Monthly Archives: August 2018

Gov Jerry Brown commuting sentences of every death row inmate? Jerry where is the Justice for 8 year old Michael Lyons?

Michael Lyons

Robert Boyd Rhoades kidnapped eight-year-old Michael Lyons while he was walking home from school in 1996, stabbed him up to 80 times with a fishing knife and kept him alive for nearly 10 agonizing hours before dumping his body in the Feather River, just up the street from the child’s home.

The ‘Grim Sleeper’ killed nine women and a teenage girl over the course of 22 years, targeting drug addicts and hookers and tossing their naked bodies along roads or in the trash.

And the ‘Trailside Killer’ preyed on hikers along trails in state parks near San Francisco, telling cops that he reveled in making his victims beg in vain for their lives, before shooting them in the head, execution-style.

These are just some of the 744 inmates currently on California’s Death Row.

But as Jerry Brown’s tenure as governor of California draws to a close in January, capital punishment supporters have raised the specter that he could commute many, if not all, of the sentences.

On March 28, California’s Supreme Court issued an administrative order making it possible for Brown to commute the sentences or grant clemency.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys in Los Angeles County, told the Orange County Register earlier this week that this removes any impediment Brown may have faced. Before that, a governor had to get the approval of the majority of the state Supreme Court in the case of an inmate with two or more felony convictions.

“They basically have green-lighted the governor to grant clemency to anyone…and said they won’t interfere,” she said.

California has the largest death row population in the country, but only 13 have been executed since capital punishment was reintroduced to the state in 1978, with the last one occurring in 2006. Appeals that drag out for many years are common. Last year, there were 400 death penalty appeals pending.

Despite its liberal reputation, more than half of California’s residents have expressed support for the death penalty, striking down referenda calling for it to end.

Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian who as a young man demonstrated against capital punishment, made his opposition to it clear during his political campaigns, but also said he’d respect the law regarding it while serving as attorney general and governor.

Asked if the governor was considering commuting death sentences, a spokesperson for Brown told Fox News: “A request for commutation is a serious matter, and every applicant is carefully and diligently vetted. The Governor issued commutations earlier this month… California inmates can petition to have their sentence reduced or eliminated by applying for a commutation of sentence.

“To be clear, no individuals on death row have received commutations.”

San Quentin prison is home to California’s Death Row, although it hasn’t performed an execution since 2006  (Reuters)

Many families of victims of California’s death row inmates have been outspoken about capital punishment, with some supporting it and others opposing.

Beth Webb, whose sister and some friends died in a 2011 shooting at a hair salon, said at a 2016 press conference: “Neither me nor my mom will find closure in the death of another human being.”

Michael Lyons’ mother, Sandra Friend, told the Los Angeles Times in 2016: “From the first inflicted wound to Michael, it was 10 hours to the last one.

“For a grown man to inflict that kind of painful torture on a child – he got the right sentence. He got the only sentence that would bring any justice.”

Kent Scheidegger, an attorney who argued for Proposition 66 – a measure to speed up executions – said that anything is possible as far as Brown and California politics, but he believed the governor would not commute death sentences.

“Despite his personal opinion, he said he’d enforce the death penalty,” said Scheidegger, who is legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in California.

Scheidegger expressed concern about the state high court’s order appearing to give Brown more sway over commuting death sentences, telling Fox News: “That’s worrisome.”

Since executions rarely have been carried out in California and elsewhere, some have called the death penalty symbolic, and pointless.

Scheidegger said he disagrees.

“It’s important because there are some crimes for which anything less is simply not justice.”

Some of California’s more notorious death row inmates are:

–Scott Peterson, who murdered his pregnant wife, Laci. Prosecutors said Peterson began plotting his wife’s murder after he began an affair with a woman named Amber Frey, who testified against him.

–Robert Boyd Rhoades, who kidnapped eight-year-old Michael Lyons while he walked home from school. Lyons’ body was found the day after in a river near where he lived. Rhoades was on parole, and had been convicted on child molestation charges, when he kidnapped Lyons.

–Charles Ng, who along with an accomplice carried out a string of murders in 1984 and 1985, including torture and grisly killings of six men, three women and two babies. They killed the man for their cars and to steal from them. They turned the women into sex slaves and videotaped some of their crimes.

–Lonnie “Grim Sleeper” Franklin was convicted of killing nine women and a teenage girl from 1985 to 2007. Detectives believed he may have killed up to 25 people. He targeted women who were young and vulnerable. They were drug addicts or prostitutes. He dumped their naked bodies along roads or in the trash.

