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THIS WEEK…OUR GREATEST FEAR…AND THEIRS


GEORGE “W”. YOU REMEMBER GEORGE, DONTCHA?


INNOCENT PROJECT: “Eyewitness Identification.” PHOOEY! [sic]


“Eyewitness Identification

Barry Scheck, Co-Director, Innocence Project

The most common element in all wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA evidence has been eyewitness misidentification. Misleading lineup methods have been used for decades without serious scrutiny. Now is the time for change.

Despite solid proof of the inaccuracy of traditional methods – and the availability of simple measures to reform them – eyewitness IDs remain among the most common and compelling evidence brought against criminal defendants.

Misidentifications don’t only threaten the innocent, they also derail investigations. While police focus on finding evidence against an innocent person, the perpetrator can get away.

How the wrong person gets picked
Most law enforcement agencies use the same methods they have used for decades – live and photo lineups, usually conducted without a blind administrator or proper instructions. It is stressful for victims and eyewitnesses to identify a perpetrator, and they make mistakes.

Sometimes these mistakes are triggered by a gap in memory or the desire to make an identification at all costs. In other cases, subtle cues by police – intentional or not – lead to a false identification. Almost all of these mistakes are preventable.” [SOURCE: Innocence Project.]

LAST NIGHT the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis even though 7 of 9 eyewitnesses recanted their original testimony.  The ballistics were questionable and there was no gun with incriminating fingerprints.  To the casual observer

TROY DAVIS R.I.P.

there was more than a mole hill of REASONABLE DOUBT!  Nevertheless, the Georgia State Supreme Court refused to see what was so clear to so many.  The execution was delayed in vain. No white knight came riding on a white horse:  The US Supreme Court, one’s last resort, refused to act in the name of justice for Troy Davis.  He died blessing his executioners and declaring his innocence one last time.
Let this injustice be not in vain.  DONATE to the Innocence Project to help free the death row innocent.


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BOEHNER & McCONNELL FECKLESS AS BRIDGE CRUMBLES


PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS ABOUT JOBS AT BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE WHICH CONNECTS BOEHNER AND McCONNELL’S DISTRICTS

HEY, GOV. PERRY, GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL!


BIG COUNTRY. BIG INDUSTRY. BIG RESPONSIBILITY.


Hey, do you like those cheap goods from China?


EXXON ET ALS HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR


WHAT THE F*CK IS FRACKING?


Have you seen that seemingly benign commercial about how safe it is to drill for gas? The talk is about drilling under water sources with drills sheathed in layers of steel which surely protects our drinking water.  That’s a crock!  Here is Exxon/Mobil’s ad:

I’ve seen people on TV take a match to their running faucets and getting flames!  Have you seen it?

“What is fracking? Hydraulic fracturing, fracking for short, occurs when oil and gas companies blast millions of gallons of chemically-treated water into the ground to force oil and gas from tightly-packed shale deposits.”

Shocking, isn’t it?  Drinking water can be set on fire.  Also, dangerous chemicals are getting into the water table. Farm animals are dying and farmers wonder about contamination of their fruits and vegetables by the runoff from fracking operations. T. Boone Pickens had me excited about the abundance of natural air here, but, he never mentioned fracking.  It is not safe. And, the government is allowing it to poison us. Victims of fracking “know about health studies showing toxic contaminants in the air at fracking sites, the reported episodes of chemical poisoning, the flaming water faucets, exploding houses, and fish kills.”  I submit that this is the republican way of doing business: No effective regulations to keep

Actor, Mark Ruffalo, Catskill Mountains

the community safe industry.  The push for new jobs is good, but, your job shouldn’t kill you! Well-known actor Mark Ruffalo has written a blog post about why he is involved with fracking. Click his picture to read it.  Fracking doesn’t make the six o’clock much, but, I’ve seen it on cable news.  We need energy.  However, we need to keep our environment safe from republican <> business conduct.

Our government is so large that it seems impossible to keep up with all the problems. And, just think: some well-known republicans advocate for smaller government and having the states do many of the jobs the federal government does for us. The states would only f*ck things up as sure as Bob’s your uncle!

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