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So, Julian Assange has been arrested and turned over to the U.S. government on a now-unsealed indictment. Julian Assange is a legend in his own mind who is fundamentally an agent of the Russian government. His participation in the election of the Giant Orange Rage Toddler is just one of the things he did that I detest. His participation on the Russian operation against Hillary Clinton is now incontrovertible. He is a tool.

The thing is, it’s not illegal to be an agent of the Russian government. I’ve read the indictment now, and it’s all nonsense. It accuses him of encouraging Chelsea Manning to hack U.S. government computers, and it claims Assange received an encrypted password hash from Manning (but not that he sent a decrypted password back). Thing is, encouraging someone to give you information is a fundamental part of investigative journalism, if that’s illegal, then investigative journalism as a whole is illegal. Furthermore, Assange is not a U.S. citizen and was not doing this under U.S. jurisdiction. So reading the indictment I was utterly baffled, until suddenly it clicked. This isn’t about Assange. This is about the Mueller Report and criminalizing publication of the entire uncensored report if it ever does leak out.

The one thing Assange is *not* accused of doing is receiving and publishing classified information. That’s because it’s not illegal to receive and publish classified information. It’s only illegal for government employees and contractors to transmit classified information to unauthorized parties. And there is one big reason why Assange could not be indicted for receiving and publishing classified information: New York Times v. United States, 1971. Otherwise known as the “Pentagon Papers” case before the U.S. Supreme Court, where the NYT and Washington Post published the classified Pentagon Papers and the precedent was set — you can’t be prosecuted for publishing classified information. Most recently tested when Judith Miller outed a CIA employee with the result that an entire anti-nuclear-proliferation network was rounded up and executed by various nasty state actors. So if you can’t prosecute a newspaper for publishing classified information, maybe you can make an end-around by prosecuting them for encouraging someone to send them the classified information? If so, then the fact that the New York Times has set up an encrypted network to receive classified information from whistleblowers and encourages whistleblowers to use that network is enough to convict their publisher if they do publish classified information.

In other words, it’s not about Assange. It’s about the New York Times and Washington Post. If Assange can be successfully prosecuted for encouraging people to leak classified information, so can the NYT and Washington Post — and for a certain Giant Orange Rage Toddler, that’s a great reason to do it.

– Badtux the Press Penguin

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Julia Isabel Amparo Medina was 9 years old, presented a valid U.S. passport card to cross the border to go to school, and was detained by the Child Border Perverts because she gave “inconsistent information” when interrogated. She was detained for 36 hours as she was interrogated by multiple strangers who threatened her and lied to her. She had to be rescued by the Mexican embassy after CBP refused to release her to her mother. That’s right, an American had to be rescued from the Child Border Perverts by the Mexicans.

WTF? Apparently none of these Border Patrol agents ever had a sister or a 9 year old daughter of their own. Expecting a 9 year old to give consistent answers when being subjected to deliberately manipulative questioning and false statements from investigators is idiotic and indefensible. A 9 year old girl simply isn’t developmentally capable of handling that situation, period, and shouldn’t be saying *anything* to law enforcement — only their parent should be talking to law enforcement. This is disgusting, racist, and perverted. Great job, child abusers at the CBP, I bet you were stroking yourself in the bathroom afterwards too at that hot 9 year old action.

But hey, she’s *brown*, so that makes it okay. Right? Right?! GRR.

— Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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Look at all these black welfare queens that they busted….

Oh wait, those aren’t black people, they’re white people! Which, undoubtedly, is why New Jersey launched a pilot amnesty program for those who committed welfare fraud.

So, uhm, if they had been black… do you think that New Jersey would have launched an amnesty program? Oh fuck no. Black people don’t get amnesty here in the United States. They get sentences for 10% longer times than white people who’ve committed the same crime. That’s how it works in “post-racial” America — white people get the amnesty, black people get the prison time.

