#ISIS to #Islamics in the U.S. – “You are behind enemy lines…strike them”

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While politicians in America were slamming Donald Trump, the animals running the Islamic State was busy organizing more attacks on American soil.

Islamic State on Sunday condemned as an “apostate” a U.S. Muslim soldier killed in Iraq whose story has re-ignited debate in the 2016 presidential election on the role of Muslims in American life.

Dabiq, the militant group’s online magazine, showed a picture of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan’s tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery with a caption, “Beware of Dying as an apostate.”

An accompanying article, penned by an unnamed “American convert in the Islamic State,” urged Muslims to resist Western influences and to either migrate to Islamic State-controlled lands or carry out lone attacks.

“Reject these calls to disunity and come together. Live the life of Islam, for which you have already left the path of falsehood,” the militant wrote.

“You are behind enemy lines, able to strike them where it hurts them most,” the article added.

Source: Reuters

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Another #SFPD “hero” is under investigation for drug use, sex with minor

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Another of our SFPD “heroes” is under investigation for his connection to the widening sex-trafficking scandal that has out-of -control East Bay law enforcement running for cover.

Celeste Guap, the teen sex worker from Richmond at the center of a the scandal, told the San Francisco Examiner that she had consensual sex with Officer Rodger Ponce De Leon when she was underage.

“The phone records show that [Ponce De Leon] picked me up when I was still 17,” Guap said. “Ponce would visit me in hotels when I was working.”

Guap also said she used cocaine on occasion with Ponce De Leon. “There were drugs used,” Guap said, specifically noting the pair used cocaine in Ponce De Leon’s personal car. “He had some himself. He took it out.”

“I hooked up with Ponce first, and he threw me over to [other] Oakland [cops],” Guap said.

Ponce De Leon has since been transferred to a position at the SFPD with no public contact, pending an investigation.

SFPD’s Internal Affairs Department-Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating the alleged incidents, which means Ponce De Leon could face criminal charges.

Of course, he probably won’t. They’ll find an excuse to let him off the hook.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: San Francisco Examiner

Commission will do nothing to stop @OaklandPoliceCA #DeathSquads

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Oakland voters will get their say in November on whether an independent commission should oversee the city’s troubled Police Department, a proposal that has unanimous backing from the City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf, and endorsements from several prominent public safety groups.

But despite the ballot measure’s popularity, some of those who advocate police accountability question whether it will create lasting reform, or restore residents’ trust in law enforcement after a string of misconduct cases and a national outcry over police violence against African Americans.

Basically it’s political eyewash to make it appear to voters that politicians are taking action against the brutal Oakland Police Department.

Though the commission would have the power to terminate police officers, including the chief, some people say the measure does not go far enough toward ensuring the board’s independence from City Hall.

Activists argue that the commission cannot be truly independent from either city government or the police union if some of its members owe their positions to an elected official.

And of course, they are correct.

“This isn’t groundbreaking legislation. It’s the same tired thing they have in San Francisco that doesn’t work, that continues to support police, that allowed the murder of Mario Woods.” – Cat Brooks.

Experts say such commissions accomplish little.

Samuel Walker, a police accountability expert in Omaha, Neb., says cities throughout the country — including San Francisco — have formed police commissions, task forces and oversight boards in the hope of giving civilians a sense of power over law enforcement. But many of these bodies have not been effective, Walker said.

“There have been a lot of commissions,” he said. “Most of them have not made a difference.”

In the end, the Oakland Police Department will continue to hunt down and execute citizens at will.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

#Trump isn’t buying the Dem’s continuous scolding of America about how wonderful @Islam is

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Rational American know Islam is the problem. The Democrats however don’t. Their recent attacks on Donald Trump illustrate this clearly.

Hillary Clinton’s top surrogates are taking aim at rival Donald Trump for allegedly criticizing the bereaved mother of a Muslim U.S. Army captain, a comment that sparked outrage across the political spectrum on Saturday.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine expressed shock that the GOP nominee would attack Ghazala Khan for not speaking during her husband’s address to the Democratic convention.

Lawyer Khizr Khan gave a moving tribute to their son, Humayun, who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. During the speech, Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood silently by his side, wearing a headscarf.

Americans are sick and tired of being lectured to about how wonderful Islam is. The facts speak for themselves.
Democrats would be wise to figure this out.

Psycho @ElkGrovePD thug admits he tried to execute handcuffed man

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The Elk Grove Police Department has settled a case in which the police officer admitted he was trying to execute a white suspect who was lying, hands cuffed, in the back of a police car.

Elk Grove police Officer Paul Beckham used his personal assault rifle to shoot Hesselbein in the face point blank in what Beckham would later admit was an attempt to kill Hesselbein.

At the time of the shooting in the early hours of Jan. 30, 2011, Hesselbein was lying on the back seat of a police patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back. Beckham was standing no more than 5 feet from him in the door of the car.

Hesselbein survived because the bullet passed through his left temple and cheek, instead of “the middle of his head,” where Beckham testified he was aiming.

The officer said he shot Hesselbein because he was afraid the suspect had a gun.

So Beckham thought a man the man he had already frisked and handcuffed had a gun? Seriously? You’re asking us to believe this story?

No no gun was ever found – either in a search by another officer before Hesselbein was placed in the car or in a second search when he was pulled out of the car after the shooting.

Bottom line: Officer Beckham is a liar, and a psychopath that should not be allowed near guns.

Source: Sacramento Bee 

Docs at @UCLA screw taxpayers out of $8.5 million

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The University of California regents have agreed to pay nearly $8.5 million to settle two lawsuits alleging that a well-known UCLA spine surgeon failed to disclose his conflicts of interest with a leading device maker before using the company’s products in harmful surgeries.

