 'burgers all "journalists"?

Well, why not: I publish stuff online. I write stuff in a text box, hit 'Submit', and voila! I'm a published journalist.

Besides, there's more thought behind our scribblings than in a week's worth of NYT or WaPo or Politico.com stenographic efforts.

We aggregate others' stuff? So do they. They cut 'n' paste the same g-damned cliche headlines and talking points as 100 other left-leaning Shitshow tent-masters.

They don't validate their screeds with proper sourcing-- look at the rolling Kavanaugh libel-Shitshow and the blatant lies they've printed out of nothing at all.

If they're going to routinely lie and slander and libel, then they don't get any privileges -- no First Amendment or other special press-related presumptions, nothing that we don't get.
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 17:48 Comments || Top||

#11  Well, there goes my chance to tell Jim Acosta 'eat a bag of dicks' and do it unscathed.
Posted by: Raj || 10/16/2019 17:57 Comments || Top||

#12  send him one
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2019 18:10 Comments || Top||

#13  ^This is why the Internet was invented, folks!
Posted by: Raj || 10/16/2019 19:31 Comments || Top||

#14  Just trying to help ;-)
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2019 19:57 Comments || Top||

#15  I thought everyone was equal before the law. Why journalists?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/16/2019 20:15 Comments || Top||

#16  How bout make it also a federal crime, to report bullshit news.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 10/16/2019 21:38 Comments || Top||

North Carolina assisted living facility workers accused of running dementia resident fight club
h/t Instapundit
Three employees at a North Carolina assisted living facility were arrested after police said they ran a fight club with elderly residents with dementia battling it out against each other.

The women were accused in court documents of watching, filming and even encouraging a fight between a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman at the Danby House assisted living and memory-care facility in Winston-Salem, Fox 8 High Point and other local media reported.

Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, were each charged with assaulting disabled persons, according to the reports.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 13:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The first rule of dementia fight club is... is... is... Did I have lunch yet today?" And before anyone comes down on my neck for making light of dementia, I've watched several members of my family suffer with it, I probably carry the gene myself. I'm just sick and tired of the idea that getting offended about what is clearly intended to be a light-hearted take on this or that unfortunate thing constitutes a constructive response to the actual problem. The outrage exists to hit people over the head with, not to better the actual situation, whatever it may be.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 14:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I can tell from those three polynyms the nature of the help employed at the facility.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 14:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, I thought this was a cable news channel...
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 15:07 Comments || Top||

Environmental studies department seeks applicants with 'ecofeminism' background
[Campus Reform] A private college in Maine is seeking an Environmental Studies professor with some very specific suggested qualifications.

In addition to having a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the university suggests that applicants have backgrounds research topics like "ecofeminism" or "posthumanism."

One private Maine college not only requires that the newest addition to its environmental studies program be a champion of "equity and inclusion," but also hopes that he or she may have some research background in "posthumanism," "ecofeminism," or "queer ecologies."

Bates College has just begun an active search for a new assistant professor for its environmental studies program. The job description suggests that applicants have research backgrounds in various fringe disciplines, including "decolonizing environmentalism" and "feminist environmentalism."

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Bates advertises its environmental studies department as one that "encompasses a broad range of issues" involving the "interaction of humans with both the natural world and built environments." The description of the department includes a claim that "students must think beyond existing disciplinary boundaries" in order to fully understand environmental issues.

The newest addition to the department would be a professor who is involved in the performing or studio arts, literature, or cultural studies, and who is "attentive to hierarchies of power and privilege." The university hopes this individual will "offer cross-cultural and/or transnational perspectives on environmental traditions."

Applicants are expected to highlight their commitment to "equity and inclusion, social and cultural diversity, and the transformative power of our differences."

The department notes that potential research areas for its new professor "are open," but lists various suggestions, such as "ecocriticism and nature writing," "queer ecologies," "indigenous and post-colonial/decolonial/decolonizing environmentalisms," "ecofeminism/feminist environmentalism," and "posthumanism and animal studies."

What is Posthumanism? author and Rice University professor Cary Wolfe has defined "posthumanism" in the context of animal studies as a discipline rejecting the traditional concept of the "humanities" in its recognition of humans as separate from other living beings. Instead, "posthumanities" asks if it is possible to "reject the classic humanist divisions of self and other, mind and body, society and nature, human and animal, organic and technological?"

The successful candidate will be charged with teaching five courses and providing academic advising to students. Employment would begin in August 2020.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 06:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like an easy gig, unfortunately I'll be busy that weekend.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/16/2019 9:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Bates College - reminds me of Norman Bates and the family motel - maybe he/his Mom could take the gig.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Blair's Law springs to mind.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Down with racist algebra!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Does it pay a lot for very little real work?

I would be happy to self-identify as just about anything they want. Let me know!
Posted by: Tom || 10/16/2019 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  When did humane become an insult?
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||

#7  By the prickings of my thumb
Something wicked this way comes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/16/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#8  "We seek person with a sense of equity and posthuman diverse queer ecosexualism."

"Hey, no pwoblem ! I diddled plenty a' doped kids in them woods. Before that I used ta' shag with frogs, hyuck hyck."

"What course could you teach ?"

"How 'bout BA in Bestiality ?"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#9  "We seek person with a sense of equity and posthuman postumous diverse queer ecosexualism."
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 16:07 Comments || Top||

#10  ☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#11  One private Maine college not only requires that the newest addition to its environmental studies program be a ... yada, yada, yada.

When you see a list of requirements like that they already have a candidate that they plan on hiring pre-picked by the Good Olde Girl™ network. They only have an "open job tender" because it looks good to the outsiders.
Posted by: magpie || 10/16/2019 20:13 Comments || Top||

#12  Ref #11: In gummit (while outlawed but quite common place) it is referred to as the 'pre-selection.'

A key indicator of 'pre-selection'....the job vacancy was posted for the minimum required days, then vaporized.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 21:48 Comments || Top||

Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections
[The Hill] A federal judge on Tuesday overturned ObamaCare protections for transgender patients, ruling that a 2016 policy violates the religious freedom of Christian providers.

Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas vacated an Obama-era regulation that prohibited insurers and providers who receive federal money from denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007.
It also required doctors and hospitals to provide "medically necessary" services to transgender individuals as long as those services were the same ones provided to other patients.

O’Connor, the same judge who last year ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, said the rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

His ruling is likely to be appealed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sanity in the courts at last!

It doesn't say who appointed him, but maybe we're seeing the fruit of the Trump appointments begin to appear.
Posted by: Tom || 10/16/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Added - nominated by W
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2019 12:59 Comments || Top||

#3  I dream of the day when judges will be judged not by the color of their Party, but by the wisdom of their judgments.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2019 18:40 Comments || Top||

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