Police Violence Is Not Always About Race

Police Violence Is Not Always About Race

(This Article Was First Published On December 14th Of 2014)

Today I see the news where it is said 25,000 people marched today in NYC against police violence. I agree with marching and complaining against police violence if that is what is in your heart to do, and as long as you yourself stay nonviolent. But I ask you one thing, why? Are you a non white person who thinks it is all about white cops against your particular minority? Cops against all minorities? Or do you feel that Cops turn to violence way to quickly when no violence was needed, or at least far less physical expenditure should have been used? Could the police have used a stun gun instead of a bullet? Could the police person have shot someone in the arm or shoulder instead of the torso?


The fear factor, the safety factor toward a Police Officer, theirs toward us the general public, and ours toward them. Any time a person is in the presence of a Police Officer most people are aware that our whole life could change on the spot if the Officer is one of those folks who think they are part of a “Para Military Organization”, as I have heard some Sheriffs refer to themselves. When the Police are trying to imitate Marine Corps M.P.’s wearing BDU’s, combat boots, and Drill Sargent hats, we the people of that area know that our freedom and our bank account are always in peril. For this type of personality, in my opinion is extremely immature and childish at best. How can anyone be totally trusted if they have that state of personality?


Police Departments know very well that their image is not good world-wide. You  (Officers) must police yourselves and get rid of those within your ranks who think they are God, those who have violent, hateful, or racist personalities. You must get rid of those who you know are dirty and you must get rid of those who are too scared to do your job safely. You have one of the toughest jobs in America today but you yourselves make it worse on yourselves when you don’t Police yourselves first. If the public in general are afraid of you, that is a really bad thing for you, not a good thing. If people can trust you and you present yourselves as polite professional human beings in your encounters with the public, almost all of the public will be the same with you. Violence does beget violence, this is a truth now just the same as it was 4,000 years ago. Accidents do happen that is simply part of the human equation. Accidents happen to humans whether we are driving a car, a tractor-trailer, or a Cruiser. Accidents are easier for the public to understand when they do happen, if the public believes that you are always honorable and truthful in your daily lives with them. When the public does not trust you, you are digging your own hole, causing your own wars and there is no excuse for that level of immaturity among you in that profession.


Racism is a cancer, it is whether we are a truck driver, an office worker, factory worker, or a Cop. When I was driving a tractor-trailer unit for a living I knew it was a fact that if anyone of us drivers made a mistake or an overt aggressive move that we stuck out like a neon light. Then we also become easy targets for media who must find things to write about each and every day if they wish to keep their jobs. The same is true of everyone in your profession. As you know, one Police Officer from Hicksville Tennessee can make a mistake in how they handled a call and in 30 minutes the whole wired world knows their face and their name. Worse, they gave your profession another bloody nose. If it is believed by your constituents that the Officers violent response was in any way due to race your whole profession takes another body blow. If you know that a member of your department is racist toward any persons you must, if you wish to have any actual integrity, fire that person from your ranks. That person is a terminal cancer to you personally and to your chosen profession, get rid of them now, for your own sake.


I personally do not believe that most Cops nationwide are racist people, I do not believe that at all. There is the obvious reality that there are millions of people in our country that are very racist, who are very violent thus almost useless human beings, of every race. Our society, our culture as some wish to refer to it, says it is okay for us or our kids to steel from stores and it is okay for us to act violently when stopped by a store employee or a Police Officer. Many believe that it is okay to be mouthy with an Officer when they stop you for something as minor as robbery. Many believe it is okay to not obey their commands when told to do things like “put your hands up where I can see them”. Instead it’s okay to do stupid things like reach in your pockets instead, then when you get shot, if the Cop was from another race, then you have thousands who will jump on the race bandwagon, mainly because they themselves are racist and see everything in terms of color of skin (in my opinion).


We as a human culture must police ourselves. To me this has to start in the home, if the home teaches the children to be race oriented and to hate all police, “because all Police are racist pigs”, guess how that child is going to grow up thinking. If we as a human culture teach our children hate by race, they will most likely grow up to be hate filled racist grownups. Some people are racist hate filled persons, I do not believe that our society will ever mature past this evil. We must all be realistic, there is hate filled people in absolutely every profession, even the Clergy has many offenders. That there are racist Cops should be no surprise but this is where Law Enforcement Agencies absolutely have to Police their own and get rid of these bad apples from their profession. I am a 58-year-old white male who has been stopped by and or questioned by Police officers all over the country and I have not once ever felt racism toward me by any Officer. I have been screwed over by crooked Cops in several places around the country but it was always about money or their personal ego power trips (which I also consider a human cancer), it was never ever about race. Please don’t say something ignorant or just plain stupid like “well he’s probably only been pulled over by white Cops”, I hope you are not that racist, ignorant or just plain stupid to believe something like that.


