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Felons Released from Prison So They Won’t Catch the Corona Virus

The BBC has reported that communities across the USA are releasing hundreds of felons from federal, state, county and city lockups due to the Chinese Covid-19 virus pandemic. In addition, judges are said to be working out plea bargaining deals for low-level offenders who have yet to be convicted of their alleged crimes. These alleged criminals will be released without serving time.

The newly released felons include drug dealers, thieves, muggers and so forth. It takes no stretch of the imagination to know these criminals will be able to take up where they left off—prowling the streets, mugging passersby, selling drugs, boosting cars, and invade the homes. One has to wonder just how much social distancing this bunch of losers are going to observe, model citizens that they are (sarc).

From the BBC 3/19/2020:

New York City is releasing “vulnerable” prisoners, the mayor said on Wednesday, days after Los Angeles and Cleveland freed hundreds of inmates.

Prison reform advocates say those in jail are at higher risk of catching and passing on Covid-19.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that city officials will this week identify individuals for release, including people who were arrested for minor crimes and those most vulnerable to infection due to underlying health problems.

His announcement came hours after a guard and a prisoner tested positive for coronavirus at Rikers Island prison, where disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, 68, is a high-profile inmate. (Do you wonder if they also checked Weinstein’s cell mate for STD?) Weinstein will be moved to a different state prison, an official said on Wednesday.

Other New York prisons, such as Sing Sing, have had inmates test positive for corona virus and one employee for the state’s corrections department has died from it.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reduced its inmate population by 600 in the last two weeks, officials said on Tuesday.

“Our population within our jails is a vulnerable population just by who they are, where they are located, so we’re protecting that population from potential exposure,” Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters earlier this week.

The LA County jail system is the largest prison system in the world (and rightly so) with an average population of around 22,000 prisoners.

Mr. Villaneuva disclosed that arrests in the county are also down, from an average of 300 per weekend to only 60 in mid-March.

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where the city of Cleveland is located, has also released hundreds of prisoners due to corona virus concerns.

Judges held emergency hearings through the weekend to work out plea deals and other agreements to allow prisoners to be released early or without serving time.

Several states from New York to California are now banning in-person visitors. A ban on visits led to a deadly prison riot in Italy last week.

Federal agencies will postpone most arrests and deportations during the corona virus crisis.

Prison-reform campaigners (aka bleeding heart liberals) say prisoners face unique risks, due to a lack of hygiene in overcrowded cells and hallways.

Handcuffed people cannot cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, sinks often lack soap and hand sanitizer is considered contraband due to its alcohol content.

Iran has already released 85,000 people, including political prisoners, in an effort to combat the pandemic. (And yet, the faithful still literally lick the iron bars around their holy shrines one after another.)

The US locks up more of its citizens per capita than any other country, with an estimated 2.3 million people behind bars in federal, state and local prisons.

Some high profile convicts have argued for early release over corona virus fears.

They include President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, 53, financial fraudster Bernie Madoff, 81, and Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, a notorious Colombian drug lord.

~ Grif

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Girl, 11, gives birth after being raped by brother, Father of family is illegal alien once deported

The Happy Family: Left: Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Lopez (the illegal once deported alien); Center: Norvin Leonidas Lopez-Cante (the child/sister’s rapist); Right: Lesbia Cante (the abused victim’s mother)
Source: St. Charles, MO police

Three members of a St. Charles, MO family, led by an illegal alien who had previously been deported, were arraigned Feb. 14 on child abuse and endangerment charges after their 11-year old-daughter gave birth to a baby boy in a bathtub at the family’s home

The girl’s 17-year-old brother, Norvin Leonidas Lopez-Cante, is the baby’s father, according to court documents. His father is Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Lopez, the illegal alien.

Police started investigating after Lopez-Cante’s father and mother Lesbia Cante, took the infant to St. Joseph Hospital on Feb. 11. Gonzalez-Lopez told police that someone had dropped the infant off on his front porch. Charging documents said the baby still had the umbilical cord and placenta attached and had a body temperature of just 90 degrees when he was admitted to the hospital emergency room.

Police detectives interviewed Gonzalez-Lopez at his home two days later, where he told police the father of the child was his son, and the mother of the baby was his son’s 11-year-old sister.