– Badtux the Calling-it-like-it-is Penguin

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They tied him to a restraint chair, then, as he was immobilzed, repeatedly tased him while shouting “stop resisting!” and laughing — including tasing him on his balls.

Jordan Norris wasn’t exactly a Boy Scout that day. He’d threatened to kill deputies earlier in the day, and was yelling and screaming and banging his head against the bars in his cell before they pulled him out and started torturing him.

But a cop’s job is not to punish people for crimes. A cop’s job is to arrest people and hold them for a court. It’s the court’s job, not a cop’s job, to assign punishment.

In this particular case it appeared that Norris had a psychotic episode. He spent 10 days in a psychiatric institution after the cops finally tired of tasing him and hauled him off to the looney bin. I can’t help but think that torturing him with stun guns — yeah, shocking people with an electroshock weapon is torture (I can’t believe I have to link to Amnesty International to make that clear!) — couldn’t have helped.

But hey, just another day in Police State USA. The cops involved will get a free vacation then their jobs back, while the dude who was tortured… well, maybe his lawyers will get some money. But it won’t be money taken from the cops. So why should they change their ways?

– Badtux the Bad Sovok Penguin

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A spoon, you say? A spoon with spaghetti sauce residue on it? What’s that got to do with the drug war, you say?

Ask Ashley Gabrielle Huff about that.

After a spoon was found on her during a traffic stop, a spoon she insisted was last used to eat Spaghetti-O’s at the office for lunch, Ashley Gabrielle Huff was kept in jail awaiting trial on bogus meth charges due to astonishingly high bail despite the fact that she had no criminal record, was married, had children in the schools, and otherwise was no flight risk. She was ready to plead guilty and forever give up her voting rights just to get out of jail if they gave her time served. Then the lab results came back, months after the spoon had been submitted to the state crime lab: Spaghetti sauce.

Just as she’d insisted from the beginning.

Our drug war is ridiculous. A spoon? That was all they had, a spoon, and purported residue on said spoon? Yet that was all it took to deprive her of her rights and put her in a cage for months.

The reason I bring this up is because there is now a widespread movement amongst progressives to reform the bail system to do away with injustices like that. Bail bondsmen in the state of California are outraged about it, but the fact of the matter is that most people in jail are not there because they’ve been sentenced for a crime. They’re there because they can’t afford bail. And while they’re in jail, they’ve lost their job, their children may be in foster care, their home was repossessed or they were evicted with no ability to retrieve their belongings, their college kicked them out for non-attendance and kept their tuition money, and otherwise had their lives destroyed.

It’s one of the few things that the progressive Left and the libertarian Right agree on: the bail system is broken, it enriches bail bondsmen and local sheriffs who run jails at the expense of poor people and taxpayers, and needs to be fixed so that people who aren’t a flight risk have bail set according to their income, not according to some fixed schedule writ in stone.

Which means: entrenched people who benefit from the current system are keeping it from happening.

For now.

— Badtux the Criminal Injustice Penguin

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And this time, he accidentally caught himself on his own bodycam planting the drugs. It turns out that the bodycams are *always* recording. They just don’t keep the recordings longer than 30 minutes or so unless you press the “record” button — at which point it keeps the recording, *plus* thirty seconds prior. Thirty seconds during which he was planting the drugs.


Baltimore Police Officer Richard Pinheiro apparently is still an active officer with the Baltimore Police Department. Apparently the only way the Baltimore PD will take you off the street is if you’re caught on camera murdering someone or raping someone. And probably not even then.

And people wonder why Officer Friendly has a bad rep today?!

– Badtux the “Police state, y’all” Penguin

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Because the Minneapolis Police Department killed a *white woman* by the name of Justine Damond, so their usual responses to police shootings are no longer applicable.

