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Can We Pick ‘Em?

Remember the Watergate-era bumper stickers: “Don’t Blame Me, I Live in Massachusetts”? (The only state to vote for McGovern over Nixon.)

As if Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Barney Frank, and Mike Dukakis weren’t enough proof of our miserable judgement…

We can’t even build a casino without [bleeping] it up:

State and federal indictments were made public Thursday against three owners of the land in Everett where Steve Wynn plans to build a resort casino, alleging that the men defrauded Wynn and lied to state regulators by hiding the fact that convicted felon and known Mafia associate Charles Lightbody was one of the partners.

According to the 13-page federal indictment, Lightbody and two other defendants went to elaborate lengths to cover up Lightbody’s interest in the land, fearing that if his presence were known, it would jeopardize Wynn’s chances of getting the sole Eastern Massachusetts casino license.

The state’s gambling law bars criminals from profiting from a gambling facility.

No public officials were indicted by either grand jury, nor was a fourth land owner, Paul Lohnes, a former business partner of gambling commission chairman Stephen Crosby.

Wait, one of the land owners was a partner of the gaming commission chairman? And neither of them is crooked???

We need Howie Carr to ‘splain what it all means:

Did I call it or what? The headline on my Sept. 16 column was “Everett: Can Youse Believe It?”

The only surprise is that it took the feds just two weeks to sweep the alleged hoods and assorted bad actors off the board.

The G-men didn’t just grab Charles Lightbody, the ex-jailbird who brilliantly brags on tape: “They’re … not gonna find me anywhere. You know what I mean?”

In an unrelated shakedown, they also picked up the alleged boss of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra (NELCN), one Anthony Spagnolo, who has the moniker of a submarine sandwich — Spucky. He’s 72, and his muscle, Pryce Quintina, is a pup of 74.

Lightbody, at 57, is “The Kid.”

Everybody knew this Everett land deal was about as dirty as the King Arthur’s Lounge that Lightbody was allegedly planning to run hookers out of. Yet these statesmen on the Mass. Gaming Commission couldn’t help themselves. But what did Deval Patrick expect when he handed the chairmanship to Steve Crosby, a corpulent career hack whose brainpower lights up the world like a three-watt bulb?

Imagine. Organized crime being involved in a casino deal. Who ever heard of such a thing?

[C]ritics said the indictments reflect exactly what people fear about bringing casino gambling to Massachusetts: increased crime.

“Today, the corrupt casino culture burst into clear focus, and the voters now have an even clearer choice in 33 days,” said John Ribeiro, chairman of Repeal the Casino Deal. “The barons of Beacon Hill who empowered this new wave of corruption should feel all new shame.”

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston — who had urged the gambling commission to delay issuing a license for the Eastern Massachusetts casino, in part because of controversy over the Everett land — said the commission failed “the people of Boston and of the Commonwealth by allowing, even remotely, the taint of corruption to be associated with this land transaction.”

More than a taint, Marty, and hardly remote.

Is it any wonder why this question is on the ballot?

The Affordable Casino Repeal Initiative, Question 3 is on the November 2014 statewide ballot in Massachusetts as an initiated state statute. If approved by voters, the measure would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate within the state.

Based on the wording of the measure, a yes vote on Question 3 means no casinos in the state, and a no vote would uphold the law, which will facilitate the licensing of up to three resort-style casinos, to stand.

I don’t gamble, but I have no problem with those who do. And I am predisposed to like Steve Wynn for what he said about Obama recently (see below). But I am voting “Yes” on Question 3. Claude Rains put up a better acting job of “shock” in Casablanca than these jabronis.

I’m sure the timing by Eric Holder’s Justice Department has nothing to do with Wynn going on CNBC Wednesday and saying of Dear Leader: “I am stunned at the immaturity of this administration. … We elected a man as president who had no experience at anything. Nothing!” Except maybe revenge.

Sorry, Steve, I couldn’t agree more. But. They. Cannot. Be. Trusted.

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Taking a Beating II

Yesterday (three posts down), we began a Conversation on Race™ by noting that not only were Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the two most notorious abusers in the NFL today (against stiff competition), African American—so were their defenders. We learned, and shared, that “whooping” a four year old child with a “switch” (the leaves from which were stuffed in the child’s mouth) was commonplace in the black community (at least in the South). Like “baking a pie”.

