Saturday, December 20, 2014

The left and the unions will do anything to get there way no matter the legality. They are today's Brownshirts but they hold bureaucratic and political office. Law-fare is their method

Anti-Scott Walker prosecutorial skullduggery in Wisconsin exposed


A huge political scandal is slowly coming to light in Wisconsin, as information comes to light about the conduct of that state’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) as it persecuted supporters of Governor Scott Walker, who bravely took on the public employee unions of that state.  The outrageous tactics used included midnight SWAT team raids on Walker’s political supporters.  Ten days ago, I wrote about some of the potential law-breaking and document-alteration engaged in by the prosecutors.  But new evidence has just come to light.esterday, Judge Lee S. Dreyfus of the Waukesha County Court unsealed a trove of documents in the civil lawsuit being brought by the Wisconsin Club for Growth against the GAB.  As revealed by the Wisconsin Reporter (that owns this story and that ought to be in line for a Pulitzer Prize if the Columbia University School of Journalism is able to overcome its reflexive leftism) they:
... show that the GAB considered using the state’s John Doe law to investigate key state conservatives and even national figures, including Fox News’ Sean Hannity and WTMJ Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes.
SWAT team raids on one of the state’s most prominent talk show hosts (and, by the way, AT contributor)?  How about Sean Hannity?  Were they going to fly to New York?
The Reporter has obtained even more documentation than was released yesterday, and it reveals a pattern of less-than-forthright honesty at the GAB.  Right Wisconsin, which cross-posted the article from the Wisconsin Reporter, has come up with this amusing visual juxtaposition:
Some highlights:
Staff members engaged in the probe seem to have defied their own board. Documents show the board voted on July 21, 2014 refused to reauthorize the investigation, on a 3-2 vote.
Documents show the GAB staffers were preoccupied with their own legal exposure rather than whether those staffers were engaged in a lawful investigation. As late as May, they urged the board to continue to fund the agency’s probe because “terminating the investigation could undermine the position of the Board’s investigators in the civil case, exposing them, and potentially Board members to civil liability with no legal support.” (snip)
Under state law, the agency’s board must meet “at least once every 90” days to review the progress of the investigation. The board must approve the reauthorization of the investigation or the probe is considered closed.
The GAB is not authorized under law to prosecute criminal investigations, such as John Doe probes.
GAB spokesman Reid Magney earlier this week told Wisconsin Reporter, “John Doe investigations are initiated by district attorneys and controlled by a judge, not the Government Accountability Board.”
Asked whether the board has reauthorized the probe, he declined to comment, citing confidentiality laws.
Technically, the GAB’s involvement in the investigation should have been terminated over a year ago.
According to documents, the GAB voted to authorize the probe on June 20, 2013 but did not vote to reauthorize until Sept. 25, 2013 – 97 days after the GAB’s investigation was officially launched.
GAB Judge Harold Froehlich extensively discussed the lapse at a board meeting in May 2014.
But the GAB, according to court documents, had been admitted as a party to the probe and assisting prosecutors 10 months prior to the board’s formal vote to begin its investigation.
The unsealed documents show GAB director and general counsel Kevin Kennedy and Jonathan Becker, administrator of the agency’s ethics division, involved the accountability board in the secret probe without the approval or even knowledge of the judges. Board members were not informed of the involvement until Dec. 18, 2012, some three months after Kennedy and crew jumped on board.
And it seems Kennedy and Becker misled the board about precisely when they had “learned” of the John Doe investigation, according to a Dec. 18, 2012 memorandum.
“Since the time of the October 23, 2012 Board meeting, staff has learned that the Milwaukee District Attorney has opened another John Doe investigation,” the memo states.
There is much more.  Read the whole thing.  And stand by, because there is more to come as discovery proceeds in the lawsuit.
It is unknowable where this all is going, but it represents a wild card in the potential presidential candidacy of Walker.  Being the target of sinister and apparently illegal persecution by the left while taking on public employee unions makes for quite a dramatic resume.
Wisconsin is the state that gave birth to progressivism, which means that the movement has had longer to degenerate there than anywhere else.  It would be fitting to have its funeral there, too.
Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

Dr. Oz gives poor advice and is a snake oil salesman as shown by a recent study of his show.

