Category: Victimhood


Special Forces’ Suicide Rates Hit Record Levels

Casualties Of ‘Hard Combat’

 

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” The suicide rates for U.S. military members who serve in special forces, like the Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers, have hit all-time highs, said Adm. William McRaven, the head of Special Operations Command.

  The rate’s been high for two years, he said, Newsmax reported.

“ And this year, I am afraid, we are on path to break that,” he went on at a conference in Tampa. “My soldiers have been fighting now for 12, 13 years in hard combat — hard combat — and anybody that has spent any time in this war has been changed by it. It’s that simple.”

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Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Veterans To Warn Neighbors Of Their Combat Service

 

 

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” Following a second mass shooting at Fort Hood, at least one lawmaker thinks a bill currently under consideration will ensure the safety of American communities by requiring the estimated 2.6 million unstable veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to tell their neighbors of their combat service.

  The Fortify & Unite Communities to Keep Veterans’ External Threats Secure Act (H.R. 1874) which was introduced on Tuesday, would require military veterans to register with the Department of Homeland Security and periodically “check-in” with a case officer, in addition to going door-to-door in their neighborhood to notify people nearby that they are a powder keg of post traumatic stress, alcoholism, murder, and hate just waiting to blow.

“ We really feel that we can drastically minimize the damage to some communities, especially those in troubled ‘PTSD hotspots‘ that have become a haven for these psychopathic troops,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who sponsored the legislation. “We are so thankful for their service, and now they can continue to serve on veterans probation.” “

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Ex-Cop Dies After Attacking Police Corruption Blogger’s Hot Dog Stand

 

 

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  Ean Bordeaux, a Little Rock police-corruption blogger (and hot dog vendor) was the victim of an arson attack this morning at his home at 1510 of Bragg street in Little Rock (just south of Macarthur park).

  According to Ean, he awoke at 4:00 am to the sound of his dogs barking. Looking at his security monitors, he saw that his hot dog cart in his yard was on fire. He rushed down to put out the flames which were now lapping against his house and threatening his cart’s propane tank. Ean burned his hands putting out the fire, and immediately called the police. Fifteen minutes later, watching his video monitor while waiting for police to arrive, he saw a man approach the cart (apparently for a second time). The unidentified man then began squirting lighter fluid onto the cart. Ean ran down the stairs and confronted the man, who then ran. He noticed that the man was wearing a hat and a mask. Ean chased down and tackled him. The masked man landed face-first onto the pavement, and they both then laid there catching their breath. Ean claims that he didn’t strike the man, but since he feared the man might have a weapon, he continued to hold the suspect down until police arrived. The masked man died shortly thereafter.

  The masked man turned out to be ex-LRPD police officer Todd Payne, who had been a subject of Ean’s blog investigation at Corruption Sucks. Ean claims that Todd had been harassing him for some time due to his posts and that he and Todd had worked in close contact for several years in the River Market area. (Ean’s hot dog cart was on a corner in Todd’s Rivermarket beat).”

Read more at Forbidden Hillcrest

Looming, Creeping Landslide Splits Home In Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon just-begun efforts to stabilize the hillside.

 A huge crack in the ground that had opened up under the house a couple weeks ago shifted several feet downhill in less than a day, breaking off a room or two and leaving a door swinging above the precipice. Rocks and dirt tumbled down in an almost constant stream and a geologist warned much bigger chunks could fall. The ground had been moving at a rate of an inch a day.

“ As it starts to get moving, it will start to get faster,” George Machan, a landslide specialist consulting for the town, said at a town meeting Friday.

  Still, Machan said the ground was unlikely to liquefy and collapse suddenly like the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 39 people.

  More likely, large blocks of earth would tumble down piece by piece, he said, perpetuating the drawn-out threat to four homes on the hill and to two apartment buildings and four businesses below.”

Washington Post

Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school.

  Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school.

