Nifong Goes DownUPDATED AT BOTTOM OF POST
I have refrained from commenting on this case though because I tend to only concentrate on issues which I consider to have international importance. But, I must say, I am very happy to see that justice has been served
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - District Attorney Mike Nifong will be disbarred
for his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely
accused of rape, a disciplinary committee decided Saturday. Even the veteran
prosecutor said the punishment was appropriate.
"This matter has been a fiasco. There's no doubt about it," said
committee chairman F. Lane Williamson.
Nifong sat motionless, one hand resting over his mouth, as
Williamson recounted how he engaged in dishonest and deceitful conduct. He said
Nifong's early comments about the case—which included a confident proclamation
that he wouldn't allow Durham to become known for "a bunch of lacrosse players
from Duke raping a black girl"—were purposefully designed to boost his campaign
for district attorney.
"At the time he was facing a primary, and yes, he was politically
naive," Williamson said. "But we can draw no other conclusion that those initial
statements he made were to further his political ambitions."
Nifong will not appeal the punishment, his lawyer said.
Nifong should probably have to serve time in prison as well, but I never expected even a disbarrment. Good deal.
The man is a disgrace, and I hope he is treated as a disgrace wherever he goes from now on.
He ought to have no more opportunities in any positions of power. If he wants to redeem himself by serving, well then, great. But, I really hope everyone has the sense to treat this man as the pariah he is.Punditarian put up this post at Astute Bloggers
:The prosecutor, Mike Nifong, is a thoroughly dishonorable fellow. You can't blame him, really, for seizing his main chance and perverting every principle of prosecutorial ethics, because he only did it for personal gain. He was acquainted with Crystal Mangum and her family from a previous case, and seized upon her accusations just when the Durham Police were about to conclude, based on pending DNA evidence, that there was nothing to do. Nifong was motivated primarily by ambition and greed. He is honestly corrupt, and didn't see anything wrong in destroying 3 innocent lives so that he could portray himself as the champion of the poor, the downtrodden, and the African-American, thus positioning himself to garner the slim margin he needed in order to be elected District Attorney and magnify his pension. To achieve his goal, Nifong set up improper and irregular interviews with the accuser, pilloried his 3 innocent victims in biased and misleading press briefings, and concealed and misrepresented critical DNA evidence. The North Carolina State Bar Association's brief against him is entirely damning, and the State Attorney General's dismissal of all charges against the Lacrosse players, and his characterization of Nifong's zealous prosecution, used unprecedented language in lambasting Nifong for being just the sort of scoundrel he is. At a minimum, he will be disbarred for life. His conduct in this case was so outrageous that he is probably also liable for civil damages. I would not be surprised if he ends up behind bars, as well.CNN reports that lawyers who represented the student athletes
will indeed press for criminal charges against Mike Nifong:After the hearing, attorneys for the exonerated lacrosse players said they would push for criminal charges against Nifong."I don't think that any of us are done with Mr. Nifong yet," said Jim Cooney, Seligmann's attorney.
No surprise there, when you consider that the State Bar upheld charges of "dishonesty, fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation."
No Such Thing As Nothing
As I mentioned in the post below, Chris Cornell is one of my favorite singers. I loved him with Soundgarden, Audioslave, and solo. I remember seeing him in concert once and I came away with the sad impression that he might have been the angriest man I had ever seen who had not killed himself.
Well, he seems to be undergoing some sort of change. Thank God for him and his talent and for God's saving Grace. And, I hope and pray he comes through it ok.
In this video (with lyrics) he basically admits that my impression of him was true. However, the truth is, in the absence of love, many of us fill our lives with hate. But, the ultimate reality is, we can never fully convince ourselves that there is such a thing as nothing.
A great bluesy version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean by one of my favorite singers; Chris Cornell.
Palestinians Flee To IsraelLifted in its entirety from Little Green Footballs
According to the international left and the paleo-right, Israel is a fascist apartheid state, a brutal occupier, universally despised by the oppressed Palestinian people.
So where do the oppressed Palestinians look for sanctuary, when the terrorist government they elected begins the inevitable slaughter?
Palestinians run as they try to cross to the Israel side at the Erez
Crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 16, 2007. Dozens of
Palestinians converged on the Erez crossing with Israel on Saturday, trying to
leave the Gaza Strip following Hamas’ takeover. At the same time, hundreds of
people looted police positions on the Palestinian side of Erez, and at one point
Israeli troops fired in the air to keep the crowd at bay. The looters walked off
with furniture and scrap metal. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Israel Is Damned If They Do, And Damned If They Don't
There is a civil war going on in Gaza. Hamas is rounding up and killing the Fatah "Security Forces."
You just know people will figure out a way to blame the Jews for it. Only, how? How could they possibly blame the Jews for the fact that two Palestinian factions are at war with each other?Well, watch and learn from this twisted pretzel logic, via the Boston Globe
The Hamas campaign to eradicate Fatah from Gaza is certainly not the sole cause of Gazans’ misery. They long suffered from Israel’s suffocating occupation, and then from Ariel Sharon’s foolishly unilateral withdrawal in 2005, a move that allowed Hamas to bid for power with the misleading claim that its rockets and suicide bombings had driven Israeli soldiers and settlers out of Gaza.
