So simple, but so ignored.
So simple, but so ignored.
Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has planned a particularly economical meal for the roughly 7,500 to 10,000 inmates in his jail system this Thanksgiving.
The meal comes in at a cost of just 56 cents per inmate, and its main entrée will be 24-cent vegetarian turkey soy casserole. Arpaio tweeted the Thanksgiving menu Wednesday morning.
“Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal being served in the jails tomorrow," Arpaio's tweet said.
(Tweet from @RealSheriffJoe on Twitter)
Thanksgiving menu is all set! Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal being served in the jails tomorrow.
Now, I'm not sure that the cost of the meal is the issue. I'm not even going to address the vegetarian aspect of this slop. What I do take umbrage to is that Arpaio would actually have the audacity to boast that the inmates should give thanks for this cruel treatment.
These people are convicts for a reason. So they have to make restitution as the courts have seen fit. But ridicule and undernourishment aren't part of the deal.
We have an Eighth Amendment to the Constitution: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" which also appears in Article Five of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
Maybe someone should read this to the mad Sheriff:
Arpaio touts his accomplishments in providing inmates with “the cheapest meals in the U.S.” by feeding inmates “only twice daily, to cut the labor costs of meal delivery." Arpaio has “even stopped serving them salt and pepper” to save taxpayer money, according to the bio.
Twice a day? Normal is three. And no salt or pepper? Really, now, Joe? And what's with forcing vegetarianism on the entire population?
If the story ended there, it would be bad enough. But this is Mean Joe Arpaio -- the toughest sheriff in the west.
He also announced in March a plan to charge inmates $1 for their meals, according to ABC15. "Everybody else has to pay for their food, why should [inmates] get freebies?" Arpaio said.
He's going to charge a dollar for a meal that cost, by his own estimation, roughly half of that. And that's for a special holiday meal. The regular slop must cost even less. Who's taking home the profits... Sheriff Joe?
Okay, talk me down.
Seems like Congressmen all over the place are on a law breaking spree. A few days ago it was Florida Congressman Trey Radel. Now it's Hawaii's Paul Kersey. And if he isn't apprehended soon, we may need to call McGarrett and hear him say, "Book 'em, Dano, murder one."
A U.S. House of Representative member of Hawaii has become Charles Bronson's vigilante character Paul Kersey, from Death Wish. His name is Tom Brower and there should be an APB put out on him. He needs to be stopped, apprehended and arrested for criminal assault, stalking and destruction of private property. He's armed himself with a lethal weapon, a sledgehammer and he's targeting the homeless. This is not a joke. He's armed and dangerous.
He must be arrested immediately before he commits murder. You know those awful viral cellphone videos that some wilding teens make on their cellphones t hen post on the Internet? Those horrific attacks where they randomly attack, kick and beat some homeless person until they're unconscious? Well guess which member of Congress has been doing this? And he's been caught on tape! (See Below)
His mission is to attack homeless victims by threatening them wielding his deadly weapon. If they elude him, he destroys their possessions and the privately owned shopping carts that homeless use to transport their personal belongings. He's taking the law into his own hands. These shopping carts he's destroying are not his. They're privately owned or leased by individual stores. He has no right to do that. This deranged man justifies it as getting back at the homeless.
Getting back at them? For what?
This armed lunatic is causing innocent, homeless people to fear for their life as he stalks them and their belongings, leaving a wake of destruction of private property. These people may be homeless but they're not without rights. This congressman is taking justice into his own hands, the consummate definition of a vigilante. He's a criminal and he's picking on the weak and vulnerable. Does he think these people chose to be homeless? This isn't just a matter that this guy shouldn't be re-elected. It's a matter of the police doing their jobs and taking a dangerous criminal off the streets.
Disgust you enough? Watch him at work:
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.
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.
A few weeks back, my buddy Joe wanted to see a scary movie called THE CONJURING. Popular as it was, he couldn't find anyone who wanted to see it, so as a good friend, I agreed to go. We arrived at this strange theater we'd never been to before just moments from screen time . It was dark, the previews had started and surprisingly the theater was packed as we entered.
