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Montana Rape Judge Does It Again

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You might not recognize this jurist's face, or even his name, but you will most surely remember why he made the news about three months back. Take a good look. Need a hint? The punishment he meted out for a rapist? Remember now?  The assailant was a teacher. The victim was his 14 year old student and after the attack, she killed herself.

Okay, final clue:

The judge sentenced the teacher to one month in jail, arguing that the girl shared responsibility for her rape because she appeared “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher.

Sure, now you got it. And he sentenced the rapist to what ended up being less than a month in jail.

Well, seems justice by this justice hasn't really become any saner since that debacle of jurisprudence. Judge Baugh recently heard a case of vandalism. Evidently shooting out windows with a BB gun is far more significant and heinous than rape.

Raw Story:

District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced 21-year-old Brandon Turell to 10 years in prison, with five of those years suspended, and ordered him to pay about $13,600 in restitution, reported the Billings Gazette.

What happens next though puts the frosting on the cake. The judge gives the vandalism perp 10 years, suspends five of them, and caps it with a large fine.  Then he lectures the convicted fast food service worker on how he should get a better (higher paying)  job so he can pay back the victims quickly.

Wait, how's he going to pay back the victims quickly if he's doing 5 years in jail? If he can suspend the rapist's sentence down to a month, and he's so concerned about the victims getting restitution, then why not let this man free to work to pay off the victims?

And it gets a cherry on top of the frosting on this delicious cake.

Burger King Whopper

The judge asked Turell, who bonded out of jail about 18 months ago, what he had done to pay back his victims, and Turell said he had been working at Burger King.

“Why can’t you get a real job?” Baugh asked.

Turell said he made $9.50 an hour working at the fast food restaurant, and Baugh again suggested he get a “real job” that paid better.

A real job? Is this judge serious? $9.50/hr is two bucks above minimum wage. If he doesn't think making that kind of money is real money, then what does that say about the minimum wage?

This jurist is totally out of whack with the real world. Justice in this judge's hands is a dangerous thing. Rapists go free. Rape victims are disposable (the girl victim is dead). But vandalism victims are sacrosanct.

Oh, and how stupid is it to order someone to pay for the damages they caused, then take away their only way to pay the victims back by jailing the criminal for 5 years? I don't know how much they pay prisoners in Montana, but I gotta believe they pay a lot less for punching out license plates than they do for serving a Whopper with fries at the King.

Pity the fools who live in Montana if this is their version of justice.

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Scott #Walker part of "criminal scheme;" prosecutor closing in on Chris #Christie

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When it rains it pours in GOP ScandalLand! Today's episode includes some ominous news for both criminal (allegedly) Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and everyone's favorite entertainer, criminal (allegedly) Gov. Chris "Who moi?" Christie of New Jersey.

Where to begin? All my salivating is distracting me, but not enough to prevent bringing you the latest.

Let's start with Scott "Who Needs a Recall When We Have a Legal Case?" Walker. Politico has the scoop:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker participated in a “criminal scheme” to coordinate fundraising for Republicans trying to beat back efforts to recall him and state senators from office, local prosecutors argue in court documents released Thursday.

Walker, his chief of staff and others were involved in the coordination effort with “a number of national groups and prominent figures,” including Karl Rove, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz alleged.

“[T]he evidence shows an extensive coordination scheme that pervaded nearly every aspect of the campaign activities during the historic 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Senate and Gubernatorial recall elections,” Schmitz wrote in a December motion, on behalf of five attorneys from some of the state’s most liberal counties, just now unsealed by an appellate court judge.

Ruh roh!

Scotty's in a neck-and-neck race for re-election, so this may very well complicate matters for him. And don't even get me started about his shrinking chances for a 2016 presidential run. Dems are ecstatic.

Moving on to Bridgegate and poor, put-upon Gov. "Heartbroken." This reporting comes via Esquire, where the sub-headline is "Indictments against four cronies are near certain, sources say. Only question is if David Samson, Christie's longtime crony, will flip."

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Two sources with intimate knowledge of the case say Fishman’s pace is quickening -- he has empaneled a second grand jury, and the U.S. Justice Department has sent assistant prosecutors and FBI agents to work the case. [...]

Fishman’s challenge is to nail down specific criminal charges on several fronts -- the diversion of Port Authority money to fund New Jersey road and bridge projects; the four-day rush-hour closures of George Washington Bridge lanes in Ft. Lee; and a web of real-estate deals spun by David Samson, long a Christie crony, when he chaired the PA’s Board of Commissioners as Christie’s appointee. [...]

The question that truly matters is whether Fishman’s pursuit leads to the governor himself. Christie’s Port appointees -- not only Samson, but former PA Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and his oddball sidekick David Wildstein -- all face near-certain indictment and are being pressed to hand up Christie, as is the governor’s former chief counsel, Charlie McKenna... Fishman has cut no deals with anyone so far, and the looming indictments have encouraged Christie’s PA appointees to sing.

