Monday, April 30, 2012
Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 55-year-old Hispanic with the 1992 strangulation killing of a woman in midtown Kansas City
Latino Juan C. Marin killed 26-year-old Tiffany Bloomquist in her apartment in May 1992. Testing of evidence left at the scene matched a sample of DNA from Marin. Marin, whose address is listed as a downtown homeless shelter, is on probation for illegal drug possession, according to Jackson County court records. According to court documents, DNA testing of a pair of panties from the crime scene was done in 2005 and a match was made with Marin in 2008. When he was questioned at that time, he denied knowing Bloomquist or being inside an apartment in her building. When asked to explain why DNA evidence linked him to the crime, Marin stated, “I didn’t do it. I didn’t even know that it had happened,” according to the court documents. In October 2009, a witness, who told police that he had been in Bloomquist’s apartment in May 1992 when two men had an altercation with her, identified a photograph of Marin as being one of the men. Subsequent DNA testing linked Marin to evidence found on a blanket and sheet from the bedroom where Bloomquist was killed, as well as pantyhose found wrapped around her neck.
Britain: Four men have appeared in court accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a Territorial Army base by driving a remote controlled car with a bomb under the gate
Zahid Iqbal, 30, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 24, Syed Hussain, 21, and Umar Arshad, 23, are accused of preparing acts of terrorism and possessing documents useful for terrorism. The men are charged with discussing methods, materials and targets for a terrorist attack using firearms and improvised explosive devices between January 2011 and their arrest on April 25, 2012. They researched, downloaded and discussed electronic files containing practical instructions for a terrorist attack. The men are also charged with “encouraging and participating in physical training” in Snowdonia, purchasing survival equipment, and facilitating and planning travel to Pakistan for terrorism. They also collected and supplied funds for terrorist purposes overseas, amounting to more than £180,000 and miniature gold bars worth £10,000. The men had downloaded six issues of the al-Qaeda magazine Inspire which included the recipe, “How to Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom” by the al-Qaeda Chef, described as “practical instructions on how to make a viable improvised explosive device.” Other documents found in their possession included 44 Ways to Support Jihad by the former al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, while two of them had a document called 21 Techniques of Silent Killing and a third man had a copy of the Explosives Course 2.
Boko Haram, a Muslim organization that advocates instituting Sharia law in Nigeria, has once again attacked Christian worshipers in two cities
At least 20 worshippers were killed in the latest attacks. The attacks took place in the NorthEast town of Maiduguri, and in Kano, the country’s second largest city. In the Kano attack, gunmen arrived on motorbikes at a university lecture theater being used for Christian services and threw small homemade bombs into the building. They then proceeded to shoot worshippers as they attempted to flee the devastation. The group has engaged in a series of attacks around the country including bombings on Christmas and Easter. In January 2012, the group, whose name means, “Western education is sacrilege,” issued an ultimatum to Christians in the north telling them to leave the area in three days or be attacked. Under Sharia Law, non-Muslims are considered to be second class citizens and any attempts to speak disparagingly against Islam such as saying, "Jesus is the only way to Heaven," is considered blasphemy and could be punishable by death. It is often forbidden to attempt to get anyone to leave Islam. On January 20, 2012 26 days after the deadly Christmas Day massacre, Boko Haram killed 185 people in a string of coordinated attacks. A spokesman for the Muslim group conveys a different attitude to those of another faith besides his own. “I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams,” the spokesman said in a video released online. In America, the Council on American Islamic Relations has vigorously fought every attempt to pass legislation ensuring that Sharia law cannot be used as the basis for court decisions. The group claims Sharia law is compatible with the Constitution and there is no danger of blasphemy laws being implemented in America. However, there have been several cases where Sharia law was used, including in a New Jersey case where a judge refused to grant a restraining order to a woman sexually abused by her husband stating the husband was simply acting according to his Muslim beliefs. A Muslim judge in Pennsylvania dismissed assault charges on an atheist who was dressed as a zombie Muhammed. The judge not only dismissed the charges but instead dressed down the victim saying he should be grateful he did not live in a Muslim country where the penalty was much worse. In another case, a judge in Ohio ruled that a decision by prison officials to remove pork from the menu to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities did not constitute an establishment of religion by the state since everyone was required to eat the same food.
A Bosnian Muslim former soldier has become the first woman to be convicted of war crimes after pleading guilty to killing Croat civilians and prisoners during the 1990s war
Rasema Handanovic participated with other members of her unit in the executions of three civilians and three soldiers, according to war crimes court judge Jasmina Kosovic. She was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail. The crimes were committed on April 16, 1993, in the village of Trusina, in southern Bosnia. A total of 18 Croat civilians and four prisoners of war were killed at the time. Handanovic pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against other former members of her unit under a plea bargaining agreement which saw her get a lighter sentence. She was a member of the Zulfikar special unit, which was under the direct control of the Muslim-led Bosnian army headquarters. Six other members of the unit are currently on trial before local courts over their role in the Trusina killings. Handanovic emigrated to the United States after Bosnia's 1992-1995 war and now holds both US and Bosnian passports. The 39-year-old was extradited to Bosnia in December 2011.
Opening arguments are underway in the trial of the Hispanic gang member accused of gunning down black high school football player Jamiel Shaw, who was shot to death near his home in March 2008
Latino gang member Pedro Espinoza, now 23, faces the death penalty if convicted. Shaw was gunned down near his Arlington Heights home on March 2, 2008, while the teen talked on the phone with his girlfriend. Prosecutors told jurors that Shaw was targeted because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack. The colors, claim Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace were all it took to signal to Espinoza that Shaw was a member of a rival gang. Shaw did not have any gang affiliations. "Pedro Espinoza would not let this opportunity pass," said Grace in court. At the time of his arrest, Espinoza had been residing in the United States illegally, and had just been released from jail on a firearms charge the day before Shaw was killed.
A solid majority of white Millennials, 56%, say that government has paid too much attention to the problems of blacks and other minorities
An even larger majority, 58%, say that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.
Illinois: A black state representative caught on tape accepting a $7,000 bribe has pleaded not guilty in federal court
Pretty much business as usual for a black politician.
Barack Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee survey, a significant improvement over where he stood half a year ago in the organization’s polling
The poll shows Obama with 61% of the Jewish vote, as opposed to 28% for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is the likely Republican nominee. That’s an improvement for Obama over an AJC survey in September 2011, when Obama scored 50% and Romney 32%. But it’s still substantially lower than the 78% Obama scored among Jews in exit polls in 2008 and an improvement for Romney over the 22% garnered by the previous GOP nominee, John McCain. The AJC’s new findings are similar to those of the Public Religion Research Institute in March 2012. That poll showed Obama scoring 62% of the Jewish vote, as opposed to 30% for a GOP candidate. In the AJC poll, respondents identified the economy and health care as by far the two most important election issues. Among respondents who attend synagogue at least once a week, only 52% said that they would vote for Obama, likely reflective of the more conservative leanings of Orthodox voters. The 11% of respondents who were undecided in the AJC poll said that they leaned toward Romney and Obama in roughly equal numbers. Romney, for his part, struggles with high negative ratings from Jews, with 57% saying that they have an unfavorable view of him. He is, however, far more popular with Jews than his previous top two GOP primary opponents; Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are each viewed unfavorably by approximately three-quarters of Jews. Obama has spoken three times in the past six months to Jewish audiences and emphasized Israel’s security, whatever the forum — whether it was the Union for Reform Judaism in December 2011, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2012 or the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in April 2012. The approach appears to be paying off among Jewish voters. The AJC poll showed Obama scoring 58% approval in how he managed the US-Israel relationship and 69% in how he handled national security. In September 2011, just 40% of respondents to an AJC poll approved of his handling of the US relationship with Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also saw a spike in approval for his handling of the US-Israel relationship, to 70% from 54% in September 2011. Then and now, the economy seems to be the most important factor influencing voters. Just 37% of Jewish respondents approved of Obama’s handling of the economy in September 2011. That climbed 20 points to 57% in this poll. Asked about the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, 89% of respondents said that they were concerned, with 64% supporting a U.S. strike should diplomacy and sanctions fail. Majorities of respondents said that they preferred Democrats over Republicans on every issue on which they were queried. Democrats beat Republicans most decisively on social issues: 81% preferred how Democrats handled abortion, and 74% preferred how the party dealt with church-state issues. Republicans won their highest marks on US-Israel relations, where they were favored by 40% as opposed to 57% support for Democrats, and the Iranian nuclear issue, where they were preferred by 37% to 60% for Democrats. The gender gap in the general electorate was reflected among Jews: Obama had the support of 67% of Jewish women as opposed to 55% of Jewish men; Romney had the support of 34% of Jewish men and 22% of women.
