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We Didn’t Hire The Rapist.. He Just Magically Appeared On The Force

We Didn’t Hire The Rapist.. He Just Magically Appeared On The Force

Daniel Holtzclaw, 29 years old, was recently convicted on half of the 36 criminal charges he faced in Oklahoma City. Four of those 36 charges were for First Degree Rape. All of the charges against him stemmed from sexual crimes perpetrated against women… 13 women… 13 black women. Daniel is not black. His ethnic background is said to be “half white and half Japanese”. There is no evidence that Daniel actually likes black women.. only that he liked taking advantage of them… exerting power over them. Daniel wasn’t very particular regarding the ages of the women he abused sexually. Their ages ranged from 17 to 57. He did care about their social and economic circumstances. He felt these conditions afforded him some manner of protection against retribution. He also felt his badge afforded him protection. Daniel was an Officer of the Law in Oklahoma City.

Shortly after his conviction on 18 counts, Daniel was sentenced to 263 years imprisonment to be served consecutively. This was the unanimous recommendation of the all white jury.

Oklahoma County District Attorney, David Prater, is said to have commented:

“ I think people need to realize that this is not a law enforcement officer that committed these crimes… This is a rapist who masqueraded as a law enforcement officer. If he was a true law enforcement officer, he would have upheld his duty to protect these citizens rather than victimize them”

Somehow, DA Prater must believe this will work as a defense against the many planned lawsuits against the city being brought by Civil Rights Attorney, Benjamin Crump, who represented a number of the assaulted women. The fact is that he was both… a Law Enforcement Officer and a rapist. It can also be claimed he is racist.

Oklahoma City hired and trained Daniel Holtzclaw. Presumably they did a background check and perhaps even some sort of psychological profile. Perhaps not. Although it is possible, it is doubtful that other Law Enforcement Officers who worked on the same force were not aware of Daniel’s conquests. Cops are known to boast a bit about the females they “tag”. Some prefer “freebies” from working girls on their beats. Some prefer “civilians”. It’s all illegal but typically falls under the silent nods of the “Blue Code”.

DA Prater… Daniel Holtzclaw was an Officer of the Law. He is also now a convicted rapist and a vile racist. His tears at sentencing, his cries of “I didn’t do it”, his attorney’s planned appeals and your ludicrous statement will change nothing. If nothing else, this event should prompt an investigation into the complicity of his peers… and likely the similar actions of some. It is obvious by Daniel Holtzclaw’s demeanor at the trial and at the sentencing showed no remorse for the disadvantaged women he assaulted and the pain and suffering he caused them. Daniel Holtzclaw, former Officer of the Law, showed only a vulgar appeal for pity to be rendered unto him. His “power”, in his eyes, wrongfully taken from him.

As crazy as “justice” is today… had he murdered all those black women instead of molesting some and raping others, he probably would be free today. He didn’t… and they lived to testify.

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The Country’s In The Very Best Of Hands

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS
From the Musical “Lil’ Abner” (1956)
(Gene de Paul / Johnny Mercer)

Recorded by: Percy Faith; Shelly Manne;
Peter Palmer; André Previn.
Them city folks and we-uns are pretty much alike,
Though they ain’t used to living in the sticks.
We don’t like stone or cement, but we is in agreement
When we gets down to talkin’ politics:

The country’s in the very best of hands,
the best of hands, the best of hands.

[Note: the above two lines are interspersed among
all the verses and wherever else needed.]

The Treasury says the national debt is climbing to the sky
And govermnent expenditures have never been so high.
It makes a feller get a gleam of pride within his eye,
to see how our economy expands,
The country’s in the very best of hands.

You ought to see the congress when it’s drawing up a bill,
“Where as”‘s and “to wit”‘s are crowded in each codicil.
Such legal terminology would give your heart a thrill.
There’s phrases there that no one understands.
The country’s in the very best of hands.

The building boom, they say, is getting bigger every day.
And when I asked a feller “How could everybody pay?”
He come up with an answer that made everything OK,
“Supplies are getting bigger than demands.”
The country’s in the very best of hands.

Don’t you believe them congressmen and senators are dumb.
When they run into problems that are tough to overcome,
They just declare a thing they calls a moritorium.
The upper and the lower house disbands.
The country’s in the very best of hands.

The voters are connected to the nominee,
the nominee’s connected to the treasury.
When they ain’t connected to the treasury,
They sits around on their thigh bones.

