Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mr. Louis’ VERY Biased Assessment



(Errol Louis)



In Mr. Errol Louis’ Op-Ed Victory Over Bias, a Long Time Coming, the actual FACTS about the FDNY’s entrance exams were conveniently omitted. For instance, the fact that these exams have long been calibrated to grade-school (7th & 8th grade) reading levels, for a job requiring a minimum of a H.S. diploma and ostensibly a 12th grade reading level at minimum.

Fact is these exams have long been set BELOW even the bare minimum standards required for this job. Mr. Louis quotes a blatantly biased judge, who claims, “The city did not take sufficient measures to ensure that better performers on its examinations would actually be better firefighters.” When all that these most basic exams have tested for is a desire to minimally prepare for exams with questions like one showing four views of a traditional gauge (¼, ½, ¾ and full) and asking, “Which indicates half full”? The same opponents of the Civil Service Merit System have assailed questions directly related to firefighting as “too job specific, requiring a knowledge of firefighting principles an applicant shouldn’t be expected to be familiar with,” even when such questions merely ask for information already supplied in the referenced essay.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, Errol Louis, as well as Mayor de Blasio have all expressed the view that “New York City’s workforce should look like New York City.” In that case, the ONE glaring disparity in New York City’s workforce the gross over-representation of non-Latino blacks (23% of NYC’s population and 36% of its Municipal workforce...a staggering 58% above their numbers in New York City’s population; http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4038/the-whitest-city-agencies#.Uy4bR_ldVHa) must be addressed, ESPECIALLY considering that so many of the largest discrepancies exist in agencies where objective criteria (like basic exams) are absent. That discrepancy is made all the more distressing because of the appearance of special (political) considerations, which smacks of the old, corrupt political patronage system.

In a city that is rapidly becoming more Asian and Hispanic, overlooking the singularly most glaring ethnic disparity in New York City’s Municipal workforce - the gross over-representation of non-Latino blacks, the ONLY ethnic group with numbers greater than 10% of their portion of the City’s population represented in New York City’s municipal workforce – is a very big deal.

Yet More “Affluenza”?















(Robert Richards IV)




A du Pont family heir who pleaded guilty nearly six years ago to raping his 3 year-old daughter never spent a day behind bars because a Delaware judge ruled he “would not fare well” in prison, court records show.

Robert Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, admitted to performing sex acts on his 3-year-old daughter for two years.

After failing a polygraph test, he later admitted to abusing the little girl. Richards allegedly also told investigators “he was ill and that he needed medical treatment,” the lawsuit said.

He was subsequently sentenced to eight years of probation and community service because a Delaware judge said he “would not fare well” in prison.

Richards was first charged with two counts of second-degree rape, which would have come with a mandatory 20-year jail sentence. However, he pled down to fourth-degree rape, which does not carry a mandatory sentence.

Officials have managed to keep the case away from the public spotlight until this month — when his ex-wife, Tracy Richards, filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for abusing their daughter and son.

Brendan J. O’Neill, a Delaware public defender, said that the ruling may prompt the public to be skeptical of “how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system.” (No kidding).

But he defended the judge’s decision (of course...he IS a defense attorney), saying sometimes people need help more than they deserve to be punished. Apparently they tend to “need HELP,” rather than punishment, especially when they’re rich!

“It’s an extremely rare circumstance that prison serves the inmate well. Prison is to punish, to segregate the offender from society, and the notion that prison serves people well hasn’t proven to be true in most circumstances.” Actually, quite the reverse, given that the ONLY thing that removes the predilection toward violence and sexual abuse is “aging out” (the offender getting too old to be a predator) prison warehousing is actually very effective in that regard.

But now Richard’s ex-wife is seeking justice by suing him for assault, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress on his two children, the lawsuit claims that while taking another lie detector test in 2010, Richards allegedly told the examiner he began to sexually abuse his son in 2005 — when the boy was 19 months old.


Better living through chemistry...my ass.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kobe Bryant Suffers "Blacklash"







In an interview with Ben McGrath for the March issue of The New Yorker, McGrath asked about Bryant’s reaction to the Miami Heat’s show of hoodied solidarity with Trayvon Martin last year, to which Kobe Bryant responded, "I won’t react to something just because I'm supposed to, because I'm an African-American," Bryant said. "That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we've progressed as a society? Well, if we've progressed as a society then don’t jump to somebody's defense just because they're African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

That simple response that merely repudiated a mindless group-think, has brought the wrath of liberal blacks down upon Kobe Bryant.

Roland Martin the dopey newser whose tweet ("If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!") two years ago (February, 2012) got him suspended from CNN, responded to Bryant’s, statement with, Remember when @JimBrownNFL32 took heat for blasting @kobebryant? Jim knew what he was talking about. Kobe is clueless about #TrayvonMartin.”

