ARIZONA EXECUTION OF KILLER JOE WOOD IS JUSTIFIED

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET MURDERED BY THE STATE

YOU SHOULDN’T COMMIT A HEINOUS CRIME LIKE MURDERING TWO PEOPLE

JOSEPH WOOD MURDERED HIS GIRLFRIEND AND HER FATHER

AND SO WHAT HIS EXECUTION LASTED 2 HOURS

THE FUCKER WOULDN’T DIE

HE WAS BEING KILLED BY OUR SOCIETY

THEY HAD TO PUMP HIM WITH DRUGS

HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HAPPY MOTHER FUCKER

BUT HE WAS “SNORTING & GASPING”

BIG FUCKING DEAL

I HOPE HE SUFFERED A LOT

AND REMEMBERS THAT PAIN FOR ETERNITY

HE DESERVED EVERY OUNCE OF PAIN HE RECEIVED FOR THE TONS HE GAVE.

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Arizona Execution: Joseph Wood ‘Gasping And Snorting For More Than An Hour,’ Lawyers Say

An Arizona inmate gasped and snorted in an execution that lasted nearly two hours on Tuesday.

Lawyers for Joseph Wood had filed an emergency motion to abort the execution because their client was still alive more than an hour after receiving a lethal injection that was intended to kill him quickly and peacefully.

Their motion, filed in federal district court, failed to save Wood. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced that the 55-year-old convicted killer was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.

Court papers said the execution started 117 minutes earlier.

“He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour,” Wood’s lawyers wrote in their hurried attempt to call off the execution and force Arizona to provide Wood with life-saving care. “He is still alive.”

A journalist from the Arizona Republic who witnessed the execution said Woodgasped for air 660 times after the drugs were introduced through intravenous tubes.

Wood was convicted of killing his girlfriend Debra Dietz and her father in 1989.

Dietz’s sister dismissed concerns about how Wood died.

“I don’t believe he was suffering,” Dietz’s sister, Jeannie Brown told NBC News. “Who really suffered was my dad and my sister when they were killed.”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) ordered a review and said she was “concerned” about how the execution unfolded, according to NBC, but said Wood didn’t suffer “in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims.”

Defense lawyers and prosecutors had battled in court in the run-up to Wood’s execution. His attorneys sought to postpone his execution unless Arizona disclosed information about the untested cocktail of deadly drugs they planned to administer to him, the Arizona Republic reported.

They also argued that Wood’s original defense was inadequate. The Arizona Supreme Court, however, rejected both arguments earlier today and allowed the execution to go forward.

After Wood’s death was announced, one of his lawyers in a statement given to HuffPost criticized the secrecy Arizona officials maintained around the experimental use of the drugs midazolam and hydromorphone.

Following the execution, Arizona’s department of corrections asserted that it had followed protocol and the process was monitored by a team of medical professionals. The Washington Post reports that sedation of Wood was confirmed eight times. The corrections department held that aside from snoring, Wood was still and did not “grimace” during the execution, according to CNN.

“We will renew our efforts to get information about the manufacturer of drugs as well as how Arizona came up with the experimental formula of drugs it used today. Arizona appears to have joined several other states who have been responsible for an entirely preventable horror — a bungled execution,” Dale Baich said. “The public should hold its officials responsible and demand to make this process more transparent.”

In April, Oklahoma halted the execution of inmate Clayton Lockett who writhed in the death chamber during an execution prolonged by poorly administered drugs.

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Was it really a “botched execution”? Or was it justice for a “Stone Cold KIller”?

Posted Thursday, July 24th 2014 @ 4am

You will hear about the Arizona execution of Joe Wood all day today.  You will hear that he took to hours to die, and that he gasped and wheezed the entire time.

What you may not read is that doctors were there and 8 times declared him to be deeply comatose, and not capable of feeling pain.

And what you won’t see anywhere else is the truth about the crimes he was sentenced to die for.

The Year Was 1989.

Joseph Wood was in a rough and tumble relationship with a woman named Debra Dietz.    They lived together in an apartment, but Wood couldn’t hold a job and she pretty much paid the bills.   Wood beat her up all the time.  Finally she broke things off and moved home to her folks house.

Debra Dietz

She worked with her father Gene at an auto shop he owned.  On August 7, 1989, the day of the killings Wood called the shop and asked if the father and daughter were there.  Another employee said they would be shortly.  Wood called back three times. Debra hung up on him once, Gene hung up twice.

Wood drove to the shop drew a revolver, walked to within four feet of Gene.  While other employees shouted at him to drop the gun, Wood shot Gene in the chest and smiled.   Wood left the shop, but came right back in and pointed his gun at Gene again.  Gene’s 70 year old brother struggled with Wood who broke free and ran to the area was Debra was working.

She was trying to call 911 to get help for her father.  Wood grabbed her around the neck from behind and placed his revolver directl against her chest.  She screamed and said “No Joe Don’t!”  Wood said “I told you I was going to do it.”  “I have to kill you”. “Bitch”. And then he shot her twice in the chest.

Police were already arriving on the scene and told Wood to drop his gun.  He did, but then leaned over and picked it up again.  As he raised it towards the officers, he was shot several times, but lived.

Wood never denied the crime, but said it was an impulsive acct, not premeditated.  The jury disagreed and he was sentenced to death on two counts.

sister of the deceased Debra Dietz and daughter of the late Gene Dietz

COP IN MICHIGAN SHOOTS A WOMAN’S DOG 15 TIME – LAWSUIT

THAT COP WOULD NOT LIVE

IF HE SHOT ONE TIME AT MY DOG

I DON’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT COPS TODAY

THEY SUCK AND NEED TO STAND DOWN

FUCK THEM

I HATE COPS

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Cops Deliberately Shot Woman’s Dog 15 Times: Lawsuit

Posted: 07/23/2014 3:23 pm EDT Updated: 07/23/2014 6:59 pm EDT
Lexie being led away after she was shot. (Photo: YouTube Video Still)

The Michigan attorney representing a woman whose dog was fatally shot by police officers late last year said he believes the shooting was premeditated.

“They had a premeditated intent to kill the dog and that is exactly what they did,” Royal Oak attorney Chris Olson told The Huffington Post.

Olson is representing Brittany Preston, the owner of a 1-year-old mixed breed Labrador named Lexie, who was shot and killed by authorities in St. Clair Shores last year. St. Clair Shores is a suburban city that borders Lake St. Clair in Macomb County.

On July 15, Olson filed a federal lawsuit against the city of St. Clair Shores, police officers David Jacquemain and Jeremy Moskwa, and animal control officer Tom Massey. The lawsuit alleges that in killing Lexie, the defendants violated Preston’s Fourth Amendment rights and her civil rights.

According to Olson, the events leading up to the shooting began in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 when Preston’s grandfather, who reportedly suffers from dementia, accidentally left the dog outside. Authorities were called to the scene when the dog began to bark excessively.

Much of what happened next was captured by dash cams on the responding police cruisers.

“Before even getting out of the car, an officer is heard saying, ‘The only thing I’m gonna do is shoot it, anyway. I do not like dogs,’” Olson said of the recordings.

Subsequent dash camera audio captured the officers discussing various methods of restraining the dog, at which point one of them can be heard saying, “I don’t do snares, I don’t do dogs … I’ll shoot the f–king thing.”

Authorities eventually make contact with Preston’s grandfather. He initially states he does not know who the dog belongs to.

“Hey, here is what I’m gonna tell you, if this isn’t your dog, then you don’t care if I shoot it because I’m about to,” an officer can be heard telling Preston’s grandfather. “I’m very close to killing this dog, do you understand what I’m telling you right now? I will kill this dog. So if this is your damn dog, bring it in the house.”

