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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Utah Man Justifies Child Molestation With Old Testament: God Doesn’t ‘Set Age Limits’

A Utah man says that, yes, he did molest two children, but he has a great excuse for why he did it: The Bible gives him permission.
54-year-old Timothy Butler does not dispute accusations that he molested two children between 2008 and 2011, providing the girls — one of whom was five-years-old, the same age as Josh Duggar’s little sister when the conservative superstar molested her, and another who was 6 or 7 — with “harmful materials.” Butler allegedly watched pornography with the children present. He is charged with two counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child and two counts of sodomy of a child but he claims innocence, despite admissions of guilt during an interview with the Layton Police Department.
The investigation began when a 10-year-old girl who now lives in Nevada came forward about Butler touching her inappropriately five years prior when she was visiting relatives. The Standard-Examiner reported in 2014 that a written statement claims that the girl, then five years old, wasn’t “getting love at home, so [Timothy Butler] gave it to her.” He added that he was not receiving  “love from my wife, so I decided to get love and share love” with the very young girl.
During the investigation, the victim disclosed Butler had molested another child, but police are encountering some hindrances with the investigation.
“During the interview the girl did disclose that there was another girl,” Horton said. “She didn’t know exactly who. She was the suspect (who) also disclosed that he had victimized another 6- or 7-year-old.” The other victim moved out of state, making it difficult to investigate.
“It’s often hard for the victims to come forward,” Lt. Shawn Horton of the Layton City Police said last year. “Without them coming forward, we would have no idea this even occurred. A 10-year-old female at that time had disclosed that she had been sexually abused between the ages of 6 and 7.” The accused child molester later admitted to molesting another girl.
Butler insists that he be allowed to represent himself, but the judge told him that he will need an attorney. Butler’s argument hinges on an absolutely batsh*t belief that, as a “Christian,” he is able to use the Bible as a shield for quite literally anything — including the sexual abuse of two children. The Utah man told the judge that “the Bible did not set limits on the ages between two partners” and his savior would “set the truth free.”
The judge says that Butler will need representation because it is not even certain he will be deemed fit to stand trial.Good4Utah reports that a mental competency hearing has been conducted, but the findings are yet to be released.
“I’m thinking about getting a lawyer who might know a little bit more than me but I’m kind of going by my faith in God and the truth will come out and so that’s what I’m going by,” Butler conceded in court, though he stands by his story.
“We don’t even know who is out for him, but somebody is out for him,” the accused’s brother Tom Butler said last year. “I know he said some things I know he didn’t do.” He said that, despite the admissions, his brother  “knows he is not guilty” because “he’s not that kind of guy.” Timothy Butler, the brother said, is simply a “God-fearing man.
Watch a report on the Bible-based molestation defense, below:
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The #SandraBland petition was formally delivered to the DOJ today. 260,000 people said her name!

The #SandraBland petition was formally delivered to the DOJ today. 260,000 people said her name! – Update on "THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Take Over The Investigation Into The Death of Sandra Bland From The Waller County, Texas Police Department."

Take Over The Investigation Into The Death of Sandra Bland From The Waller County, Texas Police Department.

The #SandraBland petition was formally delivered to the DOJ today. 260,000 people said her name!

Aug 27, 2015 — Livestream: The wonderful artist & activist Courtney Down and Guitarist Pete Muldoon performed a special rendition of "Be Blessed" by Bishop Paul S. Morton... Read more
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Prison phone rates are more profit than service