They sits around in this place they got,
This big congressional parking lot.
Just sits around on their you know what.
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

Them bones, them bones gonna rise again,
Gonna exercise a franchise again,
Gonna tax us up to our eyes again,
If we gets them off of their thigh bones.

The farm bill should be 89 percent of parity,
Another feller recommends it should be 93.
But 80, 95 percent, who cares about degree?
It’s parity that no one understands.
The country’s in the very best of hands.

Them GOP’s and Democrats each hates the other one.
They’s always criticizing how the country should be run.
But neither tells the public what the other’s gone and done.
As long as no one knows where no one stands,
The country’s in the very best of hands.

They sits around in this place they’re at,
Where folks in congress have always sat.
Just sits around on their excess fat,
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

They sits around ’til they start to snore,
Jumps up and hollers “I has the floor!”
Then sits right down where they sat before,
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

Them bones, them bones gonna rise again
So dignified and so wise again
While the budget doubles in size again,
If we gets them off of their thigh bones.

The money that they taxes us, that’s known as revenues,
They compound up collaterals, subtracts the residues.
Don’t worry ’bout the principle and interest that accrues,
They’re shipping all that stuff to foreign lands,
The country’s in the very best of hands.

 

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Al Capp, the creator of the comic strip, “Li’l Abner” (most notable among a number of others) was, until the early 60’s, viewed as a “liberal” and, in some circles, a “progressive”. During the cultural upheavals of the 60’s, however, he came to be considered a solid right wing conservative. He was known as one of the country’s great satirists and his wit and not so subtle parodying of anything and anyone of note brought him both reverence and disdain.

His satirical strip about simple folk in the South ran from 1934 until 2 years before his death in 1979.  He enjoyed speaking to colleges and universities across the country, was a frequent guest on numerous radio and TV talk shows throughout the 40’s 50’s, ’60’s and early 70’s and had several ventures of his own in television.

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Above: Cover graphic from an old TV Guide

Al’s full name was Alfred Gerald Caplin. Born in New Haven, Ct. in 1909 to the US born children of Lithuanian immigrants, Al spent the better part of his life residing on the East Coast (Connecticut, New York, Boston, Cambridge and New Hampshire…where he died, not so  far from this writers home, in South Hampton).  His father was a Yale graduate who failed to thrive economically leaving Al and his family to poverty.  At the young age of nine, Al lost a leg in a tragic trolley car accident and reluctantly learned to walk on a crude prosthetic limb which caused him considerable pain.  This pain, along with other health issues and charges of sexual assault and impropriety (which caused loss of access to TV appearances and loss of newspaper space for his strip), would eventually embitter Al to reclusion… pushing away friends and family and, at times, contemplation of suicide.  A life long smoker, his death was attributed to emphysema.

Al was a basket of contradictions. While his persona, for the public, was one of sarcastic and often sardonic disdain for humanity, he was deeply committed to human civil rights causes… often ahead of his time.  He was a strong supporter of racial equality (He loved Martin Luther King, Jr although was not so fond of Malcom X or the Black Panthers) as well as Gay rights (He once shocked attendees at a Whitehouse function when he arrived with a rather colorful gay man as his guest), often spent time either visiting or writing to amputees… offering them encouragement and coping strategies…and supported women’s equality and advancement through education.  He was one of the original 19 Trustees of the Endicott Junior College for Young Women in Beverly, Ma..  Capp was a recognized womanizer and eventually an infamous predator.  In contrast, he resigned from the National Cartoonist Society when they refused to allow a female member.  He donated time, artwork and money to numerous civic causes, government programs and non-profit organizations and was a member of the National Reading Council while showing disdain for the public support of Sesame Street (He felt kids would better learn to read through the use of comic books).   Al started out parodying New Deal Dixiecrats and wound up hanging out with Richard Nixon (whose executive council, Chuck Colson, would tell Nixon he had fixed “attempted adultery” charges, initially sodomy charges, against Al.  The “fix” failed). In his earlier years, Al targeted corporate greed, political bluster and buffoonery.. only later to target protesters against the very same thing. He was called a “penny pincher” and a “curmudgeon” by many who were never aware of his generosities and compassion.  He seldom exploited those parts of himself.

