US District Court Judge Shiraz Scheindlin recently ruled that NYC’s stop-and-frisk policy, which has helped to dramatically reduce gun violence and crimes, is unconstitutional. Judge Scheindlin imposed draconian restrictions on the police and formerly “low information” voters are quite happy with the Judge:
“Thugs with guns think they’re the ones calling the shots on the streets in the wake of the anti-NYPD stop-and-frisk ruling.
“You can’t stop me! You can’t do that no more! There are new rules!” suspect Steven Sidbury, 21, allegedly yelled at officers as they approached him in crime-riddled East New York last week.”
. . . One source predicted that there will be more bloodshed in the streets as criminals fearlessly carry their weapons instead of stashing them somewhere — and fire in the heat of the moment.
“They’re going to carry their guns, and if they get into a fight, they’re going to shoot right away,’’ the source warned.
“Every single [perp] I have encountered is very happy about the ruling,’’ a Manhattan police source said.
“It is a very common thought now amongst perps that stop-question-and-frisk infringes on their rights to carry concealed guns.”
You can be sure that Scheindlin and the pandering progressive politicians will refuse all responsibility for the coming NYC crime wave.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that there was no “objective evidence” that black voters were being disenfranchised, as he entered a contentious battle over new voter identification laws in Southern states. ”The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election African-Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government,” Paul said at a forum in Louisville, according to WFPL-FM. “So really, I don’t think there is objective evidence that we’re precluding African-Americans from voting any longer,” he added.
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): “I think her decision making process with regards to Benghazi should preclude [Hillary Clinton] from holding high office because really it’s not so much what happened at the time of the attacks. For six months leading up to the attack, they ask and they ask and they pleaded for more security and she says, ‘Oh I never read the cables.’ The problem with that is that’s her job.”
A Center reporter recently spent some time with a friend from high school who had gone to Columbia University and from there to Wall Street and, ultimately, to management of a hedge fund. The hedge fund manager had retired “early” as a multi-millionaire “master of the universe.”
Strangely, after a couple of days of somewhat intense political/business discussions, it was apparent to our reporter that his Wall Street friend had no more idea as to what stock or company would do well than the reporter or anyone else. What our “master of the universe” did know, however, was the phone numbers of his Ivy League friends and classmates who were high officers in government and business and who had access to inside information the rest of us lack.
And so we see a hedge fund financial wizard who engineered billions in profits from the issuance of collateralized debt obligations (CDO’s) testify in federal court that he is “not sure” what the industry-wide acronym CDO stands for.
And we see one of Wall Street’s most prominent hedge funds hire a provably corrupt “Ivy League” trader whose primary qualification is his past membership in an “insider trading group” at his previous firm.
And, finally, we see the indictment of that prominent hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, on federal charges involving insider trading that was “substantial, pervasive and on a scale without known precedent in hedge fund history.”
And the Fed continues to pump $85 billion a month into this sewer.
So Detroit, or more likely, the State of Michigan, is paying a “bankruptcy expert” to manage Detroit’s financial mess and the bankruptcy expert Emergency Manager hires his former law firm at $1000 per hour to do the work the Emergency Manager was hired to do. This should go over well with the natives. From CBS Detroit:
“Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr approved the fees totaling about $1.4 million, but what makes this even more controversial is that the law firm getting the money is Jones Day – that’s Orr’s former law firm. Oh, you want some more controversy? That $1.4 million is just for six weeks of work,” Langton said.
The report says the costs were associated with sophisticated restructuring advice, labor and pension analysis, and Chapter 9 planning. Orr has defended the expense, saying top lawyers are needed because of what’s at stake . . .
Orr is a bankruptcy expert hired in March by the state to fix Detroit’s finances . . .
According to the “sociologists” and race hucksters consulted by the New York Times, race should be considered in the Zimmerman trial except that Zimmerman’s race (hispanic) should not be considered because he is a “white hispanic” and just the son of a “Peruvian.”
And race should be considered in the trial except for considering Zimmerman’s state of mind in light of the overwhelming statistics showing that Trayvon Martin’s race commits violent crimes at a rate drastically disproportionate to its population percentage . . .
President Obama has made a thoughtful choice for Ambassador to South Africa. A hyper-partisan, Congo-born, Haitian-bred, Brooklyn-educated community organizer will surely bring diplomatic skills to the racially-charged atmosphere in South Africa.
“It’s constitutional. Bitches.” Patrick Gaspard, the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted the news Thursday. Continue reading
Why are Democrat policies nearly always focused on this or that group rather than the country at large?
It’s really very simple. Legislation and tax policies which provide benefits to all citizens yield fewer votes, political contributions and favors to Democrats than “targeted” proposals. The Democrat guiding principle is to divide us into groups, and then to threaten punishment to certain groups while offering rewards to others.
Despite the Democrats incessant bleating about “fairness,” unequal treatment of both groups and individuals is essential to Democrat electoral success. Graft, envy and anger are the keys to Democrat hope and change.
The sad truth is that Democrats need and promote racial and social division. Without homophobia, sexism and racism all you have left is personal responsibility. Democrats can’t “fix” that with your tax dollars and votes.
The secret judges of the secret court which secretly rubber stamps in secret decisions the secret espionage carried out against American citizens are upset about the “perception that the court works too closely with the government.” Trying telling it to a judge:
The perception that the court works too closely with the government arises in large part from the tribunal’s “ex parte” nature, which means that unlike in a traditional court, there is no legal sparring between adversaries with the judge as arbiter. Instead, a Justice Department official makes the case for the government agency seeking permission to carry out surveillance inside the United States. No one speaks for the target of the surveillance or the company that is ordered to allow its networks to be tapped or to turn over its customers’ data.
Some critics say the court is a rubber stamp for government investigators because it almost never has turned down a warrant application. However, that high batting average doesn’t take into account changes the court requires in some requests and other applications that the government withdraws.
For about 30 years, the court was located on the sixth floor of the Justice Department’s headquarters, down the hall from the officials who would argue in front of it. (The court moved to the District’s federal courthouse in 2009.) “There is a collaborative process that would be unnatural in the public, criminal court setting,” said a former Justice official familiar with the court.
Mayor Bloomberg pointed out the obvious today regarding the very successful NYC “Stop & Frisk” crime prevention program which has been under attack for profiling “young men of color.” Critics ignore crime statistics which show, year after year, that 90-95% of violent crime in NYC is committed by “minorities” against “minorities.” Most mainstream media outlets focus on minority victims and ignore the inconvenient fact that the perpetrator is nearly always black or Hispanic. And so the “racism” industry explanation for minority crime continues. Bloomberg has has enough:
“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show, in response to the City Council passing two bills aimed at reining in the controversial policing tactic.
“I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”
The mayor was referring to statistics showing that a majority of serious crimes in the city are carried out by young men of color.
The New York Post story noted that “[e]ighty seven percent of all stops last year were for blacks or latinos, who constituted 90 percent of murder suspects, according to city stats. Only nine percent of stops were for white people, who made up 7 percent of all murder suspects.”
The Mayor then added that:
“People say, well you know, cops shouldn’t be stopping so many of any one group,” he said. “The cops’ job is to stop so many of groups fitting the description. It’s society’s job to make sure that no one group is disproportionately represented as potential perpetrators.”