Two women saved an eight-year-old boy from being killed by his Hispanic father who was attempting to cut off his arms as part of a human sacrifice in a cemetery
Jaymisha Pires and Corey Granberry grabbed the badly injured boy after his forearms had been slashed open. Joseph Ramirez was later tackled by a security guard at the cemetery where he had tried to kill his son. The 30-year-old told police that his dead grandmother told him to sacrifice his son. The injured boy was recovering in hospital with knife wounds to his forearms. Ramirez was taken to a hospital and will be charged with child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon on his release.
Britain: A South Asian court clerk who was caught watching porn by a judge during a rape trial has been spared jail
Debasish Majumder, 54, sat casually viewing explicit online material while a sex attack victim gave evidence at Inner London Crown Court. Majumder, who had been working for the courts service for 27 years, confessed to routinely watching Internet porn when he was bored. He was spotted by Judge Nigel Seed QC, viewing the footage, and subsequently reported the incident. Detectives then found indecent pseudo images of children and extreme porn on his home computer. Kingston Crown Court heard the married father-of-one made a series of porn searches during the rape trial in early December 2010. Majumder was sentenced to seven months in prison which was suspended for two years. Majumder admitted a single count of misconduct in public office, seven counts of possessing indecent pseudo images of children and an additional count of possessing extreme pornography. He will now be supervised for 18 months and must sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. His computer usage will also be monitored and he will be subject to a sex offender’s prevention order for five years.
Black crime: A pregnant woman was found stabbed to death and stuffed in the trunk of a car and police have charged the father of the unborn child with murder
Jasmine Moss was 14 weeks pregnant with Nathan Rodgers' baby, both of Washington, when she was stabbed repeatedly. He is charged with first-degree murder. Court records show that Rodgers, 22, had been sentenced to home detention following an assault conviction in 2011.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
About 4 in 5 American Jews have unfavorable opinions of Christian Evangelicals — about the same percentage who voted for Obama in the 2008 election
American Jews are far more favorable to Muslims (41.4%) than to Evangelicals.
A woman who was in the United States illegally when she ran over and killed a disabled man in Massachusetts in 2011 could be deported to her native Guatemala without standing trial here
Scott Coxall, 39, was killed after he was hit by a car driven by Bianca Contreras while crossing the street in downtown Waltham on November 23, 2011. Contreras, who fled the scene, was slated to stand trial when a federal immigration judge sitting in Boston ruled that she should be deported. Federal officials now intend to release Contreras from custody without trying her for motor vehicle homicide, which the victim's father called outrageous. “I want [the judge] to explain to me how he can let someone that’s facing criminal charges just go home," Thomas Coxall said. "I’d like to see her stand trial.” Contreras was traveling double the speed limit when she struck Coxall. Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Middlesex district attorney are opposed to the decision, handed down by federal Immigration Court Judge Steven F. Day. Contreras was released from jail after posting bail, but was then put in custody by South Bay House of Correction in Boston, where federal immigration officials are holding her. The DA intends to request that a Waltham District Court judge keep Contreras behind bars on the original charges. If the approval for deportation is not reversed, Contreras will be free as soon as the plane hits the ground in Guatemala.
Latinos in Arizona score lower on state standardized tests than white students, have higher dropout rates and are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree
The percentage of Latinos ages 25 to 34 who had a bachelor’s degree or higher increased only 1 percentage point to a total of 9%, compared with 32% for whites. Latinos are expected to make up a majority of Arizona’s population and wage earners in the future. Latinos make up nearly one-third of the state’s population and about 47% of its children under 19. They are likely to become the majority within two decades.
As of 2010, a quarter of ex-felons were African American which is twice their percentage of the general population
One in three black men and one in six Hispanic men will be incarcerated at some point during their lifetime, compared to one in 17 white men.
A 28-year-old black man is accused of holding up a couple at gunpoint, taking their car, forcing the female to ride with him, and then killing her and dumping her body off Interstate 26
African-American Tyler A. Brown Kelly has been charged by North Charleston police with kidnapping, carjacking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and attempted armed robbery, said police spokesman Spencer Pryor. Authorities in Berkeley County are expected to charge Brown-Kelly with murder, Pryor said.
According to a 2005 FBI report, blacks accounted for 13% of the population and 49% of all homicide victims
In 93% of the cases, the killer was black. Half of the victims were ages 17 to 29. That works out to 4,000 murders of young blacks in one year, overwhelmingly at the hands of other blacks.
Only 7.9% of interracial marriages are between a black and a white.
Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young has been arrested on a hate crime harassment charge attacking a man in front of a New York hotel and yelling anti-Semitic abuse. Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York, where he was staying ahead of a series with the New York Yankees. Nearby, a group of about four Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke, asking for spare change. As the group walked up to the hotel doors Young started yelling "F***ing Jews! F***ing Jews!". It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the Chicago group along Sixth Avenue. Young scratched a 32-year-old man pushing him to the ground in the hotel lobby. Both Young and the group went inside the hotel, retreating to their rooms, where one of Young's victims noticed several scratches and called police. Officers arrested the player on a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime and took him to a hospital because he was intoxicated, while the injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics. Having sobered up Young was then taken to the Midtown North Precinct.
African-American Bryan Clay bludgeoned to death 10-year-old Karla Martinez and her mother, Ignacia Martinez at their Robin Street home in an apparent random crime. Karla’s father, Arturo Martinez, 39, was critically injured in the bludgeoning attack and remains in hospital with head injuries. Ignacia and Arturo’s 9-year-old son tragically discovered the slain bodies of his mother and sister, going into school and telling teachers at his Mabel Hoggard Elementary School that they had been killed by his dad. Police later rejected the allegation. Karla had been raped prior to her death, Las Vegas Metro police said in a press conference. Clay carried out a separate sexual assault, against a 50-year-old woman the day before the bloody murders. Metro Lt. Rob Lundquist said that Clay began chasing the woman at around 2am on April 15, 2012 grabbing her and dragging her into a desert area and violently attacking her in what became a sexual assault. Police said that they are treating the crimes as unrelated and do not believe Clay had any relationship with his victims prior to the attacks. Clay was arrested on a child abuse charge and is to be re-booked as soon as possible on charges of sexual assault and murder.
School suspensions: Black boys are suspended at about three times the rate for white boys, and black girls at nearly four times the white rate
Is this evidence of anti-black discrimination? If yes, then does the fact that Asians are suspended less often than whites prove the existence of anti-white discrimination? Or do the racial differences in school suspension rates merely prove that blacks are more likely to misbehave than whites and whites are more likely to misbehave than Asians?
California’s unemployment rate of 10.9% is the nation’s third highest, behind only Nevada and Rhode Island
Many Californians have been departing for more affordable states, with a net loss of four million residents to other states over the past 20 years (while continuing, of course, to attract immigrants - particularly Hispanics.) Of those who remain, nearly two-in-five Californians pay no income tax, and one in four receive Medicaid. Once among the best-educated Americans, Californians are rapidly becoming less so. Among people over 64, California stands second in percentage of people with an associate degree or higher; among those aged 25 to 34, it ranks 30th. As the Hispanic population continues to increase in other states, they too will probably decline in the same way as California.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Jorge Victorino-Vazquez, 32, attempted to recruit someone who would be willing to kill his wife or would sell him a gun. Vazquez was arrested after a week-long undercover investigation into the man's murder plot.
Black athlete crime: Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster has been convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with the 15-year-old daughter of his former assistant coach for the Cincinnati team
A jury in Cincinnati found Webster, 34, guilty on four counts after six hours of deliberation. The prosecutor's office said that he can now be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say that Webster had sexual contact with the girl in 2009 when she was 15 and threatened to harm her if she told anyone.
South Africa: A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after raping an eight-year-old schoolgirl and gouging out one of her eyes
The horrific attack saw the young girl subjected to a brutal sex attack, as well as being bitten and gouged on her way home from school in Gingindlovu, near Durban, South Africa. Police said they believed the youngster dragged the young girl into a sugar field and subjected her to a brutal sex attack before gouging out her left eye and attempting to gouge out the other. It is also thought that the teenager tried to strangle the young girl while her grandmother waited for her to return home. The suspect, who cannot be named, told his grandmother that he carried out the attack after becoming possessed by demons. The horrific incident comes a week after South Africa was left reeling when a video of a teenage girl being brutally gang raped went viral around Johannesburg. South Africa has one of the worst rape records in the world. Official crime statistics showed that there were a total of 56,272 rapes reported in 2011 in South Africa. The huge number amounts to an average of 154 rapes per day - or more than six every hour.