The settlements were approved last week in separate Los Angeles County Superior Court cases that focused on the financial ties among the surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Wang, UCLA and Medtronic, the world’s largest medical-device company.

The regents agreed to pay $4.2 million to Jerome Lew, a 52-year-old screenwriter in Orange County, and $4.25 million to Ralph Weiss, a 61-year-old attorney in Calabasas. The two patients said their surgeries led to complications, recurring pain and the need for additional operations.

In both cases, Wang implanted Medtronic’s controversial bone-growth product in an “off-label” way not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the lawsuits. Doctors are legally allowed to use medications and devices in an unapproved manner, if they think it’s the best way to treat patients.

The plaintiffs argued that Wang deceived them by failing to obtain their consent for the “off-label” use and by not disclosing the tens of thousands of dollars in financial support he had received from Medtronic over the years. And Lew alleged that Medtronic promoted off-label use of its products to Wang and UCLA, which generally is not allowed under federal law.

“I chose UCLA and Dr. Wang for my spine surgery based upon their sterling reputations,” Weiss said. “I was astonished and offended when I found out about the conflicts that were never disclosed to me.”

Source: LA Times

Brutal psycho @AlamedaCounty sheriff’s deputy fired for beating suspect nearly to death

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A clearly psychotic, brutal and mentally unstable Alameda County sheriff’s deputy was fired Friday, eight months after he allegedly grabbed a gold chain from a fugitive who was ruthlessly beaten by deputies in an alley.

The deputy Shawn Osborne, was a 19-year veteran. One can only wonder how many other citizens Osborne brutalized in his hideous career.

The incident was caught on video. It is difficult to watch.

Osborne was one of three deputies involved in the Nov. 12 apprehension of Stanislav Petrov.

Granted Petrov is no saint, but the way our system works under the Constitution, all suspects are afforded due process. Our society does not delegate the administration of justice to police officers on the street. The pathetically corrupt and brutal Osborne obviously didn’t get this key point in the law.

Criminal charges are being considered by the San Francisco district attorney’s office. Osborne clearly belongs in prison.

Petrov suffered broken hand bones, head wounds and a concussion.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Ruthless @OaklandPoliceCA executes man for holding a pellet gun – family sues

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The family of an Oakland executed by police while holding a pellet gun was set to file a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the city of Oakland and the officers involved, attorneys said.

Richard Perkins Jr., 39, died on the evening of Nov. 15 on a sidewalk on 90th Avenue near Bancroft Avenue. He was executed by and Oakland PD Death Squad.

The reason, he was holding a pellet gun.

The suit, brought by Perkins’ mother Ada Perkins-Henderson and his son Richard Perkins III, alleges police used excessive force and that the city failed to properly train and supervise officers, said EmilyRose Johns, an attorney representing the family.

The city of Oakland, Sgt. Joseph Turner and officers Jonathan Cairo, Joshua Barnard, and Allahno Hughes are named as defendants in the complaint.

At the scene, Perkins told officers the gun was fake and tried to comply with orders.

The police maintain the unbelievable claim that Perkins walked up to officers and pointed the gun at them. The Oakland PD wants the public to believe that a man with a pellet gun challenged a police death squad.

Unbelievable.

Officer body cameras captured some of the incident. According to our sources at no time did Perkins point the gun at the police officers. Instead he had his hands in the air.

The Oakland police won’t make the video public. They are hiding it while they try to cover up this hideous and brutal death squad murder.

An autopsy report shows that Perkins was shot in the back several times. The police continue to taint public opinion by maintain that Perkins was a cocaine and meth user. As if that is justification for executing a citizen in cold blood.

Amazing.

Alex Katz, chief of staff at the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, said the city could not comment on the suit until they were officially served. 

What can they say except enjoy your police state.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

 #ChandraLevy case remains unsolved

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While Guandique no longer faces charges — and now faces deportation — a lawyer for Condit said it would be wrong for people to think that his client could again become a suspect.

Condit’s attorney, Lin Wood, issued a statement Friday saying Condit remains in the clear despite the collapse of the case against Guandique.

“Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with the death of Chandra Levy,” he said.

“Mr. Condit’s counsel was informed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in charge of the Levy case that Mr. Condit is neither a subject nor a target of the investigation into the murder of Chandra Levy.”

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Family of mentally ill man murdered by the @LongBeachPD_CA files federal lawsuit

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The parents of a mentally ill man executed by the Long Beach police announced Thursday they have filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

The suit, which seeks punitive damages against Police Chief Robert Luna and the officers involved in the shooting.

Capture2Mharloun Verdejo Saycon, 39, of Carson died after police shot him the night of Dec. 14. His crime, possessing a pocket knife.

The family’s lawsuit maintains that Saycon’s actions were not so dangerous as to justify the use of deadly force.

“In this case, on that evening, Mharloun Saycon was not a threat to anyone and in fact at the place where he was killed, the owner had simply requested some assistance to get him some treatment,” attorney Dan Stormer, who is representing Saycon’s parents, said at a press conference Thursday in Pasadena.

“They had called the police to get him under a 5150 (involuntary confinement), some form of treatment because they knew him, they liked him, they enjoyed having him there.”

Instead, the Police State murdered Saycon.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

Another “hero” arrested for preying on citizens

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A parole agent was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of handing over gift cards and bus passes in return for narcotics prescribed to a parolee.

Nice, that’s just great.

Pathetic loser Scott Patric Keblis, 49, of Chino, was charged with one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Keblis bus passes, gift cards, and cash for the parolee’s prescription hydrocodone pills.

