Crime and Corruption

THE MOST VICIOUS ELEMENT OF AMERICAN SOCIETY

July 20 2013
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Faithful readers know I regard our police forces as the worst humans on earth since the heyday of Nazi storm troopers. Prior to 1970, those who disagreed with me had a leg to stand on. Since then, that leg has been cut out from under them. For the last 43 years there is no respectable…

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Bored!

March 23 2013
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I know you don’t care – and who can blame you? – but here are the best stories of the day: 22 March 2013 Today’s top story France: Sarkozy comeback dream in tatters after corruption charge Agence France-Presse. Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of a political comeback lay in tatters Friday after the former French president was…

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OUR FINEST

March 16 2013
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I can no longer remember a time when New York City’s police force was not informally referred to by NY politicians as “OUR FINEST.” Understandably, they never told us Finest What. Surely, they could not have meant NY’s finest citizens, thereby putting down the firefighters, emergency ambulance squads, and the people themselves. In truth, they…

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When The Left Hand Does Not Know What The Right Hand Is Doing

February 26 2013
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The Oscar Pistorius story has taken either a macabre or hilarious twist. You tell me. Hilton Botha, the chief investigator in the alleged murder of Reeva Steenkamp, the glamorous girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, is himself facing an attempted murder charge stemming from an incident in 2011. Apparently nobody informed the prosecutor in the Oscar case.…

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BAD YEAR FOR GUN FANS

December 17 2012
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Gun advocates are in hiding for the time being, and rightly so. You cannot match reason against heart-felt emotions and visceral feelings. The entire nation is in mourning for the children who died in NewTown, Ct, cut down by a heavily armed madman. Consequently, this is a time for cries for a “national conversation,” and…

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ZAP ‘EM GOOD AND DEAD WITH TASERS

March 10 2012
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Reprinted with appreciation and without permission from World Socialist Website [WSWS] http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/tase-m10.shtml Over 10,000 mentally ill Michigan inmates face Tasers and torture By Debra Watson 10 March 2012 The recent authorization of the use of Tasers in Michigan prisons has focused attention on the inhuman conditions inflicted on mentally ill inmates. Civil rights organizations have…

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NOT THAT YOU CARE – NOR SHOULD YOU

November 25 2011
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The Siasat Daily 2011-11-24: Washington, November 24: The United States plans to keep its arsenal of chemical weapons for many years to come, as it seeks to extend the deadline set by the international Chemical Weapons Convention. The US has asked for a decade-long extension to the convention deadline which obliges signatory-states to dismantle their…

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MY MISERABLE FATE

June 11 2011
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Am I forever destined to be the only person in America with an understanding of criminal law? I do not see any other possible conclusion. Consider the agony I endured when I read about Thomas A. Drake, a former National Security Agency official who mishandled classified information and faced an indictment on ten felony counts…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

January 3 2011
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As the tired old chestnut goes, this is the first year of the rest of your life. And, if you can enjoy it, you are a certifiable lunatic, utterly concentrated on your own good fortune and completely indifferent to the rest of the world. If you wish, I will send you a certificate suitable for…

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A CROOK IN EVERY BARREL

November 28 2010
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From The Wall Street Journal – “U.S. in Vast Insider Trading Probe” Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders, and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with the matter. View Full Image The criminal and civil probes, which authorities say…

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GOLDMAN SACHS DEFRAUDS THE PUBLIC

July 19 2010
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Law.com……This post is an abbreviation of an article by Sue Reisinger. The lawyers at the Securities and Exchange Commission went into negotiations seeking a record penalty, perhaps as high as $1 billion, according to Wall Street reports. It also wanted Goldman to plead guilty to at least one count of failure to disclose material information…

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A LOSS OF TWO WEEKS LUCRE

July 17 2010
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Wall Street Journal…………Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s settlement this past week with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the difficulty the U.S. government is having holding bankers accountable for the worst financial collapse in 80 years. Some legal analysts noted that the SEC had dropped charges under Rule 10b, a sweeping antifraud statute relating to the…