Dr. Mehmet Oz and his daily talk show come under fire from Canadian researchers, who say only one-third of the recommendations made on the program can be supported by medical evidence. (Andy Genovese / ABC)

By KAREN KAPLAN DECEMBER 19, 2014,

W hat do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show”? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.
If that sounds alarming, consider this: Nearly 4 in 10 of the assertions made on the hit show appear to be made on the basis of no evidence at all.
The researchers who took it upon themselves to fact-check Dr. Oz and his on-air guests were able to
find legitimate studies related to another 11% of the recommendations made on the show. However, in these cases, the recommendations ran counter to the medical literature.
“Consumers should be skeptical about any recommendations provided on television medical talk shows,” the researchers wrote in a study published this week in BMJ. “Viewers need to realize that the recommendations may not be supported by higher evidence or presented with enough balanced information to adequately inform decision making.”
Critics of Dr. Mehmet Oz, an accomplished cardiac surgeon with degrees from two Ivy League universities, complain that his show is little more than an hour-long infomercial for weight-loss fads like green coffee bean extract. (The Federal Trade Commission has sued the company that hawks this dubious product.) A spokesman for the Center for Inquiry accused him of selling “snake oil.” In June, a Senate subcommittee took him to task for telling his viewers (who number 2.9 million on any given day) things like: “I’ve got the No. 1 miracle in a bottle to burn your fat. It’s raspberry ketones.”
“I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.) said during the hearing.
A large group of physicians, pharmacists and other researchers from Canada had their own questions about programs like “The Dr. Oz Show.” So they set out to see whether the “skepticism and criticism from medical professionals” was warranted.
The Canadians focused on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors,” another daily talk show that averages 2.3 million viewers per day. After watching two episodes of each program, they hypothesized that only half of the claims made on the shows could be supported with actual evidence. They also calculated that they would need to review 158 specific recommendations to see whether their hypothesis was correct.
Lucky for them, the shows are rife with recommendations -- 12 in a typical episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” and 11 in an episode of “The Doctors.” So members of the research team watched 40 episodes of each show, which were randomly selected among all the episodes that aired in the first five months of 2013.
They found that 32% of the 479 recommendations made on “The Dr. Oz Show,” either by the host or his guests, fell under the heading of “general medical advice.” Another 25% of the claims were about diet (i.e., foods that boost the immune system) and 18% were about weight loss.
On “The Doctors,” 66% of the 445 recommendations were about “general medical advice,” 9% were about diet and 8% were about weight loss. (Other categories included exercise, alternative therapies and cosmetics.)

Among all of these recommendations, the researchers randomly selected 80 from each show and looked to see what evidence, if any, could back them up. Two team members conducted independent searches, spending up to an hour on each one. “In an attempt to be as fair as possible” to the shows, they wrote, they “used a relatively broad definition of support.”
And yet only 21% of the recommendations on “The Dr. Oz Show” could be supported by what the researchers considered “believable” evidence. Another 11% were supported by “somewhat believable” evidence.
The recommendations made on “The Doctors” were more credible -- 32.5% were supported by “believable” evidence and another 20% were backed by “somewhat believable” evidence, the researchers found.
Good or so-so evidence contradicted 11% of the claims made on “Dr. Oz” and 13% of the claims made on “The Doctors.”
The researchers also noted that for both shows combined, 40% of the recommendations mentioned a specific benefit of the intervention being touted. The size of the benefit was discussed in fewer than 20% of cases, possible harms or side effects came up less than 10% of the time, and potential conflicts of interest were mentioned in less than 1% of cases.
Neither Oz nor the team behind “The Doctors” could be reached for comment about the study’s conclusions.
The whole exercise left the researchers to ponder “whether we should expect medical talk shows to provide more than entertainment.”

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The reality of hate crimes really bewilder some victims. Other papers report the race of the perps but the PC types will not.

