Monday, March 30, 2015

Imagine being a woman and living 60 years being named "Eddie Manley." Now you know why she's nuts

It must be rough being a woman named Eddie Manley. Maybe that's why she's a bitter old lady. She reminds me of a certain reptile from South Florida, actually.

The only thing worse than being a woman named Eddie Manley is being the guy dating a woman named Eddie Manley.

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2015-03-30/madison-county-woman-fires-gun-send-message-sex-offender

Madison County woman fires gun to 'send message' to sex offender
By WAYNE FORD
Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9:17pm

Authorities arrested on Saturday a 61-year-old Madison County woman after she allegedly fired two gun shots as a way of sending “a message” to a convicted sex offender she didn’t want on her property.

Eddie L. Manley of Paoli Road, Carlton, was charged with aggravated assault, making a terroristic threat and pointing a pistol at another.

The shooting occurred outside Manley’s home, where the 53-year-old victim, who is a registered sex offender convicted of sexual exploitation of children, was shot in the foot with a .45-caliber handgun loaded with .410-gauge shotgun shells, according to a Madison County Sheriff’s report.

The man had cuts on his toes caused by one pellet, deputies said.

The victim said Manley’s boyfriend allowed him to come to the house to gather some belongings he left while in prison. While collecting his items, he said Manley exited her home and told him to leave, according to the report. The man said he didn’t respond to her order, then heard a gun shot. Manley began yelling and threatened the man’s life, telling him he would “never hurt another teenager again,” deputies said.

Manley told deputies that the man lied about why he was in prison and she had warned him previously to never come on her property. When she saw him, she became angry, took her revolver, with the brand name “The Judge,” and fired it twice to send “a message,” according to the report.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nakia Cooper's idea of lip service is talking out her other end

Nakia Cooper advertises herself as giving "news with a little attitude," but her latest article is devoid of a little common sense.

So, what do 21 Registered Citizens have to do with a story about child abandonment, anyways? Nothing, other that they live in the same shitty community.

Nakia Cooper apparently doesn't know the difference between lip service and talking out of your ass.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/hpd-mom-leaves-2-kids-alone-in-apartment-in-area-where-many-sex-offender-live/31870786

HPD: 2 kids found alone in apartment in area where many sex offenders live
Author: Nakia Cooper, Sr. Web Editor
Published On: Mar 18 2015 03:06:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2015 03:18:46 PM CDT

HOUSTON -
A mother is accused of leaving her two small children alone in an apartment located in an area where nearly two dozen sex offenders live.

Teara Anderson, 20, is charged with abandoning a child.

According to Houston police, Anderson left her two children, ages 2 years old and 2 months old, alone in an apartment on Jan. 3.

Neighbors heard the children crying and saw the toddler standing at the front door, which was open.

The neighbors suspected the children were alone and called police to investigate.  Police arrived to find the children alone in the apartment.

Anderson and the children's father returned about 20 minutes after officers arrived.

Police said Anderson told them she left the children alone while she went to the grocery store.  The mom said the children were sleeping and the door was locked when she left, but thought the 2-year-old must have unlocked it.

Anderson said her car broke down as she was returning from the store and she had to call the children's father for help. 

The father told police he was not with Anderson when she left the children alone and did not live with them.  Charges were filed only against the mother.  She was jailed and her bond was set at $2,000.

Police checked the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offenders Registry and found that 21 registered sex offenders reside within a mile of Anderson's apartment.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Delores Ann Harris says she is dumb for believing the system works after she's convicted for harassing Registered Citizen

Delores Ann Harris claims she was dumb for believing "the system works." In this case, the system worked, and she was convicted for harassing a Registered Citizen. I guess by working she meant she expected to get off.

I wonder, however, why a convicted criminal like Harris does not have a mugshot posted anywhere. If her victim was even suspected of a crime, his mug would be all over the internet. In fact, I am amazed the victim wasn't plastered on the media just because of his status.

If anyone has a pic of Delores Ann Harris, email it to iamthefallen1@yahoo.com

http://www.nvdaily.com/beck/2015/03/area-woman-convicted-for-harassing-sex-offender

AREA WOMAN CONVICTED FOR HARASSING SEX OFFENDER
FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH, 2015 @ 11:00 PM

FRONT ROYAL – All she wanted to do, Delores Ann Harris told a jury Friday, was to protect herself and her granddaughter from a man who had been convicted 21 years ago of aggravated sexual battery, a man who has been on the state’s sex offender registry since 1997.

But the convicted sex offender in the courtroom was the victim in the jury trial. And Harris, 61, was the defendant, charged with misusing information from the sex offender registry.

It took the jury only 23 minutes to find Harris guilty and even less time to impose a $1,500 fine on her for actions that the prosecution described as a campaign of harassment against Scott Costello, 43.

“The commonwealth realizes that Mr. Costello is not a sympathetic victim,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming told the six-member jury during closing arguments.

But, Fleming said, the state law is clear: The state sex offender registry, including details about Costello, can be easily viewed on a website but the information displayed must not be used “for purposes of intimidating or harassing” another person. Violations are categorized as class one misdemeanors carrying penalties of up to one year in jail and a maximum penalty of $2,500.

Harris represented herself at the trial. In an interview after the jury verdict, she continued to deny she had done anything wrong.

“I was dumb for thinking the judicial system would work,” Harris said.

The jury heard testimony from Costello and Rebecca Griffin about a contentious relationship between them and Harris, who was Griffin’s neighbor in an apartment building in Front Royal at the time of the offense. 

No one disputed that Harris informed the state police that Costello was staying in an apartment with Griffin, his fiancée. At the time, Costello had a different address on the sex offender registry, which would have required him to re-register if he had moved in permanently with Griffin.

In his closing argument, Fleming recounted testimony from Master State Trooper Jerry Bosserman, who could not find evidence that Costello had moved in permanently with Griffin.

Fleming said Harris persisted in her complaints, but Bosserman couldn’t determine that Costello’s visits to Griffin’s residence had violated any laws.

“Trooper Bosserman said he felt he was on the verge of harassing Mr. Costello,” Fleming said.

Harris denied earlier testimony from Griffin that she had yelled out the window at Griffin that Costello was going to prison for 20 years and asking how her sex life would be after he was gone.

“My only concern was the safety of myself and my granddaughter,” Harris told the jury.

The guilty verdict was costly for Harris. She had been convicted of the same offense in general district court and fined only $50 and sentenced to one year unsupervised probation.

Harris appealed her conviction to circuit court, where her combined fine and court costs from the jury trial will exceed $2,000.