So he’s a pill popping cop loose on the streets with a gun and a badge. How does that make you feel?

Corrections officials said they could not comment. Of course they can’t, WTF are they going to say. Keblis is a pathetic loser.

Source: LA Times

#SandraBland murder cover-up exposed!

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A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland was pulled over and jailed says the county’s top prosecutors threatened to end his career if he came forward with what he says is evidence of wrongdoing.

The Police State responded quickly. Prosecutors deny any wrongdoing.

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The culpret, state trooper Brian Encinia, who pulled her over last July for allegedly failing to signal while changing a lane.

It looks like to us that the brutal, psychotic Encinia beat the hell out of her.

Kelley said he was never contacted by special prosecutors handling the case, and the Waller County district attorney’s top assistant said there would be repercussions if he spoke to a Bland family attorney.

Bland was found dead three days after the traffic stop in a county jail cell. Authorities ruled it a suicide. Yeah, right.

In the end, this just another case of an African-American citizen standing up for her rights, who ends up dead at the hands of the police.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: LA Times

U.S. homeownership rate at a 51-year low – But pols say the economy is great

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The proportion of U.S. households that own homes has matched its lowest level in 51 years — evidence that rising property prices, high rents and stagnant pay have made it hard for many to buy.

You wouldn’t know that listening to our political leaders in Washington. For them, and the rest of the 1-Percent, things remain just great.

However the Census Bureau says just 62.9 percent of households owned a home in the April-June quarter this year. That equaled the homeownership rate in 1965, when the census began tracking the data.

If you’re a millennial household, ages 18 to 34, you’re really screwed.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

The @SFPD thug who makes illegal assault rifles

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As you would imagine, the SFPD thug who was arrested this week for allegedly building an illegal assault rifle has pleaded not guilty and has been released on his own recognizance.

So he’s back on the street and likely back at work making more illegal weapons.

His release terms require that he turn over all guns and weapons. Like we believe THAT will happen.

Thomas Abrahamsen has been charged with the manufacture of an assault weapon and one felony count of possession of an assault weapon.

No doubt he’ll get a slap on the wrist and be back in business in no time. If citizen Joe or Jane did this, they’d rot in prison forever. Enjoy your Police State.

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

Trigger happy cop blasts old man at Modesto Costco

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A 61-year-old man suspected of having a knife inside a Costco supermarket in Modesto was critically injured Thursday when an off-duty officer shot him outside of the store, police said.

So now merely having a knife is a capitol crime punishable by immediate execution by Barney Fife.

Officers were dispatched at 4:53 p.m. to the 3900 block of Pelandale Avenue after reports came in of a man armed with a knife inside the store, said Modesto Police Department Sgt. Chris Adams.

Never mind that Costco sells knives.

Three hundred to 400 customers were shopping at the time of the incident, he said.

Many of them may have been considering buying knives at Costco.

While officers were en route, police learned an off-duty department of corrections officer shot the man at least once.

Apparently Barney seized the day.

The real police arrived and said it was not immediately known if the man had a knife or what threat he posed.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

‘Job killer’ bills…or the will of the voters?

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When the Legislature reconvenes next week for the final month of its biennial session, it will decide the fate of hundreds of bills ranging from game-changing to trivial.

One question it will answer is whether the California Chamber of Commerce continues its remarkable run of blocking bills it labels “job killers.”

This year’s list has 23 entries and so far just one – albeit a biggie – has been enacted. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 3, which will raise the state’s minimum wage in stages to $15 per hour by 2022, giving labor unions and their allies a rare “job killer” win.

The biggest of the remaining “job killer” bills, however, is Senate Bill 32, which the Assembly rejected last year.

SB 32, carried by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, would extend authorization for the state’s efforts to curb carbon dioxide emissions, including the controversial cap-and-trade system of issuing and selling emission allowances, past the current 2020 cutoff.

A CalChamber lawsuit challenges the cap-and-trade program as an illegal tax, and its shaky legal status has undermined allowance auctions that had been projected to generate billions of dollars for Brown’s bullet train and other projects.

Brown’s Air Resources Board is proposing an administrative extension past 2020. But its legality is very uncertain, and the governor clearly prefers legislative re-authorization to remove the legal cloud and shore up the auctions.

Never mind that voters want a clean environment and sustainable energy rather than huge profits for corporate America.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Chuck Reed continues to bleat about pensions – Cali pols could care less

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Failure to act means more cities will go bankrupt as they run out of ability to raise taxes or to cut services to pay for benefits. By adopting real, meaningful reform, we can protect vital community services, safeguard the long-term solvency of public employee retirement systems and put California’s pension systems on the path to a sustainable future.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Give the jerk politicians who created the @TSA the credit they deserve

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Naming anything after a living politician is usually a bad idea, but this summer, we can make an exception.

Now that Americans will be spending much of their vacations waiting in security lines at airports, we should honor the public servants responsible.

At the entrance to the checkpoint at LAX, let’s install a bronze plaque proclaiming it the Sen. Dianne Feinstein Line.

Similar monuments can be installed at JFK for Hillary Clinton, at the Phoenix airport for John McCain, and at the home airports of all the other senators who voted to create the Transportation Security Administration.

Even by D.C. standards, the creation of the TSA was a blunder of colossal proportions.

Source: Los Angeles Times

 

Young African-Americans tell Jackson, Sharpton and Young to get out of the way

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Younger African-American activists have reacted with defiance, saying they no longer look to the old guard for leadership or inspiration.

