Monday, July 25, 2016

Why Are the Voters Angry?

A great piece by Myron Magnet, though I do take objection with the title. Most voters care nothing about limiited constitutional government, as long as they continue to get stuff. But the scheme to make the government and bureacracy more entrenched and powerful, ratchet by ratchet, will eventually suck all the growth and money out of the economy toward the government until the whole thing explodes (see Greece, Venezuela, etc... for recent examples).

Haunting this year’s presidential contest is the sense that the U.S. government no longer belongs to the people and no longer represents them. And this uneasy feeling is not misplaced. It reflects the real state of affairs.
We have lost the government we learned about in civics class, with its democratic election of representatives to do the voters’ will in framing laws, which the president vows to execute faithfully, unless the Supreme Court rules them unconstitutional. That small government of limited powers that the Founders designed, hedged with checks and balances, hasn’t operated for a century. All its parts still have their old names and appear to be carrying out their old functions. But in fact, a new kind of government has grown up inside the old structure, like those parasites hatched in another organism that grow by eating up their host from within, until the adult creature bursts out of the host’s carcass. This transformation is not an evolution but a usurpation.
What has now largely displaced the Founders’ government is what’s called the Administrative State—a transformation premeditated by its main architect, Woodrow Wilson. The thin-skinned, self-righteous college-professor president, who thought himself enlightened far beyond the citizenry, dismissed the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights as so much outmoded “nonsense,” and he rejected the Founders’ clunky constitutional machinery as obsolete. (See “It’s Not Your Founding Fathers’ Republic Any More,” Summer 2014.) What a modern country needed, he said, was a “living constitution” that would keep pace with the fast-changing times by continual, Darwinian adaptation, as he called it, effected by federal courts acting as a permanent constitutional convention.
Modernity, Wilson thought, demanded efficient government by independent, nonpartisan, benevolent, hyper-educated experts, applying the latest scientific, economic, and sociological knowledge to industrial capitalism’s unprecedented problems, too complex for self-governing free citizens to solve. Accordingly, he got Congress to create executive-branch administrative agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, to do the job. During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt proliferated such agencies, from the National Labor Relations Board and the Federal Housing Administration to the Federal Communications Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, to put the New Deal into effect. Before they could do so, though, FDR had to scare the Supreme Court into stretching the Constitution’s Commerce Clause beyond recognition, putting the federal government in charge of all economic activity, not just interstate transactions. He also had to pressure the justices to allow Congress to delegate legislative power—which is, in effect, what the lawmakers did by setting up agencies with the power to make binding rules. The Constitution, of course, vests all legislative power in Congress, empowering it to make laws, not to make legislators.
But the Administrative State’s constitutional transgressions cut deeper still. If Congress can’t delegate its legislative powers, it certainly can’t delegate judicial powers, which the Constitution gives exclusively to the judiciary. Nevertheless, after these administrative agencies make rules like a legislature, they then exercise judicial authority like a court by prosecuting violations of their edicts and inflicting real criminal penalties, such as fines and cease-and-desist orders. As they perform all these functions, they also violate the principle of the separation of powers, which lies at the heart of our constitutional theory (senselessly curbing efficiency, Wilson thought), as well as the due process of law, for they trample the citizen’s Fifth Amendment right not to lose his property unless indicted by a grand jury and tried by a jury of his peers, and they search a citizen or a company’s private papers or premises, without bothering to get judge-issued subpoenas or search warrants based on probable cause, flouting the Fourth Amendment. They can issue waivers to their rules, so that the law is not the same for all citizens and companies but is instead an instrument of arbitrary power. FDR himself ruefully remarked that he had expanded a fourth branch of government that lacked constitutional legitimacy. Not only does it reincarnate the arbitrary power of the Stuarts’ tyrannical Star Chamber, but also it doesn’t even meet the minimal conditions of liberty that Magna Carta set forth 801 years ago.
Adding insult to injury, Wilson, his allies, and their current followers call themselves “progressives,” a fatuous boast implying that they are the embodiments and chosen instruments of the spirit of an ever-improving, irresistible future. In tune with the German idealist philosophy that Wilson and his circle studied, they claim to be marching toward an as-yet-unrealized goal of human perfection. But that perfection, the German philosophers believed, would look something like Prussia’s enlightened despotism. For Americans to think that it is progress to move from the Founders’ revolutionary achievement—a nation of free citizens, endowed with natural rights, living under laws that they themselves have made, pursuing their own vision of happiness in their own way and free to develop as fully as they can whatever talent or genius lies within them—to a regime in which individuals derive such rights as they have from a government superior to them is contemptible. How is a return to subjection an advance on freedom? No lover of liberty should ever call such left-wing statism “progressive.” In historical terms, this elevation of state power over individual freedom is not even “liberal” but quite the reverse.

