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April 30, 2008

Kwame's text messages reveal the depths of his perjury

Detroit Mayor’s Messages to Ex-Aide Are Released - New York Times

The messages, which were sent on city-issued pagers in 2002 and 2003, Mr. Kilpatrick’s first years as mayor, are included in an 18-page brief that its author, the lawyer for three officers who sued the city after being dismissed, says directly led Mr. Kilpatrick to settle the case for $8.4 million.

Mr. Kilpatrick, who had angrily vowed to appeal a jury’s verdict against the city, agreed to settle for $1.9 million more than the original award just hours after the lawyer, Michael Stefani, gave a copy of the document to a lawyer for the mayor.

The messages’ release was ordered by Judge Robert J. Colombo of Wayne County Circuit Court, after requests by Detroit newspapers and a lawyer for the City Council, William Goodman.

The messages “show unequivocally that both Ms. Beatty and Mayor Kilpatrick perjured themselves during depositions and at trial,” Mr. Stefani wrote in the brief, which was recovered from his computer on Monday, months after he deleted it as a condition of the settlement with the city.

Things you should never do: Give your own daughter a brazillian wax

Clips: Father Gives Daughter Bikini Waxes, Rides To Work At A Brothel

With video.

Today's episode of Tyra was about women who are looking to become legal prostitutes in Nevada. One particularly fucked up segment featured Summer, a pretty 18-year-old who is an "up and coming" adult film actress about to start working at the infamous Moonlight Bunny Ranch. Summer's father is also her manager, and he not only talked her into working at the brothel, but gives her Brazilian bikini waxes. Almost more insane? They actually show him doing it. Now, I'm pro-porn and pro-sex work, and I feel like people should be allowed to make their own choices when it comes to how they want to make their money. But maybe I'm not as progressive as I thought I was, because this shit is just wrong. Oh, and when Summer is shown crying when her dad drops her off at the brothel? He says, "you forgot something," and you think he's gonna give her words of encouragement or a hug, but instead, he hands her a giant bottle of lube.

April 29, 2008

Apartheid, European style

blackincarceration.JPGMy wife's grandfather, a Frenchman who can trace his lineage back to the 15th Century, used to go on at great length at Sunday lunch about how the immigrants needed to assimilate. (I was one at the time, but of course he meant the Muslim North Africans.) They live in France, and so they must follow the culture and laws of France. Speaking of the laws, I asked, how many North African Muslims are in the French Parliament? My wife's grandfather changed the subject. Real Clear Politics | October 09, 2006 | France and Its Muslims | By Stephanie Giry
Only two out of 908 members of the French Parliament are Muslim [French born in France], and they were elected only in 2004.
WaPo | In France, Prisons Filled With Muslims
El Alaoui Talibi [is] one of only four Muslim holy women allowed to work in French prisons. "Everyone has the same prejudices and negative image of Muslims and Islam," said Moroccan-born El Alaoui Talibi, 47, the mother of seven children. "When some guards see you, they see an Arab; they see you the same as if you were a prisoner." This prison is majority Muslim -- as is virtually every house of incarceration in France. About 60 to 70 percent of all inmates in the country's prison system are Muslim, according to Muslim leaders, sociologists and researchers, though Muslims make up only about 12 percent of the country's population. On a continent where immigrants and the children of immigrants are disproportionately represented in almost every prison system, the French figures are the most marked, according to researchers, criminologists and Muslim leaders. "The high percentage of Muslims in prisons is a direct consequence of the failure of the integration of minorities in France," said Moussa Khedimellah, a sociologist who has spent several years conducting research on Muslims in the French penal system. In Britain, 11 percent of prisoners are Muslim in contrast to about 3 percent of all inhabitants, according to the Justice Ministry. Research by the Open Society Institute, an advocacy organization, shows that in the Netherlands 20 percent of adult prisoners and 26 percent of all juvenile offenders are Muslim; the country is about 5.5 percent Muslim. In Belgium, Muslims from Morocco and Turkey make up at least 16 percent of the prison population, compared with 2 percent of the general populace, the research found.

31 children found raped at Mormon compound

Officials say 31 teen sect girls are pregnant or had baby

Texas child welfare officials say almost 60 percent of the underage girls taken in a raid on a polygamist compound in west Texas either have children or are pregnant.

Of the 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who are in state custody, 31 either have given birth or are expecting, said Child Protective Services spokesman Darrell Azar.

"It shows you a pretty distinct pattern, that it was pretty pervasive," Azar said Monday after releasing the latest figures.

Under Texas law, children under the age of 17 generally cannot consent to sex with an adult. A girl can get married with parental permission at 16, but none of these girls is believed to have a legal marriage under state law.