  The students were initially suspended for 10 days, but Cregan decided Tuesday they won’t be allowed back, Brown reported.

  Cregan wrote a letter to parents saying the use of any symbols “designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance, is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive,” Newsday reported.

  The students haven’t explained why they did it. St. Anthony’s is a private Catholic school and isn’t bound by the First Amendment right to free speech.

  Still, the New York Civil Liberties Union said all people should be able to express their views freely, even the offensive ones.

“ Our motto is more speech, not censorship or punishment,” NYCLU director Donna Lieberman told Brown. “Helping children understand the impact of this patently offensive expressive activity.” “

 

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Here Are 18 Beauty Ads From The Past That Would Result In Mass Protests Today.

 

 

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” Throughout history, a lot have things have changed in our society. Groups of people have gained rights and, in general, we are more open minded and progressive.

  There was a time, however, when advertisements were a little more aggressive than they are today. Modern advertisements still pressure men and women to look a certain way, but at least they try not to use the word “chubby.” Some of these may be … slightly offensive.”

See the others at Viral Nova

Tosh.0 Production Assistant Accidentally Killed By L.A. Sheriff Deputy

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Monday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accidentally shot and killed a production assistant for Tosh.0 after mistaking the 30-year-old for a stabbing suspect.

  According to the Los Angeles Times, John Winkler went to a neighbor’s apartment Monday night to try to help three people who were being held captive at knife point. Responding police shot Winkler when he ran from the apartment with one of the victims. From the Sheriff Department’s statement:

  As deputies continued attempts to contact the people in the apartment, the apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out. He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Victim Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies. Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt. Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him.”

      This is yet another example of the thuggish mentality of the current police State . While answering a call about a stabbing , no mention of guns , the Deputies arrive on the scene and shoot the first people they see , no questions asked , no orders given , just gunfire .

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Vermont: Gun Confiscation Provisions Tucked Inside Bill On Government Fees

” Buried inside a bill that would adjust fees for lottery ticket sales, returned checks and the use of the “Market Vermont” logo, is a budding requirement for police to confiscate, store for a fee and sell privately owned guns.

  The legislation, among its many regulatory tenets, would establish a framework for law enforcement to seize and store guns from those who are the subject of a restraining order.

“ We’re talking about folks who have been abusive to their partner or spouse, usually wife,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a news conference in Barre last week.

  Ostensibly designed to adjust certain judicial and executive fees inside the Vermont government, just six pages of the 31-page bill, H.735, deal with firearms. It is this section, however, that is drawing the most attention.”

   Guns.com has more on this latest sneaky effort by pols to confiscate guns . It’s a good thing women never make any false accusations against spurned lovers , or there might be people men persecuted by the State on heresay “evidence”. 

   While we realize that this bill does not explicitly push confiscation it does place an undue financial burden on citizens that have not been convicted of any offense merely on the suspicion that they might be used in a crime .

   We certainly do not wish any harm on women or any other domestic partners but if the State feels the need to take an individual’s guns without prior conviction then the State should be obligated to foot the bill for the safe storage of confiscated arms until it has attained a conviction .

    For an innocent man to have his guns taken by the State solely on the word of a disgruntled lover and be sent a bill for such storage even if found nit guilty at the end of the day is a penalty without a crime and and affront to due process .

Nancy Pelosi: I’d Rather Pass Amnesty Than Be Speaker

 

 

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” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would rather pass amnesty legislation than get her gavel back. 

“ It’s the biggest thing that we can do, and that’s why I’ve said to the speaker, to the press, to these groups, I would rather pass [a] comprehensive immigration reform bill than win the elections in November,” Pelosi told Politico. “There’s nothing we could accomplish in winning that would be as big as passing immigration reform.”

  Other Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) have indicated that this year was the last chance to pass broad amnesty legislation. “

    This report tells the reader exactly what the Dems priorities are … A permanent Democratic majority … If this isn’t a wake-up call to the panderers in the GOP then they deserve to be relegated to the back bench in perpetuity . If only the cost for America wasn’t so high we’d say f**k them , let them destroy themselves .