Read the rest here.

New York Gov. Cuomo accused of violating Hatch Act after state ads run in North Carolina. Another instance of Democrat ignoring the law.

New York Gov. Cuomo accused of violating Hatch Act after state ads run in North Carolina

Published July 25, 2016
New York’s advertising campaigns promoting the state’s economic-development opportunities have faced criticism for their high costs and meager returns in job creation. Now they have encountered another challenge.
A former North Carolina Supreme Court judge has filed complaints with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and a New York state ethics panel alleging that taxpayer-funded ads Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has run in North Carolina violated the Hatch Act by interfering with the gubernatorial and legislative races in that state.
The commercials, which reference the state’s so-called transgender bathroom law, among policies by other states, “mention North Carolina and its leadership in a transparent attempt to criticize, interfere and affect the impending North Carolina elections,” according to the federal complaint filed by the retired judge, Robert F. Orr.
The Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, is up for re-election this year, as is the state’s legislature. The Hatch Act prohibits federal, state and local employees from using their official authority to interfere with or influence the outcome of an election or nomination for office.
A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, John P.L. Kelly, described the complaints as “frivolous” but didn’t address the allegation concerning any attempt to sway North Carolina’s elections.
“It would be funny if the issues we were actually talking about did not involve human rights and basic equality,” Mr. Kelly said. “New York welcomes everyone—everyone—who seeks to embrace freedom while pursuing their dreams.”
Mr. Orr, who said in an interview that he isn’t affiliated with the North Carolina governor’s administration or campaign but has done some legal work for the state, has filed a similar complaint with New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
The ads, which the complaints say began running in North Carolina in late June, promote New York’s business climate as “where the true leaders are” and “where we understand the value of diversity.” The ads are no longer airing, according to Mr. Cuomo’s office.
The federal complaint criticizes the ads as going “beyond appropriate economic-development recruitment,” saying: “By using public funds to promote New York as supporting certain policies and implicitly criticizing contrary political decisions made in North Carolina, an ethical imitation has been breached.”
The complaint specifically identifies Mr. Cuomo as having violated the Hatch Act, along with several employees of Empire State Development, New York’s economic-development agency.

WORLD Muslims Disrupt Mourners at Munich Memorial With Shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar!’

Muslims Disrupt Mourners at Munich Memorial With Shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar!’

Last week an 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald’s, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself. The gunman, later identified as David Ali Sonboly, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before the shooting began, according to the Daily Mail.
After the tragic massacre, a group of Germans gathered at the scene of the attack over the weekend to mourn together, only to be confronted with another disturbance.

Image source: Il Fatto Quotidiano
The Italian news outlet Il Fatto Quotidiano released a video Sunday that captures the moment a group of Muslim men at the memorial shouted, “Allahu Akbar!” — the Islamic phrase often employed by jihadists that translates to, “God is the greatest.” 
The Germans in attendance reacted angrily, yelling at the individuals who uttered the Islamic cry. Police on the scene diffused the situation, but tensions remained high.
Watch (Caution: Strong language):
Munich police described the mall attack as “suspected terrorism” on Friday. It was the second attack in Germany in less than a week after a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an ax-and-knife attack on a regional train Monday near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, attacking another woman outside as he fled before being killed by police.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen gunman likely acted alone Friday.
Germany was rocked by two more deadly attacks Sunday evening, one at a music festival and another at a bus station.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received backlash over the country’s open-door immigration following the devastating week of terror.