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Above: Richard Nixon with the dapper Al Capp

Al Capp filled his 70 years with incredible endeavors in so many arenas of the media circus which painted America throughout his childhood and later life.  Not only a satirical serial cartoonist, Al wrote articles for magazines, columns for newspapers, worked in various positions both in radio and TV, was, himself, a noted celebrity unafraid to publicly lampoon the persona he carefully crafted, a public speaker at colleges and universities, creator of public service publications and so much more.  He did all this absent a high school diploma (after spending 5 years trying) and three attempts at Art Schools (two in Boston and one in Pennsylvania)… each halted due to inability to pay tuition.  He was an avid reader of classics, periodicals, papers and, of course, comics. Despite his known distaste for the underground culture of the 60’s and 70’s, his volume of work and craftsmanship were inspiration to a great many cartoonists of that period.

One might ask why this writer has chosen to gloss over the life and character of Albert Caplin.  The answer is that Al was a genuine rebel… a true to life contrarian, self-possessed when right and nonplussed when wrong.  Al Caplin, despite his critical fall from grace and disturbing mental decline of later years, overcame incredible obstacles, persevered and created a remarkable legacy… all by doing life his way.

Rebel·lió és el rebuig de l’obediència.

Rebellion is the rejection of obedience

 

[The subject matter in at least 40 books and numerous interviews, Al Capp is now a seldom recalled memory of this writer’s generation… the generation that grew up with his wit, sarcasm, parodies equal to, if not better than, those of the early Mad Magazine whose parodies, read by millions, were said to be modeled after Capp”s work, and like half of the adult population of the US, at one time, avid consumers of Li’l Abner (though at the time many “intellectuals” would deny until caught).  The honest ones admitted their joy in spending those few moments reading his strip and there were many willing notables such as John Kenneth Galbraith, William F. Buckley,  Marshall McLuhan, John Updike, Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin, and even Queen Elizabeth.  John Steinbeck actually called him “possibly the best writer in the world today” and recommended him for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Many were delighted to be the butt of his satirical musings… Many were not.  A good source to learn more about this genuine rebel is the 2013 biography “Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary” by Dennis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher]

 

Israel… The Louse That Roared

BDS…  No matter how loudly the Kings of Israel declare BDS to be a non-issue, the fact remains it scares the excrement from their wretched bodies.

In the past few years, Israel has commissioned studies, convened think tanks and committees and passed legislation in a pathetic attempt to block the inevitable effects of a program specifically geared toward forcing an end to the all too obvious apartheid antics of this US teat addict.  Israel spends large sums of money through its lobbies and wealthy (and quite decrepit) million and billionaires buying the cheap loyalties of politicians around the world (especially in the United Snakes and Hardly Great Britain) who, in servitude, submit (and sometimes pass) legislation that seek to make BDS illegal… or at the very least, punishable by some futile economic tit-for-tat maneuver.

Colleges and other institutions are regularly threatened with funding cuts, lawsuits and other “methods” should they not employ Orwellian curtailment of free speech regarding student efforts to enlist colleges in boycotting & divesting from Israeli companies supporting apartheid and illegal settlements.

Professor Steven Salaita was recently reinstated having won a lawsuit against the University of Illinois after being dismissed (an act condoned by Dem. Sen, Dick Durbin) for expressing his opinions regarding the brutality of Israel against Palestinians in their 2014 assault.

California Dem. Sen. Diane Feinstein and her husband, war profiteer Richard Blum, have actually threatened UC Board of Regents with public harassment should they fail to enact draconian codes prohibiting and punishing free speech based on their perverted opinions regarding the falsely constructed premise of “antisemitism”… one which defines BDS as “anti-Jew”, as well any reflections upon Israel’s political, cultural and internationally recognized as criminal activities in the Middle East… especially, but not exclusively, any comparisons to the criminal activities of Nazis.  There is no doubt that Feinstein and her murder reliant hubby, Blum,  are incensed regarding the consistent resolutions passed over the years in favor of divestment from Israel’s apartheid machinery.  Postponed several times, a new version of the code is expected to be offered in March of this year.

Notheastern University punished their SJP (Students For Justice in Palestine) for an act conducted without University retribution at numerous other institutions across the country… Disseminating a mock eviction notice modeled on those issued by Israel to Palestinians.  Suspended, the SJP chapter was later reinstated.

This is a short sampling of the attempts made by the agents of Israel to curtail free speech where it effects only Israel.  Israel could care less if speech denigrates Palestinians, Iranians, Syrians, Yemenites, etc.  In fact, Israel encourages such things and actually pays Congressmen and Senators to disparage these nations and vote for and support illegal wars against them.

