[CNN] Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim. Good idea. Manufacture hatred where there is none.
A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said. That will make people feel sorry for you.
Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault. Perhaps they will give you money.
The State University of New York at Albany rallied behind the students, who are black, when they came forward with claims that a group of white men and women attacked them on January 30 in a confrontation on a city bus. Students held a rally and university President Robert J. Jones said in a letter to students and faculty that he was "deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident." It gets you bonus points in college, too.
Others came to their defense on social media using the hashtag #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany. The People of Color Caucus issued a letter in support of them. Letters of support from the People of Color Caucus go into your permanent record.
But university police said an investigation revealed that no one used racial epithets against the women. Instead, they assaulted another passenger and falsely reported the incident. Oh. You mean they beat somebody else up and tried to blame them when they fought back?
"What happened on the bus was not a 'hate crime,'" University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in February. "The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants." So it actually was a hate crime, just not the direction they claimed.
Attorneys for the three women did not return CNN's calls requesting comment Monday afternoon. We're expecting to hear about the strongly worded letter from the Colorless People Caucus to go into their permanent records.
Looking at the pictures of the three at the site, the one in the middle's black. The one on the right, with green eyes, looks like Mom or Pop might be white, and the one on the left looks like she might "identify" as black. I wonder if they show the same nasty degree of truculence with their white relatives?
And it isn't a tax. It is unvoted for, forced costs
American consumers and the U.S. economy were hit with a nearly $1.9 trillion tax in 2015 through federal regulations, according to a free market thinktank's new report. For those of you keeping track, that is more than the entire German economy.
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) describes the thousands of ways Americans are unknowingly taxed by federal regulations in its annual report, "Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State."
"The federal government has become very savvy in hiding costs by expanding their reach beyond taxes into regulations," Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., the report's author, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, regulatory costs get little attention in policy debates, because unlike taxes, they are difficult to quantify because they are unbudgeted and often indirect."
"But the impacts of burdensome regulations are very real and increase costs for consumers and businesses, limiting productivity and a thriving free market," he continued. And expect to see more of them as Obumblecare crashes and the government more and more runs out of other people's money.
Federal regulations hide a $15,000 tax per household each year, according to the report. The costs associated with these rules often affect businesses' prices, workers' wages, and growth.
"The federal government's reach extends well beyond Washington's taxes, deficits and borrowing," the report said. "Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations affect the economy by hundreds of billions ‐ even trillions‐ of dollars annually."
More than 3,400 rules were issued by agencies, while Congress only enacted 114 laws in 2015, the report said. That means there were about 30 regulations for every law passed. And the press and the political elite still can't figure out why the middle class is soooo pissed off.
Around 60 federal bodies are developing almost 3,300 more regulations, the report said. More than 200 of those will have a $100 million effect on the economy annually.
Agencies very rarely analyze the costs and benefits of new rules, and regulators are disinclined to highlight when benefits don't outweighs costs, Crews wrote.
"In fact, one could expect agencies to devise new and suspect categories of benefits to justify agency rule making activity and new endeavors," the report said.
The departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services and Transportation alone make up 41 percent of all federal regulations. I see the first three agencies that need to be disbanded
"The 2015 Federal Register contains more than 80,000 pages, the third highest page count in history," the report said. Six of the seven all-time-highest Federal Register page counts occurred under President Barack Obama.
Also, the Obama administration increased the average major annual regulations by nearly 30 percent from the George W. Bush administration.
Having a unified EU military is the next step in allowing each EU member nation to cut their own military capability even more -- after all, the EU military will be there to pull their chestnuts out of the fire, right?
Posted by: Steve White ||
05/04/2016 14:04 Comments ||
The EUSSR military will be there to invade European nations and harass the European aboriginal peoples who will by then not be kowtowing to what the politburo wants.
Kasich is deserving of nothing but scorn. He should have bowed out long ago, and for the life of me I can't figure out why he imagines that he represents the Republican party. Had he folded long ago, perhaps Cruz or somebody else would have had a legit shot of making up ground on Trump.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -- Monday -- SDSU President Elliot Hirshman sat down with students Monday to discuss the email response he sent following an incident where anti-Muslim fliers were posted all over campus.
The two-hour meeting came after a protest last week in which students surrounded the car of SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, criticizing what they believed was a tepid response to posters displayed on campus that identified by name seven students who allegedly allied themselves with Palestinian terrorists and promote hatred of Jews.
Following the meeting, SDSU issued a joint statement under the names of Hirshman, Vice President of Student Affairs Eric Rivera, student leader Mustafa Alemi, Osama Alkhawaja and Rachel Beck of Students for Justice in Palestine and other university officials.
The statement said the participants agreed on some issues and disagreed on others.
