Cognitive Dissonance

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott delays execution for Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fundraiser | The Raw Story

Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.

Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”

Indeed. What the hell, Florida?

Filed under Rick Scott Pam Bondi Republican Politics News Death Penalty Marshall Lee Gore Crime Justice Injustice Florida What the hell Florida?

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Suspect in killing of Australian Chris Lane tweeted: 'time to start taken life's'

divineirony:

friendlyatheist:

Maybe because, as opposed to other cases, charges were brought immediately against the perpetrators. As in they did not walk free after what they did. Why would the president, or anyone else have to comment on it?

^^

Not to mention it was three men, one white, and two black. Not that it matters.

Chris Lane is being canonized for just walking down the street, minding his own business, while Trayvon Martin was demonized for walking down the street, minding his own business.

No one would have called 911 to report Chris Lane as suspicious, even if there were break-ins in the neighborhood.

No one is going to dig through his Twitter account and other social media to demonize him as a thug who was probably asking for it. 

No one is going to claim his manner of dress was threatening in the dark.

No one is going to claim “Well, you know, the white community, specifically young men… there’s just a lot criminality there” and then cite misinterpreted numbers. 

No one is going to claim that if Chris Lane used marijuana, he was a potential criminal on drugs; therefore, he deserved what he got. 

No one is going to dig through Lane’s school records, and, if they find he was ever suspended or disciplined otherwise, that he obviously was a menace.

Both Martin and Lane had the right to walk down the street without being stalked and killed. But it took a national outcry to even begin an investigation against George Zimmerman. The alleged murderers of Chris Lane were jailed within days on bail high enough that they will not walk free before trial. Zimmerman bailed out almost immediately.

These situations are wildly different, and, while Lane’s murder is a tragedy and absolutely horrifying, it’s much more likely that his family will receive the kind of justice denied to Trayvon Martin’s family. 

Filed under Chris Lane race racism Trayvon Martin Crime murder

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Preteen Boy Holds Up Lemonade Stand with a BB Gun

Police in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, say a 12-year-old boy armed with a BB gun robbed a local lemonade stand being run by a group of younger boys.

According to Johnstown Sgt. Patrick Goggin, the preteen approached the stand and pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy, threatening to shoot if the other boys didn’t hand over the money they had earned selling lemonade.

A scuffle ensued, but the suspect still managed to make away with a money box containing some $30.

If only there had been a good guy with a gun, amirite? In all seriousness, the kid with the BB gun could have been in danger had an adult with a gun been nearby or the police a little more trigger happy…

Filed under crime guns children pennsylvania

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George Zimmerman Stopped For Speeding In North Texas - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

At one point, the officer asks Zimmerman to stop playing with his gun. Wonder how he’d react to an armed Black man playing with his gun?

Heads up — He’s your problem for now, Texas. 

Filed under Texas George Zimmerman crime

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Boston Person of Interest Description

The person of interest shown on a surveillance video setting down a bag near the site of the second explosion at the Boston Marathon is described as a young white male wearing a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-white baseball cap backwards. He is 6 feet or 6-feet-2-inches tall with a medium build.

The man appeared to be alone and was talking on a cell phone at the time he set down a bag. When the first explosive device went off, he took off. Moments later, a second explosion happened right where he had been standing.

If you have any information at all, call Boston authorities at 1-800-494-TIPS

Filed under Boston Bombings crime terrorism Boston Marathon person of interest suspect

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Oklahoma Tea Party Founder Busted for Threats to Lawmaker Over 'Fringe' Agenda 21 Conspiracy

Well, well, well… Looks like threats of blackmail aren’t just the modus operandi of the Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party:

The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship.

According to the Oklahoman, 54-year-old Sooner Tea Party founder Al Gerhart faces up to five years in prison for blackmail and violating the state computer crimes act.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation determined that Gerhart admitted sending an email to state Sen. Cliff Branan (R) “that was intended to threaten and intimidate him.” Gerhart had been angry because Branan refused to allow a vote on a bill that would have ensured Oklahoma cities do not participate in Agenda 21, a United Nations initiative to promote environmentally sustainable development…

“Branan, Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it,” Gerhart wrote in the email. “I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don’t hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru [sic] family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.”

At a press conference last week, the tea party leader admitted that he sent the email. “Political pain and embarrassment will be necessary if the citizens expect to regain control of this Senate down here from the state chamber of commerce and special interests,” he insisted. “The time for ‘nice’ behavior is over with.”

As my dear husband remarked after I informed him of this story, “Same shit, different zip code.”