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VIVA LA VIOLENCIA

July 5 2010
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Epoch Times Municipal and governor elections began in half of Mexico’s states on Sunday. Election campaigns have been marked by severe violence and intimidation by drug cartels. Rodolfo Torre Cantu, the favorite Mexican gubernatorial candidate, was assassinated seven days ago along with four others, in Mexico’s border state Tamaulipas. Torre Cantu’s motorcade was ambushed en…

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MEDICARE FRAUD

June 16 2010
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From the Government Accounting Office. GAO-10-844T Why GAO Did This Study GAO has designated Medicare as a high-risk program since 1990, in part because the program’s size and complexity make it vulnerable to fraud, waste, and abuse. What GAO Found GAO has identified challenges and strategies in five key areas important in preventing fraud, waste,…

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CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES

June 11 2010
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Teachers helping students to cheat: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/education/11cheat.html?src=me&ref=general Throwing whistle blowers in jail: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/us/politics/12leak.html?nl=&emc=aua1 Elena Kagan battles against affirmative action: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/us/politics/12kagan.html?nl=&emc=aua1 Pope begs for forgiveness because priests are humping children: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/world/europe/12pope.html?ref=world

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HATE CRIME

May 10 2010
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Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas. Prosecutors in northwestern New Mexico said they will pursue hate crime charges against three men accused of branding a swastika on a mentally challenged man’s arm using a heated metal clothes hanger…………The three white men are accused of forcing the 22-year-old victim from the Navajo Indian reservation into a…

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THE MOST DANGEROUS CITY IN THE WORLD

April 27 2010
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Juarez, Mexico, a city bordering on Texas, is the murder capital of the world. Ironically, El Paso, Texas, practically a sister town, is the 2nd safest city in the USA. Still, the lure of exotica brings many Texans to Juarez on a daily basis. Presumably, although they risk life and limb, the attractions of the…

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CATHOLIC SEX

March 28 2010
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From The NY Times VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop accused of mishandling allegations of sexual abuse by priests, adding to the fallout of a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland and throughout Europe. Room for Debate: Changing the Vatican’s Response to Abuse…

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LOVELY DOWNTOWN AFRICA

March 23 2010
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1. AllAfrica.com………….Nairobi — A new study has linked conflicts in Africa with the continent’s oil and mineral resources that Western powers are fighting to control through the militarised foreign policy of the United States in Africa, and geopolitical wars. The study says the West’s “imperial” interest in Africa’s wealth first led to conquest and more…

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PROSECUTORIAL IMMUNITY

March 23 2010
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In 1984, John Thompson was found guilty of armed robbery and, in an unrelated case, of murder. Thompson’s lawyers later learned that prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence in the robbery trial that the perpetrator had a different blood type from Thompson’s. He was found guilty of robbery and did not testify at his murder trial. Thompson’s…

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What’s wrong in Uganda?

March 14 2010
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As if health and an awful economy aren’t enough to worry about in old, downtown Uganda, political injustices won’t take a back seat to them. Here, once again, is our communicant, Omar Kalinge, with his latest dispatch. Youth for Human Rights (YouthRight) 6, Katonga Road, Nakasero, Kampala Tel : + 256 701 060 909, +…

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JOHNNY M IS DEAD

February 11 2010
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Democratic congressman John Murtha, a 19 term representative from Pennsylvania has passed away. Murtha became known for his feistiness when he opposed U.S. involvement in Iraq. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi, Queenpin of Congress, supported Johnny for the job of House Majority Leader. The position went to Stenny Hoyer. So Johnny died a bit of a…

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SENSE VS. NONSENSE IN MARIJUANA POLICY

February 8 2010
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Not all is lost in the war against the war. Sane people are trying to change the mad laws against the use of marijuana. Among them is Steve Fox, the director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to reforming marijuana laws. Previously, from 2002-2005, Steve lobbied Congress for…

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CALIFORNIA – NOT A NICE PLACE TO VISIT OR LIVE IN

February 7 2010
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The best thing you can say for California is that it has frequent earthquakes. That helps thin out the herd of morons. From the Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2010. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy criticized California sentencing policies and crowded prisons Wednesday night, calling the influence that unionized prison guards had in…

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