Yeah, the usual responses:

  1. The victim was just a thug
  2. The victim had a long and dastardly criminal record including speeding, jaywalking, and breathing!
  3. Hey, look at this photo of the victim that I found on the Internet, I know it’s the victim because it’s almost the same facial features even though the height and size and hairstyle are different, but look at this photo! Making gang signs! Posing with a gun! Got gang tats! Total bad hombre, people!

But all of that goes out the window when the person shot is a photogenic blonde white woman dressed in pajamas. That last tactic in particular — posting a photo of some gang-banger who is not the victim, but looks similar to the victim, then claiming that this proves the victim was a gang-banger and thus deserved to be shot — isn’t going to fly at all in this case. And the usual “he was a scary brown person so I was in fear for my life!” doesn’t really apply either. Oooh, scared by a blond girl in pajamas and bunny slippers? What are you, like, five years old?!

So let’s see what happens here. Still, I’m suspecting that the officer who fired the shot may end up jobless, but he’s never going to see the insides of a prison cell. Because in police states, police can kill with impunity. In fact, my suggestion to any budding mass murderers out there is to become a police officer. You can kill all the people you want to kill, and nothing will happen to you except the occasional paid vacation. Joy!

– Badtux the Police State Penguin

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Trump pulls U.S. government out of planned human rights hearings conducted by the Organization of American States.

The OAS was formed during the Cold War by the United States as a way of organizing the non-Communist nations of the Americas. It has no formal powers and no ability to enforce any human rights findings that its committee on human rights makes. As such, the United States has in the past viewed it as useful kabuki theater even when various states were vehemently objecting to U.S. policies. Better to have these things aired in public in a useless forum, the thought went, than to have these various nations conspiring in secret to enforce real consequences.

But apparently God-Emperor Donald the Trump feels that we no longer need to worry about diplomacy and the tender fee-fees of the states south of our border. Who, I might point out, have a combined population that is more than twice our size, and a combined economy that is equal to that of China. We need them more than they need us — they can sell their oil, for example, to any place on the planet, they don’t have to sell it to us, we’re just convenient. And combined they are our largest export target, again, they don’t *have* to import from us, we’re just conveniently close to them.

In other words, this is stupid. But unsurprising. After all, it’s not as if our cold-blooded sociopathic lizard people overlords think we have any kind of human rights. Well, other than the right to die from lack of food, health care, and housing once we’re no longer capable of being useful to our lizard overlords, anyhow.

– Badtux the “Gah, the stupid, it burns, it burns!” Penguin

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Watch. Then read the rapidly changing story.

Turns out that the roid-raging skinhead who attacked the kid was a LAPD cop, so he gets a get-out-of-jail free card from the Anaheim Police, and the kid gets arrested. Of course, that doesn’t stop the inevitable civil lawsuit. But the chances of this roid raging skinhead actually being charged with assault is slim to none.

I have now watched all the videos. I don’t see a gang of thugs. What I see is a bunch of ordinary middle school students pretty much like the ones I used to teach, complete with book bags and attitudes. They aren’t behaving in a threatening manner until the very end, they’re gathered around expressing their concern, granted not in a respectful manner, but they’re middle school students for fucks sake, meaning automatically they’re mouthy, hormonal, and disrespectful. It’s an age where, if you ask your hormonal 13 year old kid to clean his room, he yells “I hate you! I wish you were dead!” and you eye-roll and say “no you don’t. Clean your room, or you’re not getting supper”. These kids are puppy dogs, whining “C’mon, let our little buddy go!” and the cop smirks and says “No!”. And this roid-raging skinhead needed a gun to deal with them. To deal with a dozen ordinary middle school students. A dozen ordinary puppy dog middle school kids who for the most part who are acting more mature than he is.

Talk about your ball-less wonder. Needs a fucking gun to deal with a half dozen ordinary middle school kids? Jesus fucking Christ on a goddamn stick, the tiniest little old lady middle school teacher has more balls than this skinhead asswipe, she goes into classrooms with 35 middle school kids six times a day, and she goes in there, she teaches what she can teach to 35 hormonal disrespectful loud middle-school kids (hey, look, it’s not easy, okay?), then she walks out at the end of the day and goes home and puts up her feet and grades papers. All without having to pull out a gun, or call for police backup, or anything.

