Category Archives: Crime

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Sentenced to Death In Sudan

I always say, First Think, Then Think Again. That is part of Engaging Your Brain. Don’t let emotion rule. But right now. Right this second. I am imploring you to go to Amnesty International and sign this petition. Then go to the Family Research Council and sign this petition.  Then go to the ACLJ and sign their petition. After you have done that we can talk and Think. Some of my friends don’t much approve of the Family Research Council or the ACLJ, others don’t put much trust in Amnesty International, right now I don’t care. Right now is not the time for diddling, now is the time for action. My feelings border on letting emotion rule my thinking but I challenge anyone to talk me down from this position.

Signing a petition is not much and is not enough. Make a call, send an email, let Washington know that you will remember a President who maybe just hasn’t heard about it on the news yet. Let your representatives know that besides passing a resolution, they should be putting the word out, all they have to do is mention Meriam Yehya Ibrahim once a day to reporters who are hanging on their every word. They don’t have to do more that just mention her name. That many impressions in the ears of reporters will make some of them take notice. Imagine if our elected officials would do just that little thing, how much pressure could be brought on the Sudanese government. Unfortunately it is summer and many (most) Americans aren’t paying attention to things that deserve their attention. I haven’t outlined what is going on for a reason.

At a practice many years ago, Alabama football coach Bear Bryant was asked if he was concerned that some of his players didn’t know what was going on. Coach Bryant replied, No, the ones that bother me are the ones who don’t even suspect anything is going on. It is the duty of a good citizen to pay attention and know what is going on. This article will help to bring you up to date in case you have missed it until now.

The United States Senate has unanimously passed a resolution “condemning the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy.”. In Great Britain Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, told MailOnline: “The plight of Meriam Ibrahim has outraged and shocked many people across the world. The UK govenment must speak out firmly against her barbaric sentence and continue to call on the Sudanese government to revoke it.” The DailyMail also reports, “The United Nations needs to intervene to stop a Sudanese mother of two being executed for marrying a Christian, senior MPs from all parties have demanded.”

OK. Now being rational, there are many unimaginable travesties taking place around the globe and despite all the talk from well-meaning people there may not be any stopping such a pathetic government carrying out what it sees as a just sentence. There is so much that is so wrong in the world today, you could well say there are more important issues to be tackled. I say, I couldn’t sleep if I didn’t at least raise my feeble little voice in this instance. Signing a petition may be a waste of time, we will see. Demanding more action from the U.N. may be seen as lunacy. Doing nothing at all I will say is unacceptable. We can be better than this, we must be better. No better place to start than right here, right now. Make a difference. It will make you feel better if nothing else. The outcry is being heard, I truly believe she will be spared because the people of the world have raised their voices against the Sudanese government.

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Reat Underwood’s Rendition Of America’s National Anthem To Open Kansas City Royal’s Game

Reat Griffin Underwood, a talented 14 year-old high school freshman will be honored tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals, a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sung by Reat Underwood will be played on the Kauffman Stadium video board. It was a dream of his to sing the anthem at a Royal’s game. The video will be introduced to the fans by stadium announcer  Mike McCartney:

“it was Reat Underwood’s greatest wish to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at a Royals game. Tonight we honor that request in his memory … as we pay respect to our flag and country as we honor America with this video performance of our national anthem by Reat Underwood.”

Reat and his grandfather,  Dr. William Corporon, were murdered in April as they arrived for an audition for “KC Superstar” being held at the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City. Terri LaManno, 53 was the third victim of a despicable human who committed the crime.

I look at crimes such as these as robberies. Obviously the victims were robbed of their lives, their loved ones robbed of sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, grandfathers. And the rest of us were robbed of the possible association with good people and deprived of the contributions these people would have continued to make to a better world.

Reat had accomplished so much in 14 short years it is impossible to predict what heights he would have achieved if he had been allowed to live. But a man filled with hate robbed Reat and all of us. He didn’t know Reat or his grandfather, they were just in the wrong place when this sick individual was on the attack. Continue reading Reat Underwood’s Rendition Of America’s National Anthem To Open Kansas City Royal’s Game

Appeals Court Rules In Favor of Carla Gericke: Americans Have Constitutional Right To Film Police

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, handed down a ruling this week that has not received the attention the case is due. The case began in March 2010 when Carla Gericke was attempting to video a police stop of her friend.

Appellate Judge Kermit Lipez writes:

“This case raises an important question about an individual’s First Amendment right to film a traffic stop by a police officer. Carla Gericke attempted to film Sergeant Joseph Kelley as he was conducting a late-night traffic stop. Shortly thereafter, she was arrested and charged with several crimes, including a violation of New Hampshire’s wiretapping statute. Gericke was not brought to trial. She subsequently sued the Town of Weare, its police department, and the officers who arrested and charged her, alleging in pertinent part that the wiretapping charge constituted retaliatory prosecution in violation of her First Amendment rights.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruling states (Read entire ruling here):

“Under Gericke’s version of the facts, where there was no police order to stop filming or leave the area, a jury could supportably find that the officers violated her First Amendment right by filing the wiretapping charge against her because of her attempted filming of Sergeant Kelley during the traffic stop. It was clearly established at the time of the stop that the First Amendment right to film police carrying out their duties in public, including a traffic stop, remains unfettered if no reasonable restriction is imposed or in place. Accordingly, we hold that the district court properly denied qualified immunity to the officers on Gericke’s section 1983 claim that the wiretapping charge constituted retaliatory prosecution in violation of the First Amendment. – “.

