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Feed Your Head / Kiss
« on: October 13, 2010, 11:08:16 PM »

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Bingo the Clown-o
« on: January 16, 2010, 09:12:12 PM »
Directly represents Straight, Inc. and like programs and models of brainwashing techniques.

I'm very surprised that Wiki says nothing of the program or like-programs. I wonder if the creator was in a Straight?

Tacitus' Realm / Gunmen kill 17 people at a drug rehab in Mexico
« on: September 03, 2009, 11:57:04 AM » ... war_mexico

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Gunmen broke into a drug rehabilitation center, lined people against a wall and shot 17 dead in a particularly bloody day in Mexico's relentless drug war. The brazen attack followed the killing of the No. 2 security official in President Felipe Calderon's home state.
The attackers on Wednesday broke down the door of El Aliviane center in Ciudad Juarez, lined up their victims against a wall and opened fire, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the regional prosecutors' office. At least five people were injured.
Authorities had no immediate suspects or information on the victims. Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico's most violent city, with at least 1,400 people killed this year alone.
Most of the homicides are tied to drug gang violence, which has taken a heavy toll across Mexico. Earlier the same day, gunmen ambushed and killed a senior security official in the home state of President Felipe Calderon.
Dozens of sobbing relatives rushed to the rehabilitation center to find out if their loved ones were among the dead. Soldiers and federal agents patrolled the streets surrounding the center in the Bellavista neighborhood.
Calderon sent thousands more troops and federal police to Ciudad Juarez earlier this year, but the surge has done little to stem the raging violence. The city is home to the Juarez drug cartel, which is battling other gangs for trafficking and dealing turf.
The government is struggling to revamp Ciudad Juarez's police force, which is plagued by corruption and the assassination of many of its officers. Other police have quit the force out of fear of being targeted.
The massacre capped a particularly bloody day in Mexico's relentless drug war.
Gunmen killed the No. 2 security official and three other people in Calderon's home state of Michoacan, where the government is locked in an intensifying battle with the ruthless La Familia cartel, blamed for a string of assassinations of police and soldiers.
Jose Manuel Revuelta, who was promoted less than two weeks ago to state deputy public safety director, is the highest-ranking government official killed in the wave of assassinations sweeping Michoacan, the cradle of La Familia drug cartel.
Attackers drove up alongside Revuelta as he headed home and opened fire, state Attorney General Jesus Montejano said.
Revuelta tried to speed away, but only made it a few blocks before he was intercepted by two vehicles. Six gunmen got out and sprayed Revuelta's car with bullets, killing him, two bodyguards and a truck driver caught in the crossfire, Montejano said.
An AP reporter at the scene saw the bodies of Revuelta and his bodyguards in the car, which had at least 15 bullet holes in the front windshield. Soldiers and federal police rushed to the site — just three blocks from the headquarters of the Michoacan Public Safety Department — and a helicopter circled overhead.
Soldiers and federal police have intensified their fight against La Familia since accusing the cartel of killing 18 federal agents and two soldiers last month. In the worst attack, 12 federal agents were slain and their tortured bodies piled along a roadside as a warning.
It was the boldest cartel attack yet on Mexico's government. Authorities said say La Familia was retaliating for the arrest of one of its top members.
The government has since rounded up more La Familia suspects, including Luis Ricardo Magana, who is alleged to have controlled methamphetamine shipments to the United States for the gang. Days before his capture, prosecutors detained the mother of reputed La Familia leader Servando "La Tuta" Gomez despite his threat to retaliate if police bothered his family. The woman was released after two days "for lack of evidence" of involvement in the cartel.
Calderon first launched his crackdown against drug cartels in Michoacan, sending thousands of federal police and soldiers to his home state after taking office in late 2006. Tens of thousands more have since been deployed to drug hotspots across Mexico.
Drug gang violence has since surged, claiming more than 13,500 lives, including more than 1,000 police officers.
Calderon defended his battle against drug trafficking in a speech to Congress on Wednesday. He said the government has taken on the cartels as no previous Mexican administration has dared to do.
"As never before, we have weakened the logistical and financial structure of crime," the president told legislators.
The federal Attorney General's Office, meanwhile, announced the arrest of its two top officials in Quintana Roo, a state on the Yucatan Peninsula, for allegedly protecting the Gulf and the Beltran Levya drug cartels.
Officials provided no further details on the allegations against the prosecutors, who were ordered jailed by a court Wednesday pending the investigation.
Associated Press Writers Gustavo Ruiz in Morelia, Michoacan, Manuel de la Cruz in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, and Alexandra Olson in Mexico City contributed to this report.

