Good That We Have Laws

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We are a nation of laws and every American likes to think of themselves as law abiding citizens…for we, as I have said, are a nation of laws.  Some laws are good and others not so.  We Americans want laws that protect the innocent from criminals but do not want laws that protect those innocents from gun violence.  We have laws that protect our right to free speech…..even when the speech is lies.  We have laws that grant us freedom of religion and there are those that would like to make a religious belief mandatory.  We have laws that protect us citizens from cruel and unusual punishment while condone it.  We have laws…….well you get the idea………. laws at times are contradictory.

Moving on.  Okay you guys remember back in the day when there was this idea to put a mirror on your shoe and walk up to a group of girls and try to get a look under their skirts….you probably have to be an old fart to remember……….and this situation brings me to my point….I read an article the other day that made me shake my head…….

Women who ride the Boston subway will not be pleased to hear that the state’s highest court says it’s legal for someone to take “upskirt” photos of their privates. The state Supreme Judicial Court thinks it should be illegal, but the justices say current laws don’t cover it, reports the Springfield Republican. The problem is that the Peeping Tom law in question was written to protect people who are nude or partially nude—someone in a changing room, for instance—not riders on the subway who are fully clothed, reports AP. “A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering [private] parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” says the court ruling. It’s good news for Michael Robertson, who was arrested in a police sting in 2010. He didn’t dispute that he took upskirt photos but argued that it’s not a crime. The justices agreed today, but state lawmakers vowed afterward to quickly close the loophole, reports the Boston Globe.

Yeah you read that right.

Basically, if she is wearing underwear it is not illegal……but if she is going ‘commando’ then you are a pervert………I must be missing something.

Sometimes the lack of logic just amazes me.

And then…after writing this a new report has come out……..I want to be fair……..

If you were outraged by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that deemed “upskirt” photos legal, you can turn that frown upside down. Just a day after the decision, state lawmakers voted yesterday to outlaw the snapped photos of “sexual or intimate parts” in public in an “unusually swift action,” USA Today reports. The bill, which flew through the House and Senate, carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine if the victim is 18 or older, and five years in jail and a $10,000 fine if underage. Gov. Deval Patrick said he would sign the bill into law, the AP notes. “It is sexual harassment,” Senate President Therese Murray said after the bill’s unanimous approval. “Woman and children should be able to go to public places without feeling that they are not protected by the law.” (Though good news, gentlemen: It applies to male victims, too.) The state’s Peeping Tom law only protects people who are nude or partially nude, like someone in a changing room; the new bill applies to anyone who “photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils” a person’s private parts without consent. “Not only did we get it done quickly, but I think there was a feeling that we did it right,” the House speaker said. “We wanted to make sure that this would be a law that would pass all legal questions that could arise.”

Any thoughts?

Charity Begins At Home

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The day after…..are you sick of leftovers yet?

Today’s rant will be the use of the term charity.  Charity?  Yep it is that time of the year when people think about donating…..I wish I could say that most do it out of the kindness in their heart but…..let’s be realistic….it is the end of the year and tax time approaches.  While there are many organizations that do good work there are just as many that are nothing but a scam…..please do not misunderstand I do NOT hate all charities….while I do see them necessary…..my problem is……..why?  Why are they necessary?

Like the numerous charities that claim to help our returning vets especially those that are in need of rehab and such…..my problem is that they should NOT be in existence.  Why?  The repair of the returning vets is a debt owed them by the government that since them to their doom and maiming…..there should be NO need for these charities to feed on the guilt of the Americans that did not participate.

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

I also do not appreciate those animal rights groups that ask and ask for donations and 80% of the cash goes for administration fees….not to preserve the animals and their habitat…..

Charities can become a scam when they appeal to the guilt that people may have for whatever reason for whatever cause…….

(Newser) – This month, the man behind a $100 million “charity” scam was finally convicted on 23 felony counts. But “the most outrageous aspect of the case is that much of what [John Donald] Cody did was probably legal, or at least not specifically illegal,” writes Ken Stern in the New York Times. Cody’s US Navy Veterans Association purported to help needy Navy vets, but much of the millions raised over eight years stayed with the for-profit telemarketers who brought it in from unsuspecting donors. The rest went to Cody and various lawmakers, and the whole thing unraveled only because two reporters started investigating.