AND

“Let's just call it what it is: @kobebryant went to the Michael Jordan School of Don't Say Jack, Don't Do Jack. Just Cash Checks. Man, please”

A piece at The Urban Daily slammed Bryant for being a "jerk," adding, "Over the span of Kobe Bryant‘s career...we’ve seen him do and say some very smug, cavalier and even cornball things at times but the comments that he made regarding the Miami Heat’s support after Trayvon Martin was killed...by far takes the cake!"

The term "cornball" is often used to disparage blacks for "acting white."

Career criminal and freshly minted “activist” Najee Ali, director of the little known Project Islamic H.O.P.E., angrily called for a boycott of Bryant; "African American youth should no longer buy Bryant’s jerseys or shoes and should boycott all products he endorses."

Interesting enough, Kobe Bryant had already tweeted, “Travon Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts”


It’s said, that you’re known by who your friends are, BUT who your enemies are says a lot about a person as well...and right now, Kobe Bryant’s enemies are making him look very good.

New York’s Loss Appears to be Alabama’s Gain








Just a month after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said “extreme conservatives” who are “right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay,” have “no place in the state of New York,” at least one entity is taking him at his word.

On February 17th, 2014 Remington, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, joined Gov. Robert Bentley (R) of Alabama to announce they’re bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama.

The company is viewing the move into Alabama as an expansion, but it will likely impact their Ilion, NY plant as well. The New York facility currently employees around 1,200 people. It is expected to stay open, but with a reduced workforce.

The company recently stated that, “The demand for Remington products has skyrocketed recently, for obvious reasons, so they need to increase their production capacity. They will be expanding their research capabilities with the Alabama plant, too.”

The initial estimated impact on Alabama’s economy will be roughly $87 million.

According to Remington’s website, the company designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

With so many other major gun manufacturers fleeing stricter gun control states, the fear in NY is that Remington and the thousands of much needed Upstate jobs it creates, could ultimately relocate entirely out of NY.

Elections and policies do have their consequences.

A Nation of Aging Civil Servants







I am an aging Civil Servant. I spent two decades fighting fires in the South Bronx...and it was fun. Business was good, especially during “the crack epidemic,” and the pay was decent and the benefits superior (unlimited non-line-of-duty medical leave, 3/4s of your pay for life for those who retire on “disability,” etc.). It wasn’t a bad life, all told.

Since those days, I’ve moved on to the Hazmat world where the compensation is even better and as I close in on “aging out,” I often wonder how long America can sustain the bad bets it’s made since FDR signed the 37 page Social Security in August of 1937.

Today, Medicaid IS insolvent and Medicare is slated for insolvency by 2026, and Social Security is generously scheduled for insolvency by 2033, although Rachel Greszler of Heritage makes the case for a much earlier demise for Social Security (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/06/history-suggests-social-security-insolvency-is-coming-sooner-than-projected).

America’s public sector pensions are an iceberg looming over Titanic America. Many Municipalities large and small are now spending MORE tax revenues on retired public servants than they are on active police, teachers and firefighters. According to the Empire Center, New York’s total unfunded liability for public-sector retiree health insurance comes to nearly $250 billion...RIGHT NOW (http://www.empirecenter.org/special-reports/2010/10/icebergahead101310.cfm)!

Moreover, while private sector compensation packages for executives have long come under fire (and rightly so), excessive compensation for public officials tend to fly under the radar, probably due in large part to the incestuous connection between media and government.

Recently New York City’s brand new Public Advocate Letitia James asserted that the city’s top library officials are paid too much. That assessment probably came as a result of stories like this one about Queens Library head, Tom Gallante’s near $400,000/year take (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-library-head-grilled-391g-salary-article-1.1603749). Brooklyn’s library head makes $333,000/year, while the New York Public Library head makes $711,000. (According to the New York Public Library’s tax filings for 2011, then-president Paul LeClerc’s base compensation was $334,914, and his total compensation reached $802,482.) In other cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, top library officials made $290,000 and $191,000 respectively, said James.

In the many small suburbs of Long Island and Upstate, School District Superintendents rake in up to half a MILLION dollars per year (http://nypost.com/2012/11/14/suburban-ny-school-districts-paying-500000-plus-to-superintendents/).

ALL of this is economically unsustainable absent a great surge in private sector growth that has so far eluded the USA along with its Western European counterparts.

The future, for America’s taxpayers looks bleak. According to economists Robert Novy-Marx and Josh Rauh, state and local taxes would have to increase by $1,385 per household immediately to make good the pension promises to state and local workers, including firefighters and cops. That's not going to happen given all the other demands on taxpayers. Default, in this case, is the proper word for cities and states using bankruptcy to repudiate their pension obligations.

