Be careful what you leave laying around.
Crime Beat – It was one kindergartener’s first show and tell and he was very excited, but now his mom has been arrested as the young boy brought a bag of crystal meth and a crack pipe from home to school for show-and-tell.
Teachers and police were shocked. It was reportedly an ounce of meth.
“That was a first for show-and-tell in this town,” Police Chief Richard Downing said, according to Reuters.
A search warrant was executed at the boy’s home and 32-year-old Michelle Marie Cheatham was arrested.
She is the boy’s mother.
The AP has more details here.
The article cites a “source close to the investigation who said Cheatham’s life began spiraling out of control after her husband died earlier this year in a car crash and she received a sizeable military pension.”
The mother has now been hospitalized, “after experiencing complications from a previous gastrointestinal surgery,” the report adds.
The family lives in Sweet Springs, MO, a small town 66 miles east of Kansas City.
At least we know who’s getting the Darwin Award this year.
Police in Yorktown, Virginia responded to a domestic dispute call around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday that resulted in a man decapitating himself. Yes, that’s right. He decapitated himself.
Article by E. D. Kain.
Dave Zirin writes:
It’s with shock that I report that the George Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis. [sic] The 42-year-old Davis is now due to be executed tomorrow, Wednesday September 21, at 7 pm. For those unfamiliar with the case, let’s be clear: Davis’s execution is little more than a legal lynching. This is a demonstrably innocent man that the state is about to execute in the premeditated manner of a murder.
The facts speak for themselves. Back in 1989, nine people testified that they saw Troy Davis kill Officer Mark MacPhail. Since that time, seven have recanted their testimony. Please allow me to repeat: of the nine people who testified that Troy killed Officer Mark MacPhail, seven have recanted their testimony. Beyond the eyewitnesses, there was no physical evidence linking Troy to Officer MacPhail’s murder. None. Three jurors have signed affidavits saying that if they had all the information about Troy, they would not have voted to convict. One juror even arrived in person to the Board of Pardons and Paroles to say to their faces that she would not have voted to convict if she’d had the facts. Another woman has even come forward to say that a different man on the scene that night, Sylvester “Redd” Coles, bragged afterward about doing the shooting. Of the two witnesses who still maintain that Troy was the triggerman, one is Sylvester “Redd” Coles.
I admit, I was not shocked to hear that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles had denied Troy Davis clemency. As I mentioned earlier, this is the sort of failure of justice that as much defines our justice system as anything else. The Nation piece asks that people call District Attorny Larry Chisolm at 912-652-7308 to ask that he withdraw his death warrant. Now that the Board has said its piece, this is the last avenue anyone can take in the Davis case.
Article by Martin Robinson.
The North Korean government may deny their existence, but photos taken from space have revealed in unprecedented detail the concentration camps that are used imprison more than 200,000 citizens.
Men, women and children are forced to work seven days a week as slaves and eat ‘rats, frogs, snakes, insects’ and even faeces to battle starvation in the camps.
Previously there have been blurred images taken by satellite but new detailed pictures from South Korea’s Unification Ministry allow a closer look at the sites – and also prove they have grown.
Experts say the tens of thousands of prisoners at the camps are often taken from their homes or in the street for supposed ‘political crimes’ rather than actual misdemeanours.
By Harmony Daws
20 Sep 10
Closing arguments are made today in the prosecution of ten Muslim students who heckled Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren in 2010. The students face charges of misdemeanor, conspiracy to disrupt a meeting and disturbing a meeting. They could face six months to a year in jail for what their defense attorneys describe as normal student activism which they said lasted five minutes. The students shouted at Israeli ambassador Michael Oren soon after he began speaking, consecutively drowning him out until each were removed, without resistance, from the meeting place.
The Muslim Student Union explained the reasons for its disruption:
Washington (CNN) — A 90-year-old Michigan man who officials say rounded up and shot Jews in Nazi death camps during World War II is a step closer to being deported, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
In January, a judge found John Kalymon of Troy, Michigan, to have been an armed member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police from 1941 to 1944.
Tuesday, an appeals board dismissed Kalymon’s attempt to block his deportation from the United States. Kalymon immigrated to America from Germany in 1949 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955. A federal judge in Detroit revoked his U.S. citizenship in 2007.
