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Catholic Reverend Blames 14-16 year old Boys For Seducing Catholic Priests

August 31, 2012 1 comment

Is it not time for Vatican to take this on their chin – and stop blaming anyone? After all during the Middle Ages, the Vatican rule was termed as pornocracy.

Blaming boys in their teens as seducers takes the cake!

Across Europe and USA, hundreds of thousands of these sexual abuse have come to light in the last 50 years. What started as a trickle in the 60s, has now turned to a flood.

More than this, it is now getting replicated in non-Church NGOs also. In India, many of these NGO do-gooders have been implicated in sexual abuse cases. The Joe Paterno-Jerry Sandusky scandal in USA continues to haunt America. The suicide of Peter Roebuck was related to sexual advances he made to boys in his coaching camps.

A prominent Roman Catholic spiritual leader who has spent decades counseling wayward priests for the archdiocese provoked shock and outrage on Thursday as word spread of a recent interview he did with a Catholic newspaper during which he said that “youngsters” were often to blame when priests sexually abused them and that priests should not be jailed for such abuse on their first offense. The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, who made the remarks, is a beloved figure among many Catholics and a founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a conservative priestly order based in New York. He hosts a weekly show on the Eternal Word Television Network and has written 45 books.

The comments were published on Monday by The National Catholic Register, which is owned by EWTN, a religious broadcaster based in Alabama.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” Father Groeschel, now 79, said in the interview. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

He added that he was “inclined to think” that priests who were first-time abusers should not be jailed because “their intention was not committing a crime.”

On Thursday, the comments were taken off the publication’s Web site after the controversy erupted, and the editors, Father Groeschel and his religious order apologized.

“I did not intend to blame the victim,” Father Groeschel wrote in a statement published on The Catholic Register’s site. “A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be.”

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, denounced the comments as “terribly wrong.” But he said the church was unlikely to discipline Father Groeschel, in part because as a member of a religious order, he was not officially a priest of the diocese.

via In Interview, the Rev. Benedict Groeschel Says Abuse Victims Can Be Seducers – NYTimes.com.


Scenes From An Exhibition: 2012 Republican National Convention

August 31, 2012 1 comment

In the two-horse race, that is the US Presidential election, the second horse has been chosen. Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate. A look at some race-related incidents in the Republican National convention that selected Romney as the Republican candidate.

The Party Has Spoken  |  Aug  28  2012  cartoon titled The Tampa Bucks by Martin Kozlowski; cartoon source & courtesy - cagle.com

The Party Has Spoken | Aug 28 2012 cartoon titled The Tampa Bucks by Martin Kozlowski; cartoon source & courtesy – cagle.com

Seemingly

A few months ago, Lydia Polgreen compared, in NY Times, the changes in the lives of Indian Dalits versus American Blacks. Using studies by Western universities, Polgreen suggested that Indian Dalits have indeed moved closer to the Indian averages than American Blacks have.

Dalits still lag behind the rest of India, but they have experienced gains as the country’s economy has expanded. A recent analysis of government survey data by economists at the University of British Columbia found that the wage gap between other castes and Dalits has decreased to 21 percent, down from 36 percent in 1983, less than the gap between white male and black male workers in the United States. The education gap has been halved.

Another survey conducted by Indian researchers along with professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard showed that the social status of Dalits has risen as well — they are more likely to be invited to non-Dalit weddings, to eat the same foods and wear the same clothes as upper-caste people, and use grooming products like shampoo and bottled hair oil.

via India’s Boom Creates Openings for Untouchables – NYTimes.com.

Is the American Right Going in the Right Direction?  |  Cartoon on Aug 26 2012 titled Right Direction by Gary Varvel; image source & courtesy - cagle.com

Is the American Right Going in the Right Direction? | Cartoon on Aug 26 2012 titled Right Direction by Gary Varvel; image source & courtesy – cagle.com

There, Here – and Now

Here are some snapshots from the Republican National Convention (RNC) held at Tampa Bay, in USA.

A few notes before that. It would be interesting to see how readers can compare India’s treatment of two less-powerful sections of Indian society.

One is the Indian Muslim minority, which has seen a massive comedown, from being the most-powerful elites in the past, to the new, plebian hoi-polloi.