Yet, outrageous though it may seem, “the alleged fraud was not that very, very little money ever went to Navy veterans,” Stern writes. Rather, it stemmed from things like Cody filing registration documents with false information. “The irony is that he could have accomplished virtually his entire enrichment scheme without ever violating the law—and others have figured that out.” The IRS simply doesn’t have enough staff to adequately regulate the charitable sector, and neither do state and local authorities. (Indeed, the IRS actually audited the Navy Veterans charity in 2008 and found nothing amiss.) That’s why donors need to do their homework before giving, by first checking sources like GiveWell to find worthy organizations. Click for Stern’s full column.

There is NOT a penalty stiff enough to hit these con artist with……the problem is they have money and an army of lawyers……and that prevents these parasites from paying dearly for their transgressions….

Please, if you must donate at least check them out and donate to the ones that actually do the work that they promise they would do with your cash…..

The Zim Man Just Can’t Win

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We all remember the name, George Zimmerman, and I am sure that his name will drudge up a wealth of emotional response but I am here to talk about the happenings since the trial………

(Newser) – George Zimmerman hasn’t had much luck staying out of the spotlight since his acquittal. There was the gun factory visit, the heroic car-crash rescue, the speeding with a gun incident, and now another brush with police. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida police stopped a bearded Zimmerman in Lake Mary on Tuesday morning. He was clocked at 60mph in a 45mph zone, and was handed a $256 ticket (last time he was just given a warning). He apparently wasn’t penalized for not having his registration on him. The encounter was caught on the officer’s chest-mounted camera.

Again?  I mean he did well when he got the PR for helping that accident victim….good press but he just could not let it go……..

(Newser) – George Zimmerman’s wife acknowledged last week that her marriage was in trouble. And now we know that Shellie Zimmerman wasn’t exaggerating: She has filed divorce papers, reports ABC News. Her lawyer confirms to AP that the six-year marriage is ending. Shellie, who still must serve 100 hours of community service for lying on the stand about their finances, had complained about “living like gypsies” after her husband’s release from jail.

All this and the civil suit that is coming his way….he just cannot catch a break….

And then recently he made the news again……

Despite calling 911 and saying her her soon-to-be-ex-husband George Zimmerman was threatening her with a gun today, Shellie Zimmerman has decided not to press charges. Police in Lake Mary, Florida, say she and her father—the owner of the house where the incident took place—have signed paperwork declining to press charges against George, the Orlando Sentinel reports. “They both have declined to press charges against George,” says the local police chief. “We have no victim, no crime.” Earlier, WKMG released about 5 minutes of the audio of Shellie’s 911 call. She tells the dispatcher: “He’s in his car, and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he keeps saying, ‘Step closer,’ and he’s just threatening all of us with the firearm.” “Step closer and what?” asks the dispatcher. “And he’s going to shoot us,” she replies. At another point in the recording, she can be heard warning her father to get back in the house, saying, “I don’t know if he’s going to start shooting at us or something.” (For the completists, ABC News has a full transcript of the call). Police previously said they could not find a gun at the scene, but a Lake Mary cop now says authorities have seized George’s firearm. However, “more than likely we’ll be giving it back,” he says, per the Sentinel reports.

After the debacle of the police showing up there is another story for the Zim Man……

The next phase of the George Zimmerman chronicles now hinges on a smashed iPad. Police investigating yesterday’s domestic disturbance between Zimmerman and estranged wife Shellie say her iPad has video of their confrontation that could determine whether he (or she) faces any charges, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The problem is that the device is smashed into several pieces, and Shellie accuses George of breaking it on purpose. Still, police think they’ll be able to retrieve enough to figure out what went on. It turns out that yesterday’s disturbance began over a disagreement over unspecified belongings at their home in Lake Mary, Fla., reports AP. Shellie has filed for divorce and moved out, but police say she returned with her father to collect some things. She has said she is not interested in pressing charges, but police will make the final call. George, meanwhile, told police that she pushed him during the incident.

