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Convicted HHS cyber security chief says he fantasized raping, slaying children

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This is article 335 of 335 in the topic Criminal Activity

A federal jury in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday convicted a former cyber security chief at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of child pornography charges, according to the Justice Department. The prosecutor said that the suspect had even proposed meeting a fellow pedophile in person to indulge their shared fantasy of raping and murdering children.

Timothy DeFoggi, who served in the Obama administration as the acting cyber security director for the HHS, was convicted in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska in Omaha for his involvement in an Internet-driven conspiracy to market child pornography and for his membership in a for-profit pornography website that specialized in “kiddie porn.”

The 56-year-old Defoggi was just one suspect in an ongoing investigation involving three kiddie porn websites. According to Justice Department officials, the webmaster for the child pornography websites has already been convicted by a federal jury for running the online forums.

According to observers who attended the trial, the prosecutor’s case against DeFoggi was shocking in its details regarding his plotting to go through with violent sexual acts against children.

According to the testimony and evidence heard and seen during his four-day trial, DeFoggi registered on his home computer as a porno website member in March 2012, and kept his membership until Dec. 8, 2012, when the website was shutdown by FBI agents.

While visiting the website, DeFoggi was able to view the website’s gallery of child pornography and it allowed him to trade his own child pornography with other site members. He and his fellow pedophiles also exchanged private messages with one another and he communicated to one of his contacts that he was interested in violently raping and slaying young children.

DeFoggi is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 7 and he faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison..

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SCOFFLAWS, NE’ER-DO-WELLS & LIBERALS

by Burt Prelutsky on Monday, July 14th, 2014

I don’t think it’s coincidental that the Palestinians and Obama both use children as props. Because they both know that most normal human beings have a soft spot for kids, they don’t hesitate to use them as propaganda tools. In the case of Arabs and Muslims, they place them in harm’s way so that they can then carry their mangled little bodies through the streets in a perverted attempt to make their side appear to command the moral high ground.

Because Israelis know that the world’s left-wing, anti-Semitic, press opposes their nation’s very existence, they try to avoid collateral damage when striking back at those who are constantly firing missiles at them. They even call ahead to warn civilians to avoid certain places being targeted. It is at that point, that, more often than not, the Palestinians round up children and place them on those rooftops. I suppose that’s why it finally dawned on me why Islamics don’t eat pork: professional courtesy.

As usual, Obama, Biden and their trained monkeys in the Senate, called for restraint on the part of Israel, something they never request of Israel’s enemies in the Middle East. Frankly, inasmuch as Israel has a nuclear arsenal, I would say that every day that passes without their nuking Gaza is an example of unparalleled restraint.

Recently, we have seen how Obama has gone about using Central American children as a way to coerce the passage of legislation that he hasn’t been able to create with his pen and his phone. He entices thousands of children to come north, and when they arrive Obama labels it a humanitarian crisis and insists that Congress fork over four billion dollars to deal with the self-inflicted problem.

But it’s not for our government to roll out the red carpet for everyone who thinks they’d like to live here. On the other hand, Malia and Sasha are getting to be big girls, and we all know how parents sometimes suffer from the empty nest syndrome. So if Barack and Michelle decide they’d like to adopt 65,000 kids, it’s fine with me. But I don’t think those kids have any more right to show up, expecting to be clothed, fed and sheltered, than I would have the right to, say, sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom if I dropped by the White House uninvited.

Something that bugs me no end about the pro-illegal alien side of the debate is that they choose to ignore the fact that nobody else in America is entitled to benefit from the commission of a crime. So how is it that if the parents snuck into the country and therefore are not really “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” their offspring are magically bestowed with the benefits of citizenship? Just because the kids didn’t personally sneak in doesn’t change a darn thing. After all, if the parents had knocked over a bank, their kids wouldn’t somehow be entitled to the loot.

Speaking of invasions, twice in the distant past, Europe has had to fight off Muslim armies. It happened in 732, at the Battle of Tours, and again in 1683, at the Battle of Vienna.

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The data-mining body monitors in our schools

by Michelle Malkin on Saturday, May 31st, 2014

This is article 249 of 257 in the topic Education

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Gwendolyn’s BMI report card

The data-mining body monitors in our schools
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Like millions of other American parents, my husband and I received a warning letter from the BMI police last week. Our active, healthy 8th-grade daughter is “very lean,” according to her school-administered “Fitnessgram.” The national student body monitors think this is a public health problem.