Second is the vast mass of Dalits, who are actually not a minority, but close to a majority – and out-number their ‘oppressors’ by a significant margin. Unlike American Blacks who are in a minority – and have a past of oppression, Indian Dalits are a majority.

The origins of Dalit economic and social powerlessness are credited to the Indian caste system – as per the narrative crafted by the British Raj, in the last 100 years. Post-colonial India has not made any serious attempt to trace the changes in the economic status of the Dalits in the last 1000 years to validate or reject the colonial narrative.

Now on to the RNC.

Mitt Romney - The Wooden Candidate is the Republican Choice  |  Cartoon on Aug  27  2012  titled Republican Convention by Jimmy Margulies; image source & courtesy - cagle.com

Mitt Romney – The Wooden Candidate is the Republican Choice | Cartoon on Aug 27 2012 titled Republican Convention by Jimmy Margulies; image source & courtesy – cagle.com

Peanuts & Monkeys

There are tensions just below the surface at the Republican convention.

The GOP ejected two people from last night’s session for allegedly throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman, and saying, “This is how we feed animals.”

“Yesterday two attendees exhibited deplorable behavior,” said a Republican statement. “Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

The nut-throwing incident was first reported on Twitter by Take Action News and reporter David Shuster.

Tweeted Shuster: “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman saying ‘This is how we feed animals’.”

Some Twitter users are casting it as a racial issue. But it should be noted that some Republicans dislike many media members, regardless of color.

via GOP ejects people who threw nuts at camerawoman.

Using a real incident of an escaped chimpanzee shot dead by police, cartoonist Sean Delonas in NY Post in February 2009 uses the chimp as a proxy for Obama.

Using a real incident of an escaped chimpanzee shot dead by police, cartoonist Sean Delonas in NY Post in February 2009 uses the chimp as a proxy for Obama.

One sentence is all it takes

To ruin a Black sympathizer!

Compared to the simple expulsion, of the Nut-Chuckers, a private, anti-Romney comment, sympathizing with Blacks, can get you promptly fired from your job.

When a policeman-in-a-cartoon shoots dead a chimpanzee, an Obama-proxy, First Amendment is invoked. But, the First Amendment didn’t seem to apply to David Chalian.

In an economy with nearly 10% unemployment rate, when David Chalian, the Head-Washington News Bureau for Yahoo, made a private anti-Romney comment, he paid with his job.

This private comment was recorded by an open microphone, and made its way into the cyber-sphere. A comment not in the best taste – but during a Presidential campaign in USA, what are limits to bad taste? Candidates routinely make the most distasteful comments, allegations.

David Chalian’s private comment seems high-culture, in contrast.

While candidates have been having field day in lowering public debate, one sentence is all it takes to ruin a man's career?  | Cartoon on  Aug  25  2012 titled Political Convention Checklist by Bruce Plante; image source & courtesy - cagle.com

While candidates have been having field day in lowering public debate, one sentence is all it takes to ruin a man’s career? | Cartoon on Aug 25 2012 titled Political Convention Checklist by Bruce Plante; image source & courtesy – cagle.com

Yahoo abruptly fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday after he was caught on a hot mic taking a racially charged swipe at Mitt Romney and his wife.

David Chalian lost his job after he was overheard saying that the Romneys are “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

Chalian’s comment, a reference to the tropical storm battering Louisiana, was made during a webcast at the Republican convention that is part of a partnership between Yahoo and ABC News. On Tuesday, Chalian and ABC’s Jonathan Karl jointly interviewed members of the Romney brain trust.

Yahoo said in a statement: “David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

It is unfortunate that a journalist’s career can implode so quickly over one ill-considered comment. At the same time, Chalian’s words were so biased against Romney, and racially inflammatory, that Yahoo management undoubtedly felt it had no choice. That kind of unguarded remark also feeds perceptions that the mainstream media is biased against Romney.

Late in the day, Chalian posted (an) apology on Facebook.

via Yahoo Cans Staffer for Anti-Romney Slam – The Daily Beast.

While the Presidential candidates are lowering public debate, one wrong sentence by lesser ‘mortals’ can ruin their career? | Adam Zyglis of Buffalo News, in August 2012, source & courtesy – Politicalcartoons.com

While the Presidential candidates are lowering public debate, one wrong sentence by lesser ‘mortals’ can ruin their career? | Adam Zyglis of Buffalo News, in August 2012, source & courtesy – Politicalcartoons.com

Black is not Back

The Republican Party has decided that Obama will get all the Black votes – and has ignored its own Black constituents.