"We agree it is critical to protect all members of our university community from harassment as specified in our university Senate policies,'' the statement reads. "We agree we are committed to the safety of all members of our community. We also agree on the fundamental importance of freedom of expression.''
Creating the "appropriate balance between freedom of expression and protecting members of our community from harassment,'' as in the case of the fliers, poses a "significant'' challenge, the statement says.
The meeting attendees agreed that in cases of racism, islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia and other forms of bigotry, "we abhor the content of such expressions, even as we recognize the protected status of these expressions,'' according to the statement.
They also said they re-affirm their commitment to "supporting an environment that fosters meaningful dialogue and mutual respect.''
At the bottom of the fliers that contained the student names was a link to the Horowitz Freedom Center, the organization run by David Horowitz, who is scheduled to speak Thursday at SDSU on combating anti-Semitism on college campuses.
"The parties have agreed that in collaboration with (the Associated Students) and under the aegis of the university Senate, they will undertake a review of university policies to ensure we are balancing freedom of expression and protection from harassment,'' the statement says.
Wednesday -- Students at San Diego State University rallied Wednesday to protest President Elliot Hirshman for an email he sent to the SDSU community in response to the David Horowitz Freedom Project, who specifically called several students terrorists and terrorist sympathizers.
CAIR claims the David Horowitz Freedom Project placed flyers around campus, specifically mentioning the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine as being associated with terrorism and terrorists.
According to CAIR's Facebook page, in the email President Hirshman stated that students who are activists must accept that their actions have consequences and that people have a right to free speech.
More at the link including videos with some of the usual suspects.
If the one guy on the flyer was falsely identified or whatever he should sue the maker of the flyer and make a lot of money. Since that is not possible because the flyer is correct they will instead go after the weekest link and intimidate the University President.
[DAWN] Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... announced the establishment of an international airport in Bannu, alongside other development projects in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... (KP) on Tuesday.
"We will build an international airport in Bannu," the premier told a cheering crowd. "Repeat with me: This is 'Naya Pakistain'," he hit out at the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI) with their oft-repeated slogan.
In an address ostensibly aimed at wooing voters away from the ruling party in KP, Nawaz announced uplift projects for the province and lashed out at the PTI as both parties continue to trade barbs over Panamagate.
A war of words between opposition leaders and the government has escalated over the past few weeks, with some opposition parties holding anti-corruption rallies and calling for the PM's resignation over allegations of corruption after the Panama Papers revealed the Sharif family's offshore holdings.
PM Nawaz and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ... in Bannu. ─ DawnNews
Posted by: Fred ||
05/04/2016 00:00 ||
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If it ever gets built, I have this mental picture of 'passengers' going through the corridors carrying all sorts of weaponry; a scene right out of 'Airplane.'
[DAWN] Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) big shot Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, briefing the media on Tuesday after a meeting conducted by opposition parties to decide the Terms of Reference (ToR), said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... and his family should be the first to be probed under an inquiry commission set-up to probe Panama Papers.
"The process of accountability needs to be initiated, and the prime minister and his family should be the first to be probed by the inquiry commission set-up to investigate the Panama Papers," said Ahsan.
"In our earlier meeting, it was decided by all opposition parties that the ToRs presented earlier by the government were unacceptable."
Regarding the formation of an inquiry commission, Ahsan said a special act would be drafted, the Panama Papers Inquiry and Trial Act, under which the inquiry commission would be formed ─ under the supervision of the chief justice ─ to investigate the prime minister and his family in three months.
The prime minister and his family should be probed in an international investigation in to the matter, stated the PPP leader.
He added that all foreign assets, how they were obtained, how much tax was paid, which year they were bought in and what funds were used in their purchase needs to be investigated.
All opposition parties have rejected the ToRs announced by the government, but only the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... has threatened to resort to "street agitation" if ToRs were not finalised in consultation with opposition parties.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/04/2016 00:00 ||
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[AA.TR] Hundreds of Muslim families were evacuated from their temporary homes early Tuesday after a fierce blaze broke out in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.
A senior police officer told Anadolu Agency by phone that the fire destroyed 56 wooden homes in the squalid Baw Du Pha camp near Rakhine's capital Sittwe, where around 10,000 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, have been living for almost four years.
"It started around 9 a.m. (0230GMT) and lasted for about 1-1/2 hours," said the officer, who requested not to be named as he was not authorized to talk to media.
"No casualty or injury was reported so far."
He added that those staying in the camp were "Bengali" -- a term used by to refer to "Rohingya," that suggests the ethnicity is not from Myanmar as they claim but interlopers from neighboring Bangladesh.
According to a website report by Eleven Media, one of the occupants of the homes remains missing.
The Rohingya have lived in the camp since 2012, when Buddhist rioters rampaged through villages in Sittwe, torching Rohingya houses and attacking people with machetes and other crude weapons.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.