Monthly Archives: July 2013

Egyptian Update – The Case Builds To Prosecute Morsi…

Interesting information about developments in Egypt. Note: there is something going on in Libya as well. The action in Benghazi is against the Libyan version of Muslim Brotherhood in recent weaks. The people are fed up with the political assassinations etc. So more to come in that direction. Also need to keep an eye on Tunisia.

Media Image = “Mother of The Year” – Truth = “Opportunistic, Detached, Manipulative Parasite” Taking Advantage of Dead Son For Financial Reward

Zimmerman the sequel? What about Parental Responsibility?

I have left a very long comment as a reply on Bori’s blog. I do consider this to be a very good topic. At this point, without knowing more about the Coulter family I would be more cautious in regard to whether or not the mother was being irresponsible. That family has it way tougher than either $ybrina Fulton or Tracy Martin, and it has been left up to the oldest son to help raise the children because their father passed away as a result of cancer.

Justice For All

Last Friday night in the early hours of the morning, around 2 am, Merritt Landry, a building inspector for the city of New Orleans shot and critically injured an intruder in his property.  That intruder turned out to be 14 year-old black boy, Marshall Coulter,  a young teen already awaiting trial for “stealing stuff” as his older brother David Coulter 23, said;

“He would steal — he was a professional thief, sure,” David Coulter said. “But he would never pick up a gun, not in a million years. He was too scared to aim a gun at the grass, let alone aim it at a person. No way. Before he’ll ever pick up a gun, he’ll be your friend first.”

Mr. Merritt who was at home with his pregnant wife and little daughter was alerted that someone had intruded by his dog’s barking when he went outside to investigate he…

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The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 36.4: Phone Calls And Academic Honesty

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One of the disjointed theories of the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial was his status as a wannabe cop who was constantly calling 911 to report suspicious activities.  Numbers flew fast and thick.  According to some, Zimmerman was calling the Sanford police virtually every half hour.  And of course, he always called to report young black men, and even a 7 year-old black child!  Obviously, Zimmerman must be a drooling, crazed racist.

Fortunately for our system of justice, this theory was just one of many the prosecutors threw against the wall in the vain hope that something would stick and so confuse matters as to allow a conviction unsupported by any evidence.

A recent article by Michelle Meyer at The Faculty Loungeprovides the best–and likely most complete–evidence I’ve seen regarding Zimmerman’s phone calls to the Sanford Police.  I don’t imagine that they will, once and for…

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The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 36.3: An Outstanding Citizen Of This Country?

This article is right in line with my articles on bullying. In particular pay attention to the death threats. These are in fact just another form of bullying that has been enabled by a complicit media.

Stately McDaniel Manor

Each school year I present a media unit, an ever-shortening unit on how the media misinforms the public and the techniques it uses in the pursuit of its favored narratives.  It is an ever-shortening unit because each year, due to the demands of mandatory, high-stakes testing, I have less time to actually teach content, but that’s a matter for another article.

One of the most powerful–and horrifyingly funny–parts of that unit is a faux interview I filmed with an assistant principal.  The interview is, at first, an innocuous segment about school-related issues.  But after just a bit of editing, the real interview plays, the interview in which the principal advocates torturing students for minor disciplinary infractions, and admits to stepping on baby ducks and strangling Winnie The Pooh, and all in his own words and evil laughter.  Students quickly get the point: the power to edit is the power…

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More on bullying – in the workplace

I was just at another site relating to Australian politics, and was looking at a video. The points being made by the person who made the YouTube clip about certain politicians condoning workplace bullying struck a very strong chord within me. I have been a victim of workplace bullying but this is not about my own personal experience. It involves other people and their stories need to be told because of the lessons that we can learn.

The first story is about Bob Kernohan. Now I do not know Bob K personally, but I do think that he is an honest man. Bob K. used to be a union official in the Australian Worker’s Union (AWU) and he was a witness to certain events that occurred more than 17 years ago involving our former Prime Minister Juliar Gillard (yes she is a damn liar). Bob came foreward and told his story about what he had seen in regard to a matter involving Bruce Wilson the former lover of Gillard. The point here is that Bob Kernohan was told to shut up by another person, Bill Shorten, and when Bob Kernohan did not shut up, he was bashed by thugs. There is a lot more to Bob’s story, especially because he had to battle for 9 years to get his entitlements. Now I might not agree with Bob’s actual union politics but that is ok too. You see, Bob is an outstanding and honest citizen. He knew how to use union tactics, especially in relation to his beloved footy team Footscray (Western Bulldogs for AFL). It is Bob’s uprightness that is the standout. He has suffered, but hopefully he is closer to seeing justice being done. (One day the whole story will be told, but at the moment it is a work in process, and the police are investigating).