We had no idea of the adventure we were in for -- and I don't mean the movie.
I never had gone through anything like this since going to "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" at a midnight screening years ago on the Sunset Strip in LA. For that, the audience participated. They sang the songs, flicked on their lighters during certain spots and some of the audience got up and danced during a few of the numbers. It was interactive movie going.
But this was THE CONJURING. A far cry from cult classic film. Suddenly from all corners of the theater Joe and I heard the audience talking back to the movie. They were shouting out things like, "Don't go in there, Bitch!" "Run!" Get your ass out dere!" "Grab a knife, arm yourself, idiot!" "Nooo. Don't open that door, Fool!"
I'd never experienced this before. Unruly to say the least. Very distracting and not the way I wanted to watch a film. Strange neighborhood. Strange audience. Strange experience. But what I did find amusing is so many of these people had ideas of what others should do. They had preconceived notions of what they would do if the same things were happening to them, not to the characters in the film. It's so easy to judge when you're not in a situation.
Today I read an equally frightening story, but in HuffPo. This story really happened.
The New Haven, Conn. university investigated the December 2012 incident and suspended the perpetrator for a semester after finding him responsible for both "sexual harassment" and "sexual misconduct in the form of intimidation." But because the punishment was handed down the last week of classes before spring finals, and the university gave the student 72 hours to leave campus, his punishment amounted to a one-day suspension, said Winnie Wang, a rising junior who was the victim of the attack.
It seems to me this was nothing more than a slap on the wrist for such an awful crime. A hollow and weak punishment like this really does more harm than good. It sends a message that might very well deter other victims from coming forward. And who knows how their silence will propagate further attacks.
Stephanie Spangler, Yale's Title IX coordinator and deputy provost of student affairs, insisted the university is doing all it can to assist victims, noting the school uses "very broad definitions" of sexual misconduct to take as many complaints as possible.
On the surface that sounds fair. But I did say surface. What about in fact?
Spangler said if a victim is not satisfied with the punishment, they can appeal. Wang (the victim) said she did seek an appeal, but never got a response from the school.
Now here is where the opening of this post ties into the Yale incident. Shouting at the screen. Directing their attention, not to the accused, but to his victim--
During a hearing with the university committee that focuses on sexual violence, Wang said she was repeatedly asked why she didn't run away from her would-be assailant, who she said is far bigger than her. She broke down several times, she said.
That's like the shouting out to the movie, "Don't go in there, Bitch!" The problem isn't why this woman Ms. Wang didn't run, it's why this perpetrator attacked (he's no longer the accused but found guilty) in the first place. And then you have to examine why Yale thinks so lightly of it's student's safety that they'd give him such a light punishment for such a heinous crime.
The guilty dude's punishment is over in a day. Ms. Wang will carry this nightmare on for years. If a sexual attack is worthy of a hearing and a guilty finding, why isn't the punishment total expulsion?
Could it be that Yale has never had a situation like this before? Is this the first and they just used poor judgement in meting out their punishment? Hardly.
Yale changed its process for handling sexual assault complaints following a 2011federal investigation into the school's response to sexual assaults and sexual harassment on campus. The inquiry ended with a voluntary resolution in 2012, and Yale was fined by the Education Department for improperly reporting sex crimes.
I'm an Ivy Leaguer. I know what it takes to make it into a select school. And character is part of it. When that's breached, a slap on the wrist isn't enough.
The hearing adjudication group from Boola-Boola (Yale Whiffenpoofs) were not sounding like justices -- they were sounding like the unruly audience I witnessed at THE CONJURING At least I had the opportunity to ask for my money back. Ms. Wang can't be given her life back.
Public uproar is echoing all throughout Israel. Why?
