March 01, 2015

Day 60






CALL FOR EFFECTIVE PROTECTION AFTER ANOTHER BLOGGER HACKED TO DEATH

As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
February 27, 2015


After men with machetes killed writer and blogger Avijit Roy, founder of mukto-mona.com ((« free thinking ») and seriously injured his wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, on a Dhaka street yesterday, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to take unprecedented measures to protect bloggers and combat impunity for those who attack them

Roy, who had US and Bangladeshi dual citizenship and normally resided in the United States, had just left a book fair near the University of Dhaka with his wife when they were attacked.

After dealing Roy a mortal blow to the head and severing one his wife’s fingers, the attackers dropped their machetes and fled. Roy was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where he was pronounced dead on the operating table.

The Islamist militant group Ansar al Islam claimed responsibility for Roy’s murder in a series of messages on its Twitter account, Ansar Bangla 7. One of the tweets said: “The target was an American citizen.. 2 in 1. #America recently martyred 2 of our brothers in #Khurasan & #Shaam. #Revenge+#Punishment.”

We are shocked by this act of barbarity and offer our condolences to his wife and his family,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.

“The measures so far taken have not led to the arrest and trial of the perpetrators and instigators of crimes of violence against journalists and bloggers. The police and judicial authorities need to focus on the right target. It is unacceptable for them to spend so much time searching news outlets, arresting journalists, censoring news and investigating bloggers, when the many attacks on bloggers are still unpunished.”

Nineteen bloggers were openly threatened on Islamist websites and in street demonstrations in February 2013, while several former leaders of Jaamat-E-Islami and other Islamist parties were on trial. The militants accused the bloggers of blasphemy and demanded their execution.

The authorities responded to the threats by arresting bloggers and closing sites. The blogger Asif Mohiuddin was interrogated by the Dhaka police detective branch on 23 March 2013, two days after the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked access to his blog (http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog...). Bloggers on Islamist hit-list

The author of such books as “Biswaser Virus” (Virus of Faith) and “Sunyo theke Mahabiswa” (From Vacuum to the Great World), Roy had often been the target of vitriolic criticism from Islamist groups, which had repeatedly threatened to kill him in connection with this writing.

Roy’s murder recalls that of Rajib Haider, a blogger who was hacked to death near his home in the Dhaka neighbourhood of Palashnagar on 15 February 2013.





In a Facebook entry on 15 November, Ansar al Islam claimed responsibility for three murders, including Haider’s and posted a list of future victims, which included Mohiuddin.

According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the blogger Subrata Audhikary Shuvo could the next target of the radical Islamists, who sentenced him to death after he was arrested under the blasphemy law in May 2013 and have been threatening him ever since.

Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

February 28, 2015

Day 59






Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnapping'

Protester Vic Suter was shackled to a bench and denied access to a lawyer

Suter claims officer told her: ‘You’re going to get a tour of hell inside Homan’

by Spencer Ackerman

As originally posted: The Guardian
February 26, 2015


A woman who says she was shackled to a bench within Chicago’s secretive interrogation facility for 18 hours before being permitted access to a lawyer described the ordeal as being “held hostage’’ in the police compound that has been likened to a CIA black site.

Vic Suter, a protester arrested before the 2012 Nato summit in Chicago, has told the Guardian about her experience of being detained inside Homan Square, a warehouse where multiple detainees allege they have been unable to contact legal counsel. Suter described a situation in which she was neither booked nor permitted a phone call – in defiance both of Chicago police procedures and a statement by police on Tuesday attempting to deny the Guardian’s reporting.

Suter’s account echoes that of Brian Jacob Church, whose story of extended detention without public notification and delayed legal access was featured in a Guardian’s exposé on Tuesday.

At the nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side, lawyers and arrestees say police detain suspects and witnesses for hours without booking or otherwise posting public notifications of their whereabouts, preventing their relatives and attorneys from knowing where they are.

Suter, whose recollection was backed up by her former lawyer Lillian McCartin, said she was shackled by her right wrist to a bar behind a bench in Homan Square for approximately 18 hours before she was permitted access to her attorney.

“The stark difference between Homan and a county jail or a precinct that has holding cells or any other concept of a common jail that most Americans have is that you have no rights at Homan,” Suter said.

“You are just kind of held hostage. The inability to see a lawyer is a drastic departure from what we consider our constitutional rights. Not being able to have that phone call, the lack of booking, makes it so that when you’re there, you understand that no one knows where you are.”