So, apparently is domestic violence:

Ray McDonald and Chris Cook of the San Francsico 49ers, Tony McDaniel and Kevin Williams of the Seattle Seahawks, Brandon Marshall and Santonio Holmes of the Chicago Bears, Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, Erik Walden of the Indianapolis Colts, Donte Whitner of the Cleveland Browns, Randy Starks of the Miami Dolphins and Frostee Rucker of the Arizona Cardinals have all been arrested for domestic violence or related charges since 2005, according to a USA Today database that tracks players’ arrests since 2000.

I wasn’t sure, so I checked: all 12 are black men. In a league that is roughly 60% black, how can 100% of the domestic abusers be black? As a New England Patriots fan, I remember Christian Peter, a serial abuser who was white—and of course Aaron Hernandez, a Hispanic gang-banger who played professional football on the side. Where are the four or five white guys in this list? These are just numbers. They don’t tell a story.

These tell a story:

[T]here are a large number of people who don’t think Adrian Peterson did anything wrong at all, including fellow NFL players (both retired and active):

Keith Bulluck: Adrian Peterson might go to jail for whoop’n his son? Oh ok…

Darnell Dockett: I got a ass whippn at 5 with a switch that’s lasted about 40mins and couldn’t sit for 2days. It’s was all love though. Times have changed!

Mark Ingram: When I was kid I got so many whoopins I can’t even count! I love both my parents, they just wanted me to be the best human possible!

I have no comment on their upbringing. But did they see the pictures of Adrian Peterson’s son? Have they read the reports? That wasn’t discipline; it was fetishistic abuse. And why are all three black men?

As is this guy:

NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy joined the show to talk about Week 2 in the NFL and to share is opinion on charges against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Dungy said that he believes it remains to be seen whether what Peterson did was abuse and Dungy noted that he grew up with that kind of discipline in his home.

I admit I’m jumping back and forth between domestic abuse and child abuse, but can you blame me? That’s the news. What I’m trying to get at in this Conversation on Race™ is what I’m often trying to get at: the violence committed against black people by black people—from inner-city crime to abortion—is appalling. If it is to end, and it must end, we first need to talk about it. Thanks for listening.

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Cause and Effect

Cause:

On August 10, 2014, the Ferguson, Missouri, the local QuikTrip was looted and torched during riots over the shooting death of 18 year-old Michael Brown.

The QuikTrip was completely destroyed during the Ferguson riots.

Ferguson protesters later warned local business owners to rebuild: “Or it’s gonna be hell to pay”

Effect:

Despite the threats QuikTrip has no plans of rebuilding in Ferguson.

On August 19, 2014, the gas was removed from the tanks at the Ferguson QuikTrip.

This was another sign that the QuikTrip in Ferguson will not rebuild.

Nice one, Ferguson. Now, even if you wanted to leave, you can’t. No gas.

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Let’s Have No More of This

The Grand Duchy of Bloodthirstan sends its best wishes to George Galloway, MP (blech), and prayers for a speedy recovery.

On the other hand, George, a diet of milkshakes and smoothies doesn’t suck!

Respect MP George Galloway was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw on Friday night after being attacked in the street.

Police arrested a British man over the incident, which is believed to have been prompted by comments Galloway has made about Israel in past weeks.

The 60-year-old was posing for pictures in Notting Hill, London, on Friday evening when a man lashed out at him, his spokesman said. Galloway gave a statement to police after a man aged 39 was arrested.

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” his spokesman said.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust. George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in pretty bad shape.”

Why would someone so beset the honourable MP for Bradford West?

Last week, the MP was interviewed by police under caution after he was accused of inciting racial hatred by declaring his constituency, Bradford West, an “Israel-free zone”.

In a speech he gave in Leeds on 2 August he said: “We don’t want any Israeli goods; we don’t want any Israeli services; we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college; we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so.”

Surely, that’s how his constituents want it.

Surely, there must be more:

“What else is Gaza but a Warsaw Ghetto? When the people, the heroes, of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, who decided they’d rather die on their feet, than live on their knees, desperate for food and water, rose up and tackled their besiegers – those who were keeping them in that Warsaw Ghetto – they were rightly hailed and are remembered in history as freedom fighters, as heroes. Yet the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists in your country, and in my country, never mind in the country that is doing the besieging,” charged Galloway.