At one point, Preston’s grandfather can be heard saying he cannot remember if the dog was in his house. Later, he said he thinks the animal belongs to his granddaughter, at which time he agrees to allow the animal to come into the house.

However, before Preston’s grandfather could allow Lexie inside, the police officers shot at her four times, with three bullets making contact, according to police.

Preston’s grandfather can be heard on the dash cam audio confronting one of the police officers about the shooting.

“What the f–k, you shooting it right in front of me,” he asked. The officer replied, “It attacked us, sir,” to which Preston’s grandfather replied, “I don’t think so. You guys ought to go on TV.”

A short time later, an officer shot Lexie a fourth time. The dog can be heard crying out in pain again, but is still alive.

 

 

The lawsuit alleges that when the animal control officer finally arrived on the scene, the officers can be heard on the dash cam video discussing with him how to deal with Lexie, who is still breathing despite her multiple wounds.

“Defendant police officers asked defendant Massey if he could ‘choke it out,’” the lawsuit alleges. “Another police officer suggested using a shovel to kill Lexie. Defendant Massey remarked that doing so would not be a good idea because, ‘You know this s–t is going to be all over Facebook in about an hour,’ to which a police officer responded, ‘yeah, unfortunately.’”

The dash cam later captures Massey using a catch-pole to walk a badly wounded Lexie to the animal control truck. What happened next is also controversial, according to Olson.

The lawsuit alleges a licensed veterinarian performed a gross necropsy on Lexie on Nov. 29. The findings allegedly contrast with the number of shots police say were fired at the scene. The necropsy, according to Olson, identified a total of 15 bullet holes in the dog.

“You do the math,” he said. “Evidently, based on the number of bullet holes, they shot Lexie several more times once she was taken away.”

In a statement to the media, St. Clair Shores city attorney Robert Ihrie did not address any particulars of the lawsuit, but did say he believes it is “filled with innuendo, speculation and half-truths.”

Ihrie added, “We do not intend to try this case in the news media. We will allow the court process to work and we trust that, in the end, the city will be vindicated.”

According to Candgnews.com, the officers involved in the shooting have already been disciplined. Massey was reportedly suspended for a month without pay. One officer was counseled and the other had a letter of discipline entered into his file.

Olson called the city’s response to the shooting laughable. His client, he said, is still shocked and heartbroken at what happened and wants the defendants to compensate her “in a fair and reasonable amount” for the shooting of her beloved pet.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial, a date for which has not yet been set.

 

 

UKRAINE PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS, JOURNALIST IS ABDUCTED, MORE BODIES BACK IN NETHERLANDS

FIRST THE DUTCH PRESIDENT THREATENED THE LIFE OF MARIA PUTIN, VALD’S DAUGHTER, WHO LIVES IN THE NETHERLANDS WITH HER DUTCH BOYFRIEND AND THEN

HE TOOK IT BACK

HE COULD BE A REPUBLICAN IN AMERICA WITH THAT SCENARIO

THEN THE UKRAINE PM RESIGNS

A JOURNALIST IS ABDUCTED

AND MORE BODIES FROM MALAYSIAN FLIGHT 17 ARE FLOWN TO THE NETHERLANDS

BACK HOME

AND

IT’S ONLY

THE 3RD WEEK OF JULY 2014

MAKE IT STOP!

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Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Resigns

Posted: 07/24/2014 11:02 am EDT Updated: 1 hour ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country’s starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

Yatsenyuk, a supporter of closer ties with Europe and a key participant in the protests that toppled Yanukovych, made the announcement from the dais of Parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. He said Parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws.

President Petro Poroshenko, elected to replace Yanukovych May 25, earlier praised the withdrawal of the two parties. He said that “all opinion polls, and direct conversations with people, show that society wants a complete rebooting of the government.”

Poroshenko’s calls for political renewal suggests the resignation and new elections are the result of planning and political maneuvering, not chaos.

Yatsenyuk took over as prime minister just short of five months ago supported by a coalition of pro-European parties. They took power after Yanukovych was driven from office by months of street protests on Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan.

The protests began over Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a sweeping trade deal with the European Union, but swelled to include wider grievances such as the government’s attempts to suppress the protests with riot police, corruption, and lack of progress in modernizing the economy.

“I think this is a fully expected and planned development,” said Balazs Jarabik, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The president and the government coalition looked for ways to clear the legal way for an early election, as they are under a lot of pressure from Maidan and the public.”

The president can dismiss Parliament for new elections if no new government is formed in 30 days.

The current Parliament was originally dominated by Yanukovych supporters in the pro-Russian Party of Regions. That group has shrunk through defections and its members face an uncertain fate in new elections.

When he took office, Yatsenyuk’s administration was expected to be a brief one because it was taking over with the government almost broke and facing the likelihood of adopting unpopular measures to satisfy conditions for rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund. It succeeded in landing the IMF bailout and last week IMF officials said the government was meeting almost all its financial targets.

The government faces tensions with Russia which termed Yanukovych’s ouster a coup, seized Ukraine’s Crimea region and cut off natural gas supplies in a price dispute.

It has also battled a pro-Russian insurgency in which rebels armed with heavy weapons such as tanks and anti-aircraft missiles have seized public buildings and battled government troops. Russia denies supporting the rebels.

The nationalist Svoboda party and the Udar party led by former boxer Vitali Klitschko pulled out of Yatsenyuk’s coalition.

Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said it was up to Udar and Svoboda to propose a candidate for temporary prime minister to lead the government until early parliamentary elections can be held.

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Journalist working for CNN “ABDUCTED” (according to the Huffington “drama queen” post!) in Ukraine

By Ivan Watson and Ingrid Formanek, CNN
updated 2:07 PM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
Source: CNN

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was detained by pro-Russian separatists.

Armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic seized Anton Skiba outside a hotel in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk after he had worked for one day with a CNN television crew.

Since his detention, CNN has attempted through a number of different separatist officials, including the office of the separatist Prime Minister Alexander Borodai, to secure Skiba’s freedom.

CNN chose not to report his detention at the time while making efforts to obtain his release.

Anton Skiba was working for CNN when he was abducted in Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Anton Skiba was working for CNN when he was abducted in Ukraine on Tuesday night.

That has not happened to date, so CNN is now publicly asking those who are holding Skiba to release him immediately.

Armed fighters led by a senior official from the rebel region were waiting outside the Donbass Palace Hotel when CNN’s crew returned from a day’s work at the MH17 crash site on Tuesday evening.

The official, who later introduced himself as Alexandr Kalyussky, the deputy prime minister in charge of industry in the Donetsk People’s Republic, initially accused Skiba of “terrorism” and of posting cash rewards for the killing of separatist fighters on his Facebook page. Kalyussky showed a folder of printed documents that he claimed was evidence, including an apparent printout of Skiba’s Facebook page.

Gunmen escorted Skiba to a waiting car. The young man did not resist as he was led away.

Kalyussky seized a cell phone from CNN cameraman Jeff Kehl, who tried to film the detention. Later, Kalyussky apologized and returned the cell phone to Kehl on condition that Kehl delete the video.

In subsequent conversations with CNN, Kalyussky dropped the accusation that Skiba was offering cash rewards for assassinations. Late Tuesday night, Kalyussky said Skiba was being questioned for having multiple forms of identification with different surnames. On Wednesday, another high-ranking separatist official told CNN that Skiba admitted to being a “Ukrainian agent.”

The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said he was “very alarmed” by the incident. Geoffrey Pyatt, the envoy, laid the blame at Moscow’s door.

He told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour the Kremlin was trying “to use information and fear as part of its strategy to sow chaos in Ukraine. That’s a strategy that leads to a dead end for Russia.”