Black members of the Republican Party, were themselves disappointed by the lack of Black faces, absence of Black people in the power corridors of the RNC.

This is the fourth Republican convention that I have attended, and it is by far the least diverse. I now know what America would look like if all blacks and other people of color mysteriously disappeared. Reporters have been calling me, practically begging me to find them some blacks to interview for their various media outlets. Is this really the 21st century? I have not been showered with this much attention since I was a little baby!

But even more alarming than the lack of blacks as convention attendees, delegates or Mitt Romney staff members is the lack of blacks in the pipeline to be future party operatives.

When I came into the party with George H.W. Bush, there was a pipeline of other African Americans who worked for the Republican National Committee in the headquarters, staffers who worked for Reagan, etc. We are now some of the most experienced operatives in the game; many of us have our own firms or work for corporate America. Unfortunately, we are never consulted on party issues unless there is an overtly black angle or, more typically, someone in the party leadership has done something stupid and they expect us to go on camera to provide cover. Those of us with integrity have never allowed ourselves to be used in such a manner, though, some blacks have.

Today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus doesn’t appear to have any African Americans in significant decision making positions on his staff. The same can be said for the Senate and House campaign committees.

If there are no blacks in these pipelines, then the party has made the decision that there will be no blacks in the party’s future. Imagine there were no college football programs; where would the NFL get its players from? Who would provide players for their future?

The Republican line is that the overwhelming majority of blacks will vote for Obama because he is African American. I find this thinking extremely insulting as a black Republican. The reason the majority of blacks will vote for Obama is because Republicans have not given African Americans a reason to vote for Republicans or Romney.

I am embarrassed at the lack of diversity at this convention.The sad thing is that many of the party leaders agree with me in private conversations, but over the years, they have done absolutely nothing to address this issue. When all is said and done, there has been more said than done when it comes to changing the whiteness of the party.

via Republican National Convention: Where are the African Americans? – The Root DC Live – The Washington Post.

Todd Akin, a Republican of the Legitimate Rape Fame is in the forefront of Women's Agenda by the Republican's  |  Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons of Arizona Daily Star in August 2012, source & courtesy - Politicalcartoons.com

Todd Akin, a Republican of the Legitimate Rape Fame is in the forefront of Women’s Agenda by the Republican’s | Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons of Arizona Daily Star in August 2012, source & courtesy – Politicalcartoons.com

Poster-Child At The Altar

However, anyone banging their head at the altar of the American Dream, is an instant poster-child.

One such poster-child is Mia Love, a Republican Mayor. While there is considerable (anecdotal) evidence that talented Blacks can get their breaks to the American Dream, the important are the average Blacks.

Does the American System work for them – or against them.

Love, who is Mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small town in Utah meets members of the Utah National Guard at a community event in Salt Lake City  Image & caption courtesy: dailymail.co.uk

Love, who is Mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small town in Utah meets members of the Utah National Guard at a community event in Salt Lake City Image & caption courtesy: dailymail.co.uk

She could be Mitt Romney’s best hope of capturing the African American vote – the dynamic, young immigrant’s daughter hoping to become the first-ever black Republican woman to win a seat in congress.

Mia Love is a 36-year-old, first-generation Haitian-American. She’s a Mormon and already mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small town in mostly white Utah.

The speech, which drew sustained applause, combined her family’s journey to the U.S. with references to civil-rights icons Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Our story has been told over 200 years,’ she told the adoring crowd. ‘With small steps and giant leaps, from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream.’

Love, who is up against Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, a six-term incumbent, is a staunch conservative championing small government and fiscal responsibility.

She said: ‘My parents immigrated to the U.S. with $10 in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist.

‘When times got tough they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.

‘His policies have failed,’ she continued. ‘We are not better off than we were four years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that.

via Mia Love, the black female Republican making waves at the GOP conference, could make history in Congress | Mail Online.

NYT Takes CIA Pre-Clearance Before Criticizing POTUS

August 29, 2012 5 comments

US media knickers in a twist: Does the Free Media of the Free World need CIA clearance, before criticizing the GOTUS?

For 2ndlook readers. Not surprising!

