Friday, October 15, 2010
From MediaMonarchy: It's crunch-time for many municipalities across the United States, but for one county in Oregon, that means a little more than in most. The district attorney in Multnomah County, the state's most populous area with over 710,000 residents, announced recently that it can no longer prosecute dozens of crimes thanks to an ever-shrinking budget.
Caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine? It's a ticket. So's a hit-and-run accident. Small-time shoplifting? You'll still get arrested, but it's still just a violation. For these and other lesser crimes, the district attorney will simply refuse to prosecute. Still, police have been directed to continue operating as normal, making arrests as they see fit, and it'll be up to the county's attorneys to decide what gets prosecuted.
In spite of the relaxed penalties for numerous crimes, chances are the drunk driver who recently rear-ended the county's sheriff will see the business end of a judge's gavel. But it might take a while: Schrunk's staff was recently cut by 27 percent, according to statements provided in a media advisory. "In a perfect world, you commit a crime, you'd be prosecuted for what it is," district attorney Mike Schrunk told The Oregonian. "[We] don't have unlimited funds."
Other crimes which the county will adjust to violation level include trespassing on non-commercial property, "theft or forgery in the second degree," harassment, interfering with a police officer, interfering with public transportation, resisting arrest (non-injury) and criminal mischief in the second degree. The district attorney's full memorandum was available online (PDF link) at time of publication.
In spite of the budgetary rue, Multnomah County is one of only a few in the nation that is piloting a program that affixes GPS tracking bracelets to youths convicted of gang-related crimes: a practice widely criticized by civil rights groups.
Editor’s Note: Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration.
In the following article – cobbled together from previous stories published at Consortiumnews.com – Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side":
There is a dark -- seldom acknowledged -- thread that runs through U.S. military doctrine, dating back to the early days of the Republic.
This military tradition has explicitly defended the selective use of terror, whether in suppressing Native American resistance on the frontiers in the 19th Century or in protecting U.S. interests abroad in the 20th Century or fighting the “war on terror” over the last decade.
"Dando uses both hands to pick up his piece of the World Trade Center. “Open the window,” he commands. “The towers were right there. That morning really fucked me up. The second plane was so close, it went shoom, right over my head.” He pauses and absentmindedly pats the pack of Marlboro Lights in his shirt pocket. “Because I was so close, I know what really happened,” he says. “I shouldn’t get into it, because I’m not a political person, but they were blown up by bombs. They were not taken out by those airplanes. Those fires were going out and then the buildings blew up. What I saw and heard that day was a crime, and not by the people they’re saying. That’s all I’ll say.” He pauses. “I’m worried about our country. But then again I’ve been worried about America my entire life.”"
171 Minutes With Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield
The nineties boho duo, now playing music together and joking about living in Leaving Las Vegas.
|Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando|
MediaMonarchy.com/By Lizzy Goodman Published Oct 10, 2010
Juliana Hatfield looks panicked when she answers my knock at Evan Dando’s apartment door. The two rockers, both 43, had played their first show as a duo, at the Mercury Lounge, the night before. It was sold out. “I just got here, and I woke him up,” she says, opening the door wide enough to slip out. “You don’t want to go in there. He’s sort of living in squalor.” She suggests we go to a coffee shop to wait for him.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment likely to be invoked; Obama being shipped out!
Editors Note: Should the information in this article turn out to be accurate it is extremely important. Wayne does good work - let's see how the elitist multi-generational serial killer families use their puppet so stay tuned.