Who knew that the Warsaw Ghetto had luxury hotels and malls, teeming markets, and water parks, as Gaza does (or did)? Learn something new.

Is that all?

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

Isn’t a person entitled to his own opinion, no matter how bat[bleep] crazy?

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West claimed that the Jewish state had given rebel groups affiliated with Al Qaeda chemical weapons for use against Syrian civilians.

“If there’s been any use of nerve gas, it’s the rebels that used it…If there has been use of chemical weapons, it was Al Qaeda who used the chemical weapons,” claims Galloway in a video distributed on the internet.

“Who gave Al Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here’s my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons.”

Slander and libel are not enough for Galloway: there must also be lying:

[D]uring a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London.

Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take this opportunity to refute that, or provide the evidence to satisfy my constituent?”

In response to Offord, Galloway said that letters from constituents were “unreliable”, because, he claimed, “I said no such thing.”

A nut, a liar, and a bully, sure, but debate is healthy. Isn’t it?

British lawmaker George Galloway, known for his vehemently anti-Israel views and support for Hamas, stormed out of a debate at Oxford University on Wednesday night after learning that his opponent was Israeli.

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West advocated that “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”, while his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, claimed that a withdrawal should take place only as part of a negotiated peace agreement.

After Levy used the term “we” to describe Israel’s stance, a perturbed Galloway interrupted asking “You said ‘we,’ are you Israeli?”

After his opponent answered in the affirmative, Galloway said, “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis,” as he stormed out of the room.

Galloway attempted to justify his behavior on his Facebook page saying, “I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel.”

“The Reason is simple: No recognition, No Normalization, Just Boycotts, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

Look, everyone agrees that George Galloway is, to be kind, a pig. But do we go around beating pigs in the face and breaking their jaws?

Let me think about it:

“The story, for those who don’t know it, is Scarlett Johansson. She’s a very famous Hollywood actress, I think of Swedish or Danish origin [don't tell George she's Jewish---he'll have a stroke!], who is a big star. She’s taking money from a company called SodaStream to promote their product, which is a kind of spray which sprays soda water into drinks,” said Galloway.

I’ve got to say to her: You are an absolute disgrace. Your face should be scarlet now – scarlet with embarrassment that you chose a few shekels from SodaStream over Oxfam and over your international reputation.”

“Because your hands are certainly scarlet – they are scarlet with the blood of the Palestinian people, whose land has been stolen so that these illegal settlements can produce products like SodaStream,” he said.

Time was, a man would punch the pig square in the face for those remarks alone. Or buy a cigar for the man that did.

Not that we condone such senseless violence—oh no. Though come to think of it, Galloway is lucky not to have been assassinated for his incitement against Jews, as happened to Meir Kahane for his remarks about Arabs. Six weeks of cream of broccoli soup versus an eternity underground—see what I mean?

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How Cool Is This?

Reenacting Michael Brown’s death—with 6th graders!

Outstanding!

Officials at Brantley Elementary School in Selma, Ala. placed a sixth-grade teacher on paid administrative leave on Wednesday after he directed his students to reenact the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Brown, a resident of Ferguson, Mo., died on Aug. 9 after a police officer, Darren Wilson, shot him a number of times.

The reenactment came to light on Tuesday after Jessica Baughn, the mother of an 11-year-old Brantley Elementary student, complained about it on Sound Off Selma, a Facebook page, reports The Selma Times-Journal.

According to Baughn, the unidentified teacher instructed students to research the details of Brown’s death. Where did it happen? How many times did he get shot?

As local school district superintendent Don Willingham later explained, the sixth-grade children then presented a skit about the incident in class. Willingham noted that the Ferguson shooting initially came up in class because the teacher was discussing current events.

According to Baughn, the teacher asked his charges to construct fake paper guns. For bullets, he had his charges use little wads of paper. Baughn’s son, a white kid named Jimmy Griffin, was the shooter in the skit.

I wonder how the little tyke depicted Officer Wilson’s busted eye-socket, courtesy of Michael Brown’s fist? Papier mâché, probably. Or clay. And they can’t have used real cigars like the kind Brown shoplifted, or engaged in real physical intimidation against the shopkeeper, as Brown was shown to have done on video.

But that’s the magic of the theater. If Shakespeare could depict the battle of Agincourt in Hnery V, 11-year-olds at Brantley Elementary can reenact Michael Brown’s felony-riddled death. What I wouldn’t have given for a seat front row, center.