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf strongly condemned what she called Skiba’s “kidnapping” by Russian-backed separatists.

“We demand his immediate release along with the other hostage I believe they hold,” she said.

Several international human rights and press freedom organizations have called for Skiba’s immediate release.

“I strongly condemn this incident. Journalists must not become targets just for fulfilling their professional duties,” said Dunja Mijatovic, the representative for media freedom at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine have also expressed concern about Skiba and urged his release.

“The climate for press freedom in the volatile eastern Ukraine has deteriorated further,” the CPJ warned. The group reported that separatists have detained up to 10 foreign correspondents in the last week who came to the region to report on the plane crash.

On Tuesday, a British reporter working for the television network Russia Today and a cameraman for the Abkhazian Network News Agency went missing while reporting on clashes on the outskirts of Donetsk, the CPJ said.

RT freelancer Graham Phillips and an ANNA cameraman identified only as Vadim have been missing since Tuesday, the CPJ said. They were last seen near Donetsk airport.

On Wednesday, Skiba made a short phone call to CNN.

He said he was being questioned at the headquarters of the Donetsk security services and added that he would “not be available” before the call was abruptly cut off. It was unclear whether the call was made under duress.

On Thursday, separatist officials did not respond to additional requests from CNN about Skiba’s welfare.

On July 11, Kalyussky — the separatist official who detained Skiba — was added to the growing list of DPR officials to face sanctions from the European Union.

Anton Skiba had previously also worked as a fixer for the BBC for two days in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash. A journalist at the weekly Moscow-based newsmagazine Russian Reporter told CNN that Skiba also worked for several months in 2013 as a photographer for the publication.

He was working as a fixer for CNN — a freelance position that combines journalism, translating and providing local knowledge.

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Planes Bring More Bodies Of MH17 Victims To The Netherlands

Posted: 07/24/2014 8:34 am EDT Updated: 2 minutes agoUKRAINE

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

Human remains continue to be found a full week after the plane went down — underlining concerns about the halting and chaotic recovery effort at the sprawling site spread across farmland in eastern Ukraine. Armed separatists control the area and have hindered access by investigators.

All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — most of them Dutch citizens — were killed when the plane was shot down on July 17. U.S. officials say the Boeing 777 was probably shot down by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian rebels, likely by accident.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who says he fears some remains will never be recovered unless security is tightened, has proposed a multinational force mounted by countries such as Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia that lost citizens in the disaster. Abbott said Thursday he had dispatched 50 police officers to London to be ready to join any organization which may result.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was traveling with her Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans to Kiev to seek an agreement with the Ukraine government to allow international police to secure the wreckage, Abbott said.

Details including which countries would contribute and whether officers would be armed and protected by international troops were yet to be agreed, Abbott said.

International experts found more remains still at the crash site both Wednesday and Thursday, Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters in Donetsk on Thursday. OSCE observers, sent to monitor the conflict, escorted a delegation from Australia to examine the wreckage Thursday for the first time. More Australian specialists are expected to join them Friday, Bociurkiw said.

On Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Australia demanding that rebels cooperate with an independent investigation and allow all remaining bodies to be recovered.

The first remains arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday and were met by Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and hundreds of relatives. The two planes Thursday brought a total of 74 more coffins back to the Netherlands, said government spokesman Lodewijk Hekking.

Patricia Zorko, head of the National Police Unit that includes the Dutch national forensic team, said some 200 experts, including 80 from overseas, were working in Hilversum at a military barracks on the outskirts of the central city of Hilversum to identify the dead. Around the world some 1,000 people are involved in the process, which also includes gathering information from next of kin.

Staff will “examine the bodies, describe the bodies, take dental information, DNA and put all the information together in the computer and compare this information with the information they gathered from the families in the last days,” police spokesman Ed Kraszewski said in a telephone interview. “Then we have to see if there is a match.”

There are three scientific methods of identifying bodies — dental records, finger prints and DNA.

After the experts believe they have positively identified a body, they defend their findings to an international panel. If both agree, the positive identification will be sent to a Dutch prosecution office, which has the power to release the body to the next of kin.

Zorko warned that the process of identification could be drawn out.

“Unfortunately this type of investigation often takes time,” she said. “Count on weeks and maybe even months.”

The Dutch Safety Board said investigators in England successfully downloaded data from Flight 17′s Flight Data Recorder. It said “no evidence or indications of manipulation of the recorder was found.” It did not release any details of the data.

Meanwhile, police and traffic authorities appealed to the public not to stop on the highway as a convoy of hearses passes by Thursday on its way from Eindhoven Air Base to Hilversum.

On Wednesday, the convoy of hearses passed through roads lined with thousands of members of the public, who applauded, threw flowers or stood in silence as the cars drove by.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the number of Dutch victims had risen by one to 194, taking into account a woman with joint German and Dutch nationalities who earlier had been listed as German.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the crash, but offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The officials said the plane was likely shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. officials cited intercepts, satellite photos and social media postings by separatists, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts.

Russia on Thursday brushed off the accusations. Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in a video statement that if the U.S. officials indeed had the proof the plane shot down by a missile launched from the rebel-held territory, “how come they have not been made public?”

Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops have been fighting for more than three months, leaving at least 400 dead and displacing tens of thousands.

Ukrainian forces are trying to ride the momentum of taking the strategic city Slovyansk on July 5 which was in rebel hands for more than two months. Government forces are now closing in on Donetsk, where insurgents regrouped after leaving Slovyansk, and are trying to cut off supply routes to rebels based in the neighboring Luhansk region.

In Brussels, ambassadors from the 28 European Union nations agreed Thursday to add more names to the list of Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians subject to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans for allegedly acting against Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Seventy-two people are already covered by the measures.

European Union officials said the new names would be made public only Friday and the fresh sanctions could for the first time result in Russian companies being blacklisted from doing business in the EU.

On Friday, the ambassadors will meet again to discuss the possible imposition of further sweeping measures, targeting Russia’s high-tech, energy, defense and banking sectors, if Russia fails to cease its alleged support for the rebellion.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the White House expects that at least some of the individuals targeted by the EU will overlap with those sanctioned already by the U.S.

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Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow, Lucian Kim in Donetsk, Ukraine, Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, and Rod McGurk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.

 

APPARENTLY PUTIN/RUSSIA FIRED ON THE UKRAINE? THAT’S WHAT AMERICA SAYS THEY DID?

WTF IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD?

WTF PLEASE MAKE IT STOP

OR

I’M GOING TO WANT TO GET THE FUCK OFF

RIDICULOUS

First Russia shoots down the Malaysian flight 17

and then 2 fighter jets and now this?

WTF is going on really?

Putin really wants to get into something

I’m done – I would throw a bomb on Russia so quick if I were President.

I know Obama doesn’t want to do that and get us all into WW3

but I believe it’s inevitable

Putin keeps cruisin’ for a brusin’

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Russia Fired On Ukraine, U.S. Says

Posted: 07/24/2014 2:28 pm EDT Updated: 44 minutes ago

(Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists.

“We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Harf, speaking at a regular media briefing, cited intelligence reports, but said she could give no more information of what the reports were based on.

Russia has in the past denied it is directly involved with the rebellion in its western neighbor, but the United States and its European allies accuse Moscow of arming and encouraging the uprising and have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response.

Ukraine’s Security Council said on Wednesday preliminary information indicated that missiles which brought down two government fighter jets over eastern Ukraine were fired from Russia.

Russia’s Defense Ministry on Thursday dismissed this, saying it was “an attempt to mislead the public,” Interfax news agency reported, citing a defense ministry official.

(Reporting by David Storey; Editing by Eric Beech)

 

WTF IS HAPPENING IN THE “FRIENDLY SKIES”?

