Suspected hate crime committed by group non-specified suspects (for some reason)…

Hate crime reporting is fun, there is a crime, a victim and a potentially vile motivation for it…

Reporting on said hate crimes, should explain some of those things.

AL.com did this is a questionable gay bashing

Huntsville police say a man who claims he was attacked outside a downtown nightclub because he is gay did not report the assault as a hate crime.

Lt. Darryl Lawson said 26-year-old Gary Bravo and some friends were leaving Sammy T’s Music Hall around 2:30 a.m. Friday when several men began harassing a woman in Bravo’s group.

Bravo “became involved in a verbal exchange with the group of males and told them to leave her alone,” Lawson said Saturday. “When he did, they physically assaulted him.”

But couldn’t bring themselves to do it in this story

Florence police are investigating an assault report that occurred at Wilson Park.

A man said between 20 and 30 juveniles beat him and used a stun gun on him during First Fridays, according to AL.com’s news partner, WHNT News 19. The group also allegedly attacked his 14-year-old son. Both were left with facial injuries. The father has met with a facial surgeon, WHNT reports.

The man’s wife said the group used racial slurs and shattered their car windshield. She said her husband was trying to protect their son when the group turned on him.

Wonder why?

WHNT, to their credit, was much more a bit more thorough, at least provided photos so we could draw our own conclusions…

Investigators said 20 to 30 juveniles assaulted a Lauderdale County man and his 14-year-old son at Wilson Park.  According to the victim’s wife who witnessed the attack, the group “was using slurs of race” while tasing her husband and beating him.

Juli Dawes said her husband Kevin was trying to protect their son when they turned on him. She said the juveniles also shattered the windshield of her car, where she was waiting with her 4-year-old.

“I’m not as ready to identify this as a hate crime, but we are considering all angles,” said Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler. “There are no set of circumstances that would ever justify an unprovoked attack by a group of thugs, and we will not allow any group to hijack the family friendly First Fridays event.”

Investigators do not have any people of interest yet in this case.

The 14-year-old sustained facial injuries.

At last check, Kevin Dawes was meeting with a facial surgeon.  The 14-year-old son sustained minor injuries.

Why did this story take 4 days to get reported?

Let’s say this guys story is true and there IS a mob of 20 people attacking people in Florence, we may need some info on that crowd.

This is the kind of reporting and police work we are heading towards when we won’t identify race for fear of being called racist.

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Dale Jackson/Don Siegelman poetry slam!

This is a real piece of Don Siegelman fan fiction/poetry from a former:

My name is Sue Walker, and I am a Professor of English at the University of South Alabama — and a poet. I was Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003 – 2013.
I could not resist writing this poem that expresses my thoughts about Siegelman’s imprisonment that should not be.

Sincerely,
Sue Walker

Dear Mr. President,

Do you remember
the poem you wrote
called “Pop”?
Remember you said:

“What to do with me, a green young man
Who fails to consider the
Flim and flam of the world . . .”

You are no longer that green young man
who published poems in Feast, 
Spring 1981 and maybe listening t
to Diana Ross sing “Mirror, Mirror,”
and you see your face, “framed within
Pop’s black-framed glasses . . .”

Does the future devour
the past – even if glorious?

Federal District Judge U.W. Clemon
in 2004 said the prosecution of Don Siegelman
“was without legal merit,”
“the most unfounded criminal case
of his judicial career.”

Proof against Don was from one witness only,
Nick Bailey, an extortionist who made a deal
for favorable treatment.

It is now January, 2015, and I don’t need to tell you
Don Siegelman is still in jail. Perhaps
you did not see his daughter’s letter.
Listen. Can you hear the sound
sorrow makes? Can you feel
the reach of tears? Tell me
the miles from Mobile, Alabama
to Hell. Tell me the distance
from Washington, DC.

You know the press of a daughter’s heart.

Dana says she cannot sleep because,
her father is held in solitary confinement,
without warm winter clothes,
in strange prisons and jails,
“en route” to Oakdale Federal Penitentiary:

a month of solitary confinement,
unfed for a full day in transit to the hearing
In transit to Montgomery, he’s in handcuffs and shackles,
Unfed he, the unthreat to society.