6,726 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. So Far in FY16--But Only 23 Are Christians. Is the Obama administration anti Christian? You bet! How many of the Syrians despise Christians and Jews to the point of violencer?

6,726 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. So Far in FY16--But Only 23 Are Christians

By Patrick Goodenough | July 25, 2016 

( – With ten weeks to go until the end of the fiscal year, the Obama administration continues to admit Syrian refugees at an accelerated pace, and has now exceeded two-thirds of President Obama’s target of 10,000 by September 30.
The proportion of Christians among those resettled continues to languish below half of one percent, while other non-Sunnis account for just over one percent.
As of Monday, 1,515 Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their homeland had been admitted since the beginning of July, and a total of 6,726 since FY 2016 began on October 1, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
Of the July arrivals, 1,501 (99.0 percent) were Sunnis, and three (0.19 percent) were Christians. The other 11 (0.72 percent) were other Muslims.
Of the 6,726 total Syrian refugee arrivals since the beginning of FY 2016, 6,625 (98.4 percent) were Sunnis and 23 (0.3 percent) were Christians – including 15 described simply as “Christian,” five Catholics, two Orthodox and one Greek Orthodox adherent.
The remaining 78 (1.1 percent) comprised 49 refugees described in the data simply as “Moslem,” 17 Shi’a Muslims, 10 Yazidis, one of “no religion” and one “other religion.”
To reach its 10,000 target by September 30, the administration will need to admit average of 1,597 each month for July, August and September. With a week of this month to go, and 1,515 admitted as of early Monday, the July target looks to be easily within reach.
Of the 1,515 refugees from Syria admitted since the beginning of July, 363 (23.9 percent) are men between the ages of 14 and 50, another 322 (21.2 percent) are women aged 14-50, and 784 (51.7 percent) are children aged under 14 – 371 boys and 413 girls.
Their ethnic breakdown is: 1,472 Arabs, 22 Kurds, 18 Turkmen and three Armenians.
Of the 6,726 admitted since in FY 2016, 1,661 (24.6 percent) are men 14-50, while 1,537 (22.8 percent) are women aged 14-50. Another 3,240 (48.1 percent) are children aged under 14, made up of 1,658 boys and 1,582 girls.
Of the 6,726, 6,159 are Arabs, 497 are Kurds, 49 are Turkmen, four are Turks, three are Armenian, two are Syriac, one is Assyrian and 11 are “other.”
The 6,726 Syrian refugees have been resettled across the nation, with the largest groups going to Michigan (782), California (603), Arizona (512), Texas (471), Pennsylvania (429), Illinois (421), New York (367), Florida (329), North Carolina (312) and Ohio (305).
Screening concerns
Obama has rejected Republican concerns about security vetting for Syrian refugees, saying that “they are subjected to the most rigorous process conceivable.”
“There is an entire apparatus of all of our law enforcement agencies and the center that we use for countering terrorism to check and ensure that a refugee is not admitted that might cause us harm,” he said shortly after the Paris terror attack last November prompted fresh concerns about terrorist groups using refugee programs to infiltrate operatives into the West.
The administration says the process takes an average of 18-24 months, although an accelerated effort launched last spring aimed to reduce that to around three months in order to meet the president’s 10,000 target.
Last October FBI Director James Comey raised questions about the difficulties involved in checking backgrounds of refugee status applicants from Syria, telling a House Homeland Security Committee hearing “we can only query against that which we have collected.”
“If someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interests reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home but we’re not going to – there’ll be nothing to show up, because we have no record of that person,” Comey said. “You can only query what you’ve collected.”
The Syrian refugee issue has emerged as a contentious one in the presidential election campaign.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has pledged to increase significantly the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States if she becomes president.
On CBS News’ Face the Nation last September, she said she would like to see numbers rise from Obama’s 10,000 target, to 65,000.
“We’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II and I think the United States has to do more,” she said. “I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in.”
Her GOP rival, Donald Trump, has called Clinton’s proposals “a better, bigger version of the legendary Trojan Horse.”
“The burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why she believes immigration from these dangerous countries should be increased without any effective system to screen who we are bringing in,” he said in a speech last June.
“We have to stop the tremendous flow of Syrian refugees into the United States,” Trump said. “We don’t know who they are, they have no documentation, and we don’t know what they’re planning.”
--Patrick Goodenough is the Spencer Journalism Fellow.