Gonzalez-Lopez said he did not know the girl was pregnant or that Lopez-Cante was raping her until she gave birth to the child in their bathtub.

According to court documents, after police read Lopez-Cante his Miranda rights, he told police he had sex with the girl about 100 times but did not know she was pregnant. He said he did not know when he first had sex with her, but said it happened about twice a week.

Lopez-Cante was charged with first-degree statutory rape, statutory sodomy and incest. His bond was set at $25,000, cash-only.

Gonzalez-Lopez was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for his role in the incident. His bond was set at $10,000, cash only. Charging documents said he entered the country illegally and was previously deported.

The girl’s mother, Lesbia Cante, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Her bail was initially set at $10,000. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, at her  first court hearing, Cante pleaded not guilty to the charges. The court subsequently increased her bail to $100,000

~ Grif

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Did your pants just chirp Big Boy, or are you just glad to see me? Reason # 132 why Palestinians don’t have a country

The Goldfinch—a tiny bird that supports a huge criminal Palestinian smuggling enterprise

You can’t make this stuff up. There is an on-going smuggling operation in the Palestinian settlement that trades not in narcotics, weapons, or stolen jewelry, but on songbirds—specifically, goldfinches. The birds are apparently sought after by residents of Israel’s Arab quarter, who are said to be willing to pay big shekels just to hear the birds sing. The smugglers range from highly organized criminal operations, to bumbling juveniles who are trying to capitalize on the seemingly easy money.

According to Toi News, two Palestinian minors were caught by Israeli authorities trying to smuggle songbirds to the West Bank in their pants while crossing into the country from Jordan.

The two minors — a boy from Hebron and a girl from Ramallah — aroused the suspicion of security at the Allenby Border Crossing after guards heard tweeting sounds coming from their pants. A search of the two minors by the guards revealed dozens of goldfinches concealed inside their pants.

According to the Times of Israeli, wild goldfinch can fetch up to NIS 150 ($39. But the wild birds often are mated with yellow canaries, which produce a more mellow song. A goldfinch-canary hybrid can go for anywhere from NIS 500 shekels ($131) to NIS 1,500 ($395).

Hiding birds in pants legs seems to be a preferred method of smuggling.

Harratz news reported the December 29, 2019 arrest of four Palestinians who attempted to smuggle 94 birds that were hidden in their pants. The men were suspected of bringing the goldfinches into Hebron from Jordan, to sell for hundreds of shekels each. The men were arrested at the Israel-Jordan border.

The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said the four were detained after rousing the suspicion of the Allenby Bridge crossing’s guards. Police said that the four men did not have a permit to own or transfer the birds, adding the suspects admitted they were planning to sell each one for hundreds of shekels.

This is the biggest attempt to smuggle wildlife through Israel’s border with Jordan in the past two years, Israel’s Civil Administration said. European goldfinches, which are a protected species in Israel, are illegally trapped and traded in Israeli territory as well, a practice that poses a serious threat to the species in the region.

Major Hadi Khatib, Commander of the Liaison Office at Allenby Bridge, said that Palestinians returning from Jordan have made several similar smuggling attempts in recent months.

Defense officials thwarted an attempt on Wednesday morning to smuggle thousands of shekels worth of live songbirds from Gaza to Israel. Inspectors at the Erez crossing to the northern Gaza Strip confiscated some 30 goldfinches from a 44-yearold trader from Gaza City attempting to convey the birds to east Jerusalem, according to the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, or COGAT.

This is the fifth time in the past two years that Erez crossing officers have stopped such a smuggling attempt of goldfinches, which are considered a rare and highly sought-after animal in the Arab sector, a statement from COGAT said.

The confiscation of the birds at the border was a collaborative effort among inspectors from the Defense Ministry’s Border Authority, the Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

“During a routine security check of a Palestinian agricultural trader, a resident of Gaza, security guards noticed suspicious signs,” said Erez crossing manager Shlomo Tsaban. “Checking the dealer’s bag revealed a number of birds, tied to and hidden in the side of the bag.”

The entry permit of the smuggler was immediately taken by the inspectors, and the INPA is examining the possibility of fining him, in order to reduce the phenomenon of animal trafficking, according to COGAT. The birds will be released by the INPA in southern Israel.