A half decade ago, when the economy was humming, a common estimate held that federal taxes would have to rise 50% immediately to fully fund entitlement programs. Today, a 50% tax increase wouldn’t even meet the government's current, never mind future obligations.

In his first post-election (2012) press conference that he doesn't want any proposals that "sock it to the middle class." He must know better. A long-term socking, or SOAKING is exactly what's coming to the middle class, which must pay for the benefits it consumes.

With private sector defined benefits (traditional pensions) mostly gone, with Detroit and many smaller Municipalities simply defaulting on their pension obligations (and with Chicago considering the same) and even the Military’s vaunted pension benefits being scaled back retroactively, how can any public sector pensioners be optimistic?

We seem inevitably headed to an age of higher taxes, coupled with fewer services as a government that has over-promised for far too long ultimately has to make good on its fundamental obligations.


So, where is the “good news”? Given that, we all die in the end, there probably isn’t all that much good news. In fact, it seems that for Baby Boomers especially, it appears that the forecast is for more pain before the sun inevitably sets.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Dicey Prospects of Putting Jurors on TV


Juror #8




CNN has found a juror (#8) in the Jordan Davis killing (“the loud music shooting”) willing to be interviewed on TV.

It’s always a dicey proposition for any juror to go before the cameras in such agenda-driven venues.

For one thing, jurors heard a LOT more evidence and were privy to a LOT more information than was covered in news accounts.

Moreover, jurors generally have a rough time relaying their understanding of the law, which is to say, how they “understood” the law and the judge’s instructions is NOT always what was intended. So jurors, on that level, seem to have the SAME problems understanding the law as do news-entertainment people in the national media.

In the case of “juror #8,” she frustrated CNN hosts by insisting that “race played no part in the verdict,” while also relaying that “there was a lot of yelling and shouting,” to indicate how tempestuous such proceedings often get.

MORE troubling however, was that she claims to see Michael Dunn (the shooter) as “a good guy.”

OK, I’ll admit that from all I saw of the guy, he seemed to be an arrogant, insufferable prick, however, I may just be more sensitive to such things, or my perception of people might be a bit off...that wouldn't be the first time I've heard that. In either case, Dunn’s “prickishness,” or lack of same, SHOULD NOT be taken as evidence of any proof of wrongdoing, absent direct proof of that guilt.

Even more disturbing, in explaining why they didn't convict Dunn of First Degree murder, juror #8 explained that they believed he was firing only because he truly believed he was in fear of his own life.

Yikes! IF that is indeed the consensus then he SHOULD HAVE been acquitted of everything EXCEPT criminal reckless endangerment (firing nine rounds from a gun in a densely packed public area). Self defense is an affirmative and legal defense against murder and manslaughter charges.

What’s VITAL here is that NO GUN, no lead pipe, NO weapon whatsoever was found by police and the Dunn defense’s charges that “police didn't search for weapons extensively enough,” DOES NOT change the fact that no weapons were found.

It should be a high bar for someone to shoot an unarmed person...far higher than “believing they are endangered,” when no one got out of the other car, no assault took place (Zimmerman was at least assaulted prior to firing at Trayvon Martin), NOTHING seems to reasonably suggest Mr. Dunn had any reality-based fear for his life. IF the jury heard otherwise, certainly juror #8 gave no indication of that.

As for CNN’s astonishment that the jury had a rough time convicting on 1st degree murder, well that only shows that news-entertainers are, for the most part, even dumber than the folks they dupe onto their shows.

First degree murder requires “forethought and intent.” In this case, 1st degree murder would constitute that there was some evidence that Mr. Dunn didn't like what he called “thug music” blaring from the next car and decided right there, “I’m gonna teach these goons a lesson they won’t forget.”

AGAIN, no such evidence seemed to be uncovered in trial. Juror #8 suggests there wasn't and CNN’s dopey hosts seem to believe that apparently Dunn’s “whiteness” was all the proof you’d need. Apparently, “WHY else would a middle aged white guy shoot someone black?”

CNN a station which highlighted the murder of white air force corpsman David James by black homeowner Trevor Dooley during the Trayvon Martin case and has continually brought on guests that highlight the stark racial disparities in violent crime rates is on shaky ground when it tries to appear neutral on such issues. In continually brining on “experts” who highlight the wide disparities in violent crime in America, they appear anything but!

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has said that he believes there was a strong possibility that the attempted murder charges against Dunn might not hold up when the case is eventually retried. He said attempted murder, in which a person was not killed, must involve premeditation, which, of course, must be proven.

"I think there is some chance that will be reversed, because [of] the jury instruction, and the charge of attempted murder may not fit," he said.


A problem with Corey's strategy, Dershowitz said, was that she "always overcharges."

