Albany, New York - In a rather 'obscene' decision the New York Court of Appeals ruled that 'simply viewing' child porn without any other involment is not against the law in New York State.
MSNBC reports, "The decision rests on whether accessing and viewing something on the Internet is the same as possessing it, and whether possessing it means you had to procure it. In essence, the court said no to the first question and yes to the second."
This all started back in 2007 when college professor James D. Kent was charged and convicted with possession of child pornography, and sentenced to three years in prison in 2009. He appealed to the supreme court and they dismissed one count of promoting a sexual performance of a child, and just one of the many counts of possession of child pornography, all other counts were upheld. Prior to his prison term he was an assistant professor of public administration at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Basically the Judges ruled that other people may have had access to his work computer and therefore he did not procure the pictures nor have possession of them, but I find that very troubling.
It's not clear to me what the court has said. In any event this does set a presedent for future cases involving child pornography in New York State. It's not clear if the prosecution will appeal this ruling further.
One good thing, Kents activities, are still considered a Federal crime.
Norfolk, Virginia - Is there a coverup at the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, as two of their off-duty reporters (Marjon Rostami, Dave Foster) may have been caught up in a racially motivated beating, surrounded by five young black youths throwing a brick through their car window.
The beating was so bad that the reporters were off work for a week while they recovered, and have now taken a leave of absense due to death threats against them, and they are in fear.
When the crime occured two weeks ago last Saturday, the Editor, Denis Finley of the Virginian-Pilot, felt it was not news, therefore did not cover it in their newspaper. I think he is having second thoughts now, that this has gained National and International attention.
UPDATE: Kerry Dougherty of The Virginian-Pilot tried real hard to apologize, to no avail, “We made a mistake, That’s all it took for those who detest the “liberal mainstream media” to work themselves into a lather. They assumed that political correctness caused The Pilot to engage in a cover-up of an explosive, race-based crime in Norfolk.” You can read the whole Op-Ed CLICK HERE
Should skin color of people being assaulted, determine whether it is news or not? According to Editor Finley, "it was just a minor street fight." And how long has he been in news reporting? Finley indicated he did not 'know' what happened, but then isn't that what newspapers find out, the facts, they seek out the facts and the story no matter what is the skin color of the assailants or victims.
He blew it, Finley could have stood tall and said he did the right thing, and wasn't pressured to hide the story, but he took the easy way out. Like they say, it's not about lying, it's about the 'coverup.' We Hope Editor Finley knows that now, he may have some time to think about it if they get rid of him, he's NOT covering important news.
Here's the memo-editorial Denis Finley wrote trying to explain his misgivings, CLICK HERE.
Another take on the "story" in his own paper, and it was revealed, finally in an Op-Ed CLICK HERE.
Big question, why is Fox News covering this terrible assault, and yet it appears none of the main stream media have said a word about it? If the roles had been reversed, and it was a gang of white people throwing a brick through the window of a black couple, would this have been newsworthy? Bernie Goldberg and Bill O'Reilly ponder the dilemma.
Nutley, New Jersey - Yes, it's true, it's a real place and Patricia Krentcil "Tanning Mom" lives there. She was accused of allowing her daughter (fair skinned/red hair 5-yr-old) to come into the tanning booth with her.
It appears she may not have come into the booth, but in any case the mother has some problems. She has a monthly membership for the tanning salon in New Jersey, which has since been terminated, and she pays $100 per month, for as many sessions as she wants at 12 minute intervals.
She doesn't understand what all the fuss is about, and denies ever bring her 5-yr-old into the actual tanning booth, but does say she comes with her sometimes.
You be the judge, is this child at risk? Even after this was made public, the next day on ABC she even looked more orange than the day before.
Newark, NJ -New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Sunday and in the last minute Flyers pulled their goalie in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. Devils player Dainius Zubrus grabbed the loose puck and headed towards the empty net, and was pulled down (hooked/tripped) by a Flyers player, feet from the open net, and scored his second goal of the final.
The referee put his hand up to call a penalty while Zubrus of the Devils was pulled down, but was it an 'awarded goal' or a penalty the referee was going to call? If it was an 'awarded goal' why did the referee not blow his whistle?
In the last minute of the second period Zubrus almost got a head injury as Claude Giroux of the Flyers took a head shot to him which will be revieved by NHL VP disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan today.
Claude Giroux was out earlier in the season (Dec/2011) for himself receiving a head shot and suffered a concussion, which he fully recovered. Zubrus was not seriously injured and returned to the game.
Toronto, Canada - Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto is a little upset that a Toronto Star reporter was sneaking around his backyard fence in the early evening and he rushed at him, while he was peeking over the fence, scaring the 'shit' out of him.
Since Mayor Rob Ford has been elected, the Toronto Star has done nothing short of hounding him, and trying to dig up any dirty stuff they can, because he won the election and they did not approve. Yes, but the people approved, and we are the ones that elect politicians, not the Star, or any other newspaper.