Arrested alongside Church on 16 May, 2012, Suter found herself taken to the same warehouse, only kept by herself in a different cell.

“You’re going to get a tour of hell in Homan,” she said the police officer who drove her to the warehouse told her.





Granted two breaks for the bathroom during 18 hours of shackling to the bench, Suter said she was interrogated in a good-cop-bad-cop fashion. The first officer, she said, barked basic questions about what she was doing in Chicago; the second brought her a burger from McDonald’s, which she didn’t eat. Suter was more concerned about the ankle cuffs that occasionally tightened when she moved in certain positions, cutting off her circulation.

After what she estimated to be 18 hours, Suter finally saw her lawyer, McCartin, speaking to her through a metal chain-link fence of the sort described by Church, other attorneys and former police superintendent Richard Brzeczek.

But it would be another two to three hours, Suter and McCartin estimated, before she was driven by police to an actual precinct, booked and permitted to call her mother. After a night in a holding cell, Suter was told she was free to go.

“Not being able to communicate outwardly by making a phone call or talking to a lawyer, and not being booked in so that someone can find you, you’re a hostage. It’s kidnapping.”





After the Guardian published its investigation on Tuesday, the Chicago police emailed a statement – the department’s only comment to the Guardian since it began publishing investigations into Chicago police abuse last week. The statement, without getting into details, cited the presence of undercover units as necessitating secrecy around Homan Square.

“CPD [the Chicago police department] abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility. If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them,” the statement read.

“It also houses CPD’s Evidence Recovered Property Section, where the public is able to claim inventoried property,” the statement said, something numerous attorneys and one Homan Square arrestee have denied.

“There are always records of anyone who is arrested by CPD, and this is not any different at Homan Square,” the statement continued.

Ahead of the same Nato protests, Church was held and questioned at Homan Square in 2012 following a police raid. Officers restrained him for the better part of a day, he told the Guardian, denying Church access to an attorney, before sending him to a nearby police station to be booked and charged.

Church said officers cuffed him to a bench for an estimated 17 hours, intermittently interrogating him without reading his Miranda rights to remain silent. After a lengthy and frantic search by his attorneys, Church said it took another three hours before he was finally charged with terrorism-related offenses at the nearby 11th district station, where he was made to sign papers, fingerprinted and photographed.

“Homan Square is definitely an unusual place,” Church told the Guardian in an interview on Friday. “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”

While multiple Chicago attorneys described their clients being beaten and “disappeared” inside Homan Square without a record, Church was the only person who had been detained at the facility who agreed to talk with the media until Wednesday.

Witnesses, suspects or other Chicagoans who end up inside Homan Square do not appear to have a public, searchable record entered into a database indicating where they are, as happens when someone is booked at a precinct. Lawyers and relatives insist there is no way of finding their whereabouts. Those lawyers who have attempted to gain access to Homan Square are most often turned away, even as their clients remain in custody inside.

February 26, 2015

Day 57






Missouri man used snacks to lure kindergarten girl into his hotel room and strangle her: cops

by Jason Silverstein

As originally posted on: NYDailyNews.com
February 23, 2015


A Missouri man, fresh out of jail for a burglary case, allegedly used snacks to lure a 6-year-old girl into his motel room and strangle her.

John Roberts, 55, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of kindergartener Jasmine Miller, the Branson Police Department said.

Roberts had a room at the Windsor Inn in Branson as an extended stay by himself. Police found Miller’s body under his bed Saturday evening while searching the area after receiving a missing child report. Police believe Roberts acted alone but has not given any motive or said if the two knew each other.

Miller disappeared earlier on Saturday and about 100 people looked for her before police made the grisly discovery in Roberts’ room, KY3 reported.

Miller and her family were also staying at the motel as a “temporary living arrangement,” Taney County Prosecutor Jeffrey Merrell said.

Roberts got out of jail earlier this month after posting $171 bail for second-degree burglary. In that case, he allegedly broke into an apartment and stole $70. His bond was originally set at $15,000 but prosectors negotiated a much smaller amount so he could reimburse the victim.

The victim faxed a request to prosecutors that Roberts not be released on bail, but the fax was never received, KY3 reported.

Miller was enrolled in Cedar Ridge Primary School in Branson and had only attended five days of school, principal Shelly Worley told the Springfield News-Leader.