The bottom line is guys and ladies who wear the Badge, police yourselves more thoroughly and more and more of the general public will support you. Most everyone, except those making a financial living promoting race anger are sick to death of race being an issue within our society. Your profession as Law Enforcement Officers must do everything in your human power to excommunicate racist people from your Department, no matter what color that racist person happens to be. Cleansing of the Soul, the body, or the profession must be preformed from the head down. Personally I am totally, completely mentally sick and tired of race being an issue in our society. Until we morally cleanse ourselves of this evil our Nation will never heal and the blood on the ground will be called in testament of our age on our Judgement Day before God.

Trump calls out Sessions over ‘disgraceful’ handling of FISA probe



Trump calls out Sessions over ‘disgraceful’ handling of FISA probe

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday publicly chastised Attorney General Jeff Sessions over an investigation into alleged surveillance abuses.

The scathing tweet is the latest in a long line of public rebukes the President has leveled against his attorney general, a man who broke with much of his party to endorse Trump early in his presidential run.
“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc,” Trump wrote. “Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”
Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department is looking at whether the FBI has properly handled applications for surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Sessions, appearing at a news conference announcing a new opioid task force, was asked about House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ controversial memo outlining purported surveillance abuses and told reporters that “the inspector general will take that as one of the matters he’ll deal with.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general is Michael E. Horowitz, a longtime department official who has worked under Republican and Democrat administrations. He was confirmed for the inspector general job in 2012 under then-President Barack Obama.
While Trump is correct that Horowitz does not have prosecutorial powers, he can — and often does — make criminal referrals to the Justice Department based on his investigations. An investigation into improper FISA use would fall squarely onto Horowitz, too, given his charge instructs him to “investigate alleged violations of criminal and civil laws by DOJ employee.”

Latest attack on Sessions

Sessions under renewed scrutiny over Russia

Trump’s anger toward Sessions stems from his decision to recuse himself from all investigations into the 2016 campaign, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s expanding investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives bent on meddling in the election. Sessions made that decision after he did not fully answer questions during his confirmation hearing about his conversations with Russian diplomats during the 2016 campaign. Trump, in turn, has said he wouldn’t have named Sessions to lead the Justice Department had he known he would have recused himself.
That animosity has played out publicly ever since.
Trump pestered Sessions for not looking into Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, slammed him for being “very weak” on Clinton’s “crimes” and labeled him “beleaguered” in July.
As pressure mounted on Sessions last year, his standing in the administration appeared untenable to people inside the West Wing. During the first six months of Trump’s presidency, Trump asked for Sessions’ resignation, called the attorney general an “idiot” but then later declined to accept his attorney general’s resignation letter.
Sessions has so far weathered the incessant incoming from the White House and sources close to the attorney general have told CNN that he is unlikely to go anywhere soon. But the saga between the two top Republicans has played out in public for much of Trump’s first year in office and the President’s chronic antipathy towards the top law enforcement official has defined Trump’s view of the Justice Department.
Trump’s anger boiled over in June, too, when the President pushed then-chief of staff Reince Priebus to obtain Sessions’ resignation, according sources familiar with the exchange. Priebus later said that he talked Trump out of the firing.
The latest chapter in the saga between Trump and Sessions came just one week ago, when Trump challenged Sessions to launch an investigation into the Obama administration for failing to do enough to stop the 2016 election foreign interference.
“Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation?” Trump asked. “Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Sessions!”

Violent Protest Toward Others

Violent Protest Toward Others


When we as humans disagree with a decision of a court or of a politician we here in America do have the Constitutional right to peacefully protest those decisions. Peacefully, fully peacefully, we can demonstrate yell and holler till our lungs explode if we so wish. We of course can also use the ballot box to get rid of the politicians we are mad at, or we can even run for that office ourselves if we wish.