–David “Trailside Killer” Carpenter, who preyed on hikers. He killed seven people, raping some. Detectives said that he engaged in “putting the victims at some point in a position of pleading for their lives.”

–Run P. Chhoun, the suspected leader of the San Bernardino-based Tiny Rascals gang, was found guilty of murdering Nghiep Thich Le, 48, and his father, Hung Dieu Le, 73, during a home invasion robbery in Sacramento; and Miguel Vargas Avina, of Pomona. Authorities said Avina was killed because Chhoun and his accomplice Sam Pan mistakenly thought he was a rival gang member.

— Richard Farley, a former employee of ESL Incorporated in Sunnyvale, stalked co-worker Laura Black for four years starting in 1984, sending her around 200 letters over the period. Black obtained a temporary restraining order against him on February 2, 1988, with a court date for February 17, 1988, to make it permanent. On February 16, he shot and killed seven people at ESL, and injured four more including Black.

–Randy Kraft, known as the ‘Scorecard Killer’, murdered at the very least 16 young men over a period of 11 years beginning in 1972. He is also believed to have committed the rape and murder of up to 51 other boys and young men. Many victims had been enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He would typically ply them with alcohol and tranquilizers, before torturing, binding and sexually abusing them, before killing them usually by strangulation, asphyxiation or bludgeoning. He obtained his nickname after investigators discovered a coded list of 61 printed terms and phrases believed to refer to each of his victims.

–Ramon Salcido murdered seven people, including his wife and two of his daughters, aged four and 22-months in 1989 after a night of drinking and taking cocaine. His three-year-old daughter, Carmina, survived, even though she was slashed across the throat, and was left lying in a field beside the bodies of her sisters.

–Marcus Wesson, the patriarch of a cult-like clan, was sentenced to death 2005 for killing nine of his children, many of whom were born of incest and sexual abuse. He was also found guilty of sexually abusing the daughters and nieces who grew up in his house.

Why We Still Need James Bond Movies

James Bond

With uproars over the next James Bond flick causing some to suggest it’s time to let the franchise expire, Christian Toto at PJ Media says “we need James Bond now — more than ever.”

For one thing, Bond isn’t like today’s action heroes, who spend an entire movie “wringing their hands about the fallout from their fighting.” With Bond, “the world is on fire” and “he’s here to douse it, or die trying.”

Moreover, he’s the embodiment of what the left hates most: toxic masculinity. Bond is “a man’s man, the kind women drool over and men want to emulate.” Finally, for all the radical change in popular culture, the Bond franchise has endured since 1962. He may be “an antiquated hero,” but we still care about him all the same.

Brown University Professor Releases Study About Teens Imitating Peers By Turning Transgender. So Brown Censored The Study.

Brown University

This week, Brown University pulled down a news story on a study conducted by a Brown University researcher.

That study focused in on what it described as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria”: gender dysphoria that was not present in early youth, but that manifested within days or weeks in teens and young adults. The study author, Lisa Littman, assistant professor of the practice of behavioral and social sciences at Brown’s School of Public Health, stated, “This kind of descriptive study is important because it defines a group and raises questions for more research. One of the main conclusions is that more research needs to be done. Descriptive studies aren’t randomized controlled trials – you can’t tell cause and effect, and you can’t tell prevalence. It’s going to take more studies to bring in more information, but this is a start.”

Littman did talk to 250 parents of children who suffered from rapid-onset gender dysphoria. According to Science Daily:

Among the noteworthy patterns Littman found in the survey data: 21 percent of parents reported their child had one or more friends become transgender-identified at around the same time; 20 percent reported an increase in their child’s social media use around the same time as experiencing gender dysphoria symptoms; and 45 percent reported both. … The pattern of clusters of teens in friend groups becoming transgender-identified, the group dynamics of these friend groups and the types of advice viewed online led her to the hypothesis that friends and online sources could spread certain beliefs. Examples include the belief that non-specific symptoms such as feeling uncomfortable in their own skins or feeling like they don’t fit in — which could be a part of normal puberty or associated with trauma — should be perceived as gender dysphoria; the belief that the only path to happiness is transition; and the belief that anyone who disagrees with the teen is transphobic and should be cut out of their life.

“Of the parents who provided information about their child’s friendship group, about a third responded that more than half of the kids in the friendship group became transgender-identified,” Littman said. “A group with 50 percent of its members becoming transgender-identified represents a rate that is more 70 times the expected prevalence for young adults.”