The obesity report card lectured that because our daughter’s body-mass index is “very low,” we “should make certain” that she “is eating a healthy diet that includes the appropriate number of calories.” Thanks, geniuses. We had no idea such measurements were taking place, and we wondered whether we were alone in objecting to this unsolicited Nanny State dispatch. We’re not.

In New York, mom Laura Williams blew the whistle on how her perfectly healthy daughter Gwendolyn was branded “overweight” by her Fitnessgram. City schools sent the reports home to nearly 900,000 students in their backpacks. Gwendolyn showed the assessment to the New York Post last week, exclaiming: “I’m 4-foot-1, and 66 pounds, and I’m like, what?!”

Thanks to the Williams family’s whistleblowing and a huge public backlash, Big Apple schools will now change the way the fitness reports are distributed to families. But changing the delivery route doesn’t address the expansive government encroachment on our children’s health based on dubious science.

Gwendolyn’s absurd classification exposes the unreliability of BMI ratings, which many public health scientists admit are inadequate health predictors. The Centers for Disease Control itself says that “the accuracy of BMI varies substantially according to the individual child’s degree of body fatness” and doesn’t distinguish between “excess fat, muscle or bone mass, nor does it provide any indication of the distribution of fat among individuals.”

Yet some school districts have pushed to incorporate BMI results in physical fitness grades, and dozens of states have adopted the BMI-snitching Fitnessgrams, which are marketed by an outfit called the Cooper Institute. The group contracts with New York, Texas, California and a total of nearly 70,000 schools across the country to provide training, administration, data collection and dissemination of its reports. Big Brother is big business.

One of the Cooper Institute’s most prominent members of its board of directors: Big Government Republican Mike Huckabee, who spearheaded mandatory student BMI reports in 2003 while he was governor of Arkansas. Huckabee has sided with first lady Michelle Obama’s meddling initiatives on childhood obesity — which he calls an “issue of national security.” Public health bureaucrats use exactly such hyperbolic rhetoric to justify increasing their powers, budgets and control.

Riding the manufactured obesity-crisis wave, BMI report card promoters are pushing for far more radical data-mining intrusion. A little-noticed study published in the journal Health Affairs a few years ago on “state surveillance of childhood obesity” proposes getting around federal family privacy protections by declaring obesity a “public health threat” at every state level. This would allow agencies to invoke “public health protection powers” to allow unfettered sharing of student BMI data.

These obesity police also advocate circumventing legislative debate by “simply adding a new function to state-run registries and databases” and slipping height and weight monitoring into immunization information-gathering systems.

Exploiting the captive student population for childhood obesity health research, grants, contracts and new tech boondoggles is yet another method of fattening Fed Ed’s overstuffed coffers.

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Hollywood’s sexual predator problem explodes

by Michelle Malkin on Saturday, May 10th, 2014

This is article 113 of 115 in the topic Hollywood

Hollywood’s sexual predator problem explodes
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Hollywood is sick, sick, sick. Behind its curtain of holier-than-thou progressivism, the entertainment world’s top A-list stars have engaged in the most depraved sexual abuse against vulnerable children and teens, according to a growing number of victims. After years of cover-up, the institutional scandal is exploding. Finally.

The latest alleged atrocities involve “X-Men” director Bryan Singer and at least three other power players in the business: veteran television executive Garth Ancier, former Disney executive David Neuman and producer Gary Goddard. Last month, former child actor and model Michael Egan filed civil suits against the men, alleging that they passed around underage boys “like pieces of meat at sex parties” in the late 1990s. Egan’s X-rated lawsuit exposes a cabal of alleged predators who plied young boys and teens with hard drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting them.

Egan was repeatedly molested, raped and beaten from the age of 15, he says, at an infamous gay sex mansion in southern California. The mansion was owned by another of Egan’s alleged abusers: scumbag Internet video mogul Marc Collins-Rector. He’s a registered sex offender who lured young boys online, drugged and raped them, and reportedly threatened them with a gun if they did not submit.

Collins-Rector was convicted in 2004 of transporting five underage boys across state lines with the intent of raping them. He was allowed to leave the U.S. in 2006 by claiming a “brain tumor,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The (U.K.) Sun reported in 2007 that he was “swanning around Britain in a chauffer-driven limo and surrounding himself with young boys.” He can no longer be located, despite supposedly being under police “supervision.”

Egan’s mother reported the abuse to the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department back in 2000, the family’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, says. Nothing was done.

