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May 21, 2012

More of the shame

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 17:09

‘Doing God’s Work,’ NYC Cop Threatens Man With ‘Long’ You Know What: VIDEO| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 17:04

‘Doing God’s Work,’ NYC Cop Threatens Man With ‘Long’ You Know What: VIDEO| News | Towleroad.

‘Doing God’s Work,’ NYC Cop Threatens Man With ‘Long’ You Know What: VIDEO

CopRantThere’s nothing to make New York City residents feel safe quite like Sgt. Lesly Charles, an officer caught on camera threatening a man with his “long d-ck” after the man allegedly parked his car illegally.

From the NY Post, via JMG:

The footage includes Charles berating a young man in the roadway near a silver BMW, telling him: “This is my street. All right? If you got to play tough, that’s your problem . . . I do whatever the f–k I want.”

A short time later, Charles followed the group into the nearby No. 1 Chinese Food restaurant, flanked by two plainclothes cops.

“I have the long d–k. You don’t,” the cop bragged.

“Your pretty face — I like it very much. My d–k will go in your mouth and come out your ear. Don’t f–k with me. All right?”

After the target of his tirade insisted, “I didn’t do anything,” Charles retorted, “Listen to me. When you see me, you look the other way. Tell your boys, I don’t f–k around. All right?”

“I’ll take my gun and put it up your a– and then I’ll call your mother afterwards. You understand that?”

For good measure, the sergeant added: “And I’ll put your s–t in your own mouth.”

Charles added, “I’m here every f–king day. I don’t go home. I have no life. No kids. I do what I do.”

The man who shot the video was later arrested for disorderly conduct for not leaving the premises.

Asked about the incident, which is currently being investigated by the NYPD, Charles told the Post, “I’m just doing God’s work.” Nice.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP

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Gay “cure:” Apology undermines Focus on the Family’s views, advocate says – Denver News – The Latest Word

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 16:59

Gay “cure:” Apology undermines Focus on the Family’s views, advocate says – Denver News – The Latest Word.

Gay “cure:” Apology undermines Focus on the Family’s views, advocate says

Categories: Follow That StoryNews

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Video below.

In recent days, news broke that Dr. Robert Spitzer, author of acontroversial 2001 study arguing that homosexuality could be, in essence, cured, had rejected his own findings and apologized to the gay community. Could his action pressure Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family to back away from this philosophy, dubbed reparative therapy? One Colorado executive director Brad Clark would like to think so — but he wouldn’t bet on it.

As noted by the Houston Press, a sister paper of Westword, Spitzer began distancing himself from the study as early as 2004. But his mea culpa in the New York Times, which notes that he’s in declining health, still made a major impact, as Clark acknowledges.

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Brad Clark speaking at a pro-civil unions rally a few weeks back.

“I think it’s great that he’s finally realizing that the study was wrong and flawed,” he says. “And the really good thing is, groups like Focus on the Family can no longer use this junk science to justify their anti-gay views.”

Thus far, Focus on the Family hasn’t responded to interview requests on the subject; when and if a representative from the organization gets back to us, we’ll update this post. But in 2010, Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger stressed that “we’re not changing our position on what we know to be true — that people can overcome their unwanted same-sex attractions” after Melissa Fryrear, described as a “former lesbian,” left FOTF. And at this writing, theFocus website continues to feature loads of links to material lauding Spitzer’s study, including “Score One for Politics,” which states, “The main point Spitzer makes is that there are people who once identified themselves as gay, those people wanted to change, and according to his criteria, they did.”

The article above was published in 2001 — but Clark makes it clear such thinking doesn’t qualify as ancient history.

“Just last week, someone testified at the civil unions hearing” on a bill that ultimately died in special session, “and they talked about the use of reparative therapy,” Clark recalls. “These sorts of views are really out of touch and extreme, and this is one more piece of evidence that points to that.”

As Clark notes, “reparative therapy has been repudiated by nearly every psychological and psychiatric association in the world.” As such, he doesn’t expect that Spitzer’s actions will cause the scales to fall from the eyes of Focus folks.

“This type of therapy is really damaging, but I’m not in denial enough to think Focus on the Family won’t continue to make up their own evidence.”

Look below to see a video of Spitzer from 2007.

NC Pastor Wants To Build Electrified Fence To Contain, Starve And Ultimately Kill Gays: VIDEO| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 16:53

NC Pastor Wants To Build Electrified Fence To Contain, Starve And Ultimately Kill Gays: VIDEO| News | Towleroad.

NC Pastor Wants To Build Electrified Fence To Contain, Starve And Ultimately Kill Gays: VIDEO

WorleyIn a sermon blasting President Obama for his same-sex marriage support, Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, offered a novel — and horrific — solution to the so-called gay scourge: build an electric fence and let “lesbians, queers and homosexuals” starve to death.

“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,” he says in his sermon, delivered on May 13. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there… Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out… And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die.” Worley fails to understand that gay people are born, not made, and that there would just be more LGBT folk coming down the line.

He also that if he’s asked who he’ll vote for, he’ll reply, “I’m not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover.”

The not-so-holy man concludes, “God have mercy. It makes me pukin’ sick to think about — I don’t even whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?”

Throughout the sermon, many of his congregants can be heard calling out “Amen.”

Watch Worley’s wretch-worthy remarks, AFTER THE JUMP

(h/t to the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate for posting the video on YouTube)

Note: Worley does say “drop some food” for the lesbians, which suggests perhaps he doesn’t want to starve us all to death, but there’s no mention of supplying an endless cupboard of sustenance, which is why, to me, this speech sounds like starvation.