Additionally, 62 percent of parents reported their teen or young adult had one or more diagnoses of a psychiatric disorder or neurodevelopmental disability before the onset of gender dysphoria. Forty-eight percent reported that their child had experienced a traumatic or stressful event prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria, including being bullied, sexually assaulted or having their parents get divorced.

 

There is no question whatsoever that in Western societies, reported rates of transgenderism have been rising dramatically in recent years, as publicity about transgenderism becomes the norm. From 2014 to 2015 alone, referrals to Britain’s gender identity service for children doubled. The numbers have also spiked in Australia and the United States, among others. It’s seriously questionable whether that’s merely an effect of people who were transgender coming out of hiding, or whether behavior is actually changing.

In any case, this Brown University study could not stand — any effort to actually research the environmental component of transgenderism is met with raucous calls for censorship. And Brown immediately caved. The University pulled down a news article about the study. Realistically, Brown and the journal in which the original comment was published, PLOS ONE, turned against the study because it offended politically correct sensibilities about transgenderism. Brown’s School of Public Health Dean Bess Marcus even issued a letter to the entire “community”:

Independent of the University’s removal of the article because of concerns about research methodology, the School of Public Health has heard from Brown community members expressing concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.

The University and School have always affirmed the importance of academic freedom and the value of rigorous debate informed by research. The merits of all research should be debated vigorously, because that is the process by which knowledge ultimately advances, often through tentative findings that are often overridden or corrected in subsequent higher quality research. The spirit of free inquiry and scholarly debate is central to academic excellence. At the same time, we believe firmly that it is also incumbent on public health researchers to listen to multiple perspectives and to recognize and articulate the limitations of their work. This process includes acknowledging and considering the perspectives of those who criticize our research methods and conclusions and working to improve future research to address these limitations and better serve public health. There is an added obligation for vigilance in research design and analysis any time there are implications for the health of the communities at the center of research and study.

The School’s commitment to studying and supporting the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority populations is unwavering. Our faculty and students are on the cutting edge of research on transgender populations domestically and globally. The commitment of the School to diversity and inclusion is central to our mission, and we pride ourselves on building a community that fully recognizes and affirms the full diversity of gender and sexual identity in its members. These commitments are an unshakable part of our core values as a community.

In an effort to support robust research and constructive dialogue on gender identity in adolescents and youth, the School will be organizing a panel of experts to present the latest research in this area and to define directions for future work to optimize health in transgender communities. We believe that more and better research is needed to help guide advances in the health of the LGBTQ community. We welcome input from faculty, staff and students about the composition of this panel and scope of the discussion.

This is academic tyranny. End of story. As Jesse Singal of New York Magazine points out:

Jesse Singal

@jessesingal

2/ The honesty here is noteworthy. Researchers can publish findings that support the “born this way” storyline (which plenty of trans people themselves disagree with) all day long with no problems. Anything else will be careful picked apart for signs of “harmfulness.”

Jesse Singal

@jessesingal

3/ “[T]he School… has heard from community members expressing concerns that the conclusions could be used to discredit efforts to support Y and invalidate the perspectives of Z” could be used as justification to discredit just about any interesting social science study

Raising questions about study methodology is normal. Pulling down articles about scientific studies thanks to public pressure isn’t. It’s simply an attempt to shut down discussion about a critical issue of public importance in order to avoid a narrative that the political Left doesn’t want: a narrative that suggests that the transgender movement might actually be having an impact on the behavior of people who don’t actually suffer from childhood gender dysphoria, associating costs with society’s radical embrace of a completely unscientific set of ideas regarding sex and gender.

 

By BEN SHAPIRO

UK Labour Party’s Perfect Storm of Racism

Jeremy Corbyn

The UK Labour Party’s “new” anti-Semitism crisis is the perfect storm of quite old strands of the oldest hatred, explains James Bloodworth at Foreign Policy.

In part, it’s being fed by the “rise of the cranks” — conspiracy theorists obsessed with a shadowy “elite” establishment. It’s an approach that usually ends up blaming the Jews, and Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn plays along.

This swath of the left is uniting with other branches of the left, which “have long tolerated anti-Semitic tropes and foaming vitriol under the guise of anti-Zionism.”

And he is surrounded by advisers struck with Soviet nostalgia: “Israel is viewed through the old Soviet lens. Zionism equals racism, my enemy’s enemy is my friend, and indiscriminate violence by an oppressed nation should be supported, because the ends justify the means.”

CLUELESS ALERT! School Officials and Dress Codes

Stupid School Rules

Dress codes are a critical part of a well managed school.

