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Teen Kills 4; Judge LITERALLY Lets Him Off Because He is Rich!

12 December 2013 - 04:47 PM

Obviously, everyone is going to agree this is massively f-d up. Just hearing the father's sorrow is heartbreaking. This touches upon the class (and the linked racial) divide in America. 


"Tell me again how there are not two Americas and two sets of rules.  Does anyone for a second think if this kid was poor and black he would not be facing death row?"






I wish this was a snark.  But this is so shocking it makes me ill.

16-year old Ethan Couch was driving drunk at THREE times the legal limit and had Valium in his system.  He plowed into four people going 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone, killing them.  Other victims are severly injured; one has severe brain damage.  Even after he killed those people, he was uncooperative and combative with the emergency services and walked away from the police saying "I'm outta here".

He pleaded guilty, of course.  But Ethan's parents are very, very, very wealthy. (We are talking the 1%.)  They hired an attorney that brought on a psychologist to say Couch was "a product of wealth" and was used to getting "whatever he wanted".  Because he was so afluent and accustomed to never having consequences, the attorney argued that he should get therapy as opposed to jail.


This was the argument, mind you, used in the defense:

He said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch's parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed 14-year-old girl.

Miller also pointed out that Couch was allowed to drive at 13. He said the teen was emotionally flat and needed years of therapy. At the time of the fatal wreck, Couch had a blood alcohol content of .24, said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson. It is illegal for a minor to drive with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.

Prosecutors tried to get 20 years.   The Defense argued for therapy and probation.

Texas State District Judge Jean Boyd sided with the Defense and gave him probation:

(Video below.  If embed no work--here is link to news report.)


The kid is not remorseful in the slightest.  I'm sure he always expected to get off.  The families are devastated.

Tell me again how there are not two Americas and two sets of rules.  Does anyone for a second think if this kid was poor and black he would not be facing death row?



Seymour Hersh says official story of bin Laden killing is ‘one big lie, not one word is...

27 September 2013 - 10:04 PM

Who else called this shit??? And Hersh is a dead man...


Seymour Hersh says official story of bin Laden killing is ‘one big lie, not one word is true’





Guardian piece on the legendary journalist Seymour Hersh, 76, holding forth to young English journalism students.


He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.


Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.


Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.


Other great stuff:

“But I don’t know if it’s going to mean anything in the long [run] because the polls I see in America – the president can still say to voters ‘al-Qaida, al-Qaida’ and the public will vote two to one for this kind of surveillance, which is so idiotic,” he says…


If Hersh was in charge of US Media Inc, his scorched earth policy wouldn’t stop with newspapers.


“I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let’s start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won’t like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” he says….


“The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple.” And he implores journalists to do something about it.


(One comment. The guy’s an investigative journalist. I remember when Hersh fired me with a passion for investigative journalism, back in 1975; he visited my college newspaper and when I asked him what to investigate said that Harvard had likely cooked its admissions standards to exclude radical troublemakers. I couldn’t confirm this. I lacked the chops. At that time, Nick Lemann said “to be an investigative journalist, you have to have a low threshhold for outrage.” Wonderful insight.)



Obama's "Insider Threat Program"... I love me those 80s... especially 1984!

25 June 2013 - 07:24 PM

So, if you work in government, you can look forward to your fellow colleagues watching you and reporting you to Big Brother. Well, looks like we are not in 1984 enough so let's just descend further.  The Obama administration calls this the "Insider Threat Program." Coming soon to a corporation you work for (if it hasn't already). 


"Some non-intelligence agencies already are urging employees to watch their co-workers for indicators that includes stress, divorce and financial problems." - McClatchy News


Check out these links for more details. Also, threw some stuff on Glenn Greenwald being "interviewed" by White House press secretary David Gregory. Glenn calls his ass out for being a gov't lapdog. FUN!!!  :bouncy:


Insider Threat: Government Employees Urged to Tattle On Coworkers in Effort to Stop Classified Leaks


Obama's Insider Threats: Leaking to the Press is ESPIONAGE





Glenn Greenwald vs Meet the Press & Complacent Reporting





Greenwald on Meet The Press re Snowden NSA Prism Surveillance programs  6-23-13



Russell Brand vs Morning Joe

19 June 2013 - 09:10 PM

This video has been making the rounds. It's pretty hilarious watching Russell Brand destroying these MSNBC puppets. I don't know if he went in with the intent to do this or it was because these guys were complete jackoffs. Maybe intended because I think he might have seen the clip of Glenn Greenwald being "interviewed" on Morning Joe last week. She was regurgitating what seemed like White House talking points and Greenwald called her out for it. Maybe that's why he brought up Snowden and their coverage of the news.


Here is the full clip with his last few remarks which seem to be cut out of most reporting:



Here is the Greenwald interview for those who haven't seen it yet. 




PS Anyone know how to make the snapshot of the youtube clip show up? It's not working with the change in the CAG site.