I do not like posting gossip but this whole affair brings back memories of the OJ trial…….once OJ was acquitted the whole white race waited on the edge of their chairs for karma to catch up with him…..the same for the African-American community and Zimmerman…they were disappointed in the outcome of the trial and now they wait for karma to bite Zimmerman in the butt.  Like I said….No different from the OJ trial and verdict!

Ignored By MSM

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Now that I have vented about the Clintons let’s move on to other issues……….

We all have heard the stories about embassy closings or RNC picking a pathetic battle with MSM, of course there will always bee a NSA story and a Obama scare story….but there were other stories that need our attention……but for some reason the MSM does not like these….

1. Over 200 arrested at anti-Chevron protest: More than 200 people were arrested outside of a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, one year after a pipeline leak sparked a major fire at the facility.

2. Extreme heat is killing off thousands of fish in Alaska: Water temperatures reached 80 degrees in some parts of Alaska, prompting mass die-offs of salmon and trout.

3. Maine’s lobster boom, and why experts predict a dramatic bust: Maine’s lobstermen are enjoying a record catch, but it may be short-lived thanks to climate change.

4. Florida will hold hearings on its “Stand Your Ground” law this Fall: After weeks of protests by activists, Florida’s state legislature will hold hearings on its infamous “Stand Your Ground” laws sometime this fall.

5. NRA board member Ted Nugent: Trayvon Martin got what he deserved: Referring to the teenager as bloodthirsty “wannabe gangsta,” the conservative musician said that Martin “got justice.”

6. What you need to know about the closings of U.S. diplomatic facilities: Dozens of U.S. embassies across the world have been temporarily closed. Here’s what you need to know about why that is and what it means for the debates over diplomatic safety and privacy vs. security.  (This one made the nightly news….it is substance for more BS)……..The Right is stroking put because Obama told AQ that they were listening….but ask yourself….if he had not done this and there had been another attack what would the Right hve to say?  This is just too silly for the news…..

7. Spurred on by anti-abortion lawmakers, North Carolina’s Health Department is cracking down on abortion clinics: An outside investigation reveals that state lawmakers’ crusade against abortion may be directly influencing the health department’s recent flurry of clinic closures.

8. Banks continue to flout foreclosure law in Massachusetts: Wrongful foreclosures continue to plague homeowners in the state.

9. Police are seizing the property of people who have never been accused of a crime: As law enforcement officers continue to ramp up use of a controversial practice known as civil forfeiture, police are seizing cash, cars, houses, and other assets in the name of drug enforcement without ever having arrested or charged their owners with a crime.

10. Chicago cardinal pulls support from immigration groups who also back marriage equality: Cardinal Francis George says immigration groups that support marriage equality don’t “respect the teachings of the Catholic faith.”

I am open to any theory on the reason that these stories were ignored……tell me…..then we can discuss……

Democrats To Introduce Supreme Court Ethics Bill | Mother Jones

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About damn time!  These twats need to live by a code of ethics……as it is now they are pretty much free top do and say whatever they feel…….change that!

 

Democrats To Introduce Supreme Court Ethics Bill | Mother Jones.

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Stand Your Ground!

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Much has been said in the media and around coffee tables about the Zimmerman trial and the use of “stand your ground” defense…….I believe there is something 20 states that have a version of this piece of crap (personal opinion noting official)……I get about a ba-zillion emails from people that know that I am an opinionated SOB and send me stuff that might fire up my mind and my fingers…….the following is an email I got from a friend in Colorado…….

By popular demand, lets take some of the issues in the Zimmerman case a little deeper just for discussion’s sake. There are many levels to discuss and so few hours in the day. That being said, this is one case out of thousands that deserve attention but in this instance, we’re all familiar with it.

On the topic of “stand your ground” and the misinformation which continues to fly regarding such laws, there are several differences between that statute and what’s commonly considered self-defense.

First and foremost, the Florida “stand your ground” (SYG) statute did not apply in the Zimmerman case nor was it ever argued by the defense to apply. Typically self-defense law holds that if you’re attacked with force and fear for your life or fear great bodily harm, you must attempt to retreat until you can retreat no further, at that point you can use deadly force simply under the banner of self-defense. All states have some form of this dating back centuries.