A ten-year-old boy's brutal death at the hands of his black stepfather could have been avoided after it was revealed the boy called 911 twice in the past year to report abuse
Abdifatah Mohamud, from Buffalo, New York, was found beaten to death in his family's basement. He was bound, gagged and struck repeatedly with a rolling pin. The stepfather who is accused of killing him is from Somalia.
A black man shot and killed his sleeping 13-year-old half-sister and critically wounded his mother during an early morning shooting at a Harlem housing complex
The 28-year-old African-American suspected of the attack, identified in reports as Steven Murray, was then shot and injured after a whirlwind chase with police at the scene, NYPD officials said, where he reportedly survived a hail of 84 bullets. The mother and daughter were discovered inside an apartment at the Polo Grounds Houses at 2971 Frederick Douglass Blvd., after authorities responded to the scene about 3:32 a.m., police and fire officials said. The 13-year-old girl, identified by friends as Annie Fryar, was shot in the head and died at the scene, police said. The mother, 44, identified in reports as Christine Fryar, was struck multiple times and taken to Harlem Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police added.
Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death
The new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament. It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women's rights of getting education and employment. The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said that marriage remains valid even after death. He also said that a women has the right to have sex with her dead husband.
More than 7% of the 3.5 million children born in the year before the 2010 Census were of two or more races, up from barely 5% a decade earlier
The number of children born to black and white couples and to Asian and white couples almost doubled.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Obama's America: Forty-five million people – that's one in seven living in the United States – received food stamps in 2011
That's a 70% increase from 2007, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office. It shows that in 2010, about three out of four food stamp households included a child, a person older than 60 or someone who is disabled. Most households getting food stamps were very low income, only about $8,800 per year. The average food stamp benefit per household was about $290 a month, which comes out to $4.30 per person per day. The worst part is food stamp use is only expected to grow. In 2022, it's estimated that spending on food stamps will be among the highest of all non-health related federal programs for the poor. Speaking of spending, it follows that the cost of the food stamp program has skyrocketed along with the growing number of participants. The cost rose from $30 billion in 2007 to $72 billion in 2011. The CBO says that about two-thirds of the cost increase is due to more people getting food stamps. But spending is also going up due to temporarily higher benefits from the stimulus law.
Homicides in Cincinnati increasingly involve a black victim and a black assailant, a trend that has risen through the decade
Since 2005, 86% of homicides in which an arrest was made involved black-on-black violence, up from about 75% of homicide arrests from 2000 through 2004. Eight of 10 homicide victims since 2000 have been black, and all but one of the 66 homicide victims in 2011 was black. An increasing proportion of homicide victims were black in recent years as well, with an analysis showing that they made up 78% of homicide victims from 2000 to 2004, with that proportion rising to 84% between 2005 and the present. The 2010 Census shows that Cincinnati had become a predominantly minority city, with the white population dropping to 48.1%, from 53% in 2000. Although it's getting more attention, the issue of black-on-black crime has been analyzed before. In 1995, it was reported that an African-American in Cincinnati was 10 times more likely to be the victim of another black in a violent crime than of a white.
A young black woman is the second person to be charged in the brutal attack caught on tape. In a humiliating video gone viral, a white Baltimore tourist was beaten, robbed and later stripped naked by a throng of black attackers. Now, 20-year-old African-American Shayona Davis is behind bars, charged with assault and armed robbery. Davis used her shoe, her high-heeled shoe, as a weapon during that attack. Prosecutors and detectives were able to charge her with armed robbery because she used that shoe as a blunt force object. Davis is the second suspect in police custody for the beating. Previously, black 20-year-old Aaron Parsons turned himself in after tipsters from as far away as California called authorities. Parsons was seen throwing the first punch at the white victim. Detectives have also identified 18-year-old Deangelo Carter and 21-year-old Shatia Baldwin in the video and put warrants out for their arrests. As can be seen from the video, there are many more than four suspects in this case. Police are heavily relying on help from the public to identify those people.
While only 13% of the population, blacks accounted for 28% of nationwide arrests in 2010 and 38.1% of arrests for violent crime (murders, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault)
Larry Elder has some interesting facts on blacks and crime.
An illegal immigrant with a 12-year criminal history and 35 arrests under his belt cannot be deported back to Palestine because the United States will not recognize his homeland as a country
Sofyan Eldani, who lives in Alabama, was arrested after police discovered crack cocaine in his vehicle. When officers reviewed the 45-year-old’s criminal record, they were shocked to discover that he had been arrested 35 times over a period of 12 years. Eldani has at least nine convictions, including four felonies, and has served six months in an Alabama prison for receiving stolen property. His long list of arrests includes assault, fraudulent checks, criminal mischief, resisting arrests, reckless endangerment, shoplifting, burglary, drug possession, failure to appear, probation violation, possession of a drug paraphernalia and DUI. But when Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler contacted Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials they said that the convicted felon could not be deported because the United States does not recognize Palestine – his homeland – as a country. They added that other countries had also refused to take Eldani, who holds an Egyptian passport. Eldani is currently in prison on a $200,000 bond for his most recent drug trafficking charges.
Hispanics living in the United States who are diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have a lower risk for overall mortality than other ethnic groups, despite having poorer access to care, a retrospective analysis found
Among patients with NSCLC, survival was significantly greater among Hispanics than among whites, according to Brian E. Lally, MD, and colleagues from the University of Miami in Florida. And blacks had significantly worse survival than whites.
Representatives of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements renewed their appeals to Obama to grant clemency to Jewish traitor Jonathan Pollard
The calls for Pollard's release came from the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Rabbinical Assembly, the National Council of Young Israel, Agudath Israel of America and the Orthodox Union. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the central coordinating body representing 51 national Jewish organizations, also called on Obama to grant clemency for Pollard. In their clemency appeals, the Jewish leaders threw their weight behind the official request from Israeli President Shimon Peres to Obama to release Pollard, according to a statement from the Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization. A petition signed by more than 35,000 Israelis has called on Peres to use his influence with the White House to ensure that Pollard is released.
A black teenager poured gasoline over his mother's bed and burned his family home down after a fight over a cell phone
Aldwin Chyrstian Caceres was arrested after grabbing his mother by the wrists, pushing her onto a bed and headbutting her in the forehead twice during the row in Tampa, Florida. But once the 18-year-old was released from jail, he returned to his home and poured gasoline over two couches and his mother's empty bed. He faces first-degree arson charges after an unidentified witness saw the incident and called the police. Caceres later admitted to dousing his house in gasoline and igniting the furniture because his mother had broken his cell phone. He also faces domestic battery charges.
As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations with medics offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10
The practice, which involves the surgical removal of external genitalia and in some cases the stitching of the vaginal opening, is illegal in Britain and carries up to a 14 year prison sentence. It is also against the law to arrange FGM. Known as "cutting", the procedure is traditionally carried out for cultural reasons and is widespread across Africa. It is thought to be needed as proof of a girl's "purity" for when she marries, but victims are rarely given anaesthetic and frequently suffer long-term damage and pain. Research suggests that every year up to 6,000 girls in London are at risk of the potentially fatal procedure, and more than 22,000 in Britain as a whole.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
On every known measure of cognitive ability, on IQ, SATs, GREs, everything, blacks average about one standard deviation, fifteen IQ points, below whites
Our racial policy has proved a disaster. Blacks have not assimilated. They constitute a separate people having almost nothing in common with the surrounding European society. All attempts to turn them into middle-class whites in darker packaging have failed.
Researchers claim that math teachers are unjustifiably biased in favor of white male students. Interestingly, they are also biased in favor of black female students. The researchers wrote, "Once we take into account that, on average, black and Hispanic male and female students have lower grades and test scores than white males, teachers do not rate the math ability of minority students less favorably than students belonging to the traditionally advantaged category of white males."
Mansfield Frazier says that Zimmerman should take a plea deal to prevent black racial violence.
