SDB Evening News Reads 010512: Insane? Is it just a state of mind?

Good Evening!

The have caught a suspect in Florida in connection with the abortion clinic that burned down in an arson fire last week. Florida – Man Held After Fire at Abortion Clinic

The authorities arrested a man on Thursday on federal charges of setting a fire on Sunday that gutted a Pensacola abortion clinic that has faced violence in the past. Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, of was being held at the Escambia County Jail, the authorities said. Investigators said tips from the community led to the arrest. In an affidavit, prosecutors said he told investigators that he made a fire bomb and threw it at the clinic early Sunday. Mr. Rogers said he was pushed to action after he saw a young woman enter the clinic for an abortion while he was standing outside the clinic with a group of protesters recently, it said. The same clinic was bombed on Christmas Day in 1984, and in 1994 a doctor and a volunteer were shot to death as they arrived.

Makes me think of the last episode of the new Beavis and Butt-Head series… Whorehouse / Going Down

Oh, just seeing these “whores…fornicators” walking into a clinic “pushed” this guy to commit a federal crime. Is this the makings of an insanity plea?

Speaking of the insane, you may remember that Breivik, the Norwegian man who committed that mass murder last year, was found to be insane by a court hearing. Well, now it seems that decision/finding has been overturned. Doctors overturn Breivik insane ruling

Psychiatrists who are monitoring Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik say that he is not psychotic, contradicting an earlier diagnosis by experts.

A court filing by the public prosecutor said four experts at Ila Prison in Oslo had not observed any signs that Breivik was insane.

It was also revealed that he was not receiving any medication and the prison had not seen any need to move him to another facility. An earlier evaluation by two court-appointed psychiatrists described him as living in a “delusional universe” – a paranoid schizophrenic who had lost touch with reality.

Lawyers representing victims of last Juky’s massacre, when Breivik left 77 people dead, demanded the Oslo District Court order a second evaluation. But prosecutor Svein Holden yesterday said he has no plans to do so, fearing Breivik could manipulate new experts.

Wow…imagine this guy manipulating the doctors into finding him insane….or is he manipulating the experts into thinking he is sane. Sometimes when I read these articles, I find myself having to read them over again.

Sticking with the question of sanity, Santorum has Raked In $2 Million In Two Days

Enjoying a wave of momentum from his near-win in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum’s campaign is raising money faster than ever before. Donors have added $2 million to his campaign’s war chest in the last 48 hours alone.

And a Santorum aide tells ABC News that in the space of 10 hours — between midnight Thursday and 10 a.m. — the campaign took in $250,000 of that $2 million total. The quarter-million figure total represents online contributions only.

Other than the obvious wingnuts, who would send this guy any money? 2 million…that figure is staggering. There are some mighty rich PLUBs out there, and you know that none of them would be willing to raise that much money to help teenage mothers…

Which reminds me, yesterday I wrote about the young teenager that was “mistakenly” deported to Columbia. I posted an update in the comments but I just wanted to bring it to the front page: Teenager Mistakenly Deported To Colombia

She is pregnant…and still being held by Columbia, but what is worse…the news and media are blaming the child.

Now she is pregnant, being held in a detention facility in Bogotá. God knows what has happened to that child after she was deported and now, but whatever it is, it shouldn’t ever have happened. ICE likes to brag about their numbers and say they’re deporting criminals and repeat offenders, but it seems that they’re a bit sloppy about how they’re doing it. They fingerprinted this child, for heavens’ sake! How hard would it have been to compare her fingerprints to those of the person whose name she used before sending her out of the country? I wonder if they ever thought the absence of a Columbian accent would have been a clue? Evidently not.

Even if the Houston police screwed up, and I believe they did, the responsibility and ultimate screwup sits firmly with this administration’s immigration authorities. An apology and restitution is the least they should do.

Step up, DHS. Get this girl home. Now.