But that little old lady middle school teacher has balls (well, big fucking ovaries, anyhow), and this roid-raging skinhead doesn’t. The steroids have shrunk them until they’re teeny, tiny little peas.

And no, these aren’t gang bangers. If they were gang bangers, the skinhead cop would be dead. Did you see that lame-ass draw? It musta took him ten seconds to get that gun out of its holster! Gang bangers woulda curb-stomped him to death way before then. Yeah, I taught gang bangers one year at an alternative school. That’s why I know the difference between gang bangers and ordinary puppy dog middle school kids. This lame-ass roid raging skinhead cop better hope he never comes up against real gang-bangers, ’cause he’ll be dead if this is how lame he really is.

Oh yeah, what sparked the altercation? Apparently the skinhead cop’s house is on the corner, and the kids cut across his front yard to get from the middle school to their street. So he starts yelling at the kids, they roll their eyes at him and mouth off at him (but obviously kept going, since this video was shot three houses down) with one of the kids yelling back at him to be respectful to the girl the skinhead was cursing at, and the skinhead chases them down and grabs the kid who yelled to be respectful to the womenfolk, a shrimpy little thirteen year old kid. Because he wasn’t going to grab one of the bigger fifteen year old kids. A bigger kid might have been mean to him. And that’s where the video starts.

Now: 1) Crossing someone’s front lawn is not a criminal offense in California. It is a civil offense, civil trespass. If the kids had lingered on his lawn and refused to move on, it would have then been criminal trespass, but the fact that this is taking place three houses down from the corner is pretty much proof that wasn’t the case. 2) Being a mouthy 13 year old is not a crime. Otherwise nobody’s kid would survive being 13 years old. 3) Police officers are only allowed to detain people when there is a reasonable suspicion of a crime. Since neither civil trespass nor being mouthy is a crime, this skinhead quite clearly was not functioning in his capacity as a police officer. 4) The skinhead then makes up a threat that the 13 year old was going to “shoot him” for (illegally) grabbing the 13 year old, even though everybody around agrees that the 13 year old said “sue” and even though the skinhead was committing assault and battery in the first place by illegally grabbing the 13 year old without reasonable suspicion of a crime and thus under self defense doctrine, the kid would have been justified in shooting the officer. 5) The skinhead then starts pulling the 13 year old kid across a neighbor’s lawn (incidentally, committing the same act of civil trespass that he was accusing the kids of committing!), panics when the kids swarm around him and start trying to pull their homie away from him, pulls out his gun, and fires it. Which a jury in the state of California would throw the book at if he were a civilian, because there’s an easier solution which is to let the 13 year old go, step back, and wait for the Anaheim cops to handle it. This is a state where a woman got sent to prison for ten years for shooting and killing her ex-husband when he entered her home in violation of a restraining order. Yeah, there’s no “duty to retreat” in state law, but juries have pretty much written one there.

Now, about the supposed “threat” to “shoot” the roid raging skinhead that both the kid and his homies deny he said. The thing is, a threat is more than just saying something mouthy. There has to be a reasonable fear that the person saying something actually intends harm. Did that dude look like he felt threatened by that kid at the start of the video? No? Well, no terroristic threat. So even if the kid *had* said “shoot” rather than “sue”, it would have been like if one of my middle school students had said “You gave me an F! I hate you! I’m gonna shoot you!”. I would have just given him an eyeroll and said “no you’re not. Open your book to page 102, and study this time” and moved on. Arrest him? Call the cops on him? Pull a goddamn gun on him? Fuck, if I had done that with every middle school kid who got mouthy and disrespectful during the course of a school year, all my students would have either been in jail, or dead!