Rep. Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark) received $960,250.00 (“for his Senatorial campaign”) from far-right Emergency Committee for Israel (US) which resulted in his orchestrating a letter signed by 47 Rep. lawmakers attempting to sway votes against the Bill and warn Iran that a future Republican administration (post Obama) would do all it could to squash the deal with Iran and reinstate , and perhaps enhance, sanctions.

Israel sponsors, through its minion lobbies and  “funds”, numerous junkets (all expense paid) for incoming lawmakers as well as candidates it feels certain it can sway toward working for Israel while pretending to work for (and still being paid by) the US.

In election years, Presidential candidates make pilgrimage  to the courts of the billionaires such as Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson as well to the royal seat of Benyamin “Bibi the Bull” Netanyahu.  Every last one of them desperately seeking far more than a mere photo-op.  The blessings sought are stacks of green paper which they will use for campaigns and lining their pockets.. for which they will gladly sell their souls and sell out their constituencies.

This election season, the cash emboldened cries of the candidates are gushing praises and pledges of support for all things Israel… and especially enacting legislation to stop the BDS movement.  All for naught, as this movement is in the command of minds and people which cannot be stopped by pieces of paper.

Social media fuels the BDS movement and the wallet sustains its efforts as more and more people refuse to purchase apartheid produced Israel products.  Too, the world is reaching a tipping point of tolerance for the brutality, greed and avarice of Israel.  Nations are lining up against flagrant international scofflaw, Israel, and recognizing the rights of Palestine to exist and prosper.

Israel’s economic bottom lines are rapidly dropping and the losses are now undeniably large and looming larger.  Businesses that previously have exploited the labor of Palestinians at factories within the illegal settlements are both moving operations and selling them to escape the writing on the apartheid walls.

The EU, in a small measure, recently enacted its labeling requirements forcing companies within the illegal settlements to label the origin of their products.  In a desperate attempt to counter this, new legislation is being proposed which would require EU product manufacturers, who support the BDS movement and labeling of illegal settlement products, to label their products as being manufactured by BDS supporters.  Quite likely, rather than work for illegitimate Israeli businesses, this effort will backfire against them as EU businesses will simply cease importing all Israeli products (yes, Israel, they will create more jobs in their own countries by manufacturing in their own countries) and cease exporting to Israel ( yes Israel, you are a limited market and not as important to the world as your fantasies dictate).  Please do enact your fool’s legislation. Vote yes … and vote often!

BDS is working so well, Israel is turning into a nation of droolers.  Tissue?

 

 

12 year old black child murdered then molested

by m. dennis paul

Over 400 days after young Tamir Rice was murdered by a Cleveland, Ohio Police Officer (he was shot Nov. 22, 2014 and died the following day), a “Grand Jury” released its decision that nothing inappropriate nor illegal had occurred in the circumstances surrounding his untimely death.  No criminal charges were warranted against the officer who took less than 2 seconds to determine Tamir was a threat to the community and the officer’s life.  Less than 2 seconds upon exiting his cruiser, this officer made the decision to take the life of a young boy playing in a park.. playing with a toy gun.

No one had been fired upon by Tamir.  The imaginary bullets from his toy never creased flesh nor drew any blood from passers-by and no imaginary bullets were fired upon the arriving police cruiser and none at the officers inside.  Upon arrival of the cruiser, Tamir took no posture suggesting he was prepared for a shoot-out with police.  He made no attempt to take cover.  Tamir continued to play and had placed his toy in his waistband.

No attempt was made by the officer to position himself safely if, as he claimed, Tamir genuinely posed a threat and no attempt was made to verbally assess the child’s state of mind.  The officer made no attempt to safely disarm Tamir.  He claimed he had done so.  Time it for yourself. Could you exit a car, position yourself in proximity to the child (4.5-7 feet), demand he release his weapon to the ground and shoot him dead in less than 2 seconds?  Such a magical feat was not demonstrated for the “Grand Jury”.  No one requested it… not even the prosecutor.  The officer claims he shouted to Tamir from inside the cruiser.  Witnesses claim no demands from the officer were heard.

An FBI agent who was minutes away heard the call of an officer shooting and went to the location.  The 2 officers involved had given no medical assistance to Tamir and apparently had not called for assistance beyond reporting a suspect down.  The agent attempted to provide first aid and claims Tamir spoke to him giving his name, stating he had been shot and supposedly asking or stating something about a weapon or gun. The agent was not sure what had actually been stated.  Initially, the officers were claimed to have agreed that Tamir looked to be about 20 years old.  He was, in fact,  a large boy weighing about 190 lbs and standing about 5′ 7″ tall.  They actually gave an age range of 16-20.  However, witnesses stated Tamir’s sister was yelling to them that he was only 12 years old.  The FBI agent did state that Tamir had a young looking face.