“What does Andrew Young do for black people in Atlanta?” said 18-year-old Aurelia Williams with a shrug, a spokesman for Atlanta Black Lives Matter, standing outside a transit station as protesters gathered for another rally. “A lot of people look to Andrew Young for guidance – or they did. Now he’s just another person we’re fighting in the trenches.”

Damn!

“Stop telling us to have a plan, goals and a solution for black folks,” Avery Jackson, an Atlanta student organizer, tweeted. “Realize that it is dismissive and disrespectful to ask black people why they are taking the streets, affirming their lives and healing.”

For younger protesters, the tactics and ideology of traditional groups fall short. Some are more influenced by the tenets of black pride popularized by Malcolm X and the more militant 1960s and ‘70s groups, such as the Black Panthers. Others draw on more modern ideas of social justice and identity politics, from “intersectionality” to “safe spaces.”

Still, younger Atlanta activists feel a disconnect with the old champions of social justice.

After Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, student Aurielle Marie, 21, said she and fellow activists called all the civil rights groups they could think of, including the SCLC, the NAACP and the National Action Network.

“We called all the people who we were taught were the leaders,” she said. “Why would we want to reinvent the wheel when people are alive who know how this goes? But we couldn’t get meetings. Word came down to us that right now is not the right time. We needed to wait on the investigation.”

And so they forged ahead on their own.

Source: Los Angeles Times

The drug war is too profitable for the #PoliceState to end

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In a presidential election year, Americans rightly expect to hear debates on every relevant topic. However, one topic seems to be missing from the debate this year, even when it seems compellingly relevant: the Drug War.

When we talk about Mexican and Central American immigration, we ignore the fact that many of them are unaccompanied children, refugees fleeing Drug War violence, while drug warriors claim to be concerned about “the children.” And when the violence follows the refugees, we blame them, not the Drug War.

When we talk about the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, we ignore the fact that the opium poppy crop is a major source of its funding, and western suppression of these crops is a major source of conflict with the poorest people in a very poor country. In fact, even in Afghanistan, the Drug War clearly takes priority over the war on terror.

Italy is considering the legalization of marijuana, because the black market is a major source of funding for the Mafia and terrorists, which has been obvious for years. And not just in Italy.

In France, despite their tragic inability to stop terrorists, the French socialist government continues to waste police resources on suppressing cannabis. Ironically, very prohibitionist France still has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in Europe.

Similarly, when Americans talk about needing more security, we don’t talk about the enormous waste of police resources spent on hundreds of thousands of arrests every year for small amounts of marijuana.

Face it, the Police State loves the drug war. It isn’t going to end anytime soon.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

White America (especially the @GOP) needs to wise up about Asian-Americans

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The black and white video at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday showed America’s shame — heartbreaking headlines about the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese internment camps of World War II.

Then the lights came up and about a dozen Asian and Pacific Islanders walked on stage, smiled and waved while the crowd cheered.

They were led by U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, the first Chinese woman to be elected to Congress. Others included U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Los Angeles and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Richmond, Va., the first Filipino elected to Congress.

And then U.S. Rep Grace Meng, D-New York, laid out in stark language the problem Asian-American voters pose for Republicans in November.

Exit polls from 2012, as well as more recent studies and polling, show Republican candidates face a steep climb in getting minority voters to support the GOP. While the Latino vote gets a lot of attention, the Asian and Pacific Islander population is the fastest growing group in America, according 2012 Census data. Asians and Pacific Islanders are outpacing Hispanics at a growth rate of 2.9 percent verses 2.1 percent.

Republicans specifically, and white people in general, are clueless to these facts.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

 

@HillaryClinton just isn’t cool like @BillClinton

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Long before President Barack Obama dismissed her during a 2008 Democratic primary debate as “likable enough,” Hillary Clinton has struggled to endear herself to Americans.

Now, as she prepares to make the biggest speech of her life at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, she will try to change the perception that she may be too disliked and mistrusted by voters to capture the presidency — even against an equally unpopular opponent, Donald Trump.

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Even worse for Clinton, a CNN poll conducted after last week’s Republican National Convention found that only 30 percent of voters found her trustworthy, compared with Trump’s 43 percent.

Democrats have spent much of their convention this week trying to rehabilitate Clinton’s image, but that is no easy task given that so many Americans made up their minds about her years ago.

The grueling primary against avuncular Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — and the passionate antipathy fostered among his most dogged followers into this week’s convention — didn’t help.

She’s just not cool like Bill.

Source: East Bay Times

 

@CalPERS just makes stuff up: This isn’t news

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California’s two enormous pension pools — the biggest in the nation — favor the long view on investment returns. Up and down economic times shouldn’t dent the overall ability to pay benefits to state workers and teachers, who number 2.6 million and counting.

But that comforting outlook is falling apart. Both funds are running drastically short of yearly goals of a 7.5 percent return. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, with $300 billion in its pool, eked out a 0.6 percent return, and the teachers’ fund grew by 1.4 percent this past fiscal year.

It was the worst performance since 2009.

Pension experts both here and across the country are sounding the same warning note about unrealistic earnings expectations.

But none of this is enough. If labor is worried about punitive ballot measures that severely cut pension benefits, it needs to advocate for a more realistic footing for pension funds.

If lawmakers want to avoid digging into state and local budgets to pay future liabilities, they need to heed sober pension predictions and start saving more money now.

Of course, everyone knows neither labor or elected officials will do anything. CalPERS will just keep making stuff up.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#SanBruno murders: PG&E chose “profits over safety”

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Criminal pipeline-safety charges against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. were sent to a federal court jury Wednesday.

