October 22, 2014

Ferguson Truthers [Darleen Click]

Washington Post (well-known reich-wing racist newspaper) reports that evidence looks to be substantiating officer Darren Wilson’s testimony.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case. [...]

Seven or eight African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none of them have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety, The Washington Post’s sources said.

Geez, I wonder why? I mean, isn’t the ultimate goal of all involved is to determine the facts?

Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said Brown’s family and supporters will not be persuaded by the autopsy report or eyewitness statements that back Wilson’s account of the incident.

“The family has not believed anything the police or this medical examiner has said,” Crump said. “They have their witnesses. We have seven witnesses that we know about that say the opposite.”

Oh. In other words, don’t bother them with facts, they have their own “reality” to use in order to have Darren Wilson dead by any means necessary.

Truthers.

Ferguson Truthers.

Posted by Darleen @ 4:46pm
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October 22, 2014

California forces Churches to pay for abortions, immediately [Darleen Click]

So where are the staunchiest peoples who claimed this could never happen, and promised their support in fighting it if it did?

California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.

At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. California had not even applied this test to its own state employee health plans (which covered only “medically necessary” abortions). But this novel reading was nevertheless quietly imposed on every plan in the state by fiat.

The news has slowly leaked out as insurers grappling with this change have begun quietly informing employers of this sudden change in the terms of their policy. This is how Kaiser Permanente broke the news to one California church that its insurance policy for its pastors and staff would now include elective abortion coverage:

I want to formally share with you that on August 22, 2014, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) notified Kaiser Permanente and other affected health plans in writing regarding group contracts that exclude ‘voluntary termination of pregnancy.’

This letter made clear that the DMHC considered health care services related to the termination of pregnancies – whether or not a voluntary termination – a medically necessary basic health care service for which all health care services plans must provide coverage under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act. You may recall that at the request of some employer groups with religious affiliations, Kaiser Permanente submitted a regulatory filing in May 2012 properly notifying the DMHC of a benefit plan option that excluded coverage of voluntary terminations of pregnancies. The DMHC did not object to this filing, permitting Kaiser Permanente to offer such a coverage contract to large group purchasers that requested it. The DMHC acknowledged that it previously permitted these contract exclusions, but now is requiring health care service plans to provide coverage of all terminations of pregnancies, effective immediately. To that end, the DMHC requires Kaiser Permanente and similar health care service plans to initiate steps to modify their plan contracts accordingly.

Effective August 22, Kaiser Permanente will comply with this regulatory mandate.

How soon will Leftists take the next step and force doctors and nurses to participate in abortions or face losing their license?

Posted by Darleen @ 1:22pm
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October 21, 2014

Left-Feminist video exploits little girls in political agitprop [Darleen Click] UPDATED 2x

There is no embed feature for this piece of child-abuse on vimeo. Little girls – about 7 to 10 years old, using the filthiest language around while quoting a number of oft-debunked myths. From the description:

Facing a future where women are still paid 23% less than men for the same work, and where 1 in 5 women are raped or sexually assaulted in gender-based violence, little girls between 6 and 13 years-old dressed as pretty pink princesses drop F-bombs to draw attention to society’s continued sexism. Asking the question, “What’s more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck or the sexist way society treats girls and women” these adorably articulate little ladies in sparkling tiaras turn the “princess in distress” stereotype on its head and contrast the F-word with words and statistics society should find shocking such as “pay inequality” and “rape.” The video also features a 12 year-old boy wearing a pink gown standing up against sexism saying, “When you tell boys not to ‘act like a girl,’ it’s because you think it’s bad to be a girl.”

I cannot tell you how angry and disgusted I am with this piece of slickly produced shit.
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Whoops, found it

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism by FCKH8.com from FCKH8.com on Vimeo.

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UPDATE Poor wittle child abusers were getting beat up in their comments … they just moved the video … so here’s the new link and embed

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UPDATE II John Sexton looks a bit closer at FCKH8.com

The video has already been viewed more than half a million times thanks largely to Upworthy, the progressive video sharing site. Upworthy’s Angie Aker, who is apparently a single mom, pronounced it a “fine piece of work” without mentioning that it’s an advertisement for a for-profit T-shirt company.

Upworthy apparently did get some blow-back on the clip, not because of the content but because of a previous controversy involving FCKH8.com. There is now a disclaimer on the site saying, “FCKH8 is definitely a far-from-perfect organization, and boy, do we share some of the concerns our audience might have with the organization itself regarding its practices.”