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New Proof of an Old Fear: Execution of the Innocent

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 07:26

New Proof of an Old Fear: Execution of the Innocent.

New Proof of an Old Fear: Execution of the Innocent

By Cassandra Stubbs, Capital Punishment Project at 4:58pm

The State of Texas, long the nation’s leader in executions, has now earned the dubious title of the state most likely to execute the innocent. In 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, despite compelling evidence that he was actually innocent of the arson which caused the death of his three small children. Now, newly assembled evidence suggests that Carlos DeLuna, executed by Texas in 1989, was also innocent. A team of researchers from Columbia Law School today released a new report about DeLuna’s case, Los Tocayos Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction. The full report, along with video clips and interviews about the case, are available at the Columbia Human Rights Law Review’s website.

In 1983, Wanda Lopez was a 24-year-old single mother working at a gas station in Corpus Christi, Texas, when she was tragically stabbed to death. The central proof against DeLuna was the testimony of a single eyewitness (mistaken eyewitness identifications are the single largest cause of wrongful convictions). In DeLuna’s case, the eyewitness described the murderer as a Hispanic man with a full mustache. Although the eyewitness identified DeLuna — who had no mustache — after DeLuna was arrested, the witness later admitted that he was uncertain about the identification.

Worse than the mistaken identification is the failure of the police to investigate evidence pointing to a different killer, and the failure of the police and prosecutors to turn over or even acknowledge the evidence existed. From the time of his arrest until the time of his execution, DeLuna insisted on his innocence, saying that the crime was committed by an acquaintance named Carlos Hernandez. Hernandez had a long history of violent knife assaults against women and had bragged that he killed Wanda Lopez and that his “tocayo”(meaning a person with the same name) took the fall. The two men looked so much alike that even friends and family couldn’t easily tell their photos apart.

Although the police had leads that pointed to Hernandez — who later died in prison — as the killer, they failed to give that information to the defense. The prosecution argued in court that Hernandez was just a figment of DeLuna’s imagination. The new report documents these failures and others, and presents compelling evidence of Hernandez’s guilt. It shows the numerous systemic breakdowns that allowed Texas to convict, and then execute, an innocent man.

The problem of executing the innocent is not confined to Texas, as anyone who followed theTroy Davis case knows only too well. As Justice Antonin Scalia has bluntly told us, we cannot rely on our Constitution to protect the innocent from execution. The only guarantee that this tragedy will not be repeated is to end the death penalty.

16 and Solitary: Texas Jails Isolate Children

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 07:25

16 and Solitary: Texas Jails Isolate Children.

By Amy Fettig, National Prison Project & Matt Simpson, ACLU of Texas at 3:06pm

Imagine locking a teenager in a bathroom for an entire day, a week, a month, six months, a year, or longer. What would happen to that child? She would miss school. She wouldn’t be able to exercise or burn off energy in a healthy way. She wouldn’t be able to interact with other kids or adults. She would probably have a mental breakdown. She might even hurt herself. If a parent treated a child this way, most of us would agree that such actions would constitute child abuse. In Texas county jails — and the majority of jails across the country — such treatment is simply a matter of routine.

An important new report, Conditions for Certified Juveniles in Texas County Jails, by researchers at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, exposes the terrible harms visited on children held in these facilities. The LBJ report finds that the majority of jails in its survey lock youth in isolation — often with less than an hour a day out of their cells. For these youth, the average length of stay in solitary is six months to a year or longer. While in solitary, education is almost nonexistent and mental health care infrequent. Children in Texas jails spend incredibly long periods of time isolated and alone with no prospect of rehabilitation.

While in solitary confinement, children’s mental and physical health is severely compromised. The LBJ report notes the broad consensus among mental health experts that such long-term solitary confinement is psychologically harmful for adults. For children in solitary confinement, the impact is even more traumatic. Children experience time differently than adults, have a special need for social stimulation, and are damaged by forced isolation more quickly and severely than adults. It is also true that young people’s brains are still developing, which places youth at a higher risk of psychological harm when healthy development is impeded. But the psychological harm is not limited to developmental issues — it often means life or death. As the report notes, the risk of suicide and self-harm, including cutting and other acts of self-mutilation, increases exponentially for children in adult jails who are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than their counterparts in juvenile facilities.

Reviewing the data, the LBJ report notes “the impact of prolonged isolation may have mental health consequences that will make it difficult for these youth to reintegrate, and may increase the likelihood that they will recidivate.” Solitary confinement hurts children and ultimately undermines public safety.

Given these obvious harms, why are jails in Texas and so many other states putting kids in solitary? The report notes that the practice of isolating youth arises from the fact that youth in adult facilities face the near-constant threat of physical and sexual assault by older prisoners. As a result, corrections officials place youth in isolation cells because they want to keep them safe and they have little choice because most facilities have few alternatives to protect youth other than solitary confinement. But we know solitary itself harms youth.

The lesson here is that kids simply don’t belong and can’t be kept safe in adult facilities. Last year the Texas legislature took an important first step to deal with this problem by passing S.B. 1209, which gives jurisdictions the discretion to house kids accused of adult offenses in juvenile facilities while awaiting trial. Now that we have the concrete data from researchers at LBJ, it’s clear that S.B. 1209 does not provide enough protection for youth confined in Texas jails. It’s time for Texas to fill this gap and work to ensure that teenage offenders are kept in the juvenile justice system where they have a better chance of staying safe, returning home and becoming productive citizens. The rest of the country should then follow Texas’s lead.

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