This is pretty messed up.

Hillary Transue was sentenced to three months in juvenile detention for a spoof Web page mocking an assistant principal.

Published: February 12, 2009
At worst, Hillary Transue thought she might get a stern lecture when she appeared before a judge for building a spoof MySpace page mocking the assistant principal at her high school in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was a stellar student who had never been in trouble, and the page stated clearly at the bottom that it was just a joke.
David Kidwell/Associated Press

Prosecutors say Judges Michael T. Conahan, and Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., above, took kickbacks to send teenagers to detention centers.
Instead, the judge sentenced her to three months at a juvenile detention center on a charge of harassment.
She was handcuffed and taken away as her stunned parents stood by.

“I felt like I had been thrown into some surreal sort of nightmare,” said Hillary, 17, who was sentenced in 2007. “All I wanted to know was how this could be fair and why the judge would do such a thing.”

The answers became a bit clearer on Thursday as the judge, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., and a colleague, Michael T. Conahan, appeared in federal court in Scranton, Pa., to plead guilty to wire fraud and income tax fraud for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western PA Child Care.
While prosecutors say that Judge Conahan, 56, secured contracts for the two centers to house juvenile offenders, Judge Ciavarella, 58, was the one who carried out the sentencing to keep the centers filled.

“In my entire career, I’ve never heard of anything remotely approaching this,” said Senior Judge Arthur E. Grim, who was appointed by the State Supreme Court this week to determine what should be done with the estimated 5,000 juveniles who have been sentenced by Judge Ciavarella since the scheme started in 2003. Many of them were first-time offenders and some remain in detention.

The case has shocked Luzerne County, an area in northeastern Pennsylvania that has been battered by a loss of industrial jobs and the closing of most of its anthracite coal mines.

And it raised concerns about whether juveniles should be required to have counsel either before or during their appearances in court and whether juvenile courts should be open to the public or child advocates.

If the court agrees to the plea agreement, both judges will serve 87 months in federal prison and resign from the bench and bar. They are expected to be sentenced in the next several months. Lawyers for both men declined to comment.

Since state law forbids retirement benefits to judges convicted of a felony while in office, the judges would also lose their pensions.
With Judge Conahan serving as president judge in control of the budget and Judge Ciavarella overseeing the juvenile courts, they set the kickback scheme in motion in December 2002, the authorities said.

They shut down the county-run juvenile detention center, arguing that it was in poor condition, the authorities said, and maintained that the county had no choice but to send detained juveniles to the newly built private detention centers.

Prosecutors say the judges tried to conceal the kickbacks as payments to a company they control in Florida.

Though he pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday, Judge Ciavarella has denied sentencing juveniles who did not deserve it or sending them to the detention centers in a quid pro quo with the centers.

But Assistant United States Attorney Gordon A. Zubrod said after the hearing that the government continues to charge a quid pro quo.
“We’re not negotiating that, no,” Mr. Zubrod said. “We’re not backing off.”

No charges have been filed against executives of the detention centers. Prosecutors said the investigation into the case was continuing.
For years, youth advocacy groups complained that Judge Ciavarella was unusually harsh. He sent a quarter of his juvenile defendants to detention centers from 2002 to 2006, compared with a state rate of 1 in 10. He also routinely ignored requests for leniency made by prosecutors and probation officers.
“The juvenile system, by design, is intended to be a less punitive system than the adult system, and yet here were scores of children with very minor infractions having their lives ruined,” said Marsha Levick, a lawyer with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center.
“There was a culture of intimidation surrounding this judge and no one was willing to speak up about the sentences he was handing down.”