All of these planes that have gone missing or have crashed are MUSLIM oriented. What’s up with that?

 

REUTERS:

French warplanes search Mali desert for crashed Air Algerie plane

ALGIERS Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:00pm EDT

An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers July 24, 2014.  An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. REUTERS-Louafi Larbi
A screengrab of the homepage of the Ouagadougou airport's Internet site (http:--www.aeroport-ouagadougou.com) shows a map displaying AH5017's last contact zone, July 24, 2014. REUTERS-Ouagadougou airport
The sister-in-law of Lebanese passenger Randa Daher reacts as she holds her mobile phone displaying a picture of Randa and one of her children at her home in the southern Lebanese village of Srifa July 24, 2014. REUTERS-Ali Hashisho

1 OF 5. An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers July 24, 2014. An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

(Reuters) – An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers onboard, nearly half of them French citizens, crashed on Thursday after the jet disappeared over northern Mali en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers, an Algerian official said.

There were few clear indications of what might have happened to flight AH5017, or whether there were casualties, but Burkina Faso’s transport minister said the crew asked to adjust their route at 9.38 p.m. EDT because of a storm in the area.

“I can confirm that it has crashed,” the Algerian official told Reuters, declining to be identified or give any details about what had happened to the aircraft on its way north.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the Air Algerie flight was still missing, but had probably crashed. “Despite intensive search efforts no trace of the aircraft has yet been found,” Fabius told journalists in Paris. “The plane probably crashed.”

French President Francois Hollande canceled a planned visit to overseas territories and said all military means on the ground would be used to locate the aircraft.

Two French Mirage warplanes have been scouring the vast desert area around the northern Malian city of Gao for the aircraft, which had 51 French nationals on board.

“The search will take as long as needed,” Hollande told reporters. “Everything must be done to find this plane. We cannot identify the causes of what happened,” he said.

Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight.

Two Mali-based diplomats said in addition to the area around Gao, where the plane is believed to have last been in contact with authorities, searcher were also scouring the rugged region around Aguelhoc toward the Algerian borders.

An aid worker in Mali who asked not to be named said his organization had received several calls from residents based in the villages of Tessalit and Tinzawaten in the northeastern region of Kidal after hearing a loud explosion.

It was not immediately clear if this was linked to the crash.

But searching in northern Mali will be complex task.

The area where the flight is suspected to have crashed is a vast, sparsely inhabited region of scrubland and desert dunes stretching to the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains.

It is a stronghold of Tuareg separatist rebels, who rose up against the government in early 2012, triggering an Islamist revolt that briefly seized control of northern Mali.

Security sources said the French military was leading the search in the difficult terrain. The Malian government, which is holding talks with the separatists in neighboring Algeria, has only a weak presence in the region and relies on French and U.N. peacekeepers for aircraft and logistical support.

Whatever the cause, another plane crash is likely to add to nerves over flying after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, a TransAsia Airways crashed off Taiwan during a thunderstorm on Wednesday and airlines temporarily canceled flights into Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Gaza.

FRENCH PASSENGERS

Algeria’s state news agency APS said authorities lost contact with flight an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the plane’s fate.

Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.

It said it took off from Burkina Faso at 9.17 p.m. EDT and was due to land at 1.10 a.m. EDT but never reached its destination.

An Algerian aviation official said the last contact Algerian authorities had with the missing Air Algerie aircraft was at 9.55 p.m. EDT when it was flying over Gao, Mali.

Burkina Faso officials said the flight asked the control center in Niamey, Niger, to change route at 9.38 p.m. EDT because of a storm in the Sahara.

An Air Algerie representative in Burkina Faso, Kara Terki, told a news conference that all the passengers on the plane were in transit, either for Europe, the Middle East or Canada.

Burkina Faso authorities said the passenger list comprised 27 Burkinabe, 51 French, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, two from Luxembourg, five Canadians, four Germans, one Cameroonian, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukranian, one Swiss, one Nigerian and one Malian.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said its embassy in Abidjan estimated the number of Lebanese citizens on the flight was at least 20. Some of these may have dual nationality.

A spokeswoman for SEPLA, Spain’s pilots union, said the six crew were from Spain. She could not give any further details.

The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engined jets that entered service in 1980. A total of 265 of the MD-83 model were delivered before McDonnell Douglas, by then part of Boeing (BA.N), halted production in 1999.

“Boeing is aware of the report. We are awaiting additional information,” a spokesman for the U.S. planemaker said.

According to the Ascend Fleets database held by British-based Flightglobal, there are 187 MD-83s still in operation, of which 80 percent are being flown in the United States.

The aircraft’s two engines are made by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies (UTX.N).

Swiftair has a relatively clean safety record, with five accidents since 1977, two of which caused a total of eight deaths, according to the Washington-based Flight Safety Foundation.

Air Algerie’s last major accident was in 2003 when one of its planes crashed shortly after take-off from the southern city of Tamanrasset, killing 102 people. In February this year, 77 people died when an Algerian military transport plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Algeria.

(Additional reporting by Patrick Markey, Daniel Flynn, David Lewis, Mathieu Bonkoungou,Emma Farge, Julien Toyer, Tracy Rucinski, Laila Bassam, Marine Pennetier, John Irish andTim Hepher; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Alison Williams)

 

RUSSIAN BOMBED PLANE MALAYSIAN FLIGHT 17 FOUND SAWED IN HALF

PROBABLY TO GET AT THE BODIES but they Russian are interested in keeping that plane parts for some reason

Even Obama is asking why and NOW

The EU and USA are taking away the 2017 WORLD CUP from RUSSIA because of their aggressions towards the Ukraine.

GOOD – morons!

RUSSIANS SUCK

AND I DO MEAN “ALL OF THEM”

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MH17 Found Sawed In Half

Posted: 07/22/2014 1:54 pm EDT Updated: 07/23/2014 1:59 am EDT
A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. A team of Malaysian investigators visited the site along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine for the first time since the air crash last week. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Parts of the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine were found sawed in half, USA Today reported.

According to the newspaper, international monitors, who had only recently gained access to the area, found that the cockpit of the plane had been breached with a saw.Until Monday, Russian-backed separatists had controlled the site.

It is unclear who damaged the plane or why.

Fergal Keane, a BBC correspondent, confirmed USA Today’s report. Investigators told Keane that the plane had been hacked into with a diesel-powered saw. Keane said that the first-class area had been found damaged.

Many in the international community have accused separatists of gunning down the commercial plane. Both the separatists and the Kremlin have denied such allegations.

President Obama lashed out at Russia on Monday for blocking access to the crash site, asking, “What exactly are they trying to hide?”

On Tuesday, the EU announced increased sanctions on Russia in light of the crash.

KATHY MAHER (COMIC BILL’S SISTER) IS STUMPING FOR ROY CHO DEMOCRAT AGAINST REPUB SCOTT GARRETT FOR SENATE IN NJ?

ROY CHO IS A YOUNG KOREAN LAWYER

WORKING IN A FIRM (HE’S ON LEAVE) TO CAMPAIGN FOR SENATE

I DON’T WANT A DEMOCRAT WHO IS KOREAN

I ALREADY HAVE A KOREAN DENTIST WHO ISN’T THAT GOOD

HAVEN’T I SUFFERED ENOUGH?

FUCK THIS SHIT PEOPLE

AREN’T THERE ANY HONEST PEOPLE OUT THERE IN NJ THAT ARE NOT LAWYERS

I DON’T TRUST THEM

ESPECIALLY A KOREAN ONE, PLEASE SAVE US FROM THIS

SCOTT GARRETT IS A FUCKING TWITLESS TEA TARD

BUT THIS GUY IS WORSE, IMO

I admire Bill Maher for outing Garrett who is a total asshole and needs to get lost but ROY CHO?