Harris, who has moved out of the apartment building, said she plans to file an appeal with the state Court of Appeals.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou admit to committing crimes against Registered Citizens on the air, among other things

The John and Ken show is still somehow on the air, despite calls for the show's cancellation from the Hispanic community, Catholics, even Vietnam vets. Even a fellow shock jock referred to these two as "total fucking pussies" (his words not mine, though I share the sentiment.). They were suspended before (apparently calling Whitney Houston a "crack ho" is somehow more offensive than racist remarks) and they've lost lots of sponsors over the years. 

Today, the John and Ken show had Janice Bellucci from California RSOL on their radio show. Now, KFI is no NPR, so I wasn't expecting much, but I wasn't expecting to hear a full-on assault. 

If you want to hear the full interview without going to John and Ken's garbage pages, click the link below:


Now, during the interview, John Kobylt mentions that not only should "regular people" chase Registered Citizens out of their communities and annoy and threaten them until they leave, apparently John claims he has actually engaged in this behavior. 

It is, of course, illegal to harass a Registered Citizen. From the CA Megan's Flaw website. 

The law is not intended to punish the registrant and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against a registrant (Pen. Code § 290.46). 

Hopefully we can just have them arrested sometime. I challenged them to interview my in person but I doubt they will. Maybe they are "total fucking pussies" after all. 


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Michigan keystone cops arrest the wrong guy for CP

This story is just too complex to summarize but I'll try anyways. So a guy named Billy JOE Rowe was investigated for possession of CP but let go. The police officer wrote the guy's middle name as "Dean" not "Joe." The investigation was picked up years later just as the statute of limitations was about to expire, by a cop ready to retire. So he arrests one Billy DEAN Rowe, who looks nothing like Billy JOE nor is of the same age or has been to Flint, MI (and quite frankly, no one without ties to Flint ever goes there). So Billy DEAN sits in jail for a few days as Billy JOE remains free. Now, Billy JOE can't be charged because the statute of limitations ran out, and Billy DEAN had to get his good name reinstated. And the arresting officer gets to retire with immunity for his mistakes.

If Billy JOE was guilty (remember, these were merely allegations, not convictions) then he's one lucky son of a gun. aybe Billy DEAN can ask Billy JOE to buy him some lotto tickets?

http://wishtv.com/2015/02/27/wrong-man-jailed-for-child-porn-in-mich/

ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) — Billy Dean Rowe, who lives near Albion, is a meat cutter by trade and a married father of four who spent three nights in jail for child porn — a crime he didn’t commit.

“I was in the cell,” Rowe, 50, told Target 8. “I just laid in the bed all the time. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do nothing. I just did a lot of praying.”

Billy Joe Rowe, 41, of Clio, who police say confessed to the child porn, never was charged and — because of mistakes made by Michigan State Police — never will be.

“I didn’t know nothing about it,” Billy Joe Rowe, 41, said when asked if he knew about the false arrest of the other Rowe.

So how is it that Michigan State Police confused two men with different middle names, who live 120 miles from each other and who are 9 years apart in age?

“It was crazy,” the falsely arrested Rowe said. “There was no way I would do something like that.”

Billy Dean Rowe and his wife have sued the state police. The state admitted making mistakes but claimed governmental immunity and asked the state Court of Appeals to dismiss the suit. The court denied that request earlier this month, sending the case back to Calhoun County Circuit Court.

“It was their own fault. They should pay the penalty, not me,” Rowe said.

The case started in March 2005, when state police Trooper Dennis Milburn of the Flint Post seized a computer from Billy Joe Rowe’s brother in Mount Morris, near Flint, according to reports obtained by Target 8. The brother told him that Rowe had downloaded child porn.

The trooper questioned Billy Joe Rowe, who, according to reports, admitted to it.

“Rowe stated at that time he did search for child pornography on the Internet and the images on the hard drive were his,” the police report states.

But Trooper Milburn’s original police report misidentified the suspect as Billy Dean Rowe, the innocent man.

He is 5-foot-4 and weighs 185 lbs. Billy Joe Rowe, the man who police say admitted to the crime, is 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 lbs.

For nearly six years, nothing happened. It’s not clear why, but perhaps because the original detective retired in 2007.

The computer sat at the state police Computer Crimes Unit in Lansing without being forensically examined. A note in the file in 2007 shows state police couldn’t find the search warrant or consent form to search it. By 2008, records show, state police were considering destroying the evidence after a review of the complaint showed issues over “burden of proof.”

Then in March 2011, MSP Detective Sgt. Ronald Ainslie picked up the case, pushing for charges just weeks before the six-year statute of limitations would expire, reports show.

The MSP lab finally examined the computer and found “numerous” images of child porn.

Nine days later, on March 11, 2011, the wrong Billy Rowe was at his home in Homer, getting ready for his job as a meat cutter at Meijer in Jackson.

“They just showed up to my door and they asked me if i was Billy Rowe and I said yes,” he said.

He said the trooper had an 8-by-10 photograph of him, which he believes he’d gotten from AAA, of which Rowe was a member.

“He said, ‘Well, we have a warrant for your arrest out of Flint,’ and I says, ‘Out of Flint? I’ve never been to Flint.’ … I asked him what it was for and they told me they couldn’t say. When I said, ‘Why am I going to Flint?’ he says, ‘You’ll find out when you get there.’”

The man who had never been in trouble before spent all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday locked up at the Calhoun County Jail.

“The guys in the jail asked me what I was in there for. I said I had no idea,” he said. “I was looking at going to prison. All it took was for me to walk in front of the judge and say you’re guilty and I’m done.”

At 1 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 — exactly six years after the alleged crime was originally discovered — a trooper drove Rowe 110 miles to the MSP Flint Post, where he was locked up in a holding cell. Rowe said his hands were cuffed behind his back.

“They put me in a jail cell with a drunk, and handcuff me to the wall and left me sit there for like five hours,” he said.

That, he said, is when he learned he was being charged with possession of child porn — a felony with a penalty of up to four years in prison. He said he tried to convince state police they had the wrong guy.

“They asked me, ‘Did you have an apartment with your mother in Flint?’ I said, ‘No, my mother’s dead, and she’d been dead a year before that even happened.”’

“Rowe stated he didn’t know why he was being held and that he had never even been in Flint,” Sgt. Ainslie wrote in his report. “I advised Rowe that he was being held for Child Pornography from the 2005 incident in Mount Morris. Rowe stated he had never heard of Mount Morris and had no idea what I was talking about.”

“I became a bit concerned,” Ainslie wrote.

Sgt. Ainslie took Billy Dean Rowe’s photograph to the mom and brother of Billy Joe Rowe in Mount Morris. They told him he had the wrong man.