Why Perry is the neocons’ favorite candidate.
(CNN) – Rick Perry Tuesday jumped directly into the battle over possible statehood for Palestinians, slamming President Barack Obama for his policy toward Israel and how he’s handled the Mideast peace process.
“The Obama policy of moral equivalency, which gives equal standing to the grievances of Israelis and Palestinians, including the orchestrators of terrorism, is a dangerous insult. There is no middle ground between our allies and those who seek their destruction,” said the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, as he went before cameras about 25 blocks from the United Nations, where the Palestinian Authority this week will seek formal recognition of statehood by the United Nations General Assembly.
The total destruction of Israel, something used by the Zionist lobby to bilk the US out of billions for years, is no longer a dream, it is inevitable. The only question is “when?” With it a limited world war may emerge with some surprises in store. It all started long ago but we can focus back one year when Israel murdered 9 Turkish citizens in an act of piracy, peace activists on an aid ship heading for Gaza. Aid ships heading for Gaza now get a military escort from the Turkish Navy and Turkey’s president is heading for Gaza and Egypt now, to slap Israel down.
A year ago, Israel and Turkey were best of friends. Their spy agencies in the US shared nuclear secrets, sold them to China, North Korea, Pakistan, Brazil, worked as partners blackmailing half of Washington’s army of corrupt officials and traitorous military officers. Patriotism in Washington is rare nowadays, considered stupid. Washington is all about “globalism” and “no borders,” about corporations, not “America.” To most in Washington, America is a joke, a bankrupt “has been” nation drowning in debt with a military now useless, spread across the globe running errands for a cabal of international bankers.
Article by Pat Buchanan.
For the third straight year, the median income of the typical American family fell in 2010. Adjusted for inflation, it is back where it was in 1996, the longest period of zero growth since the Depression.
And the poverty rate has inched up to 15.1 percent.
Both figures, however, should be put in perspective.
For example, a family can be classified as poor and own a car, a flat-screen TV and a computer, and have a washer-dryer and a garbage disposal.
Folks below the poverty line have their kids educated free in Head Start, for 13 years in public schools, then get Pell grants for college. They get free food stamps and health care through Medicaid. They get subsidized housing and earned income tax credits, are eligible for all other safety-net programs, and can earn $23,300 in pretax income and pay no income taxes.
Article by Jacob Hornberger.
The news media is reporting the possibility of an imminent release of the two American hikers who have been jailed in Iran since July 31, 2009. Shane Bauer, his fiancée Sarah Shourd, and their close friend Josh Fattal were arrested by Iranian authorities after allegedly crossing into Iran while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
Shourd was released on bail, and she returned to the United States, refusing to return to Iran to stand trial. Bauer and Fattal were tried and convicted of illegal entry and spying and each was sentenced to a total of eight years in jail.
Article by Glenn Greenwald.
There were numerous reasons that Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer were accused in prominent venues of all sorts of crimes — including anti-Semitism — when they published The Israel Lobby, but the most common cause was the book’s central theme: that there is a very powerful lobby in the U.S. which is principally devoted to Israel and causes U.S. political leaders to act to advance the interests of this foreign nation over their own. In The New York Times today, Tom Friedman — long one of Israel’s most stalwart American supporters — wrote the following as the second paragraph of his column, warning that the U.S. was about to incur massive damage in order to block Palestinian statehood:
Article by Justin Raimondo.
The decision by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to claim a seat in the United Nations is a last ditch effort by one side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to resolve the region’s eternal crisis peacefully. The statement largely drafted by Tony Blair on behalf of the “Quartet,” which essentially gave the Israelis everything they wanted – including acceptance of settlement expansion as “facts on the ground” – was “the final blow, the final straw,” according to top Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath.
As the New York Times puts it,
“The Palestinian decision to apply for full United Nations membership at the Security Council, announced Friday by President Mahmoud Abbas, was the most viable of the only options possible: surrender, return to violence or appeal to the international community.”