Since his previous attacks in the Star, he has stopped talking to Toronto Star reporters, and I find that troublesome, since the mayor should talk to all media outlets, whether he agrees what they have to say or not.
I posted this comment on one of the Star stories, yet it never made it into the paper, maybe because it made too much sense and the Star didn't agree. But it seems whenever there is a 'scandal' regarding Rob Ford, the Star leave the comments section open for weeks, but normally they shut them down after one, two days or when the comment numbers get around 100.
It will be interesting to see how long you leave these comments open, because nobody likes what your reporter did. To say he has won awards, has nothing to do with it.
It's sleazy, sneaky, and just not right. I am not even a big Ford supporter, but if anyone does something like this, leave it to the other media, the Star has an agenda, and this makes it even more clear.
What Ford is doing by not talking to the Star is not right, I want our Mayor to talk to all the people, and that means all the media, he is not right either, but what your reporter did, was low and disgusting. Grow up, both of you. He must talk to all the media and the Star must act professional.
What added info could he gather from peeking over Ford's fence that would relate to the story he is writing?
The comments in the most recent stories about the peeking over the backyard fence by Star reporter Daniel Dale, most of the comments have been behind Ford, and suggest the Star went too far.
The reason Dale was sneaking around, is because he 'says' he was investigating a plan by the Mayor to buy some land behind his house which is currently city parkland. It's not clear how he (Dale) can justify peeking over the fence, to get the story.
UPDATE:Here is a map of the parkland, (click map to enlarge) that Mayor Ford has suggested he wants to buy. But all request by citizens have be declined in the past, to allow citizens to buy city parkland. It’s going to full city council now for a final decision.
But strangely when it is a positive story about Mayor Ford, they shut the comments section down quickly. Does the Toronto Star have an agenda? You bet, they don't like him and it shows.
Toronto Canada -'To Serve and Protect and ticket' - Oops is right, Sergeant Wanda DeCoste, of Toronto Police Service just spilled the beans and what we have always believed, police do have ticket quotas, they have just always denied it, and still do.
In a troubling report today in the Toronto Sun Joe Warmington uncovers a memo from DeCoste claiming officers are required to do "a book a day" (25 tickets.)
Everyone always knew it, but it was always denied and never seen in writing until today.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Sgt. DeCoste after this revealing memo.
Many may not agree, but that is probably the only way the bosses can tell if the officers are working. But to put it in writing, is a whole other surprising move. It shall be fun watching how this plays out to the residents of Toronto.
UPDATE: Deputy Chief Peter Sloly commented after the Toronto Sun article this morning, saying the language DeCoste used in the memo was "inappropriate, but there is an expectation." but stands by what she said.
Let's just call it what it is, and stop the runaround. They need to give tickets every day to prove they are working. Okay, but that's not what annoys the public. What annoys us is they wait until the end of their shift and then go to one of those out of the way places, where nobody walks, no traffic, but they can get 'easy' tickets.
That's not right. They sit there for about an hour get their tickets, then end the shift.
But are these 'locations' dangerous spots, lots of kids walking around, lot's of pedestrians? NO. It's just a spot where they can get 'easy' tickets, and that does not help anyone. If they went into a residential area, where everyone is complaining all the time, the public would be reasonable, and accepting.
Call it whatever you want, just be fair and honest. We get it.
It's unusual for any citizen to come forward and say "the police beat me up, tasered me and then lied in court," said Michael Parsons of St. Catharines just outside Toronto in the Niagara Region. This happened back in 2003 when he was a passenger in an SUV and hollered at some cops in a parked, marked car and the chase was on.
Parsons was grabbed as he exited the vehicle and roughed up, thrown in the ditch and tased all over his body by five Niagara Regional Police officers.
But back when he first filed the suit in 2009 the police originally charged him with assault, Judge Raymond Harris said in his 80 page ruling their actions were, "offensive and egregious" that he awarded punitive damages, in the amount of $50,000. But he suggested he would have given more, if the plaintiff had asked.
In 2009 Parsons filed another civil suit against the police and won, and was awarded $70,000 in damages.
Parson's claim to the court was, negligence, false arrest, assault, malicious prosecution and breach of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All charges were dismissed.
I always love it when the police say, "he is known to police," what does that exactly mean, does he have a relative on the force, a friend, or does it mean, the police have had problems with him before? Most important and not addressed
But the most important and serious outcome of this civil suit, is what has happened to the officers who did not tell the 'truth' on the stand? There appears to be a double standard, that when a citizen lies on the stand there are consequences, but if a police officer does it, a note is put in their police jacket (file.) It's also very important to remember that this is an isolated incident and the majority of officers everywhere are honest, and hard-working and offer a wonderful service to our communities.
That doesn't seem fair and perception is everything.
UPDATE: Police Corruption Trial Toronto - Currently five drug squad detectives of the Toronto Police Service have been accused of theft, extortion and attempting to obstruct justice eight years after the fact.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Gladys Pardu gave an acquittal of five of the 14 charges facing the officers.
The trial continues in Ontario Superior Court.