“In that short time, she was described as a beautiful, loving and kind-hearted girl,” Worley said.





A neighbor at the motel, Kristan Patterson, told KSPR that Roberts was a “kind man who liked to laugh.”





“I can't believe he would do something like that. I would have never imagined him to have that kind of a thought in his head to do something like that,” she said.

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February 25, 2015

Day 56






Statism is all about inconsistency

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted on: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
May 27, 2014


All forms of statism are based on granting exceptions to some people at some times. They are not consistent.

Murder is wrong...unless you are a cop and can claim you just wanted to make it home at the end of your shift. So, statists grant the murderous cop an exemption while he's "on duty". His victim "deserved" it, you know.

Theft is wrong...unless you call it "taxation" and let some people take what isn't theirs while in the performance of their "job". How else can government afford to keep running (and ruining) our lives?





Kicking in someone's door while they sleep is wrong... unless you are an enforcer looking for scary little plants or chemicals. Or guns. Then, as long as you are doing the home invasion "on the job", you get an exemption for doing wrong- oh, you can't call it "wrong" either. And if the residents of the house manage to blow your worthless brains right back out the door, they get kidnapped and called murderers. So, even the defenders in this case get an exemption, but it's a bad one. They are told they are exempted from Natural Law and that they have no right to defend themselves from aggressors.

Statism is based on illegitimate exemptions, granted- or forced upon- some people in some circumstances. Consistency is statism's silver bullet- something it just can't abide.

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February 24, 2015

Day 55






Ex-Lockheed Martin engineer gets 40 years for molesting two kids

by Steve Visser

As originally posted on: AJC.com
February 24, 2015


A Cobb County judge has sentenced a former engineer at Lockheed Martin to 40 years in prison after he was convicted of molesting two girls —with one of the crimes dating back 17 years.

Prosecutor Hannah Palmquist asked for a severe sentence so the defendant “is not able to ever lay hands” on another child. “These crimes are some of the most personal and violating in nature,” she said.

A jury took 40 minutes to convict Tracy Bothel King, 59, of Powder Springs, last month on three counts of child molestation involving two victims who were each about age 5 at the time of the crime, said District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

A victim, now age 10, was molested between 2008 and 2010 at an Acworth residence, Reynolds said. The other girl, whose current age was not given by the DA, was molested in 1997 and 1998 at a Marietta home.






The crimes were reported to Cobb Police in 2012, Reynolds said.

Both victims testified, as did another woman who said King abused her as a young child. King was not charged with crimes against that victim because too many years had passed for the case to be prosecuted by law.

“All three victims gave similar details of things Mr. King said to them during the acts, such as pleading or threatening them, and urging them not to tell or else he would get in trouble,” Reynolds said in a prepared statement.

King had his supporters at sentencing who testified that they had never seen anything in decades to indicate that he was a child molester, much less a serial one. That did not sway Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson, who said that friends and relatives don’t want to believe they “grew up in the same house with or are friends with a monster,” Reynolds said.

“Anyone who heard that testimony (of the 10-year-old girl) whose heart wasn’t broken doesn’t have a heart,” Reynolds quoted the judge as saying.

Thompson then sentenced King to 40 years, with 20 years to serve in custody followed by 20 years on probation.

February 23, 2015

Day 54





Rentseeking

by "Kilgore"

As originally posted on: Everything-Voluntary.com
February 21, 2015


Nobody asked but ...

The first people to seek state assistance are those who have acquired more property than they can handle. So they go rentseeking. The rest of us are stuck with both the state and the tab. The next to seek state assistance are those who don't even want to manage their self-ownership. So they go rentseeking. The rest of us are stuck with both the state and the tab. I may have the order mixed up, depending on your viewpoint.  I would not argue with you.  The bottom line is that states are built by those unsatisfied with the potential for freedom to see to the natural allocation of resources.  Those of us who would be satisfied with freedom, letting the chips of property fall where they may, are coercively corralled to feed the beast.

Kilgore

February 22, 2015

Day 53






Isis Raqqa wives subjected to 'brutal' sexual assaults after marrying militants

by Heather Saul

As originally posted: The Independent
February 18, 2015


Women living under Isis’s self-declared ‘caliphate’ are being subjected to 'brutal, abnormal sex acts' and are becoming too scared to leave their homes, a local activist group has claimed.

Many women and young girls are being forced to marry Isis militants in the group’s defacto capital of Raqqa, in Syria, and are then reportedly beaten and abused by their husbands.

The Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) says universities have been closed by Isis and women are banned from travelling to other areas to study.

In a report on its website, the group said Isis fighters began searching for wives after taking over a swathe of the city. It says militants introduced a series of "crackdowns" designed to coerce women into marriage, such as prohibiting them from travelling or working without a male relative.

Abu Mohammed Hussam, one of the RBSS activists living outside of Raqqa, said women who walk around without male guardians are constantly harassed.

He said girls and women between the ages of nine and 50 are sent to special ‘education centres’ to learn the Koran and given lessons on how to be good wives.

The RBSS report claimed Isis members took advantage of poverty-stricken families by offering high dowries in exchange for marrying their daughters.

Mr Hussam said he spoke with three women between the ages of 19 and 29 who have allegedly been abused by Isis members. One woman told him she was hospitalised after a fighter she was forced to marry sexually assaulted her.





He told The Independent: “Some women say that foreign fighters are the worst, like monsters. Some of them say they're asking for strange things. They are also looking to marry young girls”.

He said fighters will often take more than one wife and search for 'sabaya' – women who have been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery.

A report on the RBSS website states that fear of being attacked and sexually assaulted are making women scared to leave their homes.

“All of these factors and circumstances mentioned above have formed a panic and fear to the girls and women of Raqqa, which the houses became their current tombs," it reads.

The report come a month after a 10,000 word manifesto detailing the role of women in the jihadist group and emphasising their role as wives, mothers and homemakers was uploaded by the all-female Al-Khanssaa Brigade’s media wing.

The revealing document is being treated as a more accurate representation of what is expected of women under the group’s Iraqi and Syrian strongholds.

The manifesto advocated fighters marrying children as young as nine and women being allowed to work no more than three days a week.

February 21, 2015

Day 52






Daytona Beach TSA agent accused of sexually battering child for 3 years

Esteban Rodriguez, 30, booked into jail on Tuesday

by Claire Metz

As originally posted on: WESH.com
February 17, 2015


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. —A TSA agent who works at Daytona Beach International Airport was arrested in Flagler County, accused of sexually battering a child over a number of years.

Esteban Rodriguez, 30, was booked into jail on Tuesday following a week-long investigation.





The victim, now 15 years old, told a teacher, who contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families. Then the Flagler County Sheriff's Office was brought in to investigate the accusations.

"This individual committed unspeakable acts against a helpless victim," Sheriff James L. Manfre said. "Our detectives worked quickly to arrest this individual and ensure the safety of the minor child."

Investigators said the victim told them Rodriguez has been sexually assaulting her for three years and forced her to watch adult pornography with him.




Rodriguez, aware he was being scrutinized, allegedly told the victim to lie.

The victim said she's very afraid of him.

Rodriguez was charged with two counts of sexual battery upon a child by a person in a familial or custodial authority, lewd and lascivious battery and showing obscene material to a minor.

He is being held on a $260,000 bond.

February 20, 2015

Day 51





Stop making it illegal

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted on: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
September 21, 2013


"Legalize"? "Decriminalize"?

Those words make me think of something that is wrong or shady being made sorta OK in the eyes of "the law".  Like the thugs of State are saying: "it's really still wrong, but we'll allow you to do it to a limited degree, with the proper oversight".

I don't care what "the law says", or rather what those silly beings who enforce it think.





Unillegalize it!  Whatever "it" may be.

(Of course, I realize the best thing is to just ignore the stupid "laws" and do what you want- as long as you harm no one else- but some people don't like the specter of "arrest" and a "criminal record" hanging over their heads.)

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February 19, 2015

Day 50





Jefferson's "Rightful Liberty"

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted on: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
January 28, 2014


Thomas Jefferson said:

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."

This is just another way of stating the Zero Aggression Principle.

Would "laws" against burning "The Flag" get a pass?  Would anti-drug rules, or anti-gun rules, or minimum drinking/driving/whatever age rules?  Are anti-property rights rules, such as "border control", "property codes", or "zoning laws" existing within the confines of "rightful liberty"?  Would compulsory school attendance rules, traffic "laws", or any form of "taxation" pass the test?

No.  All those reflect only the tyrant's will.  If you support or advocate any of those things (which I doubt many of my regular readers do) you have declared yourself to be an enemy of rightful liberty.  Jefferson would have hated what you stand for and would count you with the rest of the collectivists.