Oh, for a muse of firepower!

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Welfare Fraud: A Tautology

You can defraud some of the people all of time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t defraud all of the people all of the time.

Or can you?

Food stamp recipients were selling their benefits online in exchange for money, housing or even art, according to a report federal investigators released Thursday that showed states manage to catch just a fraction of potential fraud in the sprawling program.

Use of the food stamps, now officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has skyrocketed under President Obama, reaching 47 million recipients at a cost of $76 billion last year. But states recovered just $74 million in fraudulent payments the previous year, according to the Government Accountability Office.

GAO investigators reviewed records from 11 states and found they lacked sufficient staff and tools to catch fraud in the ballooning program.

“Such rapid program growth can increase the potential for fraud unless appropriate agency controls are in place to help minimize these risks,” the investigators said in their report.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT … more >
In one online posting from Jacksonville, Florida, someone was asking for $100 cash in exchange for $228 in food stamps. One ad from Raleigh, North Carolina, offered 10 days of cooking and cleaning services in exchange for food stamps. A Charlotte, North Carolina, poster said he would trade food stamps for beer, and a Houston ad proposed exchanging food stamps for a catalytic converter.

Then there was the Worcester, Massachusetts, advertisement proposing up to $3,000 in electronic benefit food stamp transfers in exchange for art.

Investigators said most states surveyed reported that their employees were overloaded with recipients. In Massachusetts, just 37 investigators were responsible for monitoring almost 500,000 SNAP recipients. State investigators were also responsible for pursuing fraud in other federal programs such as Medicaid.

One analyst said a lack of employees in the program is no excuse.

“The issue of fraud in food stamps is more than just understaffing for Food and Nutrition Services,” Nicole Kaeding, a budget analyst with the Cato Institute, told The Times. “According to the Department of Agriculture, improper claims amount to 3.4 percent. That’s almost $3 billion of taxpayer money that is wasted annually on fraud and abuse.”

Three billion dollars of fraud may sound like a lot of stolen money, but it’s only four cents out of every dollar. You’d forget it like lint in your pocket.

But the feds recover only $74 million out of that $3 billion, barely two cents out of every thieved dollar. Put another way, the fraudsters get away with almost 98% of their deceit. That’s not a bad investment.

That’s the way it is with Big Government. For every deserving mouth you may feed, there are scores of slobbering lips sucking at the teat of the bedraggled taxpayer.

Remember the story of fraud with ObamaCare?

According to the findings of an investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office which were presented to Congress on Wednesday, some of those taxpayer-funded subsidies are not merely legally problematic but are also subject to extensive fraud.

The GAO found that 11 of 12 applications for federal assistance while applying for insurance provided through the ACA using “fictitious identities” were accepted.

As pathetic as that record is, it’s four times better than the welfare cheats.

PS: It’s not that hard to catch the cheats when they advertise. How many more rely on word of mouth?

Last night’s snowstorm postponed the snow job that is Deval Patrick’s State of the State address. But don’t worry, I can sum up the State of the State in three words: Kelly Jean Gagnon.

Age 37, she was arrested in Taunton last week and charged with possession of 19 grams of heroin.

And 13 EBT cards. That’s right, 13 EBT cards.

So governor, how’s that crackdown on welfare fraud coming along?

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Want to Stop the Violence in Ferguson? STFU

What, pray tell, is the relevance of this?

Attorney General Eric Holder told residents of Ferguson, Missouri — the scene of heated protests since the death of an unarmed teen — that he understands their mistrust of law enforcement, saying as a black man, he too has been confronted by police.

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

Me, too, Eric. I was once in a car that was pulled over by the State Police on the Mass Pike. We were suspected of something, told to show our hands, get out of the car, prepare to be searched, the whole shebang. At one point, I looked at my companion, smiled ruefully, and shook my head in disbelief. One of the staties demanded to know what was so funny. When I declined to answer, he stormed around the car, got into my face, and screamed “WHAT’S SO FUNNY?!?” (This was many years before Joe Pesci’s famous scene in Goodfellas.) I can still see his angry face, distorted in a rictus of hate. His colleagues had to tell him to cool it.

Oh, did I mention he was black?

Whatever we had been suspected of, we weren’t guilty of even speeding or changing lanes without signaling. We were let go with barely an apology for the stop, yet not a word of regret for the behavior the trooper with anger issues. Talk about humiliation. Talk about anger. Talk about “the impact it had on me”. I’ve been down with the struggle ever since.