Now I would like to mention a few things that we should not do, that we have no right at all to do. This is in reference to today’s article in a San Francisco newspaper about protesters being violent in Berkeley. The folks are protesting their dislike of legal decisions made about other people, who are also somewhere else. They have the right to protest, but they do not have any right to be violent to some innocent person or their property, no one has that right. Turn this equation on its head for a moment, reverse the situation. For example say I am a person who sitting home watching College Football and protesters come marching down my street overturning or burning cars, looting homes and beating some of the residents, is that fair to me, what did I do? Or if I am the one protesting and I come down your street and start doing those same things, have you and your family not been violated?

Why does the human brain make it possible to choose to act like trash? O yes, free choice! And this is how we decide to use that free choice, pathetic. Anyone with a grain of decency about themselves as a person does not commit violence on innocent people or their property. If you are doing such things and you consider yourself to be a decent person, you are lying to yourself for you are showing the world not so much your anger, but your ignorance. If we confess to be a Christian and we are doing these things, please stop and repent, these kind of actions are not okay for any of us to do. If people know us as a Christian we all let our little light shine whether we are wanting it to or not by the actions we do, not just by our words. All people, not just people of faith must reign in such ignorance if we are going to be able to withstand the direct attacks against our Nation and our way of life. There are thousands at our borders each year who desperately wish to be allowed in, most of these people have knows poverty and violence beyond our nightmares. Most just want a peaceful place to live, work, play and to raise their children, we have that any yet we seem hell-bent on destroying it.


If we say that we honor the memory and the man who Doctor Martin Luther King was then we are not among those who are committing any of the violence. If we say we are followers of Jesus Christ but we burn crosses and walk around in white sheets we know nothing of the love or character of Christ. There are those who use any such excuses for the five-finger discounts for Christmas presents, do we honestly believe that Jesus would do that? I have one last question for you as I close this comment today. When these people are destroying other people’s property, when they are stealing other people’s property, when they are beating people who had nothing to do with the event that you are protesting about, are we really doing what we are doing in someones memory? Or are we displaying all the characteristics of a diseased wild animal that shows all the signs that we can not be trusted to safely be among the human race and must be locked away from a peace-loving society?

Slovakian Reporter And His Girlfriend Shot Dead In Their Home



 Prague—A Slovak investigative reporter and his girlfriend were shot dead in their home in an attack likely linked to his reporting on tax evasion, Slovakia’s top police official said Monday.

The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his partner were found on Sunday evening in their house in the town of Velka Maca, east of the capital, Bratislava, national police force president Tibor Gaspar said.

Police went to the house at the request of a worried family member.

Gaspar said the slayings “likely have something to do with his investigative activities.” He declined to elaborate.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said if that if that were the case, it would be “an unprecedented attack on freedom of the press and democracy in Slovakia.”

Fico announced his government was offering 1 million euros ($1.23 million) to anyone who helped the authorities find the people responsible.

Reporters Without Borders, a watchdog group based in Paris, noted that Kuciak was the second journalist killed in the European Union in five months.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a reporter in Malta who investigated corruption, was killed in October by a bomb that destroyed her car. The crime drew attention to financial corruption on the island nation.

Three Maltese men believed to have triggered the powerful bomb that killed Caruana Galizia were ordered in December to stand trial for murder. Investigators think the men were working for someone, but no mastermind has been identified.

In Slovakia, Gaspar said the reporter was shot in the chest and his girlfriend was shot in the head. He said the killings were estimated to have taken place between Thursday and Sunday.

He added that Slovakia “has never faced such an unprecedented attack on a journalist.”

Kuciak was working for Aktuality.sk news website. He focused mainly on tax evasion.

“We are shocked and stunned by the news that Jan Kuciak and his partner were apparently victims of a cruel attack,” publisher Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia, to which Aktuality.sk belongs, said in a statement.

“We mourn with the family, the friends and the colleagues; we will do everything to support the investigating authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

Kuciak latest story reported on a businessman suspected of selling flats in an apartment complex to his own companies. The reporter questioned the business reason for doing that, and speculated that it could be a method of avoiding taxes.

Last year, Kuciak alleged that the businessman, Marian Kocner, threatened him following publication of a previous story. The reporter said he filed a complaint with police and alleged they failed to act.

Gaspar said everyone who had been in touch with Kuciak will be questioned. Police plan to provide protection for an unspecified number of other reporters from Aktuality.sk, he said without elaborating.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska called Monday for a quick investigation of the crime.

