Policing Change?

The Baltimore Police Department does a damn poor job with female and transgender victims.Suspects are ignored, rape kits left dormant, victims are treated as criminals and transgendered people are treated like trash.

Their Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis, has promised “a sea change,” beginning with a “trusted captain” heading a new Sex Offense Unit.

At least, that’s the official story. But maybe the feds and the Commissioner are being too hard on the department.

Capt. Steven Hohman, the commander of the department’s Special Investigations Section, which contains the Sex Offense Unit, declined to respond to individual examples in the report. “I believe that much of the work was being done,” Captain Hohman said. “We just weren’t very good at documenting.”

In other words, the United States Department of Justice’s review of Baltimore City Police Department wasn’t necessary. Their report? A waste of time and taxpayers’ money. The Baltimore Police Department wasn’t continuing to keep a higher percentage of rapists on the street than other cities do. They weren’t coercing prostitutes or ignoring crimes against transgender individuals. No, the cops were just a little lax in their paperwork.

Captain Hohman is the captain in command of that “new unit”. And according to him, all Baltimore needs to improve is their paperwork.

I feel safer already.

Racism Has Grown Since 2008

Disappointing, but not surprising. 

Racism is alive and well–and it’s gotten worse. Explicit and implicit surveys showed 51% to 56% of Americans showed prejudice against blacks. The jump in explicit racism was 3%; implicit racism was seven percentage points higher than in 2008–nearly 2% growth per year. (Hispanics fared even worse, with 57% of Americans biased against them, but there are no previous survey results for the group.)

Implicit Racism

The same respondents were also administered a survey designed to measure implicit racism, in which a photo of a black, Hispanic or white male flashed on the screen before a neutral image of a Chinese character. The respondents were then asked to rate their feelings toward the Chinese character. Previous research has shown that people transfer their feelings about the photo onto the character, allowing researchers to measure racist feelings even if a respondent does not acknowledge them.

Explicit Racism

The explicit racism measures asked respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements about black and Hispanic people. In addition, the surveys asked how well respondents thought certain words, such as “friendly,” “hardworking,” “violent” and “lazy,” described blacks, whites and Hispanics.

The surveys used males for each race; no females were shown. I would like to see this test given to measure explicit and implicit sexism, although I dread the results, which I fear would be even higher. Sexism is not only alive and well, it’s a revered–even celebrated–conservative political stance.

The Way It Was | Mother Jones


The Way It Was | Mother Jones.

Everyone should read this article. Everyone. These pages are full of experience, history, and facts; this is the most illuminating article on illegal abortions I’ve ever read (and I’ve read several). It ends with this truth:

“The arguments [against] would … be irrelevant to the facts: From the moment I started looking for an abortion, not once did I even consider going through with the pregnancy. Not for one second. It simply was not going to happen. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going to stop me, and it could have cost me my life. And this is what I had in common with millions and millions of women throughout time and history. When a woman does not want to be pregnant, the drive to become unpregnant can turn into a force equal to the nature that wants her to stay pregnant. And then she will look for an abortion, whether it’s legal or illegal, clean or filthy, safe or riddled with danger. This is simply a fact, whatever our opinion of it. And whether we like it or not, humans, married and unmarried, will continue to have sex…and there will be pregnancies: wanted, unwanted, partly wanted, partly unwanted.

A society that does not accept the facts is a childish society, and a society that makes abortion illegal…is a … society that makes being female a crime.”

Gerri Santoro was a victim of the law. A graphic police photo of her dead body drew more people to the pro-choice movement.

When Texas chose to defund every Planned Parenthood clinic because of their name, it knew who would suffer. Continue reading

Soraya Chemaly: 10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts

Soraya Chemaly: 10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts.

Every nation does not consider a woman equal to a man, but we’re the only one that I know of where politicians refer to us as livestock.

This is not about freedom of religion. If it were, we would, for example, allow Christian Scientists to refuse to pay for coverage of life-saving blood transfusions for employees.

And what would the Christian evangelists think of that?

Racist Anti-Obama Sticker Makes Rounds On Facebook

Racist Anti-Obama Sticker Makes Rounds On Facebook.

Of course, no one who makes, sells, or purchases these items is a racist.

Not everyone who does not support President Obama is racist…but there are enough of them to support several cottage industries.

The Obama Birth Certificate Stupidity Never Ends

Foolishly, I thought the radicals had moved on, but I was wrong. Yet another blog is screaming about the Obama/Soetero issue. This is from the blog Citizen Wells. Specifically, it’s Citizen Wells reposting from Globe Magazine, paragon of journalistic virtue, which “Pays BIG BUCKS!”.

Citizen Wells and millions of concerned Americans

From Globe Magazine.

“Obama Birth Certificate Bombshell!

Investigative teams acting on orders of newly elected Congressmen are fanning out around the world to uncover the truth about President Barack Obama’s birthplace, political insiders tell GLOBE in a blockbuster world exclusive! Find out how Obama’s political enemies are leaving no stone unturned to expose his Hawaiian birth certificate as a fake and prove he was REALLY born in Kenya. It’s must reading for every American!” [Emphasis mine.]

I’m an American, and I can do without reading it. I can tell from the teaser what it is about, though. People who just got elected to serve their constituencies somehow have the money and clout to prove Barack Obama wasn’t born where his legal birth certificate OR the birth announcements say he was. And whoever told the magazine this just got a little more traveling money.

Still, the blog/article brings to mind a few of the more mind-boggling thoughts that this nonsense always brings up. Since you’re reading this any way, I’ll share.

  • The Obama/Soetero issue. Has anyone who thinks this IS an issue been part of, or close to, divorced parents or their children? Blended families? I have to think not. Examples: Continue reading

Joe Miller vs Freedom of the Press

Joe Miller, like his mentor, Sarah Palin, has a strange way of appreciating our first amendment rights. Like having his security firm surround, intimidate, and cuff an Alaskan blogger who wanted to–gasp!–ask him a question.

“It’s too bad that this blogger would take advantage of a ‘Town Hall’ meeting to create a publicity stunt just two weeks before the election.”

Drop Zone owner William Fulton was quoted by Alaska Dispatch saying that the Miller forum was a private event and that Hopfinger refused to leave. “It wasn’t a public place,” he said. [Emphasis added.]

I am confused. Was it a town hall meeting, or was it a private event? The town hall meetings America started with were public events, and questions–and answers–were expected. I know that type of thing is more suited to a democracy than a republic, but

McAdams, the mayor of Sitka, tweeted in a messagee to Miller: “in case you were unaware, the Constitution also applies to reporters.”

I really love that line. Continue reading