On source said that Samson "is toast." "They’ve got him cold... He got sloppy, arrogant, and greedy. Samson will want a deal."

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Both articles are must-reads, and they're relatively short, so have at it.

What was that again about 2016? Methinks we may have a twofer here. With any luck, we can show both lying, arrogant, slimeball Republican governors the door.

buh bye by Kelly Kincaid

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Will FBI's Win Streak Stop At 150-0 Or Does Their Cheating Continue?

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"Nobody is supposed to be above the law in this country," says Rachel Maddow. "Even the FBI." That sounds pretty solid in my book. Yet a few months ago the New York Times reported about 150 FBI shooting incidents which the Bureau internally reviewed and found that all 150 incidents were wholly justified. None were found to be accidental, negligent or criminal. None. 150 cases heard and all 150 determined to be "good" shootings.

That's amazing. A perfect record. In professional football if you go 16-0 you go down in the record books. In the modern NFL football era, it's only happened twice, and they only have 16 regular season games. In baseball it's never happened. Not in the NBA either. Or Hockey. Add basketball to the list of an elusive perfect seasons. When you play more than a handful of games, perfection is just not something that happens. Not even once.

So how is it the FBI has a perfect 150-0 record? Watch Rachel Maddow discuss this below. And what's even more interesting than the perfect record itself is the secrecy and conspiracy necessary to make this happen. Arresting innocent people so their visas expire allowing the government to expel witnesses to FBI shootings from our shores to keep them quiet. Taking innocent people and unarmed people and blowing them away or deporting them to Russia where they disappear, just so they can't testify against the FBI. If you think this is another installment of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne adventures, it's not -- so far. But Hollywood can't be very far behind with a film treatment of this expose. They may start with the Boston Magazine story which comes out in a few days: The Murders Before The Marathon.

If you can't wait to read it or rather watch it revealed by none other than Massachusetts resident, Rachel Maddow, here you go.

WARNING: But be prepared for some graphic, disturbing images... and some moral outrage.

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Gulf Justice?

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A bird covered in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill struggles to climb on to a boom in Barataria Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: theguardian.com

A bird covered in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill struggles to climb on to a boom in Barataria Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: theguardian.com

Well, maybe there will be some justice for this poor bird and all the other people damaged by flat-out negligence from BP.  Take a look at this story:

From Daily Kos:

The U.S. Department of Justice claims Robert Kaluza's and Donald Vidrine's negligence caused the 11 rig worker deaths in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The 23 count indictment accuses them of mishandling a crucial safety test and failing to report abnormally high pressure readings that attorneys say were signs of an impending disaster.

Here's the original story:

Now I'd like to know why it took so long.  I certainly hope these people get locked away for a long, long time but they'll probably just get tax-deductible fines.

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Ann Coulter: A Bigot For All Reasons

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Well, there's something about an equal opportunity offender. They're crazy whenever they speak.

Her latest rage focuses on, what else, Obamacare. In her recent column To Speak To A Nigerian Prince About Your Health Care, Press 1 she attacks the Obama administration for allowing the federal government to hire health care “navigators” without requiring them to pass a criminal background check. These navigators are charged with taking down applicants’ personal information when they apply for health care.

I'm sure every recently released convict is flocking to get a gig on Healthcare.gov. Yeah, I see a huge risk here. Just think of all of the personal identity theft that must be getting planned. And by whom? Why the people with foreign sounding surnames who have been involved in healthcare scams before. She's done her homework. She's singled a few out a few key examples:

Mehran Javidan, owner of Acure, a home health care company in Oak Park, Mich., was paid more than $2.2 million from Medicare based on fraudulent physical therapy files he submitted between December 2008 and November 2010.

Eliza Lozano Lumbreras, San Juanita Gallegos Lozano, Manuel Anthony Puig and Romelia Puig used their operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic to submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, stealing approximately half a million dollars from the taxpayers between 2001 and 2006.

Karen Kallen-Zury, Daisy Miller and Christian Coloma were convicted for receiving approximately $40 million from Medicare for patients not eligible for psychiatric treatment because they were not severely mentally ill.

Jose Rojo, Antonio Macli, Jorge Macli and Sandra Huarte in Miami paid patient recruiters to refer ineligible Medicare beneficiaries to their clinic for services that were never provided. They were paid more than $11 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Godwin Umotong, Leslie Omagbemi, Munda Massaquoi, Comfort Gates, Ovsanna Agopian and Boghos Babadjanian were convicted of fraudulently billing Medicare of millions of dollars for office visits and diagnostic tests that were never performed, more than $1.3 million of which Medicare paid.

The problem is, none of those people are working as healthcare navigators. And none of their crimes had anything to do with identity theft. Hmm. Whatcha say to that, Annie?

