Monday, July 27, 2015

President Obama returns home, not to Chicago but to Kenya. Our President discussed corruption, gay rights and terrorism intermixed with fond memories of his family ties to the Kenya nation. "There are cousins and uncles and aunties that show up that you didn't know existed, but you're always happy to meet. There were lengthy explanations in some cases of the connections," described the President as he summarized his visit to the Eastern African nation. 

Before the speech, some Kenyan politicians warned the President that overtures on gay rights would not be welcome in Kenya where gay sex can lend you up to 14 years in jail.  (Where it is probably easier for a gay person to get a date, right?)  Nevertheless, our President lecture on gay rights and freedom despite a handful of protesters.

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's Back to School Time, Even in the Middle East ~by Legal Pub

As summer comes to a scorching end, our thoughts return to school days soon approaching. Teaching is a part of Middle Eastern agenda as well; however, the subjects differ. Reports out of Turkey show IS (Islamic State) trainers teaching children about beheadings.  After being shown videos, the school children get the opportunity to practice the technique by cutting the head off of dolls.  A 14 year old shared with the Associated Press, " they taught me how to hold the sword, and they told me how to hit. They told me it was the head of the infidels." 
In this photo released on Jan. 11, 2015, by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, an Islamic State militant, center, holds plastic bags full of stationery and other gifts as he distributes them to Iraqi young students, at a school classroom, in Mosul, northern Iraq. Across its territory, IS now runs the schools and some parents in IS-run areas take their children out of schools to avoid IS indoctrination.

Back to school for the extremists is an attempt to build a new generation of militants, according to the AP.  Gifts, threats and brainwashing seem to all be part of the curriculum.  Children can graduate to become kidnappers, killers and suicide bombers. An IS video demonstrated 25 children executing 25 captured Syrian soldiers.  By infusing children with extremist doctrine, IS is able to clone young minds into extreme fighters.  Using the caliphate, a historic form of Islamic rule that the vast majority of Muslims reject, IS is able to promote violence.  Calisthenics and jihad studies prepare the young children for "the coming days God Almighty can put them in the front lines to battle the infidels."   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that there are at least 1,100 Syrian children who have joined IS this year. 52 were reportedly killed in fighting, including eight suicide bombers.   
What will European and Western Children learn this year?  While it may be anyone's guess, one sincerely doubts hatred and violence will be regular subjects.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Can Judge Throw Children in Juvenile Detention For Not Visiting Their Dad? ~by Legal Pub

Michigan can be a cold state.  Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca apparently thinks that children ought to spend time with their fathers whether they like it or not.  Now a group of parents and some kids are criticizing the sentence the Michigan judge gave three children who refused to spend time with their dad.  The children, ages 14, 10 and 9, are in detention at Children's Village until they change their mind about visitation. 
Judge Lisa Gorcyca made it clear that she was not happy about the children disobeying her order allowing their father to be a part of their lives.  The judge told the 14 year-old, "You're supposed to have a high IQ, which I'm doubting right now because of the way you act. You're very defiant. You have no manners."
You can decide for your self the reasonableness of kids choosing not to be part of a parents life after you read more at:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Will CharlieSheen Ever Learn? ~by Legal Pub

Charlie Sheen is funny.  The unfortunate thing for the actor is that he is not trying to make others laugh.  However, Sheen's lack of control and need for anger management is not really a laughing matter.  We know celebrities can do some pretty stupid things when they are out of control.  Remember O.J.?

Sheen's latest tirade was directed against his ex-wife Denise Richards.  Richards is the mother of their two children. The couple were married from 2002 to 2006. Sheen used twitter to launch his message and demonstrate his rage on Father's Day.  Sheen called Richards a “heretic and washed up piglet shame pile.”  Later, Sheen posted an open letter to the media.    open letter 
Words like “doosh phace” and a “charlatan” and the “worst mom alive” are not exactly appropriate to post about the mother of one's children.  Richards, on the other hand, demonstrated some class by posting, “Happy Dad’s Day!@charliesheen have a great trip in Mexico! Kids were disappointed u weren’t here for it- Hey we’ll celebrate when u r back!”
Come on Charlie, berating the mother of your kids is not "winning."  It is whining!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dylann Storm Roof On the Run After Murder? ~by Legal Pub

What could  possibly  motivate such cruelty? If true, Dylann Storm Roof, 21, walked into Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and murdered nine people studying the Bible. The 5' 9" Dylann Storm Roof is a wanted man.   Was this a racially motivated shooting?  Emanuel AME is a historic church with a strong African-American membership. But is there more to the story? The historical church has frequent visitors of all races, nationalities and colors.

The 120 lb Dylann Storm Roof  fled the scene in a 2000 Hyundai Elantra GS, SC registration LGF330.  Did Dylann want to get caught?  He likely knew that there was surveillance cameras present. Roof's license plate is a distinctive  specialty plate.  He may have even communicated his intent to kill in advance of the shooting. In fact, he had apparently been at the bible study meeting for almost an hour before he fired the first shot. Furthermore, he apparently intentionally left a surviving witness to tell exactly what happened.

While questions remain, look for this case to be treated as a hate crime involving the murder of three men and six women.

As always, Dylann Storm Roof, like any person of interest is presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Kalief Browder Kills Himself ~by Legal Pub

Solitary confinement without a conviction?  That is the allegation of Kalief Browder.  Browder was a 22- year old New York resident that was detained as a teenager at Rikers for three years. Browder was never convicted of a crime.  He claimed  during his detention he was physically manhandled and starved.  This weekend, he apparently committed suicide.

Violence and mistreatment was likely not an isolated allegation.  Video of Browder supports allegations of beatings by guards and inmates.  After three years, much in the time in solitary confinement, Browder was released.  After release, Browder had trouble re-acclimating to society. Browder had several visits to psych hospitals which apparently were not able to help him.  Bowder took his own life by hanging himself.
Browder's estate is represented by attorney Paul V. Prestia. 
The New Yorker

Monday, June 1, 2015

Victory for Freedom of Religion or Step in Wrong Direction? ~by Legal Pub

Image result for elauf scarf   The United State Supreme Court 8  to 1 decision will be studied and debated for sometime.  The recent ruling was in favor of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman, who sued Abercrombie & Fitch Co in Tulsa because they would not let her wear a head scarf.   The litigant claimed that the head scarf was worn for religious reasons.  The EEOC backed the Muslim litigant's claim and sued on her behalf.  Elauf was denied a job at a Tulsa Abercombie Kids store back in 2008.

The issue before the court is whether Elauf needed to ask for special religious accommodations before she had protection under the  1964 Civil Rights Act which bans discrimination in employment.  The recent ruling says no!