Last year, the Juvenile Law Center, which had raised concerns about Judge Ciavarella in the past, filed a motion to the State Supreme Court about more than 500 juveniles who had appeared before the judge without representation. The court originally rejected the petition, but recently reversed that decision.

Judge Michael T. Conahan, above

The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that children have a constitutional right to counsel. But in Pennsylvania, as in at least 20 other states, children can waive counsel, and about half of the children that Judge Ciavarella sentenced had chosen to do so. Only Illinois, New Mexico and North Carolina require juveniles to have representation when they appear before judges.

Clay Yeager, the former director of the Office of Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania, said typical juvenile proceedings are kept closed to the public to protect the privacy of children.

“But they are kept open to probation officers, district attorneys, and public defenders, all of whom are sworn to protect the interests of children,” he said. “It’s pretty clear those people didn’t do their jobs.”

On Thursday in Federal District Court in Scranton, more than 80 people packed every available seat in the courtroom. At one point, as Assistant United States Attorney William S. Houser explained to Judge Edwin M. Kosik that the government was willing to reach a plea agreement with the men because the case involved “complex charges that could have resulted in years of litigation,” one man sitting in the audience said “bull” loud enough to be heard in the courtroom.

One of the parents at the hearing was Susan Mishanski of Hanover Township.
Her son, Kevin, now 18, was sentenced to 90 days in a detention facility last year in a simple assault case that everyone had told her would result in probation, since Kevin had never been in trouble and the boy he hit had only a black eye.
“It’s horrible to have your child taken away in shackles right in front of you when you think you’re going home with him,” she said. “It was nice to see them sitting on the other side of the bench.”


A link to the lovely institution - ... tern.shtml

Tacitus' Realm / Obama signs order to close Guantanamo in a year
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:04:00 PM »
Doesn't it feel a bit bitter-sweet?

I mean, this new admin. is achknowledging torture.

Does it give you hope for our POW camps still booming by the 100s?

P.S. Hi...

You know, the one where he confesses to pepperspraying an innocent boy (Layne Brown, RIP) more than twice a day?

Why has no one uploaded that segment to YouTube? 

Let It Bleed / Message to Scientology
« on: February 03, 2008, 11:57:26 AM »
/has anyone seen this yet?

After Thirty-Five Years and $500 Billion, Drugs Are as Cheap and Plentiful as Ever: An Anatomy of a Failure.


Thayer Learning Center / FBI investingating the death of Roberto Reyes.
« on: November 09, 2007, 12:13:47 PM » ... otcamp.txt

FBI investigating teen's death at Missouri boot camp
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI officials said late Thursday the agency is launching a preliminary investigation into the death of a student at a Missouri boot camp for troubled teens.

The Government Accountability Office had asked the FBI to look into potential criminal wrongdoing in the 2004 death of 15-year-old Roberto Reyes.

Jeff Lanza, a spokesman for the FBI's Kansas City, Mo., office, said the agency will gather evidence for the next 30 to 90 days to determine whether a full investigation is needed.

“We're seeking to determine if there is evidence that a crime has been committed and, if so, if that crime is a violation of federal law,â€

11 ... /news4.txt

Randall Hinton, left, proposed a military-style school for troubled teens to the Boonville City Council in Spring 2005.
He and his brother, Russell, hoped to operate the school at the former Kemper Military School campus, now owned by the city.
The proposal was voted down by the council.

Vic Vela - The Daily Record; Canon City, Utah

The Royal Gorge Academy official facing a felony false imprisonment charge as well as assault and reckless endangerment allegations will have to wait a while to find out if additional counts will be filed.

Meanwhile, an affidavit indicates Academy staff members interviewed by investigators offer different takes on the official's actions.

Randall Hinton of Cañon City, 32, appeared in Fremont County District Court Jan. 24, his second appearance since being arrested Jan. 9 following a Cañon City Police Department investigation that originated in December.

Hinton is project supervisor for the Academy, a school for troubled teenagers.

Judge David Thorson granted Deputy District Attorney Thom LeDoux additional time today to file new charges, if any, against Hinton. Hinton's attorney, Michael Gillick, said LeDoux was ?swamped? and that he had no issue with the continuance.