“The increase in the number of bird-smuggling attempts from Gaza and from Judea and Samaria is due to the increase in hunting, which has made the bird a rare animal,” said Uri Madar, the Gaza Liaison and Coordination Administration’s agricultural officer. “We are working in partnership with all parties, Israeli and Palestinian, to help animals in Gaza – this is about saving lives in every respect.”

A former customs official at Al-Karama checkpoint said that what is being seized is trivial when we compare it to the actual number of birds being smuggled. Adding that the smuggling of birds became a big network within illegal trade such as cannabis… etc. Illegal traders usually don’t go through the boarders themselves, but they have their workers smuggle the goods. “Most of the smugglers are female. For example, once we found that a woman was travelling with six girls, hiding 120 birds under their clothing” the former official stated. “Because of this, we hired female employees to inspect female passengers on the Al-Karama checkpoint, especially after we found out how big of a trade it was for them.”

Harretz News, Monday (February 17) reported the arrest of four Friday morning at the Israel-Jordan border for trying to smuggle 94 protected goldfinches into Hebron in the West Bank. The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said that the Palestinians hid the small songbirds in their pants and were detained after rousing the suspicion of the Allenby Bridge crossing’s guards.

Police said that the four men did not have a permit to own or transfer the birds, adding the suspects admitted they were planning to sell each one for hundreds of shekels. The birds were discovered hidden under one suspect’s pants..
This is the biggest attempt to smuggle wildlife through Israel’s border with Jordan in the past two years, Israel’s Civil Administration said. European goldfinches, which are a protected species in Israel, are illegally trapped and traded in Israeli territory as well, a practice that poses a serious threat to the species in the region.

Major Hadi Khatib, Commander of the Liaison Office at Allenby Bridge, said that Palestinians returning from Jordan have made several similar smuggling attempts over the past month. Last week, the Civil Administration said a Palestinian was arrested for attempting to covertly smuggle goldfinches in his shoes. In 2017, a Palestinian man from Nablus was also caught at Allenby Bridge with over 40 birds tied to his legs in an attempt to smuggle them into Jordan.
The men were suspected of bringing the goldfinches into Hebron from Jordan, to sell for hundreds of shekels each. The men were arrested at the Israel-Jordan border.

The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said the four were detained after rousing the suspicion of the Allenby Bridge crossing’s guards. Police said that the four men did not have a permit to own or transfer the birds, adding the suspects admitted they were planning to sell each one for hundreds of shekels.
This is the biggest attempt to smuggle wildlife through Israel’s border with Jordan in the past two years, Israel’s Civil Administration said. European goldfinches, which are a protected species in Israel, are illegally trapped and traded in Israeli territory as well, a practice that poses a serious threat to the species in the region.
Major Hadi Khatib, Commander of the Liaison Office at Allenby Bridge, said that Palestinians returning from Jordan have made several similar smuggling attempts in recent months.

Defense officials thwarted an attempt on Wednesday morning to smuggle thousands of shekels worth of live songbirds from Gaza to Israel. Inspectors at the Erez crossing to the northern Gaza Strip confiscated some 30 goldfinches from a 44-yearold trader from Gaza City attempting to convey the birds to east Jerusalem, according to the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, or COGAT.
This is the fifth time in the past two years that Erez crossing officers have stopped such a smuggling attempt of goldfinches, which are considered a rare and highly sought-after animal in the Arab sector, a statement from COGAT said.
The confiscation of the birds at the border was a collaborative effort among inspectors from the Defense Ministry’s Border Authority, the Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

“During a routine security check of a Palestinian agricultural trader, a resident of Gaza, security guards noticed suspicious signs,” said Erez crossing manager Shlomo Tsaban. “Checking the dealer’s bag revealed a number of birds, tied to and hidden in the side of the bag.”
The entry permit of the smuggler was immediately taken by the inspectors, and the INPA is examining the possibility of fining him, in order to reduce the phenomenon of animal trafficking, according to COGAT. The birds will be released bFly little birds!y the INPA in southern Israel.

“The increase in the number of bird-smuggling attempts from Gaza and from Judea and Samaria is due to the increase in hunting, which has made the bird a rare animal,” said Uri Madar, the Gaza Liaison and Coordination Administration’s agricultural officer. “We are working in partnership with all parties, Israeli and Palestinian, to help animals in Gaza – this is about saving lives in every respect.”