  1. Dress codes create order which helps in the learning process of students.
  2. Dress codes reduce sexual contact and harassment.
  3. Dress codes teach children how to dress professionally when they become adults.

See this article about a clueless school system.

California school district’s ‘permissive’ dress code welcoming tube tops, ripped jeans and pajamas sparks debate

One California school district is being both championed and condemned for its new “anti-dress code” instated for the 2018-2019 school year, allowing students to sport looks that include tube tops, ripped jeans and pajamas on campus to their heart’s content.

In recent weeks, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) rolled out a revised dress code policy on a yearlong trial period, which the San Francisco Chronicle describes as “among the most permissive in the Bay Area.”

“We believe these changes will reduce inequitable and unnecessary discipline and help us maximize learning time,” a rep for AUSD said.
While those students enrolled in the San Jose-area district are still required to wear bottoms, tops, shoes and clothing that “covers genitals, buttocks, and areolae/nipples with opaque material,” they otherwise have a whole lot of sartorial freedom.
According to the policy, hats, hoodie sweatshirts, leggings, yoga pants, skinny jeans, midriff baring tops, pajamas, ripped jeans (as long as underwear is not exposed), tank tops including spaghetti straps, halter tops and tube tops are all fair game. Sweatpants, shorts, skirts, dresses, pants, religious headwear, athletic attire and clothing with logos are also allowed.

Meanwhile, the youth are barred from wearing anything with language or imagery promoting drugs, alcohol, violence, hate speech, profanity or pornography, as well as visible underwear or bathing suits.

“We believe these changes will reduce inequitable and unnecessary discipline and help us maximize learning time,” Steven Fong, AUSD’s Chief Academic Officer said, as per Teen Vogue’s report on the trailblazing “anti-dress code.”

Reps for AUSD told the Chronicle that school board officials agreed to change the dress code after some female students complained about feeling body-shamed from enforcement of the old dress code last year.

Supporters applauded the change on Facebook, calling for an end to “shaming the female body” and praising “freedom of expression.”

Others, however, remained unsure.

“I like this rule but there needs to still be some boundaries. There is absolutely no need to go to school in a tube top or shorty shorts in my opinion,” one commenter chimed in.

“Dress appropriate at school, off campus wear want you want,” another agreed.

“I don’t know about this” another opined.

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Man Accused of Slaying Pregnant Wife & Kids Is ‘Scott Peterson, Just Less Charismatic’: Profiler Dale Yeager

People Dale Yeager
Chris Watts
Chris Watts
Weld County Sheriff’s Office

For many, it was the most startling twist in a case full of mysteries: A day before he was accused of their murders, Colorado dad Chris Watts stood outside his home and pleaded for the safe returns of his wife and two young daughters, who had seemingly vanished a day earlier.

However, investigative experts tell PEOPLE, Watts’ behavior comes as no surprise.

“He has an incredibly large ego,” says Dale Yeager, a criminal analyst and forensic profiler who is unconnected with the case, adding, “He really comes off as sociopathic. That doesn’t mean he is mentally ill, just that he has a personality defect.”

Drawing a parallel between Watts’ case and that of Scott Peterson, who notoriously murdered his pregnant wife and then repeatedly gave interviews, Yeager says, “He’s Scott Peterson, just less charismatic.”

Speaking to local TV station KMGH outside his home in Frederick on Tuesday, the 33-year-old Watts said of wife Shanann Watts and girls Bella and Celeste:

“If somebody has her and they’re not safe, I want them back now.”

“That’s what is in my head. If they’re safe right now, they’re going to come back,” Chris said. “But if they’re not safe right now, that’s the not-knowing part. Last night I had every light in the house on, I was hoping that I would just get ran over by the kids just running in and barrel-rushing me, but it didn’t happen. And it was just a traumatic night trying to be here.”

Chris was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder the following night.

Shanann’s body was found Thursday on the property of an oil company where Chris had worked. Authorities believe the remains of their daughters were found later that same day, not far away.

Chris remains in jail, scheduled to return to court next week to be formally charged, and his attorney did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

In court on Thursday, prosecutors said — without elaborating — that they believe Shanann was killed along with their daughters in their house.

The trio was reported missing Monday afternoon about 12 hours after Shanann returned from a business trip in Arizona.

Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, had been preparing for a sex reveal party scheduled for this Saturday, according to a friend.

Her brother has previously said she was going to give birth to a boy to be named Nico.

From left: Chris and Shanann Watts

From left: Chris and Shanann Watts

Yeager, the profiler, says he thinks Chris likely believed he would be able to get away with his alleged crimes, given his inflated ego.