    The Dem’s , like the Muslims are in it for the long game and if the GOP doesn’t open their eyes and start offering a truly different platform other than “Democrat Lite” they , and by extension all of us , are doomed to a life of minority status .

Breitbart has the scoop 

Foundry’s Genevieve Wood Demolishes White House’s Wage Gap Argument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a CNN appearance today, Genevieve Wood, senior contributor to The Foundry, blasted the White House for promoting the myth that women are paid significantly less than men because of their sex, rather than their career or life choices.

“ Instead of celebrating” that men and women with similar jobs and levels of education make around the same, “the White House wants to portray this ‘war on women,’” Wood said on The Lead.

“ Young women today in metropolitan areas, for example, who are childless, single, young women are actually outperforming males in that same category all over the country,” Wood said in her appearance with former White House communications director Anita Dunn. “But the problem with that is, they hear this kind of rhetoric that discourages young women.” “

Thanks to the Heritage Foundation

Nursing Home Hired Strippers For Patients: Suit

 

 

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” The elderly residents of a Long Island nursing home saw their shuffleboards replaced by washboard abs when they were subjected to a low-rent Chippendale’s striptease in the facility’s rec room, a new lawsuit claims.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The son of one resident, 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood, was shocked when he showed up for a visit and found a picture of his mom stuffing dollar bills — which are supposed to be locked away in her commissary account — into a dancer’s briefs.

  The image also showed several of Youngblood’s fellow residents at the East Neck Nursing Center in West Babylon looking on with a mix of shock and delight as the dancers bumped and ground for their amusement.”

 

NY Post has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 38.6% Of Jobs Added Under Obama Have Gone To Women

 

 

 

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” Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. economy has employed an additional 3,590,000 people, but only 1,386,000 of those people—or 38.6 percent–have been women.

  At the same time, women represent 46.8 percent of the national civilian labor force. That means women are getting a smaller share of the jobs being added to the economy (38.6 percent) than their representation in the civilian labor force (46.8 percent).

  The percentage of the added jobs that have gone to women is even smaller if measured from the post-recession nadir of employment, which took place in December 2009. Since then, only 37.8 percent of the net additional jobs have gone to women.”

 

 

 

Compare those dismal numbers with the track record of that “known woman-hater” George W Bush …

 

 

 

” When President George W. Bush took office in January 2001, there were 137,778,000 people employed in the United States. Eight years later in January 2009, when Bush left office, there were 142,152,000. Of the 4,374,000 additional people employed during Bush’s full two terms, 1,518,000—or 34.7 percent—were men, and 2,855,000—or 65.3 percent—were women. “

 

 

Read more on the real perpetrators of the “war on women” here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Speech on Abortion By A 12-Year-Old Left Her Pro-Choice Teacher Speechless

 

 

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” At first Lia’s pro-choice teacher told her that she was disqualified from the school’s speech competition because her topic was too controversial. But then she HEARD the speech and was so blown away she changed her mind. Lia went on to WIN the competition! And no wonder. Lia is more articulate than 98% of the people I know.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Row Over Man Sparks Rat Retaliation

 

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” Investigators said an ongoing dispute over a man escalated, and a woman in her 20s, her mother and a pack of eight or nine other women went to the victim’s house with a baseball bat and a box containing an unknown number of white rats.

The group allegedly bashed in windows and the front door and then dumped the rodents into the home.”

 

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GM CEO Mary Barra Testifies At Congressional Hearing On Ignition Recall Failure

 

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” The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors’ new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

  At a hearing on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee, GM’s Mary Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company took too long to act. She promised changes at GM that would prevent such a lapse from happening again.