A former customs official at Al-Karama checkpoint said that what is being seized is trivial when we compare it to the actual number of birds being smuggled. Adding that the smuggling of birds became a big network within illegal trade such as cannabis… etc. Illegal traders usually don’t go through the boarders themselves, but they have their workers smuggle the goods. “Most of the smugglers are female. For example, once we found that a woman was travelling with six girls, hiding 120 birds under their clothing” the former official stated. “Because of this, we hired female employees to inspect female passengers on the Al-Karama checkpoint, especially after we found out how big of a trade it was for them.”

~Grif

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New Rasmussen Poll Predicts Violence Regardless of Trump Impeachment Outcome

 

The Daily Wire Sunday (Nov. 24) reported the results of a new Rasmussen poll that found a majority of likely voters believe violence will erupt regardless of how the impeachment of Present Trump plays out. A striking percentage of those polled believed that members the other political party “lack the traits to be considered fully human—they behave like animals.”  A smaller percentage thought members of the other political party were “downright evil.”

There is an old Chinese curse that goes something like this: 願你生活在有趣的時代 May you live in interesting times.

From DailyWire.com

By  Frank Camp

On Thursday, Rasmussen Reports released a survey showing that a majority of “likely voters” believe that removing the president from office via impeachment would “lead to violence.” Perhaps more shocking, a larger majority believe that anti-Trump individuals will “resort to violence.” The survey was conducted between November 18-19 on 1,000 “likely voters.”

Specifically, the survey asked respondents: “How concerned are you that President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office will lead to violence?” Rasmussen reports that 53% of respondents indicated that they are concerned. 24% are “very concerned.”

The survey also asked: “How concerned are you that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence?” 59% of respondents indicated that they are concerned. 34% are “very concerned.”

Democrats don’t appear nearly as worried about opposition violence.

“While 40% of Democrats are very concerned that those opposed to Trump’s policies will resort to violence, just 18% feel that way about his supporters if the president is removed from office,” according to Rasmussen. When asked about the likelihood of a new “civil war” occurring within “the next five years,” 31% of respondents said that such a scenario is likely. 9% said it was “very likely.”

Awareness of political aggression and politically-motivated violence seems to have moved to the forefront of America’s collective consciousness.

According to a Pew Research survey conducted in April and May, 85% of respondents believe that the “nature of political debate … has become more negative in recent years.”

An October 2018 survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates on “800 full-time undergraduates” found that a significant number of students believe that violence is justified as a preventative measure against “hate speech.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, the survey asked students if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “If someone is using hate speech or making racially charged comments, physical violence can be justified to prevent this person from espousing their hateful views.” 33% said that they “agree” with the statement.

In early-October, Nathan Kalmoe, assistant professor of political communication at Louisiana State University, tweeted out some troubling information from a YouGov survey:

“In a 2019 YouGov survey w/ @LilyMasonPhD, 70% of Reps & 56% of Dems saw the other party as “a serious threat to the United States & its people.”

55% of Reps & 44% of Dems said the other party is “not just worse for politics—they are downright evil.” 34% of Reps & 27% of Dems said the other party “lack the traits to be considered fully human—they behave like animals.”

A small but disturbing percentage of respondents indicated favorability toward “political violence,” according to Kalmoe. 55% of Reps & 44% of Dems said the other party is “not just worse for politics—they are downright evil.”

34% of Reps & 27% of Dems said the other party “lack the traits to be considered fully human—they behave like animals.”

We also asked several questions about attitudes toward political violence. Here’s one. Other items asked about threatening leaders & citizens, & support for violence if your party loses in 2020. You can see most (but not all) people rejected partisan violence today.

The survey asked: “How much do you feel it is justified for [own party] to use violence in advancing their political goals these days?”

While a strong 87.3% of respondents said “not at all,” 5.2% said “a moderate amount,” 4.7% said “a little,” 1.5% said “a great deal,” and 1.3% said “a lot.”

That means that out of all respondents, approximately 12.7% were at least a little bit comfortable with the idea of using violence as a tool of political power.

The Rasmussen survey report can be viewed here:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/november_2019/voters_fear_violence_from_trump_s_foes_more_than_his_supporters

~ Grif

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President Trump Pardons Veterans Accused of War Crimes – Generals Miffed

President Donald J. Trump Friday (Nov. 15) issued two full pardons and a grant of clemency to three veterans of the war in Afghanistan who had been accused of war crimes by the Department of Defense.

Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance and Special Forces Army Major Mathew Golsteyn received full pardons. They both had been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of Afghanis whom they believed to be enemy combatants. Special Warfare Operator First Class, Navy SEAL Chief Edward R. Gallagher received a presidential order of clemency that restored all his military decorations and his rank that had been taken away by a military tribunal, despite the fact that Gallagher had been acquitted of all of the most serious charges against him. Gallagher had been charged with murder in connection with the death of a wounded Afghani soldier. He was acquitted of those charges when another soldier confessed to killing the alleged terrorist. He was convicted of having his picture taken with the body of a dead Afghani soldier, although the photograph was not that of the soldier he was charged with murdering.

Before his prosecution, Gallagher held the rank of Chief Petty Officer, had been awarded a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor, and had been assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor. He also had been selected to receive a promotion to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. President Trump’s order said that given his service to our nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified.

Details of the backgrounds of the background and charges against the three men, and President Trump’s actions were outlined in a White House press release late Friday afternoon:

“In early July 2012, only days after Lieutenant Lorance had taken command of his platoon in one of the most dangerous battle zones in Afghanistan, a motorcycle with three men approached him and his men with unusual speed. Under difficult circumstances and prioritizing the lives of American troops, Lorance ordered his men to engage, and two of the three men were killed. Following these events, Lorance was convicted of several charges. He has served more than six years of a 19-year sentence he received.

Many Americans have sought executive clemency for Lorance, including 124,000 people who have signed a petition to the White House, as well as several members of Congress, including Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, and Representatives Steve Scalise, Garret Graves, Duncan Hunter, Paul Gosar, Adam Kinzinger, Scott Perry, Brian Babin, Neal Dunn, Michael Waltz, Louie Gohmert, Daniel Webster, Steve King, Ralph Norman, Mark Meadows, Clay Higgins, Ralph Abraham, Mike Johnson, and Jody Hice.

Major Mathew Golsteyn, an officer of the United States Army and graduate of West Point, is currently set to stand trial for an allegedly unlawful killing in connection with one of the largest battles of the Afghanistan War. As our forces cleared the Taliban from the city of Marjah, an Improvised Explosive Device detonated, killing two Marines. The terrorist bombmaker, as identified by an Afghan informant, who had killed our troops, was detained and questioned. Golsteyn was compelled to release him, however, due in part to deficiencies within the fledgling Afghan detention system. Golsteyn has said he later shot the terrorist because he was certain that the terrorist’s bomb making activities would continue to threaten American troops and their Afghan partners, including Afghan civilians who had helped identify him. After nearly a decade-long inquiry and multiple investigations, a swift resolution to the case of Major Golsteyn is in the interests of justice. Clemency for Major Golsteyn has broad support, including from Representatives Louie Gohmert, Duncan Hunter, Mike Johnson, Ralph Abraham, and Clay Higgins, American author and Marine combat veteran Bing West, and Army combat veteran Pete Hegseth.

Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor. Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified.

The United States military justice system helps ensure good order and discipline for our millions of uniformed military members and holds to account those who violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Due in part to this system, we have the most disciplined, most effective, most respected, and most feared fighting force in the world.

The President, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted. For more than two hundred years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country.  These actions are in keeping with this long history.  As the President has stated, ‘when our soldiers have to fight for our country, I want to give them the confidence to fight.’”

Reaction to the President’s order came quickly.

Lorance was immediately released from the federal Fort Leavenworth Military Prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he had been incarcerated since 2013.

Golsteyn was charged in 2018 with premeditated murder over a killing that took place in 2010, when he was a captain in. He was awaiting his trial on that charge when President Trump’s was delivered before the trial could begin.

Gallagher had been investigated and tried twice before his acquittal on the murder charge.

While the presidential pardons were applauded by conservatives and activists for the veterans, the military brass reacted with petulance and outright disobedience of President Trump’s lawful order.

Among the detractors was former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, who wrote on Twitter: “Absent evidence of innocence or injustice the wholesale pardon of US service members accused of war crimes signals our troops and allies that we don’t take the Law of Armed Conflict seriously. Bad message. Bad precedent. Abdication of moral responsibility. Risk to us.”