“We have to find those who did it as soon as possible and ensure the safety of all journalists,” Kiska said in a statement.

Editors-in-chief of major Slovak media urged the government to take necessary steps to find the people responsible for the slayings and “to create conditions for the safe work of journalists.”

Reporters Without Borders also pressed for quick action.

“We call for an investigation in order to establish the exact circumstances of Jan Kuciak’s death and we demand that the authorities shed all possible light on this case, especially as he and those close to him had been threatened in recent months,” Pauline Ades-Mevel, head of the group’s Europe and Balkans desk, said in a statement.


Because Of President Putin I feel Sorry For The Russian People

Because Of President Putin I feel Sorry For The Russian People


Most people in their lives simply want certain basic things to be a reality for themselves and their loved ones. People want to feel safe in their own homes, communities, and countries. People want a safe and dependable economy so that they can afford housing and food along with such thing as social services, good schools, dependable utilities and regular trash pickup. They also want their government officials to have all these things at the top of their to get it done list, people want the government to work for their best interest, not always the politicians best interest. I am not saying that everything is perfect here in the U.S. because it isn’t. Our government at seemingly every level is only interested in their own bank accounts and getting reelected.


Depressing would be one way to describe the evil that saturates the worlds governments, and unfortunately the wonderful country of Russia and all of their people are in the Iron fist of a President that only seems to care about personal power and reforming a Communist Soviet Empire. When Mr Putin first took the reigns of power in Russia I had some high hopes for him and the Russian people because of the knowledge that his Mom was a Christ believing person even though he himself is an atheist.


I believe that the vast majority of the people in both of our countries want more than anything to live in peace with all nations and all people’s, but the current reality makes this hope quite futile. Mr Putin just like George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, in my opinion, are all guilty of mass murder and they all should be arrested by the ICC, taken the the Hague, and tried for their crimes against humanity. I do believe that because of our current, illegal unconstitutional actions in Syria that President Trump should be added to this list of international criminals along with Presidents Assad and Putin. President Putin seems far more interested in power and domination of people and their countries over peace and prosperity for his own people. Spies and military career type people very seldom manage to be effective peace-loving leaders who put the people’s well-being first. The American leaders (Bush, Cheney) had no legal Constitutional right to invade Iraq and the blood of the people will be upon their hands when they stand at the Judgement Seat of Christ. President Putin is guilty of the spilled blood all over Crimea and Ukraine.  President Putin seems to have set as his main agenda the reoccupation of the former Soviet Satellite countries even though it would have best served all people in the region to have good relations with their neighbors for the purpose of economic growth and prosperity for their people.


America and Russia should have enough good sense to forge economic and security ties with each other for the benefit of all their citizens. Divide and conquer has been a war strategy since evil first entered the heart of mankind. There is a war coming that neither Russia, the US, Europe, Asia, or any of the other nations on earth are going to be able to avoid and the blood will run high upon all the lands and I am not speaking about these fore mentioned conflicts. Every nation on Earth will suffer for the current stupidity and egos of many of the worlds leaders actions of today’s time. I will fully explain exactly what Armageddon is in a soon to come post, this is not what I am speaking about at this moment, but what is going on IS a major building block toward that direction.


If you as a person who lives in Russia, or China, should be able to understand, as should all our leaders, there is a real Cancer on their door steps called Islam and they will never stop attacking until all of us/you are dead. We the people of the freedom loving world, and I do include the people of all Nations, even if our so-called leaders are either blind, ignorant, or just plain evil, want to be able to live in peace, but that is not going to happen. I know that this is not going to happen, but until all people of the world insist that all people who serve/believe in Allah as a god are removed from all the non-Islamic Nations we will always have hate filled mass murderers among us. Our current President here in the US seems to be ignorant to these realities of the Islamic faith, makes me wonder if he is either ignorant, or a traitor to the ideals of our fore fathers here in America.


The Russian and American nations are now at a crossroad in human history. We can all forge strong economic and security ties along with all of Europe and Asia or we can rot from the cancer of ignorance and hate. Any military General knows that if you can infiltrate your target from the inside then you can have a much better chance of victory when you attack from the outside. The last count I know of said there are about 18 million Islamist living within the American borders. There is absolutely nothing that is peaceful about Islam, their prophet orders that all people of the earth must die who are not completely devoted to, and worshiping servants of Allah, and then the spoils of Jihad will be theirs. This so-called “war on terrorism” will never end until the Second Advent of Christ. Life as we in civilized society know it is soon going to explode, these current days are going to be the “good ole days” for our children and their children, and that is a sad reality.