Lawyer bewildered as to why he was beaten unconscious but not robbed of Rolex, cash


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on December 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM, updated December 20, 2014 at 2:06 AM
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Bill Callaham, a California lawyer, never had a chance to hand over his Rolex, cell phone or hundreds of dollars in cash. The men who attacked him from behind in the Central Business District never made any demands. They beat him unconscious, breaking his nose and his jaw. And afterward, he said, they took nothing.
"If somebody had confronted me and asked for money, I would've happily given them my money," Callaham said Friday, a week after the assault. "I don't know if it was random, I mean, I have no idea. I just think it's a sad state of society right now."
The 66-year-old from Sacramento, Calif., was in town to educate other lawyers on presenting evidence to juries in civil trials. But instead of giving that talk last week, he spent several days in the hospital undergoing facial reconstructive surgery.
After dinner at Commander's Palace, Callaham spent the evening last Thursday (Dec. 11) walking around the French Quarter and enjoying live music. He started walking back to his hotel at the Hyatt Regency, at the corner of Loyola and Poydras avenues, around 2 a.m., he said.
He crossed over Canal Street into the CBD, and he said he doesn't remember exactly which street he was on when he noticed a group of possibly three men walk past him on the other side of the street. He doesn't remember what they looked like, other than one appeared to be in his 20s. He remembers hearing one of the men mumble something, but doesn't know what it was.
Like a film, he said his memory then cuts to him staggering, blood gushing down his face, leaning over a trashcan. He could tell his jaw and nose were broken but he was bewildered as to why. He said he has no memory of the actual attack because he had been knocked unconscious.
"I have no memory at all, but maybe that's good," he said. "I was completely out. I don't even know how long I was out."
A car pulled up with two women inside. "Sir, are you hurt?" he recalled hearing. "Do you need help?"
"I don't know," he remembered replying. They asked him again if he needed help, and then he started to realize he had been attacked.  "Yeah, I think I do."
The women took him to Ochsner Baptist Hospital, where staff sent him to Interim LSU Hospital for treatment at the trauma center there. In addition to his broken bones, his lower lip had been cut open and six of his teeth were broken. Doctors stitched him up, operated on his nose, implanted a plate to secure his jaw and wired all his teeth to his jaw.
He will be on a liquid diet for at least the next two months.
He gave a statement to a New Orleans police officer who visited him in the hospital Friday morning. A police spokesman confirmed that the report was made at Ochsner around 4:50 a.m. He told the officers what happened.
The officer noted in a report that Callaham had visible facial injuries, a spokesman said. "Hospital medical personnel advised that the victim's jaw was fractured, he had lacerations to his top and bottom lips and his front teeth were chipped," Officer Garry Flot wrote in an email.
"The victim was in possession of all of his property at the time of the report."
After he was released from the hospital, Callaham returned to the CBD area to look for blood, but was unsuccessful. He said he didn't think there was surveillance footage of the beating. The case will likely remain unsolved for lack of evidence, he said.
"I think it's bad for the citizens of New Orleans and visitors of New Orleans that they have to put up with this, if it's happening frequently," Callaham said.
Another brazen French Quarter armed robbery caught on cameraThe New Orleans Police Department is searching for eight suspects they say attacked three men in the 1000 block of Gov. Nicholls Street in the French Quarter on (Dec. 17th). Police say the attackers stabbed one of the three men in the chest during the armed robbery.
There have been several violent robberies in the French Quarter area lately. On Wednesday night, police said a group of possibly eight assailants robbed three men and stabbed one of them in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls Street.
But besides Callaham's case, police haven't received any reports of seemingly random beatings that did not involve a robbery, said NOPD spokesman Officer Frank Robertson III.
Callaham said he has visited New Orleans many times, but usually stays closer to the Mississippi River, in the Windsor Court Hotel. He said he was unfamiliar with the area around the Hyatt. After the attack, he said friends told him that the area is not safe.
"I've walked by myself late at night all over the world," he said. "I've never had any concerns about my safety for doing that."
He said he still plans to return to New Orleans, but he will take more precautions in the future and try not to walk alone. Mainly, he just feels grateful now. "I'm very thankful that I'm alive and I'll get through all this." 