“His ability to lie is very clear,” Yeager believes. “He is a manipulator and manipulators, their ego is so high, they see the people that are holding them back as objects they can dispose of. From that interview, you can tell he has convinced himself this is good for him and it’s very Machiavellian in that regard.”

Yeager suspects financial and marital woes may have played some part in the murders but noted that was merely speculation based on years of analyzing similar crimes.

Authorities have not disclosed either causes of death for Shanann and her daughters or a motive in their slayings.

However, a family friend previously told PEOPLE she and Chris “were having marital problems.”

Scott Peterson (right) with his late wife, Laci Peterson

Scott Peterson (right) with his late wife, Laci Peterson
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Chris Watts’ TV interview ‘echoed behaviour’ of death row killer who murdered pregnant wife says Profiler Dale Yeager

Mirror London Dale Yeager

Watts’ behaviour is similar to that of Scott Peterson, who gave interviews to the press appealing for information about his missing pregnant wife Laci before being charged

Murder accused Chris Watts’ TV interview in which he appealed for information about his missing family echoes the behaviour of a man who also killed his pregnant wife, a profiler has claimed.
Watts is due to appear in court today charged with murdering daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three and wife Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant with a baby boy they were going to name Nico.

Last week he sobbed on TV as he appealed for the return of the trio before allegedly confessing he had killed them.

In a previous case that gripped America, Scott Peterson also reported his wife Laci, who was seven and a half months pregnant with their son Connor, as missing.

He gave interviews to the press before being charged with murder.

Criminal analyst and forensic investigator Dale Yeager, who is unconnected to Watts’ case, commented on the apparent similarities between the two cases.

Chris Watts' TV interview echoed the behaviour of Scott Peterson who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife Laci
Chris Watts’ TV interview echoed the behaviour of Scott Peterson who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife Laci (Image: ABC)

“He [Watts] has an incredibly large ego,” Yeager told People magazine.

“He was very convincing in front of the camera.

“He’s Scott Peterson, just less charismatic.”

Peterson, who is now on death row in Modesto, California, reported his wife Laci missing on Christmas Eve 2002.

She was pregnant with their son Connor and she was due on February 10 the following year.

Scott Peterson is on death row after being convicted of murdering his pregnant wife Laci in 2002
Scott Peterson is on death row after being convicted of murdering his pregnant wife Laci in 2002 (Image: San Quentin State Prison)
Peterson reported his wife missing on Christmas Eve in 2002 and gave interviews to the press about her disappearance before eventually being charged with her murder
Peterson reported his wife missing on Christmas Eve in 2002 and gave interviews to the press about her disappearance before eventually being charged with her murder (Image: Getty Images North America)

But officers said his behaviour behind the scenes was unusual in that he didn’t seem to care how the investigation was progressing.

The lead investigators on Laci’s case, Jon Buehler and Allen Brocchini, spoke to Peterson on Christmas Eve and said they found his behaviour odd.

Mr Buehler told ABC News: “I suspected Scott when I first met him. Didn’t mean he did it, but I was a little bit thrown off by his calm, cool demeanor and his lack of questioning…

“He wasn’t, ‘Will you call me back? Can I have one of your cards? What are you guys doing now?'”

Peterson’s affair and financial issues were used by the prosecution as motives for Laci’s murder.

CHRIS WATTS TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Prosecutors said he murdered his wife because of their mounting debt and he wanted to be single again.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Keith Ablow, who wrote a book about Peterson, told Inside Edition: “In every case I have looked at, they all make sense – it may be a terrible kind of sense but the narrative makes sense – that the birth of that child represented a kind of death, an impending death for the man.”

Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder of his wife and second degree murder of their unborn son in 2004.

Fourteen years later Watts stood outside the family home and pleaded for the safe return of his family, who he had already allegedly murdered, following the more recent tragedy.

Chris told local news station KMGH: “If somebody has her and they’re not safe, I want them back now. That’s what is in my head.

“If they’re safe right now, they’re going to come back. But if they’re not safe right now, that’s the not-knowing part.

Peterson was sentenced to death and remains on death row
Peterson was sentenced to death and remains on death row (Image: Getty Images North America)

“Last night I had every light in the house on, I was hoping that I would just get ran over by the kids just running in and barrel-rushing me, but it didn’t happen. And it was just a traumatic night trying to be here.”

He reportedly confessed to killing his pregnant wife and daughters and was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder the next day.

Body language expert have said Watts' TV interview showed tell tale signs that he was lying
Body language expert have said Watts’ TV interview showed tell tale signs that he was lying (Image: 9 News)

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