That a reference to controversy surrounding a similar ad the group released last month featuring black children from Ferguson, MO reading a script about racism. The clip became controversial when some people noticed it was connected to a for profit site. A news site called ColorLines accused the group of trying to profit off “black death” and racism. Another blogger called the company “accidentally racist” and “oblivious.”

In addition, a parent of two of the children in the Ferguson clip later complained that FCKH8.com had only paid her kids about $50 even after the clip went viral and, presumably, sold a lot of T-shirts. Luke Montgomery, who produced the clip, told the Riverfront Times the criticism made him sad and added, “It hasn’t even broken even in terms of production costs.”

As for the video of cursing kids, many of the comments on the group’s Vimeo page seem to be critical of the clip. Is there still a line between activism and for-profit advertising? FCKH8.com seems determined to find out.

Posted by Darleen @ 8:52pm
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October 21, 2014

Further updates

Yes, the nightmare continues.

This time, though, shit just got real, as they say.  Without going too much into depth about it, my younger brother, who is a world class piece of garbage, sold our family home in Baltimore, sold most of our belongings that he didn’t load into a truck, put the rest in a dumpster, stored some of my mother’s belongings in a storage facility (paid for two months, then abandoned), and moved to Florida without leaving anyone a forwarding address.  All of which I’ve heard from either neighbors or other family members.

My brother is 44; until about 4 months ago he’d never lived anywhere but our family home in Randallstown.  He was living with my mother, who had taken in tenants to supplement income (even though the house was owned outright), and he didn’t pay a cent for rent that I know of.  Ever.  His entire life.  He works as a waiter — or rather he did (since he’s been down in Florida he’s been jobless) — but he took the money from the sale of the house, about $165K, left it to a friend of my sister’s to find my mother an assisted living facility, and high-tailed it down to St Petersburg.  Since my mother has had multiple surgeries on her legs, she’s essentially had to rely on my brother for anything requiring mobility, and as a quid pro quo, he convinced her to give him power of attorney over her affairs.  I warned her against this when I found out — as did others — but she was, I suppose, essentially dependent on him after my father passed away in 2010, so he didn’t listen.  She was, in essence, captive — but because she was mentally competent there wasn’t much that anyone could do about it.

Anyway, long story short, using power of attorney, he emptied all her accounts, took the proceeds from the house sale, cashed out her life insurance policy right after my father died (or at least canceled it; not sure if there was money from that to be had), and has had my father’s pension — which was to go to my mother monthly — diverted to him.  He also took something between $9-$19K in bonds and we don’t know what’s become of the $70K from my father’s life insurance policy.  More, he was supposed to have paid up front for future funeral services with money from my father’s life insurance policy; we learned yesterday that that hadn’t been done, either.

I’m mostly estranged from my family in MD — largely because my mother wouldn’t listen to warnings about my brother and what I believed was a form of elderly abuse — so I gave up after awhile and I’ve tried to stay out of the whole mess:  let them each get what they deserve, I figured.  But now my mother is living with two other women in an assisted care facility with a 9 PM lights out curfew, and her caregivers missed an infection in her leg that brought her to the hospital two nights again.  Her Social Security check goes to pay for the facility, leaving her with about $22 per month in spending money.  And I can’t abide that.  Particularly now, as she’s been hospitalized and I was just informed that they’ve found spots on her lungs and on her adrenal gland (biopsy tomorrow, but I’m fairly certain, as are the doctors, that it’s cancer and that it’s spread).  Which, yeah, that info should probably have been in the lede.  Sue me.

My mother says the agreement she made with my brother, whose goes, ludicrously and embarrassingly, by “Goldie” often times, was that he would pay her bills and provide her with monthly money (she fucked up, she trusted him!), using the proceeds from the house sale (as some of you may recall, I offered to buy the house and restore it, but he turned me down; the last time I saw it it wasn’t fit for a hoarding cat lady to live in, but there was no chance he was going to put any work into it. He paid a friend of mine to fix it just enough to pass inspection); instead, he purchased a condo in Florida and a new car (rumor has it) — both outright — and hasn’t been paying a dime to my mother of late.  Other friends and relatives have been paying for her to go play BINGO, or get a sandwich out.  “She doesn’t need her nails done,” my brother told our cousins, who’ve been helping out, when they called about a car insurance payment that was due.  Or,”she doesn’t need a haircut. Mind your own fucking business.”  Etc.