A black teenager has been arrested for attacking two women in Brooklyn in which he used a hammer to threaten them
Anthony Moore, 19, of Queens Village, raped an 18-year-old after threatening her with a hammer and forcing her to a desolate spot in Brownsville. Later, Moore approached a 22-year-old woman and tried to threaten her with a hammer, but she fought him off. Moore was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, forcible touching, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon in the two attacks. He has several prior arrests for an assault and robberies, police said.
Steve Sailer points out that in October 2000 George W. Bush came out against profiling Arab and Muslim airline passengers as potential terrorists and said that he would abolish such practices as president - which he did. I wonder if the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks could have been prevented if the government had continued to see Arab and Muslims airline passengers as potential terrorists?
The Harlem African-American who stabbed a New York City police officer in the head has been arraigned on charges of attempted murder in Manhattan Criminal Court, where it was revealed that a grand jury returned an indictment against him
Terrance Hale, 26, was charged with stabbing Officer Eder Loor, 28, in the left temple with a 3 1/2 inch blade after Loor and his partner responded to a 911 call from Hale's mother, who told police that her son was acting erratically and needed to be hospitalized. Loor's partner said that he saw Hale punch Loor in the head and that Loor's head was bleeding profusely. Another officer on the scene of the stabbing said that she saw Loor holding his bleeding head with one hand and holding a knife with his other hand, saying, "He stabbed me. He stabbed me," according to the criminal complaint. Assistant District Attorney Linda Mitchell said in court that grand jury had already indicted Hale. He was ordered held without bail until his Supreme Court arraignment in May 2012. Hale, who has a long history of mental illness, was held at Bellevue.
Britain: A group of Muslim men who abducted and raped two teenage girls as part of their Eid celebrations laughed in court as they were jailed for a total of 38 years
The girls, aged 15 and 16, were lured miles from their home to a dingy hostel. In a horrifying weekend-long ordeal, they were plied with alcohol and repeatedly raped by two men, Shamrez Rashid and Amar Hussain, before being offered to a number of others who also used them for sex. The 16-year old was forced to have sex six times with four different men. The younger victim was raped by one man and then sexually assaulted by another. One defendant, Rashid, 20, was said to have claimed that the girls had enjoyed the sex, which he said had taken place as they celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid. The five Muslim defendants laughed and smirked as the horrifying details of their offenses were described in court. Rashid – who had already been found guilty of two rapes, an attempted rape, child abduction and an attempted sexual assault – grinned, laughed and made gun gestures in the dock. The trial at Birmingham Crown Court was the latest of several cases in which groups of South Asian men have been accused of sexually exploiting vulnerable girls. Hussain was found guilty of child abduction and three rapes and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Rashid received ten years for child abduction, two rapes, an attempted rape and attempted sexual assault. Adil Saleem, 20, was given eight years for one count of rape. Jahbar Rafiq, 28, was handed eight years for rape and sexual assault and Amer Islam Choudhrey, 20, was given 15 months for child abduction and sexual assault.
The increased SCD risk in black patients was independent of their greater burden of risk factors for SCD and remained significant after adjusting for potential confounders including incident myocardial infarction and in-treatment blood pressure. The LIFE (Losartan Intervention for Endpoint Reduction) study examined the incidence of SCD in 533 black and 8660 non-black hypertensive patients with electrocardiographically determined left ventricular hypertrophy who were randomly allocated to receive treatment with either losartan 50 mg or atenolol 50 mg daily, both uptitrated as needed to achieve a target pressure of 140/90 mmHg or lower. The findings showed that during a mean follow-up period of 4.8 years, SCD occurred in 178 (1.9%) patients: 17 black and 161 non-black patients. The 5-year SCD rate was significantly higher in black patients than in nonblack patients, at 3.9% versus 1.9%. In univariate analysis, black hypertensive patients had a significant 97% higher risk for SCD than non-black patients. Multivariate analysis adjusting for potential confounders including history of heart failure, incident myocardial infarction, and diastolic and systolic blood pressure demonstrated that black race was significantly associated with a significant 98% increased risk for SCD. The increased rate of SCD in black hypertensive patients may be due to an increased prevalence of mutations in the cardiac sodium channel gene SCN5A, which could predispose them to developing fatal and nonfatal ventricular arrhythmias.
In the midst of a live TV report about a South Carolina crime crackdown, a 20-year-old black man shoved a female reporter, grabbed her microphone, and screamed, “I am that n*gger!” into the camera
Shortly after bumrushing reporter Ashley Taylor, 23, during her report on the 11 PM news, African-American Justin Moore, 20, was arrested by Myrtle Beach police. Taylor, a reporter with WMBF, an NBC affiliate, was not injured during the incident. According to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report, Taylor told cops that 4-5 black males approached her crew as they prepared for a report. “When she went live with her report one of the black males pushed her to the side almost to the ground and ripped the microphone from her hand.” After interrupting the broadcast, Moore ran off laughing and yelling, reported police. He was later located by police - who examined video of Taylor’s report - and apprehended after he attempted to flee. Moore, a Charlotte, North Carolina resident, was also positively identified by Taylor. Moore was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Horry County jail in lieu of $1356 bond. Before Moore interrupted her broadcast, Taylor was planning to report on how escalating crime rates were impacting businesses along Ocean Boulevard, where she had set up with her crew. Immediately after Moore yelled "I am that n*gger," WMBF cut away from Taylor's report.
A Hispanic teenager who raised money by claiming to be dying of cancer has been arrested after being indicted on a theft-by-deception charge
Police arrested Angie Gomez, 19, at her place of work after a warrant was issued. Gomez was jailed, and her bond was set at $50,000. A grand jury in the 34th District Court indicted Gomez on a state jail felony charge of theft by deception, the amount of the theft being more than $1,500 and less than $20,000, documents stated. The Latina had told a heartbreaking tale of having leukemia as a child and now fighting a fatal resurgence of the cancer. She told classmates at Horizon High School that doctors in January 2011 had given her six months to live. Classmates and teachers rallied around her and held fundraisers, and then she was invited to speak at other schools. Several people helped Gomez create the Achieve the Dream Foundation intended to help families of children with cancer. On June 2, 2011, Horizon City police opened an investigation after receiving a complaint that Gomez did not appear to be ill. It had been six months, the time doctors had supposedly told her that she had left to live. Police had said detectives found no information that Gomez ever had cancer. Detectives subpoenaed the bank records of the Achieve the Dream Foundation. Investigators estimated that Gomez received $17,000 from fundraisers, checks, gift cards and in-kind donations. It has never been disclosed whether Gomez returned the money.
Alton L. Hayes III, a black man charged with a hate crime, told police that he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up a white man
Hayes and a friend walked up behind the white male victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.” The two rifled through the white victim’s pockets, then threw him to the ground and punched him numerous times in the head and back before running away. Hayes and his friend are black; the victim is white. After being arrested, Hayes told police that he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said, citing court records. Martin, 17, was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder. Zimmerman is Hispanic, while Martin was black. Hayes was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime, all felonies, Oak Park police Detective Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds said. Hayes was ordered held on $80,000 bond and remains in the Cook County Jail. His friend was referred to juvenile court.
African-American Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on the Labrador terrier. The teen then flicked a lit cigarette at him causing burns which covered more than 70% of the puppy's body. Ewing is charged with felony animal cruelty. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in jail.
A black man who has been following couples into several New Jersey hotels, forcing them to have sex with one another before he sexually assaulting the women has finally been caught
African-American Rasheed Powell, 36, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Powell targeted at least six couples that were checking into hotels. Powell has served time before, he was just realized in May 2010 after spending eight years in prison for carjacking. In addition to the aggravated assault charges, Powell is also accused of 12 counts of first-degree robbery and six-counts of second-degree weapon possession. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
A Hispanic school board member is in hot water for posting a racist epithet on his Facebook page, accompanied by a disturbing picture of a nearly-naked dancing black child
Morton High School District board member Michael Iniquez, who is Hispanic, wrote on his Facebook wall: ‘IT’S FRIDAY, N***AS!’ recently. Now, a parents group is outraged over the post and is eagerly waiting for the results of the board’s internal investigation. Iniquez did not star out any letters in the word on his Facebook page.
Individuals are genetically programmed to work together and cooperate with those who most resemble themselves
A tendency for similar individuals to cooperate selectively with one another, even if they are not close relatives, can evolve spontaneously in organisms. This may help to explain why cooperation is so widespread in nature. Similarity discrimination evolves quickly and powerfully in many types of social encounters. It evolves spontaneously in populations of organisms who are merely programmed to behave either cooperatively or selfishly, initially at random, and can recognize others who are genetically similar to themselves.