I beg the leaders of all Nations to quit fighting against each other, to form strong peaceful relationships with each other. All nations badly need to cultivate all needed energy resources that will totally eliminate all oil imports from all Islamic nations and quit giving the Islamic leaders/worshipers the financial and physical means to kill you and your families with.  Allah is not God, I know that the believers of Islam do believe that they are worshiping God the Father but they are mistaken, they have been mislead. I admire the believers of the Islamic faith for their devoutness to their beliefs, they put the followers of most other religions to shame in that respect. The word Allah is a very old Arabic name for God the Father so believing that they are worshiping God is very understandable. The trouble is that their faith/religion has been high-jacked and it is not God whom they are actually worshiping. Allah is the THE Anti Christ, for those who follow him will lose their Souls, lives, and their countries to pure evil.

A Real Hero: Praise Allah For Killing A 3 Month Old Baby

A Real Hero: Praise Allah For Killing A 3 Month Old Baby


The mother of Abdelrahman Shaludi, the Hamas terrorist who last Wednesday murdered three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun and 22-year-old Karen Mosquera with his car in Jerusalem, has “brought honor to his family” for these murders, and is a “martyr” according to his mother.

The mother of Abdelrahman Shaludi, the Hamas terrorist who last Wednesday murdered three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun  and 22-year mother.
Please check into virtual Jerusalem web site if you wish for more information on this and other events in the local areas. How is ANY peace-loving non violent society suppose to allow such misguided worshipers of pure evil to reside anywhere on the map? Do you want such misguided evil people living anywhere within rocket/missile distance of you and your loved ones? Then don’t blame the Israeli people for trying to protect themselves from such ideology! Until the people who worship this Evil realize their error in Whom/What they are worshiping and voluntarily cleanse their own population this world-wide violence against all other people of the Earth will not stop.

This Will Stop Most All School Shooting From Ever Happening


As almost all of you know I am a believer in people being able to protect themselves and their families by any means necessary and that does include having firearms in their homes and on their person. I have a concealed carry permit as does everyone in my immediate family. When I go into a store I look at it as the store I am in just got extra security for free. If someone comes in to rob the store while I am in there, the robber is dead plain and simple. There are a few places where carrying a gun is illegal, like into a school, these places that don’t allow people to carry are what I refer to as ‘soft targets’. These are places where the people that are there have no protection at all from a person who comes there to shoot and kill as many people as possible. Schools are very much a prime target for cowards to go to inflict the most damage possible, both physical damage and psychological damage. The psychological damage is because nothing screws up people’s minds worse than killing their innocent children and the physical damage is simply pure body count.


A lot of people say that guns should be barred in our country and they use things like the Valentines Day murders of those 17 kids in their Florida school as a prime example. If you will notice this was a case of a coward going to a ‘soft target’ to get as much body count as he could before he slithered away. He had no wish to get himself shot to death, he slithered out like the coward he is. He didn’t decide to go to a police station and start shooting at the police there nor to a military base and storm the guards, why? Was it because he knew that he would be shot and killed if he tried to do this? Some people will say, well, Police Officers get shot a lot here in our Country and that is true. But, a huge but, they are almost always ambushed when they are shot and or killed. When was the last time you heard of someone calling the police and then meeting them out in the street and challenge them to a quick draw contest? Cowards only go to places to shoot people where they feel safe that there are no people with guns at the ready in which to shoot back at them. Taking honest law-abiding citizens guns away from them only causes there to be more soft targets. Personally I do agree with outlawing these ‘bump-stocks’ and I agree with things like making it illegal to sell any guns ‘outside’ of a ‘Gun Show’. I also agree with things like a 5, 7 or even a 10 day waiting period when you buy a gun before you are allowed to get it while the Feds do safety checks on you.