It’s all about balls. Little old lady middle school teachers got’em (well, the ovary sort) This ball-less wonder skinhead cop? He wouldn’t have lasted ten minutes in a middle school classroom with typical mouthy disrespectful middle school kids. They would have jabbed at him, he would have raged at them, and by the end of ten minutes he would have lost it and done something that got him fired. ‘Cause it takes balls to deal with middle school kids. You have to be calm, dispassionate, and not take anything personally, but firm. You have to be willing to make a snarky comment where necessary, and where *not* to make a snarky comment for that matter. You have to *talk* to the kids — *really* talk, not just dismissive snark all the time. You have to connect with the kids, figure out where they’re coming from, and try to move them to where they need to be. It’s fucking *work*, and takes balls that fucking *clang*, and this roid-ragin’ skinhead? Ten minutes. Max. I guarantee. That’s the longest he would last in a classroom with 35 middle school kids. Ten minutes, and he’d be fucking *out* of there.

What a fucking loser.

– Badtux the Former Middle School Teacher Penguin

Update: A defense lawyer costs $10,000, so the family of the 13 year old put up a YouCaring fundraiser to raise the $10,000. The fundraiser was up for only twelve hours and already raised over $15,000. Plus lawsuits have now been filed against the officer and against the City of Anaheim. Yeah, with all this video evidence and all these witnesses this cop may stay out of jail thanks to the Anaheim PD doing a cover-up for him, but he’s going to be living in a shoe box afterwards.

Update #2: So some more information here: the roid-raging skinhead is apparently Kevin J Ferguson of 1603 W Palais Rd, Anaheim CA. The first lawn he drags the kid onto belongs to 1633 W. Palais Road, which is three houses down from the skinhead’s house. I.e., not his lawn. Once the kid is dragged over the hedge, they are then in the driveway of 1627 W. Palais Road, which again is not his driveway. He cannot go further than that because there is a white picket fence between the driveway and 1627’s lawn, then there is another house, then there is the concrete block wall that is around his back yard and protects his RV. So he stopped at that driveway and fired his gun to scare the other kids away.

Where was this skinhead trying to drag the kid, since obviously he wasn’t trying to drag the kid back to his own house? What kind of moron chases a bunch of kids for half a block then picks a fight with a dozen or more kids without backup?

Looking at his lawn, he could prevent kids from walking on his lawn by simply erecting a white picket fence exactly like that of 1627 W. Palais Street, which obviously is legal in that subdivision since 1627 has one. He certainly does have a well landscaped lawn, albeit one that won’t stand up well to foot traffic. But c’mon. We’re talking about frickin’ plants here. Frankly, if it were my front lawn, I’d just go ahead and xeriscape it with desert plants appropriate to the Anaheim climate and let the kids get tangled up in lots of chollo and prickly pear. Yeah, I think they’d stay off my lawn after picking chollo segments out of their clothing for the next few days ;).

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In the city of angels
There’s no mercy
And there’s no tomorrow
For Maria Navarro

In 1989, Maria Navarro and several of her friends were murdered after the police refused to send a cop car over after she called 911 saying that her ex-husband was coming over to kill her.

Fast forward to 2016. At least they arrested him after he broke into his ex-wife’s home and assaulted her. Progress! But then they let him go. And he broke into her home *again* and killed her.

But hey, at least the cops are keeping us safe from Ph.D. students who are guilty of driving their own car while black. Priorities!

Oh, for those who say “she should have gotten a gun”: Probably. Thing is, if you are a victim of domestic violence here in California, you *will* go to prison for 20 to life if you kill your abuser. That is fact. Even when every bit of evidence is that you were in fear of your life, a patriarchal system will make sure that you spend the rest of your life as a criminal. Still, better a criminal than dead, I say. But then, I’m not the one who would be in prison for the next 20 years… men who murder their wife during a domestic violence incident usually get half the prison time of a woman who kills her abuser in self defense.

– Badtux the Sickened Penguin

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