Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I always knew I was on the best team possible.
January 7, 2016
By Hina Shamsi

Imam Hamid Hassan Raza, the lead plaintiff in Raza v. City of New York.

A settlement in our challenge to  NYPD (click here) surveillance of New York Muslims was announced today, heralding new safeguards to protect against bias-based and unjustified investigations of Muslim and other minority communities.
The settlement was announced in Raza v. City of New York, a lawsuit on behalf of three New York Muslims, two mosques, and a Muslim non-profit organization, who alleged they were swept up in the NYPD’s dragnet surveillance of Muslims. The ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the CLEAR project at CUNY School of Law filed the suit in 2013. The law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP joined the litigation team soon after. The lawsuit charged that the NYPD mapped Muslim communities and their institutions, sent officers and informants into mosques to monitor innocent religious leaders and congregants, and used other invasive means to spy on Muslims....

Now FOX says it's "The Hobbs Act." That has to be at least as bogus as "The Mann Act."

9-131.010 - Introduction (click here)

This chapter focuses on the Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. § 1951) which prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce. Section 1951 also proscribes conspiracy to commit robbery or extortion without reference to the conspiracy statute at 18 U.S.C. § 371. Although the Hobbs Act was enacted as a statute to combat racketeering in labor-management disputes, the statute is frequently used in connection with cases involving public corruption, commercial disputes, and corruption directed at members of labor unions.
The Criminal Resource Manual contains a discussion of Hobbs Act case law and form indictments:

What to try again?

Florida's second strike.

January 12, 2016
The NYTimes Editorial Board

For the second time in three Supreme Court terms, (click here) the justices have struck down a Florida law that treated the Constitution as little more than a speed bump on the road to quicker and easier death sentences.
In 2014, the justices struck down the state’s rigid, unscientific rule that skirted the court’s clear 2002 ban on executing intellectually disabled people.
On Tuesday, in an 8-to-1 decision written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court rejected a Florida law that required a trial judge, and not the jury, to decide whether to impose the death penalty....

The political right wing are the only cites reporting a PUBLIC connection to Secretary Clinton.



Believe in half truths?

Allow me.

I suppose the House Committee would do far better under the Wisconsin US Rep. Paul What's His Name?  Oh, yeah, Ryan.

October 23, 2015
Much of Thursday’s House committee hearing, (click here) which probed the events leading up to an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, focused on Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend and “fixer” of the Clintons. Several GOP committee members pointed out how she prioritized Blumenthal’s correspondence over that from Libyan ambassador Christopher Stevens, who didn’t even have Clinton’s email address....

Need some money?

For Hillary Clinton, (click here) the new year isn’t off to such a great start.
With polls showing her lead over Bernie Sanders either narrowing or gone (and in New Hampshire, she’s behind), her campaign is justifiably nervous. Even liberal pundits are now admitting the Democrat race isn’t the coronation many expected it to be.
Then of course, there’s the re-emergence of focus on her husband’s chequered past with women — and her own role in it — which not only distracts but significantly weakens her position as a champion of women....

It is all drummed up. This is good practice for Hillary to handle deceptions as a President.

By Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
EXCLUSIVE: The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s (click here) use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.
This new investigative track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server. 
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said. 
Clinton, speaking to the Des Moines Register, on Monday pushed back on the details of a second investigative track. According to reporter Jennifer Jacobs, Clinton said Monday she has heard nothing from the FBI....

The civil wars, the ethnic wars and the religious wars being seen today in the USA media has been going on for some time now. Some are historic.

The only way to stop them are cease fire, peace agreements and peace treaties.

We don't belong in Iraq.

We never did.

The Russia campaign is creating more refugees. NATO really has to stand ready in Europe.

January 12, 2016

United Nations — The head of the United Nations’ relief efforts (click here) for Syria pleaded with all warring parties on Tuesday to lift their sieges on key towns and let agencies deliver food and medical care to people stuck behind front lines.

“The immediate thing to be done is to lift sieges everywhere,” the humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo, told reporters by phone from Damascus, the Syrian capital, where he is based.

Mr. Hillo’s comments came a day after he joined a carefully negotiated aid convoy into the besieged town of Madaya. He said he saw severely malnourished people there, especially children, and others who had gone hungry for a long time. He said some people he met there resembled “skeletons that are now barely moving.”...

There is an impressive air base there.

OMG! Where is this? Iraq? Afghanistan? Syria?

The USA is already in Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan while the Arab Coalition is in Syria.

How is the border holding up?