The latest terror attacks in Germany. Here is the destructiveness of irrational guilt!

BOMB HORROR Syrian suicide bomber had recorded video on his phone pledging allegiance to ISIS before blowing himself up, injuring 12

Asylum-seeker, 27, 'tried to enter a nearby music festival to carry out deadly attack' before heading to packed bar nearby.

Syrian refugee arrested after killing woman with machete in Germany: police

China: Communism is totalitarianism. Time to remember those China apologists like Tom Friedman of the NY Times.

China Bans Internet News Reporting as Media Crackdown Widens

  • Internet portals must shut all original reporting operations
  • Web services can now carry only state-approved media news
China’s top internet regulator ordered major online companies including Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. to stop original news reporting, the latest effort by the government to tighten its grip over the country’s web and information industries.
The Cyberspace Administration of China imposed the ban on several major news portals, including Inc. and NetEase Inc., Chinese media reported in identically worded articles citing an unidentified official from the agency’s Beijing office. The companies have “seriously violated” internet regulations by carrying plenty of news content obtained through original reporting, causing “huge negative effects,” according to a report that appeared in The Paper on Sunday.
The agency instructed the operators of mobile and online news services to dismantle “current-affairs news” operations on Friday, after earlier calling a halt to such activity at Tencent, according to people familiar with the situation. Like its peers, Asia’s largest internet company had developed a news operation and grown its team. Henceforth, they and other services can only carry reports provided by government-controlled print or online media, the people said, asking not to be identified because the issue is politically sensitive.
The sweeping ban gives authorities near-absolute control over online news and political discourse, in keeping with a broader crackdown on information increasingly distributed over the web and mobile devices. President Xi Jinping has stressed that Chinese media must serve the interests of the ruling Communist Party.
The party has long been sensitive to the potential for negative reporting to stir up unrest, the greatest threat to its decades-old hold on power. Regulations forbidding enterprise reporting have been in place for years without consistent enforcement, but the latest ordinance suggests “they really mean business,” said Willy Lam, an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Center for China Studies. 

Xi’s ‘Crusade’

Xi is cementing his power base and silencing dissenters ahead of a twice-a-decade reshuffle at next year’s party congress. Lam said that he "is really tightening up his crusade to silence opponents in the media."
The regulator will slap financial penalties on sites found in violation of the regulations, the Paper cited the official as saying. A representative of Sohu declined to comment on the report. Tencent, Sina and NetEase didn’t respond to messages and phone calls seeking comment. The cyberspace administration has yet to respond to a faxed request for comment.
The government is now considering ways to exert a more direct form of influence over the country’s online media institutions. In recent months, Chinese authorities have held discussions with internet providers on a pilot project intended to pave the way for the government to start taking board seats and stakes of at least 1 percent in those companies. In return, they would get a license to provide news on a daily basis.

Gray Area

China’s online giants serve content, games and news to hundreds of millions of people across the country -- Tencent’s QQ and WeChat alone host more than a billion users, combined. Online news services however have always operated in a regulatory gray area. They’re not authorized to provide original content and technically aren’t allowed to hire reporters or editors. Still, outlets have recently published investigative stories on official corruption cases, and covered sensitive social issues from demonstrations to human rights. For instance, NetEase ran a feature in April after the party announced an investigation into a senior Hebei provincial official, Zhang Yue. The story was later removed from the internet.
For a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis of the latest media crackdown, click here.
“Current-affairs news” is a broad term in China and encompasses all news and commentary related to politics, economics, military, foreign affairs and social issues, according to the draft version of China’s online information law. The amended draft of the regulation is currently seeking public feedback on the CAC’s official website.
The change in the guidelines on original reporting also comes weeks after China replaced its chief internet regulator. Xu Lin, a former Shanghai propaganda chief who worked briefly with Xi during his half-year stint as Shanghai party boss in 2007, succeeded Lu Wei in June as head of the cyberspace administration. 
The regulator has since tightened its grip on online news reports, such as by warningnews or social network websites against publishing news without proper verification. In another sign that the government is exerting influence over information, the publishers of a private purchasing managers index suspended that popular gauge without explanation.
— With assistance by Keith Zhai