This has happened for decades – if not longer.

Newly available CIA records obtained by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, reveal that New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti forwarded an advance copy of a Maureen Dowd column to a CIA spokesperson — a practice that is widely frowned upon within the industry.

Mazzetti’s correspondence with CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf, on Aug. 5, 2011, pertained to the Kathryn Bigelow-Mark Boal film “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the killing of Osama bin Laden, and a Times op-ed column by Dowd set to be published two days later that criticized the White House for having “outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood.”

According to Judicial Watch, Mazzetti sent Harf an advance copy of Dowd’s column, and wrote: “this didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read.  See, nothing to worry about!”

POLITICO has just reached out to the Times for comment, as it was unable to do so prior to Judicial Watch’s decision to lift the embargo on the files. (See update).

Judicial Watch obtained the files through a formal Freedom of Information Act request. The full email can be viewed here.

New York Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet called POLITICO to explain the situation, but provided little clarity, saying he could not go into detail on the issue because it was an intelligence matter.

“The optics aren’t what they look like,” he went on. “I’ve talked to Mark, I know the cirucmstance, and given what I know, it’s much ado about nothing.”

Baquet would not provide further details, which means his statements amount to a plea to readers to take it on faith that Mazzetti’s leak was ethically sound.

via NYT reporter leaked advance copy of Maureen Dowd column to CIA – POLITICO.com; wikipedia links supplied.

It is fashionable in the US to moan over how powerful ‘secret police’ has become of late.

But remember! This is nothing new.

For 48 years, Edgar Hoover headed FBI. No POTUS (President of the US), no GOTUS (Government of the US), no SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the US) could touch him. He had a file on everyone. Starting with someone like John Lennon to many Hollywood starlets.

The modern USA has the largest secret police in the world has ever seen. An estimated 3 million strong. Civilian police which is the largest in the world – at one million. The GOTUS at any time has more than 2 crore (20 million) people under prosecution, parole, probation or in prison.

No State has taken so much offence against its own citizens as the GOTUS.


Tips & Tricks: No-gyan Dhume Baba Trips Again!

August 25, 2012 1 comment

While busy teaching @PankajPachauri No-gyan @dhume01 missed a vital point. US govt. made more requests to Twitter than all other govts in the world put together.

  1. dhume01
    [Not for govt. to decide how they’re implemented.] MT @PankajPachauri: Some people seem to have missed the point- Twitter has its own rules.
    Sat, Aug 25 2012 09:31:36

Your gyan, you keep

The US Government made more requests to Twitter to reveal confidential information,  than all other Governments in the world put together. So …

If our Indian Government wants to foolishly follow the Yumm-Rikan example, we will take care of it. Our Government! Our problem. Our solution. Don’t need no silly mindless, hectoring from you.

No-Gyan Dhume Baba, don’t need no gyan from you Yumm-Rikans!

You take your gyan and … I could suggest a few things, you may not like.

But I will limit it to one simple, suggestion. Give your gyan to your YummRikan Government.

Land of the Free, Home Of The Brave

Remember Bradley Manning. Dare I remind you of the another marine Brandon Raub. Probably you don’t have the courage to advise your Government after Obama has signed the NDAA Bill. So, no bail, only jail, if Daddy does not like you.

No-Gyan Dhume Baba …

You got problems at home. Save your ideas and lectures where it is needed most.

In YummRika

Where more than 2 crore people (20 million) are either in prison, on parole, probation or facing prosecution. More people being prosecuted by the YummRikan State than the Rest of The World put together.

You want to feed stories about coolie-BPOs, code-coolies, snakes, snake-charmers, elephants, millions of gods, go ahead. Give your countrymen the trash they expect (most of the time) from their media.

Not here in India.

Why Pakistan Never Became Democratic

August 25, 2012 1 comment

For every beneficial outcome, modern India’s commentariat, is  in a motivated hurry to credit British (and the West in general) and blame Indian leadership for every injurious development.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Muhammad Zahoor's CARTOON | via Daily Times | Click for image.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Muhammad Zahoor’s CARTOON | via Daily Times | Click for image.

Bad Sector

From August 15th, 1947, till January 26th, 1950, India had no constitution, laws, or an elected government. Thus for a brief period, short of 30 months, India Government ruled by decree.