A judge immediately set Billy Dean Rowe free. Rowe said he lost his job, though Meijer later re-instated him.

“They said, ‘Oops, We got the wrong guy,’ and that was it; no apology, no nothing,” Rowe said.

Prosecutors refused to sign a warrant against the real suspect because the statute of limitations had expired, records show.

It wasn’t difficult to find the real suspect. Target 8 had to knock on only one door in Clio.

Billy Joe Rowe, who has no criminal record, denied downloading child porn.

“I never admitted to nothing,” he said.

State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner acknowledged the original report misidentified the suspect, though she said it’s not clear how that happened. She wouldn’t say why state police waited six years to examine the computer, though she called it “atypical.”

She said Ainslie, the sergeant who got the warrant to arrest Billy Dean Rowe, retired in 2013.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Graham Co. NC Sheriff Danny MilSAPs tells RSOs if they want to go to church, do it at his jail

 This year, the Shiitake Awards needs a new category just for law enforcement agents who go above and beyond the call of duty in their quest for sex offender legal stupidity. I call it the "Keystone Cop of the Year."

Our first candidate for Keystone Cop of the Year is Sheriff Danny Milsaps of Graham County, NC. He recently sent out a letter to all Registered Citizens in his county barring them from attending church. But he took it to the next level, and told registrants if they want to attend church, go to jail to attend services.

It does pose an interesting question-- who will be giving these special services? Will this Sheriff be providing Catholic Mass, Ramadan festivals, Black Masses for Satanists, Festivus events, or even Nation of Islam meetings? I'd personally love to see Sheriff Milsaps sitting in on an NOI sermon discussing the "white devil."

Below is the actual letter the Sheriff sent out:



http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/06/sex-offenders-church/24522381/

Sheriff bans sex offenders from church
Jon Ostendorff, USA TODAY 6:35 p.m. EST March 6, 2015

ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. — A sheriff in one of North Carolina's smallest counties told registered sex offenders they can't go to church, citing a state law meant to keep them from day-care centers and schools.

Graham County Sheriff Danny Millsaps told sex offenders about his decision Feb. 17, according to a letter the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times obtained Friday. About 9,000 people live in Graham County, which abuts Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee line in far western North Carolina.

"This is an effort to protect the citizens and children of the community of Graham (County)," he wrote. "I cannot let one sex offender go to church and not let all registered sex offenders go to church."

He invited them to attend services at the county jail.

In an interview Friday, Millsaps said he may have made a mistake when he wrote that offenders "are not permitted to attend church services."

He said he understands the Constitution gives everyone the right to religious freedom. But he said he's standing by his take on North Carolina law blocking offenders from places where children are present.

"I understand I can't keep them from going to church," he said. "That may have been misunderstood. I'll be the first one to say I might have made mistakes in the wording of that letter."

Millsaps has no immediate plans to arrest a sex offender should one of the 20 in his county attend church Sunday, he said.

Graham County Manager Greg Cable said the county attorney is looking into the matter and any legal mistakes would be corrected.

At the Citizen-Times' request, the American Civil Liberties Union in Raleigh is reviewing Millsaps' letter. The newspaper also sent a copy to the North Carolina Department of Justice for an opinion on the law.

Neither responded immediately.

Other North Carolina counties have dealt with the same issue:

• In Chatham County, deputies in 2009 arrested a sex offender for attending church, citing the same law. A state Superior Court judge eventually ruled the law as applied to churches was unconstitutional.

• In Buncombe County, sex offenders are permitted in church as long as pastors know and are in agreement, Sheriff Van Duncan said.

That's similar to the county's policy for allowing sex offenders at school events like ball games. They are allowed as long as school administrators have warning, and the offenders are monitored to some extent, the sheriff said.

The law allows schools to do this, a factor the judge noted in 2009 in the Chatham County case.

If a sex offender threatens a child at a church or school event, Duncan said the law can be enforced and used to ban the offender.

Church leaders in Buncombe County, where Asheville is located, generally want to minister to sex offenders, he said.

The law applies to public, private and church schools that have weekday classes. Sex offenders generally are banned from school property.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Russell Speigle is "innocent until proven guilty," but the guilt is written on his face, in a way

So everyone who is arrested is innocent until proven guilty. However, Russell Speigle of Cottage Grove, WI, has guilt written, or rather, "burned," onto his face. If there was ever a time to use the old adage, "play with fire and you'll get burned," now is that time. If he keeps this up, he might be up for a Darwin Award rather than a Shiitake.

As an aside, vigilantes should be properly handled and cooked until the internal temperature of 165 degrees. Get your vigis ordered at least medium-well, and not rare.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_083d6199-5d56-5147-8a5e-db19123cbcec.html

Cottage Grove man arrested on suspicion of burning house intended for sex offender
2/24/15, By Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal


Dane County authorities arrested a town of Cottage Grove man they say set fire to a house Sunday night in a vigilante effort to keep a sex offender from moving in there.

Russell A. Speigle, 50, was arrested on a tentative charge of arson for the fire, which destroyed a home at 4721 Gaston Circle in the town of Cottage Grove, Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Tuesday.

Investigators are now trying to determine if Speigle was responsible for another fire that damaged the same house in December, Mahoney said.

They are also looking for some pieces of evidence that could connect Speigle to the fire, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The home was to house 40-year-old Harold Nyberg as part of a supervised sex offender release program, over vocal opposition from the man’s neighbors — Speigle among them, Mahoney said.

The first fire, on Dec. 8, caused $90,000 worth of damage, the Sheriff’s Office said. The home was repaired after that blaze and was considered a total loss after Sunday’s fire.

Speigle lived “only doors away” from the Gaston Circle home, Mahoney said, and had attended a notification meeting the Sheriff’s Office held last week to tell neighborhood residents about Nyberg.

“Like many, (Speigle) voiced his displeasure” that Nyberg was coming to the area, Mahoneysaid.

An article about the notification meeting from The Herald-Independent quoted Speigle saying the neighborhood was “upset and on guard” with Nyberg set to move in.

Nyberg was convicted in 1994 of second-degree child sexual assault and was later committed as a sexually violent person to a secure treatment center in Mauston, according to courtrecords.

Despite objections from Speigle and other neighbors, some of whom are now pushing the Cottage Grove Town Board to adopt an ordinance barring sex offenders on supervised release from living there, Nyberg was set to move to the home within a fewweeks.

“The place to carry out those kinds of actions is at the public notification meeting, so that we can address those concerns,” Mahoney said. “What is unacceptable is acts of vigilantism such as this.”

Investigators talked with Speigle at his home soon after the second fire, Mahoney said, and could see that he had recently suffered burns.

Speigle’s booking photo from the Dane County Jail shows what appear to be burns across much of his face.