Don Siegelman is not Bernie Madoff,
but he is in solitary, in isolation, in the hole.

For a hearing to free him, he is cuffed,
shackled and chained in orange prison garb.

Obama, you gave first pardons
to nine people in 2010, granted two separate batches
of pardons in 2011, eight in May and five in November
for minor offenses. Why such harsh treatment of Siegelman?
Won’t you Free Don?

Here is a haiku:

How about a poem that ryhmes…

The Don committed the crime
The Don must do the time
Keep the man in a cage
Ignore a liberal’s feckless rage

Embarrassment is a regular fact
Lack of skills and lack of tact
Activist push this embarrassing sham
Ignoring crimes and an embarrassing man

It’s politics they scream, it’s politics they cry
Why oh why won’t the Democrat President try
Save the Don, the weakly proclaim
Don’t save the Don, he’s Alabama’s shame

I now throw my hat in the ring to be Alabama’s next Poet Laureate.

Give me what I want or people will die…

First it was Governor Bentley, implying his fellow Republicans are keeling people

Taking part in a state-wide mental health disability campaign event in Mobile Monday morning, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley told attendees that more than 1,000 Alabamians could lose “life-sustaining services,” if the state Legislature does not pass his proposed $541 million tax hike.

Now liberal activists are using that against the Governor…

A coalition of advocates for Medicaid expansion again pressed its message to Gov. Robert Bentley today, saying the governor’s decision to reject expansion is endangering lives.

What is better than a fake argument?

A fake arrest warrant…

After a State House news conference, they delivered a fake arrest warrant to the governor’s office accusing Bentley of reckless endangerment.

Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, said the move was symbolic, but also conveyed the seriousness of the issue.

Surely, this tactic, which is used in DC all the time, will be super effective.

It’s past time for Speaker Hubbard to go

As you know, Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, is awaiting trial on 23 felony charges involving alleged abuse of his office and comingling of personal and government business.

Although he deserves the benefit of the doubt with respect to his legal issues, it has been obvious for some time that Speaker Hubbard has at the very least a serious conflict of roles between his duty to serve the state and his self interest in business and in defending himself and friends in legal matters. Yet heretofore I have been willing to give him the benefit of my doubt.

But now the Speaker is pushing a gambling agreement with the Poarch Creek Indians which could give them exclusive rights to operate class 3 gaming casinos in Alabama without having to compete for the right with any potential alternative operators. This seems like a multi-billion dollar sweetheart deal for the PCI.

Ethics and corruption are always a matter of concern with casinos and gambling and so they are given close oversight and regulation by government. My concern is magnified by the proposal being pushed by our Speaker and his conflict of roles. I simply do not trust him with such a major undertaking and wish not to take the chance of Alabama government making a deal with the PCI and then seeing the court find him guilty of some or all of the criminal allegations against him.

Speaker Hubbard was boneheaded for causing this conflict of roles. He is boneheaded for taking the lead in pushing for more gambling in Alabama and aggravating his conflict of roles while his serious legal issues are awaiting resolution. And it would be boneheaded for me to continue to support his leadership.

I urge you to call for Speaker Hubbard to resign and to replace him with a representative more clearly worthy of our trust and confidence.

Stop demanding apologies and, for God’s sake, stop giving them…

  

This is me smiling, my guess is I just said something very clever. The guy next to me (David Parsons – WEUP) disagrees while the other guy (Shelly Haskins – Al.com) agrees 

At some point in this panel, I stated I love watching Al Sharpton on TV and I watch him so much because I hate him. After the event, a woman came up to me and told me the following stupid thing…

“I enjoyed your talk and I want to like you but here is a little advice for you, next time look at your audience and see who is in the crowd.”

She was black, I assumed that is what she was referring to. I asked “Why?”

She continued “because Reverend Al Sharpton is a man of God and does many good things and it’s very disrespectful to say you don’t like him.”

This was the same woman that during the event snidely asked, “Are you like Rush Limbaugh?”, so I said, “Some people don’t like Sharpton and you  asked about Limbaugh making it clear you didn’t like him.” She agreed, I said “What is the difference?”  Man of God stuff again.