Democrats fearful of other Democrats. And not an anarchist in site, wonder why? Priceless.

PHOTOS: DNC erects four-mile eight-foot tall fence around Philly convention site

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This is domestic terrorism. Mexican gangs rising? Where is the DHS warning?

‘Kill More Cops’ Graffiti Mural Appears on Major L.A. Freeway

A reader has e-mailed Breitbart News an image showing a graffiti mural reading “KILL MORE COPS” along Interstate 5 in Los Angeles, a major commuting route in the San Fernando Valley just north of Burbank and Hollywood.

According to an e-mail from the reader, who took a photo of the graffiti in the midst of traffic, “It is right at the Sheldon exit, northbound side of the 5 freeway near van nuys CA. I have seen it for the last 3 days but not sure when it was first up. It is on a fence next to another wall.”
The graffiti comes in the wake of several murders of police officers, associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Earlier this month, five Dallas Police Department officers were killed by a sniper at a Black Lives Movement rally. A week ago, three more officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Baton Rouge had seen intense protests after police shot and killed a black man, Alton Sterling, who had allegedly been threatening a homeless man at a convenience store, and who had been wrestled to the ground at the time he was shot, where he allegedly reached for his gun as officers tried to subdue him.
Los Angeles has a particularly sensitive history with hostility toward police, following the videotaped beating of a black motorist, Rodney King, in 1991 and the subsequent riots in 1992 when officers were acquitted. Recently, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has faced scrutiny and protest over several deaths at the hands of police, including that of Ezell Ford and Redel Jones.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has, in contrast to several other mayors, offered unequivocal support for law enforcement during the past few tumultuous weeks.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, will be published by Regnery on July 25 and is available for pre-order through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Muslim teenagers assaults man's girlfriend real cause of his beating them. The disease of the Muslim war on women in full flow in US.

Investigators Looking at New Claim in Beating of Muslim Teens That Would Change the Entire Story

New details have emerged in the case of the mixed martial arts fighter charged in the beating of two Muslim teenagers outside a mosque in New York City — and, if true, they could change everything. 
Christopher Vallaro, 31, faces charges of attempted assault, assault, menacing and harassment after allegedly beating a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old outside the Madine Muslim Community Center in Sunset Park, New York, July 3 at around 1:15 a.m., DNAinfo reported. Vallaro reportedly called one of the teens a “terrorist” during the alleged attack, but he has not been charged with a hate crime. 
Image source: WABC-TV
Image source: WABC-TV
However, new information suggests there could be more to the story than previously thought. According to Vallaro’s uncle, John Schiavone, the teenagers first confronted Vallaro’s fiancee while she was sitting in her car and began making comments to her that were sexual in nature. 
“They were in the window telling her filthy things, he was just protecting her,” Schiavone said, while defending his nephew. 
According to Vallaro’s lawyer, the teens “were putting their hands into the car, accosting her sexually.” Vallaro was inside his nearby home at the time of the incident, but when he came out, he heard his fiancee screaming for help. 
From DNAinfo: 
Vallaro punched the teen in the face and head multiple times before slamming the victim onto the sidewalk, and kicking and stomping on his head.
Vallaro then chased the second victim, who was riding on his bicycle. He grabbed the victim’s shoulders and threw him off the cycle, then began punching him in the face.
Vallaro reportedly shouted slurs at the two teenagers, calling one of them a “f**king terrorist.” He also reportedly shouted, “You Muslims are the cause of all the problems of the world,” WABC-TV reported

The teens had to be treated for bruising, swelling, bleeding, scrapes and black eyes after their encounter with the MMA fighter. Vallaro was later arrested and his bail was set at $25,0000. He was arraigned Thursday. 
Vallaro declined to give any comment as he left the courthouse, the New York Post reported
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Obama Vetoes Bill Put Cap on Taxpayer-Funded Expense Accounts for Former Presidents.