How will these officers perform on the stand, and if they lie, what are the consequences?
We have their picture here, but when many officers are charged with anything, we never see their picture, why is that? If a regular citizen is charged with anything, that is the first thing we see on the front pages.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - I have a lot of fond memories of NHL playoffs, but one that sticks in my mind, is when Philadelphia Flyers get past the post season and you know Kate Smith is going to sing God Bless America at their home games.
She's always been a lucky charm for them and gets the crowd going before the game, and although she died in 1986, she lives on, when the song is song by Lauren Hart, and she is beamed through the jumbo tron and sings along with Hart.
Over the years the visiting team would try to throw off the Flyers, by bringing flowers to Smith just after she sang the anthem, and sometimes it worked, most times not. But no matter what the game outcome, the fans loved Kate Smith.
United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled a stamp comemorated Kate Smith May/2010 on a postage stamp and a monument was errected in her honor, outside the Spectrum in 1987.
Not sure if she sang at every Flyers games, but I understand it was just playoff games, where she had a record of 94 wins, 26 losses, and 4 ties as of April 26, 2011, whenever she sang.
She had a long professional singing career and died in 1986, but the Flyer fans have not forgotten her, as she sings along with Lauren Hart every playoff game at home, and it brings about goose bumps (shrils through your body) when the Kate Smith video starts on the jumbotron.
Boston, Massachusetts - Joel Ward, 31, of the Washington Capitals scored the winning goal in game 7 of the NHL playoff quarter finals, beating Boston Bruins 2-1, and racism has raised its ugly head again, since Ward is black.
Many have thought we have made it past this, however after the win for Washington this week, the tweets were flying using every racist slur ever spoken.
Ward was born in Canada, however his parents are from Barbados, and now resides in Toronto, but after the racists remarks surfaced he said, "I know it will always be there" the racist comments, he's had to deal with it all his life. He went on to say, ""Obviously this has been the biggest goal I ever scored and it felt good."
It's time to get over it America, black people are here to stay, and they have the same rights as whites. They can score touchdowns, score baskets, and do anything a white person thinks they can do.
The NHL made a statement, "The people responsible for these comments have no place associating themselves with our game," but will they be doing any more.
Boston Bruins downplayed the racism, and blamed it on a few knuckleheads, "these classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization."
Ward has had a rather weak season so far but tends to play better in playoffs, and is currently making $3 million a year. He was never drafted to the league, but played four years at the University of Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast.
If he continues in the next series against New York Rangers, and he does well, we may hear more from these racists, but that will not affect Joel Ward, he'll keep scoring and do his very best. Daniel ... Toronto, Canada My take on everything @dandmb50
There appears to be many reasons players don't shave during the playoffs, but it has become a long held tradition since the 80's, for players to grow their beards once they enter the playoffs. (no matter how old they are, if they can)
It's been just over a week now and some are getting caveman looks, but others, the younger crowd are having a hard time of it, with a little bit better than some peach fuzz.
It has been said in the past, players grew their beards to safeguard them from getting cuts about the face, but that appears to me, it would have been even worst getting stictched up with all that beard. And to the, wives and girlfriends, they'll get over it, once they lose out in the playoffs as Boston Bruins did last night losing to Washington 2-1 in a few minutes of overtime, in the seventh quarter-final game.
As long time traditions go, this one is almost unanimous consent and acceptance, but the odd one falls short, trying to sneak in the odd goatee with I suspect a lot of razzing.
Don Cherry of HNIC fame, was on one of his rants again last night, as he objected to the constant violations at faceoffs. Quite often it appears centermen are thrown out of the faceoff for no reason whatsoever. I just realized tonight they throw players out of faceoffs, not just for a violation, but if one of the teams wingers encroaches on the faceoff circle, the centerman can be thrown out. Trouble is, Cherry has a point, there's no consistency, players encroach all the time, inside the faceoff circle.
Cherry keeps saying "Prospects game" why don't you tell 'us' what you are talking about? Not everyone that watches hockey playoffs is an aficionado (into) hockey, like Grapes. Cherry said, "I know what I'm talking about" yes Grapes, we know you know.
One of the referees blew his whistle in Bostons' attaching zone, after it appeared to the ref, that a players stick had been slashed and broken. After consultaion with the other referee, no call was made and the faceoff went to center ice. Ooops, no more playoffs for him. After the incident no-one came forward, and there was a slight delay while everyone stood around and said "who," before the senior referee pointed to center ice, thereby Washington, losing their advantage.
Several players including Captain Zdeno Chara of the Bruins have received some semi-severe knocks to the face and yes, they were not wearing a visors, will they ever learn. It reminds me of the house owner that gets broken into, and the week after his house is trashed, he puts in an alarm system. "Nobodys gonna tell me what to do, I'm in the NHL."
How much do these NHL players actually make per year in salaries? You would be surprised how much some make, and how much some don't make.
CLICK HERE and see exactly what every NHL player makes per year. And it's all in USD funds. Use drop down menu for your team and player.