Singer’s lawyer calls Egan’s suit “absurd” and “defamatory.” But the allegations just keep piling up. Singer is now the subject of another lawsuit filed this week by a young British man who alleges Singer’s producer pal Gary Goddard groomed him online from the age of 14, raped him at 16 and shared him with Singer after the London premiere of Singer’s movie “Superman Returns” in 2006. Internet photos have been circulating for years showing Singer with a parade of young boys and men draped around him.

Egan’s claims are especially chilling in light of similarly lurid allegations made 17 years ago on the set of Singer’s movie “Apt Pupil.” Three underage boys — ages 14, 16 and 17 — filed suit claiming Singer and his crew forced them to take off peach-colored G-strings and strip naked in a shower scene for the movie. Authorities investigated. The suit was dismissed. Nothing was done.

“Everyone’s ducking for cover,” Paul Petersen, a former child actor and child actors’ advocate, told Entertainment Weekly in 1997. “It’s a complete and total breakdown of the protections Hollywood pretends it accords children.”

The same industry that sanctimoniously convenes anti-bullying summits with the Obama White House and falsely accuses conservatives of waging a “war on women” has allowed countless children to be stalked, groomed, beaten, molested and raped on casting couches, in movie trailers, and at drug- and alcohol-drenched parties by Tinseltown predators.

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A little past due love for cousin Glen

by Lloyd Marcus on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

As a 9 or 10 year old, my knowledge of the situation was limited. Therefore, I can not pass judgment on the adults. I do not know what was done or not done to rescue my cousin Glen, a little boy who was severely abused by his mom, my late aunt Bummie (a nickname). My dad threatened to report Aunt Bummie to the authorities and warned her, “Do not physically discipline my kids.”

A homosexual, Glen’s adult life was cut extremely short due to AIDS. My purpose for writing is to let the world know that Glen was here, his suffering and that I loved him.

Aunt Bummie was my mom’s older sister. Their childhood was horrendous. Their father was accidentally killed in a street shooting. Their alcoholic mother would abandon the two little girls for long periods of time. Mom and Bummie endured things kids should not have to endure.

In the 1950s when Dad broke the color barrier to become a Baltimore City firefighter, our family (mom and four younger siblings) moved out of the government projects into our own home in a black suburban community.

Aunt Bummie and her five sons by two absentee fathers remained in the projects on welfare. I enjoyed occasional sleepovers at my cousins’ government provided townhouse in the city. Aunt Bummie’s house was unkempt with holes punched in walls and broken furniture.

“Aunt Bummie, when I grow up, I’m gonna buy you new furniture.” “Thanks Peanut”, (my nickname), she replied.

I got along great with Aunt Bummie and her boys. And yet, I felt my cousins’ envy of me having a dad in our home. I felt sorry for them.

Aunt Bummie and her boys lived different than my family. Aunt Bummie did not have a job. Unlike my home, the refrigerator was off limits to her children. Food was very valuable; each boy was protective of his food when eating. I remember large generic labeled boxes of government cheese and powdered milk – cans of meat and peanut butter.

Fondly, I remember Aunt Bummie covering her table with newspapers and dumping a huge pile of fried chicken necks and backs on it for us boys to devour. I still like fried chicken necks and backs.

Even as a little boy, I felt the sadness, anger and dysfunction of their household. Aunt Bummie was extremely kind and gentle with me, but brutal towards her boys – Glen in particular, the baby. I vaguely recall overhearing my parents saying Bummie hated Glen because he reminded her the most of his father.

Their household humor was weird and violent – the five boys along with Aunt Bummie would laugh hysterically about the time she broke the baseball bat while beating Jimmie and how she bent the cooking pot while beating Glen.

Glen was the family servant. When everyone was watching TV, anyone could order Glen to go fetch something for them. The slightest non compliance from Glen would result in Aunt Bummie screaming at him, and/or beating him; not spanking, beating. My heart always went out to Glen as I watched him cry during his beatings. The lack of love. The unfairness. The cruelty.

Lawrence, the eldest, was very intelligent and responsible. He played substitute dad to his brothers.

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President ‘God bless you, Planned Parenthood’ proclaims ‘every child should have every chance at life’

by Doug Powers on Friday, April 4th, 2014

This is article 674 of 686 in the topic Healthcare

On Monday, President Obama issued a proclamation for National Child Abuse Awareness Month:

“In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success,” Obama said in the proclamation.