Obama Vetoes Bill Put Cap on Taxpayer-Funded Expense Accounts for Former Presidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would cap the taxpayer-funded expense accounts of former presidents.
President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016, to award National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016, to award National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Obama said he supports the bill’s goal, but he sent the measure back to Congress because it would immediately end salaries and benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former presidents. He says the measure doesn’t provide enough time for these employees to be moved to another payroll.
Obama says the bill would also interfere with the Secret Service’s ability to protect ex-presidents.
He offered to work with lawmakers and the offices of the former presidents to change the bill in ways that would eventually earn his signature.
The legislation sets an annual allowance of $200,000 a year for travel, staff and office costs that have become a standard part of life after the Oval Office. For former presidents who make money through books, speaking fees and other ventures, the allowance is reduced by $1 for every dollar in outside income above $400,000.
Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, like former presidents before them, have earned millions in speaking fees since leaving office.
The legislation sets presidential pensions at $200,000 a year, nearly the same as the current amount. Each surviving spouse would be allotted a $100,000 annual survivor benefit.

Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS. Our rulers have declared no air conditioning for you! A tax must be coming.

Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS

Published July 23, 2016
Washington Free Beacon

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.
The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.
“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”
Members of the Montreal Protocol have met their obligations and have aided in the shrinking of the hole in the ozone, as well as created jobs and improved the quality of life, Kerry said.

Turkey: Why does Obama support this budding Islamist Saddam? Note the silence from the Left.

IN DETENTION Turkey arrests 62 schoolchildren for TREASON following failed military coup

The pupils, aged between 14 and 17, were made to dress up in camouflage and were handed guns with empty magazines, according to their lawyers
TURKEY has arrested more than 60 school kids and accused them of TREASON.
A total of 62 students at Kuleli Military school, the oldest such establishment in Istanbul, were collared by Turkish authorities.
A total of 62 Students of Kuleli Miltary School in Istanbul have been arrested for treason
A total of 62 Students of Kuleli Miltary School in Istanbul have been arrested for treason
Before the coup attempt last week, the pupils, aged between 14 and 17, were made to dress up in camouflage and were handed guns with empty magazines, according to their lawyers.
The children have been taken to prison and not allowed to speak to their parents as they were accused of treason against the Turkish State.
The mum of a 15-year-old boy caught up in the arrest, Emre, while waiting for news outside Istanbul’s Maltepe Prison said: “Our child has never held a gun before.
“They were used, they were forced to do this.”
The incarcerated kids families and lawyers fear their sons could be denied a fair trial due to mass purges in Turkey’s judiciary and anti coup protesters hunger for vengeance.
Emre’s terrified mother said the boys were subjected to a mass preliminary hearing in just one crowded courtroom which their families were barred from entering.
She added: “They got just two to three minutes to testify.”
The shocking decision comes a week after a coup rocked the country
The shocking decision comes a week after a coup rocked the country
The school is the oldest establishment of its kind in Istanbul
The school is the oldest establishment of its kind in Istanbul
Outside the prison, the dad of a locked up 14-year-old student says he has not been allowed to speak to his boy since last Friday when they were both at the school’s “cocktail party”.
He said: “Our son went to this school because he loved Atatürk and it was his decision to enrol.
“We have nothing to do with Gülen’s organisation.
“We have no sympathy for them.”
Interrupting his wife added: “They are just children.
“They are innocent.
“The state needs to separate the guilty ones from the innocent ones.”