Consensus prevailed.

Going by contemporary narratives, Nehru drove the pace of constitution building. Known detractors of the Indian nation, like Homi Mody were invited into the Constituent Assembly – itself headed by a leader of the dispossessed, Dr.Ambedkar.

RK Laxman's cartoon celebrating India's Constitution writing and implementaion, while the world was busy writing off India ...

RK Laxman’s cartoon celebrating India’s Constitution writing and implementaion, while the world was busy writing off India …

Talking heads of the Y2K generation claim that the Indian nation, constitution, parliamentary notions, democratic mechanisms were all a gift of the British.

Merits of the British Raj

First, if the British were so good, why have they not been able to save their home economy?

Care to remember that British ideas of democracy, freedom, were all for show to the subject races? Indian subjects had no representation, redress, were inveigled into sham consultations, as the Indian economy sank into a morass of debt, stagnation, poverty, disease and famines.

This was the true inheritance from the British.

Even though some reports suggest that this was a 1950's cartoon, it was probably before January 26th 1950, when the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly. ToI suggests that this was a 1948 cartoon.  |  Copyright - Children's Book Trust; source and courtesy - outlookindia.com  |  Click for source image.

Even though some reports suggest that this was a 1950’s cartoon, it was probably before January 26th 1950, when the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly. ToI suggests that this was a 1948 cartoon. | Copyright – Children’s Book Trust; source and courtesy – outlookindia.com | Click for source image.

KM Munshi, India’s food minister travelled the world over, seeking food aid. In New York, he described India’s precarious situation as ‘ship-to-mouth.’ Indian Railway infrastructure was in tatters. Ghastly accidents occurred with numbing regularity. India built the entire system of Railways that we see today, over the next 40 years.

MN Roy (founder of Indian Communism), Homi Mody (industrialist) represented realism of the time.

At that time in history, it seemed pragmatic to support the Raj.

A little further

While on the subject of British legacies and inheritances, next door Pakistan had exactly the same inheritance as India.

The Pakistani experience on constitution writing is illustrates the ‘value’ of the British legacy.

There will be many commentaries, to explain Pakistan’s lurch from crisis to crisis, dictatorship-to-dictatorship.

A recent article in Pakistan’s The Dawn makes for interesting reading.

Cartoon by Zahoor

Cartoon by Zahoor

Prime Minister Liaqat Ali is accredited with a number of ground breaking contributions. He decided to ally with the US in the Cold War divide; quashed a coup attempt by communists; promoted General Ayub to the highest rank and fought a war with India over Kashmir to name just a select few. His government ruled on ad hoc basis under temporary laws as it could not formulate and build a consensus on a constitution for the country

They could not dig out a monarchy to rule the country nor could they install a Caliph. The constitution has to be based on democracy. But the problem was that Meerut was now in India. The most powerful Prime Minister serving for one of the longest periods in the history of Pakistan had no constituency in the country to contest elections from. A committed democrat and an active parliamentarian, he knew well that he and his political class had no, or at best a very shaky, future under a democracy. In contrast, Bacha Khan’s was a completely secure political position. It was impossible to democratically uproot him from his constituency. He had voters, volunteers and diehard loyalists.

The ad hoc powers were thus used to change the rules of the game.

Six months after the death of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan moved the Objective Resolution in the Constituent Assembly that introduced Islam as the raison d’être of the new country. Religion was pitched against ones linguistic and cultural identity and faith was made to rival political interests. Those loving their culture, defending their language and demanding their democratic and political rights on these bases became heretics conspiring against the last citadel of Islam in the Subcontinent. Ideological boundaries of the country became more important than the limits of electoral constituencies and principles of democracy were contrasted to injunctions of Islam as defined by the select ulema.

Bacha Khan who enjoyed a hard earned and unflinching popular support in a vast constituency went down in our official gazettes as an anti-Pakistan traitor. Red Shirts were hounded and hunted. Politicians were jailed and elections were rigged.

By declaring the entire country as one constituency and setting ones perceived Islamic credentials as the only qualification, Liaqat Ali Khan tried to create a constituency for his class – the politically insecure Muslim elite that had migrated from the Muslim minority provinces of India. But ironically, they could not sustain their hold on this constituency for long. Within a decade they were outdone by the Army in the game they had pioneered. They were declared incapable of defending the citadel of Islam. The army took over the ‘responsibility’ of keeping the country united in the name of Islam and secure from the conspirators who had strong democratic constituencies in the country.

via The Two-Muslim theory | DAWN.COM.

