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.

B-37 Claims She Didn’t Know How Much People Cared About Zimmerman Verdict

Juror’s long-planned book plans fall through

Juror B-37 has lost her publisher. A juror in the Zimmerman trial, she states she planned from the beginning to write a book. Her ex-publisher says that B-37 contacted her within 24 hours of the verdict.

She planned to write a book before the trial even began.

She contacted the publisher on a Sunday afternoon.

She appeared on Anderson Cooper on Monday night. (Anderson, I’m disappointed in you. I know it’s your job, but still…)

Now–it’s Tuesday–juror B-37 claims she’s withdrawn her plans because she didn’t know how much the public cared about the George Zimmerman trial or the verdict that exonerated him from any responsibility in the shooting/killing of Trayvon Martin. If she didn’t know how much people cared, she wouldn’t be writing a book. She wouldn’t have contacted the publisher within 24 hours.

B-37 wanted to get in first, because she evidently believes the five other jurors are also chomping at the bit to earn money and fame from the murder trial of a 17-year-old boy.

How can anyone believe she didn’t know what kind of uproar there was over this case?

B-37 “didn’t know”. Bullshit. She had plenty of time to find out how much attention people were paying, how much press the verdict was getting, and to decide to ask for her book deal ASAP. 37 didn’t call this publisher first, though–she was “recommended” by a “high-ranking producer of one of the morning shows”.

As an added bonus, and to get ever more press and hurt even more people (to get even more press), she let the public know (via Anderson Cooper) that George is “a man whose heart was in the right place”.

His heart was in the right place when he killed a 17-year-old boy. His heart was in “the right place” when he followed him, late at night, through the streets. While I’m not certain how that applies to the verdict, which isn’t about the location of his heart, I see “publicity” written all over it. Maybe a guilty verdict wouldn’t have garnered as much media attention, since there wouldn’t be the same level of anger or disbelief, and Zimmerman would be behind bars. That’s not such a good place for your main character to be, publicity-wise–you need him front and center.

She’s done a great job, however, of making a bad situation even worse. It was vicious when OJ wanted to write a book called “If I Did It” (same publisher, by the way), years after he “did it” (yes, my opinion). But for a juror to plan her book before a murder trial even began? Is there any way she didn’t have a plot line in mind through the whole damn thing? No.

The juror was planning to write it with the help of her attorney husband.

The publisher has withdrawn her offer. She never should have made it.


Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over – CNN.com

Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over – CNN.com.

This is wrong.

“… in the vast majority of states — 31 — men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy.

This is so wrong.

“When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.”

This is so very wrong.

Texas Federal Judge Demagogued By Gingrich Fights Back — ‘You Should Be Ashamed’

Texas federal Judge Fred Biery is a key villain in GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s narrative about why federal judges are out of control and must be intimidated into submission. Gingrich routinely cites a previous decision by Biery holding that the Constitution does not permit a public school district to sponsor a student-led prayer at […]

via Texas Federal Judge Demagogued By Gingrich Fights Back — ‘You Should Be Ashamed’.

Gabrielle Giffords: Dem Congresswoman Shot In Arizona

You’ll read four people’s words here, and three of them are serious. It’s the first one who gives me hope, and the last one who pulls most of it away. Not all of it, though. I still hope, and I’ll share some hope with you. Let’s be hopeful that we’ve reached a turning point in hate-politics, and work on turning that corner.

My thoughts are with all of the victims in this horrible situation.

Emphasis mine. 

The sheriff blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it centered in Arizona.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

Giffords expressed similar concern, even before the shooting. In an interview after her office was vandalized, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives, including Sarah Palin’s decision to list Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections.

“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

In the hours after the shooting, Palin issued a statement in which she expressed her “sincere condolences” to the family of Giffords and the other victims. [NOTE from ccDiane: Sarah Palin endorsed Jesse Kelly, who we hear from next.]

During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event.

“I don’t see the connection,” between the fundraisers featuring weapons and Saturday’s shooting, said John Ellinwood, Kelly’s spokesman. “I don’t know this person, we cannot find any records that he was associated with the campaign in any way. I just don’t see the connection.

Stupidity is NOT  an American value. Hate is NOT an American value. None of the people who want to be our Founding Father would have liked the job. Other than Washington, who was in the military, they were a  bunch of eggheads and peaceniks. They’d have enjoyed meeting Barack Obama. And they wouldn’t have killed him.

Gabrielle Giffords Shot: Congresswoman Shot In Arizona (LIVE UPDATES)

Nigeria Drops Bribery Charges Against Cheney: Halliburton pays $250M Bribe

Nigeria’s government has reportedly dropped bribery charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton, the energy firm he once headed, after the company agreed to pay a hefty settlement.

“Hefty settlement”, huh? [cough, cough] Bribe!

…the country’s government accepted a $250 million offer by Halliburton — an offer made within days of Nigeria filing a lawsuit against Cheney and Halliburton ….

“$250 million offer”?  [cough, cough] Bribe!

The charges stem from a case involving as much as $180 million allegedly paid in bribes to Nigerian officials.

Ante up, boys! That’s $180 million, plus an extra $70 million for the people who didn’t get theirs.

Bribery is alive and well, heart surgery and all.

Nigeria Drops Bribery Charges Against Cheney, Halliburton After $250M Deal Struck – FoxNews.com

Rand supporter Tim Profitt stomps on woman’s head, wants an apology

Tim Profitt, who was campaign coordinator in Kentucky’s Bourbon county, has been denounced by Buddha Paul after he–Profitt, not Paul–stomped on a young woman’s head while someone else held her down. (She frightened them.)

Profitt has done some deep thinking about his actions, and has come to this conclusion:

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Profitt said.

The police will be determining, in their own way, how big of a deal it was. It seems unlikely Profitt will get his apology, however.

According to the comments section of The Daily Caller, 99.9% of the time it is okay for a man to snatch off a left-wing woman’s wig, tackle her to the pavement, pin her down, and shout at her. However, it is only acceptable for another man to stomp on the left-wing woman’s head 75% of the time. And there is a slim chance that “leftards”–their words, not mine–did their own stomping.

The stomp was odd looking to say the least.

*(No real numbers were harmed in the making of the above paragraph. All numbers belong to me, except in so much that they also belong to you, and everyone else you think deserves to have numbers.)

UPDATED: 27 October 2012

Profitt was not given an apology, but he was given charges for his actions.