I was contacted about all this a few days back and since then I’ve gone through the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services, who referred me to a detective who is now on the case.  What we’re looking at, beside theft and perhaps wire fraud for the pension transfer, is misappropriation of funds by fiduciary.  I’ve arranged for power of attorney to be changed this afternoon by paying for a mobile notary to travel to her hospital room and by having my cousins download and fill out forms from the office of the attorney general of MD.  I’ve also given my them, because they live down the street from my mother and who have been helping her with money and company, and because I trust them, medical power of attorney. I’ve located my brother — who bragged about not giving his address to anyone — by duping him on the phone:  I called and offered to pay for my mother’s car insurance, which I learned was in arrears, and during that conversation got just enough information out of the greedy bastard (he smelled money and like a rat he bit) to find out what county he was in, after which a property search gave me his address.

Since he found out that I know where he’s living and that he’s under criminal investigation, he’s been trying to get the routing number and account number for my mother’s (empty) checking account, hoping to stuff some money back in to suggest he’s been exercising his power of attorney faithfully.  Now, I’m no detective, but it seems to me that had he EVER planned on sending her money, this is information he’d already have. From what I understand from the detective, they can subpoena all my mother’s accounts and find out where the money went by following that trail.

In addition to being an embezzling, low-life taint, he’s also been making physical threats to my cousins and my sister.  Me, I blocked his number long ago, and the last time I saw him, when I was home for my reunion, it was all I could do to keep from getting locked up.  Fortunately, he ran.  Because I’m not a woman he can throw a punch at.

So.  There it is.  We’re not quite settled into the new house yet, but it looks like I’ll be embroiled in an ugly legal battle with my piece of shit brother as my mother faces what may be terminal cancer.  Doing that all from Colorado might prove difficult, so I suspect I’ll be forced to take a few trips to the People’s Republic of Baltimore — where there’s a good chance I’ll be arrested for accidentally elbowing my brother in his jaw repeatedly (note:  somewhere in California, somebody just did a screen cap of this particular sentence).  It is what it is.

It’s all been a whirlwind.  And now the breeze is picking up yet again.

Apologies for my extended absence.   And apologies for the personal stuff some of you don’t like to read on a “political blog.”  But this is my space.  So if you don’t want to read it, skip over it.  I’m sure Obama’s done something douchey today that will keep you entertained.

As for me, I’m stressed beyond the breaking point.  So if you have it in you, send along your best good vibes.  I can certainly use them right now.

 

UPDATE:  power of attorney has been changed and notarized.  My cousin and aunt are also going to file for guardianship of my mother.  I’ve counseled both my cousin and my sister to file for temporary protection orders against my brother based on his texted threats so that he can’t reach my mother while they’re around without risking arrest should he do as he says and come up from Florida to try to manipulate my mother yet again.

He also told me his attorney has me “on harassment, slander, and fraud,” and that they are “coming after me financially” — all of which info I’m passing on to the Detective, who is out of town until Thursday.

As many of you know, I’m not one of these people who shrinks from a fight.  So best of luck to the plump little asshole.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:55pm
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October 21, 2014

My computer is now connected and sitting on a desk

Unfortunately, I still have to get my office in order and find all sort of cords and things, as well as put away junk that I’ve accumulated over the years.  And I just learned — literally as I’m writing this — that Tanner has painted his room with a tube of toothpaste.

But we’re getting there.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to suck, the Dems continue to try to figure ways to steal future elections, and Ebola is probably worse than we thought.  So we’ve got that going for.

Back soon!

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:29am
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October 20, 2014

Name that religion! Canadian edition [Darleen Click]

Could it be Berserker Baptists? Mad Methodists? Lethal Lutherans? Who really knows because all religions are the same, right? Right?

Two Canadian soldiers in Quebec have been injured in a hit-and-run that is being investigated as a possible terror attack.

Police in Quebec are unsure whether the soldiers were deliberately targeted in the incident, but sources with knowledge of the investigation told The Globe and Mail that the suspect was known to both intelligence and law-enforcement officials before Monday’s hit-and-run in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, less than an hour outside of Montreal.

The sources said the 25-year-old male was believed to be an Islamic convert who had been radicalized.

One of the soldiers is in critical condition in hospital and authorities are “fearing for his life,” according to the Quebec provincial police. The other victim suffered more minor injuries.

Really, nothing to see.

Move on.

Posted by Darleen @ 8:14pm
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October 20, 2014

“Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews” [Darleen Click]

If I was conspiracy minded, I’d wonder what the Clinton’s had on John Kerry to make him continue to be the worst Secretary of State to date in order to make Hillary look great in comparison.

Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett fired back at US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, after the latter claimed Israel’s failures to forge a peace deal with the intransigent Palestinian Authority (PA) – not the US’s failures in the Middle East – are to blame for the rise of Islamic State (ISIS).

“Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews,” Bennett stated.

“We don’t justify terror; we fight terror,” he added. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict statement encourages ISIS, and is a boost to terrorism worldwide.”

Bennett also said that Kerry, as well as the West, does not take ISIS seriously.

“I suggest they listen to and believe ISIS,” he said. “These terrorists want to take over the Middle East, from Syria to Jordan and Lebanon, and to re-establish the [historic] Islamic caliphate.”

“We could either fight it or explain it away,” he continued. “The choice is in the world’s hands, and it will bear the consequences.” [...]

Kerry blamed Israel for the rise in global jihadism on Thursday, pointing the finger straight at Jerusalem – despite a long and seasoned history of Washington’s own failures in the Middle East.

Kerry insisted that Israel “humiliated” the Palestinian Arabs and that it has led to a “loss of dignity,” leading to a recruitment draw toward ISIS.

“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the
Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation,” Kerry claimed, referring to a visit to Cairo that raised $5.4 billion for Hamas in Gaza on Sunday.

“People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity,” he said.

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October 19, 2014

Proof of Democrat racism [Darleen Click]

“Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. [...]

“You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington. [...]

“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.

A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.

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October 19, 2014

In the fight against hate speech, subversive propaganda and the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, Federal Government to place monitors in Newsrooms across the country [Darleen Click]

I’m sure the New York Times, LA Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, et al, will welcome such Truthy overlords …

Oh, wait, that would be against the First Amendment, right? Nevermind. Let’s just have the Feds monitor private citizens instead, m’kay?

If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech and evaluate your “partisanship’’?

My guess is that most Americans would answer those questions with a resounding no. But the federal government seems to disagree. The National Science Foundation , a federal agency whose mission is to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense,” is funding a project to collect and analyze your Twitter data.

The project is being developed by researchers at Indiana University, and its purported aim is to detect what they deem “social pollution” and to study what they call “social epidemics,” including how memes — ideas that spread throughout pop culture — propagate. What types of social pollution are they targeting? “Political smears,” so-called “astroturfing” and other forms of “misinformation.”

Named “Truthy,” after a term coined by TV host Stephen Colbert, the project claims to use a “sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex network models” to distinguish between memes that arise in an “organic manner” and those that are manipulated into being.

But there’s much more to the story. Focusing in particular on political speech, Truthy keeps track of which Twitter accounts are using hashtags such as #teaparty and #dems. It estimates users’ “partisanship.” It invites feedback on whether specific Twitter users, such as the Drudge Report, are “truthy” or “spamming.” And it evaluates whether accounts are expressing “positive” or “negative” sentiments toward other users or memes.

The Truthy team says this research could be used to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.” [...]

Some possible hints as to Truthy’s real motives emerge in a 2012 paper by the project’s leaders, in which they wrote ominously of a “highly-active, densely-interconnected constituency of right-leaning users using [Twitter] to further their political views.”

Let me repeat … this is being done by the National Science Foundation.

And scientists wonder why the rubes are questioning their alleged dedication to non-partisanship on a host of issues?

Yeah, right.

h/t Glenn Reynolds

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October 19, 2014

It’s come to this: Government tells Christian ministers to perform same-sex marriages or face jail, fines [Darleen Click]

Now where are the staunchiest among us who said this would never ever, pinky promise, happen?

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.

City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. [...]

The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel is across the street from the Kootenai County Clerk’s office, which issues marriage licenses. The Knapps, both in their 60s and who themselves have been married for 47 years, began operating the wedding chapel in 1989 as a ministry. They perform religious wedding ceremonies, which include references to God, the invocation of God’s blessing on the union, brief remarks drawn from the Bible designed to encourage the couple and help them to have a successful marriage, and more. They also provide each couple they marry with a CD that includes two sermons about marriage, and they recommend numerous Christian books on the subject. The Knapps charge a small fee for their services.

Coeur d’Alene officials told the Knapps privately and also publicly stated that the couple would violate the city’s public accommodations statute once same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho if they declined to perform a same-sex ceremony at their chapel. On Friday, the Knapps respectfully declined such a ceremony and now face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to perform that ceremony.

“The city somehow expects ordained pastors to flip a switch and turn off all faithfulness to their God and their vows,” explained ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “The U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state law clearly stand against that. The city cannot mandate across-the-board conformity to its interpretation of a city ordinance in utter disregard for the guaranteed freedoms Americans treasure in our society.”

h/t Pablo

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