Isn’t there another NON LAWYER WHO IS A DEMOCRAT RUNNING?

C’MON PEOPLE!

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BILL MAHER, HIS SISTER, KATHY & MR MET!

BILL MAHER, HIS SISTER, KATHY & MR MET!

OTRC: BILL MAHER NOW MINORITY OWNER OF NY METS BASEBALL TEAM

(YES THIS IS THE SAME GUY THAT BRAGGED CONTINUOUSLY ABOUT HIS GIVING $1MILLION BUCKS TO OBAMA LIKE HE DID SOMETHING GREAT. NOT SO GREAT, SORRY BILL)

HUFF

Bill Maher recently made it official that Scott Garrett is one of 16 finalists for #FlipaDistrict  and now Bill’s sister, Park Ridge resident, Kathy Maher has put out a video supporting Roy Cho.

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher,  announced the first two members of “Flip A District” on Friday — the viewer-driven competition to nominate representatives that they want voted out of office. Making the initial cut for the “Tweet Sixteen” are Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), whom Maher panned as the “first two public embarrassments.”

According to Maher’s offical Reat Time Twitter account, @RealTimers, New Jersey’s Scott Garrett  has also made the “Tweet Sixteen”.

Once the “Tweet Sixteen” is rounded out, that list will eventually be narrowed to one member. At that point, Maher explained back in January that he will turn to that person’s race for reelection, performing standup targeted at the chosen representative.

BILL MAHER’S SISTER KATHY IS STUMPING FOR DEMOCRAT ROY CHO

New Jersey’s 5th District

The Census of 2010 left New Jersey minus one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Redistricting split Bergen County in to two separate districts, one being New Jersey’s 9th district represented by Former Paterson Mayor, Democrat Bill Pascrell Jr. The other, which includes Hackensack, Bergen County’s largest city, is New Jersey’s 5th district, represented by Tea Party Republican Scott Garrett.

New Jersey’s 5th District includes:

Bergen County – Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Fair Lawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Lodi, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Rockleigh, Saddle River, Teaneck (most), Township of Washington, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, and Wyckoff

Passaic County – Ringwood, West Milford

Sussex County – Andover Borough, Andover Township, Augusta, Branchville, Frankford, Franklin, Glenwood, Greendell, Green, Hamburg, Hampton, Hardyston, Highland Lakes, Lafayette, Layton, McAfee, Middleville, Montague, Newton, Sandyston, Stillwater, Stockholm, Sussex, Swartswood, Tranquility, Vernon, Walpack, and Wantage

Warren County – Allamuchy, Belvidere, Blairstown, Buttzville, Changewater, Columbia, Frelinghuysen, Great Meadows, Hackettstown, Hardwick, Hope, Independence, Johnsonburg, Knowlton, Liberty, Mansfield, Oxford, Port Murray, Vienna, Washington Borough, Washington Township, and White

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THIS IS ROY CHO – WE DON’T NEED HIM – WE NEED SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO HELP NJ TAXPAYERS – NOT ILLEGALS AND OTHER ASSORTED ZOO ANIMALS.
JUST MY 2 CENTS
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 NO FUCKING WAY – A NJ RAPPER NAMED KILLA WHATEVER IS SUPPORTING HIM – HE’S NOT FOR THE ORDINARY CITIZEN. HE’S FOR MINORITIES AND UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS.
As the son of Korean immigrants who came to the United States with little more than the optimistic belief that hard work could lead to opportunity and success, Roy Cho was raised to believe in the promise of America.

Roy attended public schools in New Jersey and graduated from Freehold Township High School in 1999. During high school, Roy was class president, a state-ranked wrestling champion, a Taekwondo black belt state champion, a Junior Olympic team qualifier, and selected to participate in the New Jersey Governor’s School of Public Affairs. Roy was also a recipient of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar Athlete award and a finalist for the Star Ledger/News 12 New Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Year. Roy graduated with honors from Brown University where he studied political science, was a starting member of the Division I wrestling team, and served as President of his fraternity and on the Executive Committee of the Greek Council through which he organized community service events and programs.

Roy is currently on a leave of absence as a mergers and acquisitions and private equity attorney from the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he provided legal counsel to companies as they expanded in the increasingly complex and competitive corporate arena. Previously, he was a corporate attorney in the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.  While at the firm, he also spent time working with the Lawyers Alliance for New York which provides pro bono legal counsel to urban environmental groups and community development nonprofits serving low-income areas.

Roy earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. While studying as an evening student, Roy worked full-time as Correspondence Director to U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan where he prioritized constituent concerns for the Senator and supervised legislative correspondents who responded to constituents on an array of federal issues such as health care, foreign relations, agriculture, immigration and fiscal policy. Prior to law school, Roy worked as an Aide to the Governor of New Jersey and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  At the Authority, he focused on the infrastructure and transportation needs of the metropolitan region, analyzed airport security protocols, and worked on a number of pioneering public-private collaborations.

Most recently, Roy joined the board of New Jersey Needs You, the sister nonprofit of the highly successful New York Needs You organization. Both New Jersey Needs You and New York Needs You focus on mentoring college students from low-income backgrounds who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college, helping them to graduate while securing internships and landing jobs.

Roy is currently a full time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District.

MEMPHIS BUSINESSMAN RAPES 26 YR OLD DURING JOB INTERVIEW

I DON’T KNOW BUT I THINK

I WOULD NOT HAVE DRUNK THE POPUP

I BET HE’S REPUBLICAN!

AND I WOULD HAVE TAKEN MY KNIFE OUT OF MY POCKET AND STABBED HIM

SO MANY TIMES HE’D HAVE EJACULATED ALL THE WAY TO HELL

LOOKIT THIS ONE: http://www.mbqmemphis.com/MBQ-Inside-Memphis-Business/November-2011/The-IT-Factor/

IS THIS THE SAME DUDE?

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AND I WOULD HAVE TAPED EVERYTHING HE DID PRIOR TO MY KILLING HIM

IF THIS FUCKTART GETS OFF

I’M GOING DOWN SOUTH TO KILL HIM.

HE POSTED BAIL AND GOT OUT OF JAIL

IF ANYONE WANTS ME

I’M DOWN SOUTH

BRINGING MY MACHETE

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THE JOB INTERVIEW FROM HELL – COP’S REPORT

Memphis Businessman Allegedly Raped Woman On Job Interview In His Home (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Recently released police documents detail an alleged grotesque rape of a mother of four who wanted a housekeeping job in the home of a Memphis businessman.

The suspect is the businessman himself,Mark Giannini, the co-founder of IT company Service Assurance, according to WREG. He allegedly repeatedly raped a 26-year-old for several hours until she blacked out on June 19.

Police seized a trove of sex toys, women’s underwear, prescription drugs and firearms from the 49-year-old’s Eads, Tennessee, home and a Lamborghini sports car, according to the newly released Shelby County Sheriff’s department files reported by WMC.

(Complete copies of the report can be read here, though readers should be aware it contains a graphic description of the alleged rape.)

The woman told sheriff’s investigators she allowed Giannini to drive her to his home for an overview of the house cleaning and office work he needed someone to do.

Giannini allegedly served her “a drink that tastes like a pop-up.” The woman told Giannini that she wanted to leave but he began kissing her aggressively and pulling her hair.

The crime report says Giannini performed several sexual acts on the woman against her will and forced her to consume urine, blood and fecal matter, telling her it was part of the job interview, according to WBTV.

The woman says she blacked out and doesn’t know how she got back to her room in a nearby Motel 6 where her family found her.

Relatives brought her to a hospital where ER staff said she was frothing at the mouth and exhibiting symptoms similar to someone who had overdosed on drugs.