Filed under Tea Party Politics Blackmail Oklahoma crime Republican Agenda 21 Al Gerhart fuckery

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Anonymous engaged #OpJustice4Rataeh this morning in response to the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons. Justice Minister Ross Landy says that it is important for Nova Scotians to have faith in their justice system. Mr. Landy, justice is in your hands.

Anonymous has confirmed the identities of two of the four alleged rapists. We are currently confirming a third and it is only a matter of time before the fourth is identified as well.

Our demands are simple: We want the N.S. RCMP to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question. We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within 2 hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them. 

We do not approve of vigilante justice as the media claims. That would mean we approve of violent actions against these rapists at the hands of an unruly mob. What we want is justice. And That’s your job. So do it.

The names of the rapists will be kept until it is apparent you have no intention of providing justice to Retaeh’s family. Please be aware that there are other groups of Anons also attempting to uncover this information and they may not to wish to wait at all. Better act fast. 

Be aware that we will be organizing large demonstrations outside of your headquarters. The rapists will be held accountable for their actions. You will be held accountable for your failure to act.

That is all
We Are Anonymous.

Anonymous, in a statement responding to the suicide of seventeen-year-old Retaeh Parsons of Nova Scotia, Canada. She was allegedly gang-raped by four boys, one of whom is known to have photographed the attack. The facts of the case bear a chilling resemblance to Steubenville, Ohio police’s own blind eye to the rape and assault of another young girl.

If law enforcement chooses not to act, Anonymous will.

Good.

Filed under Anonymous rape Retaeh Parsons Crime Stuebenville social media tw: rape

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On felons and guns

space-aged replied to your link: Feds investigate how suspected white supremacist — a felon — obtained arsenal

I know someone who is buying her son, a felon, any gun he wants, including assault rifles. Background check wouldn’t prevent that. It pisses me off, but what can we do about that?

You call the police or the ATF right goddamn now and tell them she is making straw purchases on behalf of a felon. What she is doing is against federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 922. If a felon possesses a firearm, that can mean up to fifteen years in a federal prison with no parole. Something may come of what you do, or they might shrug it off. But departments of probation and parole — and most federal and state laws — require that a felon live in a home without firearms because of the concept of constructive possession.

In order to demonstrate constructive possession, the Ninth Circuit (and other federal jurisdictions) state that the government must prove a connection between the felon/defendant and the firearm or ammunition sufficient “to support the inference that the defendant exercised dominion and control over” the prohibited items (United States v. Carrasco). Also, joint control of the premises (i.e. residence) where the firearm or ammunition are located may establish possession when a felon “has knowledge of the weapon and both the power and the intention to exercise dominion and control over it.”

So there is something we can do about that. They’re both breaking the law, and I suggest you blow the whistle if you can do so safely. Good luck.

Cheers,

Meg

Filed under reply space-aged guns gun control crime

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Feds investigate how suspected white supremacist -- a felon -- obtained arsenal

From the story:

Federal agents are trying to determine how a suspected Ohio white supremacist with a felony conviction for manslaughter acquired a cache of 18 assault weapons and other firearms, along with high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, according to federal law enforcement officials and court documents reviewed by NBC News.

The storehouse of weapons was discovered late last month when FBI agents arrested Richard Schmidt, 47, the owner of a Bowling Green sporting goods store called Spindletop Sports Zone, on charges of marketing counterfeit goods — such as football jerseys with NFL logos — from China.

According to the documents, FBI agents who searched Schmidt’s sporting goods store and four trailers behind it, found a stash of weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, Ruger and Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistols, bulletproof body armor and high-capacity magazines as well as ammunition.

A federal law enforcement official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said that FBI counterterrorism agents involved in the case had picked up evidence that Schmidt may have been planning attacks against Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area… The law enforcement officials said the case appears to illustrate some of the gaps in current background checks for gun purchasers that President Barack Obama has proposed closing as part of his package of executive actions and legislative proposals released this week aimed at curbing gun violence. Schmidt was charged with murder and felonious assault in 1989 after killing a Hispanic man and shooting two others with a semi-automatic pistol during a traffic dispute. He later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.

So, how about those background checks? And yeah, a background check wouldn’t necessarily keep him from ultimately amassing his arsenal, but why should we be making it easier for people like Mr. Schmidt to obtain these weapons?

I literally cannot imagine a legitimate situation where someone needs a gun RIGHT NOW and is unable to wait for a background check or be patient enough for a waiting period to pass. 

And hey, maybe we should give the ATF a permanent director, instead of this several years long interim bullshit. Just a thought.

