Tuesday, April 28, 2015

America's Dumbest Mayor; Replaces NYC's Bill de Blasio

Listen up, rioters!

Baltimore’s mayor’s got something to tell you.

“It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

Did she really say that days before the big riot?

Oh, yes, it’s on videotape.

And so with these fateful words the witless mayor not only encouraged thugs to plunder her city, she raised alarm bells across the nation among property owners who fear their elected officials will also let their property burn in the name of some mindless politically correct agenda.

I proclaim Baltimore’s Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as “America’s Dumbest Mayor.” She can now make a new Dumb and Dumber movie with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.


Today I loaded up on gun maker Smith & Wesson’s stock, symbol: SWHC. Cynical? OK. Nonetheless, while I’m not encouraging it, I am predicting it: gun sales will soar thanks to the Baltimore mayor’s stupid example.

Here is why.

Monday night Americans watched in disbelief (and horror) as lines of Baltimore’s finest gave the mayor’s “space” to lawless thugs who “wished to destroy.” Police stood by as looters torched businesses. When asked why they didn’t stop the lawlessness, police whispered, “Ask the Mayor.” Yes, indeed, the buck stops with the mayor.

Her message to the would-be looters was unavoidable; and a question looms large today. Is this how police departments will now handle urban rioters? Hands off? Stand down, letting criminals loot and burn private property? (Had these same thugs tried to loot Baltimore City Hall, you can bet the moron mayor would have uncuffed police. Not in my office, you don’t!)

If this is the “new” way politicians plan to handle big city riots in the future, then they should tell private property owners in advance. Because it means private property owners will be left to protect their own property from thieves and arsonists.

I’ll never forget the interview CNN did with a Baltimore Sun newspaper reporter in the thick of the rioting. The reporter said “self-professed gang members” rescued him when looters tried to steal his cell phone. Folks, when we have to rely on the Crips and Bloods to protect our private property, we’re in big trouble.
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Watch The Back Church Pew

Again, California’s timid courts fail to show courage. In a case involving an accused church-going child molester the court coddles sexual miscreants.

In the 1990s a member of a California Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses began molesting a nine year old girl member when they were alone together, handing out church literature door-to-door. The victim says she was molested until she turned 11, when she told her mother about it.

Years later, as an adult, she sued her ex-congregation and the (much deeper pocket) parent church, Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, Inc., which has 1.2 million members, claiming her congregation’s elders knew the man was a child molester before he molested her and should have protected her by informing the congregation and her parents.

A jury thought it was a reasonable assertion and awarded her $7 million in damages and an additional $21 million to punish the parent church. All damages were later reduced to a total of about $12 million.

The church appealed to the California court of appeal, which, while saying yes to the general damages, the three-judge court tossed out the punitive award. It essentially ruled that the elders did not have an obligation to warn either the congregation or the girl’s parents about a suspected child predator among them. (I hope your church has better sense.)

In its long-winded (aren’t they all?) opinion this month the judges said “misfeasance” and “nonfeasance” law states that a person cannot be civilly liable for failing to snitch off another for being a wrongdoer. In California law, the court said, “As a general rule, one owes no duty to control the conduct of another, nor to warn those endangered by such conduct,” saying, “this derives from the common law’s distinction between misfeasance and nonfeasance,” and, that the “basic idea is often referred to as the ‘no duty to aid’” rule in tort law. In a nutshell: one has no duty to come to the aid of another.

OK. I’ll buy into the argument up to a point.

For instance, say I know my brother once pilfered an ice cream bar from a store. From then on, obviously, the law cannot expect me to tell the guy behind the counter that my brother was once a thief when we walk into his store together. Alas, there is an exception to this “no duty to aid” rule, and it is precisely where the appellate court judges should have shelved their dusty law books and shown some courage to protect kids. This exception to the no-duty-to-aid rule is when a “special relationship” exists. Say, I have agreed to a “special relationship” to protect stores from my thieving brother. This means that I have a legal obligation to tell the guy behind the counter to keep an eye on my brother because he is prone to steal ice cream bars.

Here is my point: the appeals judges ruled that the church elders did not have a “special relationship” with members. Therefore elders had no legal obligation to inform the girl’s parents of the man’s prior molestation rap, even though they knew he was taking her proselytizing door-to-door; and even though members saw him “hug” and “sit” her “on his lap” in church. Maybe elders didn’t witness him molesting her but, come on, they knew his alleged proclivities with children. (Hell, an elder could have told her parents to check him on Megan’s Law.)

In giving the church elders a legal pass, the appeals judges showed timidity. They should have ruled there was a “special relationship” between elders and child members of the church; in other words, that elders have a legal obligation to protect kids. I mean, these are children for God’s sake. Who else are they going to depend on to protect them? It is not farfetched to say society’s first obligation – in front of protecting money in the bank and rights of criminals (sorry, ACLU) – is protecting children. To their credit, elders decided to watch the accused molester’s conduct in church. Guess what? He took her to his house.

In excusing the elders from having a legal obligation to inform the girl’s parents of what could be danger from a molester, the court shoehorned in the sacrosanct principle that a priest cannot be forced to disclose a penitent’s confession. It was a stretch but apparently the judges were worried more about the molester’s soul than the victim’s life. The only good result of this ruling is much of the money damages was upheld, basically because the court agreed the church was negligent in failing to restrict the man’s proselytizing so he couldn’t molest her. Still, these judges failed to even inch law towards enhancing civil protections for children from predators who sit in the back pew.
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Monday, April 13, 2015


I got this release from Pilar Publishing of California, and share it:

“With online bookshelves crammed with fantasy tales of buxom babes commanding armies of sword-slashing minions, where Earth is ultimately saved from the wrath of fire-spewing dragons, novelist R.D. Byron-Smith says he decided to write an action-thriller closer to the real neighborhood, a saga of good versus real-life evil, of defeating terrorists so America is the last man standing. Yes, it is a novel, but American Jihadist runs deeper than fiction. One bold reviewer called it a how-to guide to defeat Islamic extremists. We don’t know about that. We will let R.D.’s readers decide.”

Just published, here’s the official blurb:

“They're coming to kill us, and America is paralyzed without a military strategy to defeat radical terrorists. One man has a plan and it isn't a four-star general or a president. It's Medieval History Professor Eric Craig, and his idea harkens back to the brutal Middle Ages. Once his audacious plan is published all hell breaks loose. The professor's life is threatened and he is fired from his university. Ready to take refuge in a monastic life of studying ancient parchments, he is secretly offered billions to fund his ambitious plan of saving Americans from evil. In this provocative political action-thriller, novelist R.D. Byron-Smith immerses the reader in a world of knights in armor and modern weaponry where international terrorists soon discover, they're not the only warriors of God.”

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