His sister was assaulted by the officers, handcuffed and placed in a cruiser, reportedly for her safety and to calm her down.

The Prosecutor who took the case before the “Grand Jury”, Timothy J. McGinty, requested the jury not find the officers involved guilty and described the circumstances of Tamir’s death as a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunication”.

In June of 2015, a Cleveland judge found probable cause to try the shooter for murder, involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.  Those findings were not, however, binding.  So Prosecutor McGinty, despite the officers having their own lawyers, took it upon himself to present cause for no findings from the jury.  Among a shopping list of other exceptional, and all too obvious, actions biased in favor of the officers, McGinty allowed the officers to submit written statements to be read to the jury disallowing for any questions the jury might have… and rightfully should have.  The jury was shown an “enhanced” video of the incident which clearly shows the officer immediately shot Tamir upon arrival and then, and only then, made the actions of positioning themselves for cover…  actions which would have been prudent and proper before moving into direct line with the suspect and before discharging their weapons.

Prosecutor McGinty narrated, for the Jury, what he wished them to take away from the video.  He wanted them to believe that, because there were a number of children near the center where the incident took place, this is the scenario which framed the officers’ thinking as they “dealt” with the issue.  He wanted them to believe the testimony of FBI so-called experts, that he, not the officers’ attorneys hired, where, on the video, it appears Tamir raised his jacket exposing his toy and moving his hand toward the toy.  This is the justification used by Prosecutor McGinty exonerating the officers from foul.

The agent testified that the officers’ procedures were in line with standards.  No one questioned that, or any other, claim…recall that the prosecutor was acting as a defense attorney as opposed to actually prosecuting the case.  Independent reviews elicited that the officers were clearly idiots who, had there been a real “active shooter”, would very likely have been killed.  The shooter was an officer in training and the other officer was his training officer.

Prosecutor McGinty initially claimed the “Grand Jury” would hear all of the evidence in their efforts to make an informed decision.  What Prosecutor McGinty actually provided as evidence was what he decided they should hear and how it should be interpreted so as to exonerate the officers.  Keep in mind that the “prosecutor” went so far as to hire so-called experts whose testimony would be used to sway the jury against finding guilt. Imagine how many people would daily walk free from charges if all prosecutors worked in such a manner.

The reality is that the Rice family was not represented in that jury hearing and Tamir was blamed for his his own death.

Adding insult to his death, shortly following the shooting, an incident report surfaced stating that the claim against Tamir was “aggravated menacing” and “inducing panic”.  The victims listed were: The State of Ohio, Officer Loehmann and Officer Garmback.  The complaint is stated to have been “abated by death”.  There was no complaint that Tamir had menaced anyone or created any manner of panic within anyone prior to the arrival of the officers who subsequently took his life.

It should not go unmentioned that Officer Loehmann who had previously been employed by the Independence, Ohio Police Department resigned from that department in advance of an impending release from employment.  The reasons given for this impending release were stated by Deputy Chief Jim Polak to be “He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal…”  Loehmann was reported as “immature”. “weepy”, “distracted” among other observations by Polok.

In November of 2012, Loehmann left an assigned post and compounded this by lying about his absence.  Other incidents were also noted in his jacket that Cleveland PD officials avoid questions concerning whether it had been read or considered in hiring him to that force.

With such obvious concerns about his mental status, lack of skills and abilities it is a wonder that any police department would allow him to wear a badge and patrol its streets.  It was stated in his jacket that Deputy Chief Polak recommended his dismissal saying “I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct these deficiencies.”

Prosecutor McGinty apparently does not recognize genuine dark clouds and the presence of a shit storm as opposed to a “perfect storm”.

What few outlets have addressed regarding the theater of the “Grand Jury” and its findings is the clear political trade off involved in the decision.  The City of Cleveland will eventually settle lawsuits filed by the Rice family and the City’s failed and faulty police department and officers involved get to wash their hands of the blood justly staining them. Cash will be sprinkled over the truth as a civil procedure where a criminal procedure is absolutely necessary to represent true justice

Tamir Rice was murdered.  Justice was failed.  A family and friends continue to mourn.  Murders by police will continue… and continue to be painted over by prosecutors who are criminals.

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