Saturday, July 23, 2016

L.A. just another violent third world hellhole? look at the bright side Hillary has more criminals to embrace

The left has succeeded in releasing thousands of criminals from prison, invited in tens of thousands of illegal immigrants of unknown provenance, made victims of thugs and violence prone creeps. What could possibly go wrong. Irrational compassion?

Bheri Werntz and his family were sleeping when the silver Volkswagen Jetta slid into their Burbank driveway, its electronic dance music pulsating so loudly in the early morning that it woke them up.
Werntz peered outside. Not recognizing the car or its driver, the 67-year-old walked out of his house, rapped on the Jetta’s window and asked the man to turn the music down.
Without a word, the driver calmly pointed a silver handgun at Werntz.
After gunshots rang out, Werntz’s son raced to his wounded father’s side. Weston Werntz said he locked eyes with the gunman before the Jetta sped down the street.
“He was smirking,” Weston Werntz said. “This cocky, closed-mouth grin.”
The Dec. 9 attack that left Bheri Werntz seriously injured was part of a month-long series of shootings, robberies, carjackings and at least one killing that authorities across Los Angeles County attribute to Artyom Gasparyan, a 32-year-old with an extensive criminal record. Police launched an around-the-clock search that ended when detectives shot and wounded Gasparyan after a wrong-way chase on the 5 Freeway in early January.

Detectives have since widened their investigation into Gasparyan, linking him to at least one other homicide case, according to court records. The documents also show and that authorities missed earlier opportunities to keep him behind bars before December’s bloody rampage.
In a city that’s no stranger to violent crime, police say Gasparyan stood out for the brazen and brutal nature of his attacks. Most of the victims were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Capt. Billy Hayes, who heads the team of LAPD detectives that was tasked with capturing Gasparyan.
A definitive moment, Hayes said, came when police chased Gasparyan and his alleged accomplice into the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of Los Angeles. The accomplice, 25-year-old Daniel Ramirez, hopped out of their car, shooting at another motorist before stealing his SUV. Gasparyan managed to flee.
Opening fire on someone in front of police, Hayes said, highlighted the “total disregard for people” the pair showed. Police worried the violence would only escalate the longer Gasparyan was on the loose.
“That’s why it was so important to get him,” Hayes said, “because of the carnage and the havoc he could wreak on the community.”
Gasparyan pleaded not guilty in May to more than two dozen charges. His public defender has declined to comment on the case.
Gasparyan’s criminal history dates back to age 16 and is dotted with burglary and drug convictions, along with several traffic violations. Authorities have not given a motive for the violent acts Gasparyan is accused of, but court records offer a few warning signs.

In May 2009, Gasparyan was sentenced to a year in jail for stalking his then-girlfriend. The woman reported she was afraid of Gasparyan, saying he followed her while driving, threatened her parents and hit her, court records show.
Gasparyan warned the woman he would follow her to school and “cut her face,” she said, according to the records. When she said she didn’t want to be filmed having sex, he threatened to beat her.
In the summer of 2014, Gasparyan was charged with a series of car break-ins, in which he stole an iPad, golf clubs and a pastor’s communion set. Detectives tracked Gasparyan down after a video recording captured the license plate of the suspected vehicle: his mother’s silver Jetta.
A probation officer warned that Gasparyan’s “bold and brazen conduct” was escalating. His crimes showed “planning, sophistication or professionalism.” The likelihood that he would successfully complete probation, the report said, “appears nil.”
An LAPD detective quoted in the report was equally blunt: “I feel he is a great candidate for prison.”

