Judge Rules “Jessica’s Law” Infringes On Rights Of Convicted Sex Offenders

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Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter just retired in January–but not before wrapping up what he started and ruling that, “Blanket enforcement of residency restrictions against these [convicted sex offender] parolees has infringed on their liberty and privacy interests, however limited, while bearing no rational relationship to advancing the state’s legitimate goal of protecting children from sexual predators.”

This is in response to 4 registered sex offenders challenged “Jessica’s Law” saying that it infringed on their rights by restricting where they could live. “Jessica’s Law“, which passed in 2006, gives the state the ability to “detect, track and apprehend sexual offenders. Jessica’s Law prohibits sex offenders that are released from prison to live within 2,000 feet of parks and schools, as well as other restrictions.” This expanded upon “Megan’s Law“, which gave the public online access to sex offenders and their locations, which passed in 2004.

Baxter also determined that, “The residency restrictions place burdens on registered sex offender parolees that are disruptive in a way that hinder their treatment, jeopardizes their health and undercuts their ability to find and maintain employment, significantly undermining any effort at rehabilitation,” and that the limitations on the locations of the convicted sex offenders housing requirements had no rational connection to Jessica’s Law’s original intent.

3 of the 4 convicted sex offenders that were challenging the law were homeless and one lived in a van. The court argued that it is far easier to track an offender with a permanent home address than one who is homeless or transient, living in a vehicle.

As of today, this ruling only immediately applies to San Diego County where less than 3% of multifamily housing is available to convicted sex offenders. However, it is anticipated to eventually be instituted in other densely populated areas.  SFGate reports:

Parolees and their advocates have complained that the 2,000-foot residency restriction excludes ex-offenders from housing in most urban areas, where they would have access to jobs and rehabilitative services, and forces them into the streets. In San Francisco, where virtually all housing is within 2,000 feet of a park or a school, a report in 2010 found that more than 80 percent of paroled sex offenders were homeless.

 

Baxter said that the restrictions violated the sex offenders “basic constitutional right to be free of unreasonable, arbitrary and oppressive official action.”  He went on to say, “The residency restrictions place burdens on registered sex offender parolees that are disruptive in a way that hinder their treatment, jeopardizes their health and undercuts their ability to find and maintain employment, significantly undermining any effort at rehabilitation.”

Reuters reports this ruling is

“…an opportunity for sex offenders in other major California cities to challenge the restrictions based on similar arguments.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the agency was reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision.”

 

Although he is officially considered retired, Baxter continues to work on cases that he participated in that originated before his retirement.

 

Featured Image via SCPR.org

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BREAKING: LAPD Shoot and Kill Unarmed Homeless Man (Raw, Uncut VIDEO)

Initially it wasn’t clear what is happening, or has happened.  But what is clear is that there are several police on the scene with several police vehicles in the background responding to an altercation.

Things are frantic and confusing.  Suddenly, shots ring out and an unarmed homeless man is dead on the sidewalk.  It’s not clear what led up to these events, but this story is breaking and I’ll update as the facts unfold.  (UPDATE:  Apparently tents are allowed on the streets from 9pm until 6am and this was midday, with this man’s tent still on the street.  Hardly punishable by death.)

What is clear is that this man was murdered.  Unnecessarily.  By LAPD.

Please be forewarned that this video contains graphic and disturbing images as well as prolific use of profanity.  If these things offend you, please do not watch the video.

WATCH:

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Original Post by Anthony Blackburn.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video(s) above.
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USMC Vet and Union Firefighter Wants An Apology From Scott Walker

Sam Yackel

Sam Yackel wants an apology from Scott Walker for Walker’s remarks comparing Wisconsin protesters to ISIS.

Sam Yackel is a Wisconsin Union Fire Fighter and Marine Corps Veteran, serving in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.  Yackel also participated in the heavily publicized and politicized Wisconsin Labor protests in 2011.

Yackel delivered and brief and hard-hitting speech directed at the Governor of Wisconsin and GOP Presidential Hopeful, Scott Walker:

“Governor Walker’s comments are insulting, outrageous, and frankly delusional. I was at the protests in 2011. I stood side by side with my fellow firefighters, police officers, nurses, teachers, and Wisconsinites of all stripes to protest Walker’s attacks on working families and I was proud to do so.

We exercised our first amendment right to petition our government and it is literally the most American thing you can do.

 Let me be clear. Scott Walker doesn’t know the first thing about terrorism, fighting for your country, or being part of a democracy.

His comments were disgusting and offensive to both my service and the pillars of the democracy I fought to protect. He owes me, every man and woman in uniform, and every citizen of Wisconsin an immediate retraction and an apology.”

Ah…  Refreshing isn’t it?  Click here to demand an apology from Scott Walker.

 

h/t to Wisconsin State AFL-CIO for the story and the image.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Warren Gives Republicans A Spanking: “It’s Time To Put Up Or Shut Up” (VIDEO)

Elizabeth Warren

THIS is why we need Elizabeth Warren in Congress and NOT in the White House.  Not yet anyway.  She has too much work to do before she goes there.

WATCH (full transcript below the video):

TRANSCRIPT:

We are holding this forum to address one of the most urgent issues of our time: the troubled state of America’s middle class.

The American economy is on the move.  The stock market is up and the economy is creating hundreds of thousands of jobs every month.  This is a stark turnaround from the depths of the great recession.  And the policies put in place by President Obama and the Democratic Party deserve credit for this turnaround. But the recovery is not the whole story.

There have been deep structural changes in the economy.  Changes that have gone on for more than 30 years.  Changes that have kept hardworking middle class families from sharing in an improving economy.

For decades after the Great Depression, America built a middle class that was the envy of the world.  Everyone shared in our economic growth.

From 1935 to 1980 90% of America’s families—that is everyone except the top 10%—got 70% of all the income growth. It was a formula that worked.  As our country got richer our families got richer.  But starting in the 1980s something changed. Productivity and GDP just kept going up but workers were left behind.

In the 32 years from 1980 to 2012 90% of Americans got zero income growth.  Nothing.  All that income growth in that 32 year period went to those at the top.  The result of the trend of the last 30 years is clear.  America’s middle class is working harder than ever but millions of people are squeezed to the breaking point.

This didn’t need to happen.  It happened partly because of deliberate choices made right here in Washington:

The choice to tax assembly line workers and teachers at higher rates than billionaire hedge fund managers.

The choice to cut support for higher education and leave students with massive debt.

The choice to cut funding for infrastructure and basic science research that grows the economy and saves lives.

All while giving corporations fat tax breaks for moving jobs overseas.

The choice to run this country for the rich and the powerful instead of running it for hardworking people.

It’s time to make different choices, to stand up to the lobbyists and lawyers and begin to make government work for the middle class once again.

Recently Republicans seem to have discovered the struggles of America’s middle class. Out of nowhere, they’re suddenly talking about this problem. Well that’s great, but talk is cheap and when it comes to action, these Republicans seem to have amnesia about what they’ve actually done to hard-working Americans. Republican trickle-down policies created tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy while leaving working families to pick up the pieces.

I’ll believe Republicans care about what’s happening to America’s middle class when they stop blocking legislation that would require billionaires to pay taxes at least at the same rate that teachers and firefighters do.

Republican trickle-down economics blocked increases in the minimum wage that would have lifted 14 million people out of poverty.

I’ll believe that Republicans care about what’s happening to America’s working families when they stop blocking minimum wage increases and agree that no one, no one in this country should work full time and still live in poverty.

Republican trickle-down economics squeezed billions of dollars of profits out of people who had to borrow money to go to college.

I’ll believe Republicans care about what’s happening to America’s future when they agree to refinance student loans.

I could go on, but the point is the same: Talk is cheap. It’s time for action—action that will strengthen America’s middle-class families and build a strong future, action that will produce good jobs now and in the future.

It is time to put up or shut up.

I have a message for my Republican colleagues: You control Congress. Stop talking about helping the middle class, and start doing it.

Close tax loopholes, raise the minimum wage, cut student loan interest rates, raise social security payments, fund our schools and our highways and medical research.

And if you don’t like those options tell us what you plan to do for people that work full time and still live in poverty, for young people that are drowning in student loan debt, for moms and dads who are busting their tails working long hours and still can’t make it to pay day, for seniors who are having to choose between heating and buying groceries.

So far in this new Congress Republicans have spent weeks debating a pipeline that will benefit a giant foreign oil company, and weeks more threatening a government shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

That’s not good enough.

And that’s why ranking member Cummings and I are holding this forum today, to push this Congress to take action for working people.

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If Fox Is So “Fair And Balanced” Why Are They In The CPAC Lineup?

We all know that Fox’s tag line is bullshit, and this is nothing new.  And up until recently they were, at least in my neck of the woods, relegated to only cable channels so that those of us who wanted to avoid them could do so easily.  But now, Fox is creeping into (and buying up) local news stations.  They slowly change the branding from the original channel to Fox.  Take KTVU for example.  They are now “Fox2″ with the call letters getting smaller and smaller on their logos.

Anyway, on to my original point…  Below is a list of speakers at this year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee), or a list of people that you know have an agenda to destroy the middle class, teach their agenda rather than facts, expand the prison and military complexes and either destroy or privatize our air and water quality.  If you care to you can see the complete CPAC 2015 Agenda here.

Thursday (ET) 

8:40a – Dr. Ben Carson

9:00a – Sen. Mike Lee (Utah)

1:00p – Gov. Chris Christie (NJ)

1:20p – Carly Fiorina

1:40p – Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)

5:00p – Gov. Scott Walker (Wisconsin)

5:20p – Gov. Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)

5:40p – Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska)

Friday

8:00a – Newt Gingrich

8:30a – Laura Ingraham

8:40a – Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida)

9:00a – Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)

10:20a – Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)

11:00a – Sean Hannity

12:00p – Donald Trump

12:20p – Sen. Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania)

1:20p – Wayne LaPierre, NRA

1:40p – Gov. Jeb Bush (Florida)

4:20p – Amb. John Bolton

Saturday

8:30a – Mark Levin

5:20p – Announcement of CPAC straw poll results

During the conference they’ll be vetting their upcoming potential 2016 presidential candidates.  The Straw Poll is where all these people gather at the end of the conference and vote in a fake election for their favorite person to ruin our country, and possibly the world, from 2016 through 2020.  So far looks like they’ll be choosing from Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker!

WHAT A LINEUP!!!

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Marin County “Measles Parties” Are Rumors; Fox Reports As Fact

Back in the 1980s parents would have their children that were infected with chicken pox, purposely infect uninfected children.  The chicken pox vaccine was licensed for use in the United States in 1995.  Yet, some parents are still skeptical of vaccines and choose to intentionally infect their children.

Several parents in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Marin County have joined in the ranks of many in the Los Angeles area, and opted out of vaccinating their children due to “personal beliefs.”  This science and fact-denying has led to the most measles cases since 1995 and the most whooping cough cases since 1947.

In addition to denying decades facts and science, they are also staring into the faces of compromised children like Rhett Krawitt–who has leukemia and cannot be vaccinated–and who could very well face death because of their inability to reason.

KQED recently shared an interview with Marin County resident, home-schooler and anti-vaxxer, Julie Schiffman.  In the interview, KQED asks Schiffman Schiffman about rumored “Measles Parties” taking place in Marin County:

Julie Schiffman is a mother of two in Marin County. The choice to not vaccinate her kids, now 6 and 8, was a long and difficult one, she said. But deciding whether to intentionally expose them to measles was easy.

“I would never do that to my kid,” she said.

She was approached recently by a friend who knew her kids were unvaccinated. The friend offered to help set up a play date with another child who was sick.

“She said, ‘I know someone who has the measles, would you like to be connected with them?’” Schiffman said.

Measles parties and chicken pox parties are practices that developed in eras before vaccines for those diseases were available. Both viruses are known to cause greater, more dangerous complications in adults. So some parents would intentionally infect their kids when they were young to work through the illness in its milder form, then retain immunity.

Julie Schiffman says she and her husband are willing to reconsider vaccinating their kids, but no evidence has surfaced to change their minds yet. She says she respects the choice of other parents who decide to expose their unvaccinated kids to measles. But she and her husband declined the opportunity.

“I would want that to be something they decide on their own, when they’re older and are more capable of assessing the risks and dangers,” she says.

“When they’re teenagers, I’d say, ‘okay, you have a choice, you can get vaccinated or you can get the measles, what would you rather?’” she said. “Then they have more say over what they do with their bodies. And I would respect their choice, whatever it was.”

You can hear the interview here:

Marin County Public Health Official, Matt Willis, says, “Measles is a serious illness that can cause brain swelling, long-term neurological effects and even death.  There is no evidence that immunity gained through becoming sick with measles is any better than vaccine-imparted immunity.  Any parents who are considering this, they should have a look at a child who’s really sick with measles, and I think they’d change their minds.”

Never to be the ones to miss out on a some “click-bait journalism”, several Fox “News” outlets reported that the measles parties were in fact happening–although there is no evidence to support that.

I’m not sure if it’s because of the Snopes post that debunks their “reporting”, but at least one of their affiliates, myFoxDC, has removed the false story and some of them, like myFoxAustin, is reporting that there is no basis to support the claim of the measles parties.

 

Featured image courtesy of Orlando Sentinel.

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Dubbed Video Shows President Obama Rapping “Shake It Off”

This is pretty funny.  It’s just pure silliness, but I love it!  (Original video and lyrics below)

ENJOY:

I stay up too late
Got nothing in my brain
That’s what people say
That’s what people say
I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
That’s what people say
But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright
Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off

I never miss a beat
I’m lighting up my feet
And that’s what they don’t see
That’s what they don’t see
I’m dancing on my own
I make the moves as I go
And that’s what they don’t know
That’s what they don’t know
But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright
Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you been getting down and out about the liars
And the dirty dirty cheats of the world
You could have been getting down to this sick beat

My ex man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like oh my god
But I’m just gonna shake
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over baby we could shake, shake

Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off. Shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off

 

 

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