Update: CNN just ran this report at 9 AM this morning. Note how the entire story is being twisted now to blame the victim. It’s HER fault she’s in Colombia. Somehow she plotted to use someone’s name who was never in the ICE system? According to CNN, she jacked the whole system to get from Texas to Colombia. They can’t imagine why, of course, but it’s clearly this 14-year old (now 15) African-American teenager’s fault that she is being held in the system in Colombia after being deported from this country.

Lavandera makes her sound like some kind of drug dealer:

So basically, what we know so far is this 14-year old girl — 15 now — was able to fool local authorities, also the ICE agents and ICE officials and the immigration process and on top of that the Colombian government to get the necessary paperwork to get deported back into Colombia without any of her own identification.


…and then at the point of being deported, at the very last minute, why not raise her hand and say “whoa whoa whoa I’m not who I’ve been saying I am.” They don’t understand that.


The big story here is that this girl has fooled many people on many different levels and it’s absolutely bizarre.

Here’s what I think is bizarre. That a CNN reporter who admits to not having all the facts ready or at his fingertips thinks it’s just fine to go on national television and trash a 14-year old girl who might — MIGHT — have had a student identification card as her sole ID. If she ran away, she could easily have been victimized by human traffickers who told her to use that name if she were arrested. Who knows? None of us know right now. What we DO know is that a 14-year old girl who is a United States citizen was deported. That’s what we know, and Lavandera’s effort to paint her as some kind of con artist was unwarranted and simply victimizes her all over again.

It was a reprehensible report and one that seems to have had ICE agents’ fingerprints on it in an effort to cover their own behinds. Really, we can do better than this.

According to the local TV station that broke the news:

Thursday afternoon, the family had a conference call with members of the National NAACP, congressional Black Caucus leaders and her attorney. They are all demanding the U.S. Embassy gets a chance to visit Jakadrien where she is being held, and to allow her to call her family, which the Colombian government has refused to do.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Turner said. “I just want to hear my baby’s voice.”

The biggest question now is how all this happened – something civil rights leaders are also asking.

Earlier today The Boston Globe endorsed Jon Huntsman for GOP nominee. For vision and national unity, Huntsman for GOP nominee – Editorials – The Boston Globe

Most of the editorial is bashing Romney…looks like Boston Boomer isn’t the only one who really doesn’t want a Romney presidency.

And for your last link of the night, Cosmic Log – What mystifies Dr. Hawking? Women

As famed physicist Stephen Hawking turns 70, the subject that most occupies his thoughts is not how the universe arose from nothing, or how he’s been able to live with neurodegenerative disease for so long. Here’s what he thinks about most: “Women. They are a complete mystery.”

That’s the bottom line from New Scientist’s interview with Hawking, timed to coincide with this weekend’s birthday celebration at Cambridge. The theorist is almost completely paralyzed due to his decades-long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and had to provide his answers by laboriously twitching his cheek to operate a computerized speech-translation system.

Hawking also listed what he saw as his “biggest blunder in science” (his now-repudiated insistence that information was destroyed in black holes), the most exciting development in physics during his career (the discovery of the big bang’s imprint in cosmic microwave radiation) and the potential discovery that would do the most to revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos (discovery of supersymmetric particles at the Large Hadron Collider).

But it’s his brief comment on women that attracted the most attention: How could it be that a scientist who has plumbed the deepest mysteries of the cosmos finds himself mystified by women?

Hmmm…I guess the man is brilliant enough to discover the origins of the cosmos…

The saga of the super-smart professor who is flummoxed by interpersonal relations, particularly with the opposite sex, is at least as old as Sigmund Freud (who famously wondered, “What does a woman want?”), Jerry Lewis’ fictional “Nutty Professor” and the stereotype we have of Albert Einstein. It’s as up to date as the TV astrophysicist on “The Big Bang Theory” who can’t say a word to women unless he’s under the influence.