PG&E, California’s largest utility, is accused of 11 felony violations of laws requiring gas pipeline operators to inspect and test high-risk lines and maintain accurate records. It is also charged with obstructing a federal investigation of the September 2010 explosion and fire at a PG&E pipeline in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

The company, already fined $1.6 billion by the state Public Utilities Commission for the explosion, faces up to $562 million in additional penalties if convicted of the criminal charges. The fines would be paid by shareholders rather than customers.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Poll: Brown’s climate change agenda a winner with Californians

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Californians support cap-and-trade and other efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new poll.

Opponents of far-reaching climate programs have warned that Californians will endure higher energy costs. Moderate Democrats concerned about higher gas prices, echoing the oil industry’s criticism, helped block a proposal last year to cut petroleum use by 50 percent.

According to the PPIC survey, most Californians (59 percent) expect higher gas prices as a result of environmental laws. But many are willing to pay: just under two-thirds of those anticipating higher prices favor both the current emissions reduction goals and the expansion proposal. A majority of likely voters (56 percent) said they’d pay more for electricity generated by renewable sources like solar or wind.

A partisan divide runs through the responses. Majorities of Republicans opposed expanding the emissions reduction targets and the cap-and-trade program. And Republicans, unlike Democrats or independents, were not willing to pay more to support climate policies.

Beautiful little boy’s brutal murder costs taxpayers millions

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The feckless Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted behind closed doors Tuesday to approve a settlement with the family of Gabriel Fernandez, the 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was beaten to death, allegedly by his mother and her then-boyfriend.

They didn’t have the guts to face the public.

The details of the settlement will not be available until it is finalized by all parties but two county claims boards voted in June to recommend that the county pay $2.63 million. The next scheduled court date regarding the lawsuit is in October when details of the settlement are expected to be finalized, according to county officials.

Gabriel’s death garnered national attention because of the depth of pain that investigators say the boy experienced thanks to the lack of urgency by social workers with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

His death in May of 2013, also sparked criticism of LA County departments, which were referred to as massive silos that operated independently and without coordination. As a result, a blue-ribbon commission on child welfare was created and released reforms on how all the departments could better communicate. Later, the county formed an Office of Child Protection.

In addition, criminal charges were filed in April against the two former Los Angeles County social workers and their supervisors who were in charge of Gabriel’s case, alleging child abuse and falsifying records. When he died, the boy had a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns over his body, prosecutors said.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

#PoliceState Update: Cops who killed #FreddyGray all set free

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Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday morning, concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history.

The startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.

It also means the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will secure no convictions in the case after more than a year of dogged fighting, against increasingly heavy odds, to hold someone criminally accountable in Gray’s death.

In a hearing Wednesday meant to start the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told Williams that the state was dropping all charges against Miller, Porter and Sgt. Alicia White.

Clearly in Maryland, black lives don’t matter.

Source: Baltimore Sun

Democrats pick a side…against the Police State

 

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As the “Mothers of the Movement” came on stage to talk about the deaths of their children and endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, chants emerged from the crowd: “Black lives matter!”

Geneva Reed-Veal, standing in a half circle with eight other black mothers, attempted to quiet the audience.

What followed was one of the most powerful moments of Tuesday’s convention, as the mothers held back tears to speak about the deaths that ignited a national debate about thug cops who prey on the black community.

The short speeches, which followed a video of Hillary Clinton meeting and praying with the mothers, who have joined her at campaign events across the country, gave the Black Lives Matter movement one of its highest-profile moments.

The murders have spurred hundreds of demonstrations across the U.S. over the last four years and raised the pressure on both major political parties to deal with the issue of gun violence and racial disparities.

Good news for citizens. Bad news for the Police State.

 

Source: LA Times

#SFPD shoots 13-year-old autistic boy

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Seriously?

A 16-hour standoff between police and a 13-year-old autistic boy armed with a knife and barricaded in the garage of a San Francisco home ended Tuesday afternoon when officers shot the teen with a nonlethal bean-bag gun and rushed in to detain him.

His condition was not immediately released.

The incident started Monday night when the boy got into an argument with his parents.

So they called for help…and the SWAT Team arrived.

Police also sent a robot inside the home. When the boy emerged from the garage officers fired the bean bags at him and rushed in with defensive shields.

You have to be kidding? Enjoy your Police State.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland Mayor @LibbySchaaf twists police commission plan to suit police union

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A ballot measure for an independent Oakland police commission hit resistance before passing unanimously Tuesday as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made it clear she’s on the side of the Police State.

Two City Council members challenged Schaaf’s right to appoint three of the commission’s seven members.

After an at times acrimonious debate that lasted more than two hours and often erupted in jeers, the council scrapped an amendment by Councilwomen Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan to strip the mayor of her appointments.

Kaplan made a motion — seconded by Brooks — to have all of the members chosen by a committee that would be named by the mayor and City Council.

Both councilwomen have frequently butted heads with Schaaf.

The Police Commission measure, sponsored by Councilmen Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, was designed to build trust in Oakland’s battered department following a recent string of off-duty disciplinary cases.

Brooks and Kaplan agreed with several activists who spoke at the meeting, arguing that the commission could not be truly independent — or insulated from the Oakland Police Officers’ Association — if any of its members owed his or her position to a government official.

It looks like Schaaf is in the pocket of the police unions. This continues to leave people of color especially vulnerable to the brutality of the Police State.

That’s clearly OK with Schaaf.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#SFPD “hero” arrested for manufacturing assault rifle

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Apparently the law are for the “little people.”

A San Francisco police officer was arrested after an investigation revealed he manufactured and possessed an illegal AR-15 style assault rifle.