Mahoney did not say why investigators didn’t arrest Speigle that night, but the Sheriff’s Office said authorities learned he had left Cottage Grove soon after talking with detectives.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Justice continued building a case against Speigle, tracked him to a relative’s home in Muscoda and arrested him there Monday, Mahoney said.

Speigle was treated and released from the UW Hospital burn unit, then booked into the jail Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At a news conference Tuesday, Mahoney declined to say whether authorities suspect anyone other than Speigle may have been involved in the arson, or if Speigle has been cooperating with investigators.

Mahoney stressed that Sunday’s blaze put firefighters and first responders in danger, and said the “most alarming” aspect of Speigle’s actions was that he set fire to a home so close to where he lived.

“Not only did the actions of Mr. Speigle endanger public safety professionals, it endangered his own neighbors,” Mahoney said.

As they continue their investigations, Mahoney said authorities are looking for two gas canisters they believe Speigle used in the Sunday night fire.

Mahoney said investigators could see Speigle holding the red, plastic jugs Sunday night in images taken from a camera near the home that burned.

Authorities suspect the cans may have been dumped somewhere between Cottage Grove and Muscoda, and asked anyone who might have seen them to call the state arson tip line at 800-362-3005 or the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 608-284-6900.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Doug Ennen of Hemet CA gets to be our first Everyday Zero of 2015. Should I put a sign in the yard?



So this clown is Doug Ennen of Hemet, CA. He is trying to force a registered citizen to move and he's taking a not-so-original but particularly annoying approach that I sincerely hope backfires. You know what would be funny? If someone thought he WAS the registrant and egged his car. Maybe then Doug would understand what it feels to be targeted by a harassing thug.

(By the way, the police are in the wrong because this does indeed constitute harassment)

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/02/18/hemet-man-displays-child-molester-danger-sign-to-warn-residents-of-neighbor/

Hemet Man Displays ‘Child Molester Danger’ Sign To Warn Residents Of Neighbor


HEMET (CBSLA.com) — A homeowner has displayed two bright green posters in a Hemet neighborhood in an effort to warn neighbors of a man who is registered as a sex offender on the Megan’s Law database.
Doug Ennen made the posters, one of which says “Child Molester Danger,” and taped them to his two cars. He then parked one of those vehicles in front of a registered sex offender’s home.
According to the Megan’s Law website, 59-year-old Harlan Steiner lives on Ennen’s street, although the date of the crime isn’t listed.
“It’s just one of those things that everybody should know and be aware of. I don’t believe they can change,” Ennen, a homeowner, explains. “It’s horrible, especially if you have kids; you can never relax fully.”
One neighbor, who didn’t want to talk on camera, disagreed with the public shaming and said Steiner is a nice guy who’s already done his time.
This same neighbor’s children are grown, unlike Michael Lopez, who also lives in the area and has a teenager.
“Everybody has to be aware. We’re living in some dangerous times,” Lopez, a neighbor, said.
Both Lopez and Ennen are concerned about their property values decreasing even though Ron Remily, another neighbor, says Steiner fixed what was once a dilapidated house.
“I don’t really feel it’s my position to judge what he did or didn’t do,” Remily said.
But Ennen said: “I’d like to see him move. If he knew this why didn’t he buy a house in the middle of nowhere. There’s plenty of them.”
A woman at the home answered the door, but said she didn’t have a comment.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a sign like Ennen’s isn’t illegal because it’s a display of public information.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nevada GOP lawmaker proudly proclaims "sexual predators" should get a "bullet to the head"


Well, the story really isn't about "sexual predators," per se, but this crazy gun nut proposes that "hot little girls" on campus need to pack heat and shoot people in the head to stop the Rape Apocalypse.

Republican Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is trying to push a bill allowing guns to be carried onto college campuses under the guise of preventing on-campus sexual assaults.

Fiore, said in a telephone interview with the New York Times:

“If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.”

Now, it might just be me, but she reminds me of a certain vigilante gun-nut who lives in South Florida, only Fiore isn't as ugly. But she is just as stupid.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Comedy writer writes a joke of an article about Registered Citizens, showing HuffPost writing standards is also a joke

After reading an article like this, I wonder just how much "wine" Elaine Ambrose mixed in with her "laughter." The problem here is the HuffPost allows too many people lacking credentials on a subject to write on any topic. So now we have a "humor" writer writing an article about sex offenders. Well maybe that is fitting because this article is a joke.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-ambrose/monsters-are-real-protect-your-grandkids-from-sex-offenders_b_6666866.html

Monsters Are Real: Protect Your Grandkids From Sex Offenders
Posted: 02/13/2015 6:57 pm EST Updated: 02/13/2015 6:59 pm EST
Elaine Ambrose (Author, syndicated blogger, featured humor speaker, publisher, and retreat organizer knows that laughter - with wine - is the best medicine.)

Ollie Oxen isn't free anymore. I remember the familiar call of "Ollie Ollie Oxen Free" from my childhood as neighborhood children freely played outside until dark. The phrase is from an Old English game that ended when anyone still hiding could come back without fear of being tagged. "All's out come in free." Those were easy times when monsters lived within our imaginations, not in the house next door.

I recently received an alarming email: A registered sex offender has moved down the street. I clicked on the link and stared into the face of a 49-year-old man who had been convicted of sexual battery of a minor child a dozen years earlier. Because my small granddaughters often visit and we regularly scamper to the nearby playground and swimming pool, I immediately recoiled in shock. Why did he move here? Is he still dangerous? What are the laws? How can I protect my grandchildren?

I turned off my email and began an online research about registered sex offenders. The U.S. Department of Justice maintains the National Sex Offender Public Website,and each state has its own site. I learned that three registered sex offenders lived within a mile of my home, and 21 offenders lived within three miles. I got up, locked the door, and returned to my research.

Here are some sobering facts from the U.S. Department of Justice: [Shiitake Award note: The "factoids" came from the National Registry page, NOT the DoJ.]

* Approximately 150,000 adult sex offenders are currently in state and federal prisons throughout the United States. Between 10,000 and 20,000 are released to the community each year.

* About 12 to 24% of sex offenders will reoffend.

* Approximately 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to authorities. More than 63,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in 2012.

* According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Criminal Victimization Survey, in 2012, there were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 years or older.

* State laws have specific regulations and laws that mandate the offenders cannot live near schools, playgrounds, or swimming pools.

* The best actions for a parent or grandparent are to know where the offenders live, watch the children at all times, educate them about stranger danger, and be prepared to confront anyone suspicious and notify authorities.