Filed under Richard Schmidt politics crime law gun control guns racism white supremacists Ohio domestic terrorism

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But here’s the thing: most of the crimes Wall Street people commit involve highly specific, highly individualized transactions that won’t fit Eric Holder’s bag of cookie-cutter statutory definitions. That is not the same thing as saying they’re not crimes. They are: the crimes of the crisis period were and are very basic crimes like fraud, theft, perjury, and tax evasion, only they’re dressed up in millions of pages of camouflaging verbiage.

Or, even more often, the crimes have also been sanctified in advance by ‘reputable’ law and accounting firms, who (for huge fees) offered their clients opinions that, if X and Y are signed in accordance with Z, and A and B are stipulated by the parties, and everyone’s sitting Indian-style and facing the moon when the deal is agreed to, then it’s not fucked up and illegal when Goldman Sachs tells you it’s a co-investor in your deal when it’s actually got $2 billion bet against you.

You know that look a dog gives you when you show it something confusing, like an electric razor or a lawn sprinkler? That’s the look federal prosecutors give when companies like Goldman wave their attorneys’ sanctifying opinions at them. They scratch their heads and say: ‘Oh, wow, well since this was signed in Australia by three millionaire lawyers wearing magic invisibility cloaks, it really isn’t fraud! They’re right!’

Matt Taibbi, “Goldman Non-Prosecution: AG Eric Holder Has No Balls

Taibbi has consistently hammered the Obama administration on their non-action regarding Wall Street when other liberal writers have been content to look the other way, or worse, think history suddenly stopped on January 20, 2009. History did not stop, nor did the effects cease from the massive fraud perpetuated by Wall Street. 

Read Griftopia. And think about this: In 2008, Wall Street gave Barack Obama the most contributions of any other candidate. This year, they’re investing in Mitt Romney and the GOP by ratio of nearly 3:1 thus far. They know which side their bread is buttered on — it’s both. But the GOP side looks especially buttery in 2012.

Filed under Matt Taibbi Wall Street politics crime economy Barack Obama Eric Holder fraud Election 2012 2012

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State of Texas Has Run Out of Lethal Injection Drugs

Well, specifically, two of the three used in executions.

No, Rick Perry. Sit your ass down. There’s still one left. However, this is causing serious concern:

An Oklahoma inmate asked a federal court on Tuesday to halt his upcoming execution because that state has only one dose of pentobarbital left. A lawyer for Michael Hooper said Oklahoma has no backup plan if the drug fails to render Hooper unconscious, and that creates a risk of cruel and unusual punishment…

Texas officials said in May that they have enough doses of pentobarbital to carry out 23 executions. No one has been executed in the state since. Four other states — Arizona, Idaho, Ohio and Washington — have used a single drug to carry out executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Ohio was the first to use just pentobarbital, during a March 2011 execution…

Death penalty opponents claim single-drug executions may be less humane.

Without the two others, the possibility for cruel and unusual punishment escalates. For the record, I oppose the death penalty for several reasons. Chiefly, I don’t believe killing to teach others killing is wrong is a good method of deterrence, and one commutation from death row is enough to stop all executions. It’s better to let a guilty person go free than jail one innocent one — much less kill an innocent person.

Filed under Death penalty Texas Cruel and unusual punishment crime 8th Amendment drugs execution

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Judge revokes bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin case

A Florida judge on Friday revoked the bail for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, saying he had misled the court about his finances, and ordered him to present himself to the court within 48 hours.

Prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman, 28, hid from the court the fact that he had raised $135,000 on a website he set up before he was granted $150,000 bail on April 20. Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in February.

In a hearing in Sanford, Fla., that Zimmerman did not attend, Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman engaged in a “material falsehood” about his finances. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, led the court to believe they were penniless, which he called a “blatant lie.”

De la Rionda said the Zimmermans spoke in “code” about moving finances around during telephone calls while George Zimmerman was in custody.

Well, then. The court is typically less than amused when you lie, George. Remember that for your trial.

Filed under George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin crime race Florida Sanford

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BREAKING: John Edwards not guilty on one count, mistrial declared on remaining 5 counts

Well, I’ll be damned…

From ABC News:

"A North Carolina jury found former Sen. John Edwards not guilty today on one of six counts in a campaign-finance trial, and declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on those counts.

Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, accused of soliciting nearly $1 million from wealthy backers to finance a cover up of his illicit affair and illegitimate child during his 2008 bid for the White House, was found not guilty on Count 3 of the six-part indictment.”

Filed under John Edwards Politics crime campaign finance