Now to the main issue of this article to you this evening. It is a sickening thing that we have to have armed Police Officers in our Nations schools but it is a reality of our day. I know that there is a financial cost to having a Police Officer stationed at ever school in America. Communities say that they cannot afford to have this in their ‘Police Budget’ and school districts say the same thing. My suggestion is that there does not need to be any Police Officers on the school grounds so that there is no ‘local cost’. What I am saying is that every school in America could have/should have (6) armed National Guardsmen or (6) Army or Marine Corps Reserve personnel stationed at every school. You could put one on each side of the school and have two on the inside in a camera room to monitor the school property inside and out. The reason for two on the inside is if they see a potential problem one Officer leaves the room to help with the issue while one Officer is always there to keep an eye on the cameras. These Officers would be paid for my either the State if they are National Guardsmen or by the Federal Government if they are Reservist. This takes all of the local cost out of the equation.


There is one other reason why I say this should be done now instead of waiting for the events to happen, then start crying about why and how this could have happened. The issue is a terrorist attack on a school, probably on a grade school where maybe a dozen or so terrorist raid a school and start shooting everyone in sight and blowing up what they can’t get too to shoot. This is going to happen here in the States, it just hasn’t happened yet. I believe that there are two reasons this has not happened yet, (1) in this Country we have the second best Security and Intelligence Agencies in the world, next to Israel. (2) We have simply been very lucky, but this luck will run out, what then? When a terrorist group bursts into a school and kills 2,3,4 or 500 kids how are we going to handle the financial issue of school Security Officers then?

The ‘Coward In Chief’ Calling The Kettle Black


Today I have been hearing some disturbing news from different news outlets about a Police Officer who was stationed at the school where 17 kids were murdered a week ago Wednesday. This Officer was assigned to this school as an ‘SRO’, school resource Officer. Evidently this Officer was outside the school when he first heard the shots being fired yet he waited for four minutes before he went inside. Some people (Mr. Trump) believe this Officer to be ‘a coward’, I am not him so I do not know if the reason he waited was from being a coward or not. Remember Officers are taught to ‘wait for backup’, is this why the Officer waited those four minutes? Put yourself in the Officers place, you hear semi-automatic rifle fire going on inside the school, all you have is a pistol and no bullet proof vest, so do you charge in, or wait for your backup? That would be a hard decision for most folks I believe and I don’t believe that any of us know what we would have done until we are placed in that position. Personally I believe that I would have called the gunfire in and then proceeded toward the gunfire, mainly because I would have known that these are children being shot at, I would have had to have made the sacrifice.


It would be easy for the media to label this Officer (who I read has quit his job) as a coward, I don’t know the whole situation, I was not there and neither were you, nor was President Trump. What made me decide to write this article today was that on the front page of my Google news this morning was our “Coward In Chief” calling this Officer a coward. For Mr. Trump to call anyone a coward is extremely hypocritical. This is the same Mr. Trump who took 6 deferrals from being drafted into the Military during the Vietnam War. His dad got him these deferrals while he was in college, saying he had a bone spur in his foot. Yet this bone spur did not stop him from participating in college sports programs, how odd. Mr. Trump was to much of a coward to even go into something like the Air Force Reserve or the National Guard and he could have gone in as an Officer. Mr. Trump, a man who refused to put on any of our Nations uniforms should never ever be calling someone else a coward. This truly is a case of the Coward calling the kettle black.

Teenager Was Shot 5 Times But Managed to Protect 20 of His Classmates




February 19, 2018

A teenager who was able to save himself and 20 other students is being hailed as a hero as he recovers in the hospital – and he even got a visit from the Broward County Sheriff.

Anthony Borges, 15, slammed the door of a classroom shut so he and others could hide during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was shot five times, but survived.

A GoFundMe account for Borges, which was verified by Sheriff Scott Israel, said the teen was shot in both his legs, left upper thigh bone and back.

‘The Sheriff was honored to visit Anthony Borges,15, in the hospital. Anthony was shot five times. Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas,” a tweet from the Broward County Sheriff read.

Seventeen students and staff were killed and 13 others were injured in the shooting on Wednesday.


Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life in Prison



‘They Fear Pens, Not Guns’: Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life in Prison

Demonstrators on World Press Freedom Day in Turkey, 2013. Image by Amnesty International Turkey.

After spending just over a year behind bars without charge, Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel was released from a Turkish jail on February 16. Just hours later, six other journalists in the country were issued a life sentence for “or attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”.

With 155 journalists serving jail time because of their work, these days of highs and lows are beginning to feel routine for Turkey’s embattled independent media community.

BBC described Deniz Yucel’s imprisonment as a long-standing “irritant” in the relations between the two countries. His release came shortly after Turkish PM’s visit to Germany this week.