The FBI got a warrant to dig up the basement near Etan Patz’s home after one of the suspects, African-American Othniel Miller, was accused of raping his ten-year-old niece a few years after the boy disappeared. The ex-wife of Miller, a black handyman who was friendly with six-year-old Etan, told police that she divorced him after learning that he attacked the girl in her New Jersey home. Police used this claim of child abuse to excavate the Soho basement where Miller had his wood shop and was living when the boy vanished in 1979. Police have been aware of Miller, a Jamaican immigrant, since the boy vanished as he walked alone for the first time to get to his school bus stop. However, Jose Ramos, who did odd-jobs for Miller, was held responsible for the boy’s death in a civil case. Ramos is currently in jail serving a 20 year sentence for abusing two other boys. It is believed that Etan's mother Julie Patz urged authorities to question Miller - who now lives in Brooklyn - after Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance reopened the case shortly after he took office in 2010.
Black students at the University of Memphis hanged from a tree a piñata made to look like a white woman, and took turns beating it with a stick
Remember it is only a hate crime when white people do it.
In a quarter-century, at the rate Nigeria is growing, 300 million people — a population about as big as that of the present-day United States — will live in a country roughly the size of Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada
Nigeria’s unemployment rate is nearly 50% for people in urban areas ages 15 to 24 — driving crime and discontent. In October 2011, the United Nations announced that the global population had breached seven billion and would expand rapidly for decades, taxing natural resources if countries cannot better manage the growth. Nearly all of the increase is in sub-Saharan Africa, where the population rise far outstrips economic expansion. Of the roughly 20 countries where women average more than five children, almost all are in the region. In Nigeria, experts say, the swelling ranks of unemployed youths with little hope have fed the growth of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which has bombed or burned more than a dozen churches and schools in 2012. Internationally, the African population boom means more illegal immigration, already at a high, according to Frontex, the European border agency. There are up to 400,000 illegal alien Africans in the United States. Sub-Saharan Africa, which now accounts for 12% of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100, by many projections.
Kayla Golden, 28, was shot seven times with a handgun when Verna McClain reportedly pulled up alongside her in a car. Despite her injuries she tried to stop McClain snatching three day-old Keegan but was knocked to the ground and later died. Police eventually traced McClain – who had reportedly targeted Miss Golden at random – to a home near Houston, Texas. Keegan was found safe and well. McClain – a mother of three – had in recent weeks told her family she was adopting a child. After killing Golden she told her sister Corina Jackson that she now had a fourth child in her family. McClain is now facing a capital murder charge which means she could be given the death penalty if convicted.
South Africa: A group of Soweto youths filmed themselves raping a 17-year-old girl believed to be mentally ill
The suspects, aged between 14 and 20, have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and rape, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said. Police suspect the girl was kidnapped and turned into a sex slave. The gang of men promised the girl 25 cents for her silence. In South Africa, a woman is raped every 26 seconds in the country. In the province of Gauteng, where Johannesburg is located, one in every five rapes is a gang rape.
Over the past 30 years, black-on-white murders rose from 6% of all homicides to 8%, according to a study of 550,000 homicide reports assembled from FBI and local police reports
White-on-black killings rose from 3% to 4%. All other racial combinations rose from 3% to 5%. "There haven't been a lot of studies done on this. But we do have racial groups mixing together more than they used to, so it makes sense that there would be more homicides across race," said University of Florida Law School professor Katheryn Russell-Brown, author of "The Color of Crime." The overwhelming majority of homicides are still intra-racial - whites killing whites or blacks killing blacks. But these killings have fallen from 88% of all reported violent deaths in the 1980s to 83% from 2000 to 2009. The rise in the percentage of interracial homicides has occurred while the total number of homicides has fallen dramatically in recent years. Intra-racial killings have plummeted. White-on-white slayings tumbled from 63,704 deaths in the 1980s to 46,179 deaths in the 10-year period from 2000 to 2009. Black-on-black killings dropped from 56,931 to 41,457 deaths during the same periods. Black-on-white killings grew from 8,503 to 8,530, while white-on-black slayings dropped from 4,745 to 4,380. Homicides involving all other racial combinations, including Asians and American Indians, rose from 3,854 to 4,981. These black-on-white or white-on-black killings are especially likely to occur in large urban states like Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Contrary to popular stereotypes, interracial killings are relatively rare in rural Deep South states, occurring at a rate well below the national average. Several crime experts agreed this rise reflects increasing social contact between Americans of different races occurring in many, but not all, communities. "Both white-on-black homicide and black-on-white homicide increase slightly as the percentage of blacks in the population increase," said Dallas Drake, principal researcher at the nonprofit Center for Homicide Research in Minneapolis. "The more integrated a community is, the more likely there will be cross-race homicide occurring." There were 73 white-on-black homicides in Oklahoma in the 1980s and 81 from 2000-09. Black-on-white homicides rose from 81 to 138 during the same period. Florida's white-on-black killings grew from 338 in the 1980s to 414 from 2000-09. Black-on-white homicides rose from 529 to 858 during the same period. The greatest incidence of white-on-black killings, as a percentage of all homicides, are found in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, California and Maryland. But states like Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina all have white-on-black murder rates well below the national average, even though these states have large black populations. Some cities are very segregated and blacks and whites have very little contact. Other cities are much less segregated and there is black and white contact at a greater rate. Interracial killings rise and fall relative to opportunities for inter-group contact. The percentage of interracial killings among strangers is decreasing. In the 1980s, about 47% of white-on-black killings occurred between people who were strangers. That figure dropped to 40% since 2000. The change was even more pronounced in cases of black-on-white homicides, where 48% were strangers in the 1980s, and only 34% in recent years.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Lord Ahmed, a controversial British Muslim peer, has been suspended from the Labor Party amid reports that he offered a $15 million bounty for the capture of Barack Obama and George W Bush
Lord Nazir Ahmed, 53, who in 1998 became the first Muslim life peer, was reported to have made the comments at a conference in Haripur in Pakistan. Lord Ahmed said that he would arrange the bounty at any cost, even if he had to sell his own personal assets including his house. Lord Ahmed, who was born in Pakistan, became Baron Ahmed of Rotherham at the age of 40. In 2007 he was highly critical of the awarding of a knighthood to Salman Rushdie, claiming that the author had blood on his hands. In 2009 he was jailed for dangerous driving after sending and receiving text messages minutes before being involved in a fatal motorway crash. The Court of Appeal later suspended his 12-week jail sentence.
A black defendant named Fellony has been arrested for felony battery after she struck a woman in the head with a glass at an Indiana bar
Fellony Silas, 30, was arrested following the fracas at Kilroy’s Sports Bar in Bloomington. The bloodied 24-year-old victim suffered several lacerations and was treated for her injuries at a local hospital. The attack was reportedly triggered when the victim accidentally bumped into Silas while she was dancing. Silas was booked into the Monroe County jail where she is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond on a Class C felony battery count. There is an additional probation hold on Silas related to a prior conviction. Silas has previously been arrested in Monroe County on a variety of charges, including forgery, theft, disorderly conduct, and fraud.
An international team of scientists has said that the largest brain study of its kind has found a gene linked to intelligence, a small piece in the puzzle as to why some people are smarter than others
A variant of this gene can tilt the scales in favour of a higher intelligence, study leader Paul Thompson said. Searching for a genetic explanation for brain disease, the scientists stumbled upon a minute variant in a gene called HMGA2 among people who had larger brains and scored higher on standardised IQ tests. Thompson dubbed it an intelligence gene and said it was likely that many more such genes were yet to be discovered. The variant occurs on HMGA2 where there is just a single change in the permutation of the four letters of the genetic code. DNA comprises four basic chemicals called A (for adenine), C (cytosine), T (thymine) and G (guanine), strung together in different combinations along a double helix. In this case, the researchers found that people with a double "C" and no "T" in a specific section of the HMGA2 gene had bigger brains on average. "It is a strange result, you wouldn't think that something as simple as one small change in the genetic code could explain differences in intelligence worldwide," said Thompson, a neurologist at the University of California at Los Angeles. The discovery came in a study of brain scans and DNA samples from more than 20,000 people from North America, Europe and Australia, of European ancestry. People who received two Cs from their parents, a quarter of the population, scored on average 1.3 points higher than the next group - half of the population with only one C in this section of the gene. The last quarter of people, with no Cs, scored another 1.3 points lower. "The effect is small," said Thompson, but "would be noticeable on a (IQ) test ... (it) may mean you get a couple more questions correct. It wouldn't be an enormous change. Even so, it would help our brain resist cognitive decline later in life." The research was conducted by more than 200 scientists from 100 institutions worldwide, working together on a project called Enigma. Thompson said other studies have implicated some genes in IQ, but this was the first to link a common gene to brain size. The team found that every T in place of a C represented a 0.6 percent smaller brain - equal to more than a year's worth of brain loss through the normal aging process. John Williams, head of neuroscience and mental health at the Wellcome Trust, a British charitable foundation which backs biomedical research, said that the findings paved the way for further research into structural changes which occur in disorders such as dementia, autism and schizophrenia.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Britain: A Pakistani killer declared insane after stabbing his wife to death less than a year ago walked free after a court heard he has recovered
Farrukh Malik knifed Sarwat, his partner of 37 years, more than 120 times during the frenzied attack at their north London home after suffering depressive psychosis following the death of his mother. But the 66-year-old accountant, who is now living with his brother in Slough, Berkshire, was set free after a judge ruled he had no power to detain him because of medical reports which state he is no longer a danger. The fears of one psychiatrist, who warned his condition could deteriorate again, were set aside after two other doctors said he was a low risk. Malik was born in Pakistan and is a father of two children.