US Marine detained for Facebook posts

August 23, 2012 3 comments

 

 

Every 11th person of working age in the US is either in prison, parole, probation or being prosecuted for some offence caused to the State.

Working-age Population in the United States (USAWFPNA)  2011: 239,618 Thousands of Persons Updated: 2012-06-08 9:01 AM CDT   |  FRED® Economic Data  |  Source:  U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics  |  Short URL  -  http://goo.gl/xZf1l

Working-age Population in the United States (USAWFPNA) 2011: 239,618 Thousands of Persons Updated: 2012-06-08 9:01 AM CDT | FRED® Economic Data | Source: U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Short URL – http://goo.gl/xZf1l

Vikram Buddhi is still in jail.

So, is Bradley Manning.

A US Marine nearly suffered a similar fate. For pasting silly messages on Facebook.

On the basis that there was zero reason to detain a retired Marine and commit him to a medical facility for psychiatric evaluation, a Virginia judge has demanded that Brandon Raub be released from custody immediately.

Raub, 26, had his home visited one week earlier by FBI, Secret Service and local law enforcement agents who expressed concern over a series of Facebook posts he had made on his public social networking profile. They detained him without charge and admitted him to a local hospital for evaluation.

“The petition is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy,” reads a signed statement by Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett, which was provided to the Richmond Times-Dispatch Thursday afternoon.

Judge Sharrett adds that he was shocked to find that a magistrate did not include any grounds at all for holding Raub, who was placed in custody for a full week without any charges being pressed.

Earlier in the week, attorneys representing Raub from the Rutherford Institute attacked the mishandling of the case by suggesting that the entire ordeal was a war on their client’s constitutional rights.

“This is not how justice in America is supposed to work — with Americans being arrested for doing nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights, forced to undergo psychological evaluations, detained against their will and isolated from their family, friends and attorneys. This is a scary new chapter in our history,” Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead says in a statement released on Tuesday this week. “Brandon Raub is no different from the majority of Americans who use their private Facebook pages to post a variety of content, ranging from song lyrics and political hyperbole to trash talking their neighbors, friends and government leaders.”

Days before he was detained, Raub had made a series of posts that reportedly worried the authorities. His most recent postings included critique of the investigation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and other messages, such as, “The Revolution will come for me. Men will be at my door soon to pick me up to lead it” and “Sharpen up my axe; I’m here to sever heads.

“The bottom line is his freedom of speech has been violated,” Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, told the Associated Press after her son was detained. On Thursday, she told the Times-Dispatch that the entire ordeal has been “phenomenal” and that others could be considered because, “This could have happened to anyone.”

“This has never been about anything but freedom of speech…. We’re going to continue to post on Facebook,” Thomas continued, adding that she considered her son a “true patriot.”

Raub served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and says he had been considering reenlisting before last week’s events.

via Judge orders release of US Marine detained for Facebook posts — RT.

International Labor Comparisons  |  International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, Adjusted to U.S. Concepts, 16 Countries, 1970-2011  |  Working-age population, 2011  |  Source:  U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics  |  Short URL - http://goo.gl/WqW5h

International Labor Comparisons | International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, Adjusted to U.S. Concepts, 16 Countries, 1970-2011 | Working-age population, 2011 | Source: U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Short URL – http://goo.gl/WqW5h

Oh, by the way, Your Judgeship, how is the US justice system supposed to work?

My silly, backward Indian mind tells me the US justice system seeks to maximize imprisonment and extraction of fines. More than 2 crore people (20 million) face the American Justice system each year.

With more than 2 crore people (20 million) in either prison, on parole, probation or facing prosecution. Nearly a 100 countries in the world have a population that is lesser than the number of US citizens in prison, on parole or probation, or under prosecution by the State.

Of course! It clicks now.

After all, Britain the mother-country of Anglo-Saxon Bloc, first annihilated the native populations and then populated the entire continent of Australia with such people.


 

So you think it wont happen to you? It just did …

August 22, 2012 1 comment

There are three-ways in which you can respond when TSA put their hand up your crotch.