Gazans were victimized as well by the corruption and misrule of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah cronies.
Got that? It's the Jews fault, because of the occupation, AND it is the Jews fault that they stopped occupying Gaza.
So, what words should reasonable people choose to describe our feelings about such reasoning? Well how about this:
Fuck the Boston Globe.
Here's video from the Gaza Civil War.
From Infidels Are Cool:
The bitterness of the civil war that has forced the United Nations relief agency to suspend all but emergency deliveries of food and medical supplies is clear in the epithets the two sides use for each other. Hamas calls the Fatah fighters “the Jew-American army”
while Fatah, alluding to Iran’s backing for Hamas, calls the Sunni Muslims of Hamas “the Shi’ites.”
Drinking Mohammed's UrineFrom Little Green Footballs
Here’s much more than you really want to know about the bodily fluid fatwa recently issued by the Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa: Egyptian Mufti: The Companions of the Prophet Blessed Themselves with His Urine, Sweat and Saliva
When not issuing these freaky fatwas, the good Doctor can be seen meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussing how to improve the teaching of Islam in Britain
In his book Religion and Life – Modern Everyday Fatwas, Egyptian Mufti
Dr. Ali Gum’a wrote that the companions of the Prophet Muhammad would bless
themselves by drinking his urine, and described an incident of urine-drinking
from a hadith: “Umm Ayman drank the urine of the Prophet, and the prophet told
her: ‘This stomach will not be dragged through the fire of Hell, because it
contains something of our Lord the Messenger of Allah...’
”This blessing,“ Al-Gum’a added, ”[can also] be done with the
honorable saliva, sweat, hair, urine or blood of the Prophet. This is because
anyone who knows the love of the Messenger of Allah is not repulsed [by these];
just as a mother is not repulsed by the feces of her son, this is even more so
[in the case of] our Lord the Messenger of Allah, whom we love more than our
fathers, sons, and wives. Anyone who was or is repulsed by the Messenger of
Allah must recant his faith.“
Following the ensuing uproar, Gum’a came to the defense of his
fatwa, saying: ”The entire body of the Prophet, whether exposed or hidden, is
pure, and there is nothing in it– including his secretions – that [can] repulse
anyone. His sweat smelled better than perfume. Umm Haram would collect this
sweat and distribute it to the people of Al-Madina.“
Dr. Gum’a added: ”The hadith of Suhail bin Omar at Al-Hudaybiya
says: ‘Oh Lord, I was with Kisra [the ruler of Persia] and with Kaisar [the
ruler of Byzantium] and I saw no instance in which the leader was glorified like
the Companions of the Prophet glorified Muhammad. The second Muhammad spat, one
of them would immediately hasten [to grab his saliva] and smear it upon his
face.’ Hence, the ulema, including Ibn Hajar Al-Askalani, Al-Baihaqi,
Al-Daraqutni and Al-Haythami, determined that the Prophet’s entire body was
A high-ranking American military officer told the Post that senior officers
in the US armed forces had thrown their support behind Bush and believed that
additional steps needed to be taken to stop Iran.
Predictions within the US military are that Bush will do what is needed
to stop Teheran before he leaves office in 2009, including possibly launching a
military strike against its nuclear facilities…
According to a high-ranking American military officer, the US Navy and
Air Force would play the primary roles in any military action taken against
Iran. One idea under consideration is a naval blockade designed to cut off
Iran’s oil exports.
The officer said that if the US government or the UN Security Council
decided on this course of action, the US Navy would most probably not block the
Strait of Hormuz - a step that would definitely draw an Iranian military
response - but would patrol farther out and turn away tankers on their way to
THE FACT THAT IT WOULD BE A NAVY LED ATTACK IS WHY THE NEW CHAIRMAN WILL BE AN ADMIRAL.
Irans' day of reckoning is coming...
Attempts To Sell
Uranium To Iran
You've heard Iran say it over and over, folks. Their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. So then, why are they buying weapons-grade uranium on the black market?
And, why the hell is a British company trying to sell it to them? The very liberal British daily, The Guardian, has the story:
MI6 probes UK link to nuclear trade with Iran Guardian
A British company has been closed down after being caught in an
apparent attempt to sell black-market weapons-grade uranium to Iran and Sudan, The Observer can reveal.
Anti-terrorist officers and MI6 are now investigating a wider
British-based plot allegedly to supply Iran with material for use in a nuclear
weapons programme. One person has already been
charged with attempting to proliferate 'weapons of mass
During the 20-month investigation, which also involved MI5 and
Customs and Excise, a group of Britons was tracked as they obtained
weapons-grade uranium from the black market in Russia. Investigators believe it
was intended for export to Sudan and on to Iran
Iran threatens Gulf blitz if US hits nuclear
plantsTimes Online IRAN has threatened to launch a missile blitz
against the Gulf states and plunge the entire Middle East into war if America
attacks its nuclear facilities.
We are nuts if we do not destroy the Iranian regime.