A black man who victimized women in the worst way will now spend years in a North Carolina prison for his crimes
African-American Jaunton Carter pleaded guilty to First Degree Rape, First Degree Kidnapping, Sexual Battery and Common Law Robbery. All of his victims were women. Judge Forrest D. Bridges sentenced Carter to serve 336 to 413 months (28-34 years) in prison. Investigators said that in February 2010 Carter staged car accidents in the Dilworth and Myers Park areas of Charlotte so that he could rob and rape women.
A black man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stalking a Fort Worth woman, then shooting her and another man
Jurors deliberated just 18 minutes before deciding the punishment for 41-year-old African-American Finnis Davis II, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors said that Davis sent 163 texts to victim Saudi Taylor in the 48 hours before the shooting. Taylor said that Davis wanted to pursue a relationship with her, but she wanted nothing to do with him. When she went on a first date with a man named Oscar Roney, the couple returned to see Davis' car outside her home. Prosecutors say that Davis chased the couple and opened fire, shooting Taylor in the leg and Roney behind the ear. Both victims survived. "I can't imagine taking a lady on a date and end up getting shot in the head," said prosecutor Bill Vassar. "It is a miracle both victims are alive."
His DNA marker reveals that his male lineage is Saracen in origin. His ancestors settled in Italy around the 10th century before one of them, Giovanni Buonaparte, settled in Corsica and founded the family branch that produced Napoleon.
In the 2009-10 school year, about 18% of black students were suspended, compared with 7% of Latinos, 6% of whites and 3% of Asians. The overall suspension rate was 5.2%. Among the state’s larger school systems, Stockton Unified stood out for suspending 38% of black male students, according to the federal data on which the study was based. But other students were also suspended: 19% of Latino males, 23% of white males and 13% of Asian males. Manteca Unified, south of Stockton, suspended 60% of black students, 30% of Latinos, 33% of whites and 28% of Asians. Overall, one in three students went home for misbehavior. In San Bernardino City Unified, schools suspended 59% of black males with a disability and a third of Latinos. The racial discrepancy also existed at Los Angeles Unified, where 23% of black males were suspended, compared with 7% of Latino males and 6% of white males.
Darryl E. Owens looks at racial hypocrisy in the black community:
In the weeks after a 17-year-old black boy was found dead in a gated Sanford neighborhood, outraged blacks took to the streets, insisting police arrest the Hispanic shooter, George Zimmerman.
The chorus thundered: Justice for Trayvon! I am Trayvon! We are Trayvon!
Three months earlier, down the road a piece, another young black man lay dying on a tour bus after taking a beating from people with faces like his, faces he knew all too well.
Trayvon's death stoked deafening indignation. Response to the homicide of Robert Champion, the Florida A&M drum major, has been decidedly more muted.
Three months later, no one's been charged in Champion's hazing homicide. And yet, no viral demands for arrests. No online petition. No T-shirts. No Justice for Robert! I am Robert! We are Robert!
There are currently 50 million Hispanics living in the United States, a figure that represents 16% of the country’s total population
Hispanic children between five and 17 years of age usually score lower than the average student in annual reading and mathematics standardized tests. The dropout rate in high school is 17.6% among Hispanics, as compared to 5.2% among the white population and 8.1% among the entire U.S. population, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Regarding SAT scores, Hispanics are scoring lower in mathematics and critical reading than the average U.S. student. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are four factors that affect student achievement: Having a mother who has less than a high school education, being a member of a family on welfare or receiving food stamps, living in a single-parent family, and having parents whose primary language is one other than English. By the end of the 20th century, about seven out of 10 entering kindergarten from Hispanic or black families had one or more of these risk factors, compared to about three out of 10 of those from white families.
New York City: City schools with more black and Hispanic students are more likely to earn low grades on the Education Department’s high-stakes school report cards, a new study shows
An Independent Budget Office report on the city’s school progress reports shows that schools with a higher percentage of black and Hispanic students were likely to have lower overall scores than other schools. According to the report, for every 10 percentage point increase in the proportion of black and Hispanic students, a school’s overall score dropped one point for elementary schools and two points for middle schools. Since 2007 the Education Department has issued annual progress reports for nearly all of the city’s public schools. The schools are graded on a scale of A to F depending on how students perform on state tests and how the Department rates the environment of the school. The grades are one of the city’s fundamental tools for judging the performance of schools and are used in decisions to close schools and award bonuses to principals. Education Department officials said that eliminating the achievement gap between white and minority students is the core goal of the city’s reform strategy, but as long as it exists it will show up in the reports.
Britain: A university vice-chancellor is mulling over an alcohol ban on campus after fears that bars could foster offense to Muslim students
Prof Malcolm Gillies said that the bars at London Metropolitan University could become booze-free as a high percentage of students believe that drinking is immoral. Some 20% of the 30,000 studying at the university are Muslim, Prof Gillies told a conference.
Of course, this fact will probably not stop women from foolishly voting for Obama in November 2012.
India: Another baby girl killed before she got a chance at life, another father unable to contain his disappointment at begetting a daughter, another mother mourning her child and her helplessness
The sickeningly familiar story has been repeated once again in Bangalore with the death of three-month-old Afreen from burns and bites by her father. It is the latest chapter in the sorry tale of women in India. Afreen died of grievous head injuries, a dislocated neck, cigarette burns and even bite marks, just three days after she was admitted to hospital. Her mother Reshma, just 19, sobbed uncontrollably as she recalled her husband's brutal assault on the baby because he wanted a male child. Reshma also said that her husband, Umar Farooq, tried to poison her and harassed her for dowry. She did attempt to fight back and even approached the Bangalore Child Welfare Committee. But it was clearly a losing battle for the young mother and her infant daughter. In the end, Afreen died of a cardiac arrest.
A feminine hygiene product launched in India which promises to brighten skin around the vagina is causing widespread controversy
A 25-second TV advert for Clean & Dry Intimate Wash is being advertised on prime time television, and shows a woman using the product to lighten her sexual organs to please her man. The product has divided opinion in India, being seen by many as a sad indictment of discrimination against darker skin within the social caste system, while others deny the product has any racist connotations. Despite attempts to end discrimination based on the caste system, it is still widely accepted in India, with the five different levels of the caste system being Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and Dalit. Brahmans are generally considered to be the highest caste group, while Dalits, formerly known as the Untouchables, are considered the bottom rung of the social hierarchy and are often ostracised and forced into menial jobs. The business of skin lightening is big in India, with Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan endorsing such products. Skin bleaching creams are already widely used in many countries. Fair And Lovely is a popular skin lightening cream originally from India, but sold worldwide, while Porcelana cream is also a huge seller worldwide.
Humans evolved worrying alongside intelligence - perhaps as a defense mechanism in a dangerous world where early humans had to fight for survival
While excessive worry is generally seen as a negative trait and high intelligence as a positive one, worry may cause our species to avoid dangerous situations, regardless of how remote a possibility they may be. In essence, worry may make people take no chances, and such people may have higher survival rates. Thus, like intelligence, worry may confer a benefit upon the species. High intelligence and worry both deplete the same nutrient in the brain's white matter - suggesting they evolved at the same time. Worry might actually be a useful trait that helped our species to survive. Humans are the most intelligent species and also appear to suffer disproportionately from psychopathology.