As a white man, I don’t doubt that Holder has felt unjustly singled out by the cops from time to time. Like I said, I been there. But what relevance is that to the case of Michael Brown? Is he declaring in advance of an investigation Brown innocent of any crime or provocation? Is he likewise declaring Officer Wilson guilty of racial profiling and shooting an innocent man?

There are facts in this case, many still to be learned, but Holder has just taken a steaming leak all over them. (Likewise the dumbass Gov. Nixon—figures—who called for a “vigorous prosecution” of the case. Before the facts had been presented to a grand jury!) Holder’s statements about his experience are almost as self-centered as Obama’s observation that if he had a son, the boy might look like Trayvon Martin. And? So?

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Is Michael Brown Trayvon Martin?

By which I mean, did he initiate the violence and leave his victim with no choice but to shoot to save his life? Because that was Trayvon Martin.

And it’s beginning to emerge that that was Michael Brown:

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.

The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”

At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.

Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.

Darren Wilson sure sounds like George Zimmerman:

One difference between Trayvon and Michael is that Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong when he encountered Zimmerman (until he attacked Zimmerman, that is).

Michael Brown, on the other hand, may well have been doing something wrong:

Michael Brown was identified as a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a box of cigars moments before he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, police said Friday.

In an afternoon press conference, Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not initially make a connection between the robbery and Brown,whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.

Wilson stopped Brown and a friend because “they were in the middle of the street, blocking traffic,” Jackson said.

Hours later, however, Jackson told a slightly different story to CNN and NBC, saying that Wilson noticed Brown was carrying a box of cigars that had been reported stolen. Wilson, he said, initially stopped Brown for blocking traffic, but as he began driving past Brown, he noticed Brown was holding cigars.

At that point, Wilson “made the connection” that Brown might have been involved in a theft that had just been broadcast on police radio, Jackson said.

The discrepancy over the cigars may be an issue, or it may mean nothing: we haven’t heard Wilson’s story from his own mouth yet. Indeed, the large man strong-arming the store owner may not be Michael Brown (though the outfit of the robber appears to match that of Brown from post-mortem news photos).

What matters is that there is an alternate telling of the events of that day, with plenty of witnesses (and accompanying evidence) to attest to it, that depicts Michael Brown as anything but the innocent victim of racist police brutality. Which raises the question of what have the last several nights of rioting been all about?

Have Revs. Sharpton and Jackson helped or hurt? Has the presence of the New Black Panthers helped or hurt? Who are the alleged “provocateurs”, and where do they come from?

Out-of-town criminals are inciting violence and hijacking peaceful protests in Ferguson, police said early Tuesday, with officers coming under “heavy gunfire” in the Missouri town.

At least two people were shot in the violent overnight melee and 31 people were arrested – with some of those detained coming from New York and California, Johnson said.

When even the Black Panthers are blaming outside provocateurs, it suggests the violence and outrage is staged, manufactured. All the town leaders want it to stop, the clergy want it to stop, Michael’s parents want it to stop. Yet it continues.

I wasn’t there, so I don’t know—but Ferguson, MO resembles a Broadway production more than it does a modern lynching.

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The Violence Has to Stop

In Ferguson, Crown Heights, wherever:

New York dignitaries from the Jewish and African-American communities held a joint press conference on Monday in Crown Heights, at the exact site where a young Jew was violently assaulted last Wednesday in the depraved “knockout game.”

The “game,” generally “played” by African-American youth and which consists of sucker punching generally visibly Jewish passersby, left 24-year-old student Avrohom Wolosow seriously injured by an out-of-the-blue punch to the face.

Then last Thursday, just a day after Wolosow was assaulted, a nine-year-old Jewish boy in the same neighborhood was likewise punched in the head by a group of three youths.

Speaking about the heinous attack on Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called for an end to the anti-Semitic acts of violence.

“We have an obligation as Brooklynites and as New Yorkers to state: ‘that will not happen in our city,'” declared Adams.

When cities fall prey to violence, their citizens take logical steps:

Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city.

His words have not fallen on deaf ears.

Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license – a CPL – two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock 19 that set her back $600, in her house.