Parents have the primary responsibility to raise their children, but grandparents play an important secondary role. The adults should talk to children about inappropriate touching, listen to their opinions, and create a family safety plan. Support the parents as they routinely discuss the differences between normal, healthy sexuality and sexual abuse. Learn how predators operate, and monitor social media and other online activities. Refuse to live in fear but error on the side of caution.

Various websites, such as Stop it Now , offer details and suggestions so families can become educated about the realities of registered sex offenders. More clarification is necessary in many of the descriptions. For example, a mutual dalliance between a 19-year-old young man and a 17-year-old girl is common but can unfairly receive the same label as the horrific acts of a 50-year-old man sexually assaulting a child.

My new neighbor served jail time for his crimes, and I won't be taking him a welcome basket with cookies. From my front door, I can see his house and our neighborhood playground. Maybe he has reformed. Maybe he hasn't. His conviction has robbed our neighborhood of complacency and turned us into vigilantes. The carefree sounds of laughter from my childhood summers are silenced by a heavy click from the turning of the lock.

As icing on the cake, this woman thinks

So giving people the facts makes you an asshole now?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Florida State Rep. Frank Artiles uses sex offender panic to push anti-transsexual bathroom bill

Rep. Frank wants you to show him your penis. 
I know this whole transsexual issue has hit the news with that teen transsexual who killed herself here in Ohio where I live, and admittedly I haven't been keeping up with all these letter designations for sexuality (if we keep coming up with new gender identities we'll have to borrow letters from other languages). It is not my place to judge them and as far as I'm concerned, we're all deserving of equal rights. This is what I do know. If you use Predator Panic as the basis of passing any law, no matter who you are targeting, well, I will give you a new identity -- Shiitake Award Nominee. 

You know, this Artiles fellow has some very interesting thoughts. maybe we should be watching this guy very closely:


Florida’s Transphobic ‘Show Your Papers to Pee’ Bill is Bad for Everyone
by Steve Williams
February 13, 2015

One Florida Republican is making it his sworn duty to overturn local civil rights ordinances and stop trans people using the public restrooms that accord with their gender identity.

Florida State Rep. Frank Artiles (R) recently introduced H.B. 538, which to quote the bill summary, would:

Requires that use of single-sex facilities be restricted to persons of sex for which facility is designated; prohibits knowingly & willfully entering single-sex public facility designated for or restricted to persons of other biological sex; provides exemptions; provides private cause of action against violators; provides for preemption.

So in effect, if a trans person uses a public bathroom that accords with their gender identity and not their birth sex, they are liable under the law to a $1,000 fine. The legislation would also open up the trans person in question to a civil suit, and would make the owner of those public accommodations similarly liable.

Artiles claims the bill was inspired by what he perceives to be a “massive loophole” created by local trans rights ordinances like the one recently enacted by Miami-Dade County that simply and narrowly allows people to use the restroom that comports with their consistent gender expression. It is, of course, the old “sexual predators could prey on women and children” that Artiles clings to when he says, no, he is not anti-trans or trying to discriminate, but simply looking out for the public interest.

In a post on his own website, he says in part:

The goal of HB 583 is not to discriminate against any individual, but to ensure the public’s safety in Florida.  My main concern is that criminals, sexual predators, and sex offenders will hide behind the law in order to commit a crime due to the over broad, vague, and subjective language passed by some counties across the State.

[...]

“The reason for this bill is due to the Local county commission ordinance that allows MEN (who do not fall under any of the LGBT’s definitions) to enter a WOMENs bathroom, locker room and dressing room. It is disturbing for a woman to walk out of a gym shower and have a man staring at her. It is a matter of privacy/public safety and not intended to discriminate against transgender or transsexuals. However, criminals, sexual deviants, pedophiles and voyeurs will take advantage of the loop hole the local ordinance has created giving them protection under the law.”

One would imagine that if Rep. Artiles is so concerned about this problem, he must have several accounts of such abuses at hand, most notably because Gainseville has had these protections since 2008. Artiles has yet to point to a single incident anywhere where trans protections have directly allowed an abuse to take place — and it’s no wonder, because they are so infrequent that law enforcement officials tell us that they aren’t a concern at all.

In fact, experts from across 15 states have looked at statistics and confirmed for Media Matters that this just isn’t a problem and is unlikely to ever be a problem. They also point out that these ordinances do not change what is already law: people who are victims of physical and sexual assaults in public restrooms are protected and could bring criminal proceedings, and these ordinances do not change that fact.

But let’s not kid ourselves that this is just Rep. Artiles just being overly concerned about public welfare. Artiles displayed his ignorance of trans identity and the vague hint of transphobia when he told the Miami Herald (h/t Thinkprogress): ”A man such as myself can walk into the bathroom at LA Fitness while women are taking showers, changing, and simply walk in there. Someone can say, ‘What are you doing there?’ Under the ordinance, I don’t have to respond. It’s subjective. If I feel like a woman that day, I can be allowed to be in that locker room. I don’t know about you, but I find that disturbing.”

The legislation also has another disturbing aspect. Another look at the bill’s text and we see it contains language that wouldn’t just preclude trans people from using the public amenities that align with who they are, it implicitly sets a standard for what we consider male and female enough:

“Sex” means a person’s biological sex, either male or female, at birth. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “male” means a person born as a biological male and the term “female” means a person born as a biological female.

Currently, Florida state does allow for gender change recognition albeit through a laborious process. The proposed law wouldn’t directly undercut that, but the concern is that, with its “biological male” and “biological female” designations, it segregates trans people and makes them other — they can amend their IDs but try and pee in a bathroom that matches their gender expression? Then they’re criminals. Not only that, but it also raises the question whether gender variant people (women who may have a more masculine presentation or men who have a feminine style) may also be subject to discrimination and a “show your papers to pee” rule.

What seems to be the biggest shame in all of this, though, is that Florida Republicans are feigning concern over imagined scenarios of sexual assaults in public restrooms, when they are the ones trying to jam their heads under the stall doors to dictate who can and can’t use a particular restroom.

Monday, February 9, 2015

"You're probably innocent of this crime and all, but we might stick you in civil commitment anyways."

Here at the Shiitake Awards, we sift through dozens of crazy stories throughout the year, and it seems every time we think we've reached the pinnacle of stupidity, a new crazy story comes around that seemingly outdoes the other. 

I won't publish the entire article-- it is a mile long. I suggest you click the news article link and read the full story. Imagine spending decades in prison for a crime you didn't commit. Now, imagine having insult added to injury by being civilly committed. 