At a court hearing in September 2014, Gasparyan pleaded no contest to charges of burglary and receiving stolen property, court records show. The admission was part of a plea deal with prosecutors, who agreed that Gasparyan would be released from jail but could be sentenced to five years behind bars if he violated his probation during the next several years.
Citing the ongoing cases against Gasparyan, a district attorney’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the deal. But, according to an e-mail obtained by The Times, prosecutors made the agreement after concluding that his prior convictions, including the 2009 stalking case, did not show an inclination toward violence.
“There was nothing in his record to suggest that he would commit crimes of such violence based upon his prior crimes,” wrote Dara Williams, assistant head deputy, in an email to a district attorney’s spokeswoman.
The email was mistakenly sent to a Times reporter by the district attorney’s office. 
Less than a year later, Gasparyan was arrested in June 2015, after allegedly speeding away from California Highway Patrol officers. Authorities say his Mercedes Benz topped 100 miles per hour and crashed against a guardrail along the 101 Freeway.
Gasparyan was booked into an LAPD jail on suspicion of misdemeanor hit-and-run and evading police, court and jail records show, but was released the next day. It was unclear why Gasparyan was let go when he still on probation. When he didn’t appear in court for a September hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
About a month later, police found a body in the Los Angeles River believed to be that of a 53-year-old woman who disappeared over the summer. The missing woman called Gasparyan’s cell phone at least eight times in the days before her disappearance, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed earlier this year.

The body from the river had “multiple fatal skull fractures,” and police launched a homicide investigation, the affidavit said. A detective wrote that Gasparyan and the woman’s nephew may have conspired to either kill her or at least hide her slaying.
Gasparyan has not been charged in that case.
In early October, a probation officer wrote that Gasparyan — who was still wanted in the hit-and-run case — was “continuing to engage in criminal activity.” The officer’s report revealed that authorities believed he had assaulted a woman with a deadly weapon in August.
“The probationer needs to be held accountable for his actions,” the officer wrote.
A judge revoked Gasparyan’s probation on Nov. 12 and issued another warrant for his arrest.
Less than a month later, Bheri Werntz was bleeding in his driveway.
As the gunman sped away, he shot a gardener working down the street, the bullet tearing into the man’s foot, authorities said.
A few days later, Burbank police spotted Gasparyan in Long Beach. By then, a department spokesman said, he had been identified as a person of interest in the shootings that left Werntz and the gardener injured.

Investigators tried to stop Gasparyan, but he fled, Sgt. Claudio Losacco said. At the time, Losacco added, Burbank police didn’t have enough information to arrest him in connection with the shootings. 
“We had no idea what was going to transpire in the days and weeks ahead,” Losacco said.
Over the coming weeks, police linked Gasparyan and his accomplice, Ramirez, to more than two dozen crimes: A shooting in West Hollywood that left a delivery man wounded. A robbery at a Burbank gas station, where money and cigarettes were stolen at gunpoint. Three shootings, hours apart, in the San Fernando Valley, including one that left a 37-year-old father dead.
A silver Jetta was frequently spotted not far from the crimes, authorities said.
Detectives with the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division — which handles high-profile or more complex investigations — took over the case, scouring the city for leads on Gasparyan and Ramirez’s whereabouts.
The investigation intensified Jan. 1, when an off-duty officer noticed a Volkswagen driving erratically on the 105 Freeway. Patrol cars caught up to the vehicle, which stopped abruptly. Ramirez jumped out and carjacked a nearby Dodge Durango, police said, firing at the driver before taking off in the stolen vehicle.

As the Volkswagen sped away, police chased the Durango into Long Beach, where Ramirez crashed and ran into a nearby home. There, police said, he shot and wounded two men and stabbed their father in the face before shooting himself in the head.
Ramirez died Jan. 2, around the same time the LAPD released a flier with Gasparyan’s picture. “Armed and dangerous,” it read.
Two days later, the search for Gasparyan came to a dramatic conclusion when two LAPD detectives shot and wounded him at the end of a chase on the 5 Freeway. Police found a gun they believed was used in the series of violent crimes.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck made an impromptu stop at the scene, praising the capture of someone he described as a “very, very dangerous individual.”
When Gasparyan’s picture flashed across local television screens, Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William recognized him instantly. William first encountered Gasparyan years ago, when the sergeant worked as a burglary detective.
He remembered Gasparyan as unremarkable, with a mellow demeanor and a particularly ornery pit bull. At the time, William said, his record included a few burglaries and minor drug charges.
The sergeant said he was stunned to learn Gasparyan was now linked to such violence.
“I didn’t think he was capable of doing something like that,” he said.
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers Richard Winton and Matt Hamilton contributed to this report.