Flashback to April of last year: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood, and God bless you”:

According to a Planned Parenthood report (PDF, via CNS News), in fiscal 2013/2013, 327,166 abortions were performed at PP-affiliated clinics — apparent exceptions to Monday’s proclamation.

LifeNews.com also notes that there have been more than 56 million abortions in the U.S. since the SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade — an anniversary President Obama commemorates every year.

Why didn’t they deserve “every chance in life”? That question should be directed to President Obama, but I have a feeling it won’t be.

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The politics of death: Belgium legalizes mercy killing of children

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

This is article 664 of 686 in the topic Healthcare

With much of the U.S. news media ignoring a disturbing European development, Belgium’s monarch quietly signed a radical piece of legislation that makes his kingdom the first country on the planet to authorize the medical establishment to euthanize terminally ill children no matter what age.

The Bill became law on March 2, 2014, by a government that ignored the opposition of millions of citizens including Christian groups. Belgium’s King Philippe even ignored a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of Europeans which was delivered to Philippe last week urging him not to sign the Bill.

Adding insult to injury, the Belgian king signed the euthanasia legislation into law on a Sunday — the Sabbath day for Christians — after it was passed by the country’s parliament in February.

The Euthanasia Bill passed in Belgium’s legislature with a vote of 86-44 while 12 members abstained. The members of parliament even ignored the a unified plea from more than 160 Belgian pediatric physicians who vehemently oppose the new law.

“Belgium only added more bloods on its hands with this child-killing law. Belgium followed the example of Holland when in 2002 it legalized euthanasia for adults,” said Ruth Kerrison, a police detective and mother of a handicapped daughter.

According to estimates, in 2011 there were more than 900 cases of euthanasia in Belgium in 2011 – a 4,620 per cent rise since the practice was legalized in 2002.

Christian groups seeking to protect infants, toddlers and children have also claimed there were cases of patients who did not suffer from a terminal illness who have also been euthanized pointing to a case involving two deaf twins.

When 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin warned Americans about “death panels” during the debate over Obamacare, she was ridiculed by not only Democrats but also by many members of the news media.

However, it’s a documented fact that many political leaders would favor euthanasia of children — who cannot vote — if it would save money on healthcare costs and allow them to use the money for other parts of their agenda, according to political strategist Mike Baker.

“There are many in Washington who would love to replicate Europe’s socialist healthcare system that allows politicians and bureaucrats to make life and death decisions. If they get their true objective — a single-payer program — they will no doubt have Obama or whom ever is in the White House sign an executive order,” said Baker.

And Ruth Kerrison wonders why the same people who favor euthanasia of mentally-challenged — and innocent — children are opposed to executing murders and terrorists?

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Unsettled science: The dramatic childhood obesity decline that wasn’t

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

This is article 29 of 30 in the topic Science

Three weeks ago, headlines like this one from the New York Times were all over the place:

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The MSM was giddy to report about a big victory for kids’ health last month thanks in part to Michelle Obama’s magic formula: Make school lunches crappy while Elmo chants “yes we can” and just watch the pounds peel away:

The CDC has an excellent present for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign during the program’s fourth anniversary: a new report that says childhood obesity is declining for younger kids — by a lot.

The New York Times calls the decline “stunning,” and here’s why: for children ages 2 to 5, the rate of obesity has dropped from 14 percent in 2004 to about 8 percent in 2012. That’s a drop of 43 percent in childhood obesity.

It turns out that the claim of a dramatic drop in childhood obesity is kind of like Al Gore’s favorite hockey stick graph in reverse.

Via Reuters, the anti-obesity science is not settled:

If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that’s because it probably was, researchers say.

When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no one had a ready explanation for that astounding finding by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indeed, it seemed to catch the experts by surprise.

Anti-obesity campaigners credited everything from changes to the federal nutrition program for low-income women and children to the elimination of trans-fats from fast food, more physical activity in child-care programs and declining consumption of sugary drinks.

First Lady Michelle Obama and others seized on the finding as a sign that efforts to combat the national obesity epidemic were paying off.
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In fact, based on the researchers’ own data, the obesity rate may have even risen rather than declined.

Before reporting the original study, the MSM followed their usual fact check methodology: If you want it to be true, it is.

The Media Research Center writes of how the MSM was of course quick to jump on the “victory for Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’” bandwagon. I’m sure they’ll report about the bogus study with just as much excitement (crickets).

The good news is that since Obama has been in office, there’s been a 65 percent decline in MSM obesity, which lends great credence to the health benefits of water-carrying.