Considering how infrequently a prosecutor goes to bat for a convicted person, this story is even more amazing.

http://www.richmond.com/news/article_9adedc25-eba7-5167-aff2-dc65ae98a7fc.html

Prosecutor backs man believed innocent of 1986 sexual assault

Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2015 11:30 pm
By FRANK GREEN Richmond Times-Dispatch

Michael Kenneth McAlister’s prison term ended last month.
But this Richmond man, who some former investigators believe is innocent of a 1986 abduction and attempted rape, now faces possible indefinite confinement as a violent sexual predator.
McAlister’s saga will take a new turn March 3 at a hearing scheduled for Richmond Circuit Court that could see him serving additional decades, if not the rest of his life, inside the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville.
That doesn’t sit well with Richmond’s top prosecutor, who does not believe McAlister’s record should lead to imprisonment or commitment as a violent sexual predator.
“We put the innocent guy in prison, and now we want to civilly commit him,” Michael N. Herring, Richmond commonwealth’s attorney, said in an interview last week.
If efforts to force McAlister into the state’s sex offender treatment facility proceed, Herring said he will tell the court that he believes McAlister did not abduct and attempt to rape a young woman in South Richmond 29 years ago — the crimes that make him eligible for further commitment after his sentence has ended.
In addition, Herring said he will work with McAlister’s lawyers to try to clear his record of the 1986 crimes.
“I’m going to sit down with the governor’s office and sit down with the attorney general’s office — whatever it takes,” Herring said.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Today's Lesson: Most sex crimes occur in the home, by someone the child knows, and that person isn't on the Registry

sometimes, a good story beats a gaggle of statistics to drive home the point that stranger danger is overblown. You can't make some stories up. Well, maybe you can come close. 

I'm willing to bet the event went something like this...



http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/05/us/missouri-fake-kidnapping/index.html

Police: 6-year-old boy 'kidnapped' for being too nice to strangers
By AnneClaire Stapleton and Steve Almasy, CNN
Updated 1:16 PM ET, Fri February 6, 2015

(CNN)A 6-year-old boy in Missouri endured an emotional four-hour staged kidnapping because his family thought he was being too nice to people he didn't know, police said Thursday.

The four people involved in the alleged plot -- the boy's mother, grandmother, aunt and a co-worker of the aunt -- have been charged with kidnapping and other felonies, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.

"Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong," the press release said.

During his reported ordeal the boy was lured Monday into a pickup after getting off his school bus, tied up, threatened with a gun, taken to a basement where his pants were removed, and told he could be sold into sex slavery, police said.

The boy was told in the truck by Nathan Wynn Firoved, the aunt's co-worker, that he would never "see his mommy again," and he would be "nailed to the wall of a shed," the sheriff's statement said.

The boy started to cry, police said, and Firoved, 23, showed the child a gun and said he would be harmed if he didn't stop bawling. Firoved used plastic bags to tie the child's hands and feet, police said. He took his jacket and covered the boy's head so he couldn't see.

He guided the boy, still unable to see, into the basement of the mother's home, where his 38-year-old aunt took off the boy's pants, according to the sheriff's statement.

"The victim remained in the basement for some time before he was unbound and told to go upstairs, where the victim's family lectured him about stranger danger," the statement said.

The suspects kept each other updated throughout the incident on cell phones, police said.

The boy's 25-year-old mother, Elizabeth Hupp of Troy, is charged with felony kidnapping and felony abuse and neglect of a child. The 58-year-old grandmother, Rose Brewer; the aunt, Denise Kroutil; and Firoved are also charged with felonious restraint.

The sheriff said Kroutil approached Firoved to kidnap her nephew to "scare" him because he was "too nice" to people. The statement alleges the mother and grandmother both agreed the boy should be kidnapped to teach him a lesson.

The boy was placed into protective custody after he told school officials Wednesday what had happened to him.

CNN has been trying to track down lawyers for the accused, but has been unable to locate information on the attorneys.

Troy is about an hour northwest of St. Louis.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

If you are accused of a Sex Trafficking offense, Utah Republican Senator Paul Ray wants to kill you.



I can almost imagine Paul Ray promoting this idea with "Achmed the Dead Terrorist." Actually, Rep. Ray has a lot in common with terrorists, considering his obsession with the Death Penalty. I think he should be fired, preferably by squad as well.

http://www.standard.net/Government/2015/02/03/Davis-County-lawmaker-puts-sex-traffickers-on-notice.html

Utah lawmaker wants death penalty for sex traffickers
TUESDAY , FEBRUARY 03, 2015 - 1:36 PM
By MICHAEL A. KRUSE
Capital West News

SALT LAKE CITY — A Davis County Republican wants to give convicted child sex traffickers the ultimate punishment – the death penalty.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, is pushing to make child sex trafficking a capital offense. He says he accompanied the Salt Lake City vice squad on patrol a few years ago. He’s realized how big an issue child trafficking is in Utah. He said he's been working on bills to target prostitution and trafficking for years.

“I got so fed up with what I've seen,” Ray said. “It's time to take the ultimate jump and say if you traffic a kid for sex, we're going to kill you.”

Marina Lowe, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, said the group opposes capital punishment in all forms. Lowe cited some of the current botched lethal injections as ways that America is finding out that the death penalty is not effective.

“At the end of the day it's our position that the state shouldn't be in the business of killing its citizens,” Lowe said. She added that Ray's proposal is unconstitutional.

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled child rape is not punishable by death, striking down a Louisiana law as unconstitutional because the punishment was “cruel and unusual.”

Ray acknowledged that his proposed bill could be challenged in the court. He said he was willing to take a chance, despite the bills uncertain future. Ray said he would love to fight for this law at a federal level.

“I'm going turn the tables on them, and say 'prove to me why you can execute for treason and I can't execute for a crime that in my world is ten times worse than treason,'” Ray said. Ray acknowledged that he would have to add a constitutional note to the bill. This would let legislators know that the bill may be legally challenged in the courts’ system.

Parker Douglas, chief of staff of the Utah Attorney General’s office, said it’s the office’s policy to defend laws that are legally passed in Utah, whether they personally agree with them or not.

Ed Smart, the director of prevention and rehabilitation of Operation Underground Railroad, said he needed more time to decide whether he supported the bill. Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that works with victims of the sex trade. Smart said child sex trafficking is prevalent in Utah but it's hard to pin down the numbers because of its secretive nature.

“I have not met one of those who have been prostituted or trafficked who have chose to be there,” Smart said.

Smart, kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart’s father, said he would like for Utah to follow after Sweden and start cracking down on those who visit prostitutes. Smart said these individuals now get a slap on the wrist.

He said the key is to cut down on the demand for these services, noting Sweden cut their prostitution on the street in half. Smart said there needs to be a greater deterrent to participating.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Arlington Heights, Illinois limits garage sales because of Predator Panic

I would like to know just how people come to idiotic conclusions like this. Even worse, the ordinance was passed unanimously, by ALL NINE Village Idiots. 

