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Thursday, January 07, 2010

More web-cruising

Great. The director of the National Counterterrorism Center didn't think the news of a suicide bomber on a U.S. airline was worth interrupting his vacation. Some things, apparently, are just not worth cutting short a Christmas vacation with the family. Such habits could make holiday attacks more likely in the future. (Link via Hot Air)

Someone at NRO linked to this great takedown of those fatuous COEXIST bumper stickers.

Are we supposed to be comforted that federal officials had woken up to the dangers of Abdulmutallab's presence on that Northwest flight and so were planning to talk to him when he landed?

This would have the makings of a rather devastating ad against Martha Coakley in that crucial Massachusetts Senate race.
In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron.

Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.

But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action.

It was only after the toddler’s mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery.

Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley’s successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.

....She insisted that Winfield’s status as a law enforcement officer had no bearing on her decisions. “The fact that he was a Somerville police officer was irrelevant,’’ she said.

Coakley’s prosecutors made the recommendation that Winfield be released with no cash bail, even though an investigator with the Department of Children and Families, working in the weeks immediately following the rape, found that Winfield had been suspended from his job with the Somerville police for disciplinary reasons and had lied about it.

In addition, the investigator found that Winfield had concealed the fact that he had been evaluated at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for stress less than two weeks before the rape.

Indeed, before Winfield’s trial, prosecutors sought to admit evidence that Winfield, in the days leading up to the rape, was treated for a substance abuse problem and had threatened to kill himself by holding a gun to his head, “evincing great emotional stress and the strong possibility that [he] would harm himself or others.’’
Gee, is that the kind of judgment we want in our public officials? And this is from a story in the Boston Globe, no right-wing rag.


Pastor Ray said...

Honestly, Woman, get a hold of yourself. A message of universal brotherhood is hardly "fatuous", nor is it so readily dismissed, as your National Review editorialist proves. The derision you direct at such a simple message shows how easily a right-winger is perturbed by even a modest sentiment supporting the commonweal.

alex said...

The rather simple idea at which you pour your derision is not that "universal brotherhood is BAD," but that it is a fundamental part of the beliefs of the various groups represented by the letters of the bumper sticker that they *not* coexist. What the supporter of that bumper sticker wants is for those groups to change those fundamental beliefs - in other words, they do not want those groups, but some non-existent, more "tolerant" version of those groups, to coexist. In other words, "your worldview is bad so convert to ours"; in other words, "don't coexist."

Pat Patterson said...

A commonwealth is an association of like minded people that are equal in natural rights. We can hardly be in commonweal with some of these religions unless they reside in the US and are citizens. The idea of a commonwealth encompassing the entire world completely turns the idea of equality and comity on its head.

It's just as fatuous as any bumpersticker popular on the right except that no American in his right mind would extend powers or equality to foreigners simply for the sake of some crack brained idea of a Brotherhood of Man. Even when sung by Rudy Vallee.

tfhr said...

♪♫ I'd like to teach the world to sing - in perfect harmony....♪♫

I remember that sugary, syrupy sweet commercial. All those colors, faces, costumes...ALL SINGING IN ENGLISH! Anyway, it's all fun and entertaining until the Pepsi people show up, crash the party, and run off with all the paper cups.

equitus said...

I'd like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company.

It's the real thing.

tfhr said...

Corporate shill!

Pat Patterson said...

Runnig dog of the ADA!