” If there’s a safety issue, we’re going to make the right change and accept that,” said Barra, who became CEO in January and almost immediately found herself thrust into one of the biggest product safety crises Detroit has ever seen.

  But as relatives of the crash victims looked on intently, she admitted that she didn’t know why it took years for the safety defect to be announced. And she deflected many questions about what went wrong, saying an internal investigation is under way.”

 

 

 

    While we acknowledge that this fiasco/coverup started well before the government took over control of the company the fact remains that we are only getting to the truth nearly six years after the beginning of State control and that , in our eyes makes the State every bit as complicit in these deaths as GM itself . For shame .

As a matter of fact we’d be willing to bet that if the current administration hadn’t made the State “resurrection” of GM a showpiece of it’s stimulus success , that if the government had not been directly involved in the success/failure of the company that the authorities would have served in the role as watchdog and brought these deaths to a halt years ago . 

   The State had no skin in the game with Toyota and had no hesitation in putting the screws to that company  . 

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Video Shows Floresville School Bus Driver Mocking Crying Child

 

 

 

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” A Floresville Elementary School bus driver was caught on camera mocking a crying girl one day during the weeks leading up to spring break.

  Video obtained by the Defenders from inside bus No. 67 shows the driver, known to students as “Ms. Pat,” calling the young girl, “crybaby.”

  Then, a few seconds later, she invites the students to join in, chanting, “Ready? Cry, cry, cry!”

  Even though the majority of the bus is chiming in, the little girl can still be heard crying in the background.

” ‘I want my mama,’” Ms. Pat hollers, taunting the sobbing child.

  Monna Perez, whose children ride the same bus, was brought to tears watching the video.

” If you can’t bully at school, why are they allowing it on the bus?” Perez said.”

 

 

   More disgraceful behavior from the authorities who allowed this woman to keep her job . That’s Statism for you , no accountability . Just make excuses , circle the wagons and cover each other’s backsides .

   When asked for her comments the best the school superintendent could muster was “I think she’s acting very childish and immature.”

 

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A Hidden Camera During DUI Checkpoint Exposes the Vileness of the American Police State

 

 

 

 

 

 

” “He’s perfectly innocent, he knows his rights, he knows what the Constitution says.” mutters the power tripping jackboot cop as he tears apart this innocent man’s vehicle for no other reason than to flex his “authority.”

“ It wasn’t a very good alert….” brags the other jackboot about the drug dog “giving them permission” to search this man’s vehicle. He was likely about to confess to just how arbitrary their decision was in violating this innocent person’s rights, when he spots the camera.

“ Hey Jim……” and they realize they’ve been bamboozled.

  Watching this video is incredibly grounding, we can see just how far the US has progressed into a totalitarian police state. These Stasi checkpoints are NOT for your safety, they are to condition innocent people into acquiescing to state intimidation. If you doubt that claim, research how many of these “DUI Checkpoints” actually catch people that are DUI.

Here are the numbers from the checkpoint that night:

  •  250 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  •  20 vehicles were detained that required further investigation
  •  Three vehicles were searched
  •  One misdemeanor arrest was made
  •  32 citations were issued: Two child restraint device citations, one DUI, 10 citations for violations of the registration law, four citations for violation of the light law, one revoked/suspended driver’s license, six financial responsibility (no insurance), six other driver’s license law violations, and two safety belt law violations.

  Only one DUI arrest was made. One out of 250. 250 people were stopped, questioned, their rights violated, and faced potential and real harassment so this department could be 0.4% effective at stopping drunk driving.”

 

Free Thought Project has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obamacare Navigators Enrolling People At Mexican Consulate

 

 

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” Last week, we learned from liberals that the border fence is a form of“discrimination” against “minority communities.” This week, we’re hearing that Obamacare navigators have a “responsibility” to enroll Mexicans in our health care system.

  Health Care insurance navigator groups hosted an Obamacare enrollment fair on Tuesday at the Mexican Consulate office in Brownsville, Texas.