At least be honest about it.

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February 18, 2015

Day 49






Voting is bad, Mmm-kay?

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted on: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
February 16, 2015


Elections are to choosing as rape is to sex.

It's not that I oppose voting- it's that I oppose voting on the things elections put to a vote.

There is almost nothing in life that is legitimately subject to a vote- and your Rightful Liberty is NEVER one of those things.

.

February 17, 2015

Day 48






Egypt seeks international intervention against IS in Libya

by Danielle Haynes

UPI
February 16, 2015


CAIRO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi called for international intervention against Islamic State sites in Libya after the terror group beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians there.

Egypt launched a second wave of airstrikes against IS -- which is also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL -- on Monday in reaction to the beheading. The terror group released a video Sunday purporting to depict the killings of the men who were kidnapped in the IS-controlled city of Sirte, Libya.





The first wave of airstrikes targeted IS training camps and weapons storage sites. The second wave followed suit.

"Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty," the Egyptian military said in statement.

Meanwhile, al Sisi called for the international community to intervene against IS, calling what happened in Libya a threat to world peace and security.

He spoke by phone to French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi about their respective countries' involvement. He also sent Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to speak with U.N. officials in New York.

"Leaving the situation as it is in Libya without a firm intervention to curtail these terrorist organizations would be a threat to international peace and security," the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.

Egyptian Ambassador to Britain, Nasser Kamel, told the BBC IS is a particular threat to Italy, and thus, Europe as a whole.

"[There are] boat people who go for immigration purposes and try to cross the Mediterranean," he said. "In the next few weeks if we do not act together, there will be boats full of terrorists also."

February 16, 2015

Day 47






Police kill alleged Copenhagen gunman who killed two, injured five

by Andrew V. Pestano

UPI
February 15, 2015


COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Police have shot dead the alleged gunman who killed one person at a free speech event and later killed a Jewish man near a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday.

Copenhagen police shot the man after he opened fire on Sunday, according to police. Five police officers were injured in the attacks




Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks may have been an attempted target. In 2007, Vilks stirred controversy with his depiction of Muhammad as a dog. He has lived under police protection for death threats since 2010.

Film director Finn Norgaard, 55, died in the first attack. Authorities said at least 40 shots were fired outside the venue hosting a debate about free speech titled "Art, blasphemy and freedom." Vilks and French diplomat Francois Zimeray, who was speaking at the event, were not injured.

In a second attack, Dan Uzan, 37, was killed. He had been working as security for a bat mitzvah inside a synagogue.

Denmark's chief rabbi Jair Melchior said Uzan was "irreplaceable."

"He was a person who was always willing to help," he said. "An amazing, amazing guy."

Police believe the same gunman was behind both attacks.





Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called the shootings "a cynical act of terror against Denmark."

The gunman previously caught the attention of Danish intelligence as police were investigating whether he traveled to Syria or Iraq. The head of Danish intelligence said the gunman may have been inspired by the terrorist attack in Paris last month.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is set to visit Copenhagen on Sunday.

February 15, 2015

Day 46






ISIS Beheads Cigarette Smokers: Islamic State Deems Smoking 'Slow Suicide' Under Sharia Law

by Morgan Winsor

As originally posted on: International Business Times
February 12, 2015


The Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has long imposed a strict ban on alcohol, cursing, smoking and other acts deemed haram, or sinful. But it seems smoking may be the vice that's most offensive to ISIS, considering the severed head of an ISIS official that was reportedly found last month in eastern Syria with a cigarette in its mouth. “This is not permissible, Sheikh,” a note attached to the nearby corpse read in Arabic, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

While cigarettes are allowed under Islam, the terror group’s severe interpretation of Sharia law declares smoking as a “slow suicide” and thus forbidden in ISIS-controlled areas. The Islamic State -- formerly known as ISIS or ISIL -- began imposing radical restrictions last year after overtaking large areas in eastern Syria’s Deir Elzur province, which is adjacent to another stronghold and the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa. ISIS imposed the full-face veil for women and banned music as well as the sale of cigarettes and hookah pipes, noting the “financial and health damages” from smoking, according to Al-Monitor.

“Every smoker should be aware that with every cigarette he smokes in a state of trance and vanity is disobeying god,” the so-called ISIS Preaching Office reportedly said in a statement last year. “Three days following the issuance of the statement, selling tobacco and shisha will be strictly prohibited and those who insist on selling them will bring injustice upon themselves and upon other people. All tobacco quantities will be burned and the seller will be punished according to Sharia.”