I think I save solved the mystery, actually...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-arlington-heights-garage-sales-tl-20150203-story.html

Arlington Heights limits garage sales after sexual assault
By Sally Ho
Chicago Tribune
FEBRUARY 4, 2015, 12:37 PM


Arlington Heights is now limiting garage sales, months after neighbors blamed an out-­of-­control number of such events for a home invasion and sexual assault in the Cedar Glen area.
A policy limiting the number of garage sales to three per year on residential property was approved Monday by the village board, according to a recording of the meeting posted on the village website.
Garage sales now must be held between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and last no more than three consecutive days. The move is in direct response to the community outcry following a crime that happened in September. A woman reported that she was sexually assaulted when her home in the 2400 block of South Embers Lane was broken into. Neighbors claimed the area was becoming unsafe due to a regular flood of strangers attending garage sales.
Some residents pointed to two homes in the residential area south of the Township High School District 214 headquarters for reportedly hosting frequent events that sometimes last for day s and occur several times a month.
In approving the new policy , the village board agreed that it was necessary but debated how the new code amendment would be enforced and whether it was overreaching or unproductive.
The rule does not create a permitting process that would require residents to seek permission to host what is for some a de-cluttering tradition. Instead, the village's new local law will be addressed on the basis of complaints.
Those thought to be breaking the law would be cited for violating the municipal code. A law enforcement official would document every complaint in support of a ticket.
A judge in Cook County housing court would then likely hear the case, with a fine of up to $750 possible, village officials said.
Trustee Joseph Farwell commented that he didn't want a "permit to wipe our nose every time we sneeze" but that he "wouldn't be surprised" if permits were needed in the future to curb ordinance "abusers."
The village manager said the policy is meant to warn would-­be offenders before a citation is necessary, while also avoiding an "overly elaborate process" for law-­abiding residents.
But Trustee John Scaletta, who is running for reelection in April, said he was concerned that a judge would throw the cases out in a "he said, she said" situation.
"I'm all for doing something but I just want to make sure what we do is productive," Scaletta said.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The California ASSembly looks to circumvent Court decisions ruling further restrictions violate state law

His name is Bill,
And he sponsored a Bill,
and its gonna stink up Capitol Hill....

This grinning idiot is Bill Brough, and he's the sponsor of an upcoming bill that will allow cities and counties throughout California to adopt restrictions beyond the already asinine restrictions imposed by the state. 

This bill is intended to circumvent court rulings that found imposing extra restrictions on Registered Citizens violated state law. This guy puts the ASS in ASSembly. 

Feel like contacting Bill? Here's how:

CAPITOL OFFICE
State Capitol: Room 2174
Mailing Address: State Capitol P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
Phone: 916-319-2073

DISTRICT OFFICE
Orange County Office:
29122 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 111,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 347-7301
Fax: (949) 347-7302


Assembly Bill Would Authorize Cities, Counties to Adopt Presence Restrictions
Posted On 30 Jan, 2015 - 7 Comments

Assemblyman William P. Brough introduced Assembly Bill 201 on January 29 that, if passed, would authorize cities and counties to pass laws that restrict where registered citizens may be present. Brough is a Republican member of the Assembly from Oange County.

“This bill attempts to reverse decisions of the California Court of Appeal and Supreme Court made in 2014,” stated California RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “The bill would also reverse the positive results of lawsuits filed last year in federal district courts.”

During 2014, a total of 26 lawsuits were filed challenging city and county laws that prohibited registered citizens from visiting public places, including libraries, parks and museums, as well as privately owned places, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and fast food restaurants. Of that total, more than 20 lawsuits have been settled and an additional 51 cities and/or cities have voluntarily repealed their ordinances.

In the past, there have been two failed attempts to provide the same authorization to cities and counties. “We must remain vigilant to keep the victories we have won. California RSOL will fight this bill and all bills that further erode the civil rights of registered citizens and members of their families,” stated California RSOL Vice President Chance Oberstein.


You can read the full text of the bill BY CLICKING HERE.

AB 201, as introduced, Brough. Registered sex offenders: local ordinances.

Existing law, the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires persons convicted of specified sex offenses to register with local authorities for life while residing, located, attending school, or working in California. Existing law, as adopted by the voters by the passage of Proposition 83 at the November 7, 2006, statewide general election, prohibits a person who is required to register as a sex offender from living in specified places, including within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children regularly gather. Existing law authorizes municipal jurisdictions to enact local ordinances that further restrict the residency of the registered sex offender. Existing law makes it a misdemeanor for a person who is on parole for specified sex offenses to enter any park where children regularly gather without express permission from the person’s parole agent.

This bill would state that a local agency is not preempted by state law from enacting and enforcing an ordinance that restricts a registered sex offender from residing or being present at certain locations within the local agency’s jurisdiction. The bill would authorize a local agency to adopt ordinances, rules, or regulations that are more restrictive than state law relating to a registered sex offender’s ability to reside or be present at certain locations within the local agency’s jurisdiction.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

If at first you don't succeed, find a better internet meme to pimp your bad law

US Representative Chris Smith has been trying to PIMP this so-called "International Megan's Law idea for many years-- in fact, it has reared its ugly head many times on this very awards show over the years (International Megan's Law was voted dumbest law of 2010, and Chris Smith was a nominee for the 2013 awards but was not in the finals).

Well, Chris Smith has found a new way to PROSTITUTE his stupid bill. "Human Trafficking" (or "sex trafficking" or simply "trafficking") is becoming the new buzzword, and it is quickly becoming the new wave of Predator Panic. So now Chris is SOLICITING support for International Megan's Law by using hashtags. Really? A stinking hashtag? (It is a pound sign or a tic-tac-toe board, by the way).

Well I have a hashtag for you, Chris. #KissMyAss

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/01/house_passes_international_megans_law_notifies_for.html

House passes International Megan's Law, notifies foreign countries of traveling sex offenders
By Mike Davis
on January 27, 2015 at 6:24 PM, updated January 27, 2015 at 8:07 PM

HAMILTON — A version of the sex offender registration and notification laws rooted in the murder of a 7-year-old Hamilton girl could soon be implemented across global borders.

The House on Monday night passed “International Megan’s Law,” a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) that would “take away the secrecy” and notify law enforcement agencies in other countries about the travel plans of convicted and registered sex offenders.

About 4,500 U.S. passports were issued to registered sex offenders in 2008, according to the Government Accountability Office, which Smith said was a sign that many sex offenders look to prey on victims in foreign countries.