Four more released back into the battle against us.

Four Guantanamo Bay Detainees Repatriated To Afghanistan

The inmates had all been held at the detention facility for more than 11 years.
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Four Guantanamo Bay inmates have been returned to their home country of Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday — the latest in a flurry of prisoner releases from the controversial detention facility in recent weeks.
The four repatriated to Afghanistan were identified as Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir.
All the men had been held at the Cuba detention facility for more than 11 years.
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In a statement, the Pentagon said the men were “unanimously approved for release” after being reviewed by a task force that examined whether they still pose a security threat to the U.S.
“The United States is grateful to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon statement read. 
“The United States coordinated with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” the Pentagon said.
The repatriation of the detainees comes just weeks after six inmates were transferred to Uruguay, becoming the first Guantanamo detainees to be released to South America. 
In November, one prisoner was sent to Saudi Arabia, while five others were released to Eastern Europe.
The releases are part of a renewed effort from the Obama administration to wind down the controversial detention facility, but 132 detainees still remain.

Note how the US addresses Afghanistan as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
But, to Obama and the leftists Israel is apartheid if it is called aJewish State.

The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama’s Imaginary Son

The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama’s Imaginary Son

In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:
The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.
Once again, Barack Obama’s imaginary son has found himself unfairly in trouble with the law. If you recall, his imaginary son was also shot by an imaginary neighborhood watch guard in the same style as Trayvon Martin. But Obama’s imaginary son is plucky and resilient and has lived a hard life in the hood so he keeps bouncing back.
In his life, Obama’s imaginary son has been shot at, concussed out of football, and racially profiled. Yet he keeps picking himself up and carrying on. Obama’s imaginary son should be an example to us all. No matter what kind of imaginary circumstances we find ourselves in, we can continue on with our imaginary lives.
One day this country can hopefully move on from racism experienced by imaginary people — and, let’s face it, the country doesn’t have the best of history of its treatment of imaginary people. We have, however, made progress in the civil rights of imaginary people and for that we, as a country, should be proud. We shouldn’t ignore, however, the real truth that racism toward imaginary sons is still a real problem, as our President constantly reminds us. We can’t be afraid to have the conversation, no matter how painful it might be, about continuing the racial healing of imaginary people.
President Obama, however, also should look inward and ask why his imaginary son continues to put himself in these situations. Perhaps it is also his own failings as an imaginary parent. Maybe his imaginary son is trying to rebel against the pressures that come with being the first imaginary son of the United States. Perhaps the President can get him some better-fitting clothes and tell him to stay in school instead of having constant run-ins with imaginary police.
Obama himself has been racially profiled so much in his life that, in order to relate to the struggles in Ferguson, he has to cite an imaginary person out of thin air to prove it. Obama’s American story apparently isn’t overcoming an absent father, being raised by loving grandparents, attending Columbia and Harvard Universities, and becoming President of the United States.
His story, as we are constantly reminded, is been being mistaken for a waiter, something his closest adviser also did to a four-star general. “Before [becoming president], Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” the First Lady said in the interview. 
In the same conversation, Michelle Obama claimed a woman profiled her by asking for help to reach for something off a shelf during her (widely publicized) trip to Target:
I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.
Silly racist peasant asking our Queen for assistance.
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The President of the United States seems more comfortable citing the struggles of his imaginary son than the privileged successes of his real daughters. In truth, Obama’s son would have attended private schools in Chicago, just like his daughters. He would then be attending Sidwell Private School in DC, just like his real daughters. Obama’s imaginary son would get his pick of any college in the world, just like his real daughters. His imaginary son would then go on to any career he chose, in medicine, law, Hollywood, or Wall Street, just like his real daughters. But that doesn’t fit the divisive racial narrative — so his son lives the hard-knock life.
According to Obama, we still have much work to do in the race relations of imaginary people. Unfortunately, the healing can’t begin until the country moves on from this imaginary President