The Israelis would like nothing better than a Palestinian surrender, and so, it appears, would the “international community,” supposedly represented by the United Nations. The decision to appeal to the Security Council, instead of taking the matter to the pro-Palestinian anti-Israel General Assembly, underscores the seriousness of the matter. After this, Abbas can throw his hands up and declare: “Don’t say I didn’t warn you” the next time rockets rain down on Israeli heads – and then prepare to retire. Because the Western stance is good news for the violent extremists on both sides – the radicals of Hamas and the crazed Israeli settlers, who hate their own government almost as much as they hate the Arabs. What little political authority the old Fatah organization – and the “peace process” – retains will be gone soon after this Palestinian charge of the light brigade at the UN: Abbas has decided that if they’re going to go down, they might as well go down honorably.
Article by William Norman Grigg.
“What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive? Or, if during the periods of mass arrests … people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang on the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood that they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?”
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
“They are coming to kill us!” exclaimed a young resident of Sagra, Russia as he spied a column of vehicles approaching the tiny village at the feet of the Ural Mountains. Responding to the alarm, several dozen residents mustered near the town entrance, bearing whatever weapons they could find. Some of them grabbed pitchforks, chains, or knives. Three men arrived on the scene with shotguns.
The leader of the approaching convoy was Sergei “The Gypsy” Lebedev, head of a criminal gang that had tormented Sagra for months. Lebedev’s followers swiped anything of value that was left unguarded. Power tools, appliances, and other household property disappeared; homes were vandalized as copper tubing and wiring were ripped out to be sold to scrap metal dealers. An onslaught of shoplifting threatened the survival of the village’s only significant retail store.
Article by E. D. Kain.
I’ve just started reading Gary Chartier’s anarchist manifesto The Conscience of an Anarchist. I intend to blog about it as I progress through the book, so if you’d like to read along with me click on that link. First a few scattered thoughts on anarchism, liberalism, and my own pragmatist’s conundrum.
I find the critique of anarchists and left-libertarians like Chartier, Kevin Carson, Roderick Long and others compelling. Long’s recent post on healthcare reform and the mistakes right-leaning libertarians fall into when talking about government programs was spot-on, and reveals – I think – some serious shortcomings in not just how right-libertarians talk about the world, but how they think about the world.
Article by Radley Balko.
So this seems pretty blatant.
A woman testifies against Tulsa cops in a corruption case, and is expected to testify in her family’s related civil suit against the city. In the weeks after the criminal trial, police get warrants on outstanding traffic violations, all misdemeanors, going back to 2007. Naturally, the police serve these warrants by forcing their way into her home.
No intimidation there at all, right? I mean, I’m sure Tulsa PD serves misdemeanor traffic warrants by breaking into citizens’ homes all the time.
Once they were inside her home, Tulsa PD says one officer also accidentally fired his gun. They won’t release that officer’s name.
Article by Mark Fruenhelder.
In Atlanta, a police officer arrested a disabled woman who was sitting in a chair in front of her home waiting for an ice cream truck.
Walker said an Atlanta police officer approached her and told her to move. “He came right here and said we had to move, and I said ‘What reason do he have to move?’ ” Walker said. She said the officer told her, “Because I said so.” Walker claims she stood and told the officer she was going to call his supervisor.“That’s when he grabbed me. My ice cream fell and my phone fell,” she said. Walker said that’s when the officer put her on the ground. Walker has photos of the incident. Walker said the officer sprained her shoulder in the process, and she had to be taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
The charge was disorderly conduct. “In six months, 27 of the 38 arrests the officer made were for disorderly conduct.” And in Southwest Miami-Dade a police officer clobbered a man with Down Syndrome because he was suspicious of the bulge in the man’s trousers.
Article by Kevin Carson.
Recently MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow quoted — with raised eyebrow — Rick Perry’s qualified endorsement of the transportation infrastructure projects in Obama’s proposed jobs program. It was “qualified” in the sense that he was willing to consider it as part of the same package with — or as a quid pro quo for — continuing or expanding the refundable tax credits to the fossil fuel industries.
Maddow suggested, with her usual fairly good-natured sarcasm, that one of these things just doesn’t belong here. (When I say “good-natured, I mean without the insufferable air of superiority that makes me want to bash Olbermann’s and O’Donnell’s skulls in.)
Article by Stuart Bramhall.