Thomas Abrahamsen, 50, of Berkeley was booked on suspicion of manufacturing an assault weapon and possessing an assault weapon, both felonies.

An investigation into Abrahamsen began in the summer of 2015 after other members of the department tipped off officials.

The probe found the officer manufactured and owned a prohibited assault rifle along with AR-15 receiver components, police said.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

How doctors screw patients out of big money in California

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Jennifer Saurenman of San Marino meticulously planned a shoulder surgery last year. She spent weeks ensuring her surgeon and the outpatient facility were in her health insurance plan’s network.

But she couldn’t find out who her anesthesiologist would be until the day of the procedure, and she was hit with a $4,230 bill for an out-of-network anesthesiologist.

This is how greedy doctors screw their patients out of big money.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

The @CaliforniaPUC…a criminal enterprise

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The biggest scandal to hit the California Public Utilities Commission was the revelation that its former president, Michael Peevey, had met secretly with representatives of Southern California Edison (SCE) in a Warsaw hotel to make a deal on shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The deal placed 70 percent of the $4.7 billion in shutdown costs on ratepayers, thus protecting the utility’s financial position, even though there were credible allegations that mismanagement had precipitated the closure.

Prison terms are in order here.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

The Prop 47 money lie

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Proposition 47, which passed in 2014, reduced drug possession and some crimes of petty theft, check forgery and receiving stolen property from felonies to misdemeanors. The initiative mandated that savings from downgrading these offenses be spent on mental health and substance abuse treatment, victim services and truancy prevention.

“We pass an important ballot initiative, we change the law and we change the game to reallocate the resources. Then they start playing with our money again.”

Voters were told the shift in emphasis from prison to rehabilitation could result in savings in “the low hundreds of millions.” Yet the final savings figure to pay for prevention and treatment – reached after months of tense disagreements and accusations of betrayal – is far below the original estimate.

Proposition 47 never specified exactly how the savings were supposed to be calculated. In other words, it was just another lie.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

#Islamics murder French priest during mass

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The French people continue to pay for the decades their leaders have kowtowed to the Islamics.

The latest acrocity, a priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men on his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.

The Islamics entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.  The Islamics slit the priest’s throat with a knife.

Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.

The Amaq news agency, linked to so-called Islamic State, said “two IS soldiers” had carried out the attack.

Pope Francis decried the “pain and horror of this absurd violence”.

French interior ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henri Brandet, said one of the hostages had been critically wounded.

Islam shows no mercy to their French slaves.

Source: BBC News

Even the @SFChronicle admits @TheDemocrats rigged the system against @BernieSanders

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A damaging leaked-email scandal has taken down the Democratic national chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

It’s also threatening to yank the spotlight away from Hillary Clinton at the very moment Democrats are hoping to rally voters behind the candidate.

Many of the emails are relatively uncontroversial, at least to anyone who’s ever dealt with pettiness and cynicism at a large institution.

But the most damaging emails suggest that the Democratic National Committee sought to actively undermine Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Sanders’ supporters had already accused the committee of exhibiting favoritism towards Clinton — and these emails will only add fuel to that fire.

There’s absolutely no doubt the Democrat elite rigged the system for Hillary Clinton. It’s nice to see our friends and colleagues at the Chronicle step up and admit it.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Creepy @SFCriticalMass bike-Nazi sentenced in viscious road rage attack

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A cyclist who shattered the windows of a Zipcar with a metal lock during a Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco last year was sentenced to three years probation, officials said Monday.

Bike-Nazi Ian Hespelt must also take 16 weeks of anger management and pay more than $1,800 in restitution as a condition of his sentencing, according to the district attorney’s office.

He has already served six days in jail as part of the sentence.

Video of the August attack shows Hespelt, 39 at the time, using a metal U-lock to smash the driver’s side window of a Subaru along Marina Boulevard near Lyon Street.

People like Hespelt are animals who have no right to roam freely in society. He should be in a cage.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Bottom line…@SuzyLoftus, like her boss @MayorEdLee, is owned by the police union

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As the president of the San Francisco Police Commission, Suzy Loftus has been the face of Mayor Ed Lee’s major police reform efforts since the fatal shooting of Mario Woods, who was killed by police in the Bayview on Dec. 2, 2015.

Loftus, 41, at the helm of the commission since 2014 and a member since 2012, brings a lot to the table. Her approachable demeanor, experience, identity as a prosecutor and political training all lend themselves to her role during a tumultuous time for the San Francisco Police Department.

CaptureOver the course of Loftus’ tenure, the Police Department has been plagued by scandals that include two racist text messaging incidents, numerous fatal police shootings, a track record of racially imbalanced policing and the resignation of Chief Greg Suhr.

Behind Loftus’ mostly smiling public face is a political player with ties to inner circles in Mayor Ed Lee’s office. For much of her professional life, she worked for Attorney General Kamala Harris — then serving as San Francisco’s district attorney — for whom she still works as general counsel.

Despite her claims of having no political ambitions, Loftus’ name has been floated in recent years for a supervisorial appointment and even sheriff. And, like Harris, she is an alumna of Emerge California, which trains women to become politicians.

Loftus’ political allies were on display at her confirmation hearings in April before the Rules Committee. They included almost every sitting police commissioner, community activists, clergy and, perhaps most importantly, the police union.

Critics say the San Francisco Police Officers Association is the elephant in the room, and without the political will to cow the police union, no real reform of culture — let alone policy — is possible.

Bottom line…Suzy Loftus, like her boss Ed Lee, is owned by the police union.