TSA Pat Downs on December 5, 2010 Posted in: Beartoons

TSA Pat Downs on December 5, 2010 Posted in: Beartoons

There are three-ways in which you can respond when TSA put their hand up your crotch.

  1. Detest it. (Grimace, contort your face. Go into controlled twitching. TSA guys love it, when you choose this option. Choose this option, if you want to make the day for your friendly TSA man).
  2. Enjoy the hand up your crotch. Imagine it is Playboy’s latest bunny doing that – or anyone else (of any gender, oldsters also allowed, but no kids huh!) who turns you on. (TSA guys don’t particularly like this. They do believe that you are pervert – who seeks thrills while they are busy with their hands up your crotch.).
  3. Make fun of TSA.

One week after the 2ndlook post on police-hands-go-up-American-crotches, it was the turn of an Indian-origin man to go through the joys of hands-up-your-crotch.

Instead of taking the sensible option 1 or 2, he chose the Option-3. Wearing a Red T-Shirt, with blood written on it, would freeze the bejeezus out of any TSA guy. Instead of commiserating with the TSA officer, this passenger of Indian-origin started arguing.

Which self-respecting TSA officer will tolerate back-chat from a Dirty Indian? I don’t find fault with the TSA guy. Indians have this attitude problem that needs straightening out.

Janet Napollitano gives the Thanksgiving turkey the TSA treatment - after she had undergone the same  |  Scott Stantis cartoon from Thanksgiving 2010

Janet Napollitano gives the Thanksgiving turkey the TSA treatment – after she had undergone the same | Scott Stantis cartoon from Thanksgiving 2010

While trying to board a flight out of Buffalo, New York recently, a PhD student at Arizona State found out the hard way that being on a no-fly list isn’t the only way to attract the attention of the TSA — wearing a funny shirt will do the trick, too.

In a post published to his personal blog on Tuesday, a 31-year old doctoral candidate named Arijit recounts the horrors he experienced while attempting to fly from Buffalo-Niagara International Airport to Phoenix over the weekend after attending a funeral. In around 3,000 words he goes into great detail about being booted from a domestic flight, getting stuck renting a car and scrounging for overnight accommodations — something he argues most likely wouldn’t have happened if authorities didn’t make such a big fuss over his t-shirt.

The article of clothing that caused such a concern was a red t-shirt that featured a mock-up of the US Department of Homeland Security’s seal, surrounded with phrases such as “Bombs ZOMG,” “ZOMG Terrorists” and “Alert level bloodred — run, run take off your shoes.”

After being vigorously screened and questioned multiple times, Arijit says he was finally given permission, once more, to board his plane. The pilot of the aircraft, however, had had enough of the whole ordeal and asked the Delta supervisor to relay the message that, due to the discomfort the shirt had caused, neither Arijit nor his wife would be allowed to board the aircraft.

“Passengers on the plane supposedly felt uncomfortable with my very presence on the flight,” Arijit writes, “And the Delta manager went out of his way to point out that he wholeheartedly agreed with the pilot’s decision.”

“You’re f—— kidding me,” Arijit says he responded. “Why can’t I board? What’s the concern?”

“Just use your imagination,” the Delta supervisor informed him.

On his blog, Arijit says his reaction is still the same a few days later: “Wow.”

via Man booted from airplane for wearing anti-TSA shirt — RT.

A 2010 cartoon by Gary Varvel; source & courtesy - newsblaze.com

A 2010 cartoon by Gary Varvel; source & courtesy – newsblaze.com

Arijit, the blogger who wrote about this incident, does not know that Vikram Buddhi is in jail for 5-years now, for saying, ‘Death to George Bush’. Actually, he wrote George Bush, Murdabad. How can POTUS, the world’s most powerful man, tolerate this behaviour. (Trust me, Indians have an attitude problem).

Arijit continues with his silly attitude. He questions,

“If that’s the case,” he continues, “why even bother with the bloated security apparatus — since Delta pilots have discretion to kick off passengers who’ve passed multiple checks, after all?”

Indians, take my advice.

Have a properly, humble and submissive attitude, when you go to Yumm-Rika. After all, you are going to a superior country.

PS

In case, you didn’t notice, my post on police-hands-go-up-American-crotches, was dated August 15th, 2012. Go figger. (No, I didn’t mean finger).


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