“ Whether they’re Mexican nationals or whether they’re United States citizens or whether they’re in transition– and if they’re there it is our responsibility within all of America to educate on the Affordable Care Act,” Enroll America Field Organizer Jose Medrano told Breitbart News on Wednesday.”

 

 

    John Hawkins has more . The politicians are robbing our children of their future income and giving it , along with our country and our culture , to any and all .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarke: Liberal Policies Have Destroyed The Black Family

 

 

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” The latest attempt by liberals to help black people is underway in our K-12 urban public schools.

  These do-gooders are now defining down socially acceptable behavior for black students in school. Bad behavior is being excused and attempts to hold black kids accountable by enforcing codes of conduct are called racist.

  Having a sense of discipline has always been considered a virtue, a redeeming quality, but now its roots are claimed to lie in racism.

  White liberal elites have chimed in about school codes of conduct.

  The Capital Times newspaper of Madison, Wis., recently chronicled bad behavior by black students in its public schools. In the story, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that racial discrimination in school discipline codes “is a real problem today.”

  The white superintendent of the Madison public schools believes that “we need to address head-on our racial bias and the assumptions we make of students who are in the classroom.”

  Really? Where I come from, bad behavior has always been unacceptable and is codified not by race but by societal norms to keep chaos from reigning.

  These watered-down student codes of conduct sweeping across urban public school systems will not help black parents, kids or communities. Like every other display of liberal empathy, they will have a reverse effect, and it will not be positive.

  All anti-social behavior and social pathology is normalized, and to disagree is racial stereotyping.What these race provocateurs do not want to admit is the reason we are seeing more disruptive behavior in schools is because of poor and ineffective parenting, manifested by liberal policies.

  There is a government program today for everything in the black community that used to be the responsibility of the individual, such as parenting. Because of this system, many parents have abdicated what is their most important responsibility and turned it over to the government.

  Uncle Sam is now raising their kids. “

 

Read the entire scathing piece from a man not afraid to speak the truth .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret List: Having Your Name On This Secret Michigan List Of 275,000 People Could Cost You Your Job

 

 

The state maintains something called the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry and the sole power to label you an abuser lies not with a judge or a jury, but with child protective services workers.

  And you may be surprised at how the state can define “abuse.”

  Anita Belle says she’s never been convicted of a crime.  But Belle’s name has been put on the Central Registry as a child abuser. 

“ Where is the due process,” asked Belle.

  The Central Registry is maintained by Child Protective Services workers inside Michigan’s Department of Human Services, or DHS.

  Right now, there are about 275,000 people on that secret list and many of them don’t even realize they are on it.  You don’t have to be found guilty in court to be put on the registry.  All it takes is the word of CPS staffers to label you an abuser, which can prevent you from getting certain jobs or doing volunteer work.

You just get on the registry, by a push of the button.  By one worker,” said Warner.With no verification that the crime was actually committed,” asked Catallo.“They believe that their investigation, even if it’s one sided, is all they need to ruin somebody’s life,” said Warner.”

 

Read more on this horrendous abuse of State power here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drunk British Businessman Died After Falling Into French Moat While Urinating

 

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” A British man died after plunging 10ft into a moat after taking a leak in Paris, an inquest heard.

  Simon Bartlett, who worked for a firm of architectural engineers, stopped to urinate during some late-night sight-seeing when he fell to his death.

  After finishing dinner with colleagues Mr Bartlett visited Les Invalides, a historic complex of Army museums, in the early hours of June 28 last year.

  Detective Constable Christopher Dinenage told the Portsmouth inquest that the 49-year-old father-of-three was found lying face down at the bottom of the dry moat surrounding the building with his trousers undone.

  Mr Dinenage said that French police had viewed CCTV footage which showed Mr Bartlett had been unsteady on his feet and they had concluded he had fallen while stopping to urinate into the moat.”