Indian politicians are offering a $2000 reward for the capture of vampires which terrified locals claim have been sucking the blood out of their cattle
Villagers around the town of Dharampuri in Tamil Nadu have been staying off the streets after sunset following the reports of strange goings on in the night. Residents have painted holy signs outside their homes and written messages on doors begging the monsters, known locally as Ratha Kaatteri, to spare their lives.
Brazil: A karate expert and two women have been arrested on suspicion of killing at least two women, before eating their flesh to purify the soul
The Brazilian trio, who were seized in Pernambuco in the northeastern part of the country, were said by police to be part of a sect which believes in the purification of the world. Jorge da Silveira, 51, a graduate and karate expert, along with Isabel Pires, 51, and Bruna da Silva, 25, planned ot kill three women each year, according to Brazilian police. Their plans were discovered when police came across a 50-page book belonging to da Silveira, which included drawings, and details of cannibalism. Police have found two bodies in the garden of a house belonging to the group. They believe the bodies found could be those of Alexandra Falcao, 20, and Gisele da Silva, 30, who were reported missing in the area recently. The two women were reportedly seen near the house of the suspects shortly before they disappeared. Neighbors of the trio set fire to the house where the bodies were found. Police Commissioner Wesley Fernandes said that the trio were planning to kill another woman in a nearby town, and feel there could be more victims.
A black man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for ironing his shirt on the back of a toddler he was supposed to be looking after
African-American Elliott Moore, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to a child after leaving an 18-month-old girl with horrific burns. The charges date to February 2010, when Moore was looking after the girl at her home in Rockford, Illinois. He was the live-in carer for the toddler and her siblings while their mother was at work. Moore later told police that he was trying to iron a shirt but found it difficult because the young girl was asleep on his lap. He therefore decided to use her back as an ironing board, but stopped when she awoke and started crying. Since she appeared to be burned, he splashed water onto her back and put her back to sleep. When the girl's mother returned home, she found Moore behaving strangely and saying he had to leave for work. That night, the girl was continually crying and when her mother changed her clothes she discovered a large, open burn on her back. The toddler was taken to hospital, and later Moore was arrested and charged with harming her. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to more than a decade in prison. His sentence was extended due to the young age of his victim.
A teenager accused of killing his middle school classmate has been arrested in Texas, after jumping bail with his mother and fleeing with Pakistani passports
Hammad Memon, 16, and his mother, Safia Memon, were arrested in Dallas, said Madison police Lt. John Stringer after his mother's cellphone was used to track them down. The teenager is accused of the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Todd Brown at Discovery Middle School in February 2010 in Madison, Alabama. Hammad was 14 at the time of the shooting."There is no question in my mind they were fleeing and planning on leaving the country," Madison County Prosecutor Tim Gann said. "After all the evidence that has been uncovered there is no question. I think they were looking to get on an airplane back to Pakistan." A judge revoked bail for the dual-citizenship teen after authorities learned that he had obtained a Pakistani passport and was considered a flight risk, Lt Stringer said.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
An Afghan man who fled from the Taliban to begin a new life in Australia will spend the next 14 years behind bars after a judge rejected his claim that cultural differences had led to him raping a woman
Esmatullah Sharifi, 30, was told by Judge Mark Dean in Melbourne that his background as a traumatized Muslim refugee was no excuse for the rape of a drunken and vulnerable teenager. It was not the first time that Sharifi had appeared in court on a rape charge - in 2009 he was jailed for a minimum of seven years for the abduction and sexual assault of a woman on Christmas Eve, 2008 - five days after he had raped the teenager. Sharifi, who pleaded guilty to rape, will serve a sentence that includes his jailing for the second sexual attack. It was DNA from that second offense that led to him being charged with the earlier rape of the teenager. With a maximum sentence of 14 years set, he will have to serve a minimum of 11 years and will be eligible for parole in seven years and eight months. He is likely to be deported back to Afghanistan when he has served his sentence.
Women are more likely to back Obama (by 49% - 41%), while men are even more likely to give their support to Romney (by 52% - 38%)
A 51% majority of voters disapprove of the job that Obama is doing. Among independents, 43% back Romney and 37% Obama. Obama’s overall job approval rating stands at 42%. More voters think Obama’s policies have hurt (37%) rather than helped the economy (31%).
About eight-in-ten Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan (82% each) endorse the stoning of people who commit adultery
When asked about the death penalty for those who leave Islam, at least three-quarters of Muslims in Jordan (86%), Egypt (84%) and Pakistan (76%) say that they would favor making it the law.
Almost four years after the election of the nation's first black president, majorities of whites and blacks say that race relations have either stayed the same or gotten worse.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Amerindian Jacob C. England, 19, posted a message on his Facebook page, expressing grief - and anger - over the second anniversary of his father's death. England's father, Carl, was shot on April 5, 2010, at an apartment complex here, and the man who was a person of interest in the case, Pernell Jefferson, is serving time at an Oklahoma state prison. England is a Native American while Jefferson is black. "Today is two years that my dad has been gone," England wrote. "It's hard not to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head," he added, referring to the recent suicide of his 24-year-old fiancée, Sheran Hart Wilde. "RIP. Dad and sheran I Love and miss u I think about both of u every second of the day." Hours later, the authorities say, England and his friend and roommate, Alvin Watts, 32, waged a shooting rampage in the predominantly black neighborhoods of north Tulsa, driving through the streets in a pickup truck and randomly shooting pedestrians. Three black people were killed, and two others were wounded in the attacks. England and Watts have been arrested. They will face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.
African-American Phillip Don Oliver, aka "Showtime" and "Wild Thing," pointed a handgun at the male victim outside his apartment in north Harris County and ordered him back inside. The victim says that Oliver ordered him to gather his family in the bathroom as a second male suspect stood watch at the apartment door. The victim, his wife and mother-in-law were then all allegedly ordered by Oliver to remove their clothing at gunpoint. Oliver ordered the victim to kneel on the bathroom floor and put his head in the toilet bowl, at which point Oliver then flushed the toilet repeatedly. The victim told investigators that Oliver then sodomized him with the barrel of the gun. Oliver also forced the victim's mother-in-law to perform a sex act while he pointed the gun at the victim's 6-month-old daughter and threatened to kill the baby. The victim says that Oliver demanded $200,000 which was owed to a man named Rico, whom the victim denied knowing. Oliver and the other suspect then fled in the victim's vehicle. Investigators say they learned that Oliver resided at an apartment complex on Homestead Road and that he used the aliases "Showtime" and "Wild Thing." The victim identified Oliver out of a photo array. Oliver, 25, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. No bond has been set in the case. Oliver was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2008.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The prolonged economic crisis led many employees to tap into their retirement savings to deal with financial problems, but African-Americans and Hispanics eroded their retirement savings at an alarming rate
African-American employees took hardship withdrawals more than any other ethnic group, with 8.8% doing so. That compared to 3.2% of Hispanics, 1.7% of whites and 1.2% of Asians. Half of African-American workers and 40% of Hispanic employees carried a loan balance at the end of 2010, compared to 22% of Asians and 26% of whites. Also, 63% of blacks and 57% of Hispanics who left their employer in 2010 cashed out their balances, compared to 39% of white employees and 34% of Asian workers.
Officials in Tunisia say that two bloggers have been jailed for seven years after posting cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad on the Internet
The Ministry of Justice said that the men had put naked caricatures of the Islamic prophet on their Facebook accounts. One of the men, Jabeur Mejri, is in jail while the second, Ghazi Beji, was sentenced in his absence and is being sought by the police. "They were sentenced... for violation of morality, and disturbing public order," said Chokri Nefti, a justice ministry spokesman.
Britain: A Third Worlder mowed down a young woman on a pedestrian crossing and dashed off — because he was late to collect his benefits
Balram Singh, 21, had no licence or insurance when he was rushing to pick up his Jobseeker’s Allowance. He ignored a red light and ploughed into Kate Allan, 23, who crashed into his windscreen before landing in the road. Singh then raced off in Brentry, Bristol — missing her head by a fraction. In a victim impact statement, Miss Allan told a court: “If I had not moved my head out of the way of the car he would have driven over me.” She was left with pain to her right leg, neck, ribs and down the left side of her body. Bristol Crown Court also heard that she was still suffering pain two months after the crash in December 2011. When cops tracked down Singh — who ended up being too late to collect his payment — he told them he did not stop because he wanted “to come home and look on the Internet to see what would happen to me”. Singh, who had driven a relative’s VW Polo without permission, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop and driving without a licence and insurance. He was given an eight-month suspended sentence, a two-year driving ban and a four-month curfew. He was also told to do 300 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,500 in compensation. Singh moaned that his sentence was unfair. He said: “I was very lucky not to get sent to prison but I think the two-year ban was a little harsh because it’s really going to hurt my hunt for a job. I’m not a bad driver — I just hadn’t passed my test. I feel bad for what happened, and if something like that happened again, I now know what to do. I don’t think it’s fair that the judge ordered me to pay £1,500 out of my jobseekers. The ban and community order were enough of a punishment.”