Somehow, folks get a satisfying sense of karma from the idea that geniuses are socially stupid. But the stereotype doesn’t really hold true, particularly in Hawking’s case.

Like the real-life Einstein, Hawking has had an active romantic life, marked by two marriages. (Einstein’s second marriage ended with the death of his wife and cousin Elsa; Hawking’s ended in an ugly divorce.) Hawking’s disease does not affect his sexual ability or his potency, and the fact that he’s fathered three children is evidence of that.

“The disease only affects voluntary muscle,” Hawking’s been quoted as saying.

The article goes on to say that Hawking is an incurable flirt, and has a thing for Marilyn Monroe, who he says is the one person he would want to meet if he could go back in time.

Even as he approaches the age of 70, Hawking seems to have kept his playful, pleasant, mischievous character. That may help explain his latest comment about the mystique surrounding women, as well as his own mystique.

Here’s a classic example: Actress Jane Fonda was clearly won over last year when Hawking came backstage after her performance in a play about a woman musicologist in the early stages of neurodegenerative disease. “I took his hand and carefully uncurled the fingers one by one, wanting to see how they felt and looked … soft, pale, safe,” she recalled in a blog posting.

When Fonda asked Hawking what he thought of her performance, Hawking typed out a short response: “You were my heartthrob” — which got a big laugh. Fonda came away starstruck. “This man who cannot move or speak, can, nonetheless, comprehend the incomprehensible,” she wrote.

Hmm … Maybe women aren’t such a complete mystery to Hawking after all.

That is all for tonight…catch ya later in the comments.

17 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads 010512: Insane? Is it just a state of mind?”

    • peggysue22 says:

      Yes, it’s important to recall Rick Santorum of the past, he who was handed his hat in Pennsylvania for good reason. But fear not, Santorum will overreach and/or the GOP establishment will grind him in the Great Meat Grinder in the Sky. That’s what Super-PACs were made for.

      He should enjoy his moment in the sun. It will be brief.

      Sorry to hear about this youngster deported to Columbia. And now pregnant! Hope they get her home soon. The public attention should help. Victim blaming is sadly an art form anymore. No one else to hold accountable, so blame the victim. She’s not even on the record to defend herself. CNN? Should be ashamed–journalism=speculation anymore, the more titillating the better. The grandmother must be half-crazed with worry.

  1. ralphb says:

    In the case of the deported runaway, this morning I went over to myiq’s new hole and they were all just trashing this girl and saying basically “shrug. mistakes happen”. Then went into fantasies about her being involved with a Columbian drug gang and all kinds of crap like that. Turns out a commenter (emilystubbs) on a Gawker story had just spread bullshit which sounds exactly like what was reported on CNN. Is CNN now getting scoops from Gawker comments or is ICE spreading this farce that way.

    The comment at Gawker was easily debunked since it said she ran away because she was pregnant and had a drug dealer boyfriend. Well, if she was pregnant in Sept, ’10, she’s not still pregnant and probably is not pregnant a second time now. She is an African-American but not an elephant.

    I have no idea why she ran away from home but it is likely she ran into someone who offered to “help” her and took her to Houston. Houston is a huge center for human trafficing and the sex business with illegals and runaways. If that happened, she could well have met the woman whose name she used and claimed it as her own, not knowing there were warrants. If ICE was remotely interested in doing their jobs correctly, a 14 year old runaway couldn’t fool them like this in any case. Blaming the 14 year old child is simply bullshit!

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Thanks for commenting Ralph, we have had a couple troll post blaming the girl…it is really annoying that the blame is not being placed where it deserves. At Obama and ICE’s feet.

      • ralphb says:

        In emptywheel’s post about this there’s a link to an NPR story which said this happens in about 1% of cases. What with US citizens being detained and released or deported. With 396,000 deportation last year, that’s about 4000 US citizens caught up by ICE in some way.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s incredible and disgusting!