An attorney for Giannini said his client is not guilty and claims he was set up,according to WNCN.

Detectives arrived at Giannini’s gated home on June 23, but a man who answered the intercom system said the suspect was not home and he refused to allow the investigators to enter the property, according to another affidavit. The detectives forced themselves onto the grounds and found wet footprints leading into the woods from the back of the home.

Giannini soon presented himself to officers on the street outside of his home. He was “perspiring profusely and had fresh cuts and scratches on his legs,” according to a detective’s sworn statement.

The subsequent search turned up more than $16,000 in cash, 24 firearms and various pills of Viagra, Xanax, hydrocodone and other medications.

Detectives also removed an inventory of items, spanning several pages, that includes samples of human hair, boxes and baskets of women’s panties and shoes sorted by size, a sheriff’s badge and ID, handcuffs, duct tape, sex toys and nipple clamps.

Giannini has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm, according to Fox 13.

He was released after posting $150,000 bond.

TEXAN WOMEN SEEK OTHER OPTIONS NOW THAT ABORTION IS NOT LEGAL?

SICKENING

I HOPE MEXICO INVADES TEXAS AND THEY ARE FORCED TO FIGHT ALONE

FUCK TEXAS

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NO MORE SEX FOR TEXAS MEN LADIES

WITHHOLD SEX NOW!

IF I LIVED IN TEXAS – AND I AM A WOMAN  - I WOULD MOVE

TERRIBLE PLACE!

Texas Abortion Rate Drops Dramatically As Women Seek Other Options

Posted: 07/23/2014 12:00 pm EDT Updated: 5 minutes ago
TEXAS ABORTION CLINIC 

Since Texas’ sweeping new anti-abortion law went into effect last November, the number of legal abortions performed in the state has dropped 13 percent, according to a new study released Wednesday by the The Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

The report finds that the number of reproductive-age women living more than 200 miles from a provider has increased nearly 30-fold over the past year, since 19 of the 41 clinics in Texas have had to shut down as a result of Texas’ many new restrictions on abortion clinics. And while the overall abortion rate has dropped dramatically, second-trimester abortions have gone slightly up as a percentage of all abortions, suggesting women are being forced to wait later into their pregnancies to have the procedure.

The study looked specifically at the effects of HB 2, a law that was passed in the summer of 2013 and partially went into effect in November. The law limits medication abortion, a popular non-surgical method that is often preferred in the first trimester; requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital; and bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In September, a fourth provision of the law will take effect requiring all abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals.

Many clinics have already had to shut their doors because their doctors could not get admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Hospitals often turn down abortion providers for political or logistical reasons having nothing to do with the provider’s competence or safety record. When the final portion of HB 2 takes effect in September, all but six of the state’s remaining clinics are expected to close.

The study finds that as a result of reduced access to abortion, there were 9,200 fewer legal abortions in Texas over the past year than in the previous year. But that does not necessarily mean that all the women are simply going through with their pregnancies, said Daniel Grossman, the author of the study and vice president for research at Ibis Reproductive Health. He said he does expect the unintended birth rate to rise, especially considering the combination of abortion restrictions and the state’s massive cuts to family planning funding in 2011. But many women, he believes, are likelyresorting to illegal and unsafe methods of self-inducing.

Researchers “suspect that self-induced abortion will rise in Texas as access to clinic-based care becomes more difficult,” Grossman told The Huffington Post. “Depending on the method used and when in pregnancy women attempt to do this, there may be health risks for women associated with self-induction.”

Grossman plans to study self-induced abortion in Texas in more depth over the next year. He said it is also likely that women are traveling out of state for the procedure — although that will become more difficult as neighboring states continue to enact similar restrictions.

“Historically, few Texas women have traveled out of state, but more women may be forced to do so given the long distances many women need to travel to access a provider in Texas,” he said. “This additional travel certainly raises the cost to women of obtaining an abortion.”

When the clinics forced to close in September leave the state with six ambulatory surgical centers concentrated in urban areas, it will be even more difficult for women to access the procedure.

“It does not appear that the existing [ambulatory surgical centers] could meet the demand for abortion services for the entire state when the final provision of HB2 goes into effect,” said Grossman.

In addition to clinics closing, one significant effect of the new law is that medication abortions have dropped by 70 percent. Many women seeking abortion early on in their pregnancy preferred medication abortion, because they could avoid a surgical procedure and take a regimen of prescription medication at home. But the new law requires women to take the pills in front of a doctor at an outpatient surgical center, which dramatically reduces access to the medication for women who do not live near such a facility.

While medication abortions have reduced dramatically, the report found a “small but significant increase” in the rate of second-trimester abortions, which suggests the lack of access to abortion is forcing women to wait longer to have the procedure. The longer a woman waits to have an abortion, the more likely she is to experience a medical complication.

“There is no evidence that any of the provisions in this law has improved the safety of abortion in the state,” said Grossman. “They have just made it harder for women to access the services they want and need.”

NYC POLICE COMMISH WILLIAM J BRATTON IS A NEO NAZI

I SAID IT BEFORE UNDER GIULIANI

AND NOW UNDER DeBlasio

WJ BRATTON should never have become Commissioner again

he is a nazi

He started racial profiling under Giuliani – we called it “GIULIANI TIME”

He is a very power hungry crazy asshole who helped run and ruin the LAPD after he finished with NYC

and he’s a REPUBLICAN

HE’S BEEN MARRIED 4 TIMES – NOW TO A LAWYER – he needs her – she’s going to have to defend him from jail soon.

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Huff Post article

Chokehold Death Puts New York’s Controversial Police Chief Back In The Spotlight

Posted: 07/21/2014 8:31 pm EDT Updated: 07/22/2014 8:59 am EDT
BILL BRATTON

NEW YORK — On a freezing day this past winter, a small group of protestersgathered outside police headquarters in downtown Manhattan. They were barely noticed by the throngs of reporters who streamed through the doors of 1 Police Plaza to watch a celebrated cop be sworn in for his second turn at the helm of America’s largest police force.

Calling themselves “New Yorkers Against Bratton,” the protesters warned that the new chief, William J. Bratton, wouldn’t mend the New York City Police Department’s troubled relationship with people of color. Some had lost family members to police violence, and they had not forgotten who led the force when cops gunned down 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr. in a housing project in 1994, when they strangled 29-year-old Anthony Baez in a scuffle after a football hit a police car the same year, when they filled Anthony Rosario and his cousin with bullets as — according to one investigation — the two men lay facedown on the floor of a Bronx apartment in 1995.

Outside City Hall on Monday, the protesters were back. This time, reporters surrounded them. “What Commissioner Bratton has shown is that he’s unable to control his own police officers, and he has never done anything to address the systemic brutality that keeps happening for low-income, predominantly people of color in New York City,” Josmar Trujillo told the crowd. “Another black man is dead at the hands of the NYPD.”

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A young protester outside New York City Hall on July 21, 2014, holds a T-shirt naming people killed by the NYPD over the years.

The man in question, 43-year-old Eric Garner, died on Friday after an NYPD officer in Staten Island grabbed him in an illegal chokehold. Garner did not have a weapon and had not committed a violent crime. According to Commissioner Bratton himself, what Garner did wrong was sell untaxed individual cigarettes, or “loosies.”

The Police Department didn’t respond to questions from The Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. But at a press conference on Friday, Bratton said that the sale of untaxed cigarettes constitutes “a seemingly minor quality-of-life offense, if you will.”

That “seemingly” is a loaded word. Bratton built his career on the theory that what may at first appear to be mere petty offenses, like graffiti and small-time pot dealing, are in fact the seeds of deeper troubles, like the widespread violence that plagued the city before his first stint as commissioner from 1994 to 1996. Now, as he again faces anger over the conduct of the officers under him, the validity of this idea is being called into question.