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

Now all of the sudden, @MikeAntonovich is on the side of his constituents

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Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit Monday against Southern California Gas Company to try and force the utility to install safety valves at its gas wells.

The civil suit asks the court to order SoCalGas to install sub-surface safety shut-off valves at all of its county wells. The utility operates over 200 natural wells at four gas storage fields in Los Angeles County, according to the suit.

Attorney Skip Miller, counsel for Los Angeles County, said Monday’s lawsuit marks the county’s first independent legal action against SoCalGas over the massive Aliso Canyon gas leak, which spewed 100,000 metric tons of methane. The suit alleges public nuisance and seeks unspecified damages.

“It’s just not acceptable to the (Board of Supervisors) for this to ever happen again in Los Angeles County,” said Miller, who was joined at Monday’s press conference by Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

Now all of the sudden, Antonovich, who has been in the pocket of SoCalGas for years, is on the side of his constituents. Interesting.

Supervisor Antonovich expressed frustration with the utility Monday, accusing SoCalGas of failing to reimburse residents who were impacted by the leak. He said the lawsuit is part of a push to ensure that SoCalGas protects its county gas pipes.

“They have a responsibility to make sure that they’re going to be safe,” Antonovich said.

Actually Mike, you had that responsibllity…and you blew it off. You’re a pathetic loser.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

NBA stars are tired of cops blasting away at African-Americans

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Michael Jordan, arguably the biggest star in NBA history and potentially its loudest voice, has always been mostly silent when it comes to social injustices.

Monday morning, that changed.

The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, who will wear “USA” across his chest at the upcoming Olympics, applauded Jordan’s comments, calling them “brilliant.”

“And about time he stepped up and said what he said,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face.”

Anthony and other stars in the NBA and WNBA aren’t waiting nearly as long.

Prodded by an Instagram post following the most recent round of police shootings and by the officer killings in Dallas, Anthony and members of the U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s basketball teams participated Monday in a forum with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, South-Central youth and community leaders.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

SoCal #Islamic gets 15 years for trying to join #ISIS

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An Orange County man who FBI agents caught trying to travel to Syria was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison for supporting the Islamic State terror group.

In July 2014, FBI agents stopped Adam Dandach at John Wayne Airport as he tried to board a flight to Turkey. Dandach admitted to the agents that he was trying to reach Syria.

Source: The Orange County Register

Wasserman Schultz should look at the bright side, she got off easier than Vince Foster

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz had endured any number of turbulent moments during her five-plus years at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.

In the end the timing of the so-called DNC-leaks proved to be too much for her to overcome.

On Friday, internal emails newly disclosed by the website WikiLeaks revived long-running suspicions on the part of Sanders supporters that the Florida congresswoman had tilted the scales in favor of Clinton throughout the primary process.

Nearly 20,000 emails from a 17-month span were posted on the site, obtained by someone who hacked into the accounts of seven top party officials.

It was the first part of a forthcoming “Hillary Leaks” series, the site said.

One email, in particular, caught the attention of Sanders loyalists. In it, the party’s chief financial officer — an ally of Wasserman Schultz — indicated interest in raising questions about Sanders’ lack of active involvement with his Jewish heritage.

Wasserman Schultz should look at the bright side, she got off easier than Vince Foster.

Source: LA Times

Germans deny #Islamic asylum but let him stay anyway – he then blows up the neighborhood

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An Islamic who blew himself up and injured 12 people after being turned away from an open-air music festival was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum, Bavaria’s top security official said early Monday.

“We don’t know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others,” Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann said.

Really. What to Islamics usually do…they kill people and blow stuff up. Obviously the Germans haven’t‘ figured this out yet.

Herrmann added that the man’s request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany because of the strife in Syria.

So an asylum request really doesn’t have much meaning in Germany. 

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Ansbach said the attacker’s motive wasn’t clear. “If there is an Islamist link or not is purely speculation at this point,” said the spokesman, Michael Schrotberger.

Actually his motives were pretty clear to everyone except German government officials.

The explosion came as Germany, and the southern state of Bavaria in particular, have been on edge. Just two days earlier, a man went on a deadly rampage at a Munich mall, killing nine people and leaving dozens wounded.

Another Islamic the Germans are in denial about.

And an ax attack on a train near Wuerzburg last Monday wounded five. A 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker was shot and killed by police as he fled the scene.

Another Islamic the Germans are in denial about.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Forest restoration should be part of our water infrastructure plan

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As California has struggled to live with drought, cries have gone up for new dams, expanded reservoirs, and construction of a pair of enormous water tunnels to store and deliver water more reliably.

But what about the need to maintain the capacity of the land to soak up and slowly shed rainwater and snowmelt? Shouldn’t we consider the water-gathering capabilities of our forests as part of our water infrastructure, too?

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Phony reforms, a ballot crammed with measures – business as usual in California

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The trendline isn’t looking good for Governor Brown.

After polls confirmed that California voters were frustrated by ballot overload, lawmakers made changes two years ago that were aimed at preempting at least some initiatives from landing on the ballot and improving those that do.

In November, voters will decide the fate of 17 ballot measures, including conflicting approaches to the death penalty, a proposal specific to the pornography industry, and an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana that runs 65 pages long.

So much for reform.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The @CAGOP’s latest crackpot idea: More legislators

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The Citizens Legislature would make a modest change in how our Legislature is elected, but it would have far-reaching and revolutionary implications.

The Citizens Legislature involves subdividing existing districts, which have huge populations – 1 million in a Senate district; 500,000 for Assembly districts – into tiny districts that elect local representatives.

In districts of 5,000 to 10,000 people, door-to-door campaigns would be the norm.