She paints with a broad brush -- of ignorance. She ignores surnames don't change over the years that people have been legally here. So you may be a fourth generation American Gonzalez or Chan, but  to Sweet Annie, if you've got a foreign sounding last name, you're not one of us. (whoever us is)

Here's a few things that the Xenophobic Miss Coulter has missed while spewing her brand of hate.

Crime rates are lower among immigrants than the native born, according to a study cited by Pew last month.

A.C.  has continually raised alarms about the possibility of reform including a pathway to citizenship, saying it would create a primarily Latino underclass of welfare recipients that deplete government resources. In fact, Latinos use less than their fair share of government benefits according to a study released last year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there were about 11.1 million undocumented immigrants in the country as of 2011, not the 20 million that Coulter claims.

Miss Annie says Latinos are lazy. But in fact, the Hispanic community is highly entrepreneurial. Latinos opened twice as many businesses as the national average in the 2000s, according to U.S. Census data cited by Businessweek.

"Undocumented workers are here to collect public assistance and government benefits." Well, if she took the time to look she'd know that The vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not legally eligible for most government assistance.

Then there's Blondie's argument that Hispanics are becoming poorer over time. Really? That's based on what? Here's the facts, Ma'am: Each generation of Latinos tends to do better economically than the generation that preceded it, according a 2011 study by the Migration Policy Institute.

Finally, not really, but this post is getting long with all of the lies Coulter has been spreading-- Latinos are more dependent on government benefits than Whites. Truth: Hispanics use less than their fair share of government benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Latinos make up 16 percent of the population, but receive 12 percent of benefits. Non-Hispanics whites, by contrast, account for 64 percent of the population, but receive 69 percent of entitlement benefits.

I guess this bigot who roared can't handle the truth. Then where would she be? Maybe among the 64 percent of the white population who are receiving government benefits.

I got it-- she could become a healthcare navigator -- that is if she has a clean record.

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A GOP God By Any Other Name

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Ronald Reagan is considered a God by the Republicans. They don’t have a more revered man in their history than the Gipper, or perhaps Lincoln – but today he wouldn't pass the Tea Party sniff test.

Ronnie is their man. Hold yourself up to him if you want to be a leader of the GOP. But don’t trust me with this, trust the entire Jackass party.  Take former house foreign relations chairperson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R- Fl). She’s making the rounds, with multiple visits to that bastion of Republicanocity – Fox TV News.

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She, like so many others, rally the GOP and Tea Party troops with reverential recalling of the glory days of the Gipper and friends.

Not surprisingly, Lawrence O’Donnell raised more than an eyebrow at the congresswoman’s Obama attacks by saying our current president doesn't stack up to the stellar record of our 40th president.

Let’s see, Arms for Hostages. Iran-Contra. Eleven tax raises. Jailing the mentally ill. And now we find out Reagan sold chemical agents to Iraq which allowed them to gas their own people.

It’s just too easy to ask, “What is wrong with these Reaganites?” Well, Larry O lays it out pretty well. Maybe this should be the the GOP’s official party film at their 2016 national convention. Take a look at what Republicans find a hero:

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50 Murders In The White House

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The White House in question is on the segregated campus of the Dozier School for boys, a reform school in Marianna, Florida. The building was described by one of the former attendees as a torture chamber. Kids were punished there and never returned.

Recently, according to The Raw Story,

...more than 50 bodies were discovered, some in unmarked graves, next to a garbage dump on the side of campus where the African-American students were housed.

When the University of Florida petitioned the state to exhume the bodies and investigate the cause of death and try to identify the victims, they were refused permission by the Florida Secretary of State. After extensive appeals to a reluctant Governor Rick Scott, enough pressure was brought about. He finally succumbed to the protestations of a group of the school's former attendees, who banded together seeking justice. They operate under the name, The White House Boys.

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Head anthropologist Erin Kimmerle told CNN, “These are children who came here and died, for one reason or another, and have just been lost in the woods.” She is hoping to be able to match the DNA of some of the recovered remains to families who have been waiting for answers, and to determine some of the causes of the deaths of the bodies she finds. “When there’s no knowledge and no information, then people will speculate and rumors will persist or questions remain,” she added.

This tragic action by the state went unchecked for so many years. It's about time light was shed on this travesty. It's time the remains are returned to the families, even it it's fifty years late.

Police most recently told Al Jazeera news that there was no way to sustain a criminal investigation since all but one of the school’s former employees was dead and the remaining employee would be unable to testify.

Below is a touching Al Jazeera video report of the excavation that is going on right now. It's a chapter of Florida history that at this time, while we're remembering Dr. Martin Luther King's speech of fifty years ago, is most appropriate. We have come a long way when light is shed on injustices of the past. And there's so much farther to go. It makes you wonder what other secrets we're covering up, even today.

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