In the first six months of Bratton’s second stint as commissioner, he has aggressively gone after low-level offenders, such as panhandlers and subway performers. Earlier this month, a viral video showed cops arresting a black man for sleeping in an empty subway car. “For what!? For what!?” the man yells at the beginning of the video, which has since been taken down. “‘Cause I’m sleeping?”

Last week, moments before he died, Garner expressed a similar sense of bewilderment. “Every time you see me, you want to mess with me!” he shouted. “I’m tired of it!”

The campaign Communities United for Police Reform called Garner’s death “yet another example of unnecessary police encounters resulting from broken windows-style policing that targets New Yorkers of color — in this case escalating with fatal consequences.”

Bratton offered a general explanation of his hard-nosed approach back in April, when asked by reporters why he had ordered his officers to crack down on people dancing in the trains.

“Those activities just create a sense of fear or that we’re not paying attention to disorder,” he said. “We are paying a lot of attention to disorder.”

Disorder has preoccupied Bratton from the beginning. Long before he was arresting subway dancers, he seized upon an influential article about the hidden dangers of “broken windows.”

“Consider a building with a few broken windows,” wrote social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in The Atlantic Monthly in 1982. “If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building.”

Bratton hailed Kelling as an “intellectual mentor” and invoked his “broken windows theory” as a justification for getting tough on turnstile hoppers and dime-bag peddlers back in the ’90s. The city’s arrest rate soared under Bratton’s watch, and reports of serious crimes plummeted. Supporters praised him for his “zero-tolerance” approach; Kelling compared him to Plato. Police departments from Philadelphia to Seattle adopted his methods.

But as New York’s arrest rate climbed, so did the charges of police misconduct, especially in heavily black and Latino areas. According to police statistics cited in a1996 report by Amnesty International, 31 civilians were shot dead by cops in Bratton’s first year as commissioner, compared with 23 the year before; the number of civilians who died in police custody similarly rose from 15 to 23. Nearly all the victims were black or Latino.

According to Alex Vitale, a sociology professor at Brooklyn College, it was all for naught. “No one has produced a real academic study showing how enforcement of low-level crimes has resulted in a drop in major crime,” he told HuffPost at the City Hall rally Monday. Instead, Vitale characterized the drastic drop in New York’s crime rate over the last 20 or so years as part of a “national and international phenomenon” that can’t really be explained.

“Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, in New York we solved the crime problem with this aggressive policing,’ but that does not explain why there was a similar plummeting of crime in Montreal, San Diego, Chicago,” Vitale said, pointing to cities where the strategy wasn’t used.

When Mayor Bill de Blasio took over the city some seven months ago, many hoped that press conferences about New Yorkers’ deaths at the hands of police would largely be a thing of the past. De Blasio had surged ahead of his election rivals while promising to stop the abuses of “stop and frisk” — a key weapon in the broken-windows arsenal.

Bratton, often credited as an architect of stop-and-frisk, has suggested that the department wielded the tactic recklessly under Ray Kelly, the police chief who most recently preceded him. At Bratton’s swearing-in ceremony on that frigid day back in January, he professed a commitment to getting “every member” of the NYPD to treat all New Yorkers with respect, “regardless of their background, their class, their race.”

“Why is it,” he asked that day, “that so many in this city do not feel good about this department that has done so much to make them safe? What is it about our activities that have made so many alienated?”

Nicholas Heyward was among the protesters standing outside in January. The police had shot and killed his 13-year-old son 20 years ago. The boy had been playing with a toy gun in his Brooklyn apartment building.

“We’ve been opposed to Bratton from the very beginning, because of his practices and his policies,” said the father on Monday. “And to bring him back, what made people believe that things were going to be different?”

(Warning: This video contains content that may be disturbing to some readers.)

William Bratton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Bratton
CBE
Bill Bratton at the seminar on his new book Collaborate or Perish! Lessons for Politics, Business and Public Services.jpg

Bratton speaking in 2012
New York Police Department
Nickname(s) Bill
Years of service Boston PD: 1970–1983, 1992–1994
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police: 1983–1986
Boston Metropolitan District Commission PD: 1986–1990
NYC Transit PD: 1990–1992
NYPD: 1994–1996, 2014-
LAPD: 2002–2009
Rank Commissioner
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire[1]
William Bratton
New York City Police Commissioner
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Appointed by Bill de Blasio
Preceded by Raymond Kelly
In office
January 1, 1994 – April 15, 1996
Appointed by Rudolph W. Giuliani
Preceded by Raymond Kelly
Succeeded by Howard Safir
Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department
In office
October 27, 2002 – October 31, 2009
Appointed by James Hahn
Preceded by Martin H. Pomeroy
Succeeded by Michael P. Downing Interm
Commissioner of the Boston Police Department
In office
June 30, 1993 – January 1, 1994
Appointed by Raymond Flynn
Preceded by Francis Roache
Succeeded by Paul F. Evans
Personal details
Born William Joseph Bratton
October 6, 1947 (age 66)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rikki Klieman
Alma mater University of Massachusetts, Boston

William JosephBillBratton CBE (born October 6, 1947) is an American law enforcement officer and the current New York City Police Commissioner, the second time he has held that position. He has previously served as the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department (BPD) (1993-1994), New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner (1994–1996), and Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) (2002–2009).

Bratton began his police career at the Boston Police Department before becoming Police Commissioner in New York City, where his zero-tolerance policy has been credited with reducing petty and violent crime. He moved to the Los Angeles Police Department in 2002 reforming the police after the 1992 Los Angeles Riotsand crime was reduced.[2]

Bratton’s policing style is influenced by the broken windows theory that if minor, petty crime is not dealt with, crime will increase.[3] He advocates having an ethnically diverse police force representative of the population,[4] maintaining a strong relationship with the law-abiding population,[5] tackling police corruption,[3]being tough on gangs and having a strict no-tolerance of anti-social behavior.[6]

Bratton was approached by British Prime Minister David Cameron to become the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner in July 2011, but this was blocked by the Home Office on the grounds the Commissioner must be a British national with experience of English law.[7] Bratton instead was offered an advisor role to the British government, which he accepted in August 2011.[8]

On December 5, 2013, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Bratton would return to the post of Police Commissioner in New York City.[9]

Police career[edit]

Boston[edit]

Bratton is from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston Technical High School, graduating in 1965. From there, he served in the Military Police Corps of the United States Armyduring the Vietnam War, returning to Boston in 1970 to start a police career in the Boston Police Department. He quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant, and in 1980, at the age of 32 and ten years after his appointment to the BPD, Bratton was named as the youngest-ever Executive Superintendent of the Boston Police, the department’s second highest post. He was dismissed as executive superintendent after he told a journalist that his goal was to be the Police Commissioner. He was reassigned to the position of Inspector of Bureaus, a sinecure which was responsible for liaison with minority and LGBTQ communities. He was later brought back into police headquarters to handle labor relations and 9-1-1 related issues.

Between 1983 and 1986 Bratton was Chief of Police for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, following which he became Superintendent of Boston’s Metropolitan District Commission Police. Bratton was Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department from 1992 until 1993, then he became that city’s 34th Police Commissioner. He holds the Department’s highest award for valor.

New York City[edit]

Bratton became the chief of the New York City Transit Police in 1990. In 1991 the Transit Police gained national accreditation under Bratton. The Department became one of only 175 law-enforcement agencies in the country and only the second in New York State to achieve that distinction. The following year it was also accredited by the State of New York, and by 1994, there were almost 4,500 uniformed and civilian members of the Department, making it the sixth largest police force in the United States. Bratton had left the NYC Transit Police returning to Boston in 1992 to head the Boston Police Department, one of his long-time ambitions.