“It’s all about very good vigilance,” Smith said in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s secrecy that enables all of this. Secrecy is how these people exploit and, unfortunately, we’re seeing a growing amount of sex tourism. They hop on planes and go to places for a week or two and abuse little children.”

The bill strengthens “Operation Angel Watch,” an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, and authorizes it to create a communications strategy with other countries.

Smith said the bill urges the president to reach bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding with other nations on training and procedures upon notification, including the denial of a visa.

The new “Angel Watch Center” would focus on sex offenders who are likely to commit another sex crime, usually those ranked as second- or third-tier offenders, Smith said.

“If you do a data dump, nothing gets done. You want people to say, ‘he’s not coming in,’” Smith said. “We’re talking about people who have a likely propensity to recommit these crimes.”

Smith began trying to apply Megan’s Law across international boundaries in 2008 he met with a group from Thailand on human trafficking, an issue he has tried to combat throughout his time in Congress.

“If we told you a convicted pedophile was coming to Bangkok, what would you do,” Smith asked them.

“We wouldn't let them in,” the Thailand activists responded, and Smith realized that such a framework needed to exist.

“The idea behind this is to get Megan’s Law stirred up in countries around the world,” Smith said. “A few have something close to it, but most do not.

"Pedophiles from the U.S. can travel to those countries and pedophiles from those countries can come to the U.S. and abuse our children,” he said.

The bill is modeled after Megan’s Law legislation already in place throughout the United States, which requires convicted sex offenders to register in national and statewide databases and notify law enforcement of any changes in residence or employment.

The laws were passed in reaction to the 1994 rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Nicole Kanka of Hamilton, who was lured in by neighbor Jesse Timmendequas, a twice-convicted sex offender whose past the Kankas were unaware of. Timmendequas was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole after the state abolished the death penalty in 2007. 

New Jersey was the first state to pass Megan’s Law, which requires convicted sex offenders to notify law enforcement agencies of any change in residence or employment upon their release from prison.

Two years later, former President Bill Clinton signed into law the first nationwide Megan’s Law, an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.

“Had the Kankas known the guy living across the street, who had been to their home many times, there would have been a different outcome,” Smith said.

Maureen and Richard Kanka, a Hamilton school board member, were on hand when Smith introduced an earlier version of the International Megan’s Law later that year but the Senate never voted on the bill.

The House also passed the bill last year but the Senate did not vote on it.

“This could be exploited by all kinds of people. We want to make sure we keep out of this country those who would exploit it,” Smith said.

International Megan's Law was one of Smith's two human trafficking bills passed by the House on Monday. The other bill, the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, would ramp up American anti-trafficking efforts by creating the "Bureau to Combat Trafficking in Persons" within the State Department.

By turning the State Department's human trafficking office into a bureau, it ensures an equal voice in any discussions — a direct line to the Secretary of State, instead of going through intermediaries.

"They get to be at the table and fight inside those important conferences," Smith said. "They have diplomatic capabilities within the State Department to fight for an honest appraisal of a country's human trafficking network as well as what the penalties should be for egregious behavior."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Oklahoma's "separate but equal" registrant nursing home is about to get even less equal

I want to oppose the idea that this is a prison. It’s not. It’s a LTC facility that is providing what I refer to as ‘appropriate resident care for a specific population.’ This population has needs that are not being met in our traditional LTC facilities. What we have uncovered is that these people are much younger, predominately male, so there are some obvious differences with traditional residents. Are therapy and activities being provided to these offenders to keep them engaged to deal with their psycho-social needs? Oftentimes what we find is that these sex offenders end up in that so called ‘secure lock down unit.’ But what this is supposed to be is a special, secure LTC facility. -- Wes Bledsoe of "A Perfect Cause," an organization pushing segregation of sex offenders in nursing homes across the US, in response to the question, "Is there the potential for this facility to resemble a prison with people being segregated from each other and, figuratively, on 'lock down'?"

Oklahoma has created already created a disgusting and disturbing precedent when it became the first state in the US to create a law for a "separate but equal" nursing home facility for elderly and disabled registrants. Oklahoma is about to take this innovative idea to new depths. 

There is a reason I added the quote from Wes Bledsoe. This clown is the reason for the Oklahoma segregation law in the first place. He does not want us to think this segregation facility is a prison. Well, it will be hard for Bledsoe to continue to say such asinine things once Oklahoma passes SB 578, because the Oklahoma legislature seeks to turn over the responsibility for running the segregationist nursing home to the Department of Corrections. 

There is no way even a moron like Bledsoe can read this bill and NOT conclude this facility will be a prison. What else could you call a facility run by the DOC and includes prison inmates? It makes me wonder if Oklahoma will hire the same people that built the Minnesota facility with doors that lock during fire alarms?

AS INTRODUCED 

An Act relating to sex offenders; amending 63 O.S. 2011, Section 1-849, which relates to long-term care facility for sex offenders; allowing the Department of Corrections to initiate certain proposals; providing definitions; and providing an effective date. 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA: 

SECTION 1. AMENDATORY 63 O.S. 2011, Section 1-849, is amended to read as follows: 

Section 1-849. A. The State Department of Health Department of Corrections shall initiate a request for proposal for the operation of a stand-alone long-term care facility for: 

1. sex Sex offenders who are assigned a numeric risk level of II or III as provided in the Sex Offenders Registration Act; or 

2. Any incarcerated offender deemed by the Department of Corrections to be either critically or terminally ill.

The request for proposal shall set forth surveillance and security specifications providing for heightened security of residents to protect the public and residents of the facility. 

B. The State Board of Health Department of Corrections shall promulgate rules and establish procedures necessary to implement the request for proposal and the operation of the stand-alone long-term care facility for: 

1. Level II and III sex offenders; or 

2. Any offender deemed by the Department of Corrections to be either critically or terminally ill. 

C. For the purpose of this section: 

1. Critically ill means: 
a. being unable to perform at least two (2) activities of daily living, such as eating, toileting, moving from one place to another, bathing, dressing or being able to self-medicate; 
b. requiring substantial supervision for protection from threats to health and safety because of a severe cognitive impairment. 

2. Terminally ill means having a condition that reasonably may be expected to result in death within twenty-four (24) months. 

3. Long-term care facility means a health care facility, other than a general acute or specialty hospital, constructed, licensed, and operated to provide patient living accommodations, twenty-four (24) hour staff availability, and at least two of the following patient services: 

a) selection of patient care services, under the  direction and supervision of a registered nurse, ranging from continuous medical, skilled nursing, psychological, or other professional therapies to intermittent health-related or paraprofessional care services; and 

b) a structured supportive living environment that provides support or assistance with individual activities of daily living. 

SECTION 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2015.