The Mirror has more

 

Ohio Student Expelled, Arrested, Spent 13 Days In Jail . . . After A Small Pocketknife Is Found In His Locked Car Trunk By School Officials

 

 

 

 

” Jordan Wiser, a student at Ashtabula County Technical School in Jefferson, Ohio is rightfully confused after being arrested for bringing a weapon into school. The “weapon” was a pocket knife that he had in his EMT medical vest . . . that was locked into the truck of his car. That’s right, in the latest example of the insane application of zero tolerance rules, the school officials called police after searching the trunk of a locked car to find a pocket knife used by a senior in his work as a EMT. He was then fed into a legal system that refused to show discretion in his prosecution. Notably, prosecutor Harold Specht ran for office based on a pledge that he would maintain a “hardline, zero tolerance policy” as a prosecutor. It was the perfect storm for Wiser: zero tolerance administrators handing a student over to a zero tolerance prosecutor. But it gets worse . . .”

 

 

Read Jonathan Turley’s piece to see exactly just how much worse it really got for Jordan … 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Driver Had $50,000 Seized By A Nevada Cop, But Wasn’t Charged With A Crime. Now He’s Getting His Money Back

 

 

 

 

” After Tan Nguyen was pulled over for driving three miles above the speed limit, he had $50,000 confiscated by a Nevada deputy.  According to Nguyen, that money was casino winnings.  As reported last week at Forbes, Nguyen“was not arrested or charged with a crime—not even a traffic citation.”

  He filed a lawsuit in federal court, arguing his civil rights were violated by an “unconstitutional search and seizure.”  In that lawsuit, Nguyen claimed Deputy Lee Dove, who had pulled him over for speeding, threatened to seize and tow his car unless he “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”

  But in a settlement reached last week with Humboldt County, Nevada, Nguyen was fully reimbursed for all of the cash that was taken from him.  He also received $10,000 to cover attorney’s fees.  In addition, the settlement fully reimbursed $2,400 to Matt Lee, who, like Nguyen, was pulled over and had his cash confiscated by Dove on I-80.  Lee slammed that seizure as “highway robbery.” 

  The settlement is certainly great news for Nguyen and Lee.  As the Institute for Justice noted previously, victories in civil forfeiture cases are rather rare, partially because “many victims of civil forfeiture simply don’t have the resources to defend themselves in court.  Since litigation can cost more than the property that was taken, many seizures aren’t even contested.”  When wins do happen, they can make national headlines, as did IJ’s successful defense of property owners in MassachusettsCalifornia and Michigan.”

 

 

   It’s a step in the right direction , but as the article notes , it’s a victory for those two men only right now as the law remains in place .

 

 

” Yet the settlement for Nguyen and Lee does not affect Nevada’s abysmal civil forfeiture laws.  The state’s current system allows police to “seize property under a legal standard lower than the beyond-a-reasonable-doubt standard used in criminal convictions.  Owners bear the burden of proof, meaning they have to prove their innocence in court.  In addition, law enforcement agencies keep 100 percent of the forfeiture proceeds.”  No wonder Nevada earned a D+ in IJ’s report, “Policing for Profit.” “

 

 

Read the whole thing at Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Startlingly Simple Theory About The Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

 

 

 

” There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi.

  We know the story of MH370: A loaded Boeing 777 departs at midnight from Kuala Lampur, headed to Beijing. A hot night. A heavy aircraft. About an hour out, across the gulf toward Vietnam, the plane goes dark, meaning the transponder and secondary radar tracking go off. Two days later we hear reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar, meaning the plane is tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the Strait of Malacca.

  The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah1 was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer.

  Take a look at this airport on Google Earth. The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.”

 

     Often the simplest explanation is the correct one . Of course , conspiracy theories sell more airtime and newspapers and we are all well aware of the scruples or lack there-of of the Media . Read Capt Goodfellow’s theory and see what you think .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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