In 1994, Bratton was appointed the 38th Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. He cooperated with Giuliani in putting the broken windows theory into practice. He had success in this position, and introduced the CompStat system of tracking crimes inNew York City, which is used to this day as a focal point in the development of law enforcement policy. Some have argued that CompStat has created perverse incentives for officers to allow crimes to go unreported,[10] and has encouraged police brutality, citing that complaints by citizens that involved incidents where no arrest was made or summons was issued more than doubled during the Giuliani administration.[11]

During Bratton’s tenure, a new tax surcharge enabled the training and deployment of around 5,000 new, better educated, police officers; police decision-making was delegated to the individual precincts; a backlog of 50,000 unserved warrants were cleared; and, in 1995, New York’s housing and transit police were merged into the New York Police Department. Bratton was also instrumental in the return of the standard NYPD uniform shirt from light blue to the dark blue it had been prior to 1972—and which was also the uniform color Bratton himself had worn as a police officer in Boston.[12]

Bratton resigned in 1996, while under investigation by the Corporation Counsel for the propriety of a book deal that he signed while in office as well as accepting multiple unauthorized trips from corporations and individuals. These offenses were generally considered minor.[13] Front and center were alleged personal conflicts with Giuliani, partly due to Giuliani’s opposition to some of Bratton’s reforms and partly due to Giuliani’s belief that Bratton was getting more credit for the reduction in crime than Giuliani.[14]

The experiences of Bratton and New York Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple were used as the inspiration of the television series The District.

Los Angeles[edit]

Bratton and fourth wife, Rikki Klieman, at LA/Valley Pride

Bratton worked as a private consultant with Kroll Associates, also known as LAPD’s Independent Monitor,[15] until his appointment by the Mayor of Los Angeles James Hahn as the LAPD’s 54th Chief of Police in October 2002. Bratton was one of three candidates recommended to Hahn by the Los Angeles Police Commission under Commission President Rick J. Caruso.[16] Under Bratton’s tenure, crime within the city dropped for six consecutive years.[17]

On June 19, 2007, the LA Police Commission reappointed Bratton to a second five-year term, the first reappointment of an LAPD chief in almost twenty years.

Bratton has been criticized for his extensive travel; in 2005, he was out of town for a full third of the year on both official and personal business.[18]

In March 2009, Councilman Herb Wesson proposed an amendment[19] to the City Charter, allowing Bratton to serve a third consecutive term as Police Chief.

United Kingdom[edit]

On September 11, 2009, he was awarded with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II “in recognition of his work to promote cooperation between US and UK police throughout his distinguished career.”[20] On 12 August 2011, Bratton said he was in talks with the British Government to become an adviser on controlling the violence that had affected London the prior week. He said he received a phone call from U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, and that he would continue speaking with British officials to formalize an agreement.[21] Prime Minister Cameron initially wanted to appoint Bratton Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis of London, but was overruled by Home Secretary Theresa May, who insisted that only a British citizen should be able to run the Service.[22][23]

On December 4, 2013 (one day before his return to New York City was announced), Bratton appeared on the BBC‘s Newsnight programme to discuss policing, and in particular, the possibility of him one day leading the Metropolitan Police. Asked if he was still interested in the job, Bratton said: “That remains to be seen. I happen to be, I think, a good friend and admirer of your current commissioner… And understanding that you have got political issues that are being wrestled with at this time over there… I’ve made it quite well known that at some point in my life that if the position were to open that would be certainly something I would take a look at. The position is not open and is not likely to open for a few years and in the meantime I think you have got somebody in the position there that’s doing a pretty good job.”[24]

Oakland[edit]

On December 27, 2012, he was hired as a consultant for the city of Oakland, California.[25] On January 13, 2013, The Oakland City Council approved the hiring of Bratton with a vote of 7-1.[26]

Return to New York City[edit]

On December 5, 2013, New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named Bratton as New York City’s new Police Commissioner to replace Raymond Kellyafter de Blasio’s swearing-in on January 1, 2014. The New York Times reported that at Bratton’s swearing in on January 2, 2014, the new Police Commissioner praised his predecessor Raymond Kelly, but also signalled his intention to strike a more conciliatory tone with ordinary[who?] New Yorkers who had become disillusioned with policing in the city: “We will all work hard to identify why is it that so many in this city do not feel good about this department that has done so much to make them safe — what has it been about our activities that have made so many alienated?”.[27]

Business[edit]

Bratton Technologies, Inc.[edit]

Bratton co-founded and previously served as CEO of Bratton Technologies (www.brattontech.com), a venture backed company that operates BlueLine, the first secure, global law enforcement professional network. BlueLine was modeled after LinkedIn[28] and today serves as a platform where officers can find each other by name or expertise and safely communicate.[29]

Altegrity[edit]

On August 5, 2009, Bratton announced that after nearly seven years he would be stepping down as chief of police for the City of Los Angeles, continuing to serve as chief until October 31, 2009.[30]

Bratton moved back to New York City to take a position with private international security firm Altegrity Risk International, serving as a Chairman of a new division where he would consult on security for police departments worldwide.[31]

Kroll[edit]

Bratton became the Chairman of Kroll, a corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in New York City on September 16, 2010. In November 9, 2012, Bratton stepped down as Chairman and was retained by Kroll as a Senior Adviser. Bratton continued working with public entities and private organizations facing complex security or investigatory challenges. Kroll is one of Altegrity, Inc.’s three core businesses.[32]

NBC[edit]

As of June 27, 2013, Bratton joined NBC News and MSNBC as an analyst specializing in criminal justice policy and practice, domestic intelligence gathering and the role of local law enforcement in counter-terrorism. His analyses appeared across the various platforms of NBC News and MSNBC and their digital properties.

The Bratton Group[edit]

As Chief Executive Officer of the Bratton Group LLC, Bratton provided a wide range of collaborative consulting, leadership, management and public safety network services to both the public and private sector in the U.S. and abroad.

Crest Advisory[edit]

Bratton joined Crest Advisory on 5th November 2012.[33]

Crest Advisory[34] provides expert advice to prospective police and crime commissioners (PCCs), criminal justice agencies and the security sector. Crest’s team offer a fusion of policy expertise, political insight, delivery experience and communications support to help communities prevent crime, fear and disorder.

Homeland Security Advisory Council[edit]

Bratton is the Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, whose members provide advice and recommendations on a variety of homeland security issues to the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Policing style[edit]

Since 1990 in New York City, Bratton adopted a zero tolerance policing policy. This manner of policing has won both plaudits and criticism,[35] but the implementation of zero tolerance policy coincided with a reduction of petty and serious crime in New York City by 2001.

Bratton has stated that racial tensions and distrust of the police are hindrances to reducing crime. Bratton’s solution in Los Angeles and New York was to make police forces more ethnically diverse and “reflect[ive of] the ethnic make-up of their cities.”[4]

Comments on Brazilian police forces[edit]

Bratton expressed a critical view of Brazilian police promotion policy to a local magazine in 2009.[36] According to Bratton, junior police officers without a law degree cannot reach top positions, undermining motivation.

Personal life[edit]

Bratton holds a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from the University of Massachusetts Boston and was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Bratton has been married four times. He is married to attorney and TruTV analyst Rikki Klieman, and has one son, David, from a prior marriage. Bratton was previously married to attorney and Boston Police spokeswoman and newscaster Cheryl Fiandaca.

In 1998, Random House published his memoir Turnaround: How America’s Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic, written with co-author Peter Knobler. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Bratton addressed the Roger Williams University graduating class at the May 22, 2010 commencement ceremony and also received an honorary degree during the ceremony.[37]