An affidavit indicates the CCPD investigation that began Dec. 30 of last year was prompted by a complaint by Patty Pacheco, an executive secretary at the school, who said ?she cannot deal with the way the students are treated by Hinton any longer,? according to a report by an investigating officer who interviewed her.

The affidavit reads the secretary told the initial investigating officer that a new, 17-year female student, who had run away from the school on just her second day before being returned the following day, was made to ?lie face down on the floor, arms to her side and palms up for hours? as punishment.

Pacheco indicated the girl was having her period at the time she was on the ground, according to the officer.

The affidavit reads the girl ?wanted to change her pants, and Hinton told her no.?

However, Gillick said following today's hearing that another employee, Holly Simpson, a former police officer, said the girl was able to use the restroom, and Simpson accompanied her on restroom visits.

Gillick also contends staff members interviewed by police were ?not present during the entire incident.?

?Those in the know clearly understand there was no inappropriate action by Randall Hinton,? said Gillick in an interview following today's hearing.

However, the affidavit indicates prior alleged incidents concerning Hinton have concerned staff members.

Pacheco recalled a May 2006 incident where she saw a male student emerge from a meeting with Hinton with a black eye, ?which he didn't have before he went up,? according to the report.

The affidavit also reports another staff member, Ryan Robley, said he once witnessed Hinton grab a male student ?by the back of his head and smacked his face against the floor a couple of times,? causing the student to bleed from his mouth.

However, both Pacheco and Robley had positive comments about Hinton, aside from the alleged abuse. The affidavit reads Pacheco thought Hinton was an ?awesome? boss while Robley felt Hinton was ?a good man, but that he may have an anger problem.?

In spite of the allegations being levied against Hinton, two parents of students at the school, including the parent of the girl, were sympathetic toward Hinton. The affidavit indicates that the girl's mother said her daughter ?can be manipulative and was a difficult child.? Also, the father of another female student said ?kids that go to that school have problems, they lie, are deceiving, on drugs and have other problems.?

In fact, the affidavit reads the girl whom Hinton allegedly forced face-down on the floor would repeatedly hit herself in the head with a stapler prior to the alleged abuse.

The affidavit also indicates that Academy Vice President Brian Lemons had been hesitant in providing copies of school policies for investigating officers and that he needed to consult with the school's attorney before complying with requests for such documents.

However, Gillick said school officials have been compliant with officers' requests.

Hinton's next scheduled court appearance will be 11:15 am. March 7.

Vic Vela can be reached at [email protected].

Editor's Note: Reprinted with permission from The Daily Record, Cañon City, Utah.

What's your connection with Randall Hinton?

Have you ever met him face to face?

If you have, what was your encounter like?

Just curious?

I'll go first -

He tried to open a WWASPS school in my neck of the woods. I'm an ex-program victim, and I was not about to stand around and do nothing while this freak and his brother tried to come into a beautiful historic neighborhood and open up Behavior Modification Shop, with 300-500 kids in this old broken down military academy. They weren?t even planning on renovating but a small portion of it and letting the rest deteriorate.  It would have been a disaster. We're talking, you can see your neighbors all around you. He probably would have been busted just as fast, but on top of everything, Robert Litchfied would then own that huge historic property, right smack in the middle of small town USA. Instead, the city should make it a park. Doze the fucker to the ground and make it a historic park for all to enjoy. As it is, it's just sitting there.

Anyway, enough about that building. Back to our friend Randy here?

He and his baby bro had to go before the city counsel to propose this new "private school" of his, in which he would include flight training! There were no blueprints of an actual plan, and nothing in writing to read and pass around for discussion, nahhh, just two stupid fuckers offering up Bobby Litchfield's dough under a finance company's name; Golden Pond LDT, and not WWASPS because, as Randall put it,

"We're trying to separate ourselves from that affiliation."

Hmmm, why could that be? *coughhogtiedcoughsolitarytorturecough*

I?d say he was sufficiently humiliated out of town with a 100% vote unanimously, ?NO.?

Too bad more towns can?t be like Boonville?

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