Archive for December, 2009
Posted in Academics, Bizarre, Columns, Congress, Constitutional Law, Courts, Criminal law, Environment, International, Justice, Lawyering, Media, Military, Politics, Religion, Society, Supreme Court, Things That Tick Me Off, Torts on 1, December 31, 2009 | 27 Comments »
In August, President Obama proclaimed that he would not tolerate pork in the defense budget by declaring “If a project doesn’t support our troops, we will not fund it.” He is being accused again of a substantial gap between his rhetoric and the reality of his politics. He just signed the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill with an estimated $4.2 billion in pork contained in 1,720 earmarks.
First the story. Bayron Reyes Lopez, 26, ran up to a woman, grabbed her mini shnauzer and beat it and choked it to death. He then ran naked to a tennis court and poured hot water on himself. Here what is fascinating. The story barely made the Los Angeles Times — just another random dog-killing, naked crazed man in the City of Angels.
As his security forces continue to beat and kill pro-democracy protesters in the streets, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stepped up a plan to strictly segregate the sexes throughout Iranian society in business and public buildings. It is part of his continued radical Muslim agenda with the hard-right religious leaders that support his regime.
We have yet another “honor killing.” In Germany, a Kurdish man, 50, was sentenced to ordering the murder of his own daughter after learning that the 20-year-old woman named Gulsum Semin was no longer a virgin. He reportedly preferred a dead daughter and convinced his son to murder his own sister.
Critics have long maintained that much of the stimulus package in Congress was a thinly veiled opportunity for members to spend wildly on pet projects in their states without fear of debt ceilings or backlash. Montana appears almost eager to prove the critics right. Bozeman City, Montana spent a chunk of its stimulus money to install new tennis courts in a park. They did not even use local contractors but went out of state for the work.
Yang Guangsheng, principal of Wujing Junior Middle School in Linqu county of Shandong province, and Wang Dongping, vice-principal, were suspended after Student Zhang Jixin, 14, was found dead after freezing to death. He was told to stand outside in the cold all night by a teacher as punishment. The teacher went out drinking and forgot about the student.
Balloon Boy’s parents Richard and Mayumi Heene have been sentenced for this hoax. Larimer County, Colo. Judge Stephen Schapanski sentenced the couple to a total of 110 days in jail and eight years probation. He also prohibited the couple from making any money off the balloon boy fiasco during that time.
We have another blogger being prosecuted for embarrassing a government. The Russian prosecutors have charged former police major Alexei Dymovsky who achieved international acclaim with his video blogs accusing colleagues of corruption and forcing witnesses to accuse innocent people. He appealed to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to do something. He did, it appears. Dymovsky has been charged with abuse of office.
Berkeley High School is in the midst of a difficult debate over the elimination of science labs and five science teachers to shift resources to help struggling students. Some have objected that the science courses primarily help white students and should be reduced to add greater “equity” for struggling and minority students.
Conservative bloggers are running this video and accusing Senator Max Baucus, Finance Chairman, of being drunk on the Senate floor during the health care debate (and accusing the media of ignoring the story, here). This has triggered a hilarious debate over whether Baucus was drunk. What do you think?
Posted in Academics, Bizarre, Congress, Constitutional Law, Courts, Criminal law, Environment, International, Military, Politics, Religion, Society, Supreme Court, Things That Tick Me Off, Torts on 1, December 27, 2009 | 10 Comments »
The global campaign against the scourge of secularism continues. As we previously saw how the Chief Rabbi and the former prime minister of England attacked secularism as the threat to Western Civilization. Now, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is adding his voice to this chorus — singling out atheists as responsible for the greatest crimes of the last century.
In Hyderabad, India, Narain Dutt Tiwari knows exactly how Carrie Prejean feels. A sex tape has surfaced showing Tiwari in bed with three women. The difference is that he is 86 and the governor of a southern Indian state and a leader in the Congress party. He resigned after it surfaced that he was pressing the flesh with the wrong types of constituents.
School officials have suspended a 10-year-old girl in New York for bringing peppermint oil to the John Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School and giving drops to her fifth grade friends to flavor their water. The Commack School District insists that the oil “is an unregulated over-the-counter drug.”
The Irish are running low on Catholic bishops after two more bishops resigned on Christmas Eve in the wake of a report on the cover-up of sexual abuse. Two bishops previously resigned. Bishops Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field offered their resignations to Pope Benedict on December 24th.
China is moving forward with the execution of a mentally ill British man for trafficking drugs. The British government has been protesting the treatment of Akmal Shaikh, whose family insists that he was duped into going to China by promises of becoming a singer and star. A Chinese gang used him to smuggle drugs.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has insisted that the Obama Administration will not fight with China over human rights and instead seek a “more practical” approach that emphasizes trade issues, here. Yesterday, China showed the world that it doesn’t feel any pressure to allow free speech or basic rights to its citizens. It sentenced leading human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison for calling for the rule of law and democracy in China.
There is a horrible case out of India where a former senior police officer has been able to openly flaunt and manipulate the legal system after molesting a 14-year-old girl. SPS Rathore allegedly used his authority to harass the family of Ruchika Girhotra and obstruct the investigation into the assault of the promising tennis player. Now, the outrage has grown after Rathore was given a mere six months sentence and told to pay 1,000 rupees ($20). Ruckika was not in the court room when Rathore reportedly laughed at the sentence. She committed suicide after years of harassment by the police.
Posted in Academics, Bizarre, Congress, Constitutional Law, Courts, Criminal law, Environment, International, Media, Military, Politics, Religion, Society, Supreme Court, Testimony, Things That Tick Me Off, Torts on 1, December 25, 2009 | 38 Comments »
I thought that I could get through this day without an actual Christmas tort worth noting. However, an astonishing breach of security occurred Thursday night in the Vatican. Somehow a mentally unstable woman was able to jump the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knock down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican.
An Egyptian court has affirmed the four-year jail sentence imposed on blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for posting writings critical of Islam and the government. The sentencing comes after the Obama Administration caved into pressure from Egypt to support a resolution that recognizes the basis for such blasphemy prosecutions, here.
Rex Rammell may be running for Idaho’s governorship, but he is clearly preparing for (or at least thinking of) something more grand. The Mormon candidate will be holding closed door meetings with elders from the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) on the rather apocalyptic predictions by Joseph Smith called the “White Horse” prophesy that leads to Mormons saving the nation by taking over the government.
The Taliban gave the world another example of why its educational programs are so low cost and effective. In the Khyber District of Pakistan the Taliban blew up a girls’ school. This was a moderate response for the organization, which is known to throw acid in the faces of girls trying to go to school.
In Chilliwack, B.C., the Mounties are facing heavy criticism after they decided to use the backyards of citizens for an exercise without either notice or permission. Fendi, a six-year-old pit bull, was not happy when armed men and tracking dogs appeared around his yard. When he attacked one of the police dogs, the Mounties shot him — leaving his owner Brian Hackner with a great deal of questions and one dead dog.