Indian activist Vendana Shiva
In my upcoming presentation at Witt, I only have time to talk about eight of the antiglobalization activists who spoke at the International Forum on Globalization teach-in November 24-25, 1999 in the Seattle symphony hall. Maria Galaradin of TUC Radio recorded all the presentations and has many of them archived at http://www.tucradio.org/ifg.html
Kathy Shaidle on the Fred Phelps of Canada.
This is guy isn’t doing much to dispel the stereotype of Bible-banging homo-haters as closeted weenie-slurpers: “He admits to sexually servicing a man for drugs so matter-of-factly he could be talking about what color he’s decided to paint the kitchen.”
Canada is much further down the totalitarian humanist road than America as evidenced by their PIGS talking like this: “Steve Camp of the Edmonton “hate crimes unit” called Whatcott’s flyers “offensive” and “an affront on the basic tenets of our society, which is about multiculturalism, tolerance and peaceful co-existence.” (That robotic parroting of Trudeaupian goodspeak really is how our cops talk now when they aren’t busily arresting all the wrong people.)”
I hated guys like Bill Whatcott when I was pro-choice, and I hate them more now that I’m not.
For whatever reason, I don’t play nicely with picketers on either side of anything (photographic proof!); maybe my pregnant mother was traumatized by a pile of sticks. I do know that any measly reduction in abortions since Roe v. Wade is attributable to things such as ultrasound and the movie Knocked Up—everything except the amateur Grand Guignol theatrics of anti-abortion picketers, whose homeliness hasn’t declined in the 30 years since George Carlin uttered his career’s sole perceptive observation:
Have you noticed that most of the women who are against abortion are women you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place?
Bill Whatcott is arguably Canada’s most famous pro-life sign-bearer, but when he stands before the Supreme Court next month, it’ll be on account of his other bête noire: homosexuality.
Besides picket signs, Whatcott gets his message out through flyers—hundreds of thousands of them, he figures—that he shoves into mailboxes nationwide. They feature statistics about gay mortality rates and photos of anal warts. One flyer was simply a photocopy of an ad from a local gay publication: “searching for boys/men.…Your age…not so relevant.”
Article by Kevin Carson.
At Unqualified Offerings, thoreau devotes a post to “an important point about organizing a bureaucratic organization.” Most of my post will consist of the money quote from thoreau’s original, inspired piece, and a digest of the debate that ensued in the comment thread. My development of the issues, which follows, is a minority of the whole thing. But I strongly recommend you read the first part in full, because it’s one of the most intellectually engaging debates I’ve read in a long time.
Wage theft, union-busting and fighting back at the pizza chain in France, Spain and the United Kingdom
By Monika Vykoukal
Industrial Worker #1738 – September 2011
“The pizzas are better, and they’ve got newer scooters,” observes David as we hang out just outside a Pizza Hut store on a hot, sticky July night in Paris. A fellow worker who is organizing at Pizza Hut in Sheffield, U.K., David is here for a couple of days to connect with local Pizza Hut workers, who have been on strike for over nine weeks at press time.
July 11 was the employment tribunal hearing for two workers who contend, with the support of their union Solidaires Unitaires Démocratiques (SUD), that they have been sacked in connection with their strike and union activities. As the entire city seems to wind down for the holiday period, the ruling will not be out until early September, and our comrades have decided it’s best to pause their struggle for now as well.
Article by Jim Goad.
Late one Saturday morning in 1990 under the skeleton-bleaching California sun, I motored through a crumbled, hilly, ashen section of East LA looking to see if any of the Hicks Boys Stoners were around to sell me some weed. Named after East LA’s Hicks Avenue, they were a loosely amalgamated gang of longhaired Mexican metalheads who shunned traditional cholo gang culture’s aesthetic trappings in favor of Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez-styled muerte obsessions, Satan worship, and generally aimless nihilism.
A few weeks earlier, I had written a cover story about the Hicks Boys for the Los Angeles Reader, a now-defunct free alt-weekly largely distributed in West LA. The magazine’s publisher was a short, pie-faced man with a voice so high-pitched one would suspect he was mainlining estrogen. He was slick-bald on top with a horseshoe rim of quarter-inch grey stubble around the sides and a Pixy Stix-thin footlong ponytail hanging limply in the back. Merely describing his ponytail tells you all you need to know about his politics.