Imagine the possibilities, more legislators to rip people off. Great idea…not!

Source: The Sacramento Bee

The horror of California’s Child Protective Services

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The horror of the system known as Child Protective Services is never far from my mind. But it came to the fore when news reports detailed how the Department of Social Services tried to quietly insert language into a budget bill to protect the “system” at the cost of the children it claims to serve.

I have worked in the Capitol for 27 years. I understand how laws get made and how the system works. But nothing prepared me for what I saw when my grandson, Dustin, a little boy loved by everyone, was found dead.

This journey, from the devastation of learning about the death of my grandson to outrage over the recent effort by the California Department of Social Services to restrict the ability of the public to have access to important information, began in January 1999.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

CalPERS’ earnings scam racking up billions in debt

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Despite this being one of the state’s biggest fiscal problems, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature rarely mention it. To do so would mean offending the most powerful players in the Capitol – and would obliterate the false narrative that California’s budget is in good shape and that there’s plenty of money to spend on new programs.

No one goes to prison for this kind of thing anymore. Too bad.

Source: The Orange County Register

Firefighters went berserk when they were exposed to fire retardants, but they’re OK dumping them on you

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While some say the pink gel is effective at slowing the spread of wildfires, others wonder if its use has long-lasting effects on the environment.

Studies show it may be lethal to aquatic life in lakes, creeks or rivers and scientists more recently are concerned about lingering effects of retardant on trees and chaparral during the current drought, which has made scarce the cleansing rains that can wash the chemicals away.

With a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency label as “practically non-toxic,” the red-chemical mixture is mostly harmless to humans and wild mammals, according to documents obtained from several agencies.

Then again, everyone knows the chemical industry owns the EPA.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Gustavo Medina said the department has never had anyone sent to the hospital after exposure to Phos-Chek or other fire retardants.

Of course not. They’re not exposed to the stuff. They’re the ones bombing neighborhoods with it. Firefighters went berserk when they had to be exposed to fire retardants, but as long as they’re dumping them on you it’s OK.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

#Putin wins again! IOC decides against full ban on Russian athletes

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Olympic leaders have abruptly stopped short of imposing a complete ban on Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The decision, announced after a three-hour meeting via teleconference of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board, came just 12 days before the Aug. 5 opening of the games.

The IOC rejected calls from the World Anti-Doping Agency and dozens of other anti-doping bodies to exclude the entire Russian Olympic team following allegations of state-sponsored cheating.

Source: LA Times

Another perv teacher with child porn: Are public schools to dangerous for your kids?

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A pervert teacher with the San Francisco Unified School District has been charged with possession of child pornography by federal authorities.

A federal grand jury has indicted Christian Lancaster.

Naturally the SFUSD did not immediately respond to a request for comment as they scurry to protect Lancaster and keep him in the classroom.

School district records show a Christian J. Lancaster taught at Thurgood Marshall High School in the Bayview.

Lancaster faces up to two decades behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

Hacked emails prove Dems hate @BernieSanders like the GOP hates @realDonaldTrump

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A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the party’s convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In short, they hate him.

Several emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion.

Despite what the Dems say publicly, they hate Jews, always have.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the breach was a “serious incident” and a private contractor hired to sweep the organization’s network had “moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”

On its web page, Wikileaks said the new cache of emails came from the accounts of “seven key figures in the DNC” and warned that the release was “part one of our new Hillary Leaks series” — an indication that more material would be published soon.

The emails include several stinging denunciations of Sanders and his organization.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said that the emails show “what many of us have known for some time, that there were certainly people at the DNC who were actively helping the Clinton effort and trying to hurt Bernie Sanders’ campaign.”

Weaver said the emails showed that the DNC’s “senior staffers” attacked Sanders about his religion and had roles in “planting negative stories about him with religious leaders in various states.”

Weaver also said the emails may make it harder to promote party unity as Sanders’ supporters mix with Clinton’s majority at the Philadelphia convention.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

For officers, these are tense times – the good old days are gone

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With national tensions over police shootings of black men already boiling, this month’s quick succession of highly publicized killings has sent hostilities to a new level.

The videotaped killings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota this month and the slayings of eight law officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge happened thousands of miles from the Bay Area.

The hostility effect, though, is local everywhere. It comes in subtle ways every day — in more taunts than usual, like threats yelled at officers as they drive by.

For Bay Area police, the good old days, when you could shoot people of color and the mentally ill indiscriminately and without repercussion, are gone.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

No one cares about California Democrats in Philadelphia

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From Gov. Jerry Brown to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, California Democrats are headed back to Philadelphia in force — but with the exception of a couple of high-powered members of Congress, chances are you won’t see them on prime-time TV.

Other than cashing in on the left-wing ATM’s in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, the Democrats care even less about California than the Republicans.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The fact is @BernieSanders is the least of @HillaryClinton’s problems

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A RealClearPolitics poll shows 55 percent of voters have a negative opinion of Clinton, only slightly better than Trump’s 59 percent unfavorable. And some polls show that Trump is seen as more trustworthy than Clinton.

“I don’t know what can be done to make her more trustworthy, other than to emphasize her strengths,” said Cook, the Boise State dean. “She needs to show her steadiness, her knowledge and her sober decision-making. That won’t appeal to Bernie’s people at all, but others will see her as a president.”

Clinton, who admits she’s not a natural politician, also needs to open up during the convention and let millions of voters watching her know that she’s more than a walking encyclopedia of policy minutiae.

“She already has the Iron Lady position locked up,” South said. “After the campaign, no one would say she’s not tough.”

But that’s not enough to get elected, he added.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle