Blog digest Dec 19: Seven homeless people frozen to death in California
An appeals court in Texas ruled last week that police may obtain a search warrant based on the prediction of a future crime. “Search warrants may now be based on predictions of the commission of future crimes,” the judge lamented. Another story happened in California, a 50-year-old California man described by relatives as a “loving father and a doting grandfather,” White had been living on the streets of Hayward for years. One more story to talk about is Amaro, 12-year-old Amaro was gagged and drowned in scalding bathwater. And that's how the youngest member of the Viana family became a statistic: another in a long line of white South African victims of black violence.
“In The Wealthiest Area Of The Country, 7 Homeless People Have Frozen To Death This Winter” – Last Sunday, Joe White, a 50-year old California man, became the seventh homeless person in the San Francisco Bay Area to die in the cold since November 28., writes Scott Keyes on Think Progress. The Bay Area has one of the highest homeless populations in part because of the explosion of recent wealth that has led to increasing inequality and a lack of affordable housing for those without high-paying tech jobs. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, approximately 700 homeless people die from hypothermia every year.
“Texas police can get search warrants based on the ‘prediction of a future crime,’ judge notes” - An appeals court in Texas ruled last week that police may obtain a search warrant based on the prediction of a future crime, says Travis Gettys writing for the Raw Story. Officers in Parker County took Michael Fred Wehrenberg and some associates into custody after a confidential informant told them that they were “fixing to” cook methamphetamine, unlawfully entering and ransacking his house before asked a judge to grant them a search warrant. The trial court denied a request by Wehrenberg’s attorneys to exclude those materials as evidence, citing federal “independent source doctrine” that allows the use of illegally seized evidence identified beforehand by a third party. The court’s lone dissenting justice, Judge Lawrence Meyers, pointed out however that the informant’s tip wasn’t independent evidence but a prediction.
“White-washing Mandela's memory” – Selwyn Duke writing on RenewAmerica describes a different side of Nelson Mandela, the Great Man of Peace, and the consequences of his fight against apartheid that many prefer to ignore, as more than 70,000 whites were murdered in South Africa since 1994, and with White South Africans being placed in the sixth stage of the genocidal process by Genocide Watch. He further explores the myth of Mandela, pointing out that the man did not just found the armed wing of the ANC, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe, but was a terrorist himself, refusing offers by the SA government to release him from prison in 1985 if only he'd renounce violence. “…the inevitable is that whites will be purged from SA, with the only question being how many will escape before that final stage and final solution,” Mr. Duke concludes.
“Duck Dynasty” patriarch suspended for homophobic comments” - Phil Robertson, the father of a family of duck-call manufacturers and the star of hit reality series “Duck Dynasty” aired on A&E channel, has been suspended indefinitely after he called homosexuality a “sin” during his interview to GQ, says Daniel D'Addario writing for Salon. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community,” says the official statement by A&E. “Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” reacted Sarah Palin on her Facebook page.
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