Tim Parlatore, attorney for Gallagher, said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that the Navy now is trying to humiliate his client by attempting to take away his SEAL Trident.

“This is an action that they could have taken at any time from July right after the verdict, until today,” Parlatore said. “President Trump takes action on a Friday afternoon — Monday morning, the admiral [Adm. Collin Green] comes in and brings everybody together and says ‘I disagree with the president, we’re going to take his Trident.'”

On a personal note, I applaud President Trump’s actions. He is the Commander and Chief of all our military and has every legal and moral right to act as he did in granting clemency and pardons to these three combat veterans. To the President’s candy-ass civilian naysayers, and the insouciant, effete fruit-salad bespeckled generals who would throw the combat veterans to the dogs, rather than grant them mercy, I would only say, “You weren’t there. And, you are clueless.”

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do in combat, you do not have the luxury of second-guessing every action. You make judgments on the fly, and you hope for the best. Sometimes the results are to the good; sometimes they are not. That’s the way war is. That’s the way war always will be.

Once upon a time, the United States waged war to prevail over its enemies. Generals, admirals, and the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, fought to win. They did so by destroying as much of the enemy’s property as possible, occupying as much enemy territory as possible, and killing as many of the enemy’s citizens as it took to force the enemy into giving up. The United States forced Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan to surrender in World War II because our military followed the recipe for success in war.

Since then, however, our wars have been waged not to win, but to support dubious multinational political objectives that for the most part produced nothing of consequence for the United States, but which took the lives more than 100,000 U.S. military personnel, and the lives of millions of foreign soldiers and civilians.

Our military leadership is inept. Our librat socialist/communist-bent left wing hates the military, the police, and anyone and everyone who does not agree in lock step with their hysterical ant-American rant. The generation that will inherit this country after I am long gone, has been subjected to a progressive left-leaning public education that purposely has made them totally ignorant of American history, mystified by civics, and brainwashed into political imbecility. Those of us who have our heads on straight seem to be powerless to stem the tide of  a degenerate implosion caused by an illegal immigrant assault fueled by power-hungry Demorat politicians , societal suicide, cultural degradation, destruction of liberty, free speech and all that true Americans once held dear.

I fear for my country. But I will do what I can to help change the downward spiral. However, if the country does go down the tubes, and me along with it, I will at least go down swinging.

~ Grif

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Twitter to ban all political advertising

Jack Dorsey, CEO of  Twitter and self-appointed censor of free political speech, announced on the eve of Satan’s holiday that ALL political advertising  on Twitter is now banned.

In addition, the ban extends t0 election advertising and political issues. Think anti-abortion, pro second amendment, and global climate change skeptics. In addition, it does not take an Einstein to figure out that this policy is aimed directly at President Trump, who uses Twitter to inform citizens of important issues that Twitter and the rest of the left wing, libtard, socialist/communist media cabal ignore.

From: The Guardian-US Edition

by Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco

Wed 30 Oct 2019 18.19 EDT

First published on Wed 30 Oct 2019 16.05 EDT

 

Twitter will ban all political advertising, the company’s CEO has announced, in a move that will increase pressure on Facebook over its controversial stance to allow politicians to advertise false statements.

The new policy, announced via Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account on Wednesday, will come into effect on 22 November and will apply globally to all electioneering ads, as well as ads related to political issues. The timing means the ban will be in place in time for the UK snap election.

jack 🌍🌏🌎

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We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…🧵

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Twitter had previously implemented rules and restrictions for political advertising.

The announcement comes as Facebook is embroiled in a controversy over its decision to exempt ads by politicians from third-party fact checking and from a policy that bans false statements from paid advertisements. Dorsey explained the motivations behind the change in a lengthy Twitter thread that appeared to include several references and responses to the convoluted arguments that Facebook has put forward in recent weeks.

The organic spread of political messages online “should not be compromised by money”, he wrote. The advanced state of digital advertising technology, including “machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting” and deepfakes – fake or manipulated videos that appear real – combined with the pollution of the online information ecosystem with misinformation, “present entirely new challenges to civic discourse”.

“This isn’t about free expression,” he added, in a seeming riposte to the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent defense of online political advertising in a speech billed as a “stand for voice and free expression”. “This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.”

Dorsey tweeted another counter-argument to Facebook with an accompanying winking emoji, writing: “It’s not credible for us to say: ‘We’re working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, but if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad…well…they can say whatever they want!’”

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For instance, it‘s not credible for us to say: “We’re working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, buuut if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad…well…they can say whatever they want! 😉”

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That argument appears to mock Facebook’s recent attempts to justify its decisions to exempt posts by politicians from its third-party factchecking program, and ads by politicians from a policy that bans false statements from paid advertisements.

Together, the policies have created a situation in which Facebook is simultaneously asserting its commitment to reducing misinformation while allowing incumbent politicians and political candidates to lie in paid campaign ads.

Dorsey called for “forward-looking political ad regulation”, noting that transparency requirements that have been proposed by US lawmakers are “progress but not enough.”

“The internet provides entirely new capabilities, and regulators need to think past the present day to ensure a level playing field,” he said.

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, called Twitter’s decision “another attempt by the left to silence Trump and conservatives” while Hillary Clinton called it “the right thing to do for democracy in America and all over the world” and the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deemed it “a good call”.

Daniel Kreiss, an associate professor of journalism and media at the University of North Carolina, argued that companies should focus on restricting the use of personal data in ad targeting rather than banning all political ads, which he said “favors incumbents and media appointed elites vis-a-vis challengers”.

J Nathan Matias, an assistant professor of communication at Cornell University, said that the ban could have a number of unintended consequences, including pushing campaigns to use more bots and “hybrid human-software coordination on Twitter”.

“It’s very hard to define ‘political’ things from non-political discourse,” he added. “If their policies are too loose or their enforcement too clumsy, Twitter could do real damage to public health, the uptake of government services and civic life.”

~ Grif

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Friday Funnies – Getting Old

The hassle of getting old. Not that I actually have  experience in any of these situations. Enjoy.

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SNAFU Royale: Why VA Healthcare Still Sucks

I have never been a fan of the VA healthcare system. But this is beyond the pale.

From “VA cuts off Van Nuys assisted living home that reported visit to veteran who had died,” Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2019

VA assisted living

Federal officials pulled veterans from a Van Nuys assisted living home after finding that the facility had reported a social worker visiting a veteran who had been dead for four days, according to a report released Thursday.

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also found serious medication errors at the California Villa home. A 100-year-old veteran with sepsis was denied prescribed antibiotics because they were “not covered by Medicare” and ended up hospitalized a second time, the report said.

Another veteran received a double dose of medication and a third was denied prescription drugs and charged $5 a meal because he preferred eating in his room rather than the cafeteria.

Authorities from Washington, D.C., blamed the VA’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for failing to investigate and address “serious residential care concerns” at the facility, but added that program administrators had not reported the problems to upper management.

The healthcare system had California Villa on an approved list, and helped place veterans there, but

The investigation was initiated by the U.S. Special Counsel based on whistleblower complaints.

“I am shocked that such lax oversight of facilities providing critical care for vulnerable veterans ever occurred,” Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner said in a letter Thursday to the White House. The investigation findings were also relayed to congressional oversight committees.

The California Department of Social Services had sought to revoke California Villa’s license after finding that the facility in 2017 had not addressed serious safety issues stemming from a resident’s repeated assaults on other residents, which resulted in at least one hospitalization, state records show.

The state agency also found that staff did not adequately clean feces from the furniture.

A new license for the facility was issued in March under the name California Green Tree Villa Ast Lvg & Memory Care. It is licensed for 200 residents.

Administrator Jacqueline Beltran said the facility changed hands Aug. 1, and added that she would relay questions to the new owners, who did not respond.

Kerner, in his letter, said VA investigators found California Villa facilities in “disrepair” and its medicine room disorganized.

The false report of the visit to a dead veteran stemmed from a misidentification by California Villa staff, investigators said.

The veteran was living on a locked ward for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or who were at risk of wandering. When a case worker arrived for a visit, California Villa staff directed her to the wrong resident, the investigation found. After the mix-up was discovered, an addendum was added to the veteran’s case notes saying, “Please delete, wrong veteran.”

Investigators said the confusion called into question whether other residents had received incorrect medication.

The VA investigators did not uphold a whistleblower complaint that a VA manager had improper relationships with patients.

Werner praised the whistleblowers for bringing the problems to light and said one of them hoped the VA would investigate further allegations of a bedbug infestation and other problems.