This video is the cause. It shows two Israeli soldiers, joining in among a throng of Palestinians, dancing with them, not firing upon them. It's a peaceful gesture, not a warlike, confrontational one. Perhaps a bit more dancing and a lot less shooting would lead to something constructive in the way of peace in this long, war torn area.
What we have to ask is why being moved by mutual love of music is wrong, and a government-sanctioned, staged soccer game between Israelis and Palestinians is okay? Isn't using spontaneous rhythm better and than guns and grenades? How can peace be achieved if soldiers are relieved of duty and punished for furthering a peace "movement?"
According to HuffPo World reporting:
An Israeli military spokesman said today that it considered the incident on Monday as “serious”.
He added that “the soldiers exposed themselves to unnecessary danger and were disciplined accordingly”.
Reports said that those involved had been suspended from duty.
The television channel said that the club was frequented by members of a Palestinian clan known for its pro-Hamas tendencies. Hebron has been a flashpoint of violence between Jews and Palestinians for decades.
I'm married to an Israeli woman. So if anyone pays special attention to the war zone, it's a Sabra (native born Israeli) and his/her family.
Our household finds the dancing together a hopeful sign of peace when the region is so wrought with fear and tension. It's not like the official and staged for publicity Palestinian-Israeli talks the government are having are producing better results. Maybe less Knesset, less Bibbi Netenyahu and more good ol' friendly neighbor-to-neighbor negotiations might be in order. Play on Psy. Maybe you'll get more than a Grammy. Maybe the Nobel Peace Prize is in your future.
If you care about animals... If you care about your rights and justice... you're probably going to be sick over this story. Yet it's all true, hard as it is to believe.
Police climb through innocent family's window, shoot their 2 dogs - No warrant, no evidence --- REPORT: Two deputies are on administrative duty and many questions are still unanswered three days after Escambia County sheriff's deputies reportedly entered a Warrington couple's home without a search warrant and shot the couple's two dogs, mortally wounding one.
The deputies went into the home of Travis Nicholas, 22, and Cristina Moses, 32, Sunday night in search of a suspect in an armed disturbance that occurred earlier on the same street. Then all hell broke loose.
The next day, the Sheriff's Office refused to provide additional details on what led deputies to enter the couple's home through the window, cuff them, and shoot their two dogs, except to say that an investigation into the incident is pending.
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday that the agency is not investigating the case at this point. I'm starting to feel like this SNL Weekend Update with Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler and I'm having to ask, "Really?!"
A few days later, the Sheriff's Office, under great pressure to justify their actions, issued a release that deputies were in the area around 8:30 p.m. responding to an armed disturbance. A sheriff's office report said Wayde Morris, 22, got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend and her father, who live at another address on the street. 911 dispatch records show several calls made by neighbors around that time reporting a disturbance on the street and a man with a bat -- no report of any gun.
So just to make sure we have this correct, police are dispatched to investigate a domestic dispute out in the street, somehow find themselves inside the home at another address, and in fear for their lives, shoot two dogs.
Huh? This story stinks as much as the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev in Florida a few months back. Oh, did I say Florida? How coincidental that this incident also took place in Florida.
Just for the record, Nicholas denies making threats against his wife or even owning a gun.
Three days later, the police story changed because their first explanation had more holes in it than Bugsy Moran's men after the St.Valentine's Day Massacre.
The story then became, Deputies were responding to a reported domestic dispute at a different address than the one where the dog shooting took place. The cops checked the perimeter of the couple's home (still no explanation as to why) and supposedly found an upside-down bucket with a footprint on it beneath the opened window, according the report. The deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to get someone in the home to open the door, according to the amended report, so they went back to the open window and using the overturned bucket, just entered.
But the couple, who said they were sleeping in their bedroom with a closed door at the time, did not hear anything until their dogs began barking at the sound of the deputies who had entered through the unopened window.
Now if you have the fortitude, you can watch for yourself. But be warned, you're blood pressure is bound to skyrocket.
By the way, these cops are still being paid, just on desk duty for a while until this all blows over. There's Florida justice.
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