Dershowitz believes that Corey should have charged Dunn with second-degree murder in Davis' death. THAT makes sense, given that according to FindLaw notes that 1st degree murder falls into two categories:

* Premeditated, intentional killings

* Felony murder

While 2nd degree murder is either:

* An unplanned, intentional killing; or

* A death caused by a reckless disregard for human life
(http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2011/08/difference-between-first-second-degree-murder.html)

According to FindLaw, the real difference between first and second degree murder is the degree of intent under which the defendant acted when carrying out the killing.

First degree murder requires that a defendant plan and intentionally carry out the killing, whereas second degree murder requires that the killing either be intentional or reckless, and occur in the spur of the moment.

According to that definition this case clearly appears to fit a 2nd degree murder charge much better.

Is Dershowitz right that perhaps DA Corey actively undermines some cases by deliberately overcharging, so that they’ll be overturned on appeal?

Might be...but that doesn’t explain away the abject ignorance of CNN’s newser entertainers.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Poor CNN....ALL They're Left With Are Curtis Reeves and Willie Noble!


Carol Costello  (above)          AND            Erin Burnett  (below)





What are the race mongers at CNN and MSNBC going to do now?!

In the wake of the “Loud Music Shooting” in which white, middle aged software developer Michael Dunn killed young, black Jordan Davis, they were able to attempt to turn an ugly incident between an adult jerk and a bunch of teen jerks into a racial incident...the upcoming major national crimes offer no such possibilities.

DRATS!

All they have left right now are Curtis Reeves and Willie Noble. What will Carol Costello, Erin Burnett and the other race mongers do for an encore?

I guess they’re going to have to wait...for the "right crime.”

And given the stats over race and crime (young black males committing a widely disproportionate amount of the violent crime in America), it could be a long and painful wait.

Seriously, do I HAVE TO go over these stats on race and crime again? Stats, by the way, which I gleaned by watching CNN!

OK, I will;


— "Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against other blacks." Forty-five percent of the victims of violent crime by blacks are white folks, 43 percent are black, 10 percent are Hispanic.

— “Blacks are seven times as likely as people of other races to commit murder, eight times more likely to commit robbery and three times more likely to use a gun in a crime.

— "Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit violent crime against a white person than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery."

— “Black-on-white rape is 115 times more common than the reverse.”

So once again, what do these crime statistics tell us? Merely that “the real repository of racism in America — manifest in violent interracial assault, rape and murder is NOT to be found in the white community, but the African-American community. In almost all interracial attacks, whites are the victims, not the victimizers.”

In the case of Curtis Reeves, a white former cop who shot another man over texting in a movie theater (claiming the guy throwing popcorn at him constituted a “threat”), he unfortunately shot another white man.

In the case of Willie Noble of Arkansas, a black man who shot a teen after the group the teen was with egged his car, he sadly also shot...another African-American.

What were these guys thinking?!

Don’t they know that news-entertainers like Carol Costello, Melissa Harris-Perry and Erin Burnett live for inter-racial violence?

Do these guys even care ONE BIT how their callous disregard for ratings impacts these hosts?

OK, in the case of Mr. Noble, there’s little he could’ve done. If he’d shot a white teen, well that would've been no big deal to the likes of Ms. Costello or Ms. Burnett. In fact, they’d probably have framed their stories around the white teen “deserving it,” or “bringing it on herself,” all the while arranging for carefully chosen guests to undermine their own arguments on behalf of the traditional media meme – “black victim, white abuser.”

BUT Mr. Reeves really messed up! WHY couldn't he have targeted a black texter? Or, absent that, WHY couldn't he have missed the actual texter and shot a black theater-goer by mistake...even then, I’m sure Carol and Erin could’ve argued that somehow he meant to shoot the black victim, because after all, he’s both white and a former cop (a/k/a “racist”).

Seriously, I DO feel bad that things have broken so badly for Ms. Costello and Ms. Burnett. They’re going to have to largely ignore these two most recent national crimes, or resort to excoriating guns because there’s just no race angle to play here.

Wait a minute! I know! They could instead focus on Conrad Alvin Barrett (here’s CNNs own report: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/26/justice/texas-knockout-charge/) the WHITE Texas teen who punched a 79 year-old BLACK man playing “the knockout game.” Barrett remains the ONE person the grossly incompetent Eric Holder DoJ has charged with a “hate crime” over this virulently racist “game.”

I’m glad I thought of that. I hope it’s NOT too late and I sure hope that Ms. Burnett and Ms. Costello get the memo so they don’t have to suffer those nasty race-obsession withdrawal symptoms.
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Post Script: The sad thing is that you cannot possibly shame these smug, sanctimonious, race-obsessed people because they are convinced they're motivated by righteousness. Unfortunately Hitler, Mao, Stalin and virtually every serial killer that ever lived have all felt they were motivated by some form of "righteousness" too. I KNOW all his, but I STILL can't help noticing it and finding the smell repugnant.
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