~ Grif

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ID’s? We don’t need no stinking IDs!

An American citizen who wants to board a commercial airplane must first show a government issued photo identification card to a federal agent, and then undergo a search that includes an X-ray and frequently a hand search of all carry-on items, taking off your shoes and belt, dumping EVERYHHING out of your pockets, and, finally, undergoing a full-body scan, with your hands over your head, by a machine that shows an image of EVERYTHING beneath your clothing as if you had walked through the scanner buck naked. It is the electronic equivalent of a full body strip search.

Oooooh baby!

But, there is one demographic that neither has to show an ID, nor or undergo a security check.

Yes, you guessed it.

Illegal aliens.

Since December 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has permitted illegal aliens released from custody to board domestic flights without having any of 15 forms of identification typically required for airline travel, the Washington Examiner reported exclusively on Thursday. The practice has been in place for at least six months and perhaps considerably longer, according to some sources.

A TSA spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that illegal aliens could fly without identification as long as they provided Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-862, the “Notice to Appear” form that is provided to immigrants who have applied for asylum, passed a credible fear assessment, and could wait up to five years for a federal judge to decide their case.

The form can serve as identification because it is only issued after a background check has been conducted on the applicant while in federal custody, the spokesperson noted.

The TSA’s website lists 15 forms of identification acceptable to travel, which are:

•Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
•U.S. passport
•U.S. passport card
•DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
•U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
•Permanent resident card
•Border crossing card
•DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
•Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
•HSPD-12 PIV card
•Foreign government-issued passport
•Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
•Transportation worker identification credential
•U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
•U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

However, form I-862 is not listed as an acceptable form of identification, and it isn’t provided until 180 days after approval of a credible fear claim.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official told the Washington Examiner that Form I-862’s sole purpose is to tell applicants when to appear in court, and it cannot authorize applicants to travel.

“TSA accepts identification documentation issued by other government agencies, which is validated through the issuing agency. All passengers are then subject to appropriate screening measures,” the TSA said in a statement to Washington Examiner.

But, Republican Rep. Steve King tweeted Wednesday, “Illegals enter the U.S. every day with no ID. Until recently, DHS didn’t even finger print those under 14 but has flown illegals of all ages to every state. No way they all have valid ID’s. If they fly commercial, TSA has to be waiving the valid ID requirement.”

Illegal aliens may have used Form I-862s as identification for travel since 2014.

In 2014, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council Shawn Moran told KFOX14 that border patrol agents had observed TSA agents accepting the I-862 form and allowing the illegals to fly wherever they pleased with no questions asked.

“These documents are easily reproduced on any type of copier or home computer, they have no photographs, so there’s really no way to verify that the person holding them is actually who they say they are,” Moran told KFOX14 at the time. “We’re just concerned that the commercial transportation system could be exploited by somebody claiming to be another person.”

~ Grif

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Felon farts marijuana after shooting himself in the testicles

Source: KPRC AM 950

From Fox News.com.com, May 24

A bungling felon from Washington state made a series of blunders when he shot himself in the testicles and tried to hide the weapon — all while storing drugs in his anus, a report said Wednesday.

Cameron Jeffrey Wilson, 27, was carrying a pistol in his front pocket while in his Cashmere, Wash., apartment on April 5 when the firearm accidentally discharged and pierced his groin and thigh, according to the Wenatchee World News.

Wilson, who is a 13-time convicted felon, told his girlfriend to dispose of the weapon before heading to the hospital, the paper said.

When the ex-con finally went to the hospital, a balloon of marijuana slipped out of his anus while a doctor was operating on the gunshot wound, court records show.

Cops also arrived at the hospital when alerted of the gunshot wound and searched Wilson’s car where they discovered a bag of meth in the blood-stained jeans he was wearing when he shot himself. The officers issued an arrest warrant for Wilson and he turned himself in to police on April 18.

As he was being processed at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, Wilson was strip-searched and another balloon of marijuana slipped from his anus, the paper said.

While in jail, Wilson made a number of calls to his girlfriend and asked her not to cooperate with investigators working on his case. Authorities were listening in on the calls.

The convicted felon was charged with possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, and four counts of tampering with a witness.

Wilson was being held on $110,000 bail and is due in court on June 18.

~ Grif

Pic of Wilson added by Dr. Eowyn

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