My second story involves a former workplace and there were several people who were victimized. I am not the victim in this story, but I was a witness to their victimization and there was nothing I could do about what was happening. The same manager did victimize me and I fought back as well as I was able, even when I was crying a lot of the time.  This story needs to be told because it shows the lengths that management will go to bully people. This incident occurred in the Australian Public Service. The Department where I was employed at the time was undergoing a lot of changes. There were a lot of redundancies. Some people volunteered for redundancy but others were not willing to leave. This is where the victimization began. In one case involving a man who had been in charge of the registry, he was removed from that position and placed into coventry. I have no idea what he did that was so wrong but I was told that he did not have the ability to adapt to change. The man had not been willing to take a redundancy and so he was moved to an area where he was alone all day. I was moved to the same area and I was told not to talk to the man. I got into trouble for talking to him. The victimization of the man was intentional because the tactic was being used to force him to make the decision to quit. Another woman did something that was wrong, but it was only that she made mistakes. This woman was forced to leave her registry job and was moved to another location with the intention to force her to apply for a redundancy. In another case, involving a friend of mine who worked in another area, I overheard a conversation that indicated that a plot was being hatched. The story about my friend is complicated and she had been victimized in a previous workplace where she lost her job when it was advertised so that someone outside the Public Service applied and won the job, leaving her without a job (which was deliberate and part of the victimization). Another person offered her a job that meant she came under the same female manager. The woman’s former manager and this female manager were having a conversation when I overheard what was being said. I warned my friend about what had taken place. Eventually she managed to find a job elsewhere and she had better future propspects after she left the department and the victimisation behind her.  The female manager was extremely vindictive. Once she had a set against someone she did everything possible to force that person to leave.

In my own situation, there were too many things to remember all of the victimization but there are some standouts. This woman had another female lieutenant who would do her bidding. A new round of redundancies were being offered. The female lieutenant went out of her way to ensure that she gave me the notice that was going around. Needless to say, I tore it up in her face, and told her I was not interested.  After that point the actual victimisation escalated and yes the female manager did attempt to isolate me.

In another workplace where a female had been harassing me, there was a similar incident and situation. The female who had done the harassing was made redundant. It had nothing to do with me, but she was so poisonous that she was telling lies about me. I noticed the change after I came back after attending my father’s funeral and the people who were part of the unit where I was working refused to talk to me. The whole thing was extremely obvious and yes I went downhill when it came to not being able to cope with what was going on.  I was able to spot what they were doing to me and it was so ridiculous that they took that person’s side, especially when the female in question was in fact a total bitch and others had run-ins with her prior to my own entanglement. The workplace was trying to get rid of her when I made my complaint about what she had done that had upset me so much.  However, she is typical of how bullies behave.

In another instance, I tried to reach out to a woman who was being bullied by another woman who was a supervisor. I did not intervene or anything, but when I was let go from the temporary role, I was told some nonsense about office politcs. It was bullshit and I have never forgotten the lesson that bully managers will do devious things and tell lies about others to cover up their own inadequacies.

Bullies use very unfair tactics, and you might wonder about where I am taking all of this. The answer if you have not guess is: NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Ben Jealous, Al Sharpton, Barry Soetoro… and for good measure NBPP, Jeremiah Wright, Nation of Islam as well as Liberation Theology… and if that is not enough then Marxism, Occupy Wall Street, Green Movement Van Jones, ACORN womens’ liberation and the Anti-Vietnam Moritorium movement.  Bullies like to get their own way. If they cannot get their own way they stir up trouble. The past continues to repeat itself on many levels.

Another possible self defense case

Andrew Branca writing for Legal Insurrection has highlighted yet another case where a white man shot a black teen. This is a case in New Orleans.

The teen had entered the man’s property at 2.00 am so there is a certain amount of intent to burglary involved here. The man heard his dog barking and went to investigate. He says the teen moved his hand towards his waistband probably attempting to intimidate him. The man has been charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.

A few things to note about this particular case that has been brought up in comments. First, it seems that the family of the teen are struggling, in that the father died as a result of cancer, leaving the oldest son helping his mother to bring up his siblings. Second, the brother of the victim (who is still alive) has more or less admitted that his brother was doing the wrong thing at the time of the shooting and that the victim has a rap sheet for burglary.  Third: there is video footage that shows the victim entering the property.

Since I am not qualified to comment on laws in the USA, I defer to Andrew Branca who is an expert in the area of self-defense.

The overcharging of this man is interesting. It appears that the police have a witness who contradicts the man’s story, plus there is the evidence angle. We shall wait and see. I would have thought that this is a case for a grand jury to decide.

There is another Texas case also caught on CCTV concerning a black woman on black male homicide. The question is again whether or not the woman acted in self-defense when she shot and killed the man. Her reactions immediately after the shooting were weird. I do hope that Andrew will keep us updated on whether or not the woman will be charged or what took place was considered to be self-defense.