Tuesday October 2nd, 2012
|Remembering the Murder of Donald Scott
posted 10/02/2012, 10:55 AM (William Norman Grigg)|
“Don’t shoot me! Don’t kill me!” screamed a terrified Frances Scott as heavily armed men broke down the door of her home near Malibu, California shortly after midnight.
Donald Scott, the 61-year-old homeowner, was startled awake by his wife’s screams. Although he was groggy from sleep and the effects of a “nightcap,” and his vision was blurry because of recent cataract surgery, Scott grabbed a loaded revolver and hurried downstairs to defend his wife. A few seconds later he was dead, fatally shot by an intruder later identified as Gary Spencer.
The murder of Donald Scott, which took place twenty years ago today, occurred in Ventura County, which – according to the proud boast of District Attorney Michael Bradbury – was “the safest metropolitan area west of Ohio.” Bradbury was a famously aggressive prosecutor who disdained plea bargains and extolled the merits of capital punishment to anybody who was willing to listen.
“I don’t think there is a better job in California than the one I’ve got,” mused Bradbury about a year before Scott was murdered by the gang that invaded his home. “I love to see that big old prison bus pull up, and just fill it up and send dangerous people off to prison.”
At the time he spoke those words, Bradbury was in the second year of what would be a four-year struggle to prosecute Diane Mannes, a woman who accidentally killed three teenagers in a drunk-driving incident, for second-degree murder. Disdainfully rejecting Mannes’s offer to plead guilty to manslaughter, Bradbury spent years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in a devoted effort to prosecute Mannes for m... (more)
|TSA hired priest accused of molesting girls to do pat downs
posted 10/02/2012, 10:55 AM (The Raw Story)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) didn’t bother to do a background check on a priest who had been defrocked for molesting girls before they gave him a job, which included doing pat downs on children at Philadelphia International Airport.
The Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday reported that the agency confirmed that 65-year-old Thomas Harkins had been forced out of the priesthood over allegations that he had sexually abused two grade-school girls.
|The Wretched Nationalization of School Lunch
posted 10/02/2012, 10:53 AM (Anthony Gregory)|
Don’t you love how all political debates seem to center around two false alternatives? The Obama administration’s school lunch guidelines, codified in a 2010 law and spearheaded by the First Lady, have prompted many students, teachers, parents, and conservative opponents of the regime to protest the smaller portions. Kids complain that they are hungry after eating the low-calorie meals. In response, liberals point to high levels of American obesity and say that under the status quo ante children... (more)
|American Paradise Lost
posted 10/02/2012, 10:53 AM (Jack D. Douglas)|
I'm 75 years old now and can identify completely with an old man watching in despair as his once great nation crumbles down around him. It's happening faster and faster to us every day. The diaries of people in nations like Nazi Germany are the precedents for those of us writing for private audiences about the awful truths about America today.
I was born in Paradise and have lived through a very long, slow motion Paradise Lost and the birth of Dystopian America. <... (more)
|The Politics of Fear in America: A Nation at War with Itself
posted 10/02/2012, 10:51 AM (John W. Whitehead)|
“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” – John Adams
Turn on the TV or flip open the newspaper on any given day, and you will find yourself accosted by reports of government corruption, corporate malfeasance, militarized police and marauding SWAT teams. America is entering a new phase, one in which children are arrested in schools, military veterans are forcibly detained by government agents because of the content of their Facebook posts, and law-abiding Americans are being... (more)
|Chicago cop held on $100,000 bail, accused of having sex with prisoner
posted 10/02/2012, 10:51 AM (Chicago Sun-Times)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A veteran Chicago cop promised a male prostitute an early release from jail in exchange for sex, prosecutors said Friday.
Nelson Stewart, a 59-year-old lockup keeper, was ordered held on $100,000 bail on charges of custodial sexual misconduct, bribery and official misconduct.
The victim was a 30-year-old man arrested June 6 in the 4500 block of West Monroe after he flagged down an undercover cop and offered to perform sex for $20, officials said. The man was taken t... (more)
|Remembering 100 Years of Conquered Rule
posted 10/02/2012, 10:51 AM (Ron Holland)|
"A people should know when they are conquered." Maximus responds, "Would you, would I?" – From the movie, Gladiator
One hundred years ago the American republic was overthrown and captured by financial elites and money power during the Taft and Wilson administrations, the first Republican and the second Democrat. Both the Federal R... (more)
|MA Drug Lab Scandal Gets Special Court Sessions
posted 10/02/2012, 10:48 AM (StoptheDrugWar.org)|
Court administrators in Massachusetts are scrambling to set up special court sessions to address the cases of more than a thousand people imprisoned after being convicted of drug crimes based on lab evidence submitted by Annie Dookhan, the now disgraced former state crime lab analyst. Dookhan herself was arrested last Friday for her fraudulent work at the lab, as the scandal continues to reverberate across the state's criminal justice system.
According to State Police reports obt... (more)
|3-D printed gun project derailed by legal woes
posted 10/02/2012, 10:41 AM (NBCNews.com)|
After raising thousands of dollars to develop a free, 3-D-printable handgun, a group calling itself Defense Distributed has had to put its plans on hold, after the company providing their printing hardware refused to do business with them. It's an early episode in what is likely to be a long controversy.
|Gov. Jerry Brown bans gay-to-straight therapy for minors
posted 10/02/2012, 10:41 AM (Los Angeles Times)|
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting a form of therapy aimed at changing a minor’s sexual orientation from gay to straight, the first law of its kind in the nation, officials said Sunday.
Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) introduced the measure based on his belief that so-called conversion therapy isn't based on science and is dangerous.
“This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,'' Brown said in a stat... (more)
|PRQ Police Raid Takes Down Dozens of File-Sharing Sites
posted 10/02/2012, 10:41 AM (TorrentFreak)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Police have raided the Swedish hosting company PRQ today, possibly looking for servers connected to copyright infringement. PRQ was founded by Pirate Bay co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij and is known to host or route many file-sharing sites. The target of the raid has not been confirmed by the authorities, but The Pirate Bay team informs TorrentFreak that they are no longer using PRQ’s services.
A raid against Swedish ho... (more)
|Pirate Bay Founder Remains Locked Up Without Charges
posted 10/02/2012, 10:40 AM (TorrentFreak)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Gottfrid Svartholm will be kept in detention for at least two more weeks on suspicion of hacking into a Swedish IT company connected to the country’s tax authorities. According to Prosecutor Henry Olin the extended detention is needed “to prevent him from having contact with other people.” The Pirate Bay co-founder is not allowed to have visitors and is even being denied access to newspapers and television.
Following his 11/21