    • dakinikat says:

      oh for pete’s sake … how on earth can a 14 year old be the one to blame in an ICE screw up? They didn’t think to confirm her identity some how? I also heard she’s in a place where the Colombian government protects children and that she is not in some kind of prison hell hole via CNN. The right wing were trying to she was in some kind of lock up too.

      • ralphb says:

        I don’t see any way in hell she could be blamed for this. Unless, of course, she is an evil genius out to topple the government with this action somehow.

        Kind of takes “blame the victim” to a whole new level.

      • northwestrain says:

        That makes me feel better — if she is indeed being protected in Columbia — I have a feeling that ICE will be out to get her. The blame the victim is typical of the Nazis of ICE.

        ICE is making up “cover their asses” stories — and yet there are now so many examples of citizens being deported by the Gestapo. How many ICE victims are stuck in other countries?

        Homeland Security is a joke. Run by sociopaths who hire sociopaths.

        14/15 year old kids — are still children — and yes they think they are way older and that’s why kids can do really stupid things. The don’t think about their behavior and long range consequences. Way back in the Stone ages I was a counselor for this age group.

        We all were her age — and as teenagers all of us made dumb decisions.

        14 yr old child is deported — a child who didn’t speak Spanish. She was living on the street — and it was the adults who to blame. Why do these adults still have jobs?

    • quixote says:

      4000 citizens ICE’ed?? And this is the first case that makes it to national attention? What the hell is happening to us?

      As for who to blame, that’s easy. Choice 1: clean up an entire agency (an enitre government?), re-do policies, retrain, find the pointy-haired, punish, etc., etc., etc. Choice 2: blame the black teenage girl. What’s difficult about that?

      The irony in blaming her is that it’s braindead, besides being morally reprehensible. Even if she was a murderer with fifty aliases, if she’s a US citizen deportation is not an option. Hello? Do these doofi not understand the concept of citizenship?

  2. ralphb says:

    Frothy Mix may have actually won Iowa…

    Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History?

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 53 people may just blow up the results.

    Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.

    “When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”

    True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.

    “This is huge,” True said. “It essentially changes who won.”

    • bostonboomer says:


    • quixote says:

      An eight vote difference in a near-100,000 total is a tie. (I mean, Duh!, right?) Plus, the Iowa caucuses are hand counted. With that size of sample, the expected margin of error in counting by hand is a couple of orders of magnitude larger. I.e. you would expect differences in the totals, upon recount, that are in the hundreds (or more?).

      Except for the fact that the whole caucus thing is a meaningless charade, you’d want them to do recounts until they converged on consistent results. There’s not enough coffee in the world to get us through that tedium!

  3. ralphb says:

    From my local news …

    APD officers accused of abuse during New Year’s arrest

    AUSTIN — The Austin Police Department faces allegations of abuse stemming from a New Year’s Day arrest.

    Like most cases of alleged police abuse, the accuser has his story and police have another. However there is video which may help determine which side is telling the truth.

    The guy they arrested is a West Point graduate, an Army Ranger, and an Iraq war veteran. From looking at the video, Austin cops could be in trouble here. Thank goodness for people filming where the cops can’t see them.

    • peggysue22 says:

      That’s why a number of PDs are pushing to ban the public from video taping police actions. The police claim that the vids take situations ‘out of context’. But if you’ve seen the recent film on the 15-year-old AA in Houston, basically being punched and having his head stomped on by 4 or 5 grown men [after giving up, spreading out flat on the ground], the police theory is more than a little suspicious.

      The kid was up to no good and was later convicted of burglary. But the cops were off the charts with brutal retaliation. Guilty or not, that is not the way you treat a suspect. They could have easily killed him with the head kicks. These are the sort of cops that give the rest a bad name. They deserve to be prosecuted.

      • northwestrain says:

        There are a lot of cops using steroids– even without that excuse there are too many rouge cops. When other cops cover for the bad cops — ALL cops are tainted. period.