Now I don’t know if this person wanted an apology from me because we disagreed, it sure seemed like it, but she eventually huffed off after another “Look at your audience next time” lecture. 

Was I not to be critical of a black person in another black person’s presence? I was critical of many white people, hope that was OK.

This woman has clearly done this before and most people would probably apologize. Stop doing this. 

Folks, we have to be allowed to disagree. 

What the hell has happened to our society where we can’t even have a disagreement without someone needing an apology to soothe their butthurt. As if hearing words they don’t agree with hurts their feelings and ruins their day.

How the hell do people function like this?

No to more gambling in Alabama

I am opposed to casino gambling and a lottery in Alabama. My opposition has nothing to do with sin or religion. It has everything to with conservative principles of good government.

I do not like stampedes, yet in six months we have gone from an election where taxes and revenue were not an issue and gambling was being pushed only by the losers to the probability of a gambling referendum proposed for September 15 of this year. Now our governor and Republican leaders in the legislature tell us we have a budget crisis that can only be fixed by raising taxes or by getting more revenue from gambling. These issues should have been brought up a year ago and discussed during the campaigns which culminated in the June primary and November general elections. Leaders who were not perceptive enough to see or brave enough to discuss the problems then are suspect for chicanery and mendacity and they should not expect voters to quickly fall for this new story.

Gambling (lottery and casino gaming) will redirect as much as $2 billion (1 percent of the Alabama Gross State Product), likely forever. Gambling may create some jobs while it will certainly destroy other jobs. Deciding such a major change should not be hurried.

Gambling will stall much needed reform of the state budget process. Without real reform which enables setting priorities of needs, we cannot really know what the revenue requirements of the state actually are. We must:

  • Enact a No More Surprises Budget Act to require multi-year budget planning so that issues are identified well in advance. A five-year plan is necessary to assure that we have no more day-after-the election bombshells.
  • Combine the state’s general fund, education, roads, and other budgets.
  • End budget earmarks.
  • Have legislators and members of congress work together to identify and implement federal problem prevention and problem solutions, e.g., unconditional block grants for federal Medicaid funds which would fix our funding issues for that program.

Gambling revenue will grow government and stall initiatives for more efficient and smaller government. More revenue necessarily means bigger government. More revenue means that few programs will be eliminated or reformed, e.g., state employee pension and benefits are a large and growing problem, the state is struggling to get out of the retail liquor business.

Gambling revenue will give the governor and legislature an excuse to not review and account for a state economy that is not producing any significant job growth.

Gambling is fraught with cronyism. For example, Senator Marsh’s draft legislation selects four race track owners and the small Poarch Creek band of Indians for exclusive control of casino gaming. There is no apparent need for such favoritism and elitism.

Gambling is fraught with corruption, e.g., the infamous Milton McGregor trial of 2012 shows gambling powers are ever ready to buy legislators and government employees to get what they want. This is why so much government regulation is applied to it to try to prevent gambling powers from buying government favors.

The state should not be involved in gambling because it requires glamorization of gaming which discourages citizens from learning, industriousness, saving, investing, and paying their own way.

I could be receptive to gambling at some time, but I am not now and I am not likely to ever be so with a governor and legislative leaders I do not trust. And if we expand gambling, the state authorization for it should periodically be reaffirmed by voters. Every ten years or so would be about right. This would provide necessary accountability and force a public review of how promises compare to results.

What is my solution for the so-called budget crisis? I described that when I wrote about reforming the state’s budget process. Effect that reform and we will be able to prioritize needs and have an informed discussion and debate on whether state government needs more revenue and, if we determine it does, how that revenue should be produced. In particular, we should help put Alabama back to work by killing the corporate income tax.

References:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/draft_bill_calls_for_lottery_f.html#incart_river

http://media.al.com/news_impact/other/Read%20the%20lottery%20and%20casino%20bill.pdf

POLL: Alabama WANTS gambling in the form of casinos and lottery. Alabama DOES NOT WANT new taxes…

Politicians take note of this gaming poll.

Some takeaways…

Taxes? No.

Lottery? Absolutely.

Casinos? Sure, that is good too.

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