Update:

Heh: “No child’s fat left behind.”

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Predators sentenced for sex crimes against 15-year-old girl

by Jim Kouri on Monday, January 27th, 2014

This is article 306 of 335 in the topic Criminal Activity

A Virginia man and woman will be spending 11-years and 14-years in federal prison, respectively, for convictions stemming from criminal charges that they prostituted a teenager within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to a judge’s pronouncement on Friday.

Stephanie Olean Chapman, whose last known address was in Alexandria, Va., and Ronnie Pierre Holmes, no known address, were sentenced Friday to federal prison followed by five years of supervised release by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.

The 30-year-old Holmes pleaded guilty on June 25, 2013, to a criminal charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child, specifically a 15-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Chapman was convicted by a federal jury on Oct. 17, 2013 of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child, sex trafficking of a child, and interstate transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution.

According to court documents and evidence presented during Chapman’s trial, between Feb. 27, 2013 and Mar. 12, 2013, Chapman and her boyfriend, Holmes, met a 15-year-old girl and talked her into working as a prostitute for them.

During that time, the trial revealed, Chapman and Holmes took sexually suggestive photographs of the girl and distributed the photographs among potential customers. They also posted the photographs on the Internet website Backpage.com.

The two felons would then drive the young girl to meet with customers and have sex with them at locations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Chapman and Holmes would then take half of the money paid to the girl after she engaged in sex with customers for money, according to reports.

“The sexual exploitation of children in this country should be looked at as a heinous crime since the physical and psychological damage are often irreversible,” said former sex crimes detective, Charlotte Ann Gibson.

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Obama’s Cash for Universal Preschool Clunker Plan

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

This is article 231 of 257 in the topic Education

Obama’s Cash for Universal Preschool Clunker Plan
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013

It’s elementary: When Democrats find themselves in political trouble, they reach for your wallets. After squandering billions on an ineffectual stimulus, failed green energy boondoggles and the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Obama White House wants to dump $75 billion more into “free” preschool for all. That’ll solve everything.

Government-funded universal pre-K is a moldy oldie of the progressive left, recycled perennially by Democratic presidential speechwriters in need of State of the Union address padding. But this time, the Fed Ed crowd is redoubling its efforts with support from big-business statists and academic shills.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, once a bitter campaign target of the White House, is now Team Obama’s biggest cheerleader on expanding preschool funding. And Austan Goolsbee, a former top Obama economic adviser and University of Chicago prof, took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal this week to crusade for more public “investments” in early childhood education. At “$10,000 per child,” Goolsbee argued, universal pre-K is a “bargain.”

Why anyone would take the financial advice of Austan Goolsbee is beyond me. I’ll remind you that this is the same Austan Goolsbee who vigorously championed extending credit to the uncreditworthy. In a 2007 op-ed for The New York Times, he derided prescient critics who called subprime mortgages “irresponsible.” Goolsbee instead preferred to describe the doomed financial instruments as “innovations in the mortgage market” to expand the pool of homebuyers. We don’t need economics Ph.D.’s to see how that worked out.

Goolsbee, like his Fed Ed allies on both the left and right, cites the well-worn Perry Preschool Project in Michigan to support Obama’s top-down push for subsidizing preschool for all. But that pilot program, run at a cost of $19,000 per child, took place more than a half-century ago. A more comprehensive and updated review of the literature by the Brookings Institution’s Russ Whitehurst released last month found that the vaunted academic benefits of full-time pre-K are, in fact, negligible.

Whitehurst is a developmental psychologist by training who has spent the majority of his career designing and evaluating programs intended to enhance the cognitive development of young children. He warns that universal preschool boosters “ignore research showing negative impacts on children who receive child care supported through the federal child development block grant program.” Moreover, his research shows, the Nanny Staters have downplayed evidence that “the universal pre-k programs in Georgia and Oklahoma, which are closest to what the Obama administration has proposed, have had, at best, only small impacts on later academic achievement.”

A. Barton Hinkle of the Richmond Times-Dispatch points to even more reason for skepticism by way of a 2010 Department of Health and Human Services report about a congressionally mandated study of approximately 5,000 3- and 4-year-olds who were randomly assigned to either a control group or a group that had access to the federal Head Start program. It found that “at the end of kindergarten and first grade … the Head Start children and the control group children were at the same level on many of the measures studied.”

Let’s set all of this junk science aside for the moment. There’s a bigger elephant in the room.

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