“That’s why I got it: because I’m going to be in the house. Now, if somebody chooses to come in and I didn’t invite you, between the Glock and the dog, you’re gone. If one doesn’t get you, the other one will.”

The Glock doesn’t need to be walked four times a day. And it obeys orders without getting a cookie in reward.

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How Does ObamaCare Intersect With Identity Theft?

4.5 million people had their records stolen in hospital system hack attack

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.
Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years — or was merely referred there by an outside doctor — is affected
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The large data breach puts these people at heightened risk of identity fraud. That allows criminals open bank accounts and credit cards on their behalf, take out loans and ruin personal credit history.

The company’s hospitals operate in 28 states but have their most significant presence in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Community Health Systems (CYH) hired cybersecurity experts at Mandiant to consult on the hack. They have determined the hackers were in China and used high-end, sophisticated malware to launch the attacks sometime in April and June this year.

This has happened over the past five years – what does it have to do with ObamaCare? Well, the answer is that ObamaCare creates bigger networks and hires “navigators”, some of whom have criminal records. The more centralized the system, the more people will be hurt by an attack like this one. Plus, they promised us that this wouldn’t occur, that security was in place to protect us. I doubt it.

– Aggie

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Is This Legal?

If you scroll down, you’ll come to a video from Ferguson, Missouri last night in which the New Black Panthers are leading this chant:

What’s his name?

Darren Willson.

How do we want him?

Dead.

Now I will not post the video itself, because if you go to youtube to watch it, it plays automatically, and I don’t want our site opening with sound. If you go to the link, you will hear it and see it, but you will decide when.

So, assuming you’ve done that, here’s my question: Is this legal? Can any group stand out and public and chant that they want a private citizen dead? Or a police officer or a politician, for that matter? How is this ok? If it is ok, does that mean that a white skin head group can call for the death of Al Sharpton or, even better, a black police officer somewhere? Or the teenager behind the cash register at the local ice cream parlor? Where does it stop?

This can’t be legal…

– Aggie

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And the Beat(ing) Goes On

Remember Steve Utash? I do, but no reason you should.

Justice forgot him too:

We watched the system at work.

We watched the court proceedings and saw a judge dispense punishment in the beating of Steve Utash last spring.

We watched — and waited — for justice.

We’re still waiting.

Utash was 54 years old and weighed 155 pounds when he was attacked. He was beaten after he did what many drivers don’t: He stopped to check on a child he accidentally hit with his truck.

He was beaten so severely that doctors had to place him in a medically induced coma for 10 days. Within weeks, police found only four of the 12 to 20 men — and one teen — who set upon him near the corner of Morang and Balfour.

The men pleaded guilty, and their sentences — the last one announced in court yesterday — totaled 7.6 years.

So the bottom line is this: Utash, who was nearly killed by a mob on Detroit’s east side, will spend more time recuperating than the men who beat him will spend in prison.

Utash suffered brain damage. It’s not clear what faculties he will regain, or when.

The prosecutors were rightly outraged:

The sentences for two Detroit men given jail time and probation in the mob beating of Steven Utash will stand, a Wayne County Circuit Court judge ruled.

Judge James Callahan denied motions Friday by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office that sought the resentencing of James Deontae Davis, 24, and Latrez Cummings, 19, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman with the prosecutor’s office.

Callaham sentenced Davis — who admitted striking Utash, a 54-year-old tree trimmer from Clinton Township, and took a plea deal — to five years of probation with the first year to be served in jail. According to prosecutors, based on the sentencing guidelines, Davis should have been given 19 months to more than three years of incarceration.

Cummings was sentenced to three years of probation with the first six months to be served in jail. His sentence also drew opposition from the prosecution.

“We think the sentences were not appropriate to the crime,” Miller said. “A decision will be made regarding how we will proceed.

What about my man, the irrepressible Wonzey Saffold?

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Wonzey Saffold, 30, received a sentence of six to 10 years in prison, in part because of previous convictions.

His courtroom demeanor didn’t help, I’m sure:

Saffold, who was seen showing his middle finger to cameras at an earlier court hearing, was scolded by Callahan on Thursday for not pulling his pants up.

“It’s disrespectful to walk into a courtroom looking like that,” Callahan said.

Paige mentioned his client’s demeanor after court.

“He has a certain swagger in the courtroom that people don’t understand, but he’s remorseful,” Paige said. “He regrets it.”

Here’s hoping he does ten years inside “regretting” it.

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