ISIS has burned millions of cigarette packs in Iraq and Syria in order to enforce the smoking ban. The militants have also seized cannabis fields and have posted videos of the marijuana plants doused in gasoline and set ablaze.





Those who violate the smoking ban face a minimum penalty of 40 lashes with a whip. However, the consequences of a repeated offense can be as severe as prison time or even execution. Some find relief across the border in Turkey where they take secret cigarette breaks. Some who have tried to kick the habit have buckled under the strict law, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I really struggled with not smoking,” French citizen Flavien Moreau testified before a court in November, after returning from Syria. Moreau was sentenced to seven years in prison on terrorism charges for joining the Islamic State, according to France24. “It was forbidden by the katiba [a group of Islamist militants]. I had brought Nicorette gum with me, but it wasn’t enough. So I left my gun with my [commander] and I left.”

February 14, 2015

Day 45






'Please Help Me': Kelowna mom shames alleged domestic abuser on social media

As originally posted: The Province
February 12, 2015


A Kelowna woman is taking her fight against domestic abuse online, using a Facebook video to shame her alleged domestic abuser.

In a video titled “Please Help Me.” posted to Facebook on Feb. 8, Selina Morrison alleges her ex-boyfriend subjected her to domestic and emotional abuse.

In the 7:36-minute clip, Morrison said that on Friday, an incident took place in a residence where her ex-boyfriend yelled at her while she was shaking in a bathroom.




“When he pushed me against the wall and told me he was going to break my teeth out of my head? I was convinced I wasn’t going to be conscious for much longer,” Morrison shares in the video that has since been viewed more than 15,000 times and shared nearly 300 times.

The single mom then goes on to describe how her ex-boyfriend “made an example of the bathroom wall” when she tried to leave.





Once she exited the bathroom, she tried to get down the stairs and described fearing for her safety, worried that her then partner might try to push her down the stairs.

In posts online, Morrison notes there had been a police warrant out for her ex-boyfriend’s arrest following the incident.

The man was arrested and then released on condition he not contact Morrison. He is expected back in court later this year.

Morrison, however, is still unsatisfied with how domestic abuse cases are being handled.

“Over the last 48 hours, I have spoken with endless abuse victims, I have heard atrocious stories about the lack of ability of the law, and the fear that people live in everyday because they think that they’re helpless to have anything done to make them feel safe again,” Morrison said in a second video posted Tuesday, updating the situation.

Since her videos were posted, Morrison said several of the man’s previous ex-girlfriends have also reached out with similar allegations and fears.

“For all the people I’ve spoken to who’ve gone through similar or worse, they shouldn’t have to live in fear either,” she says.

February 13, 2015

Day 44






Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

by Lindsay Whitehurst and Brady McCombs

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 12, 2015


PROVO, Utah (AP) — A woman who said she was too addicted to methamphetamine to raise more children pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that she killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage over a 10-year period.

Prosecutors say the plea deal means Megan Huntsman, 39, will likely spend the rest of her life in prison over what authorities described as a heinous series of killings from 1996 to 2006.

Huntsman's voice broke as she said "guilty" six times to answer for each count.

The infants' remains were discovered by their father, Darren West, last April as he gathered belongings from the home they had shared in Pleasant Grove, a city of about 35,000.

West, Huntsman's estranged husband, called police after finding the first tiny body in a cardboard box. Authorities found the rest, seven in all, one of which they said was stillborn.

Huntsman told police she strangled or suffocated the newborns immediately after they were born, wrapped their bodies in cloth, put them in plastic bags and packed them in boxes. She told investigators she was addicted to meth at the time and didn't want to care for the babies.





Authorities believe Huntsman gave birth to the children at home, but it remains unclear how she concealed the pregnancies and murders from family members and friends.

West discovered the bodies shortly after he finished an eight-year federal prison stint in on meth charges. He lived with Huntsman during the decade when they were killed, but police said they aren't investigating him in connection with the deaths.

West and Huntsman have three other children, who are with other family members. He was not in court and has not spoken publicly about the case.

Defense attorney Anthony Howell declined to comment, as did family members who attended the court hearing about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Utah County attorney Jeff Buhman said the family supports the deal with prosecutors that could reduce her minimum sentence to five years but "we'll be shocked if she ever gets out."