Bomb Attacks in Turkey since 1982. (click here)

August 7, 1982: A bomb at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport followed by a gun battle leaves 11 dead and 63 injured. The attack is claimed by the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA).

September 6, 1986: A twin suicide bombing claimed by Islamic Jihad kills 22 people at the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul.

December 25, 1991: Explosives and firebombs are hurled at Istanbul department store “Çetinkaya” by militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), killing 17 people and injuring 23 others....

Guns are assets and should be claimed on TANF, SNAP, Workfare applications.

Additionally, FREE GUNS can be easily obtained from violent groups in the USA and abroad.

Police should report to the social services organizaations any taking of guns, drugs or cash.

Free guns are an income to the Income Tax federal and state.

There are laws on the books that prevent such shipments of certain goods into a region of the world. Shipments from individuals in the USA should be investigated bu ATF through online listing and follow up.

Huffington Post Article (click here)

Why are 60 percent of USA families single women?

Nov. 17, 2013
By Michael Kimmel

Who are the white supremacists? (click here) There has been no formal survey, for obvious reasons, but there are several noticeable patterns. Geographically, they come from America’s heartland—small towns, rural cities, swelling suburban sprawl outside larger Sunbelt cities. These aren’t the prosperous towns, but the single-story working-class exurbs that stretch for what feels like forever in the corridor between Long Beach and San Diego (not the San Fernando Valley), or along the southern tier of Pennsylvania, or spread all through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, across the vast high plains of eastern Washington and Oregon, through Idaho and Montana. There are plenty in the declining cities of the Rust Belt, in Dearborn and Flint, Buffalo and Milwaukee, in the bars that remain in the shadows of the hulking deserted factories that once were America’s manufacturing centers. And that doesn’t even touch the former states of the Confederacy, where flying the Confederate flag is a culturally approved symbol of “southern pride”—in the same way that wearing a swastika would be a symbol of German “heritage” (except it’s illegal in Germany to wear a swastika).


Under the landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) countries regulate the international trade in conventional weapons - from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships - and work to prevent the diversion of arms and ammunition...

Where are the priorities of gun owners/

U.S. Department Of Justice (click here)  - http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/guns.htm
The Mission of the DOJ is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

But if wannbee gun owners hurry they can get free guns with a discounted national membership. No, it isn't the NRA.

I am not going to place the link on this sight, but, it is for real.

5:32 PM, FOX just went into overdrive blaming gangs as the largest numbers of gun ownership in the country. What does that say about the consumer of the gun dealers? 

This membership is advertised on our website for $9,900 but I am allowing you to purchase as many as you want for only $250 EACH.

How many people in the USA have good driving records?

What is the likely a jet will fall out of the sky? More often than I have an accident with my car.

Pedestrian safety in the USA (click here)

In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.

Another kid dead from gun violence in the USA. What's the chance of that?

Jan. 12, 2016
By Christine Hauser

A photograph of Manal Abdelaziz taken at the store where he accidentally shot himself in Lumberton,N.C.

The 3-year-old (click here) was sitting on a stool behind the counter near the cash register while his father, the owner of a small convenience store in North Carolina, chatted with a customer on Sunday.

Suddenly a shot rang out, and the owner, Manal Abdelaziz, 56, turned and saw his son, Manal, lying on the floor.

Manal, who was nicknamed Cash, had found a 9-millimeter handgun that was kept in the store for protection, and fatally shot himself.

“All we heard is something happening, and I look: Oh my God, my son is on the floor,” Mr. Abdelaziz told a local television station, WMBF. They called 911. “Help comes, but it was late,” the store owner said. “It happened quick.”...

You know what really gets me angry? The way Republicans trivialize American deaths due to gun violence even when it is one of their own.

It is so good to see Iraq is back to normal. At least the normal post "W".

There is a new death squad in town. Oh, I forgot, the death squad simply came home. They must have gotten tired of them in Syria.

January 11, 2016
By Susannah 

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group (click here) claimed responsibility for the Baghdad mall attack that killed 18 people on Monday. Gunmen stormed into the Jawhara Mall after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance.
Iraqi officials say the attack which lasted over an hour, killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 in the city's mainly Shiite east.
The IS statement, posted online shortly after the attack, sad a car bomb and four IS fighters carried out the attack, targeting an area where many Shiite Muslims are known to gather and warned of "worse" to come. Iraqi officials say the attack was carried out by seven men, one of whom died when he detonated his explosive vest at the start of the attack. The conflicting accounts could not immediately be reconciled....