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line in our country every day. The efforts of the many honorable and brave law enforcement personnel should be remembered by everyone. But when on duty they also must recognize that we are a nation of laws and the laws apply to them as well as the public they serve. Many also need to have a better understanding of the constitutional rights we all share. Sometimes these rights seem to make some officers nervous and unfortunately there are far too many cases such as Ms. Gericke’s.

RT.com article on Ms. Gericke’s case.

Another case involving Simon Glik being taken into police custody for recording a police arrest he was witnessing. Police told him to stop because he was violating Massachusetts wiretap laws. Again the courts ruled in favor of a citizens constitutional rights.

 

Katie Cooper – Santa Barbara Shooting Victim Remembered

Katie Cooper, remember her name. She and the five other victims of Friday night’s shooting rampage in Santa Barbara are the ones to be talking about and remembered. Having their lives ended in a senseless act of violence is terribly unjust. The OC Register tells Katie’s story growing up in Chino Hills California. Katherine Breann Cooper was 22 and her graduation from UCSB was just around the corner. The loss of Katie Cooper and the potential she had in her for a rewarding life, makes the world a poorer place.

Veronika Elizabeth Weiss, 19, of Westlake Village

Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, of Los Osos

Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, of San Jose

George Chen, 19, of San Jose

Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont

These are the other young people who had their lives cut short. For their families and friends they will never be forgotten. Not a day will go by that their families won’t think of them and miss them. The Daily Mail writes about them here.

Unfortunately for most of us in the weeks, months and years to come, if we remember a name from the killings of this weekend it will most like be the name of the one who took the lives of the innocent victims. That is a sad reality as well.

Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam was fired for comments he made about the killer and others. 

Elliot Rodger Mass Killing Near UC-Santa Barbara

UPDATE: A collection of Tweets in the aftermath of the killing spree. As ill as Mr. Rodger was, the comments here make me wonder about the sanity of all of us.

First, Think, Then Think Again. It doesn’t always work. Elliot Rodger did a lot of thinking about his life, what was good and not so good in it and what his options were. The course he took led to the murder of six innocent people Friday night in the idealistic California college area of Isla Vista. The son of Hollywood director Alan Schifman, had posted a YouTube video titled “Retribution”, warning of his actions to come.

Mr. Rodger left behind information on social media that gives more background about his behavior than experts often have in situations such as this. In the days to come there will be many theories developed trying to explain such senseless behavior. What is inescapable is there are many of us who are simply unable to cope with reality and the demands of life.

But already people are jumping on their well-ridden horse to explain what happened and why. Anti-gun types versus gun rights advocates have taken over the comments section at Huffington Post, along with those who say we need to pay attention to mental health issues and identifying problems before they reach the breaking point. While these people could make good arguments for their point of view, most of them don’t because they simply don’t take the time to Think. They have a pet issue and they know that taking care of it, is the answer. Don’t agree with them, or have a counter point to their argument, it’s time for name calling, ad hominem attacks and the possibility of a rational discussion is lost.

There are many issues to be explored in trying to analyze Mr. Rodger’s problems and no doubt most of them will talked about ad nauseam. Unfortunately, with all of the words spoken and uttered there probably will be little of value that comes from it all. Much like this post which has simply stated the obvious, the only real take away from these 400 words would be to cut down on the hyperbole, do some serious thinking and then be willing to discuss your ideas in a calm and respectful way.

Something I was noticing, while maybe a nebulous connection, were the other stories in the news running along side this mass murder story. Stories which will attract much more attention than they deserve. Such as the “Over The Top Wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Florence. “Adriana Lima’s Nude Dress Turns Heads at Cannes Film Festival”. Both of those headlines were next to the shooting story on The Huffington Post. Of course both of those stories will attract a lot of attention. The only reason I would look at the second story is to find out who in the world Adriana Lima is. In the Daily Mail were articles such as, “Sofia Vergara splits with Nick Loeb blames her busy work schedule for not making it fun anymore.”  But could our obsession with the make-believe world of celebrities lead some of us to believe our life should be something it isn’t? Throwing that into the mix at any rate.

The pain and sorrow being experienced by the families of the six who lost their lives, because of the actions of one 22 year-old who couldn’t seem to develop they type of relationship he wanted with a young woman, is on the level of something I don’t even want to imagine. Condolences to all of them, there is nothing that can change what happened last night. Life is tough enough without having to cope with these nightmares.

From the left – comments from DemocraticUnderground, they blame Men’s Rights Movement.

From the right – comments from FreeRepublic, a metro-sexual raised in a liberal utopia.