Huntsman has said little in her brief court appearances, but Buhman said she has expressed remorse and may speak at her sentencing. He said the plea gives Huntsman fewer options for appeal than a trial would have, which "hopefully will mean this case is essentially done after the sentencing."

The day the bodies were found, Huntsman told police there were eight or nine dead babies in her home. But police later concluded that Huntsman was confused and guessing.

Pleasant Grove police detective Dan Beckstrom said she told police why she stored the bodies, but he declined to share her answer. "It truly," he said, "is unexplainable."

February 12, 2015

Day 43






Webb cop arrested on domestic violence charge

by Jim Cook

As originally posted: Dothan Eagle
February 11, 2015


A Webb police officer was arrested Tuesday night on a domestic violence charge.

Ashford Police Chief Jim Stanley said Jeff Schulmerich, 51, a Webb officer, was arrested Tuesday night on a third degree domestic violence charge. Stanley said the arrest stemmed from an altercation between Schulmerich and his spouse. Stanley said the incident occurred at about 7 p.m.





Schulmerich was booked into the Houston County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Webb Police Chief Jimmy Holley said Schulmerich would be placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation and hearing.

Schulmerich's spouse obtained a protection order against Schulmerich Wednesday morning.

February 11, 2015

Day 42






Durham man charged in death of 3-month-old daughter

As originally posted: WNCN
February 10, 2015


DURHAM, N.C. - Durham police arrested a 34-year-old man Tuesday afternoon in the Jan. 31 death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Fredrick McLucas Jr., 34, of Durham, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Crutchfield Street without incident, police said. He was charged with murder, according to police.

Authorities found the child, Isabella McLucas, dead in Fredrick McLucas' home around 10 a.m. Jan 31.




An autopsy revealed the girl died from blunt force trauma, police said.

He is being held at the Durham County Jail with no bond.

February 10, 2015

Day 41






When and Where Did We Sign and Countersign the Government’s Obligations?

by Michael S. Rozeff

As originally posted on: LRC Blog
March 27, 2014


Every balance sheet has two sides: assets and liabilities. A few words on the state’s assets, first. The state, having no standard assets, necessarily takes them from its citizens. When and where any of us who are forced to give up these assets to the government signed off on this taking are pertinent questions. If each of us is a sovereign who delegates power to the government, who delegated this power if I did not? I assuredly made no such delegation. And if I did delegate it in my sleep perhaps or delegated it when I was a baby and now have forgotten signing, where did I get a power to extract assets from other people? The state’s most basic asset, in a non-standard sense of the term asset, is its raw power to extract the ordinary assets of its subjects against their will.

The government, having seized assets, then reshuffles them. Part of it goes to the nomenklatura. Part of it goes to its many programs. The money is recycled, going into new hands. As if this



were not enough power, the government also works on the liability side.

The liability side refers to the government’s obligations. The government makes promises, commitments, and guarantees of all sorts. It guarantees the security of Estonia, for example. It promises to pay the IMF money. It promises to pay its own debts. It issues obligations in unimaginable numbers.

The same kinds of questions can be raised about the issuance of these liabilities. Who among us citizens authorized them? When and where did we sign off or countersign off on the debt contracts? Where did people in America who cannot rub two nickels together (and even most of those who can) get the justifiable ability to issue debts in amounts that meant they were immediately insolvent, that they never could or would repay them? How could any of us justifiably issue debts that obligated taxpayers in the future? If we cannot do this as individuals, how could we delegate such a power to the government?

The answers are all the same. There is no justice either in the seizure of assets through taxation or in the issuance of government obligations. There is no “democracy” and no “constitution” under which any of us agrees to any of this or signs off on it. The constitution is a fig leaf that covers the sensitive organs of the state, and the main organ consists of its guns, forces and jails. These enforce the tax collections, and the tax collections support the obligations. None of us has ever signed or



countersigned the obligations of the U.S. government. Most of us have no idea even what these obligations are, much less agreed to them. And none of us had a right to issue them, alone or in combination with some others, and then proclaim that they were obligations of every one of us, including all those who had nothing to do with their issuance.

Every time that I hear the current propagandists and con men in Washington speak of democracy and freedom, here or in Ukraine or some other land, I remind myself that they are glorifying nothing more than their own unjust power while to the best of their abilities obscuring what freedom and justice actually require of the relations between people and a government.