One in nine Black children has a parent in prison.Tell the FCC: End predatory prison phone rates.
In 2000, 74-year-old Martha Wright began a class action lawsuit against Corrections Corporation of America.1 The grandmother was suing the prison phone company for charging extortionary phone rates, which she had to pay to keep in touch with her incarcerated grandson, Ulandis. Martha sacrificed basic needs, like her medications, so she would be able to pay the $200 phone bill every month.2 But she knew that no parent, grandparent or significant other should have to do what she did, so she became the lead plaintiff in the class action that began this effort 15 years ago. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice and a coalition of organizations including ColorofChange are still working to honor her legacy.
As a part of that work, thousands of ColorofChange members have raised their voices about the predatory prison phone rates that impact millions of families with incarcerated loved ones. For years, prison phone companies got rich off the backs of a captive audience, charging families rates as high as $17 for a 15-minute call.3 After hearing from you, the Federal Communications Commission took the huge step of capping long-distance prison calls at a max rate of $3.75.4
But our work is not done. Local and state governments still continue to receive massive kickbacks from prison phone companies in exchange for exclusive contracts. These kickbacks are subsidized by sky-high fees companies levy on families—mostly black and brown—fighting to stay connected to loved ones. While the FCC rule limited kickbacks and capped long-distance calls, those calls are only a fraction of the service provided by prison phone companies. Families need rules that cap sky-high phone rates on local calls to prisons, too.
Families should not be subsidizing states' penal budgets and padding the pockets of phone companies.
Black communities face an ever widening racial wealth gap, in addition to an increase in unjust profiling, sentencing and the over-incarceration of Black people. By contrast, the prison phone industry generates more than a billion dollars a year.5 One of the ways in which these companies increase their profits is by charging exorbitant phone fees to low-income families of color—the people who can least afford it.
Phone calls are a necessary lifeline for people who are incarcerated. Research shows that maintaining relationships with loved ones is a strong indicator of success for anyone returning to his or her community after serving time.6 A measure to cap all prison phone call rates would have the greatest impact for Black families. One in ten Black men in their 30s is incarcerated, and Black women, who make up only 13 percent of the female population, make up 30 percent of the women in prison.7,8 If the FCC ends the predatory practices of prison phone service providers, these families will be able to connect without sacrificing the money they need for food, medicine or other basic necessities.
The FCC has already taken a significant step by capping the rates on interstate phone calls, but that only covers a fraction of all the families affected by price gouging in for-profit prisons. In addition, far cheaper rates than the current cap are possible. Ten states across the country already have rates less than 10 cents a minute.9 Urge them to take the next and final step by capping phone rates on all prison phone calls.
And after you sign, please help us spread the word by sharing it with your family and friends.
Thanks and Peace,
--Rashad, Arisha, Brandi, Brittaney and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
Help support our work. is powered by YOU—your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don't share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way.
1. “Martha Wright v. Corrections Corporation of America (FCC Petition),” Center for Constitutional Rights
2. “After almost a decade, FCC has yet to rule on high cost of prison phone calls,” Washington Post, 12-2-2012
3. “The FCC Looks into the Prison Telephone Racket,” The Marshall Project, 12-4-2014
4. FCC Docket No. 12-375: Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Federal Communications Commission. 10-22-2014.
5. “The High Cost of Calling the Imprisoned,” New York Times, 3-30-2015
6. "Family Connections During Imprisonment and Prisoners’ Community Reentry" (.pdf), Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Winter 2004
7. “Racial Disparity,” The Sentencing Project
8. “Facts About The Over-Incarceration Of Women In The United States,” ACLU
9. “Intrastate (in-state) Collect Prison Phone Rates,” Prison Phone Justice

ColorOfChange is building a movement to elevate the voices of Black folks and our allies, and win real social and political change. Help keep our movement strong.
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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Don’t be Fooled by Mainstream Media Journalists, “Independent” Experts and the CIA

Global Research - 

“Under CIA manipulation, direction and, usually, their payroll, were past and present presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay and Costa Rica, “our minister of labor”, “our vice-president”, “my police”, journalists, labor leaders, student leaders, diplomats, and many others. If the Agency wished to disseminate anti-communist propaganda, cause dissension in leftist ranks, or have Communist embassy personnel expelled, it need only prepare some phony documents, present them to the appropriate government ministers and journalists, and – presto! – instant scandal.” (William Blum, CIA Manipulation: The Painful Truths Told by Phil AgeeAnti-Empire Report 27 June 2013)
Independent media outlets are increasingly challenging the powers that be and, thanks to social media, the truth about what is really happening in our world can be shared at the click of a button.
Sadly, the imperial war machine continues to rear its violent head in exponential proportion under the guise of democracy and “War on Terrorism”.
This war machine is promoted by the mainstream media who cannot be trusted for many reasons. It is a well documented fact that the CIA has used journalism as a cover for its agents and has planted stories in the media.
According to CIA documents, “more than 400 American journalists … in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency“, wrote Carl Bernstein in 1977.
In this episode of Alternative views, former CIA agent John Stockwell explains “how CIA ‘disinformation’ tactics manipulate public opinion by planting stories in the press and by financing and supporting right-wing newspapers“.
Planting stories in the media is a standard CIA technique:
common Agency tactic was writing editorials and phony news stories to be knowingly published by Latin American media with no indication of the CIA authorship or CIA payment to the media. The propaganda value of such a “news” item might be multiplied by being picked up by other CIA stations in Latin America who would disseminate it through a CIA-owned news agency or aCIA-owned radio station. Some of these stories made their way back to the United States to be read or heard by unknowing North Americans. (Blum, op. cit.)
Moreover several journalists are members of the very influential foreign policy think tank Council on Foreign Relations, which has among its corporate members:
1. Major financial institutions such as:
2. All the companies part of what is known as Big Oil:
3. Major defense and security contractors which largely rely on military sales (figures from SIPRI) and government subsidies, among others:
DynCorp International (70% of revenues from military sales in 2011)
Lockheed Martin Corporation (78% of revenues from military sales in 2011)
Northrop Grumman (81% of revenues from military sales in 2011)
Raytheon Company (90% of revenues from military sales in 2011)
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (99% of revenues from federal government)
In addition, mainstream media experts on foreign policy issues are often linked to the military-industrial complex and are very often presented as ”independent”.
During the public debate around the question of whether to attack Syria, Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush, made a series of high-profile media appearances. Hadley argued strenuously for military intervention in appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV, and authored a Washington Post op-ed headlined “To stop Iran, Obama must enforce red lines with Assad.”
In each case, Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria. Hadley earns $128,500 in annual cash compensation from the company and chairs its public affairs committee. He also owns 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate ($77.65 on August 23, making Hadley’s share’s worth $891,189). Despite this financial stake, Hadley was presented to his audience as an experienced, independent national security expert. (Public Accountability, War or No War on Syria: Conflict of Interest of “Experts” who Commented in Favor of Military Intervention, October 15, 2013)

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