Deniz Yucel was arrested exactly 367 days ago on suspicion of “inciting the people to racial hatred and enmity” and “spreading the propaganda of a terrorist organization”.

Soon after his release was announced, crowd gathered outside the jail, where Yucel joined his wife who was waiting for him:

But the ordeal is not yet over. Yucel was charged and indicted upon his release, with the prosecution demanding that he be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Same court that ordered ‘s release has apparently accepted an indictment calling for up to 18 years imprisonment.

Not quite clear what is going on, but a key issue is whether he is being allowed to travel abroad.

In ordering Deniz Yücel’s release, the court also accepted his newly issued indictment. He faces 4 to 18 years in prison. https://twitter.com/cyberrights/status/964462592331796480 

While colleagues and friends celebrated the news of Yucel’s release, another court decision came down, this time affecting the fate of a different group of journalists.

A Turkish court has jailed for life journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazli Ilicak & Fevzi Yazici & one other defendant for seeking to “overthrow the constitutional order” in alleged coup plot http://www.haberturk.com/nazli-ilicak-ve-altan-kardeslerin-yargilandigi-davada-karar-bekleniyor-1840173 

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Awful news coming in from Silivri jus now. & faced a trial in which no credible evidence was presented beyond their words. This verdict does not pass the test of international human rights law. https://twitter.com/rsf_eeca/status/964478858996146177 

Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazli Ilica, Yakup Şimşek, Fevzi Yazıcı and Şükrü Tuğrul Özsengül were handed a lifetime prison sentence after being convicted of involvement with Turkey’s 2016 coup, despite a lack of direct evidence.

Five of the six defendants are journalists and intellectuals all had strong ties with opposition news outlets in the past. Ahmet Altan is the former editor-in-chief of Taraf newspaper and his brother, Mehmet Altan is an academic and journalist who once wrote for Hurriyet. Nazli Ilıcak has written for Hurriyet, in addition to other newspapers, and briefly served as an MP for the Virtue party.

Yakup Şimşek and Fevzi Yazıcı worked with Zaman newspaper, which was one of Turkey’s largest independent daily newspapers until 2016, when the government seized its operations, alleging that the outlet had ties to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Anadolu Agency reported that six people were convicted for attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and of having communicated with associates of Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the July 2016 failed coup.

In addition to facing legal threats, all of these journalists have been subject to extralegal harassment. One year ago, President Erdogan called Yucel a terrorist in one of his televised speeches.

Bu konuşmayı tam 1 yıl önce çekmiştim. Deniz sonunda özgür. Darısı Alman vatandaşı olmayan gazeteci arkadaşlarımızın başına.

I filmed this speech one year ago. Deniz is finally free. I wish the same for the rest non-German citizen journalists friends of mine.

Video clip translation:
 They are hiding this German terrorist, this spy at the embassy. They hid him for a month. And German Chancellor asked him from me. She said to release him. I told her we have an independent judiciary. Just like your judiciary is independent so is mine. It is [the judiciary] objective. That is why I am sorry to say, you won’t take them from us. Finally, he was brought to court. He was arrested. Why? Because he is spy terrorist. Who cares he is a German citizen. It doesn’t matter whose citizen you are, if you are spreading terror in Turkey, if they are secretly spies, they will pay the price.

Supporters in Turkey and around the world tweeted their shock at the decision:

Today’s verdict & sentences of life without parole for , & mark an apex of the disintegration of the in . Judge ignored a binding Turkish Constitutional Court decision. The European Court of Human Rights must act.

As Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak are given “aggravated life sentences”, it is worth remembering what that sentence is.

It is life without parole, with up to 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. Forever and ever, amen.

On February 12, both Ahmet and Mehmet Altan were thrown out of the courthouse, for demanding to read the constitutional court decision which ruled for their releasein January. The two brothers demanded that the decision which was overturned within 24 hours by the ruling of the 27th High Court is put on the record.

The next day, on February 13, speaking from high-security prison via video link, Ahmet Altan in his defense said the following:

Those in political power no longer fear generals. But they do fear writers. They fear pens, not guns. Because pens can reach where guns cannot: into the conscience of a society.

When the verdict was handed to Altan brothers today, one observer said cries and screams filled the courtroom.

Meanwhile, there are at least four other German Turkish citizens behind bars in Turkey, while the total number of imprisoned journalists and writers since the coup has now surpassed 150.