A Hispanic who said he wanted to wage jihad against the United States has been sentenced for plotting to bomb a military recruiting center
Antonio Martinez, a.k.a. Muhammad Hussein, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 25 years in prison. Prosecutors said that he armed a fake bomb in a vehicle he parked in front of a Catonsville recruiting center in December 2010. He then went to a vantage point and used what he thought was a detonator when an undercover agent told him soldiers were in the building. An informant tipped off the FBI after reading radical posts on Martinez's Facebook page. Secretly recorded conversations exposed the naturalized citizen's anger against the government.
American women of African ancestry are more likely than European Americans to have estrogen-receptor-negative (ER-negative) breast cancer
Research has shown that specific genetic variations in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and in CYP24A1 (responsible for deactivating vitamin D) are associated with an increase in breast cancer risk — particularly for ER-negative breast cancer — for African-American women. When researchers compared levels of vitamin D in the blood of women without breast cancer, they found that severe vitamin D deficiency in African-American women was almost six times more common than in European-American women. The researchers found that African-American women with the highest levels of vitamin D also had a specific variation in VDR. Although this variation was present in European Americans, it was not associated with alteration in their levels of vitamin D. African-American women with the specific variation associated with the higher levels of vitamin D had half the risk of breast cancer compared to women without it. When the researchers looked in detail at the patterns of genetic variation for women with ER-negative breast cancer, they found that seven SNPs in the gene coding for CYP24A1 were associated with ER-negative breast cancer risk, and that two of these seemed to account for the higher risk of ER-negative breast cancer in African-American women.
Black patients with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, have a twofold risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) regardless of other common risk factors such as age, gender, family history and pre-existing heart disease
The increased rate of SCD in blacks may be in part attributable to an increased prevalence of mutations in the cardiac sodium channel gene SCN5A that may predispose them to the development of fatal and nonfatal ventricular arrhythmias.
A Mexican drug boss has been sentenced to life in prison after he admitted ordering more than 1,500 killings
Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez pleaded guilty in El Paso, Texas, to 11 charges, including conspiracy, racketeering and murder. Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced the 34-year-old to seven concurrent life terms, three additional consecutive life terms and 20 years in federal prison. Hernandez was in charge of the armed enforcement wing of the Juarez Drug Cartel, which had formed an alliance with the Barrio Azteca drug gang that operated in Texas and Mexico, to control drug trafficking in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, prosecutors said in court papers. Ciudad Juarez has served as a major route for smuggling narcotics into the United States. Among the murders the indictment listed Hernandez, nicknamed El Diego, as participating in, included the March 2010 machine-gun killings of Leslie Ann Enriquez, a U.S. consulate employee in Juarez; her husband, Arthur Redelfs; and Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another consulate employee. The U.S. Consulate employee and her American husband were gunned down in broad daylight as they left an event sponsored by the consulate, across the border from El Paso, Texas, while Ceniceros was murdered at around the same time in another part of the city. In his plea agreement Hernandez also confessed to ordering his men to kill members of a rival gang at a January 2010 birthday party in Ciudad Juarez that killed 16 and to directing a car bombing that killed four, including two Mexican police officers. Violence between warring drug gangs as well as with Mexican authorities has plagued the country for years with more than 50,000 people killed since late 2006.
Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Poll: 73% of blacks say that George Zimmerman would have been arrested if Trayvon was white, while only 33% of whites agreed
Blacks are more likely to think that Zimmerman is guilty of a crime; 51% say he is definitely guilty and 21% say that he is probably guilty. Whites are more inclined to reserve judgment; 58% say that his guilt is unclear based on information currently available.
A wanted 19-year-old Hispanic tried to out-wit police by giving them a fake name, only to be caught out when they spotted his name tattooed on his arm
Dylan Edward Contreras was stopped in Idaho with two other men when he identified himself as Emiliano Velesco. When the police database found no matches, the officer asked the dispatcher to run a check on the last name tattooed on the teen's left forearm. The search revealed that Contreras of Twin Falls had three warrants for failure to appear on charges including providing false information.
A black teenager has confessed to killing his mother in their apartment and then living with the decomposing body for more than a week with his three-year-old brother
According to Miami-Dade Police, officers found the body of Renette Emile, 35, when her boyfriend told them he found it strange that he hadn't heard from her in more than a week. Investigators say the corpse was found in a bedroom. A cause of death has yet to be determined. While her corpse was in the apartment, Kit Durant, 16, is believed to have thrown a party and had started selling things from the home like the TV and other household items. The younger child has now been placed with relatives. A neighbor said that Durant was a troubled boy and his mother had sent him to boot camp after he was arrested for vandalism.
A Hispanic woman has been arrested after hitting her boyfriend in the face after he called her ugly and said he would not have sex with her
Inez Nunez, 18, became enraged at the home she shares with her boyfriend in Coral Springs, Florida. Police responded after Nunez's boyfriend called to report that she had hit him in the face and pushed him after his refusal to have sex. She was arrested and charged with domestic battery and taken to the Broward County jail, where she is being held on a $2,500 bond.
Blacks are nine times more likely to be killed by other blacks than by whites.
While celebrating his Democratic primary victory in Ward 8, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry delivered a remark critical of Asian business owners. Barry spoke of changes in the ward, saying he’s worked hard for economic development in the city’s poorest ward and will continue to do so and saying something needs to be done about Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Avenue. He also criticized Asian shop owners who operate many small stores in the District. “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
Richard Lynn reviews a new book by John Harvey called Race and Equality: The Nature Of The Debate.
Monday, April 2, 2012
A federal appeals court has upheld a California ballot measure banning affirmative action in admissions to state colleges and universities
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge minority students had filed against Proposition 209, the 1996 initiative approved by California voters, which argued that the law discriminates against minority students in admissions to California universities. The three-judge panel said that the court was bound by a 1997 9th Circuit ruling that upheld the affirmative-action ban. The lawsuit, filed by the liberal group By Any Means Necessary on behalf of more than 40 black and Hispanic students, argued in part that minority students in some areas are unable to compete effectively for slots to the University of California system because their high-school programs offer insufficient preparation.
California: Police have surrounded a university in search of an Asian gunman who opened fire and killed at least seven people
The suspect is describes as being a Korean in his 40s with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.
Two black teenage suspects have been arrested for a horrific near fatal hammer attack on a fifty year-old white man
The suspects are Julius Ricardo Bender, 18, and Yahaziel Isaac Israel, 19. Both face charges of attempted first degree murder.
Nearly 60% of Latinos reported feeling that few or almost no blacks were hard-working or could be trusted, while only 10% of whites held that view
Could this be evidence that Latinos are smarter than whites?
The 10 happiest countries are Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. The unhappiest countries are Togo (ranked last), Benin, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Comoros, Haiti, Tanzania, Congo and Bulgaria. Different groups have asked different questions to measure happiness. In the widest such survey, Gallup asked people to rate their lives from 0 to 10. It found huge differences in global happiness: More than a third of Europeans ranked themselves an 8 or higher. Less than 5% said so in sub-Saharan Africa. It's not hard to notice that the unhappiest countries are also some of the poorest. The four happiest countries have incomes that are 40 times higher than the four unhappiest countries. People can also expect to live 28 years longer in the happiest nations.
New research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease
Black women are 40% more likely to develop cervical cancer and twice as likely to die from it. Blacks are 1.5 times more likely to test positive for infection with one of the HPV strains that raise cancer risk. African-American women don't clear the virus as fast. They hold onto it about six months longer, for 18 months versus 12 months for whites. Among research subjects, 10% of of blacks had abnormal Pap tests versus 6% of whites. Two years after initial infections were found, 56% of black women were still infected but only 24% of whites remained infected. Researchers have known that there are genetic differences between the races and it's possible that a gene from certain ancestries such as African might play a role in the ability to clear an HPV infection.