In Florida, the SYG statute simply removes the victim’s burden to retreat and says that, if you’re the innocent party who has not provoked the attack, you do not have to retreat before deploying deadly force on your attacker. In essence, SYG is a burden-shifting law which empowers the victim in the case of an attack. In Florida there is what is known as a “stand your ground hearing” which allows you to present evidence that you stood your ground in the face of an attacker and if the court agrees, your case is dismissed since you were the innocent victim defending yourself without the need to retreat. There mere fact that George Zimmerman was on trial means that SYG did not apply to this case.

Explanation of Florida’s “stand your ground” statute:

Under Florida law, “[a] person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” § 776.013(3), Fla. Stat. (2007).

Explanation of Florida’s “stand your ground” hearing:

When the defendant files a motion to invoke the statutory immunity, then the trial court must hold a pre-trial evidentiary hearing to determine if the preponderance of the evidence warrants immunity. See State v. Yaqubie, 51 So.3d 474, 476 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010).

At the hearing, the trial court must weigh and decide factual disputes as to the defendant’s use of force to determine whether to dismiss the case based on the immunity. Peterson v. State, 983 So.2d 27, 29 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008). The defendant bears the burden of proof on the issue of whether the “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” immunity attaches to his or her actions. Id.

During the evidentiary hearing the trial court considers the disputed issues of fact and must make a finding under the preponderance of the evidence standard. The court can either dismiss the charges or allow the prosecution to go forward.

If you apply this to the Zimmerman case it’s clear that because George Zimmerman exited his truck and followed Trayvon Martin, the SYG statute cannot apply to this case. Thus, George Zimmerman waived his right to a “stand your ground hearing” because he knew and his attorneys knew the SYG statute did not protect Zimmerman because he did not act within the confines of the SYG statute since his actions helped lead to the altercation that ended Trayvon Martin’s life.

Therefore, the demands to abolish or curtail the concept of the SYG laws around the country are misguided and do not take into account that it had no effect on the outcome of this case. Around 30 states have a similar SYG statute to Florida. Other states, such as Washington and Virginia, have SYG precedent in Common Law dating back hundreds of years.

As to what actually happened with regard to self-defense law, the jury believed that as Zimmerman and Martin fought on the ground, Martin may have pinned Zimmerman to the ground meaning Zimmerman, under pure self-defense, could not retreat and thus had the right under the law to use deadly force. Again, this scenario has nothing to do with the SYG statute in Florida law. It would have played the same way in nearly every state since it is under the banner of self-defense. Federal Law also holds the same concept of self-defense.

In some states, the burden or description of manslaughter might read differently which could have affected the outcome but in this case, the law as it was written was applied by the jury. Since they believed George Zimmerman’s account and the witness’ account of what they believe happened, self-defense law acquitted George Zimmerman, not the “stand your ground” law.

Had the jury not believed that George Zimmerman feared for his life, self-defense would not have applied either.

After the verdict came in I offered my opinion…….

Trayvon is the price society must pay for allowing morons to legally carry a gun………

If this is unacceptable then GET BUSY!

My Zimmerman Statement

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People have been trying all weekend to engage me in to commenting on the outcome of the Zimmerman trial…..I have resisted as long as I could but the endless prying has brought me to this post.

This will be my one and only statement on the trial of Zimmerman and its verdict.

People let it go!  He was tried and found not guilty whether you agree or not that is how the system works here….maybe not as well as some of us would like but it is the rule and now it is over.

The tragedy of a 17 year old being shot for any reason is a horrible thing and very little can be said to defend it to anyone.  The sad part is this incident is the price we pay for allowing morons to carry guns legally.  The death of a loved one at the hands of self-styled vigilantes will continue and there will be more Trayvons out there….you may not hear much about them but they will be there.  And as long as we allow idiots who fancy their manhood in the carrying of a gun we will mourn for our dead.

The people can and should do something about this….it cannot be fixed in a year or maybe even 10…..but it can be fixed.  Do what you have to do to fix this outrageous law…….if you cannot do that then learn to live with…..MORONS WITH GUNS!

One last thing….we hear once again about a national conversation on race is needed……it has been needed for 50 years and there has been NO one that has the guts to start it.  Until we have this talk and be honest with each other there will ALWAYS Trayvons and Zimmermans…….

Get busy or SHUT UP!

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